Category Archive for Hong Kong + Macau
How is your week going? I’m getting ready for my upcoming trip to Asia… I’ll announce it in the next post!
When I was in Hong Kong this summer, I did a photoshoot with the same talented team that created my Dark Beauty cover look. These are published today in M.Bellish magazine, along with an interview and front page feature.
Finally, I can reveal these images to you. The concept is inspired by fairies of Chinese mythology — but with my signature kawaii twist.
My long, romantic dress is by the Japanese label “Comme l’un.” The crown and shawl are handmade.
Let me tell you — this shot took some time to achieve. Photographer Ken threw the gauzy scarves in the air, and then ran back to fire away with the camera. In some shots, you could still see his body in the frame!
We did the photoshoot with a studio setup. After, Ken added the full moon effects in the background.
Photographer and post-production: Ken Yuen
Assistant photographer: Jacqueline Kwok (noircorner)
Even my nail art matched the lavender color scheme. This is one of my favorites to date — Sanrio’s Kuromi and skulls — by Glam Nail Studio.
Jacqueline Kwok (noircorner) took behind-the-scenes images throughout the day. Close-up on the back of my dress, and purple-red curls.
Funny enough, we set up the equipment in… a dog-grooming and training studio. Hence the funny posters of pups in top hats and monocles.
What do you think of our Chinese fairy photoshoot? Thanks to M.Bellish for interviewing me about my career and style; you can read the feature and see more photos on their site.
More professional shoots to be revealed soon; can’t believe I’ll be on two magazine covers in December-January. One of these is focused on Asia travel, and the other is about alternative fashion.
If you enjoyed these images, also check out my Hong Kong street style shoot with Ken and Jacky.
For more travel and fashion articles about Hong Kong, take a look around this category. Topics include cute Causeway Bay boutiques (like Izzue Hyoma above), molecular cocktails, Alice in Wonderland bars and more. I love this city.
There is more Hong Kong coverage on the way… including a video and report from a HK cat cafe that houses several Scottish Folds.
Have you added me and Basil Farrow on Facebook yet? We promise to post more cute photos like the one above!
My favorite Hong Kong designer fashion & streetwear boutiques: I.T Izzue, Minnie Mouse, Miffy, Hyoma.
I’ve been traveling so much (on a travel video shoot in Eastern Europe) that I forgot it was my birthday (Aug 17). Woke up to a bunch of well-wishes — thank you! I read and appreciate all your messages.
In June, I did some pre-birthday shopping in Hong Kong, especially at two of my favorite stores: Miffy TwoPercent, and I.T / Izzue. What makes these shops so special?
Let’s start with Miffy, who is one of my favorite cute characters. I like her no-frills design: all white, two dots for eyes, and an X mouth.
Likewise, the fashion collection is sleek and of-the-moment. The bunny face doesn’t overpower the design.
You can compare these Miffy store photos to the ones I took last year.
My other must-see brand is Hyoma, found in the bigger Izzue stores like this one in Causeway Bay. (I.T / Izzue is a chain, but not all carry Hyoma.)
The picture above says it all. Those cute-face skeleton leggings are now in my possession.
The “Harajuku Fruits” style is taken at face value… with this watermelon skirt and top.
Izzue carries a variety of young women’s and men’s brands. Right now, Minnie Mouse has a line with b+ab (last year, they did one with Hello Kitty).
I.T is the “wishful thinking” section of the store. In other words: gorgeous designer clothes that you likely can’t afford.
Case in point: Hussein Chalayan avantgarde dresses.
You can find Alexander McQueen and other haute-Gothic favorites.
On the opposite spectrum, I leave you with these colorful accessories from Bros Products. (Remember when Seby and I visited their design studio?)
What’s your opinion on Chinese streetwear? Do you prefer Miffy, Minnie or Hyoma? Off to celebrate my birthday with friends… at karaoke!
Hong Kong is all about eating and shopping. I did a bit of both on my most recent trip.
Read on for a peek inside the Chinese city’s cutest stores, and my latest Business Insider article about kawaii food.
Sweet meets Gothic, in this Kowloon shopping mall.
Corset skirt: Atelier Pierrot, from Laforet Harajuku (see photos from inside this Tokyo department store)
Mary Jane shoes: Demonia
Hong Kong locals love to take photos with funny backdrops. Shopping centers often have displays, like this “Sweets Paradise” one in Kowloon, for that very purpose.
Remember when my friends and I posed in the “Magician’s Liar” last year in Mongkok?
