Spending the morning at 705 Craft with KSisters

Recently won a contest that was organised by KSisters (one of my fave Korean brands here in Singapore for women’s fashion and mama + daughter twinning outfits) and was treated to a bracelet making workshop by 705 Craft one Saturday morning with a few moms who are all fans of KSisters. 🙂

The leather bracelet making workshop was supposed to be for 3 hours but we took 4 hours to complete 2 twinning bracelets in total, from picking of the leather, to cutting, glueing and then putting the finishes touches for both the bracelets. One for me and one for the Bub with our names customised on the bracelets.

I have to add that I now have the utmost respect plus appreciation for the amount of work that goes into making these hand-crafted pieces. I guess there’s a reason why the brands charge the amount that they do, especially if it’s handmade and not churned out from a machine. That said, this is a memorable keepsake, one that I will cherish for I made it on my own. The Bub also loves her mini bracelet that I made for her and she proudly shares that her bracelet is made by Mama. Aww…she definitely knows what to say to pull my heart-strings.

Here’s a close-up shot of the “Kelly Double Tour” bracelet that I made. I chose a beige calfskin leather with a pink inner leather lining and gold hardware. For the Bub’s bracelet, she specifically asked for pink, so I decided to fulfill her heart’s desire.

I’ve been shopping with KSisters for over a year now and I love how Mama Jungmin (founder of KSisters) connect with her customers. This little gathering that she kindly hosted was a lovely way to get to know other Mamas who all share a common bond for fashion and style. In our case, shopping at KSisters! That’s not all, us Mamas received the star treatment with a video-shoot as well as a photoshoot.

Shopping still remains as one of my fave activities to do. With a young toddler, shopping in the shops does feel like a luxury so I turn to online shopping for a quick fix. So glad to have found KSisters for Jungmin curates the collection and brings in only the best labels in Korean fashion. Love that the fabrics are ideal for the Singapore weather with the styles being very current and aligned with what’s trending in the world of K-fashion.

Be warned though, you might end up falling into a deep rabbit hole. Well, that’s bascially how I ended up being such a fan with repeat purchases back at KSisters because I would be cursing under my breath if I missed out on one of the lovely dresses. ;p This was a group shot with other Mamas who also attended the workshop. Loved how natural all of us looked here in our lovely outfits.

Thanks again Jungmin for organising this lovely gathering with the Mamas… look how happy we all are decked in our fave KSisters outfits!

My love affair with Cheongsams

When I was younger, I did shy away from wearing cheongsams for the cut was too tight, restrictive and the look was too traditional. Now that I’m a little older, I kinda like wearing cheongsams out for special occasions. Thankfully, the style is no longer restrictive with the fit updated to suit different body types.


I fell in love with the signature cut-out dress featuring the Mandarin Collar from I want the Missing Piece. The side cut outs at just the right spot give the illusion of a tiny waist without any unnecessary hangovers. I’ve gone on to own four of these pieces in various colours simply because they look great for most ocassions (formal and smart casual). Clearly, one is not enough for me.

About two months back, Ee Ling from I want the Missing Piece invited me and the Bub to be part of a fashion show that she was organising as part of Kids Day Out at the Botanic Gardens. I was quite honoured to be honest to be picked as one of the moms for the event. My only worry was whether the Bub would even be able to sashay down the catwalk properly. This was the second time that she would be involved in an event like this but I trust she has no clue what is happening around her, must less trusted to walk in a straight line.

Here’s a pic of us in matching Red Lace Cheongsams available online at The Missing Piece  about an hour before we are due for the catwalk debut. I did what I possibly could to prep the Bub for this event. The time for the show was about 4.30pm, this meant that I could put the Bub down for an afternoon nap so that she wouldn’t get cranky. From my past experience, this was important as I couldn’t risk having a cranky child having a meltdown on the runway.

And of course, things never quite go as planned with an active toddler around. When it was our turn to walk, the Bub preferred to be the one leading the way and poor Mama had to run behind her. She did cause quite a cheer on the walkway with the audience laughing at her.

Or perhaps she enjoyed being at the centre of attention that she did another walk on the runway (we only needed to walk once).  Well, at least she had fun.

Thanks Ee Ling from The Missing Piece for the kind invitation to join you at this event. It was a memorable experience indeed and we loved the dresses that you put us in.

