Sunday, March 22, 2015

Uniqlo x INES DE LA FRESSANGE Spring Summer 2015


Uniqlo's line with designer Ines De La Fressange redefines Parisienne luxury through every day wear. The Spring 2015 line focus on cooler tones of Indigo and Cream while the styling combination adds a slighter feminine touch to the androgynous pieces. These pieces were designed based on the Parisian casual fashion and the range has staples that could complete your basic wardrobe that you would keep for life. Check out their Spring Summer 2015 collection below and on http://uniqlo.com/my/ines.














Saturday, March 21, 2015

Things I Learned From Working That Might Help You Too


Now that I'm no longer employed, and are on the other side where I employ people I finally understand when other people tell me that it's difficult to find people with substance. Having substance does not mean you have to be super smart, an Ivy League graduate or someone with years of working experience but it's the level of knowledge and life-skills you have to allow you to be resourceful at work.

In the current world, everything moves really fast. In our line, we're always hiring people who can manage themselves as we would not mostly have the time to micro-manage. It's more difficult to train people now that time is restrictive, and most of the things you learn are from life experiences. However, I've put some of the things I've personally learnt throughout my years of working and hiring people on the go so I hope it helps some of you.

Do what you love, love what you do and it will show.


1. Read and follow instructions.

I've had a few people asking me why do I put my hiring criteria in sentences and not bullet points. Isn't it harder for people to read?

This, is your first test - reading instructions and following them.

I noticed throughout the years that people hardly read and take their time to digest anymore. They take in the first few words i.e "Hiring Now" and right away e-mail or personally message the person in charge and asks many questions in which they can source themselves via the internet.

Firstly, you might not follow the simplest instructions of 'e-mailing your resume to the mentioned email'. If I can't rely on you to follow the simplest instruction, I might not want to rely on you for bigger tasks.

Secondly, I might be the person posting it but I might not be the person who will be going through your resume and hiring you. Imagine if I'm posting on behalf of a friend, and you message me instead on my Facebook or other social media platforms. In this case, I'd reply you back and tell you what to do but what if it's someone else that doesn't care and just leaves you hanging? You probably just blew your chance of employment right there.


2. Ask relevant questions. Keep your intentions clear.

Sometimes I get people replying me (without their resumes) asking unrelated questions i.e. I'm hiring for a producer but someone asking me if I'm looking for talent extras. I understand that you're trying your chance right there but if my inbox is flooded with unrelated questions, most of the time I won't have time to entertain.

If you want to e-mail something unrelated to the job vacancy posted, do it as a separate agenda. Keep the heading of your email clear i.e 'Subject: Freelance Male Talent Portfolio' and not 'asking for job'.


3. We want to hire proactive people. Be resourceful.

My biggest pet peeve are people who wait for instructions and only do one thing until told for another. Not everyone can micro-manage and not everyone likes to be micro-managed. If I tell you that I need help with finding a location for a specific shoot, I'd expect you to come up with a few and possibly one or two for contingency in case if the weather fails on us. Now that would make you valuable as an employee (will discuss that in point #7).


4. Understand the company and what they do (even if its basic). 

When you're sending out your resume to a specific company, do a background research on them. At least view their past works, clients and understand (even if its just basic understanding) their core business.

All of these informations are readily available at your fingertips (a.k.a Google it!). I've had people send in things such as "I want to send my resume, but I don't know what your company does" on our Facebook page. Little do they know that if they scroll a little down south, they'd find our work and updates on what we do.

You don't have to stalk the company and the people in it but it's not helping you get brownie points when you text "i want the job but i'm not sure what you do".


5. Be comfortable. Do not be someone you're not (it shows).

When we assemble our Avengers team, we look for people we want to work with. This might not apply to other companies but if it's a small one, it matters. I do not want to be stuck with a person who would be grumpy all the time, or someone who has no tact when talking to others. It would reflect back on us and our work. 

When someone pretends to be the hottest shit in town, even when he/she is not it actually shows. Be definitely give the benefit of the doubt, as long as the work gets done but we'd expect improvements. 


6. Accept your flaws, play your strengths.

I'm okay with people who aren't experienced enough. However, it means that there's so much room for learning and there's potential to grow. However, in order to do so you should know your strengths and your flaws. Admit your flaws, and ask others to help out. Do not be arrogant and ignorant about it. Everyone around you would help you if you ask for it. In fields you're more experienced or have better knowledge, offer help to those in need. 

It's a balance, and that creates the dynamic in the team. 


7. Increase your value.

By increasing your value, I don't mean putting a price up for no reason. Your value comes when you're irreplaceable. People will have so much respect when you do your job well, and it's more difficult for employers to find someone that could match up to your quality of work. I'm personally working on this, but in order to do that, point #6 is vital. It's a learning curve, take it a step at a time. 


