Style File : The 2013 edition

Filed Under (discussion, fashion, style file) by rinnah on 17-09-2013

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Since my great wardrobe clean-up, I’ve made some discoveries about my sense of style and favoured brands. It was rather interesting to me, so I thought I’d blog about it.

Marks & Spencer tweed jacket

Relatively classic. (Some might even say boring or dated.) I mostly stay far away from seasonal trends and cuts. I like clean lines and prefer a relaxed look and fit where possible. Comfort is key to feeling good and also in hiding any undesirable or less-than-perfect body parts.

I like *cough* expensive fabrics. Silk, chiffon, lace. I think I’ve developed an affinity for animal prints this past year or so. Clothes and designs with intricate embellishment or detailing also catch my eye.

I tend to stick to colours that I feel ‘safe’ with. The basic palette as my base – black, grey, brown, navy blue. Add in pops of colour, usually a top or cardigan – blues and greens (anything sea-toned), pinks. Occasionally reds and orange make an appearance. I used to have a lot of white in my wardrobe until I moved to Singapore and found that my whites were turning grey in the wash here. So out of convenience, the whites have slowly been phased out.

I am also a ‘Cardigan Queen’ for practicality – I tend to feel cold easily even in the humid, tropical weather of Singapore and Malaysia no thanks to overly cold air-conditioned places. I often wish I lived in a climate that would allow me to wear coats (especially trenchcoats!) and boots.

You can get a feel of my style at my Pinterest board here.

These brands are staples in my wardrobe for work and play. I reckon I rarely shop at other places!

  • Zara (Spain – international)
  • MNG (Spain – international)
  • Uniqlo (Japan – international)
  • Espada (Thailand)
  • Et Cetera (Indonesia)
  • Cultivation (Malaysia)

Other notable brand mentions:

  • Espirit (international) for jeans
  • Nicole (Malaysia) for affordable slacks for work
  • Asos (international) for pretty dresses
  • Daniel Yam (Singapore) for dinner/formal outfits
  • Arthur Yen (Singapore) for separates

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This is a toughie, because I don’t particularly fancy any one person or celebrity’s style. I draw inspiration these days from Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Kate Middleton, with a tip of the hat to Gwen Stefani (sans the punk/rocker vibe).

What’s your style like?

The Great Closet Clean-up

Filed Under (fashion) by rinnah on 22-10-2012

I threw all of my clothes out last night. (*)

Yes, all of them.

(*) Into plastic storage boxes.

You might be wondering if I’ve gone off my rocker. No, I’m still perfectly sane, but I just got really tired of looking at my overstuffed closet. How is it that I came to Singapore with just a cabin-sized luggage of clothes that has miraculously multiplied by 3 – 4 times in just slightly over a year and a half? (Don’t get me started on the number of beauty products I’m currently hoarding.)

So anyway, in a bid to regain control over my wardrobe, I expelled all of my clothes – away into the banished lands of the plastic storage box and only to return with a royal pardon (i.e. when I really have nothing else fit to wear).

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Some very lonely hangers with no clothes for company

Seriously. This morning, the only items of clothes left hanging in my wardrobe were what I planned to wear to work today.

I’m no certified fashionista, but even I am getting tired of how I dress and look. Some days (ok, most days!) I feel that my outfit just screams ‘headed for auntie-dom’ or ‘I really couldn’t be bothered this morning’. Hopefully, now that I’ve given myself a clean slate to work with, my fashion tastes will also be refreshed.

I won’t be posting OOTDs (outfit of the day) because I’m just not comfortable with taking pictures of myself. I always feel that one looks weird in photographs of oneself.

Do share if, like me, you also have a problem with ‘too many clothes but nothing to wear end up re-wearing old outfits’ or ‘stuck in a rut dunno how to change fashion style’.

Style File : Royal Wedding Dinner Look

Filed Under (couture, dresses, fashion, style file) by rinnah on 11-11-2011

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I discovered Daniel Yam Apparel earlier this year when I was searching high and low for a gown for a rather posh wedding dinner where Malaysian royalty would be present. Me being me with my decidedly classic sense of style (my mom calls it old-fashioned style :P ), I was determined that I wanted a gown that was simple, not fussy, yet chic and elegant. None of those beads and frills and ruffles for me, thankyewellymuch.

