Friday, November 27, 2009

Enoughism : It's never enough.

As plain as I may sometimes look, I do love fashion and all things shiny, blingy and pretty. But if the situation calls for me to dress "practically" instead of "fashionably", then I'm fine with just a tee, hoodie and jeans. Takkan la nak pergi kelas + tunggu bas bawah matahari yang dah sedia maklum terik pakai makeup or heels kan?

I believe that fashion is a medium of expression. What one think is pretty/ugly is different from the next person because every one of us express ourselves differently. You might think the suede jeans worn by the girl across the room is fugly but what you don't know is she's thinking the amount of makeup you're wearing makes you look like a drag queen.

In my opinion, to be regarded as a truly fashionable person, a LOT of work is required. I've a friend who knows a friend and she told me her friend wakes up at 5 am every day just to groom and prep herself to class. Holy M.A.C! The longest I've spent getting ready for class is half an hour.

Another thing that I truly believe in is : Fashion/Beauty is pain. It is never about being comfortable.

I had to learn it the hard way on days when I'm wearing killer (literally, killing my feet) shoes, impractical bags and jackets/blazers too hot for the Malaysian almost-always-dry-and-dreary weather. But I can't help it. I'm a sucker for jackets/blazers.

Am also a fan of hoodies. A hoodie by nature is meant to be comfortable. It's practical but it has a way of making the *coughs* wearer look shabby and bulky. Thus I've come up with a theory that all things comfortable are most of the time a fashion blunder. 2 simple and obvious examples :

Crocs - They're good for your feet but really, the design leaves much more to be desired. There are actually web-pages dedicated to eliminating the very famous plastic shoes. I for one am not a Croc fan, not matter how good or comfortable they are for my feet.

Tudung Arini, Ariani (I'm not even sure what they're called) - Tudung yg direka untuk mereka yang couldn't be bothered to actually pakai the proper tudung with pins and all. A mini version of telekung made of stretchable fabric. Just sarung and you're done. Done for doom that is. I actually banned my mom from buying one of these.

The examples and comments given are just my opinion. My not-so-important opinion, because really, I'm not a fashion police. Please don't get all worked up on my random, almost satirical comments. Did not mean to intentionally offend those who actually do involve themselves with the object of discussion. I myself am a fashion mishap sometimes.

Now we'll move on to a more fun and lighter topic...

Currently there are 3 things I really, REALLY want more than anything:

1. A Loewe 160th Anniversary Special Edition tote bag.

2. A pair of Oxford shoes. I saw one in Clarks that was to die for.

3. Fashion Inside Out : Daniel V's Guide to How Style Happens from Inspiration to Runway and Beyond ( A book by Daniel Vosovic).

Irina Shabayeva won the 6th season of Project Runway. Am really happy. She's my favourite contestant for this season. There was supposed to be a two-hour special episode of Project Runway: All-Star Challenge right after the finale but sadly it's not shown here in Malaysia. I was really looking forward to it when first heard on E! about the all star challenge. Ada Daniel Vosovic okay...He's my most favourite designer throughout all seasons of Project Runway.

Warning : About to enter gushing Daniel V mode.

Daniel V's creations are all beautiful. He's the only guy that doesn't involve himself in any "drama" or confrontations and not even once throughout the 2nd season have I seen him bad-mouthing other contestants. Daniel truly channels his talent in designing and winning to the fullest extent to a point where he won 2 weekly challenges in a row. Plus he's always been the judges' favourite. He takes their comments humbly and turns them into constructive criticism. Some contestants either snap back or get all defensive.

He's also gorgeous, talented, well-mannered and really sweet (you've to watch the show to get what I mean). Like a true classic gentlemen. There's a catch though : He confessed in one episode that he's gay. Dang it! The nicest and gorgeous guys always turn out to be one. But it's okay. I still like him anyway. (I should really join a groupie. Haha)

I was bit sad though he only became the 1st runner up during the 2nd season of P.R . But at least he won the All-Star challenge. Yay to that! =D (Will be looking for that episode on the internet.)

