KBF coordinated the celebrity + KOL guest list for the launch of Tommy Hilfiger’s new Pavilion store last week! They have an office in KL but we mostly liaised with their regional office in SG so we were communicating primarily on emails and con calls leading up to the event. Lots of emails. Dozens. Possibly hundreds.
Baby/Faridah in the middle, and Candy and Ayesha from MadHat (who handled the media guest list).
SaSa Malaysia engaged KBF to get together an exclusive selection of bloggers to attend a make up demo by PUPA Milano, an Italian beauty brand that provides a range of make-up, intensive cosmetic treatments for face and body, bath and after-bath products, fragrances, and creative beauty kits.
“The PUPA woman is perfectly aware, she can choose, she’s passionate and free, but loyal at the same time.
She knows what she wants, and she knows how she wants to feel.. beautiful, first of all for herself.”
For Autumn 2016, PUPA released a limited edition Velvet Garden collection to embody the more confident and self-aware woman. The collection emits a Baroque sensation with a range of soft feminine tones and rich plums and wines.
To introduce PUPA‘s Velvet Garden Collection to Malaysia, PUPA International Make Up Artist Giorgio Forgani flew to Kuala Lumpur for an intimate event at SaSa where he shared his personal tips & tricks with 5 of us bloggers.
Treise from SaSa, Baby/Faridah, and me with minimal make up on so i can play!
PUPA International Make Up Artist Giorgio Forgani demonstrating on a model. I asked him which part of Italy he’s from and he said near Bologna, and i said i love the food there (truly, everywhere in Italy) and had been to nearby Ravenna too, to his surprise cos i don’t think many Asians find their way there XD and he said he’s from Ravenna! I have a (magical-looking) tile on my dressing table from the town which some of my tiny perfume bottles sit on.
Above are the 4 limited edition lipstick colours from the PUPA Velvet Garden collection going for RM 75 a pop.
I’M Pure Color Lipstick Absolute Shine: 212 Rose Lilium, 418 Fuchsia Cyclamen, 311 Red Peony, 312 Burgundy Poppy
Giorgio had a go at doing my make up for me, which i was more than happy to cos i had more events later that day so this meant i wouldn’t need to apply my own later! Seeing it lasts that is.
My earrings are from Thomas Sabo. I wear them lots but never really get a pic of them.
After launching their flagship store in Mid Valley last year, Love Bonito launched their pop-up store in Paradigm Mall two weeks ago! Now girls in PJ can try on pieces without having to brave that insane traffic trap that is MV, but you only have 6 months alright!
I’ve been doing my own make up more recently because it’s faster. KBF was doing the KOL PR for 4 events across 2 weeks so every minute i got on my emails counted!
Shoutout to Centro Hair Salon for my blue hair (which i curled myself that day yay me) and Dior Beauty for my make up products i used that day!
5 Couleurs eyeshadow palette in 776 Precious Embroidery, Diorific Mat lipstick in 950 Splendour, and DiorBlush Splendour in 671.
Me, Rachel, Amber, Viola, Carey and Xandria – all wearing Love, Bonito of course.
I look armless here. Made sure i stuck my arm out for the rest of the night in pix!
Instead of a fashion show which they’ve done in previous events, Love Bonito wanted to change things up by holding a sharing session with a panel of inspiring female entrepreneurs consisting of Viola and Rachel (of Love Bonito), Zaida Ibrahim (of Impressed Juice), Atilia Haron (singer and founder of YogaOneThatIWant), and shoe designer Nelissa Hilman.
I managed to squeeze in a question of my own to the panel, which was, “What are some of the key lessons you’ve learnt this year?”
Viola talked about how communication is key, which i also found this year to be an imperative part of any process you want to carry through effectively. Sometimes we have this idea in our heads on how we want something to be carried out or turn out, and then get disappointed when it doesn’t materialize in the way we imagined. It’s always down to how we impart the message or communicate as clearly as we can to people so that they REALLY understand our ideas and goals, and are mentally on board with us.
Rachel spoke about learning how to accept ourselves for who we are, “God made us all individual.” Some people may think they’re doing good by telling us who they think we should be, act, work, dress or live; but it boils down to us to accept ourselves for whatever/whoever we want ourselves to be… and to be strong enough to realise WHO we are and just be us.
Zaida and Atilia shared on taking time out for oneself without feeling any guilt, for if we didn’t take care of ourselves first – how are we to take care of those around us? This would include personal time for things WE just wanna do, like run, have massages and whatever time out hobby we need to function well in other areas of our lives. Nelissa spoke about how she learned focus this year, and it was all about growing the business for her.
For some reason, i took notice of The Bowery Group despite never visiting their first outlet before (Bowery Petit in TTDI), thanks to their vibrant subscription emails showing off the various services they provide- catering for events, off-site catering for weddings/parties, gourmet takeaway, and food delivery (they send pizza slices and craft beer to your doorstep!!)
