Powering Through the Work Day With Samsung Galaxy S8

As a full-time blogger who’s always running off to endless appointments and events, I basically live on my phone and work on the go. And it goes without saying, there’s a real need for me to have top-notch smartphone technology at hand—that is, a device that can keep up with all of the tasks I do and people I meet. Not to mention, making sure the photos the smartphone takes are of stunning quality.

When Samsung invited me to experience their latest smartphone models—the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus—I simply couldn’t turn the opportunity down. I know for a fact that this Korean brand has been a power player in the smartphone market for more than a decade now, what with all the bestselling tech devices they roll out each year! I already had the Samsung S8+ and I own a Samsung 360º camera unit—so I couldn’t wait to give the pop-up store at the Americana at Brand, Los Angeles a visit.

Heidi at front of Samsung
galazy studio

Entering the Samsung Galaxy Studio is like stepping into an ultra-modern interactive museum. There were a number of installations that let people fully utilize every product Samsung has to offer, from a virtual reality theater to art installations that transfers photos from your phone to a screen underwater. I personally had a lot of fun filming myself with the Samsung Gear 360º and watching my animated selfies show up on the Frame TV.

Heidi at Samsung

This was my favorite part of the whole thing—exploring the Samsung 360º room—where fluffy flowers move around you as the latest K-Pop hits play. Can I have this in my apartment?

But the main star of the show, of course, is the Samsung Galaxy S8. At first sight, it’s a real beauty to behold, with a super slim profile and a sleek screen that spills around the edges—the Infinity Screen, as Samsung calls it. I don’t know about you, but any stylish gadget earns extra blogger points for me!

Heidi at Samsung

Beyond its sleek look, I find that the Infinity Screen does two things perfectly for me. One, it expands my view of graphics and videos, which means that I get to fully enjoy all the episodes that I catch in between tasks. Two, it enables the Multi-Window feature, which allows me to use two apps at the same time. More things done in one screen? That’s almost as good as getting on my laptop.

Heidi at Samsung

The Galaxy S8 is also built to withstand elements. The water art installation in the Samsung Studio was there for customers to submerge phones underwater, only to pull the phones out and discover that they are still in perfect working condition. This is good news for me: I’m a regular jetsetter, which is to say that I’m exposed to different types of weather all the time. If I get caught in the rain or drop my phone in wet sand, at least I know my phone is built for protection against elements. There’s a lot that I would lose otherwise—access to email and work files, important contacts and personal mementos.

Heidi using Samsung S8

My creation using the Samsung smartphone doodling app. I tested this out on the Galaxy Note 8, another one of Samsung’s latest models, but this feature is also available on the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

Part of what I do on a daily basis is create crisp and fresh stories that resonate with my audience. Content is at the core of any blogger’s work. Quality is of utmost importance when it comes to images, which is why I usually lug around a bulky camera with me to shoot photos of my day.

Heidi testing Samsung 8+ Camera

Off to test the camera on my own Samsung Galaxy S8+ outdoors. My photo op spot of choice is this tram!

Selfies taken with the Samsung Galaxy S8+! Look at that quality

These are photos straight from my Samsung Galaxy S8+. Look at the rich colors! Also say hello to Sabrina – my good friend and photographer.

Samsung Galaxy S8+, however, eliminates the need to lug around heavy equipment. Its camera produces spectacular photos in colors as rich and vivid as reality. It may be my favorite feature yet. And it doesn’t hurt that I can snap photos and share easily while I go!

The speed is superb—there are absolutely no lags in between shots.

Have to admit—I was very gleeful at spending a workday exploring the Americana mall on this fun tram…and being able to write this off as ‘work’!

Personally, I think Samsung has kept a finger on the pulse of people’s technological needs. The more we interact with the world through our phone, the more there is a need for a device that is intuitive, responsive and long-lasting. It’s good to know that there are gadgets that are built for the hustle and bustle of our lives. With the Galaxy S8+, I know I won’t miss a task to work on—or a moment to share.

Be sure to check out the Samsung Studios to see all the amazingly cool gadgets in person – click here to see all the Studio locations!

What do you think? Would you upgrade your current smartphone to the new Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+?

#SuccessinStilettosSeries: Manage 2 badass businesses and look fabulous doing it.

Learn how this seasoned entrepreneur tackles everyday life while managing her two successful ventures.


speaking event

On this week’s Success in Stilettos series, The Ambitionista features

Jenny Q. Ta, Founder & CEO of Sqeeqee.com, the

first-of-its-kind social networthing platform and the inventor of an

interactive multi-player game Squiggy Piggy, she is also the Co-Founder of

VCNetwork.Co with

Shinta Dhanuwardoyo, a virtual “Shark Tank” for startups that bridges the

gap between modern entrepreneurs and forward-thinking venture capitalists


What did you want to do when you grow up?

