From ombre lips and dewy skin to layering and sneakers, Korean fashion and beauty trends have a huge following here in Singapore! And let’s be honest if K pop stars and celebrities look amazing showing off these trends why cant we?!
H:CONNECT[caption id="attachment_17381" align="alignnone" width="822"] H: CONNECT Collection[/caption]
Good news for those of you who love Korean fashion, leading Korean fashion label H:CONNECT has just opened its doors in Singapore! Located at Bugis Junction, H:CONNECT is known for setting trends in Korea’s pop movement. Known for dressing some of the hottest names in the K-pop industry (BoA, f(x) and SHINee, just to name a few), H:CONNECT supplies its outlets with only the hottest apparel pieces on a weekly basis so you’re bound to find something you love![caption id="attachment_17388" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Bugis Junction Outlet[/caption]
While Bugis Junction is H:CONNECT’s first Southeast Asian outlet, it is joining the ranks of more than 300 outlets across Korea, Taiwan and China!
H: CONNECT Fall/Winter 2016 Collection
To mark its debut in Southeast Asia, H: CONNECT is bringing in 500 designs from its Fall/Winter 2016 Collection! Inspired by three themes; City Dweller, Nostalgic Insta and Athleisure, H:CONNECT offers up apparel for the constantly evolving lifestyle of the fashion conscious!
City Dweller[caption id="attachment_17390" align="alignnone" width="750"] City Dweller Women’s Collection[/caption]
One of Korea’s hottest trend, City Dweller is all about classic understated pieces in chic cuts and colour. Sleek and minimalist, this is the epitome of Korean style!
Nostalgic Insta[caption id="attachment_17389" align="alignnone" width="750"] Nostalgic Insta Women’s Collection[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_17391" align="alignnone" width="750"] Nostalgic Insta Men’s Collection[/caption]
Effortlessly stylish and chic, Nostalgic Insta features a combination of vintage pieces and different textures. The layering of different pieces like bomber jackets, floral prints and embellishments all add a romantic twist to classic street casual pieces!
Athleisure[caption id="attachment_17393" align="alignnone" width="750"] Athleisure Men’s Collection[/caption]
H: CONNECT’s signature street fashion collection, Athleisure brings together two very different concepts, ‘athletic’ and ‘leisure’! Featuring statement sweaters, pullovers and denim this Athleisure puts a unique spin on Korea’s popular street style!
So if you’re keen on emulating the style that your favourite Korean celebrity is carrying off right now or if you’re on the look out for a brand that offers up a variety of different styles and personas, head on down to H:CONNECT!
Find out more about Korean’s hottest apparel brand at H: CONNECT Official Facebook Page!
Bugis Junction #01-101
200 Victoria Street, S188021
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 11am – 10.30pm; Fri, Sat, PH 11am – 11pm;
Contact: 6264 9872/ 6264 9882
There is a simple fact about girls out there that every guy should take note. A girl’s best friend is shoes! For us girls a pair of shoes is the final piece to an outfit, what we wear on our feet pretty much ties our whole outfit together! Want to dress up a pair of jeans? Put on a pair of heels! Want to dress down a sleek maxi dress? Slip on a pair of sneakers!
Shoes can pretty much make or break a girl’s day (and your day too guys out there!), putting on a pair of ugly flats or uncomfortable heels can really put a girl in a bad mode! Thankfully for us, there are a few brands out there who are all about style AND substance!
Melissa[caption id="attachment_17313" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Melissa Spring/Summer 2017: Mash Up[/caption]
Melissa is one such brand! Melissa knows that every girl needs 10 pairs of shoes, and they’ve designed shoes for every occasion possible! Crafted from super comfortable plastic (aka Melflex), Melissa shoes are eco-friendly, come in a variety of eye catching and they smell of bubblegum! (Yes, BUBBLEGUM!)
Melissa Spring/Summer 2017: Mash up[caption id="attachment_17312" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Melissa Spring/Summer 2017: Mash Up[/caption]
Last week, Melissa showcased their Spring/Summer 2017: Mash up and we must admit that Melissa has seriously outdone themselves! Amongst models in bright eye catching colours were local fashionistas donning Melissa’s newest styles![caption id="attachment_17311" align="alignnone" width="640"] Munah Bagharib[/caption]
If you think Melissa only has shoes for your laidback casual days, you’ll be glad you’re wrong! Melissa Dreamy line has open toed elevated heels and with a sparkly finish, they would be perfect footwear for a dinner or for a more polished look![caption id="attachment_17310" align="alignnone" width="640"] Kelly Poon[/caption]
A dedicated sporty chic line, Melissa Sportech is perfect for a girl that wants to stay chic while on the move! In both nude, monochromatic and bright colours, this collection takes sporty shoes to new heights![caption id="attachment_17320" align="alignnone" width="630"] Flox + Vitorino Campos[/caption]
This season is especially groundbreaking for Melissa! Partnering up with Brazilian designer Vitorino Campos, Melissa has crafted shoes that ties in Vitorino’s style and Melissa’s iconic design! A must-have in your summer wardrobe Flox + Vitorino Campos is perfect for a casual day at the beach!
