Sunday, June 30, 2013

Lofty Dreams

Guess what girlssssss! :D
There's a new webstore that's just launched today!
*excites*
Support Lofty Dreams now!

I'm wearing 2 outfits from their first collection! :D
The Cross off shoulder peplum top is my favourite! ^~^




Happy shopping!

Love you all! :D

Friday, June 28, 2013

AshInCans

AshInCans has been around for as long as I can remember, and they've just launched their Collection 111!
You'll know an online boutique has lots of awesome designs and are super reliable when they're able to last for years and years, with ardent supporters continuously coming back for more! :D
Quote 'Rachell Tan' with your purchase to get FREE normal postage, valid till 15th July!

One reason why I'm personally a fan of AshInCans is because their clothes all have a perfect blend of girlish-vibe, casual feel, and also the x-factor!
These are actually the clothes that will be flattering to most body types! :)

I love to dress comfortably, but most of the time comfortable clothes make me look totally unfeminine and immensely unattractive :S
But browsing through the collections at AshInCans, you'll realise that super comfortable and pretty clothes are actually just a few clicks away! :D

Got this NASTYGAL INSPIRED SLEEVELESS CRISS CROSS DRESS from AshInCans!
I'd been looking for this dress since forever so thank god AIC did a backorder for it, yay!!


Major love the skater dress cutting and unique criss cross cut details!
Not too revealing, but this dress is a head turner for sure! :)

And if there's a hot new fashion trend you're dying to lay your hands on,
you can be sure that AshInCans will be one of the first online stores to carry them because they are THAT updated! :D
This is one online shop you NEED to bookmark and check back regularly! ^~^


I also chose the BURGUNDY REBEL CUT OUT ROMPER because I've quite taken a liking to criss cross cut out designs since the Nasty Gal inspired dress :p
This is AshInCan's self-manufactured romper by the way! :)
I like how both items have similar concepts to the design, but the overall visual impacts are totally different.
I'm the type who will buy a lot of similar style clothes at one shot because I can't decide which is nicer hahaha!
But don't you agree that both the dress and romper are damn pretty in their own ways? :D

I tend to feel this way very often about AIC's clothes.. I like all of them and I can't decide which I like best LOL
And if you can afford it, JUST GET ALL OKAY HAHAH!

I think the romper would have gone well with a thin brown belt, but since I just moved, I haven't unpacked all my clothes yet.... oops~~~ ^~^
But I think it'd look good with a belt, plus a blazer, for that casual chic look!
I'm-wearing-a-blazer-with-shorts-looking-like-I-don't-really-care-but-I-actually-do, y'know? :p

But of course, the best part of wearing a smexy romper like this would be your side profile will look x100 more exciting than usual heheh :D


There's also an Instagram giveaway where you can stand a chance to win a AIC manufactured romper of your choice! :)
Click here for the details:
Try your luck ba, I hope you'll win hehe!

Do also Like their Facebook page where you'll be able to receive first hand updates on their new collections and promotions! :D

Quote 'Rachell Tan' with your purchase to get FREE normal postage, valid till 15th July!

Good luck & happy shopping!

Love you all, thank you for reading!

The Singing Bone Hello Kitty Brownies

So by now you should be sick of hearing about The Singing Bone Hello Kitty from McDonald's.
The long queues, the hours of waiting, the crazy speed at which they were sold out,
and even fights that sparked off because of these toys :S
But in case you haven't read anything about these Singing Bone kitties (that don't even have a mouth, how to sing sia), you might want to check out the prices re-sellers are asking for on Ebay...

$1,000... YOU MAD?!


But if you thought those above were bad, this one particular listing stole the whole show.
$126, 000!
I wouldn't even pay $3k for a branded bag, and for a super not practical stuffed toy you're asking me for x40 of that?!
GO ROB BANK SUA -.-
And I also saw this chat posted on Facebook which I thought was hilarious :p
Serve those people who try to resell and ruin true collectors' chances of getting their hands on a kitty plushie right xP


So since I'm not able to get my own Singing Bone Hello Kitty,
I decided to make some EDIBLE ones for myself! :)

This post is NOT really a tutorial because I don't think there's anything for me to teach :/
I'll just list down what I used okay? :)

I used instant Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie mix because I felt lazy like that :D
So there's no "special recipe" involved in this.
Just plain old instant brownie mix!


