Not what you would expect from Marks and Spencers

Not What You Would Expect from Marks and Spencers

Hello peeps! It’s been a gloomy past couple of days in Hong Kong, time to up the ante on vitamin C as change of weather means falling ill, oh no. Time to invest in some oranges.

To add a little sunshine into my life I received an email from Marks and Spencer the other day telling me I’d won a makeover with M&S and the fabulously stylish Sabrina Sikora! YAY!

It was truly an amazing experience to have someone style you. Often we get stuck in our own ways when it comes to clothes shopping. It’s a great opportunity to get an insight of what another person thinks looks good on you. You often overlook an item of clothing you wouldn’t have even considered picking up yourself while shopping.

In for a treat with goodies from M&S

In for a treat with goodies from M&S

When I think of M&S I think about the days when I use to live in the UK, I think about the school days. For me Marks and Spencer brings to mind great food and underwear. I also remember picking out items for my school uniform back in the day. But I know in recent years M&S have shaken up their image a little with introducing Limited Edition items and the line Indigo Collection. So I was super excited to see what they had in store (pardon the pun).

When I first entered the giveaway I didn’t think I’d even have a chance of getting picked, I entered in for fun and had forgotten about it. When I received an email and then a phone call from one of the lovely people at M&S (hello Carol!) it really was an amazing surprise.

Indigo Denim Jacket by Marks and Spencer

Indigo Denim Jacket by Marks and Spencer

The newly opened store at Time Square (Causeway Bay) was where we had to go for our makeover. I then found the amazing Sabrina our stylist of the day, the wonderfully talented Anael (I have worked with both in a past, always great to see familiar faces) and a new face for me the photographer for the day Michelle Proctor.

Before the makeover - In Black and White clothing

Before the makeover – In Black and White clothing

When I was asked what I usually wear I admitted my go-to outfits are usually of the black, white and grey variety. I wasn’t the only one to give this monochrome answer. A few of the other makeover-ees (this should be a word) also replied black and white are the usual colours they chose for their wardrobe choices.

My stylist Sabrina decided that I was good fit for the long flower patterned jumpsuit. My first reaction was “this is something I would never pick out for myself”. About to protest I decided I’d give it a go, I knew if I had chosen something from the rack myself it would defeat the object of a makeover.

Yellow flower patterned jumpsuit

Yellow flower patterned jumpsuit – I had been looking for jumpsuit but this very different from my usual choices.

Pattern up close

After I tried on the outfit I felt differently about it, hey I might be able to pull this off! It was then onto the makeup chair with Anael.

Makeup by Anael Darmon

Makeup by Anael Darmon

Didn't get a clear shot of my stylist for the day, she's the super tall one holding the belt.

Didn’t get a clear shot of my stylist for the day, she’s the super tall one holding the belt.

 

The lovely Anael who styled my hair and did my makeup

The lovely Anael who styled my hair and did my makeup

Anael decided that a fish tail plait, pink/red lipstick and a little bronzer would be my look for today. It’s great to ask makeup artists what products they use and what they recommend as they use them pretty much everyday on a variety of different people.

A Sneak Peek of the Outfit - Marks and Spencer Makeover

A Sneak Peek of the Outfit – Marks and Spencer Makeover

A Sneak Peek of the Outfit - Marks and Spencer Makeover

Jumping for jumpsuits – Marks and Spencer Makeover

Bags, bags, bags - M&S Bag Selection

Bags, bags, bags – M&S Bag Selection

It was then on to have our photos taken with our photographer Michelle. She had a great eye for choosing spots in the store to get our photos done.

Photoshoot time with Michelle Proctor

Photoshoot time

 

Michelle Proctor - Photographer

Michelle Proctor – Photographer

 

So here’s how it turned out:

Makeover by Sabrina Sikora, Anael Darmon and photo by Michelle Proctor

Makeover by Sabrina Sikora, make up by Anael Darmon and photo by Michelle Proctor

 

I can resist everything except temptation - Oscar Wilde

I can resist everything except temptation – Oscar Wilde

 

I really feel Marks and Spencer has changed quite a bit from what I remember. Even the aesthetic of the store is more interesting. I love the little touches of display items and even wall decor that they’ve introduced.

