While enjoying my thrilling moment of reunion with my long-last watch, I'm still pretty stumbled by the fact that it took me two months to purchase this watch. I've be longing for a watch with a small dial plate that fits my wrist and it has to be both stylish and fine-crafted. I finally found one at Bvlgari, my all time favorite jewelry store. I don't even count as a rooky in buying watches, but I knew I had to get it. I went to the store the same day I saw the catalog. To save on sales tax, I chose to do the mail order. The package arrived almost three days late and when I finally got the package, it was all damaged with crappy tape all over the box, not the kind of tape with Bvlagari print on it. I anxiously opened the box and to my all time biggest shock, the watch was gone, only the case was there. The package must have been opened during shipping. I immediately called the store and they said the package was insured so I didn't need to worry a thing. The store also told me to file a claim with UPS, which I did. After filing the claim, I went through a extremely frustrating waiting and calling. The UPS refused to reveal any information because they only deal with the shippers, the Bvlgari store. The store, however, kept telling me to wait or to call UPS myself. After TWO MONTH of waiting and making phone calls with mind-numbingly stupid Bvlgari store manager, still nothing. So I researched and researched and I found out that when the claim is finalized, the UPS is going to send a reimbursement check to the shipper Bvlgari, which is opposite to what I was told by Bvlagri. I waited and waited, and waited for nothing. I was so pissed off by the moron store manager so I contacted the NYC headquarter and with helps from several customer service representatives, the store manager finally faxed all the documents UPS needed to finalize the claim. After two month of struggling, I finally received my new watch. The whole process usually only take 10 days, and somehow with the an INEFFICIENT AND STUPID store manager, it took me TWO MONTH. I can't even recall how many times when I called the store manager and was told that she was either on vacation or in meeting or no where to find. I can't say that I am not disappointed by the poor customer service from Bvlgari. AND FROM NOW ON, I OFFICIALLY HATE UPS! Careless carrier ever!
I can go on and on complaining, but I decided to celebrate my reunion with my long-last watch. The carbon gold features a black dial and a strap in calf leather with a carbon buckle and a stainless steel ardillon. This special edition watch was created to celebrate BVLGARI's 125th anniversary. The dial was made of 18k white gold and carbon, which is perfect combination for stylish watches. This limited collection is embodied with a number on each watch. With a price many times cheaper than their regular collection pieces, this is definitely a must-buy. Did I mention that it is Chronograph, which is totally useless but extremely cool ...
To purchase online while stock available, visitbvlagri
Agnes b. Holiday Gift Ideas (Images above are from BagaholicBoy)
You'd better watch out! You'd better not cry! Because the holiday season has officially started. To boost your appetite for holiday shopping, Agnes b. is proudly presenting a series of holiday gifts and the men's F/w collection. I'm assuming the bears are products of co-op between Agnes b & and widely known TOY2R, a Hong Kong based toy design shop. I have to get the golden one in the middle and maybe the black one too. The only problem is that Agnes b somehow are so low-profile in the States, compared to their gazillion stores in Asia. There are only two standalone stores in NYC and the one in SOHO has recently closed. So now there's only one left on Madison. I mean, the SOHO store opened in 1983, as her symbol of marching into the American market. They don't have any online retailer either and I think they really should learn from their neighbor A.P.C, who also has limited storefronts but a popular online retail store. As for the F/w collection, I'm very much liking those artistic print shirts.
Visit NYC boutique at 1063 Madison Ave. New York, NY 10028. (212) 570-9333
McQ Hooded Wool Fair Isle Sweater on Left $524 Red Cotton Biker Jacket on Right (Leather Version is Sold at $1,788) Top with Attached Scarf on Right $214
It's a pity that we don't have a lot McQ sold here in the States. I'm getting very strong vibes from the hooded fair isle sweater and the shearing jacket. Only complain I have for McQ is that over the years, the price's becoming more and more Alexander McQueen, the high-end collection. Pieces for McQ are mostly well designed, but the materials they use sometimes are really second line materials. The hooded fair isle sweater, for example, is made of regular wool that itches sensitive skin, but still it is sold for $524 at Zappos. Shearing is definitely a big hit for this season and I've seen so many versions from several designers. Some of them are sold around $5,000 (Dior Homme Shearing Jacket). I hope the one from McQ is pocket friendly.
The Phillip Lim store at NYC SOHO is a must-see. Behind the low-profile facade, are pieces of avant-garde designs and exceptional quality. As neighbors of Marc Jacobs and Marni, the Lim's store has managed to standout by harnessing their relatively kind price tags and exceptional designs and quality. I have personally encountered several pieces from Marc Jacobs collection that are made of crappy materials used mostly by economic brands, but they seem to have no problem attach high-end price tags for them. That's probably why I've never contributed a penny to the Marc Jacob store, but a lot to the Phllip Lim's. I noticed this leather jacket a while ago when I was browsing through their look-books. I didn't hang up on it probably because the look their created with the jacket is somewhat dull and plain. But when I visited the store, the buttery leather broke me down. I purchased an extra small because their pieces normally run big and the leather does stretch out. Besides the unconventional look, the attachable fur collar is another factor that aroused me. The soft fur touches around your neck and it feels unbelievable warm during harsh weather. Tip of purchasing leather Jacket: Always buy one size down because leather does stretch out; The more buttery the leather, the better they look when worn out!
