26 January 2013

太可爱了!

FYI this is the most decent photo I could find - I got it off their Facebook page, not their website

That's "too cute" in Mandarin. I'm not sure how you'd say it in Cantonese since well, I don't speak Cantonese neither am I of Cantonese descent (or at least not that I'm aware of). Anyway, that's the first thing that popped in my head when I saw the above Chow Chow Bag by a not-so-widely-known HK brand, Mousse, last Friday night at Takashimaya. For those who are wondering, there's a little display area with all these cute bags on level 3, near the cashier that is the nearest to the entrance opposite Kinokuniya in the ladies' section. Good luck finding it.

I'd get it if not for the hefty price tag (which was at least SGD100) and the sad fact that I need to grow up and wear more mature clothes befitting of my age! Already I'm starting to wear my Carebear and Nightmare Before X'mas rings less and less, in fact, I'm starting to fear that I may have to retire them.. Even on a weekend they look a little ridiculous with what I wear nowadays, except maybe if I wear a top and a skater skirt.. But even then, they're starting to stick out a lot (to me), perhaps a little too much for my liking. Guess I don't feel so much like a kid at heart anymore. I still refuse to give up my skater skirts though, despite how teenage-y they look, and I probably won't until I have kids myself.. or find something comfier.

25 January 2013

100% cotton, you say?


It's spring/summer now, so Uniqlo has released quite a few staples for this season in lighter (ie. more spring-y) colors. In the case of the UV Cut Cardigan, they are now available in lovely colors like a light sky-blue, pastel yellow, mint green, lavender and more! Thankfully for me, they've darker colors too like the usual black, purple and navy (the latter two are pictured above).. I do wish they had others like a nice burgundy or dark truffle brown, but I guess that's more "fall season" than spring.. Anyway, I'm glad they come in both v-neck and round-neck; personally I prefer the v-neck.

If you work in an air-conditioned office like me, and have eczema or a skin allergy to "unnatural" fibres rubbing against your skin, especially in this hot and humid weather, you'd be pleased to know that this series is now (according to them) made in 100% COTTON! Previously when I looked at their older UV cut cardigans, I was disappointed to find that they were made with synthetic material, and ever since, I've not bothered checking out the UV Cut range since I assumed there's no way they can make clothing with UV protection without using synthetic materials.. and yet somehow, this time, they magically did! The amazing-ness of Japanese technology and it all.

As sad as this may sound, I think it's pretty evident that I'm actually pretty hyped up about this. It hasn't been easy finding cardigans made purely out of cotton locally (especially within my budget), and the only one I've managed to get my hands on is a gray cardigan by local menswear brand Coupé-cousu, so yes, I can't wait to head down to Uniqlo as soon as I can, and try one of these babies on! And then I can decide which color I'll bring home (maybe both, who knows!).

P/S: You may have noticed that this post has been tagged eczema-friendly, this means that it's about clothing (ie. 100% cotton, or if I'm lucky, tencel) suitable for people with eczema.. so, from now onwards, all posts about clothing made of 100% clothing will now be tagged with this tag, and hopefully, it will be of use to a fellow eczema-sufferer out there.

22 January 2013

Hello again, Antigona.

I'm usually not a fan of anything with obvious stitches, but this Antigona is in such a gorgeous shade, I wouldn't be able to say no. I also have to admit I love the dark brown trimming; sets it apart from the other solid-colored ones that are more common, without being too different or complicated.

I found this while browsing through medium-sized Antigonas (sidenote: the medium size suits me the best due to my short-stature and wide figure) here. No idea which season it's from, can't say I know I for sure but I think it's past season stock. Nevertheless if I had the means to splurge on this I would in an instant, but really I'm in no position to spend more than 2k on a bag, or anything else for that matter.

19 January 2013

Have you been to IMM or M&S lately?

Sometimes I get tempted to delete my Facebook account because I hardly ever use it for what it was intended for (updates, photos, "social networking", blah blah blah), but I keep coming back when I get bored to play a little SimCity Social, and you know, kaypoh around. The best part about Facebook though, is constantly being updated on all your fave brands and stores, all through a single platform. Thanks to Facebook, I found out that Marks & Spencer is having a sale! And look what caught my eye.


