Saturday, August 30

BACKYARD FRIENDS

wearing: American Apparel watermelon briefs, Windsor Smith platforms. Photos by Dan.

How is it that August is almost over? Someone help me understand. 
Really enjoying the weekend, relaxing at home and still putting together the videos from NYC/California. I've started working again and saving 
up for new adventures. Greece, Bali, Rome, top 3 on my list (for now). My thirst for travel and getting new inspiration are hard keeping up with, 
sometimes I find it hard to keep up with myself. Does that even make sense? I've been wanting to go to a resort or some sort, soak up the sun and drink all kinds of juices they have to offer. Not to mention the sunsets, watching the sun drown into the horizon, its hypnotizing, I'm telling ya. 

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Sunday, August 24

LA FLEUR


Last outfit post from California (cries). But not forgetting that I still have many other non outfit related posts queued up, including the video diary of my documented adventures. Also working on blogging every week, even though I feel like I have been the busiest ever since I got back. This entire trip brought out a whole new person in me. Take waking up early, for instance. I am so not a morning person, I'd give breakfasts a miss and eat lunch when it is almost 3 hours to dinner. Another huge lesson I learnt was not giving a single care towards trivial matters. I used to care so much about people's lives and opinions, how my actions would affect them and by them meaning people I don't even talk to. I was so bothered about almost everything till it became unhealthy.

All these changed slowly during the trip. I'm so blessed to have the most understanding Uncle, he taught me many life lessons that is truly beneficial for me. I talked to him about what I was bothered by and he told me, "You're making yourself your own victim". I don't know why but I just woke up. I came to a realisation that I don't need to be sweating on the small stuff when I can be just, happy. Ever since then, I dropped all aspects of irrelevance from my life and I have no idea how to tell you this, but I felt so much lighter and happier. I appreciate the people I care about even more than I did before. I feel like I am more focused on the things I want to achieve rather than splitting the attention on distractions that don't matter at all. And to top it off, I am now a morning person (yay). No needed explanation for this because I just make it a habit to go to bed early.

I've not written my thoughts for a really long time and now that I finally did, I truly hope that you will be happier by cutting off unnecessary matters. Drive that attention to something that brings you joy, be it baking or reading, whatever that calls out to you, baby steps!

Wearing: Papaya romper, Urban Outfitters sunnies, Windsor Smith shoes. Photos by Dan.

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Monday, August 18

PLAID UP


 Hi sis, I know you're reading this now and I stole this plaid shirt from you 3 years ago *wink
Just a quick update: dropped by IKEA yesterday to pick up a few items for my room, which is in a very bad state now from all the packing and clearing out. Threw on my oldest yet most comfy pair of boots, the condition of it is so bad now that I'm really thinking of getting another pair. It was my busiest day since I returned home but it felt good being productive all day. Heading out to an interview in an hour and then meeting up with friends in the evening for burgers. I should really get going because the last thing I want would be turning up late. 

Wearing: Sister's plaid shirt, Bangkok top, Cotton On shorts, Zara boots, Asos Sunnies.

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Wednesday, August 13

CALIFORNIA: BAY


These photos were snapped 2 days before I left the States, definitely having post California/New York withdrawals from looking back at the adventures I had from May till last week. Will definitely do up videos of my travel diaries, but it's gonna take me awhile because I have over a 100 (I'm not even kidding) videos that I shot. Missing my family, the weather, the atmosphere, the barbeques in the backyard, driving 45 minutes just to get  the best tacos, not forgetting In-N-Out, oh the list will go on and on. I feel so blessed to be able to have Dan with me during this time, for him to meet the people I keep close to my heart. We have been on 4 trips together and this is the most memorable one yet, I may just have a post about us two or maybe not? Have a lovely week ahead!






wearing: Zara crop top, Urban Outfitters suspender skirt, Marc Jacobs watch, Windsor Smith slides. Photos by Dan.
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Saturday, August 9

DIY: SMOOTHIES


Back here again after a full week's rest from the horrible jet lag! Body clock has adjusted back to the time zone but not for the nut case weather... please save me from this humidity. Thought that today's blog content seemed so appropriate for this weather. Well, let's start beating this heat with homemade smoothies shall we? 


