Friday, 20 December 2013

Artist Feature: Pequita

Hello! Today's post is a feature of an illustrator by the pen-name of Pequita. She is from Mexico, yes from the other side of the world. This is my very first time, having a collaboration with someone, furthermore an artist, which makes the whole thing even more exciting. 

How did it all happen:

I first received an e-mail from her, telling me how she wanted to create a piece of artwork with her self-created style, FASHION meets CUTE, and she would make an illustration of me with that style. How could I refuse such an invitation? First and foremost, it is an honour to me. Secondly, I'm really grateful for the fact that she is willing to fork out her precious time to illustrate for me; Not many people would do that with their busy work schedules.

She grabbed a few pictures from my blog and was real patient with me when I suggested to her more. Pequita's style is more towards surrealism portrait but there's times where she illustrates in photoshop as well. I don't think I can achieve that kind of illustrating standard despite studying some art techniques back in school,  since I have the tendency to draw cutesy cutesy characters which lecturers dislike the most. 

Here's her take of me with FASHION meets CUTE

Without further ado, I'll show you more of her artworks.

Do check out her artwork page where she features her latest artworks: Pequita

Thank you for reading!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Review: Bistro du Vin at Shaw Centre, Singapore

Hello everyone! It's our second time here at Bistro Du Vin and the reason why we are back here again is because we've really enjoyed our previous experience. The food was delicious and the waiters/waitresses were also really polite and friendly, treating us as valued customers. 
Let the feast begin!

Some bread along with butter to keep us occupied as the chefs worked hard on our dishes.

Baked Camembert with apples, smoked bacon
 on toasted sourdough bread

This was my first time trying out the sourdough bread along with camembert. I would say that the taste is really special and surprisingly, both ingredients blended together perfectly but on a side note, I would say that the cheese was kinda strong for my own preference. Furthermore, if I were to add the bacon on top of that, the whole turnout would be too salty for my liking.

Homemade rabbit with nuts, raisins & spices
terrine, salad with hazelnut oil

This was Aaron's first time trying out the rabbit terrine so he did not know what to expect, but the meatloaf of rabbit tasted much like how people would describe it, like chicken but with a firmer texture. It also tasted gamey and matched well with the raisins which gave it a fruity hint. The salad it came with was dressed simply in hazelnut oil. However for this dish, Aaron found the terrine a little dry mid-way through it.

M A I N 
Bouillabaise of fish, clams, mussels & prawns

Myself with my main course

This was my first time trying out the Bouillabaise as my main course. All the ingredients used were of top grade (really fresh) and the texture of the soup was thick, and filled with the fish as well as seafood's flavour. I was surprisingly already almost full when I approached the last few mouths of this dish and I would definitely recommend you to try this out.

Duck leg confit with stewed haricot beans & lamb sausage

And Aaron with his

Just like his entrée, Aaron had the duck leg confit for the first time too and he chose it since it was one of the basic dishes of French cuisine. The leg came with beans and lamb sausages and in his opinion felt quite little for his voracious appetite that day, however the duck’s skin was crispy and with a soft layer of fat that simply melted in his mouth (he swears on this). The meat seemed to have been marinated or perhaps it just had so much flavour in it. There's nothing much to say about this dish other than it being tasty, simple and surprisingly filling!

A D D - O N  
Truffled fries $6

Sautéed mushroom $4 (MUST HAVE)

D E S S E R T 
Crème Brûlée

The whole dessert was baked so beautifully that I could not bear to start eating it. The caramelized sugar top was absolutely crispy with creamy custardy goodness.

Caramelized apple & raisin Crumbles,
roasted apple ice cream & whipped cream

Dessert was a good old apple crumble a la bistro du vin served in a glass. The flavours of the whipped cream, caramelized apple slices and the roasted ‘apple ice cream’ tasted awesome and old-fashioned in a good way although there could have been more crumble.

