Decoding dress Codes in Singapore

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.



By |October 31st, 2013|BLOG|0 Comments

Formula 1 Singapore 2013

[drop_cap]I[/drop_cap]t’s probably the most happening weekend in Singapore after Chinese New Year. Personally I love the vibe and all the traffic that this event brings. There are tons of tourists who come from all over the world to help Singapore’s already flourishing economy.
So what is a typical F1 weekend  like? Its very busy, loads of traffic, street closures, parties to cater to every budget (mostly high budget) and of course exhilarating noise from the cars racing at 200 miles per hour.
As for me Friday night I will be taking my two boys ages 5 and 10 to see the practice race from the suite on Swiss hotel. It’s on 22nd floor and it’s probably one of the best ways to see the action. It will be chilled, with drinks and pizzas to keep the crowd happy for 1 1/2 hours of the race.
Saturday night will be at Podium Lounge, Ritz Carlton Hotel. My husband and I along with 4 other friends will share a table by the pool where we can enjoy a glass or two of champagne and chill with the cool crowd who just came back from the race or the concert to continue partying.
Sunday night will be at friend’s penthouse. Although they aren’t on the race track but we can still enjoy the race from the huge projector and mingle with new people.
So what would a girl wear to F1? The trick is to look comfortable yet stylish at the same time.
Here is my pick…F1

By |October 7th, 2013|BLOG|0 Comments

Prep My hair

Julia Blank 280913I 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.


By |September 30th, 2013|BLOG|0 Comments

F1 2013 in Singapore

It’s probably the most happening weekend in Singapore after Chinese New Year. Personally I love the vibe and all the traffic that this event brings. There are tons of tourists who come from all over the world to help Singapore alredy flourishing economy. (more…)

By |September 20th, 2013|BLOG|0 Comments

How to wear all white

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





By |August 29th, 2013|BLOG|0 Comments