Sunday, August 21, 2016

Hong Kong without a helper

I write this blog from Hong Kong, but I have always been reluctant to really talk about Hong Kong.

Because what's normal in Hong Kong is not exactly normal anywhere else.

In Hong Kong, every apartment or house I have ever been in has a purposed built (tiny) room for a live-in housekeeper. We call these housekeepers "helpers". They often are from the Philippines or from Indonesia,  and they help us with everything around the house: cleaning, laundry, child care, cooking, gardening, grocery shopping.

So for the last seven and a half years, I haven't had to do laundry ever, and I haven't had to iron anything either. If my helper was away, my incredibly sweet and lovely driver would take over and with a pride I have hardly come across before, he'd fold my laundry in incredibly neat and pretty piles.

But then last week my helper and I parted ways, and as she left for the Philippines a rather strange feeling came over me. I was going to be responsible for my own house again.

So let me tell you what I have been wearing for five days straight: jersey. Because if you wear a crisp white shirt, you are going to have to first soak it in Vanish, and then after you wash it, you are going to have to iron it properly (and no folds on the sleeves either).

I am off ironing now - I hope you will forgive some old pics because I have been too busy for blog fun (but I feel properly accomplished every night when I go to bed with the house not in total chaos).

in the early days of this blog I still used a camera! 

a old post about 10 favorite things - the Christian Louboutin shoes, the gold Phillip Lim jacket and belt, and the Jamin Puech bag are still favorites today.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Awesome view from Exchange Square

you have to click on this after you find the biggest screen in your house

a lunch so close to IFC has to be followed by a peek in J.Crew - and it did not disappoint - what is disappointing is that I bought that jacket in a brighter pink version last season, and now I like this one even better

On this lazy day of summer I read an article about Winona Ryder in New York Magazine, and immediately after re-watched Reality Bites, a movie directed by Ben Stiller in 1994 about twenty-something Gen Xers and their first world problems.  It's made me nostalgic for the year I was 26, without much of a worry at all, going to work every day, walking to the 72nd Street subway station on cold sunny winter days, convinced that life was never going to be as perfect as right there in my very own footsteps on top of New York city pavement. 

Thankfully I have had that thought again quite a few times.  Standing on a rock halfway between the Gornergrat and the Riffelberg in Zermatt, overlooking the glacier of the Monta Rosa;  or driving down from the Peak in my red Mini on a really clear Hong Kong day, catching the first glimpse of the city below.  Come to think of it, this kind of exhilaration often follows confrontation with overwhelming scenic or urban beauty.  Maybe it's not time that heals all wounds, maybe it's a room with a view.

Monday, August 8, 2016

I am quite fond of this pink Givenchy space bag

Is it a space bag, or a Batgirl bag?  If it weren't for Brexit, I would have very much considered a purchase. 
As it is important the economy doesn't further collapse due to my purchasing-ban, I hope you lovely readers who are not affected by the devastating collapse of the Pound will go ahead and check it out.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Chanel Inspired Casual (Ish) Summer Night City

Chanel classic quilted lambskin bag from 1994
Pearl necklace from the Jade Market in Hong Kong
Gold necklace is old Lanvin
Brooch with black sequins is ancient and from the Gap
Gunmetal necklace is DIY gathered from a Stella McCartney Falabella bag (see HERE)
COS T-shirt (find it HERE)
AG jeans (find them HERE)
Aquazzura Amazon sandals (find them HERE)

Friday, July 29, 2016

New favorite shopping site: Avenue32

Lucky strike, my dream red/navy jacket, very last one found at 70% off in size 38.

I am not all that adventurous when it comes to online shopping. I have stuck with Net-a-Porter for about nine years, and now that they offer same day delivery in Hong Kong, it's still my first choice for practical items. But Net-a-Porter is now Yoox, and despite the fact that Yoox is the ultimate well oiled and organized online machine, I miss the spirit of Natalie Massenet in the selection they offer.
I am in awe of Massenet, and had a funny experience seeing her at JFK airport a few years ago - read about it HERE.

Avenue32 is more fun, more like a proper boutique shopping experience, full of colorful and interesting designs by designers you may have never heard of. Normally, I am also not courageous with new designers when I have only seen the product online, but the founder of Avenue32, Roberta Benteler (see her instagram @robertabenteler) is so stylish, that I have total confidence in her selections. Check it out sometime.

Irresponsible Infatuation: Dior Embellished Boots

The windows of Dior, Pacific Place.

There is so much embellishment in stores right now! I blame thank Alessandro Michele at Gucci for that, although it must be said that Jenna Lyons at J.Crew has been a steady supplier of embellishment for years now. Michele's designs are not conventionally pretty, however - geek chic comes to mind, and the styling of his shows hint at affection for a kind of Royal Tenenbaums eccentricity. I haven't seen anything this exciting since Tom Ford's Fall 1995 show for Gucci.

On a side note I am devastated that the navy gingham rhinestone encrusted shirt I love at J.Crew has never gone on sale, because I sincerely hoped to celebrate my next birthday in that all that preppy shine. But at $5,000 Hong Kong Dollars, that is unlikely to happen until I turn 75.

Anyway! These distressed patent leather boots with silver and red grommets, suede buckles, crystals, and decorative back zips are not for wallflowers, actually they are slightly ridiculous, but of course I have developed an instant infatuation with them. Whenever I doubt my own fashion sanity, I wonder if Alexa Chung would wear them, and I think she would, with an A-line mini and a T-shirt perhaps. Only the very cool possess the nonchalance needed to get away with so much deliberate design detail.

And that's probably not me. Good night from Hong Kong.