Life is currently all about my cozy family, a tight group of friends, and the random social life that comes with residing in HK. After almost ten years with the boy, jumping over to a different continent to find a new home, exploring over 30 cities together, and almost a year with our little girl, I can barely remember what life used to be. Relating to the past or relationships of the past can be a chore in understanding and tolerance rather than actual enjoyment. When priorities shift, it can be hard to go back to old habits and be abiding in a way I used to feel was second nature. I’ve put almost all worries behind me and traded up for a new set of goals and aspirations. Unhappiness and bad moods are almost impossible when you are raising someone who consistently offers the most genuine smiles and laughs. Bitterness can be one of the most unattractive traits, so I’m changing my pace and surrounding myself with those who want to walk beside me.
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Wearing Portobello Blouse and Shorts, and the Kata Kimono all available at Christing C.
The boy and I barely had time to breathe last week, hopping from one event to the next and making time to churn out as much work as possible in only a few hours so we could have a few moments to play with our munchkin. A Monday dedicated to family bonding and comfort food was just what the doctor ordered. I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen with much success, if I do say so myself, and we’ve grown a slight addiction to Walking Dead. Who knew a show that produced so much anxiety could also be so unmissable. Savouring the last few hours until just another week kicks off and we start it all over again. Don’t worry, we have a little vacation in the planning stages. Sun, sea, and sand will feature in the near future.
Currently finding it impossible to slumber before 4am. The weird quiet hours where I indulge in silence, tv gazing, novel devouring all while wedged between the boy and the baby is just too tempting. Peaceful moments become a hot commodity when your days are consumed by everything else and this is my way of still ensuring there’s me time despite my new responsibilities. I have quickly become defined by my roles; mother, wife, daughter, blogger, designer, which can create little room to remember who I was before it all happened. Back when just a cappuccino and a fashion magazine was all I craved. What is it like to just be alone and me? Back when I was on here every single day pouring my mind out one slow hour at a time. The new goal is to make time. Through midnight reading, afternoon workouts, and those girly gossip sessions over cocktails. I ensure I will be better at my other roles if I remember spontaneous, and messy me.
Running on auto pilot after a quickie trip to Taipei and a week of celebrations with family. Nothing like simple evenings and conversations to bring you back to what actually matters. Craving just the basics now and not much more. I’m often truly amazed by how simple smiles from my family and just a few wine fuelled bonding sessions can bring me back to being me. Now it’s all about a piled up schedule and how much I’m craving our plans free Saturday. Pancakes anyone?
Wearing C. by Christing C. North Laine Dress, Topshop Beanie, Versus leather jacket, and H&M boots.
White blouse by C. by Christing C.
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Hoping all of you busy love birds had fun celebrating Valentine’s Day this weekend. The boy and I never celebrate any holiday in the typical manner and I guess Valentine’s is kinda like that. Not to mention the fact that we dine out most nights of the week, it seemed appropriate to go the other direction and actually spend a serene evening with fresh sheets and each others company. We’ve basically vowed to never do the whole gifting, card giving, usual demeanour that goes along with holidays and in turn choose activities or gifts side by side. I’m not sure it’s very romantic to receive anything if there’s any pressure behind it, so I’m much more into the lets go with what we feel like route anyway. Back tickles and cuddles over diamonds any day in my book.
Life is easy to coast through when responsibilities are small on your list of priorities. Back when my heart was lighter, head was indecisive, and hand was easily led, I always found my way to an uninhibited lifestyle. Society puts up fences only for me to imagine they don’t exist. I guess I’m still ignoring those fences but my mind is spinning with more. I don’t take choices lightly, researching and sampling with all my senses. I don’t take in noise but sift information carefully, only storing what pertains to our goals. We are different now, leading our little one through a world of thorns and bullies hoping she can find an identity all her own. I won’t push, I won’t shove, but lets soften the path. Show her a more beautiful way. Learning how to build strength from knowledge and work, shifting aside all snobbery in exchange for a more natural way of being.
C. by Christing C. dress, Hogan boots, Karen Walker sunglasses.
I think this is why I was born to live in a sunny destination. I find it impossible to resist dressing for Spring even at the centre of Winter. I guess it’s not too bad since we’ve managed to upgrade from freezing London to not so chilly HK, but I would be happy if California was in our future. So back to the subject of this perfect, slip style dress with the most breathable floral accented silk, and a whimsical flare sleeve. I feel like a little bit more romantic when I wear it. Head over to the store where we have limited quantities.
My days are currently littered with sporadic naps, incessant cups of coffee, and chasing after a giggling baby. Good intentions of gymming have been semi successful which is probably the best I’ll ever do. The boy and I have cleared our social calendars in favour of drawn out family strolls and cuddle sessions on the couch. I’m not sure if it’s January or the evident slight chill in the air, but my head seems clearer and the air fresher on calm days like today. Is it okay all I really want on life is to fall asleep inches away from my loves? Mission accomplished.
C. by Christing C. Silverlake Shirt Dress, Topshop hat, Zara vest and shoes, Celine sunglasses.
The mandatory first post of the year. I’ve been holding pretty tight to 2014, not really willing to let go of all the insane memories created in such a short amount of time. There’s a nagging feeling it all passed by too quickly, but maybe that’s part of this strange world of parenting. Each milestone, month, or little smile marks another moment you imprint upon your memory, knowing it will carry you through a lifetime. Not to say I’m not overwhelmingly excited what this new year will bring. I’m delaying the start, revelling in some alone time with my two favourite humans and keeping it all to ourselves for a little longer. I know the real world will come knocking soon, but who doesn’t want to hibernate over the holidays?
Summer is whipping by and I’m anticipating a pretty amazing August. Finally managed to get my lazy self out of bed and start a new fitness regime. Will keep you posted in weekly updates very soon. Nothing like the encouragement of yacht season and an upcoming trip to the South of France for motivation. Been taking on a little more than I can handle on a regular day, but sometimes that is necessary to get it all right. Make a list, try to cross off what you can, and celebrate with champagne at the end of the day.
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