Stay Positive, Smile Bright

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I’ve always believed good dental health is just as important as taking care of your skin. I’d rather invest on quality skin care so my skin looks good naturally instead of relying on make-up to conceal the imperfections. Another way to enhance natural beauty simply starts with a big smile and taking proper care of the only set of pearly whites you’ll ever have.

One of the first things I’d notice about someone is their smile. A bright smile with eye contact radiates positive energy by communicating confidence and friendliness.

The world could be a brighter place if we could all smile a little more with each other. Never underestimate how much a smile can brighten someone’s a day. Even your own!

So let’s work on our smile. My current favourite beauty essential is the Colgate Optic White Plus Shine:

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This is not your Grandmother’s toothpaste, it’s next level.

The new toothpaste features an upgraded formula with ‘Micro-Crystal Particles’ and comes in a new premium diamond-sparkling packaging. The Colgate Optic White Plus Shine features an upgraded formula that helps to whiten teeth within a week*!

Morning Beauty Kit

FUN FACT: Did you know that strawberries help to whiten teeth naturally?

I haven’t tried whitening my teeth with strawberries but I do love it for breakfast. It goes well with my peanut butter oats too (recipe here).

In addition to providing whitening results, Colgate Optic-White Plus Shine (the name’s a mouthfull, budumbum!) toothpaste also brings all of the benefits of standard fluoride toothpaste, fights cavities, freshens breath and helps reduce plaque with regular brushing.

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There’s no need to cover the entire toothbrush with paste. All you need is a pea-sized amount for it to do its job effectively. Using too much toothpaste could make the mouth a little foamy (and you probably don’t want that rabies look, even privately) so make sure to rinse with water thoroughly.

Pea size amount toothpaste

Gentle ‘Micro-Crystal Particles’ contains Whitening Accelerators micro-crystals to safely exfoliate stains and polish teeth surface. It is formulated to be used daily and is enamel-safe and gluten-free.

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Colgate Optic-White Plus Shine is safe for daily use and for all types of dental work, including braces.

I’m getting into the habit of remembering to let my inner beauty shine somehow everyday. I can at least do this first thing in the morning with brushing my teeth.

Whenever I try to adapt a new habit, it helps when I connect that habit with something I normally do at the same time everyday.

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As I brush my teeth, I repeat affirmations in my head that make me feel positive and give me good vibes. I tell myself, ‘True beauty shines from within. Today, I’ll shine bright like the morning sun. ’ This little self pep-talk goes a long way to ensuring I keep an optimistic attitude about life everyday. A brighter smile reminds me to stay positive, confident, and shine throughout the day.

Embrace your inner beauty and radiate positivity all around with a smile now :)

Fay Hokulani Colgate Optic-White Plus Shine

 

 

*Individual results may vary

My first handstand, finally!

It feels pretty cool to stand on your hands. Almost like flying! I want to be able to do this anytime, anywhere.

I’ve been practicing handstands for over a year and never managed to keep both feet together up in the air. I couldn’t find my balance without the help of the wall. Today I found the courage to move away from my comfort zone and found that sweet spot. Body straight as an arrow, from the fingertips right up to the toes.

Stoked to finally know what it feels like after endless hours of practice!

My First Handstand

Dedicate ‘Me-Time’

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Practicing yoga gives me the much-needed quality me-time to stay centred and renewed. Share an Instagram photo of yourself enjoying some me-time and you could win one of 20 spots together with me on 12 February (next Thursday) at a Pure Yoga Universal class led by Copper Crow at 7:30PM, at Pure Yoga Ngee Ann City.

I look forward to trying this specialised style of yoga, which is a balance between strength and flexibility, while offering special techniques for focus, awareness and coordination. The 20 winners will also receive a complimentary 7-day pass at Pure Yoga after the session. Make sure you tag #puremetime @pureyogaofficial @fayhokulani when you submit your posts to qualify.

 I look forward to your Instagram posts!

A New Chapter Begins At Pure Yoga

Five years ago, I attended my first yoga class on a ‘hot date’ with Charles. He initiated the idea since he had a couple of trial passes to a 90-minute Bikram yoga class. We had just started dating and we were very keen on trying something new together…

I must admit that I didn’t fall in love with yoga immediately. In fact, I felt a little intimidated by it.

Thirty minutes into the class, I started to feel light-headed and had to lie on my mat in a child’s pose (aka balasana). Charles’s mat was soaked with sweat; he had to get another towel. His biggest struggle was maintaining his balance while trying to stretch his stiff muscles. But doing yoga is not about having a flexible body, it’s about working with your body. We knew this. But still. Bikram Yoga was haaaaaard. I thought I was going to pass out.

I was willing to give it another shot, in a non-heated room at least. Yoga wasn’t really Charles’s thing, but we trained together in the gym and played sports instead. I started getting into weight training which eventually led me into taking up a personal training course.

I wanted to work on my flexibility and soon found myself in another yoga class. And another. I continued to take classes sporadically over the years while doing my self-practice at home. I fell in love with it.

