Sunday, April 26, 2015

Vintage Treasures

Today, was a lovely day :) I went to a vintage shop, Hariz Vintage in Publika just before a lunch date with kneok. I haven't been there for quite a while so I was just looking around and kneok was snapping some photos of the items I liked. I love being surrounded by items which have stories behind them.

As I was walking and looking around I found a treasure! A real gem!  A poster of one of my favourite ever paintings by the great Salvador Dali. I smiled the biggest smile and told kneok I just had to have it! I was so excited I felt like jumping before realizing that I couldn't. (I'm recovering from a 4-wisdom teeth surgery and a sprained ankle as I fell down the stairs but I'm getting much much better). The simplest thing that I love can bring so much joy!!!

I'm sure you know that feeling when you were just browsing through and window shopping and suddenly you found something that you really love and couldn't resist buying?? Yes, I was feeling exactly that! I blogged about the painting when I just started to blog 6 years ago. See my 2009 post : Persistence of Memory

This is what Iove about going to shops like this. You don't know what to expect. Suddenly, you might be surprised by finding things that only you would love so much! An attached memory, or something bringing you back to your childhood. Of course, sometimes you won't find anything you like, sometimes you will. But looking through vintage stuffs and browsing them brings us back to a different time, place and culture. It's really an amazing feeling which you can only experience when you do it.

Some of you might know that I love and appreciate vintage items. You've seen me in vintage bags and outfits before, though I like to spice it up with new things, new outfits, different colours, to come up with a different look. One thing about vintage items is that 99% of the time you know no one else will have it. So to me, it adds a uniqueness that no money can buy.

A vintage item that turns into a classic item is valuable. Because it means that the beauty is timeless. It manages to stay true through the test of time. Vintage items have soul, have their own story to tell and have managed to survive to tell it. Whatever the beautiful flaws to it makes it even more valuable compared to the manufactured perfection of a new product. (See my post : Imperfections are Beauteous)

Some of us might not realise it, but even if we don't wear vintage items, we have actually been inspired by a vintage item or a vintage look at some point in time. and I'm not just talking about fashion. The arts. Movies, music, visual arts and theatres are all inspired by the cycle of timeless taste at some point or the other. In fashion, vintage looks make a comeback allll the time. It evolves. It returns.

My mom always passes down to me items she wore more than 20 years ago. It's vintage and I love it because I get to play mix and match them together with my new fashion items. I like the fact that when I feel like I have nothing to wear, I can just go and rummage through my mother's wardrobe and get creative. It's a satisfaction when I get to find stuffs 20 years ago that I can still wear and still in fashion now. With what I am doing now with aere, I hope that the pieces will be a classic and maybe 20 to 100 years down the line people can still use it and call it a vintage aere item! Haha.

In fact, it was a coincidence that I was wearing my mom's vintage handbag today too. I was also wearing a batik skirt by BatikabyHudaa. Batik skirts are also timeless classics from the olden days which still remains relevant even today. (Will blog about my look today soon so that you can see how I mix and match new and vintage items. Wearing @chiqueveils and Thesut top from FV)

My appreciation towards vintage items and antiques came from my dad. When I was little he would always bring me to different places selling antiques and vintage items. When we were travelling overseas, he will bring me to those places too.

I love the feeling of finding something valuable for much much less. You know the value is very high and because you can't find it anywhere else or because of it's rarity, you know its very valuable but when you find a bargain you know you have to get it! 

Oh, by the way. I got to purchase the Dali poster at a 50 percent discount because they're having a 50 percent discount off all items! I can't be more happier! What a bargain?! I'll surely drop by again before the sale at Hariz Vintage shop ends this 5th of May 2015.

Hariz Vintage sells vintage and collectible items including framed old movie posters, European social posters, rare old photos, vintage furniture items, old wooden doors, vintage and old textiles (old Malay songket), old Malay sarong including batik sarong, batik lepas, vintage kebaya, art books and some decorative art.

