Monday, August 31, 2009

Some 80s Trends

The 80s is back.
Ugh...I was damn ugly in the 80s.
So I wasn't really looking forward to this, but now I want acid wash jeans...skirt or pants...with updated cutting of course.
Still searching for the perfect piece.

I have an upcoming work party with 80s theme....
What should I wear people?
Should I channel Madonna? A desk of off highlighters?

Dress = Argyle Center
Tights = Kwai Chung Plaza, HK$39
Shoes = Gisele Bundchen from Ice Fire, HK$150

Friday, August 28, 2009

Oversized Tee & Bright Tights - A Look I Can Never Pull Off

Spotted this funky girl waiting for someone at a popular waiting spot, by the escalators of Times Square, Causeway Bay.

I love this look.
Effortlessly funky.
It's the kind of look I can never pull off.
I'd look super thick, super pregnant, and super sloppy.

So lemme just gawk at my lady....

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Faux Snake Skin Tights

This season, we're blessed with tights abundance.
Colors, patterns, textures, name it, they got it.
My eyes were drawn to these pair of faux snake skin tights.
I just had to have it (well, it looks like i "had to have" too many things nowadays).

Look at the subtle texture and sheen....isn't it gorgeous?
Who cares if it's a bit too hot for shiny tights.
I just couldn't wait for the cooler weather to wear these.
Looks great with my dark nail polish ^_^

I paired the fierce tights with something girly...flowy dress and a dainty little bow buckled belt.

Dress = Lady Story, Yaumatei, HK$129
Belt = Kwai Chung Plaza, Kwai Fong, HK$39
Tights = Kwai Chung Plaza, Kwai Fong, HK$39
Shoes = Vincci, Kuala Lumpur
Watch = Tag Heuer Alter Ego

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wear Vintage, Wear White

It's been a while since I went thrift-happy.
Thrift shops aren't so popular with the locals, they're severely under appreciated.
The only locals I saw roaming around these treasure laden shops are senior citizens, mostly looking for HK$5 shirts, or HK$10 brand name polo tees, or those from the "artistic" crowd, wearing their dirty hair, big black glasses, tight jeans, and a hat, even in hot summertime.

Meh. Let's look at it this way...that just means more goodies for me to snatch, right?

It is hard to find vintage dresses my size...the waistline is normally the size of my thumb!!! Sigh. Should I reduce my size to fit my vintage appetite? (Stop! Remember! I live to eat, not eat to live). Don't we just loveee vintage buttons? LOVE!

I love wearing white although it is not the most slimming color in the world...I think it brightens me up. I just loveee the embroidery details on this pretty!

On all the right places! Even on the sleeves!

...and the bottom of the full skirt.

Score! Love it when I could get such a great catch!

Dress = thrifted
Belt = Argyle Center
Shoes = Vincci, Kuala Lumpur
Watch = Patrick Cox

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Floral Dress, Boyish Belt

Sorry for wearing this dress again, but it's just the comfiest dress to wear in this heat...even a tiny little cardigan feels too hot! T_T

I tried to make it look a bit different, belted, unbelted, paired with heels, with flats, with creamy colors, with bold colors...

I like pairing super feminine things with boyish bits. This belt is one of my favorite boyish looks great with dresses and it tones down the sugar dosage of overly sweet pieces. Dark nail polish and gladiator sandals for extra fierceness.

Dress = Lady Story, Yaumatei MTR
Belt = H&M
Shoes = Kwai Chung Plaza

Monday, August 24, 2009

Babydoll Shirt Dress That Scored Me A Seat on A Train Ride

I've been offered a seat again!
How nice it is to see how kind people in Hong Kong are...


I was wearing the blue version of this babydoll shirt dress, carrying a few bags worth of loot, minding my own business...and a guy, who was seated in front of my eyed me for a while, then stood up and offered me his seat.

Mortified, I refused to seat (it would've been easier if I just took the seat). An auntie who was standing beside me gave me a careful once over, squinted her eyes for a few moments, and then offered another older auntie behind her to sit. This older auntie gave me a once over, shot me a look full of pity, and insisted that I should sit. I said no again.

The younger auntie finally said to the older auntie "Won't you just sit? She's a young girl (thanks!), she can manage standing up!"

Oh gosh....a dress that caused a full drama involving 3 or more people on a train ride?

I'm never wearing it without a belt ever again!!!

So I've belted the orange version this morning and hope there'll be no more MTR seat drama. I threw a pair of shades to combat the damaging summer UV rays.

