My life in Shanghai is pretty simple, work from Monday to Friday, and hang out with friends on weekends. We usually go brunch/coffee, and exhibition or gallery. Hmm, I realized that I have not upload outfits post for so long, I gonna do one this weekend, so stay tuned! I am planning to travel to Korea in late September or October as my best friend just got accepted to a university. Super excited to buy their cosmetics !!!
Earlier in May, I went to an exhibition at Long Museum @ West Bund. It called “Nothingness is nothing at all” by Olafur Eliasson. When my friend told me about this, I was like the name is so cool and bought the tickets online intermediatly (first impression wins! The fact is that I was right, the whole exhibition was way beyond brilliant.
Olafur Eliasson, is the sculptor of light and space. He is talented at capturing light, and is able to match with the space. The transparent simplicity and experiential nature of his work has built Olafur Eliasson’s reputation as one of the world’s most accessible creators of contemporary art. It’s unbelievable to see how light moved, connected, separated and finally disappeared.To me, I felt like I was in outer space. However, the concept is trying to tell you, everything can be unreal, but art is always real.
Currently, his (new) installations are at Chateau de Versailles in France.
“His art is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. Art, for him, is a crucial means for turning thinking into doing in the world. ” Yes, I totally agree with this, art means for turning thinking into doing. It was my honor to get this opportunity to see his works.
When I fall in love with a place, I often run into problems of knowing how to divide my time fully immersing in the moment and immersing in the moment well enough to capture the essence of it.. Two travel posts (click here and there) that I posted previously was my best attempt of it. Here, another post from Europe, and hope you enjoy it.
On this misty Sunday afternoon after our spa treatment, my friend and I decided to take a walk around town to take some photos. The town Luhacovice, is located in Eastern Moravia, Czech Republic. I instantly fell in love with the colourful houses, quiet and peaceful atmosphere of this town. Although rainy days were never my favourite, but the this place changed my perspective a little.
This bandana was purchased at Urban Outfitters, but I’m sure there are plenty of similar ones at dollar stores near you. The paisley square is no longer being only used as a head-piece, but also simply tying it around the neck will instantly put your outfit together. There’s no wrong ways to wear it, and an infinite number of so right ways, that spotting a new bandana trick can feel like a treat each time.
Every weekend, we had field trips to different cities and countries. We were getting used to living off only one bag-pack filled with clothes, hairdryer, hair products and so on. Fashion pieces like this moss-green romper became essential to my everyday outfit, because of its lightness, and easiness to care for.
Thank you Lulu (@luluxie), the photographer, for taking pictures and being an awesome roommate for five weeks!
Neither of us are in Toronto during this time, but we thought we’d share some pictures we took in Allen Gardens from couple weeks ago. It is one of the oldest parks in Toronto, and it has a conservatory house that houses rare tropical plants from all over the globe. The greenhouse is always warm and humid, and they open everyday during the year with no admission fees, which makes it a great place to stop by even during the winter time.
Yico: Back to those days when I had my purple hair, I miss it so badly!!! Once I got back to China this May, I dyed my hair back to black because I was applying for an internship position which requires a professional look. (Luckily I got it, and yes I will share my job hunting stories later). The blouse is from COS, it’s a loose-fit with tie cuffs and split sides, and I chose to match with my skinny jeans. But, a pair of mom jeans or culottes will also look cute with this top. The most exciting part of my outfit is the lace-up ballerina shoes, especially the champagne color is unusual. I love the gold-tone heel as it gives me some heights, and I can imagine to wear this pointed toe pair with my shorts, skirts and dresses in the summer time.
Yu: I’ve been OBSESSED with this square scarf lately, after seeing one of my favourite Youtubers (@chrissstttiiine) wearing in her videos. Although I have to admit, these types of scarf don’t suit my round face shape, and it makes it look even more rounder :/ But since it immediately adds a nice touch to my simple outfits, I couldn’t care less. These pair of sandals are also my new favourite. Seriously, the most comfortable sandals fit for the spring/summer season. I also wear these while walking down the pebble streets in Europe.
Leather jackets are the outfit savior when it comes to unstable weather situation we have going on in Toronto. The temperature sometimes rises up to 16 degree in the afternoon, but it gets very chilly in the evening. We putted together an outfit from each of us to show you how we like to wear our leather jackets in the ‘spring’ season.
Yu: I have had this leather jacket from Zara for a while now, and still not tired to wearing it almost everyday throughout my school year. As a student on a budget when it comes to buying clothing, I always tend to look to spend wisely on styles that’ll outlast trends. And this leather jacket has been one of the long-lasting wardrobe pieces. The turtle neck is from Club Monaco, but guess what – I found it in one of the thrift shops near home. The camel color has been my favourite, since it can be worn almost all season without making the whole outfit neither too formal nor too casual. Finally, I threw in a pair of Girlfriend-jeans from H&M to give it a more feminine flair. They are more on the fitted side, in comparison to Boyfriend-jeans, but comfy enough for me to wear them at home as a room wear (I’m wearing them right now as I’m writing this!).
Yico:B&W outfit is perfect for any occasions, and gives an effortless look. I always wanted to get a leather jacket because it’s chic and useful! However, it took me a while to get the right one because I’m short so some of them did not fit me well. The main reason I chose this piece is the design: a slightly cropped style. With my high rise skinny from Forever 21, and tucked in a plain white shirt, it draws attention to the lower part of the body, which makes my legs look longer (hopefully lol), and of course, it’s sooooo comfty!!! Also, who does not have a pair of Converse? Simple, classic, and matches all outfits… Lastly, I have to mention my school bag that I purchased almost two years ago at Aritzia. It was a great deal since the original price was $475, and I bought it for half price. The backpack is made from premium leather so nothing changed after years of use.
Yes, it’s the time of the year, again. Bombarded with countless assignments and papers (and final exams in the upcoming weeks!), we thought that it would be a good idea to take a Sunday off and enjoy our time with friends.
After having a satisfying brunch at Peterpan and a relaxing coffee break at Forget Me Not (which also means more posts coming!), we accidentally stumbled upon the ‘famous’ graffiti ally right by Queen St. West. The whole art community is filled with massive amount of colourful artworks on their garage doors and walls.
One unique fact about this ally, is that the contribution to the artwork is legal and it constantly changes. It is a free of charge, a killometer long art gallery that you cannot go without bringing a camera! Once you turn a corner, you will be back to the busy street with lots of space for snack, drink or meal.
Yu: Today, I finally got to wear my Belted Midi-dress from Topshop. A simple design, it comes in finished with soft texturing, featuring a low cut neckline which highlights more femininity to the overall outfit. Also, the deep green color adds a little bit of elegance and tranquil feeling. The weather was still too cold to wear the dress by itself, so I paired it with my thrifted cardigan, and pair of grey tights for some extra warmth. Last but not least, can’t step out the door without my Old Skool Vans! Not only its look, but its the comfortableness of these gems that makes me keep coming back to them when it comes to picking shoes for my outfits.
Yico: The black swing dress is from Damo Studio, a Chinese brand, includes a group of individual designers that simply follows minimalist style. This piece is classic and very functional as it has big pockets! The half sleeves is just so nice for now because it’s still chill in Toronto, and I like how they decorate the cuffs with those moon-shaped circles. The most exciting part of this dress is that its backless, which makes it more feminine and subtle. To play with it, I matched with a shell brooch to create a strong black and white contrast. Lastly, with a wine cashmere scarf from YSL gives some colours to my overall look.
Photo credits goes to our amazingly talented (and super fun) friends：Emily (@emy_leexx) & Violet (@violet_ln).