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    Celebrity Inspired Outfit Ideas For Urbanscapes!

    Everyone loves a good music festival. The upcoming one is Urbanscapes, which started having events this month with the main event taking place on 6th December at Horse Ranch, Resorts World Genting.

    This cool venue (literally!) promises to be at least 10⁰ colder than previous festival locations, so we’ve worked out some celebrity-inspired outfits together with our fashion partners, Off The Rack that are fun, comfortable and provide sufficient layering!

    1. Kate Middleton

    Outfit items:

    Suit Blazer by Mango, RM199

    Striped Dual-tone Midriff Sweatshirt by ROMWE, RM66

    Tight Indigo Jeans by Cheap Monday, RM199

    Zola Wedges by Kiss & Tell, RM99

    The Duchess of Cambridge opts for ladylike classics, mixing haute couture with high street fashions. One of our favorite casual outfits is Kate’s effortless chic look in a navy Smythe blazer, a nautical tee, blue skinny jeans, and matching Stuart Weitzman wedges, which she wore at the London Olympics.

    2. Cara Delevingne

    Outfit ideas:

    Slim Fit Pitch Jeans by Cheap Monday, RM199

    Basic Scoop Back Boyfriend Tee by ZALORA BASICS, RM29

    Kainer Wedge Sneakers by Appetime, RM360

    Black Long Sleeve PU Biker Jacket by Choies, RM220

    This fast rising star in the modeling world has already built up an impressive portfolio despite being only 22 years old, having walked the runway for some of the largest names in fashion from Fendi to Burberry. But when she isn’t busy modeling haute couture, Cara sports a rather offbeat and edgy street style. Work your inner grunge at Urbanscapes with skinny jeans, boots and a leather jacket.

    3. Selena Gomez

    Outfit ideas:

    Eye Did It Morgan Tank by Cheap Monday RM125

    Sunglasses: Elegantly Wasted in Dusky Gold + Brown by KinkyBlueFairy, RM149

    Korin Boots by Appetime, RM600

    Feather Necklace by Soak Republic, RM29

    Raelyn Denim Flare Maxi Skirt – Red/Black Lines by POPLOOK, RM86

    Coming a long way from her Disney roots, Selena embraces a youthful and sometimes cheeky fashion sense. Get Selena’s boho chic look with this printed maxi skirt teamed with a feather necklace and cowboy boots. Layer up with a jacket in case things get chilly.

    For those of you who are keen to go to Urbanscapes but not so keen on the drive up there? Well, we have a solution for you! There’s an official taxi partner for Urbanscapes this 6th December and MyTeksi is the go-to taxi app for this festival. They have a great offer going right now. Festival-goers may present four valued festival tickets (not valid for RM0.00 tickets) at the MyTeksi booth at Urbanscapes from 2pm to 10pm and get RM60 cash back to the festival and another RM60 cash back on their MyTeksi ride back! That’s almost a free ride to and fro to the Urbanscapes event at Horse Ranch, Resorts World Genting.

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    Cath Kidston Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection

    Eccentric, pretty and oh-so-cute!

    The latest season of Cath Kidston brings us a new quirky print called ‘Stop Thief!’ which is an ode to the founder’s love for vintage comics and cartoons.

    Tapping in on its playful vibe, the mischievous print showcases a hand drawn comic strip that features Cath’s brother as the wicked robber.

    It is a unique and lively print that illustrates a strong sense of cheeky humour.

    The classics oilcloth book bag and Stanley mug as well as kids backpack and foldover tote nappy bag feature the quirky ‘Stop Thief!’ graphics.

    For the kids, there are also notebooks, pack of pens and pencil sharpener as school essentials.

    The Autumn/Winter 2014 collection also sees the London Buses and Kingswood Rose prints as well.

    The former is inspired by a vintage tea towel given as a gift to Cath while the latter stays true to the brand’s signature trailing floral prints.

    These new prints join the staple of classic spots and floral designs as Cath Kidston’s other latest offering.

    Price ranges from RM120 to RM304 for the bags, and RM21 to RM41 for the stationeries.

