OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

mt ex YOKOHAMA (横浜)

By | Art & Craft | No Comments

www.masking-tape

Actually, how my (somewhat) impromptu trip to Japan back in April came about was all because of MT tapes.

The initial plan was to tag along and visit the MT Tape Factory, but we later realized that tickets all snapped up so we scrapped the factory visit idea… and somehow it became a girls’ trip. THEN, – JENG JENG JENG – MT suddenly announced MT EX Yokohama, which happened right smack during our trip, and it was like a fairy god mother had waved her wand and granted us our wish!

Well, it really was like a dream come true, to be able to visit an overseas expo!

For the unfamiliar – MT stands for Masking Tape, also known was Washi Tapes – which is made with a special kind of rice paper, and has a certain kind of stickiness unlike your conventional tapes which allows it to be peeled off without damaging (much) of whatever you’re sticking it to – and also, all the cute patterns and of course, the limited edition prints which mostly are only available during special events or expos (like this one in Yokohama)!

mt ex Yokohama at Osanbashi Pier!

mt ex Yokohama at Osanbashi Pier! The blue striped lines are tapes, specially stuck on to the floor for the mt expo!

The expo was held at Osanbashi Pier in Yokohama – breezy, scenic and an absolutely beautiful place to take a short walk to from the Nihon-odori station.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There are various ways to get around to Nihon-odori station – we could either take the JR from Shinjuku to Yokohama then switch to the private line, or take the private Minatomirai line straight if it’s available. The best way to find out is to use Hyperdia – it’s a web app which allows you to find the best ways possible (with prices, and train time schedules) to get to wherever you want to in Japan.

Plenty of cloud cover on the day of the visit!

Plenty of cloud cover on the day of the visit!

One of the entrances to the  mt Expo Hall! The Osanbashi Pier is actually really huge and scenic, and worth talking a stroll along with your loved one.

One of the entrances to the mt Expo Hall! The Osanbashi Pier is actually really huge and scenic, and worth talking a stroll along with your loved one.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There were various segmented sections (tables) for the different tapes on display – the mt ex YOKOHAMA limited edition tapes was the first one I zoomed in on!

mt ex YOKOHAMA limited edition tapes!

mt ex YOKOHAMA limited edition tapes!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I love map tapes - we were each limited to 3 tapes per person per design!

I love map tapes and this was beautiful – we were each limited to 3 tapes per person per design!

These were also limited edition pattern tapes - stripes, polkadots and single colored ones in unreleased hues and unavailable in stores, only at expos and special events. You should have seen us swiping them into our baskets at top speeds. I now regret not taking an extra set for the pastel colored ones!

These were also limited edition pattern tapes – stripes, polka dots and single colored ones in unreleased hues and unavailable in stores, only at expos and special events. You should have seen us swiping them into our baskets at top speeds. I now regret not taking an extra set for the pastel colored ones!

mt WRAP - If you love gifting omiyages (the Japanese love gifting and receiving omiyage!) this would be really nice to wrap your gifts in before giving them to your friends! And yes that's what I bought them for, haha. The mt WRAP comes in 2 sizes and in a box with a jagged edge much like your cling wrap box, and you can tear off the length you need - the wraps have tapes on either ends so you can simply stick the ends to themselves and form a little baggie. ERH my instructions not very clear hor? Just follow this link for an example!

mt WRAP – If you love gifting omiyages (the Japanese love gifting and receiving omiyage!) this would be really nice to wrap your gifts in before giving them to your friends! And yes that’s what I bought them for, haha. The mt WRAP comes in 2 sizes and in a box with a jagged edge much like your cling wrap box, and you can tear off the length you need – the wraps have tapes on either ends so you can simply stick the ends to themselves and form a little baggie. ERH my instructions not very clear hor? Just follow this link for an example!

At every mt expo event, you'll find a table with tapes for you to play and decorate with - be it to decorate your notebooks, your paper bags, your phones etc.. it's free play! Yes you don't have to pay for it either. Of course this is Japan where every one is polite and nobody steals the entire roll of tape. They just sit around and quietly decorate their belongings haha.

At every mt expo event, you’ll find a table with tapes for you to play and decorate with – be it to decorate your notebooks, your paper bags, your phones etc.. it’s free play! Yes you don’t have to pay for it either. Of course this is Japan where every one is polite and nobody steals the entire roll of tape. They just sit around and quietly decorate their belongings haha.

This lady was very serious about her paper bag decorating!

This lady was very serious about her paper bag decorating!

even kids had fun too!

even kids had fun too!

