Spring florals and Wardrobe essentials!

Hello folks! We had a mini online hiatus cos we were so busy with all the fleas of late! Fleas are so much fun cos you get to interact with people from all walks of life. Like literally! From cute little toddlers, to teenager girls who bond with their mums through shopping, to mums pushing their babies around in prams & looking like a million bucks (!) to aunties who really put your mandarin to the test 🙂

All in all, it has been a fun time and that is why we are participating in another flea under Public Garden!!!

Date: 18th & 19th May 2013
Time: 1-7pm
Venue: MCI Buidling (Formerly MICA)
140 Hill Street
Singapore 179369
5 mins walk from City Hall MRT and 3 mins walk from Clarke Quay MRT

So join us at the flea this weekend and we will be having a facebook and mailing list promotion!

Expect to find awesome finds from our latest Collection and PRE-LAUNCHED items!!

Flea exclusive!!  This timeless crochet top

Flea Exclusive!!
This timeless crochet top which comes with attached inner lining. Of premium fabric quality.

It comes in blue, pink, lilac and the old trusty black. White is on backorder, coming in 2-3 weeks time!

It comes in blue, pink, lilac and the old trusty black. White is on backorder, coming in 2-3 weeks time!

And some of our favorites from our most recent Collection

Beguiling Beauty Dress in black. Available in 3 other colors!

Collection 26: Beguiling Beauty Dress in black. Available in 3 other colors!

Spring Weekend Bustier in White

Collection 26: Spring Weekend Bustier in White

Flower Trim Top in White purple

Collection 26: Flower Trim Top in White purple

Collection 26: Floral Finesse Vest in blue. Watch out for the colorful buttons which totally up the fun factor!

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Exclusive interview with Blogshop Magazine

Exclusive Review: Lavender Lane

1. Is this the first time that you start your own online business?

Yes.

2. How long have you been in this industry?

We have just turned two.

3. What was the reason for you to start this business?

Tiffany, my partner at Lavender Lane, and I have always had a common passion for fashion and would talk extensively about our latest purchases and trends. We have an eye for vintage and unique stuff but found the things offered in most blogshops either too common and not unique enough. We decided to set up Lavender Lane, which aims to offer unique vintage-inspired stuff, which hopefully will inject a fresh breath to the online fashion scene here in Singapore and beyond!

4. What future plans do you have for this business?

We, being vintage lovers, have recently launched our third vintage collection. Our vintage pieces are specially handpicked and sourced from overseas suppliers. We have received good response from our launches thus far and will be continuing to bring in good quality quirky vintage pieces without burning holes in people’s pockets.

At the same time, we are working hard on our modern chic collection, and are constantly on the lookout for unique pieces not found on other blogshops. We source for stock not only locally, but from Hongkong, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia and Bangkok. We aim to provide overseas shipping in time to come as we have received requests from Indonesia, Malaysia etc.

5. What is the business current situation?

We have been blessed with very supportive and faithful customers thus far and have experienced some breakthroughs recently, which have spurred us on to continue at what we are doing. We have also just launched our 25th Collection.

6. What are the difficulties faced?

Getting people to know about us and stay with us for launches. The reason is because the market is just so saturated with thousands of blogshops, both local and overseas, and customers are totally spoilt for choice! Hence the need to create a sense of awareness is crucial.

In addition, Tiffany and our models have full time jobs, hence it can be challenging to find time to manage the business, from sourcing of goods, organizing photoshoots, photo editing, updating and maintaining the website as well as responding to enquiries, which require a considerable amount of time. There were many late nights spent to complete and launch a collection, which is worth all the effort as this is what we truly enjoy!

7. What other benefits do you have by starting this online business besides money?

Fulfilling our passion in exploring the different facets of fashion and bringing our customers nothing but the best in the market.

8. What do you have to sacrifice in order to continue with this business?

Valerie quit her previous job in order to fully focus on Lavender Lane, to devote more time to this business and think of ways to help bring the business to a higher level. And not to mention, the compromise on our sleep and social life due to the many hours and efforts put in, since we strive to deliver absolute quality in each and every collection.

9. Where do you seek for customers?

Through social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our very own blog.

