May Style Edit

 

I know the rest of the world is getting warmer, but here in Australia, we are snuggling under a blanket sipping hot chocolate. Winter has finally arrived. I LOVE WINTER CLOTHING. You've heard me say that before having you? It's the season of boots, huge scarfs, coats, chunky knits and more. I honestly cannot be happier, so here I am today, starting a new monthly series, rounding up a couple of my favourite style pieces from each month.

喜歡冬裝。毛衣啊、高領啊、圍巾、靴子等等,都是我極度熱愛的。氣溫越低,打扮的越起勁,心情也越好(笑)身邊的朋友都知道,我在冬天相對比較活躍。最近一直在想,怎麼樣可以在部落格寫更多不一樣的內容,想著想著,決定突破心防,來寫一些跟穿搭有關的。為什麼說突破心防呢?因為我不太喜歡被拍,臉要什麼表情,手要怎麼擺,一到鏡頭前完全就不會,但偏偏這個月衣櫃裡的單品,讓我愛不釋手,幾乎天天翻出來穿。好吧,那就來試試看。我的第一篇日常穿搭文章,請笑納。

 
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Camel Coat

If you’ve been following me on Instagram (@mstiffanyyang), you know I’m obsessed with this Jac + Jack Camel Coat. I know camel cis consider quite neutral & classic colour for most people, but honestly, this is literally one of the more vibrant pieces in my wardrobe. Usually, when I invest in a coat, I try to think of at least three different ways to wear it before handing my credit card over. And in this case, my styling option is way over five. My usual turtleneck with skinny jeans, leopard skirt, shorts with knee-high boots, a pleated skirt with sneakers…etc. Name anything, trust me almost everything work.

駝色大衣

接下來這件,已經在我的 INSTAGRAM 出現太多次了。今年墨爾本的冬天來得早。好險,我從四月就開始物色大衣了(笑)從去年年底,就一直在找駝色大衣,從澳洲找回台灣,找到日本,再一路找回來,但偏偏沒有一個中意的。要不是剪裁不合適,不然就是布料太重,對於冬裝,我真的是各種龜毛。記得是某天比較早下班,所以到百貨公司順便補一些護膚品的貨,結果該買的沒買,倒是提了一件大衣回家。JAC + JACK 是澳洲幾個基本款做的不錯的品牌之一。翻翻找找,終於讓我在駝色區(沒錯,他們店都是照顏色區分擺放衣服),套了一下,肩寬可以、袖子下擺長度完美,輕盈度也夠 — OK 這是命定款!本身的剪裁,是我喜歡的長板西裝外套設計,而且因為是 100%羊毛,所以禦寒功效也很好。一般來說,要買單價稍微高一點的衣物的時候,我都會思考他的搭配性,做為經典的駝色大衣在這方面當然是沒問題。

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Slim Tote

Honestly, I have been carrying this tote since summer. It's literally the best all season piece. I love the trio layering design, so you can choose to go with the camel or black side, depending on your outfit of the day. After owning a couple of 3.1 Phillip Lim bags, it is safe to say their quality is pretty amazing, and they last you years — well worth the price point. This particular tote is super light and comes with 4 sections for your to organise your daily essentials. I personally got mine from Shopbop, sadly it's sold out here, but I managed to find one via Saks.

托特包

這款托特包,真的被路人問過很多次,連我在這裡的髮型設計師也都跑去訂一個。其實以前是喜歡小包的,寧願側背一個小包,然後手抱電腦,自己覺得這樣很瀟灑(?)學生時期還可以免強渡過,再不然東西放車上,課間再去換就好。不過上班後的行程,就不太允許我這麼任性,托特包也就慢慢變成了我的好朋友。但身為外貿協會購物者,就算是大容量,時髦這件事還是要兼顧。今年一月在 SHOPBOP 找到了這個 3.1 PHILLIP LIM 三色包。包包本身非常輕,共分為三個大夾層跟一個暗袋,東西可以分門別類放好。另外,可以根據自己當天的衣著,決定要背哪一邊。能裝的程度,也比看起來中多很多,錢包、化妝包、行事曆、相機、水壺跟雨傘都放得下。我有時候也會放15寸筆電,但這種情況就會減少其他物品,不是裝不下,是我背不動(攤手)好,說了這麼多,結果 SHOPBOP 居然賣完了。在 SAKS 貌似還有,喜歡的人請動作快。品名是 SLIP ACCORDION LEATHER TOTE,歡迎地毯式搜尋。

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There you have it, my very first Monthly Style Edit post, I hope you find it interesting. Once again, thanks to the amazing Annie for creating the visuals. We had to run around South Melbourne while its raining to get the shots we planned, so I apologise if my hair looks a bit…well, wet. All that said, I’m still proud with how they turned out. Hopefully, you love them as much as I do.

「突破舒適圈,原來是這種感覺」— 拍完這次的影像,腦中一直響著這樣的聲音。太不習慣被拍了,幸好 ANNIE 跟我的頻率滿相近的,讓我不是太緊張。淋著雨,穿梭在平常上班都要往返的墨爾本南區,或許是目的不同,街景也顯得不同。原先捲好的頭髮因為濕氣都直了,其實本來害怕因為這樣會顯得邋遢,不過收到照片的時候,倒是喜歡這種自然感。目前應該都會走「不露臉路線」,至於為什麽呢,哪天找時間再來好好說吧。希望你們喜歡這次的文章,接下來每個月都會有一篇這樣介紹喜歡的單品的,項目也會保持三個或以內,這樣才是真愛中的真愛啊(笑)我們下回見啦。

photography by Annie (@Yu Chun Chen)
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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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