Sunday, March 29, 2015

Incredibly beautiful Pierre Hardy shoes at Lane Crawford

Painted leather and suede - Pierre Hardy is having a stellar season. Shoes at Lane Crawford, IFC.

People Watching at Chanel on Chater Road

As usual there was a line in front of Chanel today (Sunday) and this girl has been waiting for a while. She is wearing her Sunday best and is undeterred by the sales woman who has come outside to explain to her why she can not yet enter the store.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Gladiator flats at Isabel Marant

I love the look of the camel colored gladiator flats at Isabel Marant, not so much the quality which is flimsy for lack of a better word. But how much does that matter to you?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

J.Crew Elsie pump

Apparently J.Crew has not had a great year. I can assure you I did my best all year to keep the profits up, so I was surprised to read about J.Crew's lackluster results HERE. In a show of support for what has to be my favorite brand ever I'd like to sing the praises of the J.Crew Elsie pump here.

For months I have been thinking I should buy some plain black pumps in leather or suede with an 8 cm heel rather than the 10 cm of my go-to Jimmy Choo pumps - easier to walk on and not quite as unflattering on the tortured toes. But the fact is, once you have very comfortable plain black shoes, those will be the ones you always grab first... I was worried buying them would stop me wearing my many other more challenging shoes (which would be bad as I have done extensive price-per-wear calculations on those to convince my husband they would be very smart purchases).

I doubted for months about these Gianvito Rossi shoes in my basket, because spending HKD 4,800 is hard for a plain black shoe. And then yesterday I went to J.Crew to buy a birthday present and I saw these Elsie pumps. It took me only a second to decide I was going to buy them. They are very low in the front so there is no gap between the toes and the shoes, the heel is super comfortable and the suede is intensely black and very smooth. And they are half the price of the Gianvito Rossi version. I am so pleased with these. Very very highly recommended. And if you don't want boring black, they also come in lots of colorful options (HERE).

Monday, March 23, 2015

Savonnerie Xaphong

Hoi An

French and Vietnamese mix beautifully in Hoi An's old signs

A Chinese temple in Hoi An

The Nam Hai

What I wore for cooler evenings (but without the shoes)

Keeping it classic for sightseeing in a navy poplin shirt dress and gold flats

The Nam Hai

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A few days in Hoi An, Vietnam

Lunch at the Nam Hai resort near Hoi An

This young girl sat down on the sidewalk next to me with a portable kitchen/restaurant.  Within moments of her arrival people came and sat on one of the tiny stools she had brought with her as well to enjoy fried fish in a curry-like sauce.

Hoi An is an incredibly touristy town chock full of shops with cheap T-shirts and sun hats. We were close to giving up on it after about 15 minutes, but persevered and found some beautiful quiet spots. The beaches are stunning, however, and so is the Nam Hai resort.

A Saturday night at Topiary and Bibo

On the left: gold tone cuff by J.Crew in stores now. On the right Prada bracelet, similar in store now.

The view from the pretty terrace of Topiary, a great cocktail bar with really lovely service.

At Bibo we were served our champagne in coupe glasses. But I bet you are looking at my friend's bracelet instead. Absolutely stunning (the friend and the Herm├Ęs cuff).

Kate Moss adorns the wall at Bibo.

Best Rockstuds ever? (aided of course by the lovely pins of Miss Fi)

Bookcases with fake books sprayed with faces at Bibo - the word contrived comes to mind but then again we need more pretty restaurants with good lighting in Hong Kong.

The bar at Bibo