I could do a post just on my birthday cakes alone. Lucky me had 4 cakes this year - the rainbow cake from my sister, the chocolate cake from BFF, Angelia, vanilla cupcakes baked by Sheena and another from my birthday celebration at Clifford Pier with my family (another post for this!). All so good, I can only watch my waistline get bigger as I indulge. I'm still polishing off cakes stored in the fridge! 

I had dinner with BFF, Angelia at Prego the day before my birthday. Our better halves joined us for cake towards the end of the night. I love that Prego made a mistake on the spelling of my name - Jennen. Silly things like these really crack me up and it was such a highlight. 

Jon took the day off on my actual birthday to spend it with me. The huge coincidence here is that his dad celebrates the same birthday as me. What are the odds of us both sharing the same birth date?! We started the day with lunch at Sun With Moon Japanese at Wheelock Place and then headed to the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit at Arts Science Museum. Jon found out about this exhibit from The A List Singapore, a fortnightly newsletter that tells you all about the arts and culture that is happening in Singapore. We love the magazine and follow their Instagram account (@alistsg) closely for exciting events to check out. 

I opted for Indian food for dinner and we headed to Delhi Restaurant at Serangoon Road. Their food is sooooo good and I especially love their garlic naan. You should definitely check this place out if you like Indian food. We didn't do anything particularly fancy but we both usually lead such busy lives that having a whole day to spend together was already special and so luxurious. :) 

It feels somewhat surreal turning 33. You know how it is when you were a teenager, adults in their 30s seem really old? Haha. Well, now I'm that adult that the kids gasp in their heads and go...'soooo old' when I tell them my age. 

A couple of things that I like growing older: you've grown into your own skin and don't really care much about what the world and people think of you anymore (even when you trip and fall outside, you kinda just laugh and pick yourself back up). You have a bunch of really good friends that you know are for life. The rest have kinda withered away with time and it doesn't really bother you. You learn how to say 'no' a lot more than feeling obligated to say 'yes', which leaves you a lot more time to prioritise on things that really matter. 

The downside of growing older and being an adult is, adult responsibilities. Buying a house; dealing with the housing loans, insurance, lawyers, developers and what not, marriage and all the intricacies that come with it, the thought of impending kids looming on your mind and basically just being fully in-charged of your life. No more reckless fooling around thinking that you've got all the time in the world. The clock is ticking! 

That said, I guess life is an adventure in itself and you've just got to embrace it and throw yourself fearlessly and take it all in stride.

And, this is what I wore on my birthday. I reserved this Wardrobe Theory piece specially for this day. I love the design! This dress is on backorder now


Birthday At Clifford Pier.

I love Clifford Pier and The Fullerton Bay Hotel. I admit that the food (except the lobster roll) and service is rather...blah...but the ambience kinda makes up for it. I had a wonderful celebration with my family there. These days, family outings revolve around the 'lil boo, Elliott and we have our dinners really early at 6pm so that he gets home by 8+ for bed. No one is complaining. I/We love this 'lil boy to bits and I think in my eyes, he'll do no wrong - even when he's constantly trying to strangle me by pulling on my necklace. I almost thought my Chanel necklace was going to break. 

It was really nice when the waiters brought out a birthday cake for me and when the pianist broke into a birthday song. Everyone in the restaurant sang along! Do note that if you're going to do a birthday celebration at this restaurant, they do not allow you to consume cakes from outside. Neither will they refrigerate the cake for you. They make it up by providing you with one. :) 

Outfit details complete with cute couple at the back! 

Top & Skirt: Upcoming on Wardrobe Theory 
The top is a lovely mix of faux leather and mesh. I designed this piece! 

Heels: Zara


Birthday Celebrations Part I.

Most awkward couple shot ever. Haha.

I turned 33 exactly a week ago on 20th January. I had a few pre, actual and post birthday celebrations (I'm actually still celebrating) and my heart is so full and bursting from all the love from my loved ones. The celebrations kicked off with dinner with the 'Hatred Family' at Sabio by the Sea at Sentosa. The 'Hatred Family' is initially a bunch of Jon's super fun-loving friends; adults that basically can't grow up. I think you can get that they're a crazy bunch (especially the boys) from the pictures above. I got initiated into the group when Jon and I got together and I've grown to love them and enjoy their company like my own friends. I know they'll be there for me should anything happen and they're all just a phone call or watsapp text away. 

