Melbourne Cup Day = Fashion, Flemington, Field, Fun

We’re SUPER excited that Melbourne Cup – the race that stops a nation (it literally does, so much so that Aussies get a public holiday out of it) – is just around the corner!! Having lived in Melbourne for over ten years, Natasha is used to all the hype and buzz approaching one of the biggest fashion events in Australia and Carmen and Natasha can’t wait to see the ladies all dressed up and gents looking super suave and dapper :).

Even though it’s called Melbourne Cup Day (which falls on 4th November this year), let’s not forget that the fun actually begins today – which is Darby Day, the day for classic elegance, where everyone wears nothing but black and white (and it’s considered THE must-attend event), followed by Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday, then Oaks Day on Thursday or also known as Ladies Day, where ladies get to show off their own style and creativity.

Even though we both have been away from Australia for some time now, we still make a point to celebrate Melbourne Cup Day wherever we are (even though Carmen is originally a Sydney girl, there’s no rivalry between us, because we both agree Melbourne is the fashion capital of Australia, contrary to what people say. Haha!)

So let’s start with a bit of history behind this special day. It all began in 1962 when the Victoria Racing Club’s (VRC) Fashions on the Field competition was born. The contest was meant to ‘woo more women to the races’ and boy did it woo the women alright! Check out these pictures if you don’t believe us! (pictures taken from the VRC website)

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So you can imagine how thrilled we were when the Australian and New Zealand Association (ANZA) asked if we wanted to be on the cover of their magazine’s Melbourne Cup Day edition.

We started by getting our hair done at The Big Blow at Cluny court by the lovely and talented Ellie, and then off we went on our mini road trip to the Singapore Turf Club on what felt like a forty-degree sunny day. Sigh, the things we do for fashion!

First the dresses, by the Australian brand Cameo the Label, which were from this gorgeous shop on Amoy Street called Willow and Huxley and the beautiful Singapore made hats by Hats Off. Natasha chose her Valentino Rockstuds in patent red, while Carmen chose the super killer heels by Schutz. If you never had the chance to walk on lush grass in stilettos, let us tell you that it is NOT easy.

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We had such a blast at the photo shoot, despite the heat! After all, what girl doesn’t get excited to wear pretty hats and dresses!

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So there you have it, darling readers! We hope you learned a thing or two about  Melbourne Cup and enjoyed the pics :)

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Carmen and Natasha

 

 

Jewellery at Topshop

Gosh we love topshop, as loving the jewellery even more right now! Pieces below started at $15sgd and over, so an affordable accessories fix! Check out Carmen’s favourite picks below (spotted at the Orchard road Knightsbridge store).

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In love with Henri Charpentier’s shade of pink

First of all, can we start this blog post by declaring our love for this shade of pink, which is why we decided to do a ‘shoefie’ (read: shoe selfie) on the pink carpet. Red carpet is too ordinary for Carmen and Natasha pink is more unique :) Natasha is loving her new shoes that she found at Marks and Spencer for… wait for it…. SGD50 (the original price was SGD110). Carmen is equally in love with her smoking hot red patent studded Prada sandals from the recent La Prendo sale. IMG_5152.JPGWhen we heard that the French-inspired Japanese Patisserie is opening its doors at Dempsey, we just had to check it out. After all, who wouldn’t be excited by the words ‘Japanese’ ‘French’ and ‘Patisserie’ all in the same sentence?!!? Henri Charpentier is very fancy shmancy with all the frills, but unfortunately not even the Japanese staff and our own Crepe Suzette station can impress us (did we mention the crepe suzette costs SGD22?). The service was very average (to put things mildly) and there was also no music when we went there, so the room was filled with this canteen-like noise of people chit chatting. The decor was beautiful though, and the fact that the cafe overlooks the lush greenery helps create the tranquil feel to the place. IMG_5178.JPGHere’s a picture of our $22 Crepe Suzette! IMG_5195.JPGWe must admit that Henri Charpentier’s financiers and madeleines are too die for! They literally melt in your mouth. God bless those happy Hokkaido cows! They sure produce the yummiest butter and milk.IMG_5528.JPGEnough about the restaurant review – which this post was not intended to be. Let’s focus on Carmen and Natasha’s outfit. Let’s face it, black and white and red is definitely a winning combo. It’s classic, but far from boring. And of course the red Prada sandals polish off the look beautifully.IMG_5428.PNGHow cool does the messy bun look on Carmen? A bit of attitude and personality is always a good addition to your swag. IMG_5430.PNG IMG_5432.PNG We swear we did not intentionally color coordinate our outfits! Great minds think alike, we’d say. :) Natasha wore her red dress and completed the look with her beloved fuchsia Saint Laurent mini duffel bag and her Marks and Spencer shoes. Oh and Kate Spade bracelet plus Zara sunnies. IMG_5436.PNG IMG_5433-0.PNGThe green wall provides a good backdrop for our selfies. Yes, once in a while we can’t help but do fun selflies. IMG_5438.PNGAnd we’re always super grateful when we find a total stranger to take a decent pic of us. IMG_5435-0.PNG

MIKIMOTO and Hello Kitty make a surprisingly compatible duo!

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Natasha was recently invited to MIKIMOTO’s first anniversary celebration of their store at The Shoppes At Marina Bay Sands flagship store, as well as its launch of MIKIMOTO X Hello Kitty Collection. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this Japanese brand, MIKIMOTO is globally renowned as “the King of Pearls” and has been around since 1893!

When we got the invitation, we were super intrigued because we’re familiar with MIKIMOTO’s elegant design and exquisite craftsmanship and because we are not big Hello Kitty fans, we were even more curious to see how the collaboration turns out. Carmen was traveling to Hong Kong, so Natasha brought her gorgeous friend, Gang, who was as excited as she was to see the collection.

Before we show you the Hello Kitty collection, here are a few pictures of MIKIMOTO’s more classic collection. And come on, what girl doesn’t like a beautiful pearl necklace – it’s timeless, classic, elegant and simply gorgeous.

This one is Natasha’s favorite piece! It’s simple, yet striking. It’s eye-catching without being overpowering. LOVE!!!!!!!

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The choker below is part of MIKIMOTO’s gothic collection. Again, the craftsmanship is just stunning. We probably prefer to combine it with a simpler pair of earrings and let the necklace steal the show. The chandelier earrings were equally gorgeous and can definitely be a show stopper in itself.

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Okay so let’s move on to the Hello Kitty collection. The one below is oh-so-damn-beautiful! The multi-tiered string of pearls is so demure and the subtle Hello Kitty face makes it cute without being too cutesy.

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The hair piece below and the choker necklace are definitely more on the fun and youthful side. We think the simple updo is perfect for this hair piece. A cute wavy bob can also look equally amazeballs with this clip. We probably wouldn’t wear both pieces together, but they sure look good on the model!

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Okay, so check out this tiara (can you spot Hello Kitty at the center of the love heart??). This has got to be the most beautiful tiara Natasha has ever seen. It’s tasteful and the combination of the pearl, diamonds and ruby is just perfectly balanced. Hello Kitty never looked so grown up and elegant.

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The brooch and bracelet below are definitely Natasha’s favorites out of all the Hello Kitty Collection. Inspired by the cherry blossom, Natasha loves the dainty and intricate details on both pieces.

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Here’s a close-up of the pieces. Again, Natasha loves how Hello Kitty’s face is subtly embedded into the design.

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The Japanese have always taken so much pride in their work and their perfection and attention to details never cease to amaze us. And MIKIMOTO showed just that! Whoever thought Hello Kitty could look so grown up – we certainly didn’t but we’re glad MIKIMOTO proved us wrong. :)

 

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London Fashion Week SS15: Jean-Pierre Braganza show

Carmen recently attended the Jean-Pierre Braganza Spring/Summer 2015 show at London Fashion Week.

Jean-Pierre Braganza famously worked under Roland Mouret before setting up his own label. For those who don’t know who Roland Mouret is, he is famous for his galaxy dress, which became ubiquitous on the red carpet during Spring 2006, and later on in 2008 with the moon dress which was loved by Victoria Beckham amongst others.

