The most romantic move ever?

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A guy hacks an app to propose to his girlfriend. You will never guess what happens next!

Imagine opening your cellphone to this screen, with your name on it

Faizal has been living abroad for almost 11 years, and has been looking for his true love ever since. When he decided to move back to Malaysia for good, this romantic story started.

He finally found his soulmate and after a few months of knowing each other, he decided to move to the next level in his relationship. He wanted to ask Aina to marry him, but in the most original manner as possible. After all, you only get married once in your life, right?

First, he thought about making his proposal aboard a blimb flying from Kuala Lumpur to Manila, but it proved way too complicated as well as extremely costly. Now, he had to come up with the ultimate plan that would make all her girlfriends jealous.

As the CTO of a local startup, Faizal was always well-known for his hacker-mindset among all engineers of the company. So, he challenged the entire tech team in a 24hrs hackathon to find a way to use their mobile app for the proposal. And they did!

When his girlfriend Aina opened the Duriana app to check out a new listing from one of her favourite sellers, she not only found a new preloved bargain, but also the most romantic in-app banner ever seen: “Dear Aina, do you want to marry me? Faizal”.

“At first, I actually thought it was for someone else!”, she told her girlfriends when announcing their engagement. “But then, I tapped on the banner and found a listing with exactly the 2 weddings rings Faizal and I were looking at a few months ago while strolling through Kuala Lumpur. And I was so sure he had already forgotten about them!!”

Of course, he hadn’t! And when Aina opened the item page, she found even more proof of his love: Faizal had added several photos of the two of them to the listing, as well as a long love letter in the description.

The final move to make a girl’s heart melt

She immediately made an offer on the two rings to accept the romantic proposal. After all, she needed to make sure that no other Duriana user would snatch him away from her by offering a better deal!

And indeed, 450 Duriana users saw the banner in the 15 minutes it was live and he even received some offers and messages from other girls. One of them even wrote “This the most romantic thing EVER! I wished my husband was as creative as you, Faizal. Please update me once she responded!”

We wish them all the best for their future together, and sincerely hope that she does not ask for a refund of her purchase!

 

 

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Accessorize Yourself with Duriana!

We all know that girls love accessories. Whether it’s a necklace, earrings, colorful bracelets or a wristwatch, the right accessories can make any girl look like a showstopper. Every girl has her own style statement and accessories can help them stand out. These are the five accessories that we loved on Duriana and would like to share with you. 🙂

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Rose White Dangle Earrings – RM 72

These beautiful earrings are handmade and are made with polymer clay, crystal chaton and antique silver plating settling earring hooks. You can get them made any way you want by pre-ordering them.

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Plain Colorful Bracelets – RM 15

These bracelets are available in several vibrant colors. You can always match these accessories with your outfit or wear them to add a little color to your style when you’re wearing a plain outfit.

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H&M Statement Necklace – RM 60

Statement necklaces are making a trend this year. Whether you want to add a color to a mono color dress, add the unexpected to basics, make a white shirt look more fun or even dress up your office outfit, this statement necklace is perfect for all these situations. Check it out!

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Kaca-Kaca Sunglasses – RM 55

Sunglasses have now become a fashion essential. Freshen up your wardrobe with these trendy pair of shades.

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Wristwatch – RM 15

Add a unique touch to your outfit with this wristwatch. Buy it now on Duriana!

How To Grow Your Duriana Following

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If you’re fresh off with Duriana or a seasoned veteran Duriana user, we know you’re looking to grow your following. And why wouldn’t you? More followers leads to more exposure for your listings, which can lead to more sales! How do you do it? We’ve got four great tips for you.

User page on point

First thing’s first, make sure your listings look attractive and eye catching at all times. This tip, we highly recommend – If your listings do not catch the eye of others, they may not follow. Make sure to fill your page with a la variety of items that are in good condition, if possible, and ensure your photos are clean, clear, and stylized. Plus, the more listings you have, the better.

