Friday, July 25, 2014

Singapore Cheongsams :: Joli Pretty Online Shop + {Giveaway & Promo}

Ladies who like to wear cheongsams will be happy to know that there's a new kid on the block - Joli Pretty, an online boutique based in Singapore selling modern cheongsams. I'll be adding them to my list of where you can find cheongsams in Singapore :)

Joli means "pretty" in French, and they hope to provide all women with modern cheongsams that can make them pretty & fabulous for all occasions.Their first collection launched last month and I got my hands on 3 different designs - one for more glamourous events, one with an back zip, and one with an open-front.

Wonderful Night is a modern, sleeveless cheongsam made from tafetta fabric and fully-lined with silk. It comes with invisible side pockets and an open front with 2 fabric buttons.

I like the straight cut and purple hibiscus print against the shiny black, which goes all the way around the back too. I don't get dresses that only have details in the front but forget the back, and thankfully this cheongsam is not like that. Still very chic, and not overly formal or stiff. 

All the cheongsams I currently own have back-zip designs, so I found it more tedious to wear one with an open front since I have to zip the side, snap about 7 invisible fasteners, and button 2 fabric buttons. I asked the co-owner, Ann, why she wanted to have this in her designs as I reckon most women would want modern cheongsams with back zips for more convenience. She explained to me that cheongsams with open-front actually require more tailor skills, effort and time but they wanted to preserve the way that classic/traditional cheongsams are made, which are with open-fronts.

However, Joli Pretty also includes back-zip designs in their collections to fit women like me with busy lifestyles and who prefer fuss-free clothing.

Polka Dot & Such is one of their dresses with a back-zip. It is made from 100% premium cotton, and is fully lined with another layer of lightweight cotton. I like the mix of polka dot fabric with the petite leaves print, which has a very batik-feel.

Bintan has about the same weather as Singapore, and I wore this out one night when we went out of Angsana Bintan Resort to Pasar Oleh Oleh for dinner. I found it to be really comfortable, and easy to move around in thanks to the flare, pleated skirt {which also helped to hide my happy belly after eating haha}. The collar height of this collection is at 4cm, which is good for those looking for modern cheongsams for daily wear. Too high a collar might make it too stuffy and uncomfortable for the wearer, especially in our sweltering heat... and for me, it felt all right. Maybe because I have a short neck haha.

However, for more special occasion cheongsams, I think a higher collar would look nice too as it makes the wearer seem more elegant with the illusion of an elongated neck :) Ann said there would be this option for future collections.

Happy Fall is another everyday cheongsam made with premium cotton and lined with lightweight cotton. It has the traditional open-front, which after a few wears, I've come to like too as I can easily wear it by myself. Sometimes for dresses with back zips, I've to ask hubby or Lil Pumpkin to help me pull the zip up :P

Happy Fall is a very refreshing green with light fauna prints, and even though I don't particularly like most shades of green, I love love love mint green :P An excellent colour for summer! Oh this one has the cute invisible side pockets too which I adore! They are so useful and I'm very drawn to dresses with them.

Joli Pretty provides an additional pair of buttons with each dress, which I think is a good added service since most likely, you can't find the same buttons from the usual shops. The shopping website is easy to navigate with detailed photos of each dress, and Ann replies to emails promptly so if you have any queries, she'll be able to help you fast.

Customisation of fit and buttons are not available, and no fitting before purchase is available as they are sold exclusively online. So, choose your sizes properly with the size chart on the website {measure your bust and waist} as they do not accept changes or returns at the moment. For your reference, I'm wearing size M for all 3 dresses.

Promo: Quote "sakura10" for 10% off ALL Joli Pretty cheongsams from their online store when you email your purchase order to Due to some IT complications, promo code is not valid when purchasing with the online shopping cart on the website. Valid for first-time purchases until 31 Oct 2014 only. Free shipping to Singapore addresses and overseas shipping available.

Just for my special blog readers and friends only, I have ONE Happy Fall Modern Cheongsam {worth S$139} to give away! It's available in sizes S, M and L but if your chosen size is not available, you may choose either a Wonderful Night {worth S$159} or Polka Dot & Such {worth S$139} cheongsam.

Giveaway Method: Random Draw

1. Be a Sakura Haruka Facebook page fan

2. Be a Joli Pretty Facebook page fan

3. Like & Share this Facebook photo and tag a friend. Make sure your post is public!

4. Leave me a blog comment telling me where you'll wear a modern cheongsam to + FB name you used to like the pages + email add. For those unsure of how to comment, choose "Name/URL" option then add your name and comment. If you prefer to send me your email add privately, leave a comment for the other answers then contact me at sakuraharuka {at} live {dot} com.

ONE random winner will be chosen. Just complete all 4 simple steps!

