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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Summer at the Park with Orchard Central

Get out of the sweltering summer heat and celebrate it with Orchard Central’s Summer in the Park bazaar! Featuring 27 vendors and their diverse offering of fashion, beauty and lifestyle vendors, the event had scored a spot in the Singapore’s Book of Records for the largest vintage cars bazaar. Be part of these monumental moment and come take some great photos with these rare rides before they’re gone!

How cute is the idea of using vintage Beetles and Kombis to showcase fashion and beauty products? I really think it adds that rustic feel of treasure hunting when you go through different stalls looking at the merchandise.

I made my first stop at Tokyu Hands, a multi-brand store that stocks the best of Japanese lifestyle goodness such as honey-infused makeup line Vecua Honey, innovative food tools and travel luggage. Currently you can score some exciting offers at discounted prices, and their diverse offering means there is something for the kitchen-saavy mom or the jet-setting sister.  

I am such a soap and body care person so I’m definitely stocking up on their fragrant lavender and green tea organic body soaps and shampoos which are priced from $3 to $10, so there is no better time to stock up! 

Words hold power like no other; a kind encouragement rejuvenates the mind and soul and a mean remark can break the spirit. So what better way to give yourself some daily encouragement with Paper Therapy’s colourful framed quotes from famous people.

Really loving the pop-culture feel of the potraits, and I thought I’d show you some of my favourites that truly resonated with me: 

They are also available in larger sizes if you have a more surface area to play with. Literally make a  statement and add some character to your home d├ęcor with witty quotes and sayings. 

And why settle for the usual run-of-mill printed greeting cards? Wow friends and loved ones with their wide selection of intricate hand-cut, pop up cards for every occasion. They have everything from famous landmarks to Chinese wedding characters! 

Just further down the road is Pleatation, a local designer brand that I came to know about earlier this year when I attended the Samsung Fashion Steps Out. Forget the conventional styles of accordion pleats on office skirts; Pleatation is all about the contemporary use of pleats with stunning fabrics weaved together to create interesting textures bags, clutches, dresses….and even notebooks! 

Especially going gaga for their maxi dresses, which are lightweight for the Singaporean weather and looks quite regal when worn. Each Pleatation piece undergoes a rigorous treatment so that the pleats stay perfect even after long wears or harsh treatment.

Quench your thirst from all that walking with a glorious refreshing sip of cold-pressed juice from HIC Juice. HIC Juice is a hot buzzword for those seeking a healthy juice detox cleanse, and their drinks are exceptionally fresh thanks to the 2-step triturating hydraulic cold press that extracts up to 5 times of the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, enzymes gleamed from their organic produce.

They have a number of delicious tasting flavours but I personally recommend Kale Tales, a blend of apple, cucumber and Coconut water. They also stock some great-tasting nutty snack bars that goes well with the juices, without busting the health quotient.

The HIC Juice booth is also the only one that stocks plushies of my favourite animal in the world: Seals! I Just about bought half the stock when I saw their plushies keychains and dolls of seals in funny costumes. But limited pieces so do hurry if you are a fan like me! The little Sir here gives his ‘seal’ of approval!

HOW CUTE are these arigurumi (crochet woven) toys? A cute alternative to the usual furry type soft toys, it is also a better alternative for those suffering from allergies as it is less likely to catch dust. At the TotallyHotStuff™ you can also find some quirky novelty gift ideas like that sleeping bear bean cushion…

Vintage looking clocks and cute animal mugs! 

As well as lovely kitten throw cushions and and dainty tea pot sets at The Handmade Shop…

Tea aficionados must not miss Wands, the Original Tea Company. Created by local company Tea Ideas, their high ISO certified filtration process means that teas produced are top-notch and pure tasting. Choose from their range of high grade Gyokuro green tea to white or fruity teas; or just get a wand or 2 to try first before you buy a box at just $2 each. Their unique tea wand design is fuss-free and easy to use without having to buy a diffuser!

Love those yummy Japanese snacks like Tokyo Banana and Shiroito Koibito but don’t have the chance to travel over? Get your sweet fixes at ShiokJapan!, where Tokyo Banana is now going at $30 a box or 2 for $50 now!

Sometimes the best things in life comes for free, and that’s why Orchard Central is bringing in indie local brands and artists over the weekends (sessions happen at 3pm/5pm/8pm). Soak in the soothing melodies and grab some free candy floss at the Kombi Rocks refreshment booth just next to mini-stage area of the atrium!

PSsst, don’t say I didn’t share good things! Besides the already discounted prices spend $100 and more, and be rewarded with an instant dip chance to win shopping vouchers from shops like The Reckless Shop and Miss Empire, complimentary hair treatments from Essensuals Hairdressing, and dining vouchers to Milagro Spanish Restaurant, Shabu-Sai, and many more!

I know where I’ll be during this summer, so don’t miss out on the action and join me! Orchard Central’s Car Boot Sale which is happening form 29 May – 9 July, at the Discovery Walk Atrium Level 1 Orchard Central (181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896). 

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