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Fat-shionista #595

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This is what I wore today running errands. I went to the Post Office again because I’ve been mailing out packages. Other than doing house things as housewifey as I get, I also help out with some of the more boring parts of T’s business – filing receipts, taking care of his stock of merchandise and mailing stuff out. His game Axiom Verge has a playable demo in North American retailers now. Go check out a Sony Playstation kiosk in a store – Best Buy, Target, Game Stop etc. Support indie developers! Buy a t-shirt or some buttons HERE.

What I’m wearing today:

Top: Silver sleeveless top from Apt. 9

Accessories: Red jewel flower statement necklace from MYBEAD88 on eBay

Bottom: Black swing mini skirt with waist-band details from FOREVER21

Footwear: Red strappy platform sandals from ZARA WOMAN
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Stress Away from Young Living

As you’d have read from my post about 3 weeks ago, I’ve started using Young Living essential oils on the recommendation of my friend Ana. Ana uses the oils for the health of her young family and gave me some that she thought might help me too. In the last few weeks, I’ve been faithfully using the oils she selected for me, including some of the ones that came in the Basic Starter Kit. In fact, the one that I felt worked for me almost immediately is STRESS AWAY.

IMG_8177My small bottle of STRESS AWAY was included in the Basic Starter Kit and came with the AromaGlide Fitment – basically a roll-on attachment which makes applying topically such a breeze. Every night as I wind down (it takes me a while to settle into my bedtime hygiene), I roll some onto my wrists and I do the same for T as well.

IMG_8176We have a bottle of Melatonin right next to us (actually on his nightstand) because for some reason, it’s difficult for us to fall asleep. I don’t use Melatonin as much as T because I don’t work and I basically have the luxury of waking/sleeping as my body clock decrees but sometimes, it’s just annoying to be tossing and turning. I’ve noticed that I haven’t needed any Melatonin for the last 3 weeks since I started using Stress Away to relax before turning in.

I can’t say for sure that it’s all attributed to STRESS AWAY but it is an obvious variable and it doesn’t hurt that it smells really nice.

For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out why it brings back childhood memories. T and I actually looked up the ingredients to see what it contains – it has lime, vanilla pure, copaiba and lavender. The only conclusion I have is that it smells like incense or something we use during the Hare Krishna Kirtans we used to host at my parents’ house when I was growing up. Whatever it is, Stress Away seems to work for me right now and I’m going to continue using it.

If you’re keen to learn more, hit up my pal Ana and she’ll be happy to answer more questions about essential oils.


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Fat-shionista #594

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So this happened today. I took these pictures on my way out to the Post Office and for some silly reason, it didn’t occur to me to put down the plastic bag I was carrying. I have no idea where I got this Lakeshore bag – have never bought anything from there and I have no children. It was however holding 3 parcels that I was going to mail out.

What I’m wearing today:

Dress: Purple and black floral dress from DOROTHY PERKINS

Accessories: Brown pleather belt from STEVE MADDEN

Outerwear: Purple cropped jacket from H&M Divided

Bag: Grey rectangular kiss-clasp handbag from CHARLES & KEITH

Footwear: Dark beige moto boots from MADDEN GIRLIMG_8601


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Beauty Secrets from Around the World

There are beautiful women, and then there are iconic beauties like Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn, who cause widespread envy among women all around the world. We may have our own beauty routine, but we can’t help but look outward for more beauty inspiration. What is it about Greek women and their glowing skins? Italian women with their lustrous hair?

With these beauty tools and tips that women around the world credit for their youthful and radiant looking skin, you won’t ever have beauty envy again.

CHILE

02-Beauty-Secrets-from-Around-the-World-Red-Grapes-1Chilean women owe their luminous skin to the antioxidant powers of red grapes. To revive fatigued skin, they create a paste by mashing up a handful of the fruit and adding two tablespoons of white flour. Then, they apply the mask to their faces and leave it on for about 10 minutes before washing it off.

CHINA

Chinese women lighten dark spots caused by sun damage or acne scars with a gentle and natural method: mint.

Mint-leaves-2007To get bright, luminous skin, grind fresh mint leaves into a paste before applying it to your face as a mask. Then leave on for about 15 minutes before washing off. Do this daily and voila! Porcelain smooth skin. Be careful, though, as mint can be a tad too harsh for super-sensitive skin.

EGYPT

cleopatra_milk_bath1Queen Cleopatra’s widely-known beauty secret was taking milk baths to remove dead cells and soften her skin. To get your own milky-smooth skin, add two cups of powdered milk to your bath.

