April 11, 2016

[She Travels: Taipei #1]

You know it is time to update your blog again when your last post is about 1 year ago, or when you made a bet with your friend to post at least 1 blog post a month or post a no make-up selfie on Instagram instead, or simply when you have interesting material to write about (well at least it is to me), which I do right now cos' I just got back from my 10 Days Taipei Trip *cue the fanfare* 
Technically, it was just really 9 days, since I got in quite late and flew out pretty early in the morning.

So, let's begin the first part of She Travels: Taipei edition, shall we?

DAY 1 (01.04.2016)

The sun was shining bright, I had not finished packing and my flight was at 2:40 PM.
Oh, what a splendid way to start your vacation.
Do refrain from last minute packing my fellow heavy packers, tho' I made it in time packing all my stuffs, it was so not worth the hysteria.
Got to the airport with enough time to drop my baggage (always do online check-in if that option is available for your flight) and enjoy a cup of Iced Cocoa Cappuccino at Starbucks before my flight.
What's your ritual before flying out, by the way?

Just love the historic architecture of our Soekarno-Hatta airport

Managed to watch the whole Spotlight movie before I passed out 'til the plane touched down at Tao Yuan airport.  You could say it was a pretty uneventful 5-hour-flight to Taipei.
Once I got off the plane, everything happened in a blur cos' I was so excited to meet my long-time BFF who's been living Taiwan since her high-school years, and also for the Pablo cheesecake she queued almost 1 hour for before she came picking me up *evil laugh*
Tho' I did notice a lot of people used pink luggages, I'm not kidding you guys, wish I have picture to show to you.  Luckily I'd marked mine with some colorful tassels so it was easier for me to spot it.
What's with people and the color pink, jeez.  In my defense, mine is actually my mom's luggage cos' it was the only one big enough to accommodate all my stuffs and my hauls later on.

Well, enough with the pink rant.  Before leaving the airport, I went and got myself a local prepaid SIM card to get reconnected with the world wide web.  My friend suggested me to go with the Chunghwa Telecom since they have better reception and a 10-Day-Pass plan that suited my schedule. (For more complete info on how to get a local prepaid SIM card on Taipei, click here)

Took a ± 40-minutes-bus-ride to the city for NT 125/person.  It was way cheaper than getting a cab for sure,  the bus stop however was about 7 minutes walk (500 m) to my hotel, kind of hard to manage with 13kg luggage and an empty stomach, luckily I had my friend helped me carried my carry-on luggage.
I stayed at Royal Inn Taipei in Zhongshan area.  It is no 5-star-hotel, but the hotel is clean, recently renovated, and the MRT station is nearby.  It is also located near shopping area so it is relatively easy to find something to eat, and most importantly...to shop.

My first super late dinner at Taipei was at this sushi-go-round chain restaurant called Sushi Express 爭鮮, or Sushi NT 30 as my friend calls it, cos' they charge NT 30/plate.  It was about 10 minute walk from the hotel.
My first reaction when I got into the restaurant was "What's with the effing crowd!?  It is freaking 10:30 PM!"  As a matter of fact, we still needed to wait for our table for about 15 minutes *slow clap*
My verdict of this sushi chain is it was worth the wait and calories at 11 PM.  I let the following pictures do the talking, savvy?

Must try brown-sugar sauce pudding

2 girls, 25 plates

And the food adventure continued,  remember that Pablo my friend queued for?  Well, they say save the best for last.
It tasted like heavenly egg tart with cream cheese filling, I was lost for words.
My friend told me that one person is limited to 2 boxes per purchase and she almost didnt get it *phew*
Special shout out to my personal tour guide, Triyana, you are the (wo)man!!!

And that was how my first night at Taipei ended, a scrummy Pablo cheesecake with the best friend ever.  Good food, good company, and good night.


