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    My First Public Garden: Loot

    Singapore Public Garden Independent Designer Jewellery Earrings Pouch

    This past Saturday, I dropped by the Public Garden for the first time. It’s a showcase of local and regional independent brands and their work, and I was glad that I finally got a chance to attend after always hearing about it from friends and social media. Here’s my loot from the market. (Coincidentally, all three buys are from brands based in Indonesia!)

    The first is a pouch by Kamarasan. They had their clothing collection on display, which featured ethnic-influenced prints. This design concept extends into their pouches that came in different sizes and styles. I got one as a case for my headphones, but I do wish that I got more because there were quite a number of prints that caught my eye. Next time, then!

    Singapore Public Garden Independent Designer Jewellery Earrings Pouch

    My next find was a pair of earrings from Ansy Savitri. Their latest collection is inspired by Qashani, which is a form of Persian decorative art used in tile work, and can be found in mosques or buildings in Iran. The blue roses you see on the leather base of the earrings is handpainted, taking cues from the floral motifs that can often be found in their design inspiration. The finishing touch? Beads that take on the shape of leaves and a stem, completing the flowers. They came in several colours, with different finishes on the beads. These stood out the most for me because I love how vibrant they are!

    Singapore Public Garden Independent Designer Jewellery Earrings Pouch

    Singapore Public Garden Independent Designer Jewellery Earrings Pouch

    My last buy was a pair of earrings from sadhu. Their brand signature: Woven accessories using rattan handcrafted in Bali. The owners of the store shared that they also source their components from Japan. On top of that, according to the little note that came in the box, they use re-purposed clam shells sourced from local clam farms. I absolutely love that sadhu works together with local businesses and Indonesian craftsman to create these works of art.

    On display were rattan earrings in all sorts of shapes and sizes, in both symmetrical and asymmetrical styles. I picked out this pair from the lot, which is from their Chinese New Year collection and named “Purnama”, which refers to the full moon in both Malay and Bahasa.

    What are some of your favourite independent fashion brands?

    Personal, Travel

    The Finale: Copenhagen

    I was in Copenhagen over the past weekend and in the earlier part of the week, together with my uncle, who was in Europe for a short visit. The city made it to my list of favourite places in the world – everything was so delightfully artsy and hip (do people still use this word?) and I loved every bit of it. Personal experience led me to realize that it was better to discover a city without having high prior expectations, and it was only after doing a bit of travelling myself that I started to discover what I really wanted to gain out of these travels. There’s a lot of talk about wanderlust floating around on the internet and I used to tell myself that I wanted to go out and see the world and everything that it has to offer. It was only after I got thrown into that world that I realized that what I thought I wanted didn’t really match up to what I really needed. Travelling shouldn’t be a checklist of places and sights that we have to strike out as quickly as possible, but rather, a collection of eye-opening experiences and discoveries that help you to grow with every new adventure that you take. I’m thankful that I got the chance to embark on a few of such adventures, and I do hope that there will be many more to come.

    Self-reflection and personal thoughts aside, Copenhagen was definitely an experience that I hope I will get to relive again in the near future. I was lucky to have my uncle with me, and being every bit of the artist that he is, he knew exactly where to go and which spots to see during our 3-4 day stay. Freetown Christiania is definitely a must-go, and I enjoyed discovering cafes and street art in the neighbourhood of Vesterbro where I was staying. Be sure to drop by the flea market at Onkel Danny’s Plads if you are in the city on a Sunday. We got lucky and found it by pure coincidence.

    Here are my favourite snaps of Copenhagen. Enjoy!

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    Vintage Shopping in Sheffield

    I was in the UK a couple of weekends back, spending the bulk of my time in Sheffield where I was staying with a very dear friend. The very first place she took me the morning after I arrived was a vintage store called “Cow”. I looked it up and found that they have a few branches around the UK and an online store at http://www.wearecow.com (Something along the likes of Episode, which I have popped into a few times in Amsterdam). The outlet in Sheffield was painted bright yellow and stood out delightfully on Sheffield’s West Street. If you follow me on Instagram, you might recall that I posted a photo of a maxi skirt a few weeks back – I found that gem of a piece in this store, together with a bright yellow sweater that I have been wearing a lot during this Spring-to-Summer transition period (and will probably be featured in this space sometime soon).

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    Afterwards, we chanced upon a vintage fair that was being held in Sheffield’s town hall and of course, we had to check it out! We were so lucky to have come across Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair, which is held in several cities across the UK from time to time after starting in Sheffield in 2008. It was everything I dreamed a vintage fair would be, and there was also a corner where visitors could enjoy some tea and cakes after browsing the booths. It was absolute love!

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    This blazer is one of the newer additions to my wardrobe which I found at the vintage section of Rotterdam’s Blaak market. It has become one of my favourite pieces to just grab and go whenever it gets chilly outside (yes, even in Summer…) cuz it’s so easy to match with most of the outfits I put together.

    Finding such treasures in the market will be one of the many things that I will miss when I head back to Singapore in a few weeks.

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