Monday, 30 May 2011

Boyfriend's birthday

Cream lace dress: Asia Fashion Wholesale
Crochet waistcoat: AX Paris
NOT Chanel handbag: Blogshop
Rings: Handmade by the boyf

My boyfriend's birthday fell right smack in the middle of my exams and sadly, I couldn't really do anything to celebrate it. I did surprise him with presents and a cake, at midnight, though.

To make it up, I surprised him again a few days later. This time, I took him all the way to Manchester (which is about an hour's train ride away) for a special Malaysian meal he has been craving for since...forever. Sadly, Malaysian food is very hard to come by in most parts of the UK and our little city doesn't offer it either.

He had no clue whatsoever and thought we were just heading to town. As soon as he got on the train and found out we were heading to Manchester, he started making wild guesses (jokingly), "Oh, oh, are we going to so-and-so's house? Is that where the surprise is?", "Is so-and-so waiting at the station?" and "Oh, did you get tickets to Wembley?" (it was the Champions League final between Man United and Barcelona the next day). My boyfriend is a HUGE fan of Man United. But heck no, the tickets for that game cost hundreds of pounds and besides, they were long sold out!

Anywayz,  so I said, " Hey, you're hyping up your surprise so much that when you actually arrive, you're going to be disappointed " Haha...that shut him up. But no, he was really happy that I was bringing him on this secret adventure.

The outfit above was what I wore for the dinner. Sorry about the cartoon face, I was in a hurry and the lighting, angle and expression is just all wrong.

Did you recognize the dress? Yep, it's the one from my AFW haul. Actually, upon wearing it again, the inner lining is actually very short, so I had to wear a full slip underneath. I've amended my rating and my review in the original post. Still, it's quite a lovely dress.

Ah, but wait. There was a 3rd surprise! The very next day, I got a bunch of our friends to come over and we surprised my boyfriend again with yet another birthday cake. This was kind of an epic fail because he bumped into them before we could set up the cake and stuff hahaha

So there, 3 surprises in all. Not too shabby, eyh? :)

Sunday, 29 May 2011

My new tights

Hiya! Thanks for reading and commenting on my AFW haul. I'll be answering your questions in a bit :)

Also, since there's quite a lot of interest, I'm thinking of writing up a proper review and sort of guide-to-shopping on AFW. It will probably be my thoughts on the items after a few washes (and if they fell apart in the middle of a lunch party or something). And I would blog about how I selected my items and what to avoid.
I know many of you ladies are now very excited to buy from them, but I must say here that I was really lucky with my batch because clothing wholesale websites generally get bad rep. So if you're interested and would like to see whether it's really worth buying from them, keep a lookout for my post soon!

 Polka-dotted dress with peter pan collar: New Look (eBay)
Skinny leather belt: H&M
Bow suspender tights: Pamela Mann
Rhinestone heart cocktail ring:
Owl ring: H&M
Double-finger key ring: Accessorize

Can I just say that I am absolutely in love with these Pamela Mann tights! Cute with just a little bit of sexy. I cannot believe I've gone so long without buying these beautiful tights. How did I live without them?? Ok, I'm exaggerating a wee bit, but trust me, they're gorgeous. If you haven't already, go get a pair!

Friday, 27 May 2011

Asia Fashion Wholesale haul

Here's my haul from Asia Fashion Wholesale (AFW)!

*Ratings are based on the quality, the price and how much I like the item.
When reviewing, I keep in mind how much I paid for the item and if the material/workmanship (a few loose threads are not a problem to me) is worth it. Then, I think about whether the item is actually wearable.
The original stock photos are on the left and my photos are on the right*
UPDATED: I'm 161cm (5' 3")

[Stock photos credit:]
I have been looking for a long-sleeved, off-shouldered sweater for a while now and was about to buy this exact same one on eBay, when I spotted it on AFW. Good thing I waited because the one on eBay was much more expensive.
Rating: 9/10
Review: This sweater looks exactly like the picture. The material's just okay. It's very light and thin which makes it very comfortable to wear. I'll have to wear a vest inside, though. It's supposed to be loose-fit, so no problems with the sizing.
UPDATE: I wore it here*click*

Rating: 8/10
Review: This lace maxi dress looks pretty much like the picture. Pretty good material. The lace is quite pretty. It has an inner lining although I'm not sure why it stops just below the knee. The dress itself reaches just above my ankles. Personally, I would have preferred it to be a bit longer. The top part is stretchable so no problems with the sizing.
One complaint though is that due to the packing, the feathers were crumpled and doesn't look quite as nice as it should. Also (not really a complaint, but more of a personal preference), the straps do not come with any buckles. You're meant to tie it on your own, but I'm always worried about straps like that coming undone.

