MantraBand: Inspirational Bracelets

We all need a little perk-me-up on Mondays. I recently discovered MantraBands, simple, elegant and inspirational bracelets made from hypoallergenic, tarnish resistant, nickel and lead free stainless steel. You can also choose the gold Mantrabands which are made with the same material, with a thick overlay of 18K gold. I love the idea of wearing uplighting, inspiring messages as a daily reminder or affirmation of what we believe. My favourites include “Live Laugh Love”, “Namaste”, “Be True. Be You. Be Kind.” , “Be Present” and “Peace Comes From Within”.

The silver bracelets are priced at USD25 and the gold-plated bracelets are priced at USD35. Lucky for us, MantraBands do ship internationally. Shop now at www.mymantraband.com.

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bycanary at TANGS Orchard

As you walk through the main entrance of TANGS Orchard, you’ll be greeted by a sparkly display of bits and baubles. This multi-label concept, bycanary is the brainchild of former actress/model and celebrity icon, Lum May Yee who curates the unique collection of international cult designer jewellery labels discovered through her travels and network of friends around the world. I’m truly excited to see an exciting range from M.C.L by Matthew Campbell Laurenza (United States), John Hardy (Bali), Jade Jagger (London), Darsala (France), Choices by DL (Holland), Tara Moor (France), Buddha to Buddha (Holland) and Sellot (Hong Kong).

What are you waiting for? Start shopping at TANGS Orchard, Level 1.

bycanary at TANGS Orchard

Located at the entrance of TANGS Orchard, start your shopping with a little bling.

Canaries by May Yee

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Canaries by May Yee

A beautiful Tourmaline earrings by Canaries by May Yee.

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PANDORA Essence Collection

This March, PANDORA is “launching a new collection featuring a slender sterling silver bracelet with an accompanying assortment of charms, hand-finished from precious metals and symbolic stones, each representing a personal inner value”. It’s time to get personal. The PANDORA Essence Collection focuses on the meanings and values in life with 24 sterling silver charms that represent key values such as joy, trust, passion, confidence, love, courage, faith, wisdom and many more. What’s exciting is the new innovative solution that allows your charms to slide and secure onto the bracelet based on  a flexible silicone grip built inside the sterling silver core of each charm.

My mother-in-law bought me my first PANDORA charm bracelet. Trust me, there is no turning back after your first one. I was immediately drawn in by the meanings of each charms from the PANDORA Essence Collection. In fact, I want them all! For starters, I’ll pick Confidence because I like bling (doh!) and it’s good reminder to be confident in what I do.

PANDORA Essence Collection

What’s your Essence?

PANDORA Essence Collection

The new sterling silver bracelet is elegant and a great start for a new charms collection.

PANDORA Essence Collection

Launching in March 2014. Stay tuned.

2013 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

This Sunday on May 12th, it’s time to celebrate the most important woman in your life: MUM. You don’t need a special day to celebrate mother’s day but it’s a good excuse to spoil your mum with a thoughtful gift and a lovely meal at her favourite restaurant. If you haven’t had the chance to shop, here’s a gift guide that can help you get started:

2013 Mother's Day Gift Guide

A good watch is timeless and practical. Montblanc Star Lady Automatic (S$4,260) in stainless steel case, a white mother-of-pearl dial & satin calfskin strap is the perfect choice. If your mum loves a darker, sexier watch, Montblanc Star Lady Moonphase Automatic (S$6,600) in stainless steel case, black mother-of-pearl dial with 8 diamonds is going to thrill her.

2013 Mother's Day Gift Guide

From left, top (clockwise): Bijoux Heart Sucre gold-plated Swarovski crystal clip earrings (S$462.42), Marni coal horn flower brooch with swarovski crystals (S$660), Poh Heng‘s Grace Pendant (S$380), Montblanc 4810 Collection’s Ring in Red Gold with Diamond (S$7,890) and Goldheart Jade Pendant (S$328).

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From left, top (clockwise): ck Calvin Klein beech bonded nappa Lara satchel (S$790), Marc Jacobs The Deluxe wallet in Chianti (S$630), Stella McCartney printed floral rayon and silk scarf (S$730), Marc Jacobs brown acetate sunglasses (S$470) and Alexander McQueen blush studded leather sandals (S$1,130).