The Golden Metallic Dress Lady Gaga Was Wearing This Ultimate Cool Heel Also Appeared in The Music Video As Well As This One
When I first saw the Alexander McQueen S/s 2010 collection, I knew Lady GAGA will hand down all these incredible futuristic and surrealistic pieces. Every piece is a truly a work of art that should be exhibited at museum. No one does the exotic prints better than McQueen and the high heels, I mean, can anyone else have the guts and minds to create shoes like those? For Lady Gaga, this whole collection can be her wardrobe. I admire her courage for being so bold and creative, but not very much with her music. If it isn't for the draw-dropping outfits of her, she's no more than a pop singer with cheesy pop musics. Still, she is coooooool. Bravo to Alexander McQueen and Lady Gaga.
Posing with Phillip Lim Over Coat Posing with Marni Techno-Cotton Coat
The ultimate men's bag has and will always be portfolio bags. I've always wanted a small bag because most of the time, I only need to carry my wallet and my keys with me. It is cumbersome to have a normal handbag just for you keys and wallet. I've spotted the Louis Vuitton Honore portfolio for a long time (Shown below). It's the made of Nomade leather, the finest and most expensive material of Louis Vuitton. I had an emotionally breakdown when I first saw the super organized inside structure of this bag. Yes, I am highly organized. And it is made of suede, which is extra plus plus plus! So I marched into the store and conquered.... another one, the VLADIMIR (shown above). It's several hundreds dollar cheaper (probably because the inside material is canvas, rather than suede) and it has a handle! The problem with portfolio bags is that you have carry it like a clutch, and sometimes it looks a bit feminine (depending on the people carrying it and occasions). The handle solves all the problems. I actually prefer carrying it like a handbag ( first pix) because it is more comfortable and unique.
Chanel cruise 2009/10 has arrived, as always, with a breeze of elegance. But disappointingly, nothing is real outstanding except those made of alligators and pythons that with "outstanding" prices. I'm liking the one with pepper & salt tweed. It's perfect for the season and very easy to match with outfits. Another exciting-while-disappointing event is that Chanel is opening a new boutique at Shanghai and to celebrate the gran-opening on Dec 3rd, rather disappointing exclusive items are going to be sold at the new boutique. Except the red color, I really don't see they are making any effort in making these items exclusive representing Shanghai, a city of rich history and juicy fashion elements. Shanghai is the Paris of China, but clearly not to Parisians.
Baby Tiger in Band Jacket with His Favorite Drink $128 Paired up with Burberry Classic Cashmere Check Scarf $295 Houndstooth Hooded Jacket by GapKids $25
I tried and tired and finally caved in. I am so in love with the band jacket and I just can't stand the fact that I will never fit in, even for a XXXXL. So I found this alternative to let go of my insanity and enthusiasm. This baby tiger is one of my most beloved family members, from the German toy house NICI. He's been with me since ever and he is more than just a safety-blanket-thing. I've bought him many clothes from Pottery Barn Kids and Burberry. His "awkward" silhouette makes it really difficult for me to find new cloth for him. The band jacket he's wearing is from the recent released Stella McCartney for GapKids collection. A size of medium fits him very well. The sleeves are a big long for his small fat shoulders, but it somehow ends up looking like the Constructed Shoulder things from Balmain. I finally made my peace with the jacket... - -!
In case you're wondering, yes, I am a Kidult who's craving for toys never ended
Gap is chic. Stella is genius. The last thing for a economic brand to do is trying to be fancier. Forever 21 has successfully made its name "cheaper" than their price tags by producing massive low-quality knock-offs. Gap, on the other hand, has always focused on basic essential pieces with quiet designs and with minimum efforts, it has made its way through this noisy frugalista-fashion market. Gapkids is always better than gap grown-ups. Maybe it's because everything looks cuter when smaller. This time, Stella has made Gapkids even cuter and the grown-ups even more jealous. I adore the band jacket!! It reminds me of Hedi Slimane. What a pity that I am too big to fit into a XXXL. I feel like a stupid giant though I am a size 46. Anyway, the collection features many cashmere pieces and are priced at relatively reasonable prices. There are also elements from Stella's own line such as the leopard print intarsia sweater.
Public Letter to Stella McCartney:
Dear Stella, can I have a band jacket like those in my size? Also, so hoping you can launch a line for menswear. Say hi to Mr. Paul McCartney:)