Run baby run!

Gosh! It’s been nearly 2 years of non-updates! We’ve been such busy people, haven’t we?

Well… as a quick catch-up, I’ve been very (extremely) into running these days. Heck! I even completed a full marathon, 3 half-marathons and countless 10km fun races in the span of 2 years. Surely that’s a pretty valid excuse for not being able to contribute to this blog huh?

Anyway, to revive this little pet project of ours, I thought what a better way than to start with a review of running shoes I own. Do note that I’m a diehard Nike girl so it’s nothing but Nike shoes for me.

Here goes:

Nike Flyknit Free 4.0

This is my favourite design and I own 4 pairs! All in different beautiful colours of course! They’re lightweight, durable, fits snugly on the feet and super easy to run with. The design is perfect for people with broad feet and like the feeling of almost barefoot running. I wear them for races, for leisure runs, for training runs, for walking around while on holidays.

Some may say that the lack of support on the arch would be an issue for flat-footers. But hey, I’m flat-footed and I ran all my marathon races in my Flyknit Free. So shut up, take my money and run!

Nike Flyknit Lunar Tempo 1

This is supposed to be good for flat-footers who want to do long runs. I must say that it does give great support and you can literally feel the bounciness of the sole while on the roads. I usually alternate them with the Free 4.0.

One thing to note though…the design is slightly smaller than most of the other Nike models so do get half a size bigger if you’re considering it.

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Top row: Flyknit Lunar Tempo 1, Flyknit Free 4.0. Bottom row: Flyknit Free 4.0

Nike Flyknit Lunar 2 + Lunar 3

I would say these are good for new Nike converts. They’re pretty, cushy and really roomy too. Perfect for daily short runs. Its only downside… the shoes tend to “heat up” during longer runs so your feet gets really warm and that makes it uncomfortable to continue running.

These days, I use the Lunar 2 for track interval sessions and the Lunar 3 is my exclusive gai gai (going out) accessory when I’m in for the sneaker look.

Nike Flyknit Lunarglide 5

This is my most disappointing pair of Nike Flyknits and I blame it on the salesperson. He insisted that I get a size bigger than my usual and me being such a trust person, decided to go with his recommendation. Bad move!! It ended up being too big for me despite wearing thicker socks; and what I received in return were blisters and immense discomfort.

These shoes have since been inherited by the niece who’s happily wearing them for her runs and badminton sessions.

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A Ring For World Peace

I was at lunch at a pop-up cafe in Little India called Compliments. Adjacent to the cafe was a little pop-up store featuring local designers. Just at the counter I spotted a few rings designed by Temasek Polytechnic students. Turned out that these were an effort to promote peace in our community and to support artisans in Cambodia. Each ring is made from remnants of the Cambodian war by local craftsman.

The brand is Saught.

I picked up one and it was a Cinderella moment: Perfect fit. It was just meant to be, I guess.

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Hesitantly, I asked: “How much is this?” (hey, the shop has sunglasses for s$300++! I thought this would be up there with it too!)

No. My ring was under s$90.

“I’ll take it!”

Yay! Just relieved that world peace didn’t cost me an arm or a leg, figuratively or otherwise.

the ribbon of happiness

I’ve always wanted to get a nice sling bag. You know, that one bag which you can carry to parties, midnight movies, brunch, events, wedding dinners, etc. And so I began my journey hunting for that perfect sling bag. I had originally set my eyes on the Chanel mini flap bag, but after countless attempts to beat the crazy queues (yes, we queue for everything in Singapore) to get into the Chanel store; and the multiple futile visits to duty-free stores at various airports, I decided that we’re just not fated to be. That said, I still wasn’t prepared to give up hopes on getting that one sling bag.

So one Friday evening, after dinner with the Atas sister, we decided to pop into my favourite (and trusty) ferragamo outlet at Paragon (after the fruitless attempt to queue at Chanel). To my pleasant surprise, that perfect sling bag, a new collection nonetheless, was sitting in the shop, waiting patiently for me.

And so…. presenting the leetle ribbon of happiness….

I went home a happy girl having paid 1/3 the price that I had originally budgeted for this sling of joy.

I went home a happy girl having paid 1/3 the price that I had originally budgeted for this sling of joy.

Lugging A Laptop

I found a shoulder tote (if there’s such a term) for my 12″ laptop at Charles & Keith recently.

See, I’d been living with a shoulder bag but after adding extra weight like umbrella and battery pack, it got too heavy and bulky. I realised that a bag with shorter straps may work better for me.

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(Above pic taken off Charles & Keith’s website)

 

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(Above: my.ThinkPad sitting snugly in the bag.)

 

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(Above: the bag AND ThinkPad after I stuffed in everything else.)

 

So far, this bag has been able to withstand a week of abuse. Let’s hope it stays strong!

A birthday splurge

My sunglasses recently broke, and I struggled to find something that, in addition to nicely framing my face and protecting my eyes, would sit nicely atop my head.

Finally I managed to shortlist two pairs that meet my criteria:

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I battled with myself over the price (both were equal cost), and finally justified the $90 purchase with “It’s my birthday!”

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Very pleased with them 🙂

Country club chic, perhaps?

Overheard at lunch between two ladies at an upmarket bistro today about country club chic. Yes, that’s right. Good eats welcome people who dress right. On cruises and various holiday spots, we will need the right clothes and accessories.

In fact, the lady said to have the right accessories to look rich.

Here we have the very picture of country club chic from One Who Lunches:

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The look:
Chic side braid
Eye-catching chunky bead necklace
Carrie K silver earrings

Best of 2012: BB & Belts

I can’t believe another year has passed! Since the launch of The Clueless Closettes blog, I’ve been more mindful of what I wear, what I buy, and how I present myself in general. Here are my two favorites:

Best Beauty Buy: Clinique BB Cream

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I finally jumped onto the BB cream bandwagon, and Clinique’s version certainly hasn’t let me down. I wear it every day and love how it helps my skin look so much better with so little effort.

Best Fashion Discovery: BELTS!

Prior to this year, I hardly owned any belts as accessories, only wearing a 15 year-old beat up leather belt from Singaporean chain Giordano. With my inauguration as one of the fabulous Closettes, I started discovering the versatility, utility and instant ‘style upgrade’ appeal of belts.

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In 2012, I went from owning 3 belts to 12. Woah. I certainly am looking forward to mixing and matching these inexpensive belts with existing pieces of clothing to create new and better looks!

I’m really excited about all the sartorial opportunities of 2013. Here’s to another year of being fabulous!