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16

January

TWENTY

1101 HRS

Of Happy Occasions

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Sharon and myself had a date at one of our favourite hoods over the weekend and we decided to skip the usual brunches and head for a traditional one instead. Been a while since we did this and always happy to spend time together just like what we did during our Europe travel. They always say you get to know a person much better during travels and we are actually quite thankful to know that we can be pretty good travel buddies. Am already starting to look forward to our next trip together and we are in fact planning for one in the next quarter of the year ;D

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Been spending quite a bit of time working on Klarra's designs for the past few months and was really excited when I received the latest batch of designs last week. One of which was a romper + tulle set which was created after working on the sample for weeks with the team/factory – I honestly am quite happy with the workmanship, quality for this and this is one of my favourite designs in this batch for sure!

Dressing down in the romper for the day and adding on the tulle skirt together with a change of shoes – all ready for a wedding dinner :)

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You can view more about this outfit here ;) Personally like this shade although most of my friends like the bondi blue one instead!

A happy occasion to witness the union of dear Gloria & her partner, Glenn last Saturday. Knew Gloria back during my UBS internship days and we've been keeping in touch over the years and glad to have met them up in London a couple of months back when I was there (Glenn is working as a lawyer in the UK and Gloria is working as a banker there as well). They have been in a long distance relationship for years and really heartwarming to see that they came this far and finally tied the knot that night. Two of the most capable and humble people I've met and very, very happy for them to see them entering on a new phase of life ;)

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Met a bunch of lovely new friends too ;)

Congratulations once again, Glenn and Gloria!

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January

TWENTY

1101 HRS

Merry Christmas’ 14

  
Christmas was spent with my dear university mates once again and this time, my family joined in the fun!

It's always a joy to see how close-knit my parents and these dear friends are and how happy my parents are with the company of them. It all started when the 8 of us (four couples) were supposed to go Batam last year for a weekend trip but I'd something on that particular weekend and instead of forfeiting the tickets, my parents went on my behalf together with 6 of my friends. That was pretty much a first and a surprise for us all. My friends, parents kinda bonded over that trip and ever since, my parents have always been asking about them. I seldom see that big fat grin on my dad's face but with them around, it's very heartwarming to see it appearing all the time. Could see that my family really enjoys spending time with them all and it seems to me that we will be making it a point to spend these occasions together going forward and I couldn't be more glad. Thankful for these friends who adore my parents just the same and I know my parents care for them like their very own children too <3

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Things have certainly changed and Christmas this year was pretty amazing actually. It was a good one gathering with different group of friends and really happy that a bunch of us came back together after so long.. it felt as though we were back to the schooling days and it definitely brought back so many memories.

Feeling a little nostalgic tonight..

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December

TWENTY

0412 HRS

Christmas Eve

Here comes the joyous time of the year and the past weeks have been pretty eventful ;)

Attended a wedding on 23rd December, where I reunited with my University (uni) mates at Traders' hotel to celebrate our fellow uni pal, Kevin and Patricia's wedding. It has been a while since we all got together (last I can remember was the Bali trip we went a year half ago) and we had such a good time catching up, reminiscing good old times and bringing back old silly jokes. So much laughter that night and Congratulations Kev, Pat!

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From left to right: Minyi, Eugene, Sandy, Calvin, Angie and Nicholas.

Wish I'd managed to capture a group shot with the bride and groom but unfortunately, I didn't boo. Nonetheless, here're a couple of shots taken with the rest of the uni mates ;)

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Christmas Eve was simple but really nice ;)

I went for a gathering at my friend, Ryan's place and his family is probably one of the most talented families I've come across – a family with artist, interior and fashion designers, food creators. Ryan was the designated chef that night and you wouldn't believe how sumptuous our spread was – to think we were actually expecting something simpler! Together with Ryan's siblings Sanchia and Dylan, they were very kind to do morning market runs to get the necessary ingredients and prepared the dishes right from scratch. We had lamb leg with mint sauce, garlic sauce, grapefruit feta cheese salad, ham, mixed potatoes, baked salmon etc. Meal was absolutely delicious and easily one of the best homecooked meals I've had at a house party!

