SHINE LIKE A DIAMOND, IN THE DARKNESS

For a long time I refused to wear black. I thought it is dull, it is ordinary, it is too safe, it lacks life. But I proved myself wrong, by immersing myself completely into black… 

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For a long time I refused to wear black. I thought it is dull, it is ordinary, it is too safe, it lacks life.

But I proved myself wrong, by immersing myself completely into black.  Because black absorbs everything, it also perfects everything–every detail, every texture of the fabric, every shades.

Black empowers me, although sometimes I get overwhelmed by it. The way to dress black for me is to find a balanced and subtle point where I feel strong enough but not losing the feminine side of me.

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The bomber jacket from Kenzo is my new darling this fall/winter. I never tried this silhouette before as it appeared too streetwear type for me. But this season I found it is a great piece to add a bit of casual, cool feeling, while not too flamboyant like those baseball bombers…

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This black maxi slit dress from H&M Studio A/W 2017 has a surprisingly good quality. It’s shiny and soft, with a few details such as zippers on the sleeves. I also bought a white shirt from this collection which also has an impressive beautiful cutting.

 

Bomber: Kenzo. Similar one here: link

Black/White dress: Balenciaga

Over-the-Knee Boots: Stuart Weitzman

Maxi slit dress: H&M studio  link

Beret: Topshop

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FALL COLOURS: MIXING THAT PUMPKIN AND CINNAMON!

Summer is gone. But it doesn’t mean it’s time to go full black and white. There are still many optionality to dress colourfully for fall. Burgundy, mustard, brick red, olive green… you name it.

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I admit that I had a down time after discovering all Erdem x H&M pieces were sold out everywhere in Hong Kong and worldwide. Not sure if anyone like me has been so yearning for that flowery maxi dress to go with a leather jacket.

I finally managed to recover from the woe as I realised that fall is finally here! And there are so many colors that you can wear in this beautiful season. Burgundy, mustard, brick red, olive green, peony blue… you name it.

Pantone colour intelligence came out with the trendiest autumn colour palette for 2017. Some of them have really amazing names, such as Tawny Port, Golden Lime and Autumn Maple (see more here).

Personally I really love the neutral colors with a bit of cinnamon hues. The jumpsuit that I wore in the photo is from Zara’s last summer season. They are very easy to wear into fall and winter (so please don’t pack your summer clothes yet!). The jacket in vanilla colour helps to balance out the slightly grey-ish tone of the jumpsuit, and adding a bit of more details. How do you guys making the transition from your summer wardrobe pieces into fall? I’d love to hear your tips too!

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Jumpsuits: Zara

Shoes: Bally

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DARLING DARLING, STAND BY ME

While many of you may already know that I am a proud mother of two adorable babies, Hajai and Bella, few would know how much they have changed my life.

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“STAND BY ME” by Ben E. King

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While many of you may already know that I am a proud mother of two adorable babies, Hajai and Bella, few would know how much they have changed my life.

I went through a quite tough time before I had Bella- very unhealthy lifestyle including lots of drinking and smoking; always hanging out with friends but constantly feeling lonely. It’s probably not too unusual for someone just left home and started a brand new life in Hong Kong.

The joining of Bella was a complete life changer. She was only 4 months when I brought her home, peeing and pooping all the time and everywhere. I also had to spent a lot more time at home than before to keep her calm (she would scream all day if I wasn’t there).

Gradually I learnt how to take care of her, and myself as well. I gave up smoking; I walked myself and her regularly, and hit the sack earlier. It was literally the best and hardest time ever since I settled down in Hong Kong.

Then it comes the real life change: I met with my husband while walking Bella in the dog park. Bella made her only friend in the neighborhood, which is my husband’s dog Hajai. They apparently “fell in love” before we did, and inevitably we started knowing each other. Well, well, the rest is history.

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This is when Bella had her finger cut off at the escalator. I felt it was like the end of the world and cried all night, but this little girl was so strong and never even groan while waiting for the surgery.

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The babies are the source of our true happiness. They never bite anyone and are the literally the most calm dogs we have ever seen.

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FALL WORK OUTFIT IN CHECKED TROUSERS

For those that followed my Instagram long enough would know that I had been resisting this trend for a while, as the grey checks simply make everyone look old, stiff, and indifferent. However…

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One of the key fashion trends this fall is the grey checked suits, perhaps confirmed by Raf Simon’s debut at Calvin Klein. For those that followed my Instagram long enough would know that I had been resisting this trend for a while, as the grey checks simply make everyone look old, stiff, and indifferent. It simply goes against what fashion is trying to deliver: innovative and independent voice.

Having said that, I figured it is interesting to wear the checks in certain circumstances. For instance, they make a perfect work outfit by simply adding some details such as unique cutting and different color tones into the monotonous design.

I chose a pair of checked trousers from Zara with slightly flared design at the bottom. The cropped design make them a good match for boots and high heels.

click this link to see the trousers

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Long vest: Zara

Shoes: Jagger Footwear

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MY FAVORITE DENIM COLLECTION OF THIS SUMMER

It goes without saying that denim is THE summer essential for everyone. I used to wear denim shorts almost every the other day, but recently I realized that jeans can make your outfit look even more chic when it gets mixed and matched with cropped top, shirt/t-shirt.

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It goes without saying that denim is THE summer essential for everyone. I used to wear denim shorts almost every the other day, but recently I realized that jeans can make your outfit look even more chic when it gets mixed and matched with cropped top, shirt/t-shirt.