I've been meaning to try Sabio since Jessica (@tippytapp) raved about their food to me. Indeed, every tapas dish that we ordered was delicious. Even a few of the boys who usually only like Asian cuisine were raving over the Spanish dishes. I didn't take any pictures cos' every dish that came was wiped out in a couple of minutes and I didn't want to go all 'blogger' on them and stop them from eating before I took pictures of the food. I can't wait to go back for more! 

Here's what I wore to dinner.

Top & Skirt: Wardrobe Theory - both pieces I absolutely love! I love how the skirt flatters and gives you shape.

Bag: Chanel Boy (Medium)
Shoes: Pedder Red 



Beautiful Friendships

I can't remember how this collaboration between me and my multi-talented friend, Xuann came about. I think this idea was conceived one hot afternoon when she was over at my place as we were feasting over some delicious 'yong tau foo'. As we sipped our watermelon juices and chatted idly about hopes, dreams and what's to come for 2015, something struck a chord and we decided there and then that we will work on a fun little project together in 2015. She, being a professional hair and makeup artist will doll me up. And being the multi-talent that she is, she'll also go behind the lens and shoot me. Yesterday was our first collaboration and these are some of the images that we got. I had so much fun doing these pictures and it was such an easy partnership. It feels like it all fell into place and we connected with each other through the camera. I'm so excited and can't wait for collaboration #2,3,4!

If you're looking for a hair and make-up artist for your wedding, to doll you up for a shoot or event, please check out her FB page www.facebook.com/xunnyart and her new IG account @xunnyart. 

Here's to beautiful friendships and even more beautiful collaborations! 

Outfit Details:

Top and Skirt: Wardrobe Theory
Heels: Zara 



Hello, 2015!

It's 4 days into the new year and I'm finally sitting myself down to write my resolutions for 2015. As I've mentioned on my Instagram account, 2014 feels like such a blur and I can't believe how fast the year passed. I did so many things last year and I'm so thankful for all the amazing opportunities and experiences. 2014 was a year of learning, growing, settling down and what-I-call, transitioning into 'adulthood'. It was a year which I learned a lot more about myself. It was also a year of risk-taking and chasing my dream with Wardrobe Theory. It's been quite a year and 2014 feels like a lead up to a huge year that I'm going to have this year. 

I've got a new house coming, a wedding and a business to build in 2015. Major stuff. To be honest, I get scared sometimes thinking of these big things that will be happening, but I constantly remind myself not to be with one of my favourite quotes, 'a head full of fears has no space for dreams; fate favours the fearless'. To help myself get there to fulfil my goals and dreams, I've set a couple of resolutions. 

1. Be more discipline. This is a broad resolution that will help me achieve what I want to achieve this year. I think this practise should apply to all aspects in my life - to be more disciplined with checking off to-do lists and getting work done, be more disciplined with exercising, be more disciplined at motivating myself, and to be disciplined to not procrastinate. I read somewhere that one habit of successful people is to not procrastinate the small things, and to do them immediately to clear them out of the way. If it takes less than 2 minutes, then do it now. I've been trying to practise this habit since 2014 and I've been feeling more accomplished already. 

2. Stay positive and be happy. This year, I want to learn to stay positive even in the most dire of situations and to enjoy and be happy with the small things. I'd like to think that I'm usually quite positive, but I have to admit that I do let things get to me and get me down sometimes. I'd like to change that this year and make the most of everyday.     

3. Eating healthier and exercising. Now that I'm a bit older, I'm seeing and feeling how this can impact and affect my overall well-being. I'm not one to abstain completely from certain types of 'bad food'. Knowing how much I like to eat junk food and sweets, it'll be impossible for me to not have them completely. I'd probably go crazy with the cravings one day and overstuff my face with sweets if I do that. I believe in moderation and hope to do more of that this year and be more consistent with inculcating foods like fruits in my diet. Of course, I try...but I do hope to exercise at least twice a week consistently this year too. I do want a lean body in time for my wedding at the end of the year!

4. Spend more time with my family. I'm usually so busy that family sometimes takes a back seat in my life. I have to remind myself that whilst I'm trying to achieve things for myself, my parents and people around me are also not getting any younger. If I don't treasure the times with them now, then when? 

I end this post with another of my favourite quotes. What are some of your resolutions for 2015?