Monday, February 13, 2017

Dressing like an extra in La La Land

If you too are at times despondent, angry, and/or frightened about the fact that a simpleton in a shorty robe is roaming the halls of world power, go see La La Land. You will no doubt be cheered for at least two hours or so. 

In recent weeks I have been thinking incessantly about traditional values, decency, honesty and morality. Am I just becoming an old fogey? Is human decency or character not something I should be concerned with? Will millennials when they finally grow up and get a job even give a damn about 1950s niceties or ancient thou-shalt-nots?

La La Land, however, is as old fashioned and 1950s nice as it gets. The technicolor brightness of this movie is as sweet as a Doris Day dress - if only the real world were this pretty, you wouldn't crave sugar for the rest of your life. In La La Land youthful dreams and promise are at times compromised and at times realized, although not without a cost.

Ryan Gosling, the most charismatic man alive, and Emma Stone are just simply two decent people working hard and attempting to do the right thing on their way to proper adulthood. For two hours it'll make you believe America is again that mythical i-have-a-dream country it should be.

And if you delete your twitter app when you exit the theater, you may be able to hold on to that nostalgic feeling for just little bit longer.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Back in Hong Kong it still feels like Summer and Christmas

Is it true photos from plane windows are as cringy as purported make-up free selfies and pictures of your lunch?

Shek'O beach is best on a clear winter's day.  Cheap and cheerful rental umbrellas set the scene.

Back in Admiralty the lights are still up as Christmas has rolled into Chinese New Year.

Light jacket optional.

Jacket J.Crew
T-shirt Chloé
Jeans Zara
Shoes Chanel

J.W. Anderson at Selfridges

My choice for Spring

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Packing For London Again

Black bouclé coat by J.Crew
Cherry print wool jumper by J.Crew
Grey distressed ankle jeans by AG Jeans
Fake fur scarf by J.Crew for Net-à-Porter
Grey V-neck T-shirt by Club Monaco
White and silver sneakers by Raf Simons for Adidas

Every time I am packing I vow to become a better shopper from that moment on. What's obvious today is that I don't always follow this vital shopping rule: return the items you are not willing to wear right away when the opportunity arises.  

If you buy a blazer for an interview on Friday, but when the time comes, you decide it's not quite right, you should return it right away. If you buy an evening dress but then don't feel like wearing it on party night, bring it back as soon as you can.

Because if you truly love something it will be right for the occasion, it's as simple as that. I loved the coat, the jeans, the sneakers and the scarf enough to suffer from nervous anticipation stomach: when you ask for the size and think please please please tell me you have it, because I really want to buy this.

The cherry jumper is where my problem lies. I wanted a cherry dress from the same collection, but that was sold out. On a whim I ordered the cherry jumper online thinking I needed to possess something of that cherry fabric. Three days later, the cherry print popped up in the IFC store on some adorable shoes that I simply had to have.

Another three days later the cherry jumper was delivered, and the print was not quite as fetching on the wool knit as it was on the shoes. But I was sure it was going to work with something, after all it was sort of cute. Since then I have rejected it on more than one occasion because it wasn't quite right.

Not quite right with blue jeans, too dreary with black jeans, too girly with skirts, too messy with other colors (although I am suddenly thinking it could be good with chinos). Annoyed with my laziness (I should have returned the jumper) I am forcing myself to wear it to London. I am also packing a check shirt and a stripy shell and cardigan combo that have been lingering in the back of the closet to punish myself for being a careless shopper too often. That'll hopefully sort me out and the kids' college fund will be safe. Hopefully.

I will be reporting next from the great city of London.

Happy Chinese New Year!  

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Chino's on another dreary polluted day in Hong Kong

Such a shame this beautiful place looks like this so often nowadays.

All J.Crew except for the trousers which are Vince (see post below for link).
I should make I LOVE FASHION a dedicated J.Crew website, because I seem to wear not much else.
I assure you I am not getting paid, J.Crew just makes clothes that perfectly fit my life - reasonable prices, nice quality and easy to wear with everything else.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

For The Love of Chinos

Étoile Isabel Marant jacket
Shoes, Trousers, Shell, all J.Crew
 Belt, Hugo Boss

I've developed a renewed obsession with chinos, at a time when you can hardly buy them anymore. Although I did find an awesome pair HERE this morning, they look a tiny bit more polished than the also lovely J.Crew pair above.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Winter is done and dusted in Hong Kong's shop windows

This cute dress makes me want to be very young, tall, thin, and rich. 
Find it HERE.
If this one is not for you either, don't worry, spring will bring lots of stripes, like this gorgeous J.W.Anderson skirt, or this fun Lemlem outfit, or this REDValentino short jumpsuit, or this Caroline Costas shirt, or this Rebecca Vallance dress.