Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Historical Georgetown

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and named after King George III of United Kingdom and Ireland, Georgetown- the capital city of Penang, is one of the oldest cities in Malaysia. Founded in 1786 by Captain Francis Light of the British East India Company, Georgetown was one of the first British settlements in South East Asia then it became a British Crown Colony in 1867.

Despite the extremely hot weather in the month of March, walking around Georgetown was totally worth it. I am in awe of the historical sites and preserved century-old buildings. Having the reputation of Malaysia's gastronomic capital, never miss to try the street food around. It is the perfect definition for the term ''where east meets west''. Exploring the small alleys was like going back to its rich past where the spice trade was rampant. I wish I had taken more photos.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Look For Less: Shopping in Ho Chi Minh City

One of the things I have learned from my classy grandmother Marina, It's better to be overdressed than to be underdressed. So whenever I go out, I always try to look good not for anyone else but for myself. Since my teenage years, I was already interested in fashion and style. In fact, when I was 14, I modeled for a local designer in my hometown. 

And my motto, I'd rather have a few clothes but with quality than having too many but breaks quickly. So let me tell you my secret on where to shop good quality designer clothes in Ho Chi Minh City. 

As I have mentioned in my previous blog post, Ho Chi Minh is one of the best shopping destinations in South East Asia. Being the factory hub to many International brands like Zara, Mango, Michael Kors, North Face, Nike and a lot more, you can find these brands in the market for half or even one-third of the retail price. Also, since most of these products came straight from the factory, you cannot guarantee to have your size available as sometimes they only come in a few or a piece.

For instance, some years ago, I was lucky to have found an original Tory Burch Travel Flats in my size. I bought at Lucky Plaza for about 100 USD and online it costs 250 USD.

The Kardashian Kollection jacket was also bought in Lucky Plaza for 15 USD
and the Tory Burch Flats for 100 USD.

230 Euros At ToryBurch.Com

If you're looking for winter clothes, sports wear or sports shoes, Russian Market is the best place to go. And for you ladies, the best place to shop for shoes and dresses is Lucky Plaza.

Barbour is an English luxury and high quality brand. In fact, it is a favorite of the British Royal Family. When I was in Scotland a year ago, I went to a luxury shop called House of Bruar. The cheapest Barbour Jacket in the shop was about 180 GBP (230 USD). If you're lucky, did you know you can find them in Russian Market? And you wouldn't believe the price, sold for only 60 USD and yes, ORIGINAL!

These corsets are from La Senza and Victoria's Secret, also can be found in Russian Market. For those who asked me about Victoria's Secret, I took this photo for you! ;)

I found this Zara Leather High Heel Sandals for about 30 USD in Russian Market, which by the way, is still on their website for double the price.

Russian Market:  328 Võ Văn Kiệt, Cô Giang, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam.

Lucky Plaza Shopping Market: 38 Nguyễn Huệ, 69 Đồng Khởi, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Shopping for friends and family in Europe.

If you're interested of making me your personal shopper, email me at rizlle@yahoo.com

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Cacdemode Swim

It was a great privilege to be part of Cacdemode's Buns in the Sun. The event took place at Thao Dien in hustling and bustling, Ho Chi Minh City.

Cacdemode is local Vietnamese brand specializing in modern and uniquely-designed swimwear. Just perfect for any beach party or pool theme occasions. 
And since it's already summer in Asia, Ms. Cac Lam the creative director of Cacdemode turned an idea into reality about doing a Summer Squad Goals video wearing the latest designs from Cacdemode Swim.

If you want to own one of these lovely swimwear, visit www.cacdemode.com

A Great Weekend Escapade

If you're an expat living in Saigon (Vietnam), I guess you can relate to the dilemma that sometimes you just need to take a break from the hustling and bustling of the big city. And the good thing about living in a tropical country is you don't have to travel afar to find the serenity and haven you deserve.

A coastal fishing town in Bin Thuan Province with 12 kilometers that have been transformed into a resort destination, Mui Ne is definitely the weekend paradise you've been waiting for. About 220 kilometers from Saigon, it takes approximately 5 hours to reach Mui Ne by bus.

Aside from being one of Vietnam's most popular beach destination, Mui Ne is also dubbed as a Kitesurfer's paradise. If you want to see other attractions aside from the beach then head to the red and white sand dunes.

