Confession of an Asian StyleHolic

Jimmy Choo Riki

A must go place apart from shopping malls and factory outlet if I am on my overseas trip is museum. I just love museum because it is the place where I can learn about the country culture, people, history and fashion. One of the cities with lots of interesting museum is definitely London. The museums have a lot of similarity but yet so different. The scope of exhibits not only about English people or land but from all over the world. It is interesting to see my country pre-historic weapons,  Egyptian monuments and Japanese ancient war amour that has resemblance with Jimmy Choo Riki bag.


The patent leather looks amazingly strong with a lot studs and buckle. I will not vote this as the best, perfect bag but it is just interesting to look at. It is complex but at the same time so touchable and friendly to carry.



Some women just love great fashion while others just love attention. This kind of bag will gain a lot of attention; doesn’t matter if it is bad or good.. Riki has a strong character. The not so good thing about this is Riki is not something that you can carry so often,. Strong bag mean it is easily recognized and remembered.


For statement seekers, Riki for USD1895 at saks.

December 25, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment



Read. For those who can’t get enough of back to back episodes of Friends. Here a solution. Carry a handbag with 7 inch screen on it. Sound too extreme to be true? Not for BagTv.


The London based TV come out with a revolutionary bag that can act as carrier and an entertainment gadget. The seven-inch LCD. MP3 and a DVD player. Plus who need a laptop when you can download photos from digital camera through USD port and SB card slot.


These high tech handbags cost only around 295 pounds or USD763 at Bagtv, quite cheap for TV or even a bag! Plus always remember that you get to watch Jennifer Aniston and a bunch of guys celebrate what it likes to live in 1990’s  while you are in bank, restaurant or during your son soccer practice!


I don’t see this as a very bag idea. Maybe it will not going to be something that will landed you on the top of most fashionable list and some will say this is a stupid gadget but hey, now we can’t live without watching our favourite video from our cellphone right? Ashley M come out with clock bag. I guess they can sell even it is quite erm…. (I reserved my comments).



Crafted in finest leather and it is available in a few colours. Navy and white quite cute.Without the screen, it looks so wearable and surprisingly chic. So what is your choice?




December 25, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

Tragic travel


I am quite practical when it’s come to travel bag. My travel luggage must be made from a ‘strong’ material and relatively cheap!

Everyone love cheap stuff but most cheap stuff do not compliment with the stylenista principle. As for me, it is an exceptional for luggage/travel bag. It must be cheap because I have quite a tragic story about my Samsonite luggage.


It is like almost five years ago and me and my first Samsonite travel to Los Angeles. That is my fist trip to America and I am so excited to catch a so called American dream (it began when I first listened to Madonna!).  Someone bought me a black Samsonite just for the trip. It is like double happiness, America and Samsonite!


I realized about the tragedy when I am in a hotel room. My Samsonite wheels are broken! I don’t know when it happens, maybe in KLIA, LAX but my heart kept saying it is the LA bus driver who drove me from LAX to hotel and he is the one load and unload the luggage! It is my first Samsonite and it is broken!


From that moment onwards, I make sure that my travel luggage that supposed to go straight into the airport check in is cheap and strong!


If I ever bought this Gucci duffel it is probably going to be in my travel bag or gym category. It is simple, with Guccissimma details (the g, g and g) and quite roomy. Who can resist this? It will always be my hand carry luggage. I will never let anyone hands (bus driver and airline staff included) to touch this. This is too good to be true. But my cash just say no because it is cost around USD1,250 at  saks ( maybe MasterCard can help…or maybe no, I try to settle the old balance)  


December 25, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Comments Off on Tragic travel

Celeb and Carry- Victoria Beckham


No girl can go out shopping in Milan with the most stylish ex-couple in the world but still managed to grab all attention (especially from the paparazzi) except Victoria. Even the pose and photo look like it is pre-arranged; where the publicist called the paparazzi before they go out shopping, this is one of the best Victoria look after she cut her hair.

She look stunning in her own label, faux fur shrug, Louboutin heels and of course she must carry something from the ex couple, Dolce and Gabbana custom made Crocodile collection. Others from crocodile collection including custom made weekend bags and briefcase. I think this bag is one from the One Of A Kind Bag Collection, which is a really exclusive and you might have to wait before you can even smell the bag. But it is worth a wait because a metal label inside is engraved with your name. How many people that you know can get their name on a designer bag? If you can do it, well you are one of a kind!


If Posh got his crocodile bag, how about Beckham. He will be upset if he knows that Victoria carries a Dolce and Gabbana crocodile bag and he didn’t. Maybe with that thought, Dolce and Gabbana also launched a One of Kind Men bags collection. Specially made for those who desire to be different and exceptionally unique. Most of the design is slightly different from the rest of the bag you saw on Dolce and Gabbana racks. It must be different, because it may cost you like USD50K a piece!

Unfortunately, even you have the cash now, you can’t order it online because you have to put your name on the list at Dolce and Gabbana store and wait like three months, that is only if you are lucky! This bag is limited to handful of invitees only!

December 23, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Lanvin Gourmet 22 Faubourg tote


This holiday season will end in a few weeks but a designer already prepare something on what you should carry on your very next holiday!


If you’re feeling you need something that is fun with a multicolored canvas for your next holiday season, a visit to Lanvin to get this canvas Gourmet 22 fouburg tote will do you good. It is really captivating to watch colourful tote because we’ll never know what is going to happen in 2009; especially when it is related to economic situation.


The woman in one shoulder short dress on the tote screams ‘fabulous’. Maybe she is hoping brighter economic future next year. This is not a tote I am hoping from Lanvin because most of their runway looks are on a dark shade and structured dresses. But maybe this is their hint about what next on the Lanvin runway.


For USD680 at net-a-porter.  Quite pricey for a canvas tote. If this is a normal tote, that is ridiculously high (especially this time). But maybe you can get it; the reason and consolation is the word Lanvin on it!


December 23, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Mulberry cosmetic purse/edgy clutch


Make up purse is one of the must haves bag for the lady on the go. In fact every lady (doesn’t matter if you are a high flying executive or stay home mom should own at least one make up purse in a main handbag. We don’t want to stain your new Burberry Lowry canvas bag with mascara right?


Do not take for granted the importance of make up purse. It is all about the material. It should be made from easily wipe or washed type. It is quite improper disgusting to see a lady with a dirty make up bag. It is not that dirty smelly but make up purse that is smear with lipstick or mascara mark, compact powder and mysterious stain! Yuck!!!


Enjoy a lot of attention in the public toilet no, don’t copy George Michael mirror when you are exposing Mulberry Bronze cosmetic purse. This shiny leather not only edgy but it can be easily wipes. I can double as a cute, funky clutch; to pair with either jeans or LBD.



If it is not written as cosmetic purse, I really thought this is purely an evening clutch. The design just so perfect and it is killing me to suggest to this blog readers to only use this to keep lip gloss and mascara. It is more than that!


The price is around USD200 at my-wardrobe; quite pricey for cosmetic purse. It is a good reason to fully utilize the purse.

December 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Comments Off on Mulberry cosmetic purse/edgy clutch

Gina’s bag!

“I am actually looking for a bag to bring to work as my current one has just given way… any suggestion? Nothing too girly for me please”…


That is from my dear friend, ‘uber-blooger’, Gina.


I love when people ask for my opinion. Especially when it is regarding what I love most, style, fashion, paperwork, public relations and love relations… ok… maybe not love. I am suck at it. The best thing if people ask for my opinion is I can erm… maybe can be a bit manipulative and a bit snob (action a bitlah!)… you know like ‘well… I know more than you!’…


No Gina, I am not going to be manipulative and snob to you (erm…………….) 


The key words are work and not too girly. But I would like to add something… stylish and season-proof. I will not going to suggest any backpack because it is outside the professional radar.   


These are my suggestions with a principle of ‘it’s ok for a girl to a bit masculine man bag but if man carry very feminine bag, he is something!’







I have like dozens of Padini shirt in my closet. The reason being is Padini really ‘fit’ my taste and budget. I can buy like almost 8 Padinis shirts (and maybe 14 during sale) if I trade in my Thomas Pink shirt. The cut fit my body perfectly and most of its shirt is wrinkle free. As a lazy-guy like me, ironing can be quite stressful. Some brand (even designers) claims that shirt is wrinkle free and guess what, I am shouting at myself when the shirt seems to wrinkle even when I am still wearing it.


Frankly, I don’t have any Padini bag, but I am planning to get one soon because now it is on sale. You can the bag for less than RM150 (around USD40). Most of the bags are very ‘metrosexual’ and it is sensible enough for a girl to carry it.


I saw my office mate carrying it and each time I am looking at their bag because Padini never failed to amaze me!







If I say Coach, I know some of my friend (especially someone who just bought new Coach!) will finally pay attention to me. Some are addicted to Coach because of it’s signature C print but I think the print seems so everywhere. So Gina, how about take a walk to their store to get this you can’t go wrong Transatlantic Leather Draft Tote for USD448.00.



If leather too serious for you  and your blog readers and mom will flop, why not try the nylon version only. It is more easy to pocket, cost only USD298.00.







If you are not into tote, why not go for messenger. It is cool to carry messenger especially if you are in  your office wear. You will look young, energetic and with a lot of creative thought (which is so you). That is the reason why I would suggest you Guess Roger messenger at only USD69.90!




Modern union soak bag


The print on this bag reminds me of the print on my shirt. I really into abstract at one point in my life where almost everything abstract. Straps af the bottom of Modern Union Soak bag are designed to carry a yoga mat. But even if you are not practising any type of yoga, this bag can be your flexible public eye-catcher!

December 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments

Body Glove Backpacks


All I want is a bottle of mineral water but I end up with four backpacks.

In this economic crunch, everybody seems to be aware about their spending; including me. I am really aware; of course. That is why I bought four.

Last week I am most popular tourist spot in the island known as Pearl Of the Orient, Penang on a strictly business trip!

But after ‘check in’ in the hotel room and unload my thing, I realized that I forgot the most essential elements, shaver and mineral water. So I put on my Padini hoodie, Levi’s and Ipanema flip flop and Guess vogue tote ( a most ridiculous match, but it is forgiven since I am in a free and easy island ) and head to the nearest 24/7 grocery (not 7/11 but Happy Mart; it’s everywhere here!). But on the way to the Happy Mart, I came across a poster with very familiar and irresistible words, 50% NATIONWIDE DISCOUNT! Before I knew it, I am in Body Glove!

This brand means a lot to me. Something that I used to really attached with. It was end of 90’s and early 2000’s and me as a young executive in Penang with minimum pay. I love Armani or Calvin Klein but more than half of my pay went to second hand car installment and maintenance. The rest of my pay is for petrol, food and a very tiny portion left to buy miscellaneous stuff. During that period, even Adidas seems really expensive!

But as an ‘aspiring stylenista’, I must wear and carry something branded, cheap, hip and young! One of brand that offered this is BodyGlove. I remember my collections of Body Glove slim tight fit tees (considered cool in during 90’s), cargo’s pants and a messenger bag which I keep slinging for almost 365 days a year. I don’t know where it’s gone, maybe somewhere in my parents house.

A quick info about Body Glove. It was founded by Bill and Bob Meistrell in 1953 to serve the watersport enthusiast needs. It is more than half a century and today, still maintaining the same concept, its still stand tall with other brand and offered very affordable and even cheap apparel.

Cheap is one the strong reason why I bought four BodyGlove Backpack; three Theidas and a Staby. As I mentioned before, I am not planning to buy anything but it is cost only RM39 (or around USD10). A very economically-friendly bags!


It is made from canvas with a big compartment on the front side. and I’m bet friendly on your back and shoulder!  It is simple and the colour just quite inviting. If I didn’t get any, I can’t leave this island. So on the way to Happy Mart and in less than 15 minutes in BodyGlove, I grab four BodyGloves!

I don’t really know what I am going to do with these four backpacks. BodyGlove is very stylish and hip but something telling me this is not my brand now. But I still strongly suggest for you visit BodyGlove for a young, active wear.

Now, the four still lying on my jati chair, I am still thinking what I am going to do with them. Perhaps as a souvenir for my super young brother and cousins when I come to visit them. Don’t know when, but one thing for sure, I know they will be more than happy!

December 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 4 Comments

We love Stephen Sprouse launched!


Finally it is on. I know I’ve informed this like 4 days late, but it is nothing too late to view something from Stephen Sprouse. The very graffiti and interactive site include everything you need to know about legendary Sprouse. Check this out!


December 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Get that perfect bag!


What is the first thing you see when you look at the above Chloe Heloise?


I might think most of you would say the two pleated straps. Some might think this is a terrible looking straps or the straps destroy the bag. Me too. I think the pleated straps looks a bit weird but when it pairs with Celine top, Les Chiffoniers leggings, Christian Louboutin pumps and a Chloé blazer  Chloe Heloise with pleated straps looks stunning and outstanding. That why we need to match our bag with a right outfit.




The art of mix and match is equally important. We must know how the art of choosing the right bag to go with what inside our closet.  It is a very easy thing to do if you watch 4 simple steps; and if you an avid follower of my blog,  you may actually already did it.


1.     Watch your purse.


There’s a Malay saying, ‘ukur baju di badan sendiri’ or measure your  own shirt/dress ( this is a very direst translation!). You may like Louis Vuitton Epi leather montaigne clutch but if it cost almost a month of your salary you might have to wake up and put LV montaigne to rest but never delete this bag in your wishlist. Let it be your dreams. LV is super-luxury but does this goes really in with your social circle? Let’s face it, most of us only comfortable mixing up with our own class. If your day job is a processing clerk in a factory with 15 workforces you are not going to rub shoulder with socialites in Gucci dress at a cocktail party at night right? Yes… maybe once in a year you attend an extravagant dinner and I am so agree with the term ‘invest in a one classic designer bag’  but is it worth to buy LV montaigne but the very next month you’ll ‘busy’ ignoring the phone calls from ‘priceless Mastercard’ (I’ve experienced that!).



Why not you settle with something like Cole Haan Lila? It is simple, cute, and affordable and can match on almost anything in your closet. It maybe not as great as LV montaigne but it is a designer bag and it is legal and original. 


Worst, with your salary and status people will think that your LV maintaigne is a fake.  That is a harsh reality.



2. Watch your waistlineysl-large-downtown-toteWhat waistline got to do with your bag? it is everything. A bag will look so visible with your friend but might look invisible with you. If you are short and petite, you should forget the big huge bag like Yves Saint Laurent downtown tote. You’ll look like one of the seven dwarfs carrying a provision from the nearest wood for Snow White.  The Olsen is petite and she looks great carrying a huge bag! Yes, she looks great but they are the richest twin on earth. They have like a six  stylists to help them choose what they might carry. But, sometimes (actually a lot of time) critics were so harsh to them and they always end up on the top of worst dress of the week. They are someone and you we no one; so again, please wake up and follow the rules. There is no good to you if you want to ‘create’ your own style but at the same time your office secret crush finally admitted that tea lady look more presentable than you.


Most of your shirt comes from a store called XXL for Big Girl, you must forget tiny Chanel black quilted patent leather wristlet clutch. It is cute but if it the USD1,080 clutch look invisible in you, what is the purpose of carrying the clutch? Find something that can fit your size like white Jimmy Choo Zulu soft clutch. Don’t afraid with white because white clutch will not make you fat!


If you are carrying a shoulder bag, the safest way is to for the bag to drop between your waist and bottom, like the above See by Chloe Medium Slouchy hobo. The size must be appropriate and do not stuff too much thing in it. 




3. Watch your career, age and personality


We are born with different personality. It is wrong to be something that is not you. Beyonce claims that she is actually Sasha when she on stage but in real life, she is just a Beyonce who sitting quietly in the corner of a room. She can claim that she has a split personality and we praise her for that but if you claims that you have a split personality, some of you friends might suggest you to see a psychiatrist.


We are not born to be a superstar. It is ok to copy their look but we must again, wake up and remember, what are we doing in order to pay the bills?  If you are an archeologist, it is very practical to carry Australia Outfitter Digger Backpack. It suits your nature of work. But if your job is in as a personal assistant for a director, do you think your boss will be proud to introduce you to his friend when you carrying  Digger on your back? Worst, your boss friend might think that you are a Crocodile Dundee wannabe.



L.A.M.B. Mandeville Satchel looks super stylish with Gwen Stefani because she managed to sing and dance like 15 year old cheer leader (and she  but if you are owned the brand) but if you are a 40 year old introvert librarian with 10 year old boy, did you manage to carry like what Gwen Stefani did? Your boy need her mum so please be one.


I came across a 19 year old who carry bag like she is a 40 year old. The reason is she is so into her mom stuff. I know mom is your best friend and vintage from mum is the most priceless but beware some classic vintage will make you look vintage.



Don’t be so excited to be matured. You might regret it 25 years later.



4. Watch what is in your closet.


 Buying a bag (especially an expensive one) is an investment. You will change your shirt everyday but you’ll probably carry the same bag almost every day. Try to get something that is versatile. I must say that black is the most flexible colour. If buying bag seems so rare  (which I think most likely not you) , make sure that you have at least a basic purse like


Yves Saint Laurent chocolate cruc nubuck wallet if you feeling like carrying light.



Shoulder bag like Bottega Venetta braided leather hobo for Sunday leisure,



A tote like Coach signature Leah tote for daily jeans and work,



and clutch like Hayden Harnet Delancy for dinner party.


Please, the rule of same colour for your bag and shoes is so yesterday!


If you are really kind really love match-matchy, tie a scarf that has the same colour on what you wearing on the strap of the bag. This technique only applies on medium to large bag.

December 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments