Showing posts with label Fashion & Beauty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fashion & Beauty. Show all posts

Smooth Operator - My Summer skin essentials


Smooth summer skin with Nair's new Natural Hair Argan Oil collection.


June 15, 2015

Smooth Operator - My Summer skin essentials

Smooth summer skin with Nair's new Natural Hair Argan Oil collection.

Let It Blo, Let It Blo


Channeling my inner Queen Elsa with a Disney-worthy updo from the new braid menu of Blo Blow Dry bar.
June 02, 2015

Let It Blo, Let It Blo

Channeling my inner Queen Elsa with a Disney-worthy updo from the new braid menu of Blo Blow Dry bar .

Fashion On The Ration


Fighting the war against sartorial limitations at the Imperial War Museum, London.
May 12, 2015

Fashion On The Ration

Fighting the war against sartorial limitations at the Imperial War Museum, London.

'Flâneur Forever': Hermès Wanderland at Saatchi Gallery


What is more quintessentially London than the classic image of a dandy, impeccable in smoking slippers and cane, peacocking along Hyde Park with no greater pursuit in mind than that of the pleasures of a voyeuristic city stroll? His Parisian counterpart, le flâneur, is the central theme of the latest Hermès campaign ‘Flâneur Forever’, the whimsical spirit of which is celebrated at Hermès Wanderland — an immersive and surrealistic exhibition at Saatchi Gallery
April 10, 2015

'Flâneur Forever': Hermès Wanderland at Saatchi Gallery

What is more quintessentially London than the classic image of a dandy, impeccable in smoking slippers and cane, peacocking along Hy...

Keep Calm and Carry On : My Hand Luggage Essentials


By the time you read this I will have, by God’s grace, landed safely in London.
April 02, 2015

Keep Calm and Carry On : My Hand Luggage Essentials

By the time you read this I will have, by God’s grace, landed safely in London.

What's In My Handbag: Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama


I'm a huge fan of Louis Vuitton and especially their collaboration collections. I've shown you my piece from their Christian Louboutin collaboration and one of my handbags from the Yayoi Kusama collection, and on Monday I blogged about my other Yayoi Kusama handbag which I dubbed 'The Ladybird' for its delightful yellow polka-dotted body. Since my last What's In My Handbag post I've updated the contents of my purse with some lovely floral additions for Spring, so I thought I'd do another handbag post and introduce you properly to Ladybird.
March 11, 2015

What's In My Handbag: Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama

I'm a huge fan of Louis Vuitton and especially their collaboration collections. I've shown you my piece from their  Christian...

Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home

Posh, Broke, & Bored - Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton

...and flew home I did, thankfully my home was not on fire. Touch wood. *presses finger to forehead* 
March 09, 2015

Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home

...and flew home I did, thankfully my home was not on fire. Touch wood. *presses finger to forehead*  

Hair Apparent

Posh Broke Bored - hair blog post

Baby, I'm a millionaire - or at least I have a million hairs. You know it. Of the many things anyone could envy me for ie. my talent for being able to sleep anywhere, anytime, yet wake up exactly a minute (or two stops away) before I arrive at my destination; my one most coveted asset is that abundant cluster of keratin that sprouts from the scalp of my delightfully dense head. 
March 08, 2015

Hair Apparent

Baby, I'm a millionaire - or at least I have a million hairs. You know it. Of the many things anyone could envy me for ie. my tale...

What's In My Handbag: Louis Vuitton x Christian Louboutin


I'm a huge fan of Louis Vuitton (how could I not be when they spoil me with gifts and parties?) especially their artist collaborations which not only makes their handbags even more collectible but also distinguishes their limited editions from their basic monogrammed bags. Every special edition this illustrious French luggage label designs is presented ahead of its release in Kuala Lumpur to mummy for her consideration (as Louis Vuitton in K.L only import small numbers of each design for exclusivity reasons).  When the Louis Vuitton x Christian Louboutin collaboration was announced, mummy ordered the shopping tote for our collection. It was only when I got back to K.L in February that I got to finally see our new baby in person, which I'm thrilled to show you together with some of my latest acquisitions, in a What's In My Handbag post...!
March 01, 2015

What's In My Handbag: Louis Vuitton x Christian Louboutin

I'm a huge fan of Louis Vuitton (how could I not be when they spoil me with gifts and parties ?) especially their artist collabor...

