The Crabtree & Evelyn 2014 Holiday Collection (My Picks)

 

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The holiday season is the perfect time to travel, especially since nobody’s really going to be at work anymore. But if you, like me, are going to be spending December at home, there’s no better time and place to indulge in the festive mood. This year, the Crabtree and Evelyn 2014 Holiday Collection is heavily inspired by the wanderlust bug that lives in us all. Take note, for you too, can travel to London right in your own home.

 
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Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Aren’t you excited that it’s already November? I know I’ve been going on about how Christmas is coming but you see, Christmas is my favourite time of the year! My family doesn’t really celebrate it but it’s nice to not hear depressing stories on the news for once. And carols! Carols everywhere. Choirs of angels. People dressed as Santa, snowmen or elves, giving presents to little kids. Malls decked with decorations. And shops turn festive with deals.

 

If you’re in the midst of getting stockings filled, here are my current picks for gifting this season, mainly sourced out from the gifting sections of Nordstrom and Shopbop. And we’re only getting started!

 


 Holiday Gift Guide 2014

 

Clockwise from top left:

  1. Diptyque Feu de Bois Candle & Holder
  2. Burberry “Gold” Complete Eye Palette (Limited Edition)
  3. C. Wonder Ikat Polka Dot Tea for One – Gold/Silver/White
  4. Perpetual Shade Velvet Eye Mask
  5. Kate Spade Bella Bookshelf 17 Month Agenda
  6. S’Well Sparkling Champagne Water Bottle
  7. Gift Boutique Wishbone Ring Holder
  8. Books with Style Art & Sole by Jane Gershon Weitzman
  9. NB Handbags Tassel Key Ring
  10. Trish McEvoy Power of Makeup Planner Collection Timeless Beauty (Limited Edition)
  11. Rifle Paper Co Garance Doré Collection Friends Social Stationery
  12. C. Wonder Bling Trinket Tray
  13. C. Wonder Chevron Decanter
  14. Kate Spade “Secret Garden” Mixed Stone Stud Earrings

 

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Review & Tutorial: The Laneige Sparkling Party 2014 Holiday Collection

 

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Now take me away.

 

Hello mid-November! The more each day passes by, the more it’s time to sparkle. The year-end season is always my favourite time of the year because things start mellowing and everything just becomes more relaxed. This is how the entire year should be like!

 

I got my hands on this collection a day after my company’s disco themed dinner and dance (what a waste, I know) and immediately fell in love. It’s seriously got everything you need in it to sparkle and yet it’s not over the top. Before I dive into the review and let you in on how best to use this, might I just add this little message: Get it while you can!

 

The Laneige Sparkling Party 2014 Holiday Collection is a cute little box of 2 Water Drop lip tints, 2 glitter nail lacquers and a glitter eyeshadow duo.

 

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The Laneige Sparkling Party box. It closes gently with a magnetic clasp.

 

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When opened, it reveals the goodies inside, plus a tutorial on how you can achieve a day and night look. I love the rose gold foil!

 

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The Glam Sparkling Look, which is what I call the night look. Get the collection to discover the other look you can create.

 

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A closer look at the nail lacquers and eyeshadow duo. So festive!

 
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Fashion Blogging Tips 101

Are you new to blogging, a part-time blogger like me, or a full-time blogger? Do you feel like you could do with some advice on taking your blog to the next level? Well, why don’t you grab yourself some donuts, a cup of spiced latte, and then sit back and read the infographic below!

 

Lovely Bryn from Fashion Union put together this piece full of advice from several fashion bloggers out there – yours truly included – and I’m very excited to share these fashion blogging tips with you today!

 


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OOTD: Casual Kurve

 


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Top: Kur-ve

Denim Shorts: Lee Cooper (similar HERE)

Mini Mac Crossbody Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Heels: New Look

Bracelet: Mimco

Pearl Drop Earrings: A souvenir from Port Douglas

 
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Giveaway: Chic Maku Store Singapore Backpack (and More)

 

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Hello! I’m giving away a chic backpack from Maku Store Singapore today! According to a survey which I carried out previously, you guys chose either to win a handbag, clutch or a backpack. I trotted down to the store at Bugis Junction and selected this chic piece for today’s giveaway!

