Monday, May 30, 2011

French Crown Jewels & Royal Tiara Cards

The surviving French Crown Jewels, principally a set of historic crowns now set with decorated glass, are on display in the Galerie d'Apollon of the Louvre, France's premier museum and former royal palace, together with the Regent Diamond, the Sancy Diamond and the 105-carat (21 g) Côte-de-Bretagne red spinel, carved into the form of a dragon. In addition, some gemstones and jewels (including the Emerald of Saint Louis, the 'Ruspoli' sapphire and the diamond pins of Queen Marie Antoinette) are on display in the Treasury vault of the Mineralogy gallery in the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle.
Do you love royal jewelry? The recent wedding in Britain put the world in a royal state of mind.
Honeygo Beasley Cards by Cynthia Maniglia
Honeygo Beasley Cards by Cynthia Maniglia

Honeygo Beasley Cards by Cynthia Maniglia
I've been making cards! Here are the royal tiara cards, based on actual Royal Wedding Tiaras from around the world.

Hope you had a royal kind of weekend!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I heart fashion blogs #2

Sources: Milan street style by The Sartorialist, "All you Can Get" by Ryan Yoon for Virgine, Bip Ling at Cannes, Australia Fashion Week FW by Jak & Jil, Abbey Lee Kershaw by Jak & Jil, Fall Miu Miu shoe porn via Fashionista.


Monday, May 16, 2011

Stuff I bought: Bows, dusty pink, and bloomers

In the blogging grand tradition of too-much-information, I've decided to post my recent sartorial purchases online for all ye to share in my clothes gluttony. Due to my current quest for bargains, I briefly braved the cacophony of Hong Kong's street shops to fill in what I deemed were perfectly acceptable gaps in my wardrobe [see pink bloomers below. Totes in style right now, despite the fact that yes they do make you look a bit bigger. But for some reason, I had to have them]. Note dusty pink blazer, a piece I've been lusting over for a while in various shops. As I am directing most of my immediate savings to The Ibiza Fund [girlie trip to Ibiza in September: woop slash omg expensive] I steered clear of any brands in my retail therapy. A lot of shops here don't let you try on clothes before purchase and rarely allow refunds [one gives up this right when a shirt sets you back a mere 79HKD]. And so, a lot of fashion guesswork ensues. I literally had to restrain myself from buying things I already had/ really didn't need [need is a very relative term in fashion]. Mustard yellow Herve leger -esque bandage style miniskirt for 65HKD? Put back on the rack. What I needed was smart casual clothes I could go to work in that were humidity proof. I'm talmbout HK weather. Straighteners are basically useless in our sauna of a summer. But I digress.

Behold! The chode of a shirt: wider than it is long. I loved the batwing style of the sleeves and slightly hick string tie at the bottom. [Note: my work dress code is pretty slack, perhaps the chode-farmy shirt would not be appropriate for other jobs. Take heed.]

Behold! Dress that looks hideous on hanger but stunning on person. Seriously. Plus it's totes sparkly.

Chode shirt #2. Best with high waisted skirts/ trousers lest midriffs are not welcome at work.

And the aforementioned pink bloomers. 89HKD. I love Hong Kong.


Friday, May 6, 2011

Girl Crush: Credit Card TV ad: yes, her name is bambi

New word of the day: tchotchkes. It generally means random knickknacks or items that mainly serve a decorative purpose and connote a sense of disposability. Sometimes used to describe pretty youthful girls [I didn't make this up, and yes I'm slightly offended at the disposable idea applying to women]. Commonly used in New York vernacular. Use it in a sentence once today. Ennehweighs...onto more frivolous things...

Model du jour: Bambi Northwood Blyth ["GUUUURL" I hear you cry. Child, Bambi is just a nickname. Her real name is....who cares? With a nickname like that? Let the outstanding journalism continue...] from Australia. Despite being 5'7" [insert inevitable comparison to Kate Moss], she has quickly risen up the ranks and walked for a slew of designers including Chanel. With brows that Sandy Cohen would be proud of. Me being the devoted fashion/ editorial acolyte that I am, I first spotted her in this photo spread by Beau Grealy. It was girl crush at first sight. I still harbour fanciful dreams of becoming a fashion photographer and these are the kinds of photos that inspire me.

Her in current CK one campaign with modeling heavyweights [figuratively not literally speaking] Lara Stone and Abbey K.

You'll have to forgive my weird mood. I literally have been up for 30 + hours straight. This started with impromptu ladies night on Thursday as a friend from uni was in town. 5 hrs, 4 sangrias, 2 jello shots and whatever else led to much tequila texting and painful hangover the next day compounded by general feeling of malaise. In all my infinite wisdom I had also agreed to be part of an overnight shoot last night, which turned out to be a credit card TV ad that was shot in Elements mall. Now, anyone who's ever watched Where The Heart Is, starring a [fictitiously] knocked up Natalie Portman who gets abandoned by her hick of a boyfriend at a Walmart in Oklahoma and ends up secretly living in the shopping centre for 6 weeks, has surreptitiously, fleetingly, harboured a desire to sneak into a mall and stay past closing hours. Don't lie. I know you have. Or at least you will when you watch the film (see trailer bottom of page). Stay with me! There is a point to this convoluted story. See glamorous setting below:And so the only thing mentally propping me up last night amidst a hangover, sleep deprivation, annoyingly chatty fellow "stars" [nah they were nice, just a bit too peppy for me in my fragile state] was the fulfillment of a dream I've had since I was 14. Staying overnight in a mall. You know what they say, dream big!! And malls in Hong Kong have stuff like cinemas, ice rinks, water fountains, and CRYSTAL-BEDAZZLED MERCEDES BENZS [benzes?!]. Yeah Walmart, suck it.

Male models being paid to repeatedly to run past me holding boxes of wine. I've had worse days at work

Very 28 days later

Spent a hefty amount of time being sprayed with confetti in this scene.

Got bored, took photos of flowers I liked in Three Sixty. [NIC: HINT]

Oh and remember Rizo from Grease? Played by Stockard Channing who also stars in this film. Kind of funny considering Natalie Portman is pregnant for real now, 11 years after this film came out.

I need a bucket of froyo and a hug. Hangovers, overnighters [this was a "working" one]: self inflicted, ever deserving of sympathy?

Am so going to watch Where the Heart is now.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

McQueen moment

A jacket from McQueen's graduate collection, Jack the Ripper Stalks his Victims, 1992. Red silk lined black silk satin jacket with encapsulated human hair. On show from Isabella Blow's collection courtesy of famed fashionista Daphne Guinness.

picture Betty Sze for