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20 Things I Learnt in my 20s – Part 2

20 Life Lessons

A while back, I wrote the first part of this blog post on the 20 things I learnt in my 20s. You can read it here. I thought it was time to reveal the other 10 things I’ve learnt in my life while growing up. I hope sharing these will help you in your life too, where ever you are!


11. Expensive Taste

OK now I’m not making excuses for spending huge amounts of cash for that Prada work bag or jumbo Chanel 2.55 but sometimes, it really pains me to find out just how much something costs after I’ve set my heart on it. It could be anything from bags to shoes to dresses – it wouldn’t matter. But I’ve come to accept it, that that’s just who I am and if I love things that are a bit pricier than others, then so be it. Either I work hard to earn the right to own it, wait for sales and maybe score, or just leave it aside and see what happens. After all, you never know for sure what life can bring.


12. It’s Easier to Change Youths than Adults

Meeting new people – adults – can sometimes be tiring but what’s worse is when you meet someone whose personality and beliefs just don’t sync with yours. Don’t ever try to change them because humans are stubborn by nature and many of us somehow only learn things the hard way. Youths, on the other hand, are like semi-formed adults. The younger they are, the more they can be nurtured with the right values and taught the proper lessons they need. If you want to make a positive change in your society, start with the young but be genuine in your motive.


13. Teaching is Meaningful

I never thought I’d say this but teaching is one of the most meaningful things a person can do in a lifetime. People often say it isn’t all about the subject that is taught in class, but more about what happens outside of it. To be honest, children learn more about how to lead life as a better person, or how life can be unfair, than which chemical equations are appropriate under certain conditions. But – and you may find this surprising – the teacher also learns. I’ve learnt so much more about myself, how others see me based on how I behave, and how I could be a better person by being more empathetic. I don’t think there’s anything else I’ve ever done in my life that has made me grow so much in the past few years.

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FOTD: Simple Strobing Makeup Tutorial


Simple Strobing Makeup Tutorial by Laced Ivory

Hello, I got a tan!


You’ve heard of highlighting and contouring but have you heard of strobing? It’s got nothing to do with photography, though it would make you look radiant in a photograph.


Strobing is a recent makeup technique that bypasses contouring and focuses mainly on highlighting your facial features so that they “pop” in pictures to various degrees. Simply put, it is highlighting using highlighters with different intensities. For facial features that you want to pop out more in photos, you use a more intense highlighter; and for features that you don’t need to be so pronounced, you use a less intense highlighter or shimmer powder.


In today’s strobing makeup tutorial, I show you how you can add some glow to your new summer tan in a few easy steps. The products used are listed below in the same order as they appear in the video.



  • Dior‘s Diorshow Forever Compact Foundation SPF 25 PA++
  • 3 Concept Eyes‘ Shimmer Glow Bloc
  • Guerlain‘s Meteorites Light Revealing Pearls of Powder
  • Urban Decay‘s Naked 3 Palette (available on Nordstrom here)
  • Heroine Make‘s Volume and Curl Mascara Super Water Proof
  • Faux Fayc‘s Fauxlash Mascara Duo Set
  • Sara Happ‘s The Pink Slip One Luxe Gloss (available on Nordstrom here, review here)

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20 Things I Learnt in My 20s – Part 1

20 Life Lessons

It’s a few months till the day I turn 30 – and I simply can’t wait for it. Turning one year older, to me, means I’ve grown one year wiser and have had one more year of fulfilling experiences. Things may not always go smoothly in life and because of that, I thought I’d share some of the lessons life has given so far. Here is the first part of the 20 things I’ve learnt in my 20s and I hope they will offer you some guidance where needed.


1. Being Independent

Being independent may mean a whole lot more responsibilities on your plate, but it also means you get to do so much more with your life. Everything that has got to do with independence includes things like cleaning your own toilet bowl, doing the dishes, changing your own sheets, planning your travel itinerary, having a job and dealing with internet subscriptions. It also means you get to choose who you spend your time with, how often you get to eat out and what your career progression should look like.


