A New Reflection

Some have said  “You’ve changed…” Whether the notion is implied positively or negatively, I am happy ‘af’ because if I haven’t changed it means I haven’t tried anything new; I haven’t embraced the unknown, I haven’t engaged with people from different parts of the world to tell me and teach me about different parts of the world,  I haven’t stepped outside my comfort zone or  I haven’t experienced something challenging and daunting.

So yes, I have indeed changed. I have grown, progressed and moved from where I was a year ago, a month ago, a week ago and even a moment ago.

Many have different views on change be it in a person or in general however, it is inevitable and the way you react to it is a direct reflection of you as a person.

Here are a few rules when thinking of changing as a person.

RULES OF CHANGE 

  1. Change for yourself, for what makes you happy.
  2. Do not try to change people or let people change you.
  3. Always strive for a positive change.
  4. A haircut is as good as a change (so maybe its time to book that appointment)
  5. Be open to change but never change into something you’re not.

If you’re searching for that one person that will change your life, take a look in the mirror.

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.Socrates

Change can be scary and unpredictable, BUT a start to a new beginning.

Perception is a wave. You change as your perception of something changes because you define yourself as a reflection of whatever you happen to perceive. Frederick Lenz

As long as the change is a reflection of your true self and someone you can smile at when you look in the mirror knowing the outer appearance reflects the inner soul which is one of beauty, grace and virtue.

Always the short girl changing for the better.

Love

The 156 Supermodel

xoxo

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New Heights

FEAR. A simple four letter word that surmounts to more than it can actually withstand. When asked, “What is your greatest fear?”, the typical response is usually, I am afraid of heights.

Well, I’m also afraid of heights along with other fears but that has not stopped me from skydiving 10000 ft or standing on the tip of a 233m tower in Macau. The way I see it (besides being inherently daring and crazy), you can walk out the door and an electric bike can run you over (as reference to living in Shenzhen) or better yet you can choke on your favourite cupcake (awful I know) so you might as well surrender, look down and live in the moment.

Again I ask, What is your greatest fear?

  • Fear of the unknown, fear of not being accepted or being good enough, fear of failure! Fear leads to overthinking, worrying, anxiety, stress and it just consumes so much of your time.

With this, you have two options:

1. Let your fears control you and your state of mind by keeping you from dreaming, trying, doing and living.

2. Face and overcome your fears with an inner strength, will power and a zero f@#$s attitude.

The choice is yours. Do not let your fears decide for you.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others

Poem by Marianne Williamson 

Get the look:

Pants-Monki

Shoes- Charles & Keith

Jacket- Zara

Top- Local store in Shenzhen
Sometimes we have to jump, we have to leap and we even have to fall, because in doing so, our trying and persevering will not be in vain and we are able to get up, look forward and aim to new and even greater heights. 

Always the short girl reaching new heights

Love

The 156 Supermodel

xoxo

Big Sleeves & Breathtaking Views

Hello Supermodels

I fell off the grid for a little while and literally entered a new time zone.

It’s amazing how your life can change in an instant. For the past month, I have called Shenzhen in China my new home. Where does one even begin to tell of the escapades, stories and experiences encountered thus far on this new journey. Well to sum it up, it is absolutely crazy. I find myself having long conversations with the locals only for me to tell them in the end “Méiyǒu Chinese, I do not understand.” However, what I’ve learnt; smiling and laughing still remains a universal language. There are many challenges that come with this big move but you have to face and accept each with a positive attitude and mind set.

Recently I crossed the border  to Hong Kong for a quick visit which is literally a train ride away. I did some touristy sightseeing and the views did not disappoint. I visited Victoria’s Peak (as per the images), stood in the middle of time square, climbed 250 steps to see the Tian Tan Budha on Lantau Island, walked through Ladies Market and of course ended the night with drinks on the rooftop of Cé La Vi.

This is just a snippet of the latest 156 travels but I hope to keep you posted on my journey with thoughts and even tips if you decide to venture abroad solo.

So here’s to Big Sleeves and Breathtaking Views…


Till Next Time

Peace

The 156 Supermodel 

xoxox 

Taking Risks

Do you ever feel like you constantly playing it safe? Going through the motions but at the same time wondering about the endless possibilities. You constantly ask yourself should I, shouldn’t I? Well…

If you want it,

Go for it,

TAKE A RISK,

Don’t always play it safe or

You will die wondering.

Stefano Gabbana once said, “In life you need to take risks.” Easier said than done right? But it’s true! I have taken a few risks and have many more to still venture on but what I have learnt thus far is that (1) you should never fret over your decision and where it is ultimately going to take you and (2) you should never look back at your past because it will only discourage you as you try to convince yourself  that it was easier then but in fact you were merely stuck in a comfort zone and content. This notion is applicable to your career, relationships and everything that influences your happiness and life. However, be mindful that taking any risk requires consideration, some calculation and definite commitment. With this, the first step is now, thereafter you will be further than you were before, and closer to the next great thing.

