We often sacrifice self-care because we are too busy trying to save everyone else. Sometimes we just need to be selfish and love ourselves more. For when we care and love ourselves, we are better able to care for and love others.
To feel better about yourself, learn a new skill. There’s reason to believe that engaging in a project can put you in a meditation state. Finishing the project, or mastering a mini skill, boosts one’s confidence.
I did just that – took the day off and attended a X’mas Wreath Workshop hosted by A Sassy Florist with a girlfriend.
Mia, owner of A Sassy Florist and mummy to Apple Juice (that’s the adorable shiba who loves belly rubs and head massages). This is her first time hosting wreath making workshops and it has been a sold out success. I was glad we manage to get a spot. Mia makes beautiful hand bouquets/arrangements – Omakase style or some would say avant-garde.
Mia makes wreath making look so easy but it’s not it took us two hours to make a wreath. Mia was very good at teaching us the basics, encouraging us to let our creativity run its course. She was very patient with us, guiding and helping us along the way.
I’m in love with my final wreath – it looks professionally done and very expensive – full to the brim with foliage (pine, fir, spruce, eucalyptus) and elements (deco of acorn, cotton, cinnamon).
We both had loads of fun making our X’mas wreath and playing with Apple Juice! A wonderful experience that I would highly recommend.
I’m blessed to have received such a unique and fun birthday pressie from my buddy ~ an Eau de Parfum Workshop with Oo La Lab.
The highlight of the workshop was learning to create our own unique and bespoke scent. Along the way we learned about the art of perfumery and also found out that they are the people behind the Changi Airport and Ion Orchard signature scent.
Jon (our trainer) gave us a brief introduction to the world of perfumery. We kick started by sampling the different fragrances using the scent card booklet given to us earlier and learning the key notes in each sample. It’s interesting how some scents can jolt back forgotten memories. He informed us that fragrances consists of top, middle, base, complex plus high notes and the importance each category plays. He was very patient in answering our 101 questions.
Felt like we were back in school in the chemistry lab with 26 scent bottles and apparatuses laid out. The scents are divided into 3 categories –
Base Notes: the longevity of the scent which stays on your body/clothes comprising of sweet and musky scents the likes of “Vanilla”, “Gourmand”, “Woody”;
Middle Notes: sets the tone of the whole fragrance and includes a number of floral scents i.e. “Muguet”, “White Flowers”;
Top Notes: the one that makes your perfume instantly recognisable, though it doesn’t last as long as the base note however it is this scent that makes it memorable.
Now comes the challenging part – deciding which scent blends well with one another and fits your personality. Rule of thumb, is to remember the importance that creating a fragrance is subjective so don’t be tempted by others around you of their likes and dislikes. I guess that’s one of the reason why our trainer didn’t want to give suggestions on our concoction?
After much trial and error I finally picked out the scents I wanted. My bespoke fragrance consist of “Woody”, “Gourmande”, “Muguet”, “Tea”, “Fruity” and “Aquatic”. Now comes the fun part of being a chemist, doing the maths for composition then blending the chosen scents into a bottle.
Once your done they will assist in fixing the spray nozzle and cap. What makes it even more personalised is that you get to name your creation! My bottle of perfume is then nicely packed in a bag emblazoned with Oo La Lab logo, a lovely keepsake from an awesome experience!
All in all I had a great time with my buddy. This is by far one of the most unique present I have received.
An Eau de Parfum Workshop with Oo La Lab makes an ideal gift. Not only is it a great experience to have with your friends and have some fun bonding over the art of perfumery but you also get to create your own bespoke fragrance! If you are perfume enthusiast, this is an ultimate experience for you.
Sharing with you a new quaint bistro my girlfriend and I visited which have just opened – The Gallery Bistro (part of the Saveur Group). Nestled inside the grand old dame of the former Supreme Court and City Hall.
Wine & Dine with a picturesque view of the Singapore skyline, whilst taking in the afterglow of the sunset lingering on the horizon and enjoy the cool evening breeze.
As an opening special each table reservation made by quoting “Amarone” entitles you to a bottle of Amarone della Valpolicella Wine at $55 which is a steal (normal price is $136) the red wine is smooth, easy to drink and doesn’t leave an after taste. The red wine goes well with everything – truffle fries, oysters and of course steak!
