Friday, 30 October 2015

Another One Bites The Dust – Alber Elbaz Leaves Lanvin

Take your clothes and get gone.....
Image credit:  Vogue
I was shocked to read that Alber Elbaz, the champion of the peplum, was leaving Lanvin, without completing the pre-fall collection, no less.  It was only last week that Raf Simons announced that he was leaving Christian Dior and it didn’t seem so long ago that Alexander Wang was confirmed to be leaving Balenciaga.  But Alber Elbaz’s resignation is undeniably the most unexpected one of all. 

Thursday, 29 October 2015

BeautyConsumer - Innisfree and Etude House Peel-Off Base Coats

When I buy nail polish, I gravitate towards glitters.  I mean, who doesn’t want to shine bright like a diamond?  Unfortunately, I find removing glitter nail polish to be quite difficult.  After years of rubbing mercilessly at my nails and using up copious amounts of nail polish remover, I discovered the foil method of removing glitter nail polish.  It was a vast improvement, but still rather inconvenient. 

One day, a friend gave me a peel-off base coat from Innisfree.  Apparently, these base coats allow you to simply peel off the layers of nail polish!  I was intrigued.  I also bought Etude House’s peel-off base coat during a “Buy 1 Free 1” offer.  After trying both base coats, I’ve come to the conclusion that something’s gotta give. 

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

The Secret Garden, One Utama – White Flowers

This is the fourth part in The Secret Garden series.  The Secret Garden is situated on the rooftop of One Utama Shopping Centre, one of the largest shopping malls in the world. 

Part 1:  Amazon Water Lilies 

There is something calming about pristine white flowers.  The stark contrast between the green of the plant’s leaves and the white of the flowers creates a striking effect.  There were plenty of white flowers blooming in One Utama’s Secret Garden.  Some may be common but they are no less beautiful. 

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

BudgetConsumer - Sales and Offers (October 2015)

There has been no shortage of sales and offers this month.  Although it is already the end of the month, I spotted some new sales and offers.  Here are the ones that I’m interested in. 

I can’t believe Longchamp would have another sale so soon.  I’m still unsure if it’s legit or not and I haven’t decided if I should brave KL traffic and Wisma Selangor Dredging’s high parking fees to find out.  I’m not a big Kipling fan but I’ve never been to a Kipling warehouse sale before. 

Kanebo is having a warehouse sale at their office in Menara AmFirst.  I’d love to have a look but I don’t need any more makeup and I hear that parking at Menara AmFirst is something awful.  I’ll probably skip this one. 

Bath and Body Works is having a rather attractive-looking sale. 

Crabtree & Evelyn is inviting you to be their VIP member with a minimum purchase of MYR100.  I recall that it used to be much higher so this seems to be a good offer. 

Until next time, enjoy the sales and offers!  

Image credits:  shoppingnsales, except for the Bath and Body Works photo

Monday, 26 October 2015

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2016 RTW

Two distinctly different looks presented at the show
I miss Oscar de la Renta.  I used to look forward to squealing over the stills from his runway collections but now, there is a void that nobody can fill.  Peter Copping, his much-praised successor, simply does not appeal to me.  Somehow, his designs for Oscar de la Renta seem to be quite convoluted or even confused.  Let’s see what he offered for Spring 2016.

The colour palette included some very strong colours like red, black and yellow.  There was also a smattering of forest green, turquoise, peach, lilac, white and powder blue.  I thought that none of the colours looked good against each other, but that’s just my opinion.  Vogue thinks that Peter Copping, like Oscar de la Renta, has a “phenomenal eye for colour and social tone”.  Ahem. 

Friday, 23 October 2015

BeautyConsumer - Saaf Skincare

Note:  Saaf skincare does not appear to be available in Malaysia any longer. 

Saaf is a brand of natural and organic skincare that I vaguely remembered being stocked at TNS Skinlab many years ago.  I never paid much attention to it.  However, I was browsing Shins in Mid Valley two years ago when I found some Saaf products hidden on a low shelf.  I was delighted to discover that they were on clearance!  Although I had never tried their products before, I must have had great faith in them, as evidenced by my first haul shown below. 

I've never purchased so much skincare at one go before!
The products I bought were:
  • Saaf organic enriching hair oil (MYR40, originally MYR199)
  • Saaf organic eraser body oil (MYR40, originally MYR279)
  • Saaf organic ultimate moisture face serum (MYR20, originally MYR249)
  • Saaf organic complexion boosting serum (MYR20, originally MYR249)
  • Saaf organic pure face cleanser and organic face cloth (MYR20, originally MYR199)

There were also body balms and foot balms available but I didn’t buy them.

What I have left of the serums and oils
That was not it.  When I returned to Shins a few weeks later, they had reduced all the prices to MYR10.  I just had to buy some more!  In total, I went to haul Saaf products three times.  Since then, I have used all the products except the body oil.  Here are my comments on the products. 

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Valiram Friends & Family Sale @ Westin Kuala Lumpur (16-18 October 2015)

Valiram is having a friends and family sale this weekend. Although I don’t need anything and never rarely find anything to buy at their sales, I decided to pay them a visit in the name of being a busybody research. 
Image credit:  Valiram's website

Sasa Warehouse Sale @ Citta Mall (14-18 October 2015)

Image credit:  Sasa Malaysia's Facebook page
I wasn’t expecting much when I read that Sasa was having a warehouse sale.  I figured that Sasa already has two permanent factory outlets (Sungei Wang Plaza and Mitsui Outlet Sepang) and most of their excess stock would go there.  After much thinking, I decided to venture to Citta Mall to check out the warehouse sale as there was an Esprit warehouse sale going on and a thrift shop that I could use to salvage my trip if there was nothing to buy at the Sasa warehouse sale. 

