THE BIRTH OF MY NEW FACEBOOK PAGE – THEJESSICAT! (Finally, right?)

2014Aug4

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT

I now have a new Facebook page for this blog! Do show some love and support at - 

www.Facebook.com/thejessicat.com Smile

 

 

After running this blog for 9 years, you must be wondering why there never was a Facebook page for my blog all this while!

Haha. Well, there is actually a little background story to it. Big Smile

 

When this blog started to gain traction back in 2007, that was coincidentally when Facebook began to roll out their latest product, Facebook Fan Pages. The blogger community was then quick to jump onto the bandwagon and started creating ‘fan pages’ for themselves. 

For some reason, I didn’t quite agree to this. Ugh!

And I still don’t. 

 

 

Fan pages? Really? I have never fancied the idea of self-proclamation of one’s non-existent celebrity status and I especially despise the word ‘famous blogger’ and ‘celebrity blogger’.

Do you really reckon you’re that ‘famous’ and worthy of creating a ‘fan page’ for yourself? 

 

This video might interest you. No, really. You’ve GOTTA watch it! It’s funny

 

Admittedly, maybe I might have taken this ‘fan page’ word a tad too literally and seriously. Surprised But still, I believe I am entitled to my own opinion, especially if I have never voiced my thoughts out nor offend anyone. 

Anyway, despite disagreeing with ‘fan pages’, I have always given my support and LIKEs to fellow blogger friends’ pages. So don’t chide me! :P

 

As time passed, Facebook somehow rebranded their ‘Fan Pages’ to ‘Facebook Pages’.

Only then I began to embrace and accept this. But still never created one because I still felt it was such a ‘perasan’ thing to do! Yell (For my non-Malaysian readers, it basically translates to being self-absorbed or being too full of yourself)

 

 

Anyway, fast-forward to 2012, I saw myself landing in the social media industry after being in the journalism & publication industry for a good number of years.

Being in this field and handling many major social media accounts for various brands made me see the importance of having a Facebook Page especially if you are your own brand/personality.

Another couple of years passed, with many clients and blog readers genuinely wondering and casually questioning me why there isn’t a public page to represent this blog. Tongue Out 

 

Good question.

I don’t know the answer either. Because I just never created one? What?!

 

And then it gradually dawned upon me that it was a necessity.

Facebook pages allowed me to tailor my content better on social media. I also wasn’t able to approve all friend requests, especially people I haven’t met or didn’t know personally/too well.

Facebook pages also provided me the audience demographics, analytics and insights which I needed to further improve to continue becoming a better blogger!

 

So there you go, after so much convincing from my fellow blogger mates around the world, my sponsors & clients, my blog managers, and even you dearest readers, I decided to give myself a very different birthday present this year.

 

Thus TheJessicat’s official Facebook page was born three days ago! Ha Ha

Do show some love on my new page, pretty please? Hehe. 

 

 

Will no longer be posting on my personal account anymore. Blog features, latest updates & pictures will all be moved from now onwards, so your likes on my new page would make me a very happy girl!

Also thinking of throwing a big birthday bash on this blog’s 10th Anniversary next year! I’m excited to make this happen. Wink

 

It’s been a long ride. Thank you for your all your support all this while, beautiful people!

Lots of love.

 

Hip and Classy Winter Trends We Can Look Forward to this Holiday Season!

2014Nov5

 

Heyheyhey! It’s November already, time to get your leaves approved and flights booked!

What are your holiday plans for the end of the year?

 

 

Moo and I are planning to head up to Cameron Highlands for a change of weather, away from the heat and humidity of KL city. We’re huge fans of nature, tea and strawberries too so yep that’s our December plans!

 

Staying away from snow this year! Saving up for bigger plans… heheh.

 

Speaking of holiday seasons, let’s check out what the trending winter fashion will look like this year. Stripped right off the runway, here’s a brief trend prediction and a fashion report for AW2014- emerging trends! Cool

 

Although there will never be snow or winter in Malaysia, there’s no stopping us from donning trendy winter wear nonetheless!