    The ‘Stop Thief!’, ‘London Buses’ and ‘Kingswood Rose’ collections are currently available at Cath Kidston outlets at Mid Valley Megamall, Isetan Suria KLCC and Sunway Pyramid.

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    Disney ‘Princesses & Villains’ Collection By Black Milk Clothing

    There’s a Disney kid in every one of us and you would be hard-pressed not to get excited about this Disney fashion.

    It would seem a tad juvenile to wear a cartoon-themed piece of apparel, but all fears go out the window when you’ve seen this range from Black Milk Clothing. You can now indulge your inner kid rather stylishly.

    The Australian brand has got us squealing in delight with the Disney-inspired Princesses and Villains collection.

    The familiar childhood characters – Cinderella, Snow White, Mulan, Pumbaa & Simba, and Cheshire Cat among others make an appearance on skater skirts, leggings, skater dresses, bodysuit and more.

    Now if you want to get a piece of this Disney fashion pie, prices start from $AUD45 (approx. RM135) and there’s free delivery with standard shipping.

    See (and shop!) the full Princesses & Villains collection here.

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    Shapewear – What Women Need To Know

    Investing in a shapewear requires a bit of knowledge and insider tips. We speak to a specialist from Neubodi to find out what women should know about control garments. 

    When it comes to women’s intimate wear, there’s no better professional to talk to than Neubodi. Following our previous experience of getting fitted with Neubodi, we now embark on another subject that is close to women’s heart – shapewear.

    Many ladies would agree that shapewear is a great item to own to create a slimming silhouette. But perhaps, what bothers us is the inner workings of these bodyshapers – Is it effective? Does it help? Should we or shouldn’t we invest in one? Well, to help answer your questions, we speak to Joyce Ooi, marketing and communications executive of Neubodi.

    VB: Hi Joyce! Can you share with us what are the key things or features women should look out for when buying shapewear?

    There are three things:

    1) A body shaper that is suited best to your body shape.

    Every woman is unique, and might require a different form of support. For example, one woman might fit better into a high waist girdle, while another woman might find the high waist girdle to be too loose at the top. So you really should always listen to your body.

    If you feel uncomfortable, find out why. Very often it’s just the lack of knowledge in the undergarment department – so always consult a fit expert!

    2) Know your size. One should never compromise fit for the number on the tag. 

    When it comes to shapewear and its sizes, it’s all about holding and supporting the curves in the right places. The most important thing is to find what suits you best, it should feel as comfortable like a second skin, yet still works to provide you with the supportive hugging feeling.

    Try it on! Get a feel on the different levels of shaping and compression – light, medium and high to suit your needs and sensitivity.

    3) Know your goal. It is good to realise what do you seek in a bodyshaper. 

    It is important to note that shapewears are not miracle garments. They do not have the ability to slim you down overnight. It is advised never to go for an extreme just to get the kind of shape you are looking for. Having said that, women should however, know ultimately what do they aim to achieve with a shapewear in the long run – eliminate bulges, butt lifting, waist trimming, tummy control, body contouring, etc.

    Different shapewears are designed to have different functions and cuttings that are meant to target different body areas. It is ultimately important to know your “problem area” or just areas you would like to improve on, and finally consult a fit expert to assist you in getting a shapewear that best solves the problem in the long run.

    VB: Great! Now, what are the benefits of wearing shapewear?

    It can be pinpointed down to these:

    Create a smooth and attractive, streamlined silhouette – shapewear can effectively contour your body, and smooth all the unsightly bulges.

    Boost your confidence and help you love your body – with the right-sized shaper, it will improve your posture and help you combat targeted problem areas. This allows you to look wonderful whenever, wherever, so effectively boosting self-confidence.

    Health benefits – a lot of shapers uses materials and fabrics that are beneficial to women. For example, the White Bamboo Charcoal fabric used in Neubodi Suit Up Contour collection is designed specially for Malaysian women. It is a functional textile with an antibacterial and deodorising ability, suited for the humid Malaysian weather.

    Affordable and a long-lasting investment – for a small investment, you can get a long run benefit. These garments are a healthy, natural way of getting back in shape, when effectively combined with the right diet and exercise.