 

Typewriter in the M&S store Time Square

Typewriter in the M&S store Time Square

 

M&S shopping bag full of goodies.

Each makeover participant got to take home their outfit so the lovely new jumpsuit and I went home together.

I don’t think I can look at M&S the same way again after this magical experience. A brand that cannot get any more British. Has this experience changed my opinion of Marks and Spencer? Well not entirely, I still feel their number 1 assets are food and lingerie (they do make a good bra and biscuit). But I do feel they’re new ranges have opened my eyes to their fashion range.

Shop my makeover look:

 

Denim Jacket – Indigo Collection

Straw Fedora Hat – Indigo Collection

Tassel Necklace (not the same but similar)

Aztec Print Across Body Bag

 

Mules (similar but the not same)

 

Not available on the M&S website but check in store

Help me win! It would really mean the world for me if you guys could take a second to “like” the photo below to help me win the Marks and Spencer makeover!

Zalora x Wcity Relaunch Party

Last week was the relaunch party of Wcity.com (the who, what, when, where of the city). Not only that but they teamed up with Zalora for their relaunch party.

Party Balloons

The party took place at Zalora‘s newly opened pop-up store in Causeway Bay. Why is this store different? Well for one you won’t be carrying any bags out of the store…yes you read that correctly. Zalora is an online fashion store but now there is a place to try on clothes before you buy. They will then order the items for you and send it to you door. So you can shop ’til you drop and not worry about the heavy shopping bags, brilliant.

What I wore to the party

What I wore to the party – Perfume Envy Me by Gucci, Top by Indikah (available on Zalora.com.hk), Necklace by Monki, Bracelet vintage.

Zalora Bags and Clothes

Bags, bags, bags

Happiness is Free Delivery

More shoes in Zalora

Shop more. Carry Less

Shop more. Carry Less

Shoes

Sote Popcorn Yum!

Score! Yummy popcorn flavours from Sote.

Party time in the Zalora Store

What I wore to the Party INDIKAH

Taking a quick pick at the store Wearing: Indikah top (Zalora.com.hk), Monki Necklace and boots from Dorothy Perkins

Goodies from Zalora Wcity Party

Goody bag from the party included: Vouchers from the sponsors, a powerbank, a ginseng drink. I also won some Agatha Paris jewellery from the online giveaway.

Was a fun night where you could get your hair done and nails while ordering a few items from the store without ruining your nails by carrying the bags home.

I liked that there were things to try at the party and get a better look at the clothes. I’ve had experience with shopping online with Zalora you can read my in-depth review of my first order here. I will do another updated review with latest purchases soon. The idea of the shop is get a look at the items, fit and quality before you buy. Zalora offers some brands that are from the UK such as Dorothy Perkins, River Island and New Look.

Psssstttt! Want 15% off Zalora? Enter in the code: BAPQW7N at checkout :)

 

Red Lace Dres by SAU Clothing HK 01

Red Alert: Wearing this dress because why not? – Outfit Post

Red dress! It definitely demands attention. So where could I wear such a pretty thing? Why not anywhere? It got me thinking about saving outfits for the “right” occasion. I would say this outfit is perfect for date night, but why not wear it just because?

I had actually won this dress back in Feb from SAU Clothing from their giveaway (thanks guys!) which I was SUPER thrilled to hear I had won. I don’t win anything, I’m just not that lucky…or so I thought.

So here’s the outfit with a yellow swing chair and yellow lobster hanging from the ceiling because why not right?