Here’s to risking it , while dressing inappropriately risqué!

The biggest risk is not taking any risks. Mark Zuckerberg

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. Jim Rohn 

If you risk nothing, then you risk everything.  Geena Davis

Do one thing every day that scares you. Eleanor Roosevelt

You need to risk, you need to dare to risk and fail greatly because that is the only way you grow. Emilio Estevez

GET THE LOOK:

Black and White Jacket – Zara

Distressed Denims-  GUESS

Black Ankle Boots- Zara

Fishnet Tights-  Foschini

Black Crop Crew Top- The Hub

You have to Risk it to get the Biscuit.

Till Next Time 

Love 

The 156 Supermodel 

xoxo

P.S. Images taken by Indigo Child Productions 

Decide, Declutter and Wear Denim

Heya Supermodels

The first leaves of autumn have fallen which means it’s officially sweater weather. Personally, I think autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons with warm hues of leaves swirling in the wind, eventually settling in a heap on the side of the road. With every season one sees change and one experiences change which can be scary at times. However one needs to realize that change is inevitable and eventually all the leaves will fall.

With this, think of the new season as an opportunity to make decisions, declutter and if you’re in doubt return to the basics and wear denim.

1. DECIDE 

Decide what it is you want.

Decide what makes you happy.

And never let fear decide your future.

Easier said than done, right! But the fact of the matter is by not deciding you have still made a decision. You are in control of your life and definitely your outfit of the day so you might as well decide, be merry and not give a damn about what people have to say.

2. DECLUTTER 

Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions-Barbara Hemphill

Yes, it officially time to get rid of those tees and sweaters at the back of the wardrobe that has become crop tops not because it’s in fashion but because your mom bought it for you in the 7th grade. However, decluttering not only refers to the tangible stuff but also old ideas, bad habits and questionable relationships. It’s time to make space for new and for you.

 3. DENIM

When in doubt, wear denim

Likewise when you’re unsure and find yourself unable to find a solution or an answer, just go back to the basics and rely on your instincts.

Get The Look:

Choker & Rings: Lovisa

Blue Bell Top: Forever New

Jeans: Sportscene

Star Boots: Daisy Street (Superbalist)

Till Next Time

Love 

The 156 Supermodel 

xoxo

P.S What do you think of the super short blunt bob?

 

Just Do It

Hi Supermodels

These days I have embraced the famous tagline of Nike by Just Doing It. More and more I’ve realized that if you want something done without having to wait or without being told a million reasons as to why it can’t be done, you just have to do it yourself. Sometimes it is diffcult to “Just Do It” when faced with challenges, stumbling blocks, doubt and fear. However, my advice to you is simple, without any dunkin donut glazed-coating…

F@#$ it and Just Do it. No questions asked; No answers questioned.

Do it with passion or not at all.

Do it now, sometimes later becomes never.

Do it because you can, because you want to, because someone said you couldn’t.

Don’t think too much just DO what makes you happy.

If you don’t do it, someone else will.

Do what you love and love what you do.

Get the Look:

Khaki Bomber Jacket: Truworths

Khaki Cap: Foschini

Stripe Top: Spree

Black Jeans: Zara

Nike Cortez: Superbalist/Nike

Grey Choker: Factorie

If you can dream it, you can do it.

Do it for yourself.

Remember you only get one opportunity, one chance and one life so

Just Do It 

Till Next Time

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Love

The 156 Supermodel

xoxo

LBD

You can have any colour, as long as it’s black – Henry Ford

The LBD is commonly associated with the Little Black Dress in fashion terms. The Little Black Dress is an essential ‘must have’ clothing item in every woman’s wardrobe. I tend to over-do it by owning a few LBDs but the simplicity and elegance of it never let’s you down.

The LBD is perfect for any occasion especially when you need one less decision to make. It can be worn up and down and accessorized to meet your individual style. The LBD  has been commended, accepted and re-designed by designer after designer since the 1920s.

Just like the LBD, we need to adopt the same timeless mantra and create our own definition to make use of in our daily lives.

I have a new LBD mantra which is simple and applicable to all.

I hope it will help the next time you have to decide on more than just picking out your next dress.

L-LIVE

 Live unapologetically, Love the Life you Live and Live in the moment.

B-BE

Be Yourself, Be Fearless, Be Extraordinary, Be Happy.

D-DARE

Dare to be different, Dare to bring change and Dare to always succeed.

I initially purchased this LBD for work because it’s simple and you don’t have to iron it (yes we all have those mornings where the snooze button is our friend). However, as I tried it on the first time I realised it’s a tad bit too sexy for the work place. (Remember professionalism over preconceptions ^^,)

Nonetheless, I decided to style this little black dress with a double buckle belt as it adds some edge and doesn’t make the dress seem to formal. The belt also accentuates my pear-shaped figure.

Outfit details:

Ribbed Black Dress: Missguided 

Double Buckle Belt: Luella/Foschini (In-store)

Black Ankle Boots: Zara

Love 

The 156 Supermodel

xoxo