Ad: My Chinese New Year Fashion Picks at Zalora

The time has come yet again for children’s songs and sounds of fire crackers playing over the sound system in malls. Chinese New Year is what it is! Say yes to all the bak kwa, pineapple tarts and love letters galore. Are you still searching for something new to wear? Let me show you what I’ve picked out from Zalora‘s Chinese New Year Sale!


There are five main brands to pick from: Ezra, Inner Circle CNY, ML X AC, Clothier and Moon River. Each brand’s got something different to offer, so whether you prefer cheongsams or loose tops, you should find something to your liking!


Ad: Chinese New Year Fashion Picks at Zalora

Skinny Pants by Melinda Looi X Amber Chia.

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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:


Lava Cake

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)!


Link Love - Pretzels, Nudes and Turquoise Glamour

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Review and Swatch: The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette


Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

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


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

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


My Travel Beauty Companions


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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Reflections: My Recent Life in Words



Looking back on the past, seeing the present through polished glass.


I’ve met a lot of people in the course of the past few years, most of whom my studies and blogging on Laced Ivory have brought to me. Not many people know the real me, and in fact, those who do, I can count with one hand. In reflecting the past year and some significant events in my life, perhaps it’s a way for me to say, “Hey, here’s how you can get to know me in all honesty – and I would like you to.”


Who am I?


By nature, I’m an introvert but not the kind that people usually expect. I’m more of an observer than an extrovert but I participate by contributing in ways that are seemingly lacking in a social setting. I love bravely, live forgivingly – and I absolutely hate liars. I’m a typical Aquarius, but if you know the traits of one, you’ll know that there isn’t such a thing as a typical Aquarius. I choose who I befriend, who I hold close to my heart, who I allow myself to be vulnerable with. I also choose who I don’t bother about and will probably never think of again the rest of my life. I make decisions by asking myself the same concluding question every time: “Will I regret this later?” If I don’t know the answer to that, I go with my instinct. I don’t do blame – it’s a great waste of time.


I’m always moving forward but I carry my past with me all the time. I like challenges, sometimes a bit too much so that I suffer. But I also believe that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. If it does kill you, you die anyway, and your journey may continue or not. Death does not scare me – not having lived before I die does. Which is why I choose to live each day positively. I choose to be happy because life on earth is but transient. I believe everything in life happens for a reason, whether I know what that reason is or not. And it doesn’t matter whether I know this cause, because the universe is so much greater than what I – or anyone – can ever perceive it to be, that my life and everything in or around it, is simply part of a grander picture. To a microbe, a planet is unimaginable. To a human, so is the universe.

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Review: The Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15


Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15

Pressed, and not loose.


Hands up if you’ve ever lost precious poudre at the bathroom sink while opening up a tub. Hands up twice if you’ve misplaced powder puffs for loose powder. Gracious me, those things are like socks in the washer! Well, if you want to maximise your money’s worth where makeup is concerned, might I suggest you try pressed powder instead of a loose one. Personally, I find compacts much more convenient and so much less messy. Which is why I decided to give the Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15 a try.


Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15

In its packaging.

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Review: The Collection Extreme Colour Lengthening Mascara in Blue


Collection Extreme Colour Lengthening Mascara in Blue

I can finally have blue lashes!


Hello again from one of the world’s fashion capital, Milan! I’ve been spending my past days here visiting tourist attractions and doing a whole lot of shopping, all the while chronicling my travels on my Instagram page. Do take a look and follow, if what you see pleases you so!


Today is my fifth day here in this lovely city, and because it’s raining, I’m staying indoors to do some blogging. I sure hope the cleaning lady doesn’t bombard me with requests to do housekeeping (you have no idea how nice Italians are). So let’s get down to business!


While I do make the effort to get dressed up and look put together when I explore the city, there’s one product that I really like because it doesn’t make me feel out of place but yet is vibrant enough to add colour to my life. It’s the Collection Extreme Colour Lengthening Mascara in Blue! Now, I’ve been wanting to try out blue or purple mascara for a long time but never quite got down to it – those YSL mascaras, though good in quality, are a bit too expensive for me. The kind PR folks at Collection sent me this and after trying it out a few times, I decided this would go in my travel bag.


Collection Extreme Colour Lengthening Mascara in Blue

The Collection Extreme Colour Lengthening Mascara in Blue.


Collection Extreme Colour Lengthening Mascara in Blue

The Collection Extreme Colour Lengthening Mascara in Blue.


The mascara comes in two shades, black and blue. For a girl who’s already found her Holy Grail mascara, of course you get the blue! On its own, the mascara doesn’t do much at all, so if you’re expecting crazy volumising and lengthening, you’ll be disappointed. However, the bright blue shade makes up for it.


Collection Extreme Colour Lengthening Mascara in Blue

See all that blue? It goes all onto my lashes.


Collection Extreme Colour Lengthening Mascara in Blue

A before-and-after comparison of my lashes.


After curling my lashes, I layer this mascara over my first 1-2 coats of Fairy Drops mascara. When applying coloured mascara, it’s good to bear in mind that the colour can seem duller if your lashes are dark or black to begin with, and that blue is the best colour for black eyes. On that note, the colour payoff of this mascara is excellent, as you can see in the swatch and comparison above!


The mascara is pretty affordable at less than S$20 per wand, and can be easily found at selected SaSa and Watsons stores in Singapore.







* This product has been sent to me for my review. Like all my other reviews, everything stated here is objective and honest.

Travel Tips – Going Solo


Travel Tips (Part 1)

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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Sea Salt & Coconut Oil Face Scrub Recipe


Salt and Coconut Oil Face Scrub Recipe

Sea salt and coconut oil goodness for your skin.


Think, “coconut,” and immediately the image of Waikiki dancers hamming it up on the beach (coconut shell bikinis, anyone?) and cocktails with umbrella toothpicks comes into mind. Oh yes, who can forget the many smiles you chance upon, the melody of the ukulele and the smell of the sea?


But coconuts are also Mother Nature’s way of showing her love for us. Coconut oil has many great benefits towards our well-being, such as strengthening our hair and giving it a glow, or moisturising our skin. Today I’ll show you how to make a sea salt and coconut oil face scrub. It’s really easy, you’ll learn it in no time!


Things you’ll need:


Salt and Coconut Oil Face Scrub Recipe

Things you need: A jar, sea salt, coconut oil and measuring cups.

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