For Singaporean style icon and renowned cookbook author Kelly Randall Sia, living your best life is all about creating balance, inside and out. Read on to discover why breakfast in bed and beautiful spas at sea are her magic wellness remedies.
You live by the motto “Eat well, Dress well, Live well”. As an advocate for inside-out wellness, what does this mean to you?
Gosh, it means so many things. But fundamentally, it’s about finding happiness through each of these three ideas. Firstly, that eating well is simply about enjoying delicious food prepared with love and passion and being grateful for it, wherever it may be provided. Dressing well is nothing more uncomplicated than dressing in clothes that fit you well. When your clothes lay on your body like they were made for you, you will look great and feel great! Living well is quite often mistaken for an outward thing, when actually the wisdom of living well begins from the inside. This is why I believe that nourishing your spirit comes first; the soul and the body will effortlessly follow.
How do you take time for yourself and focus on your wellbeing?
I know a lot of people like to be out all the time when they’re travelling, and they don’t want to miss anything, but – although I do enjoy being out, and especially dining out – one of my favourite things to do, believe it or not, is enjoy room service. I like being in; who doesn’t want breakfast in bed!
And to help you recharge?
I love to try spas, like the Crystal Life Spa of Dream Cruises. They have a beautiful view; you’re out there in the vast ocean and they have these incredible porthole windows on the salon side, which is one of the most beautiful salons I’ve ever seen. I got the works when I was there, and I also tried their spa; I had a deep-tissue massage, I had a scrub – I was there for five or six hours. Basically, you go in right after lunch and then you’re ready for dinner!
There’s something about a spa on the ocean that is so calming.
That ocean air, and the calm of the sea, the rising and falling waves. It is magical.
Photographer: Magali Pagani
Stylist: Carla Snajder
Hair and Makeup: Kelly Randall Sia
Earrings: La Putri
You’ve got a second cookbook in the works following the success of your debut release, ‘Delicious Gems’. Tell us about your passion for food.
I always enjoyed watching my mother cook when I was a child. It fascinated me. Some of the best moments I had in my childhood were just sitting on the counter in the kitchen, watching her prepare dinner. When I moved out, I started travelling and broadening my horizons, and experiencing wonderful foods – from diners and dives, to Michelin star restaurants – and I was so inspired. It wasn’t until I moved to Singapore that I really started entertaining. Then, we would have dinner parties for 10, 12 people, sometimes more, and this was happening a few times a week, so I really had a chance to start experimenting.
Whether you’re at a spa or in a restaurant, what does great service look like to you?
I think it’s the character of the person serving you, first and foremost. Service with a smile; someone who enjoys what they’re doing. To a lot of people, eating really well is about expensive meals, eating delicacies, Michelin stars; but for me, eating well is about food that is prepared with love, with the people that you love. Beyond dining, the same rules still apply – if someone loves what they’re doing, you feel that.