Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sucker for skincare.

I am the world's biggest sucker for skincare products.

I was plagued with extremely bad skin and I've been fighting a battle with skin problems since I was a child. Eczema, weird rashes from strange allergies, oily skin that sometimes flakes and of course, the bane of my life, acne.

I tried so many different brands of skincare I could start my own review guide (Clinique was the worst). Then I found Dermalogica when I started working (because I could finally afford to buy products without asking mom for more money).

-- No, the 3 Steps didn't work for me.

With my facialist's advice, I bought products for different problems that came and fortunately, went away. Products to fight dryness (from the 24-hour air conditioning), oiliness (from genes) and sensitive skin (from I don't quite know what). Yup I bought lots.

And I'm tempted to try Pure Night.



A nourishing, brightening overnight treatment to help minimize surface spots while conditioning and hydrating skin. Use nightly to help treat and prevent cellular discoloration, smooth fine dryness lines and defend against environmental damage and moisture loss. Contains no artificial fragrance or color.


I really didn't know how much I have till I was searching for a new tube of Active Moist moisturiser last night. I opened my medicine cabinet (half the height of an entire wall) and my jaw dropped. It's chockablock full of products I haven't used.


This is only HALF a wall of products. I am too ashamed to take a photo of the makeup side. Seriously, I can start a skincare section at home.

I have them in trial size, travel size and full size. Nice smelling shampoos, leave in conditioners, fancy schmancy shower gels (Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser rocks my socks) and rows and rows of skincare.


Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser - AUD$44

I am a hoarder!

I should really start using all the products religiously to have the great skin the products promise.

Links:
Dermalogica - Official site
Clinique - Official site


Monday, December 27, 2010

Cute and cool twist for a wedding.

Another good buddy of mine will be walking down the aisle come 12 February 2011 and I'm too excited and flattered to help him with the planning!

We are going shirt shopping this Thursday because he's going for a pre-wedding photoshoot. He wants to have something different, because if all the photos are going to be of him in a suit, that's just boring and not his cuppa tea.

That's where I come in!


Shoes!

I always thought it's too cute for words when the bride and groom wear bright sneakers under all that formal dress and suit. Jam packed with personality and it brings a smile to anyone's face!


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Mad Men: A breakdown.

Just what we need, a breakdown of the main characters in Mad Men. Oh my oh my Betty Draper, you're a petulant little girl stuck in a grown up world.



I love you Roger Sterling!


Camera, photography and budget.

I can't wait to go on our honeymoon. It has been almost a year since J and I got married and we have yet to go on our honeymoon. It feels as if we have one last thing to check off our wedding to do list.

The honeymoon is going to cost us because 2 weeks in Europe is not going to be cheap. Hotels, sightseeing, shopping, food and transport add up to a pretty penny. Not to mention all the things we have to get ready for the Big Trip.

I will need a decent camera.


-- do want! USD$600

I don't have one right now because the last one I had was more of a family camera. Mom and dad took it for their vacation, my brother used it on his vacation and frankly that's one of the reasons why I don't post photos anymore. The ones off my iPhone just don't evoke the same sentiments.

J has 2 cameras. He uses the slim Olympus Mju camera for work and he has a dslr which has been sitting sadly in the cabinet, unused for months because J is at work. I'm not really sure if he's going to lug the dslr all over Europe with the lenses because I am definitely not going to be the tripod girl.

[Plus, I guess his photography craze is over. He is all about golf now.]

GAH! Should I buy a camera just for me, or should I just make do with what we have?

J bought me the camera for my birthday! Whoopeee!!!


Link:
Olympus PEN E-PL1 - Gizmodo review

p.s. I think it's about time I post my entries regularly, instead of writing them in October and posting them in December. oops. :X


Monday, November 15, 2010

Handsome man sighted

My firm has a partner who looks like a gorgeous Harrison Ford, just a tinge younger.



