Beauty, Cambodia, Expat, Fashion, lifestyle, Phnom Penh

Happy birthday, WUPP!

WUPP 2

It’s been two years since I’ve started writing for WUPP (What’s Up Phnom Penh) as they had released their first issue the month before I arrived. So to celebrate their 2nd birthday is a treat not only for the WUPP team, but for me as well. I’m proud to have seen this little magazine make it’s mark across Phnom Penh with its black and hot pink cover being known by the masses.

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Beauty, Cambodia, Expat, Personal, Phnom Penh

Creeps.

Through a constant stream of social media, a never ending source of news constantly being thrown at you from the world wide web, and behind-the-screen interactions with people you’ve both encountered face to face or through the vast pages of the internet- it’s become more and more shockingly obvious that there are some seriously misguided people (on my side, generally older men) and basically disgusting creeps in this world.

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Beauty, Cambodia, Expat, Fashion, lifestyle, Phnom Penh

Model behavior.

Photo: C. Nation Studio

Photo: C. Nation Studio

As I edged awkwardly out of my preteens with overly dry skin, lank hair, and standing about 4 foot 8, I had a strong desire to become a model-cum-actress after spending hours upon hours of flipping through glossies. I begged my mom time after time to enroll me into modeling schools, take me to LA for auditions, and avidly read seventeen like it held the truth to the universe. Luckily she had the wits about her to say “no” to the thousands of dollars it would cost to enroll me in what was likely a farce of a class, see that I wouldn’t be shooting up the eleven inches it would take to reach international modeling standards, and that like most things I had taken interest in- ballet, horseback riding, the viola- my passion to be a supermodel would peter out in due time.

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Cambodia, Expat, Fashion, Phnom Penh

Reblog: Style versus Fashion.

style vs fashion

“They say money can’t buy you style. After spending the last few days in Hong Kong surrounded by (real) Chanel, Balenciaga, and Marc Jacobs among a smattering of brilliant small boutiques offering quirky, fun pieces and still being surrounded by some of the most horrific ensembles I’ve seen: I can attest to that first statement.”

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via The Prevailing Taste

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Cambodia, Expat, Fashion, lifestyle, Phnom Penh

$langin’: The Editor’s Letter: The Phnom Penh Way

styling

I wrote this piece for $langin’ a few months ago and am just getting around to posting it now. My task was to share a bit about a day in the office of an English Editor at a Khmer fashion publication. While there had to be some self-imposed censorship- and mind you this was written about 3 months ago- I think it still does capture what I’ve experienced thus far.

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