Rating: 9/10
Review: This maxi dress looks pretty much like the picture. Very good material. It has an inner lining which stops below the knee. I'm not sure how tall the model is, but for me, the dress itself falls above my ankles. It would have been prettier if it were just an inch or two longer. The top part is stretchable so no problems with the sizing.
UPDATE: I wore it here*click*

Not sure why the dress looks quite short in the picture, but in real life, the length is fine.
Rating: 8/10
Review: This lace cream dress looks exactly like the picture. Decent material. The dress is supposed to be a little bit flowy, so the fitting is fine.
One complaint is that the inner lining is too short. It's also a bit sheer.
UPDATE: I wore it here*click*

This dress is SO pretty!
Rating: 8/10
Review: This red polka-dotted vintage style dress is exactly like the picture. Very good chiffon-y material. Very flowy, very comfortable. The waist and sleeves are stretchable and fits me well.
One complaint is that the inner lining is too short. I may have to wear a happy slip (*high five* to those who know what I'm talking about) underneath.
UPDATE: I wore it here*click* and here*click*

Oh my God, I LOVE this dress! Yes, it's basically the same as the dress above, only with long sleeves.
Rating: 10/10
Review: This green polka-dotted vintage style dress is exactly like the picture. Very good chiffon-y material. Very flowy, very comfortable. The waist and cuffs are stretchable and fits me well.
UPDATE: I wore it here*click*

This is the most dissapointing out of the bunch.
Rating: 4/10
Review: This pink tulle skirt looks pretty much like the picture. The satin material inside is very comfortable and the tulle outside isn't the stiff, itchy kind. The waist, though stretchable, is a little bit tight on me, but not too uncomfortable.
However, the skirt is kind of sheer even with the satin lining inside. Another major complaint is that the skirt has sewing defects. Please refer to the picture below.

The seams are inside-out!! And there are 3 seams!! It is quite noticeable, but still wearable, I suppose. It's still a defect, nonetheless. I docked off quite a lot of marks for that.

This is how they packed the clothes. Each piece is in its individual plastic wrapper. No frills, but that's fine with me considering how ridiculously cheap the prices were. The package took nearly two weeks to arrive, but that's normal considering it's posted all the way from China (to the UK).

All in all, I'm very happy with my purchases. Nearly everything was exactly what I had expected (I must add I've very reasonable expectations) and the quality of the items aren't too bad at all. For the price I paid, I really only have good things to say about AFW.

Total paid for all 7 pieces (including postage): £47.06!!
That means that each piece is slightly less than £7!!!

Have you purchased anything from clothing wholesale websites before?

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Oh Mickey, you're so fine

Polka-dotted dress: Dahlia (eBay)

I wore this to a friend's Disney-themed birthday party on Friday. Can you guess who I went as? The title of this post is a dead giveaway, really...

Yes, I'm Mickey's girlfriend, Minnie Mouse! Hahaha...I tried very hard. Do you like how I did my hair? Too bad it unravelled within 10 minutes. I didn't have any hair spray to make it stay in place. Boo.

The ribbon is actually my fringe holder thingamajig.

Please bear with my lack of updates, I'm in the midst of exams and I had a ton of deadlines the past few weeks. I'll post loads once this exhausting period is over.

Monday, 16 May 2011

One Lovely Blog Award

Repost: Blogger has been having issues for the last few days and in the midst of the "chaos", the original One Lovely Blog Award post was deleted. I am now putting it up again, but I've lost all your lovely comments on the original post :(
I would like to apologize to my fellow bloggers whom I've notified about this blog/tag award before the technical failure. Sorry if you dropped by only to find my London posts. Sowee!

The very pretty Jane at Love Makes The Girl has kindly passed this blog/tag award to me. Thank you so much, dearie!
You guys MUST check out her blog! She has got mad skills in sewing and I'm always in awe of her creations.

I have also been awarded the same award by:
Laura from StyLAURistA

Rules of the award:
1) Thank the person who gave you the award
2) List 7 facts about you
3) Pass the award along to 15 bloggers

Alright, so instead of 7 facts about me, I thought I'd put up the last 7 items I received in the post. It's a bit random, I know, but then I figured you can find out a little bit about me by peeking into my post. No don't worry, I'm not going to bore you with my bills.
Sorry for breaking the rules, but that's what rules are meant for, right? Yes, you can tell I'm a total rebel. Sometimes, I cross the road without first looking left and right. Live life on the edge, that's me. *jokes, incase no one gets my humour*

[Pic credit: Panasonic]
1) Panasonic Lumix LX5
- best investment ever!
[Pic credit: Superheadz]
2) Superheadz Slim Pink Dress
- second hand

[Pic credit: Lomography]
3) Diana Mini with flash
- brand new, yet half-price on eBay!

