Thu Oct, 30 2014

Chase Your Dreams

Jade Seah

Jade Seah

Jade Seah

Jade Seah

Jade Seah

I love shoes in general, and other than platform heels (I call them stripper heels, because they seem the footwear of choice for that profession – least in my ignorant little perception portrayed in pop culture!), which I don’t like, I love them all! Strappy stilettos (preferably with a high ankle strap!) rule the top of my list, followed closely by ankle boots; sneakers, stomping boots and menswear-inspired stuff such as Oxfords, loafers and smoking slippers are all tied for third place in my shoe-heart.

Stilettos aren’t the most practical choice for running around though, and it seems my pain tolerance has decreased – I can no longer suffer an entire day in the pretty things. I also enjoy walking and try to minimise driving by walking to places that seem walk-able – again, not a great idea in heels!

Apparently, wearing the Original Yellow Boot from Timberland has come to means you’re ready to chase your dreams. Chasing anything does seem a lot more do-able (so comfortable!) in these stomping boots! Now, could they also double up as hiking boots for my next adventure…?

Check out my hike up Mount Kinabalu here and here, and look out for my post on climbing Mount Rinjani soon!)

Wed Oct, 29 2014

Casual Texture

Jade Seah

Jade Seah

Jade Seah

Jade Seah

And just like that, we’re at mid-week! It’s been a world-wind October – mostly because this was the month of (hen’s) trips galore! Most indulgent, I agree! In my defence, it also seems that way because I extended my September London work trip (photos from that amazing trip coming soon, promise!); Taipei (that just happened the weekend past) was planned pretty long ago: Batam (two weekends ago) was pushed back from an earlier date due to the loss of a loved one…and while trekking up Mount Rinjani (will post soon on that trip too!) was a little impromptu, the dates were set from quite awhile ago as we had to find a time my friend (who’s now based in Panama) was back in this part of the world.

Why not just have one big hen’s trip? It’s because I have many very different groups of girlfriends! I have some I’ve known since primary school; the ones I grew up with and got in trouble with as a rebellious teenager; some where we bond over a love sport and adventure; some who are super girly and who don’t do any form of sport where we enjoy shopping, talking and checking out new bars and restaurants; some from SMU where we spent many a night working together on presentations and projects (none of my childhood friends went to SMU; I went in not knowing a soul and hence made a lot of friends there!); drinking buddies; party buddies; and of course, my (twin) cousin and maid of honour, who was born just two hours after me, and truly  like a sister to me (I am sandwiched between two brothers). We have one short trip  coming up, just the two of us!

I also didn’t want a big, wild hen’s night with strippers and crazy drinking (been there, done that for other friends’ hen’s nights!). I’ve always found friendships a lot more meaningful in smaller, more intimate groups where you can really share and bond without the need for superficial small talk and making sure everyone gets introduced (and gets along with) everyone else. As such, I can count on one hand the number of big parties I’ve thrown where all my friends are in the same place at once – my 21st birthday, my 30th and new year’s eve last year where the man and I threw a casual NYE/housewarming house party in our new place.

A few more very short trips before the year closes, but for now, it’s back to some serious work! Working on the edit for two very exciting video collaborations – so look out for those! Am also hosting the Puma Night Run this Saturday, and have some fun episodes for stylexstyle to be filmed these two months – so it’s a pretty packed time. No complaints though!

In general, but particularly when I am busy and find myself having to run about from place to place, I tend to choose clothes that are comfortable and fuss-free. I got these denim overalls in Seoul about two years ago – although I think my girlfriends who were with me judged me then for getting them! Turned out to be a pretty good buy as two years on, still loving them. They fit slightly slouchy and super comfy, the way I generally like my clothes, are at the right length so they’re not too short nor make me look frumpy and they seriously can be styled in so many ways.

I love playing with different textures so I put on a pretty silk camisole underneath then threw on this textured Aztec vest (snapped up at a steal at a MNG sale in glee!) over as contrast to the black denim overalls. Accessorized with a structured straw clutch, duo-tone sandals (I love leopard prints – no Ris Low jokes, please!) and a yellow ‘banana’ necklace.

Till the next post (travel one!)! xx

Tue Oct, 28 2014

Stylish Life

This happened quiteeee awhile back (back in 2013!), but as I always say, better late than never!

The good folks at Lenovo engaged me for the launch of their Yoga tablet this time last year (okay, really a little long, heh).

Jade Seah

She’s so statuesque – I felt dwarfed next to her!

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With Mediacorp makeup artist, Alvin.

All smiles when you throw a shirtless guy in the mix! (At least for me; not sure about for the Muttons, lol!)

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I know it looks like pure glee when he graciously acceded to my request that he take off his shirt, but actually I was just being professional and helping the audience say what they were dying to say, “Take it off, take it off!”

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I was merely showing an appropriate amount of enthusiasm. Not to be misconstrued as shameless excitement or anything of the sort; no sir, not this good, Catholic girl.

Oh and the picture was, erm, taken for posterity. (Good things must share!)

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When I finally let him off the stage, he was probably thinking, ‘thank goodness, crazy lady!’. LOL sorry, HaoRan!

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Lenovo was super generous with four lucky winners walking off with a brand new Yoga tablet each!

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With the Muttons and the Lenovo team – thanks for having me!

Jade Seah

Sun Oct, 26 2014

Tips on Planning a Wedding | ChicPeek Ep 57

If you’re planning a wedding and not sure where to start, get personal tips from Yina Goh, blogger and owner of online boutique, The Velvet Dolls.

In this Celebrity Chat series, we talk wedding hair, makeup, venue, menu and then some!

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Wed Oct, 22 2014

Wedding Preparation

So I’m getting married soon, and don’t I know it, with all the reminders from well-meaning loved ones! To be honest, I always thought I’d get married much later in life, like at 40, so this is all coming a lot sooner than I’d expected.

Anyone who says planning a wedding is easy must be mad (or the most organised person in the world). I am obviously not…least not the organised part, heh. And so it’s been one kind of journey for me…some parts kind of fun, others, not so! I shamelessly ask brides-to-be, no matter if they are close friends or not, “Where to start?!”. Many brides, gown designers and even florists say, “Pinterest”. And so began my Pinterest journey.

I started with flowers. I love flowers, and started with the kind of floral arrangements and colours I would like, as this would set the mood for the wedding. I don’t have one absolute favourite flower per say, but I am partial to deep red roses and wild flowers in all shades of whites, pinks, purples and cornflower blue.

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While I like white, I love a mix of colours and I definitely prefer more random looking-arrangements; nothing too perfect or tightly-arranged. Some Pinterest inspiration I found:

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This is one of my own arrangements I did a few months ago – so excuse the bad photography!

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And this is one of my favourite bouquets to have received so far – made even sweeter that it was a surprise delivery on my birthday! Look at that mix of colours!

Jade Seah Wedding

So having decided on the flowers, the next thing that excited me was…the dress. Funnily enough, many people, my mother included, thought I already knew what kind of dress I would want for my wedding. I don’t! I’ve never had a ‘dream wedding’ ideal in my head. To be really honest, I wasn’t even sure I’d ever get married, so a fella was never really in the mix –  this means I never had the luxury for years of planning/thinking about this whole wedding thing!

But I digress. So on gowns… I don’t even like gowns. For my Catholic Confirmation at sixteen, my cousin wore a lovely full-length white gown – I wore a bias-cut slipdress (looking back, slightly inappropriate for church, but ah well…). For my JC prom, when all my girlfriends got dolled up in what they now call ‘cupcake dresses’ – usually a bustier top with a poufy, ballgown-skirt – I wore a little black dress.

I only wore a ‘gown’ for my TKGS prom at sixteen – it was a simple, slim-fitting, strapless A-line dress in navy. (Ahh…the three years I suffered a bad smile in braces…)

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In the course of my work as a Mediacorp artiste, I’ve had to wear gowns a few times and never felt too comfortable in them. Like this red gown I wore to some awards show is lovely, but I remember feeling like I’d played dress-up in someone else’s closet that night.

Jade Seah weddingThere was one year I wore a simple, slim-fitting, strapless A-line (spot the trend! haha) Valentino for Star Awards, and I think that was one of the gowns I didn’t mind as much.

Jade Seah weddingI also really like this gown by my childhood friend, Jade Swee of Time Taken to Make a Dress, that I wore for the premiere of The Phantom of the Opera. (Excuse the bare feet! It was taken at a gf’s place and you know we Asians don’t wear our shoes into others’ places!)

Jade Seah Wedding

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I’ve always felt like a bit of a dork in gowns, and I absolutely hate gowns that feel ‘prom-like’ – no poufy confections for me!

So I started pinning potential gowns on Pinterest and it took a pretty long time! I went through so many gowns that just didn’t appeal to me – too poufy, too revealing, too form-fitting, too ‘prom-like’, too glamorous – so here are the few that did:

Jade Seah Wedding

Jade Seah Wedding

Working with Casey of Calla Bridal to design a gown for my wedding…you can check out some of the process in these videos!

