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!

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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

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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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.

IMG_0092.PNGCheck out 3 of her fairy lights design, which she turned into different designs; coil, string and fairy light.

IMG_0086.PNGHere’s Natasha with Jo Soh, unfortunately Carmen is still in Europe so she missed out on this awesome opportunity to meet one of her favorite Asian designers.

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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

 

Asia’s Upcoming Designers Shine at Audi Star Creation 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hidden Finds Market at the Secret Garden

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So while most people were infected by the F1 fever last weekend, Carmen and Natasha were busy with something else. Well, Carmen in particular, who had an awesome stall set up at the Hidden Finds Market.

What is it exactly? Well, it’s simply a clever way to utilize an otherwise empty space with a beautiful view of Singapore. It’s a pop up market situated on the 16th floor of TripleOne Somerset building on Orchard Road. There’s a bit of everything at this market – in a good way. You can easily spend more than an hour here, the air conditioned room really helped (is it just us or Singapore has been unbearably hot lately??!!).

Without further ado, here is a selection of some of our favorite stalls.

Strangely Yours – LOVE their stuff! From necklaces to bracelets, from cufflinks to stud earrings, Strangely Yours makes a fantastic gift idea for birthdays and Christmas (we can’t believe Christmas is only a few months away). The prices are very reasonable, but the best part about it is all the movable parts on the necklaces (see pictures below).

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We love these camera necklaces. The ‘zoom’ lens can move in and out!

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Below is Natasha’s favorite. A DJ turntable necklace! Again, you can move some of the parts. Love love love!

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For more feminine and dainty necklace option, below is our favorite. Check out the writing on it! If you’re looking for a sign, this is it. Altogether now, awwww….!!

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How cute are these little birdhouses below? Adorable, right? The yellow one is gorgeous.

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Got a bookworm or funky nerd for a friend? The pendant below is a perfect gift idea!

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We’re loving the cufflinks below, the rustic finish makes them look even more unique.

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Dying to find out more about Strangely Yours? Check out their website http://www.strangelyyours.com or look them up on Facebook or Instagram!

Latitude ONE Degree – next on our list of our favorite stalls. Carmen and Natasha adore clutches, especially the ones that can actually fit more than just your mobile phone and a lip gloss. Made from pure calf leather, the clutches below are definitely a winner!

Wear it with ripped jeans or your LBD, these clutches will definitely turn heads (in a good way!).

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We are liking the neon clutches below. Throw on a pair of white jeans and white shirt or tank top and a bright necklace, strappy flat sandals or wedges will finish this look. Love!

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For more information, check out their Facebook page!

Next on our list is Csar Luxe. You know how there are SO many places selling iPhone cases that look and feel cheap? Well, you’d be glad to know that Csar Luxe is the exact opposite. It’s pretty, it’s French and it’s just.. well.. pretty. Natasha almost fell into the impulse buying booby trap but successfully recovered her willpower. Phew…

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We love the pretty prints! Go to http://www.csarluxe.com for more info. Oh and they have a shop at the Esplanade Mall on level 2.

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Things are chirpy at Nana & Bird’s new venture, two.o.ri

When we received an invitation to attend Nana & Bird’s new shop, two.o.ri, it did not take long for us to say “Yes!!”. How can we not? After our previous blogpost on Nana & Bird and their gorgeous fashion pieces, we cannot wait to meet the two genius ladies with excellent taste in fashion. The name two.o.ri signifies the history and personality of nana & Bird, two connotes two groups of people coming together, while the ‘ri’ is French for having a good laugh. Sounds just like Carmen and Natasha!

Two.o.ri is located diagonally across Fleas and Trees, remember that cute shop that we blogged about a few months back? So now there’s even more reasons to check out Seng Poh Lane!

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Georgina and Chiew Ling, the forces behind Nana &  Bird. Never underestimate the power of two women with a passion in fashion!

