Top 5 Travel Essentials for the Stylish Jetsetter

It’s not rocket science to pack like a pro when you travel – but staying chic on-the-go could be a challenge. I’m obsessed with all things cute and awesome (including my travel essentials!). These travel essentials need to be practical and stylish – otherwise, what’s the point? Here are the Top 5 Travel Essentials for the Stylish Jetsetter:

#1: Travel Organizers
If you’re an organizing nazi, you can’t live without these essential organizers from Flight 001. Yes, there is a bag for everything – i.e. lingerie, beachwear, laundry, heels and… STUFF! Best of all, they are all color-coded so you can easily identify what’s what. These nylon bags are light and easy to clean after your travels. Of course, we need travel-sized bottles and jars for our skincare products. The Flight 001 To Go Bottles & Jars are definitely worth the investment!

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From left, clockwise: Flight 001 Go Clean Heels Bag (S$37.44 | US$30.00), Go Clean Lingerie Bag (S$24.96 | US$20.00), Go Clean Beach Set  (S$82.38 | US$66.00), Go Clean Stuff Bag (S$19.97 | US$16.00), To Go Bottles & Jars (S$22.47 | US$18.00)

#2: Passport Holder
You NEVER travel without your passport. So, it’s important to dress up your passport in the most stylish passport holder like this luxurious MCM Passport Holder or a cute, affordable Jonathan Adler Stamps Passport Case.

Shopbop - MCM Passport Holder

MCM Passport Holder (S$287.07 | US$230.00)

Shopbop - Jonathan Adler - Kate Spade New York

Jonathan Adler Stamps Passport Case (S$47.43 | US$38.00) & Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Dot Passport Holder (S$97.35 | US$78.00)

#3: The Statement Carry-On Bag
I always believe that if you want to make a statement – do it with your carry-on luggage bag. Be BOLD. Go WILD. Have FUN. Trust me, you will be turning heads at the airports – and it will certainly put a smile on your face!

LeSportsac Fall 2014 - Tumi 'Vapor™' Medium Trip Hard Shell Packing Case

LeSportSac Fall 2014 Rolling Backpack (S$435) available at LeSportsac Boutiques worldwide & Tumi ‘Vapor™’ Medium Trip Hard Shell Packing Case (S$815.26)

#4: The Luggage Tag
It’s all about accessorizing! What better way to make your luggage bags look good than getting a cute luggage tag! You’ll need one anyway to write your name, address and contact details, just in case it goes missing (trust me, it happens alot!). So, don’t forget to tag your bags!

Lulu Guinness Luggage Tags

Lulu Guinness Abstract Face Luggage Tag (S$73.04), Flight 001 ‘Flyin Drunk’ Transparent Rubber Luggage Tag (S$9.59), ASOS Neoprene Watermelon Printed Luggage Tag (S$14.61)

#5: Cute Cosmetic Bag
It’s every female jetsetter must-have: A super-cute cosmetic bag. I like to keep it on my seat pocket – you know, lip balm, facial mist, facial blotters, toothbrush, mints, lipstick, compact powder and every knick-knack you need to keep yourself comfortable throughout the flight.

Shopbop - Cosmetics Pouch

Cath Kidston Classic Box Cosmetic Bag with Nylon Zip (S$29.22), Samudra Electric Beach Electric Coco Pouch (S$81.13 | US$65.00), Catseye London ‘Small Deck Chair Dogs’ Cosmetics Bag (S$20.55), Marc by Marc Jacobs Luna Tarp Fergus Amie Cosmetic Pouch (S$122.32 | US$98.00)

AFF 2014: Roberta Pieri featuring Jonathan Liang

For once, I decided to arrive on-time at Tent@Orchard for the Roberta Pieri featuring Jonathan Liang show at Audi Fashion Festival 2014 for two reasons: I want my Haagen-Daz ice-cream and I felt like a massage on the Osim uDiva (can’t a girl be honest for once?). Unfortunately, the previous shows delayed the entire programme to almost two hours (whatttttt…) and we stood outside the tent until 7:00pm. On a positive note, I got my ice-cream and my massage. I hung out with the lovely Katherine from Bubba & Mama, an online magazine for babies and mothers during the pre-show. The show didn’t start until almost 8:00pm. We watched a short film (it felt more like a documentary) about the making of Italian leather bags by Roberta Pieri before the models marched out in a row along the runway to show off the leather goods. Honestly, the entire show left me feeling empty and uninspired. There has to be be a better platform to showcase these two promising brands. Just saying. 

