A Beginner’s Guide to Flea Market Shopping

Flea markets are the perfect place to find high quality clothing, furniture, trinkets, and antiques at a fraction of their original price. However, shopping at these places can be overwhelming sometimes, especially for the first-timers. Worry not though, since we’ve listed down the best tricks and tips for shopping like a pro in a flea market, and finding the perfect item that you can add to your home.

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  1. Dress Accordingly

Keep in mind that you’re going to a flea market and not on a date, so make sure to dress like it. The prices of the items on a flea market are always negotiable, but vendors are less likely to haggle with you if look like someone who doesn’t need a discount. So leave your flashy wedding ring at home, and just opt for a casual ensemble with a comfy flat shoes, and a cross-body bag.

  1. Bring Enough Cash

Most markets, especially the ones in the outdoors, only accept cash so ensure that you bring enough with you. Negotiating is also easier if you have a wad of cash in your pocket, instead of a credit card. Also, consider bringing smaller bills as some vendors might not have enough change for bigger bills.

  1. Shop With a Game Plan

A good way to make the most out of your flea market visit is to think ahead about what you’d like to buy. Creating a game plan allows you to be less overwhelmed with the sea of choices present. That said, don’t be so laser focused that you ignore a lovely chair just because it’s not on your to-buy list.

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  1. Bring Some Towing Tools

Bringing along a folding utility cart or a wagon would be a smart decision, especially if you’re planning to purchase big items. Doing this will prevent you from going back and forth to your car, and keep you from missing out on good deals. But if you’ll be at an out of town flea market, consider renting a cart instead.

  1. Haggle Kindly

Don’t be intimated to bargain with the vendors. A good rule of thumb is to ask for a 15-20 percent discount, and hope to land at 10 percent off. But if a vendor doesn’t have enough wiggle room on a particular item, stop pushing it. Remember that their goal might be to make a sale, but they also have expenses to consider.

Although haggling in a flea market may seem overwhelming and intimidating at first, putting these tips to work on your first visit will surely help you land a perfect item, and give you an unforgettable flea market experience.

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How to Slay the Flat Lay Photography Style

 

We all know that cute styling, great lighting, and perfectly arranged props are the foundation of a cool Instagram flat lay. Still, regardless of how much we try, our snaps still fail to turn out the way we imagined it to be. But fret not, as we’ve listed down some of top tips on how you can take a flat lay photo like a pro.

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  1. Proper Lighting is Everything

Using the right lighting can mean a huge difference between a blurry and grey image, and a bright, perfectly shot photo. But there’s no need for you to have fancy studio lights to make this happen. In fact, the natural lighting that goes through the windows of your home is already enough to help you take lovely photos of any subject that you like.

Photography experts also recommend doing your shoot in the morning, since the early daylight is much cooler, and produces a better contrast between the background and the subject.

  1. Invest on Quality Tools and Props

When it comes to props, photography experts believe that there are really no rules on how you should use one. Just make sure that you choose and use your props sparingly to avoid taking away the spotlight from your subject.

To make shooting much easier, invest on a Manfrotto tripod to facilitate a hands-free photo-taking session. In addition, purchase a white poster board or a while medium density fibreboard to create a quick and cheap surface for your shoot.

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  1. Keep Your Subject and Props Organized

Organize your materials based on their colour, shape and size. Also, place them in a harmonious way by leaving spaces between each product to create balanced shots. If you’re having trouble keeping your subject in place, use a plasticine clay to adhere your materials to the surface of your choice.

  1. Use the Right Photography Application

Just like photography, editing images is a task that requires a lot of trial and error. So to achieve the flat lay look that you want, try using various editing applications.

Cortex Camera is a good app choice if the environment you’re shooting in has very low light, and if you want to improve the definition and quality of your shots. Apart from Cortex Camera, Snapseed is also a great app to use to manipulate your images. The app does the same work as most editing programs, but in a more natural and fluid way.

