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!

Monday, 27 June 2016

Recent Purchases – June 2016

F.O.S. Super Clearance at 1 Mont Kiara Mall
I feel like I’ve been shopping a lot although most of the things I bought were out of necessity and not attraction.  That may be the correct kind of shopping but it lacks the thrill of buying something incredibly beautiful. 
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I finally managed to tick one item off my wishlist when I bought these Nike sneakers from Why Pay More.  I was considering a few other pairs of sneakers but eventually decided on this pair because they looked cuter.  They cost me MYR160.30.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Thrift Shopping in Kuala Lumpur - The Ones That Got Away 4

There have been some lovely discoveries at various thrift shops in the past few months.  Although I didn’t end up taking most of them home with me, it was still fun to find them and at least I took pictures of them to reminisce (and sometimes beat myself up for being indecisive and not snapping them up)! 

Giuseppe Zanotti cream suede heels
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These were very beautiful but unfortunately, a little too tight for me.  I’m never going to stuff my feet into shoes that are too small.  I did that once and no amount of shoe stretching spray would stretch the shoes to fit my feet. 

Monday, 23 May 2016

BudgetConsumer – Daiso Hair Elastics

I have bought a lot of hair elastics in my lifetime but there are none that I love more than Daiso’s hair elastics (only the ones that are made in Japan).  I feel that they are more elastic and comfortable than other brands.  The problem is that they cost MYR5.30 for a pack of two, which makes them rather expensive.  I was about to buy another pack when I noticed something hanging from the side of the racks. 


I suppose these elastics are for making hair bands?  Anyway, they are really long and also made in Japan!  They even come in a variety of thicknesses and colours!  Daiso also sells a pack of five or six ready-cut hair elastics that haven’t been tied so you have to knot them up yourself.  Obviously, the “hair bands” are a far better deal.  You just have to cut them to size and tie them up to make hair elastic bands.  I love them!  

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Recent Purchases (April & May 2016)

I’ve been doing a bit of shopping here and there, mostly stuff that I have wanted to get for a while.  Nothing particularly spectacular but I’m quite happy with my purchases. Some of these are still available in-store for those who would like to get them.  

Birkenstocks (MYR209.40 after 40% discount)

I saw these at Mitsui Outlet Park less than a month ago but didn’t buy them.  I found them at Isetan The Gardens and Isetan One Utama for the same price as at the outlet!  I guess I don’t need to go to the outlet to scout for bargains.  These are all leather except for the sole so I’m happy with them.  I shall be stalking Isetan for future Birkenstock sales. You can see some photos of the small Birkenstock clearance at Isetan One Utama from this page.  I didn't find any women's styles that were 50% off, though. 

Thursday, 12 May 2016

BeautyConsumer – Current Sulphate-Free and Paraben-Free Shampoos

(Both products were purchased from TNS Skinlab stores.  All images credited to http://www.mytnsskinlab.com/)

Organic Formulations Biologika Coconut Shampoo
Size:  500ml
Price:  MYR43 (purchased for MYR23 after using a MYR20 coupon)
Packaging:  Opaque white press cap bottle
Features:  Contains no synthetic fragrances, parabens, artificial colours, formaldehyde-causing agents or animal-derived ingredients, natural, biodegradable, soap free, sulphate free
Repurchase:  Maybe. 

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Mitsui Outlet Park, Sepang – Second Round

(Earlier post on Mitsuit Outlet Park Sepang here)
A week ago, I went to Mitsui Outlet Park Sepang with some out-of-towners.  It turned out to be a rather disappointing trip.  Most of the things were quite expensive and strangely, the outlet was quiet.  However, I did manage to visit some of the outlets that I wasn’t able to go to before. 
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Friday, 29 April 2016

BCBG Max Azria, Karen Millen, Warehouse, Miss Selfridge, Topshop Clearance @ Isetan KLCC

Another short update to be followed with more details.

Don't bother going.

Updated:

When I saw that there was going to be a clearance for BCBG Max Azria, Karen Millen, Warehouse, Miss Selfridge and Topshop at Isetan KLCC’s Event Hall, I was considerably excited.  After all, I had just discovered that all the brands above had closed their outlets in Mitsui Outlet Park.  Would it mean that there would be better discounts at their clearance sales in KL? 

Although I hadn’t initially planned to go to the sale, I ended up in Suria KLCC after an unexpected turn of events.  Let’s just say that I would have been terribly disappointed if I had gone there just for the sale. 

Ted Baker & Bebe Friends & Family Sale (27 April - 2 May 2016) @ One Utama

Just a short update for now.  I will include more details later.

Not worth going to.  I wish I had skipped this one.

Updated:

The only picture I took at the sale
When I saw that Bebe and Ted Baker were having a Friends and Family Sale at One Utama’s Bargain Corner, I headed there to have a look.  I had missed the same sale last year so I was determined to find out what it was like. 

