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August 2021 Favorites

We are slowly but surely moving into Fall season! I know we don't have a change of seasons in our humble hometown, however, you gotta admit that it's been pouring down a whole lot as of late. It even rains through the night, perfect for that extra cuddle under the sheets. I am a fan of rainy weather... when I'm indoors! πŸ˜Š A little drizzle in the open is fine, just not when it's chucking down with rain and there are winds that send my umbrellas flying and have me soaking.


For this week's post, I thought I'll share with you some of my favs in the month of August.
Took this idea from Lydia Millen, whose blog I recently discovered.

BEAUTY – I can be quite picky when it comes to picking a fragrance but there is no denying the fact that I love myself a good scent. Recently, I have been enjoying Amber Musk by Aerin. Been wanting to try this scent out for so long but it was a really expensive brand, so I waited around till there was a good deal for it before snagging myself a bottle. Not great at describing scents, yet I would say that this scent is musky, slightly sweet yet not overpowering, like a comfortable hug yet still sexy at the same time. You have to take a whiff of it at your nearest Sephora the next time you pop by. It is a good one. Not to mention that the bottles are so gorgeous as well!

RESTAURANT – Had a recent girl's night out when the restrictions were slightly lifted and we were able to eat in groups of five yet again. (YAY!) We had the nicest dinner at Marcy's, a place I've been wanting to check out for a while now, but due to Covid, the plans keep getting cancelled off and it has already happened twice or thrice before! The decor in the restaurant is slightly eclectic with a huge bar (yes, they serve up cocktails) and lots of hung photoframes and vintage looking table lamps. They are predominantly well-known for their seafood so def order them fishies. My fav was the Wagyu Tartare surprisingly and they serve up a mean Pistachio gelato as well. Highly recommend!

FOOD OR DRINK ITEM – I've been on a Korean food kick if you aren't already following me on Instagram (it's @fluffedup), you would know that I've been loving all things Korean now - even learning ν•œκΈ€! Recently, I made this Dakgalbi dish that was so easy and so delicious, IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Not kidding. Check out my Instagram page and find the recent photo and click through for the recipe. Your friends and family will love you.

NEW PURCHASE – I finally made the plunge to upgrade and give all my tech devices a facelift! My 7 year old Macbook Pro for a new Macbook Air with the M1 Chip, my 5 year old Ipad Mini for a new Ipad Air with the Apple pen!, and my 5 year old Iphone 10 for a new Iphone 12 that I scored from my friend at a really good deal! Super chuffed with all of them 😊

GAME CHANGING FIND – Believe it or not, I recently discovered the use of AirTags. Viewed a video by Tamara where she was mentioning that she has an AirTag placed into each of her luggage when she's traveling, that way she is able to track and see if the luggage even boarded the plane or got left behind at the airport. It even shows the exact country location that the luggage is in. It's friggin amazing! I have already purchased myself a set of them just to prep for future travels. This is how geared I am to travel soon next year. Please let my Amsterdam trip come through!

O U T F I T  D E E T S
Dress - Zara | Blazer - Mango | Shoes - H&M | Bag - Chanel

That's all from me this week!

Xo,
Amelia

A Breath of Fresh Air

Went on a month long hiatus cos I was feeling really un-inspirational and did not really have much content to put out. We are now well into the third quarter of the year. Along with struggling to achieve personal goals for the year, we also do have to remind ourselves to take a breather sometimes and nothing beats the smell of hill top fresh air amongst lush greenery.

If you've not visited Mt Faber park in a while, you really ought to! The drive up and down kinda reminded me of the turns and bends of Hong Kong hill-top slopes as well, not to mention the free parking available. They also do have some cafes and restaurants at the top of the peak should you feel like grabbing a bite whilst enjoying the view from above. Otherwise, a short hike with a bottle of water in hand would easily make a very enjoyable low-impact exercise routine.


O U T F I T  D E E T S
Top - Nike | Tights - Lulu Lemon | Shoes - Veja | Visor - Cotton On | Bottle - Dior


I've been getting really lazy with my exercising routine (well well, not surprising at all!) and I really should jump back and get onboard with it. Been exercising my brain mostly and laughing my heart out watching reruns of Running Man. Planning to execute some exciting things relating to work and good news, I finally got myself a new Macbook air, ipad and phone! It's def been a long time coming. Time to slowly move everything over to the new devices. Yay!

Xo,
Amelia

Fully Vaccinated and Tokyo Olympics Excitement

This week has been one of the fastest week to pass me by I must say - it just went by in a flash. I spent a lot of time resting cos I was mostly feeling lethargic, likely due to the 2nd vaccine I took on Monday afternoon. Thankfully enough, I did not experience any fever although the weather was really not helping with the rest situation. It was scorching hot the entire week! All I wanna do is just to hide in an air-con room and sip on some good old iced coffee.


