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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Red and Wavy

Ooh short hair that is red and wavy. I did this on a Friday afternoon, had to wait for at least 24 hours before I could shampoo at home. Which meant that the whole of Saturday, I went through the icky I-can’t-wash-my-hair stage despite doing 2 yoga classes and a dinner. Ugh!

Then on Sunday morning, I happily did my wash and took a picture of the new hairstyle when it was still rather damp with lots of leave-in condition and serum. As always with new haircuts, I put on a nice outfit (as opposed to the usual tee-shirt and shorts weekend wear) with a red silk Tocca blouse.

On Tuesday, I tried air-drying the hair (yes, it went all poofy on me when dried naturally!) and styled it before meetings with lots (LOTS) of leave-in conditioner and leave-in treatment water AND soft wax.  Took a bit more work than my wash-and-dry style but it was totally manageable. Phew!

 

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Verdict? Hmm, I think I look a little more grown up with the waves. 🙂

The new lip colour, Pink Honey (a brown-rose coloured lipstick) from Clinique goes fabulously with this hairdo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The perfect nail polish

Inspired by Small White Skinny’s recent posts on nail polishes, I’ve decided to share a recent purchase that was made online. I first came across this particular nail polish a few years ago at my regular nail spa and was so in love with it that it’d be my de facto choice during my monthly visits.

Sadly, due to its popularity amongst the other customers, and coupled with the fact that there was no stock from the supplier, I had to live without this shade of polish for a good part of a year.

Finally came across the nail polish again on one of my recent online forays and decided to make a purchase. For only S$13, I think it’s a great buy! It’s a very wearable shade with a slight tinge of purple but mostly, it just looks nudish against my skin tone 😀

In case anyone's keen, this is OPI's 'Tockle My Francey'.

In case anyone’s keen, this is OPI’s ‘Tickle My Francey’.

my pedicured feet!

my pedicured feet!

 

Loving Naked!

I’m so late in the game. I’ve had Urban Decay’s Naked Palette for a while now. It’s barely used but when I really need to get dolled up, it’s the best thing ever!

For my eyes this morning, I went with a simple brown-gold-midnight blue combination to go with my peach blusher and cherry lips. All to go with my cobalt blue dress.

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The Naked Palette. I picked “virgin” for under the eyebrows, “half-baked” for most of the eye, “toasted” on the corners and up, finished off with “gunmetal” to give more definition to the eyes.

I needed light-looking eyes to complement the deeper cherry lips.

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blending matters!

Hello Closettes!

It’s been a while since I last posted about eye make-up… actually, it’s been a while since I posted anything. Period!

I tried this new blending technique yesterday and thought I share this 🙂

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Step 1: Apply a base on the eyelid (it can be any nude-ish colour). Start from the eyelash bone to the crease line (where the double eyelid sets in)

Step 2: Apply the light grey shadown, Start from the inner corner of the eye and brush outwards. Do not cross the crease line of the eyelid

Step 3: Apply the dark grey shadow. Start from the outer corner of the eye and brush inwards. Stop at the middle of the eye (where the pupils are)

Step 4: Blend the light and dark grey shadows so that they don’t look like water colours gone wrong

Step 5: Accentuate the eyes further with a dark brown eyeliner and mascara. If you’re up for it, you might even want to try using the eyeliner on the lower lids.

Step 6: Highlight the brow bone area with a pink shimmery eye shadow

There you go… quick steps to more beautiful eyes!  And of course you can replace the colours with whatever that suits your mood for the day once you master the blending technique.

New Finds At A Fashion Emporium

I popped into this year’s Blueprint, an emporium for new local and foreign designers, at the F1 Pit Building in Singapore.

Had gone to the emporium last year and find myself a lot of new bands and designs. Also bought a lot last year.

This time, I decided to set myself a strict budget. If there’s anything that I’m undecided about, I shall leave it for the next day. I figured that if I really like something, I’ll be thinking about all day and night… and then I shld get it.

So, with a tight budget of S$200, I took my time to slowly browsed through the emporium and chatted with people about their designs – from shoes to bags to jewelry to clothes.

After 3 hours, I came away with 2 items from OwnMuse Singapore. I had bought from the brand before and really liked their simple designs. Simple yet unique. (Ahead of the trip, I had emailed the dynamic duo behind OwnMuse, Shu Juang and Johanna, and they gave me their booth location.)

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I bought a silk short sleeve blouse (looks like a tee shirt that I can wear dress up our down) and a uber cool drape dress in black and orange.

Here’s what the drape dress look like on a tall lanky model:

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(Picture taken off OwnMuse’s fb page)

These were past season’s clothes but I figured I could still get a lot of mileage from these. At a hefty discount for this event, I certainly didn’t go above my budget. Yay!

The One Dress from Bangkok

I only bought 1 dress for myself on the recent trip to Bangkok. One dress which i had picked out at an upscale local department store.

Specifically, i wanted a local brand / locally made dress that wasn’t a cheap knock-off of a major brand or the filmsy dresses from north Asia that were everywhere.

Found this brand, ASV.

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A simple dress that can see me through day and night. A forgiving shift with an extra “wing” on one arm and in a look-at-me colour.

According to its website, “ASV women are confident, professional go-getters who firmly believe that style and substance complete one another. Underneath ASV women’s strong exteriors belie charming, open-minded individuals who are ready for a long meeting and even longer night about town.”

Charming and confident. I like that better than the long meetings. 🙂