Chinese New Year Preparation

Chinese New Year is only 2 weeks away! Can you believe it?  It feels like CNY was  over not too long ago and it’s here again, less than 12 months later.  We celebrated the last day of Christmas (12th day) last Sunday and now we’re ready to welcome the next major festival.  This gives us only two weeks of preparation. Thankfully I don’t have to bake any cookies or make Chinese sausages like what my parents and late maternal grandmother used to do.  What I need to do are to get ready the red cute clothing for the girls to wear on the first two days of CNY, shop for cookies, prep the red packets and of course spring clean the house.

Last year I got the girls same tees with the Chinese Animal Zodiac printed,  which is a pig in gold color.  I like to buy the girls cheap tees with fanciful Chinese New Year motifs printed on them.   They usually cost no more than twenty Ringgit each. The girls usually don’t wear them anymore the following year.  For myself, I like getting a couple of red trendy tops and dresses that I can ‘recycle’ for the next Chinese New Year.

Shopping for new clothes and shoes for the lunar new year can be quite chaotic and makes you feel hurried as the shopping malls will be jam packed with shoppers. There will be long queues  starting from the car park to the fitting rooms to the check out counters. I like to start doing my CNY clothes shopping a few months earlier.

If you still haven’t bought any CNY clothes yet and the thought of going to the crowded shopping mall turns you off, fret not. There are thousands of online stores like Nina Cloak where you can shop for your clothes and shoes without leaving the comforts of your home. But don’t wait till the eleventh hour to shop for them as you’ll need to allow some time for shipping.

How’s your CNY prep coming along?

 

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Men’s Shopping Habits

A 2013 survey of 2,000 British people conducted found that men become bored after only 26 minutes of shopping, while it took the female counterparts a full two hours. The survey found that 80 percent of men didn’t like shopping with their partners and that 45 percent avoided doing so at all costs.  If men were to shop for shirts or formal shoes, they’d get it done within an hour and leave while most women would browse from shop to shop, examining the items and looking for the best deals.  At the end of the shopping trip, the women would return home laden with a handful of shopping bags! Well, that’s how it goes with my hubby and me.

Men Leather Splicing Non-slip Large Size Business Casual Formal Shoes

My husband is one who will get bored to the bones when going shopping.   He hates the crowd and queues, not to mention wasting time trying to find a parking spot at the car park.  I remember that during our courting days, he used to dozed off at the seats of the mall while waiting for me to shop. 😴🤭   Even if he needed to shop for a pair of men’s vintage boots, he could grab the item within half an hour.   Thus, I now hardly ever ask him to go shopping with me, besides groceries shopping.

If you have a hubby who dreads going shopping, introduce him to online shopping. He may transform into a new male power shopper in no time when he discovers how convenient and easy it is to shop online.   My younger brother has recently jumped into the online shopping bandwagon and now buys clothes, mens fur lined boots , household items and other stuff online. I like to go to New Chic to browse for women’s fashion. The men’s section is pretty complete too, ranging from apparel to sports wear, watches, shoes and much more.

Men Wool Fleece Fur Lining Side Zipper Soft Ankle Casual Boots

With the rise of online shopping, men are looking decidedly more handsome!

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Where To Buy Cheap Bridesmaids Dresses

Shopping for gowns and bridesmaid dresses was hardly my interest (though I’m a self professed shopping queen) until last year when I had 4 weddings to attend. And we have another wedding coming up on the first day of 2020. I started to hunt for cheap gowns last year and it dawned on me that it’s not easy to find these dresses at shopping malls.  For the few boutiques that I stumbled upon, these dresses don’t come with pocket-friendly price tags.

Several of my friends bought their wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and wedding paraphernalia from China, via online shopping as these are so much cheaper in China.  Just google bridesmaid dresses cheap or cheap wedding dresses and you’ll find thousands of online stores that sell almost similar items at really affordable prices.

When it comes to shopping for wedding dresses or bridesmaid dresses, it’s best to choose an online store like BMBridal.com that not only has a neat range of dresses for you to choose from, but can customize your dress according to the size provided by each bride and bridesmaid so that it fits you like a glove.  BMBridal.com carries hundreds of styles, 50 different popular colors for you to consider and various sewing techniques that will help you bring your wedding vision to life.

Now you don’t have to go scrambling across the internet searching for that perfect bridesmaid dress, I’ve found you BMBridal.com and I hope you’ll find what you’re looking for here 🙂

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The Shopping Continues

The search for a dinner and church wedding dress for the girls continued yesterday. That’s Part 3 and it’s more or less settled for Alycia, though I’m still not 100% satisfied with the black cold shoulder dress that I got for her last week.  Yesterday Alycia went out shopping for gowns with her grand aunt and sister and she finally found a beautiful off-shouldered midi gown in baby blue for the church wedding.

