We are into March! Time to bring out the florals in my wardrobe!
Today, I’m out and about the city centre in the scorching tropical heat. Am wearing my old cotton-silk mix dress with flowers on the hem.
Added a chocolate-coloured satin ribbon from the stationery department to pull the look together.
My recent solo trip to Tokyo coincided with the heaviest snow storms in the last 50 years. Thankfully my Espirit wool trench coat kept me warm (and my head too in my new hat), and these Ralph Lauren boots were comfortable and reliable despite the snow-covered streets and sidewalks.
Incidentally, the last time I emptied out a major city with a natural disaster (read: NYC & Hurricane Sandy), I was wearing an older pair of Ralph Lauren boots, and a water-resistant DKNY trench coat instead. Same purse this time, same gloves, but I alternated between the chunky infinity scarf with a $5 ‘Heat Tech’ scarf I picked up at Uniqlo.
I miss it all already.
I was in Bangkok last weekend for a stretch of 5 days bumming around the bustling, crowded city enjoying the sights, sounds and smells. Midway, though, my face started spotting tiny oil clots.
I suspected that it was a due to the dry air in the air-conditioned room, sweat from walking around in the humidity during the day AND the fumes and dust from the very heavy traffic I walked with daily.
Back home, I would use the usual lotion cleanser to clean and tiny flakes would soon appear as I massaged the lotion into the skin.
With all that rubbing, more oil clots appeared. The skin was over-stimulated. Sigh.
So, today, I decided to get rid of the dead skin cells using yoghurt.
Took a teaspoon of plain, low-fat yoghurt from my fridge and pasted it all over my cleansed face.
Rested for 10 mins to let the yoghurt work it’s magic, I then cleaned it off with just water and a cotton pad.
My face looked lighter and clearer! Finer pores too, especially the nose area! More info about yoghurt as a facial in this article.
I ended the DIY facial with a mask from my stash of My Beauty Diary disposable masks.
Let’s hope that this mini-facial works!
While in Bangkok over the weekend, I walked past a shop selling Japanese goods and there was a video showing how craftsmen making makeup brushes by hand. These were Mizuho brushes from Japan.
I decided to take the plunge and bought myself 3 new brushes. These were a powder brush, an eyeshadow brush and a tiny cleansing brush for the nose.
I tried the powder brush at home, using it with my compact powder and it was lovely! Firm, dense yet soft brush. I dabbed and buffed the powder all over my face before applying a light blush.
Will try the eyeshadow and cleansing brushes later this week. Can’t wait!
My late grandmother had left behind a gold ring with two small diamonds that could only fit my tiny and slender fingers.
Unfortunately, the jeweller discovered a couple of cracks in the gold ring. He suggested that I remove the diamonds and set them into another ring.
I liked the idea and chose to reset into the same design albeit with a difference – just 2 claws holding the diamonds instead of the 6 claws in the original design.
I think this gives it a contemporary look, good enough for another half a century perhaps.
I get Groupon Goods emails daily, and though I have already been surprised a couple of times (here and here), here is another unexpected find:
Wedding dresses for $175?!
I have to say that they do look pretty good. With free returns, it seems like it would be worth a shot! (I would probably buy a couple to try if I were getting married!)
On New Year’s Day, I cleared out my closet, purging and reorganizing. I sadly noticed that though a lot of my socks are fairly new, the elastics have already worn out, bunching uncomfortably around the ankles inside of boots.
So in anticipation of being in Japan, where tatami rooms = show your socks frequently, I knew I had to get some replacements for all those I threw out.
I went looking for them today, and was surprised to find that the elastics, even on brands like Cole Haan and Ralph Lauren, were pretty weak. Ironically, the $1 clearance pairs I found a year ago at Target are lasting the longest, and have the coolest patterns. No cool socks were found at Target today at my preferred price point (read: clearance), but I did find these at Marshall’s:
Two pairs of Timberland wool socks for $4! The elastics on these were tight, though only constituting a shorter portion than I would like; and well, they aren’t cute.
But they would certainly keep my toesies warm in winter!
An acquaintance of mine had raved on Facebook about this particular product a few months ago. When I saw this on clearance for $5 at my local super market, I decided, what the heck, I’ll try it.
Coconut Shine & Refine Hair Lotion by Desert Essence: It says “100% vegan, gluten-free, and silicon-free”. For some reason, such a description makes me want to eat it.
