Of all the words I could use to describe myself, “sentimental” has never been one of them. I’ve always been quick to get rid of things in my home and closet that are no longer useful, regardless of any memories that may be tied to them. It generally doesn’t take much for me to detach to objects or places, because I tend to feel like everything is temporary anyway.
So it definitely came as a surprise to me when I found myself feeling just that way when I returned to Tai Ping Shan street in Sheung Wan during our recent trip to Hong Kong. If you’ve been a reader of the blog for a few years, you may find this scene a little familiar. The last time I posted from here was actually nearly three years ago. Back then, I fell in love with this quieter part of the busy city, where the old and new meet, where boutiques, art galleries, and coffee shops are nestled among the seemingly ancient buildings with rusty metal and peeling paint.
Here’s what I’ve realized: there’s something about visiting a foreign place several years apart that makes you reflect on how things have changed since the last time — no, not just with the location, but also in yourself. And stepping foot on Tai Ping Shan Street this time got me thinking about just that. Other than the obvious changes in my style and appearance, my life was in a totally different place back then: blogging was my only means of income, I was single and truly appreciating it, and for the first time in my life I really felt like I was just starting to find my purpose. It was a good, albeit tumultuous year.
Fast forward to 2017, and life now is nothing like I would have imagined back then. These days, I’m working full time at a church, editing my wardrobe and exploring what it looks like to enjoy style ethically, and — perhaps most surprisingly — I’m married to someone who I hadn’t even connected with again the last time I was there (long story but we were old friends that ran into each other after 7 years!). Getting to come back to this special neighbourhood with my husband and showing it to him was so meaningful, and it made me incredibly grateful.
I don’t know exactly why I wanted to post about this, but if you happen to be in a time of hardship or change, take heart! What a difference even just one year, one day can make. Have a great weekend!
Tee | Joe Fresh, 3 years old (for a thick, quality silk that’s ethically made, this Cuyana one is the best!)
Vest | ALLSAINTS (decided to get this vest shortened for more versatile wear)
Skirt | Aritzia
Sandals | Sole Society, 3 years old (similar colourway)
Sunglasses | Karen Walker (they also come in special fit for low nose-bridges!)
Backpack | Fjallraven
Photos by Brian Chan