Fall 2014: “Back To School” Campus Style

This Fall, it’s time for an upgrade (gosh, wardrobe overhaul please!). Who doesn’t love new campus gear to kick start a brand new semester? Shopbop has an awesome selection of Back To School” campus styles and of course, ASOS always have something affordable for those on a budget. Here is the key to your ultimate Campus Style:

  • Pick statement pieces or conversation pieces – get your friends talking about it! Like an awesome iPhone/Android case.
  • You can never go wrong with a basics (i.e. classic cross body bag, tank tops, sweaters & sneakers). Love Superga!
  • Play with colours – hey, it’s school and there are no rules against fashion!

Shopbop "Back To School" Campus Style

  1. Sea Trouble Sweatshirt (US$195.00)
  2. Tory Burch Modern T Sunglasses (US$165.00)
  3. Madewell Twin Pouch Cross Body Bag (US$138.00)
  4. Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Mid Volume Backpack (US$55.00)
  5. McQ – Alexander McQueen Manga Scarf (US$185.00)
  6. Superga The Man Repeller x Superga Satin Classic (US$125.00)
  7. Zero Gravity Lil Picasso iPhone 5 / 5S Case (US$24.00)

ASOS "Back To School" Campus Style

  1. Eleven Paris Sweatshirt with All Over Minnie and Mickey (SGD$148.52)
  2. ASOS Sushi Socks (SGD$7.43)
  3. Paperchase 5 Pack Cat Highlighter Pens (SGD$7.43)
  4. Criminal Damage Checked Shirt With Back Number Detail (SGD$111.39)
  5. Casio LA680WEGA Mini Digital Gold Watch (SGD$136.15)
  6. NARSissist Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette (SGD$123.77)
  7. ALDO Kingarett Backpack (SGD$111.39)
  8. ASOS ADRIFT Cut Out Ankle Boots (SGD$86.64)

images: Shopbop & ASOS

Best Dressed: 2014 Emmy Awards

It’s TV’s biggest night out and Hollywood stars are all decked out in their finest designer creations for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards. The best thing about the Emmys unlike the Oscars  or the Golden Globes – stars can take risks. This year, get ready for a red carpet confetti of reds, whites, sparkles and plenty of stye surprises from our favourites.

2014 Emmy Awards: Claire Danes

RED is definitely a hot colour of the night: Claire Danes sizzles in this Givenchy Haute Couture dress with an amazing embellished neckline.

2014 Emmy Awards: Michelle Dockery

Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery definitely knows how to turn heads with this indie surprise! I love everything about this Rosie Assoulin gown. Bravo!

2014 Emmy Awards: Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts  doesn’t hide her greatest assets – those legs! Love how she is taking fashion risks with this Elie Saab short dress (once again, those legs!).

2014 Emmy Awards: Kerry Washington

Orange is the new black, huh. Kerry Washington stuns in this Prada column creation with a mini underskirt (hello!).

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Best Dressed: 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

The hottest, most-talkabout names in music hit the red carpet at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards earlier today - Beyonce, Katy Perry, Nicki MinajTaylor Swift, Miley Cyrus  – just to name a few. Who gives a damn about Nicki Minaj‘s butt? The most endearing moment is Beyonce tearing up on stage when Blue Ivy Carter and Jay-Z presented her the MTV Vanguard Award. Today, we see a sea of black (you can’t go wrong with that!) and crop tops. Here are my favourites from today’s red carpet at the VMAs:

2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Beyonce

Holy Mama! Beyonce  strut down the red carpet in a figure-hugging lace gown with peek-a-boo details by Nicolas Jebran. The Queen B doesn’t disappoint!

2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Katy Perry

#throwback to 2001! Katy Perry pays homage to Britney Spear’s denim ensemble – total genius! Thank you, Versace!

2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea plays it cool in this shiny silver Atelier Versace gown and love, love, love the slick-back hair!

2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Miley Cyrus

HAWT. Miley Cyrus kept her VMA look simple and chic in this Alexandre Vauthier black bandeau top and high-waisted leather pants.

2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Jennifer Lopez

Give it to Jennifer Lopez to stand out amongst the 20 and 30-somethings and show them how the red carpet is done in this glittery Charbel Zoe cut-out gown.

2014 MTV Video Music Awards: Taylor Swift

WOW. Taylor Swift shows off her legs in this super hot jumpsuit by Mary Katrantzou, with Elie Saab heels. For once, she knows how to surprise us and have some fun!

