Julia Blank made an appearance in Business Times
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We girls are faced with the same question every year…… What is it that I really want for Christmas? Some dream of exotic holidays whereas others hope that Santa will bring fine jewelry. Other than health and happiness my wish for this year is simple – all I want is lots and lots of costume jewelry!!
Working as a personal stylist my objective is to transform women in a matter of hours. And only now I realize that no transformation is really complete without that extra little touch that you can achieve by introducing jewelry to the outfit.
Fine jewelry is great, and there are some that will never wear anything other than gold and diamonds. There is nothing wrong with that, and truth be told we all like a bit of bling-bling when paired with the right outfit. More recently however, I find myself pairing outfits with less expensive alternatives such as rubber, plastic, ceramic, silver and gold-plated pieces. If done right the outfit will never look short on style or cheap.
I give advice to women on how to shop strategically i.e. how to buy things that complement what they already have in their closet. In most cases this means focusing on buying a few quality pieces, but I have to admit when it comes to costume jewelry I wish I could buy it all.
Here are some of my recommendations:
Inexpensive: Accessorize, Topshop, Bershka, J. Crew.
Mid-range: Kenneth Jay Lane, Tom Binns, Lulu Frost.
Expensive: Dolce Gabbana, Lanvin, Marni, YSL.
In Singapore I shop for accessories www.shophannalee.com,
www.pinwheeljewels.com , Club 21, and Forever New.
New Year’s Eve is the best excuse to dress up. It’s time to put a little more effort and get creative with your look.
Whatever age you are there are lots of ideas to spruce up your look this season.
Here are few ideas from Julia Blank, a pesonal stylist to help you along.
1. Follow a theme. I chose Great Gatsby’s inspired look for NYE.This festive seasons lots of shops offer 1920’s-30’s style clothes and accessories.
Top Shop, Miss Selfridge, Accessories, Zara to Bershka to name a few.
You can put this outfit together for less than $300 at Forever New, Wistma Atria.
2. Dig out your trusted white or black suit and jazz it up with gold or silver accessories.
For instance, wear all white suit with sequenced gold top. Let the same gold element repeat in your shoes, earrings and clutch. (see photo)
3. Do mix Lace and silk and let those feminine flourishes dominate your look. Chose cuts that flatter your body.
My recent workshop at The American Club, “How to Look Like a Million Dollars” proved to be a great success – a special thank you to those who made it such an interactive session!!
A key theme that we discussed was the importance of dressing to suit your body type. If you get this wrong then you’ll never look your best, period. Participants were mainly from the US and UK and were refreshingly open to expressing their views and asking questions about how to accurately determine body type and shop accordingly. We had a fun time, relating the theme to personal experiences – it seems like an obvious thing but believe me even I was wrong about my own body until I measured myself. I think today, most fashion books and magazine articles fail to distinguish the differences in body types when it comes to giving fashion advice. They typically list suggested things to wear in order to look taller and slimmer and as we agreed in class this is often vague and of little real value.
After ladies recorded their measurements and identified their body types it was easy to narrow down fashion faux pas that can be avoided. Armed with this knowledge you can dress yourself to appear more symmetrical. As humans we are attracted to balance – symmetry. And the good news? You can fake symmetry!
We had a lot of fun and I’m eager to run another small session, so please sign up for my upcoming workshop so you too can look like a Million Dollars!!!!
I had a great time at a coffee and shopping morning that was organized by Expat Living magazine. Although I should be quite accustomed to working the crowd and speaking publicly, I must admit I still get quite nervous. And every time is like a first time. The theme of this gathering was what to wear to different festivities in Singapore. Many of my clients often ask what to wear to Chinese New Year, Deepavali or other holidays. This event was perfect as ladies learned, shopped, and accessorized under one fabulous roof – Avana Boutique, with the help of some of my favorite jewelry retailers – Pinwheel Jewels and Joan Jewelry. I was very pleased with the selection of different styles and sizes that Avana offer. We all know how frustrating it can be when you find the dress you love, just to be disappointed by a salesperson saying “sorry we don’t carry your size”.
Sam was a lovely volunteer for a quick makeover demonstration. I showed her that the right shape and color of dress can make or break a look. Sam’s coloring is “light and warm”, as she has light eyes and blonde hair. I suggested colors with warm or yellow undertones for her, avoiding icy shades and colors with a strong blue undertone. I further suggested she wear light and subtle makeup, as it will not overpower her delicate warm complexion. I also showed how to dress up or down a dress with the right accessories. Less is not always more! I like to experiment with big gold bangles and big earrings, but for these to work the dress should be very simple. If you think you have too much going on with your outfit do a simple test. Count the points of interest……nail polish -1, earrings-1, ring-1, necklace-1, makeup- 2, and so forth. Make sure you don’t have more than eight points!
Thanks once again to everyone who attended and Avana for hosting the event.
I don’t know any girl who doesn’t like that freshly out of the salon look. There is nothing like divine product smell in your hair that makes it so glossy, smooth and bouncy. You see, in Asia it’s a common practice not to just wash your hair but also carefully massage your head in the process. How bad can it be?
Living in Singapore I got quite spoilt with weekly blow outs as they are generally inexpensive. The downside of living in Singapore is that your beautiful hair will only last you a day or two due to hot and humid air. At least that’s the case for me.Being in the fashion industry, my clients ask me for recommendations for beauty salons, restaurants, etc., therefore, I am always on the lookout for new places to wash and blow my hair without breaking the bank.I got a free a voucher from PREP, which is located in a very posh shopping mall – Mandarin Gallery. I found this place unique as they only offer 3 categories of blow outs. They range from very simple to more complex ones with luxurious Shu Uemura or Redken products and finishing touches.I also liked the complementary tea and free chocolates that magically appeared in front of me after my hair wash. My 10 year old whom I bribed to come along with me was offered lollipops and candies to keep him happy. There is something about lollipops that makes your kids like the hair salon more than the ones who don’t offer them.
Overall, I liked the location, convenient parking,service and quality of the blow out. And of course the price was not bad either. I will be back.
All White to Singapore is what All Black is to New York! Living in New York for almost two decades not only shaped my character but definitely added a lot of black to my wardrobe. It was definitely cool to be seen in Bergdorf Goodman in all black, you were one of them. Now living in Singapore wearing black will get you noticed for the wrong reasons. ‘Aren’t you hot in this girl? ‘ is what you might hear from others. One thing for sure is the annoying rule “No white after labor day” will ever apply.
My wardrobe changed drastically since my days in NY. Now it consists of much lighter colors, the ones that breath, sway, inspire. The white being my favorite.
1. Don’t be afraid to go all out with white: white clothes and white accessories.
2. Mix fabrics like white chiffon and white lace or try silk and lace
3. Try peasant style dresses with interesting embroidery work
4. Don’t forget to always have fun