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Flirt with Do What You Love Without Hesitation

24 Jun

Been busy building my fashion label and I must say, it has been very educational. Fashion is not always about the glam and glitz that one see on the glossy covers of VOGUE, there’s so much that one has to deal with . It’s almost like an entrance test.. to see if you’ve got what it takes to jump on this , perhaps, erratic course.

I believe the main thing is to stay true to yourself and go forth with what drives you. I won’t say I’m 100% confident that people are receptive of my designs or my style judgement but I definitely wear ’em loud and proud.

And if things just don’t go as plan, at least I know how it all works..I could perhaps aim to be a fashion buyer , stylist etc..  I’ve encountered many which  got me puzzled, in my head thinking “seriously, you’re a stylist..  a buyer? I mean, come on… its H&M , not HDM.. even my somewhat-fashion ignorant-boyfriend knows that”

With all that, I continue to live by this quote (with the help of Paul Smith)

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Flirt with communicating with a designer

18 Jul

Story goes :

Shannon (the secretary) lost her cat and asked David (the graphic designer) to help with a lost poster. This is their email correspondence:
(Read from top to bottom)

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From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.15am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Poster

Hi
I opened the screen door yesterday and my cat got out and has been missing since then so I was wondering if you are not to busy you could make a poster for me. It has to be A4 and I will photocopy it and put it around my suburb this afternoon.

This is the only photo of her I have she answers to the name Missy and is black and white and about 8 months old. missing on Harper street and my phone number.
Thanks Shan.

From:David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.26am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
That is shocking news.
Although I have two clients expecting completed work this afternoon, I will, of course, drop everything and do whatever it takes to facilitate the speedy return of Missy.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.37am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Poster

yeah ok thanks. I know you dont like cats but I am really worried about mine. I have to leave at 1pm today.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.17am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
I never said I don’t like cats. Attached poster as requested.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.24am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah thats not what I was looking for at all. it looks like a movie and how come the photo of Missy is so small?

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.28am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
It’s a design thing. The cat is lost in the negative space.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.33am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Thats just stupid. Can you do it properly please? I am extremely emotional over this and was up all night in tears. you seem to think it is funny. Can you make the photo bigger please and fix the text and do it in colour please. Thanks.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.46am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
Having worked with designers for a few years now, I would have assumed you understood, despite our vague suggestions otherwise, we do not welcome constructive criticism. I don’t come downstairs and tell you how to send text messages, log onto Facebook and look out of the window. I have amended and attached the poster as per your instructions.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.59am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

This is worse than the other one. can you make it so it shows the whole photo of Missy and delete the stupid text that says missing missy off it? I just want it to say Lost.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.14am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.21am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah can you do the poster or not? I just want a photo and the word lost and the telephone number and when and where she was lost and her name. Not like a movie poster or anything stupid. I have to leave early today. If it was your cat I would help you. Thanks.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.32am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Awww

Dear Shannon,
I don’t have a cat. I once agreed to look after a friend’s cat for a week but after he dropped it off at my apartment and explained the concept of kitty litter. I have attached the amended version of your poster as per your detailed instructions.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.47am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Awww

Thats not my cat. where did you get that picture from? That cat is orange. I gave you a photo of my cat.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.58am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Awww

I know, but that one is cute. As Missy has quite possibly met any one of several violent ends, it is possible you might get a better cat out of this. If anybody calls and says “I haven’t seen your orange cat but I did find a black and white one with its hind legs run over by a car, do you want it?” you can politely decline and save yourself a costly veterinarian bill.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.07pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Please just use the photo I gave you.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.22pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.34pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

I didnt say there was a reward. I dont have $2000 dollars. What did you even put that there for? Apart from that it is perfect can you please remove the reward bit. Thanks Shan.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.42pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.51pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Can you just please take the reward bit off altogether? I have to leave in ten minutes and I still have to make photocopies of it.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.56pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 1.03pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Fine. That will have to do.

Flirt with the Hipster Fashion Cycle

4 Jul

I think we can all relate to that.

Chart from Flavorwire

Flirt with a Good Cobbler

4 Jul

Finding someone who offers fantastic service is a true blessing from heaven..especially when it involves one of my favourite things.. SHOES!

Not really a big fan of reviews (especially since I’m an SEO myself, I know a thing or two about reviews..heh), but I did checked out Vogue Forum to look at some recommendations on cobblers.

REKARIS SHOES & REPAIRS










I didn’t even know some of the services that they offered actually exist like new heels fashioned, colouring of shoes and handbags for weddings and special occasions.

Embroidered Boots made in Turkey. Got it from Soho, NY

After 2 years, I finally brought my embroidered boots that got stuck at the zipper to get it fixed.