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Not forgetting that we ended off the meal with an amazing cheese platter with truffled parma ham (favourite!) and two of my favorite cheeses, Camembert and Blue Cheese. Perfecto ;)

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Met two lovely new friends, Ben and Grace that night and here's a group shot. Thank you for the great hospitality, Ryan & family ;)

What a great time for us all to get together and I hope you've had a splendid Christmas celebration with your loved and dear ones too. Will be back to update on Christmas day next!

17

December

TWENTY

0612 HRS

Moments with Pandora

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Haven't exactly had the time to head down to town for some Christmas shopping as work has been pretty hectic for the past month even. Can't believe how time flew by and within a wink of an eye, it's the last month of the year. Feels a little sad that 2014 is coming to an end but am looking forward at the same time as it's going to be a month of festivities and celebrations!

Speaking about Christmas, I was pretty stoked when I was told to head down to PANDORA to check out their latest Christmas series.

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I personally don't own any PANDORA jewelry and this was the first time I've actually stepped into the store although I've chanced upon it many times back in London and especially during my trip to Denmark, Copenhagen. For those who didn't know, PANDORA is an international Danish jewelry manufacturer founded in 1982 by Per Enevoldsen and was started as a family-run jewelry shop there in Copenhagen before becoming an international brand. Denmark was one of the places I really enjoyed visiting and am still quite amazed by the Danish culture. Besides that, the Danes have impeccable taste and I honestly admire them for taking so much pride in every single thing (be it food, fashion etc) – it's impressive.

Anyway, back to my Christmas shopping experience at PANDORA ;)

I paid a visit to one of their many stores here in Singapore just last week to pick out something for myself and a gift for mummykins. Felt very welcome upon stepping into the store – love the warm lights and how clean, neat the interior was. I always had the impression that PANDORA is best known for their unique charm bracelets and was pleasantly surprised when I saw that they have a wide array of necklaces, watches and designer rings.

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I decided on a set of dangling pearl earrings surrounded with crystals for mummykins and this was from the latest Christmas series. Always thought pearls are quite a lovely design for moms and true enough, mummykins loved it. We both thought this was a classic, elegant and versatile design and definitely perfect for the upcoming festivities!

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Moving on to picking out something for myself and I decided on building a unique charm bracelet for myself ;) Was pretty overwhelmed with the charm choices and I think I probably spent an hour there deciding on the charms for the bracelet. With that said, I must say the sales associates were absolutely patient and very professional in helping me throughout the whole customization process. As it was my first time, I thought three charms would be ideal for starters although I did think that it would be really awesome if I could fill up the entire bracelet – now I understand why so many of my friends are crazy over adding charms to the bracelet, it's addictive!

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Talking about the charms, I picked out two from the Autumn 2014 collection and one from the Christmas 2014 collection (which was recently available in stores) – am guessing you could tell which is from the Christmas series ;) I like the fact that we can customize the bracelets by combining these charms accordingly to your individual style and memories which you hold dear. Each and every charm has its own beauty and style, ranging from sweet ones all the way to classic and edgy ones. I actually thought we might even be able to tell a person's personality or style just by observing her charm bracelet! Plus each charm represents an unforgettable moment in life which you can add as a chapter to your story.

PANDORA jewelry has always been quite an ideal gift for ladies and the extensive range of the jewelry allows your loved ones, friends to constantly expand the collection be it charms, bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces. I thought the concept behind PANDORA is meaningful as well because each charm can signify a special moment and I'm pretty sure you can find a suitable charm to represent that moment.

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These two gifts were just two of the many designs I've seen in PANDORA and these jewelry definitely make a good choice for gifts in my opinion. I actually saw a couple of guys visiting the store too and well, am pretty sure this will be a good gift to surprise their loved ones!