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Anyway back to Braganza. Jean-Pierre is known for his grungy, urban goth looks with lots of draping and asymmetry  – the closest high street equivalent would be All Saints (British brand full of amazing leather jackets and black dresses with attitude).

Mouret was known to pin fabric onto the mannequin and THEN make shapes with the garment, and this is certainly the same style adopted by Braganza.

As expected, there was a dark sense to the show. The music felt like it pounded in time to your heartbeat, and it really felt like the world had stopped still whilst the models were walking down the catwalk, situated in Somerset House.

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The new collection focused on bringing the organic and futuristic technology together - and you can certainly see that vision in the pieces shown below, where Braganza combines soft fabrics including mesh (which are SO IN right now)and somehow constructed them to create sharp clean lines – it’s hard not to love this collection!

00050h_592x8882 Fringing at the bottom of skirts and dresses is also in this season, and we have to say we are loving it! What is really interesting to us is that although this is the Spring/ Summer collection, we are really noticing some darker tones this season, and let’s face it – why can’t we wear edgy, darker tones during the summer?! In Singapore & Hong Kong – we say bring back the dark grungy look despite being 30 degrees outside!! Just make sure you wear plenty of mesh/ light fabrics and not drag yourself out in a black winter coat!
00030h_592x8882This coat below was lightweight, and we love how it looks like it has 4 different layers to it! Also note the fringing in the middle of the garment. We are both now on the lookout for garments that combine the three colour tones of black, white and this warm stone colour! As you can tell, this whole outfit has MOVEMENT which is so elegant.

00020h_592x8881And here are some of the print dresses. One colour that we were told to watch out for this season is TERRACOTTA and you can see glimpses of this colour in the designs below. We could easily wear all three of these designs below! Screen Shot 2014-09-20 at 5.40.26 PMThis dress below was Carmen’s favourite BY FAR! Jaws were dropping when this model walked down the catwalk – the soft train was uber glam and the sparkles from the embellishment MADE THIS DRESS. LOVE IT. Screen Shot 2014-09-20 at 5.53.53 PMIMG_4569

 

And then there are the asymmetrical hemlines and some sweeping to the side slits that you are seeing EVERYWHERE now! Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 10.38.40 AMAlso loving this outfit below – granted the jacket is probably not as applicable for Singapore and Hong Kong in the summer (but you could definitely rock it in the air-conditioned office!) – but we are really loving the little white cutouts at the bottom – a fun yet classy twist. By the way we are NOT recommending you wear this whole outfit to the office (unless you work in the the most awesome/ least corporate office environment ever!). 
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And there you have it – our take on the Jean-Pierre Braganza Spring/Summer 2015 show! Carmen had so much fun at the show and looks forward to attending more in the future!

 

 

 

Carmen’s outfit & STREET STYLE looks at London Fashion Week SS15

eeLondon fashion week is in full swing! Carmen was there to see a show (which we will blog about in a separate post) – but first, here is what she wore:

1Dress by Marimekko, tan ankle boots by Russell & Bromley and clutch from LV. Accessories below from Accessorize!

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Carmen managed to grab a photo of British model Jourdan Dunn (the first black model to run the Prada catwalk in over a decade!) and is the face of Maybelline. She is wearing a Moschino quilted denim bomber jacket along with the matching skirt. d Here is Jourdan leaving the Toni & Guy blow dry bar at Somerset house! We are loving the hair. i j l 234 432
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Singapore’s fashion scene just got better with the opening of Roberto Cavalli Boutique in Marina Bay Sands!

We were super excited when we heard the news that the Italian designer Roberto Cavalli is opening a boutique in Singapore’s The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands! We were even more excited when we got an invitation to attend the boutique opening and a preview of Cavalli’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection. Again, Natasha had to fly solo because Carmen is attending London Fashion Week tomorrow. Yay!!

