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She’s a mother of two, an RYT 500 Traditional Yoga Instructor, a mall manager and co-founder of Sereni & Shentel – the homegrown brand for lux hair accessories.

With all these responsibilities on her shoulders  Sereni Linggi still manages to exude positive energy and appear lively and super stylish no matter where she’s seen. Indeed she is an inspiration.

In this Question & Answer session, Sereni reveals her OOTD (Outfit of the Day) choices and how her children motivate her. She also shares some fashion tips and her best advice on parenting.

Q: We adore how you always look so pulled together. Tell us about your personal style and who are your influences?

A: My mantra every morning when I’m picking an outfit is: ‘try not to look like a tai tai aunty please.’ I’m terrified of looking like an extra from the Phua Chu Kang  series. These days I live in my white Muji slip-on sneakers or if I am feeling a little dressy I will wear a pair of mules.

I’m generally quite minimal in terms of style, which is the polar opposite of my brand, Sereni & Shentel. Sometimes, I shock the world by wearing a crazy print by Roa Skye but as a whole, I like the ‘undone look’ vibe. I aspire to be Eva Chen and Aimee Song but always end up looking like a tragic Asian J.Lo wannabe!

Sereni & her husband – she wears a Roa Skye dress, Bowerhaus earrings and a Penan Women Project clutch.

Q: Who are your favourite designers right now?

A: I usually wear two brands: Roa Skye for colour and COS for basics. I love Johanna Ortiz too – she understands what women want with the right amount of sexiness. Unfortunately, I can’t afford her pieces but she is definitely on my fashion wish list for when I win the lottery.

Q: You managed to pull off some chic maternity looks while sporting your bump(s)! What were some of your go-to brands during your pregnancy?

A: COS. Their pieces work during and post pregnancy. I still use a lot of COS right now and can’t walk pass a their store without buying something. When I was pregnant I didn’t wear any maternity labels. I never tried to hide my belly and believe me it was H-U-G-E for both pregnancies.

Q: What are the most treasured things in your wardrobe and why?

A: My late mum’s vintage bags and her Nyonya kebayas. They remind me of her and are classic pieces which I can hand down to my daughters.

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On Sereni’s fashion wish list: Bowerhaus ‘Castaway’ necklace

Q: Name the top three things on your fashion wish list now?

A: Fake hair extensions, a Bowerhaus ‘Castaway’ necklace, and a pair of African print slip-on sneakers with a hidden platform that I can’t find but exists in my head.

Q: Could you share some key styling tips for mummies out there?

A: On a bad hair day, wear a Sereni & Shentel turban to add instant chicness to your outfit. Don’t wear white around your kids or when you’re eating laksa. Apart from that, there are no rules. Actually, wear whatever you want; life is short (laughs)!

Q: If you could host a dream dinner party, who would be on your guest list?

A: The head of wardrobe for Universal Studios, the cast of Little Britain, and Shentel.

Sereni and her BFF Shentel

Q: What are some beauty tips you swear by?

A: I wear sunscreen everyday and swear by Dermalogica products. I’ve been using the brand for 20 years. I try not to overload my skin by keeping it simple through cleansing and moisturising. No face masks or serums. I don’t even use eye cream even though I probably should!

I’m not concerned with ageing, it’s a part of life. The best tips I can give when it comes to beauty is to sleep well, eat fresh and organic as much as you can, do yoga, and laugh lots. 

Q: You have two lovely daughters, Calla and Skye. Tell us what have you learned from raising them?

A: My daughters are three and five-years-old respectively but they act like they are 60. They are confident in their life and style choices. They have taught me to be more patient and more accepting of situations.

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Halloween 2017: Sereni and her daughters about to go trick-o-treatin’!

Q: How did you encourage your children to enjoy a healthy diet?

A: I rarely take my kids out to eat and I never buy junk food for them. They have never been to any fast food chains. It’s easy; don’t bring junk back and they won’t have access to it. If they have them at parties then at least they only have it occasionally and not all the time.

Q: Top three places for a fun day out with your children in your hometown, Kuching, Sarawak.

A: Wonderboom at Green Heights Mall, Cove 55, and Lima Tujoh on China Street.

Q: You’re such a fit mum! What’s your secret?

A: Eat fresh as much as you can and prepare your own meals. I don’t really enjoy eating out as there’s too much salt and monosodium glutamate (MSG) in most food. Personally, I don’t think I’m fit but teaching yoga, working full time, and taking care of the family does keep me active.   

Q: What is your best advice for new mums?

A: Do introduce solids at six months (no earlier than that) and feed your little one healthy fresh foods at the earliest stage. Make sure your kids drink plenty of water and stick to a routine as much as you can.

There’s nothing worse than a hungry and tired child. Put them to bed early so that they have plenty of rest and you have time for yourself to wind down.

