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My Picks: Post Valentine’s Special

shop this look @ Topshop

Shop this look @ Topshop

This weekend should see you basking in the afterglow of your Valentine’s Day (and other activities). Instead of the typical V day post, I thought I should give the 15th of Feb the attention it deserves. Thank your man (or better yet, your lady) for the romantic evening you had yesterday and spend the day with them at home! Cook them their favourite meals and enjoy the simplicity lying in bed and spending precious time with your significant other. Exchange last night’s naughty lingerie of a sweet, comfy sweater paired with your favourite bottoms, a sure fired way to stir his imagination ;) happy weekend, everybody!

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Brasserie Les Saveurs @ The St Regis, Singapore

Brasserie Les Saveurs @ The St Regis, Singapore

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Top and skirt from Miss Selfridge, Shoes from Jeffrey Campbell, Easy Bag from YSL

I’m not going to deny that I’m obsessed with afternoon tea. There’s just something so indulgent about getting dressed up and heading to a classy, chi-chi place to sip on tea and tuck into sweet pastries and other delicacies. So on my mission to find the best afternoon tea in SG, I did exactly just that at the Brasserie Les Saveurs @ The St Regis for the Grand Astor Afternoon Tea. Priced at SGD 46++, you get a three-tiered set of savoury pastries, sandwiches and even soup (the puff pastry was my favourite) and a buffet spread of more savouries and some sweet things. My first stop is always: Scones. I love a good scone – fluffy yet dense, moist and heavy, generously slathered with clotted cream and a spot of sweet fruit jam. Absolutely bliss. Let’s just say these scones did not disappoint. They offer a variety of scones at the buffet table (which means it may not be as fresh as other places) but the selection makes up for that. Some of the more interesting flavours include smoked duck and Périgord black summer truffle. The latter did the trick for me, but as mentioned, truffles are truly an acquired taste. Another feature of the afternoon tea is the hand-made waffles and crèpes prepared a la minute. Like any other afternoon tea set, some of the medley of food are hits and some are misses. But what  Brasserie Les Saveurs lacks in is made up for in variety and atmosphere. Having said that, it still remains one of the tops of my list of best afternoon teas in Singapore.

Brasserie Les Saveurs
The St. Regis Singapore · Lobby Level · 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911  ·
Phone: +65.6506.6860

Seoul Beautiful #001

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View of Seoul, Korea from the N Seoul Tower


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Coat from MMM x H&M, Jumper by Kitsune, Leather shorts from Guess, Leggings from Alexander McQueen and Nightingale Bag from Givenchy

Coat from MMM x H&M, Jumper by Kitsune, Leather shorts from Guess, Leggings from Alexander McQueen and Nightingale Bag from Givenchy

Leggings from Alexander McQueen, Nightingale Bag from Givenchy

Leggings from Alexander McQueen, Nightingale Bag from Givenchy

Just some snippets from my last trip to Seoul, Korea – also known as the Land of Beauty Products and also, Beef. Korean BBQ is a personal favourite of mine, imagine incredibly fresh slices of beef sizzling on a grill right before your eyes. Not to mention the Koreans are stunning, with jet black hair and flawless, dewy skin no matter the time of day. And if you’re not lucky enough to look like them, Korea is also famous for their strange and innovation beauty products. I can’t wait for my next visit to to Korea, which should be coming up soon! What do you love about Seoul?

My picks: Peter Pilotto x Target

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Shop this look @ topshop.com

Shop this look @ topshop.com

 

Just received my Peter Pilotto x Target goods in the mail today from Net-a-Porter! I”m in love with the graphic prints and bold designs, not to mention the affordable price tags. Since I’m not one for florals nor dazzling colours, I decided against their signature dresses and opted for more muted pieces. The first is this versatile cropped sweater and these adorable slip-ons! Other pieces I’m obsessed with includes this cardiganthis blazer and this quirky bikini top. Happy shopping ;)

Hong Kong Faves #002

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Black Cod Saikyo Yaki @ Nobu, Hong Kong

Prawn and Scallop with Spicy Garlic Sauce

Rock Shrimp Tempura with Creamy Spicy Sauce

Top by Marni x H&M, Ring from YSL

Another way to spend an afternoon in Hong Kong is to have a delectable lunch overlooking the bay and admiring the city skyline. If you have a hankering for Japanese fusion cuisine, one of Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s  world renown restaurants, Nobu, is situated inside the Intercontinental Hong Kong Hotel. Their signature dish, Black Cod Saikyo Yaki (HK$340), is the classic that never fails a gorgeous slab of codfish, perfectly marinated in miso paste. Also pictured is the Prawn and Scallop with Spicy Garlic Sauce (HK$240); large, juicy coins of scallops with fresh prawns soaking in a tagy, spicy sauce. If you’re unlike me and are a fan of sashimi, go for the Nobu Signature Bento Box set (Lunch) instead for a selection of sushi, sashimi, salad and a variation of hot food (HK$338). Included in the lunch bento set is the Rock Shrimp Tempura with Creamy Spicy Sauce, another favourite of mine that can also be ordered à la carte. In fact, my mouth is watering now thinking of the bite-sized tempura slathered in that tantalising sauce. When heading to Nobu, remember to make a reservation and that lunch is always more affordable than dinner! Nobu restaurants are located all over the world.

