I'm passionate about the things that make me smile and all things GOODNESS related- from food, health and nutrition, to the places we travel to and last but not least, our inner and external beauty. I feel there are SPRINKLES OF GOODNESS all around us! So here on my blog, I'll be sharing my GOODNESS experiences and discoveries with you. So hope you like what I have for you and do keep coming back!
I don’t think I’ve ever met a woman (or even a man) that doesn’t like shoes. Me? Well, it’s no secret – I really REALLY like shoes! Actually, I LOOOVE shoes! Ok, fine….I’m a bit of a shoe-fanatic or more like shoe-obsessed! Put it this way, if you say ‘shoe-porn’, I’ll be there and I wanna be all up in that! Not in a nasty, foot-fetishy way or anything but ya know what I mean. When it comes to shoe brands and labels, I may not be an expert, but lets just say I know my way around the shoe department and I’m confident to say that I know my deets. So when one says Nine West, of course I know it! And to host their exclusive launch event? Yippee! Sounds good to me!! 🙂
Having been around since 1978 and in over 78 different countries, who doesn’t know Nine West? I always knew that the sophisticated ‘n chic woman’s shoe label offered a wide range of stylish sexy footwear and accessories, but now they’ve branched out even further and offer equally trendy threads for the modern woman.
The exclusive event was held at their Raffles City outlet in Singapore and to celebrate the launch of their new collection, there was a special fashion show presenting the six different lines for the season – Fusion, Snobby, The Poet, College, Clair Obscur and Victorian Folk. I hosted the event in a cute little number from their “Snobby” line.
Each of the guests also had the opportunity to get a caricature done of themselves and have it put on their very own personalised mug by Adam, the caricature artist.
Champagne, cute clothes, hot shoes…..it was a great evening surrounded by fellow fashionistas. Congrats to Nine West for the launch of their Fall/Winter Collection and thank you for having me as your host for the special occasion. Also a big thank you to my manager, Wendy from Fly Entertainment for taking such good care of me that night.
We all have a list of places we’d love to visit one day. We have adventures on our bucket list that we day dream about constantly. There are just so many countries, cities, towns, islands – each gifting the world and touching people like us in their own unique and special way.
Now, if you were to ask me what’s on my bucket list or, more specifically, what are the places that I fantasize about? I could go on forever! But the one place that has always been at the top of my list is….Africa! The wild life, exotic animals and the diverse cultures has always drawn me to this mysterious continent.
It was October 2013 and my hubby and I were manically trying to decide where to go for our year end trip. We have a tendency to wait til the last minute to plan and book things – Bad habit, I know, and we’re working on it, but luckily things tend to turn out ok….well, so far (knock on wood)! After a whole lot of hectic searching, asking friends, googling, scrolling through trip advisor, tossing ideas around we both thought – Hey, how bout Africa?!
We didn’t even know where to begin so we emailed a few travel concierge services and went with the first one that replied, Jacada Travel. They turned out AWESOME!!! We usually plan our own itineraries and like to kind of ‘just wing it’ and plan our days when we arrive by asking the locals for recommendations (to avoid all the touristy hotspots). However, with Africa – I’ve heard some very good but also some VERY bad stories, so thought best to try out a travel service…and it turned out perfect!!!
As it was our first ever trip to Africa, Tessa from Jacada Travel suggested South Africa would be a good first step. So South Africa it was!!! From point A to point B, C, D…..Z, they were so meticulous and everything was well organised. The majority of the trip was planned and booked for us according to our budget, requirements and expectations. We received our itinerary and even a personalised guide book before our trip. Impressed? Ooooh yah! Being a bit of perfectionist myself, not only was I impressed with their attention to detail, but my level of excitement went through the roof and I was ECSTATIC!
Aside from the safaris (which I’ll write about in a future blog :)) we spent most of our time in Cape Town. And WOW! Lemme just say, is this a gorgeous place or what?
Everywhere you look, its like something straight out of a painting or a story book. Picturesque, filled with life, vibrant culture, beautiful weather, gorgeous natural wonders, exquisite (and very affordable) food and extremely friendly natives – even with our expectations set so high to begin with, Cape Town just blew us away and we automatically got the feeling “we could totally see ourselves living here one day”!
If you ever plan on visiting Cape Town, here are just some of the things I would recommend……
The must do’s and must see’s:
Table Mountain– One of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World
Cape of Good Hope
Wineries (Stellenbousch, Constantia, Franschhoek)
Penguin watching at Boulders Penguin Colony
Waterfront for shopping and local arts and crafts
Whale watching in Hermanus – we unfortunately JUST missed it but if you’re keen, the season is June to November.
