Breakfast Day

If there’s one meal that I would never skip, it would definitely be breakfast. I don’t know about you, but I always wake up in the morning with a growling tummy and if I don’t feed myself right away, I’d spent the rest of the day feeling irritable and scatterbrained. Or worse, a pounding headache! Not a great way to start the day.

Apparently, those who have breakfast tend to have better mood than those who don’t. I noticed that with my girls too, so I would always ensure that my girls have breakfast even when we’re running late because it’s important to start the day with a positive energy. Else, they will be so cranky, it would ruin everyone’s morning!

 

My girls’ typical breakfast – Nutella sandwiches and warm Milo for Ayra, cereal with milk and warm Milo for Raina

Milo is like a food staple in our kitchen. My girls loveeee Milo and they would drink it every day, sometimes twice a day. And when they’re not feeling well and have no appetite to eat anything, they would just request to have a cup of warm Milo instead. At least they have something to fuel them with energy throughout the day.

It’s great that Milo dedicates one special day for Malaysia Breakfast Day every once a year to celebrate the most important meal of the day and to also encourage the whole nation to enjoy breakfast with their family and friends. Just like last year, there will also be Malaysia Breakfast Day Run as well as games, performances and breakfast, and everyone is invited to take part!

Here’s the details of the Malaysia Breakfast Day Run:

Date: 20th April 2014
Time: 7am – 1pm
Venue: Perbadanan Putrajaya

There will be 2 types of run – Competitive Run (7km) and Family Fun Run (3km).

For more details about this run, log on to their website at www.milo.com.my/breakfast.

 

Last year at the Malaysia Breakfast Day with si kecil molek, Yuyu Zulaikha.

 

Hopefully we could join it again this year!



Milo Toasties

The other day while I was busy doing some work, Ayra came to me and requested to bake cookies.

I felt bad to turn down her request because we haven’t been baking for weeks, but I had a deadline and couldn’t be spending an hour making cookies with my girls (yes it usually takes that long), so I suggested we make something easier and a lot quicker instead. Milo toast!

She agreed upon hearing the word “Milo”.

And suddenly my tummy was rumbling and I was salivating. Oh man… Milo toast.

My mom used to make Milo toast for me when I was a kid. She would drizzle sweetened condensed milk on sliced bread and topped it with a thick layer of Milo. The slightly crunchy, sweet and chocolatey malt in every bite was so heavenly! I had them for breakfast and as my snacks for like everyday. It used to be my favorite food when I was a kid and I haven’t had it for awhile now. Time to introduce it to my girls!

I wanted to make it a bit more fun for them and more like a baking activity, so I added a little twist to the Milo toast-making.

 

I let my girls cut the sliced bread into flower shapes using cookie cutters.

 

And then we put them on a baking tray and baked in the oven for a few minutes so that it would look like we were baking “cookies”. Ha!

Anndddd…. instead of using sweetened condensed milk, we spread cream cheese on the toast… because cheese makes everything better! And umm well, because we don’t have sweetened condensed milk at home. Heh.

Then I spooned some Milo powder in a sugar sifter and let the girls sift the Milo over the toast.
Raina got a bit carried away and sifted Milo all over herself. Totally normal.

 

We ate them immediately! This is a less sweet version of Milo toast, but it was still nice. Creamy and chocolatey (Raina ate 3 of them!)

 

It only took 10 minutes to make these and everyone was happy.
Probably the quickest “baking” project ever! :D



Batik Chic

I have always loved the casual chic looks with blazers, jackets or cardigans. I think it looks great on most women – not too casual, not too overdone.

But the thing about me is that, I have thick layers of stubborn fat so most blazers and jackets felt too warm for me and I’d be sweating buckets (even in an aircond room!) like I just ran a marathon. Sighhh…

Or maybe I just have a high metabolism or something. That’s why you seldom see me in jackets or blazers, unless if I’m in a cold country. Usually I would just opt for lightweight jackets/blazers/cardigans instead, especially the chiffon or satin ones. They’re my ultimate fave!

My recent favorite is this batik cardigan from Matase Sutera. Yes, batik!

