Creative Direction: Cynthia Nguyen Photography by: Vincent Ko
Do you ever wonder if you’re changing for the better or worst? Or if you’re just completely static?
As of late… I feel as though I’m cycling through the same routine and in search of something exciting to shift my creative thinking. A greater surprise just might influence and shape my new work. Maybe it’s the new people I’ll encounter or an event that will challenge me to act out a different side of myself.
Throughout the last two months, I occasionally catch myself feeling apprehensive about my position in my career and point in progression for my side projects…such as this very platform you are reading my post on. I felt that these short days could use some experimentation to ease that feel of being fixed. By producing somewhat ostentatious images, I draw attention and kick things into a unique tier of interest. All the recent and audacious images you see across my Instagram and this site don’t quite project my humbling experiences. But who cares?— it’s not as if I’m trying to get the entire world to know me for all my good deeds. As cliche as it sounds, I genuinely enjoy treating my feed as a canvas and I’m the big-headed genius behind it all.
People come to my page to view my direction as well as my friends’ awesome photography…also not to forget, to read all the kinds of nonsense I tend to write that follows after I’ve arrange the photos for my articles. No one has to know the part where I got stung by a wasp while Vincent captured these photos of me. Whoops.
Secretly and subjectively, I get a thrill out of “challenging” other people in the realm of curated content plastered all over social. That thrill is what you could also interpret as “motivation” and small bits of entertainment. That keeps me busy. The work on my feed and site has given me an assailable lead by being my own artist behind all the creative projects I take on. For fun and for a bigger portfolio book on the evenings and weekends. This millennial is better off marrying her job than a man in this city. The surface may appear different but I’m still that tenderhearted lady with that obnoxious laugh. This is for folks who are familiar with my outlandish way of displaying extreme happiness.
Below: At Lavelle, Pork Belly Benedict (front) and Cocoa Nib Waffle. (back)
“We can think in our minds and reinforce positive thought all we want, but our actions will dictate whether our circumstances change from bad to good. What are we going to do about it? I can want something with all of my heart and mix that desire with faith, but unless my actions provide the fuel for the engine, I remain in the same spot.” Christopher Connors
Theory striped button-down shirt (Similar here)
Thrifted satin navy pants (Similar here and here)
Yves Saint Laurent nude wrap Strap block heels (Similar here)
Banana Republic mini zip crossbody
Le Chateau gold drop earring
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A thought that crossed my mind while looking through the window from within the TTC streetcar down King St. (how cinematic) was… where would my life be if I wasn’t in the creative field doing all the things I love and exercise on the daily? If I was in a cube doing accounting for the next 40 years of my life, could I do it? Not to say I’m bashing on them accountants— if anything I give them mad props for being able to focus in and pull that all off. But it’s just not what I’m capable of doing. But yes, let’s say I’m very fortunate to be a creative. To be in a super supportive industry where people leverage, provided and motivate one another. The growth of success is exponential and astronomical when you least expect it. You can also visually see the support from other fellow creatives.
On another note, I’m also very fortunate to be in a place where creative is in demand and is appreciated. The most powerful part about any creative output not only depends on creative input… but the most important contributor that leads to appreciation is stemmed from how we are wired and how we perceive things. The way we structure and understand these experiences. To make something new doesn’t necessarily have to be totally new but can be also familiar. Just like music, when you break it down to the bare backbones.. all those notes are found from repetition. Those catchy beats I tell you! What looks good is because we are informed what is good or trendy…or tasteful. Which leads me to my next question, what is luxury and why “luxury”? TBC.
Well, well, well, look what we have here. Little o’ me actually making it out in public in blue jeans. How casual. What’s the twist? I also made it out alive without any penalties from HR wearing this crop top to work with the jeans as well.
Because honestly… I wore a white blazer. A nice touch of ‘I’m actually super professional’ to my look. Agree? It’s not an accident I wore more white to make the look more elevated and suitable for the day time. I swear, I don’t normally or genuinely enjoy wearing jeans because I find them too casual for me. So… I’m finding more way to put my blue jeans to use. Especially these mom jeans and wide leg jeans I just recently purchased.
What do you like to wear with your blue jeans, m’dear?
When the season gives you hot days…what do you do? Well, I like to slip into something easy, chic and visibly adorable. Or what I like to call a little white dress. I can’t even count how many little white dresses I own up to date..at least 7 of them. For those who have opened up the right half of my closet and are blinded by the number of white pieces I own– at least half are dresses and a quarter are dress shirts and tops.
Not that I have a problem against wearing shorts and tanks, but I feel that I personally can only run out in the pair if I’m actually going for a run. That being said, it takes longer for me to find two pieces that go together as oppose to slipping into one piece. Which is why owning a few white dresses for me works for me. Perfect for those work days at the office, summer date or brunch with your ladies and gents.
I’ve compiled a list below to my little white dress picks! The majority are also on sale.
What’s your go-to piece for the summer? Let me know!
Where there are days where I am feel like dressing up in all white or others where I’m head to toe in monochromatic tones.. there are also those spurts of time where I can’t help myself but wear bold colours. Aside from my soft palette and neutral wardrobe, I have the tendency to purchase bright-coloured, eccentric pieces and am only able to wear them a few times since it seems to catch everyones eyes. But these are the pieces that make your wardrobe unique!
I decided to pair my green Banana Republic Sloan-fit ankle pants in a bright green with these super fun watermelon heels by Sophia Webster. One of two of my favourite shoe designers, the other one being Charlotte Olympia! Sophia Webster has won my heart with her designs a while back with the release of her Rikos and Milas heels before she did a collaboration with J. Crew. Next on the list are the Coco Flamingo Pumps. Sooo wedding appropriate right? Kept it casual with a knit crop top and chicken cutlets for the backless design. And then we’re off to the races! I mean…. for pink lemonade and Matcha green tea ice cream!