 

 

Lularoe

The brand that has taken Mamas or maybe majority of the ladies by storm (following Jujube, I guess).

And I swore that I would not go down the path of Jujube bags and Tula carriers with this brand. I wasn’t even interested in wearing colourful leggings all that much on weekends other than it being a practical outfit of choice on the plane.

And then it happened. A work colleague showed me some of her stash and I decided to get two of the leggings to try. They looked comfy enough for the weekend. My only concern is that whether my thighs look fat in it. So what I did was to pair the leggings with a slightly longer blouse/ tunic. The style worked well and the outfit was comfortable for an entire day out with the Bub.

Lularoe also has matching outfits for the little ones, so I fell a little deeper into the rabbit hole with these limited edition Disney roses leggings. Belle is the Bub’s fave Disney Princess and I knew she would be thrilled to see this. Not sure if she was but I know I was. So I decided to pick these for a Mom-Bub twinning outfit paired with a white tunic that I got for the both of us at Zara kids. Yes, that white blouse that I’m wearing is actually a girl’s dress at Zara. I think it worked well as a blouse.

The brand is not all about leggings, they have a whole slew of other styles that promise to fit any shape and size. I wasn’t all that convinced initially but my friend very kindly brought her different type of dresses for me to give it a try. So I tried on the Julia style for the knee-length form-fitting dress does look nice but not everyone is able to carry off that style. I wasn’t quite sure but I bought one to give it a try. Surprisingly, I do enjoy wearing the Julia style. The material is soft and well, you do worry about the tummy protruding out but that’s something that a tummy control underwear (from Uniqlo) can help to hide.

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This Boomerang video is kinda funny but the Julia style really does accentuate one’s figure (even if you don’t really have one).

I also tried on the Amelia style which I also like for it’s a dress that brings you from the office to an evening out about town. The dress features handset box pleats, giving the dress a  flowing, full skirt. The best part is that the dress also has pockets! It’s really a dress that’s well thought of in terms of design!

Ok, I think I have stashed enough Lularoe dresses/ leggings for now. Will try to show more of the outfits when I put them on.

Also side note, it’s kinda nice to get back into writing about fashion and shopping. My fave topics to share! 🙂

Confessions of a shopaholic mom

inked on the national papers last month!
It was kind of nice actually to be part of this lifestyle article where we shared why we would choose local brands over some of the mainstream brands for the Bub. Well, we did come a long way – window-shopping, surfing the internet/ Instagram to look at different brands or designs to fill up the Bub’s wardrobe. So during our 3 year journey with the Bub, it’s nice to see the fashion scene for children’s clothing come to life and marrying comfort with style. That’s not all, the prices are often really pocket-friendly too.

Here are some of our fave local brands to shop at:

  • Sea Apple for its organic cotton clothes, original prints, quality fabrics and modern styles
  • Elizabeth Little Co for its pretty dresses fashioned from Liberty fabrics
  • Leia + Lauren Shop for its cute veggie prints on their soft and comfortable terry cotton rompers that’s perfect for our climate and play
  • Little Bow Company for the specially curated items (think dresses, bows, accessories and now Princess dresses that toddlers would want to wear and prance around in)
  • HappieTings for handmade bows in a variety of candilicious colours for one can never have too many bows!

 

Prepping for Chinese New Year.. goodies and shopping!

Chinese New Year is just round the corner and it does seem like a mad rush to get everything in order. The house, our clothes, the red packets.. well, you get the drift! Thankfully, the reunion dinner prep is often handled by the Man and the MIL, so I don’t have to worry that much about that. I’m often tasked to do the stocking up of our new year goodies which I also had help with gifts very kindly given by our family and friends.

Here’s a simple list of what we stocked up for the New Year, including a guide to what we will be wearing this Chinese New Year season. I know this is pretty late, but there’s still 3-4 more days to the festival, so there’s still that last burst that I’m sure might either give you a headache or an adrenaline rush!

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There’s a mind-boggling selection of New Year goodies to choose from and what we usually have on our snack tray would include Pineapple Tarts, Kueh Bangkit (we love this thin, crispy ones that we buy in bulk from a home-based baker recommended by my friend, S about 6-7 years ago), Lychee Rose cookies from Home Favourites and Bak Kwa. This year, we tried Pineapple Bak Kwa at Kim Peng Hiang and I must say that it’s really pretty good. The bak kwa is slightly thicker than what you will get out there and the meat has juicy pineapple bits sandwiched in between. It’s sweet plus slightly savory all in one bite.

