Per­sonal Style: Teja Sale­hud­din

The new­ly­wed on love in South Amer­ica and that per­fect find at her bach­e­lorette get­away in Paris. By Cai Mei Khoo.

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Teja Sale­hud­din is still the very pic­ture of a glow­ing bride, her ra­di­ance most likely due to the fact that she’s re­cently re­turned from her hon­ey­moon af­ter be­ing away for close to a month. “Right af­ter our wed­ding we headed to South Amer­ica, which both my hus­band and I have been want­ing to visit for as long as we can re­mem­ber. We used to talk about it even when we were just friends,” re­calls the 31-year-old. “He likes na­ture while I pre­fer cities so we planned to do a com­bi­na­tion of both. As it turned out, I ac­tu­ally re­ally en­joyed the out­doorsy parts of our trip. We spent most of our time in Chilean Patagonia hik­ing and horse rid­ing through Tor­res del Paine Na­tional Park, end­ing our trip in Peru, ex­plor­ing Machu Pic­chu and other an­cient ru­ins. It was to­tally worth the 30-hour jour­ney from KL!”

Cit­ing Eva Peron as her fashion icon, it’s un­sur­pris­ing that Buenos Aires was par­tic­u­larly en­joy­able for Teja. “I grew up read­ing about Evita. To be able to learn more about her life and work was re­ally in­ter­est­ing – that and see­ing her fi­nal rest­ing

place in the beau­ti­ful Reco­leta cemetery. There was also a sec­tion of the mu­seum ded­i­cated to Eva’s most fa­mous out­fits, some of which are to­tally wear­able to­day.”

For her nup­tials, Teja chose to wear lo­cal de­signer Alia Bas­ta­mam at her solem­ni­sa­tion, and Reem Acra for the din­ner re­cep­tion. “I’ve al­ways wanted a Reem Acra wed­ding gown,” re­veals Teja. “They are oh-so-glam­orous with­out be­ing over the top. My taste runs to clas­sic cuts and at­ten­tion to de­tail. I had my eye on some from Elie Saab and Zuhair Mu­rad as well but ended up with the Reem Acra Eter­nity gown. It’s sim­ple but I felt like a real princess in it! As for that ‘some­thing bor­rowed’, I used my best friend’s veil for good luck. It matched per­fectly.”

Hav­ing spent 10 years study­ing and liv­ing in the US, the head of spe­cial projects at Bloomberg TV Malaysia de­scribes her style as “su­per ca­sual”. “Printed dresses are the eas­i­est to throw on. Right now I’m lov­ing Clover Canyon’s prints, and also Dipped Row ear­rings,” she says, re­fer­ring to the Malaysian ac­ces­sories brand for which she’s the un­of­fi­cial face. “Other times, you’ll see me in jeans and a T-shirt or leg­gings with a col­lared shirt. Com­fort is key to my style.

“At work, I gen­er­ally like wear­ing dresses paired with a blazer and some com­fort­able shoes with a bit of height. Re­cently I bought a pair of Tod’s wedges, which help get me through a long day. When work­ing, com­fort comes first! It’s also a good idea to have some sexy pumps and a nice clutch in the car, in case there’s a work din­ner or event to head to af­ter­wards. That said, I will prob­a­bly need a work wardrobe up­date since I’ve taken a few months off to plan my wed­ding!”

As con­tem­po­rary as Teja’s taste aste may be, she gives it a unique twist pair­ing hand­made ke­baya tops with jeans. “I have Ny­onya her­itage on my mother’s her’s side. I love that ke­bayas are so fem­i­nine and flat­ter­ing, while hile not show­ing much skin. The ke­baya top and jeans combo works for ca­sual din­ners, and I have even worn it club­bing.”

Like most girls, Teja read­ily admits that it was her mother who taught her about style. “My mother was my ear­li­est style in­flu­encer,” shares Teja. “I thought she was the most beau­ti­ful woman ever. She passed away when I was 17 but I re­mem­ber watch­ing her get ready all the time. Whether it was for work or a din­ner party, she al­most al­ways wore pearls. Her jew­ellery, along with my grand­mother’s ke­bayas are just some pieces I will never part with – along with my wed­ding and en­gage­ment rings, of course.”

Evita aside, Teja’s mod­ern-day style icon is Olivia Palermo. “She has the best shoes and coats! I would def­i­nitely swap wardrobes with her if I could,” admits Teja. “I have a thing for win­ter­wear. It’s just a shame it’s too hot in Malaysia to take full ad­van­tage of win­ter fashion. I found an amaz­ing cape in Peru. It’s made of baby al­paca wool and is in­cred­i­bly soft!”

Teja counts Is­tan­bul (“I got a gor­geous blue leather jacket there”) and Paris as her top shop­ping des­ti­na­tions. “I picked Paris as the des­ti­na­tion for my bach­e­lorette party as it was sort of a mid­way point for my friends who were com­ing from Malaysia and the US. It’s a shop­ping haven af­ter all, from thrift store to de­signer la­bels. All nine girls left with lug­gage much heav­ier than they ar­rived with! Some of my friends are real fash­ion­istas and it was in­spir­ing watch­ing them shop,” she laughs. “It was also in Paris that I fi­nally found the per­fect ele­phant grey clutch at Givenchy. For quite a while I had been look­ing for one to add to my col­lec­tion,” says the self­con­fessed clutch col­lec­tor. “I have them in all shapes, colours, and sizes. My all-time favou favourites in­clude a metal­lic gold Saint Lau­rent clutch, as gold goes goe with ev­ery­thing, a blue glit­ter Anya Hind­march, which liv livens up ev­ery out­fit, and that grey Givenchy. A girl can ne never have enough!”

Teja Sale­hud­din with her cat, Quinn

Sit­ting pretty in so­phis­ti­cated pieces

Her favourite Anya Hind­march clutch

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