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  • Cappadocia with NIVEA
  • beauty |    12 June, 2017  |    1 Comment    |   
  • NIVEA Extra White SPF30 Body Lotion: Get you a body moisturizer that comes with SPF too.

  • Whenever I’m traveling to less humid countries, or places with a colder climate, I definitely pack in a bottle of body moisturizer. You know that feeling when our tropical-weather-accustomed skin gets dry, and moving your body hurts because your skin is not sufficiently hydrated? Even worse, when your skin starts to have “cracks” because of the dryness.

    I was in Cappadocia last week, and the weather in the Turkish desert is dry, and incredibly sunny – it’s approaching summer so I essentially am dealing with harsh sunlight from 6am to 8pm. If you’re heading for your vacay this summer, definitely get yourself the NIVEA Extra White SPF30 body lotion. Besides keeping your face protected from your usual facial sunscreen, don’t forget to protect your body as well. If you plan to be out and about traveling, your normal basic body moisturizer ain’t gonna help much. The newly launched NIVEA Extra White SPF30 body lotion comes with SPF30 UV protection, contains glycerin to hydrate and soften skin, with 50 times more Vitamin C to lighten skin tone and sun spots! So you can sun-tan and be the summer-loving- explorer you always wanted to be!

    I used the body lotion everyday while I was in Cappadocia, and it kept my skin feeling moisturized and hydrated all day long. I like going out in the sun and getting a really nice bronze tan, but I’m increasingly paranoid about how the harmful UV rays can get, so it’s good to know I’m getting protected from the sun with the lotion. Oh and not to mention, I absolutely love the smell of the body lotion – I can be out and about in the sun but still smell so good!

    This blog post was shot at Local Cave House, Göreme, Cappadocia. As you can tell, the weather here is amazingly perfect, and Cappadocia is everything I’ve ever dreamed of and more. Be sure to take care of your skin with a good body moisturizer before you leave the hotel, and protect your face and head with a hat!

    There will be a more comprehensive Cappadocia travel guide coming up, so stay tuned. x


  • Vintage Shopping in Singapore
  • lifestyle, style |    14 May, 2017  |    4 Comments    |   
  • I love redecorating my room, but instead of heading to the nearest Typo/ Crate & Barrel/ IKEA all the time, I thought I’d head to vintage and second-hand stores to find hidden gems that I can repurpose! Plus, besides getting a new piece of furniture, you also have the satisfaction of knowing your new desk or chair has a “vintage” tag to it!

    I went vintage-shopping last week, and here are some of my top picks of where to shop second-hand in Singapore!

    Second Charm 

    Blk 21 Kallang Avenue
    Mapletree Industrial Building
    Singapore 339412

    This is where I got a vintage white wooden bedside table for SGD$250. (Check out my “before and after” picture!). I figured I needed a new bedside table (mine has been with me for close to 16 years!), and it can double up as a nice mini-cabinet for all my trinklets like i.e. candles, jewellery, mirrors, purses, etc.

    Besides selling iconic-Singaporean furniture and vintage pieces, this furniture store does custom made-to-order pieces too. The owner Sharifah is incredibly friendly and welcoming, and prices are rather reasonable! The shop is packed with unique and beautiful furniture, so be sure to look through every nook and cranny!

    Lorgans The Retro Store

    100E Pasir Panjang Rd
    Century Warehouse
    Singapore 118521

    I got a photo frame and accessories holder for SGD $50 in total. Lorgans specialises in furniture more so than vintage trinklets, and this store probably speaks more to people who prefer their vintage furniture in more mint-condition.

    Dustbunby Vintage

    112 Bukit Purmei Road
    Singapore 090112

    I got a 1950s USA vintage purse for $85. This store speaks more to the vintage fashionista: You can buy vintage bags, accessories, shoes, and jewellery here.

    Junkie’s Corner

    2 Turf Club Rd
    Singapore 287988

    You definitely need a car to get to this ulu (Singlish for “isolated”) place. This stretch of junkyard-sized warehouses store the most vast selection of second-hand items (things are not necessarily sorted in any particular way so be prepared to scour through rows of shelves and racks and cupboards). While the place definitely has a good selection for someone looking to renovate their home/ office space, I didn’t find the place too appealing for the following reasons: 1) Prices are set arbitrarily by the “junkies”, and 2) you may encounter junkies that have little patience or keenness for customer service.

    Hock Siong & Co.

    53 Kampong Ampat
    Singapore 368326

    While I didn’t make it to Hock Siong last weekend during my vintage store jaunt, this place is a definite must-go. I found out about Hock Siong through Instagram (@hocksiong), which I believe is maintained by one of the owner’s daughters! Their social media boasts an impressive 9000 following, and is a good way to see what’s new in stores. Service at Hock Siong is great and you’ll definite look for furniture you can repurpose.

    And that’s my quick guide to Vintage shopping in Singapore. The list is not exhaustive, and they are more furniture-based. If you are looking for decorative trinklets, definitely head to Golden Landmark Shopping Centre or Haji Lane!

    In this post, I’m wearing Club Monaco



  • 3 DIY Hair Treatments with Dyson
  • beauty |    11 May, 2017  |    1 Comment    |   
  • As we all know, being a mom isn’t easy, and mothers hardly have the time to indulge in hour-long hair care routines. So I’ve partnered with Dyson to share 3 quick and effective hair masks for busybees and busy mums! What’s great is that all the ingredients featured in this post can be sourced from your own kitchen!

    I roped in two of my mommy-friends: Debbie and Nerissa – to try out DIY hair treatments (more about that below) that target their hair concerns.

    For those with little time to spare, the Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer saves time with its high velocity airflow. With its controlled yet gentle air flow, it doesn’t compromise the efficacy of your hair treatments!

    In other news, Dyson is rolling out a Special Mother’s Day edition of the Supersonic™ Hair Dryer. Designed by founder, James Dyson, the dryer is encased in a charming rose leather box. Spoil your mum with this for a luxurious get-ready experience!


    Tip: Wear gloves when applying the hair mask if you do not want to get your hands dirty.

    Tip: Apply the treatment to area(s) you feel require nourishment. It is recommended you massage the treatment/ mask into your scalp for better results.

    My hair treatment :
    Concern: Lack of moisture
    Solution: Coconut milk to add a layer of moisture.

    1 egg
    1 cup of coconut milk
    1 Squeeze of lemon
    2 Tablespoons of olive oil

    Mix coconut milk after beating the egg.
    Add olive oil and a squeeze of lemon and mix well.
    Rinse the treatment off after 15-20 minutes.

    Concern: Frizzy hair
    Solution: Apple cider to eliminate and soften the kinks.

    1 juiced lemon
    1 tablespoon of honey
    ¼ tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

    Simply combine the lemon, honey and apple cider vinegar and apply carefully to your strands.
    Rinse the mask off after 10 minutes.

    Concern: Dull hair
    Solution: Banana to soften and add luminosity

    1 banana
    1 tablespoon of honey
    1 tablespoon of olive oil

    Slice up the banana before adding olive oil and honey.
    Mash everything together till it achieves the consistency of a purée.
    Let the mask sit for 15 minutes before washing it off.

    Give these hair masks a go with your mum, for a fun mother-daughter bonding session while treating your tresses!

    Share with us if you’ve attempted these masks, or any mask(s) that worked for you!