Thursday, November 8, 2012

Go Kooky: JS Gorilla

It has been a while since I got myself a quirky pair of footwear. I've been settling for more practical and mature-looking shoes/sneakers of late but once in a while, I do need to get in touch with my crazy side.

Hence this JS Gorilla.

Initially I was torn between this one and JS Instinct, but I ended up getting both since I hate making tough, life-changing *cough* decisions. Besides, this pair looks cute too. 

The whole shoe is covered with black faux fur with cushion-soft gorilla head tongue. Oh, the gorilla's white 'shirt' is detachable too - for cleaning purposes or tying the shoe laces underneath. 

I have yet to wear this sneakers - pending for the right outfit and the right occasion to do so. Guess I'm not as bold as I was then, though I still maintain that quirky taste inside.
Twitter: @kyeberry

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Adidas JS Instinct

I've seen Lil Wayne in one before and although I'm never a fan of his music, I do adore what he put on his feet. 

I love the bright in-your-face yellow, along with its larger-than-life label on the tongue. But what I really love about this sneaker is - surprise - its back part. I just think they look sporty, young, fun, upbeat and very Adidas-ish from that angle. 

The sneakers are in soft leather and the inner sole and cushioning are oh-so-comfy. I could fall asleep standing while wearing them, let me tell 'ya. 

It comes in white too and for the Fall/Winter '12 collection, there's a version of JS Instinct in cocktail of colors and prints which I'm totally in love with. Can't wait to get my hands on them soon. 

Just when you thought Mr Jeremy Scott couldn't do better, he proved you otherwise. I just love the black-and-yellow combo on the sneakers. 

Suddenly, Wiz Khalifa's 'Black and Yellow' playing in my head....

I got this one from Adidas store in Johor Premium Outlet, which explains why I bought something from past season. It was sold approximately 200 bucks cheaper than normal retail price. Thanks to sales associate Azhar for the great service.
Twitter: @kyeberry

Monday, September 24, 2012

New Haircut

Mom's not loving it but I thought I look okay.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fun Stuff: Footwear

Recently I was in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah with my hommie Ayi and it was amazing. The people are nice, the city was awesome and the view was ____  (Insert adjective here. I'm running out of adjectives to describe).

I won't bore you with the details of our trip but I'd share with you a particular outfit I wore there.

Taken on the same day, in the morning I decided to pair my favorite black long sleeve knitted top from Armani Exchange and skinny blue jeans from Galliano (it was on 40% off!) with my Burberry Prorsum gladiators. However, later on the day I (literally) kicked off the gladiators for my Louis Vuitton loafers for a walk along the promenade since it was so much more comfortable.

So which footwear looks better with the outfit?    

So...which one is better? free polls
Twitter: @kyeberry

Monday, September 17, 2012

Back to Black: Alexander McQueen for Puma Black Label

It is no surprise that I am a huge fan of high-top sneakers. But what surprises me is the fact that I haven't bought anything from Puma in the longest time. Although some of their sneakers do have some sick, awesome design, I just felt they were just not for me.

Until I saw this pair (and the 'Sale' sign next to it).

I just love the triple shades of blue combo on them along with the softness of the suede and calf leather. When I first tried it on, I thought they looked funny because of the hiking boot-style shoe laces but after a while, it started to grow on me. 

Why not try something a tad different for a change, I told myself.

The fact that it was on 40% off gained itself extra brownie points for me to take it home. Oh, did I mention that I also got a free Puma Black Label lush leather passport cover for this purchase? Sweet.

Puma Black Label is the higher end line of the sport house, much like that of Adidas Originals by Originals. As stated on its website, the Black Label comprises collaboration with 'high fashion innovator designers' namely Hussein Chalayan, Alexander McQueen and Miharayasuhiro. 

This high top Alexander McQueen for Puma Black Label sneakers are available in Isetan Wisma Atria, Singapore. When there's a 'McQueen' label tagged to it, be prepared to fork out extra dosh for a pair.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Louis Vuitton 'Upside Down'

It all started one night when I was browsing through the latest Fall Winter 2012 collection on Louis Vuitton's website. I liked this one particular pair - Upside Down high-cut sneakers - but apparently it was not sold here in Malaysia.

