Air Track Gymnastics Mats

Sherilyn missed an opportunity to compete in the Get The Beat semi-finals dance competition in Singapore towards the end of last year as she injured her back during one of the routine dance practices a week before the first dance competition. After an X-ray, several physio sessions and lots of massages with essential oils and cold compress, the lump filled with fluid behind the back finally subsided.

Looking at how she flipped and rolled her back on the hard floor each time she danced sent my  heart skipping one or two beats. It would be good if her dance studio placed a few air track gymnastics mats on the floor during dance lessons for the safety of the students.

Air track mats are inflatable air tumbling mats that can be inflated by pumping air using an air pump.  They are used on the gym floor, martial arts training hall, fitness clubs, dance studios, gymnasium, yoga studio or as home entertainment.

If only the living room of our condo is spacious enough, I can consider getting an air track mat for our girls to do floor exercises, roll, tumble, flip and practise dancing and martial arts. It’s great to double up the air track mat as a mattress too whenever we have guests in the house!

These air track mats can be purchased online and offline. But we careful to only get good quality air track mats for safety purposes.  One air track company that produces good quality air track products is WholesaleAirTrack,  the world’s largest suppliers of inflatable air track and has several years of experience in producing air track.

The air track products produced by WholesaleAirTrack are made from top quality and sturdy materials, used for inflatable boat production. The air track mats are blown up to 16 hours at their factory for pressure test before shipment with finished pictures or video of the Air Track for every customer. Awesome QC they have! And they ship internationally too. Check out WholesaleAirTrack to find out more on their products.

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Flower Girl Dresses

At a church wedding  of a very close pal last Saturday, I watched with envy cute little girls dressed up in kids high low dresses and flower girl dresses as they paraded into the church sanctuary holding flowers. It reminded me of the time  when Sherilyn was a flower girl at her Sunday School teachers’ church wedding. They are a couple who taught at the Sunday school who eventually got married. Sherilyn had just turned two when she was the flower girl, dressed up in a resplendent white sleeveless flower girl dress with a white halo headgear. She was such a cutie who attracted so much attention on that day. At 14 years old now, she no longer likes to be in gowns and elaborate dresses and would only wear dresses at special occasions like weddings.

When Cass was younger, she would wear anything that I got her. I would doll her up in cute little tutu dresses, ballerina tutu dresses and  flower girl dresses online that I bought.  She would obediently be the model for my online store and always gave me her most cheerful dimpled smile.  I was so proud of her. But when she turned 10 years old, everything changed.  She no longer wanted to be in dresses, much less flower girl dresses and gowns. At our close pal’s wedding last Saturday, she was all sulky and glum when I forced her to wear a dress.

Last year, Cass wore a white flowy dress that looks like some first communion occasion dresses to her baptism.  That was the last time she wore that beautiful white dress (which she wore less than 5 times) and I guess I now have to donate that white dress which I got from the UK to someone who would love to be in it.

If only my girls would still want to slip into these pretty flower girl dresses like they once loved to…
Princess Sleeveless Kids Prom Dress for Girls With Lace CH0131
Princess Bateau Sleeveless Ivory Organza Mini Children's Prom Dress(AHC049)
Multipatterned Lace Tulle Straps Ball Gown Floor-length Kids Prom Dresses(FGD344)

I do miss the time very much when my three girls were younger and twinkly-eyed. They were not persnickety over their choice of clothing or anything else. They were so much easier to manage and I had so much lesser stress over them then vs. now.  But I’m sure that one day, they’ll be looking at these dresses again for their prom night, as bridesmaid and finally as the bride! ☺️

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Cheap & Hassle-Free Online KidZania Tickets

KidZania Kuala Lumpur is an interactive edutainment centre where children can experience the world of adults in a replica of a real city. There are various role-playing activities specifically designed to aid physical and intellectual growth. Kids have a choice of over 100 different professions in more than 60 different establishments. Be a surgeon, a fire fighter, a journalist, a pilot, a mechanic, a model, a doctor, a painter, a radio DJ and an actor, among others.

The first time that Cass went to KidZania was 1.5 years ago when she was invited by her classmate to her 9th birthday party. After spending half a day at KidZania and earning lots of kidZos, Cass fell in love with the place and was reluctant to go home.  From time to time, Cass still pesters me to bring her to KidZania Damansara so that she could try her hands on other ‘jobs’ that she did not have the time to try the previous time and to utilize all her kidZos.

I found a ticketing platform that I can get cheaper KidZania online tickets, at Tripcarte.Asia.

Tripcarte.Asia provides cheap Kidzania tickets and interesting Kidzania promotion to be enjoyed by all.

What I like about Tripcarte is that they have a FlexPlus ticket system where no reservation is required and you can go to your purchased destination at anytime (any day and any time of open hours) and don’t have to get tied down to rigid schedules.  This system suits me perfectly well as my hubby is always tied down with work and can only confirm his availability at the eleventh hour.  Because of this, it is always hard for us to buy tickets to visit places. With FlexPlus, I can purchase the tickets first and the tickets are valid for 6 months. If we decide to cancel our visit plan, we can get a guaranteed refund!