Lions Head – mountain with beautiful views of the city and the Atlantic Seaboard
Robben Island – where the late Nelson Mandela spent 18 out of the 27years he was in prison
As I mentioned, the food was excellent and I don’t think we had one bad meal there – seriously! The food is all made with fresh produce, paired with impeccable wines which were surprisingly incredibly affordable (compared to many other places). BUT be prepared – there’s quite a bit of game meat served at most restaurants, such as willdabeast, ostrich, wart hog and antelope. I personally didn’t partake and felt a bit sad to see them on menus, but apparently its very normal (I guess like beef, pork, and chicken for us?).
My top picks for great food:
Ellerman House – Western food. Apart from the incredible food and service, the view is amazing.
Boat House (now known as The Flagship) with the late Michelin Star chef Bruce Robertson. We were so honoured and privileged to have witnessed this culinary genius at work as he took our sensory palettes on a wild excursion through a combination of tastes from Africa all the way to the Far East.
Ellerman House is a very unique and special place. A huge mansion with just about 10 rooms where the staff encourage you to treat it like your own home, it’s very different from other hotels, if you could even call it that.
From the moment you step foot into the corridor, you get a warm feeling like you’ve just come “home”. Being so exclusive with only limited rooms, guests aren’t required to lock the room doors and all the staff know you by name. Like a real “House” you can relax wherever you like, whether it’s in the living room, on a balcony, in the library or on the lawn.
And one of my faves…..delicious homemade snacks, pastries and sweets that are prepared fresh everyday and are laid out in the pantry which can be devoured at any time of the day and to your hearts content (I’ll admit I may have helped myself to one too many cookies at times :p). The whole feel and ambience at Ellerman House was warm, intimate and very relaxed.
Tintswalo Atlantic “was” an incredibly beautiful, serene and scenic resort made up of about 10 villas perched on a beautiful isolated rocky beach right at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. I say “was” because in March 2015, I was so shocked and saddened to hear from a girlfriend of mine in South Africa that Tintswalo Atlantic had succumbed to one of Cape Town’s wildest bushfires and was completely destroyed! Since the fire, we have seen that works are underway to rebuild the resort which is great to hear!
Each suite had a different theme and was named after an island in the Atlantic Ocean. Our suite was “Robben” after Robben Island. We had an unobstructed view of the ocean and at night we would sleep to the soothing sound of crashing waves.
I could just keep going on how and why I absolutely fell in love with Cape Town! It is definitely somewhere you just have to visit and take in its beauty in person. Breathtaking and so robust, this city offers something different and special for everyone.
Ok, so let’s face it! We’re all growing older, there’s no denying the inevitable….but what one would call ‘older’ I’d like to see it as ‘blossomed’, ‘more knowledgeable’ or ‘mature’. 🙂 So naturally, as we ‘mature’ we gain more responsibilities, become more aware of ourselves, our bodies and most importantly, we tend to become more cautious of our health and wellbeing – being what we eat, apply or even down to the things we use on a daily basis.
Now, if you know me or have read some of my previous posts, you’ll know that I’m a HUGE health nut. I won’t say I’m perfect, but I do try my best to be mindful of what I eat and feed my family most of the time (with the occasional cheats of course….we are human after all! hehe!). I’ve also come to realise, more and more, that we not only need to be watchful of what we put IN our bodies. There’s actually a bunch more we need to keep in mind! We also need to pay careful attention to the simple everyday things – like the things we apply on our bodies, breath in, and even touch. Now, this doesn’t mean we need to live in a sanitised bubble or walk around in a biohazard suit and oxygen mask ok? Because as I, you, WE ‘mature’…Guess what?! The world around us is as well! So getting our hands on some body loving goods has become SOOO much easier. Can I get a YAY??!!!! 🙂Ok, now let me ask you – What do you blow your nose with? Tissue! What do you use to wipe your hands if you’ve got something on them? Tissue! What do you use to dab the sweat off your face? Tissue! What do we all use (I hope) every single day, without a doubt, when we go about doing our ‘business’ in the toilet? TISSUUUUUE! Ya gettin’ my drift? We’re using a whooole lot of tissue!! Now get this…..there’s tissue available now that’s completely toxin-free, biodegradable and 100% au-naturale. DING! DING! DING! Now that’s what I’m talkin’ bout!!**Drum roll** I present to youCloverSoft!! Ta-Dah!! CloverSoft’s organic facial tissues and toilet paper are not only FDA approved, but they’re hypoallergenic as well. So for those out there with allergies and sensitive skin, like myself, we’ve got nothin’ to worry about.
