Top 5 Travel Essentials for the Stylish Jetsetter

It’s not rocket science to pack like a pro when you travel – but staying chic on-the-go could be a challenge. I’m obsessed with all things cute and awesome (including my travel essentials!). These travel essentials need to be practical and stylish – otherwise, what’s the point? Here are the Top 5 Travel Essentials for the Stylish Jetsetter:

#1: Travel Organizers
If you’re an organizing nazi, you can’t live without these essential organizers from Flight 001. Yes, there is a bag for everything – i.e. lingerie, beachwear, laundry, heels and… STUFF! Best of all, they are all color-coded so you can easily identify what’s what. These nylon bags are light and easy to clean after your travels. Of course, we need travel-sized bottles and jars for our skincare products. The Flight 001 To Go Bottles & Jars are definitely worth the investment!

Shopbop - Flight 001

From left, clockwise: Flight 001 Go Clean Heels Bag (S$37.44 | US$30.00), Go Clean Lingerie Bag (S$24.96 | US$20.00), Go Clean Beach Set  (S$82.38 | US$66.00), Go Clean Stuff Bag (S$19.97 | US$16.00), To Go Bottles & Jars (S$22.47 | US$18.00)

#2: Passport Holder
You NEVER travel without your passport. So, it’s important to dress up your passport in the most stylish passport holder like this luxurious MCM Passport Holder or a cute, affordable Jonathan Adler Stamps Passport Case.

Shopbop - MCM Passport Holder

MCM Passport Holder (S$287.07 | US$230.00)

Shopbop - Jonathan Adler - Kate Spade New York

Jonathan Adler Stamps Passport Case (S$47.43 | US$38.00) & Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Dot Passport Holder (S$97.35 | US$78.00)

#3: The Statement Carry-On Bag
I always believe that if you want to make a statement – do it with your carry-on luggage bag. Be BOLD. Go WILD. Have FUN. Trust me, you will be turning heads at the airports – and it will certainly put a smile on your face!

LeSportsac Fall 2014 - Tumi 'Vapor™' Medium Trip Hard Shell Packing Case

LeSportSac Fall 2014 Rolling Backpack (S$435) available at LeSportsac Boutiques worldwide & Tumi ‘Vapor™’ Medium Trip Hard Shell Packing Case (S$815.26)

#4: The Luggage Tag
It’s all about accessorizing! What better way to make your luggage bags look good than getting a cute luggage tag! You’ll need one anyway to write your name, address and contact details, just in case it goes missing (trust me, it happens alot!). So, don’t forget to tag your bags!

Lulu Guinness Luggage Tags

Lulu Guinness Abstract Face Luggage Tag (S$73.04), Flight 001 ‘Flyin Drunk’ Transparent Rubber Luggage Tag (S$9.59), ASOS Neoprene Watermelon Printed Luggage Tag (S$14.61)

#5: Cute Cosmetic Bag
It’s every female jetsetter must-have: A super-cute cosmetic bag. I like to keep it on my seat pocket – you know, lip balm, facial mist, facial blotters, toothbrush, mints, lipstick, compact powder and every knick-knack you need to keep yourself comfortable throughout the flight.

Shopbop - Cosmetics Pouch

Cath Kidston Classic Box Cosmetic Bag with Nylon Zip (S$29.22), Samudra Electric Beach Electric Coco Pouch (S$81.13 | US$65.00), Catseye London ‘Small Deck Chair Dogs’ Cosmetics Bag (S$20.55), Marc by Marc Jacobs Luna Tarp Fergus Amie Cosmetic Pouch (S$122.32 | US$98.00)

Limited Edition Chow Tai Fook x G-Dragon Collection

CTF x G-Dragon Collection

When K-pop meets BLING. Chow Tai Fook Jewellery collaborates with one of South Korea’s hottest Hallyu star, Kwon Ji Yong a.k.a. G-Dragon for the highly anticipated, limited edition CTF x G-Dragon Collection. Who is G-Dragon? If you’re new to K-pop, Kwon Ji Yong a.k.a. G-Dragon is the leader of Korean hottest boy band, BIG BANG and is well-known for his style and music. Launched in mid-August this year, this exclusive collection features 13 pieces of iconic GD logo and bold jewellery designs including bracelets, anklets and necklaces designed by G-Dragon himself. I guarantee that G-Dragon or BIG BANG fans will go ga-ga over these pieces! Here’s a trivia: Did you know G-Dragon requested for all the prices to end with an “8”? How auspicious!

