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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Fashion: Christmas & NYE Outfit Ideas

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! One more week to Christmas, and I just can't wait! Last year, I created a series of holiday outfits to share with you guys so I thought I'd do the same this year too. I've curated these outfits using Polyvore and most of the items can be found on Shopbop.com! Feeling extra festive and royale this year, I decided that gold and red would be my colour scheme for the outfits. After all, I'm entering another stage of life; another year older, another year wiser. It's about time our dressing styles go towards a more elegant direction. ;)
Top - Ramy Brook
Booties - Dolce Vita
Bracelets - serefina
Earrings - Adia Kipur

Red is fierce. Leather is fiercer. Put them together and you'll get a badass look that will make you the centre of attraction. It's not a crude look but rather, a clean, edgy one. Satin, leather and gold gives that subtle shine and fierce hue. No necklace is needed for a turtleneck but don't be afraid to pile on the bracelets and grab a pair of statement earrings.

Heels - Steven
Necklace - Deepa Gurnani
Earrings - Kenneth Jay Lane

For the girlier girls, here's a look that will make you feel classy and make the other guests stare. The red patterned dress is very covered, yet sexy at the same time. Every modern lady should own a pair of nude/gold heels and a nude coloured bag because they go with just about anything! Yeap, you heard me. It's almost as versatile as black! Top off the look with classy crystal accessories to make yourself feel like a princess.

Watch - Michael Kors
Ring - Vita Fede

For the ladies who don't particularly fancy wearing skirts and dresses, fret not because pants are just as sexy. Suit pants in particular have the right cut and flair to make you feel taller and more confident. Since you'll be partying, don't be afraid of showing off some gold magic. All the accessories here including the bag and shoes have gold detailing which amps up the classiness of this whole look.

So there you have it. Just some of my outfit inspirations for this holiday! Like I always say, don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. The year is coming to an end, make it your resolution to upgrade yourselves (and your wardrobe)! I know that's MY dream :p

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance!

PS: I have an ongoing giveaway HERE to win some awesome colour contact lenses, don't forget to join!

Love and kisses,
Carinn 



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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Event/ Shopping: Markets Fourteen @ The School, Jaya One

Hey shoppers! Wanna get some last-minute Christmas shopping done? The highly-anticipated quarterly bazaar, Markets @ Jaya One is BACK! This time, it is called Markets 14 and will be set in The School, Jaya One on 20th December 2014 (Saturday) from 11am to 9pm. 

I remember the last Markets that I attended, and it was SO much fun! It was indoors so you won't feel that it's hot and stuffy even though it was quite crowded. If you haven't already read my post and see how much fun you're missing out on, go check it out NOW!!

This time, expect more than 60 specially selected vendors ranging from trendy apparels, yummy food, homemade goodies and a whole lot more of amazing offerings. The last time I attended, I was entertained by the Redken truck but this time, get ready also for a ball of a time as there will be a jam session by Academy of Rock, a yoyo performance and special appearance by Santa Claus!

I'm gonna do a shameless plug here for my friends at Dress & Style who will be vendors this time round too. Do drop by their booth and say hi for me! :)
 Other vendors that I know and love who will be there are Kiss & Tell, Bisou Bon Bon, Crazy Potato, Amante, CherryBomb, ChicStop, Candy Candy Boutique, Dreamscape, Tanks for 5, Le-Copine, Trendy Bellaz, Ribbonxlove, PhatCulture, Deeper Than Fashion, ShinnyHappyPeople, My Dolly Dovey, Peep Boutique, Pink & Proper,  Emcee Couture and SO MUCH MORE!

