Roses, sparkling crystals and beautiful girl. What more can you ask for? I’m totally in love with this new TV campaign from Swarovski. Starring Miranda Kerr with her finest and playful smiles, this 30″ video is not only full of glamor and shine but also fun and cheer. We can see her enjoying herself swaying to the music, looking all happy and of course, pretty! Swarovski named this campaign as Moments to Give, a perfect time to release this video since holiday season is in the air. From beautiful bracelets to shiny rings, necklace and earrings, you can see that everything is packed nice and pretty in this beautiful ad. There’s not much to say than to enjoy! I have played this at least 10 times already!

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In case some of you didn’t know. I picked up new hobby a few months ago, it’s bracelet-making. Living in Bali, I’ve always been astonished with their variety of beads and crystals. So one day I decided to give it a try and the next thing I know, I’ve been beading for hours! At first I didn’t have any intention to sell but since I’ve been making them non-stop, you can imagine how many bracelets I have. I love bracelets but I sure can’t wear all of them. So I figured maybe it’s good to try and sell them — not only will I get to see people wearing my creations, but I can also earn some extra money. I created two bracelet categories — the trinity (like its name, this set consists of three bracelets that you can wear altogether or separately), I also have single bracelets (they are mostly made out of bigger beads).

VieCouture Trinity Bracelets

The materials I choose are mainly from Bali. However I also ordered some of the pieces online (it is impossible to find good looking charms here), and also some crystals are imported from Thailand, Hong Kong and China.What makes VieCouture bracelets unique is the fact that they’re not mass-production, meaning that there’s only one of its own. So you won’t find your “twins” out there. There’s also a story behind every bracelet, where I get the inspiration from, stuff like that.

A week ago, I received an order from my Russian friend. She’s leaving Bali in December and wanted to bring some souvenirs for her friends. I made 3 Trinity bracelets based on her specifications — pink, yellow and black & red. I finally finished them last night and here they are!

1. Pink Princess.
VieCouture Trinity Bracelets - Pink Princess

She told me that this “M” girl is very feminine, and quite a princess. So I decided to go for pink and crystal beads to match her personality. I also added the initial and cute little cameo charms, plus the word “believe”, so hopefully all her fairytale dreams can come true.

2. Mellow Yellow.
VieCouture Trinity Bracelets - Mellow Yellow

Yellow is this “D” girl’s favorite color so I figured to use shiny yellow crystals to make them brighter and much more cheerful. Yellow is a happy color and therefore, I put the word “Hope” so that no matter what happens in life, she will always be hopeful for something better and brighter coming her way, and always be happy.

3. Mysterious Goth.
VieCouture Trinity Bracelets - Mysterious Goth

Last but certainly not least, I have created this very special “goth” looking bracelet set for her vampy friend. I added a beautiful black rose to enhance the mystery. Black and red certainly blend so well in this set!

So ladies, if you have something in mind and would like me to create them through these colorful beads and crystals, feel free to contact me. The price only starts as low as US$15!

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3 Reasons Why You Should Wear Ankle Boots

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by Vie on October 28, 2013

There’s no doubt that ankle boots are always a choice when it comes to classy and style. Unfortunately for me, I hardly see any ankle boots that match to my liking. Either they’re too much or too less. I admit that when it comes to shoes, I’m very picky and critical. But then again, aren’t we all? After all, feet are our important assets and the last thing we want is to hurt them in the name of fashion. I know I hardly talk about ankle boots but today I just got the idea to browse more about this particular style and I found 3 good and reasonable reasons on why we should invest our fashion in ankle boots.

Ankle Boots

1. Versus Safety Pin Ankle Boots. US$507.10.
2. Charlotte Olympia Hazel Leather and Suede Ankle Boots. US$1,012.90.
3. Nicholas Kirkwood Leather Ankle Boots. US$1,196.13.
4. Tabitha Simmons Hunter Ankle Boots. US$1,180.65.
5. Saint Laurent Two Tone Ankle Boots. US$960.
6. Michael Michael Kors Brena Ankle Boots. US$307.10.

1. Perfect for all seasons.
Whether it’s winter, spring, summer or fall, when it comes to ankle boots, you don’t need to worry. Although this type of sole is mostly famous during Fall-Winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear them during other seasons. My advice is to choose a lighter material for hot season.

2. Boost your confidence.
Whenever I wear ankle boots, I feel a sudden rush of high-confidence. Perhaps it’s the style, perhaps it’s the heels, whatever it is, when I need a little poke on my fashion, I’ll go for the boots.

3. Fashion’s best friend.
Shorts, skirts, dresses or pants, they go so well with ankle boots. And this is one of the strongest reasons on why you should at least have a pair of ankle-boots ready at home.

