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 Outfit Guide: Top 10 Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas

I know I have been creating posts for the guys who are reading this blog, but today’s entry is all about the babes! If you’ve got a date for Valentine’s Day this year but aren’t quite sure yet what to wear, perhaps you might like to try out some items I’ve picked from Zalora. Because Zalora is based in Singapore – and if you’re also located in Singapore – you’ll get the items delivered to your doorstep within the next 3 working days – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

 

There are dresses, jumpsuits and tops in every other store out there, but these ones are the few that I have picked specially for a romantic occasion such as the one coming up this Saturday. The best part is that they are also pretty affordable, so you won’t bust your wallet to look your best.

 




 

If you didn’t see anything you like, or would simply want to browse through more items for more Valentine’s Day outfit ideas, check out the Zalora Valentine’s Day Shop. If you do get something, let us all know what it is (and share in your excitement) by leaving a comment below. Happy shopping!
 

Stay gorgeous,

Roxanne

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: To the Successful Woman in Your Life

Suppose you haven’t found something suitable yet, something your significant other would love, something that would make her entire face light up when she unwraps the box you spent hours putting together with sticky tape. Fret not.

 

In my previous Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for the Clueless Boyfriend/Husband, I picked out some items from Shopbop’s sale rack, which are bound to make most women squeal in delight upon receiving them. If you haven’t made a decision, here’s another one for the woman of your dreams, who has strived – or is still working fervently towards it – for success in the corporate world.

 

This is the woman who not only inspires you, but also shares part of life’s journey with you. She could be your girlfriend, your fiancée, your wife or the mother of your children. Whatever the case, Valentine’s Day is but just another occasion to show your support for her efforts. Check out these items I’ve picked out for you that could make great gifts.

 



 

1. Urban Decay ‘Naked on the Run’ Palette

2. Rebecca Minkoff Semiprecious Stud Earrings

3. Bambeco Moss Terrarium Bottle

4. Kate Spade New York Metro Classic Watch – Vachetta

5. Kate Spade New York ‘Cedar Street – Maise’ Satchel – Rosy Dawn

6. Guerlain ‘Meteorites’ Pearls – 03 Medium

7. Babyliss Pro Perfect Curl

8. Alterna ‘Caviar Anti-Aging’ Dry Shampoo

9. Jo Malone ‘English Pear & Freesia’ Scent Surround Room Spray

10. Rebecca Minkoff Avery Cross Body Bag – White

11. Kate Spade New York ‘Le Pavillion’ Bluetooth Speaker

12. Saint Laurent Paris Classic Frame Sunglasses

 

Some of these items may not arrive in time for Valentine’s Day, especially if you’re located outside of the United States. However, here’s a trick that could save you:

 

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Zuhair Murad SS15 Haute Couture Collection

I am in love! Have watched this several times, over and over again, and I still love each and every piece in this collection! Zuhair Murad is my favourite gown designer of all time, besides Elie Saab, and this collection, with all the sparkles and chiffon, just speaks out to me. Watch till the very end – the finale piece is absolutely stunning.

 




 

Stay gorgeous,

Roxanne

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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Chanel SS15 Haute Couture Collection

Oh my, Karl Lagerfeld has done it again. I totally love the feel of this year’s Haute Couture runway show! The amount of space, white light, cute floral braids and loads of tweed! My favourite pieces from the show come out at these minute marks: 2:59, 6:00 and 13:40! Watch the full Chanel SS15 Haute Couture video below and enjoy!

 




 

So tell me, what did you think of the show, and what are your favourite pieces?

 

Stay classy,

Roxanne

alice + olivia X Starbucks Collaboration

 


alice+olivia X Starbucks Ion Singapore

 

alice+olivia X Starbucks Ion Singapore

 

alice+olivia X Starbucks Ion Singapore

 

alice+olivia X Starbucks Ion Singapore

 

Oh my goodness! I can’t get enough of the alice + olivia Stacey girl! All of you need to take your eyes off whatever you’re doing and read about this new exclusive collaboration between alice + olivia and Starbucks®!

 
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Birthday Giveaway: Win Full-Sized Beauty Products from Maku Store, Crabtree & Evelyn, Laneige and more

 

Laced Ivory Birthday Giveaway

 

I remember the days when I was in pre-school and when it was somebody’s birthday, their parents would celebrate it with cake and little goodie bags for everyone in the class. This year, of course I’m way beyond that age. But that doesn’t mean I can’t celebrate by giving something away!

 

Yep, I’ve got quite a bit of beauty products and I think these will find a better owner than me. Not because they are lousy products or they don’t suit me, but because I haven’t really had the chance to give them a try as I’m using other products at the moment (and I really only have one face).  If you’ll like to win some full-sized products, do read on to find out what the winner will be getting and how you can win them all!

 

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Playing Stripes in Cafe Berlin

 


Headline Seoul #HLSDSGN

 

Headline Seoul #HLSDSGN

 

Headline Seoul #HLSDSGN

 

Headline Seoul #HLSDSGN

 

Headline Seoul #HLSDSGN

 

Striped Dress: Headline Seoul

Scarf: Pimkie (similar HERE)

White Coat: Bebe (similar HERE)

Leggings: Forever 21 (similar HERE)

Boots: New Look (similar HERE)

Earrings: Mimco

Photographer: Rosie Hayes

 
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Guest Post: 8 Ways to Dress Like a Parisian

{Parisian style is one of the most coveted in the world. If you think that it’s hard to dress up with a French flair, fret not! The fashionable peeps behind the successful brand ZALORA Singapore have come up with 8 simple rules to follow when dressing up to be equally chic. Read ahead to find out more.}

 

Ways to Dress Like a Parisian

 

Ever wondered why those French girls always look so effortlessly chic and put together? Ever found yourself staring at the photos of Parisian It girls like Marion Cotillard and Clémence Poésy, trying to steal their style?

 

Parisian ladies don’t seem to dress outlandishly, and they never look tacky. Black is the dominant colour of their wardrobe and they steer clear of short, skimpy dresses. They go pretty much everywhere in flats – and they look unfailingly classy in their perfectly tailored clothes. That’s pretty much Parisian dressing in a nutshell.

 

Read on for more secrets of those stylish mademoiselles:

 

1. Remember: Simplicity is Key

While each neighborhood in France boasts its own unique style, there are a few sartorial rules that all French women follow. One such rule is to keep it simple and make it seem like you didn’t spend more than five minutes getting ready in the morning.

Focus on interesting shapes and textures for your clothes, preferably in muted colours. Avoid over-embellishing and hemlines that are too short – basically anything that can seem tacky. For Parisian women, it is all about the timeless and tailored look – snug pants, little black dresses, tailored blazers, cashmere sweaters, and the classic trench coat. A pair of nicely fitting pants and blouse like Miranda Kerr’s are comfortable, stylish, and functional enough for daily activities. Streamline the rest of your look with a sleek ponytail, a structured handbag and flats.

 

2. Go Back to Black


Ways to Dress Like a Parisian

Black might seem like a boring colour to wear, but French women practically live in them. Along with gray and sometimes white, black is a staple go-to colour in a Parisian woman’s wardrobe. Instead of experimenting with colour, they go for bold textures, shapes and silhouettes that can transition easily from day to nightwear. Case in point: Marion Cotillard’s unique black A-line dress that features a scoop neckline and cape style collar. And as a bonus, her cool suede indigo ankle boots!

 
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