Food was delicious – good quality and portions are substantial. However menu selection can be improved – with more bar bites options like chicken wings, beef cubes, spam fries etc.
The ambience of the restaurant has a Parisian style vibe it would have been a scene right out of “Emily in Paris” if the fairy lights could be switched on.
The restaurant manager, Pauline and her crew deserve to be complimented! Everyone is treated like a VIP! Not only were they attentive, friendly, welcoming, patient and helpful in recommending options. They always serve with a smile (ok everyone is masked up but you can tell through their eyes and their bubbly voice when they serve they are smiling from behind the masks).
An unforgettable and memorable dining experience! We will definitely be coming back again!
P.S. From 16-27.Nov they have free half dozen oysters! Checkout their Facebook or Instagram for details!
Accessories are like vitamins to fashion as such you should use them liberally. As the saying goes the perfect accessory can make the difference between looking blah and totally to die for!
To encourage more ladies to experiment with accessorizing Joyce came up with the idea of MarcasiteSilver – Rent a Jewel a place where you will find the perfect accessory to match your everyday wardrobe without burning a hole your pocket, takes up no space and lets you try different styles with no obligations.
In my opinion, accessorizing is the most fun part of an outfit. And what better way than to have the opportunity to try out different jewelry with MarcasiteSilver – Rent a Jewel you won’t lament about having to repeat your jewelry ever again. I personally feel this is a great way to experiment with the wide array of jewelry offered by MarcasiteSilver. Different jewelry exudes a different aura of style, we are all unique in our own ways and should find our very own signature style.
Jazz up your work outfit with a pair of Danty Florinda or Bloom Bracelet Citrine I believe when you look good you ultimately feel good and will have a beautiful start to the day!
How does it work? Simply place a refundable deposit of SGD50, choose any 2 to start. You will have option to change every 2 weeks at only $19/month. Do note you will need to commit 2 months with an upfront payment via paypal.
If you are both fashion and financially conscious, you will find that taking jewelry on rent can work to your advantage.
Ultimately, to buy or to rent – the choice is yours to make. Although the satisfaction of owning something is not a match to holding on to something for a brief while. But then, given the burgeon trend, it seems, fashion is beginning to pip ownership.
They say that when you own five or more pieces by a particular designer, then you’re officially a “collector” of that line. If that is indeed the definition, then I certainly qualify as a collector of MarcasiteSilver, the unique line created by Joyce Mak who single handedly designs and sources for the gems on her own.
I got to know Joyce when she did a roadshow at Raffles Exchange and thats also where my interest in marcasite jewellery grew. Marcasite jewellery are classic, timeless and elegant way to accessorize, their style can derive as vivid as the Victorian, Deco and Art Nouveau era.
What is marcasite jewellery? Marcasite jewllery isn’t really made from marcasite (white iron pyrite) but from iron pyrite, which is less brittle, more durable and has a bright sheen.
They can be mixed and matched in any way for maximum impact to make a fashion statement.
Joyce will still be at Raffles Exchange next week until Friday, do go down and check out the specially curated pieces. Alternatively you can go down to her shop at Mandarin Gallery Orchard #03-21.
Thank you for reading.
P.S. A new collection have just arrived today am excited are you?
The mini box contains 2tokens for the game machines and a ticket for slushie redemption. You get additional tokens upon check-out of purchases too.
Are you ready for some fun? I sure was been waiting for so long. Let the games begin!
Who says a girl can’t have makeup & play arcade games?
With a token in hand we each took a chance with the Bubble Game Machine – with skilful strategy planning we manage to “claw” ourselves the coveted black card bubbles to exchange for a customised fragrance.
After a stressful entrance we decided to take a notch down and play some “mindless” games of pitting each other over a game of tennis and beat the piano tiles (P.S. These are sure wins i.e. as in either you win or your partner wins so you are guaranteed a prize) and won for ourselves Rouge Coco Lip Palette and Primer.
After all that gaming adrenaline rush it was time for us to chill and play with makeup!
Tired and thirsty? Fret not Coco has it all under control – serving you an ice cold mango slushie.
I’m delighted I manage to purchase some of the exclusive limited edition merchandise.
Oh there’s also a tier spending reward – depending on how much you spend you will be entitled to various free gifts.
