Category Archives: Lifestyle & Health

Eat, Pray, Love – Singapore

 

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Do all that she did, but only in Singapore.

 

Maybe this is a little late for a post titled as such, but I got inspired while prancing around imaginary magazine recommendations. I’ve read the book but not watched the movie, so personally, I don’t know if there’s a disconnect between the two. What I do know is that Elizabeth Gilbert found herself while eating, praying and loving along the way in her travels. I don’t suppose we all need to do whatever she did in order to restore some sense of balance in our lives, but there’ll always come a time when we need to just get away for a little while.

 

Here are some of my recommendations on where you should pamper yourself, while keeping your tummy, soul and heart sane.

 

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Lovely poached eggs brunch at Artisan Boulangerie Co.

1. Artisan Boulangerie Co.

I was introduced this gem of a place by a friend who frequents it. There are a few outlets, and they make awesome quiches, pies and tarts. Visit the outlet at Kiliney Road for brunch on a weekend before hitting the stores afterwards.

 

2. TWG Tea

One of my favourites is TWG Tea, a place that’s perfect for afternoon teas (they have an endless array of teas to choose from) and chats with girlfriends. Their tea salons serve food apart from sandwiches, macarons and the like, and you can get mean main dishes for dinner. End that dinner with one of their desserts in the display counters and tell yourself it’s all worth the price.

 
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Link Love: Sydney Dreaming

 

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Weekends are becoming a rest-and-recuperate kind of thing for us around here. Saturdays are for exercising and shopping (for me), while Sunday mornings are for lazing in bed. In between all that, we make plans and I blog.

 

Mr. Ratatouille and I are planning our trip this coming June, and word has it that we’re headed to Australia! Sydney’s the first city on our itinerary, so that’s why in today’s Link Love entry, it’s all about Australia and what she has to offer.

 

1. Erica from Lifestyle Tea shares her list -and videos – of lazy Sunday songs.

2. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia takes us behind and in front of the scenes of the MBFW 2014.

3. The people at Concrete Playground tell us where to find the 10 best vintage stores in Sydney.

4. Vanessa from Flip and Style shows us how to pack for the long weekend.

5. The guides from The Urban List recommends Sydney’s 9 best new cafés for the year.

 
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Link Love – Colour Your Soul

 

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New found health drink – strawberry-infused water. Follow me on Instagram!

 

It’s not always that easy to keep to a strict diet all the time. My weak point is always a good classic fondant au chocolate with a single – read, generous – scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. But come to think of it, it’s also not always that easy to eat junk all the time. Every once in a while, I like to detox, be it doing a simple drink-as-much-water-as-I-can-in-the-day or enjoying a cup of detox tea (I’m currently loving the BB Detox Tea by Kusmi Tea, available at Harrods). The most recent discovery from my sister is fruit infused water left to cool in the fridge. It’s easy to prepare and oh-so-refreshing!

 

How often do you detox? How often do you feed your soul? Here are five new links to share today on things that affect my mood – and will probably affect yours too.

 

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Link Love – Pretzels, Nudes and Turquoise Glamour

I’ve been a bit on the baking and cooking streak lately, making pasta which everyone seems to love. Hint: It’s all about the sauce! Baking last weekend proved to be a semi-success as well, when the boyfriend and I made some fondant moelleux for the family. The chocolate lava cakes tasted the way they should, but were a bit flat in the middle. Like this already half-eaten one:

 

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Picture from my Instagram account (@lacedivory).

 

But if going near an oven isn’t your kind of thing, maybe you’d want to give no-bake recipes a try. I started with cheesecakes, after all. This month, you’ll learn how easy it is to make something that tastes so good (and involve your child at the same time)!

 

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Travel Tips – Going Solo

 

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Travelling alone? Fret not! The world is beautiful.

 

Some people may say that travelling to a foreign land is a form of escapism and well, why not. If only to leave our present state to refresh our minds and gain new perspectives, I’d say this sort of escapism is good. Yet sometimes, finding a suitable travel partner – much less more than one – can be a pain in the neck. So to that I say, why not travel alone?

 

I’m no stranger to going solo, having visited the States, Europe, Asia and Australia, and having lived abroad in different countries for a total of 2 years so far. It may seem daunting at first, to be alone so far away from home but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger (unless you constantly rely on antibiotics).

 

As this post is being published, right now, I am possibly having the time of my life in Milan – you guessed it – all on my own! Here are some tips that may help you on your solo journey.

 

1) Pack just what you need.

