Category Archives: Lifestyle & Health

Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipes: Easy to Follow and Yummy to Swallow

 

Valentine's Day Dinner Menu: Easy Recipes

 

Happy Valentine’s Day! Everything’s going very well over here in the hood. Mr. Ratatouille’s finally back after being stuck overseas for work for weeks, I’ve got new clothes to wear, I’ve got new makeup to try, the weather is perfect and I’m healthy! What a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, which falls on a Saturday this year.

 

I’m sharing with you some recipes I found online, which would make a very romantic dinner for tonight. If you haven’t found something you would like to make, try one of these!

 

1. Garlic Girl shares her easy recipe for some Smoky and Spicy Corn & Potato Chowder.

2. Sally at Sally’s Baking Addiction tells us just how easy it is to create Chocolate Covered Pretzels (you don’t even need to make the pretzels).

3. This isn’t a recipe but the Rosé Impérial from Moët & Chandon makes for a great lovey dovey “we” time.

4. The peeps at The Meat House Blog share this recipe for Baked Cod with Fennel and Shallots.

 
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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for the Clueless Boyfriend/Husband

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re one of those loving boyfriends, I’m sure you’re wrecking your brains out trying to find something for your special someone. A male reader recently requested for gift guides for you guys so today I’m featuring some of my picks from the Shopbop sales rack.

 

Shopbop is an online store that sells items from high end brands like Kate Spade, alice + olivia, Theory, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Prada and so on (you can see the entire list of designers here). I’ve personally bought stuff from them and received my items in pristine condition, packed in boxes with special care taken to ensure that my products don’t get damaged in the middle of shipping. They offer free express international shipping for purchases over $100 – a target that’s easy to hit when you shop there.

 

For today’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, I’ve picked out items that are priced below S$400 so that you don’t have to pay taxes or GST when the items are shipped into Singapore. Because their shipping service is so fast, items generally arrive within the week. That means if you buy something now, you’ll be all prepared for Valentine’s Day when it comes. Now isn’t that a big relief!

{You can also click on the products in the picture below.}

 

 

  1. Kate Spade New York Secret Garden Stud Earrings
  2. Rebecca Minkoff  Love Clutch
  3. Books with Style Diane von Furstenberg and the Tale of the Empress’s New Clothes
  4. C. Wonder Buffalo Check Mini Appetizer Plate Set
  5. YARNZ Solid Scarf
  6. Jonathan Adler All Occasion Card Set
  7. Kate Spade New York iPhone 5 / 5s Case & Charger Combo
  8. Rebecca Minkoff Paris Phone Bag
  9. Kate Spade New York Squared Away Hinged Bracelet
  10. House of Harlow 1960 Pyramid Station Necklace
  11. Kate Spade New York Evening Belles Feather Mini Bag

 
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Link Love: Palatable Holiday Recipes

As the holiday season draws near – neigh, it might already have begun for some of us – there’s one thing on everyone’s mind: What do we make for dinner? I scoured the web for some interesting, mouthwatering holiday recipes that are easy to follow. I also found some decor ideas, if you need some inspiration to make the place cosy. If you’re into sausage mini bites and roasted potatoes, read right ahead (hopefully not on an empty stomach).

 

Holiday Recipes

 

  1. The team at Daily Makeover created a slideshow of 50 gorgeous hairstyles you can do for the holidays.
  2. Angela at Joyously Domestic teaches us how to make this saliva-inducing Crispy Potato Roast dish.
  3. Tammilee at Tammilee Tips shares her recipe for making these yummy Crock Pot Spicy Barbecue Kielbasas.
  4. Skaiste on Pinterest shares her mood board featuring home deco ideas for Christmas.
  5. Steph at Modern Parents Messy Kids shows us how to keep the child inside all of us alive with these giant chocolate-dipped marshmallows.
  6. Carly at Ever Clever Mom teaches us the easy way to make glitter balloons.

 
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20 Instagram Accounts to Follow Right Now

 

Instagram Accounts to Follow

 

If there’s one thing I currently cannot keep my eyes – and fingers – away from, it’s my phone. To be exact, it’s Instagram that I access through my screen. Now that I’m getting some break from work, I have my life back! And yes, who wouldn’t spend some time sifting through artfully curated and envy-inducing pictures? The answer is nobody.