Most importanty, you'll need Hello Kitty cookie cutters!
I got them from this website quite some time back!


A mixture of lemon juice and icing sugar is used for the glaze to draw the details on the Hello Kitty.
I can't tell you how much I used because it's more like an estimation?
Two table spoons of icing sugar plus one tea spoon of lemon juice, something along these lines! 
See how thick a consistency of glaze you're comfortable with working with ba, add more lemon juice for more liquid texture, add more icing sugar for a stickier and more solid consistency :)
I used a tooth pick to draw on the details by the way. Nothing special here!
Add ONE TINY DROP of pink colouring into a separate mixture of lemon juice + icing sugar for the bow & heart of the Singing Bone Kitty! :)



TIP:
Flip your brownie the other way around because you'll need a clean flat surface (instead of the crumbly brownie top) to get prettier results :)


Once you've cut out all the Hello Kitty brownies, your leftovers should look like that haha!
DOESN'T LOOK PRETTY BUT STILL EDIBLE OKAY!
Don't throw this away!


Tested drawing on the less pretty ones first hahah!
My first few tries were kinda ugly :S

TIP:
You might need some practice because the crux of a cartoon cat looking like Hello Kitty is actually the proportions and ratio of the eyes, nose, whiskers and bow.
If you screw that up, your Hello Kitty will look like imitation one lor haha! :X

I really can't teach you how to draw this because it won't make sense to you until you try it for yourself.
It'll be good to have a picture of the Singing Bone Kitty by your side while you're drawing this!

(Hello imitation Kitty :S)

And I didn't have the patience to draw on all of them so I only drew onto two LOL!
But brownies are brownies lah,
got hello kitty drawing or not also taste yummy one HEHE :D



Hope you girls will try this out on your own! :)
It'll be much more worth it than spending hundreds or thousands on a soft toy ba!
AND THIS ONE CAN EAT LEH HAHAH :D :D

Thank you for reading, love you all!



Thursday, June 27, 2013

Thigh Gaps

Hahah omg this is quite frustrating!

Remember when I blogged previously that I gained weight, lost my thigh gap, and then got back my thigh gap after using a method my mum taught me recently?

I lost my thigh gap again cause I stayed home during the haze days and did nothing but eat and sleep lol T~T

So if you currently have no thigh gap, don't feel too upset cause...
We're all in this together!


Not that it's a good thing that we all have no thigh gap lah hahaha but okay at least take comfort that we're not alone okay lol!
So I'll also be doing this method again to try to get my thigh gaps back!

Just a disclaimer that this is NOT a one-off thing okay.
You have to do this religiously every night before you sleep for a period of time (like 2 weeks) to see the effects of it.
And results may vary for different individuals.
The effects won't be a drastic change either, but it's better than nothing to me! :)

So what is the method exactly?

It's called
Gua Sha 刮痧!

My mum told me about it cause she saw some shows about it on tv and she started reading online about it.
Of course, they didn't use it for weight loss or dieting purposes but more for general health :X

Gua sha (Chinese: 刮痧; pinyin: guā shā), literally "Scrape Sand" in Chinese (more loosely, "to scrape away disease by allowing the disease to escape as sandy-looking objects through the skin"), is a form of folk medicine.
Sometimes referred to as "spooning" or "coining" by English speakers, it has also been given the descriptive French name, tribo-effleurage.[1]
The Vietnamese term for this practice is cạo gió. This term translates roughly "to scrape wind", as in Vietnamese culture "catching a cold" or fever is often referred to as trúng gió, "to catch wind".

Gua sha involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edge.
Commonly a ceramic Chinese soup spoon was used, or a well worn coin, even honed animal bones, water buffalo horn, or jade.
A simple metal cap with a rounded edge is commonly used.
In cases of fatigue from heavy work, a piece of ginger root soaked in rice wine is sometimes used to rub down the spine from head to feet.


As you can see, it's used more like for health benefits.
So you can actually introduce your parents to it too cause it'll be good for them :)
My mum helps my dad and sis gua sha when they get tired from work too!

