Is not it? – Non è vero? – Nu-i așa?

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Trilingual text: English, Italian and Romanian language

The rain passes too fast, the years
the joys, this day too quickly burns out,
the cigarette and the life
A sort of vortex throws us into a black hole
and only then will we know how much we loved –
I do not know as is at you, but here, now, it’s raining …and
I imagine in every drop of rain a hug from you, is not it?

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Sta passando troppo veloce la pioggia, gli anni
le gioie, troppo in fretta si brucia il giorno,
la sigaretta e la vita
Una sorta di vortice ci getta in un buco nero
e soltanto allora sapremo quanto abbiamo amato –
Non lo so com’è da voi, ma qui, ora, piove… e
m’immagino in ogni goccia di pioggia un abbraccio da voi, non è vero?

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prea repede trec ploile, anii
bucuriile, prea repede se arde…

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Words for 2014

I have a couple of inks on my body, but I have found three more tattoos that I want to get on the side of my hand, my ribcage and another one somewhere on my lower palm. Here are the tattoos I currently have, 5 in total.

1) The word Excelsior on my right wrist gotten in beginning 2013 at Grade A tattoo parlour in Phuket

The word Excelsior on my right wrist.

The word Excelsior on my right wrist gotten in Phuket

2) An angel tattoo at my left pelvic area gotten at Heeren about 4 years ago, got touched up at Phuket by the kind artists at Grade A.

tat 13) The word “Non Violence” together with another dove in Sanskrit at the back of my neck, gotten at Vagabond Ink.

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4) Another simple dove design, my first tattoo that I gotten when I was 18 from Heeren at the tip on my right butt cheek, it’s hard to take that picture so I’m just gonna show the design.

images (10)Last but not least, my most recent tattoo that I gotten mid 2013 at Galaxy Tattoo, which I highly recommend and will go back there for all the other tattoos that I want to get. Here is their Blog, Facebook Page. and their Reviews. I got a Piscean tattoo at the side of my left upper arm, and I’m going back there to touch it up.

54c152c6a330afb8d527741131c2bea4The other two tattoos I want to get would be word tattoos, namely

Amazing-Hand-Tattoo-Designshope_rib_cage_tattoo-2917As they reflect a part of experience that I went through end December/beginning January. It was a painful, yet therapeutic experience.

I am also toying with the idea of getting this quote tattoo from “Perks of being a Wallflower on my other ribcage, or on my inner upper arm.

images (3)Lastly, I want to get a trinity side tattoo, but I’m not sure where I should put in. Thinking of adding in onto my shoulder blade, a very small design.

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I’m probably gonna get 2 tattoos first, and then plan for the other 2 when more money comes in (hint hint). I’m just a sucker for word and small tattoos you guys, I love the idea of filling my body with little tidbits of life and my thoughts and inspiration. I actually wanted to get a tattoo of Mark Twain’s quote from the Notebook, 1898.

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Burning off before adding on

Yo peeps.

So it’s been festive season after festive season. Christmas, New Year, and soon, Chinese New Year is approaching. From stuffed turkeys, eggnog, steaks, wine to upcoming rounds of hotpot, crackers, soda and more booze during CNY visits, we all know what we got to do. That is, GET OFF YOUR ASS OFF THE COUCH NOW AND DO SOME WORKOUTS!

In this post, I am going to introduce some of my favourite workouts that I am actively participating in to shed off the extra flab I have put on because of too much food over the past few weeks.

1) Spin class

Spin class (also known as indoor cycling class), is usually done at a commercial gym or at a fitness studio with the help of an instructor. There, you will use an exercise bike. You control resistance on your bike to make the pedaling as easy or difficult as you choose. The riders rise as one, pedals turning faster as they grimace with exertion, sweat dripping off their bodies while the instructor will scream “Faster! Higher Resistance! Up the hill! with heavy techno music playing in the background. Anyway I will stop typing so many words and just show you the video what happens in a spin class. I just went for one and I usually burn 700 calories or more in 60 minutes including warm up, and cool down.

