Style of Mine

The adventures and struggles of a petite, geeky journalist-in-training living in New Zealand.

What’s This?

I’ve moved to The Style Tangent. That’s where I’ll be blogging now. It’s a combination of this blog and my ‘issues’ blog, Surreality. I felt it was time for me to merge those two aspects of my personality. Thanks for reading this blog, and I hope you will enjoy the new one. Most old posts have been copied over there. I’m still working on some others.

Pink Stripes

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Wearing vintage wool top, ASOS skirt, ASOS Premium jacket, Falke merino tights, DKNY watch, vintage earrings and Hush Puppies’ shoes.

The skirt didn’t look that short when I bought it, I swear. I’ve haven’t worn a mini-skirt since my age was in single digits. Pink’s not usually my colour, but combined with the navy stripes and a lot of black, I think it looks pretty cute. I would have worn heels with the ensemble if I didn’t need to walk today.

I got these Hush Puppies on sale just last week. They’re not as ugly as some other Hush Puppies’ shoes available (actually quite acceptable looking, considering they’re supposed to be healthy comfortable shoes), and they are incredibly comfortable. Nary a sore arch in sight!

Today I attended my second community board meeting. Unlike the last one I went to, which went on for two hours, this one was twenty minutes long. It’s a good thing. Anyway, I’d better go an email some people now. Journalism, I’ve decided, is about pestering people enough so they give you the information you want just so they can be rid of you. Half the time, that information goes towards the type of story that I skim over when I’m reading the paper.

Sorry I have been such an awful blogger. (Does it make it worse that I dare to show my face here without photos? I guess that’s not ‘showing my face’ though.) I have been rather too busy to take pictures or dress up. I’ve been wearing knits and my favourite skinny black pants which aren’t so skinny any more because I’ve lost weight so it’s loose around the waist. What with journalism school and my writing projects, I’ve been too stressed to retain fat, and I never let myself stress eat. Well, I do, some of the time, but I try my best not to.

I’ve also recently gotten into meditation and relaxation techniques. Is it weird that I love guided meditation videos on YouTube? Anyway, they help me sleep and I highly recommend trying out some of those videos if you suffer from insomnia. I like to download them using a converter and put them on my mp3 player. Yes, I’m old school. No iPods for me.

Anyway, everyone, I’ll try to come up with a nice outfit to photograph tomorrow. No guarantees, since I haven’t even bothered with concealer this morning, and I’m hiding in large grey knits, but I will try. Right now, I think I need to sleep. Judging by my rambling, my brain’s not functioning so well anymore.

An inspiring read

No pictures today. I don’t think anyone wants to see me looking like a drowned chicken in a cape or whatever the phrase is. I mean, correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think the ‘I’m miserable and cold in the rain’ look is chic. Mind you, there are certain people (i.e. Miranda Kerr or Keira Knightley or Eva Green, who is stunning and gorgeous in the new Arthurian adaptation called Camelot –but I digress) who can probably work it and make it look hot, but I’m not one of them.

And no, I’m not really here to talk about how I looked un-chic in the rain this afternoon –it wasn’t actually raining that hard but I just neglected to take my umbrella out.

I was researching eating disorders for a story that I’m thinking of writing, most likely as a feature, and I came across a book review for Gok Wan’s autobiography, Through Thick and Thin (Ebury Press), and I thought, ‘Ooh, that might be interesting to reference or allude to or whatever’ coz celebrities are always welcome in the media and whatnot and it was published last year so it’s relatively timely and relevant.

Now, before I read the book, I didn’t really know who Gok Wan was. I’ve heard of his name and I thought he was a quirky fashion designer. Of course, now I know better. For those of you who don’t know who he is, he is a Chinese-British television presenter and stylist.

You’d expect his autobiography to be full of fashion, but it isn’t. He talks about his struggle with his self-esteem issues, which led to binge-eating, laxative consumption and anorexia, and his subsequent struggle to recover and regain control over his relationship with food. His narrative of the bullying that he experienced really resonated with me. His voice is poignant, and he is amazingly funny with his anecdotes about how he embellished his job interviews to get work at first and the tricks he employed when styling people from all walks of life. 

I highly recommend this book. It’s not a book about fashion, but I do think it is one about personal style, and if I’ve learned one thing, then it’s to have faith in your abilities and your personality, no matter how low you feel, because you have something to offer the world.  You just have to find out what it is.

Through Thick and Thin Cover

Craziness of Life

I haven’t been documenting my outfits lately. Mainly because the first thing I think when I get up is ‘God, I’m tired!’, and then I try and find something comfortable to wear, which results in…well, you can’t call them crimes of fashion, but I think I’ve been looking staid.

I suppose inspiration just isn’t coming. I don’t like the hiatus of TV shows. I mean, I need some mindless entertainment that I don’t need to think about, and whenever I flip open my favourite mags these days, I look at the feature articles and think that there is no way I can write this well. It may well be a phase of low self-esteem that I’ll get over soon enough. Only time can tell. It’s just that I feel so far away from being a professional, and I’ve also gotten really sick of getting vague answers from politicians and official sources, or worse, incorrect ones from the media people of said official sources. Other sources won’t even give me emails to say that no, they can’t talk to me.

The only thing I really do anymore is make sure that I have a near perfect manicure. Painting my nails calm me down. I’ve recently gotten into neutrals. This one is ‘Tickle My France-y’ by OPI.

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Tramp de Nîmes

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Wearing Pumpkin Patch denim shirt, Zara blazer, cross from medieval camp, Jeans West super skinny pants, Bess hat, boots from Geox in Hong Kong and Esprit bag.

