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School smart is back in style – the pinafore is the go-to dress this season and I am loving it. The capital of all things cutesy and girly, Korea was naturally where I found the pinafore of my dreams. I opted for classic spaghetti straps and a flattering skater dress while employing simple colour blocking for a bright, breezy look that’s perfect for exploring the streets of Seoul. Injected an element of athleisure with my  jersey socks and trusty Adidas that forms a nice contrast to the preppy coordinate, and topped it off with my black sun hat from Uniqlo.

Before I move on to more pictures, check out the haul video I did for my Korea and Japan trip below:

I’ll be uploading more ootds and travelogues soon so keep a look out for that as well!

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Hat: Uniqlo | Top & Pinafore: Korea Dongdaemun | Socks: Korea | Shoes: Adidas | Bag: Elle

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In case you’re wondering why my dress is wrinkled, it’s because it’s straight out of the packaging and there wasn’t any iron in my Airbnb!

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Update: Always look forward, never stay in the past. Don’t waste time mulling over what you can’t control.

Till next time.

XOXO,
HuiMin

Work

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With my crazy schedule, I am falling in love with outfits that are a breeze to put on, ones that you slip on and are ready to go.  Finding coordinates that are this comfy and still look office appropriate is not an easy task, but I somehow managed to stumble upon this perfect pair of pants. Culottes are SO comfy and yet so incredibly stylish. I have only myself to blame for not discovering this earlier. High waisted to give the illusion of a slimmer waistline, the peg leg silhouette enhances your waist even further. Throw on a structured top to add some formality and balance the relaxed fit of the pants. Keep your tongue in cheek attitude by going for a crop top! Pair with a chunky necklace and light, neutral accessories to complete the look.

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Tbh, these photos are photoshop-free and I’m slowly starting to be okay with that. They’ve just been touched up slightly to blur the background and fix the lighting but that’s about it. I like how I look, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Lumps, curves and flaws – they’re mine and I think it’s time to embrace them. I think it’s age, it’s made me realise there’s more to the world and people simply don’t give much of a fart about how you look as long as you’re not wearing a potato sack.

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Top: One Daisy | Pants: Taobao | Heels: Taobao | Bag: Furla | Necklace: F21

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Keep your game face on and your head up high. Reminder to self: you’re strong enough to face whatever life throws at you.

Till next time.

XOXO,
HuiMin

Ōkunoshima BUNNY ISLAND JAPAN

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OMG OMG OMG.

I have been dying to visit bunny island for AGES ever since I got to know of its existence! My grad trip has me going to a Bunny Cafe in Tokyo (post coming up real soon!), and to Okunoshima the famous bunny island.

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hahaha look who was sleeping with a bunny in his arms! This train ride was like two hours omg. I actually stayed in Osaka one extra day just to make this day trip out to the farrrr away island. The nerd told me we bought the rail pass because of this trip because apparently overall it was more worth it. The place is quite troublesome to get to, as you have to stop somewhere and change the train but that train only comes once every hour.

Lunch

We went to have a quick lunch and bought some food for the bunnies at the Aeon shopping centre at the pit stop station that I forgot the name of.

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Full on Bunny mode at Tadanoumi!

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Walked a short distance from the station to this Bunny Island shop where you can buy bunny food, snacks and tickets for the boat ride. When you exit from the train station, turn right and walk for about five minutes. If I don’t remember wrongly, you will pass by a hospital. The port town is very quiet and peaceful!

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Bought some gourmet food for the bunnies because I saw videos of domestic bunnies eating these! Actually some of the wild bunnies aren’t that keen to eat these so you have to find those that are willing to eat these. But be careful not to feed them too many as these are high in sugar. Be careful about what you bring to feed the bunnies! Carrots are actually very high in sugar and they are only supposed to eat carrot tops once in a while. Buy more leafy greens, such as xiao bai cai! Which I actually googled on the spot and specially went to the shopping centre Aeon at our pit stop just to get it.

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We also got one packet of the bunny feed which if you bring back the empty one to the shop, you can exchange it for a postcard of some cute bunnies!