On the day of your visit at KidZania or to any destination, all you have to do is present a QR code (which you’ll get instantly via email after payment) at the online ticket counter and walk right in with no hassle of printing out the tickets.

Isn’t this ticketing system the best? It suits busy parents who cannot confirm on the date of their visit.

 

All parents are welcomed to experience the best of Tripcarte’s Kidzania Malaysia Promotions 2019 as this attraction is labelled as one of the best kids activities in KL.

Do share Tripcarte with your friends and family members. They will definitely love this hassle-free and worry-free ticketing system.

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How To Get Youthful Glowing Skin

What makes a woman happy? To me, I am happiest when I am healthy, beautiful and youthful looking. At almost 46, I still get remarks all the time that my looks defy my age  😊 I am ever so thankful for being blessed with youthful looking skin and looks.

Many different ingredients are touted to make you look younger. But buyer beware! Only choose products with ingredients that have been shown to make your face soft and younger looking. Choose skincare products that contain natural ingredients such as retinol, a vitamin A compound and antioxidant, vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect skin from sun damage and green tea because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Here are some of the ways to get younger-looking skin:

Eat your way to fabulous skin
Beautiful skin starts with nourishment from within.  Eat five portions of fruits and vegetables every day. Eat enough vitamin C, healthy fats, vitamin E, selenium, omega-3 and zinc to boost skin health.

Avoid the sun
The most proven way to look younger is to avoid the sun. The sun is not your skin’s good ally. Exposure to the sun’s UV rays is the primary reason for skin aging. Wear a good sunscreen if you are going to be exposed to the sun. Sothys carries sunscreen products made with active ingredients from plants, suitable even for sensitive skin.

Get enough sleep
The whole idea of beauty sleep is not a myth. Your body needs time to restore itself overnight and that includes your face, too. While you sleep, cells are busy repairing DNA damage from the day before, so snuggle down and give them a chance to get on with it. Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each day.

Drink plenty of water
Try to stick to the general rule of 8 glasses of 8 ounces plain water each day. It won’t hydrate your skin directly, but it will improve the way your insides work and good gut health is soon reflected in glowing skin.

Exercise regularly
Whether it’s walking the dog, brisk walking, running, cycling or anything that gets you moving will improve your circulation. That in turn will encourage blood flow to the skin and help give it a healthy, youth-enhancing glow.

Do not smoke
Smoking causes damage to the collagen and elastin, weakening the skin and resulting in sags and bags. Women who smoke at a young age will notice sagging skin and premature wrinkles long before their nonsmoking peers.

Add an antioxidant serum to your daily routine. 
Consider these free-radical-fighting formulas your gateway to anti-agers. UV light is still able to inflict damage on your skin even if you’re wearing sunscreen but if you layer a serum containing antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, underneath your SPF, your skin is more likely repair the damage as it occurs, preventing the onset of brown spots and fine lines prematurely.

Never go to bed with makeup
Always thoroughly remove the day’s buildup of makeup, sunscreen, and sebum from your face before going to bed.

Use a sleep mask
The latest beauty trend, the sleep mask, is worth using if you want to wake up to a more radiant complexion!  NO2CTUELLE Chrono-Destressing Sleeping Mask from Sothys is a good choice as it contains stabilized Vitamin C, detoxifying complex, yeast extract, Shea polyphenols, among others active ingredients.

Steam up your boudoir or use a diffuser
If your skin tends to be dry, using a humidifier of diffuser at bedtime can help keep it hydrated and supple. This is especially important during the winter, when cold, dry air saps moisture from your skin. But since air conditioning can also dry out your dermis, adding moisture to the air via a humidifier or diffuser with skin-loving essential oils can help keep skin glowing in summer too.

Always sleep on a clean pillowcase. 
Your skin can pick up dirt and bacteria, traces of makeup, dead skin cells, saliva, and hair product residue from a pillowcase that hasn’t been washed.  So wash your pillowcase once a week to avoid a buildup of these pore-clogging substances.

Don’t binge on junk food, bin them!
I am not talking about enjoying the occasional chocolate brownie, caramel popcorns and bag of chips. If most of your calories are coming from snacks and carbs, your skin is going to pay the price. More studies are pointing toward carbs as the bad guys for skin. Sugar, white bread, pasta, cake, and candy may speed up glycation in skin. Glycation is when sugar molecules latch onto cells, including those in skin, and cause them to become malformed and accelerate the breakdown of collagen. What you see in the mirror: loss of radiance, more noticeable lines, and skin that doesn’t look as supple. Overdoing it with carbs and dairy has been linked to acne as well.