Our ambassadors, Jessie Ng, Estella Ho and Raeanne Ang were at the Spring/Summer 2017: Mash Up showcase to see the new collection up close! With amazing popArt decor, bites and shoes to drool over, the girls had an amazing time at the sneak preview!
Melissa shoes are sold at the brand’s flagship boutique, MDDREAMS at Wheelock Place and One Raffles Place.
For more information check out Ambassador Highlights #3: DSG Meetup, Atlantis Fright Night and Singapore Fashion Week!
We’re at the end of another month which means another roundup of some of the events our ambassadors dropped in on! From food tastings to ‘do not miss’ events our ambassadors were there to witness the fun and indulge in delicious eats! Here are some of the highlights!
1. Skyline Club & Lounge
Located on the 45th floor of Singapore Land Tower, Skyline Club & Lounge offers breathtaking views of the CBD! Alongside a daily happy hour (5pm – 10pm) and amazing events every other day, Skyline Club & Lounge is the best place to kickback at after a long day a work! Best part of Skyline Club & Lounge? They have a special Ladies Membership Card!
For more information check out: Skyline Club & Lounge’s Facebook Page
Jessie Ng was there to try out the hairy crab menu and these dishes had her tastebuds tingling with joy!
Want to find out more? Check out our article! Shang Palace’s Hairy Crab Menu Is So Magical, It’ll Make You Feel Like Hairy Potter
Find out what you missed! Atlantis Fright Night – Dance Till Dawn At Siloso Beach’s Halloween Themed Music Festival
4. Hardy Hardy Fall/Winter 2016 @ Singapore Fashion Week
Singapore Fashion Week is here! And what better way to join in on the festivities than to head to Hardy Hardy’s Fall/Winter 2016 Collection! Held at the National Gallery, this year’s collection was all about heavily intricate motifs and monochromatic colours. Hardy Hardy has embraced a whole new vibe, rock n roll with just a hint of colour! Looking to up the edge of your wardrobe? Some Hardy Hardy pieces is exactly what you need!
Check out what you missed at Hardy Hardy’s Official Facebook Page!
5. Alchemist Beer Lab
Looking to enjoy a beer with a really interesting twist? Alchemist Beer Lab is Asia’s first beer infusion bar. Housing 16 state-of-the-art towers, Alchemist Beer Lab offers a wide variety of infused beers. Pink guava, toasted marshmallow and passion fruit are just some examples of infused taps they have here at Alchemist Beer Lab! Served alongside range of tapas and platters, our ambassadors Kimberley Yong and Janelle Wong had an unforgettable gastronomical experience at Alchemist Beer Lab!
Alchemist Beer Lab
South Beach Avenue, 26 Beach Road, #B1-16, S189768
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 12pm – 12am; Fri 12pm – 1am; Sat 4pm – 1am; Sun Closed
Find out more about at Alchemist Beer Lab’s Official Facebook!
6. DSG Ambassador Meetup @ VLV[caption id="attachment_17303" align="alignnone" width="1024"] DSG Ambassador Meetup[/caption]
Whats better than meeting friends over drinks on a Friday night? Nothing really! The DSG team and our ambassadors headed down to VLV for a get together! With an assortment of finger food and free flowing drinks, we had a great time catching up at VLV!
7. BAKE Cheese Tart
BAKE Cheese Tart, Singapore favourite decadent dessert opened its second outlet at Westgate Mall and our ambassador Valerie Cheong got a behind the scenes look at how these delicious tasting cheese tarts are made!
Want to find out more? Check out BAKE Cheese Tart Continues Singapore Invasion At Its Second Outlet In Westgate Mall!
BAKE Cheese Tart
3 Gateway Drive S608532
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm
8. Oyster Indulgence @ Buffet Town
Buffet Town is known for their line up of both international and local fare! This month they had a special all-you-can-eat Oyster Indulgence themed buffet! Featuring 12 varieties of Asian and Western influenced oysters on the half shell, our ambassadors Estella Ho, Si Yu and Doreen Ong were in for a never ending flow of freshly shucked oysters!
