Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Travelogue: Our Idea of Paradise // Maldives III

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It was another morning at Maldives that I woke up all excited to dress up and head out for breakfast and a morning dip. I'd choose to think beach holidays do me good, so much because I don't even recall when I last enjoyed waking up at 7:30am. But mornings at Maldives are too beautiful to sleep in, and I jumped out of bed with so much eager each morning to see the view of the Indian Ocean right at my doorstep. The many wonders of Maldives include this picturesque sight I enjoy every morning, and I could get used to staring out at the sea - so carefree, so relaxing.

The richness of the blues is unbelievable; the skies and the sea boast such striking hues and gradients. Thank God I packed along this outfit, an easy set that The Stage Walk sent over to me some time ago, but I finally put them to good use for a morning stroll and breakfast!

Oversized tops are such casual life savers for feel-fat days, but I really have to tell you how much I love this pair of skorts. With prints seemingly reflecting the beauty of the island, and material so cooling to the touch, it made moving around so convenient. Why, it is quite a perfect piece indeed!


Outfit: Marshmellow Suede Oversize Top, The Stage Walk *sponsored* // Lizzie Cut-in Perfect Skorts in Blue, The Stage Walk *sponsored* // Flip-flops, Havainas // Shades, ShoppyPoppy // Beach Bag, Azura Australia // Pearl Earrings, Zara // Leather Bracelet, ShoppyPoppy // Rings, Forever21

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Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Travelogue: Our Idea of Paradise // Maldives II

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It was gloomy for two full days, and it rained heavily on one. Our moods were dampen, but that's still not going to stop us from appreciating every bit of Maldives. This is our favourite beach destination yet, and we are cherishing whatever's left of this vacation.

And planning our next one back, of course...


Outfit: Floral Slit Maxi, Ohvola // Aviator, ShoppyPoppy // Arty Ring, Saint Laurent Paris

Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Travelogue: Our Idea of Paradise // Maldives I

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Checking in from Maldives, our idea of paradise. It is a dream come true to finally be here, and this place is so - if not more - gorgeous than what I had in mind. The water is clear and boasts a subtle gradient of blues, the palm trees sway with such grace; even the cocktails are so effortlessly pretty against the vast Indian Ocean.

Every spot is photo-worthy, and it is needless to use a filter. Even on gloomy mornings like today, the island is picturesque. Waking up in a postcard and strolling along these luxurious water villas is something we really could get used to. And the man loves it because he can ditch his jeans and loafers and be totally comfy in the least of clothes. And me? You'd bet I came with a trunk of clothes and bikinis.

Yes, more photos to come, I promise. But first up, here's one sassy chiffon top that Twinnie dressed me in. I love how comfortable and easy to slip on it is, and it is the perfect lightweight summer top.


Outfit: Strappy Sass Top in Black, Hollyhoque *sponsored* // Denim Shorts, Supre // Matelasse Clutch, MiuMiu // Aviators, ShoppyPoppy // Arty Ring, Saint Laurent Paris // Necklaces Mix, Gorjana

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Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Neverending Affection

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I have always been a fan of Theory of Seven and their enthralling collections, so when the lovely owner offered to dress me, it was an excitement that I haven't experienced in a while - one that I cherish and feel so strongly for. She is such a talented person, and her designs are so immaculate that it is impossible to not feel confident in them.

What came in the mail was a gift handpicked by her - a cutout number marks my first feature for Theory of Seven. The sweet lilac shade speaks of my neverending affection for maxi dresses - a known fact by now - and the soft chiffon embraces femininity. But what completes this number is the playful cutouts at the back. Don't we all love back details?

Together with black accessories to complement the pop of black piping, my take on this ensemble is understated and one that is fitted for a quiet afternoon with my love as we explored alleys and the old charm of Singapore.

Thank you for dressing me, Eileen!


Outfit:Angelia Lilac Cutout Maxi Dress, Theory of Seven *sponsored* // Strappy Heels, Zara // Boy Chanel, Chanel // Aviators, ShoppyPoppy // Earrings, Chanel // Leather Bracelet, Balenciaga // Arty Ring, Saint Laurent Paris 

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Photography: Brad Lau @ladyironchef

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Counting Down To Maldives!