There are a bundle of things that you could do for your skin to ensure that this largest organ of your body stays glowing, radiant, dewy, luminous, smooth — pick your adjective! The tips above are not exhaustive. Some degree of effort and sacrifices are needed to produce healthy looking skin.  Once you make changes to your diet, don’t expect an overnight miracle. It takes six weeks for new skin to emerge up to the surface, so the visible benefits from dietary changes will take just as long. Try sticking to a healthy lifestyle and diet and use a good range of skincare products. Your skin will be enviable to everyone in no time.

 

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Tips For Choosing A Good Mattress

If there is one item in my bedroom that needs getting rid of and be replaced with a new one, it would be our mattress. Our mattress is over 18 years old and has a good lining of pee, poop, puke and just about any other bodily fluid that one can think of. This said, our mattress gives us fond memories of the good times that we had co-sleeping with our 3 girls when they were babies.  However, when I think of the amount of germs and bacteria co-sleeping with us now (minus the babies), I freak out!

I keep procrastinating getting a new mattress. The thought of moving the gigantic king-size mattress out of our squeezy room to have it replaced with a new one turns me off.  Plus I hate going from shop to shop to try out mattresses.  I recently found a company that lets you order your mattress online and lets you try the mattress for 100 days, risk-free!

I guess the time is up for our mattress to go next year. Getting a new mattress for my bed will be one of the items to tick off in my New Year Resolution next year.

Before you get a mattress, it would be good if you do a little research to find out how to get a mattress that suits you that’s value for your money.  Here are some of the tips:

1  Research online before going shopping.

2  Consider a non-toxic mattress.  Studies have shown that some people with autoimmune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, experience flares when they are exposed to household chemicals. Mattresses can give off a strong chemical odor and may contain several toxic ingredients including:

  1. plastics, foam, and synthetic latex, which are usually made with potentially harmful petroleum-based chemicals
  2. flame-retardant chemicals
  3. Since those materials may exacerbate pain, many people with chronic illnesses prefer to sleep on a nontoxic mattress.

 3  Take the mattress for a test drive. When shopping for a mattress, try to lie on the mattress in the store for at least 5 to 10 minutes. Don’t feel self-conscious or let the salesperson hurry you along. It’s a big purchase, and if you don’t try it for at least 5-10 minutes you’re not going to get a real feel for it. Couples should test out the mattress together.

4  Be aware that firm mattresses aren’t always better for your back. Think twice before buying a hard or firm mattress, as some research has shown that the best mattress for low back pain is a medium firm mattress rather than a firm mattress.

5  Ask about comfort guarantees or trial periods before you buy. Always check whether the seller offers trial periods and guarantee before you buy, and be sure you understand the details, such as whether you’re required to pay shipping, if it includes a money-back guarantee or exchange, if you must return the mattress within a certain time frame, etc.

Sonno offers a 100-night trial period and a 10-year guarantee on all their mattresses. Plus, they ship FREE within 3-5 days, compressed in a beautiful box. If you don’t fall in love with your Sonno, the company will give you a full refund and pick up the mattress for free!

6  Check the warranty. A good mattress will have a minimum of a 10 year full replacement or non-prorated warranty.

7  Shop at a store that specializes in mattresses. The salespeople at a mattress specialty store usually have more training on the whole subject of mattress and sleep.

Why I am considering Sonno?

Sonno has been recognised by Superbrands Malaysia with Superbrands status after a strict selection process by Malaysia Superbrands Council. The brand produces high-quality natural latex mattress at an affordable price; which includes free shipping, delivery-in-a-box, 100-nights trial, and free return.

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Sonno mattresses are CertiPUR US Certified, which means that they are:
✓ Made without ozone depleters
✓ Made without flame retardants
✓ Made without mercury, lead, and other heavy metals
✓ Made without formaldehyde
✓ Made without phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission
✓ Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality

Another feature I like is that Sonno mattresses are made without unhealthy pocketed springs. Metal parts act as a radiation antenna and this will amplify electromagnetic waves, which can be responsible for sleeping disorders and have even been linked to certain diseases. You don’t want to be spending a third of your life lying in an electromagnetic field.

I am now very tempted to order a Sonno mattress online and try it for 100 nights risk-free! Sounds too good to be true, right? It’s true. Take a look at the website to find out more about the Sonno mattress.

sleeping on sonno mattress trial

 

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Wonderfly – Wonderful Ticketing Website

We will be making a road trip back to my hometown in Ipoh this weekend. This trip will be filled with celebrations from my niece’s birthday on 21st December to big brother Ray’s birthday and Winter Solstice on 22nd December to Christmas. The finale will be hubby’s birthday on 30th December and the New Year celebration back in KL. My parents will be joining us in KL for the two final celebrations.

We have not brought the kids to anywhere for a real holiday this school holiday as hubby has been stuffed to the gills with work and back-to-back catering functions. Since he’s able to take a few days off from work to accompany us back to Ipoh for all the celebrations, we might as well have a daycation at an interesting place in Ipoh just for the kids. What I have in mind is the Sunway Lost World of Tambun, a self-contained wonderland cocooned by lush tropical jungle, natural hot springs, breathtaking limestone features of 400 million years of age and seven amazing attraction parks making it the ultimate day and night destination for a unique eco-adventure excursion for visitors of all ages.

