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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Tutorial: The Sultry Snake Braid

 

Sultry Snake Braid Tutorial

It’s really not that hard to do!

 

You’ve read about my recent hair experiment, where I went ombre for the first time. Now, learn how you can create something interesting on your own – the sultry snake braid.

 

“Looking for a braided hairstyle that stands out from the crowd, but isn’t a killer to recreate? I’ve got just the braid for you,” explains Latest-Hairstyles.com guest contributor Jennie Kay. “If you can do a basic three-strand braid, you can master this chic braid in no time. Here’s how!”

 
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Tutorial: Purple and Gold Eye Makeup Featuring the Shupette Palette

 

A photo posted by Roxanne C. (@lacedivory) on



 

I’m sure you must have heard of Shupette by now, especially if you’re a beauty addict like me! While I don’t really see how a white, fluffy feline is associated with eyeshadow palettes, I definitely like the Shupette Has-It-All Eye & Lip Palette! If you’re tired of all the neutral palettes circulating around and are looking for something more interesting to bring with you on travels, I think the Shupette one could inject some fun into your life!

 

This was a gift from Mr. Ratatouille (he knows me well) during Christmas, and the moment I got it, I knew I had to make a tutorial on how you can use it! There are 8 eyeshadow shades arranged in 2 sets of quads, 6 lip colours, 2 applicators and a big mirror that spans the underside of the entire lid. And here’s how you can use it to create a purple and gold eye makeup look:

 

Purple and Gold Eye Makeup

Highlight the brow bone and add some base colour to the eyes (Steps 1-3).


 

Before you do anything to your eyes, always have foundation and concealor on first. Then, follow the steps below.

 

1. Highlight the brow bone with the light gold shimmer shade.

 

2. Dust the grey-purple shade on your entire upper lid under the brow bone. This creates a slight depth and shows off the hollows of your eye socket.

 

3. Next, apply the brinjal shade on your entire upper lid until around the crease. You can go a little further higher than that, but no more than the grey-purple shade in the previous step.

 
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Review: Le Jean Hair & Beauty Salon

 

Le Jean Hair & Beauty Salon Review

A salon where you’ll feel right at home.


 

How are my gorgeous kitties doing today? I’m quite excited to be sharing with you my experience at Le Jean Hair & Beauty Salon, where I got my first ombre hair style done!

 

I booked an appointment via Vanitee.com, which is an online portal of local businesses that cater to hair and beauty needs. Just scrolling through the listed businesses, all of which whose legitimacy had been personally ensured by the team at Vanitee.com, I picked Le Jean Hair & Beauty Salon because frankly speaking, I got tired of my hair yet again. So I decided on a date and time that was convenient for me and in a couple of days, I made my way to the salon at Far East Plaza, Singapore.

 

Once I got there, I presented my confirmation SMS to the very welcoming lady at the counter and saw that they had already recorded my appointment down in their log book. They were prepared for my arrival! I got ushered to my seat and met two guys, Marcus and Sham, who were the ones who did my hair for the next 6 hours. After a brief discussion with Marcus on what I wanted and what they were able to do for me based on my hair condition and past hair jobs, they got to work!

 

The first thing they did was to retouch my roots. As I’ve got a sensitive scalp, they applied a scalp protector first.

 

Le Jean Hair & Beauty Salon Review

Getting that scalp protector on! Sham’s on your left, Marcus is on your right.

 
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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas

 


Headline Seoul #HLSDSGN

 

Headline Seoul #HLSDSGN

 

Headline Seoul #HLSDSGN

 

Foil Sleeved Top: Headline Seoul

Star Printed Skirt: Headline Seoul

Leggings: Forever 21 (similar HERE)

Boots: New Look (similar HERE)

Photographer: Rosie Hayes

 
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2014 in a Nutshell, and Some Plans for 2015

 

Harbour in Sydney, Australia

A shot by Mr. Ratatouille along Sydney’s Darling Harbour earlier this year. Coat by ASOS (check out their current sale HERE).

 

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.

 

Beauty

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.

 

Style

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.

 

Travel

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.

 

Personal Growth

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,

Roxanne

Review & Swatch: 3CE Lip Lacquer in Super Coral and Lip Colour in HALA

 

3CE Lip Lacquer and 3CE Lipstick

 

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!

 
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