City guides: London and Paris
Astrie is the founder of Beauty Candy Apothecary and the co-founder of FP Juice. Not only is she an entrepreneur and a mother, she is also a dreamer. In 2013, Astrie and her husband started up a company called Dream A Little Dream Pte Ltd - which comprises of both Beauty Candy Apothecary and FP Juice.
How do you find and decide which brands you want to bring in to your store?
I find brands mostly through my travels but I also read a lot of fashion and beauty magazines and blogs. If I see something that catches my eyes, I usually do a bit or research about the history of the brands, try the products, see the packaging and last but not least, check if they are available in Singapore. That's key to me as I like to be the first to introduce the brands here!
What are some crazy travel stories you can share about your buying trips?
Almost getting mugged at the Paris-Gare de Lyon on my way to London last year was pretty scary! I was at a trade show in Paris and going to another one in London. To avoid flying, I decided to take the train. I had a couple of suitcases with me. When I got off at the station, I noticed two guys following me around. I got into an elevator and then they just jumped inside. Luckily my friend who dropped me off had seen me and just caught up with me in the elevator so nothing happened and the guys took off but it was very nerve racking.
Can you tell us how you came about with the concept of the Beauty Candy Apothecary?
I wanted to introduce beautiful brands that I personally love but can't find in Singapore. It's not only about beauty products but all things lifestyle related that are beautiful. Beauty Candy is a play on eye candy in that sense. I'm really excited because we have gotten to the point where Beauty Candy is not just a retailer, it is a platform for niche brands to enter the asian market. Brands we carry tend to get a lot of press coverage as many editors ask me for my picks to feature in their articles.
You have traveled to and spent quite some time in London and Paris. Can you share with us some of your favourite stores in each place?
What are your "routines" in London and Paris?
Paris - I walk everywhere in Paris and I never get tired looking at the views! Nothing is as romantic as Paris. A simple but delicious croissant in the morning sitting on the bench at Place des Vosges is priceless!
Pictured above: Liberty Flower shop (credit: Jasmine)
What are your favourite places to eat in each place?
Pictured above: Nanashi (credit: Sterling)
I'm also a dessert fiend - what are your favourite dessert places in each city?
Pictured above: Ottolenghi (credit: Wild Swans)
What are your favourite neighbourhoods in London, and what is there to see, eat, and do in those neighbourhoods?
Chelsea - Tom's Kitchen for lunch and shop at King's Road for high street brands.
What are your favourite neighbourhoods in Paris, and what is there to see, eat, and do in those neighbourhoods?
For shopping, you can't miss out on Bon Marche! St. Germain has the best shops for local brands!
For the best vintage stores, shop at the Merci Concept Store and Marais!
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