Friday, September 21, 2018

[Sponsored] Celebrating August with iROO

August is one of my favourite month and this year, Jenn and I had part of our birthday celebrated with iROO (pronounced as "ee"-"Roo"),  a Taiwanese Fashion Brand. iROO was founded in 1999.

Last year, I attended iROO's 7th Anniversary celebration and that was how I learnt more of this fashion label. From it's design and good quality material, iROO has a concept of making luxury afforable to consumers. 

In August, we visited the outlet at Ngee Ann City. The store was spacious with the fitting area segregated with a display shelf, the fitting rooms were equipped with full length mirrors and the floor was carpeted. The fitting area gave me a luxurious and cosy feel.

I felt comfortable browing through the racks with the personal space given. The staff had politely allowed us to browse freely and was always ready whenever we had questions for them.

And if you did not know, iROO launches new arrivals on a weekly basis. The set below was one of my selection which I fell in love with, the first time I saw it.

Usually, I do not follow the latest trend as I may not be able to carry off a particular style. I tend to look for apparels that suit my lifestyle, my body shape and my skin tone. I need to feel good and confident with the right fit.

What do I look for when shopping for clothes:
- Design of the apparel; I preferred it to be simple but unique.
- Multi-functional; as much as possible, that piece of top or bottom must be able to mix and match with others. If possible, with only just a change of the appropriate shoes, I would like to wear the apparels for a casual outing, attending a dinner celebration or for a concert.
- Price of the apparel must be reasonable for its materials and design. I would not mind paying more for a limited edition piece or if the shop only sells that one and only design which I did paid before for a dress. That piece must have that attraction to draw me back to buy it home.

I am excited to show you my selection! I fell in love with this plain white top when I first saw it on iROO's Facebook page. What attracted me was the unique laser cut floral design at the sleeves as well as this denim skirt with a pleated, sheer tulle.


Denim has always make one looks young. I love how feminine it is to have the sheer tulle over the denim skirt, if  you felt the same as me that the combination is unique. I do not usually go for any embroided embellishment but this was acceptable, not too overwhelming for me to accept.


Don could not get used to seeing me wear a "long" skirt as I have never wore one after being together with him for the past 13 years but the skirt had won praises from my gal friends who saw me wearing it. Even Xavier commented that the skirt was unique, I am totally loving it!


A plain white top is the easiest to match. The laser cut floral top can also match with this skirt which slightly has a flare. Yes I did stated I do not like prints but I find the prints on this skirt bright and cherry, I felt instantly younger by a few years.

Further more, this skirt is very light weight, I did not feel anything sitting on my hips. I can even change it to a pair of heels to have a more feminine effect but my old back can only take on flats or canvas shoes for now.


The next set is more casual with the bottom akin to a pair of shorts and skirt. A very casual style which I can wear it to fetch Xav from school, without over dressing. The dark blue, stripped top is perfect for the weather in Singapore, with it's light and soft fabric. Lyocell and cotton is used for the top and for your information, lyocell is more expensive than cotton and has natural breathability and can absorb 50% more moisture more than cotton.

Totally felt like a student once again ! 

The fitting area with full length mirrors.  

This was another piece which perfect and chic for all occasion. I hardly tried on dresses of such cutting but I felt that it was perfect for my silhouette. It's simplicity and the stitched shoulder ribbon strap drawn me to it. Unfortunately the cutting was slightly loose for me at the back and I had to drop this piece.



At the end of the selection, we got a 'SURPRISE' !! I was totally unaware until I heard my name called twice and saw the staff holding a chocolate cake in her hands. Thank you AT Marketing Consultancy and team iROO for the really sweet gesture, felt totally loved!


Just in time for my birthday, I actually 'twinned' with Vera without looking too childish while she wore a tutu, I had a tulle to match with her.


And I think it made a nice outfit to wear for an evening date or a concert too !


SingaPOPera 

Now, I wished I could have dressed up and looked better in pictures when I travelled in the past. I was reminded of the pictures I took when I visited the Colosseum in Rome, I was in a tank top and beach shorts! Hence, this round, I packed my selection along for my recent Hua Hua trip (to be blogged later), making some effort to dress up, no slippers, shorts and tank tops this time!


