Thursday, July 28, 2016

I love the simplicity of Chanel summer make-up

Just a bit of SPF and something to define the eyes - and you're all done.

I normally wear Armani make-up, but when I want SPF I like this Chanel foundation better. I stumbled upon sales girl Hecky Li at IFC Chanel when I went there to buy a birthday present. She suggested this foundation to me, and she gave me great advice, without the urgent need for truth telling one can encounter in Hong Kong at times (you are old, you are fat, you have wrinkles).

In winter I like to play with eyeshadow, but that melts away in seconds in a Hong Kong summer. Chanel's Stylo Yeux Waterproof is much easier to apply than liquid eyeliner, but is just as intense in color and long lasting.

The John Derian tray was a gift from a good friend, and immediately became one of those objects that make a house a home. I have written about my fascination with provenance before (HERE), and this tray will always remind me of my friendship and my time in Hong Kong.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I stalked some baby blue Gucci shoes on Queen's Road today

How great is this girl's outfit?  The loose beige trousers and the very casual heather blue T-shirt are the perfect compliment to the more dressy patent leather and pearl Gucci pumps.  And so perfect for a hot summer's day in a rather formal city. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

OOTD on a very hot day on The Peak (34 degrees, but feels like 42 according to the forecast)

Since when did HK get this hot? With T-shirt or without? LMK, please

J.Crew shorts (find them HERE)
Top Shop camisole (find it HERE)
J.Crew sleeveless T-shirt (old)
Prada flats (old)

A last holiday post before life in Hong Kong resumes as normal: San Fran via Carmel and Palo Alto

The beach at Carmel.

Stanford University - I desperately want my children to go here!  I think California has given me sun stroke.

A hilly neighborhood with the Transamerica Pyramid Center in the background.

San Francisco is both very grand and very picturesque.  I visited 20 years ago and didn't love it.  But this time we walked miles and miles, and there is no better way to see a city properly.

Some very pretty houses on Chestnut Street, on our way to yet another Brandy Melville shop in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Fran.  My daughter is properly addicted and spent every cent of the Benjamin we gave her for spending money at the Brandy Melvilles in Newport, Santa Monica, The Grove, and Cow Hollow.  Strangely enough the shop there had T-shirts saying "The Peak, Hong Kong", from where I write to you this morning.

San Fran from the piers.

I was surprised about how tropical San Fran looks.

The famous "Painted Ladies".

The Bay Bridge leading to Oakland.

Monday, July 25, 2016

San Francisco Moma

The San Francisco MOMA has a special graphic design exhibition. It is fantastic.

Uniforms and German descriptions of where and when they should be worn.

An intensely red ladies room and a rare selfie.

I could have spent hours here but husband and kids had had enough by the time we got to the top of the museum and found this amazing exhibit. I must go back obviously - I feel a girls trip coming on.

Snaps from the Pacific Coast Highway

Sunday, July 17, 2016

LA is beautiful, part 59

A seemingly random Kanye

The gardens of the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades

Blue Star Donuts, old school donuts going high end with a stupidly high price tag

Early evening in Santa Monica

Painted walls everywhere - this one on Abbott Kinney in Venice

Joan's on Third - a super delicious deli near Anine Bing's fab store

Wall decorations everywhere - again on Abbott Kinney in Venice.  I love the creative spirt of LA

The Venice Canals - idyllic, but my friend John says "a bit whiffy" at the end of summer

A random back street in Venice

Two Craftsman houses between shops on Abbott Kinney in Venice

More wall paint.  I LOVE LA