    Getting rid of VBL/VPL – Visible Bra/Panty Line are not the most flattering sights, especially with tight fitting outfits. Wearing the right shapewear can effectively smooth you inside out, getting rid of any unnecessary VBL/VPL effect.

    VB: Is shapewear suitable for every body type?

    As mentioned, every body is unique. There is no such thing as a “one size fit all” or a “one type fit all” shapewear. For example, a woman who is pear shape might be suited to wear a mid-waist girdle, but would find difficulties in fitting into a high-waisted girdle. You also need to take into consideration the different levels of shaping and compression – light, medium, high – to suit the differing needs and sensitivity of women.

    VB: Can shapewear be worn anytime, everyday? Is it ok to wear during period? 

    Our advice to women is that while it is recommended to wear shapewear daily, we always say to never wear a shapewear for more than 8 hours at a time as your body needs to relax and breathe.

    Theoretically, there is absolutely no harm in wearing a right fitting shapewear during your menstrual cycle. This is entirely up to the personal preferences of the women themselves. It is however, not recommended to wear the “high control” shapewear during your menstrual cycle, as this is a time that your body should relax and breathe to minimise any discomforts occurring from your menstrual cycle. 

    VB: Can shapewear be a way to permanently change a person’s body shape? Or is it just for a quick fix?

    Shapewears are not miracle garments. They can’t “fix” problems overnight. One should not purchase a shapewear for the sole purpose of making you “look” smaller instantly just because you’re trying to squeeze into something that does not fit you.

    On the contrary, wearing a right-sized shapewear will indeed provide you with a full body sculpting effect in the long run. This is because fats in our body are liquid and mobile. They have the ability to move and be molded into the desired shape – with of course, the continuous support and shape and enhancement of a shapewear.

    VB: Right, one last question – do we need to adhere to any special care for shapewear?

    Similar to your bras, your shapewear too, are intimate garments that requires special care instructions. With this, it is advised to:

    • Never wear the same shapewear two days in a row. This is to prevent the elasticity of the shapewear from being overstretched.
    • Always handwash your shapewear. A spin in the washing machine can be dangerous and damaging. It is recommended to handwash by using mild lingerie detergent in luke warm water. This helps to refresh the fabric and retain its elasticity.
    • Always air-dry your shapewear. Heat is the worst enemy. Never put your shapewear in the dryer or even dry them under direct sunlight. This is to prevent the colours from fading and the elasticity compound to breakdown, resulting in an uncomfortable fit.

    Neubodi has eight retail outlets nationwide: Mid Valley Megamall, One Utama Shopping Centre, Empire Shopping Gallery, Bangsar Village II, Hartamas Shopping Centre, Paradigm Mall, Aeon Bukit Tinggi Shopping Centre and Suria Sabah Shopping Centre. Alternatively, you can even shop online now here.

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    Let’s Go! Raya 2014 Shopping Is On!

    It won’t be long now before Aidilfitri dawns on us. Time to get your bajus sorted out, we think!

    This year, fashionistas are spoilt for choices with many beloved local couturiers coming out with Raya collections to scream for! From geometric to monotone, songket, floral inspirations and more, the 2014 Lebaran collections are strong with detailing and elegance.

    No matter if you’re a baju kurung fan or flowy kaftan girl, there’s bound to be something to catch your fancy.

    Adila Long

    The Adila Long ‘Majestic Lebaran’ collection can be summed up as royally beautiful. The use of songket and pelikat is done tastefully to evoke nostalgia while remaining classy.

    To purchase or for enquiries, call 03-2201 9499 or email adilalongdesign[at]gmail.com.

    Alia Bastamam

    Crafted with elegance, the Raya RTW collection by Alia Bastamam is as ladylike as you can get. We especially like the white wrap top with mermaid skirt, pure gracefulness!

    To purchase or for enquiries, email contact[at]aliabastamam.com

    Bernard Chandran

    A salute to women empowerment by veteran Bernard Chandran! The classic baju kurung and kebaya in the Petang Raya collection are given a modern touch with shimmer detailing, block colors and cityscapes prints.