Plus, his profile looks like Liam Neeson.


Swooooon.

Yeah, I couldn't help but gaze at him the entire evening during my company's dinner and dance.

Le sigh...



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Best conversation of the day.

Best conversation of the day.

(3:40:43 PM) little fish: watch gossip girl
(3:43:37 PM) Ad:: My fav soapy drama
(3:43:37 PM) Ad:: Fwah
(3:43:37 PM) Ad:: Xoxo
(3:44:12 PM) little fish: is it!
(3:44:23 PM) little fish: xoxo
(3:44:25 PM) little fish: snarky
(3:44:26 PM) little fish: hahaha
(3:45:35 PM) Ad:: Hehe
(3:45:45 PM) Ad:: I don't find the chicks pretty
(3:45:58 PM) Ad:: But I like what the guys wear
(3:46:07 PM) little fish: i like what the girls wear
(3:46:11 PM) little fish: blair ftw!
(3:46:17 PM) little fish: my heroine
(3:46:27 PM) little fish: well i like what blair wears
(3:46:28 PM) Ad:: Really
(3:46:32 PM) Ad:: There's this guy
(3:46:36 PM) Ad:: Bad boy
(3:46:37 PM) little fish: the rest are kinda skanky
(3:46:39 PM) Ad:: Super charming
(3:46:41 PM) little fish: CHUCK BASSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
(3:46:42 PM) Ad:: What is his name
(3:46:45 PM) Ad:: Yes!
(3:46:47 PM) Ad:: I like him
(3:46:50 PM) Ad:: Attitudeeee
(3:46:51 PM) little fish: vest galore
(3:46:53 PM) little fish: yah!
(3:46:56 PM) Ad:: What a name
(3:46:58 PM) Ad:: Lol
(3:47:05 PM) little fish: he is sheer awesome
(3:47:18 PM) little fish: bowtie, suit and impeccable shirts
(3:47:43 PM) Ad:: Niiiiceee
(3:47:47 PM) Ad:: He's not extremely good looking
(3:47:51 PM) little fish: he can be in a waistcoat ANYTIME
(3:47:54 PM) Ad:: But loads of personality

See, this is why Ad and I are great friends (even though we hardly meet up because *cough*someone*cough* is just too busy with work/friends/jam sessions to catch up with me!!!).

Gotta pen in a Gossip Girl night with the boys soon.

XOXO


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Time Capsule, NAS and my backup woes.

Have you ever looked for a file/music/document on your computer, only to realise it's on another laptop/portable hard disk/ somewhere out in the universe?

Sometimes J and I want to share music, photos and movies but it is just such a hassle to save 2 copies of the same thing. That excludes me copying the file, putting it on a thumb drive or portable hard disk, and J copying the file onto his laptop.

-- oooh very cute!

Imagine doing that for every single bit of data we want to share.

[We have terabytes of glorious data.]

And I'm worried about my data. I want to make backups of them so I won't ever lose photos from 7 years ago because the silly hard disk dies. I am frustrated, perplexed and I wish I could NAS the beejeeesus out of all the computers at home.

I just want a central storage for all our stuff and clone the storage as a backup.

Ever since I gave my MacBook Pro to J, he has become a Mac fanatic. Ipod touch, iPad, Time Capsule, Mac anything.



I haven't had time to fiddle with the Time Capsule but it is, in essence, a network attached storage device. Which means it is mountable on any OS and we can use the Time Capsule as a central storage device!

Thing is, we are running a myriad of OS. Snow Leopard, Windows XP, Windows Vista and very soon Windows 7 when my work laptop gets upgraded.

Will all our computers be able to access the Time Capsule?


O rly? Hmm..

A few years back (pre MacBook Pro days), I thought of setting up a desktop that never shuts down and attaching an external storage to the desktop. With the desktop online, I could ftp or remotely access my files, which would be filed neatly according to types in separate folders. All my files will be synchronized to the external storage at a scheduled time.

