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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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…

 

 

What is Normcore? I like to call it Normancore!

What is Normcore? I like to call it Normancore!
Hello Polyvore…It has been a while…
Yes, I know the trend and phrase “Normcore” has been around for a while and YES I am a bit behind the trend for writing this post about it now…  Well after reading the Wanderlister’s awesome article about Gap’s current advertising campaign in Asia to try and convince  the Chinese that it is not all about the bling bling but about the simplicity and quietness of norm core (apparently according to the Urban Dictionary it is “desire to fit in” or “the fear of standing out”).  In a society which is all about designer branding and thick gold chains (have you seen a Chinese bride?), it would be interesting to see how ex-COS Rebekka Bay’s vision for Gap translates into success here in HK.
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Normcore a la GAP… (photos from Gap and via the Wanderlister)
As a vintage lover, the norm core trend originally had me perplexed as throw me a garish floral print in a jumpsuit or maxi skirt and I am a happy bunny.  How was this girl (who deliberately buys versace esque print shirts) fit in with the cool kids wearing this normcore thingy?  Yes, I used the word thingy…it is a word in my lexicon ok?
But then that lightbulb moment happened, as I reflected on my recent brand loves and purchases and realised subconsciously I was actually doing the normcore trend…A HA!  Yes, by slowly following scandi brands such as Won Hundred, Humanoid, Baum ind Pfundgarten, Filippa K etc…I was actually doing this whole normcore trend.  I have to admit, I love the comfort of the simple flats and the slouchy sweatshirts and t-shirt dresses…for me it was not necessarily a fashion choice but more a lazy oaf choice (shameful yes I know but I never really did consider myself a fashion blogger.”
Also, I am loving new HK online brand GRANA which has simple silk shirts and the softest cotton t-shirts on sale.  Also currently loving ecochic website’s A Boy Named Sue’s slouchy plain cotton sweatshirts.
So yes, inadvertently I am a normcore follower but deep down if you still offer me a loud garish print, my heart still belongs to the print…
On a final note, I would like to add that I prefer the term “Normancore” which was coined by Grazia to describe the normcore trend…I cannot directly quote the actual description (goddamn you cats for losing my copy of Grazia…yes I am using my cats as an excuse) but it goes something like this… “Imagine Norman from Accounts at a staff party…he is quiet and blends into the background…that is normcore or rather NORMANCORE”.
Now for all those people who work in accounting and accounts (I actually have friends who do) and the random Normans who may read this article…I apologise for any offence taken.  This really is just another random musing by myself and just a little bit of fun and anyway GRAZIA USED NORMANCORE FIRST!
Below is a list of the items I selected on Polyvore…sorry bit rusty as it has been a while…

Filippa K white shirt
$215 – nelly.de

Humanoid brown coat
farfetch.com

Y A S blue coat
$255 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Filippa K super skinny jeans
$195 – zalando.co.uk

Filippa K black shoes
$250 – gravitypope.com

Won Hundred camo shoes
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Overdue: Feeble Attempt at OOTD, My Boy and I loving MISCHA Bags…oh and being in Greece!

Unfortunately, it has been decided to keep the wedding pics private! So sorry no talks about what the bride war but I can guarantee that she looked beautiful.

So yes, we got to see a bit of Greece (mainly near the Athens area due to the wedding venue.) IT WAS BEAUTIFUL!! Blue skies, lots of mythology and archeology for the geek in me to be satisfied and the food was jimmy pretty much everywhere.

I have not finished editing the pics but here are the some sneak peeks!

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The Boy Started to Play around with the Camera… he probably understands more than I do!!

 

We decided to take the DSLR camera with us this trip in hopes our photography skills would improve and we would have some stunning pics and I could do some outfit posts.  Not sure how successful we were…

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Standing Under a Tree as You Do…

Wearing Vintage Playsuit, Estate Sale Scarf from Norbyah and a MISCHA cross body…

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Same Outfit but with the added bronze MISCHA overnight tote…

Yes as you can see these pictures were from the same day (I do change my clothes) and I don’t pose ladylike either.  MAJOR OOPS.

Also, you might have noticed the love of MISCHA going on here!!  Even the boy got into the action…

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Yep, the boy likes this bag…

 

Feeling the Love- Birthdays

As I get older, no I do not want to reveal my age ( a lady never does that though I am not sure how ladylike I am!) but I have been feeling less and less keen to organise a big party for my birthday. Could it be that I also think that people might not attend? Hmmm…

So this year, for personal reasons too, I also did not feel like going out on the lash and”party”. Luckily for me, the W-Insider for HK’s W Hotel Charlie Lin was super sweet and made a last minute booking for me to have Sunday brunch at Kitchen.  I was also fortunate that 4 super sweet people without whom, my life might have become intolerable, found time to come and have Sunday brunch with me.

