We are at awe with Anntidote’s unique handmade bags.
Established in 2014 by homegirl Ann Tan, Anntidote is a boutique studio designing collections of handmade, one-of-a-kind, bags. Ranging from couture to basics, Anntidote bags are created from scratch and designed by what best narrates the style and personality of a person.
Why We <3
Can’t Find Them Anywhere Else
Handmade by Ann herself, these bags are truly one in a million. Come on now, where else can you find a cool shoulder bag like this:
Or a clutch like this:
To put it simply, these bags are all set to turn heads — and we’re quite sure that they’ll do so successfully.
Practical and Easy To Care For.
Mainly made from fabric and intended to combine form and function, Anntidote bags are not only pretty to look at, but also practical and a cinch to care for.
As Ann mentions: “I wanted my bags to be easy to clean (dry clean) so if anything is spilled on it, you won’t have to worry about the spill leaving stains/ weird odor.”
In fact, you can even send you Anntidote bag to the dry cleaners or soak it in light detergent water and it will all be fine. Definite plus points if you ask us!
“My customers gets to alter the design according to their specific needs,” shares Ann. Anntidote bags can be adjusted to the buyer’s desires and needs. To give you a better idea, you can change the zip placement or add on another pocket into the design of any bag.
Take for example “The Geisha.” The custom order was for a lady who wanted a tote that carried her two favourite designs — bows and japanese-like floral prints.
Why We No <3
Not That Cheap. Truth be told, Anntidote bags carry slightly pricier price tags. But given the fact that they’re handmade and exclusive in terms of quantity and design, these bags are certainly worth what you pay for.
If you’re looking to upgrade your look without having to buy an entire new wardrobe, perhaps you should be looking to your feet instead
Sugar skulls. Glitter. Flowers. Oil Slick. Polka dots. It’s amazing what a good pair of statement shoes can do for you; just imagine swapping your usual boring flats to a pair of trendy creepers – immediate freshness!
You still get the comfort of walking around in flats, plus the added inches that come along with wearing this oh-so-right-now footwear.
And when talking statement footwear, no one does it quite as good as T.U.K Footwear which produces original footwear inspired by underground culture.
Originally from England in the 1970s, T.U.K Footwear moved its base to California and is now known for being on the feet of celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons, Carly Rae Jepsen and Green Day.
So the great news is that T.U.K Footwear has finally arrived on our sunny shores – making its range of footwear designs that are inspired by subcultures and varying from traditional classics to modern upstarts available for Malaysians.
We love that the San-Diego based footwear has something for everyone, from the chunky creepers for those of us who love Japanese fashion, to chic pin-up inspired heels and festival ready boots.
Men and children are not left out of the equation with equally stylish footwear choices that are sure to turn heads!
For more information, visit T.U.K Footwear now currently available at:
S130 Sungei Wang Plaza,
Jalan Sultan Ismail 50250,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Time to rock n’ roll with purveyors of iconic British footwear!
Dr. Martens have just set up their second physical store in Malaysia at none other than Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur complete with this season’s collection, housing the exclusive ‘Made in England’ range, Refine, Reinvented and Rugged collections – just to name a few.
The popular brand which initially began as a homage to the British working class with boots styled to mimick the working man, has since evolved and adapted into various subcultures, bringing together the mods, glam, punks, ska, psychobillies, grebos, goths, industrialists, nu-metal, hardcore, straight-edge and grunge into a league of extraordinary individuals.
Known for its ‘AirWair’ cushioning, detailed stitching and craftsmanship, Dr. Martens soon established itself as an iconic footwear symbol of a diverse array of ideologies, and forms of expressions, which became an immediate fashion statement, worn by celebrities, rebels and punks alike.
Dr. Martens Pavilion
Lot 5.53.00, Level 5
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
10AM – 10PM
This week, our SNL pick is the distinctive House Of Muse.
In a market that is saturated with online stores offering almost the same thing, House Of Muse stands out with its exceptional style. Founded in 2011, House Of Muse brings us the latest and trendiest fashion items from all corners of the world.
Why we <3
Unique fashion sense
This is where you go to if you want something that pops! The items carried by House Of Muse are not your regular run-of-the-mill products – quirky and fun comes to mind.
Take for example the Tea Time cropped top and Popcorn bag above. You can just pair them with monotone or basic items to make your own statement look.
As far as online shopping goes, regular updates make for a successful business. Plus the fact is that fashion is constant, so House Of Muse gets it right by bringing us up to date with the newest trend in the market every week.
Looking great doesn’t mean you have to burn a hole in your wallet. Most items on House Of Muse are relatively reasonable and when the price is right, the fashionista in all of us is a happy shopper! Pssttt…the dress below is currently on sale!