Check out what you missed! Buffet Town’s Latest Offering Is Making Every Oyster Lover’s Dream Come True
Raffles City, #B1-44E
252 North Bridge Road
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
9. Workbench Bistro
Nestled under a block of flats in Ang Mo Kio is Workbench Bistro. Serving up hearty mains like Crab Meat Linguine and Egg Lava Beef Burger this contemporary cafe is all about the food! According to our ambassador Ruth Tan, a ‘do not miss’ dessert at the Workbench Bistro is the eye catching S’moreffles Supreme!
Want to find out more? Check out The Workbench Bistro @ AMK: More Than Just Waffles ‘Cos Their Mains Do Not Disappoint!
10. Kopi Pass
What’s better than a good cup of coffee on a lazy afternoon? A good cup of coffee at an amazing price! Our ambassadors, Janelle Wong and Novita Lam got their hands on KopiPass! For just $30 for 30 cups of coffee across 30 curated cafes island-wide, KopiPass is a must have for any coffee aficionado!
Find out more at Clare Chang, was there to witness all the magic that Wicked has to offer!
Keen on getting tickets to Wicked? Grab your tickets from [email protected], we would love to work with you!
We’re also on the lookout for more ambassadors who are on the mission to discover the fun and exciting things in Singapore! If you love eating, shopping, and discovering new places in Singapore, just drop us an [email protected].
Who doesn’t love getting pampered after a long week of work? There’s nothing like a fresh manicure or a soothing facial to perk yourself up! Unfortunately for us, most beauty treatments aren’t a daily or even weekly event. Most beauty services can be pretty pricey and can be time consuming if you’re always on the go.
Singapore Beauty Week[caption id="attachment_16235" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Singapore Beauty Week[/caption]
If you’ve ever wanted to try an IPL or an exclusive facial treatment but simply couldn’t (or won’t) afford the steep prices, you’re in luck because Singapore Beauty Week has got you covered!
Created by Caryn Tan-Lim and Bernadine Reddy, Singapore Beauty Week allows all women to experience the latest beauty treatments at discounted prices![caption id="attachment_16234" align="alignnone" width="752"] Founders, Caryn Tan-Lim and Bernadine Reddy[/caption]
Keen on getting your hands on some amazing and affordable treatments? Head on to Singapore Beauty Week’s website. Choose from different treatments like hair removal, mani/pedi and spa treatments and the date of your appointment.
With a few clicks of a button you can find out exactly what you’re getting. From the duration of the treatment to what each treatment entails. Singapore Beauty Week wants you to indulge in beauty treatments you might not have even heard of![caption id="attachment_16232" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Singapore Beauty Week Featured Deals[/caption]
Best part? You can even choose your preferred time slot of your appointment without even leaving the site!
Singapore Beauty Week is on from 10 November to 19 November, but you can start booking these beauty treatments right now! What are you waiting for? Head on down to Singapore BeautyWeek to find out more about the spas and beauty salons that are participating!
Here at DiscoverSG, we’re all about everything local! Local events, local food you name it and we’re there! Our ambassadors attended some really exciting events this past month. Here are some of the highlights!
1. Kimberley’s Weekend Stay At Hotel Indigo[caption id="attachment_14967" align="alignnone" width="750"] kimberleyyong_ Just another chill day by the pool. // Floral Kimono from @98th.street // Quote for free normal mail upon your purchase![/caption] [caption id="attachment_14968" align="alignnone" width="1024"] kimberleyyong_ Loving the Peranakan theme and vibes at this hotel. An interesting experience indeed. I would definitely stay here again.[/caption]
Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong is one of Singapore’s Peranakan-themed hotels. Filled with old-school fixtures and splashes of bright colours, this hotel would make any Peranakan feel right at home. Infusing Singapore culture and history into its hotel, Hotel Indigo has its walls decked out with drawings of old school Singapore.
What’s a better way to spend the weekend than to catchup on some R&R!? Kimberley Yong, one of our ambassadors, spent her weekend doing just that! She got a chance to laze by Hotel Indigo’s infinity pool which offers breathtaking views!
If you’re looking for a little R&R without breaking the bank or if you’re looking to spend a weekend time-travelling to Singapore’s yesteryear Hotel Indigo is the place to be!
Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong
86 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428788
Contact: 6723 7001
2. Ellysage Launch[caption id="attachment_15086" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Ellysage[/caption]
If you’re into shopping online (and shopping local!) you would definitely have heard of Ellysage. Offering modern versatile pieces perfect for work or play, Ellysage has a made a name for itself amongst local apparel brands! Great news for Ellysage fans, they’ve opened their first flagship store at ION Orchard! Ellysage’s flagship store opened its doors on 15 September to much fanfare and our ambassadors (Estella Ho, Shivon Chua, Victoria, Stephanie Ler) were there to witness it firsthand!
ION Orchard, B3-12, 2 Orchard Turn, S238801
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Contact: 6509 8816
3. Against the Current Singapore Tour[caption id="attachment_14994" align="alignnone" width="1024"] vaneszs.h Concert-ready!#againstthecurrentsg #atcsg#snowbirdproductions #scapesg#discoversg[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14995" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Susan Huang[/caption]
Vanessa Ho, Anissa Tan and Dacia Kee were all there to catch Against The Current LIVE! Sadly, if you missed out on this spectacular performance, you’re pretty much stuck to listening to them on Spotify. But don’t let that get you down! They’re coming back to SCAPE* pretty soon!
4. Ultra Singapore[caption id="attachment_15089" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Ultra Singapore[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15091" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Ultra Singapore[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15090" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Ultra Singapore[/caption]
Ultra 2016 needs no introduction! The 2 day electronic dance music festival was chock full of music, dancing and of course memories that will last a lifetime! Our ambassadors Novita Lam, Estella Ho, Raeanne Ang, Noreen Fong, Clare Chang, Shivon Chua and Dacia Kee hung out together at this year’s biggest music festival while enjoying the music from big names like Above & Beyond, deadmau5 and Kygo! And really, what else do you need for a perfect weekend?!
5. Shangri- La Food Launch[caption id="attachment_15092" align="alignnone" width="640"] Shangri-La The Table[/caption]
Shangri-La has always been at the forefront for elegant meals ideal for special occasions! But with Shangri-La’s latest food initiative The Table, they’ve just created a new way for the food obsessed to fully immerse themselves at meals!
Nicole Lee had to say about her meal!
6. DSG Ambassador Shoot[caption id="attachment_15017" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Novita Lam (Photography: @byshaz)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15016" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Noreen Fong (Photography: @byshaz)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15019" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Dacia Kee (Photography: @byshaz)[/caption]
We brought our ambassadors for a photoshoot and had way too much fun taking pictures of them! Check out our ambassadors in action!
If you’re looking to increase your brand’s awareness and you want to introduce products both old and new to more Singaporeans! Drop us an email at [email protected], we would love to work with you!
We’re also on the lookout for more ambassadors who are on the mission to discover the fun and exciting things in Singapore! If you love eating, shopping, and discovering new places in Singapore, just drop us an email [email protected].
(Feature Image: Clare Chang)
Following UK’s recent vote to exit the European Union (EU), a slew of ranging emotions has since surfaced across the Internet. As commonwealth citizens, we’re as concerned about Brexit as any other Briton and honestly, cannot be happier now that EU has shed a few pounds.
Though we may kid about the above comment, we’re not-so-secretly happy about the fall in the pound. Just like us, we’re rather sure the first thing you did was to rush to check out the nearest money changer or go on an online shopping spree.
Whether you’re for leave or remain, or in need of some therapeutic shopping, listed below are six UK based online shopping sites you can take advantage of will find useful.
1. ASOS[caption id="attachment_10602" align="alignnone" width="660"] Source: imagejoy.paris[/caption]
Offering over 850 brands in apparels and accessories that include favourites such as and more, this brand targets mainly young adults of both genders. With up to 70% off its outlet items coupled with Brexit, online shopping has never been sweeter.
: Free for orders above $42, otherwise flat rate of $7.50
Delivery time: Within 14 days
2. Boohoo[caption id="attachment_10604" align="alignnone" width="650"] Source: hannalouisef.com[/caption]
Despite catering to both genders, we have to say that a wider selection is available for the ladies. Sorry guys!
: Free for orders above $42, otherwise flat rate of $7.50
Delivery time: 5-14 working days
3. Next[caption id="attachment_10610" align="alignnone" width="980"] Source: theremusic.com[/caption]
Apparels and accessories aside, Next also offers a variety of homeware. Looking for a new set of to decorate your home with? This all-in-one shopping site has it all! Who knows, Next may just be the English version of q10 or even Taobao.
