Dresses to Bring On Your Next Vacation

V-Neck Tribal Print Bell Sleeve Dress / V-Neck Printed Maxi Dress / Off Shoulder Bodice Maxi Dress / Floral Printed Maxi Dress / Fringe Side Slit Maxi Dress
A week ago, I just booked the hubby and I a trip to a tropical vacation destination. I won't spill details yet but as with everything I do, I am already planning ahead (even though it's still a few months away). Despite the fact that I've traveled for quite a few times already, I've earned the rep as a serial over-packer. The husband and I both agree to always bring carry-on luggage (because we both hate the queue on the baggage claim). While I am certainly no light packer yet, I think I've gotten better at it. For a tropical destination, packing cute dresses is a no-brainer. One advantage to this is you can save space since you are bringing just one piece instead of a top and bottom. Plus, summer dresses tend to be of lighter fabric such as cotton or chiffon. You can save a lot of space if you roll them in your luggage because they are not bulky. The dresses that I've linked above are just a few of those that I have my eye on from Fashionmia - one of the websites that I shop for for trendy but affordable pieces. They are one of my go-to's online because I have had a few excellent products based on my own shopping experience. 

Here are just a few of the Fashionmia pieces that I've styled in the past. Which of these do you think should I bring with me on my next trip?

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I've purchased quite a few items (mostly dresses) from Fashionmia and I have been quite satisfied with what I got. As with most of these overseas shops, it is always critical to check the sizing details and read the reviews from customers so you can assess the quality of the items! You can find a wide range of options from all kinds of dresses, outerwear, and plus size clothing from the website. 

Have you got tips to pack light for a tropical vacation? I could use some of them so leave them in the comments below! 

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5 Must-Haves: Chic and Contemporary Bathroom

Since we purchased our new home, I've enjoyed the process of buying furniture, decorating and styling. It is not a cheap venture, which is probably why we've taken it slow and steady. If you are in the same stage as we are, you know how difficult but rewarding this process can be. But if there is one aspect of the home that I feel most special about, it would be the bathroom. Like the kitchen, it is one of the most functional rooms in the house. While most homeowners would think last of the bathroom when it comes to decorating the home, I am different. Bathroom for me is the most essential. You need to double your effort at keeping it clean and beautiful. I want it to be a refuge for respite and relaxation. 

If you agree with me, then you have come to the right place. I have partnered with Maykke to bring you my must-have pieces to decorate and furnish your bathroom with. It is important to strike a balance between style and functionality when it comes to furnishing accessories and fixtures for your bathroom. Thankfully, there are a wide range of modern styles available in the market right now that would make this possible, whatever your budget may be. No need to compromise!

Let's get on with my list...

Freestanding Bathtub

71" Clara Freestanding Tub / 60" Cast Iron Tub

Freestanding bathtubs are one of the must-have essentials in a modern bathroom. It is chic and contemporary. It also delivers longevity and versatility in terms of its use as a style element to your bathroom. You can go for an acrylic tub for a modern and minimalist look, or cast iron clawfoot tubs for a vintage look. You are free to move it around to whichever placement you think would enable you to maximize space and style, a luxury which you won't be able to enjoy with a built-in bathtub. 

Bathroom Vanity

36" Dani Vanity Set / 48"Cecilia Vanity Set

The vanity, like the bathtub, can be the focal point in your bathroom decor. The style options available with a bathroom vanity set has greatly evolved from being a place for storage and organization to offer a touch of elegant style to this room. 

Faucet and Sink

Three Piece Faucet, Polished Chrome / Livingston Vessel, Beige Travertine

The bathroom faucets and sink are two essential fixtures in the bathroom because they serve a function. But with the new range of styles available, they can also add a dramatic touch to the bathroom style with the right choice of material and finish. 

Bathroom Mirror

Framed Wall Mirror / Round LED Mirror

Bathroom mirrors are truly an essential when it comes to adding fixtures into this space. However, a mirror serves more than just to make sure that you are getting your makeup right - it is also a stylistic addition to your bathroom. With the addition of handsome finishes to polished metals, and mirrors of various shapes and sizes, you are guaranteed to find one that will suit your bathroom style. 


