Monday, November 24, 2014

Seafolly Field Trip X Sonic Bloom Bikini

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The iconic Seafolly Field Trip bikini featuring Martha Hunt for the Australian swimwear company's Summer 2014 campaign.

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Left: Martha Hunt in Seafolly's Prismatic bikini with the sexy barely there Brazilian bottom. Right: Model in Seafolly Sonic bloom rainbow print frilly bikini with cute handkerchief-like ties on each end of the bikini bottom.

It's the Call of Summer with Victoria's Secret Supermodel Martha Hunt for Seafolly's Summer 2014 campaign.

Who can resist the temptation of beautiful beaches in Australia and around the world? What's more frolicking on the pristine coasts in gorgeous rainbow frilly or scuba-diving inspired floral print bikinis?

Why we love Seafolly Bikinis

There are plenty of surf and swimwear brands out there - Roxy, Quicksilver, Billabong, but not all make Unlikely You's cut. It's just not quite the same when it comes down to quality, workmanship and details in the design. But of course Seafolly's bikinis are much dearer than most commercial swimwear brands but we can guarantee that they are well worth the price.

One drawback from Seafolly is the slow, unresponsive customer service we received when ordering directly from Seafolly's official website. The customer service team based in Australia services the local and international customers. Besides the 3 hour time difference, the Seafolly online representative is slow to respond to e-mails, facebook posts and even following up after phone calls. Hence we strongly suggest buying from distributors instead.

Why we love Swimwear Galore's Customer Service

Our experience with Swimwear Galore, one of the leading Seafolly online retailers was not exactly pleasant to begin with when we were informed that one of the items we ordered - a bikini bottom, had sold out despite the fact that the transaction was successful.

At first, we were taken back by surprise and were thoroughly disappointed. However, the customer service representative was quick to respond to our e-mails and provide us various options including immediate refunds if we were unhappy with our order. We did not need to get on the phone and actively chase the service staff with regards to our order status unlike where our items were delayed by more than a week!

In the end, we received all sets of the gorgeous Seafolly bikinis we had ordered in just one working day via DHL express - the most highly recommended delivery service provider we completely endorse!

Swimwear Galore packaged the bikinis nicely in a see-through zip-lock slide-to-unfasten folder and the items were in brand new, tip-top condition. We were so pleased that we would like to recommend our trusted fashion swimwear online shop - Swimwear Galore to all our readers. We hope you too will enjoy top quality, beautiful bikinis from Australia at competitive prices, lighting fast delivery and wonderful customer service!

The Unboxing of Our Latest Seafolly Bikini Stash

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Luxury for Less: Miu Miu Mac

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It's raining coats this season but which style appeals to you most? Certainly not the Miu Miu raincoat for us.

Unfortunately Miu Miu has made the mac popular again in various materials such as PVC, fur, leather and jacquard.

The Mac-ro disaster took place on Miu Miu's Fall Winter 2014 runway and since then, a few copycats have emerged on the high-street or e-commerce market.

Occasionally, the interpretation from copycat retailers are far better than the original runway versions. However most of the time, we find it somewhat lacking especially in quality.

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Behold the ASOS rain mac with high shine panel detail or basically faux patent leather. This interpretation of the Miu Miu Fall 2014 raincoat is by far better by leaps and bounds not just in the pricing arena but design, colour and texture.

In fact it looks more expensive than the cheap-looking Miu Miu version which we actually had the chance to try in store earlier in the year.

The jacquard mac style Miu Miu trench coat which we tried on was ratty and tattered in the corners such as the sleeves, coat endings and the button fastening area had jacquard threads sticking out of them.

Our verdict: Stick to the ASOS version if you like this sixties style rain mac coat.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Fashion Editorial: Snacking Good Paris

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Pastel mint green jumper: Reiss UK

What's Paris without macaroons? These delightful little snacks made of ground coconut or almond pumped with exotic cream centres can be found in almost every corner of the world but Paris is the real deal for designer macaroons.

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Glitter hair accessories: Marks and Spencer

The capital of fashion is perfect for shopping so we paired non-stop shopping with non-stop eating.. as much as we could of course.

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Did you know that Galeries LaFayette, Paris' best un-kept secret holds free weekly fashion shows for visitors? The iconic stained glass,  steel dome reminiscing a cathedral and Art Nouveau staircases were finished in 1912.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicBlack sequin shorts: Forever 21

Who says Graffiti can't be Art? Art is everywhere in Paris if you look aound you.

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Python print calf-hair tall boots: 10 Crosby Derek Lam

Paris has some of the best chocalatiers in the world.

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French fries drizzled with mayo, need we say more?

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Purple merino wool mix leggings: Falke

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Luxury for Less: Dolce and Gabbana Fall Winter 2014 Boots

Dolce & Gabbana's coveted suede and leather studded over-the-knee chain mail inspired knight armour boots as seen on the runway can now be purchased for less if you really want this sort of design and don't want to splurge out on a pair for thousands.

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The gem and stud faceted boots may look nice and bling-ey on the runway but cheap-looking in a close up view.

The quality of Dolce and Gabbana items nowadays are questionable. We had a leopard print calf hair bejewelled chain strap handbag in our possession which has mysteriously shed all its hair as if it had been burnt. When we brought the bag down to the Dolce and Gabbana boutique at ION Orchard in Singapore, the manager was unable to explain anything to us or worse still, do anything about it.

We have since rest our case and decided to recommend our readers to avoid buying leather and calf-hair skin products from Dolce and Gabbana in fear that one may end up with the same defective product and served with the same lacklustre customer service that we experienced.

One very good reason why people generally choose to buy luxury designer goods besides its quality, is the quality after-sales service that usually follows. Sadly, it seems this is not the case for most designer brands nowadays. 

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A similar studded over-the-knee boots by Jeffrey Campbell.

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Which do you prefer? The Dolce and Gabbana version or the Jeffrey Campbell?