Statement jewellery spotted at Colette in Mandarin Gallery

Carmen and Natasha are SUPER obsessed with statement jewellery at the moment. Anyone else feeling the same way, or is it just us?

Always on the lookout for statement jewellery, Carmen & Natasha spotted Colette at Mandarin gallery (and conveniently next door to the shoe store Scarlet & Ebony).

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Colette feels like an Aladdin’s cave filled with all sorts of jewellery..from the BLING CHA-CHING to understated elegance, there is definitely something for everyone in this store.

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STATEMENT RINGS!!!!! Yes please. 
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Handbags galore too…. Oh and look more hats! j5

Loving this coin necklace below – would look gorgeous paired with a grecian dress. j4

Cool cuff bracelets below! j3

Carmen actually noticed this white necklace below and this is what drew her into the store in the first place. So gorgeous and it’s hard to find a white necklace that doesn’t look cheap. Although admittedly the price tag wasn’t exactly cheap for this either…. Around the $200-300 mark from memory. j2.jpg
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You can check out their website below for all their store locations in Singapore! Carmen and Natasha visited their store in Mandarin Gallery.

http://www.colette.com.sg/colette.html

 

Charlotte Olympia takes sweet tooth to a completely new level!

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Carmen and Natasha have always had mixed feelings about spring/summer collection. On one hand, the thought of welcoming bright colors and new patterns is beyond exciting. On the other hand, the thought of how we need to really pull ourselves together and resist the temptation to drain our bank account in the name of fashion also makes us a tad giddy.

The other day, Natasha made the mistake of going to On Pedder in Ngee Ann City, because a little voice inside her head tells her there’s something really cute to look at. So in she went and she saw the cutest collection by Charlotte Olympia. Her shoes look good enough to eat and the pictures below say it all.

Natasha is in love with the shoes below. In fact, she’s borderline obsessed with them. How gorgeous and yummy looking! Yes, we like our shoes with a cherry on top please – literally! Thankfully they cost SGD1450, so Natasha slowly backed away and bid them a silent ‘good-bye’.

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Again, how yummy looking are the shoes below! Check out the cone heel! (by the way we have our eyes Valentino’s rock stud heel in neon green on the background. LOVE!)

20140415-212510.jpgCarmen and Natasha can picture the shoes below being worn by Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde, or Alicia Silverstone in Clueless.

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Words can’t describe how much we want to eat the shoes below with the charm bracelet ankle strap!

20140415-212527.jpgCheck out Charlotte Olynpia’s newest Spring/ Summer collection at On Pedder on level 2, Ngee Ann City, Orchard Road. Don’t say we didn’t warn you, because most of the stuff there are to die for at the moment.

 

Vintage fashion in Singapore: Her Vintage Finds

Her Vintage Finds were very kind in sending Carmen a gorgeous vintage dress to show Singapore that you can rock vintage around the little red dot! So here is Carmen rocking the vintage look (note: Carmen did have to alter the dress slightly, but as you can see it now fits great!).

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Carmen decided to accessorise the vintage dress with a wide white belt (from BCBG Maxazria) and a chunky necklace from Thailand (featured in one of our previous blog posts on shopping in Bangkok!). She also glammed up the makeup using Shizens mascara (which really lengthens lashes!) and a bright red lip (ILIA lip gloss in heartbeat) to finish off the look. BeFunky_null_1.jpgHere are some other dresses that Carmen and Natasha approve of from Her Vintage Finds. It’s so nice to glam it up and look elegant even in this heat!

80s VINTAGE EMMA SKIRT – $39 SGD

We could imagine this skirt would go so well with a flowy soft pastel top tucked into the skirt and pointy heels. Loving this skirt and at such an affordable price it’s so easy to rock vintage!

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70s HOSSIN DRESS – $54 SGD

This dress below is so bright and cheerful, and we are loving the asian cheong sam inspired twist too. With the right accessories (we’re thinking white!) this would look amazing and we love how HVF styled this dress with a gold belt too.

 

 

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70s ONYX RING – $16.90 SGD

Loving this ring with the black nail polish!

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http://hervintagefinds.com

 

 

 

Spotlight on Shopping in Chapel Street, Melbourne Part 2: Peter Alexander

IMG_7334So when we have the opportunity to go shopping on Chapel Street, Melbourne, the other must-see shop is the one and only Peter Alexander. There’s something about the shop that draws people to enter and experience the brand. Starting from the adorable dachshund dog handle, which by the way was inspired by Penelope, Peter Alexander’s dog, to the beautiful scent of burning Glasshouse candle permeating the store, and the cozy store lighting which makes you feel all warm and fuzzy (especially when it’s freezing outside!).

