How I buy, layer & store my jewellery

I’m picky when it comes to jewellery and to make matters worse, my skin hates fakes. My earlobes can’t last half an hour in non-sterling. A confirmation that the luxury life chose me. (Ha I’m kidding, I wish).

I come armed (heh get it?) with Jewellery from Muru — a British brand that I would love for you to meet.

Muru is a London-based, designer jewellery brand. Each piece is unparalleled and reflects an aspiration such as love, protection or positivity. Real carats of high-quality silver and gold ensure no allergic reactions (tried and tested — Wong approved).

How to buy jewellery

I love jewellery with meaning — pieces that carry stories. One of my fondest memories are feeding elephants, and I have a nelly pendent from the Cambodian night market to remember that moment. The aim is to build a collection that lives with you for a long time. Look for connection, sparkle, and flaws that won’t annoy you later. I feel naked without my signature jewellery!

Focus on peculiar (this is different for everyone) shaped pendants, that has vibrant colour and tone. Don’t just buy into something because it’s a trend – if it doesn’t feel like you, then it’s not for you. I love symbolic charms; they’re a way of making pieces personal. Go with your first instinct and don’t second guess yourself.

Everyone has different affiliations with jewellery. It’s personal taste, and it’s perfectly fine to grow out of a piece too!

Layering

More often than not, you’ll get compliments on your jewellery, rather than your outfit. I’ve grown to realise how much difference it makes to your overall anaesthetic in terms of style.

I like to layer my dainty jewellery. When you stack and continue to add to your favourites over the years, you’ll see they all end up working together.

I tend to buy a long chain piece like this (16-18″) silver moon necklace to curve the frame for the second piece. For this look, I’ve layered with the (16″) shorter Gold Aphrodite Coin necklace underneath. Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s a sin to wear gold and silver at the same time; this should be thrown out of the rulebook when it comes to light jewellery.

I love a bit of matchy-matchy, and I picked this bracelet because I’m fascinated by the moon. Muru’s one represents ‘female influence’, and the coin represents love, so I feel like I’ve got a winning combination here.

Storage

I get my storage inspiration from the Japanese way of living. I read Marie Kondo’s book and wanted to embrace a system whereby I don’t have any excess items. I occasionally do an audit and sell off the things I haven’t worn in a year. As a lady on the go, I wanted the ease and accessibility. I did have a dangling jewellery stand at one point, but I found that it took up too much room on my desk.

I keep my jewellery neatly stored in my Muji tray, which I swear by as the best way to keep them maintained. I have my everyday essentials stored in a cushioned tray and the bulkier ones stored separately underneath.

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A quick note before you dash off, I wanted to let you know that I’ve been taking a break from my little space on the internet. It’s been a (finally) fortunate summer for East Asian models which I’ll write about soon. But, I hope I didn’t I miss much?

If I did, feel free to comment below. I would love to hear from you. What have you been up to?

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Black Friday & Cyber Week 2018

It’s that time of year my friends.

Avoid fights with strangers, slip into your PJ’s and shop like a pro with my Black Friday roundup.

I’m going to include everything all in one place so come and back visit, I’ll be updating this page with new codes throughout Cyber Week.

In the spirit of my outfit, *roar* here are my best Black Friday Deals 2018

The big all-rounders

Selfridges 20% off code: SELFCCE

Amazon Black Friday Deals

eBay Daily Hot Deals: 8am, 12pm, 4pm, 8pm

Very up to 50% off

House of Fraser Up to 60% off

Debenhams Half price Boots and 40% off Knitwear & Watches

John Lewis Price Match

Argos Technology deals

Currys Black Tag event

Fashion

Mango Use code BLACK18% for 30% off

H&M Up to 50% off

Net A Porter You have to sign up to get their private sale

ASOS up to 60% off sale

Topshop up to 50% off

Nike 30% off edit changing daily with code Clear30

MyTheresa Extra 30% off Sale category

Luisa Via Roma UK & EU 30% off £300/€300+ spend with code RS1130 (full-price items only)

French Connection up to 50% off

Karen Millen 25% off everything

Urban Outfitters Sale

L.K.Bennett 25% off everything with code FRIDAY25

Reiss 15% off full price

Sweaty Betty UK Offering 25% off with the code ‘cheers

Missguided 20% sitewide Code: DROPPIN

Boohoo 50% off sitewide

Office 20% off with code GLITTER (Includes UGG boots, Nike, Timberlands, etc!)