10. What exactly makes your online business stand out from the rest?

We aim at providing the best personalized customer service, in terms of our speed at responding to enquiries and orders. We try to continually surprise our customers with personal notes with discount codes, skincare and make up samples in every package to let them know that we truly appreciate and value them.

11. What are the most memorable events or lessons learnt from starting this online business?

Learning to work together is a very different ball game from hanging out as good friends. The dynamics are so different and we are constantly learning to adapt to each other’s working style and communicate in a way that is constructive and beneficial to the business, whilst keeping our friendship intact.

We are constantly tackling the different obstacles of doing business, encouraging each other to overcome each hurdle that comes and brainstorming on ways to better serve our customers.

12. Do you think starting this online business has impacted your life?

Definitely. We love interacting with people from all ages and life stations, and receiving invaluable feedback from them from which we have benefited much. Setting up a business is no easy feat and it has helped us horn our skills at prioritizing, time management and being more driven in pursuing our passion in the process.

Other interesting events you would like to share

We participate regularly at fleas and it gives us a chance to interact with our loyal customers face to face, as well as give them fashion advice. Sometimes these customers become our friends!

Like us on Facebook and join our mailing list to be kept updated about our launches and events!

Cheerios to Blogshop Magazine for featuring us!!

Pores no more?

Just like every other girl, I’ve always yearned for a porcelain-like complexion, and all the more so since I’ve been hooked onto Korean dramas for the past 4 years or so. For those of you who are K-drama fans like me, you will agree on how blemish-free and spotless (and not to mention – fair!) are the complexion of these gorgeous actors and actresses. And yes, I’m not deluded and am well aware that there’s this thing called make-up but well, make-up and colors will only go well on clear skin agree?

Out of the many woes which I face on a daily basis, the two which stand out (literally) the most would be my huge pores and high sebum level, which in layman terms mean, oil on my face which can serve as a mirror for anyone!

I wonder how people’s faces can remain matte for the entire day when mine starts to oil up minutes after I’ve patted on my loose powder. It gets worse. Many think I don’t put on make-up (boo hoo hoo) because my face oxidizes so quickly. Do they really do frequent touch-ups (cos I don’t)? Or is it because they have normal skin type whereas mine is combination? Or are they just blessed with good skin?

Whatever it is, it has been my resolve for years to discover good, reliable products which will minimize my pores and keep the oil at bay.

And good news! After years of trial and error, these are some of the products which have worked magic (to a certain extent) for me! All I did was read up extensively on reviews about facial care products online and voila! My skin is a lot better now 🙂

#Product 1 – Dr Young’s Pore Eraser Balm

I literally stumbled upon this product at Sasa a few years ago, when they were having a sale and after a very convincing talk by the salesperson, I decided to get it and try it out. John Little sells it too and they usually have 20% off during their sale time, which is really a steal for members like me!

As the name suggests, this wonder balm really does erase the look of my pores and gives a smooth yet natural finishing touch in just a few swipes on the concerned areas. My pores disappear right then and then! I usually apply over my make-up and the effect lasts up to 2 hours when another retouch would be necessary.

No major complaints about this product except for the slight difficulty in the application part. One way is to use a small spatula or use your fingers to take whatever amount is needed.

Other than that, this is definitely a keeper! It’s now a staple in my every day touch up pouch.

#Product 2 – Clinique’s Instant Perfector Pore Minimizer

I read about this in a magazine and had a feeling that it will come in handy. My sister bought it for me when she was in the US. It comes out as a thick mousse and dries to a velvety finish and application is almost a breeze without any wastage. It softens shallow skin depressions and minimize the look of large pores. Not too bad, just a little on the dry side if I over apply, which can work to my advantage since a little goes a long way then. All you need is a little squeeze and it will hide your pores and deliver that matte finish. Still quite a steal in my opinion and especially since it’s so cheap in USA!

#Product 3 – GoodSkin Labs Z-PORE Instant Pore Refiner

I read about this product in Urban. I really enjoy reading this weekly publication – don’t you? You can get this at Sasa for not more than $35, and it promises to refine the look of pores, control oil and reduce shine. I thought it’s a bit on the pricey side for its size and it made me a bit sad to find out that it dried out my combination skin too much, which made my skin look flaky instead of the intended smoothness I wanted. I reckon it might be more suitable for oily skin/ acne prone skin types.

