Getaway in Style

So there’s this contest that FashionValet x The Luxe Nomad are running for bloggers to win a stay at the luxury Paresa Resort Phuket.

I’ve seen the photos of the resort and it’s ah-mazing, guys.

I mean, just look – the view, the sea, the suite, the private pool and everything. Sigh… it’s so romantic.

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I miss having a romantic getaway with my husband. The last time we had one was on our 5th wedding anniversary, which was 2 years ago. And it was only for a night. Tak cukup! Hehe. We’ve been busy being daddy and mommy (even to each other sometimes) that we somehow forgot to be just husband and wife. It’s kind of hard to do so when the kids are around. So really, I’d like to win a stay at Paresa Phuket on The Luxe Nomad with my man so we can spend some time together, just the two of us. Plus, it’s our birthday this month (our birthdays are only 11 days apart) so it’d be a perfect gift for the both of us.

I’ve already picked out a head-to-toe outfit from FashionValet that I’m going to wear on one of the days if I win this contest. Something casual and breezy but still chic, in light neutral tones with a pop of color.

 

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Top – Aere Oliva Oversized Buttoned Cuffs Top in Ivory
Bottom – Scha x FV Plumeria Skants in Peach
Scarf – dUCk Georgette Scarf in Chocolate Cookie Dough
Shoes – ShoesShoesShoes Liza Kinked Mule Wedges in Nude
Bag – Mischa CDG Pouch in Holi Pink

This contest ends today tho, so hurry and blog about it now if you wanna join! Hehe.

They are going to choose 2 winners – the 1st prize is 4D3N stay at Paresa Phuket + RM1,000 FV voucher and the 2nd prize is 3D2N stay at Paresa Phuket + RM700 FV voucher.

So exciting!

You can read more about the contest here: http://www.fashionvalet.com/fvtlngetaway.



Movies and Magnum Kinda Date

My girls wanted to spend a day at their Bi Teh and Ami Teh’s house yesterday, so I asked my sis-in-law and she was more than happy to welcome them. (In case you’re wondering, Bi is aunty and Ami is uncle – the same as Mak/Pak Teh. I guess it’s a Syed-Sharifah thing).

Hubs and I were like “yay, let’s go watch a movie!”.

I remembered my package from FashionValet that had just arrived a few days earlier, so I decided to wear them. Nothing like an impromptu date and a new outfit to wear! Hehe.

 

IMG_9849Grey, gold and tan combo

The waterfall printed jacket is from Mia Mikhail. I’m a big fan of lightweight jackets and it’s probably the only type of jacket I’d wear in this hot weather. My lemak is already thick, thank you very much.

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I paired the jacket with dUCk georgette scarf in Silver Dust. It’s actually my first georgette scarf from dUCk and so far it’s my favourite from their premium basic line. So easy to style and it drapes beautifully! I’m so gonna get more colors because I feel like I’ve been wearing way too much satin shawls now.

IMG_9920So silau. I need my sunnies.

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We ended up watching 2 movies back-to-back. Cinderella (my pick) and Chappie (hubby’s pick). Wasn’t expecting to enjoy Chappie, but I did (hubby only mentioned that Chappie is a movie about robots and I didn’t watch the trailer).

And then we ended our date with this…

IMG_9931Magnum Trifle at Magnum Cafe.

That, my friend, is the yummiest ice-cream dessert I’ve ever eaten. I actually wanted to have Magnum waffles or pancakes just like the one we had in Jakarta, but they don’t have those yet here. I chose the trifle instead and I’m glad I did.

It has layers of mascarpone cheese, cashew meringue, honey balsamic cream, fresh strawberries (and other berries I think), topped with white chocolate vanilla Magnum ice-cream. I mean, really, it’s everything I like in a dessert – meringue, cheese, cream, chocolate and berries. Heaven!

IMG_9939You’re supposed to stir everything up until they are well-combined before eating it. Just divine!

Anyway, the team at FashionValet is giving a 10% discount for my readers! Simply enter the code “IZAFVMAR” at checkout. This code is valid until 31st March 2015 and can be used for any items on www.fashionvalet.com except for Daniel Wellington watches, dUCk scarves and Sofina bags.

Happy shopping!



Rakuten Online Shopping Mall

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Japan’s number 1 online shopping mall, Rakuten, is now available in Malaysia. It’s basically like a shopping mall, where they have different shops under one roof except… well, it’s online! They have heaps of products – over 100,000 products ranging from electronics, home and living, baby and maternity, books, fashion, beauty and many more. Heck, they even have food and beverages on their website!

If you’re looking for something for your home and family, do check out this website especially their beauty/cosmetic and kitchen sections (I have yet to khatam browsing everything on Rakuten. So many items!).

