Monday, March 02, 2015


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Spending some alone time with the love of my life, and our all-time favorite resort at Phuket. Sri panwa, you've been nothing short of amazing - as always...

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Saturday, February 28, 2015


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I have been so lazy with sharing my outfits, but I guess all of you were well occupied with my weight loss post for the past week, yes? 

Anyway, did you know that I used to avoid white? It was a shade I dreaded, one that would only emphasize my roundness then. The only white I wore were oversized tees, and that was only to bed. It wasn't only until I slimmed down that I dared to attempt white again.

And it has since been among my favourite shades to turn to. White is always feminine in a very understated way. And I really loved this simple ensemble I put on some weeks ago. The sequinned blazer and lace-up heels sure toughened up the look, and damn, the red on my lips is sick. I bagged the lippie from a Topshop sale, and it was only S$9! 


Outfit: Crop Top, Topshop // Pleated Skirt, TheClosetLover // Sequinned Blazer, H&M // Lace-up Heels, Windsor Smith // Birkin 35, Hermes // Arty Ring, Saint Laurent Paris // Collien de Chien, Hermes

Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Melody Yap's Weight Loss Tips

For so long now, everyone has been asking me, "How do you stay so slim despite eating so much?"

The truth is, I was very fat before. Now, this is very subjective. Some time last week, I wrote a post on Ladyironchef on the tips to stay slim without exercising, and I was slammed by many on Instagram. Many claimed that I was advocating model-weight kind of thin, and that I was a bad influence because I said that I was 52kg and 52kg was fat.

But did I really mean that, or did you choose to interpret it that way? By my standard and frame, 52kg was a massive ballooning, and it was my fattest period. Sure, that weight may be a norm for many, and there will be people who are heavier than 52kg and they are healthy. That's good for them, but not for me. 

A little background info might help before you develop more misconceptions, so here are some hideous photos to share before I go on. It took me many days of hesitation before I finally decide to share:

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ZERO PHOTOSHOP! I didn't even brighten the photos.

Get it? Based on my height, based on my lifestyle, this was unacceptable. I weighed 52kg, I wore L-size clothes, I had a fat percentage of 25%, and I lived with very unhealthy habits. To reiterate, I was fat and unhealthy, and that could not go on. 

Exercise was part of the slimming down process, and in case you are wondering, I used to jog twice a week, each time clocking 5km under 30 minutes. It was the intensity that worked for me, but I do not want to talk about exercise because it is relative and very dependent on individual. Find your own, and seek professional advice if you need.

What I want to share is how I disciplined myself with healthy lifestyle habits during the process of slimming down, and still practising them till today. While exercising for a stronger body is essential (yes, I agree and I dance + do yoga), daily lifestyle habits are vital. Sustenance is hard, and I never want to go back to looking that way again. So I live by those rules that I had shared, and by penning them all down, my only goal is to motivate girls of all kinds - whatever your weight or size is. 

To all of you who are genuinely interested, I hope my guide will help you. And with this post, with these blackmail-worthy photos, I just want to tell all of you that having been through that phase personally, I know exactly how it feels like to be fat, to never be able to fit into nice clothes without looking like a dumpling, to be laughed at constantly, to feel demoralized, and to be overwhelmed by inferiority complex.

I know, I really understand how that feels, because I have really been there before. And I hope I serve as a motivation to all of you now. No matter how tough it is, I promise you that if you follow these rules of mine, you will see results sooner than you'd expect.

Meanwhile, I will not entertain any nasty comments nor criticism. I am honestly very happy with my progress and health now, and to me, that is more important than looking good in a bikini. For sincere followers and supporters who have left me kind comments (on my Instagram, on Ladyironchef's website and through direct emails), thank you.

Once again, to read more about my tips on weight loss and staying slim without exercising, click here

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Happy Lunar New Year!

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Happy Lunar New Year to all my readers and supporters. Thank you for always standing by me, and for all your unwavering support. I truly appreciate it from the bottom of my heart, and I wish that the year of Goat will be a prosperous one for all of you. May you always be blessed with love, joy, peace and good health!


Outfit: Cheongsum Playsuit, Fash Mob *sponsored* // Pumps, Zara // Pearl Earrings, Zara 

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Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Travelogue: Sunshine Days // Conrad Bali II

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Happy Lunar New Year to all my Chinese readers! May the new year bring about peace, love, joy, prosperity and good health to one and all! 

What are all of you wearing today?

I shot this Wild Rose Tube Dress during my trip to Conrad Bali earlier this month, and the moment I put it on, I knew it would make the perfect Lunar outfit for house visits and many photographs. It fits me to the T, and the prints are glamorously gorgeous. Paired it with a pair of satin heels, and I know my mom would be so pleased with this feminine ensemble.

Long and drapey earrings too, of course. 


Outfit: Wild Rose Tube Dress, MDS Collections *sponsored* // Satin Heels, Shop Jenith *sponsored* // Earrings, ASOS // Necklace, Chanel // Arty Ring, Saint Laurent Paris

Quote "10%melodyyap" when you shop at MDS Collections and enjoy a 10% site-wide discount! Like MDS Collections on Facebook for styling tips and sneak previews, and follow MDS Collections on Instagram for flash sale codes and OOTD contests' details.

Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Travelogue: Summer in London // London IV

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Why do I only have three posts of London so far baffles me as much as algebra does. London is my utmost favourite and my folder of photos is so huge, beats me what took me so long to share another set. 

Anyway, London was mostly gloomy on my last visit, but that did not bring our spirits down in any ways at all. The Westminster was still as magnificent, and I could stare at the majestic Big Ben all day long. 

London gives me so much inspiration, and whenever I am in London, I am just like any other ordinary girl who's wowed by her favourite city and all that it has to offer. My soul is enraptured, and I stop to appreciate every beauty that surrounds me. The smallest sight marvels me, and every waking moment is precious. There is always something to discover and fall in love with, and every day is fun-filled and enriching. 

London, I love you and a part of me will always be with you...


Outfit: Style It Biker Jacket, The Closet Lover *sponsored* // Ballerina Tutu Skirt, The Closet Lover *sponsored* // Sandals, Zara // Boy Chanel, Chanel // Hoop Earrings, Nine West // Necklace, Chanel // Shades, Chanel

Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Travelogue: Sunshine Days // Conrad Bali I

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Yet another beautiful memory from Bali, the world's favourite Indonesian island. This time, we were hosted by the wonderful Conrad Bali team and boy, were we really pampered by their hospitality!

We felt so at home at the huge property, and spent so much time in the clear blue waters. Exploring includes kicking off our footwear and being liberated, and climbing on to bridges for a Garypeppergirl-inspired photo.

Of course, not forgetting one of my favourite local labels, Fash Mob. This red swing dress with precise embellishments sure make a good contrast against the tropical setting. I cannot wait to share more photos from the trip and I promise to be diligent in updating this space.


Outfit: Embellished Swing Dress in Red, Fash Mob *sponsored* // Studded Wristlet, Zara // Shades, Gucci // Pearl Earrings, Zara 

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Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef

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