Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wardrobe Refresh: The Little Red Dress

Hi, all!
New York Fashion Week has kicked off, and it is no surprise that red is having a huge moment in the spotlight right now.

I had a little burgundy bubble dress from Forever 21 when I was in secondary school, but it was made of heavy jersey and it kept getting longer and longer (sexier and sexier too, thanks to the drooping collar line!) no thanks to gravity!
Since then, I never had a decent red-anything in my closet, because it actually isn't my favourite colour...
*cricket chirp*

Anyway, as I grew older, I have a new found appreciation for brights, which is really strange because black has always been my favourite shade.
But hey, never too late to change, right?

If you recall from a previous blog entry, I bought the snazziest bright red dress from Zara, intending to keep it for Chinese New Year 2018.
Since this is a test of my patience and willpower, I imagined some of my potential outfits in a series of Polyvore sets!

Embellishment and Ruffles

Dress: Zara
Flats: Zara
Bag: From mom
Vintage bangle: Ciner New York

This is how I'd do a casual look with the dress, but not to be confused with being sloppy.
There is something about wearing a fabulous dress with the dressiest flats; makes your outfit so wearable, yet interesting!

Jacquard, Metallic, and Ruffles

Dress: Zara
Flats: Chloé
Clutch: Alexander McQueen
Vintage necklace: Miriam Haskell

This outfit has a slightly more dressier tone to it, but I kept up with the dressy flats to make sure my outfit doesn't look too stuffy.
The pearls are a nice touch of elegance, but the shoes are a bit more fun and flirty!

Ruffles and Studs

Dress: Zara
Pumps: Valentino
Clutch: Topshop
Vintage earrings: Miriam Haskell

If you're the more traditional type and insist on pairing pretty dresses with equally-pretty heels, this look is perfect!
I like how muted pinks look together with bright reds, because it creates a stark contrast although still from the same colour group.
I decided to continue with the monochromatic theme and use a burgundy clutch with chiffon petals to add some texture.

Are you into red dresses, too?
How would you style yours? 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sammy Reviews: Lively's Leisurées (United States)

I have been on the hunt for really good quality strapless bras for a few years now.
My only experience with them came from my mother, who gave me her Wacoal ones eons ago, which did no justice to my boobs at all.
Not only were they the wrong size, the fit was of course horrendous and they kept slipping!
Can you imagine the shame and how unladylike it looks when I tug, squish, and pull up my girls every other minute when I'm out and about?!

While browsing through Who What Wear, I came across an article that announced Lively's launch of their strapless bras, which guarantees to hold up your boobs with added support.
Curious, I decided to check them out, and I could not believe the amount of good reviews they had for their other bras despite the company's young age!
Considering that I desperately need nude strapless bras and there weren't any proper reviews of their newest launch yet, I decided that it was worth the risk since I can also blog and share my experience as a non-US buyer.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Lively does not ship out of the United States yet; I use MyUS, a company  based in Florida to consolidate my US purchases in a personal suite and ship them straight to me.

So let's get started!

There are ongoing promotions on their website, one of it is free shipping for orders over USD40, which is great.
However, the best part is the amount you save when you buy more; one bra would cost you USD35 (which is already reasonable, if you ask me), but two would be USD30 each, and three would be USD25 each.

So of course I bought 3!

Here are photos of the bras I bought from the website:

The Smooth Strapless in Toasted Almond

The Smooth Strapless in Soft Pink

The T-Shirt Bra in Soft Pink (How pretty is the back?! And I love the convertible straps!)

In terms of accessibility, their website is fairly easy to navigate around, so shopping there shouldn't be an issue.
They have a wonderful fit guide that features real women in various bra sizes, so you can see for yourself how each product looks like on different boobs.
If you're unsure about what size to take, check their measurement guide and size chart for the perfect fit.
I measured myself according to their guide, and all my bras fit perfectly!
Be sure to also read the description for each bras, as they occasionally include fit tips that came from customers' feedbacks.

I paid on 25 August 2017, my order was shipped on 29 August 2017, and the parcel was delivered on 2 September 2017.
Not bad for free shipping, huh?
I opted for FedEX Economy to Malaysia almost immediately upon its arrival, and it reached my doorstep on 6 September 2017; way earlier than expected.

Here are some photos of the bras I have with me; pardon the lousy photos; I don't have a nice, bright space to take flat-lays!

