October Favourites

october_favourite October! my favourite month of the year, first, it is my birthday month. Second, the fall weather is just perfect. I love it when all I need is a big chunky sweater and pair of skinny jeans and I'm good to go. (it starting to get cold here in London, one layer is definitely not enough!).  However, my October this year has transformed to something rather more quite. I gave up the large group birthday dinners, and changed it into three intimate gatherings, and I also trade the late nights into one cozy movie night. And surprisingly, I liked the way I celebrate growing up this year. Anyways, enough about me, I thought as today being the first 10th day of November, it would be time to share my 'October Favourites'. 一轉眼又十一月了,正式開學也剛好一個月。倫敦不只城市腳程快,就連課程的步驟也很急促,壓力逐漸攀升,但我倒也被挑戰的開心。十月是我最喜歡的一個月份,一來這是我的生日月,二來十月的天氣不管是以前在澳洲或是現在在倫敦都是很宜人的,像是這一個月我幾乎都是一件毛衣配上緊身牛仔褲和靴子就出門,但隨著年底逐漸逼近,一件式的穿搭好像越來越行不通。今年的生日對我來說是很大的轉變,以往我總是早早想好聚餐的餐廳,發訊息給一群群的好朋友,好好吃頓大餐慶祝一番;但今年,我將大型的聚餐轉變為幾頓小型卻能相談甚歡的晚餐時光,將以前晚飯結束後的甜點或是宵夜改變成簡單的電影之夜,比起來或許顯得格外安靜,但心裡卻也踏實許多。好的,閒聊完了,讓我們來看看這個月的選物系列吧。

Goyard iPad Case

Oct_favourite How many of you actually uses an iPad? I've got my iPad for over a year now as a gift, but I've never actually start using it until now (strange enough, I know). Ever since I moved to London, I've being doing a lot of walking, and my right shoulder kind of start acting out, since I carry my Nikon DLR and laptop almost every day. The weight is just a bit too much. So, here I am, digging out my one year old but brand new iPad, giving it a go. Its going pretty well, specially for school. And so I thought its the perfect time to get it a case, like there's never a good time for shopping..ha! I love the Goyard pattern, it never goes out of date. Investing on a relatively more pricey piece can go a long way, it really makes a difference because you want it to be something you can ALWAYS use. For example, during weekends when I'm just stopping by my nearest Starbucks for some morning reading, I carry my book and dump my keys, earphone and iPhone into this bag, using it as a clutch..see where I'm going? For something that worths quite a bit of penny, I make sure I can use it in various occasions. But other than that, its just simply too gorgeous to say no to.

蘋果的平板是去年收到的一份禮物,但一直沒有使用,因為比起來我還是喜歡筆記型電腦全方位的功能。但是自從搬來倫敦後,因為幾乎天天背著相機和電腦在學校、市區和地鐵間走跳,右邊的肩膀開始表示抗議,久而久之在還沒到地鐵站就會開始疼痛,考慮過後,我將電腦換成平板,身體上的負荷跟著減輕許多。 前陣子陪著朋友去買皮件,在他挑選之餘我自己跟著看上了櫥櫃中的平板包。扁扁的信封式設計,很率性,深得我心。goyard 算是偏貴,不過在仔細觀察後發現它的質感真的是沒話說。比起許多知名的精品品牌,goyard 屬於低調型的,經典的紋路和簡約的設計是他們最常見的出牌方式。對於經典款式和紋路,有些人會覺得俗氣,但我倒覺得經典的東西,才能夠長期拿出來搭配,所以通常假如要花多一點錢投資,我都會選擇流行性低但是幾乎四季都可以拿出來使用的包款,我認為這樣的思維投資包籌率是很高的。除了拿來裝平板,這個包款也很適合當手拿包,在只需要手機、錢包和耳機的狀況下非常合適。

Marble Notebook from Liberty

Oct_favourite Remember my marble fever earlier this spring? Well, its still going on. These marble notebook are my current favourite, I got them from liberty. They come in black & white, and the size is perfect for school or your daily journaling. I personally prefer blank notebooks because my handwriting tend to be everywhere on the page rather than on the lines. I have to say, there's just something marble patterns.

幾個月前的選物系列,我提到我了我當時非常著迷於大理石紋,然而到現在對大理石的的熱忱還持續燃燒著。位於倫敦 Regent Street 附近的 Liberty 是個老字號的百貨公司,他們除了一般基本的時尚衣服配件,在文具的選擇上也十分用心到味。這個大理石紋的筆記本就是在那裡發現的,他們有黑白兩色,我喜歡白色多一點,但黑色的也有一分沈穩感,兩種都很好看。在家裡,我的空白筆記本比橫條式得多,因為我的字跡非常「隨性」,有時候回頭再去看還會看不懂(笑)

SK-II Eye Mask

Oct_fav For the first time ever in my life, I finally start considering my freelancing as a job. Yet, at the same time I've been struggling to juggle between my school and work life. Basically, I go to school, write for Polysh, an Chinese online magazine (I try my best to produce one article per week for them), and of course, my blog. Finding balance between work and school can never be easy, but I love what I do, every bit of it. So, sometimes when my school work starts to get a bit busy, I ended up staying up quite late for my writing and photo editing. And I'm sure you all know what that leads to...dark circle and puffy eyes! I putt these SK-II eye mask on for 10-15 minutes while I do my stretching before bed, its a great remedy for tired and swollen eyes, you wake up feeling so refreshed and well-rested.

