Summer hasn’t lived up to expectations thus far (at least not in comparison to last year’s heat wave). While we were on holiday down in the South Island it rained most days, and with almost wintery nights; woolens were a must, along with a roaring fire and the electric blankets. But something to brighten up the remainder of my holiday was the arrival of a couple of pairs of earrings courtesy of Vinca, and these neon fox ones are my favourite.
Doing this ‘fox-y’-themed shoot (and having a play around in my mother-in-laws beautiful garden), made me think about my name change, 3-years ago. I like to think that I’m a modern girl, but in many ways I can be rather traditional. So when I decided to take my husband’s name, it was a
big HUGE decision. We’d jokingly played around with hyphenation (for the purposes of passing down both names), or even having my husband take my surname (both instances bordered on weird, if not comical).
For the most part, changing my name came down to the fact that my surname ‘Yee’ has been misspelled and mispronounced as Lee or Wee ever since I was a child. I’ve never been embarrassed about my maiden name as it denotes my Chinese heritage (which I’m very proud of). BUT part of me wanted to wipe the slate clean and free myself from years of confusion. A new name would make my life simpler, straight forward. Right?
So, like a fox, I ran with SLY.
“No. Not FLY! Sly! S. L. Y. (Pause) Sly, as in…like a fox.” I say to the shoe repair man, who looks at me through beady eyes, down the rim of his glasses.
“Sonia Fly (pause) Fly. F. L. Y?” he repeats again.
I peer at his ears trying to see if he’s wearing a hearing aid.
“No, no no. Sly. S. L. Y.” I roll my eyes and pray that I don’t have to repeat myself again, (which I do). Time slows down and I watch the clock, knowing that I have to catch a bus. This man has to be deaf surely?
Having now missed my bus, and being that I’ve had a long day at work, I leave feeling agitated. Never have I found myself so offended.
“You should have stuck with Yee,” says my husband. “I get the ‘Fly’ thing all the time.”
Well, I’d made my bed and now I had to lie in it. Not only was it not as soft and cushion-y as I’d imagined, I was also left more identity-stricken than ever before. Three years on and I’m half the woman I used to be–half Yee– half Sly (at least on paper) or should that be half Lee—half Fly? With the remainder of my documents still to be updated, I have resigned myself to the permanence of Sly and its Fly-like comparisons. The upshot of this, is that I’ve been told that Sonia Sly sounds kind of super hero-ish (which I rather like) plus, Yee on the Wall doesn’t have quite the same ring to it!
Style File: Karen Walker Hi There-Sebastian Playsuit bought last year (similar printed playsuit styles here and here )Beau Coops Kingsman Boots from Violent Green (in black), ASOS Leather Envelope Bag (similar in fauux pony), Neon Fox Earrings VincaUSA, Silver deco style ring (similar). Photography Credit: Howard and Sonia Sly
I’ve had this crab print playsuit for awhile, but have only recently pulled it out of my wardrobe. I love the ease of all-in-ones and this playsuit looks as good with sandals and heels as it does with stockings (for the cooler months). As for the cute ‘foxy’ earrings from Vinca, now that I have short hair, earrings are my go-to on the jewellery-front (whereas I tend to feel far too girly wearing earrings with long hair). Vinca stock a quirky range of fun, acrylic and wood cut jewellery including; earrings, pendants, rings and bracelets all designed by Austin, Texas-based– Amanda Dimova. You’ll find plenty of designs whether you’re on the hunt for something for yourself or a gift. Prices range from US $12-76.00 and Vinca also offer free delivery. Check out their cool range of designs here.