Natasha absolutely adores Peter Alexander sleepwear, it’s affordable, good quality and downright comfy. There’s a big range from slouchy pyjama pants or shorts, to something more sexy. Oh and it has a men’s section, as well as babies and kids. It’s hard to go in and not buy anything, which seems to be Carmen and Natasha’s recurring problem. Ehem…IMG_7333

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IMG_7352For all of the diehard Mickey and Minnie Mouse fans out there – there are some really cute selections (even though we’re not big on Mickey and Minnie).

IMG_7338These legwarmers are super adorable! And trust us, when you go to Melbourne during winter, you will appreciate these babies keeping your legs warm while you walk around your house.

IMG_7351 IMG_7350Natasha was obsessed with the glittery UGG-like boots below and nearly bought them until a voice of reason told her to put it down and reminded her that the last time we checked, the ‘coldest’ Singapore gets is 25 degrees Celsius!

IMG_7348We love the PJ pants below with the rose pattern and the initial PA embroidered on it. And again, they’re super soft and comfy, perfect to bum around on lazy weekends.IMG_7347And check out the cute hot water bottles below! These would make excellent gifts for those of you who have friends living in countries with colder climate.

IMG_7346Here’s a look at some of the men’s selection. How cute is the shorts with the hot dog pattern!

IMG_7344And here’s a look at part of the baby and kids corner. The patterns are just adorable and there are a lot of options to choose from!

IMG_7340And last but not least, the super adorable paperbag with Penelope the Dachshund on it. How can you not love the paperbag! And just in case you’re wondering, that is not Natasha’s hairy arm. Her dear husband kindly posed as the arm model for this blog. :)IMG_7360So there you have it! Peter Alexander has several shops around Australia, and most likely there’s one in every major mall so be on the lookout for it.

Scarlet & Ebony: Up to 90% off shoes sale in Singapore!

Yes that’s right – up to 90% off gorgeous shoes at the moment at the Scarlet & Ebony store in Mandarin Gallery, Orchard.

This sale is CRAY CRAY, and on top of that we noticed that not many people seem to be aware of this sale, so you seriously need to get down into this store before all the good stuff is gone!

The shoes are gorgeous, high quality and include top notch brands (we even spotted Christian Lacroix shoes here!).

One of the most awesome shoe stores in SG, you have GOT to get down here!

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Carmen ended up buying these gorgeous Italian shoes below, discounted from over $300sgd to just over $100. Complete bargain! BeFunky_IMG_1868.jpg

There are a LOT of shoes on sale, and as you can see below they have a whole range of discounts that apply to their shoes, from 10-90% off (that’s quite a range!). BeFunky_null_1.jpg

These shoes below weren’t on sale, but we love them anyway. They will knock you back $299SGD  - we know these aren’t Charles & Keith prices but they are great quality! BeFunky_null_2.jpgThe store also sells bags, jewellery & other accessories! Loving this nautical themed bag below in the window display (we also love the turquoise shoe!) BeFunky_null_55.jpg

They also sell flip flops with a slight heel for those who want comfort combined with class, and we tested them – they are super comfortable!
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Some more gorgeous shoes in their window display – you could definitely go crazy in this store!!! BeFunky_null_28.jpgWe have heard the sale will be on for at least the next few weeks.

Here are the store’s details:

Scarlet & Ebony:

333A Orchard Road Mandarin Gallery #02-23, Singapore 238897
Tel: +65 67321855

Website: http://scarletandebony.com

Note they also have other stores around Singapore, check out their website for more details.

 

 

Spotlight on shopping in Chapel Street, Melbourne Part 1: Alannah Hill

IMG_7393Natasha was lucky enough to go on a quick getaway to one of her favorite cities in the world, Melbourne, her home for nearly 10 years.  Anyone who knows Melbourne would agree that one of the city’s must-sees for any fashionista is Chapel Street, located in the suburb of South Yarra. Chapel Street is a long stretch of street full of shops displaying Australia’s top designers, as well as other global brands. You’ll be spoiled for choices if you want to have a quick break and decide to grab a bite to eat or get a dose of your caffeine injection (which Melbourne is also famous for!).