到最近,我才比較開始認為自己在 polysh 的文章撰文是一份正式的工作。不是說先前不用心,只是對於有著這樣的寫作機會一直覺得很不真實,這也是人生第一次要把帳戶資料給別人匯稿費(笑)開心歸開心,但時間的安排與拿捏似乎還是不太上手。基本上,除了學校的作業、著手準備雜誌的文章,另外還有部落格這裡的攝影和文字要琢磨,不是在抱怨,我其實非常喜歡現在在做的每一件事,不過在時間分配上還真的需要多注意點。有時候打開電腦,作業文章和照片都編輯完才發現居然已經凌晨了,當然除了犧牲掉了睡眠外,我那原本就不淺的黑眼圈也跟著跑出來了(默)。為了避免隔天去學校會看起來很累,現在在睡前伸展的時候我都會敷上眼膜,我個人覺得滿有用的,早上起床後眼周的肌膚就不會有前一晚的疲累感,黑眼圈和水腫也比較不明顯。

Frame Denim Oversized Sweater

Oct_fav Ah, my love for chunky and oversized sweater is beyond redemption. Frame denim has been my favourite jeans brand for ages...but just recently I realise they do a fantastic job on knitwear as well. These cashmere sweaters are amazing, they are super comfy, and they never make your neck feel itchy at all! I bought the black one first, and I love them so much that I went back for the grey and cream one a week later. These pieces are timeless, and you can always pull them out again next weekend, definitely worth the investment.

Frame Denim 是我很早在澳洲就開始接觸的牛仔褲品牌,第一次入手後就成主顧。認識我的人都知道我穿衣服很素很基本,不是我不追求流行,只是我覺得衣服穿起來好看,最重要的還是要穿起來舒服自在。像是毛衣就是我最喜歡投資的單品之一,以前到 Frame 店裡都直接往牛仔褲區域走,這次在店員的推薦下,發現他們的毛衣也很舒服,剛好也是我喜歡的 boyfriend 寬版型,這一個月下來這款毛衣的翻盤率真的很高(一個禮拜後,還偷偷跑回去把另外兩個顏色也帶回家)

Cupitol Cutlery Set

Oct_favourite One thing I love about home decoration is that you get to really show you personal style. From something as large as a sofa all the way to table tops, everything is just about YOU! I wanted a set of cutlery other than the usual silver ones, not that they are no good, I just wanted something slightly different.. I've been searching for the perfect cutlery set for so long, and finally found them online, (I saw them first at Selfridges, but they sold out a week later when I went back for them..). I love the slim signature slim design of Cupitol, it really gives my dining table a modern tweak.

以一個二十初頭的人來說,我逛廚具瓢盆餐皿的頻率真的偏高。對於這方面的堅持從開始自己在外面留學後就養成了,我認為餐桌上的風景不單單只是對食材的講究而已,不同風格的餐具更能能塑造不用餐的氛圍。這次在佈置家裡的時候,我對於可以自己在風格上做這麼大的決定真的很興奮,以前剛出國的時候還小,家裡的佈置還是媽媽幫忙打理好的,這次則是完全憑著自己的喜好。對於餐具組,我在一開始就很堅持我不想用一般經典的銀色款式。Cupitol 的餐具不只在顏色上有變化,形狀的設計也偏細,看起來特別有質感,我很喜歡。是說這款餐具也不好找,之前在百貨公司裡看到了,想說下禮拜有空來買,沒想到再來的時候居然已經賣完了,回家立刻開電腦在官網下訂。(女生好像不管買什麼,都敵不過「賣完了」或「限量」這兩件事)

3.1 Phillip Lim Mini Messanger

Oct_favourite Not too long ago, Shopbop was on sale, which I'm sure all of you knew. I found this 3.1 Phillip Lim bag hidden in the web pages, and I couldn't be happier. The structured messenger box style is so chic, and I'm such a sucker for white and grey bags. It comes with a strap so I can keep my hands empty to carry other stuffs. This my favourite day-off bag, you know for times when I don't need my camera, and just some wondering in the city.

之前就一直在關注 Phillip Lim 的包包,但因為價格的關係一直遲遲放在 wish list 裡沒結帳,這次遇到 Shopbop的打折季,包包的價錢跟著下降,才放心購買。我是一個大包多於小包的人,大部份的時候都是把所有的家當丟入大型托特包出門,想想肩膀會痛也不是沒有原因的。但是,我很喜歡這個 mini messanger 硬挺形狀,很有個性,在皮革紋路上也多了點巧思,讓包包不會因為是基本色而顯得單調。如果在週末不用帶相機出門的情況下,我最近都會背上她,兩手空空的真方便!

 

'Monthly Favourite' has always been one of my favourite series to prepare. I love planning my photographies, prepping scene, and then sit down for a nice photo editing session. Sometimes it takes me an entire morning to do so, but I rather enjoyed it, a lot.

以攝影來說,每個月的選物系列一直是我的心頭好,我很喜歡拍攝產品,拿起家中各類可以用的東西來編排場景,拍完後再好好坐下來訓練自己編輯照片的技巧,有時候就這樣度過一整個週末早晨,很充實。

IN THE POST:

Goyard iPad case via Maison Goyard

Marble Notebook: Sold out, similar here

SK-II Eye mask via Sephora

Frame Denim Oversized Sweater via Net-A-Porter

GOA Cultlery via Cutipol.com

3.1 Phillip Lim Mini Messenger via Shopbop (sold out), Net-A-Porter (full price)