Some love for the brands that dress me up

In recent months, I’ve gotten to work increasingly often with a few home grown fashion brands and online boutiques, and it makes me very happy that they want to clothe me with their pretty stuff.. because if you know me at all, I’m anything but a fashion blogger. I blog about my life, food, traveling, and random every day stuff, however, rather rarely about the things I wear.

So thank you for dressing me up still! When I went down to online shopping paradise Fox Out’s studio for a short photoshoot session last night, I was an awkward turtle still reclined in her shell. I haven’t been in the studio for a photoshoot for far too long… since I was 16, I think! But I had so much fun pretending to be a model, even though it was a short-lived fantasy session for less than an hour.

Fox Out is a popular local online boutique selling ladies apparels & accessories, which has gained a significant amount of followers and loyal customers over the past year. Now that they’re turning 1 years old, to celebrate their first birthday bash and to thank their customers for their support, they’re holding an AWESOME sale that will see you bringing home pretty pieces at a fraction of the usual prices!!!

I personally picked out & wore these few outfits exclusively from Fox Out to show you girls what sort of apparels you can expect to see at their sale from as low as $5-20! I’m a UK 10 and these outfits fit me just fine, so there will be goodies for girls of all sorts of sizes :)

I adore this black crochet top and how the sleeve length cuts off at the right place, making my big arms look a little smaller!

This ensemble is feminine and flirty without being too over-the-top girly, especially with the monochrome colours. You would probably want to wear a tube or camisole underneath the crochet top and not parade around in a bra like me though, lol. I would do it in a studio… but not walking down the streets of Orchard Road. Later kena stomp.

A seemingly plain red dress from the front…

But va va voom at the back, with sheer lace details and an exposed zipper!! Hugs the body in all the right places. Date night dress for sure! I don’t wear red much in fear of looking like an ang pao or a big tomato, but rich wine hues are a totally different story (the studio lighting makes it look brighter than it is)

As I get older, I find myself gravitating towards maxi dresses more than short ones. They’re sassy and comfortable (no need to worry about your skirt flipping up in the wind which happens to me all too often, and I can sit cross legged or any way I want!). The peekaboo details & chiffon skirt makes a normal black fabric a little less formal, and lots more fun.

The strappy black platform heels on my feet are from Strut Off (a debuting shoe brand that will be revealed at the sale!) with gold accents are surprisingly comfy and easy to walk in, despite the height boost. I have a pair myself and they’re my newest “go-to” heels. You have no idea how difficult it is to find a pair of heels I can ACTUALLY walk in.

This. Knitted. Top…. is. EVERYTHING.

It is soooo ridiculously comfortable that after throwing it on, I was like, “Mmmkay I’m not taking this off.” And I actually went home in this attire, despite arriving at the studio in a lace dress. LOL. I love bell sleeves.. and scalloped hems.. and crochet / knit detailings… in other words… this top and I were meant to be. How I wish I was in Australia with Sam now (he’s back in Melbourne visiting family) because snuggly cold winter weather would be a perfect excuse to wear this like, everyday.

So!!! Expect midi dresses, long dresses, short dresses, outerwear, accessories, tops, shorts, skirts, and HUNDREDS more gorgeous different designs (some unreleased ones as well!) at the Fox Out sale this weekend going up to 80% off, items at $5, $10, $15 & above, and the first 300 customers get a Fox Out goodie bag worth $80! I’ll also be bringing a big fat rainbow cake to celebrate their first birthday…. so do say hi if you see me there. (in the evening)

Fox Out Sale Details!
Venue: Concorde Hotel, Concorde 3
Date: 31st August
Time: 11am-9pm (express pass holders can come in at 10am)
♥ 20 grand lucky draw prizes ♥ Free hair styling booth ♥ Free instant photo print ♥ Bored boyfriends corner (where girlfriends can deposit their boyfriends to play PS3/Xbox kinect etc, while they shop in peace! BRILLIANT IDEA!)

I’m giving away 5 complimentary express passes to the Fox Out Sale for my readers to go crazy shopping. You know what this means…? YOU GET TO BEAT THE MAD QUEUES!!! And, you’re guaranteed that $80 goodie bag, even if you don’t buy anything. Never ever underestimate how crazy queues can be when it comes to having a sale in Singapore. Also, having this express pass means you get first dibs on the prettiest items that will usually sell out the fastest during the sale.