Well guess the procrastinator in me won, because this thing never happened.

I guess it's time to do some research on Time Capsule, Windows Vista and Snow Leopard!


Links:
Network Attached Storage (NAS) - wikipedia
Time Capsule - Official Apple page


Fresh blooms.

New blooms from the pot of hydrangeas!



Purple and green. Swooooon.

I wish I have green fingers, because I so want to plant more pots of them!


Friday, October 15, 2010

You know you love it.

I was getting J up to speed on Season 4 of Gossip Girl. At the end of episode 4 these remarks made my day.

  1. The number of times he "tsked" at Nate, Dan, Serena and Vanessa.

  2. Which eventually culminated in "What is this, a love triangle?? No, a love polygon?!"

  3. "Bassian bubble"

  4. "Eva's job shouldn't even bother Chuck. He's done worse things!"




My husband, ever rejecting Gossip Girl with all his might, may be paying more attention to The Greatest Show of Our Time that he would like to admin. Win on all counts.

Yay for us!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Craving for Louboutins and Oscar.

I need to shop. I watch Gossip Girl every week and I feel crappy the next morning when I dress for work. Where are my Louboutins and Oscar de la Renta?!?!?!


I want her dresses! I know it's not very often that I can wear a flitty gown. I can buy a dress from Oscar de la Renta for my annual D&D. Even though it may cost me my entire annual salary and then some. Hmmm.

Maybe a pair of Louboutins will soothe these pangs of hunger.



The right cut. The right height. The right shade of nude. Aren't they just perfect????
Available at Net-a-porter for $535.

I can't live like this. I need fashion.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Spring 2011 - Jason Wu.

Spring 2011 - Jason Wu

I am loving the colors!





The cutting and the draping are oh-so divine. I gravitate towards all things simplistic and unique, and I am loving the color nude right now. It looks too beautiful and chic!

[I am, however, unsure how this color will translate to everyday fashion. Nude washes you out. You look pale and with the wrong shade of nude, you risk looking like a giant sack of skin. That will be mortifying.]

If only the 2 outfits are available in separates. I want the top from the first model and the skirt from the second. The quest for beautiful substitutes for everyday wear begins!


Gazillion magazines for keeps.

I have a gazillion magazines piled up at home, all unread and very very urm, out of date.

-- so many magazines, yet so neat and chic

I buy lots of magazines, most of them imported ones just because I love the pictures writing. Then came marriage.


Wedding preparation sent me into a tizzy and my focus shifted onto Martha Stewart Weddings and all things weddingy for a good 10 months! Needless to say, the fashion magazines I picked up were put aside while I kidded myself that I would eventually squeeze out whatever time I had left to flip through.

Then we moved. The same situation happened again, and this time I spent a fortune on home renovating and decor magazines while buying fashion magazines at the same time. All the while, I thought I would seriously get back to 18 months of magazines right after our home was done up.


My Place is done up but looks nothing like this. *weeps*

It's October, 7 months after we moved. I have waaaaay too many unread magazines, excluding the ones J orders. Each magazine costs around $10 and you do the math. Omg I feel so ashamed at wasting all that money!



My new home is cluttered with old unread magazines I can't bear to throw away nor the time to read. Can someone tell me what I should do with the mags? Save me!


Monday, October 11, 2010

Gossip Girl means war. No limits.

(Do not read if you're a Gossip Girl fan and you haven't watched Season 4 yet.)



I love this scene. It looks too purrrrrty.




This week's episode was sooooo good. Eva is finally gone, thank god. I can never figure out what she's saying. Blame it on the French accent, or just poor English I don't know and I don't really care. She's gone. Just go back to Beauxbatons already.

Chuck rushed to confront Blair. “Do you hate me so much, that you can’t stand to see me happy?” He inquired. “Is it possible that you still love me?”

