Wed Aug, 26 2015

Jade Seah’s Favourites | July Favourites

Every month, I’ll share some of my favourite finds – movies, books, places, buys – good things should be shared!

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Wed Aug, 12 2015

How to Be Romantic | How to Date a Convent Girl #3

Many people say we convent girls are a distinct bunch & I can’t disagree. I was from CHIJ Katong & I say…convent girls FTW!

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Wed Aug, 5 2015

Arsenal Players Singapore SG50 Challenge

The Arsenal team was in Singapore recently & I got the chance to chat with them!

Gave them a lesson in Singlish (Singaporean English), got them acquainted with Singapore dating quirks and of course there was a challenge involving a football!

They also gamely dished the dirty on who is the most vain one on the team, who the biggest flirt is & who they think is a blur ‘sotong’!

Tue Jul, 28 2015

Follow Me to Sri Lanka!

First time to Sri Lanka & what an adventure being there at festival season!

It was supposed to be a three-girl hen’s trip for Tza but one of us got preggers & couldn’t make it! The two of us decided to go ahead anyway because the time of year couldn’t have been better – the weather was ideal for climbing Adam’s Peak & it was also Vesak Day there so we got to soak in all the festivities. What a beautiful place…will be back!

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Tue Jul, 21 2015

How To Make YouTube Videos

I get a lot of questions about how I produce my videos for YouTube. Instead of just answering your questions, here is an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how it’s done for my channel.

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Wed Jul, 15 2015

How to Date a Convent Girl | Tip #2

Many people say we convent girls are a distinct bunch & I can’t disagree. I was from CHIJ Katong & I say…convent girls FTW!

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Mon Jul, 13 2015

How to Take the Perfect #OOTD

If you have no idea what an #ootd is… #wherehaveyoubeen

It stands for “outfit of the day” and is a commonly-used hashtag across social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Yes, it’s somewhat self-gratuitous and a little vain, but it’s also a way to document your outfit – hey if you spend time getting dressed in the morning, you might as well celebrate that effort by immortalizing it in a snap, right?

As someone who is guilty of taking #ootds and uploading them (mostly to Instagram), I’m often asked a few questions, such as, who takes your pictures? Once in awhile I’m lucky to find myself in the company of photographers such as Daniel Ho or friends who are into photography who can really help make me look better. This unfortunately doesn’t happen very often! Unlike some fashion bloggers who really take the time and effort to chase light and have the luxury of shooting with a professional photographer all the time, most of my outfit shots are taken by…my husband. LOL. The rest are taken by unsuspecting friends I’m with – “erm…sorry ah, can help me take an outfit shot please?”.

Shooting with a professional photographer or even with someone who is into photography is that they take the effort to art direct the shot and give you helpful directions when posing to help you look better. The difference when asking a friend to shoot is that most times, they only take one shot. Sometimes I look like crap in that shot but I feel a little awkward to ask them to take another (and embarrassed by my own vanity!). The long-suffering husband will snap two or three for me, but he won’t stand there taking millions of shots just so I can get that one perfect look!

The point I’m trying to make is that I’ve had to learn to get it right in the very first shot (or at most, in the second shot), and here are the tips I’ve figured out along the way that help a person look better in an #ootd.

1. An OOTD-worthy outfit
Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t have to be all Anna Dello Russo FABULOUS before it’s an “OOTD-worthy” shot.

Anna Dello Russo

Because we can’t all be Anna!

However, she does have the right idea: playing around with prints, proportions, colours and shapes help make an outfit more interesting and photo-worthy.

Nicole Warne of garypeppergirl and her take on prints:

NIcole warne garypepper

alice-mccall-nicole-warne

Even with her dimunitive frame, Margaret Zhang of shinebythree manages to play with proportions:

margaret zhang shinebythree

Aimee Song of songofstyle plays with shapes:

aimee song songofstyle

While our very own Yoyo Cao does colour to a tee. I admit I’m biased – plus she’s head to toe in my personal favourite colour!

Yoyocao

Another tip to looking good in clothes is simply…

Know your body and be honest; play up your best body features and downplay the features you don’t like as much. (Yes, this is groundbreaking stuff, hur hur.)

It can be scary and a little embarrassing to do this, so I’ll go first! I like my height and my long limbs; I don’t like my short torso and the fact that I’m shaped like a boy (no curves). So…

I don’t favour crop tops that visually shorten the body. I also don’t like bodycon dresses that hug every curve (or lack thereof!). Instead, I opt for cigarette pants, shorts and skirts.

