Listen up, stylish staycationers*! Incorporating the "global bazaar" trend into your style staple will lend a touch of sophisticated worldliness and well-travelled air. Look like you’ve managed to recently get away for 5-star sojourns in Morocco and Mexico (ehem, nobody has to know, right?). Okay, maybe we’re stretching a little bit here, but get our point?

What really is this “global bazaar” look, you ask? It's an infusion of ethnic features like animal prints, floral splashes, camouflage and tribal patterns which come in many guises, shades and textures. What’s so great about this trend is that everything feels unique, one-of-a-kind and laden with character! It's definitely one for the chic, the quirky and the cool. It's sooo everywhere on the Spring/Summer 2010 runways – from Rodarte’s tribal warrior references, to Marc for Marc Jacobs’ African motifs to Gucci’s digitised ikat print.

But be forewarned, dear readers: This trend can get a little tricky, and can easily overwhelm. Worn head-to-toe or too literally, the striking prints and/or heavy embellishments are highly dramatic but probably too theatrical and costumey off the catwalk. One standout accent piece paired with a basic solid colour in a modern silhouette is all you really need to give your outfit a contemporary spin. The smaller the print, the smaller the frame appears to the untrained eye. Another important TaiTai tip: Please stick to one animal/tribal print at a time! The key is moderation!

We’ve translated the season's runway news and pulled together a heady mix of easy-to-wear pieces that we hope might just strike your fancy. Shop around the world at T³ – no flying required!

*staycation: Noun. A holiday in which you stay at home and visit places near to where you live. http://www.macmillandictionary.com/




1.Leopard print mini dress [AC91]
This mini dress with a sweetheart neckline is a versatile piece that can be worn with a cardigan or with leggings - make sure your accessories are kept to a minimum to emphasize the design and style of the dress. Has a concealed side zip fastening. Size M and priced at RM59.

 2.Marks and Spencer Animal Print Cardigan [AC92] SOLD
When paired with either a tank top and jeans or an LBD this playful animal print buttoned-down cardigan from Marks & Spencer's Limited Collection looks surprisingly tame yet unbelievably chic. The print dominates the cardigan with a white base and a black leopard print highlighted with teal blue. Size UK10. 50% Acrylic 50% Viscose. Never been worn, with tags still intact.

3.Victoria’s Secret leopard print cotton pajama shorts [AC93] SOLD
Feelin’ feline? These cotton drawstring shorts in a soft fleece material are right on trend with a wild leopard print. Comfy, fun and perfect for lounging at home! Size S. 100% Cotton.

4.Versace Jeans Couture tiger stripe shoes [AC94]
If you’re kind of shy on letting your wild side out, this tiger-print mules are a subtle but no less stylish option. Caution: When donning an animal print shoe, make the rest of your outfit simple (these go especially grrrr-eat with blacks and browns!) Size 35 1/2. Made in Italy. Heels measure approximately 2 inches. Soft felt material uppers are in good condition and the insoles are very clean. Fierce! Priced at Rm229 and comes in its original box.



1.MNG jacket-style top [AC95]
Whether you're navigating the savanna or the urban jungle, this jacket-style top will keep you looking ruggedly chic with its large pointed collar, ¾ sleeves and eye-catching rope belt at the waist. Press stud buttons. 100% linen. New with tag. Size 4 (US)/EU S). Priced at RM65. 

2.MNG sleeveless tunic [AC61]
Work a relaxed silhouette in this olive boat necked sleeveless tunic by MNG. This goes beyond safari into the great-with-anything category. Size S (US)/M (UK) . Priced at RM40.

3.Camouflage top [AC96]
How fabulously ironic - This camouflage print V-neck top in warm undertones of browns, beige and purples is conspicuously stylish and will NOT let you blend in with your surroundings. Shoulders are ruched with self-tie drawstrings. Fits close to the body. Size 8. Made in Australia. Polyester. Priced at RM35.

4.Zara top [AC97] SOLD
Bridge the gap between uptown chic and downtown hip with this beige semi-sheer mandarin collar top with pom-pom detailing at the cuffs. 100% cotton. Size M (US/UK).

5.Ribbon-Tie Bead Necklace [AC98]
Accentuate your ensemble with this ribbon-tie saucer bead necklace (approx. 6½'' drop from front of neck), which is an absolute bargain at RM12.

For item information or to purchase, please contact:
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Free delivery to anywhere in Peninsula Malaysia for purchases of RM50 or more.




1.British India silk tunic [AC99] SOLD
Tunics are so appealing because they're not only versatile, they're extremely forgiving! Chocolate brown oversized silk tunic top with beaded detailing at split neck and cuffs. Simply slips on. Size 5. 100% silk.

2.MNG paisley mesh top [AC100]
You'll love the paisley print on this boatneck mesh top. Great piece to wear from day to night. 100% polyamide. Size S (US)/M(UK) and priced at RM20.

3.White V neck tunic top [AC101] SOLD
This top has impressive brass embellishments along the neckline with attached ties which give it a little edge. Has a concealed side zip fastening. 100% cotton. Size M.

4.Multicolor dress [AC102]
Update your wardrobe with this easy-chic dress with a deep V-neck, batwing style sleeves and faux drawstring empire line. Its zigzaggy dotted print in earthy hues provides an exotic twist (think aboriginal art) to an otherwise simple shape. Priced at RM40.

