BUY THIS: VOLUME 1

Fashion, Shopping

So.

I have like no money.

Ok that’s a lie. I have like some money.

But given how much I’ve been spending to prepare myself for my friend’s wedding (again I know it’s not my wedding), the amount I have left in my bank account is starting to look a lot like no money. Relative to before anyway.

SO, when all these Black Friday sales came around I had to concede that no, I cannot justify a purchase of an awesome sneaker/dress/wallet because I just can’t afford it.

BUT YOU CAN.

Adidas

Great sale going on at the moment, with up to 70% off storewide. Get an additional 10% off when you sign up for the newsletter and it’s free shipping for orders over SGD70.

This tank is like yaay!

adidas Rooster Graphic Tank – marked down SGD24 from SGD45 and that’s before the 10% discount

And I can’t stop considering these shoes:

Basket Profi Shoes – Only SGD39! Original price: SGD125

 Shopbop

Lotsa stuff on sale, free shipping with purchases over USD100 and 15% off orders of USD250+, 20% off orders of USD500+, 25% off orders of USD1000+ with the code GOBIG14 at checkout.

I WANTS THIS TOP:

ONE by Viva Aviva Rongo Ruffle Top – USD45 (before any discounts) reduced from USD150

So pretty – SO PRETTY:

Samantha Wills Young at Heart Earrings – USD101.50, before any discounts’

Cotton On

Plenty on sale, 40% off store-wide with the code TAKE40 and free shipping for orders over SGD50.

These cute and supercheap crop is seriously making me rethink my no-buy policy:

Lacie Off the Shoulder Crop – SGD5 (before the 40% discount) reduced from SGD24.95

Little black dress, anyone?

Norma Shift Dress – SGD19.90 (before 40% discount) from SGD24.95

Asos

20% off site-wide with the code – CYBERWKND20 and free shipping with orders above SGD50.

I’m obsessed with this dress:

ASOS PETITE Exclusive Printed Paisley Halter Dress – SGD46.27 reduced from SGD92.54 (before the 20% discount)

Also this. Because it’s so, so pretty:

River Island  Gold Embellished Round Clutch – SGD85.24 before the 20% discount

So that’s a small sliver of the stuff you can get on Black Friday that is easily shippable to Singapore.

And the next time you feel sorry for yourself because you can’t afford to buy yourself that little extra something, watch this video of this kid who got a tablet from his parents who can barely afford it and then cried and then made me cry.

MAKE-UP!

Beauty, Make-up

I am obsessed with make-up.

I haven’t talked about it on my blog, yet, because when I first started this blog I thought that that part of my life was long over.

But I also started this blog circa mid 2013. When I thought I could embrace minimalism.

Well. We all know how that turned out.

I am a Sephora Black Card member. And not the kind that got it that one time I spent 250 dollars. No, no. I spend enough to get a 10% voucher every single time I buy stuff from Sephora.

Now this is nothing to really brag about, I’m just trying to make a point that I like make-up and that it’s going to be a feature on this blog.

I’m going to start with this photograph of my whole make-up stash. Now I know it’s not a lot, but it’s carefully curated and kick-ass.

If I do say so myself.

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Primers
Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer – 0 Neutral (I have two of these, as one is running out)
Dr. Brandt pores no more pore refiner primer (not pictured)
Benefit The POREfessional (travel size)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Original

Setting Spray
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Foundations
MAC Pro Longwear Foundation – NC35 and NC40
Burberry Velvet Foundation Trench – No. 204

Concealers
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC 35 (I have two of these, since one is running out)
TheBalm Liquid TimeBalm Spot Concealer – Honey (I have three of these, since it’s been discontinued I stock up whenever I find it)
Smashbox High Definition Liquid Concealer – Medium

Powders
Jurlique Loose Powder – Lavender Silk Dust 
MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder – Medium Dark (I have two of these, one I keep at work)
Artistry Shimmer Loose Powder

Blushes
Nars Blush in LoveJoy
Burberry Light Glow Blush – Blossom No. 05
Givenchy Le Prisme Blush – Vintage Pink
Bobbi Brown Blush – Nectar (not pictured)

Lipglosses
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss – Sparkplug
Marc Jacobs Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl – Sweet Escape
MAC Lipglass – Nymphette
MAC Lipglass – Viva Glam V
Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupte – 30 Corail Lingot

Lipliner
MAC Lip Pencil – Boldly Bare (I have only one, and it’s a lipliner and lipstick all in one!)

