My week in Seoul

I had such an awesome trip in Seoul that i really want to blog about it…. even tho i didn’t bother taking my camera out with me all the time and just wanted the convenience of snapping it with my phone :p #SorryNotSorry I didn’t even edit these myself… i’ve been so busy and whining to Sweet Ee that i don’t have time to blog about the fun stuff i do, that she said she’ll help me photoshop and resize them :D SPANKS!!!

The group of Malaysian media consisted of 4 other ladies from newspapers and mags, with all of us accompanied by Cath from Omega Malaysia. When we walked through the arrival gate in Seoul, i spotted a TEAM of people dressed in suits holding up giant Omega placards. “I guess that’s us…” i slowly said to one of the girls walking next to me. Usually there is a person or two who greets a media group at the airport, but this time there was almost one for each person. This Korean dude in a suit politely insisted on pushing my Rimowa bag along, as we were escorted to a sleek black car. That was just the beginning of the flawlessness in which Omega designs and executes their events.

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I instagrammed the sky pic: “I was so glad that @omega booked us flights on @MalaysiaAirlines. Previously I would fly all the other airlines to try them out… Qatar, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways, Sg airlines, etc. But at a time when MAS is tryna get over a double tragedy (as is the rest of our nation), now is the time to support our airlines. I actually had this morbid thought on the plane – that if I happened to die on a flight, I would readily accept my dramatic fate and decided it might as well be one from my own country.”

Emo or what? Haha.
I’ve become emo in a good way when i have these few quiet moments at home alone. I listen to spotify and think about all the enriching experiences and wonderful people i’ve been coming across. It’s like all the right things happen and the right people come into your path, exactly when you need them. Life is amazing. (Look, i’m emoing again.)

We stayed at The Shilla, a stunning establishment whose buffet spread is comparable to that of the Kempinski.

The pic of me on the right is of me pointing up at this captivatingly sparkly installation in their lobby. Seriously i never got tired of staring at that thing. Every night when i came home, i would take a few seconds to stand RIGHT underneath it and stare up with my mouth open. There was one occasion i was talking to someone in the lobby before we were leaving for the night event, and i lost concentration on what they were saying cos i spotted the sparkly stuff again and went, “Ooh…” Crazy how sparkly stuff makes me trip out like that.

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I really wanted to do a catwalk up and down the corridor but i never got to it.

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Where i holed myself up for a few days to work. I didn’t sightsee much this trip cos i was SO busy with work, and i’d already done a big exploration in June (sorry, i never did get to blog about that :p). This room was a pleasure to work in.

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I used the desk to lay out all my accessories and handbag contents on. It was so much more comfortable working from the sofa!

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My schedule and welcome notes were printed on pristine white paper, held together in an equally pristine white box which i’d open by tugging on a tiny ribbon. I’ve kept that box to keep a necklace or something in, it’s perfect!

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Bathroom on left. On right is Cath when she took us for lunch in one of the hotel’s restaurants. I could see the relief on everyone’s faces cos we were all knackered from the night flight and didn’t want to venture far.

I didn’t want to have champagne during lunch cos i’ve been drinking too much. But when Cath and Kate got one and Cath kept on nudging me to get one too, i caved in. It was a good choice. I must say the champagne went really well with the sashimi. And the lunch in general XD

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All in a day’s work

OK i must admit work has been quite crazy…
Today we pulled a 14-hour day and wrapped up around 11:30pm
and i stopped only cos it was a rare occasion we were working off-site for 6 hours and the restaurant was kicking us out.

Yesterday during lunch at Fat Spoon, Chelle pulled a chair over while Sweet and i were having a meeting.
When she saw that we were talking work, she wanted to go away but i insisted she stay cos we were almost done.

Sweet: So which one do you want?
Me: Why are there two horse designs?
Sweet: The white one is a unicorn
Me: It’s a unicorn?? I thought it was a white horse!
Sweet: Nooo it’s a unicorn
Me: Well fuck that, just get the unicorn then! Unicorn!!!

