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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You spin me right round baby right round… Juicy Couture Party and Clothing Picks

Self confessed cheese queen, after attending the “Wild For Juicy Couture” Party, that song kept on popping into my head.  Not only a classic “tune”, but completely appropriate for the event… I will keep the suspense and divulge the reason why at the end of the post…yes I am cruel that way but if you really wish to know you will bear with me!

Now, I have to confess that when I initially received the invite to celebrate Juicy Couture, I was a bit sceptical about whether I would like the collection of clothes on offer.  I have to admit that when I hear “Juicy Couture”, I initially associated the brand name with celebrities like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian wearing their brightly coloured velour tracksuits.  Not really my style.  I am happy to report that I was wrong and was pleasantly surprised by the collection that was on offer.  Of course there was a nod to the R n B and pop culture with the leopard print, the gold lame hoodies as and the thick gold chains (as well as the aforementioned tracksuits) but there were also some amazing pieces.  (The closet hip hop star in me was loving the leopard print jumpsuits!)  However, there were some amazing dresses which I would be pleased to have in my wardrobe.  Lace detail and girly prints were rampant in this section of the collection which makes the dresses a perfect option for day to evening looks.

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For the Hip Hop Star in all of us – leopard print jumpsuit

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Super wearable Lace Dress

Accessories were another success for me with some gorgeous gold accessories and some super cute black bags… definitely worth a look!

Now back to the reason why I had Pete Byrnes singing ” You spin me right round…” in my head… The event was held in the atrium of IFC and was a glorious confection of bright colours and the signature leopard print.  A booth stood proudly in the centre and instead of the usual photo booth, it consisted of a spinning platform which you stand on and are filmed 360 degrees (yes cue bad dad dancing and worries about whether my bum looked big).  In the end after being filmed at all angles wearing Juicy Couture hoodies and funny props, a little flip book is printed out and you can literally see yourself in action.  Yes, I have evidence that I do very bad dad dancing, Peter Crouch doing the robot dance is way better than me…. sigh.  Customised phone cases were also on offer and I have to admit the event was fantastic for keeping guests amused and occupied.  Talking about guests, you know that the brand has some fashion credentials when super-HK fashionista Hilary Tsui (Liger founder) attends.

Here is a link for a video link of the night:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uhun3crIsEc

For those who want to check out the collection:

http://www.juicycouture.com

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Hanging Out in Stanley…

I have had a bit of a rest from blogging recently…so to slowly re-introduce myself to blogging again…here is a quick outfit post from a catch up with my vintage soul sister Norbyah!!

I love visiting her in Stanley, a great excuse to go outside of the big city and breath in some fresh sea air.  The weather was sunny and incredibly hot so I kept things simple with a vintage floral romper…I think I did look a bit too hippy for Hong Kong but the floral pattern is incredibly bright and cheerful so how could I resist?  Kept everything else simple with my old Coach sunglasses and boots from my current favourite shoe label Senso.  Senso is an Australian brand currently gracing the gorgeous feet of cool bloggers  such as Margaret Zhang.

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Floral Romper from Etsy, Senso Qimat (similar ones can be bought here), Coach sunglasses

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My “Oh Look At That” Pose…(Yes I cannot pose…)

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Grey On Grey… Senso Qimat Boots…

THAT Metallic Leather Skirt…M&S

For about four months since I clapped eyes on the S/S13 M&S pictures on Pinterest, I have been drooling over a metallic blue leather skirt.  Yes, you heard right…metallic, blue, leather and M&S.  This season, M&S has really been pushing the fashion button on their offerings.  As Cilla would say, it IS a lorra lorra skirt (translation lorra=lot of).  I wish I could be like the leggy model who wore it with a floral top, statement necklace, floral clutch and bright red shoes.  However, in reality, unless you work in fashion or the media, you could not wear this look during the day unless you want your office to question whether you did the walk of shame that day.

 

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THAT leather skirt worn with floral top and red heels (M&S Pinterest)

I have seen this skirt featured in publications such as Grazia (UK), Marie Claire UK and Company.  So imagine my devastation when I missed the skirt’s first appearance online and finding it had sold out in my size.  Thank the M&S Gods though that M&S HK saved the day as they have brought the skirt into HK M&S stores a few months after it was launched in the UK.  I am loving the new lease of life that M&S HK is experiencing.  I had been missing some of the more fashion forward items that the UK M&S were offering so was glad that the HK M&S buyers were taking advantage of some of the great pieces currently on offer.  Us ladies in HK do love our fashion!

I have to admit that there have been some mixed reviews about the colour not being as pictured and described.  I disagree, it is exactly the colour that was in the pictures.  The only difference (and for me it is a bonus) is that the skirt is less shiny or holographic as pictured.  For a curvy lady like me, less shininess around my hips and stomach is a blessing.  The price is high, around HK$2000 which for M&S, is quite high.  However, it is made of quality leather and with the classic pencil skirt shape, it can be worn for many years to come.  It really is about mixing and matching.

