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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)

Corporate Style Journal – Stephen, landscape architect -i

Stephen used to work next door to our studio while I was amazed by his passion in grooming. Not surprise to see he’s our first guest to be interviewed at our new “Corporate Styling Journal”. Hope their views inspire you, looking good and feeling good at your profession too.

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

I’ll say “classic with a subtle modern twist”. Having spent childhood in UK, I was very influenced by the British style – formally suited, understated but take care of their grooming, know the dress rules but break a bit of it. I like the Gatsby style, their well groomed hair and tailored suit. My friends know that I make sure my hair gelled well even I go for groceries.

As a landscape architect, my outfits reflect my pursue of attention to detail. You’ll see subtle detail in my button hole or pocket square or a glimpse of color in the inner lining of the jacket to express my inner rebellion. As a relatively young architect, I would make use of outfits to enhance my profession, specially when I’m facing more serious clients like government or urban plan authority.

Apart from my role as an architect, I play music band after work which I still wear shirt but with a twist (Not necessarily what we imagined of a band guy). After all, I believe style is still about the attitude, reinforcing one’s character.

2.  Can you describe your work outfit? off-work outfit?

With my love of suit jacket, I use it as my base for my work and weekend outfits.

For weekend, I dress my suit jacket down with t-shirt, jeans, or even shorts and flip flop, which I observed this leisure style in the streets of Europe during weekends. I hate wearing sport pants or sneakers as fashion, and I believe they’re only for sports. I still go for suit-cut shorts with casual cotton textile with a twist of detail and pair it with white canvas loafer, if ever I’m wearing shorts during weekends.

For weekday, I wear different shades of navy color suit the most formal color in business dress code, as opposed to black color suit which is supposedly for funeral wear. I love using accessories like classic tie and pocket square, be it “James Bond” sleek fold or “Churchill” fold to lift my professional business suit look with a twist. I think it is a little investment but enhance one’s image so much and project your attention to detail.

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

As I’m very obsessive with suits and especially like the 60s slim cut, I go for tailor to customize for me.   I can’t accept the funky suit jacket like the Korean pop, too short to cover the bum. I sometimes go for Paul Smith, specifically the Japanese product line which fits Asian body proportion, and AllSaints and let the tailor fine tune the fit for me. So I mix the tailored and non-tailored outfits. I specially like the “改衣站” as this traditional old tailor impressed me with his dedication of studying the skills & cut of Italian brand.  I go for “Cuffs” to customize my shirts to get them fitted perfectly.

to be continued…

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