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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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Beauty & Shopping, Entertainment, Lifestyle

The 8 Big Ways To Conquer Crazy Sale Periods – Matthew Fam

There is an imperceptible energy in the air of Orchard Road. Yes, the Great Singapore Sale is fast approaching: the crowds will be packing, and your wallet will be crying. Taking place this year from 30 May – 27 July, here are the 8 ways to emerge a champ from this islandwide sale we all love!

1. The Dormant Shopper
The lights, it almost hurts your eyes. The colours, can’t… resist! You try to keep a calm, serene expression as you enter the store, when your shopping-deprived self is actually squealing on the inside. “Shall not embarrass self. Am grown woman with inner poise,” you tell yourself.

Relax- there’s more than enough reasons to get excited. Sales are a great opportunity for cash-strapped individuals where your wardrobe FINALLY gets an update. No more recycling outfits for the umpteenth time!

Tropical prints can still be muted, as seen from Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 Ready-To-Wear Collection.

Tropical prints can still be muted, as seen from Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 Ready-To-Wear Collection.

2. Eyeing Trends
The one statement piece to get? Tropical prints. Seen on the runways of Peter Pilotto and Marc Jacobs, these nature-themed motifs are still riding high on the trend wave. Allergic to colour? Pare down with monochromatic designs instead. Totes do-able.

3. Perfumes
Most often, sales assistants in department stores would offer a sampling of fragrance sprayed on card strips. Instead, ask if you could apply the perfume directly on yourself. Scents react differently to your skin chemistry, so what smells great on a card may not on yourself. Wait for an hour and then sniff the spot you sampled the perfume on.

4. Sales Assistants
“Hi, can I help you with anything?”
“Oh no, I’m just looking around. Thank you.”
You are then being followed around (eek), sometimes even eyed as if you’re stealing something. Sounds familiar? Oh trust me, it gets even worse with some security guards – they don’t even smile.

However, do know that these lovely staff have the best intentions to help find what you need. In fact, you can even score freebies with beauty sales assistants! Enquire politely about a product that you would love to try before committing to a purchase. They might just provide sample sachets.


5. The To-And-Fro
No, this is not a Salsa dance step. But if you think about it, navigating through a sale is a kind of dance. How many times have you held on to a garment, before placing it back (do I NEED this?) and then taking it back again (but it’s in my size!) and then– you get the drift.

When faced with such a dilemma, ask yourself: Is this similar to what I already have? Sales are the perfect time to get styles you normally wouldn’t purchase at normal price, so experiment!

6. The Dressing Rooms
If the streams of garments spilling out from hands hadn’t given it away, you would have thought wartime food rations were being handed out. To combat long waiting times, you need a major game plan. Form a tag team with your girlfriend: wait in line as she gets the outfits she wants, and switch over when she returns. Just remember to set a time limit!

7. Unflattering Dressing Room Lighting
Sometimes you wonder if the harsh lighting found in dressing rooms are just out there to make you feel completely miserable about yourself.

Overhead lighting tends to highlight every pore, stray eyebrow hair and blemish on your skin to the point where you just want to burst out of the dressing room half naked and cry. But remember: you are fabulous no matter what, so don’t let deceptive lighting deter you from your shopping expedition. Now… strike a pose!

8. The Final Stretch
Snaking queue at the payment counter? Worst. Part. Ever. As if queueing for dressing rooms weren’t enough! This is where people start cutting losses by dumping unwanted items on the closest rack or counter they can find. The department store will look like a war zone, and you the brave trooper who survived it all- good job!

To avoid overspending, draft a shopping list so you don’t buy more than what you need. But to err on the side of caution, bring a set amount of hard cash and leave your credit cards at home. That way, you’re putting a direct limit on the amount you spend.


So what other tips do you have for the Great Singapore Sale? 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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Because Kate Moss Wore Those Boots! – Deborah Tan

I’m not someone who’s easily swayed into buying something just because my favorite celebrity or supermodel is endorsing it. But there was ONE picture I saw that made me very determined to get my hands on a pair of Hunter boots (wellingtons, strictly speaking). It was a picture of Kate Moss. The supermodel was caught on camera wearing a pair at a music festival. She wore her mud-splattered Hunter boots with such a casual getup, I thought to myself, “Wow! This would totally work for hot and wet Singapore!” I imagined myself fashionably trotting around town in exactly the same thing. Well, I definitely forgot something – I do not have the model’s long, skinny legs. But it’s okay! Who says I have to look like Kate Moss to enjoy beautiful shoes! I bought the Hunters anyway!

Kate Moss rocks out in Hunter boots, mud and all.

Kate Moss rocks out in Hunter boots, mud and all.

Such is the power of one of the world’s most recognizable faces in fashion. And this season, Kate Moss tempts me once again with her mile-long legs in boots created by well-loved shoe designer Stuart Weitzman. Photographed by Mario Testino, the black and white images once again put into spotlight the model’s effortlessly stylish casual look.

Kate Moss in Stuart Weitzman's Fall/Winter 2013 ad campaign

Kate Moss in Stuart Weitzman’s Fall/Winter 2013 ad campaign

Boots take centerstage in Weitzman’s Fall/Winter campaign. From the thigh-highs you see on Kate Moss to lace-up combat boots to menswear-inspired Chelsea boots, this collection scores points among the frequent flyer set for its comfort, style, and great construction.

Some of my favorites are:



1. NEGEV – Masculine in inspiration, feminine in its detail, this ankle-high boot is perfect for our weather. Wear with pants or jeans, or even with a skirt-blazer combo.

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2. WORKOUT – Grunge-inspired, this boot is made to look like it will survive a hike up the mountains! But it’s got a hidden wedge (extra height! I like!) and its luxe material of soft suede makes it the perfect companion with shorts and skater dresses!

Looking for a pair of boots that ticks all the boxes for style and comfort? Then listen closely …


From December 11 to 13, simply flash the e-invite below to gain entry to the Stuart Weitzman sale happening at its store in Ngee Ann City. You can look forward to awesome deals on the designer’s creations for Fall/Winter 2013 and more! So free up your lunch hour tomorrow, the day after AND the day after to go shoe-shopping with your friends!

Don’t just stand there. GET MOVING ALREADY!

Flash this invite to gain entry to the event!

Flash this invite to gain entry to the event!

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