Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere

Oh hey, it's almost Halloween! But since the holiday falls on a week night this year, many have already donned their costumes in the weekends previous. In Hong Kong, Halloween isn't as widely celebrated as in the States. I had to really search for candy corn and a good pumpkin to carve. I still haven't found any mellowcreme pumpkins (anyone in Hong Kong who has, please give a shout; I'll be forever grateful!).

To make up for the lack of general Halloween spirit here, I increased mine by creating not one, not two, but three costumes. I'll post them individually, but first up, we have... *drum roll* Little Town Belle!

I would consider this more of a "Disneybound" style than a true costume as all the pieces are ready made clothing. It's surprising how long it took to find a blue dress in the right style. I finally found this on sale at Topshop! The blouse is thrifted and the apron is an oversized white t-shirt, cut in half and safety pinned to a bathrobe belt. And it's a little difficult to see, but I'm wearing my beloved Magical Ribbons "Little Town Belle" bow!

I wore this to volunteer at a children's Halloween games event surrounded by many young princesses!

Saturday, October 26, 2013


Made a weekend trip to Beijing a few weeks ago which was unfortunately cut short due to not-so-super-typhoon Utor. Luckily, we managed to cross off the top two on our to-do list. Spent a good part of the day just browsing (and a bit a shopping) the art district in Beijing, which is called 789 for the most well-known factory turned art gallery. Plenty of great cafes, artisan shops, and galleries to peruse. 

Can I just say that my new Celine Trio is the perfect travel purse? It keeps everything organized and fits just enough without letting me carry too much around.


Wearing: Gap t-shirt, Rag & Bone jeans, Repetto flats, Celine purse, Victor & Rolf sunnies
Photos of me taken by my mom. All others are mine.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fashion's Night Out, Finally

 She's beckoning you to shop

A very crowded evening

Always a visual pleasure to walk around Lane Crawford

Macarons from Sift

The Bumbys

Wearing Forever 21 dress and Tammy and Benjamin purse

Woohoo! I finally got to attend a Fashion's Night Out. I followed NYC's festivities in years past via Twitter and Instagram and last year I had school commitments during SF's FNO. How happy I was to see Lane Crawford hosting the event in Hong Kong this year. Unlike in the US (not sure about other cities), FNO in Hong Kong is quite contained and small. Lane Crawford was the only major store hosting shopping deals. There was a Ciate nail design bar (didn't have any unpainted nails to test on), macarons from Sift, drinks, fruit popsicles from Lola, an Impossible Project photo booth, and The Bumbys.

I had do a little googling when I read that The Bumbys would be present. The pair pseudononymously type up a brief description of their impression of you. I found it fascinating from a sociological perspective - to want and allow someone's opinion of you. The glimmer of hope that someone approves or even flatters. I admit, I was curious to see what they would have to say; it made me think about how my clothes presented me to the world, especially at an event such as this where clothes are the medium of communication. But alas, you could only participate if you had purchased something that night from Lane Crawford.

I hope that FNO in Hong Kong expands next year as having all of Hong Kong's fashionable squishing into one space made the experience too crowded and a night out really should have enough activities to last the night, not just an hour or two.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Red, White, and Stripes

Rag and Bone Jefferson Seersucker Blazer and Tennis Pleated Seersucker Shorts (image), Oscar de la Renta NM + Target Floral Canvas Tote Bag (image), Christian Louboutin Simple Pump (image)

Happy 4th of July! I guess it's still the 4th in the US, but it's now the 5th in Hong Kong. I didn't get the chance to snap outfit pics as I was happily busy all day, but this is the outfit I wore (except with a different white shirt). Blue and white striped suit, white shirt and purse, and red soles. My patriotic tribute.

I purchased the amazing Rag and Bone seersucker shorts suit on sale in Toyko because the fabric is perfect for Hong Kong's hot and humid weather. Seersucker is a fabric made from cotton fibers traditionally with a striped print, but the threads have varying tension so that the resulting fabric is lightly puckered. The unevenness helps keep the fabric away from the skin allowing for air circulation in hot weather.

I wouldn't recommend a shorts suit for those working in a more traditional environment, but in the fashion industry, short suits are gaining popularity. Shorts alone are too casual, but pair them with a great blazer, a professional and ladylike bag and some sensible heels to instantly dress them up. I wore this outfit to a meeting, but packed a pair of nude flats in my purse to switch into afterwards for a shopping trip with a friend. A perfect transition!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Stripes on Stripes

Wearing: Taylor Tomasi Hill x Lane Crawford shirt, J&M Davidson skirt, Muse heels

My outfit for Sarah Brightman's Dreamchaser tour opening night concert in Tokyo. I missed her Symphony tour four years ago and then bought tickets to see her this March only to have the US tour delayed. I thought I would never get the chance to see her live, but luckily we found tickets in Tokyo. Check one off the bucket list!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

When in Rome... Tokyo in Heels.



Wearing: Moussy shirt, Rag & Bone jeans, Lanvin en Bleu bow tie, Chanel booties

Sushi for breakfast and tea for lunch followed by window shopping. I've noticed that in Tokyo, the heels to flats ratio is extremely high. Almost all the women I see are wearing some sort of heel or wedge and most are not wobbling or limping along. I don't wear heels on a daily basis (anyone who has been to the UC Berkeley campus knows that those hills are not heel friendly). But, as the saying goes, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. I wanted to see if I could survive a whole day in heels around Tokyo. Stilettos would be too ambitious, so I chose my new pair of classic lace-up heeled booties. A respectable height, but still a chunky heel to make walking easier. How did I fare? 8 hours later with only two brief coffee shop breaks, I had very tired feet, but I'd say that my attempt was rather successful.

P.S. Bow ties are cool  

Friday, June 28, 2013

Ghibli Getaway

Wearing: H&M top, H&M shorts, 202 Factory Opening Ceremony cuff, Mulberry Alexa, sandals from a shop in Paris

A visit to the Ghibli Museum in a peaceful suburb away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Tickets tend to sell out for the day, so be sure to purchase tickets ahead of time. Be careful of the souvenir shop - so many adorable gifts! My favourite rooms were the ones where the walls are covered in storyboard and film art. The art of hand drawn animation will always be superior to digital animation for me.