Wedding Guest Outfits…

As you get to a certain stage in your life; the people you went to school and university with, work with, socialise with and your family; well they all start getting married.  Obviously, I am happy for them but there is a sinking feeling in that petty little piece of me that says “Oh gosh…what will I wear?”  Also, if you are one of the lucky ones and receive a lot of wedding invites then the next question is “How many outfits do I need?”

Be like HRH Duchess of Cambridge and recycle your wardrobe.  That dress that you bought for one special occasion can be worn to another celebration.  All you need and this sounds so simple – rework the accessories that you wear with it.  This includes jewellery, shoes, handbags and how you style your hair and make up.  You can get plenty of wear out of that core investment piece.

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HRH Duchess of Cambridge shows how it is done

I had a recent opportunity to work with a HK based brand called The House of Folklore and one of the pieces that they had was a clutch that came in two different colours.  We thought as wedding season was coming, why not do a piece about how simply changing a clutch could change up an outfit.

In this case, I chose one of my go to dresses for pretty much any occasion (from first dates to working at PR events)  which in this case would be a wedding reception of a colleague.  These, I tend to go a bit more low key so the navy wrap dress from HK label WhattheFrock?.  Navy is a great alternative to black.  The cap sleeves makes sure you are covered and also for me, the wrap dress means that with fluctuating body sizes, the dress can still be worn.

Hair in this case was left simple and loose however, though we did not have time in this shoot, I would look at even just putting my hair up in a pony tail or a chignon.  If it was an outdoor wedding especially with the clear version of the clutch I would even look at wearing a fascinator.

Here is the look with the pink version of the Flutter Clutch.

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And here is a shot of the same outfit with the clear version of the clutch:

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Outfit Post: A simple black and white dress…

If you know me…you know I LOVE colour.  So this post is a bit of a different one for me as I am showcasing basically a black and white dress.  It is also a more feminine look than I really go for with a high neckline and an A-line skirt.  The dress was from Marks & Spencer and was paired with a pair of mules also from Marks.  I was lucky that the lovely Sabrina Sikora pushed me into wearing mules (I always looked at them with an eye brow raised) and well they were peep toe too which makes me go EEK even more (I have to keep a decent pedicure on those tootsies).  However, they ARE super comfortable and pretty much went with every outfit I had during the summer of 2015.  Also a heel that you can walk around in in HK?  SOLD.  Thankfully Marks & Spencer have reproduced them this Spring 2016.  They obviously know a good thing when they see it.  Shame though that they did not reproduce the navy version (gutted I didn’t get those last year).  For other options on the mule shape…check out Australian brand SENSO (they ship to HK!) from closed toe, open toe to various shades of animal print (cue heart emojis at this point).

 

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Senso Mules…

The dress I am wearing in this outfit post is from Summer 2015 for Marks & Spencer.  However the shape is classic and super flattering for most silhouettes.  For curvy girls like me, a nipped in waist helps give you a nice shape and though sleeveless, it is easy to cover up your bingo wings with a little cardigan (or just own the said bingo wings like I do).  I have found local brand WHAT THE FROCK?  to be a great affordable option.  No pattern but coming in a multitude of colours which adds personality to your outfit!

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What the Frock ‘French’ Dress in Pink

I have heard from a professional matchmaker that such a dress like this is perfect for a first date.  It is feminine, fashionable (without being too fashion aka scary) and has scope via the colour and the accessories you add to it to make it your own personal style.

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So there you go…dresses that do not have crazy prints can be a good thing…

Thanks as always to Bryant for making me look semi decent in photos, that boy is a miracle worker and super talented.

 

Homage to Christian Wijnants and Pajamas Dressing

So this set of photos are long overdue to be posted as they were from LAST YEAR.  However, it seemed timely since Christian Wijnants was in town recently to celebrate a stand alone store to unearth these pictures that were taken by the talented Bryant (www.bryantlives.com).  This was the first time we shot in a store (as there were only limited numbers of the Christian Wijnants pieces in the EQ:IQ stocks).  Usually, the natural lighting in IFC with Bryant’s camera creates some magical glow that makes me look relatively decent (shocking huh?)

