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A Diamond in the Rough

Hello!

It has been a very, very long time since I’ve posted…I went on a hiatus before even making much progress, haha. Let’s hope that I have more discipline this time ;p! Anyway, I have decided that rather than posting pictures of myself and my own outfits (because my dear photographer/camera is very far from me at the moment ūüė¶ ), I would post inspirations instead.

 I think that getting excited, looking forward to something always makes life a bit brighter. Especially at this time of the year, when the sun sets early, and that gloomy cloud is getting a bit too comfortable here, we have to try extra hard to look for that silver lining. My primary passion at the moment is expressing myself and my style through fashion. I had a lot of fun putting this look together!
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I have always thought of Fashion as art. What you do with art – that is style. People sometimes have difficulty defining what refinement is.To me, refinement is not found in the brilliance of jewels, nor is it found in the volume of one’s wardrobe. Refinement is found in being able to truly express yourself, raw and whole. It doesn’t matter what your style is, if you can own it with confidence, I can respect that as refinement at its finest.
All my love,
Vi

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Throwback Thursday : Wrapped in Illusion

I’ve been feeling particularly reminiscent as of late, so I thought a throwback Thursday post would be the ¬†most appropriate outlet.

In a recent interview, I was asked what my biggest challenge back in my styling days was. It wasn’t hard to tell the interviewers that it was making an impromptu dress on set… In my previous blog, I titled the post “Recipe for a dress”. 2 hours, 1 pair of chopsticks, 1 meter of fabric and 456323 ¬†(not literally) safety pins later, I completed the dress. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to prepare for it but I couldn’t really.

The shoot was actually for a photographer who wanted pay homage to a W magazine editorial featuring Anne Hathaway. I was given very specific idea as to what the photographer had wanted to see on the model. She wanted to see this dress.

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She had given me one image to work from, and admittedly, it was a bit difficult to derive something from a dress that looks like a white bed sheet tied miraculously into a standing, graceful bow. I knew that this wasn’t going to be a dress that I could find in a store or pull from a rack – this was going to be my time to shine! As my knowledge of sewing is non-existent (save for sewing like a pro in straight lines), I thought that I was going to take a stab at draping and safety pinning the dress – which I did end up doing.

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This piece of fabric was what I had chosen in the end…My apologies for the wrinkles , but this was taken after the shoot, after I had painstakingly retrieved all the safety pins from it. I knew the shoot was going to be monochrome, and so grey was the colour to go ; the more important factor was the sheen of the fabric and how well it reflected light. I spent a good hour in the fabric store comparing and touching fabric rolls before I found this.

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Here we are, the work in progress, before I had finished tweaking the bow. I’ll have you know that the two chopsticks behind the bow were still dignified and not broken into several pieces to make this bow so perky. I’m not ashamed to say that my dear model Hailey went through quite a bit of hurting for this dress (much love to this beautiful girl).

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Make-up Artist : Joyce Yeh

The finished result…It took two hours of sweat, blood and self pricking, but I was able to wrap our model in the illusion that is this “dress”. Homage paid and creativity birthed, this shot was a witness to one of the greatest challenges that I’ve faced on set.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this throwback…It certainly made me miss my photo shooting days!

Much love,

Vi

Wandering a Sleepless City : Part 2

Hello , Hello!

I’ve been kind of neglecting to update my blog as of late, so I thought that a part 2 of my New York trip would be a nice way to get back in to the groove of things : ).

So here we are, some of the things that I saw while wandering the city. It was really quite stimulating to see the juxtaposition of serene , timeless beauty against the clash of loud bright screens of the now. There is a lot of art to be found here too… Hope you guys appreciate it as much as I did!

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‘Til next time , New York!

Thanks for reading :).

Much love, Vi

Waking in a city that never sleeps : Part 1

Here it is , the first post for my wanderlust. ¬†I haven’t been to too too many places as of yet, so this will also be a work in progress (:. I realize that this blog is intended for Fashion, style, art and what not, but because I’ve been largely shaped by my travels and my experience abroad, I really hope to be able to share some of the amazing things that I’ve been blessed to witness.

A week ago, I paid visit to New York for the very first time in my life. I was primarily going there to scout out the place for my tentative move there, and check out the school that I hope to enroll in in the near future. The city truly lives up to the excitement and the adoration given to it ; it’s a place for everyone with a dream.

New York offers plenty to do and much to be in awe of , but the strongest impression made on me was the charm of the unexpected clashes found there. Dazzling advertisements and spectacular lights perched atop antiquated buildings; ¬†the most modern structures juxtaposed against architecture of another time; obscenities¬†graffiti-ed¬†on to the sides of sophisticated constructions. Every where I looked, there was some contrast to be found … This , I think, is what keeps the city bubbling with life. There is movement everywhere, at any given time. This bustle of energy is probably what drives the ambitions that make dreams come alive.

I lived in Tokyo for a year prior to moving back to Vancouver (where I live now), and have been to various places in Asia, ¬†so , big cities were never really daunting for me. I was not overwhelmed with the imposing advertisements or ¬†the persistent flashing lights or even the sheer amount of people always there. This city really allows for self expression, allows the privilege of being who you want to be, thinking what you want to think, and chasing after what your heart desires. There are so many people with different backgrounds from all walks of life… and yet, unity is found amidst¬†it all.

Okay, so , without further ado, here are some first impression pictures of this gorgeous city.

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I will be back with  part two and more pictures for some of the places that I went to (:.  It will be much less wordy, haha, so fret not!

Thanks for reading !

Much love, Vi