How do you let your personality shine through in the photos you share?
I look at “Melissa Jane Ferosha” as my personal brand online. I came up with “Ferosha” myself, inspired from Christian Siriano of Project Runway Season 4-- a flawless, ferosh, fabulous and fierce designer. I love his designs of course, but most of all I admire his strong personality and attitude while he remains adorable and insanely talented. Like him, I believe to always be myself and not hide my thoughts too much, even on public platforms like my blog and Instagram account. I love to be photographed and wear different clothes. The whole process is so enjoyable and natural to me that they show in my pictures and expressions. I usually wear what I like, so my followers would also expect a consistent whimsical style that I carry. Although the occasional experimental mood does kick in and I throw in a surprise element or two. I used to own an online store but I still dream of having my own fashion label one day.
What do you think are your stand-out characteristics that make you unique?
I have people telling me that my sense of style is “loud” and “very colourful,” even my Mum! To be honest, I am not affected. I actually feel quite happy with my innate preference for vibrant options. I notice that most girls in Singapore go for a more casual look and hence wear a lot of basics, but my inclination is always towards prints, florals, unique cuts or designs, and even clashing colours. I build my confidence to dress differently from the majority by embracing my personal identity and living by this quote from my role-model, Taylor Swift: “If you’re lucky enough to be different, never change yourself.” I am also not afraid to speak my mind and challenge conventions. I remind myself to step out of my comfort zone and be more adventurous in various aspects of my life.
If a fragrance is to be an extension of your personality, which scent would you pick? What type of scent notes do you think reflect your personality the most?
I am 360 degrees lover of florals, a dreamer, and a romantic. I guess I am also sensitive and a little fickle? So floral and flirty scents like Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne, Dior J'Adore, and Flora by Gucci are wonderful for me. Feminine notes like magnolia, jasmine, rose, and honeysuckle are familiar to me and I also favour a bottom note of amber, musk, or vanilla. Depending on my mood, I sometimes go for fruity base notes for a light-hearted and upbeat start to my day or citrus if it is an adventurous and fun weekend.
Do you think your unique personality can be expressed through the fragrance that you pick? After all, scents are highly linked to memory, do you think having a signature scent makes it easier for people to remember you?
Yes, I think my fragrance preferences do enhance my personality and highlight my unique qualities. People around me relate that I remind them of flowers, bright colours, and Spring. Perhaps also due to the scents that I wear, my friends and colleagues remember me as someone who is cheerful, optimistic and in my boyfriend’s words, “like bunnies in the garden”. Well, I can never have enough of flowers and cute little animals!
What spring/summer trend are you most excited to try and why? What is it about this trend that makes you want to try it?
This Spring/Summer is extremely exciting for me because there are so many relatable trends that are in sync with my style preferences. From light, flowing dresses (hippy deluxe or luxury bohemian), to jumpsuits with statement accessories, to patchwork ensembles that span the denim colour palette, to romantic lace and kimono, the mix-and-match (also a trend itself) possibilities are endless! The thought of playing with these fashion ideas gives me boundless energy and most of all, I look forward to try ballerina and pop art. Both are contrasting to each other and almost completely different but ballerina reminds me of the days I did ballroom dancing, and I absolutely love the elegant tulle dresses and long tutu skirts. Pop art reflects my adoration with bright colours, bold intersecting motifs, statement skirts and panelled dresses.