Shirt dress = FCUK sale, HK$1xx (forgot the exact amount, I have both blue and orange)
Shoes = Argyle Center, HK$79
Belt, Bag & Shades = H&M, all below HK$200

Friday, August 21, 2009

Bits of Red

This is a more colorful version of the previous monochromatic outfit I wore...thank God for the many many many solid colored cardigans and necklaces that I have ^_^

Yellows or reds are my favorite colors for bits and pieces. This time, it's red, as I don't want subtle additions, I want a hard slap on the face :p
Wore it with my new best friend...tights. I know it doesn't make me look my best...but they're perfect to solve the "too short for a dress, too long for a top" top/minidress problems.

Top = Bay, London
Cardigan = Fa Yuen St Market
Necklace = Argyle Center
Tights = Argyle Center
Shoes = Vincci, Kuala Lumpur
Wore this outfit to work (cheers to casual Fridays!), and will spice up my make up later for a nice dinner @Chez Moi

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Easy Lazy Combo - Dress + Cardi

When in doubt? Put on a dress, slap a cardi, and I'll be all set. It's my go to combo.

I especially love this dress for its pretty details, and I could slap on different colors of cardi to make it look a little different every time ^_^
This time I am going for...guess currect favorite, grey.

These days I don't bother being too matchy matchy anymore. My dress and cardi contain no cream, but I still wore this creamy flats. I love the black lace on it.

Cardi = Argyle St Market, Prince Edward, HK$39
Dress = In Fashion, HK$59
Flats = Kwai Chung Plaza, HK$89

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Black and Orange - Tights or No?

I felt like rocking this new minidress this morning...although I don't normally wear black in summer, I can't possibly wait until autumn/winter.

Added splashes of oranges to lighten up the blackness...and just before I went out the door, I felt something weird.

Yep, the mini dress is a little too mini to wear for work. A tiny little bend and I would've flashed my tushy to the whole workforce. So I slapped on a pair of dark grey tights. Tights don't look great on me, but they make quite an easy and chic solution to prevent (over)exposed butt.

Top/minidress = Kwai Chung Plaza, HK$59
Necklace = Argyle Center, HK$20
Tights = Argyle Center, HK$39
Shoes = Nose, Sunway Pyramid, Kuala Lumpur

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


My gray madness seems to continue...I kept buying gray things, and last weekend, I went mad in H&M (who doesn't?) and bought stuff, including this soft, lightweight, large-enough-to-hold-my-shit bag.

Top = Lady Story, Yaumatei
Skirt = G2000
Shoes = Vincci, KL
Belt = In fashion, HK$39
Bag = H&M, HK$199
Necklace = Kwai Chung Plaza, Kwai Fong
Watch = Tag Heuer

Monday, August 17, 2009

There Is Still Kindness in Hong Kong

When we get very bitter and think there's no more kindness in this world (or in Hong Kong)...

Think again.

On my MTR ride last weekend, my fellow passengers and I spotted a lady looking at the train floor really intently, as if looking for something. The other passengers, including myself, were wondering what she was looking for, we looked at her with a huge question mark on our face.

She said in panic "I lost a ring".

Instantly, we were all helping her searching for her ring, people who were seated lifted up their feet, people who were standing moved their feet around to see if they stepped on the ring. You probably wonder if any of us would take the ring if we found it. I guess it depends on the size of the diamond on the ring (jokinggg). Give us more credit. One of us spotted the ring, others gave the lady a way to retrieve her ring, she got her ring back.

Everyone smiled happily for a moment, and then we continued to live our bitter life. ^_^

Creamy - Same Thing, Different Color

If I like something and it's affordable, I'll buy all the available colors.
Just like this skirt. I am sure you've seen the black one.

When I saw that it's available in cream and it's on sale (50% off!), I didn't have to think twice!Heck, I didn't have to think at all.
One word = buy.

Do you do the same?

Top = from Bali
Skirt = H&M, HK$124.5,
Belt = Argyle Center
Shoes = Vincci, Kuala Lumpur

Friday, August 14, 2009

Sweet Friday

Major reasons to be happy:
1. It's Friday!
2. Going to try out a fab French restaurant tonight
3. An important decision has been made, awaiting execution (ohhh what is it? what is it?)
4. Waking up having absolutely no idea on what to wear, finally ended up liking my outfit.

Kinda sweet & comfy, don't you think? No belt today. I need some space for loads of French yummilities later.

Top = Fa Yuen St Market
Skirt = Cotton On, HK$50
Shoes = Vincci, Kuala Lumpur, RM19
Necklace = Kwai Chung Plaza, HK$20

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Blue on Anything - Work in Colors

I am not sure how colorful people normally get at work.
Here, the boys are normally in monochrome black grey white or blue...and the girls...ditto.
I am one of the few who would show up at work in multicolor.

I guess I interpret "business attire" a little too loosely, but until HR didn't say anything...if it ain't broke, don't fix it hehe

Dress = H&M, HK$69
Belt = H&M, forgot the price, but I am sure I've blogged about it before :p
Cardigan = Fa Yuen St Market, HK$39
Shoes = Union, HK$200
Watch = Patrick Cox, forgot the price...HK$1999?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Cool Girls Play Video Games

I am not a cool girl.
As I previously mentioned, I don't play video games, and even if I want to, I just can't.
There is no single cell of talent in my body and soul for video games.
I suck. Big time.

To pay back sous chef's company when I watch my Monday and Tuesday girly drama series, I decided (after a few days of nagging from sous chef) to give Left for Dead, the zombie game, a try.

How did I suck?
First attempt (lasted a few minutes):
- I had absolutely no idea where I was or where I was going
- My brain could not coordinate two operating buttons (one controls where I go, one controls where I look)
- The whole time, I simply pointed my gun at the ceiling, wondering where was everybody
- There was absolutely no difference between me being in the game or me just holding the control without doing anything

Second attempt (15 minutes after first attempt, lasted a few minutes):
- I still had absolutely no idea where I was or where I was going
- I learnt how to look and walk a little in the game
- I spent most of the time getting stuck in a corner of a room, when everybody else were killing zombies outside (smart move)
- I discovered that my brain operates differently from sous chef's. When I pressed the button down, I thought I was moving my gun up. He operates the other way around
- I managed to shoot a couple of zombies dead, by pure luck
- I only spent 70% of my time pointing at the ceiling, the other 30% was spent pointing/looking at the ground

Third attempt (next day after 1st and 2nd attempt):
- SC taught me a critical point = look before moving
- I learnt how to look for SC in the game
- I walked/run better in the game
- I didn't point at the ceiling/floor that much
- I knew how to "grab" guns/stuff from the table
- I managed to shoot a couple of zombies, still by pure luck, pointed and shot my "gun" randomly
- I still had absolutely no idea where I was and what I was doing

Moral of the story:
I think SC learnt a valuable lesson:
Don't ask her to play, she is hopeless

I am not a cool girl, and proud of it :p

Monday, August 10, 2009

Monochromatic Night Life

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'd know that I am not a monochromatic kinda girl.

However, talking about my night's not only monochromatic, it's colorless hehe. I normally reach home before 10 and am in bed by 12. Yes, I am lame and proud of it ^_^

When I was young(er), I love going out late at night with a bunch of local friends.
Where did we go?
- Karaoke
- Cafe
- Pubs

What is it about night life that I like/hate?
- Alcohol? I am not much of a drinker, never liked the feeling of getting drunk and never tried to get anyone drunk
- Pretty people dressed in their best gear? Yes. Love people watching
- Loud music? In not for dancing, I hate screaming into my friends' ears
- Gossiping with friends? Love. Even if it's bitching about the same person over and over again.
- Hunting for boys? I am more of a rabbit than a tiger.
- I love love LOVE dancing. But none of my friends I didn't get to go out dancing often, apart from attending dance classes (which isn't considered a "night life")

Last weekend, I was invited to a birthday party which starts at 11 pm.
Whoa, that's like 1 hour before my bed time...but it was cool. It's been a while since I went outta my door after 10 pm, other than getting a tub of emergency ice cream from 24 hr convenience store.

How do I doll myself up for the occasion?

Anything different from my normal beauty routine?
- curled my hair with a bit of styling cream
- liquid foundation instead of 2-way cake
- concealer for my eye bags
- a little shading for my nose
- a little highlighter for my cheekbones
- grey sparkly eyeshadow instead of using the blush as eye shadow
- some gloss on my lips
- black eyeliner instead of light brown

- mascara + sparkly fake lashes

I was dressed in monochromatic shades of black, white and gray, but in the end couldn't help but adding a touch of red on my ears.

Did I enjoy the night? Yeah. I was pleasantly surprised. Played some local drinking games and went home just a little tipsy ^_^

Top = Bay, London, 2 pounds
Cardigan = Fa Yuen Street Market, Prince Edward, HK$39
Tights = Kwai Chung Plaza, HK$45
Shoes = Vincci, KL, RM39
Necklace = Kwai Chung Plaza, HK$49
Earrings = Argyle Center, Mongkok

Friday, August 7, 2009

Hot Pink & Cream

Casual Friday is here again...
Having a quick walk after lunch prevents me from being sleepy.
I curl my hair on most Fridays, to celebrate the fact that weekend's here! Yay!
Wore a hot pink summer top with a cream cardi, denim skirt and flat sandals.

Can boys wear hot pink + cream too?

I guess they can!

Top = Bay, London
Skirt = Body and Soul, Jakarta
Cardigan = Fa Yuen Street Market, Prince Edward
Sandals = Union, Mongkok
Bag = Argyle Center, Mongkok

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Scarf or No Scarf? Outfit Phototaking Ritual - Morning, Noon or Night?

I used to take pictures of my outfit after work. Because...frankly? I can't afford to spare even a few seconds of my weekday mornings to take photographs of my outfits.
I'd be late every day, and reprimand/warning letters aren't exactly love letters ;)

The challenge with taking pictures after work?
- Outfits get ruined by sweat/stains of food from lunch/slouching in front of computer whole day
- Make Up = gone with the wind
- Hair = all limp and oily

Thus, I tried waking up 10 minutes earlier so I can do things slowly, with a few seconds to spare and take photographs of my outfit (time is limited, this is why you see the same poses & backgrounds again and again, I can experience more on weekends, but I'd probably choose to sleep or play hehe)

I wore two different versions of this outfit:
1. With commute-friendly flats, no scarf (too hot)
2. With heels - in the office, with scarf (surviving office AC)

Top = Oh gosh, where did I buy this top?
Skirt = Cotton On
Heels = Argyle Center
Flats = Kwai Chung Plaza
Belt = Orange, Jakarta
Scarf = gift from a friend

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Easy Geometry - Post Typhoon Greetings

Last year, we had 2.5 days off from typhoon signal 8 or above.
We haven't had any.

This year, the typhoons seem to have a pattern of reaching signal 8 during the night and gone in the morning. Last night was the second time!

It's probably great for the economy, financial market, the students who were waiting for examination results and those people whose income depend of each day's work, but cubicle dwellers surely didn't feel too happy.

The night before...
- Everybody were arguing that the typhoon would stay until today, each one quoting a source which they claimed to be more accurate than others
- Some people stayed up really late thinking they'd have a day off today
- Some people stayed up really late tracking the typhoon, wondering if they'd have a day off today
- Some people were planning what to do if they had a day off
- Some people already started feeling gloomy, almost feeling sure that they wouldn't have a day off today, but still refreshing HK observatory website every few seconds (the website is updated every hour la~!)
- Some people kept saying to themselves that there would be no day off today, hoping to get a reversed effect
- Some people were telling others to do a naked typhoon dance to make the typhoon stay (this person is not me!)

Despite everything, when I woke up from the bright sunlight this morning, I knew that I had to go to work.

I saw black and long faces everywhere, walking to the MTR station, buying breakfast, getting coffee, grabbing free newspapers, cursing the weather under their breath.

Here's a conversation I heard in the elevator this morning.
Man: Are you disappointed?
Woman: Very.

We all knew what they were referring to, and we felt it too *grin*

Ironically, I felt especially chirpy this morning, put on one of my old favorite summer dresses, belted it and headed to work.

My boss is gonna be out of town for a while. HAHA!

Dress = Lady Story, Hong Kong
Belt = Orange, Jakarta
Shoes = Vincci, Kuala Lumpur

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Boys Fashion - Summer Hats

Like most boys, sous chef hates shopping, and although he is fun to dress, I'd rather buy my own stuff than buying him clothes/accessories. No appreciation could result from that.

However, once he's into something, that's it.
Recently, he's into hooded tops and hats. So, he buys nothing but hooded tops and hats....and when he likes something, he is willing to spend quite a lot of money it.

I liked this top as it gives the illusion of layered tops. It's too hot and stuffy in Hong Kong to pull off a layered look, so this top is perfect. I thought that SC would just dismiss the idea, but to my surprise, he liked it, went ahead and bought it...along with 4 (that's FOUR!) other hooded tops (!!!)

Do I complain when I thought his purchases were unreasonable?
Hell no.
I was hoping return, he won't complain about every single thing that I buy.

Silly me.
He still complains about every single purchase I made, even if the amount is nowhere near what he spends on his fancy pants. Next time, I should just nag the heck outta him.
Top = Prince Edward
Hat = Kwai Chung Plaza
Shorts = Bauhaus

Monday, August 3, 2009

Summer Straw Hat - Hot in HK

I am not much of a trend follower, but seeing this hat on almost every cover of Japan fashion magazine, in most HK shops and HK got to me a little, and when sous chef wanted to buy one, I fully supported the idea, knowing that I am sooo gonna borrow the hat.

I don't wear fabric hats/caps in summer, as they disrupt my head's "breathing" and generally make me feel even hotter and more miserable.

But straw hats with holes? They're fine. Plus, they look bloody good!

Paired the hat with a summer dress and strappy sandals for a day of shopping in Tsuen Wan.

Hat & shoes= Kwai Chung Plaza, Kwai Fong
Dress = Argyle Center, Mongkok