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The scent of the English Countryside

There is something about scented candles and diffuser that is so addictive. That slight scent comes along with the breeze every now and then at home, is relaxing, uplifting, soothing…however you feel.  Recently I’ve been introduced to a new English candle brand – Chelsea Candle. Based in Kent, England, the brand was founded by Chelsey O’Nell, who was previously a Production Manager working in London. At the beginning of 2015, she packed up her life in London and moved back to the beautiful English coast in Kent where Chelsea Candle was born. Using only high-quality soy wax and fine fragrance oils, the scent has a solid ton...
Category: Luxury

Secrets to managing my damaged hair – Part 2

Earlier on I wrote something about how I keep my damaged hair look healthier, and here is the second part of another product line that I use religiously. Working in the industry as an editor gives me the opportunity to have access to many different brands and products. I had been given a sample size (again!!) at one of the press days, it’s a blow dry cream from this hair brand 72Hair which I haven’t heard of.  Knowing what specific products I need for my bleached blonde long hair, I am always quite reluctant to test them out especially I haven’t heard of the brand before. But this is a blow dry cream, so I thought there could...
Category: Beauty

Secret to managing my damaged hair- Part 1

I had been dyeing and bleaching my hair since I was 15, and all the chemicals are definitely not helping. Having very short hair for many years, I’ve recently grown my hair, and that means a lot more care. There is a price to pay when you want to have smooth and healthy looking hair. Let’s be honest, double bleached long Asian hair will never be healthy- at least I can try to make it LOOK healthier. The bleached hair can get really brittle and easily frizzy, especially in the dry and windy European winter days.  A while ago I came across a sample size of the English brand Percy & Reed   Overnight Recovery. I decided to brin...
Category: Beauty

Modern Luxury in the heart of Manhattan – Refinery Hotel

Once upon a time (well, a century ago to be precise), the Colony Arcade building opens as a home to some the world’s most notable millinery firms. Located two blocks from Bryant Park on the West 38th Street in the Garment District in New York,  the once-residential area were razed to make way for more than 100 high-rise factories and showrooms, the Refinery Hotel (renamed in 2013 and opened its door as a hotel), member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World,  was once one of these buildings named The Colony Arcade. In 1914, businesswoman Winifred T. McDonald rented the Colony Arcade’s 20,000-square foot ground floor space a...
Category: Hotel, Luxury, 旅遊

The oasis retreat in Brooklyn – 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Over the years Brooklyn has changed so much and became the vibrant, cool hipster place in New York. We had the absolute pleasure to stay at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge for a night, and fell in love with it. Stands right beside the East River and 5 blocks west of the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade, the one-year-old hotel sets in a 10-story building. All 194 guest rooms (including 28 suites and 1 master Riverhouse Suite) with floor to ceiling windows, open plan and nature-inspired design with living green is something you don’t find often in the market. The lobby of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge opens to a dramatic 25-foot green wall, featur...
Category: Hotel, Luxury