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Two sides to one look – Festive in Plaid – Outfit Post

It’s getting closer to Christmas, the countdown has begun! Have you been opening your advent calendars? I feel it’s time to add some more red into my wardrobe to celebrate the festivities.

Strangely the weather decided to behave itself the afternoon I took these photos. I actually shot this on a different day but the lighting was really cold and the winds would not stop. So a retake was in order.

A recent trip to ZARA in London led me to this awesome plaid shirt that has a very nice cut and very comfortable too!

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If you couldn’t tell, I’m a huge ZARA fan. My boots are vintage ZARA, can you believe they’re they’re almost 10 years old? I remember picking these out in a sale, brown suede isn’t my usual first pick but so happy I got these as they’re really well made.IMG_4192IMG_4185IMG_4126

This shirt goes great under a sweatshirt type jumper or any jumper. I like how the collar peeks through along with the shirt ends.IMG_4151

This scarf I owe credit to my sister. She works for a gallery called the Light Box, and the scarf is available at their gift shop. It’s so soft and very warm to wear. Perfect for blustery winds and chilly nights in England.IMG_4145IMG_4139

The scarf has two patterns on each side. On one side there is tartan, on other side there’s houndstooth.IMG_4099

Two Sides to One Outfit – Check out more of my outfit pics on MyFashionStage.com

Plaid Shirt – ZARA (similar here and here)
(ZARA carry a few different plaid shirts but I couldn’t this exact one on the site.)

Jeans – H&M (similar here)

Sweatshirt type jumper – H&M (similar here)

Boots – ZARA vintage (similar here and here)

What do you think of my festive look? Not an overly dramatic Christmas look but definitely gets points for Christmas colours.

Long Layers – Outfit Post

One of my favourite things about UK weather is the changing of seasons. Just as I arrived in England the leaves were dropping and there was a lovely Autumn feel in the air. It’s nice to have cooler weather for a change with the sun peeking through now and again.Autumn 03 smallAutumn 02 small

I’m truly in love layers. Adding different lengths of material to an outfit really makes it look more dynamic. I know this isn’t the most colourful outfit (as per usual for me) but I do love how greys and blacks work together and the sheen of different materials .

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An English Autumn – Check out more of my outfit pics on MyFashionStage.com

High Low Top – ZARA (similar here)

Leather look Jeans – Mango

Tassel Necklace – Marks and Spencers

Boots – Dorothy Perkins

 

A Bangkok Weekend: Youtube videos

Hope you’ve all enjoyed the Black Friday sales and even perusing Cyber Monday sales. It seems the UK has adopted these sales but without the Thanksgiving holiday.

Before coming to England I stopped off in sunny Bangkok for weekend packed full of activities, including shopping, food, seeing friends, more food, clubbing and yes more food.

To check out what I got up to for Halloween and my JJ Market (Chatujak Market) experience press play below:

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Neon lights for the Shoes: Pleasure & Pain exhibition at the V&A Museum London

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain – A Day at the V&A

Neon lights for the Shoes: Pleasure & Pain exhibition at the V&A Museum London

Neon lights for the Shoes: Pleasure & Pain exhibition at the V&A Museum London

I recently went to visit the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. They had an intriguing exhibit displaying shoes throughout history and what was in trend in different cultures.

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Victoria & Albert Museum

It was interesting to see how shoe trends have changed over the years. Starting off with barely any heels. Did you know heels were originally a trend for men? It was not until later on did heels become more of the attractive choice for women.

In the courtyard having a coffee before checking out the exhibit

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Even their coffee cups are gorgeous to look at – V&A Museum

But in places like China, originally small feet were seen as most beautiful hence the foot binding in the 19th century and unbelievably painful process woman went through to procure this idealistic foot size (Think about this the next time you force yourself into some ridiculously uncomfortable shoes).

The whole exhibit got me thinking about fashion and what is seen as attractive today. It reminded me a lot of the post I wrote a year ago about body shape and what is deemed as desirable today.

Pleasure & Pain exhibition at the V&A Museum London

Pleasure & Pain exhibition at the V&A Museum London

Shoes are seen as a very desirable item in the fashion industry. Names such as Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Karl Largerfeld, Jimmy Choo and Vivienne Westwood (to name a few) were on display at the exhibit. These names have become an institution to fashion and the shoe industry today.

Different shoes in many styles, my favourite being the green fluffy ones.

Different shoes in many styles, my favourite being the green fluffy ones.

