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What I look forward to the most during fashion week season is the street style more than the runway shows. The way the fashion week goers style their outfits are more inspiring, to me at least, probably because it's more wearable. Sometimes runway presentations try to be so different that their layering game looks like their closet exploded and landed on their bodies. And I feel like I'm at an art museum staring into paintings trying to understand what is going on. That being said I did enjoy Celine, Tibi, Chanel and Louis Vuitton! What were your favourite shows?

Back to trends... 

1. Sock Boots



The buzz has been going around red sock boots but I've seen them in other bold colours like yellow and fuchsia! I've been wanting to try them but A. Brunei's hot. B. Brunei's hot. C. Brunei's hot. D. I might end up looking like Ted (see photo below). It's not practical to be wearing these in our climate and there aren't any events to attend anyway (not that I can attend one any time soon)! But aren't they so beautiful though? However, I made a naughty purchase... bought myself a pair of metallic ankle boots because I was telling my brain that it could help cover my ankles...... right? No? 






2. Cat Eye Sunnies

Everyone's been wearing the Last Lolita from Le Specs and I'm trying to look away. I don't need another pair of sunnies that you can only wear for a season. Back to buying classics only! I... hope. I... think. Be strong, my heart. 

Nicole Andersson is seen killin' it below with her Checked outfit, Le Specs sunnies, Sock Boots and Belt Bag (available here).



3. Belt Bags

The GG Marmont Belt Bags are TDF! But why are they so expensive for something that can only carry my phone? I'm hoping this trend will die asap so it can stop tempting me. I mean... USD1k? Come on, now. I'll just adore it from afar. Plus, the highstreet fast fashion brands are quick to come out with their own versions of belt bags.


4. Gucci Belt

This is the slightly wider one. I got my eyes on the 2cm one. Do I need it? No. Will it go out of style soon? Maybe a little slower than the fanny packs. Worth spending USD200? Y....ess mayyybe? Anybody want to buy me a push present?



5. Dior Shoes

My heart aches for these! Mainly because it reminds me of these pair of shoes from The Row that I could never get my hands on. The logo makes it current but the ribbon makes it classic. J'adore!



Love,


Current Obsessions: Street Style

Sunday, 15 October 2017

What I look forward to the most during fashion week season is the street style more than the runway shows. The way the fashion week goers style their outfits are more inspiring, to me at least, probably because it's more wearable. Sometimes runway presentations try to be so different that their layering game looks like their closet exploded and landed on their bodies. And I feel like I'm at an art museum staring into paintings trying to understand what is going on. That being said I did enjoy Celine, Tibi, Chanel and Louis Vuitton! What were your favourite shows?

Back to trends... 

1. Sock Boots



The buzz has been going around red sock boots but I've seen them in other bold colours like yellow and fuchsia! I've been wanting to try them but A. Brunei's hot. B. Brunei's hot. C. Brunei's hot. D. I might end up looking like Ted (see photo below). It's not practical to be wearing these in our climate and there aren't any events to attend anyway (not that I can attend one any time soon)! But aren't they so beautiful though? However, I made a naughty purchase... bought myself a pair of metallic ankle boots because I was telling my brain that it could help cover my ankles...... right? No? 






2. Cat Eye Sunnies

Everyone's been wearing the Last Lolita from Le Specs and I'm trying to look away. I don't need another pair of sunnies that you can only wear for a season. Back to buying classics only! I... hope. I... think. Be strong, my heart. 

Nicole Andersson is seen killin' it below with her Checked outfit, Le Specs sunnies, Sock Boots and Belt Bag (available here).



3. Belt Bags

The GG Marmont Belt Bags are TDF! But why are they so expensive for something that can only carry my phone? I'm hoping this trend will die asap so it can stop tempting me. I mean... USD1k? Come on, now. I'll just adore it from afar. Plus, the highstreet fast fashion brands are quick to come out with their own versions of belt bags.


4. Gucci Belt

This is the slightly wider one. I got my eyes on the 2cm one. Do I need it? No. Will it go out of style soon? Maybe a little slower than the fanny packs. Worth spending USD200? Y....ess mayyybe? Anybody want to buy me a push present?



