Monthly Archives: March 2013

[LOTD] Denim X Denim Part 1

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Denim is associated with casual clothing and the laid-back Western vibe. I adore my denims and I wouldn’t dream of doing without denims in my closet.

However, it’s a tad boring to do a t-shirt/top-comb all the time. Thus, I decided to do a 2-part denim tribute – how I would wear denim in 2 different ways.

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Red bib top with gold embroidery – Far East Plaza

Straight-cut dark denim jeans – G-star Raw

Leather belt – Burberry (a tad loose, need to adjust it soon )

Suede wedges with leather ribbon details – Mitju

Black printed PVC bag – Agnes b, Shanghai

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Love how my outfit is casual enough for brunch and yet not overly sloppy.

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A close up of how the top looks. The versatility of this top is incredible. When matched with my favourite black harem pants and black blazer, I am all ready for work.

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Evidence that comfort need not be compromised when dressing up. These wedges are comfy and I can walk all day in them.

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On hot days like we are experiencing now in Singapore (33 degrees Celcius, horrible humidity and relentless sun), it’s tempting to wear a t-shirt and shorts together with flip flops. Dressing up need not be a pain. In fact, we need no excuse to dress up. There’s nothing wrong with being practical while being stylish.

Of course, if you have access to a cold cuppa coffee and air-conditioner, take that option! 🙂

Hope you like this post and keep a look out for Denim X Denim Part 2!

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[Review] MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream

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I’ve been dying to review this for so long but never got to take proper photos etc for it cos it can get quite messy when putting skincare and trying to take photos.

BUT i’ve done it! cant wait to share this with you guys. this product is the MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream, which is one of the Star products of MISSHA when i was there last Dec.

im always curious to try the snail related products which is all the hype now so yeah, must buy!!

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i chose this photo from the net cos the jar is so glossy you can never take a proper photo without seeing your camera’s reflection.

don’t believe? see..

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so hard to read the words lor.

Here’s the extract from MISSHA SITE

ANTI AGING & WHITENING

– COLORANT-FREE/ PARABEN-FREE/ MINERAL OIL-FREE

This skin reconstructing cream with an innovative formula of full Vital Snail Mucus Extract with Cell Energy Awakening Botanical Stem Cell.

* Snail Mucus Extract provides new beauty solution to troubled skin with Irritation, Flaw Marks, Dark Skin Tone and Suppleness Skin.

* Botanical Stem Cell reveals purified skin with concentrated skin care for several Pigmentation or Scar Mark.

* Baobab Tree Extract and concentrated Deep Sea Water Complex activate Hydration storage of skin and relieve Dryness.

Directions:

After using emulsion, apply liberally along skin texture and gently pat to be absorbed

the consistency is very gelish and light. i really wish i didnt have to put my finger inside to scoop out cos its quite unhygenic but im too lazy to have a spatula and wipe off and store in the drawer which is not v clean too.
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Close up of the gelish cream
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it blends easily INTO the skin cos of the light texture, which is awesome. i personally prefer gels to creams (although this says CREAM but i think its more GEL).
this smells like cucumber really and i dont have the ingredient list 😦

i enjoy putting this on my face every morning and night cos its refreshing to smell and feel and keeps my skin hydrated all day.
i sincerely hope the snail slime is doing its magic to regenerate and renew my cells!!
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In terms of results, i think this is so so.. i dont feel that my scars are gone easily nor wake up to clear skin as i expected.

as a regenerative cream, i would expect myself to look younger after months of usage. so far i think i look the same..

but i still think its a fabulous moisturizer and wouldnt mind getting this again if its cheap like korea standard price

[LOTD] French Country Prints – Of White & Blue

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Hi everyone! It’s a long weekend over here in Singapore. Many people like to take this time to travel and for the likes of me staying in town, it’s a great time to catch up with friends over tea & cakes 🙂

This is my stepford wife getup. It’s prim and proper, complete with pearls and curls for that polished look.

