(Digging how sexy this is!)
The weather is beautiful today so I decided to work al fresco! ☀
Flatlay styling is hard work. Those paraphernalia don’t just fall in place like that, mind you. What you see laid out on the surface has been meticulously arranged beforehand to make it look as if everything has fallen ever so naturally with such hard regard to aesthetics. I’m still fairly new at it and I try to constantly improve my technique as I go along. It takes a whole lot of time to do so, and sometimes I find that an angle has been compromised only after I’ve uploaded the pictures and am halfway through editing them, but I’m no Margaret Zhang – yet. Her #zhangflat(s) are legendary.
I’ve been away from home (and the blog) for quite some time now, and am currently taking shelter in what I’d deem as my holiday home – that’s the luxurious term anyway – simply because it’s a bit out of the way and is considered a home away from home. My actual home is undergoing renovations right now so it isn’t the most conducive place to work and play at, hence the decision to set up camp here instead for the time being.
I love it here though. While I’m a city girl at heart, I do enjoy the occasional escape from the hustle and bustle of things. Contrary to the vibes at home, things here are very chilled and laid back and I find that I can work at my own pace and leisure without getting swept up in the busy whirlwind of city life. It’s the perfect location to take a much-needed breather without having to get out of the state.
One of the things I’ve discovered here is that homemade crepes pair extremely well with lemon.
I’m also learning so much about food and cooking here. Both my aunt and uncle are incredible cooks, and very experimental with different cuisines picked up from their travels around the world so I’m soaking up all the epicurean knowledge I can while I’m here. I’ve found the beauty in grating leftover French loaf to make breadcrumbs and the art of layering a gratin, amongst other things. I’d consider myself very career-focused predominantly, but I’m starting to appreciate the domestic side of life as well. It’d be an amazing thing to be able to merge these two worlds together and make them complement each other. A goal to work towards, definitely. Kicking ass at work and at home – and in every single room at that, if you know what I mean, ha!
Speaking of work, I’m so happy to say that The Guest List has finally launched last week and I’m currently in my first week of business! Things have been going brilliantly so far, and there are already quite a number of exciting things lined up for the brand so fingers crossed it all goes well. I’ve learnt so much over these past few months and I just want to learn more and grow more. I’ve come to realise that it’s the journey that makes things worthwhile, rather than the destination. And I’m so driven to make this voyage the very best yet.
Perfection has always been something I’ve struggled with, and I tend to find myself dissatisfied whenever tastes and styles changed, which is in all honesty a natural occurrence and can’t be avoided. I had to understand that if I were to adopt that perfection and disrupt such change, it would prevent any actual development whatsoever. And thus, I’ve learnt to embrace the journey and process more, in all aspects of my life including this blog. I’m looking to start a few new series so there can be a bit more of a structure to things and hopefully more consistent content.