 
In fashion terms (if not meteorological ones) the Autumn-Winter season is the hottest of the year. I’ve always loved classy and stylish winter wear. I’d wear it more often if it wasn’t so hot in Malaysia! Yell

 

With layers, leather jackets, tailored coats and dramatic accessories, it’s only when the nights draw in that your fashion star can truly shine.

I’m a huge fan of leather jackets and wear them rather often no matter what the occasion is! It brings out that rocker-chic biker girl rebel streak in me.

 

Checking out ‘em Harley Davidsons.

 
The Lady Big Smile

 

 

One emerging trend for AW2014-15 is a prim, ladylike silhouette.

Think full 50s skirts, but with a nod to modernity in leather or vinyl.

 

Something like this vintage 50s poster but with a twist of today’s style!

 

Match them with a spotted blouse for a nod to Grease, but a look that’s all Vogue.

I wear 50s inspired skirts too!

I’d say it’s called the skater skirt in this era.

 

 

One Love, One Lobe Big Smile

 

 
This one’s easily replicated without a massive dent to your bank balance.

Emulate the models at Celine and wear a massive statement earring in just one lobe. I usually wear mismatched earrings for fun, but it’s only when I can’t find the other side that I wear my earring on one lobe. :D

 

Whoops! Talk about accidental runway-style! :D

Fashion can be anything these days, really. It’s so subjective; much like art.

All accessories are by my amazing sponsors: The Wild Things. Check ‘em out!

 

 

Get creative and make your own with fancy beads and feathers, or pick up a vintage gem at a Sunday market. This look works best with a simple, chic base, so try it with skinny-fitting black trousers and a jacket in a luxurious material.

 

 

This single-statement one lobed earring seems like a really quirky idea! Something up my alley. I never knew it could be a trend set for this Autumn-Winter.

 

Why don’t you try this on your next night out?

 

Oh the Irony: NormcoreOops

 

 
Don’t sigh. This “normal” look is far from dull: it’s all about wearing classic wardrobe pieces in navy, grey, beige, and black, but in the most sumptuous fabrics you can possibly afford.

 

Normcore enough? My trenchcoat last Christmas.

 

Look to high-end high street brands to help out with this trend, and check in with bargain Japanese clothing experts Uniqlo for their pure cashmere woollens, silk jackets and tailored trousers.

 

 

If your budget can reach so far, try Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs for designer takes on this most ironic of trends.

Defined as a bland, anti-style, think of it as your everyday back-to-basics, turned designer standards. Who says designer looks must be flamboyant all the time? :)

 

Flashy ‘n’ TrashyI Surrender!

 


Another trend with more than a pinch of irony- or perhaps a postmodern critique of consumer society’s idolatrous brand worship (hard to say). Tongue Out

Like normcore, this trend captures the idea of “normal” before blowing it sky-high and transforming it into high-end couture.

 

 

This was probably best seen in Karl Lagerfeld and Moschino’s shows: the former was supermarket-themed with everyday branded products appearing on clothes (like a Pepto-Bismol crop top).

 

It’s basically a supermarket medication for diarrhoea & heartburn.

Today, it’s fashion. *gulp. Surprised

 

Moschino took the iconic Golden Arches of a popular American fast food brand, and emblazoned them on handbags carries out by models dressed as servers. How creative!

 

 

While this might not be a street-style look to any but the boldest among us, channel the brand trend with plastic fantastic jewellery and accessories.

 

I guess I could say I dress up my cat fashionably too – with his Superman tee!

 

Now that’s really unique fashion right there. I occasionally wear supermarket & fast-food fashion too – does my Starbucks tee, Coca-Cola tank top and  McDonalds statement tee count? :P

 

Of Trousers and Workwear Made SnazzyBig Boss


In previous years, we’ve followed Alexa Chung and worn oilskin Barbour jackets, and dressed like urban lumberjacks in worn jeans and checked flannel shirts.

