Monday, April 30, 2012
Shoe maven Charlotte Olympia was in town a few weeks ago, and a few bloggers got the chance to catch up with her at the cocktail event. Gotta love her crazy platforms and unapologetically pin-up-girl aesthetic. Fifties for the win! Here's what she had to say:
What do you collect?
I collect mermaids -- ceramic mermaids, mermaid ashtrays... I've got a mermaid coffee table that someone gave me. They're pretty mermaids. A lot of them are from the 40s and 50s. Vintage mermaids or funny mermaids. Pictures. I've got a pair of shoes that I say mermaids would've liked to wear, if they had feet. It's the "she sells seashells" one, the really kitschy one.
What's on your lust list right now?
I would like so many things. Hard question for someone who likes to collect stuff. I'm really in my home right now, so I would like leopard print rug to put in my dressing room. A bit obvious, because I like leopard print. I would like hair-dryer, one of those old ones. Not to use, because I do my hair at the salon. But I want one in my dressing room because I think it would be a good focal point. I mean, I could use it, but I want one for decor, in pink. I do like things on the good side of kitsch. I have lots of spiderwebs, mermaids, leopard... you put it all together, it kind of works?
How do you define what's cool?
I like matchy-matchy. Some people could like what I like, but it doesn't work for them. What's not cool is trying something when you're not comfortable with it. It might be a really obvious answer, but I think it's really not cool, trying to be something you're not. Effortless can sometimes not effortless, but as long as it is for you... I mean, I would love to rock the blue hair tips, but I don't think I could rock it well. I think I could do all over, purple roots, but to each their own.
Images: here and here
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Jewellery stores are flogging their latest glittering pieces and marketing them for Mother's Day. But we thought this one would be too cute (and random) for mummy unless she's a huge Ariel fan. It's the Mermaid Pendant from Masterpiece by King Fook. The darling mermaid looks ravishing with her long locks and fish tail in a multi-layered arrangement of white, milky and silver diamonds. But we particularly like the sophisticated touch of the faceless mermaid wearing a bodice and giving her a pair of long gloves to wear.
Get it at King Fook.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Let's face it, the passing of time is meaningless. And before you start to think I'm going to get all philosophical and shit, this is actually what I mean: For me, the passing of time is marked by meals. So right now, as I'm typing this, it's 6:33pm on Tuesday night, aka an hour or so until dinner. When this post is published, 9am Wednesday morning, it will be four hours until lunch. Time really is marked as increments before meals -- and travels much faster when humankind discovered foodporn to help us get from meal to meal. Sort of like how real porn helps you get over those dry spells when no one wants to hump you. Welcome to my list of favourite foodporn sites, aka "What I look at all day long."
FOODPORN STOP #1: Tasteologie
I regularly spend time at this site cataloguing favourite recipes and links to awesome recipe blogs. And when I think of things I want to cook, the search engine is pretty handy. What's best is that the curators of the site seem to value food photography as much as the quality of the recipes. It's where I found the ultimate General Tso's formula, as well as the idea to make said chicken into soft tacos filled with fried rice, yums! Also features the odd educational or trend-based article, which makes you feel smart.
FOODPORN STOP #2: FOODGAWKER
The differences between Tasteologie and Foodgawker aren't too substantial in terms of layout and format, except there's extra tabs: Favourites, Randomize and most importantly, Categories so that you can browse or search for specific things just as easily.
FOODPORN STOP #3: PHOTOGRAZING SERIOUS EATS
Part of a larger food community called Serious Eats, Photograzing is one part of the site that is purely dedicated to foodporn photos. I don't think there's a curation system in place, so anyone with an account can get their recipes up there, which is why it's best as purely visual stimulation. I hate when you see stuff like "fried rice recipe" duhhh.
FOODPORN STOP #4: NIBBLEDISH RECIPES
The best thing Nibbledish has going for it is that is balks the three-to-a-row format adopted by all the above sites and goes for the gold with FOUR images per row. And in my world, more food = better site. In my world, more food = better people, better food, a better world. You can also search by tag, all-time faves and recently popular.
FOODPORN STOP #5: FOODPORNDAILY
Really big pictures of food, one to a page, really good detail, and they have a cookbook too, if you're married to hard copy.
And, if you're getting desperate... Foodista's community recipes section features only two pictures to a row, and they're pretty shoddy photos, but if you've exhausted all the other sites, then it's worth a click. Foodista's own blog, of course, is much more well done, but it's less foodporny, more "XX celeb is now the face of XX food chain" or "Look at this sriracha iPhone case" (true story).
Okay, writing this post just made me super hungry, and it's now T minus 20 minutes to dinner time. Peace, and good eating!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The tea is inspired by Stephen’s most recent jewellery collection ‘Murder She Wrote’. Highlights of the tea includes the Guinness macaroon with blackcurrant jelly, a red peppercorn and dark chocolate shortbread and a roasted green pistachio Chantilly with airy meringue sponge.
The Stephen Webster Bijoux Afternoon Tea is priced at HK$318 per person and is available from now until 29 April. For reservations, please call Palm Court on 2132 7898.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
I'm surprised this hasn't happened yet but then again, maybe it's just coz Hello Kitty has sold out to everything that I expect Ms Minnie Mouse to do the same. Anyway, it's just been announced that Ms Minnie has inspired a range of nail polishes from OPI which as expected is pink pink pink. I'm quite taken by the one on the far left called Nothin' Mousie 'Bout It. Would be keen to see what it looks like on a swatch. No fixed launch date yet but for now, I'm more into the Disney Villains collection done with MAC than this one. Maybe it's just too much pink. Give me some dark evil colours!
Source: Bella Sugar.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
You guys all know about the Preloved Fashion sale that's happening this Saturday, right? Essentially, a gang of us shopaholics are opening our closets for the public to ransack. It's your chance to get tons of designer goodies for much lower prices, because we ladies are too greedy for own our good and have problems actually wearing all the stuff we buy. So sad.
Anyway, we've been pretty diligent at uploading photos onto our Facebook page -- some 300 items have already been photographed for our online lookbook -- but I bet not all of you have the time and energy to click through all the albums, so I've created an Editor's Picks list to whittle down some of the most covetable items. Bear in mind that there's still loads of stuff that isn't up on the Facebook site (including goodies from my , so come on Saturday to check out the full load! I personally have my eye on the Prada Spring 2008 Trembled Blossom bag pictured above, as well as one other item which I won't share, because I don't want you to buy it before me.
Read on for more personal picks, including gorgeous crystal-studded Giuseppes not in my size, over-the-knee Fendi boots that will be perfect for next winter, studded pointy-toe Dior slingbacks that kind of remind me of this season's ladylike LV mules but without the steel cap (and will be going for UNDER $500, believe it or not), a classic Chanel 2.55, the three-colour Celine Luggage tote, YSL cage booties (so super sold out), a python Kotur clutch exactly like the ones you see celebs toting on the red carpet at the Oscars, a Gucci dress that I bought and promptly got too fat for before I ever wore it (selling for $1,500, also worn by January Jones and Taraji P Henson, POW!) and last but not least, a pair of Louboutins that I bought even though I knew they wouldn't fit, just because they were at a press sale and they were so beautiful.
Does it seem like I'm going to be shopping rather than selling? Story of my life.
DEETS: This Saturday April 21, 11am - 8pm (or whenever everything sells out, so come early), at Culture Club in Soho, 15 Elgin Street. RSVP at our Facebook invite here, or check out the merch here.