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Embracing the backpack life

I’m always more of a totebag kinda girl but when you have to wrangle a beastly 3 year old it’s really useful to have my two arms available. So I started looking at backpacks but yikes, mostly they’re either too pretty/dainty for practical usage or hmm, butt ugly.

My search for the right backpack came to an end when I discovered MIZZUE. They have really nice stuff! The bags especially look like they have been meticulously designed for women.

I wanted everything on the website but eventually settled for this blue vegan leather one with weaving motif. It’s my perfect shade of blue.

Hello, lovely. It has so many compartments.

Secret back compartment. The bottom of the bag also have metal studs which protect it from scratches.

I can fit all these comfortably in the bag. Two diapers, a full-sized baby wipes, my long purse, make-up pouch, recyclable bags (cause #auntylife), moisturiser and sunglasses. Also tissues, Liam’s toys and food scissors, not pictured.

Adjustable straps.

It’s just the right size for me.

#backpacklife

No more tote bag falling off my shoulder!

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Eyebrow embroidery by HueVicky for gorgeous eyebrows

The most important thing for me to look and feel human…are my eyebrows. Unfortunately, I’m not genetically blessed in that department.

Those uneven patches of hair above my eyes, those aren’t eyebrows. They are universe way of playing a joke on me. I mean, just look at this picture of me.

Behold, an unedited, untouched, picture of me without make-up. Thankfully Liam has inherited his dad’s beautiful, luscious brows. Can’t say the same for his hair though lol.

As you can see, my natural eyebrows were droopy, shapeless and simply unspectacular. I used to have to draw and fill them in before stepping out of the house but since having a young son, ain’t nobody have time for that! So since last year, I started researching on eyebrow embroidery. My main concerns were as follow, not in order of importance:

1. Pain level
– Well of course I would like it to be as painless as possible. But everyone I heard from said it has to hurt at some point so this had stopped me from taking the plunge.

2. Hygiene
– No explanation needed. I need to do it at a place where I won’t contract squirrel Aids.

3. Aesthetic eye
– This is probably my biggest concern. I need someone who truly understands how the eyebrows frame a woman’s face. The thing with a lot of places is that they follow the latest trends so some women end up looking really weird! And then all these nonsense about 6D and 8D and so on, please lah. I’ve seen some places which even use a kind of stencil to determine the shape of the eyebrows. Please, NO!

4. Skills
– This is quite hard to tell especially with the big named places. They always have different eyebrow embroidery artists in rotation and every skill level is different.

3. Price
– Of course, the ringgit factor counts. I’ve heard there are places that charge up to RM12,000! I want new eyebrows, not new eyes.

And really, I thought I would never find a place that could do my eyebrows with all these factors in my favour until….until I met Vicky.

This is Vicky.

I met Vicky at the unlikeliest place. We were strangers participating in a portrait sketching workshop. Besides being a stunning creature, she’s really friendly and easy-going so we started chatting.

I found out that she was learning to be a tattooist but she’s a full-time eyebrow embroidery artist. I started following her Instagram and in no time, I completely fell in love with her work. Her drawings, her tattoos, the dolls she knitted, her calligraphy, her tattoos….just wow!

She designed and drew this badass cat and embroidered it herself.

Some of her WIPs which you could see in her studio if you’re lucky like me.

Vicky is a true blue artist with an amazing eye for aesthetics. She’s also an accomplished yogi!

That said, what I was truly interested in were her clients’ eyebrows. They always, always look so great! She also does male eyerbrows splendidly.

Vicky also promises one thing whenever she talks about her eyebrow work – she guarantees no pain.

NO PAIN? Really meh??

I can honestly tell you, she isn’t lying.

And now, thanks to Vicky, I have eyebrows that I’m proud to show to the world. They won’t melt off in the face of the sun, rain, sea or sweat. I am beyond thrilled!

My brand new eyebrows. Thank you Vicky!

I chose Vicky for this important task of giving me permanent eyebrows was simply because she satisfied all my considerations above. No pain, hygienic, great eye for beauty, very experienced and very affordable too.

She operates out of Damansara Perdana too which is a major plus for me as I live just 10 minutes drive away.

Vicky drawing my brows in before the embroidery began. At this point, you can keep redoing your brows until you are satisfied.