What I made:

-Banana Nutella Smoothie
- Oreo Mix Smoothie


3 no-brainer steps: Dump whatever you want in your smoothie into the blender, add ice cubes, milk and you're good to go.

For the Banana Nutella smoothie, the name pretty much makes up the drink. I added 1 banana and 1½ tablespoons of Nutella, ice and milk.

As for the Oreo Mix, the name came about only because Dan got really excited and started adding all his favourite treats into the blender. I was surprised that it turned out really yummy. 

Ingredients: 1 banana, 4 Oreos, 4 Jet-Puffed marshmallows, 1 tablespoon of Nutella, ice and milk.

Also, take note that ice affects the consistency of your smoothie! The more ice, the chunkier. Don't be afraid to mix whatever you like, I mean there's no fixed recipe for a smoothie so get creative and...

B-L-E-N-D!



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Tuesday, July 29

TO THE CITY


Guilty again, for using my frappuccino as part of my outfit accessory. (oops) Anyway, as mentioned in the previous post, I took the bart up to San Francisco with Dan. We started off our journey from Union Square and ended off at Pier 39, with the help of our map of course. The walk was a really long one, from Union Square, to Chinatown, North Beach, Washington Square, Lombard, Chestnut, Bay and finally Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 39. I managed to sit on the San Francisco carousel after all these years, I couldn't be any happier at that moment. The excitement of choosing which painted pony or dragon I wanted, I felt like a kid all over again. I know I keep going on about how this summer is turning out so great for me, but 
it just is. I feel so lucky to be able to travel and spend quality time with the people I love.

wearing: Nathalie Du Pasquier for American Apparel babydoll dress, American Apparel socks, Converse sneakers, Night market tote. Photos by Dan.

Have a smacking summer!

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Sunday, July 27

LACMA, LA


Spent my last day in Los Angeles at LACMA, just had to come back during the day time. I've been travelling so much this summer. From New York, to San Francisco, to Yosemite, to Santa Cruz to LA and back here and there. For those who've seen my IG, I went back to SF for a day yesterday. Took a bart to the city with Dan and the rest of the day's details shall be in another post! 

wearing: Zara jacket, ILBV satin top, American Apparel Skirt, Lovisa Jewelry, Topshop boots.

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Wednesday, July 23

HAIR, FACE & BODY


HAIR

One of the many things that I really care about is my hair. For those of you who don't know, I've never colored my hair before and I don't plan to. I've had very fine hair since I was little, so my hairstylist advised that I shouldn't wash it everyday. I used to wash my hair every single day, sometimes even up to twice a day. Little did I know that over washing my hair will only strip the essential oils from it. 


So what do I use?

1) LUSH No Drought Dry Shampoo 
This is the new go-to. I love this product so much as it not only sops up the oil but it actually does give my hair a slight volume. Not the Amy Winehouse hair of any kind but the volume that gives your hair a subtle hold. Plus the fruit scent leaves my hair feeling fresh all day, what's not to love?

2) VICTORIA'S SECRET Smooth & Glossy Shine Serum
Another one of my favourites! I've been using this for almost 4 years now and I would recommend this. This serum is so light and it gives your hair a smooth shine instead of a greasy look. I use this product only on my hair ends as sometimes it tends to frizz up a little. This works like m a g i c. 

3) BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Surf Spray
 When I get bored of my hair, I'll spritz this product all over the bottom half of my hair and then braid it. Just one of my secrets if I don't want to use a curling iron! Here's the result after the curls set in. You're welcome (wink).



FACE

I prefer putting on as little make up as possible. I hate the idea of having layers of makeup on my face, but for my lips... I have a little crazy obsession. My daily skincare routine consists of cleansing, toning, moisturizing, of course never forgetting the sunblock and lastly makeup. My makeup steps are really simple, it takes about less then 7 minutes. I don't use any foundation or BB cream at all, so that's one step less. On most days, I start off with concealing my horrendous dark circles, filling in the baldy spots of my brows, curling my lashes, applying mascara, lipstick and I'm ready to go. When I'm not so much of a lazy bum, I apply a little eyeliner, eyeshadow and blusher!

