Dress Your Kid In Fashionable Outfits From 隋棠 Sonia Sui’s Label

sui tang tang label

I’ve only just found out that Taiwanese actress / model / host Sonia Sui (隋棠) has a fashion label that not only has clothing for women but also for kids! 😀 Gosh! The label’s called Sui Tang Tang. And yes, I’m already eyeing a few pieces for myself; now all I need to do is lose a bit of weight to look as good as she does in those outfits. Muahaha! *I guess we should all be familiar with Sonia Sui, right? She got really famous after the drama series ‘The Fierce Wife’ 犀利人妻. Who knew that models could also act so well?!

The Fierce Wife

At 1.73m tall, Sonia obviously looks good in most outfits, but what I really love is her sense of style. And now we can literally shop her style over at suitangtang.com.

If you’d like direct links to the outfits shown in the first image above, click on the links below:

https://www.suitangtang.com/Product/537?c=54&m=140

https://www.suitangtang.com/Product/558?c=57&m=140

https://www.suitangtang.com/Product/544?c=15&m=140

And here are some of the ladies-only outfits which have caught my eye:

sui tang tang clothing

$39.60 https://www.suitangtang.com/Product/784?c=51&m=91

sui tang tang clothes

$39.60 https://www.suitangtang.com/Product/818?c=60&m=91

I love the pastel shades, how easy it is to mix-n-match the pieces, and the price points, really! Sure, you have to pay a bit for shipping (I think it’s about $10 for 3 pieces or so). But overall, it’s still really affordable.

Head over to https://www.suitangtang.com/ now! 🙂

The Blavk @ Waterway Point: Stylish Apparel For Men And Boys

father and son matching outfits

I didn’t even know this store had opened in Waterway Point till I read about it in a press release regarding Frasers’ malls! And I am so familiar with Waterway Point that I even give people directions when I see them looking lost and helplessly swiping the mall’s e-directory screens. 😀 So it was only natural that I had to go check out this place with my pal, Bosco, who found 2 new tshirts that would totally complement his line of work as a professional photographer.

Why is the store called The Blavk? (How do you even pronounce the name?) And what sort of marketing did they even do? How come I didn’t know about the store? Stores like Toys’r’us and Guschlbauer made sure they drummed up interest and gathered long queues of shoppers when they opened for business. 😉

It’s important to make people notice your store when you open, especially when it’s not during the mall’s official opening but some years after. People are already used to going to selected stores when they visit. For me, it’s FairPrice Finest, Umisushi, Subway, Daiso, ValuDollar, KOI, Times and occasionally, the foodcourt. I’m probably not going to notice if a new store opens somewhere else within the mall if they don’t make some noise, really.

Anyway, The Blavk is located at the West Wing, #02-33, just opposite Genki Sushi. And it’s open from 10am to 10pm.

The blavk waterway point

unique tshirts singapore

Yup, he picked this top he’s wearing.

singapore father and son matching shirts

Matching father-and-son outfits.

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the blavk waterway point review

The boss, Vincent, helping to fold the sleeves of this tshirt. I got one too! I refuse to believe it’s only for guys. Ha!

You’ve probably already guessed that ‘Blavk’ likely came from the word ‘black’. And it’s because the founder combined his favorite color with the ‘V’ to represent his name, Vincent. It’s pronounced just like the color ‘black’. Unusual name, unconventional designs. Sums up the shop perfectly.

the blavk designs

Every tshirt has its own unique element. Here, this black tee’s made up of 3 different materials. Make a guess as to what they are! 😉

Blavk offers non-printed designs for tees made from bamboo cotton. It appears that bamboo wicks away moisture from the skin faster than cotton, so it’s perfect as Singapore’s often hot and humid. Ladies, just go ahead and get some tees here. Who cares if they were designed for men? I don’t. And the boss tells me he’s stocking more tees for ladies ‘cos they insist on shopping here and buying stuff for themselves! 😀

I do think The Blavk would fill a sizeable gap in the market for father-and-son matching outfits (the owner has a 6-yr-old son, if you were wondering). Now dads can go ‘twinning’ with their sons; it’s no longer a privilege just for mommies and daughters.

the blavk store

I noticed that kids like coming into the store too. Usually drawn by that colorful play area for kids.

