Thursday, January 29, 2015

What You Doing for Valentine's Day?

What do you have planned for Valentine's Day this year?
Every few years, my feelings towards Valentine's Day changes.... when I was younger, I made special Vday cards ... like with an insane amount of glitter and all.

Then when I got older (but was still so young in this game of romance) I insisted that Valentine's Day be extra extra special... he must plan a special romantic evening and he would HAVE to buy me a present (I never ever knew what I wanted, but I still wanted it to be fantastic and I was ALWAYS disappointed with what I received).

After years of being like that, I took the reigns when it came to Valentine's Day, and I wanted to be the one to plan it (most of this stemmed from not wanting to be freaking disappointed again and again) ... so I planned weekend escapades, overpriced staycations, swanky meals... you name it, I did it. I freaking bent over backwards for the men boys during this phase. To be fair, they never asked for it (but they never turned it down though they kind of didn't deserve any of that).

I suppose I was trying to make the relationships during that phase something it was not; perfect. But I hardly got any satisfaction from it... after all that effort, I felt used, taken for granted and I just grew quite quickly sick of it all. Now I know how the guys must feel on such 'special' occasions.

Then after that, the last few years, I wanted nothing to do with Valentine's Day. When I had met my husband, we just didn't do anything out of the ordinary. I think he might have got me flowers by surprise... but I don't even remember... because flowers are not really my thing. They're not practical. I was just indifferent to Valentine's Day.

This year, is a year of change (again)... and I want to stop being the grinch of Valentine's Day. But this time, no glitter, no unrealistic expectations, no bending over backwards to put up a show and please my partner in the hopes that they would think I were wonderful. None of that. I just want to go and have a meal with the man I love. Something that we both would enjoy. Simples.
We're going for the Love Bounty at Fish&Co. It's a shared platter that has grilled king prawns, mussels, scallops, prawn fritters, white fish, paella and mash potatoes. It's $59.95 and that also includes 2 soups and 2 drinks. Great price, and a meal that I know we will enjoy... not pretentious, just downright real (... real yummy)... which is exactly the kind of Valentine's Day I want.

Sounds good right? :)

We're not going to be in Singapore for Valentine's Day and will only be back after Chinese New Year... so we will do this a few days before Valentine's Day, before flying off. They have so many outlets, but we'll go to the Glasshouse one near ParkMall, it's a nice place.

Fish& Co has this Love Bounty platter from the 9th of Feb - 15th Feb. You can get more info from their FBpage.

What are your plans this Valentine's Day?

p/s - I'll instagram a pic on that day.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The 5 Worst Miss Universe 2015 National Costumes


As usual, every year in Singapore people gripe about the National Costume Miss Singapore Universe wears... and most of the time, I have to agree that it's horrendous. Like really tacky primary school arts and craft. But this year, I think it was quite nice. (see end of this post).
 
So I went to check out all the other delegates' national costumes... and man... I don't know what Singaporeans were complaining about, ours is quite nice. Look at these top 5 (in my opinion) worst ones.
 

Lithuania. Ok she's a pretty girl and it's a pretty dress, but why is the whole thing see through? Eww...
 Venezuela. Are you Groot? 
 Honduras. Fuck it, I'll just wear Grandma's tablecloth. (They've weaved her in it ....where is she?)
Ireland. She kind of looks hot like Megan Fox in Tansformers. Costume wise... so ugly. Like they put magnets on her shoulders and she walked down the streets of Ireland and attracted all the shrapnel.


Britain. The page 3 slapper look. The worst look in my books because it's the kind of cheap costume you see slutty girls wear during Halloween. It's hanging right next to the slutty nurse costume at the adult store. In fact, China's probably already mass manufacturing it and using this picture on the packaging right at this moment.
 


P/S- I think Miss Singapore's costume was not bad this year. Not disgusting at all. Only 2 things I would have done differently... I would have picked another shade of gold or a different colour altogether (something a bit brighter, cos this one is kinda dull on her skin tone), and I would have got rid of those cheap PU gold chaps, so can show off her gorgeous long legs.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Year of the Sheep is Almost Here :)

I so want the year of the sheep to come. It's been an overall shitty year of the Horse... in terms of family hospitalizations and surgeries for a few loved ones, husband's stint of unemployment in the first half of the year, some 'friends' not to be trusted anymore and then to cap it off our pregnancy instead of being something to celebrate, turned out ectopic. 
 
So, I'm really looking forward to this new year, a promise of a better year. It's going to be great. I know it, I can feel it in my bones.

My friend Ida owns a boutique in Singapore called LeNoir. She sent me some clothes for the new year. Here's a sneaky peeky of the 3 outfits.
Love this CNY romper the most!!
 