1) NARS Custard Concealer
Honestly I only bought this because the lady at Sephora recommended this. My usual concealer is from The Body Shop but I can say goodbye to it now. This concealer not only conceals my panda eyes but it actually brightens them too which is perfect. I know I should really be improving on my sleep cycles instead of relying too much on concealers...

2) KATE Mascara Base 
A friend told me about this Japanese product and I decided to give it a try. I ended up really liking it as this mascara base has fibres that lengthens your lashes and also gives them a much fuller look. 

3) LANCĂ”ME High Definition Mascara
One of my pet peeves: clumpy lashes. This mascara is one of the very few that doesn't leave my lashes looking clumpy, it's pretty pricey but worth it! I prefer my lashes looking natural and this mascara does the trick as it does not give added volume to them.

4) VICTORIA'S SECRET Luminous Angel Deluxe Palette
I'm not sure if it is still possible to get this in stores as VS will be discontinuing their makeup range, but you can easily get good palettes from Urban Decay or Bobbi Brown. I use this for my eyes on occasions and for days where I look like I just rolled out of bed.

5) E.L.F Eyeliner
I have to say this eyeliner has one of the cheapest price with a great quality. $3 and it comes with a brush! It has a creamy consistency that makes it very easy to apply on. I did get another brush also by e.l.f for this eyeliner only because it was a $1 but I ended up using it so much. 

6) BENEFIT Sugar Bomb Blusher
I've been using this for 3 years and I don't think I will change to another. If I do, it'll be back to the one from Too Faced. This is one of the most natural looking blushers I've used and I love how it gives a soft glow on my cheeks. I wouldn't recommend this product for those who are looking for blushers that shows well. #teamsubtle

7) EOS Lip Balms
I received my first EOS lip balm from my sister in the Summer Fruit flavour, and I knew I had to get all the other flavors. Most of the lip balms are 95% organic and it fully moisturizes and softens my lips. Not to mention they make great gifts too. 

8) Lipsticks by L'Oreal, REVLON & LIMECRIME
My 3 top picks for the lipsticks that I have with me all the time. I always apply lip balm before my lipsticks, a tip I learned from my mom. I do mix up to 3 colours on my lips at times but I'll leave that for you to experiment! 



BODY

As you can see I'm a moisture freak, I've had very bad dry skin at a very young age and body lotions became my best companion ever since then. I moisturize my hands and legs before I head out and also before bed. It may seem like a chore but your skin will thank you for it in time to come.



1) VASELINE Intensive Repair Moisture Lotion
As I have really dry skin (especially on my legs), this works really well for me. I like Vaseline as it leaves my skin moisturised for long hours.

2) BATH & BODY WORKS Body Lotion
I am obsessed with B&BW products, especially these lotions. They come in a wide selection so my recommendation would be Sweet Pea, Endless Weekend, Moonlight Path & Country Chic. I usually apply them after the Vaseline as the Vaseline is scent free. I actually do fall asleep to the scents of these lotions but I'm not surprised because they smell soooooo good. 

3) BATH & BODY WORKS Heel of Approval
This product is definitely a keeper, it absorbs so well into the cracks of the heel. I saw a difference just after one use, yes it's that miraculous. Just get this product, enough said.


Hope you guys found this post helpful, have a great week ahead!


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Monday, July 21

RODEO DRIVE


Back in LA! I feel like the happiest girl alive as all I thought about was getting Sprinkles ice cream because of the hot weather and I bumped into Chiara Ferragni and the TBS Crew while I was there! I went into a total fangirl mode, who wouldn't right? Anyway, the Sprinkles red velvet waffle cone is THE best, I'm craving it so badly thinking about it now. When I was there previously, I had two cones. That's how good it is, I'm not even kidding. This summer is turning out great for me, better than I expected and I hope you guys are having a lovely one too! 









wearing: H&M hat & pleated shorts, Zara top, Thrifted lace kimono, Lovisa jewelry. 

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