Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Saint Laurent Brass v. Hermès Silver

my Hermès silver bracelet on the beach the Maldives

Saint Laurent brass and silver plated bracelet - HK$21,340 (approx 2,754 US Dollars!!!!) on www.net-a-porter.com

If you google the price per ounce of brass, you keep getting websites in America for scrap metal sellers, and the price is quoted in pounds rather than ounces. Per pound, the price seems to average between 2 and 3 US Dollars.

Silver on the other hand, costs about 20 US Dollars per ounce.  A pound has 16 ounces, so that's about 320 US Dollars per pound for silver.

I suppose we often don't buy fashionable things for their true value. If there is enough hype, or if we believe the item we covet could be a fashion investment, we may forget the material value of the item is rather non-existent.

I have been seduced by Hedi Slimane's Saint Laurent as much as the next fashion victim, but this is too stupid even for me. My classic silver Hermès bracelet costs approximately 900 US Dollars less than the costume jewelry version by Hedi Slimane. When have you ever read such a sentence before? A costume jewelry copy bracelet cost 900 US Dollars more than a silver Hermès bracelet.

Here in Asia, we hear reports every day that the retail industry is not doing well. And you wonder why. We as consumers need to wake up and demand quality and value for money (i.e. not buy ridiculously overpriced brass bracelets by Hedi Slimane, but go to Hermès instead. I never thought I would be able to say that but I am loving every syllable of that statement).

Monday, July 28, 2014

Lunch is served

We went fishing yesterday and caught six very good size fish - a jackfish, some red snappers, and a rather sizable white snapper as well - all referred to as reef fish by the locals. For lunch today, we were served our catch in a variety of styles at the beach side restaurant. Close to the very best meal in my life.

Chinese style with ginger and oyster sauce - the stripy shadow over the plates comes from the palm leaves softly swaying in the wind above us while we eat and wonder if we are in heaven

simply baked with salt and pepper

in Maldivian style curry

When your after-lunch belly has grown so much in size that you can no longer imagine showing yourself in a bikini, you bring out the Mara Hoffman. By far the best swimwear I have EVER bought in my life are her rashies (sorry that is flagged as a spelling mistake, but that's what all my Hong Kong Aussie friends call sun protection shirts for swimming).

My only regret is that I just bought two. They are the perfect swimwear to wear over untanned white bellies, bellies with a hint of cellulite (mine), jiggly bellies and all other bellies one may be shy about. Mara Hoffman is your answer. At the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru resort in The Maldives.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

I don't want to go home - Maldives day 10

so tempted to climb up and get my own coconut - then I remember Keith and Ron tried that too with Keith ending up in hospital rather concussed

riding my bike from a swim on one side of the island towards lunch with lots of sauv blanc - an army of chauffeured buggies is available to take the loopy riders home

time for some espresso martinis at the 10 pm manta ray feeding session - and another lovely day in the Maldives comes to an end

Friday, July 25, 2014

If I ever wear shoes again

loafers are back with a vengeance - this chunky tasseled pair is perfect with a skinny trouser - all by Max Mara

And how charming and French are these Lanvin fringed block heel loafers when worn with a super short party dress - I love the styling on this outfit - my order is flying round the Indian Ocean on its way to Net-a-Porter as we speak. If I ever wear shoes again, it'll be these.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Maldives day 3 - the most peaceful place on earth?

I think there are about 30 guests on this island right now - but we never see anyone

snorkeling with mini lemon sharks - this little guy is in 5 cm deep water and thankfully he is very scared of me

Friday, July 18, 2014

What to wear on a day like this

Two days after almost 300 men, women, mums, dads, grandparents and children were killed by thugs while their plane flew over Eastern Ukraine, I can't write about frivolous stuff. More than 150 Dutch are dead, but nationalities don't matter in disasters like this. Every single one of those people on board had someone out there who loves them and who will mourn and miss them for many years to come. President Obama was right to warn Europe that this tragedy shows us we are not isolated from wars in foreign places no matter how unimportant we may consider such conflicts to our daily lives. Sooner or later the pathetic war mongering thugs and the "local" conflicts come to right to our doorstep, and it is the duty of our elected leaders to prevent such devastation before we bury more innocent children and their families.