My Spanking New Denim Handbag!

I had a retail therapy urge yesterday and I ventured into Nichii at Tropicana Mall (coz it's crowd free). Spent RM260 and came out with a corporate friendly dress, off-shoulder top, studded black skirt and...a brand new denim handbag! Just like shoes, a girl can never get enough bags. This is proven in Sophie Kinsella's Confessions of a Shopaholic where Becky is appalled at having ignored an entire retail sector (luggage bags). But anyway, check out below!

Isn't it simply chic? =)

It's not too spacious which works well for me because I HATE rummaging through every corner of my bag for my car keys, or phone or lip balm. My essentials like my camera, wallet, M.A.C compact, phone and keys fit in nicely without the bag bulging out hideously.

I especially love the studs on the front of the handbag. It's like a subtle hint of glam rock which works well on the denim bag.

Also, the strap (although quite long) is metal and denim twined. Me like :) :) :)

Like what my trustworthy friend xin says, you should ALWAYS reward yourself on an average of once a week (right xin?). Even if it's just 100grams of Famous Amos cookies or a RM79.90 denim handbag from Nichii.

And FYI: Nichii @ Tropicana Mall is absolutely HEAVEN to shop in. You've practically got the whole outlet to yourself and you can take in bundles of clothing into the dressing room without anyone stopping you. I must've tried on some 50 items and finally bought 3 so you can imagine the pile in the dressing room :)

The Road to Good Health

I stumbled upon this fascinating article on Yahoo! Health today. It mentioned 10 basic bad health habits that most of us used to do or are still doing (despite our mums telling us NOT to do) . Personally, I'm still doing half of them and after reading the entire article, I realized that I should start making some changes to my somewhat frivolous lifestyle if I'm gonna live to be a healthy hundred.

I found this one bad habit particularly interesting:
Bad Habit #9: Negative Self-Talk and Poor Body Image

After years of negative self-talk (“Look at how fat I am,” or “No one likes me at work because I’m not talented”), a funny thing happens, says Dr. Rankin: People tend to withdraw from social situations and intimacy. A poor or destructive self-image is also linked with depression and anxiety.

So how do you break the cycle of negativity toward yourself? “The variables that drive behavior are brain biochemistry, innate drives, habits and addictions, and relationships,” says Dr. Rankin. “Note that logic isn't in there. So you need to do things that will optimize brain function—exercise, good-quality sleep, stress management and proper diet all are critical for proper brain function.” And, because our self-image is so often affected by the people in our lives, he suggests you “hang around positive friends and ditch the people who are not on the same page as you.”
I agree with Dr. Rankin - negative self-talk can really do permanent damage. I know when we're among our tight circle of friends and family, friendly banter can ensue and sometimes this leads to negative talk towards you. Unless you're really thick-skinned and can handle criticism, then you'd be okay. Otherwise, this would eventually lead to you condemning the way you look or how you manage relationships and situations at work. It would be an endless cycle of self-devaluation until you figure out how to break it.

Bottomline is that we are all masters of our own fate but no one is saying staying healthy has to boring. You can always throw in a dance class or kickboxing in your weekly schedule. Also, checking out basic bad habits that we can change, can go a loooong way.

Fashion Advice from Your Other-Half

NOTE: Obviously this post is from a woman's prespective. But I'm no sexist so feel free to express your opinion =)

How often should you take fashion advice from your other-half? It's not like we're complete morons that we're incapable of dressing ourselves with some sense of style but I've seen couples out there where, the woman (it generally is) dictates what the guy wears - right down to his briefs!

I agree some men can be somewhat...misguided when it comes to dressing up for wedding dinners, parties and miscellaneous events. The women (usually with an impeccable sense of style..hehe) want to avoid the men from making a fashion faux pas and in turn, making them look like country bumpkins. So these men are then subjected to some sprucing up. Don't get me wrong. I admit some of these men look way much better than before, after their girlfriends coordinate what they wear. But as a guy, how far would you go to please your woman when it comes to clothes and shoes?

No. Us women don't expect you men to do a David Beckham and come decked out in Armani.

As for women, we can be quite stubborn when it comes to fashion as we think we know best. But every now and then, the guy might just give a few suggestions here and there. How far would you listen? Do you compromise your sense of style that makes you who you are? Personally, I like to coordinate my outfit based on where I'm going. Ultimately, I have to feel comfortable in what I'm wearing. Sure I would take into consideration what my other-half likes me to wear but I only give in sometimes. Sometimes. Under very special circumstances.

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