    To purchase or for enquiries, email info[at]bernardchandran.com

    Chantiq Skaly by Asian Atelier

    Bespoke kebaya is what Asian Atelier is famous for. Thus, the Raya offering available on Fashion Valet is a mix of vibrant coloured top with pretty batik sarong. Price at RM490 per set.

    Shop for collection here.

    Fazbulous Raya by Nur Fazura

    Under the House Of Doll brand comes this collection by the beautiful Nur Fazura. Launching on July 7th in limited pieces, you can start make reservations now if you want a piece of this Fazbulous Raya. Price ranges from RM459.90 to RM659.90

    To purchase or for enquiries, call 03-2282 0544

    Jovian Mandagie

    The maestro comes up with yet another detail-perfect collection dubbed Coco by Jovian. If you want to emit a ‘Coco Chanel’ vibe for Raya, this is where to shop. Price ranges from RM350 to RM650.

    Shop for collection here.

    Nora Danish x Fashion Valet

    Actress Nora Danish takes on the role of fashion designer as she celebrates Eid with a monochromatic collection for Fashion Valet. You can never go wrong with black and white, an ode to the representation of strength and softness. Price for each piece is RM199.

    Shop for collection here.

    NH by Nurita Harith

    For the girly girl, there’s a staple of feminine baju kurung in pastel colours to suit your style. This collection can be worn even for normal office days which is great for versatile buys. Price ranges from RM550 to RM700.

    Shop for collection here.

    Rizalman

    This designer has never failed us with his collaboration with Zalora and this year, he has put forth his elegant designs in the form of classy baju kurung. Colours are kept minimal in black, nude electric blue and forest green. Price ranges from RM200 to RM550.

    Shop for collection here.

    Ruzz Gahara

    The Resort Raya 2014 collection features batik and hand blocked print with Thai silk and silk chiffon materials. Check this out if you like your kebaya exquisite and baju kurung kedah modest. Price ranges from RM580 to RM800.

    Shop for collection here.

    Syomir Izwa 

    The geometric inspiration is drawn from the architectural designs of the Art Deco movement. The vintage elements work very well with the traditional baju kurung to create a stylish collection for the modern women. Price ranges from RM440 to RM480.

    Shop for collection here.

    Zalia

    Kaftans these may be, they’ve been given a trendy twist with a play on mesh fabric, embellishments and wrap detailing. There are also separates, tunics and kimono tops on sale if you want to mix and match. Price starts from RM99.

    Shop for collection here.

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    FashionValet Valentine’s Day Special: 2-Days Menswear Sale

    Don’t be selfish says (and shows) FashionValet.com; and we can’t help but eagerly oblige!

    In line with the season of love and romance, one of our most favourite SNL, FashionValet.com has done a bold move – they’ve turned their humble domain into your one-stop Valentine’s Day shopping hub for that special man in your life!

    Dubbed as the #DONTBESELFISH movement, FashionValet.com will strip down on February 10th and 11th for the happiness of your Valentines.

    Gone are the usual women’s items that shopaholics and fashionistas drool over, instead a wide array goodies dedicated to men lay in their places. This exclusive and specially curated gift section features renowned brands and delights such as:

    Pestle & Mortar 

    Rip Curl 

    Truefitt & Hill 

    And many more! From the highly praised Yummy Flowerz to cult-favourite SUPREME snapbacks – one is simply spoilt for choices!

    So come on ladies, don’t be selfish — it’s high time we shop for our men instead of ourselves! Hurry up though, because the special sale will only be on until February 11, 2014 (today)! To find out more about the FashionValet.com, please check out our review or their website.

    Oh, and in case you’d like to go that extra mile, here’s some additional help – ‘Last Minute Valentines Day Gift Ideas For Him.’

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    [Fashion Buzz] Joan Didion Is The New Face Of Céline

    Céline has gone ultra cool with their Spring / Summer 2015 campaign. Featuring Joan Didion, the American author, novelist and essayist, Marie-Agnès Gillot, the French ballet dancer and choreographer and Freya Lawrence the British model.