 

Alexa Chung in Tommy Hilfiger

My fave pair of boots and comfy trousers!

A new urban outdoor trend is now emerging: hiking-inspired ensembles. Pair your lined or waterproof walking trousers with sturdy boots and a delicate shirt for contrast.

Perfect for cold and rainy days, as good enough to hit the bar following a hike on Hampstead Heath. Phew.

 

This is the closest thing that I wore recently that had flannel in it.

Do I look like a modern lumberjack? :P

 

However you choose to channel the new-season trends, don’t forget that a dramatic look and buckets of confidence will get you further than any copycat catwalk look: inject your personality into on-trend items with old favourites and classic pieces to retain your sense of individuality.

 

 

No matter where you plan to go this holiday season, do remember to stay warm for winter, have a safe flight and always stay fashionable with these fashion-forward tips straight from the Autumn-Winter runway!

 

 

10 things I learned from being away from my iPhone.

2014Oct21

 

The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Hi! No I’m not dead. I’m just not online. Many of you (sweethearts) have called or sent me emails asking if I’m alright, how I’m doing or if everything is okay.

Yes, my dears, I’m fine.
I just haven’t been living in my online sphere that’s all.

 

I’m still kicking and very much alive – in a place called the real world.

There’s such a thing, you know? :P

 

 

Two weeks ago, I sent in my iPhone 5S to Maxis for some troubleshooting due to some battery issues. It all started a month ago.

When my iPhone’s usual 6-7 hour battery life took a nosedive into a miserable 3 hour lifespan, I began to think something was amiss.

 

 

But I only knew for certain that something was dreadfully wrong was when one night’s sleep – without touching my iPhone, could deplete its juice from 100% down to 17%.

DribbleDribbleDribbleDribbleDribbleDribble

Before any of you techies jump to conclusion, yes – all my apps are turned off, battery-draining features/settings are disabled and nothing is running in the background.

Chop sign confirm la. Cool
Okay, back to the story.
So I sent it in and I was told that within 14 working days, Apple’s standard practice usually has customers getting back a new iPhone of the same model to replace their faulty current one! Hurrah! New iPhone. Laughing

 

Looks like I won’t be needing to get my iPhone 6 after all hehe. Big Smile

 

Anyway, it has been almost 2 weeks and I’ve been having pretty mixed feelings about being deprived of a smartphone in today’s fast-paced bubble, home to my own kind, Generation X & Y. Here’s what I have to say.

 

THE GOOD Ha Ha

 

1.     I actually READ THE NEWSPAPER now.

No, it isn’t an ‘old-man thing to do’.  I am sitting in San Francisco Coffee as we speak and I’ve just finished reading the New Straits Times, The Star and the New York Times.

 

It has been a long time since I’ve touched a hard copy of a periodical.

And hey look – my fingers are darkened with carbon-stained ink. Laughing This reminds me of my high school days where my fingers will all be blackened after reading the newspaper!

I’ve begun to continue where I left off in my daily reading habits.
Truth be told, there’s nothing like the tactile pleasure of flipping pages. Not e-pages or Kindles, mind you, I’m referring to actual paperback novels.

 


My bookmarks and bookshelves at home now play more than just decoration feigning intelligence. I used to be such an avid reader when I was younger and now… I’m back to reading bedtime stories! (Gee, I hope this lasts)

 


Oh and you know when I see well-dressed guys in geeky glasses reading a novel while waiting at a café, a bus stop or whatever?  That is so sexy. Just saying.Cool

 

 
2.    I pay attention to my surroundings!
Ergo, I realize I don’t bump into objects/people while walking.

OR walk into the wrong bathroom as often anymore. Damn. Been one too many times… Yell

 

 

I tend to look around more around the suburbs, towns and cities I’m in and the places I go, instead of keeping my eyes fixated on my phone running my blog, replying emails, replying texts and keeping updated with social media feeds & digital marketing pointers on all platforms. Surprised

Hey, don’t blame me. Social media is my profession.