Shein UK 30% Off Everything with BLACKALL

Pandora spend £125 or more and receive a limited edition sterling silver bangle

Monica Vinader 30% off everything

Beauty

Charlotte Tilbury Up to 50% off selected lines with new promotions every day

Cult Beauty up to 40% off

Feel Unique up to 30% off

Look Fantastic use code hurry for 15% off

MAC 20% off and a free lipstick when you spend £45 with code BLACKFRIDAY20

Bobbi Brown 20% off and full size smokey eye mascara when you spend £65 or more with code SHOPANDGLOW

Space NK Receive a free full size beauty gift of your choice when you spend £50+

Travel, Home & Experience Days

Heals up to 30% off

Homebase (there’s a cheap hot tub!)

Etsy (I got a great chunky yarn from here last year, various independent sellers have their sales on)

Oliver Bonas Enjoy 25% off selected fashion, accessories, homeware and gifts

Paperchase (30% off everything!)

Aspinal of London
Exclusive 15% off gifts using code GIFT15

WHSmith (£5 off when you spend £20 use code black18)

Groupon – Daily Deals

TUI Holidays (use code BF100 for short haul and BF150 for long haul)

Thomas Cook (use code WINTER)

I know you’re desperate to run away from all this Black Friday madness, check flights in the RyanAir Cyber Sale

If you’ve got any deals to share or have any requests, please comment below!

Location: The Land of Black Friday

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Meeting my idol(!) & the power of makeup

 

  

Who is your role model? Perhaps it’s a celebrity, family member, or friend who overcame adversity. It could even be yourself, or you may not believe in idols.

I think it’s wonderful to see strengths in people; to strive for better choices to become your own version of a strong, confident & positive self.

I have always admired and idolised businesswomen. One of those is Charlotte Tilbury, who built a triumphant beauty expire. I’m so pleased to announce that I MET HER (pinch me) and she’s lovely in person. She said ‘hello’ to me as soon as I came through the door (I’m unknown, like who am I?!) and without realising, she has taught me the power of communication in business.

Every day, women are gaining empowerment from the beauty market, whether it’s applying lipstick for that inch of confidence or carving a beauty career (science, tech, marketing, operations, finance, law). It’s a £14 billion pound industry.

Charlotte Tilbury inspires women to use makeup as their power, to feel luscious and bold, just like her products. I’m excited to talk to you about her new products launching soon. CT is known for their lipsticks, so I’ll introduce you to my gorgeous matte shades.

  1. Matte Revolution Lipstick in The Queen is a rosy, crown-jewel pink shade adds brightness to your complexion. Creamy yet highly pigmented, this boss babe colour stayed on my lips all day!

2. Matte Revolution Lipstick in Legendary Queen is a powerful wine colour. I feel like a vixen with this shade. It adds a splash of colour and brightens your face instantly. I do love a statement red lipstick, and this is my fave. Wear it for the occasion of the season.

3. K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in The Duchess is a delicate tea-rose pink for the sophisticated. Sumptuous and moisturising; I like this shade because it’s not too bright and creates a soft look.

All of these lovely shades also come as a trio and are sold separately (links above).

Right so, some exciting news! Charlotte has created a new product called ‘Magic Away’. It’s magic wand (concealer) that glides on your skin to appear more radiant & flawless. I would have loved to of taken you with me to see her, so I’ve attached my videos so you can watch from the comfort of your own home instead. The bad news is that the product isn’t out yet, so sign up here for launch!

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I hope you enjoyed this post. Share with me your role models & favourite shade in the comments below. I love hearing from you.

