Carmenandnatasha’s favorites at the Emmys this year!

Many many women around the world glue their eyes on what celebrities wear on a daily basis, especially during awards season and the Emmys naturally have that affect on us.

Carmen and Natasha are LOVING Claire Danes’ choice this year. She looked so elegant and polished in her Givenchy dress. Agent Brody, eat your heart out – yes, we’re big Homeland fans.

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How gorgeous did Lizzy Caplan look in this beautiful Donna Karan Atelier dress! Lizzy who? Well, she’s definitely one to watch out for. This Masters of Sex actress sure has a kickass stylist or an impeccable taste judging by her dress selection!

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Kerry Washington is another celebrity robot we reckon. She looked ah-mazeballs in this orange Prada number, only a few months after giving birth to a cute baby girl just two months ago.

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If we had legs like julia Roberts, and a great big signature smile we’d be grinning ear to ear, too! Who says you have to wear a long gown to look great at the Emmys? Julia Roberts looked refreshingly different in this Elie Saab Haute Couture sparkly dress.

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Sofia Vergara looks hot in everything, even a potato sack. Okay, maybe not but still.. This Roberto Cavalli white number looked sizzling hot on her. This woman looks awesome in any color, yes, we love to hate you Sofia.

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Michelle Dockery, we want your Rosie Assoulin tricolor dress!! What’s not to love about this breathtaking dress. The color combo, the cut, the silhouette, love, love, love.  Oh and we love the minimal makeup, too. :)

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Okay, seriously, we’re convinced Heidi Klum is a robot. There’s no way she’s human and looked this stunning in her Zac Posen after giving birth to four genetically blessed children.

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We’re seeing a lot of coral on the red carpet at the Emmys this year, as you can see from Sara Hyland’s Christian Siriano ensemble. We love how she kept the look fresh, simple, found and sophisticated.

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Keke Palmer looked breathtaking in a Rubin Singer midnight blue dress! Not a bad choice for a 20 year-old. We certainly had a few too many fashion mishaps at age 20!

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Kate Mara looked so very angelic in her J. Mendel dress below, a far cry from her Zoe Barnes tomboy style (yes, we watch House of Cards religiously and if you don’t, you should!).

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Laprendo Sale is back and we loved it!

Carmen and Natasha are fans of Laprendo, Singapore’s premium brand shop with a store that is nicely tucked in a corner of Dempsey’s maze of shops and restaurants and another shop, specifically selling jewelry, at the Fullerton Hotel.

Every year, we’re always anticipating for Laprendo’s annual sale and we were beyond excited when we found out its annual sale is held this weekend. What we like about the Laprendo sale is the variety, quality and value of the goods. We’re not misled by their sale, because a lot of the items are actually at 80% off, especially their ‘last pieces’ rack. Granted some of their stuff are a few seasons old, but for fans of classic and timeless pieces like us, we don’t really care.

In terms of brands, they have practically everything you can think of. Let’s start with the usual suspects, Gucci, Prada, YSL, Miu Miu, D&G, Victoria Beckham, Marni, last year Natasha even managed to snatch a gorgeous pair of Chanel ballerinas, Valentino, Christian Dior, you get the point. They also have clothes for sale, as well as accessories such as glasses, belts, ipad and iPhone cases (we spotted a few gorgeous ones from Balenciaga). The clothes were absolutely gorge. Natasha spotted a super pretty Celine and Red Valentino dress, but decided to take home a classic Marlene Birger shirt for a mere SGD80!!!!!!!! Please excuse our excessive enthusiasm. We can’t help ourselves.

Anyway, enough typing and time to post a snapshot of the awesome sale and some of the items we managed to snatch before all the good stuff are gone!

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Pact @ Orchard Central: We are officially obsessed!

We’ve done it again – found the new kid in town, and now visit there almost 3 times a week… Pact is a concept store that features three parts: an awesome restaurant (Kilo); shop (K.I.N) and get your haircut (+LIM)! How convenient to have all three (and all done to an incredibly high standard) – all in one place! We think this new area rocks, the service is friendly, efficient and well informed; the food (try the bowls during brunch/lunch) is well priced and delicious; the shopping showcases brands and products that are not found anywhere else in Singapore (and includes lightweight bamboo clothing for women and men – perfect for the humidity here).

Here are some photos of the store below…

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And next door was the Code Deco store. We spotted some really sweet Singapore focused products including these brooches below.IMG_3992

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There is also a “hidden” mani/pedi salon next to the Code Deco store -check it out! Note they only do gelish.IMG_7971.JPG

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Address: Pact: #02-16/17/18/19, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road Singapore. Code Deco is just next door.

 

Out and about on Keong Saik

20140717-074530-27930150.jpgOne fine (and also very hot!) day, we decided to stroll along one of Singapore’s current hottest spots, Keong Saik Road, which is lined up with the city’s coolest bars and restaurants nestled in Chinatown’s beautifully conserved and colorful shophouses.

Carmen was wearing  a gorgeous baby blue dress by ZARA, with cute knot detailing on the sleeve. The dress is so light and breezy, perfect for Singapore’s increasingly hot temperature. Seriously, the humidity has been so high and our trusted indicator for humidity is …. our hair! And no, that’s NOT a good thing. Carmen wore her super duper comfy Tod’s (trust us, these Tod’s have been tried and tested, and surprisingly durable) and black Kate Spade tote bag.

20140717-074530-27930639.jpgCarmen decided to go for a simple, yet stylish and classic accessories. Check out her beautiful cream-colored earrings and necklace, which go together with just about every outfit. Oh, the necklace can easily be converted into a bracelet, too. We love versatile jewelry!

