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Art Stage Singapore 2016

Singapore is never short of colorful and exciting events. This one in particular I anticipate all year long. It’s the annual “Art Stage Singapore”. In short, it’s the leading Asian art fair connecting the world to the best of Asian contemporary art. Galleries from all around the world bring their best work to showcase. Its sheer size attracts the world’s most influential private art collectors, corporate buyers and VIPs.

And where there is a VIP there is always a good reason to dress up. This year I noticed a few new artists. One of them particularly caught my eye with his cubism and Picasso inspired works. Yuroz has a beautiful gallery in California but happened to be present at the exhibition. Having learnt that he was originally from Armenia, we eagerly exchanged a few phrases in Russian and exchanged cards. You never know when an artist might need a personal stylist. :)))

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Art Stage Singapore

Art Stage Singapore

By |2019-04-19T04:29:19+08:00January 28th, 2016|BLOG|0 Comments

A trip to “The End of the World”

So here we are at the end of the world, New Zealand. To be honest when my husband booked this trip I was not that excited. Always being a city girl, to me 10 days spent hiking and biking in the South Island sounded less than perfect, but boy I could not have been more wrong about this trip. It is a beautiful country and truly worth the long-haul flight to get there. Arriving in Christchurch on New Year’s Eve was interesting – it’s a city that is still rebuilding after the devastating earthquake in 2011 when over sixty percent of the downtown buildings were damaged beyond repair. It did not take long to learn that Kiwis are some of the nicest and most hospitable people I have ever come across. They exhibit a genuine sense of hospitality and it made me realize how fast paced and aggressive life can become living in a big city. From a  personal style perspective New Zealand makes good use of its domestically produced materials. I saw a lot of marino wool (despite it being summer), often combined with possum fur. Simple sweaters, scarfs, beanie-hats, and gloves were easy to find, as were traditionally crafted leathers. The outdoors plays a major role in Kiwi life, and styles also reflect that. Lots of sports equipment, work-out gear fashioned after designers such as Stella McCartney.

During 10 days that we spent in South Island we visited: Christchurch, Queenstown and traveled to the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Here we stayed in the most beautiful place – Grasmere Lodge http://www.grasmere.co.nz/location . You could find lots of books about adventures at Grasmere in the library and the tradition of welcoming guests in the large comfortable lounge.

Queenstown, although a whopping 5 hours drive from Grasmere lodge was an experience that I will never forget. Before you even get to Queenstown you are constantly stopping for a snapshot of the breath-taking views. One of my most favorite spots was the Blue Pools,which has become world-renowned as a must-see highlight in this wilderness region.

It features a carefully maintained gravel path and boardwalks that wind through a native silver beech forest and lead to a swing bridge strung high above the Makarora River. The views back to the mountains of the Main Divide are absolutely breath-taking. The glacier-fed water in these deep pools is the colour of deep azure blue, and so clear that you can see right to the bottom, making the resident brown trout look like they are suspended in the air.

 

I can’t wait to explore more of New Zealand on my next trip. Stay tuned for more.

With Love,

Julia

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By |2019-04-19T04:29:21+08:00January 14th, 2016|BLOG|0 Comments

Top 3 sites for online shopping

More and more women prefer to shop online! Let’s be frank, how can we possibly resist looking at all those beautifully presented clothes that are already styled according to what goes with what and for the right occasion? Categorized shopping like: destination wedding, power dress for work, and the denim shop are easy to understand. The guesswork is taken out of the equation. All we have to do is browse, choose, pay and check out. The whole experience beats going from shop to shop in the hope of finding what you are looking for.  Just like many women I also prefer to shop online if I know exactly what I’m looking for. Here is my list of preferred online retailers that I often browse through with my morning coffee.

www.TheOutnet.com – It’s a sister company of Net-A-Porter.com. Clothes that sell here are often at a deep discount, but may be last season. Look for timeless pieces/wardrobe staples.

www.Matches.com – The flagship store is in London but why fly all the way there if you can shop online? This retailer often carries hot new designers as well as the trusted ones we all know.

www.Yoox.com – Another great online-only retailer that recently acquired Net-A-Porter.com. They often have amazing deals on my favorite designers. Sometimes the savings can be better than shopping at the Club21 mega sale in Singapore, but sizes may be limited.

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By |2019-04-19T04:29:21+08:00November 1st, 2015|BLOG|0 Comments

UGGS are back in style

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I admit that I do miss winter sometimes. All those lovely wintery clothes  that you can layer and of course the boots that vary from high heeled leather ones to uber soft and comfortable to walk around in like UGGS. Speaking of UGGS they are back in style. I don’t think they ever left the fashion sceen at all.

