Liv - January 2016





In the kitchen with the food blogger turned author Terri-Anne Leske

Workwear Simple! Made

New wardrobe staples Covetable timepieces Affordable investment bags

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NEWS | Editor’s Note

How do you feel when the New Year hits? If you’re anything like me, slightly frazzledat the thought of gettingback into the swingof things after the holidays. That’s why this monthwe’re focusing on: EMBRACING 2016 LIKE A PRO!

1. GET YOUR BEST HAIR YET. Not only does a great cut, style and colour make you look more fresh, awake

and youthful, when you get it just right, it does wonders for your confidence too! From shade trends and catwalk looks to how much conditioner you should really be using in the shower, get clued in on page 26.

2. FEEL INSPIRED IN THE KITCHEN. Rustling up yummy, healthy treats for you and the family needn’t be a chore – something Ter ri-Anne Leske showed us last year through the launch of her cookbook, My Creative Kitchen ;

we can’t get enough o f h e r mo u t h - watering recipes! This issue, we find out how her love for wholesome, home-cooked food took her from social media fame to published author (page 18).

3. SASS UP YOUR PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE. Whether you’re a corporate career mogul or a creative part-timer, personal presentation is always important, but that doesn’t mean you can’t inject a bit of personality into your style. This month’s shopping spread (page 37) shows you fresh ways to experiment with classic styles, and showcases our fashion

4. TRY A CLEANSE. Although it’s not exactly new on our radar, many of us have taken a while to get around to the idea of juicing for health. We test-drive three different types on page 34, and discover there are far more benefits than we’d thought.

team’s pick of new, desirable accessories to complete your look .

5. CLEAN OUT THAT MAKEUP BAG. Could you tell if your foundation or cream blush has expired? Do you know the average lifespan of mascara? Although using products past their sell-by date won’t exactly make you ill, you still run the risk of skin irritations, clogging pores and causing unnecessary breakouts. Find out all you need to know on page 31.

Enjoy the read!

Susannah Jaffer LIV Editor Expat Living Publications



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Makeup and hair by Ellie Sakrzewski, The Big Blow ( Terri-Anne wears cap-sleeve dress by Bariano, $220, and David Aubrey necklace, $180, available at Willow & Huxley, 20 Amoy Street

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25 New Year Hair Guide: Products, insider advice and trends to know about UPFRONT FASHION BEAUTY

8 Beauty News 14 Fashion News 50 Social Events:

Snaps from around town

52 In the Next Issue

16 Closet Spy:

Our monthly peek into a reader’s wardrobe

31 Makeup 101:

Chuck it or keep it? Expert tips to clue you in

18 Cover Feature:

Food entrepreneur Terri-Anne Leske talks about the launch of her new book

32 Nail It:

Salon and treatment recommendations

37 Work Attire:

New ways to work your career style this 2016

34 Tried & Tested:

Juice cleansing: our verdicts



LIV LOVES The’s in-house label Iris & Ink has just gone and launched its first resort label. Cue wearable, transseasonal pieces for any occasion and climate. Our pick of the bunch? This versatile tie-waist shirt dress in a cheery orange-red hue.

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Beauty News

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Products, treatments and trends to try now

Start your New Year with your best face forward as Dior’s second-generation Skin Analyzer takes the guesswork out of choosing the best skincare and makeup for you. In just eight seconds the advanced camera captures levels of radiance, plumpness, brightening, resilience, lift and hydration for a precise diagnosis of your skin. The system then compares it to an ideal value and recommends the most suitable skincare regimen for your best skin ever. While you’re at it, don’t forget to get a recommendation for that perfect shade of foundation or red lipstick. Available at select Dior boutiques island-wide. Analyse This

New In Town MICHELLE LIU, head business manager of Escentials Concepts , talks about the brand’s revamped flagship store.

Clean Slate

The key to truly beautiful skin lies in acing the first step of your beauty routine: cleansing. Makeup and impurities left behind can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Take your cleansing ritual to the next level with the Tom Ford Purifying Cleansing Oil. Formulated with nutrient-rich jasmine flower, evening primrose, buriti and tamanu oils along with botanical extracts, it luxuriously cleans off all makeup and removes impurities for a truly glowing complexion. $112 Sensitive skin requires special care and attention, and no one knows that better than Declare Switzerland. The Swiss skincare brand formulates all their products with the Sensitivity Reducing Complex to soothe and strengthen stressed skin. A blend of moisture binding proteins, plant-based actives and linseed extract, it helps reduce skin irritation, improves the barrier function and prevents further cell damage. Choose from the wide variety of ranges that are created for sensitive skin types but also address concerns like dehydration, ageing, loss of firmness and dark spots. We especially like the Anti-Irritation Serum, which plumps skin, improves tone and texture, and helps combat daily stress. $130 Skin Saviours

It’s a lot cosier. We wanted to make it more welcoming – a space people could walk into and feel comfortable. The new layout breaks up the room into different segments; there’s a dedicated area for colour cosmetics where customers can play and try out makeup, a fragrance library to discover new scents and brands, and we created little destinations within the store for brands like Byredo, Diptyque and Le Labo. You can expect to find brands from Europe and America, and in the future maybe even Korean brands. We want people to explore our store and find what works for them and their lifestyles: there’s niche premium skincare and fragrances, quirky candles, and simple but effective makeup. We want to work with founders, creators and brands that have new and innovative ideas, elements you won’t find anywhere else. Among my personal favourites is Dear Rose, by a mother-and-daughter duo. The mother is a perfumer and the daughter a musician and their approach to perfumery is akin to making music. Their aim is to create from women to women – from mother to daughter – and it’s reflected in a range of fragrances that go from soft to strong and heady. Another favourite is Verso, a simple line of eight retinol products that can be used during the day. They’re such gentle products, but with so much science to back them. Finally, a classic brand I’ve always liked for home is Diptyque. Its Christmas collections, with pine and spice elements, remind me of the winters I’ve spent in Canada. Visit Escentials at Paragon.