Follow on

Following others is a very simple way to get people to notice your user page. You can find people to follow by tapping on search tab in the bottom left corner of your feed. And if fellow Duriana users like what they see when they take a peek at who just followed them, they’re more likely to tap that follow button right back!

Share, share, and keep sharing

Sharing other Duriana users items is a great way to show off your personal taste, expand your network, and contribute to the evolving Duriana community. After all, when you share the love, it always comes back to you. All of this sharing means more opportunities for someone to take a look at your page, love what they see, and follow.

Get your social on

Take your sharing efforts beyond Duriana for maximum potential. By sharing your closet and listings on other social platforms such as Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr, you have the potential to catch new members. Also, did you know that if your Facebook friend joins Duriana, they’ll automatically follow your closet? Boom, instant new follower! Just don’t forget to spread the love and do the deed!

We hope this works and you gain double your followers. Tell us if you do! Do you have tips on how to get new followers? Share in the comments below.

7 Reasons To Shop Secondhand Items

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Duriana readers a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri! Maaf Zahir & Batin. As we enjoy the long weekend, stuffing our faces with delicious traditional Malay Cuisine (lots of rendang, lemang and cookies!!) we’ve listed the following 7 reasons you should consider shopping second-hand on Duriana; it can make a greater difference than you may realize.

1. Much more Affordable
Whether you shop at thrift stores, weekend bazaars or as we encourage you daily, with your mobile, on Duriana, your money stretches much farther. On average, used products are generally 50% cheaper, allowing you to save money for other important expenditures. Smart shopping, anyone?

2. You Get to Experience the Thrill of the Hunt
On Duriana, you deal in the unknown. Scouring categories and options until you have found that have-to-have item at an unbeatable price can be exhilarating. In this way, second-hand shopping is much more rewarding in a way retail shopping could never be.

3 . It’s Easier to Spot Quality
Since most of the merchandise you come across has already been broken in, you can see what has quality and what does not. (If you rather see the item in person, you have the option of chatting with the user on Duriana) Practical and affordable.

4. It’s Green!
Buying used goods cuts down on manufacturing demands and keeps more items out of the landfill! Because a large amount of man-made goods are routinely thrown away, re-using gives a longer life to common household items another family could use, saving the Earth in effect.

5. Inspire to Recycle
The flow of second-hand giving goes both ways. Items or clothes you no longer use, you can sell on the Duriana platform and offer up goods another may be searching for. The act of recycling not only enables us to feel good about our actions but, again, keeps money in the local economy and supports the green living movement.

6. Brand Names
If you’re an individual who worships the tag, you’re likely to find many recycled, brand-name clothes available. It’s a great way to suit your stylish needs while saving a bundle and helping the environment.

7. Updated Merchandise Daily
Duriana receives updates daily with tons of lisitings, so the hunt for that unique item is always new and fresh. If they don’t have what you’re looking for, chances are in a couple of days it might be present.

Because shopping is such an essential part of our consumer-driven economy, indulging in second-hand or rather pre-loved items and opportunities is a way to beneficially promote the economy, save the environment, and still satisfy your craving for unique clothes and items. Wait no more.

Till our next post, keep discovering.

raya

#teamduriana

4 Easy To Do Hijab Fashion Projects

This one is dedicated to the Duriana hijabis! We bring 4 simple DIY hijab accessories hacks that you can personalize in time for Hari Raya Aidilfirti. We understand your needs in styling your hijab with different accessories. With a dash of creativity you can make your own accessories and alter the things to give it new style, it could even be an alternative way to earn income on the side.

#1 . Paint Hijab Bobby Pins with Nail Polish For New Look

Paint the bobby pins with different nail polish colours bring variety in your accessories.

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#2. DIY Donut Hijab Pin Organizer 

If you find yourself loosing a pin after removing hijab and end up having to look for them, then you definitely need this. Sew a foam in a donut shape and voila – You can now organize your pins with ease.

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#3. DIY Hijab Button Pins.

