On my last visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I had the pleasure of staying at the beautiful Hotel Majestic. My grandfather was the manager at the Station Hotel in the 50’s, another historic hotel just across the street, where my mother spent most of her childhood! She had many stories of sneaking off to Hotel Majestic, hiding in the hotel corridors as a kid, making new friends with travelers from around the world. She loved getting a taste of the world outside Malaysia by being in touch with so many international guests. The Majestic opened back in 1932 as one of the most luxurious 5 star hotels in all of Malaysia and to this day, still stays true to both it’s rating and charming old self. It also has a lot of British influence, complete with a gorgeous orchid room serving afternoon high-tea and. It’s amazing staying at a hotel that is so iconic and so in touch with my mother’s childhood. It was like taking a step in the past, with a touch of Old Hollywood glamour. Noodle soup and curry for breakfast ain’t so bad either. Thank you Hotel Majestic for the lovely stay!
*take a quick cab to Breakfast Thieves for a really special brunch! *
*coconut water at my cousin’s house in Cheras *
// Free People pink dress, Dannijo necklace (similar one I love here) + Free People red dress, Dannijo earrings //
I’ve been drawn to the color red ever since I could remember. You’ll see many pops of reds in my house. From my closet, to my lipsticks, to my kitchen appliances. I love this fiery color, especially around the holidays. I sported this look to a recent meeting back in NYC, and on the way, my sister said “your outfit is interesting today.” Sure I may have gone overboard on the red, but I love it with a play on texture. My favorite velvet pants straight off the Anna Sui runway, with a classic Miu Miu houndstooth coat, dressed down with a good pair of beat-up old sneaks. Find me for now in this bold shade…soaking in the California sun over Christmas break.
// Miu Miu coat, Anna Sui pants, Misha Nonoo blouse, Converse sneakers, Sandro handbag //
It’s always so hard trying to shop for guys. They’re one word: particular. Well, my guy is especially. Particular and practical when is comes to style. So I thought hmm, what is he going to use forever, that he doesn’t already have now? When scouring his closet of blazers and not-warm-enough denim jackets, I asked “how in the world does a NYC guy not have a parka?” I found just that. The Canada Goose “Mainland” parka for men. Sleek and sophisticated, without any unpractical frills around the edges. Perfect…and looks pretty darn sexy on him. My guy knows every super cool brand out there and new product. So here’s a few things he’s had on his wishlist for a while!
1. Canada Goose “Mainland” men’s parka: straight up necessary.
2. Intelligentsia Travel Tumbler: for all the coffee lovers like us who like to brew at home for on-the-go.
3. Daniel Wellington watch: a classic unisex piece. love the touch of rose gold.
4. Barbour leather gloves: This British brand has amazing accessories for gifting. I think I’ll get the women’s gloves to match!
5. M Gemi. leather sneakers: this was a no-brainer gift!
6. Daneson Bourbon toothpicks: like out of a western movie and tastes delicious. A quirky stocking stuffer.
7. Odin3 cologne: The ultimate winter cologne because it’s so warm and sexy. A manly mix of musk and amber.
8. Giles & Brother cuff: it’s tough finding perfect men’s jewelry, but Giles always nails it with their cuffs. It’s jewelry that still feel tough.
9. Leica M camera: if you want to get him Insta-Hubby ready.
10. Want Les Essentials backpack: just so good.
11. SALT glasses: quality and easy, effortless style for your Brooklyn boyfriend.
12. Hard Graft leather camera strap: Because I want it too.
Remember those Woolrich vintage blankets you’d find on your grandmother’s couch? The heavy plaid blankets? Some red and blue. Others white, with the red, yellow, and blue stripes? They’re ultimate suburban classics. A staple in American TV history as it was somehow always the defining piece in every living room scene, simply thrown over a couch. I still have some stored in my closet for those really cold winter nights in New York City. But it’s the rare vintage Woolrich coats I still see sometimes at General Front St. Store in Dumbo I love, with the same classic colors and prints. Woolrich has collaborated with Woolmark, one of the best maker’s in wool, to recreate a vintage classic, fully updated. It’s seriously the softest, most luxurious wool coat ever. It’s so rare I find a wool that feels so incredible on my skin. No itching at all. I’m all about an off-white on white ensemble, even in the winter. My pals at Free People found this white jumpsuit at a sample sale, and it’s exactly what my mom in the 70’s would have had. Perfection. Here’s to keeping warm with a classic take on something all of America grew up with.
// Woolrich coat (similar one here), Free People denim jumpsuit, Wildfox Couture sweater, Dear Frances boots, Vintage Chanel backpack //