MUST HAVE MONDAY – A Chic Looking Desk

We are stuck at our desks longer than anywhere else so it makes sense to invest in making them look a bit more stylish, and adding our own personal touch. Martha Stewart has just released her personal collection for Staples and there are some great pieces (at affordable prices) that will make any workspace look chic.

My favourite things –
Martha Stewart Home Office™ with Avery™ Dry Erase Decal Gray Border, Flourish – $3.99
Martha Stewart Home Office™ with Avery™ Vertical File Folders Assorted Blue Patterns, 2 Tabs – $4.99
Martha Stewart Home Office™ with Avery™ Damask Notebook, 8-1/2″ x 11″ – $6.99
Martha Stewart Home Office™ Blair Desk, Sand Gray – $299.99

http://www.staples.com/sbd/cre/products/martha-stewart-home-office/index.html

FASHION FRIDAY – Shoes that Sparkle

Every girl should have a pair of “glitter shoes” in her wardrobe, for when you want to sparkle.

Now you don’t have to be a bride to wear them as they have become far more mainstream and the big fashion houses are coming out with some great new styles that suit everyone from super high heels to sandals, wedges and even flats for when you want to be comfortable but still shine!

My top 5 stars:

Marc by Marc Jacobs Mouse ballerina flats ($230)
Mui Mui glitter wedges ($750)
Christian Louboutin Multibrida Glitter Pumps ($995)
Jimmy Choo Glitter Bootie ($795)
Givenchy Glitter chunky heel sandals ($995)

THIRSTY THURSDAY – Beer!

If your drink of choice is beer, here are a few facts you may not have known. So beware when you are ordering!

Low-Carb is not as “healthy” as the packaging and marketing would have you believe. Beer already contains low levels of carbohydrates (the average beer contains only 2 per cent carbohydrate (sugars) by volume, or 7.5 grams in a 375-millilitre can) compared to soft drinks/soda that contain 40 grams (eight teaspoons) of sugar in every 375-millilitre can.

Low-carb beers contain the same level of alcohol as regular beers, and the alcohol is where the kilojoule (calorie) come from, contributing to 75 per cent of the total calories

So if you really want to curb the calories, order ”light” beer not low carb beer!

WIRED WEDNESDAY – Kube2

Looking for an alternate way to carry 8,000 songs around? I have just the thing!
The Kube2 is the world’s smallest touch screen mp3 player and is in the form of a cute one-inch cube.

It uses an intuitive interface (no buttons), and is easily connected to your computer to download music. And you can make it look even cooler with some “skins” that just slip over it.

The price… all this for $50!! Originally launched in Singapore and sold in 7-11 stores, it is now available globally on amazon.

http://www.thekube2.com/

TRAVEL TUESDAY – Airport Lounges


The quality of airport lounges have a big influence (for me anyway), on how early I get there for a flight. Holidays I always make an effort to make time for a glass of champagne pre-boarding to get into the spirit, but work trips not so much. So which lounges are the cream of the crop and what do they offer.

World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge (as voted on world airline awards)
1. Qatar Airways
Has its own luxury terminal with full spa facilities, martini bar, restaurants, bedrooms, sushi bar, children’s play area… and the list goes on!
2. Thai Airways
Spa, Restaurant, sleep rooms
3. Lufthansa
Restaurants, relaxing areas, bars

World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge
1. British Airways
2. Virgin Atlantic Airways
3. Cathay Pacific Airways

Personally I would add Cathay, Emirates and Qantas to the first class lounge list, as not sure Thai and Lufthansa are that special. Business class – definitely Virgin number one, and from my experience Cathay and Singapore Air outshine BA.

But I will let you be the judge!

MUST HAVE MONDAY – New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is underway and a few trends and must have pieces have emerged.

The runways are filled with structured pieces including jackets, trousers and capes and this transcends into the big influence of military as the new big thing. Showcased by Rag & Bone, Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, Tommy Hilfiger.

As always with trends, the key is not to dress as a soldier, rather use one piece and add it to an existing outfit that it will work with.

For more updates – http://www.mbfashionweek.com/

FASHION FRIDAY – Business Casual

Friday and not sure what to wear to work? Casual Friday was hot during the Dot-com bubble of the late 1990s and early 2000s by way of a relaxed California-based business culture. While casual Fridays signify a more relaxed wardrobe, there are still things that should never be worn to the office. There is no better way to destroy your professional credibility showing up to work decked out in gym gear, and here are a few other things you should avoid.

Sweatshirts, hooded or otherwise; tank tops; athletic/sports gear; t-shirts with an advertising message; beach wear; low cut tops; short skirts; anything with sequins; flip flops; running shoes; frayed or acid wash jeans; leggings; Hawaiian shirts (unless the company specifically recommends them, which I assume never happens!)

My suggestion for appropriate Friday wear is in the story board I have put together on the right. Safe, stylish and still professional (ie you will get to keep your job!)