And… this is my swan song

Dear readers,

The day has come for me to say goodbye. It has been an amazing 8 years of fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogging. 8 years and 8 months, can you believe it? So, what happen? Why now?

Well, I’ve taken on the most important job in the world: MUM. This job is possibly the most demanding, yet rewarding job in the world. I don’t want to miss a second of motherhood. My bubba is my top priority and ultimate joy. 

You know, a part of me do miss my “blogging life” i.e. attending fashion events, reviewing the latest beauty products, rubbing shoulders with fashion who’s who and etc. The best part of it is getting to know these awesome blogger and media friends (yes, we became friends!) over the years. I’ll miss you guys!

All I wanted to say is THANK YOU. Thanks for all your support – readers, bloggers, PR folks and the media.

Don’t worry, this blog is not going to shut down. In fact, this blog will be refreshed in due time (say, January 2015?).

Moving on, I will be sharing my life as a mother and of course, all things bubba. Stay tuned and happy holidays!

Peace + Love, 
X-Wen

#mySKIIritual: My SK-II Skincare Ritual

What’s your skincare regime? Believe it or not, I have an 8-step SK-II daily skincare ritual. This does not include application of sunscreen! I’ve decided to show you how I use my SK-II products in a short video *points below*

#mySKIIritual includes the following SK-II products:

  • Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser
  • Facial Treatment Clear Lotion
  • Facial Treatment Essence
  • Facial Treatment Repair C
  • Cellumination Aura Essence
  • Facial Treatment Essence-Eye
  • Stempower Eye Cream
  • Stempower

You can now win exclusive SK-II surprises when you join the #mySKIIritual campaign. All you need to do is tag @skii and @[your publication] in your social media post (i.e. Facebook/Instagram/Twitter), along with #mySKIIritualCheck out the SK-II Singapore Facebook page for more information.

Watch #mySKIIritual – how I use my favourite SK-II Facial Treatment Essence plus more!

video: Fash-Eccentric TV

Top 5 Travel Essentials for the Stylish Jetsetter

It’s not rocket science to pack like a pro when you travel – but staying chic on-the-go could be a challenge. I’m obsessed with all things cute and awesome (including my travel essentials!). These travel essentials need to be practical and stylish – otherwise, what’s the point? Here are the Top 5 Travel Essentials for the Stylish Jetsetter:

#1: Travel Organizers
If you’re an organizing nazi, you can’t live without these essential organizers from Flight 001. Yes, there is a bag for everything – i.e. lingerie, beachwear, laundry, heels and… STUFF! Best of all, they are all color-coded so you can easily identify what’s what. These nylon bags are light and easy to clean after your travels. Of course, we need travel-sized bottles and jars for our skincare products. The Flight 001 To Go Bottles & Jars are definitely worth the investment!

Shopbop - Flight 001

From left, clockwise: Flight 001 Go Clean Heels Bag (S$37.44 | US$30.00), Go Clean Lingerie Bag (S$24.96 | US$20.00), Go Clean Beach Set  (S$82.38 | US$66.00), Go Clean Stuff Bag (S$19.97 | US$16.00), To Go Bottles & Jars (S$22.47 | US$18.00)

#2: Passport Holder
You NEVER travel without your passport. So, it’s important to dress up your passport in the most stylish passport holder like this luxurious MCM Passport Holder or a cute, affordable Jonathan Adler Stamps Passport Case.

Shopbop - MCM Passport Holder

MCM Passport Holder (S$287.07 | US$230.00)

Shopbop - Jonathan Adler - Kate Spade New York

Jonathan Adler Stamps Passport Case (S$47.43 | US$38.00) & Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Dot Passport Holder (S$97.35 | US$78.00)

#3: The Statement Carry-On Bag
I always believe that if you want to make a statement – do it with your carry-on luggage bag. Be BOLD. Go WILD. Have FUN. Trust me, you will be turning heads at the airports – and it will certainly put a smile on your face!

