Thursday, 31 January 2013

OOTD: is it a bird? is it a plane?

Salam alaikum!

Hope your week has been wonderful so far! (:

I am madly in love with this new top I got from Mode Clothier! The material is so light and comfy and the length is just, so perfect. It has a hi-low hemline (plus points!!!) and when I walk and as the wind blows in my direction, I get the feeling of what it's like to be a supergirl. Ready to save the day with my cute cape attached to my blouse hehe.

Clearly, my love for this top makes me daydream too much! :D

 shawl; shopsghijabgirl
blouse; Mode Clothier
houndstooth pants; uniqlo
brown suede wedges; taiwan (you can get similar ones at h&m)
accessories; lovisa









Much love friends,
Nadya

Monday, 28 January 2013

Travel: Bangkok sights and moments captured

Salam girls!

If you follow me on instagram, I recently flew to Bangkok for a short holiday trip to see my favourite actor and actress, Ed Westwick & Leighton Meester! Hehe! It was such a last minute trip and the flight ticket cost me a bomb cos I booked it super last minute but guys, it was money well-spent cos I got to seeeeee my Chuck&Blair! :B Huge shoutout to my mother (I know you're reading this!) thank you so so so much for accompanying me on this last minute trip I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH!

Anyways, I haven't been doing OOTD entries because, yes, I know, this is getting kind of repetitive right? I'm graduating soon so this semester is jam packed with LOTS of assignments one by one T.T It was just the first week of school and I was already so stressed with tonnes of things, I kept baking and baking and baking (I bake when I'm stressed, I have no idea why its kind of frustrating cos I know better than to bake when there's tonnes of assignments due!)

I just did a photoshoot with the awesome people from Hart Photography & Mode Clothier AND Fatin from inmyshawls! It was such an exciting opportunity and I'm glad I did it. Such an eye-opening experience. Can't wait to share the photos with you guys soon!!

I hope I'll have the time to squeeze in one OOTD soon! Till then, enjoy the pictures! 


The most beautiful plane-wing shot I've ever captured, hands down.



PINK TAXIS <3



Definitely my favourite transport there but they just love to charge tourists more, even more than cabs sometimes. 





We went to this restaurant when I was just 10 years old. Was so glad to find out its still there because the food is the best! Ever! Its just outside of the Darul Aman Mosque (:


Seafood tom yum. My favourite food hehe.


Beef green curry.



BLAIR WALDORF! <3


CHUCK BASS! <3


With friends I made from Austria & Thailand!




Mango salad galore.






LOTS OF ARTS AND CRAFTS thingy that I love so much and wish I could bring them back by the kilo lol!


My mum is crazy over thai silk! 


MANGO SALAD I LOVE YEWWWW.



BEST COCONUT ICE CREAM EVER.

Much love friends,
Nadya

Ps: Did you realise that I didn't put the sghijabgirl logo on the pictures. Too lazy already hehe.

Sponsored: Bio-essence Bio Spring Water


Hi girls!

I'm going to review the Bio Essence Miracle Water today!

First of all, I've never ever bought any facial mist/spray so this is my first time experimenting with it!. I've tried my friends' facial mists once in awhile but I've never really understood the need for it hehe.

Having said that, I'll try my best to review this product ya! Esp for the girls who are interested but don't really know if it's a good item to purchase, or not (:



Here is the official description:

Uniquely low in mineral content yet rich in trace minerals to ensure 2X cooling, soothing, softening, moisturizing and anti-irritating effects.Ideal for all skin types, Bio-essence Bio-Spring Water is the coolest spring water that yields the best soothing, anti-irritation and calming effects on skin. Adapting unique Bio-technology to combine Spring Water and Bio-Energy Fluid, Bio- Spring Water contains trace mineral to create energy to stimulate blood and oxygen circulation.


When I first received this product, I read the description and was like, whoa!
Apparently, it does so many things for your hair, skin, body and even for babies!!! 4-in-1?! The list of benefits is pretty much endless but I decided hmmm, let's try this out first.


The consistency is basically just like your normal everyday water. No scent, no funny texture. It absorbs quite fast and I like that. I don't like having the feeling of any product sitting on my face for a long time...waiting for it to get absorbed...yawns. Hehe.


I've used it quite a number of times now, before make up, after make up, before I go to sleep, you name it. 

The results?

