Live-in Library

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If you could add any room to your house, what would it be?  Hands down, my vote’s for a home library.  I think there’s nothing cozier than sitting in a library to wait out stormy weather or unwind after a stressful day.  Of course, space is an issue when living in HK…so, for now it’s a mere daydream.



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Nearly Nude

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Is nude a good look for everyone?  I’m not entirely convinced that it makes an effective impact on all skin tones.  Just imagining the masses of Hong Kongers walking around in nude shades makes me want to cringe.  Well, I guess everyone will need to address this spring trend at their own discretion…to each his (her) own!

 


{BCBG Max Azria S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 


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{Costello Tagliapietra S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 


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{Alberta Ferretti S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

{Victoria Beckham S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

{Hermès S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

I went to H&M this afternoon and bought these cute ballet flats (99HKD…roughly $12).  They’re the perfect shade of ballerina pink and you’d never guess that they’re not made from real leather.  Come to think of it, I should get a back-up pair for when these eventually get scuffed and fall apart.

 

 

Alexa Chung’s interpretation of nude neutrals.  I think she’s the bee’s-knees!


 

If only Olivia Palermo were a nice person…I’d be her number one fan.  Like anything else she wears, she looks gorgeous in nude.

 

 

I don’t know much about Kate Bosworth except that once upon a time she dated Orlando Bloom, got scary thin and wears more nude than anyone else on this planet. Aside from all that, I just love how dainty and nymph-like she is!

Chandelier Charade

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Who’s to say that chandeliers only belong over dining room tables?  For as long as I can remember, I’ve always thought there was something magical about hanging chandeliers in the bedroom.  I’m currently in the market for a new update on light fixtures and thought it was finally  time to consider the chandelier as an option.

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White Whimsy

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How could you ever avoid wearing white?  I’m one of those people who wears white all year long, disregarding the age-old fashion rule that dictates it should only be worn during the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  One of my favorite movies is ‘Chariots of Fire‘ and I love the scene at the end when they’re running along the beach in their summer whites.  Of course, I love my winter whites as well (they’re so ‘creamy-dreamy’) but there’s nothing like a wearing white on the hottest of days.  I think it has something to do with how clean and crisp white looks…especially white-on-white.

 

 

 

{Akris S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

{Calvin Klein S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

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{Yigal Azrouël S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

I’m not really a fan of Olivia Palermo (remember how mean she was to Whitney Port?!) but she always looks so pretty.  I wonder what her secret is.

Model Mimicry

Does everyone get stopped on the street?  I lived in NYC for  8 years (4 years of college, 4 years of work) and I eventually got used to complete strangers handing me their business cards and inviting me to model castings and random photo shoots. These invitations usually fell under the generic, run-of-the-mill offers for open-calls from modeling agencies or amateur fashion photographers in need of a subject for building their portfolios.  That is, until I met Beatrix Ost.

I remember this day (Feb 23, 2004) because I had just flown in on the red-eye from London and had a Monday morning interview with HR at The Gap.  Walking past Union Square Cafe, I experienced one of those awkward moments when you accidentally lock eyes with a complete stranger and hold their gaze for a millisecond too long before realizing that there’s no way to casually look away without acknowledging that you were unabashedly staring.  To my defense, this woman sitting outside the cafe was dressed in the most outrageously fabulous outfit and I couldn’t help but appreciate the boldness of her fashion sense (she was wearing a pillbox hat with a veil).  After flashing her my most polite, apologetic smile to compensate for my lack of discretion, I realized that she was following behind me.  Being the quintessential city girl, I was lost to the blaring sounds on my iPod and completely oblivious to the comically dressed woman chasing after me until she grabbed ahold of my arm.

This was how I came to meet the beautiful Beatrix Ost.  She introduced herself to me (in a rather heavy German accent) and told me that she was an artist working on a series of portraits entitled ‘Intimacy, 15 Minutes of Drawing‘ and wanted to work with me.  I was flattered by her proposition but, being so young and naive, was consumed by the insecurities in posing nude before a random stranger.  Sensing my hesitancy, Ms. Ost reassured me that I wouldn’t have to pose nude if it made me uncomfortable and that she was merely excited at having spotted me on the street that morning.  We exchanged information and agreed to phone each other  within the week.

To cut a long story short, I eventually decided not to partake in this project.  Ms. Ost called several times and left many lovely messages on my voicemail, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.  There are certain things that we can only do at the ripe age of 21 and this was one of those opportunities.  I must say that it remains one of my greatest regrets…



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Shelving Shoes

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What is it with women and shoes?  We know we don’t need another pair, let alone afford them, yet we still convince ourselves to make these often costly investments. Once we make said purchases, we then have to figure out how to store them within the confines of our overflowing closets.  Not an easy task when living in HK (i.e. closet-sized apartments).  Fortunately, or unfortunately, I’m currently living in my parents’ 4 bedroom flat and undertaking the process of converting the storage room (which used to be the maid’s room) into a sort of shoe haven.  While figuring out how to best organize this space, I’ve taken inspiration from how other women have tackled this very same dilemma.  I’m sure I’ll never be able to build anything remotely similar, but a girl can always dream…



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I really wish I had the patience to meticulously archive each pair of shoes and store them in matching boxes but, frankly, I just can’t be bothered.

 

 

 

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Ladylike Lace

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Does white lace ever go out of style?  I think lace sometimes feels too bridal or too much like lingerie to be worn casually.   Although, I do vaguely remember wearing a lot of lace when I was a kid (à la Madonna…lace tights, lace gloves, lace dresses, lace shoes).  I can picture myself dressing down the delicate, ladylike quality of white lace by pairing it with something much more sensible, like a good pair of skinny jeans. Looks like I’m in luck, as there seems to be a lot of lace floating around this spring.

 

 

{Dolce & Gabbana S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

{Brioni S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

{Ralph Lauren S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

{Julien Macdonald S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 


{Vivienne Tam S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

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I bought these Maloles ballet flats a while back but haven’t had a chance to wear they.  I’m partly waiting for warmer weather to break in these lace slippers but, really, I haven’t figured out what to wear them with.  It’s so difficult planning an outfit around shoes!

 

 

Alexa Chung is too cool for school.  I love how she brings an edgy contrast to all this dainty lace.

 

 

Olivia Palermo’s one of those girls you just love to hate, especially after her rather scheming and sly portrayal on The City …but, there’s no denying that the girl’s got great style.

Emulating Elegance

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Who do I want to be when I grow up?  Lily Humphrey (aka Van der Woodsen, Bass…played by actress Kelly Rutherford)!  I don’t think there’s a single episode where her character isn’t perfectly groomed and appropriately styled.  Sure, she has a bit of a tainted past and a series of short-lived marriages, but she redeems herself with her graceful poise and elegance.  Whether it’s due to Kelly Rutherford’s acting skills or simply a reflection of her natural manner, there’s something so convincingly realistic about Lily Humphrey that I appreciate and admire.

 

 

{Elie Saab S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

This asymmetric dress by Elie Saab is so simple yet sophisticated.  While this dress looks great on Karolina Kourkova (above), I must say that I actually prefer it on Kelly Rutherford who wore it in the latest Gossip Girl episode (Season 4, Episode 17 – ‘Empire of the Son’).  The draping of the gathers alongside the left-side of the bodice perfectly offset the rigid structure of the shoulders to create a rather feminine and soft silhouette.  I am in love with the unexpected plunging-v back, which takes this dress from day to evening.


 

 

The Judith Leiber ‘Karung-Trim Radiant Clutch’ to complete her ensemble ($2,895).

Rainy Reprieve

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Why does it always rain on me?  I’ve never really liked spring rains, mainly because it conjures up the smells of earthworms and wet pavement.  In stark contrast to last weekend in HK when the sun so charitably graced us with its presence, the mood is somewhat more subdued as of late with the incessant drizzle of rain.  While my spirits are ever-so-slightly dampened, I’ve decided to overcome this miserable weather by shifting attention to the bright assortment of rainy day accessories.

 

 

This Ralph Lauren umbrella was a much appreciated gift on a rainy day in NYC.  I must say that I did enjoy hiding beneath the cover of its general fabulousness amidst the sea of plain, black, nylon umbrellas on the streets of Manhattan.

 

 

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Bubble umbrellas are turning up everywhere, even on the set of Gossip Girl.  The Totes ‘Clear Bubble Umbrella’ ($22) allows you a clear view of where you’re heading…ideal for avoiding the all too common umbrella collision.

 

 

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These Kate Spade umbrellas ($75) will brighten even the greyest of days.

 

 

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I bought these Tamara Henriques ‘Camel Tweed’ wellies back in 2003 from Olive and Bettes.  They quickly became my favorite choice of footwear and I wore them to death (literally) when the pvc coating eventually gave out due to the strain enforced by its wearer and the left boot split across the toe.  Sadly, I was left without any choice but to throw my beloved rain boots out and mourn their premature departure.

 

 

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The Hunter ‘Original’ Wellington boots ($125) are the official supplier to the British Royal Households.  If they’re good enough for The Queen, then they’re good enough for me!  Sadly, I’ve had little reason to wear these since moving to HK because it’s so hot and humid here.

 

 

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The Aigle ‘Jumping’ boots ($199 via J.Crew) make me want to take up equestrian riding.

 

 

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The ‘Rainy Day Bow Ballet Flat’ from J.Crew ($58).  Much more appropriate for HK weather and light enough to carry around in case of an unexpected shower or two.

 

 

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These L.L.Bean ‘Coastal Rain Skimmers’ ($69) are surprisingly very cute as well as being highly practical.

 

 

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I am loving this Woolrich yellow slicker ($595) from Anthropologie!  I’d pray for rain all the time, just so I could sport this cape around town.

Dizzy Dots

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Do you see what I see?  I’m currently experiencing a very idle stage in my life, hence the blogging, so I spend quite a chunk of time frequenting the shopping districts of HK and lately it seems that I’m seeing spots everywhere I go!  I’ve never been a big fan of polka dots, but I’m learning to appreciate their ditzy quality.  Come to think of it, Julia Roberts was the picture of perfection wearing that polka dot dress and matching hat in ‘Pretty Woman.’  So, who knows, maybe I will succumb to this dizzying trend after all.


{Valentino S/S 2011 – image via style.com}


 

{Rebecca Taylor S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 


{Giles S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

{Paul Smith S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

{3.1 Phillip Lim S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

{Moschino S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

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Alexa Chung (model/tv host/journalist/fashion icon) obviously loves polka dots.

 

 

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A subtle way to incorporate some quirky dots into your home.

 

 

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And…a not so subtle way.  I wonder what happens when the paint starts to chip away.  Well, in any case, the children certainly look pleased.