I felt like I was “Home” while visiting mainland China. Naturally of course cause because I was born and raised in Hong Kong. It goes without saying that I blended in, felt alive and got my groove going. Any backdrop is a stunning backdrop, and China’s got it going on! To follow my Instagram Diary of the cities I visited, check out:
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Seasons they are a changing no matter what country you are in. Welcome to Beijing! I’m traveling and winter is here, but that spring feeling is just around the bend. In welcoming the changing seasons, I embrace the old with the new. From the blouse to the jeans, they represent the spring and the future. The tall brown boots represent grounded feet, in the here and now. The contrast of colors works because of the balance of subtle and stark. Oh and non-coincidental – I decided upon a blouse with a Mandarin color. Ohhh spring you silly thing….
When one travels, one cannot help be inspired by whats around you. The sights, the smells, the food, the people – it’s all there. Walking the streets of Beijing, one cannot help be inspired by international style. It was the perfect place to wear this Clover Canyon dress, as I love that they invite women to join them on a journey of the imagination. The print is busy, and fun, and completely ties in to the international theme. To keep the look chic, I paired it with nude shoes and a light camel coat. The cleanliness of the outfit contrasts with the busy hubbub of local Beijing. So, where do you want to go? [See the coat worn another way HERE]
One of the favorite parts of my trip to China was hanging with the locals. Getting a sense and vibe of where they go and what they do. Exploring around the local “Hutongs” (alleyways), gives you a real feel for the cafes, shops, food stalls and fun outdoor activity. Although there is still a lot of propaganda around, the attitude of the locals is that they always look on the bright side of life. There is a better today, a better tomorrow, all leading to a better future. The optimism is with the young, and young at heart!
The skies are usually gray, but the city is full of so much color. A sunny day in Beijing, I love blending in while traveling.Where possible, I like to make friends with the locals, as they know more than any guide-book will tell you. Going under the radar and not standing out like a sore thumb, will get you more respect, less ripped off, and be given props by people who can give them. Embrace your inner traveler….xx
As a believer in creating collections, collecting silk scarves is a big one on my list. They go perfectly with ANYTHING. Wear them as a scarf, necklace, arm-wrist, belt, bag accessories, and that’s just to name a few. I find a lot of enjoyment in hunting for vintage scarfs, as primarily you get a lot of bang for your buck. I even wrap small presents in them, so the person receiving a gift, will get a scarf out of it too. I hope you find multiple ways to use scarfs, and love the thrill of the chase too! xx
When I went to China I knew I was on the hunt for a camel coat. So much so that I had a custom cashmere coat made. Using double sided cashmere, it allows me to wear the coat in a multitude of ways. With the collar up or down, and reversible in two shades of camel brown. I decided to keep it unlined so I would be able to have this option. It is a stunner! Made within 3 days, I could not be more pleased with how it fits – all for USD $160. A steal in my book, and a new little friend! Xx [See the coat worn another way HERE]
When it comes to fashion and style, people do ask why is the color black so popular? Plain and simple – it goes with everything! Psychologically, it’s dark and mysterious, secretive without revealing, decadent without arrogant, and simply just chic. In Beijing to match the gray skies, I went with an ashier shade of black to blend in. Sheer stockings, no belt, and nude shoes. Less is more, especially with the color black.
Growing up in Hong Kong, we would once or twice a year go to the bird market. A place where you could get any exotic bird, but mainly you went for the bird cage, and the sweet bird songs. I would stare at the antique Chinese bird cages, and watch the old locals tend to their birds for the sweet song they would sing in return. In the back streets of Beijing, I came across one persons version. They had mockingbirds, and if you spoke in Mandarin, they would repeat what you said back to you. I’m a huge fan of combining blacks and browns together, and I breathe the life of a bird. I travel, I am not caged, and I dare to spread my wings. Come fly with me? Xx
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