Thursday, November 19, 2015

Indulging In A Birthday Ramble And Recommending Garance Doré

Birthdays inevitably inspire reflection - reflection on shallow things like wrinkles and freckles (at what point are they considered liver spots?) and sometimes the more introspective kind, usually when a 9 has suddenly appeared in your new age.

I did a bit of both. My hands are full of the most darling freckles I have discovered, and freckles they shall be forever. And this year I felt pretty accomplished because my boy and my girl have become such interesting and funny and sweet little humans - and I hope I had a tiny little bit to do with that. After Paris last week it is even more clear to me that we have to appreciate all the tiny little pleasures and kindnesses of life right now in this very moment.

Over the last few weeks a Dutch expression has kept popping up in my head: Je moet mensen in hun waarde laten - which roughly means that every person deserves a level of respect, and deserves to be treated with dignity. It seems terribly irrelevant and old fashioned today, such courtesy, so I am making it my 2016 resolution to keep talking to my children about such values so that these important victories of civilization don't quietly disappear.

Last week my friend Denise organized a gorgeous lunch at Café Gray, on the 49th floor of the Upper House Hotel. I looked around me a few times at the beautiful warm smiles dancing in my direction and I felt utterly sure right in that moment that a sincere smile is the most beautiful thing about any woman. One of my presents was Garance Doré's book Love Style Life. If you love fashion or even if you don't, you must read this book. It's going to inspire you, I promise, and I know Garance agrees with me about the smiles.

Is this the most charming birthday card ever, or what? From Sugar Paper in Los Angeles, find them HERE.

Garance's super useful chapter on how to hide your liver spots look good on camera.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Grey Culottes From Yesterday With Sneakers

the shirt was a super lucky find at J.Crew - it's J.Crew Collection, beautifully embroidered and I found it on double sale (40 % off of 40 % off) in the Santa Monica shop

Shirt J.Crew
Sneakers IRO Paris
Culottes COS

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Culotte Love At COS

COS is THE place for culottes.

Grey ankle length with center crease
Navy just below the knee with a really wide leg
Black with creases ironed in all around the fullness of the leg (these are full length on me so technically not culottes but on a super model they would be)

I was a doubter for a few seasons but now I am positively addicted to the comfort, ease, and flowiness of culottes. And they go with pretty much any shoes I own (flats, heels, sneakers), although I haven't figured out how to do boots with them. Anyway, for a reasonable price you can pick some up at COS, they have heaps.

Here's the navy ones from an earlier post

Monday, November 16, 2015

November 17, 2015 on Lugard Road

very hot and sticky day in Hong Kong

More Christmas in Hong Kong

lights are up in front of the IFC mall

and inside Lane Crawford all the most festive shoes and bags have come out to play

Edie Parker clutches for the merry season

Thursday, November 12, 2015

It's Christmas At Lane Crawford

And that's good enough for me. Two days ago we saw a truck full of Christmas trees in the Cross Harbour Tunnel. It's gotta be only a matter of days now before they show up at my local Marketplace. Who cares if Thanksgiving is not even close. It's Christmas at Lane Crawford, and that's good enough for me.