2. Being More Empathetic

I’m quite the unfeeling sort, having seen first hand how emotions ruin relationships and make the most rational of people behave in ridiculous manners. Although I still prefer sticking to logic rather than heart matters (or acting in the moment of heat), I’ve come to understand that not everyone can control their emotions as well and keep them under check. Knowing and accepting that others respond to situations differently from you will help you connect better with them when you try to see things from their point of view. There isn’t a hard rule as to what is the right way of reacting to things – there are just different ways that seem right to different individuals at different points in time.


3. It’s OK to Not Understand

Try as you may, sometimes you will still not get it and that is OK. You may not understand why things like war, destruction of the environment, honour killings and abuse happen in our world but know that it is human nature and nothing is perfect in this world. Just try to make it a better place for those around you and spread positive values like passion, integrity and humility.


4. The French Language and Culture

The French are quite the unique bunch and if anything, they are extremely different from Singaporeans. I went to France expecting nothing and learnt absolutely the most I could about France and the rest of central Europe. The pace of life in France in general is definitely slower than in Singapore and many major cities in Asia, and life there is pretty good with awesome food, good company, a good balance of the outdoors and city life, and a good healthcare and education system – which is why I find it quite surprising that the French are one of the most depressed people in the world.


5. People in Fashion are Mostly Superficial

Never attend a fashion show entirely on your own. Never, nuh uh. You would stick out like a sore thumb, even if you were dressed to the nines or fitted from head to toe in Elie Saab. People in the fashion industry are all about what you’re wearing and whether you know the right personalities. A magazine’s editor-in-chief I once inadvertently offended gave me such a terrible impression of herself (and therefore the magazine she heads) that I seriously wonder how the magazine has survived till today. Also girl, stop showing off that Chanel. It’s not like you’re the only one who has it.

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To the Skinny Girl (Who is Actually Healthy)


To The Skinny Babe


Dear Skinny Babe,


Yes, you deserve to also be called a babe. Because, why not?


I totally get you. I mean, I’ve always been kind of the same. I’ve been skinny my whole life, just like you. I never seem to be able to put on weight like the others, just like you. And I totally get how you feel cold seemingly all the time. And if you have a high metabolic rate, I also get how you feel hot and bothered all the time – like how you need to take that scarf off even though it’s minus 20 degrees outside.


I know how horrible it is for you, when others talk about having gained that extra pound – and how they should go about losing it – while you sit there and try to be inconspicuous. I know how annoying it is deep down for you, that you have to try and be sensitive when the topic about physical appearance comes up, but yet others don’t seem to think about how you’d feel when they comment on how skinny you are.


I know how you hurt when people make skinny jokes about you. As if fat jokes were funny too. I know that you feel victimised when you’re called names like Bamboo or Skeleton, or when you’re being told to eat more, as if you don’t already eat. Guess what, your eating pattern and diet are no business of others, so just take their words with a pinch of salt. What do they know?


I know the secrets you hold, for I hold them too. I know that your bra size doesn’t change much from high school to university. I know your tummy “deflates” after a trip to the loo and I know you actually do feel emptier after it. I know how having skinny legs makes your feet look long and big. I know you can’t donate blood because you’re too light. I know your tailbone hurts after you’ve sat down for too long on a hard stool. I know you’ve at least thought about trying out protein shakes to bulk up, so that you can be “normal sized.” I know you get cravings, just like everybody else, and you also secretly love it that you can satisfy those cravings whenever you want to. I know you don’t really weigh yourself every other night because either there wouldn’t be much of a change, or it doesn’t really matter to you if there were. And if you are the type that gets hungry every 3 hours, I know how frustrating it is to see all your money fly away on food.


I know how silenced you feel. I know that even though you aren’t cover page-perfect, you are confident about the way you look. I know you like sports and exercise but find it hard to talk about it, because people don’t seem to want to hear form you. And I know how bad it is you wish the world knew that you were just being confident about yourself and not showing off to tell others they should look the way you do, nor indirectly telling them that you look better than them. Because for some weird reason, everyone seems to think that way about you.


And I know that right now, more than ever, you feel all of those things above.


So this letter is written to you, for you. To let you know that the life-loving, free-spirited you are not alone. To let you know that there is at least one person out there who understands you. To let you know that while you gorge on your potato salad, there is at least another skinny babe somewhere out there also chowing down on hers. To let you know that it is perfectly all right for skinny babes to inherently love salads. To let you know that it isn’t you who needs to change, but that people just need to feel more secure of themselves with you around.


