Ask me anything


Those of you who follow my movements on Shine By Three Tumblr (or have been in inbox cahoots with me in the past) will know that I answer a bajillion questions about everything ever. Because I love you guys. And I want you to know why I cut my hair, what you should wear with your new shoes and my favourite places to eat in Sydney.

Some great questions I’ve been getting lately:

Hi Margaret! Been a follower for a long time and I am in love with what you do. I was just wondering how do you balance your university life with your blogging life? Doesn’t it all become too overwhelming?
#YOLO! My degree is quite intensive and blogging the content I like to produce has effectively grown to the size of a full time job. But the way I see it, both of them will never be 100% complete: I can never have ‘finished studying’ for Law or Commerce, and there always be more videos to edit, more photos, more copy and more emails on the blogging side. It does work out quite well because they are on opposite ends of the brain spectrum, so I can procrastinate between the two: when I’m craving some creativity and exciting content, I’ll blog; when fashion gets too fickle, I go back to straight theory and hardcore textbooks. Nothing like a gory criminal law case to bring you back down to Earth… I will admit that I give and take a little. I take note of how much assessments are worth, whether I need to go to a 3 hour event over studying, and if that awesome backstage video is worth 2 hours less sleep. Truth is, though, I am one of those people who never really stops and works better under pressure and less effectively with free time (which is why I don’t have too many qualms with taking on more every week). Overwhelming? Sometimes, yes. But very much worth it in the long run. You sleep when you die!
What are your summer fashion staples?
White shirts, printed pants, Michael Kors Chronograph and DIESEL watches, baseball caps, double scoop gelato (definitely a fashion accessory), Acne Pistol Boots, leopard loafers, mandatory flowers in hair at every opportunity, Karen Walker Sunglasses, boyfriend denim, strappy feet.
Hi Margaret! I was just wondering what would be appropriate to wear to a year 12 formal? I have so many ideas of what I want but I just can’t seem to find something that jumps out at me. What would be your suggestion? :) x
I had the same problem with my Year 12 formal – though I ended up being lucky enough that the lovely Rachel Gilbert sweetly lent me one of her insane gowns for the night! Now, when I have formal events, I always look online – just because I can’t handle the exhaustion of walking around store to store and always wondering if there’s something better the next door down. I always start at My Wardrobe for some conceptual inspiration and Shopbop for the widest range of beautiful designed pieces at a range of prices. If I find something I love, but it’s too short, or I wish it were strapless, or I can’t justify the price-tag, I’ll then go to ASOS and TOPSHOP to see if I can find something similar. ShopStyle is also a great tool for keywords and specifics you might have in mind and covers pretty much every online retailer out there.

And now it’s your turn!

Over the weekend, you, your friends, your mother, your dog, your postman… are all welcome to ask me ANYTHING (and it doesn’t have to be fashion related) in the comments section below, and I’ll answer them all in a giant brain explosion on Monday night (October 22).

Happy brainstorming!

P.S. This snap was by Sara from the afternoon we moved to our Williamsburg apartment in New York, a few days before I headed home: wearing Stylestalker Dress, my dear bellybutton and Karen Walker Superduper Strength Sunglasses from Shopbop.

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Margaret Zhang 章凝 is an Australian-born-Chinese director, photographer, consultant and writer based between New York and Shanghai. Since establishing her website in 2009, Margaret has gone on to work with global brands including CHANEL, UNIQLO, Swarovski, YEEZY, Bulgari, Gucci, MATCHES, Under Armour, and Louis Vuitton in a wide range of capacities both in front of and behind the camera, while completing her Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney. Margaret’s directing, photography, and styling has been employed by the likes of VOGUE, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NYLON, Marie Claire, GRAZIA and ELLE internationally. She has been listed in Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 and TimeOut’s 40Under40, and her work has been recognized as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index for the past four consecutive years. She went on to be the first Asian face to cover ELLE Australia. In 2016, she co-founded BACKGROUND, a global consultancy for which she specialises in Western-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-Western cultural bridging for a range of luxury, lifestyle, and brand initiatives. In 2017, she exhibited a series of 39 unseen photographic works as a solo show in Sydney, and premiered her first short film – a 15-minute exploration of her visceral relationship with classical music on both performance and abstract planes – to critical acclaim.

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