LOTD: Shiny Disco Ball Of Happy

Today I had a shoot with Tongue In Chic on what I’d wear for New Years Eve & why I picked my outfit. I won’t spoil the fun of why (because they’ll be releasing it soon!) but I will share the look here just because;

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  • Flawless skin: MAC foundation & pro conceal and correct palette in Medium Deep
  • Lips: MAC matte lipstick in Taupe + L.A Girl matte pigment gloss in Dreamy
  • Eyeshadow: Makeup Revolution -Makeup Geek Palette in Silver  + MAC Pigment in Blue Noir
  • Eyeliner: Makeup Forever Ink Liner in Black
  • Eyebrows: NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Black/Gray
  • Lashes: MAC Zoom Waterfast Lash + Maybelline Lash Sensational

As for my outfit of the day; 12316065_10153315527322058_7557410140053133070_nSequin tube top: Times Square at RM5 (Bargain ftw!)
High waisted pants: Cotton On
Heels: Vincci
Accessories: Deeper Than Fashion

ShopBack for The Best Deals In Town!

It’s been a crazy year which means my blog has been on a regular hiatus. You know it’s important if I start blogging, and this is something oh so important for all the shopaholics out there!

I’m a sucker for a good discount, I mean who isn’t really? There’s this wonderful thing called ShopBack; Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 3.16.07 PM

How cute is that logo?!

What it is, is basically an online shopping site to get voucher codes and deals. Sounds too good to be true, but it works like a charm!

The idea behind it is fairly simple ; Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 3.13.15 PMNot only for the fashionistas to shop, there’s something for the foodies, tech junkies & even the wanderlust travellers! I even managed to get cashback on my travel bookings with discount codes from Hotels.com. So much win as I got to save so much on accommodation!

You can sign up and get all these perks with a few easy steps. Its THIS easy;
Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 3.13.34 PMIf you happen to be anything like me and rather shop online due to convenience of never having to leave the house, or able to take breaks in between work, this site was made for you 🙂

I also managed to find this site just in time to enjoy festive shopping with the Christmas promotions! Need to get a gift? Get a gift and get cashback! It’s like instant gift karma 😉

Sign up using my promo code & get instant cashback; HERE!

Happy shopping & saving,
Harmini Asokumar

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Trip

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Being a huge ele-fan, I’ve always wanted to be up and close to a real life elephant but my conscience wouldn’t allow me to see those captured and mistreated. So when I stumbled across Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary (thanks to my friends!), I was thrilled to bits!

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary is an elephant conservation centre that helps rescue, raise and give shelter to orphaned elephants or the ones that need to be re-homed. Located in Pahang, its a 2 hour journey from Kuala Lumpur.

Things you’ll need to prepare for this trip:
– Wear shorts, casual top and flip-flops (avoid white)
– Bring an extra set of change
– Towel
– Plastic bag for the wet clothes
– Soap & shampoo for a quick shower
– Cash for the activities and food for the elephants (and you!)
– Snacks and music for the long drive

The place is secluded and deep in, so Waze proved itself to be incredibly helpful! There’s handful of activities (click on the picture below to enlarge and read!) starting from 7.45am onwards. 12105966_10153224259167058_9105045008854203208_nTo go visit there aren’t any charges, but you’ll need to pay for the activities which I feel is very reasonable. Besides, how else can you get up close and personal with elephants without causing them any harm? We opted for the elephant shower package – where you get to bath a baby elephant and have a guide take you on a tour! RM75 for two people.

We got there around 12.30pm and had lunch at the place itself. The food was decent (which I was pleasantly surprised about!). At around 1pm there was a video presentation on how the rescue and relocate the elephants, which was a real eye opener and definitely worth watching.

Once done, we were assigned to our guide. There’s four to a group (depending on the crowd), so we were lucky that it was a slow day at the sanctuary which means more one on one time with the elephants.

We were given a brief introduction of the place, what they do and then introduced to the elephants. There was a small stall set up to purchase food to feed them with an option of sugarcane or bananas; IMG_230712144784_10153224259252058_2496280108929033535_nThere were many elephants from different age groups. It was really fascinating to see how they play and react to people, how they reach out and take the food.

I was most fascinated by the oldest one there, Raja;

IMG_2316He was probably the least paid attention to, but my favourite with his gentle demeanour. Grabbing everything fed to him without skipping a beat and shoving it in his mouth, and also being cheeky with the guides.

The other two were the youngest there. As I attempted to selfie with them, the guide warned me against it as these little fellas have a tendency to be playful and pull at everything within their reach. Since I love my hair, I decided against it.
IMG_2323Moving along we were escorted to where the elephant show are. I was pretty put off by the idea but was comforted as soon as the guide explained that these elephants don’t do shows like play tricks, kick balls and stuff but have been trained to assist with rescues of other elephants. IMG_2324You could see the mutual respect that the mahout (the person who trains and works with the elephants) share with the gentle giant. These few were a different batch of elephants from the ones we fed, so there was a feeding session for them too; IMG_233612105811_10153224259732058_1882049452012207433_nIMG_2324IMG_2337Then it was time to prepare to watch them shower! We took a short walk to the area, while walking through the elephant play area ;
IMG_2322It’s a wide green area filled with fruit trees. Apparently the elephants roam free for to enjoy this area when there aren’t any guests. Besides this area, was the river the elephants bath in ;
IMG_2341The river was clean! I was so relieved that the water was clear and you could actually see through. It was fairly clean and I say fairly because the elephants tend to poop in it. However because its flowing water, it wasn’t something we needed to worry about.

