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Doggy closet cleaning

I have no idea pretzel has so many clothes hidden on his shelf, this is a classic example of impulse purchasing!

watching mommy dig through my pile of shirts

haha, i forgot pretzel has a life jacket for swimming

tada! Folded pretzel's piles of clothes neatly for shipping

pretzel has 2 man purses! He's posing with the bigger one, the other one is bright red, keke

Do you like the blue smurf?

I do!  I remember watching the smurf cartoon show on weekends as a little child and I love how adorable and pretty their little village is.

I couldn’t help snapping some pictures when Bossini (clothing chain) did a crossover with Smurf on their shirts, I had fun with their window display.

this is so cute! It brings back so many memories

this gotta be so much "cooler" than the google tshirts people like wearing in computer offices....

if i am not moving in 2 months, I would so get one of those smurf toys! If it's smaller, I would have gotten one for pretzel boy

The “all things furry” trend

It looks like the “furry” trend has hit Hong Kong full force in close footsteps set by the Japanese:

Ahhhh….I am not a fan of this trend and the “all things furry” trend is everywhere as I walk around the city.  I am not talking about tastefully done fur collars, the crazy fluffy furry trend has people walking down the streets looking like they have patches of fur stuck to their bodies!  Girls are accessorizing to the max with this trend, having massive amount of fluffy hair on clothes, jackets, handbags, shoes, it is getting to be a major overkill.  I am especially not a fan of the furries on boots, some are ridiculously outrageous and many of the girls forgot they are not really all that tall, so they end up looking stumpy, especially when they decide to match those crazy furry boots/furry knee socks with a furry bag, oh my eyes!

don't have the heart to embarrass her, but where does her hair ends and her jacket begins?! As if all those dreadlock furs on her jacket is not enough, she needs to add more fur to her boots

women have spikes, and so do their clothes

I think there might be a saying that say women are cold-hearted and come with spikes, it looks like a certain fashion designer feel inspired by this saying and created various statement-making pieces of garments for women, and they are definitely spiky! 

This little display, aptly termed the  “Monster Exhibition” is featured at the World Trade Center Causeway Bay.

don't want to be too close to this jacket!

 

this is a dangerous piece of garment too, too many hands everywhere

shoe repair alley shop

What I love about Hong Kong is that while I am living and working in the city center full of high rises and sky scrapers, it is not hard to find an alley shop in some small dingy corner or side streets that can help you duplicate a set of missing keys, fill your stomach with a quick street snack, or quickly purchase a newspaper/magazine before hopping onto the approaching bus. 

As I was walking along today, I noticed my left ankle boot was making a very loud click clak noise , and I realized the steel metal of the stiletto has seeped through and is in need of a new layer of rubber to cover the metal heel to make walking noiseless. In my situation, I am very happy to know there is a trusty shoe repair alley shop I passed by everyday to catch the minibus home from the office.

 As I sat on a little stool waiting for my boot to be fixed, I realized how the husband and wife has decorated this little side street with a mat for customers to put their feet on while waiting for their shoes to be fixed.  A set of hangers was created and hung to the wall of the shop next door and is used to sell shoe polish, soles, and other goods that make walking easier for the ladies.  A small metal suitcase of tools and a metal shoe stand is all this couple needed to ply off their profession everyday.  I think this is a very smart couple because while they have set up shop in a small alleyway less than 50 square feet, this alleyway is surrounded by office towers, so imagine how many pair of tired feet or broken heels this little shop rescue everyday!

What happens when you buy fakes?

I would laugh at you as you walk down the street because your LV reads LW or your Gucci reads Guci. As for those people who buy grade A fakes, which means the quality really imitates the real thing, well, that’s even more pathetic because if you can’t afford it, don’t buy it!

 Anyway, every once in awhile, I would hear girls at reception halls gossiping saying how they wanted the purse or bag from xxx and they’re saving money by missing out on lunch for the past two months…so yes, you are not buying a fake, but you still clearly cannot afford it, so don’t buy it!

 Seriously, a person appears classy because of the air of confidence, posture, intellect that is exuded from within, not the bag you are carrying. I often see a lot of Mainland tourists (from China) that come to Hong Kong to shop and they would be carrying giant LV/Gucci bags with the logo embossed all over the bag. Many of them feel that because they could afford to buy these bags, they are classy and smart. Well guess what? Holding the bag and crouching in the middle of the street, speaking loudly, and dunking your face in curry fish balls while putting your leg up on the rail scream brash and uneducated.

 Hong Kong is definitely a very materialist city and I often hear on the streets or even on TV how the dreams of many girls is to marry a rich guy and become a taitai (someone who just high tea, do facials, and go shopping everyday), I cannot help rolling my eyes and being thankful that after 3 years of living in this city, I still have a certain sense of ignorance to this type of mentality.

 To me personally, I buy brand name bags, watches, shoes, etc, is because I like the design and the quality of high end goods; you would never see me carrying a LV bag where the design is just the brand name plastered all over the bag. That just lacks design and creativity; and most of all, you become a human billboard for the brand! Why can people not understand that? I guess if everyone thinks the same way I do, many of these high end brands that tailor to the vanity of girls and women will be closing their doors.