Food aficionados will be spoilt for choice as there will be a host of food trucks this time round with a variety of gastronomical delights. So guys, fret not if your girlfriend goes a little crazy shopping, you can always go and fill your tummies :D

Markets 14 is upping the stakes this time round by introducing Special Sales Hours where Marketeers like you can find items from selected vendors at marked-down prices during certain hours. Hint: Check out their Facebook page on where to find the deals! For now, these are the deals that I found out from their FB page:
Claire Organics - all items 50% discount from 4-5pm 
Cats Whiskers - all items 50% discount from 6-7pm
Doublewoot Fashion - first 50 visitors to register between 2-3pm gets a RM50 gift card, and an #OOTD contest to win a free dress from them
ChristyNg.com - buy 3 free 1 promo on their gorgeous shoes 
Houz of Nails - get your gel nails done at RM45 nett 

Um, you're welcome :p 

Not only that, the first 1,200 visitors are entitled to walk away with specially curated goodie bags filled with products and shopping vouchers! Make sure you go early! 

Unleash your creativity by snapping the most creative photo at the Photo Corner and stand a chance to win a Xiaomi smartphone! I also want T.T

This time round the event is for ONE DAY ONLY and you definitely do not want to miss out on the fun! For more details, do check out Markets on their official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/themrkts

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PS: I have an ongoing giveaway HERE to win some awesome colour contact lenses, don't forget to join!

Cheers,
Carinn 



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Monday, 15 December 2014

[Guest Post] 5 Reasons Why Shopping Online is Much Better Than Conventional Shopping

Hey extraordinary people! I am going to share something different today with all of you. For the first time ever, I have a guest writer on my blog who has lovingly curated this article to share with you on a topic close to my heart- shopping. Hehe. Her name is Sarah and she loves online shoppping as much as the next girl. With Christmas just around the corner and so much Christmas shopping to be done, make your life easier by shopping online! Not only do you get to get things done within the comfort of your home, sometimes you save more money too. Here are her top 5 reasons why online shopping is much better than conventional shopping!

image from yettybakbeauty

Internet today has become the world’s largest marketplace for shopping various products and services. It has transformed various aspects of life. Though, people still prefer to stop by the store and see the products, however the convenience and variety that online shopping offers cannot be beaten.

People all over the world are taking full advantage of online shopping along with businesses who consider internet to be a great platform to spread their operations across the globe. Even in Malaysia and Singapore, online shopping is gaining advantage as people are getting more choices to choose from and getting it delivered it at their doorstep with just a click. Here are a plethora of benefits that people get from online shopping:

One-Stop Shop for Fashion
Fashion is a wide area. All across the globe there are so many fashion artists that come up with new trends every now and then. Fashion is something that describes every man and woman. Women especially are crazy about the latest trends in fashion and are always looking for them in the retail stores. However, online shopping has now made it convenient for them to shop for their favourite brand. Fashion portals like Zalora and Lazada work towards bringing the latest fashion trends from across the world for the customers of Singapore and Malaysia.

Bonanza Deals
Online shopping along with variety also offers you great deals and prices on your purchases. The one thing that people look for the most is sale and discounts. Online shopping can be made affordable by using coupons and deals from portals like Groupon and Beeconomic. These portals and many more brings jaw dropping deals from different brands and companies so that you can get additional discounts on your final purchase and enjoy your shopping experience.

Brand Store
Internet is the biggest marketplace and it brings to you various national and internal brands at one place. You don't need to run from one store to another in search of your preferred brand; instead you can find them all online. These brands, be it fashion, consumer durables or industrial, offers you the latest products and services and guarantees you to deliver them to your doorstep.

Online Grocery and Food
Not only do Singaporeans and Malaysians enjoy the fashion or consumer durable products online but also food and groceries. There are many online food portals like Order Online or Food Panda which brings to you the delicious and scrumptious cuisines of your choice at your doorstep, freshly cooked. Not only do you find different variety of cuisines but also the necessary groceries that you require at your home for cooking.

Convenient and Saves Time
Malls and shopping complexes aren’t built nearby your residential area. They are situated at a distant place which could cause a problem when you need something urgently. Online shopping helps you save time by not travelling to such distant areas. Instead of travelling through the heavy traffic, you can conveniently from the comfort of your home order your purchase and get it delivered at your home with just a click. In addition to this you can save money using amazing offers and discounts from online retailers. Visit Savingmart for latest offers of various online stores.