Chelle was containing her laughter, “Oh my god… is this what you talk about for work..?!”

I must say,
i never thought i’d be saying words like ‘unicorn’ and ‘rainbow’,
examining various colours of streamers and garlands,
pondering between two designs of felt rainbows,
cracking my head over the stupendous combination of diffraction lenses,
calculating how many cloud garlands or objects were too much,
and wondering whether a pink, yellow or lime green fake design tree is best,
… all for work.

By the way we are looking for interns.
We want people who are committed, creative, responsible, nice, and well, just send us an email and we’ll decide :)
> joyce@kinkybluefairy.com

 

Launch of Vara & Varina MTO by Ferragamo

* Photographs by Jane Lee *

Went to the Ferragamo event at KLCC last night. You can now customize your own Vara or Varina shoes by choosing the material and hardware, personalizing your initials on it, and selecting colours for the main body, bow and heel individually. Have fun playing with it *here*! You can only make the purchase at the physical store tho!

After that i dropped by the Halston Heritage event at Pavilioin, had Korean dinner with a bunch (as if i didn’t have enough Korean food in Seoul right), laughed a lot, had some red wine at La Bodega, then came home to do emails till 3am. So i should sleep NOW.

Would like to expand more on the post but i gotta put myself first… before Ferragamo. That’s right, it’s always you first.  Never forget that! You gotta service yourself before you can service others. Okay i should really go. BYE.

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Launch of the OMEGA De Ville Butterfly in Seoul with Nicole Kidman

I have spent the past week in Seoul and it’s been one of the best weeks of my life! Well… i have had lots of “best days” and “best weeks” of my life, but it seems like the MORE i acknowledge what an amazing time i’m having, the BETTER it gets. Appreciation never gets old.

OMEGA invited me to Seoul along with various other guests from all over the globe to celebrate the OMEGA De Ville Butterfly, an enchanting new addition to OMEGA’s Prestige collection.

The De Ville Prestige “Butterfly” stands out in 18K white, red or yellow gold and comes in two sizes: 36.8 mm and 32.7 mm. The timepieces are presented on a white satin-brushed leather strap with a mother-of-pearl effect; with the smaller sizes also available with a matching metallic bracelet. See more pix *here*

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I will never say no to diamonds and gold. I couldn’t take my eyes off the exquisite detailing from the first day i started wearing it.

The event for the timepiece was just as breathtaking.

It took place at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), which was designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid; and was graced by Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman along with some high-profile Korean personalities like actress Yun-jim Kim, actor Kwon Sang-woo, and TOP from Big Bang.

Sleek black cars meticulously chauffeured us from The Shilla (where we were staying) to the entrance of the event.

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I’ve been to the Dongdaemun Design Plaza before but wasn’t expecting a make-shift entrance just for that night… oh little did i know the extent to which OMEGA designs their events…

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Mei Sze, Catherine from OMEGA Malaysia, and i.
Couldn’t help taking a picture in the twisting pristine white tunnel.

When we exited the tunnel, the most spectacular sight greeted us… a seemingly never-ending field of lit up roses.

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Everyone was ooh-ing and aah-ing at how gorgeous it all looked, like a scene from a fairytale!

There were 21,000 white flowers, each individually mounted and illuminated from within by a tiny light; creating what might possibly be the most MAGICAL SIGHT i had ever seen! I just wanted to run into the field and crawl into the entire thing but i held myself back.

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Mei Sze and i. I thought we looked rather fantabulous if i do say so myself.
My couture dress is made by my friend and award-winning Malaysian fashion designer Justin Yap, from Rent A Dress (whom i emceed the launch for).

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Pic with Matteo from OMEGA Italy, he helped Mei Sze and i take our pic.

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So much beauty, i just cannot…

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Almost about to crawl in. I didn’t, alright.

