Frizzy hair no more after my Keratin treatment

I’ve always had to deal with my thick, unruly, frizzy, wavy hair for as long as I can remember. I spend 60 minutes on average to blow dry my hair to transform it into a decent, cascading natural waves that women often envy. That’s a LOT of minutes, especially when you have an active toddler constantly seeking your attention.

Living in Singapore has not been easy, because being Indonesian, I’ve always been spoiled by cheap salons and my miracle workers that turned my hair from a huge mess to a huge YES!

I decided to put an end to it by going to Covo,  my favorite salon in Singapore and I was excited to meet Shinobu, one of its new hair stylists because they’re super skilled and meticulous when it comes to any hair treatments. Oh and they’re patient with my thick mane! If you think I’m exaggerating, let the picture below speak for itself. 🙂

I chose Keratin over rebounding because I still want the volume without the frizz, and keratin allows me to do that. Rebonding leaves your hair utterly flat and that’s a big NO NO for me. After Shinobu ‘assessed’ my hair, she then washed it and so began my three-hour hair transformation journey.
  Remember my two previous blog posts about ombre hair some months ago? Although the result was amaze balls, it kinda left my hair a tad on the dry side – it doesn’t help that my hair is very dry to begin with!
  Shinobu put the keratin mix into my hair, which can be customized according to your hair texture by the way which is great because everyone’s hair is very different.After she left it on for half an hour or so, she then straightened my hair whilst leaving the treatment in my hair, so she didn’t rinse my hair at all. She straightened it with a special hair straightener especially for keratin treatment.


After my hair was straightened, I had to have it washed and that marked the last step of my Keratin treatment. Below is the end result after more of Shinobu’s magic touch with a curling iron. The whole treatment took three hours because.. yup you guessed it.. I have a LOT of hair. 
  Keratin treatment can last anywhere between 3-6 months and I decided to buy the whole range of after-care goodies to make sure it lasts because Singapore’s humidity does a lot of damage to your hair.

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Or I can have it straight like this. Most importantly, it now takes me ten minutes to do my hair instead of sixty minutes!

xoxo

Natasha

Shades of ombre at Covo Hair Salon

Here’s the thing about having your hair colored once – especially if you love the result – you want to keep doing it again and again. You always want it to be darker, lighter, more red, more blonde, more brown, you get the point. Natasha did ombre hair back in February and by April, she was itching to go back to try a lighter color. Since her awesome hairstylist, Asako, from Covo hair salon did such a fantastic job, she went back to have her hair done again. Yes, it’s addictive. We did a blog post on Covo a while back, whereby Natasha was excited to find a place that can perfectly do what she calls a ‘Indonesian style blow-dry’. To refresh your memory, Covo is a Japanese hair salon located in two locations, one on Keong Saik Road, the other on Tanjong Pagar Road. The salon on Tanjong Pagar is smaller than the one on Keong Saik, but more convenient because it’s close to the MRT station. It’s literally next to Tippling Club, so it’s super easy to find. So, as we were saying, Natasha came back to try a lighter shade of ombre and was super excited to see the result. But first, a quick reminder of what her hair looked like before she had it done. Ta-daaaa! As you can see, the top half was still quite dark, she had the bottom half bleached once. Natasha asked for Asako again, because she’s super awesome. She listens, YES a hairstylist who actually listens and does what you ask them to do! Asako carefully assessed Natasha’s hair and after a brief consultation, Natasha decided to bleach her hair for the second time to go lighter. Hey, if you can’t see the result, what’s the point? That’s what we think anyway. Go bold, or go home, With three magazines by her side, Natasha was ready. Ready for a three-hour wait. And yes, that’s what happens when you have Indonesian hair, you have a LOT of hair. What we like about Covo is the small details – quintessentially Japanese. At Covo, they give you a glass filled with lolls, and a small bowl to put your jewelry in. We always end up putting our jewelry in the inside pocket of our handbag, which is dangerous for forgetful busy bees like us. Another small detail at Covo is that the hairstylist covers your eyes when you have your hair washed. How thoughtful is that! No awkward moments where you kinda don;t know whether to keep your eyes open or closed – you know what we’re talking about! Here’s Natasha getting a hair treatment. The result is amazing! Natasha’s hair is naturally frizzy, curly and quite coarse in texture. This hair treatment relaxes the hair and it lasts for at least 2-3 washes. Three hours, two lollies (ok, make that 5 or six) later, the moment of truth has finally come. Ta-daaaa! Needless to say, Natasha is a one happy camper with the result. the bottom half is light enough for it to be noticeable, the top part is still natural looking, but you can definitely see that it’s much lighter than the first ombre. Yayyyy, once again, bravo Asako! Here’s a closer look at Natasha’s new awesome ombre! Covo hair salon: Keong Saik branch 43 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089147 Phone: 6221 4585 Tanjong Pagar branch 32 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088453 Phone: 6225 9706 http://www.covosg.com/english/index.html