Founded in 2015, The Bowery Group opened its first flagship restaurant just last October at The Square in Publika Solaris Dutamas (on the same row as Social). Called BOWERY, the American gourmet Kitchen & Bar is heavily influenced by founders Aneesha and Fariz’s time in the Big Apple.
Helmed by Operations Manager Shane Sta Maria, he’s also responsible for concocting the bar’s handcrafted cocktails that boast to be on par with NYC’s trendiest watering holes.
Under the culinary direction of group Executive Chef Ahmad Farhan Noorzali, the vast menu at BOWERY which is divided into AM and PM versions serve many dishes under the categories of breakfast & brunch, soups, salad bowls, burgers & sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, and night nibbles- all set ‘to break the dogma that American food is greasy’. But you know how there might be that one person in the group who changes where everyone eats cos they insist on Asian? That problem will be no more cos BOWERY also has Asian plates (like Bonito Somen Noodles, Mantau Chinois, Kimchi fried rice).
As Kyian (PR for Bowery) supervised the dishes for us to try that day being brought out, I stared at everything between the thoughts of, “We’ll NEVER be able to finish everything,” and “We should have called someone to come help us.”
You can order artisan pizzas for RM33 by choosing the
– base (tomato or white garlic sauce)
– 4x greens (aubergine, bell peppers, jalapeños, mushrooms, olives, pineapples, roma tomatoes, zucchini)
– 1x meat (bbq beef brisket, beef meatballs, chicken bacon, mussels, pepperoni, prawns, roasted chicken, smoked salmon, spicy lamb sausage, veal sausage, turkey ham – wasn’t that a lot!! my stomach is rumbling typing all that. Blogging about food late at night is a terrible idea.)
– 2x dressings (aged balsamic drizzle, arugula, capers, gherkins, lemon, lime, mesclun, olive tapenade, pesto, sour cream, spinach, sundried tomatoes, 2 eggs)
I chose a tomato sauce for the base and jalapeños (cos i like that zing), zucchinis, aubergine, mushrooms and spicy lamb sausages, topped with sundried tomatoes and arugula. I seriously think it’s pretty awesome for RM33.
Eggs & Avocado Tartine – Poached Eggs, Avocado, Smoked Salmon, Sourdough Toast, RM25
Not my favourite cos i’m a gravy kinda girl
I have fond memories of E&O Residences cos Jun and i had a staycation there in our first months of dating. Ah honeymoon period… 😆 Under the same group of brands by lifestyle property developer Eastern & Oriental- is EOS Wellness, a component to embed wellness philosophies and technologies into its key property development projects.
Located smack in the middle of KL’s busiest neighbourhoods lies an unassuming oasis of serenity, greenery and space. I felt a little less high-strung upon parking my car and walking up with my dad (we were having a daddy-daughter massage date! But not in the same room. That would be a little weird.)
Spanish brand Mesoestetic is one of the most techologically-advanced medical skincare companies in the world, and EOS is the first in Malaysia to offer treatments using their products. Also for purchase are Italian brand Comfort Zone (recipient of several international awards including Marie Claire, France in 2013 and Asia Spa Awards 2015) and Ayurvedic-based skincare brand Sundari.
The lounge / relaxation room with outdoor patio access just beyond it.
Being in the room gave me such pleasure, i’m a fan of thoughtful furnishings and interior.
EOS Wellness is a space of contemporary design that spans 7,400 sq. ft. dedicated to its pillars of wellness: “We believe in Prolonging Quality Active Years by living well, simplyand honestly. Our wellness philosophy rests on four pillars – keeping our bodies vital, minds alert, diets healthy and homes ideal for wellbeing.”
That resonates with me and my desire to achieve those things fully.
(Harder than it reads!)
Besides 6 spa treatment suites that each comes with a fully-equipped private changing room and shower; EOS Wellness also has a full-spectrum infrared sauna and two studios designed at an elevated space overlooking a saltwater pool.
“The ‘Flow’ studio is used by guests to relax, unwind and improve psychological wellbeing, and can be used for personal training and meditation, as well as bespoke wellness sessions.
The ‘Fit’ studio can accommodate group exercise classes such as yoga and Zumba, and showcases the highly-configurable Queenax workout system to allow for versatile strength and cardio training, as well as freestyle and suspension training. The Fit studio also includes the latest in fitness offerings, such as Anti-Gravity Yoga and UFO Training.”
But we weren’t there to exercise that day. We were there to be pampered!
Roz, my therapist for the afternoon
The holistic spa features 4x single ‘Curo’ treatment rooms, and 2x couples ‘Duo’ rooms with the latest in wellness equipment, including a Gharieni 360-degree floating bed that replicates a Watsu experience on water, as the tabletop glides back and forth during the treatment.
I got the signature suite featuring the Jason MicroSilk Hydrotherapy bathtub and steam shower.
After a foot ritual, I was left alone to soak for 20 minutes in a de-stressing floral tea bath and was pre-empted to “bring a book or simply use this time to reflect and unwind before your massage.” I opted for the latter and found myself awfully fidgety for someone who’s supposed to ‘de-stress’. It’s like my body forgot how to just sit still cos i’m always moving about / doing something!