Apologies for missing last week’s post. I’m back in Penang for the holidays and didn’t bring my laptop for the ride. With everyone (including my geeky, Unix-obsessed dad WHO I KNOW IS READING THIS) at home for Christmas, there wasn’t a computer to spare for my little bloggy habit. That is, not one that could sustain my love of Photoshopping sorcery. *magicalsparkles* Anyways, I finally got my grabby hands on one unattended machine, so here’s a picture-heavy post to make up for all that.
The above photos were taken last weekend. I’d spent a lazy afternoon with my sister at the flea market held at Straits Quay. It’s one of my favourite places in Penang. There, I was weirdly fascinated by a stall that was COMPLETELY OWL-THEMED (as if I needed to bold that.) According to the stall-owner, she’d sourced them from all over the world. Cue the jaw drop of awe. She was also a darling about graciously ignoring my whole camera-snapping thing :D
Anyways, scroll down for more hyperglycaemia-inducing eye-candy. Mouse-over any photos for my completely unnecessary commentary and all that.
Hope you wonderful people had a MERRY CHRISTMAS! ^_^
PS: I’ll be doing an extra out-of-routine post on New Year’s. Here’s to 366 days of a brand new 2012! *confetti*
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Previously, I’d noted my problem with khaki shirts: they make me look like a wildlife documentary host! Some lovely readers then suggested a few possible solutions. Inspired, I ventured to explore the styling options of a khaki shirt via Polyvore. The result? A few solutions to avoiding the Steve Irwin-ian look ^_^ (However, none of said solutions exist in my own wardrobe -_-)
Enjoy my Polyvore suggestions and Instylesque commentary! :D
Hope you enjoyed my Polyvore efforts ^_^
Please let me know which one is your favorite and why! (It’s for my own personal shopping-research purposes ;)
***Special thanks to lovely reader Levisque for the fun “Girl Scout” idea + helpful tulip skirt tip!! :D***
Confession/Attribution of Inspiration: This was inspired by a post from one of my favorite bloggers, Maja Piraja. She, with the help of the lovely Maria, did a gorgeous Polyvore post about “How to wear a beige skirt”. Unfortunately, I didn’t (and still don’t) own a beige skirt. I do remember comment-complaining about how I had a lot of khaki in my wardrobe though. Hence, the conception of inspiration – and a post was born :D
Hope you don’t mind, Maja >.<
It does not matter how slow you go, so long as you do not stop.
At least, that’s what Confucius said. (Tumblr users ought to be familiar with this ;) Self-identification and all that.
Some people tell me I don’t update often enough. Truth. However, I’m shooting for consistency: 1 post a week, 4 posts a month. My previous goal was twice that many. But that didn’t work out.
What changed? Well, let’s just say there was a shift in the wind blowing inside my dark cold id that made me all grouchy and restless. Or perhaps I’m just riding a different drift: priorities be a-changing, and a post a week feels exactly right for that.
Excuses, excuses: There’s a part of me that agrees – I could do better than this. But would I?
To me, blogging is an art – and art is all about expressing yourself for the sake of expressing yourself. Right now I’m working towards the point where it becomes a part of my schedule, and thus a part of who I am, as opposed to merely what I do. Corniness aside, this bloggy pace feels exactly right for me now.
But then again, that may change with time ^_^
(Regarding the photo: I bought me a new trinket. Guess the answer to the riddle and you’ll know what’s inside that locket. Impatient? Just highlight the rest of my words: the answer is Time – hence the pocket watch ;)
(PS: Who else is looking forward to the movie version of The Hobbit?)
Photos from my Straits Quay Weekend Market trip which I forgot to post. Enjoy :)
Mr. Turtle is one of the knockoff “Pandora” beads that I bought at the Straits Quay Weekend Market. Don’t look at me like that. They were cheap. And, hey, at least the original brand is getting some publicity. (YES, THAT’S MY EXCUSE.)
Anyways, I made the bracelet myself when I was in super-crafty-mode. It has a really simple design of which I learned the how-to’s when I was a kid. If you look closely, you’ll realize just how easy it is to make: no braiding or complicated knotting required. Just twist and tie. ^_^ The only hard part is choosing that special blend of colors…
I got this makeup bag as a gift from a friend (no prize ponies for guessing the brand). However, since I don’t own any makeup (SHOOT ME, SHOOT ME NOW), I used the bag to store my accessories instead. It was really handy for transporting my stuff all the way to Kuala Lumpur! It kept everything snug and secure for the entire bumpy trip.
The bag came in a neat, sweet size: roughly 6 in. x 8 in. To give you an idea of how awesome it is, I managed to fit in:
- Eighteen necklaces
- Sixteen rings
- Five bracelets (Seven, actually, if you would consider my eternity bangles to be three separate entities ;)
- Five pairs of earrings
(This list does not reflect the actual size of my collection. I had to leave quite a number of pieces at home. YES IT’S SAD. EXCUSE ME FOR INVESTING IN LE BLING-BLING RATHER THAN VINTAGE T-SHIRTS FEATURING BANDS YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF.)