: Free for orders over $50, otherwise $6 is charged for each item
4. THE OUTNET[caption id="attachment_10616" align="alignnone" width="620"] Source: milahorro.com[/caption]
If you’re a bargain hunter or fan of designer pieces, chances are, you’ve already heard of THE OUTNET. For those who don’t mind donning last-season apparels by renowned designers such as Alexander Wang and Isabel Marant, this UK-based online shopping website is definitely one to bookmark.
For the fashion-conscious, timelessly stylish pieces such as leather jackets and silk T-shirts are also available. Here’s how you save on some moolah and the fashion faux pas.[caption id="attachment_10619" align="alignnone" width="1012"] Left to right: Marion Leather Sandals $178, Wool Straight-Leg Pants $180, Printed Silk Top, $180
Despite the fall in the pound, be warned that prices here are still pretty steep.
5. Miss Guided[caption id="attachment_10622" align="alignnone" width="3000"] Source: jonathanblackham.com[/caption]
From smashing bodysuits to killer hills, Miss Guided will help unleash the party animal in you. For the slightly more reserved, do check out their daily dresses for more uh, coverage.
6. Mr Porter[caption id="attachment_10631" align="alignnone" width="960"] Source: Mr Porter[/caption] Source: thestylepaformen.com[/caption]
From apparel to grooming kits, this online shopping site will take care of all your manly needs.
Shipping fee: Free
Delivery time: 3-4 working days
There’s no telling of the future, so what we’d recommend is to make the best of the present and shop to your heart’s content. We may not be politicians, but it’ll be pretty silly not to turn such situations into our advantage, right?
Currency exchange rates accurate as of 5th July 2016
When putting together an outfit, the one problem that almost every man will have will be picking out the right bag. While the ladies have an array of purses, clutches, totes and god knows what else to choose from, men usually face the challenge of finding a practical yet aesthetic bag that doesn’t look like one they borrowed from their girlfriends/sisters. Well, step aside ladies, because this article is where men rock the runway.
If you think a man’s bag is a ‘murse’, it’s time to join in the crowd. From bag packs to tote bags, here’s a list of six labels to kickstart your man bag predilection and to complete your outfits with.
Image Credit: www.hisstylediary.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10072" align="alignnone" width="610"] Image Credit: bbnews.tistory.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10071" align="alignnone" width="610"] Image Credit: kradodesign.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10069" align="alignnone" width="610"] Image Credit: kradodesign.com[/caption]
Designed with a distinctive minimalist colour palette, each bag is carefully fashioned for maximum convenience while assuring that your appearance remains on point
Where to Get:
The Assembly Store
Address: #01-22/23, The Cathay, 2 Handy Rd, S229233
2. Gnome & Bow
Gnome & Bow is a Singaporean label started by local Quanda Ong. Since its infancy, the brand has been getting stirring reviews for its quality materials, workmanship, and storytelling. Wait, what?[caption id="attachment_10075" align="alignnone" width="563"] Image Credit: www.pinterest.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10077" align="alignnone" width="598"] Image Credit: www.notey.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10076" align="alignnone" width="601"] Image Credit: mikeshouts.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10078" align="alignnone" width="602"] Image Credit: mikeshouts.com[/caption]
As a novel entry into the local fashion scene, each bag is imbued with a whimsical storytelling element such as The Hare & The Tortoise and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. Harmonising functionality, class and fun, Gnome & Bow bags are designed for the discerning individual.
Where to Get:
The Assembly Store
Address: #01-22/23, The Cathay, 2 Handy Rd, S229233
Renowned for its quality and innovation, Herschel‘s bags are perhaps the most prominent among Singaporeans. Their collection is diverse with various styles to complement your outfits. The design behind Herschel is rooted in vintage mountaineering and travel, as evident from their great emphasis on functionality.[caption id="attachment_10082" align="alignnone" width="562"] Image Credit: www.lyst.co.uk[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10084" align="alignnone" width="602"] Image Credit: scoutsixteen.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10085" align="alignnone" width="602"] Image Credit: ironingboardcollective.wordpress.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10086" align="alignnone" width="602"] Image Credit: theidleman.com[/caption]
Herschel bags are fitted with big compartments, ideal for wanderlusts and leisure travel shoppers. Rugged and sturdy, they are also the perfect companions for Secondary School and Tertiary School students bearing laptops or textbooks whilst commuting to and fro.
Where to Buy:
The Assembly Store
Address: #01-22/23, The Cathay, 2 Handy Rd, S229233
The Porter label is split into two different categories – Porter International.
