Alternative Spots To Popular Instagrammable Residential Areas | Clozette

Imagine waking up and finding a stranger doing yoga poses at your front door. It's quite startling, right? Not to mention the awkwardness of having to scooch your way out of the house to get to work. This is the everyday scenario for the residents at Rue Crémieux, a colourful, pastel street in Paris.

From aspiring rappers filming an amateur music video to couples taking a prenuptial photoshoot, this Parisian neighbourhood has become a staple spot for influencers and bloggers, with some even trespassing just to get that sweet snap. Finally, the locals have had enough and filed a petition to install gates and close the street during the weekends. 

Notting Hill

Notting Hill, England

But this is not the only district that raised concerns about Instagrammers. In Notting Hill, tenants have been asking influencers to stop climbing the fences and taking pictures at their doorsteps. In Hong Kong, residents of the Choi Hung Estate felt like their home became a tourist attraction when loads of people started coming to take countless snaps inside their rainbow-coloured complex. 

Choi Hung Estate, Hong Kong

In our own turf, some famous residential Instagram spots are already requiring permits for shoots after they attracted too much attention. If we're being completely honest, it's really tempting to go to great lengths for the 'gram. But believe us, no amount of likes is ever worth going to jail for. Here are some alternatives spots to popular Instagrammable residential areas that are equally picturesque.

Chinatown Heritage Centre (Singapore)

Recently, the People’s Park Complex in Singapore has been closed to the public presumably due to the influx of unruly Instagrammers doing photo shoots at the car park area. It was previously a go-to site for when you want a moody, rustic snap but now you'll have to go through the red tape if you really want to have it as the backdrop for your latest vlog. As an alternative, how about exploring the Chinatown Heritage Centre instead? It has the same homely charm plus you'll also get to experience other activities like going on a food trip.

House of Tan Teng Niah (Singapore)

The pastel houses in Koon Seng Road have long been an Instagram favourite with their unique Peranakan architecture in full display. There's really nothing wrong with taking a photo at an admirable neighbourhood if you're gonna do it quickly and respectfully (meaning no trespassing or invading of privacy). But if you're planning to take various shots and shoot a lookbook, better do it somewhere else. If you're in Singapore and are looking for a location that features a quaint colourful backdrop, check out the famous House of Tan Teng Niah. It's a landmark that's known for being one of the last surviving Chinese villas in the Little India area.

Old Hill Street Police Station (Singapore)

Another nice alternative to Koon Seng Road is the colourful facade of Old Hill Street Police Station. The pretty blinds are a surefire hit for your feed. Just be careful with the ongoing traffic when you're taking a photo because this spot is located on a very busy street. 

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (Philippines)

In the Taguig locale in Metro Manila, the photogenic residential condominium buildings at Bonifacio Global City have been attracting bloggers for the past years. But now, permits are being required for conducting vlogs and professional photo shoots. Instead of posing in front of another pretty wall in the city, consider taking a road trip to the countryside to see heritage architecture. Check out Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar resort and you'll find lots of Instagrammable spots! You can even wear a traditional Filipiniana gown to match with the surroundings.

The Blue Mansion & Penang Streetart (Malaysia)

It's no secret that George Town in Penang is a really pretty town peppered with pretty houses. If you want that candid shot that highlights local culture, don't go taking photos in someone else's home. Instead, go to an iconic landmark like Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion also known as The Blue Mansion. It serves as a boutique hotel and cafe-restaurant so you can also grab a bite after taking a photo. 

(Cover photo from: @love.plate)



Monday blues weighing you down? Get on your week with a brighter mood by catching up on all the happenings this past weekend. From the unveiling of H&M's collaboration with Filipina celebrity Nadine Lustre to Shisheido’s first ever boutique in Malaysia, today’s lineup is sure to give you more excited for the week.

Get ready for summer with H&M's new Swim Essentials Selected by Nadine

H&M Philippines finally gave us a sneak peek of what’s coming our way this 14 March. With summer coming, they’re releasing a Swim Essentials collection selected by Filipina celebrity Nadine Lustre. If you aren’t equipped for your next trip to the beach yet (or if you just simply want to have more than one swim-ready outfits on hand), head to the nearest H&M store this Thursday. 

Shisheido opens the doors to its first boutique in Malaysia

With Shisheido unveiling their first boutique in Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall, shopping for your beauty needs is now made even more fun! The boutique features a 4-sided digital LED cube playing content at its heart, as well as various zones where you can try out their latest make-up range. What’s more is that you can experience high-quality facial treatments in their private facial cabin to reveal your most radiant skin.

Say goodbye to dark spots with La Prairie’s new White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire


Experience exquisite skincare and achieve new levels of luminosity with La Prairie’s White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire. Through their Live from the Labs event last Thursday, their director of innovation, Dr. Stangl, introduced the new moisturising cream that seeks to harness the power of light. With Lumidose, a revolutionary patent molecule that inhibits melanin, your dark spots will surely be gone and your skin will be as bright as it can be. 

Live in floral bliss with Dolce & Gabbana’s new line of peony-inspired products


As the season warms up, Dolce & Gabbana launches Peony Eau de Parfum and Peony Lovers Make Up Collection. If you’re all for soft and natural looks, then these beauty products inspired by peony’s freshness might just be the ones for you. The fruity and floral fragrance is available in all Sephora outlets and major department stores in Singapore. Meanwhile, you can get a hold of their refreshingly vivid make-up palettes exclusively at Metro Paragon between 15 and 21 March 2019 and at Takashimaya from 22 March 2019.

Ariana Grande publicly releases the interlude from her worldwide tour


To celebrate International Women’s Day, Ariana Grande tweeted a short interlude her fans have been asking for that was featured her Dangerous Woman tour in 2017. Despite using the biological term “female” in the video’s title, Ariana makes it clear in her tweet that the day and the message is for everyone. “It ain’t feminism if it ain’t intersectional,” she says in following tweets. Say it louder for the people at the back! 

Estée Lauder’s new pop-up wants you to maximise your beauty sleep

Our modern lifestyle and exposure to blue light accelerate skin ageing. But with the help of Estée Lauder's Power of the Night pop-up, you can now further understand your body and how you can boost skin repair. Different interactive quizzes are available in different areas of the venue, so you can fully customise a regimen that’s perfect for your biological cycles. You can visit their exclusive pop-up this 23 to 24 March to discover how you can strengthen your skin with every second of sleep.

(Cover photo from: @nadine)

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Summer is almost upon us and you know what that means? Time to bust out those cute swimsuits and take the best holiday photos under the sun! From plain one-pieces to patterned bikinis, these Clozette girls show that there’s no shortage of creativity even when you keep the clothes short. Here are our top picks for swimwear-savvy style this week.

Summer Knitwear

Knit Coverup
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Cheeky Cutouts

Olive One-Piece

(Photo from: Shebel)

Flaming Go

Flamingo Swimsuit

(Photo from: megannmonday)

(Cover photos from: jaimaicafelichi and megannmonday)

Next, check out our curation for stylish sunnies!