BRANCHÉ Nails at Capitol Piazza

It’s been a great journey with my esteemed Japanese Hair & Nail specialists from Branche and today, I have decided to put up a post which showcases some of my favorite nail designs from Safori- Branche.

If you’re looking for a cute Japanese lady nail artist who speaks pretty good English, Safori is your go to.

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Kawaii right? ^_^

CNY Nails

This has got to be one of my top favorite set of nails. I showed Safori some pictures and told her what I wanted for my Lunar New Year nails this year and this was what she came up with. I have a male colleague and he was sharing with me that he don’t normally take note of ladies nails but those posts which I posted on my instagram did catch his eye and he told me rarely he will compliment someone’s nails but my nails are really very pretty. I guess Safori did a fab job!

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There are times when I wanted simplicity. IMG_0853

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Those frosty ones are gorgeous!

Frosty Nails

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Sometimes, I’m inspired by top fashion houses.

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Chanel Airlines Fashion

This year, Chanel had this Chanel Airlines collection and boy, was I smitten! I love anything to do with airlines- there’s always something intriguing about it and perhaps it was a dream unfulfilled when I wanted to be an air hostess when I was much younger, thus, anything to do with airlines will get me sitting up and take a good look at them.

I showed Safori pictures of Chanel Airlines and this was what she did for me.

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Love or what?

Next, I came across these gorgeous embroidery bags from Dior and they inspired my next set of nails. The 2 images below credits to Brilliant Luxury.

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There was this pilot whom I met at work and he commented that my set of nails are really beautiful and this set indeed caught the eyes of many, men and women alike.

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Dior Nails

Last but not least, my recent set of nails inspired by Enchanted Garden.

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Everything is hand drawn by the talented Safori. My husband says some looks like digital prints and it’s really a form of art. Even he, is impressed.

Thank you so much Branche for your sponsorship thus far. I love you all! Looking forward to the next trip to Branche for my tresses maintenance and I’m gonna be searching for new inspirations for my nails. Any suggestions? Drop me a line at hello@sharonachia.com or comment on my post.

For first time customers, mention my name “Sharon” and you get 20% off nail services.

Branche

13 Stamford Road

B1-33 Capitol Piazza

Singapore 178905

Contact: 67023036

Thanks for reading!

XOXO,

Sharon

#sharonmarkwedding Anniversary

On the 12th day of July 2014, Mark and I got married at the Westin Singapore. I should have blogged about our wedding really, and I might just do that, if I have enough time. As a full time working executive, it is at times really trying to have to juggle work, house work, social events and my blog. However, I do honestly love blogging so, pardon me if I don’t update as much, but do trust that each post I do is full of love and honesty.

This year, we spent our anniversary together with my in-laws at Phuket, so I will be blogging about that another time. We were there from 9-12 July so when we reached home, it was already 9plus at night, and we had to head out to collect the cake for our anniversary dinner the next day. While the hubs is ok with celebrating our anniversary anywhere, I thought that it will be nice if we can go back to where we held our wedding dinner. I chose Cook & Brew as we’ve been to Westin’s lobby lounge and Seasonal Taste to eat before, so Cook & Brew is the only place we have not been.

To put in an extra special touch to our anniversary, I’ve gotten 2 sponsors and 1 store to collab with and they are Bicil Bakes, Polly Parrot Kids and ShopAndBox.

View from Cook & Brew level, overlooking the lobby lounge on the 32nd floor of the Westin Singapore.

Into Cook & Brew. Let’s go.

They gave us a window seat and to my pleasant surprise, there were balloons decorations on the table. Such a sweet gesture from Cook & Brew!

One thing would have been better was that if we could have cut the cake in the restaurant without a charge, because there is a $15 cake cutting fee. Just so you know.

The cake, as mentioned, is from Bicil Bakes. I’v not seen any cake with such detailing before. I mean, there are pretty nice looking fondant cakes out there, but this is like a lot of hard work have been put in. I requested Diana to inject these colours into the cake and they are prussian blue, mulberry and basil. I wanted an enchanted garden kinda feel and I saw that Diana has made one with leaves but it was a cake with hues of pink and yellow. So I told her roughly what I wanted and she recreated this version that’s superbly pretty.

The leaves were made of chocolate and oh boy, the lines on the leaves look so real, that my hubby asked me if the leaves might contaminate the cake, thinking that they are real leaves. For a few moments, I almost thought they were real too but I knew it has got to be edible. The purple swirls made it all the more better as my hubby likes the colour purple and I love the marbling effect.

Thank you so much Bicil Bakes, you have no idea how this cake has made my life complete. Oh, in case you ‘re wondering, the flavour was vanilla cake with hazelnut buttercream. This would cost between $85-$100 (depending on what’s your requirement, the details and the flavour), good for about 8-10 people and it is 1.5kg.

To make the setting even better, I have Polly Parrot Kids to get the gold glitter topper done. Since my birthday while I was doing research for cakes, I’ve already set my mind to get a cake bunting for my birthday and my wedding logo for our anniversary. You may read the post on my birthday here. I wasn’t sure if anyone could do it though because as you can see, it is extremely intricate. I was in contact with 2 other shops but they were not able to re-produce the logo. While cake toppers are trending now, this goes to show Polly Parrot Kids are awesome in their work. It is so pretty I cannot.

