Monday, July 13, 2015

Botanical Garden

Photos by Hui Yee Teo 

(Top no brand, skirt from H&M Trend, heels from Agape Boutique)

   A long overdue post, this is. Have graduated from my A-Levels programme for a month now, having roughly 2-3 months break before entering university. During this time, I've been travelling with my friends. There are so many travelling posts that I am working now. I promised one of my friends to blog once a week or even more frequently since she was complaining that I have been procrastinating too much (and I admitted too). So do expect some updates from my blog! 

I shot this series of pictures quite some time ago when my hair was still brown. This skirt from H&M Trend is my favourite skirt at the moment. It is exotic, unique and it has gained many compliments from a lot of people. Also, this is my first item from the H&M Trend collection. If you haven't already heard about H&M Trend, it has a white label and the quality is better than the normal range. 

Thong Jean

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Lucky CNY

It's the time of the year when I get to meet all my relatives and catch up with my cousins, when my mom sets up the lanterns at my front door,  when everyone in my household is getting into the festive spirit. Any idea what event I am talking about? Of course, I mean the Lunar New Year.

I always get excited when it's closer to Chinese New Year. This is because I always get to eat loads of good food. Not only that, it's also a chance for me to dress up more than usual when visiting friends or relatives' houses. The only downside is the dilemma I have every year in choosing what to wear. I don't have many bright or red clothes to fit into this season, which is a must on the first day of CNY. And of course, wearing all black is a no-no. However, I can't possibly dress festively throughout the whole of CNY. Hence, I tend to rely on jewellery to spice up my looks.

Just like on Valentine's Day, I also had the opportunity to collaborate with JEOEL for this favourite season of mine and show you guys some more tips and tricks on for the Chinese New Year. This year, JEOEL's CNY theme is Ruby Red and Citrine Gold Wishes. Keep scrolling down to see how I style these gorgeous jewellery pieces! 

Also, at the end of this blog post, find out how to win RM50 shopping vouchers from JEOEL. 

One of the most eye-catching set is the Believe in Butterflies jewellery set. It's feminine and elegant. On the other hand, the Sparkling Flowers rings is more colourful and fun. It reminds me of the moment when all the flowers bloom together during spring time, indicating the auspicious and opulent season. 

An iconic-looking set is the Lemon Danish set, with bright but also a classic look which is suitable to wear throughout the year. I personally like the citrine colour, which makes it unique next to gold, yet still simple and classy. This would make a perfect gift. 

The Claw-Pinched Rings that I was wearing in the picture above (top left) encompass Amethyst, Citrine and Rhodolite Garnet. They are versatile and easy to match. And just like in my Valentine's post, you can stack them up like how I did in the picture to add more dramatic effect to your look.

The rings above include Star-Kissed Halo ring and 2 Star-Kissed 3-stone rings, which are incredibly sparkly. The former's centre stone is a White Quartz, especially cut from underneath to look like a star is captured in the bright, translucent stone. As for the latter, it has two stones shining bright at the side. It's really gorgeous, delicate and sparklier in real life. 

My stacking ring game is strong here. I was wearing the Beads of Wisdom rings. I really love the how simple and delicate these rings are, allowing me to be more creative in stacking.

Since it's the year of Goat, I think it is a must to have something goat related; which is why for this cute little sheep here, it's its time to shine. I love how cute and intricate the design on this necklace is. What's more cute is that it's feet, ears and tail sway as you move. An absolutely adorable gift for girls no matter the age. And did I mention that it's limited edition?
It was a guilty pleasure to wear these Aurelia Bracelets, which I found out were made in Italy. It feels really luxurious to touch as it has great artisanal quality of craftsmanship. They are two different golds -- yellow gold and rose gold, suitable for the theme of this season. 

There's one thing that I adore about JEOEL's jewellery which is the design of their jewellery. Like these ones above, Memento Pendants, the design is clean and simple.  Their jewellery pieces are always subtle and not too loud. I'd love to wear these jewellery on a daily basis. They're simple enough to layer two of them for a chic and trendy look.

Not to forget about these ones here. We have Dots of Dreams and Wreath of Faith rings as well as the Philanthropist pendant. This pendant is supposed to channel the good qualities of a warm, giving and generous friend, and is the best choice when choosing a gift for your best friends. On the other hand, the Wreath of Faith ring is supposed to symbolise an undying faith that rises again and again. 
photos by Vichy Lim, Eunice Chew and Terrence Choong


Now, here is some exciting news. JEOEL was so kind as to sponsor a giveaway for all my readers.
How lovely is that! We have five RM50 vouchers to be given away.

How to Win a RM50 JEOEL voucher:
1. Comment below this blog post about: 
- Which jewellery you like the most from, and 
- Why you like them 
- Leave your email along in the comment (so I can contact you). 
2. The most creative 5 comments will each win a voucher. 
3. The giveaway contest will run from 16th of February - 15th of March. 

You can visit this website to choose your favourite jewellery. If you'd like to see more of the CNY series, you can also click here.