March 3, 2015

[Channeling: Alexa Chung at Erdem F/W 2015]

KAREN MILLEN Leather Zip Skirt/NEWLOOK Color Block Ribbed Knit/JIMMY CHOO 'Alia' Pumps/NARS The Multiple Stick in Orgasm/EYEKO Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner/NAILS INC Alexa Cashmere Nail Lacquer

Ladies, THE skirt you know you must immediately have the minute you see Alexa Chung unzips it like its hot: The Zip-Front Skirt.   
Alexa was spotted pulling off this bad ass PVC number like nobody's business outside Erdem F/W 2015 presentation for London Fashion Week.  

Being the Brit fashion muse she is, Alexa has created yet another inspiring look that is a definite steal-style moment with this bold piece of skirt.  Leave it to Alexa to make the quirky (and kinky) desirable.

Following the golden rule of "show some, cover some", she paired the half-way zipped skirt with a minimalist B/W long-sleeve top that tastefully softened the BDSM vibe the skirt exuded.  Chung then accessorized the punk-meets-sophisticated look solely with a pair of classy loafer-cut Jimmy Choo pumps (talking 'bout staying true to her root by keeping, at least the footwear, British).
Finishing her look, Chung sported her usual signature cat-lined eyes that went perfectly with the alluring skirt yet settled on an au naturel palette for the rest to give a hint of sleekness to the look.

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February 13, 2015

[In The Moment Eye-Candy #7]

TOP: MAKE UP FOR EVER Fifty Shades of Grey Give In To Me Make-Up Kit/MAKE UP FOR EVER Fifty Shades of Grey Tease Me Lip Set/MAKE UP FOR EVER Fifty Shades of Grey Desire Me Cheek Set
RIGHT: NIKE Roshe Flyknit/MADEBYFABRIX Marble Snap Case iPhone6-6Plus/URBANOUTFITTERS Cooperative Structured Bucket Bag/APPARELAFTERDARK Bow Bodice 

*adidas Originals x Kanye West presents #YEEZYSeason 1

**check out here for MTV News' infographic on the much anticipated 1st installment of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy


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February 6, 2015

[Lace & Linda]

Hello there! Here is my 1st post in 2015 and it's a...


OUTFIT post!

I know it's been quite sometime since I posted an outfit post...2 years ago was it?
Oh well, blame it on Instagram...been playing a lot of it lately hence the less blogging.
Kindly check out my Instagram feed for daily updates

So...here i am, donned in my lace top and asymmetrical vest from Zara for a casual day out.
Have these items for quite sometime already, but just got the chance to wear it 'cause I've been looking for the right boots to go with them.  Thanks to my sis' for lending me these rad buckle boots she got from Topshop.

Feeling a bit Linda Perry after putting on my tops and single dangling earring, so I added the hat...and the accessories, lots and lots of them #wecantstop


ZARA lace tee neck top / ZARA asymmetrical vest / TOPSHOP denim
TOPSHOP buckle boots / GUCCI satchel / RAYBAN clubmaster / H&M hat
ZARA cuff bracelet / ZARA single earring / LOVISA rings


June 29, 2014

[Beauty Diary: Dry Me X Lash & Wink Beauty Quick 30 Minutes Makeover]

The MAKEOVER is on!

Calling all beauty enthusiasts, especially you aficionados of falsies.  Be prepared to have your lashes ready for some fierce batting and winking cos' I have an exciting beauty testimony to report today.

So, a couple weeks ago, I got invited to this beauty event "BEAUTY QUICK 30 MINUTES MAKEOVER" held by Dry Me hair salon and Lash & Wink to celebrate the launch of Lash & Wink faux lashes (yes ladies, there is a new falsies brand in town that you MUST try) 
 Lovely decoration by The Swan Design & Decoration

Scrumptious sweet treats by DOLCI Dessert
(I recommend the coffee tiramisu, it's just superb)

The event was started with an introduction to Lash & Wink falsies and followed by a smokey eye make-up tutorial by Marcella Widita.  Afterwards, we were treated to the Beauty Quick 30mins Makeover by Dry Me and Lash & Wink team ♥  
(both Sapphire and Amethyst aim for soft and natural looking lashes, while Emerald mimics an alluring and sultry looking lashes with its sexy cat-eye shape that flares out at the end)

(Moonstone helps you achieve that sweet dolly look with maximum length effect to make your eyes pop, while both Ruby and Alexandrite with their boldness and volume give you a classy touch to accentuate your glamorous night look or simply to complement your sexy smokey eye make-up) 


Step by step smokey eye make-up tutorial by Marcella Widita with various tips in applying your eye shadow to falsies.

