Sunday, May 24, 2015

24 hours in the plane and 48 hours in Paris

the perfect navy blue coat at Louis Vuitton

one of the many awe-inspiring buildings on my walk from the 8th arrondissement to the Place des Vosges

a dreamy summer dress at Louis Vuitton

simple salade végétarienne at Bistro Volnay (find it HERE)

attic windows overlooking a beautiful museum courtyard

stripes at Louis Vuitton

sitting on a bench on the Place des Vosges

the opera

coffee after lunch at restaurant Taillevent (find it HERE)

mixed patterns on a dress at Louis Vuitton

the kaleidoscope ceiling pattern at Hotel Le Grand Intercontinental 

Spanish artisanal nougat shop on the left bank established more than 200 years ago

more attic windows on the Place Vendôme - all I ask for is a tiny flat on the corner with four windows or so? or maybe 5

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Louis Vuitton, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris

my trusty Balenciaga and my new trusty LV? Yes or no?

Rue du Faubourg St Honoré and the Élysée palace
(sorry for lack of posts - to be rectified soon)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Find Your Style (but first answer these questions)

iphone snap of one of my fave pages in one of my fave Chanel books - we've got Paris, a girl with windblown hair and a monkey, a white Chanel jacket with black trim (the ultimate), a black bow at the neck, the random chains of pearls....  what's not to love?

You probably already know your style. I bet it's classic with a twist, right? But sometimes it's quite good to re-examine why you wear what you wear. Not least because it makes shopping more efficient, but also because it's good fun. I have answered the first set of questions myself. Tomorrow we continue with more questions based on today's answers.

Favorite item of clothing in your closet: Chanel inspired short boxy jacket and a black blazer.

Favorite outfit: jacket, T-shirt and very dark jeans, Chanel bag and flats. But I am not as tall as I'd like to be so usually it's shoes or boots with a block heel.

What do you wear if all else fails: a J.Crew white 3/4 sleeve perfect shirt and Current Elliott boyfriend jeans with Moschino black shoes, and a Balenciaga black bag.

Favorite color for clothes: navy, or a combination of navy, black and white in one outfit.

Favorite stylish person: Sofia Coppola. I have never seen a photo of her in a bad outfit. But I have a split personality when it comes to fashion because I also love Chanel and Hermès embellishment on absolutely everything. Sofia is never embellished except for matching Verdura cuffs ever so often. I wonder what Sofia would look like if she were styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele? Distant seconds and so forths are Alexa Chung and Inès de la Fressange. These three women all wear block heeled shoes all the time by the way. I love a girl in a block heel. Finally, I also like Kate Moss' style, but not as much as the others'.

Favorite thing to shop for: shoes with block heels!

Favorite type of bag: a bag with a top handle held in the crook of the arm.

Favorite all time brand if money were no object: Chanel merged with J.Crew.

Favorite cut of jeans: medium waist skinny bought one size too big, which I suppose makes it a more of a narrow straight leg.

Favorite shop on a budget: J.Crew and Zara.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Bated Breath: Always Pack a Party Dress

Style Stalking by the stylish women behind the blog Refinery29

The Refinery29 girls say leopard should be considered neutral - I wholeheartedly agree

I think I have heard Toni Morrison say in some interview, possibly on Oprah, that every expression is a cliche. If it has been said before it is a cliche. I hope she really did say that because ever since I think I heard it I find it hard to use any existing expression of language without feeling like a lazy fraud. Yet "with bated breath" is just the perfect amount of drama to describe the eagerness with which I await Amanda Brooks' new book Always Pack a Party Dress: And Other Lessons Learned from a (Half) Life in Fashion. It will be released on May 26th.

In the meantime, I picked up Refinery29's book Style Stalking at Kelly & Walsh in Pacific Place. Refinery29 is one of those big professional blogs with information about everything and anything, lots of mom and working woman stuff, but for me not necessarily a fashion destination. The book, however, surprised me more than pleasantly. It has lots of streetstyle photos with interesting looking girls, whose outfits are analyzed and broken down in categories like mixed prints, ladylike and rule breakers just to name a few. It's quite fun! It'll do perfectly until Amanda's book comes out...

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Pop Up Shop at 21 Square Street - Thursday, 7 May, 11-6 PM

Janne Poulsen (House of Kamal) bracelet with JDCamicetta silk top

Janne Poulsen's necklaces on Isabel Marant Étoile silk top

I went to the Pop Up Shop on 21 Square Street in Sheung Wan today because I wanted to look at Janne Poulsen's pretty silver treasures. I have bought her Hope bracelets in the past, which benefit the charitable organization HKAHF (Hong Kong Adventist Hospital Foundation - find them HERE). The jewelry she showed at the Pop Up today was super fun and pretty, just the thing to cheer up a simple top and a pair of jeans. I love that you never look overdone in her things. Other brands showing are Chicameo and Zenvara among others. They will still be there tomorrow, close to the Man Mo Temple. Or find Janne's website HERE.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Moody humidity in Hong Kong

the harbor

view towards Kennedy town from Lugard Road on the Peak

the harbor and ICC building in Kowloon, the highest building in Hong Kong

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Only in China

I went on a shopping trip to Shenzhen with some friends this week and in one little shop I was sitting across from this gorgeous Chinese girl. She had so much natural style and although she was wearing jeans and flats and a simple shirt, there was just something really cool and refined about her. After secretly staring for a bit I thought it was possibly her striking watch that made her outfit so cool. 
I said to her I love your style and I really love your watch ...  and within seconds she had taken it off and told me it was fake and she had bought it at such and such shop on the 3rd floor, and would I like to try it on? 
Only in China.