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Singaporean Wins Second Runner Up in Mrs Top of the World 2017

Congratulations to 43 year-old Ice Sherry Lee who recently competed in the international Mrs Top of the World pageant in Riga, Latvia! The Singaporean mother of two was one of the few Asians in the competition and she bagged the title of Second Runner Up, beating 16 other contestants who were mostly in their early 30s. The cheerful Singaporean beauty also won the award for Mrs Photogenic.

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According to Ice, she shared that the competition was “pretty intense” as some of the contestants had an entourage following them everywhere to ensure that they looked good all the time. Nonetheless, this beauty with the short cropped hairdo stood out from the rest with her ability to look outstanding plus confident through careful choices of colour and clothes that match her skin and body shape. It is hard to believe that Ice had never worn a stitch of make up until she joined SIA as a flight attendant at the age of 24 years-old!

The results of the pageant were determined through four factors: paid public online voting (including social media), beauty, poise and confidence. It’s no wonder that this former model scored high in all segments, as seen through her sizeable following. Ice is currently the founder of Aphrodite Image Consultancy as well as the owner of Shine Models, and she shared what her beauty secrets are: drinking sufficient water, getting at least 8 hours of sleep daily, a regular detox regime as well as a rigorous daily skincare routine.

The dedicated mother of a boy and a girl still takes the time to ensure that her children eat properly by cooking almost every meal for them.

When asked what this win in an international pageant means to her, Ice commented, “I want to show that even when middle age hits, it is possible for any woman to still be beautiful when one masters the art of dressing for success and takes good care of herself while putting her strengths to work.”

We’re certainly proud of Ice for clinching this international title for Singapore and we definitely want to look as good as she does when we hit our 40s!


Photo credits: Mrs Top of the World 

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Dove Showcases #RealBeauty with their New Body Wash Bottles

Dove has done it again with their latest body positive campaign! They have managed to come up with this brilliant marketing campaign that not only shows how we all come in many shapes and sizes, but we are all the same too. Helmed by Ogilvy London, Dove came up with bottles of their body wash in different shapes and sizes even though they all have the same content.

The bottles are meant to represent the fact that even though women come in all shapes and sizes, they’re all unique and should be treated equally, just like the bottles all have different ways but accomplish the same purpose.

As you can see from the jazzy number, Dove aims to make sure that people understand that beauty comes in all forms and should be celebrated as such. These limited edition bottles are quite refreshing to see on the shelves and really drives home the message to consumers in a tangible manner.

Nevertheless, while the commercial appears to be doing well, a lot of people on Twitter have instead taken to criticising and making fun of the bottles, with some people noting that they aren’t representative of all body types and others just mocking it for no reason.

It’s the Internet so this isn’t surprising, but it does make you think about whether people are receptive towards attempts at increasing body positivity. It’s certainly a more brazen attempt since we are just speaking about bottles, but you can also make a case about how the things that surround us also influence the way we see the world.

Either way, you still can’t knock Dove for trying to spread the message, but it’s not surprising considering they had already done this with Image_Hack last month. Still, regardless of people’s reactions, the attempt should still be appreciated because for a beauty company, Dove is really going above and beyond by celebrating all kinds of beauty instead of sticking to stereotypes. After all, the world is diverse and that’s what makes us all unique individuals who should be celebrated daily.


Photo Credits: AdWeek

 

 

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Giant Boob Makes a Statement About Breastfeeding

Last Sunday was Mothers’ Day in the UK and if you were in the Shoreditch area of London, you would’ve seen a giant inflatable breast with a prominent nipple sitting on top of a building.

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Now, before you start thinking that this is some sort of shock art or an ad for porn, it was marketing agency Mother London’s project called #FreeTheFeed as “It’s hard to believe that in 2017 UK mothers still feel watched and judged when feeding in public, by bottle or breast.” according to their blog post.

This judgement does not just occur in the UK for sure, as this topic has been brought up several times in the US and even in Singapore where most people feel that mothers should not breastfeed their children in public (even with a nursing scarf) as it is “offensive”. That boggles our minds here in The Wellness Insider because feeding one’s child is very natural and the mother often reveals less cleavage (or boobage) than a lingerie model plastered on large billboards for both young and old to see.

 

Kudos to the team at Mother London who were brave enough to carry out this project and Free The Feed. As they put it so aptly, we should celebrate “every woman’s right to decide how and where they feed their children without feeling guilty or embarrassed about their parenting choices.”

