29.12.15

Wedding Prep [Part I]


Now that the wedding is over, I finally have some time to breathe! My tip for all the soon-to-be-brides: start your prep work early!

24.9.15

A Review of EVERSOFT'S New Makeup Removers (They're 100% Organic!)


All of you probably already know how important a good cleansing regime is and how crucial it is to remove your makeup thoroughly and properly everyday before going to bed. I think that you can be lazy with your skincare on some days, but you should never be lazy with the cleansing.

15.8.15

A review of Lancome Advanced Genifique's range of products


Every so often, you'll find a great skincare product that you know you'll keep and use for a long time to come.

2.7.15

Counting down...it's less than 6 months to the wedding!

Oh gosh, where did all the time go. The wedding is less than 6 months away! I attended Flutters Eyelash's 1st Anniversary party last Saturday and everyone kinda remarked that I was surprisingly cool (or too chill) about the upcoming wedding. Honestly, I've been so busy with Wardrobe Theory, I haven't had much time or energy to think about the wedding. I'm leaving it all to the safe hands of my wedding planner, Clarissa from Lovorth Weddings! (I hope she's reading this!) 

Chill and all, I would still like to look really nice on my wedding day. Jon doesn't understand why girls put in soooo much effort to look good for just one day. Someone explain to him, please! Anyhow, I kinda ignored him when he said that. I've got a couple of concerns for my face, so I made an appointment and went to see Dr Karen Soh from Prive Aesthetics yesterday. During our consultation, she told me that everybody will be taking pictures on the wedding day and no one (except the professional photographer) will be doing any photoshop..."so let's get you ready and looking beautiful from all angles!" 

We discussed a couple of options for me and we decided to first and foremost, start me on their Exilis Elite Treatment. The main concerns that I have for my face are: 

- Drooping cheeks
- Saggy jowls
- Drooping eyelids
- Double chin

These concerns only came about in the past year or so (damn you, aging!!) and it's showing a lot more on my right face compared to my left. I'm assuming its normal that both sides of the face age at a different rate? On normal days, I make it up by putting my left face forward in most pictures. I've been considering treatments such as Thermage for a while, but am so scared of the pain! So, when Dr Karen shared with me about the Exilis Elite Treatment, I was really excited. I'm supposed to achieve similar results to Thermage, without the pain and downtime. 

The Exilis Treatment is supposed to contour your face, tighten your skin and improve skin laxity, rejuvenate your face by stimulating collagen production, plump your skin and reduce wrinkles and improve the appearance of dark circles. 

I went for my first treatment today (I was really excited, haha) and I can't wait to share with all of you the subtle changes that I've noticed already. Here's a before/after. I took the pictures at the same spot and angle for a fair comparison.



Before

I've highlighted my concerns with the text. It's obvious that my right face is sagging more than my left. :( I've got my brows drawn, eyeliner on and under-eye concealer in this picture. 

After
The results I'm seeing immediately after 1 session of Exilis Treatment: saggy cheek and jowl on my right face looks slightly improved (yay!!). Overall, I've noticed that my skin looks tighter, fine lines especially those around my eyes have lessened, dark circles have lightened (my dark circles in the 'After' picture looks lighter than the 'Before' when I've got concealer on in the before picture). My eyes are also looking brighter - possibly from the lifted eyelids and tighter skin. 

I'm supposed to see even more results after 2-3 days and optimal results after 6 sessions. All in time for my wedding...I can't wait! :D 

I forgot to add!! I experienced no pain at all during the treatment. All I felt was heat - like someone was giving me a hotstone massage on my face. 

-xoxo-




29.6.15

Tips on landing that dream job

Do you, like me have friends or know people around you that are holding on to 'dream jobs' and working in companies you've always admired and wished you were in? When I was younger and starting out in the workforce, dream jobs to me were positions in the fashion luxury market - oh, how nice it'd be to work in Chanel! - and big advertising agencies like Ogilvy. (I've always had a creative streak in me.) Although I wouldn't trade up what I'm doing now with Wardrobe Theory for anything, I had no clue how to land these 'dream jobs' then and definitely wouldn't have minded for someone to point me in the right direction. 

I think that the key to landing your dream job when you're first starting out (besides being a top performer or valedictorian in school) is to intern for the company whilst you're still in school. Excel during internship and I think your position in the company after graduation would be pretty set.  Although I know that internships in Singapore can be tough with almost little or no pay, an internship is kinda like 'paying your dues' and you should bite the bullet and just get with it.

The publicity image for Blue Print. I can't even recognise myself! Haha!

My internship experience was really interesting. I was acting and modelling quite a bit when I was in school and was signed on to Artiste Networks as one of their actresses. So, I didn't have quite the regular internship. My internship stint involved me going for castings for various roles in different projects such as TVCs and dramas and being involved in those projects when I was casted. A few standout projects that I remember doing were a Ch5 telemovie titled, Blue Print, and a Johnson's and Johnson's Acuvue Contact Lens commercial. The Ch5 telemovie was my very first acting gig and I played a rich girl who was kidnapped by some crazy fella. I acted alongside David Leong and Aaron Azia (who's gone on to make a big name for himself in KL) and I remember having to fire a stunt gun for one of the scenes. The shaking and shivering in the scene was totally real. Although there were professionals handling the gun on set, I was paranoid that the stunt gun would fire for real.

From the set of the Acuvue lenses TVC
I flew to Bangkok, Thailand for the filming of the contact lens commercial. The storyboard revolved around me taking a trip with my BFF and having to wear spectacles onboard when my BFF was comfortable in her Acuvue lenses. The ad was shot in the Thai Airways training centre and being so young, it was a really exciting adventure for me.  

So yes, I didn't go through the regular internship route like most people. But, if you're a student and looking for a singapore internship, you can check out Stroff.com, a jobs portal project with a strong social purpose to help youths, tertiary students and young working adults achieve their career aspirations. It's non-profit, and is currently funded by well wishes. Search for internship singapore!

23.6.15

Co-Ords






Getting matchy-matchy in a co-ordinate set from Wardrobe Theory. Love the versatility of this top and skirt. I can wear them together, or pair them with other separates for a completely different look.

Outfit details:
Top: Wardrobe Theory Go Getter Top
Skirt: Hold Your Ground Pencil Skirt
Bag: Alexander McQueen (old)


21.6.15

Musings










Outfit details:
Dress: Wardrobe Theory Sugar & Spice Fit & Flare Dress
Heels: Jeffrey Campbell (old)

Wardrobe Theory's very first full-label collection, 'Taking Flight Pre-Fall '15' has finally launched on the site. This is the very first time that I've put out an entire collection of my own designs, and seeing every single piece of my work on the website is really exciting and gratifying. This collection captures the exhilaration of one embarking on an adventure. It's the feeling of lifting off and soaring into the air, as one begins their maiden journey; filled with hope and promise of their aspirations.

I resonate with this collection a lot on a personal level. As an entrepreneur and creative designer at Wardrobe Theory, taking the business to the next level of being our own brand is very thrilling for me. I've been prepping this move to becoming a brand with my team for a long time, so this literally feels like the moment where I'm lifting off and 'taking flight'. 

Looking back, I definitely did not expect to be where I am now and doing what I'm doing today. My career journey has been super colourful and I've worked at so many different full time and part time jobs in Singapore. I've been in the airline, finance, media, fashion and beauty industry - saying all that is already a mouthful! And, although I've always lived and breathed fashion, I think that every job that I've been in has shaped me to be who I am, and led me to where I am today. I'm so thankful for all the opportunities that I've had in every industry and all the takeaways and learning that I've brought with me from the different jobs.  

I still remember how I naturally gravitated towards the fashion industry when I was still in school and looking for part time jobs for students during school holidays. I worked at Topshop and Louis Vuitton and had such a blast. It was totally stress-free. Working then was purely for fun. I remember clearly serving a super nice customer at Louis Vuitton once and she left me a really huge, fat tip. Up till today, I'm still surprised that anyone tips so generously. 