Get Gorgeous

What’s better than the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder? The Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation! The lightweight liquid foundation is formulated with soft focus powders and a Healthy Glow Booster that absorbs light rays to reflect the white component and transmit the red component to the skin for a rosy, luminous glow. In addition, skincare ingredients protect your skin from free radicals and the built-in SPF from sun damage. Pick a shade lighter for a more luminous glow, the exact match to your skin tone for a natural glow or a shade deeper for a sun-kissed complexion. Blend in with your fingers and you’re ready to go. $82


UPFRONT | Beauty News

Making Scents Five minutes with BEN and JACKIE ASHLEY, founders of Ashley & Co What inspired you to create this line of products?

fragrance market. Ashley & Co has definitely matured and evolved, and now we’re embarking on a new and more pared back aesthetic. Has your recent trip to Singapore inspired you? The climate in Singapore is very different to New Zealand, and we noticed that there is room to develop a lighter lotion to suit this climate. It may be something that we look into; adapting existing products to suit our customer markets is a definite consideration for us. Do you have a favourite scent in the collection? Personally, I love a burning candle. During the winter months, Once Upon & Time (fig and black gardenia) was a recurrent favourite, but with summer here, Blossom & Gilt (tuberose and lily) waxed perfume is my first choice. Ben’s preference is the Mortar & Pestle, Gone Green Wash Up. It’s a unisex scented wash that can be used for hands and body.

When we started Ashley & Co ten years ago, the choice of home fragrance products in New Zealand was limited mainly to candles and room sprays. We found inspiration in the selection available overseas – in particular, reed diffusers. Our first product was the Home Perfume reed diffusers in three signature scents. We felt inspired to produce functional products that would complement the home in a range of fragrances. Tell us a bit about your Gone Green range. We were first and foremost a scent company for the home. The introduction of the Gone Green range was our chance to produce totally natural products for the body, including this fragrance, which is natural eco-certified parfum with essential oils. What’s behind the distinctive packaging? Originally, the packaging was a lot more patterned and colourful. Our recent reinvention and rebranding has enabled us to redefine who we are and confirm our place in an already crowded and competitive home

All Ashley & Co products are available at Kapok at NDC, 111 Middle Road.

Girls with curls can now tame their hair with the L’Oréal Paris Ever Curl Sulphate-Free Curl Care products that promise manageable, frizz-free locks. Infused with grapefruit and hibiscus extracts, the Ever Curl Hydracharge Shampoo and Conditioner help lock in moisture and nourish and strengthen the hair to prevent frizz, leaving the hair soft and smooth. Finish with the Ever Curl Hydracharge Leave-In Cream that provides deep conditioning without weighing hair down. From $15.90 Sulfate-Free Curl Creators

Super-Food for Your Skin Treat your skin to the goodness of coconut oil. Palmer’s harnesses the beauty benefits of this super- oil in its Coconut Oil formula skincare range. Known for its natural antibacterial, antifungal and moisturising properties, it helps soothe dry and stressed skin. Combined with Tahitian coconut milk, macadamia nut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter in the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion, it offers the ultimate at- home pampering experience for your skin. From $6.90 monoï oil, vitamin E, sweet almond oil, coconut water,


UPFRONT | Beauty News

No Pain, All Gain

A pain-free, 30-minute workout where you don’t even break a sweat? Yes, please! Hailed as a “natural alternative to liposuction”, HYPOXI is a machine-assisted programme that’s non- invasive, safe and scientifically proven to achieve three times more circumference loss compared to regular exercise, with significant results in a shorter time frame. It combines moderate, gentle exercise, vacuum massage and pressure therapy to target the stubborn fat deposits on your stomach, hips, thighs and buttocks, improving circulation and accelerating metabolism. The

result is targeted and long-lasting loss of centimetres from problem areas, a reduction in the appearance of cellulite, tighter, more toned skin and improved complexion. HYPOXI is a market leader in over 45 countries, with more than 250,000 annual users at its 2,000 studios around the world. No surprise that it’s adored by celebrities like Madonna, Victoria Beckham and Cheryl Cole! HYPOXI is at 22 Lorong Telok, #02-01. 6536 3080 | enquiries@ TERRIFICTRIO

For smooth, radiant skin, look no further than Korean skincare brand Laneige’s Perfect Renew Regenerator. Featuring the new Skin Rebirth Technology, it has a flavonoid from galangal root to increase skin metabolic rate and activate skin energy to revitalise it, while ceramide water mimics the natural protective moisture film on the skin to prevent damage from external factors. Together they target lifeless, flaky and rough skin to restructure the epidermis for younger-looking skin. The Perfect Renew Regenerator is part of the new and improved Perfect Renew range that offers a complete skincare regimen. From $55 onwards. Skin Renewed

Given Singapore’s indoor (air-conditioned) and outdoor (hot and humid) conditions, your skin and hair can do with all the moisture and nourishment they can get. The Botaneco Trio Oil Hair and Body range is formulated with babassu and baobab oils

(known for their effectiveness in this climate) along with chufa oil and two additional moisturisers for five times the hydration. A must to try is the Botaneco Hair Elixir; in addition to the three oils, it also has chamomile extract to repair dry and damaged hair. Lighter than a serum, it’s easy to spritz on – at home or on the go – and it smells divine. From $2 onwards.