2013 Mother's Day Gift Guide

A gift of scent will remind your mum of you. Flora by Gucci 1966 (S$293 for 100ml) is an exclusive, sensual scent that comes with a gorgeous packaging.

2013 Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother’s will love deliciously, feminine iris of Lancome‘s La Vie Est Belle fragrance. Available in 30ml (S$98), 50ml (S$145) and 75ml (S$170).

2013 Mother's Day Gift GuideGet mum a limited edition kikki K. gift pack like this Blomsterang Collection’s “Let’s Eat” pack (S$59.90)

2013 Mother's Day Gift Guide

Top up your gift with this lovely kikki K. pop-up card. Isn’t this a delight?

Swarovski S/S 2013 Collection: Tropical Paradise

If you’re reading this blog post, congratulations – you’ve survived the end of the world. Let’s put this bullshit behind and focus on bright, shiny baubles from Swarovski Spring/Summer 2013 collection, beautifully named “Tropical Paradise”. Inspired by the mystic and flamboyance of Latin America, “Tropical Paradise” boasts an array of vibrant colors of luscious forest green, Rio de Janeiro’s carnival, floral and fauna motifs, and the heritage of the Inca civilization. Get ready to soak in the glamor of Acapulco and beautiful Amazon forest in form of Swarovski crystals:

Swarovski S/S 2013: Tropical Paradise

The Moonshine ring (above) and the Translucent pendant in the shape of a beetle, a symbol of power and fertility.

Swarovski S/S 2013: Tropical Paradise

The Tangara bib necklace is entirely handmade featuring beautiful geometric crystal shapes and the features the exclusive Pointiage technique.

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The Tilly pendant in the shape of a dragonfly and the Torpedo bracelet, which features trendy skulls.

Swarovski S/S 2013: Tropical Paradise

The Triumphal cuff and earrings inspired by the Inca folklore motifs.

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The Texture bib necklace is a work of art with the myriad of colors.

Swarovski S/S 2013: Tropical Paradise

The Trema cuff and ring is going to make heads turn.

Swarovski S/S 2013: Tropical Paradise

The Tropical necklace is perfect for that glamorous night out. Black tie, anyone?

images: Swarovski

Carrie K. Artisan Jewellery: Heavy Mettle Goes Metallic Pop!

Never judge a book by its cover. That’s what Carrie K. Artisan Jewellery‘s Heavy Mettle collection preaches. You may think these beautiful pieces are made of metal. In fact, they are actually made latticed work leather and treated to look like they are made of metal. Best of all, they are all reversible for versatility. Now, the best-selling collection is updated in metallic pop colours of mint, sky blue and copper. Personally, I’m a big fan of this collection. I wear my Heavy Mettle Necklace in Silver & Gold all the time and it never fails to be a conversational piece! The Heavy Mettle extensions will be available at TANGS Singapore from Tuesday, 27th November 2012 and at the Carrie K. Atelier from Monday, 3rd January 2013.

Carrie K. Artisan Jewellery: Heavy Mettle Collection

Heavy Mettle Necklace in Silver & Mint, and in Silver & Ice Blue (US$268.00)

Heavy Mettle Bibs in Mint, Copper, Ice Blue

Heavy Mettle Bibs in Mint, Copper, Ice Blue (US$208.00)

Heavy Mettle Relay Necklace in Silver & Ice Blue

Heavy Mettle Relay Necklace in Silver & Ice Blue is the latest addition to the Heavy Mettle collection.

Heavy Mettle Long Cuff in Mint, Copper, Ice Blue

Heavy Mettle Long Cuff in Mint, Copper, Ice Blue (US$180.00)

Heavy Mettle Short Cuff in Mint, Copper, Ice Blue

Heavy Mettle Short Cuff in Mint, Copper, Ice Blue (US$120.00)

images: Carrie K. Artisan Jewellery

Support 2012 Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Style

It’s never too late to support Breast Cancer Awareness month this October. You can do your part and help raise awareness about breast health. Earlier this year, I felt a lump in my left breast and quickly got it checked out. Fortunately, I was cleared. Ultimately, it is everyone’s responsibility to check their breast health and take care of themselves. Think of your loved ones and be responsible. Wear your pink ribbon with pride and never take anything for granted. If you would love to show your support in a stylish manner, here’s how:

