Yonique 3D Mascara and Splash Liquid Lipstick

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I had never seen any tutorials and hadn’t heard of Younique at all until my best friend from Primary school contacted me to do a review on some products she would send me. Nikki, who sent me the products is a representative of the brand, was really eager for me to try out their 3D Fibre Lash Mascara and one of their Splash lipsticks in the shade Stoic.

3D FIBRE LASH MASCARA
I have to say when I opened the packaging and pulled out the 2 lubes of mascara for the pouch I was confused for a moment. I had heard nothing about the brand until Nikki had told me about them and I decided not to do any research on the products and just wait till i received them. In all honesty I thought the brush from one of the wands had been put through a blender and stuffed inside the tube. There were loose black fibres all over the wand I thought I have to tell her and get another set because i had obviously got a defect item. But I was wrong, these were just the little fibres that sat in the tube that promised to thicken and lengthen your lashes to your hearts desire and it works wonders.
My lashes were fuller and thicker and didn’t get clumpy. You can chose how many times you go back and forth with the gel and fibres to elongate and thicken.
I am so happy with the mascara, and i highly recommend it especially for those who have light to blonde lashes that just need a little extra help without having to wear falsies or get extensions.

SPLASH LIQUID LIPSTICK (STOIC)
The beauty world has been inundated by the liquid lipstick trend with new formulas and shades being released from almost every brand in the business. I’ve tried a few liquid lipsticks from Jeffree Star to Kat Von D and while I don’t have any complaints about either of these brands, the Younique liquid lipstick takes the cake. The consistency is so mousy and glides on your lips with ease.While the Jeffree Star and Kat Von D lipsticks dry down the Younique formula doesn’t totally dry down but gives the illusion of a matte/ dry lipstick. I have to say this is my favourite lipstick i’ve ever owned, i’ve never been a fan of glossy or sticky lipsticks and the Splash is neither of those. Not the mention it lasts for hours and the colour is so beautiful. I think the photos and video says it all!

You can purchase any of the items online here!


M. Stadelmann Studio Jewellery

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Congratulations Maggie on your jewellery line! I had fun shooting these pieces and it didn’t take very long, just a couple of quick changes in Maggie’s own clothes she selected for the shoot and some lipstick changes and we were done!  Her chokers are a breathe of fresh air after noticing the obscene amounts of velvet, leather and lace choker straps with dangling embellishments that fast fashion stores are selling, which are usually quite cheap but sometimes make your skin turn a putrid pantone green.
M. Stadelmann Studio Jewellery look and feel super luxe, my favourite being the 18K rose gold choker with the side tassels that you can tie however you like.
Maggie’s collection online now for purchasing and they are all available in plated 18K gold.

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Love, P x

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Ohana Doesn’t Mean Good Service

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I would definitely call myself a swimwear collector. It’s not as fancy, or old or really very valuable than most collectables but when you reside beside the seaside they start to become your everyday clothes. I am usually in them from Friday to Sunday evening, then I have to tell myself its only 4 more days till I’m in coloured lycra/polyester 2 pieces again.

I recently bought some fresh new swim digs from Ohana Swimwear, based and designed in Australia, made in China. & I absolutely adore their designs. They come in a range of prices and with different styles and beautiful bold colours. HOWEVER, I wanted to inquire about some extra details that had been left out of the product description but received no email back. After a couple of weeks I went ahead and ordered anyway (with no reply) and sadly ordered 1 item wrong, so I emailed to change it and surprise surprise, nothing back. 
Customer service is such an important factor of owning a brand, any brand, restaurant, fashion, gameing, whatever it is- you are not 100% responsible for your brands success it is equally your customers help that you are where you are.

Super annoyed that they couldn’t answer some simple emails, it should be one of a top priority when handling any business, lucky for them they make good looking swimwear.