Lipsticks
MAC Satin Lipstick – Captive
MAC Satin Lipstick – Rebel
MAC Cremesheen Lipstick – Modesty

Eyeliners/Mascaras
Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner – Carbon Black
MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil – Engraved (I have two, one stubby, one not)
Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner – Black
The Body Shop Eye Definer – Black
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – Intense Black
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – Midnight
Revlon Mascara Photoready 3D Volume – Black (I have three of these, two I keep at work)
Calvin Kline Megavolume Mascara – Black
Sephora Natural Mascara

Eyeshadows
Estee Lauder Signature Eyeshadow Quad – Amber Honey
Urban Decay Ammo Eye Palette
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color – Rosegold

Tools
Sephora must have precision lip brush 110 – no link available
MAC Blush Brush – 116
MAC Eye Shader Brush – 239
MAC Pencil Brush – 219
MAC Blending Brush – 217
EcoTools Kabuki Brush (Travel Size)
EcoTools Concealer Brush (Travel Size)
EcoTools Blush Brush (Travel Size)
Clinique Foundation Brush
Shu Uemura – Eyelash Curler
Ardell Glamour Lashes – 106
Ardell Fashion Lashes – 104

I’m not going to do reviews of beauty products because I have already reviewed about half of them over at Makeup Alley – a lot of these are products I used to have and have given/thrown away – and you can follow that link if you want to see my reviews. I also have a running list of more make-up I want to get, I just added a Pinterest board for it so I can keep track of it!

The nice thing about Makeup Alley is that you can search for products based on your skin tone and type so the reviews you read are likely to be better suited to you than something I recommend.

What I’m gonna talk about, over here, on my blog is make-up skin care for oily/acne-prone girls. Believe me I have YEARS of wisdom that you need, make-up resources, face of the day shots (maybe) and sometimes the very conflicted feeling one can sometimes have towards make-up as a woman and feminist.

So this is going to be a new Wednesday column when the Oily Girl aka me, dishes on make-up!

nana’s green tea

Eating Out, Flash Restaurant Review
Something hamburg and something hamburg (both came with a side of rice/barley ad grilled veggies) with a matcha latte and matcha ice-cream and dumplings on matcha frappe (this is not an option for the set lunch)

Something hamburg and something hamburg (both came with a side of rice/barley and grilled veggies) with a matcha latte and matcha ice-cream and dumplings on matcha frappe (this is not an option for the set lunch)

What: Japanese/Western plates with a side of green tea/matcha ERRTHANG.

Pros: The drinks are like SO good. And the SGD13.90 set lunches that come with a drink are ALSO valid on weekends which makes this a reasonable, yummy + a tad fancy, food option.

Cons: Drinks on their own are pricey, starting at SGD6.50. Honestly, there are very few cons.

Verdict: Go, go, GO. Unless you don’t like matcha.

Details:
nana’s green tea
#03-80/81/82
Plaza Singapura
68 Orchard Road
66844312

Arugula Salad with Apple, Avocado and Steak

Recipes

New series! Salad Mondays!

Weekends are times of great indulgence.

Excessive eating courtesy of all the dinners and Sunday brunches, excessive drinking because of all the partays and socializing and excessive spending because of all of the above and also, if you’re like me, use shopping as a way to validate yourself.

But I digress.

So weekends – recap – bad time for your body and wallet.

So Mondays – should be a good time for youR body and wallet.

I suggest staying home and eating a salad.

Now I can’t get on board with this Meatless Mondays trend. I mean what is that? But if you really want to do that, you can just omit the meat.

There’s a bit of a story here.

I was pumped up to do this salad post and I really wanted to eat arugula, and this recipe for Spring Carrot, Radish and Quinoa Salad with Herbed Avocado was calling my name. So I made it:

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Spring Carrot, Radish and Quinoa Salad with Herbed Avocado

AND it was TERRIBLE. The dressing was way too lemony and combined with arugula which is already peppery I was just like no, no, NO.

But I had leftover arugula and avocado and was like now wth do I do.

Cue Google selling me this recipe from the queen of salads.

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Arugula Salad with Apple, Avocado and Steak

The dressing was a perfect honey, mustardy, lemony contrast to the peppery salad. The avocado was buttery and the apple was great with the steak. All in all a hearty and perfect salad. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for your next Monday penance.

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makes 2 servings

2 100gm 1/2 inch rib-eye steaks
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp butter
salt, to taste

1 apple, chopped (I used a Granny Smith apple)
1 avocado, cubed
6 cups arugula
1 Tbsp yellow mustard
1/2 Tbsp honey
1 lemon, juiced
2 Tbsps extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp honey (more or less depending on your taste)
1/2 cup of cooked quinoa
salt and pepper, to taste

Take the steak out of the fridge and let rest outside for 15 minutes before cooking. At this time you can season generously with salt.

Heat up a cast iron pan until its hot, like really hot.

Heat the oil till it gives off a bit of steam, then add the butter till it sizzles.

Cook the steak on both sides, about 2-3 minutes a side till charred.

Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing into chunks/strips/whatever.

In a small bowl, whisk together honey mustard, lemon juice, olive oil.

In a large bowl, toss the arugula, avocado, apple, quinoa and steak, you just cooked, with the dressing.

Season with salt and pepper and EAT!

*Cookie and Kate is a fantastic blog with recipes that I have recreated with great success previously, I think maybe this time I probably did something wrong. Shutterbean can DONOSALADWRONG, in my opinion and here she has helped me adapt a lovely meaty salad from her creation.

Nutella Banana Crumble

Baking, Recipes


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I have been spending these past two weeks avoiding anything sweet.

Because A. My friend is getting married and I don’t want to look fat in the pictures.

And B. I pulled my back and can’t workout and I don’t want to look FAT IN THE PICTURES.

