life lately

I'm writing to you guys in my new apartment (sort of ), at the eve of my 3rd month since I moved to Melbourne. I know this sounds a bit poetic, but nothing will really change. I will wake up, eat breakfast & reply emails for my freelance work, go to my other job, write, brainstorm shoots, plan shoots, and drink hot chocolate. Just as I have done for the past 3 months.

But we can start from all the thing that had happened since 3 months ago.

凌晨兩點,剛修完手邊的一批照片。看了一下行事曆,才發現明天下午兩點就是我正式搬入新公寓的第三個月。聽起來滿值得紀念的,但即便如此,白天的行程並不會因此有太的改變。依舊要七點起來上班、回個人電郵、計畫下一場拍攝的大小事,準備部落格要用的文字與影像,然後在回家路上買杯最愛的熱可可。聽起來很規律,但其實就算每天面對同樣的事項,要著手的部分都不可能一樣。來到墨爾本後,就陸陸續續收到很多人的私訊問我是來做什麼的?是啊,當初我的確沒有講太多,就毫無預警的再度離開台灣。所以今天就來篇小日記吧(笑)

來和大家聊聊,這三個月到底發生了些什麼事呢?

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one. my photo series 首先,我的個人作品集 _

3 months ago, I arrived Melbourne with 2 big suitcases. I had the biggest plans, and the hope of everything will work out smoothly. It was one the most positive periods of my life. Until I realised how naive I was. I had only one client, but multiple bills to pay. I will be refreshing my emails every hour, and nothing will come up. That's when I found out what I was lacking - a local portfolio. I started reaching out to people, pitching brands & other creatives if they'd like to work together, that's how Dusk to Dawn happened. Now I have a brilliant team of girls (and boys!), that are so good at their craft, and I always refer back to them when I need to do a shoot.

今年三月,我充滿希望的拖著兩個大行李箱上了飛機。有著無數個計畫,卻也伴隨了記當頭棒喝。發現自己好像把以自由接案人的身份出國生活這件事想得太簡單了。剛開始的一個月,我只接到了一個客戶,身上卻壓著各種帳單和房租的壓力,覺得自己進的很少,出的卻非常多。每過一個小時都會來檢查信箱,像個失業人士般很急切地尋找浮木。後來,與同行的朋友吃了頓飯,才發現我最大的盲點。我缺少與當地產業有關的作品集,加上還是個菜鳥新人在圈子裡認識的人也不多,才顯得寸步難行。於是,我開始主動像造型師、化妝師、髮型師與小眾品牌聯絡,也造就了 Dusk to Dawn 這個作品的誕生。現在,我身邊有個我既欣賞又信任的小團隊,大家同樣對好的影像有堅持,同樣正在起步努力。而近期的接到的案子,只要廠商願意,我都會找他們進來,大家互相切磋、鼓勵。

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This editorial will be published on an independent magazine from LA. I can't say much yet, but will definitely let you guys know when the issue is released later this August. I'm also currently just showcasing volume 1 of the shoot, 2 & 3 will be live really soon!

幸運的是 Dusk to Dawn 這個系列將會刊登在洛杉磯的一個獨立雜誌上,收到電郵的當下真的覺得很不可思議,沒想到能被跨海的另一方青睞。現在還不能透露太多,八月出刊的時候一定會跟大家分享的。另外,這個個系列共分成三個風格,目前露出的都是第一部分,二和三過陣子就會上線了,請期待。

two. survived through my new job 二,新的工作崗位 _

I started a new job  a while go. I have been freelancing my whole life, and despite all the creative projects, I still have zero experience when it comes to the business side. Being a freelancer means you're running your own business, which is why I wanted a marketing job at the first place. The funny thing about this position is that, I wasn't the kind of person they were originally looking for, they wanted someone with at least 3 years in the fashion marketing field. But I love the role so much and just asked anyway. I think my boss found it interesting so she interviewed me. I was honest right of the bat, telling her I know I'm far from what you're looking for, but I'm willing to learn, and listed out what I can bring in to the her business.

The first two weeks was hard, I will be sitting at the studio (it's a clothing brand I'm working in), figuring out all the backend and admin stuff till 12am. I know 2 months doesn't seem long at all, but when you were originally only meant to be there once a week, and now they ask you to be there 4 days (aka everyday, the studio doesn't run on a Friday). You're doing something right. My advice to those of you who wants to get recognized in the work field? Grin it, bear it, ask questions and put in 150%. It's tiring, but worth it.

