Sunday, 29 November 2015

The Secret Garden, One Utama – Flowering Plants

This is the fifth 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 
Part 4:  White Flowers


Besides being home to Amazon water lilies, fruiting plants, vegetables, creepers, vines and white flowers, The Secret Garden is also home to a variety of flowering plants.  Some of them are relatively common in Malaysia, like the yellow canna shown above.  They were very popular when I was growing up and the local council planted plenty of yellow and red cannas along the roads. 

Friday, 27 November 2015

Glasshouse Candles in Robinsons Malaysia

I had heard a lot about Glasshouse candles and how people were lugging them back from Australia.  I was on my way out of Robinsons after buying an ironing board cover when I passed displays of new interior fragrance and candle brands.  Glasshouse was one of them.  The others were DayNa Decker (USA), iKOU (Australia) and Culti.  ‘Tis the season to bring in candles?  TNS Skinlab has brought in Ecoya, another brand of candles from Australia. 
The Glasshouse display at Robinsons
Prices seemed standard for luxury candles, until I searched online and found out that Luxola carries Glasshouse products too. 

Prices for Glasshouse candles (not the La Maison ones):

60g – MYR139 (Robinsons), MYR81 (Luxola)
350g – MYR279 (Robinsons), MYR144 (Luxola)

So I guess fans of Glasshouse will know what to do………..ha!  Perhaps, check out the candles in person at Robinsons and order them online from Luxola?  Not that I’m suggesting anything here.   

DayNa Decker and iKOU displays
Happy shopping!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Julien Macdonald Retrospective, Starhill Gallery

Julien Macdonald Retrospective at Starhill Gallery
I was excited when I read that Starhill Gallery would be holding an exhibition of Julien Macdonald’s designs.  Julien Macdonald may not be a household name in Malaysia but he makes some of the most glamorous and sexy evening gowns and is also known for his skill in knitwear.  If knitwear reminds you of something that grannies wear with sensible shoes, you have got to see Julien Macdonald’s knitwear! 

The exhibition comprised of 19 outfits.  Most of them were dresses but there was one very special knitted catsuit. The exhibit was in a very dark room that was carpeted in black with some very bright lights.  It was quite difficult for me to take photographs of some outfits so I left them out.  Initially, I was quite apprehensive of taking photographs with the flash on but the burly guard outside didn’t seem to mind.   Please do read on to see some of the dresses.  

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Mitsui Outlet Park Sepang – 1st Impression

Image credit:  Mitsui Outlet Park Sepang Facebook page
I had been dying to visit Mitsui Outlet Park (MOP) in Sepang.  I restrained myself from driving there when it had its soft opening in May, and again when they officially opened in July.  I didn’t want to go there before most of the shops had opened.  I flirted with the idea of popping to the outlet whenever I arrived at KLIA2 but it seemed too troublesome with luggage in tow. 

I finally made the long trip to Mitsui Outlet Park Sepang on Deepavali.  There were so many things I wanted to know but no matter how much I scoured the Internet, I couldn’t find the answers to my questions.  I wanted to know if the outlet was worth visiting, if prices were good, how the outlet compared to Johor Premium Outlets (JPO), what exactly was in the Club21 Outlet etc.  If you want to know what I think, do read on. 

(Read about my second visit to MOP here)

Monday, 16 November 2015

BeautyConsumer – Kings & Queens Chinese Ambassador Green Pear 2 in 1 Shampoo & Shower Gel


Price:  MYR39 (before discount)
Where:  Shins Mid Valley Megamall
Size:  300ml
Repurchase:  Yes

Whew!  What a mouthful for a product name!  I was poking around the inner corners of Shins with the requisite sales associate shadowing me when I found a few Kings & Queens bath and body products discounted at 60% off.  I was instantly captivated by the fancy packaging and breathless story-telling of some coveted exotic ingredient used in the product. 

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Mall Rat – Mid Valley Megamall & The Gardens Mall (November 2015)

This weekend is a long weekend of sorts in KL as there is a public holiday on Tuesday.  School holidays have already started here in Malaysia which means…….sales and offers galore!  I dropped by Mid Valley Megamall and The Gardens Mall to have a quick look around. 

I wanted to check out F.O.S. because they are offering members a 30% discount until Tuesday.  There was very little merchandise tagged “Buy 1 Free 2”.  The better ones were Under Armour t-shirts (MYR15 for 1) and Brooks Brothers collared long-sleeved t-shirts or polo shirts (MYR15 for 1).  Under Armour appears to be all the rage in KL these days, I’m not sure why, so fans might want to pick some up at F.O.S. for cheap.

BudgetConsumer – Matrix Biolage Offer at 1 Mont’ Kiara Mall

I spotted some offers on Matrix Biolage products with old packaging at 1 Mont’Kiara Mall.  I forget what the shop is called but it’s on the first floor (with H&M, Sports Direct and some restaurants) and it’s opposite a Japanese restaurant (I think).  Anyway, it shouldn’t be hard to find as the floor isn’t very big. 

The 400ml shampoos are MYR24.90 for one and MYR48 for two.  Some of the other products are MYR15.90 for one and MYR39.90 for any three.  It seems like a pretty good offer as the shampoos are currently priced at MYR58 on Lazada. 

I won’t be getting any as I prefer not to use shampoos that contain sodium laureth sulfate (SLS) but I hope this helps those who want to buy some Matrix stuff. 

Happy Shopping! 

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Mall Rat – IPC and The Curve (November 2015)

It’s been a while since the last edition of Mall Rat!  Somehow there weren’t many exciting things to write about in the malls over the past few months.  I found myself in IPC Mall and The Curve recently. 

Christmas decorations are already up in Ikea.  So cute!  I didn’t venture into Ikea because I didn’t need anything and had limited time. 

Spotlight was where I was heading to.  There were so many Christmas decorations and they were on sale too!  Christmas ornaments, fabric, tinsel, nutcrackers etc.  Oh, Halloween decorations were on sale for MYR3 if you’re keen to stock up for next year.  I didn’t take a picture of the display but there wasn’t much.  I do remember a rather big bat decoration if anyone is looking for one. 

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Michael Kors Collection Spring 2016 RTW

Michael Kors, the champion of luxe sportswear, has been producing some incredible collections in recent years.  His version of glamour is understated but not boring, subtly sexy but not vulgar.  It is quite refreshing to see Michael Kors’ clothing among a sea of loud and confused colours, patterns and prints offered by other labels.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Thrift Shopping in Kuala Lumpur – The Ones That Got Away 2

I haven’t thrifted much this year.  According to my records, I have only bought two items of clothing from thrift shops this year.  I did find some amazing things that I would loved to buy but just couldn’t.  Why, oh, why?  By the way, I think most of these clothes have already been bought by other people so don’t go rushing out to see if you can snag them.