    The original cool girl, Joan Didion has been a role model for most female writers for years. Having won a National Humanities Medal and written acclaimed essays like Slouching Toward Bethlehem (1968)Didion’s literary legacy is as distinguished as her image in this ad campaign. Having a major literary personality like Joan Didion as their new face for the Summer 2015 ad campaign is a perfect blend of literary royalty and fabulous fashion.

    Over the years, many have highlighted Didion’s fashion sense on the internet, with her fashion choices being a topic of discussion. So, Didion is no stranger to fashion. Didion shares the “stage” as it were in the Spring / Summer 2015 campaign for Céline with two other beautiful and accomplished women in their own right: Marie-Agnès Gillot, an excellent ballet dancer and choreographer and Freya Lawrence, the British model. With these amazing women, especially Didion, they bring the brand to the epitome of cool.

    Whilst Céline is commended for using an older woman in their campaign, they aren’t the first ones to do so. Dolce & Gabbana also caused ripples with their campaign in December last year with using elderly Italian women for their Spring 2015 line. And Lanvin did it in 2012 with their Spring/Summer campaign by featuring 82-year-old Jacqueline Murdock.

    It is refreshing to see fashion giants embrace the beauty of women of all ages. We say hats off to Céline for choosing such an iconic figure to grace their campaign for Didion is not just a trendy personality, but is someone who is a well-respected writer and who believes in female empowerment.

    Source: TIME

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    Boudoir Magic: Lingeries For The New Year

    How about ringing in the New Year with a bit of sexiness?

    I’ve always believed that when you feel great inside, it shows on the outside too. There is just something irresistibly alluring about a pair of sexy lingerie. The right fitting, material and design can bring out a woman’s confidence and unleash her inner goddess.

    Now that we’re approaching the New Year, uplift your boudoir with some of the beautiful pieces we’ve found below:

    Xixili

    What can be more sexier than the colour red? Xixili’s range with black lace trimmings makes it perfect as night wear or you can be more daring and pair the camisole underneath a chic blazer for a hint of naughtiness. From left-right: Xixili Suave Camisole RM159.90; Suave Pants RM139.90; Suave Sleepwear RM229.90.

    Topshop 

    For those who love their colours, you can’t go wrong with Topshop. The British brand carries cute collections with a number of fabrics, prints and not to mention, fun-loving hues! From left-right: Topshop Eyelash Lace Bralet & Mini RM166; Satin Underwired Bra & Thong RM152; Lace Trim Underwired Bra & Thong RM152; Eyelash Lace Balcony Bra & Knickers RM142.

    La Perla & Mimi Holiday By Damaris (via Net-a-Porter)

    Let’s turn the heat up in the bedroom with these babies. Sheer and inviting, the classic designs of these two sets will get the fire burning in no time. From left-right: La Perla Polka Dot Tulle Bra $168.90 (approx. RM550), Polka Dot Tulle Briefs $117.81 (approx. RM380); Mimi Holiday By Damaris Coquette Lace, Silk & Velvet Underwired Bra $85.16 (approx. RM275); Coquette Lace, Silk & Velvet Garter Belt $65.29 (approx. RM220).

    Agent Provocateur

    Red hot and sizzling! Guaranteed to score some bedroom points with your partner! Get your art of seduction on. Agent Provocateur teases us with these lacy numbers and also nipple tassels. Prices unavailable.

    Neubodi

    The go-to brand if you want to keep your bosom buddies happy and perky for years to come. Neubodi carries a wide a range of sizes and each customer is custom fitted for the perfect enhancement. The lace bras are especially popular for its sensual appeal. Bras are priced from RM230 onwards, while matching panties are from RM59.90.

    La Senza

    For something fun and colourful, La Senza leads the way every season. The leather corset and thong set in the middle definitely caught our attention for its wild appeal. Psstt, we heard there is a sale going on right now for selected items, so hurry over!

    Miss Selfridge

    A girl can never have too many pairs of underwear, agree? How about stocking up on these cute, flirty and girly bottoms from Miss Selfridge? Wear it any day under any outfit for a little amusement that only you are in on.

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    SNL: Blaqmagik Lvrs

    This week’s SNL feature will have all the cool and punk-loving fashionistas squealing with glee – say hello to Blaqmagik Lvrs! 

