Gucci’s Made To Measure EDT for that Dream Date

Gucci Made To Measure

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When I took the bottle of Gucci Made To Measure EDT out of the box, what captivated me first of all was the interesting cap and how heavy the bottle is – it would make a good paperweight one day!

Even before finding out if the scent was pleasing, the fiance asked if he could have the bottle as he is a fan of the brand. So… no giveaway this time! :D

My thoughts about the scent: It’s for the more distinguished gentlemen, so if you are below the age of 30, it’s probably not that suitable. It belongs to the man who has earned his place in society and is unafraid to flaunt it. [Wow. I should go write those cryptic descriptions for perfumes! Ha!] I’m not sure if this scent will be a hit with the ladies, so, guys, it’s best if you ask your girlfriend or wife for her opinion about the scent before you make that purchase. [Prices below]

Gucci Made To Measure

Pricing: EDT 30ml (S$88), 50ml (S$112), 90ml (S$146), Aftershave lotion (S$103), Shampoo (S$50), Deodorant (S$45)

Together with the bottle for review, I was also asked what I thought would make a “dream date”. It’s definitely important that my date must smell good (or, at the very least, not smell bad). An ex-boyfriend used to douse himself in cologne before stepping out of the house, and anyone within a 5m radius would end up choking. So, guys, moderation is key.

Also, let’s not forget about basic grooming and hygiene, clean shoes, and clean clothes. There. It’s not that difficult. At least guys have no need for makeup or elaborate hairdos. :D

Review: A Luxurious Hair Spa Session at J’s Salon

{ Giveaway worth S$400 at the end of this blogpost! }J's Salon Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

Last month, I had the pleasure of experiencing a luxurious hair spa at J’s Salon, on the 3rd level of Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. I entered the salon with hair damaged by multiple rounds of bleaching and dyeing, and left with healthier, smoother and more manageable tresses! I even got temporary curls after the blowdry at the end. :D

J's Salon Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

It’s like I’ve experienced a small portion of the tai-tai lifestyle before actually becoming one!

I invited my blogger pal, Clarence, to join me for the hair spa, and we were pampered thoroughly, from the unlimited rounds of refreshments to the cushy recliner seats. We even had our feet wrapped up in warm towels for a quick massage!

J's Salon Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

J's Salon Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

Just to ease us into things, we also received a warm shoulder massage and there was an element of aromatherapy as well. All just to create a sense of deep relaxation.

It was all so comfortable that Clarence fell asleep!

J's Salon Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

What took place during those 2 hours or so: Hair brushed -> Scalp massaged -> Dead cells softened with spray and removed during a later wash -> Shampoo to prevent hair loss -> Warm rinse -> Hair growth treatment -> ‘Steam’ (which was actually cold) to seal cuticles -> Mask for anti frizz and smoothening -> Massage!

At every stage of the hair spa, we enjoyed lovely views of the Singapore River. Can you imagine getting your hair washed here:

J's Salon Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

And the final result? I was so tickled by my tai-tai hairdo! And there’s Ms June Ng, director of J’s Salon, the real tai-tai, right behind me. :D

J's Salon Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

{ GIVEAWAY }

Would you like to enjoy the hair services at J’s Salon? Fancy a hair spa just like the one I went for? Or perhaps, a Lancome facial treatment or body treatment would be more suitable? Well, you’re in luck!

I have 2 x S$200 vouchers from J’s Salon for this giveaway, so I’ll pick two lucky winners!

How To Win:

1) ‘Share’ my giveaway post on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thegracetan

2) ‘Like’ J’s Salon facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jssalonsg

3) Comment on this blogpost and tell me why you deserve to win a S$200 voucher.

*This giveaway is only for residents of Singapore. J’s Salon reserves the right to make any changes to this promotion / giveaway.

*Make sure you have ‘liked’ my facebook page as winners will be announced there, so make sure you get the notification. :)

UPDATE!

Congratulations, Jaime Chan and Vanessa Koh! :D

To claim your prize, email gracewwg [at] gmail [dot] com with your mailing address to claim your prize, before 5th April 2014, 23:59hrs! :)

See You At Mega Flea Market 10! :D

I’ve blogged about the previous Mega Flea and now it’s back again! Woohoo! :)

Mega Flea Market 10

Dates: 8 and 9 March 2014 (Sat and Sun)
Time: 11am to 10pm
Venue: Suntec Convention Hall 401 & 402
Admission: FREE

I’ll be visiting the Mega Flea on 8th March as I like to get first dibs on all the good deals! :D You?

