Archive for the ‘local loves’ Category
We know you guys are loyal fans of our organizers, so we decided to introduce a cute addition to the family: meet Organize Leah, a multipurpose bag insert that screams adorable! This bag organizer carries and stores all your handbag essentials, and just like the rest of our organizers, Leah makes it easy to switch handbags without having to throw all your essentials out and repacking them again. It also protects the interior of your handbag from stains and scratches, and is easy to wash.
Organize Leah comes in four delightful colors:
Thanks to its zipper opening, Organize Leah can also be used as a mini handbag on its own. It has a large interior compartment and two smaller compartments within for smaller items. There are two front exterior compartments for handphones and tissues, three exterior mini pockets for beauty products, a hook-on cord for keys, and four side pen slots. And the best part is that you can grab this baby for only RM65!
Stylish, adorable, and affordable… what are you waiting for?? Purchase *here* today!
We came across Nicholas Choong by accident aka stalking creatives on Facebook. A DJ cum artist, Nicholas translates his daily views of the local scenes and people with the rough flourish of pens and paints. Strong and bold strokes of color instill a sense of life in his pieces, be it notebook sketches or completed paintings.
While he doesn’t have an official website for his art, you can follow him on Facebook for updates on his artwork. The good news is that his artworks will be available for sale at Art for Grabs this weekend, and prices range from RM50-RM500! With Father’s Day fast approaching, you might want to consider brightening your dad’s study with one of Nicholas’ amazing pieces
Raya is fast approaching, and while our palates are anticipating great food, what really makes this year’s Raya preparations special is that the local fashion designers are really shining through in celebration of this great occasion. Jovian Mandagie may have paved the way for chic and effortless Raya designs, but this year, all eyes are on Nurita Harith’s preorder collection. Delicate colors, floral prints, classic silhouettes, and that amazingly fluid grace that is authentically Nurita. I was completely and utterly smitten by Valerie (first picture), but was devastated to find out that it’s already sold out within hours! Hence, I will have to wait in hopes of ordering past Raya. So if you’re as slow as I am at attacking the greats, follow Nurita Harith on Facebook to get notifications of the next preorder date.
Goes to show that if you spot something you’re in love with at first sight, don’t hesitate. Make it yours. With that said, Happy Tuesday, and may you nab that outfit you’ve been desiring!
Hello, June! We’re kicking this month off with a bag promo fit for all you stylish moms out there! We have a 25% discount on our popular baby bag designs: Giselle, Piper, and Lola.
The Giselle is a lightweight baby bag that’s trendy and easy to match. With a hook that converts the bag from a basic shape to a bucket style, and a detachable sling, nobody would every suspect that you’re carrying diapers and bottles in this baby!
The Lola baby bag comes in a fun print and available in three different colors. It screams beachside getaway, and includes many pockets of varied sizes made suitable for baby products or otherwise. This bag comes with a mini pouch for smaller necessities, and is a great bright print to highlight any basic outfit!
The Piper baby bag is actually a great addition to any growing family because its bold print translates itself into a unisex bag. Hence, this might just be the best Father’s Day gift for those dads that are sick and tired of being made to carry powder colored baby bags with cartoon prints on them. Give the poor guy a break, if only for Father’s Day ^_^
This promo ends on the 6th of June, which doesn’t leave you much time! So get shopping already!
Cadbury – Say It With Chocolate from Redd Bullets on Vimeo.
We posted this lovely video that Redd Bullets did for Cadbury, and we’re posting it again because Cadbury has arranged to provide for the public a customization service to their chocolate bars, especially for Father’s Day. If you haven’t already, do watch the video to see what we’re talking about.
For two days only, Cadbury will be at selected Tesco outlets to offer this awesome gift. They have 10 preset messages for you to work with, so you can just include your name and your kids’ names. All you’ll have to do is purchase the bar first before customizing, and you’ll be advised to pick it up later. This is an offer limited for two days only, so do check through the above image for all the details on where to grab your dad that extra sweet treat for Father’s Day!
