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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 – 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 – 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)