I still think that the cold-shoulder short dress for Alycia is not grand enough for a hotel wedding dinner.  I find it a tad casual and the dress is in black, a color that’s scorned upon by old folks and tabooed at happy occasions like weddings. I would prefer for her to don on a dress in pastel color or some dusty rose bridesmaid dresses, like the one below.


Simple and elegant – I think Alycia will look sweet in this chic Dusty Pink round neck ruffled short bridesmaid dress.

After 3 shopping trips that began since last week, I’ve still not ticked off all the items on my shopping list. I still need to get dresses and shoes for Cass for the church wedding, hotel dinner and tea ceremony. And I’m starting to get tired of hunting for dresses for the fourth time.  It’s really time consuming having to scan through every boutique at the mall for suitable dresses for my persnickety pre-teen daughter.  I might just shop for her dresses online from BMBridal.com, a one-stop online shop for wedding, bridesmaid and flower girl gowns, jewelry and wedding accessories.

 

BMBridal carries plenty of elegant dresses for brides and bridesmaids. For those like me who are shopping for dinner dresses or even prom dresses for their daughters will be spoilt for choice with the stunning dress designs. The dresses can be custom made by the tailor to fit you perfectly and you can pick from a palette of 50 colors for your dress.  Honestly, I am really tempted to order a gown for myself too but I’ve already bought three dresses for myself for this function and broken my bank!

For those of you who are looking for elegant dresses for wedding dinners and special functions, BMBridal.com is the perfect place to do your shopping.

 

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Hump Day Shopping Frenzy, 20 Nov 2019

The search for a dinner dress and church wedding dress for the girls for the wedding of hubby’s cousin on 1.1.2020 continues today.  We spent a total of 4 hours walking non-stop, hunting for dinner dresses and shoes. I walked over 7k steps just at the mall. And another 7k during my morning exercise. Feeling very satisfied with my achievement today in the fitness department 😊

I bought the black dress for Sherilyn (first picture above). When we got home, a ‘senior relative’ commented that the younger Yaps should not be wearing black at the wedding dinner. She commented that I should bring the dress back to the boutique to have it exchanged with the blue one. So yeah, we will have to make another trip to the mall this Friday for this purpose and also to shop for another dress for the church wedding for Sherilyn.  When the school holidays start next week, we will have to make another trip to the mall again to shop for dresses and shoes for Cass.   This gives me excuses to go shopping again and again.  An ardent shopping queen never gets tired of shopping 🤗 And the icing on the cake is more calories are burnt and I chalk up more steps for the day doing what I love best.  🤩


We found all our dinner dresses at Marry Merry @ Mid Valley Megamall.   This boutique carries beautiful and elegant evening dresses and gowns at reasonable prices. And the dresses that I bought today are on a 50% discount!  We should have checked out this boutique first before we went to Eclipse and H&M last week and wasted so much time trying 101 dresses futilely.

I got this lilac dress for myself, for the church wedding.

Check out the big girl’s face. She’s pissed off that paparazzi mom stole pix of her wearing heels.  This is her very first pair of heels.   Other than to wedding dinners and her school’s concert / orchestra, this girl cringes whenever she’s asked to wear dresses and feminine shoes. 😆

Today’s damage is huge and more damage is in the offing  😧



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Guide to Choosing Your Perfect Bridesmaid Dress Color

Choosing your wedding colors and bridesmaid dresses color  can be one of the hardest decisions you’ll have to make for you wedding if you’re an indecisive bride!   As if the venue, seating arrangement, guest list, flowers, music and the cake weren’t enough to stress you out (and the list goes on and on!), choosing the perfect bridesmaid dress color that will make everyone happy is probably the most difficult wedding planning feat of all.

There are so many gorgeous colors out there and unless you already have a dream color for your wedding and your bridesmaids since you were a little girl, how’s a girl going to choose?

Here are 5 things to consider before choosing your bridesmaid dress color(s):

1.  Consider the color of your bridal gown
Whatever color or style you choose, keep that color in mind so that your bridesmaids won’t clash while they stand next to you. If you’re going to wear a white bridal dress, you could consider champagne bridesmaid dresses, mauve, soft pink or soft blue for your bridesmaids. These are some of the favorite bridesmaid dress colors in 2019.

2.  Location is key
Your venue will literally set the stage for your wedding day so choose colors that complement the space.

3.  Consider your own personal style
If you’re one who loves bright happy colors, having a white or silver wedding would be a tad out of your element.

