Interview

Interview with SJL

SJL is one of the most stylish ladies I’ve come across and I would describe her fashion is youthful, fun, and classic. It was such a pleasure doing this interview, and all of SJL’s photos are like a breath of fresh air and color – you will soon see that her taste is exquisite! Enjoy meeting SJL:

Beautiful SJL in a Missoni dress

First things first – what is your name? What do you do, and where are you from? 

My initials are SJL, and I am from Singapore.

How would you describe your style? 

Mostly girly, with a little bit rock and roll.

Hermes Birkin and Tom Binns Bib necklace

I adore your wardrobe. Name some of your favorite items – the holy grails that you stare at and make you happy when you open your closet 🙂 

Thank you! Oh my, the list is very long and it varies with time…..These Alexander McQueen Gladiators Sandals the hubby bought me on our honeymoon 7 years ago, my Judith Leiber Piggy Clutch that can hold nothing else but cash (for the cab ride home…hahahah!), a Van Cleef and Arpels Between the Fingers Lotus Ring, and the latest is this Tom Binns Techno Bib Necklace.

SJL and her lovely Hermes Kelly pochette

What are the workhorses in your closet – the items that you wear the most? I’d love to hear your answers for bags/accessories/clothes. 

For bags – Black Birkin and Black Chanel Reissue.

Clothes – My boyfriend jeans (Technically mine are “hubby jeans’ because I altered a pair of his old Levi’s to fit myself!)

Accessories – I wear a lot of my Hermes CDCs and my Franck Muller Watch…..And I am always in 5 inch heels. I do not really have a favourite shoe brand, I am more of an equal opportunist.

White Birkin + Alaia heels

White Birkin + watersnake Louboutins

I really admire the way you are able to mix colors into your looks. Can you share some of your favorite outfit photographs? 

I don’t think I have “the eye” when in comes to colours, so I tend to do so in small doses. I think colours can brighten a person’s day and elevate one’s mood.

SJL dining at El Bulli (yummmm)

What else are your hobbies? Can you share some more details? 

I love to travel, and to try out new restaurants with friends and family. But after having my now 9 month-old daughter, I tend to spend whatever time I have when I am not work just hanging out with her. Being with my family is my greatest joy….and luxury.

One of my favorite SJL outfits – love the red white and blue! 

What about your home/decor? I am sure you have a lovely home – can you share some of your favorite interior items? 

My hubby and I like this Zanotta Coffee Table that is extra big and wide and hence large enough for the 2 of us to use as a dinner table on evenings when we want to do TV dinners!

SJL in a Pucci dress and BV knot clutch

What were some of the biggest mistakes that you made earlier on in fashion? In purchasing? Share your biggest fashion faux pas! 

I make fashion mistakes and faux pas ALL the time (I’ve probably done every no-no there is at one point or another), and I STILL do!…I take it as part of experimenting and learning about what suits me. I also feel that fashion is about having fun and a little humour goes a long way….I like wearing silly things now and then, and laughing about it with my family and girlfriends.

Iris Birkin and Louboutin Poseidons

Please share some advice for our readers as to what you have learned about fashion/purchasing – what would you advise them, what mistakes would you tell them to avoid? 

I have learnt to always buy what I really love rather than what is the most pragmatic. I also try to buy the best quality that I can afford and take good care of it, so that way the item goes a long long way and I get to enjoy it for many years to come!

SJL and her beautiful family

Her adorable daughter and rose Birkin!

Finally, please share something surprising about yourself 🙂 

My favourite shopping mate is actually my hubby – he is my largest supporter, my greatest enabler and my sharpest critic.

Isn’t SJL beautiful and her taste just exquisite? There isn’t a single item that she shows/wears here that I wouldn’t consider a worthwhile investment, and I know that I’ve personally added a Pucci dress and colorful Birkin to my list! Thank you SJL for sharing your life and photographs with us – and have a great Wednesday everybody!

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  • girl in the poodle shoes
    December 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    i would gladly take one of those birkens off of her hands…
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  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    December 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I have the pleasure of meeting SJL and her hubby twice. They're not only impeccably dressed from head to toe, they couldn't have been more down to earth and kind. Just the nicest friends you could ask for.

    SJL, Little SJL is simply too adorable for words. Seeing the photos, I can't believe how time flies. Wasn't it just yesterday you were pregnant?? Drop me a line if you are up for a long haul flight back to London!

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    December 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I have the pleasure of meeting SJL and her hubby twice. They're not only impeccably dressed from head to toe, they couldn't have been more down to earth and kind. Just the nicest friends you could ask for.

    SJL, Little SJL is simply too adorable for words. Seeing the photos, I can't believe how time flies. Wasn't it just yesterday you were pregnant?? Drop me a line if you are up for a long haul flight back to London!

