• DIY Floral Arrangement with Club Monaco
  • lifestyle, style |    24 April, 2017  |    No Comments    |   
  • In this blog post, I’m wearing a floral-printed ruffle-sleeved dress from Club Monaco

  • Always fancied the idea of being a florist? Or giving floral arrangements a go? I’ve partnered with The Floral Atelier and Club Monaco to bring you this super quick and easy floral arrangement tutorial! In this blog post, I’ll be working with 5 different leaf and flower-types, and placing them in a recycled mason jar. The arrangement works as a great accompaniment to your living, work, or personal space. I personally would also gift this to a friend during her birthday, or send it to someone as a gesture of thanks or appreciation!

    Materials You Will Need:

    • Recycled Mason Jar (Or you can buy a jar for $2 from Daiso)
    • Flowers
    • Stem Clippers
    • Double-Sided Tape
    • Green-Coloured Cable Tie
    • Twine String (Available at IKEA, or Spotlight)
    • Decorative Ribbon with Lace (Available at Spotlight)


    I’ve picked the following for today’s tutorial: (From left to right) Mahonia Leaf, , White Baby Daisies, Ivory Roses, Green Viburum, White Eustomas

    Instructions:

    1. Work with a theme in mind so that you have a general idea of what colours and flowers to use. Here, I achieved a casual-elegant colour palette of whites and greens with spurts of sunshine yellows.
    2. Fill ⅓ of the mason jar with water.
    3. Remove leaves from the bottom-part of the stems, we do not want them in the jar.
    4. Arrange the flowers and leaves you’ve picked out to your liking.
    5. Secure your final arrangement with a cable tie.
    6. Cut the stem to suit the height of the vase, it is best if the arrangement just sits slightly above the mouth of the jar, to give a fuller appearance to the vase arrangement.
    7. Embellish your mason jar with any decorative ribbons and double-sided tape, and your flower bouquet is complete!

    Tip: Let your blooms be the focal piece. Place any greenery at the corners, nicely spaced out and curled to create an elegant wall.

    Tip: Rotate your arrangement to ensure it looks cohesive at all sides.

    I hope you found this blog post useful, share with us what some of your favourite flowers are, and hopefully we can come up with another arrangement for that as well!

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  • AirAsia Runway Ready Design Search 2017
  • style |    19 April, 2017  |    No Comments    |   
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  • The third instalment of AirAsia’s Runway Ready Design Search is back and this time it will be expanding its search to 10 ASEAN countries! This is the ultimate platform to kickstart your fashion career and to better understand the work behind establishing a commercial brand.

    The winner will see their own fashion creations come to life, get an AirAsia-sponsored runway showcase at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week (KLFW) 2018, and have their collection sold on FashionValet.

    Online submissions will close on April 22. If you don’t have the time to complete your online application, you can always walk in with your sketches at the on-ground auditions at Hotel Jen on 29 April. More details can be found at http://klfashionweek.website/aarrds2017/ !

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  • New South Wales Roadtrip
  • travel |    4 April, 2017  |    4 Comments    |   
  • Taking you through my 8-Day Roadtrip with Destination New South Wales and Singapore Airlines. SQ Promo Code for Sydney flights in the blog post!

  • If there are two things I love doing when traveling, is going on a roadtrip, and going on a hike. Both of which I got to during during my 8-Day Roadtrip in New South Wales with Daryl. When Destination New South Wales asked if I could come up with my dream itinerary, I immediately looked up “glamping”, “mountains”, “hikes” on Google – and I’m super glad we managed to tick all these experiences off my Australian-adventure checklist. I didn’t want to do the usual Sydney City + Blue Mountains combination, and I hope you’ll be inspired by this itinerary to explore the greater areas of NSW!

    What we did was take the 2016-launched Singapore Airlines direct flight from Singapore to Canberra, rented a car there, and slowly made our way up to Sydney (a 4-hour, 283km drive if you drive from Canberra without stopping). P.S. I’ve partnered with Singapore Airlines to offer a special return airfare rate to Sydney, read on to find out more!

    Here’s a breakdown of my pretty cool adventure down-under. Look up #dreainaustralia on Instagram for all the Instagram pictures!

    We started our trip with a sunset hike up Australia’s highest point – Mount Kosciuszko. I don’t think I was mentally prepared for how long and intense the hike would be until I was an hour in… and realised I had another 2.5 hours more to go. Thankfully, we had our lovely guides to keep us going – We started at 3pm, and got up in time to have a cup of hot chocolate while waiting for the sun to set. 7310 feet up in the air, you would expect the view to be no less than perfect. Definitely a hike to do if you are visiting Canberra – I mean, how cool would it be to tell people that you’ve hiked up “the highest point in Australia”?



