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26 Things To Put On Your July Watchlist

Are you ready to embrace the second-half of 2014? We’re still recovering from the whirlwind that was the first-half of the year, to be honest. But with so many cool places to see, products to try and activities to check out in July, we’re all set to enter yet another whirlwind of new experiences!

A is for Anti-Ageing



Youthful skin isn’t just wrinkle-free; it’s also free from pigmentation, and glowing with youth and radiance. A two-step, in-home peel, the Philosophy Microdelivery Peel aims to rejuvenate skin by resurfacing and replenishing skin with peptides and vitamin C for smoother and more radiant skin. Best of all, results are evident after just one use, and the whole process takes less than 10 minutes!

Philosophy is at B2-03 Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City; and #01-16 Bugis Junction.

B is for Becasse 

Becasse has launched its first full format dining concept at Dempsey Hill and it promises to spoil you silly with a wide menu consisting of French- and European-inspired dishes, a seafood bar and fresh hand-made pastries made on-site daily. Fans of brunch will love the Croque Madame with a truffle baked egg and the fluffy but oh-so-sinful sticky date pancakes.

Becasse is located at Blk 10 Dempsey Hill #01-21. Tel: 6479 8119.

C is for Cats of the World Photo Exhibition

One of the entries from Japan!

One of the entries from Japan!

Love cats? Then this annual exhibition is one you can’t miss! In its eighth season this year, the non-profit Cats of the World Photo Exhibition features photos of adorable furballs, taken by aspiring and professional photographers around the world. This year, look out for one-off cat-inspired creations by artists such as David Chan, Ginette Chittick, Wyn-Lyn Tan and Puffingmuffin; each artwork will be sold for $100 to raise funds for Cat Welfare Society. Of course, you can also look forward to the exhibition’s feline-themed flea market. From postcards and notebooks to accessories and even toys for cats, the Saturday Purrzaar Market has been a crowd favourite since it was launched in 2011.

Cats of the World Photo Exhibition will take place from July 2-28 at The Arts House. The Saturday Purrzaar Market, also held at The Arts House, will take place on July 5, 12 and 19, from 11am to 6pm.

D is for District 10 Brunch 


Mothers looking for a place where the kids can play while they tuck into their scrambled eggs can check out District 10 at The Star Vista. On Sundays, the restaurant installs a full-size bouncy castle to keep the kids occupied while their parents grab a bite. If you like food with a local twist, the pandan pancakes with gula melaka syrup will hit all the right spot.

District 10 is located at The Star Vista, #01-42/K3 (next to the taxi stand). Tel: 6694 2884. Email: .

E is for Exciting Fashion News

material world_zalora material girl

We may call ourselves the Material Girls, but we all know who the original Material Girl is. Apart from being the reigning Queen of Pop, Madonna also dabbles in fashion. She and daughter Lola have a popular fashion label, Material Girl, which was previously only available in department stores in the US, Australia, and Canada. But not anymore! You can now get your hands on the label’s trendy peplum tops, printed pencil skirts, bodycon dresses, and more on Zalora! The Spring collection is now available for purchase at

F is for Football Fever

So not everyone’s inclined to sit down to spend 90 minutes watching The Beautiful Game, especially when it’s screening at unearthly hours, but we’re pretty sure that practically everyone will fall in love with the Breadzil 2014 collection that Breadtalk has released to celebrate The World Cup. Our favourite? The Dillopillo, a spicy sambal chicken bun inspired by the armadillo mascot. It looks cute, and tastes even better.

For a full listing of Breadtalk stores, visit this link.

G is for Great Skin


If hot and humid weather is causing your zits to come out and party, now may be the time to switch to a BB cream that not only provides coverage but also controls shine and fights blemishes. Powered by Community Fair Trade tea tree from Kenya, The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream blends seamlessly into the skin to give you a great-looking complexion. At just $29.90 per tube, it’s a summer beauty must-have!

Available at all The Body Shop islandwide from 7 July 2014.

H is for Healthy Tresses

HWe’ve all resorted to trimming our own tresses at home to get rid of split ends, but now there’s an easier way to repair damaged hair. Enter the L’Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Emergency Care Split End Sealer. Powered by active ingredient LAK1000, it promises to penetrate deep into the hair to reinforce damaged hair structure and strengthen hair fibre. Up to 6,500 strands of hair will be repaired with just one use!

Available at Watsons and Guardian pharmacies. 

I is for Instant Laksa

There’s something strangely comforting about a bowl of instant noodles, especially after a long day of work or after a night of partying. Now, MAGGI ups the ante with MAGGI SENSES Laksa, with a special wet paste made with fresh galangal, spicy red chilli, and ginger. Combined with MAGGI’s signature springy noodles, this is a slurp-worthy bowl of deliciousness.

MAGGI® SENSES™ Laksa is available at $7.95 for a pack of 4x141g at all leading super/hypermarkets and convenience stores.

