ON REVERSE, MY MINI BAG CRUSH

So, where do I start? When I look at my closet, I realised I have a huge addiction to purses. I can be pretty simple and monochrome when it comes to clothes, but I’m always on the lookout for new colours, shapes & designs to dump in my everyday essentials. Recently, I’ve been wearing my mini bags on repeat. I love how easy they are to travel with. And they stop me from bringing non-necessary items (declutter!). All that said, I gathered some of my favourites that will be perfect for all you mini bag lovers too! Keep scrolling! 

在穿著上我算是個極簡之人,選色上走的也都是基本路數;不過,對於包款,卻相對多變許多。其實以前是習慣提著大包出門的,不過幾季前保著實驗的心情嘗試了人生第一個小包,便從此愛上。它們,不只外表輕便,也讓我改掉了過往在出門前總是越裝越多的壞習慣,只帶真的會用到的「必需品」出門,算是把簡潔這兩字發揮得淋漓盡致。當然,肩膀痠痛的頻率也跟著減少了,算是一舉兩得(笑)所以呢,今天歸納出了三種我喜歡的小包款與你們分享,希望你們覺得有趣。

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⏤ the backpack

Mini backpacks have been on trend for a few seasons now, but it's only recently that I caught up with it. Honestly, I'm not normally up for logo patterns, but somehow this Gucci Padlock Supremewas love at first sight. Perhaps it's the black & brown leather patches that gave it a more vintage look. The best part? It comes with a little secure lock, which is perfect when you're on-the-go exploring a new city. My jam. 

後背包應該是近兩三季最常見的小包款。各品牌以不同的材質、配色與線條打破了過往後背包只適合上學或運動的迷思。老實說,我一直是個排斥有鮮明品牌 logo 或圖騰的人,但不知道為什麼這款棕黑拼色的 Gucci Padlock Supreme 卻讓我一見鐘情。總覺得這樣皮革、帆布與金釦的搭配,頗有復古風,實在深得我心。容量以小包來說也是非常足夠的(其實今天分享的,都比外表能裝很多),基本的錢包、唇膏跟行事曆都放得下。另一個讓我傾心的小巧思就是它還有鑰匙,適合需要時常需要旅行走跳的人,好喜歡。

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⏤ the bucket

Now, let me introduce you to my newest arm candy (you may saw me raving it on Instagram). I have been looking for the perfect cream leather bag with a solid circle handle for months, and finally, Net-a-Porter heard my prayers and brought in the Simon Miller collection. I am beyond obsessed. I know it looks pretty small, but trust me when I say this; this little bucket fits my Fujifilm camera, lipstick & wallet, and there's still space for more.  

二月剛入手 Simon miller Bonsai包的時候就很興奮地在社群平台與大家分享了。事隔兩個月,依舊是目前的最愛。柔軟的皮革與圈型手把,有點隨性、有點優雅、有點個性。從紐約一路陪我回台灣,到現在搬來澳洲只要帶出門都會被人指著詢問。簡單的框架與配色,有各種搭配的可能性,翻牌率極高。還有,別被外表給騙了,它可是有著可以放入相機(當然不是大單眼,但像 Fuji XT2 這樣偏中型的絕對沒問題)的容量。我拿的是 Bonsai 20,另外也有更迷你的 Bonsai 15 可以選擇。

⏤ the structured 

I've been eyeing on the Moynat Paradis for so long. The original version is too big for me (finding the right purse size can be a pain when you're 5 ft 1), so when I saw the new petit size during PFW, adding it to my collection is a no-brainer. It comes with a detachable strap so you can wear it as a cute cross body or a lady clutch for a special night. Though it has a structured look, because of the leather, the texture is actually pretty soft & smooth. 

線條俐落的 Moynat Paradis 方包,是我先前就有在關注的款式,不過第一代的尺寸對不到一米六的我來說,比例上還是顯得有點笨重,很像偷背別人包包的(笑)在上一季巴黎時裝周看見了嬌小的迷你款式,也特別喜歡那有點女人味的酒紅色。之前一直覺得 Paradis 小一點會更好,沒想到真的被我盼到了,實體跟預想中一樣讓人滿意,甚至更好,那細緻的皮革工藝,更是讓人愛不釋手。值得一提的是,它附有可拆式的背帶,斜背顯得活潑俏皮些;肩背或手提的話是經典、優雅的模樣,很適合正式場合。

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There you have it, my three favourite bags at the moment! Did any of them catch your eye? let me know in the comments area & have a great day!