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You can check out their online store at http://www.theblavk.com if you’re not sure you want to go all the way to Waterway Point. If there’s something that catches your eye, and you want to have a feel of the material and try on the shirts, then you should definitely drop by.

Their collared shirts are priced at $47.90 and $49.90.

the blavk collared shirts

I think I’m more a fan of their tshirts, which have very quirky designs I like:

the blavk tshirts

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https://www.theblavk.com/

Each design is available in a very small quantity so hurry and get your favorite Blavk tee now. 🙂

Nordgreen: Scandinavian Design Watches By Previous B&O Designer

Nordgreen watches singapore

Thanks to Nordgreen, I got to test and review one of their highly popular watches. If you haven’t heard about them yet, their January 2018 Kickstarter project was fully funded in 2 hours, and almost fifteen times oversubscribed, netting them about S$320,000 in sales when the campaign ended. I’ve found the watch to be incredibly lightweight and beautifully crafted. What impressed me most are the quick release straps – I’d no longer need anyone’s help in order to change my watch straps! 🙂

Nordgreen how to change watch straps

I can easily switch between the leather strap and the mesh strap to suit different outfits and looks:

nordgreen quick release straps

For me, the ability to change my watch straps to suit my outfits and moods is the main draw of these Nordgreen watches. For a lot of other consumers, it’s the fact that the watches are designed by Jakob Wagner, who has worked for brands like Bang & Olufsen, Alessi and Hay. Also, for every watch you purchase, you will get the chance to “give to one of three charitable causes – environment (preserve 200 sqf of rain forest in Latin America), health (two months of clean water to one person in The Central African Republic) and education (two months of education to a child in India)”.

Jakob Wagner nordgreen watches

If it’s time for you to get a new watch, or if you’d like to get one as a Mother’s Day gift for the most important woman in your life, pop by the Nordgreen website. (Link and discount code below)

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Use my affiliate code ‘GRACETAN’ and get 15% when you purchase a Nordgreen watch. 🙂

GIVEAWAY: All The Snacks In My Gaston Luga BackPack

thailand snack giveaway

I had a vacation in Thailand recently and my goodness, they have really delicious snacks there (have you tried the 2-in-1 Lay’s snacks?!) I brought lots of Thai snacks back with me to Singapore and am conducting a giveaway over on my Facebook page. *I’m giving away the Hello Kitty ones too!* So if you’d like to win an entire box / bag of goodies, make sure you take part in the giveaway before it ends on the 15th! 🙂

Check out my YouTube video featuring the snacks in the giveaway + my new Gaston Luga backpack:

This Pråper White backpack from the Swedish brand is really gorgeous. If you’ve watched the video above, you’ll know it comes with a slot at the back for small items like your passport (when traveling), ezlink card, keys, etc.

Perfect bag for my Hello Kitty x Laura Ashley accessory too:

Gaston Luga Backpack

*Gaston Luga has a new seasonal campaign happening right now: you get a free leather address tag with every backpack purchase, whilst stocks last. Check the availability of the tags before you pay! 🙂

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The main drawback of getting this backpack is the color, really. White stuff gets stained so, so easily! When I was getting my hair treatment done at Jonsson Protein previously, the consultant held up one of the bag straps and said “What material is this? Canvas ah? Aiyoh will get dirty easily!” while feeling the material between her fingers. I almost had a heart attack. Since you can tell just by looking at the bag that it gets dirty easily, why are you touching it, lady?! 

