Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Vintage Glam




Photo courtesy of Desire To Inspire

Imagine living in an apartment where the old meets new; where the French baroque mantelpiece and sleek kitchen counters exist in harmony. Is that modern or vintage? Maybe this is the definition of contemporary design. I love the white against the dark floors. Transparent dining chairs and the clever use of mirrored storage make the apartment look more spacious than it really is, stylish yet functional!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Unicorn Mail

Guess what came in the mail today...



Unwrapping a parcel never felt this magical...I felt like a child again!



I received my parcel from Lime Crime!

I was filled with excitement upon opening the box filled with some extra goodies. Gosh, even the receipt is purple. *SCREAMS* As a sucker for fancy packaging, Lime Crime has definitely got me hooked.



When I finally unwrapped two layers of purple paper, lo and behold! There lies my lipstick encased in a their signature purple tube with a glitter unicorn.

Lime Crime Opaque Lipstick in Airborne Unicorn

The reason why I chose to purchase a purple lipstick out of the nudes, wine and pinks was simple. Purple is my favourite colour and I love lipsticks! Initially, I was uncertain if purple would suit Asian skin tones but upon applying the purple flatters my complexion surprisingly. Scroll down and you'll see how the colour works beautifully without the help of any eye makeup (I only have on mascara). Again, this varies from person to person.

My mini review of Lime Crime Opaque Lipstick:


  • Packaging (5/5) - No doubt! The pictures say it all. I feel that a lot of thought had gone into the packaging to make their customers feel that their splurge was worth the money and to me, the packaging is just as important as the brand name. For Lime Crime, the brand image runs consistently from its products to website and packaging.
  • Service (5/5) - Yes, excellent customer service always wins my heart over. My enquiry was replied in less than 3 hours and my parcel reached me in 13 days. All about the speed!
  • Colour payoff (4/5) - I love that the colour payoff is true to tube. You can be pretty sure of what you'll be getting just by looking at the tube. It took me about two swipes to cover my lips fully. Super pigmented! The only thing I dislike: it does stains your lips. It wouldn't come off with tissue or licking. However I believe some will take it as a plus point because the stain simply means prolonged staying power.
  • Scent (5/5) - Love that it is almost scentless with just a hint of vanilla. (Comparable to M.A.C lipsticks) Some may prefer fruity/ flowery scents but I prefer otherwise. 
  • Texture (4/5) - The lipstick goes on extremely smooth and creamy. It is decently moisturizing but I find the texture tends to 'sink' into the lines of my lips without the help of pre-applied lip balm. 
  • Price (3/5) - F.Y.I. I paid a total of SGD$34 after the conversion rate and shipment. I feel that the price is reasonable but can be lower. A M.A.C lipstick only costs SGD$28. However, considering the awesome packaging and great product, I am willing to spend.


Overall - I am really satisfied with the lipstick in every way. Lime Crime carries a wide range of lipstick and glosses in the craziest colours - blue, green, lilac, yellow, black. You name it. At the moment, purple seems most wearable for me but I am definitely eyeing for more. I would recommend the lipsticks to girls who aren't afraid to wear colours on the face. No point buying the prettiest shades but end up as diaplay on your vanity.

On asian skintone
Wearing Airborne Unicorn in day light, with only mascara.

On asian skintone

Friday, May 25, 2012

Rosette



Rosette sweater - Evil Valentine | Pencil skirt - G2000





Ribbon earrings - Diva | Gold watch - Casio | Nails - Revlon in Sheer Pearl





Zara heels

I can't seem to get enough of white clothes recently. It's funny how white clothes are slowly balancing out the black ones in my wardrobe, leaving about 20 percent colours in between. I found this gorgeous sweater recently at an online boutique Evil Valentine. The 'rose petals' create such an interesting texture and reflect tons of light onto my face. That's another reason why I am loving white clothes. I recommend you girls to check out the store because I personally enjoy the unique selection they cater. Besides, I experienced good customer service and my address was professionally printed out. (I do not understand why some established online stores still choose to write by hand) I believe I saw something similar in Zara months ago and it was love at first sight. My readers will know that I tend to save on clothes and splurge on shoes so no way will I spend $60 on just a sweater! Shop smart! :)

Thank you Mandy for always taking great pictures <3

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Peplum


Today's outfit was inspired by Victoria Beckham. Notice anything different today? I'm free from my usual stack of armparty! Victoria is often seen in either mini skirts, shift dresses or long gowns. But all share one thing in common; a tiny clinched waist. Her outfits usually focus on creating a structured/ exaggerated silhouette and minimum accessories. To me, Victoria Beckham is the definition of "Less is More" when it comes to fashion.

Executive Peplum Blouse - Dressabelle | Pencil skirt - ASOS | Bag - Shanghai




Peplum is one of those things that's universally flattering. It doesn't matter if it's a skirt, dress or top. 

If you are stick-thin like me, you get curves, instantly! Pear shaped girls will be glad to know peplum hides any bulge amazingly well. Foor busty girls, a v-neck peplum blouse (like the one I'm wearing) will help balance out the upper torso. 

Just like the classic skater dress, peplum is just as good granting us an hourglass figure.





This metal belt came along with my peplum blouse. It's detachable too.



As a guide, pair peplum tops with fitting bottoms because opposites attract. (most of the time) I am wearing my favourite magenta pencil skirt from ASOS!




Colour-block platform heels - Payless (I got mine from Payless store in JCube)

Presenting the 5.5 inch platforms in its full glory! Those are the most colourful heels I own to date. Absolutely in love. You might be surprised to know they only cost me $39.90. Pretty worth it huh? They're sturdy, chunky and very good quality. I walked half a day in these today, no complaints at all.




Revlon butter, a gold Casio Watch and heels by Brash

Ending off with a shot of my favourite things at the moment :)

And photo credits to my mom! 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Middle East Through My Camera

My girlfriends and I recently watched Sex & The City 2. I wasn't even paying much attention to the lousy storyline (as compared to the first). Rather, the scenes where the girls spent their holiday in Abu Dhabi made me want to relive my experiences in the middle east too.

I was lucky. Two years ago, I got to visit my working dad in Qatar, followed by Dubai for a short holiday. A trip to the foreign land meant little for a sixteen year old then. But little did I know, the two places were like rice; I will never crave until it has been taken away from me.

Let the pictures do the talking:

The Qatar Museum of Islamic Art - amazing architecture.

Interior of the museum where curves and lines went in perfect harmony.

Souq Waqif - literally translated as "The Standing Market", renowned for selling traditional garments, spices, souvenirs and handicrafts. 



A giant leather sandal (worn by men)

Exotic choices of pets


Typical shop in Souq Waqif selling scarves

The Qatar Villagio (MBS is nothing compared to this)


My family



Saw the most beautiful landscape ever


Sand dune racing is a common past time for Arabian men



With our chauffer Hussein who's from Bangladesh




In Dubai:

Burj Khalifa - tallest in the world since 2010 standing at 828 meters (compare with the height of the palm trees)





Tried on a typical attire most Arabian/Muslim women wore
Sand boarding

Belly dancer

Isn't the middle east mysterious, fascinating, magnificent, magical? I would do anything to experience the Middle East again.
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