12 Days of Christmas | Day 8- Holiday Style | 2019

It’s Day 8, and today we’re talk all about looking chic and fabulous all season long. Growing up in the tropics, there weren’t many days where I wasn’t in flip flops, a tank top and shorts, so getting to dress for fall and winter has actually been super fun (minus the part where it’s super cold and I constantly feel like my fingers are getting frostbite). So for today’s post, I wanted to share all the pieces I’ve been loving and wearing a ton this season. I love playing with different looks and switching it up every done. I’ve found some really fun new pieces lately while thrifting, so I won’t be able to link everything but I’ll look for similar pieces. Enjoy and I’ll see you for Day 9!

Olive Green Longsleeve Crop Top (Similar linked- $13.99)

Uniqlo Heattech Crew Neck Tshirt ($29.99)

Uniqlo Turtleneck in Black ($14.90)

Cotton On Graphic Crewneck (Similar linked- $20)

Sonoma Midrise Leggings in Black ($20)

Dusty Rose Leggings (Similar linked- $32.99)

Express Mid Rise Black Jean Leggings ($79.90)

H&M Super Skinny Jeggings ($19.99)

Long White Coat (Similar linked- $31.67)

Black Leather Jacket with Embroidered Flowers (Similar linked- $393)

Oversized White Knit Sweater (Similar linked- $36.99)

Rose Gold Skinny Sunglasses (Similar linked- $16.50)

Quay Vivienne Aviators in Black ($60)

Calvin Klein Hayden Saffiano Tote in White ($168)

Louis Vuitton Monogram Crossbody (Discontinued, similar linked- $1,020)

Louis Vuitton White Damier Neverfull MM with Rose Lining ($1,390)

Adidas VL Court in Aero Pink ($60)

Adidas Sleek in Periwinkle ($80)

Steve Madden Leopard Slip-ons (Used- $35)

Steve Madden Gills Grey Suede ($84)

12 Days of Christmas | Day 7- Under $20 Stocking Stuffers | 2019

Hello everyone and welcome back to 12 Days! I’ve been in gift and present overload these last few days buying and wrapping gifts for all my family and friends. There’s nothing I love more than a day out shopping, looking for all the perfect little bits and bobs to give them. Today’s post is my Under $20 Stocking Stuffers, all the little things you need ti complete your Christmas Gifting for 2019. As much fun as it is finding bigger items to gift to people, I also love finding cute little things that make perfect stocking stuffers. So if you’re trying to finish up your holiday shopping by finding some small items, you’re in the right place. So read on, enjoy and I’ll talk to you soon! xx

Champagne Bottle Ornament from Anthropology ($16)

Shea Hydrating Lip Mask from Sephora ($3)

Bawdy Flaunt It Butt Sheet Mask from Sephora ($8; on sale now for $4)

Adorn Pyramid Bath Bomb (scent: Matcha Detox) from Urban Outfitters ($8; now on sale for $6)

6 Piece Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Cubes from Macy’s ($12)

Damn Girl! Mascara Ornament from Too Faced ($13; on sale now for $10)

Opalite Crystal Skincare Tool Duo from Urban Outfitters ($20)

Let It Snow Shimmer Bar from Lush ($8.95)

Urban Renewal Heart Twist Accessory Set from Urban Outfitters ($5)

Lele Pons x Tarte Tartist Pro Lashes from Tarte ($12)

California Love Eyeshadow Palette from Ulta ($18)

Velvet Hair Scrunchie Set from Urban Outfitters ($12)

Wave Hair Travel Spray from Ouai ($12)

Best Wishes Gift Set from Lush ($19.95)

3 1/2″ Mini Skillet from Amazon ($4.99)

Rapid Ramen Cooker from Amazon ($7.99)

Reindeer Picture Frame from Crate and Barrel ($19.95; on sale now for $12.97)

Stainless Steel Straws, Set of 4 from Crate and Barrel ($6.95)

Good as Gold, Basil Citron Candle from Macy’s ($19)

Champagne Toast Single Wick Candle from Bath and Body Works ($14.50)

Rose Quartz Crystal Stones from Urban Outfitters ($12)

Gingerbread Ground Coffee from World Market ($8.99; on sale now for $4.49)

Ahmad Rea Bauble Collection Gift from World Market ($12.99; on sale now for $6.49)

Champagne Bears Cube from Sugarfina ($8.95)

Pink Chocolate Baby Rose Chocolate Bar from Sugarfina ($9.95)

Bistro Monogram Mug from Nordstrom ($12; on sale now for $8)