好咧,把我近期的小包最愛整理了出來,第一次分享這樣的文章實在有點緊張,也歡迎在底下留言給意見,讓我以後能給發想出更好、更受用的內容給你們。最後也在網路上挑了一些類似的款式,大家可以依照習慣喜好來看看。下回見啦(揮手)

NYFW DIARY

I still can't believe this happened! If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I attended my very first NYFW. I feel so lucky and grateful that these brands are willing to give me a chance. All that said, I've decided to share my experience with you guys, so you know what's it like when you're just only starting off. Here we go! 

終於,要來跟大家好好分享這次的紐約時裝周了。人生第一次以自己的部落格申請參加, 覺得榮幸,也感謝願意給我機會的品牌和設計師。在紐約的那幾天,陸陸續續把這次初體驗的細節做了整理,想讓大家了解一下身為時裝周菜鳥的感受和心得,希望你們覺得有趣。

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#1: my Very First Show -  Just in XX
我的第一場秀,來自台灣的周裕穎

I had huge anticipation prior attending this show, not only this was my very first invite, but also because the designer himself is also from Taiwan. Nothing's better than kicking start fashion week with a brand from home. This season, Justin Chou had brought traditional culture & street style together; it was a phenomenal experience. Seeing Chinese calligraphy, embroidery, prints & weaving on the runway models was so exciting, especially when all these elements came from my own roots. There's literally nothing I don't love about this collection.

身為菜鳥部落客,在收到 Just in XX 邀請的時候好驚喜,而且設計師還是同樣來自台灣!十多分鐘下來心跳得很快,目不轉睛,又要顧快門,現在想還是覺得好不可思議。出發前,就看了很多相關資料,周裕穎經常以「把台灣的美好讓世界看到」為出發點,與不同產業的合作、聯名,宣揚 「Glocal = Local is Global 」的概念。這季 Just in XX 進軍紐約時裝周官方日程;其中 X 代表連繫與無線可能,是此次與故宮跨界合作的最佳寫照,在文物與現代街頭間取得平衡。「翠玉白菜」、「玉人與熊」等國寶館藏都是 SuperlinXX 系列的設計靈感,並將傳統的編織、刺繡、藍染與紋身融入其中,創作出不一般的時尚作品。 值得一提的是,雖說傳統匠人精神與時尚是兩個乍聽之下十分反差的元素,整場秀下來卻完全沒有任何違和的突兀感,反而散發出令人期待且興奮的氣氛。如同模特兒腳踩 Nike 鞋款來詮釋印有北宋黃庭堅書法的服裝般,搭配著台灣風味的饒舌歌曲,是種衝突之美。

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#2 Back to being a photographer
秀後立刻轉換回攝影師身份

A goal I've set for myself while attending NYFW is to start doing street style photography. I wanted to create a series on the blog where I showcase stylish women I see during my travels. Of course, Fashion Week is the best time & place for this kind of content! I'm showing you a few of the shots here, and stay tuned for the future post!

這次出發前,進行街拍是我給自己設的另一個目標。除了可以快速練習自己的攝影技巧外,未來也想要在部落格寫寫關於路人穿搭的文章,把更實用的時尚資訊帶給大家。為了執行這兩項計畫,時裝周變成了最適合收集素材的時間與場所,所以這幾天一下秀,我都會立刻轉換成攝影師身份,拍個過癮。先在這裡與你們分享幾張照片,其他的就等新文章吧(笑)

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#3 Alice McCALL's debut in NYFW
人在紐約還是要朝聖澳洲設計師

One of the highlights of this season's Fashion Week is Alice McCall's debut! As you guys know Melbourne is like my second home, so I love supporting Australian designers. The show itself is beautiful. I love the feminine and vintage details in this collection, such as the exaggerated ruffles, lace, see-through fabrics and sparkling shimmers. My favourite piece has got to be the two-piece black dress, which has a delicate balance of being edgy and girly at the same time. 