To win the express passes, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post with your name, contact number and email address and I’ll randomly pick 5 girls who will get priority treatment at this sale. Get your friend to leave a comment too so you can go shopping together!

Comments will not be published to protect your privacy. Winners will be chosen and contacted by Thursday evening (29th August!)

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A nice coordinate isn’t complete without accessories, and I’ve been wearing this CC Skye rose gold spiked bracelet from JUST TANGY to death. It’s super cute and it goes with literally every outfit I have!!!

Wearing my white & gold CC Skye screw leather bracelet with the most comfy knit top in the world. I’ve seen this iconic CC Skye screw bracelet donned by soo many female celebrities on the internet…. of course I had to get one. They brainwashed me!

If you didn’t already realize… yes. I really like CC Skye.

JUSTTANGY.COM brings you all the exotic things and unique international designer brands from all over the world, founded by Sarah Tang, who is an avid online shopper and a fan of exclusive international designer brands.  She finds magic in bringing emerging international brands, which are highly sort after but unavailable locally, making them more exclusive and special to own. These brands are carefully selected for their exclusiveness, unique design and popularity.

From the high fashion of New York City to handmade European goods. JUST TANGY aims to carry brands, which brings life into the owner, a distinctive flavor or tanginess to their personality and outfit!

Other delicious items JUST TANGY offers from different jewelry labels mixed and matched in the way I would personally pair / stack them:

Horseshoe Charm White Gold Bracelet from Claire Aristides with Double Header Spike Bracelet from CC Skye

Double Wrap Portico Lock Leather Bracelet in Neon Pink from CC Skye with Neon Yellow Gold Screw Bracelet from CC Skye

I have the neon pink leather bracelet, it adds a fun pop of color whenever I feel my outfit needs more life!

Hey boys, there’s something for you too!!!! Kiel James Patrick nautical rope bracelets!

She has only recently brought in this label, and I can’t wait to get Sam to pick his favorite design out of the collection for me to buy for him, because there’s so much old fashioned American charm in these. Who wouldn’t want to date a handsome sailor boy in uniform and bright blue eyes, back in the day? ;) There aren’t many fancy guy accessories out there, and these are way more fun than the boring dark colored leather & metal types.

JUST TANGY brings in chic Daniel Wellington watches for both men & women as well, so if you’re a fan of simple vintage-looking watches you have to check their website out!

Enter the code SHIBERTYxJT upon check out for a special discount off all your CC Skye purchases, while stocks last :) You may notice quite a few items are sold out on the site, but Sarah the owner brings back stock every now and then, so join their newsletter for live updates on when your favorite coveted pieces come back in stock!

Happy shopping everyone… it’s cheaper than a shrink, and I don’t know about you, but it sure as hell works wonders for my moods!

P.S – Photos of me were taken at La Novella studios. The people there are extremely nice and helpful! Thank y’all for the awesome shots even though it was such a rushed and impromptu session ♥

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Post-Event Update:

The Fox Out 1st birthday sale turned out to be a big success!!!!!

 Thank y’all for coming and for the enthusiastic response for the express passes, I’m sorry I could only give out so few in total. I hope many of you girls managed to snag pretty pieces at a steal. There were hundreds of people in queue even in the earlier hours of the day. That’s pretty crazy! One of the sponsors of the event, My Beauty Diary, actually gave me a box of their famous facial masks to try out (love it!! they’re awesomely refreshing and hydrating.. so much variety I never knew masks came in so many forms), so here’s a little shout out consisting of the information they shared with me that evening about a show that so many of my friends are into! Not many people know of this yet, so tell your friends who are into Running Man that you saw it here first ;D

Exclusive to My Beauty Diary fans!!! Win tickets to catch Running Man cast LIVE! Find out more via their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MyBeautyDiarySg

Contest starts 16th September, good luck!!

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

Food on Food Trail

On 20th July 2013, Marina Square organised a Food on Foot Trail event in conjunction with 8 DAYS magazine, and my good friend Yina & myself were invited to participate in the amazing-race-style game activities, running around Marina Square covering the main highlights to share with you guys on our blogs!

