Tuesday, 22 April 2014

COVEN





Hat- taobao.com | Shawl- Gift | Dress- borrowed from mum | Boots- Monki 

Photography by Conrad Yung

I told you I'd be back with a hat (this dates back to this post)! Eeek! Has it really been that long since I've last posted?!  So much has happened in between this post and the previous one. For starters, I am actually free of school. This was actually taken during my last week of school (leaver's week). Each day had a different dress up theme and here is my 'AHS Coven Supreme' look for Day 1 Imagination (fictional characters). After all, a supreme is as good as it gets!

However, happiness, shock, horror and panic seep through as I realize that I am well and truly in preparation (more like procrasination?!!) for the terror known as the IB exams. April and May have been Xtremely busy for me (hence the X). In between studying, studying and studying, I've traded lookbook for literally looking at books, DSLRs for GDCs and typing for - god forbid- actual writing. With a pen. Unfortunately, this malicious mayhem won't be stopping anytime soon. Which is why, with deep sadness, I announce a hiatus from this blog until at least May 22nd, the day in which I am free of my IB exams. To all of those around the world preparing for the IB exams, good luck, good luck and good luck. If only I could use my coven powers to zap the exams away!

xoxo
nat

Sunday, 23 March 2014

AROXTA SHOWROOM

I don't normally go the events, but when I do, I manage to attend really fun ones. Case in point, last Wednesday, I was graciously invited to Aroxta's 'HK Fashion Bloggers' night by the lovely Ira. Aroxta is basically a fashion showroom that carries out a wide variety of fashion and accessory labels that are mainly by local HK designers. It was definitely a great opportunity to support the fashion community in HK and I had a great time interacting with various designers about their wonderful collections. I'd like to especially thank Shyla (Aroxta CEO and founder) for being such a lovely host throughout the evening and the event would not have been as wonderful if it weren't for her and Ira.

Aly & Rachelle




Aly & Rachelle is a fashion label designed by the loveliest Christine Lam. Aly & Rachelle has a very feminine and soft aesthetic, with silk dresses and lace detailing. Aly & Rachelle have the perfect dresses for a night out on the town, something very much suited for Hong Kong. It was really great to be able to converse with Christine, as well as her partner Stanley, about her collection and our mutual educational interest and she was ever so lovely to be around with. Aly & Rachelle have a particular navy blue draped dress that I still cannot get out of mind! This is a definite one to watch. 

Michael Antonio




Michael Antonio is a well established women's footwear label thats been featured in many magazines such as InStyle, Elle, Lucky and Glamour. There were a great selection of heels as well as boots. I, being the booty that I am (get it? maybe I should just stick to normal sentences), was especially fond over their gold, brown and black ankle boots. No doubt I would be back for more.


Pretty Dangerous




Pretty Dangerous is an accessory line designed by Alison Tam, and whilst I didn't get the chance to speak to her, I was able to take a good long look at all the jewelry. I especially love the intricate detailing she puts into her designs. Pretty Dangerous has a cool girl gone quirky vibe to it which definitely meshed with my sense of style. Highlights include cufflinks with a secret button hidden within it so you won't ever lose your button. Very James Bond esque. 

Nuage Concept






My mother, believe it or not, is a big fan of Nuage concept and actually asked me to scope it out for myself, and being the dutiful asian daughter, I thoroughly did so. Needless to say, lesson learned, your mother is always right. I loved the gold fine detailing incorporated into Nuage's more delicate jewelry and I loved the combination of gold with more primary colours. I also got the chance to chat with Nuage's owner Chantal, which was nice seeing as she is the mastermind behind this brand. Nuage have jewelry that is just perfect for sprucing up an outfit or adding a personal touch. I'll definitely be stocking up more of this. 





No event would be complete without good food and Aroxta definitely had that covered. Sushi and cupcakes were served throughout the evening and yours truly may have had a little more than a few. The cupcakes were arranged in a very 'Great British bake off' way and had a strong butterscotch taste to it. Simply put, it was great. Plus, I adored the tiny little Aroxta logo adorned on the top of the cupcake. 



Photo Credit: Aroxta

Contrary to my surroundings at school, I actually like meeting people at events. In particular, it was lovey catching up with old faces like Ira, and meeting new faces like Nini. Nini has a fantastic food blog that is guaranteed to make your mouth water, so head on over and check it out here. PS: Yes, I'm in flats.


