* written by SweetEe *
Shu Uemura has always been focusing on Mr Uemura’s vision of an ‘open atelier’ – a space where women can freely explore different ranges of professional make up in an open tester environment – which encourages them to find their perfect look.
This year, the brand has decided to bring this experience to a whole new level.
Not only do they want you to dive into the colourful and spectacular choices of professional make up, but they also wish for every customer to experience the wonderful Japanese art of service.
Besides exceptional service, Shu Uemura marks its 30th anniversary this year by launching an entirely new store design in more than 100 Shu Uemura boutiques worldwide. Malaysia is proudly the first ASEAN country to incorporate this concept into their Mid Valley Megamall branch, which is what brought me there
We were introduced to the first Elite make up artist in Malaysia, Lisa Yap, whom has won several international awards and also gained worldwide recognition from Shu Uemura’s international team for her make up creativity and skills.
During the launch event she demonstrated the latest runway looks.
The end result was bold and contrasting colours that were immaculately blended onto the eyes teamed with gorgeous eye lashes. Many ladies were amazed by the eyelashes and the eyeshadow, as I kept overhearing compliments on how natural and not overtly dramatic the entire look was.
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I was invited for Longchamp‘s AW13 media preview at The Majestic weeeeeks ago (if you noticed my same outfit in a previous blogpost cos i jumped from one event to another like a jackrabbit)!
Sometimes i go for events not knowing how much inspiration or information i’ll glean from them as they all vary, but i had such a great time at the Longchamp one!
great display and enthusiastic explanation of the products,
i was drawn hook line and sinker once i touched and carried the bags,
we had champagne in hand the whole time,
and i think most importantly – i met two kindred spirits whom i chatted to for hours about traveling, love and spirituality. The champagne must have sped up our bonding process too, no doubt.
With Mei Sze and May Sze. I know, their names are so similar! Makes it easy for me too XD
I know Longchamp for its cult canvas bag, but the preview i attended was to introduce us to a huge range under the brand that is expanding our arm candy choices to materials beyond practical canvas. Aps was telling me she wanted to get a leather bag for her birthday, and i immediately told her to check out Longchamp cos i spotted three designs i really liked on that day alone!
Perhaps my favourite is the ROSEAU BOX >>
It’s so shiny it glistens, and looks like you’re holding water!
Made of patent calfskin with a glossy finish, the Roseau Box is signed with the Longchamp racehorse in its familiar leather oval and clasps shut with its emblematic bamboo toggle with a bright nickel finish. It comes in sumptuous shades of dark Aubergine, warm Cumin, intriguing blue-green Cedar and rich Carmine; and is available in two sizes – the smaller of which has a shoulder strap.
This is one of the walls of Longchamp bags at the event. On the top left is the Le pliage Cuir, Longchamp’s famous Le Pliage bag in leather. I’ve close ups of these travel bags further down the post.
In the middle are Roseau Heritage tote bags, released to mark the Roseau’s 20th Anniversary. The bag’s timeless design will appeal to active and elegant women the world over, and looks sleek for any office wear. Best of all is that they’re crafted from the finest calf leather that will become more beautiful the longer it is used.
One of my personal top 3 favourites include the one above – the Longchamp 3D. It’s incredibly soft and i heart that it’s shiny too. I’m a sucker for shiny things.
The bag’s softness is due to it being made from the finest quality young bull hide with its unique natural grain and creases. Hence it feeling exquisitely soft and exceptionally supple.
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Hanger party was last Sunday and i wasn’t sure whether i would go or not, i figured i’d just go with the flow (my favourite kind of plan on weekends nowadays). When i reiterated my so-called ‘plan’ to SueAnn, she was all, “You better come.”
She added, “Oh i’m so surprised lots of people are coming as animals!”
Cos the dress theme = suits or animals.
I got a bit excited, “Really? That sounds cool…”
SueAnn: “Yeah, i’m going as a unicorn! I’m gonna make a horn and tail.”
Throughout the whole day she kept on talking about her unicorn costume, and even msged me on SUNDAY a few hours before the event saying how people are gonna laugh at her crossing the road in her costume. So i thought, “Set la, i’ll go in my Cheshire cat costume.”
When i got out of my car in Hotel Maya, i put on my costume and thought it was pretty handy in covering my handbag so noone can snatch it. But when i approached Zouk, i saw a sea of people wearing black and thought, “WHERE ARE ALL THE ANIMALS?!”
I felt like i got conned. Someone even asked whether i was the Hanger mascot.
In the end, i won a best-dressed prize of ic! berlin sunglasses so the costume’s ROI exceeded my expectations. People asked where i got it and i said, “Disneyland… it’s my spare costume.” They were either shaking their heads or laughing, sometimes both. I don’t see what’s so wrong about a spare costume… In fact, i think it’s a VERY smart move, cos if a party suddenly comes up, you don’t have to go hunting last minute for one, it’s already in your closet and ready to rock.
I told someone, “Since i’ve used up my spare costume, i guess i have an excuse to get another one.”