Jade Seah

Hips don’t lie? Shakira can say that only because she’s lucky to have ample hips! Here, details like tassels and fringe in strategic spots distract from the lack of curves and add a little bulk to the hip area (hence creating the illusion of hips where there are none!). Note also the choice of fade in the jeans – the white fade in the middle adds some curves to skinny legs. Rips and patchwork details also add a little more bulk!

Jade Seah ripped skinny jeans

Horizontal stripes across the body add curves. A well-cut blazer will a nipped-in waist also creates the illusion of a more defined midsection – perfect for boy-shaped types like me! Shorts play up longer limbs and show off a little skin to keep the look from being frumpy. It’a all about balance.

Jade Seah shorts

Now you know my tricks! Please share some of your styling tricks with me too!

2. Give good face
It may be a full body shot we’re after when taking an #ootd, but do not underestimate the importance of your face and/or facial expression in this. A pleasant-looking face goes a long way to making an outfit shot look better than it is.

Some people look cool and classy when they don’t smile; others look like they want to beat someone up when not smiling. If like me, you belong to the latter category, then smile if you need to!

Jade Seah

Yes, I am actually quite nice (even though I look like I want to beat you up).

Jade Seah

Another thing about the face is that V-shaped faces generally look better in photos. These are pictures of me from 8 years ago:

jade Seah

And here is a recent picture of me:

Jade Seah

Same chin, same face, no fillers or plastic done (say no to plastic surgery!) but less fat in the cheek area (and a few more lines, unfortunately, haha). I was introduced to Clarins Shaping Facial Lift more than two years ago when a good friend of mine introduced it to me, and I find that my face has gotten so much more V-shaped over the years, mostly in the lower cheek and also in the area underneath the chin. I look better with a wider range of different expressions now and also from all angles. Which brings me to the next point in taking a good #ootd…

3. Angle

I know a lot of people like the top-down angle for selfies. Although I personally don’t, I do admit this can sometimes be flattering for selfie shots. For taking #ootd shots though I personally prefer the bottom-up, low angle. This angle makes one look taller, slimmer and with longer legs – triple win! To achieve this, get the person taking your photo to squat/bend down (haha this person will unfortunately look a little unglam in doing so!) and take you from a low angle.

Rozz Tracy Phillips

Because dear Rozzie is sweet like that and takes the best #ootd shots at our girl dates!

Rozz and Jade

Many people shy away from the bottom-up angle as they think it is unflattering to the face as it gives one a double chin. If feel you have a double chin with this angle, you might want to try not going super low on this; just a slight low angle is good enough and will make you look slightly taller and slimmer. For me, I’ve found my double chin woes gone since using Clarins Shaping Facial Lift – I look okay from a chin-up angle now and it makes my legs look longer than they are too, haha! Only the husband suffers because he now has to bend lower to get this angle when he helps me snap my shots, lol.

4. Find a nice background

It’s great if you are in a city that is amazingly photogenic (London, New York and Paris come to mind) but don’t diss dear Singapore as not having nice spots to take photos! Just check out some of the shots bloggers take in sunny Singers:

Melissa Celestine Koh

Melissa Celestine Koh
Credits: www.melissackoh.com

And my take of the streets of…Tanjong Katong Road, lol:

Jade Seah

While a cool background that tells a story is a bonus, for someone like me who simply gets someone to snap #ootd shots of me when I’m out, I sometimes just look for a simple and uncluttered background – a blank wall, wall with muted colours and interesting shapes. I personally also like backgrounds that give a little depth to the shot such as corridors.

Jade Seah

Jade Seah

Another thing that is even more important than background is lighting. I spoke about this in a previous post on How to Take a Good Selfie (check it out here if you haven’t) and lighting is as important for taking #ootd shots as it is for selfies. Make sure the place is bright so all outfit details and colours are visible. The way the light hits is important too; I personally like light coming in from the side. I also much prefer natural lighting so most of my photos are taken in the day:

Jade Seah
Photo credits: http://danielho.me

5. Don’t over-pose.
You are not a pageant queen, and it looks contrived and dated to always do the weight on one leg, hand on hip, “teapot pose”.

angelina-jolie-leg

Even Angelina Jolie gets it wrong now and then. (She blamed this on her stylist for choosing such a dress, but the person who spent the entire night sticking out her right leg like her life depended on it? That was all you, honey.

6. But don’t just stand there, slumped, either!
Keep it simple and natural, but with better posture, lol.

Jade Seah

Jade Seah

Cross your legs or even try a walking shot.

