StyleMaker Spotlight

What is a Style Maker?

Some live in heels, others have the the God-like ability to look good in sweatpants. Either way, it’s safe to say that image has always been an important factor in our lives, even before the reign of #OOTDs and social media influencers.

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The Best Impromptu Mother’s Day Gift Guide

So you might have noticed a couple of Mother’s Day promos have been popping up lately, and as much as you hate to admit it, you can’t lie that you forgot and have absolutely no clue (and/or no cash) as to what to get your mum for Mother’s Day.

Truth be told, I don’t know what’s the perfect gift for my mum either. She doesn’t need another candle, and getting her another bag is just so I can borrow it whenever I’m bored with my own collection.

One of the things I love about my mum is that she always cooks great food almost every single day without fail. So what better way to show her my appreciation than to treat her with great food with the skills she taught me?

 

Decadent Darling

If mum is a classy lady who enjoys the occasional high tea session, a great way to impress is to her is to bake your own scones. Typically a teatime treat, a great cup of tea paired with scones and jam are an easy to create breakfast that will surely get a motherly nod of approval. We like Marcella Kriebel’s Strawberry Rhubarb scones (recipe here).

© Marcella Kriebel

© Marcella Kriebel

 

Plus points given if you attempt making your own clotted cream and jam.

Alternatives:

To pack a punch, we sourced the world wide web in search for cool additions to amp up your breakfast scones for mum. We love Clipper Tea‘s classic blend of fruity and floral teas, and we believe they’d go well with Pantler‘s Strawberry and Rhubarb Jam. For interesting local flair, Ette Tea has creative flavour combinations, such as Chicken Rice and Nasi Lemak tea!

 

WANDERLUST WONDER

Your mum is generally quite on trend. She’s adventurous and probably has tried and tested trends way before you have even heard of it.

© Natalya Zahn

© Natalya Zahn

Surprise mum with a sweet and savory combination with a maple-bacon donut. While not many might enjoy a cacophony of flavours in one shot, maple-bacon donuts are a fun yet simple recipe to try and makes for an entertaining morning breakfast.

Alternatively, why not get your mum to join in all the baking fun? Tell her you’re making donuts, but make no mention of why your recipe calls for a pack of bacon and maple syrup.

 

Everyone’s Favorite Auntie

The entire estate knows who your mum is. She’s the one that is constantly bumping into her friends at the market, or the one who can strike a conversation with almost anyone at all. She wants nothing more other than good coffee and great company.

© Minty's Table

© Minty’s Table

Remember when you were younger and your mother would always assign someone older (and apparently more wiser) to spread your nutella or kaya on your bread for you? Remember when you couldn’t wait to spread as much velvety smooth peanut butter on your own piece of bread when you were older?

Whether you have it at home or have a piece or two on from the little stall on your way to school, there’s just something incredibly homely and welcoming about great kaya on toast (recipe here).

If you’re not too keen on the idea of cooking or doing anything in the kitchen to surprise your mum, a pleasant surprise would simply be joining her for breakfast this weekend. It’s not a lot, but your presence will surely be noticed.

Our StyleMaker’s belief is that great gifts need not be extravagant or pricey (though we’ll never pass up a nice perfume or a well-made watch).

At the end of the day, it’s a terrible feeling having to admit that most of us hardly ever spend good, quality time with our parents and often times, we don’t even make it a priority to schedule a time slot around them in the first place.

Mother’s Day is the best day to show your appreciation to your mum, treat her like the queen that she is and shower her with all the affection and attention that’s long due and deserved.

Gifts are great, and I’m sure she’ll love whatever you have to offer, but don’t forget that sometimes the time spent together with someone is the best gift ever.

 

How do you plan on celebrating Mother’s Day? Tag us on Instagram, we’d love to see what you’ve prepared!

 

Our DIY Makeup Alternatives

It’s been quite a while since I’ve dedicated myself to wearing a full face of makeup. By that, I mean committing to the whole, foundation – powder – eyes – lips routine. I can’t even remember the last time I wore BB cream.

Well, to be honest, my BB cream/foundation supply has all run dry and truth be told, so has my very small student bank account.

To me, I believe that the best and most invaluable thing anyone should have in their beauty arsenal is healthy and happy skin.

I also refute the idea of spending $30 on foundation and another $20 on lipstick.

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Choosing the Right Brush

If you’re relatively new to makeup, you would know how overwhelming it is when purchasing new cosmetics and tools. There are hundreds of variations to a lipstick alone – matte, sheer, gloss, satin, and the list goes on and on.

On hindsight, it does seem a lot easier to purchase makeup as opposed to amassing a formidable makeup applicator set, because it solely lies on what kind of product you want and prefer. With brushes, it’s a lot about trial and error, finding out which type of brush or sponge works best for your product and your skin.

We figured that we should do a little research on understanding what types of brushes are available on the market, and which one is used for what to aid in your next shopping trip to Sephora.

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Powdered to Perfection: Choosing the Right Powder

Be it compact or loose, designer or drugstore, we’re almost certain every lady has a go-to powder in her makeup stash. These unsung heros are key in helping us avoid the unsightly post-lunch shine and aid in helping our foundation last longer. It’s also very rare for them to have a moment in the spotlight.

the beauty look book

However, with so many different types of powders available in the market, it’s hard to break down the labels and distinguish one from the other. Here’s a quick guide on choosing the right powder for the effect you want.

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Throwing Out Your Makeup

Whether you’re only into top of the range products or are a self-confessed Queen of the makeup aisle at your local drugstore, I believe that we can all agree that with makeup, it’s a lot of hits and misses. You either love it or loathe it.

© The Right Hair Salon

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How to Work Prints

“Money talks. Style doesn’t has to.”


 Is your workwear looking even bleaker than your actual job? Perhaps it’s time for a style update.

SM_SuitMaker Printed Matter

Classic, formal menswear is simple and formulaic. You can never go wrong with a crisp, ironed-shirt paired with a matching tie and nicely fitted pair of pants. Heck, maybe even throw on a blazer.

No matter how cut and dried it is, the complexity in day-to-day menswear is in the little details. Most people can’t tell the difference between a plaid shirt from a checkered one, and most people don’t care. However, we’ve found that the people who pay closer attention to the finer details are always the ones that end up looking dapper, stealing the promotion you wanted and perhaps even leaving with the girl.

Now we’ll never tell, but here are some prints, patterns, tips and tricks to updating and reinventing your wardrobe and work towards being the dapper gentleman that you are.

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