Monday, November 30, 2015


"We had been trying to be adults since we were 15
When we finally reached 18, nothing changed
It wasn't until we were lying on the bathroom floor
Drunk and high in two different states 
That we realized, Age is just a number
And reality is learning there's no such thing as being an adult
You only grow older, And if you're lucky
Maybe a little wiser."
- Unknown

There's a sense of inexplicable beauty in being born towards the end of the year, because everything just smashes into you all at once. Reflections from being one year older, and then not long Christmas comes crashing at your doorsteps as well, and finally more insane reflections as the fireworks explode into the New Year sky. 

I wasn't going to dedicate an article to turning 21, but 21 is a pretty big deal isn't it? Same way I wasn't planning on having a 21st party, but eventually caved in and held one anyway. It didn't take long for me to realise that age is just a number, you don't feel any more different the day before your birthday and the moment the clock strikes 12, Cinderella-style. There is no magic, you don't physically change. No extra grey hairs come sprouting out, nor a more voluptuous body (sadly). It's all in the mind, and really, there's nothing that a bigger number makes me think 'wow, I should be more responsible now', because I've always been far more mature than my age prescribes.

"The last two years have been the most informative, happiest, hurtful, thoughtful, altering, molding, powerful, accepting years of my life." - Malanda. I don't know what it is about two years, but if I was to frame a period of my life where everything just happened all at once, it would be the past two years. Entering into relationships for the first time, existing relationships for the first time, travelling to foreign cities proving I can be independent, entering into jobs that showed me I am more capable than I thought, graduating and then beginning it all over again, learning to love myself emotionally and physically, and being enlightened by the power of spreading positivity all around me...

I can only think that the coming years are going to continue to teach and mold me even more. And that is the beauty of life: you never stop growing and experiencing new things. Upon reflection of where I am in life right now, there is nothing I would change. I have put my heart and trust in its progression. My friend asked me what I wanted for my 21st but honestly, there is nothing I want. Nothing material, nothing immaterial. I have everything and everyone I would want here in this moment. I truly am blessed beyond words. You win some, you lose some. And when you lose, just know that during the hardest times is when we learn the most and grow the most. It is a gift to endure hardship, preparing you for the beautiful future ahead. Life doesn't get easier, you only become stronger.

I used to hate the roller-coaster life. But in order to truly live life, you must learn to feel everything deeply. You will make it through, no matter what. And when you are on top, you will look back and see everything that has happened in the past was simply preparing you for this moment. These past two years have made me wiser: emotionally, physically and mentally. You cannot run away from the ups and downs of life, you can only run with it. The approach on life that I have acquired in these past two years is with a care-free heart and mind. Don't try to control what happens and where things go, let it run it's course and only then will you be at ease with life and all it's tempestuous ways: Liberosis my darlings.

Willow & Lace / Lareina Heels / Shiels Earings / 
Estee Lauder Lipstick / Victoria's Secret Eyeshadow

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


"Stop worrying that your opportunity will never come,
worry instead that when it comes, you're not ready."
- The Empress of China

'The Empress of China' is a TV series overflowing with female power so it's impossible not to obsess over it, especially since it is the most expensive TV series in Chinese history. Every shot is filled with extravagant jewellery, luxurious costumes and breathtaking scenery. The series is based on 'Wu Ze Tian', the only woman in Chinese history to ever rule as an emperor which is extraordinary female power! The actress portraying this lead role is no other than the producer herself, Fan Bingbing, who has no shortage of influence herself, topping the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list in the last 3 consecutive years and recently ranked as the world’s fourth highest-paid film actress over the past 12 months. I was profoundly inspired by this for the current article. Channeling this intensive female power into these photos, you will find it filled with subtle elements of Ancient China: intricate gold pieces and dominant red lips. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


 "I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers
 them up snug, you know, with a white quilt, and perhaps it says 'Go to sleep, darlings,
 till the summer comes again.'" - Lewis Carroll

I don't usually do well in the cold, mentally physically nor emotionally, but New Zealand was amazing enough for me to overlook the freezing temperatures. My lips tend to go purple when temperatures fall, so to brighten my complexion I've turned to the ever reliable red lippy. How beautiful is it to have a bright pop of red against all the winter white that New Zealand bestows, it's like a vision of Snow White. Except my hair isn't ebony, but maybe it ought to be... maybe soon. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


"Let ourselves be seen, deeply, vulnerably... Practice gratitude and joy in moments of terror.
To feel this vulnerable means you are alive. Believe you're enough, when we work
 from a place that we believe we're enough, we stop screaming and start listening, 
we are kinder and gentler to those around us and to ourselves."
- Brene Brown 

I came to a realisation recently that there is a real sense of vulnerability in what I do here. Despite the various images and styles I portray, ironically there is a face with The Faceless Style. People tend to be chameleons in life (to various degrees). We present a different side of ourselves, visually and mentally, depending on who we are interacting with, whether that be our parents, our siblings, our friends or our bosses. The real vulnerability here is this, there is nothing for me to hide behind. You read these honest words as I have typed them, and you see these photos as I have placed them here, the same ones seen by my parents, my parents' friends, my siblings, my siblings' friends, my friends, and so forth.

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