Fashion Blogging Tips 101

Are you new to blogging, a part-time blogger like me, or a full-time blogger? Do you feel like you could do with some advice on taking your blog to the next level? Well, why don’t you grab yourself some donuts, a cup of spiced latte, and then sit back and read the infographic below!

 

Lovely Bryn from Fashion Union put together this piece full of advice from several fashion bloggers out there – yours truly included – and I’m very excited to share these fashion blogging tips with you today!

 


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OOTD: Casual Kurve

 


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Top: Kur-ve

Denim Shorts: Lee Cooper (similar HERE)

Mini Mac Crossbody Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Heels: New Look

Bracelet: Mimco

Pearl Drop Earrings: A souvenir from Port Douglas

 
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Giveaway: Chic Maku Store Singapore Backpack (and More)

 

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Hello! I’m giving away a chic backpack from Maku Store Singapore today! According to a survey which I carried out previously, you guys chose either to win a handbag, clutch or a backpack. I trotted down to the store at Bugis Junction and selected this chic piece for today’s giveaway!

 

Not only that, but with this backpack,  I’m also giving away products from beloved brands like Crabtree & Evelyn and Nails Inc.!

 

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Chamomile Scrub Recipe with Rose, Himalayan Pink Salt and more!

 

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Himalayan salt has been one of my current favourite ingredients, especially for making scrubs. Not only does it have all 84 natural minerals found in Mother Earth (it’s got a long history of being around for 250 million years), it’s also got a lovely pink colour. When I made this scrub and used it on my legs, I found it promoted healing of the wounds at the back of my heels.

 

Today’s scrub is best used when you need to relax, as it features rose and chamomile. Here are some of the things you’ll need:

 

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  1. measuring cups
  2. jar to keep your scrub in
  3. 1 cup Himalayan pink salt
  4. 1 tbsp crushed rose petals
  5. 7 tbsp organic coconut oil (Get yours on Amazon with international shipping HERE.)
  6. 1 tbsp 100% natural argan oil (Get yours on Amazon HERE.)
  7. 7 drops 100% pure chamomile oil (essential oil)
  8. 1 tablespoon honey (secret ingredient)

 
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The Urban Decay 2014 Holiday Collection – LOADS of Palettes!

 

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I can’t wait to share this piece of news with you all, especially if you’re a die-hard Urban Decay fan, like I am! The Urban Decay 2014 Holiday Collection is bound to make you go crazy and set hearts a flutter. If you’re looking for gifts for beauty addicts, you’d really do well at Sephora this time.

 

First up, there’s the Shadow Box, which has got a total of 12 beautiful shades – 9 best selling ones and 3 brand new ones! It needs no new introduction from me, as beauty vlogger Nicole Guerriero already did a great job of that in her video review of the palette. But hey, the violet floral design on the cover is just gorgeous!

 

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I love palettes!

 

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The Urban Decay Shadow Box, S$52.

 



 
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OOTD: Wanderlust

 


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Dress: bYSI

Bag: Maku Store Singapore

White Sandals: Steve Madden

Photographer: Mr. Ratatouille

 

I miss Europe. A lot. If you do follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you’ve probably read about my wishes to return to France. So imagine my heart skipping a beat when I found this little nook by surprise when searching for a location for today’s outfit shoot! The weather was rainy to begin with, so I was all dressed up and all made up with just about nowhere to go (Do you ever get that?). Mr. Ratatouille and I decided to head out anyway for brunch, since we rarely get any alone time together.

 
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Workplace Essentials Vol. 002

Previously, in the first installment of this new series on the blog, I picked out some pieces from The Style Store and put them together, showcasing them as a potential part of your perfect office outfit. Today, I’m going to be sharing about my current obsession: skirts!

 

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I love skirts. They’re feminine; come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and prints; and the men don’t get it. That makes it feel like they’re exclusive! Some women out there aren’t the skirt type of girl and that’s perfectly OK. Not everyone’s a shorts type of person, or a tank top kind of person either. But me? I cannot survive without them.

 

Of course it’s definitely more convenient to be in pants because you can take bigger strides or run after the bus, but skirts add this certain ladylike feel to your entire look. Pair them with heels, no matter how high (or not), and nobody would ask you to help lift that box.

 

Today I’m going to show you some common styles that suit the workplace. Most of them are from Zalora, where you can actually get many things at an affordable price (and reliable shipping). Do check out their online fashion magazine in Singapore too, where you can get some ideas about what to match your skirts with.

 

The Classic Pencil Skirt

 


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Pencil skirts are a great way to add formality to your look. They go well with blazers and any tops you might have for the office, even frilly ones. Pencil skirts tell others you mean business. They show others that you’re confident enough to be wearing them despite knowing how challenging they can be, especially since they do restrict some form of motion. For those of you who work hard to remain in shape, pencil skirts also let others know (and remind yourself) that you’ve got your life in order – even if you really are in fact having a little break down. The best time to wear them are when you have to make a presentation to a group of people, though really, I wear them almost every day.

