Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Smitten Girl

Spirited, fresh and vibrant -
The Smitten Girl is the illustrated alter ego of the girls behind Smitten! :)
Online shop for Smitten Collections is at http://www.jipaban.com/store/smitten
Look Book Site is at www.smittenlooks.com
There is now a 20% off ALL Smitten products with a minimum purchase of 2 Smitten items! :)


Smitten is made up of a bunch of spirited individuals who believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.
Their aim is to inject freshness into our wardrobes and some sparkle into our life with every piece!

The Smitten Girl is all about fun, laughter, joy and lots of vibrant colours!
Definitely an ideal and a very attractive style for girls!
So in this post, I'm going to show you girls my take on The Smitten Girl look :)




Not your average girl-next-door...

To me, The Smitten Girl is a lifestyle choice full of positivity!
It's a desire to be the one who can warm others' hearts with just a sweet smile,
to have an optimistic attitude and be joyful,
and to live life to the fullest!

And when she smiles, the whole world stops and stares for awhile

This Yorla Collar Dress is one of the sweetest-looking dress I own,
and after putting it on, I can't help but smile at how feminine it makes me look!
Definitely the kind of dress that will come in handy when you have to dress to impress,
especially when meeting your boyfriend's mum! ;)

I love how the contrasting black collar doesn't dull down the dress,
but instead accentuates the prettiness of the dress!
Plus, with such a collar, there's no need at all for any additional accessories,
how convenient! :D



The Smitten Girl is also fun-loving and confident!
She's not afraid to be herself and speak her mind :)
Her loving and spontaneous character is portrayed even through the way she dresses -
in vibrant and passionate colours!

I'm totally obsessed with this Cute Kitten Tank top!
Just as its name suggests, who can resist such an adorable kitten print?
Made of an extremely comfortable material too!

Even when it comes to dressing down for casual dates,
The Smitten Girl never fails to put a smile on others' faces with her delightful choice of apparels!





Undoubtedly, florals are one of The Smitten Girl's favourite prints!
Flowers are often used as symbols of Love, Life, Compassion and Inspiration -
everything that describes The Smitten Girl.

This pair of Wadfer Fall Shorts from Smitten is one of the prettiest high waist shorts I've had so far,
and I'm super glad that I was lucky and the shorts came with an elastic band which fit perfectly for me! :)





Rainbows are nature's gifts to us,
and The Smitten Girl can't get enough of them! :)


Of all the apparels I chose, this Candy Floss Tank from Smitten has got to be my favourite!
I love the beautiful mix of radiant colours that blended together to form such a stunning piece.
It literally felt like I was wearing a rainbow candy top,
and happy looking clothes are natural mood lifters!
True enough, my day went well and I was happy the entire day! )


Happiness is a choice
and The Smitten Girl knows what's best for her :)




The Smitten Girl - an exceptional girl.
Happy, spirited, loving and vibrant!

Would you like to be a Smitten girl too? :)



For those of you who love looking at amazing pictures that will put a smile on your face,
The Smitten Girl instagram (@thesmittengirl) is full of happy, spirited and vibrant pictures!

Here are some of the pictures taken from @thesmittengirl's instagram,
and if you like what you see, do remember to follow them! :)


Also, if you have any pictures on instagram which you feel describes a Smitten girl
(pictures that are fun, cute, cheery, colourful etc),
do also feel free to hashtag #thesmittengirl :)

Here are some of my own pictures which I feel captures the essence of a Smitten girl,
and I can't wait to see and Like all your lovely #thesmittengirl pictures on instagram!
Keep posting! :D



In the mood for some magical and thrilling shopping experience? :)
Check out Smitten's websites now!

Instagram: @thesmittengirl
Look Book Website: www.smittenlooks.com
Remeber, there's a 20% off ALL Smitten products with a minimum purchase of 2 Smitten items! :)

Thank you for reading, love you all!


Saturday, September 29, 2012

What's in my bag?

Hi everyone! :)

If you're following my twitter, you'll know that I'm currently on a pretend holiday with my family!
That means we're on a holiday in Singapore haha!