All prices are subject to prevailing government taxes & 10% service charge*

I would definitely recommend you to make a reservation before hand since it would be best to have your seats secured rather than waiting for the other customers to finish their meal, since most of the time, it's almost full-house during the weekends. Bistro du vin has no frills french food with a really cozy environment, decorated with vintage items. I definitely and strongly recommend this place for couples who enjoy or wish to try out French food.

Bistro du vin 
1 Scotts Road
#02-12 Shaw Centre 
Tel: +65 6733 7763 
Price: $30++ (per pax)
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10pm

Last but not least, here was my outfit of that day, something girly to go along with the Paris mood and not to forget mentioning, all these pictures are taken with Aaron's HTC phone.

Thank you for reading!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Random facts about Me

I thought that it would be quite helpful for you readers to understand more about me and what kind of path this blog is going. Basically, I'm neither one with great makeup, hairstyling skills nor do I excel in fashion styles but all I wish to convey through my blog is to share my love for them. I hope that as we go along each post, you'll learn something different or even special from me.  

It's gotta be pastel and white! I'm no different from other girls out there, loving sweet colours and wanting to dress myself up in pastel coloured clothing to look sweet. But I have the tendency to dress myself up in black or dark colours, perhaps because it's easier to coordinate such clothes together since black rarely goes wrong. I have to admit that sometimes, it's really tiring to spend hours on your hair and makeup, and worse still, making your boyfriend wait for ages since I like to take my own sweet time. But I do enjoy the dolling up process before heading out beautifully.

Myself in darker coloured clothes below↓

I name these three main girls - AMO, Seto Ayumi and LiSA (singer).
I like to extract each of my little favourite points of theirs and coordinate into my own style.
AMO - A Harajuku, Zipper model. Her pastel lavender & brown ombre hair went viral in Harajuku, and even now, it's still popular among girls. I love her doll-like features, makeup and hairdo. From her own produced photo-book, Amoscream, she has highlighted her various fashion styles - Fancy Kids, 90's Rocker✮, French Lolita and Gothic Doll which kindle my interest in her even more. But above all, what I love most about her is her pastel coloured clothing coordination that she puts together to make it her very own AMO style. I absolutely love her signature hairstyle - high twin ponytails being tied with ribbons and laces (most of the time in dolly curls). Not to forget mentioning that her droopy eye-make is well-liked by girls as well, since it makes you look more dolly and innocent.

Seto Ayumi - A Harajuku, Zipper model.I first came across her when her ombre hair attracted my attention as well - Bright cherry red fringe with blonde shade for her hair base. From her own produced photo-book, Ayumi Kidz, she has highlighted her wide fashion styles as well - Kidz & Boy, American Casual, Sporty & Street, Rock, Preppy & School and Girly Pop which shows a very different side of fashion as compared to AMO. So when there's times where I feel like dressing up more boyish, I'll look into Ayumi's fashion styles for some help. Her fashion style is heavily influenced by the American culture since she really loves the food (especially hamburgers), culture, basically almost everything there. That might explain why her favourite colour coordination is red with blue.

LiSA - A Japanese singer, well-known for singing "Ïchiban no Takaramono" for anime, Angel Beats; "Crossing field" for Sword Art Online and "Oath Sign" for Fate/Zero. Her fashion styles are more towards the rocker side since she used to be the vocalist in a rock band before she debuted as a solo artist. I especially adore her coordination of simple graphic tops along with a poofy tulle skirt, matched with lots of punk accessories consisting of skulls and more. Her colour coordination has since become more vibrant and playful and that could be due to the fact that she's in the japanese anime field; Bright colours kindle more energy and joyfulness.

Liz Lisa, Candy Stripper, Bonbon, Katie. 

There's certain cosmetic brands that I use daily but there's also other brands where I like solely for their beautiful packaging such as Majolica Majorca, Too Faced, Shu Uemura and Anna Sui


For 21 years of my life, I've been in straight hair all these while. So I was thinking of undergoing a change this time round; going for a permanent digital perm. Despite loving to try out different kind of hairstyles and hair colours, I've yet to try one that requires bleaching since it might damage my scalp but I would definitely love to try at least once in time to come. Of all the hair lengths, the best responses from friends are the one where I had short hair. Which style do you think suits me best? On a side note, this was the picture (below) I've recently shown to my hairstylist, Desmond for my digital perm advice. I hope that everything goes through smoothly since he has never tried perming my stubborn hair before. But I put all my trust in him as he always has good hands on my hair.