In Asia, it was only available in Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. 

So, to Singapore I made my way. It was sometime in the first week of August.

Since we were well in our fasting month of Ramadan, there was nothing else for us to do but to made our way right to The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands right after we landed in Changi.

This baby is a patchwork of white, black and blue (is that blue?) perforated leather, logo-embossed suede and dark blue canvas trimming with matching shoe laces. The rubber sole is white with LV logo on the lateral side. Simply stunning. 

If you're willing to fork out some money for this pair, by all means go ahead. Not only it is aesthetically-pleasing, but comfortable too. 

Among all of my footwear, this comes at the top where price-tag is concerned. I better take a good care of it for many, many years to come. 

So far, the feedback I have received from people all around has been positive. I love them too. What do you think of this pair?

Thanks to Louis Vuitton Island Maison, Singapore sales associate Miss Zainab for the warm and professional service.
Twitter: @kyeberry

Monday, August 27, 2012

Back from the Dead

Something nasty happened to this blog and everything went haywire. Layout went crazy, photos went missing so I had no choice but to private this blog for a good two months until I managed to slowly rebuild it again from scratch - literally.

I believe everything happens for a reason and so is the case for this blog. I changed the layout to its new Maison Martin Margiela-minimalist style, took out all the ad spaces and made the photos a little more interesting, personal and telling. I hope you like this new Days of Delirium as much as I do, if not more.

I'm still working on the rest of the posts - retracing their photos and rearranging the layouts. As of now, I can only do thus much to this 5-year-old blog while being as efficient as I possibly can. I'd fix the rest of the posts as soon as I can - one thing at a time.

Though my life is wide opened through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, DoD is me being completely naked. It is where I documented almost all of my life's journey and achievements, for both you and myself. Hence, it's natural for me to get it up and running again as good as ever.

Let's hope I don't make any more silly mistake to screw up this blog again. 

Twitter: @kyeberry

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Wrap My Wrist!

I have a latest obsession.

Recently I've been having this urge to adorn my wrist with bracelets. No, not those chunky gold ones as worn by Chinese towkays but more like those around Gerard Butler's wrist in 'PS I Love You' movie. Google it and you'll know what I'm talking about.

Initially I had my eyes on those woven leather bracelets by Tod's but upon trying them out, I just thought they didn't look as pretty on me as they were on display. So, mission aborted and I decided to take a detour from my initial target and opt for this wrap-around bracelet by Balenciaga.

It is made of lambskin with palladium-plated metal hardware with buckle closure. For my size of wrist, it can pretty much wrap around three times. 

I'm certainly happy with my decision to go for this one though it cost a tad more than Tod's bracelets. I look forward to deck my wrist with more bracelets, so watch this space.

Many thanks to Ayi for recommending and to Balenciaga KLCC's store assistant Eugene for bearing with me while choosing the best one.
Twitter: @kyeberry

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Baptised by Bottega

Before all you religious zealots out there get your panties tangled over my blog post title, let me just clarify that I simply want to make a point that I've officially got myself my first Bottega Veneta. Nothing to do with converting - sheeeesh.


I've been lusting over Bottega Veneta since forever. I adore the intreciatto design, the classy/minimalist look and of course, the label's heritage. I've always been a fan of labels with strong history - Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Goyard and of course, Bottega Veneta. 

Continuing my streak of newly-found love of wearing loafers, I got this pair in brown suede with the vamp in its trademark intreciatto woven design and rubber sole. Like most of Bottega's merchandise, the design is simple and it is oh-so-comfy. 

I daresay after my Lanvin lace-ups, these have got to be the most comfortable pair of footwear I've ever owned (minus those Nike Dunk hi-tops, of course. Those are the real winners).

I look forward to owning more fabulous footwear by Bottega Veneta. I already have my eye on that intreciatto bracelet but that can wait. Spending over two thousand bucks on a leather bracelet is still ridiculous for me at this point, I'd rather get a pair of shoes with that price tag.

Available at Bottega Veneta, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.
Twitter: @kyeberry

Friday, May 18, 2012

"Hello, It's the Sea Calling."