Nonetheless, societal pressures are very strong and recently, a mother breastfeeding her child in the MRT (subway) without a nursing scarf had her photo taken and posted up on Singapore’s STOMP to publicly shame her. Of course, the photographer had an issue with the lack of a nursing scarf but many members of the public who responded in the comments section were offended at the fact that she was breastfeeding in public to begin with!

Seems absurd that mothers could feel stressed about feeding their child in public. Perhaps a huge inflated boob in the middle of London would create more conversation to end this stigma of public feeding.

 


Photo credits: Mother London and Adweek

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Navigating Love In A Belated Valentine’s Day Workshop

Thanks to Dr Martha, we went delved into the world of Love and Relationships during her recent workshop on how to navigate love, sex and relationships. Our founder, Melissa Fann, was one of the panelists for the first half of the afternoon where she and Viki Cole, an educator in the field of Psychology, shared what it is like to date and find love in this modern era where dating apps is so prevalent. Basically, is it possible to look for Prince Charming on your phone instead of on a white horse? Is he a swipe right away?

Our founder (right), Melissa Fann, speaking during the sharing session together with Viki Cole (left)

Held at The Blue Lotus in Joo Chiat, the workshop was a very small group of about ten which meant that it was a very intimate session with no holds barred. The panellists answered all sorts of questions from the attendees as they talked about their experience with online dating – the good, the bad as well as the ugly. Needless to say, online dating is so common nowadays but it seems hard to think one is able to find true love through it but good news as one of the panellists shared how she finally did find her partner through a dating app!

What I liked best about the workshop was that everyone could share their stories and experiences without judgement and criticisms. There was a lot of good advice and a sense of camaraderie amongst the attendees after a short while, where we all laughed over funny anecdotes.

Overall, the session was quite an eye opener and it made one feel that you were not alone navigating through the unchartered waters of dating. I found that there were others who actually shared the same thoughts as me about dating and men, and the panellists also shared useful tips on how best to use these various dating apps as well as sieve the wheat from the chaff.

Dating in the 21st Century with our busy lifestyles isn’t easy – but you definitely do not need to feel disconnected especially when you can get great useful advice through workshops such as this! If you are female and would like to feel more connected to your powerful and feminine side, do attend Dr Martha’s Powerful & Radiantly Female workshop as this is also an aspect in your life which does affect your personal relationships.

You may be interested in “The Art of Femininity and Being a Strong Woman

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Innately Feminine – Full Day Practice for Ladies

This is not a drop-in class. Please make sure you have attended a two-hour Art of Feminine Presence preview prior to signing up for this. Please check all available dates here.

Are you ready? This is not your average one day workshop! Get ready for major results!

You will experience practices that instantly shift you into a more Radiant, Attractive, Magnetic, Present, Powerful, Receptive, Succulent, Grounded, and Joyful state with good boundaries.

spiritual (4)Women know a lot, we’ve done our work, and we are being called like never before to show up and be seen and heard with their messages, gifts, and full embodiment of themselves.

But many are struggling & frustratedwith their level of confidence, personal presence, and don’t know how they are really coming off to others. They are confused about their magnetism, and about their defence mechanisms (habits) that they’ve unconsciously developed to feel safe, that may actually decrease their presence, or even worse, repel others.

Many women also have a heart longing for a deeply passionate and spiritual relationship. But we’ve been cut off from the most nourishing, magnetic, deeply rooted, receptive, intuitive, mysterious, healthy, passionate, succulent part of ourselves, –the part of ourselves needed to attract these things into our lives — -due to career, trauma and abuse, & societal conditioning.

Come home, sisters… you are safe and loved here…

What this work can do for you:

  1. Develop a strong, magnetic presence that attracts the healthy attention you want: personally and professionally.
  2. Feel more comfortable with your sensuality and feel safer and at ease with receiving attention without shutting down.
  3. More fully understand how connecting to your feminine energy helps you attract and keep the intimate partnership you desire.
  4. Learn energetically strong boundaries while keeping an open heart with those with predatory energy or draining energy.
  5. Access the most attractive force you have within you – your feminine essence.
  6. Stop using the exhausting method of forcing to get things done, learn to follow your inner power –that is productive and more joyful.
  7. Experience more passion in your life – particularly your love life.
  8. Learn to follow your body’s wisdom and “higher guidance” rather than always pushing to make things happen.
  9. Look and feel more authentically confident walking into any room.
  10. Tap into an endless source of creative power!
  11. Learn energetic practices that spark an instant expansion of a woman’s personal presence & radiance.
  12. Learn to not let self-consciousness & fear stop you, and to not let performer-consciousness drain you by always feeling you need to be “on.” This promotes deep rest at the same time as being deeply invigorating.

