We played the word game with Miranda Lambert! Here's the rules: We name a word, and she must give us her immediate reaction. Special thanks to Bev Lambert for giving a hand!1.Grammys: Beyonce!Why? Along with every other person in the music industry she is always there and it's such an honor to be included in that group of people. Even more amazing to win one!2.Taylor Swift:songwriterWhy?She is a great writer and has such a talent for saying exactly what she's going through at the time. So many people can relate to that.3,Blake Shelton's album Based On A True Story:Platinum!Why? It's a platinum selling album and it deserves to be!4,Babies:NoWhy? I love them for everybody else but we aren't ready yet. We waited 7 years to get married so I guess you could say we are slow movers.5,Twitter: MillionsWhy? That is the number of people I can reach with just one tweet. I love that!6,Dogs: LoyalWhy? I could say a million things about dogs but what I love the best is that they are loyal. They love you no matter what.7,Pistol Annies: RealWhy? That's the kind of music we write and perform. REAL!8,Oklahoma:HomeWhy? That's where my mind goes when I think of the word home. Texas is home too but OK is my newly adopted one.9,Your wedding day: PerfectWhy? It was perfect in every way!10,The Voice:TalentWhy? The Voice gave new meaning to talent competition. Because the judges can see the singers they are chosen solely on their voice.11, the song Over You by yourself: BlakeWhy? I think of Blake and his family every night when I sing it. Because I wrote it with him and its a tribute to his brother.12, Being homeless;LessonsWhy? I learned a lot of life lessons during that time. Things that are still with me today.13,Diamonds:BlakeWhy? He gave me the one I love the most on our engagement day!14, Family :TrustWhy? My family members (including Blake) are the people I trust the most in this world.15, Wine :GoodWhy? It is!16, Horse BeautyWhy?i think they are one of the most beautiful animals that God ever created.17, Maths :NoWhy? I'm terrible at it.18, inspiration :EverywhereWhy? When you are a songwriter it comes from everything and everywhere.19, first dance :Jr. HighWhy? That's when I went to my first one.20, Touring the world :amazingWhy? It's so cool to see all of the different cultures and all of the different foods. The great thing is that music brings all kinds of kinds together.
Friday, 28 February 2014
Hi, I'm Crystal Lee Xin Qiao. I love my dog, Xiao Bai ALOT, in fact, I told AGM all the crazy things I do with him!1) I treat Xiao Bai as my own family member.2) I sleep with xiao bai we shard the same bed.3) I eat with xiao bai we share the same food.4) I go to school with her every morning.5) I go vocal class with xiao bai.6) jealous mummy love xiao bai more than me (sometime)
7) xiao bai also go publishsities with me every possible time.8) xiao bai will protect me whenever mummy scold me。 xiao bai will give her hand to mummy i.e like apologise for me..9) Xiao bai also go to restaurant which owner allowed. Restaurant where we know only.10) Xiao Bai is also my alarm whenever i cant get up for school.
Questions and Answers;
1) Your story?
Sereni & Shentel headbands are handmade headbands made in Borneo by a team of artisans with a love for head turning and whimsical hair accessories. The headbands range from hand stitched bejeweled pieces to pearl encrusted bridal tiaras to demure Lolita-esque bows.
Sereni & Shentel is all about decoration without explanation. It is about having fun and a laugh with your look and injecting individuality into any fashion situation. The pieces are conversation starters, they are not dull or discreet. Eye catching, memorable and mad with a bit of humour is what the label is all about.
We have a wide range of headbands for adults, children and babies for any occasion ranging from Hen’s Veils for the bride-to-be, rhinestone encrusted party hats for the birthday girl to elaborate yet comfortable baby bands for baptisms.
We also offer custom headbands and have a UNIQUE interactive online application that allows customers to customize their headbands based on our popular Blair and Block Party styles.
Sereni & Shentel was founded by best friends Sereni Linggi and Shentel Lee in 2009. Shentel is a graphic designer and Sereni is a Mall Manager with a Property Management company. They are a perfect marriage of creativity and practicality.
The brand was founded in 2009, spurred on by a wardrobe crisis. Excited to be attending a Lady Gaga concert in Singapore in October 2009, Sereni and Shentel thought it was only fitting to make an effort to dress up a little out of the ordinary - an homage to the Lady herself.
The girls jumped online in search of appropriate headgear and found Gaga-esque moulded hair bow headbands to wear to the concert.
When the parcel arrived and the girls excitedly plucked them out of the box, they discovered that the headbands were so poorly constructed that they literally fell apart within minutes. Devastated and only hours to go before they had to depart, they decided to salvage the situation and create their own version of the Gaga bow using ribbon and rhinestones.
They arrived like true fans decked in their DIY Gaga t-shirts and matching headgear ready to party. It turned out that Lady Gaga was not the only one drawing attention that night. Sereni and Shentel soon found themselves surrounded with fans of their own. Like true devotees swamped around the memorabilia stand wanting to take a little piece of the night home with them, concert goers found themselves drawn to the girls wanting to know where they could buy the headbands. The headbands attracted so much attention that a picture of Shentel wearing the headband appeared in the Singapore newspapers the next morning. From the encouraging response, the girls made headbands for Sereni to wear to a regional magazine shoot and cheekily created the brand Sereni & Shentel and an online store just for fun. Little did they know that this would create the revival of a headband trend in Malaysia as local media picked up on the brand. After numerous features in magazines and Malaysian television, the two accidental headband designers decided to start up a legit business to cope with the overwhelming demand.