I'm happy to acknowledge that I have always been a beach bum. I'm a sucker for beaches, islands or anywhere that brings me near to the sea. 

Thus, it felt really good to be back in Cherating few weeks back to celebrate Ayi's birthday while spending some time with nature while hearing waves gently pounding the beach. Just writing that down still makes me smile. 

After three years, I returned to Impiana Resort, Cherating and spend days and nights surrounded by lush greenery and its beautiful beach. Aside from turtle-watching at the nearby Turtle Sanctuary, we didn't leave the hotel at all. I was more than happy to be sitting by the beach and admiring the splendour around me. 

That certainly made up for the three-hour drive from KL. All is forgiven and forgotten when I arrived.

Next stop: Karambunai and Langkawi in the future, insyaAllah.
Twitter: @kyeberry

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson

Book #6 for 2012: Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson

"Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love—all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story.

Welcome to Christine's life."

Those words at the back cover totally sold the book and made me a fan. It tells the story of Christine Lucas, who lost her memory every time she goes to sleep - resulted from a mysterious accident. Every day, she wakes up not knowing where she is, what happened to her or how she got married to her husband, Ben. 

As suggested by her doctor, she keeps a journal to keep track of her daily activities but one morning she found a startling thing written in the journal - 'Don't trust Ben'. That opens up the floodgate of suspicions - what really happened to her and is Ben really telling her the truth?

Before I Go to Sleep is filled with suspense from cover to cover. I found myself completely engulfed in the story and absurdly keen in finding out what really happened to Christine. The ending, fellas, might not be as what you have expected/assumed - at least, for me. 

This is one of the those rare piece of works that would make you hate to put it down. A must read if thriller/suspense genre is your cup of tea.

Twitter: @kyeberry

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Paul Smith 'Mini on Location LA' Messenger

If you happen to search for a certain bag that is preppy yet casual with a hint of British touch, get yourself a hold of anything by Paul Smith.

Like this messenger bag for instance, which I love and found it to be totally useful. 

Known for the iconic picture of a multicoloured striped Mini in front of a Paul Smith boutique - for this Spring/Summer 2012 season, it's the Los Angeles' - this 'Mini on Location' messenger bag is an English dandy-chic powerhouse to be reckoned with. 

Made of canvas with purple canvas inner lining, it's perfect for your - in this case, ahem, my - around town day to day use without looking so serious, yet roomy enough to fill in all of your necessary belongings. 

There is an internal zip pocket and an iPad/netbook compartment. The shoulder strap is of chocolate brown and the metal hardware is in gold.

If you're looking for a decent bag less than RM2000, then this one is a steal. With Paul Smith stamp on it, you know you're in good hands.  

Available in Paul Smith boutique, Suria KLCC.
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Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest by Stieg Larsson

Book #5 for 2012: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest

This third and last instalment of the Millenium trilogy by Stieg Larsson brings us back to Lisbeth Salander, the femme fatale of the story, who is in critical condition with a bullet in her head. Laying somewhat 2 doors away from her hospital room is Alexander Zalachenko, whom Lisbeth tried to murder albeit unsuccessfully. 

Upon her full recovery she would be taken back to Stockholm where she is to be tried for numerous criminal offences put against her. At this last straw she must prove her innocence with the help of Mikael Blomkvist, a famed journalist, and at the same time denounce those in power who have allowed those vulnerable, like her, to be used, abused and suffer. 

If you are a follower of the previous two instalments of this trilogy, you would really want to get hold of this one as soon as you're done with 'The Girl Who Played with Fire'. In contrary with its predecessors, 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest' revolves more on mystery/crime-solving and not so much on the action part. The case is intelligently closed and of course, the ending is satisfying as well.

Stieg Larsson was a genius and it's such a shame he's no longer around to see what a global sensation his books have become. Regardless, they are here for many generations to come to enjoy as well as for the latecomers of the Larsson phenomenon, like me.
Twitter: @kyeberry

Monday, April 2, 2012

Louis Vuitton 'Monte Carlo' Loafers

Why loafers? Because they're comfortable and exudes that certain air of effortless-ness yet still being preppy. 