#Product 4 – Shiseido’s Aqualabel Moist Coat Essence

I totally forgot about this till I found it hidden in my basketful of products (time for spring cleaning :p), which explains why this is missing from the very first photo in this post! But it’s so good that I just have to tell you about it! The brand itself was already a main drawing factor for me. This range of products is a more affordable range under Shiseido and was first introduced here in Singapore back in 2010. You can find them easily at most Watsons outlets. This was one of the very first pore products I ever tried out and I give it a 4 out of 5 stars. This product comes in a transparent paste form and targets to conceal uneven skin surface caused by dilated pores. Its lightweight yet moisturizing texture gently rests on the skin and gives a plumped up appearance. Only con is that it doesn’t come with an applicator too, so remember to take a liberal amount and massage with your clean fingertips in rotating strokes.

I remember raving about it to Tiffany and even gave her a mini demonstration. She wasn’t all for it though but it works wonders for me.

So there you go. Four products which has worked to a certain extent for me according to my skincare needs and some are still on my to-buy list till this day. Hope this has helped widen your horizon on some of the anti-pore products in the market. I am sure there are more to come and I cannot wait to check them out! Share with me what products you use to minimize the look of large pores too!

As the old adage goes, we still gotta work from the inside. A daily consumption of at least eight glasses of water, fruits and vegetables is the best thing to do to get good skin.

Love
Valerie

What’s next?

The alluring beauty of vintage is that each piece is unique and you are the ONLY one who owns it in the entire world. What used to reach a hefty price is now brought affordable to you at Lavender Lane. Our aim is really to provide you with specially selected pieces which fit all sizes and to debunk the myth and misperception that vintage is outdated and only reserved for the oldies. Absolutely not!!!

Tiffany and I are fans of vintage dresses and I’m sure we don’t give that impression! You might wanna check out Tiffany’s wide array of her daily (almost) vintage outfit @floralfoodie and @lavenderlane too!

You have no idea how much discussion went into deciding every single piece. It is after much tossing, pondering over and having sat on the items for sometime before we knew for sure that yes, that is the very piece which we wanna bring in for your shopping pleasure.

So if you’ve never dared to take that step of faith, try it and we promise you won’t regret it!

Here’s a teaser preview for you! white3

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Item names, description and measurements will be up at Collection 23 soon so cya then!

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Hello Vintage!

ALAS! Our initial dream of starting our very own vintage collection is finally fulfilled! *GASPING WITH JOY*

Tiffany and I are avid fans of anything vintage and old school. Items from an era of long ago simply captivate us as they have so much character and mystery in them, and it’s often interesting to find out which year they were manufactured in.

After a fair bit of search, we managed to source out some good vintage finds and presenting to you….our Debut Vintage Collection!

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As small as a collection this may be, our dresses have been specially handpicked by the both of us after much consideration. Let’s check some of them out!

#1 Strawberry Iced Tea Dress
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#2 Salt and Pepper Dress
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If you are game to add that quirky touch of vintage to your wardrobes, come find out more at Lavender Lane! Connect with us on Facebook too.

CYA AROUND 🙂

PS: @lavenderlane on Instagram

She’s a keeper!

One of the precious things in life is having a long-term friendship with a good pal, whom I’ve known for 2 decades! Those were the days back in church, when Jazeril and I would hang out to shop (yeap, both of our love for shopping started way way back then), met up for informal guitar lessons with a mutual friend, attended Sunday School together, and cos we used to live super near each other before we both got hitched, we would hop over to each other’s place very often.

Time has indeed flown by and she’s now a proud mother of 2 lovely children. We hardly get to meet up these days cos time really isn’t on our side, but thanks to technology, we have kept in touch all these years via facebook, whatsapping and the occasional meet-ups. And when I heard that she’s gonna be in the UK for the next 10 months due to her husband’s post graduate education for his vocation, I knew we HAVE to meet, no matter what.

And guess what. She not only surprised me by bringing along her very entertaining 6-year-old son, treated me to desserts and even gave me a Cath Kidston bag! And in the prettiest prints of florals, which the both of us have always been madly in love with since our teenage days! I’m so gonna bring this tote bag out on a picnic or something, when Mr Sunshine is in a good mood. Let me know if you have ideas on what outfits to match it. I’d love to hear from you and have an exchange of fashion tips!

