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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lancome Le Crayon Poudre Swatches

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Want to know how to get Cara Delevingne's enviable eye brows? 

Look no further as we help you test out the best shades of eye brow pencils for blondes and brunettes.

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One of our all-time favourite brow pencils is Lancome's Le Crayon Poudre or "Powder Pencil" for your eye brows.



Why we love it!



- Easy to use and control than compared to cream or powder brow palettes that come with separate brush applicators


- Pencil tip and brow colour glides easily onto brow area to fill up the gaps in your brow, thicken and define it just like Cara Delevingne's


- If you make a mistake, the powder is easily removable with a swab of a cotton bud or just use your fingertips


- Product stays on throughout the day even in hot, humid weather as tested in Singapore. Brow colour does not smudge.


- Wide array of colours for different to match your hair colour


Do note that availability of colours will vary from country to country. We advise our readers to purchase from Lancome USA or a variety of good online retailers as certain countries such as Singapore do not carry light brown colours for the Le Crayon Poudre brow pencil.



Lancome Le Crayon Poudre eye brow pencil swatches

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Initially, I could only find the eyebrow pencil in Chataigne or a medium-light chestnut brown colour and it did not help as my hair colour got lighter.

I was really pleased with my online purchase from Nordstrom.com and the new colours "Natural Blonde" and "Blonde" match my blonde hair better. 

Natural blonde is slightly lighter than blonde, not by much though as you can see in this picture taken without flash.


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The colour contrasts are larger in photos taken with flash.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Best Fall 2015 Fringe Bags

Fringe bags have been a staple bohemian favourite for Spring Summer, Resort 2015 and now Fall Winter 2015. We pick the best fringe bag designs for Fall so you don't have to wonder what's out there any more.


1) Salar mimi fringed top handle bag

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Newcomer Italian handbag and accessories brand Salar took the spotlight with this cute star buckle, rounded camera-bag style top-handle bag complete with long suede fringes for that delightful swaying movement when you walk down the streets with this cute number.

Just like a Space Invader alien, the silhouette of this handbag resembles a quirky but adorable alien with its unique shape.

2) Saint Laurent Anita Fringe suede bag

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Channel your inner rock star in this YSL number which comes with a concho belt style buckle complete with suede tassels, generous fringing and silver rounded studs all-over the circumference of the bag.


3) Sara Battaglia Teresa Shoulder Bag

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This unique leather fringe bag from quirky Italian handbag designer Sara Battaglia features a mirrored buckle that resembles the shape of a Prada logo. The entire shoulder bag strap is covered with fringe detail - perfect for a fun-loving fashionista.


4) Valentino C-Rockee Pebbled Leather Fringe Shoulder Bag

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The old-school satchel is reworked into a lovely bohemian shoulder bag with all-over fringe on the bag strap as well as the flap in coarse-grain pebbled calf leather by Valentino.


5) Chloe Hudson Mini Tassled Shoulder Bag


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Chloe's mix of suede tassels on a calf leather with signature oversized gold-tone metal buckle for the bag strap gives it a touch of refinement even for a casual day out.


6) Stella McCartney Falabella Faux Suede Fringed Tote

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Stella McCartney's popular Falabella tote with is redone in a relaxed boho theme with faux suede fringes. 

We love the contrasting silver chain woven into the side of the bag for that subtle touch of glamour.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Stella McCartney Elyse Star Shoes

Thrice the height and twice the comfort, animal-friendly brand Stella McCartney's Fall Winter 2015 shoes have caught our eye with shiny metallic versions of the popular Elyse lace-up platform shoes collection.

Here are our Top 3 picks for this Fall.
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1) Silver mirrored metallic Elyse platform shoes with a signature wooden platform and chunky rubber soles


One of the reasons why we like these shoes is because of it's comfortable square-toe instead of pointy ones that squish your toes into one tight, blister-inducing space.


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2) Gold brushed mirrored metallic Elyse platform shoes with a pale wooden platform and chunky rubber soles

This funky pair of shoes scream rock and roll with arty paintbrush strokes effect on a faux patent leather upper. Wear it for a night out with black leather leggings or a casual top and mini shorts.


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3) Gold brushed mirrored metallic runway boots

These gold patent leather effect brushed heeled boots from Stella McCartney's fall winter 2015 runway shoe proofs to be a show-stopper with its slightly inward curved heel that resembles the infamous Walter Steiger heels.

Chunkier heels means more support and comfort for high-heel lovers so don't hesitate to add a pair of chunky heel booties to your shoe collection.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

July Summer Lookbook - Etro Paisley and Silk Brocade

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Inspired by Asian silk brocade from India to China in lightweight silk, Etro's Spring 2009 runway show celebrated the shiny silk threads and lame style blazers, blouses, scarves worn as sash belts and dresses. 

This easy-to-wear, smart-casual, comfortable resort style features Etro's signature paisley print designs in a contemporary style on silk, wide-leg pants.