*ahem*

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This is my first ride on a mobike! We were too lazy to walk to the Christmas Wonderland media preview that day, so we cycled to the venue within Gardens by the Bay:

Gaston Luga Review

[ Image courtesy of Bosco / Hearted Moments Photography ]

I’ve got some serious calf muscles! Quite scary, actually! 😀

Gaston Luga Singapore

Image courtesy of Bosco / Hearted Moments Photography

I love how everything fits into that one backpack: umbrella, water bottle, camera, snacks, and other barang. I didn’t even have to place anything in the basket at the front of the bike. Which was a good thing, as those rental bikes seem so flimsy. Now I know why people on these bikes wobble so much. LOL. Anyway, it was a free ride, so I’m really not complaining, ok.

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If you’re getting a bag from Gaston Luga, here’s my 15% off code: workingwithgrace15. *Disclaimer: Yes, my bag was sponsored by the brand, but no money was received and all opinions are my own. 🙂 

What Gaston Luga is offering you, my reader, is free shipping + 20% off as tax rebate (from non-EU country) + 15% off with my code (workingwithgrace15) on the remaining price after the tax rebate.

From now till 12th Nov 2017, every product will be going at 25% off (no code needed) in their online store (+ 20% tax rebate for purchases from a non-EU country). There’s no better time to make your purchase! 🙂

Addicts Anonymous: My New Favorite Shoe Brand For Sneakers!

Addicts Anonymous

Aren’t these pompom sneakers the cutest? 😀 They are from the brand Addicts Anonymous which offers affordable shoe designs. The parent company, Enviably Me, also manages the brands Melissa (the original jelly shoe from Brazil) and Emu Australia (a premium Australian footwear brand). You can get Addicts Anonymous footwear (not just sneakers) online on Zalora, for instance.

These pompom sneakers are now selling on Zalora for just $29.90 (pink) and $26.90 (grey). And in case you were wondering, the pompoms are removable! I like the pink ones more, obviously. And for the added metallic detailing at the front and back!

Addicts Anonymous shoes singapore

This color combination reminds me of the Karl Lagerfeld bag accessory:

addicts anonymous shoes review

I’ve returned this next pair as I felt it looked better in the picture online. I think it’s modeled after Adidas’ designs but I don’t think the beige looks very good.

addicts anonymous shoes review singapore

There are some hits and misses but when you find a pair you really like, that’s priced really affordably, it’s awesome! 😀 This pair is in a sweet rose pink, and is for keeps!

addicts anonymous shoe brand

*Update: This particular pair needs some breaking-in. My first time wearing it out, I got such bad cuts at the back of my ankles. It felt like paper cuts with each step I took.

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“Enviably Me was set up in 2009 by Terence Yow in pursuit of his vision to creating a business that is not only commercially viable but also one that makes a positive impact and real difference to the social and physical communities it operates in.

Enviably Me’s first retail outlet, echo, opened in 2009 at Wheelock Place was a multi-brand retail concept that offered eco-friendly lifestyle products such as Harveys seatbelt bags, and Melissa eco-plastic shoes to consumers. In 2012, echo made way for MDREAMS, Singapore’s first Melissa flagship store.

In 2017, Enviably Me introduced 2 more new brands – Emu Australia and Addicts Anonymous, a new milestone for the company, and the beginning of new adventures as the company sets its eyes on the global stage.

The team also volunteers at Child at Street 11, a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping low income and dysfunctional families provide quality early years education for their children.”

L’zzie Singapore’s Hello Kitty Outfits Are Gorgeous

l'zzie review

Compilation of pictures from lzzie.com

At first glance, you might think the outfits are just the latest trendy designs originating from, perhaps, Japan. But take a closer look and you’ll spot the hello kitty motif. Many Hello Kitty outfits from other brands tend to have the Hello Kitty design (character head, bow, etc) printed really huge, especially on top, but L’zzie’s is subtle and chic. You might even be able to wear some of their outfits to the office without anyone really noticing that it has Hello Kitty print as it’s done most tastefully.

