Saturday, 28 September 2013

Malaysian Women's Weekly Style Workshop at M&S Suria KLCC (part 1)

Yes, I admit it, I'm not really fashion-savvy and with the additional weight I've gained post-pregnancy, I've become very reserved when it comes to choosing clothes or experimenting with different looks. Sigh, if only I can shed extra 15 kilos off by working so hard...

 

So when I heard about Malaysian Women's Weekly Style Workshop, I knew I have to check it out. Would I miss this chance to meet and greet MWW Editor, Elaine Kwong, and Fashion Editor, Sabrina Salehuddin? And, of course, I also wanted to see the new Marks & Spencer outlet at Suria KLCC. 

The BabyFootAddict with Malaysian Women's Weekly's Sabrina Salehuddin (left) and Elaine Kwong (right)


Fresh and feeling great on a Saturday morning, I was in front of M&S by 10am. The facade of the store is warm and welcoming. 

Marks & Spencer at Suria KLCC, Concourse Level


The lovely morning started with greetings and introduction from Elaine. They will share 6 different looks with gorgeous models wearing Marks & Spencer items. 

MWW Editor, Elaine Kwong

The pretty Ms Sabrina sporting a sweet smile before the model parade of styles...



STYLED LOOK #1:

First up was model Olga, wearing ox-blood-color skirt, white blouse, fitted blazer and black ankle boots. 


I like this look because it's something that I can see myself wearing on a normal working day. It's sleek, stylish yet corporate. It's even something I can wear to a business presentation with potential partners or board of directors. I'm just not sure if I can get away with this cutting of skirt as I have mummy-tummy and mummy-hips to hide.



STYLED LOOK #2:

Second look was with model Chloe, wearing printed dress with multi-color patterns in elbow-length sleeves and a pair of peep-toe black ankle boots.


I find this dress nice to wear for a normal office day, and as suggested by MWW team, can be thrown over with a jacket to make it more suitable for the office. Not recommendable for someone with my body shape, though, as my mummy tummy will surely pop out. But Elaine gave a tip of looking for a dress like this with folds at the right places to hide tummy fats.  



STYLED LOOK #3:

Olga walked up in a lovely style of white-collared blouse, black cropped pants red jacket, black high-heeled shoes while carrying a small blue purse. 


I'd say this is my favorite look. I loved the flair of this red color jacket over black-and-white attire. If I were to flaunt this style, I'd be wearing a pair of peep-toe, sling-back shoes as I really get uncomfortable with closed shoes especially pointed, high heels. But overall, this is such a lovely style and I'd be shopping one of these days to get this look! 



STYLED LOOK #4: 

Chloe came back wearing a cute, long-sleeved big shirt with Panda face, over full-length black leggings, animal print boots and a big bag. 



This one's for that casual, chic look and will look good for those with slim, long legs. Sabrina also showed other possible combinations such as this grayish, jeweled blouse. 


I think this is lovely and I just wish I still have my old legs when I was only 49kg! If I were to wear this look, I'd be using a longer blouse to hide my oversized-hips and butt then glam it up with gold or silver open-toe wedges. 



STYLED LOOK #5: Olga wore an animal print, one-piece fitted dress, gold necklace and black, closed, high-heel shoes while carrying a small, long-strapped purse. 


This can be good for office wear but, personally, I'm not a big fan of animal print on dresses. I'd be alright with small splashes or accents of animal print but not on a whole piece. But this will still be great for ladies who love animal print even those who are not as slim as a model like Olga or Chloe. Of course, for those with bigger frame, I think that a small purse like this will not work well as it can accentuate your body size against the purse. I'd go for a mid-size or bigger-sized bag.



STYLED LOOK #6: 

Last look from Chloe was a 2-piece ensemble of a printed white blouse and a printed black skirt. Shoes were peep-toe ankle boots.


I'm not used to seeing printed blouse and skirt with different patterns but this one is quite chic. I don't think I can get away with the length of this skirt, though, so if I were to try a print-on-print look, it will probably be a pair of cropped pants.


Here are more looks from Malaysian Women's Weekly Style Workshop on mannequins: 



This workshop made me think about experimenting more with my fashion style despite the mummy tummy. Great tips and styles from Elaine Kwong and Sabrina Salehuddin! Thanks to MWW and M&S!







Okay, I've blabbed too much! I have to split this story into 2 and share more about what I did at Marks & Spencer after the Style Workshop: snooping and taking photos around the vast clothing collections, discovery of an instant solution to my bulging tummy and what I bought that day!     