All photos taken by Frank Tam:

Red Lace Dress by SAU Clothing

Red dress because why not? Photo taken by MyFashionStage.com photographer Frank Tam

 

Red Lace Dres by SAU Clothing HK 02

 

What I thought about the dress:

This is my first SAU dress so I didn’t really know what to expect. The dress is of amazing quality, the lace detail is very beautiful. It’s that very reason I chose simple accessories as there is a lot of detail on this little dress. The skirt length is below the knee, I wouldn’t have minded if it had been just above the knee. However, with the length of the material I could easily sit down without being too conscious which is always a great benefit of a lengthy dress. The dress does have an inner lining however I’m not overly busty or anything so the inner lining around the bust was a little loose for me but can be fixed. Overall, it’s a lovely dress.

 

Red Lace Dres by SAU Clothing HK 03

Red Lace Dres by SAU Clothing HK 04

Red Lace Dres by SAU Clothing HK 05Dress – Natalya Dress by SAU Clothing

Wallet – Ted Baker

Shoes – EZRA – Zalora HK

Psssstttt! Want 15% off Zalora? Enter in the code: BAPQW7N at checkout :)

 

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Mind Over Matter – Outfit Post

Dear gym gods, it’s been a while since my last confession. I have been lazy, eaten copious amounts of junk food and haven’t been in a regular gym pattern for quite sometime. Please forgive my sloth ways and give me power to resist the ever strengthening magnet that is the sofa…even looking at it now I could…NO be strong and head to the gym…must..resist…….

All laid out and ready to go – Mind Over Matter

So bit of a dramatic opening but how else could I get you to understand the laziness that I am trying to escape? I truly have lost motivation to keep up a fitness routine but I’m hoping with some new motivation I will continue my quest for a healthier lifestyle.

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Feel good about what you’re wearing – feel good about what you’re doing

Mind of Matter - Feel good vibes from the workout tee

I realised that I hadn’t invested in my gym activity in quite sometime, I hadn’t actually bought workout clothes in a very long time. Stumbling across the Forever21 sports range I decided my new motivation would come from feeling good first, if I enjoy/like what I am wearing that is one step closer to enjoying/liking being at the gym. My new gym has THE cadillac of all running machines which means now I can watch Jenna Marbles or Casey Neistat while working out, genius!

See the trees through the forrest? Or just line up with the trees

See the trees through the forrest? Or just line up with the trees

I wasn’t one who got on the band wagon of the whole H&M Alexander Wang collection (getting up super early to get a piece? I’d rather sleep *that’s the laziness talking*).  Although fitness is something you should regularly do, it’s not something I could base my life around. Oh how I wish I was born fitness nut, but I was born with the coach potato motivation. Fitness brings back the school memories of running round a FREEZING cold field in the middle of winter and being forced to wear shorts because the P.E. teachers were just meanies. I guess you could say I don’t have fond memories of sports/fitness but I guess with a little work I can change that association.

The feeling you get after working out is one of accomplishment and of happiness, you feel fantastic…tired yes but all those good hormones rushing round. A great tip is have music prepared, I cannot stand silence in the gym. I also learnt that I prefer to be alone in the gym, other people do not really motivate me they’re rather a distraction.

How long this could last? Who could say but a little exercise does wonders.

Outfit post on MyFashionStage.com visit my profile NattyB for more outfit posts.

What’s your favourite workout outfit? How do you stay motivated in your fitness routine? Share your tips and tricks :)

 

Festival 10

Festival Look – Outfit Post

I didn’t get to go to Coachella unfortunately or any festivals as there are none going on in HK at the moment but that doesn’t mean I’m not inspired by festival fashion.

I just recently moved to my new place in HK. So new neighbourhood and view. Check out the beautiful view from my balcony :)

Without further ado here’s my festival inspired look:

 

Festival

Festival 07

 

Festival 11

Festival 01

 

Festival 10

Festival 09

Festival 08

Festival 06

Festival 05

Festival 02

Sunset Paradise Bra - Sabrina (Thailand)

 Jeans – H&M
Hat – H&M
Bag – H&M
Shoes – Dorothy Perkins
Top – Vintage
Sunset Paradise Bra – Sabina (Thailand)

Check out more of my looks on MyFashionStage.com

Easter Granola – First Youtube Video!

