Surprises On My Birthday

It was my birthday yesterday and I received 2 surprises at work. When the delivery guy called to tell me that there is something for me from Keto Sis, I was puzzled.   He said he was already at my office and I should come down to get my item.  So when I met him at the door, he handed me a bag and said “Happy Birthday”  *chuckle*.

The box of keto cupcakes was sent to me by my 2 sisters.  What a pleasant surprise!

6 different types of keto cupcakes and they are Lemon zesty, onde, onde, salted caramel, choc cream, peanut butter choc and vanilla.  I had the lemon zesty and it was so delicious.  I didn’t get any cakes for my birthday and the cupcakes are just perfect.

The 2nd surprise was a bunch of gorgeous blooms.

When the doorbell rang and the delivery guy asked for me, I was again surprised.  He handed me a bunch of sweet flowers and there was no name on the card.  Yes, an anonymous sender who knows where my office is.   So blessed.  Thank you to my sisters and the anonymous sender for the wonderful surprises on my birthday.  They made my birthday so much sweeter.

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The Best Shapewear To Make Women Feel Their Best

By this time, most of our lingerie closet is already stocked with different types of comfortable underwear.  Besides that, it should also be filled with great shapewear pieces.  Shapewear can help us feel and look our best.  This piece of clothing offer tummy control, help to slim love handles, muffin top and more.  Not only do these handy undergarments lift us in all the right places, but they also help make a seamless base that helps our clothes look and fit better.

The number of options available can feel overwhelming. In order to help you narrow down the pieces that are actually worth buying, here are some of the best shapewear for women that flatter and offer something for everyone regardless of the target areas or style preferences.

AirSlim™ Adjustable Crotch Butt Lifting Shapewear

This style offers even more compression and you can wear your own bra if you prefer. It has all-over smoothing benefits and panels in the midsection give extra support.

AirSlim™ Backless Underwear Thong Shapewear

This popular bodysuit features a plunging neckline and a low back, making it ideal to wear under low-cut tops or dresses or wedding dresses. It also features adjustable, convertible straps that can be worn as halterneck or crisscross.  This shapewear smooths the tummy and lift the bust.

AirSlim™ Open Bust Postpartum Recovery Full Body Shaper

For mothers who have gone through pregnancy and would like to give themselves a little more lift, you may want to get your hands on postpartum shapewear for added support. The above full body shaper will give you full control for all areas of your torso, hips and thighs.  This shapewear features removable chest straps to adjust armpit seams, front hook and zip closure and open crotch to make going to the bathroom easy.

Apart from following a consistent diet and regular exercise, waist training can help with weight loss.  Curvy women who are looking for shapewear that could help in their weight loss journey can check out some plus size waist trainer.  Donning a waist trainer while exercising can help reach your fitness goal quickly.  The waist trainer belt will speed up perspiration during exercise, increase tummy temperature and remove toxins and burn fat.

As long as worn properly, shapewear is relatively comfortable. So whether you want to shape your thighs, lift your butt or enhance your hips, Shapellx has got you covered.

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Be Kind

A friend shared this on Facebook today and I want to share it here as a reminder.  All of us are in this together but we are not going through the same thing.  Just be mindful and be kind.

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The Importance Of Choosing Organic Skincare

I do not use a lot of makeup but I only leave my house when I put on my eyeliner, draw my eyebrow and put on my lipstick.  My skincare routine is very simple and I only use a rather basic range such as face wash, moisturizer, sunscreen and serum which I use at night.  As such I am very particular about the products I put on my skin.  I read the labels before purchasing and I do not buy products that are loaded with chemicals because this can damage my skin.