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Here's me rocking my Chanel Dad Sandals whilst sipping on iced coffee at the side of the stairwell cos the cafe we wanted to visit was too packed so we opted for a takeaway instead. Hiding from the rays is definitely a skillset on our sunny island.

Also been spending the weekend sitting in front of the TV catching the Tokyo Olympics Artistic Gymnastics. Are you guys a fan of the Olympics? And if so, is there a particular sport that you always enjoy watching? Mine are Artistic Gym, Rhythmic Gym, Swimming, Diving and Synchro Swimming. Not entirely sure if there is Synchro swim this year though. Still, extremely excited and can't wait to watch the A gym finals! There are some individuals that I'm personally rooting for.

Xo,
Amelia

July New In Makeup & Chanel Factory 5 FOMO

If there's something that I've consciously stopped myself from buying anymore of, it would have to be makeup (aside from concealers and eyeliners if I ever need to replenish them in my stash). I used to be kinda make-up obsessed and would buy a whole ton of them on my trips to the states since their reward system there is so much better. I've also stopped myself from buying additional skincare until the ones in my stash are used up (which is a lot a lot), it is almost a challenge to use them up before they all go bad!


In any case, I decided to treat myself with the Sephora 15% off promotion as I've been eyeing up this Natasha Denona Mini-star palette for a while now. I'm most excited about that far left shade as it actually has a brown shadow undertone but with a reflex iridescent mermaid shift. It's v v similar to this shade in my drugstore Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette that I've had for absolute ages if you're looking for a palette dupe and a more affordable option. I also purchased a back-up of my Becca Cosmetics Champagne Pop highlighter (only cos Becca is being discontinued and this highlighter is LIFE!), MAC's Paint Pot in Painterly (the current one I've had for ages now is more or less dried up already) & a YSL Touche Eclat using my vouchers just to try it out.

Very excited to give them all a whirl!


By a chance of a miracle, I actually managed to talk myself out of getting anything from the Chanel Factory 5 collection, which is a limited ed beauty collection to commemorate Chanel No.5's 100th year. I really really wanted 3 items on there (go figure!) but the logical side of my brain told myself not to give in cos of FOMO so there you go haha. I'm a sucker for packaging, what can I say?

If you managed to get your hands on anything in the collection, share them with me! Hope you had a great weekend (:

Xo,
Amelia

Prada Fall 2021 Showcase

You know the Autumn season is definitely well on its way when all the Fall showcases start dropping. I was really lucky to have been invited for the Prada Fall 2021 Showcase recently and decided to take an hour off from work just to pop by to see if anything caught my eye. 

Look at the gorgeous Prada sign at Paragon from across the street!

I honestly really think that Prada should be on everyone's radar and a brand to watch out for. Raf Simons joining the brand since April 2020 as co-creative director alongside Miuccia Prada has spurred the brand to absolute greater heights I do think. I don't remember lusting over anything from the brand prior since that Cahier constellation bag which took over the Instagram world by storm. I've been seeing so many new and exciting designs from the brand since last year and I'm all for it!

There were quite a lot of people at the event but I think the store was still trying to cap the number of people to 50pax and had to unfortunately turn away some people at the door who turned up not knowing it was a closed door private event. This season came with a lot of prints for turtle necks, the usual basics and this yellow coat that is to die for. I do like the color yellow, but only in this particular sunshine-y shade, not the pastel or mustardy kind of yellow. It has to be bright! Like a sunflower. Tell me it doesn't make you happy just looking at it (:


Tried on this high neck top, which can be worn with the collar folded down too. If you zip it up as a turtleneck, there is a Prada logo at the neckline. The skirt is a mix of straight cut with pleated detail at the side and a metal buckle for a belt. It fits really snug and I really like the look of a fitted top paired together with a statement flared out skirt to give the look a lot more volume. Paired the outfit with these Brushed Leather Loafers (the staff calls this the Chocolate shoe cos apparently they look like a chocolate bar lol) These weren't in my size unfortunately and were a size too big so I can't vouch for the fit true to size, but it def feels quite comfy when I wore them. Very street chic if you're into that look, just perhaps not the most suitable for work? 

