Thursday, September 18, 2014 :: All About VGY









It has been months  since the Great Singapore Sale held on 14 and 15 June over at Vainpot Boutique ended with goals met and targets achieved. It is with immense sense of satisfaction and appreciation that I pen down this entry to thank the team at Vainpot Boutique, VGY and MMTP who have all came together to make this sale happen.
We usually work up to our necks 2 nights before to shift cartons of clothes into Vainpot Boutique. This year was no exception. We actually only managed to leave the boutique at 7AM in the morning where we quickly freshened up at home with a bath and had to make it down at 9AM. 

 

Li Young from Hilly Events hard at work


It wasn't easy getting out of the hectic shop to grab a photo at the photobooth courtesy of Ray Photography! Here are the kind folks from Hilly Events!

The night before is the usual scene of chaos and just….clothes and hangers strewn everywhere. This year was slightly different because we had the folks from Hilly Events over with us to do decorations in the boutique. You may consider looking for them to do up your place for a birthday celebration, a bachelorette’s night (yes I am considering!!), or even any large scale event you may be holding! The prices are pretty affordable I would say ;)




A big part of the success of this sale event can be attributed to Vainpot's intern, Yvonne Koh (Von for short as we have another Yvonne Koh in the office! What are the odds!) who had just joined us in May for a 3 months long stint. Many times, it was hair-pulling, fist clenching, table banging sorta' passionate emotions I experienced when Von was under my training haha. It was also my first time training an intern but this experience made me realize I actually like coaching and sharing my knowledge. Hm okay maybe not so much of the coaching (remember my passionate emotions) but more on sharing and making sure the people under my wing are able to learn and grow in the company. 

This year's mega sale saw the participation of many brands who have given their support earnestly which I cannot be more thankful for. Refer to my previous post here for more details. Thank you so much for coming on board and you have all played a role in contributing to the success of this inaugural sale event! THANK YOU! :*)
Moving forward, VGY is moving towards a huge change coming this October. Would like to think that VGY is taking baby steps to achieve her milestones because she is learning as she goes along, and when you do that, you commit mistakes and you learn from them. There are companies who scale heights really fast but VGY is not one of them. This company is born out of my passion and passion is the driving force behind achieving milestones - not so much about the money, although I have been very blessed to be able to make a career out of it, but more about the love behind this brand. Which is why I am taking time to enjoy the journey. 
Come October, there will be many changes to VGY which all goes towards building brand presence, brand image improvement, better corporate structure and working environment. Amongst them to name a few, major renovation underway for VGY’s very own brick and motar store, a brand new website and a fully equipped office. And I have to say, I am extremely blessed to be able to work with so many supporting companies who are coming together to make this happen for VGY. 


For one, Success Legacy, founded by my lovely friends, Eve Pek and Moses, have been working hand in hand with me and The Story Behind to produce a not-your-ordinary fashion video for VGY AW2014 teaser. More on this when the video comes out later this month :*) 
Onto Success Legacy, I will be coming onto this company’s platform to talk about how I turned my passion for fashion into a viable business. More about what I will be covering in the video below :) 
  
It will be a first time for me coming out to share about my experiences and trade secrets in my line of work. I hope that by sharing my experiences, I can (once and for all haha) answer all the questions that I have been receiving in my email for the past 3 years on how I run my business. Just kidding. I am very supportive of start-ups and enterprising individuals as I have been one myself. I know how valuable it will be to be able to hear experiences shared by someone who has been there, done that. I may not be a good speaker but I will try my best to share everything that is important to know in this industry, the ups and downs I have experienced and how I achieve milestones. 
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The RSVP is now open for this LIVE workshop proudly sponsored by Elizabeth Arden, Hic Juice and SongFa. HOWEVER the seats are extremely limited as I wish for it to be a cosy session. To stand a higher chance to receive an invite for this LIVE session happening on 27 Sept from 10am to 3pm, here’s how you can up your chances after you RSVP at their website: 
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VIA INSTAGRAM
1. Upload a photo (can be anything!) with caption telling Success Legacy why you wish to attend!
2. Tag @success_legacy
3. Hashtag #SLVGY 
Psst, you get even higher chances if you upload a simple video of yourself explaining why you wish to attend! ;) 