I totally agree with all the reasons that Sarah has mentioned because online shopping not only offers more choices, but makes life that much more convenient with everything located just a mouseclick away. I hope you've enjoyed reading this guest post as much as I did! Share this if you think it's true! :)

Have a great day, people!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Beauty: Rescare Aqua Peeling Body Exfoliating Spray

Today is all about going GREEN! Well, not really, but I do love anything that is nature-based and made with all-natural ingredients. We spend so much time on our face but please don't ever neglect the rest of your body too. There are sooo many products for face - cleanser, toner, moisturiser, mask, exfoliator... But did you know that we have to exfoliate our skin once in awhile too to keep REALLY clean?

Rescare Aqua Peeling Body Exfoliating Spray helps you to achieve radiant, glowing skin by getting rid of dead skin cells easily and effectively. This spray is Made in Korea from natural plant extracts  and ingredients to gently exfoliate while keeping the skin moisturised and healthy. Not sure if you guys remember, but I blogged about Modbox wayyyy back when I just started blogging (read it here) and you can find this product on their ModShop. Unfortunately, my parcel got caught in the rain and the box got wet so I couldn't show you the packaging. 

Photo credits to Modbox
This is how the packaging looks like.

This Rescare inflax exfoliator contains vegetable ingredients such as rose water, allantoin and aloe extracts, persimmon leaf, licorice and mulberry root bark. Each ingredient has a specific function to help you achieve elastic and baby soft skin.  It works best for dull and tired looking skin. The ingredients help to exfoliate the skin keratin without causing irritation while the herbal compounds have antioxidant and skin soothing effects to inhibit hypersensitive reaction on the skin. There is also glycerin in this product to naturally moisturise the skin and make you feel refreshed and rejuvenated!

It comes with a spray nozzle that is locked initially to prevent accidental spillage. Just push the longer shaft up and snap it in place to start using.

According to the instructions card attached, it seems easy enough to use! Just spray onto the skin after showering and gently massage in a circular motion. Then, wash off with water to remove residue. For best result, use 1-2 times a week.

I find that it works better on slightly damp skin. Use it after soap to really get that squeaky clean feeling!

After giving it a couple of good rubs, you can see all your dead skin cells forming together like specks of dust. Oh, gross! However, this is totally normal and a legit reason why you should always exfoliate!

My final take on the product is that it is really effective in exfoliating. I've used bath salts to exfoliate before and I find that this exfoliating spray is much more convenient to use and you can control the amount and direction much better. It is also gentler and my skin does not feel dry at all after exfoliating. However, it is recommended that you use a body lotion after any exfoliation to retain moisture. You can use it all over your body, even your face (!) and I find that it is effective in getting rid of dead skin in areas like my neck and inner thighs. There is a natural soothing scent that most plant-based products have which weirdly, smells like diluted nail polish to me. Still, I have no complaints on this product as it really made shower time more enjoyable for me now!

You can find this product from the Modbox's Modshop at a discounted price of RM35 (original price: RM75) HERE! This huge 300ml bottle will last you for a long time, trust me! Do check out Modbox's website for the most affordable beauty boxes you'll ever find and earn some Modpoints. RM6 delivery charges apply and free delivery is given for orders above RM100. Find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too for more information!

Here's to healthier, cleaner skin!

PS: I have an ongoing giveaway HERE to win some awesome colour contact lenses, don't forget to join!

Cheers,
Carinn 



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Friday, 12 December 2014

Carinn x OOTD: Charmed ft. Secretella

In my humble opinion, every girl needs to own a charm bracelet. Tiffany & Co., Pandora, Thomas Sabo.. The possibilities are endless and you can pick and choose your own charms to add to your collection. The charms are not only pretty to admire, but usually have a meaning to relieve that one memory. 

