the ribbon of happiness

I’ve always wanted to get a nice sling bag. You know, that one bag which you can carry to parties, midnight movies, brunch, events, wedding dinners, etc. And so I began my journey hunting for that perfect sling bag. I had originally set my eyes on the Chanel mini flap bag, but after countless attempts to beat the crazy queues (yes, we queue for everything in Singapore) to get into the Chanel store; and the multiple futile visits to duty-free stores at various airports, I decided that we’re just not fated to be. That said, I still wasn’t prepared to give up hopes on getting that one sling bag.

So one Friday evening, after dinner with the Atas sister, we decided to pop into my favourite (and trusty) ferragamo outlet at Paragon (after the fruitless attempt to queue at Chanel). To my pleasant surprise, that perfect sling bag, a new collection nonetheless, was sitting in the shop, waiting patiently for me.

And so…. presenting the leetle ribbon of happiness….

I went home a happy girl having paid 1/3 the price that I had originally budgeted for this sling of joy.

I went home a happy girl having paid 1/3 the price that I had originally budgeted for this sling of joy.

Lugging A Laptop

I found a shoulder tote (if there’s such a term) for my 12″ laptop at Charles & Keith recently.

See, I’d been living with a shoulder bag but after adding extra weight like umbrella and battery pack, it got too heavy and bulky. I realised that a bag with shorter straps may work better for me.


(Above pic taken off Charles & Keith’s website)



(Above: my.ThinkPad sitting snugly in the bag.)



(Above: the bag AND ThinkPad after I stuffed in everything else.)


So far, this bag has been able to withstand a week of abuse. Let’s hope it stays strong!


Duchess Kate came and left our fair shores and is still on the Jubilee Tour, putting on a brave front despite the latest controversy emerging from Europe. (someone should really lock those paparazzi in jail!)

Her short visit has given women like Miss Dressy and I new inspiration for our dresses in the wardrobe. Here are two of my outfits from last week that were Kate-inspired:

(Right) Flowy dress with floral imprints, own creation (more of that in another post), beige fabric belt from Zipia (part of my pleated beige dress), shoes courtesy of HRH Poppie the Lofty (do you remember?), The Bag (yes this is the front view!). Pearl drop-earrings from Chomel.

(Left) Flower pattern dress from Zara, blue belt and (new!) blue bag from Zipia, patented leather shoes  from an outlet store in Hokkaido, in robin egg blue (hey, it’s a new term I learnt from St. James Palace’s media release :)). Earrings, own creation.

And yes, those are curls on my head – temporary ones that my hairstylist did while having fun blow drying my hair.

 I love how Kate’s elegance is giving the British monarchy a new touch of glamour (and her husband doesn’t seem to mind at all). It’s such a positive thing for the Royal Family, and this young couple is a real asset to the UK. Yes, Kate might not have spoken much so far, but Diana didn’t start off saying much either. Hopefully, Kate will transcend beyond the glamour, find her feet soon enough to exert real positive influence through the things she’ll do.

To me, Will & Kate’s fairytale seems similar to his parents’ at the beginning of their marriage, but it feels like this time round they may just have gotten the script right. For their sake, I pray this fairytale lasts.

The Korean has landed

So… I’ve decided to be part of this, after much consideration.hehe. Please welcome me!

Looking through the wardrobe as I did my spring-summer cleaning, I discovered that, even though I don’t make a lot of fashion purchases I have built a solid ‘Me’ style over the years with the pieces I buy. You know, sometimes when friends see a piece of fashion and go “It’s so you!”? There’s definitely a ‘Korea’ in the ‘Me’ style, since my recent purchases are mainly from Korea (thanks to online shopping)

[Side note: for the uninitiated, ‘noona’ is a term used by a younger Korean man to address an older sister. As to why I’m koreanoona, please watch this video, featuring former Miss Korea Kim Sa Rang and a then-17 year old unknown Lee Seung Gi in his debut hit. You are also welcome to check out the 100 photos of His Gorgeous Self on my FB.]

Looking at myself in the mirror last Saturday as I was prepping up for the Lee Seung Gi fan meet, it was quite startling to see my current preference:

  • Black eyeliner – check.
  • Wavy brown-dyed hair – check.
  • Full fringe – check.
  • Body hugging denim dress – check.
  • 4-inch killer heels – check

Yup, looks Korean to me.


Anyways… on to today’s choice of fashion. Ironically, all items today are not from Korea.  And it started with this bag.

Had an important meeting later today and wanted to look my business best. But I’d already packed last night into the fuchsia pink Kate Spade (a gift – u guys know I’m cheapo and I won’t ‘invest’ in branded bags right? ;). So what would go with the pink? This grey tweed-print dress with asymmetrical neckline has pink trimmings on them, so that’ll go with the bag. I paired it with a grey cropped jacket. Interestingly, this jacket is designed by the interior designer for my home. She’d branched out to create her own fashion line DYEL. Nice stuff there 🙂

I usually wear this dress with my baby pink heels (a bit about that in another post…) but it’s not the most comfy pair of shoes, so I opted for my trusted grey fabric heels instead (at a sensible 3.5-inch, haha. may have to run around…)

There, I am ready to face the start of the work week!

[p/s: haven’t managed to create my category yet… soon, soon]

Bags galore!

When my sister returned home recently from a 2-week trip to the US, it means one thing (amongst other things)…. we get new bags! This being her first trip to the land of factory outlets, she went crazy with the shopping. And of course we benefit too! Here’s a look at the new additions to my stash (I had to pay for them, nothing’s free!).

For the weekend: Tommy Hilfiger

Casual tote: Tommy Hilfiger

Epitome of elegance: Kate Spade

Cool chic: Coach