As I’ve been mentioning, I am going to be including a lot more about my life and new lifetstyle in Perth with you here on the blog. I know many of you reading overseas are curious about Australia and I hope this gives you a bit of an insight. Perth could not be more different to Dubai and even Singapore (despite its close geographical proximity)

So this event was by far the largest crowd I’ve ever hosted solo in front of. When I was at Virgin Radio in Dubai we had a lot of big concerts but largely I was MCing in a team.

I got up at 4 am to host the event and because I wasn’t able to run to the toilet (I had to speak every 4-10 minutes) I tried not to drink water as I wouldn’t have enough time, this was the worst thing I could have done. By the last race at 9:40am (I’m hosting the countdown to it above with Tim from Nine News Perth) I was struggling not to trip over my words with my dry mouth.

Above: With Australian long distance running legend Steve Moneghetti and the GM of Chevron, Brian Smith.

Runners are a very tough crowd to motivate when they are freezing at 5:30am and the most elite of which are from Japan and Kenya and don’t really want to hear you babbling on in a foreign language as they are trying to get in the “zone. That’s why I love doing a diverse range of events, the challenge! I had to get people about to run 42.2km excited about a finish which was 2 hours and more away!  I’ve hosted in front of celebrities (bonafide A-listers) and world leaders but there is nothing like being back in your home town in front of thousands.

So here are my top tips for speaking public if you’re a little shy:

1) Project! You will see in the pictures, I look like a little hamster but I knew that PA system would be carrying my voice and important health and safety messages for kilometres around the central business district, so I did NOT use my “inside” voice. I gave it the most projection I could and that includes using your whole face and diaphragm. This sort of “projection” is normally a no-go for indoor and intimate events as when you are using a microphone without wind or environmental factors around the sound will be really loud and it can distort.

2) Look up from your script: I’ve got to tell you, since getting older my memory is not as sharp as what it used to be. I used to be able to remember whole A4 sheets of script in 10 minutes when I was shooting Dubai 101 back in 2009. I now however, need much more time to get a clear grip on ideas. I blame my smartphone and my fragmented attention span because of social media. If you have the luxury of time, memorise your script. If it’s a big client and the fee big enough, I will memorise the whole thing!

3) Give it all your warmth: Sporting events are nowhere near as glamorous as red carpets, product launches and galas. You’ve got to learn to change it up and be humorous for these things. Be self-deprecating and people will warm to you. People never remember the boring glamorous presenters with perfect hair, they remember people who were warm and engaging. Most seasoned radio presenters know that even on a bad day, you have to smile on air, soon the “fake” smiles give way to real feelings of happiness. Live MCing is no different, smile, smile and smile some more. People will naturally mirror you and smile back.

Thankyou so much to the team at the 2014 Chevron City to Surf for Activ for asking me to MC, Mix 94.5 for getting me involved and big love to all the people who ran for a great cause.

 

 

I don’t know what happened to me last week.  I just felt like wearing neutrals. It just happens! Here’s a show of my 5 workday outfits to my radio job. Catch me on air 12-4pm Australian EST on www.mix.com.au.

Monday: Pants by Witchery Australia, shoes are vintage from Good Sammy in Riverton, top is also vintage Country Road from Salvos in Myaree.

Tuesday: DIY Tom Binns inspired necklace (coming soon), jumper from Iconic in Dubai, skirt from Bebe in Dubai.

Wednesday: Jacket from Good Sammy in Subiaco, jeans from Nobody Australia, t-shirt from Cotton On.

Thursday: Marc Jacobs watch, jeans by Nobody Australia, necklace from Live Clothing Australia, blazer from G2000 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Friday: Dress by Australian designer Sheree Commerford and her label Woodford and Co. It was just $18.50 from Goody Sammy in Subiaco. My favourite jacket from La Lecca in Nedlands.

I have been trying for some time to think about how to broaden the appeal of this DIY blog. I think my craftiness and projects are great. I’ve been devoted to posting original content. I love sharing but somehow the comments have stopped and it’s got me wondering whether I am flogging a dead horse. With the new job here in Australia, I find myself spending more time dreaming of blog posts then getting time to blog them.

I’m spending my weekends labouring over amazing step-by-step tutorials and elaborate shoot locations, only to find myself hardly any time to blog them. Then last weekend I did the #icebucketchallenge. It was rushed, the video quality was bad and it was raw but it got a bigger response than all my gorgeously perfected DIY tutorials in recent months. I started thinking about why that post did so well and began assessing what you guys want to see from me and I realised, you want to see more of my life behind-the-scenes.

My real laugh, my real smile, my real wardrobe and soon to be my real, new apartment. I used to often get asked in Dubai for looks into my wardrobe and what my process was to styling myself or how I came up with my decisions to cut my hair a certain way. I just never had TIME to do it. Now I still don’t have time but I want to at least try.

So you’re going to find a lot more content on this blog from now on in addition to DIY. Things like reflections on my entertainment career and lessons on self-esteem I have learnt, all the way through to new video tutorials. So stay tuned!

So let’s begin with the haircut I got last week that has changed the way I carry myself so much! Here is my old hairstyle:

This is the current hair:

My latest obsession has been my new Alexa Chung hair cut. As always, Alexa was way ahead of the curve on this one, she was rocking this low-maintenance shattered bob back in 2010 when everyone else was obsessed with Lauren Conrad’s barrel curls. I have kinky, thin Eurasian hair like Alexa which helps.

So what do you need to ask your hairdresser to get the perfect fringe?

1)Take in your favourite picture of the style (you can have a look at some of the variations below and maybe use one).

2)Ask them to carefully cut a fringe which is only maximum 4.5cm from your hair line backwards. You don’t want the fringe to start too far up your head.

3)Make sure the fringe is not cut too blunt and the technician cuts into it so it clumps together nicely when styled and actually looks “piece-y”.

4)The hairdresser should also take some pieces from the side of your face so that it frames your face and blends into the side lengths of your hair.

All the tips on how to style this are coming in my video on the weekend.

Getting a fringe can be daunting. I have a really high forehead and was thinking of ways to change up my style while growing it a bit longer in length. It’s probably the best thing to get if you want a change but nothing too drastic.

I have really bad memories of fringes when I was younger. It’s like every mother with an Asian daughter wants to cut her a fringe to make her look more like a China doll. Damn you, Mum! I even cut my own fringe once and cut it too short and it ended up sticking in the air for school the next day. It left me traumatised to say the least.

But I sure am glad I did overcome that fear because come this week’s MTV Video Music Awards and The 2014 Emmys, guess what hairstyle was owning the red carpet!

It look amazing on Taylor Swift and just gave her a bit more rock’n'roll edge. I was sick of seeing those Maggi-noodle curls which reminded me of Chad Kreoger. Go Taylor!

Then at the 2014 Emmys Kristen Wiig (another one of my faves) did it without the fringe but still artfully dishevelled.

The best thing about this cut is how low maintenance it is (I will be recording a video on Saturday showing you how to create a kink in your hair if you have straight hair like mine) and also how the fringe (they call them “bangs” in America) always make you look styled. I can also do a fabulous top knot in it too with a hair donut and some bobby pins, I will have a tutorial on that soon too.

The key to this style is that it’s kind of like the “No Make Up Make Up” look, it actually does require some preparation and tools to look “undone.” Come back on Sunday for that video!

 

I have been thinking a lot about this blog lately and where I want it to go. I see so many of you on Instagram, adding me daily from Australia and I desperately want to bring the same joy and hype about DIY to this city as I did to Dubai.

After being featured in theAAA section of the West Australian, I was approached by the PR Team of Studio Bomba to present a workshop at one of my favourite spaces, Many 6160.

In addition, participants in this workshop get to be the first in the WORLD to work with my new DIY kit (more on that soon, I don’t want to spoil the surprise). The course will take place on Sunday September 28th at 1:30pm at Many 6160.

I would  LOVE to see as many loyal DIY-ers there as possible and new ones too. You can register now at the Studio Bomba website. For the course fee, you get a kit with enough materials to make not only this super cool neutral-coloured tassel and rhinestone necklace I designed but also a bracelet, using the techniques I will demonstrate in class.

I can’t wait to see you there. The class needs a minimum of 6 to go ahead so sign up now!

It’s 3 months I’ve been at Mix 94.5 already and I hope you’ve been enjoying my 12-4pm show. Here’s a look at the looks I’ve been rocking into the office and loving in this transitional weather.

Monday: Using my hair donut! Skirt is from Bebe, top is from H&M (Singapore), necklace is a new DIY coming soon.

Tuesday: I am in love with my new Nobody jeans. You know I rarely by designer stuff but these jeans are so amazing that I want to buy another slightly more distressed pair and sell all of the other jeans I own. I’ve resolved that in this case, brand name was better! My necklace is another DIY which comes soon to this site. Jacket is from Perth designer Steph Audino and my amazingly comfy t-shirt is from COS (Dubai).

Wednesday: Here is a slightly mismatched oufit (that’s what happens when you stay over your boyfriend’s place the night before). The coat is a vintage (but if you’ve been following me on Instagram you will know it looks almost exactly like a Stella McCartney) from The Gossamer Project in Many 6160 in Fremantle. My top is from Uniqlo (Singapore) and necklace is from BYSI in Singapore.

Thursday: I had a meeting that night so I dressed up a bit. My skirt is from Hello Parry, top is from Portmans, necklace from H &M (Dubai) and jacket from Topshop.

Friday: Dress from Topshop, vest from Seed Heritage.

 

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