Since Spring/Summer season is upon us, I thought, hey why not get myself a new pair of loafers that I could wear for weekends, either with shorts or khakis. This is the only time of the year where you could get spiffy loafers and sandals in abundance at every store (seriously, who would sell or wear loafers and sandals in Autumn/Winter?).

Initially I was thinking of getting a pair of those Tod's 'Gomminos' loafers in bold hues...until I laid my eyes on these. 

These 'Monte Carlo' loafers are made of suede calf leather embossed with 'Petite Damier' pattern (the checkerboard design). The upper part of the shoe, or the vamp, is hand-stitched and finished with shiny Palladium LV logo and rivets. At the hind part of each loafer, there is the label's logo.

For someone who has never worn a pair loafers before (okay, maybe not - I used to wear one when I was, what, 12?) I must say initially it felt weird slipping your feet into it without any socks on. However, after getting used to it, I must say that I'm sort of addicted to the simplicity and carefree attitude that my loafers bring. 

And it's so comfy too. 

The only disappointing part is when I bought those, I personally asked them whether they had it in any other color ("No, I'm afraid these are the only colors - ivory, black and green") and whether other Louis Vuitton stores in KLCC and The Gardens Mid Valley carry other colors ("No, they carry the same range as we do"). Two weeks later - BAM! - I saw the same pair in KLCC in brown

I would never trust those sales assistants again.

For those who don't fancy loafers with gigantic logo, Louis Vuitton has another range of loafers, the 'Hockenheim', with quite similar design but smaller logo. Price might vary, though.

PS: My loafers are wayyy better than yours, Hafiz. Winks.
Twitter: @kyeberry

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

Book #4 for 2012: The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

The chronicles of Lisbeth Salander continue in this second book of the Millennium trilogy.

The story picks up where The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo left, whereby Mikael Blomkvist is planning to publish a story by Dag Stevensson and Mia Johannson about a big sex-trafficking operation which may put Sweden echelons in not-so-pleasant spotlight. The situation gets an unexpected turn when both writers were found murdered and our femme fatale, Lisbeth Salander's fingerprints are found on the murder weapon. The murder triggers an extensive investigation into the matter which may reveal more than they have anticipated and shed a new light on Lisbeth Salander's well-kept past. 

Those who have read the first installment of the Millenium trilogy will appreciate this sequel as it probes deeper into Lisbeth Salander's life - both present and past. Readers will finally get to know 'All the Evil' which had resulted Lisbeth to being institutionalized at St. Stefan's Hospital when she was just 12 years old and her connection to the murder. 

The few final chapters will definitely make you turn the pages with its heart-pumping plot and the ending will only make you reach out for the third installment, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, as soon as you're done with it. 

Although sometimes, the plot might be too-goo-to-be-true and too predictable, this book still managed to be oh-so-lovable. The intriguing persona that is Lisbeth Salander keeps reader wanting to know more about her and subsequently, understand her. 

Love it.
Twitter: @kyeberry

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The One Who Got Carried Away

Never had I thought my short stint in the FSTEP training a year ago would result in wonderful friendship with some of the fellow participants there - six of them, to be exact. 

Day in day out, they became my go-to places for lamenting, cracking up jokes or simply as lunch companions. After a solid one year, we can proudly say that we had always been there for each other through thick and thin, and the bond that we shared could neither be defined nor replaced.

Thus, it would only be natural for us to be there when one of us 'put the ring on it'. Aside from Min who couldn't make it when her car broke down on the night before, the remaining four of us were there in Kampung Pengantin, Jalan Genting Klang to celebrate the wonderful union of Ezzaty and Heqme sometime in late February.

Decked in pale yellow ensemble, the pair looked regal and exquisite as they walked down the aisle to the dais. At that point of time, I still couldn't believe that our sweet, rockstar Zetty has been officially solemnized to be Heqme's. 

After more than a year of knowing this crazy girl, I daresay Zetty is a very sweet, loving and loyal friend. She's not the kind that makes friend with you just for the sake of keeping herself company. When she forged alliance with someone, you better know that you're in a ride that's going to last for a long time, despite how rocky or bumpy the road might be. 