4. Discuss with your fiancé
Your fiancé may have a strong preference of what he does or absolutely does not want. Be considerate.

5. Consider multiple bridesmaid dress colors
Mix-and-match is hugely in trend now, so it’s not uncommon to see a variety of colors in the bridal party.

Color palettes are important for having consistency on your big day – between the dresses, décor, flowers, etc. It’s easy to get carried away with too many colors, so it’s advisable to choose at least three main colors for your palette.

 

Once you’ve settled on the color of your bridal dress and that of your bridesmaids, then it’s time to decide on where to get the dresses. You can opt to shop for it online or offline. BmBridal is a lovely online store for all your bridal apparel needs. They have a great site with stylists who are available online to help you find the dress that you have in mind. You can ask them anything from styling and sizing advice and tips on the perfect accessories for your dress, or just a second opinion. They carry some absolutely stunning elegant gowns for the bride and bridesmaid that you’ll sure to love. Oh, they have bridesmaid dresses at half price and a time-limited Buy-2-Get-1-Free promotion too!

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When You’ve Decided On A Beach Wedding


MillyBridal Wedding Dresses

Congratulations that he proposed to you! Now that wedding bells are starting to ring, there’s really quite a bit to do to plan a wedding of your dreams. Apart from the wedding date, one of the first planning decisions you’ll have to make is choosing a wedding venue . It’s not always the easiest decision, but a good way to start is to decide if you’d prefer a more formal or more casual wedding. If a laid-back, casual wedding is your goal (and you’d like to get married in a warmer month) a beach wedding venue can be an ideal setting. A beach wedding is best for couples who prefer a little adventure and prefer something a little different.

If you’ve already settled on a beach wedding, the next thing to do is to look for your dream beach wedding dresses.

A beach wedding would also probably mean that your dream dress is more understated and elegant than flouncy and embellished, and you really don’t mind ditching high heels for sandals or even go bare-footed!

When you plan a beach wedding, it is likely that fewer people will be there;  but for many couples, that’s a plus! It gives you an excuse to spend more time with a tighter group of people that you actually want to spend time with. At a ‘traditional’ wedding you only get a couple of hours.   No second cousins or random friends of your parents here! 😉

When it comes to choosing your wedding dress, you can opt to shop for it online or offline. MillyBridal is a must-shop stop when you are searching the web for the dress of your dreams. They have a great site with stylists who are available online to help you find the dress of your dreams.  You can ask them anything from styling and sizing advice and tips on the perfect accessories for your dress, or just a second opinion.  They carry some absolutely stunning elegant gowns that you’ll sure to love.

At MillyBridal, most of the dresses are made-to-order. You can choose a standard size or custom measurements and their tailors will craft each dress to order.  Tailoring time takes between 8 – 10 days and it takes 3-6 days for your dress to arrive.

With a reasonable return policy, good customer service, and exclusive dress styles, MillyBridal is one of the best options for buying a wedding dress online.

Whether you are looking for plus size wedding dresses, petite wedding dresses, sexy, ball, mermaid, vintage or even maternity wedding dresses, you’ll sure to find them at MillyBridal.

Couples often wonder if they should have the wedding inside or out, mountain side or in the jungle and so on; but stop for a minute and just think about how amazing it would be to celebrate your wedding at the beach. Imagine soft, white sands, gentle waves hitting the shore, the scent of salt on a Caribbean breeze, and the russet hues of a sunset adding beautiful splashes of colors to your wedding photography. A beach wedding is the perfect setting for the best day of your life where you’ll have no regrets.

 

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The Best Shepherd’s Pie In Singapore

Shepherd’s pie is a meat pie with a crust or topping of mashed potato. The recipe has many variations, but the defining ingredients are minced red meat, cooked in a gravy or sauce with onions and sometimes other vegetables, such as peas, celery or carrots, and topped with a layer of mashed potato before it is baked. The pie is sometimes also topped with grated cheese to create a layer of melted cheese on top.

In my family, everyone loves pies. Shepherd’s pie is one of our favorites, as with any savory pies with filling of meat. My very own baking queen loves baking pies and she can make really yummo pies from scratch, from the pie crust to the ingredients. But the aftermath of her pie baking sessions stresses me out. Though I’d love to eat her homemade pies, the thought of cleaning the mess she makes in both the wet and dry kitchen turns me off.