So I'm just going to do a random "What's in my bag blogpost" just for fun because I downloaded this Blogger app and I kinda want to see how this works out! :)


Although we're at the hotel for just 2 nights, I still have to bring a luggage along as I would if we'd gone overseas! :)

I currently have 2 bags, one faux reptile skin big bag as my luggage, and a smaller brown bag for me to bring around easily.


My faux reptile skin bag has:
- my hair tongs so that I can still style my hair; some random cheap brand
- a travel size bottle of hair serum because my hair needs lots of this!
- make up remover (with a stopper so it won't spill in my bag) because you should NEVER sleep with your make up on.. There was one holiday where I forgot to bring a remover and my face almost suicided lol
- cotton pads
- a 3 in 1 scrub+wash+mask garnier face wash for convenience cause I'm already bringing so much stuff
- contact lens solution
- contact lens
- pimple cream for pimple emergencies :(
- a comb (with lots of my hair stuck onto it hahaha ikr so gross)


And a pouch full of:
- a bottle of Clarins toner
- my usual cosmetics (almost all the same items as listed in my daily make up video)
- Intense Multi-Vitamins, Youth Spell and Midnight Miracle by Rachel K
- Hada Labo Hydrating Essence


- my camera
- camera and hand phone chargers
- two additional sets of clothes to change into
- a necklace that can match with practically any outfit
- a pair of shades just in case I'm too lazy to put on make up :x
- sleeping clothes (which I'm currently wearing)




And in my smaller brown bag:
- my studded pyramid wallet which I got it quite long ago from an online blogshop
- my hello kitty blinged mirror from Sephora
- Maybelline chapstick to prevent dry lips
- packet tissues cause I can't stand touching anything unclean in public T~T


Alright that's about it!

Hopefully this app works well, we'll see! :D

Will blog more about my "holiday" soon when I get home!

Miss you all, thanks for reading!!

xx

Friday, September 28, 2012

"Deadly Ever After" Haunted Trail

Calling all the brave souls out there!!!

*insert random freaky picture of myself*
But if this picture scares you already, you've officially failed the brave soul test hahah!

Have you guys got any plans for Halloween this year yet? :)
If not, the following haunted trail I'm going for might just be for you!

Sentosa 4D Magix, in collaboration with Singapore Cable Car, gets into the spirit of Halloween with "Deadly Ever After" - A haunted trail extravaganza!

Get into the Halloween spirit this October with the “Deadly Ever After" haunted trail that will mortify the bravest of hearts and leave all guests stamped with the indelible mark of fear.
Presenting only the best elements of Asian horror combining old Chinese superstitions and the wrath of a Chinese ghost, the trail is definitely not for the faint hearted.
A first time collaboration between Sentosa 4D Magix and Singapore Cable Car,
"Deadly Ever After" will play out at Sentosa’s Imbiah lookout, and the sets will see a spooky transformation of Sentosa 4D Magix’s theatre and the Singapore Cable Car Museum.

Check out the trailer now!

Confession time.. I was covering my eyes half the time when I watched this lol :X
Can't imagine how much scarier the actual trail will be omg..



The haunted trail depicts the journey of a ghost marriage and tells a frightening tale of two souls shackled by fate and vengeance.
Starting from the entrance of Sentosa 4D Magix, and ending off at the Singapore Cable Car museum, the 288m trail unfolds a story for guests to discover the horrors of a match made in hell where an innocent young lady, Ah Ling, was forced into a Chinese ghost marriage with a dead man.

When it was later found that Ah Ling was mysteriously pregnant with the child of her dead husband, she went insane and the real haunting journey starts.

Set in the 1970's, the "Deadly Ever After" haunted trail will feature different rooms of terror that will allow thrill-seekers to walk the horrifying story trail of Ah Ling through a haunted funeral home, the ghostly marriage ceremony, a surgery theatre and other fright rooms.