When I use it before make up: I have combination skin so some parts of my face are actually quite dry, so yes, it does help a bit in speeding up the moisturizing process. 

When I use it after make up: It gives me a dewy look and I get to avoid the cakey-ness from the foundation+powder. Not sure if it affects the staying power of my make up cos I don't really put on heavy make up and it usually does stay throughout the day.

When I use it before I go to sleep: I wake up with supple skin, no joke. My skin feels smoother!


There's also a testimonial about how it helps to reduce eye bags and dark circles in 5 minutes. I must have panda eye bags cos it didn't really do anything for me n.n


Overall, I like it. Especially for before bed and after make up use, I think it really works. I'd love to bring this around in my bag and spritz it on my face after hours being out and about, especially when its so hot outside! It does make me feel refreshed (:


This product comes in three sizes: 25ml (SGD 5.90), 100ml (SGD12.90) and 300ml (SGD28.90)
I especially love the travel-sized ones cos I think its the easiest to bring out in your bag or even a  tiny handbag.

AAAAAND,

I have three travel-sized bottle to give away to my readers (:
I'll most likely add some stuff to the giveaway pack so just join for fun!


What do you have to do?

2) Share it!
3) take a screenshot of your timeline
4) Email sghijabgirl@hotmail.com the screenshot

That's all! 

Thursday, 24 January 2013

article: caring about what you wear

Hi girls!

I'm currently busy finishing my fyp paper cos its due tomorow! The final draft that is! So here's a filler entry of an article I can't help but laugh when reading and is something I definitely can relate to! Language is not that friendly, so forgive me if some parts sounds crude to you. Don't take it too seriously, its just a light-hearted read! (: xx, N


I Care About What I Wear, So Please Get Over It
JAN. 23, 2013 




When I was 16, I got ready for an important event in front of my then-boyfriend. He sat on my bed, staring at me lovingly, as I tried an outfit on, then another. But his face fell in direct relation to each discarded sweater and skirt that piled up around him. Finally, he begged me — in what I would classify as a mildly disgusted voice — to “just keep that one on.”
I didn’t.
Since then, and probably way before, I’ve been getting crap for caring about clothes. I’ve had people talk about how shallow fashion is as I rush to shove a copy of Vogue in my bag; I’ve had many boyfriends and even a couple girlfriends wear that same terrified look when I get ready for something I want to look nice for; 
I had a professor, now mentor, who used to chide me about my by-my-standards moderate obsession with fashion, too. He liked to say that I would most likely end up in a career where I could “wear my fancy outfits around.” I am currently in a career where I sit in my house for nine hours a day writing international breaking news, and I have to report that no, I don’t wear my fancy outfits, and yes, I’ve spent full days in my pajamas. And I’m here to say that despite this, I still read Who What Wear and Refinery29 regularly, I still like a good sift through a Nordstrom Rack, and no, this does not make me shallow, idiotic, or deranged.
Trust me, I know all the angles. The fashion industry is evil, it supports anorexia and sweat-shops singlehandedly, it’s aspirational and unobtainable, it’s a waste of money, and it kills brain cells as readily as acid. I myself have made these arguments, when I swore off working at fashion magazines after a couple stints organizing fashion closets. But I’m here to say that my desire to look presentable, cute, or, dare-I-say-it, cool, and my allocation of reasonable amounts of my own finances to do so, is pretty low on the list of fashion-related crimes. More than that, I’m here to publicly request that the world stop hounding me and my fellow fashionistas, be they second or first-rate, for it.
Think for a moment of all the ridiculous hobbies that human beings spend time and money on. Video games. Clubbing. Gambling. Beauty pageants for five-year-olds. Professional sports. Am I impressed that you know the stats for every quarterback in the NFL? Sure I am. Do I really think that is the best place for you to use your sharp mind? Not really. In any case, these things give them purpose, self-worth, or just an escape from the daily grind. I know guys that throw hundreds of dollars into poker games. And they lose….they lose a lot. What do they have to show for that money, other than some good times with the guys? Nothing. I, on the other hand, have the most comfortable pair of brown leather stacked high heels you’ve ever laid eyes on. I wore them the entire day of my graduation, from my walk across the stage for my diploma to late night, slightly teary-eyed drinks with half my graduating class at the neighborhood dive bar. They’ve also made it through a wedding and more than a few job interviews. I’m not saying that one of these things is more valuable than the other. I’m merely pointing out that they both have value.
I’m also not saying that you have to give any thought to what you wear. I’m not saying that I’ll judge you for it if you don’t (if I do, sorry, it’s just…I do have to look at you, you know). What I am saying is that we all have to get dressed in the morning, so choosing not to care, or shaving half your head: that’s all a choice, too. And if you are allowed to wear what you like, which luckily, in North America, you largely are, I too should be allowed to wear a nice sweater that sort-of matches my belt and not get ribbed for it. I should be allowed to spend 20 or 30 minutes getting dressed to meet my boyfriend’s parents, or go out with my friends on a Saturday night. I LIKE IT. My ability — and right — to wear what I want is not something I take lightly.
Sure, fashion is shallow, sometimes horrifying, definitely eye-roll inducing. But it is also shelter (a solid winter jacket in -30 weather), power (shoulder-padded women’s suits in the 80s), history (your great-grandmother’s scarf collection), and art (have you SEEN an haute-couture fashion show?!).
So, yes, I care about what I wear, and I beg you, please, to find a better place to direct your indignation and horrified-eyes than at my blazer collection. 