#1: Fiji Water Courage Harness

2012 Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Fiji Water x Carrie K Courage Harness

Designed by Carrie K. Artisan Jewellery, the black leather harness strap with a “Lion’s Paw” charm, a symbol of ‘courage’ can be worn in five unique ways depending on your creativity. There are only 120 pieces of the limited edition Fiji Water Courage Harness available at SGD128 each at Carrie K. Atelier (136 Bukit Timah Road) and all four Antoinette outlets (30 Penhas Road; #02-33/34 Mandarin Gallery; #01-02/03 Scarlet Hotel; #B1-08/09/10C Palais Renaissance).  You can also buy them online: www.carriekrocks.com. The good news is that all sale profits will be donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation.

#2: Tory Burch Double Wrap Logo Stud Bracelet in Pink

2012 Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Tory Burch Double Wrap Logo Stud Bracelet

It’s time to think PINK. Tory Burch designed a limited edition Double Wrap Logo Stud Bracelet in Pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Priced at SGD175, you will be glad that 15% of the sale proceeds will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, up to a maximum donation of US$15,000.

#3: Dim Sum’s Love Loop Ring by TianPo Jewellery

2012 Breast Cancer Awareness Month: TianPo Jewellery Love Loop Ring

As part of the Dim Sum collection, TianPo Jewellery introduced the Love Loop Ring features an alluring pink Amethyst gemstone embedded in 925 Silver and intertwined with pink and black silk cords. Priced at SGD400, the Love Loop Ring is available from TianPo Jewellery boutiques at Centrepoint, Holland Village, Tampines 1, West Mall and Marina Bay Sands until October 31st, 2012. TianPo will donate SGD50 to the Breast Cancer Foundation for every Love Loop Ring purchase.

#4: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion bottle with a limited-edition key ring

2012 Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion bottle with a limited-edition key ring

As part of the Breast Cancer Awareness by The Estee Lauder Companies, this special edition of Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion bottle pays tribute to the Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a limited-edition key ring featuring a “C” shaped charm and a miniature version of the lotion bottle. Priced at SGD89, I personally think this is a great way to show your support in memory of Mrs Evelyn Lauder.

#5: Bobbi Brown Pink Peony Set

2012 Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Bobbi Brown Pink Peony Set

It’s time to get illuminated with Bobbi Brown Pink Peony Set. This limited edition set features the pink ribbon and comes with the Pink Peony Illuminating Bronzer and Mini Face Blender Brush. Bobbi Brown will donated US$10 to the Breast Cancer Foundation with every purchase of the Pink Peony Set. Priced at SGD66, you can wear your pink with a glow!

DUEPUNTI Diamonds: Colorful, Unconventional Bling

Let’s bring back the fun in diamonds with DUEPUNTI Diamonds. Made and designed in Italy, these unconventional diamond rings breaks all the 4Cs – in fact, who sets these rules anyway? The ring features a 0.02ct certified conflict-free diamond mounted in sterling silver and set in a non-allergenic silicone band. In fact, I think it’s a great everyday ring that you can wear, stack and swim with it minus the silly scratches (especially for a klutz like me). What are you waiting for? Get your own DUEPUNTI Diamonds – because I have one too!

DUEPUNTI Diamonds in Singapore

It’s all about fun, colours and BLING BLING with DUEPUNTI Diamonds!

DUEPUNTI Diamonds: Alessandra Ambrosia & Nicki Minaj

Victoria’s Secret angel Alessandra Ambrosia as well as Nicki Minaj have been spotted stacking their DUEPUNTI Diamonds!

DUEPUNTI Diamonds in Singapore

Available in 19 vibrant colours for both men and women. Priced at SGD118 – don’t just get one, get a few!

DUEPUNTI Diamonds in Singapore

DUEPUNTI Diamonds are available for online purchase from their Facebook Page. Believe me, one is not enough.

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Raw Geometry: Melbourne’s Tessa Blazey

It was love at first sight. I first discovered Melbourne jewellery designer, Tessa Blazey at Pieces of Eight Gallery. Inspired by the raw geometry of natural minerals, Tessa Blazey injected her kungfu in sculpture and interior design to create her unique, mind-blowing jewellery collection. If you’re looking for an unconventional engagement ring, this is it. Totally hipster. Tessa Blazey‘s collection is handmade in her studio located at Fitzroy, Melbourne. I’ll let the pictures do the talking (because her designs are simply awesome):

Raw Geometry: Melbourne's Tessa Blazey

The new collection, Crystal Alchemy is inspired by the shapes of natural crystals.

