Thursday, January 29, 2015

Valentine's Day: Outfit Ideas

As January is coming to the end and the month of love is approaching, I thought that it would be nice to have a series of Valentine's Day posts! 

And today, I am starting the series with the one question that takes us, ladies, hours to decide upon... 
What shall I wear?!
With special appearances of my 3 fellow Blogger friends (Tiffany, Juliana & Alice)!

 Now, before I go into what we would wear for day and night dates~ I would like to talk about colour scheme, wearing something that reflects your personality and ultimately, wearing something that you are comfortable in.

Colour Schemes
Valentine's Day is pretty much like Chinese New Year, the most common colour schemes are pink and red which are totally perfect because they symbolize love.

Then there are pastel colours that are all the rage because honestly~ almost everything in pastels look good and cute! And finally, if all else  fails~ you know that you can always rely on black and white.

Outfits & Personality
Now, I want you to take a few minutes to think about your personality.
If you are going out for your first date or having a ladies day for Vday, what outfit would reflect your inner self best? And if you are going out with your hubby or boyfriend, what outfit would spice things up (if you know what I mean~ Just being honest)?

Are You Comfortable?
The most important thing of all is being comfortable in what you wear, because if you aren't, it will show and you may just end up worrying more about how you look than enjoying the experience. So experiment with all the clothes you have in your wardrobe, and choose what you feel most comfortable in while looking Vday-ready.

Comfort includes the type of footwear too, so choose something with a heel height that you are comfortable in!


So with all that in your knowledge now, here's some outfit suggestions for a Day date which may include brunch, a stroll in the gardens, a movie marathon or even a trip to the zoo! 

Express your girly confidence with Juliana's outfit choice
Go girly by pairing a tutu skirt with a tube top and pop on some heels! Tone down the pinkness with a dark pair of heels like what Juliana has done.

White Crochet Tube Top: Agneselle
Tutu Skirt: Annica 
Necklace: Totallyjewel

Express your sexiness with my outfit choice
Be a little flirtatious with a sexy top like mine but keep things classy by being loose (loose fitting that is) and adding a pair of classy heels! No tight-fitting bottom with a low plunging top unless the length goes past your knees. This outfit is perfect for an "All Girls Vday" date or a fun flirty date with your special guy!

Earrings: H&M
Plunging Striped Cami BodysuitBebe
Red High Waist Skirt: Hey Adonia
Silver Custom-made Heels: Riccino

Express your cool vibes with Alice's outfit choice
If pink and being girly ain't for you, reveal your cool confidence with black and white like what Alice did! Pair a fitted skirt with a tube top to show off those sexy collar bone and wear an interesting statement necklace piece to add some colour to the overall look. 


Striped Tube Top: Agneselle
White Quilted Skirt: Hervelvetvase
Necklace: Pure Origin

And what about a night date, which may include a nice romantic dinner, or a romantic comedy movie, or even a stroll in the parks (yes, it's romantic)? Here are some suggestions!

Express your demureness in a classy outfit like mine
Midi dresses and skirts have been trending and I always find that these pieces helps to create a balance between showing some skin on top and hiding some skin below. The standard rule of staying classy is if you are wearing a revealing top, cover the bottom and if you are wearing a mini bottom, cover the top.

Paint Me A Love Song Midi Dress: Intoxiquette

Express your sweetness with Tiffany's outfit choice
Don on a comfy pink or pastel top with a black tutu skirt, having a sweet colour scheme from your waist up paired with a smile will allow people to sense your sweetness upon first impression because people tend you "scan" an individual from top to bottom! A sweater top like Tiffany's also helps to keep you warm during a movie date!

Necklace & Earrings: Pure Origin
Pink Sweater Top: Taobao
Black Tutu Skirt: MDS Collections

Express your awesomeness with this unconventional outfit
If you are the kind of lady that likes to be a little different when it comes to outfits, steer away from pink, red and pastel with the classic colours of black and white, and instead of frilly skirts and dresses, be a little different with pants or jumpers/jumpsuits like what I have on here!