Clean skincare with ingredients that are found in flower, vegetables and fruit offer restorative and protective qualities for our skin. All these ingredients are natural and are not mixed with synthetic fragrances or toxic preservatives.  Clean skincare will also protect us from UV rays and help to reduce dark spots and fine lines.  One such skincare company that offers organic skin care is Ofra Cosmetics, a leading manufacturer of professional skincare and makeup with over 24 years of manufacturing experience.  Ofra Cosmetics formulates and produce exclusive vegan skin care and makeup products in-house. It has a wide range of affordable organic products that can help to achieve radiant and glowing skin and at the same time, help protect the planet too.

If you are thinking of switching your skin care products, take a look at these natural skincare products from Ofra Cosmetics that you can use to replace the products in your current routine:-

Vitamin C Cleanser

This Vitamin C Cleanser has a lovely citrus scent that can wipe away dirt, oil and skin impurities. It is perfect for day and night.

After Make-Up Balm

This nourishing after make-up cleansing balm can remove the toughest makeup and is gentle on the skin.  Made with sunflower seed oil and vitamin E, this lightweight balm helps the skin to retain moisture and keep the skin looking youthful and radiant. Good for all skin types.

Royalty Vitamin C Moisturizer

This smooth hydrator is lightweight, velvety and make your skin feels like royalty. It is loaded with Vitamin C to help correct dark spots and get your skin glowing.  This moisturizer helps to protect the face from the sun, future breakouts, and moisture loss.

Vitamin C Serum

This serum is made with 25% of L-Ascorbic Acid which makes it the ultimate intensive Vitamin C treatment. Suitable for combination, oily, and acne-prone skin, this non-oily formula promotes the formation of collagen for a healthy, even skin tone.  It  will also reduce fine lines, treats dark spots, discolorations, and sun damaged skin cells.

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Visiting Zoo Negara On The Last Day Of 2020

My friend asked us if we would like to go to Zoo Negara again with her and her children on New Year’s Eve and we quickly said yes.  The last time we went to the zoo together was 4 years ago.  My friend said she would like to support the zoo since there has been news about Zoo Negara needing funds to keep the animals alive. The zoo was without any visitors for a few months in 2020 due to the Movement Control Order.  The pandemic is really killing a lot businesses and even the zoo is not spared.

The tickets to Zoo Negara is not cheap and for an adult or child above 12 years old, the price is RM38.  My friend who is a foreigner has to pay RM75 for a ticket.  Parking is RM10.  Very steep eh?  Well, we took it as a donation to the zoo to help the poor animals.

We were all super excited and went to the zoo at 9am.  With the maps in hand, we walked everywhere to see the animals.  I must say that the animals look tired or bored.  The place is unkempt with no proper signages in certain areas.  So sad to see the state of the zoo.  The only new development is the new building for reptiles.  The old reptile house has been torn down and is now replaced with new one with aircond.  However, it is still a work in progress so we only got to see a handful of snakes and 2 huge tortoises.

We waited for the multi-animal show time which starts at 12pm.  As we were late, the seating area was closed by the time we got there.  They are limiting visitors into the area to practice social distancing.  We all hovered around the outside and climbed onto the steps to watch the show.  Alas, it was a let-down.  They have the same routine since 10 years ago and even the music is the same.  Wish Zoo Negara came out with some new tricks.

Here are some photos taken on that day.

Photo taken outside the zoo

Leopard roaming around its cage

Wallaby

Sad little miniature horse

Giraffes feeding time.  There is a new lookout point for visitors to get close to the giraffes.

I think the pandas are the most taken care of and comfortable animals in the zoo.

Elephant

The white tiger

My friend bought the zoo negara tickets online because she thought they are limiting the number of visitors into the zoo due to the pandemic but from what we saw, there was no limit. We left at around 2 pm and the zoo was getting crowded.  I wish more is being done to keep the zoo in a better shape.

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Fall/Winter Tops And Sweater Guide

It is important to have good quality and functional basics in your closet no matter the season.  With these styles, you will be able to create a variety of looks and get tons of wear out of each individual piece.  If you have been spending your time wearing sweatpants and leggings, it is time to put on something different this year eventhough you are working from home and doing zoom meetings all day.

