Natural Habitat

Despite this space being so much about a career, a closet, a technological addiction, and traveling to big cities on big jet planes, it’s a good idea to get out once in a while, and find some appreciation for what a lot of people are forgetting to protect – that is, themselves, and our natural habitat.



As much as Miranda Kerr could never not be beautiful, I remember one of her earlier interviews in the likes of DOLLY Magazine (when I was still the prepubescent target demographic for likes of DOLLY Magazine) declaring that she felt the most beautiful when she was well rested, and had just stepped out of the shower. After two weeks of stepping out of the shower and not feeling any more like Miranda Kerr, my school teacher explained the sweaty nervousness before public speaking as the product of an unnatural exercise. Humans aren’t meant to get up in front of crowds of people and speak, she said – it’s out of our comfort zone. I subsequently concluded that humans aren’t meant to be Miranda Kerr, either.

Flawless tweenage logic aside, it’s surely true that most of us stretch our bodies and minds beyond their natural habitats, if you’ll have it, every day. That childhood limitation later becomes an escape and sanctuary – indeed, my room is one of the few places where I can be completely calm, multitask to my full capacity, think clearly, dream big, and organise my life in nerdy lines.

By the same token, I place as great an importance on keeping all my shelves dusted, books aligned and loungewear ready, as doing my bit to keep my favourite stretches of sand paradisaical. Since moving closer to the sea, I can’t imagine not being able to go for a swim whenever I’m feeling stuck, or surf time with Alex. While I’m sure most of us will openly admit that we aren’t hardcore environmental activists, nor do we have the excess time in a day to be regulating ocean trash, there are ways in which you can make an affirmative contribution, beyond just not doing the wrong thing, if you can handle my double negatives – I’m not going to preach.

Kind of like I really need to rustle up ten minutes to vacuum, and unpack my suitcase from Seoul.

And like you need to find your happy place and maintain its condition, so that you never become so emotionally stuck that you head down a slippery slope à la Elliot Rodger.



And so, despite this space being so much about a career, a closet, a technological addiction, and traveling to big cities on big jet planes, it’s probably a good idea to get out once in a while, and find some appreciation for what a lot of people are forgetting to protect – that is, themselves, and our natural habitat.

In the lead-up to World Environment Day, I’ll be sharing some of my favourite people in their natural habitats and go-to green brands from David Jones – keep up and get involved.

Charlotte Olympia Velvet Kitty Flat

Balenciaga Paris Eau de Parfum

Bottega Veneta EDT

Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Intense Moisturiser

The Aromatherapy Co. Lemongrass, Lime & Bergamot Room Spray

Bassike Sailor Strip Heritage T-Shirt

Nobody Denim Beau Jean

Samantha Wills As The Sun Sets Bangle

St Albans Mohair Throw

Jurlique Lavender Conditioner

Bec & Bridge Bravado Coat

Equipment Knox Lace-Up Shirt

Bec & Bridge Bravery Leather Pants

The Aromatherapy Co. Therapy Kitchen Chef’s Gift Set

Shot on Canon T60 with Kodak Gold 200 Film



    • Nina Ng

      Stop commenting on things that you don’t even bother to read just to get people to look at your blog….

      • Uyamin Helsinki

        HAHAHA ^ Good point

  • Bernadette Williams

    Interesting post, Margaret! Your little ‘natural habitat’ looks so cute compared to my room! I don’t really live near any natural landscapes (big concrete jungle here…), so I guess it’s a bit harder to relate to finding a happy place in the sea or a forest or something – maybe that’s why all New Yorkers are crazy hahahah ;)

  • Vanessa

    Omg how scary is that Elliot Rodger! I can’t believe all the news that is being released about him, his videos, the people he killed, etc… As much as everyone’s all hands in the air about guns, I think it’s probably more important to be preventing/helping that mental illness – having the escape/sanctuary like you say is probably a good start.

  • isida

    Love those perfumes!

  • Great content girl! Love the way you write. Now you made me want to eat chocolate and cookies because of the last picture;)

  • Avanti

    Love the your room! Nice simple decor. I wish I lived by the sea or near a large lake except Sydney beaches are pretty expensive. So I guess suburbia will be my natural habitat until I have saved enough or won the jackpot!


