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Clozette Ambassador 2014!!! :)

Hi ladies!

I’m a little late in bringing you the news, considering it was out on 11 Jan (HOW TIME FLIES, omg),
but I’ve got great stuff to share, so better late than never, right? ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyhoo, you probably know this by now, I’m a Clozette Ambassador for 2014!

Clozette Ambassadors 2014

“What’s Clozette?” you may ask.

Screen Shot 2014-02-11 at 4.19.33 amClozette.co home page~

Clozette is an online fashion and beauty portal
mainly for women to SHARE their virtual closet,
DISCOVER inspirational fashion and beauty updates,
SHOP from brands or bazaar (user uploads) & take part in contests with fab prizes!

Enough of me talking, take a look at it for yourself. ๐Ÿ˜‰Ena on Clozette

My profile on Clozette! ^^ Yeap my handle is “Enabelle”. ๐Ÿ˜›
I have a total of 29 collections, here’s just 6 of the collections in view.
You can sort your items into collections anyway you like and name them whatever you like!
I save lots of inspirational & pretty fashion & beauty photos and also post lots of my #OOTDs & #LOTDs. ๐Ÿ˜€

Ena Items on Clozette

Here’s my profile, but in “items” view, here’s 15 of my 291 items. ๐Ÿ˜›
I upload most of my items/photos through Instagram.
Basically you can sync your Instagram account to your Clozette account
through your Clozette account settings, and when you add “#Clozette” to your Instagram photo’s caption (note: not comments)
the photo will automatically be shared to your Clozette account. Cool huh! ๐Ÿ˜‰

In addition to user profiles, fashion & beauty community pages,
there’s also a dedicated Clozette Ambassadors page where you can access from the menu under Fashion > Featured. ^^

2014 Clozette Ambassadors Program

Here you’ll find updates from the 12 Clozette Ambassadors,
photos of our #OOTDs, #LOTDs, #NOTD (Nail of the day),
event updates and basically all the pretty photos related to fashion & beauty! ๐Ÿ™‚

Items shared by ClozetteINSIDER on ClozetteI’d also like to highlight ClozetteINSIDER’s profile, which every user will follow upon sign up.
Here, Clozette team posts fashion and beauty product launch and event updates on the go.
I love coming here to see what’s new and what’s hot. ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you love online shopping? Then you’ll LOVE Clozette’s Shoppe pages.

Home    Clozette Shoppe The Style Report    Clozette ShoppeClozette’s Shoppe pages has recently been revamped to be clean and chic.

One of my favourite Clozette pages is theย Shoppe Style Report
where a collection of shoppe items are curated according to the season’s trends.
It’s where I get to see popular trends and how the trend is translated on various brands!
Plus… ALL the items are linked to where you can shop them from, how convenient! ๐Ÿ˜€

Clozette Contests

Clozette Contests!
Here you’ll find fun, interesting and easy contests to take part in to win attractive fashion and/or beauty prizes.

Can’t wait to sign up and join in the fun, right?
Wait…
I’ve got more GOOD NEWS!

Clozette Sign up promotion 2014

If you’re signing up for the first time, you stand to win attractive prizes!
For the June draw, you’ll stand a chance to win a Givenchy Antigona Medium Bag
& a Prada Saffiano Lux Shopping Bag for the Decemeber draw.
Sign up before June and you’ll be eligible for BOTH bag giveaways! ๐Ÿ˜€

That’s not all!
The grand draw in December will see 1 super lucky girl
winning a trip to KOREA for 2,
PLUS US$2,400 in cash!

So if you haven’t be sure to sign up here!

I hope you enjoyed learning about Clozette.co
as much as I did sharing about this portal that I’ve come to love!

Thanks for reading~! <3

x
Ena

Stay Blue, Stay Cool feat. Phillip Lim Thurston from GlassesOnline.com.sg

Hey Ladies~

Are you looking for a a pair of chic glasses?

If so, you might want to check out GlassesOnline.com.sgย and their array of chic & fashionable glasses & sunglasses! ๐Ÿ˜‰

GlassesOnline.com.sgย reached out to me to help them style 2 pairs of glasses, which I gladly accepted.

Here’s my take on two fashion glasses, available on their site! ๐Ÿ˜‰

1912049_520814891365322_442201063_nStay Blue, Stay Cool. featuring Phillip Lim Thurman Glasses,
Alexander Wang cropped top, Converse High Tops and Kanken Backpack.
You can shop the Phillip Lim Thurmanย here (SG) and here (MY).
If you wanna know where you can shop the other items, check out the set on my polyvore here!

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Rock it like it’s hot, featuring Phillip Lim Chopper,
Mango Jacket, Victoria Beckham Demin Pants, Proenza Schouler Bag & Saint Laurent Booties.
You can shop the Phillip Lim Chopperย hereย (SG) andย hereย (MY).
Check out the set on my polyvoreย here.

My set’s also featured on their Facebook pages here (SG) & here (MY),
be sure to like their page (depending which region you’re from)
to follow their fashionable updates! ๐Ÿ™‚

Which set do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below! ๐Ÿ™‚

x

Ena

Tea Time #OOTD

Some pics of my #EDD aka #OOTD from the same day of the Mary Kay workshop. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Navy Dress SammyDress Review Enabalista

Navy Dress SammyDress Review Enabalista4Long sweater from Sammydress.com here.
Military Heel Boots from Newlook Somerset, similar hereย and here.

Review of Sammydress.comย 

Upon selection and checkout of items, delivery takes two weeks which is in my opinion
rather typical of online shopping purchases.
This sweater is one of three clothing which I picked out and my favourite of the lot.
It arrived as a long and comfortable sweater which fits my petite frame as a mini dress, with leggings on.
Unfortunately after one wash, it has shrunk to a regular sweater top which I won’t be able to wear as a dress again.

I’ll be showcasing another dress I’ve worn for Chinese New Year, it’s a lovely piece
and thankfully the shape retains after a wash. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I would recommend Sammydress.com for its chic and very affordable fashion,
reliable shipping/delivery experience and other than the sweater shrinking after a wash,
the other two pieces material is remarkably thick, perhaps too much for Singapore’s warm weather
but definitely will keep me snug in my company’s cold office.

I also realized, after receiving this package that I really do have a penchant for long sleeved tops/dresses.
All of the three pieces were long sleeved.
So much for casual dressing in Singapore’s hot weather. Obviously totally not relevant for me, heh.
Keep a look out for the other two dresses on my blog soon. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Check out their dresses here.

x

Ena

Bright Lights & Warm Hearts

Although it’s over, I love Christmas seasons because of the lovely lights,
good food and warm gatherings of family and friends!

Pause for a moment, take a breath and let’s rewind back to Christmas
to take a look at the pretty lights and outfit I wore. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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If you haven’t been following me on insta, check out my instavideo here.

You can get the dress on Oasap here, also available in black.
I bought mine in M, which is a little loose at the waist so I cinch it with the belt.

Have you bought your CNY clothes yet?

x

Ena

Fide Fashion Week 2013

This is my super belated post on attending Fide Fashion Week
while working with Clozette/GlamAsia.com, almost three months back. ๐Ÿ˜›
I’ve procrastinated on blogging this because I’ve got a lot of photos from attending 8 out of 11 nights.
Better late then never, so I’ll the the photos do the talking!