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Love, P x

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Backstage with Maggie Stadelmann

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petra-m-greening-x-maggie-stadelmann3I’ve known Maggie for some time now, although I can’t remember the first time we crossed paths but we kept connected and she was always so lovely and such a cheerful person. Maggie is a well known Hong Kong fashionista who has just started her own accessories line and I was stoked to receive a message from her about being her first season model for the brand, of course I said yes!
Her brand: M Stadelmann Studio had 3 gorgeous chokers an 18K rose gold beaded choker, an 18K gold chunky statement necklace and my personal favourite, an 18K rose gold chain choker. She is currently doing an opening promotion so if you like what you see get it soon!
Here are some of our behind the scenes snaps…

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Love, P x

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Charo Trousers by Aanya

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I’ve been absolutely loving these trousers by Aanya. I bought loads of the same style when I was in Sri Lanka because of their gorgeous colours and prints so when I got sent this pair of Charo Trousers it was just an exciting new addition. The fit and fabric is so comfortable and the colour and print is right up my street. I got so many compliments when I was out doing this shoot. It was funny because I literally just threw it all together without any thought or styling. These pants really call for just a simple top, I prefer a crop top as the trousers are quite baggy and you don’t want to completely loose yourself in a baggy ball of disaster. Check them out here!

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Love P x

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Clean seas, Aanya prints

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I’ve heard a lot of people say summer is over but being a Southsider and living by the beach means we’re usually swimming till the end of November. I’ve always been attracted to this lifestyle, laid back, sand in your hair and surrounded by nature.
Having the option to walk on the sand and feel the ocean in a matter of seconds is a dream come true.

I recently got this beautiful Ikat off- Shoulder Print top from Aanya, it’s constructed with a light fabric and a bright bold ikat print.
The style, usually worn off shoulder is one of my favourite summer staples. This style just feels so summery, effortless and relaxed, often having a bright print or woven/ crochet design stitched into them, two very popular fabric and design choices for that summer/holiday feel.

The Hong Kong based brand, Aanya is an ode to the bohemian, chilled out babe that loves vibrant colours, and doesn’t take herself too seriously. A lifestyle brand that is expanding into other areas such as bags and beach accessories and they are nailing that vibe.

We’re definitely not done with summer just yet.

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Sunglasses- Mongkok
Bikini Top- Asos by Asos
Off Shoulder Top- Aanya
Bikini Bottoms- H&M

Love, P x

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Pomfret Slouch Bag by Louella Odié

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A typhoon has just passed us and temperatures are reaching 36c (oh my god) an obvious sign that our Hong Kong summer is officially here and its time to bust out the summer trends and threads which means crochets, denim, florals, crop tops, maxi dresses and paisley prints.

I’m not the biggest fan of jewellery but when it comes to accessories, bags and sunglasses are the pieces that bring an summer outfit together. So when I received this chic canvas Pomfret Slouch Pouch by Hong Kong brand Louella Odié, I was stoked! The front of the bag has a beautifully embroidered Pomfret, a fish which is commonly found in Hong Kong waters and enjoyed by foodies all across Asia.
The bag features a detachable strap so you can use it as a clutch or a shoulder bag. Its a great beach bag and an even better bag for holiday ventures and day outings. I personally like to use it as a clutch or with the straps attached to one end as i’m not so into the classic noughties shoulder bag but its pretty sweet to have 3 options!
I absolutely adore this bag, the fabric and colours scream summer and the embroidery is top quality. It’s understated due to its canvas brown fabric and subtle pops of threaded colour but this allows you to play with colour and prints in your outfit and shoes.

Living 47 seconds walk from Shek O beach is truly magical as I’ve always felt a connection to the ocean so I love celebrating brands that use nature as their inspiration for their products. Louella Odié draw inspiration from the designer duo’s childhood love of Island exploration, coastal living, embracing the shorelines of Hong Kong and the UK. Their stories of foreign seashores and familiar beaches can be seen in their designs from native fish to historic landmarks, Louella Odié embrace all things Hong Kong and translate it flawlessly into wearable art.

Thank you Lauren, I adore it and thank you to your mum!

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Hat: H&M
Glasses: Mong Kok
Bikini top: Asos
Bikini Bottoms: Hurley via Asos
Bag: Louelle Odié

Love, P x
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Travel Diary: Sri Lanka

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Touch down in Sri Lanka after an incredible 5 day stay in the Maldives! We arrived in the early evening so we booked a night at the Galle Face Hotel in Columbo before making our way down the coast line.

