Month: February 2015

Links Roundup #1

(Image source: hollyhocksandtulips)  Hooray, it’s the end of the first week of The Timber Owls! Thank you all so much for dropping by. Linette and I are both humbled and thrilled. What are you all up to this long weekend? Here are some links I have read and loved over the last week. Addictive weekend music. Murakami plays agony aunt. Important conversations we should all have. Step 1 of being a tough mofo: the pushup. This sounds like what happens every time I go shopping in Singapore. Advertisements

Road testing: Apple Cider Vinegar

Everyone knows the incredible health benefits of apple cider vinegar: it lowers blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure, helps weight loss, fights infection, etc. But what happens when you use apple cider vinegar as a beauty product? This week, I tapped into my inner hippie and road tested ACV as a replacement for my conditioner and toner.

Açaí Smoothie Recipe

While I don’t claim to be an early riser, I am a big believer of starting the day right with a nutritious breakfast and always on the lookout for new recipes to supercharge my day. Unless you’ve been avoiding clean-eating/raw/superfood movement, you might have noticed açaí smoothie bowls have certainly been flooding Pinterest and Instagram feeds. With the superberry açaí, big things do come in small packages. All the way from Brazil, these berries pack a punch – high in antioxidants, omegas 3, 6, and 9, rich in fibre and low in sugar. And top it off, they taste like wild berries and dark chocolate. Yes, it’s almost too good to be true.

How to survive an all-nighter

…And I don’t mean the sexy kind. Unfortunately, I am a connoisseur of the dubious art of the working all-nighter and have done this more times than I care to admit. But this is a shame-free zone! We are here to talk about how to weather this crisis with grace and emerge the next day looking like a human being, instead of a zombie/swamp monster hybrid. 

Makeup Mondays #1: Two-toned Lips

Welcome to the first post of the featurette Makeup Mondays on The Timber owls – be sure to check back for beauty related posts at the start of each week! I do apologise for another lipstick-centric post. I promise it’ll be something different next week. I sometimes get bored with just one lip colour. Thankfully, there’s a solution for that! On days when I’m feeling slightly more experimental, and if the occasion is appropriate, I find multi-tonal, or ombre lips a fun way to play around with lips colours. But the application can be troublesome and it is an effort having to tote around two different lipsticks. The solution? The Two Tone Lip Bar from Korean beauty brand Laneige.

Capsule Wardrobe: Conservative Corporate, Part 2

Having outlined in my previous post my guidelines for a professional wardrobe, I dove into my wardrobe and pulled out… not very many clothes. Oh, woe! But this, at least, culls those items that I have tried waaay too hard to make work-appropriate over the last five years. I have tried to make the items in my capsule wardrobe as interchangeable as possible. Most tops go with most bottoms, and I can put any cardigan over any outfit in case of arctic air conditioning. 

Capsule Wardrobe: Conservative Corporate, Part 1

I have always been a little envious of men’s corporate style. Their wardrobes are so simple. Each item has an obvious function and there are prescribed guidelines about how each item should fit. Found a shirt that fits well? Get five of them in different colours. Wear a different one every day of the week, with trousers that match interchangeably with each shirt. Sorted. There is something so appealingly workman-like and logical about that.

Go Bold or Go Home

Warning, this bold lip edit is not for the faint hearted.  It will soon be no secret that I love a good bold lip – when you really want to make an entrance, add a little pizazz to a simple or monochromatic outfit, or just in need of a confidence boost, there’s nothing like throwing on a statement lip to amp things up. In the next series of posts titled Go Bold or Go Home, I will be showcasing a bunch of my favourites, starting with some dark and vampy selections.

Holy Grail Product: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

[I’m Meg, and I am a lifetime member of the Linette club. I’ll be popping in once in a while to spew opinions on products, food and life in general. Hello!]  Everyone knows that the ‘secret’ to glowing, Miranda Kerr-esque skin is drinking lots of water, the perfect diet, 7.5 hours of sleep a night, yoga every morning, supermodel genes… Please. Tell me something I don’t know. But let’s be honest here; sometimes life gets in the way. Every so often, my less-than-virtuous lifestyle (i.e. all-nighters, stress, greasy chips, ill-advised dairy) turns my face into a battle zone: oily and dull skin, blackheads galore, gunk in every large pore, hormonal acne mushrooming in unlikely areas. Enter Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, the 100% bentonite clay mask that actually does work.

Quick Morning Fixes

We’ve all been there, too many late nights; rushing in the wee hours of the morning with only minutes to spare; or bleary-eyed as we reach for the much-needed cup of caffeine. So I’ve put together a list of some quick morning tips that will hopefully make your morning routine that bit more fuss-free.