Monthly Archives: April 2011

Fashionary.

My friend Kim is possibly the most fashionable person I’ve ever met, much less been lucky enough to call a friend. She always looks like a million bucks… and the other day she let me in on her secret: her fashionary.

You know those days (and for me they are truly once-in-a-blue-moon) where you feel like everything you are wearing is just working together perfectly? I know it’s trite to say it, but your day feels perfectly collected because you are perfectly collected. Well, every day Kim has a day like that she records exactly what she was wearing in her fashionary, including details like how she styled her hair or what specific black-t she was wearing. She records the date and the occasion she wore the perfect look to and then draws a little sketch of the whole ensemble.

Then whenever she is packing for a big work trip or just having one of those days where you just have nothing to wear, she can flip through her fashionary and find just the perfect outfit that she can put together in two snaps. Pure genius!

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Easter-colored Smythson travel accessories.

A very good friend gave me a Smythson passport cover engraved with my initials as a moving to Hong Kong gift. It makes me happy every time I pull my passport out of it. Mine is royal blue, but can’t you see Kate carrying this one?! What is so smart about its design is that the left flap where you slip your boarding pass is not sewn at the top so your ticket peaks out, whereas your passport slips perfectly into the closed flap on the right.

We’re on the road for the Easter holiday… Bangkok with my friend Tam and then Angkor Wat with our friends Lauren and Michael. My wallet is literally overflowing with HK dollars, Baht, Riels, and US dollars. One of these travel wallets would be really handy.

Can you see how there is a pocket for tickets, documents, your passport, as well as a little folder that slides out for your passport and boarding pass when going through the airport circus? Pure genius.

This one is a wallet with a filing cabinet within=brilliant. How many receipts do I ALWAYS have stuffed, jammed, crammed into my wallet?

The good news of Easter is that Christ came to save all of us–even us super messy types who just can’t ever seem to get organized, even with the cutest accessories! Wishing you all a blessed Easter and safe travels to be with loved ones.


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Very thankful for a successful bake sale for Japan!


Cheers to the people of Hong Kong for rallying together for a worthy cause! I couldn’t be more thankful for such a wonderful bake sale for our neighbors in Japan.

They say it’s the people that make the event and this couldn’t be more true! All my girlfriends, our baking sponsors (Sift, Phoebe’s Treats, and the soon-to-open Ms. B’s), and my co-host Diane (with her daughter above, left) poured their hearts into their creations and making all this happen.

I was shocked that we actually sold out of all the baked goods! (The Mr. told me later he thought there was no way we would sell all the things I had baked, much less all the yummy items sponsors and my 13 girlfriends had contributed.) All in all we estimate that over 200 people stopped by. I’m sure that is because of all the generous press we received.

In the photo in the upper left corner above, you can see the cupcakes Sift donated. In the bottom right corner, you can see the biscuits from Phoebe’s Treats. They were both snatched up in seconds. I loved the bouquets Diane put together. She really elevated the carnation for me! In addition to the cupcakes and flowers, we also sold t-shirts and bags donated by Emily Eldridge.

We set up a wishing tree for the people of Japan… people could make origami cranes or simply write a wish on a paper heart and hang it on the branches. Shelter, safety, and clean water were among some of our uplifted prayers. In the upper right corner below, you can see the adorable little mugs Loveramics across the street donated. The gallery next door also donated their space for the dancing so it really was a neighborhood affair.

Kayoko and Rika danced a very traditional dance for us modeled after the magnolia–it was so unlike anything I had ever seen. Each move is incredibly precise and every gesture has deep meaning. Both ladies are from Japan and having them there really drove home the reason for the event.

We wanted the event to be very family friendly. My friend Kirsten from Hocusadabra donated crayons and we also had wood block printing to keep the little ones entertained. We made the woodblocks out of styrofoam containers–you can just carve them with the back of a pen, slather them with paint, and voila!

My girlfriends were so sweet to work their tales off all day long! The crowds kept us hopping.

From my perspective, the hardest part was getting everything I baked down to the sale… these pictures crack me up.

The Mr. was sweet enough to count up all the money at the end of the day…

The grand total…. drum roll please… was:

$38,297.50 HK or almost $5k US! HSBC was nice enough to waive the currency conversion fee because it was for a charity and we wired 405,000 Yen over to JVC’s Earthquake Fund!
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Trust-Mart.

The Mr. recently went to China to check out Wal-Mart there–they have 284 stores there. They opened their first store there in 1996 and now employ over 50,000 people. Here were some crazy melons for sale.

The Chinese are very wary of food from China–they’re very distrustful of their own government after things like the Melamine milk scare. Wal-Mart is positioning itself as not neccessarily the cheapest place to buy things, but the safest, calling itself “Trust-Mart.”

This one Wal-Mart sells on average seven alligators a week—how crazy is that??!! They go for 150 rmb per half kilo. Do you think they make bags out of the skin after they eat them? The Chinese are very resourceful…

They’ve also built so much team spirit! The Chinese really love working here. You just have to watch this video the Mr. shot of the The Wal-Mart Cheer. Every store has its own cheer and they start each day with it.

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Gone baking.

I have been baking up a storm and am so excited for tomorrow. We’re so grateful to ALL of our wonderful sponsors who have signed up to help us out and to all of our volunteer bakers. If you’re in Hong Kong, PLEASE stop by tomorrow.

We are very thankful to all of the local media who have shown their support! Sassy Mama, Dim Sum and Then Some, Yummy Mummy, Hong Kong Madame and the South China Morning Post. We hope it gets this cause the turn-out it deserves!

The South China Morning Post made us send in a picture of us together so we took these!
Staging a photo shoot of yourself is HORRIBLE. I feel beyond lucky to have met such an AMAZING partner in Diane. She has been fabulous and completely dependable.
Cupcakes are much prettier! Here are some of the many I’ve been working on…
Pics of the event to come next week. Wish us luck tomorrow!

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