Friday, February 28, 2014

Extended Lunch Hour - Facebook Games

Over 250 million users play Facebook games every month. My current addiction is Bubble Witch Saga and yes, I can admit it to everyone, I have spent money on these games before.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2014

This Spring it's a Jungle Garden with lots of beautiful pastels & brights. Raf stays true to form with structured tops then digresses to Dior's femininity with free-form, floaty bottoms.

 His menswear background reappears throughout this collection, we see shirt dresses, oversized coats in pastels and variations on the 2 piece suit. 

The dresses this season look strongly to magazines with prints, sentences and even the use of blackout tape, I am already getting flashbacks to Galliano's newspaper prints from the 90s. We will continue to see that blackout tape or clean lines in solid colours this season in other collections as it looks like there is a trend going on here.

Mood video for Dior's Menswear Spring/Summer 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S4

New year present from my dad, I finally get my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone. I had this model on my Christmas list last year and here it is now, magically. I went back to white or White Frost, plain and simple.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Philip B Detangling Toning Mist

This lightweight spray-on is suppose to adjust the pH of water, sealing hair cuticles and giving it that smooth, shiny finish. 

Instead of combing my hair daily, I have taken to spraying my tresses with this and using my fingers to comb through, a very effective detangler. This toning mist can also be used in place of hair oil, it is lightweight and non-greasy, yet able to control frizz and tame my mane the entire day. So feel free to spritz on as much as you want. However, the initial scent is quite unbearable akin to spoiled milk, that goes away after a couple of hours. I know some people who would love to use this as they don't really like working with hair oil that much. Also good for people who don't like to comb their hair and the yachting crowd as we all know the damage sea water can cause to your hair. Unless the Philip B people change the scent, I don't think I will be using this again, S$35.50 for 125ml.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

Extended Lunch Hour - Price Comparison Online

I needed to get a new mobile phone so I went online for some last minute price & features comparison. The internet is a great resource for this purpose, I don't need to do the leg work and can check up on previous promotions for the same phone model. The main website usually has some presentation videos, you can also read online reviews written by professionals and check out the forums for comments by actual users. Of course, nothing beats actually being at the store to touch and feel the phone models yourself. There really is nothing like seeing the real thing before buying.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fendi Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion


Fendi is really on a roll with their fashion forward direction by Herr Karl. Geometric textures and cuts set it apart from other fashion houses this season. Hence, a simple shift dress takes on layers of dimension and interest.

Accompanying accessories follow on that theme resulting in architectural looking shoes with lots of form & bags with geometric abstraction for the art fiends. All the design elements downplay the real inspiration of it's designers, that is the new fabrics used, created from new methods of construction. 

Fendi's Spring ad campaign with basics in bold colours to appeal to the mass market.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


My Valentine's Day present, a pair of 14kt gold seashell earrings! The lime green box is soo pretty. This pair of bigger earrings are greatly appreciated as I only have very demure looking ones right now. These earrings are not heavy at all coz it's hollow like those scrap-booking embellishments.

Ross-Simons is a US-based jeweler founded on the pawn brokerage business, old stuff smelted into new stuff. This e-tailer also carries a range of designer jewelry, sample (unique) pieces and vintage estate jewelry. Something for everyone.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Kerastase Noctogenist Serum Nuit

Kerastase Overnight Softening Leave-in Treatment is a cream formulation that works to revitalize dull & tired hair, making it softer and bouncier, that it does to great effect. 

There is no residue and no scent, making it ideal for fussy people. You can also work as much into your hair as you want without it looking oily, your hair just gets softer and bouncier. There is less frizz but it really isn't an anti-frizz cream. 

The only problem is this 150ml bottle costs $105, so you probably won't be using as much of it as you want.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Jack's Place

Singapore's steakhouse, I remember coming here to eat with the family all the time when we were younger. I always did like the jacket potatoes here.

Today's meal really hit the spot. My sirloin steak had fried leeks on top. Local coffee and tea served here ;P

Friday, February 14, 2014

Extended Lunch Hour - Mani/Pedi

It's Valentine's Day!
and also the 15th day of Lunar New Year, marking the end of celebrations.

Giving away nail files and glitter polish today.

Getting an express manicure or pedicure is the fastest beauty fix around. I would say getting your hair done or facial as well, but, these other options take a few hours at least. Waayy longer than our 2hr lunch break.

A little impromptu mani in office, this has to be my fave colour a rose tone multi-coloured glitter. Received lots of chocolates today. Thanks everyone!

I was in a really good mood so I got myself a little beauty treat.

Brand's Innershine has a 1-for-1 promotion right now:
Berry Essence with Grapeseed Extract   $24.90 for 2x6 bottles
Ruby Collagen Essence   $57 for 2x10 bottles
Marine Collagen Essence Strip (Kyoho Grape flavour)   $28 for 2x10strips
Ruby Collagen Essence Strip (Pomegranate flavour)   $36 for 2x10 strips

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion

Ralph Lauren starts the season with crisp black & white, emphasis on white (that we all love for that freshness). It has that retro boardroom look with pageboy caps and fat ties in clean straight lines.

Evening wear moves from b&w to monochrome neons. Has anyone done neon gowns before? Absolutely love it, you know, because women like colour, especially vivacious colours and its made into pretty gowns with ruffles.

Resort 2014 is all prima ballerina with pinks and blacks in leotard inspired outfits.

Ralph Lauren menswear for Spring/Summer 2014 is a caricature of American menswear to-date, it doesn't get more classic than this.

High School...College...First Job/Apartment...Married with Kids...Oldie

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Currently Reading : The Mussel Feast

This book was a Christmas mystery buy from BookDepositary, written by Birgit Vanderbeke and translated by Jamie Bulloch, published by contemporary European publisher Peirene Press.

The Mussel Feast wanders into the inner workings of a middle-class family to explore the issues tearing the characters apart. Wonderfully written with a somewhat fuzzy ending that I detest as it suggests a continuation. What I really love about this, is it's the first musical book I have read. The memories and mood are set to classical music, through suggestion of composers and their musical compositions. This had me playing my old classical music CDs and you would do well to have a collection on standby too. From the mother's favourite Schubert piece Winterreise that she plays on the piano to calm her nerves, to the opulent Verdi operas the father blasts every sunday morning, it's a different way to immerse yourself in a book. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Philip B Anti-Frizz Formula 57

This is Philip B's hair oil, a nutrient rich essence that works to nourish the hair leaving it in better condition than before, protecting the hair from heat styling and sealing out humidity to ensure your tresses look good all day. I was surprised that I only needed 2 tiny squirts to style my hair in the morning and it does create a glossy finish. Lightly scented, not that oily, S$51.50 for 60ml.

Monday, February 10, 2014

CNY Dinner 2014

Some of the mutsu apples I gave my sis this year.

Yu Sheng Salad to start off our dinner.

Check out this cutie sporting the holiday trend inspired by My Little Pony fans. Even my niece has hot pink clip ons.

Lots of food this year with special attention to regional specialties like this 5 spice chicken. Different and yet yummy.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Extended Lunch Hour - Stuck in Q

Running errands during lunch time is such a chore as everyone else does the same as well, hence, the extra long queues at Banks/Post Offices/Government Offices. I'll be lucky if I can grab a bite to eat later.