Category Archives: Fashion

Shopback Review: I Tried It so You’ll Know How To

If you’re reading this post, chances are you’ve shopped online before. What if I told you, you could earn some of that money back when you spend it on a new dress?

 

Mais oui, bien sûr.

Mais oui, bien sûr.

 

If you frequent online fashion stores like ASOS, Zalora, Lazada and Shopbop; buy travel tickets or booked accommodation on Rail Europe, Expedia and Agoda; or even grab a coupon or two from Groupon, getting some of that money back will save you some serious cash over time and lessen your spending.

 

I was invited to give Shopback a try some weeks ago, and to summarise, I did get a percentage of my money spent back while shopping online. Shopback is a cashback site that pays you to shop with their partnered merchants – more than 500 of them. I used it to get something new for myself on Zalora and here’s a short tutorial (using Safari, with screenshots) for you, so you can see how it looks like before signing up.

 

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – 2015 Nordstrom Edition

It’s almost here – the day we all celebrate and commemorate our mothers’ love for us. If you’re still looking out for Mother’s Day gift ideas, how about these? Here are some items I’ve picked out while looking through Nordstrom’s e-store, that your mother will love. Enjoy shopping, and Happy Mother’s Day to all mums out there this Sunday!

 


 

  1. Linum Home Textiles ‘Amalfi’ Turkish Pestemal Towel
  2. Par Avion ‘Coconut Chocolate Truffle’ Black Tea 
  3. Kate Spade New York ‘Walk on Air’ Gift Set (Limited Edition)
  4. Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Bag
  5. Tory Burch ‘York’ Passport Wallet
  6. Fringe Studio ‘Sunburst’ Candle
  7. Mikeylin’s ‘Mom’ Heart Watercolour Magnet Board
  8. Walton Wood Farm ‘Dear Mom – Recovery Bath’ Bath Salts
  9. Nordstrom at Home ‘Berry Much’ Apron

 

I love you Mummy,

Roxanne

The Top 10 Best Dressed at the Met Gala 2015

Here’s the question of the day:

 

What would you wear if you were invited to a party themed, “China: Through the Looking Glass?”

 

It seems, sadly, that quite a number of celebrities aren’t sure what the Chinese culture is like. I think, if I see one more phoenix, dragon or flamboyant headgear, I’m going to need to re-watch entire seasons of The Big Bang Theory to make me feel better again. Apart from those who opted for outfits that spoke nothing about the theme, those who tried too hard just bordered on the offensive.

 

But there were also the ones who shone bright like diamonds and stole the limelight for me. Here they are, my top 10 best dressed celebrities at the Met Gala 2015. After looking at the pictures, tell me your favourite!

 


Top 10 Best Dressed at the Met Gala 2015

Top 10 Best Dressed at the Met Gala 2015
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Carey Mulligan in Balenciaga


 
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How to Love Your Body without Shaming Others for Theirs

 

Lane Bryant Ad Campaign

 

As far as lingerie or beauty ad campaigns go, I’m all for promoting self-love. In 2013, Abercrombie & Fitch incurred the wrath of self-made activists by proclaiming their clothes were made for “good-looking people.” Tables were flipped, keyboard warriors went mental and bloggers such as Jes from The Militant Baker embarked on personal missions to make their voices heard.

 

More recently, Lane Bryant introduced their “I’m No Angel” campaign for their lingerie line. As a plus-size retailer, it’s no wonder they don’t subscribe to the stick-thin-with-enviable-cleavage notion that the Victoria’s Secret angels fit. Again, I’m all for supporting anyone who promotes self-love and self-confidence. But what I cannot see eye to eye with are hypocrites.

 
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Link Love: All Things French

 


 

Everybody knows @ParisinFourMonths (If you don’t, you should definitely check her out on Instagram here). To cut it short, photographer Carin Olsson moved to Paris, intending to only stay there for four months. However, she fell in love with the city and everything else was history (i.e. She’s still there!).

 

I can totally understand her love for Paris. Though I feel that there are many other French cities that are totally understated and open us up to more worlds than Paris, there is this je ne sais quoi about France and the French way of life that is hard to replicate anywhere else. I definitely would love to move to France one day in the future, seeing just how much I miss the place, the culture, the food and the people. It’s not that Singapore is bad. On the contrary, I feel quite balanced where I am at this point in my life.

 

But France is always tempting.

 

Today, I’m featuring not 5 but 6 French bloggers to introduce to all of you a little more about France. It’s not just about macarons, sex, fashion and good food. It’s all of that with a twist.

 


French Bloggers - Laced Ivory's Picks

 

1. Valentine from Hello It’s Valentine exhibits Parisian chic in what I call a vélo à la crème and a pair of vintage jeans.

2. Fiona from Paris Hues shares with us her Breakfast Cranberry and Sesame Flapjacks recipe. And we know how well the French eat!