從學生時期開始,就一直是 freelancer,除了第一份實習幾乎沒有在辦公室工作過。但時間久了,發現自己在行銷或是任何跟創作無關的經驗滿缺乏的,於是起了應徵另一份工作的念頭。三四月在澳洲並不是職缺的旺季,尋尋覓覓了一個多月,才在網路上看見有個我很喜歡的當地品牌要找行銷企劃人員,但我離他們理想的人選差距很大(要求有至少三年以上的時尚產業行銷經歷)。猶豫了幾天,還是決定投出了那份零行銷經驗的履歷,反正試試看嘛,頂多沒回應而已。況且,我是那種不嘗試就會一直想的人,這樣做其馬對得起自己。一週後收到通知,然後進行了我人生第一場「躍級面試」,因為這樣也失眠了很多天。後來從同事口中得知,老闆是覺得我敢這樣做很有趣,所以才決定找我聊聊。

老實說,剛開始滿挫折的,常常為了熟悉作業模式或趕進度待到晚上十二點才離開工作室,相比那時候瘋狂加班的模樣,現在真的順手多了。我知道一個半兩個月聽起來很短,不過當你在兩三週內從遠本的一週一天兼職晉升為一周四天的全職(工作室星期五不開的),那表示你的確是做對了什麼。在這兒送給所有跟我一樣還是時尚產業菜鳥的大家,如果想要自己的能力被發掘,再小的事都要投入150% ,記得多笑,然後有問題就問。很累沒錯,但會被看見的,相信我。

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three. the current state of #houseroselane

If I'm honest, I'm not satisfied with my apartment yet. I'm waiting for a few decor piece & prints to arrive, and I'm also still looking for a coffee table I like. Some of you might have seen sneak peek of the place when I first moved in, which was a lot different then it looks right now, Anyways, I went for something a bit feminine this time, brought in a lot of warm colour and dusty pink. I'm loving the change of scene. It's nice, don't you think?

這我應該是我開始自己住後,佈置進度最慢的一次了。我還沒找到預算內滿意的小咖啡桌(其實也還在猶豫到底需不需要),還有一些畫還沒來,或是還沒掛。剛開始組裝傢俱的時候,有在 Instagram 上和大家分享過小公寓的樣貌,不過雖然說還沒完工,雛形已經出來了,所以還是和當初差滿多的。和以前不一樣的是,這次加入了很多暖色系的元素,木質傢俱、金色框架與粉色點綴是大致的方向。個人是覺得這改變挺好的,你們覺得呢?

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I'm using the lounge area as a home office, living and dining room. I also have another room as my photo studio, filled with props, mood board, and lighting equipments, that's where most of the product flay-lays happen (let me know if guys like me to do a studio tour). There will be full post about the whole decorating process, so I'm not gonna spill too much about it today.

因為新家以開放式的空間居多,所以我把工作(寫稿)區、吃飯和客廳規劃在一個地方,並以大型的傢俱做區域的劃分。未來會有一篇跟居家佈置和搬家有關的文章,今天就不透露太多啦(笑)另外有一個小房間是我的拍攝工作室,小的拍攝或是靜物等等都是在那裡完成的,裡面也有很多道具、背景跟燈,如果你們想看工作室的細節,也可以跟我說。

four. (re) learning a language

I've got an excited project happening in Tokyo later this year, so I suppose there's no better time to pick up where I left of with Japanese again. I had learn it a few years ago during one particular summer holiday, and that's probably it. I recently enrolled in a 3 months course, it's pretty intense, but it feels good to learn another language again.

很少人知道,我其實很小的時被家裏送去補習班學過日文,後來大學某次放假回台灣也請過日語家教,但兩次都只學到五十音就結束(笑)十月的時候,在東京有一項合作,讓我決定再給自己一次機會。雖然說三個多月不可能多厲害,但至少是個起頭呀。

five. beauty go-to

I am CRAZY about the Estēe Lauder Advanced Night Repair. I've heard so much about this product for years, but since I have sensitive skin, I was a bit hesitant. Until I got to try a sample for 2 weeks, and honestly I have never been so amazed by a serum. My redness was better, skin looks plumper, and even the dullness from late night sleeps were less obvious. Surprise surprise, I now own a full bottle.

近期用到最滿意的護膚品就屬雅詩蘭黛的小棕瓶莫屬了。其實不管是網路上,還是身邊的朋友都跟我推薦過它,但因為身為資深敏感肌,始終不太敢嘗試,一直到前陣子朋友給我這裡專櫃送的旅行組,才終於明白為何這麼多人對它如此忠心耿耿。小棕瓶不只能加強保濕,還能鎮定泛紅,隔天早上皮膚看起來也亮上許多,修復力實在令人驚艷,的確是值得信賴的可靠保養。然後,我就這樣默默買了一瓶正常大小的。

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and let's end it with make up..