I threw my arms in the air and yelped with unbridled joy. (My brother actually looked up from his intense game of WoW and wondered if I struck the lottery.) FINALLY THE MOMENT HAD ARRIVED! CHAIR FOREVER!!!

And this happened.

“How could I still love you after what you did?”

I couldn't believe my ears. She looked at him with love and said what?!

Yes Blair you still love Chuck. You are angry at him for doing what he did, and angry at yourself for loving Chuck even though he did the unforgivable. Oh my god this is the self loathing, self destruction "I love you so I'm pushing you away" crap that all girls do to themselves.

"This means war, Blair. Me versus you. No limits."

Why!??!!?

It's just so painful to watch them tear each other apart. But maybe it's a huge reboot for Chair, to go back to their scheming ways which eventually brought them together in Season 1.

Here's hoping!

Link:
Gossip Girl 4x04 - Watch the scene unfold here



Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Plan my holiday wardrobe.

J and I will be going on our honeymoon early next year and I can't wait for us to travel!

We were torn between having a relaxing time at a beach somewhere or doing some sightseeing during our honeymoon. We picked the latter because we would most probably get bored at the beach and I'm not sure if he wants to do water sports, since he goes to sea for a living.

-- It sure looks inviting though

So, onto Europe we shall!

I want sweet treats at a chic french cafe with the Eiffel Tower behind us. A la Blair.


I want to look chic during my honeymoon. Sightseeing, city hopping and of course shopping!


I want to look like this. Effortlessly chic. Jeans will be part of my wardrobe but I am not going to be one of those fugly tourist in default tourist combo (jeans + tshirt + horrendous jacket). I intend to pack light (difficulty: very high) because I simply can't imagine lugging pieces of luggage through Heathrow trying to catch a plane to Rome. I'm going to buy my way through Europe, and it will be spectacular. Prada outlets? I'm so there.

-- omg I want to live there

It will be late winter - early spring so it's going to be cold. Boots are in order.


Reminds me so much of Betty Draper, and so aptly named! Riding boots are going to be more comfortable to explore the city in than boots with heels.

I really can't wait to plan our honeymoon and my honeymoon wardrobe!

Help me plan them!


Where to buy:
1. ASOS Cotton Crochet Shift Dress - £38

2. Betty riding boots - $298



I *heart* Hermes Kelly.

I want one.



Enough said.


Spring 2011 - Rachel Comey

Spring 2011 - Rachel Comey

The pattern looks fresh and young. I don't have to feel like a 30 year old.

The clothes are just so wearable! I love the shift dresses. Easy and polished. Perfecto!


I like the red. It's vibrant yet not jarring.

Camel is in.

It's just too bad it's not my color. I'll look like a giant piece of leather. But I do love the cut and side pockets!

God I need to shop.


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fashion victim and everything wrong.

It was an assault on my senses.

I was flabbergasted. Stunned. Speechless.

It could be a full moon, or that the heat from the burning tyres of F1 race cars were so stifling and uncomfortable that scantily clad skanks were out in full force.



It was almost 11pm, and I was so frustrated at the lack of cabs that I Zen-ed out at the taxi stand, staring at the crowd walking past while waiting for that one elusive cab to take me home. Till I saw her.

She mustn't have been any more than 25, and perhaps she thought she looked hot and sexy but boy was did she thought wrong. Decked out in a corset, a cheap frilly tiered skirt, sky high platforms, cheap hair extensions (because they looked taped on and they were in a different shade than her own hair) and a face full of makeup that would make Cirque du Soleil look pale and sickly, she paced the taxi stand.

She looked like a backup dancer from the set of Moulin Rouge without the figure, or just a sad streetwalker who caters exclusively to clowns.



It was sheer horror.

I looked away because it made me angry. Angry that she could leave the house looking like a streetwalker and her family didn't stop her, and angry at myself for even being mad at her in the first place.

