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I Am Featured (Holler)

Elated. Ecstatic. Beyond happy.   When your peers recognise the quality of your written work and choose to highlight it. When your review of what’s currently happening in the sheet masking playground is chosen for the weekly IFB link round-up. Epic sigh of bliss. Links à la Mode, October 29 A Handful of Stories: Two Unbelievable Makeup Looks for Halloween Anakin and His Angel: Star Wars Cover Girl | Kylo Ren Inspired Makeup A Preponderance of Fashion: DIY Halloween Costumes for Women Banarsi Designs: 7 Street Style Scarf Looks to Steal Now Cat Eyes & Skinny Jeans: {Beauty Boards} Magic Wands Dresscode:HighFashion: 10 High Fashion Looks for Halloween 2015 Epouser La Mode: One Sweater 4 Styles! Fashion Blender: Sandals of Love Greige Market: How to Dress Like a Grown Up Happy. Pretty. Sweet.: Halloween in Your Closet | Dorothy Gale La Vintage Vida: The Fitting Room Chronicles | Channeling Stevie Nicks Lil Miss JB Style: Longline Vest Mama in Heels: How to Wear Faux Fur without Looking Like Chewbacca Modavracha: Stoles | Will Get You …

My Story

Houston, It’s Been Quite The Ride   As some of you already know, I come from Kuching, the capital city of Sarawak in East Malaysia, and that I took off when I was 22 years old. A little while ago, the Editor-in-Chief of KINO (Kuching In And Out) approached me, asking if I’d be interested to contribute to their column, Ex-CAT which is a monthly, featuring bylines from Kuchingites who are either still living abroad or have spent many years outside of the country. Naturally, I was delighted, and now that the story’s out, I wanted to share it with you 🙂 I left Kuching in 1995, on my father’s birthday, to be precise. I was incredibly sad and scared, and excited and exhilarated. On one hand, I was leaving the safety net of my parents and the home I’d known for over two decades. But on the other hand, I couldn’t wait to go. I felt stifled, like a stranger in my own hometown, and in my heart, I knew that leaving was the …

My Week On Instagram

Things definitely started on a sweet note with this candy from my childhood.  I was stoked to see that HEB stocks them on a regular basis. Yes, I love spikes.  And studs. When temperatures soar, so too my culinary experiments.  Here’s my Belafonte-inspired Banana Boat Salad. Harking back to those days when I created jewellery.  Asymmetrical earrings were a personal fave particularly when incorporating fabrics and notions. I’m all about tribal motifs for Summer, in loud colours. Finally, I made it pass the 1200 calorie mark.  To understand what a feat this is, you need to know that morning cardio has always been a challenge for me.  The mother of all challenges.  But with my thyroid completely dying on me (thanks, Hashimoto’s), I’ve had to up my cardio just to keep up with things. So yeah, chalking 1500 calories on the treadmill felt phenomenal. The people at Glow Recipe are simply spectacular, and so too the products they carry.  Here’s something nifty, DIY Rubber Masks for the face.  These arrived on Saturday afternoon and I’ll …

Skin Deep

All too often, we hear the phrase, “Beauty is only skin deep, it’s what’s inside that counts”. That’s true, to an extent. However, no one can argue that what’s outside plays an enormous part in how we perceive ourselves, in our self-confidence. Shallow as it may sound to some, my face and how I look including the condition of my skin, is one of the most important parts of what makes me, me. So when my anaphylactic shock gave way to a bout of Angioedema, I was devastated. I can’t quite put it into words how I felt save that I was in despair, I felt that my world had completely fallen apart, especially when it recurred, and for the worse. I was blessed to find a few select products which worked well for my condition (and I’m still using them today), soothing and treating even as they healed. As of now, I’m 95% back to normal. And that’s why I wrote about how I healed my face from Angioedema. I knew I wasn’t the …

Gone To My Happy Place

Peer recognition evokes an emotion that is rather indescribable. Words that come closest include elation, pride, joy.   Yes, my article on sheet masks taking over the world has been featured in the IFB weekly round-up and I am over the moon 🙂 Links à la Mode: March 26 Adorned in Armor: Capital Fashion Al-Balsam Life: Beauty Tips That Make You Look Younger A Handful of Stories: Outfit of the Day: Layered Skirts Attire Club: 35 Essential Dressing Tips for Men Cat Eyes and Skinny Jeans: Beauty Board: Brilliantly Basic Couture Crush: Korean Berrisom ‘My Lip Tint Pack’ Review Fashion Moriarty: What to Wear to Meet Anna Wintour Funky Jungle: 5 Tips for Surviving a Shopping Break Hey Mishka: DIY Jeweled Spring Hat Kremb de la Kremb: The Bag With the Worst Wrap Les Assorties: C.J. Bakhos X Piece & Co. Moda Addicted: 10 Closet Essentials You Should Splurge On My Fashion Slash Life: Glamorous Nigerian Aso-Ebi Wedding Style Purushu Arie: Shades of Grey Sheela Writes: Sheet Masks Are Taking Over Storybook Apothecary: How to …