There was also a table which let you fit all the tape you can into a container, for a fixed amount of yen. But the queue for that was so crazy long that we didn't do it at all.

There was also a table which let you fit all the tape you can into a container, for a fixed amount of yen. But the queue for that was so crazy long that we didn’t do it at all.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

They have a stamp section too - this stamping culture is across the entire Japan - you can actually go around Japan with a notebook and just collect the special stamps - at train stations, certain check points, and yes at events they have stamps too! Every mt ex will have their own specially designed stamps and they provide paper for you to stamp it with to bring home.

They have a stamp section too – this stamping culture is across the entire Japan – you can actually go around Japan with a notebook and just collect the special stamps – at train stations, certain check points, and yes at events they have stamps too! Every mt ex will have their own specially designed stamps and they provide paper for you to stamp it with to bring home.

I tried a few and failed miserably (apparently ,it is that hard to get an even stamp lol) so in the end I just took some ready stamped ones on the table. Whoops.

I tried a few and failed miserably (apparently ,it is that hard to get an even stamp lol) so in the end I just took some ready stamped ones on the table. Whoops.

There was a special black room where they showcased some very special tapes...

There was a special dark room which had to be absolutely dark in order to showcase some very special tapes…

GLOW IN THE DARK TAPES

GLOW IN THE DARK TAPES

And the very same tape, which also reacts to BLACK LIGHT!

And the very same tape, which also reacts to BLACK LIGHT! *cue fangirl screaming and running out to get more of these tapes*

And then we come to my favorite part of the expo. Look at how happy these girls are. THIS WAS MY FACE WHENEVER I GOT LUCKY.

And then we come to my favorite part of the expo. Look at how happy these girls are. THIS WAS MY FACE WHENEVER I GOT LUCKY.

Jeng jeng jeng!!! Presenting... THE LUCKY CHANCE MACHINE. Hahaha. I know it's so typically Japanese isn't it? But gacha machines bring us so much joy!

Jeng jeng jeng!!! Presenting… THE LUCKY CHANCE MACHINE. Hahaha. I know it’s so typically Japanese isn’t it? But gacha machines bring us so much joy!

It costs just 100 yen for a turn, and for 100 yen, you get a mini tape roll AND a chance to redeem a LIMITED EDITION TAPE that CANNOT be BOUGHT - only if you get the lucky ticket from spinning!

It costs just 100 yen for a turn, and for 100 yen, you get a mini tape roll AND a chance to redeem a LIMITED EDITION TAPE that CANNOT be BOUGHT – only if you get the lucky ticket from spinning!

Not enough coins? Don't worry there's a automated machine for you to change your notes into coins.

Not enough coins? Don’t worry there’s a automated machine for you to change your notes into coins.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And when you get a winning ticket, you'll be able to exchange it for one of the limited edition tapes that are not sold anywhere. NOT. SOLD. ANYWHERE (officially that is).

And when you get a winning ticket, you’ll be able to exchange it for one of the limited edition tapes that are not sold anywhere. NOT. SOLD. ANYWHERE (officially that is).

No prizes for guessing which tapes I chose XD A lot of time, sweat and money were spent at these machines!

No prizes for guessing which tapes I chose XD A lot of time, sweat and money were spent at these machines!

You can imagine the speed  the machines were emptied and refilled. I didn't buy the entire place down la but I did manage to get a sizeable amount of lucky loot. HEHEHEHE.

You can imagine the speed the machines were emptied and refilled. I didn’t buy the entire place down la but I did manage to get a sizeable amount of lucky loot. HEHEHEHE.

TWO VERY HAPPY FACES AFTER HALF A DAY SPENT HERE! Thank you Yina for accompanying your two MT Tape-aholics to this place and event and patiently waiting for us to finish spinning!

TWO VERY HAPPY FACES AFTER HALF A DAY SPENT HERE! Thank you Yina for accompanying your two MT Tape-aholics to this place and event and patiently waiting for us to finish spinning!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It was really the highlight of our trip, I must say! SO LUCKY to have this expo happen during our trip and even luckier to be on a trip to Japan with my Mt Tape buddy! (Enabling each other… not sure if that’s a good thing haha). Our bags were soooo heavy and hearts so full from this shopping trip. Yay Bucket list checked! I wouldn’t discount a visit to the factory still though, perhaps somewhen in the future. : p

If you’re interested in buying mt ex YOKOHAMA tapes, my girlfriend has brought in some of them and it’s available on her website at LiveLoveHoard here! ; )

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Mummy’s 51st Birthday Celebration at Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant (Marriott Hotel)

By | Birthdays, Chinese, Food, Life | No Comments

It’s hard for me to come to reality with this but my mum just turned 51 in May this year.