J is for Jermyn Street


The trend of high-end grooming stores for men seems to be taking off in Singapore and more’s the better, we say! Jermyn Street is the new kid on the block. The decor is inspired by the 1930s style, and it offers a comprehensive suite of services including a luxury hotel towel straight razor shave, haircuts, shampoos, manicures and pedicures, eyebrow grooming and much more. Something to treat your man to on his birthday, we think.

Jermyn Street is located at 108 Amoy Street. For more information, visit

K is for Kiehl’s 

One of our all-time favourite beauty brands is celebrating its 10th year in Singapore! Kiehl’s turns 10 this July and to mark this momentous event, it is sending out Ultra Generous Trucks across 21 destinations across the island to hand out samples and treats! So keep a lookout for these trucks – there is a selfie contest too! Details in the latest issue of Kiehl’s Times at all Kiehl’s stores islandwide.

L is for Laneige


After 20 years of research (you know they mean business when they spent two decades researching on moisture), Laneige has introduced the new and improved Water Bank range, which claims to deliver eight times more moisture into the skin. Through their research, they found that Asian skin is more susceptible to moisture loss. To tackle this problem, the reformulated Water Bank range features the exclusive Moisturizing Biogene Technology and Hydro Ion Mineral Water to restore the Asian skin’s natural ability to generate and retain moisture – even under dry conditions. The Water Bank range consists of Water Bank Essence_EX ($60), Water Bank Eye Gel ($49), Water Bank Gel Cream_EX ($52), Water Bank Moisture Cream_EX ($52), and Water Bank Double Gel Soothing Mask (5 sheets, $34).

The Water Bank range is available at all Laneige boutiques and counters islandwide.

M is for Melissa


Brazilian shoe brand Melissa collaborates with some of the biggest names in fashion – Karl Lagerfeld, Jason Wu, Gareth Pugh, and J Maskrey – to roll out even more fantastic pieces for its Fall/Winter 2014 collections. These pieces will be available from July 2014 at the new MDreams Boutique at One Raffles Place, as well as its existing store at Wheelock Place.

MDreams is at #01-11/12 1 Raffles Place, and B2-03 Wheelock Place.

N is for “No” to Shark Fin

Kudos to Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) Cargo for saying “No” to shark’s fin! Starting last month, MBS is no longer serving shark’s fin in restaurants it owns and operates, as well as in MICE events at Sands Expo and Convention Centre; from August 1, SIA Cargo will no longer carry shark’s fin on its cargo flights. The two bigwigs are the latest to join the growing list of companies that have pledged to protect the environment and play a part in shark conservation.

O is for Oleosome Technology

A sunscreen is a sunscreen is a sunscreen, right? Not so, with Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF50. This sunscreen is made with the new Oleosome Technology, which is a type of technique that slowly releases sunscreen directly to your skin surface over time. This increases the UV protection minus any additional chemicals or emulsifiers. Even better, this formulation comes with botanical extracts like Licorice, Orange Peel, and Ylang Ylang to soothe and nourish your skin.

Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF50 is available for $75 at all AsterSpring Centres and selected Dermalogica-authorised skin treatment centres.

P is for Pretty Homeware Collection


Racking your brain for a housewarming gift for a vintage-lovin’ friend? Cath Kidston’s High Summer collection has her name on it! Featuring a botanical theme inspired by the ’50s, the Painterly Rose baking collection includes baking ware and accessories such as a ceramic cake stand, rolling pin and adjustable apron.

Cath Kidston’s High Summer collection is available at Cath Kidston outlets islandwide.

Q is for Qi Mantra

If you’re after flawless, radiant skin for that special occasion, be sure to book yourself in for the Miracle Facial, $350, at Qi Mantra. It’s a 90-minute non-invasive treatment that marries advanced VPL (Variable Pulse Light) and revolutionary stem cell technology to stimulate collagen production and significantly improve signs of ageing. Best of all, there’s no downtime!

For a full listing of Qi Mantra outlets, click on this link.

R is for Ramen 


Sake + Ramen = one deliciously addictive bowl of noodles! The sake broth at Shin-Sapporo Ramen takes a minimum of 8 hours to produce and you can taste the potent flavor of the sake with every bite. The noodles are made fresh daily in the shop and the pork broth is painstakingly prepared by boiling the bones over high heat for 15 hours. For a taste of this awesome ramen, make your way to Shin-Sapporo Ramen at Orchard Gateway today.

Shin-Sapporo Ramen is located at B2-04A/05. Tel: 6702 4906.

S is for Summer Beauty


Founder Lili sporting Priscilla lip gloss

Founder Lili sporting Priscilla Lip Gloss in Shocking Pink.