Simultaneously, I began transitioning away from occasional yo-yo dieting and strict workout plans focused on some number on the scale to a mentality of self-care and mindfulness.

Yoga taught me not to be so hard on myself in so many ways. It has given me an entirely different relationship with my body, where I judge it by what it can do, rather than its shape.

I thought about doing Yoga Teacher Training for a while…  I want to immerse myself in all aspects of yoga. I want to understand correct alignment, the history and philosophy of yoga, and deepen my meditation practice. I explored various possibilities on when and where I could do the teacher training.

If the circumstances weren’t right, I was fine to put it on hold. Perhaps it was a sign that I wasn’t ready?

Then, a week before Christmas, I found out that Pure Yoga was doing a teacher training on the ‘Roots of Hatha Yoga‘ between January until March.The timing is right for me. I decided to go for it!

Hatha Yoga provides a great foundation as I would learn basic postures (asanas), relaxation and breathing techniques, and terminology that is found in almost every other style of yoga.

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The newly revamped studio is conveniently located on the 18th floor of Ngee Ann City Takashimaya.

The teacher training is led by Arun and Prakash, who have profound depth of experience in Hatha yoga and also teach classes at the Pure Yoga studios in Ngee Ann City and Chevron House.

Here’s a glimpse at what the training looks like so far:

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Prakash explains the eight limbs of yoga.
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Hatha yoga practice with Arun.
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Lunch break with a few of my fellow yoginis.

The weekend schedule is pretty full-on, with training from 8am until 6.30pm.Weekday training is from 7pm until 9pm, which is more manageable for working professionals. The training time is well organised and every minute is used purposefully. I look forward to the practice everyday and connecting with the other students attending the course.

Nothing beats a room full of strong, shining yogis, on their mats, inspiring, challenging and sharing in this beautiful practice.

 

 

 

Enter The World of adidas: Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

Adidas was founded over 90 years ago by Adi (Adolf) Dassler in his hometown, Herzogenaurach. Visiting their Global HQ in Herzo was an absolute dream come true.

I was so immersed in the world of adidas as I took a tour of their amazing campus, learned the brand history, design process and inspirations and ultimately find out what’s next in store.

Home of adidas
Home of adidas

I was humbled to join these fabulous fitness bloggers from around the world: Natalia (TrendyTaste/Spain), Linda (Linderella/Germany), Faya (Fitness On Toast/London), Ally (Substance/Australia) and Alex (Faschercise/London).

We had a grandest time getting to know each other as we learned that we all shared very similar interests… mainly fitness and the love for adidas!

Meet the fabulous fitness bloggers: Natalia, Linda, myself, Faya, Ally and Alex.

2015 blogger sneak peak

I love a little history lesson. We went back in time as we entered the exhibition gallery that was dedicated to showcasing the adidas story in an elaborate timeline. Prototype shoe designs made by Adi Dassler when he first founded the brand in 1924 were proudly displayed amongst other historical items.

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adidas history exhibition

Adidas has a come a long way in its journey to becoming a distinguished international sports and lifestyle brand.

I was blown away by how much it has evolved and progressed through the years.

Although Adidas is a sports brand, it has made a name for itself for it’s more fashionable collaborations with designers such as Yohji Yamamoto, Stella McCartney, Jeremy Scott, and more currently; Kanye WestPharrell and Rita Ora.

I love how I can switch from my training gear (adidas performance or adidas for Stella McCartney) to a more casual, street look with adidas originals. For this trip, I wore my favourite Stan Smith Up shoes, Stella McCartney tights, originals tee and Pull & Bear jacket.

adidas walk of fame

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Selfie with Adi Dassler

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Since I fell in love with Adidas circa 2009, I’d always wondered how they decided on seasonal styles and collections. There have been some amazing, bold releases from Adidas over the last five years but just how did they come up with those patterns, those prints, those cuts and functional features? I was wildly ecstatic to meet the design department.

I discovered a lot of research and deliberation goes on for months before any design is signed off; they were already polishing off 2016 collections during our visit!

Each design team had a very specific focus, whether that be women’s accessories, training apparel, or running shoes. A trend team gives collated input on the most relevant rising fashion features from around the world, and the design teams conceptualize how Adidas can stay with or ahead of those trends while still being true to the brand’s origins.

If you love to dance, you'll love the new adidas Boost shoes. Now comes in high-tops!
If you love to dance, you’ll love the new adidas high-top Boost shoes. Finally!
Putting together my favourite SS2015 outfit.
Putting together my favourite SS2015 outfit.

The folks at Adidas gave us a rare sneak peek at how they bring so much awesomeness to the world of sports and fashion and we were all pretty blown away.

For the SS/2015 collection, they took inspiration from the constant movement of cities, incorporating urban landscape, colour and motion into their clothing designs.

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my favourite outfit

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I adore this colour combination! Especially the midnight blue.

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adidas spring summer 2015

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I hope my personal style gives you some inspiration on how to gear up for the new season. Happy New Year!