MhmmmMmMMmm it's been awhile since I shared my own recipe over here and ^THIS^ is amazing. Believe me, it's AMAZING. And I'm not even praising myself I promise, it's just the perfect combination of a tortilla wrap with melted, oozy cheese and mushrooms…AND BACON. Thats it. That's the magical thing about a quesadilla. You put whatever the heck you want in it, as long as there's cheese and you put it on the pan, what you get is going to be nothing short of beautiful flavours that melt in your mouth. I intended my quesadillas to be vegetarian in my quest to eat healthy but one never says no to bacon… so I did it. And it might seem like a lot of work to make this with guacamole and salsa but if you're into it, it's the most therapeutic thing to male. I find cutting up mushrooms soothing for my soul. No measurements/quantities because everything should be done to your liking!
Quesadilla- For mine, I added mushrooms (any kind you might have), bacon and cheddar. Make sure all your ingredients are already cooked and the cheese is freshly grated or you can even use the strips you get out of little packets in the supermarket. Once you have all your ingredients in your tortilla wrap, place it flat on a hot pan for a minute or two on each side. There is no right or wrong when you make a quesidilla, roast your own chicken like I always do! Or make a breafast version with truffle scrambled eggs. As long as these's cheese, you just never go wrong.
Guacamole- Avocadoes, teeny bit of grated garlic, corriander leaves finely chopped, tomatoes (or just put in the salsa you'll be making as well), a bit of lime and shallots finely chopped. Put everything together in a large bowl and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Salsa- This is just a very basic tomato salsa recipe amongst the thousands of other salsas you can also make. A couple of tomatoes finely chopped, shallots finely chopped, corriander leaves finely chopped, a squish of lime and agave honey. Place all into a large bowl and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Easy as pie. Serve with your choice of tortila chips and dig in. So so so goooood.
Shopmissingavenue tulle dress worn as top, Asos leather overalls, vintage purse, Zara sandals
I am so in love with Brighton! So happy that its so conveniently located because I definitely see myself going back a lot more in the future when I eventually start a new life in the UK (In my dreams, but then maybe not heh heh heh). It's like Eastborne but way way way better by a gazillion times (I still love you, Eastborne!) and yet super peaceful at the same time, so beautiful and has the most insane breeze. Believe me when I say we spent half the time today trying not to get blown off by the breeze. Being able to be so near to the beach and hear the crashing of waves throughout my day spent in this lovely town was everything I've needed since arriving in London. The highlight of my day was definitely when we stumbled across a street full of cheap vintage furniture and clothing where I screamed at every vintage teacup or plate I saw. Until…I was greeted with the most magical silver pots and my heart skipped a beat. So now, arriving with already overweight baggage, I got to think about the three more pots to fit into my suitcase. And the traditional English plates I've been eyeing on, AND Anthropologie.. which might be one of my favourite stores ever. Honestly, I know I sound whiny and a little crazy but the satisfaction and joy I get out of collecting these kitchen gadgets beats shopping for my wardrobe anytime. Promise I'll share my collection next time!
The only good thing about summer here is that the sun sets at 10 and the days just seem to go on forever. It makes me feel a lot better knowing that my days don't end at 3 in the afternoon despite the cold but strolling around the city's attractions sure made it all the more worth it. I've missed London so much and am so happy to be back. To see the people I love, meet new people, and of course, create new memories. Wearing a blouse and skirt from Bangkok with Zara sandals and a Chanel 2.55 handbag.