FIFTY. ONE.

10 years ago, the 20-year old me very much wanted to just move out and get her out of my hair hahaha. (Don’t we all!)

But fast-foward ten years, after the younger, rebellious me have grown up and gotten married and moved super far away, I wish my parents stayed closer to me (or me to them) so that I could spend more time with them. The weekly dinners we’d have before my brother enlisted in the army have become lesser and lesser, but my heart is always in Eunos Crescent.

I miss my mum’s cooking loads (all mums should cook because there’s no food like home cooked food) but it just isn’t fair to make her slave over the stove on her birthday, so we made plans to head out for a little family dinner with her loved ones, and we chose the famed Wan Hao restaurant in Marriott Hotel, Singapore!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

{ Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant } 
320 Orchard Road | Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, Singapore 238865
Website | TripAdvisor | Tel: +65 6831 4605

Wan Hao serves excellent Cantonese cuisine (you know it’s famous when your mum makes a remark about how nice the food is etc etc when you mention that you’ve made a booking at Wan Hao) and has been around since 1995 – that’s 20 years this 2015, and to celebrate their 20th Anniversary, they’ve specially put together a menu featuring the best Signature dishes of all time, with 20 of the most popular and award-winning a la carte dishes from 1995!

We got ourselves a little room so that we could get some privacy!

:D that's part of my chinese name!

:D that’s part of my Chinese name!

寿桃! The folks at Wan Hao realized that it was a birthday celebration and we were all treated to a round of longevity buns!

寿桃!
The kind staff at Wan Hao realized that it was a birthday celebration and we were all treated to a round of longevity buns!

I don’t know about you, but it’s my family thing to make everyone at the table have at least a bite of it for good luck. I love 寿桃s and can finish the entire plate by myself no problem! Hahaha.

The first dish, was Crispy Suckling Pig with Prawn Paste ($30). The sweet sauce dip it came with was perfect pairing with the crispy pig's skin and savoury prawn paste which was cooked as one.

The first proper dish, was Crispy Suckling Pig with Prawn Paste ($30).

One would have thought that this dish of Crispy Suckling Pig would be frightfully oily, but it was not – instead, it was an extremely well balanced dish, with skin and a bit of fat atop prawn paste which was melded together as a bite sized piece.

The sweet sauce dip it came with was perfect pairing with the crispy pig's skin, which was cooked together with the savoury prwan paste.

The sweet sauce dip it came with went absolutely well with it – it was so good, I couldn’t stop popping piece after piece into my mouth!

Then came the Double-boiled Winter Melon Soup with Assorted Seafood, which won compliments from everyone at the table!

Then came the Double-boiled Winter Melon Soup with Assorted Seafood, which won compliments from everyone at the table!

My entire family LOVES soup – every lunch or dinner will definitely have a soup dish and this was hands down the best soup we’ve had in a very long time! The light yet flavourful broth almost had me asking for seconds – the winter melon and seafood were cut up to bite-sized portions (very welcomed as we had a kid in our group) and it was DELICIOUS.

Yum - Pan-Fried Fresh Scallop, Shrimp Paste & Broccoli with Spicy Szechuan Sauce!

Yum – Pan-Fried Fresh Scallop, Shrimp Paste & Broccoli with Spicy
Szechuan Sauce came with huge, WHOLE scallops and was one of the star dishes of the night!

The spicy Szechuan sauce complemented the fresh scallops really well, and the generous portions kept my parents (and I) happy!

Braised Asparagus, Fresh Crab Meat & Crab Roe with Egg White Sauce

Braised Asparagus, Fresh Crab Meat & Crab Roe with Egg White Sauce

If I had a plate of white rice, I would be scooping this onto my plate and finishing every morsel of rice with this! I love crabs, and the accompanying asparagus was the perfect companion to balance out this very savoury mix with crab roe!

This last dish was so adorable that I couldn't stop taking pictures of it!

This last dish was so adorable that I couldn’t stop taking pictures of it!

This beauty that came wrapped in a lotus leaf was none other than the Wok-Fried Lotus Leaf Rice & Waxed Meat!

This beauty that came wrapped in a lotus leaf was none other than the Wok-Fried Lotus Leaf Rice & Waxed Meat!

