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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Greetings from Paris!

Hello everyone!! Bonjour!!

I'm now in Paris and I'm going back to Hong Kong tomorrow afternoon. Just want to drop by and say "hi" to all of you.

Anyway, I had the most amazing shopping experience in Hermes here and I can't contain my excitement!! My husband went crazy in Hermes too and got himself a bunch of stuff! LOL!! We were served by 2 most amazing SAs at the same time (one took care of my husband and one took care of me...hehe) and we are so happy that we got all that we want!

I'll post my Hermes and Chanel loot when I come back (a lot of orange boxes and black & white boxes in my luggage....hahahaha!). We brought 4 luggages in total but I don't think they are enough. Crossing my fingers now hoping that our luggage won't be overweight. This is going to be my last splurge for this year and the 1st half of next year. Will be a good girl for a while. :D

So, stay tuned for the pix, pals! See you soon!

Bisous (kisses),

Friday, September 18, 2009

Winter Wool Coat...which one?

I'm sorry to be M.I.A. as I'm busy packing for my house move. I don't have much time left to pack after I come back from Paris, so I'm doing as much packing as I can now before I leave for Paris next Tuesday. I'm really so exhausted!! Not to mention taking my son to school and accompanying him inside the classroom everyday. I really think I deserve my short break!! LOL!

Anyway, I tend to buy a new wool coat every fall/winter...and I'm now thinking about which one to buy this year...hopefully buy it from Paris as I think it will be cheaper there.

I tried on these 3 coats last month (1 from Stella McCartney and 2 from Sonia Rykiel), and I can't make up my mind at all!! I love coats which are classic enough but with some sort of details / with a twist. So, I've selected these 3 coats...all special in their own unique ways. If you were me, which one will you choose? I have all sorts of wool coats in my wardrobe, so it doesn't really matter what I already have.....

1. Stella McCartney Black Long Wool Coat with Drape Pleats at the Back (Around US$2300)
==> I originally thought that the drape pleats will make my hips look bigger, but when I tried it on, it fits so well and that drape pleats at the back is really cool and chic! Not at all bulky or clumsy. You can't even see the drape from the front.....but when you look sideways and at the back, the "drama" is there!
** It doesn't look too good in the pictures, but it looks really good when tried on...hehe.

2. Sonia Rykiel Navy Double-Breasted Wool Coat with asymmetric Mongolian wool trim (Around US$2000)
==> the fluffy mongolian wool "collar"/trim is detachable. Also, the shoulders are quite "architectural" as it's not really flat and squarish, but a bit like "Balmain" exaggerated shoulders except that it's not THAT exaggerated. I totally love the "luxurious" and uptown look of this coat. This has the shortest length among the 3.
(You can also see this coat from net-a-porter below in black color:

3. Sonia Rykiel Black Long Wool Coat with flare "bell" sleeves (Around US$2000)
==> love the "kimono" look of this coat, esp. the special flare "bell" sleeves that were used. The shoulders are also the exaggerated type like Balmain (but not too much). Oh...that "Lips" belt looks so cute too on this coat (too bad it's sold separately...). Instant "Parisien" chic look....!

I welcome your votes! Hehehehe!


Saturday, September 12, 2009

What a 21-month old toddler can do.....

I am having so much fun with my son these days as he's growing up so much. Even though I am very exhausted with the house move and packing and stuff, just seeing my son there keeps me happy and full of energy again!!

Not sure if it's normal or not, but my son can do the following things which I'm so amazed!!
1. Count 1 to 100 in Mandarin and English
==> I basically choose a number randomly and then he can tell me what number that is in both languages.

2. Read most of the words which I have showed him before in books or flash cards

3. Know January to December in both English and Mandarin

==> again, he can just pronounce every word and also put January to December in order.

4. Memorize telephone number of my in-laws and and call them by himself

==> he saw the phone beside me the other day and then he picked it up, pressed the numbers and then voila! My in laws answered the phone and my son said to my father-in-law.."Hello, how are you today?" I'm so shocked coz I didn't know he memorized the phone number already as we just told him the phone number twice before!

5. Put back the toys to their original places after playing with them

6. Get a cloth to wipe the table when it is wet

==> he does this automatically....maybe it's because of the Montessori training at school. I'm so pleased!!

7. Sing songs which he has heard before in his classes

==> he actually memorized the lyrics and was singing (although his voice was "monotone")...but....totally cute when hearing him "sing"!

8. Write simple Chinese characters like 1, 2, 3
(一,二, 三, 天王,月 etc).

9. Identify basic colors and shapes

==> he is very fast to finish all sorts of shape sorters with different sizes (he recently finished 4 different blocks of Montessori sorters within 10 minutes (including different heights and size of cylinders all by himself without help.)

10. Know all his alphabets from A to Z
in both English and French
==> I didn't know he knows the alphabets in French coz I only taught him 3 or 4 times a long time ago....recently he spit out all the alphabets in French and I am shocked once again!!
==> he can even type out the alphabets in order using the laptop keyboard and notepad application. And memorize some of the simple Chinese pinyin I taught him and type Chinese on the computer.

11. Know how to "instruct" people to do things for him with simple words

12. Pronounce the words that we are saying and actually remembering them
(even if the word is 3 or more syllables like "container", "hippopotamus", "parallelogram")

13. Please mommy
==> sometimes, when I dress up, he will say "Mommy sexy"...LOL!!
==> there were a couple of times when I wear my shoes he said "nice shoes"!! It made my day! Hahahahah!

I'm truly amazed on what a toddler can do. It's the age of exploration. The age where they start to reason and think. My son gives me so much joy because I learn something new everyday. Kids are really a blessing to all of us parents, even though they drain out all our energies! LOL!! But in the end, it's all worth it!

My new Chanel shoes.....

I promised myself to at least post some pictures of my Chanel reveal before I leave for Paris for those who didn't get a chance to see my reveal on tPF.

So, here are the group shots of the 14 pairs of Chanel shoes I've bought the past few months!
- 2 pairs of peeptoe heels
- 3 pairs of pumps
- 4 pairs of high-heeled sandals
- 4 pairs of ballerina flats
- 1 pair of thongs

** Click on the pictures to enlarge**

Now I'm very contented with my Chanel shoes collection which comprise of 15 pairs of flats and heels (I also have a pair of mary jane flats in dark fuchsia with Chanel charms which I haven't posted here because it was a past year purchase). Maybe I'll add a pair or 2 every now and then, but won't splurge as crazy as I did the past months. LOL!! I'll see if I can score a pair of Chanel tweed pumps or booties when I'm in Paris. I'm also eyeing a pair of Chanel "2-Tone Around" platinum-black karung platform slingback. :P

Hahaha.....a woman can never have enough shoes!! But I'll go slowly this time....LOL!

Have a nice weekend everyone!
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