    Still recovering from last evening’s hike and with no time to recuperate, we packed on the adventure with a 2-hour horse riding adventure at Thredbo Valley Horse Riding. We were given a quick safety and horse-handling introduction, before making our way through the Australian bushland on horseback and to a quiet river bank where we rested for a bit. Our guides were incredibly welcoming and friendly, and they handled the horses with so much care – which I really appreciated.

    Post-horse-riding, we had a quick lunch and made our way to Tilba Lake Camp – where I camped at one of their three “Lotus Bell Tents” for the night. I’ve stayed at a similar tent on a rooftop at Melbourne’s CBD before (yup, you heard that right), but this would be the first outdoor “glamping” experience. We were on private property, and overlooking a lake. Even though the weather was pretty rainy during our week in NSW, it was kinda calming and surreal to hear the raindrops pitter patter on the tent as you fall asleep. In case you are wondering, “how is the toilet situation like”, don’t worry, like I said, it’s “glamping” – toilets and showers, together with a communal living space, are available 50m away from your tents!

    If you are up for a seaplane adventure, pack your bags and head towards coastal town Mollymook.  Along the way, you can stop by Australia Rock or Mystery Bay for some scenic photo-ops. The drive to Mollymook from Tilba will approximately take 1hr 45mins, so you can stop by for lunch at The River Moruya before your plane ride just in case you get hungry from the drive! If you have never been on a seaplane before, you’re up for an experience: we met up with the good people from South Coast Seaplanes at Moruya Airport, went through a quick safety briefing, and took off from Moruya River – quite something taking off and landing onto water if this is your first! As you ascend, you’ll pass incredible rock formations at Bingie Point. During our plane ride we spotted seals, and during the right season, you’ll spot dolphins and whales that frequent Montague Island! To end off the perfect day, we checked into Bannisters By The Sea, a luxury cliff-side property that has the perfect infinity pool overlooking the South Pacific Ocean. This is probably the best spot to go to for a quiet romantic couple getaway.


    If you’re not driving from Canberra, and are coming from Sydney, you may want to consider our next destination as a quick 2-day getaway from Sydney city life instead! We arrived into Jervis Bay the next day (200km from Sydney), and there’s TONS to do in Jervis Bay. We went on a dolphin cruise adventure on Jervis Bay Extreme, rented a kayak from Jervis Bay Sea Kayaking Tour and kayak-ed through mangroves, and got gelato and Japanese food in the rows of shops by the beach! The guide who brought us on our kayaking tour moved to Jervis Bay from the UK, telling us he preferred the sun, sea, and slower-paced lifestyle, and I can see totally see why. My choice of accommodation when vacationing at Jervis Bay? Definitely Paperbark Camp, my second “glamping” destination. I loved every minute of my stay there. The camp is surrounded by – as its name suggests – Paperbark trees, and each tent is in its own private area so everyone gets a dedicated personal space. You can kayak by the stream that is located on the property during the day, and end off your day with a campfire experience as dusk approaches.

    We had to say goodbye to Paperbark the next morning in order to make our way back in time to check in to the super hip, modern-industrial decorated hotel The Old Clare Hotel, not before stopping by the Seacliff Bridge for a view that can only remind you of the Great Ocean Road in Melbourne, or Big Sur in California. We concluded our last three days in Sydney like any regular Singaporean would – eating and shopping!

     


    If you’re looking to stuff yourself silly with cafe-favourites and desserts, definitely try The Grounds of Alexandria, Reuben Hills, Four Ate Five, Bourke Street Bakery, Black Star Pastry, Devon Cafe, i-Creamy Gelato, and Aqua S.

    For shopping, I like to head to Paddington Market. My favourite Australian brands include Bardot, Aritzia, Finders Keepers, Wittner, Faithfull, Zimmermann, Manning Cartel, and Zulu & Zephyr – so definitely give their shops/ stockists a visit!

    No trip to Sydney is complete without giving their scenic and iconic spots a go: try Coogee Beach, the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk, Watsons Bay, and Observatory Hill a go. To up your scenic-Sydney-experience game, you can book a 20-minute helicopter tour on Sydney Heli Tours just like we did. It was Daryl’s first helicopter experience, and to see him go excited over flying past the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Bondi, was immensely fulfilling.

    And…. that’s a rundown of my roadtrip adventure in New South Wales! As with all my travel guides, this list is not exhaustive, and I would really welcome any more suggestions from you guys if you have any!

    As mentioned earlier, I’ve partnered with Singapore Airlines to get you guys a special promo fare to Sydney when you book on the SQ portal from the 3rd – 17th April. A return trip to Sydney will be pegged at $618, just key in the promo code “DREAXSQ” when booking! Alternatively, click here to book your trip!

    I hope this blog post will get you excited over planning for your ideal New South Wales holiday!

    Love,
    Drea

     

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