So enough of the intro, let’s get to the fun bit – going to the shops and snap a few pics for our lovely readers and followers :) Natasha’s first stop was Alannah Hill, definitely one of Carmen and Natasha’s favorite Australian designers. What’s not to like about Alannah Hill? From her absolutely gorgeous dresses, that are so feminine and girly, to her accessories, and the whimsical decor of her boutique oh and did we mention the girls that work there are always so damn pretty and picture perfect (and friendly!).

Alannah Hill is famous for her ultra feminine clothes and we’ve always loved her cardigans! They’re almost too beautiful to wear! Think beautiful fit, intricate detail including lace and beads and ribbon. Sigh…. Carmen and Natasha can go on and on.. Pricewise, it’s definitely not cheap. Her cardigans start from AUD169 and above but it’s oh-so-worth it! Dresses are AUD269 and above, but trust us, once you feel the quality and the fit, it’s hard not to cause a bit of damage to your bank account.IMG_7396

IMG_7402Natasha couldn’t help but pick a few pieces herself and take a quick pic with the beautiful ladies that work there. And yes, that’s Champagne in Natasha’s hand, not apple juice disguised in a Champagne flute.IMG_7449

IMG_7453Here’s a picture of the gorgeous Tara, check out her hair! Love! Natasha had to exercise every bit of her self-control muscle to resist those macarons and yet she failed at resisting the Champers. IMG_7452We love Alannah Hill’s accessories. The shoes are very Valentino and check out those gloves and belt! IMG_7398

IMG_7399How adorable is the matching hat and scarf in black and white! If only Singapore was a few degrees cooler. Okay maybe make that 20 degrees cooler.IMG_7400So here are a few things that Natasha took home with her. The cardigan below is her absolute favorite. The bow is so divine and each flower is embroidered!IMG_7661Here’s a closeup of the detailing. And check out the button. Love, love and love!IMG_7662Being a huge fan of floral print, Natasha went gaga over the dress below. How can she not? The colors are so pretty, and the beading on the collar and it fits absolutely beautifully!IMG_7663

IMG_7664Okay so she loved it so much that she decided to get the skirt as well :) Pair it with a nice crisp white shirt and a signature necklace, put your hair up in a messy bun, pick up a matching clutch and espadrilles or wedges and off you go!       IMG_7665Alannah Hill has a few shops around Melbourne, but the Chapel Street shop is the flagship store. So next time you go to Melbourne, do yourself a favor and stop by!

 

Fashion Meets Art at StyleTribute.com

20140330-144039.jpgCarmen and Natasha were recently invited to the launch event of StyleTribute.com, an online platform specializing on pre-loved luxury items. We think it’s an excellent idea to recycle your fashion items, considering fashion changes all the time and you probably get bored of half of the stuff you have in your wardrobe anyway. Besides, selling your stuff means you now have the space allowance in your closet and the money to buy some more stuff! :)

The theme of the event is Fashion Meets Art, and the clothes and accessories are color coordinated with the paintings on the wall. Mind you, we were expecting a different take on the meaning of Fashion Meets Art, but hey we had a lot of fun anyway!

Here we are posing with Style Tribute’s Stephanie Crespin, who looked gorgeous in her teal dress and gold choker necklace.

20140330-144048.jpgWe love the two beaded vintage bags below. It has a 1920s feel to it, and they make a great bag for cocktail parties because it can actually fit more than just your phone, a few cards and a compact powder!

20140330-144213.jpg20140330-144059.jpgCarmen and Natasha love this black and white paisley dress below, and how cute is the pair of Marni monochrome pumps perched nicely on the pipe! This dress has tiny beads that glittered under the light and it has a backless cut. It’s so demure and elegant and definitely got our vote!

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20140330-144200.jpgNatasha had a minor, potentially leaning more towards major, crush on this Balmain leather blazer and its structured shoulders. If only Singapore was ten degrees cooler… Sigh..

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20140330-144230.jpgWe’re loving one of this year’s spring trends, florals, so we decided to dress up in something girly and feminine.

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20140330-144252.jpgWe both love this painting below! We’re no art experts, but there’s something about the softness that this painting exudes that made us stop in our tracks and admire it for a bit – no small feat considering we usually get easily distracted!

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We love this picture of Stephanie and one of her guests who looked very Parisian chic in her strappy high heels and a very very nice handbag! There’s something about monochrome that is simply elegant and understated. And there’s definitely something about a black Birkin that dresses up even the dullest outfits.