 

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First Time Shooting in a Store with Bryant (the sales thought I was crazy lady)

When I saw the press preview of this Christian Wijnants 2015 collection, I fell in love with this print.  I am not usually a fan of dark green but the blue and pink of the print makes it fresh, playful and feminine.  The collection had been based on African farmers and the way they used what was available around them to create their clothing…this meant interesting use of print, textures and being inspired even by what we would normally consider to be rubbish.  The matchy matchy feel of this top and trousers with the silky feel reminds me of pajamas too.  So comfortable.

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Feeling so Comfortable…

I was lucky enough that I was lent some amazing jewelry by Amaara Jewelry who make amazing one-off pieces that consist of vintage beads.  This really helped to set off the original theme of the Christian Wijnants pieces.

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Amazing Accessories

The one thing I learnt about pajamas style dressing is that unlike in magazines or street style, you can rarely do scruffy otherwise it does look like you LITERALLY have just rolled out of bed.  Make up, accessories of course help but the essential is a pair of heels.  Your safest choice is to grab a great pair of stilettos.  Instantly makes the look go from scruffy to dressy.

I do not listen to my own advice and had only with me a pair of black boots but thankfully they were very high heeled and Gucci so though I could not run around HK with them, they did smarten up my look.

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All About Heels…

 

 

OUTFIT POST: THE Little Black…Jumpsuit

OK, my slightly silly mind goes down the gutter as I think of the acronym for this outfit post… the LBJ?  Yes, I went there.  Hey it is Friday, and we need a little romp (romper geddit?) for the weekend!  I know, yes I am being silly.  But all puns and smuttiness aside, the little black jumpsuit is a great alternative to the traditional little black dress (LBD) which is usually an essential in any woman’s wardrobe.

Once again, thanks to Reiss and Niin and my boo Bryant Lee for the help in getting this outfit post together.

I have to admit that I love a good jumpsuit but I usually tend to go for vintage with a pattern (I have a few loud florals, a rhinestone speckled one and a…gasp LEOPARD print one).  So when the Reiss ladies suggested a sleek lace topped black jumpsuit, I was a little hesitant.  It seemed to be a bit too a) fitted b) plain.  However, putting it on, I was surprised.  It was really flattering on the waist, the lace gave it an elegant touch and the fit made it ultra modern.  Added with Niin accessories and my vintage 1980s Valentino heels and a last minute addition of the hat…I was ready to go out and party! Unfortunately, I had nowhere to go.

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This Fitted Jumpsuit from Reiss really pushed me out of my comfort zone…

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My Billy Jean/Michael Jackson moment…Smooth Criminal anyone?

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I was super shocked at how small my waist looked…

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The vintage Valentino heels and Reiss Hat add a quirky touch…which you know I love…

The jumpsuit is like a little black dress, it is the perfect foil for accessories.  Once again I was wearing some awesome jewelry from Niin (http://niinstyle.com) which included a super sleek yet fun minaudière (it really is a masterpiece).

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Rio Shell Clutch fron Niin

Also I wore these amazing vintage Valentino heels with a rose detail which I bought from local vintage heaven Bang Bang 70s.  You know when you have a magical moment?  Well, I totally had a Cinderella moment with these heels…when they fitted me, I had to have them.  Also a nude pointed toe heel is super flattering and helps to lengthen my stubby legs!

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These Valentino heels…dreamy.  Choose a nude heel to break up the black and help lengthen your legs.

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The Nudist (in Nude!) by Stuart Weitzman worn by Jennifer Lopez, Miranda Kerr and other A-List stars is a perfect alternative…

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Amazing accessories from Niin add elegance but also texture to the Little Black Jumpsuit…

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Hair was in a simple ponytail and make up really focused on my lips.  Once again using a great orange red for a modern touch.  Once again MAC cosmetics come to the rescue with fun lipsticks…I am currently lusting after “Dangerous”…the name sounds fun right?

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Lusting after “Dangerous” Lipstick by MAC.

I am also wary of foundations (too many white ghost faced photos in my history) that I am loving the BB or CC creams with the concealer palette also from MAC.  I was initially scared stiff of the concealer palette as it looked extra complicated but actually when you have to mix up shades, it gives you more options of shading (yes shading!).  I am also loving the Lightful C range from MAC and have been using the tinted cream with SPF 30 (so good for your sun awareness and for me sheer laziness!)

