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Outfit Post: The Bling Ring
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I haven't had the chance to sit down properly to blog lately due to work commitments  but DON'T YOU LOVE...
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Remember what I said in the last post about losing all the contents of my hard drive? Guess what -...
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It feels good to come back after a long leave of absence - I'd like to blame it on the...
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New pictures but that's only cause Dawn is back for a few days. When the peplum trend was in, I...
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Looking back at these pictures makes me wanna go back to the Maldives again. The clear blue water and cerulean...
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It's been many days since my last post but I assure you that I am still alive! It just seems...
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Holy cow, it has been (almost) exactly a month since the last update, and probably over 3 since mine. I'm...
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Maison Martin Margiela with H&M Showroom visit
For those who are eager for 15th November to arrive like I am, I offer some form of comfort by...
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Outfit Post: Shifting Gears
Photos by Venetia Sometimes, the most impromptu and unplanned events turns out to be the most enjoyable. Had brunch with...
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Outfit Post: Miss Alexander
Another set of photos taken at the really secluded place in Singapore. I was inspired by Alexander Wang's Fall/Winter 2010...
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It's not often we head out to the wilderness to have pictures taken. Thanks to Venetia, we travelled really far...
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My obsession with these shoes will never cease, this is easily marked by the fact that I bought two of...
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Outfit Post: Strict Machine
I really wish I lived in one of these charming colonial-era buildings. But as it is, I satisfy myself with...
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After all the weird colours of the rainbow on my head, I've finally settled back for black hair to  let...
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Monoxious Guide: How to make tassel earrings [Fashion DIY tutorials]
Dawn has been incredibly obsessed with tassel earrings lately and we decided to make some. This is a surprisingly easy...
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We interrupt this string of travel posts to bring you something that might actually be of interest. A long time...
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Visiting Italy was a true test of my ability to dress for summer. In Singapore it's humid and hot but...
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Resisting the urge to shop online isn't one of my merits. In my defense, I was also looking for stuff...
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Been procrastinating on this set of photos for a while cause it's the last set of outfit photos I have...
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Snagged this cape/blazer for 70% off. I swear hunting for good bargains releases an amazing amount of endorphins. This has...
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Extended stay
It's never an easy decision to choose which shoes to bring with you when you are on a trip. It's...
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Admittedly, I have never really been a fan of Hong Kong. I thought the shopping there was pretty ordinary and...
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H&M Singapore: Showroom visit, unveiling before Grand Opening on 2nd Sept
So sorry for the long absence!!! Dawn was away for a longgggg vacation and I was so swarmed with work...
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Promising sunlight we had the other day, I am pretty glad I brought my camera out so we could afford...
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An outfit post featuring a few of the items I've been wearing the most often recently. A sleeveless asymmetrical top,...
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Ah, the Colosseum! I can't stress enough how much I've wanted to visit Rome and the Colosseum is definitely one...
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A continuation from the previous post: These are the make up products I bring along for an overnight stay or...
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September 12, 2014
Arissa Ha

Just found something that was buried in my drafts! I’m so in love with the XEVANA Bastille stacklace that contrasts against the simplicity of my top and the Daniel Wellington Sheffield Lady watch.

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Top /FeistHeist• Skorts /Zara• Necklace /Xevana• Watch /Daniel Wellington•Boots /Ann Demeulemeester
•Bracelet /Jawbone UP24 Fitness band

Just in case you’re looking to purchase your own Daniel Wellington Watch, here’s your last chance to make use of our discount code. Enter discount code [monoxious15] for 15% off before you check-out. Offer ends 15th September!

September 9, 2014
Arissa Ha

Arissa: Dawn and I are back from Korea! We are still recovering from our surgeries but we can’t wait to share our experiences with you.

Dawn: I know we have been getting a lot of questions in the previous post – while we have not had time to answer to all the comments individually, we seek to answer some of them in this post. I understand that it may seem weird to others that we are so open about our experiences, but I think it is important to provide information to people who may be considering getting surgical enhancements. We intend to document every step of our process, starting from the moment we arrive in Seoul.

27th August 2014 

After a red-eye flight, we arrived early in the morning at Incheon Airport where we met with a personal taxi. The driver took us directly to Banobagi Plastic and Aesthetic Clinic for our consultation and check-up.

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Banobagi is conveniently located in the heart of Gangnam, less than 5 minutes away from the Yeoksam station. There’s also a bus stop where the Airport Limousine stops at which is about less than 10 minutes walk away. We arrived about 30 minutes after the clinic is opened and it was just starting to fill up with people. I was not sure what I expected, but I was really impressed with the scale of the clinic – there is 6 floors dedicated to various purposes and we were greeted with a bright and airy reception. Various consultants greet you as you step into the clinic and I really felt like some sort of VIP!

