Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Oscar fashion: before & after

I've long since abandoned showing any interest in who actually wins awards at awards shows, but enjoy these events for the fashion. Yah, I know, I'm fluffy that way. Generally speaking, fashion at the Oscars has been quite boring. Almost everyone seems to have developed disgustingly good taste, or at least hired good stylists. I miss seeing Cher in her outrageous Bob Mackie creations, or Bjork's strange choices (I actually liked the swan dress, just because only Bjork could pull something crazy off like that) and Johnny Depp's crazy zoot suits.

Of course there is still the odd questionable gown, but on the whole, people tend to keep it safe at the Oscars. While browsing through the Yahoo! Oscar photos, I discovered some stars actually changed after the ceremony to attend the after-parties. So fun, you get to wear 2 outfits in one night, I also want!

Jennifer Hudson: Don't let Vogue fashion editors dress you! The chocolate brown dress in itself is lovely, although I don't think that colour is best on her, but that silver capelet looks like a Project Runway challenge created with recyclable materials. As for outfit #2, it's an improvement, but don't really get why she has to stick to earth tones. She looked sooo much better in the red gown she performed in.

Penelope Cruz: It's not that I deliberately pick on Penelope Cruz and her birdlike features, but she just makes it so easy! There was that canary yellow dress from a previous year, which reminded me of Big Bird, and this year, it's showgirl canary! The second outfit is quite pretty-pretty, but nothing spectacular.

Celine Dion: Ah Celine, I was so happy you finally got it right, but then you had change into curtain drapes at the Vanity Fair party. You should have stuck to the first outfit!

Cameron Diaz: I know some people knocked the white dress, but I liked it! It was at least different from all the other blinged gowns on the red carpet. Also liked the trenchcoat.

Beyonce Knowles: Miss Thang is in danger of being as predictable as Liz Hurley in her choice of gowns. You can always count on her to wear something shiny and slit to the thigh. Having said that, I did like the top of the mint-green dress.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Today is like any other day

Even if I tried, it’s pretty hard to forget that today is Valentine’s Day. The first thing I heard on the radio today while coming in to work was an anecdote related by the DJ on what she got as a V-day present (3 maximiser bras, haha!), and then before lunch, bouquets of flowers started arriving for some of my colleagues.

I’m long past the whole angry girl “Valentines Day suxor” rant, and can quite honestly say without any bitterness or longing that I have no plans for the day. I don’t feel like a loser, and neither am I smirking at all the couples with plans to splash out on a nice dinner. To me, today is just like any other day – that is, after work, I’m going to try and get an appointment to get my eyebrows done, and then go home and clean my room.

Have a great day today, whether you’re single or attached. :)

Monday, February 12, 2007

This Feb, I am into...

moleskine notebooks, Armani Exchange slim-cut black pants, all things Chinese New Year, cleaning house, my new Mike & Chris hoodie, the colour grey, family friends coming to stay with us, Shu Uemura’s Rouge Unlimited lippie range, watching Goong S (with Chinese subtitles, no less!), checking out Japanese and Korean fashion, Gryphon tea, having short hair again after almost 9 years.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Sunday brunch at Wild Rocket

Sunday brunch at Wild Rocket
Originally uploaded by JellyGirl.
Having heard so much about Wild Rocket’s Sunday brunch menu, I suggested it as the place to go to celebrate B’s birthday. I’ve always liked going to Wild Rocket, not least because it’s in such a pleasant location. It’s like peeling the city off your skin as you drive up past shophouses, a little park, and onto the quiet hilltop with free parking.

It was a little difficult choosing what to eat. While I absolutely love breakfast foods like pancakes and eggs on toast, I also dearly wanted to try the wild rocket burger with sundried tomato salsa or the Willoughby bangers & mash. Thankfully, when dining with friends, you can always arrange for each person to pick a different dish, so while B and L ordered the burger and bangers & mash, I got to indulge my sweet tooth and ordered the jackfruit pancakes with maple syrup.

I have to admit I was slightly disappointed when my pancakes arrived. While the burger looked divine, oozing juices and salsa, and my friends’ bangers & mash and crab linguini looked quite impressive too, mine looked rather small and sad by comparison. The pancakes however did taste yummy, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were pieces of jackfruit hidden in the pancake batter. There was also a slice of deep-friend jackfruit as an added sweetener by the side. I only wish I had a little more maple syrup to go with the pancakes.

As we were waiting for our food, we noticed the waiter bringing out an order of smoked salmon with egg on toast to another table. It looked absolutely delicious and we all wished we ordered it. Luckily, one more friend hadn’t arrived yet, so when he finally made it, we coerced him into ordering it, so we could try some too. We found out when chef Willin Low came out to chat with us that the funny thing about the salmon was that they have days where nobody would order the dish, and other days where the moment one person ordered it, everyone in the restaurant would want it too.

I finished off my meal with my favourite Wild Rocket dessert - the strawberry cheesecake with maple walnut ice-cream, while L had the tiramisu with kueh buloh, and T had coconut ice-cream with gula melaka (she said it tasted like chendol). And as for the birthday boy, he got a special molten chocolate cake with flambed bananas with a little candle stuck on the plate.

After brunch, we went upstairs to look at the rooftop and admire the view before heading off our separate ways. I went home and had a very satisfying 2 hour nap. I think it was the mojito that did it.

Hope you had a great birthday, B! :)