Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Fierce & Feminine Collection: Zara Larsson x H&M


H&M launched its fashion collaboration with platinum-selling recording artist Zara Larsson, with a capsule collection – inspired by the Swedish pop sensation’s style – featuring strong graphics and edgy streetwear pieces.

Known for her playful and empowering songs, the Zara Larsson >< H&M capsule collection not only reflects the same messages of fierce and feminine women, but also the pop star’s personal style. Pieces such as an oversized hoodie and t-shirt dress, both emblazoned with hot pink graphics and strong feminist messages, are balanced by more body-con shorts and tops. The colour palette is dominated by a range of pinks, with silver and black as complements, while velour, denim, mesh fabrics and cotton jersey are the main materials.

“I am really excited to finally share my collection with H&M. I have had so much fun working with them to design pieces and create a campaign that reflects my personality. I can't wait to see how girls everywhere wear the pieces to add to their own personal style,” says Zara Larsson.

Zara was part of the design process every step of the way, having a say in everything from the prints and colours to cut and fit. For instance, pink was chosen not only because it’s one of her favourite colours, but also because “it’s feminine, powerful and everyone looks good in it,” according to her.

“Zara is such an inspiration to fashion and music lovers all around the world. Her energy is so positive and sincere, which together with her was easy to translate into the designs. We also looked a lot at what Zara wears on and off the stage, making sure to incorporate her show-meets-street style,” says Pernilla Wohlfahrt, Head of Design and Creative Director at H&M.

With the recent release of her first full-length album So Good, 2017 is already a big year for the singersongwriter; and now she’ll also be able to add an exclusive H&M fashion collaboration to her growing list of achievements.

The limited Zara Larsson >< H&M capsule collection, which includes clothes and accessories will be available at H&M Lot 10, Avenue K and Sunway Pyramid from 18 May.

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Images courtesy of H&M.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair & Pure Color Envy Matte

The term “Beauty Sleep” has a new and significant meaning in the modern days.

With the increasingly stressful lifestyle, many women, young and old alike are suffering from sleep deprivation. As much as we hate to admit, there is a strong correlation between a good night’s sleep and beautiful skin.

In 1982, Estée Lauder first launched its Night Repair. It was a revolutionary moment in skincare history during which the importance of night being the best time for skin repair was first emphasized. For the past 30 years, the world-renowned brand has continued to revolutionize night repair until to date, their “Little Brown Bottle” became one of the best-selling and best-performing products in Estée Lauder’s history.

Originally, the Night Repair was the first serum ever created in 1982 and the first skincare product to use Hyaluronic Acid. The texture, formula and technology of the Night Repair have remained unique ever since. Today, the new Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II has 25+ patents and patents pending worldwide.

The skin repair products has proven to be effective, Estée Lauder sold over 4.7 million bottles in a year globally!

How to use this amazing product:
1. Apply a drop on each fingertip of one hand.
2. Touch fingertips of both hands together.
3. Massage serum over face and neck, starting at the centre outward.

Stick to this nightly ritual, and sooner or later you will find your skin condition smoother, younger and more radiant.

Meanwhile, check out this Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick from Estée Lauder.

Creamy, matte, intense and pout-provoking.

With merely one stroke, it saturates lips with undeniably daring matte colour!

I am using the crème matte lipstick in Neon Azalea colour. Other colour available:

Saturday, March 18, 2017

MHB's 5th Anniversary ft. Cotton On

MHB turned 5 in November 2016! Thanks to Eight Gourmets Gala (EGG), we had a wonderful afternoon tea session to celebrate this significant day.

 Theme of the day: pink and white which happened to be MHB's symbolic colour.

3-tier afternoon tea set! 
We indulged ourselves in the generous serving of food and cider. 

Much joy and laughter with the beautiful girls all these years.

OOTD - Cotton On striped bodycon dress

Sunday, March 5, 2017

How I Gained My Self-Esteem

Recently, a uni mate reminded me of something I used to say back then. There was once he complimented my looks, but I insisted that I looked bad that day because I didn't have my make up on. Looking back, I was once a teenage girl with low self-esteem who could hardly step out of the house without layers of eyeliners.

Years later, I could finally roam free with my completely bare face. I am still the same me with the same face, but with more confidence.

What could have possibly made me believe that make up was essential and that I would be ugly without?

In fact, there were numerous time when I had nightmares about losing my teeth. Run a search on Google and it would interpret that it was due to my obsession on physical appearance.

Growing up in my household, I did not receive much compliments from the family. If I were to receive a comment on my look, it would be my clothes are weird, my face gotten bigger, my hair not well-groomed, my cheek bone too high, my eyes too ugly etc. The constant criticisms had somehow made me into who I was, a girl who was insecure about her looks, and who would never know how beautiful she was.

