Sunday, October 19

Charity Donation

I assume a lot of us have a lot of another man's treasures (read: clothes that no longer fit or things we no longer use) accumulating in your house and you don't actually know what to do with them other than

1) Throwing them away (WHAT A WASTE!!)
2) Giving/selling them to the garang guni man, or
3) Dropping them off at Salvation Army

These months I have been decluttering my house (I'm not kidding when I say my things are all over the house) and I find myself with a lot of unwanted belongings even after offering them to family/friends and selling them online. I obviously need avenues to get rid of my stuff which are in mint condition and some are even brand new! Dropping unwanted items at The Salvation Army is the most convenient method since they have several branches across the island but I like to be "fair" and spread my donations across as many charities as I possibly can. So after some research online, I realised there are many other such organisations which accept donations such as clothing, newspapers, magazines, books, shoes, toys, curtains, etc and I was thrilled! Here are a few organisations I've personally donated to:

New2U Thrift Shop
Singapore Council of Women's Organisations has a thrift store call the New2U Thrift Shop which sells pre-loved apparel, shoes, accessories and household items, with proceeds going to Star Shelter. Star Shelter provides a safe temporary refuge for women and their children who are victims of family violence regardless of race, language, creed or religion. I dropped off some clothes from Tippyjess there a few months back and I hope that managed to help them earn a little!

Singapore Tzu Chi Foundation
Every second Sunday of the month is the monthly recycling day for Singapore Tzu Chi Foundation. You will find volunteers between 9am to 12 noon at designated areas so you can deliver recyclable materials to the recycling points. H brought 2 bags of my relatively new clothes to them for donation but was rejected because the clothes are new. So remember, they only accept old/secondhand stuff!

MINDS
There are relatively fewer MINDS Shops around Singapore as compared to Salvation Army and the former only opens for a couple of hours for 3 days each week so it might not be as convenient for most of us who work office hours. Luckily there's one not too far from where I stay so we dropped off some stuff there when H was on leave from work!

EN Community/Green Bags
Recently, we spotted plastic bags from EN Community left at our doorstep and the volunteers will go from floor to floor in the block to collect anything that's not bulky. So if you have too many bags of stuff to donate and you don't drive, this is fuss-free! In fact, there's another organisation (forgot the name) that makes it convenient for us too - green bags are left on doorsteps and they will state the date of collection for the month. My neighbours are very green-loving and I always see their green bags filled with bottles, milk cartons, cans, cardboard packaging, newspapers, etc!


Just thought this would be interesting to share because Chinese New Year is just a few months away and I'm pretty sure we will be throwing tons of stuff! That's all from me today, have a great week ahead! :D



Thursday, October 16

Shopping at L'zzie


Helloooooo!
You might have seen this picture on my Instagram about this interactive fashion event I went with my readers/followers at L'zzie located at Central Mall, Clarke Quay! (L'zzie has another outlet at Bugis Junction by the way!) It was so much fun, guys! Getting to know my followers from reel to real and learning a little more about them as persons other than an username, I really liked that!

We bonded over a dainty tea party, pretty apparel, a makeover and had tons of girly fun!


This glorious dessert table was baked and set-up by Temptations Cakes!




L'zzie had customised cupcakes that were in line with the themes of their new collection, namely Tokyo, London and Paris! Sooo cute, especially love the Japanese sushi ones!



After getting my hair and makeup done, I shopped around to look for clothes to dress myself in, and at the same time check out what they have in store because I was gonna be dressing my readers!



Anyway, a little about L'zzie the brand: L'zzie is a prominent representation of feminine executive wear in Singapore and you can find a wide range of work wear that is inspired by the romance of Parisian country side. Their designs speak of understated elegance and you can find lots of timeless pieces in the boutiques!

Like this piece I'm in ;)

Probably not suited for work since it's too sweet and dreamy with a layer of mesh but you cannot deny that this piece is romantic, girly and timeless. Did I also mention that all their apparel are self-designed and manufactured?!


The concept of the brand is feminine and romantic and you can see it everywhere in the store.
Lots of sweet pastel coloured apparel and appropriate display pieces
that will make you go ooh-and-ahh.

I met the owner, Liz herself that day 
and she's a total advocate of her brand - very lovely and demure lady!


Expect to be taken to the major fashion cities as your browse through the racks in L'zzie!

With Melissa and Qiuting before the event

My invited readers - Tricia, Joyce and Michelle!
(Thank you so much for joining us that afternoon!! :D)

After learning a little about their professions and favourite colours to wear, I got down to work! Tricia was in a pinkish-nude top that day and I guessed that was one of her favourite colours to wear (colour looks good on her too!) so I decided to choose something in a similar shade for her. Thankfully L'zzie stocks a lot of neutral shades like this so that wasn't too tough a task!

One of the coordinates I put together for a casual look

Jackets in sweet pastel for something more professional looking

Joyce likes being in dresses and after trying on a couple, she decided on the same piece 
I was wearing and I think she wears it better with her slim silhouette!