There will be about 200 flea stalls covering fashion, pet supplies, merchandise for children and even household products! The Mega Flea usually attracts about 30,000 eager shoppers so I’m gonna head there early – in fact, the hour it opens for business! #TypicalKiasuSingaporean

The Mega Flea 10 is even better than the previous one, with prizes to reward shoppers! For every $200 spent, you can spin the wheel at the Info Counter and win these prizes:

Mega Flea Market 10

And for every $100 spent, you can take part in the lucky draw to win these prizes:

First prize: $888 cash
Second prize: 1 Terabyte harddisk
Third prize: Headphone

What can I say? The Mega Flea Market is back, and even BETTER than the last one!

My plan: Rest this weekend, SHOP next weekend! :D

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Here are some tips for navigating the mega flea market, based on my previous experience:

1) Head there early if you want to avoid the crowd.

2) Go around at least once to compare prices before buying as some stalls may be selling similar items.

3) Most people head into the convention hall and tend to walk down the aisles on the right first – it’s a common shopping phenomenon, perhaps because there are more people who are right-handed? So you can head to the left side first, where you’ll encounter fewer shoppers.

4) There are usually food stalls at the back of the hall so you may want to head there for lunch. Just note that shopping when you are hungry may, in fact, cause you to buy more things than when you are full. Heh! Then you may qualify for the lucky draw! :D

5) Bring a friend! The sheer SIZE of this flea market will be quite daunting. Bring a trusted friend for a second opinion on whether you should be buying that fifth pair of shoes or more trays of those yummy brownies.

Happy Shopping, folks! :D

Mega Flea Market

[The Mega Flea Market is organized by T.Cartel and you can find updates about the Mega Flea HERE]

ZALORA’s Birthday Pop-Up Store – Media Preview

[Post updated]Zalora Birthday Pop-up

I was invited to today’s media preview and treated to cupcakes, wines and organic juices. Only took the latter as I didn’t want my hard work in the gym to go to waste. :D

Because of the 25% discount offered exclusively to media partners, I could not help but pick out an item in bright pink:

Zalora River Island purse

The original price for this purse is S$14.90 (with free delivery!) and I paid just over S$11. Not sure if that’s cheap or not, but I really like the color!

Can’t wait for it to arrive. Supposed to reach me in 1-3 working days!

Want to shop? Head over to the pop-up store this weekend! It’s near the Tiong Bahru Market! ;)

~ Update ~

Zalora Singapore

I’d placed my order just before 5pm yesterday, and today, at 2pm, my order was delivered by SingPost to my doorstep! Delivery in under 24 hours! Wow! I am very impressed.

Well done, Zalora!

Shopping Online? Don’t Pay Full Price; Use A Coupon!

Online shopping is attractive not only because of the convenience and time savings, it can also be less damaging to the pocket if you know how to get the best discounts! :)

In Singapore, internet purchasing is a norm. My sister does most of her shopping online and the postman and Ta-Q-Bin delivery guy come by ever so often. I do a lot of shopping overseas, and I also get sponsored stuff so unless brick-and-mortar stores are offering steep discounts, you’ll hardly find me splurging. When I shop online, I also scout around for “additional discounts”, on top of what online stores are already advertising on their webpages. *wink*

The best way to cut spending costs (online) is to find coupons, vouchers or discount promotion codes that will give you an even greater discount when purchasing online. Sometimes it’s not the most convenient to search for these deals online, so that is why I turn to coupon sites like iPrice Coupons Singapore. Customers are able to pop by and browse through the store section or individually check out what’s on offer. You can also find out which are the most popular coupons that are being viewed or used with the help of iPrice.

Many established online retailers such as Zalora, Valuebasket and Foxysales have coupons listed in iPrice. If you happen to be a big fan of Zalora then this coupon webpage will help you to save time and money when trying to get the best deal.

With coupon webpages, you’ll save money without extra effort or energy and still be up-to-date with the latest styles & trends around. Happy shopping! :D

Drizzle’s Genuine Korean Fashion Accessories – My Top 3 Picks

Drizzle HeaderDrizzle Rocher[It's not chocolate. It's a Rocher Ring!]

I got to know about Drizzle when I visited the Mega Flea last year. Drizzle has both an online presence and also display space at places like Peekabox (Bugis+ Level 5) and Toy Outpost (Bugis Junction Level 3).