With Yina, and her bf Yongzhuan!

The 3-hour programme that day included:

Food Photography Workshop, with food blogger Dr. Leslie Tay and MediaCorp photographer, Hong Chee Yan, to teach participants how to take appealing food shots! Food shots are actually very difficult to master… not only must the lighting be perfect, you have to make the viewer wanna lick their screen to succeed properly!

Participants are then sent to race around the mall to accomplish a series of tasks that requires them to take photos, implementing the tips taught during the workshop earlier.

After looking at all the food at the various task stations, when they’ve completed all their challenges… it’s their turn to feast, at the buffet spread catered by Three Bistro!

We were told to report at Marina Square, where a mini photography workshop was held by Dr Leslie Tay and Hong Chee Yan, teaching us how to take appetizing food photos that would make you salivate!!! (what I do on Instagram everyday hahaha)
Basically, we were given a game card with 6 different pit stops and photography tasks we had to achieve at each station, before we can move on to the next. We were given some pocket money too – $15 worth of Marina Square Gift Vouchers to use!

We were to complete all the activities within a certain time limit to qualify, and the team with the best photos deemed by a panel of judges (Dr Leslie Tay, MediaCorp photographer, Hong Chee Yan and The Muttons from 98.7FM) will win the first prize which consists of $500 worth of The Dining Edition vouchers!!! I think food prizes are the most practical for competitions. Everybody needs to eat everyday, right? :P At Marina Square’s The Dining Edition… you’ll have a hard time deciding between all the options!!!

Some ground rules being covered by The Muttons from 98.7fm, who were our emcees for the day, then we were ushered outside where each team had to down a whole litre of soft drink before we could start. The earlier you finish, the faster you embark on the race!!!

 Let the games begin!!!!!!!!!!!!! And may the odds be ever in your favor.
Our first stop was at The Gallerie to identify the food items as shown in our task sheet and hunt down the stall that sells them.

Which isn’t as easy as it seems.. because there’s so many stalls in there!

But…. because I’m such a food person, I recognized most dishes immediately, and managed to get the task done in under 5 minutes!!! Yippeee!

Prawn noodles & yong tau foo were no-brainers. Can’t call yourself a Singaporean if ya don’t recognize those foods at first glance!!!

Getting my stamp of approval to prove that I’ve fairly completed my task! There’s game marshalls at every station. The event turnout was actually very impressive, I didn’t take Singaporeans as the sort of people who would spontaneously appear for an amazing race game during the weekend!
Second pit stop: Food styling at Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe. A place I frequent every now and then because it opens till past midnight!

Thank goodness we were one of the earlier few who arrived, because the queue for this station piled up like crazy soon after.

With my partner in crime, Jasmine from Nuffnang, who was so nice as to volunteer as my partner for the day because my original partner couldn’t make it at the very last minute, and helped me navigate around Marna Square (I’m hopeless with directions) and snap the photos in this post. Thank you dear Jasmine!!!!!! I think we make an awesome team :P
We were given a whole table full of props that we could use to decorate the table set up with, to make our photos appear more visually appealing!

 I saw some people grabbing Christmas tree ornaments to put beside their food…. hahah whaaaaat? *shakes head* This is HK cafe leh!!!! 

This was the best shot out of the lot, I think.

It was kinda difficult because the lighting in the restaurant was very yellowish and not exactly brightly lit, and flash would’ve looked too harsh… so this will have to do!! I reckon Chinese / Asian food is generally a lot more difficult to photograph than Western food. Probably because Chinese food has a lot of brown sauce in the cooking…. while Western has more bright reds and greens, looks more appetizing.


We’re at our Third Stop already!!!

Seems so fast when I’m typing this out, but it was anything but short when you’re in the game. Lol. Each station was located many many many meters apart from each other, in fact most from one part of the mall to the other… and if you’re a Singaporean you will know that Marina Square is HUGE. There was no time for walking, only running / brisk walking. PURPOSELY ONE RIGHT, ORGANIZERS?! I must have burned at least 400 calories.

Not bad lah.

