Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Why You Shouldn't Wash Your Jeans

Traditional methods work yo'!
Often, when it is due to do my laundry, I scourge for stuffs in my closet, wash-basket, chair, and basically any clothes I can find lying in my room - to be washed. And very, very likely, my jeans will be the first to be dumped inside to machine. Regardless of the times that I wore them, I always had this thought that jeans need to be washed and scrubbed.

Up until when I exchanged my 'laundry-stories' with a college friend, and told her how frequent I was my jeans, she, (with a horror-stricken face) actually forbade me to NOT wash my jeans and that jeans should NOT be placed in dryer in order to maintain the fabric's color and quality. (That explains why I had to buy new jeans every now and then!).

Anyway, I recently came across an eco-campaign video by Levi's reaching out to the public and educating buyers about how frequent washing is unnecessary. The video encourages us denim users to wash our jeans less, by washing them on average once every two weeks. The Waterless project tells us how much water we can save by washing or jeans less frequently and that it is not necessary to over wash them. At the same time, Levi's brand building a better product: Water<Less jeans "that reduces our water usage by an average of 28% per pair--and up to 96% for some styles". Water<Less products have actually saved 4.92 million liters to date!

So I went round in MYC! office, and asked a few of them on how often they wash their jeans. 

1. Kelvin and Saif, wash their jeans after " two times wearing it".
2. Prosperity claims that she washed her jeans on average of once a month. 
3. Emileen washes her jeans at least twice a month. 
4. Our beloved CEO-Editor Jason, sends his jeans to the laundry once in two weeks - but claims to have six pairs of jeans. Hmm..you do the math. 
5. When I asked Edmund he immediately responded: "Jeans are not supposed to be washed!" - in other words, Mr. Edmund has never washed his jeans before! 
6. Last but not least, Ellyse and I do not own a pair of jeans - like seriously (shorts and 3/4 doesn't count...not within this scope of topic though *snickers*).

So just take note, you don't need to wash your jeans too many times. Wear as often as you can before washing them. When you buy a new pair of jeans, you should wear it long enough so that the denim material will conform to your body shape. Many pairs of jeans are actually quite delicate so washing them often will only ruin them! And you also contribute in saving water and energy!

You can watch the video here and if you want to know more about the Levi's Water<Less Campaign hop on to their official website

If you wanna know how you can contribute to saving the environment, start by washing your jeans a lil' more lesser!

Friday, January 21, 2011

The 13th Zodiac - Ophiuchus

So we have a new horoscope. For those who haven't noticed, it's a "new" star sign that mankind has been guilty for missing out - the serpent holder 13th zodiac sign, "Ophiuchus". 
Yes, that wavy line is a serpent.

The zodiac is supposedly based on the Greek figure known as Aesclepius, a man with vast knowledge in medicine. Kind of like the medieval version of Dr. Meredith Grey and Dr. Doug Ross put together. Sure sounds really Greek.

You can hear those who justify their behaviour through their star sign freaking out now.
I'm not a Virgo anymore? It wasn't a feminine thing to burn bras??
But seriously, no one should be fussed about it. Do you really need the constellations to tell you who you can and can't get along with? Do you need it to tell you if you're going to have a good or bad day?

We all know you obviously are what you choose to be, and you sure as heck can choose if you want to believe something that's over thousands of year old. Apparently, the stars shift every 3000 years, and the change only affects those born after 2009 - although Ophiuchus was actually discovered the same time as the other 12 but was discarded by ancient Babylon. How is that suppose to make a difference now? We don't know. Experts are still debating on whether the change is applicable.

But for the fun of it... here's a list of the new 13 horoscopes:

Aries: Apr 19 - May 14
Taurus: May 14 - Jun 21
Gemini: Jun 21 - Jul 21
Cancer: Jul 21 - Aug 11
Leo: Aug 11 - Sept 17
Virgo: Sept 17 - Oct 31
Libra: Oct 31 - Nov 30
Scorpio: Nov 21 - Nov 30
Ophiuchus: Nov 30 - Dec 18
Sagittarius: Dec 18 - Jan 21
Capricorn: Jan 21 - Feb 17
Aquarius: Feb 17 - Mar 12
Pisces: Mar 12 - Apr 19

Or if it's too complicated to shape-shift your personality, stick with the Chinese Horoscope for now. We doubt a new animal will pop up anytime soon. Although, if it were to happen we think this reptile would be cool.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Limkokwing University Bred Fashion Talents Ready for the World

Limkokwing University held their fourth installment of year-end fashion show, ‘Creativity in Motion’, at Cafe Stelle in Pavilion Shopping Mall on 15 December 2010. Featuring designs from a collection of Limkokwing students from semester 3, 4 and 5 as well as their graduating students of 2010. Divided into two parts, a total of 36 garments were featured in the first part of the show, followed by the 2010 graduating class collection, which featured 26 pieces in total. ‘Creativity in Motion’ is a collection of fashion ideas from the world’s next generation that took on a variety of influence. 

Amongst these are designed by Ainaidu Reyilan from China, inspired by Chinese Musk Opera, focusing on the opera and using snakes as a symbol of forbidden love. Michelle Ho Choy Tsin of Malaysia drew her inspiration from the Japanese folk art of paper folding, Origami, while Vivi Surya of Indonesia is inspired by her passionate campaign statements relating to Cervical Cancer and uses the colour pink in her designs to reflect this. 

With celebrities such as supermodel Amber Chia, actress and host, Sazzy Falak, Gillian Hung, President of the Malaysian Official Designers’ Association and the most popular supermodel in Asia, Danielle Graham, this event is expected to be even more dazzling than ever.