March Journal

 

March went by so damn fast, that I only realised a few days ago that it was the last week of March, and it’s time for a recap.

又到了一個月一次的日記時間(希望今年能好好執行)。一起來回顧一下三月發生了什麼事吧!

 
 
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THE HIGHS

There were a lot of highs this month. I’m currently rebranding my logo. When it comes to logo design, I just can never seem to get it right, which is why I finally decided to ask for some professional help. I’ve been following Ann Chang on Instagram for a while. I love her work so much, especially how she plays with different fonts. My brief to her was - Feminine but not girly. Strong but not bold. And even though we are only in our first round of edits, I’m already so satisfied, I can see my visions coming true. Can’t show you guys anything yet, but stay tuned, because I know you’ll love it as much as I do. Earlier this month I attended the Virgin Australia Fashion Festival’s Identity Runway. It’s runway to support local designers here in Australia. The venue was amazing, the pieces are not something I would normally wear, but it doesn’t make it any less beautiful (styled by my amazing friend Jenna Flood). Also, my collaborative article with Taiwanese tea shop Grassphere went live this month. The article included some of my favourites photos I’ve taken for the past few months, if you fancy a look, head over. Last but not least, this week marks my one month with We Work. I went for a dedicated desk membership, and despite the extra rent, I’m so happy with this decision. I work faster now, no more putting off deadlines, and my productivity is better than ever. More about his on a later post!

這個月值得開心的事還滿多的!首先,目前正在進行正式 logo 的設計。過去都是自己用 Adobe 軟體亂玩,一直達不到心裡想要的模樣,所以這次決定交給專業。在社群媒體上關注 Ann Chang 好一陣子了,很喜歡她的風格,特別是她對字體的運用。我給她的設計理念是 『Feminine but not girly. Strong but not old』雖然我們才經歷第一階段的討論與修改,老實說我內心已經十分滿意,能夠看到腦海中的畫面慢慢現形的感覺真好,期待與你們分享成果的那天(應該下個月就可以了)。另外,在三月初受到之前合作過的造型師的邀請,參與了這裏的 Fashion Festival。和官方 Melbourne Fashion Week 不同的是,為了要讓本地的設計師得到更多的關注,所以非產業的民眾也可以買票觀秀。Festival 期間,不單單只有墨爾本,來自澳洲各地的獨立設計師都會來參展,是個了解當地中小品牌的好機會。月中的時候發表了和小草作漢方茶的體驗分享,之所以特別提出來是因為這應該是我近期最滿意的產品攝影,加上這次的漢方茶真的是心頭好啊(笑)最後,來說說上個月提到的 We Work Co-Working Space,我最後選了『專用辦公桌』的會員方案。雖然說租金比一般會員多些,但不管是在效率或是執行力都進步非常多,回家後也不太會半夜還在趕稿,而且身邊的人也都是在接案或是年輕小型企業,所以大家常常會互相討論、幫忙甚至是合作,在我看來,是我今年(目前啦,也才過三個月)在工作上做的最正確的決定!到時候會跟大家分享一篇共租工作空間的心得,希望你們有興趣。

 
 

Empties & Old Favourites

In my Feb Journal, I mentioned I’m currently in a no-buy state for anything beauty related (more on the reason in a later section). As much as I love a minimal fresh look, my beauty collection is far from being minimal. The no-buy challenge, not only gives me a chance to use up my products, but also go through some old favourites. All that said, here are some honourable mentions:

上個月的日記中,和大家提到我最近在進行的 『Beauty No-Buy Challenge』。不是說完全不能買,只是訂了點規矩。彩妝的部分,一個品項見底了才能買下一個;保養則是想先把手邊囤貨的用完。除了希望能改善櫃子堆積如山的景象,再來就是希望自己交出錢包錢可以先想一下。這兩個月下來,出現了一些保養空瓶跟彩妝就舊愛,一起來看看吧。

 
 
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SKIN, ORAL & HAIR CARE EMPTIES

1 Korres Tooth Paste - I love the idea of a natural whitening tooth paste. The scent is so beautiful that its almost obsessive, and believe it or not, it actually whitens! 2 Omorovicza Omoroessence - My 3rd empty bottle! Sadly, I’ll have to finish my other essence before buying a new one. It’s lightweight, extremely moisturising, and calming for my sensitive skin. 3 Omorovicza Lip Balm - Another beautiful product from the Hungarian brand. I apply a thick layer before at night before bed, and always wake up with the softest lip. Not sticky, not heavy, just pure moisture. 4 Chanel Hydra Beauty Essence Mist - This is an expensive mist to love, so if you don’t have $87 to spend, don’t even test it. It’s so beautiful, leaves a fresh dewy finish. 5 Kevin Murphy Dry Shampoo - My workout bag essential. And honestly just any day when I’m too lazy to wash my hair. Oops.

1 Korres 牙膏 - 先前都是用日本藥妝的牙膏,但因為之前囤的用完了,所以臨時在這裡買。來自希臘的品牌,一切都是純天然,而且帶點美白的作用,絕對會回購。2 Omorovicza 肌源活泉精萃 - 已經用完第三瓶了,可惜因為 No Buy Challenge 要先把手邊別的精華用完才可以再買(淚)除了舒緩跟保濕外,也能讓後續的保養吸收得更完整,膚質因為它穩定許多。3 Omorovicza 完美修護潤唇膏 - 又是一個來自匈牙利活泉品牌的好產品。老實說,已經好一陣子沒有把護唇膏用到見底了。不粘膩、又滋潤,不管是睡前還是妝前唇部打底都很適合,這次空瓶系列中的私心最愛。4 Chanel 山茶花保濕精華噴霧 - 很喜歡它的味道,保濕與定妝效果的很好(我是乾肌),是一款任何方面表現非常好的噴霧,可惜就是價錢太不親民。5 Kevin Murphy 乾洗髮 - 來自澳洲品牌。自從把護髮產品都會成無矽靈、起泡劑與仿腐劑之後,一直找不到好的噴霧型產品(定型液與乾洗髮等等) 。Kevin Murphy 是目前用過最好的,效果不錯,味道也好聞,與你們分享。