GREECE

Blessed with Mediterranean skin, which is light in colour but contains enough melanin to shield harmful UV rays, Greek women sure lucked out in the DNA game.

But even for those who aren’t genetically blessed, you can still get Greek-tastically beautiful, primarily with a Mediterranean diet that is loaded with skin-rejuvenating fish packed with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as fruits and vegetables that provide vitamins and antioxidants.

06-Beauty-Secrets-from-Around-the-World-Olive-Oil-1They also believe their regular consumption of olive oil contributes to their glowing skin. So drizzle your smoked salmon salads in olive oil and nix the butter!

ITALY

Monica-Bellucci-Dolce-Gabbana-MakeupI mean, just look at Sophia Loren and Monica Bellucci. Those lustrous locks! With healthy hair, half the work is done. So how do we get glossy tresses like those Italian beauties? Turns out, the answer can be found in the kitchen.

yoghurtItalian women keep their hair shiny by mixing olive oil with yoghurt and using the mixture as conditioner. The protein in the yoghurt gently nourishes and conditions hair, while olive oil retains moisture and keeps the scalp healthy. To whip up your own Italian conditioner, mix one cup of plain whole-milk yogurt with one teaspoon of olive oil. Apply the mixture to washed hair, and let it sit for five minutes before rinsing with cool water.

JAPAN

Japanese women have seaweed to thank for their silky dark locks. Nori is a rich source of the mineral iodine, which is vital for healthy hair growth. (The iodine added to table salt isn’t ideal for nourishing your hair as the body doesn’t absorb it easily.) Seaweed also contains other hair-strengthening minerals, such as zinc, iron, selenium, and copper. Japanese women either eat nori or boil it and apply it to dry hair as a paste.

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Also, as sake is rich in kojic acid and enzymes that help soften skin and reduce hyper-pigmentation, Japanese women get their soft, dewy skin from sake baths.

MOROCCO

Moroccan women swear by argan oil, which is packed with antioxidants beneficial to hair and skin. Plus, it is absorbed much more easily than regular skin oils like apricot and avocado.

SWEDEN

Swedish women attribute their healthy, glowing skin to their antioxidant-rich diet of fresh berries and grilled fish, which also contains omega-3 fatty acids, a major skin and hair booster.

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Saunas are also a large part of Swedish culture. The dry, clean heat flushes toxins from the body. Heading for the sauna can boost circulation to the skin surface, leaving you with fresh, radiant skin.


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Preparing for Halloween 2014

So I’m excited for my 2nd Halloween in the US (read about my 1st one here)… This year I spent a total of $15 on the decorations and reused the ones I got last year. I’m not very crafty with my hands and I’m not the decorating type but I did get my lights and stuff all up by early October.

IMG_8581While I was among the first to get my decorations up, I noticed that in the last couple of days, the neighbours have really stepped up their game. Some of them have really good stuff out – one has a cemetery, another has very good webbing (my friend says that mine looks like college boys tried to TP my balcony HAHAHHA) and another has limbs and rats strewn about their front yard. I went up close to examine some of them so that I could learn how to do mine next year. I think this crazy Halloween decorating thing would probably be more fun if I had some teenagers in my house (I’m envious of my friends whose children are already in their early teens. JEALOUS!).

IMG_8582One thing I’m doing differently this year is that I’m giving out candy bags instead of having the kids grab 1 or 2 candy bars from a bowl. I want to be that house that the kids all want to visit! We live in a very quiet gated community and my husband chose a house that faces the desert so we hardly ever see people around. I want to make the kids’ visit worth their while. I’ve never trickortreated but I can imagine that going house to house collecting candy is like collecting Ang Pow during Chinese New Year and since giving out candy is much cheaper than giving cash (what’s the market rate now? $4 minimum?), I bagged up about 10 different sweet treats in each pack. We had about 20-30 kids come by last year so I bagged 20 goodie bags and for those who come late, they just have to see how much their fist can grab out of the bowl. Hahhaa!!

IMG_8587And to end this frivolous and pointless post, here’s a picture of Max looking all silly and happy in his new Halloween costume (I got it at Big Lots with a 20% coupon for under $10 including taxes)!


