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}

 


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

 

 

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

 


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

 


{Donna Karan S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

{Nina Ricci S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

{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!

White Whimsy

{image by Mark Shaw via svenskamobler}

 

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}

 

 

{Bottega Veneta S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

{Alexander Wang S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

{Derek Lam S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

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

 

 

{Peter Pilotto S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

{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.

Ladylike Lace

{image by John French via v&aprints}


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

{image by Richard Avedon}

 

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

{image by Richard Avedon}


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.

 

 

{hunter}

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

{image by Henry Clarke via custardheartvintage}

 

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.

 

 

{image by George Silk via life}

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.

Sundry Stripes

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What evokes the onset of warm weather like the perfect nautical stripe?  The first summer I spent in France was when I was 15 and it set me off onto the perpetual hunt for the perfect Breton shirt.  Rarely do I pass a striped garment without contemplating the need for its presence in my already overflowing wardrobe full of stripes.  So, keeping with tradition, I suppose this quest will continue yet again this spring.


{Prada S/S 2011- image via style.com}


 

{Jil Sander S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

{Junya Watanabe S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

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

 

 

{Marc by Marc Jacobs S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

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The original Saint James ‘Naval II‘ is the quintessential Breton shirt and definitely an ageless classic ($130).

 

 

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There’s something so cool and summery about the Kate Spade ‘Lido’ espadrille ($99), in 3 color options – blue, green and gold.

 

 

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This  Sea Bags tote is the perfect accessory to complete your nautical wardrobe! I’ve been coveting one of these ever since I saw my friend  bring one back from her little town in Maine.  They’re made from recycled sails, making them 100% waterproof ($195).  I want one!!!

 


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I don’t know why, but I love this chair!  Not sure what I’d do with it or where I’d put it, but you never know…maybe one day I’ll be living in a striped home.

Tasteful Tangerine

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What’s more fun than introducing a bright pop of color for spring?  Well, the Spring 2011 trends seem to dictate that orange is the hue of choice this season.  I personally hold a strong affinity towards this particular color, so that makes for one happy camper.


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

 

 

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

 

 

{Jil Sander S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

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

 

 

{Caroline Herrera S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

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

 

 

{Marc by Marc Jacobs S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

{Vena Cava S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 

 

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Now, we can’t mention the color orange without thinking about Hermès!  The ‘Hermès Victoria II‘ is a practical carry-all bag, albeit for a hefty sum ($4,525).



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For those of us who were getting tired of seeing the Michael Kors ‘Hamilton’ bag popping up everywhere, this season offers a nice update in an orange-tone leather ($298).

 

 

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The Kate Spade ‘Shady Side Magazine Tote’ is the ideal every day bag.  Get it now while it’s on sale ($229.50 – originally $255).


 

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Now, for the pièce de résistance!  I was at Lane Crawford the other day and the Vabene display happened to catch my eye.  Maybe it had something to do with the bright, sunny weather we’re currently enjoying in HK or the fact that I was wearing my first ‘transitional’ spring outfit (blue/white gingham shirt, white jeans, nude ballet flats), but I couldn’t help but think that the Vabene ‘Mondo’ ($395) would add the final touch to my otherwise simple look.  I wavered on my choice of color (12 total), but finally decided on orange.  How befitting, right?  Though this oversized watch looks ridiculously large against my wrist, I can’t help but think that I’ll rather enjoy flashing this bit of color around all season long.

Balletic Blight

{image by Alfred Eisenstaedt via gallerym}


What girl doesn’t dream of becoming a ballerina?  This girl certainly does!  Today was the first time in 10 years that I stepped inside a ballet studio, thus making another feeble attempt to correct years of poor posture and overcome my general lack of coordination.  Try as I might, I’m hardly the age at which one fulfills their balletic aspirations and so this pseudo-ballerina will just have to settle on looking the part this spring:


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

 


{J. Mendel S/S 2011 – image via style.com}

 


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

 


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

 


{Erdem S/S 2011 backstage – image via vogue}

 


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YSL ‘Love’ ballet flats…seriously, what’s not to love?!  Well, maybe just the price ($485) and the ultimate decision in choosing the right color.


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Moschino ‘BowWow’ ballet flats – another collaboration between the Italian fashion house and Kartell, the plastic furniture company.  A rainy day alternative in 8 fun colors ($119) and it doesn’t hurt that they’re 100% recyclable.


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A little bit of kitschy fun from Whimsical Watches without having to break the bank ($49.95).

 

 

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