Wouldn’t it be nice if delish and freshly baked pies can be ordered at just a few clicks of the mouse? That will be bliss for pie lovers! And yes you can certainly do that at shepherdspie.sg and have the tastiest and freshest pies delivered to your doorstep in a jiffy without breaking a sweat! All you have to do is go to www.shepherdspie.sg, the purveyor of the best shepherd’s pie in Singapore, who has been around since 2011. Their pies which are available in beef 🐄 and chicken🐔, are baked with love and delivered hot right to your doorstep. Shepherd’s Pie Delivery offers 3 different sizes of pies – Medium, Massive and Mini.

The pies from shepherdspie.sg are baked fresh and their ingredients prepared fresh, so they have to be ordered one day in advance.  Check out their pies below:

Are you drooling already looking at the pie photos? Shepherd’s Pie Singapore have been receiving positive reviews from satisfied customers for their pies which are made up of a hearty filling of meat, a creamy and smooth layer of mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables.

My stomach is growling now!😋

How To Order
Ordering the pies is simple. Simply select the pie you want, and click on the cart icon in the top right of their website.

Cut-off timing for next day delivery is at 5pm and you have several time slots for delivery, as follows:

Delivery Time Slots:
Time Slot 1: 11-1pm
Time Slot 2: 1-3pm
Time Slot 3: 6-8pm

Delivery Costs
Standard Delivery Cost: $7
Free Delivery For Orders Above $80

Are you craving for mini beef shepherd’s pie for lunch tomorrow? Or planning to serve mini chicken shepherd’s pie for junior’s dinner tonight just because you don’t feel like cooking? You could also order a few massive beef or chicken shepherd’s pies for a pot luck party at home or office. Head over to Shepherd’s Pie and give them a try and don’t forget to let me know if you like their pies 😉

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2019 Wedding Dress Ideas

When planning a wedding the first task is to pick the perfect date for the ceremony. Then there are the wedding bands, the flower girls, bridesmaids, caterer, flowers and most importantly, the wedding dress!

If you’re the fashion savvy bride, you’ll most likely be looking at the wedding dress trends for 2019. I have selected the prettiest, most dramatic trends for you to swoon over as you imagine yourself walking down the aisle on your big day in your charming spouse’s arms. So, if you’re on the hunt for a wedding dress with some flair, then this is the perfect inspiration for you to start with. Enjoy!

Dramatic Ball Gowns
If you want to make a show-stopping appearance on your big day with a big entrance, just like a princess, then the dramatic ball gown is the perfect choice. Features like the voluminous skirt combined with either an off-shoulder, sweetheart strapless bodice or long lace sleeves makes your waist appear lean and tiny like a wasp’s are the trend in 2019.

Recommended:


Charming Appliques Tulle Ball Gown Wedding Dress from Cocosbride.com

Barely there straps
For a wedding dress that combines classic with a bit of fashion forward drama and a lot of sensuality, the off-shouldered and skinny straps might just be the right 2019 wedding dress trend for you.

Recommended:


This Elegant Court Train Lace Tulle Wedding Dress is versatile and suitable for the outdoors during summer, church and hall.

Sexy Plunging Necklines
A favorite detail of the modern bride who fancies something sensual, the plunging neckline is a favorite trend for 2019 bridal attire.  This design element is bound to get you under the spotlight and envy of many and it does so while making you appear ultra-feminine, slimmer and more curvy. Just make sure that the gown has built-in padded bra or if you’re the busty type, you can use stick-on bra cups or bust aids to prevent any nip slips.

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This Charming Cathedral Train Tulle A-line Wedding Dress from Cocosbride.com comes in six dreamy colors of White, Ivory, Blushing Pink, Pearl Pink, Dusty Rose, Champagne.

Capes
If you’re the kind of bride who wants something flowing gracefully at the rear of your bridal gown as you walk around in a beach or garden wedding setting, the cape is the accessory to add to your bridal style. It can successfully replace the veil if you’re not into that kind of old school accessory, but at the same time, it can add a strong note of glamour and fashion-forward sophistication.


This Elegant Sequins Chiffon Tulle A-line Wedding Dress from Cocosbride.com can be custom-made for plus size and petite brides.

I hope this article gives you an idea of what to look for in 2019 wedding dress ideas.  Check out Cocosbride and be mesmerized by the dreamy and beautiful wedding dresses they offer.  Find THE ONE wedding dress for your big day at this site! They offer a wide choice of elegant shapes and necklines for all frames, both for bridal and evening in any setting to make sure each woman finds the dress that will bring out the goddess in her heart. Whether you’re looking for plus size wedding dresses, petite wedding dresses, elegant bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses or maternity wedding dresses, Cocosbride have them all.

Luxury should be affordable and Cocosbride strives to help every bride-to-be afford a gorgeous wedding dress to wear on her big day.  Check them out to shop for the most important dress you will ever wear.

