Sunday, 16 November 2014

Cafe Hopping (4)

Here's another one of my cafe hopping posts, where I basically talk about interesting cafes I stumble upon that you might want to end up unwinding at one day. 




I had a quick lunch with my mom at The Morning After Cafe in Ativo Plaza the other day. I'd give the food a 7/10 and ambiance 9/10. The soup could have used more salt and pasta less water. Overall, it was a nice place to chill at and I'd head back there to give the other dishes on the menu a try.
The Morning After Cafe
  • A-G-3, ATIVO Plaza @ Bandar Sri Damansara
  • 52200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


One of my favourites! The crepes & waffles from La Creperie de Caroline in Bangsar. Located right outside Bangsar Village, Jalan Telawi (same row as Inside Scoop). I think it's safe to say that I enjoyed this more than the one I had in UK. Definitely recommending this place if you have a sweet tooth like me.
La Crêperie de Caroline33 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar, 59100, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur





Butter + Beans at Seventeen is located at Happy Mansion where Food Foundry is. They have limited pastries but really good ones. They don't bake new batches once they run out so it's best if you head there early like I did for breakfast. The cinnamon roll was my favourite. If you want a quiet place with delicious pastries to chill at, here's where you ought to visit. 

Butter + Beans at SeventeenBG- 1a, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, Seksyen 17, Malaysia, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor 


Went to Jojo Italian Restaurant in Tropicana Golf & Country Club for lunch with the boyfie a while ago. Slightly pricey but very worth it. I heard the chef is Italian himself so I guess that takes the food to a whole new level of authenticity. 
Jojo Italian Restaurant Tropicana Golf & Country Resort, Lot 2813, Jalan Kelab Tropicana, 47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor 






The pies at A Pie Thing are definitely one of a kind. They have a whole variety of pies from sweet to savoury to choose from. I love the Apple Crumble in particular and I can't wait to head back for more! Sheng Wei had one of the savoury one which was really good too. The fillings & gravy just oozed out as he took the pie apart to devour. That just shows how much effort someone put into making that pie. *Zoey's theory*
A Pie Thing128 G, Jalan SS 21/35, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor





Went to Acme Bar & Coffee, Troika for Alisa's surprise birthday lunch/tea. On the very pricey side for average food. Nothing I found interesting but nevertheless, brownie points for having a very nice ambiance. 
Acme Bar & CoffeeThe Troika, Jalan Binjai, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Goodsaltz located in The Curve has desserts that are to die for! MUST GO. The interior of the cafe was designed by the exact same people who designed Acme Bar & Coffee but the menu is totally different. I personally think Goodsaltz has really good dessert, but their mains need some touching up.
Goodsaltz
The Curve
In one of my previous blog posts, I wrote about having lunch with Sheng Wei at Boat Noodles, Empire Damansara. Recently, I found Nine Bowls in Publika with the exact same concept but the soup tastier than the one from Boat Noodles. I'd recommend this to all the non-muslims as it's non-halal. 
Nine BowlsD4-G3-02,Publika, Solaris Dutamas,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Franco, previously known as Miam Miam in One Utama has amazing desserts! There's always a long queue outside and it's always packed with customers. Their French x Japanese cuisine definitely got me hooked. It's a must try! I love their soft serve & creme brûlée! MUCH YUMS.

-Zoey

Saturday, 8 November 2014

[HLG ATELIER] Insights & BTS

As you all know (or may not know...), I have my very own online store. It started out on Instagram, selling only pre-loved clothing and it went by the name Holographic. I managed to make some extra cash out of just selling pre-loved clothing and I thought...why not? Spending hours on the internet was a trait of mine so sourcing for products online should be quite a breeze. I managed to find suppliers and wholesale sites that were willing to supply and let me pre-order their items for my little store on Instagram. Sales were increasing monthly and I had loyal customers that made my day. 

