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Friday, 26 September 2014

RONIN Cafe

Ronin cafe on Hong Kong Street has long been on Alex's list of cafes to try so we finally went to try it last week :)
Located a stone's throw away from Clarke Quay Mrt station, Hong Kong Street was not difficult to locate but the actual cafe was pretty well hidden!
With no signboard or any indication that its a cafe, the only clue we had was the unit number 17.

From the exterior, the cafe looked like a bar cos it was dimly lit but once we stepped in, we were welcomed by the warm greetings from their friendly staff and shown to our seat.
The cafe was pretty packed even though it was a midweek afternoon.
I guess it's cos the famous Bak Kut Teh was nearby and everyone was there for their dose of caffeine and chill out alittle before heading back to the office ;)

Time for some pics!
Very cool industrial interior decor.
Though the industrial concept for cafes are a dime in a dozen, this place stands out for their laid back atmosphere and unique combination of types of wooden furniture.
You can see from the pictures that the tables were of varying shapes and height and the use of different types of chairs for various parts of the cafe.
Patrons can choose which section they prefer to chill at ;)
I like to admire the different types of lights at these cafes.   

Opened by the people behind The Plain and The Bravery,
good coffee is a given.
*everyone say YAY!* 
Doesn't pretty coffe art just brighten you day? :)

We were there for brunch, our server recommended the Japanese Beef Curry Rice, so Alex tried that.


I tried their highly raved Brioche French Toast with Braised Apple and Bacon.
What can I say?
The perfect pairing of savoury bacon, sweet maple syrup and braised apple was well... purrfect!
Generous portions too, so it was filling for me.
I'd love to go back to have this again!




Guess what?
Pretty Hui Shan is working here!
Good to see you again after so long :)
Thanks for the yummy coffees babe!

A pic to show their opening hours hahaha...

Singapore has been crazy hot lately so I decided to go with the weather!
Tropical Flora and Fauna
Whee~~~  




Bralet: The Tinsel Rack
Skirt: Bangkok
Bag: Louis Vuitton
Necklace: The Quiet Riot
Shoes: Charles & Keith

Check out Ronin Cafe here:
Nearest MRT Station: Clarke Quay
17 Hong Kong Street
Singapore 059660


Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 
08:00am - 06:00pm


Saturday & Sunday:
08:00am - 07:30pm

Till next time! 
XOXO~

Monday, 22 September 2014

[OUTFIT] OH! DAISY


Last week I had the lovely chance to spend a Monday morning having brunch with Alex.
Considering that I work weekends so having brunch is pretty rare or almost impossible.
But thankfully most cafes now serve all day breakfast so yay!
We decided to be commoners and paid a visit to Common Man Coffee Roasters, 
where Alex had his Common Man Full Breakfast and I had their Common Man Pancakes.
LOL~
I really like their spacious interior and bar top design!
   
Take a peek at the food




Following my previous post,
I've been smitten by the wide leg silhouette of the palazzo pants and finally took out this little daisy number out for a breather!
She's been hiding in my closet for a year now...
I've taken her out countless times, to admire her and put her back hahaha...
Since Monday's are my days off, I decided to go for an airy and carefree look for our brunch date. 
What I really like about this daisy palazzo pants is that it comes with detachable straps, you can choose to wear it as a dungaree or just as a bottom.
Ahh...thoughtful Japanese designs!❤ 

For today's look, I chose to wear it dungaree style and paired it with a simple white vintage shirt, nude wedges, straw boater hat and biscuit bag.
Completed my look with a adorable little daisy necklace!
:)
  





Close up of the daisy necklace

Top: Vintage
Bottom: Dip Drops
Wedges: Charles & Keith 
Bag: Bangkok
Hat: Talisman
Necklace: Femmedebloom 

Have a lovely week ahead!
XOXO~

Monday, 15 September 2014

[OUTFIT] Blanc et Noir

For friends who know me personally or friends who've been reading my blog or following me on Instagram, you'd know I'm a huge fan of prints.
I'm definitely not one you'd classify as minimalist. 
But for this outfit, 
I decided to try out something different from my usual style.

I've been very inspired by the wide leg palazzo pants look that's been trending all through spring and summer.
Contrary to popular belief about palazzo pants being only for tall thin women/models, 
I think someone who's vertically challenged can also pull off this look with the right kind of pairing and foot wear of course!