Unlike what we believe in, using a flat lay photography style is actually quite easy. So put the aforementioned tips to work to help you shoot flat lay photographs like a pro.

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Choosing Makeup Based on Your Skin Complexion

Makeups are specially formulated to enhance and accentuate beauty not the other way around. When applying makeup, one should be knowledgeable about it. Makeups have their own science and it should be respected. If not, you’ll end up being a laughingstock. Whether you wear makeup going to parties or going to work, you should know the perfect palette for you.

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Knowing your palette should not be a struggle. Singaporean women should know how to determine skin tone first. In order to determine it, you have to stand in a well-lighted room without putting makeup. Look at yourself closely in the mirror and scrutinize your cheeks. If you have a magnifying mirror, that would be best. After closely studying your cheeks in the mirror, here are some things that you need to know to determine your skin complexion and what palettes to consider:

Warm Complexion

When your skin reflects a peach, orange or gold undertone, you definitely have a warm complexion. When you have a warm complexion, it is imperative that you use the right color palettes to accentuate your beauty. Do not just choose anything. When looking for makeups, you have to consider earthy hues like orange, brown, coral, gild and green. These will surely look good on you. It does not end there, should you choose to combine colors, try blends like red brown, red orange and blue green. For neutrals, try tan, beige and brown black.

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Cool Complexion

When your skin reflects violet, pink and blue undertones, you definitely have a cool complexion. When you have cool complexion, it is important that you choose pastel colors like dark blue, purple, pink, red and burgundy. For blends, you can consider blue purple and purple pink. Finally, women that have cool complexion should consider neutrals such as black, grey and white.

Now that you know your complexion, the next thing that you have to consider is makeup tutorial. Remember that when applying makeup, you should balance hues. When balancing color, you need to identify one area of your face where you want to highlight thereby applying brightest colors there. You should keep the rest of your makeup light. Never try to put together bold or dark shades to your eyes, lips and cheeks at one time.

The good news is that there are many types and kinds of makeup in your makeup department. You only need to ask and purchase it. Makeups are not necessary but it can make a difference at the end of the day.

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How to Pick the Right Colors for Your Eyes

They say that eyes are the window of the soul. It can also be the difference between an ordinary day and extraordinary one. There is no doubt that makeups can enhance and highlight beauty. If in this case you want to emphasize the beauty of your eyes, there are few things that you have to know. Remember that with the right eye color combination, you will look rather ravishing.

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When picking the right eye color, it is imperative that you know your skin undertone so you will know what to consider. Now not knowing your skin complexion is a waste of time and resources. It is a waste of time because you have to constantly look for the right color and a waste of resources because you have to purchase one or more set. To avoid this, skin complexion should be discovered.

There are only two kinds of skin complexion – warm and cool skin. If you have orange, gold or peach undertone, you have a warm complexion. Warm complexions are best with earthy colors like brown, coral, green, gold and orange. If you have violet or pink undertone, you have a cool complexion. Cool complexions are best with pastel colors like dark blue, purple, pink, red and burgundy.

Here are some tips on picking the right colors for your eyes:

  • Blue eyes and warm skin: For warm skinned blue-eyed persons, recommended eye shadow hues include brown, green, gold, coral and other neutral colors. You have to avoid turquoise-colored eye shadows.
  • Blue eyes and cool skin: For cool skinned blue-eyed persons, recommended eye shadow hues include purples and pinks. However, you have to avoid blue-colored eye shadows.
  • Green eyes and warm skin: For warm skinned green-eyed persons, recommended eye shadow hues include neutral colors like gold, coral and brown. You have to avoid green-colored eye shadows.

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  • Brown eyes and warm skin: For warm skinned brown-eyed persons, recommended eye shadow hues include coral, gold, green, brown, burgundy and blue-green. You have to avoid brown-colored eye shadows.
  • Brown eyes and cool skin: For cool skinned brown-eyed persons, recommended eye shadow hues is virtually any hue. It can work nicely with any hue and there is nothing to avoid.

