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.



Europe Trip Part 3: Paris

Sorry for the lack of updates. I’ve been really busy these past few weeks working on a project and helping out with my SIL’s wedding and stuff. Phew! Wedding is a lot of work. Fun, but a lot of work especially when you don’t have a wedding planner. But we got a lot of help from my husband’s relatives that came all the way from Kedah a few days before the event. Couldn’t thank them enough! Glad things went well despite the last minute preparation.

Anyway, here’s the final part of our Europe trip (it’s a continuation from Part 1: Rome and Part 2: Florence posts).

Our last destination was Paris. Paris!

Sigh… I love Paris. No matter how many cities I’ve been to (not that many apparently), Paris will always be one of my favourites. There is just something magical about Paris – the architectures, the sidewalks, the parks, the cute cafes, the patisseries, the shops, the fashion and of course the Eiffel Tower. I’ve been to Paris a few times and enjoyed each trip, but this time it was extra special because it was my first time with my husband. It felt like we were on honeymoon!

 

IMG_4226We stayed at this hotel. Galeries Lafayette is only like 3 minutes walk from here (and so is the metro station). No need to guess la where we went to, first thing after checking into the hotel.

IMG_3577 Angeline Cafe at Galleries Lafayette. I’ve been wanting to try their signature Mont Blanc dessert and hot chocolate ever since my sister posted a photo on her instagram a few months ago. My Godddd… They make the richest, thickest, smoothest and creamiest hot chocolate. I love it!

IMG_3580Hot chocolate on a cold day. If only I could curl up on a couch with a good book while sipping this…

IMG_3610I totally underestimated Paris weather because I thought it’d be warm and sunny just like in Rome and Florence. It wasn’t. The weather was around 9°C, which was cold (and wet) and I only brought light jackets and cardigans.

IMG_3634Thank God for Zara. Bought this cute pink coat and wore it right away. Then I felt a bit out of place when I saw most Parisians wore black coats. I mean, c’mon, I know it’s cold, but it’s still spring! Heh.

IMG_3656Paris also got tuk tuk!

IMG_3650Champs Elysees

IMG_3619Went to check out Disney Store at Champ Elysees for Frozen Elsa doll but there were none left. They only had the soft toy version. Didn’t get them because my girls don’t really play with soft toys.

IMG_3631If Italy is famous for their pastas, pizzas and gelato, France is famous for their pastries. I just love feasting my eyes on those sweet, decadent desserts. So hard to choose which one to have coz they all looked tempting!

IMG_3632We had this bruschetta instead :P

 

IMG_3671One of the famous monuments in Paris, Arc de Triomphe

IMG_3661We saw this and thought it’d be more fun to get around the city on the hop-on hop-off bus than the metro. Plus, we didn’t get the chance to ride on one when we were in Rome and Florence.

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IMG_3712Weather was beautiful. Thank God it didn’t rain the whole day.

IMG_3722I still get excited when I see Eiffel Tower, just like the first time. C’est magnifique!

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IMG_3752When I saw this, I immediately remembered reading somewhere that Nutella crepe is a must try in Paris, so we ordered one each.

IMG_3767Mine was crepe with banana and strawberry slices + vanilla Chantilly cream + drizzled with Nutella. I usually don’t really like crepes (I prefer pancakes) but this one was sooooo good. The crepe was made fresh, right in front of my eyes. Best crepe I’ve ever had!

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IMG_3823The obligatory jumping picture.

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IMG_3834Hubs saw these boys playing football with their dad and decided to join them for awhile. A dog even came out of nowhere and tried to chase the ball. So cute!

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IMG_3853One of the things I like about traveling to Europe during Spring/Summer is this. 8.30pm and the sun is still up. More time for sightseeing!

IMG_3929Next stop.

IMG_3886Louvre museum

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 IMG_3970Took the metro to La Vallee Village the next day.

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IMG_3933Rocking my rockstud

IMG_3993 Brunch first before shopping.

IMG_3991 I love Pret A Manger’s sandwiches (and salads).

Didn’t take a lot of pictures at La Vallee Village because I was busy shopping for my sister’s customers. Was a bit challenging because my sister was at Champs Elysees at that time. I spent 3 hours at Ralph Lauren outlet alone! Phewww.

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IMG_4099After La Vallee Village, my husband suggested we check out Disney store in Disneyland, in case they still have Elsa doll because it was just one metro station away from La Vallee Village. If only he’s this semangat to find a designer bag for me. Sigh.

