BAG - (Vintage) Chanel
DRESS - Zara (Little Girls' Section)
Here's a quick tip for the vertically challenged. If, like me, you're 5'3" and petite in size, next time you pop into the flagship Zara store at Liat Towers (or wherever it can be found in your country), check out the little girl's section. The adult range is pretty delicious, depending on the season, but the little girls' line also contains a number of adorable gems. I often see kids in dresses I wish they made in adult sizes, so I was pretty thrilled to discover that Zara makes both adult and children's wear that fits my frame.
For reference, I usually wear an XS (American size 0 to 2, UK size 6) when it comes to Zara's adult range, and I've found that I fit very comfortably in their children's clothes labelled "Aged 11 - 12". So I guess I either have the body of a twelve year old, or little girls these days are extremely large and overgrown. Anyway, the girls' sizes run up to "Aged 13 - 14", which is too big for me, so by my estimate, if you're between an adult size XS to a small M, and about 5'4" in height and below, you'd be able to wriggle into the cute clothes at the girls' section. Any taller and the dresses would probably be too short for you.
Anyway, here are some pictures from the last time Bryony and I hung out in Sin City. We explored Ion on Orchard Road for the first time, then had yummy cakes for tea at Canelé.
Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie
Macaroons, Strawberry Shortcake and Jupiter.
Pretty cake boxes.
There are plenty of nice shops in Ion, including the new Marc Jacobs boutique, Louis Vuitton's new space and a fantastic tea house, but I thought Miu Miu and Prada were worth mentioning because the service was a step up from their other stores. Bryony and I have always found the Sales Associates at Chanel (the one at Ngee Ann City) to be the most lovely - just so friendly and genuinely helpful without trailing you everywhere around the store like a pesky tail. They seem to have achieved the perfect balance between giving a customer space, and being of service when actually required. On the other end of the scale, we've found the old Prada and Miu Miu staff a bit stand-offish, even fake. Sometimes, you get the feeling they'd rather be anywhere else than in the store fetching you shoes in a different size (which let's face it, is probably true, but a good Sales Associate never lets you know this). We were therefore quite pleased to visit the new Prada and Miu Miu stores in Ion, and find the service a marked improvement. Our SAs at both stores did not bug us incessantly before we required assistance, but were eager to help when approached. Thumbs up.
Doesn't this escalator remind you of something in The Jetsons? Ok, if this were The Jetsons, we'd probably have hover-plates jetting us to different floors and hired robots to carry our shopping but you know what I mean. It looks even more towering and massive in person.
Our passionfruit strawberry drinks from the food court.
NAUTICAL SWEATER - Topshop
RED SUNGLASSES - Rayban
MARY JANES - River Island
SHORTS - Ralph Lauren
BAG - (Vintage) Chanel