So I managed to sneak in a picture of myself at class just now and trust me, it’s not easy when you are trying not to fall off the bike and also not let the instructor scream at you. Here is the glamourous o me. Sorry for the horrible, horrible resolution. The lights aint’t helping yo.

I'm sweaty, sticky, dehydrated and trying to take this picture inconspicuously like I'm checking for messages during cool down.

I’m sweaty, sticky, dehydrated and trying to take this picture inconspicuously like I’m checking for messages during cool down.

2) Ab Circuit Training (Upper and Lower Core)

Ok, so maybe not everyone likes to go to the gym where you feel self conscious as you stare at your own ass in the mirror (I know I do) and you feel like the sweat dripping from your makeup free face (Please don’t tell me you are one of those that wears makeup in the gym, I judge you, I really do) makes you look like a panting gorilla. Well, you can opt for home exercise, I’m sure most of you have seen plenty of such clips on the internet. Today I am gonna share with you some of my favourite ab circuit routines I do at home or at the gym. First let’s show you this image of a total ab/core workout, try to visualize.

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This chart is quite self explanatory. I follow this diagram quite religiously but I also add in some more routines that I found via Instagram and other fitness sites. They work your obliques, upper abs, lower tummy (muffin top!), and also help to strengthen your entire core so you actually can totally do this for fun at random lampposts when you feel like it.

Fun eh?

Fun eh?

NAH…. kidding, or not.

So I uploaded this video myself on Youtube. There are 10 routines in this video, do 4 sets of 2o reps for each routine. Check it out.

1. The four workouts work the upper core/abs, so you and I can totally get abs like this.

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Ok.. maybe in a few years time, but we’ll get there.

The next three routines work the lower abs, the hardest part of the tummy every woman seem to want to burn off, but can never do. What to do? We have wombs, damn the men. But it’s not impossible.

Picture on the left is taken 5 weeks ago, right picture taken 2 months approx before.

Picture on the left is taken 5 weeks ago, right picture taken 2 months approx before.

Last but not least, the next 3 routines work the core. Its pretty much more of planking, where you balance yourself on your elbows and lift your whole body weight up and use your core muscle to balance your body in a straight line. NO THIS NOT WHAT I MEAN BY PLANKING.

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So I did some side planks with 2kg weights which can help to burn off love handles, slow movement of back and forth while controlling your breath and sucking in your stomach, as well as some rotational intervals to create higher intensity. They work your whole core as well as your obliques.

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Obliques refer to the upper largest muscle group of the core where the dent is. that’s where your six pack get’s it shape at yo.

Some other ab exercise that you can try out can be done using a Swiss ball, which is the big ass ball you see at gyms, they give you higher resistance when you plank, meaning faster and better results for your abs.

images (5)images (9)Or if your fitness level is insane enough, the TRX core machine

Highly consult a experienced trainer before using this machine.

Highly consult a experienced trainer before using this machine.

For shits and giggles, I tried acroyoga a couple months back and these really work your core as well. But it’s difficult as death and it really takes alot of practice and effort, and a really trusting partner. Heh.

It isn't easy just cos we are all smiling, at least for me anyway.

It isn’t easy just cos we are all smiling, at least for me anyway.

So, that’s the end of my workout tips for today. I usually lift weights as well, but not so much at the moment because I am trying to lose off fats before bulking up. I do light toning with light weights and more reps but my main concentration would be cardio and abs training. Of course, it’s never either or, you have to work out every muscle group to get that perfect sculpt. And then you can todally look like this to celebrate your CNY.

Please don't take me seriously.

Please don’t take me seriously.

Well. I hope this is useful for you so everyone can get that amazeball healthy body to fit into this tacky little thing to get more red packets.

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Actually I very much prefer this.

tumblr_li0qyeIfGj1qhryrwo1_400For more fitness tips, there are plenty of fitspo sites to check out. One of my favourite is igshoutout.net, or just check out my instagram @WinnieL84 for random posts of some of the self attempted healthy food I try to eat and workouts I do.

