Fauxionable Outfit – Peter Pilotto for Target

I finally received my Peter Pilotto for Target wrap skirt when G picked it up from his cousin on his recent business trip to the US. I couldn’t wait to wear it and paired it with tights this past weekend. As I couldn’t try the item since it was sold out on Net-a-Porter, I was worried about poor quality and fit. (Read my review here.) Neither were of concern once I held the item in my hand, as the skirt is fairly well-made and lined. It also fit me well and the length was just nice. (Length is one of my main concern aside from quality!) I look forward to wearing it with many more outfits to come! 🙂

Peter Pilotto for Target Asymmetric Wrap Skirt, ZARA biker leather jacket, Ecco Saunter GTX bootsPeter Pilotto for Target Asymmetric Wrap Skirt, ZARA biker leather jacket, Joe Fresh silk shirtCeline Blade in Python, Michael Kors MK5384, Peter Pilotto for Target Asymmetric Wrap SkirtCeline Blade in Python, ZARA biker leather jacket, Peter Pilotto for Target Asymmetric Wrap SkirtZARA Biker Leather Jacket with Padded Shoulders, Peter Pilotto for Target Wrap Skirt, Hermes Micro Rivale, Michael Kors, MK5384, Cartier Trinity Ring, Chaumet Bee My Love rose gold bandEcco Saunter GTX Goretex Ankle Boots

 

Travel – Amsterdam, Netherlands Part III

I’m finally on the last installment of my trip to Amsterdam! (Read Part I and Part II.) On our last day, we started the day by heading to the Van Gogh Museum. I had previously gone one afternoon while G was at work but the long lines deterred me from entering. There are separate entrances for those who have a pass or have purchased a ticket in advance but even those lines barely moved. I stood in line for 10 minutes before deciding to come back on another day. So on our final day, we were at the Van Gogh Museum by 9.30am and we were in the museum in a jiffy. We bought G an advanced ticket and I redeemed my Tulip ticket for the entrance. (WARNING: Picture heavy post!)

The line to Van Gogh MuseumPart of the long line on a weekday afternoon in Fall

I’ll be the first to admit that I know next to nothing when it comes to art and visiting the Van Gogh Museum was a good insight into the famous artist’s life and work. Unlike most talented individuals, Van Gogh was not a gifted artist. He studied and experimented a lot in order to create the level of art that he did. He’s truly inspirational to those of us who dream or aspire to pursue a different path in life. Perseverance and determination, anyone? Okay, I digress… Well, if you are hoping to spot the Starry Night in the museum, I’m afraid you will be disappointed. The famous painting is housed in MoMa in New York. That however, doesn’t make a visit to the Van Gogh Museum any less valuable and I highly recommend it to those visiting Amsterdam.

After the Van Gogh Museum, G and I took a canal cruise as friends of ours highly recommended that as a great way to tour Amsterdam. Without researching in advance, we purchased tickets at one of the many tour operators near Central Station. Our cruise was operated by the Lovers Company and we had bought tickets for a Museum Line Hop On-Hop Off tour without realizing it (the only choice for canal cruise was one hour or two)! Our two hour tour had one too many stops for people to alight and the tour was nothing but a recording as our captain/guide barely added anything. While I think it was a canal cruise is great suggestion, I would highly advise picking a different company or tour.

Lovers Company Canal CruiseBoat Houses along Amsterdam CanalAmstelhotel AmsterdamReplica of the VOC vessel NEMO Science MuseumThe EYE Film InstituteMovenpick hotel Muziekgebouw Music CentreCantilever Buildings in AmsterdamCruise Ship AmsterdamFrankBeekwilder

During our trip, we ate at two restaurants that I would highly recommend. One is an Italian restaurant that serves great pizzas. (G has a travel rule where he has to eat pizza in every country he visits!) The food was inexpensive (entrees ranged from €6- €20) and according to G the pizza connoisseur, it was quite good. The pesto pasta that I had was decent and filling.

