"Everyone has a calling, and your real job in life is to figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it. You have to know what sparks the light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world. ... Wherever you are, that’s your stage, your circle of influence. That’s your talk show, that’s where your power lies. … You have the power to change somebody’s life.... I won’t say goodbye, I’ll just say, 'Until we meet again'."

- Oprah Winfrey, giving what she called “a love letter” to her audience during the finale of her talk show which ended yesterday, May 25th 2011, after a mega successful 25-year run on TV.

...we can't bear saying goodbye to you either Oprah!  You'll always be an inspiration. Nuthin' but loooove for ya!


"I get my ideas out of my dreams… if you’re lucky enough to use something you see in a dream, it is purely original. It’s not in the world—it’s in your head. I think that is amazing."  - Alexander McQueen, 1969-2010

...we think you're amazing, Lee!

Even after his untimely death , the late Alexander McQueen still manages to make headlines, particularly in last couple of months.  Barely days after the Duchess of Cambridge wowed the world on April 29th 2011 when she walked down the aisle in a breathtaking wedding gown designed by Sarah Burton, who took over the reins of his eponymous label after his passing, the fashion world celebrated his memory and extraordinary contributions to fashion via a retrospective of his creations over his 19 year career, aptly titled “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” at the prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Organised by the Costume Institute, the exhibit showcases the iconic designer's fantastical aesthetic and love for the avant garde. The genius of his work (his theatrical, high-concept shoes, left, are just some examples) had put him in the forefront of fashion innovation and “kept him at fashion vanguard”, as the Met’s official website puts it. 

If you're a McQueen fan and would like to snag one of his more practical designs, then we've just got the thing for you. Get ready to be bowled over by his classic button-down white shirt with bowtie detail which we have up for grabs :) 
McQ Bowtie Button-Down Shirt [AC 235] SOLD
Channel Rat Pack Chic in a classic white tux shirt with a fashion-forward twist by McQ, Alexander McQueen's hip and happening contemporary line. Take the cool girl's approach to tuxedo dressing and pair it with sleek skinny pants and statement clutch for a chic cocktail style or simply team it with your favourite jeans for a more relaxed look. Shirt has a detachable black satin bow tie attached by snap closures around collar, gold matte buttons, cutout notch at sleeve cuff and curved hem. ‘McQ’ logo is embroidered at bottom left corner in front. 91% Cotton, 9% Silk. New With Tags and spare button. Size IT42.

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“Perfection is a nightmare. A great French wine would be nothing without the taste of oak or a touch of dust.” - Inès de la Fressange 

You've probably heard it before....French women are noted for their trendsetting looks. Though this may just be a vast generalisation, it's certainly true that many French women have become fashion icons due to their impeccable sense of fashion - they seem to have that little somethin'-somethin', or should we say, a certain je ne sais quoi, that sets them apart from the rest, style-wise.

Former supermodel, onetime Karl Largerfeld muse and visage of the French national symbol Marianne, Inès dela Fressange is the epitome of Parisian chic - and that's why we were ooh so excited when the English version of her best-selling book,"Parisian Chic: A Style Guide" (co-written with Sophie Gachet) was released recently.

In this book, Inès generously shared her most sacred fashion resources and musings on topics ranging from styling/beauty tips, her favourite Parisian haunts and sartorial worldly wisdom. What follows are some of the best advice from a woman (recently named the chicest woman in France by the readers of Le Figaro, no less) who is both the emblem of effortless style and exemplifies the idea of being lovely inside and out, which, like her style, is something we can all still appreciate today. Suffice to say Francophiles like yours truly are totally smitten with this book, and Inès herself!! Ooh la la!

Inès believes in the power of mixing and matching high and low end pieces, vintage with contemporary, as well as men's and women's clothing, and how we must NEVER be a slave to fashion. Her advice is to pay attention to trends but pick only those that might suit you as nothing ages a woman more than adopting every passing fad. Clearly a woman after our own hearts! In the book, her daughter Nine D'Urso models the essential wardrobe basics Inès calls "the Magnificent Seven" : a man’s blazer, a trench coat, a navy (cashmere) sweater, the tank, the LBD (little black dress), the perfect jeans and a leather jacket.

There are some rules, of course. Some of Inès’ guidelines for dressing well:

The DON’Ts
* Never wear a necklace AND earrings.
* Matching bags and shoes after the age of 30 adds ten years.
* Backpacks and bumbags - no!
* Never wear jeans with trainers.
* Avoid anything nude, particularly if you are older as you will look washed out and even more invisible.

The DOs
* Scrunch up the sleeves of your trench coat. Never belt it properly or add anything military.
* Always wear a bra.
* Wear pearls with a rock ‘n roll T-shirt.
* Wear black with navy.
* Roll the sleeves of your cotton shirt over the sleeve of your sweater. Very Parisian!
* Wear a full skirt with a tight top; or a pillowy top with skinny trousers or a pencil skirt.
* Shop in the menswear departments, especially if you are not petite. You can find great blazers, knitwear, white shirts and scarves.

Thank you, Inès, for these invaluable fashion tips!

