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Let's face it, planning to go somewhere is easier said than done – scoring great deals on trips and hotels, booking for tours, and finding enough space in your luggage to pack all your skincare and makeup products can be nerve wracking and stressful.

Which is why, whether you’re an avid traveller or it’s your first time, travel tips are the best thing ever.  Not only will these help you in planning your itinerary and help you enjoy your stay in a foreign land even more, they're now catered to different types of trips and locations, so you'll always be prepared wherever you go.

Since a number of our Clozette Ambassadors and members of the Clozette team have travelled to different locations, we asked them for the travel tips they swear by, and their most memorable trips, to get their thoughts and opinions on how to keep trips easy, fun, and fuss-free!

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Juliana Stryker (Clozette Ambassador)

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"My most memorable trip is to the Maldives for my honeymoon. My best travel tip for such tropical destinations is to bring a few foldable flip flops. They are light, convenient, and still comply with the 'summer chic style' memo!"

Lorelie Banguilan (Clozette Digital Strategist)

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"The most most memorable trip I had was my solo backpacking trip in San Juan, La Union in 2014. And the best part was I didn't plan on going alone! I ended up having a lot of time to surf and got stung by a jellyfish, but I also felt so empowered because I realised I didn't have to wait for anyone or anything to be able to move in life. As for my best travel tip, research well, but be spontaneous. Some parts of the trip may not go as planned but don't fret over it or lose excitement. Also, always keep your trusty sunblock in your travel bag!"



Grace Myu (Clozette Ambassador)

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"My most memorable trip has got to be my recent trip to Singapore for my birthday treat from my boyfriend! My best tip is to hydrate regularly by using a face mist and sleeping masks every night because traveling can really take away all your body's moisture."


Amanda Arambulo (INSIDER Features Writer)

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"Japan has been in my bucketlist for as long as I could remember and it was exciting to see if everything I've read and watched about is as amazing as the experience itself. And the trip did not disappoint! As for my ultimate travel tip, travelling is an opportunity to try new things and explore other cultures so observe, put yourself out there, and just enjoy!"


Anico Gumayan (Clozette Ambassador)

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"I went to Israel last March and that is the most memorable trip in my life. Not forgetting to mention that it was somehow winter when I arrived; and the best travel tip I learned is to always bring good skincare to fight the cold weather. Hence, never allowing your face to dry out. Who would want to walk down with a patchy and dry face? No one does! So good skincare is a must when you travel."

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What's your most memorable trip and what are the best travel tips you've picked up over the years? Share them with us in the comment section below!

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The Swatch Art Peace Hotel on the Bund in Shanghai is a luxury hotel which houses artists who are invited to stay within a period of 3 to 6 months to meet and exchange ideas, plan new projects, and share their creative visions.



One of the artists in the hotel, Singaporean artist Yi Lin Juliana Ong, who stayed there in 2014 and is more popularly known as “Juls”, has recently designed a special watch for world-famous brand Swatch where it was recently launched at their store in Marina Bay Sands.



The new accessory, titled “Juls At Swatch Art Peace Hotel,” features a design that is the first of its kind – it illustrates her experiences as she lived and worked as an artist-in-residence at the hotel. Drawn in red and blue against a white ground, the characters on the watch are part of a colourful, lively community that emerged from drawing exercises during her residency. She says, “It's all about the process, the adventures and those strange characters”.

With the Swatch store in Marina Bay Sands being transformed into an art exhibition space to reflect her atelier at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel, it celebrated a unique collaboration between Juls and Swatch, further marking the local arts scene as a space to watch for future inspiring works from aspiring and established artists alike.

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The Juls At Swatch Art Peace Hotel watch retails for SGD103 and is available at all Swatch stores in Singapore.

Plus, the JULS Exhibit /Atelier will be at Swatch at Marina Bay Sands #B2-105 from 9 to 30 June 2016.
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Providing an affordable option for runway-ready looks, the women behind THAVIA set out to create a fashion label that is accessible, affordable, and catered to the tastes of self-driven and independent women. Established in 2015 by Tengku Chanela Jamidah and Angie Lai-Tay, THAVIA's collections give the everyday women access to pieces with the flair of high couture but are easy to wear day-to-day.

When asked about the progression of the label's designs, the ladies said "The previous collection was inspired by the highly feminine Parisian trend featuring ladylike silhouettes such as fit and flare dresses and tops, full tulle skirts, as well A-scape style blouses. This was followed by a collection inspired by high-street style that comprises of a range of street fashion catered to empowered women seeking trendy and chic styles."



With the label set to showcase their latest collection at Kuala Lumpur Ready To Wear Fashion Week this August 2016, we caught up with the two ladies behind THAVIA and got them chatting about what it was like to set-up THAVIA, their design aesthetic, and what we can expect at their upcoming runway show in Malaysia.

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Describe your fashion journey. What made you both embark on launching THAVIA? 


We are both fashionable ladies busy with our businesses and children, and we found it hard to find easy but runway worthy items that can take us from meetings to school. THAVIA was born from that lack of runway-to-everyday pieces that wont break the bank. From day one, it was very important to us to keep prices at an affordable point for customers to be able to update their closet frequently. 

Your label aims to dress women you both identify with, particularly self-driven women. How did that design/style direction come about? 

We love to dress women we identify with - self driven women who juggle multiple roles at home and at work, while not forgetting to treat herself with love and respect. Work life and daily family life are seamless for the current working lady. In today’s digital social media constant push, we are always inspired by style icons, business women, and beautiful lifestyle images to improve our own lives.
On that note, how would you define an independent and self-driven woman?

Someone who knows her strength and weaknesses. And strives for their goals despite challenges that arrive along the way. Someone who earns her own income and does not need encouragement from anybody but herself. Someone who is courageous and brave about everything she does in life. 


What has been the best part about launching THAVIA, and what has been the most challenging? In what ways do you think THAVIA have grown since your launch last year?


The best part is hearing from our customers that they can't wait for our new stuff to be released and personal messages from friends to pre-order what they see on our Instagram. It's definitely encouraging to know that your friends keep on supporting you, not once but every time something new lands. It shows that we are doing something right with our designs, quality, and price point.

What has been the most challenging? You could say everything! But really it's production as we are very particular about the end result, how it finishes, how it falls, and the fit.



What should people expect from your runway show at KLFW. Is there a certain design philosophy or look you'll be conveying on the runway? 


Feminine strength. Every piece can be somehow incorporated into your current wardrobe, staples that you will be able to wear daily, and a strong sense of empowerment and movement. 


What can we expect from THAVIA in the coming months/years. Where do you see your brand headed?


We will be growing our point of sales for easy access regardless of which city you live in. Our idea is to create different looks for our point of sales to suit our customer’s needs. We also don’t see ourselves as mass producers, we like to keep our designs wide but the quantity kept small with a constant drop in stores.

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