“I’ve definitely seen women who radiate something magical, adding light and energy to everyone around her. I want to be her more often. I signed up, not knowing what to expect. In an hour, I walked out with a tangible and easy way to be the flowing, relaxed yet lively, sharp yet soft, woman that I’d like to be. What struck me most was the different ways we gaze at each other — and how it represents who we are, and how others feel about us. Martha is skilled guiding us to recognise subtle nuances through exercises, and at explaining abstract ideas in practical, applicable ways. I left knowing that I can feel and be the way I want more often, and (full disclosure) committed to the extended course to practice.” – Angela Ognev, 29 Dec 2014

“Martha is a great facilitator. I really love learning about my power centre and how it can change my life. Just a simple exercise during Martha’s class and I could already feel the difference in my speech patterns and demeanor.” – Anonymous lady, 9 April 2015

More testimonials here.

Follow your intuition into more of your success, creativity, and positive experiences!

Be Seen * Be Heard * Inspire Change

Date: Sun 12 March 2017

Time: 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Investment: $298 per lady includes one-hour lunch (before 15 Feb)  / S$328 (after 15 Feb)

Venue for workshops: The Blue Lotus39 Tembeling Road Singapore 423582

Directions: Bus 33. If coming by cab (advisable), you may wish to tell the cab driver that it is a shophouse, diagionally opposite Kuam Im Tng Temple, and at the cross-junction of Joo Chiat Place.

This is not a drop-in class. Please make sure you have attended a two-hour Art of Feminine Presence preview prior to signing up for this. Please check all available dates here.

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Please note that no refunds are possible once you have paid and cannot make it for the workshop. Replacement allowed. 

This workshop is facilitated by Dr Martha Tara Lee.

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Powerful & Radiantly Feminine – for Ladies

This preview is a requirement to attend Ero’s Coaching Innately Feminine – Full Day Practice for Ladies. Check the dates here.

There is a mysterious force that has us looking at a woman and saying “Whatever she’s having… I want that”. It has nothing to do the clothes she wears or the money she has.

There is something more, much deeper… and it has to come from within. To embody this internal power and pleasure, a person needs to be turned on from within.

spiritual (11)Are you ready for more respect, confidence, authentic connection and communication, radiance, healthy boundaries, and to possibly even step into a shining example of a powerful AND feminine woman that is inspiring to all?

Are you ready to have a tool to tap into more of your creativity, intuition, and joy?

You will take home practices that you can use to instantly and effortlessly shift yourself into a more radiant, attractive, magnetic, present, powerful, receptive, succulent, grounded, and joyful state that commands honor.

Wear something that makes you feel feminine. Come home, sisters…you are safe and loved here…

What this work can do for you:

  1. Develop a strong, magnetic presence that attracts the healthy attention you want: personally and professionally.
  2. Feel more comfortable with your sensuality and feel safer and at ease with receiving attention without shutting down.
  3. More fully understand how connecting to your feminine energy helps you attract and keep the intimate partnership you desire.
  4. Learn energetically strong boundaries while keeping an open heart with those with predatory energy or draining energy.
  5. Access the most attractive force you have within you – your feminine essence.
  6. Stop using the exhausting method of forcing to get things done, learn to follow your inner power–that is productive and more joyful.
  7. Experience more passion in your life – particularly your love life.
  8. Learn to follow your body’s wisdom and “higher guidance” rather than always pushing to make things happen.
  9. Look and feel more authentically confident walking into any room.
  10. Tap into an endless source of creative power!
  11. Learn energetic practices that spark an instant expansion of a woman’s personal presence & radiance.
  12. Learn to not let self-consciousness & fear stop you, and to not let performer-consciousness drain you by always feeling you need to be “on.” This promotes deep rest at the same time as being deeply invigorating.

 

(Read our experience in “The Art of Femininity and Being a Strong Woman“)

Follow your intuition into more of your success, creativity, and positive experiences!

Be Seen * Be Heard * Inspire Change

Date: Thurs 2 Mar 2017

Time: 7:30 – 9:30p.m. (Please arrive at 7:15p.m. We will be locking the door at 7:30p.m. sharp)

Venue: 33 Erskine Road #01-05 Singapore 069333

Direction: Same building as Scarlet Hotel. It is one of the shop houses on street level. Nearest MRT: Chinatown

Fee: $48 per lady

This preview is a requirement to attend our Innately Feminine – Full Day Practice for Ladies. Check the dates here.

