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Fresh, in my mind.

Yan Yan Chan

Photo diary

A month and a half of city hopping & hustlin' meant a much needed bit of mental TLC. 

Bedarra, an Island just off the Queensland coast brought slow days, clear minds, tangled hair and the ocean. So fresh, if I pressed my nose against my skin and inhaled hard enough.. I could still smell that sharp hint of Queensland salt and coconut. 

Four days and three nights, minimal reception (no reception on my behalf), a secluded beach (kayaks and all), and several fridges stocked full. We escaped fast minds, keyboards and preoccupied our hands with fresh lemon, coriander, and anything else that would garnish our stir fried vegetables and platters of heirloom tomatoes. Screens were closed, books were read (!) and thoughts were shared. Our eyesights improved, and we paid attention; to the sea, the palms, the heat, and each other. 

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an island life, is a good life to me. 


After surprising our darling Sophie at the airport (it was her birthday a few days earlier), we boarded the flight to arrive in Cairns 3.5 hours later, for a 2 hour and 10 minute car ride to Mission beach, where our pre-ordered produce awaited for us to be picked up for a 35 min boat ride onto the island.

Our humble abode was very much of an all you need beach shack. An artist loft with an outdoor shower, next to the main suite with a beach front view, accompanied with a two story, two bedroom tree house (is the only way I can describe), tucked behind sweeping palms - real romantic.

No reception (unless you climbed on top of the nearest cliff), no restaurants, no distractions, minimal power, a whole lot of resting and a whole lot of just being. 

Above: This was taken after a morning of kayaking. I think the last time I attempted this activity was in 2007 on my first Summer school camp. We ended up kayaking around the whole of Bedarra Island, which took about 1.5 hrs. Soph and I on the Kayak, and Dan on the stand up paddle board (I don't know how he did this the whole way). Dan spotted the island's 4M crocodile as we past the mangroves.. thanking the gods that he didn't fall?

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Books to read: Fast Company, Slow Minds - Emma Babitz

Albums on repeat: Ethiopiques, Vol 4. The Source, Tony Allen. Ibibio Sound Machine. The Vodoun Effect.

Snacks to be had: Burrata, tomato and rocket salad with Proscuitto. (With a glass of Rosé)

Things to look out for: 

Crocodiles (just stay away from the mangroves)

Stingers (jellyfish, when the water is 27degree +)

Snakes in the bush


Blue Ring octopus, lol

Welcome to Australia, guys.


Yan Yan Chan


Winter wake-up call


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.


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


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. 



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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. 


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. 


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. 

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Yan Yan Chan

Fashion baby

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This fashion week was a little different, there was an air of laid back & cool between each show (apart from the backstage madness, that is forever) - the street style atmosphere wasn't your usual explosion of over-dressed & over-done outfits; but instead were tailored filled, jean embraced.. and slightly more casual than usual. I ditched the usual DSLR and shot with my little filmy instead.. I was pretty obsessed with the idea of movement this year - so the night time setting came into play and I experimented on the runway. 

Motion blur & sparkly lights.