Tropical Escape: Mother-Daughters Matching Outfits

9 Jul

A tropical escape.

Surrounded by old buildings, aromatic white coffee and family members, our stay in Ipoh was a warm and meaningful one. To embrace the hot and humid climate, I have prepared light and cotton outfits for this trip. We have been travelling with the kids to quite a lot of places, and I somewhat mastered the mix and match approach when it comes to mother-daughters matching outfits. For example, in today’s shoot, I chose a matching fabric material and colours when I pack. A red belt for my outfit to match with the kids’ red heart print on the dress!

We really treasured our time here to be with in the in-laws and the kids were having so much fun with their cousins. I feel so blessed that this would become a precious part of their childhood memory. Every time we visit Ipoh, I am amazed by all the wonderful nature landscape and charming old buildings.

To me, it is beautiful.  

This old town filled with intriguing historical past. You can read my previous post about Ipoh HERE:

Ipoh Train Station

Concubine Lane

Caves (Kek Look Tong)

Ipoh Old Town

We had so much fun playing dress up and I am forever grateful that God has given me the privilege to be the mother to two beautiful daughters and a husband who is willing to document all these moments for us.

Thank you so much for reading and wishing you a great week ahead!

Recently, I am thinking whether I should write about the MUST-EAT in Ipoh, do let me know if you are interested to find out 🙂

XOXO Eryn

 

9 Travel Tips For Lazy Girls

2 Jul

I have a love-hate relationship with travelling. I have a soul that long for adventure and eager to explore the world, but a body that doesn’t adapt to travelling and accustom to new environment easily… @.@ And I am too lazy sometimes to pack and unpack and plan and do research… So…

Today I am going to share with you my travel tips after years of travelling the world.

1. Make a Checklist

I always pack my luggage last minute, like 1-2 hours before leaving to the airport. And the way I make sure I never forget to bring anything is that I made a checklist. I basically have 3 kind of checklists: Travel for business, Travel for leisure and Travel with kids. The list will consist of essentials such as passport, charger, medicine, glasses, toiletries, make up bag, wallet… etc. And when travelling for business, on top of the basics, the list will include business cards and laptops… So every time when I pack, I just re-use the checklist to make sure I pack everything I need for the trip. This way, I effectively reduce the packing time and never left out anything.

2. Buy Travel Insurance

So that you don’t get too upset if flight is canceled or luggage lost. If you are a frequent traveler, buy a yearly travel insurance so that you don’t have to buy insurance every time before you travel. It does save a lot of time (and money) too!

3. Pack Make Up Bags, Medicines, Contact Lenses, Coat and Extra Set of Garments in Your Hand Carry

Always be prepared that even if your check-in luggage went missing in transit, you still have those essentials that you need with you. Remember to pack in extra pair of undies too!

4. Stay Hydrated

I normally carry a small thermos with me when travelling. I will fill up the thermos with warm water before boarding and before I go out from the hotel to make sure I have sufficient water intake.

5. Keep A Hotel Card In Your Pocket

Upon check in at the hotel, I will request for a hotel card that has the name, address and contact number on it. I will keep it in my pocket just in case I got lost and need to show the taxi driver how to get back to the hotel.

6. Pack A First Aid Kit

My first aid kit (normally a small pouch in my hand carry) consists of bandages, eye drops, allergic medicine (Telfast or Zyrtec), Panadol, cold and flu medicine, nail clippers, activated charcoal pills (for traveler’s diarrhea) and some ginseng teabags. While abroad, it is not easy to get access to medication and clinics, therefore, having a first aid kit is not only convenient but can be a life saver too.

7. Bring A Scarf

I love to bring oversized scarf  instead of a bulky coat with me on board. When it gets chilly in the cabin, I will wrap it around my shoulder and it doesn’t take up too much space.

8. Pack Light

I like to pack light. At least something I could haul effortlessly by myself. I refuse to be the amateur who holds up the plane because my luggage is too heavy/too large to fit in the overhead compartment (trust me, I used to be that girl who blocked everyone while struggling to stuff my hand carry luggage on top). Also, I hate watching my luggage turning 3 times on the conveyor belt and could not able to get it off due to its heavy weight.