Why we no <3
While we can’t deny the popularity or straightforwardness of using Facebook as a platform for online shopping, it is rather cumbersome to scroll among the many updates to see an item.
Like what you see so far? Head on over and give House Of Muse’s Facebook page a like, so you’ll know when or what to get from the latest updates!
Before you rush over to the first Cath Kidston store here in KL for the RM50 voucher, here’s a preview of what to expect!
The London lifestyle brand is open for business for fans of vintage-inspired prints in modern colours that will transport you to the English countryside with gorgeous antique rose florals, classic polka dots and quirky prints.
The store which covers 110 square meters carries the brand’s popular range of bags, wallets, purses and pouches featuring the iconic Cath Kidston prints as well as accessories, stationery, home-ware, children wear and bathroom products such as hand creams and lip balms.
So there’s definitely something for everyone, and there are loads of pretty gift options especially for the Christmas season.
The store is cosy and oozes a modern vintage vibe with wooden shelving and floorboards which evoke a warm and homely space.
The Winter 2013 collection will debut in-store, introducing brand new prints such as Garden Birds, Mushroom and Pony. The Wild Pony and Garden Bird prints will be seen on new shaped bags while signature blooms make an appearance on seasonal must-haves.
Items are priced from between RM15.00 to RM740.00 but fret not, most of the items are pretty affordable and cheaper than we expected.
For example, this Deep Blue Spot Oilcloth Large Zip Bag is RM199.00.
Psst..we asked if there will be more Cath Kidston stores to pop up around town and the answer is…YES! So, watch this space!
For more information, visit the Cath Kidston website.
Cath Kidston Mid Valley Megamall
Lot G-011, Ground Floor
Mid Valley Megamall,
Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2201 4810
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily
This week, we check out Style in Kind – the e-store with loads to offer!
If we had to sum up the Style in Kind girl, she’s a city girl who’s got places to go and knows how to switch it up from day to night with her accessories and personal style – yet, still lets her outfit shine. It’s a case of girl wearing the clothes, instead of the other way around and she’s definitely one to be noticed the minute she walks into a room.
It’s a subtle kind of elegance, one that doesn’t scream new-money-and-I-can-buy-style, but a Style in Kind girl knows that sometimes less is more and her outfit of the day is curated with a specific image in mind. Think Gary Pepper Vintage and Tuula Vintage!
Here’s why we <3:
1. From Day to Night
At Style in Kind, there’s something for everyone; whether it’s a fun and flirty dress, edgy comfort or a corporate powerhouse – you’ll find it here. We decided to style this Alecia Maxi Dress (RM109) for both day and night, to see how versatile it was.
Bear in mind, I’m a size UK12 and this dress in a Large fit perfectly well and was extremely comfortable that I could definitely use it from day to night (which I did). The elastic waistband gave it a nice silhouette and it was lined underneath so no need for restrictive inner wear.
For day, I was Katy Perry/90s-inspired and opted for a chambray shirt tied at the waist, my trusty Doc Marts, and handy Fjallraven Kanken bag to tote my laptop and gadgets around comfortably. I tied my hair in an organic braid to keep cool in the hot weather, and accessorised using a white wing ring to pick up the colour of the print on my dress.
For night, I switched to a leather jacket, black spiky Litas and a matching heart shaped studded clutch. I put my hair up in a loose, messy bun. You can opt for simple silver jewellery if you absolutely must, but I prefer a “didn’t put too much effort” approach.
2. Accessories Galore
Style in Kind really has some standout accessories which are truly unique and will definitely jazz up any outfit. You’ll have a difficult time choosing (we certainly did), as they have bracelets for the rock chick, to art deco style earrings and minimal trinkets for those who want a subtle elegance.
I’m all about loud, bright neon colours and different textures so I chose the neon Sandra earrings in Neon Yellow (RM69), and as a fan of tassles – I could not resist the multi-coloured Karlie (RM69) and green Mira Tassel (RM69) earrings.
The Sandra earrings are absolutely gorgeous and will enhance any outfit. It’s a very updated twist to a typical diamond-style earring because of the neon yellow, which makes it pop. It also helps frame the face, so you’ll be sure to have everyone transfixed on you!
The Karlie is such a fun, quirky thing; with multi-coloured tassels in shades of red, pink, white, green and blue with gold enhancements – this little number will jazz up any outfit for some added interest. Pair it with a plain white tee and you’ve got that whole minimalist chic down pat.
Finally, for those who love colour – the green Mira Tassel is such a standout piece! The green is stunning, and gives a chacha vibe that just picks your mood up.