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Love & Bravery dress, BCBG pumps, Accessorize hairband & earrings, Pearl necklace from craft shop

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I adore this french country prints. Although the prints on my dress isn’t exactly like that but it has that feel.

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Sitting and looking demure while waiting for Marie to arrive. We went to Table Manners @ Changi City Point. A nice non pretentious place where I would recommend their sea salt caramel tart. Give their strawberry shortcake a miss though.

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Love the v back. Pardon the flyaway hairs.

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Have a lovely weekend wherever you are!

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[LOTD] Brunch Series Part 1: Patterned X Peplum

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Had brunch with the girls at Table Manners in Changi City Point and the place and had our LOTD shoot 🙂 you will see various backdrops courtesy of Table Manners upcoming!

The Peplum craze is still very strong – judging from all the ongoing Peplum products online and in stores.

i am trying to spice up my wardrobe with more printed pieces, and so i am featuring one of the recent printed pieces i got.

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Top: HEPBURN ASSORTED PEPLUM TOP CLOVER – $26 from Pearlavish
Botton: Satin Pants from Mango a few years back
Jade Bangle from TAKA Jewellry
Shoes: Gold tip flats – Zalora.sg

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i got the top in S which was still quite loose for me so i had to alter/taper it to fit.
As you can see, the peplum isnt very obvious and the flare isnt that big as well.
This is good as it can be worn tucked in (as u can see below) or untucked like me here..

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Heres the back detail, V back which i thought was pretty unique 🙂
it is made of Chiffon Rayon material – which is NOT stretchable at all and I almost cant raise my arms due to the capped sleeves blocking them.

Close up of the jade bangle which i like..
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Another picture with the top and teapot
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BTW, i bought the top in 2 designs, cos i cant decide which one to get XD.
so here’s how its worn tucked – which i did for Chinese New Year.
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[Review] Institut Karité Paris Extra Gentle Body Milk

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Received this in my February Bellabox and decided to bring this as part of my travel sized body lotion
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this was a 30ml tube which lasted me 2 short holidays and still not finsihed!
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sadly i wished it didnt contained this much parabens

the consistency is rather thin, which i prefer compared to the creamy ones. so this is easier to spread and blends in well into my skin. it smells faintly sweet which is just nice for me as well.
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i spread this over my arms and legs after shower and it kept my skin moisutrised and soft. i really like this.
however, if you sleep in an air con room which can be drying to your skin you may find this not moisturizing enough. I tried this in both air con and non air con conditions.
but i sleep in non air con room at home so i tink this is perfect.

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You can get this from Bellabox.sg for SGD$33 for a 250ml bottle.

25 Easy Ways to Lose Weight Fast

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No-stress strategies that make shedding pounds as easy as pie.
By More.com Health Editors

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Small Changes, Big Results

Despite what you may think, weight loss doesn’t have to entail deprivation and hours-long sweat sessions at the gym. Here, 25 easy-to-implement lifestyle changes that will help you slim down in a snap.

Downsize Your Dishes

Replace large dinner plates with smaller salad plates and you cut one-third of the calories in each meal, according to Milton Stokes, RD.

Reel in Weight Loss

Swap fish for beef or chicken twice a week. Fatty fish, such as salmon, contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, says certified wellness coach Jackie Keller. And one study found that people who ate fish for lunch, instead of beef, ate 11 percent fewer calories at dinner.

Start Walking

The neighborhood-waistline link is an emerging area of obesity research. One study found that people who live in the most walkable communities are on average six pounds lighter than those in the most sprawling suburbs.

End Automatic Eating

By midlife many long-term dieters have learned to rely on scheduled mealtimes—rather than their body’s signals—to decide when to eat. Just because the clock says 1 p.m., that doesn’t mean you need a big meal.