While browsing the internet for the cheapest tickets to the Lost World of Tambun, I stumbled upon Wonderfly.  And I found really affordable entrance tickets to the theme park right at Wonderfly!  The ticket prices are way cheaper than that listed at the Sunway Lost World Of Tambun website and other ticketing platforms.

If purchased from Wonderfly, we would have saved almost a hundred Ringgit on the tickets for 8 pax. And we get instant confirmation on the purchase!

Born and bred in Malaysia, Wonderfly is a trusted online ticketing platform for consumers across all ages, travel agents, and tour operators. Founded by two young entrepreneurs, Wonderfly aims to redefine the way people obtain their tickets whether for theme parks, events, festivals or concerts via digital means.

This platform allows domestic and international consumers to make a smooth and easy process in obtaining tickets at unbeatable prices under one roof, ultimately eliminating the hassle of browsing multiple pages for the best deal.

For more information on Wonderfly, check out https://www.wonderfly.asia/

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Black Or White School Shoes?

Many parents are confused with what color of shoes to buy for their children when school starts on 2 January 2019.  If you are one of them, the black shoes new ruling for public school children will only be fully enforced in 2021, to give all relevant parties plenty of time to be prepared. So don’t panic yet.  For now, schools allow students to choose between white or black. If you are not sure, it’s a good idea to ask your child’s teacher.  I’ve just reconfirmed with Cass’ teacher last week and she confirmed that both white and black are acceptable.  I needed to know as I wanted to shop for the girls’ school shoes before the school holidays start. I am not going to do anymore last minute shopping this time.  Believe it or not, I only shopped for our girls’ school shoes on the eve of the eve of the first day of school this year. 🤭

This time I am already done with shopping for our girls’ school shoes for year 2019!  It’s black for Cass and Sherilyn and white for Alycia.  As Alycia is in a private school, the color of school shoes remains as white.

I got the girls Pallas again as they like Pallas school shoes. I also got them Pallas shoes two years ago.  The prices are affordable, designs are nice and best of all, I can shop for the shoes online!  This aunty here is an online shopping queen. I get addicted to online shopping.  It’s a sweat-free experience to buy stuff online, most of the time.

Why do I choose black school shoes for Cass and Sherilyn?

Based on past experience, black shoes proved to last longer. Alycia was a school prefect for 4 years while in primary school and had to wear black shoes and black socks. Her shoes lasted much longer than her sisters’ white shoes. When she was in Primary 6, her pair of black shoes lasted her for the entire year!

Black school shoes are more dirt-resistant, thus need not have to be washed weekly, unlike white shoes which get dirty just only after a day in school.  Alycia who’s a clean freak (like her mom😆 ) and nice as ninepence used to wipe her black school shoes with wet wipes every other day. Socks are washed daily though.

As students are made to sit cross-legged on dusty school floors, the shoes get black really quickly.  Our weekly scrubbing of the shoes with detergent  speeds up the wear and tear of the shoes considerably.  I need to buy new shoes for our girls every 4 months.

To me both white and black are fine as long as they are clean and are not overly worn out with tears and holes.  Just make sure that when your child wears black school shoes, the shoes are cleaned, either with wet wipes / wet cloth or washed regularly.

Whether it’s black or white, you have 2 years to take your pick before it’s all black. You can have a pair of black shoes and a pair of white shoes as spare.  Sherilyn prefers white shoes but I got her a pair of black shoes as spare, as well as to get her used to wearing black shoes. She can wear black shoes this week and white shoes next week. This can break the monotony of having same color shoes the whole year round😉  But come end of 2020, all public school children will have to ditch their white shoes for black.

My girls like Pallas shoes as they are comfy and stylish. The rubber insoles have better rebound that are great for prolonged hours of active use in school.

I chose Pallas black school shoes model 407-196ABK at RM45.99 as this model has broader fitting, more space and more comfortable. The design is pretty stylish (very much like sneakers), has a broad cutting and thus, more airy. The outer soles and outer front part of the shoes are thick and sturdy as well.

Not only do my girls like Pallas’ range of school shoes, they love the range of sneakers as well. Pallas sneakers are stylo, very affordable and comfy.  I got Alycia and Cass these Pallas sneakers too:

To learn more about Pallas shoes and how to order, check out their Facebook and Instagram sites here:

FB : https://www.facebook.com/PallasMalaysia/

IG : https://instagram.com/pallasmalaysia

Black or white shoes?  What’s your pick and what’s your child’s preference?

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Is Buying To Let Still Feasible?