 

Don’t over pack. I’ve done that before, the first time when I went overseas alone for a 6-month exchange program in Canada. Imagine a tiny, scrawny 21-year-old with two huge luggages, both about over the 23kg limit each on planes, and another hand carry 3kg baggage. It was terrible physically, but somehow it didn’t register mentally. At that time, I’d just wanted to leave my country as much and as fast as I could, and nothing else mattered. But if you’d ask me now, I’d say just stick to one check-in and one hand carry. Also, leave room for shopping!

 

2) Have cash on hand.

 

This is the second most important thing to remember. If you don’t have cash, at least have a credit card or ATM card that works overseas. You really don’t want to be caught in a stressful situation of having no money to pay for something. If you have a credit card, make sure that it is activated for overseas use, and that the spending limit is increased to a comfortable amount.

 

3) Do some research first.

 

I don’t really know anyone who goes to a place without finding out what it’s like there beforehand. This is crucial as it can make or break your trip. Knowing things like weather, language barriers, cultural traditions, technological advancements, transport systems and political situations can help to shape the way you plan your trip. If a dictionary is needed, bring one along. Also, if you’re planning to travel by public transport, you might need coins to pay for tickets or passes. If it’s the summer, you won’t be needing as much clothes as if it were winter.

 
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Link Love – Glitter, Persimmons and Pearls

 

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I’ve always wanted to reuse old stuff that I own and remake them into something new. Busy as I am, I’ve never had the time nor energy for that. But of course, that doesn’t mean I can’t share good things with all of you! This is the very first instalment of the blog’s Link Love series, which is a compilation of awesome tutorials, tricks and life hacks I come across on the internet.

 

1. Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess teach us how to turn our old shoes into glittery footwear.

2. Rebecca from Simple as That tells us how to transform our travel notebook into something that can hold more.

3. Irina from Irina’s Cute Box teaches us how to make a very handy brush organiser, using a sushi mat.

4. Maegan from Love Maegan shows us how to create embellished collars on an old blouse.

5. Lindsay and Taylor from Love and Olive Oil give us a recipe to make sautéed green beans with persimmons. Say yum!

 

 

FRESH FROM THE STYLE STORE

 


 
 

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Treat Hair Loss with Origin Luxe

 

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Origin Luxe salon’s very classy interior.

 

Suffering from hair loss is like suffering from acne. It’s the first thing that people notice about you, and it kills any person’s self confidence without sympathy. You can hide it with concealor and wigs, but it wouldn’t work towards solving the problem. Too many people visit hair specialists for hair fall problems but more often than not, they are presented with the sad truth that nothing will get them their hair back. Here’s why and what you can do about it.

 
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My Top Picks from Crabtree & Evelyn’s Holiday 2013 Secret Garden Collection

 

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Deluxe Hand Therapy Sampler 1, S$78.

 

Hey, can you hear that? That silvery, melodic ringing of sleigh bells in the far distance? It seems to be getting closer! Just 3 more weeks and it’ll be Christmas. Have you completed – or even started – your Christmas shopping yet? I definitely have!

 

Every end of the year, I’ve been told by family members that I turn into a Crabtree & Evelyn ambassador. And why not? I really love their holiday collections, one after the other, and this is especially so since their beautiful packaging is like hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day – I can’t resist it! Here are my top three picks from their recent Holiday 2013 Secret Garden Collection!

 
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W Hotel Sentosa Cove

Staycation: W Hotel Sentosa Cove

Who, what, when, where, why, W. The first five are the words of inquiry we learnt in primary school. They help us find answers and make us think through sequences of events. W, on the other hand, may just be a letter but it sums up everything from the who to the why.

 

Who: Mr. Ratatouille and I

What: A staycation at W Hotel Sentosa Cove

When: Over the long Hari Raya Aidilfitri – National Day weekend

Where: Sentosa Cove, Singapore

Why: We both needed a break from work and some time alone

W: Wonderful

 

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A red carpet and a long flight of steps await your arrival once you enter the main doors.

 

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Arab Street OOTD

OOTD: Sunday Brunch and Haji Lane

I love weekends! Just yesterday, I finally got some time away from work and blogging (confession of a beauty blogger *ahem*) and spent time with some friends, whom I haven’t seen in at least a month. We had dim sum at our favourite Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant at Turf City, after which we each went our own ways; Me and the boy to Haji Lane and Arab Street to do some sight seeing. I’m still so glad that I had my pair of shades, because the sun was simply too unforgiving!

 

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Just the first few dishes we had. I can never grow tired of dim sum!

 

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Well said.

 

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