Confessions: 3 Men Spill What They Think About Self-Care | Clozette


Self-care has been around for as long as we can remember. But it wasn't until the latter parts of 2018 that it became a lifestyle phenomenon.  Technically, it simply refers to a self-initiated act of ensuring one's health and overall wellbeing. But now, the term has also been associated with indulgence, mindfulness and even advanced self-efficacy.


For us women, slipping into self-care methods and practices seem easy because most of them are already leaning towards our own natural inclinations. Not to mention that most articles, products or services that are dubbed to follow the idea of self-care are usually geared towards us. Men, on the other hand, are rarely on the same plane when self-care is discussed. So this got us wondering about their thoughts on this new aspect of lifestyle. After a little investigation, here's what we found about what men think of self-care.


Tristan Arambulo, Nursing Student




"Self-care, to me, is the mindset that even the simplest things and practices like combing your hair, putting on your favourite perfume or taking a nap merit value. It's making time to do things that make you feel good and recharged despite being too busy or too tired. And as I mentioned, it doesn't have to be a grand gesture or activity. You just have to believe it to be. As a nursing student who's got a busy schedule, that's self-care in my book."


Merwayne Uy, Industrial Designer



"Like most people, I also enjoy watching movies and listening to music in my downtime. But what really recharges me is creating scale models. From building miniature house models to three-dimensional full-size ones that require super-detailing, the calm and steady process of this hobby is personally stress-relieving as it allows me to exercise full concentration and awareness."


Mark Siew, Client Services Manager




"Self-care for me are three things. [First is] skincare. I try to keep my skincare routine as simple as possible, limiting everything to just three steps (cleansing, moisturising, sun protection). I find the simpler the routine, the more likely I am to stick to it. I always go for products that are labelled 'suitable for Asian skin' because it's nice to think that somebody formulated them with me in mind.


[Next is] diet. I have been eating healthier recently, adding more fruits and vegetables to my diet. But some weekends, I do cheat and order Dominos Delivery, which is always followed by a mandatory two days of self-loathing.


[Lastly,] hobbies. I take a lot of walks, especially in the evenings. It helps me process the day's events and clear my head for the next day. When I need an extra positivity booster, I visit the local cat cafe (Purradise), which never fails to cheer me up. I'm allergic to fur, which is unfortunate. But it's always the things you love that hurt you the most."


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In the past three years, we have spotted two defined style trends in the Clozette Community that have never wavered in popularity no matter the season. Whether we're in the middle of a scorching summer or experiencing a streak of rainy afternoons, the uplifting aesthetic of florals and pastels remained as wardrobe staples. These days, stylish gals are even combining the two beloved styles to create pastel floral outfits. Keep scrolling to take a look at how fashionistas are sporting the revamped look of two enduring trends.


Sleek


(Photo from: ElaineHeng)


Casual


(Photo from: laveenab)



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We've got only one week to go till we celebrate CNY 2019. And by this time, we bet that you've already picked out an outfit. However, your ensemble isn't complete without adding some fancy Chinese New Year accessories to match the occasion. From opulent gold necklaces to chic earrings, here are the pieces you should consider wearing for the festivities.


Goldheart Headfirst Pendants & Fortune Pig Charms


SGD158/~USD116.69 each


One of the best things that the Year of the Pig brings is cute CNY merchandise. Even jewellery pieces are sold with attached adorable pig charms. It's not only worn for aesthetic, but these accessories can also bring luck to the wearer. Pair these three-dimensional yellow gold Headfirst Pendants & Fortune Pig Charms with your Lunar New Year outfit for an added prosperous touch.


Oscar De La Renta painted flowers

USD225 (net-a-porter.com)


If you're someone who's not really into showy accessories, you can also wear a simple pair of button earrings. Try this versatile, gold-lined pair from Oscar De La Renta, which works not only for the Chinese New Year but also for other events.


BONIA Ananas collection


MYR899/~USD218.50 (bonia.com)


Due to its similarities with the Chinese word that roughly means "come prosperity", the Pineapple or wong lai in Cantonese and ong lai in Hokkien, has long been a symbol of good luck and prosperity for the Chinese. Boost your luck this year by sporting this pineapple-themed bag from BONIA. It's also a perfect piece for the upcoming summer season.


Chloé Rosie

SGD665/~USD491.14


Explore the Chinese New Year capsule collections of heritage brands and you'll surely find unique designer pieces. This year, we spotted this chic pair of rose-tinted sunglasses from Chloé. If you love dainty accessories, you won't want to miss adding this pretty pair to your arsenal.



Olivia Burton Enchanted Garden Gold


SGD179/~USD132.20


The start of the Lunar New Year is the perfect opportunity to scout for new wristwatches. Various regal designs with gold trimmings and touches of red are released by this time of the year. Out of all the latest launches, this elegant timepiece from Olivia Burton caught our eye. Whether you pair it with your go-to cheongsam or just your casual workwear, its sophisticated allure will give any outfit an added charm.


Bata CNY collection




Fans of floral designs will be delighted with Bata's Chinese New Year collection for 2019. From the casual slingbacks to dressy wedges, all the pieces in this release are adorned with delicate traditional detailing and contemporary touches. The good news doesn't stop there. For branches in Singapore, Bata is offering some special in-store promotions and attractive offers with just a minimum purchase and spend of two items at SGD68.


Next, check out these style pieces that will elevate your CNY look.


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