I had been in and out of numerous shops in both Malaysia and Singapore when I happened to walk into Daniel Yam’s boutique at Wisma Atria on Orchard Road with Beetrice. And lo and behold, there was my perfect dress in a shade of deep turquoise blue. So into the dressing room I went and it was a dream come true. A simple tube design in a satiny fabric with some folds draped down the front (good for concealing any belly bulges) that fit perfectly with no alterations needed. I was definitely set on the design but torn between my favorite color (the turquoise blue) and a chili red which decidedly made me look fairer but just screamed “look at me ma i’m wearing a red dress”.

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The dress in chili red

I knew I wanted the dress but dithered over my color choice for about two weeks before I eventually made my way back to Daniel Yam, but this time I dropped by the boutique in Marina Square. And there, was the same dress in a lovely fuchsia pink that made me look equally as fair as the chili red and also stood out but didn’t scream for attention.

Here’s how I looked that night for the wedding dinner :


I loved my ensemble that night and got quite a number of compliments too, so I’ll definitely be heading back to Daniel Yam for more dresses when the occasion calls for it. :)

Evening gown : Daniel Yam Apparel
Shawl : Shop in Sungai Wang Plaza
Shoes : Fiore from Pay Less Shoes
Earrings : Sinma

Lace Petals – Online lingerie shopping

Filed Under (fashion, lingerie, online shopping) by rinnah on 29-09-2011

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Lingerie sure has come a long way from the days of bloomers and underpants, hasn’t it? Because now you can find lingerie in almost every color and material imaginable and in many different cuts and looks. And while I do love doing my lingerie shopping in the flesh (you get to see, touch and even try on!) there are times when you just can’t or don’t feel like doing so. Like when nothing catches your fancy – that happens to me a lot because I don’t like local lingerie designs. Or if Aunt Flo comes for a visit. Or maybe you’re a guy who wouldn’t be caught dead hanging around the lingerie section in the department store. That’s where Lace Petals comes in.

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My first ever indulgent lingerie purchase was from Lace Petals. Why do I say indulgent? Because for the first time ever, I bought myself some lingerie that made me feel sexy and not utilitarian. Talk about bringing out your inner sex kitten! :P

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As far as online shopping goes, shopping with Lace Petals is very much a pleasant experience. It’s super easy to browse through the website’s varied selection of babydolls, camisole sets, chemises, bustiers, corsets and teddies. In fact, I spent many minutes going from page to page trying to figure out which type of lingerie I would treat myself to!

Lace Petals embroidered mesh babydoll
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After some indecision on my part, I thought I should *ahem* throw caution to the wind and settled on this Stretch Lace Bustier from Elegant Moments. :P

Lace Petals stretch lace bustier
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For guys who are thinking of gifting something for their wife, girlfriend, significant other, I like how Lace Petals has come up with a Buying Guide to help make a decision and make the process less stressful and traumatizing. (Just kidding about the traumatizing part!)

Once you’ve selected your lingerie, it’s a breeze to check-out and pay as Lace Petals gives you the option of making payment via several channels – PayPal, MasterCard, Visa or online bank transfers to Maybank or CIMB Bank. Convenience rules because it means I can make my payment without having to move from my home!

There is also the option of gift-wrapping your purchase, but I found the standard Lace Petals packaging to be already very much a present in itself. The purple box discreetly hints at the contents, which is delicately wrapped in soft tissue paper and artfully displayed so that the moment you open up the box, you know exactly what you’ve just gotten.

Oh, and did I mention that shipping is FREE to anywhere in Malaysia? Awesome. :)

If you’re on FaceBook, you can also join the Lace Petals page to receive updates on new lingerie arrivals and promotions.

Read other blogger reviews here :
Paris B
Pink Elle

Disclaimer : Related links in this post and on this site are affiliate links. However, this does not compromise my review in any way.

Style File : Elie Saab Wedding Collection 2011

Filed Under (couture, dresses, fashion, style file) by rinnah on 29-07-2011

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I blame my sudden obsession with Elie Saab’s wedding gowns on Paris B. :P After she mentioned the hot Lebanese designer here, I started Googling for wedding gowns and whaddaya know? The man has an entire collection of 19 dresses for his 2011 wedding collection. And they are simply gorgeous!

Here are my favorites from the 2011 wedding collection (i.e. the ones I dream of getting married in) :

elie saab - erato - wedding collection 2011

elie saab - auriga (front) - wedding collection 2011elie saab - auriga (back) - wedding collection 2011

elie saab - casandra - wedding collection 2011

If I could, I would choose Erato for my wedding photography album in a garden setting, Auriga for the church wedding and Casandra for the wedding dinner.

A girl can dream, right? :)

Heard on the Web : Spanx Shapewear for the gym

Filed Under (fashion, fitness, workout gear) by rinnah on 28-07-2011

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Remember when I reviewed Marena ShapeWear I mentioned that it could be worn even during workouts?