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Selfie while waiting for the ferry to come back from bunny island! We were patiently waiting in queue ~

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Our ferry that was quite a comfortable size so I didn’t get any motion sickness, also pretty clean and well-kept!

Timetable

Every row of seats has an information brochure about the bunnies and this is the ferry timetable. The second column is the time of departure from Tadanoumi port!

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Beautiful view from Okunoshima

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My lunch that I got from the rabbit shop! Was quite glad I decided to buy some food there as the only eatery on the island was some really fancy restaurant and I wasn’t prepared to burn a hole in my pocket so be sure to bring some food for yourself!

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Bunny showdown for the xbc

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Bunny Whisperer

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You definitely don’t get a swarmp of bunnies coming after you because they’re so well-fed from the flocks of tourists coming to the island every fourty minutes or so. And since they’re so used to humans, they will actually come very close to you and are daring enough to eat out of your palm!

We stayed about one hour on the island because we were planning to explore Osaka more! Would definitely love to stay at the Bunny Island Hotel when we return! I miss these bunnies already…

bunny isle day!

Boarded the wrong train and got stuck at the next stop for a while so decided to snap a quick ootd hahaha.

Till next time!

XOXO,
HuiMin

KIMONO DAY / Yumeyakata Review

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I’ve been dying to post my kimono pictures from my trip to Japan on here and here they are, FINALLY!!

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(That’s how excited I am)

Rented the kimono in Kyoto although you can rent one in Osaka too! Kyoto has more scenic and traditional landscapes so I decided to rent there instead!

I rented my kimono at Yumeyakata. I read tons of reviews about kimono rentals and did some research myself, and I decided on Yumeyakata because it was supposedly the cheapest i.e. most value for money. I read that you had to book at least once month in advance to secure your desired slot. I also paid an extra 100 yen per person for the 9.30 am slot (when they opened) because supposedly the prettiest fabrics get snatched up pretty fast and I wanted to have the best picks. The down side of booking early is that the weather forecast isn’t that reliable and what was a cloudy day a month ago turned into a cold, rainy day. The nerd told me there were a couple of girls who came in and changed their reservation to the next day (supposedly sunny af) but then we were already dressed so we just went ahead with it.

The advice to book early I think it only applies for sakura season and for popular kimono rental stores when the whole of Japan is flooded with tourists. I came just in time to catch some late bloomers so it was quite ok.

Honestly, I wouldn’t advise anyone to go for the earliest slot because I felt that there were simply too many fabrics and if it’s your first time wearing a kimono, you won’t really know what you want / what looks good. My strategy was to pick pink fabrics and then slowly eliminate the uglier ones LOL. So I’d pick up two fabrics and be like “ok this one is nicer” then I’d put the other one back in. After a while, you see the fabrics repeat themselves so the rows and rows of fabrics didn’t actually have that much variety in reality. So, if you aren’t that fussy about the colours and patterns, just go for the later slots like 10 or 10.30 will do! Because once you don the kimono, you look pretty fab no matter what – I was having serious kimono envy all day going “omg that looks so pretty I should have gotten that” whenever I see another kimono girl on the street. Not that I don’t love mine, just that EVERY FABRIC LOOKS SO PRETTY! Wish I could wear one every day. (ok no, it’s really hard to breathe and sit and walk in it so ya)

And I am sorry I didn’t get to take any pictures of the place because it was early and I didn’t have my brekkie yet so I wasn’t thinking straight. I had to wake up extra early as well in order to do my makeup beforehand as makeup service is not provided.

It was pretty near from my Airbnb apartment (which despite its proximity to the train station was pretty crappy overall) and we got there on time. By the time we were there, there were already a few Korean girls busy picking things off the shelf.  What I liked about the place is that there are staff from different countries and language barrier isn’t much of an issue.

A Taiwanese lady ushered us through registration and a Korean lady helped me choose my belt. Guys and girls have to be separated. The girls prep area had like three or four stories?! One floor for picking fabrics, one for dressing, one for hairstyling. Oh ya before I forget remember to wear nice undies as you have to strip in front of other customers and all the ladies who are there to help dress you LOL. I usually wear safety shorts so only expose the top lah!! They allow safety shorts since it’s a white loose undergarment robe as the first layer! And they kind of tied the belt sash right in the middle of my chest so it feels like it’s being flattened a little? I think it’s to achieve the silhouette but it’s pretty uncomfortable and takes some getting used to definitely.