CTF x G-Dragon Collection is only available for purchase in selected Chow Tai Fook Jewellery stores in Hong Kong and Macau. Prices start from HKD$680. Check out the entire collection here.

CTF x G-Dragon Collection

CTF x G-Dragon Collection: Diamond pendant with necklace in 18K white gold – HKD$16,800CTF x G-Dragon Collection

CTF x G-Dragon Collection: Charm in 10K/417 White Gold (with Red String) – HKD$680

images: Chow Tai Fook

Top 5 Maternity Style Must-Haves

PREGGERS? First of all, congratulations! I’m at the final leg of my pregnancy and I’m already missing my bump! If you are a first-time mum like me, you might be wondering how are you going to style your bump in the upcoming months (without breaking the bank!). Well, it is not as hard as you think it is! You may still wear what you have in your existing wardrobe – with a couple of transition accessories. Of course, mamas-to-be should indulge a little as well (because we deserved it!).

Here is a list of must-haves for your maternity style to keep you chic throughout your pregnancy:

#1: Maternity Jeans/Leggings OR Belly Belt
If you can’t live without your jeans or leggings, you will need to invest in one or two pairs of maternity jeans or leggings. If you wish to continue wearing your current pants, you might want to invest in Belly Belt. But, you will be need the next must-have item to hide this button extender!

Shopbop Maternity Jeans and Leggings

J Brand 34112 Mama J Rail Maternity Jeans (S$310.03 | US$248.40) & David Lerner Maternity Leggings (S$137.29 | US$110.00)

Belly Belt - Breastmates.co.nz

Belly Belt (NZD$36.90)

#2 The Belly Band
This is an essential item for every pregnant woman. I have three belly bands – from Bando Belly Band (available at Mothercare stores and Breastmates.co.nz) as well as H&M. What’s a belly band? Well, it adds length to your existing tops and cover up your unbuttoned pants! It is a great in-between accessory that you can’t live without throughout those 9 months. I totally swear by it!

Bando Belly Band

Bando Belly Band (NZD$32.90)

ASOS Maternity Exclusive Support Shapewear Bump Band For The Perfect Bump

ASOS Maternity Exclusive Support Shapewear Bump Band For The Perfect Bump (SGD$29.22)

#3 The DRESS
Once you hit the final weeks of your 3rd trimester, you don’t really want to wear your leggings and jeans with the baby ‘lightening’ down your pelvic area. The most comfortable piece of clothing at this point is the dress. I’m a big fan of HATCH maternity label by designer Ariane Goldman and Rosie Pope available from Shopbop- if you plan to indulge a little!

Hatch Maternity Clothing

HATCH The Bedford Dress / Tunic (S$259.61 | US$208.00)

Rosie Pope - Shopbop

Rosie Pope Wrap Dress (S$222.16 | US$178.00)  & Long Sleeve Cinch Dress (S$159.76 | US$128.00)

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Shoe-Shopping at Cloggs

SHOES! SHOES! SHOES! Let me introduce you to the online shoe haven, Cloggs that stocks an extensive collection of footwear with over 100 brands and have sold more than a million pairs of shoes worldwide since 1998. You can shop for awesome brands such as Ash, DKNY, Converse, Dr Martens, UGGS, Fitflop, Kickers, Clarks, TOMS, Havaianas, Timberland and many more. I recently ordered a pair of Dr Martens 1461 in Cherry Red and received my order within a week via DHL. And, I love love love my new kicks! This is perfect for keeping my feet warm in the unpredictable Auckland weather. I love how versatile the colour is – it matches almost everything in my wardrobe. I like to jazz it up with cute socks – like this all over watermelon socks from ASOS!

Based in the UK,  Cloggs ships worldwide, offers lifetime returns and great prices. If you’re based in the UK, you can enjoy free next day delivery! Students can enjoy 10% discount (lucky ones!). Check out the Dr Martens new arrivals that might tickle your fancy:

Dr Martens 1461 Womens

Say hello to my new Dr Martens!