20140330-144353.jpgSo after snapping a few pics, we thought it’s time to pick out a few of our favorite fashion items from the rack. The first one is the red shirt dress below from Diane von Furstenberg. How gorgeous is the dress! Dress it down with a clutch and strappy sandals, or dress it up with a statement necklace and tote bag, plus killer stilettos or peep toe shoes!

20140330-144414.jpgOur next pick was this beautiful and sexy red dress from L’wren Scott (may she rest in peace!). One thing for sure, this dress didn’t stay on the rack for very long as we saw someone snatched it a few minutes after this picture was taken.

20140330-144420.jpgThe next dress was from Warehouse. We love the bright colors and simplicity of the cut, which you can easily jazz up with a statement necklace and stacked bracelets.

20140330-144435.jpgThe black and white Stella McCartney dress below got our vote. It has an unusual cut but we can totally picture this dress at a cocktail party with a pair of fuchsia or orange pumps to complete the look.

20140330-144442.jpgThe top from Etro below is one of our favorites. We think it would look awesome with white denim and a pair of tan espadrilles or wedges.

20140330-144447.jpgStyleTribute.com definitely has our support! Although the items are pre-loved, they’re still in an extremely good condition and you’re paying a third of what the items were sold for so why not? And if you get bored with it, which we often do, then just sell it again! :)

 

EGG3: An Erskine Road Gem

Carmen was recently wandering around Erskine road (near Chinatown) and spotted this gem called EGG3! We are loving how super creative the retail market is becoming in Singapore (it seems the bar is raised pretty high these days!) and it’s such a joy to stumble on yet another creative space where you can see so much love and passion has gone into creating a fun store which is so enjoyable to browse through! IMG_1700

We love how the whole store seems like a curation of individual pieces, with jewellery set amongst printed t-shirts amongst cool work bags amongst Moroccan lanterns!IMG_1695

Loving the shoes below – especially the colourful print ones at the bottom – so fun and very Carmen & Natasha!!!IMG_1697

As you can see from the picture below, the store is a treasure trove. You could spend so much time just admiring all the individual pieces before even considering trying anything on!IMG_1698

Ok we are in love with the cushions below, but the funky tee next to a cute print dress is also very sweet. IMG_1693

Their earrings below in the white cupboard were also very cute and VERY AFFORDABLE! Think – fashion jewellery that is reasonably priced – finally! IMG_1696Loved the cute display below! It reminds us of all the care and effort taken into creating intricate window displays in Selfridges or Harvey Nichols in London – this is just a bit closer to home! Love the vintage clocks, prints of birds and random plants scattered around!

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You can visit EGG3 at the following address:

33 Erskine Road
Singapore 069333

Operating Hours: Mon – Sat: 10.00 am to 8.00 pm
Sun: 10.30 am to 7.00 pm

Website currently under maintenance….

 

iROO: what’s in stores right now in SG

iROO is one of those brands where it is fun to walk into the store, but then you try to work out how much of their collection is actually wearable and what should be considered… well let’s just call it “art”.

So we decided to venture in this time to find out what was currently in stores right now…

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This piece above is actually pretty cool, but then again we can’t really see ourselves walking down the street without either knocking someone out with those serious ruffles or just getting stared at for being a sad wannabe Carrie Bradshaw from SATC.


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Jury’s out on this green dress above too. It looks cute on the rack and totally in love with the colour, but as soon as you put it on you can’t help but feel the shapeless sack just doesn’t suit everyone….BeFunky_IMG_1652.jpg

You will probably either love or hate this outfit above. The “skort” was actually super comfortable and from memory not expensive at all. We liked the top too and could imagine it would look great paired with white jeans. Very aztec inspired.

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The fun canary yellow print dress above was Carmen’s favourite. Super chirpy and fun for Singapore – we could imagine teaming this with a white belt to cinch in the waist and could definitely imagine this in our closets. IMG_1659

iRoo actually has some pretty cool bags, shoes and accessories at the moment. Loved these cutout black boots above. 
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Also liked the bright red cutout back above which was fun and adds a pop of colour to your outfit!IMG_1657

Ah yes, our favourite yellow dress pops up in the photo above again – we can’t fault the layout of the iROO store which feels crisp and clean and very easy to browse. The service was also very attentive (in a good way) and they help you adjust your clothes after you have tried them on (this was at the Great World City store).
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Overall, it’s definitely worth popping in to have a look – there are some gems and we can’t help but think that this store really has something for everyone (which is why we don’t love everything, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing!).