Change the world.

Which women do you admire in your life?

Margaret Thatcher.

Name one activity that you do every day without fail

Say my prayers.

How long is your working day?

How long is your working day? At least 12 to 15 hours, or even


How much sleep do you get every night?

I try to get a minimum of five to six hours, but on average it’s

probably less.


If you really want to dress to impress, what do you do?

Depending on the occasion or event, but I would just visit a mall and

grab a new outfit to fit that occasion. This is always the case.

What are your favorite brands for workwear?

It depends, but I’d say Zara. It’s simple, modern and they have small


What’s your favorite everyday beauty brands/products?


What was the biggest obstacle you have faced that in the end

helped you?


How often do you check your emails?

After every meeting. Most of the time, my daily work schedule is

back-to-back meetings..


Ambitionista Jenny Ta

How do you stay sane and on top of it?

Have a few fun chats with good friends or run for hours on the


What do you carry with you all the time in your purse?

An iPhone and a Samsung phone.

How often do you check your emails?

After every meeting. Most of the time, my daily work schedule is back-to-back meetings.

What do you splurge on?

A bit of fashion and travel.

What does success mean to you?

Seeing more women leaders with equal pay and respect in the


If you could meet a younger you from 10 years ago, what would

you have told her?

Keep on going and don’t ever stop.


Caught between a strong mind, and a fragile heart.” – UNKNOWN

La Prairie’s new product will help you get to work on time.

I have always hated multi-step fussiness when it comes to skincare.

Heidi Nazarudin La Prairie Closeup Portrait

So when the good folks at La Prairie recently sent me some products to try and told me that its a multi-functional wonder I got excited. Introducing the the La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Transforming Cream SPF 30, which is an Awesome 3-in-1 Product:


It’s an oil-free product that has SPF 30 sun protection, moisturizes and brightens. It comes with an adorable brush that helps you put it on easily (although I have to say I’ve always liked using my fingers and find that using my digits gives the same result.)

makeup brush swatch

The product comes in a very luxurious bottle and feels absolutely great on my face. And best of all I save so much time – all I need to do is put on some mascara, blusher and lipstick and I’m ready for the door!

If you find that your skin is a bit on the oily side like mine, brushing on some powder before heading out the door and throughout the door would help get the shine monster at bay.

Heidi Nazarudin Dress by Worth

I am wearing the La Prairie Transforming 3-in-1 tinted moisturizer on my face.

My dress is by Worth New York.

#SuccessInStiletto Series : A Stylish “Shark’ To Inspire Us All

Get to know what goes behind the scenes in the life of a seasoned serial tech entrepreneur.

Success in Stilettos Shinta Dhanuwardoyo

The Ambitionista is proud to feature Shinta Dhanuwardoyo. Based in Jakarta, Indonesia, she is the CEO and Founder of Bubu.com (Indonesia’s prominent digital advertising agency), an Angel Investor (co-founder of Angel eQ Network), and Co-Founder of VCNetwork.Co with Jenny Q. Ta, a virtual “Shark Tank” for startups that bridges the gap between modern entrepreneurs and forward-thinking venture capitalists worldwide.

What did you want to do when you grow up?

When I was young, I always told people I wanted to become a doctor, but at the end of the day, I just want to contribute and help human kind in the biggest possible way through technology.

Which women do you admire in your life?

My mom definitely, my grandma, Supeni. Supeni was one of Indonesia’s legendary women politicians. Her career was built from being Indonesia’s traveling ambassador during the 1960’s under Soekarno’s era (Indonesia’s first President). My grandma led a delegation of 19 men at the United Nation’s conference in New York in 1962. For that era, it was extraordinary. Of course, one day, I would love to sit down and hang out with Oprah Winfrey.

Name one activity that you do every day without fail

I always make sure that I learn something new every day.

Shinta Dhanuwardoyo The Ambitionista

If you are not working you would be … ?

Hanging out with my two daughters and husband. Head to the mall for some retail therapy with my daughters, or I would be shopping online 🙂

What’s your favorite vacation spot?

Bali, Indonesia (heaven on earth).

If you really want to dress to impress, what do you do?

I put on my Batik outfit. Batik is a traditional textile, which is done intricately through a resistant wax dyeing process. It’s one of the highest forms of art that can be found in Indonesia. (Here is my blog: www.batikantik.com where you can see a number of my Batik collections).

