Hip to be #Shopping – Seeing #red

This week, hip is all about the color red. Prepare yourself for more eye candy that usual.

Ain’t We Haute Fun? Dress in Floral Flourish

There’s no doubt about it – you’re guaranteed to have a ball at tonight’s soiree while dressed in this floral-printed dress, which is produced in the UK by Closet. All of your guests are inspired to get up and dance when they see you twirl toward the dance floor in your red-and-white A-line number, which features a flared, pleated skirt, exposed zipper, and button closure atop its darling back cutout. Paired with velvet pumps and golden bangles, this sleeveless frock completes a formal ensemble that’ll have everyone smiling!

Picnic for One Sneaker in Red

Grab your favorite book, a blanket, and tasty treats because these gingham sneakers by Superga are known to inspire spontaneous picnicking. With their classic red-and-white check pattern, these low-platform, canvas shoes inspire early-evening park strolls, where you can tout them laced beneath ankle skinnies and a white eyelet top.

With Only a Wink Dress in Ruby

You pride yourself upon being a lady of style and sophistication. Still, you find that you simply can’t resist adding a sly wink of whimsy and sultry allure to your wardrobe – a fact beautifully showcased by this red dress from Tatyana. The classic shape of this frock, which features a bateau neckline, cap sleeves, and a waistline bow, exudes the designer’s passion for golden-age Hollywood glam. However, it’s the caged top created by a netting of cord that really adds the saucy kick of va va voom to this otherwise simple red dress.

Like It or Nautical Flat in Red

Finding a sunny spot in the sand, you sprawl out on top of your blanket, cross one striped flat over the other, and begin to read. You were looking forward to a quiet afternoon, but its not long before passersby politely interrupt your reading to compliment the red and white stripes and pointed toes of these fabric flats. You have to agree with them – whether on land or on the water, these nautical slip-ons are casual, chic, and the perfect company to your tank dress and floral headband.

Hearten Soul Dress

Lift your spirits with the cheery charm of this elephant-printed dress. A peaceful pattern of ivory critters adorns this carmine-red, lined, and strappy skater dress, bringing grace and soothing style and to any occasion.

Chic to the Next Level Flat in Red

You’re feeling #totesamaze in these sleek red flats by Chelsea Crew. Triangular cutouts and intricate perforations embellish the T-strap uppers of this fashionable pair, adding a refreshing dash of elegant simplicity to any outfit. With a rounded toe and open silhouette, these flats will take you from cab to curb and far beyond in hashtag-worthy style.

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Everyday Ruralty
1. Other than those who live in your home, who’s the last person who came to your front door?

The mailman.

2. Do you have many photos around your home?

Yes, I think photos are what make a house a home.

3. Do you like mint? Is there a favorite type of mint for you? How do you enjoy it?

I wouldn’t say I’m especially minty :grin: but I’m okay with peppermint, spearmint, …

4. Do you enjoy your own parties and other times with guests, or are you so busy working…?

I tend to be overly concerned that everyone’s being well-fed and there’s enough of food and drinks to go around. But I do make an effort to stop and chat and mingle with my guests.

5. What do you want to be when you grow up more? Job, hobby, self improvement, etc.

I have many varied interests, too many to name, and I wouldn’t mind taking them on as a job or hobby or self-improvment project. I like to keep busy. If only I could find time to do them all. Am I being greedy?

Okay, that’s it from me. Have a great week!


Hip to be #Shopping – Cool #summer tops for the curvy #mom

With the weather as hot as it is, it’s time for some cool, airy tops that flatter your curves (for those of us who are blessed with curves, that is). As for the rest of us, we can only go ooooh….

Cabana Crossover Top, Crimson (Women's Plus Size)
Cabana Crossover Top, Crimson (Women’s Plus Size)

Brave the heat and enjoy the sun in our Cabana Crossover Top. This comfortable tank features gathering at the shoulders and sides that highlight every curve and gives you that flawless fit. Throw it on and fall in love with the beautifully draped crossover front, designed for extra coverage and class.

Whimsical Wrap Top, Blue Tribal Print (Women's Plus Size)
Whimsical Wrap Top, Blue Tribal Print (Women’s Plus Size)

Add some feminine flair to your wardrobe with our Whimsical Wrap Top. Kimono sleeves give comfort and coverage while complementing the fluttering flounce neckline and hem perfectly. You’ll love your curves in this true wrap top!

Caycee Twist Top, Robin's Egg (Women's Plus Size)
Caycee Twist Top, Robin’s Egg (Women’s Plus Size)

Graciously accept the compliments you’ll receive as you wear this luxuriously soft jersey knit top. This directional staple draws the eye to the subtly sexy neckline and the artful twist at the bodice. Its modest coverage creates no wardrobe malfunctions or necessitates wearing a camisole underneath. Pair with your favorite pair of jeggings and ankle boots for an contemporary off-duty look.

