The ever-busy co-founder of Style Theory–Raena Lim, currently shuttles between Singapore and Indonesia offices, is all about juggling working on-the-go and living life to the fullest.
We sat down with Raena and find out how the busy style maven starts her mornings to accomplish so much in a day and get ready in less than an hour every morning!
How do you start a typical workday?
Raena: The first thing I think about when I wake up is what my focus should be for the day. I’m an early riser so I try to get more out in the mornings: read for 45 minutes, check my emails and plan my day, dress up before grabbing a breakfast bar or sandwich and getting out of the door.
What makes getting ready easier in the morning?
What are some tips to make mornings more productive?
- Set up a routine that you can accomplish even when you are half awake.
- Don’t look at your phone when you first wake up–you will get distracted by the notifications and you will find that an hour has passed.
- Pack your bag the night before so you don’t have to worry about potentially forgetting something
Which part of your morning routine is most important to you?
I believe in skin care more than makeup so my skincare routine takes around 15 minutes while my makeup routine takes around 3 minutes–also because I don’t really know much about makeup!
What is your idea of a perfect morning?
What’s the greatest thing about being a woman?
Where do I start? Haha, I love that I’m born in a time when women are celebrated for our accomplishments, I love that we have equal rights in Singapore and thankful to stand on the shoulders of the men and women who have made that happened. I love that being a woman today means I can wear both dresses and pants (literally and figuratively)!
I find inspiration from the designers I work with, I love Celine (particularly Phoebe Philo’s style) and Marni’s quirkiness. I try to challenge myself to pull off louder colours and bolder prints and that has helped me to discover new ways to express myself instead of black, which has been quite a fun journey.
What’s your go-to style?
My go-to style is a black shift dress, though if I could only wear one outfit for the rest of my life it’d be the navy jumpsuit.
Any style rules you abide by?
I don’t go for pink or frills just because I’m not a feminine person. I jump around when I get excited! Shift dresses work well for me as I’m a rectangular body shape and since I’m 1.7m, I can usually pull off maxi dresses.
What’s one of your favourite style tips to share?
I got this tip from a model! Spray perfume in your hair right behind your ears. This will make the perfume stay longer throughout the day and allows anyone who speaks with you catches a whiff of the scent.
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