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.