Then she applied the anaesthetic to numb the eyebrow areas. This is where the no-pain guarantee came in and it was truly no pain! I will not give it away and let Vicky tell you how it’s done.

About an hour later, my eyebrows freshly embroidered. They got darker in a couple of days and then healed and peeled off in a week to reveal natural, beautifully shaped brows :)

I returned to Vicky’s a month later for a touch-up session. This is the time where any inconsistency of colour (should there be any) can be fixed. I already quite liked the first result but felt that just a wee more thickness would make me even happier so Vicky gave me exactly what I wanted.

Like this! I am so happy with my eyebrows. Now they always look groomed and luscious!

Anyway, if you would like Vicky to fix your eyebrows or eyeline (yes, she does painless eyeliner embroidery too!), here’s the deet:

Please message her at:

wechat: huevickyaunty126
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HueVicky-158761564185702/

I don’t think she checks instagram messages so please use the above platforms to reach her :)

Anyway, here is me, ready for my close-up even after my foundation/lipstick have melted and disappeared. Thank you Vicky for them eyebrows!

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How to own your dream iPhone without sacrificing your baby

Lets not kid ourselves, with the recent free-falling of our ringgit, things have gotten mad expensive!

I guess we could cheer ourselves up about the influx of foreign tourists with solid purchasing power, hopefully they will be able to restore our current economic situation but what on earth am I talking about? I’m not an expert on currencies, I am no economist….I am just a Malaysian who wants the latest iPhone6s!

Be still my heart….

But it’s so expensive now that it’s almost inconceivable to fork out a lump sum to buy one. It is probably just me, but a whole month of a senior executive’s salary for a phone, even if it’s the greatest phone in the world does seem a bit excessive, even for the maddest of iPhone fan?

In walks U Mobile, like a boss.

Being absolutely in touch with the market’s sentiment, U Mobile has come up with a brilliant plan called the U MicroCredit.

What on earth is U MicroCredit and why should I know about it?

In a nutshell, U MicroCredit is a financing plan for anyone who wants to own a dream smartphone without having to sacrifice their firstborn.

U MicroCredit is divided into two plans:

(a) Full U MicroCredit

This plan is perfect for you if you don’t have much cash lying around. You could get your entire cost of owning your dream smartphone from as little as RM48 a month and you can choose to pay it all off within 12, 24, 30 or 36 months.

(b) Flexi U MicroCredit

If you’ve got some cash like a baller that you are, this is the better plan for you. You could pay off partial cost of your brand new smartphone and then, the rest of the cost in installments within 12, 24, 30 or 36 months via cash or credit card. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

What about the interest rate, you wonder?

At a flat rate of 1.2%. Super worth it, if you asked me!

C’mon, it’s not going to be that easy right? What else do I need to bring to apply?

Yes, it is that easy! Just make sure you have your MyKad, latest 3 months salary slips and 2 referees (ie: two gainfully employed buddies).

I’m bad with Maths. Can you tell me exactly how much I will be paying per month?

Sure. Assuming you’re getting a 16 GB iPhone6s, you would only need to pay RM48 monthly for 36 months.

Is that all? If I am on the U Mobile network, won’t I get even more perks for being the best customer ever?

Oh yes!!! U Mobile gives 25% savings to users even on the cheapest iPlan. Believe it or not, signing up for the i40 plan will still save you money than walking into an Apple store to just buy the iPhone!

YES! Let me rephrase…it is cheaper to sign up with U Mobile’s iPlan than actually buying the phone outright from Apple!

While iPhone6s recommended retail price is RM3199, if you’re on the i40 plan, the total cost of two years tenure is only RM3480, a difference of just RM281 but with the benefits of 1.5gb data + 40 minutes voice + 20 texts a month for two fabulous years!

If that’s not rewarding enough, I don’t know what is. Way to go U Mobile!

I am still not convinced. Give me an infographic!

Aye aye sir, madam..rightaway. 6 Valid Reasons Why You Should Own A Smartphone via U MicroCredit….

Okay you’ve piqued my interest, now where do I apply?

You can walk into any U Mobile Store or better, do it online at www.u.com.my

OMG, thank you for enlightening me!

You are welcome. Enjoy your brand new iPhone, and your baby!

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