So what’s the motivation behind the change of style of shoes over history? The overview would be the reasons lie with what men thought attractive on woman and also social status. But as times have changed, social norms have been updated.

Nowadays shoes are obsessed by women and even men everywhere. What was part of more of a social status environment has moved into fashion trends rather than what the opposite sex thinks what woman look more attractive in.

I admit I’ve bought shoes that were in trend and realised hang on…these aren’t that practical let alone comfortable. But I feel I have vowed to keep my feet happy and try to pick the more comfortable shoe rather than what is seen as popular. It’s hard in this day and age not to be affected by social media as you cannot avoid what is fashionable as millions share it over multiple channels.

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Shoes made out of an old coat during the war time while fabric was scarce due to war time rationing

Is social media the new social status for women’s shoe fashion? Maybe not to the extent of foot binding but the wrong shoe can cause a lot of discomfort.

What’s your opinion about shoes and pain? Is pain beauty? What’s your favourite shoe?

 

 

Autumn Beauty Faves – YouTube Video

It’s that time of year where the leaves change colour, the temperature starts to cool down and pumpkin spiced lattes are a plenty. I thought I’d share my favourite beauty faves for Autumn. Check out my latest video here:

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List of Beauty Faves Mentioned:
Makeup Academy – Glitter Ball Palette – http://www.muastore.co.uk/12-shade-glitterball-palette

Urban Decay – Naked Flushed Palette in Streak – http://www.urbandecay.com/naked-flushed-by-urban-decay/359.html

Topshop – Bronzer in Sand Castle (couldn’t find it on the Topshop website but they do have one in shade in Salute: http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/beauty-3326659/face-1906567/bronzing-2094070/bronzer-in-salute-4415598?bi=0&ps=20)

3CE – Shimmer Glow Bloc (highlighter) – http://en.stylenanda.com/product/3-CONCEPT-EYES-SHIMMER-GLOW-BLOC/SFSELFAA0004396/

Maybelline – Clear Smooth All In One BB Cream in Fresh (01) – http://www.amazon.com/Maybelline-Clear-Smooth-Minerals-Thailand/dp/B0095F4WFK

This video is no way endorsed or sponsored by any of the brands above, purely just sharing my favourite items that I like to use in my makeup routine. Enjoy!

YAY Autumn Weather! – Changing seasons/ Transition Outfit Post

I’ve been waiting to share this look on Think it. Dream it. Blog just because I felt this outfit couldn’t be worn in sweltering weather (even though it was shot in less than ideal temperatures). Transitioning from Summer to Autumn here in HK has a bit of difficulty deciding whether to wear jeans or shorts, long sleeve or t-shirts. It’s funny because 22 degree celsius would be deemed Summer in England, but here it’s Autumn.

I was sent back in Feb a pair of MANGO jeans with a leather look/shimmer finish from my sister in the UK. I’m a big fan of MANGO and was super pleased to have a new pair of black jeans as I tend to find black jeans to fade super fast.

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I’m wearing a cropped box t-shirt from COTTON ON with some fitted MANGO jeans. I think when you wear something with a baggy shape it’s good to add something with a fitted look to add some shape.

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I’ve entered this look into the #MIGOlookcontest over on MyFashionStage.com, hoping to win a MIGO bag and $200 USD! Click here to view my look or enter your own today.

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Candy is a girl’s best friend :)

Here’s some tips for transitioning from Summer to Autumn:

  • Since the weather hasn’t really decided on staying cool or heating up it’s good to dress in layers. Hoodies, jackets, long shirts are a great items to have on hand. I like wearing a plaid shirt over cropped tops or strap tops as it can be left open if you’re too hot or buttoned up if you’re too cold.
  • As long as it’s not raining, sandals are good footwear for the awkward season change. I also like wearing converse as they’re pretty comfortable whatever the weather.
  • Keep a scarf on hand as this can be draped around you shoulders if the temperature starts to drop, or can be tied onto your bag if hasn’t cooled down.
  • If you want to wear skirt, you can always wear tights underneath if you’re afraid of the cold. If it starts to warm up again it’s easy to find a public toilet/changing room and take them off and stash in your bag.
  • Don’t wear one piece items that are long sleeve or made of thick material. If you’re suddenly caught in an unpredictable weather change, the heat will make you feel sorry for your choice. If one piece a must wear short sleeve so you can always layer up if it’s not warm enough.

What’s your favourite season transition items? Leave a comment below if I’ve missed any great tips.