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My current make up favorites…great products from MAC.

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Feeling Super Shy..Yes Me!

So go to a store and try the Manola jumpsuit or go online.  Trust me it is worth trying a black jumpsuit to give the twist on the classic little black dress.

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Manola Black Jumpsuit from Reiss.

For more shopping info click back on my previous posts (sports luxe) and (palm trees).

OUTFIT POST: COLOUR AND PRINT CLASH – It’s OK for work wear (IMHO)

When I was younger…Just joking I will not start with that….

So where was I?   Firstly, thank you again to the talented Bryant Lee for this second outfit post shooting.  He called this the “professional look” so I apologise for some truly cheesy poses where I try to copy boss lady/corporate poses and head shots.  (Yes a bit cringeworthy) but the intentions were pure…the idea was to show you can be feminine, wear colour and print (with a bit of intentional clashing) and still be work appropriate.

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Would You Trust Your Finances to THIS FACE?  (No answers please…)

It is so easy to stick to dark grey, blacks and if you are lucky navy for your work wardrobe palette.  Yes it is the safe route to go and to be honest you can not go THAT wrong (do not make me eat my words!) with suits and shift dresses in those colours.  However, a question…would it not make you start your day with a smile on your face if you could add some colour to your work outfit?   Now, do not get me wrong, there are times when colour and patterns may not be appropriate.  I am not recommending lawyers to go and get a lipstick red suit or powder blue one and rock it to attend a serious High Court proceeding.  There are certain protocols and traditions that even this colour and pattern obsessive respects.

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I Feel Lady Like Yet Office Appropriate … The colours and prints also make me happy…

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Fit, Silhouette and Proportions Are KEY…

As I get older, I truly have learnt to embrace colour and print…I am lucky I guess that in my current role, I do not have to be so traditional in my workwear.  However, I believe any professional woman can add a little bit of print and/or colour to their wardrobe and still be taken seriously.  (Looking back, though I love it, my purple trouser suit might have been a bit too much of a throwback to Prince but hey you live and learn…right?)

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Just so you get a rough idea…but it was more fitted OK?

Anyway, if I was going to give any advice (and this is just from my own personal observations, mistakes and experiences and should not be considered to be gospel because HEY I am not an EXPERT!); then here is what I would say.

1)  Silhouette and Fit ARE IMPORTANT

If you are going to go for a loud colour and/or print (do it be adventurous!) then make sure the fit of the garments is right.  With anything that is ahem eye catching, if it is badly fitted you will just look like a hot (and not in a good way) scruffy colourful printed mess.  Stick to a streamlined silhouette (this kind of goes with the fit hence why I have put them together) and for example go for a pencil skirt (always a safe silhouette as can be super chic and lady like) or fitted trousers.  Too baggy trousers unless you are a supermodel, will make you look unpolished and is more suitable for casual outfits.  Though the neoprene skirt has a drape in my outfit post, it is still a pencil skirt silhouette so keeps it looking polished (hopefully) and professional.

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My serious face….?  This Marks & Spencer Limited Collection Skirt has a drape front but is still a pencil skirt silhouette and the orangey red is so on trend at the moment…

2)  Invest in Prints…

I cannot remember where I read it (if I remember I will edit and add the link) but fashion editors are right that you should spend a bit more if you are going to go for a print.  This Doll Memories printed silk blouse (http://www.doll-memories.com) is may be a tiny bit on the pricier side of my price range but you definitely are getting your money’s worth.  The print (whimsical cosmetics print) is detailed and crisp and clear on the silk.  The colour of the blouse is bright and consistent.  Not to be a snob, but printed clothing that is at a lower price range really can look cheap and would not probably pass muster for work.  Also it can look a little junior as well.

3) Keep Everything Else Simple…

With your clothing doing all the talking, keep accessories simple.  I focused on my wrists and fingers (accessories same as previous post) and kept it to one metal scheme…gold.  I avoided adding too much jewelry as it can just be a bit too much.  My hair is kept back in a pony tail and make up is quite simple.  A small cat’s eye and well I love my lip colour so an almost matching orangey red lipstick from MAC (matching to my skirt) are all that is needed.

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4)  Proportions

If you are going to play the colour and print game, then definitely pay attention to the proportions.  Simply put in my case I made sure that my skirt goes slightly below the knee and also rolling my sleeves up emphasises the skinniest part of my arm aka my wrists.

5)  HEELS HELP…

Something about a great pair of heels does complete an outfit.  Now do not go crazy and add glitter, bows or unwalkable heels (ideally not open toe either…strangely enough I find it really not professional looking even if your toes are beautifully pedicured.)  I was lucky that Voltage PR gave me this amazing pair of paint splattered snakeskin pump heels from Andrew Kayla.  They added a really nice contrast to my outfit and are actually quite comfortable.  The heel is not super high and the pointed toe helps to elongate my legs and make my ankles look relatively slim… A BIG YES in my book….

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Anyway…have fun…experiment and you WILL find the right mix…

OUTFIT POST: NAVY & PEACH LEOPARD

Yes you heard correctly…I am talking about wearing navy and peach leopard print…before you run screaming from your laptop, think about it carefully.  It can actually work especially if the peach is kinda more orangey due to the leopard pattern. Exhibit One for the Defense:

Victoria Beckham Silk And Wool Blend Blue Orange Dress

If Victoria says ok then who are we to say no? Ok so back to me.  This trip was supposed to be one where I would take a whole load of outfit posts. I had some lovely brands Pedro Garcia (thank you 852West), Vamastyle and Niin to work with.  You might also see that I am currently obsessed with the textures at the park and really made me appreciate the amazing pieces I was allowed to wear (even on an unplanned outfit post).

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Yes I am wearing Navy and Peach Leopard and Stripes! Esley Navy Top (Polkadot Boutique), Menorquitas (Spanish Shoes HK), Bracelet (Niin)

At this park I was obsessed with the different textures of the plants, the rock formed from trees.  So apologies for the playing around with product shots.

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Niin in Nature

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Amazing Rock Formations…

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Trees Turning Into Rock…

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Amazing Details of the Pedro Garcia Tote

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The Perfect Summer Tote… from Pedro Garcia (perforated leather…AMAZING)

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More Navy and Peach…

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Gutted that the matching sandals from Pedro Garcia did not have my size in the press samples (I felt like Cinderella’s ugly step sister who was that desperate she considered cutting off parts of her feet)

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Alternative would have been the amazing satin sneakers from the same Pedro Garcia S/S2015 collection.

Ok that is it for now…lesson to be learnt…embrace colour!

OUTFIT POST: Floral Clash…

First of all, a big thank you to Jack Wills HK and Plug PR for arranging the borrowing for clothes and who knew but my mum took the pictures – so thank you MUM!

Until British designer Richard Nicoll took ever the helm for Jack Wills, I had to admit that I totally thought of them as a British version of A&F – just not in my age range.  I admit continuously now that I was in the wrong.  Now I see suits, dresses, separates which I want.  And with a good print…you had me at brocade or “liberty print”.

The first of the outfit posts in collaboration with Jack Wills HK is called “Floral Clash”.  I saw this peach brocade suit and fell in love.  Unfortunately, it would be too hot for HK weather!  Definitely more suitable for the western suit.

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The suit in itself is such a bright statement that I pushed it further with a floral vintage blouse with a ruffled collar.  More romantic than the suit but in a cooler blue colour palette to help ground the vividness of the suit. Added metallic grey vintage YSL heels to give it a ladylike look and a thrifted grey suede bag with a fringe (so Summer 2015 trend!).

Focus should go on the amazing accessories that I have on.  The necklace is from a London brand called Moxham which is stocked in The Refinery at PMQ.  The necklace give modernity and a bit of edge to the romantic nature of the suit and shirt.   I am also wearing my faithful watch from locally based brand VOID.  All accessories including the bag and shoes are in silver/dark grey metallics to help balance the colour class of the clothes.

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The Moxam Necklace adds edge to the look but is not too “in your face”.

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In fact the Moxham necklace comes with a bracelet that detaches from the necklace

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Simple watch and grey metallic heels finish the outfit…

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I used the MAC is Beauty range with the pastels range of eyeshadow and lipstick.  Once again highlighting the focus on the clothing…