Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Weekends In Malacca

Malacca captured by Yen Hau (My Road Planner)
With just a weekend in Malacca, you can definitely make the most out of this town. Malacca is a historical town recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. It's a town where you can see a good mix of the heritage world and the modern development. Just a two hour drive either down south from Kuala Lumpur or up north from Singapore, one can definitely see a change from the hustle-and-bustle metropolis to a much slower pace of life. Let me share a little about this destination and hopefully, this guide might help you plan your weekend getaway.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Cape At Cap-Ferrat


How appropriate to wear a cape at Cap Ferrat. It was still early spring when I was there and it gets chilly at times so the cape helped. Cap Ferrat (French) translated to English as Cape Ferrat, located in the southeastern of France. Since everyone is talking about the Cannes Film Festival, I can't help it but to reminisce the days when I was in Cap Ferrat. Was really blessed to be able to stay at one of the most luxurious oceanfront hotel in the French Riviera called Grand Hotel Du-Cap Ferrat by Four Seasons

Are you planning for any summer vacation soon?


Top - Gap (similar here)
Cape - Club Monaco (similar here)
Jeans - Guess Jeans (similar here)
Boots - Stuart Weitzman
Bag - Fendi
Sunglasses - Christian Dior

Friday, May 20, 2016

The Quickest Way To Get Hydrated


Yen had previously talked about Cremorlab's products (here) and their legendary T.E.N Water (Thermal Water therapy, Eco energy, Natural nourishment) in all the products. Now, I will emphasize on two products that I think, can give you the quickest way to get your skin hydrated. 


Cremorlab’s Mineral Treatment Essence

The Claim – Pack with nutrient rich minerals to powerfully boost hydration to the skin, also to help increases skin elasticity. It smoothens pore and improves skin tone and texture. Helps skin find radiance and firmness. Takes care of pores and skin problems. Re-energises the skin and prepares skin well for the rest of the skincare routine.

Pro Says – Best Seller item and features Cremorlab’s proprietary T.E.N, thermal water as the hero ingredient. Great for hydrating, brightening and smoothing the skin.  For normal, combination and oily skin types.

We Say – It's mild scented and great for me as I have quite a sensitive skin. It makes my skin look and feel so much healthier and brightened. Its light watery texture is so refreshing and cooling to my skin. Can see my dark spots faded slightly. Love to use it straight after shower, absorbs better for this way.

How to use it – After cleansing and toning, apply to the face and neck with upward and outward strokes with a cotton pad.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Spring Trend: Culottes


This spring, it's all about this loose trousers called culottes. Styling this pants can be tricky. You won't want to look too short or big in this already loose trousers. By matching it with the right top and shoes, you can wear culottes to a date night, weekend coffee run, travel or even work!

Here are 5 different ways to wear a culottes:
  1. Wear it with a pretty heels like Liz from Late Afternoon (post here)
  2. Layer it with a vest or coat for a more dramatic look (post here)
  3. For warmer days, go with sandals and off the shoulder top like Nicole from Gary Pepper (post here)
  4. Wear it with a leather jacket or blazer for a more office-appropriate look like Hallie (post here)
  5. Wear it with a silk top, like me here, as a travel-friendly outfit. 
Top - Calvin Klein (similar here and here)
Culottes - Calvin Klein (similar here)
Bag - Christian Dior
Sneakers - Adidas

Friday, May 13, 2016

Mentholatum Botanics Face Wash Review



After my extensive travels to Europe, my skin started to acclimate to the dry weather and wasn’t as oily anymore. When I came back to Kuala Lumpur, it started to get oily again on the T-Zone. I needed some cleanser that’s gentle, yet still cleanse my skin thoroughly. Based on word of mouth, I was introduced to Mentolatum Botanics’ newly launched face care series. Botanics uses the highest quality natural herbal essences from flowers and herbs. As the prices are affordable, I picked all 3 cleansers to give it a try. Here are my thoughts about them:


HYDRATING FACE WASH, 100g 

This handy face wash tube contains Jasmine and Calendula. It cleansed my skin and kept it hydrated at the same time. It’s suitable for one that has slightly dry skin, towards combination. This cleanser has minimal foam, which took me some time to get used to, as I’m very used to a cleanser with foam. No doubt, it is very suitable for me at this time, as my skin needed to be moist and clean more than anything. The Aloe Extract in this cleanser helped kept the surface of my skin moist as well. (available online here)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A Quick Guide To St. Moritz


Though it's already spring in St. Moritz when I was there in March, it's still cold even during the day. Despite the cold, those picturesque scenery in St. Moritz will keep anyone smitten. This year, snow visited late and it was almost mid of February before fresh snow dusted the mountains. If you're looking for a late ski trip, you can still make it. Else, book yourself to a much cheaper trip to St. Moritz during summer. If you're visiting, here are some tips which I hope would make your planning much easier..