I am aware that it is not my wedding.

I am aware that gaining a bit of weight is not that big a deal.

I am also aware that looking like I’m fat in these pictures will do nothing for my self-esteem or street cred.

Are you aware that being overweight can lead to a variety of different health complications?

Yeah you know don’t you. So stop judging.

Anyway, what I’m saying is that I’ve been avoiding things that are sweet. Because desserts and anything chocolate, specifically, are my kryptonite.

So week one wasn’t that hard. Especially when I was at home, on MC, all like I need to eat healthy! Not crappy!

Week two was still doable – at work, but you know, bit difficult with the daily 3 o’clock boredom hunger pangs.

So what happened, in the middle of week two (I’m lying it was like Tuesday), was that I came across the one dessert recipe for which I ALREADY had all the ingredients for. Even if that meant stealing Hoi’s bananas. Which I did.

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3 ripe bananas
200gm/whole jar Nutella
3 Tbsps/40gm unsalted butter
2 Tbsps/30gm brown sugar
1/2 cup/ 60gm all-purpose flour
2 Tbsps/20gm ground almonds
2 Tbsps oats (accidental but happy addition)

Heat the oven to 180C/350C.

Slice the bananas and evenly scatter them in an 8 inch round baking dish/something similar.

Spoon Nutella over, making sure to evenly layer it over. This is where you can use your individual taste to determine if you’re going to use that whole jar. DO IT.

Mix the dry ingredients with the butter until it resembles a mealy crumble. It’s okay of there are still bits of butter, that’s how the crumble form.

Top the Nutella layer with the crumble layer evenly. AGAIN.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the top is golden brown and the bananas are bubbling. You’ll be able to see this from the side.

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OH! And about the taste – it’s chocolatey and banana-ey with a hearty crumble. Basically totes perfect breakfast/tea/comfort food.

*Adapted from Deerest Deer.

Candlenut

Eating Out, Restaurant Review

Last week was Restaurant Week. Now if you don’t know what that is, I can’t help you.

J/K! It’s a week in Singapore, where these fancy and semi-fancy restaurants offer a three course meal at a reasonable price of SGD25-45++ for lunch and SGD35-55++ for dinner.

To be honest I kinda found out about this late. And so many of the “hot” tables were basically gone. Like a spot at Salt was completely out of the question and a reservation at WOLF? Only if you were willing to eat at 10:30pm.

Thankfully my dining mate and friend, Yuka, and I both wanted something a little different. We wanted peranakan, which – though tasty, isn’t exactly hip. So we easily got an 8 o’clock reservation for Friday night dinner and can I say – we we not disappointed, at all.

Ok so we went in there, and it’s in the Dorsett which you’d think would be fancy but the restaurant itself is sort of all glass, and kind of ethnic-y coffee shop chairs.

So, basically, zero points for ambience.

But the wait staff are so polite and demure, despite looking like stage-hands in black jeans and t-shirts, that we were like ALRIGHT.

The surprise menu turned out to be a selection of starters a choice of beef/pork/barramundi/somethingelseicantremember for the main and what can only be described as coconut delight and their signature coconut custard. Reviews are below the dishes.

Roti jala with chicken, pulut with some type of filling, tamarind chawanmushi (I think) and foie gras something

Roti jala with chicken, pulut with some type of filling, tamarind chawanmushi (I think) and foie gras something

The roti jala with chicken was great, though not very heavily spiced. Kinda roti-jala lite but still had us licking our lips. The tamarind chawanmushi was a tad weird, but I’m into tamarind so I knocked that back. The pulut had a super, I wanna say shrimp floss? filling and it was lovely. The foie gras was great, really fatty, but then I did feel bad after I ate it. All in all the starters deserved a 4/5.

Buah Keluak Beef Cheek

Buah Keluak Beef Cheek

This is their super famous Buah Keluak main. The meat was beef cheek. And ok, it was succulent and all but if you don’t already know, buah keluak tastes WEIRD man. Like SO weird. Anyway we didn’t know and ok we got used to it but honestly no. For those who like the taste this dish is easily 5/5, for us it was more like a 3/5.

Grilled Barramundi with Sambal

Grilled Barramundi with Sambal

This was so good, SO GOOD. I mean perfectly grilled barramundi with a sambal that was piquant but not too spicy or sweet. Can I say we found a winner? 5/5 easily.

Chendol Cream - Signature coconut custard, gula melaka sauce with pandan jelly

Chendol Cream – Signature coconut custard, gula melaka sauce with pandan jelly

This was basically the best thing we ate. We both ordered it and it was like coconutty and asian and sweet and perfect. And there wasn’t too much even though I kinda wanted there to be too much? 5/5 EVERYDAMNDAY.

This whole place probably deserves 4/5 on account of the venue and some misses in the appetizers. But it was totes worth the 35++ price tag for Restaurant Week and I would even go back there when it’s normal price. Possibly.

Candlenut
Dorsett Residences
331 New Bridge Road
#01-03
Singapore 088764
+65 8121 4107

p.s. Sorry about all the shadows. I promise to learn how to stand properly to avoid shadows or learn how to properly photoshop. One or the other.