In 1978, a young surfer from Australia took a trip to Southern California with a bag full of sheepskin boots and the beginnings of a lifelong endeavour. It was there that the UGG brand was born; the brain-child of Brian Smith, who wanted to capitalise on the casual lifestyle and relaxed crowd that the Californian beaches were renowned. Fusing Australian craftsmanship with a laid-back Californian approach proved a winning formula and the boots were an instant hit and began to far out reach the humble seaside beginnings.

By the late 1990’s the classic boots were an international success. The meteoric rise of UGG meant that the range quickly expanded to include a variety of footwear, accessories and apparel cementing the brand to iconic luxury lifestyle status. In the early 2000’s, UGG Australia began to take New York City by storm. The brand that began with sheepskin boots for the active outdoors soon became a symbol of style and luxury, appearing in Vogue and worn by many iconic celebrities. The brand began to offer varieties of colours and styles to expand the selection even further. Once seen in New York, the rest of the world soon followed.

 

By |2019-04-19T04:29:23+08:00October 29th, 2015|BLOG|0 Comments

A quick trip to Barcelona

images-2Every once in a while my mom and I like to spend a few days away together. We don’t manage to see each other very often, as we live on the opposite side of the world, so when we do get together, we like to meet somewhere special. Our most recent rendezvous was in Barcelona – a magical city, where I came back full of inspiration.
So what inspired me on this trip? Of course, the famous buildings by genius architect Antoni Gaudi whose whimsical building design is interwoven in fashion on the street. His unique approach to the Art Nouveau movement generated some of the most creative buildings in this Spanish region known as Cataluña.

I noticed that fashion on the streets of Barcelona is very similar to those of the building designs: lots of ruffles, images-1fringes, edges, curves and a slight bohemian take on things that reminded me of 70s styles in the States. Most restaurants in Barcelona are tapas style that implies casual dressing with a twist. Leave your evening cocktail dresses at home and bring boots, skirts with rushing, blouses with ruffles and pin your hair with flowers.

 

By |2019-04-19T04:29:24+08:00October 18th, 2015|BLOG|0 Comments

Finally the cream that works.

Over the years, I have tried as much as I can to ensure that I do not discuss anything relating to beauty as I am a not a beauty expert but a personal stylist. However, what I am about to share today is the experience I had with a new product I decided to try out.This product is what is lightening my world at the moment and I hope it would not be too insane to say I am totally in love with it.

I cherish my skin a lot which is why I make sure the type of cream I use is one that has been adjudged the best in the market. However, after trying over a dozens and dozens of creams, I was still looking for that cream that would help me maintain my skin beauty. This does not mean the previous creams were bad but they were not good enough for me to remain loyal to that brand.

As a person, I have a normal, t-zone, occasional breakout, highly sensitive and never happy skin surface that reacts to a lot of products negatively. However, after trying the newly improved Christian Dior Capture Totale, all that became a thing of the past as my skin has now experienced an astounding transformation. The Christian Dior Capture Totale is buttery, silly and it left my skin feeling brighter and refreshed. It did not feel heavy at all.

Though the cream is quite expensive going by the market price, I have never been so excited to spend my money on a product because it is totally worth every dollar paid. I am even confident to tell you that it is a cost effective product because you do not apply much on your skin before you begin to feel its effectiveness. This means that you can use it for months.

The Christian Dior Capture Total Multi-Perfect cream is produced with the best fragrances which gives it a warm and delightful scent. If you are looking to buy a cream that would help, detoxify, rejuvenate, and refurbish your skin, then I am happy to recommend the Dior Capture Multi-Perfect Cream.

 

By |2019-04-19T04:29:25+08:00September 14th, 2015|BLOG|0 Comments

How to style your kids!

As a parent do you often neglect what your kids wear? With the understanding that image does matter and helps us achieve our dreams, we need to instill a sense of style in our children as early as possible in childhood.  It’s not something you can fix in a short period of time or by reading glossy magazines on a long haul flight.

I have countless cases of clients who all say the same thing…. “ I wish my mother inspired me to dress better when I was little,…. I wish I had a clue”. Children, and I mean both boys and girls should be nurtured to appreciate style as early as possible. For instance, just because you have a son does not mean he can’t develop a sense of style and appreciation for beautiful things in life. Don’t make the mistake of saying that he’s a boy so he won’t be interested in “that kind of stuff”. That “stuff” will set him apart from others and will help instill a sense of confidence as he gets older and matures into adulthood.