There are many youngsters who are looking at house for rent in Seremban as buying a house is too expensive. Most people nowadays are working more than just one job to earn some extra passive income. Furthermore, property market is still considered as a popular investment. Are you thinking of buying a property for investment purpose, or to earn some passive income? However, with the recent property hike, although at a slower pace, you are still unsure if buying a property is a good way to earn some passive income as the property market is not stable yet and prices are still fluctuating.

Although our country’s currency is weak compared to the previous years, this does not stop people from investing in the property market. Before you jump onto the bandwagon of buying a property, it is essential to understand the Real Property Gains Tax (RPGT) on how it works, what it is and how it is computed. This article will elaborate on the feasibility of buying a buy to let property in Malaysia.

1. Right target market
Think about your target tenants. Finding the right target market is essential for people who are in the property market. Determine the potential target market depending on the location of your property. Young couples are more likely to rent a place instead of buying as they are not fully settled down yet. Furthermore, buying a property is still a big commitment for them. As for students, they are more likely to be interested in renting a room instead, as all they need is just a room to sleep and study. Furthermore, it is only for a short period.

2. Potential rental yield
A rental yield is the percentage you get in return based on the rental you get from your property after deducting costs incurred in maintaining your property versus total property price. As for capital gain, it is the gain or loss after you sell your property.

In order to know if your property is generating money flow from the rental that you collect is much more than comparing the rental you collect with the monthly installment that you pay, as you will also need to take other costs involved into consideration as well.

To calculate the rental yield, you may use the formula below:

Net rental yield = [(monthly rental x 12 months) – annual maintenance cost] / property price] x  100

Let’s say you are buying a RM750,000, 672 sq ft condominium unit at Verve Suites, Mont Kiara, with RM0.33 maintenance fee per sq ft. The rental rate in the market will then be RM2,800 for a furnished unit, which is equivalent to RM3,500 per annum.

Based on the calculation following the formula above, the net rental yield will then be 4.01% per year. However, the mortgage is not included yet. After taking your mortgage into consideration, your net rental yield will then be -1.16% per year based on the formula below:

Net rental yield = [annual rental – annual cost of maintenance – total instalment] / selling price x 100

Based on the calculation above, the property looks promising as a buy to let investment, and is definitely better than putting your cash in a bank under the fixed deposit scheme with a 4.15% interest rate or lower.

Miscellaneous costs

Buying a property involves other miscellaneous costs as well as you are not only paying for the property price only.

a. Property tax

Property tax is payable for all properties that include shops, lands and factories. Property tax comes in assessment tax where it is based on the annual rental value of the property; and quit rent where it is calculated on a yearly rate.

 

Assessment tax Quit rent
6%, flat rate Paid once yearly for landed property
Can be paid in two instalments RM0.035 per sqaure foot/year
Based on the annual rental value of property

b. Rental income tax

Rental income tax is only applied to those who have a total rental income of more than RM5,000. However, the cost related with your buy to let proeprty is able to get offset against the rental income. 

c. Real property gains tax (RPGT)

Real property gains tax applies to property that is sold lesser than 5 years after purchasing. RPGT charges only the profits that you get after minusing the original property price, renovation and incidental costs, such as stamp duty, legal fees, advertisement fees and etc.

 

Year Percentage (%)
1st year 30
2nd year 30
3rd year 30
4th year 20
5th year 15
6th year 0

The imposement of RPGT has its own pros and cons, with lesser impact on genuine buyers as compared to property investors. It is entirely up to you to decide whether it has more pros than cons or vice versa.

In conclusion, you will need to plan ahead and do your research before buying a property in Malaysia. Set realistic goals, build a budget and stay within your means to prevent yourself from getting into a financial debt. Know that there will be its advantages and disadvantages when it comes to investment in the property market.

 

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Tips On Choosing Your Dream Wedding Gown

Congratulations on getting engaged!  The next question on your mind now is looking for your dream wedding gown.  I am sure since being engaged, you’ve been asked a dizzying array of wedding dress questions – what you like, when are you going shopping, who’s going, are you wearing sleeves, sleeveless or off-shouldered, who’s your favorite designer, who’s buying, what’s your budget, where to buy, yada yada yada!  Bet you never knew that shopping for a wedding gown could be this stressful!

Are you finding a wedding dress that doesn’t feel a cookie-cutter-wedding-dress?  It can be a challenge, especially if you’re at the age where you’re attending nuptials every other weekend.  To give your Big Day getup a fighting chance at standing out from the masses, it’s imperative to find a style that feels fresh or, at least, that your guests have never  seen before.

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There are tons of online bridal shops for you to browse for something that is love at first sight for. But it could take days and weeks if not months if you are the indecisive type.

Here are some tips for you on finding your dream wedding dress:

Location – knowing the place and time of your wedding will help focus your search. Will you be having a daytime ceremony on the beach? You can rule out ball gowns with long trains and dramatic embellishments. Exchanging vows in a candlelit cathedral? Avoid short slip dresses or anything that looks like it could be worn to a cocktail party. Most fabrics are suitable year-round, but some, like linen and organdy, are more appropriate for warm weather, while velvet and brocade are best left for winter.