CLOGGS - Dr Martens

NEW ARRIVALS! Dr Martens – Castel Womens in Black (£99.99) & Dr Martens – Pastel Womens in Violet (£104.99)

Dr Martens 1460 Womens

NEW ARRIVALS! Dr Martens – 1460 Womens in Black Snake (£109.99) & Dr Martens – 1460 Womens in White Snake (£109.99)

Dr Martens - Cloggs

NEW ARRIVALS! Dr Martens – Kensington Lorne Womens in Cherry Red (£89.99) & Dr Martens – Tahan Womens in Black Snake (£109.99)

images: Cloggs.co.uk

 

First Look: Alexander Wang x H&M

This is a dream collaboration if you secretly love wearing track pants (like all the time). The long-awaited Alexander Wang x H&M collection made its debut on the streets of New York when the one and only, Rihanna was spotted in the crop top and leggings. OH MY. Then, Vogue Netherlands gave us another glimpse into the “Run The World” collection which includes feminine pieces – LBD, cut-out dress, embossed sweater and all things quintessentially WANG. I can’t wait to get my hands on the collection (at H&M prices!).

The collection will be launching at H&M Orchard Building and H&M ION Orchard on 6 November 2014.

Rihanna in Alexander Wang x H&M

Hello Riri!

Alexander Wang x H&M

Alexander Wang x H&M

Alexander Wang x H&M

Alexander Wang x H&M

images: H&M & Vogue Netherlands

10 Stylish Must-Haves for Crazy Cat Lovers

Who LOVES CATS? My hubs and I adopted a white-ish, Siamese-ish cat four years ago, named Coco – after Coco Chanel. She is the cutest and most demanding cat (it’s the truth!) ever. I’ve never had a pet before Coco and trust me, pets are harder work than I thought! By the end of the day, you know it is all worth it when she gently purrs and cuddles at your feet. Naturally, I’m drawn to all things cats. To all you crazy cat ladies out there,, here are my 10 Stylish Must-Haves for Crazy Cat Lovers:

10 Stylish Must-Haves for Cat Lovers

  1. Markus Lupfer Cat Fight iPhone 5 / 5S Case (US$72.00)
  2. Kate Spade New York Cat iPhone 5 Case (US$35.00)
  3. UNIF Do Cats Pray Sleeveless Top (US$65.00)
  4. Charlotte Olympia Capri Cats embroidered rubber flats (50% off £195.02 U.P. £390.03 )
  5. Catbird NYC Sleepy Kitty Studs (US$14.00)
  6. Jonathan Adler Utopia Cat Mug (US$32.00)
  7. Catbird NYC Kitten Keepy Ring Dish (US$22.00)
  8. ASOS Cat Sheer Panel Socks (SGD$12.17)
  9. Yazbukey Black Cat Clutch (US$470.00)
  10. ASOS Cat Print Sunglasses Case (SGD$17.04)

Who shops on their phone? I do! Check out Shopbop’s iPhone app for easy browsing and shopping. Download the app HERE. Enjoy shopping!

Fash-Love: Warby Parker Fall 2014

Warby Parker Fall 2014

NYC-based Warby Parker has been dubbed as the “Netflix of eyewear” by GQ magazine. Founded in 2010, this up and coming eyewear label designs their glasses in-house and sells directly to the customers – hence, the affordable pricing. What’s cool about this brand is their Home-Try-On program in which you can pick five pairs of frames to try  at home for 5 days, free-of-charge. Personally, I love their vintage-styled designs and of course, their “Buy a pair, give a pair” program – for every pair of Warby Parker glasses purchased, another pair will be donated to the needy (just like Toms!) This Fall 2014Warby Parker introduces nine new shapes and two new hues – Striped Pacific and Petal Tortoise. There is something for everyone – scroll down for my fash-picks from this season’s collection.

Warby Parker Fall 2014 collection is available from September 3rd online at www.warbyparker.com and in-stores showroom located in the United States. Prices start from US$95.

Warby Parker Fall 2014

The new Fall 2014 huesAnnette in Petal Tortoise & Hardy in Striped Pacific.

Warby Parker Fall 2014

Fash-Picks: Warby Parker Fall 2014

  1. Annette in Striped Sassafras
  2. Baxter Ti in Whiskey Tortoise
  3. Chandler Ti in Newsprint Grey
  4. Coley in Crystal
  5. Greenleaf in Woodgrain Tortoise
  6. Oliver in Whiskey Tortoise

images: Warby Parker

2014 Unique Celebrity Wedding Dresses

All eyes are on the stars when they walk down the aisle. We want to know what and who they are wearing on their big day. Classic is so 2013. This year, celebrities take it up a few notches by making unique choices for the ‘dress of their lifetime': The Wedding Dress. Here are my picks for the 2014 Unique Celebrity Wedding Dresses:

1. Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace
WOW. Angeline Jolie‘s truly one-of-a-kind Versace wedding dress has to be “the” dress of 2014. Designed by the Donatella Versace and Jolie-Pitt’s children, this traditional “white silk-satin Atelier Versace gown gathered at the bust with elongated train, detailed with the embroidered drawings of her children that got reproduced also on the silk veil. She accessorised her stunning creation wearing a pair of white Versace silk satin pumps.” It may not be a fashion breakthrough, but this is definitely a heartwarming wedding dress that set the bar – real high.