Carmen & Natasha visited the iRoo store at Great World City. There are other stores in Singapore at MBS and Vivocity.

Address:

iROO Great World City
1 Kim Seng Promenade
Great World City #01-45/46

http://www.iroo.sg

Cover bad hair days in Singapore!

We love how celebrities have used hairbands and hats as a fashion accessory – but also as a way to cover bad hair days. And let’s face it – they are constantly bombarded by paparazzi like 24/7 – so there are going to be days when they just don’t have time to have their hairdresser come over to give them their perfect look.

Carmen and Natasha try hard to avoid bad hair days (and in Singapore there are a LOT of them), but sometimes we just don’t have the time to sort our hair out. And from what we know, that’s pretty normal across all women – celebrities or not.

So, we started looking out for options that were fashionable, quick and easy, and meant we could still feel fabulous despite having an off day!

First up – some inspiring pictures of celebrities rocking accessories that cover bad hair days!

First up – Eva Mendes. This girl looks great in everything but we are really loving how sophisticated she looks in her black hairband!

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And Natalie Portman looking so tres chic below. 12428721_E48nwxfa_c

And here are some more inspiring pics:

Loving the first look below with the black hairband, and the third look where the hairband provides a pop of colour (and it matches the lipstick – great idea!).

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Here is Skye Townsend rocking her look below. Love how you can wear something so simple like a black tank top and then top it off with a funky print hairband and away you go!photo

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So we hear you ask – how do you get this inspiring look in SINGAPORE? Well good news – there are hairbands available at surviveSG.com – check out below! These are all available for $25 SGD with free shipping too.

They have brights – perfect for island getaways!

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And pastels – love the idea of wearing these with a white sundress!

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And prints! 
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Colour me crazy at Ferragamo!

Oh my god. Carmen walked past one of the many Ferragamo stores in SG on the weekend and was stopped in her tracks.

Beautiful bright colours everywhere!

Check it out below – all spotted in the Isetan Orchard store. It’s like a candy store for women!

We are loving the hot pink, aqua/qreen, turquoise and royal blue colours! Oh wait… Is that most of them?!!

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Kenzo shoes spotted at Robinsons, Orchard

Loving these tiger shoes spotted in Robinsons, Orchard (opposite Mandarin gallery)

Our fave colour? Orange!

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The Kenzo shoes above are retailing at around $700sgd.

We have also heard on the grapevine that the original Robinsons located at Centrepoint are holding a massive closing down sale – so Carmen and Natasha may just have to head on down to grab some bargains!

Top 7 picks – ZARA printed tops and white denim

So here’s the thing. We don’t really know the difference when it comes to buying things we need, as opposed to the things we want. But last night was a rare exception, when Natasha felt an overwhelming strength of self-restraint and promised herself she wouldn’t buy anything when she casually sauntered into ZARA at ION Orchard.

This time, we decided to pick out our top 7 picks for ZARA’s printed tops to be paired with white denim. Lets be clear, we’re one of those people who always aspire to wear white denim without spilling anything, but of course the truth is far from our aspiration.

The first top is one of Natasha’s favorites! What’s not to love? The color combo is to die for, the cut is so unusual and edgy and it’s perfect against the white denim. This top is the most expensive out of all the others at SGD79.90.

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The next sweatshirt-ish top is an interesting one and it got our attention because of the cut and the visual. It’s super comfy, but to be honest the fabric is a tad disappointing and felt a bit on the cheap side. Now we don’t mind buying cheap things, but they need not look or feel it, right? Definitely not worth SGD59.90.

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The next one down the list is this gorgeous top and perfect to wear if you’re planning on eating a lot of food for lunch or dinner (or both! we’re not judging), because it’s loose and can hide the food bulge. :) Pricewise, it’s not so bad at all at SGD59.90.

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We love this top. Again, the bold colors look awesome against the white denim. And it has quite a sheer back, perfect for Singapore’s crazy hot weather lately. This one costs SGD59.90.

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The white top below is a different version of the grey one before. Natasha kinda likes this one better, and for some reason the fabric feels like it’s a better quality. This top costs SGD59.90.

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How pretty is the peplum top below! Natasha had to chant the mantra ‘put it back on the rack, put it back now and walk away’ over and over again. It’s so pretty and you can wear this to work, just pair it with a black pencil skirt, or a pink one if you want to be more bold! The best part? It’s only SGD35.90!

