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!

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Cheerios to Blogshop Magazine for featuring us!!

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What is your perfect colour?

I spent the better half of last Saturday working on a presentation that helps you discover your skin tone for a church project. I actually wasn’t expecting much but it turned out to be quite a hit with the boys and girls alike! I realise that it actually is pretty useful and can totally revolutionise your shopping experience – so I decided to share it here too! (:

Click on this link to get it! How to find the perfect colour for you

Okay, I have to clarify that I did not come up with the pictures/colour swatches but I have the links where you can find them in the last slide. Have fun discovering the perfect colour for your skin tone! Let us know if it came in useful for you, how you used it – you can even use the slides but please let us know what and where you are using it for by leaving a comment! (:

I am a Deep Winter, which is typical for Asians (well, the other half of Asians are probably Deep Autumns anyway) according to the links I checked. These are the colours that work the best for me!

But do note that the list of colours are not exhaustive and you should go out and experiment with different shades because every one’s skin tone is unique – the slides just show the BEST possible colours for you (:

So what’s your season? Do you agree with the colours? Let us know!

Love,
Tiffany

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

Chill out at the beach with Collection 17!

On crazy sunny days like these, when we feel all so lethargic, what do we do?
Well, you can choose to snuggle up in bed with a good book in blasting air conditioning (not bad an idea actually), OR, treat yourself to some retail therapy!

Yes, we have LAUNCHED our 17th Collection, specially handpicked by the both of us, which comes in a series of unique tops and dresses in lovely designs and superior quality. Come, let’s hop onto the wagon and go for a ride!

Our steps quickened when we saw this lovely top from afar (yes, our eyes have been well-trained owing to our immense love for shopping)! Such a lovely burst of iridescence with it’s intricate double-tiered petal collar, all found in this Dream Garden Top in Sea Green.

Comes in Khaki Cream as well!

Another lovely find, Full In Bloom Dress, which grasped our attention at an instant! An impossible-to-miss item which will definitely add much vibrance your wardrobe.

There are just too many items to load hence we’re leaving you with just one more.
Falling Petals Chiffon Top! Also available in Peach!

Check out the rest of the items all found in Collection 17!

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Love you loads!
Tiffany & Valerie

Shades of pink

It was a typical Wednesday, the allocated day of the week, ever since I got married, to meet my mum for dinner. She, surprisingly, wasn’t in the mood to cook and wanted instead to pop by my sister’s workplace (the Polo Ralph Lauren store at Isetan Scotts) to show me the items which she has reserved (only due for collection in July. ATAS), and at the same time check out the Isetan private sale, since we could enter via some special privilege. TSK.  The last time I’ve been to an Isetan private sale must have been eons ago with my ex ex colleagues who were members so I have hardly any recollection of the crowd level. And boy, it was absolute madness. We could barely shop, with women from don’t-know-where on the verge of a stampede and ransacking the racks like they’re F.O.C!

But I have to admit that some of the items on sale were a genuine slash off the retail price. I bought a maxi dress at a steal of $17 (which hopefully can see me through at least one of the sudden surge of upcoming weddings in June & July) and my mum bought a tee for $11.Thumbs up to Isetan who had the foresight to install those make-shift changing rooms and cashier counters which made our overall shopping experience a little more efficient.

So anyway, when I first saw my mum, I realized our outfits were pretty matching, and it was totally unintentional! Even her newly acquired bag from Europe matched the base color of my skirt! Cool eh?

I kid you not. It is an endless world of possibilities with florals, and no, they DO NOT add years to your age, and if you know how to style your outfits well, they do the exact opposite of shedding radiance and colors to your wardrobe!

So if you are up to the task, why not shop with us at Lavender Lane

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hair-y issues

i am this close to doing something to my mane; i might just randomly chop it all off or do a perm, though i sort of swore to myself that i would never do it again. it took me three very expensive hair treatments to get the tresses back to a fair normalcy after the last perm.

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yep that’s how long it is now! sorry bad photo, i used my iPhone! i suppose every girl goes through this process of wondering about the kind of hairstyles – and it’s not exactly made easy when there are just about a million photos of good hairstyles on celebrities but you know that that only looks good because of professional hair stylists and loads of hair spray.

but anyway, some hairspirations of mine:

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but you know, i most probably will stick to being unadventurous, and get a fringe trim. at the very most, a dye job.

p/s: don’t you just love zooey!!

love,
tiffany

Bellabox, anyone?

