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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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The New Crabtree & Evelyn Pear and Pink Magnolia Collection

 

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Sweet, fruity and… pink!

 

Oh my goodness, I’m so excited to share with you today on Crabtree & Evelyn‘s new Pear and Pink Magnolia Collection! I caught sight of this new range in stores when I dropped by to collect a couple of Hand Therapy tubes (new packaging, yay!). A whiff was all I needed to get hooked onto the new scent.

 

First up, the packaging is lovely. If you know me by now, you’ll know I cannot resist anything that’s pink in colour, especially when it’s coupled with pretty florals and anything elegant or feminine!

 

Secondly, the scent is sweet but not to the extent where ants and bees would want to be your friend. It’s not overwhelmingly pear, but yet not too flowery either. Juicy is the word. The fragrance is blended with lemon, jasmine, osmanthus, as well as orris, on top of the two main ingredients. Here’s the collection in a nutshell:

 
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Dermal Fillers at EPW Laser + Medical Aesthetics Clinic

 

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A shot with the wonderful view that reminds me so much of New York.

 

According to Chinese face reading, people with large nostrils tend to spend more money (either on themselves or on others). A short nose indicates a hard worker, while a long nose indicates a leader. Looking at this description, it seems like my natural nose means I most probably won’t ever get rich nor be my own boss. There’s nothing about that which I like.

 

The Chinese also believe that when you change a feature on your face, you change your destiny. While plastic surgery may be a little too drastic for most, fillers are a great, non-invasive, non-drastic way to alter your appearance.

 

For the longest time ever (say, 15 years now), I’ve been pretty conscious about the way my nose looked. From the front, I looked as if I had four eyes – two real eyes and two somewhere in the middle of my face. From the side, I looked like a pancake slightly curved inward. Every time I looked forward, I could feel my nostrils poring into another person’s gaze. I hated it. A lot. I’d often wish my nose looked normal. I still do, actually, and ever since I did dermal fillers for the first time a couple of years ago, I’ve come to realise that I can’t ever live without them now.

 

In November last year, I decided to drop by EPW Laser + Medical Aesthetics Clinic to get my nose touched up with more fillers, especially since my previous session had been about 5 months prior to that.

 
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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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Review: A Couple of Percy & Reed Hair Products

 

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Just some Percy & Reed hair products.

 

They say you can’t always have your cake and eat it. I’m not sure I buy that. Actually, I’d like that cake, some fudge on top of it and a generous scoop of vanilla bean ice cream to go with. Oh, and let’s have some lovely rose macarons too! And hope that the wind doesn’t blow in the wrong direction while we’re at it. Because, you know, the wind makes all our styling efforts go to waste. Like how the rain does.

 

But that doesn’t mean we can’t style our hair, or try our best to make every day a good hair day. I gave some Percy & Reed hair products a try and really like what they did for me!

 
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Review: The Mary Kay TimeWise Body Targeted-Action Toning Lotion

 

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The Mary Kay TimeWise Body Targeted-Action Toning Lotion.

 

Cellulite is the bane of most of our existence. The uneven layers of fat under the skin. Ever wondered why the men don’t get it?

 

There are several reasons women are more prone to getting orange skin, and one of them is that our collagen structure is weaker than that of our male friends. Collagen is a connective tissue that helps to hold fat together, so the stronger it is, the better the fat sticks together, and the less uneven they will be. For guys, their collagen looks like a criss-cross wire fence. Something like this:

 

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ASOS Cami in Cage Print, available HERE.

 

Whereas for us women, our collagen looks something like this:

 

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ASOS Blouse in Stripe Print, available HERE.

 

Now that, my dear readers, is something no amount of genetic modification can change, so we might as well submit to fate. Yet, I always say that if I could choose whether to be male or female, I’d surely choose the latter because, hey, how else are we going to have fun without all that clothes, makeup and shoes!

 

So since cellulite is in-built for us dainty fellas, obviously we should do something about it (unless we don’t really care). I’ve tried cellulite busting creams and the latest on my dresser is the Mary Kay TimeWise Body Targeted-Action Toning Lotion. I had previously tried it when I was given a sample tube, and I fell in love with the results that I went ahead and bought a full-sized one from a random independent consultant I found online.

 
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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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Review and Swatch: The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

 

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I finally got it!

 

I love fashion, glitz and glamour but one thing is for sure: I never follow trends. For one, they are so hard and troublesome to keep up with! Also, sometimes trends are so ridiculous, I find it hard to understand why people bother at all.

 

When the first Naked palette came out years back, it felt like I was the only one unfazed by it. 12 bronze shades, better suited to warm skin tones and overall neutral. I owned several neutral and smokey palettes and when combined, they worked as well or even better than the Naked. So I gave it a miss. When the Naked 2 launched shortly after, I was still unmoved, especially since it is very similar to the original palette.

 

But then came the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. The moment I laid eyes on the press releases from Urban Decay (and from blog reviews later on), I knew I had to get it. You know like how when you meet The One, you just… know? Exactly. A palette full of pinks that complement one another to create a range of looks from day to night – It was just what I needed.

 
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Review & Swatch: The Agnès B Monobulle Eyeshadow in H104 Bronze Allegro

 

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Loving the engraving on the eyeshadow!

 

When you travel, do you travel for the food, music, sights, slower pace of life or all of that altogether? Of course it’s everything! I made sure to pack some Agnès B makeup from Europe before heading home to sunny Singapore last December. As I’ve never tried this brand of eyeshadows before – and it’s not available on our island – I practised caution and got only a couple of items: the Agnès B Monobulle Eyeshadow in H104 Bronze Allegro and eyeliner in another wearable shade.

 
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My Travel Beauty Companions

 

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When celebrities endorse a product, brand or service, how much of what they say do you believe in? That’s right. But when a friend tells you all about the super delicious tarte tatin from the French café right around the corner, you can’t wait to try it out for yourself. That’s why I’m showing you the products that I brought along with me to my recent trip to Europe. Everything in here has my stamp of approval!

 
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