Turn Back Time

While it’s not yet possible to time-travel, it is possible to revisit your younger face with Ulthera. The non-surgical, non-invasive procedure uses ultrasound and the body’s own natural healing process to lift, tone and tighten loose skin. As you age, production of collagen – the protein that keeps your skin firm and taut – slows down. This leads to slackening of skin, which can make you look noticeably older. Ulthera bypasses the surface of the skin to target the deeper layers and stimulate collagen production. The FDA-approved treatment lasts between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on your needs. Immediately after it, you will notice a boost, but the real magic happens over the coming two to three months when stronger, more elastic collagen is produced to tighten the skin for a more youthful look. With no downtime, only minor discomfort and long-lasting effects, it’s a great way to turn back time. Available at Dr Valentin Low Aesthetic & Laser Clinic, #08-03 Paragon. Call 6720 3323 for an appointment.


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DYNAMIC DUOS Want a clearer complexion for 2016? The right cleanser and toner combination will make all the difference. Here we introduce some powerful cleansing couples from Haute Swiss Cosmetics , which will work twice as hard to perfect and protect your skin. by

Vetia Floris Replenishing Cleanser, $126 Pair with: Hydro Mist Tonic, $126 Active substances in this milky cleanser protect skin from external aggressors and dehydration. Use it in conjunction with the hydration mist to seal in moisture, or mist your face as a refreshing pick-me-up throughout the day.

Lactescence Makeup Remover, $59 Pair with: Calinesse Milk Water, $54 Ideal for sensitive skins, this highly emollient cream removes even stubborn waterproof makeup. Next, a few gentle swipes with the vegetable-based milk-water containing verbena and peppermint will leave your complexion fresh and clean.

Cholley Cleansing Dermpure Gel, $53 Pair with: Tonic Lotion, $98 Perfect for balancing oily or combination skins, this cleanser has a refreshing scent and a hydrating gel formula. The tonic lotion, rich in phyto-extracts and skin-loving amino acids, helps stimulate new collagen production while purifying surface layers.

Hormeta Swiss Secret Micellar Cleansing, $58 Pair with: Gentle Skin-Freshener Tonic, $55 Treat your visage to pure glacial water and salt from the Swiss Alps to remove impurities. Follow it up with the fresh toning water infused with orange flower extracts to sooth, tone and balance the epidermis.

Karin Herzog Cleansing Milk, $56 Pair with: Tonic Lotion, $56 This is a non-foaming, lightweight skincare solution which gently removes makeup and pollutants built up over the day. It’s the perfect combination with the tonic lotion, which dissolves the fine layer of residue left behind by any hard water, while mild antiseptic properties sooth irritation.

Get your free MySkin assessement at your nearest Haute Swiss Cosmetics boutique, located at #02-23 Cluny Court and So Spa at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort and Spa.

UPFRONT | Spotlight

Let There Be Light By Smita DeSouza

When it’s smooth, even-toned skin you want, turn to light technology for some great results. If you spent your twenties in a carefree way, without looking after your skin much or using sunscreen, chances are you’ll notice the appearance of fine lines, spots and pigmentation as you progress into your thirties. While it’s never too late to start a skincare regimen, it’s also a good idea to tackle pigmentation and fine lines early on. A good way to address these concerns is to get a Lumenis OPT Photofacial. The non- invasive treatment uses controlled light in specific wavelengths to target sun spots, age spots and broken capillaries; it also boosts collagen to improve the texture of the skin, giving it a younger appearance. The FDA-approved treatment can even be customised to skin type and individual needs to give you the best results. The first step is to consult with your aesthetician to map out the course of treatment. Depending on your needs, you could be recommended anything from two to six sessions. Each session is conducted on a cleansed, makeup-free face. Prior to administering the light pulses, your doctor will smooth a cold gel all over to minimise discomfort. You’ll also wear a set of goggles to protect your eyes from the light. The handpiece is then used to deliver precise pulses of light. Each customised light pulse penetrates the tissue to break down targeted imperfections like pigmentation, veins or even hair follicles, leaving the surrounding tissue healthy and unaffected. The destroyed tissue is then naturally eliminated from the body. The process also stimulates collagen production for healthier skin that is smoother and more even-toned.

The entire treatment takes only 10 to 30 minutes, depending on how severe the concerns. After the treatment, you may notice slight redness, but that usually disappears in an hour – you can even re-apply your makeup afterwards, though you’re advised to stay out of the sun for a time. The Lumenis OPT Photofacial can also be used to treat the hands, legs, chest and neck, and you can schedule appointments to treat these different areas on the same day. Multiple sessions usually translate to a higher success in treatment and ensure more natural-looking results. The effect can last for six to 12 months.

You can try the Lumenis OPT Photofacial at The Aesthetics Centre, #3-15 Great World City. Call 6820 3308 for more details.


