New Hobby: Food Flatlays

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been bitten by the flatlay bug quite recently, thanks to all the beautiful flatlays on my Instagram feed. I even followed @flatlays on Instagram, which is an account for everything flatlay. It’s impossible not to get hooked!

I love seeing all those beautiful fashion flatlays, but I have a particular obsession for food flatlays (probably because I love food) so most of my flatlays are food related. I think it’s a chic way of taking photos of your food, plus it’s super fun. Makes cooking a whole lot more enjoyable because it’s like playing dress up – but with food. Nothing more fun than mixing and matching the food I cook with plates and napkins! Hehe #foodiealert.

Here are some of my food flatlay photos that I shared on my Instagram. I get a lot of ideas and inspirations from my favourite flatlay accounts (@tenthousandthspoon, @thepinkdiary@dreamy_touch and @crazystylelove). Some of them are either photographers or stylists, so that explains their crazy awesome flatlays. Makes me want to take food styling class or something!
 
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This food flatlay thing has also made me go crazy over dinnerware and serveware – something I had never even bothered to think about before. So now plates, bowls, tea sets, mugs, trays, spoons, napkins, tea towels and placemats have been added to my list of shopping obsessions, along with clothes, shoes and bags (God, help my husband). Haha.

In case you’re wondering, I get most of my serveware from Daiso (my ultimate source because everything so cheappp), Aino Living, H&M Home and Ikea. I can spend hourssss in these shops. Sigh… the woman I’ve turned into! :P



Chill Festival

Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning has been a part of my daily routine for about a month now. I’ve seen a lot of health and fitness junkies posted (on Instagram) about the benefits of lemon water and I decided to follow their advice. I just can’t believe something as simple as lemon water (I mean, it’s just juice from lemon and water!) can give your body SO many benefits, among which are – cleanses your system, aids digestion, boosts immune system, clears skin, promotes healing, hydrates lymph system, energizes you, enhances your mood and aids in weight loss.

 

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What I didn’t know is that, this morning routine of mine could somehow harm my teeth because lemon juice is actually one of the worst drinks for teeth as it is highly acidic (apparently, sugar is not the only thing that is bad for your teeth). If I don’t do anything about it, I might end up with tooth sensitivity. Yikes!

To be honest, I was quite ignorant of tooth sensitivity. I thought it was like a hereditary case or something. I didn’t know tooth sensitivity is actually quite common in Malaysia. In fact, I just found out from a Sensodyne event that I attended recently, that approximately 1 out of 3 Malaysian consumers claimed they have sensitive teeth. Now that’s a lot! Sadly, only one third of the sufferers use toothpaste for sensitive teeth to relieve their condition. Others probably just tahan the ngilu-ness. I just can’t imagine if I had to deal with that sharp ‘zing’ sensation every time I eat or drink something! #iamafoodie

*Ipsos, Oral Care Usage & Attitudes, 2014

 

IMG_8143Dental Surgeon, Dr. Nurul Huda Hassan, explaining about tooth sensitivity.

According to Dr. Nurul Huda Hassan, some of the possible causes for sensitive teeth are:

  • Enamel wear and dentine exposure caused by acidic food/drinks
  • Brushing teeth too hard
  • Teeth grinding
  • Gum disease
  • Receding gums

There are ways to reduce or even prevent yourself from tooth sensitivity, such as practice good oral hygiene, brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush, avoid grinding your teeth and use sensitivity toothpaste like Sensodyne. I’ve always thought Sensodyne is only for those with sensitive teeth; turns out anyone can use it as a prevention from tooth sensitivity.

Sensodyne has a range of products that provides different solutions for consumers. There’s Sensodyne Repair & Protect that helps repair sensitive teeth, Sensodyne Rapid Relief gives fast relief in 60 seconds when used as directed, and Sensodyne base range which gives everyday protection for sensitive teeth which includes Sensodyne Fresh Mint, Sensodyne Gentle Whitening and Sensodyne Gum Care. Using the right sensitivity toothpaste can help to relieve tooth sensitivity and allows you to indulge and enjoy your favourite food and drinks.

 

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If you’re not sure whether you have sensitive teeth or not, you can take this Tooth Sensitivity Check at https://www.sensodyne.com.my. I’ve checked mine and I don’t have sensitive teeth. Phew! Else, I wouldn’t have enjoyed drinking this delicious organic cold-pressed juice at the ‘Tiada Ngilu, Hidup Ceria’ Chill Festival!

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Sensodyne is currently collaborating with Chatime Malaysia for ‘Unfreeze the Coolest Drink’ contest where consumers get to vote for their preferred Chatime drink and enjoy 20% discount for the most voted drink.

To enter this contest, go to http://tiadangilu.sensodyne.com.my, click on the ‘Unfreeze Deals’ tab and vote for your favourite Chatime drink. You can also participate on any social media platform by including this hashtag #tiadangilu <drink code>. The discount voucher can be downloaded on the website by the end of March.

For more information or terms and conditions of the contest, visit www.sensodyne.com.my or http://tiadangilu.sensodyne.com.my.

*This is a sponsored post. All samples are provided by GSK and opinions expressed are of my own personal views.



Movies and Magnum Kinda Date

My girls wanted to spend a day at their Bi Teh and Ami Teh’s house yesterday, so I asked my sis-in-law and she was more than happy to welcome them. (In case you’re wondering, Bi is aunty and Ami is uncle – the same as Mak/Pak Teh. I guess it’s a Syed-Sharifah thing).

