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3 Recipes Perfect for Date Night

I’m a big believer that food brings people together — and so does cooking! Spending time as a couple in the kitchen will not only help you to better understand your partner’s working style (which is key to a happy relationship) but you get to engage in a rewarding activity together.

So today, as part of a guest post for Love Out Loud Asia (LOLA), I’ll be sharing three super simple recipes that are great as bonding activities on date night. Whether you’re ready to call the cooking room your second home or complete novices, I promise these recipes can be done. Plus, all awkwardness is out the window here because you’ll actually have an activity to focus on, even if not on each other ha ha 🙂

The best part? Needless to say, it’s having a homemade meal to savour together when you’re done. You can thank me later.

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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!

Oreo Cookie Pops!

Oreo Cookie Pops! Debuting at Clarissa's 21st party.

Here are my Oreo Cookie Pops, making their debut at my girlfriend Clarissa’s 21st birthday celebration earlier this afternoon!

After all the hard work yesterday and some assistance from K, I’m quite pleased with how they turned out. Also that, as a whole, the dessert was rather well-received at the party. I couldn’t be more satisfied.

It’s amazing how they fit right into her theme of “madly eclectic”; the girls especially were attracted by its cute exterior and someone even commented she felt like a little girl again munching on a lolly 🙂

Oh, and did I mention it was a really sweet party?

Read on for the recipe!

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?

Strawberry Jelly Hearts

I apologize for the poorly taken shot. Believe me though, this could very well become your next comfort food.

K’s holidaying in Australia this whole week, and before he left I made him some treats to enjoy. Not by any coincidence then that these are made with sweet strawberries and have a little heart-shape in each piece. Adorable, huh? 🙂

I’ve been in a total summer mood lately; it’s sometimes too warm for using the oven. Laziness takes over and yes, no-bake desserts are the way to go!

Read on for the recipe!