Friday, July 25, 2014

The Scent of Modern Muse / Be An Inspiration

I remember when I was about 11 years old in primary school I used to sneak into my mother’s room and check out her collection of perfumes and steal some. By steal, I mean I choose what I like and I sprayed it all over me.

My favourite fragrances to steal from my mother’s dressing table were the ones from Estee Lauder. Of course she would know right after I sprayed them on me because of the smell that is all so familiar to her. One day, she gave me Pleasures from Estee Lauder as a birthday gift and I loved it very much.

So, when I was invited to the launch of Estee Lauder’s new fragrance I was so excited to go.

“A Modern Muse is strong and confident, enhanced by her own intrinsic femininity and individual style. She is the heroine of her own life, always following her own instinct. She is an independent spirit who possesses a natural magnetism that draws people in, inspires them with her smile, and speaks to them without saying a word. She is memorable, a force of creative energy, a true inspiration to others.”
Reading that makes me feel like I want to be a Modern Muse!

It’s been 10 years since the last launch of a major fragrance by Estee Lauder so I looked forward to smell the new fragrance. Unfortunately, the launch fell on a day when I was in a country far away from Malaysia. Last Friday. So, I couldn’t attend the event.

However, surprise surprise : ) I managed to bag one bottle of the new fragrance as soon as I was back in Kuala Lumpur.  Yay.

First of all, I love the sleek and modern packaging. It was presented in a lovely blush pink paperbag with deep navy blue ribbons. The pink gives a soft and feminine aura while the navy blue gives an aura of strength and confidence. Dramatic and classy. That’s how I feel about it.

Packaging is very important don’t you think? When I opened the same coloured carton in the paper bag I found a card in it.

To my excitement, I saw Natalia Vodianova as the face on the note inside the box! I have loved her since the first time I saw her many, many years ago. She’s beautiful.

Here’s the gorgeous campaign picture. I just love it so much! It was shot at Guggenheim museum.


She looks a little different in the awesome and captivating campaign video which you can see in the Modern Muse website

I googled about the face of the Modern Muse fragrance. It is not Natalia Vodianova! My bad! She really looks like her. Especially from the campaign photo!

Anyways, do watch it! I love the video.

The face and spokesmodel of the new fragrance is actually the model, Arizona Muse. She is so gorgeous! She looks smart and super confident in the video.

Glad I wasn’t the only one who thinks that she resembles Natalia. I’m not alone in this because Anna Wintour thinks so too!

Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of U.S Vogue said:

"When I look at Arizona, I see shadows of Linda Evangelista and Natalia Vodianova, but most of all I see her, a gorgeous, smart, grown-up. And how could anyone resist someone with that name?".

Now we know that Estée Lauder couldn't.

So, 25-year old supermodel and mother to her 4-year old son Nikko, Arizona Muse is the face of Estée Lauder's new fragrance Modern Muse.

So, anyways, after being impressed with the packaging, I quickly tried the fragrance on and sprayed it on my right wrist and gently warm them on my left wrist. That is how you usually do it too right?

Verdict? Not like something I’ve ever smelt before. It is unique and it smells lovely.

The husband loved it too. Now, that’s important!

It’s a strong scent, musky, yet soft and it does makes me feel stronger and confident. Because the strong scent is also really long-lasting. The first time I wore it 2 days ago, it lasted throughout the whole day.

With the tagline ‘Be an inspiration’, Modern Muse aims to appeal to and represent ‘the intriguing duality of today’s woman’. According to Estée Lauder the modern muse is ‘the heroine of her own life, always following her own instinct’. The modern muse certainly isn’t flashy; she has a more subtle charm:
“She is an independent spirit who possesses a natural magnetism that draws people in, inspires them with her smile, and speaks to them without saying a word.”
(From here )

“Modern Muse, a new fragrance that is inspired by the intriguing duality of today’s woman and complements every aspect of her dynamic life. This fragrance captures the essence of a Modern Muse with a Lush Floral Woody scent, a true statement in modern luxury that conveys confidence, style and creativity with a modern, youthful attitude.

Composed of subtle contrasts and bold contradictions, Modern Muse reveals layers of strength and softness in an appealing creative tension. Its innovative “dual-impression” structure invites women to connect with the fragrance through two contrasting aspects: Sparkling Jasmine Accord and Sleek Woods Accord.”

Here’s me trying to pose with my bottle of Modern Muse. I’m wearing my new satin silk scarf from dUCkscarves.