I actually bought the couple package with 1 studio shot provided in print. I paid extra for the hair, an extra collar, and an extra belt tie and the hair piece (bloody ex, like $12 sgd next time just bring your own ladies!! Then ask your friend/bf help you to stick it in your hair). Total about $175 sgd! Original package price I believe was 6500 yen pre-tax, but I went with more add-ons on the spot. I mean once in a lifetime kind of experience right hahaha.

Studio shot

I was too cheapskate to pay for an E-copy so here you go, my version of photo-ception. Advice to the ladies, contour the crap out of your face because the hairdo makes your face SO BIG in photos. I didn’t go for the half up-do as that one doesn’t look that authentic I feel! Woes of having round face…

I think it took like a little over one hour by the time everything was done. We needed to return the kimono before the shop closed otherwise we’d have to pay extra for overnight rental!

Overall, I’d say Yumeyakata was pretty good! I wouldn’t know if the others are better because I’ve never tried it, duh. But my experience was a pretty smooth one and the ladies seem to know what they were doing.

Our strategy was to maximise the fee and hit as many photo spots as possible – we hit 5! (Not showcasing some as some were really filled with people, and some were poor due to the rain sigh.) We were seriously lucky that day, every time we arrived at the bus stop, the bus would appear barely 5 minutes later. However, it was RAINING THE WHOLE DAY BOOOO. But the photos looked pretty good as the rain was the light drizzle type that was still alright for us to totter around in our impractical slippers all day. Ok seriously though, WHO INVENTED THE WHITE SOCKS. MY SOCKS WERE BLOODY BLACKENED BY RAINWATER AND DIRT AT THE END! The nerd was happily walking around in his deceivingly clean black socks. No fair.

I went to the toilet twice and surprisingly it was pretty easy to just lift all the layers up and go.  LOL TMI MUCH. I think my kimono was a little messed up by the end, sorry kimono aunties who meticulously helped me get ready! AND OMG THE TERRIBLE SORENESS OF MY CALVES the next day. This slipper shit really makes your legs tired, let me tell you!

I actually thought it would be cold but surprisingly I felt quite warm! So I didn’t need the outer layer option at all (which I opted for initially as I’m the type that’s very easily cold but they oos in the end) despite the cold rain the entire day.Thank god cause the buses were stuffy af since they don’t use air conditioner at all.

Even though I looked nothing like a Japanese, some tourists would still take photos of me and request for photos with us. Usually only tourists walk around in kimonos, hah.

Ok lah, enough chatter! On to the nice nice photos that the nerd took for me! Here is a display of his much improved photography skills and my noob ass attempting lightroom for the first time ever:

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Please don’t ask me where I went as uhm the nerd planned the whole trip this time around because I was honestly just swamped with work. So grateful to him for doing all the planning! Usually I’m in charge of attractions planning and he’s in charge of directions. Thanks for being so awesome *kisses*

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Finding spots where you could take photos without getting caught in the rain was a challenge!

On the streets of Kyoto

I regret not buying that earpick, btw

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Many of the people we met those day were kind enough to offer to help us take a group shot! One of them saw us trying to balance our camera on our $1.25 Daiso tripod I guess we looked too pitiful LOL.

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"Ew"

Hahahaha I love the nerd’s expression here.

Tradition restaurant

We came mainly for the traditional interior, the food was so-so! Also sitting the traditional way was killing me, cross-legged all the way.

Bamboo Forest

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Walking in the Bamboo Forest. It was pretty crowded so we had to wait to take this shot!

Us at the golden shrine!

The rain was actually pretty heavy but you can’t tell in any of the photos right!

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At the golden shrine! It was closing in ten minutes by the time we got there, had to run to enter the place and get our tickets. Only managed to take a few photos before we were chased out.

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Ending this post with a photo of us!