We were joined by our coordinator Claire (she’s so skinny and pretty!), who had been extremely helpful throughout our trip. Claire speaks fluent English and acted as an interpreter – she would patiently explain everything like instructions or advice from the doctors, and on top of that she would regularly drop by to check in on us! We were worried about the language barrier at first, but with Claire’s help we did not encounter any difficulties at all. Besides acting as an interpreter, Claire also took on the role of a consultant – she explained to us the surgical procedures in detail and also recommended various procedures to us.

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After a brief consultation, we were taken from the reception to the 5th storey of the building which specialises in facial surgery. Before anything else, we had to take photos and X-rays with extremely sophisticated machines that are able to give the doctors a 3-D view of our bone structures – this provides the doctors with an in-depth view of our problems. P.S. See the cardboard cut-out next to us? It’s none other than one of the contestants on Let Me In, which Banobagi subsequently operated on – tell me you are not impressed by the transformation! There are various pamphlets lying around, which we browsed through while waiting to consult with the surgeon.

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Both Dawn and I have an idea of what we want to change for our face and bodies but we needed to see the doctors before we decided on the procedures.

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A: I didn’t like my side profile as I had a underbite and I’ve always felt that the lack of fats on my face often left me looking haggard and severe. Another thing that has bugged me since puberty was my lack of boobs. I’ve been patiently waiting for their growth since I was 12 years old but they never did. I even went through two growth spurts (accounting for my height which I am really grateful for) but my boobs just remained two sad-looking mounts on my chest.

Lastly, I have the problem of stubborn fats on my thighs, stomach and arms. I was a very athletic kid but never had small thighs even though I was on the track & field team. I signed up at a local gym last year and even though I had a personal trainer, I never really saw the results even after months of hard work.

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A: We had our first consultation with Dr. Oh, one of the Directors of Banobagi about our concerns with our face. My bone structure calls for a 2-jaw surgery to rotate the jaw downwards and inwards so that the underbite can be corrected. The downtime is extremely long (about a month) and I still have to see an Orthodontist after the surgery to correct my teeth. I couldn’t afford the downtime and opted for fat grafting on my forehead and smile lines so that my features can be softened.

D: I am unhappy with my jawline – I feel that I have a round face, and would prefer a smaller face with a sharper jawline. Initially I was planning to go for fillers and botox – but after consulting the x-rays, Dr. Oh revealed that I have asymmetrical cheekbones and a slanted chin that could only be corrected with facial contouring. It is not something I have particularly noticed before, but after looking at the x-ray some things clicked – I always had trouble contouring the right side of my face and tend it hide it behind my hair due to the asymmetry. My dentist have also commented on my jaw previously and after scrutinising my face, I agreed with Dr. Oh’s judgement.

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D: This is not to say that Dr. Oh was pushy about the procedures – on the contrary, he actually recommended against epicanthoplasty (which I inquired about) stating that it would change the “feel” of my features. I did not at any point feel that he was pushing for any unnecessary procedures. In fact, he seemed to want to correct my most serious problem (facial asymmetry) and create a result that is still “me”, just with slight improvements.

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A: Next, we met with Dr. Ban, another Director of Banobagi for our consultation regarding Breast Augmentation and Liposuction. We had to change into robes for this consultation because Dr. Ban needed to see our bodies in order to make an accurate judgement. I wanted to know if the fats that are collected during liposuction would be sufficient for fats transfer to the boobs but it turns out that it is not enough so I’ll be going for teardrop-shaped cohesive gel implants instead.

D: I too inquired about the possibility of liposuction, because my fats tend to be stored in my stomach and hips. However, Dr. Ban recommended against having facial surgery and liposuction performed on the same day because the risks were too high. It is good knowing that Banobagi places the safety of their patients first and foremost and I decided not to go for anything else after hearing what he has to say!

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Our surgeries are scheduled for 29th August, 2 days after our arrival. Claire walked us to Banobagi’s Guesthouse, conveniently located less than 3 mins walk away from the clinic with a plethora of convenience stores nearby – it’s only US$30 a night to boot! The rooms were really large and well-equipped. There are about 8 or 9 rooms available with a reclining hospital bed which is a godsend during recovery. I cannot express how awesome having a humidifier in the room is when you are extremely dehydrated.

 

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We were also given a stash of microwavable pumpkin soup (which helps with swelling), porridges and soy milk so we won’t go hungry even if we can’t go out after the surgery. Claire told us that korean ladies really believe in the healing properties of pumpkin, and pregnant women often drink pumpkin juice and soup to recuperate after their pregnancy. Banobagi really had all the bases covered to ensure that our stay is as comfortable as possible. There’s also free wifi so you can catch up with your family and friends to let them know how you’re doing.