    Based in Malaysia, Blaqmagik Lvrs is an online shopping destination filled with apparels that are edgy, fashion forward and won’t burn a hole in your wallets. In simple terms, and as quoted by Blaqmagik Lvrs themselves, “If you would love experimenting with fashion and never give a damn bout how common people thinks of your uncommon style, then we’ve got you covered.”

    Why We <3

    1. That Glam Gothic Touch!

    Punk, gothic, rock and all that unique jazz come alive at Blaqmagik Lvrs! From rockstar-like platform boots to in-season plaid outerwear — this online shop carries drool-worthy and unique goods that will give your wardrobe a touch of glam gothic from top to toe!

    2. Modelled and Measured! 

    The fact that the webstore uses modelled images to showcase their apparels is a definite plus point.  In addition to that, they’ve also helpfully provided garment measurements. These are all especially helpful for an online shopper, so of course we love that they’re doing it!

    3. Inexpensive and Exclusively Blaqmagik Made! 

    You’d be glad to know that ‘who wore it better’ moments would be minimised when shopping here, because Blaqmagik Lvrs custom make their apparels!

    As for the price range, there are a few pieces that are a bit pricey, but we won’t deny that most of the items are making us and our wallets very happy.

    4. Allocated Delivery Time and Selected Free Shipping!

    As stated in the website, Blaqmagik Lvrs will deliver your goods a day after receiving payment. The reason we adore a set delivery time is because one would be able to estimate when the items would arrive; rather than waiting by the door for the deliveryman. One other thing to appreciate is how they offer free shipping for orders above RM50.

    Why We No <3

    Limited Pieces

    Truth be told, we would love to see a little more items in Blaqmagik Lvrs, but that’s only because we’re one of those people who love to spend hours after hours browsing catalogues (guilty as charged!).

    We reckon they run on a quality-over-quantity principle; which is not exactly a bad thing per say, because their one-of-a-kind pieces are to die for!

    Don’t believe us? Check out the Blaqmagik Lvrs website yourself, or give their Facebook page a like.

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    SNL: MySale

    For this week’s SNL, we take a look at the online shopping club that is MySale.

    While getting a lot of buzz recently, MySale has actually been around the Malaysian shopping scene for years. Operating as a members-only online shopping club, MySale is a virtual doorway to the World’s top brands at discounted prices!

    Part of the APACSALE Group (Australia: ozsale.com.au, New Zealand: nzsale.co.nz and Singapore: singsale.com.sg), MySale operates as an online clearance channel for big global brands; pretty much explaining the attainable price range of the genuine luxury items available on the site.

    Why We <3:

    Affordable Branded Goods! MySale shows us that one needs not spend too much to own a branded item.

    To name a few, the shopping club has deals on Kate Spade, DKNY, Cheap Monday, Converse, Desigual, Coach, and Nike. In fact, if you’re lucky, you’d get to see the really upscale goods such as Gucci and Armani too!

    Branded goods at discounted prices? Sounds like a great plan to us ;)!

    The Variety Of Goods! While it is apparent that 70% of the items offered are fashion apparels, we’re enjoying how MySale’s directory is so broad.

    There’s the stylish designer fashion for the ladies, the sophisticated drapes for the gentlemen, the fun toys for the kids, the organic skincare goods for beauty junkies, the quirky accessories for your homes, tech stuff and just so much more!

    The MySale App! Understanding that there are those who don’t have easy access to their computers., MySale has come up with a convenient way to access all of their sales – Apple and Android apps.

    You can now practically shop anywhere, anytime and never miss out on a deal again!

    Why We No <3:

    Lengthy delivery times. As the products are dispatched directly from their countries of origin (e.g. USA and UK), your items would take up a substantial amount of time to reach your doorsteps. Our suggestion is to read the product information and take note of the estimated delivery dates stated.

    Shipping Rate. MySale charges a flat shipping rate of RM25 per transaction, per brand. While the rate is admittedly a tad bit expensive, do take into account the fact that the items are shipped from other parts of the world.

    But enough talk; why not check out MySale yourself at their official website here or Facebook page here.