TO GET THERE:

We flew into Zurich from Paris by Swiss Air and stayed in Zurich for a few nights. You can check out my post here, if you would like to discover Zurich a little. We took the morning train to St. Moritz from the main train station (Zurich Hauptbahnhof) in the heart of Zurich. I can say it was one of the best scenic train ride I've ever had. It's good to buy your tickets online (www.sbb.ch) so you wouldn't have to worry about it on the day you want to travel. Else, tickets are available at the main station itself and most Swiss speaks good English, so communication wouldn't be a problem.


View from train ride

Monday, May 9, 2016

Hair Care When Travelling


Recently, in the month of March, I was away in Europe for vacation. I had my hair cut and colored before I left, so my pictures would turn up looking good! Over the years, I've learned to pack smart. With the right products, you don't need varieties, but only necessities to take care of your hair when traveling.

These are the 3 must-pack items for my hair:

1. KERASTASÉ SHAMPOO

Just like we cleanse our face with the right cleanser, the scalp needs a good shampoo too. Since my hair has been colored, I needed a shampoo that can minimize color wash-out and still clean thoroughly. Kerastasé Bain Chroma Riche Shampoo is able to keep my hair healthy, protect the color and preserve the color to last longer.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Coachella Style


Not all of us will attend Coachella but that shouldn't stop us from being inspired by the fashionable people we've seen all over Pinterest and blogs. I thought this gladiator sandals would be one of the best thing to have and able to relate to Coachella's style. 

Scroll down for more bloggers that had attended Coachella and check out what they wore!

Dress - Love + Lemons (also available in blue here)
Sandals - Stuart Weitzman
Bag - Miu Miu
Sunglasses - Dior

More OOTD Options:



Friday, April 29, 2016

5 Skincare Tips To A Beautiful Complexion


Lately, I realize that my skin went through some major changes. From hot weather to 6 weeks of cold winter weather, then back to humidity and heat again. Despite all these changes in seasons, I have to admit that my hard work in taking care of my skin paid off. I'm not born with great skin but these 5 skincare tips had proven to me that I can have a beautiful complexion too. 

1. LASER TREATMENT
It can get pricey but with the right research and clinic, this is one investment you should definitely consider if you want to see quick results. I had previously done some research (post here) and jump on the bandwagon. I'm now into my 3rd treatment and I've seen much changes on my skin already. The pores are minimized, my T-zone is less oily and in the dry European countries, it didn't dry up and shown any signs of flaking. 

Treatment: Elsa Bright Laser Treatment


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Springtime in St. Moritz


Though it is already spring when I visited St. Moritz, it was still cold. As I checked today's weather, St. Moritz is still cold and snowing! I'm glad I was well prepared with this shearling jacket from Prada. I've previously worn this Prada jacket at a few places (here and here) and I have no issues recycling it again and again because it's a fabulous jacket.

Do you have a favorite shearling jacket?

Shearling Jacket - Prada (similar here & here)
Jeans - 7 For All Mankind
Boots - Coach (similar here)
Sunglasses - Dior
Beanie - Burberry

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Sweet Serenity


This time around when I was in Zürich beginning March, I didn't expect to see snow but I did and it was a sweet serenity! I talked a little about Zurich here and after that, we took a train to St. Moritz and there was even more snow at the mountains! Though I didn't experience snow days anymore in St. Moritz, the view there is just amazing. I'll share more about St. Moritz and this hotel I'm staying in. I must say St. Moritz itself is an epitome of luxury.

Do you still remember your first encounter with snow? How did you feel?

