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Can You Really Trust Your Age? [Unlock The Secret of Feeling Expired]

10 Aug

Today’s outfit idea is to attempt to look young(er).

Hehe…

Off-shoulder blouse and denim skirt.

The trendy coordinates younger teenage girls would wear.

I pair it with the Rosaria Riggens bucket bag from Mizzue in brandy wine colour and a pair of white sneakers just like those Korean street fashion shoes.

I did not style my hair at all, I just simply tie a knot and put on some really light makeup.

This, is how I imagine a younger version of me would look like.  

When I was younger, say in my 20s, my dream is to be a freelance writer, travelling the globe with my guitar and my jobless and artistically talented boyfriend. We will sail the seas and live a nomadic life together. We would write songs and stargazing at some distant lighthouse in Pladda, a small remote island off the west coast of Scotland…

That were the dreams that I had those days.

As I grow older and become a mother, there are more and more “restrictions” or so-called social stereotype. There comes the “age-appropriate” attire, makeup, hairstyle, lifestyle etc… I have to put family and my kids first, then myself as last in the priority list. I become more self-conscious. I started to “confine” myself to wear more decent clothing, learn how to cook “proper” meal, feed my children first, travel less and try to “achieve” those things that are expected of a woman in her 30s, such as having an investment property and a good career…

Sometime in the sleepless nights, I would still think of those distant dreams I once had.

And most of the time, I felt like I have expired.

My dreams have expired.

Somehow, I do feel a bit uncomfortable to accept the fact that I am getting older.

I keep telling myself, “Those days are over.”

Life circumstances have changed and shaped me so much. I felt a mixture of feeling, upset because of losing youth but feeling blessed at the same time because of the happiness marriage and children have brought me.

I shared my thought with a friend, and she sent me a message like this:

There are different beauties at different stages of a woman’s life. You mellow like the red wine or tea rich in taste and emit a fragrance of maturity, wisdom, depth, and confidence. Over time and experience, you find your own identity and position, develop your character and personality. With your hard work and learning, you are reaping a good harvest of what you sow in all areas of your life. Like a diamond being grinded in all angles, you shine with different radiance with time.

I feel so deeply empowered.

God makes all things beautiful in His time.

I should not feel constrained or less desired, I should not think that my dreams have expired.

Because I am still passionate about life, about pursuing goals and believe in dreams.

In my heart, I am still that girl who wants to dive in the Caribbean Sea, join a beauty pageant contest, backpack to Greece and have a date with Kelvin at Harajuku, dressing up like a Lolita *LOL*

I seldom put on casual looks, but this outfits coordinates has made Kelvin very impressed.

This bag from Mizzue is very comfortable to wear and matches the casual outfit very well. 

It also has a small pouch inside to keep cards, coins or keys.

The off-shoulder blouse in white goes well with the light denim skirt.

I sort of feel young and free again.

(Sorry to spam you with so many pictures of myself. We were having beautiful sunset and breezes from the Johor straits. It was all wonderful and we couldn’t help but took more pictures.)

 

Perhaps.

Age is just a number.

Do you feel the same too?

Share with me.

XOXO Eryn

 

 

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。

 

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