* Open to Singapore residents only.
* Ends Monday, 4 Aug 2014 2359hrs {Singapore time} 
* Incomplete or inappropriate entries will be deemed invalid and will not be included.
* Winners will be announced by Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 on this blog post and notified via email. Winner have 3 days to reply, or the prize will be redrawn.
* Sakura Haruka is not responsible for any prizes lost, damaged or misplaced in the mail.     
* Chosen items are subject to stock availability.    

UPDATE: The giveaway has ended. The winner is Celyn Huang. Stay tuned for more blog giveaways on Sakura Haruka! Check out my current readers promos too. Thanks for your support!

* Disclosure: Joli Pretty provided the cheongsams for review and giveaway. All other accessories belong to me. No monetary compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.


preciouz said...

To work !!
FB:jaime chan

Irene Sim said...

The Cheongsams look so pretty & versatile. Seem rather comfy too. I think u'll wear it to work, for dinners, for outings with the family ... In fact, can wear anywhere & everywhere! Lolx :)
FB: Irene Sim

girls and me said...

I never wear cheongsa before because hard to find a nice design cheongsa. Wow... Joli Pretty cheongsams all very nice and lovey. Now I know where to get nice cheongsa 😋

FB name : KaRen Ong
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Ser said...

I will wear it when I'm out with my kids and we will all put on cheongsam and traditional outfits for my boys too.
FB: Ace Serene

Lydia C. Lee said...

They are beautiful!!! I love that the skirt on the modern ones allows for those of us with hefty hips to still wear it! Will def track down when next there...

Anonymous said...

My wife would like to wear cheongsam for informal friend's gathering.

FB: Gordon Ngiam

Unknown said...

I dont have any cheongsam before due to no good figure.. Hehe.. Hope to win this time and can wear it to work n feeling special n wow by my colleagues. No colleagues wore cheongsam to work before hehe..

Fb name: Cherry Joanna

Christine Lim said...

I never had a cheongsam, so I hope to win this and wear the cheongsam on just a normal day at work or on a date with my hubby :)

Fb name: Christine Lim

Wendy said...

i've nvr own any cheongsam before so hope to hv the chance to own one! would love to wear to work if the material/design is suitable...

FB name: CF Wendy
email add:

Jingxian said...

wedding function
jingxian liang

Mamamie said...

I will wear it for work or dinner :)

FB Name: Amie Chen

Anonymous said...

this gives me an incentive to workout and achieve the figure I used to have when I was wearing Cheongsam for special occasions and also to work
FB name: Jeslyn Leow Fon Fon

MagY said...

I'll wear a modern cheongsam to my company's Dinner & Dance! Something different, super head-turning!

Mag Yeow

An Apel a Day said...

Such pretty dresses, and you look great in them!

Ai Lee said...

I have always wanted to get myself a cheongsam but procrastinate, wondering if I will look good in it. I would love to wear it to dinner dates and events.
Fb name: Ai Lee

Anonymous said...

Of cos not I wear, but my beautiful wife wears! She will wear it next CNY!
Yee Long Teo

Celyncloset said...

I never wear a cheongsam before if I get to win a modern cheongsam I will wear it different kind of occasions

Celyn Huang

我的Mushroom 知识库 said...

I'll wear it to a wedding dinner and dating with my hb.. I think my hb will like it my image if I won this !

FB name : Sharon Chintong
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Joanne Ho said...

I will wear them for special occasions like wedding dinner, and cny for sure!


Cat Fong said...

Wear go gai gai !!!

Cat Fong
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Unknown said...

During CNY and special occasions like weddings, birthdays.

Xgg Chan

Ong Ting Yin said...

I will wear it when I go out with my friends.

FB Name : Rachael Yin
Email :

Unknown said...

I would wear it on dates with my hubby !

Fb name: Evelyn Hu
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Tay Lucy said...

I will wear it during Chinese New Year.

FB Name : Tay Lucy
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tanmcjanette said...

Thanks for the giveaway :)

With the Cheong Sam so elegant and versatile. I reckon that I'd be wearing it everyday - throw on a jacket for work in my freezing office, to the tea party with the girlfriends, to Sunday brunch with family, to the museums with my kiddy, a lunch date with hubby and the list would just goes on and on :)

Name: Janette Tan
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Unknown said...

I would wear it for a date out with the hubs! Oh and definitely for CNY too.
FB name: Dorothea Xu

Anonymous said...

I think maybe wear it for chinese new year because thats the only time is ok to wear a cheong sam. Or go out for formal dates with bf:)

FB name: Jasmine zhang

June said...

I will wear a modern cheongsam to anywhere. It's really hard to choose for a particular occasion as i find it rather versatile to wear. Work, after work chill out and dinner, weddings, etc =)

FB Name : June Lee

Email :

Mitchie Rebada said...