   


 












 

 

 

Monday, 23 September 2013

Sunshine September for Autism Awareness at Suria KLCC

"We can do no great things, only small things with great love." - Mother Teresa 


Last Saturday, I found myself wandering around the lovely grounds of Suria KLCC. This place never fails to give me a feeling of thankfulness to have the ability to appreciate its grandeur. Maybe to some Malaysians, this is just an ordinary view, a simple building in this part of Kuala Lumpur. But to me, this place signifies magnificence, an enduring evidence of what this country has accomplished through the years. 



Yes, it truly is a blessing to behold such beauty. But in this life and at this very moment, there are people who are less fortunate, children who are fighting for their lives and for their dreams. Suria KLCC, together with other companies, has put together an event to help these children --- Sunshine September for Autism Awareness. 




Autism is a complex developmental disorder that affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills, typically appears within the first 3 years of life. It currently affects the lives and families of 1 in 600 Malaysian children. It is associated with rigid routines or repetitive behaviors such as obsessively following schedules or playing certain toys in a monotonous manner, etc. It is a spectrum disorder, variable in severity and in symptoms across individuals. It makes life hard and difficult for autistic patients and their families, health care providers and their teachers. 




In Malaysia, persons with autism are referred to NASOM (National Autism Society of Malaysia) by government hospitals and private practitioners. NASOM has experienced a 30% increase in their intake for the past 3 years. Yet the waiting list gets longer each day. 


I urge everyone to visit the Concourse Level in Suria KLCC and extend support to NASOM. There are so many children out there who need help, even a small effort can go a long way. There's a big setup of Sunshine September with several booths where we can extend whatever support we can. At the HerWorld booth, for example,  simply purchase an October issue and you will also get a 250ml The Body Shop gentle eye makeup remover. 





There is also a memory game booth where you can win a gift. 




This booth offers Sunshine September memorabilia at very affordable prices. There are thumb drives, T-shirts, garment bags and more.





Look at this purple plush toy, very adorable at only RM20. 






There are also some paintings for sale. Gorgeous ones, really nice for home decor.  


There are a lot of participating outlets within Suria KLCC who are contributing proceeds to NASOM this September. For a complete list of stores, you can check out the purple booklet distributed within the concourse level. 









Let's share some love, everyone. Visit the concourse level at Suria KLCC. And if it's already too late by the time you stumbled upon this blog, please call +603 2382 2828 or www.suriaklcc.com.my to inquire how you can support NASOM and help autistic children. 


Alternatively, you can directly contact NASOM at +603 7886 8233 or visit www.nasom.com.my 








  





Monday, 16 September 2013

My 8 De-stressing Habits that Keep Me Sane and Happy


One of the important things I learned in life is that there will be a cause of stress everywhere we go, in whatever we do, whether at work, at home, at the road…wherever, whenever. To wish for a stress-free life is just wishing not to live at all. What I’ve accepted is that I either change the way I look at the things around me or my life will be unhappy and stressful.


I’m actually quite surprised to meet people who just choose to focus on the bad and stressful things rather than counting the good things they have. Work will always be tough and full of challenges especially when you’ve reached a certain level of position where you hold heavy responsibilities. I believe that there’s always a choice for everyone. If you don’t want to accept this set of duties that also come with some causes for stress, then there’s a choice for you to either leave that job or take a lower position. But complaining about everything to your colleagues or friends or relatives can become pointless if it becomes a daily habit. 


The world wouldn’t change for us; we can only change ourselves. I choose to be in control of my life as much as I can, and I don’t want stress to be on top of my daily life. I’ve had my share of stressful years and I’ve realized that it’s just impossible to be happy unless I change or improve myself. So I am pleased to share 8 useful habits that I’ve developed through the years. Hope these can be useful to people facing a stressful life, especially working mothers like me:


1. Read.

Reading is a great way to take my mind off from the daily challenges of work while at the same time, gives me additional knowledge that I won’t get from just spending more time on ‘stressing’ myself about work.  I cannot imagine what my life would be if I don’t spend time reading. It doesn’t have to be reading novels or thick books at all. I regularly read Female magazine and Women’s Weekly where I get the latest beauty and fashion buzz. Of course, I don’t want to miss the celebrity articles and health news. And although I am not in the beauty industry anymore, I am still inclined (or hooked) to finding out the latest beauty products and reviews. 

 



I also read Archie books! Well, you might say, ‘grow up!’ but Archie comic books are one of those classics that you won’t mind reading. When I was younger, reading an Archie comic book is already a luxury since I cannot afford to buy one. I have these 2 thick books recently sent to me by my sweet sister from Philippines.