C&N ♥ Shirt Dresses

Every woman should have a reliable and nicely tailored shirt dress as a wardrobe staple. They’re almost as important to a girl’s wardrobe as the go-to white shirt and jeans.
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Here’s why. They’re versatile, classic, flattering and stylish. Even on fat days, you can totally get away with it – unlike a warp dress (no offense, DVF, we still love you, sometimes it’s just tiring to suck our guts in throughout our meal).
Put a thin belt to cinch the waist and pumps to wear to the office. Don’t put a belt, and replace the pumps with a cute pair of ballerinas or even a pair of funky runners for the perfect brunch outfit (don’t forget to roll up the sleeves and make it look a tad messy, even though you’ve been trying to perfect the look for 30 minutes in front of the mirror!! Just saying.).
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We recently tried a shirt dress from Alex Black,  a British designer who lived in New York and is now based in Hong Kong, and loved it! The quality of her shirt dress is amazeballs, because the cottons are supplied by the wonderful Hong Kong based company, Esquel,  the supplier of cotton to Brooks Brothers and Ralph Lauren. Natasha (pictured above) chose a black Josephine shirt dress with ruffle details on the placket and accesorised it with a thin black belt and wedges, and a black clutch to complete the look. This look works for casual Fridays work attire, or even lunch/brunch with your girlfriends.
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Carmen chose the Eloise striped pale blue and white shirt dress, which is super classic. She combined the look with her electric blue suede shoes and it looks awesome. Again, perfect for the office, or even for a weekend look.

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Alex Black will be in Singapore this weekend at the Boutiques Fair at the Pit Building. Use the discount code ‘carmenandnatasha’ to receive 15% discount (applicable online, too!).
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ALEX BLACK Collection is available for worldwide shipping on line at www.alexblackcollection.com and soon in the new Rue Madame store in Singapore.
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C&N ♥ black and white

We’re always trying think of new locations to snap pictures for our upcoming blog posts, and after a few cups of coffee, we finally hit a lightbulb moment – Haji Lane and Arab Street!

We love this little neighborhood – although parking can be a bit of a nightmare after lunchtime. It’s definitely becoming more hipster with all the cute little boutiques, cafes and restaurants. This area has so much character and we love exploring the little alleys to find hidden treasures (read: cute background for our blog or Instagram pics).

There are so many cool graffiti on the walls of Haji Lane, the one in the picture above was done by Oak and Bindi, a local illustrator which reads ‘this is not your practice life. this is all there is’. In fact, that exact illustration can be found on Lululemon Singapore’s limited edition tank.

We’re seeing a lot of black and white this season, and we love this all-time classic color combo. We decided To play it up a little by combining different patterns and textures. Natasha wore her Forever New embellished top, Kate Spade houndstooth full-skirt, combined with her ever-so-comfy Pedder Red black and white striped wedges. Carmen wore her Maje strappy heels, with a gorgeous flowy and ultra feminine polka dot dress, and topped off the look with beautiful pair of earrings and a laser-cut grey bag by a Taiwanese designer, Jamei Chen.