Synonymous with poolside and beach parties, summer is all about having a splashing good time and sexy, bold appearances. Complete the sun-kissed look with Nars Summer 2014 collection, whose palette is a striking mix of pop and sultry the collection. We love Priscilla Lip Gloss in Shocking Pink ($37) – it is eye-catching and amazingly wearable! Other makeup products from the collection include Tropical Princess Duo Eyeshadow in Neon Lemon Lime and Icy Lavender ($50); Lost Coast Duo Eyeshadow in Golden Pewter and Lilac Snow ($50); Malacca Single Eyeshadow in Iridescent Peacock ($38); and Hot Sand Illuminator in Peach Champagne ($45).

Nars Summer 2014 collection is available at Nars counters islandwide.

T is for Tempting Cocktails

At a recent media tasting at Ding Dong, we were blown away by the lethally delicious cocktails. One of our favourites was The Golden Mile, which is a blend of Thai herb-infused Ketel One vodka, blue ginger gomme, and citrus. The best way we can describe is like a refreshing alcoholic beverage with nuances of Tom Yam. Sounds strange but it’s surprisingly delectable. Another drink we enjoyed was the Fujiyama, which is made with Yoghurt sake, elderflower liqueur, fresh strawberries, and yuzu liqueur. Because of the sweet flavours, this is a deceptively easy drink to down. It’s only when the buzz hits you that you realise how potent the drink really is.

Ding Dong is located at 23 Ann Siang Road, Tel: 6557 0189

U is for Ujong


The chef who brought you Wok & Barrel is back with even more tantalising treats at the newly-opened Ujong. Chef Shen has a knack for putting a gourmet spin on humble local dishes and elevating them to something amazing. And now you can enjoy her signature dishes such as Claypot Rice with Five Spice Pork, Har Zi Meen, and Hae Bee Hiam Mentaiko Capellini with a side of Col di Salici Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore. This is a zesty, dry Prosecco sparkling wine with fruity notes that pairs beautifully with the rich flavours of Chef Shen’s dishes.

Ujong is located at #01-10, 328 North Bridge Road, Raffles Hotel Arcade, Tel: 6635 6502

V is for Von Trapp


The delightful Von Trapp family comes to town! The Sound of Music, arguably the world’s most iconic musical, comes to the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands this July, all the way from London’s West End. Based on the original 1959 Broadway production, this is one show everyone in the whole family will enjoy! Get your tickets here.

W is for Whiff of Fabric Fragrance

Downy’s latest range of fabric softeners features an innovative technology known as the Scent Switcher Technology – and, yes, it apparently does what its name implies. The new Downy Parfum Collection is formulated with two types of Downy’s signature perfume microcapsules, which will be deposited onto the clothes during washing. Through the rubbing, moving and wearing of the fabric, the Scent Switcher Technology is activated, during which the two microcapsules are released at varying amounts. We can’t be sure exactly how and whether that works, but it sure sounds interesting!

Downy Parfum Collection, from $6, is available at all leading supermarkets.

X is for X-cellent Deals

If you have a Mastercard debit/credit card, now’s the time to put it to work. Why? Cos it’s partnered with Borderfree to give you free shipping for orders above USD100 at nine US online merchants. The merchants are: Aeropostale, Adriana Goldschmied, Bloomingdale’s, Eileem Fisher, Elie Tahari, Jos A. Bank, Lands’ End, Lane Bryant and MotoSport. Simply key in the code MCSHOP when paying with your Mastercard card. Promotion is on from now till July 14, 2014.

Y is for The Fountain of Youth 


Looking perfect at every age is now almost possible with Shiseido’s new Vital-Perfection skincare series! Combining whitening and anti-aging benefits, this skincare line brings you impossibly bright and firm skin with the revolutionary ingredient VP8. This ingredient shuts off the creation of aged proteins, which are the root cause of wrinkles, sagging, dullness and yellowish skin. Results can be seen in as little as 1 week.

Shiseido Vital-Perfection skincare series is now available at Shiseido counters islandwide.

Z is for Zero Percent Worries On Spots 


SK-II’s new Whitening Spots Care series claims to give you 0% worries when it comes pigmentation and skin damage. For a targeted solution, the Ultimate Spots Corrector boasts a dual approach, breaking the vicious cycle of spot formation and helping repair existing skin damage to prevent new ones.

SK-II is available at department stores islandwide.

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6 Things Soccer Widows Can Do Over The World Cup Period – Matthew Fam

Don’t bother checking his phone messages to find out what he’s been up to- your man’s probably glued in front of the television all this while! Yes, we’re talking about the World Cup. Taking place from 12 June – 13 July 2014, the much-hyped tournament sees ladies suddenly “widowed” from their partner’s absence. So here are 6 ways to get him out of the house, or even a chance to rope in a girlfriend for that much needed catchup sesh.