20140717-074534-27934099.jpgNatasha, on the other hand, opted for a much brighter ensemble as you can see from the picture below! :)

The Chanel bag below is one of her favorite bags, she loves its colors and fabric. The silk dress is from Kookai – unfortunately they don’t have a shop here in Singapore, she bought it on a trip to Melbourne last year. The Valentino rock stud bracelets match her dress perfectly. Yay! Oh, the strappy sandals are Oroton, an Aussie brand.

20140717-074531-27931649.jpgAfter walking around for about 10 seconds – okay make it 5 minutes – we decided that the heat was just too unbearable so we decided to cool down by going to Potatohead Folk, one of the newcomers on Keong Saik. We actually did a review on it for the newly launched Sassy Singapore, an awesome website for everything a girl needs to know about  Singapore and more.20140717-074531-27931126.jpgWe love the interior of this place! It’s very different to all the Potatoheads we’ve been to in Jakarta and Bali.20140717-074533-27933606.jpgWe found super cute spot by the window, which looked out onto the street. Perfect spot to enjoy our midday (alcoholic) drinks.. *clear throat*.. !

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What Women Want really knows what women want

One hot and humid afternoon, Carmen and Natasha decided to cool down in Mandarin Gallery (note: ‘cool down’ is one of many Carmen and Natasha’s excuses to window shop, which often translates into a oh-oops-I-did-it-again-how-did-that-dress-end-up-in-the-paperbag-that-I’m-holding moment). Casually sauntering the corridors of Mandarin Gallery, we stumbled upon a shop, which is aptly called What Women Want. After a quick ‘awww, that’s such a cute name for a shop babe!’ remark, we went in to check it out. And boy, were we shocked by how many cute pieces there are in this gorgeous shop! Special thanks to the shop owner, Anna, a beautiful Brazilian woman (but then again, we haven’t really met a Brazilian woman who is NOT beautiful) and Penny, a lovely Melburnian who was very patient while we were mucking around trying clothes on!

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What Women Want stocks many many many delightful things that we, and most women, want. Think gorgeous statement necklaces, funky looking shoes, amazeballs dresses and clothes in general, cute sunglasses and lots and lots of beautiful jewelry. Pricewise, very affordable! Some pieces are a bit on the steep side, but we reckon they’re totally worth the price because of its unique design and high quality. The shop stocks items from around the world, from Beirut, Australia to Thailand!

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20140707-125736-46656864.jpgNow do you believe us when we say the shop stocks a lot gorgeous jewelry?20140701-191505-69305294.jpgOne of our favorite corners in the shop – the clearance table! :)

Unlike some shops, the clearance table in What Women Want actually has many cute things on it. Natasha loves the white chain necklace with lots of zipper charms on it and the necklace made up of matchsticks. And the shoes! THE SHOES! They’re SGD70 and some of them are very Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City.

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Natasha’s first outfit pick is a sequined short skirt, which also comes in yellow, with a see-through white sweater which is just to die for, plus a statement necklace that screams rock and roll without being too overpowering.

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Here’s a close-up of the necklace! We LOVE it!

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The shoes were surprisingly comfy, and Natasha managed not to trip over nothing and fall – it has happened several times. In public. In front of many people. *sheepish look*  befunky_artwork.jpg

We spotted this gorgeous little beauty tucked quietly in the corner of one of the shelves and decided that it would complete this look perfectly! What’s not to love about it? Its unusual and pretty at the same time.

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The next outfit selection is Natasha’s favorite! The high waist full skirt is absolutely gorgeous and goes perfectly well with the cropped sequin top. We think a nicely tailored black shirt would go really well for this outfit too!

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The wedges, oh the wedges! They’re super comfy, although we wouldn’t recommend you to run in them to catch a bus, taxi, MRT, or any moving and living object for that matter (that’s right, don’t wear these babies while walking your dog). IMG_3504

How beautiful is the necklace below! Natasha’s not a big fan of yellow gold, but somehow this combo works. And come on, who doesn’t like tassels on a necklace? We sure do!

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This necklace and the dress below goes perfectly together like peanut butter and jelly, fish and chips, salted caramel and popcorn, Carmen and Natasha. Awww… :)

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And check out this ring below! How amazeballs is it?! It comes in silver and black as well, but we really dig the rose gold (we have a picture of it somewhere below)IMG_3512

The dress below is 50% off, which brings it down to SGD200. The detailing is exquisite and amazing and it comes in black as well. We’re totally in love with the clutch. Simplicity at its absolute best, we reckon.

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You don’t want to go cray cray with the accessories, for obvious reasons. We think a clutch, a simple ring and a pair of drop down earrings polish off the look really well. IMG_3521Here’s a close-up picture of the ring we previously mentioned – Natasha’s a fan of the drop down earrings!

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Below is a selection of the accessories and clothes Carmen had picked out. How out-of-this-world is her bling bling dress? It has a 1920’s the Great Gatsby feel combined with 80’s glamor – think Studio 54! Check out the stack rings, how awesome does it look? And don’t get us started on the disco ball clutch on the right, with a hint of Alexander McQueen. Love!

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Et voila! Front view of Carmen’s kickass dress and take a closer look at the earrings, they’re by a Beirut-based designer. We love to add an element of surprise to our outfit, which is exactly what Carmen did with the leopard print shoes. Being safe is so passé, so we tend to inject our personality and authenticity into our style.