Head Porter/Porter Tokyo is from Japan and carries exclusive tote bags, backpacks and shoulder bags that are nearly impossible to find in brick-and-mortar stores. Their bags are catered towards affluent young to middle-aged adults and are on the pricier side.[caption id="attachment_10245" align="alignnone" width="562"] Image Credit: www.pinterest.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10089" align="alignnone" width="602"] Image Credit: swipelife.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10244" align="alignnone" width="610"] Image Credit: shentonista.sg[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10243" align="alignnone" width="600"] Image Credit: www.hypebeast.com[/caption]
The Porter International bags on the other hand, are widely available. Porter bags are generally considered affordable luxuries with a strong fan base comprising of working adults. Melding aesthetics with practicalities, their collection features folios and shoulder bags optimal for the professional office look.
Where to Buy:
TANGS (Porter International)
Address: Level 3, TANGS Orchard, 310 Orchard Rd, S238864,
#01-187 & #02-189, TANGS Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, S (098585)
STATE is probably so indie most would have never heard of it. This American bag-makers pride themselves as crafters of style and durability. The best feature of this bag is undoubtedly the company behind it.
STATE is a philanthropic company that employs the “Buy One, Give One” model, whereby for every bag sold, one containing school supplies is given to a needy American child for free.[caption id="attachment_10095" align="alignnone" width="568"] Image Credit: www.pininterest.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10092" align="alignnone" width="602"] Image Credit: wwww.hypebeast.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10093" align="alignnone" width="603"] Image Credit: wwww.hypebeast.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10094" align="alignnone" width="603"] Image Credit: www.ahalife.com[/caption]
From the eye-catching colours of The Kane to the unique fireman clip closure of The Smith, the little-known brand of STATE is generating massive amounts of hype. So, before it goes mainstream, win yourself a couple of hipster style points by getting a hold of one of these babies now!
Where to Get: Premium Danish label RAINS was established in the rainy (duh) streets of Copenhagen. With a name as simple as its concept, RAINS does exactly what you expect it to do – it protects your beloved from getting soaked by rain. Their collection includes designer tote bags, messenger bags, and duffel bags; all of which is a reflection of modern city life. As we all know, Singapore is host to unpredictable weather and you wouldn’t want to be caught off-guard when it starts pouring. Practical for use be it to protect precious documents or electronics on a hike, you won’t have to worry anymore. Yes, gone are the days of Crumplers or Kankens. These bags may not necessarily come cheap, but they are definitely investments worth making. Not only will they complete your look and keep your style on point, you’ll get your money’s worth with the bags’ durability. (Header images by Pinterest)
Premium Danish label RAINS was established in the rainy (duh) streets of Copenhagen. With a name as simple as its concept, RAINS does exactly what you expect it to do – it protects your beloved from getting soaked by rain. Their collection includes designer tote bags, messenger bags, and duffel bags; all of which is a reflection of modern city life.[caption id="attachment_10097" align="alignnone" width="568"] Image Credit: good-manners.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10099" align="alignnone" width="603"] Image Credit: blog.wishatl.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10098" align="alignnone" width="602"] Image Credit: thelens.surfstitch.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10102" align="alignnone" width="603"] Image Credit: blog.wishatl.com[/caption]
As we all know, Singapore is host to unpredictable weather and you wouldn’t want to be caught off-guard when it starts pouring. Practical for use be it to protect precious documents or electronics on a hike, you won’t have to worry anymore.
Yes, gone are the days of Crumplers or Kankens. These bags may not necessarily come cheap, but they are definitely investments worth making. Not only will they complete your look and keep your style on point, you’ll get your money’s worth with the bags’ durability.
(Header images by Pinterest)
This month, we cast our spotlight on blogger and successful business owner, Yina Goh. We speak with her about her journey with Tell us more about yourself!
I came from a media/design background and worked for about 3 years in an art studio before deciding to leave my corporate job to pursue my dream of starting an online boutique. I write and sing occasionally too.
What were the inspirations behind The Velvet Dolls?
As I was bigger in size then, I couldn’t find suitable clothes to fit me as most online boutiques cater to petite ladies of UK6. I began to avoid dressing up. However, I then decided to slim down. Within 3 weeks of exercise and healthy eating, I lost a significant amount of weight. My self-esteem and confidence grew and I began to love online shopping. I then decided to open an online boutique – The Velvet Dolls to cater to women of all sizes.
“I was only 23 years old then, so why not give it a try?”
Why The Velvet Dolls?
The name “The Velvet Dolls” came about as I’d wanted to create something simple but memorable. I used to enjoy playing with paper dolls and thus paper dolls became part of the inspiration for our name. The word “Velvet” adds a more luxurious and classy feel to it. The logo was inspired from matryoshka, also known as Russian Dolls.