You are gorgeous the way you are. Now stay true to yourself – your confident, passionate self.





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In the Hot Seat: Dr. Winston Lee Talks Carbon Laser Peels


Dr Winston Lee of SBA Clinic Singapore

Dr. Winston Lee, Medical Director of South Bridge Aesthetics (SBA) Clinic, Singapore.


Everyone dreams of having a perfect complexion. In every fashion advertorial we see, every model on Vogue’s cover page that stares sullenly back at us and every K-pop girl band music video, it seems as though attaining a flawless, youthful complexion is as easy as ABC. Photoshop makes it look like even the guys have no skin woes.


But things cannot be further from the truth. As I’m writing this in the quiet of my living room, the haze blows through my windows and the current 3-hour PSI reading is 93 (thank you Twitter). Sometimes, a good diet, exercise and proper sleep can only do so much when you’re living in a polluted city and facing non-stop stress at work.


That’s why today, I had the opportunity to ask Dr. Winston Lee, Medical Director of Southbridge Aesthetics Clinic Singapore, some questions about a unique facial treatment that they offer, known as Carbon Laser Peel, that can help you improve the way your skin looks and feels. He also dishes out skincare advice for women of different age groups. If you’ll like to find out more, read on.

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FOTD: Classic Hollywood Makeup Tutorial


Classic Hollywood Tutorial


Contouring is all the rage right now, and some people have even taken it a notch higher by introducing baking to the world. But what about the rest of us mere mortals who simply do not have that much time to master these techniques, or just plain don’t see the need for all that piling on of makeup?


In today’s Classic Hollywood Makeup tutorial, I teach you how you can achieve the classic Hollywood glam look without all of that. What you need are the following:

  • Dior‘s Diorshow Forever Compact Foundation SPF 25 PA++
  • Dior‘s Blush in 756 Rose Cherie
  • Urban Decay‘s Naked 3 Palette (Available it on Nordstrom here.)
  • Maybelline‘s HyperSharp Wing Eyeliner
  • Lash Curler
  • Majolica Majorca‘s Lash King Mascara
  • Falsies
  • Guerlain‘s Meteorites in 3 Medium
  • Julie Hewett‘s Belle Noir Lipstick (applied with a lip brush)


And here’s the video tutorial (available in HD):


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Vietnam Tripping: Of Hot Shorts and Sequins


Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Cross Body Bag


Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Cross Body Bag


Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Cross Body Bag


Mondo Sandals


Sequinned Peplum Top: Zalora

Tailored Shorts: ASOS (similar here)

Mini MAC Cross Body Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Shades: Tory Burch (similar here)

Sandals: Mondo

Ear Studs: Mimco

Photographer: Mr. Ratatouille


The thing about Hanoi is that it’s way too hot! It’s a pretty crowded city with crazy traffic that knows no direction. If you do a lot of walking in the city, you’ll have to watch where you’re going.

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Glam on the Go: A GlamPact Tutorial


GlamPact Tutorial


A couple of weeks ago on the blog, you saw the GlamPact up close and personal. Today, I’m sharing a tutorial on how you can use the GlamPact by Glam-It! to look glam on the go. Everything I use in this tutorial are from my own customised GlamPact, where the shades and product modules were selected by me beforehand. To find out how you can customise your own GlamPact, you can head on over to my blog review here.


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5 Comfy Footwear for the Girl with the Pointed Toe


Comfy Footwear


Apparently, according to Chinese feng shui masters or fortune tellers, if you’ve got tiny toes, you’re said to be responsible and make a good spouse. If you’ve got relatively long toes, you’re famous and influential. I wouldn’t say mine are long; They’re of a good enough length, I suppose. But my longest toe has got to be the first big toe, the one that everybody gets stubbed in the door. And that’s where my shoe woes come in.


By now, you should have tried on enough shoes to know that what fits one person does not necessarily fit another as snugly. The shapes of our feet are as varied as the number of Vogue issues and even our own feet aren’t exact mirror images of each other. For someone like me who has a pointed first toe (followed by the rest of the toes in a gradual slope outwards), here are 5 comfy footwear types, which are also stylish and functional, that can take you through your day.