Will show more of the dress in time!

Actually, while Pinterest is a great place to start when looking for wedding inspiration, in ‘kiasu’ (for non-Singaporean readers, translation/meaning of ‘kiasu’ here) Singapore, the very first thing you must, must MUST settle is the venue. These things get booked up fast, dang! I never realised…

With both my man and I being Roman Catholics, the church wedding mass (or ‘service’ as is more commonly known outside the Catholic circle) is the most important thing. While we both met in the Church of the Holy Family in Katong (the old one, before it was completely demolished to make way for the modern building that now stands in its place…sigh), we preferred a smaller, more intimate place for our wedding mass. And so began the search and decision on the church for the wedding.

Tip to all Catholics: should you wish to be married in the Church of St Teresa, book like two thousand years in advance or something! I don’t know why, but it seems to be the most popular Catholic church in Singapore to be married in – perhaps that it is all-white and sits pretty atop a hill in Kampong Bahru?

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Jade Seah
(Photo credits: here)

Think about it: there are only 52 Saturdays in a year available for weddings – and these get booked up REAL fast. So many girlfriends have settled for Friday weddings as they are insistent on being wed in St Teresa’s…thankfully neither my man and I have such desires. We picked a church that was meaningful to us, picked a Saturday, and we worked everything around that date. Easy peasy!

Next came the decisions for lunch/dinner venues. A few that we shortlisted:

1. The gorgeous and historic Alkaff Mansion

jade seah wedding alkaff mansion

2. My number one pick for a lunch venue (never been a fan of this formal dinner thing; I just want a big, casual buffet lunch without much fuss like having to deal with table arrangements) – the breathtakingly gorgeous Flower Field Hall at Gardens by the Bay

Jade seah wedding

Jade Seah wedding

I love going to Gardens by the Bay just to look at and enjoy the beauty of the plants. It’s like a garden wedding without Singapore’s tropical heat (I don’t actually mind the heat but I got many protests when I mentioned an outdoor wedding to friends and family…boo.)

Sadly, this is waaaaay over budget, so had to scrap the idea… It’s so beautiful though. You should definitely consider this if you have a bigger budget!

3. The lovely (and also historic!) Burkill Hall at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Burkill hall Singapore Botanic Gardens

Love that it’s a restored colonial house, and that it’s in one of my favourite places in Singapore – the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

4. Another heritage site set in lovely greenery: the old Changi Command House, now known as Changi Cove

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changi command house

changi command house

What a lot of work! Had to go down to recce the spaces, work out the cost (as a lot of these places don’t have set packages; have to bring vendors such as caterers, flowers, alcohol in separately)…

With that settled, I could move on to more fun (and slightly vain and frivlous, heh) things such as hair and makeup.

I want to work with so many wonderful makeup artists who have since become friends. However, I can only work with one person on the day (boo!!) and so came the very difficult decision. It’s not that I feel the one I finally decided on is superior to the others; it’s simply that I know what kind of makeup I want on that day, and this person has created exactly that look for me before for a magazine shoot.

I want a really soft look for makeup. Something like this:

Jade Seah makeup

To be able to carry off this kind look requires great skin (okay, and those cheekbones wouldn’t hurt…). I’ve always had slightly problematic skin – I still get breakouts (yes, what the hell, right??) and there are periods where my skin gets flaky and rough too, which then triggers a new wave of breakouts, argh! All this is made worse each time I travel (and I’ve been travelling quite a bit!), and especially so when I visit non-tropical places. I think my skin is only really happy in the humid tropics!

For this reason, I do not turn on the air-conditioning when I sleep. In fact, I am not a fan of air-conditioning at all! Not only do I not like feeling cold (and I get cold really easily) I hate how it dries out your skin, hair and throat. I’ve never understood why so many Singaporeans ‘cannot live’ without the A/C.

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Photo credits: here

Yes, I use a moisturiser to try to combat this, and I also always bring a richer moisturiser with me on my travels. I find myself still suffering peeling, sensitive skin when overseas though – it’s like the moisturiser doesn’t absorb as much as it should, and sits more on the skin’s surface, or something. However, I’ve recently found that the secret that saves my skin when away on winter trips – oil! Putting oil on one’s face is such a counter-intuitive thing to do for us Asians, and especially from us Singaporeans. Most of us suffer from oily skin and a lot of us have had to battle acne breakouts at one point in our life or another. A lot of this is blamed on excess sebum (oil) being secreted, and the reason for this is precisely our humid climate. So most of us from this part of the world would never think of putting more oil on our faces! But for some reason, oil gets absorbed into my sometimes patchy and peeling skin a lot more readily than regular moisturiser!