Location: Charlotte Tilbury, London

Photographer: The lovely Yogi-Photographer: Linzi Markovits

Trio | Matte Revolution Lipstick in The Queen | K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in The Duchess | Matte Revolution Lipstick in Legendary Queen

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How to master the art of not giving a sh*t

Growing up, I used to care about what people thought about me. Today, I don’t give a sh*t. And I can’t tell you how liberating it feels.

And no, this isn’t a post on how to be a total douchebag with no feelings. It’s about letting go of trivial things like feeling embarrassed about buying sanitary towels or caring about how people think we look.

This post is in collaboration with Shein, the destination for the SASSIEST fashion at INSANE prices (seriously check them). Yes, they’re from China, but I do not collaborate with brands that I do not believe in. I’m aware that there are some dodgy international sites whereby they send you a cheap piece of material; I checked these guys for the quality of clothing and for the price, it’s decent. Tip: do check the reviews underneath each product for fit! For 13% off use my code:

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Stripe Cami Set here & Bag (use code thewongblog13 for 13% off) | Hair by Live Tru London

Right, let’s jump to it.

Learn where to dedicate your cares

When we care about what everyone thinks, we give our control and emphasis to other people, and then we end up feeling entitled to feel comfortable at all times, which isn’t ideal because life isn’t all roses 24/7. Reserve your cares for what matters. Only take actions if you want to, not because someone else wants you to.

Embrace Rejection

I wish someone told me earlier that the only way to achieve your goals is to become comfortable with rejection. I know how much it sucks when you want something so much and not end up getting it. But, you know what? I’ve always ended up with something better later, and I genuinely believe that’s your life-path steering you. Those who are confident in business are successful because they’re content with failure. Have you noticed that the people who don’t care about failure or embarrassing themselves are the ones who seem to get more opportunities? That’s because they are the ones who take more risks. They know what’s more important than their pride. I’ll leave you with this quote, ‘you lose 100% of the chances you don’t take’.

Know your worth

Self-worth is a topic that I write about a lot. Having good relationships with people starts with having a healthy relationship with yourself. If you know your worth, you won’t care about how people perceive you. I wrote about my journey to confidence here.

Closing

No matter how fabulous your life is, you’re always going to encounter struggle, but it’s how you react that makes the difference.

Location: Old Town, Mykonos

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‘Blogging isn’t a real job’

‘Blogging isn’t a real job.’

A brave statement from an old colleague. They proceeded to tell me that they ‘work’, whereas I, ‘just blog.’ Coincidently, I’ve heard a lot of this ‘get a real job’ malarky recently.

Okay, so, from the face of it, it probably looks like: I wake up when I want, lounge in my pants, take pictures of myself, fly to endless holidays and then write an article whenever it takes my fancy. I report to no one but myself, and I’m probably vain, loving myself too much as I took it upon myself to choose this path.

To be transparent with you, growing up, I never aspired to become a ‘social media person.’. I grew up in traditional Asian culture; which means that unless you want to be ostracised, your career options are restricted to medicine, law or finance. Blogging has become a commercially viable business, and I have fallen head over heels in love with my uplifting little community. I wake up every morning doing what I love, so isn’t my choice a no-brainer?

This post is dedicated to my fellow bloggers, who I wholeheartedly support.

You ready?

Many successful bloggers were in senior roles before blogging

I was in a so-called ‘real job’ in Digital Marketing for five years before taking the plunge to start my own business. To blow my own trumpet, by the age of 22, I was managing eleven clients. By the age of 26, I managed multi-million pound budgets. At present, I’m so fortunate to be able to do this three months a year, part-time, as a consultant. Stating on her Instagram that that blogging ‘fulfils her even more’, Pilot Madeleine trained as a pilot but couldn’t find a job so her ridiculously dreamy travel blog was born. Margaret Zhang juggled blogging with her law degree before becoming one of the most successful Australian style bloggers today. British babe InTheFrow studied for her PhD and was a university lecturer before becoming one of the top lifestyle YouTubers. I met Cyran, from Corporate Style Story, who is a lawyer by day and a blogging bad-ass with the wardrobe to match. She’s smart, so lovely & I’m always so thrilled to meet powerful women who are passionate about what they do. Karla Itsines and The Body Coach were personal trainers, and now they’re worth millions, thanks to their fitness apps & snappy viral videos.