One of my most memorable jobs was my very first full time job as a flight attendant with Japan Airlines. Being a flight attendant taught me so much. It opened my eyes to the world, to different cultures, people and it taught me independence and to take care of myself. I think that this is a great first job for anyone, and I always recommend it to those fresh out of school when they ask me for career advice. 

Another career advice that I would offer is to follow your passion and dreams, but to remember that you've got to pay the bills too. Haha! Unfortunately, the world is such that the bills never stop coming! Think of career longevity when you're embarking on your career path and try and envision where you'd like to be 10-20 years down the road. Then, focus and work towards your end goal. When I think back on my career path, as much as I've enjoyed being in so many different industries and challenging myself in so many ways, I do look back and wish that I had just a bit more focus in my career choices. 



Here's a super old picture of me as a flight attendant with Japan Airlines. Don't judge my chubby cheeks and arched eyebrows! 

To end this post, I would like to do a shout-out for Stroff.com, a jobs portal project with a strong social purpose to help youths, tertiary students and young working adults achieve their career aspirations. It's non-profit, and is currently funded by well wishes. If you're a student looking for a holiday gig, check out Stroff.com and search 'part time jobs singapore'! 



13.6.15

My 3-day juice cleanse experience

I met the lovely people from Beauty Cleanse a while back at an event. They shared their juice cleansing process, the benefits and I got to try some of their juices. They got me interested in the whole juice cleansing idea, but I felt like I wasn't ready to embark and commit to a cleanse then. 

Fast forward to last week, the idea of doing a juice detox came back to me again. I've been binge eating for weeks and my body felt overloaded. I was mentally sluggish and physically drained. With a wedding coming up at the end of the year, I felt like I couldn't continue my unhealthy lifestyle. I wanted to 'reboot' and 're-start' my body and re-think my lifestyle habits. Coincidentally, Beauty Cleanse contacted me about their loyalty programme, Beauty and Belle and offered to start me on the programme with a 3-Day Juice Cleanse.

Feeling quite ready to commit to 3 whole days of having just juice this time, I accepted the 'challenge'. To be honest, I wasn't sure at all if I could go through with it because I'm the sorta girl who loves her food, a lot.



Juice cleansing aside, here's the fun part of doing a juice cleanse with Beauty Cleanse. Their loyalty programme, Beauty and Belle is a year long membership that consists of 3 comprehensive cleanse plans + special discounts and exclusive passes to yoga, zumba, pilates, pole dancing classes, and aesthetics and spa treatments. This holistic platform helps you extend beyond your juice cleanse programmes to incorporate a healthier spiritual, mental and physical lifestyle for yourself. Looking through the Beauty and Belle Playbook, I'm most tempted to try out the pilates class. There's 1 x complimentary class every month!


The Playbook consists of 3 Wellness Journeys for you to embark on, each designed to achieve a specific wellness objective while having fun throughout. Best part: You get a reward after completing each journey! Beauty and Belle offers rewards such as cash and travel vouchers. 

The whole idea behind Beauty and Belle is about feeling good inside out. Extending beyond eating healthy and exercising, there are activities in there that requires you to spend quality time with your family and activities that encourage you to relax and spend quality me-time. Such activities include cook-outs and baking sessions with your family and organising a girls' day out with your BFFs. I really like this holistic approach to wellness!  

So, the night before my cleanse was supposed to start, the cold pressed juices arrived fresh at my doorstep. And to ready myself to stick it through the cleanse, I pulled out of and didn't make any appointments for meals with friends. I knew that I wouldn't be able to just sit and watch people eat while I drank my juice.    





Day 1
I started the day with a glass of warm water with fresh lemon and followed with my first bottle of juice. I mixed half of the juice with the Colosan powder mix according to instructions, waited for 30mins and finished up the remaining juice with the other supplements provided. I received packets of a Green Superfoods powder and Spirulina, Flaxseed Oil, liver support and Acai Berry supplement tablets.