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Medical Alert Bracelets Save Lives

Medical alert bracelets and tags can be extremely important for people with diabetes and other life-threatening diseases or disorders. They can be life-saving.

Years ago, a friend’s aged mother with dementia and diabetes wandered off from her house in the early hours of the morning and was only found a day later.  She was finally found a few kilometers away from home by a group of senior citizens who were doing their morning walk rounds.  Fortunately my friend’s mother was wearing a medical alert bracelet that probably saved her life.  The medical alert bracelet had an emergency contact number and her medical condition engraved on it.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening condition, have food or drug allergies, or take medications, then you should wear a medical alert bracelet.  If you are a caregiver, you should also wear a medical alert bracelet to alert emergency personnel of your loved one who needs attention.

A medical alert bracelet or medical identification tag is a small emblem or tag worn on a bracelet, neck chain, or on the clothing bearing a message that the wearer has an important medical condition that might require immediate attention. The tag is often made out of stainless steel, sterling silver, 18k gold plated or black gun plated.

On arrival to a hospital’s emergency department, one of the routine procedures of the evaluation of the critically ill, unconscious, or disoriented patients is to remove their clothing to inspect the body for a cause of their sudden alterations. In these situations, medical alert bracelets can be invaluable as a time saver.

Information That Should Be Put on a Medical Alert Bracelet
The message on your medical alert bracelet should be concise and to the point. “Diabetes” or other medical disorders should be engraved boldly on one side. The other side of the bracelet can have other information such as “insulin dependent” or “medication controlled”.  Other important information can include:

1. An emergency contact number
2. The name of your physician
3. A referral to another place for more information, for example “see wallet card for a full medical history”

Where to Purchase a Medical Alert Bracelet or Tag
There are many online shops selling fashionable medical alert bracelets and chains and one good online shop is u7jewelry.com.

Ordering medical alert bracelets is a breeze at U7jewelry.com. After choosing your choice of tag or bracelet, simply key in your medical condition, contact number and other details that you want to be engraved, choose your metal type and add to cart.  You can make the tag look more fashionable like a fashion jewelry by wearing the tag with a stylish gold chain necklace.

Besides medical alert bracelets, there are over hundreds of thousands of other beautiful jewelry at U7jewelry.com, ranging from summer jewelry, men’s jewelry, religious jewelry, sports jewelry, music jewelry, heart jewelry, customized jewelry and many more.

Shipping is free for orders of $200 and above at u7jewelry.com. Don’t forget to use promo code U7C to get a 30% discount off your bill.

Happy shopping!

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How To Look Taller And Slimmer

Not all celebrities stand as tall as we imagine they are when they appear on screen. Some of Hollywood’s most famous celebrities are average in height. Though it may not seem like it on screen, celebs are human too, and they can be short too.

You may not have known that Victoria Beckham, Shakira, Emilia Clarke, Christina Aguilera and Scarlett Johansson are just some of the famous celebrities that fall under 5’4″. That’s because they know how to add a few inches to their height with some very clever styling tricks.

Let me show you some ways to master the illusion with the right tops and beautiful elegant dresses for women!

1. Flaunt your legs with short skirts and dresses
This is one of my favorite tricks to look taller! I am 5’2″ and I wear short skirts and short pants all the time 😉  While some of you may not feel comfortable walking around in a mini skirt, don’t be afraid to embrace a hemline that is a little shorter than you might usually go for. Your legs will definitely look longer than if you pick a dress or skirt that falls below your knees, like his Embroidery O-Neck Short Sleeve A-Line Dress and  from SheinStore.com

Embroidery O-Neck Short Sleeve A-Line Dress

2. Go crop
Just like with your hemlines when it comes to skirts and dresses, the same can be applied for pants and jeans. If you show off a bit of ankle, it will give the illusion that your legs are too long for the trousers and you will immediately add a few inches to your height.

3. Try a crop top
If you wear a crop top with your high-waisted trousers and skirts, it will help to accentuate this illusion even further. Show off just a slither of skin though.

4. Wear skater dresses
Short women should fill their closets with items of clothing that highlight their assets, and one great area to draw attention to is your naturally smaller waist. Skater dresses do a great job of cinching at the waist, then flaring out toward the bottom hem, making you look noticeably leaner. Opt for a short  skater dress for the best results!

Vintage Stand Collar Floral Print Skater Dress

5. Embrace the high-waist
This is especially important when it comes to wearing slightly longer hemlines, including midi and pencil skirts. It will help create the illusion that the middle part of your body is much longer than the reality.