So if you are interested in culture, a vintage lover and appreciate the artsy side of this life go follow Hariz Vintage at Facebook to stay tuned for updates. In the meantime, go drop by an enjoy a 50 percent discount on all items as they are having a relocation sale!

As for now, their address is Lot 24, Level G2, Publika Shopping Gallery, No.1, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Email :

Go check them out if you are at Publika KL. 


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bestnya Bersama Music Festival

It was because of my belief that more and more people are now starting to appreciate and celebrate local talents in all areas that I also decided to also plunge into the fashion business not so long ago. And Alhamdulillah, you might be surprised to find out that since I set up my brand. I’ve been getting a lot of help and support, especially from big organizations and from those who are really pushing for new talents to shine for our future.

On a similar note, although it’s not fashion-related, it was also very refreshing for me personally to hear about the Bestnya Bersama “A” Music Festival held by Samsung Malaysia on 14-3-2015 to showcase local and up-coming talented singers as the front liners – including Izzue Islam, Najwa Latiff, Liyana, Ke Qing, Paperplane Persuit, An Honest Mistake and Shawn Lee. Samsung really went all out to provide a platform and gather an array of multi-talented local artistes of different genres to show us true Bestnya Bersama collaboration stages. The local artistes need every single support we can get. I really wished I could’ve gone to the concert. But even though I didn’t go, I was still able to get the glimpse of the Bestnya Bersama spirit from Samsung’s YouTube channel . Go check it out to see how our Malaysian boys and girls united to celebrate togetherness with this catchy song called “Bestnya Bersama”.

The artistes also formed the ‘Samsung A Team’ and have been the active ambassadors of the newly launched Samsung GALAXY A smartphones which I blogged about on my earlier post: The Love of Galaxy. You know, where I attended the launch of the cool phone with the Wide Selfie feature up to 120°. I still haven’t seen any other phone that could take selfies like the one in my previous post! The quality of the pictures were stunning too – as you can see in the previous posting – with its 5MP front camera, selfies are no longer grainy and of low quality. The flawless picture was also an awesome product from their Beauty Face feature – with that, everyone can look gorgeous instantly in any selfies! Oh and not to forget the Palm Selfie feature – now, all you need to do to take a good selfie is to just show your palm to the camera without taping on the capture button! And guessed what’s more interesting? Samsung Galaxy A5 has this new feature called Animated Selfie, where you can take up to 20 continuous photos which can be shared as gif file. Try out this cool feature for yourselves and watch all your pictures coming alive. We had fun trying them out earlier during the launch, and we had a lot of fun.

Besides all those amazing camera features, the design of Samsung GALAXY A is absolutely stunning.  In fact, its slim & sleek full-metal design is still the hottest talked-about phone amongst my friends .The GALAXY A comes in 4 dazzling colours – Gold, Silver, White & Black –, to match all your style and taste! Like what I said before in the previous posting, the sleek design will definitely act as a trendy accessory to any of the outfit. Here are a few example outfits that I can think of already!

If you haven’t had a chance to explore the phone yet, go to to quickly check it out, or visit the nearest Samsung outlet to try out all the wonderful features I just mentioned!

Well, to conclude, congrats to the ‘Samsung A team’ for rocking the concert and thanks for truly uniting us together with your mind-blowing Bestnya Bersama collaboration performances!


Friday, April 17, 2015

KL City Oxblood

Managed to get my hands on the black KL City Scarf from dUCkscarves that everyone went crazy about! This is the full look I wore  to the Sekuntum Mawar Merah theatre which I blogged awhile back. Paired the scarf with aere's OLIVA top together with my husband's pants. (Yes, I can wear my husband's pants. Not the other way around though)

I created the OLIVA as a comfy, no-need-to-think staple top that I can wear daily to work, without looking lazy. The fabric also is luxe enough to make it look good on its own. 

Shea Rasol captured all the photos above and I miss us taking photos of each other!

I also miss drinking through a straw right now as I just had surgery to remove all 4 of my wisdom tests 2 days ago.

Outfit Details :
KL City scarf from dUCkscarves
OLIVA Oversized Buttoned Cuffs Top in Oxblood from aere