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Fatshion, Food & Frivolities – Life in Las Vegas & Singapore


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Fat-shionista #607

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I think this is my only “real” maternity dress. So far, my wardrobe consists of regular clothes stretching their abilities to accommodate my burgeoning belly. Other than that, I have basics like maternity tank tops, leggings and shorts that I mix and match on a daily basis. I like this dress for the cut and print – I think understated silhouettes is the best way to wear florals. The yellow is really cheery and I think I can continue wearing it even when I’m not pregnant. The best part is, I got it for 50% off when I caught a GAP sale at the right time recently – just a little over $30.

I’m usually a UK16 (US12-14) but lost a little bit of weight during my 1st trimester due to the crazy things my pregnancy hormones put me through and I’m now a US10 (maternity size). I got this dress in a Medium.

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What I’m wearing today:

Dress: Yellow Floral empire-waist dress from GAP Maternity

Accessories: Pink acrylic baubles statement necklace from FOSSIL

Footwear: Sparkly pink sneakers with stretchy laces from CONVERSE (I believe this is a Youths range and I’m wearing the largest size.)IMG_1532


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Freebies: 2 free STEAM codes for Lost Orbit

Today is the official release date of PixelNauts‘ game Lost Orbit! And those friendly Canadian guys we met last year at a video game convention kindly offered me 2 STEAM codes to give away to my readers!

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I’m not going to pretend that I’ve played the game or that I even play video games but I can tell you about the game.

Description

Stranded after his ship is destroyed in deep space, Harrison, a lowly maintenance worker and our hero must struggle to find his way home through a perilous universe filled with colorful galaxies, deadly asteroids and the emptiness of black matter. 

LOST ORBIT is a fast paced and deadly dodge ’em up game that has players take control of a lone astronaut who embarks on a dangerous journey to rejoin his civilization. Armed with only an improvised set of equipment and a relentless spirit, Harrison will need to speed his way across four systems, survive more than 40 levels of intense challenges, and confront not only his mortality, but also what lurks in the darkness.

Set in a world rich with comedy and tragedy, LOST ORBIT is a game filled with risk, loneliness, wonder and death.

 

Key Features

  • Explore more than 40 levels across four unique solar systems on your perilous journey home

  • Each level features a detailed ranking system and time trial mode

  • Upgrade and customize Harrison’s abilities with a light RPG system

  • Boost, swim, bounce, leap and teleport through a myriad of obstacles

  • Simple and intuitive controls make the game easy to pick up, yet surprisingly deep

  • Die alone in space; where no one will know of your struggle

And I can direct you to some reviews of the game below by:

Sounds like something up your alley? Know someone who might like it? Here’s how to win it!

  1. Follow me on Instagram
  2. Comment on the Lost Orbit post by saying “Pppsst! Free code for me!”

Two winners will be randomly picked and announced by 14th May 2015, Thursday.

That’s all! This giveaway is open to all worldwide and the game retails for USD11.99!

For more information, check out these socials for the game:


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VegeNation (Las Vegas)

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T and I have been to the newly opened VegeNation twice. The first time we went, it was before their official opening. I have been following them on Instagram for quite a while and have heard about them from our neighbour Brandon who’s opening a Po-Boy shop just down the row from them. The entire area is up and coming with lots of hipster and start-up types as a result of the Downtown Revitalisation Project which I’ve talked about a few times.

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The first time we went, T and I ate so much I thought I would die. I like the decor, the ambience and location. It’s in town and hip but not crowded and noisy like The Strip. It also helps that both of us are vegetarians (not Vegan but this restaurant is Vegan-friendly). Prices are very reasonable and service pretty standard – nothing bad to say about them. I like the funky names on their menu items – Pho-King-Delicious (a mushroom/veggie noodles in broth), Mama Mia (spaghetti and “meat”balls), Muchas Gracias (sweet potato quesadilla) etc. Expect to pay about $3-5 for drinks and $9-12 for entrees.

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This is not the kind of vegetarian place that is all salads and health foods. I can barely tell that I had the good stuff – quinoa, chia seeds, shirataki noodles. But it’s all good and delicious! I guarantee the steak and potatoes guys would forgive this place if they gave it a chance. It’s pretty good! I also like that some of the drinks are refillable. You expect that of regular fountain sodas but I’m talking about the nice stuff like hibiscus punch and the coconut water lemonade that we ordered. The servers happily top your drinks up without asking too!

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The second time we went was just a few days ago. Our friend from Singapore was in Vegas for a holiday and he was getting wiped out with The Strip. Did all the touristy things – casino hopped, watched shows etc. So we decided to take him a little outside for lunch. We walked around the Downtown Container Park to show him a more hip and family-friendly area of Vegas before going to Vegenation for lunch. (After that, we took him 30 minutes away from town into Red Rock Canyon and he loved the contrast.)
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All in all, I can’t wait to go back there again. I have a new detour to my Las Vegas guide now! I’m ready to take on more family and friends who come visit! We’re getting better with showing people around and taking them to interesting places outside the casinos!

