linen & sun

Landed in Beijing! For those of you who don’t know, while I live and work in the US, Beijing is my home. My family moved to this beautifully vast city from Hong Kong when I was eight, and I stayed here until going to the States for high school. Travelling back and forth for the past decade has allowed me to witness, with both admiration and concern, the tremendously rapid change Beijing has undergone. Coming home often means rejoicing in family reunions and exploring new exciting spaces, but also mourning the loss of familiarity and tradition.

My family lives a short walk away from Ritan Park, a local green space (originally built for ritual sacrifice to the sun) where traditional Beijing lifestyle is still visible and vibrant.  Elderly gather to stretch their limbs, play chess, practice the er hu, or even have singing lessons. As the sun sets, young people come for a jog, a game of ping pong, or a spot of rock-climbing. My sister and I love going for walks there, so why not do an outfit-shoot?

For a park-strolling look, I wore this Reformation off-the-shoulder dress. The lightweight linen fabric makes it very comfortable for hot summer days, and I love the subtly dramatic ruffles. Wore the dress with Isapera sandals (a summer essential), my trusty Janessa Leone hat (it adds a chic, graphic element to any outfit), & Other Stories earrings, and my Croisette bag that I recently received for my birthday (more about the bag later!).







reformation tennessee dress

isapera elia sandals

janessa leone magnolia straw hat

and other stories earrings (similar here)

louis vuitton croisette bag

photography by the magical alice xiang


  1. July 7, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    Great to learn about Beijing and Hong Kong 🙂 How well do you speak the language if at all? I’ve been to China before – Chengdu – and it was probably the most life-changing trip for me. I was there for two weeks!

    That dress is great on you. I like a lot of dresses from Reformation but haven’t made the plunge yet.

    • August 6, 2016 / 11:30 pm

      I started living in Beijing since I was a third-grader (went to international schools in HK before then, hence English as my first language), so I use both English and Mandarin Chinese equally 🙂
      Ah you have to tell me more about your trip to Chengdu! When did you go? How was it life-changing? Would love to hear more about it!
      P. S. try out a Reformation dress! They have a great return policy 😉

  2. July 10, 2016 / 12:31 pm

    I love the dress – is it linen? the structure looks great! I know the feeling of coming home and a lot of things changing while being away. In a way its exciting but also scary!

    Sophie xx

    • August 6, 2016 / 11:21 pm

      Yes it is linen! 🙂 Which makes it very breathable and comfy to wear in hot weather. And I agree with the exciting and scary parts of being away from home for long periods of time — it’s a strange feeling coming home to see it transformed.