Till then, toodles and wish everyone a happy new year! But first, 2 secs please… just for feedback. Purdy please…;)

Thanks and much love,

Winnie

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Outfit of a very loooong Monday

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Feeling really casual…. just added on more accessories to lighten the blues…

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Cropping off the Muffin Top

Hey there people of the world,

A little while back I posted a trend that seemed to be floating everywhere. Cropped tops and bralettes. You see them everywhere, from Cleo magazines to MTVs to Instagram, Facebook and even on the streets.

Definition of a crop top (noun) : A crop top (also cropped topbelly shirthalf shirtmidriff shirtmidriff toptummy topshort shirt, and cutoff shirt) is a T-shirt or blouse with the lower part cut off, showing off some of the abdomen. The belly shirt (or half shirt) is a kind of shirt that is cut off from the bottom of the chest. 

Now you must be thinking, “Nah I must be a waif to be able to wear a cropped top.” “I’m too top heavy”, “I have a muffin top and my gut sticks out like a sore thumb” For those who don’t know what a muffin top is, it means the flab that spills out over the waistband when a woman wears a tight pair of jeans, skirt or pants, just like the top of a muffin. I feel you people, I really do. I have put on almost 8 pounds since I started new medication and now I’m working hard to keep the weight off and it might take me awhile before the shape of my outrageous belly floats back  in instead of bulging out ridiculously like someone’s Sunday dinner is in there. So today, I am going to explore some myths and share some options on how one can rock cropped tops, by simply trying out some of my personal tips (This is not in anyway professionally proven, just my own thoughts).

So yeah we keep blaming Miss Cyrus for this explosion of cropped tops/bralettes frenzy she seemed to be throwing in our faces with her sexy videos and everyday wear.  But let’s not blame the poor girl, many people and celebrities have been dorning on this new trend as well.

Miley in her videos.

Miley in her videos.

Trendsetting by celebrities and regular people on the streets

Trendsetting by celebrities and regular people on the streets

So, how do one pull of this look without having to starve themselves, puke out their lunch and nibble on only carrots to fit into these clothes? Here are some methods.

Choose the Right Pants

You have no idea how much difference this will make. Really. Using me as an example. I’m wearing the exact same outfit as Miley Cyrus (I’m on the right, duh). Check out the dismaying results.

Eaxct the same outfit, the difference is what can I do?

Similar outfit, very different outcome

Actually the pants I’m wearing is really one of my favourite pair from Osmose, and I got this pair for a reasonable price of SGD$40, which will be far cry from the one Alexander Wang ones Miley is wearing.

This is because like many other women, I have a tummy pooch, and I am pear shaped, meaning my hips are heavy. I’m a size 36″ hip and that always seem to be a problem with pants that are too tight. So, I need to find pants that can help me carry off this top. What pants though?

The High Waisted Flare Pants

I know, I know, you must be thinking. Hmph, this is what I will look like wearing high waisted pants.

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Let me show you why. Let’s say I want to wear this bralette and I’m looking for the right pants to fit. Go up to 2nd floor at Bugis Junction, and find the one and only shop that sells nothing but bralettes that cost SGD$18 to SGD$25 for a piece. I will find out the shop and provide the details of the shop when I revisit the shop. They have the best bralettes ever.

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

I tried on some options and this is how I look. It seemed to work pretty well and I’m quite satisfied with the results.

Managed to achieve somewhat the desired result as shown in the top 2 reference pictures.  Wear High Waisted Flare pants that starts right below you belly button or even over the belly button. Throw in a belt the accentuate the waistline, and wear a fitted jacket because your bottom is wide and you don't really want to look like a potato sack.

Managed to achieve somewhat the desired result as shown in the top 2 reference pictures.
Wear High Waisted Flare pants that starts right below you belly button or even over the belly button. Throw in a belt the accentuate the waistline, and wear a fitted jacket because your bottom is wide and you don’t really want to look like a potato sack.