So how did I wear it for the first time?  I was wearing it during the day and then going to evening events so had to keep it simple.  If I went too OTT, I think I would have looked like a bedazzled quality street wrapper (not a good look!)  I chose a simple cream silk short-sleeve blouse with a collar and my pale pink (2 seasons past) M&S heels.  I tried to keep the palette neutral and kept accessories to a minimum.  The skirt was the focal piece.  I will do a proper outfit post soon but here is an instagram picture of the look:

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Keeping it Simple…

The skirt is available in M&S HK stores.

Flagship Store in TST:

Units 320A & 351-360, Ocean Centre
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GArGAntuan Superga

Get it?  Yeah I know, so not witty but you cannot blame me for trying!

So 12 April 2013 was the official launch party of “People’s Shoes of Italy” brand Superga in HK.  It was also the day when the Guinness Book of World Records acknowledged that Superga in HK had created the largest shoe in the world.  So HK is now the proud location for the longest runway and the largest shoe…pretty cool fashion records huh?

Now you understand my “witty” title…

Superga is a fashion and leisure shoe brand which has its roots in Turin (Northern Italy famous for the FIAT family Agnelli and Juventus FC too) where they originally developed in 1925 a shoe with the ground breaking technology of a vulcanized rubber sole.  The model 2750 is still in production.  Throughout the turbulent pages of history, Superga has evolved its brand into the stylish and fashionable shoe it is today.

I have to admit that I initially thought it was an imitation of Converse but I was wrong.  The Superga brand has its own particular style and aesthetic.  Cool enough for the likes of British IT girl Alexa Chung and now hot singing sensation Rita Ora to front the brand.  A new lease of life was given to the brand when Marco Baglione took over the helm.

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Rita Ora for Superga 2013

I was fortunate enough to be lent some Superga trainers by Superga’s sole licensee in China, PR powerhouse Electric Sekki.  With my fellow lovely blogger Style by Emmy’s Emily Cheng teaching me the modeling 101s and the lovely Carla Layne (you might have heard me singing her praises a few times) taking over the make up and hair and general artistic direction.  Cory Kidd was the photographer for the day and apart from pieces generously lent to us by Electric Sekki, Jane from Celeste Fashion lent us her office as well as some of her evening collection Supertronic by Celeste.

The initial aim was to celebrate the launch of Superga in HK but also to be the first collaboration with Electric Sekki and among ourselves.  My initial aim was to try a pair of Superga 2754 in Lamew Red (part of the Rita Ora collection) and have a bit of a “Dorothy” moment.  Unfortunately, those were not available in my size and I was lucky enough  to try on the classic 2750 style in “Fantasy Pois Navy White)…a really cute name for Navy with white polka dots!

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From the Rita Ora Collection: 2754 Lamew in Red (The ones I initially thought I would like to try)

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Fashion 2750 in Fantasy Pois Navy White

These shoes are super cute and comfortable.  And for similar “fashion shoes” of its kind, priced at around £50-70 (600HKD plus approx) depending on the finishing.  I was really glad with the eventual choice as I would be wearing a sequined and chiffon ballgown style by Celeste.  I think black sequins and shiny red lame type of material might be a bit too much even for me.  The outcome of the shoot?  Wait and See!!  (Future Post)

Let us get back to the launch.  So in celebration of launching in HK, Superga commissioned an attempt to create the largest shoe in the world…conceptualized by Electric Sekki, it was made into reality by Orient Unlimited.  Measuring at an impressive 20 x 8 x 11 feet the Giant installation is an exact replica of the most iconic Superga 2750.

The event which celebrated the world record breaking feat and also the launch was held in Harbour City where the flagship store for Superga will be.  Themed like a cool amusement park/skater park, there was ice cream vans, pizza (to celebrate the Italian heritage!) and cool DJs playing great music.  And of course the shoe.

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THAT SHOE!!!

For a better idea of proportions, I had Emily (who attended with me) to pose in front.

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Emmy and THE SHOE!

The event was great and a lot of fun with the photo booths and Sideways provided guests a F1 racing experience.  So fun for all and sore feet at the end….(oh to have a pair of comfy Superga!!)

if you want to grab some of these uber cute shoes….the address is:

Shop Address:
Shop 2607, Level 2, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Kowloon
Tel: 2175 0228/ Open Daily 10am – 10pm

Thanks to Electric Sekki for inviting me and for press enquiries, please contact Electric Sekki. For more information about Superga in HK, hit the website.  For international enquiries, check out the main website which will lead you to your relevant country site.

Mini outfit post with Superga shoes COMING SOON!!!  I promise!!!

