Friday, January 31, 2014

新年快乐, 恭喜恭喜!

Happy New Year to all my Chinese readers out there!! :)

Today's #OOTD for a long day of CNY visitations, dressed in a Love Bonito tube dress that I've bought in December! Visited five houses in 10 hours, it was pretty rush but fun! :)

Steamboat is best eaten in the comfort of home and with the company of family. 
This year, I had two reunion dinners (with my family & with TC's family). My favourite is cheesetofu and I can just spam that with bacon for all my steamboats haha! :)

The only CNY item I got just one day before CNY- a YSL lipstain! I've hoarded as many  lipsticks as my blushers but lipstains are just different. They are way more convenient to use without the need to reapply it the whole day! #woesofalazygirl

With my dear cousin today and everyone says we look almost identical with our small eyes and oval face #myminiversion

Our first couple picture for the new horse year. It's our 5th year going for CNY visiting together and it always made me felt extra fuzzy somewhat hehe. More to come! :)

And it's our last year of receiving angbaos today before bidding goodbye to singlehood. This will definitely be a part I will miss since I get to experience distributing them next year instead haha! 

Have a fabulous celebration with your loved ones, eat more and laugh more! Most importantly, may the horse year be a good one for everyone with great health & happiness. That to me is far more important than wealth :)

Happy Holidays!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Challenge accepted; my hic'Juice Detox Journey

 A couple of weeks ago, I decided to start the year right by taking up the Hic'juice challenge that was offered to take another step towards being healthier.
 Challenge accepted!
I have been exercising and generally live my life without much stress (keep smiling and stay positive!) BUT I'm very guilty of the constant late nights, caffeine and having an extremely bad diet. To put it bluntly, I eat my greens but I love my Kettle Chips, fries, bubble tea and fast food even more! Even before my wedding shoot, I was finding it so hard to keep my hands away from my favourite treats and ease my guilt by exercising harder.
Even though it did crossed my mind to try detoxing, I've never done it before due to the lack of knowledge and how to go about doing it. And so, I was glad that the raw, organic and cold-pressed juices will be delivered to my doorstep!
I was curious to know how my body will react to these greens. At the end of the three days, I'm hoping to cleanse and flush all the toxic out from my body and emerge healthier before CNY! The detox was scheduled on a weekday and I made sure that my social and work calender was cleared of ALL networking dinners or gatherings. Minimal temptations thank you very much. I was also secretly glad that meetings were packed throughout the week which will probably take my mind off FOOD.
Prior to the cleanse, I received emails from their friendly hic'juice concierge on the ways to prepare the cleanse and that the final "dinner" should be as healthy as possible.
At night, these juices were sent to my doorstep in a cooler bag with a guide and came in various colours - mainly green, orange, red and yellow. There's three levels of cleanse and main difference between the amount of green juices versus fruit juices daily. I took Level 2- Restore for the three day programme (choices of either 1, 3 or 5 days). Each day, I had to consume 6 bottles which make it a total of 18 x 500ml bottles of organic juices.
It seems pretty convenient and easy. All I had to do was to replace my coffee and meals with these juices every two hours. In between the juices, I had to drink lots of water and lemon water. I was excited but apprehensive and worried on the thought of surviving without food. 

 Day 1

The juices came along with a guide which made the sequence easy to follow.

Weight: 50.9kg

Day 1 menu: Popeye Smoothie, Lemon N spice, Green Lemonade, Heart Beet, Pure Coconut Water and Nut Milk
I had my first Popeye Smoothie in office, which consists of Red Dragonfruit, Pineapple, Banana, Spinach and Ionized water. I was excited to start my first drink despite having a bad sore throat that morning which Hic'juice assured that the juices will make me feel better. I managed to finish them all by chewing the juices and not gulping down. It was rather rich and taste pretty nice!

At 11am, I had Lemon N spice which consists of apple, lemon, cayenne pepper, hamalyan salt and ionized water. I've always liked anything lemon and surprisingly, the combination with pepper wasn't as spicy as what I thought! I went out with my colleagues for lunch and strangely, I wasn't feeling hungry all thanks to their 500 ml of juices and was not tempted by their lunch at all.

Went on to have my Green Lemonade at 1pm and it had plenty of greens like cucumble, kale, celery, romaine lettuce, pansley etc. It's rather sour for my liking but it’s a gd feeling to be consuming so much greens at one go!
Heart beet was one of my favourites and I could barely taste the ginger all thanks to apple and carrot! By 6pm, I finished drinking 4 bottles and it's 2 more bottles to go!
I then decided on a short 40 minutes run to break into a sweat and complement the detox. Surprisingly, I didn't feel light-headed at all during the run and came back for my 5th juice.
After my run and looking less pale than before I hope!

And this was my favourite drink beside coconut water, the nut milk!!!

Day 2

Day 2 menu: 4 carats, Oh My Greens!, Cool as a..., Lemon N Spice, Kaleidoscope, Coconut Water
On the day 2, the juices were "greener" than Day 1. Some of them were harder to swallow like "Oh my greens!" and "Kaleidoscope". I was trying my best to finish some of them while drinking water in between. The toilet breaks became more frequent during the cleansing programme as well.
Went for lunch with my colleagues and I didn't crave for any food nor was I tempted to take a cheat meat. Half-way throught the cleanse, fight on!
That night, I opted for a Power Yoga session instead of Bikram Yoga as "light exercise" was recommended. During the inversions in the class, I didn't feel giddy but felt lighter than before and could catch up with most of the poses!
I had my coconut water two hours before my bedtime at 11pm. The sleep was good and I found myself feeling more energetic the next day.
Day 3

Day 3 menu: Heart Beet, Lemon N Spice, Oh my Greens, Green Lemonade, Lemon N Spice, Kaleidoscope.
It was the final day and that's when I ALMOST gave in to temptations to reach for that bar of chocolate in the pantry. I started to miss food and avoid the basement 1 food area. The juices were the "greenest" and I had to drink Lemon N Spice twice in a day.
However, I was feeling light and my tummy was flatter than Day 1. My friends persuaded me to eat something but I didn't want to give up the detox at the last lap.
That night, I went for my weekly body pump class for some strength training. Loaded 1kg down from my usual weights and it felt good to sweat!
Post-gym fuel in my final 18 bottle!
And yes, I did it!!!! :)
On the 4th day, I woke up feeling lighter and healthier with all the live enzymes and vitamins after the body has shedded the stubborn toxins. My body felt alive and my throat didn't feel sore at all. Also for vanity purpose, my tummy was the flattest and I was surprised to find myself lighter by 1.6kg as well all thanks to the exercise combined with detox!
I was hoping to reap the benefits of controlling my huge appetite after the detox and to continue the good habit of eating my greens and staying hydrated.
This is a three days programme and what happens after the detox is up to you. There's no short-cut to losing weight healthily other than the magical combination of eating right and exercising hard!
I might be doing this again after Chinese New Year or before my actual wedding in May! :)
Do remember that Hic'juice should never be treated as a crash diet as it's a good head start for those who wanted to start a clean diet and to maintain the exercising!
Good luck to those who are embarking on this programme, your body will thank you for it!
Hic'juice - Website / Instagram @hicjuicesg

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Exclusive: More Reasons to celebrate with SK-II (Blog Readers)

(My current holy-grail SK-II products placed in the above SK-II red box from my first trial kit two years back.)

 The Facial Treatment Essence and Cellumination Essence are my must-have items during holidays, what's your favourite? :)

And recently, SK-II has launched their Facial Treatment Essence-Eye, which contains Pitera to complement their existing iconic FTE! I'm currently testing it and will review in a month time for better results. It's available at all counters right now for testing.

And good news, there's a new promotion for the upcoming Chinese New Year for my blog readers just on Feb 6 & 7!

On February 6 and 7, the first 100 customers to quote “SK-II TANGS via Ying Tian” when they make a purchase of $350 worth of SK-II products at TANGS Orchard and TANGS SEVIIN* will receive an additional 1-piece SK-II Facial Treatment Mask gift with purchase.

Beside a 12% rebate off all items which includes SK-II, you get to enjoy:-

  1. A pre-reservation special is also available for the first 50 customers to research $500 worth of SK-II products. They stand to receive a complimentary SK-II LXP Ultimate Perfecting Essence (30ml) worth $80. Please call +65 6887 0534 to make your reservations from now till February 5. 
  2. Purchase $250/$550/$800 worth of ala carte SK-II products to get these gift sets up to 11 items!
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Yay to more savings with Tangs! :)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Spring Festival Yoga

Last weekend, I went for Spring Festival Yoga, organised by Lululemon (my current addiction) and it was so much fun! It was my first time doing yoga right smacked in Orchard Road facing the boutique brands and it was such an experience. My fav outdoor  yoga is still at the beach though and being close to nature, hoping for a yoga retreat in either Koh Samui or Bali next year!

We went home with a True Yoga mat and some juices as well, hoping that there would be more of such events in future! ;)

Picture before we start our anti-anging! ;)
Downward facing dog
We looked so peaceful haha (Pictures credited to intheloop)
My favourite pic of us! Joining palms to concentrate on our tree pose despite the huge wind that was blowing at all the mats :)
My fav bridge!
I've finally understood the full meaning of "runner's high" recently, that addiction to reach out for your sports shoes every single day no matter what circumstances.  That feeling when you are on the bus and envying the runner on the pavement.  Been running extra hard this month to clock the mileage before the two races in Feburary and clocked 55km last week. Looking forward to our LSD weekend run in our neighbourhood with TC this weekend! I've discovered several new routes for 10km, 14km, 26km and 32km and it can be really exciting like setting out for an adventure all alone!!
Some of the pictures taken recently at night and in the morning :) 

I love this pic - the emo and #foreveralone dog sitting all by himself even after two hours 

Some outfits in the week! ;)

CWC top// Topshop Skirt// HOH necklace// Coach Bag

TTR top// LB skirt// ASOS Heels

Bkk top & shorts// VS bag// Louvisa Necklace
LB Dress// Pedro Shoes// Bali Necklace

This week, I've also managed to finish my spring-cleaning which includes packing all the shoes. It took me days to go through each heels to decide its fate, whether to clean, throw or keep. In the end, I dumped close to 20 pairs while the new ones went to flea. Hopefully everything is more organised now! Current shoe count excluding sandals at 132 and it didn't help that Gojane is reaching my office soon really soon sigh.

