Monday, January 15, 2018

Today's no-shopping challenge outfit: Isabel Marant, Uniqlo, Pierre Hardy and Prada

Today I have gone for a very classic Isabel Marant cocoon coat (there is still a black one HERE, styled horribly by Lagarconne, literally sucking the joy out of my heart when I look at that picture).  This coat has been 40 per cent off in the IM store on On Lan Street for a while, but I am not sure how many are left.

The black tuxedo shirt is from a collab between Uniqlo and Jill Sander.  Once again I apologise that during this no-shopping month I am wearing so many old clothes that are no longer available.  Uniqlo makes super lovely shirts though, check HERE for what is on offer now.

The acid wash pink Isabel Marant Étoile jeans stir it all up a little which is probably how I would love every outfit to be.  Some classics with some elements that feel a bit wrong.  It appears that for many people these jeans are too much because they on deep sale HERE and all sizes are still left.  I think the styling in this case is not great either - these trousers need to be toned down with a neutral.  Usually Mytheresa has great styling but this photo feels too matchy and too pink.

Prada shoes -  they are from an outlet in Holland called Maasmechelen Village.  The pointy toes are so long that I tend to stumble in these shoes...  Both Prada and Miu Miu often make their shoes more exaggeratedly pointy than I like.  But as Demna Gvasalia at Balenciaga has been driving the trend for elongated pointy footwear these have become a bit more current.

The bag is by Pierre Hardy and combines black and navy, which is in my opinion the chicest color combo ever.  Yes, I agree, saying chic in a serious, non-sarcastic sentence is slightly-a-lot annoying.  But what better description for navy and black is there?  Check out this blue jean version of the bag, it is soooo pretty (HERE).  And you can trust in Barneys to know how to style a great outfit. 

Enjoy your Tuesdays, dear readers!

xx Dianne

No Shopping Challenge: Wearing the Isabel Marant Blazer I bought in October

This outfit is so comfortable and yet I feel quite put together.  Shopping my closet only has been a great experience so far.  But I am only halfway through January, so let's see how I feel in a week or so.

Saint Laurent ankle boots (HERE)
IRO white shirt (similar HERE)
Isabel Marant Étoile jacket (similar HERE)
AG Jeans (HERE)
Belt from Martin Margiela but probably ten years old
J.Crew x Net-à-Porter faux fur scarf from last year
Chanel studded bag from Summer 2017

Hope all your Mondays are going swell.

xx Dianne

Sunday, January 14, 2018

View from Quarry Bay towards Central and Tsim Tsa Tsui

This view is from Swire's building One Island East.  Hong Kong seems even bigger from this angle.  The two highest buildings in the distance are the IFC on the left and ICC on the right.  The mountain on the left in the far distance is The Peak, from where I write this.

No outfit today, I am sitting around in sweats tidying up the my make-up drawers.

I've found this very pretty unused O.P.I nail polish during my clean-out, it's called Malaga Wine.  Might try to do my own nails tomo.  See what it looks HERE.

Back tomorrow with a Monday outfit!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Casual Saturday Lunch Outfit with Tweed Blazer and Sneakers (Outfit 14 of no-shopping challenge)

On this Saturday I am going to the Quarry Bay / Tai Koo area of Hong Kong, where we will have noodle soup lunch at Butao Ramen.  For my 14th outfit in January, shopping my closet rather than shopping in stores, I have picked an eight year old Rag & Bone tweed blazer. It was quite fitted and nipped in at the waist but I have asked a tailor to take out some of the shaping seams to make it look a bit more modern (and to be able to fit it!!! eight years of delicious soup noodles coming back to haunt me).  HERE is a similar jacket that I absolutely adore.

The T-shirt is J.Crew, HERE.

Point Sur jeans via J.Crew, similar HERE.

Louis Vuitton Alma bag, mine was a special issue but other Alma styles HERE.

Isabel Marant sneakers, similar HERE and a super gorgeous silver and pink version HERE.

Have a great Saturday everyone!

xx Dianne

Thursday, January 11, 2018

First Hong Kong photos with my iPhone X

walking on Severn Road the city slowly comes into view

a few minutes later near the Peak tram station

then another hour later on Lugard Road - this camera is awesome

(no filters, no color adjustments)

Second attempt at Balenciaga inspired mixed checks (outfit 13 of no-shopping challenge)

click on photos for a larger version

I am suddenly quite conscious of the fact that by shopping my closet I am always showing things you can't actually buy in stores anymore.  Sorry about that.  But I hope you may look at an outfit like the one above and can still take inspiration from it, whether it's from color combinations or silhouettes. 

The wool knit skirt is J.Crew from last season, the belt is very old from Alexander McQueen, the big link bracelet was from Intermix and I have woven an Hermès twilly through it. The tweed jacket was last winter from J.Crew, the check shirt is from J.Crew (HERE), and the mules are Marks & Spencer (HERE).

The blue twilly scarf is meant to be tied around the handle of your Hermès bag, but they are also great to tie around the collar of a white shirt, or woven through a bracelet like here.  I suppose you could also cut out a strip of silk or buy a ribbon for this purpose.

The sales are great for finding special belts.  Inevitably there is a table somewhere at the end of the sale in Harvey Nichols or Harrods with loads of very expensive belts.  I carefully sort through those every time it's a sale. This Alexander McQueen skull belt may have been from Lane Crawford's outlet, and it was a total bargain - yet it has been one of my favorite accessories for years.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Shop your closet for Spring 2018 trends - Outfit 12 of No-shopping January

Today I am trying to shop my own wardrobe for Spring 2018 trends.  Some of those trends are:

The color lavender

Mixed checks

Slip dresses

Pencil skirts

Tailored dark denim

I took this photo just after Christmas on the most beautiful warm day in Hong Kong with my parents on a Star Ferry excursion across to Kowloon. This pic was taken out of the Ferry terminal windows just before our ride back to the island.

Unfortunately it's not at all spring at the moment like everywhere else in the northern hemisphere.  Here on Victoria Peak (the mountain just behind the highest building in the picture)  it's only 7 degrees this evening. 

The trend I decided on for this post was mixed checks so this morning I picked out some clothes and went off for the day expecting to take a photo later.  Well, it was so dark and dreary once I got home, that I couldn't manage a proper layout.  With no one at home I tried some fromwhereIstand snaps which failed miserably as I haven't quite figured out how to use my new iPhone X.

So here's a snippet of my mixed checks...  (I just realised it's basically a crotch shot)

Pathetic I agree!  My point for today was... why not try to mix up two different checks in your outfit.  Pants from H&M (similar HERE) and J.Crew shirt (HERE).

It was done beautifully in the Balenciaga show for Spring 2018 (HERE), and you can go as subdued or as loud with this trend as you want. 

I am on my second day this week of the 5/2 Intermittent Fasting Diet (more HERE).  My husband and I have decided to do it together, so I have high hopes we can stick to our two-month initial goal.  As I was busy today it wasn't too hard but now that I can smell the lovely scent of stir-fry being cooked in the kitchen I am very ready for this fasting day to be over.

See you back tomorrow with a more complete outfit.

Lots of love and thanks for reading,
xx Dianne