That’s the industry that puts the food on my plate.

 

Sometimes, I take multitasking too seriously when I’m with my iPhone.

 

 

 
3.    I am closer to the people around me.
Chatting with my loved ones and friends face-to-face beats typing on a touch screen, hands down! Social media…? More like anti-social media, because most smartphone savvy & social media junkies neglect their nearest and dearest way too often.

It is not only disrespectful to be glued to your phones whilst out with anyone, but it also implies that whatever it is on your screen is more interesting that the person/company you’re with. Undecided

 

Guilty?

 

Talking to other people when you’re supposed to be talking to the ones in close proximity?

Not a very nice thing to do.
Being apart from my iPhone has brought me even closer to my bestest buddies during outings and I’m thankful for those real moments spent side by side.

Thankfully, I never ever have this problem with moo, as we naturally put away our phones when we’re spending quality time together or out on dates. Kiss Yay!

 

 

4.    Living in the moment instead of always trying to capture the moment.
This is where photographic memory kicked in. During those two weeks, I got to live in the moment and depended on my memory to smile back on, instead of trying relentlessly to capture everything on my camera roll and video stream.

Just like the old times – wasn’t life much easier to take in all you see with your OWN RETINA instead of that retina display?

 

 

 I know how good memories ought to be recorded for keepsake and good things ought to be shared; but to a certain extent. Having the liberty and the growing dependency on my iPhone has exceeded this ‘certain extent’ to every hour and every day.

 

 

5.    Admittedly, I now pay rock solid attention on the road.
Don’t chide me for this. I know how dangerous it is, but I’ve been doing this throughout all my years of driving. Maybe I’m just good at it – LOL I shouldn’t speak too soon.

But I’ve got a clean track record of driving to prove it. Nothing to be proud of but yes, just putting it out there :P #JustSaying

 

This only becomes a bane when you’re stuck in a merciless traffic jam alone and there’s absolutely nothing to do and no one to chat with or nothing to entertain yourself with.

I used to smoke while driving on the road but ever since I quit smoking, I now have even lesser things to do. 

 

6.    Safety reasons.
My phone is now always snugly in my bag instead of exposed to snatch thieves.

As mentioned in previous blog posts, my iPhone never leaves the palm of my hand. I like being extremely contactable and almost all my replies are instant – sue me.

But for the past 2 weeks, I’m hardly ever contactable so I didn’t see the point of holding my phone 24/7 anymore. Surprised

 

 

Sometimes, I even forget that I have my phone in my bag at all! Which is a good thing… I think. Since this exhibits a significant detachment to my phone.

Yay! Progress. Big Smile

Crap. I sound like I need rehab for mobile phone & internet addiction. Surprised

 

 
THE BAD  Furious

 

1.    I get lost on the road!

 


I am a hopeless nut on the road without my GPS, Waze or even Google Maps, resulting in unnecessary time wasted in traffic gridlocks due to all the wrong turns and detours.

Time & fuel wasted – now that’s frustrating. Yell

 

 

2.    Moo & I can’t get in touch
We talk and chat on a daily (more like hourly! Haha) basis and without my phone, we weren’t able to text via Whatsapp! That really sucks. Cry

Sure, there’s always SMS but seriously…? This isn’t the year 2002 anymore.

Nobody CHATS via SMS, unless you’re willing to pay for each time a text is sent. Yikes. That’s not chatting to me.

So we resorted to things like Gtalk, emails and Skype when I’m on the computer.

 

For the record, I use SMS too but the only SMS I receive is from Maxis.

 

 

3.    Similar to the above, I am unreachable instantly.
None of my clients are able to quickly get in touch with me or invite me to their events.

It will leave them wondering why I’m not keen all of a sudden. I also don’t get to chat with my family in our chatroom anymore.