Friend: “How long ago did you buy this one?”
Me: “I don’t know… early last year?”
Friend: “So it’s like one costume a year.”
Me: “Yeah! Then in five years’ time, i’ll have five costumes then i can get a group of friends to all wear my costumes and we can go running around!”
Friend: “So that’s your 5-year plan.”
I laughed so loud when i heard that. The last time my CEO asked me what my 5-year plan was, i said i didn’t have any, i’m a go-with-the-flow kinda person. But i guess i do now!
My 5-year plan results in having a group of friends dressed in costumes… My priorities in life seem a lot clearer now.
[Picture by Tony Wong]
[Picture by Bibo Aswan]
[Picture by All is Amazing]
[Picture by Jaz Khai] ok yeah so i just jumped into this one and crashed their group shot
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*written by SweetEe*
If you’re looking for a bar to chill with piano playing in the background, jazz singers, French fine dining, and authentic Italian dishes; then Troika Sky Dining may be of great interest to you.
With a great environment and jaw-dropping city view, Troika Sky Dining is on the 24th floor of The Troika (at Persiaran KLCC, beside Nikko Hotel). Despite its busy surroundings, the restaurant and bar is rather quiet and peaceful, allowing one to enjoy food and drinks without the city’s bustle and only its amazing view.
It comes in three concepts: Claret, Cantaloupe & Strato.
Once you step out of the elevator, Claret Bar is in front of you. The seating arrangement in the bar is great — as none of the seats are too close to each other, assuring privacy.
The bartenders are really cheerful and attentive. I love how concise they are when asked about the drinks, taking their time to explain about each one.
Unlike many other bars that usually play music that’s sometimes a bit too loud for my liking, The Claret has a baby grand piano in the corner, where a pianist and singer entertain with smooth calm jazz or blues.
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I finally got to visit Snackfood & The Off-Day after not being around since they opened! Adeline of Snackfood has been selling her curated collection of vintage items for years now, and Irman (who was my art director when i was with Tongue in Chic) has ventured into retail and called it The Off-Day.
They’ve joined forces to give birth to a new store in Telawi Bangsar that sell an array of the whackiest vintage paraphernalia and hip menswear (that i know nothing about).
I was to hang out with Max who’s down (up?) from Johor so i dragged him along with me. When i went upstairs there were so many people just hanging out there, beer in hand, cos the store was gonna close soon. I was like, “Wow, ada kenduri!” But it was so fun and i was so excited to see them all and chat. I didn’t even have a beer cos i was trying to stay off alcohol (okay and my hangovers are getting pretty bad nowadays, hitting 30s has its cons). When some of them cheers-ed with beer, i did the same with my bottle of mineral water (which made a dull thudding sound) and i think people are not used to seeing me drink WATER and had superwtf expressions.
I don’t friend you. Haha, it’s this book from Singapore. And old-school tiffin carriers!
Snackfood carries Keel’s Simple Diary, Kinfolk and Uppercase magazines, plus things like vintage new-old-stock movie posters sourced from Tokyo.
Only Barbie can plank forever.
The Off-Day stocks curated vintage clothing (up to RM1,000 for leather jackets), as well as new Schott NYC Perfecto jackets (from RM2,100). They are also the only store in the region who carries Jungmaven organic clothing (RM99 onwards).
You can find premium local brand Cheese Denim Works and Ceremony Fine Wear (RM450 and above for the premium denim), Suavecito Pomade men’s grooming essentials, and Benchmade Butterfly Combs.
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I went for the launch of Elegantology Gallery & Restaurant three weeks ago, and boy, was it a big fancy do… I didn’t know it was going to be taking up the whole concourse area of Publika outside the restaurant itself as well!
My white backless dress is from Singaporean designer Stolen, and my very comfortable gold mesh heels are from GlamRockChic.
Now if you didn’t know – Elegantology Gallery & Restaurant is collaboration between noted Malaysian fashion designer Beatrice Looi; Chefs Sherson Lian & Johnny Fua; and the oldest cognac house Martell. The joint effort to develop a creative space for emerging talent stems from their mutual goal of supporting the local creative platforms of fashion and gastronomy. Hence, i knew we were all in to treat our senses in taste and style that night.
An exhibition spread out on a long path along the red carpet after the registration table, where bottles of Martell were artistically decorated. On the walls were the profiles of all the designers who have their designs stocked at Elegantology.
The Martell bottles were beautifully done and went beyond the typical sculpture one would expect to revolve around a bottle.
I went a bit early so that i could mingle with the designers and other members of the media before the formal dinner was served. I’m not going to say no to Martell cocktails to take the edge of a crazy work week!
I kept on going for the Martell with apple juice. So easy on the palate!
With fashion designers Justin Yap and Venie Tee.
Elegantology’s interior is designed in such a way that exhibitions of clothing and accessories are interspersed with dining tables for customers who wish to dine in. It is such a large space that there is even a bar and lounge area in the establishment.
Justin Yap being interviewed at the bar area
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