Entrepreneurship, many years ago, was regarded as a path less taken. Today, being a successful entrepreneur has become a prevalent career goal. But in essence, it takes true passion and real grit to power through a business venture sparked off from a desire to achieve a dream. Sacrifices are made. Rewards are gained. Lessons are learnt. Being an entrepreneur is more than just a title. You have to be more dauntless than that.

To kick off our inaugural ClozetteChats series — a monthly intimate get-together with our Community to exchange stories and wisdom — we decided on a topic that strikes close to home: entrepreneurship for women.




And so two weekends ago, we invited female entrepreneurs from the Community to share challenges and achievements of their entrepreneurship journey over a hearty brunch. These girl bosses inspire me, and I hope by reading about their experiences and tips that they, too, will inspire you.


Focus on what truly matters


In the midst of chasing our dreams, it is easy to get lost in our ambitions and be distracted in our lives. Just like what Melissa shared, “Every waking hour was spent working.” All of a sudden, everything seems to be of utmost priority. In the end, valuable time and health are sacrificed, along with missed opportunities and experiences.



(Left)  Melissa, owner of loungewear brand, TheBeauDreamers; (Right) Cindy, co-founder of photography service, Studio Petite SG and Hokkaido cheese toast, Say Chiizu at 313 Somerset


It is a continuous effort to declutter and refocus on what and who matters the most. For Cindy, it’s family first. “I spend pockets of time while I’m on the go to reply e-mails. Once I’m home, I put my phone aside and my time is spent with family.” So, pause and ask yourself this question: if the world ends today, what can’t you give up?

Not only will you allow yourself to take care of your well-being, you’ll also learn the true meaning of being humble. “You no longer feel the need to buy an expensive bag,” said Juliana. “You’d rather use the money to spend on experiences with the people who matter.”




Establish a strong support system


The Diane Von Furstenbergs and Oprah Winfreys of the world didn’t do it all alone. Whether it’s from a business partner, your parents or significant other, having a strong eco-system of support was a constant talking point throughout brunch.



(Left) Kersie, co-founder of Clozette; (Right) Juliana, founder of photography studio, Honeyz Paint House


For Cheryl, having a strong network of support means having close family members and friends help out with the “administrative stuff” — like taking her children for regular medical check-ups — so her time is spent on quality play. Juliana agrees. As a child, her mother was always busy with her salon career. Even so, the mother and daughter enjoyed quality time because those precious hours were spent on memorable moments.

Not everyone is so lucky, though. Most of the time, loved ones don’t understand the adrenaline rush that comes with managing a business for fear of failure. When faced with such objections, avoid turning a discussion into a negative conversation. Politely and respectfully explain your cause, and if all else fails, simply move on. Convincing takes time and effort, never just by words.




Fake it till you make it



(Left) June, owner of eco-lifestyle store, Trove of Gaia


When asked how she deals with doubts and fears, June’s candid answer rang true in every sense. “I just deal with it. Throw myself off the deep end. Fake it till you make it.” Many times, being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you’re adept in every area of the business — and that’s okay. You just got to embrace and plough through unfamiliar territories and grow. For Audrey, growing meant developing a thick skin that helped build her self-confidence.

An “unfamiliar territory” that everyone around the table had in common is a fear of public speaking — but Cindy has a way to overcome it: “practice makes perfect.” Instead of memorising exactly what you’re going to say, highlight keywords relevant to the topic, then make sure you have ample time to rehearse before your presentation.




Do what you love & love what you do


“I never felt like I was working when I started Studio Petite with the girls!” shared Audrey. It may seem all very cliché, but as the saying goes: choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.


(Left) Audrey, co-founder of photography service, Studio Petite SG, Hokkaido cheese toast, Say Chiizu at 313 Somerset, and childcare centre Mulberry Learning Marymount


While some may argue that turning a hobby into a career is a bad idea, we think that you can still derive great pleasure while staying mindful of burn-outs. And judging from that enriching afternoon of learning and discussion with these inspiring young female entrepreneurs, we just know that their passion for winning and learning will empower them to journey through the odds.


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It's a new week — and that can only mean one thing: we'll be treated to a deluge of new happenings and releases from the worlds of fashion and beauty. For starters, here's what you need to know right now.


Chrissy x Becca Part 2?



Could there be a second instalment of the best-selling Chrissy Teigen x Becca Cosmetics collaboration? The model shared a sneak peek of a behind-the-scenes shoot with the cosmetics brand but did not give any further info. Would you be looking out for a possible new collab?


H&M x Moschino



H&M's latest designer collaboration is with Moschino. The news was revealed during the design house's creative director Jeremy Scott's Coachella party. A preview of what the collection will include has been seen on model Gigi Hadid. The collection will be out in November.


L'Oreal is buying Style Nanda



L'Oreal is reportedly buying 70% of Style Nanda, a Korean fashion and cosmetics brand. While the Korean brand initially became popular because of their clothes, they are shifting a bit more of their focus into their cosmetics brand 3CE, which could also explain the interest from L'Oreal. No deals have been signed, but are you excited to see what the acquisition would bring? Will we be seeing 3CE in drugstore locations soon?


Karl Lagerfeld's interesting comments



Karl Lagerfeld said some interesting things during his interview with Numero magazine. The designer talked about a variety of things, including his thoughts on how he is perceived in the industry and what he thinks about the #MeToo movement


(Cover photo from: @itsjeremyscott)


Take a look at what happened last week here.


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Coachella may have been established as a celebration of music and art, but for years it's also become a fashion event featuring the signature 'Coachella look' which usually comprises of floral garments, cute bralettes, quirky sunglasses and wide-brimmed sunhats. According to Jezebel, this year's attendants of the iconic music event are just wearing "plain, old clothes" and are quite dressed down. While that may be true for some, we can't say the same for the outfits of our favourite fashionistas. Here are our fave Coachella fashion moments and some styling tips we're copping from this year's best dressed. 


Beyoncé headlining set

 


You can always count on Queen Bey to give a great performance, and her headline set at this year's Coachella is nothing short of amazing. It was certainly jaw-dropping, but what made it extra awesome is the impressive ensemble worn by Beyoncé during her first appearance at this year's music festival. It's a piece designed by Olivier Rousteing, inspired by the Egyptian queen Nefertiti. 


Alessandra Ambrosio's denim jacket + multi-coloured shorts



Fringes are very popular this year at Coachella. We're loving this coordinated look from Ambrosio who rocked a denim jacket with rainbow fringes, matched with her super cute multi-coloured crochet shorts. A nice outfit idea for beach trips. 


Jenn Im's adorable Coachella ensemble 



We spy fringes again, and this time, they're in Jenn Im's pale pink skirt. We absolutely adore this look, especially the marshmallow-inspired top that she's donning here. Seeing this outfit makes us want to experiment more with pale pastels and muted rainbow hues this summer. Great styling, as always!


Moschino x H&M collab announcement



Jeremy Scott announced a piece of fashion news that got everyone so excited — a collab of Moschino and H&M. Basing on Moschino's previous designs, we can expect that this fashion line will have the same vibrant and playful style the Italian fashion house is currently known for. The collab collection will be released in November this year. 




Shay Mitchell's cool black and white outfit



Shay Mitchell defies the norm by choosing a monochrome look rather than the usual flower power or rainbow outfits. She showed off her toned abs with this black midriff top paired with acid-washed denim shorts. The fashion takeaway here is that sometimes going against the flow can be a good thing. 


(Cover photo from: @imjennim)


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