{All items recommended are from Shopbop, ASOS, Nordstrom and Zalora.}





Flip-flops are my staple. I own 3 pairs of them, on top of a couple other variations with wedges and heels. They are superb footwear for ventilation, quick trips to the grocery store and lounging days by the beach. They are the easiest thing to slip on and off, and come in all sorts of design to match whatever bikini you’re wearing for the day. As you can tell, I’m really a beach kind of girl.


Open-Toe Sandals



Open-toe sandals allow your first toe just enough space to peek comfortably out. Each time I put on a pair of these, I can almost imagine my toe heaving a sigh of relief. Space! I have space! The effect is kind of like taking off your belt after a full buffet dinner, now that I think about it. It helps if these sandals are flat as well, but a little heel won’t hurt either.


Peep-Toe Pumps



Sometimes, we all have to wear some high heels to boost our confidence. Be it at work or at the clubs, regardless what naysayers feel about heels, these shoes can make you the star of the night (or day). Platforms provide some support for the balls of your feet and give you some added height, so I say go for these first. In any case, peep-toes also allow your first toe to peek out and get that extra space it needs to feel comfortable. Do take note of possible chafing near the nail bed (of your first toe), though it can easily be solved with some candle wax.


Flat Boots



If you’re more outdoorsy and love a good hike, you’d probably want to thank the inventor of flat boots. They can be tall, mid-calf or just short booties. There’s one for every significant occasion you can think of, such as travelling solo in a new city, or experiencing winter for the first time.


Pointed Flats



We all have those days where we really want to look like we made an effort to look good but just didn’t have the energy to do so. That’s where pointed flats come in. They’re comfy, sleek, stylish and they cover up any chipped polish on your toes. ‘Nuff said.


Stay classy,



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Top 5 Wardrobe Staples – For the Girl Who Lives on the Equator


Top 5 Wardrobe Staples


Woe are the days when we look into our closet full of clothes, only to fall back into despair, realising quite incredulously that we haven’t got anything to wear. The problem is actually not knowing how to match what we’ve already got, such that our outfits can look as new as if they were just bought.


Here are my top 5 wardrobe staples, which every girl living near the equator must have. Click on each tab below to reveal my tips and see what pieces I’ve specially selected for you.


Pencil Skirts



Pencil skirts are a must, especially if you are a working adult. They not only emphasise your figure (yes, even you, the one who thinks you don’t have a good figure) but are also versatile. They can be worn for work or dinner dates with friends, and go very well with a loose fitting button-down top or peplum top. Even when taking a trip to a nearby country, they’re casual and surprisingly easygoing when matched with a basic tank top.


Basic Tops



Basic tops are for days when the sun gets on everybody’s nerves and the humidity threatens to suffocate. In Singapore, that’s kind of like, every day. Basic tops can be tees or tanks, and they’re the most comfy when loose fitting. A centralised bold print or two adds an edge to your outfit, but plain ones also go very well with a good pair of denim shorts. In general, basic tops are great for days by the beach, weekend markets or the grocery store.


Denim Shorts



Denim shorts are the best shorts there can be. The texture is stylish and distinct, and they go well with flip flops, flats, heels and even booties. You can wear them to almost everywhere, except maybe for a job interview. I’d bet that you can even wear them to meet your boyfriend’s parents for the first time and they wouldn’t even bat an eyelid (of course, on a sunny day – and no butt cheeks).


Summer Dresses



What’s summer without a summer dress? Make that plural.


Summer dresses are so convenient. You literally don’t even need to consider what to wear them with, other than which bag to carry and which footwear to slip your feet into. I love a good fun, flowy mini dress, or a simple basic maxi dress. Summer’s all about moving around, so stock up on nothing too tight. And when it gets cold in the bus on your way home, just drape a scarf over your shoulders or put jacket on and you’re good to go.


Leather Jacket



Even in the summer heat, temperatures can dip. In Singapore, this is especially so when you’re indoors, where air conditioning seems to be free of charge and extremely efficient in teleporting the air from Antarctica. Other times, it can be the sudden downpour coupled with tree-uprooting winds. Whatever the case, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.


A leather jacket is an investment piece that every girl should own and wear. If you only have one, make it black. Two, a black and burgundy/berry. Anything more than that, and you probably already own a walk-in wardrobe like the one at the very start of this blog entry.


Stay glamourous,



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