Pizzeria Toscana B.V.
Haarlemmerstraat 130,
1013 EX Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 622 0353

The other restaurant that I recommend is one that we stumbled upon, a Malaysian restaurant. As a Malaysian, I can vouch for the authenticity of the curry laksa. It was quite good and talking about it now makes me hungry! G had General Tso’s chicken and he enjoyed it. (Granted, take this with a grain of salt as they likely may not obtain all the actual ingredients but it was still quite good.)

Nyonya Malaysia Express
Kloveniersburgwal 38,
1012 CW Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 422 2447

All in all, we had a great time in Amsterdam and I most definitely look forward to visiting again soon!

Feature Friday: Uniqlo and Ines de la Fresange Collaboration

Unlike H&M and Target collaborations, Uniqlo‘s are a little more low-key. That’s great because there wouldn’t be mad crowds and the unnecessary hype to go with it. From a business standpoint, one would rather generate the marketing frenzy for the collaboration. However, if the quality of the item ends up being mediocre or sub-par it’s equally bad business.

One of the latest collaborations by Uniqlo – with Ines de la Fresange – piqued my interest. The popular French/Parisian style favoring sartorial simplicity over the ostentatious is one that I adore. Ines de la Fresange, the author of Parisian Chic is often seen with her daughter in magazines or social media (e.g., Tumblr, Pinterest) as a style inspiration. Thus, I’m eager to check out the collection in person which will be available in select US stores come March 17 and UK stores on March 20.

Uniqlo and Ines de la Fressange collaboration

Ines has worked with Uniqlo to create 4 lines for the collection. The first, Petite Parisienne are garments in classic silhouettes with fun details while the second Bleu, Blanc Parisienne are basic garments in the popular red, white, and blue palette. Souffle Parisienne will be launched later in April and will consists of garments made from soft fabrics suitable for loungewear or working out. Last but not least, Note Parisienne completes the collection with garments in black. Little Black Dresses, anyone? 😉

Here are some of my favorite picks although some are already sold out online (in the UK)!

Uniqlo x Ines de la Fresange collaboration Cotton Lawn DressINDF Cotton Lawn Dress £39.90

Ines de la Fresange x Uniqlo Shirts Petite ParisienneIDLF Shirts ranging from £19.90 to £29.90

Ines de la Fresange Uniqlo Silk ScarfIDLF Silk Scarfs £9.90

Last but not least, I love the outfits that Ines paired for this video. Enjoy!

Happy Friday and have a good weekend!

Fauxionable Outfit – Almost Spring!

The weather has slowly been getting warmer and flowers are blooming, which means it’s almost Spring! I couldn’t resist wearing this tulip print dress that always reminds me of Spring, layered underneath a cashmere turtleneck. I wore this outfit a few weekends ago but the past few days I’ve only been wearing my trench coat and sans scarf. Spring weather is upon us!

Fauxionable Outfit - Almost Spring, Anthropologie Anna Sui Tulip Dress, Chanel 226 Reissue 2.55 in Anniversary Gray, Catherine Malandrino cashmere sweater

Catherine Malandrino Zips Cashmere Sweater, Anna Sui for Anthropologie Tulip Dress

Hermes Micro Rivale, Cartier Trinity Ring, Chaumet Bee My Love rose gold band

Is it almost Spring weather yet where you are? 🙂

Wishing Wednesday… Givenchy Obsedia Wrap Bracelet in Shargreen & Python

Givenchy Obsedia  Three Row Triple Wrap BraceletGivenchy Shargreen & Python Wrap Bracelet Ivory and Black

If the Givenchy Obsedia wrap bracelet looks familiar to you and you think you have seen it on here before, you’re right! 😉 G was wonderful to give me one for my birthday last year. (I wore it here.) I am still pining for this python version since it never went on sale. (Or perhaps it did in store but not online.) This season, Givenchy is releasing a version of the Obsedia wrap bracelet in a combination of both shargreen and python leather. Be still my beating heart!

I’d love to get my hands on one but as with all things exotic leather, the price is always sky high. Retailing at £425 ($606) in the UK and $710 in the US, it’s a bit much unless I’m able to find it marked down significantly later in the season. If not, perhaps I’ll console myself with this instead come sale season. It will match my engagement ring, so that’s a valid excuse right? 😉