 

Here are my picks for the 20 Instagram accounts to follow right now, especially if you’re bored with your current timeline and want something different. They’re arranged in alphabetical order below. Enjoy!

(Follow me on Instagram HERE to get the latest news on style and beauty.)

 
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How to Pack for a Staycation – Beauty Edit

 

How to Pack for a Staycation

 

Hello beauties! As you’re reading this, I’m probably updating Instagram with my staycation pictures. That’s right, Mr. Ratatouille and I are making up for future lost time, as our work is going to separate us for a while in the coming months. Of course we’re dreading it but we refuse to sit around and mope, so we’re celebrating being together whenever we can. And what better way than some alone time, away from prying eyes?

 

As with all staycations, I always pack a bunch of things, such as skincare and makeup. Over time, the number of things I carry have reduced and today, I’m going to show you how you can pack for a staycation using a cooler bag.

 
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The Crabtree & Evelyn 2014 Holiday Collection (My Picks)

 

Crabtree & Evelyn 2014 Holiday Collection

 

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!

 



 

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

 

Staycation: Hotel Fort Canning Singapore

 

Hotel Fort Canning Review on Laced Ivory

 

Staycations were never a thing of mine until I discovered how convenient they are, and how pampered one can be in a luxurious home away from home. This time, I went with Hotel Fort Canning for my fourth mini-holiday and I have to say that it might have been my favourite staycation experience so far!

 

Mr. Ratatouille and I wanted something away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We both needed a quiet place where we could both recover from the intense month before and rejuvenate ourselves. Hotel Fort Canning was a great option because although it is right in the city centre (which means it’s fairly easy to get to by cab), it’s nestled in lush greenery on top of a hill that really nobody goes to.

 

Check in is at a good time of 1pm. And while I waited to be ushered to our room, I took some shots of the common grounds. Here are some I posted on Instagram, plus more of the hotel grounds:

 

 

 

 
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Link Love: Hosting the Perfect Cosy Get-Together

 


Tips to Host a Cosy Get-Together

 

For the past 5 years or so, ever since I’ve lived abroad and then came home to live with my parents again, I’ve been wishing for my own place. Just a nice, little abode that I can call a place of my own, where I can have moments of silence just to read, or a cosy point for friends to get together and enjoy one another’s company.

 

While it’s going to take me a while to get there, here’re some tips for those of you lucky ones who have reached that stage of life, where you can host small, intimate parties for your loved ones.

 

1. If you’ve bought a new pair of shoes to go with your outfit, Jillian from Coffee, Light and Sweet tells us how to break into them without any pain.

2. The people at Pinkous let us in on the code to hair colour! Bookmark this page and bring it to your stylist at your next dye appointment.

3. Keira at A Pretty Penny lets us in on 10 beauty cheats that every girl should know, perfect for that last minute fix!

4. This may be an older post, but the tip is still highly relevant. Sasha from So Sasha tells us how to turn your preloved, used up candle into a brush holder. What a great way to recycle and decorate your dresser or powder room!

5. Finally, Nicole at Vanilla Extract teaches us how to keep our wines chilled but not diluted.

 

OOTD: The Pouffy

 


OOTD: The Pouffy Chicwish A-Line Midi Skirt

 

We’re still in Australia this time, but now we’ve moved on to Darwin! I didn’t get any outfit shots taken in Cairns because the weather didn’t allow for it (or rather, I didn’t pack for the unexpected weather).

 

We stayed in Mary River Wilderness Retreat, where our doorstep opened right up to green lands, grazing wallabies, partying parrots and the bright blue sky every day. Hooray to no flies! This was no place for heels, and so take them off it was!

 


OOTD: The Pouffy ASOS Bardot Crop Top

 

OOTD: The Pouffy Mimco Rebellious Wrist

 


OOTD: The Pouffy Mimco Rebellious Wrist

 

OOTD: The Pouffy Chicwish A-Line Midi Skirt

1. ASOS Bardot Crop Top | 2. Chicwish Green A-Line Midi Skirt | 3. Mimco Rebellious Wrist Bracelet | 4. Nine West Flax Suede Pumps

 

I love the Mimco Rebellious Wrist! In fact, I saw it at the airport’s while shopping around and just knew I had to get it the moment I saw it. It’s such a statement piece! You know how when you go shopping and your eyes land on something unexpected, and your heart just skips a beat? That’s exactly what happened. And it wasn’t even duty free!

 
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