Read on to find exciting new things like getting some tops online that can help you step up your wardrobe.

Cable Knit Sweater

A fall and winter staple, cable knit sweaters have always been embraced for their warmth and iconic style.  This sweater style will keep you feeling cozy and looking chic.

Chunky Knit Sweater

Chunky sweaters are everywhere right now.  They are easy to layer with and tuck into jeans.

Striped Sweater

If your closet is full of neutrals and basic, having stripes go with everything.  It helps freshen and update your look.

Cardi

This season, make a fitted cardigan your workhorse wardrobe staple. Pair your cardi as a top with a pleated maxi skirt and boots, or wear it as a layering piece, peeking out beneath a blazer.

Turtleneck

One of the most worn items every fall and winter, turtlenecks are so comfortable and versatile.  It can be tuck into a pants or wear with a skirt.

Floral Blouse

If you are not into big prints but are looking for something different other than sweaters, then perhaps a floral blouse that is neutral in color and has a smaller print may be what you need.  You can pair this top with denim and some slip on mules for a chic but effortless look.

With the temperature dipping, your outfits need to keep you warm and looking your best. Knits are perfect for winter layering. Layers help to define your style from the inside out. You can start light with thin long sleeves and build your way up with heavier layers as you go.  Hope the above trendy sweaters and outfit inspiration can help to create the perfect look.
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How To Style Casual Sneakers With Dresses

If you grew up wearing a pair of Converse or Nike sneakers, you already know that the right sneakers can make a statement.  In fact, sneakers can be the difference between a basic outfit or a chic outfit.  The humble sneaker has been elevated from the gym floor to the runways.  Sneakers can give your work from home ensemble a luxe outfit.

If there is one style trend that is a favorite amongst influencers, it would be a dress with sneakers.  When paired with breezy maxis or micro minis, sneakers can earn you major style points and also keep your feet comfortable.  If you want to switch things up a bit, here are the casual sneaker trends to know and the best ways to style them.

If you would like to rock your favorite frilly dress in the daytime, casual sneakers like this pair above make the look more practical.

If you are rocking a longer hemline, go for high top shoes like this pair above that will set your look apart.

Sporty sneakers are not just for your workout session.  Paired with a cool-girl leather skirt and they look seriously chic.

Simple styling and monochromatic color palette can make a fancy dress pair well with casual sneaker.  Wear a full black dress and match it with a pair of black sneakers and you are ready to slay.

Yes, dad sneakers or chunky sneakers are still trending.  Love them or hate them, there is no denying the popularity of these chunky footwear.  They first appeared in the 80’s and that is why they have a retro vibe. Who said you can’t pair chunky sneakers with dresses? Nail the look with a sexy slip dress or a shirt dress.

Wearing a dress is already simple enough, but with the addition of a pair of sneakers will have you giving off that cool-girl vibe in one easy step. Now that you have got your sneakers covered, find some cheap dresses online to complete your ensemble.  Whether you doing a grocery run or a small gathering with friends, dressing up in a dress with sneakers should be your go-to outfit.

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My Sensitive Hand

I have been sanitizing my hands frequently with sanitizers that contain alcohol and this is what happened to my fingers ……

My hands become dry and coarse, and the skin on my fingers cracked.  This usually happens when I use the sanitizers provided by the shops which I frequent.  I believe it is due to the strong alcohol content.  It is painful and uncomfortable.  I have to keep applying hand lotion during the day and at night, I used Rosken which helps the healing process.  I know it is better to wash my hands with soap and water but whenever I am out, it is hard to keep going to the washrooms to wash my hands.

I am trying to find Gloves In A Bottle, a hand lotion which I have used many years ago. It acts like a pair of invisible gloves and keeps the hands moisturized and protected.  I can’t seem to find this lotion at the pharmacies now.

Are your hands sensitive like mine too?

