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Californian Road Trip

Like many curious Fashionistas I too like to travel, but not just travel – I like to travel to places that trigger ideas and inspiration in my creative line of work.
My clients are typically quite worldly and so they look to build collections that are adaptable and can be worn/used in several different places and not just where they reside. Being abreast of style in a global context is therefore very important to me.
In December I set off to explore southern California, focusing on Santa Monica, San Diego/La Jolla, and Palm Springs. It was no great surprise that women in Santa Monica, which is only a short distance from Beverley Hills, are all beautiful and exceptionally stylish. Because of the season I saw lots of women wearing boots with leggings and sweaters, leather jackets, and body warmers yet in/around Santa Monica and Malibu the style was a lot more relaxed with a strong bias toward the outdoors and oceanfront living with designers such as James Perse appearing quite popular.
As you drive south along the coast to San Diego the ‘relaxed’ theme continues. The amazing seafood and mouthwatering Mexican-influenced cuisine with freshly prepared guacamole and salsa suggest the lifestyle is designed around a “work-to-live” mentality as opposed to a “live-to-work” philosophy that is more commonplace elsewhere in the US and especially in major cities on the East Coast, such as New York. In California this is also reflected in business attire, which is less-formal, as well as a generally more laid-back feel and relaxed sense of fashion. This is not to say Californian’s don’t do formal – they certainly do and they do it well as recently seen in the Golden Globe Awards!
From San Diego and La Jolla I traveled North East to Palm Springs, a true desert oasis. It was probably the most beautiful out of the three locations, but also the most challenging to dress stylishly in. The Palm Springs Desert and the Joshua Tree National Park with its yellow and beige color tones were simply stunning and it was hard not to stop for a quick photo shoot. The photos were not pre-planned, and sometimes it’s better that way.
Here is my choice of comfortable yet stylish outfits. I hope they will inspire you, and give an idea of how to pare things together in a different way.

Playing in the sand with my kids:

Sweater by Dolce Gabbana, pants by Berenice, Sneakers Nike

Strolling in the desert: Skirt and sweater and boots by Zadig&Voltaire. Hat Maison de Michele

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By |2019-04-19T04:29:39+08:00January 17th, 2015|BLOG|0 Comments

From London to Paris in a week

Paris fashion week is an amazing week where many designers display their autumn/winter collections offering to showcase their skill and talent. And if you’re lucky enough, you’ll get to meet with world most famous icons, celebrities and filmmakers. I would have loved to say that that’s why I was in Paris, however it was not. I was in London and Paris with my husband of 12 years celebrating our wedding anniversary. I did not get to mingle with fashion designers on this trip but I had the time of my life being romanced by my husband. Every year we try to get away just the two of us and see the World without being pulled in different directions by our lovely boys.  And what kind of romance does not involve a bit of shopping? Certainly not my kind of romance. Living full time in Singapore left my fall wardrobe in a state of despair. So before I left I bought just a bare minimal to take me through the first days: Short booties from Vince, stockings (M&S makes the best!) and a few cutesy outfits from Zara and of course a leather jacket at Balenciaga.

First 4 nights we spent in London, staying with our dear friends whom we met in Singapore. They now own a beautiful Edwardian home in Barnes, a posh neighborhood 20 min outside of central London. Beckhams and McJAgers apparently own their homes there too. On a first day David and I joined a walking tour group and spent two hours inside a famous Westminster Abbey Cathedral. Second Day we decided to check out Portobello Market and shopping in Notting Hill. My favorite designers: Melissa Odabash, James Perse, Club Monaco and concept store Matches were all there. Matches was a shopping heaven. Not only they had very knowledgeable staff to help me but the collection of designer pieces they carried was second to none. It’s here that I splurged on my new boots by Gianvito Rossi and my now most favorite hat by Maison Michel, which at some point was a part of Chanel house. Those two items pretty much appeared in most of my photos, I simply could not part from them. Paris shopping was equally amazing but I had to do more window shopping  to save time for museum and eating . One can’t have it all! I hope these looks inspire you for your next holidays.