Shop the Perimeter

Challenge yourself to avoid the middle aisles of the grocery store—where most of the processed food products are usually located. Instead, shop primarily along the perimeter, where whole foods are stocked. By staying away from the center, you limit yourself to purchasing fresh produce, meat, seafood and dairy instead of frozen dinners, cookies, chips and more. This will make it easier for you to avoid temptations and to purchase healthy snacks, like fruits and vegetables.

Cut Back on Cocktails

Alcoholic beverages tend to be high in calories and may lower your inhibition, making you more likely to let down your nutritional guard. Opt instead for light hot chocolate or a cup of hot tea, both of which can help you keep your hands and mouth busy while socializing.

Trim the Fat from Your Meat

Although you’ll need some fat to enhance flavor, if there is excess fat on the edges of your protein, trim it off before cooking it. In doing so, you’ll not only reduce the overall amount of fat in your diet, you’ll also reduce the most harmful type of fat: saturated fat.

Put Your Workout In Your CALENDar

If you leave exercise to chance, you won’t fit it in. Make workout appointments that can’t be broken. Either carve out the same times every week and stick to that schedule or, if you don’t have a set routine, plan a week or even a month ahead.

Do a Little Something Energetic Everyday

Vow to do an activity that will get you breathing hard for at least 10 minutes, seven days a week. “Even if you just set the timer on the kitchen stove and vigorously clean the house or run up and down the stairs, you’ll do something good for your heart—and your waistline,” says Andrea Metcalf, a Chicago-based trainer.

Wake Up With Fiber

Study after study confirms that we eat less over the course of the day if we start with a good breakfast. And the one component that’s often missing is fiber. Try to include a complex carbohydrate, such as whole grain toast, or a high-fiber fruit or vegetable, such as raspberries, in your morning meal. It will help fill you up, making you less likely to graze the rest of the day.

Graze All Day

Eating five or six smaller meals instead of three larger ones can help prevent both hunger and overeating. Mini meals steady blood sugar levels, and slow down the release of insulin, a hormone that can cause your body to store more fat, explains Maye Musk, RD, a New York-based nutritionist.

Focus On Your Food

The more you grab meals on the go and then multitask, the easier it is to lose track of how much you’re actually consuming. Be more mindful when eating (feel the textures, inhale the aromas), because engaging your senses slows down the process, leaving you more satisfied.

Cook With Herbs

Add herbs instead of salt, butter or cheese. They make food more flavorful, without adding extra calories or fat.

Finish Eating By 8 PM

You will wake up feeling hungry so you’re ready for breakfast.

Shun Sugar-Free Foods

They often contain sugar alcohols, low-calorie sweeteners that linger in the intestines where bacteria ferment them, causing gas and bloating. Mannitol is especially known for this, but be sure to check a product’s ingredient list for any sugar alcohols-they commonly end in “tol.” If you’re concerned about calories, eat a smaller serving of the full-sugar version.

Revamp Your Rewards

When you’ve spent a week working overtime or have stuck to your workout goals for a month straight, it’s only natural to want to reward yourself. Just don’t do it with food, says Keller. Instead, treat yourself to something you want more, such as a massage or new party dress. “Deprivation is a real downer, but having a system of rewarding yourself for healthy behaviors will help reinforce it for you,” says Keller.

Pre-Cut Your Produce

With a hectic schedule, it’s easy to become dependent on packaged foods instead of fresh ingredients. Buy pre-cut produce, or take the time to cut it up some fruits and vegetables as soon as you get home from the grocery store. That way, when you’re pressed for time, you’ll have something healthy to add to soup, salads, scrambled eggs or stir fries. “Aim for 3 to 5 servings of fruit and 5 or more servings of vegetables daily,” says Keller.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

A cute dress can motivate you as much as a bikini. Keep an article of clothing that you’re dying to wear out—and look fabulous in—visible, says Keller. The daily reminder with help you stick to your dietary goals.