The first thing I saw on Rakuten website was “SK II” at their Hot Items tab (you know how much I love SK II!). I was impressed with their range of SK II products, especially the trial sets. I don’t think you can get them over the counter (unless if you purchase a certain amount of products), so this is great for those who want to try SK II for the first time or even for traveling.

As I browsed more, I saw SK II Facial Treatment Essence 215ml selling at cheaper than retail price (RM480 instead of RM565) and decided to purchase it right away. I also decided to purchase 1 piece of SK II Skin Signature 3D Refining Mask because I forgot whether I’ve tried that mask or not. Heh.

 

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Purchasing from Rakuten is hassle-free and pretty straight forward. Add items to shopping cart, click checkout button, fill in your shipping details and proceed to payment page.

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They have a few payment options too – you can pay with your Visa or MasterCard credit cards, online banking (Maybank2u, CIMB Clicks, etc), ATM/Cash transfer, Celcom AirCash, COD (if merchant allows) and even Rakuten Super Points.

Once you’ve made the payment, an email will be sent to you with all your order details. They will email you again when your order has shipped together with the tracking number so you can track your package online.

I received my items after 5 days, which is not so bad. I don’t know about you, but I always get so excited when my package arrived. It’s like opening present! :D

 

IMG_8953Tadaa~ my daily essential. Can’t get enough of this stuff!

I received a note in the invoice saying that the Skin Signature 3D Mask is out of stock and that they will send it to me when it’s available. They ganti with SK II Facial Treatment Mask for the time being. That’s ok by me. Overall, it was a smooth shopping experience with Rakuten and I’m happy with my purchase!

Now, here’s a good news for my readers. Rakuten is giving away RM30 shopping coupon a.k.a RaCoupon for all my readers who signed up as Rakuten members. You can sign up here! Simply key in this coupon code “RAKUPINK30” at the payment page to receive RM30 discount for your purchase of RM120 and above. This coupon is only valid from 23rd July to 3rd August 2014 so hurry and use it!

On top of that, you can also join Rakuten’s Spend & Win contest where you can stand a chance to win prizes worth more than RM5,000 when you purchase anything from Rakuten Malaysia website. This contest ends on 31st July 2014 so there’s still time to join it! More details about the contest here.

Here’s a few merchants (and their items) that I would recommend, in case you don’t know where to get started:

1) BEAUTY DE HOME

This merchant sells a variety of skincare, fragrance and makeup products from various high end brands – Chanel, Lancome, Dior, Burberry and SK II, just to name a few (I purchased my SK II products from this merchant btw). If you’re new to SK II, I would recommend either one of these basic trial sets:

Rakuten1SK II Pitera Essence Set – RM213
SK II Trial Set 5  – RM210
SK II Trial Set 2 – RM155

 

 

2) BigSpoon Kitchenware

They have everything that your kitchen needs! Cookware, bakeware (saw a donut pan and immediately thought of Joy The Baker’s Double Chocolate Cake Doughnuts because she baked her doughnuts using donut/doughnut pan like this one), tableware, utensils, kitchen storage and cool specialty tools like the turning slicer in the pic below which can easily slice fruits, veggies, onions, cheese, etc into 5 different shapes. And how fun is that lattice cutter? I’ve never made pies and pastries before, but I might try and make one if I have it.

Rakuten3Donut Pan 6 Cups – RM12.46
KASSPO Turning Slicer – RM899
Plastic Lattice Cutter – RM11.90

3) MYND Furniture

Cool furniture and storage solution for your house. I love their jewellery cabinets especially. In fact, I have this exact Mirror Jewellery Cabinet in white, which I purchased from the same merchant some time ago.

Check out these other cool products from MYND Furniture:

RakutenMAGNO Side Pumping Mirror Jewelry Cabinet – RM799
Louis chair – RM489
Wooden Tower Bookshelf Organizer – RM269

You can go to Shop Directory to view the full list of merchants available on Rakuten website.

Rakuten is also having Raya Sale up to 70% off in conjunction with this festive season. Browse their Raya Sale here.

Happy shopping!



Nora Danish for FashionValet

When I heard that FashionValet is collaborating with Nora Danish for their Raya collection, I was intrigued and couldn’t wait to see it. Nora Danish is one of those well-dressed Malaysian celebs so I was sure her collection would not disappoint.

FashionValet held a private fashion show for the exclusive collection at White Box Publika last Thursday. The collection is not yet launched to the public so I was among the first lucky ones to view the entire collection. If you’re into simple, classy design, you’re gonna love it!

 

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IMG_8013FV lady boss, Vivy. Still as warm and humble as the first time we met.

IMG_8023Nora Danish and FV (Fadza-Vivy, geddit?)

IMG_1519Met a few blogger friends. Shea, Syahira and Sabrina.