Once the guides showered that batch of elephants, they brought in baby elephants to shower. In groups of four, we all took turns to go in and bath them. We went first; 12109226_10153224260267058_5817123840795393782_nThe guides splashed us with water (the cold, cold water!) to get us used to it (or probably for their own personal amusement of watching us squeal!). We were instructed to grab the sand from the bottom and give the elephant a scrub ; 12109301_10153225733317058_5541377362800224757_nOnce done we splashed some more and took some pictures before the next group took over. All in all we were in the river for about 10 minutes or so. The picture taking session had the guides in it to, so it took some major cropping skills to get an image like the one below;  IMG_2433That was it – we got out and went to shower before heading back home. There’s a deer park nearby that we didn’t get a chance to visit, but heard such great things about. Until my next time then!

Overall, it was a fantastic experience and I’d definitely do it again. The elephants are gorgeous and healthy, the place is clean and well kept, the guides were friendly and helpful – perfect for every elephant lover!
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Fallen in ele-love,
Harmini Asokumar

The Customer Is Always Right. Unless They Are Rude.

If I had a dollar for every time I come across a rude customer, I’d be rich!

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As much as I believe customer service is crucial, I also believe that you treat people the same way you want to be treated. This concept somehow is foreign to some people (read: some, not all) and it can get really frustrating especially when dealt with on a daily basis.

I’ve always used Facebook (& now Instagram) as a means of selling my products only because there’s some what of a personal touch to it; the customers can have conversations with me to fully specify their needs, wants and I can assist them along the way. The idea was to establish a more friendly, easy going approach, but with that being said, I sometimes regret this decision due to customers with a tendency to be rude.

Here’s a rough idea of “Customers Say The Darnest Things” & how a customer could actually word it since the person on the other side of the computer replying is actually a human being with feelings and a stomach to feed too.

“Why must I pay within 24 hours? I think you should change your policy. No thank you for your impatience, I didn’t even see the message”
– I didn’t see this message when it was sent. Is it okay if I proceed to make payment today as I didn’t know you have a 24 hour policy.

& to be honest, I wonder why a customer feels like its his or her place to teach me how to my business as there are obviously terms and conditions for a reason. It’s either you want it or you don’t. Kind of like how you can’t walk into Forever 21 and tell them to keep something for you and you’ll go make the purchase for it as and when you feel like. Online shopping is still shopping. Some people tend to forget that.

“I know the item is RM75, but I will pay RM50 because it’s expensive”.
I have a budget of RM50, is it possible for me to get something similar at that rate? 

My prices are none negotiable. Please don’t tell me you’ll pay me less than what the original product is worth.

“I’ve purchased items from you before so now you need to give me a discount”
I’ve made several purchases before and was hoping I could get a discount on this one?

Believe it or not, sometimes when I can I oblige to this request when asked nicely. Sometimes I even offer a discount to returning customers who I remember.

It’s come to a point where I no longer just delete the messages but instead make a conscious effort to let the customer know why my terms are as such and that I do not appreciate rudeness. Let’s face it, I can only hope that they understand how they come across and make an effort to be kinder the next time around.

For every one rude customer, I’ve been blessed with a dozen completely amazing ones & for them, I am thankful that they are courteous, kind and well mannered. Keep up the good vibes.

Treat people how you’d like to be treated,
Harmini Asokumar

Rainbow Resurrection

As life gets the best of me because I’m making the best of it, I’m neglected this space and I apologise; running my own empire at my own terms has proven to be a bigger challenge than I thought it would be and the perfectionist in me won’t rest until I’m where I want to be. Where that is, I’m not even quite sure yet, all I know is I’ll get there and when I do I’ll know it.

With so many blessings headed my way, there’s been some downfalls which lead to some dancing in the rain awaiting the rainbow to appear. You know I love my rainbows 🙂

Signing in to send some love, light & good vibes your way. I’ll make it a personal goal to update as much as possible; there’s a pending list of 50+ topics I need to write about. I’ll get to it & hopefully you’ll love it.

Guess who’s back , back again,
Harmini Asokumar (‘s back tell a friend)

Vasa Black – Sudio Sweden Headphones Review

I can’t think of a single person who’d say that they don’t love music. It’s something that is embedded and bred without having to learn it. I’ll be the first to admit that I happen to be tone deaf (but in my head sound like Beyonce) but it doesn’t really matter because of how it makes you feel. I’m all about the good feeling!

Always on the go means my music is too! The thing is, I’ve invested in over 6 earphones, all of which have failed me. Then I found Sudio.

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This sleek and sexy design of the Vasa black with its gorgeous champagne gold detailing really caught my eye & to be honest, looks better in real than in the pictures.

