June Goals

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Hello there my lovelies. Yes, I know I have been pretty quiet and haven’t not been investing time on this space. Life definitely got the better part of me, which I think is not necessarily a bad thing.

To pick up from where we left and to celebrate the arrival of yet another new month, I thought I would create a list of things that I really want to focus on this month.

01. Declutter and update my wardrobe. You may well have read my previous post where I wrote about how I am getting better than buying investment pieces rather than short term key trends. This is one of my proudest achievements in the shopping department. But the time has come now that my wardrobe needs updating and the key driver this time is that I’ve lost weight! (Hurray!).

02. Plan for next holidayssss. Note the plural form :). I just returned from an amazing 3-weeks holiday where I witnessed two lovely people exchanged vows in Melbourne and spent some time with the family in Kuala Lumpur – more to be written in a separate post. I still do have a rather substantial number of leave that I will need to take before the end of the calendar year and I’ve no other holiday plans booked so far.

03. Up the effort on property search. I have been keeping my eye on the property market since September last year. What I have also learnt during this period is, I am definitely more selective this time around compared to when I was in the market for my first property (which I am currently living in). I am pretty clear of what I am looking for and I believe I am in a good place to be more active in this space.

So these are my top three priorities for the month. What about you? Do you have any goals that you wish to achieve this month? Do share them as I’d love to hear about it. x

My Nude Lipsticks Collection

Today I thought I’d do a quick round up of all things nude. More specifically nude lipsticks.

Quite frankly, I can’t recall when exactly that I jumped onto the nude lipsticks bandwagon. I recently re-organised my make up collection, you know the whole new year declutter jazz, and very quickly it became apparent to me that I have quite a fair share of nude lipsticks collection.

Obviously, there will be others who own more, but considering that I can’t even recall when my love for nude lipsticks started, I was rather surprised by the number of these stashed in my make up collection.

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Looking at the photo above, I reckon the Tom Ford in shade 07 Pink Dusk must have been the first nude lipstick I procured – it’s the most used followed by the one next to it,  Bitch Perfect by Charlotte Tilbury. I bought Brown Sugar from Laura Mercier following a make-over session but I have to say it’s tad too pale for me. But it’s a perfect shade when I have crazy smokey eyes.

The Clinique Cute Pop from the Pop Matte range is definitely my current favourite. Finally the two from Bobbi Brown are in the shades Sandwash Pink and Bobbi. The latter is a limited edition from their 25th Anniversary range which was released in 2016.

I personally find choosing the right shade of nude is a tricky business. Too light, you may look washout and pale and too dark it may not be the nude shade that you envisioned. My top tip is to always try it in store before purchasing and over time you will be able to work out the pefect nude shade for you. As cliche as it may sound, the perfect nude is your lips but better!

If you have any tips on choosing the right nude shade, do share. I would love to hear them. x

The Majestically Beautiful Edinburgh 

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The trip back in December 2016 was my 4th trip to the majestically beautiful Edinburgh. I’ve seen it in all seasons with the exception of Autumn (or Fall as you call it in America). Having been to Edinburgh for both work and leisure, (it was leisure this time), I was unsurprised that my excitement was rather lukewarm. After all I’ve seen it all but if there was any excitement in me, it was more because I’m going somewhere and doing something as part of my Christmas holiday and not simply hibernating and rotting in my London flat.

But what I’ve learnt is that, Edinburgh being a magical place, will take your breath away regardless how many times you’ve been there. That was exactly how I felt as soon as I stepped out of the Edinburgh-Waverly train station.

The fact that I arrived rather late (it was 10pm) didn’t matter. There was more than enough neon lights from the winter wonderland and Christmas market along Princess Street that got me all excited.

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I stayed at the Principal on George Street, which is located within walking distance from Edinburgh Waverley Station. The exterior of the hotel is beyond gorgeous and the service they provided was simply top-notch. They went above and beyond what was expected of them to ensure that my stay was comfortable and that I had everything I needed throughout the duration of my stay.

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As I made the trip on the last week before Christmas, I spent time at the Christmas Market. The cold crisp air, the smell of hot chocolate and cookies wafting through the air and the sound of Christmas carol simply heighten my excitement that Christmas was around the corner.