I received my April Bellabox last week! There was a shipment delay for this month and the Bellabox team sent out an email to apologize about it, which I thought was quite responsible of them.

I remember that I took TWO whole days just thinking about whether I should take the plunge to sign up for a Bellabox membership. I mean, I really should be watching my spending – my funds are perpetually low and I have a wardrobe that is already threatening to burst at the seams. But I figured that if this is going to benefit my skincare regime, it ought to be worth it! 🙂

I was actually pretty excited when I received the hot pink box via registered mail. It’s rather exciting, the idea of having something pretty delivered right to your doorstep every month, with little goodies specially catered for your skin type and preference.

This month’s Bellabox theme is Flawless Beauty. Apparently it has a theme every month! 

 

I actually dropped the entire Bellabox when I first picked it up because I didn’t expect it to be so heavy. That made me very interested to find out about the contents of the April’s Bellabox – and then I discovered the reason to its weight:

The Kinohimitsu BB drink
I’m sure that most of you have heard about BB cream, otherwise known as Blemish Balm, which is generally known to have anti-inflammatory properties and to have a soothing effect upon application. Apparently, this BB drink is a functional, instant drink that helps restore your skin’s natural glow and beauty. To be honest, I haven’t dared to try this one yet – has anyone tried it? What do you think of it?

The bottles came securely packaged in bubble wrap and scotch tape – as you can see from the picture below. I unwrapped one so that you can see the label better 🙂

Next up, the Lemongrass House Shower Gel.
I was quite pleased to get this one because I will be traveling in June and December and this will certainly come in handy then. There are Lemongrass House outlets in Singapore (I think there’s one in Nex and Raffles City!). The scent is refreshing and very cleansing. It’s said to be a gentle way to cleanse the skin and awaken the senses. The vegetable-based shower gels are fragrance free and made with fresh plant infusions of aloe vera and cucumber.

Then, there is this Moa Green Balm.
I was quite thankful that Bellabox packed something like this in because I have eczema and this seems like it will come in handy! I have applied it before typing this post and the itchiness I initially felt from the eczema seems to have disappeared! Crammed with organic yarrow and lots of other lovely natural stuff, this handy little pot of Moa balm has many weird and wonderful uses. It claims to have miraculous healing powers that soothe, nourish and renew dry, itchy skin conditions like eczema, bumps, bits, grazes and minor burns. A fantastic little thing to have in the first-aid kit, I would think!

And now, the Enavose H20sis Black Tea Quench Mask
I tried this out the night I received my Bellabox and I am really disappointed. Apparently when you join Bellabox membership, you fill out a profile detailing your skin type and preferences. I have combination skin and a really oily T-zone so I was a little hesitant about trying this moisturizing mask – because I can only use very light moisturizers on my sensitive skin! (By the way, I will swear by Biotherm’s Aquasource, it’s really good for my combination skin and I’ve been using it for years now). So anyway, after applying the mask and leaving it on for 10-15 minutes as directed, I went to sleep and woke up with pimples all over! 😦 I was really upset and gave the bottle to my friend who has dry skin. He tried it on and it worked great on him – his skin became less dry and he had no breakout. I’m not sure what Bellabox was thinking about when they included this item in my box especially when I indicated I have combination skin, not dry skin. It has a gel like texture and is colorless when applied. It is said to be the ultimate hydration haven for thirsty and dehydrated skin as it uses Kombucha Tea to release a profusion of moisture and vitality that deeply replenishes skin’s moisture for beautiful, flawless skin.

Last but not least, the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer with SPF20 & Foundation Primer!
To be honest I was really excited about this item when I saw from the Bellabox’s FB page that a Laura Mercier product was going to be added to this month’s box. I haven’t tried it yet, am waiting for an occasion to do so. It looks so pretty and precious that I can’t bear to open it yet! Laura Mercier is known for the “flawless face” and it is achieved in four easy steps: primer, foundation, concealer and setting. There’s no arguing that the perfect make-up look begins with a clear canvas.

Pictures taken with instagram on my iPhone!

So, what do you think of my Bellabox? Do you have one too? What did you get? Do share!

love,
tiffany