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Natasha and Carmen were ecstatic to be invited to the opening of two.o.ri. Natasha is wearing shirt and pants from The Editor’s Market, clutch by Kate Spade and Louboutin heels. Carmen is wearing a dress from Diane von Furstenberg, clutch by Shanghai Tang and Charles and Keith heels.

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The clothes are gorgeous! The store concept is quite different compared to the other outlet. Two.o.ri has more lifestyle feel to it and has so many bits and pieces to look at for both men and women! If you’re like Carmen and Natasha who get easily distracted, rest assured you will be distracted every two seconds, maybe less, in this shop.

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The floral dress hanging on the rack caught Natasha’s attention and check out what it looks like when Carmen tried it on in our next blog post!

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Two.o.ri displays an amazing array of jewelry, from classic and simple, to quirky and funky and everything else in between.

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Natasha is liking this cupcake ring! It’s very Alannah Hill, the famous Aussie designer whose creation is always so feminine, playful and whimsical.

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This particular sustainable collection is by the British jewelry designer Emma Ware. Her jewelry is made of bicycle tyre, although the prices are a tad bit on the steep side, the quality of each piece is quite amazing!

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Cufflinks for the signifiant other – and there’s lots of it in this shop. It’s Christmas soon ladies, and this shop has many goodies and ideas for your man.

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This cup is so cute for your cuppa! The happy looking faces can’t help but make you go ‘Awwww…’ every time you look at it. Awww….. 🙂

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Feeling anti-social in the office? Put this signage up and pile up a few papers and mess it up slightly to make you look more convincing. Not that we tried it or anything. Okay fine, maybe we did….

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There is something super cute about this planner, maybe it’s the illustration, or maybe it’s the fact that the face says “hello, I’m Mr Bubba”. Either way, we like it.

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This tote bag comes in different colors, hello, blue orange and red all equally cute. It would make the perfect beach or picnic bag.

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Carmen and Natasha have a HUGE crush on this bag. HUGE! The taupe and maroon color, not to mention how beautiful the leather is, makes us want to yell out “this one is coming home with us thank you very much!”. There are three ways to carry this bag and as we’re typing this we wonder “remind me why didn’t we buy this bag again???”

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The overall verdict on two.o.ri is if it was an major assignment, we would give it a High Distinction! Watch out for our next blog to see what the clothes looked like when we tried it on.

two.o.ri details:

61 Seng Poh Lane #01-05 Singapore 160061

The not-so-black The Black Market at Orchard Central

As we managed to not get lost in Orchard Central , we decided to explore the nooks and crannies that this intriguing mall had to offer (it was beginning to feel a bit like Treasure Hunt!). We stumbled upon this interesting shop called The Black Market. The friendly shop keeper greeted us chirpily and let us do whatever we need to do for our lovely blog.

The dimly lit interior of the shop felt cozy, yet industrial at the same time. The use of wood and concrete made it look unfinished, and Natasha decided to take a picture of the interesting wooden skeleton man who was sporting a blue beanie in front of the shop.

The concept of the Black Market is a really interesting one, basically the shop acts as the catalyst and platform for budding Singaporean designers to showcase their creativity in art and fashion. The shop felt a bit like a gallery, museum, fashion store, all rolled into one, with each piece deliberately displayed to grab your attention. 

 

We love the quirky and creative jewelry pieces on display, how cute are the pencil earrings!! And the nail ring below is so unique and done in such superb quality. They toally get our vote!

One of our favorite pieces was the stack ring below. Yes, we see stack rings everywhere in all various shapes and sizes, but this one is so simple yet the play of texture adds a bit of oomph to an otherwise plain design. LOVE IT!

 

 

Never before have paperclips looked so fashionable! Why didn’t we ever think of that?!! It is guaranteed to be a good conversation starter.

We love this Aztec print tote bag. The colors are gorgeous, wear it with a solid color maxi dress or with jeans, shorts, or to a picnic at the Botanic Gardens and off you go!

There’s something about bow ties that’s just too cute, especially if it comes in the cute patterns above. Admittedly our significant others are not the type who wear bow ties, but hey it didn’t stop us from taking pictures of it and blog about it. The pink ones above would totally work with the preppy/nerdy look, girls!