This week’s Mother’s Day giveaway comes from none other than one of our favorite local handmade brands, Oh & Ah! We wrote about Oh & Ah wayyyy back when (click to read), but the brand has expanded heaps since then. With new products under their legally charming belts, Oh & Ah has proven that a little innocence and a lot of good design sense goes a really long way. We asked them to recommend three of their latest products for those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, and here’s what they picked:
“Our Bus Series has been really popular among the Lapan crowd. There are three designs available for purchase: bus sekolah (a long yellow school bus for RM79), bus mini (a smaller model in pink at RM59), and our latest addition which is the zoo bus (RM79). Right now, the bus mini is sold out.”
“Another favorite among customers is our Elephant design light (retailing at RM230). These lights are made of clay, and are attached with a lightbulb AND dimmer. We love hearing what people decipher this clay guy to be; some have said monkey, others have thought of him as an odd-shaped man, the list goes on… However, to us he is an elephant!”
“These little guys sunbathing on patches of grass have been on constant repeat through our collections since the days of setting up shop at Art for Grabs. We love them because to us, they represent Malaysia’s hot weather, where so many enjoy a wonderful sunbathing temperature of 30 degrees almost all year round. Now they’re available on easy-to-wear rings, adjustable to fit all sizes. They retail at RM39 each, and are really fun conversation pieces to have on hand (pardon the pun!)!” <—EDITOR’S NOTE: Ellie couldn’t resist these adorable sunbathing dudes, and has bought a few already!
The generous peeps of Oh & Ah are giving away three Hello Marks (first picture of this post) to three lucky followers of Gin & Jacqie! There are two ways you can win yourself a handsome little bookmark by Oh & Ah:
Facebook: leave us a comment on our Gin & Jacqie wall and tell us about a favorite story or book your mom used to read to you when you were younger.
Instagram: snap a picture of your favorite childhood storybook as read to you by your beloved mom, and hashtag #ginjacqie #lovebooks so that we can keep track of all entries. Please note that if your account is set under Private, we will be unable to see your tags, so do leave us a comment on our Oh & Ah instagram pic to inform us of it!
This contest will run from today up ’til the 24th of May 2013. In addition to their generous prizes, Oh & Ah are also giving away a 10% discount
to everyone! Simply type in “iloveumom
” upon checkout on their shopping site
to redeem. This discount lasts up to the 30th of June 2013, so stop wasting time and get to purchasing some awesomely handmade stuff!
Since we’re celebrating Mother’s Day for an entire month here at Gin & Jacqie, we thought it’d be apt to introduce you to Emila Yusof, one of Malaysia’s talented and established artists. “….an illustrator, a children’s book writer, a blogger, and a seasonal traveler” is what Emila describes herself as, but first and foremost, she’s a loving mother. She has published many children’s books that bring to light our local cultures and heritage, and is currently working with big names to illustrate travel covers and advertisements.
While the illustrations are a great bonus to visiting her personal blog, it’s her posts as a mother and a traveler that keeps us checking in. Her recent travel log to Hong Kong Disneyland with her son was a helpful insight to parents hoping to visit soon.
So if you’re a parent looking to get to know another, we highly recommend Emila Yusof. Light, entertaining, and filled with loving illustrations, her blog and journey will keep you inspired.
1. Mama maternity dress in black RM79.90 2. Gin & Jacqie’s Piper baby bag 3. Gold-framed aviator sunglasses RM19.90 4. Cardigan in beige marl RM39.90 5. Brown sandals RM79.90
When I was pregnant, affordable maternity fashion was hard to come by. Because of the ridiculously high prices of maternity fashion found around KL (the price of a basic pair of maternity shorts with elastic waistband was easily going for RM99) I was fully dependent on just buying sack designs from department stores to get by my constant shifting shape. In fact, one thing that I learned after my first pregnancy was that I needed clothes that would transcend through pregnancy and beyond. A woman’s body can transform tremendously, and while pregnancy does bring out the best glow, it can also bring to light a lot of insecurities, even more so postpartum. I realized that my old clothes couldn’t get me through the months before I lost the weight, neither could my pregnancy clothes fit due to the shrinkage of my body. Not only that, but breastfeeding affects fashion in a way I never expected! Everything I wore had to be easily removed and accessible, and easy to clean. Needless to say, I wasn’t looking like the fashionable mom I desperately wanted to be!