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Spark Some Joy In Your Life With A Charm Bracelet

Jewelry of all kinds can elevate your outfit and make a person look and feel his or her best. By wearing unique pieces of jewelry, one can look and feel even better.  Having one-off or personalized jewelry allows you to mix and match your attire and your accessories in more versatile ways. They will also make you stand out from the crowd, and definitely receive compliments on your taste. One of the popular personalized jewelry is charm bracelets.

A charm bracelet is a bracelet that has small decorative trinkets around it.  These trinkets are also known as charms and can be customized according to pieces that hold meaning and value to the wearer. Charm bracelets have been around for a long time and their popularity is not slowing down at all.  If you are looking for jewelry that can be customized to reflect your personality, you may want to take a look at the charm bracelets.

The options are endless when it comes to charm bracelets.  There are trendy charms for every holiday season, personalized photo charms, movie charms, gemstones, lucky symbols and more.  There are even charms that represent a person’s faith. Many charms are attached to the bracelet with a clip which is super convenient. Also available are slide on charms that are very versatile and easy to wear.

If you are a big movie or anime buff, you may be interested in anime charms that feature your favorite anime character.  You can even curate your own charm collection by buying charms to add an extra touch of customizing to your charm bracelet.   Below are some of the cute charms that you can find at Gnoce, an online professional jeweler that offers a wide range of delicate and unique jewelry made with high craftsmanship that includes personalized jewelry, charms, bracelets and more.

The anime charms for bracelets come in an array of styles ranging from dainty gold charms to edgy statement pieces to match anyone’s personal style.  Being able to personalize your own charm bracelet lends a special meaning to your jewelry.  You can express your individuality and stand out from the rest.

Anime jewelry also makes a good gift for your friends or loved ones.  You can customize the charm bracelet charms according to their preference and this will make it the perfect gift.

Wear your love for your favorite charm movies heroes with the stylish charm bracelet from Gnoce. There is nothing cooler than having a reminder of your favorite character on your hand.

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Fashionable Jewelry That Can Elevate Your Outfit

Although we are all practicing social distancing and staying home as much as possible, that does not mean you cannot dress up with some of these pretty winter jewelry trends,  like chunky gold chains or cute rings. Every time when we need something to perk up our outfits, jewelry comes to the rescue.  With the right sparkly earrings or trendy rings, your sweater or dress would look even more stylish and elegant.  If you are not into big statement pieces or are new to jewelry, then perhaps you may want to start with a subtle piece of jewelry like a ring.

Accessories can make or break a look and when it comes to creating an impression, nothing does it better than a ring. After all, it’s the one piece of jewelry that can completely transform your look.  If you are just browsing for fun or you actually want to shop for some sparkly new pieces to add some spark to your life,  you will find something to jazz up any of your winter ensembles whether it is a cute sweater and boots, or your coziest loungewear.  The best place to shop for the rings is at Jeulia, a leading and reputable jeweler with an impressive range of jewelries that are designed and handcrafted in-house.

One of their latest creation is the Jeulia Hug Me ring collection which features an attractive design with cute animals wrapping around the stone.  There is nothing like feeling the love and embrace with the Hug Me ring. Everyone needs a hug every once in a while.  The beautiful Hug Me rings are a reminder that everything is going to be ok.

Jeulia Hug Me “Pure Love Polar Bear” Sterling Silver Ring that features a cute polar bear hugging the diamond white stone.

Jeulia Hug Me “Balloon Dog” Sterling Silver Ring featuring a cute rose gold balloon dog hugging the round cut stone.  There is nothing like having your furry four-legged best friend by your side.

The Jeulia Hug Me rings are unique and beautifully crafted using the most precious metals and finest quality stones to bring them to life.   This collection is great to add a whimsical touch to your outfit. They would perfectly go well with casual, dressy, trendy or night-out outfits.   Right now Jeulia is offering a promo of Buy 1 and Get the 2nd one at 50% off.  Just use the code H50 upon checkout.

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