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Cavalli’s designes have always been on the va-va-voom and flamboyant side, which is why Sofia Vergara wears a lot of his designs, because she herself is va-va-voom! This season, we REALLY like what we saw. Very Great Gatsby, 1920s silhouette, a lot of beading and lace, satin and silk, a bit of mink in all the right places, with a dash of Cavalli’s signature glamorous and sexy touch. Amazing play of textures and patterns, and every clothes Natasha saw on the runway were so breathtakingly beautiful.

So, enough writing and time to share the pics that Natasha took at the event. She made sure to stand strategically, so she could also take pictures of the (very friendly and pretty) models backstage. Natasha loved the flame constantly ‘burning’ on all four panels of the plasma TV, which played very well with some of the dresses with the flame-like pattern.

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Now do you believe us when we say they’re all breathtaking??!!

Natasha managed to snap a picture between the models after the show. Thank God she wore her 12 cm Jimmy Choos, because the models were so damn tall! Even then she felt like a shorty among them :)

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After the show was over, Natasha had a wander around the brandspanking new boutique and snapped a few photos of some of the gorgeous things she saw.

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Roberto Cavalli boutique:

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UK’s Neal’s Yard Remedies products are organic AND ethical

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Carmen and Natasha are big on organic stuff, especially beauty products! So when we got an invitation for an exclusive tour around Neal’s Yard Remedies’ brandspankingnew store at Millenia Walk, Natasha jumped at the opportunity to learn more about UK’s largest organic skincare retailer. She was welcomed by the super friendly Janice Chew, who is responsible for bringing this awesome brand to Singapore. Passionate and insightful, Janice gave Natasha the lowdown on the brand and its products.

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The store features a ‘most loved by you’ section, which is always handy especially if you’re not too familiar with the brand its products yet. Oh and behind a wall near the cash register, you can find a neatly tucked treatment room.

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Here’s the awesome part about this UK brand, not only are the products certified organic, but the company itself solemnly believes in doing business ethically, which is super important in this day and age, when there’s a heightened sense of awareness from the consumers regarding this issue. Carmen and Natasha, for instance, will never buy products that were tested on animals! Or products from a company involved in malpractice of labor. So Neal’s Yard Remedies definitely scored brownie points on that regard.

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The Frankincense line is Neal’s Yard Remedies’ most popular and famous range. Not only does it feel amazeballs, but it smells so divine! Neal’s Yard Remedies also sells tea (organic of course!!) and health supplements, Oh, and they have an extensive selection of products for mums and bubs.

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As the name suggests, customers can create their own body wash, bath oil, body lotion and massage oil. How cool is that! You know how you sometimes take a whiff of a product and think to yourself ‘it smells great, but there’s something I don’t like the smell of’, well fret not because you can actually customize a scent that is uniquely you. Yay!

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What’s a product without pretty packaging? That’s certainly what we think! Check out the gorgeous wild rose packaging below, commemorating NYR’s 10th anniversary. Love!

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 Natasha can’t wait to try the product samples at home and the best part is that they’re all travel size, so she can really put the products to the test when she’s flying – which, as we all know, is when your skin dries out the most!

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Here’s a closer look at what’s inside Neal’s Yard Remedies’ box of goodies! Natasha decided to buy the Garden Mint and Bergamot hand lotion, she’s such a sucker for anything and everything that reminds her of being in a spa in Phuket or Bali or some other tropical paradise. Sigh….

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So next time you’re wandering around aimlessly at Millenia Walk, make sure you pay a visit to this beautifully decorated shop. The staff are super friendly and knowledgeable! And most importantly, the products are very reasonably priced, considering they’re certified organic.

