Friday, August 8, 2008

Bought & Forgotten

Have you bought clothes you imagine yourself wearing for a certain occasion? And that certain occasion would be that ‘ maybe’ or ‘ just in case’ days? I am that person, buying clothes for occasions I imagine in my head, thinking it will happen sometime soon. Could be a nice top for a dinner party or a dress for a formal dinner. Problem is, I don’t attend that many party dinners to begin with. So, over the last few years or more, I have collected a wardrobe of clothes either once worn or just kept for the sake of it.

Some of it would be clothes I use to fit in and now has shrunk. Okay, stop laughing! I do think the water in Brunei shrink clothes. So, I had it in my head that I will try shrink to get back into those impossible waist 26” skirts!

It just occurred to me I have no use for any of the clothes other than looking at them. I mean, yes, even though I may be dreamy about fitting back into my wedding dress again, I am realistic that my body changes with each year passing by. Must be that birthday feeling arising again. I am okay with just letting go of clothes I hardly wore and giving it away to friends. Hopefully, they will wear it more than I ever did.

It feels good to see spaces in my wardrobe now and being able to just choose out of just a few instead of a hundred. It sounds zen doesn’t it?

Here's a few tips on decluttering your wardrobe....

1)If there's a particular item has not been used or worn in the past year, well, what are you waiting for? Give it to somebody else who might want it. Don't go tearing it up to shreds as a 'tampoh' or ' wet cloth' for your dinner table!

2)If you have worn it only once and it's gone out of fashion, again, what are you waiting for? Give, give, give to your 'pingyou' or your dearest friends! Pass it on.

3)K, next...don't go buying clothes that looks so similar to all your other tops. Then you'll have a tendency to stand in front of your wardrobe for 2 hours deciding which color you like for the day. Next time you buy clothes, just buy one unique item you like.

4) Don't start wearing your nice 'froo froo' dress at home just because you can't let go of it. Reasons for not letting go of that party dress..erm, let me it the first dress your husband said you look great in? If he doesn't remember you in it or the Brunei water has shrink it..........PASS IT ON

Right, time for me to go home and revisit that wardrobe of mine.........

How to get baby soft skin

Being a yoga teacher, I practice with the students four to five times a day. I have dry skin, no matter how much lotion I slab on my 'brillo pad' skin, it still stays dry. Because of the way I rub my feet across the yoga mat when I do different poses, my skin under my feet tends to slowly peel off. (Yes, I do hope you are not reading this while eating your meal. Lucky you, I haven't gone full into details.) I think wearing slippers all the time doesn't help. Didn't get much of the 'Frodo' feet when I was in UK. Guess it was because I was wearing socks all the time for most of the year.

My feet therapy now involves paying a visit to Shiatzen Spa, get the foor spa done and have a feet pampered by a professional. Ahhhhh, that for me, is my treat for the week. I do try and exfoliate my feet when I return home. And yes, I moisturise my feet now with butter shea ( I ice skate on my wooden floor) and wear socks to bed.

Yoga students with me at Seraphina will have notice I love my handiplasters on my big toes. Ya, I should have a private account with Johnson band aids.

Anyhow, here are some stuff I found from wikihow, have a look through and see if it helps you if dry skin is your problem too.

1)Cleanse your skin once a day with soap free body wash, water, and a soft sponge.

2)MOST important step- Ex-fo-li-ate! Exfoliate once week or once a fortnight if you have sensitive skin. It will remove dead skin cells, dirt and oil and will leave your skin baby soft! You can do this with an exfoliating puff, exfoliating shower gloves or with an exfoliating scrub. (store bought or hand made)

3)Pat dry with a big fluffy towel. Don't rub or scrub - this damages your skin and also creates wrinkles later on in life.

4)Apply lotion, cream or body oil before you leave the steam-filled bathroom. This is the best time to moisturize your skin because your pores are still open and your skin is still moist.

5)Wear sunblock if you're going to step outside of your house. One of the reasons babies have such soft skin is that they haven't been exposed to the harmful effects of UV rays


For particularly rough dry areas such as feet & elbows slather on some lotion or body oil before you go to bed, when you wake up they will feel a whole lot better.

Drink half your weight in ounces of water every day. For example, if you weigh 140 lbs, you should drink 70 ounces of water every day, this will keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.

Take a daily multivitamin to help your skin fight off damage and wrinkles.

Gentle, ph balanced,soap free body wash is best for your skin, soap can be very drying & contains a lot of chemicals that can damage skin cells.

Add a handful of sugar (brown sugar works best) to your favorite lotion and mix. Rub it into your dry skin and then towel it off.

Brazillian women have some of the smoothest, sexiest skin in the world, whilst at the beach they will often get a hand full of sand & rub it over their thighs, elbows & bum cheeks to exfoliate.

Try a milk & honey bath for a luxurious way to baby soft skin, run yourself a warm bath, add about half a litre of milk, about 3 tablespoons of honey (this is not enough to make you sticky) and break open a vitamin e capsule into the water.

*Tips are extracted from*