FashionNews What to covet, buy and wear this month Contemporary Elements

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Stones That Rock’s From The Heart collection is their best yet. Building on their trademark elements of stones, pearls and crystals, the new designs come in a strong neutral palette of white, champagne, gold and silver, sometimes with a pop of navy, red or green. Layer on a few pieces to instantly dress up any outfit. To shop online or for stockist info, visit

European Dreaming

Bimba y Lola’s new range has us day-dreaming of holidays in Santorini. This Is Greek interprets the legends of Olympian gods, philosophers and ancient architecture into a contemporary, funky fashion line. Elements such as female figures, flowers, columns and the Trojan horse take on a new fun edge when depicted on crop tops, pants and flowing dresses. Check out the new collection now at #B1-04 ION Orchard.

Italian Flavour Borbonese is a label steeped in heritage (it’s been around since 1902!), and you’ll love its iconic Luna bag, which has been reinvented in new limited- edition colours and styles for Spring/Summer 2016.

A fun fact: the Luna was first designed in the late 1970s and

was inspired by the first moon l and i ng. Shop t h e l a b e l a t Takashimaya Department store, Robinsons The Heeren or Julie Nicole at Capitol Piazza.


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Currently Coveting…

If you’re looking for a statement piece for a glitzy occasion, Jean Paul Gaultier’s first jewellery range for Atelier Swarovski is full-on glamour at its finest. Named “Reverse”, the 12-piece range showcases the six variants of the groundbreaking new asymmetric Kaputt crystal cut, set in an alluring gold shade. Bookmark this release in your diaries – the range will hit stores from March.

ERGONOMIC EDGE We’ve got a beady eye on Fit Flop’s Cruise collection, which looks comfy enough for running around town doing errands in. The line is available now at Pedder On Scotts at Scotts Square in a range of funky new styles – how fashion-forward is this gladiator-esque pair? $279.90

Cute As A Button The team behind cool East-meets-West label Chi Chi von Tang has made a sweet addition to its new line: signature Orient-inspired warrior bomber jackets that are available to order in kiddies’ sizes! The bespoke customisation for boys and girls ages one to nine even includes options for name patches and icons, so they’ll be receiving a one-of-a-kind piece to treasure. Call 6396 6951 for enquiries. #01-11 Scotts Square.


UPFRONT | Closet Spy

We ask a LIV reader what makes her work wardrobe tick... Kara Bensley, Founder of Working in a start-up, each day is different. Our showroom is open seven days a week by appointment only, and my schedule is built around that. We’re always on the hunt for new brands and local businesses to collaborate with, so there are always internal and external meetings and Skype calls on the agenda. There’s a range of tasks I manage too, spanning from admin, data analysis, content research, marketing and PR to stock management and showroom maintenance. Her daily routine… If I had to define it, I would say relaxed. I’m a strong believer that comfort is key. I have an eclectic taste in fashion, just like I do with music – I embrace and appreciate something if it resonates with me. I’ve always loved kaftans, be they short, long or something in-between. I don’t often wear fitted clothing, and I prefer oversized tees and tops. Her dress code… It’s usually the print or the silhouette that draws me to a garment. I love any type of animal print, and black is always my go-to colour. I studied fashion design, so I have a deep appreciation of the industry and the effort it takes to create just one garment, from the innovative luxury designer brands that put the wheels in motion each season to the commercial brands that interpret their designs for the masses. What’s kept me in the business is my love for the people and the customers. I love seeing women (and men) happy in themselves when they put something on that makes them feel amazing. Thus, my attitude and belief has always been comfort equals confidence. I also believe you should have fun dressing up, as fashion should be an expression of who you are – that’s what we encourage at my company. Where she shops… Staple The Label does great basics for men and women, including women’s tops that can be worn with shorts or tucked into a long black skirt. Finally, I don’t go anywhere without a pair of my Le Specs Sunglasses and a good lipstick! I miss my Aussie brands, which is partly why I created Somedays Lovin’ always has easy, relaxed silhouettes that suit my shape, as well as great rompers and kimonos. I love Evil Twin for their mad creative prints mixed with cool fabrics, and silhouettes that are edgy but wearable, like their T-shirt dresses. Her personal style… Her fashion sense… Her wardrobe staples… I’m very conscious of the climate here in Singapore when I’m out and about. Even though it’s super-humid outdoors, it can be chilly indoors or if in a taxi. At the very least, I make sure I carry a scarf in my bag if I know I’ll be inside for an extended period of time. It also gives me a chance to layer!

Clothing by Evil Twin

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Kara wears Le Specs

Le Specs


UPFRONT | Spotlight

Ethnically Inspired LIV asks the founder and designer behind clothing label An-Cee Chantelle , ANJALI MANDER, about her creative inspiration.

How and why did you launch An-Cee? Fashion has always been my passion. After my kids grew up, and with the encouragement of my husband, I followed by heart to do something that truly inspired me. I started off designing outfits for myself. Soon, friends were asking about my clothes, and they suggested I design for them too. I began to learn the details and specifics involved in achieving unique designs – I believe every woman deserves an outfit with a personal touch. It’s now been two- and-a-half years since we launched our first store, and we’ve since opened a second, too. We also made our international trade show debut at the 2015 Mercedes- Benz Style Asia Fashion Week – it’s been wonderful to receive so much support.

How do you go about producing designs?

Tell us about the sizing of your ranges. Our dresses follow the UK sizing system, and range from S to XL, while our tops go up to XXL. What’s in store for 2016? We’ll be introducing theme-based collections. We will also incorporate more pastel shades, linen, cotton and silk.