Regular A5 diary - Typo, An Extraordinary Theory of Objects by Stephanie LaCava, Urban Decay's NAKED Palette 2, Chanel 2.55 Hangbag, Crabtree & Evelyn's Rosewater Hand Therapy, Burt Bee's Beeswax Lip Balm, Vintage shades, Apple earpiece, DIORSKIN Forever compact in 010, Prada wallet, credit cards, business cards and ID card, my Gratitude book, Curated Editions necklaces, DAISY by Marc Jacobs' Eau So Fresh, 'THE LOST GIRL' Classic Penguin book passport cover, Blondie T-Shirt - Chatuchak weekend market in Bangkok, ripped denim jeans- Bangkok, Verali 'Honey' heels, 'Grace' a memoir by Grace Coddington
Jaspal swimsuit, Mango shades, LOLA by Marc Jacobs, L'oreal Professional Mythic Oil, Smith Journal, Frankie magazine, Topshop moto denim shorts, Vintage purse, Zara sandals, dress from Bangkok
My flat-lay parties need no introduction on the blog, and as satisfying it is to fit the contents of these images into a perfect square (in the case of Instagram), I think it also is the best I can do for now to share what I've been up to over the past two days packing my suitcase for my next destination: London (!!) Wheeepeeee (inserts a million exclaimation marks). Before I scream real loud and jump in utter joy at the fact that I will be setting foot into London land again is less than 24 hours, the nerves are kicking in. The one city I spend 85% of my time thinking about is finally happening again after 3 whole years. I don't know what took me so long but I guess my other travels did get in the way. New cities VS somewhere I know I always can go back to always feels like an opportunity you never say no to. Honestly, I've mixed feelings about returning, perhaps because I just love this place so much I expect a lot out of my trip too. And then I stress at how I am going to make it the best that I can. Sigh, but I know at the end of the day I will be staring out of the teeny A380 window and smiling to myself about the entire experience. If not tearing a little just because I am too sad about leaving. For now, London, I'm all yours! And I love you!
Dinner last week was an experience like no other and as planned as this looks, everything was impromptu as it could get. We knew it was going to be a picnic, but not this…and not at the back of Bella and Terence's beautiful Tiong Bahru home. It was truly a 24 hour party, as we kick-started the night before with late night French films on a roll then making a trip down to the wet market at 6am to shop for some of the freshest seafood and vegetables. That's how we met Antoine, our lobster who was such a darling. And even by then, we still had no idea what we were going to cook. And when daylight approached, we cooked with our hearts. What came out of it was an explosion in our mouths, one that was guranteed to be a memorable one. Lemon & garlic grilled sea bass, broiled lobster, Bella's amazing salsa and chilled vermicelli, fish stew… Everything was spot-on. Terence was such a sport in doing the set up, reserving two parking lots for us, bringing out all the plants and furniture. Since meeting this couple, we've had some of the best cookouts and longest dinner parties, this night out was definitely one of the best things we have done. Food, really does bring people together, in so many great ways and it's been so nice knowing Bella and Terence and sharing recipes and laughters every other weekend.
Admist checking out some of Bangkok's best local designers, we came across Patti's little store (Innit Bangkok) on Instagram and were taken aback by her line of lushiously pleated perfection. Hosanna and I each left the store with a top and dress, courtesy of a friend and honestly the moment we were out of sight, we ran screaming in excitement at our new clothes. The dress and pretty much everything in the line, can be worn in so many different ways its crazy, from an off-shoulder to a toga, tying a little ribbon on the waist or wearing it as a tube. I was so in love I had to take the dress out for a spin the following morning outside our hotel. Such a beautiful piece, can't wait to wear the top out!
*Ps, Can't thank you girls enough! The response for my grab bags was so crazy I can hardly believe it. They're currently all sold out, thank you for making all the effort worth it! I'm definitely doing this again!
I've been thrilled about debuting my favourite sale of the year on the blog. You know the drill, for $35 you get a grab bag which I printed on my own, randomly picked filled with goodies worth up to a $100. I've raised the price this year by a little also because I have spent the past 2 months sourcing for brand new items to put into the bags so almost everything is brand new. Including some vintage and also stuff you might have seen on the store that I'll be clearing. Super limited bags this time round but I'm so happy to be able to do this again thanks to the tremendous support and reponse from all of you! Make sure you get your special 'GOTTA GET GRAB' anf 'BOOM BOOM POW' bags quick! Packed with lots of love and TLC.