   Good luck with writing your comments! I can't wait to read all your comments, so make sure you let your creativity flow. Last but not least, GONG XI FA CAI! May the year of goat be an auspicious and awesome one for you! (And if you don't want them, you can give all your red packets to me ;D )

Thong Jean

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Sparkling Valentine

You could say that February is my favourite month. Not only does my birthday fall on this month, but we also have both Western and Chinese's Valentines in one month; well, the latter depends on the Lunar calendar. Either way, February is a month filled with love. That brings me to my question: This Saturday, what are your plans? No matter if you are a single or in a relationship, I think it's always great to pamper yourself with a little gift.  

JEOEL, a jewellery brand I recently discovered, has the prettiest jewellery pieces. I first came across this brand while looking for some nice dainty rings. I was amazed by the design of the jewellery.  It is whimsical, fun and most importantly, easy to mix and match with daily wear. After doing some research, I found out that the jewellery pieces are genuine gems, which are supposed to symbolise the sincerity of the gift giver. They are all made in 925 sterling silver and plated with either rhodium, yellow gold or rose gold.  JEOEL is a third generation of the jewellers, DeGem group which is a well-known jeweller in Asia. 

What's even more awesome is I had the chance to work with them, and share their range of absolutely gorgeous jewellery with you guys! This series of pictures were taken at Coffea Coffee at Bangsar where I got to try some of their freshly-brewed coffee.
Caffe Latte Maestro is the house's signature coffee
The environment in Coffea Coffee was so cozy, and the scent of caffeine wakes you the minute you walk in. The decorations and general ambience is so lovely, not only perfect for my photoshoot, but also perfect for avid Instagrammers.

During the photoshoot, I got to try on a lot of beautiful jewellery pieces. One of the cutest pieces was the Teddy Love Pendant. It features a teddy bear holding on two 'balloons' which are attached to your ear. The design is so unique, I have never seen anything like that before. Plus, girls love teddy bears, and being able to wear them on our ears, need I say more?

Green Tea Latte; if you love green tea as much as I do, then you'll love this drink!

In the picture above, I am wearing the Love Is All Around Rings, and I can't think of a better name for it. The design are small hearts that join together to form a ring. It is dainty and modest, and most importantly, easy to match with casual clothes. It is definitely something I would wear every day since it is more subtle. 

Style tip: Stacking rings can be a chic way of styling them, which is how I usually do it. 
One of the more unique sets is called Origami Trinity. The designs for the necklaces are inspired by origami folding techniques. It gives an edgy look yet elegant enough to wear for formal events. 

Style tip: You can easily spice up a plain, simple shirt by layering necklaces, but still maintain that minimalistic look. 
For freedom lovers, the Let's Fly jewellery set would be the ideal choice, inspiring you to embrace your freedom every day. This line of jewellery is all about swallows and is a very Tumblr kind of style. Usually swallow necklaces only feature one swallow, but this necklace's design features multiple and the effect is quite eye-catching. A good conversation starter.

Avocado Mocha with Ice Cream; before this, I never thought avocado could be made into a beverage, but I have to say it tasted really good! 
One very nostalgic set was Storytime Rings and Charms, which brought me back to my childhood when I watched Disney Princess shows everyday. The coloured bits are made of enamel. They are all in 3D which made it super fun to wear them. For guys, it's a lovely gift to girlfriends to show them that you treat her like a princess. For girls, these rings can easily be paired with a simple lace top to give you a sweet yet chic Valentine's Day look; and don't forget to put on some pendants to complete your look! 
I especially love the Merry-Go-Round charm in the picture above. You can actually spin the charm, how awesome is that? Furthermore, these charms can be added to your bracelet according to your likings. 
In the picture above, I'm wearing the Philanthropist and Star Stylist pendants. Moonstone (the white one) is the symbol of wisdom, and has a natural optical effect called adularescence, a dreamy moon-like sheen that hovers above the surface. Amethyst (the purple one) is the symbol of devotion, and is also the gemstone for February which makes it my kind of gemstone. 
Here I am wearing the Cupid and Cupid & Chocolate charms together. The Cupid & Chocolate charm especially is so pretty. A good news for you guys, it is at a special discounted price everyday for the first 10 shoppers. Not only will it appeal to a girl's love for jewellery, the design also stands out from typical jewellery pieces. So guys, you know what to do right?
After trying everything, I have to say that the We Caught Love Rings is my favourite piece. It has this rope-like intricate design which is so lovely! It is also delicate and dainty like the Love is All Around Rings, perfect for adding a subtle amount of bling to your outfit. 

photos by Eunice Chew, Vichy Lim and Terrence Choong

In one day, I have fallen in love with so many jewellery pieces. Each of them are unique and beautiful in their own way, suitable for all different kinds of outfits and events. For someone like me, that is important because I think jewellery is an important element in completing my outfit. Even a plain, simple top can easily become unique with the aid of the right jewellery. 

So, for guys who are having trouble looking for gifts for your plus one this Valentine's, or even girls who just want to spoil themselves a bit this year,  JEOEL is definitely a website you should visit. There are so many things to choose from, and did I mention you don't have to compromise with the prices for these dreamy pieces? All the items I've written are connected to the link. Feel free to click on it to obtain further details. 

Thong Jean