Sunday, 13 December 2015

White Pomegranate

We LOVE White Pomegranate at Ribbon and Roses! It was set up by a great friend Dimple and her designs are all so pretty and the process to get there is amazing.

Dimple: I have always come from the belief that you have to do what you love and then life will be on your side. That’s how White Pomegranate started. It was a vision I had, a definite passion for textile, for design, for drawing, for researching, for exploring but I had still had to understand how to put it all together, how to make a beginning considering I did fine art and not textiles!

So, I packed up my bags after 15 years of living in England and returned to Textile heaven and my home – INDIA!
I worked with people who inspired my journey to explore the different craft methods of India for a few years and working with the artisans is the most satisfying deed of the day. Craft, speaks volumes of the countries “Culture”.  

And we are seeing it’s disappearance in many places, which is heartbreaking but on the plus side, there is a lot of activity happening to keep it alive by diverse groups of people / designers and organizations.

Of course our Indian fashion keeps some of our craft going but what more?

I decided that it would be nice to introduce these crafts into Home furnishings (cushions / bedspread / curtain fabric and upholstery fabric), with the difference being, White Pomegranate supports these crafts through innovation of design. It’s been a year since launch and we are already starting to sell in the UK!

It’s not just a business you see, it’s a passion for design, for working with craft, with craftsmen, taking to them about their families, their lives, their skill!

We do hand screen-printing / hand blocking printing / hand woven ikats on order / hand embroidery for now. This area is vast and I know I will not ever get bored as there is still so much to discover and learn!

Here are some images we hope will inspire you too!

Lots of love
Dimple x
Top 3 things in life:

My family (mum, dad, bro, husband and doggies – 4 of them)
My work
My home / garden & organic vegetable patch which gives me a lot of peace!

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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Boutiques Christmas 2015

We had a brilliant couple of days at Boutiques, thank you so much for so many of you coming to say hello and we are thrilled the new collection went down well. It was great to see lots of regular customers and meet new.

Congratulations Nicola Troup on winning our competition linked with Lulabelle Lifestyle. We hope you enjoy your new Ribbon and Roses pieces.

All the new collection will be going into Chillax this week – limited number of sizes left and Chillax has a Christmas shopping event coming up so hope to see you there.

Lots of love

Ribbon and Roses xx

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Clare Pannell Cards

I have a friend here in Singapore who’s obsessed with stationary…. I mean, I like it, I love receiving a card but I’m not obsessed. That being said, I do remember the pre going back to school shop with my mother to fill my pencil case, which was pretty exciting at the time… well at least a lot more than walking the isles of John Lewis for grey socks and name tapes.

Clare Pannell cards do appeal to me though. Clare launched her company a couple of years ago and has tapped brilliantly into the Singapore market, which seriously lacks a good selection of cards (unless you like the glitter encrusted with long romantic poems inside, even for a 3yr olds birthday) Each of her designs have been embroidered before printed on the cards to create a unique look. She has a large collection of kids cards, birthday, leaving and now personalised note cards.

Her designs have gone from strength to strength since launching…. I love the kids personalised note cards, which I ordered for lots of our Godchildren last Christmas, through to her new elegant gold embossed stars and bee’s which are a limited edition sold at Cuckoo, Dempsey and now Chillax Market, Turf City.

Clare is easily contactable and helpful with the personalised designs to appeal to each individual child, for example London based kids her Red Bus and Soldier is brilliant to the Asian maps and lanterns. Here are a few examples:

Christmas is coming (yes, here in Singapore it’s any minute before “Deck the halls” will be blaring through Cold Storage) so keep your eyes peeled for her packs of cards.

For more information check out her website:  

Lots of love

Marina xx

Marina’s top 3 things in life:
. My family, consisting of 2 kids, patient husband & Kanga our mad sausage dog
. Being on holiday
. Dolly Parton   

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Ribbon and Roses catch up

After a great pop up at Cluny Court a couple of weeks ago, we are now gearing up for some exciting projects to finish off the year… how terrifying does that sound.…The end of the year, not sure where most of 2015 has gone.