Dotty Bag Lady - What's In My Handbag


I may not yet be worthy of the accolade of 'bag lady' but if there is one thing I love it is a classic handbag with a twist - an artist collaboration.
January 12, 2015

Dotty Bag Lady - What's In My Handbag

I may not yet be worthy of the accolade of 'bag lady' but if there is one thing I love it is a classic handbag with a twist -...

Grey, my classic.




LIFESTYLE ESSENTIALS:
Chanel purse
Burger & Lobster Oyster card holder (gifted)
H&M 'Love' wallet, for receipts
H&M wallet, for plasters, eyedrops, etc.
Philips Citiscape headphones (I want the grey ones)



STATIONERY:
Red Valentino notebook (gifted)
Let's Blog Some Sh*t (a gift from Amber, thank you!)
Tresor Paris gold bar flash drive (gifted)
iPad mini (gifted)
iPad mini skin, Marble by Marta Olga Klara on Society 6
H&M pencil case (similar here)
Victoria's Secret name card holder 


MAKEUP:
Chanel 'Frenzy' nail polish
Chanel 'La Fascinante' lipstick
Laura Mercier 'creme de pistache' eau de toilette. The most delicious pistachio scent that will make you smell like a cake, in the best way!
Vaseline Pink Bubbly
Crabtree & Evelyn 'pomegranate' hand cream

My grey Prada Saffiano is one of my personal classics. I've seen handbags---designer, high-street, vintage---come and go through the figurative revolving doors of my wardrobe. In fact, at any given time only less than 20 out of 50 or so handbags remain in my permanent collection. The rest are either on rotation between mummy and I, or are borrowed from good friends, or destined to be given away much to the delight of my friends. But...! This hero bag, the Saffiano, is very much a fixture in my life. The grey is a classic and versatile colour; glacial in winter, transitional in autumn, unexpected in summer, pale and pretty in spring. The simple and structured shape is ingenious in all its minimality. The many compartments inside are the key to keeping the contents of my purse (all 5kg of it) organised and myself from tipping over into a hysterical breakdown every time I need to fish for lipstick or a business card. Many say that black is a true classic. I don't know if that's true for me. By now you know of the story about how I gave up wearing purple, burgundy, and black when my fortune teller told me that those were my three unlucky colours. Happily dove grey is lucky for me and so are pastels. Now I carry this baby, in a beautiful shade of taupe, on my arm safe in my superstitious mind that the colour will protect me from harm, and if not the colour at least my stupidly heavy handbag will double as an excellent weapon against unsolicited amorous gestures. x

OTHER 'WHAT'S IN MY HANDBAG' BLOG POSTS :
(as far as I can remember, anyway)

How I Fell In Love With A Lady In Red - Louis Vuitton Sofia Coppola
かげほしのバッグスワグ - Anya Hindmarch Earl Bottom Pinch
4 x The Prada, 4 x The Power - Prada Saffiano 
Notes On Style - Dior Lady
That's My Bag, Baby - Hermes Kelly
C'est mon trésor - Delfonics “Quitterie C’est Mon Trésor”



October 08, 2014

Grey, my classic.

LIFESTYLE ESSENTIALS: Chanel purse Burger & Lobster Oyster card holder (gifted) H&M 'Love' wallet, for re...

Why my hair is so big. It's full of haircare secrets.


