July picks: Grid obsession

july-picks

1. Modern Decorative Pillow, LoveJoyCreate // 2. Children’s Apron, Pink and Black Grid, RadishBalloon // 3. Cactus Art Print, SeventyTree // 4. Rifle Paper Co. Graph Notepad, Linoluna // 5. MT Hougan Washi Tape, Gudily // 6. Grid Stripe Tea Towel, Leif // 7. Vintage Girl’s Dress, diaphanousvintage // 8. Nice Socks Grid, niceniceniceDE // 9.  Grid Baby Moccasins, ullaviggo

It’s legit! I’m currently obsessed with anything that comes in grid pattern so picks of this month must be all about grid. Grid and stripes are my all time favourite patterns.

DIY Tiny Doll House

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You know, I’m all about anything in miniature size and I had dreamt of making a doll house for my daughter one day and yeayy I nailed it! So, a few weeks ago I heard that Living Loving was going to hold a “tiny doll house making” workshop and I quickly registered myself to get a seat because I just had to with this class! Last Saturday was the day and I enjoyed it that much. It was supposed to be a 3-hour-class but everybody was so into it and totally forgot the time. As a result it turned out to be a 6 hour class and nobody seemed to fuss about it. The class was led by Living Loving and Puri of Ideku Handmade.  A complete story of the day was posted here.

So, Abigail was so surprised when she saw this doll house for the first time. She was so excited! And it melted my heart. She couldn’t get her hands and eyes off of it all day and night. However, her curiosity reached the highest level that she decided to pull everything, all the furnitures and wallpaper. Long story short, it was destroyed. Haha. Well, kids. So, pictures above are the second version because I remade everything after she destroyed the previous one. The one that I made during the workshop was this one here. But I took it seriously with this second one. My husband helped me with some advice on colours and layout. I’m happy with how this turned out. Fingers crossed this one will last much longer. I probably need to keep my eyes on her while she was playing and put everything back afterwards. Haha.

Everyday skin care

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I have a dry and sensitive skin. During my teenage years, I was that girl whose skin was prone to acnes. Dermatologist visit was very frequent and I was a loyal to the products and the treatment. Trying the off-the-counter products was not a option because most of the attempts would only result in another breakout moment. However, I have stopped completely since when I was pregnant and nursing. For practical reason, I now just take the department store products and actually find joy in browsing, reading the reviews and finally trying them. Well, I can’t claim my skin is at its best now because it really is not. However, these skin care products are what I’m currently using and quite happy with because they work well so far (my skin is normal-dry):

  1. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner, well basically a toner, I use this twice a day after washing my face with facial cleanser, before moisturiser. This one is non-perfume and I like it that way for face products.
  2. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser, so far this is the best cleanser that works fine with my skin.
  3. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturiser, I love this moisturiser! It is very light and what that’s what I love about Kiehl’s.
  4. Aesop Body Balm, this is the best body lotion that can well hydrate my skin without that greasy-feeling. To be honest, I didn’t really use lotion regularly before because I don’t like when my skin feels greasy after I apply body lotion/body balm. But I have no worry with this one, it is very light, not greasy and smell very nice!
  5. Aesop Parsley Seed Masque, I have been using it for a few weeks now and I love it so far. Love the after-feel and the smell! Aesop states that they use the most natural formula and it’s always a buy to me. I’m also a sucker to their packaging so I just have to. Haha.
  6. Bobbi Brown BB Cream. Although I don’t wear it everyday (only when I need some SPF or for some special meetings) but I can only rely on this BB cream so far. I’ve tried a few other products and none of them flatter my skin but this one.
  7. Almond Delicious Hand Cream, my hands get really dry at times and I love this one to give hydration. Also, it smells veryyyy nice and delicious.
  8. Shea Butter Organic, this one takes care and gives quick repair of dry elbows, lips, skin, feet. I regularly use it to as a lip balm to hydrate my lips.

Yes, they are currently my favourite products but my search doesn’t stop here. I’m regularly reading reviews and always on the hunt for good products. Hopefully I can make thorough review some times in the future and of course I’ll write some updates here. Also, I’d love to hear about your favourite products, too.

My little reader

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I love reading books to my daughter. I was a bit obsessed with the picture of my kids reading books even before I was pregnant. Haha. Yes I want to raise a little reader although I also want it to grow naturally. There was a phase when she really liked book and then she didn’t enjoy it that much some time later and then loved books again. It’s that on and off kind of relationship. Haha. However, just recently she often asks me to read to her. Read as in really read and make up stories not just pointing at pictures. She likes to read before bed time. It’s kind of a bed time routine to us. It has been going for a month and everyday. This is actually a good sign. Sometimes she even reads to her favourite doll, Miffy. I just can’t handle the cuteness every time I see it. Oh, I got report from her teachers at school that she enjoys books very much (at the end of school year’s celebration she was given the book worm award, haha!) I’m proud of her. I hope her love for books grow even more as time goes by.

We are lucky that few days ago a package of books from Erlangga For Kids arrived at our doorstep. Abigail was very happy she clapped her hands and said “hooray!” as you can see here. She was surprised as she saw some of her favourite characters in the books (Minnie Mouse, Doc Mac Stuffin, Hello Kitty). Some of them are activity books and Abigail was even happier to find stickers inside the books. Thanks Erlangga for Kids!

Here are links to their Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Singapore snapshots with Lomo LC-A

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It’s been too long since I last played with my lomo. However, on our last holiday, I took this camera along and am now very excited to share the results! Truth is, I’m always an analog camera girl at heart. I remember those days I was obsessed with analog camera and polaroid. It was so obvious that it wasn’t difficult at all for my close people to decide on a present for me. I got toy cameras and all that stuff as presents for too many times. Haha. This one, however, is very special. It was from my then boyfriend 4 years ago (now husband, haha). I love it so dearly. And in fact, I always love the surprise an analog camera gives. In modern digital era where everything’s much simpler and more practical (there are even so many iphone apps that can make pictures more dramatic with their amazing filters), this little camera somewhat feels more original. And I really dig the surprise it gives even if it’s not good surprise all the time. I got dissappointed a few times,too. However, this time I’m quite happy with most of them. Not a single editing, can you believe?! Of course, I’m thankful for the sunshine and the weather of Singapore during our trip. Natural light and good amount of sunshine always give best result to almost any pictures!

Anyway, call me hipster, my favourite areas in Singapore are Tiong Bahru, Haji Lane and Tanjong Pagar. There are a lot of cool places around Tiong Bahru and Haji Lane. Nice restaurants and cafes, independent stores, murals, and photogenic spots. Well, there’s nothing much to see in Tanjong Pagar but I love the row of pretty shophouses. So where’s next? Looking forward to more adventures.