一直上大學才逐漸跨出歐美,開始關注起澳洲的設計師。不管是被凱特王妃捧紅的 Zimmerman 或是時常以構造取勝的 Dion Lee,都是我很喜歡的品牌。當然,說起南半球的時尚資訊,絕對不能漏掉富含浪漫元素的 Alice McCall。Alice McCall 是第一次踏上紐約時鐘週,這季承襲了她擅長的復古魅力,包含了印花套裝、膝上靴、透膚布料、天鵝絨與袖摺邊等等,整個系列很鮮豔,替灰冷的紐約冬天增添了不少色彩與趣味性。模特兒身上的衣著,有少女味、有搖滾風,不過更多的是在歷經巧秒混搭後呈現的波西米亞風情。或許不是自己平時會穿上的風格,但眼前的閃亮光澤卻足以讓人深陷其中。充滿活力卻又不失性感,如以前大學澳洲同學給人的感覺般,很開朗、很溫暖。

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#4 Rag & Bone Showroom
品牌展示廳巡禮

Another thing I love about Fashion Week is the showrooms. Thanks to my friend Elise, I was able to see the latest Rag & Bone collection in near distance at Meat Packing District. They are my favourite brand when it comes to denim, so I'm sure you can imagine my excitement. This season, Rag & Bone is bringing the classic navy aesthetic (such as sweaters with sonar patterns) into their collection, as well as some good old English classics. The idea of this collection is to present the concept of Your Ideal Wardrobe, showcasing pieces that goes well with each other, so you'll be able to style your clothes &accessories in rotation. I'm already eyeing on the suede belt bag and blazers, can't wait to see them in stores! Another thing worth mentioning is that their sunglasses will be launching in Taiwan soon! 

時裝周看秀外,我最喜歡的就是參觀品牌 showroom ,近距離的看看衣服與配件。感謝在紐約的 Elise 讓我有機會走訪 Rag & Bone 的展示間。一直是品牌牛仔褲的愛好者,所以這便成了當天最期待的行程之一。以「理想中的衣櫥」做出發點,希望在美觀與實用性相互兼顧,Rag & Bone 這季加入了不少海軍風的元素,像是毛衣上模擬聲納的圖案,又或是外套立領上的粗細條紋等等,都是今年秋冬會看到的細節。在英倫的紳士感巧妙融合在美式休閒風中一直是他們擅長的技巧,所以牛角扣與復古 oversize 西裝外套也都會出現在這系列的設計中。不過,我自己則是立刻被這次的包款吸引,像是照片中的麂皮腰包就是我很想嘗試的配件,期待可以趕快在店裡看到。另外,跟大家分享一個好消息,先前廣受好評的太陽眼鏡,在台灣的大家應該很快就有機會可以入手了唷!

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#5 Personal Note: invites can come along the way & Don't be discouraged if you got a standing ticket.
即便時裝周已經開跑,還是有收到邀請的可能 & 別因為座位排序感到灰心

When I first jet off to this season's NYFW, I only had three invites, and I was already pretty happy with it. And honestly, this gave me more time to edit my photos and create content for social media. And as I was doing so, I got three more invites after the first two days. It could be someone had cancelled their attendance, but I'd also like to think that the brands or PR might have seen my post (I'm the glass is half full kind of girl!). All that said, just give me your best shot, and trust me, sooner or later your hard work will be recognised.

Another tricky thing about Fashion Week is the seats. For us, start-up bloggers, we'll normally get seated in the last row, if not the standing section. And I know, it's everyone's dream to be in the first row, but here's the thing, we all got to start somewhere. Plus, sitting a few rows back does not make the experience any less magical. It also gave me a few good shots, quite the bonus!

抵達紐約的時候,手邊握有三場邀請,而以首次用個人名義申請的我來說,早已心滿意足,況且這也給了我足夠的時間編輯照片與文字等等。隨著時裝週一天天過去,某天晚上信箱竟然再度收到三場邀請。雖然說很有可能是有人臨時不決定參加了,不過換個角度想,或許正是因為看到我有持續將時裝周內容進行分享,才決定讓我來填補空缺(也可能是我自己想太多啦,笑)。總之,我想說的是,即便還是菜鳥小咖,只要努力的做,在角落發光還是會讓人看見的,要相信自己!