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Despite my best efforts to destroy my hair---I bleached my hair a heroic six times in as many months between 2012-2013 and have box-dyed it every other month since---the keratin stumps growing out of my head have defiantly, resiliently, clung on for dear life. In its naturally straight state my elbow-length hair is tangle-free, glossy, and the texture reasonably soft. When I curl my hair however it's a whole different story, I believe the phrase is 'crunchy?' Maybe something to do with the fact that I empty a whole can of hair spray on my curls to keep them so? Either way for the amount of damage I've done (and still do) to my hair it's still healthy and more importantly never lost its seductive glide as it catches the light and cuts through the air when I use it to whip people in the face with. Priorities! All thanks to my repertoire of haircare products which I will present to you, as often requested, in the hope that it proves to be somewhat helpful or instructive. 


I must come clean. I consider my hair to be a crutch. I don't care what some feminists say (although if they are real feminists they wouldn't be saying what other women should or shouldn't do) I am my hair and my femininity is defined by the length of my hair. I just wouldn't feel very sexy in a pixie crop. Gamine, mischievous, daring, yes, but not sexy. My boyfriend disagrees and would much rather I cut my hair short but I'm certain he only feels that way because I won't stop slapping him in the face with my mane. But! I love my long hair. I hide behind it when I'm self-conscious, I twist it around my neck when I'm cold or uncomfortable, I drape it over my extended arm when taking selfies, and I use it to frame my décolletage ever so coyly. And despite long, straight hair being perfect for all of the above I still don't feel quite there unless my hair has been curled and styled to death. I'd never go to a social event with straight hair if I can help it, and I say without shame that my social and holiday schedule revolves around when I get to curl my hair. No internet in Cuba? No problem, as long as I get to bring my curling tongs. To minimise the heat damage I never use a hairdryer (air dry, always), only curl my hair twice a week (the curls look their best for two days but last three days), and use an array of products to protect and maintain my head tentacles. 

Behold, the bottled ambrosia that I imbibe my Medusian snakes with---





For someone so supposedly invested in her hair's welfare (well-hair!) I've only just discovered for myself that shampoo and conditioner really does make a huge difference to one's hair texture. To think that this whole time I've been loading those £1 shampoos into my basket at the supermarket! Back in February, shortly after their launch in Malaysia, Syoss sent me a care package to my Malaysian address but it arrived the day I left for London. I've only just managed to get my hands on it a couple of months ago and I've been using their 'Moisture Intensive Care' shampoo, conditioner, treatment, and glossy jelly ever since. Syoss promises affordable, professional performance you can afford and salon results you can achieve at home, and I must say they certainly deliver! My Syoss now-empty shampoo and conditioner bottles are deflated but my hair has never been more 'plump' no doubt thanks to the intensive moisturising. I've run out of the conditioner but still manage to slather my hair, post-shampoo, with the treatment mask. Syoss has also managed to do the impossible---make me embrace my straight hair. I added some 'Straight and Shine' jelly to my hair out of curiosity and astonished at how much sleeker my hair looked despite already being poker-straight and glossy. I now use it as a finishing product after my hair oil.

Asian-Pacific readers of this blog will find SYOSS readily available as it is distributed in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, China but to name a few countries. 'Tis slightly trickier for those in the UK, but I did find Syoss available to buy online on Fishpond and Amazon. For now I'm keeping an eye on Syoss on Facebook for news of when it will be more readily available to buy in London. It's a game-changer, and my hair is my game. Just ask Henry how many times he has had to duck when I try to hair-whip him.

x
Disclaimer: Some of these products were sent to me for review, however all opinions and words are my own.

September 04, 2014

Why my hair is so big. It's full of haircare secrets.

Sponsored post Despite my best efforts to destroy my hair---I bleached my hair a heroic six times in as many months between 2012-2...

What's in my makeup bag - Daytime look

It's only been four days since I last blogged, but whoa, does it feel like an eternity. 'Tis apparent that blogging is very much a muscle that must be consistently and frequently exercised to stay on form. I am ashamed of my own negligence, being busy and having a life is no excuse, it's a tough world out there. Anyway...! I offer by way of repentance a much requested (and possibly even helpful) blog post and a bribe, both in the form of a makeup blog post and yet another Malaysia Tatler feature...!