We are busy working on the next collection in time for the “Share the Love” BoutiquesFair. So please pop the date in your diary and we look forward to seeing you there. We will be bringing lots of new prints and designs for the clothing and jewellery. Here’s a sneak peak of some fabrics we are working with.

All is steaming ahead at Chillax Market and we are moving spaces in October, sticking alongside Mist so please come and see us. We are both adding new pieces constantly to the store so keep your eyes peeled.

We will be in touch with images of the new designs soon.

Lots of love
Ribbon and Roses xx

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Honey and Walnut tart with Figs and Mascarpone

One of my best friends Georgie is an amazing cook (she's finished Cordon Bleu) and she's constantly uploading delicious looking pictures of her creations on instagram. Here's one of her latest.
Having just returned from a holiday in the Dordogne, I have walnuts and figs on my mind! I tried a great recipe from Waitrose a while ago and this is a slightly adapted version. If you wanted to avoid making pastry, you could buy ready rolled sweet shortcrust pastry instead.

Honey and Walnut tart with Figs and Mascarpone
Serves 8

Sweet Pastry
125g Unsalted Butter, cut into 1cm cubes (cold but pliable)
125g Caster Sugar
4 Medium Egg Yolks
Few Drops Vanilla Essence
Pinch of Salt
250g Plain Flour

275g Walnut Halves, roughly chopped (soaked in hot water for an hour and then drained)
75g Unsalted Butter, softened
75g Caster Sugar
1 tbsp, Plain Flour
75g Clear Honey
3 Medium Eggs, beaten
2 tbsp Oloroso Sherry
4 Figs
400g Mascarpone
Icing Sugar

1.  For the pastry, cream the butter and sugar in a food processor. Mix in the egg, salt and vanilla essence. Add flour and pulse until the ingredients come together. Knead briefly in cling film to ensure pastry is smooth. Wrap in cling film shaping into a round disk. Refrigerate for 30 mins to allow the pastry to relax.

2.  Once the pastry is pliable but not sticky, roll it out on a lightly floured surface until it is  3-4mm thick. Drape over rolling pin and lower into a 23cm loose bottomed tart tin. Using your fingers ease the pastry into the sides of the tin and gently press the pastry in without reading or stretching it. Patch up where necessary. Use the rolling pin to remove any excess pastry by rolling from the centre of the tin to the edge of the ring. Neaten the sides with your fingers. Cover with cling film and refrigerate until firm. Preheat oven to 190C/Gas Mark 5.

3.  Line the pastry with crumpled grease proof paper (ensuring edges are covered) and fill with baking beans or uncooked rice. Bake blind in top 1/3 of oven for 15 minutes or until sides have cooked through. Remove paper and baking beans/rice and cook for a further 5-10 mins until the base is cooked (lost grey appearance).

4. Turn the oven down to 180C/Gas Mark 4. Make the filling.  Whisk the butter, flour, honey and sugar together until combined. Mix in eggs, a little at a time, followed by the walnuts and the sherry. Spread evenly over the pastry case (Be careful not to let the mixture spill over the edges of the pastry as it will stick the pastry to the tin).

5.  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until almost set with a slight wobble in the centre. Meanwhile cut the figs into quarters, dust with icing sugar and grill until they are soft but still hold their shape.

6.  Cool the tart for 15 mins and then carefully remove from the tin. Slice and serve with the figs, mascarpone and a drizzle of honey.

Georgies Top 3 things in life:
Family & friends
Chilli & lemongrass martinis

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

It’s that time of year again!

The big shopping event of the Singapore’s calendar, Boutiques is just around the Corner.

Ribbon and Roses are really excited to be taking our usual spot in Room 1 and bringing this year lots of new designs from leaf print shorts, silk blouses and cotton trousers. We also have a fab electric blue silk dress… here is a sneak peak of some pieces.

At this Weekend’s addition of Boutiques, you can grab lunch/ a coffee… along with having your nails done! Some of Ribbon and Roses fabourite vendors attending are Shiva Design with their eclectic selection of home ware pieces and launching their new linens. Cape Breeze with their fab London Liberty print shorts & dresses, Singapore Flower girls with beautiful arrangements and Feroza with their Indian bedding and Dohas for kids. Make sure you have time to check them all out.

Details below and if you’re not able to make it, pls email to make an appointment to see our collections or head to Chillax Market, The Grand Stand where there are a selection of pieces available.

Lots of love
Ribbon and Roses xx

Boutiques, The Pit Building
25th & 26th April 2015

10am – 6pm

Tuesday, 24 March 2015


In most days, I wish one day consists of more minutes than 1,440 minutes. It takes a lot of scheduling, multi-tasking and prayers to get through a day.

As my phone alarm beeps at a strike of 6:00 AM, the room is still dark and the moon’s silhouette is still faintly visible from the horizon, I step my bare feet on our wooden floor ready to start my day. I say a little prayer of morning offering. After a quick warm shower, I would wear my work clothes in  hurry and head to the kitchen to boil water. I often drink warm water with squeezed lemon juice first thing in the morning to detox, acidify my system and hopefully help with weightloss & clear skin. I would quickly put on my makeup, hoping not to wake my 8-month old baby. He is now in his “I-want-only-mommy” stage. He would cry and shout if I would be out of his sight. This often makes me late for work but I can never refuse my little one for a hug. His adorable cry of plea often would make me want to crawl back in bed with him & my husband and sleep again. Once I had pacifed him temporarily, I would kiss my two handsome men and head to work.

I have a few minutes walk and  three-bus stop away from the clinic I am working as medical doctor. I would use the walking time to check the blogs I follow in Bloglovin app.

Once in my clinic, I start my work by pouring my hot water I brought (which is still very hot) from my trusty raspberry-colored Klean Kanteen Insulated container to a ready mug on my desk. I would pour next the content of a 3-in-1 coffee sachet in to the mug. With caffeine in my veins, I am ready to start my busy day. 

Lunch is one hour by 1PM either used to grab a quick ‘tapao’ lunch at a nearby hawker center or keepin lunch all together for some need-to-be done papers works  or  attending lunch lectures. Then back to work at 2PM until 5PM. After work, I would either drop by the nearby grocery store for needed ingredients for dinner. Walking back home, I would either edit photos for my blog or write in text for my next blog posts or answer emails.  When I get home, I would have some bonding time with my little one. Then I would make some last-minute proofreading of my blog post scheduled to be posted for that day then I would hit PUBLISH. I would share it all across my social media accounts. 

After that was done, I would try to squeeze ina 30minutes cardio work-out or yoga. Then it is time to cook for dinner while my baby is walking around his stroller in the kitchen. By 9:30PM, my hubby would arrived from work and we could chat for awhile of our days before we have our dinner. I would bathe my baby by 10:30 PM and put him to sleep. I would prepare my stuff for the next day and make my to-do list for the next day.

It can be challenging to be a doctor, a blogger, a mom,  a wife in  fast-paced city like Singapore. But we try to do what we can with a little help, prayers and a good planner notebook.    

For more exciting things that I do when I am not on my daily grind, head on to my blog, I promise you, I do exciting things too.

Lots of love
Little Miss Honey xx

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Chillax Market

2015 got off with a bang for Ribbon and Roses with the launch of our collection at Chillax Market, The Grandstand here in Singapore. We are thrilled to have taken a retail space and loving the feedback from our customers. Not to mention meeting new ones too!
We are next to the pretty prints of Mist from Bali, which complements Ribbon and Roses brilliantly.

Save the date: Wednesday 25th March for an in store event with lots of new pieces. Another date, we will be at Boutiques, Singapore on 25th and 26th April.

Here is a little preview of some jewellery which is just in store.
Lots of love

Ribbon and Roses xx
Chillax Market, The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road