In the morning we booked a taxi to take us to Unawatuna which felt a lot like the Koh Samui / Koh Phangan strip full of restaurants, hotels and clubs. We stayed for 2 nights and did some exploring around the area and found so many little nicnac shops stocked with tons of wooden products like bowls, elephant souvenirs, salad spoons and puppets. We were tempted to get a mask but the more we saw of them the more we felt like they were just novelty items and rare antique or vintages ones were long gone.
We were told it wasn’t peak season which is usually June to December so we got to enjoy a quieter strip (at night that is) Unawatuna has such a chill vibe about it and there are so many activities during the day that you can do like snorkelling, surfing, whale and dolphin watching and so much more. There are so many restaurants in the area it’s kind of overwhelming and a total tourist spot with some hotels signs blatantly stating that locals were not allow to stay in their hotel… Hmm…

The next day we headed to Galle Fort  which was initially built in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. The buildings were beautiful and were started to inhabit shops and hotels in the original structures, although about 50% of them were open or in use. We walked to the end where the famous Galle Lighthouse was (and most of the tourists) took a couple of photos and then went to fins shelter in a shop because the heat was almost unbearable. We didn’t buy too much, just some lovely wooden handcrafted salad spoons and a small ivory elephant that reminded me of the one in the movie The Secret Garden. This was to be added to my ever growing elephants from around the world collection which just happened to be because people started getting me elephants as souvenirs, now I’m making it a thing!

After 2 nights in Unawatuna we headed down to one of the surf spots Weligama where we had booked and paid to stay at a hip surf school, we ended up getting there pretty early so we had to wait a couple of hours till our room was ready but while we waited we noticed that it was more hipster than hip and didn’t look like the photos on tripadvisor at all. We waited about 2 hours on the hotel beach front while we watched the hotel guests surf and come back for a bathe. The owner a hippy Russian who had obviously decided to stay and set up shop for good in Sri Lanka after a visit (like many tourists) told us that the entire beach was out of electricity and would be back soon. Time went buy and as honeymooners we felt like we were crashing a hippy high school graduation trip. We decided to talk a walk and the area was still up and coming with a lot of new growth and hotel chain- Marriott on the way. The area was untouched, there were a lot of locals going about their day with no sign of anything to do there. We dragged our feet back to the hotel and as the room still wasn’t ready and reality sinking in about how we felt like adults crashing a school trip we decided to walk around the other side of the hotel and voila, we couldn’t believe our eyes it was like seeing a lagoon after a long walk in the desert. We both walked in separate directions so excited about the minimalistic luxe looking hotel that was right next door the whole time. We sat down for lunch and decided we had to switch hotels. So for 3 nights we stayed at Weligama’s 2nd best hotel where I got food poisoning which was terribly upsetting. I had only had one day of surfing which I absolutely fell in love with and the next 2 days had me bed ridden and unable to explore and surf more with my new husband.

On the day we left to our next destination I figured that I needed to see a doctor but he was unavailable and that I could go to a hospital 40 minutes away which i politely declined. We drove to our next spot which my knight in shining armour set up doctor to come visit me at our next hotel I got some medicine and rested a little more. We were in Kosgoda, famous for its turtle hatcheries and during the early afternoon I felt like i needed to talk a walk otherwise Sri Lanka would have been a total bummer. We walked along the coast and stumbled across a netted fence and it was man made turtle farm! I couldn’t believe that we had stumbled across one thinking that my luck had ended and we were going home in a few days. We ended up taking a tour and saw lots of baby turtles and deformed and albino turtles that sadly wouldn’t have survived in the wild so they were cared for by the volunteers.
So our last few nights we not so eventful but I was feeling better and we got to see the capital a bit more because I had left my wallet at the Galle Face Hotel which they so kindly notified me and held on to it till our last day.

Sri Lanka is beautiful and the people are so friendly and the surfing was so much fun, I can’t wait to go back.

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Love, P x

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Coco Q Jewellery

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Last year I met jewellery designer Angela of Coco Q while we were working on a photoshoot together which i modelled and styled while Angela supplied her sample jewellery.
I got to wear some of her lovely minimal designs, most were thin gold plated brass bangles with gorgeous bright colours woven around the bangle.
Perfect if you’re looking for something minimal or stacked if you’re looking for a bit more a statement piece.
After the shoot we swapped contacts and kept in touch. She asked me if I had a favourite piece on the Coco Q website and I picked a beautiful Celtic knot silver plated bangle which she ended up sending to me!! It came in the chicest packaging and we did have some issues with the delivery which was totally SF Express’s fault (I’ve never known them to be unreliable until this happened) But it was beautifully packaged and the bangle was well made with an adjustable mechanism at the back.
When this was sent to me Angela didn’t stock so many products as the brand was just getting off the ground but she’s got more designs including these gorgeous marble embellished spiral rings. Check out the Coco Q Facebook here

This post is long overdue so I just wanted to say thank you Angela, I love it!!!

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Love, P x
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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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Love, P

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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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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