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!


Mahka Store Opening

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I know, I’m a little late but I wanted to say congratulations to Maguelone Calmels the creative genius behind her new brand Mahka.
It was the opening of her store in the beginning of December and upon arrival, what first caught my eye was the striking black steel frames and classic Hong Kong windows. Mag kept most of the original exterior of the shop and up-cycled some of the elements from the old metal door, which her brand “Mahka” was graffitied on and then moulded to fit the service/till area.
The colour palette Mag chose for her unisex collection, was eye candy, a beautiful range colours that faded from blush, khaki green, grey to brown and some pieced featured a combination of prints and embroidery on some of her designs, my favourites being an oversized sweater dress with the sleeve cuffs embroidered and a long dress (which i have to get) with paisley-like embroidery along the waist band.

Not only is Mahka a clothing store, it also has some fabulous artwork, a chair from the 60s that I am so jealous of, Dj set up to liven their upcoming events, or just for a regular Tuesday, Mahka has made it apparent that they are no regular fashion store, but a lifestyle and entertainment hub to watch out for. Check out Hong Kong Community Radio’s Video that featured a live set at Mahka

Mahka is located at 4, Wa Lane, Sheung Wan, just off Hollywood Road (Mahka has a great outdoor area and that they share with an art gallery and famed restaurant La Cantoche)

Congratulations my love, I wish you all the best!!

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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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Outlet Shopping Outfit

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Outlet shopping is one of my favourite things. I love designer goods for their excellent craftsmanship and legacy but I can’t always justify buying most items at full price.  I only go about twice a year to see whats available without any expectations or wish list as they might not have what you want. Its really hit and miss, sometimes you’ll fall in love with something, other times (more often than not) you’ll walk away empty handed so it’s best that you keep an open mind. Its like vintage shopping or thrifting, it’s fun because you don’t know what you might find, you could find a rarity and a gem or that tired looking piece that you tend to see every time you go, like the Charlotte Olympia shoes that sit on shelf: Size 38 and 39 which look like they are screaming for someone to take them home. The poor things look so dusty and battered from all the try-ons that their shelf life will soon expire.

So last week the family did an Ap Lei Chau trip for the usual outdoor furniture shopping, board game shopping and fashion outlet shopping. We started at the top, at the Lane Crawford outlet and worked our way down One Island South Outlet shopping mall. Hubby and I came across some gorgeous Saint Laurent Classic Janis 105′ Chain detail Pumps for about 75% off. They were gorgeous and without a scratch or dent on the leather, in my size and in pristine condition. The Janis Pump is a YSL classic and the chain detail just added a more rock and roll vibe to them- right up my street. So they came home with me thanks to my husband!
Check back for my next post on the black beauties.

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HAIRBAND: A gift
SUNGLASSES:
Karen Millen
TOP:
American Apparel
SHORTS: 
Cotton On
BAG:
Louelle Odié
SHOES:
Zara

 

 

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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Pomfret Sarong by Louelle Odié

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When I worked as the manager of a fashion label a few years ago the staff were all required to learn how to tie scarves and sarongs in different ways to maximise the uses of this great accessory. You can use it as a headscarf, a bag or turn it into lots of different dress styles. When I got this beautiful Louella Odié Pomfet Sarong, I immediately thought of my favourite top to tie. A total beach look, perfect to wear over your bikini with some denim shorts or long flowy skirt. The back is completely exposed which helps with blistering heat we’ve been experiencing.

Created by a print-making mother and daughter, with a background in fashion came together to create a unique collection of accessories that show their love for the Island life and Hong Kong heritage.

The colours of the Pomfet Sarong are bright and foolproof for summer. A striking yellow with white polka dots and a deep blue in the form of printed fish make this sarong ideal for beach, junks or barbecues.  The size is 100cm x 200cm which makes it an excellent size when it comes to tying dresses, and the feel of the fabric is so luxurious, smooth and silky.
Can we also just take a moment to appreciate the beautiful packaging!

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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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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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