Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Eight years of memories at Isola in Hong Kong

The view from our lunch table.

It wasn't always easy to mind one's manners at Isola. Even in the middle of the most entertaining conversation one's eyes could inadvertently wander towards the stunning view of the harbor, Kowloon, the ICC building and the mountains behind. 

I can't say Isola's food was the very best ever, but it always tasted like it would in Italy. And strangely that is not a given in Hong Kong. Just as Chinese food tastes different in America and Europe, western food can taste oddly unfamiliar here.

On one of my parents' early visits to Hong Kong we drank a magnum of Brunello di Montalcino here, along with some white I am sure, and the cosy merriness of that dinner prompted my dad to request Isola at every visit after that.

My husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at Isola just two weeks ago. We took our daughter along as we have all craved the closeness of family more acutely since our son has started boarding school six thousand miles away.

A plate of strozzapreti at Isola.

My friend P had her fortieth at Isola. It was a beautiful pink lit extravaganza full of happy and relaxed friends, infectious music, much laughter and even more dancing. The terrace views at night were spectacular.

And then yesterday I went there for an impromptu lunch with two longtime friends, one of whom is leaving Hong Kong. We chose Isola because we craved salads, and the salad buffet never disappoints. When we paid the bill our waitress mentioned this day was Isola's very last here in this room full of happy memories.

For our three Hong Kong lives, the end of a very special era.

From left to right, Fiona, Kate and me.

Isola will reopen in the space previously occupied by Betty's and Ivy, number 2075 on the second floor of IFC.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Casual Sunday: 30 April 2017

Pink heather sweatshirt Isabel Marant √Čtoile
Black jeans with zips Zara
Shoes Chanel
Ring on a string, ring J.Crew and string Cartier

Thursday, April 27, 2017

War is Poppycock

An old canvas cheapy from Shenzhen gets a make-over with buttons from the V&A.

Is this the most contrived trend since the half tuck?

The off-one-shoulder-only shirt at Joseph on Brompton Cross, London.

Even the Bijenkorf in Holland gets in on the act with an illustration of that ubiquitous Self Portrait dress.
For true off-the-shoulder nonchalance, google "kate moss yellow vintage dress".

My new favorite color: Spring Green

a motorway in Holland

a country road in Holland

Every time I am there I wonder again how Holland is one of the most densely populated countries in the world when it is so beautifully empty everywhere I go. 

I could just google it, but in another installment of olden-days-wistfulness I refuse to. Have you ever sat around the table with great friends discussing things you don't know much about, your powers of deduction-slash-speculation heightened by a few bottles of wine? I remember many such nights spent with good friends in Fire Island some years ago, everyone contributing a whole bunch of nonsense until late in the night over much laughter and competitiveness.

Nowadays someone whips out an iphone at record speed. Not nearly as much fun. 

Spring green, so beautiful, right?

Friday, March 17, 2017

Not so fast, Pandora

Adidas sneakers and DVF dress

Pandora Sykes argues in The Sunday Times that the days of the sneaker are numbered. 

Pandora is wrong.

If you have ever walked around town in cushiony sneakers and regular clothes, marveling with every bouncy step that this is THE best fashion development ever, then you will no doubt agree with me that we are never ever going to give up sneakers.

We are still going to wear pretty heels out at night or for a festive lunch, but there's no way daytime sneakers are leaving my feet anytime soon.

Read Pandora's article HERE.