I don't like to stick to one concept every single time. For example, I may dress myself up in pastel coloured clothes today; the next day, I would go for something totally opposite. In my opinion, trying out different styles is a whole lot more interesting than just sticking to one and at the same time, you could slowly discover what suits you best and learn how to enhance yourself as you grow up.

CutecanKill - I've been supporting CCK ever since I found it on the net. All the accessories are hand-made by Lila with love and effort. I've always got a thing for hand-made items and you can truly see the evident great workmanship in them. I do shop at other online stores that sell hand-made items as well but so far, I have the best experience with CCK since Lila's really efficient and sweet. I can't wait for the launch of the next collection!

I hope that you manage to know a little about me today and that I didn't bore you down with such a lengthy post! 

Thank you for reading!  

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Shin Minori Japanese Restaurant at UE Square Shopping Mall

Just to let you guys know, both Aaron and I love to try different kinds of food and last Saturday, we headed over to Shin Minori for some Japanese a-la carte buffet for a change of environment from our usual buffet restaurant hangouts. Perhaps it was our first time visiting the restaurant, thus we were lost in finding our directions there. Shin Minori was a last minute decision, hence we ended up having our dinner buffet at the sushi bar since we did not make any reservations beforehand and that it was full house.

We arrived around six plus, with only a few people around, thus our orders came real quick the moment we placed them on the colourful slips of paper provided. The lighting was not so flattering since it was already turning dark. Please pardon my pictures.
SASHIMI! - It tasted freshly normal. 

Teriyaki chicken

I'm not a lover of tuna mayo sushi but I would say that Shin Minori's was really good as it melts in your mouth without much fishy taste or smell.

Shake Wafu Teppan - Salmon with special sauce 

Ebi Tempura 

Kani Miso Shiru - Cream of crab bean paste soup 
Thumbs up for this! 

There's always room for second round of sashimi!

Hotate Be-kon Piza - Scallop Bacon Pizza
I don't really like this because the whole taste together with the ingredients is just too salty and the pizza crust was cold when served.

Price: ★★★☆☆
The price range is considered acceptable for its wide range of food choices to choose from.

Service: ★★☆☆
Both Aaron and I were very displeased with one of the older female servers because she was totally rude to us, her gestures and movements. She did not bother to excuse herself before clearing the plates while we were halfway eating. She was also in a rush to clear the plates for god knows what reasons. Her attitude was very unprofessional and it feels as though she's working in the wet market when it is a restaurant in the first place. The other servers were fine but thanks to that one black sheep, I feel very uncomfortable during my time there.

Environment: ★★☆☆
It was quite conducive if you minus away the sushi bar point (Totally no space to put our shopping bags or whatsoever. 

Would I come back again?
No, I wouldn't. The location itself is already inconvenient. Even though I shouldn't pinpoint the whole service level of the restaurant to that of that one person, I still felt somewhat uncomfortable during my whole stay that I wish to leave the place as soon as possible. Desserts are not included in the menu and they are billed separately. I rather go to another restaurant where the charges are more expensive but their food quality and service are more top-grade as compared to this restaurant. 

 Outfit of that day

 11.30am - 2.30pm 
Last order: 2.15pm

Monday - Sunday
Price: Adults - $32.00++ || Child - $22.00++

6pm - 10.30pm
Last order: 9.45pm

Monday - Thursday
Price: Adults - $36.00++ || Child - $23.00++

Friday - Sunday, Eve of Public Holiday & PH
Except Christmas Eve, New Year Eve, CNY Eve & Special Occasions*
Price: Adults - $39.00++ || Child - $27.00++

Shin Minori Japanese Restaurant 
UE Square Shopping Mall #03-15/16
81 Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore (239917)
Tel: +65 6733 2272
More info:

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