Behind the Scenes: styleXstyle TV

Recently shot new episodes of styleXstyle TV, and here’s some of the crazy that happens behind the scenes of every shoot with this fun team!

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That elegant lady is Jacq, the director behind the episodes!

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They told me to pick out a pair of shoes for the shoot. I love sneakers and I was dying over all the bright colours and prints! Decisions, decisions…

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Extremely mind-blowing stuff going on here. This is exactly how I pick out my shoes at home – I take one side of a pair I think may work and because I’m too lazy to actually put it on, I just hold it up and squint a bit as I imagine how the whole outfit will look.

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Yellow won by default over coral as the white-with-blue polka dots were out of my size, boo.

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This was actually pretty awkward, although I tried my best. Jacq asked me to dance, but already I have two left feet and am a terrible dancer (although I still love killing everyone’s eyes and going for it on the dance floor – too bad for you!); and then they’d cut the music so I was basically bopping around to a made-up song in my head. Not good.

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Tried to look model-ly instead but hmmm. All in the edit – make me look good k, Jacq!! (Knowing her and Sharon though, and their sense of humour, they’ll show all the terrible geeky/goofball moments.)

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These guys are really great though. =) They make working fun!

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Pretty epic one-shot-walking shot. Everything has to go just so when doing such a shot – lines have to be smooth, everyone has to look up and look natural at the right moment, no video-bombers in shot (true story!) and no tripping from the poor camera guy who has his eye on the lens and not where he’s going.(also true story!). Definitely no one-take wonder with this kind of shot!Jade Seah

Sharon on set to help her fashionistas loosen up!

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Check, check! Is it good?

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More behind the scenes soon!

How to Take Nice Interior Pictures

Unbeknownst to the Home & Decor team, I sneak-shot some behind the scenes photos while they were shooting at my place, hee. They came around 2pm and shot till the sun set. The place is pretty tiny, so we all figured half a day’s shoot would be more than enough, but since my partner and I are such junk collectors (I actually think I have a slight hoarder problem…), the team said there were so many small areas to shoot, that half a day wasn’t really sufficient. I took that as a compliment! LOL. It also took a lot longer to shoot that if you were to just snap a picture of the space because they art direct and style each and every shot, which is the secret to taking great pictures – applies to both people as well as homes!

Here they were testing the light for the cradle shot.

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Moving furniture around, and testing light for the bar shot. That’s a working spotlight we bought and shipped back from the US. Glad it came in handy for the shoot, haha.

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Setting up of the bar shot. The ‘Banker Lamp’, vintage globe and telephone that sit on the counter are some of my favourite things. =)

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The magic that happens when great styling, art direction and photography comes together. (Don’t mind my personal mess on the dining table!).

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Discussion, then some tweaks to lighting and angle. They used the reflector for a soft bounce of light.

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Caught taking a sneak shot while the team tried to make my accessories collection look pretty!

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They kept some away to take some clutter off the shot. =/

Okay…I’ll look through the lot and give/throw some away…soon…

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At the end of the day, it was my turn to be shot!

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Seeing all the shots properly for the first time that day as Winston, the photographer, brought me through his choices. I felt like a proud parent!

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The selected raws, pre-edit.

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Thanks Rebeckka for the feature, Winston, Nonie, Kaffy and Genie for a great shoot, and Amanda for the write-up! Thanks guys for making the space look gorgeous!

2014 Fashion Trends: The Making Of

The ChicPeek team got together to discuss what and where to film new episodes, and somehow we got sidetracked (as we do!) to bits of industry gossip. I shared with the team how the tables were turned on ME this time when I was interviewed by Mothership on uniforms (army or police? ACS or RI?) and who the best-dressed politician is, and then we got to talking about who got it seriously wrong (sartorially!) in 2013.

In case you are wondering what I meant by ‘the tables were turned on me’; yes, here’s me pouncing on boys in uniforms, lol.

So anyway that led to us deciding to cover what to throw out and what to keep in your wardrobe for 2014, and the team convinced me to open up my place for the filming.

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I am usually very private about my place; over the years, for various reasons, magazines and newspaper have asked to feature my place, but I have usually declined because of my family. They prefer to remain private. My mum balked when I asked her a few years ago if she was okay with a local magazine coming to feature my wardrobe some years ago.

After I moved out to my own place in 2010, I think some of mum may have rubbed off on me, and I still chose not have my place featured. However, I’ve since moved once again, and while my previous place was about 50% of how I wanted it to look, this new place is 90% (meaning almost; in my terms, that’s like practically perfect because I am a perfectionist!) there – dream home, fulfilled!

It is a conservation building and it was in real bad shape, meaning it was a real labour of love to get it to what it looks like now (structures, piping, plumbing, among the other aesthetics…), so I’ve decided to share. It also made filming a lot easier as there wasn’t a need to pack and move clothes, shoes and accessories around! I will give you the grand tour of the space in another episode of ChicPeek, but here’s a sneak peek in the meantime.

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DP Daryl is very precise in what he wants. This is how we achieved the top-angle shots in the video.

Went up to the roof as well!