See the blue linen skirt circled in red on the left of the red shoes? It's from their Indigo Collection, and I bought it in two colors (stone & navy) two days ago at the M&S Paragon outlet for a total of SGD40. I am still feeling rather chuffed at getting them at such a steal, especially since I really needed more skirts to wear to the office as I hardly wear pants or jeans nowadays. As an effort in putting up more um.. personal posts, I will be posting photo/s of the me wearing the skirt sometime this week, maybe even later. I'm bad at making promises.


Now that Chinese New Year is just right around the corner (three weeks away!) and everyone's buying their new clothes, with such good bargains as these, M&S would be a good place to start looking. If you see something on their Facebook page that you'd like to head down to buy (browse through their Timeline photos to see their sales ads), remember to drop them a message first to check if the outlet you're planning to visit has the item in stock, otherwise you might be disappointed.

Also, I am quite surprised that I've yet to blog more about factory outlets and the like, despite that this blog is supposedly more focused on things I want but can't have, so I have added a new tag (new tag for the new year, hah!): outlet shopping. May there be more outlet shopping and buys for me (and you, whoever's reading) this year!

And seeing as how I've finished school and have nothing urgent on hand to do right now, I shall blog partially about the afternoon I spent at IMM (gasp! I'm actually blogging about something that happened just today) browsing the FJB Outlet. The brands I noticed they had were Guess watches & jewelry, Banana Republic, and of course, Gap. There was quite a number of fall/winter coats for those planning to go somewhere cold soon, plus the usual mix of dresses, tops, and bottoms. FYI they cater to both genders. Overall there was something for everyone, all clothing, just nothing for your feet and head.

I found a floral denim skirt from Gap that I quite liked, but at the price of SGD45 (after 50% discount), I told myself it wasn't worth it, forced myself to put it back and walked away.. I'm still thinking about it, but I've to be realistic and disciplined; I've already crossed my clothes budget, plus I already have a dress for CNY, so sadly, I must. say. no. The green tee if I'm not wrong, is SGD15 after 50% off? Quite a bargain; all the Gap pieces are going for 50% off, with the Banana Republic ones at 60% off, if I'm not wrong.

If you live in the west or you're planning to head there, and you have yet to buy your CNY clothes, I strongly suggest you drop by IMM for at least an hour, they seem to be marketing themselves now as an outlet shopping mall, with Timberland, Crocs and Bata outlets for shoes, Goldlion, Esprit, and FJB for clothes, and even New Balance, RSH and Nike for sportswear, there's really nothing you can't get at good bargain prices. Oh and obviously, this isn't an ad, I'm just really happy that I live in the west now. Can't wait for Billabong and Saccoor Brothers to open their outlets here! Looks like I won't have to go to Anchorpoint Mall ever again. And oh did I mention, they've a Coach outlet?

Please ignore the white splotches on my tee; they're actually dirt marks on the mirror.
Didn't notice them until I uploaded this pic /smacks forehead

I Googled for the skirt above because my phone camera wasn't good enough to capture the pretty floral print close-up, and this is what I found. Strange that the cutting seems a lot more flared on the model above than it did on me. Must be my big hips lol.

Guys' shirts from Gap - majority are priced at SGD40 after 50% off!
Tried the dark red one; it was so comfy, but the fit was a little too large for me cuz (obviously) I'm a girl..

11 January 2013

I just can't help it.

I've developed a weakness for gold in the recent years - there's just something about it that makes me happy looking at it, even happier when I get to fiddle with it. Which is pretty much why I got suckered into getting my first dress watch last month. And why I'm looking for other bits and pieces to stack on to my watch. I could come up with a few other excuses, or I could just admit I run out of things to surf online quite often, especially since blog-reading has become sort of a chore.. It's amazing how at least half of the ones on my list update almost every single day, it begins to get so tiring trying to keep up with every single outfit they post (blame my slight OCD).

Anyway, after blogging about Carrie K's Fiji Water Leather Bracelet, I was reminded of another notable local jeweler, By Invite Only, and how I missed their booth at the Public Garden late last year (I think it was sometime in August?). Being the bored person with a laptop and internet at my dispense, I browsed through their Nature//Nurture series and found a pretty bead bracelet, something which I've been eyeing, preferably in jade. I'm no expert in jades though, so I've been rather reluctant to buy a few nice pieces I saw on etsy.com, since I feel I'm very liable to get cheated.

 
This one is perfect, although my budget for this month and probably the next will be quite tight, seeing as how #1 I have debts to pay #2 I'm still on the hunt for a full-time job. I just hope it won't run out by the time I finally have the spare cash to buy this.

