After months of constant traveling + eating + drinking, i can’t fit into my regular pants anymore.
I’ve gone up a clothing size. Friends have said i look better putting on some weight, but i can’t bear being jiggly!
So i’m really really reallyyyyy trying to implement more workout / movement time into my schedule.
I’m taking up yoga again, after not bothering to go / making excuses for the past 3 years or so.
I know it looks like i’m putting my head into a dustbin, but i swear it’s a light.
That’s me after class – all smiles but feeling like melting into the ground.
After months and maybe YEARS of telling Atilia that i’d drop by her studio – YogaOneThatiWant – i FINALLY went for my first class.
Thomas Sabo invited me for their Autumn Winter event to launch their new store in Gardens, with dinner at Sage afterward. I wore some pieces from their latest collection during the event that they laid out for me, and despite missing the dress code on the invite, it all still managed to match. Score.
I’m wearing rings, bracelets and necklaces from Thomas Sabo,
my gold watch from KLASSE,
dress from the now defunct Gallo by Thian (i do miss that brand),
and shoes from Love, Bonito
New filigree Karma Beads fashioned from radiant 925 Sterling silver or with 18k rose-gold plating were added to the line of more that 140 beads, with some of my favourite features – animals! Look out for frogs, squirrels, bears, hedgehogs, owls and falcons this autumn 😀
Glam & Soul and Rebel At Heart collections include Fatima’s Garden, a series with stylised lotus flower petals that capture ornamental opulence with sparkling zirconia- pavé, synthetic spinels and radiant rose quartz. Think an enchanted Indian garden full of gorgeous blossoms and intensive colour hues.
If you lean more towards modern and feminine designs, the Pearl series playfully reinterprets classic pearl jewellery along with floral accents. And oh, my favourite pieces i have my eye on… the Ear Jackets (made from sparkling rows of zirconia, small skulls or simple silver balls) and Mini Rings.
That evening, the spotlight was deservingly shone upon the Thomas Sabo Love Bridge (there’s a long story between me and this bracelet which i didn’t expect but you gotta read on to find out). Each Love Bridge bracelet each has a filigree bar made of 925 Sterling silver that joins the two ends of the bracelet, which you can engrave with up to 15 characters (include Chinese characters and many cute symbols like a heart and the infinity sign).
Inspired by the practice of people engraving iron locks and securing them on love bridges around the world to immortalise their connection, Thomas Sabo came up with a Love Bridge of its own where people regardless of being sweethearts, best friends or family members can express their affection for each other in their own individual ways with loving words or beautiful life mottos.
Two special engraving machines have specially been brought into the Thomas Sabo stores in Malaysia just for the Love Bridge bracelets!
But hey, there are lots of pictures from the night… so i’m gonna bring you right back to the very beginning when i arrived.
Amber and Venice, all wearing jewellery from Thomas Sabo. Amber probably updating her instagram religiously as always.
Baby: Urghh… Why is everyone leaving me for London? You *points to Joyce*, for Fashion Week and you *points to April*, for school!
April: Aiya… sorry la King.
Joyce: I won’t be gone for 6 weeks again, Baby *whilst checking her email*. Hey, do you want to go for the HotelQuickly Weekend Sweet-Escape?
Baby: Sure. Since EVERYONE is leaving me anyway!
I was told to meet up with the marketing and PR team from HotelQuickly at Green Tomato Cafe, Jalan Ritchie at 1.30PM. I’d already planned to Uber my way there on Saturday when I got an email from Natasha with the title “Surprise FREE Uber rides for you!”
And my reply to her was, “I was planning to Uber my way there. How did you know?”
I was entitled to seven free Uber rides and each ride is worth RM50. To Uber Black or not, that is the question 😉
The interesting thing about HotelQuickly‘s Weekend Sweet-Escape is that there was no itinerary. They would only reveal our next activity after we’re done with the first one. My first and only clue was to meet up at the cafe in KL. On Saturday morning, I panicked because I didn’t know what to pack.
And then I remembered my trip to Penang with Joyce for the #LiveinLevis project last year. We were there for only two nights but she packed like we were going away for a week. [Joyce: Babyyyyyyy!!!!]
Baby: That’s a big bag, do you really need all those clothes?
Joyce: I always over pack, babe. And I bring only my nicest clothes because… I’m from KL, man… REPRESENT! [Joyce Disclaimer: i swear i don’t remember saying this.]
True enough, on our night-outings, she looked like a million bucks and I on the other hand looked like a runaway! Live and learn, Baby!
So in true Joyce-style I overpacked on purpose! Nice clothes only because… I’m from KBF, man… REPRESENT!