Angelina Jolie's Wedding Dress Angelina Jolie's Wedding Dress

2. Olivia Palermo in Carolina Herrera
You gotta give it to Olivia Palermo for taking fashion risks on her big day. Her 3-piece Carolina Herrera wedding ensemble is “a simple cream cashmere sweater with scattered ostrich feathers and chic white shorts with a full tulle skirt overlay that cinched at the waist in layers of satin and silk and featured a high slit in the front with floral details along the hem.” I don’t even know where to start. Everything about this is modern, fresh and quintessentially, Olivia. I mean cashmere sweater and shorts? So awesome.

Olivia Palermo Wedding Dress

3. Piper Perabo in Michael Kors
Talk about unconventional. Piper Perabo stunned the world in a shimmery silver animal-print Michael Kors gown and gold veil when she wed longtime boyfriend Stephen Kay. Kudos to her for standing out from the sea of ‘white’ and she definitely looked like she had a lot of fun!

Piper Perabo Wedding Dress

4. Kaley Cuoco in Vera Wang
Big Bang Theory’s  Kaley Cuoco is pretty in pink on her big day in her custom “petal pink strapless tulle ball gown with sweetheart neckline, hand gathering detailed bodice and hand appliqué Chantilly lace accents. The veil was a nude tulle veil with petal pink floating hand appliqué Chantilly lace.” Who doesn’t want to get married in PINK?! I do! After Gwen Stefani‘s dip-dyed Dior gown, every girl just went wild for the idea of pink. Well done, Kaley!

Kaley Cuoco Wedding Dress

Bikinis for Every Body Type

It’s bikini season! First of all, do you know which bikini looks best on your body type? Do you want to make your legs look longer? How about slimming those hips? Do you want to hide your muffin top? Well, we have the answers. Before you hit the beach to get your tan, it’s time to reward your body with the right bikini for maximum flattery. You can shop for bikinis online at Zalora.sg or Shopbop.

 #1 Make My Legs Longer!
Guess what? High-waist bikini bottoms make your legs look longer. If you have a long torso, this style is a great choice.

Bikinis for Every Body Type

  1. Nilos Beachwear Tu Uma Set (S$209.00)
  2. Michael Kors Collection Garden Club Solids Bikini (US$770.00)

#2 Love Your Curves!
Keep your bikini tops in solid color or small print. For best support, pick a bikini top with underwire, thick chest band or halter style. Stay away from stringy bikini tops!

Bikinis for Every Body Type

  1. Nilos Beachwear Kaula Top (S$129.00)
  2. Bella Kini Fixed Halter Set (S$59.90)

#3 Bigger Boobs, please?
You can create an optical illusion by picking the right bikini top. For the small bust, pick a tie-front bikini top to draw your breasts together – ultimately, bigger boobs. No surgery needed.

Bikinis for Every Body Type

  1. Lolli Zanny Bandeau Bikini Top (US$80.00)
  2. Funfit Polka Dot Push-up Bikini Set (S$45.00)

#4 Hide My Belly!
Nothing hides your belly like a one-piece swimsuit. Otherwise, monokini would be perfect. It would be best to pick a dark, solid colour but I don’t believe in this rule. Let’s go wild!

Bikinis for Every Body Type

  1. We Are Handsome The Bella Vista Racer One Piece Swimsuit (US$297.00)
  2. Bella Kini Monokini Diva (S$109.00)

#5 Slim My Hips!
For the pear-shaped ladies, you can slim your hips by boosting your boobs with a bandeau top. Go for ruffles or details! It’s all about proportions. Otherwise, try a tankini to highlight your waist rather than your hips.

Bikinis for Every Body Type

  1. RIVER ISLAND Floral Print Bandeau Bikini Top (S$34.90)
  2. Zinke Reese Bandeau Bikini Top (US$93.00)

It’s time to shop, shop, shop! Enjoy 15% discount if you shop the above swimwear at Zalora.sg by entering the discount code ZAXWEN15 when you check out.