 

Random (silly) Whatsapp chats with mom.

 

My friends also wonder why I’ve stopped replying them on Whatsapp…

 

 

4.    No access to details and information.
You know how sometimes when you just want a quick check of information, names, prices, dates, spelling, location and so on? Google is always your best friend.

 

Yeah, being able to access details like that in under 5 seconds now leaves me hanging in the dark and struggling to retrieve information I need, especially when I really need to know something on the spot. Cry 

It absolutely sucks when you’re just so used to finding out the answers to your questions almost immediately!

 

 

Looks like we’ve weighed both the bad and the good… so which one triumphs?

 

Being away from your phone for so long makes you realize u can actually live without it and maximize LIFE as it is, nature, surroundings, people and everything around you instead of occupying yourself with only your phone.

 

 

 

First world problems, indeed. Ahh!

That said, of course you can easily say ‘why not just put it down or turn it off?’ Easier said than done, darling. People have become so attached to their gadgets that it’s as though their lives depended on it.

There’s more to life than the windows in your gadget.

 

Using the mobile phone is inevitable, but I guess being apart from my iPhone for what feels like eternity was a very interesting life lesson. A kind of lesson that reminds you of what really matters most.

 

 

Now… moving on, dear Maxis, would you give me back my phone already?

I think you’ve done me a good favour by teaching me this wonderful lesson. Also, I think I’ve had enough isolation. :P I promise I won’t abuse this freedom again. Teehee. Laughing

 

Guess who’s beautiful AND hardcore at the same time? Otterbox Symmetry is my new tough love!

2014Oct9

 

Go ahead, let your phone slip right out of your hand carelessly or let it fall off your lap absent-mindedly. Drop your phone on the ground or lose your grip accidentally before watching it fall prey to gravity.

I worry not about your phone… for I worry more about the concrete floor instead! WHY?

 

Allow me to introduce my stylish new iPhone case from OtterBox’s Symmetry Series in Dreamy Pink. Say hi! She’s pretty, isn’t she? Kiss

 

OtterBox, the #1 Most trusted smartphone case protection in the US and Canada, has recently created one of the slimmest and most protective smartphone case in its class.

If you haven’t heard of OtterBox, you must be living under a rock… far, far away from the tech world, for Otterbox is a global leader and award-winner in protection for smartphones, gadgets and mobile devices since the year 1998!

 

 

Needless to say, I was truly delighted when I received a surprise parcel addressed to me from OtterBox themselves! Laughing

Check it out:

 

Opened the parcel to find the latest Symmetry Series in Dreamy Pink,

alongside a beauty-fashion survival kit and a lovely handwritten note.

 

OtterBox’s picks in their fashion survival kit:

Travel-sized Sephora beauty/cosmetic/vanity goodies to keep me looking good at all times!

 

What has a beauty-fashion survival kit got to do with a smartphone case protection, you ask? Because style matters! Wink

Compared to its other hardcore predecessors, such as the Armor Series, Defender Series and Commuter Series, the Symmetry Series takes style and fashion seriously.

 

 

 

If style & personality didn’t matter, you could just wrap your phone in a plastic shell and call it a day, right? I know that I simply cannot. Admittedly, I am one who loves everything to be aesthetically pleasing on top of its practicality. Tongue Out

My gadgets, tools of trade, apparel, footwear, accessories or heck, even the furniture & walls around me has to look pretty. (Geez  I can’t wait to own my first house. It’s gonna look like the best of an IKEA showroom – I swear)

 

Yes, I do go out colour coordinated. Last Wednesday’s theme was white.

 

I actually love how versatile my dreamy pink Symmetry iPhone case is.

It is simple, pretty, mildly funky yet has this touch of femininity – something I would definitely take to every business meeting, every party, every dinner date, every music festival and every outdoor activity! Cool

Here’s some pictures of me going out with it:

 

Another day in the office – jives effortlessly on casual Fridays!

