Couture Portrait of Sherry

Couture Portrait of Sherry

Couture Portrait Make-up Styling by Caroline of Seasoning
Couture Portrait Photography by Rico

A dream comes true! A few attempts for this customized look to happen, not in her wedding in Paris last summer, not in her black tie dinner, but finally in her “Couture Portrait”. Sherry wishes to capture her beauty and her emotion/inner voices at this stage of her life. With Sherry’s soft kind heart, low-key elegance and youthfully adventurous, Caroline customised for her soft neutral eyes with tint of silver moss grey and a touch of rose-fushia rouge and a vintagey-wavy low-bun which went well with her stunning yet subtle Van Cleef & Arpels necklace and pale pink Reem Acra gown. A unique perspective of this cosmopolitan at her suite in Upper House.


Chic, contemporary, sexy. Rico and Caroline were both surprised when Sherry briefed them at the Couture Portrait consultation, to enhance another side of her which was never imagined or reached. Thanks again Sherry for your trust to us.

Staying independent and strong, in the reflections of dazzling busy sometimes chaotic city. Unveiling Sherry’s other side of her inner self. Unlike her bridal styling which we had certain limitations for timelessness, reflecting her natural self and appropriateness to the occasion, we can “experiment” something she rarely put but quietly desired in this unique personal portrait styling experience “Couture Portrait”.



Corporate Style Journal -Alex, Restauranteur/Architectural Designer

My little monkey Jaime led me to get to know Alex, when he’s running around at his Japanese restaurant.  Interesting to hear about Alex’s passion (and tips) in styling with his mixed professions as a restauranteur and architectural designer, while balancing his role as a father of 2 adorable daughters during my recent visit of his kitchen-lab/architect studio in Wing Lee Street. Hope his views inspire you, looking good and feeling good at your profession and your different roles too.

1.   How do you describe your style? How do you incorporate this into your role?

Minimalist and staying true to its basics or materials.  This applies to my styling and to my belief in architectural design, which is quite influenced by the architects Lois Kahn and Ando.  I personally hate layering in outfits and prefer to go back to basics, as I believe that clothes are for giving warmth as said in Bible.

As a father of 2 toddlers, I prefers minimal sports and track pants during weekends.  The only thing I gave way during my time with kids is my love (addiction) of white pants.  I have mysophobia (laughing) and my mood is easily spoiled with stains on white color outfits.  I love wearing white pants, as influenced by my love of Japanese culture since childhood.


2.   Can you describe your work outfit and off-work outfit?  Where do you normally shop?

I wear lots of business suit jacket and shirts to go with slightly casual pants to look professional yet comfortable at work in my Japanese restaurant and in my architectural design projects, though you can’t image that I used to like hip hop outfits 10 years ago (laughing).

I love shopping at “Edifice” in Osaka for their business suit jacket, which tailor cut suits Asian. The Japanese shop assistant pinned and adjusted for me professionally and efficiently.  I also like its casual wear section, specially with their denim or nautical theme, and its loafers.

I specially like shirts from “Yves”.  I go for the leather shoes of another Japanese shop “Suit Company” which shoes are made in Italy but in almost one-fifth price of a pair of Italian brand shoes.

For casual wear or outdoor outfits with kids, I go for Uniqlo and GU from Japan.


3.   Can you share with us your favorite accessories?

Bags and Belts.  For bags, I have variations from tote bag, shoulder bag to backpack.  I prefer any colors except white, or darker color base.  My favorites are from Tod’s and Edifice.

I recently got this sports-calculator hand band which records my jogging and work out and which also became my accessory.


4.   What’s your key cosmetic/skin care products?  Or do you bring anything along with you?

I’m very basic.  I used cold water to wash my face.  I prefer oil-free moisturizer from Nu Skin.

5.   Any recent best buy?

A navy suit jacket from GU, a recent discovery from Japan which is a second line of Uniqlo.  I intentionally wear it today.  You’ll be surprised by its quality with its very low price.

6.   Which is your favorite hair salon? Your regular visited salon?

I always follow my hairstylist Terry Lam, as my hair is very challenging with its curly and oily features.  I used to be quite brave with hairstyles from long hair, gold color to skin head.  After settling down with my personalized signature look, I prefers a timeless hairstyle.


7.   What’s your favorite hair styling products?

“Sculpt D” hair wax which you can buy from Tokyo Hands.  I like its firm hold but easily wash-off which minimize the risk of hair loss.  My tips is to apply hair wax on the outer ends of hair.

8.   What’s your priority of time or investment that you allocate to hair, skin, outfits?

I invest on leather shoes, watch and leather bags.

9.   How do you enhance your style? Inspiration source?

I like to read a Japanese male fashion & lifestyle magazine “Leon”and it always features an Italian model whose style inspires me a lot.

(Special thanks to the photography by Rico of An Ant Capture,

Seasoning at Ritz Carlton Hotel Wedding Showcase 2016

Caroline enjoyed orchestrating the Sprout Team’s work at the backstage. Thanks to Sprout Team for the great team work to realize the looks on the models and spread our bridal beauty – timeless, reflecting individuality & glowing air-light skin.

So touched to see how the Sprout Team Vivian and Wensty both trained at the same year of batch at our Apprentice Program.  Both were lead to blossom their own character/dreams while spreading the beauty philosophy of Seasoning.  Happy for their colorful journey!