Raw Geometry: Melbourne's Tessa Blazey

Made from 18ct white gold, Canadian diamonds and emerald, this piece is to-die-for.

Raw Geometry: Melbourne's Tessa Blazey

A beautiful 18ct yellow gold and Canadian diamond piece.

Raw Geometry: Melbourne's Tessa Blazey

From her Fiction collection, don’t you just love the simple geometric shaped rings?

Raw Geometry: Melbourne's Tessa Blazey

This reminded me of Transformers, for some strange reasons.

Raw Geometry: Melbourne's Tessa Blazey

Of shapes and links.

Raw Geometry: Melbourne's Tessa Blazey

If you fancy gold nuggets, well… just wear them as it is!

images: Tessa Blazey / Pieces of Eight Gallery

Which Tiffany & Co. Engagement Ring Are You?

It’s about time he pops the question. We all know that the first step in ‘sealing the deal’ is a sparkly diamond ring. Recently, I attended the Tiffany Bridal Event to celebrate its 175th anniversary and discover the jeweler’s highly sought-after engagement rings designed with the world’s finest diamonds. Of course, girls can’t resist the famous Tiffany Blue Box. You may know the 4 c’s of diamonds (Colour, Cut, Clarity and of course, Carat) – or if you don’t, you can always read more here. Why Tiffany? Let’s admit it, Tiffany & Co. gives you the goosebumps because it’s Tiffany. I remember the first time I received my first Tiffany ring from Bubster (when we were still dating) and it was just perfect. Since Charles Lewis Tiffany introduced the Tiffany® Setting back in 1886, the rest is history. Today, women all over the world lust after the Tiffany ring because it is. Let’s see what type of Tiffany engagement ring are you – because there is a Tiffany for every lady:

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TIFFANY® SETTING ENGAGEMENT RINGWhat: The most popular engagement ring style in the world, with six platinum prongs that lift the diamond into the light.
Who: You love a classic design that never goes out of style. You want all the attention on your brilliant diamond because that is all that matters.
Style Inspiration: Keira Knightley, Brooklyn Decker

Tiffany Soleste

Tiffany Soleste Engagement Ring

What: A cushion modified brilliant diamond encircled by a double row of exquisite beat-set diamonds
Who: You love your bling (like doh!). The more bling, the better!
Style Inspiration: Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Hudson

Tiffany Novo

Tiffany Novo Engagement Ring

What: The famous Tiffany Diamond inspires the Novo cut, complemented by a sparkling band of bead-set diamonds
Who: You love lots of lots of diamonds but doesn’t want your ring to overpower your solitaire. This has the right balance – like yin and yang.
Style Inspiration: Reese Witherspoon, Rachel Bilson

Tiffany Lucida

Tiffany Lucida Engagement Ring

What: Tiffany’s patented mixed-cut diamond with wide corners in a setting of brilliant diamonds
Who: You want to be different like a shooting star. Afterall, your engagement ring should be a talking piece.
Style Inspiration: Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow

Tiffany Embrace

Tiffany Embrace Engagement Ring

What: An exquisite center stone accented with bead-set diamonds sparkles with glamour and romance
Who: You are a glam-queen who loves all the attention and loves flashing your ring to everyone
Style Inspiration: Carrie Underwood, Victoria Beckham

Tiffany Grace

Tiffany Grace Engagement Ring

What: A ring of pure radiance, with a princess-cut diamond and a band of brilliant diamonds
Who: You are not a show-off but you dig the unconventional princess-cut diamond
Style Inspiration: Hillary Duff, Ashlee Simpson

Tiffany Legacy

Tiffany Legacy Engagement Ring

What: A cushion modified brilliant diamond exclusive to Tiffany in a lavish diamond-encrusted setting based on period design
Who: You love all things vintage and quirky because you are kinda an old soul in the contemporary world
Style Inspiration: Zooey Deschanel, Jessica Alba

