Time—it’s become one of the most important commodities today. We may reach a point wherein we feel that we have enough money for our today, as well as our tomorrows, but time? Oh my. It’s the one thing that feels as though we never have enough of it.

Women are master multitaskers. So many of us are employed, have children, homes (or flats), and extended families. Some of us are even enrolled in classes (online and off). All of these things take effort and energy, as well as, you guessed it, time.

And what about ourselves? We need to make effort, energy and time as well for self-care, like exercise, cooking healthy meals, meditation or pampering, right?

How many of us have gotten to a place of where we need something right away—a new dress for a special occasion the following night, for example. A pair of running shoes because the one we have is on its last strings. New charging cords for our phones, because we broke/left/misplaced the one we have.

Relate much?

Okay, I never thought I would say this, but, thank God for online shopping.

The concept has been around for years, ever since internet banking kicked in. But online shopping has never been so easy, and it’s my joy today to direct you to my favorite shops so that you can save your limited time, your precious 24 hours a day, for the things that really matter: your partner, kids, self-care, work, family and friends, etc.

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No time for clothes-shopping?

In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say that I used to love clothes-shopping. It was a serious de-stress mechanism. I could spend large chunks of time in this designer boutique and that upscale shop. As a single person, some of my best days were spent up and down Orchard Road.

Ahhh, those were the days.

And now, honestly, I can’t remember the last Saturday I spent going through my favorite shops. I would rather freshen up the house with my partner, then cook lunch together, take a nap (ooooh, naps!) and then catch a movie later that night. This is now my perfect Saturday.

Like most women, I work on weekdays, spend time with my guy on Saturdays, and rest on Sundays. Where did all my shopping time go?

My shopping time is now from 9 pm till 10 pm, with my iPad in front of me, resting comfortably in bed. It could not get easier or more convenient!

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So, on to my favorite sites for clothes shopping.

On the top of my list is Asos, which is a British site, so prices are in pounds. The site has clothes for men and women, as well as cosmetics and underwear, at prices that can only be described as extremely reasonable. They also have shoes and underwear. In fact, they just started carrying Rihanna’s animal print and lace Savage x Fenty line of undies.

So, when my partner asks me what I want for my birthday, it will be easy to answer him, at least this year.

Asos carries a whole bunch of brands, including Calvin Klein and Nike, as well as their really good house brands as well. Fun fact, one of the hottest items they have is a pleated maxi dress from Asos Curve that is just perfect for us curvier ladies, in black and plum. I want it in both colors.

My next favorite site is Zalora, headquartered right here in Singapore. Zalora carries a lot of designer brands such as Mango and Cotton On, plus sportier brands Adidas and Fila. When the site goes on sale, you can get up to an 80 percent discount. For true blue fans of everything Korean, Zalora’s got a lot of choices.

For more specialized shopping, I have the following suggestions. If you’re looking for high-end, luxury designer fashion, the German site stylebop.commay just be for you. If it’s athletic wear that you need, check out lornajane.sg. One bonus the site offers is healthy recipes and workout suggestions. And for your makeup needs, I’m pretty sure that sephora.sgwill have what you’re looking for.

Before we go on, I want to share our article “How to Save on Online Beauty Purchases.”Online shoppers, this is a must-read!

No time for planning your getaway?

No problem at all! Planning your vacation has never been easier with Trip.com. It has extensive coverage, competitive pricing, and amazing service. We go on vacation every year and I have never had to pick up the phone to talk to a travel agent, much less visit their office.

By the way, the site also offers vacation suggestions, just in case you still have no idea where you want to go this year. There are also flight deals, so you can get the best value for your money, and you can also read reviews of other people’s travel experiences.

Trip.com has its own recommendations for hotels, but when I book accommodations I usually go to sg.hotels.com, to see the sheer variety of what’s available for my vacay.

No time to find general odds and ends?

For literally everything else, there’s online shopping giant Lazada. (Except maybe for electronics, because the partner and I love to go to brick and mortar shops for those.)

But Lazada does have electronics, and watches, and accessories, and essential oils, and kitchen appliances, and luggage, and clothes and travel accessories, as many of us probably know. You name it, Lazada’s probably got it!

The best part about it is that you can spend hours looking through these items to find what you need (and many things that you want but don’t necessarily need) from the comfort of your bed, while you’re wearing your comfy sleepwear. No need for dressing up for online shopping!

Got any favorite online shopping sites that you’d care to share with The New Savvy Community? Drop us a line and let us know! Besides, we have amazing online shopping tips—more than tips, they’re actually hacks. Check out “Super Hacks For Cyber Shopaholics: How To Save Money When Shopping Online.”You can thank us later.

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Anna Haotanto is the Advisor (former CEO) of The New Savvy. She is currently the COO of ABZD Capital and the CMO of Gourmet Food Holdings, an investment firm focusing on opportunities in the global F&B industry. She is part of the founding committee of the Singapore FinTech Association and heads the Women In FinTech and Partnership Committee. Anna is the President of the Singapore Management University Women Alumni. Anna invests and sits on the board of a few startups. Anna is also part of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Career Women’s Group executive committee. Anna’s story is featured on Millionaire Minds on Channel NewsAsia. She hosts TV shows and events, namely for Channel NewsAsia’s “The Millennial Investor” and “Challenge Tomorrow”, a FinTech documentary. Anna was awarded “Her Times Youth Award” at the Rising50 Women Empowerment Gala, organised by the Indonesian Embassy of Singapore. The award was presented by His Excellency Ngurah Swajaya. She was also awarded Founder of the Year for ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards. She was also awarded the Women Empowerment Award by the Asian Business & Social Forum. Anna has been awarded LinkedIn Power Profiles for founders (2018, 2017), Tatler Gen T, The Peak’s Trailblazers under 40 and a nominee for the Women of The Future award by Aviva


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