Emptyhanded Friday Night

What do you do when deadlines abound, work is piling up, your head feels like it’s going to implode, AND you’ve signed up to attend a symposium?

Well, I chose to say ‘eff it all’, and headed out for some retail therapy instead: I’m on the hunt for a pair of leather boots, and also a pair of flat dressy sandals for a beach wedding in the Dominican Republic.

I popped into Nordstrom Rack, and though I did try a few contenders, I ultimately left emptyhanded:

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Most of the boots were flat riding boots, and I’m looking for leather dress boots with a heel. I quickly picked out this pair by Diesel, and, though comfortable and easy to walk in, the leather had a strange tinge to it. It seemed to be a mix of grey/purple/blue/brown, and I also felt that the boots were more ‘edgy’ rather than dressy. For $169, I passed on them.

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Next I found this lovely pair of sandals which would have fit the bill for the Dominican Republic wedding. However, the ankle straps were not adjustable (zippered back) so the back of my foot flapped around too much in it. I would have bought them otherwise ($24.95 I think?).

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This pair of cream-colored peeptoes with an adorable bow by Enzo Angiolini was a mere $22! However, bearing in mind that I had just acquired a $15 Vince Camuto pair, and the fact that these felt very stiff & uncomfortable, I promptly put them back.

Let the shoe hunt continue!

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.

Delivered by Royal Mail

My order of steam creams has arrived! Delivered by Royal Mail from the United Kingdom. I had placed my order online just before blogging about my empties.

I had picked the special Makeup Artist Collaboration Gift Set which 3 makeup artists – Jemma Kidd, Wendy Rowe and Ruby Hammer – and their signature styles.

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(oh, the Royal Mail has a cute little crown…)

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The BKK Report: 60 minutes

Keep eyes peeled for items that i would love for myself.

Do quick mental calculations.

And away we go!

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3 x three-dimensional puzzles
5 x coin purses
6 x long wallets / clutches
6 x good cotton dresses for my bunnies!

Made it back to hotel (just a hop round corner from Platinum), unpack, snap pic, stuff into empty sports bag, reload water bottle and go!

We now leave u a pic of the little coin purse procured.

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Dots!!!

shopping spree

I dated my sister for a girlie outing last Friday and accidentally burned a medium-sized hole in my wallet. What started out as a “chill-out, no agenda, let’s spend the day catching-up, doing girlie things” ended with us feeling totally exhausted. We even had to cab home home because we simply can’t manage the amount of shopping bags on the train.

So… the damage for me includes:

  • 2 pairs of boyfriend shorts, in coral red and white, from Gap. Well I have to justify myself…. the discounts offered was 2 pairs of shorts for $115. If I had just gotten 1 pair, I would have to pay $79 which wasn’t worthwhile.

  • 1 pair of cargo mini skirt… also from Gap. I got mine in khaki colour and this was almost a “love at first sight” piece. In fact, I picked it out within minutes of entering the store 🙂

  • 1 tunic top from Warehouse… sorry I can’t find the picture from Warehouse’s website. All I can say is that the top is in dusty pink! Woohoo!

Obviously my sister did way better than me at burning holes. Maybe someday I’ll invite her to do a guest entry 😛

Just watch me

Check out my latest timekeeping acquisition

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The hubby had actually spotted watches by Breo in the inflight magazine on our way to Bangkok and wanted to check it out for his youngest brother, so we sauntered into a store during our holiday and found a whole collection of these watches. They’re essentially like thick rubber bands that are waterproof and slip over your hand onto your wrist. But after I’d tried some on and declared “Iiiii want one!” we did buy me one and then had to search for something else for my poor brother in law.

It’s been a well spend $25, because boy was Bangkok hot and sweaty, and I had no worries about ruining one of my existing watches, and now I wear this watch to the pool as well. Its white-ness hasn’t gotten dirty either!

Perhaps its only downside is that it apparently can look like I’ve just been released from the hospital. (according to my sister anyways)

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one and only

People say that Bangkok is not just the land of smiles, but the land for shopaholics too. So you can imagine my excitement to unleash the much needed retail therapy when I was holidaying there last week. But alas! The shopaholic has failed her mission and I’m embarrassed to say that I only came back with 1 skirt 😦

Diversions

Yours truly has had two rather awful days in a row. So today, while some awfulness was being rectified (iMac being serviced at the Genius Bar), I sought a diversion, something frivolous that would try and dispel some of the “I-want-to-kill-something-NOW-with-my-bare-hands” energy.

