Corporate Style Journal -Wensty Wong, Make-up Stylist and Ex-Marketing in Eye-wear Fashion – ii

To continue our previous chat at her favorite café N1 with Wensty, a former marketing specialist in eye-wear fashion and now a make-up hairstylist of our Seasoning Sprout Team.  Let’s have a sneak peek of her cosmetic kit and hear more about the source of her inspirations.

6. Any recent best buy?

Eye brow pencil “K Palette, 1 Day Tattoo” from a pharmacy in Kyoto, which is super long lasting specially for oily skin like me.  A pair of Ayako Ceramic earrings from a little shop during my travel in Kyoto.

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

Loose Powder to stay fresh with my oily skin.  I use By Terry Densiliss powder or Shu Uemura pressed powder.  I prefer berry color lipsticks instead of pink or nude, to go well with my honey-tone skin complexion.  Lip balm from Aroma Quotient. (Caroline’s favorite lip balm too!)

8. Which is your favorite hair salon?

Hairpeace in Tsim Sha Tsui.  Aveda for my hair coloring.  And I sometimes explore my hair perm in Seoul, as my girls’ trip and very impressed by the personal touch of the services in their salons like leaving me a personal memo.

9. How you enhance your style? Inspiration source?

Many things inspired me from Instagram of different nationalities – Maye Musk (an ageless lady with elegant silver hair), Irene Kim (Korean pop), to international model 劉雯, to novel of 村上春樹/Gone Girl, to sports like hiking and Thai boxing.  A special journey that I keep on discovering my potential, my beauty and confidence!

(Special thanks to the photography by Rico at An Ant Capture studio, www.anantcapture.com)

 

Corporate Style Journal -Wensty Wong, Make-up Stylist and Ex-Marketing in Eye-wear Fashion – i

Wensty whom I met at our regular workshop many years ago and then turned into one of my proudest apprentices/mentees and now our Seasoning Sprout Team make-up hair stylist, always attract our eyes on her care-free fun attitude towards her own styling with a twist of her own very unique character. 

 1.      How do you describe your style, as you changed from a marketing person in eye-wear fashion into a make-up stylist?

My style is ever-changing.   I enjoy exploring myself, the variations that I could carry.  I can go from sporty, laid-back, serene to minimal and comfy styles to fit my different roles.  For my frequent business trips previously and travels, I may wear comfy from sport pants/shoes to more serene professional look for meetings.  As a make-up stylist, I prefer to blend in and not to be too stand-out in my client’s event, yet looking stylish.  For friend’s dinner, I may wear red lips to stand-out.  Since my discovery in Seasoning self-interest class “Beauty Journey I” before I explored professional apprentice class, I had enhanced my confidence and become happier, which leads to beauty.  It is indeed a cycle, like what Seasoning always believes. 

 

 2.      Where do you normally shop for outfits? Any favorite shop?

I’m very open to shops, but I looked on the textile and material.  I understand my body silhouette to be broad.  I could explore from shops like COS, Giordano Ladies, Marks & Spencer to Max Mara.  I also love to treasure hunt in little boutique that you will never imagine – like COMMA in Quarry Bay, little shop in Sha Tin 好運中心 or even Kwun Tong, though I’m very strict with my investment of designer’s shoes.  I hunt my broche from a vintage shop in Bangkok “Apistique-Vintage” in Chatuchak weekend market.

           

3.      You’ve shown your talent in packing your make-up hair kit (yes super organized) when we go out-job.   What are your tips on packing your outfits for your business trips and travelling?

For business trip, I prefer hand-carry luggage and packed minimal, with perhaps 1 spare day of outfits just in case there’s a delay of flight.  For leisure travelling (Italy is her favorite hiking trip), I packed my hiking gears and drawing kit, refined shoes for fine-dining and a denim shirt. 

My friends described my packing of luggage in “compartments” approach.  With my 2-sided suit case, I flatten my outfit on 1 side to minimize folds, while I put other stuff on the other side. 

 

4.      Where do you invest most on your outfits?

Shoes!  I like comfy yet beautiful shoes.  I found TOD’s loafer/oxford shoes very comfortable yet with many variations.  I also like Roger Vivier ballerina shoes.   Though I also owned a quirky twist of Thai slippers.