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This is it. All of my 'Society Secrets', as Malaysia Tatler puts it, and the entirety of my makeup bag. 
July 25, 2014

What's in my makeup bag - Daytime look

It's only been four days since I last blogged, but whoa, does it feel like an eternity. 'Tis apparent that blogging is very much a...

'I like your style, friend': Max

The third post in the 'sorta series' of photos of my stylish friends imaginatively titled 'I like your style, friend'

My long-suffering brother Max, or as I call him The Dishonourable Max of Pembridge, or Maaaaax *in a whiny voice when I want all his red Percy Pigs*, or Maxipad, or Maxi, or...you get the idea. I suspect he (not-so) secretly hates me.



Chillin' like a villain in his digs. Damn it feels good to be a Notting Hill gangsta. Maxin' and relaxin'. Yes, the bad 'gangsta' puns could roll in all day, but can you blame me when all his Spotify updates are somewhere along the lines of 'Max is listening to the entire catalogue of rap and hip hop from the '80s to the '00s?'. We're both gangsters in the same mold, that is, the sort that name their hamsters Coolio and L.V cos they're spending most their lives livin' in a hamsta's paradise.  
May 21, 2014

'I like your style, friend': Max

The third post in the 'sorta series' of photos of my stylish friends imaginatively titled  'I like your style, friend' .  ...

'I like your style, friend': Nichole

I'll be the first to admit that many of my friends are very easy on the eye, stylish, well dressed or at least have an inherent strong sense of personal style. I'm very lucky to be surrounded by such beauty. Perhaps I'm biased because I love them so much and therefore they are gorgeous in my eyes. But you know you're know you're (or they) are on to something when you can't walk down a street with them without getting street-style snapped, or go anywhere without being papped or asked where their threads are from. Some of them even volunteer outlandish personas created especially for the day (remember Sir Reginald Fancy Man of Chutney?). Anyway, I thought I'd share some of the loveliness that surrounds me, so there might well be a sort of series of blog posts featuring some of my beauties. Aptly named 'I like your style, friend' just because of it's simple sincerity and also because I like reading it out in a funny accent.

First up, Nichole.

May 17, 2014

'I like your style, friend': Nichole

I'll be the first to admit that many of my friends are very easy on the eye, stylish, well dressed or at least have an inherent strong...

House of Cuckoo at Taylor Taylor

On Tuesday I ventured to the other side of town for a little blogger's party hosted by the lovely Sarah of The Prosecco Diaries at Taylor Taylor in Notting Hill. The theme was 'healthy', and the House of Cuckoo rose spectacularly to the occasion with their fruit and vegetable cupcakesThe recommended intake of '5 (portions of fruit and veg) a day' has been bumped up to seven a day by the NHS, so I'll have four green tea mojitos and three pea cupcakes please, merci.

May 15, 2014

House of Cuckoo at Taylor Taylor

On Tuesday I ventured to the other side of town for a little blogger's party hosted by the lovely Sarah of The Prosecco Diaries   at ...

A Louis Vuitton birthday soirée.


Mummy's birthday was on Monday and Louis Vuitton threw a little birthday tea for her, as they do every year


Ever the dutiful daughter, I decked myself out in some of mummy's wares (Louis Vuitton W PM in Pistache, Zara dress, the usual shoes and accessories) and popped downed to the flagship store in Starhill Gallery for her little soirée. Only a week ago Dior hosted a tea for Datuk Rahmahjan's birthday and it was enjoyable enough but the LV matinées are by far my favourite. 
April 04, 2014

A Louis Vuitton birthday soirée.

Mummy's birthday was on Monday and Louis Vuitton threw a little birthday tea for her, as they do every year .  Ever the du...

Stylo Fashion Grand Prix 2014 Day 5 / Who is Gatsby?

'...and Who Is Gatsby? That's one secret I'll never tell. You know you love me. XOXO, Stylo Girl...'

