Friday, August 29, 2014

Fashion Fridays: Leaf Prints

Move over, floral prints. Let's make way for the latest fashion trend in town, leaf prints. 

To be honest, leaf prints have never appealed to me in the past. There's just too much green. I wore a lot of green during my school days, no thanks to the schools that I went to, and among all the colours in the colour wheel, green is probably my least favourite. Well, but lo and behold, green has taken the fashion scene by storm this season, in the form of leaf motifs no less. 

As the old adage goes, what goes around comes around.  Instead of fading into the background, the green foliage that usually accompany glorious blooms have now taken centre stage. For once in what seems like an eternity, leaf prints have plunged right into the spotlight.

Unlike their floral counterparts which tend to exude a saccharine sweetness, leaf motifs give off a chic, edgy vibe that makes it a lot more wearable. Making a statement with leaves is literally a no-brainer too. For the more adventurous, you may want to challenge yourself by putting together a print-on-print ensemble. 

 This was what I had in mind initially, but that very day, I decided on a clean, minimalist look by incorporating a white crop top and playing with proportions. Crop tops and high waist bottoms are a match made in heaven. When paired together, they elongate your torso and make you look taller than you really are.

To further balance out the busy leaf prints and avoid revealing too much skin, I threw on a long white vest. White vests like these are worthy wardrobe investments as they serve as wonderful cover-ups (I don't fancy skimpy outfits) and can easily take you from work to play.

Crop top from MDS
Vest from Tracyeinny
Shorts from Zara
Bag from Givenchy
Cuff from Hermes
Shoes from Charles & Keith

 This beautiful pair of high waist shorts from Zara is one of my current wardrobe favourites, hence you can be sure that I'll be on the lookout for different styling options.

Meanwhile, I am currently sorting out my Malacca trip photos and I hope to share them with you soon.  

Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend ahead!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Platinum Ash Hair with Naoki Yoshihara by Ash

I change my hair colour frequently and I cannot be more grateful to Masa san from Naoki Yoshihara by Ash for taking such wonderful care of my hair. I always know my hair is in good hands with Masa san around and I trust his recommendations, especially when it comes to selecting the right hair colour to match my skin tone. 

I generally suit lighter colours and one of my favourite shades is ash. There are several variations of ash, but this was my first time trying Platinum Ash thanks to Masa san's recommendation.

Over time, the yellow/orange undertones in my hair colour tend to show up, which irks me because it makes my hair look really unhealthy. This platinum ash shade is perfect for concealing the yellow/orange undertones and my hair looks shinier and healthier too!

This was also one of the rare occasions when Karen and I managed to time our appointments together. As you can tell, colours with reddish undertones suit her really well as they complement her skin tone.

It's important to choose a colour that flatters your skin tone to enhance your overall appearance and look your best. And with a good hairstylist like Masa san, it's easy to look your best all the time!

If you need advice on what suits you best, remember to make an appointment with Masa san at Naoki Yoshihara by Ash. 

Naoki Yoshihara by Ash

177 River Valley Road
Liang Court  #02-15/16
Singapore 179030
6333 5662

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fashion Fridays: Derby Themed Outfit for Singapore Blog Awards 2014

As promised, today's edition of Fashion Fridays is all about my outfit for the recently concluded Singapore Blog Awards 2014. The theme for the event was derby, or anything with horses. I had initially planned to pair my fascinator with a cocktail dress but I eventually decided to go with a Valentino inspired full lace romper as I had a lunch appointment thereafter and I didn't want to look out of place.

I love how this romantic number from Ching exudes a touch of femininity and elegance. The intricate lace details and the trail of bows sprinkled down the back of the romper completely stole my heart. I also adore the long lace sleeves with scallop trimmings as they balance out the shorter hemlines, elevating the overall look to one that effortlessly transitions from casual to semi-formal in the blink of an eye.

I needed a break from my sky high heels, and in times like this, I always turn to wedges for comfort without compromising on style. 

I have featured this glamorous bling wedges from Pazzion on a number of occasions previously. Metallic hues like gold and silver are always a breeze to work with because they go with practically anything and everything. They are a must-have addition to any wardrobe thanks to their unrivaled versatility. Moreover, the lovely rhinestones on this pair also add a little sparkle to the ensemble, which is perfect for special events and functions.