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How divine is the whole outfit ensemble below? The shoes – very SJP – goes so well with the pretty skirt and we love the studs earrings which are so simple yet versatile. We’re head over heels with the heels. So much so that we’re kinda regretting not buying it (while casually checking our phone agenda to see if we can quickly make a quick detour to the shop tomorrow. Ahem.. )

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We totally love this picture below, although we got a few stares while trying to get the best shot. The dress didn’t really stand out on the rack, but Carmen decided to give it a chance and it looked amazing on! It’s very feminine and princess-like without looking too much like Belle in Beauty and the Beast.

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We chose this necklace to jazz the dress up a little. Carmen loves it because it’s dainty with a bit of edge, the triangle really makes this necklace pop.

20140702-231716-83836011.jpgWe must admit we’re not huge fans of jumpsuits, they can either go wrong or very wrong. The legs are often too long, too short, the torso part is too out of proportion, you get the idea. This one, however, was surprisingly the perfect fit. We like the neon yellow stripes down the legs against the cream base color. And how cute is the huge bow on the collar?! Carmen picked a pair of green Valentino rockstud-like shoes to break the colors up a bit.

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Next time you’re wandering around Mandarin Gallery after a coffee session with your girlfriends or a nice brunch on a weekend, or simply to ‘cool down’ like Carmen and Natasha, be sure to pop by this cute little shop and be prepared to walk out with a little something (or a big something).

#02-22 Mandarin Gallery, 333 Orchard Rd

Inverted Edge/ The Wyld Shop fashion event last weekend

Carmen popped into this event last Saturday – and was pleasantly surprised by how super friendly everyone was!

The event was held at the Song Lin building – walking distance from Arab street. Carmen is such a huge fan of this area!

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Gorgeous clothes and accessories were spotted at this event – check it out below:

Loved this leopard print maxi below – how stunning!! 
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Carmen tried on the pink maxi on the left and it’s an amazing colour – so gorgeous and very light fabric, so great for Singapore!BeFunky_null_665.jpg

 

Carmen loved this black dress below by Hunt No More (an Aussie brand). Available at the Wyld Shop.IMG_3429Le Specs sunglasses were spotted below too – love the leopard print ones at the front! Also available at the Wyld Shop. 
BeFunky_null_223.jpgInverted Edge were also offering jewellery and accessories for sale – they have such unique taste which is great! The belt bottom right was stunning and Carmen is also a big fan of that black wire bracelet on the right – simple but would look jazz up even a simple black or white shift dress. 

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The New Zealand brand Karen Walker was also made available at the event – they were all new pieces (so not part of the sale), but we love the funky prints! We feel that some of her prints are like a younger version of DVF! This brand has been spotted on Scarlett Johansson, and the Fall/Winter 2014 collection was showcased in front of a packed house at New York Fashion Week. Available via Inverted Edge.
BeFunky_IMG_3431.jpgSamantha Wills jewellery (which we LOVE!) was also on sale at 50% off! For those who love bohemian inspired jewellery, you must check out this popular Aussie brand (avail at Inverted Edge). Oh and Carmen purchased the white belt spotted at the top of this pic! Also purchased were two dresses, so we’ll showcase that soon!
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The Inverted Edge guys also arranged a makeup artist and photographer to come in and  were offering complementary makeovers! A nice little touch, and Carmen decided to make the most of it!
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Carmen requested a natural look – here was the final result! The super talented makeup artist was Anggerek Hood.IMG_3453

Overall, a great event held by the Inverted Edge & Wyld Shop guys! You can check out their details below should you wish to visit their showrooms:

Inverted Edge: invertededge.com/

The Wyld Shop: thewyldshop.com/

 

 

 

 

Feeling girly in our pastel combo

We love it when our outfits coincidentally go together and today happens to be one of those days! Carmen and Natasha caught up for a much needed blah blah blah session at the Providore this afternoon and, much to our delight, we were both wearing pastels!

Carmen looked gorge in her new Club Monaco flawy and breezy green silk top, paired with white denim (both Carmen and Natasha’s wardrobe staple) and her favorite Jimmy Choo jelly uber comfy sandals. Oh and of course her Chanel aviators always polishes her look perfectly.

20140626-153521-56121956.jpgNatasha is totally obsessed with lilac at the moment and found a pretty top in ZARA that was on sale. Yay! The best part about her ensemble is her multicolor vintage skirt by Emanuel Ungaro that used to be her mother’s! In fact, she’s convinced she has a picture of her mom wearing the skirt in the late 80s. See? Not all fashion items in the 80s were bad. Most, but not all (silently hoping scrunchies will never be back in style). Natasha chose her Chanel ballerinas to go with this feminine look and her Gucci super shades.

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Fashion event in SG this weekend: Style Tribute “GLAM GRUNGE” warehouse sale

We’re big fans of Style Tribute, and guess what – they’re having a warehouse sale this Saturday (yes…that’s tomorrow!!!).

The theme? Glam grunge – check out inspiration below!

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And here are the details below:INVIT

 

You can check out more info at Style Tribute’s facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1513772842176186/

 

Sandro, at last you’ve arrived!

We were so stoked when we found out one of our favorite French brands, Sandro, opened in ION on Orchard! We love Sandro for its simplicity and versatility, as well as its gorgeous fabrics. Its cocktail dresses are totes amaze balls because of their interesting design and silhouette that seems to really complement women’s figure (that’s right Victoria’s Secret, not all of us are US size 0, most when actually have real curves and embrace our lady lumps!).

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We decided to do what we do best, having fun on the job by trying on our favorite pieces in the store – by the way Sandro participates in this year’s GSS and there are some pretty good deals at 40-50% off! Yay!!

