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Down town with Tiffany & Co.

Yan Yan Chan

For Tiffany & Co [collaboration]

(Chinatown date, to be specific.)

Photographed by Darren Luk

While I was desperately waiting for warmer weather in my European escapade to approach, it was either to continue to sit on the couch wrapped up in many of blankets, binge watching “The Affair” on Stan (LOL, nothing wrong with that really), or.. to go out and fulfil my soul and belly with heartwarming soups of Pho, bowls of sweet & sour soup, hot pot and endless mouth explosions of Xiao Long Bao's. Basically - childhood comfort food, yes please.
It was a stroll down memory lane as I set up out the front of Ju Mama’s, an exceptionally low-key, Chinese restaurant that my Mom and I, often nestled in every Sunday afternoon after a day of window shopping in Chinatown. 

A steaming plate of Xiao Long Bao's and hot soy milk to pair (unseen) was ordered for our impromptu shoot, gone within seconds while my silver’s jingled as I scoffed down each dumpling whole. Don't worry I did manage to savour the last one and enjoy the pop of dumpling soup. 

It was an old and the new, moment.

ELLERY DRESS | TIFFANY & CO JEWELLERY | VINTAGE BOOTS

BEFORE 8.30AM

Yan Yan Chan

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Winter wake-up call

WAKE UP

I like waking up early, catching the morning quiet before the rest of the world awakes, and squeezing in some cuddle time. I usually start with exercise, either running around the block, yoga, or heading into a PT session - it's the cherry on top for getting my hustle on for the day. But, Winter..? It's always a little tricky. So here, are my Winter wake up call's that help me get out of bed.

MORNING SOUNDTRACK

My disco, jazz playlist (Think Earth, Wind & Fire, Jamiroquai, Michael Jackson, and plenty of "Late Night Jazz" playlist) & the sound of our NutriBullet. Yep.

BEAUTY ROUTINE

I like anything and everything that helps hydrate, moisturise and glow my skin, so I know that I don't have to wear foundation. I'm a sucker for sleek packaging, nice fonts and a no frills approach.  Stuff that makes me feel like it's working as hard as I am throughout the day, so by night; I can trust that I still look decent & kind of fresh without having to go home and re-do. Oh, and I never leave home without a spray (or four) of Le Labo's Tubereuse 40 New York - it's subtle enough for the extra spritz, but it's fragrant enough to last the week. It's my not so secret - secret, to meeting new people, and feeling confident. It's fresh in a bottle. 

Other than that, I'm trying to apply the less is more ethos in all spectrums of my life. Sounds dramatic, but it's working. I have a tendency in collecting things (might be nicer way to put hoarding?), and it doesn't help when your job is quite inclusive of the "try this", "try that" approach. There's always a fast turnover of what the next new is, and we all have.. you have to admit, a slight "disposable" approach to most things in life.. clothes, what we consume.. and product. 

So.. here's the no frills edit of my morning ritual, the ones that help me through the Winter. 


INTO / OILIO LUSSO BY RODIN

 

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Mix it in, a drop for the morning, two for sleeping -- whatever cream you're using, if you want that extra penetration of moisture, oil is the best way to do it. This one's a 30ml, and smells like a treat (Lavender, my favourite). I started with rosehip, but the potency of it gives me skin reactions, this one's a 3rd oil that I've started using, and it's potent enough to give moisture, but light enough for sensitive skin. It lets it breathe. 

I'm all about that sheen. Smells like a favourite (Lavender) & it's a Winter's best friend. 


SMELL / 'SOUQ' by AYU

You've probably seen this one floating around the net, but there's a reason for it.

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I'm always a little specific with scents as I don't particularly like smelling like other people -- I have my signature scent; Tubereuse, that I wear on the daily, and for the hustle. But this ones quite the opposite, it's a real fem, "chiller" scent. Not fresh like a cool Spring swim, like my Tubereus 40, but warm, like a hot Winter's bath. For scarf occasions and dinner at girlfriend's over wine, type of vibe. It's small and compact, perfect for sleepovers, weekends down South, and flight friendly. It's one I bring on red-eye's. 

Rose, jasmine, musk, sandalwood. All the right ingredients for calming and cooling the mind. Plus because it's oil based, they last a life time. 


3 in 1, Moisturiser by Embryolisse

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I'm a sucker for no frills, multitasking product that I can take with me everywhere, and anywhere, and know that it will work the way I want it to. I got introduced to this by Filomena on set one day, and I've been obsessed since then. This one's a lightweight lotion, I apply over my morning moisturiser, and under make up, perfect as a primer. I haven't yet tried this in Summer, but it's been leaving me some real dewy looking skin this Winter. It's on set with me, always. I apply an especially thick layer after shooting (post make up remover, and pre whatever I have to do after), as a hydrating mask -- it has quick absorption properties, so I know it's working as much as I am - and as fast. Plus, if you've forgotten your make up remover, this works as one too. 


