LUMINNEJ Has A New Home

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Hi all, yes, we have decided to make a move. We love both platforms, but there is always some gives and takes in life. It’s never perfect and complete (that’s the fun part about it!). We will be blogging on a new platform. Please do support us! All things are (almost) the same, the same nice feeling, the same beautiful pictures and the most awesome luminous things that we will be sharing more with you (there). Will miss this space very much, nonetheless. It has been a great journey here. Will chart a new course over the other side *_^

So, please visit us NOW! See you all and happy blogging!

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Inspiring Creativity, An Artistry That Is Shiseido Professional – Part 1

sa single1This is not my first hair show. I have been to and worked on one many years back. Nothing could have prepared me for something this EXCITING! From the time LUMINNEJ received the invitation (thanks Shiseido Malaysia!) to the event day, I have been waiting, anxiously, can’t wait to set foot at the fabulous Royale Chulan Hotel. The night was finally here. It was Shiseido Professional’s Beauty Innovator Award 2013 – Artistry of Inspiring Creativity! It is the largest cross-cultural hair design photo competition of its kind, bringing together the top hairstyling talents across eight countries – Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.  Impressive indeed.

sa guests collagesa singlesa finalist collage1sa finalist collage2The crowd was sizzling, the food was tantalizing, the wine was dreamy, the prized car (a very colourful one) was definitely tempting! I even had a chance to meet up with some old industry friends like fashion designer Khoon Hooi and fabulous make-up artist, Monica Lee. The work of the top 11 semi-finalists were being displayed. It was interesting to see, how some of the top nation hairstylists came up with their creations, the concepts behind them and what actually influenced and inspired them.

finalist work collage1The competition was steep, to say the least (from over hundreds of entries nationwide). The competing hairstylists had  to impress a panel of esteemed judges who are talented professionals from the industry. This night, the top 5 finalists will be selected, and will be making their way to an all-expense paid trip (thanks to Mayfair) to Japan to attend the Shiseido Professional Beauty Congress to be held in Tokyo this coming February 2014! (How I wish LUMINNEJ can be there too *_^)

finalist work collage2These top 5 winners will be judged, again, by  the panel of Grand Jury comprising of  Shiseido Beauty Top Specialists, Mr. Masa Otake, as well as renowned photographers and designers. Only ONE Grand Prix winner will be chosen and the lucky winner will be driving home an all-new Nissan Almera 1.6, sponsored by Edaran Tan Chong. So nice! Some of the other Choice Awards up for grab included Shiseido Best Makeup Award, NUYOU Choice Award, Estetica Asia Choice Award, Shiseido Professional Popularity Award and H4ufme Choice Award. So, which ones are your favourites?

IMG_5925We were invited to be seated inside the Grand Ballroom as the show was about to begin. The moment I saw the stage, I was absolutely mesmerized by it. Such simple elegance. It has that very clean, simple, old kyoto-Japanese feel, yet being juxtaposed by intriguing visuals. Two big screens on stage, at each side, displaying some of the most vividly colourful and beautiful images of everything Japan – the food, the culture, the city, the landscapes. Extremely beautiful! I was immediately transported to a whole different dream world all together already.IMG_5927IMG_5926

Something interesting is brewing! To find out more about the show, stay tuned to my next blog post! Till then, have a fantastic weekend ahead.

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Evian x Elie Saab A Tribute To Purity

elie saab1Evian x Elie SaabHave always loved Elie Saab’s creations! Love the way how his designs are very timeless, with elegant dresses that celebrate the feminine side of women, using the finest fabrics and intricate embellishment, it is dresses that women would fall in love with over and over again.

evian_es_75cl_HDWhen such a beautiful fashion brand collaborate with an esteemed water brand like Evian, one can imagine something beautiful and pure would be created – the Elie Saab Evian bottle! Derived from naturally filtered water of the glaciers, Evian water emerges as pure as nature would have crafted it. Both brands share a similar philosophy. The delicate Elie Saab lace and the refined silhouette of the Evian bottle combine to create a common vision of purity. Just love the lace motive designs on the bottle. Now, this is bliss in every drop!

Check out the videos and you will see what we mean *_^

Celebrities Spotted In Burberry

lumi loves burberryIf one is at the other parts of the world, it should be autumn now! Of course, Malaysians rarely get a chance to even put on a trench coat or thick fur clothes walking under such hot Malaysian weather (or get ourselves dripping wet in the rain these days!). But always good to see how others dressed it chic their own ways in such outfits.

Collage spotted michelle obamaSpotted here are some celebrities in Burberry womenswear, which I absolutely adore (even the first lady of US Michelle Obama is looking pretty cool).

Naomie Harris seen here looking elegant in Burberry evening wear

Naomie Harris seen here looking elegant in Burberry evening wear

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Hunger Game star Jennifer Lawrence rocking that black trench and outerwear Burberry look!

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Hollywood celebrity Jessica Chastain in Burberry trench coats

Collage spotted celebsMy personal favourites? That long black trench outerwear that Jennifer Lawrence is rocking (with that purple fedora hat) in (shop here), Naomie Harris’s gem embroidery crepe white dress (shop here), Sandra Bullock’s black jacket and Rosie Huntington’s quilted leather black peplum biker jacket (shop here).