While we love our pineapple tarts, I do not have a brand that we will particularly buy from. Most of the pineapple tarts that we have acquired/ purchased over the years are usually either gifted or purchased from home-bakers. This year, we were gifted with a box of Pineapple Tarts from Bakerzin. I was pleasantly surprised first by the packaging as each tart was shaped in an adorable yet auspicious ingot shape and best part, individually wrapped. I thought this was great as it ensured freshness of the tart plus having it wrapped individually made it easier to snack-on-the-go. I don’t have to worry about taking the tarts out of it’s original bottle and into a small tupperware. Thanks again Bakerzin and Touch PR & Events for thinking of us and sending a box of these yummy treats to fill our bellies ahead of the festive season. 🙂

Shopping for New Year Clothes for Bubba:

Coming to my fave topic – Shopping – which I think I did pretty well in acquiring outfits for both the Bub and myself. 🙂 Hehe..

Before I became a Mum,  I was adamant about putting my child into a cheongsam for  Chinese New Year. “Why go with tradition? So boring! And those cheongsams that you get in bazaars and so uncomfortable?!” This was before discovering home-grown labels that offer stylish cheongsams with a modern twist for little ones.  This year, I think I have bought as well as received enough Cheongsams to fill her wardrobe for a good part of Chinese New Year. Am pretty excited for these little outfits are so cute and not to mention, they really look good for dinner/ occasion dressing when I’m too lazy to think which evening gown/ dress looks good on her. The cheongsam immediately comes to mind plus you know what, the older folks actually like for younger kids to be dressed in traditional outfits too. So win-win for us all.

Here are our choice-picks on where to shop for outfits this Chinese New Year. Psst.. best part is that you don’t even need to leave home to get the outfits!

img_6855Our fave brand for cheongsams this CNY has gotta be Sea Apple. We fell in love with the brand in 2016 and Bubba was dressed in her very first Liberty printed Cheongsam them. The fit was gorgeous and the print was outstanding without being too much in your face. So my first port-of-call was Sea Apple for this year and we loved most of the collection that we popped 3 dresses into our shopping cart (pictured above: the Spring Petal Ruffle Cheongsam). Sizing wise, gotta add that the Bub is 2.5 years old but can still fit majority of their size 2 outfits. I did get a size 4 for the Misted Dew Flutter Sleeve dress which is still a little too big for her for now but I guess, it’s a hoard!

Next, I’ve been a fan of Liberty Art Fabric prints for the longest time and when I discovered local brand – Elizabeth Little Co – which designs and makes outfits using Liberty prints, I was really excited about getting an outfit for Bubba. Originally, I had planned on getting the Chiyo Berry Cheongsam for I thought the tulle skirt would be a cute addition to her outfit but when I laid my eyes on the  Hanami Wonderland Cheongsam with cute prints from Alice in Wonderland peppered on the skirt, I was sold on the design and got that for the Bub instead. I think the outfit might also come in handy for our upcoming trips to Disneyland, Disney on Ice and perhaps, a princess themed event. Now, that’s killing possibly 3 birds with one stone with this outfit!

img_6918Apart from dresses, it’s also important for your child to be comfortable, so I also got a couple of rompers adorned with cute vegetable digital prints from Leia + Lauren shop.  Mama Libby and I first chanced upon the brand at a Mothersworks event but I didn’t examine the item in detail until more recently when we both looked at the collection more carefully and we both purchased the long carrot romper each for our Sophies because they are pretty darn cute.

img_6952Verdict? Super comfy rompers that are great for home wear and outdoor play. Since Bubba’s homewear needed updating, I decided to get the Leeks and Butternut Squash rompers as well. I’m guessing that the Leeks romper would be a hit with the older folks for Leek (韭菜, jiu cai ) represents everlasting relationship as the pronunciation of the letter – jiu (éź­), sounds like long (äą…),  or é•żé•żäą…äą…. I’m saving the leek romper for our reunion dinner later this week for it’s probably going to be hot and I want the Bub to feel comfortable during the hour-long dinner so this outfit will be great for our family reunion dinners. Hehe…

 Twinning outfits for Momma and Bubba:

Before twinning with my child gets too tacky and she can actually verbalise, “Mom, please get your own clothes! Or, dress me separately!”. I decided to milk it for what it’s worth.

