Can You Put Together A Weekend Outfit For Less Than $80?

I ask myself where I have been shopping when I realise that my average dresses are retailing at $50-$80 and shoes at least $40, so it seems almost impossible to put together a decent getup for less than $80.

That’s until I saw really crazy steals available on Zalora, from reputable retailers, no less. Inspired by the jaw-dropping discounts I’ve seen on the e-commerce site, I decided to pick out a few items I think can make a great weekend getup, all for less than $80 (and yes, with free delivery!)

Belted Printed Dress from Mango ($59 $18)

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Like, seriously? When was the last time you get a dress from Mango for less than $20 and don’t need to squeeze with 60 other people in the store during sale season?

Multi Buckle Heel Sandals ($29.90 $15)

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This same design also comes in nude and white. I thought it’s versatile enough for both work and play.

Handstitch Crystal Cutout Flower Clip ($7.90)

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Not exactly discounted but this is so pretty and affordable. I reckon you can pin it around your dress strap as a cute brooch too, if you want. Or around your bag strap.

Central Stone Combi Bracelet from Mango ($39 $19)

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$19 for this intricate bracelet? Yes!

Gold Tone Gem Stone Rings Pack  from River Island ($29.90 $12)

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A great look whether you stack them up or wear it alone.

Total damage? $71.90.

Anyway these deals can be made even sweeter thanks to the ZALORA X MasterCard promotion. Shop on Thursdays on Zalora using your Mastercard and get an additional 10% for selected brands.

This post is part of a partnership between Zalora and me, but in no way has it influenced my opinion.

All homes are beginning to look the same…

Just like how I think all weddings are beginning to look the same, I’m beginning to feel like all homes are beginning to look the same.

I’m talking about this look:

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It features:

  • A huge hall that is sometimes achieved by hacking down walls of rooms
  • White bricks for walls
  • Concrete floors with no tiles
  • Tracking lights
  • An “island” for your kitchen space that also frequently feature concrete surfaces
  • Quirky furniture or displays that serve little purpose (e.g. a vintage typewriter)

Of course, if it rocks your boat, go ahead with this look. I honestly think it’s cool too. It’s just that too many people are doing it, it’s kinda getting old and boring. It’s like, perhaps in the future you can tell when you renovated your house based on what type of style you went for.

Oh, and if you’re hoping to take a peek at my house. I’ve posted photos of it, post-renovation.

See My New House & Taobao Haul For It Via 65Daigou

After the wedding haul, Keith and I shopped again on Taobao. This time, for our newly-renovated house!

Here’s, for the first time, sharing with you how our new house looks like :)

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As you can see, we went for a black and white theme, something that our interior designer pulled off really well. She also did our space planning impressively, making our house look bigger than what we expected after everything is moved in. I’d really recommend her, so drop me a comment or email if you want her contacts.

Now that everything is more or less set, we started shopping for the smaller items.

Taobao has an amazing collection when it comes to home furnishing. You can even buy huge furniture from there, at crazy prices. But our furniture are mainly taken care of by my amazing interior designer who helps us choose them, so we bought the other essentials from Taobao instead.

Take a look at what we bought!

Because of our black and white theme, the items we chose are in black, white or transparent.

We got this really cool transparent bathroom weighing scale. It’s digital and looks really sleek. This was just for $34.

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These jars that we use to hold our sugar, salt and coffee can be bought singly, or like us, in threes and comes with a holder at the bottom. And it’s only $12.29!

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We are intending to do up a photo wall along a corridor (that you can’t see from the photos I’ve shared). These photo frames of different sizes allow us to get creative with the formation. And $6.98 for all these. (YES!)

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This is my favourite purchase because it’s sooooo adorable. A door stopper that looks like a guy trying to push at our door. We’ve actually spotted this selling at some quirky shops for more than $20 but we got it at just $6.04. Quite sure it’ll be a conversation-starter for our guests.

