I have come to a stage in life where I want to stretch the boundaries as much as possible. I want to experiment, to be proactive and to radiate energy. I would like to find similar people to spread the feeling, or at least inspire these feelings in other people. Photographs of people who are themselves: wholly incomplete and complete. Beautifully imperfect, but inspired and living life. Viva viva viva is the next phase. I can feel it. —E

[Photo by Emma]


Girls love tackies

(For any international readers, "tackies" are trainers or running shoes.)


Eyes down, eyes closed

Film. Photography that cannot be tampered with, or rather that looks tampered with if it is. It’s a risky form of photo taking: the process is expensive, and results uncertain. Film forces the photographer to be patient, to choose the opportune moment, and to have faith in their skill to produce a vividly coloured photo that will be as they want it to be.

But reality is rarely perfect, and although all was set up for perfection, that second fatal click captured a moment which would be deleted in a heartbeat on a digital camera. Why not keep the image? It is a moment captured all the same. I remember the camera clicking at that moment. I remember what I was feeling that day. And I remember what I was thinking at that minute—please don't capture me with my eyes closed! And here she is: the photograph, unaltered. Its beauty lies in its imperfection. Airbrushing may smooth out the "imperfections" of an image, but it twists reality. Will the turquoise of this top and the copper-red of this button bag, or the my feelings on this day be altered by closed eyes? Why do we take pictures? To give people what’s there or what they wish was there? Eyes down, eyes closed—the photograph does my feelings justice. —E



Lately I've been keeping an eye out for stylish friends; there's something about the way they pose together that I really like (see how their body language matches?). These two were hanging out in one of Phuket Town's cuter coffee shops; they said they often wear complimentary outfits. Shout out to Mikey for interpreting! —M




Style Review: JJ

JJ is one of my good friends from high school, and I'm so pleased that we finally had a chance to take some pictures together. On an island where boardshorts and flip-flops reign, his outfits are always immaculate. We shot these in Phuket Town, which is the best place to go when you need a little cultured beauty, rather than tourists and beaches. There are so many examples of really fine Sino-Portuguese architecture, which seemed appropriate because JJ's Chinese roots in Phuket stretch back several generations. Thank you, JJ! —M



Who is your greatest style inspiration?
Both my parents have always been somewhat impeccable dressers and certainly my greatest style inspirations throughout my life. As Chinese descendents, they were raised in an era where casual clothing was frowned upon and dressing to impress was heavily encouraged to not ‘lose face’ in front of the society and all that. Their clothes have always been carefully tailored and they have always looked well put together. I believe that amidst their hectic work schedules, sartorial discipline was embedded in every part of their lives.






These two girls were participating in a camp fashion show. My mom often use to dress me and my siblings in co-ordinating outfits; just a matter of practicality, I think. Did yours?


Style Review: Chrissy

We've just gotten back to South Africa after our working holidays in China (Emma) and Thailand (Michelle)—the next few posts will showcase a little of what we saw.

First up: Michelle's very own sister Chrissy, who works for Mary Ching Shanghai, a luxury accessories company that's changing the face of "Made in China." Follow the adventures and inspirations of the Mary Ching Girls on their highly entertaining blog, and for great Beijing street style check out Stylites.