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With Mayshella on one of the first few nights of fashion week.
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In a StyleStalker dress, a label from Sydney Australia by designer duo Sue Ann San and Rachel Zeilic.
It’s available in Singapore at Eclecticismย + Lauren Jasmine atย Wheelock Place #B1-06! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Jia En
In the Aria Dress by Black Halo,
also available inย Singapore atย Eclecticismย + Lauren Jasmine atย Wheelock Place #B1-06.:)
This photo posted on my Instagram was also featured on Black Halo’s Facebook page here.
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Had the privilege to interview Mr and Mrs Towako, the founders behind Felice Towako Cosme, for GlamAsia.com. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Their Towako Mist and FTC UV Perfect Cream.
The mist can be used / applied even above make up, best for OLs who are exposed to aircon all day long, to keep their skin moist and supple. The FTC UV is perfect for my arms which I try to apply every day before heading out. It protects my skin from the sun and has a sweet grape scent which I love!2013-10-12 13.41.51
Also had the privilege to interview Japanese ย haute couture fashion designer designer Yoshiki Hishinuma.
I love how his designs are so ethereal and out of this world! Check out the photos from the runway here.

Photos of Sebastian Gunawan, Indonesian Haute Couturier’s backstage fitting process!

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With local top model and friend, Ying Ying who’s toweringggg over me. HEH.
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With the incredibly talented yet humble designer himself!

On Day 6, the inauguration of the Asian Haute Couture Federation.

2013-10-14 17.47.02Utt, ex-MTV DJ looking as suave as ever.

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Michael Cinco iconic lace dresses.2013-10-14 19.15.20

Korean designer Lie Sang Bong and US TV style maven, Jeannie Mai!2013-10-14 20.12.38-1

With fashion blogger, Willabelle Ong.

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Dinner was a lovely candle lit affair.2013-10-15 11.20.22

Designer duo Vatit Itthi known for their modern and elegant designs,
spent 10 years in Chicago and is now based in their home country Thailand. See their runway collection here.
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With Michael Cinco, acclaimed Filipino fashion designer
who was invited to America’s Next Top Model to be a guest designer and judge on two occasions!
See his collection here.2013-10-15 14.52.44

With iconic Chinese haute couturier Guo Pei! We were blown away by her elaborate concepts and designs!2013-10-15 20.23.58

With Jed

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With Adrian Jiun2013-10-16 09.05.42

with Christabelle ๐Ÿ˜€
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With teachers & students from Atelier Chardon Savard. ๐Ÿ™‚

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With local DJ Yasminne! ๐Ÿ™‚2013-10-16 19.52.19

With Rana, blogger of Bonjour Singapore and current editor of Marie-France Singapore. ๐Ÿ™‚2013-10-16 21.23.23

With friends Clarabelle, Christabelle, Kelvin & Nigel.

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With Beatrice:)

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Jean Paul Cauvin the COO of Julien Fournier Haute Couture house speaking on the history of Haute Couture.

1383544_679858658706173_1014298327_nWith Alexandra, the lovely lady and fashion writer for NY Times. ๐Ÿ™‚
I’m in a Talulah dress, available on InvertedEdge.com. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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A badly lit photos, but with a few of my favourite tutors! From L-R, Gilles, Circe, Ann & Lionel. ๐Ÿ™‚2013-10-19 19.46.52

On the last night, in a dress by Talulah, available on InvertedEdge.com.ย 2013-10-19 22.03.14

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With Smita, current editor of GlamAsia.com. ๐Ÿ™‚
Follow her latest fashion, beauty & travel updates on her instagram @smitadesouza ๐Ÿ˜‰
1375872_10151767614964121_1255482787_nWith a the lovely PR team who made FIDE a success,
Cindy, Jansen and Lionel on the far right,
along with Smita (in pink) and Alexandra. ๐Ÿ™‚


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With Felicia, kissing Fide Fashion Week 2013 goodbye with a kiss! :*

Read about my interviews with Julien Fournie and Love, Bonito girls.
Also check out Smita & I’s interview with Inverted Edge on their blog,ย the Thread! ๐Ÿ˜‰

It would be tough to top another bigger fashion week in Singapore next year! ๐Ÿ˜›

xx
Ena

Enabalista featured in HotelClub’s The Best Singapore Lifestyle Blogs of 2013!

ย Thanks toย HotelClubย for featuring my blogย Enabalistaย as one of the Best Singapore Lifestyle Blogs of 2013!ย It is my honour and privilege to be mentioned next to fellow bloggers likeย MsGlitzyย (whom I am a fan andย longtime reader of) andย Felicia Neo! Couldn’t have done it without the support of my readers, many of whom are my family and friends.ย ย Thus I dedicate this milestone to all of my dear readers! I also want to thank God for this award because it’s a great blessing to be picked out of many lifestyle bloggers in Singapore. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Enabalista HotelClub Best Lifestyle Blog 2013

This is an excerpt from the HotelClub featured article!:

Enabalista

Who?:ย Ena Teo,ย Enabalista

Why?:ย An honest and open account of young Singaporean life

Follow:ย @ena_teo

Enabalista

Real estate agent by day, lifestyle blogger by night, Ena began blogging at just 13 years of age, and in the ensuing years has honed her writing to a finely tuned craft. Her site, Enabalista.com, covers her own experiences of living in Singapore, ranging from the extremely personal (see her posts about her graduation and her business ideas) to working, shopping, dining and going out. We were particularly taken by her willingness to share and engage with her followers, as well as her knowledge of all that Singapore has to offer!

โ€œThe Singaporean lifestyle is fast-paced and mostly work-driven. However, increasingly, Singaporeans are also learning how to enjoy life through fine cuisine, fashion and beauty. As a local Singaporean, I love to share with friends and readers my take on fashion, beauty and food that I encounter in my life. It brings me joy when I meet fellow like-minded readers all over the world who enjoy reading about what I blog!โ€

 

 

Read the article and find out theย Best Singapore Lifestyle Blogs of 2013 here!

Thanks again to HotelClub for the award and I look forward to another great year for Enabalista in 2014! ๐Ÿ˜€

Red dress kinda day ;)

Been quite excited over this red dressย and the sunglasses since receiving it from Choies.com in the mail! Was expecting the red colour to be brighter but after wearing and see the photos, the deep red colour is growing on me as well. Perfect for a formal day wear as well as for dinners!

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Took these photos at my current company office’s balcony which you can tell is rather obviously neglected in terms of paint work. But after some fotorus & vsco filters it looks like I’m somewhere in HK highlands having a holiday. Well, no picture that a filter can’t fix and a holiday abroad somewhere cold… I could do with that right now. >_<

Get them here! ๐Ÿ˜‰ –> Red Dress |ย Vintage inspired Sunglassesย | Shoes from Charles & Keith

xx
Ena

Enabalista x Cyber Monday OASAP Coupon Giveaway [Closed]

*Updates*
Thanks to all for sharing and taking part in this contest!
Although the contest did not hit 50 shares, the folks at Oasap.com have kindly agreed to select one winner nonetheless! Thanks Oasap for your generosity! ๐Ÿ˜€
Loredana Battista has been chosen to be the winner!
Congrats Loredana!

