Thursday, April 7, 2016

hi, hello, hey.

It has been too long. Way too long.
I've run, I've been trying attempting to restart; like I've done so many times before.
Plan, plan, and plan some more to execute all these GREAT GRAND plans when I finally get it "right"
But I guess, after all of this "planning" I've realised that I'm still standing exactly where I was.
Life hasn't exactly been peachy but I think through it all, I've learnt a thing or two.
You can't be constantly planning, wait scratch that; sure, you can plan but make sure you're not just stuck in the [planning in progress] phase because unfortunately, life doesn't wait for you to be "ready" to move on.
There really isn't a perfect timing to do, execute something; YOU just have to feel ready in the moment.

Treat it like a snake and ladder board, roll the dice and allow for it to take you on a roller coaster where at any accidental wrong roll of a dice you could spiral down what people may consider "failure" but know that you're only another roll away from picking yourself right back up.
You don't always have to be "ready" to do something, you just have to go for it and allow for life to play out organically.
All you can really "plan" for is how to adapt to the ever-changing circumstances that life may throw at you along the way; WHEN IT HAPPENS.
You may be finally ready to do something and realise you've missed the entire opportunity window; don't let that beat you down. you've merely fallen back a few steps on the board, be brave enough to roll the dice again to power forward.
You may be one that is always up for challenges and continually ready to move along faster than life has plan for you, and that's great but when you inevitably have to fall down the snake, don't let it cripple you.

Be brave enough to try, experience and let life surprise you.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Étude house grand opening [singapore]

Hello hello:)
Decided to get back to writing:) 
I know this space has turned into a series of sob stories lately but I decided to write something light and happy today!:)
I rarely do hauls, but I just had so much fun at Etude house, I thought it would be fun to keep that joyful memory in words here<3

Here's a recap of my day at étude house with my best friend, Kiyoko:) !
After seeing Miyake's Instagram post of the Disney princess étude house collection, I was determined to rush down the day after for the Disney collection!
Because ya know, anything Disney equals Tammy's weakness<3

Unlike my best friend who is a professionally trained MUA and make up cosmetics enthusiast, Im just a foundation, base, eyeliner, lipbalm kinda gal so you're probably thinking Tammy in etude [beauty heaven] house what?!

Well..... Here's what I've to say to that!
As a designer myself, I gotta say my ultimate shopping weakness has got to be packaging! 😍😍 and it helps that I have a bestie that constantly takes me on make up adventures while I make her go with me on fashion sprees<3
My best friend took these interior pictures on my camera so all credit to her for most of these gorg pichurs.
Here's the Disney princess collection set up!:)

There's a total of four Disney princesses: Belle, Cinderella, Snow White and Jasmine!
The cool part about this collection is that each princess has a specific cosmetic type allocated.

Belle : lipstick and rosy blushes

Cinderella : eye shadow

Snow White : bb cream, lipstick

Jasmine : mascara

And all four princesses for the nail polishes !

Im sure my bestie will give you a better run down on the application of the make up products so I'll just do a journey through the newly launched Etude house flagship store in Singapore and my mini shopping collection!

Unfortunately, I didn't get to take a picture of the entrance but it was the cutest! Think princess floral pinks, pom pom flower vases, pink carpets, some good looking boys fronting the gate, and if that's not enough to make your heart skip a beat then the next thing I'm going to show you just might do that!

It's as sturdy as it looks! It's gorgeous! The attention to detail was thoroughly perfected! I mean look at that pink mini staircase! I almost felt under dressed when I saw this carriage!

Beside the carriage were these yummy looking macaroons and cakes set up!
A fun photobooth set up! That you can take with your friends! You need 2 pink coins to use this special photobooth!:)

pink coins are redeemed with purchase!:)
<20$ for 1 pink coin that you can use to redeem an étude house charm.
<50$ for 2 pink coins!:)

Together, we collected 4 pink coins with our purchases; we decided to take one photobooth picture and use the other one for a charm!:)
This is the charm I got!:)

After doing a 360 panorama scan with my eyes of the place, I was ready to shop!!!
My eyes were pretty much on an impulse shopping spree but I managed to control my physical self to only buy what I could/might at least see myself using.

And this is what happened next lol.

I immediately picked up all the Disney princess nail polishes because that book packaging um, can we just agree, LOVE?! plus, I do loooovvveeee prettifying my short nails ! so I knew I couldn't go wrong with that purchase.
Here's a run down of every princess book;)

Jasmine from Aladdin
Magic lamp & antique mint
Blue dress & crystal shoes
Snow White
Kissing pop red & red apple
Purple rose & pink rose

My favorite? Definitely the belle colors!!
I couldn't wait another day, I immediately painted my nails 'pink rose' and was pleasantly surprised by how warm and rosy it was!
If I had to summarize this belle nail set in one picture, this would be it! 💗🌹 I can't wait to try the 'purple rose' color!
I promise I'll update this post as I go so you can see every single nail polish color from the collection! 