Friday, 15 April 2016

OPI Warehouse Sale @ Wisma UOA II (14 – 17 April 2016)

Image credit:  OPI Malaysia Facebook page
Yes!  An OPI warehouse sale!  While I really don’t need any more nail polish, I simply had to check out this warehouse sale when I was in the vicinity. 

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

FJ Benjamin Warehouse Clearance @ Viva Home Mall (9-10 April 2016)

Image credit:  FJ Benjamin Warehouse Clearance Facebook page
I almost didn’t make it to this sale.  I was busy on the first day of the sale.  I was also quite busy on the second (and last) day of the sale but I decided that I should give it a shot.  And yes, I was tempted by all the pictures posted on the official FJ Benjamin Warehouse Clearance Facebook page!  It was my very first time at Viva Home Mall.  Well, I’m glad I decided to go although I didn’t come back with a big shopping haul. 

Venue:  Spacious and well-lit.  Air-conditioning was working well
Parking:  Affordable enough
Merchandise:  I think most of the good stuff was gone on the first day.  Some of the merchandise was not very recent, but I’m not going to complain
Cashier counters:  Plentiful, separated by brands
Fitting rooms:  None, but some narrow mirrors were provided

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Current Lemmings – April 2016

Spring is here, along with the pretty, feminine fashions it inspires.  This spring appears to be all about girlish, breezy clothes with delicate lace embellishments.  I am not complaining at all.  In fact, I’m the girl going around boutiques trying my hardest not to squeal in delight at the lightweight garments that promise to transform any ordinary girl into a graceful nymph. 

Zara
For me, Zara is the store with the most beautiful spring clothes.  Unfortunately, I can’t seem to fit their clothes well.  A disappointment, indeed, but my wallet isn’t complaining. 

I love this white, long-sleeved blouse with lace details.  Very pretty. 

This white, short-sleeved lace dress is so sweet, simple and innocent.  Easy to wear, too. 

I really like this white blouse with black lace panels.  In fact, it reminds me of a 3.1 Philip Lim blouse that I saw at a past Club21 designer clearance.  I think the design is perfect for those days when you want to wear a comfy t-shirt but don’t want to wear a plain, boring t-shirt.  This is like a semi-dressy t-shirt. 
3.1 Philip Lim t-shirt at a previous Club21 designer clearance
Image credits (except last photo): 

Saturday, 2 April 2016

The High-Waisted Striped Circle Skirt

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H&M black long-sleeved knit
Principles striped circle skirt
Topshop crossbody clutch
Caparros peeptoes
I found this black-and-white striped circle skirt made from many pieces at a thrift shop a few years ago.  I thought it looked super cool so I tried it on and bought it.  It is from Principles and made completely from cotton – even the lining.  That was a huge plus in my books as I dislike wearing clothes lined in acetate in our tropical weather.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Superpharmacy Megastore, Petaling Jaya

Superpharmacy Megastore, Petaling Jaya
I was driving to a car service centre in Petaling Jaya when I passed Superpharmacy Megastore.  I saw the words “The largest pharmacy warehouse” and decided that I had to check it out.  Of course, before I checked it out, I searched online to see if I could find anything on them.  According to an article in The Star newspaper, the owners “drew inspiration from warehouse pharmacies overseas”.  

Saturday, 26 March 2016

New Zealand – Waitomo Caves & Auckland

At the end of the boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto
On our way from Rotorua to Auckland, we stopped to visit the Waitomo Caves.  We were told it would be cold so I wore a sweater.  There are three caves – Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Ruakuri Cave and Aranui Cave.  We only visited the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.  On hindsight, I wished we could have visited all the caves.  I had never been inside a limestone cave or seen stalagmites and stalactites.  Neither had I seen glowworms before.  Exciting, no?

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

New Zealand – Agrodome & Te Puia, Rotorua

Beautiful sights during the Agrodome farm tour
After leaving Hobbiton, we headed off to Rotorua.  As soon as we arrived in Rotorua, the smell of rotten eggs hit us.  Yes, the smell of sulfur permeates most of Rotorua.  There is a lot of geothermal activity in the area (geysers, thermal mud pools etc.).  In fact, on our drive to Rotorua, our driver pointed out small hills along the roads which were caused by past geothermal activity.  We had some time before dinner, which was a Maori Hangi concert and feast, so we headed off to do some shopping and to visit the Rotorua night market.  I enjoyed both the shopping and the night market but not so much the Maori Hangi concert and feast.  I thought that the Hangi feast would be cooked in the ground but no, we got a hotel buffet version that didn’t even taste good. 