Happiness

There really isn’t very much else in the world that beats the exhilaration of scoring media ink. Mine’s in red.  I wrote about blogging frequently, and how that can oh so easily be perceived as must-delete-now spam. Tell me how your thoughts on the topic. How often do you blog? Links à la Mode: March 19 Alysa Lovely: Etsy Gift Guide: Bridesmaids Anami Blog: Spring in My Apartment Between the Pearls: 10 Steps for Contouring and Highlighting Endear: 4 Things to Consider Before Going Blond Everyday Starlet: Tinted Brow Gel Review for Blonds FemmeViolet: Shopping on a Student Budget Flip Flops and Furs: Keith Mitchell: Football Player Turned Yogi Kremb de la Kremb: Short Hair Bloggers Roundup Ms. Fabulous: Behind the Scenes at the Bryan Lars Fall 2015 Lookbook Shoot MsYolee: The Size Issue Purushu Arie: Trend Report: Stitch Detail on Seam Riva La Dive: DIY Marc Jacobs Bow Cape Sheela Writes: How Often Should You Post? Storybook Apothecary: My Spring Bucket List Style Bizarre: How to Take Your Blog to the Next Level Thareni …

Starting 2015 With A Bang

Nothing quite like beginning a new year with some media ink and this is precisely what just happened to me, all thanks to IFB. So cool. So pleased. So grinning from ear to ear. My piece is the one highlighted in purple but here’s a shortcut. Let me know what you think? I firmly believe that style isn’t age exclusive. Women of all ages really need to be more vocal (or visual) in sharing what they feel beautiful wearing, don’t you think? Happy New Year! If you’re still in your pajamas, you’re not alone. Take it easy today, the holidays are officially over. You can start your resolutions tomorrow, but if you’re at a loss as to what to resolute, check out these links from IFB’s most dedicated members! Links à la Mode: January 1st Cat Eyes & Skinny Jeans: Beauty Board: Blue Crush Coocoo for Coco: Which Drugstore Dry Shampoo Should You Buy? Head to Heels: Style Resolutions for 2015 Hirvio Mur: About That Inspiration Invictus: The Fringe Jacket Moda Vracha’s Spot: 10 Fashion …

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

When I first began submitting articles to the Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB) website for possible inclusion in its weekly round-up column, little did I imagine that three would be accepted, all in a row. I’m so thrilled and fortunate. This time, it’s the piece I wrote on imagination. Please have a read and let me know whether you agreed or disagreed with my viewpoints. It’s always lovely to have a conversation here 🙂 my article is #14 on the list but here’s a shortcut. Cozy & Chic For those of you in the US, Happy Thanksgiving! While we’re all laying around the house waiting for the turkey to come out of the oven, or rooting for their favorite dog to win the National Dog Show, or rooting for their favorite football team, or playing Just Dance on the Wii, just because we’re getting cozy today doesn’t mean we’re not chic. Cozy up to this week’s roundup and have a wonderful day! Links à la Mode: November 27th Anami Blog: How To Wear a Camel Coat …

Second Time, Super Stoked

You know how sometimes, everything falls neatly into place? That’s what just happened over at the IFB website. The piece I wrote on treating creativity as though it were a muscle has just made it to the IFB Weekly Round-Up.  To cut a long story short, and provide background information, so you understand what I meant with my opening liner, I never planned on writing that article. I never planned on submitting it.  And I never knew it’d made the Round-Up until this morning, when I started receiving emails with pingback notices. I went straight to the IFB website and lo and behold, there it was, Creativity As A Muscle. Serendipity. What’s your strategy when creativity goes MIA? Please do share. I’d love to hear from you and discover new ways in which I can rejuvenate those wells of inspiration whenever they take an unscheduled hiatus. Fix The Internet Sure, none of us can unsee the madness that KimK launched on the Internet… but we can certainly get on with our lives. Especially since the …

I Made It!!!

I‘m stoked beyond belief that my article has made it to the IFB Weekly Round-Up.  Woooooo and a-hoooooo 🙂 mine’s the 6th from the bottom and here’s a shortcut to reading what I wrote about the Project Runway Korina vs Char fracas. Do let me know what you thought of the entire drama in the Comments section, I’d love to hear from you. Cents & Sensibility Now that Halloween is over, and we’re in full holiday mode, we can all relax a little. Who are we kidding? There is so much to do! Well, even when the “to do” lists grow longer than Santa’s naughty list, we can still at least look put together. This week we take a look at the sensible side of fashion. What do we really want to wear? Links à la Mode: November 6th Attire Club: 6 Ways to Maintain Your Shoes in The Winter Burgundy Whispers: Night Chic Chic & Defined: Airpot Chic Elisfa: Mary Katranzou x Addidas Fashionopolis: My Body, My Rules, #ButtOut High Heels in the Wilderness: …