Give the gift of fragrance

When I was in school, there was a teacher who had really bad body odour. For teachers’ day, the students in her class presented her with a bottle of perfume. Whether it was a subtle hint or a genuine present from the heart, I think the gift of perfume is a splendid one for any occassion, whether it is intended for a guy or a girl. That is why the gift of fragrance never goes out of fashion, and what better time to give it than this Valentine’s.

I, for one, love perfume. I have bottles and bottles of perfume and I love collecting the empty bottles too. My hubby would certainly disapprove, but some of these bottles are too gorgeous to be thrown away.

In any case, you will never go wrong with perfume as a gift this Valentine’s. Choose from either a single bottle of perfume or a coffret consisting of a selection of products packed in a beautiful box. StrawberryNET has a wonderful selection of fragrances, all with major savings specially for Valentine’s. Here are a select few:

Dolce & Gabbana
Light Blue Coffret: Edt Spray 100ml+ B/Gel 200ml+ S/Gel 200ml+ Mini 4pcs
  Light Blue Coffret:
  1x Eau De Toilette Spray 100ml
  1x Body Gel 200ml
  1x Shower Gel 200ml
  1x Mini
rec. retail: US$ 160.00
StrawberryNET price: US$ 112.00 (save 30%)

Nina Ricci
L’Air Du Temps Coffret: Eau De Toilette Spray 100ml + Body Lotion 100ml + Shower Gel 100ml 3pcs
  L’Air Du Temps Coffret:
  1x Eau De Toilette Spray 100ml
  1x Body Lotion 100ml
  1x Shower Gel 100ml
rec. retail: US$ 110.00
StrawberryNET price: US$ 63.00 (save 43%)

Kenneth Cole
Signature Coffret: Eau De Toilette Spray 100ml+ After Shave Balm 75ml+ Deodorant Stick 75g 3pcs
  Signature Coffret:
  1x Eau De Toilette Spray 100ml
  1x After Shave Balm 75ml
  1x Deodorant Stick 75g
rec. retail: US$ 118.00
StrawberryNET price: US$ 59.00 (save 50%)

As an added bonus, all orders with a Valentine’s Day message included will be wrapped in special gift wrapping paper!

The RED Sale at the Baby Loft

If you’re still scurrying around looking for Chinese New Year clothes to get your kids, why not head on down to The Baby Loft where there is a wide selection of gorgeous clothes for kids? Okay, I admit that we can never buy enough clothes for kids, but who’s to say that’s wrong huh? Here are a few that caught my eye:

You will find that you are really spoilt for choice, especially if you have a little daughter. They’ve got stuff from Guess, Carter’s, OshKosh and even Zara. Best of all, the RED sale is on now till February 18th, where you will get an additional 18% off for all apparel which are in red, orange or pink. I am not sure if the discount will be valid if part of the clothing item is in red, orange or pink though. But do check them out It’s an offer not to be missed!By the way, the kids’ apparel are all listed under the Loft Exclusives section.

Art pieces for the home

My hubby was just saying the other day that the walls of our house are too bare. Actually I know he was hinting that I should complete my cross stitch project soon, so that we could frame it up and put it on display. I would love that very much but I have difficulty finding the time to complete the project.

While waiting for my finished masterpiece, I would certainly like to adorn our walls, especially the one right above the sofa, with a piece of art, a masterpiece, a conversation starter for my guests, something I know I would be able to find from Park West Art Gallery. And maybe while I am at it, I can find something nice for our shelf too?

J Card Fiesta

Folks in Penang who are J Card Members are in for more rewarding shopping experiences. Jaya Jusco is now extending an exclusive privilege only for Jaya Jusco Queensbay Mall. On the 1st day of every month in 2008 (except May and December), J Card Members will enjoy special discounts on selected items. That’s not all: for every purchase of RM100 and above in a single or combination of 2 receipts (on the same day), members are entitled to redeem a Jusco gift voucher worth RM5.00.

I’m not really sure why May and December are excluded months though, maybe because May 1st is a public holiday (Labor Day) and December 1st coincides with the Year End Sale.

So people from out of town, if you’re coming to Penang for shopping, make sure you adjust your trip to coincide with the 1st of the month. Whichever way you look at it, it’s a mighty good idea to mark the 1st day of every month on your calendars this year (except May and December), because you can either drop by Jusco Queensbay really early in the morning to make use of the idiom “the early bird gets the worm”, or you can choose to steer clear away from the mall, because believe you me, the crowd will be just huge, knowing Penangites!

Shopping for Rugs just got easier!

When my hubby travelled to India on business the last time round which was a good 2 years ago, he almost bought a beautiful silk rug for our home. In fact, he sent me some photos of the rugs he considered buying then, and although they were all breathtakingly beautiful, the price was exorbitant! So we gave it a pass.

Then after he came back, my hubby and I visited his manager’s home where I personally saw, felt and sat on one of those 100% silk rugs his manager bought from India too. And I tell you, I was completely blown away! I had never felt anything like it before…and I loved it even more because the rug goes perfectly well with our timber strip flooring. Turns out though that the price of the rugs in India weren’t all that expensive compared to the price we would have gotten if we had got them over here instead. Regretting a little for not buying ourselves one of those rugs at that time, we could do nothing but admire the one in his manager’s house.

Well, since we do not foresee any more business trips to India, this means I will have to rely on internet sources to get ourselves a rug if I really want it. I know for a fact that there is a splendid collection of Oriental Rugs and even Area Rugs available online. Rugs that will change the demeanor of a room or a home in just a blink of an eye, literally. And I bet I can find some treasures in the clearance section too. There are rugs to suit every whim and fancy, from the traditional kinds to some that are conventional and modern. Now to find myself some moolah and get one of those gorgeous rugs to adorn our living room floor in time for Chinese New Year!