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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

One of my favorite boutiques: I.T - Hong Kong

One of the I.T boutiques in Hong Kong located in the Central District

Isn't the interior amazing? I walked in and gasped, it's got the whole look I want for my loft. Minimal, hardwood, cement, furs (and fur covered stools that I never knew I had to have in my life until now).. Plus the incredible shoe collection, if only that could just apparate into my room. I.T carries some of my faves like Acne, Tsumori Chisato, Ann Demeulemeester, Opening Ceremony, Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens... so it's a mix between raging like a little kid in a candy store and gawking at paintings in a museum when I'm there. Been picking up great pieces and shoes, will post some looks soon!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Eating through Los Angeles (Part 1)

Bottega Louie | moscato, chicken parmesan, margherita pizza (not pictured), macarons

One of my gfs took me when I was in town, and I instantly loved the ambiance for our catch up date. The interior of the restaurant is expansive and made of white marble, so pretty like a palace. I made sure to load up on macarons (one of my favorite treats) at their bakery before leaving.

Larchmont Bungalow | red velvet pancakes, Nutella and plantains French toast, applewood smoked bacon spinach eggs benedict on brioche

Red velvet is my favorite cupcake and sounded amazing in pancake form but in actuality is not such a good breakfast idea. The first bite was heavenly, and then some time in the next few bites I started to wonder if maple syrup was really necessary? As if the cream cheese frosting between each pancake and whipped cream are not sweet enough? I had a few bites of the French toast, which was amazing in the beginning as well. Only ordered the eggs benedict to even out our tastebuds after all the sugar.

Nobu | yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, pinot grigio, negi bluefin toro sushi, black cod with miso, uni shooter (not pictured)

All the fish was so good and melted my mouth, especially the cod, was so soft like butter. Enjoyed the simple yet savory preparations. Even liked the shooter, and I thought I didn't like sea urchin.

More to come! Literally all I did in LA was shop, eat, and beach. As the eating continued, the beaching decreased (losing bikini body sob). I wish I was joking but I actually did gain like 15lbs on this 3-week trip, I'm appalled/impressed. Crossing fingers that my 12-year-old prepubescent boy metabolism won't fail me just yet.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Driving slow on Sunday morning

Forever 21 crochet top
Good Society jeans

These were taken at Greenlake in Seattle on a beautiful summer's day that was slowly slipping into the evening. Everything smelled so alive and the breeze warmed by the sun feels better than silk on your skin. Here in Hong Kong, in a city of 7 million people on only like 430 square miles, my alone time escape has been night swims. And even then only when I'm underwater is everything quiet and at peace. (Yesterday the lifeguard tried to hit on me. He turned out to be 19... I am too old for this/you...) The city is nonstop and so alive in such a different way, but it's a good change of pace, I think we always need that in life every once in a while.

Into crochet lately, more proof in this post. These Good Society jeans were actually made by good (no pun intended) friends of mine. Fairly traded, organic, sustainable, socially conscious, and a great fit. After you break them in, of course. Wearing raw denim initially is pretty miserable, but worth it to be able to personally distress your own jeans.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Bottle it up

Home decor, exterior and interior, is another love of mine. I love using mason jars, wine bottles, or other types of glass jugs as vases or lighting. They look clean and relaxed, yet artistic and unpretentious, and add a rustic comfortable feel to the room.

1. A photo I took at the Maison Martin Margiela boutique in Central in Hong Kong. Simple, minimal decor with personality.
2. Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere made this floating vase for her kitchen and I'm totally smitten with the idea. Gives a pop of life and color, and is also space efficient if you have little counter area.
3. Hanging mason jar lanterns. These make a summer dinner on the patio so much more magical, like having the company of hundreds of little lightning bugs over for supper.
4. Lindsay of Purr Design made these suspended wine bottle vases that I absolutely adore. It instantly creates a cute country kitchen/dining room in the city.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

When the new sights grow old and I start to feel cold I'll sail home again

Forever 21 top
Anthropologie skirt
H&M tassel wrap sandals

Have never been into the sailor look but figured I owe it to summer and living by the sea to have at least one ahoy matey kind of day.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Eating through San Francisco (Part 1)

I'm surprised at how long it took for me to get a food post up considering the intense level of affection I have toward quality, tasty, beautiful cuisine. Here are some eats from my trip to San Francisco mid-May.

1. Cute library cafe on Haight, horrible chai tea lattes though
2. The crawfish beignet on the far right from Brenda's was delicious, even with a stamp of approval from my flexitarian friend
3. Strawberry cobbler pancakes from Brenda's. Worth the 2 hour wait/starvation, obsessively compulsively checking if the list was getting any shorter, and secretly (sometimes audibly) cheering when parties in line ahead of us got impatient and left. Very good things come to those who wait
4. Geisha Drink at a cafe in Japantown. Green tea ice cream, red bean, and chunks of mochi can never go wrong
5. Pretty plating of panna cotta at Luisa's