Monday, September 30, 2013

Random Japanese YouTube Hilarity

Random Japanese TV hilarity. Because it's a public holiday tomorrow, and because we know you won't REALLY be in working mood this afternoon (Hong Kong holidays should learn from American ones, and just be like "the first Monday of the month" instead of this weird Monday-work-Tuesday-holiday business.)


Nail Files: Mary Kay

I'm finally feeling that there's a hint of Fall in the air and with the changing of seasons, I've embarked onto a nude phase for my nails. Was trying out Mary Kay's Enchanted Mauve which is surprisingly more nude than mauve and finding that it complements my skintone quite well. The polish is a tad on the thin side (more Essie than OPI consistency) but goes on very smoothly. Slap on my favourite top coat from Seche Vite and I have a mani that has lasted me two weeks.


Friday, September 27, 2013


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Bag Lady: Chloe Alice Bag

I'm in the mood for a classic look today so the Chloe Alice Bag in the medium size is striking my fancy. Priced at HK$ 15,850.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

SHOErotica: Mary Katrantzou SS2014

You know that weird habit the Japanese have of making plushie animals that are dressed up like other animals? Hello Kitty pretending to be a panda, anyone? Well, my friend has this seal. It's dressed as... well, what she thought was a seal, and recently found out was actually a bear. But we all thought it was much cooler as a seal dressed as a seal.

I have a point here, I promise. And it's even related to fashion. "Trompe l'oeil" is the term we use for visual illusion. Theoretically, this is what Mary Katrantzou is doing. Except is it still an illusion if she's drawn a shoe, on a shoe? You think you're looking at a shoe, and guess what, it's really a shoe! Which, if you follow my whole seal-as-a-seal analogy, makes it really cool.

Although, the dresses below -- dresses dressed as shoes -- are pretty damn cool too.



Converse First String Limited Edition: Terry CONS

These limited edition Terry CONS from Converse look awfully soft and comfortable. Inspired by the towel-like Japanese Terry cloth, these special releases fuses minimalistic style with an understated aesthetic according to the release. It also boasts Lunarlon cushioning, invented by Nike, making it extra comfortable for long-wearing needs. For me, however, I just want to have a pair to see if they would be comfy and make my feet feel like it's walking on soft fluffy towels. Available at Juice for HK$749


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Warehouse Sale: DVF


Kate Spade Warehouse Sale

It's definitely the season for warehouse sales. Enjoy!


White/Gold = White Hot

Boots by Marni, earbuds by Frends, manicure photo via Tumblr.


Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein Underwear Warehouse Sale

Surprisingly long duration for a warehouse sale. Enjoy!


Monday, September 23, 2013

Private Sale: Harvey Nichols


The Fashion of Pantone

I love it when Pantone announces the colour in fashion each year. The mastermind behind Farfetch have come up with this nifty infographic about the colours in fashion in the past few years. Check it out above.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

SHOErotica: Rupert Sanderson for Antonio Berardi SS14

It didn't initially strike me as the best fit -- tailored sexpot clothing by Antonio Berardi matched with the rather more low key stylings of Rupert Sanderson -- but I love love love the sandals he's done for them! I'll leave you these images ahead of the moon festival this weekend. Happy Mid-Autumn!


A Bite of New York

hkLifestyleGeek visits Eastside Tavern

Shore Hospitality has ventured across Victoria Harbour to open up Eastside Tavern in Tsim Sha Tsui East, in the Empire Centre, across from The Royal Garden. It's a casual place, with a large bar and giant screens for watching sports (ie footie). There's even a games room where customers can play foosball, pool, or darts. The restaurant is described as a New York style eatery, with American fare on the menu that's great for sharing -- unless you want to gorge on your own with the American-sized portions.

To start off there are a number of beers on tap and by the bottle, with Guinness, Magners Cider, Maisel's Weisse, and Great White on tap, as well as craft beers like Whistler Bear Paw Honey Lager by the bottle.

