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All things beauty and then some. Andrea Claire has been a hairstylist and makeup artist for 23 years now. A Canadian based in Singapore since 2007, she has appeared on Asia's Next Top Model, Yahoo Asia, Canadian Idol, So Chic and more.

Mother's Day Week!! Mommy & Me #2: Jewelry or Jewellery

By Andrea Claire · April 15, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

Jewels. Jewelry. Jewellery.

Who cares where y'all are from; we moms, mums, mothers and Mommy Dearests love accessories.

Stones That Rock Co-owners and designers, Leah Lambert and Annie Tsinonis believe strongly that beautiful, quality pieces do not need to come with a big price tag. Their range of handmade jewellery using fresh water pearls, semi-precious stones and crystals, reflects this philosophy. Materials are personally chosen by Leah and Annie and then hand crafted by skilled artisans. Emphasis is given to quality craftsmanship at an affordable price. Only a limited production is made of each style to further ensure that quality is never compromised.

Fay bracelet
: Platted leather bracelet with freshwater pearl & quartz crystal. Magnetic clasp

Corelli short necklace
: Chunky short necklace with Individually attached turquoise stones on chain

Girly long necklace: Long quartz crystal necklace with tassel

: 7 string turquoise and pearl mixed necklace with gold chain feature.

Is your mom living on the edge, a rock'n' roll mom? Killari Jewellery has got you covered. Meaning "moonlight" in the ancient Incan language, Quechua, the jewellery line focuses on hand-selected stones and minerals sourced from around the world and creatively handcrafted into sophisticated and refreshingly original designs.

I LOVE this Barbed Wire Grey Necklace. Find it in black & gold, white or tea rose and with worldwide shipping you have enough time to get 'er done!

And if you have a spare $25,000+ - Delfina Delettrez has a little something that I would die for.  FYI: Ms Delettrez belongs to Fendi's family fourth generation.

Special Order Skeleton Hand Bracelet

$25,553.00 by Delfina Delettrez at LUISAVIAROMA

Holiday gift ideas for her (pt 2)

By Andrea Claire · December 14, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

More gift ideas for the woman in your life saving you from a year of 'Why did you get me that vacuum cleaner? What the h-e-double hockey sticks were you thinking??' Or were you trying to tell her that she sucks?

Beauty Subscriptions

Just like Singapore's Vanity Trove or BellaBox, beauty subscriptions are a no-brainer. Every month a box of new beauty goodies arrive at the doorstep to be discovered. The deliveries have included trial sizes to full sizes and products such as OPI, Laura Mercier, Storyderm, Savoir Faire, OCC and more.

Refinery29 has a great roundup for the U.S

Give her specs appeal

Marc Jacobs

Alexander McQueen

For the eyewear addict and how fitting to get all glitzy for the season!  Trust me - there is such a thing as an eyewear addict... *fingers pointing at myself* {click that for a 2013 eyewear preview!

Acknowledge that she shops by buying her a wallet

I need a new wallet and this is the one I've been eyeballing. Hint to the HB. The snake embossed leather is a great texture but living in the tropics this may have me screaming every time I open my bag actually believing that a python slivered in so possibly deterring my desire to dig it out... anything to convince the HB that I need a Kate Spade wallet... Kate Spade New York Lacey Snake Embossed Leather Zip-Around Wallet  $228.00 USD at Saks Fifth Avenue I love the zip-around closure since I tend to jam everything in. It has an inside zip pocket with two compartments, twelve credit card slots and two bill compartments. Perfecto.

Chic Business Gal on the go!

Glam Silver Flap Card Holder $250.00 SGD at Swarovski, shines in silver metal calfskin with Crystal Silver Shade Mesh on the flap. The interior reveals one flat pocket, one window pocket, and one gusset pocket for business or credit cards.

Shower her with jewels

Erickson Beamon Crystal drop earrings, $256.00 SGD, available on TheOutnet.com

Erickson Beamon Gold-plated Swarovski crystal necklace
$443 SGD on TheOutnet.com

Um.... new found love... TheOutnet.com!! Net-a-Porter.com's outlet sister... where the hell have I been? And if you order now you should be ok for holiday gifts... International shipping!

Gifts for her part 1.

Gifts for him.

Charity gifts.

Georgie Ohlsson: jewelry designer extraordinaire

By Andrea Claire · May 23, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

My darling little lepshin, Zoie Jean, had a ballet class... cancelled. It wasn't relayed to me in such a way that 'cancellation' stuck in my head. Apparently I was told BUT many other mothers showed up toddlers-in-pink in tow as well. But, a blessing in disguise as the fancypants area known as Loewen Gardens was having a fair that day.

So my afternoon wasn't a complete waste of time, we had a little snack at The Pantry, always yummy! Usually it's the post-ballet stop for cupcakes and the occasional quiche. This time some pumpkin gnoochi and to-die-for shortbread was in order. FYI: Cash or Nets only (aka pain-in-the-ass payment) I rarely have oodles of cash on me and for those not in Singapore, NETS is a bank card type payment, but not like in North America where your bank card works everywhere, that would be way to easy! NETS is offered by specific banks - of course neither of which I deal with. Where VISA is not accepted and it's only NETS or cash, you will find it quite amusing to watch Andrea Claire swear in frustration. [potty mouth]

ok... so you want to hear about this jewelry designer that I built up so much in my title?

I have seen many 'jewelry designers' at fairs here in Singapore. Sorry to say, but many look like bored expat housewives looking for a creative outlet. The jewelry links are not quite right, the prices tend to be too high, the collections are not thought out and they remind me a little of a theme for a Christoper Guest/Best In Show type movie. [Yup, I just said all that. Sorry. If you feel that you have a great collection please leave your link below.]

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Maybe a new movie called 'Be Jeweled' could be on Mr Guest's next shooting schedule?

On with the extraordinaire: Georgie Ohlsson, jewelry designer.

Her collection is a true line of jewelry. Well thought out with highend bead work and quality controlled to the hilt. Not to mention, her branding reflects the quality. I thought the lovely woman behind the table was the distributor! [shame on me] I asked her where it was from. Ms Ohlsson's cheery reply: Me!

As a truly impressed shopaholic, I am thrilled to share with you that she has an open house sale this Friday May 27th from 9 am - 3:30pm!

51 Shelford Road, Watten Estate. Cash and Cheque only Call Georgie 9850-4371

PS: So to all of you who make and sell jewelry: Please don't hate me: It's totally cool if you make and sell jewelry just make sure your price point reflects your level of experience/expertise.

NOTE: The Pantry link above is correct but they are having an IT issue so check it out again later! :)

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