Another food styling shot, the picture had to be taken from a designated spot, at O’Coffee Club. Didn’t have to do much because white plates and western food can’t go wrong! So much easier to photograph. It was mental torture to have to run around photographing all these yummy food but not being able to put it into your mouth!!!!
This isn’t considered a pit-stop but was one of the requirements in the game card as well:
Take a jumping shot in front of the huge Marina Square logo / sign! I can’t jump very high and I was wearing a short dress (from hollyhoque.com!) so to get these shots in front of many staring passersby, was a feat in itself. 

Ok… much better!!!!
Fourth stop… getting there, getting there! We headed to The Dining Edition, which is a newly formed cluster of 16 restaurants in Marina Square, to take a photo with 4 or more different restaurants in a single shot.
Success! In this shot we have ST.MARC CAFÉ, Beanstro, Addictions Café & Remedy Bar and the last one at the back with their sign blocked out is Bangkok Jam! :P
Fifth stop was definitely my favorite one…. GELATOOOOOOOOO!!! 
At Artisan Alfero Gelato, we were made to answer trivia questions about gelato, and if we got the answer wrong, we would have to buy a scoop of gelato (which you can purchase with Marina Square Gift Vouchers given to us earlier on in the day). BUT if you guess the answer correctly… you get a free scoop of gelato and get to keep the vouchers!!!! Yay!
So my question was: “What is one difference between ice cream and gelato?”
Without hesitation, I quipped: “Gelato has lower fat content than ice cream!!!!” and just like that, I received a free scoop of my favorite passion fruit gelato. :D Which tasted soooooooo good and refreshing, especially after all that hustling about! Will definitely revisit this place when I’m back in Marina Square again. 
At The Beacon, our final stop of the day! Finally!
We were asked to match the drinks name to the cups: Mojito, Shirley Temple & Pink Lady. 

Such pretty colors!!!!!!

I don’t drink, but I guess things like these are basic general knowledge. I play too much cranium and balderdash board games… I have too many random facts stored in my brain. Lol. 
After more than 2 hours (yes it took that long o_o) of scrambling and squawking like headless chickens…. we made it!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!

Went to get our photos printed out for the judges to look at. We made pretty good time even though our stamina dropped significantly towards the end! :’D
There were 40 teams in total, so that meant 80 people took part in the game, racing around for food in Marina Square that day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With that many people involved… Did I believe my chances of winning were high? To me, I thought so. Yes. Lol. I’m competitive like that. I honestly thought I did well!!! 
BUT…. My team didn’t manage to snag any prize in the end, even though I still had a lot of fun. Still think my photos rocked. Lol. Especially thankful towards Jasmine for her help on a Saturday!!!! Yina and I used our Marina Square Gift Vouchers to have a nice dinner together afterwards. 

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Thank you to the people at Marina Square / 8 DAYS for having Yina & myself over, and for organizing this friendly Food on Foot competition that brought people and food together!  Looking forward to more of these type of events in the future!

I discovered a whole bunch of delicious dining options in Marina Square, which I didn’t realize existed before. You will be surprised at how many choices you have in one mall! Happy to have also made new friends while putting my legs and brains to the test. A light-hearted way to spend the afternoon, one I wouldn’t mind doing all over again. :)

This time, can we do something even more fun such as actually getting to eat food at every single station? Lol. I would totally win at that game, for sure.

xoxo,
Jess
xoxo,
Jess

Saint Pierre

I love having brunch.

Too bad I don’t wake up in time for it on most days! Either that, or I don’t get the opportunity to have it simply because I’m working. Most places that serve brunch food only do so during the early hours of the weekend, and I’m almost always certainly doing cakes on weekends…. can’t leave the house/kitchen. So no brunch for me :(

However, when Edina from the Emmanuel Stroobant Group invited us to have a hosted lazy brunch at the newly revamped Saint Pierre restaurant, I jumped at the opportunity!!!

Completed all my work in advance just so I could enjoy a nice weekend out. So worth it!

I know you can’t actually see anything on the menu I’m holding up. But since it’s nice picture, I’m gonna post it anyway! :P

The new Saint Pierre’s location is absolutely gorgeous, situated right next to the prestigious W Singapore in Sentosa and along a nice sunny stretch of restaurants where beautiful yachts were docked and blue waters were sparkling!