Freelancing is very time-consuming.

Want to see my average day when I’m not in my consultant job?

Here’s an example of a loose chicken running around:

8-9am: eat breakfast (usually tea, orange juice, scrambled egg sandwich or avocado toast or crumpets). Open PR mail. Answer flagged emails. Check Twitter.

10am: Print & pack for eBay (usually 10+ parcels depending on trade). Leave for Post Office once complete.

10-11am: Respond to Instagram comments on the bus/tube (usually 30+ I try & respond to everyone).

11:30am: Arrive at the coffee shop. Answer brand collab emails, write up & send invoices, update my calendar & continue current blog post.

2pm: Eat lunch (usually burrito, pasta or Pho but I don’t discriminate, I love all food).

3pm: If I have a Model casting, leave for central London, otherwise, I stay in the coffee shop.

4pm: Leave an hour slot open for a phone call with a PR agency, Model Agency, pitch or brand.

6pm: Coffee Shop kicks me out or I leave my audition.

7.15pm: Cheerleading, Barre, Yoga or Gym (I become so stressed without at least one fitness related session a week).

9.15pm: Grab dinner & head home.

10.30pm: Eat dinner & edit images, rehearse lines for any commercial auditions or watch TV.

1am: Sleep

A modelling job or press event can take a full or half day and throws this schedule off.

You don’t just wake up and make money from a business

Blogging has the reputation that it’s easy because you don’t have to go through a lengthy interview process to become a blogger; everyone can start a blog. In reality, these are the skills you need to form a successful, profit-making blog:

– Writing
– Website Management
– HTML
– Photography
– Photoshop
– Design
– Innovation
– Sales Negotiation
– Marketing
– Social Media
– Research
– Data Analysis
– SEO
– Networking
– Budget Management

I didn’t make any money during my first two years; this is the standard. I had to purchase, set-up and manage my domain, find a cracking web-template, liaise with clients & PR agencies and look after my lovely followers. Regardless of whether it’s working from home, in an office or opening a physical store, there is no way that you can create a successful business if you don’t graft. This applies to ALL businesses. The majority of blogs don’t make any income because it takes so long to earn a penny. If you want to be taken seriously and make a full-time salary from blogging, you have to work damn hard.

Bloggers pay taxes & Influencers have made millions

Blogging is a self-employed job. Self-Assesment tax returns are a tedious and lengthy process. As Bloggers can earn a decent salary, it makes sense that the government has made it mandatory to make us pay tax on it. It’s isn’t impossible to make millions from a blog. I mean, if you could quit your ‘real job’ with an average salary to become financially comfortable, you just would, wouldn’t you?!

 

Change is happening

I genuinely think that there are many inspirational blogs out there who don’t get the credit that they deserve.

The comments I’ve seen are that we’re living in a generation of narcissistic, entitled, ego-centric & social-media-addicted youths. While that may be true of some people, you cannot paint everyone with the same brush.

There will be so many people who have the potential to be doing what they love but instead, are working in a job that they hate because society tells us that we should be working for a corporation. Let’s face facts here; print is dying & digital is on the up (this is why big advertisers have budgets dedicated to influencers), sadly, not everyone has decided to accept this change, so the insecure online trolls criticise people who are making money out of non-traditional careers.

Not everyone is suited to this lifestyle because there’s no stability. You have to be smart.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject. Are you creative and your friends keep dismissing your job? I want to hear from you.

P.S these images are from an old shoot whereby I didn’t have a relevant blog post, but I felt this set was well suited. I love the vintage imagery, don’t you agree?

Location: Sheffield, UK

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Credits:
Styling and props: Natalie Armin
Photographer: Craig Flemming
Make Up: Laura Gingell

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