Set a Budget – figure out how much you want to spend, and tell the salesperson before she starts bringing out gowns. That way you won’t lose your heart to a dress you can’t afford. Typically, a wedding ensemble, including veil, undergarments, and any other accessories, accounts for 10 percent to 15 percent of the total wedding cost. Factor in extras, such as alterations—which can add a few hundred or a few thousand dollars depending on how involved they are—and shipping fees. Once the dress arrives, it may require professional pressing or steaming, which can tack on a hundred dollars or more.

Start Early – begin shopping six to nine months before your wedding. It takes about four months for a manufacturer to make a dress and another two months to complete the alterations. Very elaborate gowns will take longer. Short on time? Many shops do rush orders for an additional fee, but your choices will likely be limited.

You can consider ordering your wedding dress from online bridal shops like Babyonline to get a ready-made gown, shipped to you. Whether you are looking for an ausgefallene ballkleider or an ausgefallene brautkleider, Babyonline has them all.

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Do Your Research– it’s not every day you see terms such as basque waist or Watteau train or try to differentiate between an ausgefallene brautkleider and an Ausgefallene cocktailkleider.  Pore over bridal magazines, books, and websites to learn about fabrics, silhouettes, and the lexicon so you can better convey what you’re looking for. Start a folder with pictures of dresses or details that appeal to you, and take it with you when you shop

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Make a Game Plan – decide where you want to go and call stores in advance to find out which designers they carry, the price range of their dresses, and if they sell accessories and provide alterations.

Focus on Fit, Not Size – bridal shops often run smaller than ready-to-wear; if you normally buy an 8, you may need a 12. So forget the numbers and don’t insist on a smaller size because you intend to lose weight before the wedding—order the one that fits now. A gown is easy to take in, but difficult and costly to let out.

This post is brought to you in partnership with Babyonlinedress.de

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Modish Women’s Outerwear and Sweaters

When the mercury starts to drop, there’s no better way to stay warm and glamorous than in a furry topper and chick women’s outerwear.  With candy-colored faux fur coats stealing the spotlight this season, there are plenty of outerwear options ready to instantly transform you into a street style star.

Let’s have a look at what some of my favourite super models and celebrities are wearing to beat the cold:

Gigi Hadid looked really cosy in a shearling coat and goggle-like sunglasses.  Do you love this level of snug?

 

While out in New York for Fashion Week, Bella Hadid wrapped up in a huge burgundy coat decorated with stars.

Gigi and Bella Hadid are sisters, whose mother was a former model.

Gigi is acing it with her style this winter. Here the model battles a snow shower wearing some trusty boyfriend jeans, a black coat and her Stuart Weitzman ‘Gigi’ boots.

Hailey Baldwin wraps up for the cold weather wearing a big jacket a beanie.

 

This has got to be my favorite, being a mini skirt lover myself –  Gigi Hadid ignores the New York snow and wears her leather mini skirt and thigh-high boots (swoon!) out at New York Fashion Wee.  Wish I could dress up like this in the snow one day 😊

 

Jessica Alba kept warm in the city as she wore an oversized khaki parka coat, and a brown cross-body satchel.

 

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looked absolutely stunning in her leopard-print jacket at  GLAMOUR HQ, we’re sure you can see why! I love this style of dressing too.

imageDon’t you just love the elegant women’s outerwear worn by these super models and celebrities? I am swooning over all of them! I wish I could don on these jackets and faux fur coats too. I think it will most likely take another few more years before we embark on our next overseas winter holiday.

My two older daughters have a thing for cute sweaters and pullover hoodies. They take every opportunity to don on their sweaters and hoodies whenever we are out at air-conditioned places.  Not only are my two girls hoodie fanatics. I notice that this is a trend among their friends and my friends’ teenagers. I see teenagers and youths on the street wrapped up in a pullover hoodies on hot sweltering afternoons 🙄  But donning on pullover hoodies and sweaters in our kind of weather is mind-boggling to me. I can’t even stand wearing a sleeved top in our sizzling hot weather.  Moreover these sweaters do not come cheap. Thankfully for online stores like FashionMia, women’s outerwear and cute sweaters can be sourced at affordable prices.

Check out some of these funky sweaters from FashionMia:

 

FashionMia carries an impressive collection of funky outerwear, dresses, tops, shoes and much more. Check them out.

 

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Shopping For Women’s Boots And Cheap Coats

I have never owned a pair of women’s fashion boots and I would really love to own an over-the-knee boots or a mid-calf boots. But it is crazy to put on a pair of leather boots in our country where the weather is sizzling hot almost every day. When I next go overseas during winter, I think I am going to get myself a pair of boots.  I regretted I didn’t buy a pair of boots when I visited New Zealand three years ago. We were in Auckland in summer (December) but that summer’s temperature was hovering at 15C.   I was a tad unprepared for the chilly weather with rain almost everyday. I had packed along plenty of summer dresses and a pair or two of leggings with thin sweaters. Thankfully the mil loaned me her mink cardigan which kept me warm for two weeks.