After two hours of walking around in the sun, and laughing over silly things (hey, laughing burns a lot of energy!) we decided to call it a day and head to Mrs. Pho, our favorite Vietnamese restaurant in the area. How cute is the restaurant’s décor! It reminds us of sitting on the roadside somewhere in Ho Chi Minh City (minus the pollution and motorbikes, that is!).

C&N ♥ Toms

We know what you’re thinking. It’s been FOREVER since we last did a blog post. Between traveling and moving house, well let’s just say we’ve been busy bees!

Anyway, it matters not… because we’re back! YAY! And on this blog post, we’d like to openly declare our love for……. TOMS! Not only are they cute, they’re also super comfy and trust us they’ve been tried and tested.

We both like floral pattern as you can see from the picture below.

We went exploring behind Hong Kong Street  and found awesome backdrop for our blog shoot. Here’s Carmen taking a break in her Alice and Olivia leather mini skirt, which is super adorable and comfy. We’re also loving her laser-cut grey leather bag by a Taiwanese designer Jamei Chen. Oh and also Carmen’s versatile necklace by Ivanka Trump jewelry.

The picture below is one of our favorite shots of all, because not only did we spot the blue building that perfectly matched Natasha’s top, but a blue car just happened to be driving by at that exact moment. Sigh. Serendipitous indeed. We vaguely remember the driver giving us  thumbs up as he drove away. We’re glad he gave us his seal of approval. 🙂

Natasha is wearing a skirt from H&M, Chanel tote bag which can pretty much fit her whole life in because of its size and a silk top by Bysi (which has been in her wardrobe forever!).

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There you have it. We hope this post shows how versatile TOMS shoes are and the fact that the shoes can survive Singapore’s heat and humidity? That totally scored brownie points from us.

Japanese hair salon Covo, an awesome little hidden gem on Keong Saik Road!

NEWSFLASH! Natasha has found her favorite hair salon in Singapore and that is  a HUGE deal. Why? Firstly, she’s Indonesian. Many Indonesian women are obsessed with their hair. Like, obsessed. Secondly, she has had plenty of hair mishaps in Singapore – the kind she chose to bury deep inside her long-term memory bank. There have been emergency weekend trips to Jakarta because she had to save whatever was left to be saved of her tragic hair. Thirdly, the salon is not located in a mall, it’s located on one of Singapore’s hippest streets, Keong Saik Road. YAY! That means we can avoid that little impromptu “window shopping” moments that end up in “I have to buy these shoes, because they go perfectly with my new hair!”. And lastly, it’s Japanese. Who doesn’t like anything and everything Japanese? We do!

The name of this great hidden gem is Covo. If you can’t find it, look for the bright neon orange door with the writing KjStudio on top, which by the way is also owned by Covo. If you still can’t find it, then look for Potatohead because it’s approximately across the road from it.

You now know where to go if you’re having a super bad hair day, yet you’re heading out for a date night or dinner and drinks with your girlfriends. Pop by Covo for a quick blow dry and out you go to enjoy some yummy cocktails and dinner. Lucky for you they close at 8 pm!

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She did it with such care and precision, not to mention the service quality in Covo is amazing. You don’t often get quality and great service at the same time, but Natasha’s experience at Covo was a really great one.

After having her hair washed, Asako asked if she can massage Natasha’s neck and shoulders. Seriously? I think she may have said yes a little too enthusiastically.

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TA-DAAAA!!

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IMG_3711-0Here’s some exciting news for our lovely readers!  From 3 February to 3 March, you can get a blow dry for $25 (u.p. $35), 20% off Covo hair services for first timers (applicable on service only, not on Covo product purchases). Simply say Carmen and Natasha to get the discount.

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      IMG_3722One more thing worth mentioning is that Covo is currently collaborating with ePloof!  – which is a super cute kids online shop selling high quality toys from around the globe. To all the mamas out there and also to the friends of mamas, the toys make an excellent gift idea. It’s definitely worth checking out!

COVO Hair Salon, 43 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089147 (Near Outram Park MRT), (+65) 6221 4585, www.covosg.com/english/index.html

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat & Sun, PH 10am-7pm

Getting fit never looked so trendy, thanks to lululemon!