For you who have read my previous post about my experience at Dry Me hair salon will notice the reason behind the event's name.  The words quick and 30mins have been Dry Me's signature as they offer exceptionally quick hair wash n' blow service.  
But for this Beauty Quick event, they added another element of beauty that was make-up to their quick 30mins service, in collaboration with the Lash & Wink team.
And once again, Dry Me together with Lash & Wink had proven to me that excellent quality can be delivered in such short time.  I had my hair washed, blown, and my eyes enhanced with Lash & Wink premium falsies in less than 30mins.
Waiting for my turn for the Beauty Quick 30mins Makeover, so excited!!!
*humming Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's Tsukema Tsukeru

Inside the goodies bag (besides a cup of delish Dolci tiramisu and various vouchers from sponsors) is a box contains 3 pairs of reusable Lash & Wink assorted falsies (Sapphire, Moonstone, Alexandrite) and a bottle of falsies adhesive.
I love how the box comes with instructions in applying the falsies, it is really helpful for falsies noobs.  And I'm such a sucker for the watercolor-themed packaging, it is so pretty. 

I decided to try the soft and natural looking Sapphire falsies for my first time.  Who knows a pair of falsies can make such a difference.  And the most important part was they were so comfortable that I didnt even feel like wearing falsies.
Thank you Noi for putting on these pretty falsies on me
 The ladies around me who were enjoying their makeover. 
(Shout out to this lovely blogger on the right, Dea Hamdan, read her experience at this event on her blog

Voilà! This is how I turned out after the 30mins makeover, rocking the Susan Straight and Sapphire falsies All ready for my Saturday night out!
TOPSHOP floral kimono/H&M sheer sleeveless baroque shirt/Chanel bag/Haider Ackermann paisley brogues

I had so much fun in this event, not only that I got to experience a super fun beauty makeover but I also got to gain some helpful beauty tips and some new friends as well.
Thank you Dry Me and Lash & Wink for the wonderful experience, enjoying every minutes of it

Dry Me
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10:00 AM-10:00 PM Mon-Sun

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Lash & Wink


June 18, 2014

[Sale Alert: Net-a-Porter]

This is the time I've been waiting for: end of season sale
And I strongly suggest you to check out Net-a-Porter cos' they seldom has sale.  
In conclusion, one does not simply miss Net-a-Porter sale.

Here's a couple looks I put up for your transition to summer.  Enjoy and happy shopping

Look No.1
What's a better way to start transitioning to summer other than with denim, it has summer and '90s vibes all over it.  And this LDD (Little Denim Dress) will do it for you.  Complete the look with Sophia Webster on-demand heels, Stella McCartney popular Falabella bag, and Isabel Marant tassel earrings.  The tribal pattern, the woven raffia, the agate stones, and the neon stripes...all screams summer for sure!
Rock this look to brunch/lunch with your gal pals.

SEE BY CHLOE denim belted dress/ISABEL MARANT gold-plated agate earrings/MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA gold tone ring/STELLA MCCARTNEY Falabella woven raffia shoulder bag/SOPHIA WEBSTER Leilou striped sandals

Look No.2
The Valentino sandals form S/S 2014 collection inspires this (kind of) Greek goddess look.  The lizard-print bikini and gold-plated necklace with tusk resin charms are added to complement the animal kingdom theme going on the sandals (notice the gold scarab beetle embellished on the strap?)
And white is most definitely the color you want to have against the pristine white sand for that ethereal kind of moment.
 MELISSA ODABASH Robyn embroidered kaftan/MELISSA ODABASH Martinique lizard-print bandeau bikini/KENNETH JAY LANE gold-plated resin charms necklace/PROENZA SCHOULER Paper Bag leather-paneled canvas tote/Valentino embellished textured leather sandals