 
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10 Reasons to Wear Makeup

 

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Do you wear makeup? If so, you’re not alone!

 

Makeup is one of the first loves of my life. I first discovered it when I was 17 or so and the rest is history. I went through several phases in the course of my makeup adventures, from experimenting with shimmer to dabbling in professional makeup artistry. Though you won’t see me lugging around my makeup artist train case anytime in the near future (save for the occasional stage production), I still use makeup quite often!

 

Here are my top 10 reasons for women to use makeup so much. It’s purely for laughs (with some truth in it), so don’t take it too seriously!

 

1. Cover up blemishes.

The Number One reason most women buy cosmetic pouches is that we need something to put our concealors in! Not everyone has great skin  – me included – so things like acne, scars, freckles, sun spots, wrinkles and white heads bother us. Makeup is a quick fix for sure, even though it doesn’t always solve the root of the problem. If we suffer from skin conditions like rosacea or vitiligo, makeup helps to even out the skin tone, and we don’t feel so self-conscious when having conversations with others.

 

2. We feel lousy.

Sometimes we get up from the wrong side of bed. There are days when everything just seems to go wrong, or when things happen to pile up and finally something snaps and all hell breaks lose. The one thing that can make it more bearable is to know that at least we don’t look as horrible as we feel. That’s why we have our go-to lip colour or favourite “Power Combo Look,” such as the understated cat eye-and-mascara to let everyone know that, at least, we still have our dignity.

 

3. We’re going on a  date!

Especially if it’s a first date. You have no idea how much thought goes into planning our entire outfit, from the texture of our dress (Or would a white crepe top with a tulle skirt be more suitable for an outdoor movie date?) to the colour of our eyeliner! First dates are the reasons best friends stick around with a tub of Ben & Jerry’s, while being your handy assistants in ravaging your closet and dresser. The powder room is now a girls’ hang-out home bar.

 
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Shopbop 25% OFF Sitewide Sale

 


 Shopbop 25% OFF Sitewide Sale

 

It’s finally here, the Shopbop 25% Off Sitewide Sale (use code: FAMILY25)! I know many of you wait for ages for this sale to launch every once in a while, so take this time to breathe, make a cup of hot cocoa and plonk yourself down in front of your computer to do some serious shopping. Here are just some of my picks from browsing last night (you can also click directly on the individual items above), and I hope you’ll find something in the store that you like!

 

Clockwise from top:

  1. Anne Bing New York Sunglasses
  2. Holst + Lee Sky High Necklace
  3. Melissa Harmonic Flower Flip Flops (now already out of stock, but here’s a similar one – the Melissa Harmonic Bow Flip Flops)
  4. Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Crossbody Bag (on my current wishlist!)
  5. Ben Amun Crystal Imitation Crystal Drop Earrings
  6. Club Monaco Liora Crew Neck Sweater

 

*Brand exclusions: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Acne Studios, Alexander Wang, Aurelie Bidermann, Canada Goose, Cedric Charlier, Gareth Pugh, Giambattista Valli, Herve Leger, Hunter, J. Mendel, Jamie Wolf, Jason Wu, Jay Ahr, Katie May, Maison Martin Margiela, Michele Watches, Monique Lhuillier, Nina Ricci, Rag & Bone, Rodarte, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney Apparel, Stuart Weitzman, Suno, Thakoon, Tory Burch York Totes, Versace, Victoria Victoria Beckham, Vika Gazinskaya, Wes Gordon and What Goes Around Comes Around Vintage.

 

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My First Hair Perm-and-Dye at X’Pect Studio

You know how to tell when a girl has just gone through a major breakup? She changes her hair. But oh no, it’s not just a normal cut-and-blow session at the salon. Instead, it’s a drastic do-whatever-you-think-looks-best-on-me kind of gamble with the most expensive stylist around. The worse the breakup, the worse the heartache and the more money she’s going to spend.

 

Anyhow, I suppose you can tell that I’ve had quite an OK romantic life seeing that my hair’s been all sleek and straight (read: boring) for as long as I can remember. Actually, it’s more of needing to save up than anything. I mean, I’d rather spend my hard-earned cash at Shu Uemura or on a lovely vacation at a Balinese villa. That said, you don’t always need a crisis to get your hair done!

 

I popped by X’Pect Studio one day after work to see what I could get out of a hair makeover. I was tired of my flat, limp hair and wanted something more voluminous and alive. My stylist for the day was Lee, who was very accommodating and gave me lots of options to consider. In the end, we decided upon a layered style with soft waves.

 

XPEct Studio Cobined Initial My First Hair Perm and Dye at X’Pect Studio

 
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