Thursday, May 31, 2012

:: hfw 2012 - leaders in hijab ::

-Hijabi Fashion Week 2012-

The challenge is:

Leaders in Hijab

What leadership roles do you have & how do you dress for them as a hijabi?

Actually this is the theme for Day 1 but since I am emceeing for an official event attended by one of the deputy minister today, I am wearing a formal attire which is really appropriate for the 'leaders in hijab' look.

As some may know, I am working with an established telecommunication company in Malaysia and a leader of this particular unit in the Human Capital department. Leadership role is pretty challenging especially when problems arised but I am thankful enough for having team members and superiors who are very supportive. A person can be born to be a leader but it is not easy to become a good leader. For me, the leadership path is still a long journey and there is a lot to learn, improve and execute.

Working in the corporate world allows me to explore fashion. While we should dress formally except on casual Friday, the rule is not rigid as long as it is appopriate with the working environment and agenda. The look that I have for today basically reflects my dressing to office most of the time. I believed our dressing reflects our personality. Despite my interest in exploring and playing with different look and trend, I still stick to some rules I learnt from corporate grooming classes on formal attire such as only wear up to 3 colours at a time. Here in this look you could see me wearing a formal colour which is blue with a dash of grey and black.

Scarf - Vincci Accessories
Corsage - Heart Attack
Shirt - Mango
Skirt - South China Sea
Handbag - Coach
Heels - Charles & Keith

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

:: hfw 2012 - time travel ::

-Hijabi Fashion Week 2012-

The challenge for today is:

Time Travel

Bring something back from the past and combine it with a recent item or trend!

Printed scarf: bazaar at Jaya One
Cardigan: Dorothy Perkins
Maxi dress: brandless
Watch: Furla
Handbag: Louis Vuitton
Heels: Kiss & Tell

This is when old meets new. In order to achieve this look I chose the foulard print scarf as something from the past and combined it with the colour of Spring/Summer 2012 - yellow. If not mistaken foulard print was famous in the late 80's to 90's. I remember looking at my mother's foulard scarves back then and associate it with prints for adults or specifically, the 'aunties'. I still have that thought until I saw that foulard print scarf at the Jaya One bazaar last Saturday. Still unsure whether it is an age factor or something else, I somehow found that scarf pretty and immediately got an idea to wear it like that. Definitely not my everyday style though but I kind of like it because it reflects a classy look. 

Nothing much to exagerrate about the famous colour of the season. I have been crazy about yellow since months ago and it seems that I am not the only one. Even LV released the yellow vernis limited and specially for its Spring/Summer 2012 collection. That bag is love at the first sight and it was the only one available in their boutique at The Gardens Kuala Lumpur. Yellow can easily influent your mood and based on my experience, it helps to brighten up my day just by wearing a piece of it.

I am happy because I am able to achieve today's challenge but I am not so happy about that photo actually. I was in a rush and pardon me, I do not have any dedicated photographer so I took it with a self timer using my handphone. I am still wondering how fashion bloggers got their pretty pictures actually. Do they own a dedicated photographer to snap their looks everyday? Hrmmm... still curious. By the way, I seriously need a photographer /-_-\

p/s: do check out other participants' look for the HFW too

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

:: hfw 2012 - favourite hijab ::

Hi all~!
This week I am participating in the Hijabi Fashion Week (HFW) by loveHFW, which is an online event celebrating modesty, diversity and sisterhood. I accidentally came across this event some time ago and I found it interesting so when it was opened for registration, I did not hesitate to register. It is a 7-day event, starting 28 May until 3 June and the challenge is to come out with a look for each given theme. I have not manage to submit theme for Day 1 yet because I was not feeling well yesterday so I started mine with theme for Day 2. According to the rule, we are given up till 7 days to submit a look so I will obviously submit my Day 1 look at the end of the week.

The challenge for today is:
Favourite Hijab
Create an outfit inspired by your favorite Hijab!

Scarf - two tone bawal scarf from Kelantan
Blouse - Rania blouse from The Pop Look
Skirt - brandless
Bracelet watch - Guess
Handbag - Gucci
Heels - Nose

Before I am comfortable wearing a rectangular shawl, I have been wearing bawal scarf ever since its existence because the material is cotton like but softer so it is easy to shape. I have always like ombre tone in fabrics so the two tone purple scarf is definitely one of my favourite.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

:: lil' spongebob ::

Spongebob Squarepants Song

Are you ready kids?
"Aye Aye Captain"

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

Absorbant and yellow and porous is he

If nautical nonsense be something you wish

Then drop on the deck and flop like a fish

Spongebob Squarepants
Spongebob Squarepants
Spongebob Squarepants


p/s: don't you think the lyrics are quite bombastic for small kids?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

:: specially baked for bread lovers ::

Recently I have found a new addiction and that is munching while driving home from office. My snacks are usually buns and junk food so when I was searching for something to buy at myNews Menara TM two weeks ago, I found this:

a new line of bread from Gardenia

"Specially baked for bread lovers" was printed on the packaging so as a bread lover, I was tempted to give it a try. What's more, it was said that the brown bread is baked with sundried tomatoes and olives too. Wahhh for real?

