Getting Ready for Summer

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For those of you living in London, or the UK in general, I'm sure you know how precious the sunlight is. And luckily, in this past week the weather has been amazing, I'm talking about wearing short sleeves or even dresses through the day. (I'm sorry about all the weather talk, I got excited). So it might not officially be summer until next month, but I've already gotten myself summer ready. I'm talking about light-weight make ups, new outfits, loads of time for ice cream...and of course, the ultimate skincare protection for the heat. 

 

「倫敦的陽光很珍貴」—  相信這句話大家一定聽過。下不下雨是其次,但萬里無雲的白天實在很少遇到。不過,幸運地的是,前兩週這邊天氣異常的好,是可以穿短袖與裙子的溫度,心情自然也因為夏天的提早報到跟感到舒暢(一開頭就討論天氣是否有點不專業?但我實在太興奮了,笑)。當然,每一次的換季,都是個整理衣櫃與整頓生活的絕佳時機;所以呢,這次來與大家聊聊,在夏天正式到來前我的各種準備工作,希望你們覺得有趣。

 
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THE sUMMER LOOK UPDATE 

 

Do you guys update/clean your closet as the season changes? For me, summer is all about mini bags! I love a small cross body bag over a nice summer dress, Specially on the days I don't have to shoot, I like to keep my daily essentials as minimal as possible. And though I love my black accessories, in the warm season, I tend to carry something with a bolder design like the one on the right, to give my usual monogram outfit a highlight. 

 

你們到每個季節有自己偏愛的配件嗎?到了夏天,我特別喜歡拿出小包包,尤其是在不用工作與拍攝的週末,有著能空出雙手的自在。輕薄的款式,放入隨身小物,再穿上白布鞋就可以出門了。另外,因為平時都以簡單的造型為主,所以在小型的包款上反而會挑選設計或顏色比較突出一點的(像是照片中右邊的流蘇款式一樣)。

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KEEP'EM AWAY

 

 

 

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I'm spending half of my summer in Asia this year, and though I love spending time near my family, one thing I can't stand about Taiwan's humid weather is the mosquitos. All that said, as a kid, I've never been a fan of anti-bug products. First off, most of them smell pretty weird, and then there's always that sticky feeling on my skin. Back then, my mum had to chase me around the house just to get a tiny spritz on my legs. 

Along with their essential oils, I received the Bondi Wash Anti-Bug collection a few months back. To be honest, as London just only started to be warm this past two weeks, I didn't get much time to test. But so far, I‘m definitely  a fan! The smell is amazing, just like any of your natural skincare products. The two products comes with a refreshing lime & rosemary scent, which I personally think is perfect for summer. 

 

今年夏天,我會在亞洲待上一個半月。能夠在正式工作以前與家人再聚聚,心情的確愉悅;不過,對於台灣出了名的悶熱天氣,卻有些害怕。倒也不是怕熱,是怕蚊蟲叮咬。從小,我就特別不喜歡任何預防蚊蟲叮咬的產品,首先,他們總帶著些許怪味,二來,有些噴霧過一陣子還會黏黏的。回想起來,拿時候光是聽到出門前要噴蚊蟲噴霧,我都會跑給大人追,只是為了那露出來的一小截腿。隨著年齡增長,心裡還是不自覺納悶,這樣的味道或許趕走了蚊子,但刺激性的感覺對於皮膚是否會反而造成傷害?

這次在 Bondi Wash 一系列的新產品中,第一個引起我興趣的就是他們的 Anti Bug 蟲蟲防護系列。帶著強烈的好奇心拆開包裹,想知道以天然精油著名的品牌,是不是解決了令小孩子(或與像我一樣童心未泯的大人)懼怕的味道。稍捻著鼻,聞了聞,實在太令人滿意了!不只沒怪味,還散發了清新的檸檬味,正好適合夏天。比起其他產品的試用期,由於倫敦這方面的問題實在不多,所以只有趁這幾週天氣好去近郊走走的時候使用,即便如此,短短幾天,不只質地清爽,效果目前看來也挺不錯,看來會這趟台灣假期的良伴。

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Infused with lemon based essential oils, the Stay Away Cream works as both an anti and soothing product. Put it on before you head out during this summer, or use it to comfort any sorts of irritation caused by mosquito bites. 

As for the spray, it will be something you'd like to put in your handbag, especially if you're spending the day at the outdoors. And not to mention it's sleek black packaging, I don't see any kids running away from that. 

 

主要成份為天然的檸檬植物精油並不含任何化學成分,原生檸檬蟲蟲防護霜,適合在出門前擦上。另外,因為裡頭的酸渣樹油有消炎的功效,蚊蟲叮咬後的皮膚不適,也藉由塗抹後得到舒緩與鎮定。

至於原生檸檬防護噴霧呢?我個人覺得除了清爽的氣息與水潤不粘膩的質地外,它另一項最大的特色就是那黑色的極簡瓶身,好討喜(笑)。有些時候,身為女孩子的我們,對於放在包裡的各類品項,還是會有所顧慮,畢竟有些東西看起來太過『實用』,不自覺會滅了興致。兩項產品加起來,除了有了雙重的保護,連時尚風格的兼顧了呢!

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cREATE YOUR SUMMER PLAYLIST

 

Oh, music is so important! I always make sure I have a current favourite playlist going on. I get a bit anxious if I left my earphones at home. A few good songs just makes life so much easier. 

 

因為時常要搭地鐵通勤,音樂已成了每天的必需品;倘若當天粗心忘了帶耳機出門,那一整天都會特別不自在,覺得時間過很慢。自從開始使用 SPOTIFY,便養成了在季節轉換之際更新自己的『地鐵音樂清單』,新歡舊愛交替著聽。

TRY A NEW WORKOUT 

Okay, I must admit...I'm not the biggest fan of working out. I either get super motivated and exercise 4-5 times a week  or I just simply avoid the gym at all cause, it's always all or nothing. Even though I eat pretty healthy most of the time, I feel like I don't get enough sweat in general.  

I read somewhere the other day that the best way to find long-term motivation is try switching things up. Meaning don't just run or do yoga all the time, have a schedule for all kinds of activity that seems interesting to you. I'm definitely going to try doing this more. 

 

最後,來聊聊運動這件事。在這方面,我不是特別有毅力的人,一年之中,會有幾個月充滿動力,一週去到四次;剩下的時候,有一個禮拜有一次就要偷笑了。老實說,即便在飲食方面非常注重,我的生活習慣並不是最健康的。

前陣子在網路上讀到一篇文章。文內是這樣表示的,適時的更換運動項目,有助於習慣的養成。基本上,就是不要總是慢步或做瑜伽,多方嘗試,會讓那一到兩小時變得更有趣。好咧,決定今年夏天來試試著個新方法。

 

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Shot on Nikon Df with 85mm lens.