Interview with Janet

Janet has long had one of my favorite blogs to read and I love her style – I think she’s a little like an Asian Kate Moss! And she is one of those unfair winners of the genetic lottery and one of the youngest looking, most stylish mommies I have ever seen. Enjoy meeting her…and as always, I’ve sprinkled some of my favorite looks of hers throughout.

Who are you? What do you do, and where do you live?  

I’m a very proud mother of a baby boy who just turned 1 last week!  Otherwise, I guess I should say that I’m a finance broker and consultant, stylist, buyer, co-owner of an online consignment store, blogger, foodie and enthusiast traveler…let’s just say I like to keep myself busy!  Many people think that I’m Korean, but I’m Chinese born in China (Shanghai to be more specific) and now living in Canada.

You are gorgeous! Can you share some secrets? 

Hahaha…I didn’t know mommies can be heroes too!  Well, honestly, I must say that going through pregnancy and post-pregnancy is very challenging psychologically and physically.  And I think it’s very important not to forget to take time for yourself!  Personally, I went shopping as much as every week!  It lifted my spirit and allowed me to get new clothes that fit my “new shape” while doing exercise (walking while pushing a stroller is considered exercise) for 2 hrs.

I also started working on a new project with my best friend (also a mommy), which started as an online consignment store, and is now an image consulting and stylist studio due to open soon in Shanghai!  We are also working on creating our own label which is also very exciting.  All projects to keep me busy and sane!  And I really think that’s key to stay happy and youthful.

What are the final finishing touches you think make a great outfit? Accessories, etc? 

I love contrast in style, texture, colours, shape and anything unexpected to make an outfit more interesting.  And just like most women, I love accessories and try really hard to invest in statement pieces that I can wear forever!  I think costume jewelry is a great way to add impact to an outfit if you don’t want to break the bank.  And I tend to wear them with everything from a t-shirt to a cocktail dress.  However, I don’t live in Paris or Tokyo, so I do tend to keep everything else simple…especially now that I moved to the suburbs!

Who are some of your favorite designers? 

There are so many great legacy designers and emerging designers…so hard to pick only a few.  My current favorite brands are Celine, Missoni, Hermes, Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens, Kenneth Jay Lane, YSL, Pamela Love, Acne, Helmut Lang and Givenchy.

Can you share some of your favorite items that you own?

I treasure all my purchases and try to wear them all as much as I can (cost per wear theory) but obviously have favorites.  The items I wear the most are my Hermes CDC cuff, my Dominic Jones ring, my Converse sneakers, my D&G shearling parka and my Le Pepe flat over-the-knee boots.  My holy grail is obviously my Hermes Havane Constance bag…I love everything about it!

What designers do you think are overrated?  

I think Gucci is overated…don’t get me wrong, I do own Gucci but haven’t bought anything since the Tom Ford era.  Others that fall into this category for me are Juicy Couture, Coach and True Religion or any pair of designer jeans over $250.

What are some things that you thought you were going to wear forever, and now regret buying?  

This is a good one…hum…my Chloe Paddington bag in chocolate brown.  I was so obsessed with the style, the leather and the oversize lock that weights a ton.  Well, when I finally got my hands on it, I think I wore it a dozen times before I realized that the lock literally weights a ton!!!

What is a typical day to day outfit?  

It may sound boring but a lot of t-shirt.  I love buying t-shirt that are deconstructed or that can be worn different ways.  And all t-shirts including long, cropped, asymmetrical, oversized, backless and t-shirt dress.  This might also be influence by the fact that during and post-pregnancy, this is the one most comfortable and easy piece to wear.

Then I’ll add ton of jewelry, heels (as often as I can), scarf & hat and gorgeous leather bag.

What are some of your places to find affordable but stylish clothing finds? 

I love ZARA for fashion pieces and Club Monaco for basics.  And while traveling, street vendors are the best place to pick up fun jewelry that you won’t find at home, most of the time for under $10 CAD.

