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Insider Roundup: Maria Carey Launches Her Book & More

Feel-good updates

Even during trying times, good news still exists. For starters, Mariah Carey just launched her deeply personal book where fans will get an intimate glimpse of her life story. Next, fashion icon Chiara Ferragni announced her second pregnancy. We also have the exciting news of Park Seo Joon becoming the ambassador for BYS Philippines. In fashion news: PANDORA launched its Star Wars charms and Aldo released a sustainable collection. Over in the social media world, Facebook merges Messenger with Instagram DM. Finally, for those who missed cruises, a cruise to nowhere might just be on the horizon in Singapore. 


Here's our weekly wrap-up of news that will cheer you up.


Mariah Carey launches memoir



After teasing fans with an unboxing video of her book, Mariah Carey's memoir has been launched to the public just in time for the celebration of her 30th year in the music industry. The book, titled The Meaning of Mariah Carey, is the pop star's recollection of her climb to fame and the struggles that came with it. "It took me a lifetime to have the courage and the clarity to write my memoir. I want to tell the story of the moments — the ups and downs, the triumphs and traumas, the debacles and the dreams, that contributed to the person I am today," she wrote on the book's website. Intrigued? It's now available on Apple Books, Google Play and Audible


Aldo now has a sustainable collection



Following the launch of RPPL, their first sustainable sneaker made from recycled plastic bottles, Aldo is now launching a whole collection of sustainable pieces called ALDO Love Planet. This particular collection will not only include shoes but also feature bags and accessories for both men and women. In line with their goals toward becoming sustainable, they have also phased out single-use paper shopping bags globally and developed a new foam material from lake algae biomass. Check out their launch and other sustainable initiatives here.


Park Seo Joon for BYS Philippines



In celebration of its 8th anniversary in the Philippines, Australian beauty brand BYS signed Park Seo Joon as their latest ambassador. Soon, we'll be seeing his dreamy face in promotional ads. The 31-year-old actor has been gaining a lot of attention lately for starring in a couple of big shows like What's Wrong With Secretary Kim (2018), Itaewon Class (2020) and Record of Youth (2020). We can't wait to see more of him!


Chiara Ferragni announces second pregnancy




Chiara Ferragni just announced her second pregnancy and her fans are cheering for her and her new baby. Just a few weeks ago, she talked to her followers on Instagram Stories about her plans of having a second child — and now she actually has one on the way. We wonder about the maternity looks she'll be serving us soon.

PANDORA x Star Wars


Pandora Star Wars Necklace


Calling all Star Wars fanatics! PANDORA just released a 12-piece collection that includes 10 regular charms, a bracelet and a limited-edition collector's charm. You'll find some chic and cute figurine depictions of iconic characters from the Star Wars galaxy. What's more, it's sustainably made from recycled metals so you can enjoy cruelty-free jewellery. The collection is now available at PANDORA stores and online in Singapore and Malaysia.


Facebook merges Messenger and Instagram DMs



Got a lot of sliding action going on in your inbox? Well, things are about to become more streamlined because Facebook is giving the option to merge Messenger and Instagram DMs in one place. The move was announced on their blog post, which reads: "More than a billion people already use Messenger as a place to share, hang out and express themselves with family and friends. That’s why we’re connecting the Messenger and Instagram experience to bring some of the best Messenger features to Instagram — so you have access to the best messaging experience, no matter which app you use." What do you think of this update?

Cruises To Nowhere may come soon 


After Singapore Airlines halted their Flights To Nowhere program due to environmental concerns, a new leisure travel idea has popped up: Cruises To Nowhere. In case you're not familiar with how it works, Flights or Cruises To Nowhere are designed to make the act of travelling a destination in itself. For example, a plane will take off and just fly within the boundaries of a country and go back down again. What it offers is a change of scenery and the experience of boarding a flight again. It does sound peculiar, but we are living in peculiar times. As of now, the Singapore Tourism Board is coming up with guidelines and is in talks with possible partners for the Cruises To Nowhere idea. Let's see where this goes.  


(Cover photo from: @mariahcarey)


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