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Show Me The Money

Charity auction on https://shop.stylexstyle.com/sxsturns4 from 6-30 Oct. All proceeds go to the charity of each celeb’s choice. I pledge my portrait to http://www.scwo.org.sg/index.php/star-shelter the only secular crisis centre for abused women and children.

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Code Red.

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Be a game changer in your own way. You don’t have to change the world. You can start with yourself first.

  1. Remember you don’t have to win every battle. Sometimes in defeat, you gain more than in victory.
  2. Be assertive. You will never need to raise your voice.
  3. See the bigger forest, don’t focus on one tree.
  4. Always extend an olive branch, even to your enemies.
  5. There are no enemies. Just teachers.
  6. Share. Share your love, your energy, your wealth, your joy.

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Star Style.

 

At the peak of her career in the late 90s and early 2000s, fashion was colourful and grungy.

It was the age of micro minis, halter tops and sky-high ponytails secured with a scrunchie.

But former actress-host Sharon Au does not regret any of her past fashion faux pas.

The 41-year-old told The New Paper: “When you don’t invest in timeless pieces, it is only natural to look back and find many items outdated.

“Our tastes change. It is a function of age.”

Au left showbiz at the height of her popularity in 2005 to pursue a degree in International Political Science and Law at Tokyo’s Waseda University’s School of International Liberal Studies. She returned to Singapore in 2011.

During her time abroad, she also lived in Lyon, France, from 2008 to 2009, on an exchange programme.

Her time in France, she said, is what shapes her style today.

Au said: “I was face to face with walking testimonials of French people who showed me that comfort and confidence trump all fashion trends.

“They’re always in the same look, same colours, with their hair windblown and messy, never styled.

“They don’t follow trends or ‘it’ things blindly, but what they exuded to me was much more precious and (something) money can’t buy – comfort in their own skin.

“They looked good in everything – just jeans and a basic T-shirt. There was nothing outstanding about their outfits, but it was their overall confidence and nonchalance that was beautiful.

“I came from the entertainment industry where everything was head to toe red carpet.

“So for me to go and see au naturel in action – I was very inspired.”

COMFORT

“Now, I wear things I feel very comfortable in,” said Au, who is assistant vice-president of Mediacorp.

She was so inspired by what she saw overseas that she started a fashion portal, styleXstyle, in 2012.

Her latest venture is the Style by Style Vibes café at the new Mediacorp campus at One-North.

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The Singapore Airlines sarong kebaya is special to Au, who was a Singapore Girl for 15 months before she was talent-spotted and quit flying for showbiz.

SENTIMENTAL SHARON

She paired the stewardess uniform with nude Christian Louboutin heels.

“I was 19 and fresh out of Hwa Chong Junior College. I had never travelled before in my life,” she recalled.

“I miss that time of my life because I was so young and sucked up all the experiences like a sponge.”

WORKPLACE SHARON

“When I go to work, my outfits are almost the same – mostly black, structured, neat and a little power woman-ish,” said Au, who usually adds a blazer to her Zara dress.

She accessorised with an Hermes Constance handbag, a belt from local designer Zenchi and jewellery from South Korean brand Stonehenge.

 

OFF-DUTY SHARON

Au keeps it casual and flowy for lunch with her girlfriends.

She opts for Hermes tassel loafers – she does not wear heels on her days off – and a maxi dress from Swedish brand & Other Stories.

She said: “Just because you dress down doesn’t mean you have to look sloppy. I like wearing something shapeless and relaxed.”

 

SEXY SHARON

She paired a simple Banana Republic white tank top with pants from Australian brand Satch, blazer from French label Zadig & Voltaire, Hermes Birkin bag and accessorised with South Korean jewellery brand Stonehenge.

“When I wear this outfit, I feel empowered, like I can change the world,” said Au, adding that high heels and a bold lip make a winning combination.

“To me, a woman is sexiest when she comes across as confident, decisive and opinionated.

“That’s why sexy to me is not revealing. It’s not about showing your shoulders or skin. It’s more of the attitude.”

 

Text by Natasha Meah

This article first appeared on The New Paper.

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Find Your Steel

When I was 19, a fortune-teller told me I would be a businessman when I grew old. I laughed in his face and replied “that’s why I never believed in fortune-telling you are hilarious. I only want to be an artiste. Always and forever.” If you are reading this uncle please know that I am sorry. Your prediction was spot on.


  

One more year to go. Enjoying the ride so much I do not want this to end. 21 years of service including my stint overseas. My friends did warn me that I would get too emotionally attached to places. Well I thought: “what you call chaos I call opportunity”–no need to search any further cos I found me. #LastYearToKickSomeAss #回忆总是美

VIBES cafe #styleXstyle opening soon at 1 Stars Avenue #03-01 Media Gallery. See you there.

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40 Is The New Black.

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I am turning 40 in about 7 weeks I am feeling fabulous.

It seems to me, life has only just begun. It is so exciting (and hectic) that I often find myself too nervous to eat. But I am constantly reminded, that I have to nourish myself with food,honey and water, or else I would not have the energy and stamina to keep up with the pace. So I entice myself with comfort food, such as my Nespresso Roma and Nutella in the morning, (yes I eat Nutella with a spoon sans bread), boiled carrots and broccoli for lunch, and a glass of my favourite red for dinner. As you can see, I prefer to always stay some what hungry. It keeps me yearning. And yearning gives me something to look forward to.

Honoured to be on the cover of Elle Singapore this month. It has been 11 years since I last graced Elle’s cover and I must admit, I do age quite well. More importantly, I have never been more comfortable with being me, flaws and all.

As I sit outside on my balcony, typing away, listening to the crashing of the waves, distant flickering lights of the ships beckon to me, my silent companions.

How lovely life can be.

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sXs Anniversary video X 3

This year we did not celebrate our 2nd Anniversary with balloons, cakes, and confetti. In fact we did not even throw a party. Not even a small, cosy, quiet cake-cutting in the office. I found it a little disappointing, but that’s just me being emotional, and I shall not dwell any deeper.

Instead I feted this special occasion with a new conviction : that things have gotta change in the way we work and communicate with one another.

The irony is: I used to pride myself in cruising through my 6 years abroad in Paris, Lyon, Salamanca and Tokyo,  even though along the way I struggled to overcome all the different layers of cultural and language nuances. I was in foreign lands, speaking in Japanese, French and even Spanish and I got by, unscarred, and a little triumphant!

Here, back in my home for barely 3 years and 8 months, I faced more fights and misunderstandings than all my years overseas combined, despite all of us speaking a common tongue.

It is sad, undoubtedly. And it causes me to continue to miss my previous life in the cities I love. This conflict humbled me. I know I have to rise up to the occasion and set it right for myself.

Don’t finger point at anyone else. Point at yourself.

 

 

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styleXstyle.com turns 2

styleXstyle is a business, not a personal blog. I have to make tough, unpopular decisions all the time. If it’s all self-indulgent fun and games, then I don’t need to be here do I ?

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