With so many types of ankle-boots out there, and not to mention the fancy looking materials and colors, now you are free to choose which boots suit you the most. Whether they’re designer boots or not, owning a pair of sophisticated ankle boots is a necessity. If you ask me, I’ll definitely go for neutral colors (I know, I’m boring that way but that doesn’t mean I don’t like the animal-prints!) I would also go for leather instead of suede. This is because of the durability and season-friendly. But then again, your boots, your choice!

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I’m probably the last girl on the planet that didn’t know what a BB cream is. I was first introduced to BB cream by my Korean guy friend (yes, a guy!). He asked what I have been using for my face and started to talk about the mighty BB cream. At first I didn’t believe because he’s a guy full of jokes but his wife confirmed, so I said to myself, OK, this worth the try. Last week I flew to Jakarta to visit my family and friends and I went to a beauty shop with my sister. She (too) went to get a BB cream. So I asked her about it and she said she feels a lot of good changes in her makeup and face after using BB cream.

BB Cream BodyShop

Curious about this mighty cream, I decided to give it a try. However, with so many brands offering their own BB cream, I had problems choosing which one. So my sister recommended me to try Body Shop, which I did and WOW! it’s no joke at all, I love this stuff!

BB Cream Etude

Anyway, just in case I wasn’t the only girl who didn’t know what a BB cream is, let me explain a little bit. BB cream stands for blemish balm cream and this cream is more popular in Asia than western countries (go figure!). BB cream works as moisturizer, serum, foundation and sunblock. There are different types of tints as well, depends on your skin tones — I go for the normal/natural tone. What makes it so popular is not only the fact that it blends nicely to your skin as a good foundation for your makeup, but also the convenience that everything you need is available in one bottle/tube. It’s pretty much the secret of every makeup artist out there!

I promise you that once you try it on, there’s no turning back!

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October Fragrances: All About Pink!

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by Vie on October 1, 2013

When it comes to October, 3 colors come to mind — pink, orange and black. Pink for the breast cancer awareness and orange black for Halloween. Since it’s still the beginning of the month, I figure it will be fun to talk more about pink because being a girly girl is always a pleasure. Today I’m going to specifically talk about new fragrances, and I’m sure you’re gonna love them because not only are the packaging super sweet, but the scents are also amazingly great. Here are some of my favorite selections!

October Pink Fragrances

1. Jimmy Choo Exotic 3.3oz. US$88.
Not only is he good with shoes, but he’s also good in fragrances. Beautifully packed and inspired by the colorful python skins, this special fragrance is created for strong independent women who are free-spirited and confident. This fragrance is a natural blend of Blackcurrant Sorbet, Pink Grapefruit, Tiger Orchid, Exotic Passion Flower, Tart Raspberry, Patchouli. He certainly doesn’t name it Exotic for nothing ; )

2. One Direction Our Moment 3.4oz. US$59.50.
Love their music, love their scent. I’m talking about this well-established band that’s recently released their very own fragrance. Dedicated to all fun and cheerful ladies out there, enjoy this gorgeous mixture of Pink Grapefruit, Wild Berries, Red Currant, Jasmine, Freesia, Frangipani, Musk, Sheer Woods, White Patchouli. Just one spray and it’s “What Makes You Beautiful” ; )

3. Lancome La Vie est Belle 1.7oz. US$85.
What makes this fragrance so special is not only the pretty bottle and the scent but also the fact that it’s a glitter perfume! How cool is that! We have seen a lot of glitter body lotion, but glitter perfume? Not so much! La Vie est Belle is beautifully made of iris and patchouli with a hint of sweet gourmand. Life is beautiful, indeed!

4. Coach Poppy Freesia Blossom 3.4oz. US$85.
This perfume was released a while ago and I just needed to include this because this cute little bottle is simply amazing. If you’re a floral and also a fruity kinda girl, you will definitely enjoy this soft breeze from Poppy Freesia, because they got the best of both worlds! Say hello to Bergamot, Cassis, Raspberry, Mara Strawberry natureprint®, Apricot, Star Jasmine, White Orchid, Tiare Tahiti natureprint®, Freesia, Vanilla, Brown Sugar, and Musk.

5. Kenzo Couleur Pink 1.7oz. US$64.
I’ve always loved Kenzo fragrances. As a matter of fact, one of my favorite scents is Flower by Kenzo. Not only do they come in super adorable bottle, but they smell so refreshing too. And now, Kenzo has a newbie named Couleur Pink and I certainly can’t wait to try it! Expect delicate scent of Rose, Angelica Seed, and Saffron from this elegant bottle.

6. Victoria’s Secret Victoria Eau de Parfum. US$68.
I’m also a big fan of Victoria’s Secret perfumes. They’re so feminine and fun at the same time, which is why I’m so curious to try this new Victoria perfume, especially since they described it as “A sparkling blend of red berries, Victoria rose and crème brûlée”. Another floral fruity to spray, ladies!

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