I know most people would shy away from batik for everyday wear and only wear them for formal occasions. But there are ready-to-wear batik clothing that are chic and contemporary. Matase Sutera is a brand that specializes in hand-drawn batik prints and they carry various designs of ready-to-wear batik clothing such as kurungs, kaftans, jubahs, blouses and cardigans at reasonable prices.

The one I’m wearing here is Laylaa spiral cardigan in blue. It comes in 2 other colors as well – black and fuchsia.

 

This batik cardigan is made of satin material with a simple abstract pattern and clean lines. It has an open front and kimono sleeves which make it an easy breezy cardigan, perfect for warm sunny weathers. I love how airy and comfy this cardigan is – I feel like I could fly!

 

My daughter and I having a little bit of “Elsa” moment.
Let it go, let it go… I am one with the wind and skyyyy…. #obsessedwithfrozen

 

I think the spiral batik print at the front part kind of gives an illusion of a smaller waist. Haha. Me likey!

If you’re bored of wearing the same ol’ batik kurung to work on Batik Day, you could wear this batik cardigan instead and pair it with a plain skirt for a more formal look.

 

Oh, they also have batik shawls!

Beautiful, delicate batik shawls in yummy colors and prints. I rarely see people donning a batik shawl so I decided to try one.

 

I love how all Matase Sutera shawls have batik prints only on both ends and the patterns on each shawl are not too crowded.

I wanted to keep it simple so I just wore it with a plain shirt (Mango)

The great thing about batik is that each design is unique and one-of-a-kind. Same goes to Matase Sutera, where most of their batik prints are exclusively designed by them. And because they design their own batik, you can even request them to reproduce any clothing items that are out of stock in your size, and you may even request in the colors you want at the Pre-Orders section.

Matase Sutera ships internationally and they have customers from all over the world, including Brunei, Singapore, Australia, Pakistan, India, UK, Poland, South Africa, Hawaii and Brazil. They are now opening pre-orders for Raya and they even offer a 3-month installment.

Check out their website at www.matasesutera.com.
Happy browsing and shopping! :)



DIY Rosette Collar Top

I’ve been buying some craft supplies from Etsy.com since last year and had been having fun making little crafty projects of my own. Most of the stuff I bought were appliques – beaded, embellished, rosettes, flowers, butterflies and bows (these are some of them), which I turned into brooches, hair clips and head bands for my girls (well, the brooches were for me obviously).

I also came up with this idea to fancy up this cute little top that I bought for Ayra from GapKids. It’s a black peplum top with a round neckline and I thought it was a little plain, so I asked Ayra whether I could add some flowers along the front neckline. She agreed immediately. I knew she would – anything flowery or sparkly, just bring it on!

I took out my sewing kit and wasted no time to sew. It was super easy to make, and I’m a beginner. Just cut and stitch!

 

The things you need – a plain top, rosettes, needle, thread of the same color as the rosette, some pins and a pair of scissors

 

This chiffon rosettes came by the yard in a few different sizes so I had to cut them individually.

I laid the rosettes along the neckline and pin them in place. I decided to put the biggest rosette in the middle, followed by the medium and smallest sizes up until the shoulders.

Then I sewed the rosettes, starting from one shoulder and ending at the other shoulder. I also made sure that the stitches were hidden underneath all that ruffly rosettes.

And here’s the end result…

A sweet peplum top with chiffon rosette collar neckline that took less than 15 minutes to make!

 



Ariani Exclusive Preview

Earlier this month, I was invited to the exclusive preview of the new Ariani collection for 2014, held at DoubleTree by Hilton.

I’ve had a pretty challenging week (let’s not go into that) so it was nice to get away from all the chaos and mess for a few hours, and just sit back and enjoy fashion show and food and catch up with blogger friends.

The dress code was “kemas dan berstail” so I decided to wear this Rico Rinaldi kipas-front skirt from FashionValet, and teamed it up with a plain Mango top, Marshmallowscarf dual tone satin shawl and Zara nude heels. I’m simple like that.

The event started off with a speech by the Marketing Director of Ariani, Pn Norhana Sharkhan – or also known as Pn. Nona.

Here’s a little bit about Ariani – the brand was first established in April 2008 and is owned by the huge textile company, Jakel Sdn Bhd. Ariani is well known for their exclusive hijabs and headgear, and they currently have 20 outlets nationwide. They were also the ones who revolutionized the “tudung awning” or “tudung express” trend (or whatever you call it), and since then they have been producing various hijab designs to meet market demands.