LeNoir is on Facebook - LeNoir Apparels and their boutique is at 69 Bedok South Avenue 3 #01-490.
 
 
p/s- next Monday is our 2nd year wedding anniversary. But we are celebrating tomorrow instead because it's Friday. Gosh time has flown by. 




Saturday, January 17, 2015

Creme Simon Event at the Pop Up Store

Yesterday I went to the Creme Simon Pop Up Store at Raffles City Robinsons.
Celebrity makeup artist Larry Yeo was there to do a skincare workshop with Creme Simon. He has done makeup for several local and international stars such as Juliette Binoche and Marine Vacth, and is known locally as a skincare guru for his in-depth knowledge of skincare ingredients. 

I took home the Brightening Detox Night Moisturiser and the Day time version too. They fit nicely into my vanity swivel shelf.. I like looking at them lol. They are both part of the winter collection. Formulated for extra hydration and dry/harsh climates. So its great if you're travelling to a cold windy place or if you spend a lot of time in air-con ... or like me, you just have dehydrated skin to begin with!
The texture is definitely heavier than the Crème Universelle (which I also love.... btw, this cream is really universal btw, Larry Yeo applied it as eye cream on the model, whole face can use it, even the lips! Just put a layer on your lips, wait a minute, and then use a tissue to slough it off, all the dry skin comes right off).

The winter range of moisturizers absorb well, without a sticky residue. One tip I learnt, is to glide your hands over your face when applying it... works better than patting moisturizer in.
I also got these pretty ang pows from them. :)
 
You can use voucher code 9BGHF7P at the online checkout to get 10% rebate at Crème Simon eShop.

P/s there's another Skincare workshop by Larry Yeo at the pop up store at Raffles City Robinsons on the 23rd of January 8pm. Click here for more details. The first 50 to sign up will get a box of Laudree Macarons. Click here for details.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Submit a Review and Win a Chic New Backpack

I just submitted my online shopping reviews at ShopVenture.com

ShopVenture.com is a website where people can share unbiased reviews of any online store. You can check out existing reviews or add your own reviews of online shopping sites... be it blogshops, or e-stores of established brands...

The reviews I submitted were for GlassesOnline.sg and GNC Singapore e-store.
 I found that Glasses Online has contact lenses which are much cheaper than the ones sold in physical stores. And they're all popular and recognized brand names like Freshlook, Biomedics, CooperVision, etc.
Click here to read my review. It's very easy to submit reviews on ShopVentureLove, the format is simple, and the process is a smooth one. Just takes a couple of minutes. :)
There's actually a GNC in the mall near my place but I find it's more convenient to just order what I want online. I bought some Royal Jelly, I'm getting my body and fertility back to normal again after my ectopic pregnancy.

Click here to read that review.

Now, reviewers get a online page where they can also build their review profiles + get badges, as well as add photos of their purchases too.

GIVEAWAY TIME! :)
This Mary+Marie Apocalypse Now Shoulder/Backpack worth Usd250 will be given to one lucky person who submits his/her review this month.

Go to ShopVenture.com and submit your online reviews of any online store you've shopped at before (You can share good experiences or bad experiences, we just want honest opinions). Giveaway ends 19th January (so hurry!). Remember to hashtag #hollyjean at the end of your review !


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P/s Last month's winner of the POMME D’ELLIE bag is Jasmine. ShopVenture has contacted you regarding your prize.


One of Jasmine's reviews
And the winner of my mystery gift is Sherlyn. Please drop me a message within the next 1 week so I can mail you your mystery gift.
Sherlyn's review of MegaFash
Pop into ShopVenture to read the helpful reviews or to submit your reviews now (the more you submit, the higher your chances of winning. Don't forget to hashtag #hollyjean )
 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Picking Out New Outfits for 2015?

A while back last year, I did a shoot for LilyRae.Co for their CNY & Spring 2015 collection. There are some good discount codes to share with you at the end of this post too.
The sparkly Hollie Shimmer Dress is so festive and pretty.

 This dress comes in purple, silver or gold.
 

Lori mesh Top in white or black paired with the Lynette Organza Skirt in red or black. 
 One of my personal favs from the Christmas collection earlier, so chic! Houndstooth Coat. The quality of fabric and the workmanship of each apparel from LilyRae is great, it's not those cheapo china wholesale quality type. Very pleased with my pretty outfits from them.
My #OOTD today is from the latest collection launched today. Love this pompom fuzzy top. Go check it out at LilyRae.Co
 
All customers get Free Home & Office Courier Delivery in Singapore. Just place an order & they will have it at your place within 2 working days, you don't even have to pay online, just chose COD & the driver will collect the cash from you once you have checked or even tried the item on. 
 
 
Discount Code for 15% off your purchases at lilyRae.co - key in   hollyxlilyrae  at checkout :)