1. A Miraculous Transformation
You’re battling for his attention, so a mere dye job or change in hairstyle will not be enough to steer him away from the TV screen. What you need to capture his fancy with is a showstopping transformation in the form of a Qi Mantra Miracle Facial treatment that uses stem cells and Variable Pulse Light (VPL) to firm up and soften skin.

The 90-minute non-invasive treatment, $350, includes a luxurious stem cell lifting mask, containing plant-based placental extract to stimulate the production of collagen and plump skin for a youthful complexion.

Available at #03-19 Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road. Tel: 6737 3463. Opening hours: Mondays – Sundays, 10.30am – 10pm.

singapore-restaurant-melt-the-world-cafe-hero2. A Worldly Cuisine
Sate his international frenzy at MELT – The World Café, that offers a buffet spread of cuisine around the globe.

Located at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, take him out for a one-day-only Father’s Day promotion on 15 June. Enjoy a glorious spread of fresh seafood and gourmet pastas at the Champagne Brunch, priced at $128+ per person. Or for a feast that will fill him through the night matches (3 will be taking place later on!), try the Barbeque Dinner at $88+ per person.

Better yet if he samples the cuisine of his favourite World Cup team- allowing you to score a conversation while enjoying precious quality time away from the telly!

Mandarin Oriental, Singapore. 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square. Tel: 6885 3500.

Grassy_Tote_Front_1024x10243. Wear His Team Colours at a Fashion Party 
You may not sit through those arduous matches with him, but you can show your support by wearing his team’s colours.’s 2nd anniversary party at Outpost Bar & Bistro is the perfect opportunity to wear his colours with pride. The first 150 party-goers will receive party bags filled with deals and merchandise sponsored from brands like Spa Espirit and Browhaus.

Plus, with the fashion retailer’s launch of edgy bag brand, GLUSH from Hong Kong, you can take home a piece of the soccer pitch in the brand’s line of quirky, AstroTurf-lined bags!

Party on 22 June 2014, 12 – 6pm. Outpost Bar & Bistro, 3 Sentosa Gateway, St. James Power Station #01-11. Tel: 9069 1109.

4. Catch Euro Fever 
If you can’t beat them, join them! The French may have won the World Cup back in 1998, but if there’s another thing they totally get right, it’s their artisan pastries and baked creations! Bécasse has launched its full format dining concept with classic European and French inspired dishes, giving diners a wider selection of culinary treats apart from its in-house prepared pastries.

Bécasse (Dempsey Hill), Block 10, Dempsey Road #01-21. Tel: 6479 8119. Opening hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm.

For moisture and coverage in a single pump, try Sephora CC Care & Colour Creme SPF 20, $30.

For moisture and coverage in a single pump, try Sephora CC Care & Colour Creme SPF 20, $30.

5. Faking A Good Night’s Rest
Staying up for a late-night soccer match with your partner can give you a dull, sallow complexion the next day. So feign your beauty sleep with a selection of BB and CC Creams from Sephora.

From 10 – 31 July, enjoy a 10% discount on selected products from: Boscia, PureHeal, Tarte, Sephora’s house brand, Peter Thomas Roth, and Kate Somerville. On top of that, White Card members get another 5% off.

2 Orchard Turn #01-05/06, ION Orchard.  Tel: 6509 8255.

6. Visit A Pop- Up Restaurant
What better way to soak up the festivities of the World Cup than to spend an evening in a pop-up restaurant, held at a historic landmark which was once the crossroads of travellers all across the globe?

My Private Chef introduces its first leg of pop-up dining, Stories, held at the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. At $188 – $248 per ticket, enjoy a fresh interpretation of local cuisine by Chef Stephan Zoisl, who has worked in Michelin starred restaurants around Austria, Portugal and the United States of America (coincidentally teams of the tournament!)

22 – 26 June 2014. Tickets can be purchased on Advanced reservations can be made at


So, how would you be spending time during the World Cup period? Share with us in the comments section below!

About the Author: Matthew Fam is a contributing writer of Material World, and has worked at Cosmopolitan Singapore as an intern and Contributing Beauty Assistant. He writes, teaches, and performs for the stage. Matthew enjoys museum visits, Singaporean Theatre, and spends too much of his undergraduate allowance on magazines.

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6 Reasons Why This Sun-Protecting Accessory Is INSANE – Matthew Fam

The onslaught of Sun damage is never-ending, so we stock our beauty arsenals with sunscreens and brightening serums aplenty. Plus, there’s always sunglasses and hats to rely on- but even those get boring! Introducing the face visor: a crazy, but effective accessory that shields UV rays, while adding pomp to your fashion cred.


I want one NOW!

1. V. Stiviano: The Woman Who Started It All
So here’s the lo-down: she’s the girlfriend of Donald Sterling, 80(!), owner of the NBA Los Angeles Clippers. Stiviano was recently caught in a whirlwind of bad press, having leaked phone recordings of Sterling’s spiels of racism that landed the big boss in hot soup.