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Please note that no refunds are possible once you have paid and cannot make it for the workshop. Replacement allowed. 

This workshop is facilitated by Dr Martha Tara Lee.

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A Belated V-Day Special: Love Actually

Fall in love with yourself

Have you heard of this phrase: “We need to love ourselves before we can love anyone else”? This is so true. We attract what we are.

Just how can we deepen our love for ourselves by ourselves? My answer: Even more love. In this session, we will support you to reflect on how your experiences have shaped who you are; look back and see how much you’ve grown, and crystalise what you do want to manifest.

This workshop will delve into your:

  • Past – Examine the relationship past and patterns we have; and Release negative thoughts and beliefs in a burning ritual
  • Present – Get clear about the type of romantic/ sexual relationships you want; and gaining clarity of the qualities of the partner you want
  • Future – Visualise receiving your intention powerfully, and celebrating what you have reclaimed.

This is the most important relationship you have in your life – the one with yourself. Make your destiny a destination of choice, not chance or fate.You hold the key to the lock that is life. Join us and reclaim yourself.

Testimonials:

“… a profound workshop that will help you overcome relationship mistakes by looking at the patterns from your past. Martha is an empathic and focused group facilitator who will journey with you through simple exercises that will unlock your conditioning and help you move forward into love. This five-hour workshop was beautifully paced and the time just flew by. Change does not need to take long and it need not be painful. Sharing experiences in a safe and confidential environment, under Martha’s guidance, will bring about great insights and maybe even a few laughs. Do not hesitate. Do this workshop and watch yourself and your love life blossom. Thank you to Martha and the other participants for their kindness and compassion. You do not have to do this alone. We are all in this together.” – Gisele Dussault, Sydney Australia, 25 Sept 2016

“I really recommend this course if you want to manifest the soulmate that you desire.  In this course, I realised stumbling blocks that have been rooted deep in my subconsciousness. Martha taught us a few ways to clear  obstacles from our subconscious. Its only now that I am in a better position to receive my dream partner.” – Anoymous Male, 25 Sept 2016

“The workshop yesterday was so amazing really was light more and deep hope for me and help me to connect with my self more, I like all parts especially when we share with other and the time line of our relationship life. Let me learn more about myself.” – Anonymous Female, 18 Sept 2016

“Very productive session that focuses on the right questions without going around in circles. I liked the structure of the program – Past, Present, Future – where we are able to face our issues one by one. It’s progressive.” – Anonymous Female, 20s, 6 July 2016

“Simple exercises well-explained by Martha which brings you back to yourself and you realise how beautiful you are, how emotional you are, and you fall in love with yourself again.” – Anonymous Male, 30s, 6 July 2016

“The exercise done to release the past was effective for me. There was an immediate sense of lightness and relief for me after the exercise. Martha shared much of her personal experiences and practices that worked for her which I felt was beneficial for me as well.” – Tan Jiatong, 6 July 2016

“When we speak of our first loves, one typically thinks of our first crush or lover, when in truth, it should be ourselves (or maybe even our parents, especially mom). My First Love workshop drove home that point, and highlighted the importance of loving myself first and foremost, being complete and whole before we could speak of loving another. I also had great fun visualizing and imagining my ideal partner.” – Ling Ling, 36, 6 July 2016

More testimonials here.

Date: Sun 26 Feb 2017

Time: 2 – 7 p.m. (Please arrive by 1:45p.m. Doors will be locked by 2p.m. as this is a deep process we are going into and should not be interrupted.)

Venue: The Blue Lotus. 39 Tembeling Road, Singapore 423582

Directions: Bus 33. If coming by cab (advisable), you may wish to tell the cab driver that it is a shophouse, diagionally opposite Kuam Im Tng Temple, and at the cross-junction of Joo Chiat Place.

What to wear: Please wear comfortable clothes as we will be doing activity on the floor. If you identify as female, you are encouraged to come in clothes that make you feel feminine.

Investment: Inclusive of tea break and lunch

Option 1: S$168 per person

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Option 2: S$228. Join our two curated panels on Sat 25 Feb (Includes dinner)

(Dating in Modern-Day Singapore 4 – 6:30p.m., and Relationships in Modern-Day Singapore 7:30 – 10p.m.)

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This workshop is facilitated by Dr Martha Tara Lee.

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The Art of Femininity and Being a Strong Woman

Femininity. I bet that when you read that word, you had some stereotypes running through your head – burning bras, opinionated women being loud and in-your-face about it or a helpless damsel-in-distress girl who is dressed in frills. Notice something? Why does femininity (and feminism, which tends to be lumped into it) have a slightly negative connotation?

