Sponsored Post: Free-spirited, French, Cointreau

posted on: Friday, April 17, 2015

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Wearing Off-shoulder peplum top from Modparade
Vintage pencil skirt
Silver strappy heels from Zalora
Wonder Clutch from Sandro Paris
Shot by Phoebe Chin

I’ve always been attracted to French women, especially since they share my views about beauty and the way they dress. French women don’t rely heavily on makeup and cosmetics correction, their makeup is always au naturel and hair always done up in a messy bun or ponytail, or simply let down. They wear clothes that suit their age, fits wear and its comfortable to move in. But the thing is, they always look chic and very elegant. I attribute that to the way they carry themselves. 

An example would be French actress and model, Laetitia Casta, who’s the Creative Director of Cointreau. Not many people know that Cointreau is actually a very feminine spirit - the orange liqueur stands for a free-spirited woman. In fact, I align myself quite closely with the values of Cointreau - 
  1. Pursue your passions.
  2. Forge your own path.
  3. Express your creativity.
  4. Share time with friends.
  5. Have elegance to be yourself!
Here’s to more #GRLPOWER!!!

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Remy Cointreau, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

#LivingGrand with Grand Hyatt Singapore

posted on: Monday, April 6, 2015

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I had the chance to join Grand Hyatt in their Chinese New Year celebrations, just before CNY. The night was simply nothing short of amazing. I would go so far as to say that they surprised and wow-ed all of us, that night.

The cocktail reception was unassuming and we had a beautiful Lohei. But the night truly started when all of a sudden, the sliding doors was opened to reveal the most amazing table setting which transported me to Alice in Wonderland. Smoke on the ground, and a group of actors welcomed us into the dining table, which was decorated with fresh flowers running along the entire table. There were dancers, a live violinist and actors which posed as an unlikely group of characters which entertained us throughout the night.

When we were all seated, a second sheath of sliding doors opened and revealed a live kitchen. They looked like a painting, as the chefs were all posing in mid-action and then moved only when the dancer tapped each of them.
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The first course was revealed as Buddha Jumps Over the Wall, which is a dish commonly served at fine-dining Chinese restaurants. Grand Hyatt presented a refreshing take on it with clear broth, and the usual suspects - abalone, sea cucumber, scallop, and Chinese mushrooms all cooked to tender perfection.

Then came an interesting take on Roast Duck - it was served with an English scotch egg, spinach and water lotus glutinuous rice. I haven't had such authentic scotch egg since I was in London!

The highlight for me was the dessert. Before the dessert was served, a Chinese scroll was unfurled in front of all guests literally in front of us on the table. It was pulled carefully across the table, revealing the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac, painted by a local master calligrapher.

Dessert was a delightful fusion of the East and West flavors and method of presentation, served delicately in petit portions. Great for people like me who love dessert but has a small stomach!

White lotus blossom flower, Buddha’s hand lemon and mango pudding, mini lui sha bao (custard bun), a coconut pulut hitam ice cream, and other assorted pastries and sweet treats sealed the night for me!
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Till then again, Wonderland.

Thank you Grand Hyatt for such a memorable and amazing evening.

Working a maxi skirt

posted on: Saturday, April 4, 2015

Zalora Strappy Heels

Weekends post-brunch in this beautiful neighborhood can't help but have me lament in envy about the convenience of having stellar F&B outlets just down your house.

I've always been attracted towards clothes with movement, as I feel that they imbue ladies with a kind of sensuality as it sashays together with your walk. A maxi skirt such as this one from Flo & Ko is one such great example, with its multiple asymmetric layers of chiffon that looks lovely with a little wind.
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What does it take to wear a maxi skirt actually?

  1. It helps if you're tall. But for those who are not so blessed in the height department, just style it with a crop top! It helps to make your torso slightly shorter and your legs longer. 
  2. Pair it with a nice belt. It can definitely be a leather belt (but no traditional thick men's style kind please), if it's too long, you can just knot it!
  3. Walk, no sashay, with it down your neighborhood!

Now, watch me move.
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