I've never had a cheongsam before so it would be great to finally have one. It would really be perfect to wear one for an anniversary date with my hubby, or perhaps during christmas season and any other special and happy occasions!

FB Name: Mitchie Rebada

Bretta said...

I'd love to own my first modern cheongsam and wear it out on dates with my husband

Bretta Han

Catherine Ng said...

I'd wear it everywhere!
Perfect for work and dinner.

Catherine Ng
emailed separately

Meeningfully said...

To work and to weekend girly outings.

Shermeen Ching

Vivian Ongyean said...

name: ong poh yean
email address :
I like to be matchy-matchy with my girl because , we will look more Look A Like and cute, We Love to matchy matchy at everywhere and everyday ! hope to win.

Fiona said...

I will wear it for chinese new year, and it is definitely wearable for my work as a teacher.
FB: Fiona Rain

mabel :) said...

I can think of so many places I can wear a modern cheongsam to! From weddings to children's birthday parties to a girls' night out to formal functions... And if it's a black modern cheogsam, black-tie events too! The possibility is limitless because cheongsam is pretty much a classic style and typically worn on all special occasions! It also helps that most cheongsams are really flattering to the female body. I can only imagine the modern versions to be even more so, and comfortable!

So, if you ask me to point out just one place where I'll wear a modern cheongsam, it'll have to be anywhere that has tropical climate! (cos what's the point of wearing it if you have to layer it in colder climate, right? :P)

FB name: Mabel Lee

Thanks for holding the giveaway, Ai! The modern cheongsams you picked out look really awesome, especially Wonderful Night and Happy Fall! Loving the prints and colours!

Unknown said...

Fb name: Ruby Lee

I can wear modern cheongsam to almost anywhere! Gatherings, shopping, or just simple breakfast meet ups with my friends. Thanks for the giveaway!

Seraphine said...

It'll be great to wear it during Racial Harmony Day, festive occasions, wedding lunches and best of all, I can wear it to host my events when I am emcee-ing. FB name: Kelly Loh; email add:

Pearlyn Toh said...

I will wear it to my Grandma's upcoming 80th birthday celebration! She will be really glad to see that I am wearing a cheongsam which she used to force me to wear when I was little. We will sit at the sofa and reminisce the past~ Love the chit-chat session with my dear grandma! :) Hope to win this to surprise her on her birthday!

FB name: Pearlyn Pei Lin

huiyi lim said...

I will wear to modern cheongsam to anywhere! Like a meet up with friends, shopping trip Or even wedding dinner.

My Facebook user: huiyi lim
Email :

Delphine said...

I wear modern cheongsams to work and for date nights!

FB nane: Delphine Tan

Robert Sim said...

Obviously the cheongsam cannot be for me, haha, but I think my sister-in-law would look nice in one.

Robert Sim

jingwen said...

As a busy working mum of 3 young kids I hardly have time to go on proper dates with the hubs. This lovely whimsical cheongsam is such a perfect dress for those occasions!

FB name: jingwen mun

Unknown said...


I will love to wear it on my wedding Anniversary Dinner. Traditional with modern touch..Simply love the soothing colors..

Ashmika Jain

zoe said...

Haha is there anywhere not to wear such a versatile thread to? I think I'll love to wear this to an evening date with the hubs (sans the daughter)and let the romantic nightbreeze blow us away!

Grace said...

Oh, I love Cheongsams! I have a purple one. Haven't worn it in YEARS! I think I need to pull it out and give it some air. You look so pretty in green :) x

Unknown said...

I can wear to work and anywhere.
Thanks for the give away

Fb: celynlee

Tin Rodriguez said...

I will wear it to a sunday brunch for my birthday in Aug :)

FB Name: Tin Rodriguez

Anonymous said...

I would like to wear a cheongsam during CNY and for wedding occassions!

FB: Chen Keyi

Debs @ Owls Well said...

This would be AWESOME for date night!

Fb name: Deborah Gifford
email: 4owlswell at gmail dot com

Shirley said...

Would love to wear a modern cheongsum to baby showers, kids parties or housewarming.

Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Shirley Yong

Carol Mei Mei said...

I will wear it to office on dress-down Fridays!

Carol Lim Mei Mei

Unknown said...

I wear it for work, dinner functions and special occasions !

Name : Sharon Lim

Anonymous said...

I will be wearing it on my special date with my hubby.
Joeanne Shim

Michelle said...

I like the first cheong sam on you the most! Great colour for someone who's fair like you!

I'll probably be wearing it to an upcoming wedding in October. So it would be great if I win! Hahaha..

Michelle Hon

Stacy said...

You look gorgeous in the black one! Do you get to keep the clothes that you review?

Anonymous said...

Wear it for High Tea with my girlfriends.
Sarina Lim

Lilium said...

You look great in them, Ai!