Carmen tried on this amazing knit sweater in canary yellow, which goes perfectly with the eyelet white skirt. And come on, how funky are those shoes? This outfit is perfect for a chilled out night at the movies. If only Singapore’s weather can cool down by 10 degrees, that would be just perfect. Sigh.

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Carmen is loving this simple, yet edgy black bag. Come on, what’s not to love about it! It’s super versatile, with a hint of edgy to liven an otherwise plain outfit. It’s small without being too small, we detest bags that can only (barely) fit your lip gloss and phone.

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Natasha picked this green snakeskin romper, paired with plain white leather sneakers which is just so divine. The jumpsuit can be worn with cute strappy sandals, or if you want to take it up a few notches, you can put your kickass stilettos on and throw on a structured blazer, and a simple clutch would finish the look perfectly!

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How awesome does the green look with yellow? We love this look combo!

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Okay, on to our second outfit of choice. Carmen picked out this delicious lace and satin top, combined with leather A-line skirt together with black leather edges with gold studs. Again, we love how Sandro’s classic items can be easily mixed and matched with other items to make a winning combo!

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Natasha picked out this gorgeous satin and lace black dress with a touch of white silk, quite similar to the top Carmen picked out. The white skinny belt with gold chain and zip-up black and white strappy high heel sandals balanced out the look so it doesn’t look to dainty and plain.

20140602-194642-71202754.jpgThis is Natasha’s absolute favorite dress in blush pink (there’s one hanging in her closet). The dress is really flattering on the body and very comfortable to wear, ideal for Singapore’s heat. Gold jewelry goes perfectly with blush pink!20140602-194641-71201425.jpgAhh the silk floral dress, another great item at Sandro! It’s so flowy and light, dress it up with heels and belt to cinch the waist or dress it down with a pair of cute strappy sandals. To complete the look? Tie your hair up in a messy bun or ponytail and off you go!

20140602-194641-71201860.jpgCarmen’s next outfit of choice was this black and white zip-up dress, which looks grey from the distance. This dress is so fun and subtly flirty because of the way the skirt moves. Jazz it up with a wide red belt or even hot pink to really make it pop. Definitely wearable for the office, depending on how you accessorize it.

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20140602-194643-71203226.jpgNatasha loves this red dress with cutout on the side! Who says cocktail dresses need to be on the safe side all the time? She decided to tone it down with a pair of white leather sneakers and a distressed leather jacket. A tad bit too warm to wear in Singapore, but hey, it’s perfect to wear on your next trip to Hong Kong or Japan right? Remember, there will always be an occasion to wear it, that’s what we always say. :)20140602-194644-71204220.jpgCarmen fell for this sweater and the moment she saw it on the hanger, she knew she had to try it on! Perfect to wear with white or blue denim, or leather shorts or cute skirt. Ok it practically looks good with anything and everything. Sigh.

20140602-194644-71204617.jpgSome of our favorite accessories in Sandro, there’s heaps more but this is going to end up being a super long blog post if we put everything in! We really like the see through small sling bag in snakeskin.

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Nine West, we love your summer sandals!

We’ve always loved Nine West, it’s affordable and comfy! Their neutral colored pumps are perfect for any girl’s shoe closet (we have a few pairs lying around in ours).

As Natasha wondered around Raffles City, her eyes were drawn towards these amaze balls beauties. How gorgeous are these sandals?! We want it in every color please! They’re Nine West’s limited edition collection – heck we don’t care what collection they fall under – they’re so darn beautiful! Pricewise? A tad steep for Nine West at SGD228, but we like to think they’re worth it. One must always try to justify one’s purchase to oneself. *sheepish smile*

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When in doubt, stick to black and white

Today we hit up Sarnies on Telok Ayer Street for a meeting (and to recover from a fashion tv event last night!), and we’ve gotta say – black and white just seemed to be the theme of today.
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Carmen was having one of those days where everything called for simplicity. So she wore a basic white tee with black trousers from Zara, Kate Spade bag and Jimmy Choo jelly sandals, and added a necklace bought in Bangkok to jazz things up a bit.BeFunky_20140529-150915.jpgNatasha also wore black and white but jazzed it up with a pop of fuchsia! She wore her fun “Ain’t Laurent without Yves” tee paired perfectly with her Saint Laurent bag, Kate Spade houndstooth skirt, Ferragamo ballet flats along with Valentino & Hipanema arm candy!

And here’s a closer look at our outfits! 
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There are so many gorgeous lane ways just off Telok Ayer street – we loved the European lamposts found in this random alley! Simply perfect for those black and white days….
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GSS: Jimmy Choo at Paragon

In case you haven’t noticed, Jimmy Choo are participating in the Great Singapore Sale! Carmen visited the Paragon store recently and noticed there were selected shoes up to 30% off! So we’re talking normal prices found in the UK then….

Nonetheless, we have taken some photos of some of their sale items for your benefit…. Note that the most popular sizes obviously sell out quickly…

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Loving the bright summery colours below and the graffiti inspired printed clutch – we’re seeing that trend everywhere at the moment!

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Again, we are loving these nude pumps with black strap below – a fun yet still corporate friendly twist on a classic shoe! All these shoes below also on sale (can you believe it?!). Can you tell that Carmen & Natasha are big Jimmy Choo fans yet?!

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Carmen wishes she bought the yellow wedges below, but unfortunately they didn’t have her size. Natasha can confirm that Jimmy Choo wedges are some of the most comfy wedges on the market…..(ok also some of the most expensive), but comfortable shoes in general that also look amazingly stylish? Well that’s priceless in our minds!20140528-135804-50284467.jpg

 

ALL THESE SHOES BELOW ARE ON SALE!!! Where to start – we’re loving the red and leopard print strappy sandals on top, and also loving the gold glittery flats down below! 20140528-135804-50284835.jpgThe sale continues at the Jimmy Choo stores at Paragon and MBS. Get in quick before they all sell out!

 

 

When life gives you lemons, do what Kate Spade does and make a fashion statement out of it!

20140525-152516.jpgNatasha went to the Amalfi coast two years ago and fell head over heels in love with everything that is Amalfi – the picture above was taken in the town of Positano, one of her favorite places in the world!

If there’s one thing the Amalfians (yes, that’s a made-up word) are obsessed about, it would undoubtedly be lemon. You can see it, you can taste it (did someone say Limoncello?), you can smell it in the air. Let the pictures below be the proof!

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20140525-152536.jpgAnd here’s a picture of Natasha, well-camouflaged amidst all things lemon thanks to her floral ZARA pants.

20140603-224252-81772943.jpgNow we’re both huge fans of Kate Spade and were beyond excited to see how Kate Spade was just as obsessed with lemons and Amalfi by the looks of her Spring collection. We love the display at Kate Spade’s ION Orchard store! We want everything on that table – where should we start – the hat, bag, Bambini bag, the shoes, cardigan, scarf, EVERYTHING!20140530-214908.jpgKate Spade, why are your bags always so darn cute!20140525-152548.jpg

20140530-214919.jpgAhhh the Fiat Bambino, quintessentially Italian.  This bag might be a bit tricky to carry, but it would make the cutest home decoration!

20140525-152556.jpgSome people think this lemon-shaped bag is a tad too much, but we don’t think so! How cute would it look with a summer dress or even capri pants and cute flats!20140525-152603.jpgWe adore the straw bag below and the camera bag – soooo cute!!20140525-152610.jpgHow cute is the bag and matching flip flops? Perfect for a weekend stroll! 20140525-152617.jpg

20140525-152625.jpgWe think the lemon collection makes a perfect addition to our summer wardrobe, but you have to be quick, their bags are selling out very quickly! Psssst.. Just a quick tip, if the Kate Spade stores run out of your shoe size, you can try your luck at Robinsons on Orchard because they sell Keds for Kate Spade shoes there. :)

 

 

Spotlight on Alice and Olivia – one of Carmen and Natasha’s favorite New York designers!

Both of us are HUGE fans of Alice and Olivia. Natasha had her first encounter with the brand in its Meatpacking District store in New York City and instantly fell in love with the whimsical yet practical designs, while Carmen’s first Alice and Olivia experience was in Hong Kong’s IFC Mall store.

We were both equally ecstatic when we found out Alice and Olivia opened up a shop in ION Orchard. We decided to get in touch with the brand’s Marketing and Communications team to see if we can take a few pictures of some of our favorite items in the shop and much to our delight, we got a very friendly and quick response! (Thank you Juliana and Elaine!)

Alice and Olivia is a New York contemporary clothing company with the uber talented yummy mummy Stacey Bendet at the helm. Having launched at Barneys in 2002, the brand is now sold in over fifty countries – now including Singapore! Yay!

This is the façade of the Alice and Olivia store on 3rd floor of ION Orchard. The visual is rather Alice in Wonderland, don’t you think? Especially with the gorgeous tall hats on the mannequins.

20140501-230136.jpgHow awesome is this light fixture on the ceiling?! It reminds us of fireworks! it’s such a standout piece in the store that we just had to take a picture of it.

20140518-213853.jpgWe were told that Stacey is very hands on when it comes to the design aspect of her stores worldwide, she personally picks out one piece of furniture to go into her store. For Singapore, she picked out this beautiful wooden, retro looking drawer, an original item from the 60s which has been given a second chance in life. We love how eclectic pieces are scattered around the boutique and they all seem to gel together! Oh and yes, that’s Dylan’s Candy Bar candies you’re seeing – Natasha is a big fan!

20140518-213847.jpgStacey describes her brand as sophisticated with a playful sensibility – which we definitely think sums it up. She’s really into mix and match, which we totally love! We adore her ball gowns and also her office wear. It was really difficult to pick out our favorite pieces because they’re all oh-so-amazing, but after containing our excitement we finally decided on the stuff we want to try on. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it. :)

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20140518-213916.jpgWe love the way the brand differentiates its collection through clever, quirky and witty labels like the ones below. The ‘employed’ label is more for office wear, therefore more conservative and subdued – with a bit of fun infused into it.

20140518-213938.jpgThe ‘air’ label is for the jetsetters in all of us. Yes, we agree comfort is key when you’re dashing from one airport to another, but one need not look so frumpy while doing it! Remember, you NEVER know who you might bump into at the airport or on the plane and a bit of effort goes a loooooong way.

20140518-213947.jpgWe decided to try on a few key pieces from each label – and of course the Spring/Summer collection is so gorgeous. Below is Natasha’s pick:

20140518-213956.jpgNatasha is head over heels over the red lips dress and even dreamt about it several times. To buy or not to buy – that’s always a constant conundrum we both face. Sigh.

There’s a zipper on the back of the dress, another design feature in a lot of Alice and Olivia’s dresses – which is where practicality comes into play. Carmen opted for a tailored fit black pants with some killer heels and this beautiful shirt, perfect for work. The best part about Alice and Olivia is that there’s only a limited amount of pieces in each size, so if you see something you like you better grab it fast!

