SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT?

Let’s toast for a very happy new year. 

Supposedly to be my last blog at 2012, I personally can’t be more happy to welcome 2013. Lots have happened this year, and as my hubby always said “everything happened for a reason”. Although I’m the kind of person who’s always seeking for an answer “why?”, but lately I’ve learned my lessons well. One day, we’ll all know the answer. 

Karl Lagerfeld once tweeted “I design like I breathe”. Well, I believe I write like I breathe. There was a time earlier this year when I just wanted to stop writing forever, but I couldn’t. Those words were flying inside my brain. Then, I found tumblr. Perfect releasing tools to keep doing what I love.

Support from my family, friends (real ones), and you (yes, you) really means a lot for this blog (please click the LIKE button on the right column). Anyway, this blog hasn’t reach her first year yet, lots to catch up. But boy was I surprised and happy to see one Russian lady liked my tumblr (thank you). 

Someone once said that happiness is small and achievable goals. I am doing it, so I guess I’m achieving exactly that. Here’s to 2012. Cheers!!!

SHE BROUGHT THE CROWN BACK

In the middle of apocalypse fables and rumors, there were Miss Universe 2012 pageant.

Last night event in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Las Vegas, was quite interesting even though our own Miss Indonesia didn’t even make it to top 16 semifinal. 

Thumbs up to Miss Philippines with all her elegant swoons and answer. I personally thought that Miss South Africa will win, but Miss USA seem to won over the judges’ hearts. Olivia Culpo, 20, officially brought back the Miss Universe crown back to the United States of America after Brook Lee won the title way back in 1997. 

Firstly, I wonder why Olivia wore the red velvet long gown and her hair up at the finale though (I love Miss Brazil’s gown which look so Zuhair Murad). But, when she was crowned by the previous Miss Universe, that crown was perfectly placed on the high bun. Oh, okay. 

STYLING MYSELF

I can see why Kate Moss was picked to be the star of Mango’s ads. Her personal style reflected through her super ability to mix and match in the higher level. And personally, I believe in the power of styling yourself, just because you know yourself better than anyone.

And I found Mango, one of my favorite brand, to be so easy to mix and match with. Last month, I went to one their store in Jakarta, and stumbled upon this contest announcement, MANGO Style Up Yourself Contest 2012. That time, I was looking for more printed pants to add up to my collection, and I remembered I’ve tried many (yup, they do have plenty of printed pants in the store) before ended up buying two pairs and a plus one, an embellished sweater (that’s what I called out of plan).

So I put together my Mango paisley printed pants from the current collection, mixed matched with my own white peplum top+stacked bracelets+ankle booties+socks, Mango necklace + scarfs, LV Alma bag & Ray-Ban shades. I thought, here we go… if I won the contest, they will give out vouchers, reason for me to shop for more Mango. And guess what? I won the 1st favorite winner of Mango Style Up Yourself Contest 2012. Yeay!

Gotta go now to spend the voucher and stay tune for more Mango styling by me! Special thanks for Mango Indonesia’s team. 

A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE, OR JUST YOU

This is how close you can get of owning 16 pieces of something by Tom Ford. 

His beauty line, Tom Ford Beauty, debuts a wardrobe of high-performance polishes. The 16 piece collection with range of reds, purples, corals and pinks, is offering a mega-watt shine and stay true color. 

Comes with an elegant box, this will be a mega hit present for someone or for yourself, maybe?

MOTHERHOOD IS SEXY

If you are a supermodel like Miranda Kerr or Alessandra Ambrosio. 

You remember when Orlando Bloom proudly made a standing ovation when his wife rocking the runway with a US$2.5 million Fantasy Treasure Bra on the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show last year. FYI, Miranda just delivered their son on January 2011 when she walked the runway on November 2011. You do the math.

Well, this year we might see Jamie Mazur, Alessandra’s fiance, on the side of the runway cheering his children’s mother for modeling the super expensive undergarment. Oh, the 31 years old supermodel mom delivered her son on May 2012. You do the math, again.

The Fantasy Bra is a company tradition every year around the holidays, and this year it will be air on December 4. By the way, Alessandra was still breastfeeding her 3 week old son Noah when she got the news from Victoria’s Secret that she’ll be modeling for the Fantasy Bra in the upcoming fashion show. You bet, she’s working out as we speak.

The theme for this year is floral, so it’s called Floral Fantasy. It’s a Very Sexy push-up bra set, adorned with more than 5200 precious gems like amethyst, sapphire, ruby and diamond. 

Hmm..two years in a row, Victoria’s Secret has been tapped two new mother (OK, the supermodel ones) whose bodies are in amazing postpartum shape to model their most precious undergarment. Are they sending a message that there’s still hope for new mother to shed the baby weight and appeared with a flat tummy in the speed of light? Yeah right!

