Another stunning look from the Natalie Dissel launch hosted by Doorstep Luxury and Gallery Reis last week. I haven't been able to get this dress out of my head, or those Jimmy Choos--they're a subtle, unexpected complement to the bold geometric print of the dress.
Designer Natalie Dissel, pictured above, uses semi-precious gems and rare stones in her stunning line of jewelry to evoke organic, natural forms. Each hand-made piece, like the necklace Natalie is wearing, is unique, ethically produced, and undeniably sophisticated. Available at Doorstep Luxury starting next week.
Oh the sun, the sand, the sangria, the cabanas! Stepping into retro-chic Tanjong Beach Club on Sentosa is like happening upon a very cool 1950's Los Angeles poolside retreat, and this arriviste, for one, cannot help but imagine herself a silver screen starlet lounging in Hollywood luxury the minute she settles into a beach bed. (Active imagination, I know!)
During the week, the restaurant-slash-beach club is every bit the calm idyll you see in the pictures above. From Tuesday to Friday you can saunter right in, take your pick of spots, and order a fresh salad to go with that pitcher of mojitos. But if a beach-side, DJ-fueled party is more up your alley, head to TBC on the weekends when Singapore's pretty young things come out in full force (and call ahead to reserve a comfy spot).
Whatever your preference--a quiet movie-star-off-duty day by the pool or weekend carousing with the party set--TBC doesn't disappoint.
Top three pictures: Little India; the rest: Haji Lane. Second from bottom: A Thousand Tales. Bottom picture: Piedra Negra.
First, sorry for the lack of posts. I've been waylaid by deadlines, illness, parties, etc, etc. You know how it goes. But I have managed to do a little exploring, and have just the thing if you're feeling the itch to experience more than obscenely-priced restaurants (I'm talking to you, Marina Bay Sands) and slick shopping malls. A great way to absorb Singapore's famous multi-ethnic culture is to walk around Little India and Haji Lane, which both harken back to Old Singapore with their narrow lanes and shophouses in atmospheric decay. In Little India, jewelry, saris, and knick-knack shops sit chock-a-block on the neighborhood's bustling streets. And in the Arab Quarter, the quaint Haji Lane has become host to lots of little boutiques. Though mostly stocked with dime-a-dozen "vintage" goods, there are some gems among them, like mid-century inspired furniture atelier A Thousand Tales.
Start your day with lunch in Little India and then head over to Haji Lane for some browsing and an afternoon margarita.
1. Lunch is first on the agenda: Head to the fittingly-named Banana Leaf Apolo at 54 Racecourse Rd, one of Little India's most famous restaurants, for an Indian feast served on banana leaves. If vegetarian is your thing, head instead to Kailash Parbat at the corner of Belilios and Serangoon roads. This cool and inviting gem of a restaurant was introduced to me by none other than the lovely Notabilia, knower of all things interesting in Singapore, whose mother has been a fan for years. Opt for the buffet.
2. Next , wander over to Serangoon Rd and walk against traffic to the corner of Dalhousie Lane, peeping into gold shops and sweet stalls as you go. At Dalhousie you'll find the Little India Arcade, a maze of Indian goodies, from crafts to medicine. Done with the arcade? Walk around the surrounding lanes until you've had your fill.
3. Now you're off to Haji Lane. Hop in a cab and have the driver drop you directly there. The little street doesn't span more than a couple of blocks, so pick an end and start exploring. Keep an eye out for hipster-ready clothes at K.I.N. and covetable furniture at A Thousand Tales.
4. If you're not totally exhausted after all the browsing, wander around the neighborhood a little more for a look at carpet shops and shisha spots and over to Singapore's oldest mosque, Masjid Sultan.
5. But if you're ready for a break, then trot on over to Piedra Negra for one of Singapore's best margaritas. You've earned it!
The Botanic Gardens, located about a kilometer west of the start of Orchard Road, is one of the most beautiful urban parks this arriviste has ever visited. A tropical sanctuary from the shopping malls and hawker centers that often dominate visitors' itineraries, this 183 acre park is truly a lovely way to experience Singapore's tropical landscape. Visit the orchid and ginger lily gardens, stroll through the rainforest trail or catch a free performance--anything from opera to big band--at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage on the weekends (see here for a schedule of events). Enter at the Cluny Rd gate and pick up a bottle of water or a latte at cafe Casa Verde before setting out to explore.
In a city overwhelmed with choice, the Arriviste is an edited guide to Singapore's food, drink, and style standouts. Just visiting for a weekend? Wander down to "categories" below to find the best, and only the best, of this tropical isle.