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Fash-Obsession: Christian Louboutin x Angelina Jolie’s Malangeli

MEN, I may not know. But SHOES, shoes I know”
Carrie Bradshaw

Once in a blue moon, you fall under the spell of a beautiful pair of shoe. This time, I fell in love with the breathtaking creation of Christian Louboutin and Angelina JolieMalengeli. In conjunction with the release of Disney’s Maleficent, starring Angelina JolieLouboutin designed this limited edition shoe featuring a sculpted heel that curls away from the wedge like a tendril of smoke. Simply magical!

Available in black and red patent leather at HKD13,200. You can now preorder at four Christian Louboutin flagship stores worldwide – Hong Kong (10-12 Wyndham Street, Central; Tel: +852 2530 2198). All profits from the sale will go to SOS Children’s Village, the world’s largest organisation dedicated to orphaned and abandoned children, supported by Angelina Jolie since 2003.

Christian Louboutin x Angelina Jolie's Malangeli Christian Louboutin x Angelina Jolie's Malangeli

images: Christian Louboutin

Don’t Miss Out! Best. Summer. Sale. Ever.

Summer isn’t over yet! It’s time to stock up on last-minute summer deals before they disappear for good. I may be keeping warm Down Under (in case you didn’t know, I recently moved to Middle Earth – more specifically, Auckland) but I’m already stocking up on basics and timeless pieces for NZ’s spring/summer season. Let’s take a look at my favourite store, Shopbop: I mean, MCM bag on 30% off sale? That’s totally rad. I’ve been eyeing Eugenia Kim‘s Caterina Hat for a long time (psst, there are only TWO left!). So, don’t miss out on this awesome summer sale on Shopbop and ASOS with free international shipping* to Singapore and New Zealand!

2014 Shopbop Summer Sale

  1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Double Dip Enamel Bracelet (U.P. US$48.00 30% off US$33.60)
  2. Venessa Arizaga Hawaiian Punch Necklace (U.P. US$350.00 70% off US$105.00)
  3. Born Free Tory Burch Reversible Mini Tote (U.P. US$160.00 50% off US$80.00)
  4. Lovers + Friends Fly Away Mini Dress (U.P. US$172.00 40% off US$103.20)
  5. McQ – Alexander McQueen Angry Bunny Scarf (U.P. US$270.00 30% off US$189.00)
  6. MCM Computer Bag in Green (U.P. US$375.00 30% off US$262.50)
  7. Eugenia Kim Caterina Hat (U.P. US$265.00 50% off US$132.50)

2014 ASOS Final Sale

  1. ASOS Cut Out Dress With Watermelon Print (U.P. SGD$61.89 NOW SGD$24.75)
  2. ASOS Triangle Tassel Necklace (U.P. SGD$54.46 NOW SGD$27.23)
  3. Playful Promises Tropical Fruit Bunny Bow Bandeau Bikini Top (U.P. SGD$74.26 NOW SGD$34.66), Bikini Bottoms (U.P. SGD$74.26 NOW SGD$29.70)
  4. Cath Kidston Saddle Bag (U.P. SGD$168.33 NOW SGD$118.82)
  5. Juju Seven Purple Flat Jelly Sandals (U.P. SGD$37.13 NOW SGD$14.85)
  6. Lazy Oaf Lazy Bobble Hat (U.P. SGD$49.51 NOW SGD$14.85)
  7. Sheriff&Cherry D Frame Sunglasses (U.P. SGD$284.67 NOW SGD$141.10)

*Please check Shopbop and ASOS for shipping details – may not ship for free to all countries!

Trendspotting: How To Rock Your Birkenstocks / Slide Sandals

A decade ago, I could not live without my comfortable cork-based, leather strapped sandal: The Birkenstock, specifically the Arizona. Sadly, the fashion police condemned the chunky sandal silhouette until Phoebe Philo rejuvenated the Birkenstock-inspired sandals at the Céline Spring/Summer 2013 collection in Paris. THANK YOU! From grandma to glam, the Birkenstock trend is still going strong. I’m currently wearing my Birkies and it is indeed a life-saver for all pregnant women (and those who loathed heels). If the Olsen twins are rockin’ it, so should you.