As we made our way down a long pathway (it was seriously a field of those lit flowers), we heard music coming from…

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… white grand pianos on white platforms set amongst more lit white flowers.
I was practically in disbelief.

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With the Italians – Matteo, Massimo, Marco and Sylvia.

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With Japanese blogger Crazy Miki!

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Nicole Kidman

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With Brazilian blogger Camila

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44,000 gold and white paper butterflies adorned the walls from outside the event till across the ceilings above us in patterns of graceful swirls.

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The evening’s master of ceremonies Mark Juh, Nicole Kidman, and OMEGA president Stephen Urquhart.

OMEGA president Stephen Urquhart welcomed invited guests and introduced Nicole Kidman, who has been an OMEGA brand ambassador since 2005. The actress was warmly greeted by the audience when she took to the stage to chat about her relationship with OMEGA, her reaction to the De Ville Butterfly and her visit to Seoul.

After dinner had been served, Swiss singer/songwriter Bastian Baker performed about 5 songs for us. I’d met him the night before while having drinks at the hotel lounge so was already expecting to watch him perform. He dedicated the final song of the evening, “I’d Sing For You”, to Nicole. Nice try Bastian ;)

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Bastian is one of OMEGA’s newest brand ambassadors. I went to discuss our after-party plans with him after he sang, and i met Nicole but i didn’t want to be inappropriate and take pictures with her. I heard some of the PR/security were nervously watching, and waiting to pounce if i so much as did something wrong and freaky haha.

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Me with the media from Malaysia – Yen, Swan, and Yin Fong.

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Bloggers! Mei Sze, me and Miki

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I had no shame after a few drinks and easily ran into the field to play!

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Again, i wish i could have just sat down in there and stayed there FOREVER.

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Of course, Nicole kills it with her pictures. She’s so effortlessly beautiful!

Thank you OMEGA for such an amazing night… this was by far one of the most well thought out and set up events i’ve been to. It’s such an honour for me to have been there as well and i loved every second of it!

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Styling my Smize

Not sure if a lot of people know this, but i’m half blind. Well that’s just my dramatic way of saying it, but really, if i wasn’t wearing my contact lenses or glasses, i wouldn’t even be able to recognise someone standing right in front of me.

My power is 525..!

So many people have asked why i haven’t got eye laser surgery yet,
and the truth is… i LIKE wearing coloured contact lenses :p

Dahlah i have a legit reason to,
and they make my eyes look so much bigger and nicer in pictures :D

I’ve tried lots of different brands, even random unknown ones bought off the streets of Bangkok and Hong Kong (but i was told they made me look like a baby alien and that convinced me to chuck them). I don’t want lenses that make me look SCARY, i want them to make me look NICER.

Bausch+Lomb, one of the trusted brands in the world (with 160 years of heritage) has released the first cosmetic lens in Malaysia, called LACELLE. The lenses have lace-like details that enhance one’s eyes, and i can attest to it cos i’ve been wearing them for a few weeks now and am still wearing them every day!

The eyes don’t lie…

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“Jubilee Violet: give your eyes a romantic tint. An enchanting blink that will mesmerize everyone.”

Don’t my eyes look mesmerizing?! I mean, i don’t want to blow my own horn or anything, but these lenses are SO MAJOR i can’t stop staring at my OWN eyes. The LACELLE lenses are monthly disposable contact lenses, which is what i always buy.

I had a go at wearing 5 different colours the brand picked out for me,
and challenged myself to dress in different OOTDs to try to suit each colour.

Here are some close-ups of the colours are tested (besides the pic above too).

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“Sparkling Brown: Give your eyes a playful sparkle. You will be the most attractive princess.”

Ok i’m not the one coming up with those taglines okay, but what i WILL say is that i loved these sparkling brown ones cos they were just like their namesake! It matched my hair wonderfully and i feel it’s a colour i’d buy often.

