Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Moleskine & Lamy Love

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But honestly, they're not all that different from your average notebook & pen. Especially the Moleskine; black hard cover, lined paper, a black elastic to keep your notebook securely closed or as a page holder, a back pocket to keep bits & pieces and that's pretty much it! So what is it about a Moleskine? Besides the construction, which is good & almost indestructible, I can't really say but whenever I'm reminded that I'm writing into something that Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso & Ernest Hemingway once used, I get a little thrill. Yeah, I guess you can say I bought into the hype but I use up all of my Moleskines which is a heck of a lot more than any other notebook in my collection…. Some of which have only a few pages of scribble, then abandoned to languish at the bottom of my catchall drawer in the craft room or are too pretty to use so are left unused & eventually forgotten. Not my Moleskine though. Since I use every single page, I like to keep it as organised as possible so from time to time, I refer to this Monster Collection Of Moleskine Tips, Tricks & Hacks. In the earlier years I referred to this post on How To Keep A Moleskine PDA but I still think it's a great introductory read if you want to start keeping a Moleskine for organisational purposes. This of course applies to any notebook.

As for my Lamy pen, although it's something I just acquired, I am hooked, line & sinker. For the longest time I scoffed at the thought at spending more than a few Ringgit for a pen. I mean, if it's really pretty like some of Typo's I might make an exception, but for something that looks simple & utilitarian for more than RM10? No way! That is until my husband made me try the Lamy 'Tipo'. It's an entry level pen for Lamy but the heft & the smoothness of the ink won me over. It's a great everyday pen & I love whipping it out during meetings with clients… It makes me feel very grown up! I am now eyeing the 'Swift' thanks to reading this review at Notemaker. Hehehe.

Here's my current Moleskine which is a limited edition Le Petit Prince & my red Lamy 'Tipo' pen (my husband has a matching silver one). Have a great day folks!

My constant work companions: a Moleskine (this one is Le Petit Prince edition) & Lamy pen

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Super Storm Sandy

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Currently following updates on Sandy via #instacane & Sky News TV in HD. A few friends of my husband's are stuck in Manhattan right now & we're praying for their safety. Even though Sandy has been downgraded from a hurricane to a super storm not long ago, reports are saying that it's no less vicious. At times like these, I really start to think being a Doomsday Prepper is not such a loony idea after all...

Checking In

Hassan with his new toy: the hubby's gym band.

A celebration of friendship

Sunset on the way home yesterday.


Going home with Syareena today.

Sneak peek of tonight's floral arrangements for Vertigo, The Gardens. It's their anniversary bash with a fantasy/wonderland theme & they requested 3 different arrangements to go with the different lounge areas. From left to right: red flowers & spiders fo

My first cast on stitch. This shit ain't easy yo! Addictive once you get it right though

Spent the night at Thistle JB & they upgraded us to a sea facing suite, overlooking the famous clock tower at Dataran MBJB.

Took this picture earlier for a potential wholesale customer & thought I'd share this picture here too. Just because.

It's been a crazy couple of weeks over at Mimpi Murni land. A couple of event styling jobs, some succulent teapot orders, an impromptu dive trip to Tioman, I finally learned how to knit (thank you Hello Deer!) & a trip to Johor Bahru for the recent Raya Haji. Hope you are all well... I miss this blog!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Home Sweet Home: Jennifer Hagler

As someone who loves bright pops of colours, I was never a big fan of black & white houses till I saw the home of Jennifer Hagler of
A Merry Mishap. She lives with really great art & her sense of decor is impeccable. I also follow her on Instagram as I just love how she makes the most mundane thing look oh so stylish. Simply put, this gal has style oozing out of her pores!

Via See Hear Say.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I Want To Be A Unicorn

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Think I can pull off this look for Halloween? Hehehe. Handmade leather unicorn mask by Tom Banwell

Monday, October 15, 2012

Wishlist: Filigree Skulls

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I think I nearly let out a gasp when I first saw these intricate skulls. Made by artist Joshua Harker, they were made with the help of 3D printing & funding from Kickstarter. More of the story here at Etsy's blog.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Listening: Be The Bear

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Stumbled on Be The Bear thanks to my incessant browsing of iTunes a couple of weeks ago & thought you dreamers might appreciate their dreamy songs. I feel really lucky to live in a time that musicians like these are easily discovered (with a little snooping around) & shared. Have a listen. I think you'll love them as much as I do.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Make Someone Happy

Make Someone Happy - No. 02: A Sweet Surprise from Oh Joy on Vimeo

I've been as sick as a dog these last few days. Started sniffling & coughing on Monday but thanks to my stubbornness & lack of desire to see the doctor, I got progressively worse until yesterday when I broke out with fever & my mucus & phlegm turned a disgusting shade of yellow. I couldn't take it anymore & the hubby took me to the clinic while giving me a smug "I told you so" look. Now I'm on antibiotics & about a gadzillion other medicine. I could use one of these sweet fortune cupcakes but for now, I'm quite content watching this video of how to make them. So cute, I could die. Which I won't thanks to modern medicine. Hah!

Via Oh Joy.  

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Ray's Aqiqah & Cukur Jambul

Here's a little peek of an event I worked on the weekend before last. The theme was classic elegance & we went with a yellow, orange & bronze colour scheme to go with the gorgeous venue which was the new home of my client's mother-in-law. I designed & made all of the guest goodie bags which consisted of customised yasin & doa booklets, customised mineral water bottles, pouchettes for the bunga rampai & a paper bag to hold it all (see below). I also styled the dessert table by providing the props & small floral arrangements in the apothecary jars & cake stands. All of the large scale floral arrangements along with the crib were provided by my talented friends at Poetry Of Flowers. Love their work & efficiency! More pictures will be up on my FB page soon.