VIA FACEBOOK
1. Post a status on Facebook telling Success Legacy why you wish to attend!
2. Tag Success Legacy (https://www.facebook.com/successlegacy) in your status 
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Thank you for lending me your support for this workshop and I hope through this sharing experience, VGY will be able to add value into your business! Attendees will all get a luxurious goodie bag courtesy of Elizabeth Arden so good luck and RSVP away!

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Tricia

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Monday, September 1, 2014 :: Art Loft: 49 Going On 50

  





To break the monotony from the daily work grind, I took a break from a day of work by visiting (and supporting) local pride with the girlfriends at Art Loft who is holding their second pop-up event from 28 August to 4 September.  

Set in a cosy, artist-run studio in TiongBahru, this historical backdrop is playing host to some amazing homegrown artist talents such as Sukeshi Sondhi, Chow CheeYong, Eeshaun Soh, Shin-young Park and Philipp Aldrup. 
With the national's 50th big  birthday next year (hey we are half a century old!), it is about time where everyone should honour Singapore's past, celebrate our present and embrace the future which lies in the hands of our kids, the change-makers. 








This artwork by Hans Tan who is a noted designer, curator and educator in Singapore with many awards and accolades to boot! 


As a young business owner myself, I appreciate platforms which gives emerging talents a chance be it featuring their works,  or even a business opportunity. I even spotted a fellow dancer-turned-artist Eeshaun there! 



Have time to spare this weekend? Make a trip down to this quaint space to view artworks from local artists. If you take fancy to a particular piece, you can even purchase the piece and hang it up for viewing appreciation! In fact, I have been visiting private art galleries to find the perfect nature landscape oil painting for my office in VGY workspace. I just find the right painting/artwork adds vitality and life to the living space otherwise what we wake up to daily would be the plain four walls (at least for me). 
There will be artist talks between 6-8pm  to explain their works so try to catch one of them at that timing (just like how I manage to sneak a small talk with Eeshaun)!   


Art Loft
82 Tiong Bahru, #01-21
Opens till 4 Sept! 
Weekdays: 5pm to 8pm
Weekends: 10.30AM to 6pm 

With Love,
Tricia

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Sunday, August 31, 2014 :: Beautiful Feet With Scholl




Something that I have experienced - being in heels all day long especially for a prolonged period of time will eventually result in hard, rough skin. I hope that I am more diligent in slapping on moisturizer on my feet every night before I sleep but the thought of having to first scrub my feet (traditionally using a pumice stone) then moisturizing…..does not work for a busy person like me who is always chasing after more time.

But I can now have beautiful and smooth skin in the comfort of my home and this is good news (let me repeat) for a busy person like myself. I get the dead skin electronically filed away within 5 minutes!   
Thanks to Scholl's Velvet Smooth electronic foot file which is ergonomically designed, refillable  and so convenient to use with the switch of button, this is one of the worthy beauty investment I would recommend if you are often in heels like I do! In the long run, this is definitely value for money as compared to every classic pedicure you will spend (approx UP. $30) at each session.  



John, who is constantly on his feet for long hours have developed really tough and hard skin which take ages for the pedicurist to file every single time. As we rarely get time at home already, we really appreciate being able to enjoy foot care in the comfort of our homes than spending an entire hour in a nail salon for a classic pedicure. 
Here are some photos from John haha: 





Read my full review including a video which I did here
The Scholl event is happening from 29 to 31 August, outside Ngee Ann City from 12pm to 9pm so do drop by if you are in the area to check this device out first hand and bring home some goodies from the kind folks at Scholl! I am pretty sure you will be a convert! ;)

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Tricia

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Friday, August 29, 2014 :: L’Oreal Paris: Fall Repair 3X Range