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The trip may well have been a very short one, but it taught me that no matter how many times I’ve been to Edinburgh, its grandeur and majestic beauty will always take my breath away. x

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Aladdin The Musical, London West End

Aladdin The Musical is one of the latest musical productions that is currently showing in the London West End. At the time of writing this, the show is expected to last until beginning of June 2017.

Having seen the show around Christmas time last year, I have nothing but great things to say. The show definitely lived up to all the raving reviews that it has been getting from the press as well as word of mouth from the masses.

It’s an absolute magical theatrical production – one of the best I’ve seen thus far and I have seen quite a lot in the last 11 years of living in London.

The sets and the staging are simply breathtaking and the lighting effects turn the stage into one heck of a spectacular grandeur scenes. It doesn’t matter whether it is the scene of a local market, Princess Jasmine’s chamber, the Cave of Wonders or the majestic castle – every single one was just magical.

The costumes were bursting with colours, lavish and regal, fit for prince and princess, as it rightly so given the love story of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine.

It is no surprise that the main highlight for me was the magic carpet scene – I mean what would an Aladdin show be without the flying carpet. It was so breathtakingly beautiful that I not only gasped with amusement, but also got goosebumps and teary eyed as I was so moved by the whole thing – the flying carpet magic, the accompanying music and the voices as Aladdin and Princess Jasmine sang ‘The Whole New World’. It just took my breath away. Simply stunning and magical.

Aladdin The Musical is currently showing at the Prince Edward Theatre, London. Tickets are often sold out especially for weekend shows and due to high demands, they tend to be on the high end side of things. So if you don’t want to miss it, I’d highly encourage that you plan well in advanced to avoid any disappointments.

(Credit: Photos are taken from Aladdin Musical Production)

 

How To Deal With Post-Holiday Blues

deathtostock_meticulous-09Hurray! It’s a wrapped and we survived the first week back at work in the new year.

It goes without saying that the first week of January is the most dreadful time of year. Not to mention, the first day back at work is the most depressing day ever.

After almost two weeks of holidays, copious amount of food and drinks, and practically living in pyjamas the whole time, even the most highly motivated and ambitious individuals often need to re-learn the art of getting back to work, how to re-engage the brain and be productive.

With that in mind, I thought I’d do a little write-up on tips that I always find useful when returning to work – every time after a holiday. Essentially these are tips on how I survived the week that had just gone.

  1. Block your diary – I often to do this before I switch on the out of office before I kicked off the holiday. If you have an assistant, tell him/her to not accept any meetings on the first day of your return. If you can’t avoid a total no-meeting day, at least block the first couple of hours for yourself. This way you have time to go through the things that you need to attend to, re-plan and re-prioritise your work accordingly.
  2. Set realistic expectations – It is after all your first day back at work. Expect to be slow and ease gently. Just like the engine of a car, your brain needs time to warm up especially after a few weeks of not being fully engaged with technical and complex matters.
  3. Tackle the easy tasks first – This is the complete opposite of what any productivity guru will tell you. It is often believed that you need to tackle the most difficult task of the day first thing. However, I always find getting the easy tasks out-of-the-way helps me to get back into the swing of things more effectively. It also helps to get all the admin/ mundane tasks done and dusted. These could be deleting those no-longer-relevant emails (I am looking at you Christmas Jumper Day or Bring Your Child to Work Day emails – which obviously are so yester-years), setting up periodic meetings with key stakeholders (e.g. monthly 1-2-1 with your boss/team etc), accepting meeting invites that have been sent to you or simply blocking your diary on days when you want to hit the gym at lunch time/ after work or for a date night with your partner. Even better, if you have already worked out your next holiday plans, go ahead and block those dates in your diary or your leave system. What better way to get back to work by thinking about your next holiday, which means you already have something to look forward to!
  4. Set time for breaks – Unless you have been writing a thesis during your holiday, chances are your brain is not used to being engaged continuously for a very long time. Break your tasks into smaller chunks and give yourself a break – top up the water bottle, have coffee breaks, walk to another colleague’s cubicle and exchange your holiday stories – not only you’re moving but also building relationships with your colleague).
  5. Leave on time – If your new year’s resolution is to have better work-life balance, then don’t kick off the year by staying at work longer than required (unless you are in a crisis, then you have to do what you have to do!).

Remember, we are humans and not robots after all. Applying one of these steps should help you get over the holiday blues and get you back into your regular routine – gently.