Saint Pierre is headed by celebrity chef Emmanuel Stroobant and his lovely wife Edina Hong, whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a few times prior to this brunch session because she’s my brother’s personal friend, and eventually introduced me to her. She’s such a nice lady!!! My first taste of Saint Pierre’s food was during Savour 2013, and I was sold since then.

We opted for the Saturday Brunch Set Menu, which was $38 a person and you get your choice of fruit juice, homemade assorted breads, a main course and coffee or tea!

It didn’t take long for our bread to arrive, accompanied by their own whipped butter & fruit preserves.

I’m generally not a bread person, but I love croissants, sourdough and ciabatta…. they had the first two of my favorites and I was more than happy to inhale them in a matter of minutes. The salted whipped butter and fruit preserves went amazingly well together on a fluffy, pillowy slice of sourdough. Raves all around!

My main course arrived… Eggs Benedict, of course!

 Eggs benedict everyday, baby. This one was elegantly done with champagne holladaise and thinly shaved iberico ham. I like the ratio of bread (brioche) to egg and sauce. Eggs benedict should always be served in this proportion. Normally eggs benedict is thought of to be a heavy, sinful meal but this one was really light, so light in fact I blinked and it was gone from my plate. :P

Sam opted for the Smoked Salmon, on sourdough with chives and lemon juice. More sourdough!!!!! Yay! I like how their in-house smoked salmon wasn’t unnecessarily salty like most grocery store options are, and seemed to have a higher fat content than the lean cuts I’m used to. Fatty salmon is always, ALWAYS a good idea.

I also had a taste of their Scrambled Eggs with black truffle, toasted bread (yeah, it’s a lot of bread! a tad too much overall, IMO) The eggs were fluffy like little yellow clouds as how they should be, and the amount of truffle was moderately alarming. Makes me wonder if truffle has started growing on coconut trees.

I adore waterfront dining; it’s relaxing, romantic and fun all at the same time.

I don’t care if Sentosa is troublesome to get to. The laid back atmosphere makes the trip worthwhile, and there’s no better place to be on a weekend (well except in bed). The entire set up of Saint Pierre is both elegant and quaint, with wooden furniture, floor-to-ceiling glass windows to allow maximum sunlight in and the atmosphere was classy, but not too pretentious. Sure it’s an uppity place, but it’s not somewhere you walk into and feel uncomfortable if you aren’t paying over a hundred dollars for your meal or if you’re not carrying a branded bag, or dressed to the nines. In fact, there were a lot of happy families and very casually dressed people having their Saturday brunch that day, which was a sight I enjoyed seeing!

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If you thought that was all the food porn I was going to feature today…. you’re wrong!!!

We eagerly came back a few weeks later, to sample their Sunday Roast menu!!! WOOHOOO.

What??? How can you judge us for being pigs when the food is this good, and when the owner personally invites you herself? :P

Their weekly Sunday Roast features your choice of roasted meat of the day, an all-you-can-eat, self-serve selection of starters & bread, finished off with dessert, for $68 a person.

I thought I liked their Saturday Brunch, but I LOVE their Sunday Roast.

Heaping servings of refreshing salads were just waiting to be devoured. A buffet you don’t have to feel guilty about!

All my favorite food on one plate. How absolutely pretty.

 Most restaurants that offer a buffet selection are kinda messy, rowdy, and crowded. You’ll have to push past people just to get to the food you want. Not really my idea of fun. I will never suggest a buffet for a meal with friends if given a choice, I prefer quieter places.

But, I especially like how the environment at Saint Pierre maintained its quiet elegance despite being filled with laughter and cheery moods. I suppose it’s because the seating capacity isn’t too large, so it still feels intimate.

Random out of focus shot of Sam looking a little too candidly happy with his food!

When our main courses arrived, I was a little taken aback because I was enjoying their sourdough and starters so much I almost forgot we had a main course coming too. The mountain of brown is traditional yorkshire pudding, which is kinda like bread / pastry that is usually paired with meats and gravy. When I took my first bite of the herb marinated black angus ribeye roasted overnight in red wine and balsamico jus, my awesome afternoon was made even more complete.