For all horror enthusiasts, the “Deadly Ever After” haunted trail is not to be missed. "Deadly Ever After" is a five-day event which will run from Oct 19 - 20 and Oct 26-28 from 7PM to 11PM.

Specially priced in three categories, the "Deadly Ever After" Haunted Trail offers the following:

Early Bird Premium Package Tickets includes: - 1-way Singapore Cable Car Ride - Admission to Haunted Trail Price: $24 per person Valid till 7 October 2012
Premium Package Tickets includes: - 1-way Singapore Cable Car Ride - Admission to Haunted Trail Price: $28 per person
Haunted Trail Basic Ticket (w/o Cable Car ride): $17

* This event is not recommended for children under the age of 13.

Are you brave enough for it? :)
Honestly.... I'm not feeling brave enough but I'm still going to the sneak preview on the 18th of October to check it out!!


Super mixed feelings!
I'm really excited for the haunted trail because there's an interesting story line behind the trail
(which imo makes it even scarier instead of just random scary figures popping out like most other trails)
but also quite scared because the ghosts from the pictures and videos from their website's gallery (http://www.sentosa4dmagixhalloween.com.sg/gallery.html) looks damn realistic hahah!

But wait, here's the best part!!! :D

I will be giving away 3 PAIRS of Premium Package Tickets to 3 of my blog readers!!!
So you can go with your boyfriend/ girlfriend/ best friend, and you two can be there for each other during the haunted trail haha!

The 3 pairs of Premium Package Tickets includes:
- Admission to Sentosa Island (Via 1 way Singapore Cable Car Ride)
- Admission to 'Deadly Ever After' Haunted Trail for either days on 19, 20, 26, 27 and 28 October 2012

How to win:
1. Follow me (rachelltan.com / pxdkitty) on NuffnangX (via the website or mobile app)
2. Comment on this post using the NuffnangX mobile application "I want to win the premium package tickets!"

And I will choose the 3 winners on 12th October 201211:59 PM!

Good luck! :)

For more information on the "Deadly Ever After" haunted trail and ticket pricing, do check out:
http://sentosa4dmagixhalloween.com.sg/gallery.html

Thank you for reading!
Love you all!

And may we all have a Happy Halloween this year~

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Rainbow Cake in a Jar

I've been seeing these adorable looking cakes in jars and have wanted to try baking them for the longest time!
Not only do they look gorgeous,
they're super easy to make and can be conveniently transported or given as gifts or party favours
without fear of it toppling over in a box or getting squashed! :)

This post is extremely fresh
because I literally just made these cakes yesterday with my friend, Hannah (@withlovehannah)!
Wanted to post at a later date and continue with my WRWT (Where Rachell Went Today: Dempsey Hill) posts but I had quite a lot of comments on Twitter and Instagram asking me to do a post on these beautiful rainbow cakes,
so here goes! :D


The best tutorial I found online was this one!
It's quick, concise and also extremely easy to follow :)
We also based the cake batter's recipe exactly as she did in the video (not my usual cupcake recipe)
but we doubled the recipe to get more jars of cakes!

Best part about making cakes is that unlike macarons,
you don't have to be as precise with the mixing or getting worried about over mixing or which ingredient goes in first or last etc!
For me, I usually dump all the ingredients of my cakes/cupcakes into a mixing bowl and mix them all together without any particular order hahah
Doesn't take longer than 15 minutes to mix it!

The only troublesome part might be layering the jars with the different coloured batters,
but that's the most fun part because you can see the rainbow forming so it's worth it :D

So do give it a try because I think it's a super sweet and sincere gift idea,
and not to mention pocket-friendly too :p



Our messy workspace at Hannah's place hahah!
I feel so guilty that I'm always messing places up,
just like how my room is a perpetual warzone :x

But I did help her wash some of the bowls and all after we were done :D

We did rainbow cakes in jars and also non-bake cheesecakes!
Hannah was preparing the biscuit base of the cheesecake on the left!


Yay my first rainbow done!

In the video tutorial above, the person said to fill up to1/2 of the glass jar..
but I didn't know how to gauge so it went up to about 3/4 of the jar and I'm not able to remove the excess without messing the rainbow up so I left it alone lol!