Now that you know the right color for your eyes, you can buy as many and practice applying it. However you have to remember to balance your makeup. Since you want to emphasize your eyes, keep the rest of your face (e.g lips and cheeks) light.

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Tell-Tale Signs That You’re an Avid Traveler

 

Traveling is a way of life for many in Singapore. It is not just a form of recreation but already a lifestyle, especially with many Singaporeans traveling to multiple destination in a month. Whether it’s for business or leisure – it’s clear that Singaporeans are among the most avid travelers in the world. But there are also some people who just didn’t develop a liking for traveling. How can you tell if a person is a traveler or not? Is there a way to tell without asking or looking at their passport document?

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Here are some of the most obvious signs that a person is a traveler:

Your social media accounts show you are

It’s a no-brainer when all of your social media accounts show that you are. Your profile pictures in all of your social media accounts and your Facebook cover photo are taken from one of your trips. Your posts are all about your travels. You keep sharing posts from your favorite travel sites. You follow individuals who are fellow travelers, as well as popular travel groups and accounts. Your Facebook friends and online followers are always updated of where you are.

You have travel photos that show you are

Your social media accounts are full of your travel photos and travel albums. You keep frames of your travel photos on your office desk. Your bedside table has a photo frame from one of your travels. Your room is full of your favorite travel photos. Even your face is almost always seen on travel. You already have a sun-kissed skin that’s almost always associated with beaches and spending leisure hours under the sun.

Your favorite quotes are about travelling

You share plenty of quotes that encourage travelling and you’ve even memorized most of these travel quotes. The wallpaper on your smartphone, laptop, tablet, and other digital device remind you the joys of travelling. Even your wall clock is encouraging you to travel. You always emphatically and excitedly agree when someone considers going on a trip. You even volunteer to offer some travel tips.

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You’re always saving up for your next trip

New Year to you means new sets of travels again. You can’t allow letting a year pass by without any travels abroad and within Singapore. You have a list of the places you want to visit next even before you’re done with your current trip. The purpose of saving for you is to save up for your upcoming trip. It doesn’t even matter that you’re broke after your trips. Your rationale is that you work to travel. Without a travel to look forward to, working is just plain labor and won’t be as exciting.

Your collection is pieces from your travels

Your room is just a bunch of travel memorabilia. Since traveling is your passion, you decided to collect pieces that are travel-related. Some travelers collect ref magnets, coffee cups, wall clocks, coins, art decors, t-shirts, etc – all coming from the different countries they’ve been to.

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Tips on Choosing the Best Garbage Disposal

You’ll find garbage disposals in a Singapore home that value keeping the environment clean and green. This often neglected but faithful household helping device may not be the usual favorite when it comes to house furniture and appliances but it becomes every mom’s favorite every after meal times. Just like other household devices, a garbage disposal has different models you can choose from. They have their own sets of advantages and disadvantages as well. And as always, specific needs should be considered whenever looking for a garbage disposal that will best serve our household.

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How often would you be using it?

A household may be using a garbage disposal at least three times every day but this is not always the case for everyone. It is therefore wise to consider first how often your household will be using the garbage disposal on a daily basis.

Large households may cook meals quite often so they may have heavier demands for a garbage disposal. A childless couple or a family of four may only have light demand for a garbage disposal. Meanwhile, there are those who live alone or are most often out or do not eat home a lot and may not need a garbage disposal that much.

How handy are you?

Most garbage disposals are very easy to install and replace but they usually are designed DIY style. So you need to consider if you think you’ll be capable enough in setting up the garbage disposal. You can be sure these are the types that are sold at low prices. But you really don’t have to worry as they usually come with easy to understand installation manuals and some companies even have tutorial videos on their company website.

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How much is your budget?