(Btw I had like 20 bobby pins in my hair that day and taking them out was a pain in the ass. But the pictures were worth it! Ok bye.)

XOXO,
HuiMin

Pretty in Pink

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Japan was absolutely breathtaking and I had the time of my life there! Will be updating my super backlog of travelogue photos soon, I promise 🙂 This is the first of my Japan Fashion Diaries and what better than to kick start it with my favourite outfit from the trip!

Travel trips on the longer side are always a fashion headache for me – I simply don’t know what to bring along! I end up shopping for my outfits on the spot most of the time. I just pick whatever catches my eye strolling down the streets and surprisingly, they end up going pretty well together!

I think I can safely say that this is pretty Jappy cause most of my outfit is from Uniqlo (which also happens to be the nerd’s favourite shop), although not really up the alley of Japanese fashion as most of the ladies I see aren’t that into skin. Since it came to Singapore, Uniqlo has been my go-to for fashionable and trendy basics.

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I paired a pink crop knit top with a sweat skirt for a look and feel that is both feminine and sporty  – pink, because it’s such a spring colour, and crop knit tops are pretty in trend right now. The sport shoes and sweat skirt add a sporty vibe without overwhelming the feminine aspect of the outfit. Adding layers and accessorising can be a great way to enhance your coordinate and take it to the next level. Plus, a long cardigan is great for those chilly winds!

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Hat: Uniqlo | Top: Taipei Ximending | Skirt: Uniqlo | Cardigan: Uniqlo | Socks: Uniqlo | Shoes: Adidas

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Till next time.

XOXO,
HuiMin

 

 

 

西门 Ximen

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On the cusp of spring 

Winter is the home base for blacks, but colours don’t have to disappear from  your wardrobe entirely – fitting a bright, eye-catching colour is easy on top of the usual monochromes. Played heavily on red in this minimalist outfit – my winter gear is once again seeing the light. My trusty coat, my tourist trap souvenir and some good old Nike running shoes make for the perfect outfit to keep me warm in the chilly winds of Taipei. Sorry sister my sneaker game is non-existent.

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In case you can’t already tell, this set of photos is taken in my favourite-est country, Taiwan, just outside my tiny quaint Airbnb apartment. Definitely a blast and more pictures to come. I CANNOT WAIT TO GO BACK!

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Coat: G2000 | Sweater: Topshop | Skirt: Taobao | Leggings: Primark | Shoes: Nike | Hat: Disneyland

XOXO,
HuiMin

 

Red

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Celebrating CNY in classic hues today. Opted for a colour blocking effect that is light on the eyes and occasion appropriate. To make the outfit a little more interesting, I chose pieces with details – the crop top with trimmings pairs nicely with a slitted midi.

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Top: Topshop | Skirt: TEMT | Shoes: Taobao | Bag: Furla | Necklace: Primark

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Happy New Year from the nerd & I!

XOXO,
HuiMin

Babyliss Miracurl Review

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HELLOOOOOO
from the other side….

Is it too late to crack such Adele jokes? *blush*

LIFE UPDATE:
I’ve been a little MIA because I’ve taken up a part-time internship with a vegan restaurant while balancing ongoing commitments such as school (YAY final sem woohoo), tuition, dance etc. Haven’t had time to update or do any proper reviews/shoots. Am really looking forward to recess…

Managed to squeeze in some time to film & edit a short tutorial on how I get my loose waves using the Babyliss Miracurl. Click below to watch:

RESULTS:

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Irrelevant selfie just because hehe

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PRODUCT REVIEW:

I’ve wanted the Babyliss Miracurl for ages, and when the price dropped from $250 sgd to 199 sgd during their sale period, I decided it was time to get one for myself! I’ve been using it pretty frequently and I really think this is a good investment, given that I would probably burn myself with the typical curling wands in the market given how clumsy I am. I took about 10 minutes to curl my whole head of hair (the unedited length of the video), which is pretty fast.

