Need a quick shot of inspiration, girls? Here’s our top ten picks for this month’s food, books, fashion and nights out, all condensed and served up in yummy bite-sized pieces just for you… sweet!
Baking may have gone from being the preserve of your grandma to the world’s best-loved pastime, but as most of us aren’t actually doing the mix-making, putting-in-the-oven bit, we are always ready to jump on the latest dessert bandwagon. Forget cake pops, chic Hong Kong is all about Florence Lamarlere’s canelés. Her online bakery Le Canelé d’Or offers the traditional French caramelised cakes in vanilla/rum, Mediterranean orange zest/liquor and Irish coffee/whisky flavours. With free delivery to most places in Hong Kong at only one to two days’ notice, they come in grand or cocktail sizes. Yum!
Blur are back! After a huge sell-out show in London’s Hyde Park last year, the iconic Britpop band has reunited for a world tour – including a one-night-only concert in Hong Kong. It’s the first time Damon Albarn, Graham, Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree have ever played in HK and it’s been twenty years (!!!) since their debut album, so you’ll definitely want to be there! So get ready to relive your glory 90s day, mark those diaries for 6 May 2013, at Asia-World Expo and cut down on your porklife mate!
Tickets cost $480-880, available from www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288
The beauty trend Sassy is loving right now? Ladylike oval talons. The vintage nail shape as seen on Adele and Lana De Rey isn’t going anywhere with the latest Tom Ford make-up ads bringing them firmly mainstream… and conveniently, you can now buy Tom Ford’s cosmetics line in Hong Kong too – get the full scoop here.
British Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman‘s first novel Can We Still Be Friends, is a pitch-perfect portrait of three friends embarking on adulthood in the ‘have it all’ heyday of the 1980s. As they navigate the decade of puffball skirts, shoulder pads, Duran Duran and Margaret Thatcher, they discover that life is what happens to you, not what you plan.
Mrs Carter, B, Sasha Fierce; it’s fair to say that the bootylicious Beyoncé is everywhere right now. That said, I’m having a Solange Knowles moment. Less choreographed than big sis, and sartorially way cooler, her True EP featuring the track Losing You is on constant replay at my house.
There are still a few months before Art Basel hits our city, but until then White Cube Hong Kong’s exhibition of new work by Damien Hirst will keep art lovers entranced. Featuring cabinets and paintings from the ‘Entomology’ series, Hirst once again uses uncompromising materials to address questions about existence, as well as investigating such thematic dualities as life and death, desire and fear and beauty and horror.
Until 4 May 2013 at White Cube Hong Kong, 50 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong
Want to get the heads up on what bag you should be sporting for spring? Kate Moss, Lily Allen and Beyoncé have already got their hands on Hedi Slimane’s Duffle – his debut bag for Saint Laurent. Designed in honour of Gwyneth Paltrow, it comes in three sizes and a myriad of colours including black, grey, off-white, blue, red and pink. See all Saint Laurent stores in Hong Kong here.
Her Golden Globes performance reminded us just why we love Amy Poehler so much! We urge you to check out her Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls YouTube posts, which dispense advice we didn’t know we needed on make-up, love and stress. Genius.
Everyone’s doing it… and by everyone, we mean everyone! We’re talking street food, and as low-tech eateries are now the place to hang out, fancy restaurants are, quite frankly, history (at least as far as Hong Kong’s hipsters are concerned!) Serving up Beijing style street food, Mr. Bing’s jianbing— hot crepes made from green bean, millet, buckwheat, and filled with egg, fried wonton sheets, cilantro, Peking duck and char siu to name but a few options – are the reason massive queues are forming round the block. Read our full review here.
Mr. Bing, LG/F, 83 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2568 8248
John Wood, the fantastically charismatic founder and CEO of Room To Read will be speaking at The Asia Society as he launches his new book Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy. For those not familiar with the non-profit organisation, they have donated more than 1.2 million books, established over 3600 libraries throughout Africa and Asia, given scholarships to 2336 girls, published books in local languages, and set up computer labs for children. Wood, whose string of supporters include Oprah, Katie Couric and Nick Kristof, subscribes to the notion that no child should be told ‘you were born in the wrong place at the wrong time and so you will not get educated’; this talk will leave you inspired and motivated by his passion and belief.
When: 7 March, 2013, 12.30-2pm
Where: Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
How much: $450 for Asia Society Members, $550 for non-members. Contact [email protected] to buy a ticket.