 

 5.      Any favorite accessory which represents you?

A watch passed from my mom, which my dad gave her as present when she gave birth almost many decades ago, but she doesn’t use it now as her eyes can’t see the tiny watch well.

 

Caroline will chat more about Wensty’s beauty regime and her source of style inspiration in the part ii.  Stay tuned!

(Special thanks to the photography by Rico at An Ant Capture studio, www.anantcapture.com)

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, www.anantcapture.com)

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).

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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.

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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, www.anantcapture.com)

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.

Shoes.

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, www.anantcapture.com)

Corporate Style Journal -Edwin, Senior Manager Mutual Funds Marketing

I’m always impressed by Edwin’s expressive colors and textiles at his outfit when I bump into him and Grace at their favorite café a few times.  I first met Edwin through Grace when I did Grace’s bridal styling on their wedding 7 years ago.

1.  How do you describe your style, specially working in a US background company with smart casual dress code?

As my role is in creative marketing solution for customer experience, I would like to project myself as an energetic and passionate person who makes people smile and getting people believe in me.  Very inspired by Italian sartorialists, I wear lots of bright summery colors which are not conventional in Hong Kong, like lime green, orange, and sky blue.  Working in an US background investment management company with a smart casual dress code, I wear lots of comfortable shirts and pants at work, though I personally prefer to “over-dress” on the flight during my business travels for a privileged treatment (not sure if he’s joking ;P).

2.  Where do you normally shop for outfits? Any favorite shop?

I like Hackett for its UK heritage and Italian slim cutting.  I also love to add a twist of Italian touch with Harmount Blaine.  Burberry Black Label (found in Japan) is also my favorite.  I will go for Giorgio Armani for the very traditional pieces.

3.  As you’re a frequent business traveler, how do you pack your business outfits?

I always go with a business suit, 2 white shirts of different texture, 1 pink shirt, 2 sets of cuff links, and 1 tie per day of business trip.

 

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

My headset “Beats” is one of my favorite accessories which I wear to enjoy music while I am on the way to work.  I love watches from Oris, Baume & Mercier.  I like cuff links from Kent & Curwen with that heritage touch, while I like fun cuff links too.  Inspired by European culture and had studied and lived in UK, I prefer non-black leather shoes and go for Italian “Borgioli”

For ties, I have personal preference on pink color, or gold/brown color with white pattern.

 

 

 

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

I carry a young heart every day which I believe is my best cosmetic (smiling with his signature smiles again).  I am a lazy person that I sometimes use my shampoo from hair to my face (huh?!).

 

6.  How you enhance your style? Inspiration source?

I love travelling and shopping with my wife Grace.  I was so inspired with our travels from seeing the sartorialists in Italy to the fun playful new discoveries in Korea.

 

(Special thanks to the photography by Rico at An Ant Capture studio, www.anantcapture.com)

 

 

Corporate Style Journal – Amanda, architect – ii

To continue our previous chat with Amanda, a young architect who attracted my eyes when I was on a bridal make-up hairstyling work in London last May.  Let’s hear more about her favorite accessories and beauty views.

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

Any accessories in gold!  My nose stud was made from London (Very subtle but becomes part of Amanda). I sometimes wear very basic pearl earrings and I like lace detail.  (Caroline: Very interesting contrasting elements which create chemistry on Amanda)

And my favorite watch “Arne Jacobsen for Rosendahl”

 

watch photo from Amanda

watch photo from Amanda

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

Thick eye line is my favorite and has been evolving to obsessive thicker line after years.  I use “Tony Moly” eye liner.  I prefer bold red opaque lip color and I like Bobbi Brown lipstick for its long lasting effect.   I tone down lip color when I’m with work outfit.  I always use Urban Decay eye primer.  I don’t visit facial salon and simply use pharmacy brand Physiogel for my skin care.

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

Il Copo.  I perm my hair to bring more volume as I wish to slimmer my face, ha ha!  I use “Powerpoint” hair clay on my wet hair and let it air-dry naturally (and lazily) which created the rich texture.  I sometimes use the curling cream from Loreal Professionel

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

I am inspired by architecture, graphic arts.  I love visiting Osage and other galleries in industrial building in Kwun Tong and Wong Chuk Hang.

