Our Style Insider this week is Christing C. Hong Kong based fashion blogger and designer, Christing C is known by many of her followers and fans for her boho chic style in moody stylish posses and that famous pout. Tall and gorgeous, she always manage to look effortlessly stylish on her famous blog – Fashion Hedonism. She started her blog in 2009 and went on to launch an e-commerce site stocking designers she loves from Australia, Sweden and the States and recently, just last year, launched her own label – Christing C. Look out for her signature outfits; short skirts and oversize cardigans and loose billowy tops and dresses.
Tell us a little bit about yourself – where you’re from and how did you get started in fashion?
I have lived a pretty nomadic lifestyle since a young age. I was born and raised in the US, went to boarding school in England from the age of 15, university on Boston, and then lived in London for several years before moving to HK 3 years ago. I have always loved styling and clothes which evolved into a love for fashion after internships at a few UK fashion publications during university. Fashion Hedonism was a natural progression for me and a way to express my style and creativity.
Describe your style…
My style is naturally bohemian but with a slight grunge/rock edge. I don’t like to look too polished. I prefer a slightly messier and casual version of glam. If I wear sequins it will be with a t-shirt or plaid shirt, and would always rather pair a gown with ankle boots and a leather jacket over pearls and delicate heels.
A stylish person is….
Someone who has a strong sense of his/her own identity and is confident enough to show it in the way they dress and present themselves. It’s not about following trends but finding what expresses your personality.
When you don’t know what to wear, do you underdress or overdress?
If unsure, wear a more formal dress and tone down on the accessories, or dress up a t-shirt and skirt with a tailored blazer and statement shoes. Details can make a huge difference.
A quote that inspires you…
“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else” Emily Dickinson
Who do you think has great taste / style in clothes…
I love Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, and Sienna Miller. I’m really inspired by the nonchalant London vibe.
What are your wardrobe staples?
My beauty mantra …
Moisturize twice everyday. It’s the key to good skin.
Top 3 beauty products you can’t live without…
Morrocan Oil for my hair, MAC Fluidline eyeliner in Black and a really thick night cream for my face. I rotate between several brands but Kiehls, Clarins, and SKII are a few of my favourites.
10 websites / blogs you read religiously daily / weekly…
What are you listening to right now?
I’m not that experimental with music and listen to a few albums on repeat. Lana Del Rey, John Mayer, The XX, Ellie Goulding, and Jack Johnson.
The top 3 places in Hong Kong you buy your clothes and accessories..
The 9th Muse for jewellery and accessories. I’m obsessed with the fabric stores in Shum Shui Po. I spend hours there just browsing. Lane Crawford has absolutely everything you want and love. It’s the best place to empty you bank account.
Where do you shop online ?
ASOS is one of my favourite for its huge selection and affordable prices. I recently got an oversized white leather jacket that I can’t stop wearing.
Free People always have stunning lookbooks. I go to their website just to browse those or buy pretty bohemian dresses and accessories.
The Outnet is great for designer bargains.
Strawberry.net is perfect for beauty buys and sales. There variety of brands is very extensive so you are likely to find what you are looking for.
Maggie&Flynn. I’m 6 months pregnant so love browsing baby clothes online at the moment. They have a great selection for newborns that are functional, super cute, and have next day delivery in HK.
Where are you going for your next holiday and the 3 things that are your must bring with you?
Our next trip is to Taipei. It’s just a short trip and we will be staying with family. I’ll be bringing my new converse sneakers for walking around the city, a selection of faux fur vests for layering in the winter cold, and cashmere pyjamas for lounging around and just chilling with family.
My 3 favourite activities in Hong Kong are….
Free flow champagne brunches on Sundays (I love Kitchen at W Hotel, Zuma, and Whisk at the Mira Hotel)
Hanging out on the yacht in the summer. Especially watching the sunsets and finding secluded beaches.
Picnics at Sun Yat Sun ’Memorial Park with friends.