LeSportsac Fall 2014 - Tumi 'Vapor™' Medium Trip Hard Shell Packing Case

LeSportSac Fall 2014 Rolling Backpack (S$435) available at LeSportsac Boutiques worldwide & Tumi ‘Vapor™’ Medium Trip Hard Shell Packing Case (S$815.26)

#4: The Luggage Tag
It’s all about accessorizing! What better way to make your luggage bags look good than getting a cute luggage tag! You’ll need one anyway to write your name, address and contact details, just in case it goes missing (trust me, it happens alot!). So, don’t forget to tag your bags!

Lulu Guinness Luggage Tags

Lulu Guinness Abstract Face Luggage Tag (S$73.04), Flight 001 ‘Flyin Drunk’ Transparent Rubber Luggage Tag (S$9.59), ASOS Neoprene Watermelon Printed Luggage Tag (S$14.61)

#5: Cute Cosmetic Bag
It’s every female jetsetter must-have: A super-cute cosmetic bag. I like to keep it on my seat pocket – you know, lip balm, facial mist, facial blotters, toothbrush, mints, lipstick, compact powder and every knick-knack you need to keep yourself comfortable throughout the flight.

Shopbop - Cosmetics Pouch

Cath Kidston Classic Box Cosmetic Bag with Nylon Zip (S$29.22), Samudra Electric Beach Electric Coco Pouch (S$81.13 | US$65.00), Catseye London ‘Small Deck Chair Dogs’ Cosmetics Bag (S$20.55), Marc by Marc Jacobs Luna Tarp Fergus Amie Cosmetic Pouch (S$122.32 | US$98.00)

Limited Edition Chow Tai Fook x G-Dragon Collection

CTF x G-Dragon Collection

When K-pop meets BLING. Chow Tai Fook Jewellery collaborates with one of South Korea’s hottest Hallyu star, Kwon Ji Yong a.k.a. G-Dragon for the highly anticipated, limited edition CTF x G-Dragon Collection. Who is G-Dragon? If you’re new to K-pop, Kwon Ji Yong a.k.a. G-Dragon is the leader of Korean hottest boy band, BIG BANG and is well-known for his style and music. Launched in mid-August this year, this exclusive collection features 13 pieces of iconic GD logo and bold jewellery designs including bracelets, anklets and necklaces designed by G-Dragon himself. I guarantee that G-Dragon or BIG BANG fans will go ga-ga over these pieces! Here’s a trivia: Did you know G-Dragon requested for all the prices to end with an “8”? How auspicious!

CTF x G-Dragon Collection is only available for purchase in selected Chow Tai Fook Jewellery stores in Hong Kong and Macau. Prices start from HKD$680. Check out the entire collection here.

CTF x G-Dragon Collection

CTF x G-Dragon Collection: Diamond pendant with necklace in 18K white gold – HKD$16,800CTF x G-Dragon Collection

CTF x G-Dragon Collection: Charm in 10K/417 White Gold (with Red String) – HKD$680

images: Chow Tai Fook

Fash-Review: Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Does your skin have the immunity to achieve youthful skin? Shiseido recently launched the new Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, the one-of-a-kind serum that aims to rejuvenate your skin’s immunity to battle against signs of ageing, environmental factors and daily stress now, and over time. Designed for all skin types, the Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate uncovers the secret to your skin’s immunity by creating a dynamic shield for your skin with its exclusive Ultimune Complex as well as ImuCalm Compound that relaxes your skin from daily stress. Infused with a natural botanical cocktail of Gingko Bibola Leaf Extract and herbs from both East and West, perilla and wild thyme, the serum protect your skin from impurities and oxidized sebum for healthy looking skin.

Fash-Review: Do we really need another serum? I wouldn’t say NO! I’m already using two serums on a daily basis (one for dark spots/brightening, another for hydrating) – the Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate is a great add-on serum to boost skin’s immunity and to enhance my current skincare routine. I first tested it out at Life Pharmacy in Auckland, NZ (as I have to wait for my mum to bring my Shiseido loot from Singapore!). Truth to be told, my skin has been suffering a painful, dry transition since I moved to Auckland in June. After a week of using the Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, I noticed my skin is more supple and moisturised which is great for the dry, cold weather in Auckland. I can’t wait to see the results in 4 weeks, hopefully more resilient skin! The serum texture is light and penetrates quickly into your skin. It also aids in better absorption of the other serums. What’s lovely is the relaxing beautiful subtle floral fragrance – simple pleasures! This serum is a great add-on to your skincare routine and definitely worth every cent. Try it!

