I’m actually not sure if I should be sharing slash promoting this…so let’s say for now I’m just raving, but I found this Topshop tape measure and got it off Ebay and it was so, so cute and could not resist placing an order for it…then I found out, oops, it happened to be a freebie with online global purchases.
It cost me about £8.50 in total with shipping from Ebay, so that’s about Php500. It’s actually the current free gift with ANY ORDER from the Topshop.com global website so I’m not quite exactly sure if they’re giving these out with purchases also at Topshop boutiques locally…I’d say most probably not, but it’s better to be sure so you can check your local boutique first. Anyway some enterprising, international Topshop shoppers obviously thought they didn’t need the ones they got with their purchases so that’s how some ended up on Ebay and they lured in happy suckers like me…I’m not regretting the purchase because I really don’t plan to get Topshop clothes online and so this was practically the only way I could own one for myself. So just be aware that if you plan to do some online Topshop shopping… there is no need to pay just to get one of these off the net elsewhere, you’ll certainly get one with your online purchase. I’ve no time right now to put up my wishlists but the photos are certainly piling up and both the Beauty and Non-Beauty Wishlist editions will be up soon. I’ve got to do groceries and Christmas shopping for now hence the quick random post. Cheerio dahlingz…
In all honesty green is one of my least favorite shades when it comes to makeup and clothes. Because I have a very yellow undertone with oriental skin it’s not exactly a shade that complements me. However if I absolutely had to choose a shade of green I would definitely lean towards emerald, the more cooler in the spectrum which sits somewhat in between kelly forest green and teal, do not confuse forest green or British racing green with emerald, totally different shades altogether. Emerald has just been announced the Pantone color of the year for 2013 and while I might not wear it often I am glad it is the sort of green I prefer. I only own one piece of emerald clothing, and it’s a tailored linen tube top Mom got me from Indonesia. On my face I used L’oreal Lucent Magique foundation, Missha Perfect Concealer, Anastasia Express Brow kit for brows, and an Estee Lauder Pure Color lipstick in Mystic Mauve (from a Travel Exclusive set).
I’m wearing MBMJ stud earrings and over my emerald top I’m wearing my new M|phosis necklace (Php590) in a gunmetal shade which I have been finding quite easy to wear even over plain white T-shirt tops. I don’t usually force the issue and insist that I rock the color of the year with my wardrobe…never the case really but it’s fun to be able to see how the shade can work for you and just how many emerald green things the fashion industry will cough up for next year. I don’t think I’d ever try emerald as makeup on myself, at most perhaps a gel liner or liquid liner just for fun but on a day to day basis I don’t think so. Do you think you’ll be rocking 2013’s color of the year in any way?
I didn’t expect to find a uniquely classy bag I could afford at this point, but trekking to Citygate in Tung Chung, the 30-min last stop on the orange train line from Hong Kong central, made it possible. I’d ventured out to visit a friend based near the fishing community of Tai O (a charming, rustic place) and on my way back to the city I scored this absolutely charming, illustrated Anteprima tote at Citygate, for 30% off at the final price of $HK 976/approx. Php5200.
“The brand was conceived by Izumi Ogino in year 1993, in hope of creating a brand for a modern woman with an appreciation for timeless luxury and contemporary style. A woman who can exist anywhere in the world, her flair transcends borders.The ANTEPRIMA woman, as created by IZUMI OGINO. She has captivated the fashion world since the label’s debut – as its name means in Italian – at Milano Moda Donna in 1998.” – ElementsHK.COM
I liked the brand Anteprima the first time I laid eyes on the boutique in Singapore. It’s a brand that absolutely gets me. Anteprima basically means “a preview” or “debut” in Italian but it was created by the effortlessly beautiful Japanese designer, Izumi Ogino in the mid 90s. She absolutely loves Italy and works mostly with materials from that region and always presents her collections in Milan. Izumi’s dainty but modern creations remind me of a more delicate Asian take off from luxury brands that know women inside out. These brands get that it’s not about being full-blown regal 24/7, it’s also about being elegantly chill in those moments when you need to be. Brands like those aren’t afraid to get playful in terms of design and know how to do it properly, NOT AT the expense of taste, like for example Chanel or Kate Spade.
Anteprima is mainly known for its famously pretty and dainty “wire bags” as well as shoes and dresses, but those were off the budget for me. Read more to get the full review, a closer look at the bag’s features, and my musings on this bag that I’m quite happy to own.
Honestly, today was the FIRST TIME EVER Mom and I have gone serious bag shopping together, today was for my bag. Mom got hers first yesterday at Homme et Femme, Shangrila Mall and out of the blue she wanted to treat me. So let’s begin waxing bag poetic with Mom’s more-than-meets-the-eye Alexander Wang laser-cut Rocco duffel. It comes in a shade called “parchment” which is a soft, almost white gray with a touch of beige warmth.
Alexander Wang Laser Cut Rocco
“Laser cut leather top zip duffel bag with rolled top handles, aged nickel-tone hardware and rivets at base. Adjustable notch closure along shoulder strap. Fabric lined interior with zipper pocket, two organizational pockets and outer hidden zip pockets. 9.25\” height x 13.5\” width x 9.25\” depth 4\” handle drop, 15\” strap drop Imported Available in Parchment (color) ” – info via Net-A-Porter
It looks plain enough when you first see it, but what is mind-blowing about the AW Rocco is the texture. It’s an exceedingly roomy leather bag laser-cut with uniform micro shredding. It’s a bit addictive running your fingertips back and forth across it. What you get is a velvety texture almost like suede but with more body and the sudden ambush of studs underneath (like terracotta warriors) is like the most unexpected come-on ever, don’t you think? It’s clear why Mom zeroed in on this one like a heat-seeking missile. Now, for the Kate Spade procession and what I got. Read more to see what I chose from the Kate Spade boutique in Greenbelt 3.
This caught my eye online and I saw that it was posted by Dioronly a week ago. It’s so refreshing to hear the lovely Marion Cotillard speak in her native language.
Enter the House of Dior in this first “webisode” slash installment of the Lady Dior Web Documentaries. In this first video out, you get a barely 2-minute glimpse of the glory of cuts and stitches as seasoned seamstresses fashion some of the brand’s most beautifully tailored creations for their beautiful brand ambassador.