(Above picture is of me acting like I'm doing the makeover for the ladies but no lah, 
was just applying lipstick hahaha wouldn't want to ruin their looks!)

Michelle has fair skin and apparel in a darker colour complements her very well.

After that day, I realised how fun it is to be a stylist/personal shopper.
It's like a dream career come true!

After our makeover!


L'zzie has recently gone through a revamp for their website (http://www.lzzie.com) and I promise you will love it.

Not only is their new layout a joy to look at, the entire shopping experience is seamless and fuss-free. 


Look forward to receiving your order in a beautiful box with your clothes wrapped in a pretty packaging! Not only that, L'zzie also offers FREE next day delivery for all domestic orders (extends to selected countries as well)!

As a start, you would want to check out L'zzie's Bundle Special: Buy 2 Items and get 1 Free Top (Free Top is the lowest valued item, and bundle is exclusive of sale items/accessories).

And and and, the generous lady boss of L'zzie is offering a whopping $20 off your purchase when you check out with LZTIPPYTAPP20! (Voucher expires 31 October 2014 and is valid on regular-priced items/bundle special, and excludes basics, accessories and sale items).

HAPPY SHOPPING! :D


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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Lzzie.officiel
Website: http://www.lzzie.com


Wednesday, October 8

Jakarta Jamming #2

Continuing on my first post on Jakarta which happened approximately 3.5 months ago... I have more restaurants and cafes to recommend you guys who are heading over!

To me, Jakarta is all about the malls because we were a little hesitant about heading out on the streets... I mean we are 2 ladies wandering alone after all. A friend did bring us to this shopping area where the locals shop...and I cannot remember the name of the place because it's in Indonesian oops. Anyway, we did want to go sightseeing and visit landmarks but *ding ding ding* there's nothing interesting to see. Our local friends had nothing to recommend and I tried googling to no avail so... we went mall-touring hahaha.

The most popular (and huge) malls for everything you'll need are Plaza Indonesia, Plaza Senayan, Senayan City, Grand Indonesia, Pacific Place, Mall of Indonesia, and Pondok Indah 2. You can more or less find the same brands in each place but I guess some of us would travel for the food.

Lunch was at a local restaurant located at Level 4 (I think?) of Pacific Place. Food was nothing to rave about so you don't have to know what's the name of the restaurant (actually I forgot, not because I'm not willing to share okay hahaha).



Honeydew juice which was quite nice

#eggwasafailure but the fried rice was good.

Fatiha said her bowl of noodles was too dry
and the fish soup tasted odd.


Then we adjourned to Pannacotta Etc for iced coffees and panna cotta, of course.
They have a variety of interesting flavours but I'm not a fan so can't comment!


One thing I cannot comprehend is, WHY THE CHICKEN SO SMALL???
We had ayam penyet at food courts and restaurants, and the chicken was never enough to satisfy.
Or is it our Lucky Plaza ayam penyet too big??

Some deep-fried corn thingy which was yums!

Eh I've no idea what's the name of this restaurant or where is it located 
'cause our friend drove us there!
The samba was super spicy and shiok though!

Another pretty cafe *heart-eye emoticon*
Or rather, not just another pretty cafe because the food was awesome!

The Indonesians do serve pretty mean iced tea and this lychee tea 
from The Goods Cafe was beyond good!
This started my iced tea frenzy haha



I was so satisfied with my portobello burger!
The mayo was perfect with the big, fat, juicy portobello and don't get me started on the bread...
I could eat it on its own as there's a slight sweetness to it.
My meal was perfect :D

Everything we ordered tasted pretty good so this is one cafe worth a visit!
You can find The Goods Cafe at most of the major shopping malls I mentioned above ;)

Gunawarman Street is like a hip area with fancy standalone restaurants/cafes.
We spent the afternoon at Le Cafe Gourmand 
which is better known as the colourful ice-cream cones parlour. 



Famous for their desserts so I guess it was a bad choice to order their savoury dishes 
because their eggs benedict was a huge disappointment.

Save some stomach space for the sweets if you ever visit!


Pyjama pants kinda day


And the last restaurant we visited was highly recommended by our friend and now, me.
It's like a Indo-Western fusion restaurant?
Food was good and price was reasonable bordering on cheap.
We ordered a dinner set each which consists of a drink, an appetiser and a main course, 
and it was only S$10 per person!!

Please visit Mangia at Grand Indonesia Mall level 5.


Of course I ordered lychee iced tea again!

This corn fritter thingy (appetiser) and the sauce were so yummy

And my mushroom and mayo (appetiser) were so addictive

My bowl of spicy chicken with fried rice and some fried bits was so good also.
Very generous portions and we had difficulty finishing everything 
even though we wanted to because too yums.

And then one day after dinner, we went to queue for nitrogen gelato 
at Ron's Laboratory (Grand Indonesia Mall)! 
Cornflakes, nutella swirls and a syringe filled with strawberry syrup, I loved it!! 
The cornflakes gave a very nice crunch and it was just...perfect :D

Sorry I took so long to share about the food in Jakarta but I hope you guys have fun there!!
Xx