Esscentric

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IMG_8984 I first met Jodie, founder of Esscentric when we were both doing a shoot with photographer Pui Pui To. When I first saw her, I was drawn to her long gold chain that stood out from her chic all black outfit. Attached to this chain was a leather cylinder pouch with the words Esscentric embossed on the outside. I guessed that it might be a roll on perfume as I had one a few years ago from Avon which had a similar pouch but not nearly as stylish and sophisticated as Jodie’s.
Once we had wrapped up the quick shoot we sat down at Teakha on Po Tuck Street to have a quick chat about Jodie’s scent brand Esscentric..

How did you come up with Esscentric and why?
J: i love beautiful scents and I love to collect. I am always looking for different perfumes and am very passionate on scents.  For me scent is like art, I can’t live without it in my life. At the moment I’m studying aromatherapy, and I want to show people that natural essential oil are super amazing, they are soulful, beautiful and functional.  

I was thinking to myself, why people haven’t made them into more of a cool lifestyle item instead of just for holistic use?  Hence, i got an idea to use them (essential oil – the most natural material) to create my perfume line.   I love fashion and scents, so why not combine them together.  I would like to bring essential oil into lifestyle, in a unique and fashionable way and educate people so they can understand how to use the products. Thats why Esscentric’s packaging is a fashion accessory, a wearable chain necklace with a leather case.  I think this is cool idea as people can wear their perfume anywhere, its functional and beautiful.

How many scents do you have?
J: From my first collection, there have 6 scents.

Which one is your favourite?
J: My fav one is Jassom!! It’s a very sensual scent.  Also i love to mix it with Chamuse, it creates more of a mysterious scent.

What is the sexiest scent for a man?
J: for me there is no specific scent, I think what is most important is the person who is using the scent matches it with their personality.  But I think a woody, musky based scent with fresh green undertones is sexy for a man.

What is the sexiest scent for a woman?
J: same answer as above, different women are a sexy in different ways!  But I would say, personally, a sexy scent for a woman is an amber woody scent with floral undertones, also with a bit of spices to bring out a sensuous and exotic feeling.

Do you have any new projects for 2016?
J: Yes, in Spring we will launch a home scent collection. Stay tuned! 

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Audella Bridal Hong Kong

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For the past few weeks I’ve been scouting for wedding dresses for inspiration for my own…
When I was working at Kanchan Couture, just over 5 years ago now, I worked closely with brides and the designer to create their made to order dream wedding dress that infused their favourite fabrics, colours and of course, their personality and flair while keeping in mind their insecurities to ensure they felt utterly beautiful and comfortable on their special day.
I also had to look up bridal trends and inspiration for the client and designer so that the client knew exactly what was trending at the time (so she could make a confident decision in her dress) and for the designer to be up to date and in the know for bridal fashion. I found it quite difficult to store all the images I collected until i found the wonder that is Pinterest- an easy to use and view album for all your images. (view my bridal board here) When researching, two designers really caught my eye for my future wedding dress, Inbal Dror and Galia Lahav, two incredible designers from Israel that hand make most of their creations. So I was so pleased to hear that there was one shop that stocked their elegant designs here in Hong Kong, Audella Bridal House on Hollywood Road. I booked an appointment and brought my oldest and dearest frinend for support. This time I found myself on the other side of the table, the client and not consultant.
I tried on about 8 or 9 dresses by Dror, Lahav and another designer Berta as they all had the shape I was going for. The staff were so lovely and helpful, I absolutely recommend booking an appointment with them.

Audella Bridal:  The brands they carry are more on the sexy and body confident side with beautiful silhouettes and delicate lace and bead work, but whether you chose Audella Bridal for your wedding dress, always be sure you have at least 6/7 month prior to your big day for fittings as some dresses are shipped out of Hong Kong back to the designer to have them custom tailored to your taste and body shape. Also, i suggest wearing your hair roughly like how you’d picture it on your big day to get an accurate idea of the full look. Some brides have a hard time imagining their entire look, but you don’t need to go to a salon to do so, for example. if you have chosen a wavy hair style, plait your hair and leave it over night so you have an idea, or play around with your hair with one of your favourite dresses on.
My other tip is to try on something that you wouldn’t necessarily go for. Dresses can look different when they are on your body and it doesn’t hurt to give something new a go. You might be pleasantly surprised.
Thank you to the staff at Audella Bridal! And thank you Vanessa for coming with me!
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Knitting for Beginners: Sheep & Stitch

