Hello, It's Lydia Lee | Clozette

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One quick search of a popular song on YouTube will yield hundreds of results, many of which are covers of the original. Some do it for fun, others do it to get noticed. There are quite a few, however, who gain sudden fame. And there are others who take the fame as a step towards something more concrete.


Lydia Lee mesmerised the world when she released a cover of Adele's Hello, but now she's ready to make a name for herself and let people hear her through her own words. 


We had the opportunity to talk to her about what it was like for her cover to go viral and what's next for her after that. Read on to learn more about the budding star.


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When and how did your love for music and performance begin?

Since I was a child, I feel like I have been exposed to a musical environment. I started off playing the piano, which was my mum's intention at first, then played the violin. I found out that I was really enjoying the whole process of expressing myself through music. Then I joined the 'Auckland Girls Choir'. I gained interest in music so naturally that I don't even remember a specific event or time [that made me interested]. For me, it has always been something to be passionate and fascinated about.


How was it like seeing your cover for Adele's Hello go viral?

It was so surreal. It got to a point where I couldn't believe it even though I saw it through my own eyes! I also definitely did not see that coming at all since there were no intentions of making the cover go viral. I was so grateful to see people enjoying the cover.

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Tell us about your experience at the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Without any doubt, it was one of the most challenging, influential and yet exciting experiences throughout my whole music career. To go on the Ellen DeGeneres Show was beyond my imagination. I have to say, I was under a lot of pressure, but it gave me an opportunity to encourage myself to go out of my comfort zone and explore my abilities in terms of music. The best music-wise education I've ever had!


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Going viral has certainly opened doors for you. How has going viral changed your life on a personal and professional level?

To be honest, I actually went through a phase where I felt so insecure about myself when the video got viral. I felt like I wasn't ready for this much exposure and didn't deserve it. But this experience definitely helped me get through this phase and realise the true musical ability that I had and to embrace my insecurities. I've also learned to push the limits within me. Also, professionally, it trained me to go out there and enjoy the music with the audience and to collaborate with numerous different musicians and producers.


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What and who are you inspired by musically? Why?

There is a lot of musicians that I look up to, including Lianne Havas, Ady Suleiman, Chet Baker, Bill Evans, Billie Holiday, King Krule and so on. But it could be said that throughout my music career, Damien Rice is one of my biggest inspirations. He opened up a whole new world for me. I was so amazed by his music and of how he could be so influential through that subtleness in music. That is when I prioritised stories and lyrics and the essence of music before anything else. 

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Share with us some details about your debut singles Blue and Paralyze Me

They are my first original singles after the cover of Hello. They are very special and personal in my own way. It feels like I'm finally introducing myself to the audiences. They were both written in Atlanta with five amazing producers, and I had so much fun going through the process of making them. 

Blue is based on my personal story — the struggles and the realisations that I had when I was born with a half blue face. This song is very personal yet something that many people can empathise with. Also, the lyrics are like a bit poetic to let the listeners explore their imaginations. Paralyze Me could be claimed as a fictional story. It wasn't lifted directly from my experience; it is a combination of the experiences of five different people including me. But I can still fully understand the story even in a non-romantic way.

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Check out Lydia's first single, Blue, below. You may also download the song, as well as her other single titled Paralyze Me on iTunes.



*The interview was edited for brevity and clarity.

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If you've been living under a rock and haven't tried sporting culottes, which made a massive comeback last year, then now is your time to don this classic look. With an abundance of pieces to partner it and different kinds of style to choose from, you can turn your look from daywear to evening wear in a jiffy. 

With the current season coming to an end and new one in sight, you'll definitely be needing more #ootd ideas for the coming months. Here, we give you ideas on how to wear culottes all year round.


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For cool, casual days


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For meetings during cooler weather

 

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The most romantic day of the year is less than two weeks away. So if you’ve been unlucky in the love department for some time now, don’t worry, because did you know that you can up your chances for romance this year with a few life and fashion fengshui hacks? It's true! Just like how it can be applied to life and beauty, fengshui’s teachings are applicable to fashion and love, too.

So to help you get lucky in love this year, we asked the guidance of Way Fengshui Group to help put us, and you, in the right spot for romance. Keep reading below for the seven hacks we learned.

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Wear more pink and red


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As the two colours are the most associated with love and passion, it’s no surprise that wearing more of them will help enhance your romantic luck. So go ahead and wear the two all day, every day! But here's our tip: Don’t wear them together as combining the two hues is a major fashion faux pas.

Add bangs to switch up your 'do


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Who would have ever thought that bangs could attract a new partner? So whether it’s a full fringe or a wavier and edgier cut, make sure it’s something you know you’ll feel fabulous and confident in.

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Accessorise with rose quartz and pearl colours


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Since the Chinese believe that rose quartz radiates love and pearl promotes good health and prosperity, wearing these two as accessories will definitely increase your chances of finding that epic love. It's a bonus that they pair well with all types of outfits.

Cut your hair to complement your face shape


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If you have a round, square, heart, or diamond-shaped face, switch up your style to something wavier and curlier. On the other hand, if you have a smaller face shape, go for shorter cuts as this will help you to attract your soulmate. And if you have an oval-shaped face, then you’re in luck because you can wear whatever hair look you want and you’ll still attract your true love.


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Declutter your living space


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A cluttered home blocks the positive qi, or energy, from entering. So clean up a little bit, get rid of a few things that radiate negative vibes, and welcome in the smooth flowing qi to help improve your romantic life.


Add flowers


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Another way to increase the qi in your home is by decorating it with flowers, specifically peonies. As a well-known symbol of love, these beautiful flowers have strong healing energy, which helps women find their perfect match. Are you already heading down to the flower shop?




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Be crystal clear


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Gems and stones such as pink kunzite and moonstone will help balance out your heart and mind. Pink kunzite will help open up your heart and connect it to your mind, so it will not only help improve romantic relationships, but friendships and familial ones as well. Moonstone, on the other hand, calms the brain, but at the same time intensifies passion. So whether you wear it as a necklace, or a bracelet, or a pair of earrings, you can be sure that you’ll be drawing in both relationships and friendships.

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Curious if your current makeup look is lucky? Then here are the types of looks to wear and what beauty trends to subscribe to for good luck.


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