So I decided to window shop instead. First stop: Anthropologie. Aaaaah…. and indeed, it soothed the savage beast.

For those not familiar with this store, Anthropologie presents itself as eclectic – almost as if it’s a bohemian-esque thrift store. It makes you think it’s artisan and Fair Trade, even though it’s not. The whole store has a high-end shabby chic look, from the faux distressed floorboards, to the elaborate store displays made out of vintage books.

Anthropologie also focuses on great service. While I was browsing the clearance section with a few items draped on my arm, a staff member asked if I wanted to have a fitting room started for me. I accepted, so she got my name and took the items from me. After I was sated from browsing, I headed to the fitting rooms and found my name written in a pretty script on the mirrored plaque on the door. The entire area was subtly-lit, glowing warmly, with generous sheer drapes adding an ethereal quality to an otherwise utilitarian space. Brilliant retail psychology tactic, lulling you with the luxe treatment so that you may part with your pretty penny.

Along with the outfits I picked out, I found an addition piece of clothing with a tag on it saying “We thought you might like this too.” Smart move, trying to slip in something that they felt fit my ‘style profile’. Though there were a few things I really liked in the store, I didn’t try them on because, well, I obviously have no intention to purchase a $259 dress. So all the following items are from the clearance section.


First up: A twist-front teal top with a braided strap, $29. Usual price $69.
I quite liked this top, and could envision cinching it with a woven belt on a breezy summer day. However, the Size S (above) gaped too much at the armholes. XS was apparently was in-stock at the Beverly Hills outlet and could have it shipped to me for free, but I wasn’t that interested, so I passed.


Next: STRIPES! I am definitely partial to stripey-ness, so I was already hoping this blue/grey off-shoulder combination would work for me. At $19, I was ready to purchase too, so I did. It’s less drab in person, and also fits better than this picture shows.

Of course, the model wears it like this on their website:

I clearly should pick up some posing tips and start practicing my spaced-out look.


Yes. More stripes. This photographs better than in real life. I wasn’t a big fan of the green – reminded me too much of Singapore’s trash cans.


When poking around the stationery section, I saw these “Apparel Tags”. Seems like one would have issues if you have that much clothing that you can’t remember them. Could be useful for a wardrobe assistant on set I guess.

At this point, a quick check at the Apple store showed that the iMac was still in severe triage mode, so I descended from the frou-frou of Anthropologie, to fast & cheap H&M. Literally half the store was on sale, with racks full of $5 dresses, $3 tees, $7 pants, $10 jackets etc.

I quickly perused the super-sale stuff – nothing – and then picked out a few other things to try. No pretty lighting here. Just a harsh halogen beam from above.


Black & White polka-dotted top – $17.
It looks really cool in real life, looks very much like dots made with a Chinese calligraphy brush. I loved the fit, so I bought this, and its counterpart in black too. Yes, yes, I know….


Next: Assymetrial hi-lo maxi-dress. $29.
I’ve been wanting a maxi-dress so bad, but somehow they’re no more to be found?! This one has a high/low hem-line, which really wasn’t flattering for me as it drew attention to my chubby knees and chunky calves.


Blue summer dress with crochet detail. $17.95 I think?
This worked well for my upper body, but where it hits again emphasizes my chubby knees. I never thought I’d hate my knees, but nowadays I do.


I don’t think she would hate her knees.


Lavender/Grey “tulip” dress. $32.95.
My favorite dress of the day. It is such a flattering dress – save for the chubby knees – which can be rectified by wearing suitable high heels. Well, this was too pretty for working in (I wear black dresses every weekend for work), much less for running around in heels with. So… lovely as it was, back to the rack it went.


I picked this out for fun, the dress version of the first top. It’s the same “tulip” cut as the lavender/grey dress above. Shows off the curves nicely while hiding the unflattering bits.

At the end of the day, I acquired 3 tops – which happen to be monochromatic – for under $60. Did not intend to make these purchases, but the what the heck, at least I didn’t kill anyone.