Earrings: Nine West
Jumpsuit: Forever 21
Strappy White Sandals: Wardrobemess

Which of these Valentine’s Day outfits is your favorite?
Let us know in the comment below!

Jody Liu
Photos taken by: @Yongthye86 & @Jonethanlee 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Soup Spoon: Collagen Hotpot Tasting [Editorial Post]

2 weeks ago, I headed down to The Soup Spoon Suntec branch to put my taste buds to the test and have a pre-reunion dinner with 3 other ladies from the Blogging Realm (Ena, Wen Hui & Alene). This is the first time The Soup Spoon is having a DIY Collagen Hotpot set, to cater to the popularity of the collagen hotpot and the festive season (Chinese New Year). As locals and most Chinese around the world know... that means Reunion Dinner with friends and family, be it in restaurants or at home!

With that aim, The Soup Spoon wants to enhance the experience by enabling us to enjoy this collagen hotpot at the comfort of our own homes, because that's what reunion dinners truly are -- having a good meal together with our loved ones at the comfort of home (with no worries of last orders or the closing time).

We got to sample the whole experience and taste of The Soup Spoon's Collagen Hotpot Premium set that came with:

  • Three 1.5L Soup Stocks (Collagen Chicken /Kimchi /Clear Chicken)
  • A Whole Cordyceps Chicken ( Reared without antibiotics and growth hormones)
  • Six Prawns and a bag of seasoned minced meat
  • Assorted Vegetables
  • Mian Tiao aka Noodles 
  • 2 sets of Three Dipping Sauces (Soya ginger vinegar / Homemade chilli / Ginger scallion)
  • A container of Osmanthius Jelly

All of these food are packed in The Soup Spoon Thermal Bag. All you need to have at home is a Steamboat/ Hotpot Kit and all the bowls, chopsticks and spoons needed.

Now, for those who are not aware~ Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is regarded as the substance that holds the whole body together and can be found in the bones, muscles, skin and tendons.

Having a high sugar consumption behavior, smoking, over exposure to sunlight, and aging will affect the quantity and quality of collagen in our body. Hence, besides allowing your body to generate collagen on its own, consuming it helps too and you can reap its benefits regardless of gender and age!

Collagen helps to:
Enhances metabolism
Strengthens blood vessels and boosts blood supply
Decelerate the effect of arthritis
Repair and rebuild tissue to encourage strong muscles, joints and skin
Strengthens the structure of bones, tendons, cartilage and ligaments.
Encourage muscle mass to regenerate
Strengthen blood vessels and improve their elasticity and circulation throughout the body.

The list of benefits goes on and on, just Google them!

The Soup Spoon actually simmered the stock for more than 16 hours to derive this Collagen Stock and I've got to tell you that it really does taste as good as it looks and smell. With no MSG, Preservatives, Flavorings and Colourings used, this stock is pure goodness and really something to cheers to!

    My mouth was watering as we were waiting for the food to be cooked and it was a super satisfying meal. We simply chatted and ate until all the other stores and restaurants around us closed!

    It is very easy to prepare the meal, all the stocks are frozen in a bag and containers and all the food (meat, seafood, assorted vegetables, noodles) are individually packed and vacuum-sealed to retain their freshness.  So all you have to do before the hotpot session is to cut the food out from the bags, place them nicely on a plate (all the veg. have been pre-cut), heat up the stock, bring the dipping sauces out and you are ready to go!

    The Soup Spoon also gave us a Collagen Hotpot Premium (Good for 5-6pax) set to bring home to share with our friends and family. Unfortunately, my parents were overseas... So, I had to split the set up and I got my man and brother to experience this gourmet sessions with me for 2 days! After all, men eat more than woman... especially a man after work and another after school, so that makes up for the lack of numbers for the meal :)

    Day 1 of Hotpot Session with the Collagen and Clear Chicken stock!

    Day 2 of Hotpot session with Kimchi stock and extra ingredients we got for ourselves!