Have a good weekend! :)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Enjoy the little things in life.

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

So true indeed. I posted on my dayre last week about how it struck me during a run that everything in life right now is shaped by a chain of consecutive decisions which were basically the little things.

We are often rushing from one place to another and trying to keep up with the pace of life which is inevitable in this society. Many little things or small decisions could have been over-looked and I am guilty of that. I am often rushing to get things done, jotting down things/errands to do in my phone, keeping up with work/blog deadlines etc that I forgot to slow down and enjoy the present moment. And often, once the moment is over, you can never get it back. I've made many random decisions based on gut as well which turned out to be turning points in my life without me knowing.

The decision to attend our teacher's wedding with Mel despite our lack of enthusiasm, brought TC and I together after being strangers in JC for so long...

The decision to check my email at the right time for that interview, got me into my career path right now unexpectedly and was the best thing that ever happened after graduation...

The decision to log in to the forums to do clothes review brought me many new friends without it being my main intention....

The decision to start a blog coz of boredom gave me a personal space to share abt my fav topis (fashion & sports) which allowed me to interact with my readers and unexpected new opportunities...

The decision to join my first 10k for a goodie bag kick-started my addiction for long distance running and shaped me into who I am now....

The decision to try out yoga to accompany a friend brought me lots of calmness and had tided me through bad days. It wasn't an activity a hyperactive individual like me would like and has taught me how to sit still, listen to my own breath and just relax...

What was the best decision you have made?

There's no bad decisions, I've learnt to believe that everything happens for a reason (cliche or not). You can't "undo" or re-choose your path, but to suck it up and continue walking to make a wiser decision at your next turning point.

Be grateful and learn to enjoy the little things in life. ;)

I've also started my three-days detox cleansing programme with Hic'Juice's Restore cold-pressed juices, will share more in the next blog post. So far so good and I'm surviving well with no cheat meals yet. There's no short cut to losing weight other than the magical combination of eating right and exercising. My diet has been pretty bad lately so the juices came at a right time to cleanse and flush the toxic out of my system. I'm hoping to emerge healthier, lighter and to control my future food cravings better at the end of the journey! :) 
This month is moving extremely fast and I'm not complaining since it means CNY will be approaching! ASOS is my usual SOS help as usual for CNY outfits even though I've yet to decide which to wear. 
Some of the recent outfits in January.

Weekend outfits

Bought this LB dress coz of its flattering cut and sporty look. Was pleasantly surprised at its material as well, not the usual cotton that I expect!

LB Dress // Taiwan Necklace // BKK Bag

The dress that I've been wearing so much (as a top) these days.

Tracyeinny dress// Coach bag // Balenciaga Bracelet

I can never stop buying shorts and I love this pair for its wash and crochet details.

Warehouse top// TTR bottom // Longchamp Bag

Bling dress from SMooch for Val's wedding which was a steal for its intricate embellishments.

SMooch dress// ASOS Clutch

Black x gold heels from ASOS with F21 jeans.
The wore-to-death zara shorts.

Oh Vola mint top// Zara shorts

I hardly wear lime but the pearls/embellishments are too pretty to miss.

CWC top// Topshop shorts/ Melissa shoes

All things pastel.

Topshop Top // SMooch skirt// ASOS Clutch

With the pretty bling bracelet from a Thai designer all thanks to Mel! :)

Work outfits

Started my first day of work in a boring monochrome outfit coz I couldn't think of what to wear!

Agneselle Top // BYSI pants // VS bag // Louvisa Necklace

Everything from ASOS. Super love the double mesh ASOS skirt even though cutting runs really small.

Warehouse top// ASOS skirt// Aldo heels

Another ASOS skirt.

LB crop top (selling this!)// ASOS skirt (selling coz it's too loose)// Aldo Shoes

Another pastel day.

Zara top // SMooch skirt// Newlook heels

Traded clothes with Val and I super like the monochrome dress!

Intoxiquette dress// BKK necklace// C&K Heels

The LB dress that I will keep wearing over and over again!

LB Harnett shift dress// Zara Heels// Kenneth Cole Watch

H&M jacket // TE dress// Forever New Heels // Louvisa Necklace

The ASOS heels that I couldn't resist and my first pair of teal heels! Not as hard to match as I thought :)

Love & Bravery dress// ASOS heels

That's all, have a great week ahead and keep smiling!! :)