The Smooth Strapless in Soft Pink:

The T-Shirt Bra in Soft Pink:

In terms of quality, it really exceeded my expectations.
The fabric is smooth, while the straps and band is very comfortable for long, daily wear.
The gold-tone metal findings are of great quality, and hooks on securely.
All strapless bras come with detachable straps, so you can easily wear them as t-shirt bras too!
I would say that the Soft Pink tone is quite accurate in the website, but the Toasted Almond is closer to nude.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I forgot to take photos of the Toasted Almond bra; will update that here later!

Although The T-Shirt Bra is pretty as ever (and I totally get it now why it is one of their most popular products), I was most impressed by The Smooth Strapless.
I wore it and jumped multiple times, but the bra barely budged.
*pops imaginary champagne*
The band is thicker than usual with additional boning for support, and it really does the job of holding up my boobs despite gravity without sacrificing comfort at all.

No video or photos of the jump test (I'M TOO SHY HAHAHAHAHA), but here are the bras on the models:

For those of you interested, you can sign up for an account here and check them out:

They also have perks for members; spend USD1 to earn 1 point, and with every 10 points, you get USD1 to spend.
Once you sign up for an account, you instantly get 100 points to use, which is a whole USD10 off on your first purchase!

Secure your boobs today (LOL)!

Monday, September 4, 2017

What I Wore: A Trip To The Hair Salon

The last time I had a haircut was five months ago...
*screams in horror*
The husband agreed that it was time to visit my usual hairstylist, which means it is an opportunity for me to dress up.
*rubs hands together with glee*

Those who have been following my Instagram account (@theopulenthippo) know I have a wonderful vintage Arnold Scaasi necklace that I wanted to wear, and today is that day!

JEWELRY TIP: Prior to his death, Arnold Scaasi collaborated with HSN to sell affordable versions of his jewelry, which has the "SCAASI" mark along with "CN" which means China, the country where they are manufactured. His genuine vintage jewelry pieces are only marked "SCAASI", so that's the best indicator of its age.

Here's a clearer view of the necklace I wore:

How amazing is this?!
It also has matching earrings, which I was very lucky to have found.
I really wished I wore the earrings too, but I was in a rush to get out and I completely forgot about it!

Playsuit: H&M
Blazer: Topshop
Flats: Miu Miu

In case anyone is wondering who gave me that fabulous hairstyle, look for Ivan Tong in Number76 Bangsar.
I don't trust anyone else with my hair; he fixed my balding problem and ALWAYS gets my hair right!

Here's a bonus photo of me wearing the blazer, blending in with the upholstery in Ted Baker while waiting for the husband:

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

What I Wore: Visiting A Memorial

My husband made a random stop at the Tun Abdul Razak memorial, which we have visited before but didn't complete some sections due to time constraints.
Being there made me realise that we take so much of our former Prime Minister's hard work for granted, especially the modernisation of facilities and infrastructures for the greater good of our people.

The weather has been cooler lately for the usually hot and sunny Kuala Lumpur, so I decided that it was definitely time to pull out my sweaters and anything tweed!

Sweater: Thrifted from a flea market
Skirt: Thrifted from Jalan Jalan Japan
Bag: From mom
Flats: Givenchy

I forgot the incredibly stupid and funny comment my husband made after taking this picture, but it was akin to me looking like a gorilla, haha!
Despite my awkward legs and weird hands, I do like this photo though; the background is so pretty.

I decided to go with small, silver-tone jewelry encrusted with crystal rhinestones to match the silver buckles on my flats.
Not one to mix metals, it's imperative that every metal finish in my outfit are of the same colour!

Vintage earrings (top): Ledo
Vintage ring: Christian Dior

Also, here's a bonus Boomerang clip of me swishing my skirt around, because I just had to!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Wardrobe Refresh: Stripes

I have a love-hate relationship with stripes.
Mainly because I'm short and stout, and most stripes are horizontals, which is supposed to stretch me out even further.
But as I grow older, I realised that I cannot let stupid fashion rules dictate me; I'm an adult and I will wear whatever I please, haha!

Here are some ways I'd wear my favourite striped pieces:

Snake and Stripes

Dress: Uniqlo
Sneakers: Rodarte x Superga
Bag: Chloé
Vintage earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane

Embroidery, Lace, and Leopard

Top: Sacai
Shorts: H&M
Flats: Givenchy
Bag: From mom
Vintage ear cuffs: Boucher

Leopard, Sequins, and Stripes

Top: Marc Jacobs
Skirt: From a thrift store
Bag: Chloé
Flats: J.Crew
Vintage earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane

With stripes, I love mixing prints and playing with textures because it makes it much more exciting when you wear a classic!