My favorite piece this summer is the two-tone cropped flare jeans, which I love because of the fit. The hi-rise design makes them flattering on my figure and makes my legs look longer. It also helps to hide my wide hips and give a more balanced look. I found it perfectly match with almost every single piece of my cropped tops and shirts.

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BEIJING: THE FOREVER HOME

Moved to Beijing at 9 and grew up there, I guess I can safely call myself a Beijing girl (or 北京大妞 in Beijing dialect). Interestingly, I did not realize how beautiful the city is until I lived abroad, and only came back as a visitor as everything changes so fast there.

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Moved to Beijing at 9 and grew up there, I guess I can safely call myself a Beijing girl (or 北京大妞 in Beijing dialect). Interestingly, I did not realize how beautiful the city is until I lived abroad, and only came back as a visitor as everything changes so fast there.

The most remarkable memories I had about the city were really hidden in those red walls, rusty doors and ancient walls, which usually are taken granted by the people living there (at least I did). With a fresh pair of eyes, I started to take photos of the most unique side of the city, in the hope of preserving the memories as much as possible.

I will take you through some of my favorite snapshot of Beijing.

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条纹衬衫,如何爱你多一点

never really consider myself as a minimalist as deep inside I know how fickle I am about colours. However there is this one day when I open my wardrobe, it really spooked me to see how many striped shirts I own.


衬衫: off-white  ; 相似款here and here

如果你真的看蓝色看到反胃,也可以试试其他颜色,例如J.Crew的红色平口领条纹衫. here

裙子: H&M; 相似款: here

裤子: Zara; 相似款: here and here


 

从来不真的认为自己是一个极简主义者,内心深知我对各种色彩都一直很多情。然而有一天我打开衣柜不小心发现里面竟然有这么多件条纹衬衫,自己都被吓到。这个夏天我竟有意识无意识地买了5件条纹衬衫,甚至有两件是一模一样的Zara蓝条纹衫,只为把其中一件改成能够反穿的款式(图片链接).

我有认真反思,如此欲罢不能是真的因为条纹衬衫大行其道,还是因它确实是衣橱里的基本款?为挖掘真理我一件一件的把它们穿上、脱下,才发现,确实,每一件都是难割难舍的必备款,都是真爱。更重要的是,每一种都能打造不同风格。

几番踌躇我决定还是把有限的篇幅献给最爱的这件off-white衬衫。 这个品牌其实我一直都持观望态度,毕竟街头风格太重。然而用在条纹衬衫这种略带古板的款式上,却又巧妙的冲击感。我最爱这件衬衫的大衣领开口和腰带,这两个细节让它能轻松为简单的基本款下装添加亮点。

有很多朋友问过我,怎样在职场上穿的“不那么无聊”。讲真这是个有点难回答的问题,取决于你做什么、在哪儿、什么场合。整体而言,如果你的工作对职业服装要求非常高,那就乖乖等到周末再放纵,穿的简约时尚随心所欲。如果你不在意别人眼光,环境有允许,大可以增加多点细节和夸张的元素到基本款中。这也是为什么我会如此喜欢这件衬衫的原因。

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这件大领口可以当作露肩款来穿,露出的锁骨区间可以搭配多个颜色的吊带、choker锁链或者像我一样穿件长款针织裙。 我选择了后者,仅仅因为这条裙子的酒红色和蓝色条纹真的和蓝色衬衫和谐到欲罢不能,也很适合初秋的天气。

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另外一个我喜爱的细节是袖口: 全部解开扣子就是慢慢的随意感,寄上一两粒遮住手又有很man的帅气感。

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我还尝试用阔腿裤去搭配这件衬衫,完全是很中性很率性的感觉,但柔和的肩线却让人一点都不会觉得过分硬朗。Tips就是因为上衣细节已经比较多,下装就尽量选择简约、线条清晰的款式去搭配。

 

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THE ULTIMATE STRIPED SHIRT

I never really consider myself as a minimalist as deep inside I know how fickle I am about colours. However there is this one day when I open my wardrobe, it really spooked me to see how many striped shirts I own.

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I never really consider myself as a minimalist as deep inside I know how fickle I am about colours. However there is this one day when I open my wardrobe, it really spooked me to see how many striped shirts I own. This summer, consciously and unconsciously, I bought 5 striped shirts (or even more!), of which two were exactly the same Zara shirt–I transformed one of them to make it able to be worn backwards (see this instagram post).

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With a few trial and errors, I’ve so far identified my favourite one so far which is this off-white blue striped shirt that has a wide neck and waist tie, making it such a versatile piece that goes with simple dresses, shorts and pants.

On thing I liked about this off-shoulder neckline is that it is so playful that you can style with a spagheti shirt, a bold choker or a long dress to add layers. I went for the last option simply because the burgundy color and the blue stripes make the dress a perfect color match.

The details of the sleeves–cute red button and extra-long sleeves with a firm finish are the killer part.

I also tried to wear it with a pair of wide-leg pants to give it a less feminine look. The sophistication of the shirt is perfectly neutralised by the simple silhouette of the pants.

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Shirt: off-white  ; Similar:here and here

If you seriously get sick of the blue stripes, try some other options: J.CREW still has a red funnelneck shirt that really attracts me. here

Dress: H&M; Similar: here

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