With an endless number of luxury labels in Bangkok, sometimes it’s hard keeping up with new releases all the time. At Lifestyle Asia, we’re privileged to get a first look at the most exciting new launches every single day, but it’s virtually impossible to cover every single lust-worthy find we have our eyes on. That’s why we’ve created this Weekly Obsessions roundup, in order to give you an exclusive list of all the highly covetable items we are lusting over — because, if it’s on our radar, it should definitely be on yours. From Pretty Ballerinas’ mules to Parker Pen’s Sonnet fountain pen and Alice + Olivia’s embroidered dress, browse through our top-rated picks to uncover what we’ve been obsessing over this week.

 

Parker Pen’s Sonnet Lacquered Metallic Pearl

In a world of fast typing behind mobile and desktop screens, I’m so glad I was born in a time – some moons ago – when it was still normal to use a fountain pen. Nothing beats writing handwritten letters, composing sweet and silly sonnets or signing important documents with a good old fashioned fountain that comes equipped with ink cartridges you manually insert yourself once the words run dry. Such moments transport you to a different era and make you feel a bit like a (hopeless?) romantic. It’s a symbol of timeless elegance, poetic expression and refined style. The don of fountain pens is regarded by many to be Parker Pen, and right now, I may have to agree. I’m absolutely in love with the brand’s Sonnet pen (THB 10,042) in Lacquered Metallic Pearl, which glides effortlessly on paper, almost like a form of “poetry in motion”. With an 18K solid gold nib and a palladium finish, the iridescent and silvery-white pearl lacquer stands out in my bag when I’m reaching for it, and its blue ink jumps seductively off every page it lives on. I’ll probably have to go write a sonnet about this pen. – Catherine Napalai Faulder, Managing Editor

 

Alice + Olivia’s Tayla Embroidered Lantern Mini Dress

Alice + Olivia totally gets me when it comes to cocktail dresses. The absence of coldness in the city is driving me mad and when I saw this Tayla Embroidered Lantern Mini Dress (THB 27,231) online, I knew it would be my greatest saviour from the summer’s heat. That’s why it went straight onto my wish list. With the V neckline and vibrant print, the dress gives an attractive flattering look without demanding too many accessories. It’s really an eye-popping piece that I want and need right now.– Kankanit Wichiantanon, Staff Writer

 

Pretty Ballerinas’ Ella Red Tassel Mules

Who doesn’t love a good pair of mules for the summer? The airy-ness that comes with the open back, the bohemian effortlessness, the versatility – these desert shoes are a style necessity in Bangkok. I love this pair from Pretty Ballerinas (THB 10,890) – who always make gorgeous flat footwear; they look like they can take you from the boudoir to a palace in seconds. The flowery textile print has that refreshing air of oriental calm, but the bright red and fuscia tassles mean that these are some serious party shoes too. Sprinkled with majestic colours, these mules actually do have royal connections – Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece is also a big fan, and probably does wear them in both the boudoir and the palace. – Karn Chatikavanij, Style Writer

The Parrot Bangkok Dress

I received an intriguingly oversized bow in the mail this week, and on merely googling the name of the brand that sent it, have fallen into a trance of sorts. The Parrot, a Bangkok-based label, is my beautiful new love bird for fashion. I mean, look at this dress (THB 3,990). The model looks like a goddess. She floats above the rest in smooth pleated texture and a glimmering shade. Paired with a tan straight out of Bali, you will always be the most stunning belle at the ball when you wear this — no makeup or major add-ons required. I think that’s what I like about The Parrot: all their items feel very effortless, yet still deliver in drama and elegance. Between warm hues and contemporary silhouettes, dear Parrot, you’ve got me all flutters this week. — Lisa Gries, Staff Writer

Toast Living’s To H.A.N.D Kettle with Thermometer

I’m currently redecorating my kitchen (and feeling really grown-up about it), so I’ve been looking at quite an embarrassing amount of toasters and kettles. When I saw this kettle designed by Toast Living (THB 5,990), I knew I had found the one. I love anything retro-chic, but the sleek design with stainless steel and copper also adds a modern minimalistic aesthetic which actually makes it even more stylish.The wooden beech handle adds a practical touch and so does, of course, the built-in thermometer which lets you brew perfect coffee the way it was supposed to be brewed (not with boiling water!). My inner domestic goddess is going wild. Available at The Object Room. – KC

 

Catherine Napalai Faulder
Catherine is Bangkok born and bred and knows the angles of the city and its people very personally. You'll often catch her writing about the upsides of Thainess, the richness and diversity of Bangkok's third cultures and the true meaning of wellness.