  • CashmereLibrarian
    December 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    So excited to see SJL again! I used to read her blog and look for her on TPF; so nice to see her, her husband and their adorable daughter!

  • shoppingtosaving
    December 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Her taste is amazing and the red, white and blue outfit is to die for! Does she have a blog???? Would LOVE to read it!

  • Adele
    December 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    What amazing style she has & a fab collection of Birkins xoxo
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  • Natasha xoxo
    December 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Wow! I'm in love with her collection 😉

    xo, tasha
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  • Lidiya
    December 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Fabulous interview, her style is so elegant <3
    http://cupcakesandtreacle.blogspot.com/

  • Amy N
    December 21, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    I absolutely love her style, and her philosophy on buying things we love, especially in the best quality we can afford. Often times, I catch myself buying into a trend or doing a lot of impulse shopping, only to return everything the following weekend. I have to say that I never do that with higher end goods.

    Thanks for the wonderful interview!

  • Lindsay
    December 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Her daughter is beautiful! I like her style a lot. She's so funky and has a lot of fun with fashion. It's really refreshing.

  • littlemissandrea
    December 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    SJL has amazing style! Thankyou for the lovely interview.. I would die to have a collection like hers!

  • katattack2000
    December 21, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Ooo I love that iris birkin in purple! Love the interview and the abundance of pics 🙂

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  • Leona
    December 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Wonderful interview! Awwww, her daughter is adorable! Love the Missoni dress in the first pic!
    xo
    Leona

  • DSK Steph
    December 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    She has a great bag collection!

  • alison*elle
    December 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    She's very stylish and has a beautiful family! My favourite outfit of hers is yours too 🙂

    xo, alison*elle

  • skippysays
    December 21, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Aw, her little girl is so cute! And I agree with you- that red, white, and blue outfit is amazing 🙂
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  • Chic in Vancity
    December 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    She has fabulous style! Awesome interview!!
    Happy Holidays!!
    Bella xox
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  • Taylor
    December 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    this girl has such great style! love her dresses. nice of you to post this!

  • homestilo
    December 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    That baby is a fahionista in training! Soo cute.

  • The Fashionable ESQ
    December 21, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    NICE COLLECTION. I love stuff.
    That's why I love your interviews with all of these ladies that have all of this STUFF.

    One can never have too many iconic handbags, right?

    http://www.thefashionableesq.blogspot.com/

  • Lisa
    December 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    omgosh i DIE over her royal blue louboutins.. that blue is SO gorgeous.. and the poisidin pumps.. i was so sad when i passed over that collection.. i really wish i had gotten a pair!!!

  • Call me M
    December 21, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Her red-white-blue outfit is amazing! And wow what a collection! A Birkin and a Chanel 2.55 are really high on my list. hehe

  • swisscecilia
    December 22, 2011 at 12:15 am

    oh she has such a great tastes! I can't get myself focus on other things besides her birkins!

  • cryskay
    December 22, 2011 at 8:01 am

    yet another great interview! where do you find these fabulous ladies??? xx

  • janettaylor
    December 22, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Love those BV heels!

  • pink horrorshow
    December 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    That electric green Birkin is AMAZING. I've never seen that color before!

  • Emmy
    December 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Tons of birkins and dining at el bulli? This girl is living the life!!!

  • tiffyama
    December 23, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Great interview!! Such a snazzy looking family! :]

  • urbanjunglefashion
    December 23, 2011 at 4:46 am

    I loved this interview. I agree, that white dress with the blue Louboutins is amazing.

  • audrinajulia
    December 23, 2011 at 6:40 am

    She has a gorgeous collection of bright Hermes.:) Love to see those over again..just like candies..so worthy to look at to. Great to know that she's on of the gurls that are blessed to have a supporting husband in terms of shopping..it's a great factor in the relationship..and less worries.again great interview and hope to see more of her collections in 2012! advance merry Christmas Katherine!

  • audrinajulia
    December 23, 2011 at 6:44 am

    She has a gorgeous collection of bright Hermes.:) Love to see those over again..just like candies..so worthy to look at to. Great to know that she's on of the gurls that are blessed to have a supporting husband in terms of shopping..it's a great factor in the relationship..and less worries.again great interview and hope to see more of her collections in 2012! advance merry Christmas Katherine!

  • rooth
    December 23, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Oh that little girl is SO CUTE! She looks like she can fit in some of those bags 🙂

  • Lili
    December 31, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    im glad you finally featured her! and her baby is just adorable!

  • The Blonde @ Stylish3
    January 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I love teh picture where she's pregnant – what a cute little pregnant lady she was! Those Alaia shoes are killer!