Sunday, February 22, 2015

Dude & the Duchess dress  ⏐  Senso heels  ⏐ Yves Saint Laurent bag 
Burgundy is one of my preferred hues in the red spectrum - brighter than black but still carries a sense of mystery in it. In terms of color association, it is also reflecting what I am working towards to; authority, sophistication and power. 

I wore this Dude & the Duchess ensemble to my grandmother's house to pay my respects during the first day of the Lunar New Year. This was an unintentional buy while in the mall. Given that my wardrobe consists mainly of the hues of black, blue, cream and grey, I figured it was best to get an attire with a color that associates more to prosperity. A typical Asian belief. 

Random fact but this predecessor Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent Besace bag was the first designer bag that I bought with my own money. I got it on markdown at the Holt Renfrew outlet when I was 18 and prayed that my charge card went through. Well it did. This bag has been my-go-to travel bag and I lost count of the times it was dumped under the plane seats and on the school floors. I have always loved it but it sort of gotten neglected over the past few years and I only used it to while making errands. Now, it is kept in my closet back at my room at my parent's place. Using it this Chinese New Year reminded me how practical this bag really is. So easy to throw everything into and so versatile. Sadly, the collection has been discontinued and Saint Laurent doesn't make their bags like they used to. 
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

I guess a six-years hiatus calls for a proper post on my Chinese New Year. I spent my recent Chinese New Year eating hot pot with the family, receiving pretty limited edition ang paos, having very unorthodox Chinese New Year dinners in the form of modern gastronomy and Japanese cuisine, truly enjoying my bed, tonnes of red wine and a spa session at a resort nearby. I wouldn't say it is your typical kind of lunar new year celebrations, and despite being unorthodox, it's my way of celebrating. Happy Chinese New Year to you lovely people!
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Whistles pool sliders -

Sliders are not the most attractive shoes in terms of design but they are no doubt the comfiest. It took me sometime to find one with a minimalist touch. I found this pair from Whistles in pale blue and genuine leather. The combination works in the sense that the pale blue brings out the suppleness of the genuine leather, as opposed to the vegan ones. The vegan leather ones look dreadful in pale blue, as though as the surface has been shellac-ed over. 

I love pairing them with casual silhouettes. In a way, retaining a laid-back sports vibe and pairing any statement pieces from the closet with sliders for an effortless take on the day's ensemble. 
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Kitchen Table in Damansara Kim reminds me a lot of the culinary culture in Toronto. Modern American comfort food. Simple, local farm to plate, fresh produce. I truly believe that the source of good food is its ingredients. The menu was minimal and straightforward; two pages, one for beverages and one for food. In the bill was the scrambled eggs with tomato jam and sourdough, and the pulled pork with carrot, beet slaw, salsa and sourdough. The sort of food that will put a million dollar smile on any epicure's face. 

Oh,  double plus points for serving Pukka tea. It is a rare thing here at this side of the world. 
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Royal Apothic eau de parfum  ⏐ Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex  ⏐ Aesop Fabulous Face Oil  ⏐  Anna Sui Rose Cheek Color  ⏐  The Tappin Tapir soda water
Every time I walked into Anthropologie, I feel a sense of belonging. I could not really pinpoint how, but I just felt that somehow. I could say in certainty, the procurement team for its stores are excellent. I still remembered vividly the very first time I stepped into the store at Yorkville. Mind-blown, amazed and in-awed. It was as though I entered into my very own wonderland of some sort. Vintage inspired pottery, a great selection of bath products and candles, lace apparels, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and the understated perfumes in pretty bottles. Also, the scent of the store was something to be reminiscent about. 

Ever since I took notice of indie perfume makers, I hardly go back to the mainstream designer ones. For one, the scents are significantly more mild and fresh. One of my favourite perfume creators is Royal Apothic. Its founder, Sean O' Mara chance discovery of an apothecary guide at a London bookstore sparked the creation of this Los Angeles based beaty line. Each of their concentrated fragrances, luxurious lotion and long-burning candles is modeled after centuries-old formulas blended for European royalty. One scent in particular that I adore is from its Conservatory Collection. It's a blend of white lily, lilac, cyclamen and violet with a hint of sandalwood to give it a refreshing and flowery scent. 
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Finders Keepers top  ⏐  Finders Keepers skirt  ⏐  Zara blazer  ⏐  Zara heels  ⏐  Chanel bag
I found my affirmation for prints. Not bright cheerful ones, but the dark whimsical ones. I managed to source these two-piece set from my daily perusal of fashion e-commerce sites. I treat this activity as some sort of a market research but I do admit that sometimes it is more for my own leisure and excitement than work. Busted. 
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Saturday, February 14, 2015

You can have LOVE for so many people. LOVE can be just as strong as the romantic type of love and so when you are expressing that type of love and passion, and it's real, it comes across in a universal way. It's a poem. LOVE is a many splendid things. LOVE is lovely. 
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Saturday, January 17, 2015

By some similarity, the coffee culture here is getting way too over saturated. Coffee shops are getting ahead of each other by roasting and purveying specialty coffee, trying to bring out the best in the beans with their unique brewing and roasting techniques. Not too long ago, I headed over to Pulp by Papa Palheta within the premises of Arts Printing Works. I paid for the cold brew and decided on a tart, before sitting at one of its little corners spending my one hour lunch break very leisurely, discussing about fashion, politics and unprecedented gossip.
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Miss Selfridge dress  ⏐   BDG blazer   ⏐   Zara heels   ⏐   Chanel bag
Tube dresses were never really my cup of tea, perhaps due to my modest bosom. Through the years, I have embraced being flat chested and learnt to make it work. These days though, I find myself leaning towards these strapless wonders. I figured to actually look decent in them, my choice of tube dresses would have to consist of a presumingly 'sweetheart' neckline or a 'plunged' neckline. The composition of neoprene material is also a plus, since it is the latest trendy, figure-flattering fabric to make its way onto the runway and high street. 
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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Cameo skirt  

28 December 2014 - 29 December 2014. The phrase 'time is of the essence' did not apply to the three nights I was in Ho Chi Minh City. I guess when you are spending time very leisurely, time passes extremely slow. After days of admiring the Saigon Opera House from afar, I finally visited it up close and soak up its grandeur. Of course nothing is comparable to the Petit Palais in France itself, where the Saigon Opera House took its design inspiration from. Nevertheless, its inscriptions and reliefs at the facade was enough to deserve admiration of some sort. 

The dining scene in Ho Chi Minh City is vibrant too, with street food, cafes and restaurants all around District 1, which is the Downtown core of the city. One restaurant in particular I find reminiscent to a place where I frequent regularly back in Toronto. It's called L'Usine. Basically it is a boutique that stocks very interesting and peculiar items that range from immaculately cut Cameo dresses to locally made luxury candles to marble cheese boards. La Cafeteria de L'Usine is its restaurant that serves French inspired food. Yes it is definitely Drake at Queen West Toronto alright. Other food places tried and tested are Pizza 4P's (Japanese inspired pizzas with homemade mozzarella), Hoa Tuc (modern Vietnamese food with traditional flavours), The Refinery (French bistro fare) and Khanh Casa Tea House (a good selection of teas in a rainforest setting). 

In terms of actual activity, one thing I actually regret doing was going for a massage. I was fooled by the storefront, with its seemingly convincing wood accented decor and Thann fragrances. With a mixture of hot stone, thai and aromatic massages, it is basically jack of all but master of none in terms of quality and satisfaction. Post massage, I did drinks with the beau at Intercontinental while an Argentinian singer sang with all her soul. Definitely one of the more enjoyable moments. 
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