This is what it looks like inside:
Makeup bags are great for storing accessories, because there’s so many separate little compartments in them. I especially like the fact that this bag came with straps that keep everything secure and in place. An important feature for fragile accessories. ^_^ Man, I love this bag. It’s taken the best parts of my suitcase and made them TINY ;)
But even when it’s empty, there’s still straps and a handy mesh net to keep things in place. I guess I could probably use it as a regular handbag as well (Don’t look at me like that!). It’s the perfect size for my sketchbooks, after all ;)
A/N: Yeah, no more mouse-over captions. Nobody reads ’em, anyway ;P
A/N #2: Yes, these photos were taken pre-KL trip. Good intentions to post and all that :) I figured I might as well use them, as I still can’t find an ideal spot for shooting in my new place.
As promised, here’s one of the shopping finds from my Straits Quay Weekend Market jaunt. Y’know how I said I was gravitating to “smaller, more personal pieces of jewelry“? Well, I lied. This is the big, jangly bracelet that I’ve always dreamed of. I know it definitely fulfills the above all-important criteria coz I asked one of my shopping buddies for the all-important shopping-buddy-confirmation:
Me:”Whaddya think of this bracelet?” :D
SB:”Um…no comment.” -_-
Me: “Is it big and jangly?” *crazyeyes*
SB: “…Yes, yes it is.” *sweatdrop* *backsawayslowly*
According to the stall-owner, she put it together herself, so it’s *sorta* handmade. I bought it for only MYR 18 (after some haggling, she gave me a MYR 1 discount :) However, I still got flak for buying it. Apparently (i.e.: according to parents), this bracelet is an over-priced piece of junk. Well, I don’t think so.
BEGINS RATIONALIZATION FOR PURCHASE:
*My* bracelet is kinda inexpensive if you compare it to this:
This safari themed bracelet from Accessorize costs GBP 12.00! Which, according to the current exchange rate, is MYR 58.54!! That is 3.25 times the price I paid for my butterflies! Do you think think this Accessorize bracelet is 3.25 times cuter than *my* butterfly bracelet?? (Okayyy, that’s debatable -_-) Plus, *my* bracelet is unique! (It’s *sorta* handmade, remember?) That said, *my* purchase gets me more cuteness/uniqueness per Ringgit (MYR) than the Accessorize bracelet would’ve gotten! (This only makes sense if you’re infected with the Mad Shopping Disease like yours truly.)
ENDS RANT-Y RATIONALIZATIONS.
A/N: This was supposed to be a fluffy post, but I still felt so guilty about making this *unnecessary* purchase that it ended up as incoherent, illogical babbling instead. -_- I’m sorry. (BUT I’M STILL NOT SORRY FOR BUYING THIS BRACELET, MOM. *whee*)
I went to Penang’s Straits Quay Weekend Market with my friends today. It was super sunny and breezy, so the atmosphere was really nice! However, the weekend market wasn’t that much bigger than the flea market *pouts*. It was mostly the stalls from the flea market + a few more stalls. But its smallness may be due to the fact that we were visiting the weekend market pretty late (5.30pm) on the last day it was open (It was open 6-7th August 10am-10pm). Perhaps there would’ve been more stalls open if we’d visited it early on the first day? Anyways, I found lots of pretty things to buy, so I’m not too disappointed. Not disappointed at all, in fact ;)
Why you should go: The Straits Quay Weekend Market is pretty small – only about 30 stalls (?) However, they do sell some cute handmade merchandise (see my pics!). Plus, the entire market is covered, so you can shop at leisure in the shade. Overall, it’s worth a look: It’s a great place to pass the time in Penang – if only to enjoy the lovely, laid-back ambiance of a by-the-sea market. (When you’ve seen enough of the market, there’s always Straits Quay itself providing a myriad of choice restaurants and shops!) Go to the Straits Quay website for details on when the next weekend/flea market will be held :)
Okayyy, I’d love to chat (tea, cake, the whole shebang…) But now’s the time for my preeeetty pictures to take center stage ^_^ (Mouse-over the pictures for my commentary!)
I really enjoyed my little jaunt at Straits Quay Weekend Market (and, no, I’m not being paid by Straits Quay to write this ;). My pictures’ commentary was a bit hyper cause I hadn’t seen so much cute stuff all together in one place for such a long time! (I need to go shopping more often T_T) However, since this post is so freakin’ long (17 pictures = 17,000 words!?), my lovely shopping finds will have to be featured in a separate blogpost… So you can look forward to seeing more preeetty pictures next time! ^_~