Lifestyle: MT Expo Singapore

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MT Expo Singapore @ Ion Art Gallery, Ion Orchard Level 4
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Fans of all things cute will definitely be no stranger to MT washi tape, hailing from Japan. With its seasonal catalogue, and endless selections of pretty patterns and prints, MT washi tape has long been a favourite for DIY craftsters (great for packaging and decorating your handmade wedding favours and guestbooks!) or simply, anyone wanting to brighten up their stationery stash. Definitely useful for making a boring stack of notes look more interesting (or for us over here at W&T, a whole list of to-dos look less painful!)

That’s why MT Expo Singapore, currently ongoing at the Ion Art Gallery, is such a dream come true. Take your pick from rows after rows of MT washi tape, including limited edition and Singapore-only designs no less! (Psst, the current batch of Singapore-only tapes has already sold out, but we heard from the staff at the MT Expo that the next batch has already hit the shelves as of noon today! You heard it here first!)

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And as if having to mull over what designs to get is not enough, the MT Expo will have you digging for your wallet over their gacha machine — if you happen to get the lucky capsule with the red atari paper inside, you can exchange it for a not-for-sale limited edition tape at the cashier counter! Caution is definitely advised as the gacha machine is highly addictive. Don’t say we didn’t warn you first! Well, just so you know, it took us three tries before we got lucky 🙂

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With the MT Expo’s central location, it is definitely a delightful pit-stop during lunch break, or a great detour before you head home after work.

The MT Expo is currently ongoing from 10:30am to 9:30pm daily, till 11 August 2013. The event also features twice-daily workshops (sign up early here to avoid disappointment) at S$35 per session.

You can also subscribe to the MT Expo Singapore’s Facebook page where you’ll get the latest updates on replenished stocks and event happenings, or check out other happy shoppers on Instagram using the #mtexposg hashtag!

Lifestyle: Cats of the World

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Cat lovers, the month ahead promises to be a celebration of love for your feline friends!

In its seventh edition thus far, the annual community project Cats of the World, founded by 2 passionate cat lovers Carlyn Law and Noelle Tan, is back at The Arts House with its signature month-long photo exhibition! Indulge in snapshots of your favorite feline creatures from all over the world and do a good cause by purchasing the postcards, bookmarks and other merchandise featuring these exhibits. Last year, close to $3,700 was raised for the Cat Welfare Society in Singapore and all proceeds this year will go the organization to aid its work in reducing the local stray cat community.

An instgram cat-egory (pun intended) for smartphone users to share their photos, has also been introduced this year. To join in the fun, simply upload your picture on Instagram with the hashtag #catsoftheworldphotoexhibition.

Apart from the photo exhibition, there is an additional reason for you to pop by the event on a Saturday. For the popular “Purrzaar Market” will be taking place on Aug-3, 10 and 17 respectively from 11am till 6pm! This unique feline-themed flea market will offer a range of quirky cat-related lifestyle merchandise such as postcards, dolls, cushions, notebooks, tote bags, brooches, accessories and artwork lovingly made by local artists and designers. Read up more on the vendors here!

Admission is free for both the exhibition and flea market. So, remember to pop by for a good cause and get to know fellow cat lovers in the coming month!

Cats Of The World
Date: Aug-1 to 29, 10am to 10pm
Venue: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane
For more information, visit www.gattidelmondo.blogspot.com or facebook.

Nail Art of the Month

We liked the response on our previous story (click here if you missed it) so here we are again with some of our favorite nail art this month. Plus, we included information about a new nail art book, penned by K-Pop star Li Hong Ki, with a mission to create the perfect nail art for men. Be ready to get inspired, folks!

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Floral
Fashion’s ongoing love affair with feminine floral prints dominated the runway for all of Spring 2013 and it seems that the trend remains to stay for at least awhile longer. For ladies who remain hesitant in donning on the iconic print for fear of being too girly, take a leaf out of Katy Perry’s style book. The 28-year-old pop star, clad in a floral Elie Saab dress (see below), had matching floral nails in dark shades of red and black which only added on to her chic unconventional style.

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(Monika Chiang. Photo Credit: Harpers Bazaar)

Metallic
Having metallic nail colors, be it in gold or silver, instantly ups the glam factor. For the adventurous, don on these bold colors on all ten fingers and we are sure you will be in the center of attention in no time. For those who wish to experiment the trend without going too far, leave them as your finishing touch. Runway-inspired ideas for the latter include: Monika Chiang’s (see pic above) platinum streak which is simple yet sleek and Chanel’s Fall Collection (see pic below) last year, where models had a touch of metallic polish to a pastel pink base.

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Gradient
A reliable and timeless design you can always fall back on if you ever run out of inspiration. Just play with the colors and add on a little sparkle here and there for variation.