Head over to this link to view the entire Kitty collection: https://www.lzzie.com/collection/hello-kitty

There are 3 main reasons why I like this particular collection from L’zzie:

  1. The material is really good. Don’t believe me – go to one of their 3 stores (in Bugis, Wisma and Clarke Quay) to have a look and feel.
  2. Some of the outfits come in kid sizes too. So mothers can indulge in some happy “twinning” with their daughters. Brilliant!
  3. Some of their designs cater to ‘normal’ women, instead of being made for Size 0 models or those young xiao mei mei bloggers. So, you have peplum tops for those who want to conceal belly fat and loose fit dresses which do not draw attention to places you’re insecure about.

I went by L’zzie’s store at Bugis Junction last week and bought one of their peplum tops with a mandarin collar:

L'zzie Hello Kitty top

Pic from lzzie.com

Isn’t it plain gorgeous? I like the collar detail, the peplum waistline and the baby blue with hello kitty detail. 😀

Also, I tried on this particular dress, without the belt:

Hello Kitty l'zzie

It’s one of their bestsellers, according to the sales assistant. And it’s not figure-hugging so even if you’re slightly plump, this dress will skirt around all the curves and help flaunt only your sexy legs! 😀

Here’s the peplum top I bought for $53. Paid only $3 as I’d used a $50 voucher I won in a contest previously. 😀

L'zzie Hello Kitty Polka Dot Cheongsam Top

What a welcome addition to my wardrobe! 😀

L'zzie review

*There was a $5 discount code printed on my receipt and it’s for online purchases. Feel free to use it: LZONLINE5 from now till 30 June 2017. *Not valid for Sales, Accessories and Basics.

MIZZUE: It’s Bags Galore Here! :D

Mizzue Singapore

I like Mizzue for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they make bags in gorgeous shades of pink (apart from other colors, of course). Secondly, they have a section for “Second Chance items” – you can purchase items which have slight defects or blemishes at up to 50% off. This means they do stringent QC checks, and they are also considerate towards the environment in not letting those (slightly) damaged goods go to waste. Above all, they have regular “Buy 1 Free 1” promotions so follow them on social media – I’ve just noticed another such promo posted on their Facebook page. 😀

Mizzue Buy 1 Free 1

In the very first image you see above, I’ve handpicked 6 of the bags I would love to own, assuming they don’t ever get dirty. 😀 I love the color pink, but I’m perfectly aware of how things in that shade of baby pink get stained easily. So, when it comes to bags or clothes, I tend to stick with boring black. Haha! (*But if the lovely pink items are going at 1-for-1, I’ll certainly be tempted to bring them home!)

Here’s my Livia Harless backpack from Mizzue. It comes in 6 gorgeous colors (go have a look) and it can be yours for less than $80.

Mizzue Livia Harless backpack

I like it as it’s similar to the very popular Anello backpacks which are all the rage (even) now. You can carry the bag as a backpack, or leave it draped on your elbow, or hold it like a handbag.

Mizzue Singapore review

Mizzue Black Backpack

Come to think of it, I believe this bag needs something else to jazz it up (a little decorative accessory?) and I just might find it over at Mizzue Singapore. 😉

Unique Gifts For Men: Watch Movement Cufflinks (Giveaway + Promo Code)

The Little Link Discount Code

My other half owns 7 pairs of cufflinks: 1 for each day of the week, I guess. Out of those 7 pairs, 2 are watch movement cufflinks. These days, you can get cufflinks customised with the pictures of your family members, engraved with your name on them, or even get a pair featuring your favorite movie character, e.g. Iron Man. But if you want something out-of-the-norm or cufflinks that are bound to impress (those who don’t have them 😛), then watch movement cufflinks are the ones to go for. 🙂 Read on for details of my giveaway of a very cool pair of watch movement cufflinks from The Little Link, and why I picked this particular pair of cufflinks out of all those featured on the website.