Friday, 18 January 2013

Sghijabgirl Lookbook #4

Salam alaikum girls!

NEW COLLECTION WHEEEEE!

I am LOVING these ombre maxi pleated skirts!!!!! Not only am I crazy for ombre these days, I love that I don't have to iron these skirts hehe. I mean, of course you can iron it but if you're always rushing for an 8.30 class like me, this skirt is seriously, God sent. Hehe!

I wanted to choose my favourite of the lot, but all the colors are so...pretty! 



Then comes these lovely empire pleated maxi skirts! Gosh guys. Too pretty! If you loved the Blair Chiffon skirts, you'll definitely love this one too! Two pockets!!!! So so pretty!




Last but not least, the tribal bags. I'm trying so hard to pick one design for myself but I ended up keeping all three. Perfect for those days I feel like chucking my books, ipad, hp, wallet inside and off to the library to do work or even, to go to school. Fits a4 too! 




 I also launched the Cream Hearts All Over sweater too, but that went OOS in minutes, I am not kidding! If I knew you girls would love it, I'd bring in moreeeee!

Alrights, just a quick update! Gotta get cracking on my school work!

Much love friends,
Nadya 







Thursday, 17 January 2013

Review: 1 Market by Chef Wan

Salam girls!

I went for dinner at 1 Market by Chef Wan the other day and I figured I'd do a review since I've heard so much about it. 

I think I was quite lucky because when I called the reservation number, I immediately got through at my first try! I heard of people calling 40-90 times before getting through? That aside, I booked for my parents and I, one week before the date we wanted. So, I do think its best that you reserve early to avoid disappointment.


The food was....very good. I wouldn't say it was superb but I thought it was very very good! They have quite a selection, from chili crabs, thai fish, skewered grilled prawns (which were so fat and juicy!), japanese food (sashimi, sushi, soba, you name it), satay and lots more. I won't go describing further cos pictures illustrate better hehe.




I think one of the main reasons why I didn't find it superb is because I'm a dessert person, and the selection was very limited. However, there was this pandan thing, omg I have no idea what's the name, it was SO GOOD, I wiped out 10 servings I think. Or more. Tsk. The cream puffs were to die for! They had this filling that felt like half custard/half ice cream. So so goooood! 

Both hot and cold drinks were also free flow! 










Chef Wan himself was there and he really made the time and effort to greet and take pictures with nearly everyone in the restaurant!




The waiters/waitresses were also quite prompt in clearing our plates so we always had space to get more fooood! :D

The only thing that I was quite annoyed about was the satay section! Every time I went there, it was empty! Only towards the end, I saw them refilling it. Apart from that, all the other items on the menu were refilled quite often. 


 

I wouldn't say its fair to compare 1 Market with Carousel or Straits Kitchen cos the latter are after all, hotel buffets and obviously, the entire experience should be different. 1 Market is a restaurant, just like Swensens/Seoul Garden, and I think one should lower their expectations, a bit.

Obviously you know by now that I read their Facebook page and I really didn't think they deserve the kind of comments some people wrote on their page. Give it a try first. Its nice to give some support to a Malay owned buffet restaurant, which to be honest, is undeniably, a rare find in Singapore. Rather than go, oh I heard they're this and that. You might be wrong :)

Hope this review helps!

Much love,
Nadya