It is REALLY good. Melted in my mouth more than my own buttercream on my cupcakes would, and the meat was done to perfect reddish pinknes. Wish I could’ve had double, or triple the portion!!!!!! Sam got the lamb option, which was mediocre in my opinion. Can’t even remember the name of that one, unfortunately.

The main courses also come with vegetable sides and potato gratin! The cheesy gratin was nice :)

A good meal isn’t complete without desserts to leave a sweet taste in your mouth!

Hello, perfection.

Also known as panna cotta with salted caramel. Can I marry you?

I can’t resist posting up picture after picture.. The lighting there is too good to pass up! Just look at the textures in this crumble!!

Sam had a chocolate mint mousse, which was alright, but I don’t care much for either chocolate or mint so I’ll just repeat again that the panna cotta with salted caramel was beyond perfect. I’ve never had better panna cotta in my life.

This brings us to the end of my gastronomic adventure at Saint Pierre. It was an immensely enjoyable one that filled two of my weekend afternoons with smiles, and my tummy with yummy food. Big thanks to Edina, Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, Isabel for always being so hospitable and kind!!!! :)

Till the next meal!

Saint Pierre
31 Ocean Way, #01-15, Quayside Isle, Singapore 098375Tel: 6438 0887

Food quality: 4/5 (while some menu items were relatively simple and not particularly mind blowing, there’s no doubt about the quality of ingredients)
Service / Ambience: 4/5 (gotta love the waterfront views and unpretentious classy atmosphere. also, chef emmanuel and edina are warm hosts!)
Value for Money: 3.5/5 (slightly pricey but you won’t expect anything less from a fine dining restaurant)
Most suitable for:  I highly recommend Saint Pierre if you’re looking for that perfect place to idle away a weekend afternoon. Just look at my pictures!!! The prices aren’t cheap, but they’re worth paying for and pretty reasonable considering the location, ambience, and how renowned Saint Pierre is. Give the Sunday Roast a go! 

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Outfit of the day shot outside Saint Pierre. My pretty floral cut out dress is from Hollyhoque.com! I don’t do fashion shots often, but how could I not with such a picture perfect backdrop?

I wish I could live in Sentosa! My life would be awesome. I’d sail on my yacht and bake cakes and cook food all day long and suntan in my non-existent bikini body.

I miss my purple hair!!! If you don’t already know, I got rid of it (much to my regret). I’ll save that story for another blog post… what a shame. No point crying over spilled milk but looking at these pictures makes my heart ache!

What better way to end off this post than with a picture of a greek god randomly cycling past me as I’m innocently snapping pictures of myself?

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PS – Wanted to randomly update sneaks of my “new” hair.

Which actually is not that new anymore, it’s like a month old. Jeez I need to blog more often instead of Instagramming everyday!!! Just my everyday iPhone 5 selfie with the same smile, in different cabs. LOL.

I’ve gone back to black!!!!!!!!!! And now have short…..-ish hair.

Not by choice, by accident, but #okcanbobian. What do you think? Doesn’t this feel like a blast from the past (2009)?? Hah! It felt SO odd not having purple on my head anymore. I do sorely miss the compliments it got me! It was such a rude shock at first, but now I’m kinda used to it and I like that I can wear green and not look like an eggplant. I can wear any color now! I used to think, the louder the better… now I’m thinking, basic is good. Classy is better. Sheesh, I’m getting old. So ya, no more crazy bright LOOKATME dresses like the Hollyhoque above for me… I’ve been trying to keep my choices of colors for my outfit safe, and make up natural looking recently!

Speaking of which, Makiyo kindly sent me several pairs of contact lenses in extremely natural shades of browns & blacks that I’ve been wearing every time I go out recently!!!! And in the three selfies you see above. Out of the many pairs of contact lenses I’ve been wearing the past few years, this is my favorite one. It’s got a black rim with very very dark brown centre (that you can only see when the light reflects off it) They complement my new “style” well because of how barely-there it looks, yet still flattering because of the iris enlarging features. They’re also surprisingly comfortable, I can wear them all day and not feel like I want to gouge my eyes out like I do with other lenses. Priced at $15 and lesser per pair, they’re a steal!!! She’s got a lot of designs you can choose from so why don’t you check her website out? Quote “Shiberty” for a discount off your bill! :)

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess