Zumba Fitness with Plus!

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Once in a while, it’s always nice to force yourself to do something you don’t think you’d otherwise be doing..? I don’t think dancing Zumba has once ever crossed my mind in my entire life, but when I got approached to attend the Zumba Fitness event, presented by Plus!, I gave a delightful “yes”!

It was a pity that I caught the flu bug just a day before the event so I was feeling all groggy and tired but nonetheless, still a wonderful experience to be in the midst of families and friends right in the heart of Orchard Road at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, on a Sunday morning.
Truly, it was a promising turn out of more than 1200 people, including the elderly and kids as young as 3 years of age. With that numbers, “Plus! Presents Zumba® Fitness” exceeded the current Singapore Book of Records for the category of “Largest Zumba Dance”, beating the 990 participants number. I spotted familiar brands such as Skechers, but I never knew that Plus! had Etude House, Zalora and Lazada in the programme as well!

Plus! aims to extend its offering to members by presenting new lifestyle events to support an active lifestyle, encouraging its 1.6 million members to stay healthy (and happy)!

It was also my honour to meet Mr. Tony Tan, CEO of NTUC Link that runs the Plus! Programme and Zee Yoong Kang, CEO of the Health Promotion Board who was the Guest of Honour of the event, that morning.

Sundays are my sleep in days, but I guess waking up early for this was pretty rewarding!

Plus! EXTENDS BEYOND A LOYALTY PROGRAMME, where you can find more information on their website: http://www.plus.com.sg

About Plus! Programme: Plus! is Singapore’s award-winning and largest consumer loyalty programme that aims to help stretch the value of working families’ hard-earned dollars through LinkPoints and other benefits. The Plus! Programme is managed by NTUC Link Private Limited. Since its incorporation in 1998, NTUC Link has delivered value and savings to members through its strategic partnerships with popular quality merchants who offer LinkPoints and other attractive rewards. Currently, Plus! has about 1.6 million members, reaches over 85% of Singapore households and has over 1,000 participating merchant outlets island wide.

Plus! Rewards – There are 4 key types of rewards – Top Favourites, uShow, uBid and uExperience. More information can be found at http://plus.com.sg/rewards-main

Wish Upon A Click with Plus! – Plus! annual return back to society initiative where 3 Members’ wishes will be granted by Plus! and voters for the wish will be rewarded with LinkPoints. Submission of votes start on 23 November 2014. Start making your wishes at bit.ly/Makeyourwishnow

Photos by Jonathan Raedeke

Love,
Mel

Aldo Rise

So for the past week while I was in New York City, I’ve been working very hard on styling some looks for one of my top favorite shoe brands—ALDO. It cannot adequately put to words how excited I was to have been given a chance to feature ALDO in New York City—the initial place where I first fell in love with this brand.

ALDO has always been very fashion forward in their designs and styles, and they have always designed the most highly sought after heel types, fabric prints and amazing cuts. I specially chose an item from the ALDO Rise Collection featuring their latest 2014 Fall Series, showcasing a successful collaboration with London-based fashion label Ostwald Helgason.

Pushing the boundaries of creativity, there’s a beautiful balance in color, texture, pattern and very clean shapes, almost perfect for the minimalist at heart. I love how the entire collection is fun but yet polished and also extremely wearable.

At ALDO, perfection means finding the perfect pair of shoes for any situation. It’s the reward that comes from knowing who you are, deciding what you want, and recognizing that only you can find your “PERFECT PAIR”! Read on to learn more about my #PERFECTPAIR..

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The ALDO Rise collection of footwear and handbags features a mishmash of textures and colors—from tweed to felt and from oxblood to navy, all screaming the season of Fall. I love how felt is merged with bright poppy leathers and vinyls, shiny put together with matte and the best part of all, extremely clean cut shapes.

Expanding my boundaries from the classic heels, I’ve ventured into off-the-runway cylindrical heels in this pair of tweed boots and matching handbag.

This set was immediately my top pick as soon as it met my eye.

I think boys will never understand but a girl can never have enough shoes. I am guilty of owning far too many but sometimes, having a whole lot for you to choose from when matching an outfit can be one of the best feelings in the world.

I also curated a couple of looks with a few other pairs of ALDO shoes that I personally handpicked. They’re all the most simple and basic, good for almost any outfit but yet each of them have their own distinctively stunning characteristic.

This is definitely the most classic of them all. I went for the “all black” classic with a red pop at the heel. An eye-catching contrast from the entire look.

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I would definitely consider this pair of heels a staple piece that has something very special to it.

I deliberately dressed up in a very simple but yet wearable outfit to display how a pair of lace up heels could add that much spice to the entire look. This one is definitely a keeper because of how comfortable it is, and because it never harms to own a couple of statement heels.

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The last outfit that I styled is meant to portray divine elegance. Minimal details but just intricate lines in a beautiful gold tone. It’s one of those pairs that can match with practically anything you’re wearing. Just a pair of heels can add so much sophistication and class don’t you think so?

This pair is also my #PERFECTPAIR. It’s design is so simple, but yet classic and elegant, surely akin to my style preference. It is perfect to me because it complements almost any outfit I own in my wardrobe. Being a “perfect pair” to me means adding to add a little something without taking away much from it. This gorgeous pair of heels does not steal the limelight from the outfit but yet it adds a fine touch of class to the overall look.

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If you love the shoes like I do, go head over heels this giveaway where you can stand a chance to win $200 worth of ALDO vouchers by following the steps below:

1. ‘Like’ ALDO Singapore’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AldoSingapore)
2. Post your Shoe of the Day (SOTD) on ALDO Singapore’s FB Wall with a hashtag #ALDOSGPERFECTPAIR
OR Hashtag any of your picture on Facebook/Instagram with your favourite pair of shoe with #ALDOSGPERFECTPAIR and “ALDOxMelissa”

Good Luck!

Preppy Collared Tunic by Dressaelle | Heels and Bags by ALDO Rise
Black Midi Dress by Ladymojo | Black Heels from ALDO
Striped Top from H&M | Midi Skirt from Dressabelle | Bag from Bonia | Lace Up Heels from ALDO
Dress from Keepsakethelabel | Bag from Bonia | Gold Strappy Sandals from ALDO
Photos by Multifolds Photography
Styling by Melissa C. Koh

Love,
Mel