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.

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

{image via revivalhousecompany}


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}

 

 

{zara}

 

 

{anthropologie}

 

 

{jcrew}

 

 

{rugby ralph lauren}

 

 

{saint james}

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

 

 

{kate spade}

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

 

 

{sea bags}

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).



{michael kors}

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).

 

 

{kate spade}

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).


 

{vabene}

 


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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