I do not normally eat a slice of bread just like that because I normally prefer it to be toasted but I could not wait to reach home to try it. I ended up eating two pieces. It was fresh and the packaging did not lie because they were real olives and tomatoes! (...and olive is one of my fav).
I knew the bread would taste better if toasted and my instinct was right. It produced nice smell, crispy outside and soft inside.  If you are used to eating Subway sandwiches, the bread is almost like the Parmesan Oregano type and I bet we can produce a Subway-like sandwich with this Passione Italiana too because it is made of herbal mediterranean mixed grains. The packaging suggested it to be toasted and eaten with a butter spread but our refrigerator was out of butter spread or margerine so I had my toasts with my all time favourite ingredients - cheese and baked beans. Man, it tasted so good. I had four slices of bread with similar toppings and they were gone in just mere minutes.

Simple but yumzzz

I was very satisfied with this Passione Italiana bread and seemed to be addicted to it already. Eventually, there are other two types of bread in the same line; the Sommerset Cottage and Bonjour. While the Sommerset Cottage is an English loaf with wholesome grains and seeds, Bonjour is a classique loaf topped with black and white sesame seeds. They are all priced at RM4.20 each, double the price of an ordinary Gardenia white bread but I can asssure you the cents are worth spending.

Click here to learn more about the three tasty european cottage style bread by Gardenia. They even share few recipe suggestions too. Bon appetit~!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

:: for a bright smile ::

babyAdy's first set of toothbrush and toothpaste

Question: When should I start cleaning my baby's teeth?

Answer: Parents should start brushing their baby's teeth as soon as they appear. At first, just use a soft cloth or gauze moistened with water to wipe plaque from the teeth and gum twice a day but when other teeth have appeared, consider using a soft bristles tooth brush for the process. Only small amount of toothpaste is allowed especially if the toothpaste is fluoridated. Fluoride can be toxic for children if digested in large quantities so keep it away if the child is still unable to spit out the toothpaste.

- a summarised facts extracted from babycenter -

posted from Bloggeroid

Friday, May 18, 2012

:: instagram-ing ::


Thursday, May 17, 2012

:: 1 month to 1 ::

Today, Ady Rifqi is 11 months old. Only one month to his first birthday, yet we still call him "baby" although he does not look like a small baby anymore. I did not get the chance to blog when he was 10 months so there is definitely a lot to talk about him this time.

A day before Ady reached 9 months (16.03.2012) I discovered his first tooth. It was accidental when he was crying on my lap with his mouth wide open or else I would not see it because it was an upper tooth. Not long after that his other teeth came out and as at today Ady already got two upper and two lower teeth. We already feed him rice now with chicken, vegetables or fish and he rarely reject any food offered. The other day, I was talking to hubby while putting my finger near Ady's mouth and he eventually open his mouth to accept the 'food'. Quite funny but pity him. He must have thought there is something to eat. 

Anyway, Ady had never eat on his own so Thursday last week I bought a pack of Heinz chocolate flavoured finger biscuits for him to hold and bite as finger food. He was interested at first, holding and tasting it but after one bite he started playing around. As a neat freak mom, I took away the biscuit and hold it for him because we were in the car heading to KL for dinner. However, he did not want to eat the biscuit again after that and even the day after so in the end, the mother became the baby and finished up everything. The biscuits tasted good and it also came in apple flavour, in case you are interested. Ady may not like biscuits but I am happy enough because he loves eating two of my favourite food; bread and potato. Well, at least he inherits something from me ;-)

Ady already knew how to drink from sippy cup now although it took me months to train him. I bought Avent's sippy spout when Ady was 6 months plus and it came with a rubber shield to protect water from leaking. He did not know he has to suck for the water to come out so I usually had to take out the rubber for the water to flow, but last weekend he finally learnt to suck from the spout. Apart from that, other significant developments include of:

- More babbling and even 'singing' in his own language.
- Pick and drop things from a high place like bed or sofa then look down and stare at the item.
- Crawl on his hands and knees faster than before, even climbed up the stairs.
- Rocking his body from side to side especially when he is excited.
- Showing tantrum. He already learnt that he can get something if he screams or cry loudly.
- Walking and running around the house in his walker.
- Slapping our face to make us wake up from sleep -_-

Not only he looks more like his father, Ady also likes doing something or having activity with his hands so he still likes to knock his palm continuously on the table if there is nothing else he could do. One thing we discovered about him is his interest towards 'real thing' instead of toys. He got a set of rubber ducks and a Pokemon that can flashes light, but he is more interested playing with shower gel bottle while bathing. Not forgetting, he is still into gadgets - from mouse, keyboard, headset, handphone to iPad. I am fine with that though so instead of buying normal toys, I bought a set of plastic tools consist of hammer, spanner and types of pliers for him to play and he likes it. Due to that, you can now find a plastic plier in my handbag even when I am at the office. 

Last but not least, anoher thing that makes Ady excited is .....

..... car steering. 

Ady Rifqi is definitely Adiel Jr.

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