My Pretty Woman moment…

No it is not the time when I decide to dress up in patent knee highs and short dresses and hang around street corners…

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Nope – not that moment…

More the moment when she gets treated to experts in their respective fields of beauty and she turns out into a wonderful classy woman with beautiful bouncy hair…the specific scene is when Julia Robert’s character tells Richard Gere’s character that she “wants the fairy tale”…apart from my cheering her on ” YOU GO GIRL!!!”, I was also admiring her shiny bouncy hair.  So elegant.

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She wanted the fairy tale…

I might not want the big quiff action going on at the top but I am currently lusting after the shiny bouncy waves.  I have a natural wave in my hair but it just usually looks bedraggled more than glossy waves.

All those who know me, they know I am a lazy person with regards to my hair (as my mum enjoys telling me – she had to remind me to brush my hair).  I have improved since then however I don’t really know what I should do with it.  As I have a round face, I need a certain amount of layers to help hide some of the wider parts of my face.  I usually go to a random on the street (especially in HK where there are so many and just ask for them to cut it…with mixed results).

I have total bouncy, shiny hair envy over the Middleton sisters.  They always look immaculate even when popping out on an errand.  Ok, they were probably blessed with great genes but the extra factor is that they pop into top UK hair stylist Richard Ward for cut and blow dry on a regular basis (every few weeks).  Now I cannot afford to go on this level of frequency (unless the boy wins massively in the Euro jackpot.) and have Richard on permanent speed dial. However, I would love to have a “princess moment”

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Bouncy, wavy, shiny hair a la Princess Katherine

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So when I heard about a sassy deal offering a discount for the hair cutting services of John R from Q I at Four Seasons (he does an amazing job on the hair of one of the fabulous HK stylist and blogger DressMe‘s Jasmine Webster), I jumped at the chance to book him.   Happy to find out there was an appointment today (Saturday) which was even better considering I had such a horrible day the day before.  I needed some pampering so excited turned up at the salon.  I have to admit to being a tiny bit skeptical about how much of a difference going to a significantly higher priced stylist.  Hallelujah!  I was converted.  John was super friendly and it was great to find out we had mutual friends.  He also asked me what I wanted (my response was “Errr….I don’t know I just don’t want to look so messy and look like I have a fat face!”)  He discreetly directed me to keep my length as much as possible and that my wavy hair is actually a plus (WHAT??? I spent years and money on straight perm and straighteners and probably ruined about two thirds of my hair!)  So whilst he was snipping away, we were chatting over a variety of interesting topics and then voila…before I could continue to waffle on about random stuff…he was finished.

I looked into the mirror and it was a truly magical moment.  My hair looked shiny, wavy and bouncy.  My previous ombre treatment on my hair (5 months ago…oops) was given a new lease of life with the hair cut.  I think John gave me a strange look when I squealed “OOOO I feel like Kate Middleton”.  My mood brightened and skipped out of the salon with my hair bouncing along with me.  Sorry I did not take photos to do the cut justice…the lighting in the IFC Mall was a little funny…

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Loving the wavy hair!!

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Anyway, if you need that magical hair experience…I definitely recommend John from Q I Salon at Four Seasons…

Is HK the most stylish city??? You decide…

Jimmy Choo have recently launched their new Summer Stylemaker campaign focusing on Hong Kong (YAY!!).  After successful Stylemaker campaigns (sorry I keep on thinking about John Grisham’s The Rainmaker when I type Stylemaker) in Dubai with Tala Samman, fashion stylist and casting agent, Natalie Joos in Antwerp and Viviana Volpicella, fashion stylist and contributing fashion editor for Vogue Brazil in Milan…it is the beautiful HK’s turn!

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Tala Samman for Dubai

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Fashion stylist and casting agent, Natalie Joos in Antwerp and Viviana Volpicella, fashion stylist and contributing fashion editor for Vogue Brazil in Milan.

So who is the Stylemaker for HK… (cue drum roll please)…

Tina Leung, fashion darling, stylist and blogger on TINALOVES.COM.  

She mixes high end fashion with edgy urban…the perfect combination to represent the fashion and style of HK.

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So through a series of pictures of Tina wearing Jimmy Choos, in various hot spots of HK – we catch a glimpse of HK fashion & style.  However to really prove that we HK fashionistas are worth our fashion stripes…it is up to us to check out the Jimmy Choo site  and show our style credentials… Go to the interactive microsite: www.choo247.com accessible via www.jimmychoo.com which celebrates street style photographic reportage with an image gallery showcasing fans wearing Jimmy Choo across time zones, day to evening, 24:7. The site invites fans and photographers to participate by submitting their own street style images illustrating their personal style. A selection of the best images are uploaded onto the site and shared with fans internationally, reflecting the global personality of Jimmy Choo.  So come on HK girls, lets show the world …HK style!!