My aunt was asking me why I chose this dish because we were really full towards the end of the 5-course dinner – but my parents took a bite and no one had questions anymore. Even I was rendered speechless by how good this dish tasted! It’s really just simple fried rice with waxed meat – but the aromatic fragrance emitting from every bite just makes you want to dig in for more. The portion was really just right for us to finish the meal with, and I would really recommend that you try this at least once! It’s really different from all the wok-fried lotus leaf rice I’ve had!

Happy, fully faces after our meal! I'm so glad that my parents loved the dinner and agreed with my choice of restaurant! It's really hard to impress my dad and thankfully Wan Hao's dishes more than met his standards!

Happy, fully faces after our meal! I’m so glad that my parents loved the dinner and agreed with my choice of restaurant! It’s really hard to impress my dad and thankfully Wan Hao’s dishes more than met his standards!

The 3 generations of ladies in the family! Missing my other 2 baby cousins who had school the next day and had to miss this wonderful meal.

The 3 generations of ladies in the family! Missing my other 2 baby cousins who had school the next day and had to miss this wonderful meal.

LOVE.  Missing my little brother who unfortunately had to fulfil his duty as a soldier.

LOVE.
Missing my little brother who unfortunately had to fulfil his duty as a soldier.

Happy birthday Mummy!!!! We love you!!!

Happy birthday Mummy!!!! We love you!!!

Psst, Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant’s having their 20th Anniversary celebrations till 31st July 2015, and you can still try out the dishes I’ve mentioned in this post! Plus, dine on Mondays and enjoy special prices! Please call Wan Hao at +65 6831 4605 to check for promotions and for reservations! 

Took these photos at the Singapore Art Museum and it was so so so pretty I had to spam more shots!

Unexpected finds in Marina Square

By | Clothes, Fashion, OOTD, Shoes, Shopping | No Comments

It’s June. You know that that means?
(Other than June holidays for the kids in Singapore)

It’s everyone’s favourite time of the year  – THE GREAT SINGAPORE SALE!

I think at one period of my time I was really thinking of just not shopping the entire year and spending all my money in June. But obviously that did not happen – I simply spent more every June because of all the irresistible deals. T_T

With all the online shopping making things so convenient, I think people go out lesser these days, right?

I enjoy going out and shopping actually – because my work is home-based, this gives me a chance to put on some makeup, get human interaction and actually have some physical exercise! The beauty of shopping (physically) – uncovering the good deals and bringing them home physically (and immediately) gives me a great sense of satisfaction! You can definitely find treasure if you look hard enough (or know where to look) and I just did that at Marina Square – and boy did I go home with a huge smile on my face :D (my friends and hubby can attest to that haha)

My mission was to find OOTD worthy apparel in Marina Square. MS was really, really popular back in the days. In fact… I have an OOTD taken in Marina Square. ALL THE WAY BACK IN THE 1990’S!

Hehehehe check out my ridiculously green outfit. I even have a matching ribbon okay. And that flower. Obviously I was better at posing when I was young!  The iconic MS steps are no longer around, as they're further developing and adding new wings to the mall. Memories!

Hehehehe check out my ridiculously green outfit. I even have a matching ribbon okay. And that flower. Obviously I was better at posing when I was young!
The iconic MS steps are no longer around, as they’re further developing and adding new wings to the mall. Memories!

Okay back to the main topic. So what can you expect, or should look out for in Marina Square for GSS this year?

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The first label I stepped into was naturally something I couldn’t resist – SHOES.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

{ Pazzion Shoes, Marina Square #02-301 } 

Shoes up to 70% off!

Shoes up to 70% off!

I’ve always liked Pazzion shoes, and even more so when they launched the mommy and kids matching shoes!

Glittery diamante pumps $86, Matching baby flats $63

Glittery diamante pumps S$86, Matching baby flats S$63

I didn't have too hard a time picking out shoes that I like - the hard one was choosing which ones to go home with me!

I didn’t have too hard a time picking out shoes that I like – the hard one was choosing which ones to go home with me!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

This pair won points for the pretty shade of pink, and BONUS - it's REALLY VERY COMFORTABLE for shoes of this height! I wore it through 2 shows during SG Fashion Week!

This pair (S$96) won points for the pretty shade of pink, and BONUS – it’s REALLY VERY COMFORTABLE for shoes of this height! I wore it through 2 shows during SG Fashion Week!

This gradient glitter pair was a real beauty - check out the heel too! It was shaped like melting metal and extremely gorgeous. In fact, two other ladies were trying this pair out in stores while I was too...