Can you share some style/fashion advice that you’ve had to learn over the years? 

Don’t buy just because it’s on sale!  I learnt this the hard way and ended up with huge credit card bills and high end designer items that I didn’t really like in the first place.  Also, just walk away from whatever it is (jeans, leather jacket, etc) if it’s too small.  Not only that it makes you’ll look like you just gained 10 lbs and can no longer fit into your old clothes, it may also “cheapen” the whole outfit.  However,  you might be able to alter if it’s a little too big.  As for shoes, if your size is not available, it should be an automatic deal breaker.

How do you do your budgeting? How do you decide how much to spend on fashion? 

Although I’m in finance, I don’t really have a budget when it comes to shopping (I sound a bit like “Confessions of a Shopaholic!”).  However, I only splurge on well thought-through luxuries, meaning if it’s a quality piece that I’ve been dreaming about for more than 6 months and cost/wear is less than $100/wear, then I will proceed with purchase.  Otherwise, everything else I buy is mostly on sale or at sample sales.  I love sample sales and fortunately, most sample sizes fit me!  Nowadays, we are also spoiled with so many online discount/sale sites that it’s becoming very hard for me to buy at regular price.  I would say that maybe only 25% of my closet comprise of regular price items.

Finally…tell us something surprising about yourself!  

My favorite pastime while traveling is people watching (followed by eating and shopping of course!).  I can spend hours at a coffee shop on a busy intersection just watching how people dress, interract and do in general.  You can be amazed how much you learn from a different culture by just watching people walk by!I thought the last photo was especially adorable 🙂 Well…the first one too….and all of the other ones! And I loved her very exact cost per wear formula – I think I’m going to adopt something similar for myself. Janet thank you so much for taking the time to be interviewed and for sharing with us all of your amazing, amazing photographs. I know that I have found some real personal style inspiration here – I hope you all did too. For more of Janet, check out her blog, here.

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  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    September 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I completely agree, Kat. I've always thought Janet is one of the most stunning mommies and ladies I've ever laid eyes on (well, via her photos). Incredible dress sense and did I mention, stunning??!

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    September 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I completely agree, Kat. I've always thought Janet is one of the most stunning mommies and ladies I've ever laid eyes on (well, via her photos). Incredible dress sense and did I mention, stunning??!

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    September 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I completely agree, Kat. I've always thought Janet is one of the most stunning mommies and ladies I've ever laid eyes on (well, via her photos). Incredible dress sense and did I mention, stunning??!

  • Lydia
    September 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Love this interview. She could be your sister or cousin.

  • Plami
    September 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    She's fabulous! These interviews you're posting are great!


  • Chic 'n Cheap Living
    September 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Love that last photo of her and what a cool interview! I love her accessories and can only hope that I look that great after having a kid!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  • Ciara
    September 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I loved this interview! I think that she has amazing style and it was great to hear her thoughts on budgeting and fashion! Great interview Katherine!
    –Ciara ':D

  • Baby Shopaholic
    September 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Whoa! She has the best style! Now following her.

  • Something Old, Something New
    September 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Love her style! Great post & interview!

  • Annette
    September 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    She is so gorgeous! And her outfits are so well put together with just the right touch of creative edge. Loved this interview.

  • michelle_
    September 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    woooooo thanks for sharing this blog !
    she has real nice closet of goodies there !!


  • Savvy Gal
    September 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    oh she is very stylish.

  • Yaya
    September 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Omigosh! I love that you posted a blogger from Montreal, Canada! =)
    As silly as it sounds, I feel like I know her just coz we're from the same area…haha

    She's soooo pretty, you're right, totally an Asian Kate Moss – she looks so effortless in all the outfits! …I'd love to run into her on the streets! haha.

  • amy b.s.
    September 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    another great interview. such great style!