5. Dior Shoes

My heart aches for these! Mainly because it reminds me of these pair of shoes from The Row that I could never get my hands on. The logo makes it current but the ribbon makes it classic. J'adore!



Love,


A few people have asked me how I manage both my day job and LMN. From Monday to Friday, I wear the baju kurung--our formal work attire--in low heels and (sometimes) completely bare-faced in front of the laptop, scribbling notes, attending meetings and preparing presentations. Saturday and Sunday, my dresscode's a little different. 



How do I juggle between both worlds?
When people ask me this, I'm usually baffled by the word 'juggle'. I mean it isn't wrong... but to me the word itself implies there's a certain imbalance and instability--like any moment now, these two worlds will slip out of my hands if I make the wrong move. Although, there is some truth to that, in my head it's more like a switch button. It's about knowing when to switch on and off, it's about prioritising and being organised.

Now... how do I actually manage between the two?
I love both worlds. Alhamdulillah, where I'm working now is where I've always imagined myself to be. I love working for my country; it is such a great honour. It's what I studied for. It's what I had always dreamt of doing. It's what I owe. So when it's time to do work, it's time to do work. And not just half-arsed work.

During the week, I also organise what I want to post. So say I have two posts to do on a weekend and I have to come in to the office on a Saturday, I'll take the photo on Friday after work and post it the next day. I also usually take a few shots of an outfit for days when I can't take a photo just to keep the momentum going. So... Switching on and off, prioritising and organising.

Do I get stressed out?
I only get stressed out when I think I'm not doing good enough. I'm always worried that people would judge me for doing what I do (I'm sure, some do, hello to you... what are you doing here?) or even question whether I'm good at my job. It's contradicting, right? It's like Arnold Schwarzenegger becoming a Senate. Can you really take him seriously if he's also the Terminator? But like... why can you only do one thing? And why can't I like both my job and wearing nice clothes?

Because of that fear, I make sure I always give 110% during the week. Sometimes, I think it's a little unhealthy because the second I make the smallest mistake, I beat myself up for it and it just affects my productivity a little bit because my mind just chooses to fixate on that one tiny mistake that I can't seem to forgive myself for. Yeah... I need to chill. I've been better, though. Princess Elsa taught me to let it go.

I also get a little pressured when the photo I'm posting is a collaboration. After all, it should be a win-win situation, especially if it's a paid partnership. It is your duty as a blogger to direct your followers their way (said blogger must also believe in the product being advertised or gives their honest opinion). Even if the agreement is for one post, if I feel I didn't do good enough for the brand, I'd try to deliver another post for them.




What are the challenges?
I just mentioned 'honest opinion'. Sometimes I feel like people think I'm not honest. Do people think that being honest means to bash someone's product publicly? No. That's not my jam. If it's not meant for me, I'll say it nicely but you'll have to read between the lines. Plus, if I'm crazy about something, you'll know because I'm probably always wearing it. I'm not going to bash someone's clothes just because I don't like it on me. I don't like instant headscarves on me, but it looks good on millions of other girls. So? 

Another challenge is probably also where I'm based. There are more events and collaborations happening abroad. But I'm not moving anytime soon so it's something that'll I'll just have to overcome.

Defining my style is also a challenge. I try to move away from being associated with Muslimah Fashion because being in that group comes with great responsibility (and public judgement), which I am still far from. I'm not perfect. Sometimes my trousers are not long enough and my ankles show (And sometimes my feet are black. heh I've had an internet troll comment on my dark-coloured feet once). 

Do I ever feel like quitting?
HAHAHA. Well... we all have that dream of saving up and investing so we can retire early. But not until I feel like I've made some sort of impact. (SUCH A MILLENIAL THING TO SAY!) Do I want to quit to pursue blogging full-time? Honestly, in other countries, it could be a sustainable profession like Song of Style. But not here. Not yet. You'll have to cross many borders and be very huge to be able to sustain yourself. It's not impossible. It's a lot of hard work. And money.


Love,


My Alter Ego Story

Friday, 6 October 2017

A few people have asked me how I manage both my day job and LMN. From Monday to Friday, I wear the baju kurung--our formal work attire--in low heels and (sometimes) completely bare-faced in front of the laptop, scribbling notes, attending meetings and preparing presentations. Saturday and Sunday, my dresscode's a little different. 