3. Build Your Entire Wardrobe
From dresses, pants, tops, jumpsuits and accessories – build your entire new wardrobe from Style in Kind! If you’re in need of some inspiration, just take a look at their Style News section.
Who doesn’t like free shipping? Within Malaysia, you’re covered and the good news is that worldwide shipping is also available.
What we don’t <3:
1. Not Super Cheap
..But, it’s not expensive either. It’s important to bear in mind that Style in Kind is not one of those run-of-the-mill blogshops that are cheaper in price but also lower in quality. Delivery is fast and efficient, and items like the jewellery and accessories are bubble wrapped to ensure it gets to you in one piece.
And there you have it! Enough reading…start shopping Head on to Style in Kind to sort your style out!
This week on our ‘Shop! in the Name Of Love’ segment, the spotlight is on Shoeville.
For the modern and self-confident woman who loves quality shoes, Shoeville has got you covered. The shop, founded by sisters Pauline and Celine Foh, carries various brands from Brazil. One might wonder, why Brazil? Pauline explains that made-in-Brazil shoes are actually of very high quality and it is with this focus in mind that they decided to bring the goodies to Malaysians.
Why We <3
Brazilian Luxury. Shoeville prides itself on the luxurious shoes imported from Brazil and it’s a passion that clearly translates onto the faces of the sisters.
During the intimate preview of its Autumn/Winter 2013 collection last week, VenusBuzz.com learned that Brazilian brands such as Via Uno, Biondini, Satryani, Dumond, Carrano, Melissa and Raphaella Booz are among those carried at the store. These brands are sold worldwide across five continents in cities like Sao Paolo, New York, London, Tokyo, Sydney, Hong Kong and also Kuala Lumpur.
Steady and Sturdy. Shoes are really of quality; each pair feels solid and materials used are of high superiority. Brazil is among the country that is rich in raw material, and this translates to shoes that are crafted with quality. A win for us!
Exclusivity. With just one shop in the scene currently, you’d be sure to get distinctive pieces that you can’t find anywhere else. So the probability of bumping into someone with similar shoes is close to zero. Plus the fact that each style comes only in limited quantities, the exclusivity is even more niche.
Sizing. Let’s admit it, some of us ladies do have a larger than average shoe size. At Shoeville, you can get European sizes 35 up to 42! Price ranges from RM200 – RM600.
Why We No <3
Limited Quantities. To ensure exclusivity, something’s got to give. As Shoeville only brings in limited style/size of each shoes from each brand, there’s a chance you may not get the one you’ve set your eyes on. Bummer!
Looking for some high street fashion shoes but fear they burn a hole in your wallet? Then our SNL of the week, Agape Boutique is just for you!
Founded in 2010 by Gideon and Sarah, Agape Boutique is an online-based store that originated from Penang with one simple belief – every woman deserves to be dress up like a star. Extra plus points go to the fact that the dynamic duo does not believe that fashion should be high in cost. With so many positive things under their belt, what more can you expect than a great shopping time!
Agape Boutique is essentially a shoe-centric store that runs on a pre-order basis, but they also offer a few nifty bags and accessories too.
Why We <3
All Sorts of Shoes! Sky-high pumps, wedges, sandals, platforms boots, sneakers, creepers, Mary Jane with ankle straps; Agape carries almost every shoe you can imagine! What’s best is the fact that the shoes are designer inspired. Just like these stylish sneaker wedges ala Isabel Marant.
You’re more of a Japanese or Korean fashion kind of person? Don’t worry, they’ve got that covered too! In fact, perhaps this pair of Stylenanda x Japan VIVI Inspired shoes might catch your eye.
So, if your eyes and heart has been saying yes to those lovely pair of designer shoes, but your wallet says no — Agape Boutique might be the solution for you! Which actually leads us to this next point…
Wallet Friendly! Ask any of their previous customers and we’re sure that majority of them would say this: the shoes sold at Agape Boutique have affordable and reasonable price tags! Oh yes, we can just hear all of you cheering along with us!
An affordable price range and premium designs, what’s not too like right!
You Can Get Them Offline! To those that are vary about wrong size estimations or would like to check the shoes out before purchasing, you’d be glad to know that you can try Agape Boutique shoes at I-Square in Parkamaya, Fareinheit 88 and Plaza Gurney, Penang!
Nonetheless, do note that this physical presence of theirs does not carry their entire shoe catalogue; Agape Boutique still functions primarily as an online-based store that operates on a pre-order basis.
Their Credibility! With years of experience in the game, Agape is truly strong contender in the online shoe retail industry. In fact, they’ve even got fashion bloggers like DuoGigs on their side.
However, although they’ve got tons of positive feedback, do note that shopping experiences are conditional. As with any other retail shops, there would be certain bad encounters too.