The most interesting thing about Zetty has got to be her sense of humour. She gets both my normal joke as well as the NSFW ones as well. When we made fun of people (behind their back, of course) or start a joke, we simply couldn't stop - and that's probably the worst thing about anyone having to be in the same space as her. 

Above all, she's smart and oh-so-diligent. She takes every challenge within her stride and push herself to the limit, well, most of the time. I could go on and on about this wonderful girl but it's suffice to say just that, as anyone who knows her will definitely nod their head in agreement and that's the reason Heqme loves this girl. 

To the newlyweds, congratulations again and I certainly look forward to become the uncle to your future kids. With lots of love, all the best in your new chapter of life, H & E.
Twitter: @kyeberry

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Book #3 for 2012: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

As the title suggests, it all started when Christopher John Francis Boone saw his neighbour's dog was killed on one night. 

Christopher, a 15-year-old boy with Asperger's syndrome, embarked on a solo mission to find out who impaled Wellington, the dog, with a pitchfork - a mission that not only solved the mystery but changed the way he perceived the people around him as well. 

The story is narrated by Christopher himself and his condition with Asperger's syndrome played a large part in the storytelling. He uses logic and calculations to make his every decision, and whenever he faced difficulties in explaining he would illustrate them, through diagrams or charts.

I don't really know how to explain this book because, well, it is so simple and direct-to-the-point. There's nothing much to be discussed or explored but to read it yourself. While Google Books, Amazon and other notable book review/ book vendor websites have high praise for 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' with each site giving on average four out of five star, I still have some hesitation. 

The lack of emotional side of Christopher annoyed me throughout the book. Although I know he was a character living with autism and I have nothing but great respect for parents taking care of children with such condition, I still found it irritating and annoyed of his character. By the time I reached the fifth or sixth chapter, I was ready to throw away the book and read another one - which of course I didn't but it was a complete ordeal for me to finish it.

In conclusion, the book is for someone who appreciates an insight into the mind of a fifteen year old with autism carrying an investigation about the death of a dog. Very straightforward, very boring. Despite being called 'not your average run-of-the-mill teenager investigation book' and being honored with numerous awards and accolades, I won't give it another round of read no matter how desperately bored I get. I'd rather watch paint dry.
Twitter: @kyeberry

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Need: A Bag for Work

This post is long overdue but heck, whatever.

The bag that I used for work was in a relatively bad shape after years of going through thick and thin, rainy and sunny day together with me. That black messenger bag by Guess did me lots of good things for four years and it still does, occasionally, but I decided that it's a high time to get a new one.

...because that's how I give myself a kick to jumpstart my mood of going to work (since I 'love' my job so much).

One afternoon, during my lunch break, I made a pilgrimage to Pavilion KL and scouted for a decent bag for work to replace the old one. After much deliberation (about the price and durability), I decided to go for this shoulder bag from Coach.

Made of grey leather with thick brown canvas shoulder strap, it's roomy enough for a weekend bag and very suitable for a day-to-day bag for work. I love how the bag slouched when I carry it to work, giving it a nice effortless look. As any other Coach bag, it comes with the metal and leather label tags, but I decided to add on the logo-embossed name tag for the bag (sold separately).

I went for this bag as a change from carrying the same old style of messengers. The feedback that I got was mixed: some don't really get it and others love it, like I do. My colleague Jacqueline said it was really nice ('Khai, the entire office smells of Coach leather!') while Kak Fareda said it looked like an oversize girl's tote. Err...

Since some people got their panties tangled up (for some weird, unknown reasons) when I mentioned the price of my haul here, I decided not to mention it anymore. If you would like to know anything about my haul, like this bag, and plan of getting one yourself, email me and I'll definitely get back to you. Where's the fun if it's not shared, right?

Credits to the Coach sales assistant, Khairul, for being a friendly and very helpful salesperson - not to mention, bearing with me for the entire one hour of choosing the suitable bag.
Twitter: @kyeberry

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Book #2 for 2012: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

I must have passed by this book a thousand times over the last 2, 3 years but it wasn't until I watched the heart-stopping trailer of its film adaptation that I decided to give this book a place on my bookshelf. Boy, disappointed I was not. 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first book of the Millennium Trilogy (the other two will be discussed in the coming posts). It is about a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist who found himself in an unexpected assignment to uncover the disappearance mystery of a girl some forty years ago. The task took an unexpected turns as the deeper he dug into the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, the more he uncovered the unpleasant side of top Swedish echelons where corruption and power abuse were rampant. 