OK, after my rant from above, I am going to let my diva side shines through here for a few moments and admit that I do use various designer and high-end branded products; however, I purchase them because of their quality and design, not because OMG, I own a Gucci!  To the cool divas out there, I got to share:  if you buy stilettos and high heel boots, Bally is honestly the most comfortable and you would walk around for hours and your feet won’t feel overly burdened.  For purses, go for Salvatore Ferragamo, Loewe, or Cartier, there usually aren’t a lot of fakes of those out there in Asia because the logos are usually hidden or are very small on the product, so people who like to buy knock offs won’t choose them; because to them, they are not “bling”  enough for their taste.  OK, I am going to shut up now.

A Devilish m&m

Halloween is around the corner, aside from a few bar strips and shopping mall decorations, the city is generally not overly charged for this occasion.  As this holiday is a celebration of ghosts, monsters, and all things devilish, the Chinese tend to stay away from that.  In fact, there is a ghost holiday where incense and hell money are burned as peace-offering to ghosts and souls to leave the living alone.

Since I am from Canada and have always enjoyed the trick or treat part of Halloween (when I was younger), I like to get my dog Pretzel into the holiday mood.  Bossini (clothing store) have always liked pairing different animation companies to produce lines of  t-shirts with colorful anime on them.  This season, they have launched a series of m&m t-shirts, and I love the little devilish m&m sticker on its window display.  I decided to dress Pretzel up to compete for who is cuter, the m&m or my doggie?

awww...i think pretzel looks so adorable here, like a cute little puppy...he's 4 1/2 yrs old now

the costume is not complete without the horns...clearly it was a struggle getting them on base on his messed up hair

Where are the Velcro Runners?

I hope someone from the runners industry is reading my blog because I want to know what happened to Velcro runners.  There used to be a time when it was a big hit, remember the PUMA classic?  I absolutely love Velcro runners because the shoestrings won’t come undone, and I don’t’ have to suddenly kneel in the middle of the street tying my runners.  At high point, I owned a pair of blue puma Velcro runners, a pair of white on pink puma Velcro runners, a pair of silver Nike Velcro runners, a pair of white adidas Velcro runners, and a pair of white on blue sketchers Velcro runners—that is how much I love Velcro runners!  Sadly I am down to only a pair of adiddas and sketchers Velcro runners, and believe me when I say they’re old and dirty, yet I can’t throw them away because it’s practically impossible to find Velcro runners anymore!  Trust me, they’re not only for little kids, I would buy the Velcro runners!  I am sure there are many thousands of us out there who are lazy and would buy Velcro runners!!!

my last 2 pairs of velcro runners--classifed as classic antique

Transformation Designs Discovered!

During my weekend getaway to Singapore, I have discovered two great shops with really cool, creative and unique designs that got me excited about fashion! 

One of my good friend has been doing some photo shoots for designers in magazines, and she introduced me to a wonderful designer who owns a shop on Orchard Road, the shopping district of Singapore. I absolutely love his designs and his concept of “transformation designs”, and his work absolutely amazes me. Prior to meeting him, I have always been a fan of 2-way clothing, you know, shirts and jackets you could flip in and out and act as 2 pieces of clothing; but what this designer could do with his pieces totally blows my mind away because of his creativity and the number of different ways a piece of clothing could have! 

When I was browsing through his pieces, I feel in love with a jacket type piece, since HK is entering fall and the weather is slightly cooler. When he puts the piece on me, he just flips it back and forth, up and down, and it’s so impressive how many ways a shirt could be worn! For the finale magic, he took the top completely off me (I have a tank top on) and changes it into a skirt! What is more, the skirt could be worn front and back! Thus, at the end of the day, I bought 1 piece of clothing, and left the shop with at least 5 different looks! The best part is, I tried it on at home again, and there are definitely 3 looks I am totally going to wear. Because of the endless possibilities with one piece of clothing, each piece actually do come with instructions, so you won’t forget how to do the transformation yourself.

2 different ways of wear are shown here without playing with the zipper

The design could also be worn as a skirt, front as a zipper design, back as a plain casual design

After giving praises to small individual designers, I have discovered an outlet that sells very interesting, unique, and in-your-face clothing and accessories that you either love or hate. This international brand mainly operates in Europe and Singapore is its 1st branch in Asia. Its bright colours, bold designs, and individual characteristics truly make the brand stands out and make a statement on being unique, different, and creative. The pieces of clothing at the shop is a bit too loud for me, but I fell in love with the bags collection because of the crazy use of colours, shapes, and patterns. As I generally like wearing pieces of clothing that are not wild in color and patterns, the crazy use of colours and designs on the bag really goes well with my outfits.

The dramatic use of color, designs, and patterns is definitely making a loud and bold statement; I love how the front and back of the bag contians different designs that compliments each other, it's like buying 2 bags!

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