As parents our first concern is education and the general well-being of our children. It is also important to lead by example, and so how you put yourself together, how you choose the right colors that flatter you, and how you match the right shoes etc., is in fact all part of nurturing the development of your children. All these small nuances that seem so unimportant right now will soon come in handy.

I have children, two boys as a matter of fact. I know their interests are in sports and computer games, quite different from what I do as a Stylist. But, I still involve them in what I do in enhancing people’s lives. I like to bring them out with me on short shopping trips and get them interested. Here is a short list of things we do together, that you can try too:

–          I often ask my sons to rate my outfit and provide feedback. You like it, and if so why? You don’t like it, why? Oftentimes children can be brutally honest, and amusing at the same time!

–          Ask them to find a top that matches your jeans from your wardrobe. Be sure to complement them on their selection, and that you value their input;

–          During short shopping trips I come up with games, for example “find something in red with the buttons”.

All these short and easy to do exercises get your kids involved and interested. It may also help them gain an appreciation for style and develop confidence in themselves, which to me is the formula for success.

By |2019-04-19T04:29:27+08:00August 12th, 2015|BLOG|0 Comments

Summer Holidays with Style

Remember the days back in school when you counted the minutes for the bell to ring? That Bell was the sound of summer, freedom and the start of your summer holidays. I am no longer a student but a Mom of two boys but just like them I simply love the anticipation of summer holidays.
On June 5th, we caught an early flight to London. Even though it’s not a quick flight, it always seems to go faster when we fly with Singapore Airlines. It must be their excellent entertainment system and Hagen Dazs Ice cream in between movies. Arriving in London tired and jet lagged we were happy to get the keys to what would be our place for the next four nights. A lovely townhouse in St. John’s Wood not far from the famous Abbey Lane where Beetles recorded their album. Being so close to the famous Regent Park I took more than one trip to see the gardens and smell the roses. You just don’t get the store bought ones to smell like that.
Next stop on our two week holiday was Sorrento, Italy and probably the most beautiful place I have ever visited. What made this place so unique? Amazing yet simple Italian food, warm and friendly people and clear Mediterranean water, isn’t it enough? Our lovely hotel Bellevue had a breathtaking view onto the Mediterranean ocean, a million dollar view that will stay with me forever.
Traveling to different cities and climates presents a small challenge in packing. What looks appropriate in London does not in Italy. London fashion is similar to LA; it’s all about cool comfort and less color. Italy is the opposite; people dress to impress in beautiful vibrant colors that accent the surroundings despite their comfort. My favorite Dolce Gabbana dresses felt very at home here. I never felt like I looked overdressed in them.
When packing for my clients I often suggest inspiration boards that give them ideas of how people dress in a place they are going. Milan vs. New York is vastly different in styles so is London vs. Paris. Do you homework prior to packing to avoid looking like a lost tourist.

By |2019-04-19T04:29:29+08:00July 8th, 2015|BLOG|0 Comments

Paradise exists…

Yet again my husband twisted my arm and made me go to the Maldives. Argh! Just kidding, anyone who has an opportunity to visit Maldives is lucky. Here the waters are shimmering and clear, reefs are colorful and full of life, and accommodations are superb.
Kunahura resort is only a short 40 min sea-plane ride away from Male-the capital of Maldives. Flying over the beautiful atolls submerged in turquoise water is simply breathtaking. Our pilots unlike normal pilots did not have their shoes on. As a matter of fact, most resorts take your shoes away when you arrive. It’s a great feeling not having to worry about matching your shoes with your outfit. The only thing I did worry about is what color to paint my toes , bare is in so that’s what I chose.
When it comes to sunblock, I am picky. My favorite sunblock at the moment is by Kerstin Florian, it smells divine with a hint of jasmine. It’s lightweight texture that did not make me feel like I was wearing anything on my skin.
In my suitcase you will find: a few long flowy maxi dresses that I wear in the evening. A pair of shorts with versatile tops that I don’t mind getting wet. A few sexy beach accessories that can be mixed and matched with all of my clothes. A cool straw hat and a silk Pucci pareo. If you read my blogs you might have noticed that I have a special relationship with a few designers. Pucci is one of them.
Wishing you all a wonderful Summer. Look out for my next blog on London and other places.

By |2019-04-19T04:29:30+08:00June 8th, 2015|BLOG|0 Comments