Lace Romper from Ching (Far East Plaza)
Fascinator from Sydney flea market
Accessories from Chanel
Shoes from Pazzion
Clutch from Karen (it was a Christmas gift!)

I completed the look with a whimsical pony clutch, which was a Christmas gift from Karen. We share similar tastes in fashion and she never fails to pick out the loveliest gifts. 

This cute little clutch bears a striking resemblance to a wooden rocking horse that was once my favourite toy and I love how it evokes a sense of childlike wonder and nostalgia by bringing back fond memories of my childhood.

Have a great weekend ahead! I am making a trip to Malacca this weekend for a tour of Julie's Biscuit factory. For real time updates and to find out what else I am up to, do follow my instagram account @reginachow_sg !

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Singapore Blog Awards 2014: Best Fashion Blog Winner

I attended the Singapore Blog Awards 2014 Ceremony at Scape last Saturday as a nominee for the Best Fashion Blog category and to my utter amazement, I won! I really wasn't expecting to win this year as time wasn't on my side and I was too preoccupied with several ongoing commitments to rally for votes, so this truly came as a surprise. A very pleasant surprise too, if I may add. To say that it was surreal would be a huge understatement.

Words alone can't express how grateful I am to everyone for your continued support towards this humble space of mine, especially those of you who voted for me everyday. You know who you are.

I would also like to thank my hubby, JW, for taking all my OOTD photographs. He may be behind the scenes most of the time, but he has always played a critical role in the development of my blog, be it in terms of photography or even just providing a sounding board for new ideas, so in many ways, this award belongs to him too! Given that fitness is increasingly becoming an integral part of my life (in addition to fashion), JW, who is a fitness enthusiast and rockclimbing addict, will also be assuming a more active role on my blog by providing fitness tips on a regular basis. Do keep your eyes peeled for more updates from him!

It was an honour to receive the award from Ms Sim Ann, Minister of State, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Communications and Information, who also happens to be my ex-classmate. We both took a translation and interpretation course many years back and it has been some time since we last met. Fate works in mysterious ways, and it was wonderful to be able to catch up with her. Coincidentally, we were both in feminine lace outfits too.

The night before the awards ceremony, my blogger friend, Grace, who is fond of interviewing people from all walks of life, threw me a question.

 If you know you did better than the winner, but yet you were not chosen as the winner, how do you deal with the outcome? How do you deal with failure?

 Perhaps I could start off with my definition of success. Happiness is my definition of success in life. I enjoy writing and my blog is purely borne out of a desire to share my passion for fashion, beauty and travel. Writing, styling and photography form the root of my happiness as they allow my creative juices to flow and make me feel alive.

It is absolutely gratifying to be able to do what I like and to know that there are people out there who read my blog and appreciate what I do. At the end of the day, the outcome of the competition does not affect my happiness level, although I cannot deny that being recognized for my efforts is definitely a bonus, and for that, I would like to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart.

Many thanks to my dear friend Rafidah who gamely joined me for the awards ceremony too. I was very touched by her spontaneity as most of my friends (and even JW) prefer not to attend events.  

It was a great opportunity for us to catch up as well given that she had just returned from a stint in Dubai. It is always a pleasure to have Rafidah around. Her positive energy is so infectious and she is always very encouraging. 

Rafidah & I

There weren't many familiar faces (to me at least) at this year's awards, hence it was pretty comforting to see Smith, who was aptly dressed as a fluffy unicorn, in accordance to the derby/horse theme. Needless to say, he completely stole the limelight at the event.  Congrats to him too for winning Best Lifestyle Blog!

That's my bag, by the way. ;) Wasn't it a perfect match for his outfit?

Smith & I

I also made some new friends that day, one of whom was Shirley(first runner-up, Best Cooking Blog) who makes bento sets that look so jaw droppingly beautiful, they are literally works of art. You really have to check out her work on her blog. She is amazing! We have been chatting on instagram for a while and I was so glad I finally got to meet her in person!

Shirley and I

I had a lunch gathering with my university mates after the ceremony and the lovely girls told me that I was mentioned in the news. If you are interested to find out more, here are two media articles for your reference. I have included the links as well, so all you have to do is click on the images below:

Thank you once again! More pictures of my outfit will be up this Friday!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Climbing in Singapore

Climbing in Castle Hill, New Zealand
 [Guest post by JW, Regina's hubby, who is an avid rockclimber and fitness fanatic.]

