This week was indeed a short one with Hari Raya Haji falling on the midweek — and there’s more to come with our National Day happening next week. If you haven’t had the chance to watch Crazy Rich Asians, find time this weekend or learn about the upcoming Asian designers that dressed them during the red carpet first before heading into the cinema.

W Kuala Lumpur also just opened their doors last night after years of planning and building. The KL edition, located right at Jalan Ampang, may have the similar ‘cool kids’ vibes like the W Hotels across the globe, but Victor Goh has stepped in to change its beat that is more catered to the Malaysia crowd. Read here to find out more.

Before we start clocking out for the weekend, here are this week’s best stories that could fill up your time, or even next week’s long weekend.

Beauty

It’s not new to see men wearing makeup, but we’re witnessing a huge movement in the beauty industry that is heading towards gender equality. As we all know, makeup is not just for the ladies anymore — it is now an open field. And with the launch of Chanel’s Boy de Chanel, a whole collection that is solely dedicated to the gents, this may just be the start of more men-focused makeup to come.

Style

designer men's backpacks

Backpacks are often brought up when it comes to convenience and school-related matters — most of the times it’s the latter. The double strap, spacious interior, and all the convenience make the backpack an easy-to-carry bag for all occasions. It also keeps your hands free at all times for other important things like making a phone call or holding a cup of coffee. But it’s time to get rid of those ratty college canvas backpacks and swap with these designer backpacks if you want to be taken seriously, be it at work or at a networking event.

Travel

National reserve safaris, vineyards, diversity — South Africa are all of those and more. The country is surrounded by beautiful beaches and coastlines that travellers to this continent seem to miss out when they visit. But trust us on this, just look through the gallery and South Africa will be in your next travel bucketlist. These South African luxury beach resorts are where you’d want to stay for the night and wake up the next day with the view of the Indian and Atlantic oceans right at your balcony.

Dining

The Japanese food scene in KL continues to grow with the addition of these new chefs that bring their own unique set of culinary skills and flair to the industry. It is a requirement to be constantly creative yet extremely skilled, which is exactly what these three chefs are showcasing in their newly curated menu. Click here to find out who, what and where are they sharpening their knives at.

Watches

Revisiting past trends seem to be the latest trend in every industry, including timepieces. Like Jaeger Le-Coultre’s Memovox Polaris or Mont Blanc’s Star Legacy Collection, these are solid proof that watchmakers are always keen in heritage timepieces by reintroducing them in a similar design but better features. If you’re a watch enthusiast, you better not miss out on any of these iconic pieces. These vintage watches are still available in the market, but for a limited time only.

#lifestyleasiakl’s Instagram of the Week

It was the launch of the Versace Pour Femme Dylan Blue EDP fragrance, and what better way to celebrate than with friends of Lifestyle Asia — @leeyvonneofficial, @adelinetsen, @jasmine_suraya, @tongbingyu, @paulinetls, @fyzakadir30, and @alexissueann. This feminine scent is a juicy and refreshing one with notes of blackcurrant, Granny Smith sorbet, jasmine, Rosyfolia, Eglantine roses and a woody base.

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Jolin Lee
Contributor
Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.