20 August 2014

Tory Burch tells her story

I love reading about inspiring women in the business world. Last night, I read a couple of great articles from one of my favourite publications, Fast Company, about Tory Burch and how she has built her brand and her business.  Read the articles here

In just under 10 years she has built a global lifestyle brand which will pass $1bn in revenue this year.  It is reported that the secret to her success is that her business is such a personal reflection of who she is.  I don't own anything from Tory Burch (yet) but I have visited a couple of her stores.  It really does feel like you are visiting somebody's beautiful home when you step into one of her stores.   

Another secret is being authentic and accessible.  As the article notes,  "Burch “is all about the ‘and’,” says creative director Honor Brodie, who oversees the Tory Blog and social media. “She’s a tomboy and she’s feminine. She’s an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. A mother and a sister. The person who went to Penn and studied art history and the person who loves to play tennis and the person who throws great parties. So consumers can enter the brand all different ways.”

I can totally see how this works.  There is so much competition out there and our world is getting so much smaller with technology.  Therefore, I do believe a fundamental differentiating factor for any business, for anyone wanting to succeed - is being genuine and authentic.      

14 August 2014

Love never felt so good

A bit of JT and MJ to brighten up your Thursday morning. Love this song and love the clip.  You can't help but have a little dance :) 

 

13 August 2014

The Bamboo Ceiling


Most of us have heard about glass ceilings, but what about the bamboo ceiling?

The Australian Financial Review and the Guardian both ran articles this week about "Asians" in executive corporate management after an Australian Diversity Council report was released.  The Council found that only 4.9% of the labour force of Asian heritage make it to senior executive level in Australia and only 1.9% of executives in ASX200 companies have Asian cultural origins.  Some interesting statistics. Read the full articles here and here.

There are so many different ideas thrown out about about how we can increase diversity at the higher echelons of the corporate world (eg quotas, affirmative action).  I don't know what the answer is as I don't think there is a 'one size fits all' solution.

As a young female Australian full time working mum/career woman of Vietnamese heritage, I have certainly been the subject of my fair share of stereotypes and gossip in the corporate arena.  From apparently sleeping my way around for promotion, being too young for a management role, not appearing 'executive' enough, being 'too soft' and people asking 'you're not really a lawyer are you? you don't look like a lawyer'...   I have tried not to dwell on it and rather have focused on improving and developing my skills, working my butt off and saying yes to opportunities that feel right for me.  I have also been very fortunate to have worked for supportive senior managers throughout my career who have been open to promoting me and sponsoring me based on my work and not given into the stereotypes.   They gave me a chance and so far it has worked out ok.

When we hire or promote, we often fall into the habit of hiring and promoting people around us who are similar to us.  It's a natural instinct I think.  Therefore I think one of the ways that change will happen is if we keep talking about the issues, we are all open to trying different approaches and giving different people a chance.  I think the 'buy in' needs to be there at all levels (especially senior management) in order for any change to be effective.  Some food for thought for this week's hump day...

12 August 2014

Feeling grown up with Grafunkt

Feeling grown up is buying furniture for your house that is not IKEA.

I love IKEA (and I think we will always have IKEA items in our house wherever we live) but there is something about investing a little bit more into your couch or table that makes me feel very grown up :)

We are on the hunt for a new dining table.  We bought our current table almost 5 years ago from Lush and it has served us well.   But it was floor display stock so it was cheap and the legs are now getting pretty wonky and unstable.  It also has a glass table top with sharp corners that unfortunately the little Miss has run into on the odd occasion... so we think it's time for a change before our dining table becomes a really dangerous hazard!

One of my favourite furniture stores in Singapore is Grafunkt.   It's got a very cool cosy and contemporary vibe and they stock both their own original designs and other labels.  We liked these two tables so just deciding whether to get one of them or to keep looking!



11 August 2014

Magali Pascal

I discovered Magali Pascal during our recent visit to Bali.

The brand is inspired by French elegance and combines beautiful fabrics and lace to create some absolutely luxe, ultra feminine and gorgeous pieces.   There are a couple of boutiques in Bali but the label is also available online (they can ship internationally).






08 August 2014

Potato Head and the Lokal


As we head into another weekend, I thought I would write up about two new places we visited last weekend.

Potato Head Folk 

The Mr and I spoiled ourselves to a child free sneaky Saturday date lunch and decided to check out Potato Head Folk.  Some readers may have visited Potato Head in Bali and Jakarta before. Potato Head Folk is their latest opening in Singapore.