So, what to wear?  I decided that as it was my Birthday… I can wear my lovely floral crown which had been made for fellow fahion blogger Jasmine Smith’s birthday by the lovely Vanessa Lawson (an amazing DIY blogger).  Actually she still sells them at Glamourpods! Hey it’s my party so I can wear a floral red crown if I want to!!  Matching red heels from local brand Sleeh and finally a white with black polka dot dress (vintage of course) and my beloved Erbert Chong bag.

It was the perfect way for me to celebrate my low key birthday: with four amazingly cool people, lots of great food (hello all you can eat amazing buffet with loads of cured fish and fresh seafood and bottomless champagne!!)  Also the divine Charlie had made sure I received a great table which gave us a great view.  After a lot of food, champagne and laughter…I was presented with a surprise birthday dessert platter!!  Oh thank you W Hotel!

So I was full and had to roll out on my way home and then have an afternoon snooze to sleep off the food!!  But it really was a birthday that was perfect for me.  I also fell in love again with some vintage pieces and not so vintage pieces that I had not worn for a long time…

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My Birthday “Cake”

Yes…I did share…

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Hmm…will my wish come true?

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The Amazing People who Shared My Birthday with Me!!

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The Perfect End to the Meal…
(Bumping into Manager on Duty Stewart Chen!)

So the lesson to be learnt is the simple pleasures such as vintage clothing, nice heels and great food really are the finer things in life for this lady!  Oh WAIT…actually having great friends who have stuck by me and then last minute re-arranged their schedules to come join me for my Birthday Brunch…is the most important thing in life!!  Thank you guys and gals!

Lace, Print and Vintage Scarf…Outfit Post

When I saw on instagram a picture of a print dress with lace inserts, I instantly thought “BUY IT NOW”.  An even bigger draw to this dress was that Vogue UK was considering it for their September shoot of top M&S picks.  Yes, M&S is cool now!

I wore this dress on a quick coffee trip to meet my vintage sister Norbyah who gave me a gorgeous vintage scarf as a gift from her US trip.  The weather was still relatively warm so there was no need for any layers or tights.  The lace on the sleeves of the dress gave welcome ventilation (TMI?) and also textural interest to the dress.  Clashes of print and textures is definitely a key A/W 2013 trend and keeping the dress in a simple colour palette makes it an easy dress to wear.  This dress would take you through to colder times, sling on a chunky cardigan or a leather biker jacket and add some black tights and you would be protected from the chilly climes.

For this trip out, I wore it with a pair of heeled Ash biker boots and a simple Cole Haan black bag.  I added some contrast by tying the gifted vintage scarf onto said bag.  As I was having a bad hair day, the hair was slicked back.

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M&S dress, Cole Haan bag, Ash biker boots, Gifted vintage silk scarf

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Adding a splash of colour with a vintage silk scarf tied to the bag

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Loving the Lace and Print Clash in this M&S dress

Kitty Darling…Not On the Vintage Celine…How 2 Furballs have changed my life

Yes I am supposed to be a “fashion blogger” but my young, fancy-free days of going to events and spending money on fashion have changed…no I have not become a mother (the boy is relieved that I did not somehow become pregnant during the last visit and popped out a baby this month.)  I have adopted two kittens.  You would think that this would not have changed my fashion blogging lifestyle but I have actually become a CRAZY CAT LADY.  My instagram account is now full of pictures of the kittens ( I have also started using the #petstagram…sigh).  Also my cosmetics and perfumes are now put away in drawers ( my mum is secretly hoping that the kittens manage to get into the perfume collection and spill it all in revenge for what I did to her when I was a toddler.)  Spray bottles which were used to dampen my frizzy hair are now used as discipline tools.  All pretty ceramic pieces, framed photos are placed away.  Military operation style planning also needs to be implemented to enter my wardrobe and shoe cabinet before the holy terrors (AKA kittens Odette and Mads) streak in like greased lightening to create havoc with my clothing and accessories.

Still in their kitten stage, Mads and Odette still have their fluffy kitten fur so I still have the pleasure of waiting for them to shed their lovely cat hair all over me (lint rollers will become a future necessity I predict).  I also have been warned of the scratching of shoes and other leather goods (I pray to all fashion gods that the scratching posts will help with this problem).  The blessed darlings have already made me sacrifice a few shoe boxes to them as play things.  Rather than smelling of expensive perfume, I now smell of vinegar in my desperate attempt (apparently it is a cat repellent) to stop Mads and Odette from raiding my shoe and bag cupboards.  I also pray that the vinegar will not damage too much my vintage goodies…

Now this post has been sounding like a list of complaints (actually it is a list of complaints and a waddle in pity) but when I look at them running around like crazy cats or look up at me with their cute little faces and especially when they cuddle up to me and start purring…I would not change a single moment of kitten madness.  I don’t regret adopting them one single moment.

Now I am not sure my vintage Celine will have the same sentiments.  Mads has a fondness for sitting on it.  He has good taste…

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From Top to Bottom (Mads in his “Adopt Me” photo, Odette in her “Adopt Me” photo and the two of them snuggled up at home)