Dear December, what took you so long? I almost thought you're standing me up.
The truth is I've been secretly counting down for ages, and now, its finally time to flip through that last page of calendar. I'm sooo excited! Because I'm travelling back home to celebrate the holidays with my family this year. Man, its been quite a while! I can't wait for the Xmas trip to Tokyo, New Year's Eve celebration (normally involves binge-eating), and the endless night chats with my sister, where one of us eventually falls asleep on the sofa (for the record, most of the time its her). So yeah, its December! And before I go all crazy celebrating, today I'm picking up a few of my favourites of the previous month to share with you.
Bliss Triple Oxygen Day Cream
Up until last month, I didn't realise there's a Bliss Spa in London (yeah, funny me!). I love their energetic brand spirit, and also their therapists are super informative. Unlike my night routine, which involves face oils and masks, I like to go easy on my morning skin care. This Bliss Day Cream is super light but of course, moisturising enough. Not to mention the brightening effect caused by it's vitamin boost. Another side note, I'm rather obsessed with the smell, too. FYI, it smells like grapefruit.
比起晚上的面膜和護理油，在白天我比較喜歡清爽型的保養，加上因為前一天晚上在保濕上面已經下了足夠的功夫，隔天早上的步驟就算簡單，臉部也不會乾澀。之前在台灣就有使用 Bliss 的身體系列，而這次在倫敦藉由到他們店面做臉的機會，接觸到了他們的明星商品-活氧維他命C乳霜。這款是屬於輕薄的乳液，質感很輕透，但保濕力還是很強，推薦給跟我一樣不喜歡黏膩感的人，裡面維他命成分還可以幫助活化肌膚，增添明亮感。另外，乳液本身還有淡淡的葡萄柚清香，聞起來非常舒服。
Delicate Silver Jewellery
There's just something about rings and necklaces. And I personally love delicate, or the so-called 'quiet bling' pieces. Perhaps the Gaga-Statement jewels are more eye-catching, but I've come to realise in my first few years of twenties, never estimate the power of minimalistic. One fine chain, and a few classy sliver stacking rings, thats my forever classic. As simple as it looks, delicate accessories are the most timeless jewels. And so, you won't be battling yourself in the morning, wondering if it goes with your outfit, because or not, it does. (one a side note, these sliver stacking rings are actually hand-made by friend, definitely the most touching gift ever!).
Linda Farrow Glasses
I use to hate wearing glasses. I never where them as much as I should. And for someone who hates contact lenses as well, I have pretty poor sight. Anyways, before I left for London, I made myself a promise to start wearing glasses when I'm in front of the screen, for the sake of my eye health. I got these cool Linda Farrow prescription glasses from Eric's Eyewear in Taiwan, they have the trendiest collection. Having a pair of nice glasses really makes wearing them easier. And the sleek leather case that comes with it definitely help entice me to bring them along.
我是一個極度不愛戴眼鏡但是又近視的人。不只是一般的眼鏡，連隱形眼鏡我都不愛，就是莫名的很排斥。在出發來英國之前，我給自己許下一個承諾，為了雙眼的健康著想，以後看螢幕的時候和上課的時候一定要戴眼鏡。這次在朋友的介紹下到了位在民生社區的 Eric's Eyewear 配眼鏡（另外也發現自己的度數又再度大幅度地增加，默），這裏的眼鏡造型都很有個性，品牌也都是精心挑選過，重點是，店裡的氛圍沈穩又時尚，選購的時候真的很享受。Linda Farrow 是我很早以前就注意到的品牌，沒想到這次這麼剛好就被我遇到了。找到一副有設計感的眼鏡，真的能夠更督促自己適時配戴，至少對我來說是啦（笑）
Alexander Wang Boots
It takes a lot of testing to understand what kind of shoes are the essentials for you. And I, for one, believe we all have different sets of it. To me, figuring it out was based on which pair you slip in immediately when you're rushing out the door. This is my second winter with these Alexander Wang ankle boots, we've been taking over countries ever sine we met, UK, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong, just to name a few.
所有的鞋款裡面，我個人最偏好的就是短靴！相信每個人都有自己覺得最好搭配或最喜歡的一雙鞋，而對我來說，就是這雙我已經擁有一年以上的 Alexander Wang 腳踝靴了。從去年六月在澳洲的 David Jones 購入後，幾乎到哪旅行，只要是偏冷的地方都會把它戴上，就連有時候上學要趕地鐵，與其選擇比較好穿脫的其他鞋款，還是寧願坐下來好好穿上。這個款式非常舒適，而且矮跟的設計還可以偷偷拉高一點比例，真是一舉兩得（在網路上看了很久但這雙好像已經沒有賣了，所以在文章最後的連結找了另一雙類似的給大家，這雙我在店裡看過，質感也是不錯的，喜歡的可試試）
Hair Care: Kérastase Elixir Ultimate Oil & Oribe Texturising Spray
My hair was never my concern before. But as I often use the curling iron in the morning, and with the new European climate, my hair start to get really dry and flat. Though I would love to wait for a while till I'm back in Taiwan (frankly, the man from my usual salon knows my hair better than I do), I just have to do something first. Its been two months since I bought this Kérastase oil, I use them after I finish blow-drying my hair. This product really nourishes my dry ends. As you can see, I'm not even half way through the bottle. Remember, A dime size every night is enough, you don't want to wake up with greasy hair the next morning. And as the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray, I use it in the morning, as my hair is relatively thin on the top. This little is bottle really creates a natural volume, and it lasts! If you told me a month ago that i can have my hair a bit beachy, I would have laughed. Now, of course, I believe you.
因為沒燙沒染，我的頭髮一直以來都沒有什麼問題。但不知道是不是因為不適應歐洲天氣的關係，髮質越來越乾，平時很少抹護髮品的我，也只好在倫敦開始自己保養起來。這罐巴黎卡詩的護髮油是我在台灣的髮型設計師送給我的，當初拿到的時候還有點尷尬，想說我應該用不到，果然人不能嘴硬，幾個月下來，我終於知道他當初的用意，因為歐洲真的太乾了！已經使用了兩個多月，但是瓶子幾乎還是滿的，因為這種護髮油不用多，吹完頭髮後，取一點點抹在頭髮中後段，抹太多隔天可能會變成很可怕的油頭。最近早上出門前整理頭髮的時候，我也開始會噴一點幫頭髮增加豐盈度的 Oribe Dry Texutre Spray，因為我的頭髮很直，在頭頂上也比較扁塌，所以一直想在尋找好用又不會傷害頭髮的噴霧。後來，是在做髮型設計的朋友向我推薦了這個品牌，一個月下來，真的很好用，而且也很持久的，真開心。
I can't believe that my first term in London ended already. I was on the tube yesterday, just finished reading Drew Barrymore's Wild Flower, and I have a couple of minutes before I reach my station. And I started to think, I can't believe I'm saying this, after this crazy three months, I realised how much I miss being a student. Don't get me wrong though, my past gap year has been a great experience, working on my blog, photo-shooting and interning. But I missed researching, sitting in the classroom and be inspired/introduced to new things, discussing and presenting. To be honest, I miss studying (its okay, you can call me weird). Anyways, as this year has been quite an adventure, I'm absolutely grateful for everything and everyone. And all of you who's reading my blog now, thank you! Hope you all have an amazing last month of 2015!