I got my first ever charm bracelet the other day, courtesy of Secretella! I chose this Thomas Sabo-inspired charm bracelet and before I even opened the box, the packaging has alredy captured my heart. 

Before I show you what's inside, let's talk a little about Secretella. The name is an acronym of "secret teller". What inspired the owner Sherry to choose this name is because she believes that fashion is the secret of every girl. We don't keep it secret, but we each have our own secret fashion, style and inspirations. We tell them secrets. Accessories are part of our style. It can represent simplicity or even make an entire look stand out. Secretella does not take accessories in bulk as they think each piece should be unique to a women's style. They painstakingly research the hottest trends from TV and magazines just to bring in the hottest items in fashion now. If there is a piece of accessory that you have eyed for a long time, just send a photo of it to Secretella and they will try their best to find it for you! Should the need arise, they also offer advice to their customers on how to match their accessories for different occasions. 

 Note that I said the bracelet is INSPIRED, but I was pleasantly surprised at the packaging because it resembles the real thing! The signature black & white striped box, circular Thomas Sabo logo and nestled inside there is even a tiny pouch where the bracelet lies.

Now for the contents! I've always wanted my very own customised bracelet. Even though these pieces were pre-picked, they seemed pretty enough for me! Made with high-quality materials, they not only have the weight but shine of a solid silver bracelet.

Check out the pretty charms! They each have a detachable hook so you can rearrange the charms as you wish. There are 4 charms altogether in red & black colour scheme which you can never go wrong with as it's fun yet elegant at the same time. I'd like to think that the charms represent my personality and favourite things too. Camera for my love for photography; sexy lips because, well, it's sexy; a red hot lipstick to represent my love for cosmetics; and a microphone because I love and miss singing.

And of course, I had to plan an outfit to wear this out with.











Cropped top - H&M //  Skater skirt - Taobao // Patterned stockings - Vicnity // Mary-Jane heels - Taobao // Thomas Sabo-inspired charm bracelet - Secretella

Nail-art by Prisca De Nails (review here)

Photographer: MCY

I really like how the charms colours complement my nail-art well! It has that festive, Christmassy touch to it and I love it! The bracelet is a tad too loose for me but can't be blamed because I have a tiny wrist. But fret not, it is totally adjustable! I love these, but who knows maybe in the future when can I afford the original one? Haha.

In my head, the charm bracelet makes me feel younger hence this youthful outfit. It's very casual but I guess I don't have to stress that it's because your accessory is all you need to stand out from the norm. I chose a white, red and black colour to suit the theme of the bracelet. Because I believe in dressng up, not down (and because the scar on my leg hasn't healed fully), I paired my simple outfit with these patterned black stockings for a hint of sexiness, coupled with the flair and swing of the burgundy skater skirt. It made the outfit look Japanese-inspired in the end haha but I still love that my legs look longer because the scalloped design cuts off perfectly just above the knee. The stockings can even pass off as normal black stockings if your skirt is long enough teehee.

Christmas is just around the corner and what better way to surprise your loved ones by gifting them some thoughtful yet gorgeous accessories? You can grab this similar bracelet from Secretella at RM150. I find that the lady boss is very sincere in dealing with customers and she really listens to your needs and tries her best to find the product that suits you best. What's more, each piece is of good quality and does not rust easily. Currently, they only deliver to West Malaysia and the postage fee is RM6, unless stated otherwise. They also sell jewellery organisers and Secretella is so sweet that they even have their own customised boxes to house each accessory! Their current best-seller is the double-pearl earrings that are very popular lately so if you've always wanted to grab one, please do so now!

 Let me know what you think about this laidback outfit in the comments below and hype me on Lookbook if you've enjoyed my post!

If you'd like to see more, you can view my previous Carinn x OOTD post here :)

Find Secretella on Facebook or Whatsapp/WeChat Sherry at 016-2027421. 
Thank you for reading! 

PS: I have an ongoing giveaway HERE to win some awesome colour contact lenses, don't forget to join!

Love,
Carinn 



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