Life Calls

19 Jun

It has been a crazy few months – a lot of new opportunities and responsibilities. I’m not complaining obviously but the only bad thing that has resulted from this would be my absence from this very blog. It is very, very much my fault!

Cross fingers I have found the right recipe in juggling this blog into my routine. Writing used to give me a sense of release at the end of a stressful day – guess I just need to find that balance again.

So what have I been up to?

Well, the good news is I’ve started a job as a PR & Social Media exec at a jewellery label here in London. In a million years I never thought I would ever work in PR, but this job has definitely been an interesting experience. Work is good, great actually!

On another note, I have also been attending summer school at the London College of Fashion in their Buying & Merchandising course. I’m juggling part-time studying with work – thoroughly absorbing as much as I can about the fashion industry. How did I get from a background in Mathematics to this, who knows? I’ve yet to give my mum an answer to that question – I’m the main cause of her headaches. Sorry mum!

“Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.” – David McCullough

Always a good quote to live by.

Just a few “outfit of the days” for when I attended my classes..

Top – Zara, Jacket – Zara, Jeans – J Brand 811, Shoes – Topshop, Bag – Balenciaga Part-time, Necklace – H&M

I am in love with this Zara Neon necklace! The closest I could get to a Tom Binns inspired!

Top – Topshop, Blazer – Mum’s, Necklace – Zara, Bag – Zara

 Edaburgh aka the classmate

Photo Friendly

17 Jun

I’ve tracked a habit – I’m constantly trying to lure you with pictures to make up for my absence in blogging. I have a funny way of saying sorry! Hope this act of luring will make up for it – that or the pictures themselves.

Just a series of a weekend “outfit of the day” when I met up with an old housemate/uni friend who came down to London for a visit! This was some time ago – I’ve been meaning to put this up!

 Saturday

We just had a lazy day at the Victoria & Albert Museum

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Sleeveless top – H&M, Waterfall jacket – H&M, Blazer – Zara, Jeans – J Brand 901, Shoes – Topshop, Bag – Balenciaga Part-time
 Jewellery – ASOS spike bracelet, rose gold bracelet gift from mum, two friendship style bracelet handmade by me.

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 and this is what the friend wore, I love the combo! I must say, he is quite the fashionista!

Sunday

I took him to my fav cafe in Hampstead, about 5 mins from where I live.

Top – Warehouse, Jeans – J Brand 811, Jacket – Zara, Bag – Balenciaga Part-time, Shoes – Topshop, Rings – ASOS

Always good to catch up with an old friend!

It’s mid-June and I’m still having my boots and coats on standby! Only in the UK you get rain, sunshine and the cold all in one day! I find myself stuffing an umbrella, sunglasses, scarf and a jacket all in one bag before heading out – I need a bigger bag!

Zalando

15 Feb

As a self-proclaimed online shopping addict, I’m always more than happy to find out about new shopping sites other than the ones I have already bookmarked on my computer. It is almost therapeutic to go through clothes that you end up not buying but just to envision the “what if I were to buy this, how would I wear it” in your head.

No it’s not a syndrome, we all do it. Well at least I don’t think I’m the only one?

Just recently Zalando has made its way to the UK, offering a wide selection of brands from all over the world for their customers. I was told that Zalando has already made its mark in a number of countries such as Germany, Italy, Holland and France. As off now, they are only available in some countries in the Europe but hopefully in the future they will make their way to Asia maybe? I will eventually return to Malaysia for good so I would be thrilled to know if some online shops would ship to my side of the globe.

Based on experience, Zalando’s shipping service is impeccable. Within 2 days of order, I received their big white and orange box at my doorstep. They offer free shipping and return, which is always good news to those who wants to give it a try.

I received two things;

Burts Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus

I adore this lip balm, it has become a favourite in my make-up bag. It is very moisturising and the colour Hibiscus is such a nice rosy pink colour on the lips. It is highly pigmented for a lip balm but not pigmented enough to be a lipstick, which is ideal.

Vero Moda Celina Mini Dress

Two things that attract me to this; colour-blocking and Celine clutch inspired. This dress describes everything I currently love about the trend now, electric blue and the way the colour is paired it reminded me so much of this Celine clutch;

image source: http://www.miriscastle.com

Some items I’m coveting over on the Zalando site;

Vero Moda Wonder Colour Jeans in Blue

I love anything electric blue and this jeans is such a transitional piece from winter to spring. The styling on their site for this is so spot-on, the jeans looks nice paired with a floral blouse and nude pumps.

Missoni Ballet Pumps

Who doesnt love a bit of Missoni print in their wardrobe. This Italian brand really knows how to sum up everything about summer in a footwear. This ballet pumps is so cute and fun!

Have a look on Zalando, you might be tempted to purchase a few items!

I will be bookmarking their website, that’s for sure!

*this is a sponsored post*

Glossybox Jan ’12

30 Jan

The much anticipated box from Glossybox is finally here! All of the subscribers have waited a few extra weeks for what they called as a “surprise” box. It was notified in Dec that the January box will be late as the Glossybox team will be putting extra effort in this exclusive limited edition box.

I was very impressed with their limited edition Dec box, and I was glad that I signed up just in time to get that box. So when it was announced that the January box would also be a limited edition box, I immediately had high hopes for it.

First looks into the January box, which was themed around Valentine’s Day…

My verdict: This box fell flat for me, it did not excite me at all. If the promise of a great box wasn’t there this would have probably been a sufficient enough box for me to like. However, because there was so much hype around this particular box and the long wait that comes with it, Glossybox did not deliver as much as I would have hoped.