Here’s the denim shirt again. I think I look a bit like a homeless person in this getup, what with the suede patches on the blazer’s elbows. I was too tired today to even wear heels (le gasp!). It’s been difficult adjusting to a diurnal schedule, since I’m naturally nocturnal, and I’ve been functioning on three to five hours sleep each night for the past three days.

I’m considering doing a story on the bus system in our city. Today, I waited for almost an hour for my bus, and I saw two buses with the same number pass by in the space of two minutes. Those time-things that estimate how long it will take until the bus arrives are not working, and the timetable is no use because the schedule has gone completely haywire. I was talking to people, and a lady said that she was told not to drive to relieve pressure on the traffic. She said that she’s going to take the car next time because everyone else seem to be taking their cars.

Classical Harmony

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Wearing ASOS pants, ASOS shoes, Portmans top, vintage men’s blazer, DKNY watch, tasselled necklace from Hong Kong and Equip bag.

This is my ‘stuff-everything-in-it’ bag. I abuse it a lot and got it mainly for its size. I’ve had it for a while now.

I couldn’t figure out what to wear today, so I went straight to some really basic items. I love the way these pants give the illusion of really long legs and make me look tall. I love that these classic trouser shapes are all coming back. High waisted things look great on short girls like me. I searched for pants of this cut for ages, but I couldn’t find any at shops, not even in Hong Kong, which is supposedly shopping haven and one of the fashion capitals of the world. When I asked, they said a) high waisted things don’t look good (not true, as can be seen here) and b) they’re not healthy because they cut off circulation (these are the most comfortable pants I own, barring sweatpants, and my low-waisted jeans are more prone to cutting off circulation to my legs). I finally found them on the internet, and the fit is absolutely perfect.

Is it sad that I stalk bookshops every month for fashion magazines? It’s the middle of March and I’m still after the February issue of Elle UK, which is one of my favourite publications. Keira Knightley’s on the cover and I just love her.

At class today, we had to interview one another and write a news story based on the interview, so I’d better get started on mine.

Peacock Feathers

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Wearing sweater vest from Zara, vintage skirt, old long-sleeved top, ASOS wedges and scarf from Hong Kong.

I’m really liking the nude lipstick look. That, and red lipstick. The skirt used to be my mother’s, and when she wore it, it hit a respectable place just above her knee. For me, it’s a mini-skirt. I am ecstatic I fit it at all, actually; half a year a go, I couldn’t fit it, but I lost some weight around my tummy.

I don’t have a lot of rules when it comes to eating, but I try my best not to eat processed foods. Instead of potato chips or cookies, I’ll eat lightly salted mixed nuts for snacks. Instead of instant coffee, I’m brewing my own and making flat whites out of trim milk (got a coffee maker just for that). Instead of…say, soft drink, I go for tea. I try to eat all the essential food groups each day (green leafy vegetables, fruit, carbohydrates, proteins and, if possible, monosaturated fats in the form of avocados or nuts) and I never eat until I’m so full that I feel sick. I also do fifteen minutes of exercise per day, mostly in the form of dancing–which involves cardio and balance. It’s actually not a lot of effort, and I allow mysel to eat junk food in an acceptable amount. I hardly ever eat it these days anyway; I wouldn’t touch Cadbury’s because I’ve spoiled myself on Belgian chocolates and since those are so expensive, I don’t eat too many of them either.

Layering

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When the temperatures vary from twelve degrees celsius to twenty seven, all you can really do is layer. I got this denim shirt from the boys’ section of a children’s clothing store. One of the good things about being five two on a good day is that you can get some great deals from the kids’ departments, where things are cheaper but of an equally good quality. This shirt was only twenty dollars; that’s cheaper than the one I got from a nameless store in Hong Kong. My brother has the exact same shirt. We were actually shopping  for him, but I just had to get one for myself too.

I found out today that my face is really not made for curls. They were giving a free demonstration at the mall, and I just looked really weird and overwhelmed with curls, like a under-confident teenaged girl who’s spent two hours doing her hair and is anxious that it doesn’t look good. Granted, I’ve done that before, but I’m past that stage of my life. A confident woman is a sexy woman.

Wearing shirt from Pumpkin Patch, old faded black t-shirt, leather blazer and jeans from Just Jeans, shoes from ASOS, hat from shop in Hong Kong and ‘Over the Taupe’ nail polish by OPI. 

I just got this shade from OPI today. The bottle’s slightly more expensive than my usual polishes, but the quality is well worth the price.

First Ever Makeup Post

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These are the products I’m using right now in terms of make-up (skincare is another matter entirely, but that should be another post in itself).

  • Maybelline Super Stay liquid foundation (Left)
  • L’Oréal ‘Made For Me Naturals’ lipstick in nude (Centre back)
  • Maybelline nude lip-liner pencil (Centre front)
  • Revlon ‘Beyond Natural’ smoothing primer (Right)

I used to use eyeliner and eyeshadow as well, but right now, I just can’t be bothered, and eye-makeup makes me tired. These days, I don’t even put on powder foundation after I apply the liquid one. I would never ever use foundation without putting on primer first. Primer stops foundation from clogging your pores, and it makes the foundation so much smoother. What I really don’t like is too much foundation; it makes the face look like a clay mask. With makeup, less is more.

Lip-liner is optional, but I’ve found that lipstick looks much better if you use it. I colour my entire lip with the lip-liner pencil. It actually is for lining the lip to prime it for the lipstick, not just for outlining the lip. Make sense?

So there are my make-up tips: Wear what makes you feel comfortable, keep it as minimal as possible, and always use primer to protect your skin.