Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Takoyaki day

I was unaware of the 'penis' shaped graffiti on the wall.

Nicolette having a moment.
Boxpark 'alleyway.'

Hello everyone!

On Sunday I took my good friend Nicolette around Shoreditch, since I wanted to prove to her East London is THE place to live in.. (Those that are wondering, yes she was completely in awe and it seemed like she fell in love with the food especially). I, myself was in awe too since I found the Takoyaki ball stand that is never around. I need to learn how to make Takoyaki one day, I'm a fan. 

Outfit - Hat (Zara), Coat (Topshop), Scarf (Zara), Bag (Topshop), Jeans (Zara), Boots (H&M)

Vivian x


Thursday, 22 January 2015

That Cat Hat

Outfit for the day
Scarf (Zara), Hat (Zara), Coat (Topshop), Shoes (Zara), Bag (Car boot sale) 
Outside the electric cinema

NOTHING beats salted beef beigal

Hello everyone!

So the previous Monday that passed by, it was known as the gloomiest day of the year (according to my tutor). New Years and Christmas just flew by, and counting down to Christmas 2015 is a myth. The next special occasion? Seems like Valentines day, special for me but how about the singletons out there?

22nd January, I took a quick trip to Shoreditch (yes I know, I'm always there) to get some cheesecake from Beigal Bake. I remember the first time I took a bite of the magnificent, beautiful piece of art work and it melted in my mouth so smoothly. So yeah, today I went out on a two man mission JUST for cheesecake.

We also walked past the Electric Cinema and I still need to go there for a movie / date night! Romantic big sofas, cushions and duvet covers sounds perfect for Valentines day... maybe?

Vivian :)

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Flower power!

Hello everyone! 

My usual routine when I wake up on Sunday - 
  1. Check emails
  2. Get ready to head out to the flower market
I fully appreciate the fact that I live close to Columbia road. I wouldn't say it's the cheapest market for flowers but it's a 'need to go' if you're looking for a variety! Last Sunday my mission was to find a bunch of Hydrangea all white since I was inspired to experiment with some food colouring. So I bought red food colouring, dissolved it in the water for the Hydrangea to absorb.. however it's day 2 and there is no change in colour. I probably did something wrong but I'm determined to try again. Yes, I'm one of those people who doesn't like to give up! 

Vivian :)


Thursday, 15 January 2015

University essentials.

Hello everyone!

Now that University has started, I now need to get back into the routine of packing my bag, with the daily essentials I need to aid me throughout the day! I used to be one of those students who would pack a full colour set of felt tips (...I still am.. kind of) in my pencil case since I thought using colour helped me to learn. Now I'm adapting to the use of the most helpful tool in the world.. the mighty Macbook air. I can transfer my documents with ease from my mac to my phone, so I literally bring everything with me everywhere, and also in class I can use the internet to browse clothes when I get bored. A few years ago you wouldn't see a lecture room with a single macbook air, but walk into any lecture now and you will be surprised how many students bring these gadgets in. Despite this, I always feel the need to carry a few notebooks in hand since you never know what you will overcome throughout the day. So, I haven't totally abandoned the traditional paper and pen technique, hence the photograph bombarded with Muji equipment. I've never really appreciated Muji pens until the day when I was at work behind the tills and a customer told me how much he loved my Muji pen since it wrote like silk. Now, I appreciate Muji more than my bed.

Black A4 Wallet by A.P.C, MacBook Air 13 by Apple, Portable charger by EasyAcc, Wallet by Supreme x CDG, Lipstick by Mac, White notebook by Goodhood, Black notebook by Muji, All stationary by Muji, Flask by H&M x Alexander Wang, Glasses by Gok Wan.


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

My Wednesday

Hello everyone!

I woke up today with intentions to visit two galleries within one day, however me being totally productive, energetic and adventurous (NOT!), within 6 hours me and Chris took down -

  • The Photographers Gallery
  • SOHO sample sale
  • Shopping at Oxford Street
  • Itsu for lunch
  • Fashion and Textile Museum
  • White Cube
  • Borough Market
  • Canary Wharf shopping
It was a long day indeed but it was worth it because I fulfilled my original mission of going to the two galleries. I found the Knitwear exhibition - Chanel to Westwood - very informative since it gave me a clear insight of how war impacted on individualism. It was also intriguing reading how people in the 1940's made their own clothing due to the government taking on rationing because of the war. What a way to get creative! 

The White Cube was super modern, the most modern museum I have ever visited for sure. I'm quite embarrassed to say I was more interested in the interior design than the art work that was presented since I have never seen such white walls in my life before! Hence, the reason why I probably won't visit the White Cube again... 

The one thing that I have learnt today.. I need to go back to the Borough Market!! Even though I saw dead animals hanging on string it was an interesting experience compared to Shoreditch on Sundays. 

Vivian :)


Sunday, 11 January 2015

If in doubt, choose white.

Greetings everyone!

If I had 20 minutes to get ready, if in doubt I will always choose black on black to wear. It's the greatest combination known to earth since it strengthens the 'power' look. However, in terms of interior design, I've grown a ritual of choosing all white everything since the colour is minimalistic and very crisp. Despite waking up every morning and getting blinded, my all white room just makes me feel at home... a very Ikea inspired room. So it's safe to say when ever I visit Ikea I always feel warm within the environment.

SO, for the past several months (ever since I have moved to London) me and Chris have had the intention to finish our flat but it's been an ongoing project for both of us. We are slowly getting there. With plenty and plenty of trips to Ikea, traveling back home from central with huge Muji furniture on the tube, finishing the paint job with a small precise brush.. it's been a challenge. We're still looking to   create a feature wall and a small desk near to the window.