All items in the above images (except props) will be randomly thrown into a couple of grab bags. Not forgetting the crazy amount of stuff I've been souring! Sale ends Thursday, 6th of June, MIDNIGHT. Local Singapore time.
To make your order, simply drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org in the following format:
Postage Option/Self Collection: (Normal + $2 /Registered + $4 /International- Please enquire for shipping fees) Note that postage fees are slightly higher because I will be adding in MORE STUFF. Always a good thing!
It would be much appreciated if you stick to the above format to avoid confusion. All orders sent to personal emails or comment boxes will not be entertained. All items are definitely brand new or in mint condition. Strictly no haggling, exchanges or refunds are allowed. This is a lucky pick and I've put in my all to make this a real treat for everyone!
/EDIT: I will be having a booth at the Every Little Thing on Saturday the 8th of June at Old Hill Street Police Station (the former MICA building) which is a 3 minute walk from Clarke Quay MRT, from 1pm to 6pm. So if you are based in Singapore, feel free to contact me via email about doing a self collection. Or just come down to say hi!
A weekend ago in the heart of Bangkok's crazy shopping at Chatuchak (Bangkok's crazy weekend market of over 10,000 stalls and great shopping). Ah I miss this city! Honestly wish I could go back just so I can take more pictures of the places I've explored, explore even more and then do an indepth Bangkok guide for everyone again. And this time, I promise a lot of FOOD. Not just things to do and shopping. We'll see. Wearing a Wearerubbish blouse, Topshop shorts and a clutch I'll be putting up on the store soon.
I was brainstorming what would be worthy of posting for this week's Tasty Tuesday and as much as I am determined to live my life with good food all the time, I am anal. And sometimes, Instagram photos just don't do enough justice for a Tasty Tuesday post you know? As most of you should know, I spent my last winter in Portland and met the most amazing people who took me to their favourite spots to check out. I love Portland and I can promise you if you ever make a trip there, prepare yourselves for a gastronomic adventure like no other. Tina, Solestruck's graphic designer (she's gone freelance now and is great at what she does!), always made sure to bring me around so we thought of doing a special feature introducing some of her favourite spots in the city for the Solestruck blog. I absolutely love this girl. (Miss you so much babe!) So while this is abit of a food post, I'll be adding in a couple of cool spots you might want to check out as well if you're in the city. Enjoy!
Portland is actually one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the world and Canteen is a vegan, gluten-free juice bar offering fresh juices, smoothies, salads, bowls and pretty much everything you need to feel good inside and out. So healthy and delicious, they really got me.
Food carts have revolutionized the way people in Portland eat and the amazing stuff people come up with in these little carts never fail to surprise me. It's not just one of those trends of people dining in mobile spots, to me it really is the heart of the city's food scene. My first food cart experience was from Koi Fusion, just before heading to a soccer game with Tina. Koi Fusion is everything about a Korean touch to mexican food. Expect Korean tacos, burritos, Seoul sliders, kimchi quesidillas and their signature Koi rice bowls. I was obsessed with my spicy tofu, bulgogi beef and pork tacos. I would say Koi Fusion is hard to miss, they've a couple of carts going around the city but you can always check out their website for schedules and locations.
SE Hawthorne Blvd & SE 12th Ave
Portland, 04 97214
Not sure if she owns it but the girl who tends Perierra Creperie has got swag. All I know is, she looks so much more than the part and she makes pretty damn good crepes. Offering a few traditional and unusual crepes, and fresh smoothies, Perierra is all about snacks with great personality. Order your crepes and part of the package is a perfect performance through the window.
Table of Contents
33 NW 4th Avenue Portland, OR 97209
Multi-label concept store located in Chinatown, Table of Contents offers products for both men and women from brands like Comme de Garcons, Marie Turnor, Tess Giberson, Issey Miyake and much more. Owners, Shu and Joe, started the store with an appreciation for international wears and their background in graphic design and magazine publishing plays a big part of the store's Portland-like aesthetic. They've been running their online store for awhile now, so be sure to check it out.
Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.
2181 NW Nicolai St Portland, OR 97210
Schoolhouse Electric was a dream come true for me. Located in a massive 100 year old industrial building, the showroom is simply full of… everything! Best known for their lighting products, the showroom stocks a complete line of home accessories and furniture, books and cooking ware. Everything is styled so nicely you just never want to leave the place. You don't have to be into interior to come enjoy this place, I love that the showroom is as interactive as it can get. Help yourselves to the books that are all for sale, relax in one of the comfy sofas and spend the afternoon reading. Or just spend an afternoon in their lovely cafe enjoying a cup of coffee, flipping through Kinfolk.
Watch this video to find out more about the owner and the brand, pretty cool stuff I promise.
Tasty N' Sons
3808 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97212
Having 91% likes on Urban Spoon must be a good thing. I loved brunch here. Great location, allowing you to feel like you're both indoors and outdoors, that open kitchen and the true fact that everything on the menu sounded incredibly delicious. We had a mexican bowl, a frittata and a pretty epic burger. All's good when you're here, you just know you're in for a good time with great food and company.
Por Que No
4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd
3524 N Mississippi Ave
Delicious, unpretencious Mexican fare. I love that every neighbourhood has at least a Mexican eatery but Por Que No is delicious and definitely worth a visit if you're in the area. They gave me a warm welcome when I first arrived in Portland and I loved being able to walk here for some take-out. Try the Calamari tacos.
1028 SE Water Ave #130, Portland, OR 97214
Mouth-watering sandwiches you will end up dreaming of.
3111 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
My first chicken and waffles experience thanks to Tina! I love that she's always bringing to the best places and Sunshine Tavern was heaven. Succulent fried chicken thats been marinated for 24 hours and fried with yeasted semolina waffles, drizzled with maple syrup over. YUM. Loved the atmosphere of this bar and the friendly staff. Honestly, I just want to go back and try everything on the menu. Just because, the sun's always shining in here!
House of Vintage
3315 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland, OR 97214
BIGGEST VINTAGE STORE EVER. Came here and was so overwhelmed by how much they had. Even if you can't find anything that is to your liking, this place is an adventure you definitely won't want to miss.
Best Mac and Cheese I've ever had! And the best part is packing some back, your food gets wrapped up into little aluminium animals moulded by the friendly staff. I of course had to go with the kitty! This is a great place to come for brunch or dinners with friends. We had a long-ass table and all of us sat, and ate nothing but Mac and Cheese. Mhmmmm. (Of course they have other stuff on the menu)
2508 SE Clinton St Portland, OR 97202
I described Broder as a Swedish summer dream in a previous post on the brunch spot. Everyone who visits the place describes it as a breakfast dream and it really is. Everything comes with a hint of scandinavian aesthetic but in a much more relaxed, fun way. We waited an hour before getting our seats and helped ourselves to coffee to keep ourselves warm in the makeshift waiting area next door which is actually a bar in the night. No reservations but definitely worth the wait. I loved this place and I just know you will too.
1014 SW Stark St., Portland, OR 97205
This is a horrible photo which does no justice to the dinner I had on the eve of Thanksgiving. Located in the Ace Hotel, this hotel bar is filled with Portland's who's who every other night. The menu is always changing and the chef does great things with the freshest ingredients. With Portland being everything about cool and often described as a 'creative class mecca' , Cylde Common delivers creative yet comforting dishes that is sure to please.
417 SW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
Last but not least, no trip to Portland is complete without a trip to everyone's favourite shoe store, Solestruck. The store's interior is award-winning and worth gawking your eyes out over. Nothing but a 'shining beacon of shoes'.
I know this post is massive but there is just so much to do in Portland. If you've been thinking about a holiday destination, give Portland a shot and you'd be surprised how much this city has to offer. You are going to have such a great time! And come back probably a few pounds heavier.