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My customized PANDORA bracelet <3

Do you know PANDORA has a VIP membership in Singapore? With an accumulation of S$3000 purchase within a span of 6 months, you would be qualified as a PANDORA VIP member and you get to enjoy 15% storewide discount on regular priced items as well as a one-time 20% discount during your birthday month. Besides that, you get invites to promotions and exclusive private events like the one below! This event was organized specially for PANDORA VIPs and it was a private event (specially to introduce PANDORA's  Christmas 2014 collection) held at the newly revamped ION store. Not just shopping, the team prepared special activities for all their guests such as Digital Caricature of guests with their PANDORA bracelets as well as providing names engraving services on Murano glass charms which were all given to the PANDORA VIPs as a personalised gift! There were refreshments served during that evening and even a photobooth for fun photos to keep ;)

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Happy customers for the night ;)

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Pretty gifts for the guests. I'm sure you would enjoy the evening if you were there ;)

All you have to do is to present your original receipts at your preferred PANDORA store and you will be automatically signed up as a VIP member. Besides these exclusive events, VIP members will enjoy 15% discount storewide on regular priced items, a one-time 20% discount during birthday month and other exclusive offers.

Last but not least, for more details of PANDORA and to see the latest Christmas collection, you can hop over to their Homepage or Facebook Page. Merry Christmas in advance and have a merry time shopping for Christmas gifts!

Take part in PANDORA’s Christmas Lucky Dip Promotion while shopping this Christmas! Receive a complimentary jewellery with a minimum spend of $250 nett. Terms and conditions apply. While stocks last. Enquire in-store for more details.

15

December

TWENTY

0112 HRS

Klarra Studio Preview

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Time for an update ;)

I honestly do have quite a lot of backdated events to share which am thinking where should I start. I personally would really love to share on London's travelogue but would very much prefer to share them continuously than breaking up the entries with random posts in between. So I reckon it might better for me to quickly document the other events before I start on that – hope it won't be too long of a history by then! 

Was pretty occupied a couple of weeks ago on Klarra's Studio Preview, which took place last month in our humble little workspace. Since festivities are around the corner, we thought it would be a great chance for us to open up the space to welcome customers for a showcase and to have a feel of the physical pieces too. I've always been reminded that the quality of fabric is as important as the workmanship when it comes to apparel and since we started making our own designs, we have been very particular on fabric selection and have been spending time sourcing for good fabrics, matching them to designs based on cut and considering comfort. Although we have always tried our very best to capture good product photos in hopes to showcase our designs clearly but we do face challenges capturing the details (especially when shooting the white shades) – probably one of our biggest challenges and a downside of being everything-online I guess :( Well, thankful we have a space to hold this event to showcase this collection that we've spent months working on (and many more new designs coming your way soon for the festivities and Chinese New Year too) and I hope the customers went back feeling happy with their purchases ;)

The team and myself were also very excited for this event because it's not often that we get the chance to interact directly with customers. It was nothing but a great joy getting to know some of them during the preview and I actually had a couple of really lovely long chats with some dear customers. Sometimes it's moments like this when I wish we had a physical boutique! Well, definitely looking forward to the day we might and for now, am glad for instagram and facebook which allow us to stay connected after. We were really happy with the turn out and thank you to those who came <3 

P.S: Understand we had a bit of a technical issue with the invoicing on the first day and sincere apologies to those who experienced it, will make sure it doesn't happen the next time round!

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We thought it might be a nice touch by having coffee served at the event and for that, we were absolutely excited to have Strangers' Reunion on board. I'm constantly on the hunt for good specialty coffee and Strangers' coffee really hits the spot (one of the best in town for sure) so I was secretly (not so secret now) overjoyed to have them joined us for the event. Not only that, Ryan, the boss of Strangers' Reunion and a Three-time Singapore National Barista/Latte Art Champion, ASEAN Barista champion (not gonna state down his long list of credentials but if you are keen to find out more, do click here) was there during our preview to specially craft coffee for the customers. What an honour for us!

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Happy to have caught up with our local talented personalities/deejays Jean, Melody, Jiahui, Kimberly & many other familiar faces too. Thank you for the support and for dropping by despite your busy schedules <3

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One of the latest designs that was showcased during the preview – the Larsen Lace Dress in white & Jemma loves it ;D

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And not forgetting this, Thank you for the help, team girls! ;)