Roberta Pieri feat. Jonathan Liang at Audi Fashion Festival 2014

video: Fash-Eccentric TV

Fash-Interview: Victoria Beckham x On Pedder in Singapore

What a Monday. I was starstruck by the one and only Victoria Beckham. Yes, the British celebrity/fashion designer/Posh Spice/Mrs David Beckham was in Singapore to launch her accessories line plus exclusive pieces at On Pedder. I was one of the few bloggers together with the media invited to an exclusive interview and press preview of her Spring/Summer 2014 and Pre-Fall 2014 accessories line at Banyan Tree Spa Marina Bay Sands. Over the recent years, Victoria Beckham has created a household name for herself with her passion and eye for fashion. Believe me, this woman loves her work and it reflects in the design and craftsmanship of her products. When it comes to her label, she gets inspired by things that challenge her. makes sure that her products are of the best quality. However, we won’t be seeing her in a ‘crop top’ any time soon (haha). Let’s hear what Victoria Beckham has to say:

On Vintage Rose for the On Pedder exclusives
“I really like the colour and it looks great with the RTW… it’s just a really beautiful, feminine and romantic colour”

On her favourite bags
” I use the zip pouches a lot, and also the Quincy, which I tend to use most days, it’s a really good size.”

On what’s inside her bag
“I put credit cards, lipstick, iPhone, iPhone charger and etc.”

On expanding her fashion empire
“At some point, shoes will happen. I have to make sure I’m working with the right factories. I have to really research it as a category before I launch into that, make sure I have the knowledge with my team… It is something that I’m very excited to do at some point… I wear flats and heels… it will be a mix of the two… Unfortunately,  children’s wear won’t be happening any time soon.

On her family
“Predominantly, I’m a mum and a wife. Most importantly, will always be the children, and David. I’ll make sure I always take the kids to school and attend school events, and making sure my work revolves around the children and their needs”

On who she would like to dress
“Kate Bosworth, I hear she is coming for Audi Fashion Festival and I would like to dress her… and Hilary Clinton”

 

Victoria Beckham x On Pedder in Singapore

#regram from @victoriabeckham‘s Instagram: The media and the queen, of course!

Victoria Beckham x On Pedder in Singapore

“THE” Victoria Beckham, fashion designer, ex-Spice Girl, mum, wife and poise as ever.

Victoria Beckham x On Pedder in Singapore

These exclusive Victoria Beckham Pre-Fall ’14 pieces in vintage rose will be available only at On Pedder stores. There are five bags and two sunglasses in vintage rose colour available for this exclusive range (from top, clockwise): Mini Soft Tote (SGD3410), Quincy (SGD2110) and Zipper (SGD930).

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Fash-Love: Edie Parker & Del Toro’s Emoji Collection

If words can’t express it, use Emoji. If bombarding your Whatsapp and Instagram with endless emojis is not enough, why not wear them? Moda Operandi collaborated with handbag brand Edie Parker and shoe label Del Toro to produce an adorable capsule collection of emoji clutches and loafers. You’re in luck, this collection hits the webstore tomorrow. The clutches are priced at US$1,595 and the loafers at US$340. If you ask me, I can’t decide which one to get. In fact, I need them all to express my inner “Hot Chick” and #BigKiss.
You can now preorder at ModaOperandi.com.

Edie Parker & Del Toro's Emoji Collection

Del Toro Big Kiss Loafers

Edie Parker & Del Toro's Emoji Collection

Edie Parker Big Kiss Clutch

Edie Parker & Del Toro's Emoji Collection

Del Toro Angel Devil Loafers

Edie Parker & Del Toro's Emoji Collection

Edie Parker Angel Devil Clutch

Edie Parker & Del Toro's Emoji Collection

Del Toro Hot Chick Loafers

Edie Parker & Del Toro's Emoji Collection

Edie Parker Hot Chick Clutch

Edie Parker & Del Toro's Emoji Collection

Del Toro Cat Face Loafers

For the entire collection, visit my Facebook Page.

images: Moda Operandi

Travel Chic with Tory Burch at Changi Airport Terminal 1

Since Tory Burch‘s flagship store at Wisma Atria opened to much fanfare, I’m delighted to introduce you to the ‘other’ Tory Burch store located at Changi Airport Terminal 1 Departure Hall. What’s awesome about this store is that it carries a wider range of travel related products and of course, it’s tax-free! Who doesn’t love DFS? The 104sqm store currently carries the latest S/S 2014 collection featuring shoes, handbags, sunglasses, clothing and small leather goods. In a nutshell, it’s the best place to shop for your travel essentials before you board your plane!

