A few people have commented that my style has gotten more streamlined, less layered, and in some cases, ‘more to their tastes’. Oh joy. Me losing the layers is getting brownie points with some people. Unfortunately this doesn’t really reassure or please me in the slightest because I feel like somehow I’m lacking a bit of ‘me’. I was pondering this the other day as I had a look through my pics and then it hit me that I hadn’t been back to Hong Kong in over a year and a half. Just to reiterate that, that is a really long time for me. Furthermore, the Japan Centre has stopped stocking all my favourite Japanese fashion magazines and the prices have been hiked up yet again. Heck, I don’t even go home as much these days to browse through my mum’s mag stash. It’s not that Hong Kong or South East Asia in general has a direct effect on my style but I’ll admit that certain style aesthetics that I’ve nurtured since my teens has something to do with those places far out east and the motherland and all. Whilst I’ve always maintained that I miss the food more than the fashion, little niggles do creep in and urges to rush to a cheap mall and buy some HKD10 tat that I can layer, style and jazz up to my heart’s content and some ‘wah-ho-cutey-ar!’ accessories to add to the outfit.
It doesn’t look like I’ll be making it back to the Fragrant Harbour until the end of this year and even then, having just checked flight prices on Virgin and nearly choking on my Vitamin Water and needing to think twice. Therefore I’ll just glance at pics from the July issue of So-En magazine, which I’m sure my local mall in Hong Kong would carry in their specialist Japanese magazine section for FAR less than whatever ppl are charging around here (NY-ers have it lucky in the Japanese/Korean mag front, from what I’ve read at Fops and Dandies). Online browsing of course is never the same as physical paper tearing and gazing but I’m hoping to find a bit of the ‘old me’ soon.