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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. Wearto.com’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 http://www.myprivatechef.com.sg. Advanced reservations can be made at dine@myprivatechef.com.sg

 

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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What Does “Fair Trade” Mean?

When we go shopping, we often come across this phrase, “Fair Trade”. Exactly what does it mean when a company uses fair trade ingredients to create their products? Material World interviews Kiehl’s, The Body Shop, and Starbucks to understand more.

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Resting on their very source – Kiehl’s Amazonian White Clay range. (Image courtesy of Kiehl’s)

Muddy Miracle
Kiehl’s wildly popular Rare Earth range uses fair-trade Amazonian White Clay harvested by the Marajo Island community in the Amazon. Nicolette Heng, Kiehl’s Senior Product Manager, takes us deeper into the brand’s involvement with the community.

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Training is provided to the community to harvest this ingredient ethically. (Image courtesy of Kiehl’s)

Why is it so important for Kiehl’s to use fair-trade ingredients?
The Kiehl’s experience is characterized by a fervent commitment to community that was set in stone more than forty years ago when Kiehl’s founding family declared the “Mission of Kiehl’s.” In it, the company firmly established its commitment to giving back to the communities in which it serves its patrons. This is done not only through the charity initiatives that it undertakes each year but also when it sources these highly efficacious, natural ingredients from small communities around the world, Kiehl’s strives to ensure that we create viable and fair trade agreements with local farmers and producers to protect and enhance the future of the community.

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Image courtesy of Kiehl’s

Tell us more about the Marajo Island community that helps harvest the Amazonian White Clay.
Marajo Island is an island roughly the size of Switzerland, with about 250,000 inhabitants. The white clay plays an important role in the Marajo community – local families run their own studios creating pottery that they sell as a form of income. Out of the community, nearly 200 villagers (plus a water buffalo named Miranda!) work with Kiehl’s on the excavation of the Amazonian White Clay.

By practising fair trade, Kiehl’s put into motion several things that benefit the community:
1. Creating opportunities for the economically disadvantaged
2. Building a work environment that is healthy and safe
3. Ensuring the ingredient is paid for at a fair price
4. Making certain the materials and processes used in the production do not damage the environment and what is used is replaced, recycled and restored

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