Our designs take inspiration from different cultures and traditions from around the world. Our pieces are manufactured ethically by a team in India, and we all work very closely in the selection of fabrics, prints, colours and styling details. When it comes to material, we place an emphasis on luxury and source organic fabrics and silk for our dresses. I’m also big on colour and comfort. What are some of your favourite styles in at the moment? Retro raw silk dresses are very in at the moment and are very popular. They may look simple, but they take a lot of time and effort to make. We have a wide range of occasion dresses suitable for dinner-dances or festive celebrations, and I believe there’s something for all age groups. We also have lots of flattering maxi-length dresses in chiffon, satin and silk.

Visit An-Cee Chantelle at 47A Haji Lane.

Photo credit: Ken Tan,

“Our designs take inspiration from different cultures and traditions from around the world.”


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When the rise in popularity of her blog Carrotsticks and Cravings on social media turned into hot demand for a cookbook, TERRI-ANNE LESKE seized the opportunity and took on the project with gusto. We caught up with the self-published author and busy mum of three at her beautiful East Coast home (and in the kitchen, no less!), just after the successful launch of her first book, My Creative Kitchen . Domestic Goddes

When I decided to produce the book, I had a very clear vision of the end product. I wanted it to have a variety of dishes from breakfasts to mains and sweets, and they had to be simple enough for anyone to follow. There’s nothing I love more than spending a whole day in the kitchen cooking complex recipes for dinner parties, but I know that’s because I’m passionate about it and it’s not for everyone! I was also adamant about taking all the images of the food myself, and designing the layout. The visuals are really beautiful – and are making us hungry. Thank you! I’m really happy with the result. It’s been a long process and a lot of hard work, especially juggling three young kids along the way, but seeing the final thing has made it all worthwhile – it feels like an extension of myself.

Congratulations on your book! Tell us how your journey with food began. It’s been an amazing experience. It all started while I was growing up. My mum is a great cook, and I remember helping her with weekly dinner parties and functions, and being in the kitchen with her learning new things. I grew up in a small country town where we used to eat fresh, healthy vegetables from the garden and go diving to catch seafood – all of which definitely helped to form my appreciation for unprocessed, wholesome food and getting creative in the kitchen. I also love how food brings people together and creates traditions. All this has been part of the inspiration behind My Creative Kitchen .

And how did all that develop into this project (or, as some might say, your fourth baby!)? About three years ago when my twins were still very young, we’d just moved to Singapore and were meeting new people and entertaining a lot at home. After noticing my passion, a friend suggested I start a blog, and in the end I did just that. At first, it was just a hobby to share recipes I was creating with friends and family so they could make them too. From that point, it grew organically through word of mouth and social media, and I kept getting requests for a book. I do love a good cookbook, but I hardly ever follow recipes – I tend to take an idea and just go with my instincts. For that reason, the recipes in the book have involved a lot of trial and error to get the ingredients and measurements just right.

Styling & Direction: Susannah Jaffer Photography: Michael Bernabe Hair & Makeup,: Ellie Sakrzewski, The Big Blow


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Terri-Anne wears a dress by Shopping at Tiffany’s


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How did you stay motivated throughout the whole creative process? One word: coffee! It was a crazy time in my life where I didn’t really come up for air for about six months, and I had to be very organised in trying to get everything done. I wanted to launch the book before Christmas 2015, so I set myself very tight deadlines, and thankfully I got there in the end. I took all of my photos in the morning when my twins were at school, and some days I was making three to five recipes a day! Each of the photos needed to be taken up to four times, because I was trying to get the perfect picture. I think once you set your mind to a project and are passionate about it, you run off the adrenaline, too. As a creative entrepreneur, what’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt? Accept that nothing can be 100 percent perfect. You may want to have the final say on everything, but you’ll have to accept that there are some things you can’t control. I made quite a few very little mistakes and also had a few mega-issues within the self-publishing process that I’m sure wouldn’t have happened if I’d had a publisher, but I’m also proud of the fact that I did it all myself. It’s been a huge learning experience for me, and I’ve now learnt from my mistakes should I choose to publish a second book.

“As a creative entrepreneur, you may want to have the final say on everything, but you’ll have to accept that there are some things you can’t control.”


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22 Two-piece set, available at Willow & Huxley

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“Although it’s not always the easiest thing to do, I’d say find something you’re passionate about and follow it.”

You advocate the use of fresh produce wherever possible. How have you handled the differences in sourcing ingredients between Singapore and Australia? It’s definitely been a huge adjustment, and when we do go back to Australia, I feel like a kid in a candy store when I visit a supermarket. Organic and fresh food is just so much more accessible there – not to mention cheaper; but Singapore does have a lot of amazing fresh produce – it just takes a while to figure out where to source it. I order fruit and vegetables from Sabine’s Baskets, and I buy good meat, eggs and cheese from Oh Deli and fish from the Barbie Girls. My advice would be to try to find a local wet market where the stall owners really know their produce. I’m lucky to have found an owner who explains to my kids where everything comes from. It’s not the same as having a veggie garden in our back yard; but it helps to instil the same values in my children.

