Those of us with full-time jobs can attest to just how hectic each day can get, and how challenging it can be to take on additional commitments. For Ng Yi Lian, however, keeping busy with a full schedule is what gets her adrenaline pumping. Most of her time is dedicated to Yi Lian Ng Floral Atelier, a floral business she launched in 2014, but she also does fashion styling, consulting and writing on the side.
Wearing many hats is nothing new to her, though. The 34-year-old multi-hyphenate originally started out in fashion journalism, spending some 12 years in the industry before taking the plunge to pursue her passion for floristry. Leaving a stable job in favour of a hobby — and eventually making it a career — may seem like a big risk to take, but Ng has no regrets. Her floral business, which initially relied on online orders and word-of-mouth recommendations, has blossomed over the past years. Just last month, it even expanded into a brick-and-mortar shop within Taste gourmet store in Holland Village.
Ng’s tenacity in fulfilling her dream, and ability to effectively juggle multiple roles while doing so, are indeed impressive. Which is why we find her a perfect candidate for PANDORA’s ongoing ‘DO’ campaign, which is centred on female empowerment. The campaign was launched last month together with the jewellery brand’s new Spring/ Summer 2017 collection. Check out our photoshoot to read more about Ng’s journey, as well as to have a look at PANDORA’s latest creations.
Photography: Vincent Chan
Stylist: Sharon B Tan
Styling assistant: Wayne Phua
Makeup: Zeevy Tee using Make Up Forever
Hair: Kenneth Ong using La Biosthetique