Tiffany Bezet

Tiffany Bezet Engagement Ring

What: A streamlined bezel setting follows the diamond’s contours, creating a modern and simply radiant ring
Who: K.I.S.S. – just keep it simple and sweet, that’s exactly what you are. Basics is key.
Style Inspiration: Sienna Miller, Katie Holmes

Tiffany Etoile

Tiffany Etoile Engagement Ring

What: A brilliant-cut diamond surrounded by the gleam of platinum in a smooth bezel setting and band
Who: A big rock doesn’t matter to you. You need a versatile, every day engagement ring that looks modern and chic.
Style Inspiration: Jaime King

Tiffany Bridal Event in Singapore

You’re also invited to the Tiffany Bridal Event from September 1st to 30th, at Tiffany & Co. stores located at Takashimaya SC, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Raffles Hotel, Changi Airport Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. Learn more about the Tiffany diamonds and try on its classic, elegant designs with a wedding expert. Who knows, you may get a styling tip or two on how to match your ring with the perfect bridal wardrobe. For more information and to register for the workshops, you can call 6735 8823 or email Singapore.CustomerService@Tiffany.com.

images: Fash-Eccentric & Tiffany & Co.

Carrie K. Artisan Jewellery: Capsule Mint Collection

Have you ever rummage through your grandma’s jewellery and put on your own mini fashion show? Well, I have. Carrie K. Artisan Jewellery transforms your classic grandma’s jewellery into a whole lot of fun and edginess with its limited edition Capsule Mint Collection. The formula? The Capsule Mint Collection features earrings, lariats, necklaces and bracelets made from a combination of “precious baroque pearls, semi-precious stones, sterling silver charms and sterling silver chains or plated 14K rose gold for added whimsical preciousness”. You’re like, “Whatttt”… well, what if I told you there are skulls and flying pigs? Now, I’ve got your attention. Selected pieces from this collection will be available in November when Carrie K. launches at TANGS Orchard, Singapore.

Carrie K. Artisan Jewellery: Mint Collection

It’s time to rock ‘n’ roll, grandma! This lariat can be worn in many ways.

Carrie K. Artisan Jewellery: Mint Collection

Founder and designer, Carolyn Kan said, “Real life is terribly serious, and play is a necessity to life. This collection is my way of poking fun at life & society’s expectations.” We absolutely agree.

Carrie K. Artisan Jewellery: Mint Collection

Who would have expected a flying pig – together with pearls?

Carrie K. Artisan Jewellery: Mint Collection

Made from 14k rose gold, this necklace is the perfect heirloom piece – in my opinion.

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Maria Francesca Pepe Fall/Winter 2012/13: “Can’t Buy Me Love”

‘I’ll buy you a diamond ring my friend
If it makes you feel all right
I’ll get you anything my friend
If it makes you feel all right
Cause I don’t care too much for money
For money can’t buy me love’

The Beatles

It’s easy to fall in love with Maria Francesca Pepe jewellery wear at this year’s Blueprint Emporium. Her London avant-garde, rock ‘n’ roll designs hit the right notes with the fashion insiders. Made entirely by boutique-size factories of Italian artisans, it is no wonder Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Sienna Miller and other “IT” girls want a piece of MFP. Maria Francesca Pepe Fall/Winter 2012/13 takes inspiration from The Beatles song, “Can’t Buy Me Love” and explore floral romanticism and feminine glamour in her cult designs. It is refreshing to see tough geometric shapes meet delicate rose-gold chains and Swarovski crystals. This season, MFP introduces its newest symbolic hybrid signs: the ‘heart-cross’ that will take your breath away. See my Facebook Page for the entire look book from the “Can’t Buy Me Love” collection (because everything is just lust-worthy):

Maria Francesca Pepe Fall/Winter 2012/13: "Can't Buy Mçe Love"

Where to shop for MFP? Well, you can shop at these online shops: mariafrancescapepe.com, my-wardrobe.com, Amelie Boutique.

Maria Francesca Pepe Fall/Winter 2012/13: "Can't Buy Me Love"

I am a big fan of the body jewellery.

Maria Francesca Pepe Fall/Winter 2012/13: "Can't Buy Me Love"

RINGS. RINGS. RINGS. Just can’t get enough!

Maria Francesca Pepe Fall/Winter 2012/13: "Can't Buy Me Love"

It’s all about the “heart-cross” this season.

images: Maria Francesca Pepe