I’ve never been a big fan of Coach, but I’ve been a fan of the blog blushing ambition for a while now, and her photos. In many of her photos, shes carrying a sling coach bag, which I assumed it was vintage. When I was in USA and on etsy, I always keep a look out for these vintage coach sling bags, but the quality/price/colour is never a perfect fit (ie. good quality but high price and non ideal colour).

Willis On Etsy

However, I started beginning to notice that this range of bag was called the Coach Willis Bag, so it made it easier to search, but I also found out that Coach has made a collection called Coach Classics, remaking and reissuing all the classic bags of yesteryear. And I would actually be happy to carry most of the leather bags on this page.

Snippet of the Coach Collection

Best of all, they remade the Willis, and I ordered it almost immediately, and of course in British Tan. Yum! Best of both worlds, a vintage remake with all the colours available at a good price as well. I actually love a lot of the other remakes as well and would love to get my hands on them, but the Willis will do for now! Even though I’ve a bit slow on the curve, I just had to blog about these great vintage remakes Coach was doing, as you may not see these beauties for a long time after this season’s over.

The Willis Remake

 

Every restaurant week, hubby tan and my friends always aim to try 2 or 3 places. We booked La Cicala (a Spanish restaurant) with the girls and Brassarie Wolf for just us two. Both are non-starred restaurants, meaning lunch was $25++ and dinner at $35++. Brassarie Wolf’s dinner menu seemed very promising:

So, we just ordered one of everything so we could try it all.

The bread with Echire butter was really good but that’s probably because we were really hungry. So first up, the starters! The size of the foie gras almost gave me an instant heart attack but it was cooked really well, and went great with the accompanying salad. The portobello mushroom salad with goats cheese was very tasty and refreshing with the greens. Have to say the foie gras was a little too much for 1 to stomach though.

The mains did not disappoint either. The chicken was tender and mash so smooth and tasty. The sauce was a bit too tasty for us though, but I think that’s just the french style not suiting us singaporean taste buds. The red snapper on the risotto was the real star though, the fish was delicious all the way through, and the risotto addictively creamy and cheesy.

The desserts were kind of a let down, just ice cream presented a little fancy, but I’ve had much better profiteroles and baked alaska everywhere else. But we were so full from the previous courses it didn’t matter, it was just nice to have some refreshing ice cream.

Overall, it was a great restaurant week menu, especially the value it presented for a non-starred restaurant, the courses were hearty and delicious. Good one to try for the next restaurant week for sure!

Brassarie Wolf
80 Mohamed Sultan Road
The Pier at Robertson #01-13
Singapore 239013
Tel: 6835 7818

 

When we read about coastal settlement in 8 days, we earmarked it to make sure to try it out one day since it was in the east, living in Tanah Merah and all. A few weeks ago, we tried to make a reservation on a Friday evening, and it being fully booked, it made us want to go all the more haha. So last week on my sisters birthday, we made earlier arrangements, and got a table of 7 for a Saturday night!

Coastal Settlement

Upon arrival, it had a really small carpark, so opt for the free valet parking, the one lane outside meant if more than 1 car needs valet, it holds up the whole street. But that’s not a big deal, just the Singaporean drivers honking impatiently behind us. The first impression was pretty good, with the old school decor (chairs and tables), gardens, vintage Volkswagen beetles all over.

Interior

Inside, the atmosphere hits you full on with a live singing acoustic duo and the vintage decor continues, with Vespas, retro furniture, and knick knacks strewn all over the place. I have to say I was impressed with the look and feel of the place, it was really nice!

Food!

The place was packed with people, so definitely get a reservation if you’re in a big group. We ordered a ton of food but only snapped a few pics of the highlights. (Pictured) The truffle fries wasn’t too gasoliney tasting and was very very addictive, though some of my family found it a bit too salty for their tastes. The salad was pretty good as well, but the real highlight was the Wagyu Beef and Mushroom Pizza, we ate 1 and half of that flavour cause it was so good! Tender pieces of beef, and a mixture of different mushrooms, brought together with sauce that made the pizza very tasty. That pizza is a definite must try!

And to end it all off, here’s a random picture of my lovely brother tasting the weird almost radioactive looking retro f&n that came with the kids meal. But Coastal Settlement is a great place to hang out and chill, the food prices mirror a place like P.S. Cafe, so its not a place you can go too often. Great food, great ambiance in a not-so-secret getaway in the east.

The Coastal Settlement is at:
200, Netheravon Road
Singapore 508529

 

Hi friends of PicnicSunday!

There’s been some changes recently with PicnicSunday Vintage, and we hope you will be happy with them!

First, its a permanent sale section! Our festive sale did so well and our store inventory is building up, so we’ve decided to move our older items to a SALE section, click the image below to see the items on sale now:

Secondly, the latest vintage pieces will not be released in collections, but more frequently with more focus on each lovely piece. So do remember to check in on PicnicSunday Vintage more often and like us on facebook to get instant updates in your newsfeed once the item is in the store.