Monogram Agate Coaster from Nordstrom ($16; on sale now for $11.20)

NEST Fragrances Votive Candle from Nordstrom ($16)

LED Light Up Marquee Initial Ornaments from Macy’s ($16; on sale now for $4.99)

 

 

12 Days of Christmas | Day 6- The Out-of-the-Ordinary Gift Guide | 2019

Hello hello, and welcome to Day 6 of 12 Days! Today I’m back with a super fun, super different post for you all. It’s my Out-of-the-Ordinary Gift Guide for 2019. Now don’t get confused, this isn’t the same as my 2019 Gift Guide that I did for Day 1, this is different. Getting to open a present that’s wrapped in a perfect box or bag under the tree is always so much fun, but that’s not always for everyone. Or maybe you’re looking to do something different or more impactful this year for your friends and family. This post is filled with all the gifts you could give to make this Christmas one to remember. So read on, enjoy and I’ll see you for Day 7!

FabFitFun is my absolute favorite subscription box ever (you probably know because I literally talk about this in every single post). It costs $49.99 for a single box or $179.99 for a one year subscription (four boxes). The seasonal boxes are filled with everything related to beauty, skincare, fitness and all the essential for a fab lifestyle. Each box is worth between $250-$300, even though you only pay max $50 for it. This would be such a fun gift to give, and will make Christmas come four times a year!

◊ If you’re looking for a smaller, less pricey beauty subscription box, Ipsy is another one of my favorites. It’s the first subscription I ever got for myself, and costs $10 a month or $110 a year. Their small bags are filled with 5 mini makeup and beauty products, so it’s great for testing out new products before purchasing the full-size one (and to be honest, the mini sizes actually last quite a while). Each month also comes in a newly designed pouch that is perfect for different uses. Such a cute gift idea, especially for a college girl!

◊ The Allure Beauty Box is another great beauty-themed subscription gift for a loved one. It costs $15/month, $39.95/3 months or $150/year. This award winning box is filled with items picked out by the Allure staff, so they must all be great, right? Duh! It’s a great idea for something into high fashion and beauty who you just don’t know how to shop for. And if you purchase a subscription right now, you get a free started box as well!

◊ Finally, Boxycharm is another amazing subscription service. At $25/month (or less for longer subscriptions), you get four full-sized makeup, beauty or skincare products that are worth over $125. With products from brands like Tarte, First Aid Beauty, GlamGlow and Natasha Denona, this box will have your loved one feeling oh-so glam all year round. Another perfect and fun subscription box as a Christmas gift!

Donations: Maybe you’re looking for a gift for someone who isn’t really into things, but would appreciate a donation made in their name. Here are some of my favorite organizations that do such amazing work in this world, and who could use a little extra support around the holidays. A donation in your loved one’s name can make such a meaningful gift for someone on Christmas.

Bunny’s Buddies is run by an American couple who saves dogs from meat trucks and kill shelters in South Korea and China. Once these dogs are rescued, they match them with their perfect adopted parents in the US and give them a lifelong home. You can donate through their donation link on their website, purchase items for them through their Amazon wish list or (the easiest) donate through their Venmo @bunnysbuddies. Give the gift of saving dogs!

◊ The National Eating Disorder Association does so much to help fight the stigma against this mental illness. They also offer a 24/7 support hotline for those in need. They have created a community for those who don’t feel like they have anyone to support them. If someone you know has struggled with an ED or has been personally impacted in some way by this illness, a donation to NEDA would be so meaningful.

The Colton Underwood Legacy Foundation was founded by the former Bachelor, Colton Underwood, in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. Inspired by his young cousin, his foundation raises money to gift CF ‘vests’ to young individuals in need around the country. So if you’re looking for a gift for someone who love The Bachelor and also wants to do something more meaningful during the holidays, a donation to this foundation would be perfect.

This one was short and sweet, but there’s lot’s more to come!! So thanks for reading, stay tuned and I’ll see you for Day 7! xx

12 Days of Christmas | Day 5- Holiday Pamper Routine | 2019

How is the month moving so quickly?! I seriously can’t believe we’re already on Day 5, I feel like it should still be November. But today’s post is going to be one of my favorite one’s I do every year (I know I’ve said that about all the posts so far, but what can I say… I love my content), and it’s my holiday pamper routine. There’s nothing I love more than having extra time for my evening routine or to add some fun and festive parts to it. And there’s also nothing I love more than a Christmas Lush bath bomb. So before I get too carried away, let’s dive into my very cozy, very festive evening routine. xx

I always start a good evening routine by lighting some candles (literally any Christmas-scented candle from Bath and Body Works) and getting cozy in a pair of sweats. Before getting into the shower/bath, I’ll wash my face and do a face mask. My face cleansers/exfoliants tend to change quite a bit (I have my staple products that I rotate throughout the week), but I absolutely love the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate as a really deep scrub. After this I’ll move onto my face mask. I have a few favorites right now, but my absolute go to is the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. I’ve been using this for years now and it’s a staple in my skincare routine. I mix the powder with apple cider vinegar and voila! it’s the easiest and best face mask in the world.