9. Pray

We all have unknown fears while we travel. Whether you are travelling long distance or short distance, on road, flight or sea, a prayer always remind us of God’s love, grace and mercy. And it can be very assuring even in times of despair and danger. Having God’s presence travelling with you will give you peace and so you are able to enjoy the trip.

Hope you find these tips useful for your travel plans 🙂 Thank you so much for reading.

Do you have any tips to add? Share with us in the comment below!

If you would like to read more about our Japan travel story, your can click the links below:

Ueno Park: Cherry Blossom

Kobe: Train Station Fashion Shoots

Kobe: Kitano Ijikan

Kyoto: Couple Kimono Experience

Chidoriga-Fuchi Park: Boating Under The Sakura

Nagoya Castle

Wishing you a blessed day and stay safe while travelling!

XOXO Eryn

[Fashion] Embroidered Dress X Pink Bamboo Shopper Bag

23 Jun

Hi Everyone!

Today I am showing you the outfit that I wore while travelling to Nagoya.

A dark green embroidered dress with layers of sweater and knitted coat, paired with an interesting pink bamboo shopper bag.

My first attempt on the combination of Dark Green + Light Pink 🙂 And it turns out to be quite nice I would say.

This trip, husband and I did not do any research and had seriously NO IDEA of where we want to go. Call it #travelforthesakeoftravel, really we just want to spend some time together while exploring the world. So when we landed in Nagoya, he asked me where I would want to go, I google Nagoya and decided I would love to see the Nagoya Castle first. Why? Well, basically I am very attracted to history and arts. I could spend a whole day in British Museum looking at the artifacts and stroll around Palace of Versailles from morning till it closed.

And when we arrived at the castle, I was really stunned by the architecture of the building and all the beautiful wall paintings in the interior of the castle chambers. It’s magnificent. I wish I could show you more but I really forgot to take pictures and trust me, pictures don’t do them justice, it’s delicate and beautiful, you’ve got to see them for yourself.

We climbed up to the top floor where it has a observation deck with windows where you can have a glance at the Nagoya city.

There were not much visitors while we were there, we explored the castle at our own pace.

The bag I carried has a very interesting combination of light pink leather and handles made with real bamboo connected to the bag via gold metallic hoops. To me it really symbolizes casual elegance, and the size is just nice to keep all I need while travelling: Travel wallet, phone, makeup pouch and a small bottle of water.

It was one of the beautiful moments we have while travelling in Japan. If you would like to read more about our Japan travel story, your can click the links below:

Ueno Park: Cherry Blossom

Kobe: Train Station Fashion Shoots

Kobe: Kitano Ijikan

Kyoto: Couple Kimono Experience

Chidoriga-Fuchi Park: Boating Under The Sakura

Thank you very much for reading. I immensely appreciate your time and support! Especially after I received a lot of encouraging and positive comments from my previous post about The Shocking Truths About Fashion Bloggers, I truly believe that the struggle for blogging is real, and so does the magic.

God bless you.

Till next time.

XOXO Eryn

【上野公園】我和摄影师的关系

12 Jun

 


Millionmars Ueno Park 9我们到达上野公园已经是接近傍晚的时分,前来赏花的人们特别多。空气很凉,四处人头攒动。我望着他说,你看这花开得多美,这么多人,我们不照相了,好好的散散步吧。他没回答,接着脱下外套往我肩上披着,然后从袋子里取出他的相机,低着头调整设置,然后用一种很不经意的语气说,我们走了这么远就为了记录这一些,怎么能不拍呢?你等我一下,我调整一下设置,一定把你拍好了。我笑着说,算了吧,这么多人你要怎么拍得好? 他笑笑说,试试看,做个纪念也好。我拉紧了外套,心想就当是纪念吧,告诉他:你随便拍就好了,我想好好的看看这些花。

就这样,我们漫步在春天花开满院的上野公园里拍拍逛逛,然后在盛开的樱花树下席地而坐,吃着饭团喝着小酒,聊着生活里家常琐碎的小事,感觉异常奇妙。他是我的专属摄影师,在每一次拍摄的过程中,我们渐渐地培养出一种合作的默契,在“他想拍的我”和“我想拍的效果”中找平衡。

原以为不会publish的这辑照片,却在整理照片的时候让我透过他的镜头,看见了不一样的自己。

原来,像我这样平凡的女孩,在他的眼中却是有这么多不同的一面。

人生若只如初见。

烟烟霞霞之中,镜头背后藏着的,是一双男人温柔的眼睛。

 

The Shocking Truth About Fashion Bloggers

30 May

Being a fashion blogger is not as glamorous as people think.

