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Having interacted with hundreds of people from my workshops, programmes and trainings, what never fails to amaze me is the fact that we all have confidence. For some, it may still be dormant, waiting for the right opportunity to surface. 

And for a special group of ladies, there is no better time than now. I salute them for having the courage to step forward and enroll in Amazing Lifestyles 2011. If last year's inaugural pageant was an indicator of what these ladies can look forward to, I’m very sure the lineup this year will blow your minds away.

I’m absolutely honoured to be appointed as the events manager for the Amazing Lifestyles 2011. The Amazing Lifestyles 2011 concept is a very simple one. We do not want to neglect our bigger, plus-sized sisters, friends and colleagues out there. Taking a leaf from all the other female pageants in the market, nothing even comes close than our altruistic desires for these ladies to embark on a journey filled with self-discovery, transformation and confidence. 

A sneak preview of the exciting lineup ahead reveals the following:

Studio Photoshoot

All ladies will be involved in a studio photoshoot. The concept for the photoshoot will be 1950s Pin-Up Girls made famous by Katy Perry, Dita Von Teese and TV series Mad Men. The era epitomises curves and curvy girls.

The signature look is all about the heavy false lashes and siren red lips with curls, headbands, ribbons and up-dos. So think poodle skirts, twin sets, trapeze dresses, retro fashion etc. Glamorous? Definitely! Sophisticated? Definitely! Sexy? Definitely!
 
Following the selection of the photos, all ladies will be featured in a calender with a single month's spread. Talk about being your own cover model. How's this for a change? :p


Self Enhancement Workshops
 
Everyday in life, we are either growing or not. We want all ladies in Amazing Lifestyles 2011 to continue to grow and realise their full potentials in this journey. And that was why we have arranged a series of workshops for the participants to be schooled in areas such as relationships, makeup, stage presence and fitness. To be conducted free of charge to all ladies, industry experts in each of these fields will be holding court.


The Runway Fashion Show

It may sound silly but true. I've asked my workshop participants and 95% of them love the glitz and glamour of 'Sex And The City'. And we want to recreate this image in all our ladies when they take to the runway and do a fashion show end Feb which is the proud climax of it all. Imagine having your family, friends and colleagues cheer you on when you strut your stuff on stage. I can't wait!!

If your heart has started to be stirred just by what I have shared, then hesitate no more and sign up now. Here is the official website where more info on Amazing Lifestyles 2011 can be obtained.
Registration is free so encourage your friends & colleagues to join. And if anyone asks, just say Lionel recommended :)
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It’s regarded as one of architectural office icons in Singapore and I always see it dot the city skyline from afar. Yet until today, I’ve never had any chance to enter its premise. Introducing The Gateway, a pair of office buildings on Beach Road designed by the world famous US based architect I.M. Pei.

Likened to two towering cardboard boxes, I was invited to The Gateway East building to give a corporate grooming talk at NAVTEQ. Whether you own an in-house navigation system to get from Point A to Point B, or are trying to find the closest fuel station on your way home, or finding your way around in a new city, NAVTEQ are the guys you can always turn to.
 
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As it was a Friday, most of the staff were dressed in smart casual, which is one of the commonly accepted dress codes allowed as it heralds the beginning of the weekends.

When one speaks of corporate grooming, it’s all about decoding it right and wearing what is generally accepted by HR. It’s not always about a jacket and suit. Corporate grooming can also be translated to mean wearing a business shirt, pants and tie for men; and a blouse and skirt for ladies. Very often, wearing a tie for a man works volumes of his credibility and status. If I were to do business with two men – one wearing a tie and one without, I would definitely approach the guy wearing the tie. Strange but true, a tie ups the authority level of a guy, anytime, anywhere.

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Of course, a guy cannot always be seen wearing the same coloured shirt. A good number of long-sleeved shirt a guy needs to own is five – one colour for each day. Unless you work in a firm which advocates only white, then I would suggest having a palette of colours that you can select from, depending on your moods. Yes, the colours we wear do represent our internal moods. And of course, pick colours that complement your skin tone.
 
As for ladies, if she comes dressed in a power suit jacket, then I know she means business too. When it comes to corporate dressing for ladies, they have many styles to choose from. And what makes it more interesting is what she wears under her jacket. It can be a tube top, blouse, shirt or full dress. With so many options to choose from, women are hard pressed to find any excuses not to dress well. 

So with the on-going Great Singapore Sales, now that everyone has a clearer idea of how easy it is to put together a corporate look, it's time to go shopping over the weekends!

 
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