I was that eager to find out what was in this January box that I googled other blogs to see if other bloggers might have received theirs beforehand. I found out that Gemma from Gemsmaquillage was one of the first to get a sneakpeek of this well anticipated box. She received Clarins moisturisers instead of the two Davines product (pictured above), and I was secretly hoping at the very least I would get that in my box since I’ve been dying to try Clarins skincare products! Knowing my luck, I didn’t!

I really think the “surprise” in this box was just this sweet with the Glossybox brand stamped on it. I am not impressed at all.

The only exciting this about this box is the fuschia pink coloured box. And if I’m more excited about the packaging than the products in it, that says alot about my enthusiasm for this month’s choices of products!

Hopefully Feb would be better!

New Pieces – LUXE

26 Jan

LUXE Collection is now updated on the Jewellery line page!

Get them today, just in time for Valentine’s Day!!

Email us at happytoastsblog@gmail.com if you would like us to create a secret “Valentine’s Wish-List” with your fav pieces from Designs by FaraM line and we will surely email this list to your loved ones🙂

Let us be a part of your special day!

Saturday Strolling

22 Jan

What to do on a Saturday?

Grab two cards from the London City Walks (which was a gift from Yuns and her sister)

Grab your coat and a partner in crime!

Yesterday we decided to “explore” the Notting Hill area and follow the route suggested/written on the card. We have been to Notting Hill and Portobello Market countless times but sometimes by exploring a different route, we thought we would be able to discover new and exciting shops or cafes….

…and that’s exactly what we did!

We passed by Hummingbird Bakery and as usual I couldn’t resist their red velvet cupcakes…

Recognise this? Hint : Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts

One of the things listed on the card was to try-out London’s best hot chocolate at Melt. This small boutique chocolatier has a very pretty interior, pictures wouldn’t do it justice.

London’s best hot chocolate. From the first sip you would know that you’re getting a pure no nonsense good quality chocolate. It is thick, slightly bitter and the taste lingers around in your mouth for awhile. It is absolutely rich, I doubt there was barely any milk in there. Definitely not for the faint-hearted, strictly for chocoholics.

I definitely had a good Saturday! Our next mission would be card #16, stay tuned for that!

So how did you spend your Saturday?

Golden Globes 2012 Dresses

16 Jan

Who watched the Golden Globes 2012? I sure would have if I could. But the thing I’m excited most about Golden Globes, Oscars and all the other award shows alike are actually the red carpet numbers for that night. All those dresses, inspired make-up and hair that will set the trend for the year.

So when I woke up this morning the first thing I did was google “Golden Globes 2012 dresses” and here are some of my favourites;

Lea Michele in Marchesa Spring 2012 Collection

I have always had a soft spot for Marchesa, most of their dresses that have graced the red carpet I have loved!

Charlize Theron in Dior Couture

I love that she is channeling 1920s vibe. She has it down to the “T” with her gorgeous Cartier headband and the side knot. This dress was designed by the in-house design team after they fired John Galliano. They have done a pretty impressive job I must say.

Emma Stone in Lanvin

The deep maroon colour to the “superhero” belt, Emma Stone sure knows how to pull off this look. Some might say the jeweled eagle belt is an unusual piece to pair with a rather “pretty” dress, but I think it’s a bold move and she carries it well. I just love her skin tone in this dress!

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace

She can do no wrong can she? She looks like a vixen in this dress, with just the right amount of red.

Maria Menounos

Skin-tight, sequins and bright yellow…three of the hardest things to pull off in a dress and she looks good doing it!

Michelle Williams in Jason Wu

Jason Wu’s first dress to grace the red carpet! I love that it is a different material to the usual red carpet dresses. The Fred Leighton headband compliments the dress and her pixie haircut.

Jessica Alba in Gucci
Claire Danes in J. Mendel

 

images source: zimbio.com

LUXE

13 Jan

LUXE COLLECTION is now officially launched!

I will update the jewellery line page on the details of each piece soon, but for now check out the complete lookbook over at our Facebook page!

I have been working on this shoot and the pieces for months now and I’m so excited that it’s finally done! I will be adding more pieces to this collection and also to the normal collection soon!

Lust List

12 Jan
Lust List Jan '12
Acne Pistol boots, Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. clutch, Maison Martin Margiela rose gold ring set, Chanel glasses

I’ve been lusting over these items for awhile now, especially the four rings set by Maison Martin Margiela.  I’m so determined to DIY this ring, I’ve been searching for single thick band rings and wear four of them together. All I’ve found so far is just a sterling silver ring, which isn’t exactly close to the rose gold MMM number that I like but I think silver would be pretty cool too. I’m quite surprised Topshop hasn’t tapped into this design yet as they do with other iconic designer items.

Like the widely popular Ambush boots from Topshop that has very similar style to the Acne Pistol boots. I have to admit I was very tempted to buy the Topshop version of those boots just because I don’t think I can ever justify paying over £300 for a pair of  winter boots. I even find the Topshop version to be overpriced. So, for now, I’ll just keep lusting over these Acne boots from Google images.

The Rebecca Minkoff lime green clutch bag is too cute! It’d be such a great piece for a pop of colour to your outfit! I think lime green is especially nice paired with blacks! 

 sources : polyvore, net-a-porter.com

Picture-tastic 2 Months

10 Jan

churros!

I’ve finally signed up!
Meet Yuns (the housemate)! On a short trip to Aberdeen
Ceilidh dancing

Roadtrip to Edinburgh

Yuns and her sister, Yanti

The holidays at the Celiks
The bestie was back for a week!

Edaburgh
On New Years Eve, I crashed at 2am and the 11yr-olds were still wide awake!
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