Hi guys wishing you all a belated Happy Easter! Check out my new video (first video!!!) on my Youtube channel. I will be adding some new videos soon about daily life, fashion, food etc. Subscribe and leave a like if you’re feeling generous! The recipe is SUPER simple and tasty, which is always my two favourite things about recipes (and I’m sure yours too!).

A Few of My Favourite Things – March Faves

I really meant to write this sooner but you know how it goes, distractions galore. But I’m back on track with a fresh post. My favourite items for March (oops almost over!) include birthday gifts, Banila “Clean it” makeup remover and Sleek Matte lippy. Ok so it’s a bit of an overlap from Feb/March but of these things were received in March so best to call it just that.

Presents

Birthday Presents – Received in March so still counts!

My amazing best friend in the UK sent me some goodies for my birthday. She was asking me questions such as “what is your favourite animal?” and “what kind of pet would you want to have?” At the time out of the blue but now it all makes sense…sneaky. I now have some moustache nail decals, which I will try soon.

Elephant Torch Keychain

Elephant Torch Keychain

When I first pressed the button on the top I jumped because not only did it light up but it let out a LOUD elephant noise.

Elephant Print Tissues

Elephant Print Tissues

You gotta have some elephant print tissues, I mean plain tissues are just boring. Plus NO ONE will ever mistake my tissues for their own. Then again, these are just too cute to use.

Matte Me - Sleek - Shade "Petal"

Matte Me – Sleek – Shade “Petal”

I picked up a Sleek matte lippy on my last UK trip and haven’t had a chance to wear it. But with some time to experiment I gave it a go.

Matte Me - Sleek (with camera flash)

Matte Me – Sleek (with camera flash)

Problem with matte lipsticks is that they are terribly drying unlike glossy colours. My recommendation is scrubbing your lips and prepping them by using lip balm beforehand and letting it absorb before applying matte anything.

Sleek Matte Lips face

 

 

Matte Me - Sleek Lip Colour (natural light)

Matte Me – Sleek Lip Colour (natural light)

 

Rimmel Pop Art - Currently wearing on my nails

Rimmel Pop Art – Currently wearing on my nails

Another of my faves is the Pop Art nail polish by Rimmel. I’ve been wearing this pretty non-stop as it’s easy to apply and looks great even on clear nails.

Nail Polish Rimmel - Pop Art and Glitter Bomb

Nail Polish Rimmel – Pop Art and Glitter Bomb

 

Birthday gift from my sister, neon orange is going to look great for this spring. Check out my outfit posts with the necklace here:

 

Clean It Zero by Banila

Clean It Zero by Banila

I received a tester while in Macau for Banila Clean It Zero. I had no idea what this product was when I saw it in Sasa and Bonjour. But after trying it I’m sold. It’s a kind of gel like consistency that you apply directly to your makeup-ed up face by massaging in. It’s a very weird feeling as you smudge it into your makeup but it really gets everything off. I suggest cotton pads/buds for eye makeup. It’s great alternative to oily makeup removers. I also use their primer finish powder which is awesome too.

 

Hope you enjoyed my March faves. What are you favourite March products/buys? Comment below x.

Home is where the heart is – Casual Outfit Post

There are days where I just want to wear something really comfy but still be presentable in case I have to pop out of the house. So there is usually a trade off between looking great and feeling comfortable. Ever had that?

But I think I’ve stumbled upon a winning combination, printed leggings. So it’s not ground breaking but it does give you lot of options. On the days where I’m working mostly from home with some outside appearances I like to wear leopard print leggings.

My favourite combination Chucks and Leggings

My favourite combination Chucks and Leggings

Pair with a bun which is actually the first time I’ve tried this style. It works best if you have haven’t washed your hair in a couple of days, easier to keep in place. However, I did have to use a few pins, two elastic hair bands and some hair spray.