In less than two years, they shot to fame with their brand as well as themselves appearing in various publications in both Malaysia and abroad. The brand has collaborated with Lancome, Miss Universe Malaysia, Dude & Duchess, Geboo, Gin & Jacqie and many more. Sereni & Shentel headbands have also appeared on popular US hit TV shows GOSSIP GIRL and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES.
Today, they are both still pursuing their intended professions, as well as their accidental one as headband designers.
2) Message to fans?
Be seen or go home!
3) Personal favorite headbands? (Send pic)
We love all our designs but our first love has got to be the first headband we made which is the Kuching Cat.
4) Celeb crushes?
Shentel loves Elton John and Sereni loves Fabio.
5) Will Sereni and Shentel brand be available overseas?
The brand is now available in stores in Brunei, Singapore, Japan and New Zealand. Alternatively customers are able to order on our online store www.sereniandshentel.com and we ship all over the world.
6) Is it hard making a headband? Tell us the process.
We design new headbands every week. Some make it into production and some don’t! After a prototype is made, a mini fashion show happens at the workshop to gauge the look and comfort of the design. Each piece is then sent to production to hand stitch.
7) Your original profession before this?
Sereni is a shopping mall manager and Shentel a graphic designer. We still keep our current jobs and run Sereni & Shentel and Photobooth Events concurrently.
8) Did you take lessons to make headbands when you were young? If not how did you learnt to make headbands? Any inspirations?
We have always been into arts and crafts and love fashion with a passion. We taught ourselves how to make headbands by trial and error. We now have a method that works for our artisans in the workshop.
9) How long did it take to make your FIRST headband.
Probably an hour!
10) Where did you get the fabrics? Why does it cost that much? More headbands in future?
Our materials come from all over the world and are shipped to our workshop in Kuching. Each headband is then hand stitched and the process is very labour intensive. A lot of hard work and love are put into every piece that leaves our workshop.
11) Do you personally teach each an every worker at your shop to make headband?
We have a head of production that trains each artisan. We have a team of artisans that make the headbands. Initial training came from us when we first started the workshop. Today we have a system that improves and increases production.
12) Why this name Sereni and Shentel? Not something else?
We fell into the business accidently and cheekily named our brand after ourselves just for fun. The name stuck and we wanted the branding to be consistent so it remained when we started the company.
13) If there's one celeb you can ask to wear Sereni&Shentel headbands, who would it be? And why?
Elton John as he is known for his flamboyant stage outfits!
14) Personal advice to fans
Always love what you do and be original!
Friday, 11 October 2013
Monday, 3 June 2013
AG: When was your first record? Did you started singing when you was a
kid? And did singing come naturally for you?
I recorded my first song in a studio back in 2009 I believe. I was working with a record label based out of Detroit Michigan and recorded a few singles with them. I have been singing as long as I can remember but I wouldn't say that it came all that naturally. It was something that I worked at for a long time. I spent many nights playing guitar and singing by myself before I ever had the courage to get out and sing for other people.
AG: Why did you choose "The Voice" to audition? Now you have went
home, are you going to try out other shows?
Basically I was given an opportunity to fly out to LA and have a private audition with the producers of the show. Because they had given me a chance to skip some of the larger preliminary auditions it would have been a hard opportunity to turn down. I was never all that interested in doing a TV singing competition though, for me music has always been a passion, and the idea of competing in it wasn't all that appealing. In music though you have to take the opportunities as they arise, so I can't count out doing something like this again in the future.
AG: If three coaches except Adam turn around for you, who would be your 2nd
choice? And why? Are you happy Adam picked you?
And how do you write songs? Is it that easy?
AG: Who is your inspiration and why? what is your genre? Why did you
picked that genre?
My biggest inspiration is my father. He was a professional musician for many many years in Hawaii. I like to think my style as a musician is greatly influenced by him. I would say my style is Singer/Songwriter which is pretty vague but it represent a lot of different influences.
AG: what is it like to have fans? Do you feel frustrated when they ask
autographs from you everywhere?
Having people appreciate what you do as an artist is the most amazing feeling. I've been performing for nearly a decade, but I've never had much of a fan base before this. I love interacting with my fans and feel honored when they come up to me and ask for autographs or pictures.
AG: Is there anything you would love to say to your fans?
I am just extremely humbled and appreciative of all of my fans. You may never know how much you all mean to me, but you are the reason I'm giving this everything I've got.
AG:How is it like to be a star? Like managing your social media stuff
while concentrating on your career? Does that mean limited time with
AG:Did the show increased your popularity? Was it hard for you to stay
like a normal person? Did you still get to hang out with your same
friends? And was there times you felt like giving up?
The show has definitely been huge for my career as far as popularity. I don't think its changed me as a person though. I still live a normal life, still hang out with the same friends, and still do the same things I did before the show. This show has been nothing but positive for me, it just re-enforces the fact that this is what I should be doing
AG: Besides singing, do you play other instruments? Was your family
interested in music too?
AG:Do you still keep in contact with Adam? What are your future plans
in your career? He did not picked you to go to the "lives", but do you
still want to make him proud?
AG:It's amazing to see a new star hatched out of its shell! How do you
plan to be as famous as those celebs in hollywood? Are you currently
in LA now?
I'm now back in Hawaii. To be honest being famous was never really on my to-do list, but I've taken this all in stride. I just want to keep making music, and hopefully people continue to enjoy what I do!