With a social wave of fitness hitting our island-state, it’s no wonder that climbing is now a rapidly growing sport in Singapore! It strengthens the body, requires technique and challenges the psyche – an absolutely mind-blowing and adrenaline-pumping experience. I particularly enjoy climbing overseas, against the backdrop of beautiful scenery which will take your breath away to the point of sweet suffocation, but before you even get there, you first have to start climbing in Singapore. Having climbed in Singapore for a good 10+ years, I guess I'm in a decent position to write about it! =P

I first started climbing in 2003 when my army mate HH recommended the sport to me. Back then, while I trained competitively in the comfort of NUS Bouldering Gym, popular commercial climbing spots were Yishun SAFRA and Bukit Merah SAFRA. How things are quite different now... So lemme give my lowdown on climbing gyms in Singapore which I've been to (I shall discuss 'natural' in a subsequent post). I don’t frequent all of them regularly and this is purely my personal opinion so please feel free to comment if you beg to differ or if you spot any inaccuracies!

60 Tessensohn Road Singapore 217664 (Nearest MRT Station: Farrer Park)

Credit: Climb Asia
  One of the most established climbing gyms in Singapore, CA really offers a good spread of options for climbers – which I deem as its competitive edge. Two storeys of indoor bouldering, wide selection of indoor top-rope climbing, and even a 15m outdoor wall for lead-climbing and speed-climbing. 

The location is also one of the most central compared to the rest. Its focus on route-setting somehow feels more diminished over the years as it seems to cater more to climbing courses/events and the top-rope community since the bouldering crowd is quite seasoned. You can also check out Team Climb Asia in action e.g. some of Singapore’s top boulderers Haroz Foo and Xu Liting.

Price per entry: $14 for non-members and $7-$9 for members
60 Yishun Avenue 4 Singapore 769027 (Nearest MRT Station: Yishun)

Credits: SAFRA

For outdoor lovers, this is da place to climb! You get the breeze, the sunlight, and unfortunately, the rain too as well sometimes... Some people may find it scarier coz the climbing feels more exposed but you’ll get used to it soon (I hope!). The high-wall texture is great – you can smear more confidently without slipping compared to other gyms. The route-setting is also top quality, thanks to Paul Soo and gang who dedicate much time and effort to it. For a period, it became kinda infamous for sand-bagging i.e. stiffer route-grading but who cares? Climbing is not about the grades (yeah right!)… YS also boasts the highest outdoor wall (25m) in Singapore and an air-conditioned boulder gym although not much serious attention has been paid to them vis-√†-vis the 15m walls for top-rope and lead-climbing.

Price per entry: $16.05 for non-members and $10.70 for members/students

100 Guillemard Road Singapore 399718 (Nearest MRT Station: Guillemard)

Credit: Onsight Climbing
The biggest indoor gym in Singapore! And also very crowded recently – for good reason, I suppose. Being indoors, its competitive edge is all-weather sport-climbing. It has really nice high-wall routes for top-rope and lead-climbing. 

My only grouse is that the route-setters may sometimes have been too carried away and set a few routes which criss-cross – meaning two lanes may get occupied by a single climber – which however makes for interesting climbs. I’m more into sport-climbing so I’m not very sure about the bouldering. The few times I tried, I found the boulder routes pretty challenging and organised. And since one of Singapore’s top female boulderers Felicia Lim hangs out at OS, you know the quality is there.

Price per entry: $18 for non-members and $11-$13 for members/students 

48 Toh Guan Road East #05-152 Enterprise Hub Singapore 608586 (Nearest MRT Station: Jurong East)

Credit: Climbers Laboratory
A great place for beginners! I like the rough wall-texture and abundance of easy routes for me to guide interested friends who are new to the sport or wish to build their sport-climbing foundation. 

The only short-comings (pun intended) are its inaccessible location and 8m walls which are too short for more advanced sport-climbers to push their limits. But well, parking is free if you drive. And there is a lovely horizontal roof section to lead-climb which can’t really be found in other climbing gyms. It is also enjoyable because it is generally less crowded than the rest, which allows you to hop on the route of your choice almost anytime and take your time to work on climbing fundamentals/moves on-rope aka route-hog or hangdog without feeling too self-conscious.

Price per entry: $11-$13 for non-members and $7-$9 for members 

160 Paya Lebar Road Singapore 409022 (Nearest MRT Station: MacPherson)

Credit: Kinetics Climbing
An awesome place for bouldering enthusiasts! A lot of effort is placed on quality boulder route-setting so there is no need to squeeze your own brain juices (you can still do so if you wish to). I must say that bouldering offers more thrill and comfort with its acrobatic possibilities on the wall and cosy rest-time on the mattress. It also allows you to focus on training specific techniques or holds – be it dyno, drop-knee, side-step, slopers or crimps – which are important for both budding and advanced climbers. While you may not find the option of high-wall climbing, you can probably draw inspiration from one of Singapore’s top climbers Jay Koh or steal some tricks from Team PMS!

Price per entry: $16 for non-members and $10 for members 

1 Stadium Place #B1-01 Kallang Wave Singapore 397628 (Nearest MRT Station: Stadium)

Credit: Geraldine Kong
The newest kid on the block! And my, does it have a lot to offer – in terms of non-climbing stuff, heh! High quality walls with well-set routes (mostly 5s and 6s tho'), air-conditioned and in close proximity to the likes of H&M and Starbucks – I believe that it will appeal to many who crave a mall-break between climbs! 

Indeed, it’s easy to see why the crowd is growing. CC also boasts the highest indoor climbing wall in Singapore – at 16m. It is rather exhibitionist, surrounded by curious onlookers/shoppers on a few storeys, which will perhaps go down well with our younger generations and also hopefully encourage more people to try or support the sport. The bouldering section is still under construction, but I’m sure it’ll be another cool feature!

Price per entry: $14-$20 for day pass and $140 for 10-session pass 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Fashion: 5 Types of Boots for your Body Type

Nancy Sinatra said, all sultrily, that these boots were made for walking. The question is: which boots? How do you know which boots are made for you, when you shop for boots online or
in stores?

One of my fashion inspirations is Kate Moss and she looks amazing in boots. But well, she is Kate Moss after all. She can wear stilts and still look fabulous in them. 

The rest of us mortals, however, need to find the right footwear that flatters our shape.

Here are some tips for choosing the right boots:

1. Ankle boots

Ankle boots are all the rage now. Supermodels like Alexa Chung and, yes, Kate Moss, as well as A-list trendsetters like Kate Bosworth are totally rocking their ankle booties. 

Before you rush out to grab a pair, though, understand that if you have cankles (that's ankles that are as thick as your calves instead of tapered), ankle boots are not your friend. Resting at the ankle, they may make your ankles look shorter and stockier. 

Women with slim, tapered calves are better suited to these. Otherwise, these are generally flattering for any figure - pear, apple, boyish, petite - and climate-appropriate for Singapore.

2. Knee-high boots

Good news, ladies: knee high boots are universally flattering. They make your legs look slimmer and longer. The pointy finish at the toes add extra length and enhance the silhouette of your legs, too. In other words, this is gold. Finally, something that not only supermodels can wear.

However, petite girls like me should be careful about going too high as knee high boots can be a tad overwhelming for my frame. You don’t want to look like the boots are wearing you instead of you wearing the boots. That aside, the only other drawback is the sweltering Singapore weather. Save these for your overseas trips during the cold wintry months instead.

3. Platform boots

Proceed with caution. I repeat, proceed with caution. Unless you really need the extra height. These wicked babies throw your proportions really off, as all the weight is concentrated beneath your feet. 

To be honest, I'd advise against wearing these at all. Why risk looking like a clumsy horse when you've got more elegant styles like platform-heeled boots? They are much less chunky, and lend you the height as well as the tough vibes that boots offer.

4. Calf-length boots

Sure, these look really edgy. And in relaxed cuts, calf-length boots can be really comfortable. But bottom heavy women should definitely avoid them. They make your calves look bigger and your legs shorter, cutting off your legs mid-calf.

If you are bottom heavy and absolutely must wear boots of this length, remember to play with your proportions and balance them out with, say, a flared skirt or a flowy top. And wear them with loads of attitude!

5. Flat boots

If you value comfort above anything else, then flat boots are your answer. There's a reason why Ugg boots are so popular! Just watch your proportions. Do as Zoe Saldana and Cindy Crawford did here:

And keep things streamlined and casual with skinny jeans, a sleek top and loose hair.

See? You can make boots work for you. With the right cut and length for your shape, your boots will be made for walking too.


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