Budget is almost always a top consideration for households. If this is your priority, you need to learn what features your household will be willing to compromise. Most of the cheaper garbage disposals generate noise when during their grinding operations. If you’re willing to put up with this, then you can save a lot of money with the cheaper garbage disposals. Most of the cheaper ones are also those that are small in sizes, have weaker horsepower motor, and have only limited warranty. Some amateurs on garbage disposal installations also have claimed success on the first time they gave it a try.

Do you live with children at home?

You might want to consider safety measures if you’re living with children at home. These youngsters may go unsupervised over the kitchen sink and poke their little fingers around. There are garbage disposals that are safer to use especially with children around since these garbage models will only start grinding once you attach its magnetic lid on. Unfortunately, this is also the more expensive of the types of garbage disposals. But when it comes to your children, it’s no longer a question of how much. The priority shifts to a question of how safe.

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Foods That Can Help Control Your Mood  

 

They say that you are what you eat. That is true. It does not end there because scientists also thought that what you eat will change or reflect your mood. There is a link between the food and your mood. For instance, there are many researches on the effects of alcohol and caffeine in relation to one’s mind. It is said that caffeine and alcohol can help you sleep better and it can calm you even comfort in times of pain.

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When you are in a foul mood, you do things or say words that you will regret later. Instead of making rash decisions, it is always recommended to brisk walk or meditate. Channelling the energy to other things can help you deal with whatever you are dealing. If you are the type that binge eats during foul mood, you have to know that there are certain foods that can help your mood.

Sometimes, the only solution is to eat your troubles away. This is not so wrong since there are some researches that prove eating specific foods can alleviate one’s moods. If binge eating is your thing, it would be helpful to eat healthy foods instead of junk. There are healthy foods that can fix you but without filling you. Here are some foods you can consider depending on your mood:

  • When you are down: There are those days that you feel down. Instinctively you reach for chocolate but there are many healthier options. Like considering an English muffin with blueberry jam. This snack has high-carbohydrate content that it can flood the brain with serotonin – the happy chemical. You can also consider whole wheat bread with honey.
  • When you are irritable: When you notice that you are wearing that bear claw again, you have to calm down first and eat. When this happens, you have to instantly cut back on your caffeine intake. Caffeine is a stimulant but if you are already depressed, it can lead to prickliness. Also lessen sugar intake. For foods that can help your mood, try artificial sweeteners and if you cannot help but drink coffee, make sure that it is black.

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  • When you are sleepy: Lack of sleep is not good because it can make you intolerant and irritable in the morning. When you are sleepy, do not drink caffeine, tea and other beverages as they contain caffeine. Also avoid energy drinks and vitamin waters as well as yogurts and chocolates. You have to consider water, carob or decafs. Do not forget about alcohol. Alcohol can stop you from sleeping well. You might feel horrible for four days after withdrawal but you have to deal with it if you want to sleep better. A little reminder too, do not eat big meals especially at night because it will keep the tummy busy during the night which can lead to restlessness. For dinner, do not forget to eat high-carb and low-protein meals to sleep better. Other snacks include potato, banana and avocado.
  • When you are depressed: There will come a time that you will get depressed. When this time comes, you have to eat more fish. Study showed that fishes like salmon, sardines and tuna are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty can give comfort during depression. There are people who are concerned of the mercury content of some fatty fishes. To be sure, choose Pacific salmon, summer flounder, croaker, haddock and farmed catfish.
  • When you are exhausted: If you are too exhausted that is beyond normal, you have to go and see your doctor because it might be a symptom of something serious. If you have iron deficiency or anaemia, there is no surprise that you experience fatigue. The reason for this is not getting enough iron. Beans, vegetables and grains are good but they do not provide enough iron for you to keep going. The best things to consider include seafood, meat and poultry. If despite eating meat you still feel exhausted, you have to add vitamin C to your diet. Try citrus fruits.

There you go. These foods can help a lot if only you give it a chance. For more advices, look for doctors. There are plenty of doctors here in Singapore that are willing to help you.
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