We’re addicted to your recipe updates on Instagram and your blog; which do you make most regularly and why? All of the recipes in my cookbook are ones I make again and again. I use dukkah (protein mix) almost daily, and always have the fridge stocked with my energy nut balls, dark chocolate and goji balls, and green egg and ham muffins for healthy snacks. I make my salmon with blueberry salsa regularly; it’s always a huge crowd pleaser – it’s also the book’s cover image. Tell us your top tips for entertaining guests at home. I love to have themed dinner parties. We do Japanese and Mexican nights a lot. Guests will bring Japanese beers and sake or tequila to go with the different dishes. It’s a great way to try something new and it’s always lots of fun! I’m also big on traditions, so we always throw a big Christmas dinner party with our Singapore friends before everyone heads home for the holidays. And we do love a good Sunday barbecue – we’re Australian after all!

For other women inspired to start something of their own, what words of advice would you give? Although it’s not always the easiest thing to do, I’d say find something you’re passionate about and follow it. Living in Singapore has given me that opportunity, and I hope it will inspire others too. When you’re not cook ing up a storm, what are your recommendations for dining out in the city? Luke’s is one of my all-time favourites. It’s perfect for date night, with a great atmosphere, food and wine. Mozza in Marina Bay Sands is great for a pre- show or theatre dinner. Lucha Loco is always fun with a group of friends, as is Club Meatballs for ladies’ night. At the weekend, I think nothing beats Tanjong Beach Club with the kids. The pool entertains them and the music and drinks are fabulous.


The best new styles, treatments and tips for the year >>> Let’s Tress Up

Photo credit: GHD


WHAT’S TRENDING The team from Expat Hair Studio clues us in on the hottest styles for the coming year.

Colour trends will be moving away from the heaviness of balayage and ombre by inviting more delicately placed colours and softer tones. You will see finer weaving with colour to create angel-hair highlights.

Expect to see more plaits and braids. Gone are last season’s messy, loose bohemian braids. This season, plaits are tight, smooth and polished. They are a lot easier to create with a slick of gel and a few hair ties to smooth and secure hair into place.

No chignon would be complete without a pretty ha i r acce s so r y. Be i t headbands or sparkly clips, there will be a lot of hair accessories this season.

Haircuts also take on a more natural shape. This season calls for a less-finished look. Hair is air-dried or messed up using sea-salt spray to get a more textured, tousled look.

Goodbye buns, hello knots and chignons. Last season saw lots of buns being worn low on the nape of the neck or on top of the head. This year, expect to see loose, quickly thrown-together knots and chignons with tendrils of hair framing the face and the ends sticking out to one side to give the look an undone quality.

Visit Expat Hair Studio at 422 Joo Chiat Road. Call 6444 7929 for an appointment.


BEAUTY | Hair Refresh


When it comes to styling, a little help goes a long way. MICHELLE NEO, director at Hair We Are salon, lists the essentials.

OLAPLEX Amust-have nourishing t r e a t me n t b e f o r e bleaching or colouring you r h a i r a nd a n essential follow-up to any chemical service, Olaplex links bonds in hair and strengthens it to prevent breakage.

Gorgeous hair with zero effort? Yes, please. You’re one quick treatment away from sleeker, more manageable locks. 10 WEEKS HAIR SMOOTHING What it does: Uses nanotechnology and keratin to coat the hair. Who should get it and why: Anyone with frizzy, damaged, chemically treated or difficult to manage hair for ten weeks of shiny, stronger, healthier hair that is easy to style. What it costs: $160 to $260 VOLUME REBONDING What it does: Leaves hair looking naturally straight and manageable, unlike conventional rebonding that renders your hair stick-straight. Who should get it: Clients who want permanently sleek, straight hair, with absolutely no frizz, that’s easy to manage and style. What it costs: $300 to $430 BRAZILIAN BLOWOUT What it does: Smoothes hair for added shine and manageability. The first treatment will last you two to three months (depending on the condition of the hair); subsequent treatments will last four to six months. This is because the keratin coats the hair, making it resistant to humidity. Who should get it: Women who want to keep some of their natural curls and waves, but want to eliminate frizz. Hair becomes healthier, thicker, shiny and easy to manage. What it costs: $350 to $580 Visit Trimmings & Spa at 75B Loewen Road or 11 Unity Street. 6471 1922 | WASH AND GO

Think of it as a health supplement for your hair. REDKEN CURVACEOUS FULL SWIRL Great for full-bodied curls and frizz control in our humid climate, this two-in-one curly and wavy cream serum formula seals in moisture and blocks out humidity to define and control all types of curls. REDKEN SMOOTH LOCK HEAT GLIDE A hair-smoothing spray that protects dry, frizzy hair for that critical styling session. It helps maintain hair’s natural moisture up drying time, provides that healthy shine to your crowning glory and can be used as a finishing serum when styling. MOROCCANOIL INTENSE CURL CREAM One pump of this leave-in conditioner helps fight stubborn frizz and keeps wavy and curly hair hydrated and soft to the touch all day. Smooth over hair through the day to tame unruly flyaways. content and protects it from the heat for a smooth finish.

MOROCCANOIL TREATMENT OIL This golden liquid does it all: doubles up as a conditioning and styling oil, detangles hair, speeds

All products are available at Hair We Are, #01-08, 10 Jalan Serene. Call 6463 0353 for an appointment.


Colour Theory DOMINIC SEOW of Visage The Salon gives us his top do’s and don’ts to help maintain and extend the life of your colour.

O&M Original Mineral Hydrate and Conquer Shampoo and Conditioner are specially formulated to repair, hydrate and protect damaged and coloured hair from inside out.