  • Damn you are perfection in your own way!

  • Nika

    I feel wiser after each read post, written by you. I said it before and I’ll say it again, I could not appreciate you more, for just being one of the rare few bloggers who are worth reading, who give you something else than empty superficial words. I wish I was able to put mu thoughts in words as well as you do!
    Cheers to you Margaret! :)

  • Beautiful post, wonderful photos! Always so well written and a pleasure to read!

  • charmystique

    You are so right! We’re all caught up in the rat race, dashing from point A to B to C, 24/7, that we forget to take a deep breath and relax. I think having a really nice home to come back to definitely helps with the whole relaxing situation.

    P.S.: You have such great digs!!! They look so simple and comfortable, perfect!

  • Love this post.

    Always love to read your posts btw, they never bore me!

    Much Love, M

  • Maggie A

    Such an awesome inspirational message. :) I don’t think we were meant to be like Miranda Kerr either btw lol. >_< I'm going to go out and preserve my natural self also. Now if I could just save enough money to travel as much as my heart desires :-D lol. I always love stopping by your blog.

    Hope you get a chance to check mine out also.

    Maggie A

  • as always, we can expect beautiful photos and witty writing from you :)

  • Holly-lee

    Beautiful words miss Margaret, I always enjoy reading your posts and flicking through your fabulous photos xx

  • annika

    That lens flare is absolutely captivating. And that wash of salmon pink and light blue in the sky… It’s my goal to take pictures as enthralling as yours.

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  • Chanty

    You make everything look beautiful with your photography Margaret :)

  • I think I’ve finally pinpointed why I enjoy your blog so much. Not only do you have some great photography, style and personality. I’m always enchanted by your writing style as well, it makes me reminisce reading a great book for the first time. And I was always a Girlfriend Mag over a Dolly. :P

  • you shot with film!! always enjoy reading your posts x

  • Isutave Isutave

    very sentimental piece! luv life! Happy 21st!

  • The kitty flats are too cute!:)

  • Joe Beverly

    I’ve seen the earth’s population double
    Can’t help but think that we’re in trouble

  • A swift kick in the buns to clean my room could not have come at a better time.
    Also, love seeing snippets of your little oasis. :)

  • I just recently discovered you blog and I have to say that you are a really great writer. Not a lot of fashion bloggers but as much effort into written content but you do.

    Much Respect,

  • Vanessa

    Hi Margaret!! just wanted to check – is Bassike’s stuff environmentally friendly?? Thanks!

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  • Ok, that Elliot Rodger line; a little too soon and perhaps a little inappropriate. You might argue that he was a product of this ‘happy place’, don’t trivialise mental illness.

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  • Sharon

    I feel the exact same way about my room, it’s like a haven for everything!
    Can you please just become a writer …

  • You are so inspirational to young and old. Your posts are so witty and intelligent, I feel obliged to read you everyday

  • Chelsea Dunstan

    Those cookies look so CUTE!

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  • Really enjoyed seeing a small glimpse into your private time and space Margaret! I agree it should be kept as sacred as possible, it’s so easy to get so caught up in the fast past life of this industry!


Margaret Zhang 章凝 is an Australian-born-Chinese filmmaker, photographer, consultant and writer based between New York and Shanghai. Since establishing her website in 2009, Zhang has gone on to work with global brands including CHANEL, 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. Zhang’s directing, photography, and styling has been employed by the likes of VOGUE, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NOWNESS, 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 four consecutive years. CNN has identified Zhang as a leading fashion photographer in Asia and ELLE named her the region’s most influential digital voice. 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. In 2018, co-curated the first annual FOREFRONT Summit focused on inter-industry problem-solving at all scales of business. From this king summit, Zhang developed FOREFRONT+ – a round table series of candid conversations covering subject matters of universal concern. In 2019, THE FACE Magazine engaged Zhang as Creative-Director-at-Large for Asia for its relaunch. Zhang is currently working on her first feature film.


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