 

Not only that, but with this backpack,  I’m also giving away products from beloved brands like Crabtree & Evelyn and Nails Inc.!

 

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Chamomile Scrub Recipe with Rose, Himalayan Pink Salt and more!

 

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Himalayan salt has been one of my current favourite ingredients, especially for making scrubs. Not only does it have all 84 natural minerals found in Mother Earth (it’s got a long history of being around for 250 million years), it’s also got a lovely pink colour. When I made this scrub and used it on my legs, I found it promoted healing of the wounds at the back of my heels.

 

Today’s scrub is best used when you need to relax, as it features rose and chamomile. Here are some of the things you’ll need:

 

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  1. measuring cups
  2. jar to keep your scrub in
  3. 1 cup Himalayan pink salt
  4. 1 tbsp crushed rose petals
  5. 7 tbsp organic coconut oil (Get yours on Amazon with international shipping HERE.)
  6. 1 tbsp 100% natural argan oil (Get yours on Amazon HERE.)
  7. 7 drops 100% pure chamomile oil (essential oil)
  8. 1 tablespoon honey (secret ingredient)

 
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The Urban Decay 2014 Holiday Collection – LOADS of Palettes!

 

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I can’t wait to share this piece of news with you all, especially if you’re a die-hard Urban Decay fan, like I am! The Urban Decay 2014 Holiday Collection is bound to make you go crazy and set hearts a flutter. If you’re looking for gifts for beauty addicts, you’d really do well at Sephora this time.

 

First up, there’s the Shadow Box, which has got a total of 12 beautiful shades – 9 best selling ones and 3 brand new ones! It needs no new introduction from me, as beauty vlogger Nicole Guerriero already did a great job of that in her video review of the palette. But hey, the violet floral design on the cover is just gorgeous!

 

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I love palettes!

 

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The Urban Decay Shadow Box, S$52.

 



 
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OOTD: Wanderlust

 


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Dress: bYSI

Bag: Maku Store Singapore

White Sandals: Steve Madden

Photographer: Mr. Ratatouille

 

I miss Europe. A lot. If you do follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you’ve probably read about my wishes to return to France. So imagine my heart skipping a beat when I found this little nook by surprise when searching for a location for today’s outfit shoot! The weather was rainy to begin with, so I was all dressed up and all made up with just about nowhere to go (Do you ever get that?). Mr. Ratatouille and I decided to head out anyway for brunch, since we rarely get any alone time together.

 
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Workplace Essentials Vol. 002

Previously, in the first installment of this new series on the blog, I picked out some pieces from The Style Store and put them together, showcasing them as a potential part of your perfect office outfit. Today, I’m going to be sharing about my current obsession: skirts!

 

 Workplace Essentials Vol. 002

 

I love skirts. They’re feminine; come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and prints; and the men don’t get it. That makes it feel like they’re exclusive! Some women out there aren’t the skirt type of girl and that’s perfectly OK. Not everyone’s a shorts type of person, or a tank top kind of person either. But me? I cannot survive without them.

 

Of course it’s definitely more convenient to be in pants because you can take bigger strides or run after the bus, but skirts add this certain ladylike feel to your entire look. Pair them with heels, no matter how high (or not), and nobody would ask you to help lift that box.

 

Today I’m going to show you some common styles that suit the workplace. Most of them are from Zalora, where you can actually get many things at an affordable price (and reliable shipping). Do check out their online fashion magazine in Singapore too, where you can get some ideas about what to match your skirts with.

 

The Classic Pencil Skirt

 


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Pencil skirts are a great way to add formality to your look. They go well with blazers and any tops you might have for the office, even frilly ones. Pencil skirts tell others you mean business. They show others that you’re confident enough to be wearing them despite knowing how challenging they can be, especially since they do restrict some form of motion. For those of you who work hard to remain in shape, pencil skirts also let others know (and remind yourself) that you’ve got your life in order – even if you really are in fact having a little break down. The best time to wear them are when you have to make a presentation to a group of people, though really, I wear them almost every day.

 
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