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Korean food story, the twice bitten episode

Korean food story, the twice bitten episode

Remember when we came down with a bout of mild food poisoning (read it here if you missed that post) after eating at K-restaurant #1. Well, it looks like we learned nothing from that episode. When our K-friend suggested we try K-restaurant #2 (belonging to the wife of K-restaurant #1), we happily went along and ended up prolonging those tummy upsets.

K-friend ordered the biggest set on the menu for the 7 of us. For him, beef bulgogi is a must, it seems. Interesting that it came on a plate with a moat for the sauce.


We all love the salad. I’m not sure what the dressing is but it tastes really good. I could eat this non-stop :oops: .


The sundubu-jjigae (soft tofu stew) was hot and spicy and I was surprised to find clams hiding at the bottom of the bowl.


As usual, there was no shortage of banchan (side dishes) to pick at. This time though, I didn’t touch the kimchi. I know I said that I would try one piece at every Korean meal I eat. I lied. The sour taste is quite off-putting to me. I hear there are countless kinds of kimchi. I’m just going to have to find one with a taste I like.


My first taste of bibimbap (mixed fried rice) was… well, I can’t say I like it. I prefer my fried rice firm, not soft. Do you like bibimbap?


This samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup) was dabomb. I love ginseng anything and although this soup wasn’t as flavorful as homemade, it was still pretty good. Everything in it was melt-in-the-mouth, and our K-friend even suggested we chew and swallow the chicken bones as well. Um, no, I did not hear that :grin: .


I loved this slightly sweetish pajeon (scallion pancake) dotted with tiny shrimps on top. So so good especially with the dipping sauce.


It was a lot of food, even for 7 hungry adults. The long table was over-run with plates and bowls. Clearly K-friend had over-ordered. I don’t like over-eating but I hate wasting food even more but there wasn’t much of a choice. We stuffed ourselves silly. Now imagine 7 of us rolling out of the restaurant, literally.


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Everyday Ruralty
1. D3 is facing wisdom teeth removal. Have you had your wisdom teeth removed?

Still got them but none the wiser.

2. Today Wendell is serving iced tea, iced coffee, and carrot juice. He wants me to ask you which you’d prefer.

Iced coffee please. I’ve been running errands all morning and I’m hungry and thirsty.

3. If you use a crock pot, do you have a favorite recipe? If not, what is your favorite, easy “go to” recipe?

My favorite is pulled pork. I’ve only made this once though and it was amazing. I can’t wait to make this again when the weather gets cooler. Right now, it’s too hot to turn on the crockpot.

4. Do you prefer to wash dishes by hand or dishwasher? Yes, I know some of us probably don’t like dish washing. Wendell flat out refuses!

Hands down, dishwasher.

5. What are you looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to more traveling.

That’s it from me today. Keeping it short as I’m late posting this. Have a great week, everyone!


When we shop

I haven’t shopped for myself in quite a while. Coming from a self-confessed shopaholic, that’s a little hard to believe. Well, I still find joy in walking around the mall (seriously, where would we be if there weren’t any malls, right?) and window-shopping but I don’t buy on impulse like I used to.

Of course, there’s online shopping now which I think is pure genius. I can get stuff from here and there without even having to leave the house. Sometimes the girls and I could spend hours browsing and comparing prices of cute finds. It’s so much fun when you can scream and jump when you find something you love without people staring at you like you’d gone nuts :lol: .

Binge-ing on favorites

Binge-ing on favorites

Let’s just say we took full advantage of the World Cup fever and the fact that while folks were home catching up on lost sleep, they left the city quiet and made driving and mall parking a breeze for the rest of us. The World Cup should be on every year, seriously! These weeks have been pure bliss :lol: .

For us, the past few weeks have been spent on catching up on our favorite international food. I’ve always considered myself a bit of an international person who enjoys learning new languages, and about other cultures, and of course, shopping and eating wherever my travels take me.

Of late, we’ve been enjoying our favorite Indian breakfast of roti canai (Indian-style soft tortilla) eaten with chicken masala, and a fiery chutney extinguished with glasses of thick iced coffee.

banana leaf breakfast

I’m also on a noodle craze. Love the intense smokiness of this Vietnamese braised seafood yee meen (a kind of Chinese flat noodle). I’ve eaten this many times but it has never been quite this flavorful. I’m guessing they have a brilliant new chef.


We tried out two more new Korean restaurants – those stories coming to a blog post near you, wait for it. If you missed my first two Korean food stories, check out the third time’s the charm episode here and the queasy tummy episode here.

The fun of eating out aside, sometimes the simplest lunch at home beats anything you can get at the restaurant, wouldn’t you agree? A bowl of sweet bean soup, and crispy seaweed for dessert is a nice change for me. Refreshing much!


Your turn now. Do you enjoy trying food from other countries and cultures? What are some of your favorites? Which ones make you go, ‘once is enough’?