 

Credits: Photos are courtesy of Sereni Linggi

She’s one of Malaysia’s most recognised fashion gurus thanks to her impeccable fashion sense and repertoire of styling local celebrities plus commercial and editorial shoots to boot.

We managed to have a chat with down-to-earth stylist Min Luna despite her busy schedule and got some inside scoop from her well-anticipated collaboration with Fashion Valet which launches tomorrow – 8.08.18! Titled ‘Not Fragile’, one can expect the Min Luna x Fashion Valet collection to be chic-cool, stylish, and wearable. Read on to know more about Min!

Hi Min! Tell us more about your personal style and who are your influences?  

I would say I’m quite simple but unpredictable. Most people think I can get away with any style, but I personally don’t think so. It’s about being comfortable in your own skin. Frankly, I’m down to trying varied styles, which includes loud styles too. I don’t really have specific influences for dressing up because I don’t like following trends and get most of my inspirations from movies.

Who are your favourite designers right now?

Sies Marjan, Attico, Jacquemus, and Michael Lo Sordo.

What were some of your go-to brands while you were pregnant? Any recommendations for chic maternity?

I refused to wear maternity clothes throughout my pregnancy. What I loved the most was wearing loose and wrap dresses. They’re tasteful yet comfortable to wear while having a bun in the oven. I liked pairing my looks with a staple long kimono too – no fuss and fashionable.

What are your most treasured things in your wardrobe?

My studded leather jacket, black latex trousers, and Norma kurta in bright pink and lime prints.

Min Luna and friends in the Norma Raya campaign this year.

Name us three things on your fashion wish list now?

I don’t know whether you can call this a fashion wish list but I’d love to participate in Vogue Fashion Festival 2019, go on a vintage buying trip to Barcelona or Milan, and have a professional teach me how to organise my expanding wardrobe.

You’re on a desert island, and can only bring five beauty products with you – what would they be?

Eyebrow liner, face oil, aloe vera gel, waterproof mascara, and Solek lipstick in ‘Normadiah.’

Give us a pro-tip on beauty products or tips you swear by.

I started using face oil this year to help with my skin’s hydration and it has done wonders. Sometimes, it’s not about using the most expensive face cream but about understanding your skin’s needs. Apart from keeping my skin hydrated, I needed to make sure I had enough ‘good oil’ on my skin too. Another evergreen beauty tip of mine is applying mascara. It’s one of the fastest way to look polished.

What’s your take on work-life balance?

To be honest, I am still struggling to do this because of my long and crazy work hours. There are times I find myself having to choose work over my family but I do say no to work and prioritise my family whenever I can. It’s one of the hardest thing about my job and industry. That said, it will not surprise me if I were to lose an arm one fine day and hear someone say to me, ‘Oh, you lost an arm Min but where’s my outfit?’ (laughs).

On motherhood: What is your best advice to new mums?

To treasure your time with little one and your spouse. On top of that, do remember to sneak in some me-time in between for yourself or else you’ll go nuts!

Min Luna and her daughter Mal.

Any style tips for mummies out there?

Try to avoid following trends, always find the best silhouette for your body, and experiment with it. If it works, flaunt it. My biggest tip is to invest in a few key statement pieces which highlights your figure nicely, and shows that you have a good sense of style.

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We’re so excited about your collaboration with Fashion Valet! Can you tell us more about it? What can we look out for (for expecting mums and fashionistas alike.)

You will definitely fall in love with the collection, I promise! The Min Luna x Fashion Valet collection is called ‘Not Fragile’ because it’s about breaking stereotypes and embracing your curves no matter what size you are. We are all beautiful in our own unique way, ladies! Spreading body positivity and embracing your curves is the way to go. I specifically said, NO BLACK when Vivy (Yusof) asked me to be on board for the collection. I want women to find joy in wearing colours because it’s the easiest way to be stylish.

Tell us your top three looks from the ‘Not Fragile’, Min Luna x Fashion Valet collection. 

Mega hard to choose! During the curating and conceptualising process, I made sure I thought of every woman out there. The blazers are pretty neat. There’s a ‘Monday Blues’ blazer set that has two different stripes, and also a cut-out blazer in navy for women who are bored of the normal office-friendly silhouette blazer. There’s also a cool selection of dresses made from Norma prints that are amazing! OMG, I’m afraid I’ll start spilling about the entire collection so I’ll stop now! (laughs). Stay tuned for the launch, guys!

Nothing worth doing is without hard work, effort, blood, sweat, and tears. Tell us, what was the most challenging part of putting the collection together?

Fabric wise! Choosing the fabric was hard but I was extremely lucky to have an experienced team to help me out.

Thanks for the inside scoop, we can’t wait for the launch of the collection. Lastly, what is your life’s mantra to live by?
I believe in two. One is, ‘if you can’t be the solution, don’t be the problem’ and ‘beauty is pain.’

Credits: Photos are taken from @minluna