Tuesday, June 14, 2016

J.Crew Teddie Pants

This is one of those outfits I threw together at the absolute last minute before a dinner party about two weeks ago - and it has been my stubbornly firm favorite ever since. I am constantly airing it out on my mouldy Hong Kong terrace for fear the dry cleaner won't get it back fast enough. I also have the feeling it's only me who loves this outfit so passionately - compliments haven't necessarily come my way while wearing it. But that's okay too cos I secretly feel like Alexa Chung in it, and Alexa is of course my all time style heroine.

smocked top from Zara (find it HERE)
striped cropped wide-leg trousers from J.Crew (find similar HERE)
shoes from Jimmy Choo

I throw on a few bracelets: silver Hermès (HERE), black J.Crew (HERE), and white with studs from H&M (bought from the H&M in Witney in Oxfordshire for 50 Pence)

I love the J.Crew Teddie pants with slip-on loafers as well.  These are from Topshop (find a white version HERE or the silver ones in the Queen's Road store).

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Hong Kong Blue Skies

Spending a day off the turtle conservation area at Lamma Island

The sailing ropes are so beautiful - they remind of of Project Runway unconventional challenges

little boats, big boats

no filters, nothing at all - the Jumbo jetty in Aberdeen

Friday, May 27, 2016

Personal Style: Bora from Vienna

Bora at the Palmenhaus in Vienna

I have a super gorgeous friend called Anita. Long before I properly met her, I would often run into her at the Roger Vivier shop in the Landmark, when it was still on the ground floor where Tod's is now. I have a farfetched brilliant theory about the social compatibility of all girls who like block heels, so of course I liked Anita instantly. The truth is that Anita is super model tall, so block heels on her are perfect, while on my shorter frame and goody two-shoes face, they should probably be avoided. But I digress.

She emailed me this lovely photo from Vienna yesterday - Bora was seated near her at the Palmenhaus and Anita asked her about the pretty head scarf she was wearing. It turns out Bora is not just a very beautiful and stylish girl, she is also undergoing chemotherapy, so her scarf was as much a practical choice as a fashion accessory.

I love fashion, but if there is anything even slightly wrong in my life, fashion always takes a back seat and I walk around like a slob, which probably doesn't help whatever was wrong in the first place. Bora is therefore such an inspiration to me - because when you look better, you feel better. And making an effort with your appearance is as much therapeutic as it is fun. It's young women like Bora who make the world a little bit more pleasant to live in, one colourful headscarf at the time.

I am not religious, but I believe in the power of prayer nonetheless. I would very much appreciate it if you could join me in wishing Bora the very best of courage and a speedy recovery.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Valentino VIP Sale

Valentino spring bags

I have heard from a reliable source that Valentino is starting their VIP sale imminently. DVF is also having such a clearout starting today. And very soon, probably even before we all go off on our expatriate exeats there will be winter coats in our Hong Kong stores.

To say that the frenzied corporate fashion schedule is ridiculous is a lame understatement. It is too stupid for words. Pierpaolo and Maria Grazia designed yet another stellar collection for Valentino this spring. But now, before anyone has a proper chance to look at it (we have been too busy in Hong Kong being shocked by the long cold season), it's on the sale racks, waiting to soon be replaced by a winter woollen variation.

But I'll stop my rant of the day right there, because after all ladies, you've got some sale shopping to do!

Sunday, May 15, 2016