VegeNation – recommended for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike! I hope they have one closer to where I live. 4/5*

VegeNation

616 E Carson Ave Ste 130

Las Vegas, NV 89191

PH (702) 366 8515


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Fat-shionista #606

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About 2 months ago, I saw this post by Jolene of Boardroom Blonde and remembered that I too owned that very same dress. I wasn’t expecting to buy anything that fateful day last December when my family were here visiting but the Las Vegas Premium Outlets do have very attractive prices and this Kate Spade dress was a little more than USD40 after multiple discounts (that’s including taxes!) And if you haven’t realised by now, I’m still trying to stretch my wardrobe instead of succumbing to getting an entirely new one with my maternity needs. This is a regular-sized dress. Very flattering cut. Stretchy and swingy. The elasticised waist is perfect right now! The orange chevron stripes – so cheery and Spring!IMG_1480

What I’m wearing:

Dress: Orange chevron striped dress from KATE SPADE

Accessories: Orange/Pink/White flower brooch from FOREVER21

Footwear: Red strappy platform sandals from ZARA WOMAN

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Fat-shionista #605

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For some reason, my belly looks extremely high and round in these pictures and since these pictures were taken a week ago, I can safely say that I probably look even bigger now. I’m now in my 3rd trimester – actually I still have a few days before I hit it, but for the sake of rounding it up *koffkoff*. We are doing the “less than 100 days to go” countdown but I won’t know how many for sure until my next OBGYN appointment about a week away. I’ve heard that the last month of your pregnancy seems like the longest and most women are so over and done with the symptoms they just want to get the baby out as soon as it’s safe. I have diabetes and some other health factors that make this a high-risk pregnancy. I’ve been told months ago that for safety reasons, I would most likely be induced early or offered a c-section. So we’ll see…
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What I’m wearing:

Top: Red HELLO KITTY t-shirt from OLD NAVY (this is not a maternity shirt)

Leggings: Grey & Black triangle graphic print fold-over yoga pants from OLD NAVY

Footwear: Dark beige moto boots from MADDEN GIRL


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Fat-shionista #604

Being frivolous is getting more difficult when there are so many issues in your life you can’t take lightly. The point of this blog is to document life’s more trivial pursuits and instead there are so many ranty-tanty things I would like to write about, so let me try this again. Here’s something silly that I threw together about a week ago.

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What I’m wearing:

Top: Blue ribbed tank from OLD NAVY

Outerwear: Mustard yellow chiffon jacket from a nonameshop in Far East Plaza

Accessories: Pink/Blue wooden bead necklace from FOREVER21

Bottom: Multi-coloured print maxi skirt from WET SEAL

Footwear:Dark taupe moto boots from MADDEN GIRL
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Fat-shionista #603

If you’re following me on either Twitter or Instagram, you’d know that in the last week or so, our lives had been turned upside down. Our beloved Max the Maximum Dog died very suddenly following an emergency stomach surgery for bloat. It was supposed to be a simple operation but they kept having to slice him open and he passed from multiple organ failure within 5 days. We’ve been in shock and mourning. He was happy and healthy, and he thoroughly enjoyed life with us so it’s just been so traumatic for us to lose him so suddenly.

Then a few days after he passed, we also had to pull ourselves together because we had some friends come visit and stayed with us for 5 days. They were pretty good guests who basically took care of themselves but I also felt bad if we appeared to be Debbie Downers.

I feel really awful for T who’s been so distraught. Max was his best friend and he was willing to go all out to save him – sell the house to raise money, whatever. But eventually, despite spending more than what we did when Max had cancer, we couldn’t save him. He just never regained consciousness. We are only relieved that we didn’t have to make the call to put him down, we fought for him till the end.

Also, after more than a week of the launch of T’s game Axiom Verge, we still haven’t celebrated. While he’s not rich and famous yet, the game broke-even within hours of its launch on Day 1. He deserves all the happiness and everything is just bad timing. He’s a simple and modest man who’s worked really hard alone for the last 5 years to get this game completed. The universe is just so cruel.

Today, we went out to Olive Garden for lunch with a giftcard my MIL sent us for EASTER. It was nice to get him out of the house, take a nice scenic drive past Red Rock Canyon and also make a detour to Cactus Joe’s on the way home after lunch. If you follow him on Twitter, please send him some kind words of encouragement and buy his game or game soundtrack to support his work.

Anyway, this is what I wore today: 

Top: Grey & Pink polkadotted tank from OLD NAVY

Outerwear: Grey marled moto jacket from ADIDAS

Accessories: Lilac acrylic necklace and earrings from H&M

Leggings: Grey & Black triangle graphic print fold-over yoga pants from OLD NAVY

Footwear: Dark beige moto boots from MADDEN GIRL