Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fashionmia wish list 2016

Fashionmia is a lovely site that sells cheap clothing and dresses of all sorts. I've been wanting to buy some more clothing since it's nearly the start of another academic year, so I've made a wish list of some of the things I'd like from the site. Fashionmia sells many long dresses for women which look very pretty and chic.




As you can see, my choices are rather elegant and classy because that's what I like. But they also have styles for everyone, even if you're more into the black and white styles, or the floral-typed clothing. I like simple pieces because they make your face stand out more, and doesn't distract the eye from the person too much.

Definitely check out Fashionmia if you can! 

Important Things That a Diamond Specialist Should Know

Being able to find the right diamond jewellery dealer is important in purchasing the perfect diamond engagement ring for your fiancée.



Buying a diamond ring is a really big step, and choosing the right one can be a little intimidating, especially if you know nothing about the selection process. That said, before making a purchase, it's also ideal to ask a series of questions to your specialist to figure out if you're getting the real deal or not. Here are some of those.


1. Can You Give Me a Grading Report for This Diamond?

As a rule of thumb, you should always ask for a
grading report when buying a diamond ring, because real diamonds come with a grading report from an independent, accredited gemmological laboratory. One of the most popular laboratories that offer a grading report is the GIA. An independently generated report would give you the diamond's real value, authenticity, and quality. Aside from that, GIA also provides a Diamond Dossier. This contains the same information present on the traditional grading report, even without the clarity plotting program. Most importantly, you ought to know that diamonds are also laser inscribed, but in the most compact form, where the stones are available for up to 2.00 carats.

2. Can You Tell How the Diamond Grades In Terms of The 4Cs?

About five decades ago, the Gemmological Institute of America created the world-famous 4C factors for diamonds: the clarity, cut, colour, and carat weight. The best and trusted diamond rings specialist in Brisbane could easily explain these 4Cs in detail.

As a matter of fact, they could even determine which of the Cs are most important for you. As a buyer, you should be asking the jeweller to present you a set of diamonds that can be the best example for the characteristics that you’re looking for. Colourless stones are usually perfect for this.

3. Can You Offer Me a Selection of Diamonds to Compare?

Diamond specialists should be willing to offer the 5-step ring selection process to their clients. This would allow them to see the different kinds of diamonds that fall within the budget of the person. Buying diamonds can be considered as a huge investment; that's why it's very important to thoroughly explore your options first before making a final decision.

4. What Are the Best Ways to Protect My Diamond Investments?

Specialists should help you keep your diamond rings secured, and this can be done through appraisal or having it insured. A reputable diamond specialist would be able to suggest insurers and appraisers that professional grade and identify the value of your diamond ring. Likewise, some of the best specialists would also offer diamond insurance and appraisal to their clients.

5. What Are the Best Ways to Take Care of a Diamond Ring?


Although diamonds are durable, it's important to note that they aren't really indestructible. Thus, it's very important to talk to a jeweller and ask about the best ways to care and clean your diamond rings so that it would maintain its beauty for years to come.

There you have it; these are just some of the most important questions that you should ask your specialist before buying a diamond ring. Knowing the answer to these basic questions would help you pick the right one that could last for generations.

Important Things That a Diamond Specialist Should Know

Being able to find the right diamond jewellery dealer is important in purchasing the perfect diamond engagement ring for your fiancée.



Buying a diamond ring is a really big step, and choosing the right one can be a little intimidating, especially if you know nothing about the selection process. That said, before making a purchase, it's also ideal to ask a series of questions to your specialist to figure out if you're getting the real deal or not. Here are some of those.


1. Can You Give Me a Grading Report for This Diamond?

As a rule of thumb, you should always ask for a
grading report when buying a diamond ring, because real diamonds come with a grading report from an independent, accredited gemmological laboratory. One of the most popular laboratories that offer a grading report is the GIA. An independently generated report would give you the diamond's real value, authenticity, and quality. Aside from that, GIA also provides a Diamond Dossier. This contains the same information present on the traditional grading report, even without the clarity plotting program. Most importantly, you ought to know that diamonds are also laser inscribed, but in the most compact form, where the stones are available for up to 2.00 carats.

2. Can You Tell How the Diamond Grades In Terms of The 4Cs?

About five decades ago, the Gemmological Institute of America created the world-famous 4C factors for diamonds: the clarity, cut, colour, and carat weight. The best and trusted diamond rings specialist in Brisbane could easily explain these 4Cs in detail.

As a matter of fact, they could even determine which of the Cs are most important for you. As a buyer, you should be asking the jeweller to present you a set of diamonds that can be the best example for the characteristics that you’re looking for. Colourless stones are usually perfect for this.

3. Can You Offer Me a Selection of Diamonds to Compare?

Diamond specialists should be willing to offer the 5-step ring selection process to their clients. This would allow them to see the different kinds of diamonds that fall within the budget of the person. Buying diamonds can be considered as a huge investment; that's why it's very important to thoroughly explore your options first before making a final decision.

4. What Are the Best Ways to Protect My Diamond Investments?

Specialists should help you keep your diamond rings secured, and this can be done through appraisal or having it insured. A reputable diamond specialist would be able to suggest insurers and appraisers that professional grade and identify the value of your diamond ring. Likewise, some of the best specialists would also offer diamond insurance and appraisal to their clients.

5. What Are the Best Ways to Take Care of a Diamond Ring?


Although diamonds are durable, it's important to note that they aren't really indestructible. Thus, it's very important to talk to a jeweller and ask about the best ways to care and clean your diamond rings so that it would maintain its beauty for years to come.

There you have it; these are just some of the most important questions that you should ask your specialist before buying a diamond ring. Knowing the answer to these basic questions would help you pick the right one that could last for generations.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Designer Fever - featuring Stylewe !

Designer clothes shopping is never easy- usually one has to go into the actual shop for these sorts of boutique experiences. But fear no more- I recently dissevered a new clothes shopping site called stylewe.com which actually sells designer clothing from all over the world (think Japan, Korea and USA) for a relatively reasonable price. 

Stylewe's site is really easy to use. You can select what type of clothing you're looking for at the top, and along the sides you can filter the results as you wish. For example, if I'm looking for a Black maxi dress I can simply filter my search and find the ones I'm looking for. You can even filter by designers, such as Lonyuash, Elenyun or Vienfuns

As a girl who loves fashion, I'm really fond of browsing for different styles of clothing online. Shopping online is so much easier than shopping in person, although it takes a bit longer to choose. Some of my favourite classic designer styles from their site include:


As you can see, Stylewe sells really classy pieces. I particularly love how they don't focus on cheap items like other online shops. They're all about designer brands, classic cuts and elegant colours. You'll find nothing that is super cheap on the site, but it's for when you need a splurge on a wardrobe staple piece, or perhaps something wearable for a long time. 

What do you think of my choices? 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Josephine Square Tortoise Sunglasses- ft. Glassesshop

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When I went to Taiwan on my little holiday trip (see previous post) I wore sunglasses because it was super hot. I got my new pair of sunnies in a neat sunglasses shop called Glassesshop, which sells an affordable range of glasses and sunglasses. My favourites are their vintage glasses frames ranges, which range from fresno glasses to cat-eyed sunglasses. They even sell aviators and ray-ban shaped ones. They have  almost everything for anyone! 

These glasses were great quality- they didn't break even though I treated them poorly and stuffed them into my bag along with everything else. They also protected me against the sun well, and had brown eye shades instead of the usual black. I like the fact that they compliment my face shape a lot- I think that's really important when you pick sunglasses. 

Overall, I'm very happy with this purchase, though they're not prescription glasses and may require contact lenses for short-sighted people. 

What do you think of these sunglasses? 

OL-styled dress- Cndirect review

Hey lovelies! I'd like to introduce to you CNDirect, a cool online shop which sells clothing and accessories for everyone. In fact, they sell baby's clothing and electronics as well as other types of products. It's like an online one-stop shop.

I had the privilege of trying to order one of their dresses as a trial and I'm happy to report that it arrived in one piece and it turned out to be one of my most-worn dresses of this summer (since I had to do an internship and had to dress "professionally" each day). I'm going to share some pictures with you now because pictures speak a thousand words…


As you can see, the quality of the dress is really good. It is thick, and warm, and perfect for autumn or winter. It is also very sturdy and zips properly at the back. In fact, I got some compliments from it at work whilst wearing it. People said that I look quite vintage in it, which is true because of the ruffle-styled sleeves of this dress. I like the length best- since I like to wear shorter skirts since my legs aren't that long anyways.