Here are 2 online stores that we thought aced it in terms of twinning! Mixon Minis for cheongsams – I got the Amethyst Purple Swing Dress with the lace detail for myself. Love that the it’s actually loose (in case I get a belly from over-eating) and that it comes with a belt (to avoid friends/relatives from asking me “Are you pregnant?” when actually I’m just fat). I got Bubba the matching dress and we tried it on for size the other day and she enjoyed twirling in the chiffon dress.

img_7031And KSisters! We’ve been fans of KSisters for a while now, when we first added the navy Skorts which is our fave twinning outfit for the weekends. The red skort is a perfect one to add for CNY that will surely get the approval from the older generation. If you are fan of all things lace, you should definitely check out the Momma and Bubba lace dress twinning outift. We were tempted to get that but I don’t think I could pull off the look given my height plus the Bub is quite messy most of the time, I think I would be more stressed up ensuring that she doesn’t stain the dress then have fun in the outfit. But that said, KSisters did send us a twinning outfit in the Twirly Dress which is a style more up our alley, so we can’t wait to show that off once we wear them.

Prepping for CNY always does get me quite excited and I recall fondly when I was much younger, I would tag along with my parents to Chinatown to help them with their shopping. I would want to bring Bubba to Chinatown at some point to soak up the festive spirit and of course, indulge in the different types of shopping available at the New Year bazaar but of course, the crowds are a huge deterrent for us now. Perhaps when she’s older and when we summon sufficient courage to brace the crowds, we will go there next time.

Alright, that concludes what we have done for CNY to-date. I can’t wait for the feasting and catching up with family and friends come this weekend! Hope you are as excited as we are about the impending holiday! 🙂 Have a fab week ahead!

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Note: We were gifted a box of Original Pineapple Tarts by Bakerzin on behalf of Touch PR & Events to share on our Instagram account. No additional monetary rewards were given.  All views expressed are purely of my own.

Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, Cyber Monday…

This weekend has just been bad for the pocket.. started off with Black Friday where I went a little berserk carting stuff from these shops that I had been eyeing for a bit. The IG pals were all oogling over this pair of Jeremy Scott’s wing tips for their kiddos and I decided to pop them into the cart as Adidas was having a special 15% discount (Code: ADI-CM-PUB; valid till 30 Nov, 11.59pm). Well, couldn’t resist.

AdidasAnd down the rabbit hole I fell accumulating more purchases along the way.

IMG_8398Supported small shops locally as well as from around the world as part of the weekend first by customising a cute kimono flutter romper from Urban Lil that will be perfect for Chinese New Year (next year). I even got myself a some-what similar print dress from ASOS that could match with her (if I dare to go with the whole twinning route). Picked up another pair of BLOCH shoes for the Bub as well as these adorable leotards from The Little Bow Company. Bubba has been picked as a Brand Rep for The Little Bow Company and friends can also enjoy 5% off your purchase using our special code SOPHL5.

 IMG_8399Leotards seem to be all the rage this season among my mama friends and despite my initial thought about ‘So inconvenient to change the Bub if there are no snaps at the bottom!’ Yes, I am a ‘snap button’ fiend. Most of the rompers I go purchasing for Bubba have to have snaps. And then I found out those uber comfy rompers from Rags (without snaps) and how easy it is to change the Bub, there was no turning back. Same with these leotards. So soft and comfy to touch and easy to put on as well. Well, I guess if the Bub decides to do a major poo, then I probably would think twice, but for now, they look super cute on her! So much so, I went on to get another 3/4 flutter sleeve leotard from This Tribe of Three.

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Bubba is also out-growing her onesies, so I got her these super cool slogan tees from B Gatsby  at a cool 30% off (and they had better discounts thereafter..zzz…) to be paired with her sleek faux leather leggings from Lulu and Milly or her black skull-printed tights from Baby Bandits. I’ve decided to do away with light coloured leggings for a bit for Bubba ends up either spilling or dirtying her pants. So I’m sticking with dark coloured bottoms for now! Plus, they do look pretty swag for her. What do you think?

I’m all shopped out for abit now. Will share the haul when everything arrives with my little model-in-tow. Going to try and rest the pocket for Christmas buys. How about you? What are some of your awesome weekend buys? Share them with me if the offer is still valid! Hehe..