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Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Nail Artelier X Five & Dime Eatery

Frivolous things sometimes make me very happy.

For instance, manicures!
Actually, the last manicure that I got done at a salon was probably about a year ago! I'm not as nail crazy as some of my friends, and usually just let my manicures grow out, much to the horror and dismay of my friends who are crazy over polishes and nails. But well, I am really not too fussed about nails most of the time!

If I do get my nails done nicely though, I make sure that they are super awesome and pretty! Just like this specially customized set of The Velvet Doll nails done by Jenrine of The Nail Artelier, how pretty are they?
I can't even begin to express how much I love them, on so many counts!!
1. Jenrine's skill at nail art is impeccable!
2. Pastel colors.. They just put me in a good mood.
3. The Velvet Dolls logo right on my nails?! This is definitely the mark of good branding, and a well-designed logo. (HAHAHA. *pats self on back*)
Would you believe that all the doll designs were painstakingly hand-drawn by Jenrine herself? She's really amazing at it, and I was so pleased with the results!
If you're looking to get nail art done, you won't go wrong at The Nail Artelier

By the way, they have these monthly promotional sets for nail art, and all you need to do is to top up $25 on top of the basic services if you pick one of these promotional sets :D 

Follow them on Instagram at #thenailartelier to check out their gorgeous nail work and special promotions! ;)

The Nail Artelier is located at: 

48 Haji Lane 
Singapore 189241

Opening Hours
Monday - Thursday: 12pm -10pm 
Friday: 12pm-11pm 
Saturday: 11am-11pm 
Sunday: 12pm-8pm Tel: 62988028

Visit Nail Artelier's website for their full menu and prices!


Cute meets cute: Check out my Saffiano Lux dust plug from HAHA isn't it the most adorable thing ever?! I knew I had to get it as a bag charm for my "real" Saffiano Lux!

PS. is having a 20% off store-wide with the discount code "LELONG20"! :D You can now own your mini Saffiano Lux, Chanel 2.55, Celine Trapeze and other super cute mini bag dust plugs!!


I've been attending my fair bit of events lately, and you know, events always look like they're so fun, but after you've attended one too many, they can be quite a drag sometimes!

Thankfully, the babes at Benefit always know how to make an event fun, and I had a really awesome time at Benefit's "Welcome To Flawless" event, that was held at Five and Dime Eatery!

I didn't manage to take much pictures during the event, so I'd just share some of those I found on Instagram! We were given a demonstration of Benefit's amazing new 15-hour primer, Stay Flawless!

I've always been a fan of Benefit's fun packaging and great products, and I can't wait to try this soon! :) I promise a review as well if it's good! :P
*Thieved these pictures off instagram, from @everbluec @benefitcosmeticssg @fiveanddimesg @evonnz*

We had a super cute photo booth and all of us went insane! Haha. Everyone loves photo booths and props at events, can never go wrong! And of course, lots of canapes that were provided by Five and Dime!

Selfie shot! I was testing out my camera, because I brought out a different camera that day (my Ricoh GXR A12 28mm)

With Bea!

My crazy bunch of blogger friends. Pegs, Bea, Juli, Evonne, Jess and Tricia! :D

I love it that attending events now are so much more enjoyable than they used to be, when I first started attending events, I was so awkward and loner-ish =.= Glad to have such wonderful company now!!

Our pictures from the photobooth, hehe!

Some of us decided to stay at Five and Dime for lunch after the event, the inital plan was to travel to Changi for crabmeat pasta at La Cantina... But our plans got foiled because the restaurant closes in the afternoon! Meh. And the weather was just insanely hot that day so we were all like, LET'S JUST STAY HERE.

The dishes we ordered:

Mentaiko Pasta ($18)
Spaghetti tossed in creamy mentaiko, topped with more cod fish roe

Both Jess and Tricia ordered the Mentaiko Pasta: Jess didn't really like this, but Tricia loved it! But then again, Jess is such an amazing cook, her standards for food are on a totally different level from us common folks. I tried a couple mouthfuls and I thought it was nice, but not quite worth the $18 for only having just mentaiko and no meat!

Big Brekkie ($22)
Choice of scrambled or sunny side up eggs with pork bacon, chicken chipolata sausages, baked beans, sauteed mushrooms and thick toast

Evonne's Big Brekkie had really great scrambled eggs, but she said the sausages weren't fantastic. I don't like baked beans anyhow, so I didn't order this. I did try the scrambled eggs which were very tasty!

Miso Duck Salad ($12)
Romaine Lettuce tossed with Miso Sesame Dressing

After much contemplation, I settled for the Miso Duck Salad, which was very fresh and yummy! I liked the slices of duck and the fresh greens with miso sesame dressing! The japanese touch with the wakame seaweed and cubes of tofu was nice too! It wasn't a WOW dish though, so going back again just for a salad probably won't be on my agenda.

The desserts actually impressed us a whole lot more actually, even though the selection is quite limited!

Spiced Strawberries Eton Mess ($12)
With balsamic strawberries, creme anglais and spiced meringue

We all liked this dish, with the crisp meringue and the delicious creme anglais! I can't imagine one person finishing off the entire dish though. Definitely made for sharing.

Cranberry Almond Cake with Ice Cream (??)

And my favourite dish by far, the cranberry almond cake, with two scoops of vanilla ice cream on top of it! The cake was warmed up, so it tasted absolutely divine with the vanilla ice cream: I have a thing for baked desserts with ice cream teehee. And our little ice cream snowman was too adorable, with raspberries for ears and coffee beans for eyes!

We were all squealing like crazy while camwhoring with the ice cream snowman LOL. Before it started melting with its ears falling off! Probably the best part of my meal. Oops.

My conclusion: I wouldn't specially make a trip down to have a meal at Five and Dime, but if I were in the vicinity, I would still consider it?


Five and Dime Eatery is located at:

297 River Valley Road
Singapore 238338

Tel: 92365002 

Mon - Thu: 12:00 - 22:00 
Fri: 12:00 - 00:00 
Sat: 10:00 - 00:00 
Sun: 10:00 - 22:00


And lastly, my outfit for the day! Went with a casual summer vibe, with pastels and florals! I love the embroidered blouse, with its flowy bell sleeves and embroidery! A lovely piece for a casual weekend.

Boho Embroidered Blouse in White from (Wore the same top in this entry)
Floral Shorts from (All sold out on site!)
Prada Saffiano Lux in Lilac
Clear wedges from Tip Top Collections


Sorry this entry is such a mish-mash of random things, haha. I hope it's not too confusing to read! :S I've been trying to get back my blogging mojo recently. Decided that I want to update more often, so that I don't feel like time is slipping past me faster than I can document it down, frivolous or not! 

It's funny how much blogging (and social media) is a part of my life now. YZ and I had a long discussion the other day on how different we both were, six years ago, and now! Wouldn't have seen myself where I am today, if you'd asked me five years ago, where I'd be in five years time. But life is completely unpredictable like that, which is what makes life life, isn't it?

YZ and I, more than 5 years ago!


Enough of the rambling on~ 
It's bed time now! And if you haven't gotten any bed-time shopping done, just had some new arrivals in that you must check out! :D #shamelessadvertising

Good night!

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