My top 3 picks from their online store (www.drizzle.com.sg) are the Sweet Rocher Ring (pictured above) and retailing at S$22.90, the Oblivion Cubic Bracelet (S$36.90) and the Steadfast Love Bangle (S$28.90).

Drizzle

The bangle and bracelet are a little big – the bangle even fit my fiance’s wrist! :D The ring was a great fit though. I like that all 3 items came securely bubble-wrapped and there were ziplock bags for EACH item (so ideal for storage!). Also, there was a little additional gift – a set of temporary tattoos, also made in Korea. :) A lovely surprise!

The Oblivion Cubic Bracelet would look stunning paired with an evening dress for a date night or wedding dinner, because of how it sparkles. The Steadfast Love Bangle is sweet yet it can be paired with casual street wear to show character.

I like shopping with the assurance that all accessories are from Korea without any coming from other countries (*ahem* China). They are all handpicked by the folks from Drizzle and are available only in small batches, so it’s unlikely that you’ll spot someone else with the exact same item. It is no surprise that Drizzle appeals to many young working adults who seek quality and original products.

When selecting accessories, I choose those which inspire creativity, such as with the Rocher Ring, which does not have any particular shape – it’s just so unique. Also, I look out for those who bring out the feminine side in me, like with the Oblivion Cubic Bracelet (so princess-y!) because I naturally tend to gravitate towards chunkier accessories like the bangle. :D What’s your ‘style’ when accessorizing?

Need new accessories for your Valentines’ Day date? :)

Drizzle

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Shop at Drizzle:

*Enter coupon code ‘GraceOnly‘ during checkout, with a minimum purchase of S$30, and get 10% off your total bill! (Promotion ends 30th June 2014).

www.drizzle.com.sg

https://www.facebook.com/drizzle.sg

Moustache Clutch Giveaway & Everything Vintage at My Jotter Book

[Giveaway at the end of this blogpost: WIN a limited edition Moustache Clutch/Sling Bag from My Jotter Book. Available in two colors: Red and Gold]

*Update* The giveaway has been concluded. Congratulations: Stacey Chua & Debbie Cheng! You’ll receive an email from me very soon! :D

I visited My Jotter Book last month and found myself in some of their vintage dresses!

My Jotter Book vintage dresses

I don’t know about you, but wearing clothes that someone else has worn before is pretty unusual to me. It gets me wondering about the owner of the dress, what occasions she wore the dress on, and… why does the dress fit me so well?! Hmm…

If you are a fan of vintage dresses, then My Jotter Book is the place for you! I, on the other hand, had my eyes set on their book clutches.

My Pick: A really lovely Alice in Wonderland book clutch!

My Jotter Book book clutch

I also chose a pink cat clutch/sling bag. If you’ve read my blogposts about the cat cafe in Singapore, you’ll know my sis is a cat lover. I thought the bag would amuse her! :D

My Jotter Book cat bag

Besides clothing and bags, My Jotter Book also stocks accessories like sunglasses, necklaces, belts, hats, and fascinators! :D Pop by if you are in the Tiong Bahru area and meet the very friendly lady boss, Lishan!

{ Singapore-only Giveaway }

WIN a limited edition Moustache Clutch from My Jotter Book! Available in two colors: Red and Gold! :D This giveaway is only for residents of Singapore. Winners have to collect their prizes directly from My Jotter Book.

My Jotter Book moustache clutch giveaway

The giveaway has ended. Thank you for participating! :D

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My Jotter Book

37 Jalan Rumah Tinggi #01-403 [Contact: 98265008]

*Taking public transport? Alight at Tiong Bahru MRT, head to the bus stop opposite Tiong Bahru Plaza and board bus 63. Alight at the terminal; straight ahead is Blk 37 :)

http://www.myjotterbook.com.sg/

https://www.facebook.com/MyJotterBook

Where To Find French Food & Shops in Singapore: ‘So Chic’ Guide

I received a copy of the So Chic guide from the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and I found it very useful.

So Chic guide to French Shopping and Dining in Singapore

It offers information on:

  1. Luxury brands like Chanel, Cartier, Dior, Louis Vuitton, etc
  2. Beauty brands like Biotherm, Clarins, Lancome, L’OCCITANE, etc. And did you know Make Up For Ever Academy is from Paris? Sephora, too, was founded in France in 1969!
  3. Fashion retailers like Morgan and promod, and some lesser-known brands.
  4. Food! Everything from restaurants to bars and bakeries. It also reminds me that I have to try Ladurée’s macarons! :D Ladurée Boutique is at #02-09 of Takashimaya Shopping Centre, while the Counter is at #01-24A.