Japanese pop culture is extremely popular here, hence the “Sushi Oishii.”
What do you think I’ll find on my plate?
Hopefully not these “Black or White” burgers from McDonalds (dyed with squid ink, they look inedible). I prefer the cute Rilakkuma buns from 7-Eleven.
Better yet: these panda bear cookies from Kee Wah Bakery! I gave a box to Seby and to Naomi.
I’ve taken you inside many of Hong Kong’s malls, but here are photos from a not-so-known area, Whampoa. It’s home to a boat-shaped department store and Treasure World.
Hong Kong’s my favorite place to pick up cute accessories (I just got a fat-cat bag and wallet). Characters such as Rilakkuma are plentiful, but prices are much cheaper than in Japan.
I always stop by the cosmetics chain, SaSa. You can get Japanese makeup brands and gyaru eyelashes for half the Tokyo price.
You know Hello Kitty is popular when she has her own store, a collaboration with KiLaRa.
In addition to casual wear, the shop has red-bowed purses, shoes…
…and tons of kawaii accessories.
Monchichi monkey jewelry is sold in the Japanese department store, Sogo (it has locations in Causeway Bay and Tsum Sha Tsui).
Also in Sogo: the girly-lace-romantic-pop brand, Liz Lisa.
Clear purses and scalloped fabric are currently in. (Compare these Liz Lisa photos to the ones I took last year.)
The crochet garments are great for layering (I bought the white one on the middle mannequin).
Often, I find bizarre-cute items (like this Wario shirt) simply by wandering around. In Causeway Bay, there’s a “squish-faced cat store” — a pet store that specializes in Exotic Shorthair kitties!
It’s a Hello Kitty world. We only live in it.
Sanrio teamed up with Uniqlo for a tshirt and tank tops line.
I leave you with these panda bear bags. For more details about the various malls and brands, read my Hong Kong shopping posts.
What do you think of Hong Kong’s clothing selection? Would you gobble up these panda biscuits?
Speaking of – I have a new article in Business Insider, with 30 photo of kawaii food! Snoopy cakes, Hello Kitty bentos, mouse lattes and more.
A big, cute rubber duck in Hong Kong’s Kowloon Harbour? Off to Eastern Europe with Eurail, in August!
Ai-yah! Hong Kong’s being invaded by a giant (and ridiculously cute) yellow rubber duck! What shall we do?
Strike a pose with it, of course. That’s the Asian way.
Keep reading for more silly photos of the floating ducky. But first, let me announce my next journey…
I’ve teamed up with Eurail.com, and they’re sending my filmmakers and me on a journey to Eastern Europe! We’ve dubbed it… “Eurail-Vision.”
This railway company specializes in all-access Europe passes — meaning you can hop across the continent, and visit up to 28 countries, with a single train ticket. Eurail has just launched a Japanese site, and I’m excited to give the service a whirl.
Since our schedules are tight and we’ve seen most of Western Europe, my team and I decided to do an Eastern circuit beginning in Vienna. Our First Class Global Passes arrived with this map to help plot our route. Going clockwise, we’ll hit: Vienna (Austria), Bratislava (Slovakia), Budapest (Hungary), Belgrade (Serbia), Zagreb (Croatia), and pass through Slovenia on the way back to Wien.
Of course, we’ll document our journey for you via travel videos, blog and social media. Be sure to add @lacarmina and @eurail so that you won’t miss out. (All links to my social networks are in the footer and top right sidebar.)
Do you think the mega-duck will follow me to Europe? This charming work by Dutch conceptual artist, Florentijn Hofman, has traveled to 12 global cities since 2007.
In early June, I visited the duck before he floated away from Hong Kong. The kawaii-loving locals went crazy over this attraction.
Kowloon Harbour was packed with camera-wielding spectators, especially families. (This same location held the 100 Doraemon statues last year.)
Funny story: at one point, the duck deflated! Thankfully, someone plumped him back up again.
A typical Chinese scene: the caretaker struggles to shield the child from the sun with a parasol.
This girl doesn’t look very happy to be sandwiched by a row of baby ducks.
And this woman… has no idea how to pose.
Let the fashion blogger show you how it’s done. (Sunglasses are Dolce & Gabbana; top is Banana Fish from Closet Child.)
Did the cute duck photos make you squeal? Got recommendations for my upcoming trip (Vienna, Zagreb, Budapest, Belgrade, Bratislava)? I’m especially looking for hip, emerging places to feature. Let me know in the comments or contact me!