21 April 2015

The Good Doctor

Mark, Doctor, Shirt from Massimo Dutti, Shoes from Car Shoe, Watch from Rolex, Bracelet from Bracque

Mark is one half of a stylish couple; his wife Debra won our Shentonista of the Year 2014 title, but he isn’t one to lose out on the style stakes either. “I’m adventurous when it comes to colours and prints,” he says. “I have shorts of over six colours, much to my wife's amazement.” And although his line of work doesn’t allow him to wear anything too outlandish, Mark still tries to make sure that some of his personality shows through his clothes. “I try to add more colour and texture into my shirts, coordinate colours with my shoes, ties, belt and sometimes socks.” He also stresses on the importance of a pair of good, comfortable shoes. “They go a long way.” Mark describes his job as a doctor as meaningful. “I’m fortunate that I get to meet different people from various walks of life,” he says. “I once got a recommendation for a tailor from one of my patients, and he's the guy to thank for a large part of my wardrobe now!” Outside of work, Mark says he still has to “practice what (he) preaches”, and so he tries to incorporate frequent exercise into his week. This isn’t much of a problem for the sports enthusiast, who did archery in secondary school, was a rock climber in junior college, and who picked up tennis in university. When he isn’t in the gym, however, he makes sure he spends his time with his loved ones. “I spend time with my wife over the weekends. I try to make it a point to take her out on Date Nights once a week! As we both have hectic weekdays, we try to kick back during the weekends.” Mark finds it important to make time for both friends and family. “Make meaningful friendships, and invest your time in these valuable relationships instead of spreading out your time making many friends,” he says. “I count my secondary school friends as my best friends after knowing them for more than half my life!” Ultimately, Mark says, it’s not what we have in life, but who we have in our lives.

20 April 2015

Browhaus x Shentonista — Rouge

Jessica, Self-employed, Watch from Daniel Wellington, Shoes from Pedder Red
Jessica did Browhaus' Colour Tweak treatment on her eyebrows, and uses the Browhaus Bi-Liner in Bronze and the Browhaus Precision Eyeliner

Jessica is one busy girl — when she isn’t preoccupied with social media and clients, she’s preparing to move into her new home, which she helped to design, and we caught her just a few days before she was due to fly off for a holiday. She’s also in the midst of preparing for her new online label, which she plans to launch in the third quarter of the year. With a background in business and an interest in fashion and design, Jessica’s putting her knowledge to good use, and isn’t neglecting her personal style in the meantime. We find out a bit more about her beauty must-haves and what she’s up to now.

1. What is your usual look? What do you usually use?
I have eyelash extentions on, so I usually just go out with powder, blusher, and lipstick. On days when I’m not lazy, I’ll apply eyeliner, and on special occasions, I’ll have eyeshadow on, but it’s mostly neutral colours. Nothing really crazy because I’m not really very adventurous when it comes to makeup. I’m quite safe and boring!

2. How do you find ways to match your makeup to your look? Are there any pet peeves or no-nos that you have when it comes to make-up?
My makeup is almost similar to my dressing — it’s in very classic, neutral tones, so that even on adventurous days, when I decide to wear colourful or floral items, the makeup will still complement my outfit. I believe that you don’t really need outrageous makeup to make yourself look attractive. Simple makeup can still bring out your beauty, and your confidence will shine through instead of letting the makeup do the talking. 

3. Do you think is important for women to be well-groomed, and why?
Yes, of course. You wouldn’t want to be seen with unruly eyebrows that are not shaped. It doesn’t look professional, and I find that it’s a kind of a courtesy to the people that you’re meeting to look presentable as well. 

4. If you could only pick 1 type of make up must-have, what would it be and why?
I think it would be my eyelash extensions. Because even without makeup, nice lashes somehow just open up your eyes and make your whole face seem more awake, and charming. People always look at the eyes when they talk to each other! 