Popular media nowadays like to blast us with tag phrases such as “We are independent strong women!” or as famously uttered by Madonna, “I’m tough, ambitious and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” The image we get is one that is tough and almost (do I dare say), masculine.

While there is nothing wrong with promoting and encouraging females to be strong and independent, what is then wrong with being feminine? Which is why I found it refreshing to learn that Dr Martha has a workshop entitled “Powerful & Radiantly Feminine” which she runs regularly. Can we be both powerful and feminine at the same time without being called names or accused of being ‘a man’?

The workshop was really intimate, with about seven of us, and this really did help us to be a lot more honest and open with our sharing. Similar to the rest, coming from a corporate background meant that there have been times where I felt like I needed to mimic my male colleagues but as a result, some people (men usually) have told me that I can come across as very corporate and therefore, intimidating. This has certainly crossed from my professional to my personal life, which doesn’t bode well in the relationship arena.

The first ‘lightbulb’ moment I got was when Dr Martha said that both femininity and masculinity are present in men and women. It’s fluid and any male or female can be more or less feminine/masculine at any given time. That explains why I can still be deemed ‘corporate’ or ‘intimidating’ despite wearing a dress or how some men are labeled as feminine due to the way they talk. On the flip side, some women exude a certain je nais se quoi and we’re often clueless as to what it is that makes them both strong and soft at the same time.

But naturally, when you’re talking about femininity and masculinity, which you can categorise as ‘sexuality’, it is natural to then relate it to relationships – especially between partners. Which is why Dr Martha, who is a sexologist, even conducts this workshop. Too many women are not really in touch with their feminine side and do not recognise men’s masculine psyche and this causes a lot of friction in relationships.

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Femininity can be described to be like a river – every flowing and changing. While masculinity is firm and strong but also unyielding. Both have its strengths and weaknesses, which is why everyone projects both masculinity and femininity whenever the situation calls for it. Reminds me a little bit about the philosophy of Tao. Which is also why I feel that the current rhetoric of being strong, independent women is a bit lacking. We don’t realise that when it comes to relationships, sometimes we females need to be ‘soft’ in order to effectively get what we want instead of being ‘hard’ and clashing head on with our partners or even colleagues. Being a strong female does not mean that we emasculate men or become men ourselves!

The highlight of this workshop has got to be the short exercises that we did to understand how to get in touch with our “feminine essence”. Dr Martha told us that these exercises are based on her tantric studies and we would be exploring the head space, the heart space and for women, the womb space. There are corresponding chakra names for these areas but we shall not go into that.

Working with a partner, we were made to be both observer and participant – where each would take turns talking about our day using the head and womb space. How does one talk from these spaces? Simply imagine that your energy to speak comes from that area and voila! Interestingly, both my activity partner and I observed the same things – when we spoke of our day using our head space, it seemed as if we hate our day and it was really dull and boring. However, when we talked about the same day using our womb space, it suddenly did not come across as a bad day. In fact, my partner said that I “glowed” when I spoke using my womb space. It also hit me that I have been using the head space to talk to people whom I dislike!

Being in touch with the womb space

Dr Martha then explained that speaking from this space is the most powerful for women and this is feminine power. When speaking from there, it is not strange. In fact, it made me more conscious that I have been speaking from there in many instances of my life – especially when I’m giving a presentation or teaching in a seminar.

What then if we spoke from the heart (space)? Sounds like something that would come across as sincere, right? Dr Martha then explained that most women spoke from that area (chest) but because it is not the most powerful, when we women speak from there, it comes across as ungrounded and ‘airy’. That would explain why we are not taken seriously by men sometimes.

We also learnt what it would be like to draw from the masculine energy too and although we did not practice it, there was a palpable difference when we observed Dr Martha’s demonstration. She also showed us how the way we stand (either having both feet planted on the ground or most of the weight on one leg) affected how others perceived whether we were more masculine or feminine.

It is this consciousness, this mindfulness, that is going to be useful for us – if we practise, practise, practise. However, this is merely the tip of the iceberg. For the full-day workshop where you learn a lot more about feminine presence and personal sexuality, Dr Martha conducts “Innately Feminine”.

I must say that this workshop has broadened my definition of what it means to be feminine and I’m a lot more mindful of how I want to project myself to others.

To find out more about Dr Martha and Eros Coaching, do visit her website www.eroscoaching.com. For upcoming workshops that Dr Martha is conducting, please visit our events page.


Photo credits: Pixabay and Melissa Fann

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