Stand tall like a flamingo and be fabulous ! 

Instead of pairing with skirts, the laser cut top can be paired with jeans for a casual dinner or


a walk at the night market.


I love how the coloured prints on the flare skirt stood out despite the background was almost of the same shade.


iROO's apparels are designed by Taiwanese Designers for Asians so the sizes are more suitable for Asian frames. I was pleasantly surprised that I can fit into some and if you are wondering how the sizes are, I usually wear UK4 sizes and could fit in Size 36 for some of iROO's apparels. Some of the apparels with the same sizes may differ in the cutting due to designs, nevertheless, give it a try and you never know which piece may just bring out the more confident you or discover a new style that suits you!

You should visit the stores and have a different shopping experience in the retails, here is the list for iROO's outlets in Singapore, all are conveniently located in town.

- iROO Vivocity 
1 harbour front walk, #01-179 - 182 
Singapore 098585

- iROO Raffles City
Raffles City Shopping Centre, #01-11
252 North Bridge Road
Singapore 179103

- iROO Takashimaya Shopping Centre, #B2-36 
391A Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City
Singapore 238873

- iROO Great World City, #01-45/46
1 Kim Seng Promenade 
Singapore 237994

For more information, do visit iROO's :

Thursday, September 13, 2018

[Media Invite] SingaPOPera - A Celebration of The Musicals of Dick Lee

Singapore's very own homegrown, talented composer, pop singer, songwriter and playwright- Dick Lee. You cannot be clueless about him even if you have not watch his musicals, he is the composer behind the Nation's most well beloved National Day Song 'Home' composed in 1998. Till date, this song is still a hit in most Singaporeans, even Vera knows how to sing the chorus though not the full song.

25th August 2018, I celebrated my birthday with the privilege of attending SingaPOPera together with Jenn and Lynn, a concert put up to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of 'Beauty World' . Written by Dick Lee and Michael Chiang in 1988, this is one musical with numerous restaging over the past 30 years. 


The amazing two hours, Dick Lee reminisced and brought us through the 18 musicals he has written over the past 30 years together with 7 other shining musical theatre stars; 'Broadway Beng' Sebastian Tan, Alamay Fernandez, Denise Tan, Dwayne Lau, Frances Lee, Benjamin Chow and Cheryl Tan accompanied by a 9-piece band, led by Musical Director Indra Ismail.

The cast also recapped and shared how they embarked on their musical theatre journey and how Dick Lee had influenced them in their careers. That night, the cast took turns to serenade along side with Dick Lee accompanying most of the songs on piano.     

Photo Credit: Dick Lee Asia

2017, I did not made it to watch Forbidden City: Protrait of An Empress. That night, I roughly got a summary through the songs, one of which 'Now China has a son' sung by Benjamin Chow.

I especially loved the piece "My only chance" sung by Malaysian-born talent, Cherly Tan, who played Young Yehenara in Forbidden City back then. The song was repeatedly playing in my head even after the concert had ended.

Photo Credit: Dick Lee Asia

Another favourite for that evening was 'When All The Tears Have Dried' from Sing to the Dawn was brought alive by vocal powerhouse, Alamay Fernandez, one of the best female vocalist in Singapore and also, a Jazz singer.  

Photo Credit: Dick Lee Asia

This year also marked the 20th Anniversary for the most successful Cantonese - Chinese musical, Snow Wolf Lake [雪狼湖], sang by Jacky Cheung, Love is forever [爱是永恒] - in Cantonese version. Dick Lee, whom later claimed that he did not have a clue of what he was singing as it was in Cantonese but I must say it was really good. I have fallen in love with this song 20 years ago and till now I still do love it.

Photo Credit: Dick Lee Asia

Bunga Sayang, composed and written by Dick Lee. This is my first time hearing this iconic folk song, it was simple yet beautiful and melodious when all the voices blended in unison. 

