In Singapore where I live, the tropical weather’s all year round. So we’re lucky enough to be able to live in pretty summer frocks 24/7. And trust me when I say a good pair of espadrille wedges just elevates colourful cotton and linen outfits. The best I’ve come across so far are by the Spanish brand Castaner. Started in 1927, it continues to manufacture its espadrilles the traditional way. Industry insiders even claim that the luxury labels rely on Castaner to produce their wedge espadrilles, most notably for YSL a couple of decades back. Today, many high-end brands pair up with Castaner to produce limited edition collections; from Manolo Blahnik to Missoni and most recently, Paul Smith. Also, it is no secret that Castaner has fans from the royal family; who are often spotted in the earth-toned shoes in the paparazzi shots taken in summer. And for good reason: Castaners are so comfortable for wedges, and they elongate your legs with the ribbon ties at the ankles. They are very well-made for a reasonable price …
“If the shoe fits, buy it in every colour,” someone once said. They clearly knew what they were talking about. It took me years and wasted funds to find the most gorgeous heels that allow me to walk around all day elegantly and in style, with no pain. So obviously when I found the one, I bought it in as many shades as I could afford. And that coveted pair, my friends, is the Valentino Rockstud Caged Pump 65mm. First launched on runways in 2010, the strappy, studded pyramid punk-rock heels look both decadently dangerous and feminine at the same time. Designed by Valentino’s former creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, the heels have an almost magical leg-lengthening effect and is now one of the most iconic on the luxury footwear scene. Till today, it is a money-spinner for the label. Valentino continues to produce collections – from clothing, to bags and accessories – that hark back to the sexy Rockstuds. If the shoe fits, buy it in every colour. Someone who knew …
It has been five years since The Beauty Gazette was launched, and what an incredibly satisfying journey. After I left my job in the media, TBG has been a great escape from the daily grind of my corporate career It is the perfect outlet for my observations of the wild and wonderful emerging in the beauty industry. I love makeup, skincare, and all things self-care. Because if you can’t look after and love yourself, then you can’t really expect to have the best life you should be living. If you can’t love yourself, then you can’t really expect to live the best life. -TBG Like many of you, the pandemic has made me re-assess my priorities including TBG. What should I drop, take on and refine? So I’ve decided that since the lines between beauty, fashion, lifestyle and retail are increasingly blurred, TBG will also cover these other forms of self-indulgence, going forward. I’ll be sharing more on all things bright, shiny and beautiful. On top of my posts on beauty trends, I’ll keep you …
The coveted Friends’ reunion that ran in May has inspired many to revisit the iconic 10-season series on Netflix. Clearly, one other reason why Friends is trending (on Netflix) is obvious: many of us are still quarantined due to the pandemic. With not much else to do, indulging in the good old Friends’ bubble is incredibly comforting. The jokes are timeless, the exchange witty with the righ dash of political-incorrectness, and comc timing is on-point. And the fashion brands are paying attention to what the consumers want: Friends’ fashion. High-waisted straight-leg jeans and bermudas made of sturdy denim, crochet, figure-hugging cropped tops, strappy dresses and knits fill the racks in stores (both on and off-line). So here are snapshots of Rachel’s, Monica’s and Phoebe’s blowouts and makeup, for you to match the Friends’ sartorial trends.
I just watched this Hitchcock movie again recently and could not get over how beautiful Grace Kelly is. And of course, her hair and makeup is perfect.
So you’ve heard of Shu Uemura’s facial cleansing oils. But what about the cleansing oil shampoo?
I’ve been spotting these gorgeous girls in the magazines, style blogs and fashion sites. The heiresses of the French beauty company Clarins. Their fathers run Clarins, and their grandfather founded the brand. If you don’t already know about the Courtin-Clarins sisters, you should.
Fake the post-coital glow on dreary afternoons.
Here are some interesting boutiques and stores in Paris you should visit when you are in the beautiful city.
Lyon is known for its medieval castles and awesome Michelin-star restaurants. And I say add indie-store shopping to that list.