Temple Hopping

S. Line Jacket // H&M Scarf // TNA Leggings // Fendi Bag // Ugg Boots

All bundled up with many places to go!  I know there are certain inconveniences about travelling in the chillier months.  For starters, travelling light is definitely not an option.  But besides having a slightly heavier suitcase, underneath all these cosy layers, it’s my favourite time of year to explore.

Photos by NN

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Miss Saigon

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Club Monaco Silk Pants // Olenka White Tank // Zara Sandals // Burberry Sunglasses // Celine Cabas Tote

Traveling light is usually a challenge for me, but at least when you travel to warmer climates, clothes don’t take up as much space.  I usually choose neutral coloured tops which can easily match an array of bottoms – from shorts, light trousers and breezy skirts.  Silks and light cotton take up very little room when rolled up, and any residual wrinkles can be removed with a quick steam.  And if you don’t have enough space to pack all your favourite accessories, I tend to stick to the essentials – a pair of sunglasses, a scarf and a good lipstick.  People often underestimate the power of colour, but a bold lip can instantly transform any outfit from last-minute to polished chic.

Photos by NN

Cable Knit

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Yoluk Fur Vest // Massimo Dutti Sweater // Finders Keepers Skirt // BLN Boots

Winter just isn’t complete without a cosy knit sweater, a furry vest and long leather boots.  Hong Kong might not be as chilly as Toronto, but luckily I still get a couple cooler months to break out these winter staples.  What are your cold weather must-haves?

Photos by NN

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Ni-ji Leather Jacket // Massimo Dutti Sweater // Zara Jacquard Pants // Burberry Sunglasses // Roger Vivier Suede Flats

While I am still waiting for Hong Kong to show a hint of cooler temperatures, my mind is already set on what Autumn has to bring.  I often reminisce about the changing of seasons back in Toronto, when the air becomes crisp and the leaves begin to change colour.   Although Hong Kong doesn’t display the sights of Autumn, it still offers many of the scents, flavours and thankfully, the fashion.

Luckily, I got to test out my Fall wardrobe during our visit to Sydney earlier. With Australia at the end of their Winter season, it was also the perfect opportunity to find hidden gems at their end of season sales. I love starting the season off with a great leather jacket or a structured blazer.  Besides the practicality behind a jacket for warmth, it instantly makes any outfit more polished and refined.  And if it’s not chilly enough, simply drape it over the shoulders for another classic look.  Just like how some guys leave an extra tie in the office for an impromptu meeting, I find jackets to come in handy for those last minute situations.  Even if you’re in a pair of skinny jeans and flats, add a tailored jacket and you’re ready to meet clients!

Photos by NN

Weekend Uniform

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Jac+Jack Sweater // Nobody Boyfriend Jeans // COS Grey Tank // Roger Vivier Suede Flats // Chanel Purse

Perhaps I was influenced by the laid back Australian lifestyle, but comfort was the only thing on my mind when styling this outfit.  Although I love dressing up, sometimes weekends are just meant to be laid back and nothing is easier than your favourite pair of jeans and a cozy sweater.  I have always been on the fence regarding light denim as at times it’s simply not flattering (depending on your body type).  So while I was on the search for a great boyfriend jean, it took me awhile to battle out the pros and cons of this purchase.  My initial hesitation was wearability (as a lighter denim screams casual).  However this pair has proven to be rather versatile.  For a more put-together look, these jeans can easily be paired with a silk top and some heels.

What’s your weekend uniform?

Photos by NN

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Walking on Sunshine

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Jack Wills Floral Dress // Ginza Kanematsu Beige Heels // Burberry Sunglasses // Lilpengee Gold and Silver Rings // Krysten Kauder Alphabet Bracelet

After weeks of rain, the weather Gods finally decided to reward us with some sun!  We enjoyed it by taking a ferry ride over to the dark side for a quick stroll by the water followed by some retail therapy.  It was pretty much a typical Sunday afternoon, but it felt rewarding that we didn’t opt to stay on the island as we normally do.  The best part of this city is there are always new nooks and crannies to explore, new places to eat at and new people to meet.  So happy weekend everyone, go out and explore!

Champagne Supernova

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Snake Skin Print Dress // Chanel Purse // Zara Sandals

I think it’s safe to say that many girls, myself included, pay a lot of attention to their hair.  Although I have been blessed with naturally wavy and thick hair, this all becomes a disadvantage during the Hong Kong summers.  My hair simply does not survive the day with all the rain and humidity which is rather discouraging when trying to style it.  Last year, after discovering the ease and control of a ballerina bun, that became my go to hairstyle for the entire summer.  The bun was effortless, chic but more importantly lasted from day until night.  This summer however, I’ve been experimenting with new possibilities.

NN and I were out for his birthday celebrations (starting with a champagne brunch at one of our new favourite restaurants) and even though I try to stay perfectly coiffed normally, we put in the extra effort while getting ready for the special occasion.  I prefer to attempt updos with day old hair as the added texture is easier to work with and I don’t have to use as much product.  This simple side ponytail only required slight teasing at the crown, an elastic band and a few bobby pins to keep things neat.  I finished the look with a quick re-curling of the ends of my hair, followed by a light spritz of hairspray.  This hairstyle was just as long lasting as the ballerina bun, but I felt more feminine with the gentle curls framing the side of the face.  I haven’t found another occasion to repeat this look yet, but I have a feeling it may become this summer’s favourite.

Photos by NN

Miniature Style

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There comes a point in every girl’s life that we are no longer able to avoid the reality that we’re all growing up and it’s time to face the facts.  Slowly but steadily, friends are settling down, some engaged and a few already married.  However recently it seems that after the race to the altar, people are heading straight for babyville.  Gone are the days of bridal showers and bachelorette parties, now it’s all about baby Christenings and “one-month” birthday celebrations.

NN and I have been planning our trip to Sydney this August and all of our gift shopping so far has been for kids.  Whereas I used to pass by children’s clothing stores without so much as a peek at the window displays, lately that’s all I have noticed.  Honestly the experience has been similar to a child in a candy store, with the array of colours and patterns, I don’t even know where to begin.  I was most surprised by the styles and variety which have far improved since my childhood days.  At times I was even feeling envious the clothes didn’t come in adult sizes.

While some designers like DVF have collaborated with Gap Kids to create more affordable collections, many high end fashion brands like Chloe and Burberry all have their own children’s lines.  Although only catering to a niche group of shoppers, it’s rather hard to ignore when Harper Beckham and Suri Cruise have both ended up on best dressed lists before they could even walk.  I’ll leave it up to you parents to decide whether this is all necessary or not, but either way happy shopping!

Images: Geo Print Dress, Seed Heritage // Striped Eyelet Dress, Gap Kids // Nussy Dress, Bonpoint // A-Line Top & Shorts, COS // Print Dress, Seed Heritage // Embroidered Chambray Dress, Gap Kids

Monochromatic

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Initial Knit Sweater // COS Tank // Zara Floral Skirt // Celine Cabas Tote // Zara Sandals // Burberry Sunglasses // Hermes Bracelet

Since I can remember I’ve always loved wearing black.  This universally flattering colour simply works with every occasion and normally caters to most of my moods.  Over the years I’ve become more adventurous with my colour selections and have even developed a strong appreciation for patterns and florals.  However, when shopping, I still catch myself thinking “I wonder if this comes in black”.  Now a wardrobe full of dark coloured clothes is definitely a challenge during the Hong Kong summers, but every once and again it’s still nice to revisit my first fashion love.

Photos by NN

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Silk Dress // Nude Patent Peeptoes

I basically live in dresses during the summer season in Hong Kong.  Heat is an obvious factor but honestly, I just love how I feel in them.  I found this little dress at one of my favourite boutiques in Soho and couldn’t resist the florals combined with the whimsical patterns.  The cutting around the sleeves makes it a little tricky to wear, but the silky fabric falls effortlessly over the body.  This dress is a little different from what normally catches my eye, but I thought it was the perfect outfit to welcome Spring.

Photos by NN