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T’s Mom visits

IMG_8469My husband’s mother is Mom. His Step-mother is Mama. My mother is Mummy. T grew up in New York and his Mom recently bought a house near Syracuse. In the midst of the busy move, she decided to take a break and come to the West coast for a holiday. The last time she was here to visit T was in 2009 and he didn’t have much furniture then. She and Grammy had to stay in a hotel. Now that we’re more settled in, I wanted to make sure she felt comfortable staying at her only son’s house while she visits for a week.

T’s been busy with his game and he didn’t have much time to take her out himself. He did get to spend a few hours a day with her and we went out for meals together. I think perhaps her favourite day might have been when he drove her to Mount Charleston. Just the day before, he drove 4.5hrs to Culver City to attend Indiecade (and another 4.5hrs back that night).

The last time I saw my MIL was last Christmas when I brought my family to meet T’s. I feel bad that T only sees his Mom a few days a year because he relocated to Nevada for work, so while she visited, I tried to do as much as I could with her.

This MIL is not the shopping type – unlike my Mum who can walk for hours at a mall. She loves nature, reading, arts and crafts, and antiquing. So while she was here, we drove around a lot just to see the sights. I took her to visit a super quaint village about 15 minutes away from where we live – they have 1 Elementary school, maybe about 50 quaint cottages and a general store that also houses the Sheriff’s department.

IMG_8471Mom is a very interesting person. She trained as a teacher (with a Masters in Education) before going back to school to get her nursing degree for better career prospects. There are some things she knows a lot of but they’re not just book-ish stuff. She’s almost 70 and recently just painted the interior of her own house. She also makes her own curtains for her windows, stains furniture and re-upholsteres old chairs. Her favourite activity now that she’s retired is… GARDENING! (While she was describing to me how she digs trenches and moves soil around to plant everything from roses to asparagus, I got really tired for her!) So of course, we had to visit some nurseries while she was in Las Vegas.

IMG_8472While Mom was here, we also went to

- The Strip (just riding through it in the car)

- Lake Las Vegas

IMG_8470- Island Malaysian Cuisine for some Southeast Asian food which she’s never had. She wanted Cashew Chicken or Sweet and Sour but we ended up getting Nasi Goreng Ayam with Kuah Satay (aka Chicken Fried Rice and Sweet Peanut Sauce).

IMG_8467- Mount Charleston (a 1hr drive from Las Vegas) where the trees grow green and tall (but the Aspens were turning Orange at this time of year). There is also a ski resort in operation during Winter.

IMG_8466- The Buffet At Wynn for lunch which had diabetic-friendly, Vegan and gluten-free options clearly marked. USA Today also recommended it as one of 5 Best Buffets in Las Vegas.

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- The newly opened Downtown Summerlin (directions to this place on their flyer was vague but I found it once I figured out I just have to go to Summerlin). We walked around and went in and out of several shops. It wasn’t my MIL’s cup of tea at all but we did sit down and have a nice frozen strawberry lemonade and some pretzels. I can’t imagine shopping there in Summer. The shops are really spread far apart and there’s hardly any shade. But we’ll see when the real test comes in the form of my sisters and Mum in December.

- Downtown Las Vegas where we walked the old part of Las Vegas (the one you see in old movies) and Fremont East which houses Downtown Container Park and is also known as the hipster part of Las Vegas. Not that my mother-in-law cares about the hipsters or even knows what they are but there are cool little shops and cafes that dot the street. And it seems like it’s even more hipster than it was when I last was there in August. Hopefully it’ll grow exponentially and combat the commercialisation that is signature of Las Vegas.

IMG_8537And because it was her last night here in Las Vegas, we went out to dinner together yesterday. My mother-in-law is a very thrifty person and seldom affords herself any luxuries especially since she chose early retirement. Dining out at The Cheesecake Factory and Olive Garden are rare treats to her, so that’s what we did. She wanted dinner at Olive Garden, we had dinner at Olive Garden.

IMG_8536And that’s the end of my mother-in-law’s Las Vegas holiday. The next time we’ll see her, it’ll be in New York state for Christmas at her new house in Syracuse!


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Fat-shionista #593

IMG_8161This is the first time I’m wearing this dress. For some strange reason though, it looks kinda blue here when it’s actually a very light mint green. I got it at Target for $7.99, down from $24.99! w000t!

What I’m wearing today:

Dress: Light mint green dress from XHILARATION (at Target)

Outerwear: Silver cropped cardigan from DELIAS

Accessories: Lilac acrylic statement necklace from TALISMAN’S (at Far East Plaza)

Footwear: Dark beige moto boots from MADDEN GIRL

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