At night, Mui Ne transforms into a food paradise and party heaven, a perfect concoction for fun!

Our Resort: Mui Ne Bay Resort

Around Mui Ne: Local Seafood Restaurant, Dragon Beach Bar and Lounge

Bus Fare: 15 USD two way transport
Hotel: 60 USD per night
Scooter Rental: 5 USD per day
Food: 30 USD per day

Sunday, February 12, 2017

My Chanel Collection Part Deux

If you're following me on Instagram, you will know that I'm an avid fan of the French luxury brand Chanel. The reason why I became a Chanel lover, as described on my first blog, is because of my mother.

My favorite Chanel pieces are from the 80's and 90's as I am really into vintage Chanel. Most of my Chanel accessories and bags are bought online or in a vintage shop during my travels abroad.

Since I wrote my first blog about my Chanel collection which was two years ago, here's an update of my growing collection.

I really like the black bucket bag (from Chanel Cosmetics) but I regret I didn't buy the big one. I first saw it in Sydney, Australia some years ago but I didn't buy. So happy I saw them again in Bangkok, Thailand. The shoes behind are really cute but I haven't use them yet.

The Jumbo Half Moon Caviar Bag behind was a birthday gift for myself. Really happy when I found it by accident, the moment I saw I said Yep I'll have that bag. :)

These are my costume jewelry earrings collection from the 70's, 80's 90's and now. My favorite earrings are the Christmas tree, very unique and rare. The bag behind is my first Chanel purchase.

My latest Chanel purchase! These are vintage and I love it. :)

If you want to see more of my Chanel collection, follow me on Instagram.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Trollbeads Found A Fan Party

Some days ago, I was invited at Trollbeads Found A Fan Party (Hội cuồng TROLLBEADS - No FAKE) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Trollbeads The Original is a Danish jewelry brand that was founded in 1976. It specializes on glass beads and silver/gold beads with each bead design comes with a meaning.

The event was about Trollbeads fanatics and collectors, gathered together at a café in Dong Khoi Street to share their one passion. Not only it was about meeting new friends, the event was also about team work. Fun games were played and a raffle draw was made with Trollbeads jewelry as prizes.

My Trollbeads Necklace

The Trollbeads Story

The story about the original and unique Trollbeads all started in Denmark in 1976. The first bead, which later gave name to the Trollbeads collection, was a small bead decorated with no less than 6 faces. It was designed by Søren Silversmith and sold from his father Svend's jewellery shop in central Copenhagen. The beads were created at a time where it was fashionable to have a silver bead hanging on a leather thong around the neck. But instead of letting the bead hang in an eyelet, Søren wanted to let the leather cord go through the bead. Later on, Søren's sister, Lise, began to put the beads on silver bracelets, one on each bracelet.

Lise opened another jewellery store and one day a customer asked to have an extra bead put on her bracelet. The storekeeper was surprised but followed the customer's wish. From then on, the adventure and Trollbeads movement started. In cooperation with the customers and according to their wishes, the collection grew. This was the invention and the beginning of an original jewellery concept that today is enjoyed worldwide.

While waiting for the event to start.

Trollbeads team handing out Trollbeads vouchers to the guests.

The Trollbeads Manager of Vietnam, Ms. Amy, explaining the mechanics of the game..

Some of the Lucky winners with Ms. Amy and Vietnam Trollbeads Ambassador.

And the beads are out. :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Market

The most awaited time of the year has come, where everyone is preparing for the holiday rush. Christmas bells ringing here, there and everywhere; Christmas tree decorated with shinning balls and flickering lights; Santa got stuck up the chimney, ready to steal the spotlight. Yes, we've been bit by the holiday spirit bug.

It's also the time for Christmas Markets, an old cozy tradition that comes once a year. And it's always my favorite place to shop for anything Christmas-y from candies to pastries to homemade gifts to knitted fabrics. The colorful array of the yuletide stalls just gives us the delight to look. Definitely the perfect place where you can do your last minute shopping.

Christmas Market in Paris, France.

Tivoli Christmas Market in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Christmas Market in Gdansk, Poland.

Underground Christmas Market in Sweden.

The famous Christmas Market in Frankfurt, Germany.