So lately I’ve noticed myself breaking out of my usual fashion trends, which I love! I find that every few years I have a bit of a fashion epiphany and my eyes are opened to so many more, opportunities, I guess.
Recently, this started with make-up. My usual regime consisted of cover-up, foundation, mascara and maybe if I was going out somewhere special – liquid eyeliner (even though I’m 5th generation Chinese, charcoal and kohl always leaves weird lines on the top of my eyelids). However, recently I got a free Clinique eyeshadow pack when I bought new foundation. Now I’ve never been an eyeshadow girl. Possibly something to do with the fact that my eyeshadow experience extended only to stage make-up from ballet concerts; which let’s admit, is a little over the top and sometimes a bit scary.
Nowadays, unless I’m heading to uni for a lecture looking daggy, I wear it everywhere. I haven’t progressed from various shades of brown or pink yet, but I’m getting there. This then followed by the discovery that I can actually pull off blush. Now I’ve always used the bright pink colours – again, stage make-up material due to dance concerts – and I’ve also never been a fan of bronzers on me. However, I recently discovered a very soft pink in the form of Napoleon Perdis. If I’m going out, I can mix it with the darker shade of pink the palette offers and by putting powder over the top, I don’t look like I’m about to jump into my tutu.
Little did I realise, none of this takes very long to apply and therefore, my morning-routine is not disturbed and I get a different look to my now ‘uni make-up’.
My next discovery, hairstyles I previously thought looked shocking actually aren’t that bad if you play around with it. Now, I’ve always been a fringe girl. Too afraid to show too much of my face because I’ve always thought I had a funny face shape. In my teenage years, the fringe did cause some dilemmas. When you’re in your adolescent stage, it’s hormones galore and with it comes the problems of skin care. So last year (during summer when I had a full set of bangs) I decided I would have to tie it all up to fix the issue. This is when I discovered the cute fringe braid and a messy bun didn’t look anywhere near as bad as I thought. It was also the best trick ever for disguising a bad hair day. Tomorrow I’m thinking of attempting the centre part and braid my fringe back to either side. Could be disastrous, but we’ll see. I haven’t had a centre part since, probably, year 8? So 6-7 years ago. I’ve also started testing out cute little hair clips. I got a simple $10 one from Equip which I use to hold my fringe back on the opposite side to that I part my hair on. It gives a bit of a different look and is perfect for days when only my fringe is being bad.
Fashion wise, I’ve been opening my mind to new styles and fashions. I’ve also decided to develop a habit where even if I dislike someones outfit, I try to work out what they like about it and how it works in their eyes. I’m now a HUGE fan of flowy outfits. Although, being petite I must be careful when treading the fine line between all that is flowy and those that are like a hessian sack. Getting out of your comfort zone is actually rather fun. The number of people around who dress appallingly, or the same every single day, is amazing. Therefore, my theory is you might as well experiment. There’s been quite a few times this year where I’ve rocked up at work and said to my work friend, “please tell me this actually works?”. Last year, I wouldn’t have been caught dead in ‘Aladdin pants’ (as my father calls them) or so many feminine, soft and flowy outfits. I have still retained some of my more darker/alternative fashions, however my blacks are now mixed with ultra-feminine neutrals and it definitely feels more me.
I will definitely continue opening my mind to different styles of fashion. I’m not yet sure about what I will encounter, but I’m sure it will be fun!