Of course, to carry out the interesting task, he found himself a partner in the form of Lisbeth Salander, the tattooed genius and the femme fatale of the story. They found themselves uncovering one of the most well-kept secrets in the Vanger family with lots of actions and suspense in between.

Although the book has a dizzying cocktail of thousands of characters with long Swedish names thrown in (like reading the names of Ikea furniture), it was a complete pleasure to flip from one page to another as readers (like me) were totally drawn into the mystery and investigation. The language is simple (although it was translated from Swedish) and most of the plot are easy to understand and in chronological order. 

In a nutshell, reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was a complete joy and totally made me a fan of thriller books now. 

I bought this one in Times, Pavilion with the movie tie-in cover.
Twitter: @kyeberry

Sunday, February 5, 2012

By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham

Book #1 for 2012: By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham brings another jewel to the table with his latest book, By Nightfall. The mention of 'Michael Cunningham' and his book in the same line would probably echo some familiar elements represented in his previous books: complexities, homo-eroticism and raw emotions. 

And that's exactly why I always looked forward for his latest instalments.

By Nightfall is a story about a middle-age couple, Peter and Rebecca Harris, who lives in Manhattan. They have a life which normal people would envy: he's an art dealer and she's a magazine editor. Somehow, there's something hollow in their life and the presence of Rebecca's younger brother who's coming over to stay with them, the Yale dropout Mizzy (short for 'Mistake' or his real name Ethan), just cuts open the couple's silent trouble, particularly Peter's boring and banal life.

As the story progresses, the seemingly-contented Peter begins to realize how fast he has aged (he's 43 turning 44 years old) and somewhat begins to regret all the things that he had done or most importantly things he had not done. Mizzy's carefree life and his refusal of responsibility somewhat evoke a tinge of envy and admiration in Peter. Peter misses the time in his life when everything was so easy and he was surrounded by beauty - which is now lacking in his wife - that he begins to be attracted to Mizzy who resembles a younger version of Rebecca.

Peter's contemplation about his life remains throughout the story and gets even more dizzying when he falls for Mizzy - only to be jilted. The final note of this story is when he gets back home to his wife, confesses that she feels the same way as he does and proposes to separate. Will they get divorce to finally be happy? That's for you to find out.

Homo-eroticism aside, By Nightfall does a great job at showing complexities of human's emotion and let's be blunt, it's nothing as straightforward as we would like it to be. Each part of the story telling is accompanied by an avid illustration of what's going on inside the character's mind - particularly Peter's, akin to Virginia Woolf's storytelling. It comes as no surprise since Woolf did have a great influence in Cunningham's writing. 

In my own opinion, the most interesting sense in the book is how vain all of the characters are - like most of us, like it or not. Rebecca simply dotes on her younger brother Mizzy and chooses to think that everything will be just fine, everything will fall into places. In life, it doesn't work that way. That's why when Mizzy rips open the beautiful wrapper of their life, they begin to realize that 'happiness' and 'perfection' that they have all these years are only what they make-believe it to be. What's inside is nothing but fake. 

I'm not a fan of Woolf/Cunningham's meticulous description of everything around every character in the book - I find it tiresome and more often than not, useless to read. However, I adore how he can pick simple everyday issues like this and put it out as raw as it is. I admire his skilled writing - simple, potent plots with a a very economic language and that's just what By Nightfall delivers.

I bought this one (paperback) from Times Pavilion at RM32.90.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Did Anyone Say Monogram?

This pair of sneakers aren't exactly my cup of tea. My personal style has always been minimal, plain and somewhat akin to Tom Ford's, who are against any kind of in-you-face monograms (which is an irony for someone who was an eponymous designer for Gucci).

But I made an exception for this pair since it was on sale and quite a bargain. 

I really dislike Gucci for not having specific name to its merchandises (unlike Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent or even Christian Louboutin). Unique names for each item will personalize the said item, don't you think so? Like Hermes 'Birkin' bag, Chanel '2.55' bag, Louis Vuitton 'Acapulco' sneakers (ehem) and Adidas 'JS Wings' sneakers (ehem), to name a few.