Navy Blue Moments – Check out more of my outfit pics on MyFashionStage.com

Photos taken by MyFashionStage.com photographer Frank Tam

Cropped/ Top  COTTON ON – DISCONTINUED (similar here)

Leather Look Jeans – MANGO – DISCONTINUED (similar here)

Chain Sandal Flats – EDGE – DISCONTINUED (similar here)

Sunglasses – Vintage (similar here)

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Escaping Awkward Social Situations – NEW Youtube Video

A different style of Youtube video for me to try. Oh yes, I had a very awkward social situation that happened to me on my travels during my last Bangkok visit. Have you experienced a social situation that was so awkward you wished there was an escape plan? Well learn from my story and how I got out of one that involved a stalker, unhelpful SEPHORA staff and my most serious face yet.

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ZALORA Red Skirt

Flare for Fashion – Zalora Haul/Outfit post

Yes pun intended. It’s HAUL time on the Think it. Dream it. blog and again it’s from Zalora. I have been an avid Zalora fan ever since coming to HK and find their service really convenient especially if I’m TOO lazy to venture out shopping.

This outfit I put together with everything pretty much coming from Zalora as they were doing some awesome SALEs recently.

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ZALORA Red Skirt

I have been on the hunt for the perfect flared neoprene skirt. Ever since I dropped by Harrison Wong‘s shop I have been in love with the fabric and it persuaded me to venture into the unknown and try for the first time this spacey fabric.

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With such a puffy skirt, I knew I needed something to bring back some shape. So, I’ve been looking for a grey halter/cropped top and found this one on ZALORA by Factorie which is an Australian brand.

Charles & Keith Wooden Wedge Heels

I hate feet shots. I feel they’re super awkward as you try to make your feet feel/look presentable and….I’ve failed here but wanted you guys to get a closer look at these pretty wedges from Charles & Keith. Can you believe up until now I’ve never owned a pair of Charles & Keith wedges?

So here’s a quick review on the heels alone. The shoes I must say felt pretty comfortable when I tested them around the house (which is how I usually test all my shoes out). But after taking them on a road test in Macau last weekend I realised not quite as comfy for a long distance walk. I covered maybe 5km in a day walking round the casinos (thanks to Fitbit for that info) and by the end my feet were not so happy). I would say they are good for a casual day out but walking wise not so much.

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Let’s talk neoprene. Not the most hot weather suitable material as if you start to perspire (fancy word for sweat, or you could go with glow but always found that word odd to use) it kinda acts as a sponge (ew gross I know). Luckily, this weekend I wore it mostly indoors at the casinos/dinner so it was pretty good as I didn’t feel cold in the A/C. I do love how it keeps it’s shape but only time will tell if the washing machine will keep it shapely.

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I like to think this outfit is rather modest. What I mean by this is that it’s not showing off too much leg or bust. I know it shoes a little belly but I think that’s acceptable. This outfit would be perfect for evening summer garden party or if you’re heading Macau like I did last weekend good for a night out celebrating a bf’s birthday :).

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I quite like this outfit as it’s simple and I can wear a statement necklace with it. What do you think? Leave a comment, would love to hear your opinions on neoprene, flared skirts and if you’ve had better luck with me with Charles & Keith shoes.


Red Skirt – Check out more of my outfit pics on MyFashionStage.com

Cropped/Halter Top – Factorie

Neoprene Flared Skirt – ZALORA

Wedge Heels – CHARLES & KEITH via ZALORA – SOLD OUT (similar, here and here)

Emily Necklace – MONKI

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MIGO Mirroed Staircase Backpack small 10

Mirrored Staircase – Outfit Post

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There’s a new backpack in town and it’s name is MIGO. I was contacted by MIGO to choose a bag. I was honoured and happy to as I really like their snazzy designs. Not only are the patterns designed right here in Hong Kong but the backpack is also really good quality.

 

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Inside the backpack there is an inner pocket perfect for your laptop/tablet.

This bag would be able to fit my camera plus lens, makeup, umbrella and iPad. Could also use it for a weekend getaway.

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MIGO Label

MIGO Label

 

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The backpack is a good size I’d say. You can definitely fit a lot in there.

 

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I took my backpack out for a spin which included some hair flipping.

 

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I had a lot of fun shooting this look. This is an outfit I tend to mix and match a lot as it’s easy to pair. The top is from ZARA, a cropped white basic top which I like to wear with anything high-waisted. For me, wearing something cropped and low-waisted feels a little too exposed (unless I’m at the pool/beach of course).

