Need a quick shot of inspiration, girls? Here’s our top ten picks for this month’s food, fashion and culture, all condensed and served up in yummy bite-sized pieces just for you… sweet!
Green Vitamin is a fantastic Hong Kong-based company that delivers locally-grown fresh organic curly kale, beetroot, wheatgrass (in frozen shots, fresh cut or simply the seeds so you can grow your own), as well as extra virgin Spanish olive oil direct to your home or office. Summer detox here we come! See a list of their physical stockists in Hong Kong here.
Tucked away on Sai Street, Boom Gallery and Cafe – with its wooden tables and friendly service – serves up light fare such as crepes, sandwiches and pasta, and turns into a great little bar at night. Owner Ada Wong supports the local art scene by showcasing a different artist each month, with their works for sale.
G/F, 48 Sai Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 9302 6220
One of the most anticipated films of the summer is director Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring. This based-on-true-events retelling of the 10-month long burglarizing of celebrity homes by a bunch of teenagers is a fashion-focused flick, and took the Croisette by storm at Cannes. There’s even a Smashbox make-up kit inspired by the too-cool-for-school portrait of fame-seeking miscreants! No word yet on its Hong Kong release date though.
The Salvatore Ferragamo fan base spans generations, and this latest innovation is bound to capture a whole new breed of fashionistas. Both the Vara mid-heel and the Varina flat can now be customised as part of the L’Icona online project. So if you have always hankered after citron flats with a turquoise bow complete with gold, rose gold or platinum hardware, now’s your chance! Orders take between 7-9 weeks for delivery.
Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan’s satirical portrayal of Singapore high society is spot-on with its fictional look at the social and mating rituals of the Lion City. His encyclopaedic knowledge of the wives who day trade, and the way in which Sing society is related by either blood or marriage makes this the book for summer holiday poolside reading. Available from Bookazine.
Monreal London takes dressing for tennis to a whole different level. Launched by Stefani Grosse – a former Calvin Klein designer – the line offers up a slick collection of tennis dresses, jackets and undershorts with colour blocking contrast and built-in support. Her stylish tennis grips are pretty fashion forward too! Available from www.yoox.com from 11 June… just in time for Wimbledon!
If you aren’t already fans of Hong Kong-based fashion girls Tina Leung and Divia Harilela‘s blogs, you should be! With their fingers on the pulse of all things stylish, they offer their personal take on what’s rocking the fashion world, providing endless inspiration and insight. Find Tina at www.tinaloves.com and Divia on www.the-dvine.com.
Art Basel may be over for this year, but with so many new openings in a week it was impossible to see everything… and let’s be honest, how much do you really see while everyone is chatting and drinking in front of the artwork? White Cube‘s The Sum of All Evil – the Chapman’s Brothers first ever exhibition in China – is on until the end of August, while Ben Brown Fine Arts in Pedder Building sees works from Swiss artist Vital and Frank Auerbach running until mid-August.
When: White Cube until 31 August, Tuesdays to Saturdays 11am-7pm; Ben Brown until 10 August, Mondays to Saturdays 11am-7pm
Where:White Cube Hong Kong, 50 Connaught Road Central; Ben Brown Fine Arts,301 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central
How much: Free!
I’ve been obsessed by Butter LONDON nail polishes since they launched in 2005. Eating organic is one thing, but the amount of chemicals absorbed by our bodies from beauty products made me seek out carcinogen-free nail lacquers, and all their formulations are free of Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor and Ethyl Tosylamide. While they can be hard and expensive to find in Hong Kong, luckily for us LookFantastic and HQHair both stock a range of Butter LONDON polishes and deliver for free worldwide.
TOPSHOP is opening in Hong Kong this month, thanks to Lane Crawford’s Lab Concept, meaning no more relying on overseas trips for our fix of this cult Brit store. The collection Sassy is most excited about has to be their recent collaboration with Kate Bosworth. Laser-cut lace suede shorts and slouchy flannels sit alongside prairie dresses and simple tops. No word yet on whether this collection will be available in Hong Kong… let’s hope so! Asia Standard Tower, 56-65 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong