Sunday, 13 November 2016

FJ Benjamin Warehouse Sale @ Atria Shopping Gallery (4-6 November 2016)

I was surprised to learn that FJ Benjamin would be hosting yet another warehouse sale this year.  In hopes of finding more deeply discounted Raoul stuff, I headed to Atria Shopping Gallery.  
The sale was good for such things.  

Monday, 31 October 2016

A Tale of Two Sequined Skirts

There was a point in my life when I loved sequined clothes, in particular, sequined skirts.  The sight of sequins winking seductively in the light filled my heart with longing to own those beautifully embellished garments. 
Raoul silk blouse
Ralph Lauren gold sequined skirt
Barachini gold sandals
That was how I ended up with two sequined skirts.  The first sequined skirt I had ever purchased was from Ralph Lauren.  I had found a whole bunch of silk skirts that were completely studded with bronze and gold sequins at a clearance event.  I almost squealed out loud when I found that the skirts were 90% off and I could get a further 30% off by purchasing at least 5 items.  So I paid around MYR200 for a skirt that was originally MYR2700.  At the cashier, an elderly lady looked at my purchases and said, “That’s a very nice skirt.  You can wear it to work.”  I don’t know what she assumed my job was.......

Friday, 30 September 2016

Valiram Friends & Family Sale @ JW Marriott Hotel (29 September - 2 October 2016)

Well, well, what have we here?  Another Valiram Friends & Family sale in the space of 3 months?  Is this a quarterly event now?

Despite my better judgment, I was again, drawn like a moth to the flame and found myself at the ballroom of the JW Marriott Hotel on the very first day of the sale.  I didn't take any pictures because I arrived at 7.30pm and the staff had started closing the cash registers at 7.45pm.  

Monday, 19 September 2016

Recent Purchases (July – September 2016)

It’s been a while!  I really need to manage my time better in order to write more.  The shopping scene has been a bit quiet lately.  No major hauls on my part but I did buy some pretty things that made me very happy. 

Since I haven’t written about my recent purchases, I have to start from the least recent ones.  I got these Catrice items from Guardian during a sale in July.  I haven’t opened the shine control powder yet but the colour lip balm is good enough for what I paid (MYR13 or so). 

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Uniqlo X Lemaire Short-Sleeved Dress

Uniqlo and Lemaire black short-sleeved dress
I had read about Lemaire’s collaborations with Uniqlo with some interest.  Fashion publications touted Uniqlo X Lemaire as the best ever designer collaboration.  I clicked through the preview photos and felt underwhelmed.  I thought I would be more enthusiastic, seeing as Christophe Lemaire was once the creative director of Hermes.  A friend was very much in love with Lemaire’s second collaboration with Uniqlo, going around searching for the pieces that weren’t carried in Malaysia.  Eventually, I got brainwashed and decided to check out the clothes in-store. 
Side view of the dress
I didn’t think the clothes looked very attractive, although I did like the short-sleeved knits.  The dresses seemed weirdly roomy.  The prices were rather high (MYR199.90) so I didn’t give the clothes much thought.  I did see some tourists from Australia frantically buying many items as they were cheaper in Malaysia.  That still didn’t convince me to give the clothes a second thought. 
When Lemaire's second collection for Uniqlo launched, I discovered that the seersucker dresses had really deep pockets.  I was so excited!  I hadn't seen such deep pockets on women's clothing since....forever!  That sold me on the dress and I bought the short-sleeved one when it went on sale for MYR99.90. 
The dress, worn unbelted
The dress is roomy and has lots of gathers.  I don’t think I’d wear it without tying it at the waist.  The dress holds its shape well, thanks to the seersucker fabric.  I tried on both size S and M and found that there wasn’t much difference except for the sleeves.  I find that the sleeves on a size S dress are quite fitting so you should size up if you prefer a looser fit in the arm area. 

All in all, I’m quite happy with the Uniqlo X Lemaire dress and bought the sleeveless version too.  They’re currently on sale for a song at MYR69.90 but stock is dwindling fast.  I hope this post helps those who are looking for unfussy, well-designed dresses with pockets.  Happy shopping!

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Deals at H&M, Quill City Mall

I had always been curious about the H&M store in Quill City Mall, mostly because it stocked H&M Home.  On the eve of Hari Raya, I went to check out the deals in-store.  I was pleasantly surprised to find lots of deals on homewares, especially since I had found none at the Avenue K store. 

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Valiram Friends & Family Sale @ JW Marriott Hotel (29 June - 1 July 2016)

Just a quick recap of the sale.  I didn't take any pictures.  Nevertheless, I hope that this information will help those who are agonising over whether they should go or not!