Snack on Sour Cherries

When University of Michigan researchers fed tart cherry powder to rats as a tiny portion of their diet, the animals lost 17 percent of their belly fat in just three months. Another trial with crushed blueberries also reduced fat. “In certain fruits there may be components, particularly anthocyanins—the antioxidants that create their dark colors—that have a protective effect,” explains Steven Bolling, MD, director of the University of Michigan’s Cardioprotection Research Laboratory.

Get More MUFAs

The south-of-the-border staple provides high doses of monounsaturated fats, or MUFAs (as do nuts, olives and flaxseeds). “Eating MUFAs can help prevent the deposition of fat around your middle,” says David Katz, MD, director of Yale’s Prevention Research Center. In Katz’s research, women who switched to a 1,600-calorie, high-MUFA diet shed a third of their belly fat in a month.

Guzzle Green Tea

Overweight and obese adults who sipped a sports drink with a high concentration of green tea extract every day and also followed a moderate exercise routine dropped 7.7 percent of their belly fat in three months, reports The Journal of Nutrition. By comparison, those who exercised the same amount and drank a regular sports drink lost just 0.3 percent of that fat. The assumption is that sipping regular green tea would have the same effect. While the exact mechanism is not yet known, green tea’s phytochemical compounds may speed up the body’s metabolic rate, trigger the release of fat and/or promote fat burning, speculates study coauthor Kevin C. Maki, PhD, chief science officer for Provident Clinical Research and Consulting, an independent clinical research site in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Leave Serving Platters in the Kitchen

Location, location, location: In a Cornell University study, when serving plates and bowls were kept on a kitchen counter rather than on the table, women ate 10 percent fewer calories. There’s only a split second between experiencing the impulse to eat and then heaping second, even third, helpings on our plates, notes study author Brian Wansink, PhD, director of Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab and author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think. “Keeping the platter away from the table interrupts this automatic feeding and provides enough of a pause that you ask yourself, ‘Am I really that hungry?’ Half the time, people say, ‘No, I’ve had enough’.”

Consider Coconut Oil

Found primarily in the meat of the palm, coconut oil is a medium-chain triglyceride that’s metabolized faster than other saturated fats—so fast, in fact, that digesting it burns more calories than the oil contains. In a study published in Lipids, Brazilian researchers gave women either soy oil or coconut oil supplements to take for three months. At the end of the study, both groups lost a weight, but only those taking the coconut oil had less abdominal fat.

Add an Acid

Dress steamed veggies with vinegar to boost your body’s ability to burn fat, suggests a new study. For six weeks, Japanese researchers fed two groups of mice a high-fat diet, supplementing one group’s intake with a daily dose of the main chemical in vinegar. Those who consumed the acetic acid developed less body fat than the ones who didn’t ingest it. In a follow-up study, people who downed three tablespoons of vinegar diluted into two cups of water daily experienced similar results after 12 weeks.

Say Sayonara to Excess Salt

Sodium is an essential nutrient that helps our bodies maintain the right balance of fluids, but most people are getting way too much, which can lead to water retention. Nearly 75 percent of the sodium Americans consume comes from processed foods, so choose fresh or frozen foods whenever possible, select unsalted nuts, seeds and beans, and stay away from the salt shaker: One teaspoon contains 2,300 mg of sodium—800 mg more than the maximum amount the American Heart Association recommends getting daily.

[Review] MISSHA Pure Source Sheet Mask – Raspberry

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Another purchase from Korea! this came in a pack of 10 for a cheap price i cant rmb..
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I chose raspberry as it is for nourishing and firming, smthg which i need 😀

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like any mask sheet, i place this on my skin after washing and applying the MISSHA Time Revolution Facial Treatment Essence

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i like how this came with the flaps for eyes but i also never use the flaps.

i’ve used this about 5 times and am happy with it – its moisturizing and my skin feels taut and firm after each use.

you’ll have seen this photo in my previous post. this is right after peeling of the mask sheet and patting the essence in.
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