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Priced at S$145 (50ml), Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate is now available at all Shiseido beauty counters.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

I love the super fierce red and contoured packaging!

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

How To Use:

  • Apply morning and evening after cleansing and balancing skin.
  • When used with other serums, apply the Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate first, to enhance the benefits of following treatments.
  • Press the pump twice to dispense serum into the palm of hand and smooth it evenly over your face.

It’s time to boost your skin’s immunity with Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate!

images: Shiseido & Fash-Eccentric

Top 5 Maternity Style Must-Haves

PREGGERS? First of all, congratulations! I’m at the final leg of my pregnancy and I’m already missing my bump! If you are a first-time mum like me, you might be wondering how are you going to style your bump in the upcoming months (without breaking the bank!). Well, it is not as hard as you think it is! You may still wear what you have in your existing wardrobe – with a couple of transition accessories. Of course, mamas-to-be should indulge a little as well (because we deserved it!).

Here is a list of must-haves for your maternity style to keep you chic throughout your pregnancy:

#1: Maternity Jeans/Leggings OR Belly Belt
If you can’t live without your jeans or leggings, you will need to invest in one or two pairs of maternity jeans or leggings. If you wish to continue wearing your current pants, you might want to invest in Belly Belt. But, you will be need the next must-have item to hide this button extender!

Shopbop Maternity Jeans and Leggings

J Brand 34112 Mama J Rail Maternity Jeans (S$310.03 | US$248.40) & David Lerner Maternity Leggings (S$137.29 | US$110.00)

Belly Belt - Breastmates.co.nz

Belly Belt (NZD$36.90)

#2 The Belly Band
This is an essential item for every pregnant woman. I have three belly bands – from Bando Belly Band (available at Mothercare stores and Breastmates.co.nz) as well as H&M. What’s a belly band? Well, it adds length to your existing tops and cover up your unbuttoned pants! It is a great in-between accessory that you can’t live without throughout those 9 months. I totally swear by it!

Bando Belly Band

Bando Belly Band (NZD$32.90)

ASOS Maternity Exclusive Support Shapewear Bump Band For The Perfect Bump

ASOS Maternity Exclusive Support Shapewear Bump Band For The Perfect Bump (SGD$29.22)

#3 The DRESS
Once you hit the final weeks of your 3rd trimester, you don’t really want to wear your leggings and jeans with the baby ‘lightening’ down your pelvic area. The most comfortable piece of clothing at this point is the dress. I’m a big fan of HATCH maternity label by designer Ariane Goldman and Rosie Pope available from Shopbop- if you plan to indulge a little!

Hatch Maternity Clothing

HATCH The Bedford Dress / Tunic (S$259.61 | US$208.00)

Rosie Pope - Shopbop

Rosie Pope Wrap Dress (S$222.16 | US$178.00)  & Long Sleeve Cinch Dress (S$159.76 | US$128.00)

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Shoe-Shopping at Cloggs

SHOES! SHOES! SHOES! Let me introduce you to the online shoe haven, Cloggs that stocks an extensive collection of footwear with over 100 brands and have sold more than a million pairs of shoes worldwide since 1998. You can shop for awesome brands such as Ash, DKNY, Converse, Dr Martens, UGGS, Fitflop, Kickers, Clarks, TOMS, Havaianas, Timberland and many more. I recently ordered a pair of Dr Martens 1461 in Cherry Red and received my order within a week via DHL. And, I love love love my new kicks! This is perfect for keeping my feet warm in the unpredictable Auckland weather. I love how versatile the colour is – it matches almost everything in my wardrobe. I like to jazz it up with cute socks – like this all over watermelon socks from ASOS!

Based in the UK,  Cloggs ships worldwide, offers lifetime returns and great prices. If you’re based in the UK, you can enjoy free next day delivery! Students can enjoy 10% discount (lucky ones!). Check out the Dr Martens new arrivals that might tickle your fancy:

Dr Martens 1461 Womens

Say hello to my new Dr Martens!