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LUMI red carpet Burberry look, featuring Brilliant Earth’s accessories

If ever I would walk the red carpet one day,  perhaps this is the ensemble look that I would go for. Till that day happens, have a wonderfully beautiful weekend, everyone.

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[Instagram] Exciting Past Few Weeks

insta collage8The past few weeks had been great! At LUMINNEJ, we were invited to a few events –  h2O+ ambassadress and ambassador/new product launch, NARS very first boutique opening at Pavilion KL. For my production work, we got a chance to work with the hip hop rapper Joe Flizzow for a music video of the latest installment of local director Brando Lee’s film, Kisah Paling Gengster. Personally, my sister-in-law came back from UK for a visit (and I got my  early X’MAS present delivered!) and we had a good time (mainly eating >_<) with the family. Everyone came together.

giftLife is short, I have learnt it the hard way recently, after losing someone I loved very deeply and dearly. I made it a point to tell myself, to do the things that make me happy, or get me one step closer to my dreams, no matter how small that step maybe, or how insignificant it may seem. The rest, the universe will take care of itself. Surround myself with good company and enjoy the time. It is always a blessing to be able to live, just another day.

We truly appreciate all the support given to LUMINNEJ here, be it our readers, our friends (near or far), or even the clients and brands that have given us the opportunity to be featured and work together with, share the joy and love for all things beautiful, through this little space of ours. Thanks to you all! Some exciting events coming up next too, and we can’t wait for it to take place. Big hugs ^_^

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The Beautiful World of Aerin

aerin1Can style be cultivated? Or it comes from a family with acute sense of beauty that is equivalent to effortless luxury which is transferred down (wired in the genes), I wonder? But I guess it takes a keen eye to “see” what is there, and at times, not there, but understand the aesthetics of what beauty is all about. But then again, everyone has different interpretation and understanding of what beauty is. But I truly believe everyone is somehow attracted to all things BEAUTIFUL in life, and all its aspects – design, arts, music, fashion, film, and other forms of creative work. Beauty is definitely in the eyes of the beholder (and is pretty subjective).

Aerin2Aerin3The moment I ventured into Aerin’s website, I am absolutely captivated by the way it is designed, its layout, the fonts used, its soft pastel colour(s) scheme and its beautiful images. I am a very VISUAL person, I am totally in love with it. Kudos to the team behind it! Of course, am sure it is the visionary direction of Aerin herself. It is after all, a global lifestyle brand inspired by the signature style of Aerin Lauder (from the family of Estee Lauder). I love her premise of living life beautifully should be effortless, classic with a modern point of view! (all pictures via World of Aerin here).

Aerin4I really believe that beauty is in its simplicity, amidst a world of sophistication. Find your kind of beauty that makes you happy and hold on to it, for it is as precious as air itself, that you are breathing, and that is what keeps us alive, every day, seeing the beauty in things (and people) *_^ Happy happy Wednesday (my favourite day of the week!)

Be luminously beautiful. Be YOU!

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[Instagram] So Much Have Gone By

insta collage7It’s been a while since I updated what’s been happening on my IG. Been to a great make-up session with RMK by Japanese make-up artist, Masaaki Abe himself recently, had such great fun, then bought myself a pair of colourful Zara heels! Been addicted to this Korean drama called The Master’s Sun starring the gorgeous looking So Ji Sub and cute Gong Hyo Jin (so, my Wednesday and Thursday nights are off limits, even my TV lover-hubby also stepped aside to let me have my “dating” time with the leads and their ghost friends!). I was extremely excited to also roll out LUMINNEJ very first giveaway, a collaboration with Cle De Peau BEAUTE Malaysia. (Still waiting for entry to pour in *_^) and of course, was invited to attend the inaugural local Mandarin film industry’s Golden Wau Awards 2013 ceremony. There, I met up with new talents, model cum actress Tracy Cheong, among others. It was glamourous indeed.

Am really looking forward to more new things happening with LUMINNEJ and hope to achieve more here, be it making new friends, or working with new partners to share the passion about all things beautiful. Above all, hope to connect with different people out there. A big thanks for all my readers (thought not many yet, at this point, haha but I am grateful) and hope you will stay with me, on this journey of making LUMINNNEJ a better lifestyle blog, each day, everyday, with small little steps, at a time. More on RMK here, Cle De Peau BEAUTE here and The Master’s Sun here.

As always, stay luminous and happy, always!

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In The Mood For BLUE

jen zara heels4 smallerBlue has always been one of my favourite colours. Love the serenity it evokes, the quiet tranquility it speaks, and the subtle passion that seem to captivate me, again and again.

Jen Zara heels collage smallerI immediately fell in love with a pair of Zara heels recently. It has a colourful shades of blue, green and orange. I couldn’t help but bought it, since my all time favourute Fiorucci blue shining heels has worn off (so sad, though I have gotten it fixed couples of times, not wanting to let it go!). I really love that pair of heels as it served me well (through thick and thin *_^). This new pair of Zara one is not too bad as well, though it’s not as comfortable as the Italian brand.