BEING FEATURED

Weekend sharing time. Being street-style snap is cool and being asked to make review about beauty products is what I love the most.

Being featured earlier this year in Fimela.com, Indonesian online fashion and lifestyle magazine, to review a beauty product. And much much earlier back in 2010, I was snapped in Beijing by Tongue In Chic, one of the most read fashion site in Malaysia. Thanks guys. Forever grateful.

I DON’T WANNA GROW UP

Sigh…looking at life through our children’s eyes is the most joyful thing in this world. Even Peter Pan didn’t want to grow up. 

But not every children in this world are so lucky. Especially those in India and Bangladesh. Child labour, poor health and education are their major concerns. And it’s good to know that we can help them through the latest collaboration of H&M and UNICEF. 

On October 18, the Swedish retailer will introduce “All For Children” Collection to benefit UNICEF at 300 stores worldwide. H&M and UNICEF are working together to protect the rights of some of the poorest children in the world. H&M will donate 25% of the sale of each garment to UNICEF’s work mainly in India and Bangladesh. 

While it feels good to purchase something that eventually helping a cause for children, just look at these adorable clothes. And just in time for halloween, this collection added wizard hats, magic wands and rabbit ears too. Totally adorable, cute and put that smile on my face. Watch this on youtube to make you smile even more.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeDj1uE0esw

ICONIC LEGACY

Previously launched in July 2012, I’m not just attracted to the vibrant hues and the styles of this collection. It feels nice if you carry them and you know the history behind them. 

Founded in 1941 as a men’s leather goods company, it was only 21 years later, Coach started the women’s collection. Bonnie Cashin, Creative Director of Coach in the 1960’s revolutionized the industry with bright colors, industrial, hardware, and the look we now recognized as iconic Coach (check out their vintage 1960’s print ad). "She reads and listens and travels, and her horizons are wide,“ said Bonnie about the Coach Woman she designed for (see her sketch above). Hmm…sounds like someone I see everyday in the mirror. 

Coach Legacy Collection is inspired by some of Bonnie’s most iconic designs. Examples: my favorite, Legacy Penny, is a modern version of 1970s Dinky Purse. And inspired by the IT bag back in the 1973, The Duffle Sac, now known as Legacy Duffle.

Speaking of vintage style, even the shades named in purpose. Cobalt aka blue sky, was introduced in 1962, after twenty years of only black and tan color from Coach. Their first ever blue shade is similar to a shade worn by Jackie Kennedy on a visit to India in that same year. Carnelian as in bright red, also has been in Coach color palette since 1962 and it echoed the color of Jackie Kennedy’s signature lipstick and Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s soup can. Emerald is the first green color inspired by nature: olive from the 1950s and green tea-lime from 1963. Colorblock, which was introduced in 1968, was also huge back in the 1960s, thanks to mod fashion icons. The latest color will be Sunflower aka yellow, which was introduced back in 1994 after a long 50 years of finding a perfect tanning process that would combine artisanal leather with a clear, intense shade of yellow. 

Talking about timeless, I personally think that Coach Legacy collection are too hard to be missed. Check out my favorites in every color available above.

WEAR PINK PROUD

 

As we all know, the whole month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This is the perfect month to show our ‘pink’ side.

The international symbol of breast cancer awareness, aka the pink ribbon made their debut in 1991 when the Susan G. Komen Foundation handed out pink ribbons to participants in New York City race for breast cancer survivors.

In its latest report, the American Cancer Society says that 95% of new cases and 97% of breast cancer deaths occurred in women 40 years of age and older. It’s the fifth cause of death among women in the US. As we love to take care of ourselves, here’s something easy if you want to show some support to others and be a part of this exclusive month. Each October, many products especially beauty products are showing their extra love to fund research so more people will survive breast cancer. Here are some products which emblazoned with the famous pink ribbon.

 

THE FAIRYTALE STORY OF A FASHIONABLE PRINCESS

Once upon a fashionable time, somewhere between Paris Fashion Week, there was a fashionable princess from the land of a thousand smiles, seated at most front rows. And this is her story…. 

Ranked the 5th in the 2009 Forbes’ List of 20 Hottest Young Royals, Sirivannavari Nariratana is the only daughter of Crown Prince Maha Vajralongkorn. Yes, she is the royal granddaughter of Thailand. She plays badminton (a competitive one) and she’s no stranger in Paris Fashion Week, as she is a designer and already presented her collections at the last edition of Paris Fashion Week last year.

Reportedly a loyal customer of Pierre Balmain, she attended five shows at Paris Fashion Week recently. Check out her majesty’s styles. That’s what I called a “Fashionable Princess”.