Interested in winning a Modern Muse gift set worth RM620? You can join the Instagram #mymodernmuse contest by hashtagging your pictures of your Modern Muse!

Anyways, I have some good news to you fragrance lovers.

I will also be giving away 5 bottles of Modern Muse.

How to enter the giveaway?

Just leave a comment below with your name, e-mail and blog link (optional) and tell me why would you like a bottle of Modern Muse. Then, post a photo on Instagram of or with the Modern Muse with the hashtag #mymodernmuse #rNadiaMMM

What are you waiting for?

Go to the mall and go check it out! Smell the perfume for yourself and you might just win this perfume for yourself!! Good luck everyone!

Don't forget to hashtag #mymodernmuse #rNadiaMMM 


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Back Alley

Hello dear readers.

I can't believe it's almost the end of Ramadhan already! It will be so hard to say goodbye to this beautiful month. The blessed month of forgiveness. 

Anyway, I love that nowadays I can wear whatever I like to work! I'm wearing this straight cut purple skirt featuring side pockets with PU leather trimmings. The pockets are a plus for me. I can even put my handphone it it! 

Somehow the leather trimmings made me feel like the motorcycle background is just appropriate.

Leather and motorbikes. Get it?

Random. :p 

As for the dropped shoulder top, I know I will be wearing it a lot because it is just supercomfy. I am pretty sure you can tell from the pictures.

Enjoy your last days of fasting! Three more days till Raya! :D

Outfit details :

Shawl Paripari Shawls gifted by Hasanah Hilmi

Location : Bukit Damansara
Photographer : Farid Rosli


Wednesday, July 23, 2014


In my post Monochromatic Teratai, I mentioned that I was about to attend a press event for a launch of a video campaign. So here is the event I wrote about earlier.

The event was held at Symphony Lake Suite and it was the first time I’ve been there. It’s a nice beautiful place with natural sunlight lighting up that day. Since I arrived at 2pm, I was quite early so I managed to get the best seat at the second row at the beautiful hall (the first row was reserved for PETRONAS representatives). Even though I live not very far from the KLCC or PETRONAS Twin Towers, I don’t usually take photos of the building. But since I had a little time to spare, I took some shots of Malaysia’s pride, the KLCC.

The event was in conjunction with PETRONAS launching its much anticipated Hari Raya campaign to celebrate the upcoming Raya Aidilfitri celebration. The event hall was tastefully decorated with raya props to give that raya feel. They did a good job!

Reflect on yesterday. Live for today. Hope for tomorrow.”

For the past few years, I’ve always looked forward to see PETRONAS raya videos as the ads were always heartfelt and touched my soul. I know a lot of other people who feel the same way too and during raya there’s always a discussion of “have you seen this year’s PETRONAS raya ad?” That’s how deep PETRONAS has touched Malaysians. So who wouldn’t want to know what video they would want to come out next?

Anyway, before the screening, I saw people lining up to take photos with a little pretty girl, but I didn’t know who she was.

After they screened the video for us, I immediately recognized who the girl was. Right after the screening, I went to her and asked her name and her age. Her name is Dania Erisha (she spelt it out for me too) and she is 8-years old. She is just so adorable and I kept on going to her and took lots of photos and selfus with her who was just enthusiastic and happily obliged. Just a pleasant, smiley  and very friendly kid. No wonder they took her for the web-film. She is going to be a star, if she isn’t one already.

Back to the raya video, do you know which one is my favourite part? (Don’t read this part if you haven’t seen the video.) It is the part when Ani turns into an adult while seeking forgiveness from her parents. That just gets to me. How we do it, seeking forgiveness from those closest to us, our family, year in year out during raya aidilfitri. For me that part has always been an emotional part of raya.

“Home is where the heart is” is the inspiration for the web film. Norliza Kamaruddin, the PETRONAS Senior General Manager, Group Strategic Communications said  “It tells a humble story about the noble values we learn from our parents and the values we pass on to our children through age-old family traditions”.

She also mentioned about the Sentuhan Kasih Programme done by PETRONAS to reach out to the less fortunate single mothers and also (this my husband will love!) announced free coffee and snacks at some PETRONAS stations for this raya.

So did you like this year’s PETRONAS raya ad? Which one was your favourite? Let me know.

In the spirit of raya, I seek forgiveness from all of you. Enjoy preparing for Raya. Only a few days left! Have a blessed one.

Peace & Love!