Not only does it look oh-so good, the sound quality is fantastic. Perfect for when I’m out and wanting to listen to music or take a break and watch movies whilst working. I love that it’s compatible with my Apple products too!

But here’s the good news for you (yes you reading this!)- Use the discount code: “deeperthanfashion“, and enjoy 15% off through the Sudio website till the end of November! Also, it’s free shipping to Malaysia! 🙂

You can thank me later 😉

Watercolove.

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I promised myself I’d learn new forms of art. After leaving my full-time job as a communications executive and embarking into a full time of my own business, I figured this would be the perfect time to take up classes. After all, knowledge is limitless 🙂

I saw that Stickeriffic was having watercolour classes & at such reasonable rates too. I decided to give it a go. I had previously dabbled with it before and enjoyed it but never continued. The classes covered mostly basics as well as some hands on teaching of how to paint certain types of flowers.

At the end of the class, we were all asked to create our own wreath painting & this was mine;
11782386_10153059895547058_8514791951045379413_oI can’t wait to explore this not so new medium that I’m starting to learn again. More experimenting was done already;

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Stickeriffic offers a variety of classes, and selling some really awesome crafty stuff too. If you are into art & crafts, you’ll absolutely love it!

Painting with all the colours of the wind,
Harmini Asokumar

Suunto Essential Collection

Time is something I personally take very seriously. I’m always on time or at least try to be as punctual as possible. I plan ahead just because I hate making people wait & hate waiting. There’s so much to do and any time wasted is something you can’t get back.

I used to rely on my phone to tell me the time, until I met Suunto and it’s Essential collection. What drew me to it mostly was the whole concept that it was made for the heritage of adventure. Known in the watch industry for over 75 years, I knew this was a watch that obviously was a great investment.  Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 1.30.45 PMScreen Shot 2015-12-16 at 1.26.57 PMHow sexy are those?! With its minimalistic design that pays attention to key details without compromising on precision and reliability, one can’t help but fall in love. Looking for something with style and substance? Suunto Essential is your go to watch.

I obviously had to unleash my inner Beyonce with this classy piece; 10255457_10153160694652058_5395607124108402666_oWith it’s clean lines and classic look, this unisex design definitely gets noticed a lot. Using only high grade stainless steel, sapphire crystal and tanned leather, this beauty is fit for wear and tear which I love because I’m constantly on the go.

Want one for yourself? Go get one! www.suunto.com

Always on time,
Harmini Asokumar

Mixed Herb Mushroom Chicken Sausage Pasta Recipe

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Cooking is something that is super foreign to me (by that I mean I absolutely do not use the kitchen unless its to concoct Deeper Than Beauty products).

However quitting my 9-6 job has given me more time to learn new things and that includes having to feed myself. The end result to my first attempt was pretty damn good (with my boyfriend to back it up :P) ; 11222673_10153049950787058_7166660669232488497_o After searching for countless recipes online because I needed the easiest to follow, I’ve stumbled upon a recipe that works from Pinchofyum.com & tweaked it a little. You can go directly to the website for the original recipe, but here’s what I did which was enough for two people;

  • 4 handfuls of San Remo Spirals pasta
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 10 brown button mushrooms
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced.
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 3 tablespoons of MasterFoods – Mixed Herbs (thyme, rosemary, marjoram, basil, oregano, sage)
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Parsley for taste (optional)
  • Chicken sausages (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Pasta: Cook the pasta in boiling water at medium heat for about 7 minutes. Along the way, do check the consistency and leave in longer/ remove earlier if you feel its cooked. Drain water and set aside. Toss with a little olive oil to prevent sticking or alternatively, you can add in when cooking itself.
  • Mushrooms: Melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium high heat in a pan. Add 2 cloves of the garlic and saute for a minute until fragrant. Add the mushrooms and sauté for 5-10 minutes, until golden brown and softened. Set aside.
  • Sauce: Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the pan and melt again over medium high heat. Add the extra garlic and saute for a minute until fragrant. Add the flour and mixed herbes. Stir fry for a minute to cook out the flour taste. Add the milk slowly, whisking to incorporate. Let the mixture simmer until thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Sausages: Boil the sausages with a pinch of salt and cut them into chunks when ready.

Assemble: Toss the sauce, pasta, sausages and mushrooms together. Add the olive oil and water as needed to keep the sauce from getting too thick. Stir in the parsley just before serving. 11779847_10153049857317058_5306152833950284855_oPersonally for me the sauce was too little so I would probably in future double it up. The creamier the carbonara sauce, the better 🙂 Instead of sausages, you can just add more mushrooms or actual chunks of chicken. Sausage was just my lazy, trial option. Hope this helps the cooking newbies like me!

If I can cook it, so can you,
Harmini Asokumar 

Mermaid Hair Don’t Care.

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I officially have the mermaid hair I’ve always wanted thanks to Shaun Cheong of Shaun Hair Studio in Publika. 11053492_10153026726052058_1916560724559992481_nThe best part about it all? Bleached and dyed several times but my hair is still soft thanks to the 5 step treatment that Shaun provides!
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I’m feelin’ myself,
Harmini Asokumar