Trendspotting: How To Rock Your Birkenstocks / Slide Sandals

    1. Birkenstock Arizona two band sandals (US$120.00) available at Shopbop
    2. Ash Kab Slide Sandals (US$150.00) available at Shopbop
    3. Givenchy Barka leather sandals (£590.00) available at MyTheresa
    4. Rachel Zoe Fawn Two Band Flat Sandals ($255.00 US$127.50) available at Shopbop
    5. ASOS FILTHY RICH Leather Flatform Sliders(SGD$86.64) available at ASOS
    6. Topshop Fang Double Buckle Flatforms (£52.00) available at Topshop

So, this is how you ROCK your Birkenstocks or Slide Sandals this summer:

#1: PEDICURE. PEDICURE. PEDICURE. 
If you’re going to bare your feet this summer, make sure you’ve got your toes looking fresh and pretty.

Trendspotting: Top 10 Birkenstock-Inspired Sandals

#2: Keep your outfit casual chic and simple.
There is no need to go all print-on-print, just keep it plain and simple. A nice, crisp white shirt with patent leather pencil skirt. Or a top over a shirt and jeans. Birkenstocks is not high-fashion but it is the go-to street-style footwear. 

Trendspotting: How To Rock Your Birkenstocks / Slide Sandals

#3 Go Experimental: Socks + Birkenstocks?
You heard me. Yay or nay? Garance Dore first spotted this trend in 2012 and if you are stuck in the middle of winter like me, it’s a totally awesome idea. Or, just to jazz things up a little bit!

Socks Birkenstock

Gimme a moment, I’m going to shop for my Birkenstock Arizona right now on Shopbop!

 

Peter Alexander Movie Night Collection

Inspired by his favourite films, Peter Alexander launched an Oscar-worthy “Movie Night Collection” featuring iconic films such as Star Wars, The Wizard of OzHarry Potter and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Now, which movie buff could resist Star Wars pajamas? I couldn’t! I was immediately drawn to the store at first glance of the Star Wars window display. Storm Troopers PJ drop-crotch pants, hell yeah! Pop-culture PJs for the whole family? TOTALLY. I’m absolutely obsessed with Dorothy’s red glitter shoes – I definitely need a pair of those!

Don’t wait till your size runs out! Shop now at Peter Alexander stores in Australia or New Zealand. Psst… their online store ships to Singapore and internationally as well!

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images: Peter Alexander

H&M Studio A/W 2014 Women’s Collection

The playful, sophisticated spirit of the 21st century bohemian woman is the look for H&M Studio this autumn/winter: effortless, charming and always ready for the night. H&M Studio was shown during Paris Fashion Week and throughout the collection, feminine meets masculine, with men’s blazers, biker and aviator jackets worn over draped tops and dresses. H&M Studio collection will launch on 4thSeptember at H&M Orchard Building.

H&M Studio A/W 2014 Women's Collection

H&M Studio A/W 2014 Women's Collection

H&M Studio A/W 2014 Women's Collection

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Puma Select Collection A/W 2014

Get a fresh look from this season’s PUMA Select collection’s collaborations with notable artists from the fashion capitals of the world such as House of Hackney from London, Sophia Chang from New York, Brooklyn We Go Hard (BWGH) from Paris, Mihara Yasuhiro from Tokyo and McQ by Alexander McQueen. The artists bring authenticity of their respective cities’ culture, art, fashion and the street together with PUMA’s sports heritage for this series of collaborations. Do we love it? Oh yes, we do.

The Puma Select Collection A/W 2014 will be available in stores from August 2014.

Puma Select Collection A/W 2014: Sophia Chang

Puma x Sophia Chang (New York): I love this collection especially the white high-top sneakers with Sophia’s rad illustration.

Puma Select Collection A/W 2014

Puma x Mihara Yasuhiro (Tokyo): Mihara Yasuhiro brings the Tokyo street flavor to the house of Puma with his capsule collection.

Puma Select Collection A/W 2014

Puma x Mihara Yasuhiro (Tokyo): Did someone say leopard prints?

Puma Select Collection A/W 2014

Puma x House of Hackney (London): The British designer brings his signature style to the table and boy, we love it.

Puma Select Collection A/W 2014

Puma x Brooklyn We Go Hard (Paris): Get active with the BWGH sneaker designs because these babies are designed to move.

Puma Select Collection A/W 2014

Puma x McQ by Alexander McQueen: We can’t get enough of sneaker wedges and more from McQ by Alexander McQueen.

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2014 Summer Fashion & Beauty Essentials

Summer is HERE! As the temperature rises, bring out your bikinis, sunblock and sunglasses – because things are beginning to heat up in Singapore. What do you need? We love our sun dresses and bikinis but don’t forget your beauty needs (who wants dark spots and pigmentation problems?!). Here are my 2014 summer fashion and beauty essentials to stay cool and chic:

Agent Provocateur Bikinis

It’s time to bring sexy back with Agent Provocateur bikinis. I instantly fell in love with the Mazzy Bikini & Lexxi Bikini. Can you blame me?