8. Do not take on responsibilities you can't handle. 

Knowing your limitations is key to a good dynamic in a team. If you can't take some responsibility, let it go and don't be greedy. Do not be afraid to say that you're having difficulties. It's only arrogant  and selfish when someone can't do something and keeps quiet about it. Best thing to do is lay out the issue, and ask for help to find solution. 


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I can't believe I've sat here for an hour writing this down but I hope it helps you in the journey for self-improvement in the workplace or when you're looking to be hired. I'm still in the learning stage myself but as I've been told, life is a learning curve until the day you die.



I'd love to hear your experience too - what you've learnt as an employee or employer so it would help me and anyone who reads this so leave a comment in the comment box below =)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Brief Stop in London

I must be such a horrible blogger by now that I'm only posting things that happened a year ago at the present time. It's been such a crazy year of flying in and out of the country, I swear I thought my birthday wish really came true, in double that amount I initially expected. Anyway before I write about other stuff, I just want to clear this off my draft and share some photos of my brief stop in London after Iceland. As you all should know by now, going to Iceland isn't as difficult as we thought. It takes only a flight to any European country, and another straight to Iceland so I chose London as my pit stop, so I could see my sister who lives there on the way back. 

She dropped by over the weekend from Oxford and we caught up over desserts and some shopping with our other friends but my highlight of the trip was definitely visiting Warner Brothers' Harry Potter Studio in Leavesden. I can't remember the last time I was properly excited about something, like... high school excited. Being there in the midst of throngs of school kids made it even worse. Everyone were turning into ten year olds. It doesn't help that I bough a bunch of things from the gift shop either, so there goes my shopping money. It's now sitting prettily in my living room so I'm pretty proud of my purchase no matter what. 

Anyhow I'm keeping this short, cause I didn't do much in London except hangout with friends and my sister, and do my usual shopping at my favourite shops so here are some photos but if you'd like to read more about my Harry Potter Studio experience please click HERE.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Jonathan Liang Fall Winter 2015 Lookbook


Boy prodigy, Paris-based Jonathan Liang is back with his Autumn/ Winter 2015 collection, inspired by American artist Jim Hodges' untitled art installation in 2011. The fusion of metallic-glazed granite with the sensation of wanderlust projected alongside textured basics in various silhouettes. Liang created a refined touch to his designs - rose-gold hardware, embroideries, hidden pockets and zippers that gives space for backpacks pushing his technical designing skills.

The Autumn/Winter 2015 lookbook features an art installation collaboration with artist and fine arts restorer Margaret Jones.







Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Rizalman for Zalora Raya 2015


Rizalman Ibrahim has certainly outdone himself for his 2015 collaboration with Zalora for their upcoming Raya collection. To be frank, I'm always not the first to jump in on the Raya bandwagon but with these pieces, it's almost impossible to not fall in love with the Euro-luxe that's ready for those fancy crowd functions at a fraction of the cost. These are by far the trendiest look for this year's Raya collection, with Scha Al Yahya as muse.

Don't mistake it for purely seasonal items, they look good enough to be mixed and matched for other non-Raya occasions. These are only a sneak peek of what's coming up soon, I certainly cannot wait to see what's going to be in-store online.

The prêt–à-couture themed collection carries over 56 items which will be availabe exclusively on www.zalora.com.my by end of May, 2015 








Saturday, February 14, 2015

Quick Fix - Baked Eggs and Toast


It's the weekend and I'm a little too attached to my sofa to drive myself out and grab some cafe grub. But I do have canned tomatoes, eggs and bread so what do I do with these? Make baked eggs and toast, of course! I've never made these and totally don't know how to but how difficult can it be, right? I must say that it's a total success, and my husband loved it. Here's the breakdown on how to make these super easy baked eggs that can be shared for two within 15minutes. 




Ingredients:

1. 3 whole eggs.
2. 2 teaspoon olive oil.
3. 3 tablespoons of canned/fresh diced tomatoes.
4. 1 tablespoon of tomato puree (optional but makes the taste much better).
5. 1/2 of a whole yellow onion.
6. Chopped garlic/ garlic powder.
7. A pinch of paprika & chilli flakes (optional)
8. Parsley (fresh/flakes)
9. Salt & Pepper to season.



How to:

1. Mix tomato puree and diced tomatoes together until blended well. Spread it at the bottom of the ramekin. Drizzle the olive oil over the tomatoes.
2. Spread the sliced onions and garlic/ garlic powder and crack the eggs on top.
3. Sprinkle the paprika, chilli flakes, salt and pepper over the eggs.
4. Top it with cooked sausages, bacon or cheese if you want but it's optional.
5. Bake it in the oven (about 10 minutes or less on 180 degrees celsius) until the egg whites are cooked but the yolk is still runny.
6. Enjoy it with toast.



Tag me @haniehidayah on instagram if you've tried any of my recipes, I'd like to see them! 

Bon Appétit


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January Update!

 Currently in America from 12 January - 12 February. Will update when I'm back in Malaysia cause I don't have a laptop right now.

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