Apparently, Spanx has jumped onto the bandwagon of shapewear as workout gear as seen in this article from The Daily Mail in UK.

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I can understand wanting to look good at the gym; after all, I do look out for workout gear that flatters my figure (so far I’m loving my workout pants from Jockey!). But to squeeze myself into shapewear to do a workout? That’s just beyond me as I generally find shapewear to be restrictive of my movement.

What’s your take on this? Is it an aye or a nay to shapewear at the gym?

Marena ShapeWear : Mini Shorts with High Waist

Filed Under (fashion, lingerie, online shopping) by rinnah on 06-04-2011

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What comes to your mind if someone were to talk to you about shape wear? What pops into my mind will be something like the picture below.

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I think about the hot, stuffy, steel lined corsets of yore that genteel ladies wore on a daily basis to get that perfect hourglass waist. Updated versions of said corset-like design still exists nowadays, just well camouflaged with nice lacy patterns to make it more lingerie-like (like the picture below). I also think about girdles that hold your tummy in but squeeze the excess fat elsewhere, resulting in muffin-top that just ruins the whole look of your outfit. I also shudder at the thought of having to squash myself into such restricting garments, because I know that I won’t have a comfortable time as long as I wear those garments and also when I take them off – because my sensitive skin will show its violent protest by becoming red and itchy.

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And if you are a vain female like I am, chances are you know what I’m talking about, right? :P

Now, what if that someone talking to you about shape wear told you that you didn’t have to suffer those indignities and tortures to look good in your clothes? This is where Marena ShapeWear comes in.

Marena claims to give you impressive results of up to 2 inches of instant reduction. This could mean difference of up to 1 – 2 sizes, which means that you can now get back into those clothes you were about to discard. Even if it’s not as drastic as fitting back into your old/new clothes that were a size too small, there’s always that benefit of looking good in the clothes you currently wear. Just think – no more dreaded camel toe or visible panty line – the shape wear smooths out every unsightly line and bulge to give you the perfect silhouette.

But enough about all of that. How did I find my Marena ShapeWear experience to be like?

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I had the Mini Shorts with High-Waist (MYR 469.00), same like Xin of Pretty Beautiful except that mine came in a nude-y skin tone. The ShapeWear material is really very good – thick and good quality. It won’t rip and tear even with abuse and it is said to stand up to repeated wear and washing.

But one does not get ShapeWear solely for the material (even though it is good material), right? We get it for the slimming effect! To tell you if it really works – I give you some of my vital stats before and while using Marena ShapeWear (no pictures since I was by myself and had no one to assist by playing photographer).

Before Marena ShapeWear :
Waist – 25 and a 1/2in
Hips – 34in
Upper Thigh – 18 and a 1/2in

After putting on Marena ShapeWear :
Waist – 25in
Hips – 34in
Upper Thigh – 18in

Looking at the results, I guess I have nothing much to compress around my hip/butt area? Haha.

I found that the ShapeWear makes me sit up straighter by preventing me from hunching (a bad habit of mine!) but it doesn’t feel so restricting as to stop me from moving about. They say you can even wear your ShapeWear for exercise (they have capris and leggings that look perfect for yoga or dance class and some people even wear it for performance training) but I personally cannot imagine attempting exercise in it! Standing up was a whole different story though – I simply loved the shape I saw in the mirror because it really does smooth out all the little waves and ripples of fat a woman naturally has.

Comfort-wise the ShapeWear doesn’t really move about – except that the waistband felt lower in the back than it did in the front – like it was dipping downwards. And while it didn’t roll up at the thigh part, I found that the material tended to bunch slightly at the hip crease, which meant I had to surreptitiously tug it down sometimes when I stood up after sitting. For once, I didn’t feel hot or sweaty while wearing shaping garments and there was no redness of skin after I took it off. It was a bit of a struggle to get it on and off when I was not in the comfortable environment of my room though – so toilet breaks were a wee bit longer than usual.

For the measuring test, I took a light tea break and re-measured myself again after and there was no gain in the measurements, just that I felt slightly more squeezed in my ShapeWear.

Would I recommend Marena ShapeWear? Yes, for the lovely silhouette it gives you when you have it on. But I wouldn’t go as far as to wear it every day (not unless you are really in need of it or ultra-vain). Instead, I’ll save it for those dinner occasions or excursions when I want to wow people with my curves.

If you wanna give Marena ShapeWear a go, you won’t find it in departmental stores but you can get it online from the local distributor Active Shape Sdn Bhd. Prices range from MYR 299.00 onwards.