Yoga aficionados and aficionados and gym junkies,  I hope you’re as excited as we are with the opening of lululemon’s first flagship store in Asia and they’ve chosen Singapore to be the first destination!

We’ve been hearing rumors and seeing the sign – okay, we didn’t really see the sign – we walked past the lululemon store at ION Orchard when it was still under construction. 🙂

Natasha was beyond excited when she got an invitation to take a peek at the 3,700 square feet store, which only officially opens tomorrow. Yes, TOMORROW! Let us warn you, though, Orchard isn’t looking too pretty at the moment with all the last minute Christmas shoppers (no, not us, we’re not one of them. Really!). Natasha’s first encounter with lululemon was a few years back in Melbourne, and Carmen first saw the lululemon store in Sydney. And after we tried on their signature black stretch leggings, we never looked back since.

With aggressive store expansion across Asia – Hong Kong is next on the list – we’re super proud that lululemon chose Singapore to be its first in Asia. lululemon has chosen Singapore as the location for its first store in Asia because of the strong support from the local community. Remember the yoga beat event on Orchard Road held last month? We’ve never seen so many people doing the warrior pose on Orchard Road! The great success showed just how much interest Singaporeans have towards yoga and wellbeing in general. Go Singapore!

Pricewise, it’s definitely not cheap but trust us, their clothes last for ages! the black leggings have been tried and tested. And after numerous downward dogs, gym sessions and countless spins in the washing machine, it still keeps its shape.

We love their sports bra as well, and these are some of Natasha’s favorites:

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Gorgeous, right? And these are the legging options currently in store. We’re digging the mesh black ones. They have men’s collection as well, but they’ll only be revealed for the first time tomorrow.

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If getting fit is part of your New Year’s resolution, you can start by heading over the lululemon store tomorrow and buy a kickass exercise ensemble. If you’re going to be active and sweaty – be it at the gym, Botanic Gardens or yoga studio – the least you can do is sweat in style! 🙂

xoxo

Carmen Natasha

lululemon boutique:

ION Orchard Singapore, #B1-11.

Patricia Rox Rocks!

image-11We’re always super excited when a new brand launches in Singapore, because it means we can be part of its journey from the very beginning and it’s amazing how much the fashion landscape in this island has changed in the past few years! When Natasha received an invitation to attend the Singapore launch of Patricia Rox, she was beside herself (especially after taking a peek at the website and semi-stalking her collection on Instagram). The event not only commemorated the launch of the Patricia Rox brand, but it also showcased the Spring/Summer 2015 The Fantasy Capsule, which is full of amazeballs exotic, intricate prints and bright bold colors, which we both LOVE! Check out this gorgeous scarf below – the vividness of the color on silk is just simply breathtaking! IMG_8803.PNGNatasha had the honor of chatting to Patricia Haywood, the genius behind the Patricia Rox brand and found out that she lived in Jakarta for four years (which is where Natasha is originally from). She’s a global citizen through and through and lived in Paris, London, Scotland, Toronto, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Uganda, Indonesia and Singapore. Another surprising fact about Patricia is that she used to be a fashion lawyer – seriously, she must’ve been one of the hottest lawyers around! We’re just super glad she made the quantum leap from being a lawyer to a super talented fashion designer instead! IMG_8845 IMG_8818.JPG Her collection, the Fantasy Capsule, is everything about Patricia’s whimsical childhood fantasies. And fantasies they must have been! Natasha was in awe with the silk kaftan style dresses with floral-inspired prints, vibrant and circus-inspired scarves, and buffalo horn and enamel jewelry (check out the picture below). Her design is effortlessly chic, and also versatile for resort, traveling or fancy cocktail parties (which makes us want to throw a garden party just to have an excuse to wear her dress). image image-3This one below is Natasha’s favorite! The turqoise color with tasteful embellishment around the neckline really makes the dress standout. Dress it down with wedges or take it up a notch with a pair of killer strappy Jimmy Choos. IMG_8844 IMG_8805.PNGEach print is a labor of love and painstakingly hand drawn by an artist, with some prints taking 200-300 hours to draw! image-2 We are also loving her gorge silk scarves and there’s a story behind every print, which you can find out from her website. The one below was produced in a family-run silk mill in Como. Come on, how beautiful are the colors and the paisley-inspired print! Currently, her scarves are available at gnossem, the Singapore online store, but you can also find her collection in Bali’s Aman resorts and shopzaozao in Hong Kong.IMG_8816.JPG IMG_8804.PNG IMG_8801.PNG IMG_8800.PNG IMG_8802.PNG IMG_8846 Rumor has it there’s a plan for the opening of her first flagship store on the shore, but hey we’re just super glad Patricia followed her passion which led her to this beautiful Fantasy Capsule!