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As the song goes "Those boots are made for Walking"

As the song goes “Those boots are made for Walking”

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Cape by Vince Hat: Maison Michel Boots: Rossi Dress: Zara

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Hat by Maison Michel 2014 Winter Collection
Boots by Rossi 2014 Winter Collection
Dress by Zara  2014 Fall/ Winter Collection

 

By |2019-04-19T04:29:40+08:00October 15th, 2014|BLOG|0 Comments

Styling went French

ThingsWeLove is a wonderful popup store that brings brands from Australia. This time it was held in a beautifully decorated  French restaurant Au Petite Salut.  I eagerly accepted my role as a stylist to conduct a short workshop with their new collection of designers such as: Collette Dinnigan, Lilaya and Istana. Some of the well known names I was already familiar with but some other ones were a delightful surprise. All clothes was weather and country appropriate. They ranged from outfits that you can do school run in to cocktail dresses and resort wear. I was happy to provide advice on how to wear certain pieces and which accessories to add for a complete look.
It was not a big surprise to find out that most accessories were sold out on their second day. Even I did not get my hands on a necklace I liked. Perhaps better luck next time.
If you are in Singapore in October, be on the lookout for their next event.

PicMonkey Collage

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By |2019-04-19T04:29:41+08:00September 8th, 2014|BLOG|0 Comments

I Want those Jeans…

Jeans are like men, there are so many around yet only a few that are right for You. It’s not uncommon these days to have 10,20, 30 pairs of jeans but really how many of them make you look fabulous every time? Contrary to what magazines say there is no magic cut for different body types. Surely there are guidelines to follow such as if you have big butt don’t wear jeans with big back pockets. In reality it’s not only the pockets but also the distance between them that plays a major role. What does work is getting in that fitting room and trying them on. One thing certain is how often women ruin their perfect pair of jeans by wearing them in a wrong way. Let’s concentrate on how to correct that.

Skinny
These babies should not flatten your butt or create a tummy pouch. The length if of a major concern, they should spiral down to the shoes or extend to the floor in retro style. If legs are not your best asset then pair skinny jeans with high boots to draw attention away from your legs. Never: low-waisted lycra model that crushes your butt and reveals the crack and combines so horribly with a mini T-shirt or jersey tank riding above the belly button. Urg.
Yes: to skinnys in leather, jean, cotton or waxy stretch perfectly fort fitting. If you invested in the right pair you can even promote them to the level of basic indispensable. Match them with loose T-shirt, silk shirt, ballet flats or biker boots.

Flared Jeans
They lengthen the legs and balance out your body, particularly if you are top heavy or curvaceous. Worn with the right shoes: booties, platforms, wedges they can do wonders. If you are on a heavy side go for “boot cut” the difference is that they flare out from the knee. By completely covering your shoes you will appear much taller and leaner.

Boyfriend Jeans
Show your love for your Man and steal his jeans.  Perfect pair is always at least two sizes bigger than your normal size. These jeans look amazing in combination with feminine touches: ruffles, silk, leather, sexy shoes and clutches.  My favorite combo is either stilettos in bright colors with retro blouses or flats by Cloe with an oversizePicMonkey Collage c2 bag. Remember to tuck in your t-shirts and blouses and fasten the jeans with an equally sexy belt.

By |2019-04-19T04:29:42+08:00August 23rd, 2014|BLOG|0 Comments

Bali inspired

Going on beach holidays is exciting, particularly the part where you can’t make up your mind about what to pack. If you are anything like me who packs lots but wears little then this will perhaps inspire  you to rethink your outfit choices.  I got at least two outfits from this cute top.  Don’t ask me where it’s from, it came from my Mom. Yes, my Mom is a skilled shopper and she sends me some goodies, the top was one of them.  Pants Zadig &Voltaire in bright watermelon color go well with grey, white, black and well turquoise. I would definitely bring them with me next time. The same top can be combined with Zara high-waisted shorts. This lovely hat was from St. Regis Bali and unfortunately I forgot to buy it at their shop,what a shame.