Yes, we know Halloween is long gone but how cool are these neon thingies! Imagine if you live in one of those refurbished shophouses and your interior is made up of eclectic pieces. This neon box would go so well next to the pool table, by the sound system.

How provocative and cheeky is this perfume? The best part? It actually smells really nice. They have other varieties, but we just had to be a bit naughty and take a picture of this one.

How interesting is this necklace? A little Proenza, and a little Marni and you can picture Chloe Sevigny wearing something like this. We like it because it’s funky, unique, edgy.

Here comes the fun part of our job, trying on clothes and taking photos of it to show our lovely readers! Okay, the verdict on the blue dress above is undecided. We like the design, but you do feel kind of exposed in it and you might want to invest in some chicken fillets with super glue. Design, awesome. Practicality? Not so. Likeability? Definitely.

This one is more us. Simple, elegant, classic with a bit of twist. The price is a bit too steep for our liking at SGD309

How awesome does Carmen look in this photo? We decided to use this little spiderweb looking backdrop against the black Grecian style maxi dress and it worked! Price: SGD418

Same dress, different color, equally gorgeous. Enough said.

The Black Market

http://www.theblackmarket.sg/blog/

blackmarket no.2, #02-10 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896

11am to 10pm daily

Spotlight on The Editor’s Market Avenue at Orchard Central

The first time Carmen and Natasha walked into Orchard Central Mall on Orchard Road, Singapore’s famous fashion address, we immediately felt … lost. It’s as if the mall was designed to make people feel like they’re walking in a maze. That didn’t deter two determined fashion bloggers as we used our sense of direction (or lack thereof) to navigate our way through a sea of shops. Things were definitely looking up when we found Dean and Deluca cafe on fourth floor (nothing delights us more than a cute little cafe or restaurant and the smell of coffee permeating the air). We were even more delighted to spot an interesting looking shop called The Editor’s Market Avenue. With the shutters still half closed, we gathered our courage to trespass. All in the name of blogging of course! It wasn’t long until we saw a nice shop keeper who let us take a few photos and try on the clothes.  We were gobsmacked to see how huge the shop is inside!

We love the raw, warehouse look and feel of the shop. The concrete floor, the bare piping, exposed down light, for a few minutes Carmen and Natasha commented on the decor as if they were interior design experts.

After we gained our composure, we wasted no time in snapping the cute fashion items that were calling our name. House of Harlow jewelry immediately grabbed our attention. The simple, yet vintage design had Nicole Richie’s boho stamp all over it. Love it!

We then spotted a cute pair of earrings, which Natasha particularly liked – check out the little gun on it – how adorable!!

These gorgeous pieces are designed by a Singapore-based designer, Ade G. This is what we liked about the shop, it features a lot of Singapore’s designer and the clothes are VERY AFFORDABLE. We repeat, VERY AFFORDABLE.  They have an interesting concept called step pricing system which offers different price when you buy 1, 3, 6 and 15 pieces of clothes, so the more you buy the cheaper the clothes get. How clever!

The shop features a few quirky designs, such as the Twins shoes below- which are for the fashionably aware and socially conscious. The proceeds of every pair purchased goes to a child in need!

The shop has something for the boys as well. So ladies, when you’ve been shopping too much for yourself and feel tad bit guilty because you haven’t bought anything for your other half, then take a peep at the men’s extensive collection.

Natasha particularly loves this corner of the shop. The ladder, the neon light, and the color of the clothes hanging on the left – it just somehow works (even the interesting looking legging adds a nice touch to the whole design).

The t-shirt above brings us back to the student days when we worked countless hours on that darn essay assignment (okay maybe it’s because we left it a little too late!). This t-shirt is versatile, because it can also be worn by the new mothers out there. Wear this t-shirt when you go out with your little bub and we guarantee you will get sympathetic looks from others.