Thanks to OASAP, I’m holding another giveaway, this time it’s theย Cyber Monday coupon giveaway!

Enabalista x Oasap Giveaway

Good news is, EVERYONE gets a 30% OFF coupon code for shopping on OASAP.com! Whee!
โ˜†*๏ฝฅใ‚œ๏พŸ๏ฝฅ*(^O^)/*๏ฝฅใ‚œ๏พŸ๏ฝฅ*โ˜†
Shop at OASAP.COM during Christmas 2013, get 30% OFF for 20000+ women fashion items with coupon code: NUSZ48CD, and there will be special offer for some products UP TO 70% OFF from BLACK FRIDAY to CYBER MONDAY! PLUS shipping is free ok! ๐Ÿ˜€

DISCLAIMER: If you do use the 30% discount code, I will get a 2% credit of your total bill to my account which I can then use to buy OASAP products. Thank you in advance!ย (เน‘>แด—<เน‘)

BUT WAIT, that’s not’s it!
Take part in this giveaway and One winner will receive $50 coupons and
the second winner will get $30 coupons for purchasing any wish items onย www.oasap.com!
Please note, this giveaway will only be activated if there are at leastย 50 participants! So please share the 30% coupon code & the giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚

JOIN the Enabalista xย Cyber Monday coupon giveaway, follow these steps:
Go to my Enabalista Facebook here, find the post pinned to the top that looks like this:
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1. Share the pinned FB post (see above) on your FB profile page
2. Register on www.oasap.comย (Some of you might have registered before already!)
3. Comment** with your favorite apparel/accessory pinned on http://www.pinterest.com/OasapOfficial/
4. Follow my blog page Enabalista on Facebook here
5. Follow one of following OASAP pages:
ย  ย ย http://www.pinterest.com/OasapOfficial/
ย  ย ย http://facebook.com/oasap
ย  ย ย https://twitter.com/Oasap
ย  ย ย http://instagram.com/oasap_official
ย  ย ย http://oasap.polyvore.com/
Giveaway is held for 7 days, beginning 30 Nov to 7 Dec 2013!
Winner will be announced here and on Facebook 7 Dec evening about 10pm.
See Terms & Conditions below.

**An example comment should be:
”ย Hi Ena, I’veย shared the post on my FB,
I’ve registered on OASAP using email <sample@xmail.com>
this is my favourite apparel! >>ย http://www.pinterest.com/pin/316096467567562368/
and I’ve followed both Enabalista and Oasap on Facebook!”

One winner will receive $50 coupons and the second winner will get $30 coupons for purchasing any wish items onย www.oasap.com!
Please note, this giveaway will only be activated if there are at least 50 participants! So please share the 30% coupon code & the giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now now, if you’ve not already clicked away to OASAP.com site in my links above,
check out my top picks from their BLACK FRIDAY selection! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ena’s favourite pick for OASAP BLACK FRIDAY

Enabalista OASAP Giveaway

1. Leather Paneled Oversized Turn Down Coat US$77.54 here

ENABALISTA OASAP GIVEAWAY patent-leather-front-ankle-boots

2. Patent Leather Front Ankle Boots US$48.92ย here.

Enabalista Oasap Giveaway

3. Distinct Teardrop Necklace $13.96ย here

Enabalista x Oasap Giveaway

4. Lovely Plaid A Line Dress US$29.93 here.

Enabalista Oasap Giveaway
5. Icecream (more like cupcakes) Graphic Sweatshirt US$22.35ย here.

Enabalista Oasap Giveaway

6. Floral Embriodered High Low Chiffon Blouse US$25.13ย here

My first pick is above US$50, the rest are below $50 and picks 3-6 are all below $30!
So if you win the voucher giveaway you have plenty of affordable fashion choices to pick from! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Shopping & Good Luck!

xx

Ena

Giveaway terms & condition:
Participant should be comfortable with providing his/her name, shipping address and phone number
which is required for Oasap.com to ship and deliver the item to you.
Winner will be picked randomly by me, all decisions made by me are final.
If a winner does not respond or remains uncontactable within 5 business days of notification,
winnerโ€™s prize will be forfeited and given to the next member in line.
I reserve the right to amend the contest rules without prior notification.

Oasap.com Fashion x Enabalista Giveaway! [Closed]

*Update*
Thanks to all who has taken part!
After a random selection,ย Chia Wan Ting has been picked as the lucky winner! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Congratulationsย Chia Wan Ting!

As I’ve mentioned on my Enabalista FB page recently,
I’m collaborating with Oasap.com,
one of my online fashion store partners
(see the banners of fashion partners I support on the right panel of my blog)
to conduct a giveaway for my followers!ย 

Ena Teo Oasap Contrast Collar Embriodered Dress 1Oasap.com has a fab variety of clothing in great quality which I can attest to.
Thanks to them, I also got lots of compliments when I wore this dress. ^^
Read my review here.

Coinciding with the FALL season,
stand a chance to be the
1 lucky winner & owner of 1 of the featured sweaters!:

1. ย V Neck Cutout Back Sweater (Burgundy).
Also available in Beige, Lavender and Navy. See here.Oasap Enabalista Giveaway

2. Union Jack Style Loose Sweater
See here.
Union-Jack-Style-Loose-Sweater

3. ย Leaves Graphic High-Low Blouse (Black)
Also available in blue.
Seeย here.

Oasap x Enabalista Giveaway

4. ย Contrast Zigzag Print Long Sleeve Cardigan (Blue)
Also available in Cream.
See here.
Oasap.com x Enabalista Giveaway

5. Contrast Cross Striped Sweater (Apricot)
Also available in Navy & Red.
See here.
Oasap x Enabalista Giveaway

To take part, simply:

1. Register on Oasap.comย >>ย https://www.oasap.com/signup
2. Follow all 3 of my accounts on >>
Facebookย  –ย www.facebook.com/enabalista
Instagram –ย @ena_teo
Twitter – @ena_teo
3. Follow oneย of following OASAP pages >>
Oasap Facebook
Instagram – @Oasap_Official
Twitter – @Oasap
Oasap Pinterest
Oasap Polyvore

4. Leave a comment on this blog post below with:
which sweater you want to win,
your email address which you signed up for Oasap.com,
Facebook,ย Instagram &ย Twitter usernames,
& which Oasap page/s you followed! ๐Ÿ™‚

*UPDATE*
Oasap Giveaway Enabalista
Increase your chances of winning by going to Enabalista FB page here:ย 
share this blog post’s link (+1 chance) &
comment on the FB post(the one I’ve pinned, image above) and tagย a friend’s name (+1 chance)!
Every ย name will stand you 1 more chance, so 2 names = 2 chances, 3 names = 3 chances, etc! ๐Ÿ˜€

This giveaway starts today, 3 November 7pm and ends next Sunday 10 November 7pm!