Such a keeper is this dear friend of mine, don’t you think so? 🙂

Love
Valerie

Mid-Week Treat at Lavender Lane!

HERE’S A MID-WEEK TREAT FOR OUR DEAR FANS ON FACEBOOK!

A 24-HOUR Time Sale for the lovely Colourblock Peplum Dress (available in blue & pink) at 30% off the marked price!!!!

LIKE us right here on Facebook if you haven’t, to enjoy this discount and to be kept updated of all launches and promotions!!!!

 

This time sale ends at 5pm on the 23rd of August ♥ ♥ ♥

BUZZ us at shoplavenderlane@gmail.com to secure this lovely dress before it gets snatched up!

You can be a classic beauty too!

We at Lavender Lane love all things vintage and old-school so when I discovered this website about vintage beauty tips, I was admittedly intrigued!

When I think of vintage beauty, old Hollywood glamour girls like Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe immediately come to mind. They totally define the word “classic beauties” for me.

So what were some of the things that they did to keep their hair coiffed and lustrous and their cheeks rosy? They certainly didn’t have things like curling irons or hot rollers that we do today, and you know as well as I do that the love for vintage is coming back!

Look at Leighton Meester from Gossip Girls channelling old Hollywood glamour with her tousled updo and cherry red lips!

Taylor Swift with the finger waves faux bob popular in the 1920’s.

Madonna with the 1940’s victory rolls look!

Okay, before I get carried away, here’s the website I have been talking about!
http://www.beautylish.com/a/vcauj/vintage-techniques
I have heard of the Rag-A-Curl and a friend of mine told me that it actually works! I’m personally very interested in the Rogue a la Rose – an excuse to coerce my hubby into buying me flowers 😀 😀 😀
Have you heard of or tried any of the tricks they raised? Which of them are you game to try out? I thought the Vaseline trick for puffy eyes might be worth a try too!

Who knows, we may even try some of the stuff out on our models for the next photoshoot, hehe!

Let me end off with a beautiful quote from Audrey Hepburn:
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

Love
Tiffany

Who’s that girl?

We had our recent photoshoot for the upcoming collection and had the time of our lives. The weather was good, it wasn’t a killer sort of heat which meant that we didn’t need to squint our eyes or be in shades that much. Thank You for answering our prayer!! Well, other than the fact that I fell sick the very next day and so did Tiffany, who was already down the night before and yes, she still braced herself for this photoshoot. Such admirable dedication!

Truth be told, Adeline and I are cousins. Can you tell? It has never occurred to us that we actually do look alike until about 3 years ago when our social paths took an overlap, we started to have common friends and many have affirmed this fact. The one similarity which I have discovered over time are our likes. For the record, we both love to sing (though she sings way MORE than me haha), we have single eyelids, we both LOVE our jeggings to bits (launched in Collection 18 and we blogged about it too), we love STEAMBOAT and CHILLI and oh yes, we both tend to have temporary lapses in memory, which we both just found out recently. Some things just run in the family.

And because our theme is that of a school theme this time round, it required us to tap on the foregone territory locked somewhere at the back of our memories. Those carefree days, where the bulk of your stress came mainly from getting those aces and when the next holiday would come. Really.

After scrolling through and selecting some of the shots JUST for this blog post (You are our VIP!), I know it was all well worth the effort.

Enough said. Follow through the shots and wave your hands if you’re just as elated about the upcoming launch!


(Unplanned) Whistling make us happy and get in the student mode


Don’t we just love her impeccably glam expressions?


Those BIG hairstyles which I totally YEARN to have

My limp fine hair will never make it to the boom boom hairstyles list, hence Tiffany attempted a braid for me while I had a shock at what students are being taught these days at Science classes.


What happens when the two of us got together for some shots?

It all started with an innocent smile. At least for me. While she spontaneously burst into a fit of laughter, as you would soon see in the following shots.

It soon caught up on me….

All in all, I am thankful for this cousin bond formed and forged only in recent years and totally look forward to more fun times together. So friends, TREASURE your loved ones and never ever take them for granted 🙂

Love
Valerie