Anyway, back to this pair. Although the monogram looks like an overkill, actually they are shown only on the lateral side (I just had to apply that term from my dentistry background, sorry) of the shoe instead of covering its entirety. The trimmings are of dark blue leather and there's a Velcro strap adorned with a 'G'.

My hommie Ayi really loves this one and he has been wearing it around at any chance he got - much to the delight of his YSL and another Gucci sneakers for giving them a much-needed rest. He likes monograms so it suits him better.

This one retails for RM1700 before 30% discount. Purchased in Gucci Suria KLCC.
Twitter: @kyeberry

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Melancholia: A Review

I heard lots of rave reviews from film critics and the not-so-nice comments made about the movie despite its lead actress Kirsten Dunst scored Best Actress at 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Even Rosie O'Donnell said something brutal about her experience watching Melancholia ("I'd rather give birth on the floor of an igloo rather than watching it again"). Needless to say, I was intrigued and I watched it. 

Taking from, in a nutshell, the movie is about "two sisters (Dunst & Gainsbourg) find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet (Melancholia) threatens to collide with the Earth."

I know, the movie sounds absurd. You would have expected stuff like this would be made by Steven Spielberg or James Cameron, not Lars von Trier (the director). 

However, after spending a good 2 hours and 5 minutes watching it, I must say Melancholia is a very good film without ridiculous turns or plots. 

The film starts with a slow-mo set of (beautiful, gorgeous) pictures but will keep you asking 'What the hell is this?'. I won't blame anyone for having that thought as you see slow-mo, digitally-altered clips of Kirsten Dunst running in the woods with her legs tied to long tree roots, electric current emancipates from her fingers, bride laying down in river etc. Crazy, I know but as the movie progresses, you will learn that those set of slow-mo clips are basically a complete recap of the movie itself - even before it starts! Surprise!

Lars von Trier explores two main central issues in this picture: vulnerability and dependency. He tries to provoke a new dimension in looking at how we connect to and affect each other. When Melancholia (the new, strange planet) is about to collide with earth, we can see how relationships between characters change, some for the better and others for worse. Family ties are questioned during time in need and emotional support from your loved ones becomes a luxury. 

The film is divided into two parts: the first part is about Kirsten Dunst's character 'Justine' where she can't find happiness even on the day of her wedding. Her mother disowns her marriage and her father is indifferent to her breakdown. The second part is about Justine's sister 'Claire' played by Gainsbourg and this part further probes into the issues of vulnerability, helplessness, vanity, relationship and trust when Claire tried to strengthen her ties with Justine yet, having to face the probability of the world end. 

If you fancy 'heavy' film with lots of issues embedded, then this one's for you. I give it 7.5 out of 10, because it's tad too long (over 2 hours), too slow and sometimes the artful presentation of the film annoyed me although aesthetically-pleasing (akin to Tom Ford's 'The Single Man'). 

Monday, January 2, 2012

Burberry Gladiator Sandals

This would be one of the posts I have been wanting so badly to write.

Alright, so I got myself a hot new pair of gladiator sandals this past weekend - and needless to say, I love every bit of it (as my any other footwear).

However, this one is extra special, considering I have been looking for the perfect gladiator sandals since the last 2-3 years but none caught my eyes. Even if they did, I couldn't find it here in KL or Singapore.

Buying this means I had to abandon my 4-year pledge of not buying Burberry items (since they support illegal fur trade). So you can imagine just how much I really liked this one.

This one is made of pure leather with metal studs here and there. The metal buckles are engraved with the label, same goes with the leather insole and rubber sole. The leather straps are held together by a suede patch at the front side and there is a leather patch for the tying straps.

I took them for a 'test drive' on the very next day and whoa, the response I got was overwhelming. The most rewarding part was when random strangers stopped me and complimented the sandals. It confirmed the obvious - my sandals are fierce! Ha!

Since Burberry Prorsum line is only available in its Pavilion KL boutique, you can go and get it there while it lasts.

It retails for RM2295. There goes my entire month's paycheck.
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