How do I juggle between both worlds?
When people ask me this, I'm usually baffled by the word 'juggle'. I mean it isn't wrong... but to me the word itself implies there's a certain imbalance and instability--like any moment now, these two worlds will slip out of my hands if I make the wrong move. Although, there is some truth to that, in my head it's more like a switch button. It's about knowing when to switch on and off, it's about prioritising and being organised.

Now... how do I actually manage between the two?
I love both worlds. Alhamdulillah, where I'm working now is where I've always imagined myself to be. I love working for my country; it is such a great honour. It's what I studied for. It's what I had always dreamt of doing. It's what I owe. So when it's time to do work, it's time to do work. And not just half-arsed work.

During the week, I also organise what I want to post. So say I have two posts to do on a weekend and I have to come in to the office on a Saturday, I'll take the photo on Friday after work and post it the next day. I also usually take a few shots of an outfit for days when I can't take a photo just to keep the momentum going. So... Switching on and off, prioritising and organising.

Do I get stressed out?
I only get stressed out when I think I'm not doing good enough. I'm always worried that people would judge me for doing what I do (I'm sure, some do, hello to you... what are you doing here?) or even question whether I'm good at my job. It's contradicting, right? It's like Arnold Schwarzenegger becoming a Senate. Can you really take him seriously if he's also the Terminator? But like... why can you only do one thing? And why can't I like both my job and wearing nice clothes?

Because of that fear, I make sure I always give 110% during the week. Sometimes, I think it's a little unhealthy because the second I make the smallest mistake, I beat myself up for it and it just affects my productivity a little bit because my mind just chooses to fixate on that one tiny mistake that I can't seem to forgive myself for. Yeah... I need to chill. I've been better, though. Princess Elsa taught me to let it go.

I also get a little pressured when the photo I'm posting is a collaboration. After all, it should be a win-win situation, especially if it's a paid partnership. It is your duty as a blogger to direct your followers their way (said blogger must also believe in the product being advertised or gives their honest opinion). Even if the agreement is for one post, if I feel I didn't do good enough for the brand, I'd try to deliver another post for them.




What are the challenges?
I just mentioned 'honest opinion'. Sometimes I feel like people think I'm not honest. Do people think that being honest means to bash someone's product publicly? No. That's not my jam. If it's not meant for me, I'll say it nicely but you'll have to read between the lines. Plus, if I'm crazy about something, you'll know because I'm probably always wearing it. I'm not going to bash someone's clothes just because I don't like it on me. I don't like instant headscarves on me, but it looks good on millions of other girls. So? 

Another challenge is probably also where I'm based. There are more events and collaborations happening abroad. But I'm not moving anytime soon so it's something that'll I'll just have to overcome.

Defining my style is also a challenge. I try to move away from being associated with Muslimah Fashion because being in that group comes with great responsibility (and public judgement), which I am still far from. I'm not perfect. Sometimes my trousers are not long enough and my ankles show (And sometimes my feet are black. heh I've had an internet troll comment on my dark-coloured feet once). 

Do I ever feel like quitting?
HAHAHA. Well... we all have that dream of saving up and investing so we can retire early. But not until I feel like I've made some sort of impact. (SUCH A MILLENIAL THING TO SAY!) Do I want to quit to pursue blogging full-time? Honestly, in other countries, it could be a sustainable profession like Song of Style. But not here. Not yet. You'll have to cross many borders and be very huge to be able to sustain yourself. It's not impossible. It's a lot of hard work. And money.


Love,


When Fenty Beauty came out, I went totally nuts. Ordered a bunch of stuff from @faceitbn (amazing customer service btw! Highly recommended!) and then mysteriously a bunch of Glossier products landed in my cart. Not sure how they got there. I then ordered more Fenty stuff from my aunt who flew to KL for a weekend and added on some dUCk Cosmetics in my FV cart when I purchased new dUCk scarves. This happens to me when I refrain myself from buying the big goods like bags and shoes. I end up buying small things to make myself feel better. Have you ever heard of the Lipstick Effect? 
The lipstick effect is the theory that when facing an economic crisis consumers will be more willing to buy less costly luxury goods. Instead of buying expensive fur coats, for example, people will buy expensive lipstick. - totally googled that.
Of course I don't do it as often as I used to when I was in University (OMG my hauls were ridiculous. Who else fell for EVERY. SINGLE. NEW. MAC. LAUNCH?). Now, I just try to finish my current products and replace them with new ones to feel less guilty.