Best done with unwashed hair - Perfect for keeping your hair out of your face :)

Best done with unwashed hair – Perfect for keeping your hair out of your face :)

Let's go for a walk

Let’s go for a walk

Chilling by the Window Converse and Leopard Print

My favourite spot to watch what’s going on outside

Outfit post – For more outfit posts check out MyFashionStage.com

These were all self snaps which is actually a lot more difficult to do when you don’t have a shutter remote. I do have a tripod which does makes thing a lot easier but maybe time to invest in a remote? Or I’ll have to do some more running back and forth.

Leopard print leggings – Forever 21
Shoes – Converse – All Stars
Top – Vintage

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink – Behind the Scenes Sassy Shoot

I think I earned a seat at the Mean Girl’s table as I was wearing pink on Wednesday.

I enjoyed a super pink Wednesday with Sassy Hong Kong. Easily the most pink day in my LIFE. It was a lot of fun working with such an amazing team: photographer Sabrina Sikora, makeup artist Smudge Makeup Artistry and hair stylist Ross Kwan.

I felt truly decked out in the brightest pinks possible. I loved trying outfits from Jack Wills, What the Frock and also Melissa Bui.

Dress by What the Frock

Hair by Ross Kwan – Makeup by Smudge Makeup Artistry – Photo credit: What the Frock

 

Pink Shoot - Jack Wills

Me with the beautiful Katya.

Getting my makeup retouched by Smudge Make-up Artistry

Getting my makeup retouched/Photo by Smudge Makeup Artistry

Behind the Scenes with Photographer Sabrina Sikora

Behind the Scenes with Photographer Sabrina Sikora – Photo Credit – Smudge Makeup Artistry

Behind the Scenes - Sassy Shoot

With the paparazzi, just kiddin’ – Photo credit – Sabrina Sikora 

All in Pink Jack Wills

Ross Kwan doing my hair, big curls! Outfit: Jack Wills Shirt

 

First Wifes Studio Hong Kong

First Wife Studios – Can I live here please?

Gold Brogues and Pink Jeans

Brogues on my feet, Brogues on my feet

Outfits of the Day Jack Wills Melissa Bui What the Frock

A wide selection of pink garments

It was a supppppeeerrrr fun day with a lot of pink girliness going on. It was amazing to work with such a lovely team. For more behind the scenes pics you can check out my Instagram

Enjoy your day! x

Spring In My Step – Outfit Post

I’m so happy that Spring is finally here. It took some searching for something more Spring related but I did find it wandering around Kennedy Town this weekend. It took a train, walking, an elevator, an escalator and some steps to find some amazing trees with blossoming flowers signalling the change into Spring, yippee! Can you tell I’m extremely excited?

Although the temperature hasn’t exactly risen much the sun is starting to peek through very carefully. So I’m wearing a top which I got on my travels in Taiwan, a pair of black jeans and a wool hair because wow it’s windy in Hong Kong (fashionable and functional).

The top really suits me as I fell in love with the slogan”Let’s talk over coffee”. I’m a coffee addict which fits me very well. If I’m asked out for a drink with friends I’m more excited to go for a coffee or even a tea than to a bar/pub. Caffeine is what fuels me.

Spring 01

 

Spring 02

 

Spring 03

 

Buildings in Kennedy Town

 

 

Spring 04

 

Spring 05

 
Flower in Trees

 

Spring 06

 

 

Spring 07

 

Trees in Kennedy

 

 

Spring 08

 

 

Spring 09

Photos taken by: Charles H. – Thank you my lovely bf for being so patient taking these photos :D

Top  – Queen Shop

Necklace – Last True Angel

Jeans – H&M

Boots – Dorothy Perkins

Wooly Hat – Accessorize

Spring is Here Outfit on MyFashionStage.com

Spring is Here Outfit on MyFashionStage.com – Click to see more outfit posts

 

I now also have a Flickr account so feel free to check out my pics on there, I’m trying to learn a bit more about photography and share some of my adventures here in HK.