What I do love most about the guide has to be the pages of trivia within, such as:

  1. Wigs were introduced in the 17th century, when King Louis XIII of France, who had let his own hair grow long, began to bald prematurely at the age of 23!
  2. The two-piece swimsuit, or “bikini”, was invented in 1946 by two French designers, Jacques Heim and Louis Reard. It was first sold in a beach shop in Cannes!
  3. A French woman, Herminie Cadolle, invented the modern bra. In the late 19th century, women would come to her lingerie store to be measured and would then have pieces custom-made. Little did she know that her bras would be adopted as and remain a standard piece of women’s undergarments.
  4. To cheer by banging glasses is a custom born in the Middle Ages, a time when death by poisoning happened frequently. When drinking, Lords would make sure that a little content of their glass spilt in others’ glasses to show that the drinks were not poisoned.

:D

Where to get a FREE copy of the So Chic guide:

  1. French Chamber of Commerce in SG at 541 Orchard Road, #09-01 Liat Towers (69331350)
  2. Some retail outlets listed in the guide
  3. Digital download from http://www.sochic.sg / http://www.fccsingapore.com

Linen & More at Great World City, Plus A Giveaway!

Great World City has many little stores that often go unnoticed unless you are specifically looking for them. One such hidden gem is ‘Linen & More’ run by the lady boss, Manisha. At her shop, I noticed that she had a steady stream of regular customers who popped by to get more of the quality linen products she sells.

Linen & More

From bed linen to table runners to cushion covers, the range and quality is amazing.

I couldn’t help but pick out a blue dress which I wore for MILO Champions League filming. Kinda fell in love with it when I tried it on in the fitting room:

Linen & More

Also, there was one particular cushion cover which caught my eye:

Linen & More cushion cover

This HAS to be the prettiest cushion cover I have ever set my eyes on. And here’s the best part: I asked Manisha if she would be willing to sponsor a cushion cover (this same design I have) for a giveaway on this blog! And she said YES! :D

The things I do for my readers :D

Linen & More

How To Win:

1) Ensure you have ‘liked’ my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thegracetan

2) ‘Like’ Linen & More’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Linen-More/158673154150367

3) Leave a comment on this blogpost, even if it’s just to say “Happy New Year”. I’ll pick the most interesting comment. :D

*This giveaway has closed. The winner is Vincent Lee Wee Ping! Congratulations! Look out for the email coming your way soon! :)

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For more information about Linen & More:

http://www.linennmore.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Linen-More/158673154150367

Visit Linen & More at Great World City, B2-05! :) Say you have read this post and you can get 10% off storewide. T&Cs apply so check in-store.

Happy Shopping & Have A Happy New Year!

Sunday Siesta 4: Hello Kitty Meet-And-Greet At WestGate

[The Sunday Siesta series: You'll find no advertorials and no sponsored posts. Just recommendations of stuff I really like, in no more than 3 paragraphs! Every Sunday! :) ]

Two weeks ago, I decided to go on a journey to the West (of SG) to catch Hello Kitty in a rare Meet-And-Greet session organized by Isetan, Westgate. I don’t usually travel all the way to Jurong East, but for Kitty, I did:

Hello Kitty Meet And Greet

I was the only lone adult in a queue dominated by screaming kids and their parents! Imagine that! I bought a Hello Kitty tote bag in order to secure a photo pass, and was later rather peeved that they were giving out FREE passes as the response wasn’t as overwhelming as they had expected. (@_@)

But the rest of Westgate mall was pretty impressive. Reindeer ornaments outside the mall, a roaming Santa Claus within Isetan, a soon-to-be-opened Wonderland for kids, free popcorn and candyfloss, and a BORDERS bookstore! I managed to attend the BORDERS book talk by Suchen Christine Lim, regarding the exact same book in the first of this Sunday Siesta series! What are the odds?! A huge pity that there is this gigantic TV screen next to the author’s table. The award-winning author had to wrestle with the TV for the audience’s attention! And oh… Kym Ng was in Isetan too! :D

Westgate Jurong East

BORDERS Westgate Jurong East

Kym Ng Westgate Jurong East

Kym Ng Westgate Jurong East

Going Shopping? Have a Happy Sunday! :D