Tory Burch at Changi Airport Terminal 1

Located at Changi Airport Terminal 1 Departure Hall, Tory Burch invites you to stock up on your travel essentials before jetting off.

  Tory Burch at Changi Airport Terminal 1

#1 Mini Leather Bag: You never know when you need to dress up to the nines when you’re on holiday or on a business trip. Shop from the latest S/S 2014 collection!

  Tory Burch at Changi Airport Terminal 1

#2 Carry-All Travel Tote: If you’re like me, I carry alottttt of stuff when I travel (i.e. shawl, camera, sunglasses, drinking bottle, sunscreen etc.). So, you’ll need this Ella Metallic Straw Tote ($420 – U.P. w GST $449.40 or Mini Ella Metallic Straw Tote ($370 – U.P. w GST $395.90) that is tres chic.

Tory Burch at Changi Airport Terminal 1

#3 Cosmetic Pouch: This is a must-have for every lady to carry your essentials such as your lipstick, facial blotters, compact mirror, tampons and you-name-it! This Brigitte Cosmetic Bag ($135 – U.P.  w GST $144.45)’s super cute prints will be a delight for your travels.

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Coach Spring 2014 Women’s Collection

This spring, Coach highlights the Bar Stripe, Patchwork, Edge Paint and Gingham in its Spring 2014 women’s collection. Indulge yourself in a core colour palette of vachetta, black and rich mahogany with pops of seasonal colors for an ultrachic look. I’m a fan of the Bar Stripe in Borough as stripes never go out of style. It’s definitely a fresh update to the Borough which debut last Fall.

Coach Spring 2014 women’s collection is now available in stores.

Coach Spring 2014 Collection

Stripe Borough

Coach Spring 2014 Collection

Stripe Clutchable

Bar Stripe

Now available in crisp spring shades of vermillion, walnut, camel and grey, the luxurious leather coupled with the stylish silhouette of the Borough is sure to make this bag a wardrobe staple. The bar stripe also makes a strong statement in combinations of vermillion, tan, black and parchment and is available in the Large Clutchable and three different sizes of the Borough as well as two new silhouettes – the Highrise and the domed Preston Satchel.

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Fash-News: DFS Galleria Singapore Clearance Sale (25 November 2013 – 31 January 2014)

It’s the sale shopping season! DFS Galleria Singapore Clearance Sale is now on from 25 November 2013 until 31 January 2014 at both DFS Scotts Walk and DFS Changi Airport Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 outlets. You can expect up to 30% off on selected items from participating brands such as Chloe, Burberry, TOD’S, Gucci, Ferragamo, Bottega Veneta, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Loewe, Givenchy and Coach. Here’s a tip: If you shop at the airport, you can also save on 7% GST! One of my favourite brands, Tory Burch is also offering discount at DFS Changi Airport, Terminal 1 located after immigration. Isn’t that sweet?

Here are my picks from the DFS Galleria Singapore Clearance Sale because it’s worth it:

DFS Galleria Singapore Clearance sale is on (25 November 2013 – 31 January 2014)

You’ll never get enough flip flops in Singapore! Tory Burch colourful flip flops are to-die-for. Yes, they are on sale.

DFS Galleria Singapore Clearance sale is on (25 November 2013 – 31 January 2014)

I personally dig Tory Burch double wrap logo stud bracelet. A must-have! Also available in pink (yes, it’s on sale!).

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101 on Spotting Fakes Online: Be 100% S.U.R.E.!

101 on Spotting Fakes Online: Be 100% S.U.R.E.!

Trust me, this is no fake baobao.

 A few days ago, my friend highlighted that this Qoo10 page used a photo from my blog to sell fake Issey Miyake baobao. Initially, I thought this was really funny (and secretly flattered!) that my photo was featured alongside with famed fashion blogger Susie Bubble and other street style models carrying baobao. Alright, it’s time to set the record straight.