Read other blogger reviews here :
Paris B
Pretty Beautiful

Style File : Mango February 2011 Collection – Sheer Minimalist

Filed Under (fashion, online shopping, style file) by rinnah on 14-03-2011

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I’m not really one to follow fashion trends or latest collections but this preppy look from Mango’s Sheer Minimalist (February 2011) collection caught my eye immediately.

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This look is so close to my own personal style that I can very well imagine myself living in an ensemble like this on the weekends. In fact, I have a V-neck sweater vest in the same shade as the one on the model above!

And since I’m in the middle of slowly revamping my wardrobe (no thanks to continued weight-loss over the past year) I’ll be keeping an eye out for styles that I favor and suit my personality to be showcased here in the category labeled Style File. :)

Cocktails & Martinis

Filed Under (dresses, fashion, online shopping) by rinnah on 13-07-2010

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It isn’t all that often that I find a store or brand of clothing that I really, really like. (Because my mother claims that I am a fussy shopper and which I admit to being. Heh.) Most of the time my wardrobe comes from a variety of places and brands, although like any other shopper, I have a tendency to keep on going back to where I know I’ll find clothes that I like and that fit me well.

And I never thought the day would come when I would actually find a local blogshop that I would repeatedly patronize!

Cocktails & Martinis
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It’s called Cocktails & Martinis (don’t you just love the elegant sounding name?) and I think I first discovered Cocktails through a link on Frocking Around. I liked what I saw so much that I put myself on the email subscriber list straightaway so that I wouldn’t miss out on the latest offerings. (Good for my ongoing retail therapy but not so good for my pocket! LOL.)

Autumn Whispers maxi dress @ Cocktails & Martinis
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What I like most about Cocktails is the selection of clothes. If I were to open a boutique of my own, these are exactly the styles and fashions that I would pick, which explains why I keep on coming back for more, over and over again. If I were to describe the style of Cocktails I would say : elegant, timeless, flattering, feminine and tasteful.

Waterfall Cardigan @ Cocktails & Martinis
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It’s all fine and dandy to have a great selection of clothes, lots of blogshops have that too. With Cocktails, what you see is what you get. The photographs are accurate representations of the real item itself, if anything, when I get my hands on the real thing itself I find the quality to be as good as, if not better than the pictures and the details.

Persian Princess @ Cocktails & Martinis
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When you’re an independent blogshop, it’s important that you can offer your shoppers with quick and good service too. This improves the chances of satisfied customers and repeat sales, especially since it’s all about trust in the world of online shopping. I’ve had nothing but prompt and efficient service when dealing with Cocktails, thus my number of repeat purchases!

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There is also a Cocktails Sales blogshop where you just might be able to pick up a bargain or two that was originally featured on the main site.

Oh, and the pictures you see in this post are pictures of clothes I’ve been tempted into buying from Cocktails. :P

Cocktails & Martinis
Email : kayc[dot]cocktails[at]gmail[dot]com

All images used in this blogpost are taken from the Cocktails & Martinis blogshop.

Paperdoll Online Boutique

Filed Under (dresses, fashion, online shopping) by rinnah on 10-11-2008

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I first read about the online boutique Paperdoll from this post on Kimberlycun’s blog. I did think that the dress Kim bought was really pretty but didn’t do anything more than that. Hahah. Lazy mah! *wink*

Then last week, I heard from Beetrice that Joanna, the babe behind Paperdoll, would be at the same do I attended last Friday. It sparked my curiousity again and off I went to see the website, which looks like this…

Paperdoll online boutique website
Image credit – screen capture pic of the Paperdoll website

If you like sweet, girly and dressy (like I do!), then Paperdoll is the place for you to shop. I think Joanna has a good eye for what sells well with the online shopping crowd, and it’s a testament to her taste that I am actually more than tempted to buy online! *wink* Normally I ooh and ahh over clothes I like and then do nothing about it. LOL.

One of the dangers of buying online is that you never know if the stuff you get will fit you. It’s a risk you have to take, and one that I’ve never wanted to take on. The major difference with Paperdoll is that you can input your measurements at the point of order and those measurements will be matched by the staff to see if the clothing item you want to purchase really does fit! That’s like 50% of your worries gone instantly. Poof!

Maxi engagement dress
Image credit – pic taken off the Paperdoll website

So, I’ve just put in my online order this morning for the sweet maxi dress you see above and got a very prompt response from the staff confirming my order and membership (which is free, btw).

I can’t wait to see my purchase in the flesh and try it on!

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