Photo Credit: Aroxta

To wrap up the evening, Aroxta gifted each one of us with a wonderful gift bag. And quite possibly, one of the best gift bags I've ever been given. I received a free dry bar session by airplay, Hong Kong's first and only blow dry bar. A blow dry bar is a hair salon that styles your hair and makeup for you before you go out, a very clever idea. I also received a 8GB USB from Aroxta, a key chain from Maneesha Ruia, a candle from The Candle Company and a box of Merci chocolates. I don't know about you but I know which item will be gone first. Anyhow, it was such a lovely event that really brought out the talent in Hong Kong, something that is often overseen. Aroxta truly does a great job in giving these designers the recognition they deserve.

xoxo
natalie

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

ARABELLA










Jacket- HK boutique, Shorts- Thrifted and DIY'd, Sunglasses- HK boutique, Choker- DIY, Sweater- Persunmall, Creepers- Underground



After a deliriously long pause, I am finally back with a much overdue outfit post. So without further adieu, I present my outfit.

The lovely folks at Persunmall gifted me with this sweater. Persunmall is a great website for shopping online and its extremely affordable. Persunmall is stocked with a wide variety of clothes, shoes and even prom dresses! So no matter what, you'll be sure to find something you like. Shopping on persunmall is extremely easy and I highly recommend shopping on persunmall. This sweater is perfect for lighter conditions or for layering in colder climates. I love the ribbed detailing on it and surprisingly, it fits me like a glove! I especially love how easy it feels on my body. I'll definitely be wearing it throughout the year(s) to come! Please click HERE to view the sweater and the website.

Conrad and I ventured out to our 'signature' spot to take these photos. We shot here a while back and unlike Hong Kong's landscape, it hasn't changed at all. I also wore these shorts the last time we were here, however I've gone 'creative' and decided to distress and rip these shorts. After all, everything looks better worn to pieces. 

I literally sewed this choker minutes before I left the door to school this morning and its not coming off me for a while. I love how the clear crystal looks and I'll definitely be making more similar to this.

Alright, I have some tv shows homework to attend to! 

xoxo
natalie

Saturday, 15 March 2014

AMERICAN APPAREL X RUGBY SEVENS EVENT


Last Thursday, Nick and I hopped along to the launch of American Apparel's new and specially curated 'Rugby Sevens' collection. For those of you outside the +852 and have never heard the words 'Rugby Sevens' allow me to spare a few sentences explaining. If you have heard of it, skip down because you've heard it all before. The Rugby Sevens are a huge rugby event that happens yearly in Hong Kong, in which teams from all across the world battle off for an eventual plate, bowl and cup winner. And yes you guessed it, there a seven players aside. It lasts for 3 days (Friday to Sunday), making it the perfect weekend to get away from the hustle bustle of city life. And it also doubles as a fun dress up event since everyone just wants to have a crazy fun time. Thus, American Apparel created their own 'Rugby Sevens' collection to get you dressed and ready for the rugby spirit. 





No great event is complete without food and American Apparel definitely had that covered. We were served burgers courtesy of Caliburger and juices courtesy of Punch Detox. The burgers were a great afternoon snack and I may have taken more than a few. But hey, they were good! We were also served juices from Punch Detox which I found surprisingly addictive. Never thought I'd say this, but bring on the juice!








We were greeted by the lovely AA girls who then began to prance about offering us endless amounts of burgers and fries. You'd be a fool to say no to that. All of the items the AA girls are wearing are from the 'American Apparel x Rugby Sevens' collection. 





There was a bevy of nylon leggings and bandeaus all coming in a variety of colours such as silver, metallic blue and magenta. If leggings and bandeaus aren't really your thing, AA's got you covered on jogging shorts, halter neck dresses and even fun little animal headbands. American Apparel also had sweatbands in multiple colours, ultimately blending fashion and sport.



Top- Thrifted, Riding Pants- American Apparel, Shoes- Monki

Personally the best part of the event was hanging/catching up with all the people there. Nick and I went together, unintentionally but intentionally matching in blue. I also got to catch up with the lovely Zoe, which was nice, seeing as we don't see each other often. Zoe's the instagrammer behind @aahongkong so be sure to follow their instagram for more AA shenanigans! All in all, it was a wonderful afternoon event that celebrated the lighter side of fashion. 