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Finally, a magnetic holder that we put at the refrigerator. It also allows us to hang kitchen wipes. It is absolutely strong and this helps us to save space and avoid clutter on the tables. This costs just $10.83.

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I’ve been told by many people that they know Taobao carries lots of cheap treasures but they just can’t navigate through the complicated website that’s only in Chinese. I use 65daigou, an agent of Taobao, and it makes the shopping process a piece of cake.

It helps convert Taobao URLs into simple-to-follow instructions in English for you to fill in, it handles the shipping from China to Singapore and delivers the package to you safely. It’s a painless process.

I’ve shared the purchase process when I talked about my wedding haul from Taobao, so you can refer to it if you want to know the steps to do it.

Create an account at 65daigou and start shopping!

Midi Skirt Fever: My Picks From Zalora

My colleagues and I do this crazy themed outfit thing on Fridays and just last week, it was midi skirt day, and everyone turned up in all kinds of midi skirts and dresses. Thanks to this themed “event”, I’m beginning to have a bit of a midi skirt fever – I just can’t stop looking at midi skirts!

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It is after all very Kate-Middleton-esque. It is proper (enough for work), yet stylish; it is comfortable (you can practically sit any way you like!) but still very flattering. What’s there not to like about midis?

I think I’m going to add more of them into my wardrobe. Heh heh heh.

Here are a few that I’m eyeing from Zalora SG.

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This is one that I’m almost sure Kate Middleton will wear. I love the subtle pleat details and this shade of red is just gorgeous.

 

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I know I’ve said that midi skirts are generally work-appropriate, but this raised hemline is definitely going to raise eyebrows. Very cool if you’re in a creative industry where you’re given freedom to dress as you wish, though. And in any case, it makes for a great weekend wear.

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I love polka dot details and this has a mesh outer layer that gives a peekaboo effect too.

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Did I mention I love polka dot details? :p This one wins my heart too, with its understated design and flattering shape.

How about you? Are you more a mini, maxi or midi skirt girl?

This post is part of a partnership between Zalora and me, but in no way has it influenced my opinion.

How to hold a kickass wedding (that will get featured in a magazine/wedding website)

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a newly-wed myself but I’ve been noticing a lot of wedding-related stories on mass media. Whether is it the couple who got into serious debt after splurging $110,000 on their wedding, or unusual pre-wedding photographs, it looks like newlyweds these days are always trying to outdo one another and hold the most kickass wedding ever.

There are a number of websites that are specifically dedicated to featuring unique weddings in Singapore. And as someone who was planning her wedding not too long ago, I obviously visit them from time to time. However, what’s really interesting to me is that while some newlyweds try to be unique, eventually, they all start to all look the same.

Disclaimer: I do not, in any way, see these weddings in a negative light. Please don’t be offended if it sounds like your wedding. I’m not targeting anyone specifically. I’m just sharing an interesting observation that I’ve made. :)

So, here I have compiled a list of things to include in your wedding if you want to be one of the unique weddings that are featured in magazines or websites:

#1: Poms Poms

Colourful, handmade poms poms are the order of the day if you want your wedding to look feature-able.

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#2: Chairs that says “Mr & Mrs”

Alternative would be “Mr. Right” and “Mrs. Always Right”. Preferably, they’re handmade and strung together and hung on the chairs.

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#3: A candy bar

Made up of macarons, lollipops so huge nobody can ever finish it without developing a toothache, popcorns, and gem biscuits (because vintage = hipster = cool).

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#4: Get guests to write notes

Guestbooks are passé. Give people colour pieces of paper to write their well-wishes for you. They should preferably be able to hang it onto some kind of tree or put it into a vintage-looking box.

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#5: Funny outfits for the groomsmen

Groomsmen are already going to be humiliated when they do the gatecrash anyway. Why not give them crazy outfits like superhero costumes and humiliate them further?

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I couldn’t find better photos, but I think this cufflink idea is kinda cool. Me likey!

