Non-boring Alternatives for the Little Black Dress

posted on: Saturday, February 28, 2015

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So many times at cocktail parties you see ladies wearing different variations of the Little Black Dress (aka LBD), and it's boring. So here I am telling you you can wear rompers at such events instead.

I love a well designed romper like this chic number from Finders Keepers the label. This comes in an extremely flattering cut - Deep V-neck on the front and then a relaxed straight cut down, and finished off with shorts with a tapered curve up. Now you don't have to worry about hiding your tummy after a dinner - this romper hides it for you! It can be dressed up or down depending on occassions -

Formal - Wear it with sleeves rolled down (full length sleeves), stiletto heels for a formal dinner, paired with chic gold accessories and chandelier earrings

Casual - With black sneakers and a sling bag

I find shopping online the best place to compare options, and massive e-tailers such as ASOS and Zalora would be great avenues to start off! You can find additional discount codes through CupoNation. Usually, when I shop online, I would first go to a retailer site that I love such as ASOS for clothes, or Luxola for some cult beauty brands etc, and then look on CupoNation to see if a discount code is available. If you shop for groceries online, there's discount codes for RedMart too! Super convenient.

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- How to find a Romper for your body shape -

Generally, the below are the traits of a well cut romper.

  1. Since rompers are essentially shorts with an attached top, you'd want to find one with shorts that is slightly loose-fitting on the bottom, since wearing slightly oversized clothes will make you appear slimmer. 
  2. Most rompers come with an elastic in the middle. I look for rompers with an elastic band that is at my waist level. Wearing one that is at your hip level may make your body appear long and your legs shorter in comparison. This one that I'm wearing doesn't have an elastic (good for hiding food babies as discussed earlier). 
  3. Find a romper that flaunts your assets! Deep V-cut rompers drawn more attention to the chest, while if you're not so well endowed, you can choose tube-style rompers to flaunt your shoulders. Basically, just work with what makes you feel the most comfortable and showcases the best of your body.

Let's Talk Skincare - DRx Clinic Review Part 1

posted on: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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It's been just 1 month since I've had my first visit to DRx Clinic and my skin condition has already improved tremendously. I've had pretty OK skin all along - no major blemishes or breakouts, but I did have the problem of enlarged pores on my nose and along the sides of my nose, as well as a really oily T-zone. Nothing major.

But in the second half of last year, due to lack of sleep and the onslaught of stress, I started having really bad breakouts all over my T-zone and even around my cheek area. My skin was also a lot more dull and parts of it was peeling. I started to lose self-confidence and covered the blemishes up with heavier makeup - but everyone knows I hate wearing too much foundation or makeup for that matter. So that's when I decided I really need to see a dermatologist.

With the use of products and some oral medicine, my skin is now almost blemish free and my blackheads have all be eliminated as well! Now I follow a strict regime as such:

  1. Cleanser
  2. Toner
  3. Comedone formula - To help clear clogged pores; extremely effective.
  4. Blemish formula - To help control oil secretion on T-zone
  5. Maxi-C - A high concentration of Vitamin C to help renewal of skin cells.
  6. Hydrator - A lightweight moisturiser which turns from gel to water when applied and spread on the skin!
  7. Never forget the SUNSCREEN.

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At the reception of DRx - Bright and welcoming!
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Describing to Dr Tsu my skincare concerns and past history
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Look at how glowing Dr's skin is vs mine (no makeup)
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Getting acquainted with my daily essential six step skincare
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I liked how Dr Tsu did not immediately prescribe me with the usual two drugs used to treat acne which is Tretinoin and Accutane (high concentration of Vit A), although my previous derm did prescribe me with those two drugs. Please, please do ask your derm if those two drugs are really necessary for you because:

  1. They will make your skin react initially with lots of peeling, fluffiness, redness and irritation. This is expected from the treatment with those two drugs to "purge" your skin initially.
  2. Tretinoin works to reveal new skin cells and hence your face would look shiny, almost oily, due to new skin emerging constantly. Note - I was told that I looked oily, not glowy.
  3. Accutane has quite a few side effects, notably the risk of contacting Hep A and you need to have a blood test to have your liver tested before going on the treatment. 
That was based upon my previous experience with my first derm. It did the trick for me but then once I stopped taking Accutane, bit by bit my skin seemed to develop clogged pores again. Now, I'm on an antibiotics course, as well as Spironolactone. Dr Tsu told me he will gradually move me off those drugs upon improvement of my skin texture and he recommends me not to go on Accutane unless if my skin condition does not improve.

I would eventually want to reach the perfection of my Dr's skin - look at how his pores are all invisible and how his skin has a natural glow! But for now, I'm just really extremely thankful towards DRx for curing me of my skin woes.

Peranakan at Violet Oon's Kitchen Review

posted on: Friday, January 23, 2015

Violet Oon's Kitchen nakedgloryvera-8 Violet Oon x nakedgloryvera Violet Oon's Kitchen nakedgloryvera-6 Violet Oon x nakedgloryvera 4 When one thinks of Peranakan food, perhaps ideas of an abundance of spices, curries/gravy and old school cooking comes to mind. But dining at Violet Oon's truly dispelled that notion of traditional old school cooking, but instead introduced me to a new experience of layers of flavours, textures and even scents.

I loved the black and white mosaic tiles on the floor, paired with black rattan chairs and marble tabletops at Violet Oon's - the whole place exuded a classic, timeless style which went well with the food, like flavours suspended in time. Wearing this beautiful lace number from Shona Joy available Luxe Boutique Sydney, which went along great with the vibe of the restaurant.

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Another interesting starter which I tried was the 2 Dip Board with Pita Bread - the pita bread did give much to rave about but I thoroughly enjoyed the homemade black nut paste and chili crab dip.The Pong Tau Hu Soup was actually the most surprising dish thanks to the distinct, even slight bitter aftertaste of the prawn bisque cooked with julienned bamboo shoots. The meatball in the soup was really wholesome and I thoroughly enjoyed the crunchy texture of bamboo shoots with the prawn, pork & beancurd meatball.

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For Nyonya mains, we tried the Garam Assam Fish, which was a mackerel fillet cooked in a slight spicy and sour gravy with pineapple slices. The fish meat simply fell apart in layers when cut and absorbed the flavors of its gravy in all its glory. I'm usually not one who appreciate such gravy-heavy meat dishes, but the slight tanginess in the sauce did not make the gravy taste very oily or overbearing.

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We even managed to met Violet in person, who was still going strong at 60+. When we met her, she was just visiting the kitchen to bring home ingredients for the paste, dips and sauces, preferring to make them personally for the bistro. And it pays off in the flavours of all her dishes - this dining experience clearly changed my notion of Peranakan cooking.

For the full menu from Violet Oon's please visit this link.

Thank you Alistair for the kind invite to the tasting.
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