Like us on facebook now to know when the latest pieces are updated in the store, and I hope these changes make for a better PicnicSunday! Have a great week guys and thanks for the support!

 

I don’t really shop at Uniqlo except for underwear and winter essentials, but I was mucking about in Vivocity a week ago waiting for hubby Tan, and being a sucker for vintage and bright prints, I was instantly drawn to the new collaboration uniqlo have with Orla Kiely! I’ve always loved Orla Kiely’s prints, but always felt her stuff was a bit pricey, so a uniqlo collaboration is perfect for the pockets! I grabbed everything I liked and made a dash for the changing room:

I ended up with the red dress (pockets sucked me in!) and a the blue sleeveless top which I can’t wait to wear tucked into a skirt! There’s quite a crazy variety of prints in tops, scarves and blouses available, so do drop by Uniqlo today!

 

Popped by this new joint at the Botanical Gardens on a rainy Thursday for my brother’s birthday, having been at the 8Q branch quite a long while ago, I was really keen to try this new branch. I can’t really recall, but at the 8Q branch and I remember having risotto which was pretty good. However, I think the Botanical Gardens branch serves up a more simple cafe style menu with burgers, pasta and a few mains, but there’s enough variety to keep everyone happy. Didn’t capture everything we ordered, but here’s 2 main highlights:

Bacon and Sage Wrapped Chicken Leg

This was delicious! I am a fan of smoked chicken, and this is definitely not as salty as a typical smoked chicken you get from a supermarket. It was like snacking on tender bacony tasty tasty pieces of meat. You could clearly taste the bacon throughout the meat and pieces of sage between the bacon and the chicken. I couldn’t stop stealing bits of meat from my husband on this one! The portion was huge as well! But I reckon it may be a tad too salty for some people if you are sensitive to this kind of food.

Cheeseburger with Fries

I opted for the Cheeseburger (which was a steal at $8), I topped up $4 for the fries + drink combo. The burger was really good, but i wished it had more onions! Their fries (called Crispy Fries) had an interesting texture where it was almost glass like and crispy outside and soft on the inside, pretty yummy stuff.

We also ordered the juicy Portobello Salad, Barramundi, Ribs, Steak and soups. One particular favourite was the mushroom soup. Very delish! Some other pros to this place is that its really huge and spacious, and my nephew loved running around and playing with the lights and shadows from the high ceilings.

If you’re heading down to the Botanical Gardens, I reckon Food for Thought is a good spot to chill or rest your tired feet and have some great food and drinks while at it!

 

Hi everyone! Chinese new year is coming and we at PicnicSunday Vintage have put up a lovely vintage collection that hopefully suits your needs. Also, we are having a special discount code, so if you spend more than $100 consisting of any of the items in the shop, key in CNY15SALE at checkout for 15% off your entire order! Discount code applicable till end of Jan 2012. Click here to see the collection now!

Hope everyone enjoys the festivities and all the goodies and food!

And do remember to like us on facebook for the latest updates and offers!

 

PicnicSunday Vintage had it’s virgin outing to a flea market recently!

We had such a great time meeting previous customers and new customers! Loved it, loved it, loved it! I think i scared my first customer a bit with my excitement haha.

Sarah’s Loft had a booth there that day, and I said hi and got a bunch of of her beautiful cupcakes. They were rich and delicious! Yumyum.

I was so happy my nephew Dylan and my bro-in-law dropped by. It was so spacious and he had a whale of a time running around the flea looking at everything and anything! He even found me the Finders Keepers prize! He even joined in MessyMsxi’s Breakfast Barter, can anyone guess what he drew?

It was a great day, and time flew by really fast. I’m hoping to attend the next one, for sure!

 

I used to love stuff in H&M whenever I visited Europe during my uni days and Norway when I started work. They had such a variety of stuff and all kinds of diverse designs. However, visiting H&M in HK a few years ago and in USA this year, I find H&M stuff getting more and more vanilla. I think they filter the stuff that goes out to the foreign branches, so in USA its very clean basics and I hoped the Singapore branch wouldn’t be the same.

I headed to H&M one weekday afternoon after a mad trying spree at Topshop Knightbridge (and I love topshop), so going from the great styles at topshop to H&M i wasn’t very blown away by the clothes there. But it was huge! 3 floors of goods means it was definitely more diverse than the branches I visited in US, but yet I couldn’t find anything that stood out enough to me to tackle the changing room queues or to want to purchase. They had very clean classic styles which were not my style but I have to say its a great shopping experience by the sheer volume of clothes there. And it wasn’t very overpriced either which was nice. Here’s some stuff that was quirky enough to stand out to me:


(l->r)The cutest hello kitty ear muffs, deer pullover and a very foxy clutch!

I’m not as excited about H&M arriving to Singapore but due to the size of the store here, I’m looking forward to H&M’s summer collection more next year!

 

A great mix of 12 dresses and blouses are up now! Check it out. 🙂 Click the below image to see it now!

till next time!

 
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