I turned away, and I caught people staring at her so I guess I wasn't the only one appalled. I don't know what they thought but if I have a daughter, she will not leave the house in what looks like underwear!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

A blend of pop culture - genius.

This. Is. Awesome.



This is what happens when you marry the 2 things I enjoy.

Ok just watch it side by side.


My love for Mad Men runs deep, which is why I'm posting link to great downloadable stuff you can customize anything and everything with!

I would put Betty Draper or Mr Silver Fox Roger Sterling as my IM icon. Batsh*t crazy woman with god knows how many demons in her head to a charming and sometimes faithful philanderer.

I don't know how Mr. Silver Fox could be both at the same time, how oxymoronic it reads but he is totally so swoonsome I want to update my swoonsome men list.


Monday, September 20, 2010

I want Mad Men on my phone.

I love Mad Men.



Despite all the chain smoking, drinking, bigotry, and rampant screwiness, I utterly enjoy every bit of it. I love it so much I'm listening to the groovy opening song to the hit show.



OMG I want it as my ringtone!!!


I heart mom and hydrangeas.

My mom bought a pot of my favourite blooms!



This made my weekend. Too delicate and purrrrty!


Monday, September 13, 2010

The GG nuclear winter is over.

It's September 13.

FINALLY the nuclear winter is over and all is well in her queendom.



Gossip Girl returns!

*Shriekssssssssssss*

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

The little things J does - flower surprise.

I haven't written anything on "10 things men don't know about women in ages", mostly because I stopped thinking about it. Plus, most people assume I was writing about J when I was not.

I'm just going to write "The little things J does".

J got me some flowers one evening.

We were actually shopping for groceries and while we were making our way to the carpark, J said he had forgotten to get cereal. So we trudged back and I waited outside the supermarket with bags of groceries while J ran in to get his cereal.



He came back with Weet-Bix and bunches of supermarket flowers.

It was a nice surprise! They were not fancy but it was so sweet of him. I went "Awwww... oh."



They were the wrong flowers. Well, they are usually flowers for offerings temples.

Yeeeah. Ermm 100 points for the effort and nice thought though!

Needless to say, J was a little upset when he knew he got temple flowers. He thought the colors were bright and they would make me happy. He liked them, and of course I smiled and said I loved them too.

And everytime anyone asked me about the flowers, J winced. And by anyone I meant my brother and cousin who live with us, my parents and our friends who came over one day.

10 months into our marriage and I guess I'll have more stories on J as we grow old together. Haha


Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Keep calm and carry on.

After I used a "Keep calm and carry on" picture for my previous post, I am tempted to get a print of this and hang it at home.



It has history, and it looks cute and chic.



Too purrrty!

The "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster was designed by the British government in 1939 during the World War 2. I had no idea! It is simple, and to the point. I think this is what effective advertising is all about, and all advertising should be like this.

All I want is a cuppa tea now, before I soldier on with work and life.


Monday, September 06, 2010

Monday, smirking and snappy people.

Monday morning meetings are always the worst. People are grumpy about how short the weekend was, grumpy about how they had to spend time planning the meeting over the weekend, grumpy about the traffic on Monday mornings etc.

Basically, just plain ol' grumpy all over.

I had a meeting with some clients this morning and it was the first time I had met a client who is so defensive. 3 of their representatives turned up for the meeting and 2 of them were very kind and cooperative. All except the Governator.

Actually our project was supposed to start today. We showed up at 10am, with the understanding that all the documents were ready. Instead it turned into a clarification meeting, going through item by item ("what's this? Can I not give you these?"). All this could have been done prior to the project start date.

We tried to explain that we needed to verify all the documents for this project, but he was so defensive, claiming that he couldn't given them to us because he saw no purpose for us to go through his documents.

It's like someone at the immigration, refusing to show his passport because the customs officer should believe he's a citizen even though he refused to show proof.