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It has been such a fruitful week!

I finally did my lasik and my eyes are healing well, I am working on my emails and clearing my backlog slowly but surely, I sold another batch of old clothes on my selling account (click here), I am officially on a shoe ban after my splurge tonight, and...

I AM GOING TO MALDIVES! My lovely B surprised me with a getaway that I have always wanted, and I can hardly contain my excitement! Maldives has always been one destination that is highly coveted and desired, and it has been on my bucket list since forever. The thought of it becoming a reality soon is still surreal, but more than this, I am really very extremely grateful that B always shows his love for me in ways that I more than deserve.

So looking forward to spending quality time with my man, and I already know he's gonna take lots of gorgeous photos for me!

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Tulle, by MDS Collections

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To be launched this weekend at MDS Collections...


Celebrate the new outlet at Ion Orchard with a 15% storewide discount on the opening day, 12 Oct 2014! The much awaited tulle midi skirts will also be made available in 3 colors (black, navy and grey) at selected retail stores. And with only a minimum spend of S$80, you will enjoy the free membership that usually only comes with a receipt of S$150 and above.

So many reasons to love MDS Collections, and I am most definitely excited about my favourite local brand opening its 11th store. See you there this Sunday!

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

My Lasik Journey

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So I am in my third day of recovery from lasik, and everything's really great so far. I love waking up to perfect vision, and I am really grateful for this newfound freedom.

I am not the best person to advise on lasik procedures and suitability, but I can tell you that while it may not be the cheapest thing to buy, it would be one investment that gives you the best returns in the most intangible ways.

In this day and age, lasik has become so advanced that the risk is most minimal. It is a painless procedure, and it takes only 5-10mins. While your eyes may be clamped open (with a harmless suction ring) throughout the procedure, you really will not feel anything poking your eyes because you will be given anesthesia. Trust me, I was so frightened by the thought of it that I couldn't sleep the night before, but the actual thing was swiftly and skillfully done.

Not everyone is suitable for lasik, though. I was denied twice last year, because my cornea was too thin due to prolonged wearing of contact lens. There is a pre-lasik consultation that everyone must go through to assess your suitability, and you are required to be off your contact lens for at least a week to regulate your vision. I took a month because of my condition, but it differs from one individual to another. Also, if you are pregnant or are on long-term medication that affects the hormones, you would need to put that to a stop and give yourself three months before you are ready for the check. Have the professionals advise you on this. The numerous tests might cause a bit of discomfort, though. Especially when they dilate your pupils - it might paralyze your vision for half a day or so.

So if you are suitable for lasik, you are not to wear contact lens 5 days prior to the surgery. And you must not wear makeup on the surgery day too. You need not fast, though.

The post-lasik feeling is one that leaves your eyes feeling raw and sensitive, but still painless. I experienced discomfort when sunlight streamed in to my windows for the first two days, and had to wear my shades even when I was just sitting around at home. But that is normal, and it happens to most people. Your vision would inevitably be blurry - some people regain clarity by the first night, some on the second day, and others may take up to one week. But this is also normal. The mandatory check on the following day (one day after your lasik) will have the doctor advise you on your condition and recovery progress.

The first six hours of recovery is crucial, and you must not subject your eyes to glaring screens (like laptop and TV), and you have to adhere strictly to the frequency of which you must lubricate your eyes with the prescribed eye drops. Try to not take long naps as it will cause dryness in the eyes. Actually, there was nothing much I could do and I was bored stiff, but I took that as an opportunity to just free my mind and rest.

And thereafter, the joy and freedom you get from perfect vision is one so liberating that you'd look back and find every effort taken so worth the while.

There are many authorized professionals out there who can perform lasik. I did mine at SGH, but I am not in the best position to speak for them nor endorse them. Just go for one that you are comfortable with, one that you have heard recommendations of, or one that you have had family and friends who did theirs at.

With this, I hope you have a better perspective of lasik and hesitate no more if you've been wanting to get yours done! 

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