Welcome to September, where we will be experiencing two very long weekends in the month thanks to our neverending stream of public holidays. How well have you planned your long weekend out? Will you be escaping the country or going on a staycation? Whatever your plans are, know that we’ll be able to help you out.

After all, where else are you going to get your recommendations of boutique hotels to stay in and new restaurants to dine at this month? We’ve also got a whole list of bars to check out because the long weekend beckons and that means more days to cure that hangover. Get started on your weekend with this week’s edition of best stories.

Dining

Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Yet another dessert place opens in Damansara Uptown: T.art Pastry Café.

A new month beckons, which means a new set of cafes and restaurants to dine at. This month we have six new dining outlets, ranging from the fancy Yen restaurant in W Kuala Lumpur to a hidden gem in Cheras that serves up some contemporary baos.

Drink

Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Iron Fairies finally opens in KL.

Alongside new restaurants and cafe for the month, we also have a list of six new bars for you to try out. We love how the bar scene in KL is constantly growing — it seems as though we’re never going to run out of watering holes for all the long weekends we’re going to have in September. One of them is the internationally-known Iron Fairies, that has finally opened in KL.

Style

Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Gucci Fall/Winter 2018 shows you how to rock the varsity style.

With the fashion season transitioning into autumn, we’re seeing more jackets and sweaters being debuted in stores. One trend you need to look out for? — the varsity style. It’s your one chance to feel like a stylish Ivy League goer without actually needing to shell out six figures tuition fees. Check out our article to see how else you can rock the varsity style.

Jewellery

Samsung Galaxy Note 9
This Shakespeare necklace is perfect for stylish bookworms.

Diamonds may be forever, but did you know that their value isn’t actually all that great? On the flip side, people always think that coloured gemstones are not all that valuable. That’s what Simone Ng, founder of Simone Jewels wants to dispel. We spoke to her about the value of coloured precious gems and why you need to invest in some.

Travel

Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Amangiri is one of the most luxurious desert hotels you can check in to.

Let’s be real — the desert isn’t usually the first destination that comes to mind when you think of a relaxing holiday abroad. That’s all about to change when you see these stunning desert hotels that we’ve compiled for you. Some are contemporary minimalist structures that stand out from the barren land, while some are glamping spots that offer a scenic view of nature’s best attractions.

Tech

Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Should you get the Samsung Galaxy Note 9?

The latest big thing in smartphones has hit the market, and it’s none other than the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. We have an in-depth review of the smartphone to let you know if it’s really worth the splurge of RM4,599.

#lifestyleasiakl’s Instagram of the Week

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

We got to check out the new Fall/Winter 2018 collection of eyewear brands from Safilo recently, and we’re digging these optical glasses from Max Mara.

Follow us @LifestyleAsiaKL on Facebook and Instagram on the latest restaurant openings, fashion previews, cocktail parties and celeb sightings in Kuala Lumpur.

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction. Reach out to Poh Nee via email at pohnee@lifestyleasia.com.