Instead of just hopping right into the bath, I usually shower fully first and then fill the tub. For my hair, I’ve been using the Garnier Fructis Grow Strong shampoo and conditioner. I use the Sleek & Shine during the spring/summer and the Grow Strong during the fall/winter and find this one to be more hydrating in the dryer months. After I condition, I go in with the Trader Joe’s Coconut and Shea Butter hair mask which I’ve been loving these last few weeks. It was so cheap (like literally $3.50 or something) at your local TJ’s, so highly recommend this product. It’s very nourishing for your hair and leaves it so smooth and shiny.

While my hair mask is in I’ll move on to shaving. But before I shave I always have to scrub, and my all-time favorite product is the Manna Kadar Champagne Charcoal body scrub which is the most lush and beautiful product I have ever used. I’ll use that all over my legs and sometimes my arms if they need it. To shave I always always always use the EOS Ultra Moisturizing Shaving Cream in Vanilla Bliss (I love this scent for the winter) with a Gilette razor. Once that’s done I’ll wash the mask out of my hair and that’s the shower.

Now time for my favorite (and probably the most fun) part… bath bomb time! I’m beyond obsessed with Lush bath bombs (like I could be a collector). My favorite Christmas bath bombs are Snow Fairy, Golden Wonder and Santa Bomb Bomb. They’re so fun and Christmassy but also so hydrating for your skin. Some my non-holiday favorites are Sex Bomb, Intergalactic and The Experimenter. And while I typically don’t use anything other than Lush bath bombs or bubble bars, I do also love the Yogahhh! Detox Bath from Cuccio Somatology and the Grace and Stella Bath Bomb set. While I’m in the bath, I love putting on fun and festive vlogs and shows that are easy to watch.

Once I’m out of the tub, it’s time for all the hydration. Because it’s winter and super super dry, it’s so important to make sure that everything’s as moisturized as possible. For my face, I mix the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel with some Vitamin E oil. Vit E is really good for fighting wrinkles and also for scar prevention, so I love adding this to my moisturizer at the end of the day. To make sure that’s all good and soaked in, I’ll use my Sherrie Matthew’s Jade Roller. For my skin, I’ve been loving the Sephora Body Butter (discontinued) in the vanilla scent which just feels super festive and Christmassy. I also love the Body Shop’s body butters and body yoghurts as an all-round moisturizer. And finally, for my hair I’m obsessed with all of the Not Your Mother’s products. I use their beach babe line all the time in the summer and have found myself using the Way to Grow Leave-In Conditioner and the All Eyes On Me Hair Perfector all the time. These products together work wonders on your hair and leaves it smooth, hydrated and glossy AF!

And once all of that is done, I get all snuggled up in my bed or on the couch with my puppy and watch a Christmas movie. It’s seriously the most lush and perfect of nights in, especially on a colder winter evening. Hope you all enjoyed, happy pampering and I’ll see you for Day 6! xx

 

2018- The Year in Moments

Happy 2019!!

It seems like I was just writing my 2017 highlights just the other day, but here we are again, 2018 in moments. This year has been absolutely crazy. I’ve been extremely open about my struggles this year, and even though it was one of the hardest years of my life, I learned so much about myself and wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s made me appreciate the smaller things in life (as cliche as that may sound), and remember who the people who truly matter are. For me, 2018 was a reminder that family is everything, and I should never forget that. So here we go, first post of the year, my 2018 in moments.

 

January 1st // New Year’s at the beach- Started off 2018 the best way possible, laying out at Manhattan Beach. Even though it was cloudy and cold (and I was basically in a sweatshirt the whole time), being outside and with a bunch of my friends was such a fun way to ring in the new year. And plus, how lucky am I to be able to go to the beach in January?!

March 9th // Home for Spring Break- My Christmas present for the year before was a plane ticket home for spring break, since my winter break is so short (as you can imagine, I burst out in tears when I got my plane ticket). I was able to fly back to Singapore for 9 days and see all my favorite people, eat all my favorite things and go to all my favorite places. Being able to spend an extra week at home with my family was an absolute highlight of my year, and plus it was a surprise which made it twice as good.

