Exploring National Gallery Singapore

posted on: Friday, May 13, 2016

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Since the opening of National Gallery, I’ve probably flocked to it several times, and not always for the paintings that hang within it but more for its stunning architecture. The National Gallery was formerly the Supreme Court of Singapore and is a monumental building that houses a large portion of Singapore’s history even before its independence. The new revamp kept the original architecture but features added beams and a rooftop terrace that allows light to stream in during the day.

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Wearing Cameo crop top and Mango wide leg pants

The Cameo top is one of my favorite crop tops for its circular bustline and bareback design – it’s perfect for the hot Singapore climate! As it’s 30-32C year-round in Singapore, I always opt for camisoles or bareback tops, or light 100% cotton shirts to keep the heat out. It’s important to be discerning towards the fabric of the clothes you wear – polyester blends are popular now as it is cheaper but it actually makes you sweat easier since the heat is easily trapped within the synthetic fibers.

What are your takes on selecting fabrics? Or do you not look out for it at all in purchasing clothes?

French Style Dressing Tips

posted on: Monday, May 9, 2016

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People always ask what makes French women chic. The truth, I think, is very simple – 
  1. They stick to a few really well cut basics with added details instead of compromising their style and chasing after trends. They know what works and what doesn’t, so the overall look and style is always consistent and timeless. Frankly, all you need to have are just a few hardworking basics of really good fabrics and cut, and you can keep rewearing them for years. 
  2. They dress for themselves and not for other people’s eyes, which is why hemlines and sleeves are usually longer, instead of short skirts and camisoles. I guess this gives them the je ne sais quoi, effortless quality to their outfits.

French girl style nakedgloryvera-5 French girl style nakedgloryvera-17 French girl style nakedgloryvera i French girl style nakedgloryvera-11 I recently got this A-line flare skirt from Sandro Paris and really like the subtle knit texture of it and really love this look when paired together with this ribbon-tie shirt. Wearing this pair of suede leather sandals from Raye the Label, available from Revolve – I really like it for its comfort since the heel is really sturdy to walk in and also the fact that it pretty much goes with everything. 

For the month of May, Revolve is offering up to 25% off everything from 10 - 12 May! Use code REVOLVEME.

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I'd take this chance to update my summer wardrobe. BRB.

How to Create Your Own Home Spa

posted on: Sunday, May 8, 2016

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A new year resolution this year which I set out to achieve was to live more mindfully. That involves meditation and yoga, which helps your body to pay more attention to breathing and being present. I was also introduced to aromatherapy during my yoga sessions and I’m now convinced that scent is just as important in regulating your state of mind and in aiding your breathing practice.

I was recently introduced to Aromatherapy Associates, which was established in 1958 and specializes in using high grade essential oils to encourage radiant, healthy skin, and also improve our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Aromatherapy Associates originally started out in the luxury spa sector, and is used by therapists in over 700 luxury spas worldwide, including those in hotels such as Mandarin Oriental and Fullerton Hotel, which was where I had my virgin Aromatherapy Associates experience.

At the Fullerton Spa, I was introduced to Lyndsey, the SEA Region Manager of Aromatherapy Associates. I was asked to fill out a profiling card to determine my present emotional state, to in turn narrow down the essential oil to be used for my massage.

  Relax – Slow down and induce a good night’s sleep
De-Stress – Clear your mind and ease physical stresses and strains
Revive – Invigorates and energises a weary mind and body
Support – Takes care of you at your lowest emotional states

I picked Equilibrium which came like a hug in a bottle – with scents of geranium, rose and frankincense, it was a very comforting scent to emotionally balance yourself and let your mind relax a little.

Aromatherapy Associates Review-2 The great thing about essential oils is their multi-tasking capabilities – besides the physical benefits it brings, it is also able to transform our emotional states and move us from one state of mind to another.

How to Use Essential Oils

  1.          As a treatment for scars and scabs
  2.          As a moisturizer for dry or irritated skin
  3.          Suitable for sensitive skin and people with eczema
  4.          Massage oil to improve blood circulation and muscular aches
  5.          Include in your breathing practice during meditation and yoga
  6.          Add a few drops to your diffuser for a scented room
  7.          Home spa: simply add half a mini bottle of essential oil depending on your emotional state into your bath and soak for 10 – 15 minutes. No bathtub? No problem – apply half a mini bottle of essential oil onto your skin and leave on for a few minutes. Shower off – the hot water creates a natural steamroom and releases the scents of the oil for a relaxing shower experience.
Aromatherapy Associates is available at Sephora for you to DIY your Home Spa experience. 
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