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For that ultimate jet-setter look, try varying shades of burnt orange blazers and long trench-style overcoat jackets with tan swimsuits, cargo skirts and strappy sandals.


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Model Jessica Stam (extreme left) wears a Chinese-knot macramé style button-down silk jacket with a Mandarin collar in tonal champagne, pink and orange. She wears a silk scarf as a high-waisted wide belt to provide shape to her waist.

Style tip: Model Siri Tollerod (extreme right) wears an oversized silk blouse and wide-leg silk pants which are unflattering to any figure. Even a belt would not salvage this disaster.


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A myriad of paisley print outfits in light peach that will enhance the glow of a tan.


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Heavily embellished gemstone T-shirt dress and vest make a good companion to geometric tile-print blazers and maxi dresses.


Style tip: Add a dash of glam with a gold lamé silk blouse to your blazer and trousers ensemble just like Liu Wen (model on the top, centre)


Share a snap of your favourite jet-setting vacation style with us and stand a chance to be featured in our online magazine! Hashtag it with #UnlikelyTravels


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Monday, June 29, 2015

iPhone 6 24K Gold and Diamond Case

Here's some eye-candy to feast those peepers on this week and tide you over your Monday blues.Image and video hosting by TinyPic
24K Gold or Platinum Mother of Pearl? Pick your favourite and see if we read your personality well enough.
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Gold: Flamboyant, classy, sophisticated and decisive.

Platinum Mother of Pearl: Artistic, unique, very individualistic and takes pride in expressing oneself.

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Each iPhone is encrusted with diamonds on the sides and on the apple logo.


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If you are wondering what our choice is, it would be the black platinum mother of pearl diamond-encrusted iPhone case.

Don't ask, it's complicated.


Image source and luxury iPhone cases available for pre-order via Moda Operandi.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Etro Spring 2016 Menswear Runway Review

The theme for Etro's Spring 2016 menswear runway show was their classic paisley prints in exotic copper and pastel hues with plenty of golden, shimmery and metallic undertones.

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What was unique about the Etro menswear show that differentiated itself from the rest was that each male model was styled to have their own individual personality through different hairdos, colours, shades, textures and length of each piece of clothing.

Dutch supermodel Ton Heukels opened the runway show wearing sandy brown suede slip-ons with a sheer pink pastel V-neck top and Indian kurta inspired long silk coat with matching skinny pants in a sandy desert color. 


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Like a cauldron of Indian spices, colourful and flavourful at the same time, each outfit packed a punch to all six senses.

The male equivalent of a celebrity supermodel (Cara Delevingne) - Lucky Blue Smith, who has cult followings in the Philippines and beyond, demonstrates how men can look smart with a skinny, casual buckle belt.

Our favourite outfit has to be the pink collarless suede overcoat. Pastel pink never looked so good on men in stark contrast to Gucci's disastrous new menswear collection by Alessandro Michele which tries too hard to put men in drag.


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The bohemian and carefree style of Etro can be seen in a knitted sweater with deliberate messy big stitches.


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From ultra smart shiny suits to casual but still sharp blue leather biker jacket and bermuda ensemble, the Etro runway show was an ultimate win. 

Style tip: There's nothing a dressy pair of shoe won't do to spice up an outfit and raise the game.


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Indian spices wallpaper - Modernist Cuisine

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Gigi Hadid's Mirrored Sunglasses for A Perfect Summertime Look

It's Summertime and Celebrities are rocking the quintessential reflective, mirrored lens sunglasses which comes in all sorts of retro cool shapes.

We share our favourite style icons, their beloved sunnies and classic styles.

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Cara Delevingne rocks her gold mirrored round sunglasses at a concert with her family.


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Actress Dakota Fanning adds a punch of colour to her red nautical print dress with blue mirrored round frame Raybans.


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Dakota dresses up her plain winter outfit with red mirrored sunglasses with a quirky cat-eye frame.


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Model of the moment Gigi Hadid jetsets in style in skinny jeans, patent leather flat boots, embroidered bomber jacket and reflective mirrored blue Rayban aviators.


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Gigi wears a statement over-sized mirrored aviator sunglasses with classic black reflective lenses.


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Gigi wears the same pair of mirrored aviator sunglasses after hitting the gym. The stunning Sports Illustrated swimsuit model of half Palestinian and half Dutch heritage is accompanied by rumoured boyfriend Joe Jonas and a friend.


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Gigi heads out in ultra casual clothes with Taylor Swift and Victoria's Secret angel Martha Hunt in a retro-inspired, yellow, round mirrored sunglasses.


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Can you see the paparazzi photographer's reflection in Gigi Hadid's round mirrored sunglasses? Mirrored sunglasses not only offer a fashionable touch to any outfit but help cut off the glare from the summertime sun especially if the lenses are polarized.