For those of you who know me well, long pants (jeans, leggings, jeggings, etc) are not my thing. I find wearing long pants pretty uncomfortable. I am always in  dresses, skirts or short pants.  Even when I go overseas during winter, I am pretty reluctant to pack along some long pants. I remember wearing short pants and a bra singlet under a thin sweater in 15C temperature in Auckland and got stares 🤭

Recently I got some ideas from a fashion website on what models wear during fall / winter.   At Fendi’s Fall/Winter 2017 show, the gorgeous Bella Hadid strutted the runway in a blazer, a shirt and a pair of red over-the-knee sock boots where pants would normally be. It’s an effortless yet surprisingly warm combo that she wears rather regularly.

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You see, you can survive the fall/winter without pants but with over-the-knee boots.  Think about how sexy it’ll look layered under a shirt dress or a skirt with a slit even though you’re showing just a sliver of skin. Think about how it’s going to keep you warm, sans pants.  So this is one of the ways on how skirt / dress lovers can ditch the pants for over-the-knee  boots during fall/winter.

Women’s  boots can be very expensive. Recently I found an online fashion retail store that carries affordable women’s fashion boots and cheap coats. For those of you who love wearing different coats and boots during fall/winter each year, you can check out BerryLook.com for affordable winter clothes, boots, shoes and more.

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Online Shopping

These days I buy many of my stuff online ~ from witch hazel toner to laundry detergent, computer table, essential oils, personal care products, food stuff, supplements, clothes, bags and my latest purchase was a stand fan.  Online shopping really saves me a lot of time from having to brave the horrendous traffic jam to finding a place to park my car in the congested city that I live in.

Online merchants are competing against one another to offer the lowest prices, best deals, best shopping apps and some even offer cash back.  I now have over RM20 in my cash back account ever since I joined this online merchant late last year.  The more I shop, the more cash back I’ll receive in my account.

Online stores now have shopping apps that make our online shopping experience so much more easier and convenient. In addition, we get extra discount if we use the merchant’s app to shop. One such app is the Tidebuy app, a shopping app by Tidebuy, a global online retail store offering trendy clothes, shoes, bags, bedding, kids clothing, jewelry, wigs, etc.

All you have to do is hop over to the App Store and download the app.  Within minutes, you can start shopping already. New users of the Tidebuy app get $138 off coupons! Try them today!

 

 

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Black Friday Coupons

Lately I have included some basic strength training in my exercise regimen before I start my early morning jog.  This includes arms, legs and body stretching, squats, frog jumps, spot jogging, jumping jacks, push ups and bicycle crunches. The most energy and stamina zapping strength training for me is frog jumps.  This exercise can maximize the calorie burn within a couple of minutes. It is intense, innovative and something that will elevate your heart rate like never before. I often go breathless after frog jumps /frog hops but  feel great as I begin to sweat. Next is my usual morning jog.

A good pair of running shoes is very important to me when I run.  Good running shoes prevent tripping and injuries to the feet.  I always stick to brands like Nike and Addidas.  The outer soles of my Adidas running shoes are starting to peel off and I almost tripped on the dangling soles while running a few mornings ago.  I keep forgetting to look for a  new pair of running shoes each time I go shopping at the mall.  Cass has been reminding me to change my running shoes as she’s worried that I may fall.  Thankfully for 2018 Adidas coupons on Black Friday and 2018 Black Friday shoes coupon deals,  I can get discounted running shoes without having to make a trip to the shopping mall! What I need to do now is to double check my running shoes size and at a few clicks of the mouse at hasoffer.com, my running shoes will be at my doorstep in a few days.  I just love receiving parcels!  Don’t you, too? 😉

Ok, sharing time now!  Let me share with you the various Black Friday coupon deals from hasoffer.com:

There are coupon deals from various popular brands of running shoes and sports apparel with 20% off, including Black Friday Nike coupon deals.  The choice is limitless.

Now that I have shared these coupon deals with you, be sure to utilize them soon as they do not have long expiration dates.

 

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Malaysia’s Better Florist

You don’t need to be an aesthetic junkie to appreciate the beauty and power of flowers. In whatever shape, way or form you like them, flowers are good for you, not to mention your loved ones. They are good for all of us, but when you find a florist like A Better Florist, you begin to appreciate the art of floristry and you begin to appreciate the power of storytelling with flowers. The best florist in Malaysia has so much to offer in terms of creativity, that you will fall in love with flowers, even if you never even thought about flowers in that way.

Their Malaysia flower delivery has actually come from being the best flower delivery in Singapore, where they were loved passionately, to the best florist in Malaysia. Now they have a very successful flower delivery to JB, a flower delivery in Penang, a flower delivery in Ipoh and a KL flower delivery.