And oh gosh, I can't believe they had the sparkly reissue bag in store that day so I finally got to see it in person since they are always sold out! The bag looks way better in real life and really has this sparkle to it. You can for sure dress it up or down. This bag is not meant to be worn low-key so if you're not into statement bags that will attract compliments and stares, this bag is def not for you haha.  I feel like this bag is an either you love it or hate it situation. Last of all, that yellow coat? It is the ultimate dream. I prolly won't ever get it though cos let's be real, there's no where for me to wear that to justify the cost of it but it's really beautiful. The details and the stitching and those big bell sleeves!! LOVE <3


I may or may not have cheekily picked up something 😬(placed something on a few weeks back and was told to wait for this event to launch). What's great about such events sometimes is you actually get promo rates only for the event attendees and I got a really good deal. My SA is also the loveliest and gave me this big blue box of sweeties. Very very kind of her.

I know it seems like all I've been doing is blogging about shopping lately but truthfully, there's nothing much else going on in my life except for work lol. The small moments I sneak out to do some retail therapy do make me happy and spark joy and I enjoy sharing those moments with you here. I'm not sure when these pieces are launching in stores at the moment but should be soon so keep a look out for them!

Xo,
Amelia

Chanel Price Increase & Monday Blues

 

If you guys haven't already heard, well, the Chanel price increase has def landed in our humble lands and the prices of all your fav Chanel classics have sky-rocketed! Sad is us and sad is our future pockets if you're ever intending to still purchase from the fashion house in time to come.


If you ask me honestly how I feel about it, I guess with two price increase from Chanel every year, I was sort of already expecting that. What I didn't expect was just the crazy price increase. It was almost a 12%-15% increment! Don't quote me on it cos I did not camp out in front of the website a day prior and then a day after to compare the prices but that was what I have been getting from various websites.

I did pop by Chanel a couple of days prior (when I went in to purchase my Dad Sandals) and took a look at what CFs or Minis they have in store and they were oh-so-limited! The medium CF was already more than 10 grand by that point - can you imagine it after the price increase? Honestly after this price increase, I'm not even sure if I will ever consider a CF from Chanel boutiques anymore cos the prices are just too exorbitant. There is a reason why a lot of the ppl are shifting their focus to Hermes as they are known for their higher quality bags at a somewhat similar price-point. 


I guess for right now, I'm just very happy with my collection, although I would love to add a medium some time to my collection (might have to consider pre-loved), a few particular minis and still considering the trendy (simply because it is full lambskin and it still scares the crap out of me). Would def love to head back to Japan to take a look at some of the vintage pieces. I think a great thing about Chanel is that, their classics are super timeless and their vintage pieces, if kept in good condition, looks just about as beautiful (if not more beautiful) than their current season ones! I love anything that has a touch of that 24k gold plated hardware. Trust me when I say that a vintage piece is actually the way to go if you ever want a black with ghw cos nothing will beat that beauty.

Been also having a Blue moment lately. I LOVEEE this Chanel 19 of mine to the moon and back. If I had to describe myself in a bag, I honestly think that  T H I S  I S  I T . I tend to actually go for pink / nude bags for colored bags in general, but when I saw this blue, I honestly just can't pass it up. It was the perfect shade of blue and to top it all off, it has pink and white tweed running through the entire bag! Comes with mixed hardware (though love love love the fact that the CC Clasp is in brushed gold), slouchy style that doesn't require me to baby the bag too much, TWEED 😍, unique & one-of-a-kind, fits a ton of stuff!

I will never have a Monday blues moment with her by my side ♡


Did you guys manage to score any bags right before the price increase?
Share them with me!

Xo,
Amelia

The Most Adorable Prada Bag Ever!

If you know me well, you'll know that I am just slightly obsessed with bags. If you know me better, you'll know that I have a slight inclination to anything that has a good textured surface, namely velvet, tweed and furry fuzzy stuff. I mean, I love a good new leather piece cos the smell is extremely intoxicating on new leather pieces, but the fuzzy stuff always draw me in. Next to that, would prob be Bottega's leather cos it's oh-so-soft


Also, possibly having a moment with Prada that's for sure. With all the price increases coming up (Chanel, LV, even Cartier! etc), it's probably good to start venturing into other designer houses as well. This furry piece is actually made out of a Terry material and one of the limited edition pieces. I was quite lucky to have called in to inquire and they had the last piece available! They were quite the coveted piece as they only brought in 2 or 3 pieces so Prada did not even bother displaying them on the shelves I was told. This is the Prada re-edition 2000 series so it comes with the thicker strap, which I much prefer as it has more surface area for grip and sits on your shoulder more comfortably. Tbh, I went in to store to take a look at the Nylon pieces as well and somehow, they didn't entice me as much as I hope they would.


Welcome to the collection my little beauty!
I've been carrying her out on the daily cos she's such an easy bag and actually fits all my essentials. It is pretty roomy and can fit up to 3 SLGs, my car keys and slightly more if you so wish to. Such an easy grab and go piece and it basically just goes with any outfit.

What is your fav bag at the moment?

Xo,
Amelia

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