This is the second time I’ve used my tripod and Canon remote to shoot. It’s not an easy task but once everything is setup all I had to do is point and shoot. You’re definitely limited to what angles you can shoot from but it’s definitely better than the days I use to shoot on a timer only, running back and forth from the camera was hectic!

All in all very please with my new backpack, definitely can pack more than my last backpack and will make a great travelling companion.

What’s your view on cropped tops and low-waisted items?

Check out more of my outfit pics on MyFashionStage.com

Top – ZARA Trafaluc similar here

Shorts – Vintage similar here

Backpack- Mirrored Staircase  – MIGOco.com

Shoes – Converse – All Stars

Sunglasses – SOLD OUT – Harrison Wong

 

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Repeat Offender – Where to Stay in Bangkok/Outfit Post

After a year long absence from Thailand (where I used to live) I thought it was time to make an appearance. I’m currently going through the stage of asking myself the question: do I miss Thailand? It’s a hard question to answer and thought it would be easier to answer if I was in the actual country. I do miss it but I also don’t. It’s the same with here,  I like Hong Kong and there are things I don’t like about it, but maybe that’s another blog post altogether.

I went with my bf (who took all the pics of me below thank you hunny) to Bangkok for 4 days which turned out to be super short, I couldn’t meet up with all my old friends but was nice to be able to meet up with some.

Hollister Romper - MyFashionStage.com

Exploring the hotel that had lots of unique retro devices. Check out more of my looks on MyFashionStage.com

We stayed at the Hotel Indigo, a newly opened hotel this year that decorates it’s interior with retro nostalgia. I found it quirky and fun but was a little confused about the decor in the beginning.

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A little wander to wonder

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Hello robot :)

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Ready to explore my old haunts with my trusty (well kinda) backpack

Playing with the radio at Hotel Indigo Bangkok wearing Hollister Romper

Playing with the radio

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Being a tourist in a city you’ve lived in before definitely feels weird. I mean what do you? What do you see? For me it was trip back into my old life with some new surprises. The city has definitely grown up a bit since I’ve been gone.

 

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I admit it, I’m a repeat offender. I had worn this very same romper on a trip around HK with my friends the week before BUT that doesn’t mean I’ll wear it exactly the same. Instead of wearing it with a long grey hoody and converse I decided to match it with a plaid shirt and my fave sandals from Zalora. I also wore a backpack which I got from my Marks & Spencer’s makeover. The backpack is very handy for putting my camera, wallet, makeup and any other bits and bobs needed.

Since it was not super hot in Thailand that week, I was able to get away with a plaid shirt. This is super handy especially when you go from outdoor to indoor where the A/C is on full blast. Outdoor can simply roll up the sleeves and indoor roll ’em done or button up if it’s super cold.

 

 

 

Indigo Hotel - Bathtub Bangkok

The room came with a little company, a family of ducks :)

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The most comfortable bed to snooze in, the pillows were like marshmallow

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Menu - Bar - Indigo Hotel Bangkok

What’s on the menu

Som tam at Central Embassy

First day back in the city need that Som Tam! – Foodcourt at Central Embassy – Total meal set us back around 600 baht but everything was delicious and a lot of food!

Dean & Deluca Ploenchit Bangkok

No walk down Ploenchit is complete without a Dean & Deluca drink in hand

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Down the hallway at Indigo Hotel

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Bubble Bath at Indigo Hotel Bangkok

End of a hard day running round town, a bath with these little guys. The bathtub was amazing and great for a bubble bath :)

 

All in all my stay at Hotel Indigo was great. There was a little confusion about the definition of what an Intercontinental Breakfast included. Somehow instead of including the intercontinental breakfast, one savoury dish of choice and one sweet dish of choice we ended up with two sweet dishes and one savoury. At checkout we explained to the staff that the menu wasn’t clear and ended up with not exactly what we ordered, they were nice enough to take the breakfast off our bill and improve their menu description.

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Not so Intercontinental Breakfast but hey two pancakes!

Would I recommend it? Yes I would, it’s in a really convenient location and the staff were really helpful. I know a new hotel always has it’s hiccups in it’s first few months but really overall impressed.

Stayed tuned for my next post about what I saw and did in Bangkok. Again the trip was super short so I think I can cover it in one more post. Have you visited a town you use to live in? Have you been a tourist in your own city? Share with me what you feel is good about revisiting old place or the bad :).

Check out more of my outfit pics on MyFashionStage.com

Romper – Hollister

Plaid shirt – H&M – SOLD OUT similar here

Backpack  – Marks & Spencers

Shoes – EDGE – SOLD OUT – Zalora

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