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Birthday Party

Flex studiopink wig

Ms.Twinklefacepainting

Every year (not that we have had that many to celebrate), we scratch our heads for what to do for our daughter’s B-day party.  This year, we decided to rent the studio space from FLEX (they have great programs for adults as well as kids), and invite her Jazz teacher, Ms. Twinkle..and Mona as our facepainter!  So glad the b-day was a success (both the adults and the kids thought the 2 hours went by very quickly). There were many TWO thumbs up feedback on the finger foods catered from Posto Pubblico and the FABULOUS cakes from Ms. B’s Cakery!

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Min from Flex for all of her help in making this happen- Thank you!!! ox

Ms. B’s Bakery’s cake:

Ms.B's Bakerysunshine cakerainbow marshmallow cake

Feeling like a princess…

We went to our favorite hair stylist’s salon@private i salon the other day.  Tsukumi-san is a Japanese hair stylist (speaks Cantonese, too!) and aren’t we happy that we have met her here.  Our daughter was initially resisting to go, thinking she would get scolded (of course..she cut her own hair with a pair of scissors..I know..they are exploring…let them be..but do you know how long it took to let her hair grow evenly!!???).  Anyway…as soon as Tsukumi-san performed her magic, it was all fine. Look at that smile…feeling like a princess!

tsukumi-san

How lucky!?

…to be seeing a legend so close by!? Bob Dylan was just in Hong Kong.  I can’t believe how close we were to him (or he was to us!?).  What was amazing is that he played songs from different times (including my favorite- Forever Young)..and they all “fit” the same concept. I mean, there was a consistent sound to the songs (am I making sense)…kind of like watching a fashion show with the different beautiful pieces but with the same “concept” and “theme”…it was amazing. Sorry if I am not articulating this well, but it was amazing! And…Charlie Sexton was his guitarist..I knew he looked so familiar (with those cheek bones) and amazed at how young he still looks!!!

Bob DylanBob DylanCharlie Sexton

“My Storytime” Volume 3 is now on MilkB magazine

My Storytime Volume 3My Storytime Volume 3

I decided to tell the story on “good evening” from Japan in this 3rd issue.  Here is the English translation. Enjoy. ox

Put a little fantasy and humour into simple.

An imaginary world such as the Neverending Story…or the world created by a British Photographer, Tim Walker… or Yuriy Norshteyn, a Russian animator best known for his animated shorts, Hedgehog in the Fog (who influenced  Osamu Tezuka in Japan known for Astro Boy), is what Kotoe Matsuura  the Japanese designer of “good evening”, is captured and inspired by.  When thinking of a new collection, she visualizes a scene within this imaginary world, and combines the textile that she wants to uses and the a chapter in the story.  And in this fantasy world, there always existed two things: “children” as a core character…and “humour”.

“good evening” is all about putting a little fantasy and humour into simple.  True to its concept, one can see these in her collections such as the back frill blouse that looks very simple from the front, yet on the back has beautiful frills with pearl like buttons from the top to the bottom, or the layered camisole that uses layered fabric with soft pale colours, contrasted with a vivid red strap.  Looking at the 2011 SS’s collection makes one feel like strolling along the beach on a beautiful day.  The 2011 AW uses many frills and gathering, and maintains its romance feeling in a simple style.  One could also not miss the increase in the Adult’s range that has been very much been a focus as well for those who like to have a mother-daughter matching look (100% coolness guaranteed!).

Kotoe is an  ex-Web designer and clothing shop owner who has always had a strong interest in design in all aspects–from fashion, graphics, interior, products to architecture.  She says that her simple desire to “want to design”, and passion, were linked by fate with the right people at the right time. Customers immediately are drawn through the simple design…but one can also see the precision as well as the attention to details and the high quality each items provides from the quality of the fabric to stitching.  Quality is truly important and she continues to make her clothes in Japan, through high quality, yet unnamed sources.

Quickly having been picked up by Isetan in Shinjuku (a high end department store in Tokyo) after its introduction of collection, and featured in magazines such as Sesame in Japan, good evening is popular amongst those parents who are very design conscious.  Yes, those who have a view about their lifestyle (not specific to clothes only), but also who are picky about details and has an independent view of the world.  Currently in Asia, good evening is sold in Hong Kong, Korea and Indonesia.  The plan is to expand more internationally this year, says Kotoe.

Another obvious point is the beautiful photos taken by Tomooh Nozawa that captures clients into the “good evening” world.  For the past 2 collections, models have been sought directly by good evening by posting a “models wanted” entry in their blog.  Even with very short notice, many apply to become the models, and only few qualify to the final stage.  Kotoe explains that given the first screening is based on just a photograph, even if the model seems to have a potential interesting look, when the photo does not show a good expression of an overall balance of face/body, it is difficult to pass the first stage.  Ultimately, the ones with more of a unique and interesting look rather than an orthodox beauty is what they look for.  While photoshoots with children can be difficult (as children may not feel comfortable), Kotoe’s beloved dog, Vinci soothes kids who may be nervous by sleeping and snoring, and making everyone laugh.