More new shops in Seminyak!

Yes, we did a comprehensive ‘guide’ to shopping in Seminyak a while back (read the article here) , but Seminyak has so many nooks and crannies so we always find new cute little shops that we’re dying to share with you!

The clothes below are from Uma and Leopold, definitely NOT a new store, as a matter of fact Uma and Leopold has a few outlets scattered throughout Seminyak just like Magali Pascal. This particular store is located right near to Bambu Restaurant (an awesome newish Indonesian Restaurant, and if you haven’t tried it you absolutely MUST! Book early, they get full super quickly).

Pricewise, not cheap (then again, what is cheap in Bali nowadays?!) but also not crazy expensive. It ranges from SGD60-350, but the material is delicious and the bead work is amaze balls on some of the dresses!

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One day, after a two-hour massage down the road, Natasha strolled down one of the alleys right next to Seminyak Square and found a whole lot of new shops that kinda just magically appeared as they often do in Bali. Her new favorite shop is called ‘my cup of love’, which sells many many pretty and very reasonably priced things. Think homeward – pretty plates, cups, aprons, to lots and lots of cute jewelry, knick knacks, etc. etc. We’ll let the pictures speak for the themselves!

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How gorgeous are these rings!! And they’re only about SGD25 each! They come in silver and gold.

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Natasha decided to buy a ‘super mama’ rings, which she wears on one of those challenging days chasing her active toddler.

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We love these bracelets below – oh and did we mention that they’re SGD7 each? Take them off before you jump in the shower, because otherwise the glue on the clasp kinda doesn’t hold it together.

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There’s another cute store right next to ‘My cup of love’ called ‘Kiosk’. The clothes on the rack are super cute and they have both men and women clothes. Natasha spotted a few cute playsuits and camisoles with print she hasn’t really seen in other stores in Seminyak. Pricewise, very affordable starting from SGD50 to about SGD100.

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So there you have it! Next time you go on a little getaway to Bali, make sure you check these stores out. You won’t be sorry.

xoxo

Carmen and Natasha

Channeling our inner Carrie Bradshaw in Asos skirt

You know how some days you wake up and you say to yourself “I’m going to channel my inner Carrie Bradshaw today!” – and no, we don’t mean the tutu-wearing Carrie, or the bird-feather-on-your-hair Carrie (although that’s cool if you want to dress that way, we’re not judging!). We mean the floral-skirt-and-pretty-yet-killer-stiletto kinda Carrie. Well, that’s how Natasha felt like today.

Immediately her eyes fell on her gorge Asos skirt that she bought a few months ago – for a mere SGD40! We love scouring for awesome beauty and fashion deals online, who doesn’t?! Oh, speaking of online deals, we must share this little secret with you – and trust us, we were contemplating on whether or not to let you in on our secret. We recently discovered amazeballs fashion and beauty items on CupoNation. We won’t say much because it will just spoil the fun, so just have a look yourself!

