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April 7, 2017  |  Events, New Launches  |  No Comments

Guess what just opened in Singapore?

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I had the pleasure of checking our Chanel’s Coco Cafe yesterday and thought I’d do a quick blog post to share some photos from the day. I just couldn’t fit everything into one Instagram post!

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Despite its name, the Coco Cafe isn’t actually the newest and most beautiful cafe in Singapore, but the newest and most beautiful cafe-themed beauty pop-up-store in Singapore. It was conceptualised as a luxurious, relaxing space where you could go with beauty-loving friends to have a coffee and play with makeup.

And while it’s sadly not a permanent addition to Singapore’s F&B scene, Chanel is pretty serious about the cafe theme. The Coco Cafe features a full-fledged espresso bar…

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…a juice bar with drinks inspired by Chanel perfumes…

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…and edibles like candies and cakes, which are complimentary when you make a purchase.

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The entire space is stocked with testers, set up so that makeup-lovers can play to their heart’s content. Of course I took the opportunity to swatch everything. Look out for a post on Chanel’s new lipgloss line next!

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Aside from being encouraged to play on your own, there are also loads of complimentary professional services, and you can get everything from a manicure to a makeover to a private perfume consultation from the staff who – in my experience – were incredibly helpful, patient and knowledgable. They really nailed the trifecta of perfect service.

I enjoyed my quick makeup consultation, where I got to try on the Chanel Rouge Coco Stylos I’d been eyeing up, as well as brand’s famed bronzers (which I now think I need in my life) and blush, all of which was set with a spritz of Chanel’s Beauty Essence Mist.

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Once you’re all prettied up, grab your girlfriends and head into the photo booth at the back of the cafe. They’ll print the photos for you right there as a keepsake.

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And yes, I dragged Adam into the booth as well.

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All in all it was such a fun experience, and just being in the space somehow just felt really uplifting and re-charging. I don’t usually think of pop-up stores as anything more than a marketing tool to sell product, but the Coco Cafe was a genuine treat to be in. Every aspect of it was beautifully crafted to make it a luxurious sensory experience rather than a store, and there were no sales pitches – just pampering. I walked away from it not only well-caffeinated but more in love with Chanel that I’d ever been before. I highly recommend checking it out!

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Details: Admission is free, but there are crowd-control measures in place to make sure that everyone who enters has a special experience. Though the reservation list is full, I’m told that Chanel staff are also accepting walk-ins and will encourage guests to leave their phone numbers for a call-back on a first come first served basis (so there is a benefit to showing up early in the day).

Coco Cafe will run from the 8th to the the 16th of April, and is located at the Visual Arts Centre, Dhoby Ghaut Green. No idea where that is? No problem! Just take the MRT, get off at Dhoby Ghaut Station and use Exit B which will pop you up right next to the cafe’s entrance.

singapore fashion week with harper’s bazaar

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The lovely Harper’s Bazaar Singapore team invited us to a really interesting presentation at this year’s SFW. 10 up-and-coming fashion designers from around Asia were chosen to present capsule collections before the audience and a panel of judges, with a winner being announced at the end. It felt like we were at a live taping of Project Runway!

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Some collections were fantastically wearable, others were pure art. My personal favourite was the showing by Singaporean Lionel Low, which was based on the Chinese legend of Madam White Snake.

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As for my own outfit, I went local with a tailored peplum top by In Good Company. I actually had a few different options picked out, but somehow my mother got involved and decided that this was The One. For the record, my deadpan response to every compliment at the show was “Thank you, my mother dressed me today…”

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Top: In Good Company // Pants: Zara // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bag: Celine // Scarf (worn as cuff): Hermes
Photography by Adam S, Bespoke Brides

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a fresh start to my week

April 21, 2015  |  Beauty, Events, Lifestyle

When I was invited to meet Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg, the founders of Fresh, I jumped at the chance. Fresh is a fairly new discovery for me, but after their Advanced Lip Therapy saved my lips in LA last year I’ve been kind of obsessed with the brand.

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Anyway, guess who totally misread the part about it being a dinner, arrived almost late and completely flustered, and was promptly seated directly across from Lev Glazman himself?

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This post would be full of secondhand embarrassment had Lev not turned out to be the nicest, most genuine person ever. For the record, he’s also quite the storyteller and had a few exotic anecdotes about Fresh’s Créme Ancienne, one of which involved Marie Antoinette’s boobs. No lie.

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Old-timey gossip aside, what really struck me about Lev was his curiosity. He was truly engaged and inquiring, no matter how seemingly trivial the topic of conversation. We told him where to shop in Bangkok, and what movies to watch. He listened, asked advice, took notes. I can’t think many people with that level of sincere interest in other people’s opinions, let alone the founder of a huge beauty brand.

As you can imagine, the table’s conversations left little time for photo taking. Still, I wish I’d done a better job capturing how pretty the details of the room were.

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I did however remember to take food photos, because I was so thrilled about it being keto-friendly. And also because I’m totally Singaporean.

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Top top off an already perfect evening, we were each generously gifted a jar of Créme Ancienne Soft Cream…which Adam is already trying to steal, having read the ingredients list with great approval. If this turns out to be the one face cream I can convince him to use, it’d be a miracle in itself!

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I already use Fresh products on a daily basis, but now I have some really fun memories to recall when I do. Thank you Fresh Family, for the lovely evening – it was definitely one of my better Mondays!