Category Archives: Fashion

Great $15 Tees: Everlane.

One can not underestimate the value of a tailored, cotton tee that you can dress up or down, but I don’t like paying a fortune for it, even if it is a wardrobe workhorse. Good-bye Splendid $80 tees. Hello $15 Everlane tees.

I recently bought one Everlane shirt, just to try it out… and loved it so much I just ordered a few more.

Also, they have great shirts for men, too. We’re replacing the Mr.’s tired under-work-shirts with their Men’s Crew White.

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Carrying your camera in style.

I really love our DSLR camera, but I really hate carrying it around.

Our black nylon case just really doesn’t do it for me, so I end up throwing it into whatever bag I’m carrying, which really isn’t great for the camera.

The Claremont camera bag from Lo & Sons seems pretty nifty. It has room for your camera and a lens or flash, which would be perfect.

I also recently discovered a cool Hong Kong-based etsy shop !mo, which sells pretty straps to add a little personal style to your camera.

I think a nice leather strap would also be quite cool.

This one is from Motto and is personalized… a great gift.

This washi tape design is actually a cover for your existing strap, but I think it’s super smart that it has a pocket for your lens cover–very handy! From Loop De Loop.

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Congratulations Mo & Jay! And a dress fitting.

What is needed at any wedding dress fitting? *Fabulous* wedding shoes, champers, and your best, proximate girlfriends!

On Friday I posted some pictures of dresses I had made here in Hong Kong at Matador Couture. I got the tip because my friend Mo, who just tied the knot yesterday, had her wedding and bridesmaid dresses custom made there.

I was lucky enough to get to go along for the fitting awhile back, even though I couldn’t make the wedding yesterday in Chicago, which is very sad, but at least the little one on the way is the best possible reason to be grounded.

You really need girlfriends along to advise about things like ‘how big your poof should be,’ right?

It was the most unbelievable fitting because it was her first and ONLY fitting; the completely custom dress fit like a glove on day one, can you believe it? Not only did Mo get a perfect dress, but I’m sure she also saved a pretty penny.

I’ve waited to post these pictures just in case her now-Mr. hopped on and –eek!!– saw the dress!

Isn’t she just lovely and perfectly Audrey-esque?

Here we are discussing where the bustle should pin to… And here is an iPhone picture the girls at the wedding nicely sent over to keep me in the loop! Looks like they’re having fun, right!? A million congrats Mr. and Mrs. Perlmutter!

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D.I.Y. wedding dresses: Pregnant, Bride, and Bridesmaids edition.

The reason for our trip back to the US was that two of the Mr.’s sisters were getting married, three weeks apart.

So as you can imagine it was a bit of a scramble from an attire perspective given that I was 7-8 months preggers! After a very depressing search for formal pregnancy dresses online, I gave up and decided to have two dresses made here in Hong Kong.

I had the dresses made at Matador Couture. Note, they’ve recently moved to: 8/F CS Tower, 50 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. They did a brilliant job, both in terms of sewing quality and in terms of predicting how I would grow in the next few months. Being able to get clothes made is one of the best perks of living in Asia. I always recommend giving them a lot of guidance so I either bring in actual clothes or pictures to copy. And I pay a lot of attention to fabric swatches.

This wedding was mid-June so I was further along in my pregnancy so we planned extra room to allow for that and pretty much copied the dress below, in the brides requested color of blush pink. Her other color was moss green, which I incorporated in the fascinator. We also thought it would be hotter so we used more breathable fabric.

My two rules for preggo dressing — which actually can apply anytime, but especially when pregnant — is to make sure you have one great accent piece (which distracts from your belly–scarves are a favorite!) and to wear jewelry that makes you happy. So to this dress I added a fascinator from Kokin, which I picked up while I was in NYC for work. I walked by the store window and fell in love with the big bow! My jewelry accent piece was pearls, which I really rarely wear so it was fun to get them out.

Now, I’m sure you’re dying to see the bride as much as I’m dying to share her with you: Deirdre looked divine in every way!

Her dress also has a DIY story: she found it in Filene Basement’s running of the brides for mere pennies and had it altered significantly to perfection. I really loved the cross necklace she wore (groom’s gift!!) and hear earrings also went perfectly with the beading.

And here’s a shot of her with her dashing groom–doesn’t he look amazing in bright blue? Their wedding dance was the BEST I’ve ever seen… it involved ridiculously complicated choreography and lots of jumping on top and swinging from chairs.

And there was a very DIY element to the bridesmaid dresses as my mother-in-law, bless her, made them herself!

Now back to the first wedding…

My signature accent was a little capelet and my jewelry was a birthday bracelet from the Mr. that picked up on the blue. These were the photos for inspiration:

I liked the pleating of this dress and since I was three weeks less pregnant for this wedding, I thought it was a little more subtle.

And the capelet from this dress… and I think they actually looked pretty good together! But now for the bride!!!

Suzanne’s dress was a thrift shop find for $100! Aren’t the buttons absolutely Jackie O awesome?

And the lace overlay was just stunning. Now for the bridesmaid dresses, which my MIL also made… and you can see her making a last minute adjustment here. They had such a fun vintage feel! And I loved that they were all different, but coordinated.

I’ll end on a “raised note”: Suzanne married a Captain so they had a sword salute exit from the Church which was so very cool!

And if anyone needs a very preggers wedding dress, I’m happy to lend my two out… just drop me a line!

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Valentino Resort 2013.

I am so taken with Valentino’s Resort 2013 collection.

I think just about every item would be the perfect addition to any HKH’s closet. Isn’t that mint green with lace overlay lovely?

I could really get into the pointed Peter Pan collar.

I’m also just dreaming about having an actual waist again!! Ahh. And for dinner out with the Mr., this little number would be perfect. I love all the light arm coverage.
And for a formal affair… isn’t this stunning?

All images from Style.com.

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