Inspired by Monique Lhuillier gown design,  Caroline customized a face design of air-light neutral with touch of irridiscent copper/peach/pink for the Ritz Carlton Wedding Showcase. Thanks to our Sprout Team for the beautiful execution of the make up hair on the model.


Thanks to the photos of Rico of for capturing these beautiful moments!

Click to see more at Ritz Carlton Wedding Showcase Looks Album


Style Journal – Carmen Wong, former handbag developer/teacher and now a mom – ii

To continue our previous chat at her home with Carmen, a former handbag developer/teacher and now a mom whom I did her bridal make-up styling few years ago.  Let’s hear more about her styling at different roles and her holistic beauty views.

6.  How do your outfit varies at your different roles/occasions?

With friends and without kids party, I take the chance to have fun dressing up, or go for something sexy, but still comfortable.  To me, sexy is not just what you wear but being a fun person on how you smile, you speak.  With the thought of someone is admiring you, you’ll strike your best (I totally agree with her theory and giggled on how good she put them in words!).

With kids or school activities, I go for something I feel comfortable but still enjoy being dressy, confident and appropriate –from sport wear to leather skirt with trainers or 4 inch wedges. (Both being busy moms we think that it’s sad that many moms who gave up styling herself, though we know how challenging it is to balance).



7.  What’s your key cosmetic/skin care products?

Have always used Maybelline mascara and always carry a lip balm on me.

Lip gloss, lip velvet rouge of By Terry.  Lash extension on special occasions.

Skin care is Cle de Peau.  I use day and night cream, occasional mask (but often forgotten).

8.  Which is your favorite hair salon? What’s your favorite hair styling products?

I’ve been visiting my favorite hairstylist Jose at his private salon “Face Salon”.  He knew my hair best and I don’t even need any hair styling product.

9.  I heard that you are into essential oil for home remedy. Can you tell us more?

For non-emergencies, like for headache, I love using peppermint diluted oil. Or for congestion, I love using lemon + lavender + peppermint diluted oil on foot sole and back of neck.



10.  How you enhance your style? Inspiration source?

Fashion shows of my favorite designers.  If I’m bored with my existing wardrobe, I’ll think of what to play with things on hand.  Sometimes the result surprisingly became the next trend 😉  I’m aware of the trend, I don’t follow the trend but I don’t avoid the trend.

Net-a-porter.  I browse at it almost every night (good to hear a bit of private personal interest time for a mother).  As I said I used my old collection from different years to mix and match.  It’s about the vision!


(Special thanks to the photography by Rico at An Ant Capture studio,

Style Journal – Carmen Wong, former handbag developer/teacher and now a mom – i

Carmen whom I did her bridal make-up styling 2-3 years ago, is one of my most impressive brides, as we share lots of similar likes for beauty, style and fashion.  Her choices of wedding dresses, simple wedding format, and every detail I agreed to the closest, after seeing hundreds of wedding in the past decade.  Visited her at home for some girly chat on style.

1. How do you describe your style, as you changed from an English teacher, fashion handbag developer and now into a full time mom?

I never follow trends and always go for timelessly modern style.  As I changed role into a full time mom, I now go for something simple and easy to pull on.  I still stay true to my unique self- I love short skirts (yes I didn’t give up my love of short skirt even when I’m going to my daughter’s playgroup), but perhaps wearing less accessories.  Quality over trends.

2.  Can you share with us your favorite accessories which represent yourself?

Good posture- accessory that I don’t have to spend time putting on.  (Indeed Carmen’s elegance comes from her posture, her gaze, her hand gesture when she talks, which is her very “signature”). I have a habit of tensing up my abs since my elementary years and even enhanced as I’ve practised yoga along the years.


Used to be a big fan of good scarves, wraps and great earrings and necklace.  Now I would only accessorize for events or special occasions. I love textured cashmere and its draping.


3.  Where do you normally shop for outfits? Any favorite designer as I know you enjoy keeping an eye to runway updates?

Not a follower of trends even though I often am able to see new trends coming.  Love for quality and craft.  Most of my pieces are brought in the past 10 years when I was still working.  Don’t buy much these days (as a full time mom), I shop from within my own existing wardrobe and go online to add an update.  Adding a “now” attitude or a touch of current fashion trend (Agree with Carmen that it’s about the imagination!)  Since I love quality I would rather buy a quality piece than get 20 pieces of disposable fashion.

4.  Any fashion item that you put the most proportion in shopping/investment?

Shoes with refined design.  I love high heels.  I gave way a bit to Wedges when I became a mom. I love heel design from Marni, Prada and Dries Van Noten.  The only sport shoes I recently got is Alexander McQueen white sneaker which wider back slimmer the ankle sexily, and I was chased by passers-by few times to check what its brand when I was in the street of New York.

5.  Any recent best buy?

Love my wide-legged pants from “OmniGod”. I found this tiny store in Osaka and I just love their linen and denim pants (Yes I saw Carmen wearing them and I was allured by its comfy “zen” cutting).

A square pants from Zucca.  Black lace-up high heels from a new designer I discovered in New York.


(Special thanks to the photography by Rico at An Ant Capture studio,