I continued about my day as usual, working and going for meetings. I think it helped that I was really busy that day, but it did take all my willpower to not think of food. I followed Beauty Cleanse's Cleanse Tip of the Day #1 to "Always stay hydrated during your cleanse. Keep herbal tea, water, lemon water, coconut water or ginger drink by your side all day to ensure your body is nice and balanced. Studies often indicate that all those times when we feel hungry, it is actually our brain trying to tell us that we are thirsty."   

Everytime I felt hungry or craved for something, I drank the juices (6 bottles is really way more than enough for me) and drank lots of water. It also helped that my friends around me and Jon were really supportive. They rallied with me along the way and Jon kept food out of my sight (eating meals earlier before I got home and everything), just so I wouldn't be tempted.

Looking back as I write this blogpost now, Day 1 was the hardest for me. I felt lethargic and all I really wanted to do was eat a hot meal.

Day 2
I repeated the morning routine and felt much fresher on this day. Day 2 was also the day where I went to the toilet, a lot. I assume that this is a sign of the juices working and the body going into cleansing mode. 

Surprisingly, it got much easier for me on this day and I stopped craving for food. I even tempted myself by thinking about the sweets and chocolates in my fridge, but I didn't feel like having any. Overall, I felt mentally more alert despite not having my usual caffeine routine and was secretly liking the fact that I didn't need the hassle of thinking about and buying food to feed myself. It was so easy to just reach for a bottle of juice to fill myself up. 

By nighttime, I already knew that I was going to be able to complete the cleanse and that felt like a mini victory to me. I celebrated by thinking about what I was going to eat when I broke my juice fast and went to bed happy, haha.

Day 3
I woke up feeling the most benefits of the cleanse on Day 3. My skin looked a lot clearer and brighter naturally. This was amazing for me as I didn't particularly use any different or extra skincare products, nor did I pay extra attention to take care of it. I've long suspected that my bad diet habits were the cause of some of my skin issues like pore clogging and dullness. The sluggishness and 'fog in my head' that I've been experiencing for weeks before cleared and lifted. I felt energetic and mentally alert. I was raring to go and was enthusiastic about completing the cleanse programme. 

Having 'just juice' through the day didn't bother me and when I reached the last bottle of juice, it almost felt like a 3-day juice cleanse was too short. 



Verdict
Completing what I thought would be an impossible task for me is very gratifying and this in some ways acts as a boost to my own confidence. As the cliche goes, you can do all things when you set your mind on it. The benefits that came along the 3-day cleanse was a definite boon. I experienced first hand what eating healthy could do for myself and my body and I'm definitely going to use this cleanse to kick-start a healthier diet habit. 

Having supportive family and friends helped me stick through my plan and I also found it immensely helpful for Beauty Cleanse to email me cleansing tips everyday. I also loved having their Beauty Cleanse Advisor check in on my every now and then. I could clear any doubts I had about the cleanse anytime and knowing that there was an expert that I could lean on and ask questions definitely helped me through the cleansing process.


Disclaimer: I was gifted the set of 3-Day cleanse from Beauty Cleanse. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of Beauty Cleanse's.  


9.5.15

Never ending love affair with playsuits.







Here's sharing one of my favourite outfits that I wore to #MBFWA in Sydney. I have a never ending love affair with playsuits and this gorgeous piece in powder blue was a love at first sight. How can you resist those scallop details! I dressed it up and toughened the look with a black leather jacket and patent ribbon bow flats.

It was just as well that my manicure I had done at J Nails right before I went to Sydney matched the playsuit perfectly. This is one of my favourite manicures done by far. It's completely outgrown now but I still have them on cos' I love the design too much!

Outfit details:

Playsuit: Miss Selfridge (Orchard Gateway Branch)
Jacket: Topshop (Old)
Shoes: Zara
Clutch: Alexander McQueen


Taking #OOTDs is obviously very tiring business. Sleep-posing, haha!