At 1PM, I booked my Uber and by 1.25PM, I was already at Green Tomato Cafe.
In my Uber enroute to our first meet-up spot.
[Joyce: Your tiny feet… ho ho ho]
Let me tell you about HotelQuickly. It is Asia’s #1 last-minute booking-only app and a mobile-first product designed for the modern traveller and those self proclaimed with “wanderlust”. The app redefines the concept of last minute hotel booking in the mobile commerce with 6,000 curated hotels in 200+ destinations across 15 different countries in Asia Pacific. All hotels are handpicked by the HotelQuickly team and only the best rated 3-star to 5-star hotels are listed in the app.
“The hotel deals in our app are on average 30% off cheaper than the best available rates online. The app can be easily downloaded for free on iOS and Android devices. Overall, HotelQuickly serves to be the ultimate app for customers who wish to take on quick vacations, book a hotel-stay during missed or delayed flights and even those who just simply appreciate the thrill of travelling,” explained Wen Dee.
“The reason why HotelQuickly is a last minute only booking app is because people nowadays have very busy lifestyle or they’re always on-the-go and they don’t really know what’s next. For example, when you have a very stressful week at work and you just want to wind-down during the weekend but also want a different environment – you want something fun or something fancy this is where HotelQuickly comes in. You can just turn to the app and book your hotel!” she shared further.
Some of the hotels in KL that’s partnered-up with HQ are Grand Hyatt, Mandarin Oriental, Shangri-La, Fraser Residence, E&O Residences and many more.
To get RM40 credit, enter this promo code JJINGYE on the app 😀
After the introduction, Natasha and Wen Dee revealed our next activity which is… batik workshop at My Batik. We were given options whether to do batik blocking or batik colouring. Colouring for me, please! I chose an existing design with two birds on it.
After I chose my design, I was asked to write my name with wax using the tjanting.
On the few occasions i was invited to be a bridesmaid at weddings, i recall how considerate the brides were in trying to ensure they were dresses we could wear for other occasions thereafter. And i do still wear every single one by accessorizing differently when i don them. Hmm except one.
There was this off-shoulder white dress from Key Ng that Cammy got me to wear at hers… too bad Matt spilled red wine ALL OVER it halfway through one of the speeches (no, i’m not gonna forget how you ruined that dress for years to come! Decades, in fact.)
Digressed. Anyway i don’t like the idea of having items in my wardrobe that i can only wear once or twice. Feel quite sayang sometimes you know?
With the knowledge that it’s always a plus to be able to find bridesmaids dresses that are wedding-appropriate yet difficult to find them (running around town to all possible boutiques is one way); Love, Bonito recently launched a new collection parked under their bridesmaids collection called LYLAS, which stands for Love You Like A Sister.
Here are some style ideas that April put together >
Malaysia Airlines got in touch with me a couple of months ago with the interest of running an Influencer Exchange program between me (as a blogger in KL), and another blogger in London. When they emailed me, i was actually in London for summer at the time, and figured if i was going to return in the near future, it might as well be for fashion week! So i suggested we coincide the dates so that the blogger from London could visit during KL Fashion Week, where i would host her for a day; and vice versa!
Danielle AKA Fashionista Barbie flew in for KL Fashion Week in mid-August. Prior to her flight to Malaysia for the first time, we had a casual google hangout sess where we talked about the things she would be interested in doing and came up with a list of suggested activities she could visit (besides fashion shows) to make the most out of her trip here. Of course, most of the things i suggested were to do with food or shopping… but there was so much going on that week, i told her that she should have just stayed longer. You need a good 5-7 days for KL if you want to experience it properly. I think that goes with any city, really!
Danielle was staying at the Grand Hyatt, so for one of the days during Fashion Week, we headed out early in the morning to pop by places of interest before attending shows from 4pm till night. In the morning, she went to Central Market to look about, and i took her to Justin Yap’s studio cos it’s within walking distance. His studio is on the same floor as Peter Hoe’s store (who’s his uncle) and sells lots of cool contemporary Asian items i always want to splurge on. [As of September 2015, Justin Yap has relocated his studio to Bangsar.]
We had a sneak peek at some of his newest designs
I fell utterly in love with this dress and practically ignored them chatting away for a little while. I was so enamoured by it and took so many pictures while cooing over its intricacy.
All the beading is meticulously hand sewn. Such an exquisite princess dress!
Justin won the award for Best Eveningwear Designer years ago and has continued his legacy in creating beautiful dresses that understand and accentuate a woman’s curves. I can say this cos i’ve worn a number of his dresses for formal events/dinners and every time i put a Justin Yap on, i feel like a WOMAN. Ready to lounge myself sideways on a long couch and be handed a glass of malbec.