Something I love about new year since my childhood is to make new wishes. It feels like I have a chance to wash out those bad happenings in the past one year, and refresh myself like a new person in the coming year through this gesture. Lucky enough, we have Chinese New Year, which serves as a bonus in case I missed out any wishes a month ago!
從小過年最讓我興奮的就是可以許新願望. 許願這件事就像施魔法, 好像可以透過這個儀式, 洗掉過去一年的諸多不順, 讓自己在新的一年重新開始. 幸運的是, 除了西曆年, 我們還有中國農曆年, 所有在一月一日沒許到的願望, 都還有機會可以補救!
In 2017, I started my image consultant business. At this stage I focus more on personal styling service- I help my clients identify their style, rebuild wardrobe and offer styling and shopping advice/service upon their needs. I have so much fun especially when seeing people love what I recommend and become confident with how they look. Meanwhile, however, somehow I also realise that shopping seems become an ultimate goal at the end in most cases. That means, unconsciously, I contribute to this result.
2017年我開始了形象造型師的事業. 現階段我以個人造型服務為主, 內容包括風格鑑定, 衣櫥管理, 個人採購及造型建議服務. 我愛我的工作, 特別看到客戶喜愛我的推薦, 因而展現自信時, 此種興奮和滿足難以言喻. 然而, 漸漸我也發現, 不管一開始客戶需求是什麼, 大多數終究回歸到購物, 雖然我無心插柳, 卻造就一片血拼林.
Lately I am quite shocked by two learning- one is how the microplastics we generate in daily life has heavily polluted the ocean and slaughtered marine creatures. Eventually everything comes back to us human beings through food chain.
最近接連聽到兩件事帶給我很大衝擊 .首先是一則新聞, 關於我們日常製造的塑膠製品, 如何在被拋棄到海洋之後, 化解成微塑料, 被海洋生物吞食之後, 不只荼毒生靈, 最終透過食物鏈, 還將危害人類.
Sea turtle with straw up in its nostril. The take-out process is too bloody and thus I don’t share it here.
一隻海龜被發現鼻孔裡塞著塑膠吸管, 取出過程太血腥, 我就不放影片了.
The second is a rising lifestyle called “Zero Waste.” The founder Bea Johnson- a native French settling in California US- illustrates herself and through her daily family life how they manage to generate only a small jar of trash per year. The ultimate guide is to simplify one’s life by reducing the waste under a careful thought.
另一則是一個稱為”零廢棄物”的新生活革命. 創辦人Bea Johnson是個居住在美國加州的法國人, 親身實踐了她的家庭如何從 2008年開始, 每年生產的家居垃圾量由幾頓縮減到一個小罐的容量. 秘訣就是透過精心的規劃, 簡化個人的生活, 減少廢棄物.
To many people, fashion represents vanity and over-consumption. It may be true in some way. However, with the rising attention to sustainability, many fashion brands have also started to take actions. For example, more and more brands claim to give up using the real fur (see my previous post “It’s Cool to Fake It!“).
時尚常給人一種虛榮和過度消費的印象, 我無法否認此現象. 然而, 近年來時尚產業其實也在省思永續生存和環保議題, 也有諸多品牌已經付諸行動. 比方說, 近來有越來越多領導品牌宣布全面放棄使用皮草 (見我之前的部落文 “假的貴氣又時尚!“)
Recycling and development to more eco-friendly fabrics has also become the hot topic. The eco-fashion design competition- such as Redress Design Award- appears to create a platform for emerging fashion designers showing their creativity riding on sustainable theories and techniques.
回收和發展對環境友善的衣料也成為熱門話題. 更有香港的Redress設計大賽以永續時裝為主題, 提供平台讓新晉設計師得以用環保衣料展現設計創意, 期待最終能改變全球時尚系統的運作
All inspires me to make my new year’s wishes below- they may seem as little efforts. But many drops of water make a river, doesn’t it?!
這些帶給我不少省思, 也啟發了我以下的新年新願望. 他們看來渺小, 但誰說滴水不能成河, 對嗎?!
Being smart fashionable– a reminder to myself and a guideline in my service.
要時髦有型也要有腦– 這是我對自己的提醒, 也是我服務客戶的重點.
All start from the wardrobe- to avoid over-consumption and maximise what you have, you need to know what you have.Build a capsule and well categorise your stuffs help.Keep a good quality of an essential collection (should share at least 70% of your wardrobe)- learn to replace than replicate.Well leverage accessories to make styles versatile.
不過度消費的根源在於衣櫥管理: 要了解你的衣櫥裡有什麼, 並且知道如何搭配.而要做到, 建立膠囊衣櫥的過程是最好的練習.衣櫥中七成以上的單品應該是材質佳的經典款. 購物前要提醒自己的是, 新貨到, 哪件衣櫥裡的舊款就得滾蛋, 如果捨不得就別買.想創造多變造型, 只要善用飾品就能做到
Being consciously hedonistic
I love using masks in my skincare routine. Instead of choosing the convenient paper mask, however, I will start switching to washable mask- less preservatives and more eco in package.I love drinking hot coffee and milk tea with straw to keep my teeth clean. Maybe it’s time to look for a reusable straw and carry it with me all the time.Not to mention that shopping bag will be my new fashion signature.
面膜是我保養的重要一環. 但方便的紙面膜往往造成太多包裝上的浪費, 因此, 新的一年我會漸漸改用水洗式面膜, 除了環保, 也比較少防腐劑.在我諸多怪癖中, 堅持用吸管喝熱咖啡和奶茶是其中一項, 因為我想保持牙齒的美白清潔. 但塑膠吸管造成環保的代價太大, 因此我會搜尋改用可重複使用並隨身攜帶的材質.更別說環保購物袋將會變成我的個人時尚愛物
Happy Eco-Fashion Dog Year!