Bali, Design, Girlfriends, Life, Love, Personal, Photos

Lifehacked.

It’s been almost 30 hours, so just 6 more to go. That’s what you’re supposed to do when your phone has gone swimming – turn it off, place it into a ziplock bag full of rice and leave it untouched for 36 hours.

And it works! This morning (somewhere at the 14th hour mark), I turned it on and it worked! Just to be safe though, and because it’s strangely weird and liberating to not have a phone, I left it until the full 36-hour window has passed.

It’s crazy that for such an important thing, phones are so incredibly not water-resistant. It wasn’t like it actually went swimming; all that happened was a bottle of water spilled inside my bag and because Bottegas are just so water-resistant from the inside, I didn’t even realise until I got into the car.. meh.

Anyway, Bali was a blast! The weather was so good, and we both managed to top up our tans even at SPF90 throughout. The theme of our trip was: do nothing. We were just so tired from everything here in Singapore that we didn’t even want to be adventurous in where we stayed or what we did. The only new thing we did this trip was make a trip to Canggu where our friends live, and in the process of doing so, got stopped by a traffic police and fined 2mn rupiahs (1mn after ‘discount’). Oh, and we also tried a new taco place, first time tacos in Bali, although we have yet to discover this ‘hole-in-the-wall’ tacos place that Cheryl keeps talking about.

And in other news, we are getting an office. This is such a OMFG moment, at which we now need to make even more money than before in order to pay rent and our team, but I can’t help but be excited. It comes bare with huge windows and a 4m-high ceiling so it’s got a nice loft feeling – you know, the sort that you see on Pinterest, and in Europe only. So the possibilities are endless, but of course we need to first install the lights and air conditioning and all that jazz. Baby steps!

And because I am a champion of amazing things.. here are my favourite new and notable brands at Naiise:

  • snug.studio – hailing from Germany, I LOVE their cumulus cloud shaped cutting board because it’s so dreamy and whimsical, as well as their super-sustainable cardboard vases.
  • Vicara – continuing my current cardboard obsession, fuelled by flat-packed sex appeal and a recent appreciation for sustainable living
  • Love Limzy – beautiful flower + watercolour prints by talented artist @lovelimzy whose artwork has gone viral and comes with its own hashtag #wearflowersinstead
  • Parasolbag – a homegrown designer we should be proud off, Tiffany uses off-cut canvas from parasol factories and turns them into one-of-a-kind bags that are uber resilient and waterproof (probably very good for letting your iPhone swim in water lol)
  • Wood & Lead – beautifully-illustrated whimsical stuff for hipsters who love cafes and food

I also re-designed all our slider banners so please hop on over and tell me it’s beautiful. Well, I think they’re beautiful, I think I have sharpened my design skills quite a bit via ‘on-the-ground training’ lol!

Happy (filtered) pictures here ❤

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Shout-out to my mom who bought this beautiful Zimmermann bikini for me! There are many cut-outs on the bralet; had to keep looking down to make sure my nipple wasn’t playing peekaboo, and I also had a really, really weird tan line after. (Like 5 love bites along the sides of each boob!)

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Yup, that’s a really big close-up of us! Horrifying.

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Day 2 I busted out in this really beautiful bikini too from Cheryl! Omigosh, I have such cool family and friends! Everyone knows a bikini really gets high, the way heels do for other women.

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 More.. (sorry, please indulge me – I’m turning 30 next year!)

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Our hippie momma friend Crystal and her equally hippie son at Echo Beach, Canggu

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Chilling at The Betelnut Cafe and having a power smoothie with dragon fruit and coconut milk, and all that cool jazz. It was VERY filling! That’s not me, I wish I got that seat 🙂

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(He’s not the kind of guy to re-post this on Instagram and hashtag #mygirlfriendtakesnicepictures.) So I do it.

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Beautiful you.

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Brunch with girlfriends is the best invention of the 21st century

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Cool online stuff, Design, Life, Naiise

Laughter, Satisfaction, Discovery & Adventure

Hello everybody, and happy 2014!