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“Modest Black: instantly enlarge and brighten your eyes. Sparkle with confidence.”

This was a really fierce kick-ass colour. I can imagine it going great with lots of black and monotone outfits.

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“Tender brown: softly enhance your eyes for that delicate warmth and allure.”

I figure if the Sparkling Brown is slightly too light for some people who want to be less obtrusive, then the Tender Brown is something more casual and toned down yet warm.

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“Frozen Grey: give your eyes a touch of glamour and cool elegance for a magnetic attraction.”

Ooh, one of my favourites. First of all, i love Frozen the movie heehee. And i LOVE having silver eyes. And i think these were the perfect shade of silverish grey without being too freaky! (There’s a very thin line for me before crossing into freakish territory.)

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I’d totally recommend this to anyone cos they’re comfortable. I get up early in the morning, and get home late most nights; and i managed to wear them with no discomfort. The lenses are of FDA-authenticated pigment standard.

The BIGGEST reason why i’d continue wearing them is cos the colours are GORGEOUS.

It can be hard to find coloured contact lenses that have that perfect shade to complement skin and hair tones, and these are so fun… it’s an extension of dressing up cos it changes your entire look!

I’m gonna PROVE it to you with all the looks i came up with haha!

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Wearing lenses in Jubilee Violet:

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Top: Azorias
Skirt: Seoul
Scarf: Bali
Sandals: Vincci
Necklace: Oxoloco
Eyeshadows: Urban Decay
Bracelets: thirtyfour, Korea, Bali, Sri Lanka

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Wearing lenses in Sparkling Brown:

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Top: Azorias
Pants: London
Purse: Aigner
Necklace: Oxoloco
Lipstick: Shu Uemura
Wooden flatforms: Charles & Keith

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Wearing lenses in Modest Black: 

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Dress: New York
Wooden shoes: Benson Chen
Bracelet: Philippe Audibert @ Aseana
Vintage earrings & leather skull clutch: KinkyBlueFairy
Lipstick: MAC

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Wearing lenses in Tender Brown:

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Top: Zara
Leggings: Topshop
Flip flops: Ipanema
Laptop bag cum clutch: Snupped
Sunnies: Rayban
Necklace: Bangkok
Lipstick: Topshop

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Wearing lenses in Frozen Grey:

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Silk shirt: Sacoor Brothers
Skirt: Dude & Duchess x Jonathan Liang
Flats: Tory Burch
Bag: Givenchy
Skull necklace: Thomas Sabo
Ankle tattoos: Lynda @ Pink Tattoos

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Love Bonito Soft Launch

* Photographs by Jane Lee *

Months ago, i got an email from April from Singaporean brand Love Bonito wondering if KinkyBlueFairy was up to pitch for a PR campaign, as they were expanding to Malaysia.

At first i wasn’t sure if i wanted to take on the job, cos i don’t even have enough manpower and i don’t even like writing press releases anymore (everything else i still like haha), and i told myself i’m not gonna do something i don’t enjoy when i have so many other things on my plate. After pondering on how to solve it, i decided that WHY NOT i outsource the work for what i don’t have time nor want to do – and that’s how i ended up working with Rengee :) I’ve known her since her PR days for Heineken, then she went to AirAsia, and just left to do her own thing, and i love her, so it was perfect.

Last week was our first little soft launch for Love Bonito, who just opened a pop up store on the Ground Floor of Publika, inside the middle of the mall (next to Shoes x3).

It was a small event for around 30 selected media, bloggers and personalities; so the Love Bonito team could meet some KL-ites, before the main launch party happening in mid-October!

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Don’t be deceived by how small the store looks from the outside, walk further in to discover a cosy chic boutique!

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Me flanked by Love Bonito founders Rachel and Viola.

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With some of the girls who came early – Atilia, Elaine, Vanessa, and Rozie
(Forgive my shoes for not looking like they match… my heels broke in the car park JUST before the event! This was a spare pair in my car :p)

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