What started out as paparazzi-repelling accessory has now been swiped up by fashion blogs and news sites in America as the next ‘it’ accessory. The difference between this and other insane Sun-protecting kits out there? This one actually looks good!

2. What is it?
It’s pretty much a standard visor pumped with 100cc of fashion steroids. Forget those tiny visors worn by tennis or golf players- this baby goes for the gold. Its chrome-like visor fans out across your entire face so you get extra UV coverage. Perfect for days when you feel especially sh*tty and want to be left alone… or pretending to be asleep on the reserved seats of an MRT train.

Would you rather wear a face visor, or be sequel to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre?

Would you rather wear a face visor, or be sequel to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre?


3. It’s Sold Out On E-bay
Get this- when the twitter universe started picking up on girlfriend’s use of this futuristic-looking shield, orders went through the roof! Getting yourself one here can take up to 2 weeks for processing alone (not including shipping) due to overwhelming demand.

And apparently, this sleek accessory has been sold in China- creators of other equally insane knick knacks- at dirt cheap prices. (How did we not notice this??) So before retailers jack up the price, be sure to order yourself one, pronto!

Go, go, power rangers!

Go, go, power rangers!


4. It’s In With The New
Think these visors are obiang? No way. In fact, they’re bang on trend with anything space-age and retro-influenced.

Do these cantilevered beauties remind anyone of Daft Punk? The ‘Get Lucky’ electronica hitmakers donned their trademark helmets on the 56th Annual Grammy Awards red carpet. We reckon the glare from the cameras were too much for the French duo to handle.

Lighter than a helmet, face visors can masquerade you as a fashion-forward power ranger without suffocation. (Childhood confession: I always wanted to be Trini the yellow ranger!!)

Visors were HOT in Alexander McQueen's 2012 Fall/Winter Collection

Visors were HOT in Alexander McQueen’s 2012 Fall/Winter Collection



5. It’s Got Major Fashion Cred

Contrary to its futuristic appearance, the face visor is actually a re-invention of trends past. Remember those tacky 80’s visors made from cheap plastic?

We’re getting major throwback from Alexander McQueen’s 2012 Fall/Winter collection, where visor-donned models were sent down the runway.  With a nod to the house of McQueen and total fashion cred in the bag, rest assured you won’t be a laughing stock as you don this gorgeous UV-protecting headpiece.



Too covered up for the beach? We think so!




6. It’s Better Than Burkinis

Now, I get that some of us are afraid of riding on a new trend because it’s always a risk being first on board.

However, you should know that crazy, Sun-protecting accessories have been worshipped by celebrities since for-evahh. (So it’s tried and tested!) Karl Lagerfeld, for instance, is never seen without his gloves, while Nicole Kidman was once snapped jogging in a neck and head wrap.

Although… we can’t say for sure that all Sun-shielding methods have panned out well. *cough* Nigella Lawson *cough*. With face visors at least, you know you can take the celebrity-backed trend of such accessories and fearlessly amp up the fashion stakes.


… But It Still Doesn’t Replace Your Sunscreen Essentials

While the face visor undoubtedly offers extra protection against skin-roughening UV rays, it cannot replace a basic skincare regimen. A religious application of sunscreen and brightening serums is the key to an evenly-toned complexion, with minimal pigmentation spots caused by Sun damage.

If you are outdoors, remember to re-apply sunscreen after each 2-3 hours of exposure. A spray-on sunscreen mists a protective barrier without smudging your makeup.

So, is this an accessory that you would wear? Share with us in the comments section below!

About the Author: Matthew Fam is a contributing writer of Material World, and has worked at Cosmopolitan Singapore as an intern and freelancer. He writes, teaches, and performs for the stage. Matthew enjoys museum visits, origami, and is passionate about Singaporean Theatre.


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[Material World x Amore Silver] Silver Linings Lookbook – Deborah Tan

Amore SIlver is an ecommerce store that specializes in 925 silver jewellery. Nothing on it costs more than $50 and the store has an extremely friendly Return policy. Material World models at some of its pieces and we are in love!  


Nothing commemorates a special moment better than a piece of silver jewellery. Remember those days when you would spend all your after-school hours staring into the showcases at Perlini’s Silver, telling your friends which silver pendant to get you for your birthday? Or, do you remember whipping out all your earrings and putting them on once school was over?

They may be small and delicate-looking but therein lies the fun of collecting silver jewellery. Easy to layer, change, and relatively inexpensive to buy, silver jewellery goes with just about any outfit.

Amore Silver is an ecommerce jewellery retailer with a delightful collection of pendant necklaces and earrings. The designs range from quirky to feminine, and, best of all, the pieces don’t cost more than $50 for necklaces and $40 for earrings.

