Shentonista Of The Year 2016 — Winners – SHENTONISTA
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Shentonista Of The Year 2016 — Winners

You’ve shared, voted, and commented—we’re excited to finally reveal our winners for 2016. Marie garnered the most votes on Facebook, giving her the title of the people’s choice for Shentonista Of The Year, but she was also a close contender for the Shentonista team’s choice for her work with rescue dogs—something that will always be close to our hearts. Eventually, Samantha emerged as the our choice for her easy-going nature, minimally stylish dress sense, and the fact that she represents Singapore’s burgeoning music scene as juggles being a banker by day, musician by night. She also appeared on the site three years ago.

Congratulations! They each win a bundle of goodies from the awesome folks at SPRMRKTGOODSTUPHGrain TradersKiloCamp Kilo Charcoal ClubCLUB MONACOThe LibraryThe Market Grill, LongPlay, & Ordinarypeoplesg. We’re also giving a prize to the person who left the best comment as well; if you participated, head over to our Facebook page to see if you won.

Here’s a look back at Marie’s and Samantha’s posts:

October 26, 2016 — A Special Touch
Marie, Dog Behaviourist. Top from KENZO, skirt from ZARA, shoes from Tod’s.

People also know me as:
“Pika-Choo”, my nickname—‘Choo’ being my last name, and because my husband calls me a pocket monster.

Something interesting about me:
I run marathons—I started two years ago, it’s something that has actually been on my bucket list— and raise funds for rescue dogs. I’ve always felt that it was my calling to work with dogs. And I got to meet Caesar Milan when he came to Singapore as well!

I’ve been a dog behaviourist for about 5 years.
I was actually in the fashion industry doing PR at my own agency, and one day I decided that I wanted to work with dogs, so I went to get certified as a dog behaviourist.

Any memorable experiences as a dog behaviourist?
I went to a dog shelter and told them that I wanted to rehabilitate dogs, so they pointed me to a kennel at the end of the corridor. The dog’s name was Rocky, and on the gate of his kennel there was a sign that said ‘Enter at your own risk’. Apparently this dog had never been touched or brought out for walks for a few years because he was very ferocious. But I went in and spent a few hours with him in the kennel, and eventually managed to bring him out for a walk. So I became an overnight sensation at the shelter. (laughs)

What I would tell dog owners or people considering getting a dog:
A dog is for life. Prevention is better than problems when it comes to dogs, so whether it’s a puppy or adult dog that you are bringing in to your home, it is best to know about the potential problems that they may bring. It’s best to seek professional help when it comes to behavioural problems.

Something people don’t know about me:
I’ve always had a fear of water, but I decided to conquer my phobia and took up scuba diving. It’s been a year and I’ve dived 63 times since then. It’s been amazing to conquer this fear!

November 9, 2016 — Pleasantries
Samantha, Banking. Dress from Mango, shoes from Steve Madden, wristlet from Coach.

Something interesting about me:
I sing in an indie music band, Pleasantry.

In my free time:
I go jamming, or watch shows on Netflix.

I’m currently watching:
Orange Is The New Black, and Stranger Things

I prefer minimal fashion.
It’s easy to wear to work, and you can’t really tell if an outfit has been repeated.

I can’t live without:
Black clothes! Today’s beige dress is an exception.

I support local music.
I really like Linying, Charlie Lim, Amateur Takes Control, and I Am David Sparkle, amongst many others.

Thank you to everyone who’s been a part of our story in 2016. We’re going to keep doing what we’re doing in 2017, and we hope to meet many more of you on the streets and tell your stories as well.

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