Time to shop: Fashion, decor and food ideas

The Straits Times

MATCH your newly-bought earrings and necklace set with a wide variety of saris at Colours, a sari boutique under Appollo Sellappas.

The boutique houses a range of sari materials such as Mysore, Thanchoi and Paithani silk, among others.

It also offers ready-to-wear dresses and specially-tailored ones that are of classic and the latest Bollywood designs.

It also has in-house tailors and designers who will help customise the saris for customers.

The price range of the saris is between $150 and $4,000.

Just as you are well-adorned, Deepavali is also a time to add sparkle to your home.

The doorway to a Hindu home is usually decorated with a vividly-coloured picture created out of flour or rice.

It can take the form of a geometric pattern, a floral shape such as a lotus flower or a more detailed representation of animals or nature.

These artworks, called rangoli, are created to usher deities into the home, so they can bless the house in the year ahead.

The entrances of homes are also lighted with rows of lamps to welcome Goddess Lakshmi for a successful year ahead.

Jothi Store and Flower Shop is a one-stop store that sells such home decor items for the festive season.

From religious figurines, festive cards, silverware and home decor to ready-made rangolis, designer diyas and switch-operated clay lamps, you can get everything you need for the festival at this store.

If you're planning to invite friends and relatives over for a meal but have no time to buy groceries from Little India, fret not.

Head down to your nearest FairPrice store where you can get Indian staples at discounted prices.

These include a variety of products such as MTR Indian Mixes Assorted ($3) which includes the Rava Dosa mix, SK Kitchen Original Chapatti ($5.35) or snacks such as Fairprice Party Snacks ($9.50), MTR Snack Up Onion Nibbles ($2) and Tong Garden Nuts Assorted ($9.50).

If you're sporty and not looking to get typical Deepavali gifts for yourself or your friends, head to Queensway Shopping Centre.

With over 150 shops providing goods from sports shoes and apparel to spectacles and printing services, you will be spoilt for choice.


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