Don't get me wrong, I am not trying to point the fingers and condemn anyone here. I totally understand that my family is super Asian, hence they are never good in giving praises and showing affection. It is not something they do deliberately to put someone down, but rather a norm that continues in the family. 

This habit will stop from my generation onwards. 

When I have kids one day, I will refrain from throwing criticisms that would discourage them, but rather shower them with compliments that they deserve. Of course, I would not do this just to my future kids, but to others around me as well. 

One of the factors that made me gain my confidence was a man who always tells me how beautiful I am and how he prefers me without my make up, because that is truly who I am. He knows the power of praises and thinks that by doing so, he could brighten up someone's day. He does it to both men and women equally, and always meant what he says. He believes that the compliments should be genuine thoughts that come from the heart, not just some fake polished words uttered to please someone.

Years ago, I was truly a master of criticisms. One of the incidents I can recall is during my trip to Melbourne with my besties, Katie and Jess. We were going to the club for the first time together. Dressed up, did our make up and all. Before we left the house, Katie got upset with me for some nasty comments that I made. Idk what I said that night but it must have been something awful. She told me that girlfriends are supposed to compliment each other before heading to the club (like every girl's unspoken rule prior to clubbing wtf). And that usually her other friends would always tell her how good she looks right before their night out. It made me feel bad and guilty for the rest of the night. I was a horrible friend. I couldn't even do better than her other friends! I had gotten so accustomed to that habit I did not think it would leave any impact on others. Until that incident. Darling if you are reading this, I am glad we are still best friend! Thank you for not hating me forever after what I've done! Lol. 

Never be stingy with compliments. If you think that someone looks good, don't be afraid to tell them so. But if you think they look bad, just shut up and keep your nasty comments to yourself. Nobody wants to hear something negative. By doing so you will not change the fact, but instead will end up destroying their self-esteem. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Embracing Adulthood

I still remember those days when I first stepped into the actual work force (For those who have yet to know, I actually have a 6-9 full time job although I hardly ever disclose much about work online). I had trouble adjusting my lifestyle to waking up early and reaching home late. Everyday I was just beyond fatigue. I used to stay up late during uni time. But not as soon as I started working. Work, eat, home, sleep. The mundane cycle repeats 5 days a week, one week after another. 

Later on, I began to adapt. From sleeping at 10pm, it became 11pm, then eventually 12am. These days, I can hardly doze off before midnight. 

By delaying my sleep time, it gave me ample time to do some other stuff. Like reading or something. LOL okay fine, I admit that at one point of time, I was a complete couch (bed) potato. I would dabao food right after work, watch Korean drama on my MacBook while I eat, proceed to shower and continue watching that drama on my bed. I would just keep watching until it was time to sleep wtf.

One day, I began to question my lifestyle. Work, eat, drama, sleep, repeat. I must be capable of doing way more than that. At the same time I happened to encounter a Japanese client at work. That was when I decided to sign up for Japanese lesson. No hesitation, just paid and attended the class 2 weeks after (and dragged colleague along too lol).

It has been 4 months since I started the lesson. I have passed the Beginner Level and am now at Elementary 1. It was really lucky of us to have been assigned a funny and wonderful sensei whose method of teaching is effective. So far all the classes are fun and I hardly had to force myself to finish the homework since I enjoy it. I have promised myself not to give up until I have become fluent in the language. After that I would sign up for Korean class XD

With the new mall opened at my work place, I have also signed up for gym membership. TBH I am not a sporty person. But these days I feel that my health has been deteriorating rapidly. I get tired from shopping for only half an hour. Every now and then I would fall sick. A few years back, I was still able to shop all day and stay up all night without feeling exhausted. Oh my youth, gone with the wind :(

Just the other day, my bestie and I happened to be at TREC. So we thought, why not drop by Zouk and have a look? Seriously I have never stepped into the new Zouk ever since it shifted. In fact I have stopped clubbing since the final year of uni. What used to be a fun night out had become a tiring affair. I still have my Zouk membership card (don't judge), so we went in and had a quick tour. It was funny cause we were quite lost at the entrance. Didn't know which entrance we were supposed to go to. Didn't want to appear like an idiot in front of other party-goers so I called up Steph (who else would I have called besides the queen of Zouk wtf) and asked for direction wtf. I asked her which way was heading to Phuture and Velvet (well at least I still know the name of the room lol). 

It was 10pm so the club was completely empty, hence allowed us a clearer view of the interior. But the downside was we wouldn't know how the actual party scene is like. Guess we need not know. Because after 5 minutes inside we already felt suffocated by the heavy ciggies odour from the carpet wtf. So yea our tour lasted for 5 minutes. LOL.

I am waking up in 8 hours for an early morning gym session as I am typing this. Don't really know the purpose of this post but I guess my main point is, I am feeling my age catching up and the signs that come along with it. I can't be young and wild and free, but instead I will work my way to becoming wiser, healthier and happier! ^^