CLOGGS - Dr Martens

NEW ARRIVALS! Dr Martens – Castel Womens in Black (£99.99) & Dr Martens – Pastel Womens in Violet (£104.99)

Dr Martens 1460 Womens

NEW ARRIVALS! Dr Martens – 1460 Womens in Black Snake (£109.99) & Dr Martens – 1460 Womens in White Snake (£109.99)

Dr Martens - Cloggs

NEW ARRIVALS! Dr Martens – Kensington Lorne Womens in Cherry Red (£89.99) & Dr Martens – Tahan Womens in Black Snake (£109.99)

images: Cloggs.co.uk

 

Fash-Picks: SK-II at Lazada Singapore

Who doesn’t love online shopping? Truth to be told, I do most of my fashion and beauty shopping online. Why? The variety. The convenience. Believe it or not, the CASH SAVINGS!

Online Shopping - Lazada Singapore

I recently discovered Lazada Singapore, the Singapore site of Southeast Asia’s largest online shopping mall which offers an array of products from electronics, household goods, fashion, beauty, toys to sports equipments.

Online Shopping - Lazada Singapore

You can imagine my excitement when I discovered my favourite skincare brand, SK-II – with amazing prices! You can also shop for my other favourite beauty brands such as Lancome, La Mer, Bioderma, Jurlique, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kiehls, Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, La Roche Pocay, Clinique, Olay, Laniege, Fresh, Biotherm and etc.

Here are my Fash-Picks on the best SK-II deals that you should not miss:

Online Shopping - Lazada Singapore

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask – 6 Pieces
S$59.00 U.P. S$122.00 – 52% off
This is such a steal! I can’t live without my SK-II Facial Treatment Mask (especially in the dry, cold NZ climate!). This is a must-have for travel bugs to keep your skin fresh and hydrated.

 Online Shopping - Lazada Singapore

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (30ml x 3pcs = 90ml)
S$58.80
If you buy a SK-II Facial Treatment Essence 75ml, it will set you back S$99.00 – so you do the math. I love the small bottles as you can bring this 30ml bottle with you when you travel.

Online Shopping - Lazada Singapore

SK—II Stempower 50g
S$119.20 U.P. S$149.00 – 20% off
Another must-have for me: SK-II Stempower. I tell my friends this all time – this will change your skin destiny, and your life. Literally! It transformed my skin and yes, I’m still very happy about it.

Online Shopping - Lazada Singapore

SK-II Cellumination Aura Essence – 50ml
S$209.30 U.P. S$299.00 – 30% off
I just started using the SK-II Cellumination Aura Essence to combat my dark spots and pigmentation problem. Once you hit your 30s, it’s time to stop melanin production beneath your skin!

Lazada Singapore offers a fast, convenient and secure online shopping experience with various payment modes such as cash on delivery!

What are you waiting for? HAPPY SHOPPING!

First Look: Alexander Wang x H&M

This is a dream collaboration if you secretly love wearing track pants (like all the time). The long-awaited Alexander Wang x H&M collection made its debut on the streets of New York when the one and only, Rihanna was spotted in the crop top and leggings. OH MY. Then, Vogue Netherlands gave us another glimpse into the “Run The World” collection which includes feminine pieces – LBD, cut-out dress, embossed sweater and all things quintessentially WANG. I can’t wait to get my hands on the collection (at H&M prices!).

The collection will be launching at H&M Orchard Building and H&M ION Orchard on 6 November 2014.

Rihanna in Alexander Wang x H&M

Hello Riri!

Alexander Wang x H&M

Alexander Wang x H&M

Alexander Wang x H&M

Alexander Wang x H&M

images: H&M & Vogue Netherlands

Introducing the new SK-II STEMPOWER Eye Cream

AGELESS BEAUTY. Yes, it is now made possible with the brand new SK-II STEMPOWER Eye Cream. In this modern age, our eyes reflect our unhealthy and hectic lifestyle. We are constantly fighting our age-old battles of ageingdark eye circles and eye bags resulting from the lack of sleep and fatigue throughout the years:

20s: Our eye bags start sagging…
30s: Our eyelids start developing wrinkles…
40s: Our eyes start developing “crow’s feet”…

It is time to bid goodbye to tired, panda eyes! The new STEMPOWER Eye Cream targets 3 critical points around the eyes (under eye area, the eyelid and the corner of the eye) for the sharper, younger eyes with its potent Stem-Acanax Eye Complex ingredient. You can see visible changes to your eyes with the STEMPOWER Eye Cream - firm eyelids and under-eye area, sharper looking eye corners and even skin texture around the eyes. You can even track your eye progress by visiting any SK-II beauty counters to try our the upgraded Magic Ring.

