Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014
This was a much better photo before I noticed my feet were hairy and had to crop the shot drastically. That said, it now better illustrates my point about the leopard pattern. Never buy leopard print shoes online - the pattern is almost always placed differently on the shoe, and often they don't match at all. Sometimes that is cool and gives them character, but sometimes it is really distracting and you end up not wearing them cos something feels wrong.
When you buy them in the store, you can pick the patterns you like best, or like I have done before, ask for another pair, make a mess on the floor by throwing lefts and rights around with abandon, then pick the best pair and put them back in the box together.
Something has to be done about these. The pair on the right is my favorite one, it has more of the camel color and the black lines are longer and continuous. The lines of the left are too dotty and overall this shoe seems a lot lighter in color. I've had a rummage through my art drawer and after a bit of experimenting on the heel of the shoe I think I have found the right markers to fix it. A 15-year obsession with finding the perfect set of skin color markers for fashion drawing has finally paid off. To be continued.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
My DVF dress in gorgeous morning sun light - of course one busy print is never enough for me, so I have added a print bag and shoes as well.
I have watched a few episodes of House of DVF - unfortunately it doesn't show as much of the inner workings of the company as I was hoping for but Diane herself is fabulous in it, always offering wonderful wisdoms to everyone around her. Yesterday I used my little gift card and bought a very pretty dress. I picked up a signed copy of her autobiography as well and have not been able to put it down - it is absolutely riveting.
There is an infectious optimism in Diane's attitude to life which is totally reflected in her clothes. Among the annoyingly self-conscious fashion people I have worked with in the past DVF was never considered the coolest brand, because being cool is about pretending to be jaded and sullen and always showing a hint of disdain your face. You simply can't do all those things in a DVF dress. DVF dresses make you smile, they make you say hello to strangers, and they make you feel unapologetically happy to be a woman.
Diane has lived an exciting life for sure, and it's super fun to read about all the people she's met and the places she has visited - but it's the life lessons that make this book so intriguing. It is honestly such a good read - I so very highly recommend you get this book - and why not buy a dress while you're at it?
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Isabel Marant boots
Isabel Marant Étoile jeans
I am the grinch of sports day. To me sports day is the reason one decides not to have children, or at least homeschool them until university. And this year as usual, a perfectly fresh fall morning turned into a sweaty boiling hot day on the Stanley Ho running track. But I love my new-ish Isabel jeans. They are so fab, I don't want to ever take them off.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Fi tries on high heels and kitten heels
I love - but the girls call them bridesmaids shoes
mushy pea green is a divine contrast to orange in these cashmere jumpers
where are the shop girls? look, I am touching...
detail of a wool cape - imagine having to sew all those scalloped details - masterpiece
my favorite thing in the store
tone on tone rockstuds in grainy leather
hello little friend
if only I were tall, I would choose the flats over all the other Rockstuds
love that orange so much
I am squinting and pretending this is my closet
I made friends with random customers (some champagne was consumed before this magical hour)
still no shop girls, why are they not stopping me
already a classic
I spent a magical hour walking around Valentino yesterday, picking up everything, touching the clothes, rearranging displays, and taking loads of pictures. I had come in after a long afternoon at Isola to exchange shoes I had bought on Monday after someone described them as bridesmaids shoes. I loved them but couldn't put my finger on what it was that gave me a hint of hesitation that morning as I tried to find an outfit for them. But after my friend said it I could see them right there next to the altar, peeping out from under a sugary sweet pink heap of tulle. I made my decision quickly and chose a pink pair of Rockstuds with matching pink straps. While Fi and Den kept the shop girls busy trying on every variety of shoe in the shop I wandered around in absolute heaven.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
I have been totally inspired by www.stylebriefhongkong.com this week and have decided to only use my own photos on this blog going forward. As I am gathering new material, I am re-posting one of my all time favorites. Twenty-two degrees today in Hong Kong! Jumpers are coming out to play.
Common Projects sneakers
Marc Jacobs bag
Friday, November 7, 2014
I wore a short sleeved silk JDCamicetta top to lunch with a cotton Sophie d'Hoore shirt underneath. Chloe shoes and black wide leg Club Monaco trousers. Although I loved my outfit I found myself humming the Drunken Sailor song at one point, and couldn't get it out of my mind all day. I think of my beautiful friend Christina every time I wear that Sophie d'Hoore shirt with the ties because I bought it with her on a trip to Paris, at Bon Marché. So much more memorable than my many flash trips into Zara, I should remember that next time I get the urge.
Lunch at China Tang, 4th floor, Landmark Building, Central Hong Kong. First time I went but I will be going back often. I love a place where you can be as dressed up as a Christmas tree - there is nothing like a beautiful decor full of sparkle to lift one's spirits.
Joyce on Queens Road Central has a stunning Peter Pilotto display. They have finally covered that horrible tile floor and the white wall which always let down their otherwise beautiful windows.
The lights are on in Oxford Street and the trees are out in Lane Crawford. It's Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!