Foil Sleeved Top: Headline Seoul
Star Printed Skirt: Headline Seoul
Leggings: Forever 21 (similar HERE)
Boots: New Look (similar HERE)
Photographer: Rosie Hayes
This year has been filled with ups and downs and I don’t really know where to start this reflective post. Perhaps it’s most apt to begin with my condolences for everyone involved in the unfortunate Air Asia incident; I wish things like this didn’t have to happen but the irony of life is that they do. There are many things in this world that we don’t know about, and will probably never do. Hopefully we can always come out stronger than we mean to be and live a life filled with purpose and grace.
The end of 2014 marks the 4th year that Laced Ivory has been published and bared for all to see. I’m so thankful for all of you who have supported the blog in one way or another, either by reading my articles and reviews, leaving comments on my entries, taking part in my giveaways or engaging in my Facebook posts. As the year draws to an end, it also serves as a reminder to always uphold integrity in my beauty reviews. As a blogger, I don’t accept every request to review or feature every product that companies have. I’m very lucky to have the flexibility to choose the right products to be put up on the blog. By “right,” I mean products that I can personally use and honestly review. I never review anything that I know which will not be suitable for me, or which I have tried and it didn’t work out. In the coming year (and thereafter), this is not going to change. I hope to continue to bring all of you great, trustworthy content.
2014 was a beginning for Laced Ivory in the fashion and style section. I chose to focus on style rather than fashion, because style is something that never fades, while fashion does. Hey, it worked! It seems that you guys do like my style posts – they are even getting more responses from you than my beauty posts – so I’ll definitely continue to bring them on in the coming year. Going into style has led me to meet more people, get featured (and going to be) in more international articles and even land collaborations with brands like Maku Store Singapore, Rosebullet Tokyo and Headline Seoul. In 2014, Laced Ivory went international! Hopefully 2015 will bring more of such opportunities.
Travelling this year was great! I visited places in Australia, Malaysia and South Korea, and would love to travel to more places again next year. I can never forget the stunning views sitting atop Ubirr, dipping in the the fresh water waterfall rock pools of Buley Rockhole and Tjaetaba Falls, snorkelling in the shores off Redang, and finally getting my nose done in Seoul. In a way, 2014 answered many of my questions and gave me respite when I needed it. Looking forward, 2015 might see places like New Zealand, the Philippines, Canada and France. This time, one of these moves might be for good.
If there’s one quote that can sum up how I’ve grown this year, it would have to be this:
“Acting responsibly is not a matter of strengthening our reason but of deepening our feelings for the welfare of others.” – Jostein Gaarder, Sophie’s World
That’s not to say I haven’t been responsible prior to this. I’ve always been a stoic and impersonal person with pretty much no tolerance of dramatic or negative emotions of anybody else. All my life, I’ve seen how emotions can make even the most rational people do things they regret, hurt others and then forget about the hurt they’ve caused, and make stupid decisions. Emotions blind people and if being blind is a handicap, then these people need help. In all my iron unfeelingness towards emotional people, I’d forgotten about the positive emotions that I can bring about to the people who need it. Do I have to do it – make people feel better? Probably not. But the world has enough misery as it is and a little sunshine won’t hurt.
(Of course, I’m still staying away from crazy, dramatic, delusional ones.)
This year has been nothing short of crazy. After a year of countless badgering from the ones around me, some books from the library and faith in myself, I’m glad I’ve emerged changed for the better (not that I was bad to begin with, ahem).
Hopes for 2015
Oh, there are so many things I can hope and wish for and I don’t mean bags or shoes. Of course, I hope to bring Laced Ivory to the next level, whatever that may be. I hope to inspire more people and get them to take action to live the life they want, or to fight for their lifelong goals. I have a mantra I live by, and it’s that if I suddenly die one day, I’d have liked every minute of my life to have been lived with purpose. I wish that those of us born into undesirable circumstances in life can break out of it, by not blaming others for their suffering and instead, taking charge of the responsibility in their own hands. I wish that people could see that happiness is a state of mind and that if they just CHOOSE to be happy, they can. I hope that people can see that if they focus on the good things in life and be grateful for them, more of such positive vibes will follow. Finally, I hope that people will know how to take breaks from work to recharge. Exchanging your health (emotional and physical) for work is not worth it. For myself, I wish all of these things too.
I hope that whatever 2014 has brought you will be left in 2014, and that all of us will be filled with optimism for 2015.
Happy New Year,
Do you know what 3CE means? I did a quick check on their website, and deduced that 3 Concept Eyes stands for 3 different types of attractive eye looks, which can be achieved by focusing on the 3 colours – pink, orange and beige.
I first came across this brand on the internet, when some bloggers and Instagrammers started sharing their love for the products. It wasn’t till I got to the flagship Stylenanda store in Seoul this winter that I actually came into contact with their makeup.
The store itself is quite interesting. It’s not like the normal pick-what-you-like-and-pay-at-the-counter. Each person is given a number tag, and you have to tell any sales girl around the store the shade and quantity of any product you want. They then transfer your request to the backend storeroom and when you’re done, just hand over your number tag at the cashier and they’ll give you all the products that you’ve asked for. While I found this to be a good idea, especially since you don’t have to carry the items while you shop, it got quite messy when I was there as it was crowded. So, it’s always a good idea to remember what you asked for!
As the holiday season draws near – neigh, it might already have begun for some of us – there’s one thing on everyone’s mind: What do we make for dinner? I scoured the web for some interesting, mouthwatering holiday recipes that are easy to follow. I also found some decor ideas, if you need some inspiration to make the place cosy. If you’re into sausage mini bites and roasted potatoes, read right ahead (hopefully not on an empty stomach).
There’s something quite exotic about Guerlain, and I’m not sure if it’s got something to do with it’s very French name. Nevertheless, I’m very excited to show you all the Guerlain 2014 Holiday Collection!
This year’s beauty collection is inspired by l’Opéra à Paris, the place where spectacular shows steal the limelight, and where audiences remain in awe of talented actors, long after the plays have ended.
If there’s one thing I currently cannot keep my eyes – and fingers – away from, it’s my phone. To be exact, it’s Instagram that I access through my screen. Now that I’m getting some break from work, I have my life back! And yes, who wouldn’t spend some time sifting through artfully curated and envy-inducing pictures? The answer is nobody.
Here are my picks for the 20 Instagram accounts to follow right now, especially if you’re bored with your current timeline and want something different. They’re arranged in alphabetical order below. Enjoy!
(Follow me on Instagram HERE to get the latest news on style and beauty.)
Beauty blogging on Laced Ivory stemmed from my passion towards beauty products, writing and helping others (as well as myself) find their better selves. I’ve only got one face, body and a headful of hair, but over the years, I’ve tried so many different products and have come to really love some of them. Here are the top 40 beauty products that have made the cut this year (with links to purchase).
Hello beauties! As you’re reading this, I’m probably updating Instagram with my staycation pictures. That’s right, Mr. Ratatouille and I are making up for future lost time, as our work is going to separate us for a while in the coming months. Of course we’re dreading it but we refuse to sit around and mope, so we’re celebrating being together whenever we can. And what better way than some alone time, away from prying eyes?
As with all staycations, I always pack a bunch of things, such as skincare and makeup. Over time, the number of things I carry have reduced and today, I’m going to show you how you can pack for a staycation using a cooler bag.