Ok, to be fair, it’s not just any oil (don’t go putting cooking oil on your face, pleas!). It started when I was introduced to Clarins’ Double Serum by a friend, after I was complaining to her about my skin woes. She told me about this product that was literally two serums in one – the two serums are even contained in separate chambers within a single product.

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Photo credits: here

The two liquids are ‘lipidic-oil’ and ‘hydric water’ which is a dual formula that apparently mimics skin in this ‘golden ratio’ of oil to water, which encourages maximum absorption into the skin – instead of sitting on top like some moisturisers do. I love how it sinks into my skin and doesn’t feel oily at all. Heads up though, if you’re a fan of gel-based products: it definitely feels a lot more ‘silky’ then the after-feel of using gel-based stuff. I personally dislike gel-based products as some ‘sting’ and I also don’t like the ‘cooling’ sensation when you first put gel stuff on the face. The skin also feels ‘unprotected’ after using such products and looks as dull as it did before – oftentimes it feels a bit of a waste of my time applying the stuff. I caveat that this is a personal preference. So I like the Clarins Double Serum as it absorbs quickly, is easy to spread (I follow the Clarins’ way of warming the product between my palms then pressing it on the face) and leaves it feeling silky smooth and ready for sunblock and makeup. Bonus: the botanical oils smells like a spa on your face!

This is how it looks like when you pump out the product. You can see the distinct two serums.

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Photo credits: here and here

So no more ‘cracks’/peeling skin thanks to the superb hydration properties – our skin is apparently made up of oil and water and hence needs both. So that’s one skin woe solved, but there’s a wonderful side effect too: it’s a superb anti-ageing product! My fine lines have been reduced, my skin looks a lot more radiant, even sans makeup and I feel like the skin is slightly firmer and more lifted – yay! Was at dinner with a gf I haven’t seen in awhile last week and mid-meal she suddenly asked what I’ve ‘done’ – “you look younger, babe!”. If that doesn’t make me want to stick with it, I don’t know what will. Such bimbotic vanity, I know, I know… But I only share good things, so:

Try out this product for free by clicking here!

On top of this, to get my face in shape, I have been avoiding the sun (I used to sun tan regularly!) and doing sports only before dawn or in the evenings. Sun damage! I’ve also been keeping up with my Shaping Facial Lift routine; you can read more on how to get a smaller face and take a good selfie here.

Next, hair. My hair stylist is super excited and asking me what kind of hair I would like for the wedding – I don’t know! Up? Down? Hair up? All I know is that I don’t want it straight, and that I don’t want it looking too ‘done’. But since I have naturally stick-straight hair and get it permed regularly precisely so it isn’t stick-straight, that’s a bit of a no-brainer, heh. Recently filmed a video with her where we explored different types of hairstyles for the wedding – look out for it soon!

Some hair ideas I’ve explored:

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Jade Seah

And a sneak peek of one we tried for the ‘Wedding Hairstyles’ video coming soon on my channel on ChicPeek:

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So that’s venue, flowers, church wedding dress, makeup, skincare and hair covered…look out for the next post(s) where I’ll share honeymoon plans (woo hoo – most fun part of wedding planning!), hen’s trips, designing the evening gown and more details on the rest as I countdown a few more months to the big day!

Mon Oct, 6 2014

Ah Boy vs. Mata Fight Over Girl: Dorothy Perkins Style Face-off | ChicPeek Ep 56

2 hunks + 1 babe = 1 very HOT episode of ChicPeek!

Benjamin Kheng (¼ of The Sam Willows and male lead in ‘Ah Boys to Men, The Musical’) goes against Daren Tan (star of the movie ‘That Girl in Pinafore’ and who also stars in Channel 5’s ‘Mata Mata’) in a Style Face-off to impress a girl!

These two look good, but do they know what women want? I challenge them to find an outfit for blogger Jessica Tham (tippytapp) – but they have to go through a series of physical challenges first!

Hey, I get to have a little fun too, right? Ladies, you can thank me in the comment box! =p

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Sun Sep, 14 2014

How to Organise Your Wardrobe | ChicPeek Ep 55

Want to spend less time getting ready in the morning? A well-organised wardrobe will help you shave off minutes – more sleep! – as you will no longer spend precious time looking for things. Here are some of my personal tips.

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Mon Sep, 1 2014

Jade Seah x Topshop

Recently shot a video for Topshop. Was a lot of fun! Thanks to Linda and Justin for the video; Cha of Hair Story by C&C for the gorgeous hair and Cecilia and Edith for the opportunity to represent one of my go-to favourite brands.