What’s your favorite everyday beauty brands/products?

Nothing in particular, but I love Guerlain, Armani, Chanel, and Dior.

Shinta Portait


What was the biggest obstacle you have faced that in the end helped you?

Failures that I went through in a number of my business ventures.

How often do you check your emails?

After every meeting. Most of the time, my daily work schedule is back-to-back meetings..

How do you stay sane and on top of it?

I think of my two beautiful daughters.

How do you get energized?

I feel energized after a glass of fresh squeezed orange mixed with strawberry juice.

Do you exercise? If yes, what type and how often?

I just do planks and squats daily for 10 minutes. Then on weekends, I hit the gym.

What do you splurge on?

I splurge on gorgeous Indonesian Batik cloths (yes, the best ones cost thousands and thousands of dollars) and the best pair of stiletto heels like Valentino’s rock studs and Louboutins.

What does success mean to you?

Success to me is having a balance in life between work, family, social and spiritual life and to be useful for human kind.

If you could meet a younger you from 10 years ago, what would you have told her?

Don’t be afraid to stand out and think bigger than ever.


“Done is better than perfect” – SHERYL SANDBERG

It List: Blissful Bags

Thomas Wylde Bag in White

If there’s one fashion item that I’d have to invest on, it would be delectable Italian-leather made bags. A popular guilty pleasure but you know it’s worth every penny. Aside from shoes, it’s the one thing that could make or break an outfit or better yet, exist on its own as a fashion statement. Ladies, you’ve got to agree, everyone’s been a bagaholic once in they’re life! On this week’s IT LIST, see my must have bag list!


Go ahead, cop one of your own– it will be our little secret! 🙂

Fashionable Woman in Aviators

See more on how I styled my recent favorite studded bag in
white is from Thomas Wylde on this post!

IT LIST: Resort Wear

fashionable lady in maxidress

It’s that time of the year that’s not too hot nor too cold- Spring – Summer 2016 is finally here! And what better way to celebrate the season than to bask under the sun in the hottest trends there is– a definite favorite for a busy girl like me: RESORT WEAR. Wanderlust is never a crime and I can’t wait to get my hands on these perfect vacation outfits.

bag and heels closeup
heidi nazarudin in thomas wylde maxi dress
white studded bag

windy closeup

Dress, Shoes & Bag by Thomas Wylde
As featured on CVLUX Magazine
Photography by Sabrina Hill

The Must Have Beauty App For Busy Bees

airbrush makeup by stylebee

In doing your Hair and Makeup, make sure that it will support your style concept and give you maximum benefits with a minimum number of products. Check your dresser and your bathroom when was the last time that you de-clutter the things that you rarely use to the overused brushes or sponges. Here is some guide to help you manage your beauty products


Check for your brushes if it is still usable or do you need to buy a new one, torn bristles can damage hair often and its unhealthy for the scalp.

Heidi Nazarudin for Stylebee

Hair Accessory

Determine the clips that you are using often, throw away ponytails that is loose and those rusty overused bobby pins.

Hot Iron

If you have one or 3 hot irons in your bathroom check if they are all still working, check the plates if it still good to use, broken plates can damage more so make sure that you clean them after use and store them neatly.

Stylebee Hair Styling


If you’re the type of girl who stores about 2-4 blowers at home, think again, check if it is still working, if it is still clean to use. There’s a trend in the market right now wherein you could just change the nozzle of your blower instead of buying different types of it. You’ll be able to save more cash to buy for some important stuff.


Check if the sprays you are using is damaging your hair a lot, try considering a more organic approach, it’s a much cheaper plus its ecofriendly. Verify the expiration dates of the sprays that you have, throw away those empty cans and store only about 2 sprays so it won’t occupy your space a lot.

Woman Getting Hair done


If this is one of the accessories that you would never leave home without, I beg of you: make sure that your hair extensions are clean and well-maintained. Wash them to remove any product residue so that you will be able to use them for a longer period of time. Good hair extensions can be very pricey so it’s important to take care of them.

Shampoo / Conditioners

There are a lot of varieties of shampoo to choose from, most of them promises to give you the result that you’re looking for in days, so there you go, bought dozens different kind of shampoos to choose from and ended stacking up those unused and used shampoo in your bathroom. First determine what hair type do you have and what do you need? find the one that suits your hair consider buying organic shampoos wherein it has less chemicals which eventually can damage your hair if overuse.

Stylebee makeup

Any other hair or makeup tips you’d like to share?

Amazing hair & makeup by Florah Leverett of Stylebee.