Thursday, April 24, 2014

Lace & Ruffles at Grasiva.com

With different colours, lengths, and necklines... lace dresses can be day time subtle or dramatic and vampish.  
When it comes to lace dresses, my preference is feminine, flattering and sophisticated. Like this Quarter Sleeve Lace Dress with Belt in White (S$39.00, sizes available S- XL) from Grasiva. It is a white lace dress with a straight neckline, 3/4 sleeves, slim cut and comes with a detachable satin waistband. I would wear this to a casual brunch or even a more formal event.
There is some stretch to it, making it comfortable to wear. And it is fully lined, so no worries about it being see through. The material is thin enough for it to be airy and perfect for our weather. For lace dresses, this is one of my top picks. It is also available in Blue, Black and Powder Peach .
If you prefer two tone colours, consider the Floral Lace Shift Dress in Pink. Pink dress with a black lace overlay.
 
For just a touch of lace, go for dresses with lace details, like the Erin Crochet Dress. It has a lace bib like design over a sweetheart neckline, and the rest of the dress is flare and flirty. This type of skater cut is flattering to all figures.
 Ruffles make a dress picture perfect and stylish. You can incorporate ruffles into you look by having a flounce on the bottom of your dress, a ruffled hem that is fitted at the waist (also called a peplum) or ruffles around the neckline or armhole. The key is subtlety.. you don't want to be a walking ball of ruffles. The select area of ruffle should accentuate your body.
Draw attention to your summer legs by opting for a flounce on the bottom of your skirt. The Floral Dress with Ruffle Hem in Blue (S$38.00, Sizes available: S - XL)  is a dress which features a trendy ruffled hem skirt in floral print. It's one of my favourites for this season. It's also available in red & pink.
This dress is comfortable to wear, the colours on the skirt are vibrant and attractive... and it's balanced out with a solid plain white top. Apart from the pretty ruffle, I also love having dresses which make it seem like I mix and matched and put together an outfit when really it's just one piece. 
For ruffle around the waist, this Classic Peplum Dress in Mint is feminine dress that is office appropriate too. Love that it comes in a pretty shade of mint.

Want to add lace or ruffles or just something to perk up your week to your wardrobe?
Click here to check out the latest dresses at Grasiva

Additional DISCOUNT for my Readers.

To welcome you as a new customer, register at http://www.grasiva.com and get S$2 off your 1st purchase. 
On top of that $2 off, they're now offering additional 5% to Holly Jean's readers. Use code: Holly5OFF upon checkout. Discount code is valid till 31st May 2014.

Grasiva is an online fashion retailer based in Singapore. Love their feminine, understated, unique & flattering pieces in premium quality for everyday wear without breaking your wallet. Do follow them on Facebook and Instagram for the latest launch updates and promos too. :)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bring on the Brights!

I decided to pop into Shunji Matsuo Hair Studio at Ngee Ann City yesterday because in a week, I'll be flying out of Singapore and won't be back home for 6 weeks! My roots are starting to show (been a few months since I touched up on my Maji Brown colour), and I was getting quite bored of my look. 
I wanted something different from my usual. Something to inject some style and fun into my look ...but still be manageable and fuss free, especially since I'll be travelling for 6 weeks. Here's what my stylist William did for me. 
A brighter shade of brown to go with my new hair style. I always trust my stylist William to pick out shades which suit me. He never disappoints!

After dying my hair brown, the ends are carefully bleached. 
After the bleaching is done, my ombre colour is applied! Whoo hoo!
Guess which colour I chose?
Hang on... I'll reveal it a couple of pictures down.....
Before I left the salon, I got my usual hair and scalp treatment. Super love how soft my hair gets with this treatment... even after bleaching the ends of my hair.
 Tadah!!!! OMG I'm so happy with this shade of brown and bright pink. 
Of course, my hair was nicely blown dry by William before I left the salon. Usually I would just wear my hair straight down... just wash and go. And it looks so pretty when it's straight too. Look out for pics on my Instagram... there's many more to come while I'm away from Sg.

Fancy a hair treatment, a cut or a new colour, or even a more adventurous and trendy style? Make an appointment with my stylist William!

Quote HOLLY and get 10% OFF all services with William. (Say HI to him for me also ah... cos I won't be in SG so I can't do my hair again for 6 weeks!)

Shunji Matsuo Hair Studio is at-
Ngee Ann City, Tower B #05-23,
391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238872
Tel: (+65) 6238 1522/1514
Website: WWW.SHUNJIMATSUO.COM.SG
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My Life as a Blogger (& your chance to get paid to do this too)

Blogging as a career is one of the best life decisions I've made so far. I love what I do. My blog is my life. 
Old pic from 7 years ago when I first started blogging full time!
Can work in my bathrobe all day. LOL
It has opened up so many doors for me, and I've had so many rewarding experiences. From travel, to fashion, food, make up... the list goes on.