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(Photo Credits: here and here)

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Black
As they say, you can never go wrong with black. While this may not be the most ideal color for weddings, this is one nail look that will rock the hens night and/or after-party! We simply adore and highly recommend quilted black matt nails (see pic above) and the Steve Madden-inspired rock chic design by celebrity nail artist Madeline Poole (see below).

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Li Hong Ki’s K-Pop Style
Fans of Korean rock band FT Island wouldn’t be too surprised with this new venture their lead vocalist has taken on.

After all, Hong Ki has never been shy about showing off his love for nail art. Be it his personal twitter account or appearances on variety programs like “We Got Married”, Hong Ki’s glamorous nail art are often too eye-catching to be missed. The rock star even made headlines earlier this year, when he revealed on TV that he had spent some US$45,000 (approx S$57,000) on nail art alone in the past two years!

And now, his love for nail art has led him to release his first book titled “Nail Book” on the topic, whereby he aims to introduce the perfect nail art for men. The 144-page material is said to contain tutorials on the K-Pop star’s nail art style and personal tips. Since its release on July-12, “Nail Book” has become the No.1 best seller in Japan and Korea. While we haven’t had the chance to flip through the book in Singapore as of yet, we can refer to the star’s twitter for tips on how to nail that rock star look.

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(Photo Credit: Li Hong Ki Twitter)

What do you think of our recommendations this month? Or have you read Li Hong Ki’s nail art book? Drop us a note, we’ll love to hear from you!

SK-II Bridal Glow Set

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The lead-up to your wedding can get pretty crazy, but with SK-II’s Bridal Glow Set, you can be sure that no traces of stress and frustration will be showing up on your skin on your important day!

SK-II has specially designed this beauty regime to help keep your skin nourished and supple. In a mere 14 days, be surprised by how your skin will transform to tip-top condition, making you photo-ready all around!

The Bridal Glow Set contains:

1. Facial Treatment Clear Lotion (40ml): helps remove dirt and dead skin cells, and keep skin lively and conditioned.
2. Facial Treatment Mask (2 pieces): this intensive moisture-boosting mask leaves skin radiant and crystal clear.
3. Facial Treatment Essence (150ml): SK-II’s best-selling Pitera “miracle water” to help maintain the skin’s natural renewal cycle.
4. Cellumination Essence EX (30ml): helps improve skin from the cellular level for clearer and better defined skin.
5. Cellumination Deep Surge EX (15g): a daily moisturiser to help balance skin tone and enhance translucence.
6. 3-in-1 Electric Beauty Bath Set

You can snag one of these Bridal Glow Sets at just S$382 at selected SK-II counters in Singapore. For all that goodness, we reckon it’s a pretty good bargain. After all, feeling beautiful from inside out on your big day is priceless, right?

Lifestyle: Noise Singapore

Looking for something to do this weekend? Singapore’s leading youth art festival, Noise Singapore (organised by the National Arts Council) is back with exciting showcases featuring our very own young artists, designers, musicians and photographers, starting this weekend!

The Apprenticeship Programme Exhibition @ Singapore Art Museum 8Q Level 4, 27 July – 1 September 2013

Unknowing by Zen Teh SW
Unknowing by Zen Teh

Warbunnies Make War, Not Love by Chua Eng Chee
Warbunnies – Make War Not Love by Chua Eng Chee

The Apprenticeship Programme exhibition is the fruit of labour for 70 young artist ‘mentees’ as they understudy, consult and learn from industry professional ‘mentors’ over a four-month period to produce their piece of work. As a lead-up programme for the Singapore Biennale happening later this year, the young mentees likewise reflected on this year’s theme “If the world changed…” and provided their interpretations on it. We’re looking forward to seeing the imaginative narratives that these young artists have come up with!

Noise Singapore Showcase Exhibition, ION Orchard B4, 27 July – 14 August 2013

The Extremely Hazardous Fast Food Factory by Victoria Moey
The Extremely Hazardous Fast Food Factory by Victoria Moey

Kuih Muih by Wee Ho Gai
Kuih Muih by Wee Ho Gai

From a staggering 9,000 submissions (wow!), this exhibition has curated 200 of the best works across various genres and mediums to be displayed at ION Station, Level B4 of ION Orchard. Next time you’re in the area for your shopping fix, why not take a break from retail therapy to check out these dynamic creations?

The Music Mentorship Concerts, 16-18 August 2013, Esplanade Outdoor Theatre and Concourse

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Join Noise Singapore’s music mentees as they put on an electrifying show at the Esplanade over a weekend! Having spent nearly 4 months under the wings of mentors such as composer-producer Don Richmond, musicians Saiful Idris of The Great Spy Experiment, and Sara Wee of 53A, these young musicians are ready to rock and put up a great show!

We can’t wait to get out there! Help keep their dreams alive, support the local arts scene.