Lyrics: 
In every village by the sea 
There stands a tall and ancient tree 
That shelters from the sky above 
A tree of hope, a tree of love


It shares with us our joy and feels our pain 
It grows with us through sun and rain 
It stays so green the whole year through 
And flowers when a dream comes true

Bunga Sayang 
Bunga Sayang 
You are heaven's own work of art 
Bunga Sayang 
Bunga Sayang 
Gentle flower of the heart

Nearing the end of the concert, we got on our feet and cha-cha-cha along as we sang "Beauty World" with the cast. This is one of the best known musical of singapore, written with some Singlish and Singapore Slang.

Photo Credit: Dick Lee Asia

The concert ended with Dick Lee leading the whole theatre into singing "Home" which I believed that, this song has been deeply engraved in all our hearts.


Photo Credit: Dick Lee Asia

It had been a night of an amazing showcase by these shining stars and Dick Lee who is one of the best known personality and has a significant contribution to the art scene, especially in Singapore.  I thank AT Marketing Consultancy once again for the invitation and to iRoo Singapore for dressing me up with your unique apparels. I will be sharing more on my retail experience and choice of selection of the iRoo outfits soon. Stay tuned!





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Sunday, August 5, 2018

[Announcement] SINGAPOPERA - A CELEBRATION of THE MUSICALS of DICK LEE

If you do love musicals, this is one that is not-to-be-missed! Coming to us this 25 and 26th August 2018, Dick Lee, who is one of Singapore's best-known and highly respected personalities in the arts scene, a home-grown pioneer in musicals, bringing us an all-star alumni cast and ensemble from the past batches of his musicals - SINGAPOPERA, in celebration of Beauty World's 30th Anniversary and Snow Wolf Lake's [雪狼湖] 20th Anniversary ! 


The concert is going to be memorable and nostalgic, featuring songs that Singaporeans can resonate with from musicals such as Fried Rice Paradise, Beauty World, Forbidden City, Sing to the Dawn, Nagraland and Snow Wolf Lake


There will be two shows on 25 August 2018, Saturday (7.30pm) and on 26 August 2018, Sunday (5pm) at the Singapore Esplanade Concert Hall. 


Tickets are priced at $138, $118, $98, $78 and $58 and is on sale at all SISTIC outlets or online : http://preview.sistic.com.sg/events/csinga0818


I am looking forward to spend my birthday evening there! If you are there on the 25th August, do say HI !

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

[Giveaway Alert] Vera turns 5 and a DIY unicorn themed celebration

July, is a month to celebrate! We welcomed the month with Don's birthday right on the first day, our wedding anniversary near to the mid of the month and Vera's birthday falling on the second last day of the month. 

I decided to do the reverse instead for Vera's, as based on my experience with Xav, he could not remember the parties we held for him for the first 3 years and only remembered his fourth onwards. So 4 years onwards it shall be. 

Vera made her first request months ago, telling me that she would love to have a rainbow cake and unicorns. Her first round of celebration in school, I bought her a rainbow cake from Prima Deli, made my own mini bunting and cake toppers. Acceded to her request this way!



I think an unicorn themed party would be perfect! I told myself, to work on the preps earlier this time. I was surfing through Pinterest whenever I could for ideas and decided to make a backdrop. The inital plan was, I wanted a wall curtain with halogram effect and yes indeed, I found it but it was a $29.90 for a 2 by 1 metre wall curtain. To be honest, I would rather do without it as this amount could be better spent on other items. 

The hunting game began and I found some crepe paper with shimmery effect. I spent $5.20 for four packs of crepe paper, a $2 plus ribbon from SKP and diy-ed a backdrop all under $8. But of course 101% effort and time was needed, the end result was indeed satisfactory when put together with the bunting which was diy-ed as well using some pastel coloured cardstocks and some pretty die cuts from Doodle Bug Design.



DIY wall curtains (Behind the bunting)

DIY your own backdrop:
Crepe Paper - K'rafers' Paradise
Pastel coloured cardstocks : Paper Market
Unicorn die cuts on bunting: Paper Market (Doodle Bug Design)
Unicorn Balloons: Carousell

Don was incharged of sourcing for unicorns balloons on carousell and I totally loved how the colours of the balloons add a touch in spicing up the backdrop further. I was also thinking of getting a customized balloon for Vera since she has a huge love for balloons. Luck was on my side as I found a home-based seller which was just a stone throw away from my place (Fernvale). I did not even need to travel for collection, awesome !!