You'll see the result later on hahah it's quite funny looking!


Looking like a rainbow sand bottle, damn pretty :D
Makes me happy just looking at it hahah


More jars of rainbow cakes waiting for their turn to be baked!


In case you were wondering, I got the jars from DAISO at $2 each.
It said WARNING: NON-HEAT RESISTANT on the stickers stuck to the jars
but I didn't want to pay $4.90 per glass jar from the supermarket so I took the risk and bought 10 DAISO glass jars.
Was super paranoid about it shattering while we baked it, and I kept checking on it once every few seconds
but thankfully nothing of the sort happened!
Our rainbow cakes are safe! woohoo! :)

But if you don't want to spend money on new jars,
you can use those empty glass jars used to store jams too!



Overflowing rainbow cake on the left (funny looking right lol like a ripe pimple with pus eww hahah),
topless rainbow cake on the right
cause I was so excited to try how the cake tastes like and ate its top before I could take a picture hahah!


This is how it looks like inside when you spoon the top off!

If you scoop deep enough,
you should see different rings of colours which will be really pretty!


You will need to spoon the top off to make space for the buttercream frosting for your cake,
but in our case, because we were so lazy, we used whipped cream instead hahah

And we later realised that whipped cream doesn't last like buttercream frosting does :/
After awhile it sort of melts into a very thin layer of milky substance which won't look as appealing if you're not serving the cakes immediately.
So don't be lazy!

You can top it off with rainbow sprinkles or even fresh fruits,
depending on your creativity!


We had 8 jars of rainbow cakes in total,
but I think if we used the big ones only instead, we should probably fill about 6 of it.

But I prefer the small ones because they look cuter and less overwhelming!
I'm eating a small jar now and it's so difficult to finish hahah
there's so much cake in it, it's almost like 4 cupcakes?
So it's best to share it with someone!



With the cute caps that came along with the empty glass bottles,
ready to make someone's day!


Hannah and I!
We both worked hard trying out the recipes for the first time! :)

And I tried to do a Hyuna inspired eye make up for her while waiting for our cakes to cool
because I think she resembles Hyuna haha!


Super proud of our rainbow cakes!
They're not perfect-looking all the time, but they're definitely eye-catchers.
How can anyone resist such an attractive looking cake? :D


Showing off my long but not so glamorous looking hair!
Didn't have time to curl it properly before I left the house cause I woke up late again :x


The non-bake cheesecake that Hannah made while I was making the rainbow cakes :D

There was too much biscuit crumbs
so we ended up with a cheesecake sandwiched in biscuit,
which honestly tastes really good because I like the biscuits more hahah!
I was just telling Hannah while she was making the cheesecake that I like cheesecakes with thick bases and restaurants don't usually serve that..
And coincidentally we had too much crumbs, so might as well stack it on top of the cheesecake lol!

Also, the whipped cream "died" while we were refrigerating the cheesecake though T~T
It sort of evaporated or melted and became a limpy white blob instead of a cute white puff hahaha
but luckily Hannah had some longans in the fridge which she used to cover up that spot :p

We had a big round cheese cake and a heart shaped one, and some other tiny tiny ones!




We also tried making a cheesecake in a jar (obsessed with jars!!!!)
but it was kind of troublesome cause you need to flatten the biscuit crumbs till the bottom of the jar,
which is more of a hassle than layering the rainbow coloured batter,
so we gave up and used the big metal tins for the cheesecake instead :D

But either way, now that I know that this jar doesn't explode in my oven,
I'm so going to try out red velvet cakes in a jar, coffee cakes in a jar, chocolate marble cake in a jar
and whatever else that can fit into it will be baked muahaha!

Remember to place water in the pan while baking the glass jars though (refer to YouTube tutorial above)!
Else if you forget that step and your jars explode in the oven really not my fault okay :S


That's it for this post :)
Have a beautiful day ahead sweethearts!

Love you all, thank you for reading!