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Friday, April 17, 2015

Simplicity - Cynthia Rowley pattern 2178 - Dress A

Cynthia Rowley designed this series of paper patterns for Simplicity. It's mostly day dresses that require lots of sewing. Her dress construction requires 13 to 20 pieces each, compare that against the average dress pattern of 6 to 10 pieces.


I chose this pattern as it shows variation on a classic 2 strap dress. This paper pattern set contains designs for 4 dresses and I will be making all starting with Dress A that turned out as a toga sans 1 strap that was missing from the packet. A manufacturing error or human error on my part? Either way, toga dress works fine. Since togas are kinda resort-ish, I chose an Orchid purple Seersucker fabric.

Once completed, the material looks more like Crêpe than Seersucker and really gorgeous with pockets on both sides to boot.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tommy Hilfiger Spring/Summer 2015

Featuring lots of stars this season in what looks predominantly red, white & blue.

This years Pantone colour of the year Marsala.

For a brand that makes preppy colourful clothes, I am surprised by this season's darker tones and grungy edge.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Luxola Hair Tie

A wonderful freebie that came with my Luxola order is this pink hair tie. I wonder what's the occasion as it doesn't come with every order.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Redken Smooth Lock Shampoo & Conditioner

Redken's Smooth Lock range of hair products are based on almond extracts and provide heat protection for your salon-straightened hair to stay that way longer. It's all in the name of fighting frizz. I would say it's better than ordinary straight hair products as it provides additional heat protection and every little bit counts.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Preserved Vegetables

When my family has porridge for a meal, we always break out the preserved vegetables. I don't know why preserved veges tastes better by itself or with porridge rather than with rice/noodles. There is such a huge selection of preserved vegetables to choose from at the grocery store that it can get intimidating. 

I recommend Sing Long Preserved Vegetables (Mei Cai) steeped in olive oil. It is the same preserved vegetables served with braised duck at the Hawker Centre or stir-fried with pork belly at the Mixed Rice Stall, sans olive oil. At just $1.95 a bottle, its also the same price as ordering it at the foodcourt.

AAA Pickled Lettuce $1.50 a bottle. It's crunchy and sweet lettuce stalks steeped in soy sauce. Reminds me of Japanese purple pickles, only you can buy this one at the store and bring home.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Twilight Angel Cross Stitch

From the popular petite angel series of mini cross-stitches. Twilight Angel is sewn on 16 count light blue aida fabric and measures a comfortable 6" x 8", the size of a regular photo.

You have to sew on all these beads and embellishments at the end, a signature of the Petite Angel cross-stitch collection.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Kate Spade Spring/Summer 2015

Famous for its quirky bags, Kate Spade is a total concept brand that carries bags, clothes, shoes, accessories, stationery. This season its Garden Party and that snail bag is too adorbz for words.

The clothes remind me of a young school girl's wardrobe, cute & flirty.