The Little Link Customised Cufflinks

Photo Cufflinks $59.90, Engravable Cufflinks $49.90, Iron Man Cufflinks $19.90

This particular pair, the ‘Watch Movement Adam’ ($89.90) comes with tarnish-free rhodium plating and beautifully exposed mechanical detailing. Just wind it up and watch the dials spin. And that lovely gold color is deliciously eye-catching. If your husband or brother is very ‘hiao‘ (vain) or if your dad’s favorite color is gold, why then, this would be the perfect pair of cufflinks for him! 🙂

Watch Movement Cufflinks

‘Watch Movement Adam’

On top of the pretty aesthetics, there’s also that octagonal design, which you’ll also find on Singapore’s one-dollar coins. 🙂 The Chinese believe that it brings good luck. Gorgeous design + good luck. Don’t you wish you own a pair of these cufflinks? Make sure you take part in my giveaway happening over at my Facebook page then.

The Little Link Singapore

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Promo Code for 10% off your shopping cart at The Little Link: GRACE10

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Besides cufflinks, you’ll also find ties, leather goods, etc on The Little Link. I got a LINE FRIENDS x Moleskine notebook to add to my collection. 😀 It comes with limited edition stickers and a ballpen too! I find Cony ridiculously cute, hence the ‘photobombing’ in this picture:

Line Friends Moleskine Notebook

Since Father’s Day is just around the corner (next month, in fact), go ahead and get a gift for him. If cufflinks and notebooks aren’t his thing, you’ll also find everything else from socks to pens and shirts on the site too! Plus, get 10% off your first purchase at The Little Link by using this code ‘GRACE10‘ 🙂 Happy shopping, y’all!

5 Coolest Gadgets From Lazada Singapore

Facial Fitness Pao

I got to check out some really cool gadgets at Lazada Singapore’s recent Blogger Bazaar. In number 1 position has to be the Facial Fitness Pao, as endorsed by Cristiano Ronaldo, who has really nice teeth, by the way. XD This gadget is by far the funniest thing I’ve ever seen people use to shape up, in this case their facial contours. You ‘grip’ the mouthpiece using your lips and move your head up and down while the wings at the side flap up and down with a selection of weights. Just 30 seconds a day will give you a nice V-shaped face within a couple of months. I have never tried using this and I don’t think I will too, ‘cos I might just die laughing. But you should give it a go if you’re aiming for a V-shaped face!

Number 2 has to be the Ninebot-P which costs S$1290 on Lazada. It can go pretty fast – up to 18km/hour. You have to charge it for 4 hours and it can then last for about 35km. Get it in black or silver. I tried this at the blogger event and I must say it’s pretty easy to operate – just lean forward a little bit and it’ll advance, and lean back to have it stop. Give it a nudge with your knee to make it go left or right. The scary bit is stepping onto it and when getting off. I’ll be happy to review it if it’s sponsored (*hint hint). It’ll do nothing for helping me clock 10,000 steps a day with my HPB Steps Tracker though.

Ninebot

Number 3 is the BB-8 Droid Toy! It’s pretty irresistible, no? Judging from the pretty big box, I’d thought the toy within would be quite big too, but unfortunately, it’s just slightly bigger than a tennis ball. BB-8 recognizes and reacts to your voice, and you can record, send and view virtual holographic videos with your BB-8. And that’s not all! It has a 30m range, and you control it using your smartphone. 🙂 Every self-respecting Star Wars fan needs one. Hahaha!

Star Wars BB-8 Droid Toy

In 4th position is the Huawei Band – I’ve yet to try it, so watch out for the review in a bit. It comes in 3 colors but black is really the most ‘practical’ color for a fitness tracker, I guess. I’m just starting to get a little sick of black fitness bands, so, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the next one I get will be in a different color. 😀 I think hot pink is cool, all you fitness tracker manufacturers out there!