A black dress from my new favorite Brazilian brand Lulu Yasmine, I wish they had a store here in Singapore. (Stores are in Bali). Flagship store is right opposite Hotel W in Seminyak.  It was my first time shopping there and I found their collection cool and well made, although not cheap.

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By |2014-11-09T21:20:43+08:00August 10th, 2014|BLOG|2 Comments

Event that you can’t miss

I am hosting a Designer Second Hand Sale for my friends.
It’s a social afternoon where one can find great treasures from someone’s closet.

If you are attending as a seller there are a few simple rules to follow.

  • Please label your garments with tags indicating the price (ex:Was $800 now $100)
  • I will hold an auction for couple of my own pieces, basically it will go to the highest bidder. If you are interested to auction your piece let me know.
  • All visitors have to sign in at the billiard room for security reasons.
  • There is a lucky draw which is a surprise. Please show up on time it’s only for two hours.  I Can’t wait!

 

By |2014-11-09T21:20:43+08:00July 12th, 2014|BLOG|0 Comments

Shopping for Top-heavy girls

Do you shy away from shopping because nothing fits over your Big Boobs?  You often get depressed looking at beautiful garments knowing in advance that nothing will fit properly anyway? Many women would be envious of your assets but truth to be told is that as much as large breasts are great to look at they can be difficult to shop for. As a personal stylist I often work with women who have body concerns. Let’s be honest I am yet to meet a woman who said I love everything about my body. All of us have something that they would rather not accentuate. And while I all in favor of making the most of your assets, you need to be careful not to look top heavy or tarty.

1. As much as you might want to cover up your boobs in loose fabric or high necklines, it’s a mistake. It will only make the area look larger because the eye has nowhere to travel except the big block of body wrapped in a fabric. Choose a dress with a modest neckline, like a V or crew neck. A low, (but not too low) and wide necklines break up the chest and prevents your boobs from looking like they are the extension of your chin.

2. Stay away from ruffles and beading, sparkles or other detail that draw attention to your bust. Instead, opt for a dress with an interesting waist accent or hemline detail that causes the eye to move away from the area you want to de-emphasize. My most favorite dress for girls who struggle dressing with this concern is the wrap dress. I would definitely recommend visiting Dianne Von Furstenberg for her iconic wrap dress. Don’t be tempted to buy this dress from other less expensive brands, it simply does not do the job.

3. The other concern is when you do find garments that fit over your boobs they are too loose around your waist. Am I right?  If you haven’t already done so do befriend a great tailor. I use a shop in Lucky Plaza called Gee’s Creations. I normally don’t recommend my clients making new clothes as it can be quite expensive and the result may be disappointing. Instead buy off the shelf and alter.

4. Avoid halterneck dresses because it’s hard to wear a bra with those, which means boobs will creep out from the sides. Your ideal dresses are: sweetheart neckline, empire line and three-quarter length sleeves. Why: because it will make you look elegant by elongating your neck rather than bunching boobs up to your chin.
When shopping,

Look for: semi-fitted styles, darted tops, V-necks, sweet-heart cuts, and single breasted jackets.
Avoid: Horizontal stripes, ruffles, ruching and thin spaghetti straps on dresses.
Ladies I hope you found this article helpful. Sorry guys, I promise there are fashion tips coming for you soon.
Where to shop: DVF, Massimo Dutti, Coast, The Dots, www. bravissimo.com

By |2019-04-19T04:29:43+08:00July 2nd, 2014|BLOG|0 Comments

How to Shop Sales in Singapore

If you’ve spent any time in Singapore then you’ve probably heard about the Great Singapore Sale. In short, it’s a window between the last week of May and the last week of July when most stores offer 30-50 percent off.
Working as a personal stylist in Singapore for almost 7 years I have learned the ins and outs of this intricate business and I am here to help you navigate sales better in order to keep your sanity and save you money.  Here’s my top five picks:

  • Club 21. This is a collection of famous designers including Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Marni, Moschino, Paul Smith, and many others – the list goes on and on. Join their loyalty program in any of their stores. This little card will save you money every time you shop and will notify you when pre-sales begin. It’s important to go during pre-sales as most stylish items sell out really fast. Club 21 stores usually go on sale during first week of June. Personally I save my money and wait for their mega sale that takes place in August/September. It’s called the Club 21 Bazaar Sale and I promise you it’s worth the long queue and wait to get in. Men’s, women’s and children’s’ wear will be marked down by as much as 60-80 percent.
  • Jimmy Choo. This brand does not need special introduction – sexy, comfortable heels at a hefty price tag!  Jimmy Choo is usually amongst the first to go on sale. May 23 is their first day with 30 percent mark downs, but only the cruise collection will be on sale. Do go early as they may have limited stock due to popular demand. Stores in Paragon and MBS.
  • Raoul. A unique collection of trendy women’s pieces for anyone who wants to be seen as stylish and fun. It has already started a 40 percent sale on most items. What’s even more appealing is that they provide great customer service. Classic bags and shoes may not be on sale. In Paragon.
  • The Metro. This is a not a train but a big department store with 4 locations in Singapore. Join their loyalty program when you spend $300 within 3 months. This department store runs sales and promotions through the year.
  • Diane Von Furstenberg (DVF). This designer has built a great reputation on beautifully made wrap dresses that make any woman look gorgeous. I often bring my clients here to find that special occasion dress or casual chic clothes that are so hard to find anywhere else. Their loyalty card will get you an extra 10 percent off, as well as an invitation to VIP pre-sales. The DVF sale started on May 19th and will offer savings of up to 30-40 percent. Stores in ION and Takashimaya.

Happy Shopping and do share you sales secrets with me.

By |2019-04-19T04:29:43+08:00May 22nd, 2014|BLOG|0 Comments

Tips on How to Pack for Summer Holidays

WAWAith summer holidays almost upon us many of you started the countdown till the last day of school and the first day of holidays. The flights are booked and hotels are sorted the only thing left to do it think about what would you bring to your holiday in the Mediterranean.

Looking good on holidays is important and the key to that is knowing how to pack well.  Even thought you might start packing 24 hours or less before the flight, it’s still important to not overpack or underpack.  Hopefully at this point you are nodding your head in agreement.

As a stylist I worked out a simple system that saves women anxiety during packing.

Create a capsule, which is a group of clothes that mix and match and can be bought together to save you time and money. For best results capsules should be established around one or two key pieces. In our case I chose a denim jacket that can be worn with matching skirts or pants to form a variety of outfits.

Choose your shoes first and build your capsule around them. I would suggest two pairs of sandals with embellishments, one pair of wedges or espadrilles and two pairs of comfortable walking shoes. My old time favorite is Converse, they simply go with everything except evening dresses.

Have your heard of LWD? A little white dress, it’s an absolute must. The white dress will take your from drinks by the pool to dinner out.  Leave your sandals and slip into heels with a denim jacket and beautiful accessories such as colorful scarf and shiny jewels and you are ready to dine in style. Another one of my most recommended dresses is a Maxi dress (shown on the photo), this dress looks great on any body shape and is easy to look either relaxed or glamorous in depending on the shoes you pair is with.

Accessories are your go to item to bring any boring outfit alive, especially on holidays. Don’t underestimate the power of the right necklace, ring or earrings. When putting together a look pay attention to the quality and craftsmanship of accessories. Make sure that the quality such as leather and metals are compatible with your overall look.  For example, a sporty leather belt to wear with jeans will have a different look to if you wear those jeans with refined animal skin belt. The belt you use will create the story you are telling.

Europeans love to dress up, it’s a national sport. To avoid looking like a tourist consider packing two outfits per day and bring a foldable duffel bag for all that extra shopping. Enjoy your holidays!

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By |2019-04-19T04:29:44+08:00May 7th, 2014|BLOG|0 Comments