When you google images of gua sha, you might get scared by the reddish marks left on the skin,
but that's actually very normal.
Gua sha is suppose to regulate the "qi" in your body so they kind of use a lot of force when scraping the skin,
and they say that the red marks means that the bad stuff in your body are leaving through your skin.

BUT!
in my case, since I'm not sick or suffering from illness (choychoy), and it's just my fat thighs I'm concerned about,
I don't use a lot of force when I use gua sha on my legs.
I use the amount of strength I'd use for normal massaging,
so there should be NO reddness nor marks left behind.


So in my case, I honestly have no idea how this works and how I managed to get my thigh gaps back with this lah
but I IMAGINE the scraping to be like working out your thighs a bit and breaking up the stubborn fats under your skin to help them dissolve and get out of your body.

What I do is I'll do gua sha on my legs for about 100 times upwards (around the circumference of my legs) on each leg every night before I sleep and then hope for the best the next morning hahah!


And one morning I woke up and realised my thigh gaps came back and was ecstatic!! :D

As written above, you can use
"a ceramic Chinese soup spoon was used, or a well worn coin, even honed animal bones, water buffalo horn, or jade."
I'm using the buffalo horn one I think, and you can get it at Japan Home for A FEW DOLLARS, or you could even try those TCM clinics etc :)
All the Japan Home branches are listed here:

It comes in various shapes and sizes so you can see which fits you more :)
While you're getting one of these for yourselves, get one for your parents too ba!
Can gua sha on their hands or legs when they get muscle aches or fatigue etc! :)

PLEASE READ
I know a lot of young girls these days are very impressionable and might do anything to look like what they see on the Internet, so I must say this!
Do anything you like, but please ah, health first!

Even though I talk about thigh gaps, my original thigh gaps were like LESS THAN 1cm, and only I can see them when I stand up really straight lol!
Mine are NOTHING like the kind you see on those thinspo websites, but I'm alright with them :)

(THIS IS NOT ME. pic credit to google)

See! No obvious thigh gaps.
Only I can see that super small less than 1cm thigh gap of mine when I'm not wearing clothes lah but I'm happy enough hahaha!
By the way, crossing your legs in pictures are a damn good way to give the illusion of skinner legs!! :)


There are girls who try to starve themselves extremely to get thigh gaps
and end up being sent to the hospital and almost losing their lives.
This girl was told she had 2 weeks left to live before she finally stopped with her obsession:

There are many things I'd want to change about my body to look gorgeous too,
but if I have to risk losing my life, I don't think it's worth it ba.
If I die my mum and dad have to cry for me, my boyfriend will lose his girlfriend, other girls get to snatch my boyfriend away, no more nice food for me to eat... NOT WORTH IT.

Like these women have no thigh gaps but still sexy as hell.
Rihanna, Kelly Brook and Cheryl Cole

Also, I chanced upon this on Twitter!
Thigh gaps are dependent on how wide your hips are.
Some people have really wide hips so even with big thighs you still have thigh gaps,
but some people have smaller hips, so even with normal thighs you might not have thigh gaps.
Makes sense! I never realised eh haha!
So instead of being skinny or having nice thigh gaps, I actually have a new goal now!
I want to be toned and fit!!
It's good for my health, and I can eat all I want as long as I work it off!
And hopefully by then my arms and legs won't JIGGLE when I walk, damn gross hahah!
PLUS if any shit happens (zombie apocalypse, get into fights, bump into perverts) I'll be able to run faster or fight back to defend myself!
HAHAH
my boyfriend is supportive of this too :p

When we watch shows together I always tell my boyfriend I get damn annoyed at those female characters who do nothing but scream and cry (and alert the zombies/ ghost/ killer).
Can't be of help sua, still cause trouble.
I don't want to be like that, so I want to start training myself to be stronger!! :D

INSPIRATIONS!!
Super hot please omg!
These girls look like they can kick an average man's ass LOL!