Soma Glass Shelf / Soma Towel Rack

Storage is one aspect about your bathroom that you should never neglect. Thankfully, the options of shelves and racks provide you with chic designs that incorporate well into contemporary bathroom styles. Hence, you do not have to compromise aesthetic for function!

Which of these bathroom accessories and fixtures do you need to decorate yours? Head on over to Maykke for luxury bathroom furnishing at affordable pricing.

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Disclaimer: I was compensated for writing this post. However, the opinion expressed are completely my own.

Yellow Sundress and Floral on Repeat

Dress c/o Yoshop

Straw Tote c/o Zaful - use code ZafulChen for discount
Wedge Sandals (sold out)
Earrings c/o Twinkledeals (sold out)
Watch c/o JORD

I am having a yellow moment right now. It is one of those colors that I tend to wear more in the summer time than any other time of the year. The case is true this year especially with primrose yellow cited by Pantone as one of the top colors for Spring/Summer 2017. I love how the color adds a pop of brightness to an outfit. Plus, it does not hurt that it is such a "feel good" hue. It might sound cliche but it does bring a sunny statement to your summer style. 

Dress c/o Yoshop
Straw Tote c/o Zaful - use code ZafulChen for discount
Wedge Sandals (sold out)
Earrings c/o Twinkledeals (sold out)
Watch c/o JORD

Aside from yellow, one thing that I am loving right now all the time is floral. Will I ever get enough of floral? Probably not. Will it ever go out of trend? Probably not, especially since I don't consider it a trend. The idea of wearing floral for spring/summer isn't something I consider as "trendy", it's right there with stripes as one of the classic style pieces for the season. It will have its own shining moments in fashion history but it will never be out of style. The wide variety of floral prints to choose from and color combinations provide it with added versatility, such as a black floral maxi dress and this bright floral dress. These two can create such different looks for your summer style. 

On a different topic, I just booked us a flight later this year to a popular tropical destination in the country. I won't share it yet but this dress would be the perfect outfit to pack for that trip! Can you guess where the hubby and I are headed to?

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Color Block Maxi

I have had this color block maxi dress from Shein for a long while now but I have yet to blog about it... until now. If you're a regular reader, then you are well aware that I am obsessed with maxi skirts and dresses. You too will fall in love with the maxi dress selection from Shein and the fact that you can buy most of them for less than $50! There are some aspects of the sewing and fit that can be improved on but in general, they never fail to satisfy even the most discerning fashion tastes (especially at its price point)!

Dress: Shein (sold out - similar, similar)
Sandals: Mendrez (similar, similar)
Bangles: Gifted
Watch: RumbaTime

The pale pink color on the bottom half of this maxi dress provides that feminine touch to the dress. Meanwhile, the neckline is gorgeous! I love how it shows off my collar bone prominently. I have a minor obsession for halter necklines so don't be surprised if this maxi makes a repeat on the blog soon!

Shop other color block maxi dresses here:

What is your go-to fashion item for staying cool AND stylish?

Father's Day Gift Ideas for Every Kind of Dad

It's no secret - I suck at gift giving. Oftentimes, it is not the lack of gift idea but finding the perfect gift. When all else fails, I tend to go for functional gift items- those that my dad can use or wear! If you're like me who is overwhelmed with options, I have narrowed down the choices into two categories: fashion gifts and lifestyle gifts. Feel free to choose and share your ideas, if you have any other.

1 - Dorchester Brig ($178)
2 - Perry Ellis Blue Sharkskin Blazer ($80)
3 - JORD Hyde Walnut & Black ($219)
4 - Delsey Luggage Spinner Trolley Tote ($ 99.97)
5 - Billabong Board Shorts ($ 54.95)
6 - Vonzipper Clutch Polar Sunglasses ($ 149.95)
7 - Lord Timepieces Classic Black Gold (£75

1 - Uppercut North Cologne ($ 49.95)
2 - GoPro Surfboard Mounts ($ 19.99)
3 - Swell Camping Mug ($ 7.99)
4 - Portable Power Bank ($24.95)
5 - GoPro Junior Chest Harness ($14.99)
6 - SUP Dayrnnner Board Bag ($190)

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