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Dual-purpose fashion
by Cynthia Loh

There is nothing better than getting value for your money in these lean times.

With Chinese New Year round the corner and Valentine's Day almost immediately after, you can get more mileage with these fashion buys that double up well for the spring festival and the season of love.

Floral cheongsam with floral applique from Beno

An inspired modern take on the traditional cheongsam, this number from Beno can see you safely through visits to the relatives with its chilli-red floral design, before wowing your date with its sleek silhouette when the both of you are enjoying a romantic dinner and each other's company.

Beno is located at Milennia Walk, Level 1.


Lace dress with feathered sleeve from Beno

If your occasions call for something dressier, this sassy lace dress may be your answer. Its tasseled and feathered sleeves provide interesting detail and can even serve as conversation starters during Chinese New Year get-togethers, while the lace front is just perfect for a romantic night out with your date.

Beno is located at Milennia Walk, Level 1.


Purse with strap from Furla
Go dainty with this pretty yet unobtrusive vintage-inspired purse from Furla. The strap allows you to dangle the purse from your arm as you make your rounds and greet relatives. It's also versatile enough to allow you to channel your feminine vibes as you dangle your man from your other arm during Valentine's Day.

Ballet pumps with bow detail from Furla
Heels may not be the best option if you are on your feet the whole day. Hence, a pair of pretty pumps will help keep your feet comfortable as you pound the streets on the first day of the Chinese New Year. Then look forward to afer-dinner strolls with your date as you look fashionably stylish while keeping foot fatigue at bay.


Tuberose Lip & Cheek Creme from Becca, $69

In a delicious shade of watermelon, this lip and cheek creme is the perfect multi-tasker to slip into your bag as you make your rounds of CNY visits, and a discreet touch-up when you're alone with your Valentine date. Blend over make-up for a beautiful flush, or under make-up for a finish without shimmer.

Becca is located at Sephora, Ngee Ann City, Basement 1



Ascience Shine Therapy, shampoo ($14.90 for 550ml) and conditioner ($14.90 for 550ml)
Prepare your tresses to look their best as the festivities draw near with Ascience Shine Therapy. If your locks are dull and dry from too much styling and chemical treatments, this new shampoo and conditioner helps to restore hair. Just in time to look your best.



Bond fan, anyone?
If your partner's a movie buff and James Bond fan, why not get him a watch from the Swatch Villain series as a CNY-cum-Valentine's Day gift? Slightly edgy for the villains they are inspired by, so make it a red one to reflect the two season's festive mood.


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