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20140518-220020.jpgThe ball gowns. Oh the ball gowns. We are in awe of every one of them. The one on the mannequin has got to be our favorite, which is why we decided to leave that one alone just in case we find it difficult to walk away from it.

20140518-214423.jpgCarmen chose this gorgeous lace dress in nude color, perfectly accented with the simple yet glamorous looking necklace. We love the fabric panels on the dress and it’s so demure and sexy at the same time. Natasha chose the ball gown skirt, paired with a cropped white polo shirt for a more preppy look. The skirt is amazing, it’s the perfect length and fit – the kinda skirt you would wear to the theater on a perfect crisp spring evening.

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20140518-214511.jpgThe beaded black and white dress below is very Great Gatsby don’t you think? Natasha is in love… yet again… It’s so classy and chic, and the length makes it a tad flirty without going overboard. Perfect for a cocktail party or even a spring wedding.

20140518-214601.jpgThe Alice and Olivia beaded clutch is the perfect fit! Of course you can go a bit adventurous and pair it with a pop of color – yellow would work well. Or red! Loving the zebra pint carpet, too, by the way.

20140518-214647.jpgSpeaking of yellow, check out the yellow pants worn below by Carmen! Such a cute, yet badass, combo with the black and white cami! And the peeptoe booties? Gorgeous! We have a closer snapshot of it further down in this blog post.

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20140518-215923.jpgNatasha went straight to the beaded jacket when she was picking out her outfits. Not only IS the detailing is amazing, it’s also versatile and can be dressed up and down. Jeans and killer heels is always an option. But shorts will also make an awesome ensemble! Again, yellow is always a great ‘neutral’ color to make your outfit pop. The Alexander McQueen shoes below is perfect for this outfit!

20140518-215931.jpgCarmen totally rocked this ensemble, don’t you think? That bamboo print jacket is so damn nice and the pop of magenta really made the whole outfit much more interesting. And again, those peep toe booties won our vote!

20140518-215943.jpgHow cute are the shoes below? That’s actually Stacey’s profile, with her famous sunnies and red lips embedded into these adorbs flats! 20140518-221015.jpgHow pretty are these lace shoes below? Make it less feminine by teaming it with a pair of leather pants or leather skirt! or keep it elegant and simple with dark denim and this season’s must-have, the crop top.20140518-221024.jpgBelow are the peep toe laser cut booties we mentioned earlier, the one that Carmen wore with the yellow pants. How adorable that they’re all cut out into tiny little hearts!

20140524-135306.jpgCarmen and Natasha totally dig this tote bag. Perfect for work and perfect for everyday use because of its tough leather. We think the color is so gorgeous and unusual.

20140518-221039.jpgRemember what we said earlier about Alice and Olivia’s clothes being practical? Well the photo below captures that aspect perfectly. Many of her skirts and dresses have elastic very subtly incorporated into the design. How genius is that? We’ve all had our ‘I feel fat today’ moments, and this is such a clever way to combat those days. You can still have the nice slim fitting without feeling like you can’t breathe or eat.

20140518-221048.jpgThere you have it! Our review on Alice and Olivia in Singapore. Admittedly, her clothes are a bit on the expensive side compared to the prices in NYC. However, her design is so unique and the fabrics used are all so yummy that we think it’s worth the price you pay for.  We’ll let you be the judge of that, next time you go to ION Orchard, pop by to the Alice and Olivia boutique on level 3!

Best of Blueprint Singapore: Our top picks

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Blueprint is  THE fashion trade fair in Singapore, held at the Suntec convention centre this weekend, and we thought we would share with you our top picks!

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Loved this statement necklace above by NoBeing, a Hong Kong brand. Check out more from these guys at:
https://www.facebook.com/nobeing

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Gorgeous eco friendly jewellery brand also based in Hong Kong, niin sources semi precious stones, precious metals, wood and shell to create jewellery that somehow manages to feel indestructible yet fragile at the same time. IMG_2725 IMG_2726Loved these necklaces above that would look perfect with a simple white tank top and jeans. You can find them here:
http://niinstyle.com/shop/

CasoIMG_2728Ok this jewellery above by Caso was so playful!w We absolutely loved the whales and dog earrings above!

http://casojewelry.com

Carmen Chan 

We loved Carmen Chan’s jewellery below, and will feature more of her work in another post soon. Another brand from Hong Kong, her designs are all beautifully hand made.
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These rings above were part of Carmen’s “Universe” collection and sold very well during the trade fair according to the designer Carmen – and we can see why! Created using transparent rock quartz sourced from Brazil, the rocks were especially selected with unique dusty inclusions inside to create a more “romantic” ethereal look – like peering into the galaxy! Comes in both white gold and yellow gold plated sterling silver. IMG_2732These earrings titled “Meteor Shower” above and worn below by the designer Carmen Chan were incredible. Loved these.IMG_2738IMG_2734Her necklaces above were part of the “Messenger” collection and were also very fun – we can imagine layering a couple of these at different lengths!

You can check out more of Carmen Chan’s collection at:
http://carmenchanjewelry.com

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Another favourite at Blueprint, Ade.G. is a Singapore based brand and we are in love! Especially the grey necklace show above and below on Ade herself, who mentioned that she does this as a part time hobby on the side – how incredible is that?!

IMG_2747IMG_2742The bracelets below were also very cool – we’d be happy with one in each colour!
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Ade.G is actually available around Singapore – you can check out their facebook page for info on their stockists at:

https://www.facebook.com/AdeG.Accessories

Laael

Designed in Amsterdam, and handmade in Italy, this was by far our favourite handbags spotted at Blueprint! We just love the combination of the prints and bright colours, and the quality was unbelievably good. 
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http://www.laael.com

Fabitoria

IMG_2756Printed mini skirts with sneakers are SO in fashion right now, so we loved these digitally printed skirts by Taiwanese brand Fabitoria for being bang on trend! We are especially loving the front botanical print!