In order of application, let's start with Armani Luminous Silk foundation. A medium coverage base but extremely natural. I'm light-handed when it comes to make up, so my finish is sheer and silky, but you can always build it up. Not cakey, and skin looks like skin. I've had struggles with setting powders for so long since my skin is pretty dry. For those of you with the similar problem, I would recommend trying the new Hour Glass Veil Setting Powder. It sets your make up without leaving a white cast, doesn't dry out, and even comes with a bit of glow. Speaking of glow, the Clinique uplighting Illuminating Powder is my current highlight go-to.

彩妝的部分,我們就照上妝順序來說吧。Armani 的輕透亮絲光粉底已經成功在梳妝台上蟬聯三週了(常用的化妝品會放在梳妝台,比較少用的就會另外收在櫃子裡,過陣子再進行交替),微微的光澤感很日常,雖然遮瑕力偏弱,自然的妝容適合跟我一樣喜歡「裸妝看不出來」系的人。接著是蜜粉的部分,基本上我以前是很少用的,頂多只在 T 字部位。因為我本身是乾肌,加上也不太喜歡過於霧面的感覺。所以,如果跟我一樣有相同困擾但又有定妝需求的人,可以試試 Hourglass 新出的這款蜜粉。不乾、不會改變底妝本身顏色,例外還有點光澤,不藏私推薦給大家。至於打亮的部分,近期的常用款是倩碧的 uplighting illuminating powder,輕拍在顴骨峰處,喜歡它不刻意的光感,營造出內斂的好氣色。這款在台灣的官網上目前找不到,大家可以靠櫃問問看唷。

So this is what happened and whats going on. I hope it's not too long to read, have a great week x

好的,落落長的小日記就到此結束(然後天也要亮了),我們下回待續。有任何想知道的,或是希望我多分享生活主題,都歡迎留言給我。

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6 NEW BEAUTY DISCOVERIES

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If you've been following me for a while, you know beauty & skincare is my weakness. I feel like it was after uni that I had made the transition not only to start looking into makeup but also really spend the time to take care of skin. I'm also really lucky to receive products from companies to test and try out. All that said, since I haven't written any favourites articles for a while, I thought it would be nice to make a list of some discoveries from the past three months.  

欸對,好像好久沒寫選物月刊類的文章了。認識我的人都知道,保養彩妝是我的最大的弱點,自從大學畢業後開始接觸,每隔一段時間都會想嘗試新東西,也很榮幸能收到許多品牌寄來的公關品。所以呢,決定把這過去一到三個月陸續入手、收到的新發現整理出最愛六樣與大家分享,快來看看吧。看完文章後,也歡迎你們分享你們近期喜愛的產品唷,很想知道呢!

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one. Armani face fabric foundation 

I must admit, I have only started using this foundation for three weeks, but man, I'm hooked. I love the mousse texture along with the semi-matte look. It's one of the most natural matte foundations I've come by. It's so lightweight, and yet it covers just enough for a comfortable everyday look. I remember right after the two days of wearing it, I can't help to recommend it to my girlfriends. I use to complain not being able to find the perfect Armani foundation for me (I mean who doesn't want Georgio Armani on our vanity, right?), and the search is finally over. 

我和大多數女孩一樣,都希望自己的梳妝台上能有一瓶 Armani 粉底,不過在今年以前都呈現一種碰壁的狀態。連試了兩款都割愛轉送因為實在太不適合自己(淚)一直到上個月逛 Sephora 的時候發現了這款號稱像丹寧褲般舒適的 second skin 慕斯粉底,這三週幾乎天天用,持妝與妝感都好滿意。一碰到肌膚就會化成粉末(觸感有點像以前植村秀泡沫防曬的感覺),完妝後是天生好膚的微霧感,基本上小瑕疵也都遮得不錯。因為我本身保濕都做得很足,所以雖然是乾肌但目前也都沒什麼問題,整天下來維持得也挺好的。啊,終於能大聲說我找到我的命定 GA 粉底了呢。大家台灣上市一定要去靠櫃試試看。

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Two. Perricone MD No highlighter Highlighter 

Perricone MD has been releasing a range of No Makeup Makeup products for a while. It's a series of product with skincare in mind while providing the bare face illusion ⏤ the 'I woke up like this' look. And my pick of the bunch will be the No Highlighter Highlighter. I wear this all time, even when I have no foundation one, it gives you that natural baby skin look, which I personally really love. However, if you're looking for something with the greatest lighting strobe, this may not be your taste. 

