Thursday, July 24, 2014
Simple functional office bag in a yummy mint green from Rabeanco that doesn't break the bank. Perfect for those of us who abuse totes by lugging around folders, notebooks, pens that inevitably will leak.
Priced at $2400
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
I have a fair few pairs of shoes (less than 100! I promise!) but I own no red heels...
According to the feng-shui master, red is an unlucky colour for me this year, so I'm meant to avoid it, but maybe this invites just the right kind of trouble. Although, given the heel height, maybe it's inviting trouble in the form of twisted ankles and scabby knees...
Available from Christian Louboutin this fall.
After Christina’s awesome experience with ghd, I was kicking myself for forgetting to check out the salon experience when the brand approached us initially. (What can I say? I am extremely good with emails but when it comes to actual physical letters, I have an extremely delayed reaction.) So when ghd approached us recently to spread word about their campaign Catwalk Me ghd (more details on that later but it’s a good one!), I leapt at the chance.
I headed to Alpha Omega in Causeway Bay for my experience and managed to catch Robert, the ghd education manager who was around to give me plenty of intel on how to curl hair and make my hair awesome. We settled for some soft curls and the stylist quickly got to work. What struck me about the experience was how quick it was. The whole styling session took about 30 minutes with my hair being sprayed with the ghd Heat Protect Spray first and then small sections were quickly curled by twisting the ghd eclipse 180 degrees (for looser curls, 360 degrees will give tighter curls) and gliding it down the hair.
So what tips did I learn from Robert? Always make sure your hair is completely dry before styling. Protect your hair with a spray first so the heat doesn’t damage the hair. Ghd stylers can curl, wave or straighten hair (wohoo, I’m all for multitasking gadgets) and because it has sensors in each plate, the styling temperature is optimized at 185 degrees C. Practice with the styler without the heat on first to get the hang on twisting and gliding. Oh and the stylers can last for ages. Robert’s mom has been using the same styler for 8 years on a daily basis!
As you can see from the video, each section really didn’t take that long to do and I came out of it with gorgeous wavy hair. Unfortunately, my hair is super straight straight straight and in about two hours it reverted to its natural state but according to the stylist, curls normally can last until the next time you wash your hair.
When I tried to replicate the curls myself the next day, it was not as effortless as it looked at the salon but as Robert says, practise practise practise and I did find myself getting the hang of it a bit more towards the end of the practice session. Unlike Robert's mom, I probably won't be able to style my hair every day but methinks I'm going to have a lot of fun with the styler on weekends and have girlfriends come over to play!
Interested in trying out this styling session? That’s what the Catwalk Me ghd campaign is for! ghd is offering this styling experience for free for anyone who visit Alpha Omega, Paul Gerrad and Lane Crawford. All you have to do is upload a selfie of yourself with the hastag #catwalkmeghd on Instagram or Facebook. Additionally, all participants will be automatically entered for a chance to win a ghd professional photoshoot session for the winner and two friends worth $30,000. Check out the hairstyling session dates and locations at http://www.ghdhair.com/hk/catwalkmeghd
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Cute set of rings from les amis and branded as the Wall Street Series. Besides the obvious bear and bull, they've thrown in a chicken and a pig too for some reason leading me to think that these could totally be transformed into Chinese zodiac rings. Just call the bear a monkey and add on 8 other designs and et viola, a new collection is born!
Prices range from $1800 to $2600 with the bull being the priciest naturally.
Monday, July 21, 2014
I was super excited to try out Seasons by Olivier a couple weeks ago when a lovely friend decided to take me there for my birthday celebrations. I had been a fan of Chef Elzer’s food at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and was keen to see how it matched up when he ventures out to open his own place. We were prepared to give the restaurant some leeway given that it was the first week of opening but in all honesty, that leeway really wasn’t needed. Chef Elzer obviously had his team all up and ready to roll.
Chef Elzer obviously has a number of fans around town as the restaurant was comfortably filled (unlike at Eighteen Sharp where we were the only diners the entire night!) and people kept walking in even at ten or so to have dinner. Rather than going for the tasting menu (where it’s omakase style and you don’t know what you’re getting) or the set menu, we opted for a la carte.
My first thought when I saw the bread basket was yums and signs of a good meal to come. What can I say? I love my carbs.
We had a delish steak tartare (go for the spicier version which had a perfect balance of flavours) and a grilled tuna belly with a tangy sauce on a bed of avocado. We tasted some aniseed in the finishing and was a lovely refreshing course for this summer heat.
When I saw the skate wing, I couldn’t resist. It was rich, indulgent and oh so good. The meat was tender but not mushy and lifted right off the wing with a gentle scraping of the knife. The sauce was a tad salty so for the thinner sides of the wing, it was a bit overpowering. The other main we had was the duck leg confit. The skin was uber crispy while the meat had that nice preserved salty flavor while not being too salty.
The only disappointing dish was the cheese platter which we felt was a bit overpriced for the four little bits we got. I guess the manager agreed as he voluntary gave us another platter when he walked past and saw it.
If you’re a fan of soufflé, go for the passion fruit soufflé with mango sorbet. The soufflé was perfect. Absolutely perfect. Fluffy, light and I loved the tangy taste of the passion fruit. It’s rare these days for me to recommend restaurants to people given the inconsistency of restaurants but I must say this one is worth going to. Dinner for the two of us, including a cocktail each, came to $1,600.
Lee Gardens Two 308, Causeway Bay, 2505 6228