A Better Florist has everything you can ever think of when it comes to flowers. From gorgeous floral arrangements in mason jars, to small and chic bouquets wrapped in burlap wrapping. With them, you’ll never be stuck with inappropriate funeral flowers, or a bouquet that’s half wilted. The best flower delivery in Malaysia makes sure that everything they create is of ultimate quality, whether it’s a fruit basket, flowers or a hamper. That’s right, they also have fruit baskets and hampers, and plenty of them. From a baby hamper to a get well soon hamper. They are also open for customization or new orders for hampers to be made from scratch!

With them, you don’t have to move an inch from wherever you are, as they have a flower delivery that comes to wherever you are. Their same day flower delivery that’s free is what made them famous as the best florist in Kuala Lumpur, and also the best flower delivery in UAE, the ultimate Hong Kong flower delivery, and the best florist in Dubai.

You can shop online or at the store, whichever you prefer. It’s easy and convenient and  that’s what made them the best florist in Malaysia, the best UAE flower delivery and the best florist in Hong Kong.  Whether you want to find the best HK florist or a florist in some places in Malaysia, the answer is the same. All floral roads lead to A Better Florist and you’ll be happy to know that this is a flower shop that concentrates solely on you as a customer.

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Finding Your Inner Beauty At Summer & Peach

When it comes to undergarments, the options really are endless. With so many bra styles to choose from, many of us are wondering: what’s the difference between a bra and a bralette? To be honest, I didn’t know what a bralette is until recently.  That just goes to show that I am not a lingerista as much as I am a fashionista. But don’t get me wrong. I just don’t splurge as much on lingerie as much as on fashion, bags and shoes. But I still love sexy lingerie  👙and comfort is a must.

A bralette, also known as soft cup bras, is a bra devoid of underwire or even molded cups. Think of it as a sports bra but without the intensity to hold in your twins. They are usually thin and have lacy straps like any other bra. However, they don’t offer as much of support. Many women may not feel comfortable wearing it if they’re used to extra support and enhancement. But, women with small to average bust can totally rock it!  That’s me!

One of the best online stores to find really pretty, comfy and uniquely designed bralettes is at Summer & Peach, a Malaysian online store selling bralettes imported from the US and various European countries.  At Summer & Peach, they  offer one free exchange and return, so customers can try and exchange if they get the wrong size.   I love browsing through their website and their Instagram feed to drool over their lingerie ~ every single piece of item is classy and sassy, just like how a woman should feel.

OK if you’re like me and the word bralette is still new to you, I’m sure you’ll be wondering: if bralettes are not padded, won’t the nipples peep through?

No.

There are ways your teats will be concealed in these bralettes from Summer & Peach.  Most of the bralettes at Summer & Peach are lined.  Some of their bralettes are cleverly constructed to conceal teats to some extend, but if you want more security, you can use their wide range of nipple concealer from Sugarlace nippies to jelly nippies and stick-on paddings, as shown in the below picture:

Bralettes are meant to be seen. They are not like other bras, that are content to provide unseen support. Most days you need that support. But some nights you want to go out and flash your pretty bra around town. On those special nights, get yourself a pretty bralette.  Pair with skimpy tanks, sheer tops, maxi dresses, backless tops… the world is your closet!  In fact, some women are confident enough to wear them without a top.

So girls, do check out Summer And Peach. They offer free shipping on orders above RM150 and also a one-time free exchange. You can also follow them on their Facebook and Instagram.

 

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Ideas to Personalize Your Mothers Day Flowers Gift

There are some creative ways to make your mother happy with mothers day flowers gift. The florist Singapore will help you to create, choose, and even send your best gift of flowers to your mother on a special day like Mother’s Day. With the help of a flower delivery company, you can always show your sweet and romantic side to your mother without having to put so much effort into it.

Below are some nice tips you can follow to personalize your mothers day flowers to make it look more special:

Pick romantic flowers
Roses and tulips are what you can consider as romantic flowers since they are able to represent deep and perfect love. Who doesn’t agree that the love of mother to her children is the most powerful love we can see in this world? Now let your mother know just how much you appreciate her love to you by giving her some romantic flowers with a romantic message.

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Choose a unique flower arrangement
You can choose a ready and available flower arrangement displayed at the florist shop or you can ask the florist to help you make a unique and customized design. A unique flower arrangement will eventually make your mother feel more special since the flower arrangement is specially designed just for her.

Flower Delivery Singapore

Flower Delivery Singapore

Give gift hampers
A gift hamper is definitely one of the most creative gifts you can give to your mother on  Mother’s Day since you can fill the hamper with any interesting stuff or gift items. You can even add a complimentary flower bouquet to make the gift look more special and beautiful.


Flower Delivery Singapore

Send her surprises
Surprise is the best part here! Send your mother the special gift at an unexpected time and day and be ready to see her bright smile even with just a little surprise from you and the family. Make the scheduled flower delivery at a time you think is best.

A florist and gift shop will make your flower gifting an easy task. You will surely not be disappointed since they are the experts in this area.

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