Happy weekend, lovelies!

-xoxo-

4.5.15

Seeking: easy recipes.

Photo credit: Cupcakes & Cashmere
I spent a large part of my labour weekend holiday in bed sleeping as I was down with some stomach trouble owing largely to I think, not eating properly and not having regular meals for an extended period. Working from home means that I usually get too absorbed in work and forget to eat. I only think of food when I no longer can bear the hunger pangs and usually grab a quick bite of something unhealthy like biscuits, chocolates and whatever snacks I have in sight. 

The stomach trouble I had this weekend acted like a wake up call to myself to stop eating junk food and to have more regular meals. Which led me to researching and trying to find easy to prepare quick recipes like this toast on Cupcakes & Cashmere. Jon thinks I'm not Asian sometimes as I much prefer to eat sandwiches, salads, and other slightly more Western palette type food as opposed to chicken rice and other Asian delights. Don't get me wrong, I still very much enjoy the laksa and 'da mee'... I just prefer something lighter at lunch. 

Please share with me some of your easy recipes that don't require much cooking skills (I'm not quite the chef material), or some of your healthy snack options so that I can stop my recurring stomach issues. Thanks in advance! 

-xoxo-

1.5.15

Pullman Sydney Hyde Park






When the time came for me to select and book a hotel in Sydney, I decided on the Pullman Sydney Hyde Park after the nice experience I had at Pullman Central Park, Jakarta. Once again, the Pullman group did not disappoint. As my schedule in Sydney was pretty packed with MBFWA activities and I was running around outside most of the time, I didn't get to spend as much time as I'd have liked at the hotel. The times that I did get to hang around though, was always fantastic. The staff were all really nice and helpful from the moment I checked in, I almost didn't mind that I was staying at the hotel on my own.

The best part of the hotel is it's location - it's centrally located just across the Hyde Park and is a short 10-15 minutes walk to Pitt Street where most of the retail shops like Myer, David Jones, Queen Victoria Building and eateries are located. I had the most wonderful Mexican dinner at Mejico located at 105 Pitt Street and it's a must-go when you do go to Sydney. You have to try the guacamole, soft shell crab taco and churros! Cab rides to other parts around Sydney like Carriageworks where MBFWA was located, Surrey Hills where most of the cafes are and Bondi Beach were also short and very manageable. This location was perfect for someone like me who was running all around Sydney. 

Aside from the cosy room with the amazing huge tub where I spent most nights in after long and tiring days out (in heels!), my favourite bit about the hotel was the beyond amazing view from both my room and the pool. My room was facing the Hyde Park so it was really nice and calming to just sit in the room and look out. At times when I felt like being outdoors, I headed to the pool for the unobstructed view. Check out the view from my picture above. How crazy amazing is that! I could hang at the pool with a latte all day and never get enough. 

Most people tell me that it doesn't really matter which hotel you stay in when you're on vacation because you never spend that much time in there. I've always thought otherwise however, because I think it's really important to be able to come back to a nice and comfortable place to rest up after running around all day. You really do want to feel relaxed in your 'lil home away from home after a long day. Plus, won't you feel more recharged after a good night's rest and feel like you have more energy to explore the next day? 

I'm so glad that the Pullman made my both recent trips so comfortable and perfect.

More details on the Pullman Sydney Hyde Park: http://www.pullmansydneyhydepark.com.au/ 

-xoxo-  


26.4.15

#MBFWA


It's been slightly over a week since I've been back from MBFWA in Sydney and I'm still reeling in excitement a little over the whole experience. Being backstage for the Michael Lo Sordo show (thank you, Skin Inc!) and watching all the behind the scenes action unfold in front of my eyes was an eye-opener. From seeing the models arrive, to them getting prepped and ready for runway - it was all rather chaotic.  So many people are involved to put a show together and before you know it, the show is over in about 20 minutes. All that prep work for 20 minutes! 