另外,時裝周另一個讓許多人在意的就是座位的問題。相信大家都知道,第一排通常都是給經驗豐富時尚人士以與受邀名人保留的,而能不能坐上第一排也成了許多人心目中的指標。但我想說,別因為被安排到最後一排或是站票而失去信心;那的確是種認可,但這並不影響看秀的體驗,而且以這次的經驗來說,有時候在後排拍到的照片畫面更好呢!

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#6 All Comes from Nothing
秀場是認識新設計師的最佳場所

Another new designer I'm currently loving is Eva Xu ofAll Comes From Nothing! Most of her pieces are in minimal structures, and yet the fabric choices are extraordinary. There are loads of monochrome looks, which I personally really love. It was a collection of sleekness and feminity. Everything was gorgeous! All Comes From Nothing

是這次新認識的品牌,設計師 Eva Xu 以熱愛藝術的職業女性當作靈感,透過簡約的線條來像女性魅力致敬。雖說在剪裁上頗為簡單,但大膽與獨到的布料選擇提升了力度。整場秀下來,發現這季大多會將單色系以不同的布料與素材做呈現,每個模特兒身上的作品印入眼簾都是十分舒服的,但也不失時髦度與質感。這樣的風格正好是我愛的!

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#7 Last day with Irina Vitjaz Couture

Last but not least, the beautiful gowns by Irina Vitjaz. This was my last show for this season, and I'm so happy to be part of it. The entire collection screams elegant, and it's a brand to go for if you're looking for special occasion outfits! 

時裝周行程由奧地利設計師 Irina Vitjaz 收尾。人生第一次這麼近距離看奢華的禮服,一度還忘記按快門和錄影(笑)若說要我說出喜歡時尚的原因,那應該就是能以不同的方式與角度來接觸美的事物,好比這看著優雅裙襬一次次在眼前飄逸的十多分鐘,的確是場新鮮的體驗。

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There you go, my very first New York Fashion Week! I was so honoured to be invited! My heart was pounding so fast during this entire time. The thing about running a blog is that you can feel pretty lost sometimes, and the path may not always be clear.  Though it's been almost three years since I started shooting and writing, I still feel like a newbie most of the time, and I'm not going to lie, I do doubt myself every once in a while, and yet it's moments like this that I'm glad I did not give up on my passion. All that said, I want to take a moment to thank all of you, I wouldn't be able to do what I love without you guys. And to all those talented creatives I've met because of this little space, you inspire me every day, and let us continue to grow together! 

好的,菜鳥的紐約時裝日記在此告一段落。能夠以自己的名義參加時裝周一直是我實現的里程碑,想了好久,終於有勇氣跨出第一步。雖然從開始拍照寫字已經有大約三年的時間,但我始終覺得自己是新人,畢竟更專業更厲害的大有人在。當然,我也曾對自己的計劃失去信心過,感到迷茫、懷疑這條路到底是不是對的選擇,不過好險情緒來得快去得快,而每次一遇到令人興奮的挑戰,也會跟著慶幸自己沒有真的放棄,不然到底會錯失多少學習事物的機會。最後,我想謝謝一路來給我機會的每個人與品牌,你們的認可對來說太重要;還有因為部落格而相連的大家,讓我們持續向前,在各自的領域努力發光吧!

3 JEWELLERY DESIGNERS I CAN'T STOP THINKING ABOUT

Sice there is nothing I do more than scrolling through Instagram for jewellery pieces I would potentially wear. I thought it would be nice to share three designers I've been loving recently and I just can not stop thinking about. Without further ado; here they are:

最近想要開始多寫寫跟時尚有關的的文章,不管是接下來的紐約時裝周,又或著比較輕鬆簡單的短文,都好。想想,決定從我最愛的珠寶飾品開始。我很常透過網路來了解不同的設計師,所以把近期幾個月特別愛的分享出來,快來看看吧!

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■ Shihara | Tokyo, Japan

I found Shihara through Dover Street Market Ginza, and though I only own one pearl ring from them, I've been recommending them to all my friends ever since. Most of their designs are pretty minimal, and yet with a beautiful structure that enhances the beauty of the gems. They are a bit on the pricier side, but I do think if you don't mind splurging yourself every once in a while, fine jewellery would be the best choice. All that said, even scrolling through their Instagram feed is an enjoyment; their aesthetic is to-die-for. 