This gradient glitter pair was a real beauty – check out the heel too! It was shaped like melting metal and extremely gorgeous. In fact, two other ladies were trying this pair out in stores while I was too…

Ballet flat with laser cut details! This one won points for comfort and beauty! It's a really pale shade of gold which goes well with a lot of outfit - in fact, it gives a casual outfit a bit more jazz than normal flats would!

Ballet flat with laser cut details (S$73)! This one won points for comfort and beauty! It’s a really pale shade of gold which goes well with a lot of outfit – in fact, it gives a casual outfit a bit more jazz than normal flats would!

Good news for all! Pazzion is extending an additional 10% off on sales items when you quote “EVONNZXMARINASQUARE” at the Marina Square outlet!

Thank you to the 2 friendly ladies in Pazzion who attended to me that day and patiently fulfilled all my shoe sizing requests!

Thank you to the 2 friendly ladies in Pazzion who attended to me that day and patiently fulfilled all my shoe sizing requests!

The other shop which I went to, was one that has been on my radar for the longest time but not usually checked out. You’ll be surprised with what they have, cos I definitely was.

and it is… GEOX! Known for their comfort and breathable shoes – with a patented technology which places  comfort before aesthetics, keeping your feet dry, comfortable and free from odours! I can’t seem to stop myself from looking at loafers. And THIS PAIR looks so good doesn’t it?! This is from the  Drive Mox line, at $213! Was drawn to the fluoro ribbons instantly hahaha.

and it is… GEOX! Known for their comfort and breathable shoes – with a patented technology which places
comfort before aesthetics, keeping your feet dry, comfortable and free from odours!
I can’t seem to stop myself from looking at loafers. And THIS PAIR looks so good doesn’t it?! This is from the
Drive Mox line, at S$213! Was drawn to the fluoro ribbons instantly hahaha.

{ GEOX, Marina Square #02-127/128 }

Other than footwear, GEOX also has winter wear!

Other than footwear, GEOX also has winter wear!

GEOX is also having their mid-year sale! Enjoy up to 50% off sale + additional discount for multiple purchases! Visit in-store for more details. T&C apply.

Top, Shorts & Bag from IORA, shoes from Pazzion!

Top (S$39), Shorts (S$39) & Bag (S$33) from IORA, shoes from Pazzion!

Iora is located just beside Pazzion – they have some really nice tops and bottoms! This airy white one I picked was really comfortable for our weather, plus it has an inner lining (usually white tops are really sheer).

I have a thing for white tops (which is what you'll notice in a bit) cos white reflects light and makes my face look better hehehe.

I have a thing for white tops (which is what you’ll notice in a bit) cos white reflects light and makes my face look better hehehe.

The next unexpected shop I visited was... Desigual. Actually from time to time, I would pop into desigual - the prints are not my usual style, but from time to time I would see something I like!

The next unexpected shop I visited was… Desigual. Actually from time to time, I would pop into desigual – the prints are not my usual style, but from time to time I would see something I like!

Very friendly shop staff who obligingly posed for a picture for me. The store's colourful interior worked as a really nice backdrop!

Very friendly shop staff who obligingly posed for a picture for me. The store’s colourful interior worked as a really nice backdrop!

This is a men's jacket but I love the navy - grey color combi!

This is a men’s jacket but I love the navy – grey colour combi!

In the end, I picked out a men's striped shirt with a mandarin collar (I love big shirts!) and also the cutest bag ever! It's really spacious and so beach worthy I'm kicking myself for not bringing it to Phuket.

In the end, I picked out a men’s striped shirt with a mandarin collar (I love big shirts!) and also the cutest bag ever! It’s really spacious and so beach worthy I’m kicking myself for not bringing it to Phuket.

Bag (S$134), Top (S$89) both from Desigual. Shorts from Zara and flats from Pazzion!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I've always passed by this store but this marks the FIRST TIME I actually stepped into Promod to check things out. And boy did I fall in love with them!!! Promod is a french label if you didn't know.

I’ve always passed by this store but this marks the FIRST TIME I actually stepped into Promod to check things out. And boy did I fall in love with them!!! Promod is a french label if you didn’t know.

{ Promod, Marina Square #02-153/154 }

I think it might be because of the season, but the clothes are really light and comfortable - I returned a second time and spent some more!

I think it might be because of the season, but the clothes are really light and comfortable – I returned a second time and spent some more!

Their accessories are really pretty too! I would think that if you love Zara, this is a place to be checked out too.