Boy, do we wish we could pull this look. Very Miley Cyrus, don’t you think (well, Miley post her cutesy Hannah Montana phase that is!). You can definitely picture her wearing this with a pair of Doc Martens!

We totally love this ensemble below, which is actually made up of two different pieces – a skirt and a top. The scallop detailing is totally adorable!


Price: Top SGD35, Skirt SGD39

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Monochrome always works and it’s timeless! This only thing missing with this black and white combo is a pair of red stilettos, or a pair of peep-toe shoes. Price: Top: SGD39, leggings SGD29.

Knit oversized cardigan SGD79

We totally love the black and white legging above, as well as the sleeveless black top. Throw on a knit jumper if the weather gets a bit cooler (which is probably never in Singapore!). Price: Top SGD39, leggings SGD29

Okay so at first we weren’t too sure about the metallic, but we decided to try it on anyway. We think the top, combined with the orange denim works! Plus the cute necklace to break away the shine of the metallic top. Price: Top SGD89, Necklace SGD119

The Editor’s Market Avenue:

http://www.theeditorsmarket.com

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More on Haji Lane: Going Green at Salad Shop

As we continued to walk under Singapore’s scorching sun and what felt like a 100% humidity, we found Salad Shop, nestled towards the end of Haji Lane. The name caught our attention, so we decided to step inside to satisfy our curiosity.

The first thing we noticed was the wonderful scent in the shop, which immediately will put anyone at ease. The second thing we noticed was the shop’s adorable decor, it really feels like being in a sale bowl; the shop has a colorful mix of bits and pieces – all deemed worthy of being ‘eye candy’!

At a glance, the first part of the shop has a ‘Jones the Grocer’ feel to it, the concrete floor and the stacked shelves again the wall. The plants make it look like a very upscale nursery! For all of you who are interior design aficionados, this shop  will definitely inspire you.

Do you have an empty glass jar sitting in the corner of the drawer wasting space? Turn it into a mini flower jar. Natasha secretly has a couple of those.

We totally love the cutlery hanger, perfect to hang your colorful apron and oven mitts in style.

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, we discovered a staircase leading us to the second floor! It is filled with home decor goodies such as cutlery, glassware, vase, you name it they got it – and of course more clothes and accessories.

The necklaces are very dainty and delicate. The quality is superb!  And we are loving the way they’re displayed.

Message in the bottle? Great idea for home decor. We were so inspired and started to think that maybe it’s time to renovate the apartment. Hm…..

This little corner is picture perfect! We need not say more.

We LOVE the orange top and botanic-looking skirt ensemble! The bright orange is so striking against the toned down graphic green pencil skirt. Wear it with wedges or flats or stripy sandals or pumps (see how versatile the outfit is?).

How gorgeous are the necklaces?!! We want them in every color.

If you plan to visit Salad Shop, here are the details:

27 Haji Lane  Singapore 189218
6299 5808

Spotlight on Soon Lee

After our successful adventure to Zhai a few weeks ago, we decided to go back to Haji Lane to spot a few more cute shops. We were on a serious mission to spot our next favorite shop (we have MANY favorites). Armed with strong will and womanly instinct, we ended up at Soon Lee located opposite of Zhai.

Soon Lee is amazing. It’s a combination of Nana & Bird and Flea and Trees, with a little bit of Peachy and Shiva and Otkuda, combined with all other gazillion things we’ve blogged on. We were in heaven.  We did not waste any time, so we ogled at the gorgeous clothes and accessories and snapped a few pics (okay a few as in 30 photos).

We love the bracelets, necklaces and stacked rings so much! The details and craftsmanship is simply awesome. The combination of colors definitely serve as eye candy. WE WANT THEM ALL!!

How cute is this monochrome corner and the lamp post just adds a bit of oomph on the dark wooden floor. The black and white houndstooth is a timeless piece that every woman should invest in.