(Left) without the flap, (Right) with the flap

The cobbler told me that the trick was to cut the extra leather flap inside and that’s the common cause for stucked zippers. The flap’s purpose is to act as a wind breaker but I think we can all agree that it’s unlikely to have a profound effect for shoes.

Great service and great people with high spirits. You can see they are enthusiastic about their works.I am so gonna bring all my shoes there to get them fixed and cared.

Oh, did I also mentioned that I got the boot fixed F.O.C :p


Flirt with The Unfortunate Drop of an iPhone

4 Jul

This is what happens when your iPhone went flying out from your pocket while running in between train platforms during a morning rush hour

at least it's still working

Now I really want that iPhone 4!

Flirt with a stranger on the train 2

24 Jun

It’s nothing like the first one this time around. As I grew older, I realize I become more paranoid. I guess its understandable now why aunties makcik nenek always tend to hug their bags or their possession close to them whenever they are out, and freak when some stranger merely glide pass and unknowingly be in contact with them.

I left work early today. My carriage was almost empty, it was just me and this other chick. As I was about to isolate myself from the surroundings and into my Puzzle Quest world, that chick came right at me and

“Hey.. could I borrow your phone to call my mom to let her know where I am. I lost my phone 3 days ago”

*Gasp!!* Wasn’t trying to be judgmental but dodgy thoughts came waving into my mind.

1) She looks dodgy

2) She’s got scratches and stuff on her hands (constantly get into fights?)

3) What if she runs outta train with my phone when we reach the next station

But then I thought, hmm maybe it’s not such a bad idea if she stole my phone. Then I can make a report and file for a claim (my phone’s insured). But then I thought again, I really want my sim card though. It’ll be such a bitch to have to get another one.

All these self conflict thoughts happened in seconds and I then hand over my phone to her.

“Oh.that’s a nice bag you got there”

(Stresss… that’s what they usually do. They try to be friendly with you and get you distracted and then RUN)

She had the phone on her ear for quite awhile and mentioned that she couldn’t get through.

“What’s the next stop?”

(This is getting way to dodgy, she must be pretending not being able to get the line while waiting for her stop and then RUN)

So I decided to check if she was really making a call by saying that the phone line’s been acting weird lately and I took the phone from her just to check the network. Yups, she did make the call.  *phew*

“Maybe I should try texting”

Her texting lasted for 5 stations!! and I’m beginning to feel more and more uncalm by this.

“This is actuallly quite a cool phone.. I like it.. maybe I should get one too”

(AAAAAAHHHHHHHHH..she’s so gonnna make a run for it)

“Oh msg sent through.. ok thanks!” passes phone back to me.

-____-|||

I couldn’t help but check what she sent..hehehe

So much for having to call her mom… ‘my boy’

Flirt with losing your head

21 Jun

Losing your head

Flirt with my Domo lookin’ heels

20 Jun

Top: ing. of Causeway Bay Mall

Leggings: Graniph Online

Bracelet: MARNI

Heels: MARNI

Ropes: Sportsgirl

Absolutely love these ‘double monster face’ heels, got it half price from Japan 😀

When I first saw it, kinda reminds me of Domo Monster (^o^)

I bump into Domo-kun at Hakone while he was doing a commercial shoot. Was quite random especially when its at a quaint town and out of nowhere there’s this big brown thing. Shooo cute!!

A very excited Domo-kun

Flirt with a stranger on the train

18 Jun

I did not literally flirt with a stranger but did chat with one. As usual, I missed my train by a split second and was sitting at the bench for the dreadful 15 mins wait. I was too engrossed in my iphone game that I didn’t realize a dog came sniffing around my leg. Her name was Kleo  – like Cleopatra but with a ‘K’, says the owner. And his, was Justin, which was revealed much later during the conversation.

Justin: You’re aren’t afraid of dogs? are you

Me: Nopes!! *starts patting and ‘molesting’ her body*

Kleo reminded me of Henrietta aka ‘Henry’, which is Steph and Craig’s dog. I babysat her once when Steph went for her Alicia Keys’ concert, and O.M.G is she one strong bitch. Good thing Pinky lionel was there to help.

I even tried to drag her while she was pooping in the park because a raccoon suddenly showed up and if you watch Family Guy, you’ll know what raccoons can do.

Justin: Hey Kleo.. you want some meat?

*digs his backpack for a bag of meat*

It’s like those corned beef that you get over the meat counter by weight.