DON’T … * wash your hair the day after it’s coloured. It takes up to 72 hours for the colour to be sealed into the cuticles, which is essential if you want it to last longer. Afterwards, cut down on the number of times a week you wash your hair and consider using a dry shampoo between washes. * swim or get your hair wet in chlorinated water for at least seven to 10 days. Chlorine strips your colour and if it’s blonde it can even go green. If you get into the pool, make sure to coat your hair with conditioner before swimming, or wear a swimming cap.

Refresh hair between washes with Batiste Dry Shampoo to add texture as well as volume.


* use a shampoo meant specifically for coloured hair. And don’t forget to condition after. This will help maintain your colour, and the conditioner will repair the damage. * use a deep conditioning mask once a week. And keep it on for at least 15 minutes before you rinse. It helps nourish and then close the hair cuticles for healthier, shinier hair. * use a heat protectant. If you blow- dry or heat-style your hair after every wash, make sure to protect it with a lotion or some oil to prevent any further damage to your hair.

Smooth a couple of pumps of L’Oréal Paris Extraordinary Oil +UV Protection before you hit the pool or the beach. It conditions damaged and coloured hair, and protects it from the harsh rays of the sun.

Rich in Refining Lipids, the Shu Uemura Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Thermo Milk (from $58), helps prevent damage from heat styling and prolongs the life of your colour.

* use a shampoo that contains sulphates. Along with dirt and grime, sulphates can also strip the colour from your strands, fading it faster than usual.

Visit Visage The Beauty Salon at #02-11/14 Delfi Orchard or call 6733 0933 for an appointment.


# Sleep on a silk pillow cover. Or wrap your hair in a silk scarf. It reduces friction, keeps your hair cool and helps extend the life of your ’do.

# Mix aspirin into your shampoo. Nix dead skin, dandruff and build- up with the salicylic content in the tab for shinier, healthier hair.

# Always rinse in tepid water. Not only does hot water damage and dry your hair, it’s also the reason your colour fades so quickly.

# Replace your brush regularly. Worn out or missing bristles can actually cause more damage snagging hair during styling and causing breakage.


BEAUTY | Hair Refresh

BETTER BLOWOUTS Making your blowout last longer is all about the basics, according to ELLIE SAKRZEWSKI, co-founder of The Big Blow . Here are her five top tips.

#1 Use a great shampoo and conditioner and use a weekly treatment so that your hair is in tip-top condition. Strong, healthy hair will always hold a blowout longer and sit better.

#4 Invest in a good hair-dryer that has Nano Ion Technology. These hairdryers are superior as they eliminate frizz, maximise shine and detoxify the hair. The correct brushes

#2 Choose the right products for your hair. If your hair is fine, opt for a setting lotion that adds volume, and if your hair is thick, choose a mousse that doesn’t weigh it down. Frizzy and curly hair are well suited to smoothing lotions and products like Moroccan Oil.

are really important as well; good ceramic or natural bristle brushes work the best.

#5 Maintain your blowout by twisting it up and covering it when you’re bathing. If any moisture gets in, blast it out with the hair-dryer as soon as you’re out of the bathroom.This is the best way to maintain your blowout.

#3 If your hair is fine or very straight, it’s good to take a lot of the moisture out before beginning the blowout. If it’s curly, you’ll achieve the best results by keeping the hair wet from the beginning of the blowout.

Visit The Big Blow at #02-21 Cluny Court. Call 6465 4836 for an appointment.

Sizing UP How much product should you really be using?

FIGHT FRIZZ Don’t let the humidity ruin your ’do! Try one of these products to tame your mane.

Oil Enough to cover the size of a five-cent coin.

Redken Frizz Dismiss Fly-away Fix Sheets, $32 Infused with lavender oil, these nifty sheets help tame frizzy flyaways on the go. Swipe over unruly strands that stick out, and don’t forget to go over the ends too.

Serum The volume of a blueberry.

TONI&GUY Ha i r Mee t Wardrobe Classic Shine Gloss Serum, $22.90 Add shine, tame flyaways, seal cuticles and condition hair with this lightweight serum. Avoiding roots, comb it into the lengths and ends of your hair with your fingers. Enriched with camelina and macadamia oils as well as keratin, this luxe leave-in balm repairs all kinds of damage for shiny, glossy locks that are soft to the touch. O&M Original & Mineral Project Sukuroi Gold Smoothing Balm, $55

Conditioner Approximately enough to cover a 50-cent coin, depending on the length and thickness of your hair.

L’Oréal Paris Keratin Smooth 72 H Frizz Eraser, $16.90 Spray on this leave-in formula to smooth rough, unmanageable hair for up to three days. It also doubles as a heat protectant.

Shampoo The volume of a strawberry, again depending on the length and thickness of your hair.

John Freida Frizz Ease Extra Strength, $23.90 Higher humidity levels call for extra help. Work this into soaking wet hair to block out any moisture from the air and keep frizz away. Works well with thick, coarse hair types.

Mask Enough to cover a round d i g e s t i v e biscuit.


BEAUTY | Review

Tress Redux In her quest for healthy, manageable hair, our Beauty and Wel lness Edi tor SMITA DESOUZA t r ies the L’Oréal Pro Fibre treatment and loves how soft and smooth her hair feels afterwards.

