1) Your business is still pretty young, but you are already thinking of ways to give back to society. Tell us about your involvement with Life Community Services Society (LCSS) and Love in Revolt.
Love in Revolt was held in August 2011 and used art, creativity and engaging activities to create awareness among Singaporean youths about the plight of the poor in Singapore and in our surrounding countries. A friend of mine, Harris Gozali, spearheaded this event. When he told me about his ideas and the ‘heart’ behind it, I knew it was something that I wanted to be involved in.
An idea came to me: “Hey, why don’t I create a product collection inspired by the plight of the poor & display them?” That certainly got me excited! So there I was, having my products displayed and giving free jewelry-making sessions. The participants commented that I should do more of these sessions since I’m quite good at teaching them.
As for LCSS, I was first connected to LCSS through my church involvement with the youth in LCSS as we have frequent gatherings. A friend gave me the idea that since my jewelry-making sessions were a hit, I could probably do the same thing again. LCSS welcomed the idea, as this will be a great way to equip the youth with skills that can be useful for their future. Therefore, we will be starting our first jewelry-making session soon.
When I started this business, I knew that this business has to be more than just about profit-making and passions. My vision for Her Adornings is to equip women and bless more people. You see, I don’t believe that I will only be able to contribute to society after I have made it big. In my own small way, I will start to help others even in this early stage of building this business.
2) You were previously a banker but left to start Her Adornings. What prompted you to make this career switch and looking back, do you have any regrets?
I’ve been in the banking sector for 4 years and after being a banker for about 2 to 3 years, I discovered my passion for jewelry making. I enrolled myself in courses, trying to find out whether this would be another hobby that simply died off with time. The more I learnt, the more I was intrigued by jewelry making. There is a certain satisfaction you get when you are able to complete a piece that looks really good!
Hence, I decided to devote all my attention to building this business. When I made the big decision to leave my job, a friend’s advice was that I should probably wait until I get married and settle down before I venture into this business, making this venture less risky. I’ve thought about it, but I know I have to give my dream a push in the right direction and start pursuing my vision as early as possible.
Sure, there will be risks involved, but hey, it will be worth fighting for! Hence, no looking back and no regrets for me.
3) How did you get the inspiration for hosting tea parties for your business and what was your experience with manning a pushcart in shopping malls like?
The idea came because I wanted to showcase my products to close friends and acquaintances so they may enjoy browsing and trying on Her Adornings’ collections at a leisurely pace while chatting and enjoying afternoon tea. Throwing tea parties is quite challenging because I need to pay attention to every single detail -from room decorations, food, invitations to the event itinerary itself. Simultaneously, I still need to design and hand-craft all the items. So, you can imagine the work that is involved!
Fortunately, I’m surrounded by a group of close friends who are very supportive and talented at the same time. I have an in-house interior cum floral designer, musicians, and emcee! Awesome, isn’t it?
Likewise, manning a pushcart is a huge challenge that requires dedication and effort. I manned the pushcart myself for two whole months and I worked from 10am to 9pm every single day, attending to buyers while continuously designing and producing new items (don’t ask me how I did that, I am amazed too!) It is really exhausting. However, I will not trade that experience for anything. I’ve learnt so much more than I ever could, met up with many precious customers and became more efficient with my “production line”.
4) How would you define Beauty?
To me, beauty is something that lives inside of us and needs to be projected through the way we dress, our attitudes and our behaviors. I don’t believe in talking about outer beauty without mentioning inner beauty and vice versa. What is important is what we have inside AND our ability to express it outwardly as well.
I’ve seen women who look amazing. But that’s not the only thing that caught my attention. It is how you feel when you are with them. There’s nothing about them that feels ‘stereotypical’. They are friendly, genuinely concerned about others, sincere and laugh a lot. These women are ordinary women, but they become my inspirations!
5) Share with us some tips on how we can match our jewelry to our personality/ style of dressing.
I’m one of the people who strongly believe that your accessories can change the ‘feel’ of your outfit. For example, if you happen to be wearing a simple black tee and pants, you could either look feminine by wearing dainty, ‘unfussy’ accessories, OR you could go for bold statement accessories with say, a bright coral hue, that will make your look sensational. The possibilities are endless.
Having said that however, I would like to emphasize that you really need to choose accessories that you love. Don’t force yourself to wear something that you don’t like. If you don’t like it, trust me, nobody else will. Also, go for something that can highlight your personality. If you are a fun and cheerful person, try wearing bright accessories.
An important tip is to keep your accessories in one family tone. You don’t want to wear a clashing combination of a green necklace, orange earrings and a yellow bracelet! Most importantly, have fun trying different styles and colors! You’ll never know what will end up looking good on you!
Grace says: Sylvia is one lady whose guts I admire. She wrote to me asking me if I’d be keen to feature her on this blog and if we could meet up for a chat even though I didn’t know her at all. During our lunch meetup, I also found out she had brought samples of her designs with her, so that she could approach business owners within the mall to ask if they’d like to place her accessories in their shops on a consignment basis. I don’t know about her, but it’ll surely take a lot of courage on my part to walk into stores, asking for these opportunities to work with them and face a (very high) possibility of being rejected. I believe this pint-sized young lady certainly has the gumption to make her business succeed. Let’s wish her all the very best!
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