A few gems I found in a side pocket of my suitcase while packing for a quick work trip.

The forgotten bits and pieces you find from a previous trip while packing for the next are surely the real memories. Not the superficial gifts and purchases with no real geographical nor cultural significance. Not even your own clothes – that is to say, you won’t be putting on that jacket and thinking, “Oh wasn’t that night wearing this jacket in Paris great fun?”.

For me, it’s the gems hidden away in side-pockets that really reflect the trip. Indeed, I just came across this mess of New Year’s Eve memories from New York while frantically packing for my flight to LA in the morning. I wouldn’t mind rewinding to dressing up for the Soho Grand‘s masquerade ball with Alex, counting down for midnight and the balloons that didn’t rain down, and ordering 1 AM grilled cheese room service (the best grilled cheese room service).

Meanwhile, I’m sitting here in May with a hundred thousand deadlines, and prospective jetlag.


  • mcboodles

    The most fun I ever had in Paris I wasn’t wearing anything.

  • Very well written and said. It’s the little things that give the greatest memories :)

    xoxo Aela

  • Really true!!Great post. :)

  • fixatedfaiyaz

    so true, such a great feeling to find such things. almost as amazing when you find money in clothes you haven’t worn in ages.

  • Aditi Mayer

    YES love it all.

  • Awww I really like the photos of you and Alex. You guys are beautiful together! And I totally agree, the memories are what you find hurriedly shoved into pockets of bags, so not to lose them – only to be discovered months or years later!

  • I love finding things I forgot I had and then reflecting on them :) These photos are lovely, sounds like such a great NYE

    Rachel xx

  • Veena

    Indeed, nothing brings up memories than finding knick-knacks in your clothes! The pictures are really pretty, so is YSL lipstick!

    ♡ veena | seveninchstilettos.comtwitter/instagram: @veenamccoole

  • YSL has great lipstick

  • Little bits of memories, like local coins, boat tickets, pretty rocks.. I always collect some rock and happily forget it in some pocket, just to find it later and yearn to go back to the place I collected it from.

  • this is so true marg, its like the things that we don’t know about make the trips more precious.

  • allie paige

    love the Schumacher Aviary print in the background :) & YSL lipsticks. They’re so lush.

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  • Diami Diallo

    Id also love to know! I just started my blog. :)


Margaret Zhang is a Chinese-Australian photographer, director, stylist and writer based in New York. Since her digital beginnings in the fashion industry in 2009, Margaret has worked with global brands including Chanel, UNIQLO, Swarovski, YEEZY, Clinique, Lexus, Dior, Gucci, Matches 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.
Though regularly featured in print and digital media as a model and personality alike, Margaret’s pho tography, styling, and creative direction has been employed by the likes of Vogue, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NYLON, Marie Claire, Buro24/7, and ELLE internationally. She has been listed in Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 and TimeOut’s 40Under40 lists, and her work has been recognised as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index, and ELLE Magazine’s Best Digital Influencer of The Year Award.




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