To balance out the wide leg silhouette, I chose to pair it with a simple loose fit sleeveless white button down which was perfect for our tropical weather.
I'd also pair it with fitted tops but personally I'd prefer to strike a balance by pairing with  
off-shoulder designs or horizontal stripes.    

The long length of the pants actually added height to my petite frame when paired with heels.
The height of the heels will also be affected by the length of your pants.
For mine, I think I altered it a tad too short for me to actually wear higher heels so I chose to pair it with this silver kitten heel to give it a metallic modern touch that went well with my necklace, earrings and watch.
Though the heels are not very high, I felt super tall in my palazzo pants that day!
Totally loving the roomy leg space too :)





Rouge










Top: Vintage
Pants: AforArcade
Bag: La Palette
Heels: Charles & Keith
Necklace: Colette by Colette Hayman

Have a great week ahead!
:)

Thursday, 11 September 2014

THE BAKERY CHEF

Late Sunday afternoons spent with Alex are one of my favourite things to do.
We'd go in search of cafes around our sunny little island, unwinding over a nice cup of coffee and slice of cake.   
Its nice to just enjoy the comfortable silence and the ambience.
These Sundays are precious cos they only last from May till October before I start working till late at night on weekends which only leaves us with weekdays.

Anyway, we checked out The Bakery Chef at Bukit Merah Central cos my mom recommended their rainbow cake and we've also read some good reviews about their red velvet cake.

The 'woody' exterior of the cafe looks inviting and it definitely stands out among the other shops along this stretch of HDB flats.
More and more cafes are popping up at older HDB estates,
not that I'm complaining or anything.
I do enjoy seeing a little pop of modernism amidst nostalgia here and there but I just hope it doesn't change the entire 'feel'  of the place.

Here are the pics!
 

Outdoor sitting available cos the interior is very cosy and not very big,
there's a big kitchen though...
That means more yummy cakes right? 
;)
They've got an array of cakes, waffles, coffee and beverages to choose from,
I really like the colour scheme of the front counter and cake display.

With so many choices to choose from, which ones shall we pick?
The 'special' cake for that week was 'CHOCOLATE RAINBOW', shall we go for that? 
Or the normal rainbow which is equally pretty?
Hmm...decisions, decisions...

We finally decided on the Chocolate RAINBOW Cake and Red Velvet!
Look, so pretty!



Verdict?
The chocolate rainbow cake was nice and pretty cos of all the floral piping decor but I'd like to try the normal one the next time :)
There were also chocolate bits in between the layers.
Great for chocoholics :D

The Red Velvet?
I've had red velvet cakes and waffles that were not very fantastic,
but cos of the recommendation on danielfooddiary.com,
we decided why not just give it a try?
It was a great decision!
Okay, first look?
Looks normal...but first bite??
AMAZING!
Like no other red velvet creations I've tasted.
It was delicious, the taste of the cream cheese and the red velvet sponge went so well together!
The sponge cake portion was light and fluffy, not dense and heavy like some others I've tried previously.
I'd recommend anyone who's going to check out this cafe to try their red velvet cos we are definitely gonna go back for more! 

Check out this cafe here:
  • Blk 161 Bukit Merah Central #01-3711
  • Singapore 150161
  • Opening Hours: 10am - 9pm daily

Till then,
have a fabulous Thursday!
Weekend's just around the corner :)
XOXO~

Thursday, 4 September 2014

[OUTFIT] Plaid Skort


Living in a tropical climate means having sunshine all year round,
the weather gets from hot to hotter with occasional downpours and the weather cools a little and then its back to the usual hot then hotter.
I wish I'm living in a country with 4 seasons!
My obsession with layering clothing is not new but its really such a bother when the weather is so unforgiving.
That's why I always look forward to travelling to countries that experience the 4 seasons.
I don't think I'm alone in this! :)

Anyway I'm wearing a cropped top and a plaid origami skort for today's outfit post.
I know the origami skort has been worn to death and back but I'm pretty sure there are very good reasons why people love it and still love it so much.
Like I've said in my previous posts, it is flattering for me cos I'm heavier on my thighs.
The foldover design also adds edge to any outfit. 
I'm also a huge fan of prints. In fact, I seldom have plain stuff except those few essential basics which are good for pairing and work of course.
The mood for this outfit street style edgy but not over the top, so its still wearable on daily basis.
 I paired it with my black booties from Charles & Keith which I've worn to death, studded bag, bowler hat and metal accessories.





Have a great day!
XOXO~