How to Dress for Summer

posted on: Monday, August 29, 2016

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It's that time of the year again where it gets unbearably hot in Singapore. Usually people complain that the weather is the one that deters people from dressing up, but I beg to differ.

Summer is the time when you can get to show more skin and be creative in what you wear! Hemlines get shorter and shoulders get bared. This off-shoulder dress from Toki Choi perfectly fits the summer theme - it's lightweight and offers style while not compromising on comfort.

Dress down with some leather sandals and a straw fedora hat, or dress up with some heels for the night.
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Wearing blue kimono top from Toki Choi, blue denim shorts and leather sandals from Zalora.

Second tip I would give is a summer shirt or cami + simple shorts/mini skirt combination - it never fails. This blue kimono top is great for summer since it's loose-fitting - Usually I try to go for loose-fitting sleeved tops or just silk camis or 100% cottons. Fabric is actually really important in ensuring that your skin breathes - try to go for pure threads instead of polyester blends as that will only trap the heat more.

Hope these tips helps you in picking out your next outfit for blazing hot weather!

Post sponsored by Toki Choi.

Interiors Room Tour with Naiise.com

posted on: Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Naiise.com x nakedgloryvera-21 Naiise.com x nakedgloryvera-2 Naiise.com x nakedgloryvera-24The older I get, the more I have been drawn to interiors more than fashion. You can say that Crate & Barrel is rapidly replacing Zara. So I can't be more delighted to collaborate with Naiise on my 10 Naiise Things, handpicked from their site to pimp up my room.

When it comes to interiors, I am drawn to natural materials like driftwood, marble and fur to add a bit of warmth to my room. My room's color palette is generally white and deep mahogany brown - the bedframe and custom wardrobe both carries that color scheme. I picked out those colors when I was 15 actually; that was when I moved into the current apartment, and I slowly built up my aesthetic and collection of of homeware over the years.

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The Vanity Table

This is actually a long bookshelf which I placed horizontally. I use the shelf to store my magazines and bags, and the top I use it as a vanity table of sort, to display my favorite homeware pieces, and accessories in a pleasing manner.

I usually keep a few books which I am currently reading on the table - they are tucked between these cute Scene Shang bookends.

My night ritual comprises of me lighting a candle, listening to some chill lounge music before eventually getting myself ready for bed. I like the companion of a warm flame at night instead of lights, as well as relaxing to the scent that lingers in my room even after I blow out the candle. I absolutely adore Lumira candles as its scents are not too sweet (I dislike floral, sweet vanilla scents), but instead go for more complex, multi-layered scents like cedar, leather, sandalwood, fig and rose. Winding down with a this No. 352 Leather & Cedar Lumira candle at night is really a treat.

On the table are also the Snug Studio Cloud Cutting Board. You can place this in your kitchen for a daily dose of whimsy, or you can use it as a stand for your fragrances as what I am currently doing. I also selected two rolls of the Midnight Sparks night lights - These lights are battery operated, so you don't have to worry about plugging them in. The rose gold wires are so thin and malleable that you can twist them around anything you want to leave behind a trail of gold stars at night.

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I have a small work desk in my room on nights when I work late and choose not to use the study room. On my wall, I have my New Year Resolutions, as well as three calligraphy quotes from Actseed Co.

I like to have a little bit of green on my work desk and nothing is better than having a terrarium. This one here is customized for me by Mossing Gardens. Charles, the founder behind beautiful terrariums, insists that I'm the girl riding the bike in the terrarium. He also makes very beautiful self-contained garden worlds with little figurines which can be customized however you want.

I write down my goals and plans in this "Goal Digger" notebook from MiGoals - This nifty little notebook allows you to step by step detail your goals and has little quotes scattered through its pages to motivate you to simply get shit done. 

Finally, my new toy is my Soundpiece Mini, a portable bluetooth speaker from Happy Plugs. I usually put this one the moment I get home and the mornings when I wake up to play my favorite music.

Others -
Lamp - Repurposed from an old soup can from Etsy
Deer Antler (used as ring stand) - Vintage from Etsy
Floral Ballet Dancer calendar - Gift from dear friend @lovelimzy, who creates beautiful paintings from real flowers

Naiise.com x nakedgloryvera-22I store my watches in this concrete tray which I bought from Sydney. The whole wood coaster was purchased in London. I like buying homeware overseas - they kind of remind me of the places which I have travelled to.

Pro cheat tip

Finally, a cheap way to add some character to your vanity table would be paper coffee cups - these ones are from Market Lane Coffee in Melbourne, and Cafe Kitsune in Paris.

I hope you have enjoyed my 10 Naiise Things - Let me know in the comments which you favorite piece is!

Vera Tries - Chez Vous Triology Hair Review

posted on: Sunday, August 7, 2016

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As someone who gets bored really fast, I am always making changes to my hair – color, highlights, low lights, bleaching, perm… I’ve tried it all. As a result, my hair has become more fragile and prone to breakage over the years and dried ends/ frizz is a common issue on bad hair days.

I was told to give Trilogy System by Chez Vous a try – I was skeptical of the results initially but now I’m really sold! It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve had my treatment and my hair is still as soft and shiny as when I have just stepped out of the salon. Trilogy System is an exclusive treatment developed by the folks at Chez Vous, comprising of 3 services to work in synergy to achieve healthy and shiny hair.

Phase 1: Synchronized Advanced Hair Rebuilder
Phase 1 seeks to rebuild and strengthen damaged and chemically treated hair from within the hair shaft to give results that can’t be washed away. Instead of usual treatments would targets the hair with active ingredients on the surface, the bond rebuilder elements repair broken bonds in the hair shaft and added amino acids seals the repaired protein bonds for long lasting strengthening. Wearing this "hat" for the products to penetrate more deeply into the hair.

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Phase 2:  Resculpting Supreme
Phase 2 transform unmanageable hair into soft, natural, healthy looking tresses with keratin and silk proteins. The unique thing about this retexturising service is that it helps to resculpt and re-texturize the hair to suit the contouring based on your facial shape and so you can just point a hair dryer at your hair and it will fall in place nicely.

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Phase 3: Express Revitalizing Supreme
Chez Vous worked together with skincare specialists to come up with this first-ever hair treatment inspired by advanced skincare – it incorporates ingredients typically found in skincare like hyaluronic acid, peptides and amino acid and applies that to the treatment together with an ultrasonic machine.

You know how sometimes after you’ve dyed your hair too many times or have bleached it and the hair feels coarse to touch and tangles at the ends? That was me before but now I can run my hand through my hair smoothly. As for the shine, my hair was really shampoo ad ready after I stepped out from the salon, but even after 2 weeks now it was still retained some of the original shine and in general I now have zero frizz, smooth hair and bouncy curls!

Can’t be more pleased. Thank you Chez Vous!

Disclosure: Vera was invited by Chez Vous for a media trial.

Prices: Starting from $155 per session of the Synchronized Advanced Hair Rebuilder, $375 for a session of the Resculpting Supreme and $185 for a session of the Express Revitalizing Supreme. A complete series of the Trilogy System is recommended for optimum results.

Chez Vous is located at #05-05 Ngee Ann City.
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