The Material World girls talk about the silver jewellery they’ve chosen to model for this post below:

Vanessa wears an angel pendant necklace ($39.90)

“I told Debs that I would wear the angel because I’m the ‘most angelic’ among us all. But actually, I like the idea of wearing an angel as a necklace because it’s as if we each have a guardian angel looking after us all the time. This pendant is also a constant reminder to be an angel to other people.”


Deborah wears a round floral pendant necklace ($36.90)


“I like my accessories in strong, defined shapes. This round pendant may be made up of many tiny flowers but it still doesn’t look too delicate and feminine. I like that the length is just nice for the neckline of many of my dresses and tops too.”


Denise wears a pair of dove earrings ($17.60) and a tree pendant necklace ($39.90)

Denise“I’m in this total Divergent craze right now so the doves and the trees really spoke out to me. The doves are reminiscent of the birds tattoos on Tris’ collarbone and the tree is like the symbol of Amity. Haha! I know, total Divergent-fangirl here!”


Lili wears a pair of tribal-inspired dangling earrings ($32) and a kitten pendant necklace ($30)


“I’m a cat-lover so the necklace is a natural choice for me! The small stud-earrings tend to be lost on me cos of my long hair so, if I were looking for something dressier, this pair of dangling earrings is just perfect.”


Want to check out the entire Amore Silver collection? Click here to visit the store now. From now till 4 May, 2014, all Material World readers will enjoy a 15% discount of their purchases on Amore Silver’s ecommerce store. Simply key in “materialworldsgafter you have entered your credit card and shipping details on the Paypal page.   


amoresilvercontest5 Material World readers can each win a necklace of their choice (subject to stock availability)! Simply follow these steps below:

1.Answer this question in the Comment section below: “Match the Material World member to the correct pendant” ( For example, “Lili-A, Deborah-B, Vanessa-C, Denise-D”)

2. Like “Material World” on Facebook and share this post with your friends by clicking the Facebook Share button below. Remember to set your post on public and tag Material World’s Facebook Page. 

3. Email your details to We will need your (1) Name (2) Gender (3) Passport or IC number (4) Email address.

Deadline to join this contest is Friday, 11 April 2014. This contest is only open to Material World’s Facebook fans.   

Amore Silver worked with Material World to promote its collection of silver jewellery. All opinions are our own. This post was neither vetted nor corrected by Amore Silver in any way.

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The Foolproof Men’s Gifting Guide – Denise Li

Every festive season, I find myself leaving shopping for the men in my life till the very last minute … and most of the time, I find myself grabbing socks, a polo tee, or a bottle of something alcoholic in a fit of desperation. They’re useful things … just not particularly … exciting.

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one with this perennial problem, so I present to you, this nifty gift guide for the men in your life.

Casio G-Shock 

Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400, $499

Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW-9400, $499

Probably made with someone like Bear Grylls in mind, this is the first G-Shock watch constructed with triple sensors that measure compass bearing, temperature, altitude, and atmospheric pressure, which means it can help the user navigate harsh terrains and predict sudden changes in weather. In addition to that, it’s water-, dust-, rust-, and mud-resistant. Great for the guy who’s training to climb Mt Everest, runs ultra-marathons or loves water sports.

For a full listing of where to buy Casio G-Shock, click on this link

Crabtree & Evelyn

Crabtree & Evelyn West Indian Lime gift set, $45

Crabtree & Evelyn West Indian Lime gift set, $45

It’s always a bit of a gamble buying a scent for a guy (or, anyone, really), but it’s hard to go wrong with a fresh, citrus scent like Crabtree & Evelyn’s West Indian Lime. This scent contains a hair and body wash, shaving cream, after shave balm, and cologne. Get this for the guy friend who’s always jetting off on business trips.

For a full listing of Crabtree & Evelyn stores in Singapore, click on this link


Fossil watch, $209

Fossil watch, $209

Black leather strap watches are always a safe choice, especially for corporate-tyes, but the cute detail on the dial of this Fossil watch makes all the difference. Get it for the guy who wants to showcase a bit of his fun personality under his stuffy business suits.

For a full listing of Fossil stores in Singapore, click on this link.


Cote&Ciel California Isar Rucksack, from $349

Cote&Ciel California Isar Rucksack, from $349

The seriously cool Parisian cult brand is finally available on our shores, and we’re loving their collection of stylish, yet hardy and thoughtfully constructed bags. This collection of bags is made with a super thin, lightweight and water-resistant material that moulds to the carrier’s laptop, along with other materials made with function in mind. Now your pal doesn’t have to look unwieldy carrying a truckload of things. Get this for the guy who’s never seen without his Macbook Pro.

The Cote&Ciel pop-up store is located at Level 2 Wheelock Place, outside Cumulus and Nimbus.


Nike DRI-fit Touch Tailwind

Nike DRI-fit Touch Tailwind, $65

So you’ve listened to your guy friend go on forever about wanting to get into shape but not following through on his intentions? Perhaps he’ll be more inclined to put his New Year’s resolution into action if you get him this top. It’s super soft, lightweight, and it wicks moisture away from his body during his runs to the surface of the garment for quick evaporation. It also has reflective elements to keep him visible and safe during his late night runs.