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The final pick is definitely another one of our favorites! Super comfy, light fabric and interesting print. Perfect for weekend brunch outfit. Affordable at SGD49.90.

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POP UP event + free awesome fashion + beauty workshops this Thursday in Singapore!

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Shop the Tropics pop up event is back THIS THURSDAY (6th March) – and this time they are holding free health, beauty and fashion workshops too + shopping! The venue this time is Commune cafe at Phoenix Park – more details on the event click here.

Check out the workshop schedule below, and you can reserve your seat too (seats are limited so highly recommend you book a seat!). And tickets are free – what’s not to love?!

http://www.eventbrite.sg/e/free-workshop-registration-shop-the-tropics-pop-up-event-singapore-tickets-10639140957?aff=efbevent

9:15AM – 9:45AM:      Survive Singapore workshop by Carmen from surviveSG.com

  • Clever tips from those who have lived in SG to beat the heat & humidity
  • Identify scary chemicals in your health & beauty products

10:00AM – 10:30AM:  Eat and drink yourself healthy by JOOB and Sabine’s Baskets

  • Juice detox workshop by JOOB
  • Identify those exotic fruits & vegetables by Sabine from Sabine’s Baskets

10:45AM – 11:15AM:  Styling workshop: Accessories 

  •  Learn how to select the right accessories to compliment your lifestyle and look – from day to night! Features tribe bags,

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Shop the Tropics pop up event

When: Thursday 6 March 2014 from 8:30am to 7:30pm

Where: Commune - 308 Tanglin Road, Phoenix Park, Singapore 247974

 Who: surviveSG.com, peachy accessories, sabine’s baskets, tribe bags, hola linda, emma laue, joob detox juices, veya designs, space + light yoga studios, straits canopy, mah artist scarves.

 

Made in Singapore: pop up event

Carmen went to the Made in SG pop up event last weekend, which was

a) a bit different, and

b) frickin cool that there is actually stuff made in SG that is all of top notch quality and not looking like some dodgy half finished DIY project.

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The popup was held at the National Design Centre, which is a pretty cool space.IMG_1406

First up there was TINKR. They own a 3D printer, and these necklaces below were printed out by using that printer and resin ( which is so amazing!). Love the bright pink one in the middle – so 80′s inspired!IMG_1410

Before you start picking your jaw from the ground at the thought of accessories being PRINTABLE (Carmen and Natasha are already thinking up designs in their heads!), check out these 3D PEOPLE created below! TINKR takes one of your photos and creates a realistic 3D printed mini statue of you, and then hand paints them so they look realistic! Absolutely amazing, and all created in SG. IMG_1411

Then we move on to Forest Child. They create custom made leather goods – how great are those hanging totes! IMG_1412

Loving this notebook below by Forest Child.IMG_1414

It was so great to see true artisans in action creating really good quality (and much loved) pieces. IMG_1419

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One of the stalls were selling these cute little “eggshell” inspired ceramics with real plant inside (it’s not technically a moss, but it sure as heck looks like it!).IMG_1413Cool custom tees below created by Because Because.
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Cool cards below created using handmade stamps and vintage Singaporean advertisements. Very cool. IMG_1422 The J. Myers company below was really popular with gorgeous fabrics and old world charm. IMG_1423 IMG_1424 IMG_1425 IMG_1426

The stall below named Parasolbag was really clever. They create hand made bags of different sizes using the off-cut materials from parasols/ outdoor umbrellas that anyone with a balcony and direct sunlight in SG desperately needs! Such a clever idea and the quality was amazing. You can custom make your bag in terms of size, colours and shape. Oh, and they are reversible AND waterproof!!

Carmen ordered one of these so will blog once she receives it (takes 2 weeks to create).

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Which colours would you choose to create your bag (one colour for inside, one for outside, but remember – they are reversible!). It took Carmen a while to make a decision. IMG_1428 There were also workshops held in conjunction with the event. Carmen witnessed just how difficult it is to create ceramics on the wheel (but also seemed like great fun!).IMG_1430

It seemed that this popup was a great success. Let’s hope they continue to create more of these events in SG!

A Friday Night Well Spent with the Gucci Artisans

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It’s been a while since Carmen and Natasha last checked out the goodies in a Gucci boutique, so when we got an invitation to witness the creation of Gucci’s iconic bamboo handbags at its flagship store in Paragon, we thought ‘why the heck not?!’.