Anyway… a tiny dollop of this tames the craziest flyaways and unrulyness, without any heaviness! Since I use a flat iron on my hair several times a week (horrible, I know), I first apply Redken ‘Heat Glide’ all over – avoiding the scalp – then I rub some of this lotion into the ends of my hair.
I have to say, my hair has never looked better! Great outcome for an affordable product that is light and doesn’t leave residue!
One way to re-interpret my classic 501s was to make it stand out on its own by pairing it with:
- a light-coloured silk top (straight-cut; OwnMuse)
- sparkly, strappy sandals (Geox – sadly, they’ve discontinued this style)
- brightly coloured handbag (Goyard)
- and a gold bracelet (part of the wedding dowry from the groom!)
I rolled up the cuffs of the jeans for an updated look. Even the Husband got involved and helped me work out this length. :-)
I’m headed to Japan soon, and it’s likely to be rather cold. I plan to bring two pairs of jeans for the 12-day trip, one of which are these Levi’s Women’s Leggings in “Deep Night”. The other pair is $7.80 from Forever 21, which I absolutely do not trust while traveling: the buttons are janky, the zipper poor, and the stitching threatens to unravel at anytime. Why did I buy them? Well, I just wanted try out the whole ‘skinny jeans’ thing on me before committing.
Naturally, I needed second pair of skinnies that would fit into my jeans (like this). I went back to the Levi’s on Zappos.com so I didn’t have to go shopping and try jeans on. “Deep Night” was sold out at the time of my order: I went with Black. The last time I had black jeans was 1998, and I wore them till they were absolutely grubby and decidedly un-black anymore.
I wasn’t too thrilled about paying $40 for jeans, since my daily staple are some $16 bootcut Levi’s I get from Costco – I also bought a ‘fancier’, apparently slimming pair for $24 a few months ago – but at least they weren’t exorbitant:
They arrived overnight (Zappos’ VIP 1-day shipping is AMAZING), they make my butt look good. They do seem a tad long, but I guess jeans/jeggings tend to shrink a little? My current pair, worn in New York, also bunched a little.
I’ve started putting aside my clothes for the trip, and all I can say is…. TURTLENECK is the theme!
Happy New Year, everyone!
It’s a brand new year!! Woohoo!!
Much as I am excited about the new year, I’m setting myself the challenge of buying less new clothes and re-interpreting items hiding in the deep recesses of my wardrobe.
One of the items I love deeply is my Levi’s 501 jeans. I had retired it in a large vacuum bag when the the skinny jeans trend picked up steam.
I pulled them out and had looked online for some ideas of how I can carry these off in the age of skinnies.
(Above: It was retired in Feb 2013.)
(Above: I put one of my skinnies on the 501s just to compare the cut.)
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With the jeans, I paired them with a few tops and paraded them in front of my long-suffering husband. The poor man, he’s not sure if what his answers should be.
“Do I look alright in this outfit?”
“…. err, I can’t see…”
“No, I mean, can the look fly?”
“I mean, do the jeans look too clunky at this length?”
(He realised it’s not a trick question.) “Ah, no, looks ok. Is this new?”
“No, it’s my 501s!”
“Nice!” (Relieved. he turned back to football commentary.)
Great! Am gg to try out it out one of these days and update with pictures!
So after all my uneventful boot-shopping stories (here, here, here, here, and here), I FINALLY found a pair in late November! Sorry, all the holidays, travel, and craziness meant blogging fell by the wayside…
I got this pair of sleek dark brown boots by Ralph Lauren for $80 at the outlets, woooooot!
They are really quite perfect, being dressy, sleek, plain, and the heels aren’t too high nor narrow. Very pleased.
I… shall post a better photo soon, and maybe even with me in it, once it stops being 84 degrees in Los Angeles!
Las Vegas is a quick trip from Los Angeles, and each time I go, I’m sure to pack something fancy and nice because, well, it’s just fun to dress up!
I was just browsing RentTheRunway when I learned that they now have a showroom in Las Vegas. You can schedule a 30-minute styling session – free – and have an outfit picked out for you. Rent the dress of your choice, wear it for a fabulous night out, and return it the next day! How fab is that?!
I haven’t actually rented anything from them yet, but next time I’m in Vegas, I might check it out!
This post isn’t paid for or perked by Rent the Runway, and is purely informative.