3. Eleonor at Le Blog de la Méchante gives us an idea on how to welcome spring with hues of lavender.

4. Louise at Pandora show us how colour blocking can be done in Paris.

5. Swedish lifestyle editor and photographer Solli at Solli Kanani gives us a glimpse of what we love best – macarons!

6. Typhaine at Cuillère à Absinthe shows us a great way to wear pinstripes.

 
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OOTD: Reminiscing Shanghai

 

OOTD: Reminiscing Shanghai with a  Floral Midi Skirt

 


OOTD: Reminiscing Shanghai with a  Floral Midi Skirt

 

OOTD: Reminiscing Shanghai with a  Floral Midi Skirt

 

OOTD: Reminiscing Shanghai with a  Floral Midi Skirt

 

Blouse: Style of Leda

Marchelle Midi Skirt: Style of Leda

Leather Jacket: Vero Moda

Photographer: Mr. Ratatouille


 
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Review, Tutorial & Giveaway: INNI Nails Nail Wraps

 

INNI Nails Review

 

If you’re a manicure addict, you must be no stranger to nail wraps. These are stickers that go nicely on our nails and don’t involve harmful chemicals or dry time. So what makes INNI Nails so special?

 

For one, you can decide what design your nails will have. It can be anything: a picture of you and your loved ones, your pet feline, a painting that you saw online or even something you draw on your own! All you need to do is to take a shot of what it is you like, upload it onto INNI using their app or via their website, and voila. Consider it delivered. Not convinced? Check out this video below:

 




 

I gave some INNI Nails nail wraps a try and found them to be very easy to apply on clean nails. Each sheet of nail wraps contains 30 individual wraps in various widths and a small ruler printed on the top right. Here are the steps to applying these wraps:

  1. Clean your nails with nail polish remover.
  2. Measure your nail width using the ruler provided and then select the wrap of the same dimension.
  3. Peel the wrap gently off the sheet and apply it to your nail.
  4. Stretch and fold the excess over your nail and then file it off in a downwards motion.

 

I created a short video on how to do this:

 



 
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Stylish Activewear for the Lunch Workout

 

Stylish Activewear on Laced Ivory

 

It wasn’t only till recently that I picked up running. Well, make that jogging. I’ve always been more of a sprinter than a long-distance runner but sitting way too much in the office means there’s work to do in the house of cardio.

 

It’s isn’t always easy to pick myself up and get moving, and I’m pretty sure many of you face the same obstacle. That’s why having some form of motivation helps. It can be in the form of having a workout buddy, a paid gym membership, great weather to head outdoors or stylish activewear to boost your confidence when you step outside. The latest launch of the Nike Flyknit Lunar 3 got my heart racing and inspired me to share with you some cool sportswear and accessories I found online. All these items I’ve picked below are from stores that ship globally, so happy shopping!

 



 
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Guest Post: Skirts for Every Occasion

 

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{A while back, in the second instalment of my Workplace Essentials blog series, I wrote about the different types of skirts that you can wear to work. Just to recap, these were the pencil skirt, flare skirt and the skirt with prints for the bolder ones in us – or just those who were bored of plain colour themes. Today, a certain Miss Skirt Maven from Zalora brings us her interpretation of how a girl can wear skirts, so read on to find out!}

 

Skirts are undoubtedly one of the most versatile pieces in a girl’s wardrobe. Available in so many cuts and designs, skirts are now one of the few wardrobe staples, along with the little black dress and blue jeans.

 

Having been around since the 19th century, skirts first originated as dresses, which over time came with lower and lower waistlines until they became separates. Since then, skirts have evolved into everyday wear with variations in hemlines through the decades. Although pants have been introduced to women’s fashion in the early 20th century, skirts still remain a go-to option that can be dressed up for the office and down for a weekend jaunt around town.

 

Here are some skirts for a few common occasions:

 


Zalora Skirts

 
1. Lunch with the Girls

For daytime, nothing beats a feminine cut-out pencil skirt in a spring-ready hue like lavender. This lace skirt from Twisted Sisters is perfect for lunch with your girlfriends. Be prepared to turn heads with a pair of white pumps, a structured white bag and gold accessories like stacked rings.

 
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The Oscars 2015 Red Carpet: Laced Ivory’s Top Picks

 


The Oscars 2015 Best Dressed

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Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab



 

It’s already Wednesday but I’m still reeling from the awesomeness that is The Oscars this year. The turn-out was fantastic, as were the clothing and performances. These are my top picks from those who walked down the glorious Oscars 2015 red carpet. It’s no surprise that Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad made the list of designers featured here – they’re my all-time favourite designers.

 

And in case you missed it, here are the great performances by Neil Patrick Harris, Lady Gaga (great rendition of The Sound of Music), Common and John Legend.

 
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