This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY! ๐Ÿ˜€

The Winner’s name will be announced here and on my Enabalistaย Facebookย page! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let the giveaway begin!
xx
Ena

Giveaway terms & condition:
Participant should be comfortable with providing his/her name, shipping address and phone number
which is required for Oasap.com to ship and deliver the item to you.
Winner will be picked randomly by me, all decisions made by me are final.
If a winner does not respond or remains uncontactable within 5 business days of notification,
winner’s prize will be forfeited and given to the next member in line.
I reserve the right to amend the contest rules without prior notification.

Oh, Graduation!

Graduation ceremony was about a month back,
but been too busy with Fide Fashion Weeks and work in general,
so here are the pics,
better late than never!

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On my way to the venue, at expo. Fringe all pinned up, prepped for the mortar board. Wearing Urban Decay’s makeup fix spray for the first time and it worked wonderfully well. Also sporting one of my current fave lip colour, Maybelline’s Coloursensational in Fuschia Flash. I got the lippy when I was in UK and I think they rebranded it as Bold and Matte series in Singapore. I had on a coat of nude colour as the base so that the colour will stand out better and last longer. ๐Ÿ™‚
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First time in a mortarboard! Definitely a milestone in life.
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With cutie Shella.

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O hai.

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It’s me again!
Personally I feel that these western graduation gowns were made to fit the western physical frames better and generally just overwhelm the more petite asian frames. Thank God for heels so that I can bask in my Harry Potter moment, heh.Ena's Graduation Ena's Graduation

With Adeline, from Kizuna trip, who is blessed with long legs! See how it looks like the gown’s made for tall frames like hers? ๐Ÿ˜‰Ena's Graduation Ena's Graduation

With Shi !Ena's Graduation Ena's Graduation

w Sifra and Ashley! Not quite sure why Sifra and I have a shocked expression, LOL.
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With Des, also from Kizuna trip, who was part of the duo who designed the collaterals and paraphernalia for Graduation! So proud of him!Ena's Graduation Ena's GraduationEna's Graduation Ena's Graduation

Ena's Graduation

With bestie, Bini! :*
We’ve been through 3 years of Lasalle together and
we always talk about how we want our future to be like and
so many dreams and ambitions we want to accomplish.
We’ll continue to hold each other accountable to our dreams and
become the capable women that we aspire to be! <3Ena's GraduationWith Christabelle who is always a ball of fun and never fails to bring the entire room laughter!ย 
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w Ade, Alex and Shao Jie, graduating Kizuna peeps!
It’s amazing how months ago we were all huddling in the cold of Japan and
in a blink of an eye, we’ve graduated!
Ena's Graduation Ena's GraduationA piece of gold paper slot in between each of the graduands’ booklet, folded to be released at the end of the ceremony.
It symbolizes how we’re now ready to take flight.

Ena's Graduation
Probably only in LASALLE where you get dance faculty graduands pirouettingย on stage when collecting their certs
and a STOMP performance by juniors at the end of it.
Ena's Graduation
With PriyaEna's Graduation

Our sweet and super patient finance tutor Lawrence who says he never misses a graduation to see his students graduate,
which is his source of pride and joy.

Ena's Graduation

With tutors Lawrence, GIlles and Ginette!

Ena's Graduation

With our class girls and Circe!
Ena's Graduation

Our studio / business management tutor, Gilles!
Thanks for being ever patient with us and giving us unending advice and guidance.
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And Circe! <3
For HK trip which was definitely an eye opener for us,
for teaching us how to deal with drama in our lives with a good laugh,
for your generosity, your love for art and believe in feminine power whilst staying as a beautiful woman and wife,
thank you.:)Ena's Graduation

With Pris, who is a wonderful dear, despite dramas and the years in school, remains as sweet as ever.
Stay that way and never let anyone steal your spirit. <3
Ena's Graduation

With Shi again!
It’s always a joy to do grp work w her cause she’s super conscientious
and parties are always fun with her!
Her bf took this pic for us, might not be long before we attend someone’s banquet? ๐Ÿ˜›
Ena's Graduation

WIth Mum and Pop
Always grateful to them for being cool parents in supporting me to go Arts college and study Fashion
Even tho it’s pretty rad even for my generation.
Mostly for believing in me and giving me the right biblical values in life.
I thank God for my family everyday.
My sissys were at work so they missed my graduation, I still love you guys ya!
Thanks for doting on your youngest sis and I will be happy to be forever your younger/est sis. ๐Ÿ™‚

Graduation day was definitely one of the happiest day of my life,
equal parts thankful and happy to have gone through a rigorous study
and emerged not only with a cert that’s accredited by Goldsmith uni
but also a stronger person in my mind and spirit
with a clearer vision of lives and life
and with many friendships which will surely stay with me in this lifetime

Most of all,
Thank you God.
<3

#Ootd Casual Purple |EDD

Taking part in Kukolina’s Saturday outfit posts so here’s mine for today!

Wearing a loose causal purple top from Shana, denim shorts and purple beaded necklace from Diva accessories. Coloured leopard Shades from Primark.

thanks to my sister for taking the pic for me and this is me before going out .. Sans makeup as I usually don’t wear makeup on weekends! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Taking part in this photo blogging is a lot of fun!

Let me know if you want to join us too!^^

I am adding these links from Eszter of Kukolina’s blog,:

Eszter’s entry: http://kukolina.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/weekend-photo-challenge-week-3-show-that-titi-outfit-of-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-746
B fromย http://fantasyholidays.wordpress.com/
Tams fromย http://nakedbeautyblog.com/?p=1255
Casey fromย http://veggiesandglitter.com/
Tisha fromย http://dailyeasyrecipes.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/weekend-photo-challenge-week-3-eating/
Vilma fromย ย http://freebutfun.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/challenge-food-and-outfit/
รse fromย ย http://aspoonfulofstyle.co.uk/2013/09/28/weekend-photo-challenge-ootd-and-eating/
Fanni fromย ย http://theblackberryboys.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/weekend-photo-challenge-week-3-eating/
Grace fromย http://czechtheflip.com/2013/09/28/weekend-photo-challenge-eating/#comment-3691
Ena fromย ย http://enabalista.com/2013/09/28/ootd-casual-purple-edd/
Beth fromย http://byrnesbeth.wordpress.com/
Sarah fromย http://journey2dfuture.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/weekend-photo-challenge-week-3-eating/

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Ena’s Outfit | Oasap Classic Embroidered Dress

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This week I got my dress which I ordered from Oasap, a very lovely contrast collar and embroidered dress!

So I wore it to work…

Here’s my makeup look of the day aka #lotd:

Ena Teo Makeup LOTDI matched my eyeshadow colour with the dress, with blue and black at the winged tip portion with black eye liner. It’s my current eye makeup style, a mix of eyeshadow and eyeliner that wings outwards. ๐Ÿ™‚ Applied a generous amount of blusher that I promise does not look that much in real life. And pink lipsticks. Just happened that today all make up mentioned are Estee Lauder except eyeliner is Maybelline’s Impact Express Eyeliner, which is my favourite of all, my holy grail make up item. Still have not finished all the Estee Lauder products I got from last year! No idea how some girls keep buying when I can never finish mine, lol. Not that I am complaining. the only beauty products I can finish are eyeliner, make up remover and skin care products like sunblock. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also have on Estee Lauder brow pencil in dark brown, though you can’t really tell since my fringe is covering my brows.

