Top 10 Things to Pack for Beach Holiday

posted on: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fullerton Bay Hotel Resort look (13 of 24) Fullerton Bay Hotel Resort look (12 of 24) Fullerton Bay Hotel Resort look (18 of 24) Fullerton Bay Hotel Resort look (19 of 24) Fullerton Bay Hotel Resort look (14 of 24) Fullerton Bay Hotel nakedgloryvera Fullerton Bay Hotel Resort look (16 of 24) Fullerton Bay Hotel nakedgloryvera i Wearing Staple the Label Cyclone print top from The Wyld Shop, Mesh bell skirt from online, Knotted gold gemstone bracelet from ELONA, Blue tinted shades from T.O.T
Photography by Jonathan Liu

As promised, here's my second installation of summer resort. Still keeping to the theme of white and blue yes, but this time with a little variation with this print top that looks as though it has been dip dyed. You have to give it to Australian labels for coming up with designs that are easy to wear, yet not boring and I love that The Wyld Shop brings in several Australian brands at really affordable prices which are comparable to high street brands.

In the second of this series, I'd like to share with you some tips on packing for you summer holiday. I'm not the best packer (especially in terms of neatness), but I've traveled enough to know how to pack right.

Holiday Packing

  1. Maxi dress - A slightly dressier one, but still in lightweight fabric like this embroidered chiffon one from Alice & Olivia here
  2. Tops x 3 - Think crop tops, mesh tops, bralets
  3. Bottoms x 3 - Think ripped denim shorts, flirty pleat skirts
  4. Sandals
  5. Crochet kaftan or any other slipon
  6. Bikini set x 3 - What's a beach holiday without multiple swimwear changes?
  7. A trusty beach tote bag and 2 pairs of sunnies (usually I go for one brown and one black)
  8. Beauty essentials - Sunblock (for sure), lip balm, bronzing powder and waterproof makeup
  9. Fabric based accessories - no gold or silver or anything that may oxidise with salt water!
  10. A good book
And there you have it! Hope this will make crafting your pack list much more easier. 

Summer Resort Look I

posted on: Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fullerton Bay Hotel Resort look (5 of 24) Fullerton Bay Hotel Resort look (1 of 24) Fullerton Bay Hotel Resort look (2 of 24) Fullerton Bay Hotel Resort look (8 of 24) Fullerton Bay Hotel Resort look (9 of 24) Fullerton Bay Hotel Resort look (10 of 24)Wearing Staple the Label Spray Dye Dress from The Wyld Shop, Silver Strappy Heels from Zalora and Blue Tinted Shades from T.O.T
Photography by Jonathan Liu

The long weekend is coming up next week 26 - 28 August and then subsequently National Day again on 9 August. To pre-empt you for your weekend getaway, I have a series of resort looks. Ahhhh resort - just the idea of it makes me sigh and elicit a dreamy smile.

I feel like resort is the easiest on-location look to pull off - there are just so many lazy possibilities! Top resort favourites would probably be:
  • Maxi dress, plus giant sunhat
  • A colorblock/ print romper in light silk crepe fabric, with oversized sunnies and lots of braided bracelets
  • A good bikini and sheer coverall, such as a crochet kaftan
  • An easy one-piece dress such as this spray dye dress that I'm wearing
I would advise you against wearing crocs or ugly flip flops (which will totally kill the look), and instead slipping on some pool slippers or those Birkenstocks with oversized metallic buckles. Sandals with interesting details or straps would also look great paired with any of the above.

Fullerton Bay Hotel Resort look (4 of 24) Fullerton Bay Hotel Resort look (7 of 24)
On a side note, I had my hair color updated again at Pro Trim Hair Salon. My stylist, Avan, gave me light brown color as the base color this time round, with reddish brown low lights hidden within my bob and copper highlights. You can see that's why my hair looks light brown and then copper reddish brown in different photos. The highlights and low lights were always done very meticulously by the what the stylists term as the "Weaving" technique. Basically, the hair is first separated into different layers and then a lock of hair is taken out and then using a rattail comb, strands of hair is selected out from that one lock and applied color. This makes the highlight looks really natural.

I love that Pro Trim usually finishes off the color with a color-locking shampoo from Kerastase, and then a leave-in color treatment for another 30 minutes. I feel that it really helps to maintain the color in the long run. Avan also updated my bob slightly by giving it a slight trim, and some layering done to create volume. Originally I had an asymmetric bob, but now I can give my hair middle, left or right parting however I want it! I personally really believe in Pro Trim's expertise in both color and cut, so I've been recommending it to all my friends.

Call them at 6238 7027 to make an appointment!