It was so lovely getting to meet and chat with one of the designers, Michael Lo Sordo backstage. He was surprisingly really calm before the show. I can imagine that I'd be a bundle of nerves if I were in his shoes! Velda, my fashion-bunny companion throughout this trip and I even bumped into him at a The Grounds of Alexandria a couple of days later. What a nice coincidence. 

The both of us people watched in between shows - it's really fun to see so many people dressed up, took OOTDs for each other - I love the white playsuit that I'm wearing (thank you for dressing me for the shows, Miss Selfridge!), and did a pit stop at Bill's Cafe at Surrey Hills to fuel up - the ricotta hotcakes are to die for. What fun. :) 

Outfit details:

Sunnies: Le Specs
Playsuit: Miss Selfridge (Orchard Gateway branch, Singapore)
Heels: Zara
Clutch: Alexander McQueen

-xoxo-



18.4.15

The Rocks, Sydney




I did not expect to return to Sydney so soon after my 2 day escapade in the beautiful city last year. What brought me over this time was the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, with an opportunity to go backstage for the Michael Lo Sordo show - how could I say no. I flew in a couple of days earlier before the show to enjoy the city. It was also really a chance for me to take a short break and to gain fresh perspectives and inspiration to fuel my role as Creative Director at Wardrobe Theory. 

For those of you are wondering why Wardrobe Theory has been so quiet on the new arrivals front, we've been really busy designing and prepping for full collections of 'Wardrobe Theory Originals'. Yes, we're moving towards becoming a full-fledged label and I can't tell you how excited I am! I've designed every single piece in the upcoming collections and this whole process is taking longer than it should as I'm super fussy about quality and cuts. I'm making sure that everything is perfect before we are ready to present the collections to you. For a 'lil sneak peek, I'm wearing a pair of high-waisted tailored shorts from one of the coming collections in this series of pictures. :)


These pictures were taken at The Rocks - one of my favourite places to visit in Sydney. You can access the Sydney Harbour Bridge from here, head to the Museum of Contemporary Art, or walk around and enjoy the beautiful and quaint architecture of the buildings around this area. Definitely lots of photo op moments! The cafe on the top floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art is a must-visit when you're here. The view of the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House is beyond amazing.

Outfit details:

Shirt: Zara
Bag: Chanel

-xoxo-


7.4.15

My stay at Pullman Central Park Hotel.











I stayed at the Pullman Central Park Hotel in Jakarta when I was there for work recently. The hotel was the highlight of my whole trip and I was so happy to get back everyday after I was done with work. The interior of the hotel is really funky with a modern industrial theme and I loved the mix of pop and modern art displayed throughout the hotel. Chats with the Hotel Manager revealed that Pullman supports local and all the art pieces are by Indonesian Artists. I really like that. 

Breakfast every morning was a huge and grand affair with a really wide selection of Western, Japanese, Chinese and local cuisine. I think I looked forward to breakfast every night before I went to bed. Surprisingly, I also had the best sleeps during my stay at the hotel. I don't usually adapt to new environments quickly and usually have trouble sleeping. I think it was the comfy pillows that lulled me into a deep sleep every night. I woke up to no tight and aching shoulders every morning - a common problem that I have! The pillows felt so good I actually came back to Singapore and got my pillows changed, hoping to recreate the good sleep that I had. 

I didn't have time to hit the pool, but I managed to take walks around the hotel and check out the swimming facilities. The pool looked really inviting. I'll remember to make time for it next time. One of the best parts of the hotel was the Zen Garden. I loved the serene garden scape amongst the high-rise buildings in the congested city. 

Of course, I squeezed in a spa session at the hotel. I had a 1 hour foot, shoulder and hand massage one night and it was heavenly. The best part was, I paid only about SGD40 for the massage...in a hotel spa! What a steal. 

Thank you for the wonderful hospitality, Pullman Hotel. I'll definitely be back!

-xoxo-