Need a quick shot of inspiration, girls? Here’s our top ten picks for this month’s food, books, fashion and culture, all condensed and served up in yummy bite-sized pieces just for you… sweet!
Hong Kong’s hospitality scene has a lot to thank Alan Lo, Paulo Pong and Yenn Wong for. The creative minds behind Classified, The Pawn, and 208 amongst others will be unveiling their latest project this month. Duddell’s, an 8,000 square foot, Ilse Crawford-designed venue, will have a world-class art programme with guest curators and international modern and contemporary art (much on loan from private collectors) – including a floor dedicated to Chinese 20th century modern brush and ink paintings from the Hong Kong based MK Lau Collection, co-curated by Catherine Maudsley. Combine that with an in-house Michelin-starred Cantonese chef, a gorgeous 2,000 square foot outdoor terrace, a salon with artisanal cocktails and vintage champagne and we know where Sassy will be choosing to hang out during Art Basel HK.
1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong.
Who’s that girl? Sassy recognises a kindred spirit when we see one and actress Zooey Deschanel’s entertainment website HelloGiggles is super fun yet gossip-free. With musings on everything under the sun, from beauty, sex and relationships to DIY, to a history of teen slang, HelloGiggles is cheeky, colourful and quirky much like Deschanel herself. www.hellogiggles.com
Quirky neighbourhood hangouts are on the increase in Hong Kong and Common Ground is a new Sassy favourite. This Shing Wong Street cafe owned by two sets of brothers (Caleb and Joshua Ng of Twins Kitchen and Sean and Elias Lam of Protest Design Co) doubles up as a boutique. With a menu that includes the twins’ tribute to the much loved Californian In-N-Out burger and the house speciality, a to-die for salted hot chocolate drink, it further cements our love of Sheung Wan. Check out our full review here.
19 Shing Wong Street (across the road from Oolaa), Central, Hong Kong.
Tig Notoro Live is 30 minutes of stand-up comedy that has already become seminal. Raw, heart-warming and really sad, yet still laugh-out-loud funny, Notoro, who rocks a hoodie better than most sixteen year old boys, is the future of female comedy. Available on iTunes.
Danny Boyle’s new film Trance takes Britain’s director darling back to his pre-Oscar fare of kinetic thrillers. Starring James McAvoy as an art auctioneer who steals a Goya painting, and the devilishly handsome Vincent Cassel as the gangster who wants it, boundaries between desire, reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur and the stakes rise fast.
Out 1 May 2013 in Hong Kong.
TOURIST – British artist Melanie Comber’s first solo show in Hong Kong – opens next week with only 12 paintings featured. Comber’s signature skill for applying paint and pigment to canvas, creating ethereal and bold renderings of abstracted landscapes is simply breathtaking.
When: Until 12 May, 2013
Where: The Cat Street Gallery, 222 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen’s latest cookbook It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great may have been slammed for Paltrow’s views on food intolerance and elimination diets, but I love that she goes out of her way to come up with healthy versions of hoisin sauce, fish fingers and falafel – I mean, really who has the time?! Available from Bookazine.
Put those tweezers down, girl! Bold brows (as rocked by model of the moment, Cara Delevigne) are the beauty trend this year and were all over the catwalks, with models sporting super-defined and expertly drawn in brows. Powders are easier to handle and create a more natural look than 80s style brow pencils, but remember to coat the hairs not the skin underneath. Check out MAC’s The Stylish Brow collection, which includes a range of products to fill, define and shape brows – including Brow Duo powders that blend perfectly to match your hair colour ($250), soft Veluxe Brow Liners ($160) and creamy Fluidline Brow Gelcremes ($150) in a variety of shades.
See all MAC locations in Hong Kong here.
Slink Jewellery designers Kiran Bharwani and Lakshmi Gulab are no strangers to red carpet dressing, as their designs have become a must-wear staple for celebs including Sienna Miller and stylist Rachel Zoe’s clients, like Nicole Richie. Hong Kind fashionistas have a chance to get in on the action this month when Slink showcases their lines and launches the new Revival collection at a shopping event to benefit FilmAid Asia.
When: 20 May 2013, 3-7pm
Where: KEE, 6/F, 32 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
The A/W ’13 runway trend we’re loving ahead of the cooler weather has to be the single statement earring, as seen at Christian Dior. Already seen rocking the trend? Intelligence Squared CEO and Head of the British Fashion Council HK Fashion Trust, Yana Peel sported Givenchy’s bold tusk at a recent White Cube party.