Category Archives: Lifestyle & Health

Travel Diary: Shanghai Travel Tips

 

Shanghai Travel Tips

 

Shanghai. The land of the customised cheongsams and pork dumplings. I never thought I’d ever give this city a visit but I’m glad I did. It was a good 3 days spent, seeing Shanghai Old City, the Bund and Nanjing Road. I even managed to squeeze in some shopping on Day 1!

 


 
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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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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