The page didn’t exactly state “Issey Miyake baobao” instead the bags are called, “Japan tote Colorful bag Magic cube vogue handbag 3D” *breathe* What a mouthful! Best of all, it only costs $16.90 (early bird discount) or $19.90 (Q-price).

 101 on Spotting Fakes Online: Be 100% S.U.R.E.!

SURE or not?

 Let me tell you this: Issey Miyake baobao does not cost anywhere near $19.90. I bought my baobao from Club21 for S$500.00 and yes, it’s the real thing.

From Louis Vuitton to Hermès, there are knock-offs everywhere on the WWW. I’ve to admit that I used to buy a couple of knock-off bags/purses/shoes back in my eBay addiction days. True story, I once bought a knock-off on eBay without knowing it was a knock-off! It was an expensive mistake and I wish I had done my homework. Seriously.

The real question is: HOW DO YOU SPOT A FAKE ONLINE?

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Fash-Preview: Christian Louboutin Spring/Summer 2014

The beautiful colours of Spring exploded in the Christian Louboutin Spring/Summer 2014 trunk show last Friday. I was immediately drawn to the multi-coloured spikes of Sweety Charity – ooh, need to get my hands on that cutie! Lucky me, I was given a private tour of the new collection by Joanna and Michelle from Christian Louboutin Asia. Besides the bright candy colours, Christian Louboutin is bringing minimalism back with transparent panels, nautical stripes, glitter and yes, kitten heels. Fancy His & Hers Louboutins? You’ll get to match your man with the ladies version of his sneakers or espadrilles. After feasting my eyes on these gorgeous red soles, I was presented with Cronuts as a little token of appreciation from the Louboutin team. How cute is that?

Christian Louboutin S/S 2014 will be available early 2014 at Takashimaya Shopping Centre.

Christian Louboutin Spring/Summer 2014

Candy-Colours! Don’t you love the Sweety Charity in multi-colour spikes?

Christian Louboutin Spring/Summer 2014

The new Paulina Strass in Satin Bouquet makes you wanna party all summer.

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Carina Lau at Roger Vivier’s Store Opening

All eyes were on HK actress/icon/Mrs Tony Leung, Carina Lau at Friday’s Roger Vivier 90-sqm store opening at Takashimaya Shopping Centre. Designed by Herve Van der Straeten, this is the French label’s first store in Southeast Asia featuring their latest bags, shoes, wallets and other accessories. Other notable guests include French model/aristocrat/fashion designer Inès de La Fressange, Creative Director Bruno Frisoni, designer Herve Van der Straeten and celebrity blogger Ingrid from The Bag Hag Diaries.

Visit the new Roger Vivier store at #02-12 at Takashimaya Shopping Centre.

Carina Lau at Roger Vivier Store Opening at Takashimaya

The 47-year old actress looked pretty in pink with her hot pink Prismick bag. Mrs Tony Leung does not age!

Carina Lau at Roger Vivier Store Opening at Takashimaya

From left: Creative Director Bruno Frisoni, Carina Lau, Inès de La Fressange and guest.

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Céline Boutique at DFS Galleria Scottswalk

Céline recently reopened their boutique at DFS Galleria Scottswalk with the largest selection of exotics that will make your eyes go “pop”. I was invited to a VIP private preview on Friday, October 18th to check out their revamped boutique located at Level 4 (401). The representative told me that the extensive exotic collection including crocodile, lizard and python were specially flown in for this special occasion. However, there were only one or two pieces available for each style. Fashion maestro Daniel Boey was also there to share his shopping tips with the VIP shoppers. Céline fans, I suggest you start strutting down to DFS Galleria Singapore to before all of them are snapped up. If you’re looking for the regular calfskin bags, just request from the friendly Céline sales assistants who will magically bring them out for you.

DFS Galleria Singapore is located at 25 Scotts Road, Singapore 228220; Tel: + 65 6229 8100; Store Hours: 10:00-22:00 / 22:30 (Friday & Saturday).

Celine Boutique at DFS Galleria Scottswalk

Celine Boutique at DFS Galleria Scottswalk

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Hey, Mrs Robinson

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Thank you to the good folks at Tory Burch for my blue Robinson bag from the Fall 2013 collection. To top it up, I was treated with a classic manicure with a Hello Kitty nail art at Manicurious (if you haven’t been, go now!).

Such a treat! How has your weekend been?