Most of you have to tie your hijab with pins and most of us ladies use common pins to do that .Why not to enhance the beauty of hijab by making those pins look pretty. This simple DIY button pin tutorial is the simple way to do that, join two buttons with glue stick then attach the pin with it, that’s about it!

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#4. Necklace over Hijab

Don’t know how to utilise accessories you have worn one too many times? Here’s an idea on how to reuse an old necklace – Wear it over your hijab as a head piece, perfect for parties!

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Since Ramadan is a special time for all of us and we don’t want to celebrate by paying a small fortune on some decorations. This is your opportunity to try it!

Don’t miss out on the latest Duriana tips, guides and updates to becoming a stellar shopper and seller! Visit www.duriana.com, give our Facebook page a Like and follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @durianaapp. 

The 10 Things in Your Closet You Can Sell RIGHT NOW

Is your closet chock-full of bags you barely use? Ever bought clothes you ended up only wearing once or never wearing at all? Remember that one time you “accidentally” hoarded accessories that were so “in”? And you know those platform heels are so last season, right? It’s closet cleaning time!

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So what’s on your clean-up list?

That shirt you don’t wear any longer.

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That blazer you bought for an interview but never wore again.

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Those earrings that are too heavy for your ears.

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That vintage velcro wallet from the 90s.

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The skinny jeans that has become loose over time.

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The cardigans you hoarded. You can part with a few.

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All those unused handbags. 

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Shoes that are just collecting dust.

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That bracelet from your ex.

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That dress from your farewell party.

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If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to reinvent your wardrobe and earn while you’re at it, download Duriana on your mobile and start shopping, snapping and selling! A little warning, it’s addictive.

Don’t miss out on the latest Duriana tips, guides and updates to becoming a stellar shopper and seller! Visit www.duriana.com, give our Facebook page a Like and follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @durianaapp. Happy selling, BFFs! ❤️

How to Create a Stellar Listing on Duriana

From taking great photos to setting a competitive price, get tips for how to attract more buyers and offers.

Selling on Duriana is as easy as snapping and uploading your next Instagram picture!

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The key to making a sale is creating a detailed and thorough product post that will entice users to check out your item. Here’s what you will need to help you create an effective listing:

1. A catchy title

Keep in mind that the title is the first thing prospective buyers will see in their search results (aside from the gallery photo). Make sure that your title has plenty of searchable keywords.

2. Detailed description

Potential buyers can’t touch, test or see your item first hand; they rely on your description for information about the product you are selling. Make sure that your story is complete.

3. Snap photos that sell

Great photos are a crucial part of your item’s description-they show buyers exactly what they’re getting.

4. Price it right

How you price your item will affect its visibility in search, its likelihood of selling, and how much it sells for.

5. Save your best template

Once you’ve created your winning listing, save it as a template to use again. Using standard templates saves time, streamlines your listing process and helps build your online brand.

Don’t miss out on the latest Duriana tips, guides and updates to becoming a stellar shopper and seller! Visit www.duriana.com, give our Facebook page a Like and follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @durianaapp. Happy selling, BFFs! ❤️

Dressing Up the University Dress Code

Back-to-school shopping doesn’t have to be bland just because of school dress codes.

Yes, school uniforms and fashion can co-exist! Follow the rules and still create a customized look for your campus #OOTD with the addition of a few modern, yet subtle accessories. Stock up on statement pieces and let your artsy side add a splash to your own distinct style.

Here are a few A+ tips to showing off your stylish side while still maintaining your school’s dress code policy:

Style your hair

Even the strictest school uniform policies will allow variation in hairstyles. Adding a vintage inspired bow is simply adorable and you can channel that prep school look a la Blair Waldorf with a cute headband.

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The bright stuff!

Add a pop of color. If your school dress code policy limits color options for accessories, pick your most pop-worthy color and use it to accent neutral colors or, even better, wear crazy socks that matches your personality!

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Layer, layer, layer

Show some school spirit and throw a varsity jacket on top of your uniform for some cool school flair.

Varsity Jacket from @eevhie

Varsity Jacket from @eevhie 

Jewelry

Your uniform #OOTD wouldn’t be complete without a cute pair of stud earrings or your favorite leather watch.

Leather watches from @nicagarcia

Leather watches from @nicagarcia 

Sport a cute backpack

Backpacks are another way to showcase your unique side. A satchel looks very scholarly while a floral backpack suites the girly girl. Adorn your basic backpack with assorted pins to create a look worthy of an A+ in style.

Korean Backpacks from @iviancheong

Korean Backpacks from @iviancheong

Now that you have the tips, time to incorporate them into your favorite school uniform #OOTDs!

Don’t miss out on the latest Duriana tips, guides and updates to becoming a stellar shopper and seller! Visit www.duriana.com, give our Facebook page a Like and follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @durianaapp. Happy selling, BFFs! ❤️

Tips for Taking the Perfect Flat Lay Product Photo

Take clean, professional looking product photos following the #flatlay trend.

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Flat lay shots are the newest “in” thing in social media – they’re simple, clean and classy ways to market your products online, especially on Instagram. Fashion bloggers like David Guison does fabulous flat lays of food while Lissa Kahayon has the talent of arranging beautiful minimalistic flat lays of her daily obsessions such as current reads, a chic collection of sandals or her workout #OOTD.

Use this trend to your advantage and attract more buyers to view and check out your products with these helpful tips:

Choose a basic background

White or wood backgrounds are the best for any type of flat lay photos because of their versatility and simplicity. A white bed/table and wooden floor are perfect foundations for a flat lay.

Sailor Swimsuit from @sundaysMNL

Sailor Swimsuit from @sundaysMNL 

Take the photo during the day (and if possible, near a natural light source)

Natural daylight is something you will definitely want to maximise in a flat lay because of the shadows cast on the photo when you’re taking it from above. If you attempt to take a flat lay at night, there will be an unflattering phone shadow in your photo that even a flash cannot fix.

Lily Neoprene from @treasuretrove_mnl

Lily Neoprene from @treasuretrove_mnl

Test your object if it looks good from a bird’s eye point of view

To add texture to a flat lay, experiment with flowers, lace or blank spaces.

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Leave space between the product in focus and other items in the shot

If you use an iPhone, the ‘square’ function of the camera is a great template for you to arrange the flat lay. Magazines, books and polaroid photos always look amazing, as they are naturally flat already. Add these to create appeal to your product shot but make sure to leave a breathable amount of space between to prevent the photo from looking too cluttered.

Peach Soda Bikini from @arashistreasures

Peach Soda Bikini from @arashistreasures

Pick a theme and stick to it

Too many different elements can be confusing in a flat lay – show the buyer exactly what you’re selling with one theme. There’s nothing more overwhelming than a flat lay that has too much going on!

Mason Jars from @sundaysmnl

Mason Jars from @sundaysmnl

Don’t miss out on the latest Duriana tips, guides and updates to becoming a stellar shopper and seller! Visit www.duriana.com, give our Facebook page a Like and follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @durianaapp. Happy selling, BFFs! ❤️

Redmi 2 Smartphone Giveaway

#LetsDuriana!

Duriana is giving away Redmi 2 Smartphones to one lucky winner each from Malaysia and Philippines!

TO JOIN:

1) Download Duriana >> http://taps.io/FreeRedmi2
2) Upload at least 3 NEW or PRE-LOVED ITEMS to sell on the app
3) Add the hashtag #LetsDuriana to every item listed

Win a FREE Redmi 2Contest ends May 31st 2015. Good luck!

PS. Don’t forget to follow Duriana on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! 🙂

Terms & Conditions:

  • Limited to ONE user account per participant
  • Items listed must be authentic and must adhere with Duriana’s selling policy.
  • Malaysia winner must collect prize at the Duriana office located in Kuala Lumpur.