IMG_8079Dragged my sister as well. We love this stripey wall!

And then the fashion show started. Behold, the Nora Danish x FashionValet collection!

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Nora Danish for FashionValet features a monochrome collection that are simple yet classy and stylish. I would totally wear them! You can never go wrong with black and white, and I love that these pieces can also be worn as separates.

There are a total of 8 looks altogether and my favorites are these…

 

IMG_1514The peplums, especially the one on the left. Love how they paired it with pearl necklace. Looks classy!
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IMG_8051I also have my eyes on this kurung with contrast panel and another one with the wrap top (couldn’t get a closer picture tho).

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This entire collection by Nora Danish is exclusively for FashionValet and they are going to launch it tomorrow, 1st July 2014 on www.fashionvalet.com. I heard they’re affordable too. You really don’t want to miss this!

So remember, TOMORROW MORNING, 11AM.



Dipped Row Exclusive Trunk Show

I was invited to Dipped Row’s tea party and trunk show at The Cigar Room in Kenny Hills last week with my sister, Wani. To be honest, I have never heard of the brand before so I was pretty excited to check them out and feast my eyes (and hands) on the newly discovered jewellery brand over delectable desserts.

 

Coincidentally wore color-coordinating outfit with my sister. Ha!
(I’m wearing Tudung People Numa shawl, Zara tunic dress, Next white pants and Jessica Simpson platform sandals)

Dipped Row was founded by three childhood friends, Karina, Azura and Lina, who are self-confessed jewellery addicts. Every piece in the collection is personally curated to showcase a glimmer of their different personalities and style.

As I arrived at the door, rows of sparkly colorful necklaces caught my eyes from across the room so I went straight to the table where they showcased the collection and just stared admiringly at them. I went like, “Oh my, that is nice. Oooh, this one too. And this one. And that one!”. Every piece is drool-worthy!

Their Spring/Summer 2014 collection features distinctive yet versatile jeweleries; from simple dainty bracelets to head-turning statement necklaces that would surely complement and elevate any ensemble. Necklaces and earrings are embellished with crystal clusters, floral patterns and brightly colored resin stones, while the bracelets are swathed in exotic stingray, phyton and ostrich leather.

They have clutches too, all brightly bling-ed!

So in love with this Kaleidoscope Clutch Bag.

Of course there were yummy desserts (and other food). Man, I was so busy checking out the jeweleries that I forgot how hungry I was until I saw these.

These earrings cookies inspired by Dipped Row’s own collection looked so real – so sayang to eat!

My sister and I had been whatsapp-ing each other a few days before the event, telling how we were craving for yummy vanilla cupcakes, so you can imagine how beyond happy we were when we saw those pink cupcakes. They were so good!

I must say, the highlight of the event is the jewellery customization. Guests were given the opportunity to choose any piece of Dipped Row necklace that was laid on the table (there were a few different designs to choose from) and give it a little makeover by painting it with nail polish! How brilliant is that? I have never thought of doing that before.

The 2 most beautiful designs would win some goodies from Dipped Row so everyone started to work on their designs right away. Some even sketched a few design options on paper first with swatches of colors!

I chose this necklace, and so did my sister (no surprise there. We kinda have the same taste in almost everything :P)

Yes, hi sister. Bye sister. Hehe

I don’t have a lot of blue and purple necklaces so I decided to paint it in those 2 colors. I  should have just left it like this laa – just bits of purple and blue. Looked simple and nice, me think. But it was a lot of fun painting those crystals that I got carried away. I even wanted to paint the chains after finishing with the crystals, but thought that might be a bit too much.

The end result. Wasn’t sure if it was a good idea to add pink, but whatevs. It was fun playing jewellery designer! We even get to keep the necklace so yay (I’m so gonna padam the colors and paint a new one soon).

So guess who won this necklace-painting competition?

My sister! (and this other lady)

I have to admit, their necklaces looked impressive. The color combinations are beautiful and they didn’t even look like they were painted with nail polishes! (My sister’s necklace is the one of the right, by the way)

Dipped Row collection are available online at www.dippedrow.com. You seriously have to check them out! They are affordably-priced, between RM30 – RM400 and they offer fast delivery throughout Malaysia, as well as a few selected international countries.

And not only that, the team at Dipped Row are feeling generous and they’re giving a special discount for my readers to shop! Simply use this discount code: PINKSTILETTOS at checkout and you will get RM20 off your purchase of over RM100. This code expires on the 31st May 2014, so hurry!

They are also having a Mother’s Day promotion where you can get 15% off on all items with the code: MOTHERSDAY. The last day for you to use this code is on the 7th May 2014 by 2pm and your order will arrive just in time for Mother’s Day.

Happy shopping!