L'Oreal Paris Youth Code Luminizing Essence Review

posted on: Saturday, July 5, 2014

L'Oreal Youth Code Luminizing Essence (2 of 4) L'Oreal Youth Code Luminizing Essence (3 of 4) L'Oreal Youth Code Luminizing Essence (4 of 4)
I have always wanted luminous skin. You know the kind that is so clear that it glows. Like Fann Wang's or Sheila Sim's, if you will. Unfortunately, in my earlier teenage years, I didn't know how to take care of my skin properly and that has led to enlarged pores on my nose and along the sides on my cheeks. Bad sleeping habits and late nights with school and work nowadays are not exactly helping either. I have always been envious of girls with super clear, luminous skin because it would mean that they would look good with very little makeup. Good skin is the base for makeup - it will make whatever you are wearing seat on your face better and shows that you are well groomed in general, so it's important to activate your skin's inner light. 

And L'Oreal's latest product, the Youth Code Luminizing Essence is meant to do just that. It contains 3 active ingredients -
  1. Pro Cystein - Brighten Skin Tone
  2. Pearls (Micro Blue Pearls) - Enhance Transparency of Skin
  3. Pore Refiner - Even Out Skin Texture
L'Oreal Youth Code Luminizing Essence (1 of 4) L'Oreal Youth Code Luminizing Essence closeup
I love the packaging - it comes in a dropper bottle, making it easy to dispense and sanitary. You simply need to squeeze one pump-ful onto your palm, blend it out slightly and then pat gently onto your face with your fingers and follow with your usual moisturizing lotion afterwards.

The formula is very light and non-greasy, making it very easily absorbed into my skin. I have just started using it for a week, so I would not be able to comment on its efficacy yet, but I do like how my skin looks more glowy and refreshed the next morning when I wake up!

So I'm telling you girls -  don't wait till you're much older in your thirties and struggling with dull and uneven skin tones and giant pores. Activate your skin's inner light now!
I don't think I'll be disappointed with Youth Code - I mean c'mon even Rui En uses it! You can get it at Watsons currently, and it will hit all Watsons, Guardian, SASA, Department Stores and major hypermarkets from 17th July onwards. More details on www.youthcode.com.sg.

#EatDrinkArt at Mad Nest East Coast

posted on: Thursday, July 3, 2014

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Wearing Chain link blouse from Primark, Marble print tuxedo skirt from Zara, Maroon booths from Zara, Studded bag from Aldo, Titanium quartz stone necklace from 30versions

About a week ago, I attend ‘#EatDrinkArt’, a food art exhibition featuring multi-talented artists over at Mad Nest, a fusion bar and restaurant nestled along East Coast Road featuring Thai, Argentine and Japanese cuisines. It should come across as no surprise that this contemporary dining joint has came up with such a novel idea to combine both food and art together by inviting 14 artists to create based upon an assigned mystery key ingredient from one of the three cuisines.

Wore this ensemble, which I really love as it is so weather appropriate for the unbearingly hot and humid weather here in Singapore. I especially love this titanium quartz stone necklace from 30versions, which is handmade by two ladies in Singapore using stones and crystals from Brazil. Aside from the gemstone and semi-precious stone accessories, they also make bracelets and necklaces out of organic materials such as fabric and ropes. Definitely very artisanal! 

Mad Nest (10 of 10)
Me, Desiree and Marc
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It was really interesting to look at the multimedia artwork, some put together literally from rice and mussel shells, to illustrations and photographs inspired by the food ingredient. My favourite comes from my friend Grace Ciao, for her illustration of a dress based upon a lettuce leaf, and also the very zen artwork of Japanese cranes composed from grains of rice by another favourite artist, Love Limzy. I also enjoyed Teresa Lim (teeheeteehee)'s work once again displaying her quirkiness with flair and also Caleb & Gladys for their dramatic take on fashion photography (think model devouring messy spaghetti caught on black and white film).

I really loved nibbling on the canapes served during the event - there were tender cajun chicken and juicy bratwurst sausages served on mini broiches as part of the Argentine menu. And from the Thai menu, there was green curry chicken - a delightful mildly spicy concoction of green curry, spices and chicken. The salmon sashimi roll from the Japanese menu did not disappoint as usual either. For big group parties or a for a good place to chill, definitely check out Mad Nest for their extensive menu choices!

Big thanks for Desiree for the photos and her boyfriend Marc for driving us to and fro *hehehe*

#EatDrinkArt Exhibition
18 June 2014 - 5 September 2014
Mad Nest, 378/380 East Coast Road, Singapore 428986
The finale of the exhibition will include an art and craft workshop, a sumptuous buffet spread and other activities for parents and their children. (Details TBA)
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