Little Miss Shopaholic

Have bag, will summer

Ever since the Great Singapore Sale has started, Little Miss Shopaholic’s haul has been less than impressive. The most expensive outing she had recently was at bookstore Kinokuniya, where she utilized the 20% discount coupons to great satisfaction, causing her to be $50 poorer. Yes, LMS is an intellectual reader/bargain hunter and she bought four books on discount!

Unfortunately, shops in Singapore bore her periodically. Which is when online shopping comes in handy but then again, shipping can be such a bitch.

Tsk tsk, no more negative thoughts.

LMS recently underwent a Coach phase, where she would surf to the Coach website and look longingly at the pictures of the gorgeous Coach wallets and bags. There was one summer bag that caught LMS’ discerning attention – a cutesy straw bag with butterflies and flowers appliqué. The straps were in white, brown or black leather and they were little boxy handheld totes that were just the perfect accessories for the summer. LMS imagined holding on to this teeny baby, wearing her new strappy straw wedges and a brightly-coloured babydoll smocked dress.

But alas, LMS could only look and swoon because the cost of that cute tote was prohibitive. Imagine then, to her immense surprise, she found look-alikes in Charles and Keith!

Now, we all know that Charles and Keith is a homegrown shoe boutique that has made good here and elsewhere. Applause please! But sadly, LMS has lost interest in the brand, for the designs were never kitschy or attractive enough for her to be willing to plonk S$30 for them. She would rather pay a wee bit more at shops like Substance, Tangs or Hue.

Back to the story of the Coach look-alikes. Yes, there they were! Little boxy totes in different sizes, with black, white or brown leather straps! The resemblance was just uncanny. The prices were competitive too, about S$35. When LMS was at the suburban Sengkang outlet, she saw likeminded women snapping up those bagseys.

LMS says: Go grab them for what’s left of summer!

Coach bags wannabes

PS LMS was a thrifty diva and hence, did not buy the bag. Watching bank accounts grow can be fun. And these are not the real thang, but other doppleganger.

Arts & Entertainment

Corrinne May in concert

I’ll be catching Corrinne May live in concert this coming August, and I can’t wait for it!

She’s been one of my favourite singers ever since a kind soul loaned me a copy of her debut album, Fly Away. I could listen to those 12 songs on that album over and over again without ever feeling bored or sickened. Such is the beauty of her mellow voice and poignant lyrics.

While her voice is not as haunting as Joni Mitchell or Sarah MacLachlan’s, her songs are similar to theirs. Reflective, musing, open…they are great for those late nights when the world has fallen silent and your heart is at peace.

She performed at the Esplanade this year for the New Year countdown and while watching, I found that my cheeks were wet with tears despite the none-too-perfect open air acoustics, on/off rain and hordes of people crowding around the amphitheatre. And now that she is on tour for her new album, Safe in a Crazy World, I could not pass up the chance to see her sing live again.

Highly recommended.

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[Let’s play tag! ]