這半年開始陸陸續續入手了不少 Perricone MD 的彩妝系列。 由皮膚醫生起家的品牌,近幾年推出了許多以護膚為首要構想的化妝品,偽素顏光澤肌是他們的主要走向。而在梳妝台上幾樣產品(修容、腮紅、睫毛膏、粉底精華等)中,翻牌率最高的就是這瓶液狀偽打亮。就算沒上粉底的時候,在 C 字部位、鼻樑處上點,就會有種肌底透光的自然妝感,特別是膚況好的時候,很像小 baby 的膚質。當然,如果是追求要有很顯眼光澤的產品,那麼就不建議你列入考量了唷。

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Three. Sisely restorative day & night cream

At the end of last year, I had the most serious skin allergic reaction. It was really confusing since I had cut off seafood from my diet ages ago. After seeing the dermatologist, he told me it was something I applied. So I spent the time to look into my skincare/ makeup products and decluttered my vanity. And the Restorative Day & Night Cream was the only moisturiser I kept. It's incredibly moisturising, and yet still really gentle on the skin and not only I had fully recovered, but it also made my skin texture better. I'm currently in my third jar, so you know how much I love it!

大約在去年底的時候,我的肌膚開始過敏的非常嚴重,花了一個多月的時間才復原。當時還滿無助的,因為有測過過敏原,所以在飲食上已經十分小心,海鮮也戒了將近一年。後來實在是沒辦法,只好去看皮膚科醫生(我是個很不喜歡醫院的人,所以通常能免則免),才發現應該是某個經塗抹而接觸肌膚的產品。我花了點時間過濾平常使用的保養、美妝產品,經過篩選,Sisely 的植物修護面霜我唯一留下的乳霜類產品。姑且不論滋潤效果,光是修護程度就足以讓驚艷;不只泛紅、過敏等症狀舒緩成功,皮膚觸感也跟著提升了。這樣說吧,目前已用光兩罐,第三瓶也快見底,大概就是這麼愛(笑)

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Four. Fancl mild cleansing gel 

Another one of my post-allergic survival kit. I bought this Fancl cleansing gel during my last trip to Tokyo. It says mild, gentle & good for sensitive skin on the packaging which I figured will be perfect for me. Fancl is a Japanese brand known for using the most natural ingredients and still delivers the best face forward. Finally, I get to remove makeup without stinging or irritation. 

另一個幫助我度過過敏非常期的產品。Fancl 的 mild cleansing gel (在台灣官網上找不到,但日本和英文網站上確定有)是在東京旅行的時候購入的。包裝盒上寫適合敏感肌使用,當時通行的朋友也推薦,便決定試試看。無添加防腐劑用起來特別安心,而且卸妝的過程中完全不熏眼,兩月下來洗完臉不會緊繃、刺痛或泛紅,同持又能成功把彩妝帶走。真的是敏感兒童的好朋友。

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Five. Marc Jacobs mascara

I'm not a big fan of full-on, volumised mascara. I love to have them thin, natural, semi feather-like. So I'm sure you can imagine when I discovered the Feather Noir Ultra-skinny Lash Discovering Mascara. It gives that "your lash, but better" look, my lashes look longer but not too much. I've been using it almost every day for the past 3 months, that's how much I love it! 

對於睫毛,我的追求就是自然不誇張,不需要太濃密,看起來有神就好。其實也是要感謝吳小姐生了偏豐富的睫毛跟眉毛給我與楊小妹,所以我們基本上在眼睛部分都是走一切從簡的路線。這一兩年陸陸續續試了幾款睫毛膏,但很多都覺得太浮誇、過於搶眼,一直到後來在澳洲的 Sephora 看見了這款 Marc Jacobs纖長黑量睫毛膏,搜尋才從此告一段落。跟 mlbb 唇彩一樣的概念,看起來就是自己本身的睫毛,只是更長更翹了,但不會有人看出你刷了睫毛膏的小心機。

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Six. Glossier body hero daily oil wash

All my friends know I'm a sucker for glossier products. I love their minimal packaging. The beauty balm is an all-time favourite, and now I can say the Body Hero Daily Oil Washis one too. I was once told a proper moisturisation starts in the shower, and now I finally get it! 

我是 glossier 的超級粉絲(笑),每次到紐約都絕對會到他們的 showroom 轉一圈。粉色的極簡包裝太讓人著迷,加上產品通常都保有中上的品質,所以一直是梳妝台上的常客。品牌的玫瑰味護唇膏是最愛的必備品,但最近開始嘗試的 Body Hero 沐浴油 好感度也直線上升中。以椰子油為主要基底,不只潔膚,還提前在沐浴的過程中進行保濕的動作,出了淋浴間完全不會覺得皮膚緊繃、乾燥,令人喜愛。

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