Taking up one of the corner blocks on Keong Saik Street, Potato Head Folk has been open for a few months now.  In the past we have tried a couple of Friday/Saturday nights to get in but there was always a long queue (1 hour or longer).  Fortunately we didn't have to wait for our table at lunch and scored a table in the Three Buns Dining Kitchen on the second floor.  Really pretty painted murals adorned the walls with eclectic furniture sprinkled throughout.  They only serve burgers so I recommend it as a cool place to have a fun lunch or dinner.



The Lokal opened recently on Neil Road and it definitely feels like a cafe you would find in Australia - the decor, the tunes, the open space and kitchen and the food.   The Mr and I even commented that we felt we were back somewhere like James Street or Teneriffe.   Not surprising since the chef and one of the owners is an Aussie who used to work at Tetsuya's in Sydney.   I heard it gets super busy - we got there when it opened at 9 so we had no trouble getting table.  
Really good food and coffee.  The Mr had their popular roast beef sandwich and I ordered avocado and ricotta smashed on toast.  As you can see from the pic below (the little Miss definitely approves of their muffins) 

05 August 2014

Rose Byrne x Oroton

Oroton, the classic luxury Australian fashion label has announced Rose Byrne as the new face of their label. I love her and her style and even remember watching her in the early days on Aussie soap, Echo Point during my high school days.  Watch the behind the scenes video of the Oroton shoot here.

04 August 2014

Inspired by: Louvelle Luxury Showerwear

Seraphine headwear
I love reading and hearing about women doing daring and inspiring things in the business world and today is no different. One of my amazing friends has today launched her own business, Louvelle.

Dahlia in Aqua Stripe
Amelie in Botanical
Simone is a busy mum and was bemoaning about ugly shower caps so she decided to do something about it. The result is gorgeous and chic showerwear inspired by the pages of fashion magazines.  Quick and easy to put on like any regular shower cap but just way prettier (I also think you can wear these out as a hair accessory on bad hair days!).  I can't wait to order mine and in fact was only just saying to the Mr on the weekend that I need a new cap and couldn't wait for Sim to launch so I could order one.

Currently there are two designs, Amelie and Dahlia (that are offered in a range of prints).  Sim has also designed headbands that will be great for exercise or your beauty routine. Currently only Australian shipping but they hope to offer international shipping soon.  Shop Louvelle here.
Amelie in black

Dahlia in geometric

31 July 2014

Judging

I follow Rebecca Judd on instagram and she wrote this great post recently on her blog responding to an article about parent shaming and bullying.  I really like what she wrote and agree with many of her points.

I don't want to get into a debate on my blog about who is 'right' or 'wrong' but I agree that there seems to be an awful lot of 'judgy-ness' out there that is just completely unnecessary.

  • Breast feeding vs formula feeding
  • Stay at home parents vs working parents
  • Natural birth vs c-section
  • Kids vs no kids
  • Married vs unmarried and the list goes on..

Bec touches on celebrity bashing in her post but I know many of us have been subjected to it in our day to day lives.  I have had all sorts of judgy comments thrown my way eg I am sending my kid to daycare when she is too young, why do I want to work full time and leave my kid, did I feel ok about having a c-section (like it was a bad thing), why did I only take 5.5 months off for maternity leave and isn't that a bit short and not enough time to bond with my baby or look after her properly...

It really is a bit ridiculous.  I think people just need to get over themselves and we all just need to do what is right for us and our own individual and personal circumstances - whether that is as a single, partnered up, with or without kids.

I don't know where the judgy comments stem from.  Perhaps jealousy, insecurities or just arrogance but just let people live their own lives!   If you don't want to see people being happy or don't agree with their life choices then don't hang out with them, don't follow them on social media or read about them and stop with the judgyness.

As Bec said in her post:
Memo to everyone, stop worrying about what Teresa, Miranda, Jodi and Giselle are doing and think about why another woman’s life (usually a strangers) affects yours so much? That’s the bigger issue here. Focus on yourself and stop worrying about what everyone else is doing. 

30 July 2014

73 Questions and Preserve with Blake Lively

I know there are some haters out there but I like Blake Lively.  She just seems nice, cool and someone you could be friends with.  I don't know if it was scripted or rehearsed beforehand but I liked her even more after seeing the latest 73 Questions video from Vogue.  Watch it here.

As a follow up from my recent post, Blake has also recently launched her own lifestyle site, Preserve.   Part blog and part online shop it will highlight and curate (everything seems 'curated' these days!) American artisans, stories and products.   I haven't had a chance to have a proper look yet so my verdict is still out.





 

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