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So, back to Carrie Bradshaw. Natasha decided to combine the skirt with the ever-so-reliable white shirt. A girl can never have too many white shirts (and jeans, shoes, bags, accessories, etc. etc. etc.). She chose her Malene Birger shirt, and her gorge brocade Schutz stilettos with jade embellishments on it (while silently chanting, please don’t rain, please don’t rain!). And a YSL clutch bag seemed like a good idea to complete the look. Can you please take a second to admire the beautiful shape of the Schutz heels? *collective sigh*

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By the way, ballerina flats would’ve been just as cute – and way more comfortable, too. And to make the look more casual, put on a white t-shirt and add a wide belt to cinch the waist. Oh and a statement necklace would look amazing with the t-shirt. 

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Looking for gift ideas? The Kase at ION is a good place to start.

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Every year Carmen and Natasha always aspire to be organized Christmas shoppers. “Must not procrastinate, must beat the Christmas rush, must go Christmas shopping early” – we chant the same mantra every year, but of course always fail to actually execute our grand plan.

Soooo this year, we’re on the hunt to find great gift ideas for our loved ones. We were thrilled when we found The Kase, a French international mobile phone and tablet accessories brand that was launched in 2012.

It’s a small store located at B2 of ION Orchard, but it really packs a punch. Natasha was there for nearly an hour looking at all the case options – there’s definitely no shortage of options! Pricewise, really reasonable, depending on whether you want to get a customized case or not. The ones for iPhone 6 are SGD49.90, but they’re really worth it if you’re thinking of birthday or Christmas gifts for your BFF or even your sibling. Not only do they get a cool personalized gift, but you get brownie points for being extra thoughtful. Yay!

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These are examples of the personalized cases. Pretty cool right? You can put anything on the cover! To do that, all you have to do is send a picture of your choice to the Kase’s email address and they will do a mock-up on the computer screen for you. And once you’re happy with the way it looks, all they have to do is digitally print it on. The whole process takes about 10-20 minutes, so you can even do it during your lunch break.

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Natasha is loving the cute prints below. They would make a pretty cool fashion accessory!

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We don’t know about you, our darling readers, but we think our SECOND best (the first being our loved ones of course!) companion (our mobile phones) – deserve to be dressed up once in a while. Perfect for the holiday season, we reckon (did someone say office Christmas party or New Year’s soiree?).

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Oh, the Kase also has cases for iPads. Natasha likes this one in particular 🙂

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So after spending an hour in the shop, Natasha finally walked out with two cases, one for her and one for Carmen who’s spending a bit of time in Hong Kong these days.

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Ta-daaaa! Here’s what she bought. A personalized case with a picture of Natasha and her cheeky monkey of a daughter and a Survive Asia case, which has Carmen’s company logo on it. Oh yes, we forgot to mention that the personalized cases also make an awesome marketing tool for those business owners out there!

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The Kase:

ION ORCHARD B2-27 (next to H&M)
2 Orchard Turn
238801 Singapore

 

 

 

 

 

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 🙂

xx

Carmen and Natasha

 

 

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

Orly, OPI, China Glaze for under S$10!

Nothing excites us more than cheap nail polish! Okay, that’s kinda a lie. We get excited about good shoe sale, a new talented local designer, awesome coffee, and a great burger – not exactly in that order (burgers are right up there). We contemplated on not publishing this post. It has been sitting in our draft folder for a loooooooong time. Why you ask? Because this hidden gem is almost too good to share, but being the lovely and generous girls that we are, we decided to let you in on this nail polish junkie’s dream. Let the pictures speak for themselves, shall we? IMG_0100.PNG IMG_0102.PNG IMG_0103.PNG The shop also has other nail ‘accessories’ and goodies like manicure tools and stickers. IMG_0105.PNG IMG_0104.PNG IMG_0106.PNG So where is this hidden gem you wonder? Well, it’s at the Scape building right next to Mandarin Orchard hotel. It’s on the ground floor, and it’s literally tucked away in a corner. It’s a bit hard to explain, but basically just go past the little foodcourt and you’ll be able to see it. And we don’t really know the name of the shop but I guess it’s all part of the mystery, right? Good luck finding it, but once you do, it sure is worth it!

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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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:

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, B1-11

 

 

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.

Details:

Neal’s Yard Remedies, Millenia Walk #01-75

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. LOVE!!!!!!!! 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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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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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