My favourite Fiorucci heels, with a Topshop dress and a Guess clutch

My favourite Fiorucci heels, with a Topshop dress, a Guess clutch and SzeAccessories handmade earrings and golden cuff

Here are some of my blue inspiration for this Monday. I adore these editorial looks and how they were shot, the blue pieces, as well as the make-up that goes with it. All editorial pictures via Simply Seductive (my favourite lifestyle & fashion blog) and Visual Optimism blog (new discovery thanks for Simply Seductive). You can check out their respective blogs for more lovely pictures! Till our next meet, Monday has never been blue for me, how about you?navy blue visual optimism1navy blue visual optimism2navy blue visual optimism3blue visual optimism1blue visual optimism2blue visual optimism6

[Mind Bridge] The Icon of Working People (Korea)

mindbridge fall1mindbridge collage5Have been intrigued by this Korean apparel brand for a while, thought I just share it here since I visited the outlet just two days ago, browsing through the collection and their ad campaign caught my attention. I took home a copy of their “The MindBridge Post”. Though I could not understand a word of Korean, but I love the layout and the design of it.mindbridge fall14

mindbridge collage2mindbridge collage3I do feel the quality used for the apparels are pretty decent, and they do put thoughts into the design and the cut of it – pretty clean, simple, yet preppy looking and casual  chic. It’s kind of a great wear to office and work, especially for those who are in the creative industry.mindbridge fall12mindbridge collage4

mindbridge fall13The fact that their “Mindset”, business casual range, feels almost “designed and illustrated”. Am sure they would feel  pretty comfortable once you put them on. Here are some of my favourite looks. Oh, do check out more pictures via my FB page here. All pictures here are from their official website, which you can visit here. (It would help if you do understand Korean, unlike me!). Below is a behind-the-scene video from their previous winter collection (with Gong Yoo and Lee Min Jung). The brand can be found in Malaysia at The Robinsons, The Gardens Mall.mindbridge post2

mindbridge productsmindbridge products2mindbridge products7Have a great weekend ahead *_^

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As White As Dream, That Dream of You

Leaving behind, I stripped away those colours that would define me. Nothing but pure creamy WHITE. Feeling naked and liberated, I crushed into the sand of time, walking along those waves of unbelievably soft and beautiful corners of my mind, … Continue reading

The English Rose of Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2014

Backstage at the Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring_Summer 2014 ShowIf you had seen the Burberry Prorsum Womenswear SS14 runway show, you will be mesmerized by the pastel colours and intricate designs. It is flowy, textured, feminine with a twist of little flowery details worked into the collection (with a touch of polka-dots as well).

burberry the show collageBurberry is a British brand that is well-known for pushing the boundary by incorporating technology and reaching out to its loyal clients all around the world via active participation in social media with their digital campaigns (remember that campaign with Google+,  Burberry Kisses?), In-store technology with fully immersive audio visual experience, and many others. This time around, Burberry even pre-promote their runway show using the brand new iphone 5S even before the product hits the mass market. Smart partnership indeed! I am also one of the many 938,000 (still counting)  followers of Burberry on Instagram, making Burberry one of the most followed brands on this app.

burberry ss14 look1burberry ss14 looks2burberry ss14 looks3burberry ss14 looks4burberry ss14 looks5I love this collection. Love their silhouettes of cardigan outwear, wrap coats, lofty knits paired with pencil skirts. Fabrics used include English lace, Macrame lace, lofty Scottish and soft sculptural cashmere, among others. Here are some of my favourite looks, as well as the accessories (The Petal bag, Petal-shaped sunglasses, iPhone cases). burberry ss14 looks6burberry ss14 looks7

Take a look at some of the celebs who have graced the event and backstage shots. I also love the make-up look of the runway done by Wendy Rowe using Burberry SS14 colours and Burberry pastel nail colours. Hair is simple by Neil Moodie.Burberry guestsBurberry make-up n nail

I also adore that Burberry do actively promote and work with local emerging British artistes and musicians in terms of music used (Burberry Acoustic). The artistes who were featured in the show include George Ezra, Jake Bugg and James Bay. For those die-hard fans of Burberry, you can actually custom-designed your pieces from the collection and have the opportunity to be the first to own next season’s collection, months before it arrives in store. Amazing indeed with its special personalisation tool. I think Christopher Bailey (and his team) is very ingenious. So, what are you waiting for? Check it out here.

And if you had missed the show, no worries. Check out the highlight video below, shot entirely with iPhone 5S! Happy shopping, fashionistas!

Till then, stay luminous and happy, always

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The Serenity of Aqua Turquoise

cherry blossom sequin1beach wearburberry collageturquoise dressesobjects in turquoise collageTurquoise with a tinge of aqua is such a soothing colour. I saw this pastel colour quite a fair bit from Christopher Bailey’s Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2014 collection last night. What an invigorating colour. I love the sense of serenity it evokes, quietly beautiful. Here are some of the looks and objects in life, inspired by this lovely tone. Have a great Wednesday ahead, my friends *_^

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