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.

IMG_9920So silau. I need my sunnies.

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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…

IMG_9931Magnum Trifle at Magnum Cafe.

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.

 

IMG_7536Just look at the gorgeous color!

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



Grilled Chicken with Spinach Pesto

I love spinach. I love them raw, I love them steamed, I love them sautéed, I love them in soup, omelettes, sandwiches – I just love ‘em.

I always have spinach in my fridge because that’s the only green veggie that everyone in my family eats, including my kids (I put spinach in their kway teow soup).

(Oh yes, my hubby doesn’t eat that much veggies except for spinach, lettuce and that’s pretty much it -____-).

Anyway, the other day, I ran out of ideas of what to cook for dinner so I googled “spinach chicken” and found this amazing grilled chicken with spinach pesto recipe by Giada de Laurentiis. I’ve had the usual basil pesto but never tried spinach pesto before, so I just had to give it a try.

 

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The recipe didn’t use any garlic tho, but I decided to add a couple because the usual basil pesto recipe uses garlic, and because I think garlic makes dishes taste better, especially veggies. You can even add basil leaves to this spinach pesto if you like, for that herby flavour. The rest of the ingredients are pretty much the same like the usual basil pesto – pine nuts (or you can substitute with walnuts if you don’t have pine nuts), Parmesan cheese and olive oil.

 

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Making pesto is reaaaally easy. Just toss everything in the blender (or a food processor, if you have one) and zap until creamy. No cooking involved, yay! Well, of course you need to cook the chicken but we’re talking about making pesto here.

Here’s the recipe, adapted from foodnetwork.com.

Grilled Chicken with Spinach Pesto:

2 boneless chicken breasts
2 cups baby spinach leaves
1/2 cups pine nuts, toasted
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp grated lemon peel
1/3 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Sprinkle the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.

Heat the grill pan on medium heat and lightly oil the pan. Grill the chicken until cooked on both sides (you can also bake the chicken in the oven for about 20 minutes). Transfer to a plate and let cool.

In a blender, combine spinach, pine nuts, garlic, lemon juice and lemon peel and blend. With the blender running, gradually add olive oil until the mixture is creamy. Add salt and pulse lightly. Transfer the spinach mixture into a bowl and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

Spread the spinach pesto over the chicken breasts and serve.

 

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IMG_5805You can make this pesto in advance, store it in a jar and keep it in the fridge up to 5-7 days.

And best part is, you can eat this pesto with anything! Pasta, sandwiches, burgers, chicken. I ate it with pasta the other day. Just stir a couple of tablespoons of pesto with cooked pasta in a pan over low heat and it’s ready to eat.

 

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This has become my new favourite pasta sauce. Yum! Who needs store-bought sauce when you can make your own, right?



Umm, hello

Hey, hey, look who’s back to blogging? *grins*

I just noticed that I’ve been updating my blog once a month now. I feel so bad. I’m such a lazy blogger sheeshh!

Oh hang on a sec, Raina is calling out for me.

BRB.

 

*10 minutes later*

Ok, I’m back. She just wanted some crackers and roti Nutella.

That little girl eats a lot, I’m telling you. She just had 2 plates of briyani rice (no, I didn’t cook it) and she still.. – oh no, somebody’s screaming!

 

*35 minutes later*

Righttt so that was Raina screaming for help. She couldn’t reach the fan switch and tried to climb on a chair and tripped a little. Nothing major. Then she asked me play Lego with her so I did, for a while.

You know what, I’m not really in the mood to blog now. I was going to post the recipe for my spinach pesto that I made recently, but I guess I’ll blog about that some other time.

I need to go pick up my dry clothes now before it rains.

 

Oh by the way, these just arrived today. My loot from Typo. So excited!

 

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Laters!