Fash-Review: I have been using the SK-II Skin Signature Eye Cream for the past couple of years. Trust me, this tiny bottle of eye cream goes a long way! I was excited to try out the new STEMPOWER Eye Cream in addition to my current STEMPOWER range. You can feel the difference with just a tiny dab of the STEMPOWER Eye Cream on the very next day. I recommend using the eye cream with the correct method (I can’t stress this any more!!) and say “yes” to brighter, youthful eyes!

SK-II New Stempower Eye Cream

SK-II STEMPOWER Eye Cream (15g) is now available any SK-II beauty counter in Singapore at S$144.

SK-II New Stempower Eye Cream

The BEST spot to try out eye creams is the skin creases between your thumb and your forefinger.

images: SK-II & Fash-Eccentric

10 Stylish Must-Haves for Crazy Cat Lovers

Who LOVES CATS? My hubs and I adopted a white-ish, Siamese-ish cat four years ago, named Coco – after Coco Chanel. She is the cutest and most demanding cat (it’s the truth!) ever. I’ve never had a pet before Coco and trust me, pets are harder work than I thought! By the end of the day, you know it is all worth it when she gently purrs and cuddles at your feet. Naturally, I’m drawn to all things cats. To all you crazy cat ladies out there,, here are my 10 Stylish Must-Haves for Crazy Cat Lovers:

10 Stylish Must-Haves for Cat Lovers

  1. Markus Lupfer Cat Fight iPhone 5 / 5S Case (US$72.00)
  2. Kate Spade New York Cat iPhone 5 Case (US$35.00)
  3. UNIF Do Cats Pray Sleeveless Top (US$65.00)
  4. Charlotte Olympia Capri Cats embroidered rubber flats (50% off £195.02 U.P. £390.03 )
  5. Catbird NYC Sleepy Kitty Studs (US$14.00)
  6. Jonathan Adler Utopia Cat Mug (US$32.00)
  7. Catbird NYC Kitten Keepy Ring Dish (US$22.00)
  8. ASOS Cat Sheer Panel Socks (SGD$12.17)
  9. Yazbukey Black Cat Clutch (US$470.00)
  10. ASOS Cat Print Sunglasses Case (SGD$17.04)

Who shops on their phone? I do! Check out Shopbop’s iPhone app for easy browsing and shopping. Download the app HERE. Enjoy shopping!

Fash-Love: Warby Parker Fall 2014

Warby Parker Fall 2014

NYC-based Warby Parker has been dubbed as the “Netflix of eyewear” by GQ magazine. Founded in 2010, this up and coming eyewear label designs their glasses in-house and sells directly to the customers – hence, the affordable pricing. What’s cool about this brand is their Home-Try-On program in which you can pick five pairs of frames to try  at home for 5 days, free-of-charge. Personally, I love their vintage-styled designs and of course, their “Buy a pair, give a pair” program – for every pair of Warby Parker glasses purchased, another pair will be donated to the needy (just like Toms!) This Fall 2014Warby Parker introduces nine new shapes and two new hues – Striped Pacific and Petal Tortoise. There is something for everyone – scroll down for my fash-picks from this season’s collection.

Warby Parker Fall 2014 collection is available from September 3rd online at www.warbyparker.com and in-stores showroom located in the United States. Prices start from US$95.

Warby Parker Fall 2014

The new Fall 2014 huesAnnette in Petal Tortoise & Hardy in Striped Pacific.

Warby Parker Fall 2014

Fash-Picks: Warby Parker Fall 2014

  1. Annette in Striped Sassafras
  2. Baxter Ti in Whiskey Tortoise
  3. Chandler Ti in Newsprint Grey
  4. Coley in Crystal
  5. Greenleaf in Woodgrain Tortoise
  6. Oliver in Whiskey Tortoise

images: Warby Parker