Digressing from the subject a little, it is clearly evident from the pictures (below) that Nine inherited much of her mother’s effortlessly chic style. And like her mother, she is more than a just pretty face. She is the international face of Bottega Venetta’s inaugural fragrance (to be launched this September) and currently works for ELLE as a journalist. With all the Mother’s Day buzz, it seems befitting to spotlight someone who is not only a style icon, but also a mother, n’est pas?:-)

Overall, we find Inès’ Parisian Chic: A Style Guide to be an endearing, witty and inspirational book that gives readers a heartfelt perspective to what stylish living is all about. Accompanied by her own charming illustrations and photography, there is indeed wisdom and philosophy in these pages that you would not normally expect to find in a style guide - Parisian Chic encourages readers to draw upon and develop their innate style; so it's is nice having Inès mentoring us on looking chic and timeless infused with the sensibilities of a true Parisian. We highly recommend that you read this book, think about how it can meld with your current style, and see how much fun you can have.

Taking a cue from the book, we’ve mustered a few pieces from Inès’ “Magnificent Seven” wardrobe essentials list which are sure to add that little extra something to your own wardrobe….

Image credits: Photos of Ines and Nine are from French ELLE'; illustration (excluding chandelier) - copyright Ines de la Fressange

1. MNG Basics Navy Sweater [AC 231]
This sweater is a wardrobe staple in navy hue. Wear it with blted tailored pants or white denim to perfect the Parisian style aesthethic. Tres chic! MNG Sweater has a round scoop neck, three quarter sleeves and simply slips on. 43% viscose, 29% cotton, 28% polyamide. Size US XS/EU S and priced at RM40.

2. Bitten by Sarah Jessica Parker Skinny Jeans [AC 152]
"Jeans are never too risky; they're a little like salt - they go with everything!"

Pull on these figure-sculpting ankle zip pants with your favourite blouse and you're good to go! Size US2. Low rise with a 25-inch inseam. Brand not available in Malaysia. Never been worn. A bargain at RM150.

3. Banana Republic Brown Leather Jacket [AC 232]
Jacket has a pointed collar with a zip fastening through front, seam detail, long sleeves and is fully lined. 100% leather. In excellent condition. Size US XS and priced at RM249.
1. Benetton Sheath LBD [AC 192]
"The little black dress is not simply an item of clothing, it's a concept. It's abstract, it's universal — which means there's one that's perfect for everyone...Today the Parisian has several little black dresses, just as she has several pairs of jeans: each is a variation on a theme."

Sleeveless fitted dress with a round neck, seamed bodice and concealed zip fastening at back. 100% polyester. Made in Italy. Mint condition. Size XS and priced at RM99.

2. Marks & Spencer Wool Double Breasted Blazer [AC 233]
"Push back or roll up the sleeves — the ultimate 'easy chic' statement."

Anchor-embossed gold buttons make this wool blazer an elegant yet edgy nautical piece. Pair this double-breasted style with a romantic floaty dress for a chic boy-meets-girl look. Anchor-embossed button fastenings through double-breasted front. Blazer has front patch pockets, a breast pocket, long sleeves with button cuffs and is fully lined. 100% wool; lining: 100% viscose. made in UK. Dry clean. Size UK8 (petite fit)/EU36 and priced at RM120.

3. H&M Black Trench Coat [AC 234] SOLD
"Never, ever buckle the belt properly like a good little girl. Tie it in front or behind with the buckle hanging loose. Unobtrusive fashion statements like this ('Life's too short,' or 'the buckle's broken but I love this coat so much I found a solution ...') are very, very Parisian."

Double-breasted front coat has button-fastening epaulets, a buckle belt, front slit pockets, a back vent and is lined in black and white stripes. 97% cotton and 3% spandex. Lining is 100% polyester. Size US8/EU38. 

p/s: Don’t forget to scrunch up the sleeves:-)

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

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"I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine - she helps me grow, prosper and reach great heights" - Terri Guillemets, quotation anthologist


Okay, so all the hoopla and excitement surrounding the Royal Wedding is all but over, and even though we're a few days late, we simply couldn’t resist putting in our two cents, so do bear with us! You've gotta love the storyline - a girl from a middle class background marries the man of her dreams, who also happens to be second in line to the British throne. We were among the two billion people on this planet who were glued to the telly on April 29th 2011 to witness the most anticipated wedding of the year. We thought the ceremony went on as smoothly as any wedding party could ever wish for. Even the unpredictable English weather managed to behave itself perfectly that day! Prince William looked dapper and added a pop of colour in his bright red Irish Guards uniform and Kate Middleton looked absolutely happy, radiant and regal. We loved the fact that she did her own makeup too! And what about that wedding dress? It was much simpler than what we’d expected, nevertheless, the newly anointed Duchess of Cambridge took our breath away in the stunning Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding gown. The simple lines of the dress, the veil, the tiara and even the bouquet were totally modern but at the same time, the intricate handmade lace and embroidery details are a great nod to British craftsmanship and tradition. Every detail was local, and Burton described the dress as "marrying traditional fabrics and lacework with a modern structure and design." Simply UH-ma-zing. (For an interactive close-up of the dress, check out http://www.time.com/time/interactive/0,31813,2068384,00.html)

Below are images of some of our favourite moments from the Royal Wedding. Princess William of Wales will certainly bring renewed interest (and great style) to the royal family. We foresee exciting times ahead for the Firm. We’ve also included a lineup of wedding guests who made the TaiTaiTwins’ best dressed list :)

Wedding guests whom we thought upped the style stakes and deserved honourable mention,
from L-R: Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Princess Maxima of the Netherlands,
Victoria Beckham, & Samantha Cameron, wife of the UK Prime Minister.

A fairytale indeed....

Here's to a life filled with love and happiness - Cheers!