Jade Seah

7. Don’t over-edit
Don’t go mad with the filters and editing – you don’t want to look so much better in photos that people are disappointed when they meet you! LOL.

So, now you know the tricks I’ve learnt to taking #ootd shots – please share some of yours if you have any that I’ve missed out!

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Wed Jul, 8 2015

#TerryJade2015 Wedding | Dinner Sneak Peek

It seems like 2015 is THE year for close ones to get married. Not only did I tie the knot with my love in January, I have a staggering EIGHT other weddings to attend this year, all close friends and family, no less. It’s a happy time!

I know it’s been almost six months since I got hitched, but this year has honestly been so busy, it’s crazy. I’m super thankful for all the work and opportunities, but it also means we haven’t had time to go on our honeymoon (looking at a honeymoon/first year anniversary rolled in one next year now) and yes, I have sat on sharing pictures for the wedding dinner too!

As I always say, better late than never, so here are some pictures!

Will share more thoughts and musings on weddings in a bit, plus snaps from the wonderful family and select friends in attendance (it was a small affair of just over a hundred people at dinner; I still hear Groomzilla’s voice saying, George Clooney only had a hundred people at his wedding…”).

But I digress. Here are some pictures (next batch in the next wedding post!).

Jade Seah wedding

As an ex-CHIJ (KATONG!) girl and with both of us Catholics, Chijmes seemed a fitting venue for its Catholic and convent heritage, and also for its old-school beauty, which both T and I love.

Jade Seah

Jade Seah

Jade Seah

My cousin, Clare, has the voice of an angel, and we were stoked she obliged us by singing our march-in song to perfection. My new sis-in-law even said she prefers Clare’s version to the original!

Jade Seah

I had never intended to change during dinner (rather spend that time catching up with loved ones and eating!) but realise I had to as T and I had our first dance- and it ended up being more difficult than I’d bargained for, lol! My dove grey shift dress, with its long strands of beads, was impossible to dance that sort of dance in. (And here I thought we would just do a simple and awkward sway to the music, haha!)

Thankful to Patrick of The Wedding Present for loaning me this gorgeous lace applique beauty of a gown, with a full, paneled, silk skirt. I fell in love with this after having worn it in Mauritius for a Her World Brides magazine shoot prior!

Jade Seah

The bridal party included these three family members close to me: my cousin, Liz, who was born just two hours after me, and who is also getting married this year(!) plus my two brothers who are very, very low-key and who generally hate being in the limelight. They were horrified I asked them to make a speech at my wedding but agreed to be a part of the bridal party, and helped out in the behind-the-scenes, quiet way that they prefer – my older brother filled his entire vehicle with balloons and props from the wedding lunch!

Jade Seah

Jade Seah wedding

They sure had a grand old time pelting their sister with confetti at our march-in, even though I’d told them explicitly to “throw UPWARDS”. Brothers!

Jade Seah wedding

I think all our friends enjoyed this death by confetti, actually!

Jade Seah wedding

Much thanks to dear Tim Oh for playing emcee that evening. My mum’s a big fan of this fellow Peranakan!

Jade Seah wedding

Started off with a champagne toast, only we didn’t want everyone to just watch while we popped the bubbly. Instead, we had a bottle of bubbly at every table and invited everyone to pop their corks (hur hur) with us – avoiding the expensive Chijmes chandeliers, of course! (We were warned several times of the cost in damages should anything have happened…) Happy to say that everyone had fun and that no chandeliers were harmed in the process!

Jade Seah wedding

And no sedate westen-style “cheers” for us – we are totally for the way more raucous and festive Asian style of toasting. “YAAAAAAAAM Seng!”, everyone!

Jade Seah wedding

Tim was definitely into it!

Jade Seah wedding

My dearest dad who has seen me through good times and bad, happy times and sad. He’s not been a fan of some guys I’ve dated (props to him for never explicitly saying so though and he even denies it to this day; he’s rather an open book though, haha) but he and T get on swimmingly and he was so happy that night – I think perhaps dad thought I’d never settle down, heh.

Jade Seah wedding

Of course, there had to be an Ah Lian moment, lol. This was in response to the first of the speeches…

Jade Seah wedding

That’s all for now! More in the next wedding post – watch this space!

Tue Jun, 30 2015

Day in My Life | Jade Seah

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Tue Jun, 23 2015

How to Date a Convent Girl | Tip #1

Many people say we convent girls are a distinct bunch & I can’t disagree. I was from CHIJ Katong & I say…convent girls FTW!

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