We will be blogging about the actual surgery day and the recovery process up next, so stay tuned! In the meanwhile, please feel free to ask us anything. :)

August 26, 2014
Dawn Poh

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Arissa and I are embarking on our first journey together! We have met plenty of times overseas before, but this is our first time travelling together with one another. We are boarding a plane bound for Seoul in a few hours’ time – if you are wondering why we have been rather quiet about this rather momentous occasion, it is in part because I can hardly believe it myself that it is coming true. Remember how I joked about needing plastic surgery so I can save time on photoshopping my pictures? Well, we are heading to Seoul to get plastic surgery now.

We exchanged emails with the Banobagi representative Claire (who spoke perfect English) and decided on them as they are one of the top-notch plastic surgery clinics in Korea. If you have even remotely been on the internet in the past year, you would have heard of the famous Korean reality television series Let Me In. It is a show based around transforming women living with unusual body conditions, such as excessive lose skin stemming from weight loss to bimaxillary protrusion. It was through this show that we first heard of Banobagi; after witnessing their capabilities, we feel assured that we are in skilled hands!

While neither Arissa and I face such issues, there are naturally parts of our body that we felt needed improvements. Claire has been nothing but accommodating to our frequent questions and I am actually feeling very assured despite the enormity of our decision. Prior to departing, Claire even called us all the way from Korea to check on us. We are just incredibly impressed by the amount of hospitality Claire has shown us so far, and we really can’t wait to touch down in Seoul!

We will be posting frequent updates on the blog with details of our trip and naturally,  the surgical process. Anybody wants to venture a guess as to what procedures Arissa and I will be getting? ;)

August 25, 2014
Arissa Ha

The weather is still warm but here’s to planning ahead for Fall 2014. 

I know we’re still in the dead of Summer but with all the Fall 2014 campaign images rolling out, we can’t help but dream up of the perfect Fall 2014 uniform. Shirt-dresses, jackets made of sweatshirt materials (perfect for Singapore) and minimalist accessories are on our list.

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From top left:

  1. alice + olivia Sleeveless Shirt Dress, US$297
  2. Super Sunglasses Lucia Sunglasses, US$199
  3. Kate Spade New York Sailor’s Knot Bangle Bracelet, US$78
  4. Opening Ceremony Sumi Handbag, US$545
  5. Opening Ceremony Misha Rectangular Wallet, US$275
  6. McQ – Alexander McQueen Razor V2 Belt, US$395
  7. Maison Martin Margiela Layered Necklace, US$595
  8. Eddie Borgo Halo Drop Earrings, US$100
  9. McQ – Alexander McQueen Nazrul Curved Zip Ankle Booties, US$665
  10. Helmut Lang Villous Sweatshirt Zip Jacket, US$230

What would your perfect Fall uniform be? Share it with us in the comments box below! 

August 19, 2014
Arissa Ha

…but you’ll want to buy them anyway cause they’re awesome. 

Summer means basking in the sun with a glass of Pina Colada but if you decide to don any one these awesome swimsuits, make sure you slather plenty of sunscreen.

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Chromat Pentagram Suit
Chromat has gotten plenty of attention with celebrities like Iggy Azalea and Nikki Minaj donning their signature caged creations. We love the Pentagram Suit, which would really look great underneath blazer and pants for a night out or  on its own by the pool.

Chromat Pentagram Suit ,US$288 from Chromat.

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One Teaspoon Eagles Shadow Bikini Set
The One Teaspoon Eagles Shadow Bikini Set looks pretty weird with a keyhole right in the center. It could pass off as a really cute bralet though. 

One Teaspoon Eagles Shadow Bikini Set, AU$64.50 from One Teaspoon. 

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Nasty Gal Caged Chaos Swimsuit
If you actually forget to to pack sunscreen along when you plan to wear this Nasty Gal Chaos Swimsuit, it would spell the end of shoulder-baring days at least until Christmas. The lattice design looks makes a great statement at the beach but this is one swimsuit that is you wouldn’t want to be caught in the sun without protection in.

Nasty Gal Caged Chaos Swimsuit ,US$98 from Nasty Gal.

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Agent Provocateur Shelby metallic-trimmed bikini
Agent Provocateur is known for its sexy (and often expensive) lingerie and this strappy poolside number proves that they can do swimwear too but the bedroom doesn’t harbour as much dangerous UV rays so do yourself a favour and apply sunscreen.

Agent Provocateur Shelby metallic-trimmed bikini, US$490, from net-a-porter.

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Herve Leger Skyler Hardware-Embellished One-Piece Swimsuit
I’ve loved their designs ever since Herve Leger started their swimwear line in Spring 2009 and to be honest, who doesn’t like figure hugging bandages that makes your boobs look bigger? This Herve Leger Skyler Hardware-Embellished One-Piece Swimsuit is a sure win and it will be a staple in your swimwear wardrobe for years to come. Unfortunately, they don’t come cheap either but that’s the price you pay for something that’s classic. 

Herve Leger Skyler Hardware-Embellished One-Piece Swimsuit, US$790, from Herve Leger.

Which one’s your favourite? Let us know in the comments below. 

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