A year later I decided to register my little business as a legitimate company and moved it to a site. HLG stands for Holographic and Atelier is studio in french, so basically it's Holographic's studio. Studio is basically a platform where artists produce interesting works of art and in my interpretation, studio is a place I basically upload whatever I find interesting for people to browse and if they're interested, they'd be able to purchase it. It offers a wide range of fashionable apparels to tech accessories and more to come.

Next step to complete the site before its ready to launch was to have a proper catalogue for apparels and also a lookbook for people to refer to. I got friends who were aspiring photographers and models to help shoot and I can't thank them enough because the outcomes were exactly what I had imagined it to be. It was a ton of time & money invested in this project of mine, a lot of trials and errors too but I'm hoping it will get me somewhere in the near future. Its an ongoing learning process but its also a challenge as its mine to make it a success. 

I have to thank my parents for encouraging me in my little venture especially mum for driving me around for all my photoshoots, posting my goods out and brainstorming with me on our marketing plan, sourcing for products and also for helping me with the accounts cos I suck at maths...
 
Behind the scenes... 
(first lookbook shoot)




This is only the beginning...more to come so stay tuned for updates!

-Zoey

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Mr. Bean Body Care | Get Beaned




Mr. Bean Body Care specialises in 100% organic coffee scrubs that are made from premium ingredients including organic fair trade coffee beans, Himalayan pink rock salt, Demerara sugar, organic cold pressed coconut & vitamin E. It's sold exclusively on their official site (http://mrbeanbodycare.com) for roughly $18 (USD). Mr. Bean Body Care offers worldwide shipping so no worries on that. Mr. Bean offers 3 different scents/options for their coffee scrub : Coconut, Mandarin, Man Scrub.

I've been meaning to try coffee scrub ever since I found out about it. Mr Bean was kind enough to send me one of their best sellers - the Mandarin Coffee Scrub to test & review. 




The idea of a coffee scrub just sounded so fascinating to me. I love trying new things, especially interesting new products. Coffee scrubs contain a lot of natural ingredients that are good for your skin. It helps exfoliate, get rid of stretch marks, acne, whiteheads, blackheads, cellulite, eczema, age spots, varicose veins and psoriasis...which pretty much makes up for all your insecurities. Mr. Bean takes away all that shitty stuff you have all over your body and nourishes it with natural goodies. I love how the Mandarin Coffee Scrub had a crushed Oreo texture to it and smelled like orange chocolate, it made my experience an even greater one.

Take note : Mr. Bean wasn't kidding when he mentioned he wanted to get down & dirty as hell with you. He's gonna make a huge mess so you have to be prepared! You can't expect wonders to happen if you're not planning to go all the way with him. Wet yourself, grab a handful, apply him on you with gentle circular motions, leave him to soak into your delicate skin for 5 minutes tops, rinse, cleanse with your favourite body wash and take your final rinse for the best results. 


Thank you Mr. Bean Body Care
it's "bean" a pleasure.

-Zoey

Sunday, 26 October 2014

YourTea (14 Day Tiny Teatox)

Hello there, so I've been feeling extra bloated and gloomy 24/7 lately, definitely no thanks to all the late nights and random binging sessions. I've been seeing a mirror image of Adventure Time's Lumpy Space Princess on and off and it was just naaaastyyyy...Thankfully, I discovered teatoxing on Instagram through Sheryl when she posted a picture of her YourTea, Tiny Tea. I decided to do some research and I discovered a ton of benefits just by teatoxing from their site.

So according to the YourTea site, their 14 day Tiny Tea, which is the one I tried, is
formulated with Chinese medicine herbs and based upon Chinese medicinal principles. TinyTea is the only herbal cleanse on the market that does not produce a laxative effect. TinyTea has been created by qualified Chinese Medicine practitioners with considerable years of experience. 
It claims that the tea helps
nourish and cleanse your digestive system, providing it the support it needs to replenish and restore back to its natural state. This cleansing will assist with reducing weight, ease bloating, increase digestion functionality, improve skin clarity, increase energy levels and alleviate issues associated with food intolerances.
So this is how my 14 day Tiny Teatox went...