[Pic credit: Amazon]
4) Hama Star 61 tripod
- my point and shoot looks silly on this huge thing

[Pic credit: ASOS]
5) ASOS jewellery
- got lured in by the sale

[Pic credit: timtimng on eBay]
6) Dotting tools

[Pic credit: 1goway on eBay]
7) Facial cleansing silicon pad

All these were received in the last 2 months, so yes, I'm pretty much broke now :(

I would like to pass this on to the following owners of lovely blogs:
Gloria of Dolce Smile
Nic Nic of bang bang she shoots
Mae Lu of thereafterish.
Jessy of The Little Dust Princess
Mei of Ice Pandora
Anna of Milk & Mookies
Peh Sun of Squeeze the Pug
Sharonlei of elisharon
Elisa of Memorable days
Chyrel of The Fiction I Live
Memosne of fa fo fi
Rinny of Rinny's Beauty Diary
Jo of Jo's Jumbled Jardiniere
Shasie of Live Life in Style
Abby of dirtontherocks

Monday, 9 May 2011

London (Part 4)

Red bowler hat: Camden Market, London
Cardigan: Shout, Manchester 
White blouse: Primark
Skirt: Bershka
Bow ring: Primark
Alexa-inspired satchel: Blogshop
Silk scarf (tied on to satchel): Random souvenir store in Paris

Saturday, 7 May 2011

London (Part 3: Royal Wedding)

As you may or may not know, one of the reasons I went down to London was to attend (ah, I use that term loosely) the Royal Wedding.

*cue rolling eyes*

I know, I know, everyone and their grandmother's cat have moved on already and this joyous piece of news is now so five years ago. But hey, I did not wake up at 6am to rush to the Buckingham Palace and wait for hours just so my photos can sit inside my hard disk and be forgotten. So allow me...

Despite my initial neutral attitude about the whole thing, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I'm so glad I hauled my ass up to be there on that special day. I'm certainly no royalist, but it isn't everyday you get to see a Prince marry the love of his life.

People may have different opinions regarding the spending on the wedding, but I can tell you that the atmosphere there was amazing! Everyone was in such good spirits; there was so much positivity in the air! For just one day, everyone put aside their worries and basked in the happiness of the newlyweds. I think it was great that Great Britain had a reason to celebrate. It was just wonderful to see people celebrating!

I'm sure even the most grumpy person will have to admit the wedding was beautiful. William and Catherine looked so in love and they seemed genuinely happy it was their big day instead of being caught up in the stress of formalities and such.

I'm so happy I was one of a million "guests" that day.

1) Horse-drawn carriage. I don't believe in fairy tales, but this is really something

2) Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip

3) The Balcony Kiss

4) Chinatown arch

5) Mini structure of the Royal Wedding at Legoland, Windsor

6) Limited edition Oyster card

7) Funny tote bag from Trocadero

8) Cheeky

9) My Royal Wedding souvenir. To be honest, a lot of the wedding souvenirs were cheaply made and the print job on some of them were appalling. I'll probably wait until they use the official wedding photos for a new batch of souvenirs to get some.

There isn't a picture of my outfit in this post because I would look horrible next to a picture of the beautiful Catherine "can't call her Kate anymore", Duchess of Cambridge.

[Pic credit:]

How stunning was Catherine in that Sarah Burton dress! I disagree with those who said it was too conservative; I think Catherine looks the picture of elegance and that plunging neckline gave off just the right amount of sexiness. The lacework, of course, was gorgeous! Love it!!

Did you like her dress? 

P/S: Pictures are numbered for commenting convenience

Thursday, 5 May 2011

London (Part 2)

Red bowler hat: Camden Market, London
Biker jacket: H&M
Cardigan: Shout, Manchester
Floral dress: Portobello Market, London
Faux fur fox tail: H&M
Alexa-inspired satchel: Blogshop

Whenever I'm in London, I always try to schedule a trip to Camden Market. It's a quirky place that satisfies all the 4 S's; sight, sound, smell, shop. The whole place is so colourful and you see all sorts of interesting people there, from punk rockers to vintage girls. There'd be reggae music blasting out of someone's speakers in one corner and indie music coming from another. Further along, the yummy aroma that wafts from the international food stalls is enough to make anyone drool. However, the best bit here is the shopping. It kinda reminds me of Bangkok's Jatujak market.

1. Beer bottle clocks

2. Pwetty necklaces

3. Cameo necklaces

4. Toothpaste tissue boxes

5. Vinyl

6. Vintage suitcases

7. My new red bowler hat

8. In the evening, we went to watch a musical, The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre. It was brilliant! Love the songs and the actress that plays Christine Daae sang ever so beautifully. My favourite scene was of the Masquerade Ball. So many pretty, glittery costumes on display!

Have you watched any musicals?

P/S: Pictures are numbered for commenting convenience

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