The Nike DRI-fit Touch Tailwind is available at all Nikes stores islandwide.

Sebastian Professional

Sebastian Matte Putty, $52.80

Sebastian Matte Putty, $52.80

Tell your bro that they 1990s called, and they want their slick, gelled-back hair look back. Sebastian Professional Matte Putty will give him the hold he’s after with a more natural-looking finish. And while it might seem a little pricey for a hair styling product, it is one where a little goes a long way.

Professional salon brands such as Sebastian and Nioxin are now available at

Code Deco

Code Deco B Minor, $150

Code Deco B Minor, $150

Code Deco is the brainchild of Singapore-based perfumer Gauri Garodia, and I highly recommend her line of intriguing scents if you’re on the lookout for something out of the ordinary. B Minor is distinctively masculine, with notes of dry gin, cadamom, and vetiver. Most male scents have a predictable one-note musky dry-down, but this one has a more woody, earthy finish that’s perfect for the sophisticated gent in your life.

Code Deco is available at Tangs Orchard, Nana & Bird, and Konzepp.

New Balance

New Balance MRH996, $169

New Balance MRH996, $169

We could talk about the wonderful cushioning, the luxurious materials it’s made with … but honestly, the cool vintage feel of these sneaks speaks for itself. I personally love the green one! An essential for your hipster guy friend.

MRH996 is available at all New Balance stores. 

About the Author: Denise Li is a founder of Material World and a freelance writer-editor. Before that, she spent a few years in the Features section of CLEO and Cosmopolitan Singapore. She considers Chiang Mai her spiritual home and makes it a point to head there for a yearly pilgrimage. She’s also a fitness buff and enjoys boxing, running and the occasional yoga session. She’s quite tempted to get that G-shock for herself. Follow her on Twitter @DeniseLiTweets.

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Pink Me Up! – Denise Li

You can wake up now cos September has ended and that means Breast Cancer Awareness Month is upon us. Lots of fashion and beauty brands are coming out in full support for the cause, and one of them is Coach. For the month of October, when you buy a pink or red Coach bag, five percent of the proceeds will go towards funding for the prevention and cure of breast cancer.

Here are some of the Coach bags we love:

The Legacy Satchel, $895, is the perfect accessory that adds a pop of colour to formal work outfits.

The Legacy Satchel, $895, is the perfect accessory that adds a pop of colour to formal work outfits.

This two-tone bag, $570, is a versatile one that will take you from cubicle to club in a snap.

This two-tone bag, $570, is a versatile one that will take you from cubicle to club in a snap.

We love the texture of this Madison bag, $1,195, and its size is perfect for the woman who needs to take her life with her on the go.

We love the texture of this Madison bag, $1,195, and its size is perfect for the woman who needs to take her life with her on the go.

The Legacy Flight Bag, $495, is all you need to carry your weekend essentials.

The Legacy Flight Bag, $495, is all you need to carry your weekend essentials.

For a full listing of Coach stores in Singapore, click on this link.

Psst, don’t forget that we at Material World are also commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness Month with our “A Sweet Pair” promotion, where we give away a pair of desserts every other day. Click here for our first giveaway, and keep your eyes peeled for more to come!


About the Author: Denise Li is a founder of Material World and a freelance writer-editor. Before that, she spent a few years in the Features section of CLEO and Cosmopolitan Singapore. She considers Chiang Mai her spiritual home and makes it a point to head there for a yearly pilgrimage. She’s also a fitness buff and enjoys boxing, running and the occasional yoga session. Believe it or not, she only has ONE bag and desperately needs to build her collection. Follow her on Twitter @DeniseLiTweets.

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Perfect with a black dress! - Dannii Minogue for Holster

Perfect with a black dress! – Dannii Minogue for Holster

Over the years, I’ve become inseparable with my four-inch heels. But since starting this business, I’ve been working from home and, needless to say, my wardrobe has become a lot more casual. Instead of heading into the office every time there is a meeting to attend, I am usually headed for the homes of one of Material World’s founders. To wear four-inch heels to a house-meeting would be impractical and ridiculously unsuitable.

I find ballet flats uncomfortable because my feet have very high arches. I am simply not a sneakers-girl like Denise and, God forbid I’ll ever walk around town in a pair of trainers! And if flip flops are too casual, what then can I wear instead of heels? I recently found a happy solution – Holster. Made with a pioneering PVC that does not make your feet sweat, these sandals are anti-microbial and vegetarian/vegan-friendly.