I have been plagued with hair fall issues for the longest time – way before I met John, my hair was in a MUCH MUCH worse condition where there are prominent bald spots which placed my confidence level at its lowest. I think there isn’t anything I can lie, exaggerate or cover up about this because all those who have seen me know HOW bad it was. My photographers especially, Melvin from Multifolds and Fiona from Smittenpixels always have to patch up (digitally enhanced) the bald spots of my hair otherwise it is….that obvious in photos.
The reason for hair fall is due to stress from work and lack of sleep. Additionally, the improper meals meant my body was not able to repair itself with sufficient nutrients . All these factors contributed to my hair loss and it resulted in significant bald patches near my temple. 
Here is a photo showing the drain in our house previously when I was experiencing really bad hair fall – before I started really caring for the well-being of my hair and scalp. 

(This photo is not exaggerated and was taken after 2 baths) 


It is funny how we experience hair fall but body hair doesn’t seem to shed on its own….if only they do. 

Through alot of hard work and taking advice from John (Hey he’s like a doctor!), baby hair is sprouting from all the bald spots and I am taking even better care of my hair now. This is so as to maintain the condition of my scalp so hair fall can be prevented. Once the loss of hair reduces significantly, it can only mean the condition of your scalp is getting better and problems such as oiliness, dryness are kept at bay so your hair have a clean and healthy canvas to grow out healthy and strong. 
It is said that you lose up to 100 strands per day and that adds up to 3000 strands a month. As such, the use of the right shampoo and conditioner are highly important for the upkeep of the scalp. I tend to alternate my shampoo, conditioner and masque after 2, maximum 3 bottles. So given the opportunity, I jumped at the chance to review L’Oreal Paris Fall Repair 3x range which consists of a shampoo, conditioner and ampoules treatment.  

This range has 3 ingredients that work together to form its Triple-action Formula. Aminexil, an ingredient which is typically only found in professional salons as a form of treatment, is now made available to the mass market thanks to L’Oreal. With two other potent ingredients, known as Arginine and Protein, it targets hair fall at the root of the cause – largely due to lack of nutrients and hair breakage. With this in place, L’Oreal Fall Repair claims to save 1600 strands of hair per month. 
As for me, I use it as a form of intensive treatment therefore I try to use one treatment bottle per day. I am on my second week for this now and Anti Hair Fall range is looking good for me up till now. 
Previously, I have been through other scalp-targeted treatments as well and find that these are a specifically targeted form of treatment which works to strengthen individual strength of hair strands where the product gets delivered directly onto the scalp and into the follicles. This can only mean every hair strand will get restructured from within thanks to the active ingredients which was administered directly. 

If you are looking for a hair tonic or a good shampooing system to treat hair fall yet don’t know where to start, I highly recommend treating your scalp condition first and giving L’Oreal Paris Fall Repair 3X range a shot. It is really easy to use! Simply apply the treatment on your scalp after bath, choose to towel dry or blow dry and you are done! ;) 
The shampoo is extremely creamy and comes with Loreal’s signature floral scent which is light on the senses. It can be easy to stray from this regime and skip applying the treatment but trust me on this, be disciplined on using this treatment system daily and you will begin to see results after 1 month. I love how the texture of the shampoo is silky smooth and creamy because I love bath and body indulgence products which usually comes with really inviting scents. Similarly, this range has a light flowery scent just like most of their products which sits really well with me so thumbs up for its texture and smell! If you are facing issues such as oily scalp and hair fall, I would recommend this range for those with oily scalp as it leaves my scalp feeling clean without the tightness and the oiliness is reduced as well. The best way to tell whether this works for you is keeping track of the amount of hair you drop BEFORE you start and AFTER you use this system.


I cannot stress enough the importance of maintaining you hair, your face, your body etc. It is all about taking small steps to improve, in this case, to treat your scalp first to prevent hair loss before you will reap the results of healthier follicles and ultimately, a thicker mane. These products are readily available at Watsons, Guardian and major supermarkets islandwide :) 
Good Luck !

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Tricia

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