I was just taken aback at all the smirking, eye rolling and plain obnoxious attitude he was throwing at us. I mean, what happened? This can't be his first project. Did the planet Mars not align with Jupiter or something, so Monday meant war for his star sign? Anyway care factor = zero.


-- I'm zen like that

His other 2 colleagues were more cooperative, saying that they would give us the documents shortly. That was 11am, it's almost 3pm now and I have yet to seen a shred of paper.

So how was your Monday?


Sunday, September 05, 2010

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Humility is dead.

Overheard 2 university students walking in front of me on my way home.

"My only shortcoming is that I'm a team player."


Oh my god, face-palm. How. Modest. Not.
Just how delusional can people get?!?!


Friday, September 03, 2010

Quiet night in.

It's 7pm, Friday and the candle is lit.

-- my humble home

I'm putting my feet up, sipping my OJ and giving it another go at The Lost Symbol.

I am relieved at having a quiet night in!


Energy, focus and all the reading I want to do.

There are about a gazillion things I want/need (whatever) to do but I am just too tired and unfocused to go about doing them. Like

  1. Reading my Dan Brown book. I got to maybe page 6 and I had to put it down. My eyes were tired and the words were swirling.


  2. Cleaning the house like Martha Stewart. This is not supposed to be that high on the list, because I should be doing things for ME, not for errr everyone.

  3. Cleaning my jewellery and putting them in the pretty jewelry box J got me for Christmas. The jewelry box is still in the gift box with the ribbon. Believe it.


  4. Swimming. I hate my flabby thighs.

  5. Reading my InStyle magazine. I didn't just spend $12 just to let the magazine collect dust like all my other mags from, errr let's see, last October (because I was too busy preparing for my wedding).

I used to be crazy about reading. I would get a book, plopped myself on a comfy seat and I wouldn't budge till I finished the book at one go. Mom used to nag at me because she said I wasn't maxing out my storybooks. I read a book a day, read each book once and I would run out. We didn't have money when I was little, so it was hard for mom to buy us books, especially when we went through them so quickly.

Now I have so many unfinished books sitting at home, and these are the 3 I can remember.
  1. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

  2. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  3. The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Reshape the World in the Next 20 Years by James Canton

  4. all the other books J bought.

And I want to read Stieg Larsson!


But I know myself better than to get the trilogy. By the time I finish those books, the movie will be out on DVD special director's cut with extended scenes platinum edition. I will take THAT long.

How do I get my energy and focus back? Any advice?


Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Sea breeze and salty sea air.

I was doing my daily check on Creature Comforts that I saw these.

-- Taken from Creature Comforts

I miss J. I miss the sea. I miss the sea breeze and salty sea air. I miss boats. I even miss the smell of gas with salty sea air.


I need a vacation. Somewhere quiet, idyllic and far from civilization.


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I heart Mad Men.

I am a huge fan of Mad Men.


The scene is set in New York in the swinging 60s and the set is just amazing to watch. The storyline, the social behaviour of people back then and of course the amazing acting have me deeply drawn to the show.

Don Draper is living the American dream. Great job, beautiful wife, 2 adorable children, job and a lovely home. He has everything everyone else wants. But underneath all that is perfect, he has issues. So do his wife, boss and children. Everyone has something to hide, and they hide them well.

Everyone wants to shout at all that is wrong, but they keep quiet while the issues slowly eat away at them. They don't have to say them in words, but the look, their little moves give it all away. The show is THAT good.
And my favourite character of all? Roger Sterling played by John Slattery.


You silver fox you.

Womanising, chain cigarette smoking man boy who does whatever he wants, whenever he wants because he's rich, entitled and he knows it. And I love him.

I am trying really hard not to watch Season 4 of Mad Men because waiting for 1 episode a week is just a torture! I wait for the DVD set, and I camp in front of my telly, watching hours after hours of Mad Men because you just can't stop.

This is what tv shows should be. Compelling.



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