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Producer Terence demonstrating his favourite ‘fashion pose’, the “Dislocated Elbow’.

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I daresay he does a better job of it than I do!

Had to balance in 3-inch heels and ‘walk up and down’ the ledge to shoot this one. It was a little scary!

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Terence seemed to be having a ball of a time from his even-higher perch. (Try it in heels next time though, buddy!)

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Outfit pictures soon! And in case you missed it, here are the finished products:

ChicPeek x Gardens by the Bay

I sometimes run past the beautiful Gardens by the Bay on my long runs, and most races now incorporate that beautiful part of this wonderful country in the official route. Every time I run past, I peek in to see this beautiful, paradise-like place on the other side of the glass. I have actually been inside for photoshoots, (you can see one such shoot here), but it’s different when you are there for work and on a tight schedule to get all the shots in – there isn’t the luxury of really enjoying the place. On my list for 2013 was to make the time to take my folks and my gran there to be able to really explore and appreciate the wonderful flora.

I won’t share the many pictures from the day with my family as they prefer it this way (for those who have asked, that’s why I sometimes have food or holiday posts where I am all alone!), but what happened after that outing was that I was so impressed by the beauty of the place, and how lovely their Christmas display was, that I was determined to shoot an episode of ChicPeek there.

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I am glad to say we made it happen! Together with my production team, Luff Media, we shot at Gardens by the Bay in December for a special festive edition of ChicPeek.. Many, many thanks to my good friend, Valencia Taye (better known as Val, or tangaci to me, haha), who is a horticulturalist at the Gardens, for being instrumental in getting us clearance!

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The Gardens consists of the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. Here’s an overview (literally; it’s taken from a higher vantage point) of the Flower Dome, which Val told me is the ‘dry’ part of the Gardens.

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The succulents.

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This was their super cute Christmas Sugar Mountain display!

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And this is the super impressive waterfall at the Cloud Forest, the ‘wet’ party of Gardens by the Bay.

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I love the place and I am proud that it’s one of Singapore’s attractions. One piece of advice if you’re planning on going though – take along a jacket as it’s pretty cold in there!

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Party Time! (Behind the Scenes) | styleXstyle TV

So many photos from fun times filming styleXstyle TV reccently, so here’s another post with more!

Tracy Phillips was my guest for one of the episodes, and we had a blast! You can catch the full episode here if you missed it!

She picked out party outfits for both of us, and I was super stoked to be styled by her. I personally don’t do the ‘prom’ kind of evening look well, and it isn’t her style either. Doing jewel tones and drapes here…

And some sparkle and shine here!

Still have more behind the scenes pictures to share, and am also excited to announce that I’ll be working with another stylish personality to create a bunch of edgy looks from a new multi-label store here in sunny Singapore. Catch the episode on Channel 5, styleXstyle TV and on this space soon!

Can you guess who, and which store we’ll be raiding?

 

Behind the Scenes | styleXstyle TV

I had much fun recently filming a series for styleXstyle and Channel 5! Read the full interview on styleXstyle here.

It’s a fashion series so I basically had a ball of a time putting together outfits, trying on clothes and meeting stylish people to pump them for style tips.

Getting my boots on for the first shot.

Gorgeous Topshop A/W wear with my brown leather knee-highs look cool…but in 34 degrees tropical heat, no joke!

As with almost all scenes, things are never perfect in the first take. Here’s Mel who kept helping me get dressed and ‘undressed’ (catch the episode here to know what I mean!).

With the stylishly fearless Linda Hao! *screams*

Goofing off and acting stupid while everyone else works. Heh.

Sharon and Mel give me the royal treatment!

Love this pinafore look!

With Sharon and the wonderful team from Wing Tai – thanks everyone for making this happen!

More behind the scenes photos soon!

Sweater, leggings, scarf, hat and winter outer from Topshop | Knee-high leather boots from Bonia | Cobalt top, brocade mini and gold strappy sandals from BCBG Max Azria | Grey & white striped sweater from maryjulian | Embellished denim shorts from American Eagle Outfitters | White blouse, pinafore and black wedges from Topshop |

ChicPeek – New Show!

It’s been a crazy past few months since I ended my DJ stint with 987, and everyone’s been asking me what I’ve been busy with since. I know I’ve been pretty evasive – “I’ll tell you in good time!” has been one of my pet responses – but really, it’s nothing to do with being deliberately cryptic, and everything to do with me just not liking to talk about things that haven’t been done yet. Talk is cheap.

So one of the projects that I’ve been working on has finally materialized, and I am excited to share! Together with a production house, Luff Media, I produced a series called ‘ChicPeek’. I cover everything from how to style tricky trends, to chats with celebrity guests on their personal style to even simple DIY projects you can try at home to give your old items a fresh spin.

Here’s a little behind-the-scenes peek at what went down!

The extremely glamorous side of shoots – getting those pesky, brightly coloured bins out of the shot!

Million dollar question: how much hair product does it take the crew to shoot one person?

Watch out for ChicPeek – first two episodes out on Wednesday, 9pm on www.jadeseah.com or on my YouTube channel.