Sat Aug, 30 2014

Choosing Wedding Gowns (Part II) | ChicPeek Ep 54

Go bridal gown shopping with me! I’m getting married in a few months’ time, and I haven’t yet settled my gown! In part II of this episode on choosing wedding gowns, I try on a few gowns to see which shape best works on my figure. What silhouette I should go for – mermaid, drop-waist, ballgown or A-line?! I need your help in deciding before Casey designs & makes a bespoke gown for me.

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Mon Aug, 25 2014

My Long-Story Love Story

I’m getting married soon, and everyone’s been asking who I’m marrying, lol. There are no pictures of him on my Instagram, Facebook or this website. Maybe he’s an imaginary boyfriend?

We met when we were 15. All Catholic kids have to go through 10 years of catechism classes (from primary one till you get Confirmed at 16) and we were no exception. I was actually taking classes in another church (it’s the same in Catholic churches all over the world) but I was a bit of a naughty kid and had been skipping classes for a couple of months before the teacher called my mother to ask why I had not been attending classes. She flipped, of course, as she had no idea! (Every Sunday, I would take the bus before 8am like I was going for catechism…and go hang out with my friends instead.)

My mum was so upset that I had been skipping classes (sorry, mum!) that when she bumped into a nun who used to teach her in school, she told her about it. Long story short was that she pulled me out of that church and I started classes in another catholic church.

Kids usually start and finish their entire catechism journey in one church, so joining this new bunch at 15, when everyone already knew everyone, meant I was the “new kid in school” and had to work harder to make friends. It was cool though and I was really happy in the new environment except for one thing: I remember my boy-crazy younger self complaining to a group of girls there that “there are no hot guys in this church”! One of them pointed my now-fiance out and said, “that one not bad what”. I distinctly remember saying, “ok only lah”. Haha!

We never spoke even though I was a social creature who was friends with everyone. I think it was because he was… #1, really shy and hardly ever (maybe never!) spoke and #2, not in class half the time as he was then a national athlete who had training at least twice a day, six times a week. We got Confirmed at 16 (kind of like graduation) and I never saw him again.

We bumped into each other more than ten years later, and I actually remembered him as his face hadn’t changed. Oh and he definitely remembered me! Heh. We chatted a little then and he followed up after that with a message. We ended up communicating a lot – without meeting for months.

When we finally met, I remember it was for prawn noodles in our area (we both stay in the east) and he was REALLY quiet. I was pretty bummed and slightly confused. He had asked me out but he didn’t seem interested? He had also shared quite a lot with me prior to that but why was he so silent when we finally met?

I don’t do well with mixed signals (why can’t everyone just be direct!?) and I definitely don’t take to game-playing (maybe he was trying to blow hot and cold?). I wasn’t planning to see him again. I had actually been pretty excited to meet him prior to that date and had told a friend about it. When that friend asked me how it went, I remember saying, “he was really quiet man. I think he’s not interested. I think I’m done with this one.”. This friend said maybe he was just really shy, and shy guys sometimes act like that around girls they like. He encouraged me to go out with him again.

He really did ask me out again and on account of the fact that he was obviously really keen to meet me (so confusing!)…and that I thought his dimples were cute (so shoot me, I’ve my shallow, human moments!) I decided to give him a second chance and go out with him. I remember being determined to not I get excited about it as I did the last time though – I generally hate the feeling of being played like a kite and I refuse to get sucked into hot-cold spirals.

This time though, he opened up and talked to me like the person I thought I had been communicating with the past few months. The rest is history. Well…kind of. We had struggles at the start as we are really different individuals. But still history. (I just want to say that, can!)

So he’s very much real and not my imaginary boyfriend. The reason he doesn’t show up on my social accounts is because he has requested that I don’t post pictures of him! He did agree to go to Mauritius with me for a recent shoot I did for Her World Brides magazine though – tempted by the prospect of beautifully-shot wedding pictures, no doubt. (He is Groomzilla, but more on that in another post!)

Here’s a short video of what went down behind the scenes in Mauritius:

It was such a fun trip, with wonderful people like stylist Steve, his assistant, Evon, photographer Winston and Sha, who made me look half-decent by doing my hair and makeup. It’s also the first shoot ever that I had my other half with me (I personally don’t believe in mixing work and play) and that made it extra special.

Thank you, Her World Brides, for having us!

(See the full story in the September issue of Her World Brides. It’s the one with my mug on the front!)