Selfie on the train to St. Moritz
Panoramic View of St. Moritz

Friday, April 15, 2016

6 Things To Do In Zurich, Switzerland


I have a really good impression of Zurich since we landed. We flew in from Paris and the scenery was beautiful up top as we flew over The Swiss Alps. This was my very first time to Zurich so I was really excited to experience all the touristy stuff. Zurich might not be the capital city of Switzerland (the capital is Bern), but this city is definitely a famous stopover for many tourists especially if you're taking a train to the Swiss Alps for skiing in winter times. Here are 5 things which I would highly recommend to do in Zurich:

1. HOP ON TO GRAY LINE BUS
*Picture from The Zurich Gray Line City Tour

This is sort of the hop-on hop-off bus company in Zurich. It is called The Zurich Trolley Experience. We figured that if we would like to know the city much better and in a short time, hopping on to a Gray Line bus would do that trick. Which it did! At some places, the trolley stopped for 15 minutes for everyone in the bus to take some nice pictures. It was snowing on that day and the scenery looked powder white. Truly a beauty to me. Within 1.5 hours, we were done and we hopped off the bus and wander around town with our own feet.



Monday, April 11, 2016

4 Steps To Protect Your Suede Shoes


When I bought this pair of Stuart Weitzman Lowland OTK boots, I didn't plan to wear it out when it's snowing or raining. Then, when I woke up one morning in Zürich, it was filled with snow like a winter wonderland! I can't help but to wear the boots out to walk around the city and take some outfit pictures.


In order to keep my boots looking good, I've taken these 4 steps to protect my suede shoes. 
  1. Before I brought my boots for travel, I applied a waterproof spray to protect them from stains, water and snow. I used Florsheim Suede/Nubuck Protectant.
  2. I prepared a suede eraser just in case it get a stain. I would suggest the one from Allen Edmonds.
  3. At the end of the day, I noticed some mud on them. I let the mud dry overnight and brush it off with a stiff brush. Then I wiped the stain off with a damp cloth. 
  4. When I'm not wearing them, I keep them in the dust bags just in case it accidentally got scratched when I packed it in the luggage. I was thinking of getting these cedar shoe trees inserts, to keep my boots mold-free and in shape when I'm not wearing them.
Trench Coat - Burberry (similar here)
Jeans - 7 For All Mankind
Boots - Stuart Weitzman
Scarf - Burberry (similar here)

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Time To Shine


Sometime ago, Ellie Goulding, the powerhouse pop goddess, brought her bold spirit to M.A.C in a collaboration that's as mesmerising as her music. Ellie's thoughtfully curated collection emulates her two signature looks: effortless au natural by day and breathtaking bombshell by night. 

Powder Blush Duo (sold out online but try Zac Posen Haute Contour)
Here's a range of her makeup. Did you manage to try some of her products? If you did, how did you find it?

M.A.C Ellie Goulding range

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Shades Of Blue


After Paris, I went to Zürich. These shades of blue pictures were taken in Zürich and it was really cold actually. My tolerance of cold is really low, in fact, anything below 10 Celsius is cold for me. That day when I was taking these pictures, it was 3 Celsius and in my term, it's very cold! The day before, it snowed!! Can you spot some patches of leftover snow in my pictures? =)

How about you? Can you tolerate cold and do you like the color blue?

Sweater - Acne Studios (similar here)
Boyfriend Jeans - 7 For All Mankind (similar here)
Sneakers - Adidas (other styles here)
Sunglasses - Christian Dior (other styles here)
Belt - Levi's (similar here)

Friday, April 1, 2016

Spring In Paris


Even thought it's Spring in Paris but the weather is still pretty cold. I still need turtleneck sweaters to  layer with coats and jackets when I'm out. It gets really chilly especially when the wind blows.

This time in Paris during the Fashion Week, my bf and I decided to stay in an Airbnb over a hotel. We thought it would be nice to have a change and it turns out to be a great decision. This place we rented has a very cozy living room, perfect size kitchen for us to heat up food and make drinks, a clean bathroom and a comfortable size bedroom with queen size bed. We couldn't ask for more.

Have you been traveling lately? Would you stay in a hotel or Airbnb?

Sweater - Banana Republic (similar here)
Jeans - J Brand (similar and on sale here)
Boots - Coach (old but similar here)

Hair by Toni & Guy Malaysia

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Lancome Blanc Expert Cushion High Coverage


Remember the launch of Lancome Blanc Expert Cushion High Coverage in February? Yen was at the event and she showed the picture above on Instagram (@stilettoesdiva). The new Lancome Blanc Expert Cushion High Coverage comes with SPF50+/PA+++ and Polar Technology. It protects your skin from UVA and UVB for the whole day. Also, with the Polar Technology, it gives you a slight cooling sensation after an application, which is superb for our hot and humid climate in Malaysia.