My Loewe tote bag will be arriving in late December. Ordered it online. Told you I'm a bag addict. Now I have to start saving $$$ from scratch again for the oxford shoes.

Ain said that I'm, and I quote "a corporate slave". That, or I'm just leading a consumer-driven life.

Taken from Merriam-Webster :
Consumerism is the equation of personal happiness with consumption and the purchase of material possessions.

Enoughism is the theory that there is a point where consumers possess everything they need, and buying more actually makes their lives worse off.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

"It would be nice for once not wanting to kill you all the time"

Jasper had 4 lines, and that was the longest. A bit frustrating though, since he's my favourite Cullen.

Arrived @ Pyramid at 9.50 a.m. Pecah rekod, the earliest I've been to Pyramid. Stores weren't even opened yet. It's becoming a tradition I guess, catching The Twilight Saga films on the very first day of premiere in Malaysia. The line at TGV wasn't long, thank God for that. But by the time it came to my turn, only 3 seats were left available for New Moon at 10.45 am show. Say what?? Nasib baik la I was a lone ranger, if my sister tagged along tadi she'll be sitting at one end of the cinema and I the other.

So...New Moon...what did I think of it?

3 words : Eye candy, plentiful. (Read : Packs and abs)

Oh, and before I forget, let me point out that shirtless guys are EVERYWHERE in this film. Feast your eyes ladies. LOL!

And for the first time since TAK PERNAH, werewolves scared the sh!tless out of me. Or maybe the sound system was doing a good job with amplifying the sound effects.

In terms of visual effects, it was awesome. The action scenes were more...polished, I've to say. Better than the first one (which I was really disappointed with given that I had high hopes for the first movie of Twilight Saga). The love plot and all that jazz, it was okay, I guess. The book did a better job of emotionally wounding me to a point of being almost emotionally unstable. I was practically bawling when reading New Moon and Eclipse. Haha.

My favourite team would definitely have to be the Volturi clan. Never have vampires look so evil, sleek and coldly menacing, it's almost irresistible. Even Dakota Fanning and her 20-minutes of Twilight Saga fame did an impressible job as Jane.

Am going Team Caius. Haha.

So overall was the movie good? Biase je...I've seen better ones. But I'll still watch it anyways out of loyalty to Twilight Saga. Now, let's look forward to the release of Eclipse next year shall we.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Definitely Starstrukk...

I knew I was getting out of my "comfort zone" the day I got hooked on Cobra Starship. Electro slash dance pop was never my preferred genre of music. But if I professed myself as the all-around-music lover, then I do have to divulge myself in all genre of music, right?

Is my taste in music evolving? Can't really say myself... What I can say is I started off my childhood years with boy bands and girl groups (the likes of Backstreet Boys, 911, The Moffatts and of course Spice Girls. I have all of S.G albums). Then there was a time when all I would listen to was Simple Plan because somehow all their songs were relevant to my rebellious teenage life. "I'm just a kid and life is a nightmare". That was my anthem back then along with "Welcome To My Life". LOL! Then I traded teen-angst lyrics for Switchfoot, Hoobastank, Evanescence, Jet. I've been staying on that genre ever since.

Then comes a duo act by the name 3Oh!3. Don't Trust Me was the name of the song. It was constantly on Hitz.Fm that it got stuck in my head to a point where I found myself humming innocently to the tune out of the blue on one random day. I've gone to the dark side. Haha.

Penat kot, selalu dengar lagu-lagu yang heavy that I felt I needed a break. Lol! Sure 90% of their lyrics are racy but the tune is irresistible. My now song of the week : Starstrukk. I've to say Katy Perry added a nice touch to the song.

Right now I'm constantly humming "L-O-V-E's just another word I never learned to pronounce".

This part right here, though could be very demeaning to a feminist, did a good job of cracking me up. LOL!