More pics!:

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Taken during lunch time! Just right outside my office building, which explains why it looks SO bright here cause it was! ๐Ÿ˜› Matched it with my Charles & Keith heels which are my new favourite shoes! ๐Ÿ˜€ They go with almost everything and are the most comfy heels I have. <3 <3 <3 Also seen, carrying my Kenzo green pouch from the SS13 Tiger Collection. I don’t think I’ve posted a pic on that before.. But the season’s already over. Lol.

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Ena Teo Oasap Contrast Collar Embriodered Dress 3A close up of the embroidered detailing on the dress. It has a great finish, no frill ends! Accessorized with my star & wing ring and black strap watch from Fossil Relic.

My review:ย 

Design & Quality: 4.5/5 I picked this dress because it’s simple, classic and I just love the touch of gold and baroque leaves design! It’s a dress that’s great for work, formal lunch and dinners and even dates! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am super glad to report that the quality is great! It has an inner soft lining so the dress is comfortable on the skin. Finishing is flawless. Fit is great. In fact when I wore it to office, two of my colleagues commented on it, saying it was nice. ๐Ÿ™‚ Only downside is that the material though perfect for air-con office, it isn’t suitable for Singapore on super hot sunny days, so don’t wear this for a day out, lol. But will be great for rainy weather!

Price: 4/5ย At original price US$39.90, I think it could be cheaper(no need for them to pay rental and it was a light package to deliver), since it’s an online purchase, and the folks at Oasap must have read my mind because they are now offering this beautiful dress at… US$33.92! ๐Ÿ™‚

Shipping:ย 2.5/5 I thought the shipping took rather long. I ordered on 2 September but only received it this Monday, 16 September after two whole weeks. However the upside is that it came in mint condition, in fact wrapped in 3 plastic layers which made me wonder if it was necessary, I feel bad for all this packaging waste. But I’m not complaining.

If you like the dress, you can buy it >> here.

Or check out their: new arrivals, bestsellersย or sale up to 70% off!

Other items I love!

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This รผber cute rabbit print cardigan. U.P US$39.90, now selling at US$27.93 here.

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Puppy love bag aka Cute Dog Head Shape Shoulder bag, $52 here.

Alrighty, that’s all for now~

xx

Why a girl shops and how to RESIST the temptation!

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Ohhhh yes, THAT face of satisfaction and embarrasement in one when damage’s done. Source: ColourBox.com

I’ve been on a little shopping spree…

Bought items (3 dresses & 4 pairs of shoes to be exact) from GoJane.com on Tuesday night and I bought a pair of strapped wedges from Charles and Keith and was tempted to also get a Fendi inspired red bag in the window…

Why do we like to shop so much?ย 

Let me list the reasons why.

Girls will never have enough of:

1. Lipstick colours. See my previous post on sampling Etude House lip colours and how I want them all, seriously.

2. Shoes of different types like flat, heels, wedges, running shoes, etc.

3. Bags of different types and colours like bucket bag in country plaid, red, black or tab work /office bag, pink or other favorite colour day/ date bag, hand purse or clutch for dinners or formal events. (Read: it can be both a boon or a bane to be a girl)

So the eternal question: how do we RESIST the temptation???

1. Decide on the chosen item and budget you have to buy.

2. When you are out and you are shopping keep to your budget. Don’t waver.

3. When you waver, decide you MAY get it ANOTHER DAY. So you leave the shop, and go back another time. If it’s gone the next time you’re there, then it’s just not meant to be, besides you didn’t plan to buy it anyways! But if you go back the next time, it’ll be planned. ๐Ÿ˜€

As for Online shopping….

1. Put your Credit Card far far far away. Ask your mum to safe keep it from you when you are browsing online and

2. When you want to buy the items, review them with your mum or sister or best friend and ask for honest opinion if it is 1. really necessary 2. within your budget 3. not a replicate of what you already have.

Any other effective tips you have that I have missed out? ๐Ÿ™‚

xo

P.S. Here are the saleย items I got from GoJane. ๐Ÿ˜€
My colleague says the quality isn’t great, the shoes will last a year, tops. But at those prices USD$10+ per pair, I don’t need them to last that long either! HA.
Can’t wait to have them shipped over, will do a haul post, or maybe even a video then!

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My Business Ideas

It’s no secret that I aspire to be an entrepreneur some day, and hopefully soon.

Here are some ideas that I was telling, albeit jokingly with my tummy/PPG aka friend Sandy after dinner while shopping around Marine Parade, on Tuesday night.

1. We walked past this Chinese pastry shop at the basement of Parkway Parade right at the entrance of the Food Republic and I bought a red bean pastry which is relatively tiny at $1.60. So I said in future I also wanna open a pastry shop and asked Sandy, who is great at contemporary designs, to help me design the store.

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This one: Traditional Teochew bakery Thye Moh Chan

2. Then I also mentioned to her that I always wanted to open a cafe and a tuition center.

Cafe
People with Caffeine Addiction = Money Making Cafe
Tuition Centre
Kiasu Parents + Competitive Culture = Money Making Tuition Centres, seriously.

3. So maybe I will open a designer cafe that sells Chinese pastries for parents to eat and chill while their kids are studying or having tuition at the tuition center next door. Idea? ๐Ÿ˜€ Of course the kids themselves can use the place to study and chill.

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Chinese Pastries + Cafe + Tuition Centre = Innovative IDEA

4. Then while waiting for Sandy when she was in the rest room I took a look around the ร‰tude house shop which is a permanent stall near the atrium and I had SO MUCH FUN testing the lipsticks and pore eraser gels and blushers and what nots.

I want to buy them all!!! I want to be able to wear a new lip colour everyday, seriously.

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I tested more than these. TOO MANY COLOURS. A girl’s spoilt for choice!!!
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Grabbed this off somewhere else online, pretty sure they have like at least 3 different series of lip stick colours in store, 5 if you count in 2 lip gloss colour series. #Mindblowing #TooMuch #ConsumerismCulture

So I also wanna have my own cosmetics line! ๐Ÿ˜›

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A girl can dream, right? ๐Ÿ˜€

We also went shopping at Marks & Spencer and I discovered that they now have much nicer and younger stuff under the line “Per Una” and some of the perfumes smell really good!

This one is sweet but not sticky. Surprisingly affordable at S$25 for smaller bottles/vial, might also make sense to get a smaller bottle since perfumes take super long to finish.

5. The last business idea I have is one that I’ve thought about recently and wondered if I should really just give this a shot, which is to start giving small and casual talks on personal grooming and fashion tips since I graduated with a degree in Fashion Media & Industries (read marketing & management). It is definitely a topic that I am enthusiastic about and would love to share about it naturally and it also seems to be like a ready market where people would like to learn hands on and practically how they can improve on their personal style and pick up some fashion tips, right?

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Will you trust me to dish fashion styling advice & grooming tips?
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Can I be the next Carine Roitfeld?
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Or Asia’s Anna Wintour, maybe?