It’s amazing how you take for granted the amount of work and craftsmanship that goes into making a gorgeous Gucci handbag, so seeing one being made right in front of your eyes really make you gain a sense of appreciation and understanding why the pricetag is a tad on the expensive side.

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There were four artisans who displayed their expertise in crafting some of Gucci’s exquisite designs and it really is a show of excellent teamwork as each person clearly takes pride in the work they do to produce a gorgeous bag.

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We absolutely love the pencil sketches of the handbag designs. How cool would it look to have it framed and placed on the wall of your walk-in closet?! (hey we’re allowed to fantasize, are we not?).

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So when one is wondering around a designer boutique such as Gucci, one can’t help but fantasize about “if we had $15,000 to spend in this shop, what would we buy??”. So here’s Carmen and Natasha’s list of goodies:

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How adorable is this tote bag!! Very spring, chic, and feminine. The pink really makes all the difference. We can totally picture carrying this bag around Firenze in a beautiful summer dress and wedges, while enjoying that yummy gelato in a cone. :)

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We both love these wedges – and no, these should not be paired with the gorgeous bag above. A bit too much floral can’t be a good thing! How fantastic would this look with a bright colored A-line skirt and a crisp white shirt and a beautiful statement necklace? Sigh.

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What’s not to love about this croco leather tote bag? The color is absolutely gorgeous! note: We didn’t dare ask the price on this one and did the wisest thing, which was to just walk away (and not look back)

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We both went gaga over the two dresses above and the sparkly shoes on the right. What girl doesn’t love sparkly things?!

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These simple suede pumps got our attention. The color, the shape and height tick all the right boxes!

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How exquisite is the dress above! The combination of color and pattern, together with the gorgeous cut and silhouette - both of us were blown away! How very French Riviera and Amalfi Coast.

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The bag above is so darn cute! Admittedly we’re not a big fan of hearts on a bag, but somehow this works. Pair it with dark denim, cute pink ballerina flats, and a white shirt and you’re done.

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In love with the dresses above! The unusual terra cotta color really makes it stand out. All you need with this dress is the perfect sun-kissed skin and a pair of kickass wedges.

Anihana: Custom made jewellery at wholesale prices? Yes please!

We LOVE the idea of custom made jewellery. There is something so special about receiving a truly unique piece, or making it yourself JUST the way you want it.
But we know how expensive custom made jewellery can be, so to be honest Carmen and Natasha had never really considered the option that much… until now!
Check out Anihana – a bespoke jewellery firm that travels all around the world creating unique pieces for the clients, for special prices!! Once the design is completed they will ship it out to you. And it’s much cheaper then retail prices. What’s not to love about that?!
You simply send them a photo or designs and they will work with you to help you design exactly what you want! Check out some of their gorgeous pieces below:
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And here’s the best part – they are visiting Singapore next week! This invitation is for a private viewing where you can see their work and meet them in person so you MUST rsvp to let them know you are coming!
Details below:
Date: Thursday 27th Feb, 11am – 7pm
Venue: Shangri-La, 22 Orange Grove Road, Garden Wing Room No. 0986

Welcoming Spring ZARA Style!

So here’s the thing – we’ve been a tad bit disappointed with ZARA lately, because ever since Christmas last year, we saw nothing but dark colors! Yes, we know it’s winter everywhere else but Singapore (and its surrounding countries), but we can’t help but count the days when the spring collection hits the store considering how unbearably HOT Singapore has been for the past two months.

So Natasha decided to check out ION’s ZARA shop and … *drumroll* … at last, the spring collection has finally arrived! And boy oh boy, was she super excited to scout all the gorgeous stuff they have in stock. After a few seconds – okay make it a few minutes - she finally managed to contain her excitement and picked out her favorite print dresses only. Why? To be honest, she would’ve ended up with 50 items and that would’ve made the ZARA staff a bit suspicious!

Below are Natasha’s top four print dresses!

The dress below is absolutely gorgeous! From the color, print, cut, silhouette, it ticked all the right boxes. Oh, and it’s affordable at SGD109.90. Perfect office attire or date night or brunch! Throw on a belt to cinch the waist – for some reason, we think a neon yellow colored belt would do the trick. (note: Natasha ended up buying this dress, because it needed a home, she said)

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This dress is equally gorgeous as the first one and comfy! Again, what’s not to love about this dress? It ticks all the same boxes as the dress above (with the same price, too!). By the way, Natasha decided to buy this one as well because she said the other dress needed a friend in the closet.