IMG_4101Of course there were no Elsa. We’ve searched for Elsa dolls in 3 cities and they were all sold out! Apparently, they were sold out everywhere, even online. Gila ah Frozen fanatics (we managed to get Anna dolls, Frozen t-shirts, Elsa tiaras, and Elsa & Anna figurines tho). 

IMG_4217Last day in Paris.

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IMG_42041(Gelato) flower for me

IMG_4198Pretty and tasted not bad too, but cannot beat Italian’s gelato.

IMG_4173Maaaaakan je kerja aku :P (French croissants are the best. So light and soft and flaky, walau dah sejuk)

IMG_4246Decided to have one last cup of Angelina’s hot chocolate and a dessert. This time, we tried their Millefeuille.

IMG_4230Stopped by Pierre Hermé to tapau some macarons before heading to the airport.

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And that’s the end of our 10-day Europe trip.



Art of OLDTOWN

When I was in Florence last month, I discovered the marvelous works of street painters who created chalk drawings on the street. I’m not talking about hopscotch kind of drawing (please); I’m talking about hugeee portrait paintings! So cool, my jaw almost dropped when I first saw it.

 

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I’m not sure if we have this kind of street art in Malaysia, but I do know we have wall arts! The latest wall art I know is the one in Old Town Ipoh.

OLDTOWN White Coffee has teamed up with Ernest Zacharevic, a renowned Lithuanian artist to create the ‘Art of OLDTOWN’ as a celebration of the heritage and history shared between Ipoh, Old Town and OLDTOWN White Coffee. OLDTOWN is the leading white coffee manufacturer in Malaysia and in conjunction with this collaboration, Zacharevic will use his unique artistic creativity to paint 7 murals to celebrate Ipoh, Old Town, the birthplace of white coffee.

 

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Zacharevic drew inspiration of each art piece from the elements from the birthplace of white coffee, OLDTOWN and their shared origins. And he has a month to complete everything!

Here are some of his amazing artwork so far…

 

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IMG_0068It’s a painting of a little girl

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IMG_0009A hummingbird! This mural is located at Jalan Panglima in Ipoh by the way.

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10257735_270097083114328_2282238288845418087_oOh wow this one is hee-ugee! Uncle with coffee. Notice the vintage OLDTOWN White coffee cup?

Now this one is my favorite.

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The other 3 murals have yet to be discovered. If you would like to witness and be part of this ‘Art of OLDTOWN’ journey, you can visit OLDTOWN’s official Facebook page at facebook.com/OldTownWhiteCoffeeMalaysia. This project started on 26th May 2014 and will end on the 26th June 2014.



Europe Trip Part 2: Florence

(Read Part 1: Rome post here).

So our next trip was to Florence.

We took a train from Rome, and the journey took about an hour+. It was almost 6pm when we arrived Florence and most shops were closed, so no shopping that day. We spent the rest of the day checking out the city.

 

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Being in Florence is like stepping back in time. Compared to Rome, I would say Florence is more picturesque and full of arts (and not as busy as Rome). I love it! Glad we spent the longest time here (5 days). There were sculptures and architectures everywhere; it was so beautiful.

Some even say that Florence is like an “open air museum”. I couldn’t agree more.

 

 

IMG_2692This is Palazzo Vecchio, Florence’s city hall. Our apartment is just about 10 minutes walk from here.

 

 

IMG_2706Nude men guarding the entrance of the city hall

 

 

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I cannot imagine if we brought our girls here. They would probably say, “Eee malu la!” when they see the nude men sculptures and then they would probably ask, “What is that?” at you-know-what. Haha.

 

IMG_2705Loggia dei Lanzi, which houses a number of statues

 

 

IMG_2700There are a lot of ways to get around the city if you’re tired of walking – you can rent a bike, vespa, car, horse carriage (that counts too, right?) and even Segway. How cool is that?

 

 

IMG_2760Ponte Vecchio – Medieval stone arch bridge over the Arno River

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IMG_2756Lots of small shops around here, selling jewelries, arts and souvenir stuff

 

 

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IMG_2776Found a nice cafe to have breakfast

 

IMG_2793Chocolate crepe and hot chocolate with whipped cream. The hot chocolate was thick and kinda bitter for my liking (I think they used dark chocolate)

 

 

IMG_2796We also had this cannoli. Was supposed to wait 2 minutes before eating it, but I took a bite right away. Well I didn’t know! Isn’t the filling supposed to be soft and creamy? This one is like frozen cream. Brain freeze kejap.

 

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IMG_2808Hubby and I just love to feast our eyes at all the pizzerias and gelaterias that we found bersepah along the streets. One thing I like about Italy is that their pizzas and pastas are mostly vegetarian. They sure love their tomatoes and cheese!