PS: I've got my sevens tickets, have you got yours?

xoxo
natalie 

Sunday, 2 March 2014

FEBRUARY JAMS


 


I thought a little hand written note was overdue because, lets face it, typing is overrated. I'm so sorry for the lack of outfits in February. It was a lovely but short month in which I was so busy doing nothing that I allowed myself to 'slack' on the blog. Hopefully, I'll be able to show you more outfits in the near future. In the meanwhile, enjoy some jams that I've been inputting into my ears. The list could go on forever so here's a short, very filtered look into my iTunes library.

xoxo
natalie

Friday, 21 February 2014

ÁSGEIR + KING KRULE + DAUGHTER



Yesterday, I was lucky enough to attend Your mum's organized concert; consisting of Ásgeir, Daughter and King Krule. Needless to say, the whole day was spent in anticipation of the concert. So here's how the night went down. Apologies for some shoddy shots, there's only so much composition one can comprehend when King Krule is crooning right in front of you.


Photos by Conrad and I.



I went with my best bud, fellow Henry Holland fan and film fanatic Conrad ,who is unfortunately many many inches taller than me. He shot one of my outfits a few months back, take a look at it here. It was nice to have someone who shared the same crazy desire I have for King Krule. We arrived forty minutes earlier thinking that we would be at the end of the line, but instead we were at the front. This gave us the perfect opportunity to run crazily to the front of the stage (the fastest I've run in the entire year) and we were very blessed to be directly in front of the stage. 



Ásgeir


Ásgeir was first up. The Icelandic singer welcomed the stage with his psychedelic beats and trance induced voice. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Ásgeir and knew that I would immediately download obtain his albums once I got home. Ásgeir sang both in Icelandic and English which brought a vast variety to his short performance. He had a very quiet but calm demeanor which made this performance truly unique. He reminded me of fellow Icelandic Ólafur Arnalds in their 'experience' led performances. There's just something in that Icelandic voice. 

Highlights Include: King and Cross, Torrent.











King Krule


If you couldn't tell by the ridiculous amount of photos and my instagram, I was there mainly for King Krule. I had discovered King Krule over a year ago by fellow blogger babe dominique and had become OBSESSED. I capitalized obsessed because my love for this British babe was really that big. Six feet beneath the moon was possibly one of the greatest albums of 2013, so straight after Ásgeir's set, I went into hyperventilation mode knowing what was coming. Mid way between Ceiling, I started crying. It was just that emotional seeing someone I've admired for the longest time live. King Krule performed with such ferocity and intensity that made him truly a great performer live, something that many artists today lack. Despite my biased views, King Krule was definitely the best performance of the night, well definitely for me. I knew that this performance, like Franz Ferdinand's at clockenflap, will linger in my mind for many moons to come. I was very happy to have crossed this off my bucket list and will happily see him again and again.

Highlights include: Ceiling, A Lizard State, Baby Blue, The Krockadile, Easy Easy







Daughter


Without a doubt, Daughter was the biggest band of the night. Everyone there was there for daughter and we've even saw fans holding up the vinyl of If You Leave. Thus, they were the last performance of the night. Elena Tonra was quite possibly the most loveliest singer ever. She had a Zooey Deschanel esque smile and quietly drank a flask of tea in between songs. I embarrassingly showered her with compliments but hey, she was in front of me! She sang with such a quiet but powerful presence that made it impossible to peel your eyes off her. However, I HAVE to give a standing ovation to Igor Haefeli, he was incredible. He was strumming a guitar with a violin bow. Unfortunately, I have only have a really dodgy picture of him, so I didn't include it in this post. However, I filmed his epic strumming on my shoddy point and shoot camera. Overall, this performance definitely reminded everyone why daughter was the breakout band of 2013. Looking forward to hearing more from these folks, they're going to be huge.

PS: Yes, I did cry at Youth. Lets pretend I did not just openly admit to doing that.

Highlights include: Landfills, Youth, Amsterdam, Smother




I was so glad to have gone to this concert. Every concert I've been to have been special in their own way and this was no exception. It is a concert that I shall keep very very close to my heart and I am so happy to have gone with my best friend. 


xoxo

natalie