Credit to this new technology by Lancome, it is not only a make-up but also a skincare product. It is enriched with ultra-targeted skin care ingredients to reach the ideal Lively Rosy Bright skin: a corn extract known for its anti-pollution properties, extracts of rose, mint and gentian for their anti-inflammatory properties, a combination of vitamin CG and a derivative of resorcinol to combat excessive production of melanin, a moisturising agent.



Monday, March 28, 2016

Pastel in Paris


I've been looking for a pink coat for the longest time and I finally found this one from ASOS. I guess I'm definitely into pastel this spring. These pictures were taken in Paris. We were standing on Pont Neuf overlooking Pont Des Arts at the back (minus the locks). Don't be mistaken on those locks you see in this picture below. These are locks on Pont Neuf, now that everyone can't lock their love on Pont Des Arts anymore.

Talking about Pont Des Arts, the fate of our lock (and I'm sure many others), came to an end. Last year in June, the Parisian authorities has taken action to remove all the locks on that "love bridge" (article to read here) because it was too heavy for bridge itself. To look at it in a bigger picture, I guess it's for everyone's safety that the locks had to be removed. 

Paris herself is still beautiful, with or without the locks on the bridge. Walking around Jardin Du Tuileries and Notre Dame feels just as good =)

Dress - ATM Anthony Thomas Melilllo (similar here)
Pink Coat - Asos (similar here)
Bag - Christian Dior
Shearling Boots - Coach (from last year but similar here)
Scarf - Fendi (similar here)
 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Bobbi Brown Face Mask


If you read one of my blog post last week, I mentioned that me and my boyfriend went skiing and somehow, he forgot to apply sunblock. What happened next? Burn baby, burn!! Poor man o'mine. Thank goodness this awesome girlfriend (of course I'm talking about me), brought a tube of this new Bobbi Brown Skin Nourish Mask.


Bobbi Brown Cosmetics introduces their first ever, good-for-you masks - Radiance Boost and Skin Nourish  - a skincare power pack that can be used together or individually for a custom rejuvenation regiment that helps reset, restore and re-energize skin's appearance. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Warm And Fuzzy


If you are following me on my Instagram (@stilettoesdiva), you would have noticed that I'm currently having my winter vacation. It might be spring starting today but the weather here in Nice is still pretty chilly. I still need something warm and fuzzy, like this faux fur coat from Lovers + Friends to keep me warm when I go out for a walk. 

Speaking of faux fur coat, I totally fell in love with this one from Lovers + Friends. Plus points for this coat:
  1. It's really warm at even on a breezy night.
  2. It's light and easy to pack with vacuum seal space bags.
  3. The color matches with a lot of tops, jeans and dresses.
  4. The faux fur is so soft to touch and definitely looked more expensive than it is!
Faux Fur Coat - Lovers + Friends
Top - Miu Miu (similar here)
Jeans - Guess (similar here)
Boots - Stuart Weitzman
Sunglasses - Christian Dior 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Shu Uemura Blanc Chroma Cushion Foundation


Shu Uemura introduces the brand's first liquid-in-compact foundation with brightening actives and high coverage - Blanc:Chroma Brightening UV Cushion Foundation


Benefits of Blanc:Chroma Brightening UV Cushion Foundation:
  1. Brighten up complexion with high coverage and high protection, with SPF 50+ PA+++
  2. The unique cushion puff designed by the Shu Atelier that effortlessly builds flawless coverage without losing the radiance.
  3. 6 shades for Asian skin
  4. Flawless coverage can be achieved anytime, anywhere even without special techniques. 
Retail Price: RM190 (Full set) // RM140 (Refill Foundation)


My review:
Recently I took this Brightening UV Cushion Foundation to travel with me. I placed it in my purse for potential touch-ups in the afternoon or maybe to use the mirror and re-apply lipstick after meals. I found it so convenient and it touch-up so much better than a compact powder. It looked so natural on my skin and gave it a glow especially in this dry winter weather in Europe. The sponge made it easy to apply as it soaks and discharge just the right amount of foundation. All I need to do was to dab it on my forehead, nose and cheek areas. I'm starting to use it in the morning these days as well. It shorten the length of time for my makeup in the morning.

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