My favourite investment would be the black high waisted pants from Depression, located at the 3rd floor of Cineleisure. I got them at their annual Christmas Sale, which I highly recommend everyone to grab their loot every year. Amazing prices for the best designs ever, with the friendliest staff and one of the best designer I know, Kenny Lim. I bought the beige flare high waisted pants from Wrthwldthngsr  Webstore for only SGD $25, but unfortunately the site has closed down.

So it IS possible to wear that top. But a few things to note. Know your own torso length. I have a short torso of 15 inches, so a pair of pants with the length 38-39 inches suits me. If you have a longer torso, you might need to find something shorter.

Loose fitting High Waisted jeans/pants

Gone were the days where loose jeans are considered “mom jeans”. Many people are now rocking the baggy high waisted jeans. Throw out that outdated myth in your head and be open to changing up your wardrobe a little.

Pair a cropped top with a pair of high waisted baggy jeans and look casual yet sexy at the same time. If you want a more glam look, pair your outfit with a fancy leather jacket, booties or high heels and you are ready to werk it.

Pair a cropped top with a pair of high waisted baggy jeans and look casual yet sexy at the same time. If you want a more glam look, pair your outfit with a fancy leather jacket, booties or high heels and you are ready to werk it.

 If you think only skinny people can carry off this look, throw that idea out as well. With the right fit pants, regular people are able to pull the cropped look off as well.

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The Harem Pants

Harem pants are awesome. Not only do they hide your hips, they are comfortable as hell. And we are not talking MC hammer pants, those are waaayy too big. Let’s be reasonable and go with the slighter flare. You don’t really want to look like you have stuffed water balloons at each side of your hips either.

That's me on the right.

That’s me on the right.

Try finding good and affordable harem pants or loose fitting jeans/pants from Forever 21 where you can get a pair for about SGD $30.

Invest in Spanx

Spanx will save your life. This will work well especially if you wear high waisted pants or skirts. I wear it if I have to wear a bodycon dress or really slim hugging skirts/shorts/pants and I feel that I haven’t got in enough workout that week. With spanx, all the muffin tops in the world will be sucked in for real. Uncomfortable? Maybe, but beauty hurt bitches. And please, invest in a good pair and not some cheap cotton ones that give you nothing but probably heat rash. A reasonably good one from Triump costs about SGD $80 plus. And this is the money you should spend.

Check out that fake flat tummy!

Check out that fake flat tummy!

If you are wearing pants or skirts, get the underwear kind that starts right from your belly button.

With these....

With these….

You can now wear

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Find Different Ways to Wear Your Crop Top

The length of a crop top varies. For example, a crop top can be anywhere from 15 inches approx. length from high point shoulder to hem while a bralette can be as short as 13 inches approx length. Knowing your body type, you can choose to wear different types and designs that work for you. There are even crop tops that just about covers your belly button (around 17 inches long approx) and they still look great.

Frickin million ways to wear cropped tops. Pants/long skirts/short skirts/ baggy tops/tight tops. The list goes on

Frickin million ways to wear cropped tops. Pants/long skirts/short skirts/ baggy tops/tight tops. The list goes on

I took the liberty to try some options myself… for those who really feel uncomfortable, you can wear a tank top underneath your cropped sweater, the choice is yours.

A cropped sweater over a long maxi dress or skirt looks really good for summer or even fall as well.

A cropped sweater over a long maxi dress or skirt looks really good for summer or even fall as well.

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So… that’s all the tips I have for now. I hope they are useful or at least the pictures are pretty to look at anyway. Pardon for the poor lighting on the selfies, I really need to buy a proper light :p

If you have other suggestions of your own as well, please feel free to share/comment and help us poor women who are constantly fussing about how to work a trend. If you have 2 secs to spare, you can fill in the poll below as well so I can get feedback on how to improve my posts. Much thanks ❤

Till then,

Toodles

Winnie

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Mood of the day = Outfit of the day

Mood of the day = Outfit of the day

This is what I feel like wearing anywhere today because of my stupid flu and aching bones from the gym. Ugh.