Here are some of the projects I am working on or have completed just this year alone (and it's only April!)
In January, as part of my engagement with Final Sip, I had the opportunity to learn some cocktail mixing skills from Ah Sam (Ah Sam's Cold Drink Stall in Boat Quay).
In February, one of my best memories was attending the BagCharmLove tea party. I got the chance to meet some of my readers. And I was so happy to see how much BCL has accomplished. I'm proud to have been modelling their HL inspired collection for more than a year already.
In March, I just completed my designs for the HollyJean X ClubCouture 2014 collection. You can view my previous designs in 2013 here. This is the third year that ClubCouture has given me the wonderful opportunity to design my own collection of clothes. It is being manufactured and will be launching real soon. I'm so excited!
At the start of April I got to experience the new Volvo V40 Cross Country. OMG what a fabulous car. 
And currently, I'm going through a total overhaul at Q&M medical. I'll be having dental work, health checks, and skin rejuvenating facials for the next few months. This is a project I'm doing in partnership with MyFatPocket. It's so much fun and makes me a better, healthier person too. 

Of course, it wasn't easy getting to this stage in my blogging career. I worked so hard for it. In the beginning, you have to knock on so many doors, just to get one to open for you. But once your efforts start paying off (could take years), you will find that so many doors start opening for you, you don't have to go knocking anymore.
If you are a blogger now or you want to start blogging and earning. Here's your big break! MyFatPocket is looking for their next resident blogger. If you win and get to be a MyFatPocket blogger, you will win some fabulous prizes... AND... you start getting paid $$$ as their resident blogger. 

(Don't have to go knocking on doors like I did when I first started blogging!! This is a great opportunity for you!)

I am not a MyFatPocket blogger, but I have been writing articles for their Love & Sex column for many years now. And I can say, that if you need direction and guidance, join them. They will understand you. Not to mention the huge viewership and network that MyFatPocket has built up over the years, will open up many doors for you, if you become one of their resident bloggers.

Click here to find out more about this contest. Good luck, girls!

Monday, April 14, 2014

5 Beauty Trends to Try Out With Sephora

I might be a little late in the game, but I'm really loving matte lipstick these days. They are long-lasting and give you the colour without the shine. Which is great, because I prefer to draw attention to my eyes instead of my puckers. 

But while I mostly stuck to smoky eye makeups in the past, I'm starting to discover how much glorious potential lipstick can do to your look. I mean, they're essentially lip paint. You can go nuts with them! 
Ke$ha
Okay, maybe not that nuts. Unless you're Ke$ha (apparently, just Kesha now), in which case, anything goes.

Anyway, matte lips: I saw a gorgeous shade of fuchsia at Sephora Singapore the other day that I snapped up immediately. It's called the Ral Rouge R08, and is formulated with blackcurrant and olive oils to keep your lips happily moisturised. 


So that's my (belated) beauty epiphany: matte lipstick. Thanks to this discovery, I 

decided to make a list of 5 hot beauty trends to try this season. 

1. Coloured eyeliner

No, I'm not talking about your dark purple or metallic grey. I'm talking turquoise 

and yellow and orange and other bubblegum colours. Perfect for spring and summer, these pops of colour are a definite mood-lifter! 
My Tip: Don't just use the coloured eyeliner on its own. Use a black liquid eyeliner first (fine line) and then draw on the coloured eyeliner above it.

2. Strong brows
Lily Collins
You've seen how silver screen stunners like Lily Collins and Emma Watson, and models like Hilary Rhoda and Arizona Muse work this trend.
Arizona Muse
Strong brows doesn't mean cave-woman brows, though. Don't skimp on the tweezing, but don't overdo it either. Invest in a solid pair of tweezers and you can nail this trend too.
3. Lob it off - your hair, that is.

Apparently, a lot of girls are going short these days. From It models Karlie Kloss and Coco Rocha to Taylor Swift and Beyonce.
Karlie Kloss
Coco Rocha
But it doesn't suit everyone though! Take note of your face shape and find the style that suits you best: a chic bob or a pixie cut. If you have razor-sharp, model-worthy cheekbones like Karlie and Coco, you can go super short and still look feminine. If you have a round face, though, an asymmetrical bob might suit you better.

If you do decide to go short, fight the frizz with this moisturising oil from Sephora! Super lightweight and nourishing.
4. Metallic nails

If you've had enough of crazy, eye-popping nail art, go back to basics with single, solid tones. Just glam it up with metallic hues in silver and gold a la Rihanna you'll be all ready to hit the streets. 
Rihanna
5. Matte lipstick 

Orange lips, in particular, is the colour of the moment where lipstick is concerned. The idea might sound intimidating, but look at how these ladies did it:
Jessica Alba
Zooey Deschanel
See how it brightened up their faces immediately? I. Am. Sold. 

