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Almond Apple Banana Smoothie

Almond Apple Banana Smoothie.

First off, happy 2013! The old has gone, and the new come.

I believe everyone has had their fair share of highlights in the past year — and while we remember the good, let’s also forget the bad (learn from them, too) then look forward to better things 🙂

I haven’t been able to keep up with the blog in the past few months. Changes will come but possibly slower than expected; yet it’s all about taking things one at a time! I’m just happy to have all of you with me on this journey.

Today being 1st January, I thought I’d start off the new year with something simple and healthy to share. And these two are also part of the goals I had set for myself when I first started sharing. It’s nice, then, to remind myself and to have things go full circle.

I hope you enjoy this easy-to-make and super refreshing almond apple banana smoothie!

Read on for the recipe!

Dr. Martens x Poshism Giveaway

Dr. Martens x Poshism Giveaway photoshoot.

Somehow, amidst lectures and the closure of yet another semester I find myself having the spare time to do something apart from being a student.

It’s true, though — I have other shoes to fill.

And this time, literally! It’s not my first time frolicking about in these Dr. Martens, and for the sake of demonstrating how versatile these boots can be, as well as for the curious mind who might take interest in how fast my hair can change in just four months, do check out my previous look here.

So last weekend I got all dressed up and slathered on more makeup than I could handle, then hopped onto a bike and traveled to a quiet street in Tanjong Pagar for this photo shoot. I had fun.

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Mini Anniversary Scrapbook Album

Mini Anniversary Scrapbook Accordion Album

It is a lesser known hobby of mine that I like to scrapbook.

As a kid, I’ve always been enthralled by art and colour, yet for the life of me I could never draw. But that doesn’t stop me from attempting to make pretty things look… Prettier.

It takes a lot of patience, but I enjoy the process of creating and assembling so much.  the effort you put in for someone you love is totally worth every minute ♥

This time, I made a mini anniversary accordion album for K to mark our one year together!

Inspiration this way!

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars, ooh!

These bars are a dream. No kidding.

Granted it could be a biased opinion, since I adore anything that’s cream cheese cheesecake-y. But this one… I made them for the first time to be served at my birthday party recently, because blueberries and lemon went nicely with my theme colours: blue, white and yellow.

To my absolute delight and surprise, IT WAS A HUUUUGE HIT.

Getting compliments for my own bakes at my own 21st? It’s like the icing — or the blueberries? — on the cake!

Read on for the recipe!

Go Denim! Ely’s (21st) Denim Birthday Party

Denim Blue & White Birthday Party with a DIY tissue paper bunting :)

After two months or so of planning, my 21st birthday party has finally come and gone!

With much help from K, my cousin Athalie and my family (with the last minute decor, ha)… Thank God the party was a success. Everyone enjoyed themselves, I do believe, and it went according to how I’d planned — more or less.

It’s never going to be perfect because of the perfectionist that I am (yikes), but even then.

Yayyers, I’m twenty-one at last!

Go denim!

Blueberry Banana Buttermilk Bread

Blueberry Banana Buttermilk Bread, all gift-wrapped.

Blueberries have been on sale at the local supermarket!

I was so excited when I first found out, because they aren’t cheap over here. Plus, they go really well with my bakes, and I was just about to start the rhythm of baking again.

So I made some blueberry banana buttermilk bread (oh, the beautiful alliteration) on a whim.

Best of all, I made little portions which are just great for sharing!

Read on for the recipe!

Hello from my kitchen again!

Homecooking is my comfort.

School has been swallowing me whole. Not to mention the birthday prep and the party itself for my 21st just a few days back.

I haven’t been posting, and about my food all the more 😦 What I’ve missed is cooking at home. It’s probably not the food, but the cooking that is my comfort; going back to why I started this blog, you’ll know.

And hence, on impulse, I plated up after making lunch today, got my camera and set to work.

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Via Mar Paella & Tapas @ SAM

Pasta con camarones y chorizo (Spaghetti tossed with Shrimp & Chorizo Bits, $19) at Via Mar Paella & Tapas @ SAM.

To mark the end of summer (and the dreaded start of the school term), a much-needed lunch date with two of my favourite friends was certainly in order.

We started the meal with hugs, dug into our tapas, chatted in between mouthfuls of spaghetti and rice, and finally toasted with churros to a wonderful semester ahead.

Ah yes, it was a good afternoon. And then oh, we had some wine.

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Chasing Sunlight

Mellow summer hues paired with a flash of electric blue and my lime green Longchamp.

It’s summer, and the setting sun is always the prettiest.

K left for Bangkok this morning, and the day before he did, we went on a date to continue our search for my birthday outfit as well as to take a few pretty photographs.

Despite being dressed in mellowed summer hues, I certainly did not forget my flashes of colour.

What am I wearing today? (Plus teasers for my next recipe!)

Made For Walkin’

My favourite feet candy: red patent lamper 1641 Dr. Martens boots.

Yesterday was a great day to be out. Finally, no summer rain but glorious sunshine.

Since K’s back from Gold Coast, we made a date to catch Batman: The Dark Knight Rises and to spend an afternoon gallivanting downtown in search of a “birthday suit” (take it literally) for my 21st party just a month and a half away!

Excited to wear my new studded LBD (loot from a flea market scavenging on Sunday), I paired it with my red booties for a day out walkin’ 🙂

What am I wearing today?