6. Wear something fitted
I’m not implying that you have to wear bodycon dresses to look tall, but wearing oversized, billowing clothing will accentuate how small you are. So, even if you want to wear a loose-fitted dress like this Embroidery Sleeveless Party Print Maxi Dress with flair skirt, just makes sure it at least nips in at the waist.

Hollow Out Embroidery Sleeveless Party Print Maxi Dress

7. Dress all in one colour
If you’re dressed from head to toe in one colour, you won’t be breaking up your body and will inevitably look taller than if you chop yourself in two by wearing more than one hue.  Check out this elegant Party Pure Color Embroidery Stitching O-Neck Half Sleeve Bodycon Dress from SheinStore.com . The half sleeves make your arms look slender and longer and the short hem flaunts more of your legs.

Party Pure Color Embroidery Stitching O-Neck Half Sleeve Bodycon Dress

Now that you know some simple hacks to make you appear taller, it’s time now to go shopping for some fashion slim ruffled party dresses, office dresses or casual wear at SheinStore.com!  They are offering free shipping and $5 off to new users!  Also apply the promo code BLOG5 for $5 off on all items!

Happy shopping!

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New Mattress And Beds, Finally

I can finally tick off the first item on my 2019 New Year Resolution – replace old mattress and divan with new one! 👏

I’ve been wanting to replace our divan and mattress since many, many moons ago. But I’ve always been struck by busyness and procrastination.  Buying a new mattress and divan seemed like a colossal chore for me – from going to the furniture shop to getting the mattress and divan delivered to my place, moving the old mattress and divan out, cleaning up the mess, etc. seemed like a daunting task to me. I’m pretty laid back and resistant to change in certain ways.  I’d wanted to change the mattress since 10 years ago but with so many events that had transpired in my everyday hectic life, another 10 years zoomed past.  And what do I know? Hubs and I have been sleeping on the mattress for 20 years already!! And the mattress had been tainted with countless incidences of pee, poop and puke from our three babies and even blood. That mattress had been one hotbed for bacteria and other germs. And we slept on it every night  EEWWWW 🤢 🤮 🤧

Early this week, the mil and I went to the furniture shop and went on a frenzy there!  😬 Besides getting a new king size divan and mattress for my room, I got two solid wood single beds for Alycia and Sherilyn, a new study table for Sherilyn and the mil got herself a solid wood chair for her prayer altar.

My new king size divan and mattress:

Good-bye and thank you very much divan. You’ve served us very well the past 20 years 😘

Alycia’s battered 10.5-year old bed. She’s been sleeping on it ever since we moved into our condo 10.5 years ago. The wood planks are still in very good condition though.

I am still not done with my furniture shopping yet but we’re pretty sucked dry now after this large investment! Let us recoup our earnings first and I’ll get a sold wood sideboard for our dining area.  Mason Home Decor has a very classy  collection of quality solid wood furniture. I love solid wood furniture and Mason Home Decor has a very neat collection of it.

I so love this chic Mason Oak Solidwood sideboard for our dining area:

I also need to get a study table for Cass as she’s now jealous that both her sisters have a study table except her!

A solid wood sideboard and a study table will be in our to-buy furniture list now! Maybe next year 😉

Ok, enough on furniture! Let’s talk mooncakes 😋

Although Mooncake Festival is 1.5 months away, retailers are already displaying lanterns and mooncakes for sale!  And I see people buying mooncakes now!

I don’t really fancy eating mooncakes but if I see low sugar mooncakes, I’ll get one to try. My favorite flavors are assorted nuts and pandan.

This premium pandan single yolk mooncake made from real pandan leaves from Bing Liang Bakery looks divine and is now on a sale.  I’m so tempted to get one to try!

Do you like mooncake and what’s your favorite mooncake flavor?

Happy FriYay folks and have an awesome weekend!

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Cool Summer Tops For 2019

As the days get longer and warmer, our sleeves usually get shorter or better yet, sleeveless.  Reach for organza, chiffon, thin cotton and sheer tanks and crops and you’ll be able to rely on them as the perfect layering device this time of the year.

Here are some of my favorite summer top picks to beat the sizzling summer temperatures.

2019 V Neck Lace Loose Casual Solid Colored Going Out Summer Stylish Women's Tank Top
You’ve most likely seen this  V-Neck Lace Sleeveless Casual Summer Stylish Women’s Tank Top all over your Insta feed already. It’s available at Ladyfas.com and costs no more than $20.

 

2019 Halter Tie Pleated Round Neck Simple Strap Solid Colored Women's Tank Top
You could get away with this Halter Tie Pleated Round Neck Simple Strap Solid Colored Women’s Tank Top from Ladyfas for work too, worn with a blazer over.  It comes in 10 gorgeous colors.

