Do or Don’t: Red Lips and Nails

I recently came across this picture of Léa Seydoux and was immediately drawn to her immaculate red lip, and matching nails. How stunning does it look? I am digging the colour combination of Léa’s outfit with the pop of red. I love it so much that this will be my go-to look for speical occasion or a night out. To announce my new found look, I showed the picture to my friends, and to my shock, not everyone agreed with me. A couple of them thought it’s “too much” to match lips and nails, especially in that hue. Do you agree with them? I guess the best way to wear red lipstick and nail polish is to keep the outfit simple and classic, in colours that coordinate well with red.

Any thoughts? Would you wear red lips and nails?

P.S. This red lipstick and nail polish shade are beautiful.

Photo via Vogue.com

Five Spring Trends

Have you noticed, nowadays trends don’t last a season, rather they remain in trend for years? I like it better this way because most of us tend to shop for clothes we can visualize wearing for years. For example; straight leg jeans. I don’t think it will be out of trend for quite some time. I, for one, can’t stop wearing them. The five trends for spring/summer this year is very exciting to watch, and I am leaning towards plaids! What is your most favourite out of the five?


All-white everything.
An all-white outfit paired with tan sandals or bag is a classic summer look, but my favourite part of the look is the white blouse. I can’t get enough of them.


Blazer, Pants, Top
Plaid.
This is my favourite trend, and I am especially digging the plaid blazer with jeans look. How stylish are those plaid pants with marron oxfords? 


Lilac.
I am so glad the pink or “millennial pink” trend is out (even as a millennial, I was sick of it). Lilac is popping up everywhere and it looks very sophisticated.



Coat, Suit, Culottes
Bold colours.
A pop of colour is very spring, don’t you agree? Just like blooming flowers are a pop of colour against any backdrop. I am especially digging the trend of bright coloured suits. Would you wear one?



Utility.
Army green colour is another hot colour for spring. I have seen pictures of girls pairing utility jacket with floral dresses and it looks very cute.

Top photo via Net-a-Porter. All photos via links listed.

A Fun Update


I’ve been absent from the blog for some time, not because I didn’t have time, rather I was suffering from writer’s block. I don’t want to post just for the sake of it. Last year, after being absent for a month, I did an update post on what I was eating, wearing, reading and watching. So, I figured this might be a fun thing to do every season. Even though it’s spring, according to the calendar at least, it sure doesn’t feel like it, so this update is something in the middle of winter and spring.


What does my diet look like nowadays?
My local farmers market is still looking like winter so my diet has been mostly potatoes in lots of different ways such as cut into chunks and cooked with beef stew, or mashed with shepherd’s pie or simply made into fries. Recently, I discovered these tortillas and have been on a twice-a-week taco diet. They are so, so good that they would be perfectly fine with just guacamole. Yesterday, I had fried chicken tacos with guacamole and aioli which was perhaps the best taco I ever made. The recipe for that will be coming soon.


My go-to clothes.
I have been wearing my big down jacket non-stop and seriously looking forward to giving it a break. Under that, I have been wearing this turtleneck (similar here) quite a lot and only giving it a break because I don’t want any questionable looks. I love the soft look of the turtleneck with my bulky jacket.


Have you watched anything interesting?
These days I have been mostly watching shows, documentaries and movies on Netflix. The best thing I watched recently is the documentary called Abacus: Small Enough to Jail. It tells the saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. I am on the hunt for some new T.V. shows to watch so I’d love to hear any recommendations if you have.


Are you reading anything?
I am in the middle of this book, and so far, I would highly recommend it to anyone. The story is one of the most interesting and distressing I have ever read.

Top photo by Biegun Wschodni. Corn tortilla photo via. Jacket photo via.

Tips on How to Decorate a Bookshelf (And 9 Beautiful Objects)

A bookshelf is the first furniture piece I notice in an apartment. My bookshelf, although small, is my favourite little thing in my apartment because it is where all my best-loved things reside, from books to objects to art, albeit a very small collection. A bookshelf in a library would be easy to arrange but at home, you need to bring in a little personality to mix. Recently, I was rearranging my bookshelf and realised that it lacks any personality and, frankly, looked quite boring. It desperately needed a couple of new objects. The tricky part was, I didn’t know what kind of objects to buy? So, as anybody does in the modern age, I went down the Pinterest hole, looked at a whole lot of bookshelf pictures for inspiration, and narrowed down three essential tips for decorating a bookshelf.

1. Play with placing books horizontally and vertically. If you have a book with an attractive front cover, don’t be shy to place them facing out in front of other books. Grouping books by subjects and then by size is also a great idea for easy navigations. Basically, organize your bookshelf in whatever way you prefer, some people choose to organise by the colour, some chose by the cover (hard vs paperback) or by the author.

2. A good mix of antique or antique-looking pieces with modern objects looks wonderful. A good idea is to mix a new book with antique objects such as a globe or magnifying glass and an old book with modern objects.

3. A framed piece looks beautiful in any bookshelf, and, bonus, you don’t have to drill any holes. Whether it is a picture of your loved one or an art or a mix of two, it always works and adds a personal touch.

Once I figured out what I needed to buy, I set out to find objects online. I found so many beautiful objects that would be perfect on any bookshelves.  Here are some of my most favourite ones.




Top photo via Design Milk, Miniature spring forest via SwissMiss.

Genius Tricks: How to Remove Excess Salt, Unpleasant Smell, and Unruly Nail Edges

Do you swear by any kitchen hacks? I love to read tips and tricks people know especially when it’s related to cooking and cleaning. Usually, the best place to find out these tricks is from mothers. They always have one or two mind-blowing tips and tricks that you would be glad to know. For this post, I asked my mother about her go to tricks. From about a dozen or so that she shared with me, there were three that are not commonly known so I decided to share it here after testing them out.

1. An easy way to remove excess salt from anything you’re cooking without adding anything extra is by making a small dough ball using just plain flour and water, and adding it to your sauce, stews or rice. Leave it in there for a few minutes and remove once you have checked the salt level is perfect. The dough ball absorbs all the excess salt and leaves nothing behind so you don’t have to compromise on taste.

2. Want to get rid of any unpleasant smell in the refrigerator or kitchen cupboard? Leave an open bottle of distilled white vinegar in there for a whole day. The vinegar will absorb any unpleasant leaving the place smelling like nothing or regular clean refrigerator, whichever you prefer.

3. The last one is a beauty hack, but fear not, it is nothing bizarre :) This hack is for unruly dry nail edges. If you suffer from dry and peeling nail edges, butter it up. Yes, massage the area with a little bit of unsalted butter, cover them with cotton gloves and go to bed. You will wake up with nourished and soft nails edges.

I’d love to hear any hacks you swear by.

Photo via Getty Images.