I had the opportunity to attend Singapore Fashion Week this year and I was super excited. I’ve only experienced Fashion Week in NYC so I was curious to what the vibe was going to be like in Singapore. During my stay I was able to attend Blue Print, a trade show for East West Exchange in Asia. Emerging designers and established designers are allowed to showcase their current pieces for the Asian market in one big stop. They had designers from Korea, Hong Kong and Europe, to name a few, displaying beautiful pieces of jewelry to eccentric hats to wear to high tea. This is a great place for store owners and on-line entrepreneurs to find great new designers and new items for their inventory. I loved the vibe of the trade show filled with buyers, fashionistas and press who were all on the go checking out what the designers had in store for them. For more information on BluePrint please press the link.
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Can I just say I need to go back to Bali. I need to go back there as soon as possible please. I’m just thankful that it’s only a 3 hour plane ride from Malaysia. Bali definitely reminded me of Hawaii, but less commercialized or at least in the area we were staying in. I had an amazing time exploring the island and it was great that we had a driver for the day to take us around the island and give us a tour. We initially stopped Tanah Lot Temple and let me just tell you it’s breathtaking and a big tourist stop. The temple is one out of seven temples along the Balinese coast. Supposedly the myth that surrounds the temple is that poisonous sea snakes guards the temple from evil spirit and intruders. As we venture on, our guide takes us to an awesome Balinese seafood restaurant and we ate till our heart’s content. By the end of our tours we met our driver’s cousin who happens to own a surf shop. Hubby and I hung out with him and his friends and it was a very relaxing moment.
If anyone was to visit Bali, you’ll notice that Sari’s are everywhere in all the clothing stores and markets. So it was interesting when I was able to visit a workstation / store that sold handmade Saris. It was interesting to watch every fabric weaved together with the weaver and artist hand painting scenic backgrounds onto silk fabrics. It amazes me how all the employees were able to work in such excruciating heat without any air conditioning while concentrating on all their work. Every piece produced was beautiful and unique since they were all handmade. The Sari’s were literally a piece of art worn as a dress, cover up, skirt or a scarf. It was definitely a great souvenir for me to take back home to remember a little piece of Bali. (Tank and Shorts: Zara, Shirt: All-Son, Backpack: Alexander Wang)
Can someone please take me back to Bali. I look like crap after spending all morning water river rafting along the scenic Bali river. Please excuse my appearance since every pictures of me is without makeup. Hence the humongous sunglasses that rest upon my cheeks. A problem I have since I could never find sunglasses that fits my face or nose…Asian problems! After spending all morning river rafting and checking out the beautiful waterfalls, my hubby and I decided to wander around other major areas in Bali.
After our long morning workout I was happy that I was able to change into fresh new clothes after being drenched in water from our morning raft. Thank goodness I brought my Lovers + Friend’s Dress because it was perfect for the hot warm weather and the activities ahead of us. Bali is packed with markets on every corner filled with beautiful jewelry, wooden art work, saris, clothes and cool looking bags. I think I may have driven my husband nuts by wanting to check out every single jewelry stand they had, which let me tell you, is A LOT. The market is a great place for those who are bargain shoppers and who are great at haggling on prices. What’s the best way to end the day in Bali? An elephant ride while touring the jungle of Bali. It was one of the my best days ever. (Dress: Lovers + Friends, Jacket: All-Son, Shorts: Zara, Backpack: Alexander Wang, Sunglasses: Tom Ford)
Hello Singapore! Another visit to Singapore with the hubby while he’s at work so I could get familiar with the area. It’s a good thing since we’ll be moving to Singapore by summer. It’s crazy that its been over 6 months since we moved abroad to Malaysia and will soon relocated to Singapore. Thank goodness hubby and I were able to take some pics for the blog prior to grabbing dinner with some friends.
Living in a new country has been an adjustment for me in terms of shopping. I sometimes find it difficult to find stores that I like to shop at, especially in a country I’m not familiar with. So I’m thankful for online shopping. I was able to find my I Love Nuevo York t-shirt on Shopbop. Shopbop has been one of my favorite online retailers so it was relief that they ship overseas. There are not a lot of online stores that deliver to Malaysia but I was thankful that trustee Shopbop ships to Malaysia. My prayers are answered! Thank you!
Alia Bastamam, a Malaysian designer, threw a beautiful party at her new showroom in a swanky neighborhood in Malaysia. She’s a designer known for her bridal collection but also for her ready to wear and made to measure. She finds her inspiration on what she thinks would look great on a woman, but also from designers ranging from Valentino to Stella McCartney. Her clothes are beautiful and whimsical and would look great on any women in all shape and sizes.
When we climbed up the candlelit stairs, the party was definitely in full swing when hubby and I arrived. The dj was spinning soulful house music, food and drinks were being served by waiters and waitresses and everyone was mingling around. It was a lot of fun looking through each room. We got to explore the showroom and words could not describe how beautifully they set it up. This was an event filled with models, designers, socialites and fashion designers coming together to celebrate Alia Bastamam’s new showroom.