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Friday, March 6, 2015

Gift Bags

I am not one for gift wrapping, unless its Christmas and the stores have it readily available in the season's signature looks. I usually buy something from the store, remove the price tag and hand the entire paper bag over to its recipient. It's sincere and unpretentious that doesn't scream I am trying too hard.

I have been shopping around for custom gift packaging for my handmade knits for a while now, since I saw Bakerella's post back in 2013. I can confirm that nobody makes these for you unless you are a celebrity or brand.

A really sweet alternative is Daiso. $2 for gift bag, $2 for giftwrap tissue, $2 for stickers, $2 for card. Total $8 per gift, that may seem like quite a bit until you realize supermarkets & craft stores charge at least double that.

H&M also sells gift boxes in packs of 4 @ $9.90. It's a tight squeeze for clothing items but just nice for accessories.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Coach Spring/Summer 2015

With Coach, it's all about bags. This season in their Mens collection, they introduce the campus backpack! Roomy enough to fit all your books, so finally now we have something to gift the boys in our life.

Coach Womens introduces basic neons this season. So there are totes and messenger bags in plain neons, in addition to the shoes and accessories.

Coach Womenswear takes inspiration from american casual wear with a monster mascot I can't decide if its a bobcat or imaginary animal. So there are bell bottoms, mini skirts and hairy furcoats (even in leopard).

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

$50 Valore Voucher

I won a $50 Valore voucher from Coca-Cola. Valore is a Challenger house brand that makes IT accessories like power banks, earphones, speakers etc. You need to buy a $30 Challenger membership that's good for 2 years in order to qualify for the ValuClub prices on its goods that can go up to 70%.

Today I was split between a Valore noise cancellation bluetooth headset and a Valore powerbank + Torchlight. There were soo many accessories I wanted like the snail speakers for phones with no intercom, calculators and even travel plugs in candy colours.

 In the end, the power bank won. I also got this pink hp stand to prop up my phone with that is totally useless as it doesn't stick to anything and keeps popping off.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Decleor Hydra Floral Moisturizing Cream

Part of Decleor's Aromessence collection, this fresh floral bouquet cream, is a deep rich moisturizer that is easily absorbed by the skin, delivering moisture continuously. Everytime I open and use this, I feel like I am receiving a fresh floral bouquet. At least in the beginning, the scent tapers off mid-way through this jar. $79 for 50ml.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Del Monte Cream Style Corn

My dad received this rice amulet last week. It's too cute, after CNY we get to cut it open and eat it.

Creamed Corn is a great food product as its naturally sweet. Corn is usually steamed, how do you get it creamed?!

It comes with a recipe on the back, usually some casserole type dish.

I tend to make a Corn Risotto side dish. It's just 1 package Del Monte Cream Style Corn, 2 handfuls cooked rice and 1 handful Cheese (whatever is in your fridge, maybe less cheese if you don't like it). Heat everything in a pan and its ready to serve! If you like you can add more stuff like garlic, bacon, etc.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Cotton Dresses for Summer

Chinatown light-up this year, thousands of gold coins floating above the roads.

Kilometres of life-size goat lanterns. What a major production every year too.

Most of the time it looks like this.

Selfie with my favorite girls.

My new home clothes for 2015, simple cotton dresses that eliminate daily decisions of what to wear.

It started with just 1 dress that my mom bought for me @ $10 a piece! I ended up getting 5 more dresses and 1 pajama dress. I think I need a straw hat to accessorize.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Escada Spring/Summer 2015

Spring/Summer pre-showing was just basic black and white that looked very much like work clothes. However, the actual collection is a lot softer and even colourful. I guess it was sooner or later that escada jumped in with a translucent knit material made into tops. It is a departure from its usual conservative & structured style.

 Just look at this evening gown, such a timeless classic.

Over in Escada Resort 2015, formal evening gowns are still de riguer.

The sexy use of gold is apparent.

Then signs of design in an updated paisley pattern on its clothes. The style is very work oriented, you know, jackets, knee-length dresses, pants. Who do you know wears Escada to work? I've seen ladies who lunch wear these out to socialize.

Over in Escada Sport Resort 2015, the clothes look more reasonable and familiar to what people actually wear everyday.

There are gemstones/chains print on the clothes this season.