Hubs and I were like “yay, let’s go watch a movie!”.

I remembered my package from FashionValet that had just arrived a few days earlier, so I decided to wear them. Nothing like an impromptu date and a new outfit to wear! Hehe.

 

IMG_9849Grey, gold and tan combo

The waterfall printed jacket is from Mia Mikhail. I’m a big fan of lightweight jackets and it’s probably the only type of jacket I’d wear in this hot weather. My lemak is already thick, thank you very much.

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I paired the jacket with dUCk georgette scarf in Silver Dust. It’s actually my first georgette scarf from dUCk and so far it’s my favourite from their premium basic line. So easy to style and it drapes beautifully! I’m so gonna get more colors because I feel like I’ve been wearing way too much satin shawls now.

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We ended up watching 2 movies back-to-back. Cinderella (my pick) and Chappie (hubby’s pick). Wasn’t expecting to enjoy Chappie, but I did (hubby only mentioned that Chappie is a movie about robots and I didn’t watch the trailer).

And then we ended our date with this…

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That, my friend, is the yummiest ice-cream dessert I’ve ever eaten. I actually wanted to have Magnum waffles or pancakes just like the one we had in Jakarta, but they don’t have those yet here. I chose the trifle instead and I’m glad I did.

It has layers of mascarpone cheese, cashew meringue, honey balsamic cream, fresh strawberries (and other berries I think), topped with white chocolate vanilla Magnum ice-cream. I mean, really, it’s everything I like in a dessert – meringue, cheese, cream, chocolate and berries. Heaven!

IMG_9939You’re supposed to stir everything up until they are well-combined before eating it. Just divine!

Anyway, the team at FashionValet is giving a 10% discount for my readers! Simply enter the code “IZAFVMAR” at checkout. This code is valid until 31st March 2015 and can be used for any items on www.fashionvalet.com except for Daniel Wellington watches, dUCk scarves and Sofina bags.

Happy shopping!



It’s Pancake Day!

It’s National Pancake Day today. Of course as an avid pancake lover, I can’t think of any other way to celebrate it than by making (and eating) pancakes. In fact, I had pancakes twice today – for brunch and tea time. Good thing my girls love pancakes too. Nothing beats homemade pancakes (and I don’t mean the just-add-water ones).

 

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I usually eat my pancakes with pure maple syrup or Nutella (or both), but today I decided to make something different. Something with a little bit more effort. Something like this yogurt-blueberry sauce.

 

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The sauce is pretty easy to make. Just blend fresh blueberries and natural Greek yogurt in a blender and add a drop of vanilla essence and a little bit of maple syrup to sweeten it. But if you’re too lazy to take out the blender (and wash it) like me, you can just smash the blueberries with the back of a spoon and stir everything. I like that it has bits of blueberries in it. Gave it a little texture to the sauce.

 

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For the pancakes, I use the same basic pancake recipe that I’ve always used. You can refer to my Instagram post here for the recipe (I’m so lazy to type, sorry). The only difference I made is that I added lemon zest (half of a lemon) and vanilla extract in the wet ingredients. The rest is the same.

 

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This pancake is filled with fresh lemon zest and hints of vanilla. And the tartness of the blueberries complemented the sweetness of the maple syrup. Such a great combo!

So here’s to all pancake lovers. Hope you had a flippin’ good pancake day!



Wanna win SK-II’s New CC Cream?

My favourite skincare brand will be launching their new product – the Cellumination Auractivator CC Cream!

This CC Cream is a part of SK-II Cellumination range, which basically helps to brighten and even out skin tone for an aura-like glow, as if skin is illuminated from within. If you have dark spots, uneven skin tone or dull complexion, you might want to give this range a try. I’ve heard (and read) great reviews about this range and I’m actually using one of the Cellumination product because one of my skin concerns is uneven skin tone. I don’t know if you noticed, but my nose and chin areas are slightly darker than the rest, and I was advised by SK-II skin consultant to add the Cellumination Aura Essence as part of my skincare regime.

 

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I just love how lightweight this essence is and how it absorbs quickly, just like SK-II’s Stempower essence (another favourite of mine). I’ve used it for about a month plus now and I noticed that my skin is not as oily as before, but instead it gives my skin a nice pearly glow. I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Cellumination Auractivator CC Cream because it would complement the Cellumination Aura Essence that I’ve been using.

Anyway, SK-II have set up #ChangeDestiny Light Museum at the Centre Court, Suria KLCC in conjunction with the launching of their new product. And they are offering 3 Cellumination Auractivator CC Cream, worth RM274 each to 3 of my lucky readers!

Do you hear that? FREE SK-II CELLUMINATION AURACTIVATOR CC CREAM.


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Here’s what you need to do:

1. Visit the SK-II Light Museum at Centre Court, KLCC any time between 10am – 10pm, starting from 27th February until 2nd March 2015.

2. Mention my blog name (The Pink Stilettos) at the museum entrance to receive an Aura makeover with the new Cellumination Auractivator CC Cream.

3. Take a ‘before and after’ picture of your Aura makeover and upload it on your Instagram with these hashtags: #changedestiny #myaurabeautymoment #izaskiiauramakeover. Don’t forget to tag me @thepinkstilettos to your Instagram photo as well.

I will choose the top 3 readers with the best-looking glow to win the SK-II Cellumination Auractivator CC Cream. Winners will be notified at a later date via my Instagram.

Easy-peasy, right? And it starts tomorrow! #youdontwannamissthis

Good luck!

*Open to all my Malaysian readers