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Last month I did a little write up about super fun and hip knit brand Sheep & Stitch about their cool concept and easy to follow step by step tutorials on how to knit your own scarfs, hats and more.
The day I met up with founder Davina to shoot, I modelled 3 of the finished products for her tutorial and here is the 2nd! Now, I know I said the first one was by favourite but looking back at these have made me change my mind! The last scarf I blogged about was a bright yellow cowl and this one is a regular chunky scarf, about 120cm long or so.
I adore the colour of this one (off white/grey), I usually pick very minimal, simple timeless pieces when it comes to fashion and jewellery so this one is right up my street.. And It goes so well with a leather jacket, my favourite type of outerwear during this season, but we didn’t shoot it in this season! It was still about 35c when we went out to shoot these, burrr!!
Look on for the free tutorial embedded in this post below! Happy knitting!
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Instagram Pier Photoshoot

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This was the first time I had met photographer and clothing store owner Pui. We met at her shop in Shek Tong Tsui- Po Tuck Street, an up and coming area in the Western district close to HKU. The same street that also houses Gift Co, Teakha and Ga Gi Neng.
We spent about 9 hours together, doing fittings, make up, location scouting etc. Overall a massively fun outing which ended at the Kennedy Town Cargo Pier which, i discovered even has it’s own hashtag: #instagrampier.  I had never been before, what a beautiful location, and a stunning sunset.
Then it was off the Beef & Liberty and Pizza Express for their Movember fundraiser event which was a huge success!

All clothing + accessories are by Luvmydress.com // Apart from the shoes, my own, by Asos.
📷 Photography: Pui Pui To
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Outfit Post 3/12/15

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Simple simple and ideal for last week when the weather wasn’t as cold as it is now. Dressed down with a baggy sweater with slit sides, skinny jeans and a bucket bag, this is a ready for anything outfit. Especially as you can store your flats in your oversized bag if you want to be a little more fashion forward for a meeting or drinks.

Sweater: H&M
Jeans: Cheap Monday (London)
Shoes: Steven Madden
Bag: Zara
📷 Photography: Pui Pui To
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Sheep & Stitch: Cowl

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Last week, I shot with Sheep & Stitch‘s founder Davina for one of her new creations this beautiful bright yellow cowl. As we shot around the Tai Ping Shan area in Sheung Wan, she told me a little bit about her concept and ideas for Sheep & Stitch and where it all began.
A dog lover with a passion for creating beautiful knit wear and wanting to inspire other to create their own designs, Davina came up with Sheep & Stitch, a brand and blog that teaches you how to knit your own designs. Her website not only has a shop that sells yarn, bamboo knitting needles, eco friendly shopping bags but knitting kits, perfect for beginners with an HD videos showing you step by step how to knit the piece you’ve chosen.
Sheep & Stitch also have free and full videos on youtube that include step by step tutorials, tip sand more.
We shot 2 scarves that day, this one being my favourite. Winter is usually the time for darker more muted colours but why not spruce up your outfit with a pop of colour this year. Better yet, chose your colour and make one yourself
This particular cowl has a video to match (below)
Thanks Davina for a fun day, it was lovely meeting you!

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Don’t Step on my Blue Suede Shoes

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Or spill red wine on my dress…
2 Saturdays ago was the annual Dirty Boogie Rockabilly festival which was held at Grappa’s Cellar. Boy! What a fun night!
We managed to see all the live acts which included Loz Rizlaz from Japan, The Boogie Playboys (HK) The Bembol Rockers from Philippines and Miss Cathy from HK. It was a ball! Nearly everyone was dressed the part and the dance floor was pounded from all the jiving and swinging! It was like we entering another era…

Now I’ve been wanting to go for a while but never seemed to be able to assemble a buddy brigade to accompany me, especially one that actually had an interest in the music and fashion.
But this year was totally different, I had my favourite person in the whole world take me! Thanks baby!!
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Secret Island Party 2015