What are the challenges you faced when starting the business?
As I’d started blogging before opening TVD, I’d already garnered a substantial viewership which was an advantage to my business. My background in design also equipped me with the right skill sets from designing my logo to creating my website.
However, I did not have any knowledge (such as the financial aspect) of opening a business. Maintaining the business was also not easy. Back in those days, I had to do everything myself. I was the photographer, stylist, model, and more. As a perfectionist by nature, I tend to micromanage every single detail of the business.
What is The Velvet Dolls currently focusing on?
This year, TVD will focus more on its bridesmaid collection and stylish office wear.
What is it that makes your customers loyal?
A good relationship between customers is very important. The way you brand your business plays a part too. At TVD, we ensure that our clothes are of good quality and workmanship, which are features that keep customers coming back for more.
What are your thoughts on buying from websites such as Taobao?
One issue we feel is that photos from these websites may not reflect the actual products. Most of their clothes are mass produced and can be easily found anywhere. The quality of material used may also be compromised.
At TVD, we focus on style, quality and fit. We want our customers to look their best. Our clothes are tailored to fit and designed to flatter.
What is a typical day like for you?
My typical day can vary a lot. I try to block out entire days and dedicate them to completing a few essential tasks. For instance, if I have writing/photo-taking for blog advertorials, I’ll set aside a day just for that. I do the same when I need to edit images or prepare for the next collection for TVD.
It’s actually easier if you dedicate a good amount of time and focus on completing the task than doing ten different things at one time or in one day.
With your passion for singing and having performed gigs, what are your recommended places to visit for live gigs?
Definitely Switch by Timbre, it’s my favourite spot! Some other great spots are Shuffle at Clark Quay and Unplugged at Dempsey.
Lastly, any advice for people looking to start a business?
The most important part is to have a target audience in mind. You have to understand what the market wants and what the consumers need. Be constantly aware of the change in the market and always keep up with trends. You must be able to manage your finances and ensure what you are doing is sustainable.
Yina is currently taking part in Singapore’s biggest online Chinese singing competition, Hear Me Sing (organised by Starhub and MM2) and has made it to the top 4 after two months into the competition! Voting counts for 40% and you can vote for her It never ceases to amaze us when we hear stories of women who follow their hearts to do what they love. Yina’s perseverance is definitely inspiring to many. So to all aspiring entrepreneurs out there, the journey may be tough but remember, the effort you put in will all be worth it.
(All images are courtesy of Yina)
Brought to you by Discover SG x Yina Goh
It’s a tough time to be a man.
Gone are the days when you could get away with using the same soap for your head right down to your toes, or wear the same shirt in various colour combinations because you’re too lazy to shop. Today, the modern man is being held up to great expectations – from the way they dress to their hairdos (yes there is quite the variety of hairstyles for dudes).
In recognising this very trend, a slew of local barbers has since risen to cater to the dapper man’s every need. With services extending from haircuts to shaves and a classy interior to boot, here’s a list of local barbers you can pop by for that hipster modern hairdo befitting of every suave dapper individual. Sometimes, Snip Avenue just doesn’t make the cut.
1. Sultans Of Shave
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At the Ramadan Bazaar located at Paya Lebar, you can catch Sultans of Shave’s pop-up store. With services like basic haircuts that start from $48 and a comfortable deluxe shave session from $40, get ready to be groomed to look your finest.
Sultans Of Shave
Address: #02-01, North Canal Road
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 10am – 9:30pm
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The punk rock and hardy vibes of Hounds Of the Baskervilles are so thick the store’s pretty hard to miss. From their rustic interior to grungy decorations, this place is certainly full of attitude, with hairdos to match.
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This kick-ass location also doubles up as a tattoo parlour, adding to the dope-ass feel of the place. If you’re one for a little spunk and grunge then there’s certainly no better place than Hounds Of The Baskervilles. Haircuts start from $35.
Hounds Of The Baskervilles
Address: 24 Bali Lane
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11am – 8pm; Sat: 11am – 7pm
3. We Need A Hero
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We Need A Hero
Address: #01-86, 57 Eng Hoon Street
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11am – 9pm; Sat: 10am – 9pm; Sun: 10am – 8pm
4. Premium Barbers
5. Neighbourhood Barbershop
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Neighbourhood Barbershop might sound and look like a simple barbershop. But they certainly aren’t. With a trained team dedicated to bringing dapper hairstyles and classic looks to the heartlands, this stall located in Changi will groom you to look your best.