Most are unaware of this, but H&M has been carrying their maternity line in our local stores, and the pieces are as affordable as they are functionally comfortable. In fact, I’ve purchased a few pieces postpartum, and they relate as well now as they did when I was still equipped with a newly deflated belly. One of my favorite buys was the Mama Maternity dress, and it is on constant cycle with my Gin & Jacqie Piper baby bag. The combination of both keeps me stylish in a subtle manner, and the bag’s print brings a little fun into an otherwise basic outfit. Paired with sandals (swollen postpartum feet), classic aviators, and a comfy cardigan, this is a great ensemble for those cosy days out. Replace the sandals with a nice pair of flats, and you’ve got yourself a work to drinks outfit!
Change is hard for everyone, whatever the situation may be. But with change, comes progress. And with progress, comes great and affordable fashion that supports us through the many stages of moving forward. Have a great Tuesday, folks!
For the month of May, Gin & Jacqie, alongside some popular local brands, have come together to reward all those lovely moms out there! Each will, we will reveal a new giveaway, and to keep updated, you should check in here or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. This week, we would like to introduce our favorite place for those fun-filled family breakfasts: MARMALADE!
Chosen as Timeout’s Best Healthy Eats three years in a row, Marmalade Café has come a long way from being one of the first eateries in Kuala Lumpur to promote healthy living through heartwarming, homemade recipes. Marmalade has a menu for every tummy, from generous salads, to hearty meals of homespun pies and lasagnas. And because Marmalade caters to families, there are specially designed children’s areas for your little ones to play and mingle in, as well as a menu consisting of yummy and healthy treats just for kids. Marmalade also handles many private functions as well as public events, and has become a popular favorite among parents to throw their kids’ birthday parties at.
Recently, Marmalade also collaborated with Lilie Pilie, a homegrown brand of handmade nursing covers, to spread public breastfeeding awareness. Lilie Pilie has generously provided Marmalade with nursing covers that are displayed and readily available at both Marmalade outlets for the convenience and ease of breastfeeding customers. This is part of Marmalade’s initiative to establish a loving and nurturing voice within the food industry.
In conjunction with Mother’s Day, Marmalade has generously provided Gin & Jacqie customers with RM10 vouchers to be spent at their light and airy branch in Publika! From today ’til the 10th of May, those who spent RM100 and above at Gin & Jacqie’s online store will be rewarded with a RM10 voucher! Simply print your receipt along with the voucher, and enjoy a meal at Marmalade! Also, Marmalade has a special something brewing for Mother’s Day, so follow them on Facebook to keep from missing out!
Stay tuned for more great deals and giveaways, only here at Gin & Jacqie
Kuala Lumpur is a beautiful country with so much potential. Sadly, sometimes that potential is left unaware or abandoned. During a recent research on tourism for an upcoming project that we’re very eager to share with you (when the time comes!), we came across many disheartening comments from visitors abroad on the bleakness of this place that we lovingly call home. Most of these dissatisfied travelers point out the lack of proper system in our local transportation, not to mention the limitations involved in exploring on foot, such as the decrease of sidewalks and pedestrian crossings. It breaks our heart each time we read one of these comments, and we are crestfallen to have contributed in not making a change.
Luckily for us, there are those who are readily prepared to fight for a change. #BetterKL is a campaign launched in 2011 to create awareness and improve urban culture in Kuala Lumpur. The team behind this well-articulated campaign, #BetterCities, “aims to highlight and explore issues pertaining to urban activism and participatory urbanism.” Recently, they launched While We Wait, an interactive project designed to address and interact with commuters’ idle time while they wait for their buses. Through installations and surveys, they found creative ways to transform reluctance to do anything but mope around in groups of exhaustion, into hope and a little faith that someone out there cares enough for us to plant a seed and make a change.
Their forward-thinking initiatives combined with an intense passion for improvement connects and forms such a strong influence among passerby’s and fans alike. Not only do the projects bring many smiles to groups of strangers, it cultivates a sense of responsibility in caring for this land we call home. And it’s about time we do something for our home.
To follow in the footsteps of inspirational leaders, check out #BetterCities on Facebook or Twitter.