Contrasted well with my vibrant outfit on regular outings and spontaneous meetings

Hello from the fitting room!

Matches well with my eccentric wear on outings and rave parties!

 

And yet goes seamlessly well with my corporate attire for business meetings!

 

My iPhone and iPad tag-team also dresses up in matching pastel pink shades!

 

Now you see how style matters to me so much? Big Smile

OtterBox must’ve granted my wishes in my sleep. The new Symmetry Series lets us choose from a wide array of colours and graphics, so we can protect our precious smartphones yet strut our style and stand out from the rest at the same time.

Look at some of the designs they have!

 

 

 

 

Having a dull boring colour on hardcore gadget protection is so yesterday – unless you’re a person who likes monotonous &  monochromatic colours, then I guess that’s fine by you. Shocked

But for the ones sitting on the opposing spectrum of design, you can continue to revel in delight. Symmetry does come in a full range of both bright & breezy colours (RM169) as well as the solid single-coloured ones (RM149). Laughing

 

 

I know all you’re seeing is about the iPhone. It’s also available for the iPhone 6 now too! Talk about being quick, eh? Tongue Out

But fret not. For those of you non-Apple iWorshippers, the Symmetry Series is also available for the Samsung Galaxy S4/S4 and the HTC One M8.

 

 

Moving on…

 

I haven’t even come to the BEST PART of the Symmetry Series yet. Ha Ha

Aside from it’s pretty sight, it is specially made to protect your phone from heart-stopping drops, without doing any damage to you or your phone’s pristine state.

So yes, go ahead and drop it in style; tough smartphone protection just got prettier.

 

 

I’m sure nothing makes us happier than getting protection from a brand we can trust. And I mean this in more ways than one… :P *coughs*

Featuring a streamlined design that delivers tough protection from drops and shock, this stylish OtterBox case gives you something no one else can — confidence knowing your device is well protected by a shockproof, drop-proof and scratchproof (pretty!) armour.

 

My iPhone all pretty & protected every single day at all times!

 

Its internal synthetic ruber means its ready for the hardest of bumps and the specially designed, raised beveled edge keeps your touchscreen safe from harm too. Say goodbye to unsightly scratches on your screen.

Mine was badly slashed up before OtterBox saved my (phone’s) life! I Surrender!

 

 

As illustrated in the video above, its dual material construction absorbs shock and withstands drops with ease. Watch it; it will give you a better understanding of how the shockproof feature works in your favour.

The style you want, the protection you need… is now all yours. Go get it and thank me later!

 

So hardcore that I have no worries bringing it to the gym!

Let my barbells drop on it for all I care. Whooops. Sorry. Are you hurt? I guess not. :P

 

I have to honestly acknowledge that Symmetry is a God sent gift by OtterBox!

For a person that is rather lackadaisical with the protection of my belongings, most of my gadgets are often scratched and dented due to my nonchalance. Undecided

I also tend to multitask by taking pictures & selfies, texting and catching up with my social media feeds all while walking and running my errands. Frown

 

You can see how my iPhone is always snug in the palm of my hands – never leaving my sight. I don’t put it in my handbag nor my pockets ever. Therefore, I tend to drop it a lot :(

 
Speaking of dropping phones, watch this funny and cute ad for the Symmetry Series!

 

 HAHHAAHAH. Yup, doesn’t hurt at all!

 

OtterBox Symmetry in dreamy pink amongst my notes and work scribbles

 

OtterBox even has a built-in powerbank case called the Resurgence Series. Surprised

Imagine a heavy user like me trying to efficiently use my iPhone without draining its battery before midday – don’t even get me started.

 

 

Hey, I work in social media 24/7, what do you expect? Hit with Brick

I will be sharing all about my new Resurgence iPhone case with you soon! Definitely another God-sent gift to Generation Y.

 

Thank you OtterBox, for Symmetry – a revolutionary invention!

Now that’s what I call beauty with a purpose.

 

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