Topshop Summer 2014

Packing for your summer holiday? Don’t forget the Topshop Tropical Print Jumpsuit by Boutique (£120.00) and Topshop Straw Circle Brim Floppy Hat (£28.00). Simply irresistible!

Shiseido UV Protective Foundations

These Shiseido UV Protective Foundations in Liquid, Compact & Stick are water-proof and sweat-proof and promise to last all day! Tried and tested, this is my favourite go-to foundations for this sweltering summer.

2014 Summer Essentials - Sunblock

The key is never leave home without your sunblock – whether it’s summer or not. I’m completely sold with the new Bioderma Photoderm MAX Dry Touch SPF 50+ UVA 36 (S$44.90), Bioderma Photoderm SPOT SPF 50+ UVA 38 (S$44.50) and Lancome UV Expert Ultimate XL UV Protection BB Complete SPF50+++ (S$80).

SK-II Whitening Power Spots Specialist and Whitening Spots Care and Brighten Day Cream

Before applying your sunblock and makeup, we need to fight our underlying problems – melanin production before our dark spots appear! Add this to your skincare routine: SK-II Whitening Power Spots Specialist (S$176 – 30ml, S$258 – 50ml, S$339 – 75ml ) and SK-II Whitening Spots Care & Brighten Day Cream (S$167).

H&M Opens New Store at Singapore Sports Hub

Get ready for the biggest shopping wave! H&M Singapore opens an approximately 16,000 square feet store at the new Kallang Wave mall within Singapore Sports Hub. Best of all, this store will offer an expanded H&M Sport collection designed with input from the Swedish Olympic team, including fashion-forward yoga tights in the season’s latest colours, quick-dry pieces for gym bunnies and climate resistant outfits for the outdoors. You can also shop for summer must-haves such as soft tunic tops and printed dresses for ladies and short-sleeved shirts and tailored shorts for men.

An exclusive H&M pouch will be given out while stocks last when customers spend S$70 and above. Amazing deals for selected items include buying a second piece at S$2, S$5 and S$10. The store opens today, so what are you waiting for?

H&M Kallang Wave is located at #01-58, 1 Stadium Place, Singapore 397628. The store will open daily from 10am to 10pm, including public holidays.

H&M Singapore Sports Hub

H&M Singapore Sports Hub

H&M Sport 2014 Collection

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Meet & Greet: Erika Bearman a.k.a. OscarPRGirl


Erika Bearman a.k.a. OscarPRGirl

Erika Bearman, Senior VP of Global Communications a.k.a. @OscarPRGirl

If you’re invited to meet Erika Bearman a.k.a. @OscarPRGirl, you don’t turn it down. I had to meet the girl behind the famous Twitter handle, who gave us a sneak peek into the glamorous atelier of Oscar de la Renta and of course, she is one of social media coolest girls. I arrived on-time at Trinity Gallery, a luxury bridal boutique located at Raffles Hotel Singapore which carries exquisite designer bridal gowns by Oscar de la RentaMarchesa, Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra and etc. It was lovely chatting with Dr. Elaine Kim, co-owner of Trinity Gallery while waiting for Team Oscar de la Renta to arrive from their lunch appointment. Erika arrived together with Eliza Bolen (daughter of Oscar de la Renta) and Alex Bolen. You could easily spot her smile from a mile away as she greeted the guests at the casual meet & greet session. I didn’t have a chance to have a proper interview with Erika, but here is a summary of our casual conversation over iced lemongrass drink, bubbly and canapés:

On Marina Bay Sands
“Someone told me it’s uncool to say Marina Bay Sands… it’s MBS!” Hmm, for some reason – I didn’t get the memo!

On Movies Watched on the Plane
Erika
watched “Her” on her way to Singapore and she loved it. However, the ending didn’t leave her feeling satisfied.

On Tasting Local Cuisine
She managed to sample local cuisine at The Grand Hyatt’s Straits Kitchen on Saturday night. That’s an efficient way of trying Singaporean hawker delights.

On Her Stay in Asia
Initially, she planned to visit Bali together with her husband but he had to work, plus she had to fly back immediately to shoot their advertising campaign in NYC. Bummer.

On Packing for Asia
She didn’t realised how “tropical” Singapore weather is. Some of her outfits with thicker fabric didn’t work here. However, I think her black tube top and white lace skirt works in our weather!

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