First of all, I want to thank the super talented Bryant Lee (www.bryantlives.com) for making this outfit post shooting so painless and in certain respects fun. Bryant has shot me before (check my culottes, blue and shoots with Edowan in Wanchai) and it went well but this time, was so much more painless. I do not know may be because of the new hair that Paul Gerrard’s Hamish gave me but I felt a new sense of confidence. May be as Bryant (he does have a great taste level) says, the clothes that I had picked (we in the end shot four outfit posts in two hours) were so much more lady like yet fun and “quirky” enough to give me an extra boost but it almost felt magical…
I will be thanking several brands for loaning me pieces for several shoots. I will mention them when I write about each post so if you do want to check out some amazing pieces then you can. I would say if you want to copy my style…but I shudder even thinking about typing such a thing.
Marks & Spencer (hey this blog was inspired by my love affair/obsession) HK were very kind again to let me pull some pieces and something about this bright splashy piece immediately caught my eye. The background colour was a pale pink (which was not usually a colour of my choice) but the green leaf (I call it palm print but could be a banana leaf) The dress also had a matching chiffon top (this season a matching top and skirt/dress combinations were big news and on trend…hello look at me being on trend?) I was a little bit hesitant about the matching top as it was in chiffon and had a bit of a peplum and capped sleeves. The idea of it, you would think would make it perfect for me as it should cover my numerous lumps and bumps but if the silhouette is wrong or it is too tight (then a sausage comes to mind…NOT A GOOD LOOK). I actually did not have time to try it on and as I had put weight on recently, I trusted in my “knowledge” of M&S sizing and went a size larger to a UK12 just in case. In hindsight I may be should have tried the UK size 10 as it might have given me a more fitted silhouette. However, if I am going to give some “how to advice” then put vanity aside, do not look at labels and go a little bit looser rather than have something like this dress and top be a “little tight”.
This splash leaf print brightens up the pale pink of this dress and makes it less pastel and insipid. Giving a little bit of an edge and making it appropriate for Summer. Also adding colour through the print definitely made this dress more “ME”.
The Dress made me feel so lady like and a little demure… Even in a larger size than usual the silhouette was super flattering.
Trying to Keep it Ladylike…
The dress looking back would actually be a great option for a Summer or Fall wedding (as a guest of course). Keep accessories simple yet striking, you can still wear cocktail rings, high heels (I am wearing leopard print thrifted strappy Jimmy Choos! and sporting a cool little minaudière. However keep accessories to either some great earrings or as I did sport the accessories on my wrists and fingers. I wore a Zodiac Bracelet from Fairley which I bought from The9thMUse, a store I HAVE talked about before mixed with some vintage Masai copper mix bracelets from Saturn Jewelry – a new find. Rings came from Niin. I love these cocktail style rings as the design is deceptively simple but so incredibly eye catching. I chose for my outfit posts to keep white or pale stones. Here are my choices and (thank you Niin for letting me borrow AGAIN from you):
The Aurora White Agate Cage Ring (Niin)
The Nautical Mother of Pearl Brushed Gold Ring (Niin)
The black and white box/minaudiere clutch is from the Fall/Winter2015 collection in store however I have found something similar online.
Portia Clutch (Reiss)
My gold CALCULATOR watch (the geek in me was excited with it as it was retro and had a calculator!) but I bought it from a little boutique in HK a while back. When I remember I promise to update.
The key thing is to keep accessories neutral and consistent, hence my choice of gold for the base metal of all my accessories. The dress has so much print and attitude, this really is not the time to clash. Heels, really help keep it lady like, I would especially in the Summer choose more scrappy sandals with a slender heel to lengthen your legs and keep your ankles and feet looking pretty and elegant (well I hope my feet do).
Statement Accessories in a consistent colour scheme accentuate and should not take away from your dress…
My Paul Gerrard hair cut by Hamish was flexible enough to be tied back to keep the silhouette sleek and modern. But the hair at the front is left to give me something to hide my face (hee hee) and I added a little bit of a curve (for a modern vintage feel) with the GHD Hair HK’s creative curl wand. Make up was done by Kara (Instagram @KARMOMAKEUP) who used some black kohl and the new Mac cosmetic extra dimension eyeshadow in “fathoms deep”. This is a limited edition FYI. Kara gave me a little bit of a cat eye which I loved. A strong red (with a little bit of an orange for Summer trend 2015) on the lip was perfect to add colour but still not take away from the dress. I used the now unavailable PEDRO LOURENCO collaboration in “Amplified True Red”. Go online or go to your nearest Mac counter and I am sure that you will find something that suits you. I always love a good strong lip colour! PS…THANK YOU CERENE CHENG from MAC Cosmetics HK for being supportive as always.
I COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT…
For shoe alternatives, I would recommend to keep it simple, elegant and strappy. I am currently loving the Stuart Weitzman’s Nudist style which is exactly what I would have chosen as simple and strappy and elegant. An interesting fact, that Stuart Weitzman make their shoes wider for the Asian foot so if you buy from US either in store or online and you are Chinese, then you might feel the pinch! Also there are some exclusive to HK options so it is worth a check to look in store.
Here are my Nudist equal picks from Stuart Weitzman:
From top to bottom:
This silhouette comes in the NUDIST (4 ½ inch heel, and the one that most celebrities in Hollywood wear), the NUDISTSONG (3 ¾ inches, the one that is being carried in our store at ifc this Fall in black suede and gold kid versions), the NUNAKED (2 ¾ inch heel with a thicker strap across the front), the NAKED (2 ¾ inch heel for those that love the silhouette but just simply can’t wear such high heels), and the NUNAKED (2 ¾ inch heel with a thicker strap across the front).
I personally cannot wait for the black and gold version that will be coming in the NUDISTSONG!! Perfect for HK streets. Thank you for the PR of Stuart Wetizman Asia Christina Yu to explain how each continent or country could have exclusives to them due to the brand having a factory of their own to create, change the designs to fulfill the design!
OK where would I buy all these pieces (apart from the thrifted Jimmy Choos) and not online:
Marks & Spencer Central Store
28 Queen’s Road Central
Tel: 2921 8323
Podium Level 1, IFC Mall
8 Finance St, Central
Tel: 3101 0719
200 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan
Tel: 2878 8811
1 Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
Tel: 2537 7598
1/F 36 Pottinger Street, Central (above “ERA Barbers”), Central
Tel: 2537 9335
Paul Gerrard HK (Call for Hamish, Paul or Sophie)
1st and 2nd floor
Wah Hing House
35 Pottinger Street
Central Hong Kong
Tel: 2869 4408
GHD Hair HK
Lane Crawford sells items in their store or check out above Paul Gerrard’s salon.
MAC Cosmetics (My favourite store is in Elements, I always have a great experience there.)
Shop 1095, Elements Mall,
1 Austin Road, TST
Tel: 2196 8050
Stuart Weitzman Flagship Store
Shop 3076, IFC Mall
8 Finance Street, Central
Tel: 2408 8676
So here you go…I hope you liked the pictures and my outfit choice. I certainly did. Bryant can testify that my movement in front of the camera is like WHAT I THINK models do to move. Just do not follow my footsteps. Am learning to relax and enjoy…and well be normal old me which apparently is ok…