For starters, we tried the fig salad with Persian feta that arrived in a narrow bowl. The fig wedges were wrapped in ham for a nice combination, complete with mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers and red onions.

Next up was the meat lovers' pizza and it was the highlight of the meal. The thin crust pizza was perfect, flat and crunchy, topped with lots of cheese, peppers, salami, duck and ham. Needless to say this was devoured quickly!

Another winner was the EST burger, and we requested the patty be cooked medium. It arrived on a large wooden platter, giant bun and inside was the large patty with melted cheddar cheese, mushrooms (our extra garnish), lettuce and tomato. It was accompanied by deep-fried potato wedges that were delicious.

If you still have room for dessert, the New York cheesecake is a good choice, as well as the decadent chewy chocolate brownie and banana cake.

Eastside Tavern
Shop G30-G33, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East
2367 8770


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What's the 311? Red Lipstick Alert!

I've already posted about lipstick this week but needed to add this absolute find: Cle de Peau Beaute's Extra Rich lipstick in 311 -- the ultimate creamy red that's matte without drying your lips, and has the best shape (for those of you who, like me, have that problem of keeping your lippie in its original pointy-on-one-side slopey shape). The colour is super flattering on Asian skin and has great staying power (which includes if it comes off on your white top...)

Anyway, lip gold. Check it out here on Amanda Seyfried, who's spokesperson for the brand.


Barbie x Herve Leger

Dear Barbie,
You’ve got to admit you’ve got a great life. You have that impossibly thin waist and brands clamouring to design for you. After the Coach collaboration that is out next month in HK, you now have your own Hervé Léger by Max Azria dress. And those boots! Those damn awesome boots! Available for pre-order now at Barbie Collector for US$150.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Spark Notes: Sangria with Hardys Wine

So a couple weekends ago, I was hanging out with my girls and we were in the mood for sangria. As one of the girls is the PR for Hardys Wine, it was only natural that we decided to try out her client's wine. Surprisingly affordable and tasty, we ended up making several jugs of Sangria, way more than was needed!

1 cup brandy
1 orange (ends cut off), thinly sliced 1 red apple, halved and thinly sliced
1 box 3L Hardys Reserve Shiraz 3L Cask 1 cup 7-Up / Sprite
1 cup fresh orange juice

Directions In a large pitcher, stir together brandy, orange and apple slices. Let stand 15 minutes. Serve chilled on ice.

The 3L Hardys Reserve Shiraz 3L Cask retails at Park N Shop for around $140.


Monday, September 16, 2013

M.A.C RiRi Woo & Other Lipstick Greats

I'm in dire need of the newest MAC red from the RiRi Hearts MAC collection. And come to think of it, there are quite a few MAC colours I've been lusting after:


Russian Red

Show Orchid


Thursday, September 12, 2013

SHOErotica: Narciso Rodriguez SS14




Wednesday, September 11, 2013

NYFW Redux: Cushnie et Ochs

Nobody knows a cut-out like Cushnie et Ochs. As always, die die must try!


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Jumping on the Cronut Train...

Swissbeck was in on it (bleh). The Mandarin Cake Shop capitalized. And now the Holiday Inn Golden Mile is giving Kowloonies a shot at some version of the Cronut. Except theirs is called... drumroll... the Cro-Do. Oh NOOOO they didn't. Oh yes they did. From the press release: " The Deli Cro-Do. It's not a donut. It’s not a croissant. It’s just delicious!" Hybrid pastry names are worse than celebrity couples. Although I guess a Cro-Do probably tastes decent whereas a Brangelina just gives you headaches.

There are four flavours, including light custard cream coated with cinnamon sugar topped with icing sugar, or with lemon icing topped with raspberry crispies, with pink icing topped with pineapple crispies or coated with chocolate icing then topped with yoghurt crisp. They're available now.


Repetto, the Fragrance

Repetto is venturing into the beauty business and has launched its first perfume. Famed for its ballerina flats, the brand has partnered with Olivier Polge to create this fragrance. So what does a scent inspired by shoes smell like? Surprisingly fruity. It has a top note of cherry blossom and pear, a heart of essence of rose and absolute of orange blossom and a base note of vanilla and amber wood. Available at Lane Crawford from HK$380 up.