On the weekends, Kotoe goes to galleries and exhibitions, or drives to be with nature (probably with Vinci), and enjoys the weekend more quietly.  She loves receiving photos from clients and their children especially when they are playing in the nature wearing good evenings clothes.  Maybe you will be the next customer captured by her magical world!?

Concert for Japan at the Four Seasons- Hong Kong Bankers Rock for Japan

Concert for Japan

Great to see such continuous support here in Hong Kong such as this Concert for Japan that will be held tomorrow at the Four Seasons Hotel.  There will be a great mixture of bands from Japan (including Yuto Miyazawa- some of you may have seen him on Ellen De Generes, but a guitar prodigy), to some other great bands from Hong Kong(including my husband!) and even amazing bands that have been flown for this event from the U.S.. Tickets are not cheap…HKD1,000 but they have all been sold out!  There will be auctions and raffles including an autographed T-shirts by Simone Legno (actually, a dear friend- the designer of tokidoki) and much much more (including a set of cozen from Storytime).  This is also an event that is very dear and close to my husband Jim, who I am so proud of for pulling this together (of course with friends) after his recent surgery…Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Je T'aime Japon Bag

Also, these cute bags from atsuyo et akiko will be sold at the event.  We had sold this at a previous event at the Tasmanian Ballroom and it was SOLD OUT! FYI- All proceeds of the event will goto The Tokyo Volunteer Network for Disaster Relie, JEN, Etic,and Japan NPO Center.

Eric Clapton Rocks Hong Kong!

We went to one of the best concerts EVER last Friday. Eric Clapton and his entire band was AMAZING!!! It brought tears to my eyes (and this does not happen that often, really!).   From “I shot the sheriff”, “Wonderful Tonight” to “Layla”…they really ROCKED Hong Kong.  He was in Seoul last night and I think he will start his US tour after that. I hope I can go see him again.  What an honour to be able to share the same time and place with a living legend.  And…I hope we can take Kaili to one of his concerts one day, too.  

Eric Clapton

A walk on the south side…

We went for a walk on the south side on a beautiful weekend.  The boardwalk from Repulse Bay to Deep Water Bay is quite nice, and has a nice path for the little kids to also ride their bikes in(or also stroller friendly!).  We took our daughter’s like a bike  and it was perfect!! Needless to say, she slept SO well..and so did we (for having to run after her!).

Repulse Bay

Repulse Bay

Biking

Deep Water Bay

Big Boat

Kung Hei Fat Choi/Happy Chinese New Year!

Flower

It is the biggest holiday here- Chinese New Year! Colourful lanterns and displays are everywhere…and Hong Kong is definitely in a mood to celebrate with family and friends. Schools have Chinese New Year parade..and there will also be fireworks on Friday.  Wishing everyone a prosperous, healthy and Happy Year of the Rabbit!

Chinese New Year Display

Chinese New Year Parade

Peking Duck
Went to Peking Garden in Alexander House and had some Peking Duck!

Landmark Rabbit
amazing displays of Rabbit made of real flowers. No wonder she is so happy!

A gorgeous baby shower in a beautiful home

Beautiful Home

Holiday Cake

Baby Shower with Hosts

There was a beautiful baby shower held at a friend’s beautiful home.  I don’t think I need to say much more (picture will tell a thousand words, right?) other than how much I enjoyed it and a big Congratulations to Elizabeth(and hubby Hyun Min)…and a HUGE thank you to Bernice for hosting at her beautiful home and get together with friends and colleagues I had not seen in a while. Oh yes..one more…aren’t the dogs adorable? They are called Oreo and Truffle (I think you can guess which is which). They were just the happiest, friendliest…and sweetest!

Beautiful Home 2Baby shower diaper cake

Baby Shower cupcake

Truffle and Oreo

Baby shower

Resting

P.S. For those of you who are interested, the cakes are from Complete Deelite in Hong Kong!

Feeling the holiday…in the air…everywhere!

Love the colourful decorations everywhere these days.  It doesn’t get too hot in Hong Kong, but the festive season is ON..and it continues into New Years..then into the Chinese New Year.  Here are some photos of some of the stores here that shows the holiday season spirit!

Happy in front of candy

Boy…was she happy posing in front of these candy jars at IFC. She kept pointing, “THIS IS THE ONE I WANT!!!!”.

Hanging with Santa

Hanging with Santa? Hanging on Santa…? Wearing the faux fur dress from good evening in gray.

Funny Santa

Funny Santa~~~~! She didn’t get it (which is a good thing!).