Showing posts from 2014

X-Factor Australia 2014 Winner: Marlisa Ann Punzalan

I know it's been a week since my this 15 year old
bagged the X-factor Australia 2014 title
but her her own single entitled "Stand By You"
got stuck in my head and had an LSS (Last Song Syndrome)!

Oh how I loved the rhythm and lyrics!
And even though I'm not a good singer,
I've been singing it everyday ever since! lol
So for those who have heard her, here are the very uplifting lyrics!

I feel like this song is great to dedicate to a friend, family, other half or anyone
who is going through a lot in their lives.
If you don't know her or haven't heard her single yet, watch the vid and let us all sing along with her today
in Music Mondays!

Marlisa Ann Punzalan was born on 1 October 1999 and is from Glendenning, New South Wales. She is of Filipino descent and began singing at the age of three. In 2013, Punzalan auditioned for the seventh series of Australia's Got Talent but did not make it past the audition rounds and also attempted to audition for the fi…

Style Saturday

Discover what's hot before anyone else!

Created by Founder, Paraag Amin, and directed by Founding Partner, Kinvara Balfour,  StyleCard takes the concept of a daily editorial email,  featuring stories about the latest, coolest, must-know things.

For those who have been following me in Instagram or here in my blog,
you might remember Kinvara Balfour earlier this year when I met her during 
her interview with Manolo Blahnik.

And recently during her AOL talk with Zac Posen during NYFW

StyleCard offers exclusive
and permanent loyalty offers and special deals.  All StyleCard partners are carefully selected and curated,  reinforcing a brand's cool credentials and offering the best of the best to StyleCard holders everywhere.
Not a fashionista? Don't fret! StyleCard is NOT just about fashion! It is mostly for everything from beauty, restaurants & bars (Yes, also for you Sir!),  cafes, food & drink, gifts, travel, fitness and other more!
You'll get 10% up to as high as 60%…

Happy Birthday Zac Posen!

Today, we celebrate the 34th birthday of one of my favorite fashion designers,

I was lucky to have been invited by Kinvara Balfour
to attend her talk with Zac Posen
during the recent New York Fashion Week.

 Kinvara Balfour and Zac Posen

 I love his enthusiasm!

Watch the whole interview here.
You'll get to hear me in the last part of the vid during the Q&A. =)

 The dynamic duo

Yay! He signed one of my engagement pics wearing his design!
Will post it sometime soon. ;)

And if you have been following my Instagram & my blog,
you might remember that I tried his Spring 2014 Bridal Collection
for David's Bridal.

In case you missed it, click here.

I can't wait to visit New York again & try his Fall 2014 Collection.

The Queen sends her First Tweet!

OMG! This is so exciting! My pseudo-mother, Queen Elizabeth II, just tweeted for the first time!
While opening the Information Age exhibit at London’s Science Museum, she sent her first ever tweet from the official Twitter account of Buckingham Palace.

Lurve! Being cool, "Elizabeth R."!


The tweet’s author was then verified by the @BritishMonarchy account  with a follow-up tweet and a photo of the Queen sending the message.

A statement from the museum said director Ian Blatchford had invited Queen Elizabeth to mark the occasion on social media. “I mentioned earlier that Queen Victoria took a great interest in the invention of the telephone, and Your Majesty has followed in this tradition of embracing new technology,” he told her. “You made the first live Christmas broadcast in 1957 and an event relished by historians took place on [March 26, 1976], when you became the first monarch to send an email, during a visit to the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment. May …


Ok, so the fear of every New Yorker has finally come...
Dr. Craig Spencer, who treated Ebola patients while working for the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres  is the first Ebola case diagnosed in New York, and the fourth in the US. The Doctors Without Borders physician tested positive for the deadly virus six days after returning from Guinea where he was treating patients.
And this is causing a panic in the city that I love the most.
He left Guinea on October 14th and returned to New York City on October 17th via Europe. On October 21st, he began to feel tired and developed fever and diarrhea, common symptoms of Ebola, on October 23rd in which he immediately contacted medical services and was taken to Bellevue Hospitalwhere he is being kept in isolation.
It is normal for New Yorkers to panic as the usual transportation is the subway which he took, (A train to 14th St-8th Ave, Manhattan then L train to Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn), visited a bowling alley (The Gutter) and took an Uber cab…

Transformation Thursday: Renee Zellweger

Remember her in Bridget Jones' Diary?

Recognized her in the recent Elle event?

To be honest, it is obvious that there were changes from the Renee Zellweger that we were all used to.
But I'm learning to respect other's decisions  and be happy for their choices rather than judge them.
And after people's reactions to her transformation, she told People magazine "I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows."
If she is not telling about a surgery, let it be. Because let us be real, even if she admits it, people will still comment negatively about it anyways. So why bother?
"My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy," she continues.
Isn't that what all we want in our own lives?
Recently, she helped her pal and longtime publicist, Nanci Ryder, who is battling ALS in LA.

Why don't people just look at the positive things in life? Like her helping out?
With her sunnies on, she still look…

Adios, Maestro Oscar de la Renta...

When I heard the sad news that Oscar de la Renta passed away, I thought, oh man my dream of meeting him is crushed.
I don't even own a piece of his designs besides 2 silk scarves. But I've always admired his designs. And as I look back at my dream wedding board, Oscar de la Renta designs are there of course.
 Amal Clooney was so lucky to have her  wedding dress designed last by De la Renta! He was even in his wheelchair during the fittings... See the story here.

So yesterday, as I went on a meeting. I used an Oscar scarf in his memory.

Yesterday, the fashion world mourned for his loss after battling cancer for 8 years.

Oscar de la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic in 1932 and moved to Madrid, Spain to study when he was 18. He soon developed a love of fashion design and began an apprenticeship with different designers. He made his name in the early 1960s when then first lady, Jackie Kennedy, wore his designs. He criticized the FLOTUS for not wearing American designers. A…

Bath-coholics: Abbey Ales, Bath Ales and Bath Gin

Abbey Ales
Abbey Ales is the first and only brewery in the historic city of Bath and has been brewing for over 50 years.

The range of beers produced includes Bellringer Best Bitter and Bellringer Maximus, a strong hoppy brew made from Wiltshire Maris Otter malt and finished with the finest Worcestershire hops.
Bellringer is the top selling cask bitter in Bath and is as popular with the many visitors to the Georgian city as it is with Bathonians.
The Coeur de Lion: the smallest pub in Bath

Bath Ales

Bath Ales is an independent brewery based in Bristol,
producing distinctive beers such as Gem (a bitter-sweet amber ale), Dark Side (a delicious chocolaty stout), and seasonal favourites such as Festivity (the winter porter).
Bath Ales can be found in many local pubs including the brewery’s own establishments, The Hop Pole, The Salamander and Graze Bar.
*Unfortunately, we forgot to taste this during the trip but will def taste it soon!

Bath Gin

The Canary Gin Bar,
tucked away down the cobbled…

Sally Lunn's "Bunns" vs regular Bath Buns

Sally Lunn's Bath's Oldest House c. 1482
Home of the World Famous Sally Lunn Bath Bun

Sally Lunn, a young French refugee, arrived in England over 300 years ago.

She baked a rich, round and generous bread now known as the Sally Lunn Bun.

This Bun became a popular delicacy in Georgian England
as its special taste and lightness allowed it to be enjoyed
with either sweet or savory accompaniments.

Bun Etiquette

During the day,
they serve half a bun unless otherwise stated.

You might get a top or a bottom---
they tend to use tops for sweet buns
bottom for savory,
although there is no rule.

If there are two of you,
(like me and my fiancé),
why not ask for a top or a bottom so you get to try both?

The bun is generally eaten with a knife and fork
but there are no fixed rules.

Most guests enjoy their bun with a huge smile on their face!

Cafetière & Cinnamon Butter Bun: A cafetière of one of our famous coffees served
with half a toasted & buttered Sally Lunn Bun