Their accessories are really pretty too! I would think that if you love Zara, this is a place to be checked out too.

Top, Jeans, Bag from Promod - shoes from Pazzion!

Top (S$79.90), Jeans (S$79.90), Bag ($39.90) from Promod – shoes from Pazzion!

This mint bag stole my heart <3 and it's so so so soft too!

This mint bag stole my heart

I love the little tie-bow at the sleeves!

I love the little tie-bow at the sleeves!

Hands up if you're an 80's kid and had Levi's dominate your teenage life. Hahaha!

Hands up if you’re an 80’s kid and had Levi’s dominate your teenage life. Hahaha!

{ Levi’s, Marina Square #02-311 }

It's still very much a well loved brand and they still make really great jeans! I used to fit into their 24" but now... well let's just say its been ten years!

It’s still very much a well loved brand and they still make really great jeans! I used to fit into their 24″ but now… well let’s just say its been ten years!

I grabbed a denim shirt with lovely aztec detailing at the shoulders... It was love at first sight!

I grabbed a denim shirt (S$119.90) with lovely aztec detailing at the shoulders… It was love at first sight!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Paired it with a denim skirt (hahaha so 2000's) and it turned out surprisingly matchy! Denim on denim, why not?

Paired it with a denim skirt (S$69.90, hahaha I know that’s so 2000’s) and it turned out surprisingly matchy! Denim on denim, why not?

Took these photos at the Singapore Art Museum and it was so so so pretty I had to spam more shots!

Took these photos at the Singapore Art Museum and it was so so so pretty a backdrop that I had to spam more shots!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This was my initial pairing for the outfit but I decided on an edgier look later. But to keep it more casual,  the flats from GEOX would have complimented this outfit really well!

This was my initial pairing for the outfit but I decided on an edgier look later. But to keep it more casual, the flats from GEOX would have complimented this outfit really well!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I paired the skirt with a white top ($23) on a different day for a different look! You need a white shirt that has just the right amount of crisp – too soft and it’ll look overly casual. Levi’s has a lot of nice white shirts!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Love how elastic this skirt was! And the length was just right too.

Love how elastic this skirt was! And the length was just right too.

Paired it with a more structured bag so that it doesn't look overly casual!

Paired it with a more structured bag so that it doesn’t look overly casual!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

{ Sans & Sans Marina Square #02-342/343 }

Sans & Sans was a pleasant discovery for me too. They had plenty of soft silhouettes, dresses and work appropriate clothes which would definitely be a hit with the ladies! I love their shirts and the soft material used in many of their clothes, and the pleasing flowing lines of their skirts.

I didn't have enough time to try out the clothes for a fit, but I did pick out this set of accessories (THAT NECKLACE!) and later bagged home a gorgeous felt hat from Sans & Sans too!

I didn’t have enough time to try out the clothes for a fit, but I did pick out this set of accessories (Bracelet, S$49; AND THAT Necklace (LOVE) at S$49) and later bagged home a gorgeous felt hat from Sans & Sans too!

This bag caught my eye too! The leather looks so soft and inviting *extends hand to caress*

This bag (S$199) caught my eye too! The leather looks so soft and inviting *extends hand to caress*

They even have an tablet in-store for you to browse through the looks for the season!

They even have a tablet in-store for you to browse through the looks for the season!

Hat from Sans & Sans, accessories and top from Promod!

Hat from Sans & Sans (S$79), accessories and top from Promod!

Super love this pair of white casual pants from Promod, S$49.90 that I bought it too! Been looking all over for a pair of pants like this and was surprised to find them here. This just shows that you really need to look around cos you'll never know where you'll find surprises!

Super love this pair of white casual pants from Promod, S$49.90 that I bought it too! Been looking all over for a pair of pants like this and was surprised to find them here. This just shows that you really need to look around cos you’ll never know where you’ll find surprises!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I had a great time picking and shooting all these outfits! Thank you for the variety of brands you bring in, Marina Square!

{ Marina Square specials from 29 May – 26 July, while stocks last! } 

Redeem a zipper pouch with minimum spend of $80* and personalise it with Marina Square’s customised SG50 stamps!

Spend minimum $150* and receive a $10 Marina Square Gift Voucher. 

*Maximum 3 same-day combined receipts. Limited to 1 redemption per shopper per day.

A little bit of help… with Silhouette Soft

By | Life | No Comments

{ advertorial }

The best kind of facelift (or any aesthetic procedure actually), is the one that shave ages off your face, makes you look a little different(better), but NO ONE can pinpoint what you’ve done to your face.