2019 Leopard Halter Slim Casual Pleated Turtleneck Sexy Stylish Club Women's Tank Top
The leopard print trend never seems to go out of fashion.  If you’re like me, who can never resist the lure of the leopard trend, check out this Leopard Halter Slim Casual Pleated Turtleneck Sexy Stylish Club Women’s Tank Top from Ladyfas.

Women's Mid Length Zipper Slash V Neck Loose Plus Size T-Shirt
The V neck with zipper is trending across designer to high-street brands. Flattering on pretty much every chest size, I think you can see why this style is a surefire winner.  This Mid Length Zipper Slash V Neck Loose Plus Size T-Shirt is great for work and casual.

Now that you have some ideas on what tops to wear and where to get them, it’s time to think about swimwear for this summer 😉

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The Best Summer Vacation Apparel

Summer is the best time to go a vacation. If you’re thinking about where to spend your summer vacation, how about a relaxing beach or a low-key island?

If you’re going on a vacation or getaway, you have to bring the right clothes along for a stress-free holiday. Consider packing some travel-friendly summer vacation dresses.  I’ve curated a list of options that are lightweight and easy to fold up. Whether you’re on a long plane ride or exploring a new city, these designs will be comfortable and stylish.

When I go on a summer vacation, I like to pack along clothes made from fabric that dries up super quickly so that I can wash them in the hotel bathroom at night and wear them again the next day. Chiffon, polyester, nylon and thin breathable cotton dry the fastest. They are thin and space-saving.  Denim and dense cotton dry the slowest and take up a lot of space in the luggage bag too.

This Sexy Sling Floral Printed Backless Asymmetric Vacation Polyester Dress from Maxinina is light and thin. It’s suitable for the beach, outdoor and indoor on hot summer days.

Michelle Obama recently wore this breezy cotton midi dress with boho flair during a family vacation in France. The dress was just perfect for sightseeing; it was Pinterest-worthy. This is the type of outfit you’d save ahead of your upcoming getaway in order to remember to pack certain essentials.  Check out Michelle’s white sneakers too.  Who says you can’t pair sneakers with dresses?

Michelle Obama's Dress and Sneakers in France 2019
Photo credit: Popsugar

You can find similar midi flair dresses at Maxinina at a fraction of the price. Check them out below.

When going on a summer vacation, remember to pack along your swimsuit or bikini for the Insta-worthy beach or pool shots!

You’ll get some inspiration from what Selena Gomez and her friends wore at a bestie’s upcoming nuptials – white swimsuits for a beach bachelorette bash.  Selena opted for a high-rise textured bikini that puts the bootay on display.

selena gomez white bikini bachelorette

Selena wore a sporty snap-up bikini top while hanging out poolside. You can shop similar at Maxinina.

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Photos credit: Seventeen.com

I am SO tempted to get that snap-up white bikini top that Selena wore!  A similar suit costs no more than $30 at Maxinina and this online store has super gorgeous sexy swimwear for women that will leave you drooling! 😉

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Summer Dresses

Let’s talk about summer dresses now that summer is here 🌞👗💃🏻.  I am sure you’re raring to bring out all your summer clothing stashed deep in your closet.  But if you need a few new pieces of summer casual dresses to wear for a holiday or hang out with your girlfriends, dresssure.com has a nice collection to check out.

Below are a few of my favorite summer casual dresses from dresssure.com which will be great to wear when it’s hot as hell outside!  These summer casual dresses are perfect for casual as well as semi-formal. You can wear it to the office with a jacket over and straight to the cafe or club for a drink, or for a stroll at the park and comfy enough for just about any leisure activity in billy boiling temperatures.  I wear similar dresses in our hot country to just about anywhere 🤩

 

Thanks to these fabulous summer dresses, you’re going to look chic while feeling really cool and comfy in them.
There are lots of elegant sexy party dresses online from dresssure.com as well from off-shoulder pieces to one-shoulder, spaghetti strap, maxi, bodycon, sheer, lace and chiffon for this summer. Check out some of those pieces here:
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Happy shopping!  😉

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Sanitary Napkins Enriched With Negative Ions (Anions), Nano Silver and Far-Infrared Ray

Approximately 15,000 or more sanitary pads are required by a woman in her lifetime. It’s terrifying just to think of the amount of toxins already absorbed by my body over the years from the harsh chemicals used in these sanitary pads! Some brands of sanitary pads that I use cause itchiness and skin chafing at the groin area. This prompted me to Google for alternative healthier brands of sanitary pads and that’s when I found Lavender. I ordered the complete range from day pads to night pads and panty liners to try and love it!