  • audrinajulia
    September 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Lovely interview. She's beautiful and don't look like a mom at all! Thanks again for this interview and looking forward for the next.Gonna check out her blog now.:)

  • janettaylor
    September 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    She has a great taste!

  • DSK Steph
    September 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Janet is beautiful! I can't believe she's a mom!

  • Marissa
    September 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Her style is so fun! I'm particularly in love with her leopard skirt! xoxo Marissa

  • vanda
    September 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    She is fabulous, thanks for the nice interview!!!!

  • Melissa
    September 7, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Hi there! I just wanted to say thanks for stopping by my blog, and great interview I enjoyed it


  • xJOLE
    September 7, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    I always find myself adding a new blog to the blogroll after reading these interviews!

  • Julie
    September 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    ugh! love her!!! She is SO beautiful and gave a great interview. I'm definitely adding her to my reader. thanks mofricka!

  • Jaime @ La vie...J'aime
    September 7, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    awesome interview! I love her style… that Hermes bag is to die for!

  • Samantha
    September 7, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Thanks for the interview Katherine! I LOVE Janet too (found her on tpf)! She IS like the Asian Kate Moss! You're so clever!

    xo, sam

  • Andrea
    September 7, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    great! she´s amazing!

  • newpetite
    September 7, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Awesome interview! Love all the interviews you do 🙂

  • Bonnie
    September 8, 2011 at 1:58 am

    I think I may have fallen in love. Not in a creepy way. Just an omg-i-love-her-entire-style-and-personality kind of way. She really does resemble Kate Moss in her fashion!
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  • Mary Ann
    September 8, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Thanks for this cool interview – I enjoyed Janet's style!

  • E
    September 8, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Omigod, this girl is one hot mama! Why have I not read her blog before? I love that look with the fur collar!

  • lexi920
    September 8, 2011 at 4:41 am

    She is fabulous! Thanks for introducing me to a new blog!

    And as a fellow Mommy – I have a new style inspiration. She's also my gym inspiration. I wish I was that thin now – my daughter turned 3 two months ago.

  • Sasha
    September 8, 2011 at 4:43 am

    very great interview and just checked out her blog. actually she looked quite diff from diff pictures…i am asian and i was having a little hard time to recognize her from one or two styles really made a diff on her.

  • t
    September 8, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Great interview!

  • couturecoco
    September 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Wow a true style heroine indeed! Great tips. Amazing how original she looks.

  • The Blonde @ Stylish3
    September 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Wow – is she a former model? You're right – she's totally gorgeous and looks so young! You always pick the best people to interview.

  • MeryemH
    September 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    i really like your style 🙂

  • Victoria
    September 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Awesome interview! I love Janet's red bag in the first pic. I also spy some Phoebee Philo in her pics … I love Celine.


  • Bourbon&Pearls
    September 10, 2011 at 9:38 am

    What an utterly stunning looking woman with incredible style.

  • Bourbon&Pearls
    September 10, 2011 at 9:38 am

    What an utterly stunning looking woman with incredible style.

  • Bourbon&Pearls
    September 10, 2011 at 9:38 am

    What an utterly stunning looking woman with incredible style.

  • Black is the New Black
    September 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Gorgeous! I love Janet's blog – can't believe she has a 1 year old!! The bar has been set very high…

  • DailyGlamour
    September 11, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    love all your bas !

  • Aurélie-m0851
    September 12, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I'm totally in love of all this outfit !!!

  • lucydphoto
    September 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love her style philosophy and the Hermes bags, too. I have to say that it was THIS interview that made me keep a bag that I had listed on eBay. When I saw her rocking that gorgeous Havane Constance, it made me realize that I shouldn't let go of my Havane Kelly Pochette. Big mistake and back into my closet it goes.

  • urbanjunglefashion
    September 23, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    WOW! This was an amazing interview… probably one of the best personalities to date. I love her formula and I'm thinking about adopting it as well. I LOVE her sense of style! It's like Urban chic. What an amazing woman. A def sub to her blog for me!

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