When it’s too obvious… well…

whatdidshedo-reneezellweger

You definitely look different, Renee.

whatdidshedo-nicolekidman

This spells F-a-c-e-l-i-f-t

whatdidshedo-madonna

Okay Madonna, that’s too much!

Aesthetic procedures and plastic surgery are your own choice and you should never let anyone tell you what to do. The point of this post isn’t to encourage you to do it, and to be honest, I feel like I’m quite far away from even considering it!

But let’s face it. Ageing happens. I’ve started to notice lines that weren’t as pronounced as before or weren’t even there. It’s like this magical switch flicked itself on when I entered my late 20’s. (So it’s true, ageing starts at 25!) The most significant change for me happened around 29 – that was when I noticed that my face wasn’t as full as it was before.

Personally, I would think that… a little bit of work done here and there, its nothing wrong. (I just had botox done a month ago and I love looking at myself in the mirror) I know I will never be obsessive nor would my doctor allow me to!

“Well, if you had the ceiling falling down in your living room, would you not go and have it repaired?” – Carmen Dell’Orefice

Carmen Dell’Orefice was meant to be a model with her striking features and her modelesque figure – she was spotted and at the young age of 15, she made it to the cover of Vogue! She’s 83 this year, and she’s admitted to having a little work done here and there – and she still looks pretty amazing now!

This is Carmen Dell'Orefice, btw - the world's oldest Supermodel and she was in Singapore recently, opening for Max Tan at Digital Fashion Week!

This is Carmen Dell’Orefice, btw – the world’s oldest Supermodel and she was in Singapore recently, opening for Max Tan at Digital Fashion Week!

Here’s an image of her when she was young (left) vs recent times (right).

CarmenDellOrefice

She still has wrinkles and lines, but she’s definitely ageing gracefully WITH the help of some aesthetic procedures.

You know who else is in their 80’s? Everyone’s favorite throwback sex kitten of the 1950’s, Brigitte Bardot.

Just to put things into perspective, here an image of her when she was young vs recent times!

noworkdone-brigitte

Can you even tell that Carmen is 3 years older than Bardot? I love how elegant she looks even at this age! I’m not saying that Brigitte Bardot should go out and get some plastic surgery – it’s her choice, really! – but I definitely would consider that. Some women can age gracefully too, like Audrey Hepburn – but really, genetics have a huge part to play too!

noworkdone-audreyhepburn

Ahhhh, genetics. Looking at my aunt and mom actually gives me an idea of what I should be concerned about – jowls, marionette lines and even furrowed brows (apparently I have this pissed-off look I don’t even know I make sometimes because I’m too used to frowning/squinting at the screen while doing work D: I am very serious about my work, okay!)

Me, in 2013

Me, in 2013 – a photo which displays all the things I’m not going to be happy with spectacularly haha

It’s always interesting learning about how humans age – especially women, especially asians.

EPSON MFP image

When I was younger (at 15), I had really really chubby cheeks – and I was like, Oh MAN, please give me a more defined face and lesser cheeks! When can I look like Vivian Hsu?!

But as you age, you start losing fat at areas which actually makes you look more youthful – as this chart shows! Your eye area starts getting more sunken, your cheeks loses the support it needs and starts to droop downwards, in an A shape instead of the V shaped face you have while you are young.

On top of that, you lose collagen, elasticity and hyaluronic acid – which contributes to wrinkles, sagging skin and such. D:

So yes at 30, I’m like – can you make me look like Ariana Grande please?!

I learnt about this at a workshop hosted by Sloane Clinic at Grand Hyatt about 3 weeks back – I actually very quickly agreed to attending the workshop as I had enjoyed what I learnt from the doctors at the previous Sloane Clinic workshop in 2014, about fillers, botox and the different perception of beauty in different countries!

This time round, I got to listen to Dr Chua Han Boon and Tan Ying Chien from The Sloane Clinic share their expertise and insights on this procedure called Silhouette Soft Threadlift – what I love about such workshops is that I actually get to learn more about the technology with diagrams, and even get “before and after” pictures to show me how it works!

What is Silhouette Soft?

The Silhouette Soft (aesthetic procedure) is a latest innovation in Threadlifting from USA, based on the popular Silhouette Lift technology (plastic surgery.

It is a 30 minute customisable aesthetic procedure with minimal downtime, low complication rate, and promises a long lasting effect of up to 18 months!