So with 5 good business ideas and the first three can be related…

Does anyone want to open a business with me? I do not have capital to offer but I have many wonderful ideas, an energetic youthful passion and a believe that with excellent products and stellar marketing, we can change the world (see Apple).

You may email me at enabalista@gmail.com, for serious offers only please. ๐Ÿ™‚

Call me
I’ll be waiting for your email. ๐Ÿ˜‰

xo

P.S. I’ve been writing blog posts while traveling commuting, can’t wait to share my other posts.

ESYE Fashion Wine Down 2013

Hello!

I finally got my dear laptop back and repaired, so I am able to upload some of the older photos ย that I’ve not done so previously… Starting with photos from ESYE Fashion Wine Down event that I attended in early June! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I was one of the four finalists of the Face of ESYE, and was outfitted in ESYE’s coral coloured laced dress from their SS’13 collection.
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The voting boxes for the face of ESYE.

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With my friends, the two belles, Christabelle on the left and Clarabelle on the right. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you dears for coming down! ๐Ÿ™‚2013-06-08 18.50.52

The same dress in their window! ^^

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Check out the video of the looks from the first half of the show!ย 2013-06-08 19.51.53

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Here you can see the mobile cabinet where they are able to recommend the fragrance that suits you best.

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Check out the video of the looks from the second half of the show!

If you love the designs here, you can get them at ESYE which is located at B2 Orchard Central! ๐Ÿ™‚

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The happy couple!

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Here’s a shot with my Salmon rice bowl. I love it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh you can also spot the tip of the italian wine bottle that I won from the event! Heheh. ๐Ÿ˜›

As part of the event, ESYE was also on the look out for the Face of ESYE. I was one of the 4 finalist and although I didn’t win the first price, the ESYE organizers later awarded me Miss Congeniality and $400 worth of products! (^^,) I will update photos when I have redeemed the products. ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s all for today’s post~

Be Beautiful, Inside & Out.

<3

Ena

 

A New Fashion Video Platform

Hello!

So today I’m blogging the third & last part of ย my LASALLE takeaway series, ending off with my mid term research presentations, both the essay and the project.

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My final presentation’s on a business proposal for Asia’s first Fashion Video platform combining commerce and community. Imagine Youtube’s video platform, ASOS shopping site and WordPress or LinkedIn community. That’s what we’re talking about! I initially termed it StyleAsia. But for the final name it’s something else. I’m not posting about it yet or publishing it publicly… As I hope I can find a team or business to really create this platform, if God allows. ๐Ÿ™‚

So what you’ll be seeing here today, for my essay research presentation, was my initial idea on the rise of blogging, vlogging and its impact on the fashion industry.

The business idea to create a bloggers management entity was later aborted because blogging is on a downwards trend. So I pivoted the idea to a video platform as video production and consumption is on an upwards trend.ย Cisco research says in 2013, 90% of internet traffic is driven by video content! Yeah baby!

So here are the works I’ve done for my final year’s mid terms!:

Research on rise of bloggers and vloggers and their impact:

Mid-term research on the Fashion Video Platform business concept:

Accompanying StyleAsia Teaser Video:

If you’d like to find out more about my:

1. Final Thesis titled:

Fashionสผs Digital Frontier:ย How successful fashion brands utilize online videos to brand andย market themselves in the social media sphere to achieve internationalย recognition.

2. Final Business proposal on the World and Asia’s first Fashion Video platform that combines commerce and community

You can email me your business enquiries at teojiaen90@gmail.com.

For other non business related queries, email me at enabalista@gmail.com! ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s all for now!

<3,

Ena

What is Fashion Marketing & Management?

Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani, the man touted to be both a brilliant designer & businessman.

For the last 3 years I’ve been studying Fashion Marketing and Management in LASALLE College of the Arts, under the degree title BA(Hons) Fashion Media & Industries.

When people ask me about what I study and I reply “Fashion Management (sometimes adding & Marketing)”.

They will almost always react with a “Wow! ?!”

And followed by, “So what is that?” or “What exactly do you study?”

Well, so my blog post today is to answer and clarify what Fashion Management and Marketing Studies is exactly! This way, you also have a better idea of what I have been doing for the last 3 years and where my skills, knowledge and specialization lies. ๐Ÿ™‚

Usually I will answer in a nutshell that Fashion Management & Marketing is the basically Business Marketing studies but specific to the Fashion industry and we also study Fashion theories, history, trends, creative direction and graphic design.

But to be more specific, the modules I have taken in the last three years include:

Marketing,
Advertising,
Cultural and Contextual Studies in Fashion (Fashion theories, history, academic research and writing),
Branding,
Integrated Marketing Communications,
Visualization and Presentation (both digital and traditional, i.e. drawing by hand, softwares like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign),
Finance (Budgeting, Financial Proposals)
Visual Merchandising,
Entrepreneurship,
Project Management,
Product Development,
Fashion Retail,
International Fashion Marketing
& Studio for putting our soft skills & knowledge into practical proposals such as Concept stores and Brands.

It is tough to define what Fashion Management and Marketing is exactly, but I have googled and found two pretty decent answers:

Fashion management is the promotion of apparel sales and involves all of the tasks necessary to deliver the clothing requests and meet the needs of potential customers and designers. Developing campaigns, displays and advertisements, directing manufacturing and marketing, and creating sales strategies are the various parts of Fashion management. Credits here.

Fashion marketing is much the same as product marketing. Integrating brand into the product is something always popular in the fashion world for many popular retail fashion wares. Basically fashion marketing is marketing to either fashion conscious consumers or to distribution channels such as retail franchises and so forth. Credits here.

So you may ask, why did I decide to study something as specific as Fashion Marketing and Management?

The reasons are simple, I love Fashion and I discovered after JC (Junior College) that I was more interested in the Business of Fashion rather than design. Also I really love branding, design and marketing. Also back then, after JC, I thought I wanted to be a Fashion Buyer. But over the last four years I have changed my mind.

I am not exactly sure yet what I am going to do or be in the near and distant future, if it will be directly related to Fashion or not, but I am quite sure that the skills and knowledge that I have picked up over the last 3 years will still be relevant wherever I may be.

You may also ask, so what are the Career prospects of Fashion Marketing and Management studies?

The typical ones will be, but not limited to:

Retail Manager
Stylist
Visual Merchandiser
Fashion Buyer
Public Relations Manager
Human Resource Manager
Production Manager
Fashion Journalist
Entrepreneur of Fashion Brand/Label/Marketing firm/Fashion related business

So now that you have a better idea of what Fashion Management and Marketing is, you might wanna check out the works I’ve done in Year 2, from August 2011-April 2012:

Reports:

Retail Scene for Concept Store in Singapore
Fashion Essay: Define Radical Fashion. Case Studies Alexander McQueen & Azzedine Alaia
Group Branding Proposal for Multi-label Concept Store Biaten
Proposed Branding Creative Brief for Accessories Brand Allure
Fashion Critical / Literature Review on Sustainable Fashionย 
Group Project Comparing & Constrasting 3 Departmental Stores in Singapore

Slides:

That’s all! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!

x

Ena

Ena’s LASALLE Takeaways Part 1 | 4 Useful Tips for Your Future!