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OLD MAKE UP FAVOURITES

1 Giorgio Armani UV Master Primer - The best part of this challenge is I get to revisit some amazing products. This primer leaves a nice glow to the skin, sometimes I’ll just wear this alone. 2 Dior Backstage Face and Body - Okay, let me be honest, I bought this because of Meghan Markle. I love the skin-like, natural matte finish (less glowy comparing to my other foundations, but I can always add some highlighter). No irritations, no breakouts, and it stays. Why did I stop using it at the first place? 3 Glossier Stretch Concealer - my sister to get me some glossier products because they don’t ship to Australia. The concealer is my favourite of them all. Dewy and creamy, a.k.a dry skin friendly. 4 Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish - A hype product that actually lives up to the hype (plus, never knew hitting pan feels so good!). 5 It Cosmetic #7 brush - so soft, great for a sheer airbrush look. Not necessary, but a good choice if you want a new foundation brush.

1 Giorgio Armani 高效防護妝前乳 - 去年底本來要去買粉氣墊,結果反而帶了這條回家。手邊的是帶粉色的潤色版,除了防曬之外還能提亮,不想化妝的時候,就會單擦這條就出門了。2 DIOR 專業後台水粉底 - 當初完全是被梅根推入坑,喜歡它的微霧光澤,非常自然,薄薄一層就很夠(乾肌記得要做好妝前保濕)。3 Glossier 遮瑕膏 - 很滋潤,不會卡紋,價錢也非常可接受。去年聖誕節楊小妹從紐約幫我帶來的 Glossier 產品中,最喜歡它。4 Charlotte Tillbury 蜜粉餅 - 人生第一次把粉餅用到見底!有修飾的效果,但還是很自然,不會太厚重(因為不太出油所以我都只上T字),應該是目前用過最好用的蜜粉餅。 5 IT Cosmetics #7 粉底刷 - 原先只是旅遊用的,但這個月我平常也在拿來上妝。毛很軟,長度剛好也不會有刷痕。沒有到必備,但如果正好要換粉底刷,可以考慮這支。

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New in & review

While I've been restricting myself pretty well on the beauty area, I did splurge myself with a couple of new jewellery pieces. These delicate pieces by Sarah & Sebastian have officially become part of my everyday essentials. It was the only brand I’ve been wearing for the past months. It’s great for layering, and compliments guaranteed.

好的,雖然在美妝與保養的部分很節制,但這個月還是入手了些飾品。Sarah & Sebastain 是來自雪梨的品牌,恰好是我喜歡的極簡風格。簡約的線條非常修飾手指長度,搭配性也非常高。他們除了婚戒等高單價的系列,也有不少流行性高些或是可以日常配戴的設計。另外,官網的部分個人覺得做得非常好,是我少數敢在沒看過實品的情況下購買的飾品品牌。

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What I read

Finished Bird Box in three days. The writing is amazing, and it sucks you in the story that you’ll want to pause everything just to read this. The second book I read is An Edited Life by Anna Newton. Okay, the only reason I started this no-buy challenge is because I watched her makeup declutter video. She gave me a whole new perspective of organisation, and how a streamlined lifestyle can literally change your…well, life. I’m still doing some research on the whole capsule wardrobe thing, I’ll let you guys know if I decided to dive in. The Proposal, not my normal genre, but it is great if you need a little break from life. It’s funny and realistic. So Enjoyable.

三月書單

Birdbox 絕對是這個月的第一名。三天就看完了,節奏很快,會讓人欲罷不能,吃早餐也在看,通勤也在看,睡前也是。我還沒看過電影,但聽說評價也不錯。推薦給喜歡恐怖或是末日類型故事的人。再來,我第二個看完就是 An Edited Life ,也是讓我看是瘋狂大整理家裡的罪魁禍首(笑)在 Youtube 上發現了 Anna Newton,花了幾天把她所有居家的影片看完,發現除了物品的規劃,生活上如果有好的規劃,整個人也會神清氣爽。最近也在研究膠囊衣櫥,雖然覺得我離這個目標還非常遙遠,但至少能先從自己的衣櫃下手,把不常穿(或是幾乎沒穿過)的捐出去或二手拍,只留下真正需要以及最愛的。最後是 The Proposal,是我幾乎不讀的類型,但因為朋友一直推薦,所以就借來看看。有點愛情喜劇的感覺,有時候還會真的笑出來,解壓或是想讀得輕鬆的內容的人可以看看。

The Lows

Everything is going great other than my fitness routine. I use to hit the gym three times every week, but this month I only went about 3 times in a month. I don’t know why I’m feeling a bit unmotivated in this area, perhaps I need to try something new, just to switch it up a bit. Any of you have recommendation for fun workouts? I’m thinking of trying reformer pilates. All that said, hope your March has been amazing, and wishing you all the best April ahead x

整體來說三月過得非常開心又充實,唯一比較煩惱的就是我的運動習慣。過去大約一週運動三到四次,從米蘭回來後就發懶,一個禮拜有一次就要偷笑了。可能是長時間做同一種運動膩了,所以最近想換別的試試看。有人有試過機械式皮拉提斯嗎?感覺滿好玩的,報名了課程,下週要去體驗看看。好咧,今天就到這裡,希望大家四月可以一切順心,我們下篇文章見。