Why We No <3
Pre-Order! As mentioned, Agape Boutique is primarily an online pre-order boutique. This means that the shoes would take at least two to three weeks to reach your doorsteps. With that in mind, it’s best to only put in your order if you’re patient enough to wait.
Though, in all honesty, their extensive catalogue and affordability most definitely makes up for it. And besides, you could always pop over to their physical entities to check out the readily available footwear.
Seasons may change and trends may come and go but one thing is for sure, the love for all things stylish will always remain. Fabspy understands and delivers.
The single most important thing about fashion is individuality. It’s about how you interpret trends with flair and stand out with your own style. Fabspy is the brainchild of fashion blogger, Hanie Hidayah and such a fun shopping site it is.
It was established to help each and every one of us explore our own uniqueness and perhaps, even have the courage to try something new and exciting. Let’s just say that Fabspy is your own personal shopper, tailored to meet your personality.
Why We <3
Get inspired! This is where you can find an eclectic mix of clothes which draws inspiration from music, film and style setters around the world. It’s not your normal take on mainstream fashion, rather Fabspy is like the uber cool chick that always know where to find stylish clothes and you can feed off them. Here, you’ll not be lacking in inspiration to bring out your inner cool chick.
Styles personified. Sometimes it’s hard to gather what sort of look to go for. What goes with this bottom, or how do I pair this top? Well on Fabspy, they do half the work for you. Featured on site are three key looks to pull off – Mode Rock, Wild & Free as well as FS Girls Pick. Each category shows you what items to pair up for the look of choice. We’d say this is street style done right!
In-house brand. The team at Fabspy had taken to curate a collection of simple yet chic apparel under its own label. From shirts to tote bags, camo pants, tunic, dresses and even headbands and shoes, there’s a range of stuff to refresh your look. On top of that, this site in general, does seem to have more printed stuff in comparison to other online shops out there.
Easy shopping. From the easy-to-navigate website layout, to their helpline and 14 days return policy – Fabspy has definitely done a lot to make your shopping experience and easy and fun one!
Why We No <3
Fashion doesn’t come cheap at Fabspy. You may find yourself having an internal dialogue justifying why you should get that really, really, really cute skirt before it’s gone from Fabspy.com. Don’t ask us, we caved!
Calling all fashionistas and shopaholics, this week’s SNL features a fantastic new shopping treat for you – River Island has arrived in Malaysia!
Originating from and based in London, River Island is a street fashion label known for its bold fashion imagery and influence from pop culture. With a fashion retail experience that’s more than half a century old, and with over 300 stores across the UK, Ireland, Middle East and Europe; it’s really high time this internationally acclaimed brand has hit Malaysian shores!
The arrival of River Island in Malaysia is made possible by Zalora.com.my, one of Malaysia’s ever-expanding online shopping destinations with fashion wear from international and local labels.
Why We <3
That British Touch! Being one of the most successful and famous companies on the High Street (a trendy spot for shops and boutiques in city centres), you can bet that River Island will successfully give you that quintessential British preppy rocker style, which is polished yet still edgy and intelligently dishevelled from head to toe.
We absolutely love the brand’s Autumn Winter 2013 collection. Carrying a strong monochrome focus with classy touches of embellishments, this collection is a fun, youthful and pleasant mix of chic-meets-street.
Ultra Wearable! As much as we love fashion, it’s unquestionable that thoughts like ‘where would I wear it to’ would often surface. But that’s not the case for this brand as top runway trends are interpreted into a wearable way.
One of the reasons why we love River Island is how versatile the garments are. Be it a fabulous shoes and bags, trendy jacket or a chirpy day-time dress; the apparels offered at River Island are all easily wearable!
Women and Men Apparel! While you’re getting yourself a sparkly cocktail dress or trendy jacket, why not check out some fashionable goods for you’re the special men (e.g. dad, boyfriend, brother) of your life too! Offering a wide array of trendy and hip menswear, River Island is a brand that’s great for all genders.
Free Delivery! Brought in and hosted by Zalora Malaysia, every purchase above RM75 is free of charge! Yup, with just a click, you can get trendy London fashion apparels delivered right to your doorstep.
Why We No <3
Not Cheap. We hate to burst your excited shopping bubble, but River Island goods don’t come cheap. To give you a rough idea, apparels sold are priced somewhat similar to Zara and Topshop items. However, we feel that the price range is justifiable as River Island is a high street label after all.
Inconsistent Pricings. We also noticed that that the price tags are somewhat inconsistent, like how peplum top is RM10 cheaper than a maxi dress. But then again, do note that perhaps the materials used for each goods play a role in pricing.
So, what are you waiting for – browse through River Island’s wide fashion catalogue here!