I am so so so excited to share with you all my feature in the May 2012 issue of SELF China! I was approached for a Mother's Day makeover piece, and I had the opportunity to literally MAKE OVER my mother, styling her in what I would wear myself.
My mother and I have had a nontraditional relationship for the majority of my life - she is super fun, bubbly and definitely outgoing. She's currently the owner of a restaurant/lounge called Cafe Solé located in Annandale, VA (10 minutes outside of Washington, D.C.). I travelled down to visit her to do the shoot for SELF China.
My mother's personal style is very classic - she's usually wearing a pair of bootcut denim and a button down shirt with simple sweaters. She's a luxury-fiend, though - the majority of my luxury brand knowledge came from her collection of bags and jewelry. Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Hermes, the list goes on.
My personal style can be classic as well, but there's always a hint of edge somewhere. For the shoot, I wore Zara high-waisted skinny pants, an H&M blazer and DVF wedges with a statement necklace. I knew a black and white palette would look great on my mom, so I put her in a black, long-sleeve dress and tights, Manolo Blahnik booties, an amazing white hooded vest and Chanel pearls.
When it came to the makeup, though, it wasn't that easy. She could NOT have ever imagined herself in a red lip, and when I tried to put my go-to makeup look on her, she almost freaked. It was a great feeling getting her out of her comfort zone, though - after a while, she started to embrace it.
I had so much fun on this shoot - it was an amazing experience working with the team! :) Keep reading for the interview translated into English.