Made completely from 100% sustainable virgin bamboo pulp, these tissues contain none of that yucky gunk like pesticides, bleach, artificial fragrances or other harmful chemicals so they’re totally safe to use on babies and our little furkids. Woohoo!
Wait, wait…there’s more! For all you germaphobes (ME!) – CloverSoft tissues have up to a 90% natural anti-bacteria function AND they’re 3ply so you can wipe down after a sweaty workout, dry your hands or dab your face to freshen up your makeup with no fuss of the tissue tearing, ripping, or leaving pieces and fluff behind. Omg! The amount of times I’ve struggled trying to get all the little ripped pieces that would almost always be stuck to my skin somewhere. Or more so, not realising it’s stuck to my face and later having someone point it out. Ahh…..EMBARRASSING!!! Admit it- We’ve ALLL been there!
CloverSoft, at the moment, offers facial tissue and toilet paper, but they’ll soon be coming out with pocket-tissue as well – I can’t wait! Lab tested and totally non-toxic….sounds awesome to me! Dontcha think?! Oh, did I mention that they’re multi-purpose as well?! I made an air diffuser from a recycled medicine bottle and wrapped it with a CloverSoft facial tissue (there’s the 3ply for ya!)! 🙂
I was contacted to do a fashion spread and interview for the elegantly modern female clothing label – KLARRA, and I was delighted as I adored the style and feel that the brand portrayed. Knowing that KLARRA was the brainchild of Beatrice Tan, who I fondly remember meeting for the first time years ago at an event that I was hosting, I was even more excited to take part in the collaboration.
I had an absolute blast throughout the entire shoot as everyone was so lovely to work with. The gorgeous photos were shot by the talented Tawan Conchennet. I wasbeautified by the sweet Kazumi and of course styled by the mastermind of KLARRA, Beatrice Tan
Check out the fashion spread and my exclusive interview with KLARRA by clicking HERE.
With its variety of sophisticated and functional designs, prints and textures, KLARRA’s signature detailed tailoring and feminine silhouettes are made for the modern day woman.
A big thanks to Cedric, my publicist from Fly Entertainment for organizing everything.
If you’re keen to work on something together or just wanna say whats up, I’d love to here from you so feel free to drop me a message or email! ~Hugs, Steph 🙂
From detoxing, cleansing or just to get that extra vitamin boost-juicing is all the rage these days! Almost everyone has some kind of juicing gadget at home or has heard of or tried some sort of juice detox. As I mentioned in my previous post….I tried two! :p
After my awesome cleanse experiences I decided to start juicing at home regularly…..until the day my juicer decided to clonk out on me. So my search in getting the best juicer in the market began! Apparently slow juicers are then best kind to get as it’s said that they provide you with more of the fruits and veggies that are juiced, providing you more flavour and most importantly, more vitamins and nutrients. But this comes with quite a hefty price tag! So I made sure I did ALL my research and trials, which took about a month, before heading out and finally settling on the one I got. I love my new juicer and I now juice almost everyday! 🙂
There’s so many different tasty combinations we can experiment with to ensure we get our daily recommended dose of fruits and veggies. The options are endless! Now, I don’t know about you but after juicing I feel if I had to throw the pulp away. Feels so wasteful! So I did some experimenting, as I do, and found a couple useful options when it comes to the pulp left over from juicing! Below are a couple recipes using leftover juice pulp. You can also freeze whatever pulp you don’t use for another time. Yay! No more wasting!!! 🙂
Vegetarian Lentil Chilli Soup
1 cup of juice pulp (mine was beetroot, celery, carrot, apple)
1 cup dried red lentil (thoroughly cleaned)
2.5-3 cups vegetable stock
1 can of chopped tomatoes
1 chopped green chilli pepper
2 tablespoons chilli powder
1 chopped onion
2 cloves of garlic-minced
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
pepper & salt to taste
Heat oil in a sauce pan and sauté onion until translucent
Add remainder of ingredients except salt and pepper and simmer for around 15 min or until lentils have softened
Add salt and pepper to taste
Dish up and serve with a dollop of greek yogurt
Lentil and Veggie Patties
1 cup of juice pulp
1 cup of cooked lentils
1 Tbs flaxseed meal
1 Tbs soy sauce
1 Tbs sesame oil
pepper to taste
chopped fresh coriander (optional)
1 Tbs of coconut oil
Mix all ingredients except coconut oil together in a large bowl and set aside for a few minutes
Heat coconut oil in pan and place a large spoonful of the patty mix onto the pan
Heat thoroughly on both sides (about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown)
Repeat this with remainder of patty mix (makes around 5-6 patties depending on how big you make them)
Dish up and serve with a nice green salad or with a slice of cheese and have it as a burger! Yummy!!
