Simple Tips to Get in Shape

While Chinese New Year is a joyous festive season, it can be a nightmare for the bride-to-be — just think about the tons of new year goodies tempting those taste buds, and zealous relatives who egg you on to eat more for a prosperous new year! That’s why it’s a good time to read up on these simple tips to get in shape from personal trainer Justin Gelband, whose clientele includes the likes of supermodels Candice Swanepoel, Kate Upton, and Irina Shayk!

1. Think long and lean, not muscular

Be careful about the type of exercises you choose — while some may be great fat-burners, they may bulk you up, which may not be the best look you are going for on your wedding day! Choose exercises that help to tone instead of build your muscles — this would mean saying no to squats and lunges!

2. Get in the ring

Justin recommends boxing for a great workout to firm up your arms, core and legs. But lay off on the skipping — this will put more muscle mass on your legs as well.

3. It’s all about the intervals

While cardio is about getting your heart pumping, do remember to build in peaks and valleys in your workout routine instead of simply maintaining a constant pace. This will help to boost your metabolism rate, which will ensure you burn a larger amount of calories and lose those fats!

4. Kill the booze, salt and sugar

Be serious about that diet you always talk about (but that’s not to say you have to start starving) — simply reduce all alcohol, salt and sugar intake for a healthier body!

5. Mix it up

And if you’re looking to lose weight more efficiently in time for your wedding day, Justin recommends that you get into as many different fitness disciplines as possible! “Your body doesn’t want to find results the same way,” Justin believes. “If your body gets used to doing the same thing, it gets too adjusted.”

Enjoy the rest of the first day of the lunar Chinese new year, but kickstart your regime once the celebrations are over! Good luck!

(Read the original article on Yahoo.)

Creative wedding invites

We love it when newlyweds throw in creativity and innovation into their wedding. While most attention is usually focused on decor and attire, don’t leave out the nitty gritty like wedding invitation cards. Talk about leaving a good first impression, so why not give your wedding cards a makeover and surprise your guests with your creativity? Get started with what we found right here.

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A stationery suite with several special details: cards tied together with twine, a tree wax seal, and a rubber stamped return address. (Photo Credit: here)

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A handkerchief invite? Now that’s something special! Plus, it comes with a custom-illustrated map of the wedding location. (Photo Credit: here)

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More ideas on how to use cloth, instead of the usual paper, for your invites. (Photo Credit: here)

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Lifestyle: Au Jardin

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For lovebirds who are looking for a romantic restaurant to commemorate a special day, or couples who just feel like going on a more indulgent and pampering date than usual, Au Jardin, housed in a 1920s colonial bungalow tucked away in the heart of the Singapore Botanical Gardens, will be the best choice for you.

Au Jardin, which means ‘in the garden’ in French, is a restaurant under the Les Amis Group offering French fine dining. Upon entering the restaurant, one is first greeted for the bar area, which evokes a mysterious and dignified air with its subdued lighting (low lights accented by green retro lamps) and plush leather armchairs. The dining area is a completely different experience — a generous amount of natural light streaming in from the windows sets off the tasteful white interiors perfectly. The mostly glass facade is also great for taking in the green surroundings of the botanical gardens while you enjoy your meal. Apart from the exquisite menu selection, wine connoisseurs will be delighted to know that Au Jardin carries more than 1,200 labels of wine — for the best recommendations on what would best complement your meal, check with the experienced sommelier.

A four-course lunch starts from S$45, while a five-course dinner can set you back by about S$100 per person. (Ala carte menus available too.) Of greater interest to our couples, Au Jardin has also come up with special Valentine’s Day lunch (S$65 per person onwards) and dinner menus. For dinner, indulge in a seven-course meal in the romantic and private ambience of the restaurant’s balcony at S$560 for two persons! (Reservations for the main hall will start from S$460 for two persons.)

For more details, visit the Au Jardin website!

Au Jardin
EJH Corner House,
Singapore Botanical Gardens Visitors Centre
Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
Tel: 6466-8812

Food pictures inspired by national flags

With the proliferation of smartphones and social media, snaps of yummy (or not) food have become the norm, but this is nothing like the #foodporn you’ve seen online.

As part of last year’s Sydney International Food Festival, this advertising agency WHYBINTBWA whipped up 18 food images that would form glorious imitations of 18 national flags. The ingredients used were also thoughtfully chosen to be food that each country would be most commonly associated with, how brilliant!

Italy: basil, pasta and tomatoes

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United States: hot dogs, ketchup and mustard
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Brazil: banana leaf, limes, pineapple and passion fruit
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China: dragon fruit and star fruit
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We first read about this interesting news here. Click to view more pictures!

Wedding Bells for Taiwanese Entertainment Host Aya!

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Wedding bells are ringing for Taiwanese entertainment host Aya, best known for her comedic stints on popular variety shows Guess Guess Guess and Super Sunday. On Thursday, Taiwanese media reported that she is now expecting a child, and is set to wed her American-Chinese boyfriend, Tony!

The couple reportedly met in the US, when Aya took a sabbatical to study there for a year in 2006, and subsequently carried on with a long-distance relationship. Aya’s mother was quoted to be all praise for her son-in-law to-be, describing him as a “scholarly looking” man who is “ethical, well-mannered, and has many life experiences”.

On the baby, Aya’s mother reportedly said that it came as a surprise for the couple, but they are keen to keep the child as they feel that this is fate. The couple also decided to marry in order to provide the child with a “complete family”.

