Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fit For A Queen?

Fit for a Queen? As much as I adore Nadine, this costume lacks the wow effect. If the reference is Cik Siti Wan Kembang, then this design in my opinion does not potray the famous Queen who ruled Kelantan in 1610M.

Cik Siti Wan Kembang's attire was rich with songket and adorned with gold accessories. Do compare the attire that was worn by Queen Hijau in the movie Langkasuka with the one worn by Nadine. If the designer wanted to inject a modern twist to his design, he may do so, but let's not forget that Cik Siti Wan Kembang was a Queen and not a dancer in Moulin Rouge.

I saw the costume when it was on display at Pavilion and I asked myself, "Where's Cik Siti Wan Kembang apart from the 'kemban' top?" Furthermore, it is also the right platform to display our songket and I could not see it. Another point of reference is the samurai/ninja costume worn by Kurara Chibana in Miss Universe 2006 (She carried a sword too.). The costume designed by Yuichi Miyagawa and Yoshiyuki Ogata won the best national costume award. It is modern but to me it retains the essence of samurai/ninja and you know it is Japan just by looking at it. Can our national costume bag the award and does it say Malaysia when the world looks at it? We will have to wait and see. All the best to Nadine!

(Photos courtesy of http://www.nst.com.my/ and http://www.ambranews.com/)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

"I can hear the decadence calling!"

The girls still have it! From the 80s to now, the girls manage to captivate me, not just fashion wise but most importantly, character wise.
Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte' s characters are fun to watch and you can relate to them on a certain level. I personally can relate to the friendship that these four women have and how hard they work to ensure that no partners and babies will break that magical bond that they have.
The scenes in Morocco are scenic and decadent (in a good way). The dresses are fabulous and I love Carrie's style at the souq. I also love Sam's red dress. However, my favourite dress is Miranda's dress that she wears to Stanford's wedding. That dress is simply stunning. It is like looking at Madam Kwan's banana fritters with vanilla ice cream; nice to look at and yummy!
I do take note some of the weaknesses in SATC 2. The story line could have been tighter; Carrie's dialogue with Big when she returns from the vacation and Miranda standing up against her male boss. Samantha and Charlotte's characters are well developed and their stories are well told too. Nevertheless, SATC 2 is still entertaining and come one, this is no heavy drama! So, put on your Manolos and hit the theatre with your girlfriends.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Carrie On!

I saw this top at a boutique called Khai in Bangsar last Saturday and I just love its sheerness and the details on the sleeves and the back (RM200++). This would be perfect over a white tank top. You can style it up with those black Balenciaga pants (RTW Spring 2010) and finish it off with Lanvin's nude ankle strap heels (RTW Spring 2010). Do not forget that cute clutch that you bought in Kuta, Bali and that chain neklace that you haggled at Chatuchak Market, Bangkok.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Shall We Dance?

YSL's Spring 2010: Rose Sandals. I just love the rose and the thorn heel. All that you have to do now is to find a dance partner!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Are you Ms. Bradshaw or Ms. Badshaw?

What separates Ms. Bradshaw from the rest? Is it what she wears or how she carries herself? It is the way she speaks and carries herself. She wears McQueen, Dior, Gucci and she still knows what to say and how to behave in public. So, are you really stylish or only your clothes that sream "Look at me! I'm stylish!"?

Not many stylish individuals epitome the true meaning of style. Many of them lack in those two areas and even those Louboutins cannot help them! I have seen many stylish KLites in Bukit Bintang, The Curve, Bangsar and KLCC, and yes, I was impressed with their sense of style but this was before I heard most of them talked and behaved. A good example is having the decency to say "thank you" when someone holds the lift for you or another example is the way you walk.

Please remember that even if you try to overload yourself with Giuseppe Zanotti's first jewelry collection (rings, cuffs and bracelets), necklaces from Zoe Chicco (zoechicco.com) with that cute top by Alexander Wang (SS10), a white tank top from Topshop, Stella McCartney's jeans (rolled up) and you finish it off with oh those so adorable Dior's wedges, trying so hard to achieve that crazy-chic look. Well...you might pull it off but if you do not know how to carry yourself, you will just be seen as crazy and that is not chic!

My point is that you must learn social skills before you style yourself. Money can indeed buy you the latest and hottest trends from London, Paris, Milan and Tokyo but hey! money can also allow you to register yourself for English lessons and social etiquette classes.

Think about that!

(Picture courtesy of rewiredpr.com)

Monday, May 31, 2010

Lamb Kabsah and Moroccan Mint Tea

I am now sharing with you the meal that I had at D'Arab and also not forgetting the tea. So, do try them out and if they fit you like that white Herve Leger bandage dress, do let me know. You can find the address of D'Arab in my previous post. Enjoy!

Friday, May 28, 2010

An afternoon in Morocco

If Carrie and the girls went to Morocco in SATC2, so did I for lunch. A good friend of mine discovered this place called D'Arab in Mutiara Damansara and I am glad that she introduced it to me. When we reached the place, I was impressed with the Cafe. It was as if I was in Morocco, from the exterior to the interior and even to the plates and saucers. The furniture, cushions, ottoman and even the slippers spoke Moroccan to me.

When the menu came, I ordered Lamb Kabsah and orange juice. The Kabsah was delicious; the basmati was cooked perfectly and the lamb was tender. I could taste the kabsah spices in the lamb. It was served with onions, green chillies and salad together with a bowl of soup and some spicy sauce. After my meal, I had Moroccan mint tea and it was refreshing. I could not think of a better way to complement my lunch than the mint tea.

I strongly recommend that you do try D'Arab Cafe and transport yourself to Morocco for a few hours (and it is more affordable). You can also experience hammam at this place just like the one you can find in almost every Moroccan and Tunisian town. The address is Lot 16, Medan Selera Mutiara Damansara, Jalan PJU 7/16, Mutiara Damansara.