December 2013 archive

Choo Choo, Let’s go!

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Back at Tiong Bahru! This time to snap the lovely Innika Choo of of No Faux Pas. I mean, check out her blog – she’s an avid shopper (very much like me), and a super eBay master at finding vintage goodies to add on to the wardrobe. She also is one of the most gorgeous mummies I’ve seen ever, and looks stunning in almost all of ERIIN’s garments. Had such a fun time spending the day with her and her lil one Eadie! Innika is a stylist, and I think “professional shopper” is the perfect term for her. Her home was filled with vintage wooden furniture, mixed with an eclectic collection of prints and textures. Looking forward to sharing the photos with you!

I love doing such photoshoots, and its heart-warming to meet like-minded people – people who are creative and love working with fashion. I see these shoots as a process of getting more intimate with the people I photograph, and most of the time, my “subjects” (this feels too cold a term, and they end up being friends of mine) stand out among the rest – they have a strength, an aura, a vibe, that people are attracted to. I like keeping my photos casual and realistic, I can’t do posed shots. Movement is perfection, and its great to be able to see real people in their natural habitat. In this case, Tiong Bahru – the land of FortyHands, Tiong Bahru Bakery and a lot more unique, one of a kind lifestyle shops and cafes.

More to come ;)

The Sticker Situation

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I remember the day these stickers were made, I was so psyched and they looked so amazing I had to just deck my laptop out with them. I’d designed them both for ERIIN.com, and they were (and still are) pretty much very popular with the customers. I think there’s wonder in being passionate in what you do, and as an entrepreneur / small business owner, the small wins make all the difference. Sometimes, along the way, I forget how much I love what I do – the hardships, the roadblocks, the let-downs, the discouraging events – they can all sometimes take a huge toll on you. The thing is, it’s important to not let them eat at you, and to not let them feed on your positivity. Never forget to be grateful, never forget to stop and remember why you’re on this path.

During moments of weakness, I compare my life to my peers and I wonder if I could be making a lot more money, if I could be living it up like some of them are. Then I ask myself, how about the work that they’re doing on a daily basis? Could I do the same? Could I really have become a lawyer? Part of me tends to try to convince myself that I could have, yet when I come back down to earth, my being and soul tells me that I’m a creative, I’m an artist, I’m the maker of aesthetic and that’s what makes me carry on even if I falter and question it. Continuously trying, never giving up, coupled with lots and lots of determination and hard work – that is what will make you.

These stickers, one of my small wins, are what makes me want to carry on. They’re what reminds me why I do what I do, and why I chose this path. I am thankful for the lessons and experiences I’ve gathered through these two years, and I wouldn’t change anything.

If you’re on a similar journey, I urge you to not lose faith, and to keep on the path that you’re on as long as you’re sure you love what you do. Passion will give you the dedication and energy to pursue your dream. :)

Planner Manner

I’ve always been a sucker for notebooks, especially yearly daily planners. For close to 5 years, I’ve religiously bought the traditional Moleskine 12 Month Daily Dairy in either Black or Red, & they’ve served me well. This year, for 2013, I caved in and bought the special edition Le Petit Prince 12 Month Daily Dairy in yellow, and became crazy in love with the design. I mean, look at the images below and tell me how darling it all looks?

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The reason I love my planners is because I have a multitude of things I need to keep track of, including:

Daily meetings, events etc
What time, where they’re held, whom with. This could be for work or

To-Dos
Including work and personal. Could be phone calls, emails, the start of a new project.

To-Buy
This could be food, skincare, craft related, a shopping list.

Project dates & time frames
We work on events and also have marketing timelines in place, and this allows me to keep myself updated on deadlines.

Personal birthdays and holidays

Quotes I’ve found along the way
Motivational, or something that just inspires me.

Personal anecdotes & thoughts
This isn’t a daily thing, but I sometimes tend to write down my emotions of the moment on the pages.

Business & Marketing Ideas
When I’m commuting or just working at my desk, I come up with random ideas and usually can’t decide where to store them, so I throw them into words on my diary.

Collect namecards & stickers etc
Moleskine diaries have a little pocket at the back, and I like to keep all the namecards I’ve got over the year in there. I also keep a thin stack of Post-its in there just in case I need them.

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With all this in mind, the Moleskine diaries have served me well. They usually end up being filled with lots and lots of words, and they’re small enough for me to carry about even with a smaller shoulder bag. Moreover, I love them because I get one page per day, which is all the space I need to write down my thoughts and daily activities.

This year, however,  I must admit that my poor Le Petit Prince diary went to waste. I started becoming more and more digital, since most of my life is online. I use Google Documents, Google Calendar, Evernote and my Gmail account for all my daily needs. Since Google Calendar is synced to my iPhone, it makes it much easier for me to keep track of my appointments. For notes, I tend to either email myself or keep it in Evernote, so that I can refer back to them at a later date. This has also saved me the hassle of having to remember to bring my diary with me wherever I go, since I tend to leave things behind when I end up having to change my bags according to my outfit of the day.

The thing is, I’ve really missed writing, and I think it’s mighty therapeutic. Plus, even though I tend to email myself To-Do lists, they end up getting lost among the insane number of emails I get on a daily basis. So I made a personal resolution to start my habitual diary updates in 2014, even if it means updating both my diary and my Google Calendar. With that in mind, I made a huge mistake by ordering two diaries online, only to realize it a week later. No loss though, I’ve decided to share them both with you as I believe these are the top two planners in the market at the moment, and everyone needs a good daily planner.

& here they are –

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Danielle LaPorte’s The Desire Map Day Planner

Danielle LaPorte is like my soul sister. I subscribe to her daily emails, in which I get such refreshing and inspirational quotes that actually make sense to me and my daily situations, I sometimes wonder if the lady’s psychic. I also am an avid fan of The Desire Map, which I purchased last year. In addition to this Day Planner, I also bought The Desire Map Workbook so that I’ll be able to start my 2014 off right ;)

I chose this since I get both a weekly & monthly view, and even though I don’t get one page a day, this is designed to work around The Desire Map, allowing you to record a weekly declaration, with inspirational quotes and notes along the way. With this, I was pretty excited to get more in touch with myself and get inspired. This will probably end up being my “overview” planner, which I’ll refer to either every morning or every night.

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The Passion Planner

I think 2-3 days after I purchased my items from Danielle LaPorte, I came across Angelia Trinidad’s Passion Planner on Kickstarter. I was blown away – this planner had everything I wanted and more. I loved the goal planning pages, I loved how it broke down my days into 30 minute intervals, since that was how I planned my day on Google Calendar anyway. I also loved the monthly overview that had space for notes, goals, actions and ideas; plus you could write down your weekly focus & all the good things that happened that week. Talk about being positive! The selling point for me was having a Personal To-Do List & a Work To-Do List every week, allowing me a clear segregation of tasks.

This was so amazing that I had to share it, and convinced Maisha & her brother to each get a book too. 8 hours after I pledged to Angelia’s project, she hit her target. Today, she’s got double her pledge amount she’d targeted for, and after reading her story and motivations behind the project, I feel such a strong connection with her, and oddly am so proud of her. (I tend to love supporting fellow entrepreneurs.) There’s still time for you to pledge and get yourself a Passion Planner, and she plans to ship these out by the 20th of December, 5 days after her Kickstart closes. I mean, talk about efficient?!

I see big things for Angelia & The Passion Planner, and I definitely see myself using this in the years to come.

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If you’ve any other planner that you’re addicted to or have purchased, I’d love to know about them! & if my post has inspired you to purchase any of these planners above, let me know how it goes! I love a good diary / planner, and it really does work wonders to your life.

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