3 lifestyle must-dos of the week

This week, we’re going nuts for quirky polka-dotted lifestyle items, a very rare rose and monkey-themed products

1. Refresh your living and work space with colourful, whimsical things
1. Refresh your living and work space with colourful, whimsical things
21 Jan 2016

1. Refresh your living and work space with colourful, whimsical things

Who knew plant pots could have so much personality? At K+, a gallery and retail space at Scotts Square, quirky ceramic planters with myriad expressions beg you to take them home, along with whimsical art prints, cushions, plates and other polka-dotted, striped and chevron-patterned lifestyle items. This is the work of Singaporean artist Ros Lee, whose POLKAROS label fuses Japanese charm with a large dose of craftsy, hipster styling. Just what we need to inject a fresh splash of bright colour into our living space this New Year.

K+ Polkaros is at #03-03 Scotts Square, and runs till Feb 21. Prices for pots start at $128.
 

2. ‘Spoil market’ with a gold-plated rose for V-Day
2. ‘Spoil market’ with a gold-plated rose for V-Day
21 Jan 2016

2. ‘Spoil market’ with a gold-plated rose for V-Day

Who needs 999 red roses that will wilt when you can have one single $999 rose that lasts for all time? Yes, Valentine’s Day is still weeks away, but you may need the time to save up for this beauty — a large Ecuadorian rose encapsulated in precious 24K gold from RISIS.

The gift maker, famed for gold-plating orchids, has applied its techniques to roses, which are harder to plate due to the delicate petals. Whether you choose to buy one single golden stalk or prefer it to gleam as part of a large bouquet of red roses from Far East Flora (you’d have to pay more, but imagine when the rest of the roses wilt and the golden rose is still standing), you can be sure the recipient of your gilded bloom will say yes — to that marriage proposal, perhaps?

From Risis stores, or as part of a bouquet from Far East Flora outlets.
 

3. Get ready for monkey business
3. Get ready for monkey business
21 Jan 2016

3. Get ready for monkey business

The year of the fire monkey is almost upon us, and the monkeying around has already started. Go bananas over this cute backpack from KIPLING (see the subtle monkey face print and the not-so-subtle Kipling monkey keychain?) and this special edition monkey-motif shirt from PAUL SMITH (perfect for CNY!). More ape-themed products will undoubtedly be launched, so stay tuned. Ooh-ooh-aah-aah!

Kipling bags from $55, from Kipling stores; Paul Smith Year of the Monkey tees ($130) and shirts for men and women (from $390) at Paul Smith Mandarin Gallery and Hilton Hotel.
 

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