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AN ORGANIC PERSPECTIVE

20 Aug, 2018

There is still something mythological about going organic. Is it more expensive? Is it accessible? Does it work? Much like dating, have we had it right all long by letting things happen naturally, as suppose to relying on modern inventions and swiping left and right?

Spending the buck on multiple different products and facial treatments was myself, only a year ago. Until I chanced upon the sanctum of a Japanese miracle worker. She taught me how to treat my skin, to naturally better and heal itself. Sometimes I like to think of her as the Ancient One in the fortress of Kamar-taj

Photography by Charice Kt
Illustrations by Tokyo Mode Addict

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Shizuka–san from Organics Beauty Salon is my muse. I first came to her many months ago with severe acne trouble on my face. That was after consulting a dermatologist in Singapore, and took pills which helped but stopped working after a while. But Shizuka–san's Organic Herbal Acne Facial did more for my skin than the Greek Goddess of Beauty herself! A concoction of her own recipe, she uses herbs that are unheard of. Such as linden, yarrow, heather with organic anti-bacterial serums and other essential oils to design hormonal balance. The lady is really quite extraordinary. I especially enjoy her blend of enzyme juices and tea served before and after the facial.

Patience is one of the coalescence of life to create a fulfilling whole. It took a first few treatments before my skin started to clear, and now I only often break out when it is 'that' time of the month. I also learned to use gentle face wash at home, and to "stop bothering your skin" to quote her! It might have been the best advice I ever took, right next to eating potato chips cold from the fridge.

 
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The Organic Herbal Acne Facial, as well as the Organic Herbal Brightening Facial have been awarded Her World magazine's Spa Awards.

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Organics Beauty is located at:
402 Orchard Road, #04-27 Delfi Orchard
Singapore 238876
+65 6734 2224

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The Nocturnal Flower

The Nocturnal Flower

9 Jul, 2017

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A city that creates a rather enticing conundrum, also never fails to take my breath away with every trip. If Tokyo were a man, he would probably make the best boyfriend, with countless new tricks up his sleeve! In a place where time is sensitive and aesthetics is a way of life, I just found one of the best fine dining experiences I have ever had.

 
 

Florilege is a Japanese–French fusion restaurant, that is hard to spot as it is hard to make reservations. In a quiet street on the outskirts of Shibuya, was a garrison of romantic nature and art. There were only countertop seats, with the kitchen as a stage. So as you enjoy a gargantua 12–course meal, you get to view a truly exemplary showcase of Japanese perfection, meticulously crafted to the great artistry of culinary nocturne. 

 
 
 
Sugar Cane with Corn

Sugar Cane with Corn

Edamame Ice Cream & Zucchini Flower

Edamame Ice Cream & Zucchini Flower

Challans Duck served different ways

Challans Duck served different ways

 
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It is quick to figure that Chef Hiroyasu Kawate and his team truly mirrors the provenance of their seasonal ingredients. I particularly enjoyed their Edamame Ice Cream with Zucchini Flower (above) from appetizers, the Miyazaki Crab Soup with greens served from the crab's habitat, as well as the Miyazaki Milk Ice Cream in dessert.

Having wine with a fancy dinner like this would seem called for, but I highly recommend the juice pairing when you are at Florilege . One of which, surprisingly came in a soup bowl, is part of their ever–so–seductive juice pairing menu! When lady luck has the time to sprinkle some truffle salt on me, I hope to be able to get another reservation here someday.


Photographs taken with iPhone 6plus
by Tokyo Mode Addict

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Mrs. Dapper Dan

 
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Hair styling by Monso Hair Design
Photography by Charice Kt
Words by
Tokyo Mode Addict

 
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9 April, 2017

The first lesson I learned in becoming an adult, was that if you close an eye on a feminine routine, everything malfunctions together! Behind every women of substance there is a girl, juggling the interplay between her heels and muddy sneakers. Soon enough, she would be a grease boy locked incognito. But even a dapper lady has no excuse!

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In a bright, homely studio with nuanced colours and furniture, a Japanese hair salon stands at River Valley Road in Singapore. Where it offers a quick hair treatment for a just a single 50-dollar bill! Monso Hair Design is one of those places with only a single page for a menu, with polite Japanese staff that speaks English too. A quiet and cozy cot that is perfect for a simple day-time cut.

 

True to its title, the quick treatment took only 10 to 15 minutes. After a shampoo and massage, a machine that lets out cold steam sweeps over your head. And it felt just like that scene when Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson first appeared together on an evening beach! I have only ever had hair treatments with hot steam, and so I was a little taken by the cool surprise. Only better because it was cold!


Monso Hair Design is located at:
232 River Valley Road
Singapore 238290
+65 6836 5585