Right on trend, Sephora has orange matte lipstick too: the Colour Lip Last No. 16 Orange Rocks. Yeah, quite a mouthful. Just call it orange matte.

Love the range of products at Sephora, it's like make up heaven. Super pleased I can now shop Sephora online.  Enjoy, ladies!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Volvo V40 Cross Country. So in Love!

Last week David and I went down to the Volvo Showroom. We went to check out the new cars and also to take home the Volvo V40 Cross Country D2 which Volvo has so kindly allowed us to have for a test drive.
Black Stone
The new Volvo V40 Cross Country D2 is a Category 'A' cars that runs on Diesel. The benefits of a D2 engine include 59% higher mileage, 22% fuel savings as well as increased reliability. It has a 52L fuel tank and the fuel consumption is 4.1L/100km.
Caspian Blue metallic
It comes in a full range of colours (that's 14 colours to choose from!)
David in the Car, learning more about its specs
My favourite has got to be the Ice White! It's so beautiful!!!! A great balance of sporty and classy elegance.
Contrasting bumpers, Vertical LED Daytime Running Lights
The number 1 thing I love about this car (apart from it being oh so beautifulllll) is the advanced safety features it has. It has Pedestrian Airbag Technology, which is a world-first.  The sensors in the front bumper and rear end of the bonnet register physical contact between the car and pedestrian. The airbag deployed will help reduce the severity of pedestrian injuries.

Collision Warning with Auto Brake can detect, alert and automatically brake if the car risks colliding with another vehicle in front.

Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake is a technology which can detect if a pedestrian steps out in front of the car. If the driver does not respond in time, the car can warn and automatically activate brakes. No other car features this similar technology.

Of course, inside the car, your safety is well provided for. It has the full set of safety features you could need in a car, including a knee airbag on the driver's side.

There's also the Park Assist Pilot which makes parallel parking easy. :)
Honeycomb mesh grille
We spent the weekend driving all over Singapore. The journeys were so smooth, comfortable and the car turned a few heads as well. David says this car is a pleasure to drive. The layout of the controls and panels make the car easy to get used to (very intuitive design). The steering is precise and the seat is comfortable even for long journeys or for off road driving (it's a 4WD!).
Volvo V40 Cross Country D2
This car may be a pretty compact hatchback but it is so spacious and has a large car feel. It is packs a big punch too. It has a Turbo Diesel engine, 1560cc. You're looking at a six-speed Powershift gearbox ... such a thrill when he changes the gear to sports mode. The acceleration (0-100km/h) is 12.1 seconds. Top speed 190 km/h.
Panoramic Glass Roof blocks out harmful UV rays
There's a glass roof which creates a sporty coupe style look. It lets in light but you can also opt to block out all of the sun with its electrically controlled blind.
Bike Rack (optional)
If you're an outdoorsy person, there's the optional Load Carrier with 2 bike racks which you can fit on the top.
The Volvo V40 Cross Country has a Personal Car Communicator remote that enables keyless drive. 
Stylish interior
Love the interior of the car, spacious, functional and stylish. It has a fully graphic digital display which is easy to read and it displays useful and important information such as the speed limit of the road you're on. This car is so smart, it's your extra 'eye' on the traffic environment.
Oh how I wish you were mine forever!

The cost of owning this car is about SGD $175 000. Want to test drive or find out more about the V40? Head to the Volvo Singapore website for more information. :)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I've become SO DEPENDENT on my Husband!

I never realised it until today but I've become so dependent on my husband.

On a whim, and pretty last minute, he decided that we should go to Phuket for a few days to relax. We have quite a few friends there, so it is one of our more common holiday destinations.
Our first holiday in Phuket together (August 2011)
But this time round, I thought about my work load (which is often 10 times worse once I get back from any holiday) and I thought, nah, I rather just stay and finish up some work, I also have a meeting already scheduled for this Monday. But I looked at my husband and felt that I shouldn't deprive him of a break and he does need one. 

So I booked him a flight and hotel near his friends... and while doing it, I was secretly looking forward to just having quiet time to myself. Just me. No one to bug me while I work. 

He left for Phuket this morning. And by mid day, I started to miss him. I had tonnes to do.. I did all the laundry and ironing. I changed all the bedsheets. I worked on my lap top for an hour. I did supermarket shopping lugging back laundry detergent, toilet paper, the works. I cooked chicken macaroni soup. I watched TWO movies and an episode of Absolutely Fabulous.

But the day has just been inching by.

I don't understand how I got to this point. I mean for the first 30 years of my life, I was a single. And even after meeting David and during the year we were engaged, we have both been away overseas without each other. But I've never missed him like I do now.

He called a few times today (one was to ask me for the code to the hotel safe, WTF? Haha.. he forgot the code he set, and asked me if I knew what it could have been. Went through the few usual suspects for number sequences we usually use for hotel safes and it turned out to be my birthday). Ah... I guess he's grown to be dependent on me too.