INNER / PERFORM BY BEAR

Supplement. Taken daily. 

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Before this, I was sauntering the isles of Chemist Warehouse in confusion, and quite overwhelmed by the amount of products that were out there, many of the times.. I wasn't even sure if they actually worked. But.. there's a new wave of supplements are no longer just your drug store aisle pick up, they're a beauty staple, researched and created around a 'lifestyle', to fit people who are on the go, and want to look healthy and be healthy (Take a look at Mecca Trove). BEAR is a 'less is more' lifestyle brand - an approach that I very much incorporate into my life (or trying to), especially when it comes to all things health and inner beauty. No fancy gimmicks, just the simple incorporation of equating beauty with health and wellness. 

When it comes to beauty, I am all about starting from the inside. It's no longer just about the one dimensional beauty approach, where products are essential for what you put on your skin. It is about what you put in your body. If I don't feel 100%, I know I won't feel 100% in the way I look. 

Nathan and I were introduced to this brand earlier this year, where we got to meet Saasha & Sam burns (Melbourne based founders), on a weekend trip to Byron. I, initially starting out with Protect (perfect for flu fighting) have now moved onto PERFORM -- something a little more fitting for my lifestyle, and anyone who's on the go, on the hustle and need that extra help with focusing. Promoting 'clarity', it contains Vitamin B12 + Bacopa which actually helps enhance energy and assists with stress and mild anxiety, so yes, yes please. I take 1 tablet every morning, just 1 is enough as each of these little tablets are potent enough to get you through the day. 

Midnight, with the greats

Yan Yan Chan

[collaboration]

For Louis Vuitton

a walk amongst the greats, after hours, in the dark, at the art gallery of new south wales, for louis vuitton x jeff koons.

 

A rather special love project it was. 

Amidst the craziness and occasional unlucky month of May it was, (Mars was in retrograde, FML) mid fashion week prep, mid 4 shoots a day out of five, and a snowed under situation of many many emails, creating things became a job. And the jobs became deadlines. Those fun, special moments of joy that occurred when creating - disappeared, and became just another cut-off. 

When you're on the brink of a mini meltdown *I experienced, and survived my first, last month. Retrograde, when's my next! Har har, kidding, never again please.*  and un-clarified direction of where your going, I always remind myself to stop, and smell the roses. To soak it up, be present, and to be aware and appreciate.. And it's ok to forget - this industry moves fast, and so does everything else. Work pace, city life, the digital life that can barely keep up with itself.. and the tabs. The tabs, that open in front of me on Google Chrome every second - and in my mind, daily.. that sometimes don't close. But that's okay, there's pressure. But when there is, it's nice to find stillness wherever you are. And although I'm on when I'm working, I still want to work, when I'm off. 

So, when I first saw that Louis Vuitton x Jeff Koons were creating a collection together, dedicated to The Greats - I was immediately mesmerised, excited.. and for a very long time, completely inspired. I jumped to the opportunity so very instantly, forgetting about every other deadline, and... so, it all came together, and very well indeed. The stars were on our side, and it was fate. We somehow managed the very great and rare opportunity of using the Art Gallery as the dream location, after hours, with no-one else. There was magic to be created.

And oh it was. 

Darren, my right hand man (who’s helped me on the many of creative projects), and I were quiet hesitant upon arrival. I perused and admired, like many times before, but this time, it was different. No usual soft whispering and murmurs through echoed gallery crowds, but silent footsteps from just us. The grandeur of the space in day light is immense, but at night - it is just something else. A little spooky, with a sense of odd familiarity.. the nostalgia, the wonder, the endlessly endless history and inspiration. The paintings, intensity in size and fantasticality in colour, overwhelmed us in ways that made us nervous. Were we able to make this happen..? Or was this all too big for our boots.

But as we walked.. I felt calm, a little anxious.. but in a good way, the kind of angst you feel right before you know something great is about to happen.

Midnight in Paris. A first visual, that came into mind. Si tu vois ma mère, was the sound. Dream-like, a warm ambience, through foggy glass and a longing for something romantic, I was ready for a red wine and creativity came through. Here's a glimpse into our minds, what it's like, to wear art amongst art, to float within it, to dream within it.. a dream.. like.. sequence. 

 

Photographed by Darren luk

Creative by Yan yan chan