Ena Lasalle

Hi! I’m beginning a series of Ena’s LASALLEย Takeaways. Having studied Fashion Media and Industries BA(Hons) degree course, Management specialism in the past 3 years, I have accumulated quite a fair bit fashion knowledge and life experiences which I’d like to share.

For this first installment, I’m re-posting a FB status I posted back in March 10, 2013 when I was in the middle of my final semester of my degree studies and academic life:

Today I met up with a junior (from Lasalle) who wanted to know more about the course I’m taking, so that she can know better whether to go into the communication or marketing & management specialism.

I spoke at length with her but I thought I’d summarize and share a few things that hold true for myself, which hopefully will be helpful to those who are deciding what course to study in the future.

1. Take time to look within yourself, reflect and discover who you are. What do you do and why do you do it, your passions, your interests, your dislikes, etc. Knowing yourself, in my opinion, is far more valuable than others’ perception of yourself.

2. We become good at what we are passionate about. Therefore, study and take up a course that interests you, and not take up a course because it will lead you to a job. Because passion will drive you to desire to excel in your course of study and it is when you excel in your course of study that people; your peers, tutors and your future employees will pay attention to you and thus securing your job.

In the unfortunate scenario where your passion dies after you enter your course of study, then apply the motto “Do what you love, if not, love what you do.” Passion may die but the pride we take in our work must never.

3. Specialism, being excellent in one thing, is higher valued than being average in many things. Ironically the industry calls for institutions to give students an “all/well-rounded” education but eventually give the jobs to individuals who are spectacular at that one thing. Accountants may suck at writing and writers, at counting. You get what I mean. Therefore, identify your strength and work crazy hard at it. Know your weakness and don’t worry if you can’t fix them, know that you will find others who can complement your skill set. But if you don’t have an outstanding strength, then you will just blend in with everyone else.

4. Less is more. Whether it’s presentation slides, CPJ (Creative Process Journal), a speech or a piece of design, less is more. Let’s face it, teachers are busy, they don’t have the time to read every single scribble on our journals. A single big image and a sentence makes more impact than 9 images an a paragraph. Design. Design adds value to your content. Be intentional about everything you produce. Does that additional image add value your work? If it doesn’t, you know what to do.

I’ll also be publishing links to some of the essays, documents and slides which I have worked on during the last three years, beginning with year 1 for this post! So you can expect year 2 works in the second part, and year 3 works in the last installment. Some of the works are Group work, which have all been duly credited with my group members names. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m quite excited to be posting my works from school online because school’s been a HUGE part of my life for the last 3 years and in doing so, you guys and gals will be able to see what I’ve been doing, outside of this blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also I’ll be glad to answer any queries for all past, present and future fashion students and lovers. So just feel free to ask away!

 

Works below dated from August/September 2010 to May 2011.

Works from Year 1: Click to access links to Issuu for viewing and free download.

Chanel Brand Strategies

Raoul and Massimo Dutti Brands Comparison and Analysis Report

Fashion Essay Analysis of Steven Meisel’s State of Emergencyย 

Fashion Essay How Mary Quant led the Youth Power Movement in Dress in the 60s.ย 

Enjoy browsing these Powerpoints slides I’ve uploaded on my Slideshare account. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Fashion Food Fun Ena’s Hong Kong Day 2

Hello~

Today I’m back with HK Day 2 round of photos. I’ve decided I won’t be editing them into a scrapbook format because that’s taking up too much time and I have too many photos to update hahaha. ^^v

Here we go~!

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Selcas with bestie Bini early in the morn’

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One-shot at the floor lobby~

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One more infront of an art gallery opposite our hotel. ๐Ÿ™‚

We walk pass a rather small and cosy but vibrant local market on the way to the train station…

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And a very lovely floral shop…! ^^
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I love roses~~ Red and pink roses. Look at ’em so pretty!
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We also walk pass a local square where elderly gather to read the mornin’ papers.ย Ena HK2 7

A shot of the local breakfast place where we had most (2/3) of our local HK breakfast!
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My tutor, classmates and their funny poses, kekeke.

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I love how weirdly colourful put-together advertising bills are on the streets… Peculiarly making up a certain kind of HK design aesthetics!

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With lovely Sharlene, while we were travelin’

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This was en route to Shim Sha Tsui (unsure if I spelt it right) to the fabric market! The HKers seem to keep their floor cleanin’ a very formal affair! ๐Ÿ™‚

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We came across this building… that looked like it has a mask of pins and needles.

And we met a super cute puppy while passing by a convenient store!

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The owner gladly posed for a pic with the cute puppy. Ok maybe it’s not a puppy but an adorable grown up cute dog.

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And our three crazy Indonesian representatives in their highly expressive poses! ^^ย Kekeke. L-R: Sifra, Shella and Sharlene.

Now for photos of HK’s fabric market, where there’s rows and rows on end of fabric samples free for buyers’ a taking home to consider and deliberate to make calls back for orders! Most of them ship internationally!

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Ena HK2 15 Fabric Market

I love tweed fabrics. They come in many colours!

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Check out those lovely rose designed fur fabrics! So prettyyy and warm looking. ^^

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A lot more fur… Those on the bottom right look like wolf/animal inspired!

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Cool visually striking graphic fabric.

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Animal lovers beware… This looks like a real fox/animal skin with the nose intact. >_<#

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China porcelain inspired fabric…ย Ena HK2 15 Fabric Market7

3D inspired graphic fabric…

More graphic fabric…

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Then we had a bear-dog sighting! Look at them crossing the street!Ena HK2 16 Dog Ena HK2 16 Dog2 Ena HK2 16 Dog3

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Finally managed to get a shot of him looking towards our direction… I wondered where it stayed, considering HK houses are really small…

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Another unique fabric… this one’s like a beewax/organic inspired lace fabric.

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One last shot of a typical HK fabric market street. ๐Ÿ™‚

Then my tutors brought a few of us to visit Hong Kong Poly Uni, before that we had lunch!

This was at Misocool at a mall conveniently located right at the exit of a train station. I forgot which station now. Oops!
Ena HK2 18 Lunch Misocool Ena HK2 18 Lunch Misocool2ย I can’t be sure if I was really hungry or this was really good cause I MEGA LOVED THIS MEAL. If I didn’t remember wrongly, it’s tomato beef soup with salmon flavored rice. It is so awesome I am salivating just as I ย am typing this. :'( Anyway you can eat the rice alone or together with the tomato soup! The rice is cooked/baked to be a little crispy on the outside, very awesome!

Then we made our way to HKPU, it’s one of the top University in HK.

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We beelined our way to the Institute of Textiles and Clothing, where we met Chanel, the marketing executive lady who brought us around on a tour.ย Ena HK2 19 HKPU 2

The laboratory where they conduct research on threads and fabrics…Students having their lab sessions inside.Ena HK2 19 HKPU 3 Ena HK2 19 HKPU 4 Ena HK2 19 HKPU 5

This is the view of a Zaha Hadid designed new design school wing of HKPU. I am a personal fan of Zaha Hadid and though I would like to argue that countries should support their local designer/artists/architect, I still think it would be uber cool to be studying in a Hadid designed building…

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More views of the school…Ena HK2 19 HKPU 7 Ena HK2 19 HKPU 8

We enter the Fashion and Textiles Resource Centre which if ย I did not remember wrongly, ย it is 2 levels deep.

