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. 
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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

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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. 
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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. 
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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!