(Special thanks to the photography by Rico at An Ant Capture studio, www.anantcapture.com)

Corporate Style Journal – Amanda, architect – i

My eyes were attracted by Amanda, when I was on a bridal make-up hairstyling work in London last May, as she’s one of the fashionably edgy guests of our bride G.  I can see her confidence of who she is and of what she loves.

1. How do you describe your style, as I seemed to see your 2 extremes? How do you incorporate into your role as a young architect?

I’d try many things and varieties.  For weekends, I love vintage pieces which are happily colorful and patterned.  For work, I go for timeless basics and structured silhouette in neutral colors like black/white/grey/navy, especially if I’m meeting client and would like to look not too young in the field.

 

 

2. Where do you normally shop for outfits? Any favorite shop?

For vintage, I love to hunt at Beatniks at Peel Street, at Brick Lane in London and some vintage shops in Korea.  For basics, I go to COS and even go to Uniqlo for men’s knit.

I like the jeans from Topshop as its “Joni” cutting of the pant ends is just perfect to me.

Of course, how can I miss my favorite shop EDIT (This is the cool niche fashion select shop owned by our bride G whose wedding had connected Amanda and me).

 

(Suit jacket from EDIT, Sheer Shirt from Topshop, boots from YSL)

3.  How do you carry vintage dress or personalize it?

I love contrast- like wearing a parka military jacket with vintage dress.  I always bring vintage dresses for travel – as they can be conveniently rolled-up in the luggage and their colors are happy for travelling.

4.  Which outfit cutting or color is your favorite?

I’ve already counted my short height as my identity (Caroline: I just love her sense of humor and embracing who she is).  I used to choose dress with a shorter cutting in front as to conceal my short height and not to expose my arms/legs so that I look slimmer, but I now don’t care much and just wear what I love. (This is the twinkling confidence I saw in her eyes!)

I enjoy any color, but specially like navy.

5.  Any recent best buy?

My navy folder clutch bag of Chanel, with quilt lining & floral inner lining.

My Stubbs and Wooten loafers.

To be continued…

 

(Special thanks to the photography by Rico at An Ant Capture studio, www.anantcapture.com)

Corporate Style Journal – Stephen, landscape architect – iii

After the previous post of our chat with Stephen on personalize image and male accessories, we talked more about male hair styles and source of inspiration on styling.

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

Hair Corner.  I believe it’s worth investing with a good hair stylist (Caroline: Can’t agree more!).  I prefer female hairstylist (with a smile), because female stylist seems to pay more attention to detail and consistency.

 

8.  What’s your favorite hair styling products?

Gatsy Rubber for my current hair style.

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

I put the highest priority with keeping myself in shape and healthy.  Love jogging (Caroline: Yes I bumped into you at jogging track) and swimming.

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

I love watching street scenes in London and Paris.  People are just nonchalant but with thoughts.  Sounds funny but I love reading the book “Esquire – Book of Style” which you can find from Page One.

 

 

(Special thanks to the photography by Rico of An Ant Capture studio www.anantcapture.com )

Corporate Style Journal – Stephen, landscape architect – ii

After the previous post of our chat with Stephen, we talked more about male accessorizing to personalize image:

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

Pocket Square.

Fun socks. This is the only place to put colors on my business suit look.  Believe it or not, I’m kind of color blind, so I avoid colors on my main suits but bravely bring colors to my socks.

Medic Alert, it’s a bracelet which carved what I’m allergic to in case of accident.

Mole Skin note book with a gold book mark. Yes it’s a sentimental accessory on top of its functionality to record my rough sketches.

Work shoes. There’s a joke in Britain that the dad teaches daughter to choose husband based on what shoes he’s wearing. How much he looks after his shoes may reflect how he’ll look after family.

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Caroline loves his vintagey Mulberry leather bag, which enhances Stephen’s personality on either his business or casual looks.

 

5. Any recent best buy?

A pair of leather shoes from Loding. Recently found this men’s wear shop of French background which sells handmade shoes at a very reasonable price.

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

No cosmetic/skin care products at all, as I believe rough is beauty. Ha! ha! (Caroline: Might not agree as we preach about taking care of skin at our male grooming class ;P)

 

(Special thanks to the photography by Rico at An Ant Capture studio, www.anantcapture.com)