March 24th // Marched for our lives- While it’s extremely devastating that it’s come to the point where we have to march for the safety of children’s lives, it was so incredible to stand alongside so many others who are fighting the same fight. After spending an evening making our posters, my friends and I were proud to show up to DTLA wearing our ‘March For Our Lives’ shirts and walk next to so many other people from all walks of life who were all there to end the most preventable form of death in our nation. That day made me extremely proud and brought so much hope.

May 13th // Mother’s Day back at home- And then we were back in Singapore for summer, and started off the break by celebrating the most amazing woman in my life. I was SO happy to be able to make it back in time to celebrate with her. My sister and I went as all-out as we could with flowers, balloons, presents and dinner at home to try and show my mom how much she meant to us. And Singapore even treater her to a gorgeous sunset to top it all off.

June 25th // Beach getaway with the family- With only a few more weeks to go in South East Asia, we had to get another Phuket trip in. One of our go-to destinations for long weekends and breaks, we were lucky enough to spend a few days at Le Meridien in Phuket as a family to soak in some beach time. We dined at our favorite restaurants in the area and got in tons of tropical cocktails during happy hour too. It was so much fun to be away with my family for a little bit and to celebrate 20 years of life in South East Asia.

July 6th // Last day in our home of two decades– Finally, after 20 years and 3 months, my family said thank you to Singapore for being the city that raised our family. We spent the last days on my favorite island eating all of our favorite foods, including hawker food, steamboat, dim sum, all the brunch and char siu noodles, soaking in all the beauty of the city and spending time with dear, old friends. There are no words to express all the feelings and emotions that were felt over those last two weeks. While it was with tears of sadness that we said see you later, the tears were also happy as we remembered all the amazing and incredible people and memories that Singapore had given us. Bittersweet, to say the least.

July 7th // First day in our new home, Tokyo- But as we said goodbye to one home, we said hello to another. While we had visited Tokyo many times before, this time was different. We slowly learned to make Tokyo our home. Couch by couch, street by street, house by house. As we went back to some of our favorite places, we also ventured out to new areas, tried new restaurants, met new people and slowly became more and more comfortable in our new home. And while it will never replace Singapore, it’s opened us with nothing but open arms.

August 25th // Juuban Matsuri (end-of-summer festival)- To get rid of all of those back-to-school blues we spent one of the last days of summer (and one of my last days in Tokyo) with friends at the Obon Matsuri in Azabu Juuban. We spent the evening walking through the crowded, vendor-filled streets eating tonkatsu (fried pork) on a stick, playing traditional obon games and sipping on frozen sangria. As crazy and chaotic (and sweaty!) as it was, it was so much fun to celebrate the end of an amazing summer in such a special way.

October 30th // A week in LA with dad- I was SO excited for my dad to come and to be able to spend a week with him in LA in the middle of the semester. We did everything from going to the Grove, walking around Beverly Hills, eating so much brunch and Dim Sum and exploring the original Farmer’s Market. We also headed over to Claremont for a night to spend some time with my grandparents and were able to catch up with close family friends. Having a quick break from campus life was much needed and so much fun!

November 21st // Thanksgiving road-trip to San Francisco- After my grandparents decided to forgo our traditional Thanksgiving, we decided to go on a short trip up to San Francisco. We started with a two day drive up the coast and spent a night in the cute little seaside town of Cambria (seriously, the cutest town ever!). After getting to SF, we spent the next few days walking around the city, grabbing lunch at Pier 39 and of course having steamboat for Thanksgiving dinner, because what else would you do? My grandparents absolutely love SF, so they took me back to all their favorite places, including their two favorites, Lori’s Diner and Sears Fine Food on Powell Street. And to top off the weekend, we were able to watch the first Macy’s Christmas tree lighting of the season.

December 13th // Home for Christmas- And finally, the highlight of my year for sure, being home (in Tokyo) for Christmas. I was crazy excited to be home with my family for the holidays this year, and to have a real winter Christmas. I was so lucky to be able to spend so much time with my favorite people doing Christmas shopping, eating at our go-to places (and a bunch of new ones), going to Disneyland (whole post on Tokyo Disney going up soon!) and of course doing anything and everything Christmassy. We had so many cozy movie nights, nice dinners out on the town, Christmas parties and endless cuddles with my puppy. It was simply one of the best Christmases ever.

I already have so many amazing things lined up for 2019 and can’t wait to see where this year brings me.
Happy New Year! xx