You can even use the juice pulp as a treat for your fur kids. Cobey loves his with a bit of chlorella and a drizzle of flax oil! Yummy! 🙂
If we’ve met, worked together, bumped into each other and especially if you know me personally you know I almost always carry a big bag. Why? It’s because I, without a doubt will have some sort of snack and water with me at all times wherever I go. So when I know I’ll be having a super long work day coming up I pretty much ALWAYS will pre-pack my lunch…..just in case we’re short on time, lunch isn’t provided on set or if my tummy doesn’t agree with what they’re serving. So I’ll whip up something simple, healthy and wholesome either the night before or, if I have time, that morning. I try to do the same for my super busy hubs, who, in most cases, will grab whatever is convenient and easy (usually on the not-so-healthy side) or will forget to have lunch altogether.
I made this SUPER EASY prawn and veggie noodle dish the other day for the hubs to take for lunch and he gave it a two thumbs up and totally loved it. Sorry the picture isn’t the best – I just did a quick snap so I could share it with you guys. 😛 It was soooo easy to make and the best thing is, it tastes just as good eaten hot or cold. So it makes it that much more of a great dish to take along with you for lunch, especially if you aren’t able to heat it up later. Here it is…..
What you need:
1/3 packet of brown rice pasta noodles
1/2 cup stock (I used garlic and herb but any stock will do)
1/2 bunch of spinach
1 garlic clove
1 red chilli
1 TB sesame oil
salt/pepper to taste
What to do:
Prepare noodles following the instructions on the packet.
While noodles are boiling, chop up your veggies.
Heat half of the stock in a skillet and sauté onions until semi translucent.
Add in garlic, chilli, mushrooms and continue to sauté.
Gradually add more stock as needed while cooking (not too much to prevent from everything getting soggy).
Add prawns to the veggies and continue to sauté until prawns turn pink and curl.
Once the veggies and prawns are just cooked, add in chopped spinach at the end and turn off heat. **spinach will cook immediately even with the littlest amount of heat. It’s important not to overcook them so you don’t kill away all of its nutrients 😉
The noodles should be done at this point. We want noodles thoroughly cooked through but not too soft and mushy. (We’re going for “al dente”)
Drain noodles and rinse slightly with filtered water. (I find rice pasta can become quite starchy so I like to rinse it a little before using it in a dish)
Mix noodles with the veggies and prawns with a drizzle of sesame oil and toss together.
Add salt/ pepper to taste if necessary
That’s about it! You can use any other vegetables or even chicken pieces if you’d like. It’s just a very simple dish that takes less than 30 mins to prepare – its a tasty, gluten and guilt free meal thats wholesome and hits the spot! 🙂
Dancing, acting, jumping, bending and doing all sorts of things you’d never imagine a body could…..how could one not love Cirque Du Soleil?! I watched my first Cirque Du Soleil performance in Las Vegas a few years ago and it was AMAZING…..I was absolutely blown away!! It was called LOVE and the entire show was a tribute to the Beatles. So from that point on my standard for any Cirque or any similar type of performance was set very high. Since then I’ve seen a couple here and there, but as my standards were set so high, to my disappointment, they didn’t quite meet up to my expectations. When the kind peeps from Base Entertainment extended the invite to the gala premiere of Le Noir I was a bit hesitant at first…..will it be good? Will I get disappointed?? Well, I’m the kinda girl that will give anything a try or a chance so thought why not? WOW! Am I glad I did!! Sexy, sensual, risqué, hilarious, romantic….the show had all the elements and more! From the moment I first sat down to the end, Le Noir kept me on the edge of my seat with anticipation. The entire show was filled with thrilling surprises and nonstop excitement. The stage set-up automatically set it apart from the norm. The stage was placed in the centre with seats surrounding all around it which added to the dramatic element.
Animated much? I guess you can tell how much I enjoyed the show. hehe! I even had a fangirl moment and got a quick snap with a few of the members of the cast. Yay! 🙂
I won’t give too much away as I highly recommend it’s a must watch. Featuring former stars of Cirque du Soleil and world class acrobats, musicians, specialty acts and comedians, catch Le Noir at the Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands while you still can!! You can book your tickets now til June 29 on SISTIC. The friendly folks at Base Entertainment are extending a 10% discount. All you have to do is input the discount code LENOIRSG. Enjoy!!! 🙂
Keeping with the theme of the night, for my red carpet look was head to toe noir (black) with the exception of my bag. My dress and boots are both from BCBGMaxazria and my gun metal clutch from the one and only Alexander Mcqueen. 🙂