(pictures credit to google)




So I shall stop being nua from now on hahah
A bit hard for a sloth like me lah, but I really want to be someone who can help others when things go wrong!
JIAYOU JIAYOU!
Will update you guys when I start feeling fit! :P

Hope this post helped you girls decide what kind of body image you want for yourself too!
Love you all, thank you for reading! :D

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Faith, Trust & Pixiedust

Made a huge mess in my room today trying to get a decent sequins/ glitter-blowing shot lol.
Can you imagine having to pick all the little shiny bits off the floor, blowing them everywhere and picking them up again everytime you screw up a shot? :S
If my neighbours saw me through my window they'd probably think I'm crazy haha!
But alright, I kinda like this shot so it's worth it! :)

Faith, Trust & Pixiedust

Love this phrase so much I recently got myself a Faith, Trust & Pixiedust tote bag too, yay! :D

Black Suitcase is a Singapore based online shop that sells affordable tote bags with unique graphics and designs!
They self-design the graphics on the bags, and there's a wide variety of designs to choose from!
They provide customization services too! Think Class tote bags, BFF tote bags and more! :D

http://suitcaseretail.wix.com/blacksuitcase
Their bags are made of light and soft canvas material, in skin colour and are retailing at $23.90 each!
There's a 15% discount if you get 3 bags & above
and there will be an additional 5% discount if you quote "Rachell Tan" with your purchase! :)


Do also Like their Facebook Page for more updates:

Tote bags are super versatile when it comes to pairing with different outfits,
and they're also super practical cause you can store a lot of stuff in them! :p
This Faith, Trust & Pixiedust tote bag from Black Suitcase is my favourite out of all their lovely designs because it's the title of my blog haha!!
The words even have cosmic designs on them, it's even prettier in real life! :D
Hurry and get yours now at


Thank you for reading, love you all! :)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

SassyDream #2

Hi loves! :D
If you've been following my blog for some time,
you'd find the name SassyDream really familiar because they're one of my favourite online stores ever,
and this is my second time working with them for a post! :)

Previously, I mentioned that
SassyDream is a dream online store that has EVERYTHING I'd want to buy
and IF I opened an online shop, I'd wish to sell EXACTLY the same items they're selling!

And since that post, SassyDream has not only continuously updated their site with the hottest and latest fashion trends,
their collections have also improved by leaps and bounds!
And I love them more than ever now!
Quote "rachelltan58" to get free normal postage!

Do also Like their Facebook page where there'll be a weekly Like and Share contest held! :) 
Instagram account: shopsassydream

For this post, my top picks from SassyDream's Collection 58 are the Stylenada Inspired Pinafore and the Chiffon Off Shoulder Dress!

Stylenada Inspired Pinafore
Pinafores and jumpsuits are some of the hottest trends right now
but as with all other trends, not all of us can carry it off super nicely.
Which is why I always prefer to stick to safe colours like black and white HEHEH :p
Once you've "tested water" and feel like this trend is flattering for you,
then go ahead and experiment with other floral prints, polka dot prints etc! :)
Thank god SassyDream had this basic yet gorgeous piece!



I really like how lovely the cutting is!
It definitely makes your waist look a lot smaller!! :p
And plain colours also help to enhance the simple. pure and innocent look pinafores are all about! :D



Chiffon Off Shoulder Dress
Now to switch things up a little for a more matured and feminine look,
I chose the Chiffon Off Shoulder Dress!
This dress is an ideal balance of dressy and casual, with a tinge of elegance,
and it's definitely a head turner!



Not to mention how light and comfortable it is!
I also love how there's like a "triple protection" with the elastic bands (above the chest, around the arms plus under the chest) for girls like me who are paranoid about wearing off shoulder/ tube tops :p
Damn secure, I love it!!

If there's a special occasion where you'll need to dress to impress, ditch those gaudy satin gowns and cocktail dresses.
Rock this smexy black dress and you'll definitely be the star of the show! :D


Thank you SassyDream once again for selling so many gorgeous clothes and making online shopping so much fun for us girls!!! :D

There's a fresh new Collection 59 up on their site now
so do hurry before all the pretty clothes get sold out!
Quote "rachelltan58" to get free normal postage!

Just looking at the collection collage, I've got my eyes on a few pieces already omg!!

The time to shop is now, yay!!
Thank you for reading, love you all!