Overall, I'm very pleased with my order. Again, do check carefully before ordering because their sizes seem to be a bit on the small side- I had to order L to fit when I usually order a M.

Remember to use the coupon code (valid until 13/08/2016):

"cndirect-lyf15" for 15% off for items
"cndirect-lyf14" for 14% off for whole orders

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Taipei Adventure (Day 2)

So day 2 of my awesome Taipei trip was filled with… nothing but food, railway tracks, lanterns, coffee and more food. Literally, that is what me and my friend had all day. We went to a place called Shi Fen, which was a village with a single railway track running across it. Today's outfit was a maxi floral dress, which felt good because the weather was really hot. I love maxi dresses, sometimes I wish I can wear them everyday back home. 

Our first stop was of course to get waffles at a cozy coffee shop in Xi Men Ding, a bustling place full of shops and also where we happen to stay. The neighbourhood reminds me of Hong Kong's busy streets, with a twist of Japan and China. 




On our way to the railway station, we stopped by and got the famous Taiwanese matcha cheese tarts - they're so delicious and gooey in the middle. I can't help but drool at the thought of them… cheese tart perfection.

Our first top was a cat village in Hou Tong, where we saw lots of cats roam everywhere. It was quite cute, except it was really hot so I didn't take much photos.









We finally reached Shi Fen during the late afternoon, at around 5pm. At this point, it was raining really badly, so the photos are grey and cloudy, but thanks to the power of my Leica camera, everything STILL looks alright. The railway tracks would have looked even better if it was bright and sunny, but we had to make do. The village sold nougat bars, and we bought a few each. They're so delicious!




After sending our lantern up in the rainy sky, we headed to another night market (of which I can't remember the name) and had some food. I had some fried taro balls filled with custard, which was VERY tasty. I guess I can't take fried foods well though, because I got a sore throat the next day. Nonetheless, it was really delectable and I was so impressed with the night market's choice of food.

We also had the famous Taiwanese beef noodles with soup - the broth was fresh and the meat was tender, and overall it was a very filling bowl of noodles. Apparently, some of the noodles won prizes at food competitions, so that was interesting.




That's pretty much it for day 2- it was a rainy, food-filled day!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Taipei Bliss - A Summer Trip (Day 1)

I just got back from a 5-day trip to Taipei, Taiwan with my best friend, and we had such a fantastic time! I'm going to show you everything I did in these 5 days, including the TONS of food that we ate. In fact, I ate so much that I have a bit of a sore throat now. It doesn't pay that all of the Taipei street food are fried, although they are simply delicious!

On our first day, we took a morning flight and went straight to eat lunch when we arrived. We went to Dazzling Cafe, which is a chain store that you can find in many Asian countries like Hong Kong. They had lovely lattes and coffees. We also went to a waffle store and had a chewy, melty matcha waffle. It was so good, probably because we were starving.


The streets of Taipei is so vintage, and almost every street looks photogenic. It looks a lot like a Japanese street, fused with a Chinese village. However, the buildings are really modern on the inside so the exteriors are deceiving. I love the little narrow streets that are full of red and blue signs. They look quite endearing.

Next we went to Songshan cultural and creative park, which is an artsy hub full of exhibitions and interesting tidbits to look at. We saw some furniture exhibition from the Middle East, as well as a book fair which sold Doraemon, my favourite childhood comic.

It so happens that the creative park was next to Eslite Bookstore, which is  one of Taipei's biggest bookstores and commercial chains. The Eslite was large and sold many clothing and accessories as well as books. We needed the aircon so we spent a lot of time browsing the store.


We had a little walk after the bookstore, and checked out the boutique stores around the area. I love the boutique shops because they're so chic and perfect for photos. They look so adorable also, no wonder Taipei is a destination for Instagrammers and photographers! 


Our last stop was a night market, which was quite large but sold more clothes than food. We did try the best Shan Jian Bao (pan fried pork buns) in the market- it was piping hot and bite-sized, and oozed meat juice when you bit into it. It was so good! 



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