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5 Comfy Footwear for the Girl with the Pointed Toe

 

Comfy Footwear

 

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.

 

{All items recommended are from Shopbop, ASOS, Nordstrom and Zalora.}

 

Flip-Flops

 



 

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

 


 

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.

 

Peep-Toe Pumps

 


 

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.

 

Flat Boots

 


 

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.

 

Pointed Flats

 


 

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.

 

Stay classy,

Roxanne

 

Image credit: I Hate Blonde

Top 5 Wardrobe Staples – For the Girl Who Lives on the Equator

 

Top 5 Wardrobe Staples

 

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

 


 

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

 



 

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

 



 

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).

 

Summer Dresses

 


 

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.

 

Leather Jacket

 



 

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.

 

Stay glamourous,

Roxanne

 

Image credit: Mediberian

The Ultimate Kylie Jenner Beauty & Style Guide

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.

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.

 

NAILS: The Metallic Glitter Glam

 

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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




 

Recommended Products for Base colour:

  1. NARS ‘Iconic Color’ Nail Polish in Milos
  2. Julep Beauty Nail Colour & Treatment Trio

 

Recommended Products for Glitter Layer:

  1. JINsoon Nail Lacquer Trio
  2. Julep Beauty Glitter Nail Colour in Jane
  3. Nails Inc. London Nail Polish in Snow Flake (Limited Edition)
  4. any other fine glitter from your local art stores

 

Bonus:

  1. Elegant Touch Glitter Gold Press-On Nails
  2. Minx Metallic Designs

 

STYLE: Of Booties & More

 
Kylie Booties
 

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:

 


 

Stay gorgeous,

Roxanne

 

Image credits: Celeb Mafia

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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