Tuesday, 16 December 2014

CRABTREE & EVELYN SEASONAL SPECTACULAR CHRISTMAS 2014




I can't believe how fast December is flying by, in just 10 days, Christmas will be here and I'm barely ready for it! Are you feeling the same way? 

One of the hardest things to do before Christmas is to select the right gift for the right person. You may think that it's an easy feat if you know the person well but if you do, you've probably gotten them the usual gifts you do on their birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions for as long as you've known them! They are probably expecting something a little different this year. 


In fact, I think buying a gift for an acquaintance is much easier because then, it opens up more to more options and you won't have such a hard time scouring for THE perfect gift. But if all fails, at least you have an excuse of not knowing them very well, so they will forgive you! However, I always feel it's better to do a little sussing out on what the person likes before going in blind and buying something that the person would not like or use. 


So where better to go, then to one of my favourite places to shop - Crabtree & Evelyn, they have a massive gift collection that comprises of Body Products, Festive Foods, Home Fragrances and more recently, Skincare!

As you may know, Crabtree & Evelyn is famous for their signature fragrance, Evelyn Rose, which features a heart of uniquely scented Evelyn Rose petals and peach nectar, surrounded by an elegant jasmine and violet accord with accents of bergamot and sensuous amber that can never go wrong with the ladies! 





However, in the light of Christmas, Crabtree & Evelyn has re-released their classic range, Noël and also created a new and enchanting fragrance, HollyBerry that would sure to delight all your senses! Not only are they  limited editions, they also come in the most beautiful Christmas designs. Time to share the joy and spread the love! :)


NOËL


A perennial favourite, Noël is an irresistible blend of fresh balsams, persimmon and citrus fused with spicy star anise, clove and nutmeg. The classic Crabtree & Evelyn home fragrance is warming and welcoming.


 HOLLYBERRY

An enchanting fragrance inspired by crimson berries and fresh, green leaves, this fruity and spicy fragrance captures the magic of the winter season with notes of red currant, coriander, fig, nutmeg and precious frankincense.






And there's more.. 

HAND THERAPY GIFTS



These Hand Therapy Trio Tin Sets make THE perfect gift for girlfriends, colleagues and mothers! I picked out one each for my Mom and my Godmom and they adore it! Not only are they ultra-moisturing, they are also compact and they like the new tube which allows for easier dispensing of the lotion.
One thing I regretted leaving the store without was this!! I had been eyeing this treasure since I walked in because it's really worth it! 12 tubes for only S$83 is a real bargain!

TRAVELLERS





During Christmas season is the only time where brands would come out with many functional and amazing looking travel cases! Don't these look chic?

VANITY CASES

Crabtree & Evelyn also retails these vintage-looking Vanity Cases that make for great portable storage for your make-up, accessories and whatever you can think of!

FESTIVE FOOD



Whether the receiver is a male or a female, a cookie lover or tea addict, you are bound to find something that will suit their tastebuds! A plethora of fine foods in different assortments at your choosing!






Hopefully you'll be find the right gifts or even pick out something for yourself at Crabtree & Evelyn this festive season! Happy Holidays! :)

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Friday, 12 December 2014

CHRISTMAS LIGHT UP PARTY ORCHARD HOTEL SINGAPORE


Early this Christmas, myself and four other girlfriends were invited down to Orchard Hotel Singapore to catch their falling snow in action – surrounding their one storey Life-sized Christmas Glass House standing 5m tall and 4m long in the middle of the lobby. It was a great opportunity for us girls to catch up while enveloping ourselves in the festive spirit indulging in an array of dishes, nibbling on cookies and chocolates and sipping on champagne.







I enjoyed trying most of their Christmas Goodies and my favourite ones were the traditional Fruit Cake,   Chocolates, Xmas Cookies and the unusual Plum Pudding! 

If you are absolutely into the Christmas-themed buffets, then head on down to Orchard Café as Executive Chef Andy demonstrates his culinary artistry with an array of dishes created for this festive feasting! Indulge in Live Boston Lobsters, King Crab Legs, Roast Turkey, Champagne Ham with Honey in Onion Raisin Sauce, Paella, Goose with Orange Sauce, Teppanyaki of Seared Foie Gras with Hokkaido Scallops, Grilled Premium Beef Tenderloin with Béarnaise Sauce… the list goes on rotational basis!








Then sweeten up your meal with Gingerbread Crème Brulee, Pandan Coconut Macarons, Jackfruit Pannacotta, Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce, as well as our two new log cake creations this year – Coconut & Pandan Log Cake and “Chocolate Delice” Forest Berries, Biscuit & Caramelised Crispies!




Happy Holidays!

442 Orchard Road
Singapore 238879
T: 6734-7766

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

SPA DETOUR REVIEW



So recently, I had been extended an invitation to Spa Detour, a new generation spa conceived and launched by DUCK and HiPPO, Singapore's original DUCKtours and topless tour bus operator. It may seem unusual that these ‘non-spa’ people are taking a detour from touring activities to give the leisure spa a new spin but, by doing so, they hope to change the game by redefining what a spa can be. No more ‘scary’ packages, no pressure selling. It was this novel concept and the focus on providing busy urbanites with a conducive fashion-forward space for a ‘hide-out’ or ‘breakaway’ that got me booking my first appointment with them. They were also kind enough to extend the invitation to my cousin who accompanied me to the spa. 

Spa Detour is located at Suntec, which is a prime area and easily accessible via the MRT. When we arrived, we were greeted by the polite staff who introduced the place to us and brought us around to explore all the different treatment areas. Every door takes you to another realm, another time… such as facial in an old warehouse, sleep spa in a rabbit hole, manicure in a theatre or massage in a barn (which got us laughing hysterically).
Expect the unexpected.















We took our picks and were each treated to a relaxing aromatherapy massage with a blend of Lavender essential oils in the surreal rainforest room. As she started kneading my upper back, I could hear and feel my bones popping, a sign that my pressure points were ‘unlocked’. It felt so liberating and wasn’t at all painful. It only felt more sensitive when she turned me over and massaged my tummy and she  had put too much pressure. However, she was receptive and adjust he strength when I told her to put less pressure. The treatment lasted an hour but we wouldn’t have mind if it went on longer. 










Our experience with Spa Detour didn’t stop there. After a quick bath, we tidied up and left the room. We were swiftly greeted at the door by Amp. By the way, my cousin was full of praise for Amp’s skills, she led us to the lounge and treated us to some cakes and water where we spent a good hour chatting and exploring the interesting lounge that seemed to clash yet seem to complement the rest of quirkiness of the decoration theme. 
Overall, the much needed massage was soothing and our experience was gratifying. I’ll say that it’s definitely worth the occasional splurge due to the exquisite pricing.

Spa Detour is currently running a 1-for-1 promotion off all spa treatments for my readers, so should you require a much needed massage or facial anytime soon, feel free to call their hotline and redeem this offer by quoting ‘B141’. Perhaps I’ll bump into you munchkins on my next visit! :)











Saturday, 29 November 2014

WEEKDAY TREATS

Been spending a lot of my time with my cousin these past few months. She's having holidays and I'm taking a break so we've been able to do more things together such as, take long lunches, go shopping, watch movies, cook, and spend more time with our families during the weekends. She's so much fun to hang around and someone I feel absolutely comfortable being with.

Thought I'd update this space with some photos of us having fun in the car with Sully! Notice how blue he is from our passionate hug! <3





Okay photo of vietnamese baguette and a selfie to end the post! Back next week with more updates and reviews! Have a great weekend munchkins!


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