Monday, September 9, 2013

Geek Peek: Lisa Cheng of Sheer

Let's be honest. I kind of hate Lisa Cheng. A pocket rocket with a thriving business, a tight bod and seemingly a super attitude, she's everything I kind of want to be. Oh, and she gets her lingerie at wholesale prices. Bitch, right?

Obviously though, that's because she's the girl behind Sheer lingerie boutique, which swooped in a little over a year ago and basically filled a very gaping hole in Hong Kong's retail landscape. How did no one before her think that Hong Kong needed a really sweet lingerie land that wasn't as clinical as Marks & Spencer or as bizarre as Private Shop or as kinky as a Causeway Bay sex shop or as expensive as Lane Crawford? Anyway, she thought it, and did it, and now it's your one-stop shop for everything that goes underneath your clothes. Be they nursing bras or shaping girdles or VPL-proof thongs or push-ups designed specifically for small-breasted Asians or cool swimwear, Sheer has it all (plus some really cute changing rooms, so girly and plush). Look for Geek faves like Zimmerman swimwear, Chantelle bras (the demicups are SO flattering), Hanky Panky T-backs in every colour under the rainbow, silky Olivia von Halle jammies and boudoir-ready Mimi Holliday lingerie sets.

Such a sweet little shop has got to be backed by a fairly interesting girl, no? In which case, read on to find out a little more about Lisa Cheng... notably, which food group she favours, why she wants to be Leonardo DiCaprio and her secret method for instantly removing puffiness and eye bags.

HKFG: What’s on your lust list?
LC: A vintage record player, Hermes Kelly bag, a new pair of Tom Ford sunnies.

HKFG: What fashion item can’t you live without?
LC: Accessories! I always feel naked without them.

HKFG: What’s the thing you could live without... but still can’t bear to part with?
LC: My weekly Sunday body massages.. it's an expensive habit but it keeps my mind and body zen for the week ahead.

HKFG: What’s your favourite thing about Hong Kong?
LC: Cabs are cheap! It's not easy getting from one place to another in four-inch heels.

HKFG: Tell us your secret ambition.
LC: Dive with a school of hammerhead sharks in the Galapagos islands.

HKFG: What’s the song that you sing in the shower?
LC: Lately it's Just One Look by Doris Troy. I'm a sucker for uplifting, sing-a-long oldies.

HKFG: Your ultimate indulgence food or go-to food when you’re stressing out?
LC: Any kind of carbs.

HKFG: The celebrity you would most like to be/trade places with is...
LC: I'd say Leo diCaprio. He seems to always be lounging on his yacht somewhere fabulous, surrounded by beautiful models, and still manages to make multimillion dollar blockbuster hits every year or so. Not bad!

HKFG: What was your first big investment purchase?
LC: I invested in my own business two years ago, I put everything I had in it.

HKFG: What you would wish for if a genie came out of a lamp to grant you three wishes?
LC: Health and happiness for my loved ones, for me to not sleep and still be functional, ability to beam to places like they do in Star Trek so I don't have to take a plane.

HKFG: Name your secret-weapon beauty product.
LC: Green tea bags chilled in ice water - it does miracles to instantly remove dark circles and puffy eyes.

HKFG: What’s your worst nightmare?
LC: Waking up one morning with regret that I didn't live my life to the fullest.

HKFG: Last thing you think about before going to sleep?
LC: What I need to do tomorrow (sadly).

HKFG: What’s your favourite iPhone app?
LC: Units! I don't use it all the time but it's so handy when I need it! Who can remember what the conversions of kg to lbs are?

HKFG: What were your last five Google searches?
LC: lingerie hong kong, how to get to galapagos islands, mikoh (a new swimwear brand I've discovered), how to make Korean soondubu jigae, pantone fall winter 2013 fashion colors.