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They work on the basis of appointments, so do plan ahead and give them a ring should you choose to head down. Prices start from $20 for a haircut and $10 for a shave. Relatively affordable, we must say.
Address: 228 Changi Road
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 11am – 9pm
Notable Mention: Geylang Adventure #backalleybarbers
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While not exactly a business, the #backalleybarbers is an initiative spearheaded by Geylang Adventures where they provide free haircuts for migrant workers and the less fortunate during the weekends. Through these free haircuts, they hope to interact with their customers and connect with them on a personal level. So the next time you’re roaming the streets of Geylang, don’t be surprised at the sight of an outdoor make-shift barber.
To find out more about their #backalleybarber initiative and their other projects, read With this list, now you’ll know where to go when that special occasion demands a spiffy smart look!
Feeling stressed out from the hectic daily workload? Sometimes, all you need is some uninterrupted ‘me’ time. Relax, unwind, and have those sore points kneaded with a blissful, affordable full body massage. There’s no better way than visiting a no-frills massage that hits all the right spots, leaving you refreshed and recharged. With such affordable massages you can find in Singapore, you wouldn’t need to travel all the way to Malaysia, Thailand or Indonesia for your relaxing indulgence.
Read on for our guide to an affordable full body massage you can find in Singapore – all for below $60. For the late night owls, or if you simply can’t get to bed, some of these open even past midnight!
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Awarded “Best Ache Busting Massage” for their Deep Tissue Massage by Singapore Women’s Weekly in 2015 and 2016, Healing Spa aims to provide “back to nature” wellness and beauty treatments through the healing power of plants. Healing Touch creates an environment and culture where customers feel valued. Served by a team of high skilled and professional therapists, they deliver a 4P experience – right Pressure, Points, Pace (Rhythm) and Pampering experience.
At Healing Touch, there are a variety of body massages available. Choose from Asian Fusion, Deep Tissue, Thai Fusion, Shiatsu or Acupressure massage from as low as $55 ($58.85 with GST) for 60 minutes. Currently on promotion, their Asian Fusion Massage is just at $46 ($49.20 with GST) for 60 minutes. With its usual price at $58.85, this is definitely a steal! Healing Spa has many outlets from the East to West, and even one conveniently located in the heart of Orchard. Do click (Orchard Branch)
Price: $58.85 for 60 mins of body massage
Address: 19 Tanglin Road, Tanglin Shopping Centre, #03-03, Singapore 247909
Contact: 65 6694 1181
Opening Hours: Daily 11am-10.30pm (Last appointment from 9pm)
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Price: $60 for 60 mins of body massage
Address: 289 Beach Road #01-01, Singapore 199552
Contact: 65 6295 5000
Opening Hours: Daily 10am-4am (Last appointment from 3am)
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Price: Happy hour rate at $45 nett for 60 mins, Normal hours rate $55 nett for 60 mins
Address: 33 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455293
Contact: 65 6242 4555
Opening Hours: Mon -Sun 10am-4am
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You don’t need to travel all the way to Bangkok or Phuket to enjoy an authentic Thai massage. Sabaai Sabaai will make you feel like you’re in Thailand. From authentic Thai furnishing to skilled and dedicated therapists, step out of your busy routine and enter the calm sanctuary of Sabaai Sabaai.
Try their Traditional Thai Massage which involves a therapist applying rhythmic pressure using their hands and forearms to the meridians of your body. Alternatively, if you prefer a more relaxing type of massage, their Aroma Oil Thai Massage will be perfect for you.
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As Singapore’s first authentic Javanese massage establishment, the House of Traditional Javanese Massage offers authentic Javanese Massage for the young and old. This massage parlour has more than a hundred skilled and experienced therapists. Their prices are affordable with its Traditional Javanese Full Body Massage at $60 for 60 minutes. Members enjoy a special price of $45. Check all the available locations (Bukit Timah Branch)
Address: 783 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269760
Contact: 65 6468 7855
Opening Hours: Daily 11am-11pm
As Singapore’s first authentic Javanese massage establishment, the House of Traditional Javanese Massage offers authentic Javanese Massage for the young and old. This massage parlour has more than a hundred skilled and experienced therapists. Their prices are affordable with its Traditional Javanese Full Body Massage at $60 for 60 minutes. Members enjoy a special price of $45.
Check all the available locations (Bukit Timah Branch)
Nothing like an affordable full body massage to soothe and knead those aches away. We’re all for a little pampering treat after days of hard work.
(Header image by wimbledonmassagetherapy, edited by writer)