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A fabric art work at the entrance of the library…

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Students studying/lounging in the library.

Then we walk pass the Intimate Apparels Institute Hall of Fame where award winning works are hung up along the gallery walk way. Love the neon and multi coloured design! ^^

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Then we visit more laboratories filled with industry standard machineries. These ones are fabric weaving machines… While we don’t have technical courses in Singapore, HKPU offers technical courses for their students so when they graduate, they would be working in fabric or garment making factories.ย Ena HK2 19 HKPU 13 Ena HK2 19 HKPU 14

Now for some more interesting photos of fabric moodboards and trend boards…Ena HK2 19 HKPU 19Ena HK2 19 HKPU 20Ena HK2 19 HKPU 21Ena HK2 19 HKPU 15

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These fabric samples here are samples of what can be made from the CAD machine, where you input a design and the machine knits out these samples, whole! Amazing, I tell you.

Following the tour, we ended with a 3D, yes 3D I kid you not, show reel of their latest fashion graduate’s show case. It was honestly the most outstanding and jaw dropping fashion showcase I have ever seen, not so much for the design but the presentation of it. Not that the designs were not spectacular, but the presentation blew me away.

A few touristy shots around the campus.. here with some flowers blooming, kekeke.
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We had a free night, so Bini and I went touring around our hotel area… Hollywood road is famous for antiques and we did see a handful of antique stores and items…

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We chanced a upon a lovely store named Pantry Magic selling designer home wares… coincidentally they also have a branch in Singapore, along Club Street. ๐Ÿ™‚Ena HK2 21 Pantry Magic

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An artsy shot, hehehe, of the HK tram on HK street. ^^v

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And another, because this is my blog and cause’ I can, haha. ๐Ÿ˜›

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Look who we met~!!! Chen Hao! Famous HK actor. HEHEHE.ย Ena HK2 22 Chen Hao2

So happy to see him… Haha!

We came across a mini mall near our hotel.. Not too sure what it’s called but it had a lot of nice setting to cam-spam with. hehe ^^

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And a British telephone booth! O-hai~! ^^

Ok, now that I came back from London recently, and I did not take pics with London Telephone booth, this photo is proving a little funny. Anyway, the reason we find a lot of Britain inspired aspects in HK is because HK was colonized by the British until their unity with China back in 1997, so HK feels very much like an extension of Britain, albeit in a chinese populated place.

Moreeee UK in HK Telephone Booth pics, kekeke.

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I am talking to no-one in particular…
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Yes it’s nice to play pretend for the photos.. just like we were young and we play pretend cooking and playing house all the time… ^^

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Bestie and her victory sign in the booth~ ^^vEna HK2 23 Telephone Booth8 Ena HK2 23 Telephone Booth10

For dinner, we all arrived at Chilli Fagara, touted to be one of HK’s best spicy boutique restaurants.

Address: Shop E, No. 45-53, Graham Street

Take note that it is near the Soho area, as there is another Graham street near Central HK.


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This is the meat in lettuce wrap dish. Very yummy.

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This is their recommended dish, the Chilli Fagara Chicken dish. Super spicy but oh-so-good! It’s crispy fried chicken prepared with a lot of chilli fargara – the huge chilli flakes you see above. It’s so spicy but deliciously crispy that though your tongue is burning you keep picking up another piece for more!

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Here’s 2 shots of us crazy Chilli Fagarettes~ we went crazy battling with chilli. ^^v

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And two shots of our meek Crispy Duckettes as they resigned to eating Crispy Duck and posing with it. kekeke. ^^

The restaurant is designed to be very dark and oriental inspired.. Check out some props:

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And they won a Trip Advisor cert! I approve! ๐Ÿ™‚

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A long flight of elevator up the Soho area…

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One of the real classy looking restaurant around the Soho area. It is so named Soho as a lot of expatriates and wealthy tourists frequent the area for dinner and after dinner drinks in the night and boutiques opened in the day.

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I couldn’t help but LOL-ed when I saw this…. This really really small tiny apartment quite out of nowhere. Look at the number of people below the apartment, it’s literally just 6-8 people wide! o_O This i guess, is a testament to just how tiny HK apartments can get!

Some of the cute boutiques we passed by that was already closed in the night…

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And a very HK road side supper/dessert soup store. Too bad we didn’t get to try it!

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Ending off with a shot of a cute artshop, named Artitude. Very cool indeed. ^^

This ends off my HK Day 2 photo travel log~
I hope you enjoyed it!
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below and I’ll answer you~
xx,
Ena

Let’s begin with Hong Kong!

Hello hello~!

It’s been almost a month since I last posted. ๐Ÿ˜›

So before the days pass to months and months pass to years, I’d better upload my travel photos from HK before they become stale! ๐Ÿ˜›

Together with 2 tutors and 9 other classmates from Lasalle, we went to Hong Kong (HK) for a 4 Days 3 Nights fashion exposure trip, to see their fashion stores, school and design studios.

For this HK trip, I decided to design a Travel Photo Album in vintage style because the photos are almost becoming vintage since I’m taking so long to post them ๐Ÿ˜› and also because there’s a part of the old HK that evokes romantic vintage vibes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Personally I’m not a fan of vintage fashion or design but vintage design is a very rich style, with many fans and resource available online so I had a lot of fun in designing and putting together this album. I hope you will enjoy it! And if you want to know where I got the free design elements from, you may find them at the end of this post. Also, I’ve saved photoshop (PSD) templates of all my pages, so when I’ve figured how to upload them online, I’ll also post it up so it’s free for download and people can edit for their own trips! Cool huh? ^^

Without further ado, here are my photos from HK Day 1~!

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How did you find this album? Post your comments below! ^^

That’s all for now, I hope to be able to bring the next installment next week! For the record, there’s 3 more days for HK and 10 for Japan. These 15 pages took me a whole day to edit… So wish me luck! ๐Ÿ˜›

<3

Ena

Resource Credits to:

  • MaiaraMay (IGotTheLook on Deviant Art)ย for Photoshop Actions 27. I used action 2 for my photos. You can download the action set here.
  • Leather Textured Paper for my book cover by WebTexture. Available for download here.
  • DesignInstruct.com for Colored Vintage Paper: Texture Pack. Check them out here.
  • Hi-res Grunge Textured Paper used for my pages. Available for download here.
  • Polariod and Paperclips by ~atilazz on Deviantart here.
  • Free fonts: Pacifico and SeasideResortNF both available online.
  • All other design elements ย (e.g ribbons, stamps, etc.)ย not mentioned are found on google images and edited by myself to suit the design.
  • All photos and design credits to me, Ena Teo Jia En. 2013.
  • Software used: Adobe Photoshop CS5.
  • I was listening to this “Relaxing Playlist” on Youtube here while designing this. ๐Ÿ˜‰