Monday, May 26, 2014

WORK & PLAY w/ S/S 2014 ESSENTIALS

Below will be my picks on what to have this summer to stay fun and collected to make your summer as productive as possible -- especially applicable to me and other soon-to-be-seniors!

1. SAM EDELMAN's Lynn Metallic Leather Espadrilles: perfect for both skipping around during hangouts with friends and for running errands during internships -- this metallic, silver shade goes well with both light and dark colors, so be assured if you find them on your feet after rushing out the door.

2. MANSUR GAVRIEL's Bucket Bag in Brandy: This tan (or "brandy") color, is warm and unique for the summer, and can also be transferred to your fall/winter closet, making it a very functional and investment-worthy piece for all seasons.

3. RUHM's Hubana Tee in White: A free-sized tee with a fabric that contains polyurethane (commonly used for swimwear), is perfect when you want more structure to your top (in contrast to other slouchier options), while still having plenty of room for breeze! Plus, the cute print is light and appropriate for both work and a fun day out with friends.

4. KYLLYK SPECTRUM's Palm-tree Flare Skirt in White: Skirts are appropriate and playful in every summer scenario (at least in my book), so when combined with a refreshing print like this one, you have yourself a unique dress-up / dress-down piece for the summer!

5. AMERICAN APPAREL's Pitched Sunglasses in Matte Tortoise: Last but not least - UV protection! These shades complement the tan and light colors combined here, as well the shades in a simple outfit you happen to throw on a lazy day - they help to complete your summer look.


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update: my post on the ART BASEL exhibition in HK will be posted shortly...

x
Pearl.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

COLUMN: "NEVER HIDE"



“NEVER HIDE” - the slogan for Ray Ban’s “Legends Never Hide” campaign, and a great indication of the fear we as individuals have, living in this era of constant exposure (almost to the point where only “legends”/those who are brave enough are exempt from this rampant fear). 

Personally, the words “brave”, “courageous’, and “outspoken” are probably the last words that someone may use to describe me, and it is indeed in my nature to hide behind others because that is where I feel the most comfortable. But does this mean I don’t ever challenge myself, and that I lack a sense of identity? Definitely not. For me, this blog, where I push myself to create content that I can be proud of, is a challenge in itself, and also a place where I find my own voice amidst the billions of others.

I’m sure there are many individuals like me who struggle between creating something their own, and hiding behind others and their creations. In fact, this struggle is present everywhere, in every industry. The fashion industry, for one, is where both individuality and conformity are celebrated and emphasized at the same time, to the point of contradiction. Some say trendsetters do not follow trends, yet everyone wants a piece of the new and upcoming trend(s) of the season (who can blame them?). So perhaps the problem is not about trend-following, it is about how its done - instead of wearing the exact same thing that blogger is wearing, change it up to make it your own; instead of giving the same opinion as the author of the four-page spread you read in a magazine, give your own honest opinion. It sounds strikingly simple, but being honest and sharing your piece of mind when everything is all out in the open can be frightening (I know first hand). 

As a blogger, it is easy to do what other successful bloggers do because you become familiar with ‘market demands’ and what reader preferences are (as a reader of many blogs yourself), but if that is all you do, you will eventually lose your voice and forget the purpose behind blogging - “I have something to share, and I want to share it”. I guess this body of text is a reminder to me, and you (my readers) that we should get out of the habit of hiding, and be fearlessly honest at least once in a while, to declare ourselves as individuals.


x
Pearl

Saturday, May 10, 2014

DEBUT: my mini column!

To whoever reading this (I really appreciate it, by the way): 

I'm back from my exams and i'm ready to jump back into blogging again! 

Now that i'm back, I feel the need to give some direction to what I write and comment on - should I follow what every other blogger is doing, or should I work on things that mean more to me? With this new objective in mind, I have decided to make a mini column for my blog. For me, it will be a metaphorical corner where I can comment and show my personal take on things that I think are worthy of discussion, ranging from topics about fashion, style, lifestyle, art, and the fashion industry as a whole. 

The one thing I want to get out of this, is to provide you, my readers, and myself, some food for thought!

Here's some celebratory music from a very talented South Korean sibling duo called AKMU, for short:



xx
Pearl