Thursday, February 11, 2016

Another Sun Sets Over Pamalican Island

a drinks party at one of the pretty villas hosted by a generous friend

looking for baby sharks at Shark's Point

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Two Holiday Outfits - No Kaftans Allowed*

*I hope you know I'm just f-ing with you... kaftans are often quite lovely - it's the stuff you buy in places like Kuta in Bali that I have a proper problem with (yeah you know like world hunger and war). And do you know how hard it is to get comments on blogs nowadays? Even the likes of Pernille Teisbaek and Amanda Brooks hardly get comments anymore (so I tried a bit of fashion controversy...) Instagram, on the other hand, is still thriving, possibly because it is the lazier, easier option - after all, posters don't have to write and followers don't have to read.

cover up in a roomy men's shirt instead

Proenza Schouler bikini
Paul Smith sunglasses
Tamara Mellon sandals
COS men's shirt

for cocktails and dinner: a suede mini skirt and a white shirt

(Who says photography is not hard? I think Burberry pretty much said it when they hired Brooklyn Beckham to shoot their next campaign (I love Brooklyn and every other Beckham, but he is not quite yet Peter Lindbergh or Helmut Newton). I could not get the rivets in the skirt to show up properly because the bright sunshine exaggerated the white of the shirt, while it made the grey of the skirt duller. So I've kept my accidental shadow in the picture)

Zara suede skirt with rivet pattern (in stores now)
Hermès silver bracelets
Ba&sh shirt
Amaya sandals**

**I bought these sandals in 2011!!! Still a favorite - see my first post about them HERE

Vacation Dressing Is Stupid

It doesn't matter what the weather is like... it could be amazing like here

or absolute rubbish like here.... (no filters whatsoever, it is often this grey and foggy on the Peak)

... but when I get to this spot on the circular road around the Peak in Hong Kong (Lugard Road is about 3 kilometers long), I always do my best thinking. In fact, if I do a walk around the Peak in the morning, I always have inspiration for a post. This morning, I decided that I hate vacation dressing and that I should urgently share that with you :)

Maybe that's because I am not exactly into bohemian clothes, and special vacation clothes always seem to have red or turquoise embroidery and tassles, or pom poms dangling from the hem. And then of course there is the obligatory maxi dress in flimsy rayon with elasticized waist, cut to maximize cleavage.

When I resigned from Burberry in London to have babies, my boss asked me what I intended to do in the future. Without having ever properly thought about it I blurted out that I wanted to make a small collection of clothes to bring on holidays, because I thought the things out there in the shops were quite unattractive. I remembered that on my walk around Lugard this morning... funny how some memories suddenly pop up out of nowhere.

I ended up doing such a collection to a certain extent since my friend Jane and I started JDCamicetta, a small collection of casual silk tops and dresses to wear in the hot, humid weather of Hong Kong.

I am really the most rubbish blogger in the world when it comes to outfit selfies, but this is one of the JDCamicetta dresses I love taking on holiday. This was Bali in July 2012, and this dress will be coming with me to the Philippines next week as well.  JDCamicetta is available at Sarah Templeman Boutique in Cottesloe, Perth, at Number 8, 7 Station Street.

I will share what I am packing tomorrow, and I am hoping for some audience participation - please tell me whether you think I am more suitable dressed for a job interview than a martini by the pool, because my suitcase will be entirely kaftan free.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Drugstore / High Street Make-Up Trial

Clockwise from top left:
Maybelline ClearSmooth ALL IN ONE Shine Free Cake Powder
Revlon PHOTOREADY Eye Art in 020 Lilac Luster
Real Techniques sponge
L'Oréal True Match Super Blendable Two Way Powder Foundation
Pupa Like A Doll Blush
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm for Lips

I binge watched Lisa Eldridge make-up tutorials during my bedroom clear-out this month which inspired me to try some drugstore make-up. Lisa uses it all the time, and I figured with Chinese markets in a frightening downward spiral it may not be a bad idea to economize a bit. And well, if it's good enough for Ms. Eldridge, it should be more than fine for me.  

Pupa Pupart Eyeshadow Palette

I didn't own many matte eyeshadows, so I was super pleased to find this all matte palette at Sasa. So far the Maybelline Powder and the Revlon lip color are my favorites. I do think you need lip primer for the latter - it's super pigmented and long lasting but the stain it leaves is hard to remove (although that's also the case with Tom Ford lipstick). The lilac Revlon eye product goes on as a liquid and then sets after a few seconds, and then you can add sparkle on top from the other pot. It's quite dramatic and perfect as the base for an evening smoky eye.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Pillowtalk: Zayn Malik Still Sounds Like He's In A Boy Band Even With The X-Rated Lyrics

But who cares? I never for the life of me understand why so many pop singers feel the need to go bad after starting out sweet and adorable. But then again if you had the chance to repeat high school, do it all over again, would you too choose to be the coolest and the baddest? Money and fame have given Zayn the power to re-write his early life story, and he is no longer awkwardly jumping around on a beach convincing you what makes you beautiful. He is now f*ing and fighting in a war zone, with none other than model of the moment, Gigi Hadid (see it HERE).
Which brings me to the fashion part of this post - leggings. I have wanted to do a post on how much I hate leggings hundreds of times. Leggings are not clothes, I wanted to call the post. But then there was Gigi Hadid, and Gigi wears leggings all the time. So image by image, leggings have slowly seeped back into my brain as if they were an item of clothing. Before Christmas I found an old pair of legging pants in my closet, and I was suddenly hooked. Leggings are clothes!!!! Or are they?

shoes by Miu Miu
jumper by Zara
legging pants by COS
bag from Shenzhen

Good Morning Hong Kong

six thirty am

seven thirty am - i love hong kong