#6: Birdcages as a décor

Maybe it’s to symbolize how the couple are going to lose their freedom from now…

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#7: Wedding bouquet that’s not made of flowers

Consider buttons, or origami cranes, or maybe even vegetables like broccoli, kailan or peppers.

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#8: A crazy wedding car you would never usually see on the road

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Because… where else would the budget go to?

#9: End the wedding with a dance

Because yumseng is too mainstream. You need your photos to look fluid, not static. (No pictures because I can’t find any without faces).

Anyway, whether unique weddings are cool or annoying, you know what’s important? That the couple and their guests enjoyed themselves. Even more important is that they remember that marriage is more than just a fun party, but that it’s a day they’re going to remember and honour for the rest of their lives.

On a separate note, I can’t wait for my wedding photos to be ready so you can look at them and judge me.

I’m A Clueless Teenager Trapped In An Adult Body

So I’m now married, have my own house and basically living life as an “adult”. Perhaps soon enough, I may even have a human person who looks up to me as “mummy”. (No bun in the oven yet, I’m just saying.)

Some time ago, a young colleague who was helping us out temporarily before going back to school laments that she cannot imagine how she can cope when she gets to where I am. To her 22-year-old mind, the thought of being married and living independently, away from her family just sound too incredulous. How do you “learn” how to be an adult, she wonders.

The truth is, I told her, you’ll never feel prepared enough for adulthood. At least, that’s what I feel. Even at this point, I often feel like a 17-year-old trapped in a 29-year-old body. It’s still a surreal feeling to me that I have to deal with “adult” stuff like paying utilities bills, for my house, and having a husband (and not just a boyfriend).

There, this is me when I'm perhaps 18.

There, this is me when I’m perhaps 18.

I remember going through another “adolescence” stage when I was 19, just as I was going from teen hood to adulthood, and also going from a relatively disciplined junior college educational system to a more flexible one in university. I struggled quite a bit, and felt very lost because I didn’t know what I was supposed to do with my life. It felt like I was thrown into the ocean without any life jackets and asked to just swim hard.

Now, at 29, it felt like this once again. Before I know it, I’ve already been through almost a decade of “adulthood” yet I still feel like a clueless teenager, albeit one with more life stories to tell, been to more places, have more money, and feel more confident giving presentations before CEOs.

Nonetheless, I’m sure I’ll pull it through, just like I did when I was 19. While I may not feel it, I’m sure the wisdom that comes with age will help. What’s more, at least I now have a husband to cry to, and my own house to cry in.

Cheers to all teenagers trapped in adult bodies – you’re not alone.

Café Fest Is Here: The World’s First Café­‐Hopping Event

This is probably an event that all café-lovers are going to luurrrrrve – the chance to café-hop, all in a day (or two!). The inaugural Café Fest will be held on 6 and 7 September, along the Waterfront Promenade Singapore, where 12 homegrown cafés will be presenting their ware to some (estimated) 4,000 café-lovers. The cafés include OZ Specialty Cafe, Jimmy Monkey, I am, Maison Ikkoku, Cake Love, and Toby’s EState. CafeFest_Logo

What you can expect at Café Fest

Enjoy freshly-brewed coffee, delectable pastries, sway to the music of live performances from bands such as 53A, Marc X Hashy and The Sessionists, and also take the chance to pit your hopping skills against your friends in an old-fashioned coffee sack race. These, and a lot more fun games and activities.

How much is the admission for Café Fest?

It’s FREE!

But if you’d like to enjoy the wide variety of drinks and treats at the event, don’t forget to purchase café-hopping passes, available on the Café Fest website. At S$20 for the Early Bird pass, you’ll also get free Uber rides on festival days and a Spa Esprit voucher notebook and if you throw in another S$10, for S$30 you’d get a VIP Experience pass, to also include expedited entry at registration, a welcome drink and a limited edition tote bag.

Visit Café Fest Facebook page for more information. You can also follow them on Instagram (@cafefestsg). More information too, in this really adorable infographic:

 

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