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