Guys, so now there will be more mirror selfies since I have previously purchased a LARGE mirror from Ikea. It's bigger than me so I'm super excited.



Thursday, 8 January 2015

My acne story OR 'why do you have buttons on your face' story

Hello everyone!

Ever since I was 13 years old or when I hit puberty I suffered from acne mainly on my forehead and chin area. I remembered when my friends used to complain about their so called acne... 'oh my god my acne is so bad.... I wish I had clearer skin.' Their two spots was nothing compared to my family of spots. Literally. 
So, during the past two years I kept a longitudinal photographed diary of my acne - how it worsened and EVENTUALLY (after 5 years of stress) got better. Like the majority of acne sufferers out there, YES my self-esteem was almost.. non-existent. Funny story no.1. One time when I was chilling on the PS3 at my Aunties house, my little cousin awkwardly sat next to me and asked ...'Why do you have buttons on your face?' I laughed so hard but then after I realised how sad it was. So, it reached to the point where I hated taking photographs with others and I remember when I used to FaceTime Chris with half of my face showing since my acne was that terrifying to show. Funny story no.2. One day I went to Debenhams to get my eyebrows, forehead and the side of my face threaded. I sat down on the chair and the lady told me, I'm going to have to avoid your spots since I don't want to make them bleed. So I agreed. She started threading. 2 minutes later she was done. Looked in the mirror, no difference. Basically she avoided my entire face. I paid full price. Jokes. So, not only did this condition affect my appearance, it also impacted on my daily life. 

Two words. Takeaway life. Like the majority of BBC's (British Born Chinese) in the UK, my parents owned a Chinese takeaway and I was forced to help out since I was 12 years old. I had to work with industrial deep fryers on a daily basis, meaning I had to come back home with a layer of oil on my skin. Disgusting. Which, in summary resulted to spots.
Exam stress. 
Genetics was also the cause. My sister had acne during her teens and my brother is currently going through the phase of acne... Man do I feel sorry for him.

Steps to recovery
I tried endless amounts of skin care products that made no difference to my skin, with a price range of £3 - £30. I did splurge quite a lot on Clinique products since my Clinique consultant advised me to follow a particular facial routine for a long period of time (6months) but sadly... I saw no change in my skin (Lesson learnt. Never listen to consultants who are representing a brand. They do a good job of persuasion). I tried - 
  • Apricot Scrub by St Ives ( that was too harsh on my skin. Too harsh that my spots started to bleed after I used the product)
  • Simple skin care range
  • Clinique
  • Garnier Multi-action scrub
  • Freederm spot cream
  • No7 Skin care
  • Bio-oil to diminish the scars
  • Clearasil
  • Clean and Clear
  • Tea Tree range from Bodyshop
  • Neotrogena Visibly Clear
  • Chris's Nivea facial scrub to see if mens products had a larger impact (believe it or not). But, no difference
  • ...and several other products but I can't remember all of them..
I used all of these products within the space of 6 years. I think jumping from one product to the next was the reason why I saw no progression of my acne. After spending so much money and time looking for the perfect solution, I realised visiting my GP could be the answer.. and it was! My GP prescribed me two medial products - 
  1. A roll on solution that killed the bacteria and dried out my spots (I forgot the name of the product)
  2. Dianette Pill
The Dianette Pill made a huge contribution to my recovery. My GP specifically prescribed them to me since my acne was very severe. Even though Dianette carries a high risk of blood clots, I decided to take them for 3months and see if there was any dramatic changes, and there was! As you can see from my longitudinal photographs, I started taking Dianette in October 2013 and during December 2013 you could see the transformation. If you are considering of taking Dianette, I would only advise you to take it if you have severe acne since there are several side effects you should be aware of!

Lesson learnt
  1. I spent a large sum of money on skin care products that didn't even work. Only to find the solution was prescribed products from my GP that was free of expense... I really should have visited my GP first.
  2. As stated before, never trust consultants that are representing a brand. 
  3. I've heard many people say 'you shouldn't pop your spots.' You can burst yellow spots if you follow the appropriate way. My technique, get a needle and clean it with toner. Slowly push the needle into the yellow spot until it penetrates. Carefully squeeze the spot and yellow pus should come out and then blood should follow. STOP squeezing when you see the blood. Wipe the popped spot with toner. I've used this method for a long time now and scaring is minimal.
  4. Never use harsh products on your acne (through personal experience), hence try and avoid facial scrubs. In my opinion, it's recommended to use facial scrubs once or twice a week to exfoliate your skin and remove dead skin, but not everyday.
What now?
Now that the majority of my acne has gone, instead of taking the Dianette pill I have switched to Marvelon since there are less side effects. I wash my face daily (2x a day), I avoid using harsh products on my skin, and I never ever sleep with makeup on.
Even though I encountered severe acne, my scarring is minimal since I use products that help fade scars. Keep up to date on my blog if you want to know my daily facial routine!

Vivian :)

24 September 2013
29 September 2013
2nd October 2013
5th October 2013
17th October 2013 (When I started taking Dianette)

(...The comparison is real.)
17th October 2013
22th October 2013
14th December 2013
27th April 2014
26th May 2014
2nd September 2014

7th January 2015 (I did not Photoshop this image or use a filter. The lighting was just perfect)
7th January 2015 (My forehead looks huge. Camera angles ey?)

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