PROS:
– Won’t burn yourself as the heating mechanism is inside the head
– Really easy & quick to learn, and to use
– Heats up within minutes
– Multiple settings in one machine, unlike the multiple rods in typical curling wands
– Automatic timing function so you don’t have to count manually/mentally
CONS:
– Relatively more bulky, difficult to travel with
– Can only curl small strands of hair at one go
– Warranty centre is in HK

In conclusion, the functions are pretty awesome for Miracurl but there are certainly a few downsides to the product as well. I would still recommend this especially for people who are always in a rush to get ready in the morning and for those who are quite a klutz when it comes to hairstyling as it’s pretty foolproof.

I hope this review was helpful for anyone out there considering a new curling tool. Stay tuned for more!

XOXO,
HuiMin

FACE Stockholm Pearl Shadow Review

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*waves*

As per the self-explanatory post title, I’m back with yet another beauty product review! I thought it would be fitting to have my last post of 2015 as a beauty one! I know it’s been ages since I last did one but I didn’t want to rush into reviewing my new stash from Europe for the sake of having content. So I took my time to really test each item out before I came to my own conclusions; today I am reviewing the Pearl Shadow range from FACE Stockholm that I purchased during my five month stay in Europe.

FACE Stockholm Collection

I was searching for Swedish beauty brands to try out when I stumbled across FACE Stockholm and was intrigued immediately. However, the Swedish outlets were mainly in Stockholm and Göteborg so I only got the chance to visit their shop when I went to Stockholm. The outlet is clean, neat and of minimalist design – much like their beauty products!

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The matte shadow range

Unfortunately, FACE Stockholm isn’t available in Asia currently so it’s unlikely I will get to showcase more of their products in the short term.

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Pearl Shadow #23, Peach Glow

You can see from the fallout that I’ve been using this quite often! I decided to go for the Pearl Shadow range because I prefer to have a little shimmer when I do my eye makeup; matte shadows are a little more difficult to blend.  The shimmery subtle jewel tones really caught my eye and I settled on the Peach Glow that’s more of a pinkish coral tone. I thought that coral tones were only for lighter and cooler skin tones but I was pleasantly surprised with how this ended up on my eyes!

However, I have a tiny issue with the packaging. There was no box, no seal, and it just came in the pot alone unlike the eyeliner which came in a box. It is a little unhygienic imo.

Swatches

I’ll admit, it was pretty hard trying to capture the full colour of this on camera. It has hints of pink, gold and orange at the same time and it’s super gorgeous! I think it works really well as a standalone everyday colour, or as a layering option for a look with more depth.

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Here I have on my eyes a layered look, using FACE Stockholm as the main colour and Kiko Milano eyeshadow as the crease colour (both are my current favourites). I have used both eyeshadows separately numerous times so my review of FACE is independent.

The colour payoff is pretty legit and is really flattering on the eyes. It looks vibrant, and is long-lasting for about 7 hours with eyeshadow base on (This photo was taken about 5 hours in). It definitely does fade towards the end of the night, but I think it had a good run considering the humidity and crazy weather we’ve been having lately. There isn’t any glitter fallout, and the colour doesn’t smudge at all. I would give this eyeshadow a solid 8/10.

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Lips: 3CE | Eyeshadow: FACE Stockholm & Kiko Milano | Eyeliner: Urban Decay | Lashes: Lancome | Concealer: Rimmel | Foundation: Bourjois

Happy 2016 everyone! 🙂

XOXO,
HuiMin

Peekaboo

Peekaboo, I see you

I seem to have developed a penchant for the midi skirt; its impeccable amalgamation of style and comfort has made it a constant in my closet. This wardrobe staple is once again featured in this particular coordinate, and this time in form of a gorgeous white maxi with cut-out details. The trick to mastering the midi skirt look is to pick the right one; and cut-out details are an example of how one can add more dimension and length despite additional fabric. Pair the skirt with complimentary pieces that will flatter and accentuate all the right places. For instance, heels with skinny straps are perfect to highlight the ankles and elongate the frame.

Fun fact: the entire outfit is sourced from Taobao, my new go-to for trendy and affordable clothes. The heels are only three. frikin. dollars. I might very well just have sparked off a #taobaofashion trend…

How have your holidays been so far? I hope it’s been great and the new year will be even better. Merry Christmas and happy holidays! 🙂

XOXO,
HuiMin