I think I should know
How to make love to something innocent
Without leaving my fingerprints on

And there's also Daisy Duke, low cuts and see through stuff mentioned. *Shakes head* And you call yourself a feminist dear.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Semi-charmed kind of life

I believe in the sand beneath my toes
The beach gives a feeling
An earthy feeling
I believe in the faith that grows
And the four right chords can make me cry
When I'm with you I feel like I could die
And that would be all right
All right

-Felt like reminiscing with Third Eye Blind-


List of Things To Do During The Holidays
#6. Catch up on my reading.
#14. Clean up my room.

There are piles and piles of books everywhere in my room that I had to practically walk on tiptoes just to get across the room. It's breaking my heart to see some of the books go "unsheltered". Been meaning to get a new bookshelf but current lack of $$$ says otherwise. *Sighs* I hate being broke.

The thing is, I'm a self-professed book hoarder. Last time I checked, there were 13 brand new books that I bought but have yet read. I guess studies kept me busy. (Pfft! Lame excuse, I know). Perhaps now would be a good time as any to catch up on my reading.

Shopping for books I would have to say is much more fun with my dad. My mother can't seem to understand why I keep hoarding/buying all these books. Maybe because my dad himself hoards books. I probably got his genes. Haha.

Note to self : Be a reader, not a hoarder.

Bought 2 new books yesterday. "The Time Traveller's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger and "Change of Heart" by Jodi Picoult. The second book was a hard cover edition and it cost me only RM35. Who could resist a bargain like that eh? ;p

Would give probably anything to have this many book in my house

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Baking pies & waking dead

How I've missed writing here. And now because I'm (un)officially on holiday, I can finally rant, spam and review practically anything I want on this blog without having the annoying "You-know-you-should-be-doing-your-work-right-now" voice tugging inside my head.

So, where should I start?

Pushing Daisies Season 2.

I'm back to being happy again =D

A quickie about Pushing Daisies : A story about Ned the pie maker who has a gift. He could touch dead things and bring them back to life. He uses this gift to help solve crime/forensic cases. Think C.S.I minus the always grim and sullen mood. There's 2 simple catch to his ability though. Keep the dead thing alive for more than a minute and something else would die in its place (to keep the balance of life, I presume). And touch a dead thing twice, it dies again. This time, forever. A humourly morbid twist for an otherwise another average American TV show. Anyway, one day Ned brought back Chuck a.k.a Charlotte, his childhood sweetheart from the dead but he can't love or touch Chuck the way a typical guy loves his girl. One touch is all it takes to send Chuck back 6 feet under. Adorable kan, the premise of the story?

What do I like about Pushing Daisies anyway? Hmm...I like how the narrator begins each and every episode with "It's been ** years, ** months, ** days and ** hours..." and ends with "The facts were these...". I like how Lee Pace plays Ned in a bashful, innocent-like manner so perfect to a T. I like the dresses that Chuck wore. Basically, everything that could make me happy is in that show. There's quirk, colour (each episode is literally colourful. Like a children's storybook come to life), daisies (it's my only favourite flower) and pies. Absolutely, visually delicious pies that are to die for. Blueberry, kiwi, lemon...all pies imaginable are in the show. It's sad though they discontinued the series after only 2 seasons. I think it's one of the original series available on TV. If you like the works of Tim Burton, I think you'd like this show.

The many styles of Chuck

You have got to love those red Mary Janes ;p

Another pretty dress.

*Hint to Amal : Bile nk makan lemon meringue pie ni??*

Kathleen Kelly (from You've Got Mail) is my all time favourite female character. The one thing she and I have in common is she likes daisies too. "Daisies are the friendliest flower". Just a random fact I felt like writing. ; )

Daisies my mom bought for me from when we went to Cameron. Cantik kan?? LOL!

Holidays are usually the time of the year where I catch up on all TV shows I've missed. Those in queue include True Blood S2, Castle, Supernatural S4, Criminal Minds and The Amazing Race S15. (I'm soo hogging the telly)