Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Revisiting Sapporo

Sapporo Beer Factory

Singapore's been pretty dreary lately thanks to the acrid haze that doesn't seem to want to move on. Pfft.

So, it's time for me to do what I do best, which is daydream and think of things that make me happy, like indulging in memories of past trips, where the skies are clear and the air is fresh!

Here's a story I wrote for Expedia about a newly discovered favourite city - Sapporo. I was only there for a stopover, but was pleasantly surprised by the energy and good vibes I picked up. I've been dreaming of returning since then, and with some luck and some faith in the law of manifestation, perhaps that may happen soon! Keeping my fingers crossed. Till then, check out some of the cool finds I unearthed in Sapporo, here:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

My Favourite Things

Along with the little black dress, white shirt and strands of pearls, denim jeans often rank high on list of wardrobe essentials that every woman should own. Anyone who knows me will know that I’ve long been a fan of Uniqlo’s skinny jeans for their impeccable cut, excellent fabrics and wallet-friendly price points. So, of course, I had to try the Japanese brand’s new and improved Ultra Stretch Jeans! I am pleased to report that these jeans lived up to expectations with a stretchy fabric that hugs without sagging and fits like a second skin without hampering movement.  

Also, if you are like 99.9% of the world's population (myself included), and have some lumps and bumps to smoothe out, these jeans are pretty good at putting these excess bits in their place without squeezing you to death.

Not quite convinced yet? As a dutiful yogini-in-training, I decided to #stopdropandyoga to see how these jeans would measure up in pretzel poses. Click through to see more limb twisting, body contorting pictures, just because they're fun heehee.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lights, camera, action!

For the month of April, I'm so excited that I'm involved in something special. I'm one of six people chosen to take part in Uniqlo's AIRism campaign, which comprises of five other very cool Singaporeans from all walks of life, including a photographer, chef and a dancer.

Basically AIRism is a range of innerwear - I prefer to call them basics because they are so much more versatile than just being items of clothing meant to be hidden away from view -  that uses fabric which is cool to touch and moisture wicking, so you don't feel like you're being smothered to death or drowning in your own perspiration in this hot weather. Hand on heart, I've actually heard of this range of clothing and I do really wear AIRism clothing, even before I signed on for the campaign, so I do know what I'm talking about! And of course, those who know me know that I'm a huge fan of Uniqlo and that many of my wardrobe essentials such as tank tops, leggings and linen shirts come from them :)

Here's a sneak preview of what went on behind the scenes during the filming of my video clip:

Lotus, or padmasana, is one of my favourite yoga asanas, not because it looks so pretzel-like, but because, when done right (ie. you just let it happen naturally instead of trying to force your body into the pose, you feel an incredible sense of stability and ease while in the posture, like you could sit in it forever, which is the whole point of the pose.) For those who are wondering, it took me at least two years of constant yoga practice to be able to "open" my body sufficiently to get into this full pose.

If you'd like to find out a bit more about this campaign, and see the video that I did in its entirety, click on over to Tell me what you think, but be nice! It's my first time on camera and in between worrying about not flubbing my lines, I was really not thinking about very much else!

I'll also be posting regular updates on my Instagram account, so follow me @karendoesyoga to find out more :)


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Chi chi on a budget

The contractors started work on our apartment today and so I thought I'd mark this momentous occasion with a little update.

I have to say, it feels great to be able to go shopping and then say, "I'm buying stuff for the apartment." Haha!

But seriously, candles and scents are subtle but so essential for setting the mood of a place. So, when the annual Luxasia warehouse sale rolled around last week, I made sure I was there to snap up scented candles made by some very desirable cult perfumeries.

I was mighty chuffed to score all three candles in Diptyque's 2012 Christmas collection, although the large candle for one of them had run out by the time I got there. That Miller Harris candle was made exclusively for Jane Birkin (yes, that same woman who inspired what is arguably the world's most coveted handbag) and includes notes of oak moss, vanilla, amber and musk. Tres sexy.

Friday, July 5, 2013

A mini upgrade

Super chuffed to have figured out how to put up a feed of my Instagram pictures on the sidebar :)

This way, even when I don't have time to put up a new post, there will at least be some new pictures on the blog.

Tip: To see the most recent pictures, simply refresh this page and the slideshow will restart from the latest uploads.