Fenty Beauty - Full-bodied Foundation brush

Yeah. Yeah. I know. Boring. A brush. NOT. This is probably one of my favourite purchases. It's so easy and fast to use in the mornings when you're running late for work, and it applies my foundation so smoothly. I sometimes think it gives a blurry effect but it might just be in my head.



Fenty Beauty - Killawatt Mean Money and Hu$tla Baby

Underwhelmed. I'm sure you have a better highlighter in your make-up collection somewhere. That being said, I do use it everyday (because I spent money on it). Mean Money is a (very) subtle day-glow that is definitely safe for work. I use Charlotte Tilbury's highlighter to work, so this is a step down more natural for me. If you're into that, go for it. 

Hu$tla Baby is a less popping version of Becca's Champagne Pop (which I use for events) but colour-wise it's so identical. Again, if you're afraid of crazy disco ball cheekbones, go ahead. I use this for work too because to me it's not as intense as my other highlighters that I used to use anyway.

I say, skip.


Fenty Beauty - Match Stix in Chili Mango, Confetti and Blonde.

Just swatched these babies today and I LOVE THE COLOURS. Keyword: Colour. I haven't tried it on my skin yet and I've been hearing mix reviews on Youtube. But Chili Mango did get an A- on Temptalia and is said to be a dupe for Nars Taj Mahal, which is my ultimate favourite blush but I only found out that it contains Parabens. I hope this will be able to replace it!


dUCk Cosmetics - #Glossipgirl in Basic Blair and #Lipstickwitu in Dreamy Nora

I think I'm really moving away from the Matte lip, you guys. I'm going back to using bullets and surprisingly, LIP GLOSS. I'm not a fan of lipgloss. Remember growing up with the wind in your hair and feeling so cool only to be disrupted by your hair sticking to your gloss--you wipe it away and then there are streaks of tacky gloss on your cheek? Well, firstly, I wear a hijab now. Secondly, dUCk's gloss is non-tacky and super moisturising it feels like a balm! I absolutely love it! Dreamy Nora is a lovely colour too--a wearable coral with little specks of gold. So far, these two are total wins for me... formula and colour! If you were to try one thing though... and you love gloss, TRY OUT GLOSSIP GIRL! I am hooked!

Thinking of doing a review of the whole dUCk cosmetics line--super curious about All-Eye-Ask Eyeshadow Palettes and the Matte Decisions Lip Creams! Hmm...


Glossier - Cloud Paint in Beam and Haze

I love cream blushes that you can just pop in your bag and dab on your cheeks without thinking too much. Cloud Paints have received worldwide love and I wanted to hop on board asap. Ah. I also love the way these colours are cool-toned! Cool-toned blushes make me look more fresh and awake. 


Glossier - Milky Jelly Cleanser and Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium
The Ordinary  - Caffeine Solution 5% - EGCG

The cleanser's a repurchase. I love it! So gentle and calming. The Skin Tint's another favourite in the youtube world so I picked it up as well since my CC Cream for work is running out! We'll see if it sticks around.

Moving on... I've been using the Caffeine Solution for a few weeks now and I love it. You only need the teeniest tiniest bit for both eyes and I actually see a difference! Additionally, it's only £5.80! So much win!




L to R: Matchstix in Blonde, Confetti (seriously not doing it justice, it's lilac pearl with little blue glitter) and Chili Mango, Cloud Paint in Haze and Beam, Dreamy Nora, Basic Blair, Hu$tla Baby and Mean Money (yea I know, I can't see it too).

So happy with everything I purchased except for maybe the Killawatt Highlighter but I'll use it up anyway. What are your favourites from these brands?


Love,



Beauty Haul: Fenty, Glossier and dUCk.

