It’s the time of the year when the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is on again! To save you some precious time – lord forbid anyone else getting to the items before you! – I’ve selected some beauty exclusives from the sale event which you’ll be happy to bag.
If you’ll like to see more, head on over to the Nordstrom sale site. After all, there’s nothing wrong with snooping around a little bit just to see what’s up for grabs, is there. Just remember: The sale ends 3rd August 2015.
Apparently, according to Chinese feng shui masters or fortune tellers, if you’ve got tiny toes, you’re said to be responsible and make a good spouse. If you’ve got relatively long toes, you’re famous and influential. I wouldn’t say mine are long; They’re of a good enough length, I suppose. But my longest toe has got to be the first big toe, the one that everybody gets stubbed in the door. And that’s where my shoe woes come in.
By now, you should have tried on enough shoes to know that what fits one person does not necessarily fit another as snugly. The shapes of our feet are as varied as the number of Vogue issues and even our own feet aren’t exact mirror images of each other. For someone like me who has a pointed first toe (followed by the rest of the toes in a gradual slope outwards), here are 5 comfy footwear types, which are also stylish and functional, that can take you through your day.
Flip-flops are my staple. I own 3 pairs of them, on top of a couple other variations with wedges and heels. They are superb footwear for ventilation, quick trips to the grocery store and lounging days by the beach. They are the easiest thing to slip on and off, and come in all sorts of design to match whatever bikini you’re wearing for the day. As you can tell, I’m really a beach kind of girl.
Open-toe sandals allow your first toe just enough space to peek comfortably out. Each time I put on a pair of these, I can almost imagine my toe heaving a sigh of relief. Space! I have space! The effect is kind of like taking off your belt after a full buffet dinner, now that I think about it. It helps if these sandals are flat as well, but a little heel won’t hurt either.
Sometimes, we all have to wear some high heels to boost our confidence. Be it at work or at the clubs, regardless what naysayers feel about heels, these shoes can make you the star of the night (or day). Platforms provide some support for the balls of your feet and give you some added height, so I say go for these first. In any case, peep-toes also allow your first toe to peek out and get that extra space it needs to feel comfortable. Do take note of possible chafing near the nail bed (of your first toe), though it can easily be solved with some candle wax.
If you’re more outdoorsy and love a good hike, you’d probably want to thank the inventor of flat boots. They can be tall, mid-calf or just short booties. There’s one for every significant occasion you can think of, such as travelling solo in a new city, or experiencing winter for the first time.
We all have those days where we really want to look like we made an effort to look good but just didn’t have the energy to do so. That’s where pointed flats come in. They’re comfy, sleek, stylish and they cover up any chipped polish on your toes. ‘Nuff said.
Woe are the days when we look into our closet full of clothes, only to fall back into despair, realising quite incredulously that we haven’t got anything to wear. The problem is actually not knowing how to match what we’ve already got, such that our outfits can look as new as if they were just bought.
Here are my top 5 wardrobe staples, which every girl living near the equator must have. Click on each tab below to reveal my tips and see what pieces I’ve specially selected for you.
Pencil skirts are a must, especially if you are a working adult. They not only emphasise your figure (yes, even you, the one who thinks you don’t have a good figure) but are also versatile. They can be worn for work or dinner dates with friends, and go very well with a loose fitting button-down top or peplum top. Even when taking a trip to a nearby country, they’re casual and surprisingly easygoing when matched with a basic tank top.
Basic tops are for days when the sun gets on everybody’s nerves and the humidity threatens to suffocate. In Singapore, that’s kind of like, every day. Basic tops can be tees or tanks, and they’re the most comfy when loose fitting. A centralised bold print or two adds an edge to your outfit, but plain ones also go very well with a good pair of denim shorts. In general, basic tops are great for days by the beach, weekend markets or the grocery store.
Denim shorts are the best shorts there can be. The texture is stylish and distinct, and they go well with flip flops, flats, heels and even booties. You can wear them to almost everywhere, except maybe for a job interview. I’d bet that you can even wear them to meet your boyfriend’s parents for the first time and they wouldn’t even bat an eyelid (of course, on a sunny day – and no butt cheeks).
What’s summer without a summer dress? Make that plural.
Summer dresses are so convenient. You literally don’t even need to consider what to wear them with, other than which bag to carry and which footwear to slip your feet into. I love a good fun, flowy mini dress, or a simple basic maxi dress. Summer’s all about moving around, so stock up on nothing too tight. And when it gets cold in the bus on your way home, just drape a scarf over your shoulders or put jacket on and you’re good to go.
Even in the summer heat, temperatures can dip. In Singapore, this is especially so when you’re indoors, where air conditioning seems to be free of charge and extremely efficient in teleporting the air from Antarctica. Other times, it can be the sudden downpour coupled with tree-uprooting winds. Whatever the case, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
A leather jacket is an investment piece that every girl should own and wear. If you only have one, make it black. Two, a black and burgundy/berry. Anything more than that, and you probably already own a walk-in wardrobe like the one at the very start of this blog entry.
She’s got 23 million followers (and counting) on Instagram, is a major part of reality TV in the United States and has not even hit the big 2-0. You’ve probably seen her rocking turquiose ombre locks and crazy-length pointed talons, and most of all, you know her by the name of Kylie.
Most recently, the secret of her plump lips was made known – lip plumping fillers, no surprises there. Yet, millions of us out there are still coveting her beauty looks that know no boundaries of inspiration. And that is why I’ve compiled this Ultimate Kylie Jenner Beauty & Style Guide, so that you can get all the best tutorials, tips, tricks and product recommendations on one page. Bookmark this page (for I’ll be adding stuff time and again), enjoy the tutorials and don’t forget to share!
Click on the tabs below to reveal sections of the guide.
MAKEUP: Lips, Transformation & Contouring
Kylie Jenner Inspired Makeup Look by Kaushal Beauty
Kylie Jenner Makeup Transformation Look by Kandee Johnson
Get Bigger Kylie Jenner Lips by Nyc Dragun
Kylie’s makeup artist also recommends just using lip balm and a lip liner close to your natural lip colour. A common favourite is the NARS Velvet Lip Liner, which you can get off Nordstrom here.
HAIR: DIY Ombre
Black & Teal Ombre Hair Tutorial| Kylie Jenner Inspired by Beautybyjj
DIY Kylie Jenner Inspired Dark Root to Teal Ombre by The Faux Theory
If you colour your hair often, you’ll want to make sure you have some conditioner to sooth your tresses. You can get the Caviar Repair RX – Instant Recovery Conditioner off Nordstrom here. Check out my guide on How to Get Healthy Hair the Easy Way, where I share my own secrets to healthy hair.
If you’re inspired by Kylie’s metallic glitter manicure that she’s got on fleek, these are some products that can help you achieve something very similar. To get the same effect, I recommend a light gold or champagne base, followed by gold glitter on top. The following tutorial by Tootsie Time is spot on too.
Nail Tutorial | Kylie Jenner Gold Glitter Manicure by Tootsie Time
Kylie’s style is one that the media watches closely. And that’s why we know when she repeats her choice of clothing – just like the rest of us normal folks. If you’re a fan of laced up booties and distressed denim, here are some options:
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.