07 January 2013

Recent online buys.

Although I was overseas (literally ha ha) last month, I managed to get two dresses from Blood is the New Black at 75% off, thanks to a friend of mine. They arrived earlier than I expected; my expectations were pretty low though since I ordered them the week before X'mas.. I'm rather thankful they didn't get lost. So far I haven't had the misfortune, thank God.


I'm also super thankful that I got them in L without having a size chart to refer to; they fit pretty well! The only downside to all of this was that, due to my sheer excitement and over-eagerness, I completely forgot to check the back of the Dolly Fringe dress (pictured above).. You can imagine the surprise my friend & I had when we saw the dress. Guess I'll just have to wear a cardigan over it, or maybe, a bandeau or something (I highly doubt I'll be bothered to do so). Otherwise overall the fit's just nice.


On the other hand, the Crawford Boxy dress (pictured above) turned out a lot more purple than it looked on my screen! Flash can be a little tricky sometimes.. I don't really mind though, since I don't have a lot of purple pieces at the moment. It also has sleeves that are a little long, plus the dress is a little oversized. Nothing a belt can't fix though, besides I could always just roll up the sleeves or have them altered. Material-wise the cotton fabric is a little thicker than I would like, but oh well, after having shopped for a few American brands (eg. American Apparel, etc.), I've come to expect this, and I don't think it'll bother me much since I plan to wear it at work (hurray for freezing air-con temperatures).

06 January 2013

Latex necklaces? Who would've thought!

How could I forget, this baby was one of my best buys last year! I got this sometime in November, and I've had my eye on it since February. Back then it was ridiculous, paying full price for something I knew I wouldn't wear often. Then echo (a boutique at Wheelock Place retailing eco-friendly brands, now defunct) had a clearance sale of everything at 70% off! What other excuse did I have not to buy it.


It's from batucada, an eco-friendly Parisian brand specializing in latex accessories for ladies like necklaces, earrings and bracelets. The cool thing is - because they're made of latex - they lie flat on your skin and form this sort of 3D-tattoo-like effect. I managed to get one of the last pieces in a brassy gold instead of black, lucky me! I can't remember what the price was since it was quite a while back, but if I remember correctly, I'd estimate it to be less than SGD30. A little pricier than what I usually allow myself to spend on accessories, but #1 it's unique #2 it's suitable for my sensitive skin #3 I doubt I'll be seeing this often on the streets! Lovely.


The only setback: my significant other thinks it looks like a bird pooped on my chest from afar. I also need to get a chain to make it just a little longer. Sigh.

More wrist candy~

Recently I was at Orchard Cineleisure with a friend, so we dropped by rockstar by soon lee to see what they had (they always have nice stuff!), and we saw those nautical anchor bracelets by Kiel James Patrick that all those little hipsters out there have been donning on their wrists.. I've to admit, I was tempted to get one, but I didn't see any in a color that I liked (probably already snatched off the shelves), so when I went home that night, I browsed through their website and found this.


Green was my favorite color when I was a kid, then it became purple when I was a teen, and now, it's one of my fave colors, yet strangely I don't have much of it in my wardrobe.. well, not anymore, since about five years ago? Right now I'm trying to concentrate on blue, since I've already been through a green, gray and a short-lived red phase..

I wouldn't mind getting more green pieces though, and this would be great start, if not for the fact that #1 it costs USD38 excl. shipping (it's only twisted nautical cord and what, a brass? charm) #2 I'm too lazy to get up early enough to accessorize or even put time aside before I go to bed to plan what outfit I should wear tomorrow. That kinda thing usually works well as a resolution, except.. I don't do resolutions because #1 I don't care if it's a new year or not, I don't see why because it's a new year, I've to use it as a gauge as to judge how well (or badly) I did in the past year, life just goes on and I do the best I can #2 so what, I don't think it's realistic to set myself goals I'm not gonna accomplish, especially when I've other bigger and more important things to worry about, other things that actually require a lot more effort and well, deserve that effort.

Anyway, before I get too personal and rant-y (ie. off-topic), here's a more feminine and sort-of-sophisticated alternative I found on etsy, for just USD20.90 (incl. shipping).


I wonder, which one would Singaporeans prefer? I've to admit, the KJL one looks more.. well-made, but I don't think I've reached a point in my life where I would splurge on something as small as that, especially since I'd hardly wear it.