Monday, 2 October 2017

When Fenty Beauty came out, I went totally nuts. Ordered a bunch of stuff from @faceitbn (amazing customer service btw! Highly recommended!) and then mysteriously a bunch of Glossier products landed in my cart. Not sure how they got there. I then ordered more Fenty stuff from my aunt who flew to KL for a weekend and added on some dUCk Cosmetics in my FV cart when I purchased new dUCk scarves. This happens to me when I refrain myself from buying the big goods like bags and shoes. I end up buying small things to make myself feel better. Have you ever heard of the Lipstick Effect? 
The lipstick effect is the theory that when facing an economic crisis consumers will be more willing to buy less costly luxury goods. Instead of buying expensive fur coats, for example, people will buy expensive lipstick. - totally googled that.
Of course I don't do it as often as I used to when I was in University (OMG my hauls were ridiculous. Who else fell for EVERY. SINGLE. NEW. MAC. LAUNCH?). Now, I just try to finish my current products and replace them with new ones to feel less guilty.

Fenty Beauty - Full-bodied Foundation brush

Yeah. Yeah. I know. Boring. A brush. NOT. This is probably one of my favourite purchases. It's so easy and fast to use in the mornings when you're running late for work, and it applies my foundation so smoothly. I sometimes think it gives a blurry effect but it might just be in my head.



Fenty Beauty - Killawatt Mean Money and Hu$tla Baby

Underwhelmed. I'm sure you have a better highlighter in your make-up collection somewhere. That being said, I do use it everyday (because I spent money on it). Mean Money is a (very) subtle day-glow that is definitely safe for work. I use Charlotte Tilbury's highlighter to work, so this is a step down more natural for me. If you're into that, go for it. 

Hu$tla Baby is a less popping version of Becca's Champagne Pop (which I use for events) but colour-wise it's so identical. Again, if you're afraid of crazy disco ball cheekbones, go ahead. I use this for work too because to me it's not as intense as my other highlighters that I used to use anyway.

I say, skip.


Fenty Beauty - Match Stix in Chili Mango, Confetti and Blonde.

Just swatched these babies today and I LOVE THE COLOURS. Keyword: Colour. I haven't tried it on my skin yet and I've been hearing mix reviews on Youtube. But Chili Mango did get an A- on Temptalia and is said to be a dupe for Nars Taj Mahal, which is my ultimate favourite blush but I only found out that it contains Parabens. I hope this will be able to replace it!


dUCk Cosmetics - #Glossipgirl in Basic Blair and #Lipstickwitu in Dreamy Nora

I think I'm really moving away from the Matte lip, you guys. I'm going back to using bullets and surprisingly, LIP GLOSS. I'm not a fan of lipgloss. Remember growing up with the wind in your hair and feeling so cool only to be disrupted by your hair sticking to your gloss--you wipe it away and then there are streaks of tacky gloss on your cheek? Well, firstly, I wear a hijab now. Secondly, dUCk's gloss is non-tacky and super moisturising it feels like a balm! I absolutely love it! Dreamy Nora is a lovely colour too--a wearable coral with little specks of gold. So far, these two are total wins for me... formula and colour! If you were to try one thing though... and you love gloss, TRY OUT GLOSSIP GIRL! I am hooked!

Thinking of doing a review of the whole dUCk cosmetics line--super curious about All-Eye-Ask Eyeshadow Palettes and the Matte Decisions Lip Creams! Hmm...


Glossier - Cloud Paint in Beam and Haze

I love cream blushes that you can just pop in your bag and dab on your cheeks without thinking too much. Cloud Paints have received worldwide love and I wanted to hop on board asap. Ah. I also love the way these colours are cool-toned! Cool-toned blushes make me look more fresh and awake. 


Glossier - Milky Jelly Cleanser and Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium
The Ordinary  - Caffeine Solution 5% - EGCG

The cleanser's a repurchase. I love it! So gentle and calming. The Skin Tint's another favourite in the youtube world so I picked it up as well since my CC Cream for work is running out! We'll see if it sticks around.

Moving on... I've been using the Caffeine Solution for a few weeks now and I love it. You only need the teeniest tiniest bit for both eyes and I actually see a difference! Additionally, it's only £5.80! So much win!




L to R: Matchstix in Blonde, Confetti (seriously not doing it justice, it's lilac pearl with little blue glitter) and Chili Mango, Cloud Paint in Haze and Beam, Dreamy Nora, Basic Blair, Hu$tla Baby and Mean Money (yea I know, I can't see it too).

So happy with everything I purchased except for maybe the Killawatt Highlighter but I'll use it up anyway. What are your favourites from these brands?


Love,



On the fourth day of KLFW, I was mainly blown away by menswear. It was bold, in your face, out-of-the-box and hella entertaining! 

Super Sunday won best new designer and they deserved it. I truly enjoyed that show and wanted a few things for both me and Hazim. Neonate had the creepiest runway mix but it was so cool. I felt like I was in a creepy escape room with laughing children, crying babies and laughing clowns. TERRIBLE! BUT... I remember that show. The models had their face painted to look like actual clowns and they were holding creepy dolls. Great show!







Benua Clothing, Kitwoo, Zsay, Neonate, CMDI--I don't know what else to say man... other than Hazim needs to rethink his wardrobe choices. There were loads of extreme layering, unconventional pairing, oversizing, bold colours, accessories and I could see a lot of Off White inspired designs too.

Syomir offered wonderful menswear during his show, as well as Tarik Jeans. Tarik Jeans were so amazing last year and this year they did not disappoint! They still blasted out their 80s malay rock music on the runway, which I appreciate very much. I didn't get to catch their shows as we weren't feeling too good but I was on social media stalking them. Syomir is definitely one of my faves!
















Now... to convince my husband he needs these clothes....

Love,

KLFW 2017 Day 4: It's raining menswear!

Friday, 25 August 2017

On the fourth day of KLFW, I was mainly blown away by menswear. It was bold, in your face, out-of-the-box and hella entertaining! 

Super Sunday won best new designer and they deserved it. I truly enjoyed that show and wanted a few things for both me and Hazim. Neonate had the creepiest runway mix but it was so cool. I felt like I was in a creepy escape room with laughing children, crying babies and laughing clowns. TERRIBLE! BUT... I remember that show. The models had their face painted to look like actual clowns and they were holding creepy dolls. Great show!







Benua Clothing, Kitwoo, Zsay, Neonate, CMDI--I don't know what else to say man... other than Hazim needs to rethink his wardrobe choices. There were loads of extreme layering, unconventional pairing, oversizing, bold colours, accessories and I could see a lot of Off White inspired designs too.

Syomir offered wonderful menswear during his show, as well as Tarik Jeans. Tarik Jeans were so amazing last year and this year they did not disappoint! They still blasted out their 80s malay rock music on the runway, which I appreciate very much. I didn't get to catch their shows as we weren't feeling too good but I was on social media stalking them. Syomir is definitely one of my faves!
















Now... to convince my husband he needs these clothes....

Love,

Taking part in AARRDS was surreal. I remember receiving the email in an Uber in Washington and I had to read it over and over again because...well how did this amazing opportunity land in my inbox? Alhamdulillah, thank you Allah for the rezeki and blessings you've showered me with... but this... this is still unbelievable to me up until now.

Last Friday was the Grand Finale for the 10 finalists. I was so excited to see their three-piece collections and I was of course ecstatic to see what Humaira and Kava had worked on. I wore Na Forrer for the pre-judging event in the morning and Maricel Studio for the Grand Finale in the afternoon (yay Bruneian girlbosses!).



In the morning, we had a 2-hour pre-judging session where each judge got to interact with the designers to learn more about their collections and the stories behind their designs. I was blown away by the amount of passion, drive and effort they put in. It was very motivating and inspiring, and I only hope we have the same level of drive and passion here in Brunei. 

Here are my favourites:

Thailand - Khampee Lak Sanosurang

This was my favourite on the runway. Doesn't it just make you want to pack up and leave to a beach resort on a secluded island? One that has photographers of course because you'll need many photos of you in these outfits.


Myanmar - Ng David Phoo


He handmade each puff ball........ and if you are putting that much effort into making a garment... you best be sure I'll be wearing it proudly, sweetheart.



Malaysia - Andrew Low

His prints were inspired by peranakan decor... and I wanted it all in my wardrobe.


Vietnam - Tran Thi Tu

She was the winner of the competition... and it was very well-deserved. Her designs were so intricate and had so much depth. She was a sweet lady who didn't initially own a passport. Flying to KL was her first time flying... which makes her win even more meaningful and special.


I have to admit it. When it was Brunei's turn to walk down the runway, I teared up. I felt so much Bruneian pride and I'm sure Farhanna did too. We can now say that Bruneian designers have walked the KLFW runway. Humaira's designs were inspired by our school uniforms. It's supposed to be both modern and nostalgic. And they pretty much represented Humaira--fun, quirky and tough. One of the judges actually wants to get in contact with her because she loved her designs so much. I was totally glowing when she told me that.


Next is Siti Nazmah of Kava. I'm not a streetwear gal but oh god did it look super cool walking down the runway!!! Hazim loved their runway presentation! It was feisty, rugged and strong! Modest street gals everywhere would have rejoiced. I honestly think the designs were relevant and very marketable. If you look closely, you'll be able to see places, roads and monuments printed on the fabric.

All in all, these two gals did very very well. Thank you for putting your heart and soul into this because you made us so proud! I cannot wait to see what else you girls have in-store for the world to witness!




With Chessy, a judge from the Philippines.
Thank you again KL Fashion Week, AirAsia and Park Royal Kuala Lumpur for that wonderful experience. Thank you Na Forrer, Maricel Studio, Thavia, Nelissa Hilman, and Schmiley Mo for dressing me up.

Love,


KLFW 2017 Day 3: Brunei on the runway and AARRDS picks!

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Taking part in AARRDS was surreal. I remember receiving the email in an Uber in Washington and I had to read it over and over again because...well how did this amazing opportunity land in my inbox? Alhamdulillah, thank you Allah for the rezeki and blessings you've showered me with... but this... this is still unbelievable to me up until now.

Last Friday was the Grand Finale for the 10 finalists. I was so excited to see their three-piece collections and I was of course ecstatic to see what Humaira and Kava had worked on. I wore Na Forrer for the pre-judging event in the morning and Maricel Studio for the Grand Finale in the afternoon (yay Bruneian girlbosses!).



In the morning, we had a 2-hour pre-judging session where each judge got to interact with the designers to learn more about their collections and the stories behind their designs. I was blown away by the amount of passion, drive and effort they put in. It was very motivating and inspiring, and I only hope we have the same level of drive and passion here in Brunei. 

Here are my favourites:

Thailand - Khampee Lak Sanosurang

This was my favourite on the runway. Doesn't it just make you want to pack up and leave to a beach resort on a secluded island? One that has photographers of course because you'll need many photos of you in these outfits.


Myanmar - Ng David Phoo


He handmade each puff ball........ and if you are putting that much effort into making a garment... you best be sure I'll be wearing it proudly, sweetheart.



Malaysia - Andrew Low

His prints were inspired by peranakan decor... and I wanted it all in my wardrobe.


Vietnam - Tran Thi Tu

She was the winner of the competition... and it was very well-deserved. Her designs were so intricate and had so much depth. She was a sweet lady who didn't initially own a passport. Flying to KL was her first time flying... which makes her win even more meaningful and special.


I have to admit it. When it was Brunei's turn to walk down the runway, I teared up. I felt so much Bruneian pride and I'm sure Farhanna did too. We can now say that Bruneian designers have walked the KLFW runway. Humaira's designs were inspired by our school uniforms. It's supposed to be both modern and nostalgic. And they pretty much represented Humaira--fun, quirky and tough. One of the judges actually wants to get in contact with her because she loved her designs so much. I was totally glowing when she told me that.


Next is Siti Nazmah of Kava. I'm not a streetwear gal but oh god did it look super cool walking down the runway!!! Hazim loved their runway presentation! It was feisty, rugged and strong! Modest street gals everywhere would have rejoiced. I honestly think the designs were relevant and very marketable. If you look closely, you'll be able to see places, roads and monuments printed on the fabric.

All in all, these two gals did very very well. Thank you for putting your heart and soul into this because you made us so proud! I cannot wait to see what else you girls have in-store for the world to witness!




With Chessy, a judge from the Philippines.
Thank you again KL Fashion Week, AirAsia and Park Royal Kuala Lumpur for that wonderful experience. Thank you Na Forrer, Maricel Studio, Thavia, Nelissa Hilman, and Schmiley Mo for dressing me up.

Love,


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