5.Island Shop black cotton tunic [AC 103] SOLD
This tunic top embodies bohemian chic with its intricate floral embroidery and pops of color. 100% cotton. Size 4.

6.BCBG Smocked Top [AC104]
Our version of the ikat print shows up in this adorable multicoloured smocked strapless babydoll top by BCBG. You’re sure to turn heads! Size S. 94% Polyester 6% Spandex. Priced at RM90.

For item information or to purchase, please contact:
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Free delivery to anywhere in Peninsula Malaysia for purchases of RM50 or more.

xoxo
13.02.2010

How would you like to see the Rodarte, Marc Jacobs or Calvin Klein Fall 2010 runway shows - live? Impossible you say? Well...not any more - thanks to livestreaming video technology. With livestreaming, anyone with a computer and internet connection would get to see top designers' fashion shows on a real time basis from the comforts of their home or office!!  

Here's the schedule of some of our favourite designers that are streaming live on the internet:

Alexander Wang : Saturday, February 13 at 5pm EST
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Marc Jacobs : Monday, February 15 at 8pm EST
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Rodarte : Tuesday, February 16 at 12pm EST
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What's more, it has  been announced that London Fashion Week runway shows will also be streamed live. For more details on the LFW live show streaming schedules, please go to  www.londonfashionweek.co.uk/digitalschedule.

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12.02.2010

We join the world in mourning the sudden passing of prolific English designer Alexander McQueen, who died yesterday at the age of 40. It's been widely reported in the media that McQueen may have taken his own life.

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McQueen is a 4-time winner of the British Designer of the Year Award. He has been nicknamed the “enfant terrible” and “hooligan of English fashion” for his thought-provoking avant garde designs (which are sometimes controversial but always memorable!) and rebellious streak. He kick-started his fashion career at the tender age of 16 by working as an apprentice at Saville Row; before being discovered by fashion doyenne Isabella Blow. Sarah Jessica Parker, Victoria Beckham, Lady Gaga and Rihanna count as among his famous fans.

According to hellomagazine.co.uk, his death comes days before London Fashion Week kicks off, and shortly before he was due to unveil his latest collection in Paris on March 9.

R.I.P, Mr. McQueen.




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WISHING YOU A HAPPY & PAWS-PEROUS NEW YEAR!


xoxo

08.02.10







As some of you may know, we  set up a booth at the Ilovebazaar’s the Red Rush @ Subang Parade yesterday and had a blowout sale. Goods flew off the proverbial shelves (our dresses totally SOLD OUT fyi!) -- but do not fret, some of the best pieces are still available online & ripe for the pickings.

So run , don't walk to snap these babies up!

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Style mavens, rejoice! You have yet another excuse to don a great outfit [or outfits for that matter!] because the dual celebration of CNY and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!! Whether you have planned a romantic evening with your significant other or gathering with family members (or both), show some love + prosperity through the clothes you wear – and nothing speaks of these more than in accents of pink & red!

In this installment, we've rounded up a few pieces for you to roar in the big day. The looks feature simple silhouettes mixed with vibrant hues of reds, pinks and pretty patterns. What’s more, we guarantee deliveries by 12 February 2010 for all purchases made on or before 6 February 2010. How much do we love you?




1. Zara batwing blouse with split sleeves [AC13]
Set hearts a-flutter in this pink boat necked blouse with split batwing sleeves by Zara. 96% Viscose 4% spandex. Size M. Priced at RM40.

2. Zara TRF T-shirt with satin ribbon sash [AC14]
February is a month of sweets and treats, much in the same vein as this beige Zara t-shirt with gold and pink graphic print. Its delicate colour and flirty satin ribbon sash tied low around the waist certainly makes for a most delicious confection this time of year. 100% cotton. Size US M. Priced at RM35.

3. MNG T shirt [AC15]
What better way to express your heartfelt emotions than with the classic colour of love and prosperity? Take a step towards balancing your inner chi(c) in this simple yet dressy ruffled fire-engine red V-neck t-shirt by MNG. 100% Cotton. Size USA S/EUR M. Priced at RM25.

4. Zara silk printed skirt [AC16] SOLD
Add some graphic intrigue to your ensemble with this Zara silk printed knee length pencil skirt. Prints enliven the basic skirt silhouette and the shock of red will only up your style ante. What more, good taste is always a turn-on. 100% silk with viscose lining. Size US6/EUR 38.

5. Marks & Spencer scoop neck blouse [AC17] SOLD
Heart this? Work the season’s corset trend with this wine coloured Marks & Spencer cap-sleeved, scoop neck blouse with front hook and eye. The dainty garnishes of ribbon and lace trimmings down the front spin up the flair of a jolie coquette. 94% Viscose 6% Elastane Lycra. Size UK10.

6. Dior Mini City Bag [AC18] SOLD
Get caught red handed!  This major arm-candy-of-a-bag red satin Dior with a unique plastic handle gives an added pop of colour to any outfit and will stylishly see you through CNY, Valentine's Day and beyond.

For item information or to purchase, please contact:
taitaitwins[a]gmail.com

Free delivery to anywhere in Peninsula Malaysia for purchases of RM50 or more.
xoxo