There are no front or back seams on the skirts, so you can wear them front and back which we think is pretty cool (two skirts for the price of one….right?!). These skirts aren’t cheap, but we’re loving them nonetheless.

https://www.facebook.com/Fabitoria

And there you have it – our top picks from Blueprint!

 

 

 

Asia’s Upcoming Designers Shine at Audi Star Creation 2014

20140512-230338.jpgCarmen and Natasha were lucky enough to be invited to Audi Star Creation showdown, which is part of the Audi Fashion Festival, a much anticipated fashion event of the year in Singapore! This year, Audi Star Creation featured 12 super talented designers from the region who battled it out to take home take home S$10,000 each, a one-year internship with leading fashion retailer F J Benjamin, and the opportunity to launch their maiden capsule collection next year.

Natasha was wearing a white shirt from Brooks Brothers, skirt from ASOS, Jimmy Choo lizard skin peep toes, and a black Chanel boy bag.

20140512-230457.jpgCarmen wore a dress from Her Vintage Finds, suede grey peep toes from Bottega Veneta, and a black Kate Spade bag. It sure was a hot day in Singapore, but we can assure you that luckily it was freezing in the Tent!!

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20140512-230407.jpgOkay, just another quick photo before the show starts! 20140512-230352.jpgWe have so many favorites and we’re very proud of the tremendous talent possessed by Asia’s upcoming designers. This year’s theme is The Asian Perspective and take a look at our favorite looks below:

How striking is this dress below by Vietnamese designer Tu Nguyen Hoang. The flower is actually part of the fabric that makes up the whole dress, it was not sewn on it. Amazing!! It also has a very sexy low backless cut, which is simply breathtaking.

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We love Singapore’s Leong Yawen’s orchid inspired dress below. The silhouette and detail is just amazing, ASC2014Runway-465-Mid  Another one of our favorite designers is Hong Kong’s Rebecca Corinne Lam, whose designs were inspired by paper, which has a lot of usage in the Asian culture (think paper cutting, origami, ink blotting).ASC2014Runway-326-MidASC2014Runway-310-Mid

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There were three South Korean designers this year and our favorite is Hye Jin Kim, whose portfolio is called “Blooming Your Truth”. We love the softness and femininity look and feel that her collection exudes.ASC2014Runway-254-MidWe are liking Singapore’s Keh Min Chloe’s design below. The layers and juxtaposition of the fabric reminds us of Issey Miyake.ASC2014Runway-074-MidSo after an intensive day of judging and an exciting runway showdown, this year’s three winners are Rebecca Corrine Lam (25, Hong Kong); Zhou Jun (24, China); and Newman Han (29, South Korea).

ASC2014WinnersWe can’t wait to see their Capsule Showcase this coming Friday! (look out for our blogpost afterwards!)

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Marc Jacobs makeup event in Singapore + review

BeFunky_null_7.jpgCarmen was recently invited to an exclusive private viewing of the Marc Jacobs makeup range at Sephora! Sam.M, a talented makeup artist based in Singapore (pictured above), was demonstrating the range with a live tutorial behind closed doors at the Sephora Ngee Ann City store.

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Sam.M. provided great tips on how to apply the makeup effectively to ensure maximum coverage and especially in the Singapore humidity (which is so awesome – all brands should do this!).

So now onto reviewing the makeup. The packaging was very pretty and felt sturdy – no corners were cut here. It was super cute how all the little compacts looked like a mini clutch bag. Here is a blush compact below:

BeFunky_IMG_2385.jpgAnd here is inside the very cute blush compact!

BeFunky_IMG_2384.jpgThe other rouge colours  are shown below -they certainly have some brights in their current range!

BeFunky_IMG_2399.jpgLittle eyeshadow compacts below. If you are a sucker for cute packaging, then you should check these out!!

BeFunky_IMG_2380.jpgWe definitely prefer the longer (and let’s face it, more convenient) eyeshadow palettes below. Yes they are more expensive then just buying a couple of colours, but it sure does beat having 7 individual eyeshadow palettes (which we can already see getting lost, and who has time to open 7 different compacts?!

When closed they look like a super long clutch! It’s also great that mirrors are included in these compacts (which we think should be mandatory across all eyeshadow brands!) and the colour combinations mean you can create some gorgeous looks!BeFunky_IMG_2379.jpg“The vamp” eyeshadow palette below is also pretty cool and massively versatile! These two eyeshadow palettes were Carmen’s top picks in the eyeshadow range.

BeFunky_IMG_2396.jpgHere are the nail polishes below. The packaging is super cute, but we must admit that the purple nail polish at the front looks better in the bottle then on the nail.

BeFunky_null_8.jpgThis is after three coatings and you can see it is still a little too watery for our liking. BeFunky_IMG_2440.jpgBut we really love the iridescent blackened green colour below called Sally – this was very popular! Not too many coatings required, and you can see the difference between the green and purple immediately! GORGEOUS colour – full marks for this one Marc Jacobs! BeFunky_nul120l_2.jpgAnd now onto their lip glosses: here is a picture of their packaging below. As soon as you open the lid the lip gloss stick pushes itself out, which is pretty cool. BeFunky_IMG_2392.jpgHere are some more colours in their lip gloss range below: BeFunky_IMG_2394.jpg

So Carmen tried a pretty crazy colour called “Truth or Dare”. Simply because of the name, not the colour!