A s someone who reviews skincare for a living, I’m happy to commit to an elaborate routine that could involve a toner, an essence, up to three serums, a face oil, a moisturiser and sunscreen (there’s always sunscreen). But when it comes to my hair, I confess I’m loath to use any more than three products: shampoo, conditioner and a leave-in serum that hopefully doubles as a heat protectant so I don’t need another product when I blow-dry or straighten my hair. As a result, even though I don’t colour my hair, daily brushing, exposure to UV rays (that lunch run at 12.15pm) and heat-styling have left it dry and damaged. With deadlines looming and the festive season coming up, I wanted something quick and effective with lasting results. The L’Oréal Pro Fibre treatment promises to repair hair with an in-salon treatment, followed by a fairly simple at-home regimen designed to prolong the benefits of the treatment. The stylist will choose from a range of three treatment types, depending on how damaged your hair is: Rectify is for slightly damaged, natural or coloured hair; Restore is for somewhat damaged natural or coloured hair; and Reconstruct is for severely damaged hair that has been coloured frequently and permed or rebonded. Whichever of the three you’re given, it’s followed by a Regenerate APTYL 100 mask. My treatment at Salon Vim started with an assessment of my hair. The stylists analysed its texture and colour, how glossy it was, and how dried and damaged the ends looked. Luckily, the level of damage was somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, but still enough to make my hair look dull and lifeless. It was decided that the most effective approach for my hair would be a combination of treatments. The stylists washed my hair with the shampoo from Rectify (light enough for my slightly oily scalp) and then applied the mask from Restore (to help nourish), layering it with the Regenerate APTYL 100 mask. The molecules from the Regenerate APTYL 100 penetrate the hair to repair the damaged cortex and cuticle and form a long-lasting protective layer over each strand. To ensure the treatment was sealed in and cuticles closed, the stylist went over my hair with a cold iron – similar to a straightening iron but using sub-zero temperatures. After about 10 minutes, the mask was washed off and my hair was styled with the leave-in Reconstruct Luxurious Balm to help tame my long, thick locks. The entire process only took an hour and my hair felt soft and smooth.

Even better, it continued to feel that way after I washed it with my customised hair routine at home. After the fourth wash, I used the Recharge Monodose along with the Restore mask to boost the treatment and it still felt soft, smooth and manageable. The key is to wash the mask out with cool water after 15 minutes to seal the cuticles. Quick and effective with prolonged benefits, the L’Oréal Pro Fibre treatment is ideal for women who often get chemical treatments but don’t have the patience to sit through the long nourishing treatments that usually follow. The real clincher for me, however, was that I could continue the treatment and carry on reaping the benefits even after I had left the salon.

Available at selected salons.


BEAUTY | Expert Advice



How do you know when it’s time to send your products to the beauty graveyard? Here’s makeup artist KELLY BILIMORIA’s handy guide.

FOUNDATION With the exception of powder formulas, cream and liquid foundations are a haven for bacteria. Unopened, foundation can last for a couple of years, but once the seal is broken it is best to replace it every six months, especially in Singapore’s humidity. Keep foundations in a cooler place, if possible, and away from direct sunlight. A change in colour or a suspect smell indicates it’s time for it to go. CONCEALER Concealers in powder- or stick-form can last for up to two years, while liquids should be tossed after one. The best way to tell if a product is on the way out is if it starts looking discoloured. Remember, you want your concealer to hide blemishes, not to cause irritation. FACE POWDER Powders are among the longest-lasting beauty products. They can last for up to two years. However, some powders do contain small amounts of water from botanical extracts. Ingredients such as oat extract, chamomile, aloe, bamboo and green-tea extracts can expire quicker if kept in warm areas such as your bathroom cabinet. BLUSH Cream blush should be replaced after a year. A dull grey film or a white, chalky layer on top of your cream blush signals the end. This is generally a result of skin oil being transferred to the product; to prevent this from happening, wait a couple of minutes after applying foundation before putting on blush. Powder blushes, like face powders, can last for up to two years.

EYE SHADOW Even though eye shadows are similar in formulation to other powders, there’s a high risk of transferring bacteria from your eyes to the product and then back to the eyes. This is especially true for cream- based shadows. If you use your fingers to apply it, wash your hands before doing so, and look out for any changes in colour or off-putting smells. EYELINER Whether liquid or pencil, these eye enhancers should be replaced every three months. They can pick up bacteria and contaminate the eye, leading to redness, itchiness, sties or conjunctivitis. Stop using the product immediately if you notice any of these signs. MASCARA Since the mascara wand is constantly taken out, applied and put back in the tube, it can easily collect bacteria along the way. Mascara is the one product you should be most vigilant about! Switch mascara every two to three months to be safe, and throw it out if you develop any irritation. LIPSTICK AND LIP GLOSS Lipsticks and glosses contain oily ingredients that start to smell like stale cooking oil over time and change in texture when heading to expiration. Lipsticks will also lose their slip and become hard to spread, while lip-glosses tend to get streaky when you apply them. Replace your lip products after a year as they are repeatedly exposed to your mouth area and can pick up bacteria from your lips.

NAIL POLISH When your nail polish starts to dry out or become thick and clumpy, or if the pigments settle along the bottom of the bottle, give it a shake. If it remains separated, it’s finished. TOOLS If cleaned and stored properly, good brushes can last for years. Once the bristles start to fray or fall out, though, it’s time for a new set. Wiping them after every use and giving them a thorough cleaning every two weeks with a brush shampoo is essential. The best way to store them is propped upright in a glass, where they can air. Cheap makeup sponges should be replaced after two uses – one use per side! High-quality ones, like the Beauty Blender, should be cleaned regularly to prevent bacteria from building up.


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