OUTFIT POST: COBALT COORDS…

Cobalt – a chemical element with the atomic number of 27 or  a cool blue colour.  Strangely enough though, this colour like its name evokes energy, movement… electricity.  Even warmth.  In fashion, the colour has been around for a while and for us Oriental ladies it is a great shade to wear.  Actually scratch that … for any lady to wear.  I have not seen one lady wearing cobalt who does not look good and hey its definitely more interesting than wearing a black dress.  The colour just seems to brighten the complexion so for us sallow complexion ladies…(like me it is a blessing).

As I am in an adventurous mode, I stepped away from the safe zone of a LCD (little cobalt dress…I have a gorgeous one from local label What the Frock? but wanted to push it and show the current trend of matchy matchy tops and bottoms.  I found a great pants and tops set from Marks & Spencer (warning the trousers are stretchy but can be very tight fitting!!) A word of warning here, check out the size above your normal size just in case as it might be a better fit.  No camel toe please!

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COBALT COORDS…  This makes for a great change from a cobalt dress or even a trouser suit.  The top is smart enough and the trousers are sleek enough to look professional for work….

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Excited for New Work Wear Options!!  Go Bold Go Blue Go Cobalt!

Another word of warning, with slim fitting trousers such as these and in such a bright colour, make sure you do not have the bottoms too long for you.  Ideally they should skim the ankles or just cover the ankles otherwise you have a lot of material in excess and fold ups do not help maintain the silhouette!

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Does my BUM look big?  Simple accessories such as these sleek heels and my MISCHA black and white tote adds structure and balance to such a loud colourful piece…

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With a top like this…do not do what I did, forget to tie the belt and pay attention to it.  This is definitely a DON’T shot as you can see that the belt half tied makes an otherwise polished look look sloppy…

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My intention was to keep hair and accessories sleek to counterbalance my colourful clothing and also keep it work appropriate.

My hair (as you might have noticed) recently got cut and I have been wearing it curly.  However, for this shoot, I thought it would be nice to see how my new cut styles up when straightened.  I tried out the new GHD Platinum and they are awesome.  Hair was shiny and also easy to straighten.  Check them out (though they are pricey at around HK$2,500 per pop but much better than ruining your hair with cheaper imitations as my friend says…hair you wear with you every day!).  My bucket bag is from local favourite MISCHA and it really is a great city bag.  I put pretty much everything in it!!  I grabbed it in the warehouse sales but check out her current offerings to get something just as good.)

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This MISCH Bucket Bag has been a perfect city bag…

Unfortunately or well fortunately for me, I got these awesome sleek heels from Badgley Mischka at a garage sale but here is a pair from Pedro Garcia’s Fall 2015 collection which would be a great alternative.

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Pedro Garcia Heels from Fall 2015 collection.  Check here for stockists.

And one final thing…the COBALT COORDS!!  Yes they are from Marks & Spencer and you can get them in store or go online.

A big THANK YOU to Marks & Spencer for the outfit and of course to my boo Bryant Lee for the photographs. http://www.bryantleee.com!

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OUTFIT POST: It is all YELLOW…

Sorry Coldplay, had to quote from your classic song.

So I totally fell in love with these Dagmar culottes (yes am currently obsessed with culottes -who would have believed it?)  I loved the stormy mountain scene painted on it and knew that this was going to be a focal point for the outfit.  (Yes, there is a danger having attention on my thighs and crotch area but the print was so PRETTY!)  I was gutted that the matching shirt was unavailable in my size but looking back in hindsight, I think for my personal style, it may have been a bit too much.  (Too much print for moi you say?)

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For the top.  I took a complete departure from my usual comfort zone.  I would generally pair these culottes with a simple black T or a black silk tank/shirt.  Vein kindly lent me some pieces which really encapsulate the sports luxe trend as they are made from stretchy jersey.  The jacket is also in a bright yellow which I was nervous about it as it was quite fitted especially around the arms but in fact I am happy Vein pushed me.  The jacket is also from Dagmar.  The big push for me was to wear the black singlet from BACK by Anna Sofie Back.  I have seen her brand on many of the big blogger including such people like Susie Bubble.  However, firstly, I am wary of something with a big strip of branding but also something that is super fitted.  In fact, it really is too much of the “street” style that I can never seem to get the hang of.

354A6609Pushing Myself Out of My Usual Comfort Zone was GOOD

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So what accessories?  I kept it all simple with my VOID watch, Filippa K black flats and bag by Baum und Pferdgarten.  The trousers and the colour palate of yellow is so much that I wanted some simple accessories to ground the outfit otherwise it could have been a hot Scandi mess!

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All clothing and props apart from the lipstick (Thanks to MAC for my Heroine lipstick) and watch (VOID http://www.voidwatches.com) come from Vein in St Francis Yard.

Vein (address: Shop 301-302, Lee Gardens One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong telephone:2528-4988)

Vein on the Yard (address: 2 St Francis Yard, Wan Chai, Hong Kong telephone 2804-1038)

website: http://www.bvein.com

Photos once again by Bryant Lee (www.bryantlives.com)

(Outfit Post) Life can be a Bunch of Roses…

This was my favourite outfit shoot out of the ones that I did with Bryant.  The simple fact was I was acting like myself and acting like a complete fool.  I know I won’t get prizes for my posing but it was felt so comfortable to act like a goof ball.  I also learnt a valuable lesson, a good prop is such a confidence booster.  A big shout out to Vein again for providing their clean white shop front for me to pose in front of and my prop which was “The Gentle Woman” with Bjork on the cover.

The pristine white back drop was perfect for the outfit I was wearing which was a rose print neoprene sweatshirt and skirt by one of my favourite brands Baum und Pferdgarten.  It was a lot of print and the  sweatshirt being in neoprene was a little bit bulky looking.  My mum does not like this outfit as she says it does nothing for my figure.  But I love it anyway simply for the print.  The collection has an amazing pair of trousers in the print which were sold out in hours on the brand’s online store and they have a coat in the print (disappointingly for me it really did not suit me.)  I kept things simple with my lovely black Filippa K black flats and hair slicked back and a fresh slick of MAC “Heroine” lipstick.  I think the silhouette (personally) would be more flattering if I had worn heels but that would have ruined the casual feel I was wanting to create – however it would be a simple fix to take the look into evening.  Only accessories was my trusty VOID watch.

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And then I got silly…but I learnt a good prop makes the difference.

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All clothing and props apart from the lipstick and watch come from Vein in St Francis Yard.

Vein (address: Shop 301-302, Lee Gardens One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong telephone:2528-4988)

Vein on the Yard (address:2 St Francis Yard, Wan Chai, Hong Kong telephone 2804-1038)

website: http://www.bvein.com

Photos once again by Bryant Lee (www.bryantlives.com)

WHAT’S NEXT @ NEXT?

WHAT'S NEXT @ NEXT?
NEXT used to be one of my go to stores in the UK for affordable yet stylish work wear.  Unfortunately, for me, they do not have stores in HK yet!  Whenever, I return back to the UK, I do visit at least one Next store (usually in Oxford Circus, London).   Imagine my delight to realise that they ship to HK!!!  YAY!!  The only problem would be how to return if it does not fit me?  Hmm…
Along with M&S, Next’s cutting on clothes seem to fit my figure quite well.  I think they do cater for “real” women and therefore it is not all long skinny lengths for trousers or materials that do not flatter areas that a woman might be self-conscious about!  Anyway, with the festive season being over and I am feeling a bit of the festive blues, I decided to do a Polyvore collage specifically of an ideal outfit for going out that I would choose from the Next website.
I fell in love with the sleek black jumpsuit which provided the basis of outfit.  I love a good jumpsuit as they are such a great alternative to the LBD.  Also it hits the retro vibe that I love.  In case I get cold (HK does get cold), I would choose the PU leather jacket to add a bit of edge to the look and finish with some black platforms.  Platforms give you the height but with more comfort (very important on a night out!)
Accessories – hmmm…I used to be a bit of a less is more girl and stuck to very minimalist pieces in either cold or silver.  However, some of my fellow bloggers in HK are encouraging me to do some “stacking” and to inject some colour into my accessories.  So, I took the plunge and chose the amazing cuff and stacking bracelets with the yellow and aqua coloured stones.  The dramatic necklace complements this colour scheme.  With such dramatic pieces, I decided to go ring-less and earring-less to highlight the amazing pieces I selected already.  Finally, I am totally in love with the laser cut Ipad holder which I would use as a large clutch.  Large clutches are completely on trend and the laser cut effect has been seen on various pieces of true fashionistas’ wardrobe.  (Check out Christopher Kane for a great designer example!)  So there you go, my NEXT picks for a sophisticated yet trendy going out outfit.  Now, I need an opportunity to wear it!
Here is the list of clothing featured in the collage:

Jumpsuit
$89 – next.co.uk

Bracelet
$42 – next.co.uk

Necklace
$32 – next.co.uk

Bracelet
$32 – next.co.uk

Tech accessory
$36 – next.co.uk

Buy PU Biker Jacket
$105 – next.co.uk

Buy Platform Court Shoes
$49 – next.co.uk

RED WHITE & BLACK Party Dresses

RED WHITE & BLACK Party Dresses

Marchesa embroidered dress
marissacollections.com

Emilio pucci dress
$1,410 – harveynichols.com

Dolce Gabbana dolce gabbana
$1,575 – flannelsfashion.com

Alexander mcqueen dress
$1,200 – brownsfashion.com

Roksanda Ilincic keyhole dress
$540 – theoutnet.com

Alexander Wang sheer dress
$755 – farfetch.com

Alice Olivia halter cocktail dress
$695 – austique.co.uk

Alice by Temperley scoop neck dress
$590 – seasonsclothing.co.uk

Dot dress
$290 – jaeger.co.uk

Topshop dress
nordstrom.com

AX Paris red strapless dress
$65 – newlook.com