Christine Chang Hanway
UK Editor Remodelista
CURRICULUM VITAE - the 'courses of life' that have shaped me into who I am today.
1960's - CLUELESS - Living the American Dream as the only Chinese family in a blue blood New England (Connecticut) suburb. First thing I ever wanted to be was a red haired waitress with white skin - telling, no? My second biggest aspiration was to be a ballerina.
What was I thinking?
1970's - TENTATIVE - My teenage years were spent being bored and under stimulated in predominately white suburbia where the most exotic thing going was Kraft cheese on Ritz crackers. I knew I had to get out and swore never to raise my children in the suburbs. My first heartthrobs were all based on Hubbell Gardiner, Robert Redford's character in The Way We Were.
Seriously? What was I thinking?
1980's - TURBULENT - In my twenties, I made the great escape to urban living via university (New York) and graduate school (Boston). Loved college; wrestled with the all male corporate environment I encountered at architecture school and subsequently in the profession. While miserable on one hand, I had also met my husband to be at architecture school. With a Japanese mother and authentically preppie WASP father; his DNA brought my two conflicting worlds together. More importantly, he understood me.
1990's - THRILLING - During my thirties, I moved to London, became a parent and quit the architecture profession; coming to the realization that my career was not what defined me.
2000's - AFFIRMING - In my forties I raised two sons, embarked on many creative and satisfying projects, became at ease with myself and found humour.
2010's - FULFILLING - I enter my fifties with a husband who still understands me, two teenage sons who are interesting and more importantly interested, an amazing set of friends and family all over the world, exciting and enjoyable work and very much to look forward to.
Far from finished.
My sister's book - Beyond the Narrow Gate by Leslie Chang; A story about my mother and her three classmates and their journey from Middle Kingdom to middle America. This beautifully written story explains so much about where I have come from.
Good for the Soul - A walk in Primrose Hill Good for the Body - Pilates; my fountain of youth
Good for the Heart - the self -winding vintage Rolex from the 60's that my husband gave to me to remind me of my father and his watch.
Dress - vintage Prada
Shoes - Beatrix Ong
Bag - vintage Prada
I really enjoy this series, just to see how woman developed themselves in the course of the years. Love her dress and shoes!
(btw, forgot to mention this in my previous comment, love love both your outfits. I googled your shoes, haven’t found them yet. I’m on the hunt for some similar ones. And ripped off jeans are my favorites)
Being in my fifties myself I totally relate, adore and am inspired by this Far from Over journey and exploration.
Hi Kristen Love what you are doing here – we are so singing from the same songbook (I’m 53…). How can I make sure I don’t miss the next one? Maggie
You are as beautiful today as when we first met at graduate school 30 years ago. (don’t worry, this is from your husband).
Good morning Christine from Portland, Maine and thank you for sharing and summing your path to fifty in such clear and positive words. Your attention and intention to a successful life reflects beautifully in your images. Looking forward to more nuggets of wisdom!
Fabulous Christine. We have met in the ether, via twitter but like so many women, I know find out that we are also connected via you Kristin. X
You are looking fabulous and doing well Christine – enjoy your fifties!
What a lovely new blog– and great inspiration for all of us in our 50s and doing our thing!