The lip gloss itself gives you amazing colour as soon as you apply it, unlike a lot of lip glosses out there which just look like you have applied a clear gloss! Be warned the glosses do have a serious peppermint feel to them and they are sticky. But if you are a sticky lip gloss fan, we can imagine you would love these! befunky_artwork3.jpgAnd now onto the lipsticks:
BeFunky_null_166.jpgAgain, gorgeous packaging and there is a HUGE variety of colours to choose from here! Carmen liked the lipsticks the most out of everything in the Marc Jacobs range, as they provide great colour coverage whilst also feeling more like a lip balm – so lovely!

Again, colours that were tested were chosen pretty much because of the names (yes, we can be shallow like that sometimes!).  The colour “Happy Endings” sounded pretty funny, and was Carmen’s favourite – such a perfect colour for Singapore!

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befunky_artwork2.jpgCarmen asked Sam.M. to name her favourite product in the Marc Jacobs range… And the winner is…..

BeFunky_null_1.jpgThe concealer! Sam.M is a big fan of the coverage provided and mentioned that what really sets this concealer apart from other brands was the applicator tip as shown below. BeFunky_IMG_2434.jpgSo there you have it! You can find Marc Jacobs makeup at all Sephora stores in Singapore. BeFunky_IMG_2393.jpg

UK’s Collection Cosmetics – Carmen and Natasha’s review

20140506-184242.jpgWe always get excited when a new product comes into town, especially ones from UK. So when we received a COLLECTION sample box, full of new goodies, we couldn’t help but act like little girls opening a present on Christmas day!

So we decided to pick and choose which products we want to review (independently of course), which took about 3 seconds, because we know each other so well sometimes it’s scary! From a packaging point of view, at a glance the products have a very ‘youthful’ and ‘fun’ feel to it. Pricewise, the products are super affordable, starting from SGD10 and above.

20140506-095715.jpgSo Natasha’s chosen goodies can be seen in the picture below: (left to right)

Bright & Glow BB Cream SGD16.90, Lasting Perfection Concealer SGD14.90, Extreme Lengthening Mascara SGD16.90, Volume Sensation Lipstick in Ruby Red SGD9.90, Cream Puff Lip Cream SGD12.50, Volume Sensation Lipstick in Passionfruit SGD9.90.  20140506-095735.jpgSo then came the hard part for Natasha, trying on the makeup :) The BB Cream glided on quite nicely, but not as silky as she wanted it to be. The concealer, on the other hand, was great because it provides coverage without being too pasty. Natasha is a big mascara person, and she was a tad disappointed with the mascara because it didn’t really give her the volume and length she wanted. She absolutely loves the lipstick though in ruby red! It’s creamy and glides on smoothly and the color, oh the color! 20140506-183815.jpgNatasha tried on the Cream Puff Lip Cream, which had a matte finish.  It dries out very quickly from a creamy texture to matte and it actually looks really nice on its own or as a ‘neutralizer’ if you want to layer it with a brighter lipstick.

20140506-184256.jpgNatasha is a fan of the passionfruit lipstick because it suits warmer skin tones really well. It’s perfect for spring/summer! Wait, it’s spring/summer everyday in Singapore. 20140506-190806.jpg

Carmen tried out the trio eyeshadow palette, the lip stain and the lip gloss. Unfortunately the “Bright and Glow” compact foundation and illuminating brightening concealer were not the right shades for Carmen’s skin tone, so we had to omit these for review.

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The “Work the Colour” eyeshadow palette came with two powder eyeshadows and a cream to be used a base or to highlight.

The cream (on the right below) didn’t really show up on Carmen’s skin tone as a highlight, but the gold eyeshadows were fun and provided a subtle golden shimmer (especially the middle eyeshadow).

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The bright gold eyeshadow colour is shown below left (which has more of a glittery look), and the darker gold is shown below right.
BeFunky_IMG_2551.jpgCarmen also tried out the “Colour pout” lip stain shown below. The colour came out as a fun bright red and was lightweight, although Carmen wasn’t a huge fan of the “marker” smell which also had a “berry” scent. The colour coverage however was amazing, and very easy to apply. 
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BeFunky_null_2.jpgCarmen also tried out the Hotlights lipgloss – this shade below was called “Shine” . We’ve never seen anything like this before – lights were placed inside the lid so when you open the gloss the applicator tip will light up! Such a clever idea, and we can imagine in a dimly lit bathroom or club this would be perfect so you can see exactly where you are applying the gloss! Loved this little feature.

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BeFunky_null_13.jpgThe gloss itself was slightly sticky (although not too bad) – you can see how the pen really lights up your face whilst applying! It’s nice to apply the gloss on top of the Colour Pout lip stain, as shown below.

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So there you have it – Carmen and Natasha’a independent review of Collection cosmetics!  Overall, our top picks from the makeup tested were the lipsticks and lipgloss (bonus points  allocated for the lights in the lid!).


 

 

 

Window shopping: Mulberry

It’s great to window shop in SG – especially with the super expensive brands.

Here is a sneaky peak at what’s in store at Mulberry right now….

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We love everything in this pic. The white clutch bottom right, the orange handbag (which looks super classy and the scarf! Oh the scarf!), and of course, the summery chic dress which Carmen and Natasha will be dreaming about for months… sigh.

We love how Mulberry has been super clever with this display – showing us different ways to mix and match their merchandise. Devastatingly clever, as now we would like the lot.

You hear that Mulberry? Carmen and Natasha have eyes on you….