And after a satisfying meal, take a walk to Harbour City for some shopping. No trip to HK is complete for me without at least one visit to the Agnès b. Cafe for a cuppa and to consolidate your shopping damage!

Nobu @ InterContinental

Hong Kong  18 Salisbury Rd, Hong Kong

Agnes b. Cafe

Shop 2402K, 2/F, Gateway Arcade

Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsm She Tsui

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Chocolate Soufflé @ Laurent Bernard Chocolatier

Chocolate Soufflé @ Laurent Bernard Chocolatier

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After 8 Soufflé

After 8 Soufflé

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Top from Topshop, Jeans from Balenciaga, Flats from Repetto, Bag from Goyard

Top from Topshop, Jeans from Balenciaga, Flats from Repetto, Bag from Goyard

Robertson Quay is one of the first places that pop in mind when I’m jonseing for a quiet afternoon people watching and simply enjoying our famously tiny island. What I love about Singapore is the stark contrast between the towering skyscrapers and the tranquil, scenic neighbourhoods. Located just across the river from Clarke Quay, Robertson Quay is picturesque, with an old-world charm. Last Saturday was one of those perfect Singapore days, where our insufferable weather decided to give us a break ;) Since the day was kind, we all piled in the car and went Laurent Bernard Chocolatier for some scrumptious soufflés. My vote for one of the best soufflés in Singapore! The Chocolate Soufflé comes with Raspberry sorbet and a cup of vanilla cream to bring out the rich, chocolate goodness of the dessert. Another great pick is the After 8 soufflé pure Chocolate mint-y decadence. The little plastic dropper contains a mint liquor that I drizzled generously. I heard they also do a great Crème brûlée, can’t wait to try that next time!

I’m not normally one for jeans but these pair from Balenciaga are my favourite, most flattering pair. One lazy days, pair your favourite with a neon pink top in light, silky material for a dose of both style and comfort. Bling it up with a large necklace like I’ve done, or a pair of wedges to lengthen and enhance your gams. This hand-painted Goyard is perfect for tossing in your current read and your everyday needs. A perfect Saturday, indeed!

Laurent Bernard Chocolatier
#01-11 The Pier at Robertson Quay
80 Mohammad Sultan Road
Tel: +65 6235 9007

UK Diaries: London #001

Hummingbird Bakery @ Soho, London

Hummingbird Bakery @ Soho, London

IMG_3393 IMG_3394 IMG_3395 IMG_3397Nestled in the heart of the artsy Soho area in London is the world famous Hummingbird Bakery. True to their name, they serve up soft and fluffy American style cakes and desserts to busy Londoners and tourists alike. I still remember back in April when we were exploring the Soho area and stumbled into this quaint little shop. The face of Soho is changing; what was once considered London’s red light district is now teeming with new energy and vibrancy. The place is now brimming with life— Londoners making merry in ever popular Asian-Fushion restaurants, busy executive types in salad bars, holidaymakers strolling around with open eyes. A far cry from it’s seedy past. And if that doesn’t pique your interests, then these cupcakes should. Moist and flavourful, my friends and I picked out one each to go (it’s cheaper and they’re easy enough to eat) and sat at a Costa Coffee along Oxford St to unwrap these beauties. The Red Velvet was our favourite: with just the right amount of icing and cake, it’s an absolute treat.

Hummingbird Bakery

155a Wardour Street 

Soho, London
W1F 8WG

Hong Kong Faves #001

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Chee Kee Wonton Noodles

Chee Kee Wonton Noodles

Pierre Hermé

Pierre Hermé

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Top from Marni x H&M, Pants from H&M, Wedge heeled sneakers from Topshop, Coat from MMM x H&M

Top from Marni x H&M, Pants from H&M, Wedge heeled sneakers from Topshop, Coat from MMM x H&M

Hands down, my favourite holiday destination for a short break from Singapore is definitely Hong Kong. Amazing shopping, a dizzying array of cheap, yummy Cantonese food and the bustling city makes it my go-to place for some indulgence. Chee Kee Wonton Noodles is my recommended place to go for mouth watering Canto food like tasty wanton noodles, beef brisket noodles and succulent friend wantons. Don’t forget to order a delicious pot of crab porridge to share! This dish is peppered with bright orange crab roe, with a whole crab swimming in it’s thick splendor. And if you still have space for dessert, hop on over to your nearest Pierre Hermé for a pop of their world famous macarons. This time I tried their White Truffle and Hazelnut, which is simply divine if you’re a fan of truffles. But be warned, these suckers come up to a LOT more in Hong Kong than in Europe. Imagine my surprise when the total came up to around SGD 25! Still, they’re a great pick-me-up for those days that chocolate just doesn’t cut it ;)

 

Pierre Hermé

Shop 1019C, Podium Level 1,

International Finance Centre Mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central 

Chee Kee

Shop 10, Level 4, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok

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