What are you waiting for? The Coco Game Center Pop-up closes on 6 May Sun! Don’t miss it!!
Hello Lovelies its Friyay! I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend to spend time with my girl.
Business-Casual “Casual-Fridays” can mean different things to different companies but no matter what the company save those jean shorts, tattered jeans, crop tops, flip-flops and sneakers only for the weekend.
To me “Casual-Fridays” means slightly more casual/relaxed than Professional Business wear but one must still look chic and stylish.
I teamed a solid coloured ankle pants with a bold red checkered top. I have a habit of colour coordinate my shoes and accessories. For footwear, I wore a pair of red chaine patent flatties which matches my top.
Krabi a beach paradise ~ emerald-green waters, limestone cliffs, soft smooth sand and cooling sea breeze. Although September in Krabi is known to be the rainy season, we were fortunate to have clear blue skies and sunshine throughout our stay with only the occasional passing showers in the evening. Going during the low season was great as prices for airfare and accommodation was cheaper plus its less crowded too.
We flew directly into Krabi via Tiger Airways which takes about 1h40mins. For a peace of mind I had pre-arranged return airport transfers with KrabiShuttle.com, costing B1,198 (SGD46.97). When we arrived at Krabi Airport, the driver was at the arrival hall holding a place-card with our name on it. On our way back he was at our resort waiting for us earlier then the expected time. Good service, reliable, car was clean and they also provide WIFI in the car.
We stayed at Peace Laguna Resort, located in the heart of Ao Nang tucked away down a side street away from the crowded main street, noise and traffic. Out front at the resort mainstreet are lots of street kitchens, restaurants, cafes and convenient stores. A 5 minutes walk to the beach via the rear exit of the resort.
We booked a Superior Cottage, 4D3N inclusive of breakfast for 3 (SGD376.98 – quite a steal I would say). From the moment we arrived, the relaxation began. The cottages and pools (they have 3 pools) are set around a lagoon, surrounded by lush greenery and a view of the majestic limestone cliff. There is WIFI connectivity through out the resort and good reception in the room too! The cottage we stayed in was huge, they had 2 double beds plus a day bed, a huge bathtub and a private outdoor shower. Breakfast was alright, with quite a selection and a variety of fruit juices – just stay away from the coffee. In the afternoon from 4-4:45pm they serve afternoon tea and snacks at the lobby. Although the place is a little worn but the surrounding and the rooms are clean and bed linen are changed daily. My only gripe was the mattress is too hard!
The beach is beautiful and picturesque. You can see some of the islands from Ao Nang Beach, sea shells lace the shorelines and long tail boats at the shore waiting to ferry tourists to the neighboring islands. A perfect place to relax and enjoy with a couple of beers.
Do you know that only in Thailand can you find pork bacon and patty in the Mushroom Swiss at Burger King? Well now you know.
Natasha’s favorite street food is the ‘banana pancake’ aka banana prata.
Located right outside our resort is a street kitchen, Esan Food & Cooking Inter, that serves authentic home cooked Thai food. They are open daily from 5pm onwards. Seafood were fresh, food were delicious, friendly staff and price was cheap. Excellent value for money.
A good place for massage is Anda Massage Beauty Salon, besides massages they also offer manicure & pedicure and facial. Place is clean, air-conditioned, friendly and lovely staff who speaks quite good English. Natasha was hungry in between treatments and they offered her a plate of fruits to eat.
We had lots of fun in Krabi truly relaxing, rejuvenating and recharged.
An ideal beach holiday spot which is less touristy, quiet and relaxing.
If you’re going for that minimalist kind of look, where you want to look feminine and classic, yet not too overdressed and flashy, then this is a nice approach which I have put together. I wanted to keep it clean and simple, so I chose this cute little black dress from Nanz that I fell in love with when I saw it and paired it with a pair of yellow and black stripe heels to give the outfit some contrast.
Going further along with the contrasting theme, I paired a red clutch to balance out the black and brighten up the outfit a little more. For jewellery, I kept it simple and minimal. And there you have it!
This is how I would style my little black dress bringing me from work to a night out.
Thank for reading!
:: Outfit ::
Classice Black Dress :: Nan_Z Collection by Si Nan
Accessories :: Clutch & Bangle (Chanel), Necklace & Ring (Flea Market in Australia)