This summer, Holster has a fantastic collaboration with Dannii Minogue – a big fan of these sandals. Featuring gold studs on a black jelly base, the “Dannii Minogue for Holster” sandals also come in 9 other colour variations, with some featuring studs, some, with jewels. As you can see from the campaign visual here, the black sandals do complement black dresses really well! I’m already visualising myself walking around town wearing my usual LBDs and with these black beauties on my feet …

The “Dannii Minogue for Holster” collection is available at Not Too Big at Forum The Shopping Mall, Level 2.

Win a pair of Dannii Minogue for Holster here!

Win a pair of Dannii Minogue for Holster here!

Not Too Big has a pair of “Dannii Minogue for Holster” sandals to give away to readers of Material World. To win it, simply follow the steps below: 

1. Answer this question: “Name ONE of the features of the PVC used to make Holster sandals.” Leave your answer in the Comment section below this post.

2. Click on this link: and follow the instructions. (Pssst … you can unlock more chances to win here!)

3. Private Message your details (Name, Age, Gender, Email Address, Mailing Address, NRIC) to Material World’s Facebook Page.

Only followers of Material World on Facebook qualify for this giveaway. Contest ends this Friday, 14 June 2013.

All opinions are the author’s own, Holster and Not Too Big did not pay for this post. Please read our advertising policy here.

About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, Suits, and wonders if she should consider Vibrams as her running footwear now. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.

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Time For Fun – Denise Li

You might only ever buy one or two investment timepieces in your life, but there’s always room in your life for another fun, casual watch. They look great paired with a simple tee-and-jeans ensemble or, you know, practically anything you wear on a weekend.

At under $400 each, no one will blame you for amassing a collection of these. Check out our picks this season.

Puma Time, $105

Puma Time, $105

Puma Time is available at Metro City Square, OG (Orchard Point and People’s Park), Robinsons (The Centrepoint and Raffles City), Tangs Vivocity, Puma stores and selected City Chain stores.

Swatch, $xxx

Swatch, $230

Swatch watches are available at all Swatch boutiques.

Baby-G, $139

Baby-G, $139

The Baby-G collections are available at at the G-Shock concept store at Plaza Singapura, all Casio G-Factory stores and authorised City Chain dealers.

adidas Originals, $xxx

adidas Originals, $130

adidas Originals watches are available at Robinsons The Centrepoint.

Marc by Marc Jacobs, $350

Marc by Marc Jacobs, $350

Marc by Marc Jacobs watches are available at Marc by Marc Jacobs Boutiques.

About the Author: Denise Li is a founder of Material World and a freelance writer-editor. Before that, she spent a few years in the Features section of CLEO and Cosmopolitan Singapore. She considers Chiang Mai her spiritual home and makes it a point to head there for a yearly pilgrimage. She’s also a fitness buff and enjoys boxing, running and the occasional yoga session. Lastly, she believes that everyone should make it a point to travel solo at least once in their lives.

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Hi-tech Sunnies, Affordable Price Tag – Denise Li

Many of us would have fallen prey to the allure of sunnies from the markets of Thailand at some point because they’re cute, colourful and are an absolute steal. But are you aware that these cheap sunglasses could be doing worse damage to your eyes than if you weren’t wearing any at all?

The reason is that while these sunnies cut glare, they offer no protection against damaging UVA and UVB rays. When you put on cheap sunglasses that do not offer proper protection, your pupils actually dilate to let in more light and, consequently, put you at risk of cataracts or even a type of cancer known as ocular melanoma.

(Related: Read this post to find out why it’s so important to protect your eyes if you’re an avid runner.)

You’re already meticulous about UV protection for your skin. Now, it’s time to extend the same concern to your peepers. The good news is that you don’t have to invest insane amounts of money to land a great pair. Sporting good stores such as Royal Sporting House or World of Sports carry brands of sunnies that promise UVA/UVB protection, and they usually cost under $100.

We’re fans of Polaroid eyewear, which will be relaunched in Singapore soon. Polaroid eyewear is made with UltraSight lenses, which has a polarising light filter in the centre to help eliminate glare. Furthermore, UV light absorbers are bonded to both sides of the filter to block all harmful UV rays.

Make no mistake; these sunnies are good-lookers too. Here, our top three picks from the range.

Neutrals look great all year round.

Neutrals look great all year round.

Tortoise-shell adds a touch of vintage chic to your look.

Tortoise-shell adds a touch of vintage chic to your look.

The arms have a unique wood-grain print.

The arms have a unique wood-grain print.

Polaroid Eyewear is priced at $85 – $145, and will be available at leading optical stores from May 2013.

About the Author: Denise Li is a founder of Material World and a freelance writer-editor. Before that, she spent a few years in the Features section of CLEO and Cosmopolitan Singapore. She considers Chiang Mai her spiritual home and makes it a point to head there for a yearly pilgrimage. She’s also a fitness buff and enjoys boxing, running and the occasional yoga session. Lastly, she believes that everyone should make it a point to travel solo at least once in their lives.