Monday, September 1, 2014

Buy a peasant dress why don't you

Net-a-Porter is by far my favorite place in the world to shop. But in the fashion world silly pronouncements are never far off, and The Edit (Net-a-Porter's online magazine) reminds us this week just how funny fashion edicts can be.

If you buy one thing this season, make it a peasant dress - the '70s folk trend is set to be huge for Cruise 2015 too. Couture craftwork is the essence of this bohemian look, from Etro's embroidered gilet to Burberry Prorsum's hand-painted sheepskin coat.

Now just remember girls, couture craftwork is the essence of a good peasant dress. Happy shopping!

Soccer Mom

Zara top with lace sleeves - in store now
Zara jeans - in store now
Balenciaga bag - in store now
Moschino shoes - from the olden days

I went with Zara ripped jeans today. Modestly ripped, but still there are actually holes. Because these sort of jeans always make me instantly worried about that old yucky sheep/sweet baby lamb stigma, I went with a more subdued top and very ladylike 10-year old Moschino shoes. The top is also Zara and it's a tiny bit cropped, but not too much for my football mum purposes. I always feel happiest in navy blue and a block heel. I think that makes me rather bourgeois, but that is entirely fine with me.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Flavors of the month

I have always loved bracelets better than any other jewelry. I go through periods where I have favorites, currently it's this bunch. I love how a bit of gold cheers up any old dress or sweater. From top to bottom Balenciaga, Hermès and Tiffany.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Another beautiful night in Hong Kong

looking from the terrace of the Yacht Club towards Wanchai and Central Hong Kong

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Marisa Berenson make-up for Fall

 Marisa Berenson's visual biography A Life in Pictures is one of my favorite fashion books.  As Fall fashion is full of 60s references I am inspired to try (a slightly subdued) version of Marisa's make-up - lots and lots of lashes and pale lips. 

MAC's eyelash primer and Opulash mascara are so fabulous. I have never had lashes this big.

Love the (almost) bare skin and lips, but very dark eyes.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Has anyone in Hong Kong been to H&M lately?

A really charming dress out of a fairly rigid sweatshirt-like fabric - lots of volume on the bottom - this  will look like a million bucks with plain pointy Jimmy Choos and a few big modern bracelets.

A sweatshirt with quilted sleeves and checked voile shirt that puts Isabel Marant to shame at around HKD $400.

I went today with a friend who has a 9-month old baby to look for super cute mini outfits. H&M Hong Kong is in Novosibirsk nowadays, well actually it was always there, but you didn't have to go so far because there was also a giant shop on Queen's Road Central. The latter premises have been taken over by Zara, however, and although rumors of imminent stores on Hong Kong island are rampant, the closest shop to the Peak is on Canton Road in Tsim Tsa Tsui (alright so Novosibirsk was a bit of an exaggeration, it's actually in Kowloon, the bit across the harbor that belongs to Hong Kong but which is basically the southern most tip of mainland China).

Finally getting to the point, I would like to say we had a brilliant visit. Everything is dirt cheap as ever (and don't even start about sweat shops - the Swedish are possibly the most moral and honest people on the planet - if there was ever accidentally a sweat shop involved it would have been rectified instantly) and I bought a few things I am absolutely thrilled about. The baby clothes were gorgeous and the new (well at least new to me) work-out wear is pretty and practical, at a fraction of the price of the Lulus and Nikes of the world.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bringing the colors of fall into my summer

Once fall fashions are in store, it's no fun to wear your old beaten up summer stuff. But with a Very Hot Weather Warning in force today, Hong Kong is nowhere near ready for winter. So I've started wearing some darker combinations in lightweight fabrics - making me feel a little bit like fall has arrived.

COS T-shirt
Céline sandals
Étoile Isabel Marant skirt
Prada plastic link necklace
My daughter's plastic pearls