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How cool is the detailing on the collar? It makes such a difference to the dress. Pair it with yellow or green stilettos if you’re feeling bold and brave. Tone it down with grey or black pumps for a more subtle look.

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This dress has quite an interesting print, definitely more casual than the previous two, but way more edgy! It’s quite short as well, so we think strappy sandals would polish the look perfectly. Put on a bright and chunky neck candy and put your hair up in a messy bun and you’re good to go!

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The final dress on Natasha’s list is the most demure looking of the lot, but its’ still pretty! Stack a few strings of pearl necklace at different lengths and slip on a pair of black ballerina flats and a simple clutch. Perfect for a weekend brunch! You can dress it up with a pair of black pumps to transform it into office wear.

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Pop up at People’s Park Complex – Edible Gardens, Naiise and Haystakt

We love how many pop ups are… well… popping up… in Singapore.

Carmen found out about an awesome popup currently running on a rooftop in the middle of Chinatown – People’s Park Complex to be precise, and had to check it out!

Edible gardens (one of the first to introduce urban agriculture to Singapore!) is keen to promote the concept of urban farming, and to start of 2014 they decided to reach out to the public via a pop up store, teaming up with a couple of awesome local online retailers to help spread the word. Eventually by the end of May they will be using the space to create one of the LARGEST URBAN GARDENS in ASIA!!! How exciting is that?

The online retailers they have teamed up with are:

Naiise: (www.naiise.com)  stocks a range of furniture and interesting gifts – if you are looking for unique finds then this is a great place to start.

Haystakt (www.haystakt.com) features local makers and their crafts. We think it’s so awesome that this firm is supporting local artists!

Here are some pics of the pop up space, open until the end of the month.

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Loving these prints below. Can you believe they are actually real photographs (not illustrations)!

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Seriously, Carmen could easily have bought everything in this photo below, from the manmade shelf ladder to the little watering can and those blank notebooks on the right were also gorgeous! BeFunky_IMG_1309.jpg

Fun tote bags below! From memory around $20sgd. BeFunky_IMG_1313b.jpg

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All the below items are made using RICE HUSK. No plastic at all – isn’t that amazeballs?! They are all microwaveable too and we can imagine they are a lot safer then heating up that plastic tupperware. Love the coffee cup too… Oh and as you can see in the far right corner, they had those fun stripey straws too which we love for parties! BeFunky_null_2d.jpg

Wooden iphone covers anyone? These age naturally over the years – which we think is pretty cool (as long as Apple doesn’t change the size of the phone anytime soon!).BeFunky_null_2e.jpg

So many fun knick knacks can be found at this pop up! BeFunky_null_2ss.jpg

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Fun tablewares can also be found! BeFunky_null_e5.jpg

Now here is something Carmen considered as one of the highlights. They had created “living” table decorations – as you can see by the below placemats (YES they are real!!)! Having said that, they are really only meant to be hung on the wall – which in itself is so cool! Apparently they are some type of mossy plant – and they smell amazing! BeFunky_null_3gree.jpg

You can see one hung up in the below picture on the left. How gorgeous is the living wall?! So great to see such creative home decor in Singapore! BeFunky_null_3sdr.jpg

And when you venture outside, you can find the beginning of the massive roof garden Edible Gardens are planning to create! BeFunky_IMG_1319.jpg BeFunky_IMG_13218.jpg

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Level 6, People’s Park Complex, 1 Park Rd (www.facebook.com/nongediblegardens). 3-28 Feb. Daily 11am-6pm. Tip: Use the residential lift near the KFC at People’s Park Complex. 

It’s a new year + fashion clearance sale with a great cause!

Happy New Year to all you Carmen & Natasha readers! As you could probably tell, we took a breather over the Christmas/ NYE period. And it was awesome….

BUT now we are back.

And onto bigger and better things, there is a HUGE fashion sale about to happen in Singapore in Dempsey next Tuesday and Wednesday of January. We are both going to try our best to make it as prices start at $5 (WHAT ARE THEY SELLING FOR $5???!! we need to find out!) and discounts are up to 70% off.

And best of all, it’s all supporting the Singapore Committee for UN Women!

1606969_530654663708929_1897727988_nHappy Shopping!!