Now, put on your bikini and hit the beach!

Fall 2014: “Back To School” Campus Style

This Fall, it’s time for an upgrade (gosh, wardrobe overhaul please!). Who doesn’t love new campus gear to kick start a brand new semester? Shopbop has an awesome selection of Back To School” campus styles and of course, ASOS always have something affordable for those on a budget. Here is the key to your ultimate Campus Style:

  • Pick statement pieces or conversation pieces – get your friends talking about it! Like an awesome iPhone/Android case.
  • You can never go wrong with a basics (i.e. classic cross body bag, tank tops, sweaters & sneakers). Love Superga!
  • Play with colours – hey, it’s school and there are no rules against fashion!

Shopbop "Back To School" Campus Style

  1. Sea Trouble Sweatshirt (US$195.00)
  2. Tory Burch Modern T Sunglasses (US$165.00)
  3. Madewell Twin Pouch Cross Body Bag (US$138.00)
  4. Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Mid Volume Backpack (US$55.00)
  5. McQ – Alexander McQueen Manga Scarf (US$185.00)
  6. Superga The Man Repeller x Superga Satin Classic (US$125.00)
  7. Zero Gravity Lil Picasso iPhone 5 / 5S Case (US$24.00)

ASOS "Back To School" Campus Style

  1. Eleven Paris Sweatshirt with All Over Minnie and Mickey (SGD$148.52)
  2. ASOS Sushi Socks (SGD$7.43)
  3. Paperchase 5 Pack Cat Highlighter Pens (SGD$7.43)
  4. Criminal Damage Checked Shirt With Back Number Detail (SGD$111.39)
  5. Casio LA680WEGA Mini Digital Gold Watch (SGD$136.15)
  6. NARSissist Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette (SGD$123.77)
  7. ALDO Kingarett Backpack (SGD$111.39)
  8. ASOS ADRIFT Cut Out Ankle Boots (SGD$86.64)

images: Shopbop & ASOS

Best Dressed: 2014 Emmy Awards

It’s TV’s biggest night out and Hollywood stars are all decked out in their finest designer creations for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards. The best thing about the Emmys unlike the Oscars  or the Golden Globes – stars can take risks. This year, get ready for a red carpet confetti of reds, whites, sparkles and plenty of stye surprises from our favourites.

2014 Emmy Awards: Claire Danes

RED is definitely a hot colour of the night: Claire Danes sizzles in this Givenchy Haute Couture dress with an amazing embellished neckline.

2014 Emmy Awards: Michelle Dockery

Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery definitely knows how to turn heads with this indie surprise! I love everything about this Rosie Assoulin gown. Bravo!

2014 Emmy Awards: Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts  doesn’t hide her greatest assets – those legs! Love how she is taking fashion risks with this Elie Saab short dress (once again, those legs!).

2014 Emmy Awards: Kerry Washington

Orange is the new black, huh. Kerry Washington stuns in this Prada column creation with a mini underskirt (hello!).

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Best Dressed: 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

The hottest, most-talkabout names in music hit the red carpet at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards earlier today – Beyonce, Katy Perry, Nicki MinajTaylor Swift, Miley Cyrus  – just to name a few. Who gives a damn about Nicki Minaj‘s butt? The most endearing moment is Beyonce tearing up on stage when Blue Ivy Carter and Jay-Z presented her the MTV Vanguard Award. Today, we see a sea of black (you can’t go wrong with that!) and crop tops. Here are my favourites from today’s red carpet at the VMAs:

2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Beyonce

Holy Mama! Beyonce  strut down the red carpet in a figure-hugging lace gown with peek-a-boo details by Nicolas Jebran. The Queen B doesn’t disappoint!

2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Katy Perry

#throwback to 2001! Katy Perry pays homage to Britney Spear’s denim ensemble – total genius! Thank you, Versace!

2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea plays it cool in this shiny silver Atelier Versace gown and love, love, love the slick-back hair!

2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Miley Cyrus

HAWT. Miley Cyrus kept her VMA look simple and chic in this Alexandre Vauthier black bandeau top and high-waisted leather pants.

2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Jennifer Lopez

Give it to Jennifer Lopez to stand out amongst the 20 and 30-somethings and show them how the red carpet is done in this glittery Charbel Zoe cut-out gown.

2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Taylor Swift

WOW. Taylor Swift shows off her legs in this super hot jumpsuit by Mary Katrantzou, with Elie Saab heels. For once, she knows how to surprise us and have some fun!

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