 

IMG_2820Just had to take a peek. Everything looks yummy!

 

IMG_2715This is Santa Maria del Fiore, or simply known as Duomo – one of the largest cathedrals in the world

 

 

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IMG_2717Just look at the details. Such an amazing work of art. Took 140 years to build this!

 

 

IMG_2720 The exterior is covered in a decorative mix of green, pink and white marbles. And the 13 statues…. Hubs mentioned those were the 12 disciples and Jesus or something.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetInside the Duomo

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IMG_2884This is the biggest artwork in the cathedral – a painting about the Last Judgement

IMG_2847Saw this horsey outside of Duomo and I just had to take a pic

 

 

 

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IMG_2970Had lunch at this fancy place, Caffe Gilli. I had been wanting to eat ravioli ever since we first arrived in Italy and finally found one! Their spinach and cheese ravioli was delicious (hubby had risotto, which was also yummy).

IMG_2854My sister told me that the best gelato she had ever had in Italy is at Eataly and so we went to hunt it for our dessert

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThey don’t have a lot of flavor choices tho (only about 5, I think). We tried chocolate and pistachio. Sedappp! Tasted like real pistachio.

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IMG_2812The Italian Wheels. You can rent a vespa or Fiat 500 for a guided group tour through the Tuscan countryside. If we weren’t on a personal shopper mission here, we would have definitely joined this tour!

IMG_3004Saw one of the cars outside, and couldn’t resist a pic. Then one of the guys saw us and was so cool to offer taking our pics. He even told us to get inside the car.

IMG_3008Aihh bestnya kalau dapat jalan-jalan around Tuscany in this!

 

 

IMG_3148San Lorenzo market. Was fun walking through the market. There were shops selling souvenirs, scarves, leather bags, jackets and belts all Italian-made. I even bought a few Pucci inspired silk scarves here.

 

IMG_3263Art is everywhere in Florence – even on the streets!

IMG_3215Just WOW.

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 IMG_3030“Can we just go over there?” *points to Chanel*

 

 

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Oh hey, there’s Salvatore Ferragamo Museum! (the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this was… Damon Salvatore! Heee)

 

 

 

IMG_2699And there’s Gucci Museum too

 

IMG_3022My husband searched for “best gelato in Florence” on Google and found 3 places. We tried all 3 but this is the best!

IMG_3014There were soooo many gelato flavours to choose from – I think about 30 flavours! Rambang mata aku. They have unique flavours like chocolate pistachio chili, ricotta cheese and strawberry pie that tasted like real pie.

IMG_3020I tried coconut with nuts gelato and hubby tried hazelut chocolate. Seriously the best gelato ever!! You really have to try their gelato if you’re in Florence. Wajib! (we actually ate there 3 times!)

IMG_3079My husband also searched for “best pizza in Florence” and found Gusta Pizzza. As you can see, they used wood-fired stone oven to bake their pizza.

IMG_3087Best pizza in Florence. The tomatoes are sweet and juicy, the cheese is so creamy and the pizza bread is crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. Another must-go place in Florence!

 

IMG_3099Another gelato, this time from Gelateria la Carraia (also Googled by hubby). Mine was white chocolate with pistachio. Bit sweet but overall not bad

 

 

IMG_3011Told my sister and BIL about this nice cafe with open windows that we saw and decided to have our breakfast there the next morning

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IMG_3144Meet the friendly owner of this cafe, who is also the barista, Signori Francesco. Apparently, he won World Barista Championship 3 times so he knows his coffee very well.

IMG_3132My husband and BIL tried his “unbelievable coffees” – Esmerelda Geisha and Nekisse (such pretty names for coffee!) and explained to us about the origin, how to drink it (you are not supposed to drink it with sugar and milk to heighten the taste) and how to make it. I even recorded a video of how he made the coffees and shared it on my Instagram. I’m not a fan of coffee but this was surely interesting!

IMG_3139Everyone else ordered coffee, so I felt obliged to order one for myself. I chose something mild – cafe latte. Not bad and I can totally taste the difference of Italian coffee, but I still prefer te

IMG_3172And the shopping mission continues… again

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IMG_3208Next on my must-eat-Italian dish is gnocchi. Had this yummy tomato and mozzarella cheese gnocchi at Caffe Concerto Paszkowski (sister’s treat)

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IMG_3275Oh hi, here’s another gelato from Grom. You can never have too much gelato when you’re in Italy, ok? :D

IMG_3291Every corner in Florence is a work of art. I can’t stop snapping pictures!

