Q&A with Kit Lee, Photographer & Blogger

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By Lau  /  January 28, 2016

Born in Northern Ireland and raised in London, Kit Lee is a London based freelance photographer and stylist. Kit trained at at London College of Fashion and started her blog in May 2008 when recession hit UK and needed an online platform to show off her creativity. Her blog has since evolved into a travel, lifestyle and photography website. 

An incredibly stylish girl with an eye for style, Kit can style a photo shoot like a pro – and take an amazing shots, she is a jack of all creative trades. Kit has managed to get some serious credentials under her belt having worked for major publications like Elle and Vogue and big fashion brands; Kenzo and Harvey Nichols. We caught up with her to chat about life in the fashion lane.

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Typical working day like for you
What I love about being a freelancer is that I am my own boss and have my own schedule. I get up at 8am, check my emails and then check out the happenings on social media like Instagram and Facebook before watching TV and having breakfast.

Most of my mornings are spent replying to emails before heading out into town to attend meetings. I like to have a quick walk about in town to photograph something I like on my phone to upload on Instagram later.

When there are no meetings on my schedule, I may have a photography job booked with a blogger to shoot their outfits for their blog, which takes around 4 hours. Finally I head home to check more emails and upload edited images on Instagram. However, work doesn’t stop there. I usually edit client’s photos on my laptop using Photoshop CC and VSCO. Editing tends to last throughout the evening till I go to bed.

Who is your favourite Hong Kong designer?
I recently met a Hong Kong designer, Melissa Bui at a fashion exhibition show in London. I’m a big fan of surface detailing so anything from embroidery to embellishment. Melissa Bui’s level of craftsmanship is very high up there; her designs are immaculate and intricate.

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Beauty tips for frequent travellers
As a frequent traveller I visit up to 13 countries per year. All the travelling, stress and the flying results in tired, dull and dehydrated skin. However, I always hydrate my skin with Biotherm AquaSource Nuit high density hydrating jelly and Elemis Hydra-Boost Day Cream the night before the departure, twice on the plane for long haul and once for short haul. Sometimes I lightly spray my face with Avene Facial Mist. 

Pet peeves

  • Friends or clients who have no concept of time and are late
  • Jumping in front of a queue. As a British citizen, we’re very patient with queuing so it really irks me when people jump the queue.
  • Chasing late payments on invoices

What is your beauty regime?
My skincare and beauty routine is basic as I’m not fussed about looking amazing.

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Skincare: I have combination skin and caffeine is the main culprit to dehydration. I wash my face with Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash. I’m not too bothered with cleanser and toner but to hydrate my skin I use Biotherm AquaSource Nuit high density hydrating jelly and Elemis Hydra-Boost Day Cream. I also use day cream before I go to bed; night cream is too heavy and rich for my skin.

Makeup: I don’t wear foundation during the day and my skin is exposed to strong sunlight especially when I travel to warmer climates like Morocco or Hong Kong, Greece or South of France. I love Korres sunscreen face cream (30SPF), it’s organic, eco-friendly, edible Greek yoghurt with moisturising properties. For the eyes, I use NARS nude palatte, DHC waterproof liquid eyeliner, DHC waterproof eye mascara, Benefit tint for rosy cheeks, NARS matt-satin lipstick and Maybeline dark brown brow pencil.

Top 5 favourite shoe brands
Based on comfort because I don’t wear heels

  • Nike
  • Kurt Keiger
  • Stuart Weitzman
  • French Sole
  • Converse

Top 3 favourite cities in the world 

  • Hong Kong of course! It’s my second home and the city continues to fascinate me every time I go back. Hong Kong has a lot to offer, I stay at my ancestral village near Tai Mei Tuk (Plover Cove) in north Tai Po, I love going cycling there at the cycling path along the coastline.
  • Essaouira in  Morocco. It’s one my favourite cities because of its laid-back nature, the people are very nice and the picturesque seaside town is very relaxing. I’m looking forward to going back there soon!
  • Kandy in Sri Lanka, it was my first time visiting the middle Asia. I find it culturally rich and a very colourful place. I am impressed with their beautiful mix of old Ceylon architecture and colonial buildings from the Dutch and British occupancy. And the food was amazing too!

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Top 5 favourite pieces in your wardrobe?

  • Burberry trench coat- I wear it all the time and it coordinates well with casual, smart and evening outfits.
  • Levi’s Curve ID skinny jeans
  • All Saints thick-knitted jumper
  • Spanx shorts (body shaper for the bottoms)- I wear it when I wear a slim fitted dress and skirt to give them a smooth line and no VPL.
  • MCM leather medium backpack – it’s my travel backpack and ultimate airport fashion accessory.

5 things you can’t live without with.

  • Papaw ointment – great for anything from insect bite, dry lips, heat rash.
  • iPhone 6 – I recently made a switch from Samsung after 8 years of being with them, the camera on iPhone has changed my life and the images look a lot livelier and sharp.
  • My prescription glasses – I’m short sighted since I was 12 years old, I can barely see clearly within a metre. I wear contact lenses when I go out but it feels dry when I’m expose to dry and windy elements. I’m at most comfortable wearing glasses at home even when I go out to do grocery shopping.
  •  Sunscreen SPF 30 – I burn, tan and freckled easily when the sun is harsh or expose to sun rays (especially in HK), I’m 33, and I’m lucky that my skin hasn’t aged since I was a teenager, the perks of being an Asian.
  • PG Tips – Love a typical British builders tea with milk and sugar, it keeps me sane.

 5  fashion instagram I follow
  My brother’s @seoul_stateofmind, @edwardkb, @parisinfourmonths, @trottermag, @toasttravels

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