Lavender is a brand of feminine hygienic sanitary pads embedded with Negative Ions (Anion), Nano Silver and Far-Infrared Ray chip. These sanitary napkins are enhanced with natural substances which improve and provide additional benefits to women’s health and wellness.

I find Lavender sanitary pads thin yet absorbent and very comfy to wear. What I like most about Lavender pads is that they are made from non-caustic soft materials (Hydrogel and cotton). It gives me a peace of mind to know that the materials are not made from recycled paper pulp and contains no caustic soda, bleach, softening agent and deodorizer. These robust chemicals are harmful to the skin’s acid and alkaline balance, and can cause to the propagation of microorganisms and infusorian and other skin disorders.

Interesting Facts On Negative Ions or Anions, Nano Silver and Far-Infrared Red

Benefits of Negative Ions or Anions
Often nicknamed as ‘vitamins of the air’, anions have a myriad of benefits to the human body such as energizing the body, improving sleep quality, activating different enzymes in the body, strengthening the body’s immune system, among others.

Benefits of Nano Silver
Nano Silver will not expire and has been used for the treatment of medical ailments for over 100 years due to its natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It can kill more than 650 types of bacteria within minutes and it has the most powerful anti-bacterial effect due to its strong penetration into the bacteria structure. Its bacteria killing effectiveness is hundreds of times more than normal silvers and are used to treat burns, trauma, infection, purulence, acne, skin diseases, gynecological diseases that are caused by bacteria and fungi.

Benefits of Far-Infrared Ray
Far-Infrared Ray is able to promote cell activation, blood circulation and pain relief.  The Far-Infrared Ray contained in Lavender’s sanitary pad’s functional 3-in-1 core chip will help to regulate the overall body cell and stabilize a woman’s menstrual cycle.

Why I Choose Lavender Sanitary Pads over other brands of sanitary pads?

COMFORT LEVEL –  In comparison to the traditional fibre or rough cotton surface, I like it that Lavender sanitary pad surface is made from softer, thinner and more comfortable sterilized cotton. Strontium Ferrite is added to the anion-chip to prevent various diseases and vaginal itching. It is bio-magnetic and activates the body’s bio-currents.

AIR PERMEABILITY – Unlike most traditional sanitary pads that do not take into account the danger of bacteria multiplication and gynecological diseases, the base of Anion sanitary napkins is permeable to air but not to water.

WATER ABSORBING ABILITY – The surface’s absorption of fluid is three times greater than that of a traditional sanitary napkin. This is possible because there is sufficient hydro gel (from Japan) to hold the fluid in instead of letting it back flow or leak from its sides. So this means the pads are great for heavy flow days.

HEALTH PROTECTION – It gives me a peace of mind knowing that the anion strip inside the cotton helps to prevent gynecological diseases. As it is chemical free, it does not raise the optimum pH of the vagina, i.e. at 4.0 and 5.5.

SAFETY PACKING – Aluminum foil is the material used in the packing of Anion sanitary napkins as it is safe and hygienic. I like it that the packaging can be reused as it comes with a resealable flap that’s easy to pull. This makes it safe and protects it from dampness, mildew and fungus.

SAFE GLUE – Industrial glue is used for most of the traditional sanitary napkin’s base. Although its glutinosity is reliable, it leaves behind residual benzene inside the underwear which sometimes cannot be removed. This residue can cause diseases and endanger the user’s health. But the glue used on Anion sanitary napkin is edible glue and it is non-toxic.

Where To Buy Lavender Sanitary Pads?
These sanitary pads can be ordered online at https://www.pro-care.com.my/

The Lavender sanitary pads collection includes the Day Use, Night Use and Panty Liners.

Recommend Retail Price:
Lavender Night (290mm) 8pcs/pack @ RM14
Lavender Panty Liner (155mm) 30pcs/pack @ RM15
Lavender Sanitary Pad for Day (245mm) 10pcs/pack @ RM14

There is also a special bundle pack that’s beautifully packaged and perfect as a gift.

Lavender sanitary pads and panty liners are hygienically machine packed in an aluminum foil packaging that’s resealable with an easy-to-pull sticker flap.

While checking out at the pro-care.com.my website, I stumbled upon a contest where I’ll stand a chance to win a beautiful Swarovski charm worth RM149 when I purchase Lavender sanitary products.  Contest period is from 1st July through 30 September 2019.  It’s pretty simple to take part. Just purchase Lavender sanitary napkin products, fill out a simple form and upload the receipt of your purchase.  For more details on the contest, click here!

Lavender X Swarovski

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