Being a typical girly girl, I started aww-ing and saying words of praise on what an obedient dog Kleo was. (if only Coco could have some of that -__-)

Justin: *sniffs* Oh my Kleo, looks like I’ve to brush your teeth tonight…. you kinda smell like…. alcohol

Me: oh….em..that would be me *SHY!!!!*

It’s friday! and I had my first ‘drinkin’ in the office on a friday’ experience. You know you’re in the right working place when everyone drinks your favourite beer 😀

*Train finally arrives*

Justin: Well, it was nice meeting you..here Kleo, say bye to this lovely girl

I hop on the train, looking for the seat with the pile of mX to see what nonsensical news thats in store for today.

30 seconds later…

Justin: We’ve decided to join you

and thats when he finally introduced himself…

Agenda

His car broke down and have to take the train. The car was actually from hire and he got it because he need to travel somewhere for his exams. Studies in VU

Background

His family are or used to be the largest shoes manufacturer for Myer. He himself owns 12-15 pairs and grew up with shoes. Did not mentioned any brand names.

His dad and uncle are  one of the top 10 marketers in Aussie. They started 13 magazines (he mentioned that they did it in their 30s and now they are in their 60s making that 30 years ago?), and 11 of those magazines still exist. Mentioned BRW and Chamber Commerce as one of them.

Lives in South Yarra and have another big (yes, he mentioned this word) house in Prahran

Situation Analysis

Took a break from working and decided to go back studying. He had worked as a stone mason, own night clubs, advertising, IT and medical receptionist. During his high school days, he scored ‘###’ for maths and science, making him one of the smartest kid in Aus. At 16, he was a marketing pioneer.

He started Australia’s first dance party called ‘Earth Call’ sometime during 1994-1996. His night club business with one of his friend had a return on investment of $20 million each. That friend was a Thai Prince named ‘something something sing’ but died in the 90s.

Being a Prince, he only learned how to boil an egg when he was 21. Justin mentioned that his family is in the royal line as well with 3 generations of royalty but his family chose not to show it. Plus, he wants to be independent and not wait till he’s 21 to only know how to boil an egg.


Current Progress

He’s under a medication that sounded like ‘Clamax’, which is to stop smoking. Side effects: memory loss. He mentioned that the medication had affected his study as he used to score 98-100 marks but is only able to achieve 94 now.

I enquired about the treatment and he explained that the medication helps you stop smoking by closing up the 4 brain receptors and will cause head pains if you smoke half a stick. It sounds like the Clockwork Orange and he reacted in a ‘No No, I’m not insane.’

Clockwork Orange is a film by Stanley Kubrick. The film shows the use of the Ludovico technique, which is a form of aversion therapy. The violent patient will be given a drug that induces extreme nausea while being strapped into a seat, forced to watch graphically violent films for two weeks. By the end of the treatment, the patient will experience nausea every time he conduct or encounter violence.”

He planned to continue this medication for the next 2 weeks but in smaller doses. He will use the razor knife to cut it into half.

He also showed me his chipped front tooth and is currently waiting for a family friend to come back to fix it for him because its cheaper.

Objectives

Believes that one can either be a rich guy poor guy, or a poor guy rich guy. He chose the latter.

Findings

He found a sapphire the other day and it got offered USD150k. I enquired about how he found it and he say ‘I just dreamt about it. I’m good with this kinda stuff.’ He also has a collection of rubies and opals.

He mentioned that his grandfather also has such talent and left 3 huge (he repeatedly demonstrate the size) emeralds.

Unfortunately, he couldn’t find the emeralds because his grandfather hid them.

Appendix

Figure 1. An impression on how Justin looks like

Flirt with what a blur day!

17 Jun

Today, was a lil’ unusual then before. I wasn’t sure if it was because the sun came up too early or that the train was actually on time. I felt more tired than usual despite having more than ample amount of sleep. I wore glasses to work.

It was a rather slow and uninteresting morning with no harassment from the clients.

*sms came in*

I received an essay length sms from ynnii on her adventure with the flood. Out of nowhere, wild storms strike upon my office building and our ceiling lights flickered simultaneously with every lash from the wind. The storm was so bad that someone actually got killed.

Seems like the storm somewhat affected the balance of the environment and my slow morning doesn’t seem so slow anymore.

My series of blur-ness

1) thought that I successfully created an automated network page by myself and proudly sent an e-mail to the whole company informing them the new available page only to find out that I screwed up somewhere in step 4 or 5. Result to not able to have my ‘manhattan chic’ lunch with miss vanity and dudes. More like, I didn’t even have lunch

2) accidentally closed the excel sheet instead of the word document resulting to my 7 hours of work somewhat gone.I did not Ctrl + S

3) missed my stop on the tram because my head was somewhere in between ‘what to cook for dinner’ and ‘should I do my laundry tonight’

but the worst of all…. was this!!!

I actually left my house keys at my door this morning. Thank god someone was opening the main door when I got there. I won’t want to pay another $250 again for calling the locksmith.

I think I need a drink!