Congratulations to Aya and we can’t wait to read more about your wedding!

(Original article from Channel Newsasia)

Fashion: Rivini

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We’ve been a fan of Rivini for as long as we can remember for the simple luxury the label evokes in its impeccable designs. While Rivini’s dresses feature clean modern silhouettes, they notably do not compromise on the romance of weddings — designer Rita Vinieris complements her dresses with feminine details such as understated beading, soft tucks and pleats, and a skillful mix of fabrics, all of which echo Vinieris’ sublime interpretation of luxury.

For Rivini’s Spring 2014 collection titled Return to Paradise, we were delighted to spot the label’s signature fluid silhouettes among the pieces. Moreover, we were absolutely blown away by the lovely hand beading that we spotted on a couple of dresses — Vinieris shared that the collection was inspired by her trip to Rivieria Maya with her family, where she collected sea shells that came in beautiful shades of coral, sand and mother of pearl. We presume the inspiration for the colour palette and gorgeous beading must have come from these sea shells!

We also loved the show-stopper piece (first picture above), which featured a full sheer lace panel for the bodice — a bold trend that is apparently making waves on the 2014 runways. The drama continues waist down as well, with an asymmetrical cake design for the skirt. Another popular trend that makes an appearance in Rivini’s Spring 2014 collection is the mermaid silhouette, once again cementing our belief that this is definitely the one hottest bridal fashion trend for this year!

Cut from fine materials such as lush silk satins, crepes, chiffon and organza, there is no doubt about the quality and workmanship a Rivini dress embodies. Together with its modern aesthetic that does not lose its feminine edge, there is no doubt why the label remains one of the most loved bridal fashion brands around.

Bring on the glittery gold

The younger generation nowadays may stay away from the color gold, for fear of being labelled outdated or in Singaporean lingo, “obiang”, but we at W&T feel that may not necessarily be the case.

Gold is timeless. In fact, it is the easiest answer to being elegant. Want a little luxe at your wedding? Simply add a touch of gold, be it sparkly or dull! Here’s how you can weave in this magnificent shade into your wedding.

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Fun Ways to Lose Weight Before Your Wedding!

Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, and it is no surprise that one often sees a bride trying to lose weight in the months before her big day. For the less disciplined, losing weight can be a big pain in the ass (trust us, we know) — that’s why we’ve sussed out these fun ways to work out to make the process more bearable!

1. Zumba

Get grooving to Zumba’s routine, which is a mix of dance and aerobics moves to help you lose weight while enjoying the music at the same time! The choreography is Latin-inspired and incorporates influences from a wide range of genres including hip-hop, salsa, samba and mambo, just to name a few. Along with the music, Zumba works fast and slow rhythmic moves into the routine to help maximise resistance training and weight loss.

2. Bokwa

Bokwa is a fascinating new group workout that provides you with a high energy cardio workout. Accompanied by pop music, the workout is simple — participants draw out letters and numbers L, 3, J, and K with their feet. There is no standard choreography to follow as long as you are dancing in accordance to the form, so you can practice Bokwa even at home after you’ve mastered the basics! And the best part is, you’ll be burning up to 1,200 calories in an one-hour session without even realising it.

3. Dance!

No matter what, just get your feet moving! There are a wide range of different dance classes offered at gyms and fitness centres out there. Depending on your preference, you can take up jazz, hip-hop, or even dirty dancing to help you shake off those pounds.

4. Belly Dance

If tummy fat is one of your biggest problem areas, belly dance is one form of exercise we highly recommend. Belly dance is an excellent workout to help you look better in your dress wedding as its moves involve twisting, hip drops and shimmies, all of which are great for toning those muscles. On the whole, the class will help you to improve your body’s flexibility while losing weight at the same time!

On top of keeping up regular exercise (preferably up to 3 sessions per week), do remember to pay extra attention to your dietary intake as well! While we definitely do not advocate starvation as a way to lose weight, it doesn’t hurt to keep an eye on your sugar and sodium intake, as these actually add on to the pounds without you realising it!

If you’re the type who can’t stop munching (regardless of whether you are hungry or not), changing your eating habits to have several small meals throughout the day, instead of just 3 full meals may help! Given that we use less energy in the night, also try to ensure that you have your biggest meal earliest in the day.

With these tips, we’re sure you’ll be making good progress towards looking your best on your wedding day!

Johnny Depp Is Engaged!

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Here’s the news — Johnny Depp is officially off the market. Following a shocking split from Vanessa Paradis in June 2012, Johnny Depp started dating his ‘The Rum Diary’ co-star Amber Heard. People Magazine reported that the couple is now set to tie the knot after Depp popped the question on Christmas Eve last year, reaffirming earlier rumours that surfaced when the paparazzi caught a photo of Amber Heard with a diamond ring.

The same article in People Magazine also confirmed that the couple “couldn’t be happier to be engaged” and are “excited to share the rest of their lives together”. Amber Heard has apparently also taken well to Depp’s two children, Lily Rose and Jack (from his partnership with Paradis), and is even spending some quality bonding time with the former.

Well, it’s too bad for us ladies that Depp is now out-of-bounds, but we’re looking forward to reading more about this photogenic couple’s wedding. Congratulations to Johnny Depp and Amber Heard!

A bridesmaids fashion lookbook

While all attention remains on the newlyweds, this does not mean that bridesmaids or best men who usually play important roles in the wedding should be neglected. We scoured the internet for pretty frocks and dresses some bridesmaids have dressed themselves in and we hope you get inspired.

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