IMG_3338Sat down at a cafe with Duomo at the back. Sigh… so picturesque

IMG_3326The barista commented “Very English!” when I ordered tea. I supposed not a lot of people drink tea in Italy? Hehe

IMG_3361There are a few designer outlets in Florence, but my sister said the best is The Mall.

IMG_3358They even provide direct bus from the centre of Florence to The Mall outlet (journey took about 45 minutes)

IMG_3365Hee-ugeee Gucci outlet

IMG_3360Lots of luxury brands here – Dior, Emilio Pucci, Burberry, Tods, Prada, Miu Miu, Gucci, Fendi, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Lanvin, Ferragamo, just to name a few.

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IMG_3400Had lunch at the restaurant inside The Mall outlet. This is my sister’s salmon and spinach ravioli. Sedap oih

IMG_3401And this is my cheesy gnocchi with pesto. Sedap jugak. Semua la sedap :P

We also took a taxi to Prada Space outlet, which is located about 30 minutes from The Mall. It’s kind of like a factory (I think?) so imagine how big the place is! Of course it also mean more selections for Prada and Miu Miu bags, shoes, shirts, sunnies and other accessories.

IMG_3438Done shopping at Prada. Now where’s the taxi?

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IMG_3456Had our last meal in Florence at this one restaurant, overlooking Duomo

IMG_3463Hawaiian pizza (without the ham) and mushroom pizza (Pizza Hut lagi sedap).

Right after dinner, we went to Gelateria dei Neri again for our last gelato in Florence. My sister and BIL even said that was the best gelato they’ve ever tasted. I’ve lost count how many times we had gelato in Florence alone. Must be… 12 times, I think? Haha. We just had to have at least 2 gelato every day. Bak kata suami, “bila lagi nak makan?”. LOL :P

And that’s the end of our stay in Florence.

Stay tuned for the last part of our Europe trip!



A Tiger Balm patch a day keeps the mosquitoes away

Ughh, I just hate mosquitoes. Especially when those bloodsuckers did this to my kids!

 

Sekali gigit sampai 4! And that’s not including the bites on their legs >__<

 

It’s very upsetting seeing my girls scratching their arms and legs and mengadu gatal. Usually they would scratch until they bleed and then it will leave unsightly scars. But it’s not just the scars that bothered me. I’m worried about Aedes and dengue, nauzubillah!

I am very positive that my kids didn’t get these bites at home because our house is mosquito-free. I can bet on that. I noticed they would only get those mosquito bites (or “mosquitorosis”, as Ayra calls it)  when they’re outside or at other people’s house, especially those with lots of plants and just won’t shut their windows even at night. Sigh… what am I to do. I mean, as a guest, I can’t just simply tell “Excuse me, could you close all the windows? Mosquitoes are getting in and they are feasting on my kids”. And I surely can’t tell my kids to stop playing and not go near the trees!

 

 

 

 

I actually want them to enjoy the outdoors whenever possible because my girls spend most of their time indoors. But can’t do that with a peace of mind, not with mosquitoes around.

What I usually do when we’re going out is slather insect repellent oil on their bodies and make sure they wear long pants and cardigan over their tops. But c’mon, this is Malaysia. Nobody, especially kids, can stand wearing cardigans for hours on a hot sunny day! And the insect repellent oil thingy only lasts for a couple of hours so it’s a bit of a hassle because I have to re-apply 3-4 times a day (I usually forgot to re-apply them).

Then I found out about this mosquito repellent patch by Tiger Balm. It’s a round patch with a unique formulation to repel mosquitoes and insects effectively, using natural active ingredients. It contains no DEET so it’s safe for children and even babies too.

There’s also mosquito repellent spray which comes in a small handy bottle. You can spray it directly onto skin or clothes, or both.

 

Each box comes in 10 individually-sealed patches like this so you can bring it everywhere with you. I have a few in my purse!

 

The patch has a sticky back so all you need to do is just peel the protective film and stick it on your child’s clothes. You only need 1 patch for your child (and 2 for adult). I think it’s a genius! Just remember not to stick it directly onto skin.

 

The patch has a strong scent but in a good way – it smells pretty much like the Tiger Balm ointment, which I really like. Didn’t bother my kids at all too. They even thought it was fun wearing sticker on their clothes! They call it “the mosquito sticker”. Hehe. Don’t worry, the patch is easy to remove and won’t leave any sticky residue on your clothes. You just have to remember to remove it before putting the clothes in the washing machine.

 

 

 

 

 

Another thing I like about this patch is that it lasts long. At the end of the day, I could still smell the ointment scent whenever I go near my kids, which must mean they are still repelling those damn mosquitoes. At least I can have a peace of mind and not be so worried about those bloodsuckers like I used to!