 

I read books as well. I was a total bookworm since I was 8. I used to borrow several books from the library and I’m probably the only kid who manages to fill-up the entire library card in a few months. I read, read, and read everyday. So here are some of my books at the moment: Between You and I (something that I picked up for only RM15!), Drink Me (a wine book), and the Wrinkle Cure (by Dr. Nicholas Perricone who has a superb line of beauty products).



2. Take care of your skin.

I’m surprised when people keep saying that they don’t have time to apply beauty products everyday. Taking care of your skin not only serves the purpose of maintaining its health but also a great way to de-stress. Spending a few minutes in front of the mirror just applying toner, serum and moisturizer gives you time to think of yourself and off from those stressful issues.


3. Blog.

I’m not talking about becoming a full-time blogger. If you are someone with a lot of things going on in your mind, having an outlet such as a blog can prove to be fun and relaxing. Try doing it for fun and share your thoughts about the things you enjoy, your experiences and maybe your knowledge. You’ll be surprised at how it can make you feel better and you’ll even meet wonderful people who blog as well and be a part of a social community.


4. Take photos.

You don’t have to be a professional photographer. Just simple ways such as using your phone or normal digital camera will do. Paying attention to moments captured with your camera is a great way to learn how to appreciate time, colors and more. How do you feel when you look at your past photos? Those throw-back Thursday pictures? Don’t they remind you of happier days? That silly hair or silly get-up?




 

5. Spend quality time with your children.

Or with your nieces, nephews if you don’t have your own child yet. Taking time to color those drawings, learning letters, numbers, painting will give you a sense of happiness that will ease your mind. Those people who spend time with their relatives’ children and take care of them amaze me. You will notice that they tend to be warmer, kind and patient in the working environment. So go ahead and try to spend time with a kid or two. You’ll be surprised at how long your patience can be extended! 



6. Play games.

Maybe some of you may find it silly but having a few games on your phone can be helpful as long as you’re not addicted to it and you don’t make your daily life revolve around those farms, candies or whatnot. When you find yourself angry or frustrated at work or anywhere (this does not apply to driving frustration, by the way), take a few minutes during your break to play a game.




7. Exercise.

This is great for health AND de-stressing. I’ve been engaged with a quick daily workout for several weeks now and I found out that it’s liberating! Start with something simple if you haven’t done exercising for quite some time. I downloaded this app called the 7-minute workout and it does wonders. You only need 7 minutes daily, follow the steps and timing from the app and you’re done! Trust me, this can get you sweating within those few minutes. And my tummy has become firmer in just 2 weeks.


And if you are not ready to do daily exercise, try doing something every weekend. Maybe running every Saturday morning or evening? Give it a try. It gives you good time to clear your mind.



8. Accept that life is not fair.

At a young age, I’ve learned that life is simply not fair. The moment you are born, you will have certain sets of privileges or difficulties already laid out for you. You will have certain benefits and challenges that will be different from another person. Or if you are very unlucky, you will be struggling from the moment you were born. This is the way life is. I don’t believe that life will ever be fair. Somewhere, somehow, there are people having a harder or better life than us. Don’t compare or ask why some have so much money or why that person gets a higher pay than you do. Do not expect that your desires will be laid out in front of you to pick. Do not think that just because people have more money means that they don’t have problems. Each person has his own challenges to face and accomplish.


 

Some people also think that their bosses have an easier life than them and tend to do self-pity, and this leads to stress. For me, I don’t think that bosses have easier lives. In fact, they are carrying a very heavy burden especially if they own the business. Imagine the daily pressure of making the business profitable enough to pay for our salaries? Who gets cursing from the top management or directors when objectives are not achieved? Is it you or your boss? Some employees don’t look at it this way, leading to unhappy work life. We all have our own challenges, whether you are an employee, a business owner, CEO, or a housewife. I’ve accepted that life is not fair which means I have to depend on myself to get the things I want in life. This thought has liberated me at a young age and has since worked hard for the achievement I desire. And it has been really great! What better sense of fulfillment than what you achieved on your own, right? Life is not fair but life can be good!    



Sunday, 15 September 2013

Absolute Thai - Great Thai cuisine

My son and I would sometimes go with my husband to The Curve and go walking around the entire afternoon until evening. As usual, my son would be looking for a toy to buy which would take hours of walking for me while I push him on his stroller.


Dinner is either buying from restaurants outside The Curve and when I have cravings for something inside this mall, my husband would take us to eat dinner there. One time, I wanted to have some Thai food and he brought us to Absolute Thai at Ikano Power Centre (IPC). 


Friends might find it surprising to see me eating spicy food but there was something about Thai tom yum that really got me hooked. I ordered tom yum soup with prawns and my dessert, mango with sticky rice! Must always have this dessert at Thai restaurants! I'm not really the type who likes to order so many varieties so these are enough for me. For my son, we ordered Japanese bean curd and minced chicken soup. No worries, his soup was not spicy at all, we double confirmed.  