This Exclusive Preview featured their latest hijab collections that were specially designed for this event. There were 2 segments – Chic Casual and Glam Exclusive. You can see a lot of fresh colors in both of these segments, using only the highest quality of materials such as Italian Chiffon, Italian Lycra and Thai Silk. What’s even more special about them is the detailing on each and every piece that exudes sophistication and elegance.

Models in the Casual Chic collection

The Chic Casual collection includes tudung Zafira Printed, Selendang Embroidery, Selendang Printed, Selendang Printed Stone, Selendang Crumple and Aleesya Beaded Block Heavy.

I love these printed shawls!

For the Glam Exclusive segment, the collections include Zafira Lace, Selendang Art Work, Selendang Stone,  Selendang Embroidery, Selendang Lace, Tiara Chiffon 2 Layer and Selendang Aleesya Lace. This segment featured lots of beadings and laces, perfect for weddings and other special occasions.

There was also a prize giving session for the lucky draw that was held last year in conjunction with the year end sale, as a token of appreciation to their customers. How nice of them! The prizes were iPhone 5s, exclusive Persian carpets and shopping vouchers worth RM1,000!

All 66 winners of the lucky draw

Later, they announced Ariani’s new ambassador for 2014 – Nurul Shuhada, the TV3 personality who had won Malaysian Top Host in 2005. She’s replacing Wardina as she’s migrating to Australia soon.

My sister and I managed to snap a photo with the gorgeous Wardina!

Then, there was an auction session, which to me, was the most interesting part of the event. There were 3 Ariani shawls up for bids, made exclusively just for this auction and they are not sold anywhere in this world. The shawls were beautifully made of high quality chiffon fabric with French lace and Swarovski crystal embellishments. The bidding for each shawl started at RM1,000!

This was my first time watching a live auction so I got excited as people started bidding on these shawls. “RM3,000! Do I hear RM3,500?”. “RM5,000 over here!”.

OMG it was like watching Confessions of A Shopaholic movie – you know, the scene where Becky’s signature green scarf was being auctioned, except this was for Ariani shawls and the bidders were not fighting with each other of course. Hehe.

First auction – this shawl reached RM5,000, bid by this lady!

Second auction – this lady won the bid at RM7,000!!

And last one, which was my fave of all 3, reached RM10,000!!! *jaw drops*

This auction was for a good cause so that made it even more meaningful. All proceeds from this auction go to charity. Alhamdulillah, may Allah bless them with more rezeki!

After the auction session, we were told that there would be a “surprise” at the end of the event. I thought they were going to give everyone free shawls from all of the Ariani Exclusive Preview collections that were being showcased earlier! Bahahaa.

 

Surprise! It was Dato’ Siti!

The ballroom was suddenly darkened and moments later, Dato’ Siti appeared out of nowhere (ok, obviously from the entrance door la but we couldn’t see), singing a song (forgot what song already, but I remembered it was an Indonesian song). Everyone was excited and started clapping and snapping pictures as she walked to the stage.

That wasn’t the only surprise. After the song, she appeared again on stage (this time in a different attire) and announced her shawl collaboration with Ariani – Siti Nurhaliza Collection by Ariani, which is already out today (21st March 2014)!

Models strutting down the red carpet in Siti Nurhaliza Collection by Ariani shawls. Love the vibrant colors, especially the green one!

Dato’ Siti wearing a beautiful lacey shawl from her own collection with Ariani.
I. Want. This.

Made some new blogger friends – Syahira and Sabrina

Back at home, I was surprised to find a beaded chiffon shawl in this gorgeous royal blue color inside the goodie bag that we received at the event, together with its matching inner neck (Ariani makes the best inner necks, in my honest opinion. It’s comfortable and stays nicely on your forehead and doesn’t make your face look that round, if you know what I mean), and a special detergent for shawls. Thank you so much Ariani!

I’ve own a couple of Ariani beaded shawls and inners, and even wore one at my sister’s wedding reception last year (view here and here). I’ve always loved the intricate beading and details on their shawls. Looks exclusive. Well, they are exclusive!

To view the rest of Ariani collections, you may log on to their website at www.ariani.my or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GaleriAriani.