Why did I choose our wedding logo is because this logo means alot to me. Everyone knows I love unicorn for they are so magical, therefore my wedding logo consists of 2 (that’s a union), and the crown is pretty much like royalty. The logo was created by Dreamweaver, a wedding partner of Westin 2 years ago. I’m not sure if they’re still the merchant handling Westin’s portfolio, so just in case if you’re wondering who created this for us. My hubby pretty much went along what I wanted and liked, so it was quite a breeze without having much differing ideas.

Polly Parrot Kids topped it up by giving us a gift on our anniversary- another logo (which I didn’t request for), with our names on it. Thank you for the extra stencil! It’s soooooo pretty!!!

They are giving my followers & readers a special 10% off when you quote “SharonxPollyParrotKids“. Make your cake extra special by personalizing what you want for your cake topper and forget the default “Happy Birthday” tag. My wedding logo cost would start from $28, but the price will be different depending on the complexity of the design and cut. For the one on the card, the price will be $20.

Everything was made even better when my hubby went out earlier in the day to fix his car and he came back and asked me to open the door for him. When I opened the door, he was there with a bouquet of flowers. Surprise!!!

Don’t you think the flowers matches everything? They look really gorgeous together. I was supposed to work with a florist too but unfortunately our schedule couldn’t match. I guess God has it all planned out :).

Anyway, later on,  I asked the hubs why he didn’t have his keys. So apparently, he was really locked out. Hahahah…. Oh well, guess it worked well for him too.

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So, on the table sits a cake with topper, my Coach bag, which is a present from hubs and a collab with ShopandBox (more on that towards the end of the post), flowers from hubs, a car audio system from me to him, a dog soft toy in fabric for the hubs, 2 cards for each of us, and balloons from Cook & Brew.

Thank you hubby for loving me for who I am. I’m truly like how I am at my own home so I guess he’s seen my true colours in and out. Haha…

While we were so busy with photo taking, the food finally came. For the appetizer that’s on their special menu for the night, a duck terrine ($26) which comprises of foie gras. Well, we didn’t really taste the foie gras though, although it tastes good. I ordered 1 Passion Baby drink ($11) and hubs ordered a coffee ($7).

We shared a pork chop and this is a whopping 500g of meat ($39). It was nice too, but probably a little too much for us.

We also shared a Hawker Burger ($34). I think it was too much meat overall. We should have picked one fish instead.

Photo with my pretty flowers a must. While eating, we were discussing about those people who were still at work and we were secretly happy that we weren’t any of them. 😛

Dinner with a view.

Not forgetting an #ootd shot.

I’m wearing

Dress: Herve Leger

Bag: Chanel

Heels: Stuart Weitzman

After which, our little dessert courtesy of Cook & Brew. I’m normally not a great fan of chocolate but this chocolate cake is the bomb. I finished the half I shared with my hubby.

Starwood Preferred Group (SPG) clients get a 15% off the total bill, so do sign up to be an SPG client for your perks.

Time to leave! A view of the lobby lounge when the night comes. It looks even better at night.

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Thanks to the staff who took this photo for us. He took 2 shots and asked us if we wanted to take from any other angles. A pro-photographer must be.

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Back home, it’s time to re-light our unity candle. Lighting of the unity candle symbolizes the unity of two individuals, becoming one in commitment. Every year, we will do it to remind ourselves the commitment we have with each other. I was telling my husband that probably in our lifetime, the pillar candle (the largest one) will still be there because it’s so huge and we only light it once a year.

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Time to unwrap my present (even though I already knew what it is).

Thank you ShopandBox for this collab coz this helped my hubby to save his moolah! He saved more than S$200+! As we all know, Coach in the USA is definitely the cheapest, comparing to any other countries. You can actually read my blog post on the DisneyXCoach collaboration here with the price comparisons. ShopAndBox offers a service where you can literally get anything in 25 countries they represent! There will be a personal Boxer assigned to you so you will be communicating with the Boxer. I had Boxer Yan as my personal Boxer and communication with her was literally fuss free. While getting the item, I wasn’t aware that I can actually personalize the bag with a bag tag until Boxer Yan told me. She could have just gotten the bag without asking me, so I have to say that she has went the extra mile to provide great service for her customers. I asked hubby what he wanted to put on the bag tag, so he came up with this, M. <3 S. (Mark <3 Sharon).  So apt for our anniversary. 🙂

On top of that, ShopAndBoxx gives you samples, together with your purchase and they gave me a lippie from Too Faced, an eye shadow from Colorpop, a primer oil from Smashbox, a sample from Atelier Cologne and candies from Air Heads Candy. I mean, if you buy something from the boutique, you won’t be given all of these right? Most importantly, you actually save money if you happen to be buying brands like Coach. Or, if you want, you can also purchase many other things which you can’t get from your country. This service is almost worldwide, so it doesn’t apply to just Singapore residents.

To guide you along, here are the steps to get going on ShopandBox.

  1. Sign up for an account at www.shopandbox.com
  2. Go to “My Wishlist”, choose ea hopping country. Add ANYTHING you want to your Wishlist (even items not on their website).
  3. Select the item(s) you wish to purchase, fill in the name of your order and hit the ‘Submit Order’ button.
  4. You will be assigned your very own Boxer who will shop for what you want and ship it to wherever you are in the world.

Sounds pretty easy isn’t it? I declare that I am a shopaholic and this service literally means that it gets me closer to things that I want from any where in the world. Like for real.

To end off the post, here’s me with my Coach bag. Plenty of love to all sponsors for our anniversary and thank you hubby for EVERYTHING!

With lotsa love,

Sharon