Huawei Band Fitness Tracker

Last but definitely not least is the Omron Cushion Massager that massages your shoulders/ back / legs while you work. I WANT ONE!!! I was told it’ll go for just S$30+ during Lazada’s upcoming Mega Sale on 26th Jan. Good buy! Best buy! Must buy! Every full-time blogger needs something like this. And if you are on my subscription list, you’ll know I have been extremely hardworking recently. Yes, just recently. Ahahahaha!

Omron Massager

So there you have it – my 5 recommendations for cool stuff you can buy from Lazada. If you’re itching for some online shopping, why not get something you’ll actually use, or which will impress all guests to your home? 😀

Review: Lazada Singapore’s Blogger Bazaar At Hotel Jen

Lazada SIngapore Giveaway

I’m not the luckiest person when it comes to lucky draws, usually. I tend to look on in envy as other bloggers win prizes from lucky draws at events – boohoo! On Friday, however, I actually won a EuropAce 1.8L Electric Glass Kettle Jug at Lazada Singapore’s Blogger Bazaar! It costs S$79.90 on Lazada Singapore’s shopping platform! Also, we were each given some corporate gifts (as seen in the picture above) and even a Huawei fitness tracker, which is going for S$129 on Lazada! OMG! I already own the Fitbit, and I have the Health Promotion Board’s Steps Tracker, so this Huawei one might be one too many! I will still test it out though. So if you don’t mind a pre-loved tracker, feel free to let me know in the comments section below! 😀

Lazada Group was launched in March 2012, and is now in 6 countries across Southeast Asia. It came to Singapore’s shores in May 2014, after launching in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam. In January 2014, they also launched a cross border sourcing hub in Hong Kong. Interesting fact: Lazada has 2 Technology Hubs – in Vietnam and Russia. With over 2 million products on their website, Lazada aims to take social shopping and mobile shopping by storm. I have personal friends who LOVE shopping on Lazada. Me? I’m still a newbie. 😀

When shopping on Lazada, do note that there are some products with a free returns policy – these are usually fulfilled by Lazada. There are some others which aren’t, so do take note when you are making your purchase. Lazada Group also operates Lazada Express, a provider of logistics services, and HelloPay, an online payment platform that offers consumers a secure way of shopping online.

And here are the Lucky Draw prizes that Lazada Singapore so generously gave out during the Blogger Bazaar. The Grand Prize was even one scooter that costs some S$3,000?!!!

Lazada Singapore Lucky Draw

Congratulations to all winners yesterday! And especially to that blogger who won TWO prizes in the lucky draw. I don’t know how she was permitted to win two prizes while some other bloggers went home empty-handed, but hey, the management’s decision is final, right? 😛 😀 😉

Then there were so many booths to display products available on Lazada (currently, or soon). One thing I noted was the discounts Lazada Singapore offers. I truly fear for brick-and-mortar stores in Singapore. Business will get tougher and tougher, as more consumers shop online instead of visiting physical stores.

Even brands like SK-II are cheaper on Lazada… Staff assured me that the products are 100% authentic:

Lazada Singapore Shopping

There are My Little Pony toys that are yet to be launched… and so much more…

Lazada Singapore Review

I caught the recent Star Wars movie in Vietnan (ticket prices were at S$4 only. LOL) and found myself loving the BB-8 Droid. And there was one at the Lazada Singapore Bazaar!!! Apparently you can control it using your smartphone:

Lazada Singapore Review Star Wars BB 8 Droid

It’s not cheap (DUH) but it’s super cute, lights up, and rolls about just like in the movie! OMG. It’s rather small though. I’ll share more about its features (like the Holographic Communication) in a separate post so stay tuned! 🙂

Lazada Singapore Star Wars BB 8 Droid

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Mark Your Calendars! On 26th January, that’s in 3 days’ time, Lazada Singapore will be hosting a MEGA SALE! There will be discounts of up to 88%, vouchers to be won when you spin the Hong Bao Wheel, Flash Sales and more! 😀 Ready? Steady? CLICK! 😀