29 Feb 2016
1. Support a local band — and get bragging rights as a music producer
So what if you can’t hold a tune? Your name can still be on an album — as an associate producer on Wicked Aura’s first studio release in eight years, Beginning the End. To fund and distribute its second album, the band formerly known as Wicked Aura Batucada has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise at least US$14,000 (S$19,622) in one month. The album, which has been five years in the making, has already been recorded, mixed and mastered...with the band’s own money. The local pioneers of percussion-driven jams got their start busking on the streets in 2003, before going on to raise the roof around the world — everywhere from Reading to Madrid — with its brand of upbeat Afro-Brazilian beats. Beginning the End sees Wicked Aura pushing musical boundaries, which explains why ‘batucada’ was dropped from its name. “Batucada is Portuguese for percussions, which is still a major part of our sound, but [having it in the band name] is kind of limiting,” explains frontman-songwriter Budi.
Okay, so you’re all for supporting local music. But what do you get for shelling out good money here? A US$1 contribution gets you a Snapchat shout-out. For pledges of US$10,000 or more, your name’s etched on the album sleeve as associate producer. Plebs who aren’t exactly rolling in dough can chip in US$15 to snag a digital album, stickers and a Snapchat shout-out. We suggest going for the US$55 bundle: besides the abovementioned, you get a commemorative coffee table book only available through the Indiegogo campaign. Other Indiegogo-only perks include T-shirts, launch party tix, percussion workshops, and even performances from the band for your private parties. Now that’s how you drum things up #LikeABoss.
To make a contribution, go to http://smarturl.it/wickedaura.
29 Feb 2016
2. Update your wardrobe with threads from independent designers
Think of this as a pasar malam — only way more Pinterest-worthy. Boutique Fairs Singapore — the twice-yearly shopping event that champions design-led, socially-conscious independent businesses — is back bigger and better. About 150 Singapore-based vendors (up from 120 last November) will hawk boho-approved clothes, one-of-a-kind accessories, and artisanal homeware at the F1 Pit Building on Mar 11 (9am to 8pm) and Mar 12 (9am to 6pm). Newcomers like bohemian fashion label Kalaia and handmade rug- and chair-makers Cocoon join Boutique Fairs regulars such as Let’s Stay In and By Invite Only. Need a break from shopping? Get a boost from Workspace Espresso Bar, Cedele, and Pop Up Wine. Parents can also leave their kids at a children’s play area while they attend wine-tasting workshops or get a manicure.
For more info, go to www.facebook.com/BoutiquesSingapore.
04 Mar 2016
3. Let Miss Dior Bloom
One of the prettier and more interesting sights we visited this week was at ION Orchard, where Dior has erected a pop-up that pays homage to its legendary Miss Dior fragrance. Don't be fooled by the plethora of fragrances and makeup products, as this is no ordinary beauty booth. A mini exhibit showcases the history of the fragrance, as well bits of trivia about Christian Dior's life. For instance, did you know that he grew up in a pink house in Granville? Hence Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet's pink perfume bottles.
Elsewhere in the pop-up, you can check out -- in Singapore for the first time -- the Amphora, the signature bottle of the house, and that now holds the legendary Dior fragrances. Fourteen of these bottles are available for sale at the pop-up, each holding 150ml of Miss Dior compositions. Singapore is also the first market in Asia to launch a limited edition Amphora.
At the event, you can also enjoy a personalised fragrance consultation, get a Miss Dior Look makeover, or simply pose for selfies next to the floor-to-ceiling installation of pink and white flowers (fun fact: it's made of over 300,000 paper flowers designed to look like jasmine, the heart note in the Miss Dior Eau de Parfum.)
Let Miss Dior Bloom is open until 8 March from 10am to 10pm, at Level 1 Atrium, ION Orchard.
(Additional reporting by Toggle)