What caught my eye next, was the Belle blush, it was  available in two rosy colors. [hehe, see what I did there] I decided to pick up the lighter pink blush shade as the shop assistant suggested I pick that one because it would better compliment my fair skin.

This is what it looks like on the inside! how pretty is the rose decor of the powder blush!
tammy's weakness
We also both picked up the limited edition pumpkin carriage cushion case too!
It comes empty so you can pick up your appropriate BB cushion shade refill for the case!:) and you can easily refill it when it runs out so no worries! You'll never have to say goodbye to this magical case;)
Look at the fine decor details on the mirror! I love it! 
The awesome staff at étude house recommended me to get 'magic pink' for my skin tone:)
How cute is the sponge! It's pink to fit the shade, if you get 'mint' you'll get a green sponge!:)

Woah! what a wordy post! hehe ! I had such a fun time shopping, walking through Etude house and
this post pretty much summarized how magical it felt!:)
Please do check  out my bestie's blog post on our etude house adventure too!

toodles till later
and this time I mean it, I promise I wont be gone for months again:)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Begin again

hello hello

Song of the life moment?
Definitely Begin Again by Rachel Platten
It has just really spoken to me and made me want to pour my heart out.
Here's Tammy unplugged. raw.

We've all made mistakes, we've all done things that we're not proud of.
We can be forgiven for our mistakes but we can't forget them.
Life doesn't provide you with a restart button, or a conveniently placed space bar button to fast forward to a better place.
We don't have the luxury of highlighting only the good in every chapter of our journey but we always have the choice to ignore the bad and keep reading moving on.

Over the course of being injured, ill; I've been forced to make decisions, face the cold hard truth right in the face, witness the ugly sides of people I love
It hurts, it really does. 
Sure, I can sugar coat this experience and say that it has given me some sort of epiphany but I can't say it has- over night
At least, nothing magical.

More accurately, it was more of a gradual understanding process that you don't necessarily feel from day to day; just like how recovery is rarely observed in minutes or hours.
The magic of time is that, when enough of it goes by and you start reflecting that you realize how far you've come from the beginning.

It has given me the chance to begin again for myself.
To re evaluate what's important to me.
Understanding and being alright with the fact that what you put out might never be appreciated or reciprocated but you should do it anyways.
I can't lie, I did naively and perhaps selfishly hope that my current mishap would justify and in some ways be enough to erase everything that I've regretted.
I understand now that there's some things you just can't share. Not in a maliciously selfish way but in a self respect common sense kind of way for yourself.
Don't get caught up in the glitz of other people's highlight moments, everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.
Put your heart and soul into everything you do, genuine passion will always be rewarded.
if money, status, anything superficial comes before that then stop, turn around and walk away because you've lost yourself and absolutely nothing is worth losing your most genuine passion for.

Friends, come and go.
Perhaps, you'll have people you can't ever fathom not knowing or no longer know but be alright when the time comes to let go.
You may punish yourself, be angry at them for how an ardent friendship can so quickly go dormant and cold but know that that doesn't change what you had; whether or not you two can find a way to revive that fiery friendship is another story.
The past you shared should never be tarnished, good memories will always stay golden.
People will judge you base on pictures, the things you say, the way you look but turn the other cheek.
Walk away from those that need an explanation and justifications from you, remember that you owe nothing.
Let them misunderstand. The ones that love you will work it out themselves to see the truth.

There's nothing worse than feeling alone.
So don't deliberately make anyone feel alone, better yet, go out of  your way to show your affections.
Be misunderstood for being clingy, let them have the satisfaction of thinking you're being overly affectionate, cause God knows, we need more people like you to genuinely brighten up each day.
Let it be enough for you that you know you're making one less person feel alone even if it doesn't necessarily reward you.
I'm better, just picking up the pieces and learning new life lessons as I go.

I need a wrecking ball
I want the sky to fall
God I feel so small tonight
I need a wrecking ball
I could crash and fall
could it break my walls
and make it right

can I begin again
can I begin again?
I need a tidal wave
come and wash away
All the mess I made
to make it right
I need to make it right

I need big move
I need a sharp knife
I need to cut these scars
right out of my life

I need a big move
I need a sharp knife
Need to be shaken up
I need a wrecking ball

feel paralysed 
like i'm Frozen in time
Just wanna close my eyes
Make it go away

When did everything fall apart
when did the nightmares start
why is it so hard
to find away to begin again
oh to begin again

But I need big move
I need a sharp knife
I need to cut these scars
right out of my life

I wanna a big move
I need a sharp knife
Need to be shaken up
I need a wrecking ball
I wanna a wrecking ball
Cause I'm a wreck
yeah cause I'm a wreck

I need a wrecking ball
Come and break my walls

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