My Thai tom yum soup...hot and spicy but delicious for me...

Absolute Thai tom yum soup with prawns


My mango with sticky rice (or what's left of it when I remembered to take photo)...   

Absolute Thai mango with sticky rice


My hubby ordered some noodle and fried chicken... 





It's great that their 'placemat' is the menu itself so you can quickly see and choose from their menu. Don't you just hate it when you have to ask and wait for the menu before you can start choosing what to eat?

Absolute Thai - The Thai Tribune - FRONT page menu




Absolute Thai restaurant has an outdoor area where people can smoke but it's also a nice location to have a view of The Curve. At night, the air is breezy and cool, of course, you wouldn't want to be outside when it's raining but it's quite nice on a normal evening.


Absolute Thai outdoor dining area with a view of The Curve


I had a delicious dinner at Absolute Thai and I will surely come back for my tom yum here!      


     

Lancome Teint Miracle - Weightless Foundation

Liquid foundations have been my best friends to maintain a presentable look when I go out. I can't remember a time when I didn't use one ever since I became conscious of my huge pores (that's around 11 years ago!).


I was using a Japanese brand before but I wanted to try something that feels lighter, something that's more like a second skin. During my usual trip to Sephora, I decided to grab Lancome Teint Miracle. 


What caught my attention was the front of the box that said "Natural Light Creator, Bare Skin Perfection". If you've read my other beauty stuff blogs then I'll guess you'd know that packaging and labels play an important role in my purchasing decision. It just makes sense to judge a product by what information and effort a brand puts on its labels. 

 

Lancome Teint Miracle: Natural Light Creator, Bare Skin Perfection


Lancome Teint Miracle is oil-free, non-comedogenic and also has SPF 16, might seem low if you're exposed outdoors several times in a day but I normally apply a moisturizer with higher SPF before my foundation so this is fine. A Sephora beauty advisor assisted me to try the product on my neck and helped me picked the right shade.


The problem with some of the foundations that I've used before is the heavy feeling during midday. But this foundation was weightless! It doesn't feel like  the usual makeup foundation. It feels thin and light on the skin yet it gives good coverage over my pores and some dark spots.

 

I find the packaging great and easy to use. The pump only needs light effort to use and has very good control on dispensing sufficient amount of the product. I love that it's in a transparent glass where I can easily see how much is left. The name 'TEINT MIRACLE' and the flower logo icon are embossed in silver color which make it look even more impressive and simply pretty in the vanity cabinet.


Lancome Teint Miracle in glass bottle



Lancome Teint Miracle with silver box


I've been using it for 3 weeks now and I just love the effect on my skin. I even skip my Benefit Porefessional sometimes when I'm rushing and my pores don't appear huge anymore. I also noticed that when I get back home from work, my face still looks presentable --- even tone, no redness, no huge pores visible, even with just one-time retouching with face powder throughout the day.  


Liquid foundation designed for Asian skins

How to apply with fingers: Shake well before use. Pump a small pea size of the product, either to your hand or palm, whichever suits you but I normally pump to my hand. Dab dots on several areas of your face: nose, cheeks forehead, chin, temples, around the borders of your face. Using your third and fourth fingers, gently spread from your nose area then going outwards to your cheeks, chin and forehead. Let it set for a few minutes before you apply other creams or powders on top of it. Give it maybe 3 to 5 minutes. 


Of course, this is my own technique. Some might choose to apply using other ways like maybe using a foundation brush or the entire palm instead of fingers. Feel free to use the technique you feel most comfortable with.


What Lancome Teint Miracle box says:

Natural Light Creator

Bate Skin Perfection

Fresh Foundation Veil - SPF 16


Light is not only reflected on the surface: it is also re-emitted from within the skin. Lancome Science decrypts this genuine natural light, giving each complexion its distinctive color, its sparkle of life.


Innovation - Perfection through light:

AURA-INSIDE technology works to recreate and boost the skin's natural 'light'. Immediately, the complexion brightens: flawless, fresher looking day after day.


Natural weightlessness: 10 times less powdery fillers, high concentration of water, enriched with a softening rose extract. Skin is smoother and unified, hydrated for 18h. Flaws visibly vanish, your complexion is sublimely bare. 12h wear.


Oil Free - Non-comedogenic

Shades and texture designed for Asian skin

Tested on Asian skin under dermatological control

Suitable for all skin types, even sensitive


Price: RM135 per 30ml

Where to buy: Lancome counters in department stores, Sephora