All posts tagged: summer

Record: 雨天裡的茶

Alex and I went out for a hop-around-try-things kinda day last week. It was one of those days where the rain was on and off, going from sunny to pouring and vice versa in the span of 10 seconds throughout the day. Started the day with a cup of 絲襪奶茶, which is old school classic, HK-style milk tea. We popped into Lan Fong Yuen  (pretty famous, lots of celebrity shots stuck onto their walls) while heading through SoHo and it was the perfect kind of dingy for me. There’s HK charm about the raised sitting stools, cluttered laminate papers, and a dangerous proximity to the street on which cars are passing by which makes these places so damn lovable. I didn’t know Alex would order me a hot tea (the weather was 30degrees) but it meant we got the full flavour of HK’s tea style. It was definitely a nostalgic cup to have, full of high school memories and lunch breaks. By contrast, I dropped into an artisan tea boutique in PMQ to look at their beautiful clay …

OOTD: Laced Up

I’ve been looking for the perfect lace pattern to wear for a few years now. Lace is a tricky piece of fabric because it can look wrong and wear wrong in so many different ways. When I found this dress hanging on the rack at H&M I was very surprised, but tried it on and got it almost immediately. The great thing about lace is that it’s incredibly striking when it’s worn right, and for my small body, this dress length and slightly flared sleeves were a perfect fit. White is absolutely my favourite colour to wear, and pairing this dress with white sandals was a given. It makes for a perfect summer day-off outfit, which is exactly what I wore it as. Another great thing about this dress, is that in different pairs of shoes, I could easily show up to evening events, formal or informal. This dress reflects a sort of personal ideal of beauty for me: comfortable and light to wear, while having weight and structure; plain and simple in design, yet …

OOTD: A Looser Fit

Before I spent a summer in Toronto, my general rule of thumb was to avoid long pants for the duration of the season. Coming from the tropics, to wear fabric that might cling to your body is an unbearable imaginative exercise, let alone, endeavour. This summer in Toronto, however, has been one of ups and downs in terms of temperature. The weather constantly fluctuates from 12 – 30+ degrees, which makes it quite hard to adhere to a strict summer dress code. I’ve taken to trying out new kinds of silhouettes, and layering pairings as a result of this predicament, and it’s also reflective of my current state of life. A looser fit and a looser set of rules and operating terms can be a much more viable option when the environment is volatile. As I slowly extend outward in my work, my studies, I often encounter new situations where my usual terms feel incredibly out of place, or ineffective. In these situations, I’ve had to learn the hard way to distill the things that really …

OOTD: Chill But Not Chill

Recently, my life adventuring has found me in the position of business owner, start-up founder, and budding social enterpriser – definitely not what I imagined for myself at age 23. Sometimes you have to just go with the flow of where things seem to be growing, and as I travel and watch opportunities poke their little leaves and unfurl little buds, I can’t help but want to keep going forward to see them through the next few seasons, smell their scent and taste their fruit. I often have to trust my instincts and make many decisions on the fly, with only a vague feel for the big picture. I’m also increasingly having to work with many people, each in their own walks, yet aligned for a portion of this journey where we’re building something together. Underneath this soft peaches and cream chiffon blouse is a structured, (faux) leather bustier. It’s an apt way to describe the skin I wear in this start-up madness: stiff, and fitted decision-making underneath a layer of breezy, soft habit.  From …

OOTD: Three Looks in NYC

Thought 1: Trekking around NYC in these proved their comfort and wearability. Chunky heel will always be my number 1 choice. Thought 2: Peep toes can suck it when the weather is cold. I am covering as much of my body as possible, damnit. The only fashion faux pas is if I don’t feel good. Thought 3: I finally have my ripped white denim, and may I say, it looks pretty good. 😉