May the year brings you lots of laughter, satisfaction, contentment and new adventures. At least, that’s what I want 🙂

It’s been really nice so far running in and out of meetings, meeting designers, brands and partners, designing and sending out newsletters (please subscribe!) and maintaining the Naiise.com space which I’ve come to love so much.

Because this is a show run double-handedly by D and I, every little progress we make is a cause for celebration. Like our revamped drop down menu, which allows us to feature more great brands that we bring in; our Top 10 Ways blog post where we penned down our dreams and aspirations for ourselves, and the business; and our upcoming projects, which I’ll talk more about at a later date. I also especially love designing tile banners that flow in a colour scheme, and having lots of friendly, inspirational guest curators to work with!

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It’s definitely a far cry from having 200 addressable employees to respond to emails I send out, often with an impatient tone. In fact, I didn’t even realise that I had become impatient, and that I was starting to speak to D like he was one of my “kids at work”.

It, of course, led to an argument which left me mad – mostly because I knew I was in the wrong.

I generally hate being wrong, but on the bright side, it’s pretty cool to have a “correct” boyfriend right?

The world is an amazing place, and sometimes even right in our backyard. Some of the coolest (I need to refrain from using the world “naiisest”) things I’ve come across this week:

I’ll try to remember more of these cool things to share, vice versa too?

On another note, really tired of the over-hipster-ed and artisanal-ed scene. It was kind of hilarious today at United Square when we passed by a laundromat with a Hipster Logo, and a pizza place serving artisanal coffee. I mean, really!?

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Design, Fashion

Obsession of the Minute: KOMONO

In a multicolored world we are all Komonists.
Digging deep into the past to bring you a brighter future: we offer you a great escape from daily routine, into a higher state of consciousness and style. We inject color into a grey world. Our world of retro-futuristic accessories will tickle your senses. No Brave New World, no Big Brother, no mass production dystopia.
In the Komono Universe, all men and women are equal. We take fashion to the streets and culture to the clubs. We put the sex back into unisex. Cosmic colors and stellar styles come together in an individual and wearable collection for every person out there. Looking good was never this easy.
Komonism knows no constraints, no rules, no targets. Live and prosper in total freedom and happiness.
We Are Komono. Are You?

Credit: KOMONO / Shop: here

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Design, Life, Naiise

The Holstee Manifesto and Mindful Living

RIP Nelson Mandela, truly. You shaped our world today immeasurably and as you pass on, we celebrate your life and your great achievements. Humbling start to the day, and a good time for some introspection.

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You’ve probably seen it shared on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest a million times over, well it’s time to own a piece of the Holstee Manifesto, and engage with this incredible brand and their story, while learning more about how they are trying to make this world a better place by encouraging mindful living.

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Design, Naiise

The super cool design stuff

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Totally my kind of morning, although I would (have) to substitute that pot of tea for coffee.

As I ease out of my current day job, I’ve been spending much of my evenings uploading amazing design products onto Naiise.com, which D runs. And humbling is the experience, as I interact – for the first time – with real designers, none of that wholesale, white-label stuff from Taobao. Their ingenuity, passion and love for creating great products that light up people’s life through function and design is really nothing short of admirable.

One of my favorite collections is the Room Copenhagen x Pantone Universe range of products which brings in these gorgeous Pantone shades in cups, bowls and plates. Seriously pretty! I can almost eat up that Lavender plate. Totally getting my hands on some, and then sticking some of Nat’s cassis macarons onto them for an orgasmically purple event.

The other super cool product that I really want is this madly intuitive Lexon clock which you can turn the alarm on/off just by flipping it over. I think it’s ingenious, and anyone who has spent scrambling over to the edge of your bed, tracing the charging wire to locate your iPhone, then madly swiping left to turn the alarm off, will probably agree as well.

Well, merry Christmas in advance – Naiise is only going to get better so help spread the word! 🙂 xoxo

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