I ordered my tea from their site on the 28th of September and it arrived on the 2nd of October. The shipment was pretty fast for an overseas package.









The packaging is adorable, lots of cute notes here and there for more information on the product. The smell of the tea is really strong, I could smell it even in the midst of unboxing it. It smells like traditional Chinese medicine but not too bad. This tea comes with only 1 kind of tea to be taken 3 times daily, 30 minutes before your meals. The packaging comes with 42 tea bags tucked nicely into a cute cardboard box. It also comes with an accordion card that explains various types of teas that are sold on their site. 


Ingredients : Camellia Sinensis, Catsia, Lotus Leaf, Barley, Tea, Prunella Spike and Adzuki Bean. The one ingredient missing that most teatox’s have is called Senna leaf or Senna root, which is used as a laxative and for bowel cleanse.


DAY 1 

Woke up early and had my first cup of teatox 30 minutes prior to breakfast. My first thought was that it didn't have any taste at all! It smelled a lot like traditional Chinese herbal medicine but it tasted like water. The instructions tell you to let the tea bag infuse in hot water for about 5-7 minutes but I ended up infusing it for about 10 minutes, just to get all the extra goodies out. I felt nauseous after my cup of tea but it did state on the site that nausea is common for first timers so I didn't worry too much. I ended up burping a lot after I had my cup of tea and it even made me end up in the toilet 15 minutes after. After I sort of released most of the toxic out of my body, I felt a whole lot lighter and the nausea stopped. I felt more awake than I usually would have been at this hour. 

DAY 1 - THOUGHTS

I'm feeling pretty good, it's only day 1 and I can feel the slight changes already. I can't wait to see where this takes me. 

DAY 7


After a week of teatoxing, I am feeling pretty good. I'm starting to get used to the taste of the tea and I think the earthy smell & taste is pretty pleasant as well. I have been skipping a few doses due to busy schedules and the lack of hot water but since the instructions stated that if you miss a dose, you're not allowed to double it up the next time so all I try to do most of the time is to take it as constantly as I possibly can.

DAY 7 - THOUGHTS

I lost a kg and my stomach has obviously flattened. I feel less bloated and healthy because this tea makes me release all that toxic in me just with a snap of two fingers. 7 more days to go. I really hope that I am able to lose another kg after the whole course has ended. Fingers crossed! 

DAY 14 

Today is the last day of my teatox and I have noticed that my bloating has indeed went down. I've been carrying two sachets around in my purse everyday so that every time it's time for a dose I just sit myself down at a cafe or restaurant and get them to make the tea for me. 

DAY 14 - THOUGHTS

I don't lose weight easily but I've managed to lose 2kg in 2 weeks. To others it might not be much but it is a big deal for me. I'm starting to miss the tea haha but I'm still contemplating on whether I should continue relying on it or start trying to fix my own system without the help of YourTea. 

**The tea is slightly on the pricier side but it was honestly pretty worth it. It actually helped me lessen the bloat and detox. I think for $35 + $10 (?) shipping it was actually really worth the money. If you want to get updates on discounts and deals (which they have quite often), follow them on their official Instagram account (@yourtea on Instagram).

PROS


  • The packaging is small and compact, it's easy to hand carry it everywhere you go.
  • The taste isn't too strong. It tastes like Chinese tea.
  • It actually works if you strictly follow the program.
CONS

  • Not very convenient as you have to sit yourself down at a cafe/restaurant or find a hot water dispenser & cup whenever you need to drink it.
  • You have to take it 3 times a day and due to busy schedules it can be difficult to follow.
  • Since you have to take it half an hour before meals, you sometimes have to sit and wait while your food gets cold or while others are already eating.
DISCLAIMER 

You cannot depend only on this to lose weight. You have to incorporate exercise and healthy living to see effective results. The tea is basically sort of a base for you to start and it enhances whatever you're doing right for more effective results. 

-Zoey
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