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We’re definitely enchanted by Alice + Olivia’s “Enchanted: A Midwinter Night’s Dream”

IMG_0278.JPG As some of you may still remember, we did an extensive spotlight on Alice + Olivia a few months ago, where we basically had the time of our lives playing dress-up in their ION Orchard boutique. Needless to say, we adore A+O, so you can imagine how excited we were when we got an invitation to take a peak at A+O’s Fall 2014 collection from Juliana, A+O’s MarComm lady. Thank you Juliana!! The theme for this year’s Fall collection is “Enchanted: A Midwinter Night’s Dream”, and boy oh boy how super enchanted we were indeed. The kind of ‘enchanted’ that may very well send us broke, because there are so many enchanting items. Sigh, it’s so hard being a girl. IMG_0274.JPG Again, Carmen had to miss out on all the fun because she’s currently somewhere in Denmark, enjoying some ‘hygge’ time (if you don’t know what ‘hygge’ means, look it up!). Natasha had to do the hard work, snapping pictures, getting lost in the world of A+O. So let’s take you through A+O’s delicious collection, shall we? IMG_0553-0.PNG IMG_0535.PNG Natasha is IN LOVE with this clutch. How absolutely cute is this clutch! It’s fun and flirty without looking too childish and gimmicky. A girl can never have a diamond too darn big, that’s what we like to think. :) It’s a sizable size, too, so you can put more than just your lipgloss and iPhone! That’s the thing about Stacy, she’s a woman and a mother, and she knows a woman needs more space to put her things in a clutch! IMG_0533.PNG This butterfly print is a signature in the Enchanted collection, which uses a lot of brocade, embellishment and lace. Three of Natasha’s favorite things! The clothes just look so luxurious and glamorous, with a touch of sophistication and mystery thrown in the mix.  IMG_0661.PNG As you can see, the butterfly design is carried throughout the collection, including this absolutely gorgeous asymmetrical skirt below and the shoes further down in the picture. 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IMG_0542.PNG Look, it’s Stacey’s signature glasses on a otherwise boring grey cardi! This would go perfectly with a pair of skinny dark denim or wear it to work by switching the jeans to black capri pants. instead of wearing the cardi, throw it on your shoulder for that effortless look. IMG_0544.PNG This is probably Natasha’s favorite cardi – it’s a toss-up between this and that godforsaken gorge unicorn cardi. What’s so good about it? Well, you can detach the Peter Pan collar and it becomes a more simple and classic jumper. How versatile is that? This jumper is perfect for traveling. It’s simple and versatile without being boring. IMG_0543.PNG Here’s a snap shot of the uber pretty and friendly model, Marija Shatilo. Of course if you have legs as long as Marija, these boots would look amazing with a super short A-line skirt such as the one she’s wearing. 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Hansel Fairy Lights Collection is a good remnder that the holiday season is near!

IMG_0081.PNGCarmen and Natasha are big supporters of local talent in this island we call home. For now. (the ‘for now’ part is very important, because being expats we never know where we’ll end up by the time we finish writing this blog.)

We’re particularly big fans of Jo Soh’s work, the creative genius behind the successful local brand Hansel (which, by the way, is the name of her dog). We were super excited when she personally invited us to a preview of her Fairy Lights collection at her boutique on the second floor of Mandarin Gallery.

IMG_0011.JPGJo’s inspiration came from these pretty fairy lights, which typically symbolizes festivity and happy occasion.

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IMG_0094.PNGBeing a former Textile Design student herself, Natasha appreciates the technique of transferring a design onto the chosen fabric. Jo uses bamboo quill and Indian ink as her medium, because she loves the organic imperfection it achieves through the squiggles that are all of different width. She then does repeats to make a pattern of her scribbles, which is digitally printed onto fabric, which for this collection, Jo has chosen cotton rayon and polyester.

The cool thing about these fabrics is that they’re durable and low maintenance, all you have to do is throw it in the washing machine and it even requires minimal ironing! Perfect for traveling – which is why Carmen decided to pack her beloved HDB print dress from Jo’s previous collection on her trip around Scandinavia.

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IMG_0083.PNGLook at how intricately and perfectly stitched the black threads are and also the ‘lightbulb’. It’s the small details that make a great design!

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Hansel boutique:

02-14 Mandarin Gallery 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 2388867 | Tel:+65 6836 5367

http://www.ilovehansel.com

 

Sassy Singapore and Kate Spade unveiled Fall Season’s Tokyo and Shanghai Collection!