Cute casual dress, paired with simple flats and quirky clutch. Perfect for a weekend coffee per-me-ups with your girlfriends. The best part? The dress is on sale for 20 per cent off! Price: SGD139

We absolutely adore this incredibly talented Bangkok designer, Poem. his designs are just divine, the cuts are perfectly measured and each seam is sewn with perfection. The ensemble above and below is oh-so-Sex in the City. We can totally picture Charlotte wearing this ensemble or even Carry with a pair of her Manolos. Price: SGD269 (skirt)

We like the prints on this dress, but decided to give it a bit of life by adding the green sash. Price: SGD99 (dress) and SGD45 (sash)

When we saw this mannequin, we just had to stop and snap a picture of her. The whole combo works, and whoever said that denim on denim doesn’t work – well, let’s just say we beg to differ. The statement necklace compliments the whole outfit perfectly, and the clutch bag adds a nice touch. Feeling boyish? Take out your old white Converse and wear them with a bit of attitude with this outfit.

If Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly were still around, they would definitely have this outfit in their closet. Wear a simple black ballerina flats with this outfit or put on those towering black pump stilletos for a more demure look. Don’t forget to bring your clutch!

The dress above is by Hansel, another Singapore designer who produces fantastic quality clothing. This dress is perfect for a preppy look in the office. The collar is such a nice touch, so are the lines that accentuate your waist. Level of comfort? 10 out of 10! price: SGD269

How gorgeous is the houndstooth skirt! Carmen totally nailed this look. The only accessory you need with this outfit is a red lipstick. Convert this ensemble into a workwear by replacing the black top with a white shirt or silky blouse. price: SGD179 (Skirt)

Again, this skirt screams Sex in the City! Poem’s designs are rather whimsical and super girly. We think that this is a perfect shade of red. Price: SGD269 (skirt)

Natasha absolutely is in love with these two outfits. Everything about it screams elegance and class. From the Chantilly lace top, to the classic pencil skirt, to the fitted white top and the ribbon sash, and the skirt that would make everyone look twice (in a good way). She officially has a crush on these two combos (and she might quietly go back to the shop to get them!).

The blush pink top and the details on the shoulder is perfect to dress up or down. And the necklace? It really completes this look!

We both almost said it in unison “Ooh I love these pants!”. A pair of pastel ballerina flats would go so well with the pants.

The closeup of the necklace we mentioned earlier. they’re quite steep though at SGD248 each.

We love the colors and prints of the clutch bags. We want them all as well!

Soon Lee features the most amazing accessories, from dainty earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces to unique statement pieces.

We can’t get enough of the necklace! This dress was a bit plain on its own so we thought we’d jazz it up a bit with a pattern clutch and the beautiful necklace. Price: SGD269 (dress)

We kinda like the brooches. Pin it on a cardigan or put it on your clutch bag.

Address:

73 Haji Lane, Singapore
12:00pm – 9:00pm daily,
1:00pm – 8:00pm on Sundays

No strange things at Strangelets, Tiong Bahru

If you haven’t heard of Strangelets yet, then think kitsch, anti-commercial, quirky designer wares and that pretty much sums up the shop. A very cool place to visit if you are just getting a bit sick of the big malls! Side note… bring your credit card… you’ll need it here!

Strangelets used to be located at Amoy Street but has moved to Tiong Bahru (all details at end of this post). There are four owners, two of them are Singaporean and two are foreigners (South African and German). These different backgrounds add to the the eclecticism felt throughout the store.

Paper balloons – the decor is magical!

Still not sure what exactly is in the Strangelets shop? Luckily we are hard working bloggers and have taken pictures for you! Check it out…

Colourful artisan bracelets by Carrie K, these are handmade in Florence. The brand won ELLE’s designer of the year in 2010. Price: SGD98 each

Forget about wearing your heart on your sleeve, just wear Love on your neck instead! Necklaces also by Carrie K. Price: SGD148

Very sweet little thank you cards – perfect to have in the drawer so you can send out when required!

Creative little notebooks… the first one on the left says: “I am not weird I am unique”. That’s our favourite one.