5. Could you tell us about what you’re working on right now, or a personal project that you would love to undertake?
I wish I could help out at some charity organisations. I actually like kids a lot, but I find that it’s not easy for organisations to trust you and look after or interact with kids. To go to an orphanage, for example, you need to go through a lot of processes and fill up forms to prove that you’re sincere or trustworthy enough, because there are a lot complications involved with kids. It’s not easy to get approved.

6. What is important for you to have at work, both in a material and emotional/psychological sense?
In a more emotional sense, you need to have positive thinking and a good attitude. Always be very hardworking, and willing to learn; that’s what I learnt from my previous job as well. Especially when you’re doing customer service, you must always be polite, and mind what you say. Even when you’re very annoyed and angry, you know that you shouldn’t go across the line because people will not patronise you again. 

7. What is your idea of the CBD and Shenton Way? Do you think a corporate mindset and creativity can go hand in hand?
I’ve always thought that the CBD area and Shenton Way were more strict, firm and formal, and people usually wear more knee-length dresses and skirts with shirts. I think we can mix creativity with formal dress, but it cannot be too adventurous as well, because we still need to dress accordingly to the office guidelines.

8. What are some items in your wardrobe/on your dresser that you can’t live without?
My wardrobe actually consists of a lot of basic items — a lot of tank tops, or short, midi, and long dresses. They’re all all in basic colours; these are the things that I couldn’t bear to give or throw away because I know they’ll come in handy again some day. My style has actually evolved over the years; I used to wear a lot of floral items but I realised that they go out of trend very quickly, whereas basic items are always in style. You can spend more on basic pieces because they’ll always stay with you.  

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19 April 2015

SHENTONISTA Looks — Yin & Yang

Featuring (top to bottom, left to right): Olivia, Linda, Simone, Haider, Jodi and Annabella

We know that black and white is a safe wardrobe option that you can hardly go wrong with, and is perfect for those mornings when you jump out of bed just a tad late and don't have the time to wonder what to wear. We say go for it, but add elements of surprise and little details to the look so that it doesn't come across as too safe. Invest in great accessories; a good pair of shoes, for example, in an unusual cut, colour, or shape, can elevate even the simplest of outfits. Consider badges, prints, and even your makeup to add a little shine to the look. Take some inspiration from these stylish ladies here who work both casual and dressy monochromatic looks with aplomb.

18 April 2015

Good As Gold

Yiyang, Lawyer, Dress from Mom, Bag from Loewe, Shoes from Charles & Keith.

Yiyang is bursting with energy, even at the end of a long work day, and happily tells us stories about all her items of clothing. She often raids her mother’s wardrobe for clothes, and the dress that she’s wearing today is an example of one of her finds. “My mum is currently into structured  shift dresses, but I’m more into tailored clothes at the moment: clothes that fit and flatter my body,” she says. “I like her look, but I also like things that are more fun, not so cookie-cutter ladylike, so while people go for statement necklaces, I go for statement clothes — in terms of the colours, silhouettes, and prints.” Her mother has also been her style advisor ever since she started work. “I only go shopping with my mother now, and I only buy something if she says that it’s nice.” That’s how close she is to her mother, as well as her two sisters who often give her honest style advice. Her mother even gave her the pair of earrings she’s wearing today, and Yiyang has yet another story behind them. “So my mother passed me this whole box of gold jewellery one day, and she was just like, here, have it,” she says. “I was so amazed and I rotated using them for one and a half years because I didn’t want to spoil them. But then one day my mum overheard me telling a relative about all the gold jewellery she gave me and she burst out laughing. “Are you crazy?” she said. “Do you think I’d give you real gold?” Turns out they were all costume jewellery,” Yiyang laughs. “But I still treasure them anyway.”

