Video Diary: Chanel Métiers d’Art, Paris 2016

I told myself I’d have to get my shit together and upload this before my next trip to Paris in March, so here it is (only two months late, or something…). This was by far my favourite show of Chanel’s that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing in person (P.S. Cara Delevingne looked straight at me for a few seconds and I was left blushing for 10 minutes). You guys have probably read all my posts gushing about Paris so I’ll spare you the rambling and let the video speak for itself.

Thank you Melody for filming, and Chanel (especially Olga) for having us, plus making sure we were never short of red wine, macarons and eye candy.

xx
Zoe

A Conversation With: Alyssa Lau

A while ago I came up with an idea to incorporate more content into this site through conversations with people I know that inspire me. I guess I’ve been frustrated for a while with trying to figure out what I can bring to this space, and got excited when I realised that it doesn’t necessarily have to be me who ‘creates’ the content; rather, I can be the one who facilitates it. Of course, it helps that I happen to know a lot of really talented, kind and motivated people and want to do my part to sprinkle their charm over as many crevices of the internet as I can. So here it is, my first conversation (hopefully, of many) with the lovely Alyssa of Ordinary People and New Classics Studio.  I’ve always been amazed by her work, from her quirky style and really good video content to her focus on sustainability and ethical retail, and it doesn’t hurt that Alyssa and her boyfriend Eric (co-founder of NCS) are two genuinely lovely people. I hope you enjoy this conversation and please let me know what you think and would like to see more of, I’d really appreciate it.


Z: So…how would you describe what you do?
 
A: It’s hard, because a lot of people ask me what I do for a living…the short story is that I own my own small business and do a lot of random projects. The long story would be that….I would call myself a creator; New Classics is my number 1 priority and we still do some work on [the blog], but that’s still a creative outlet for me- more like an online journal. It’s hard to categorise or simplify it to one term. 
 
Z: I know what you mean- its so funny hearing the terms people call bloggers nowadays. In Hong Kong people use the term KOL (Key Opinion Leader) which kind of makes you sound like a cult leader and there are so many different labels now. 
 
A: At the end of the day what we’re doing is still blogging, but I feel like blogging has transformed so much, and a lot of people who started out as bloggers are so much more than bloggers- you can call it whatever you want but its never going to encompass everything. 
 
Z: What do you hate the most about social media?
 
A: Well, I talk about this quite often (laughs), I think its become a lot less authentic and genuine because its all being sponsored. I don’t think its really anybody’s problem because people are trying to make a living and I understand that, but at the same time the whole thing with social media and what made it amazing was the ability to make creative, raw and organic content which people could relate to, and I can’t really relate to a sponsored message. Everyone’s reaching out to bloggers and it’s become another way for people to shove ads at people, and the fact that a lot of people have the same content over and over again. I don’t really believe in the idea of ‘original content’ but some people don’t try to create anything original. 
 
Z: I know what you mean- I feel like we could talk about that for ages but just so we don’t go off on a tangent for too long…where do you feel most at home?
 
A: Actually, my room (laughs), as long as there’s my dog and Eric with me I feel at home. It depends on what you think of as home- some artists find ‘home’ where they’re most creative but for me its where I can lie down and relax and stop thinking about work. If you’re self-employed you’re in charge of your entire lifestyle and not thinking about it can be really hard. 
 
 

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Copenhagen + Stockholm Photo Diary and Guide

It’s been a while since our trip to Scandinavia, but Audrey and I had the best time and I really wanted to share these photos and our recommendations for any of you looking to visit, for ultimate doses of hygge and cinnamon buns.

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Resolutions

I’ve never been one for new year’s resolutions. Part of it comes down to the fact that they usually involve things we should aspire to achieve regardless of the season, and also because they generally lose all persuasive force by the time March rolls around (or maybe I’m just weak). That being said, I don’t deny the benefit of starting the year off on the right foot, especially when you can be adhering to one of said resolutions at the same time: to invest in more sustainable fashion brands. This is part two of my collaboration with Rêve En Vert shot by Roo and I had so much fun messing around and pretending I had guns, the fact that all these activewear companies are ethical and green was just the icing on the cake. I don’t know what your resolutions are, but if you’re like me and looking to extend your green-wardrobe aspirations beyond casualwear into activewear, look no further. See and shop the full edit on REV’s site here, and here to shop their full activewear range. 

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Paris / Cuba Video Diary

I finally kind of got my shit together and edited / uploaded the clips I filmed a while back (*coughs* two months ago) when I went to Paris / Cuba with Chanel to see their Spring 2017 RTW show and shoot these photos (amongst others which I will post…soon, I promise!) in Cuba. It was a whirlwind of unhealthy breakfasts, camera juggling, car naps, and ubers (the latter strictly reserved for the Parisian majority of the trip) and I think this comes across pretty verbatim in the video (or at least as ‘verbatim’ as a video compilation can be in this context).

I tried to do something a little different this time around in terms of the filming/editing style so tell me what you think, but I did manage to film while I was in Paris (again!) last week with Chanel (again!) so there will be an old-school vibe-y video diary up soon for those of you who find my voice annoying (I agree) and want to return to the good old days of ambient music and a disproportionate blurry-non-blurry clip ratio.

xx
Zoe