Apartment Therapy

Hello New York! It’s a gorgeous Saturday morning and we’re round the breakfast table with coffee and OJ, cookies and crumbs of banh mi bought from down the street.

To paint the scene, it’s a renovated loft in downtown New York. There’s exposed brick, wood floors, a furnace with chopped wood at the ready, raw bulbs and hanging plants. We’re a sneeze from SoHo and five flights of stairs up from the world.

My main squeeze is reading Chuck Palaniuk on the couch, and I’ve had the sudden flash of inspiration to drop in on the blog. It’s been an incredible journey so far and I’ve loved catching up with old friends, eating some of the most amazing  food and taking in some gorgeous sights. Yes, I think New York definitely gets me and this is an enduring love. Could I love a city more than Paris? Bien sûr. NY would be it.

From the Bowery to Brooklyn, there are too many things that I adore about this place. The overheard conversations, drugstore finds, the handmade community in Williamsburg, the food (so delicious! so affordable!), the art & culture, the service. We laughed our butts off at a Comedy Club a few nights ago and made our way to Ippudo for a very late dinner. There’s been the Met and MoMa, Central Park and many taxi rides in between. I’m glad this city of dreams had room for two more people if only just for 10 days or so.

For on-the-minute updates on our adventures, check out our Instagram!

And in other news, with Mother’s Day coming up on May 11, you can now surprise the best mama ever without so much as having to roll out of bed. Mmerci Encore have teamed up with Yi Lian Floral Atelier to present to you some of the most stunning bouquet & home spa aromatherapy treats ever.

Sets range from Little Mrs Sunshine ($120) to Madama Butterfly ($180) and My Fair Lady ($280). Pick a floral personality and we’ll deliver the fresh handcrafted surprise to her door on Mother’s Day itself.

Don’t procrastinate your Mother’s Day gifting. Shop here now!

PS – thanks again to the Big & Little Project in Style family for having us over and capturing this very fun spread! x

Fever

Spent the morning blending the essential oils that will soon make up the new Awakening Elixir (if you’re a fan of all-natural, chemical-free perfumes, stick around for this one!) to accompany our Glow Elixir roll-on blend. The Awakening Elixir comes after a few (years worth!) of requests to transpose the scent from our Awakening Scrub into a roll-on and we hope to answer this need very soon.

Another thing I’m counting down is our next big trip abroad. I haven’t travelled with my family for many years – not since I was a teen – so this, coupled with the fact that I’m getting a new sister in 20 days or so is beyond exciting! I cannot wait to journey with the people I love most and see the town she grew up in, to eat all that good food and to welcome this new season of life for my brother with my family.

Home Coming

Find someone who makes you realize three things: one, that home is not a place, but a feeling. Two, that time is not measured by a clock, but by moments. And three, that heartbeats are not heard, but felt and shared.

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Coming home to someone is many things. It is a literal action, an abstract idea, a physical feeling. It is more than the sound of the key turning in the door and the voice that calls from the porch. It is a choice, a promise, a declaration. It is a return, not as a person to a place, but as oneself to another. It is one individual saying to another: ‘You are the one I choose’.

— via the internet

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Everybody has a home team: It’s the people you call when you get a flat tire or when something terrible happens. It’s the people who, near or far, know everything that’s wrong with you and love you anyways. These are the ones who tell you their secrets, who get themselves a glass of water without asking when they’re at your house. These are the people who cry when you cry. These are your people, your middle-of-the-night, no-matter-what people.”

— Shauna Niequist

let's stay home

This day was splendid. Thank you to the person who helped make it incredible just by being there.

What a relief to have gotten through the week.

Paris was amazing (!) but I am glad to be home, safe and sound once more. Anyone in my circle would know that the lead up to this trip in particular was not the easiest – even for a seasoned traveller like myself – some fear and unease – but everything turned out ok. Better than ok.

Our doorman was so excited to see me we walked upstairs together as he told me of his holiday in Sumatra. We spoke of coffee and Morocco. It was like seeing an old friend, the exchange was so animated and warm. The chambermaid and I shared a laugh. The kitchen knew I wanted an earl grey tea with milk, two pieces of toast and scrambled eggs before I asked. And concierge said, “Welcome home.”

Strange isn’t it. It’s not reality and yet, it very much is. And we as human beings, for all our love of exploring, want to return to something familiar.

And at the show, I found my old pal, Vincenzo whom I haven’t seen since he moved to Hong Kong to edit a magazine. He picked me up and I dangled there in front of all those journalists. They must have thought we were crazy, seeing us talk with out hands and at 100 km/h but that’s how you are with old friends.

The last day saw me take lunch at Le Souffle (a camembert & caramelised apple souffle). The lovely French dame next to me tapped me on the arm as I read the menu. “Try the Grand Marnier crepes. It’s delicious.” Just one of a few great encounters during this trip, all good for the soul.

It’s rather late and I should be asleep but while I am a zombie battling chronic jetlag now thanks to having worked two time zones, I’m safe and well. The news I returned to however, was not.

My prayers go out tonight to the missing Malaysian Airlines flight, for all its passengers, crew and their loved ones. Lord, a miracle please. Send light to all who are in this dark hour.

Into the Light

Hello from my work desk (i.e. bed) in Paris.

Say it in French

We have a big day of buying ahead of us tomorrow (and over the next few days) but I wanted to relish in the post-work calm. Al-Jazeera’s on and I’m safe under covers. As hectic as my life is, my inspiring afternoon of very long talks was a nice reminder of just how blessed I am and to never take these experiences for granted.

While it’s rare to have a quiet moment here, I carry my trusty Moleskine around – jotting in dreams as I go. One thing I am excited to get working on when I go back to Singapore is an idea I have for a new blend. We’ve done bespoke aromatherapy blends in roll-on form before for very special occasions, but the runaway hit of the Glow Elixir (available with In Good Company at Tangs, Orchard – Level 2) has had friends both old and new ask us for more.

Time to experiment once again. Can’t wait to share what we’ve got cooking up. Stay tuned!

Everything Is Beautiful and Nothing Hurt

both.
i want to stay.
i want to leave.
i am three oceans away from my soul.”
— Nayyirah Waheed

No guesses for where we’re headed next…  Let this be a visual reminder to myself: you were not wrong to build a capsule wardrobe on dove greys, caramels, navy and black. Now for the winter boots.

Hope the slew of books and magazines I ordered arrive before it’s time to pack.

Rediscovered my love for slowly poring over magazines during the break, cup of tea in hand. Toe-curlingly delightful fun (unless you work at a mag, in which case, it’s work – put it down and go listen to music).

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