(I miss Gossip Girl from before the plot lines veered into the ridiculous and just plain unimaginative, reworking Blair into a sort of Upper East Side bow clad wearing Charlene of Monaco, really?)


Jovian Mandagie showing us just why he's the King Of Stylo.

No, I don't know who Gatsby is and why the highlight of the six-day F1 themed fashion festival was called 'Who is Gatsby?...A Vintage Party'. But I can say with some certainty that although the 1920s theme is getting rather done to death now (I blame you, Baz Luhrmann) I am glad that it encouraged the invitees---or at least the socialites and fauxcialites---to dress up (I hate the generalisation that Malaysians don't make as much as an effort) and glad the party was held at the much vaster, less stiflingly hot Hap Seng Star (hello high ceilings and air-conditioning).

Ever more pleasing that two of my favourite South East Asian designers Jovian Mandagie and Zang Toi were showing. I very much enjoyed the night's  'BDSM meets military chic meets Gothic Lolita meets Eliza Doolittle goes to the Ascot all blinged up in ice' vibe.

April 02, 2014

Stylo Fashion Grand Prix 2014 Day 5 / Who is Gatsby?

'...and Who Is Gatsby? That's one secret I'll never tell. You know you love me. XOXO, Stylo Girl...' (I miss Gossip Gi...

D is for Dior

D is for Dior, Datins, and Datuk Rahmahjan. All of whom I had a date (D is also for date!) with last Thursday. I got myself a new Dior baby to add to my handbag collection which I'm quite pleased about. It seems like all my favourite things à la mode start with a D! I know what you're thinking. Get your mind out of the gutter, you dirty deviant (more Ds).


A limited edition 'Lady Dior'---apparently there's only two in this colour available in Malaysia---in box calfskin with embroidered badges that I may have persuaded mummy to get for herself ie. will end up in my wardrobe at some point.
March 31, 2014

D is for Dior

D is for Dior, Datins, and Datuk Rahmahjan. All of whom I had a date (D is also for date!) with last Thursday.   I got myself a new Dior ...

A day in my Posh, Broke, & Bored life / K.L Edition

Transparency is a wonderful thing. So is context. My blog posts and Instagram pictures are but mere snippets chosen from days that are mostly mundane. These carefully selected moments are curated to form a gallery of images that alludes to an otherwise photogenic, seemingly picture perfect life when in reality my days are really quite boring. 

My makeshift workstation because my study table is pilled with storage boxes and every surface of my dressing table is cluttered with junk.

Isn't that typical with social media envy? We forget that people post the best parts of their days, say 1% of what happens to them, but whenever we feel down about ourselves we go on Facebook to compare our disappointments against our friends' pictures of their holiday, acquaintances' latest acquisitions, your favourite 'Instagram celebrity''s artfully composed glass of champagne held up high against the city skyline with the sun setting just above it. In reality that last scene was probably the only glass they've allowed themselves to drink all week because they desperately want to lose five kilos, they probably sat around waiting a good ten minutes before the sunset for the right moment to take that photo, and it took about ten snaps to get the right shot, of which they edited furiously with twelve different apps on their phone so that they could post it to Instagram right away and show everyone what a great time, what a great life they're having...instead of just having it and living it there and then, in the moment.

So yes, it's good to put things in context. All that glitters is not gold. I'm not saying it's a furiously polished turd, I'm just saying it might be gold-plated but someone has conveniently failed to mention so.

With that in mind I thought I'd do a post about a day in my life, in its entirety. Without omitting the mundane parts nor seeking to big up the bits for the benefit of an 'audience', not that I even have one. This is me, keeping it real.

This is the Kuala Lumpur edition. Do bear in mind that the car I drive isn't actually mine, it belongs to my mother. I get to have it when I'm in K.L because she's decided that it's much easier to just use the driver and the company car.
March 28, 2014

A day in my Posh, Broke, & Bored life / K.L Edition

Transparency is a wonderful thing. So is context. My blog posts and Instagram pictures are but mere snippets chosen from days that are mos...