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Bling, Lights, Flash= STAR

So, we have been looking at celebrities like the likes of Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Lana Del Ray, Lady Gaga (Ok not like she has many outfits we can wear outdoors and not be slammed into prison.) For male celebrities, it’s a little harder since its Tshirts, shirts, vests, fedoras, shades and more fedoras. You know what guys, just get a whole lotta tattoos and walk around like Adam Lambert, but please for the love of God go get a workout, and no fake Jersey Shore spray tan please. Ugh.

Let’s look at the many looks of Miley Cryus and and we can see what we need to be getting if we want to look like her.

The many looks of Miley….

OKKK we get it, she doesn't like pants and also not a fan of anything covering her actually. But it's cool, it's her.

OKKK we get it, she doesn’t like pants and also not a fan of anything covering her actually. But it’s cool, it’s her.

So, what do you need to look like her?

1)Lots of tattoos (applies to Rihanna as well)

2)Lots of bling (Applies to Ri.. wait do they share the same cupboard?

3)Cropped tops, skintight hot shorts and bralettes.  (The tighter, the better, the shorter basically with the least amount of fabric = leather/spandex possible) —> Applies to Rihanna as well

4) Real chunkass shoes (Again sister wardrobe)

5) Red Lipstick, mascara and heavily manicured nails.

1.Tattoos

Arm, neck, shoulder blades, underboobs, wrist, fingers, ankles, any human anatomy part, you have it.

Arm, neck, shoulder blades, underboobs, wrist, fingers, ankles, any human anatomy part, you have it.

2) Blings (Oh Boy)

Just. Go Blind. Fill every finger and hang houses on your neck. Not that I'm complaining, I dig bling.

Just. Go Blind. Fill every finger and hang houses on your neck. Not that I’m complaining, I dig bling.

3) Cropped tops, skintight hot shorts and bralettes.

That should cover most, well not much of the body anyway.

That should cover most, well not much of the body anyway.

4) Huge chunky shoes/heels

Literally break a leg. For kneelength boots, you can get them from GoJane which will cost about SGD$300.

Literally break a leg. For kneelength boots, you can get them from GoJane which will cost about SGD$300.

5) Red Lipstick, Mascara and Heavily Manicured Nails.

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Did I get that right?

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tumblr_mukrx3Uofz1rln9kyo1_400My favourite muse of the day would be LDR. She’s just so sexy in her flawed ways. Yeah nose job, name change. Who the hell cares? I don’t think she even has a stylist or if she did, that person must be some kinda OCD freak that likes only white linen sheets on the bed or is just colour blind. Anyway, white looks good on Lana. Let’s check out her looks. She’s a classy lady that one, a little off, but in a good way. She still looks perpetually drunk despite having cured her alcohol dependency, but in a good way. 😉

Yup we can tell.

Yup we can tell.

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Classic, retro, sexy, feminine, simple.

What makes LDR stand out? Lips! That big mane of hair curled out sensually around her shoulders and back, her languid eyes, and of course, her famous palm cross ring.

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Some style inspirations for her royal Rayness. White, of course, how dare you think otherwise???!!??

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Heart-shaped sunglasses, Catlike sunglasses, a cute flower hairband, simple accessories and quirky yet feminine sneakers will complete the LDR look.

Heart-shaped sunglasses, Catlike sunglasses, a cute flower hairband, simple accessories and quirky yet feminine sneakers will complete the LDR look.

So there we go, hope you like looking the pictures as much as I did.

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In my next post, we will revisit the topic of crop tops and how should or could we wear them, as they are the raging trend this season, and I would expect to see more of them in the next first quarter of the year. We shall explore the myths and truths of wearing a cutoff shirt without having to feel like platypus. If you have any other suggestions or questions that you want me to share with you, please feel free to send me a message here.

Cheers, don’t forget to sashay off ❤

Xo,

Winnie

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