Colourful homewares! Yes these will cost you a bomb but at the same time, if you’ve ever walked into any major department store here, you’ll know that quality homewares and steep prices go hand in hand… At least these are quirky!

For cheap crockery we would recommend Temple Street in Chinatown. But when you want something a bit different, check out Strangelets collection!

Just another example of the very cool homewares you can purchase at Strangelets! Imagine a bunch of white hydrangeas in the middle pot – how amazing would that look?!

Two of the owners at Strangelets have had babies, and therefore you see they are expanding their kids section – check out how cute this shoe below is!

Strangelets

Address: 7 Yong Siak Street  168644
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm
Website: www.strangelets.sg

Spotlight on Singapore brand Lauren Jasmine

We chanced upon this cute boutique on Amoy Street, which to our delight, has a cafe downstairs with a shopping area at the back of the store and upstairs! What a great concept – grab some lunch and shop!

Multitasking is women’s forte and this shop allows you to do just that. Enjoy your lunch and coffee, while feasting your eyes on the clothes and chat with your girlfriend.

We sometimes find boutique designers have clothes that look awesome on marketing materials, but the clothes are impractical to wear (especially in Singapore’s 70% humidity!). Well, we are happy to report Lauren Jasmine’s co-designers, Hazel Chang and Liyana Johan, design clothes that are appropriate for the office whilst ensuring each piece is injected with distinctive detailing to keep it unique and special.

For those of who are getting a tad bored of buying clothes in ZARA, Mango, Top Shop and are looking for office wear with a little pizzaz  (let’s face it, most of us have been in an embarassing situation where someone is wearing the exact same dress as you on the MRT, restaurant, cafe), then this store is definitely for you.

We love this collection for its playful combination of pattern, color, texture. Who says work clothes have to be boring?

Think fan-shaped pleats, pin tucks on sleeves and reversible dress styles – so cleverly chic they will make perfect additions to your wardrobe (did we mention that the quality of the fabric is superb?). Rest assured friends will be asking you where you get your clothes from and for those who don’t know you, they’ll be quietly wondering where your gorgeous skirt/dress/top comes from.

Many locals and expats alike want to support local Singaporean designers  but have no idea where and how to start! Well come visit Lauren Jasmine and you can see how incredibly talented some of these designers are. Just to note – their sizes run small, although they have tailored their range to accommodate taller ladies!

This monochrome dress has the most amazing fit and looks fabulous on Carmen! What girl doesn’t need a classic black and white dress in her wardrobe? Grab a bright red or yellow clutch for a little dash of color. Price: Dress SGD199 
Natasha’s personal favorite – check out the cute detail on the shoulders. And you can’t go wrong with a peplum skirt. Prices: Blouse SGD159, Skirt SGD159 
Perfect outfit for Friday. Pair it with a patent black clutch and peep-toe stillettos. Prices: top SGD125 , skirt SGD175 
This reversible A-Line dress comes in two colors, black and coral. So versatile and flattering for the body. Turn the dress around and you have a v-neck at the front – two dresses for the price of one! A belt would complete the look, either thin or wide Price: Dress SGD199
We love this jacket! It goes well with a dress or a pair of white jeans. Scrunch the sleeves for a more casual look. Price: Jacket SGD199
This outfit screams ‘look at me!’ for all the right reasons. Classy, without looking boring. Glamorous without looking over-the-top. Prices: Jacket SGD195 , Skirt SGD145 
Feeling girly without wanting to look too girly at the office? This is the dress for you. A pair of Mary Janes or T-bar shoes would go well with this dress. Price (last one in XS left!): SGD225 
This dress reminds us of Marni, at 1/4 of the price. We recommend strappy sandals or simple ballerina flats. Check out the cute French cuff detail!. Price SGD229
Gorgeous leaf necklace, 18k gold. Price SGD85 
The necklace collection has everything for everyone. The simple and modern design is a winner!

Lauren Jasmine
Address: 47 Amoy Street (please note they also have a boutique in Pacific Plaza )
Online store: http://www.laurenjasmineshop.com/