Category Archives: Lifestyle & Health

The Ultimate Skincare Routine (Night) for Oily and Sensitive Skin

 

The Ultimate Skincare Routine (Night) for Oily and Sensitive Skin

 

We’ve all gotten advice for our skin woes, read articles online for tips to deal with skin sensitivity and even tried to come up with routines on our own that would solve our skin problems. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t and sometimes they just make things worse. Based on seasonal and hormonal changes, it can be quite the challenge to find something that works all year round.

 

If you’ve got oily and sensitive skin, you’re in luck. Today, I’m sharing with you my ultimate skincare routine for oily and sensitive skin, simply because that’s the kind of skin I have (with gaping pores too, no joke) and because it is way too difficult to find something that’s been as effective as what I have been using for the past couple of years. This routine – with specific products that I use – reduces breakouts, prevents whiteheads from forming and speeds up the clearing of blemishes.

 

Step 1: Remove makeup Using a Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil and a Sonic Cleansing Tool.

Oil-based cleansing oils work wonders, if you haven’t tried them yet. I’ve stuck to the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil for years and when the brand launched the Ultime8, I never looked back. Take 2 pumps of the cleansing oil and apply it all over your dry face. Then go all over your face for 1 minute with the Clarisonic Mia (video tutorial by Deb at Beauty Heaven here) to make sure you break down the gunk stuck in your pores, so that it can be removed easily in the next few steps.

 
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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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Stay: The PuLi Hotel & Spa Shanghai

 

The PuLi Hotel & Spa Shanghai

The elegant lobby of one of the most luxurious hotels in Shanghai.

 

{This is the last part of my series of posts on my travel to Shanghai. To see the rest of them, read: Travel Diary: Shanghai Travel Tips and OOTD: Reminiscing Shanghai.}

 

To date, Shanghai is the first Chinese city I’ve ever visited. It was a pleasant surprise in some ways, especially how easy it was to get around based on my knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. However, the locals in the service industry speak English as well, so you’ll be just fine if you only speak that.

 

We spent our final night at the wonderful PuLi Hotel & Spa and our experience there had been nothing short of extraordinary. Checking in was a breeze in the huge lobby area and bellboys were there to greet us and handle our baggage the moment we arrived. I requested for a room on a high floor and we were given one on the 21st storey, which had amazing views of the city and highways below. You’ll want to know that rooms in The PuLi Hotel & Spa from the 20th storey onwards are Club Rooms, which come with exclusive club benefits, such as your personal butler and a complimentary mini bar. The high ceilings and wide windows also allow more light into the room, which makes everything feel much more inviting.

 
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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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