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October 4, 2013

Pink & Girly: Carrie Bloomwood

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Written by CARMEN CHAN | Photographs by JOYCE YUNG

Every girl has her girly moment. Admit it or not, a girl is a girl. We have fantasy and a little bit of drama; we love small details and romance; we are sensitive and sometimes emotional; and oh my favorite – “you think way too much.” But then it is all these traits to make a girl different. Maybe like what Marilyn Monroe, “I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” In this new era, a woman is expected to be independent yet feminine, smart yet soft, strong yet unthreatening. How could we even survive in this planet?

I interviewed with Carrie Bloomwood, a woman/ a girl who is an experienced make-up artist, fashion blogger, and newly fashion designer of her own brand, Varrie, discussing over her girly interpretation, her pink hair and many other girly topics.

Carrie Bloomwood in her Varrie tee and skirt, Tammy & Benjamin bag, rings of Carmen Chan Jewelry and necklace at Polka Dot.

Carrie Bloomwood in her Varrie tee and skirt, Tammy & Benjamin bag, rings of Carmen Chan Jewelry and necklace at Polka Dot.

1. Your pink hair seems to become your signature look now. What makes you have this signature look?

I’ve tried a couple different colors since last summer, for example, purple, blue, green and different tones of browns of course. Pink is always my favorite color and maybe it’s best matching with my wardrobe. I keep pink for the longest and somehow people started recognizing me from my pink hair.

2. What do you think about the color pink? What does it symbolize for you?

I am always girlie and romantic when I mix and match my outfits. I find it the easiest for me to carry anything in pink, I sometimes even dress up in all pink. Pink is feminine and sweet and I guess most girls do love pink.

Carrie Bloomwood at Polka Dot

Carrie Bloomwood at Polka Dot

Carrie in Carmen Chan Jewelry

Carrie in Carmen Chan Jewelry

3. What is your usual style? Any favorite designer or stylist?

My usual style is girly and romantic. Honestly, I seldom wear any jeans or pants. I just love to go around in dresses or skirts as it makes me more comfy and confident. I don’t really have a favorite designer but I do have a favorite brand. I love Valentino. I love the way how they present the luxurious femininity and elegance through their detailed and extraordinary designs. I would dream to have a whole wardrobe of Valentino and give up all the other ones.

4. Nail art becomes one of the major trends. What is your favorite style of nail art?

My favorite style is always the French manicure. I like simple and clean nail art. But I do love those accent colors and prints to mix and match with fashion.

Carrie in Carmen Chan Jewelry and nail art by Salon Nova

Carrie in Carmen Chan Jewelry and nail art by Salon Nova

Carrie in Polka Dot

Carrie in Polka Dot

5. You recently launched with your clothing line, Varrie. What is the concept and style like?

It all started at a crop top. I always wanted to find a plain crop top which can goes with all different kinds of bottoms, no matter it’s a calf length skirt or a little hot pants. I was shopping one night and insisted to find one but failed. So… It is how it started. I put the crop top together with those calf length skirts I love the most and did the very first collection.

The style is a little vintage-inspired and I wish it has some Parisian touch. I keep my favorite calf length skirts in all of my collections as one of the signature items. I wish to inspire everyone to be more romantic and girly when wearing Varrie.

Carrie in Polka Dot

Carrie in Polka Dot

Carrie and me in Polka Dot trying on the outfits

Carrie and me in Polka Dot trying on the outfits

6. You re a make up artist, fashion blogger and now fashion designer of your own brand, how do u see yourself in 5 years?

I have been working as a makeup artist for more than 10 years now. I am happy that I find a stable job and I can spare my free time to blog and to work on Varrie. I am planning on a little project in the coming summer – it’s a little establishment of my makeup career. In 5 years, I am looking forward to writing more beauty articles and maybe trying to do editing for magazine or other media. I just to share all the time.

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What Carrie wears:

1. VARRIE, “eirrav” tee and red ruffle skirt, available at Polka Dot

2. Carmen Chan Jewelry, Messenger rings and pendant necklace in sterling silver and 18K gold plate

3. Tammy & Benjamin, Lizzy black leather bag

4. Ezhera, Elise Brass Necklace

5. Esther Bonte, printed silk scarf

6. Turquoise top with floral shorts, pink statement necklace and golden clutch available at Polka Dot

7. Salon Nova, Pink Safari nail art

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Learn more about Carrie Bloomwood at www.carriebloomwood.com

Photos taken by Joyce Yung of Joyce Yung Photography

At Polka Dot Boutique (2/F, 29 Hollywood Road, Central Soho, Hong Kong)

Items available at Carmen Chan Jewelry, Polka Dot, and Shop des Createurs.

I post my column here and www.shopdescreateurs.wordpress.com every Wednesday. If you like what you see, make sure you give a LIKE at my page at www.facebook.com/carmenchanjewelry

Many love – CARMENX



About the Author

Carmen Chan
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Carmen Chan is a designer, writer, dreamer, and lover of beautiful things. Carmen always believes that a modern woman needs to "be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.". She is currently the founder and jewelry designer of her own brand, Carmen Chan Jewelry, as well as branding & PR consultant based in Hong Kong.




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