Look No.3
The best time to buy a dress, especially an evening dress is when it's on sale, cos' let's be honest, it's not something you're gonna wear very often.  And you may want to invest in a simple evening dress that you can wear more than once.  A dress that you can recycle by simply changing the accessories adorning the look according to the event or season.
ALICE+OLIVIA Joi dress/MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA gold tone necklace/GIVENCHY Shark Tooth leather cuff/CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA Amphitrite clutch/JIMMY CHOO Venus sandals


April 1, 2014

[Color Code: Serene Green]

TOP: 3.1 PHILLIP LIM Pashli Backpack
LEFT: ZARA Jacquard Blazer/DIOR Vernis S/S 2014 in 192 Pampille/MARC BY MARC JACOBS 'Small Molly' Leather Strap Watch/OSTWALD HELGASON Monkey Cotton Sweatshirt/SUPER by RETROSUPERFUTURE America Francis Elsa Sunnies
MID: WHISTLES Double Wrap Leather Bracelet/LIONETTE NY Petra Earrings/ZARA Guipure Lace Pencil Skirt/KATE SPADE Gabe Pointed Bow Flats/LOEFFLER RANDALL Junior Work Tote/MARC BY MARC JACOBS Standard Supply Compact Mirror iPhone Case
RIGHT: TOPSHOP Apple Gingham Bikini Set/OPENING CEREMONY Jindo Lucite Heel Sandals/ZARA Jacquard Trousers

Spring of 2014 has welcomed yet another nature colors to its palette: green, the light and serene version of this inspiriting hue.  And like its pastel confidante, placid blue, this light green offers the same tranquility and familiarity, which makes it a great as a stand alone color and to mix n' match with other colors in the spectrum.

Simply rock matching top n' bottom of this shade, which are totally in the hype must-try looks this season (see 3.1 Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung, and Calvin Klein) or blend it in with another pastels or neutrals to maintain its tranquil hint (here, here, here, and here


March 27, 2014

[In The Moment Eyecandy #6]

TOP: EDIE PARKER X DEL TORO M'Oticons Collection*
LEFT: NEW ERA X STAR WARS 59FIFTY® Cap Collection/TOPSHOP MOTO Frayed Jeans/LAUREL LONDON 3D Printed Vanity iPhone Case/Shailene Woodley for MARIE CLAIRE April 2014

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March 25, 2014

[Channeling: Monochrome Emma Watson]

Sensing a pattern with Emma Watson's style while in Madrid for Noah premiere.  The starlet was spotted in two different looks that shared 3 same keywords: monochrome, jumpsuits, and chic.

Casual Monochrome
Spotted when out and about on the street of Milan, Watson totally nailed the term effortlessly chic with her laid-back getup of current must-have items: overalls and slip-ons.  Working with her petite frame, Watson went with a fitted shirt and overalls instead of baggy ones and with a little trick up her trousers' hems to elongate her legs by showing a sliver of skin.

TOPSHOP Faux Leather Overalls/ZARA Combined Shirt/SUPER BY RETROSUPERFUTURE América Ego Sunglasses/PROENZA SCHOULER PS1 Wallet/H&M Rings/KOOPER Slip Ons

Classy Monochrome
 For her Noah Madrid Premiere red (...or blue) carpet look, Watson took a 180〫〫turn with her look, stunning the crowd with a plunging monochrome jumpsuit from J Mendel.  While maintaining minimalism in the clothing department, Watson did some creative accessorizing in the beauty department.  Watson had these series of gold barrettes running along the side of her head in an arrow-like formation to keep her side-swept in place, which by the way not only complemented the plunging neckline perfectly but also added some cutting-edge punk touch.  And last but not least, a sultry note from the bordeaux lips shade completed the whole sexy in a classy way look.

MANGO Satin Edge Blouse/MANGO Slim-Fit Suit Trousers/ZARA Stilettos/MAKE Matte Lipstick in Jakarta*/MANGO Central Piece Cuff/Gold Barrettes

*MAKE is proud to donate 10% of retail sales to the nonprofit organization We See Beauty Foundation, which benefits women-run, worker-owned cooperative businesses. All products are made in New York City.