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When we found out that Sassy Singapore is teaming up with Kate Spade to unveil the brand new Fall collection, we were beyond excited. When we found out the new Fall collection is Asia-inspired, we were excited beyond belief, especially when Kate Spade picked out two of Asia’s coolest cities to be her inspiration, Tokyo and Shanghai! Such a nice shift from last season’s Italy-inspired summer collection.

As many of our darling readers may already know, Carmen and Natasha have been teaming up with our friends at Sassy Singapore to review a bunch of things around Singapore and being humongous fans of Kate Spade, there’s nothing better than going to an event that combines both!

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Poppy Skinner, Sassy Singapore’s Editor, gave useful fashion tips on how to mix and match this season’s pieces. How cute is her statement neck candy?! Natasha’s loving her loafers, too. Whoever says that black outfits are boring need to go on a little accessories treasure hunt!

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We’re swooning over the cobalt blue leopard print from the Tokyo collection. Natasha has her eyes on the Keds and cute cat bag and the bamboo green sling bag. Okay she has her eyes on many many things and can you blame her?

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How gorge is this clutch below?! Such a standout piece and perfect to jazz up a black LBD.

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IMG_9759.JPGUnlike the Tokyo collection, which is more on the fun and flirty side, the Shanghai collection has more of a luxurious, sexy, yet festive feel to it with its deep cherry red and black and white color pallette.

Natasha was busy trying to gain her momentarily lost composure the moment she laid her eyes on the gorgeous Chinese takeaway box bag. How. Amazing. Is. It. sigh…..

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Okay so it’s not just the Chinese takeaway box that’s super cute, the bird cage bag is equally gorgeous! Why do you have to have such cute stuff Kate Spade? Why!!!

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As if the drool-worthy bags weren’t torturous enough, check out these amaze balls shoes below! There’s something sentimental and timeless about Mary Janes, especially these burgundy ones below. The black ribbon really completes the look!

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Natasha is a massive fan of the color coral, so she’s super duper happy to see so many coral-colored items in store.

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Natasha found a whole bunch of goodies from Benefits makeup, as well as a nifty voucher from Prep blow dry bar in the goody bag and she loved this cute (not to mention yummy!) little fortune cookie – how cute is the Kate Spade takeaway container by the way?!

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Nine West’s mega sale! Go to the nearest Nine West shop now!

One fine evening, after dinner with girlfriends at Wisma Atria, one of Natasha’s girlfriends broke the news that Nine West is having a super awesome sale. Music to any girl’s ears, right? So off she went to check it out, a tad bit skeptical of the sale, thinking that most of the good stuff have probably been sold out. Much to her surprise, the sale is indeed super duper awesome!

That is why we decided to post this blog today so you can make your way to Nine West this weekend, or even tonight after work! Yay! Here’s the deal, most of the stuff are on 50% off! Yes, 50%!!! As if that’s not great enough, Nine West is throwing an extra 10% if you buy 2 pairs, and an extra 15% if you buy 3 pairs. What you can do is gather 2 or 3 of your girlfriends and enjoy extra discount! Woohoo!

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How hot are the shoes below! They’re surprisingly comfortable, too. Perfect for a night out with your girlfriends. Great with jeans or skirt.

IMG_9786.PNGNatasha is loving these two-toned Enzos. The color combos are all so yummy, you can dress them up or down.The blue and grey are her favorites!

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IMG_9795.PNGAfter 50% discount, these cute colorful flip-flops end up being SGD25!! And they’re perfect to wear around the pool.

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IMG_9797.PNGA few months ago, we posted a blog on pretty summer sandals at Nine West, but because the sandals are part of Nine West’s Runway Collection, the prices were a bit on the steep side (SGD182 for a pair of these gorge sandals below). Natasha couldn’t believe her luck w\hen the salesperson said that the store still has her size. The best part? She got it for SGD83!!!IMG_9808.JPG

IMG_9813.JPGNatasha went to the Wisma Atria branch, but fret not because Nine West has another big store at Raffles City mall. What are you waiting for? Head to the nearest Nine West store now! You won’t be sorry :)

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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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/