Vietnam. First Stop: Hanoi

February 25, 2016

Last month, I traveled to Vietnam for the first time. Our first stop was Hanoi, which left me with an unforgettable experience of culture, energy and food. The cuisine left such an impression, that I feel it deserves its own dedicated post. Stay tuned for more on where to eat in Hanoi and other areas to visit in Vietnam. For now, here is my visual story from Hanoi and some words below.

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This Afternoon's Accessories

February 23, 2016

I love photographing accessories; with this love in mind, I would like to start a series on this blog, where I feature an accessories story each week. Perhaps it will enable me to view my accessories in a different way or act as a still life study; however, my primary hope is that it will allow me a moment of creative retreat (from my creative job :)) each week and inspire me to try new techniques and ideas.

For this first segment, I have decided to feature my Marni clutch/bag (which you may have seen before on here) because I simply love it's sleekness, simplicity and practicality (removable straps). I have also been enjoying these new sunglasses from J.Crew's new sunglasses line. I have the "Sam" shape and it fits as a nice oversized look. The construction also seems substantial enough, which makes me feel safe wearing them frequently (I tend to drop my sunnies, sit on them and lose them in the ocean). 

Clutch: Marni // Sunglasses: J.Crew 

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On Finding the Perfect Dress

February 15, 2016

Finding the perfect dress is similar to finding your ideal mate: it happens when you least expect it. When it's the one, you know and it's usually completely different than one in which you pictured yourself. It also has to be one in which you are most comfortable and can feel your best self. 

On a particularly rainy day in Hong Kong, I hopped from store to store to keep dry and haphazardly found myself in Vivienne Tam. Humoring my desire to purchase a nice dress (a category in which my closet is currently lacking) I grabbed a couple to try on. 

The salesperson showed me this dress: the Pagoda Jacquard Metallic Techno Mesh Dress with 3D Bonsai Embroideries (quite a mouthful). The dress was essentially a shorter version of this gown from Tam's FW2015 collection. I was fascinated by the details and how well the patterns and textures fused together effortlessly and elegantly; however, I scrunched my nose and told him that I wasn't quite sure it would fit with my usual monochrome style. As any good matchmaker would do, he urged me to give it a chance. I tried it on and immediately fell for it. It fit like a glove, needed not one alteration and was even comfortable. 

A woman is her most stunning when wearing a garment she loves and in which she feels most at ease; and as Coco Chanel says, beauty will then come when that comfort and love succeed.

Dress: Vivienne Tam (I can't find this for sale online, but this colorful option caught my eye, as did this pattern, and if you like jacquard, here is a cute option on sale) // Clutch: Vivienne Tam

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Where to Have Coffee in Hong Kong

February 11, 2016

In a city known for its stellar milk tea, it can be a bit challenging to properly satisfy a coffee craving (especially before 10am).  A number of cafés have surfaced since my last visit to Hong Kong, but I was only able to try a handful during my most recent trip. Of those I tried, here are my recommendations: 

1. Café Deadend (highly recommended!): 72 Po Hing Fong St

2. The Cupping Room (open at 8am, 3 locations): LG 287-299 Queen's Road Central (Sheung Wan), 18 Cochrane St (Central) or 32 Swatow St (Wan Chai)

3. Elephant Grounds: 42-48 Paterson St, Fashion Walk (Causeway Bay)

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Where to Stay in Hong Kong: The Upper House

February 5, 2016

The Upper House is perched above Pacific Place in Hong Kong Island's Admiralty neighborhood and was designed by Andre Fu

The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong