Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Love Me Tender

When we were wedding planning last year, we realised that for a variety of reasons we had to get registered (aka legally wed) before our traditional temple ceremony in Kuala Lumpur in December. 

Since the registration was a formality, we decided to have a bit of fun. So a year ago today, having told only our immediate family, we made my elopement fantasies come true and "ran away" to Vegas...

Our officiant was really lovely. While I don't remember his precise words, I recall he spoke of everlasting love and hoped the sun will shine on us forever as it did that September morning, while singing sweet love songs throughout. I pretty much weeped when he belted Love Me Tender. Fun fact: he appeared as the King in the wedding scene in Katy Perry's Waking Up In Vegas video.

I was actually in Vegas a few days prior on a girls' trip but had said nothing of our plans - until the night before. Unlike the other ladies who had to fly back to New York, I knew one of my dearests, Sandy, had no plans that Monday morning. So mere hours prior, I requested her presence to be the official witness to the ceremony:

Parker dress and Steven by Steve Madden Tippsy glitter sandals

It was a great prelude involving just us two, to the huge party we eventually threw a few months later. 

We are off to Sin City this weekend to celebrate one of the best days of our lives. This time, Elvis is not invited. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Paintbox - Nails of New York

I might live in the city of cheap and easy manicures, however getting cool nailart with gel polish for an affordable price has always been challenging. Until I discovered Paintbox a few months ago. At each easily-bookable appointment, I pick out a gel manicure design from their lookbook and decide on the colour scheme, and then settle in with a complimentary glass (usually two) of prosecco. 

My first appointment was made just before a double beach trip - Montauk and Barbados. Bright yellow made for an obvious choice. I was obsessed at how great it looked and durability of the manicure. I was hooked henceforth. Here are just two out of the MANY pictures I took of that look:

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sunday at the Frick

We crossed off an NYC bucket list item last month when we visited the beautiful Frick Collection on the Upper East Side. We never got around to visiting for no other reason than being spoilt by free entry to almost all the big museums through my (now-former) employer's corporate responsibility initiatives.

So we did the next best thing, and visited during the museum's pay-as-you-wish hours one Sunday afternoon. Henry Clay Frick invested much of his wealth in acquiring European art, furniture and sculptures and the house is filled with impressive pieces. Most are displayed where Frick originally intended when this was still a residence for the family. 

It's considerably small relative to the neighbouring Met but we still found Time Out magazine's list of 10 must-see works helpful for some degree of direction. There are also descriptions and a quick history lesson of everything in the audio guide which is free with admission. 

No photos are allowed anywhere in the museum but in the beautiful Garden Court, so we took advantage:

Oak Tornado dress (on clearance), Preen by Thornton Bregazzi sunglasses, and Giles and Brother railroad spike cuff

Mansur Gavriel cammelo/antico bucket bag, very very old Sportsgirl belt, and Brook & Lyn x Anthropologie necklace
mansur gavriel bucket bag cammello antico
Ivy Kirzhner Babel sandals (breaking my rule against buying multiples, it's the black pair to the gold version I wore to my wedding reception - which amongst other styles, is on super sale here)