Geyser at Te Puia
A heads up for tourists like me: Pak’nSave supermarket has a free public phone from which you can call for a taxi.  Taxi rates are quite expensive – I think we paid around NZD 18 to get back to our hotel which, according to Google maps, is only 2km away.  There is also a bus you can take but the bus services seem to end early in Rotorua.  Anyway, I don’t regret it because we hardly had any time to go to the supermarkets and our tour guide was quite mean about arranging for us to do any shopping at all.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

New Zealand – Hobbiton, Matamata

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The rolling green hills of Hobbiton
I was thoroughly excited to visit New Zealand’s North Island.  First of all, it meant that we were halfway through our tour.  Secondly, the long hours of travelling by bus were now behind us!  Woohoo!  We flew to Auckland by Air New Zealand.  The safety briefing video was really entertaining.  The only unpleasant thing was that Air New Zealand only allows one piece of check-in luggage on domestic flights.  That’s terribly inconvenient for international tourists. 
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Hobbit hole
We arrived in Auckland Airport and I headed for the luggage carousels, stupidly trying to find out the carousel number for our flight.  It took a while before I realised that there was only one luggage carousel.  I couldn’t help but laugh at myself. 

Saturday, 19 March 2016

New Zealand – Bungy Jumping and Jet Boating at Kawarau

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Kawarau river - can you spot the jet boat on the right?
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Look at all the New Zealand animals in the jet boat!  Soooo cute!
At some point in our journeys from Christchurch to Queenstown and back, we made some stops in the Kawarau region for extreme sports.  It was pretty exciting, although I didn’t participate due to fear and lack of funds!  One of these activities was jet boating.  The picturesque river looked so calm and pretty.  Imagine shooting over the waters in a boat at high speed!

Thursday, 17 March 2016

New Zealand – Fjordland National Park& Milford Sound

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The view from one of our stops in Fjordland National Park
After spending one night in Queenstown, we set out early the next morning for Fjordland National Park, where Milford Sound is located.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

New Zealand Snacks!

Haribo Roulettes, The Natural Confectionary Company Sour Patch Kids, Whittaker's L&P chocolate, Cadbury Jaffas
I nicked these from the various hotels that we stayed in.......
The only freebies I received in my entire New Zealand trip - fruits pastilles from SkyCity casino, Auckland
What would a holiday be without snacks?  I was dying to go to a supermarket in New Zealand but it took a while before I managed to go to one.  That’s one of the cons of joining a tour group.   I had to make do with tiny grocery stores and hotel convenience shops for almost a week. 


This is a rocky road flavoured ice-cream.  It tasted a bit childish – strawberry ice-cream covered with nuts and chocolate, but I liked it.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

New Zealand - Queenstown

I was so excited to arrive in Queenstown.  I had read all about Taylor Swift flying into Queenstown the week before.  Once our tour bus entered Queenstown, we could see beautiful deep blue waters and majestic green mountains.  The roads were narrow and steep but the town itself wasn’t very big.  We headed for the Skyline Gondolas that would take us up to the Skyline Restaurant where we would be having dinner. 

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View of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu from Skyline Restaurant
The Skyline Gondola is basically a cable car.  The cable car ride was rather frightening for me as we ascended almost vertically!  We could see sheep grazing leisurely on the mountains.  When we arrived at the top, we were treated to an incredible view of Queenstown.  Of course, there were plenty of tourists snapping away happily and posing for photographs.  I could see why people would come all the way to this tiny place. 

Monday, 14 March 2016

New Zealand - Cromwell & Arrowtown

An arch of roses in Mrs Jones Fruit Orchard, Cromwell
On the way to Queenstown, we stopped at Cromwell, which is home to many fruit orchards.  I was all excited, thinking that we would get to go fruit picking.  Unfortunately, that was not the case as we were merely dropped outside Mrs Jones Fruit Stall to buy fruits.  Mrs Jones Fruit Stall sells a variety of fresh and dried fruits, nuts and vegetables.  New Zealand’s favourite Tip Top ice-cream is also sold by the scoop.  



Tuesday, 8 March 2016

New Zealand - Mount Cook, Lake Tekapo & Lake Pukaki

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Mountain view from Hermitage Hotel, Mount Cook
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Picture-perfect Lake Pukaki on a clear day
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Lake Tekapo and lots of lupins
After leaving the lovely gardens of Hotel Ashburton behind, we headed off for Mount Cook.  The journey was long and the roads winding and narrow.  The view, however, was spectacular.  Beautiful blue skies, mountains, sparkling lakes were a sight for tired eyes. 

Saturday, 5 March 2016

New Zealand - Christchurch & Ashburton

Water fountain in Christchurch Botanical Gardens
New Zealand was never one of the places I envisioned that I would visit.  Although I had heard a lot about the country’s beautiful scenery, I would have never planned to go there.  As they say, never say never.  I found myself in New Zealand for a family trip last December.  When I looked at the tour itinerary, I almost fainted at the amount of time we were to spend traveling by road.  What do they say about facing your fears head on?  I guess I didn’t have a choice but to confront my motion sickness demons in the face, packed all sorts of medication and boarded the plane.  First stop, Christchurch.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Longchamp Friends & Family Sale, Haulmark Branded Apparel Clearance @ Jaya One


Longchamp had a Friends and Family sale at Parkroyal Hotel in January.  I decided against going because I didn’t need anything and I just gone to a Longchamp Friends and Family sale a few months ago.  To my surprise, the sale headed to Jaya One last weekend so I dropped by to check it out.