Turns out that I was wrong!  My only purchases were from the Sasa warehouse sale.  Please read on for more information. 

Thursday, 15 October 2015

H&M Home – The Spring Mall, Kuching (October 2015)

Fall display at H&M Home
My addiction to H&M Home shows no signs of waning.  I can never get bored of looking at the beautiful homewares, even if I do not buy any.  Here's what I found during another sigh-inducing visit to H&M Home.  

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Ralph Lauren Spring 2016 RTW

I love Ralph Lauren.  I always look forward to his runway shows.  He usually shows on the last day of New York Fashion Week so I will be impatiently waiting for the runway photos to emerge.  
For Spring 2016, Ralph Lauren presented a less showy collection.  There were plenty of clean lines, and crisp fabrics.  It was nautical miles away from the glamorous, colourful luxe safari collection he showed for Spring 2015.  Embellishments and jewelry were seemingly absent amid the sea of navy and white looks, some of them punctuated by buttery leather outerwear.  The bags were more casual and functional than glamorous.

Friday, 9 October 2015

BeautyConsumer - Peter Thomas Roth, Roger & Gallet

Peter Thomas Roth is a brand I see and hear about a lot but have never tried.  I usually use hair and body products that do not have sodium lauryl sulfate and parabens but that doesn't stop me from occasionally trying products that do contain those ingredients.  

I discovered the products pictured above in my parents' house.  They probably came from hotels.  I will summarise my thoughts quickly as I find that I lose interest in lengthy product reviews.  

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Shopping Using Zalora Mobile App

I have a confession to make.  I have never shopped online before except for flight tickets.  Shopping using a mobile app?  I never thought I'd attempt it.  Due to an unusual stroke of good luck, I won a MYR200 Zalora shopping voucher through a contest.  The caveat besides some brand exclusions?  I had to shop using Zalora's mobile application.  What was that saying about walking before you run?  

To my relief and delight, shopping using the mobile app was a breeze.  If you have no idea what you want to buy, it would be easier to browse Zalora's many offerings using a browser first before placing your order via the mobile app.  Even better, there is usually a 20% discount code you can use if you order via the mobile app.  

I won't go into the details of creating an account, ordering, tracking your order etc.  I was happy that my package arrived without any delay.  I don't really like the amount of promotional e-mails and mobile alerts that kept popping up though.  

And since we're always interested in what others buy, here is my loot.  

It wasn't easy to shop within a specified budget so I ended up getting two of the same tops (one was for my mother).  I had no idea that Ipanema's sizing ran so small.  Luckily, I ordered the flip flops in US size 8.  I usually wear a size 6 or 6.5.  I love the flip flops.  They are so comfortable.  The Dorothy Perkins blush daisy burnout tee looked a bit cheaply made in real life but the striped crochet tees were perfect.  

I had a good shopping experience with Zalora but I am going to uninstall the mobile app and unsubscribe from their mailing list before I get annoyed at them!  

Saturday, 3 October 2015

H&M Mid-Season Deals

I was passing by H&M in The Spring Mall, Kuching when I spotted bright red signs with "deals" printed on them.  Obviously, I couldn't resist going in to see what was available.  There were already many shoppers inside despite the fact that it was a Wednesday!  

Dresses started from MYR30.  

Lovely lace dresses
There were some pretty lace dresses at MYR80.  Most of them were sleeveless but there were two designs that had long sleeves.  

Bras were mostly priced at an affordable MYR25.  Unfortunately, there weren't many sizes left.  If you are looking for cups A, C or D, you can try your luck.    For those who are wondering if H&M bras are any good, I think they are quite good for the price.  Perhaps I shall do a review in the near future.  

Cute printed shorts started from MYR25 and most of them had pockets.  I spotted the flowered shorts on the first episode of the second season of Fresh Off The Boat!

Constance Wu wearing H&M shorts on Fresh Off The Boat
In the home department, most of the sale stock from my last H&M Home report at The Spring Mall remained.  The prices hadn't dropped either!  There were some comforters but they were rather expensive at MYR199.  I saw some pillowcases (linen, ruffled linen, cotton) that were marked down to MYR30.  

I didn't check out the men's and children's departments.  Until next time, I hope you snag some great deals at H&M this season!

Friday, 2 October 2015

Sparkly Shoe Sightings

Vincci glitter Mary Janes (MYR99)
Image credit:  Zalora
I love sparkly shoes, it doesn't matter if the shine comes from glitter or sequins.  It just feels magical to put on a pair of shoes that reflect the light like disco balls do.  I spotted these cute Mary Janes from Vincci.  They come in a glittery charcoal and silver.  

Top view
Side views
I tried them on in-store and found them to fit well.  I wish they came in more colours like gold, rose gold or red but that's just me being greedy.  

Zara glitter pumps (MYR249)
Image credit: Zara
If you find Mary Janes slightly childish, you may like to try Zara's glitter pumps instead.  They come in a very grown-up and discreet black.  

While I was at Vincci, I also found some pretty, shiny sandals.

Look at the bling on these pairs!  I like these ones best out of all the sandals I saw at Vincci.

This design is more demure.  The large gems make the otherwise boring sandals more exciting.  

This pair was a very simple design with pretty beads.  It was on sale (buy 2 pairs for MYR69) but there were only large sizes left.

Now, if only I could decide which ones to buy..............