來自東京的 Shihara 是我在銀座 DSM 發現的;走的是極簡路線,不管是項鍊或戒指,都不會有太多的裝飾或繁複的設計。不過,他們在結構、鑽與珍珠的放置上卻很別出心裁。像是我個人十分傾心的半珍珠系列,就是最好的例子。以不同的角度將部分的珍珠以K金覆蓋住,很少見、很不同。由於價格的關係,我目前只擁有一只戒指,但每當身邊有人想犒賞自己,或投資精緻的珠寶與飾品,二話不說,我的推薦名單非 Shihara 莫屬!

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 ■ Saskia Diez | Munich, Germany

For the sake of un-pierced ears. I don't have my ears pierced, which made finding the perfect ear cuffs my daily routine. Made in Germany, Saskia Diez has become one of my favourite designers since I discovered her through #accro. Her pieces are all extremely timeless, and yet still comes with a modern twist. They look good, feel good, and is so comfortable to wear. Need I say more? 

Saskia Diez 是透過 #accro 發現的,因為沒有耳洞,所以時常會關注一些耳扣或耳夾。來自德國慕尼黑,Saskia Diez 的作品乍看之下都很極簡、經典,但其實都藏了些時髦的細節。有時候可能是外觀,更多時候是配戴起來的模樣。好比照片中的款式,就是設計要待在耳窩的,讓原先看似偏女人味的珍珠串變得有個性許多;在華麗與率性中取得了平衡,我很喜歡。

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■ Chun-Ting Jewellery | Taipei, Taiwan

I've been raving about this brand for a while. I met Chun-Ting in the UK a few years ago. She was studying jewellery design back then, and she visits London occasionally, where we would discover amazing food spots in town together. A few months ago, she launched her store in Taipei, along with a brand new line of delicate pieces. Everything is handmade with the best material and details. I'm so in love! 

之前在 Instagram 就分享過 Chun-Ting Jewellery這個品牌。在英國走跳的兩年,和鈞婷成了吃吃喝喝的伴,回台灣後看著她創立自己的品牌,覺得很感動,也很受鼓舞。隨著信義區實體店面的開幕,她也跟著推出了適合堆疊、相互搭配的的輕珠寶,我自己也是這個系列的忠實粉絲,每次收到預定的戒指,都好滿意,工好細。如此有才,溫暖的設計師,又是來自台灣,不分享給大家知道怎麼行!

address: 台北市信義路四段415號1樓

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There you go, my three favourite jewellery designers at the moment! As you might be able to tell, I've been loving delicate pieces lately. Do guys have any favourite designer/brand for jewels? Share some of yours below; I'd love to know! 

好的,把最近特別喜愛的三個飾品與珠寶品牌一併整理出來給大家,希望你們覺得有趣。然後,也歡迎你們留言處提出自己喜愛的設計師,我很想知道呢!

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROSA PRODUCTIONS

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Beara Beara

Founder of Beara Beara, designer, travel writer, and cyclist, Jake Bullough has many a string to his bow. I met him at Beara Beara’s headquarters, tucked away inside a lane just off the main stretch of Kings Cross station. The place itself gives a calm atmosphere, and the wooden shelves subtlety compliments the brand’s leather bags.

位於倫敦 Kingscross 附近的巷子,雖然離車站只有不到五分鐘的距離,卻和喧鬧的主要街道完全不同;眼前獨樹一格的英倫小店,有著藍灰色外牆,氣質安靜。而木頭地板和展示櫃,恰到好處襯托了品牌的復古風格,每件皮革都像在說一個故事般,特別有味道。品牌的創辦人 Jake Bullough 身材高瘦,穿著酒紅色的毛衣,以友善的笑容歡迎著我們。

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Pearls in Check

Though, most of the time I don't actually remember to grab any jewellery on the way out to the door, for what should be a completion of my outfit. And I always find myself sitting in the classroom, distracted by my uncomfortably bared fingers. Am I the only one? I hope not. Despite myself being so forgetful, I have concluded yet another convincing theory: one can never have enough jewellery.

不得不老實說,以一個這麼愛飾品的人來說,我出門忘記配戴的頻率真的太高了。有時候急急忙忙跑出門口,到了教室,坐下低頭一望,才發現自己的雙手空空的,每次遇到這種情況,都會有點分心。

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