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Secret Island Party, 2015, my first SIP adventure… Having heard raving reviews about the festival and that it keeps doubling in numbers and with almost the while crew going it was a pretty tough one to pass up. Although I was a little nervous of the events to come and slightly burnt out from all the parties lately,  it was a beautiful day and we set out early to catch the bands and get some food before we danced the night away.
Located in a little village on Lantau with some super simple stages and Funktion One sound systems and an Alice in Wonderland theme, the Saturday (the only day i went) was thriving from day until night, and being in a new location especially in a forest/ Hong Kong jungle location is always fun….

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PUSH x Cliché: Submarine

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Yeah yeah, I know i’m about a month late with this but here are the photos of the Submarine boat party hosted by PUSH and Cliché with special guest Animal Trainer.
The boat was at full capacity or maybe a little over (don’t tell le captain) but there was nothing but good vibes, laughs boogieing and praise for the organizers for holding such a bomb ass party! Drinks were flowing (with loads left to spare) and tunes were banging all day and night with the after party at Social Room that went till late…. Wicked party and collaboration, till next year….

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Eroticism in the works of Eikoh Hosoe, Daido Moriyama and Nabuyoshi Araki

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There was an exhibition earlier this month by Japanese photographers: Araki, Moriyama and Hosoe all under one roof- The Space gallery celebrating their erotic works.
With free flow of sake, sushi canapés and a brief Steve Aoki sighting, it seemed to be a great success and the photographs were beautiful. My favourites being a black and white Moriyama set of 9 photographs of a pair of legs in some fish net stockings and Nobuyoshi Araki’s A/film light box with slide strips, apparently costing up to $70,000USD and extremely high in demand.
Although the exhibition is over, books by the artists are still available from Bondi Books, some signed.

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Yoga / Surf Leggings

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I recently purchased 3 wicked surf/yoga leggings from Nordstrom and decided to do an outfit post .
It’s also a bonus that you can use any of them as all round workout wear, whether it be surf, swim, jogging or yoga because they’re light, breathable, soo comfortable and provide pretty good insulation, although I wouldn’t recommend these to go surfing in December.

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The Real Deal SZ- Thomas Schumacher

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The Real Deal is known for their pop up raves around China namely Shenzhen which include underground tunnels and under massive highways so every time you embark on a Real Deal rave adventure, be prepared to be unprepared
Its been a surprise to see a huge mix of nationalities at these parties, i always expect it to be mainly Chinese but they are usually the minority (from the raves i’ve been to) You sometimes forget how big Mainland China is and how many expats are living and working there with some fans that make the trip over the boarder from Hong Kong to experience some quality music with a new and exciting location nearly every event.
This month they had special guest Thomas Schumacher along with my hubby and The Real Deal residents.
Hong Kong and Guangdong province was literally just recovering from a typhoon so we were lucky the event was still on but, it was probably the reason why it wasn’t as packed as we initially though it was going to be though, it still drew 200+ people to the party.
The rave was held about 20 minutes via taxi from Luo Hu station at a large rural artist village complex at a warehouse full of quirky face mask fixtures and mirrors with droopy faces drawn on the surface.
Naturally we had Xinjiang food before we got to the venue which went down well with my lovely new buddy from Berlin, Thomas.
Needless to say it was a blast.

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Hong Kong’s 3rd Tattoo Convention

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I can’t quite believe its been 3 years since i got tattooed at the first HK tattoo convention and now they are on their 3rd year and show no signs of slowing down.
The Hong Kong Tattoo Convention has grown so much over the last few years and judging by last weekends turnout- has totally out grown its venue. This year the international and local artist participation was so much more diverse with artists coming from Spain, UK, Thailand, Japan and more.
Its really wonderful to see old impressions and stigmas of tattoos (especially in Hong Kong regarding triad affiliation) slowly fade and creativity, skill and imagination become the forefront of tattooing culture.

We went on Friday night the first night of the tattoo convention to check out the talent and live music acts (was such a throwback to see Qui Hong again) I really wish I had tried to tattoo the banana skin but i felt an enormous amount of pressure ha.

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