This one singular treatment does two things – lifts your skin for an immediate yet natural effect – the threads and components, made of poly-l-lactic acid, naturally dissolves and reabsorbs into your skin, but as it dissolves, it helps to promote collagen growth as a rejuvenative step to restore volume, and give more definition to your features.

It is a tailor-made treatment so that it can be adapted to your needs and wishes – it can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or to complement other procedures like Botox, Fillers and treatments like Ulthera and Thermage which targets different areas of your skin!

Of course there were more diagrams about the threads and the conical components of it – it’s really much improved over the years since Silhouette Soft was developed based on Silhouette Lift, you can read about the safety and what to expect over here – but what you really want to see are the before and after images, right? AS DID I.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Collective gasps could be heard over the room when this slide finally appeared (haha). That difference is pretty amazing, isn’t it? Of course she had her brows done, as well as other procedures (botox and fillers I believe) but her face is so much more defined and younger looking now!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And another that drew nods of approval from all in the room! This picture stood out to me as it was exactly the areas I wanted to improve on – jowls, under-eye area and marionette lines!

The silhouette soft really has a wonderful effect for the jowls and I’m pacified to know that I have a solution for it when I’m more bothered by it in the future!

We (Juli, Meiting & I) were really quite concentrated on the flurry of before/after pictures that followed, and you know la, bloggers not shy one – we had Dr Chua at our table post-workshop and asked him a whole slew of questions as well as making him guess our ages hahaha.

The Bloggeratis with Dr Chua. You could argue that most of us probably don't need it now, but it's always great to know what are your options, right?

The Nuffnang Bloggeratis with Dr Chua. You could argue that most of us probably don’t need it now, but it’s always great to know what are your options, right? (I also picked out a location with better lighting and applied a filter on this photo hahaha)

I honestly hope I won’t need to see Dr Chua anytime soon hahaha but it was a really good chat we all had!

The doctors emphasised on the fact that prevention is always better than cure – apply sunblock religiously, keep yourself hydrated all the time by drinking loads of water, SLEEP A LOT and don’t smoke!

With Dr Chua and Dr Tan - they were very jovial and friendly and answered all our questions really well!

With Dr Chua and Dr Tan – they were very jovial, friendly and had so much information to share.

Dr Tan Ying Chien, who does plastic surgery at The Sloane Clinic, was there to tell us more about Silhouette Lift and the difference from Silhouette Soft.

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 5.25.01 am

 

For Silhouette Lift, the threads are non-absorbable unlike Silhouette Soft, but they are re-adjustable – which means that, should you need to go back to tighten your skin, you can! I do feel that this should be considered by women of higher ages or if nothing else helps – the thread’s exit points (above temple), for future adjustments, will be hidden in your hairline. It does offer a stronger lift than Silhouette Soft, and while it is still minimally invasive, it still needs to be done by a certified plastic surgeon.

And before I end this sharing session, I just want to rave about this product which I was given to try!

The Sloane Skin Superfood - Red Algae

The Sloane Skin Superfood – Red Algae

You can read up more about the Sloane Skin Superfood – Red Algae here, but in short, it contains Astaxanthin (an anti-oxidant) and ceramide to boost skin health, restore dermal elasticity, and its non-greasy texture wins points in my book!

I was told that Candice (makeupbox) loves it and I was running out of moisturizer, so I tried it out – I actually combined this with a Hyaluronic Acid serum thingy I got from Japan and apparently, my skin loves it! Even the usual period pimples didn’t bother pop up this time round!

My skin has never been better in the last 2-3 years and I’m super happy about it. I hope not to jinx that (as whenever I say my face is getting better, it gets worse again) but I’m really feeling the effect and it SHOWS. I’m super happy and more confident now and I’m sure people who meet me CAN TELL that my skin’s getting much better. I don’t know how else to express my joy except THANK YOU, Sloane Clinic, for passing this to me this to try!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OOTD: Love Bonito’s Illyne Scuba Open Back Dress

By | Fashion, OOTD, Shoes | No Comments

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It was love at first sight for this dress – not my usual choice of attire, but white and blue I can’t resist, and the peplum and open back details make this a sophisticated yet fun piece to wear!

Full outfit details:

Dress: Illyne Scuba Open Back Dress in Blue, size S
Bag: Hermes Lindy 26
Shoes: Nine West Nude Pumps
Accessories: Bracelet from Headline Seoul x Monday Edition, Earrings & Necklace from Chanel
Hair: by Gary Chew (Director) of Salon Vim

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Photography credits to Ron Lee of Eye-deas Photography!

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers: