It's interesting to see how certain causes have taken on branding at such a high level that entire colours have been just given away at a whim. It started with AIDS awareness and the colour red, and then breast-cancer awareness followed suit by claiming the colour pink. Breast-cancer awareness went one better by claiming an entire month to itself, every October. Since today is the last day of Halloween, I thought we'd pay tribute with a little bit of pretty pink from Jason Wu's SS12 collection.
I'm a pink girl (I'm super girly, and not afraid to admit it) so that means that for one month a year, doing what I normally do -- carrying pink stuff wherever I go, and wearing it too -- actually counts as doing something charitable and promoting breast-cancer awareness. Let's not get too technical here, but the gist of it is that when we see pink, we should all be aware that breast cancer attacks women of all ages, and we should do exams and get regular check-ups. I'm feeling my boob right now for lumps. And wearing pink socks. You like that thought, don't you.
Anyway, it's also to promote visibility of the disease to promote support and raise funds. You can donate to the Hong Kong Cancer Fund on their website here, and for everyone who Likes the Cancer Fund Facebook page this month, The Body Shop will donate $5 as well, so definitely do that today. Go social media!
Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Blogging ennui continues. The Geeks are going away next week and will take a week-long break, hopefully that will rejuvenate creativity, spirit and whatnot. I don't even want to READ other blogs, much less write them myself. All I want to do is go to Pottinger Street and figure out ways to DIY a swan's head out of a knee sock for my Bjork swan dress costume tonight (I have the white tutu and feather boa already).
In the meantime, I got totally BUSTED today for stealing Laura's mani-style... on Tuesday I saw her awesome nude+gold accent fingers and by Wednesday, when I was getting my monthly Groupon mani-pedi fix, I got them to do a black-and-gold version... but because they totally rushed and left MILLIONS of air bubbles in the top coat, I decided to camouflage the boo-boos by layering gold glitter to make a galaxy-ish nail look. The glitter doesn't show up well in the photo, sorry!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
How awesomely kitsch are these lamps that imitate bendy straws? I wish I had the space at home to place this in some corner in my living room. Unfortunately, I have a slight fixation with lighting and already have too many bottle lamps, standing lights etc in the room.
From Maximovich Designs.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Probably the best-known wine critic in the world (hey, he was the first and for many years, the only one I knew of), Robert Parker will be landing in Hong Kong this November, taking in a series of wine-tasting events and dinner organised by Hermitage Wines Singapore, under the umbrella heading "Parker in Asia 2011: Demystifying Robert Parker's Wine Advocate". Along with the man of honour himself will be other key members of the Wine Advocate team, on board to help unveil the logic behind wine-tasting.
Now the question, readers, is this: how much would you pay to meet the world's leading wine luminary and peek inside his brain (or palate, as it were)? On November 9, up to 200 guests can pay US$950 to sit in on a master class and guided blind tasting at AMC.
The same evening, there's an "Up Close and Personal Dinner with Robert Parker" at Petrus at the Island Shangri-La, at which you'll sit at the same table as Parker and join him in tasting 10 world-class wines with a specially created tasting menu. Want in on that? Get your paddle ready to wave -- it's by charity auction only, starting bid US$10,000. Half of the winning bids go to Operation Santa Claus.
"Les Fruits de la Vigne" is the Hermitage's annual signature wine dinner at AMC, bringing together top wine critics, chefs and of course, vino itself. It's hosted by Neal Martin and Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW of Wine Advocate, and runs up a tab of US$1,800 a head.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Spotted via Gizmodo this awesome site Casetagram, a service which enables you to create a personalized iPhone case using your Instagram photos. It's a seriously simple interface, which allows you to choose from four layouts and two colours (clear or white). Just log in to your Instagram account and drag 'n drop the photos directly onto the template, or click "random" to have it pick out photos for you. Best part? It's seriously reasonably priced. US$35 including free international shipping? No wonder I immediately logged in and created a couple of samples, one Foxy-themed and another food-themed (God, my life is sad). It's considered cheesy to have a mug emblazoned with your dog's portrait, I know, but for some reason, the chic geometric designs make this ever-so-slightly cooler, no?
John was just walking along after PE class, minding his business when Aaron surprised him from behind and stuck both his hands down the back of his shorts. John was mortified. He turned to Aaron and pleaded for him to stop before he even started. But Aaron liked a little resistance during his conquests. He smirked a bit before tensing his fingertips around the band of John’s briefs. Aaron let out a short but sharp gasp, clinched his eyes shut and waited for the piercing pain to shoot up his ass.
For those who didn’t attend high school in North America, the above scenario is generally known as a Wedgie: The act of one’s underwear being pulled upwards by another person so that it lodges improbably deep into the rectal cavity. Walking normally by the victim is a near impossibility after said act.
It causes pain to the victim and all who witness it.
It’s no coincidence that when girls wear cheap, second-rate wedges on our city streets they walk in the same type of pain as John in the wedgie scenario.
I don’t think I can take much more.
Monday, October 24, 2011
I'm suffering from something like blogging ennui. A severe case of blogger blues. I hate the internet, I don't want to read any more fashion news, or see any more outfits, or think about retail therapy or designer accessories or fashion icons. But part of starting this blog was making a commitment to put ink to web, five times a week. Do you feel like you need a holiday sometimes? I was supposed to go to Bangkok last weekend, but obviously the flooding made it a bad idea. We were going to book an eleventh-hour visit to Shanghai, but my damn visa expired. So instead, my mini-break was to Cyberport doggie park. It started with a trip to Innside Out for Brunch by Jeffrey's. I don't know who Jeffrey is, but I guess he's the guy who does brunch on Sundays, which is the only time you want to eat at Innside Out. The food is actually good. Love that their "fruit salad" actually comes with a side of fruity tangy sweet salad dressing. We got Eggs Oscar and Beef Brisket Hash. Yes they were yums.
We went to Pacific Coffee for coffee and then to Cyberport, where a playground of doggies awaited. We always put Foxy in the backseat, but she never stays there. Most of the time she sort of straddles the armrest, balancing on it precariously as her back legs dangle helplessly in the air. When we put the car in reverse to park, she somehow finds the oomph to propel herself into the driver's lap.
The lipstick is Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Damned, for anyone who's interested. My lips were dry so I had to layer it with gloss; otherwise that stuff never comes off, it's great.
Why so Chinese-looking, Foxy?
Awwww chow chow in a wheelchair...
Spot the real Foxy.
Loving LC's Ksubi sunnies.
I am in love. I've been wanting a lucite clutch for ages yet been a bit wishy washy in buying one but when I stumbled upon the Charlotte Olympia Pandora Feather Clutch, my heart skipped a lil beat. At US$995, it's definitely not cheap but just look at how pretty it is! Methinks it's time to do some DIY. Now to find a relatively cheap one to try it out.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Food presentation is normally about making dishes look as pretty as possible -- a flourish of sauce here, a calculated dribble of colour there, an architectural marvel built from meat and potatoes... you get the drift. But all bets are off when Halloween descends upon Hong Kong, a fact that's especially true at Ava restaurant at Hotel Panorama, the newly opened sister restaurant to Azure (that's way, way better). Chef Mike Boyle throws caution to the wind to concoct dishes that are unabashedly gory, a mashup of blood, guts and great ingredients that hopefully taste much better than they look.
We Geeks don't often venture to the dark side but this might be reason enough to! The other reason would be that I've actually already been to Ava, and on regular days the food is pretty good -- awesome Rhug Estate meatiness and truly creative concepts that you wouldn't expect in some random TST hotel. For Halloween, the dishes include "Poor Little Lamb", "The Car Accident", "What's That" and the obligatory "Cemetary", among others. But if you want your dishes a little less bloodied, try the unique Boston lobster appetizer, the wood-smoked melt-in-your-mouth Atlantic salmon or the langoustine with gnocchi -- best gnocchi I've had in Hong Kong. For dessert, get them to make the ice cream table-side, with the aid of liquid nitrogen. Pretty cool stuff, and great lightweight ice cream.
I always thought I didn’t pay much attention to Barbie news but apparently, in the years we’ve been geeking out together, I’ve mentioned Barbie quite a bit, the now defunct Barbie dining experience in Shanghai, the Computer Geek Barbie and the world’s most expensive Barbie complete with her own necklace featuring a one-carat fancy vivid pink diamond alongside three carats of white diamonds. And now I’m here to tell you that I kinda like the latest iteration of Barbie. The tokidoki Barbie that had pink hair and tats. But what I’m more enamored by is her cactus friend, Bastardino. Cute, prinkly and an awesome name. What’s not to love?
Get it at tokidoki
I've been feeling a bit of that Louboutin backlash lately, but there's nothing like a good pin heel to remind you why you fell in love in the first place. Should you like the look but not the price tag, Zara's got some similar pumps in stock, although I saw a woman teetering in them down the slopey part of Wyndham Street yesterday and it wasn't pretty. She was pretty, the precarious walk -- not so much. But if all you plan to do is stand around and look hot, these are where it's at, n'est-ce pas?
Get them at net a porter.