Since it was planned to be a Unicorn themed party, I bought some plain white paper bags (from Daiso), cut out some flowers, eyelashes, horns and ears. Perfect party bags for the little guests to bring home. I preferred to keep her celebration small and cosy, hence, only her favourite cousins and two of her RKI friends were invited. The number of party bags to do up was managable too. Looking for customized party packs, head over to Lebox Singapore

To add on, I had been eyeing and just waiting for the chance to order a box of pretty Rainbow Lapis Sagu from  Alan_TravellingFoodies. The colours of the kueh were just so vibrant and it tasted better than those I tried before. The best part was, the collection place was just a few bus stops away from where I am staying (Fernvale). So if you are staying in Sengkang or in the north-east looking for some nice homemade nonya kuehs, give Alan_TravellingFoodies a try. Gems founded in the north-east! Per box of 36 pieces of the Rainbow Lapis Sagu costs $48.

We preferred a fresh cream cake over fondant cake. About a week before the party, I went to The Pine Garden which is all along our favourite brand, gave them the picture of the cake as reference and got them to customize it. Look at Vera's expression! She was wowing away as Don lifted the cake out of the box!

An unicorn cake !!

A simple set up with all her favourites!

Happy 5th Birthday, Vera !

The Chuas - Us

With the grand-parents 

With Grandma

Thank you Edna for playing a lovely birthday piece for Vera!

With her friends and cousin (violinist)

Cousins from near and far

With the Teos

With the Hans

Last but not least, the catering. I have a total of 16 adults and 8 kids. I had to go for mini buffet as most catering with full set up requires a minimum of 30 pax. Imagine, I was left with one week to have the catering booked? I had to order a mini buffet based on my number of guests and I did not want my guests to consume "cold" food as most of the mini buffet come in disposable boxes which was not I wanted. 

This time, my angel appeared and told me to check out Ronnie Kitchen. I managed to place an order, I forgot if it consists of 8 or 9 dishes and it came with a full set up. Straight away, I gave my order to them and they were really professional. They called up two days after orders was placed to confirm my order and make sure I have no other changes. There was no picture taken as I was busy with my guests. Food quality, I would say it was not bad, I will put them onto my list in the future. Thanks Eileen for the recommendation ! 

The celebration was simple and cosy. I could tell that Vera was over the moon. She woke up in the middle of the night just to tell me that she liked the party, the balloons and the pau (Laughs) . The pau was actually part of the catering as I have chosen Kong Bak Pau as one of the dishes. She fell right back to sleep after telling me. My heart was full to know that she showed appreciation for the celebration. I knew she had enjoyed herself and hope the guests enjoyed themselves too. 

We thanked all who made time out to join us and showered Vera with your gifts and blessings!

Thank you for all your love ! 


Thank you, Renee, for always making magic ! Thank you for the party outfit (from head to toes)! Vera has been bugging me to let her wear the pretty unicorn shoes to school ! 


On the day she turned 5, she left school earlier, had great fun at her favourite indoor playground and had a complimentary ice-cream from Swensen's. Just these, made her day! Blessed Fantabulous 5, Vera! Dream big, believe in yourself that you can do it and never give up !


Thank you for reading and nothing of the above was sponsored but as August is my birthday month,  I would like to spread some love to friends or little ones whose birthday month falls on the month of August and September with a giveaway of a customized balloon from DecoParty.Sg !





Details of balloon: 
1 x 24 inch Customized Deco Balloon Helium filled
12 x stuffed mini balloons
1 x ribbon 
1 x tassels 
1 x balloon weight

Terms and condition: 
1. Follow DecoParty.sg on Instagram 
2. Follow Xavvylicious on Instagram 
3. Tag your friends, one name per comment. The more you tag, the higher chances of winning. 
4. Strictly self collect at : Blk 407A Fernvale Road 
5. Giveaway runs from 4 -10 August 2018 , last entry at 2359 hours. 
6. Winners will be notify by DM, if winner fails to respond within 24 hours, the next winner will be chosen. Good luck ! 

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