    Both my guy and I love the collagen and kimchi stock, the clear chicken stock works well as a refill to ensure that there is enough soup to help cook more food. If you aren't that good with spiciness, do go ahead and dilute the kimchi stock with the clear chicken stock. I recommend a ratio of 1:2 (Kimchi : Clear Stock).

    The other item I love are the noodles! They are so QQ/ bouncy~ the texture is just amazing!

    I also found that it was so nice of The Soup Spoon to include a dessert to the set and I've got to say~ Osmanthius Jelly is the right choice made as an ending dish. It was perfect! Lightly flavored, sweet and cooling, the jelly helped to cleanse my mouth and well~ it's always good to end things sweetly (pun intended).

    And the last thing I need to rave about are the dipping sauces!

    I am not a fan of chili but the chili given in the set is the bomb! It has a slightly crispy texture and the right amount of sweetness and spiciness that I ended up eating chunks of the chili after the meal. The Soya ginger vinegar is another sauce that I love, it tastes slightly different because of the lemon ginger that is added into it! Salty with a hint of the citrus taste~

    I wish there were more sets of sauces because the amount given is just right if you ration it right... so do take note! Maybe, The Soup Spoon could also allow people to purchase more of the sauces!

    And that's the end of my wonderful pre-festive meals, thank you The Soup Spoon for the generosity!

    If you are interested to ordering a Hotpot set for the upcoming reunion dinner, head over to The Soup Spoon! You can choose between a delivery or a pick up, however, do note that Pickup/Delivery on 18 Feb is strictly from 12-2pm and there are limited pickup locations on different dates.

    And one last thing, you can get to enjoy 10% off (min. spend of $50) all online orders!
    Simply enter 'TSSCNY' before you checkout in the promo code section.

    Cheers to the New Year!
    Prepare your tummies for the yummies!

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015

    Cyberbullying: To the person who called me fat

    I've been following Supermodelme Sirens episodes, and during the judging part in one of the episodes Shi bought up something that I could relate to. She mentioned that people in the cyberworld have made comments about her "boyish" build during her pageant period and how it affected her. 

    I recall the first time I read a nasty comment made by someone hidden with a nickname, nothing prepared me for the cyberbullying that happened the moment my name and photos are uploaded digitally. 

    On and off, ever since I appear online via my pageant or my blog... there have been nasty comments made and to be honest., it hurts no matter what. In fact, I have started noticing a pattern. The comments always link things back to the pageant.

    And today, was that one day that it happened again... Initially, the person made a comment asking me if I am going to be a mom soon which is totally acceptable because well, it was very vague. Then, when it appears that I didnt get his/her message... the comments started becoming nastier.

    Now, because I am the way I am... I am not offended at all when someone calls me fat.
    I take it that I've come a long way from always being picked by the nurses for being too skinny and suspected as anorexic. In fact, I really think it's very funny how this person tries to pick on me and even include the pageant insult in.

    Calling me fat does the least damage on me, because I know that I have a healthy body.
    Granted, my body would be nicer if I am a little more toned~
    But I am healthy and I am comfortable with the way my body (and face) are.

    Which lead me to wonder, who else does this person prey on?
    And how do people cope with cyberbullying? Should I fight back with nasty comments, be pleasant but stand up for myself or ignore? 

    In the end, I choose to go with overcoming hate with love and humor.

    This person isn't the only one, there have been a few... but today, this person finally made me realised something as I spent my day doing my work and being all happy from the weekends with the guy who loves me.... that this person has his/her own insecurities and hence, he/she is seeking for some sort of strength from demeaning others.

    So, I am sharing my story... because if you are being bullied, you are not alone and you don't have to overcome it in silence. If you are the bully, stop and reflect on your actions.

    Regardless of who you are, the bullied or the bully:
    Recognize your own beauty and flaws. 
    Love your imperfection for they are what makes you unique.
    And, learn to love a little more.   

    And to the person who called me fat,
    in all honesty~ I dont know what's your purpose but yes~
    I have a chubby face and a flabby tummy, and I am still of a healthy size,
    but I can do more to be healthier and toned.

    That's a given.
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