Since 2009, The Fugee School has been providing a safe place for refugee children in Malaysia to receive academic, creative and lifeskills in a safe environment. Today, Fugee School works very closely with the refugee community in providing 160 students from Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan and Palestine with an education.
Championed by Deborah Henry, The Fugee School’s newest brand to launch is Fugeelah– their own lifestyle accessories line designed and handmade by the children (with Malaysian artisans) to teach them craftsmanship, quality measures, conceptualisation, design, production and business planning. It runs as a sustainable business model that ensures fair distribution of work and wealth.
I went to the launch of Fugeelah at Bowery in Publika recently, and bought a few earrings as Christmas presents!
Funded by UNHCR, independent volunteers and private entities, Fugeelah is a sustainable homegrown entity with deep global roots. All profits from Fugeelah is distributed to Fugee School, the children and the artisans. Click on fugeelah.com.
The signature Skittle print was inspired and created using the original painting by Shanzay, a 9-year-old refugee girl from Pakistan.
Pictured right is me with Frankie of Frankitas, who taught the kids how to make the jewellery during her free time on weekends. I don’t know how she managed that cos she also has three children of her own. Respect!
Speaking of Frankitas, the design brand since 2015 now have 11 design items made from artisanal fabrics that have been weaved into stunning pieces.
Frankitas has been supporting skilled artisans from Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Africa and Central Asia and 70% of the items are made and tailored locally.
I’m giving away a Swiss line serum worth RM 538! [read end of blogpost on how to enter] They’re not paying me to give it away and i’m doing so cos i just love the brand so damn much… i admit that sometimes i apply the serum and run out without moisturizer or eye cream. #rushingfairy
Been blogging about how much i love Swiss line for yearssss and i always gave it top marks when judging the Bazaar Beauty Awards or recommending a list for the Women’s Weekly Beauty Favourites. I currently use the Force Vitale Aqua-Vitale Gel-Serum, and Swiss line sunblock; along with the rest of my other beauty products of various brands.
Here are some legit pix of my master bedroom bathroom where i get ready. I say legit cos i didn’t move things around and shot the pix below in a hurry!
– Notice the sparkly stuff on lower left corner? Yeah i showcase my swarovski and sparkly mont blanc items there, cos sparkly makes me happy and looking at them while i brush my teeth makes me happy!
– There are a whole bunch of tongue scrapers in the cup cos my normal white stick that lasted friggin YEARS broke, and i went on a rampage trying to find it again for months. In the process i accumulated other brands of tongue scrapers which are all useless #truestory and FINALLY found the white one sold in Health Lane. I was so delighted i signed up for a membership at that pharmacy immediately -_-
– Skinsaikel and Swiss Line essentials on my sink. Most other items are kept in hidden storage so it doesn’t bother my line of sight #anal
– Left side of my bathroom where i display my Urban Decay palettes. Other palettes are stored in cupboard below the sink.
– I recently spent 3 HOURS going through my entire bathroom and removing all the products (you can imagine the plethora i’ve received from work…) that i don’t use. These drawers used to be chock full of pencils of all kinds till i couldn’t find what i needed when getting ready quickly!
– Feels so satisfying to look at them now… i divided them from bottom to top: liquid eyeliners, eyeliners, brow pencils, mascaras, then my precious metallic shu uemura liquid eyeliners
– stacked my Dior eyeshadow palettes i use regularly. Was even thinking of labelling them out the outside so i don’t constantly open them to check if it’s the colour i want. But that may be taking organizing a little too far…
– this is the inside of my mirrored cupboard that’s to my right when i get ready. I love ID and when renovating this bathroom, insisted on lots of hidden storage space! (1) I don’t want clutter in my sight (2) I need to see my things to be able to use them
– stuff i keep in here are hair products, mosquito repellant, sunblocks, moisturizers for diff weather, exfoliate, creams, medicines i reach for more regularly, etc.
– My shower shelves hold mostly paraben-free shampoo and body wash. Hmm tho i’m still using non-paraben-free shampoo and conditioner cos i enjoy my hair being as soft as possible what with all the dyeing it goes through.
Spot any stuff that you use the same of too? 😉
And this, is what i’m gonna be giving away, thanks so Swiss line who reached out to me! >
Swiss line Force Vitale Aqua-Vitale Gel-Serum worth RM538.00
An award-winning global skincare brand founded in 1989 in Switzerland by Prince Michael Massalsky, Swiss line comes from a laboratory background and traces its heritage to Dr. Alfred Pfister, the inventor of Cellular Therapy.
Swiss line formulated the Force Vitale Aqua-Vitale Gel-Serum to address the busy lifestyle of most of us these days where we’re always running around taking care of work, family and friends without sometimes putting time out for ourselves. By exhausting our skin as much as ourselves, it needs more attention than ever.
This hydration serum is designed to hydrate (aqua) and energize (vitale) the skin, combat free radical damage, and strengthen the regeneration of skin with a moisture surge from the high quota of hyaluronic acid. To accentuate this feeling of revitalization, red algae extracts are also included to create an aqua-porous protective film capable of delaying water loss while naturally trapping water molecules.
Went by Sitka Studio for a Rémy Martin cognac tasting called Opulence Revealed, where we were taken through a sensorial experience of tasting Rémy Martin VSOP, 1738 and XO Cognacs with various food and flavor pairings.
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One Friday night, i had a catch-up date with Rudy at his latest pet project – a bar called fono in Kampung Attap – which will officially launch this January.
Created with his buddy Uzair who was based in NYC, fono is a culmination of both their desires to have a hole-in-the-wall spot that attracts people who wanna go somewhere for riveting convos and casual drinks. Built to look like a living room because Rudy lovessss Tokyo bars so much, fono is a place you go to if you feel like hanging out at a friend’s home to drink but no friend will actually have you over cos they don’t want to clean up XD
I had some superb convos there especially with Rudy’s friend Kenny – who’s married with two kids. I ended up playing therapist and he said, “People should pay you to talk to them.”
Me: Hmm yes they should. Maybe i should charge people to come to my* living room to talk to me!
Last Thursday i met up with Kayda for a catch-up dinner before we headed to the first night of House of 1A by DCODE, which was the first of a series of events taking up what resembled a renovated warehouse space in Menara Ken TTDI. There’s a diff theme / exhibition every week, with sneakers kicking off the first one – via a collaboration with MASSES.
I’m quite interested in the one this week by Jun Ong and The Tomoe cos it involves light and i like shinyyyy.
Then for sure the one with artists Kenji and Wayang Kulit Tatu… and defo the Mixologist edition so i can support Angel Ng, Joshua Ivanovic, and Andrew Tan. Hopefully i’m free that Christmas week!
My pleated white dress from Love, Bonito many months ago. I saw it, wanted it, then waited for the perfect opportunity when it felt like the right occasion to wear it out to!
With Tai Yong at the sneaker exhibition upstairs (the event is spread out across two floors, with every wall and ceiling painted in black.
Downstairs, we were each given a stamp card to take us through a journey of scents, flavours and learnings.
The girl at this counter was like, “No picture please!” but i pretended not to hear her since my phone was already composed on the shot, took it, then i looked up and said, “Oh, ok!”
Various cheese and chocolate bites for us to sample and educate ourselves on.
I thought this was the most impressive set up of the lot – sneakers displayed in glass cases on a conveyor belt that moved them round and round, sushi-style!