We had the most wonderful time in Turkey recently – Istanbul and Cappadoccia were just as beautiful as we’d imagined and more! Turkey was a delight indeed. Here we share with you our week-long adventure in pictures:
Every morning the sun rises along with around a hundred hot air balloons
The sunsets here are just as spectacular
Cave dwellings are scattered all over the Cappadoccian landscape among the unique natural rock formations. 
Some of these ancient cave houses continued to be occupied up till the 1950s

Don't let the pigeon-hole like exterior fool you, the interior of these caves can be so mindbogglingly amazing, like the hallway of this ancient cave church
Local vendors hawking spices, nuts and nectarines - love their choice of words to entice customers!

We can strike one more item off our bucket list 
now that we've visited the Aya Sophia

  No tour of Turkey is ever complete without going to the Blue Mosque either 

The interior of the Blue Mosque is awe inspiring, to say the least 
We haggled for spices, sweets and souvenirs and busted our budgets at the bustling Spice Bazaar
The Old City skyline from atop our Sultanahmet hotel terrace at sunset
Decorative boats selling yummy fish sandwiches (balik ekmek) at the Eminonu dock on the Golden Horn
Close-up of a fish sandwich boat - too nice not to post
The Bosphorus Bridge connects the European and Asian sides of Turkey
The Ortakoy waterfront which directly overlooks the Bosphorus was the perfect place to wind down as we concluded our activities-packed trip


We came back from our short vacation (a post on that will be coming up shortly) barely a week ago but it's been nose to the grindstone eversince. Workload aside, us working women have no shortage of decisions to make including seeking answers to the daily question of “What am I going to wear to work today?” - rising up to the challenge of making fashion choices which reflect our unrelenting ambition, joie de vivre personality and impeccable individual style all while keeping within the bounds of professionalism and of course, the company dress code. To say that dressing for the office can be really daunting at times is an understatement.

Whether you’re prepping for a big interview, starting a new vocation or simply looking for some out-of-the-cubicle work wear inspiration, one thing’s for sure: no matter which job we’re in, it’s incredibly important for us to manage how we are perceived, and the best impressions are made by someone who looks polished and put-together. Call it shallow or superficial, and personally we think it’s a tad unfair, but studies have shown that a woman’s appearance affects her credibility i.e. whether she is taken seriously, whether she is asked to participate in high level meetings or if she is well regarded by colleagues or supervisors. Ain't easy being a working woman, is it?

But gripe not and fret not, dear ladies, for we’ve compiled some chic office fashion finds that mean serious, stylish business to help you dress for the job you want (not just for the job you have), and do it in go-getter style. Up, up and away!

Power Suiting. Whatever your career, building a professional wardrobe starts with the basics and the classics, and the black skirt suit is as classic and as basic as you can get. This is one staple that will be timeless and get you through every interview or power meeting. It's also the easiest outfit to put together in the morning!

G2000 Jacket [AC269]
Whether you’re looking for a starter suit or replacing one you’ve worn to the ground, this G2000 jacket which comes with a matching skirt (below) is one option worth considering. Black G2000 jacket with fine black pinstripes has lightly padded shoulders, flap front pockets, button fastening at front, back vents, and is fully lined. Semi fitted for a sharp, tailored look. 60% Wool 40% Polyester. Size 5. Priced at RM30.

G2000 Skirt [AC270]
Matching black knee length skirt with fine black pinstripes has pleated front vent, button and hidden zip fastening at back and is fully lined.  60% Wool 40% Polyester. Size 7. Priced at RM30.

MNG Ruffle Front Sleeveless Top [AC271]
A smart addition to your workwear wardrobe, this MNG top in the lightest shade of blush is perfect paired with underneath your little black suit. The ruffled front adds an interesting detail and makes for a feminine approach to the typical suit ensemble. Sleeveless MNG top with collar and ruffled bib has button fastening through front. 100% Polyamide.  Size M and priced at RM10.

Oversized Faux Pearl Drop Earrings [AC45x]
Be a picture of sophisticated elegance and balance the masculinity of the suit with these oversized pearl drop earrings that's a little Wilma Flinstone, a little Audrey Hepburn. A dainty touch that won’t overpower but yet completes the overall look. Faux pearl drop earrings with silver-tone hook fastening for pierced ears. Priced at RM10. Btw, we have on offer more great deals on (real and faux) pearl  jewelry here.
Gucci Leather Shoulder Bag [AC272]
Its elegantly understated square-frame design is simply stunning in its simplicity! Whether on your shoulders or in the crook of your arm, this is one cool workhorse that will add polish to your workwear ensemble. Black leather Gucci bag with front flap has shoulder strap, and silver hardware push-lock fastening with designer initials at front.  The exterior leather is clean and beautiful with signs of wear to the bottom corners and scuffing to the flap closure, front and back. The silvertone hardware has hairline surface scratches. The interior has faint scuffs and general signs of wear. Comes with original dustbag. Overall, this bag has been well loved but is still in good condition. Made in Italy and priced at RM300.

Christian Louboutin Gigi Kid Slingbacks [AC197]
Not too high, not too low, just right. These black leather slingbacks with an approximately 80mm /3 inch heel look just as gorgeous worn with jeans as they do with a cocktail dress or business suit. Utterly classic and sophisticated. Size 36. Made in Italy. These babies have never been worn and are in excellent condition. Comes with dust bag and box. RM1500.

Thank God It's (Casual) Friday! Enhance your work-to-weekend look by tempering your usual office ensemble with a bit more colour and vibrant prints.  From office hours to cocktail hour - it's time to make every hour fabulous o'clock!