I would wear them to CNY, wedding dinner or special anniversary dates, but I guess modern cheongsam , compared to the traditional cheongsam,is quite versatile and could be worn on a date with your love one/s or maybe even a date with your BFF.

Masshole Mommy said...

Those are all such beautiful dresses. You are so pretty!

mail4rosey said...

I like fuss free clothing too. And every single dress you featured here is pretty and looks great on you!

Mum's calling said...

I would wear it to weddings!
fb name: karen chen

Unknown said...

I will like to for my mum so she can wear it to my wedding ^_^

FB Name: Janice Lee

Vinturesome said...

To work and for dinner.
Vinturesome Joy

Unknown said...

I will wear for CNY, matchy matchy with my girl in her cheongsam :)
JingRong Loh

Mabel Tan said...

Hope to win for my 12 wedding anniversary.
N its been 10 yrs since I wore 1.

Ting said...

They looked so nice on you! I will wear to any dates I have.

Cen Lin-Ting,

Theresa Mahoney said...

It's such a pretty dress. The color looks really pretty on your skin tone too!

Esther Chng said...

I will wear during Chinese New Year and company DND ..

Esther Chng

Unknown said...

I would wear for special occasions as they look to classic & retro. I have a company dinner soon and I would definitely wear it!

Jessie L H Sng

Unknown said...

I love cheongsams! They are perfect for any events! I used to even wear them to work. Oh pick me pick me!

mummybean said...

I would wear it on dinner dates! and to weddings, though I don't attend too many of those any more!


mummybean said...

Oops, I forgot my FB Name: Veraday Poh

Cecilia Chng said...

I'll wear a modern cheongsam to my D&D! The cheongsam is perfect for the theme.
FB name : Cecilia Chng
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Missus Tay said...

for work and dinner dates!
fb name: candice yang tay

Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me said...

Hey gorgeous, just wanted to say how STUNNING you look! I can't wait to give you a cuddle in a month. I hope you found an apartment, sorry for being so useless.. let's just say that I'm not very organised. HUGS xxx

Unknown said...

I would wear this to celebrate Racial Harmony Event in Singapore because of the racious and harmony country ! & also , it is elegant and pretty to be worn during dinner, dates & casual meeting where it brings out the beautiful acts and comfortness ! <3
FB Name : Felicia Leong
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joycee mymelody said...

fb name: joycee mymelody
i want to give it to my daughter for her graduation prom nite.

Yippee said...

The Cheongsams look so pretty & versatile! I would dress it for wedding dinners & some special occasion.

FB Name: Yippee Woods

Adelyn Khoo Wei Ting said...

Wow. Thanks for posting this post! I've always been looking for a website that sells modern cheongsums because I felt that I can't carry the traditional one yet! I love the Happy Fall design, it's such a cheery green with pretty fauna prints. I will wear this to bai4 nian3 during CNY next year and also wear this out to work and even for dates! <3 and shared on FB: Adelyn Khoo Wei Ting. Email add: :)

Unknown said...

The clothes are so beautifully made and I want to wear them as part of my daily wardrobe!

Jane Lee

Fion Teo said...

I will wear it to office, wedding dinner or a date with my hubby!

FB Name: Fion Teo

thanks for the lovely giveaway!

Unknown said...

I'll wear this lovely modern cheongsam to my friend's upcoming wedding! I think it's really chic, classy and just perfect for the occasion!

My FB name: Fiona Chan

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Unknown said...

I will wear it to work. Since I'm a teacher, it's best to wear it on especially occasion like R&D.
Fb name: Phyllis Tan

Anonymous said...

I like to wear cheong sam during CNY and to attend formal functions such as wedding dinners. Hope to win.

FB name : Linda Wong
email :

Anonymous said...

I would wear it anytime night, to work, weekend outings with the family. Love it!

FB name: Eunice wee

teo kai sin said...

I would wear it to work, to date night, wedding dinners and weekend outings with the family. Simply irresistible!! so sweet and lovely

FB name: Teo kai sin

luah moi kee said...

These cheongsams are so lovely and comfortable that I would wear it to work and special occasion like chinese new year!

FB name: Luah moi kee

Thank you very much

Meiyi said...

Would wear the cheongsam to wedding functions and formal gatherings.-Meiyi
FB:Little Detour

Eileen. 静 said...

These modern chongsam are so pretty and I can wear it from work to a event in the evening! Great as a dress for hi tea with my gal friends too :)

FB Name: Eileen Lim

KarMie's blog said...

I will wear it ASAP!!! This will be a good motivation for me to lose weight and get back my pre preganancy figure!!! So I can wear it to date mr. Hubby :)
So pretty dress!!!
(P/s: 1 more KG to go..tks to breastfeeding)

Fb name: Jamie chaw
Email: jamiechaw AT gmail DOT COM