Shopping Guide: Donut Fashion by Kate Spade!

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Buy this cute sweater here.

I was browsing around the Interwebs the other night (or, as I tend to every night before going to bed), and one of my favorite places is the Kate Spade Tumblr page; which is full of fun color, girliness and… it’s just so much fun! While my personal style is very much the basic tees and jeans, I like to add some trendy bits to it; and Kate Spade’s new collection is right up my alley. And probably the first thing I noticed about their new KSNY x Darcel collection, is that it was full of one of my favorite things: donuts!

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I believe the collection is already in Singapore for some time (this is in no way a sponsored/PR driven post) but I thought it would be fun to share on the blog. The Kate Spade x Darcel collection features tons of fun ways to add a bit of donut fun into your daily fashion pieces. (But be warned, they are such a conversation piece you’ll find yourself saying, DONUT TOUCH ME. Ha!):

  1. Kate Spade Coin Purse (buy here): A fun way to keep all your small change. In a hot, bright pink color so you won’t ever lose it!
  2. Kate Spade Resin iPhone 5 Case (buy here): I always like bright handphone cases ’cause I always tend to misplace them! You’ll never forget your cellphone with this cute, loud case full of New York street bites!
  3. Donut Belt (buy here): Add a pop of fun quirkiness to your outfit with this donut belt. My donut belt will probably go with all my denim shorts.
  4. Darcel Donut Bangel (buy here): Talk about an instant conversation starter…
  5. Darcel Davie Cosmetic Case (buy here): Store your daily makeup and beauty must haves in this spacious, fun case.
  6. GOOEY Flats (buy here): Another way to add a more fun, spontaneous piece to your wardrobe.

Want more? Shop the Look:

Anyone remember my donut necklaces? These take it up a notch and I gotta get my hands on that sweater, coin purse and handphone case! :)

What are your favorite foodie things in fashion? Cupcakes? Donuts? Macaroon?

Beauty Tip of the Week: Sand to Exfoliate the Skin

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Ah, it is time! Beauty Tip of the Week. Every Thursday, don’t forget! This week’s tip is the very last one for summer.

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While you’re having the last days of frolicking on the beach, remember to give your feet and skin a treat! Sand is a great exfoliator for your skin.

What I like to do, when having “long walks on the beach”, is that I’ll dip my feet in the ocean to make it wet. As I walk on the sand, the sad sticks to the water on my feet, and, as I walk, slowly exfoliates any dead skin cells on my feet (especially useful for high heel wearers). For the rest of your skin, sitting at the edge of the ocean and rubbing damp sand on your arms, legs and belly will naturally exfoliate as well. (Be gentle though, some sand can be very harsh for your skin. Rub it in small circular motions and do not put so much pressure.)

Have you ever tried exfoliating your skin with sand? Let me know what you think!

Exclusive Interview with Master Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian

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A few weeks ago I had one of the biggest “highlights” of my blogging career; sitting down and interviewing master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, who I am willing to bet you or a loved one has one of his perfumes and colognes. He has created many best selling classics, and out of 500 perfumers in the world who created thousands of perfumes on the market right now, he is easily in the Top 3. Such an honor. We sat down at Escentials at Paragon, my favorite place for niche perfume and skincare/makeup brands to chat about perfume (obviously!), Singapore, celebrity fragrances and blogging. Read on!

Hi Francis, Thank you very much for speaking with me! I’m a big fan!

Thank you!

I guess my first question is what started your love for perfume?

Hmm! My love for perfume? I think it’s… to me perfume as it remains even now mysterious. There is a mystery with perfume, because it’s something that gives you so much emotion. You can be so emotional about the scent. And yet you don’t really see it. It’s more emotional to me than music, than visual, art, listening to something and yet you don’t see it, you can’t touch it. It’s in the air, you can’t “trap” to, it dies very soon because you cannot keep it for a long time. So it’s… perfume is just very interesting.


I agree with that! So when you create perfume, how does it start? What inspires? A feeling…?

It’s very diverse. If I tell you the inspiration for the line, one of the best seller of the line, Aqua Universalis. Acqua was inspired by the feeling of freshness. Not the smell of fresh, but the feeling of when you get into bed, in a hotel, or at home. It’s like the first time you get into the clean sheets, the first time you put on a fresh white shirt, fresh iron, it’s all about that crispness and that feeling of being fresh.

Amyris last year was inspired by the idea of “effortless elegance”. As a woman or as a man, when you put your first wardrobe and you have to pick out something that you know are peace with; and you know it fits you very well, you know you can rely on that look; your comfortable shoes, you can be elegant, this is very “you”. What does that mean in terms of perfume? Amyris is all about that.

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Beauty Companies That Do Not Test on Animals 2013 List

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Whew, we are around that time of the year again. I like to do these list mid-year just in case any of the info changes. But anyway, I’ve been doing a “beauty companies/brands that do not test on animals” list since 2010; for those of you who might be new. I am an animal lover and since I have a blog, a big part of what I want to do with it is to spread messages and hopefully use this platform for good.

Animals (such as bunnies, mice, primates, dogs and cats) should not have to suffer for the absolutely unnecessary vanity of human beings. They do NOT deserve to be locked up in cramped cages and have chemicals rubbed into their eyes or forced down their throats so we can have “safe” cosmetics. It is completely disgusting and unacceptable to me. Animals are innocent, kind, wonderful creatures that deserve to be treated with respect.

Here is the updated 2013 cruelty-free list:

beauty brands that dont test on animals list 2013

PLEASE SHARE IT! I urge you to please spread the word! Please share this on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and email (the sharing options are underneath the title of this post, and right at the end. The list above is an image, so please Pin it!). If you’ve not gone cruelty-free yet, I urge you to start today.

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Webcam Beauty Tips: How to Look Great Online

Whether you’re Skyping with friends or family overseas, having “deep and meaningfuls” with LonelyBoy15, or having important business conference calls… there is no escaping the webcam! And while the quality of webcams have definitely gotten better over the years, there is no denying that they can still make us look like total crap – no thanks to their unflattering angles and really bad lightning, especially at night.

Case in point, my photo above: what I look like at 2am, not following any of the tips I’m about to write. My makeup, I thought, looked fine in person. But online? Eh. Here are some makeup tips to look somewhat presentable on screen with those unforgiving webcams:


Skip the skin illumintors and highlighters for now!

1. Go matte. Shimmery shadows, dewy foundations, highlighters – this will all amplify online and make you look tres oily. Just wear your usual foundation and concealers but don’t forget a dust of loose powder on top to keep all the oiliness at bay.

2. Skip the blush. Bronzers will warm up the skin and, like in real life, make you look a bit more warm and healthy. Peach blush works fine too, but try to skip on the pink and coral blushes that can make you appear really red and blotchy onscreen. Also, make sure to pick the right bronzer as a lot of them can make you turn orange. Some great ones I love is Benefit’s Hoola, Bobbi Browns and any bronzer from MAC.

3. Add Some Color. That being said, if you’re not a fan of bronzer, just make sure to add some color on your cheeks so you don’t look completely washed out like I do above. Also make sure to have some kind of color on your lips – even if it’s a swipe of tinted lip balm – so your lips don’t disappears and look like it melted into your face. My favorite tinted lipbalm are the cult favorites Chubby Sticks by Clinique.

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