Being a fashion blogger for the past 6 years, I think I am seasoned enough to finally write about what it is all about to be a fashion blogger. Some of you might disagree or surprised to read what I am going to write, but, it is based on my true experience.

1. NOBODY IS WILLING TO SPONSOR US

Most of the items and clothing that we wear in the blog are actually not from sponsors. We bought it with our hard earned money and share it with you because we like it so much. Fashion dealers and fashion brands are way too cautious with their money and clothes, and they just will not sponsor you clothes unless you are willing to do it for free! (Sometimes they don’t even want to sponsor you even if you offer to do it for free.) Some will offer fashion bloggers sponsorship with discount vouchers! Asking for a fashion sponsorship and you are very likely to get NO REPLY because they don’t even bother to reply you at all! So if you are dreaming of becoming a fashion blogger so that you will get a lot of free clothes, just forget it!

2. LOOKING LIKE A COMPLETE IDIOT

Most of the time, when we are trying to take photographs for a new fashion blog entry, we have to dress all up and pose awkwardly in the middle of a busy street or do funny poses. There will be onlookers walking pass and giving us the funny looks. Sometimes, in order to capture the perfect moment, we have to pose for a long time until we heard the sound of the shutter or when the photographer is satisfied with the shoot. On average, 8 pictures will be chosen out of 80 pictures. Although it might seem effortless, but trust me, a fashion blogger needs to endure all the funny looks from the passerby and bear the title of “poser” and “wannabes” to produce the best pictures.

3. WE OFTEN HAVE AN INSTAGRAM HUSBAND/BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND

No fashion blogger can be successful without quality pictures. And (unfortunately) most of us cannot afford a professional photographer. So we turn to our husbands or boyfriends or girlfriends for help to take our seemingly effortless #ootd (outfit of the day) pictures, because they are probably the only one who are willing to do it for FREE! And because not everyone is well-trained in taking good fashion pictures, we tends to train and demand our Instagram Husbands/Boyfriends/Girlfriends to take those “instagram-worthy” pictures. Which, very often ended up in frustration and arguments…

4. PASSION DRIVES US

Many of the fashion bloggers that I know (including myself) choose to become a fashion blogger because we are genuinely in love with fashion, arts and self expression. Although in reality, we do not have our breakfast in bed next to a latest copy of L’Officiel or Vogue magazine, we do love to style and experiment with different outfits and get in touch with the latest fashion trend. It is just something that turns us ON.

5. WE ARE THE WHOLE PACKAGE

When you own a fashion blog, you are the editor, stylist, makeup artist, PR manager, marketing director, customer service and content creator. Fashion bloggers are the among the most creative people I have known. They need to know everything about making a fashion blog successful, from the right photography composition to the superb social skills, to domains, designs and SEOs… the list just go on and on…

Even though being a fashion blogger is not as glam and chic as people might think and it could be quite tiring sometimes, but it has been a wonderful experience for me. I am so grateful that in this new era, technology has allowed ordinary woman like me to share my love for fashion and artistic expression to the world. I have heard a lot of comments by people about how easy it is to create a fashion blog and taking pictures of yourself, but in reality, a lot of works go behind the scene and we fashion bloggers have made it look so “easy” and effortless to you.

If you are a fashion blogger or plan to start a fashion blog, I want you to know that you are not alone. Fashion blogging is not an easy journey, but if you persist, it will be a beautiful experience for you. I do enjoy dressing up and taking fashion photographs. My blog serves as an creative outlet for me to escape my everyday life. And it make me extra happy when readers tell me that they actually enjoy what I have crafted and I really feel satisfied when my work is able to inspire people.

It is always my dream to blog about fashion.

And I am glad that I am doing it.

 

These pictures were taken at a train station in Kobe. The weather was so fine and I had so much fun posing for these pictures.

And in case you are wondering why all my luggages are black.

Because it matches with any outfits. Haha…

Thank you so much for reading and wishing you a great week ahead!

God bless you.

XOXO Eryn

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