17 April 2015

Browhaus x Shentonista — Blush

Linda, DJ/Model/Designer, Bralet from Topshop, Shorts from YESAH, Sunglasses from Nastygal
Linda uses the Browhaus Bi-Liner in Blush Pink, the Browhaus Precision Eyeliner, and the Browhaus HD Mascara

We all know Linda to be incredibly busy — she calls herself an “all-rounder style multi-tasker cum communicator”. She runs her own label, Yesah, and as a practically one-woman show, has to deal with retailers, wholesalers, and production contractors, while drafting out new designs, sourcing for new fabrics, finding new concepts and ideas to work with for any upcoming collections or projects. She also works as a freelance wardrobe stylist, and on the side, DJs at fashion events. One project she’s most excited about at the moment is Yesah’s Identity Kit, a book/kit that includes all the past works of Yesah, including collaborations, special projects, inspirations and editorials. “It's part personal and part work so it's the best of both!” Linda says. “I hope to launch this in September during Yesah's 3rd Anniversary, as a way of giving back to all the collaborators who have helped Yesah bit by bit along the way.” We find some time to speak to her about her unique look, sense of style, and her work life.

1. What is the craziest/most adventurous makeup look you’ve ever tried?
Legit Catwoman kind of make up.

2. What’s the silliest/most outrageous thing you’ve done for beauty?
I used to be a crazy fan of Mika Nakashima as a teenager, and I actually shaved my own brows to look like her (laughs).

3. How do you find ways to match your makeup to your look? Are there any pet peeves or no-nos that you have when it comes to make-up?
Everything's about comfort for my skin. I design my makeup according to the activities I'll be doing and the environment I'd be in. Sometimes it's just weird to have full make up on if you're at the beach! You know, some people really do that.

4. How have your look and brow shape evolved over the years? 
I used to put pretty heavy make up on my eyes, but as I’ve grown I realised that having good skin is more important than anything else, so I tend to do less for my eyes/lips.

5. Is there a look that you’ve been wanting to try, but haven’t given it a go?
I still want to try having bleached eyebrows! (laughs)

6. What is your idea of the CBD and Shenton Way? Do you think a corporate mindset and creativity can go hand in hand?
Surprisingly, I find the CBD and Shenton Way very amusing. Every time I visit the area for meetings, I’d take my time to have a puff outside, and just people watch. To me, it's like an entirely different world of human robots and fast moving organisms. I always imagine myself working in a place like that, I think it might be interesting for me because the environment is so different from my kind of daily life, so I might get inspired very, very easily. So I feel that creativity and a corporate mind can go hand in hand pretty well as long as you don't lose yourself to the concrete jungle.

7. What’s the one thing you think you should be doing more of, or that you wish you had more time to be doing?
I wish I had more time to enjoy nature. I put in effort to make sure I expose myself to green every week, so I can relax my mind and just enjoy nature. It's very important to me. If I could, I would totally live on a mountain, off the grid.

8. What is important for you to have at work, both in a material and emotional/psychological sense?
Material wise, I can't work without pen and paper. I'm the kind of person who takes down notes and reminders all the time. For the latter, I can't work in a chaotic environment or manner. Peace is everything for concentration and focus.

Linda was previously seen herehere and here

Stay tuned to find out how you can be a part of the Browhaus #BrowHunt!

This is a Shentonista project for Browhaus.
Visit the Browhaus site here to find out more about its products and services.

16 April 2015

Browhaus x Shentonista — Guess Who?

This fashionable lady mixes her signature, corporate style with her own personal touches in the form of accessories or a dash of colour or print. She’s made a few appearances on the site already; can you guess who she is?

Stay tuned for the reveal of our Browhaus x Shentonista campaign, coming soon.

Browhaus x Shentonista — Guess Who?

This lady has a girl-next-door look that she changes up with a bit of tomboy charm. Between juggling work and married life, she still makes time for her parents and channels a never-say-die attitude to whatever she does. Can you guess who she is?

Stay tuned for the reveal of our Browhaus x Shentonista campaign, coming soon.