Marks & Spencer Printed Cotton Shirtdress [AC242]
With its elegant knee length and neutral but utterly delicious colour palette of caramel, beige and chestnut brown, take this perennially chic and versatile Marks & Spencer cotton shirtdress to work with pumps and a structured tote, swapping to flat sandals and a carryall for the weekend. Printed Marks & Spencer shirtdress has cuffed sleeves, band collar, button fastenings through front, waist belt, belt loops. Size UK14. 100% Cotton. Priced at RM80.

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes Platform Pumps [AC240]
Dress from the feet up in these chic wooden platform heels by one of our favourite home-grown labels, Shoes, Shoes, Shoes. Work the glam look by teaming them up with wide-leg pants and a printed silk shirt or a pencil skirt and turtle neck sweater at the office. They're all you need to put a pep in your step! Heel measures 4 inches with a 1/2 inch natural wood platform. Slingback straps with buckle fastening, beige/brown leather crossover straps at front, open almond toe. Never been worn. Comes in its original box. Size 36 and priced at RM90.

More budget-friendly workwear winners can be found here.

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


Not surprisingly (and we totally saw this coming), response to Jovian Mandagie’s Aidilfitri collection must have been so good that recently on September 17th, despite being barely out of the month of Syawal, he’s already launched a Jovian RTW Aidil Adha Collection which is available for pre-order now on Thepoplook.com! Prices range between RM360-400, which is pretty decent compared to what he would normally charge for his bespoke and couture pieces. So those of you who missed out the last time, here’s your chance! According to the website, items will be shipped out by October 21st. You’d better hurry though – many of the designs have already sold out!


Just a little Public Service Announcement for our readers:

Not one but two H&M outlets will open in Malaysia very soon!

The Lot 10 outlet will officially open its doors in all its 36,000 square foot splendour on September 22nd 2012, followed suit by a 17,000 square foot outlet in Shah Alam's latest shopping hotspot Setia City Mall in the last quarter of this year.

“We are excited to finally open H&M here in Malaysia and to be expanding within the South East Asian market. H&M has always been about making fashion and quality at the best price and we look forward to bringing something new and exciting to Kuala Lumpur,” said Lex Keijser, Country Manager for H&M Greater China, Singapore and Malaysia.  Mr. Keijser, all we can say is that we're extremely excited too, and from the utmost depths of our hearts, thank you!

The Swedish retailer's debut collection in KL will be from their 2012 Autumn/Winter collection and we're really loving the value proposition of their items. Check out http://www.hm.com/my to see what we mean. Definitely a great place to get good deals on trendy and basic separates. And oh, now we have at least a better chance of  being able to get our hands on H&M's hugely succesful capsule collections by famous designers such as Lanvin, Karl Largerfeld, and Versace rather than just reading about it on the internet.

   Lana Del Ray fronting H&M's Fall/Winter 2012 campaign

Mark your calendars ladies!


This weekend, ChiChi and I will be off to Turkey for some holiday time with our spouses sans the kids. This 'minimoon' of sorts is something we've been wanting to do for many years but have not had a chance to until now. We are also particularly excited about this trip because this will be our first-ever visit there. We will be visiting Istanbul and Cappadoccia in the central Anatolia region and we are really looking forward to experiencing the spectacular sights, the famous Turkish hospitality, the glorious food and the shopping, of course!
Given my tendency to overpack, I always give myself a few days to put together the ideal packing list for a versatile and appropriate holiday wardrobe (gotta look good for 'em precious Kodak moments now). For me at least, it takes time to whittle down selections and edit stuff out. The good news this time around is that it’s going to be easier to pack a little lighter since we won’t be travelling with the little ones and all the paraphernalia that come with them. The not-so-good news is that for packrats like me old habits die hard, but I'm confident that there's hope for me yet. Whatever the case, the following items will definitely be coming with me to Turkey:

Hermes Evelyne GM - this cross-body bag is a relatively recent purchase, or rather, investment, and it is just perfect for sight-seeing trips: keeps the hands free, weighs practically next-to-nothing yet can hold everything including the kitchen sink with room to spare. Ok, so I may be exaggerating on the kitchen sink bit but you get the picture. Major love!

Brooks Brothers cashmere wrap - I've had this seasonless light-as-a-tissue cashmere wrap forever and I hardly ever leave home for my travels without it.  It accesorises outfits, acts as a warm blanket on the plane, takes hardly any space in the handbag and doesn't wrinkle! It's also gonna be useful as a headscarf when visiting the numerous houses of worship in Istanbul.

Tom Ford aviators - for when it's bright outside, baby!

Timberland Earthkeepers Maeslin wedges - I imagine we'll be exploring on foot a lot so this  weatherproof walking attire with  its leather uppers and lightweight wedges (style and height? check.), treaded rubber soles and anti-fatigue technology (support and comfort? check.) seems like a sensible choice for a sightseeing shoe. These wedges have been a part of my warm weather travel arsenal eversince I bought them. ChiChi's got a pair too! Btw, Timberland's Earthkeepers collection, which only recently made it to our shores, is an eco-friendly line where products are made with natural and recycled materials. Totally worth checking out your nearby Timberland outlet for.

...and last but not least, the Ipad - primarily for precious Facetime sessions with the kids.
Reese Witherspoon's casual style is my go-to for inspiration as I continue to deliberate on wardrobe choices for this trip. Her classic, practical and emulate-able chioces have given me plenty of great ideas: