Everyday is a Good Hair Day

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Photographs by Harold de Puymorin

One question I get asked a lot is how I style my hair. Well, my strategy so far pretty much involves praying before going to bed that I will wake up effortlessly into a good hair day – very proactive indeed. I recently experienced a hair styling session at Paul Gerrard Hong Kong to find out how easy and quick it is to get my dream curls with ghd’s Gold Max Styler. The above is my attempt to recreate the beautiful hair completed with only the straightening iron.

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The hair transformation took place in Paul Gerrard on Pottinger Street. In less than 15 minutes, Paul transformed my hopeless beach hair into this glamorous runway-ready evening hair with the ghd Gold Max Styler.

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ghd Gold Max Styler. Perfect for voluminous waves.
Available at Lane Crawford, Paul Gerrard, Alpha Omega and others. See full stockists here.

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Book your styling session to get the catwalk-ready hair now!

July 24-26, Paul Gerrard, 26 Pottinger Street, 12-8pm

July 25-27, Alpha Omega, 54 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay 12-8pm

July 24-Aug 17, Lane Crawford Times Square, 10am-10pm

July 24-Aug 17, Lane Crawford Canton Road, 10am-10pm

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The One to Watch

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Photos by dear mom.

Classic Oxford Lady by Daniel Wellington, Zara dress, blazer & bag, Topshop boots.

I never considered myself the classical type. Perhaps the word “classic” is so overused in PR messages that it has lost part of its meanings to me. Daniel Wellington’s interpretation of classic, in contrary, is unpretentious and approachable. Its clean and light design made wearing wristwatch relevant to my high digitized life, and the colorful interchangeable nato straps make perfect fashion accessories for those who changes her mind every five minutes. The beautifully designed wrist watches are offered at affordable price points ( generally between USD135 to USD 229). Click on the link to find out more about the story behind the brand and its selection of men’s and women’s watches and accessories.


*Disclaimer: The Classic Oxford Lady watch was gifted by Daniel Wellington. However this review reflects my true opinion on the brand.

Jesus Miranda Martinez | Gentlemen Style Series

Text by Kadri Karolin Kõuts | Features Editor
Photos by Sybil Kot | Editor-in-Chief

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H&M jeans and jacket, Club Monaco shirt, Mango He scarf, Rolex watch.

When I ask Jesus Miranda Martinez to tell a little about himself, our very first sartorial victim bursts out laughing: “I’m usually the one doing questions,” says the 39-year-old about his career in human resources at a major international retailer. While recruiting people for one of the trendiest high-street clothing brands on the market, Jesus has taken a more introverted role in his personal life and likes to keeps things simple. He doesn’t run a blog, rarely filters his photographs and disagrees to linger with hashtags. Not to mention he has never appeared in a fashion feature before. But for a guy like Jesus, who pairs up dandyish tailored jackets with patterned silk trousers and leather loafers, it was only a matter of time when the well-dressed gentleman welcomed The Style Voyager into his newly furbished apartment in Sheung Wan to capture the treasures of his wardrobe. With an array of galleries and specialty coffee shops, this particular Hong Kong neighborhood fits our host almost as well as the flamboyant pocket squares he wears on a daily basis.

Having born in The Canary Islands, the Spanish archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa, Jesus effortlessly transcends his Mediterranean roots into a closet that is dominated by many shades of blue and white, classic silhouettes and timeless pieces hand-down from past generations. Both of his most cherished vintage items, a Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch and a suede jacket, once belonged to his father.

Before moving to Hong Kong for work, Jesus has lived in five continents from the US to Australia, including South Africa and Mainland China. With such a nomadic lifestyle set in the agenda, the Spaniard has mastered the art of combining contemporary menswear with a sweet sense of nostalgia.

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Valentino sneakers, Zara pants and scarf, BLK DNM shirt and Scotch & Soda jacket.

What is the essence fashion for you?

I enjoy fashion. It is one way to represent what you’re about, what’s your personality. Whether you go out in the streets, is it a Sunday morning or a work meeting, it’s what you’re comfortable wearing with. Its about to be properly dressed for each occasion without loosing your personality and becoming one more. It tells about you, same as your manners or your voice tone.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Las Palmas is not the most stylish city in the world. It’s flip-flops and shorts… I don’t think it has been a big influence. Even in Spain, I sometimes get attention because of the way I dress. But I’m not trying to. I don’t like flashy things. From time to time, I check Jak & Jil and The Sartorialist.

If I have somebody who taught me the basic rules – it’s my mother. Being a housewife, she wasn’t really into fashion, but she always paid attention to how my sister and I dressed when we were kids. She used to tell me whatever you do, wear good shoes. When my mother passed away, a business acquaintance then told me she was the most elegant woman in Las Palmas.

What completes an outfit for you?

I don’t think I go for a single item. I do wear tote bags all the time. Everybody who sees me says: “Oh, the guy with a big bag”. But I feel that an outfit is not complete without proper shoes. They don’t have to be expensive ones. I love retro running Nikes! I also prefer low rise round neck tees and shirts without pockets (why do you need a pocket?).

 

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Trickers shoes, Tate pants, Massimo Dutti shirt, ITER jacket.

Are there any items you would never consider wearing?

Short-sleeved shirts, boot cut pants and thick sole sandals. Never.

Describe your style in a sentence.

I don’t think I have a consistent style. I can change from day to day. It mostly depends if I want to dress up a little bit more or less. I also like to play around things a bit. Yesterday I was wearing trousers that combined shorts and leggings.

Tell us about your beauty routine.

I usually trim my beard once a week. I never shave. For the hair I just blow dry and use a little bit of gel. I’m more into fresh colognes rather than deep ones. I use a special edition of D&G’s Light Blue and La Nuit de L’Homme by YSL for the night.

How do you spend your leisure time?

 I love reading. And movies, but it’s not easy to go to the movies in Hong Kong if you prefer something off the mainstream. I play tennis, but I don’t gym. As a kid, I did some sailing, which I would like to pick up again.

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Rivieras shoes, Zara pants, Design Workers London shirt, COS scarf, ITER bag.

What makes a woman look good?

I think it’s about knowing how to dress up as well as being more casual. Even if a woman puts a lot of effort into her outfit, it doesn’t have to look like it. Body posture is important too. Wear high heels only if you know how to walk in them. I don’t really like clothes that are too tight. In the end, it has to be balanced. If you wear a skinny pant with a fitted t-shirt… I mean sexy doesn’t have to be tight.

Is there a difference between being stylish and being trendy?

Absolutely! Being on trend is easy nowadays. You can look at magazines and buy all the bestsellers from the retailers. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re properly dressed. Style is everything. It’s more about being attractive rather than pretty. Maybe it’s because I like feminine over girly types.

 What do you think about the fashion scene in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is such a mix. I respect people who are really personal with their style. Maybe I’d never wear that outfit myself, but I respect that more than just putting all the fancy labels on top of each other. You can see that there is nothing personal about it.

 

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Do you hunt for brands?

I never shop because of the brand. I look for the item and pick from everywhere. I’m quite reluctant to spend too much money on a single piece. I can spend a bit more on shoes, but if it’s a t-shirt, I think it’s not worth it. One year, two years later you have to swap it anyway.

What are your plans for the future?

I like Hong Kong. Especially the Star Street and Sau Wa Fong area. But I don’t think it’s a city to be in for a long long time. I don’t see myself retiring here… Spain – it’s life in the streets. In Hong Kong, people are in the streets because they don’t have anywhere else to be. I do miss the European way of life; I like late dinners with no rush where you can drink wine (Ribera del Duero) without getting drunk.

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The Dream Outfit

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Zara top and skirt, Topshop necklace, & Other Stories sandals, Hong Kong boutique jacket and clutch, Edge of Ember cuff.

I titled this The Dream Outfit because I literally dreamt about this outfit before actually finding all the items in the market. It’s a combination of everything I love – mint and gold, flowy chiffon, sportswear elements, wooden sandals, more mint and more gold… Perfection. What’s your dream outfit for summer?

Someone else’s story

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REISS Alla Dress, H&M faux leather mesh top and shades, Hong Kong boutique spring jacket, & other Stories heels.

Sometimes it is amazing how different ways of styling can tell completely different stories about a piece. The classic and feminine Alla dress is a perfect outfit on its own, but I find it more fun and urban to layer an edgy mesh top over it. It is one of those outfits that are difficult to deconstruct at the first glance, but who doesn’t love an unexpected combination!?

Tempted by H&M’s new line & other Stories, which is currently available in selected European countries only, I asked my cousin in Amsterdam to “smuggle” a few pieces into Hong Kong. (You know it’s time to call up that one friend you have in the UK and ask for a favor!) I’m very happy with my first purchase, especially these heeled sandals. Will try to post the rest of my purchases in upcoming posts. Speak soon!

Inverted Edge x The Style Voyager Giveaway Part II

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Photographs by dear mom : )

Cut-Out Top by Post December, Silk Skirt by Jayson Brunsdon (All available at Inverted Edge! ) Zara heels, Topshop jacket and shirt.

As promised, this is Part II of my collaboration with online designer boutique Inverted Edge! I’m wearing a cut-out top by Korean designer Post December. It is definitely a bold piece but also surprisingly versatile. You can layer anything underneath the top and get that futuristic look instantly. And I’m so much in love with the beautiful sequin pencil skirt by Australian designer Jayson Brunsdon. It is the dream piece for me, and by that I mean if I am to be exiled to an far away island with only a few items, the skirt will still be on my packing list. Hope you like my styling and now, win a chance to win the Post December top by entering my giveaway!

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ENTRE THE GIVEAWAY HERE!

Opened internationally.
What are you waiting for!?

Disclaimer: All items listed above are loaned, not gifted, according to my request. Giveaways are sponsored and handled by Inverted Edge.

On Gifting Well…Giveaway closed.

Here’s a true story. I haven’t received a proper gift for many many years. My parents gave up long time ago on trying to impress their hard-to-please daughter, and my boyfriends over the years tend to settle birthdays with food instead of gifts to avoid the “genuinely disappointed” expression on my face. Have we really given up on giving thoughtful gifts to our loved ones?

Recently I was invited to a blogger event organized by Giftwell. And by the end of it we were given a personalized gift card, selected by the organizer according to the our personal style. I was surprised what a difference this personalized factor made.

The idea of Giftwell is simple. By partnering with some of the most unique local retail businesses in Hong Kong, Giftwell hope to bring the concept of Gift cards to the city and encourage people to shop thoughtfully. A user can simply do a quick search on occasion, location and price range, browse through Giftwell’s recommendations and tips and decide what to buy for the loved ones. With the help of e-vouchers and next-day delivery service, we are all liberated from the numerous last minute shopping trips!

The following are my personal highlights, but please go ahead and see the complete list of partners of Giftwell! Stay tuned till the end for an exciting giveaway!

Vie – St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai

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Vie on St. Francis Yard is your go-to Scandinavian fashion boutique.With a focus on cool designer brands from Scandinavia, the boutique presents a range of home, apparel, accessories, culture and lifestyle items, including the classic Swedish Hasbeens, minimalistic yet colorful TRIWA watches and Aarikka handmade wood necklaces from Finland, all recommended by the boutique.

TRIWA Havana Nevil in Orange | HK$2,500
Swedish Hasbeens Braidd Sky High in White | HK$2,500
Aarikka Necklaces | HK$550 – HK$750

2 ST FRANCIS YARD, WANCHAI, HONG KONG
+852. 2804. 1038
                                                            

MANKS – Sau Wa Fong, Wan Chai

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MANKS introduces the quality and simplicity of Scandinavian living to Hong Kong. The store is located at a quiet corner on Sau Wa Fong, one block away from the buzzing neighborhood of Star Street. The interior design showcases nordic simplicity, but also preserved the original Hong Kong flavor with its window decor. The store offers a carefully-selected range of ceramics, home decorations and kitchenware. If you wish to see their furniture collection, contact their showroom in Wong Chuk Hang.

 

36 SAU WA FONG, WANCHAI, HONG KONG
+852. 3796. 0137

                                                           

KONZEPP I & III – Tung Street & Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan

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Tung Street, Sai Street and Tai Ping Shan Street is another burgeoning creative area in Hong Kong. One can easily spend a few hours in the cafes, art galleries and shops in the neighborhood. KONZEPP, with its not-to-be-missed yellow facade designed by multidisciplinary designer Geoff Tsui, has opened up yet another store – KONZEPP III on Tai Ping Shan Street, focusing on street wear. Good news for us, they carry a good amount of womenswear!

Wood Wood (Denmark) Peplum Top | HK$ 1,900
Wood Wood (Denmark) Printed Skirt | HK$ 1,000
None The Wiser (Singapore) Bamboo Shades |HK$1680

14 G/F TAI PING SHAN STREET, SHEUNG WAN, HONG KONG
+852. 2803. 0339

                                                           

Kapok – Sun Street, Wan Chai

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Kapok carries a well-edited selection of international and local brands and is known for introducing emerging exclusive brands to Hong Kong. In Kapok, you can find your daily fix of novelty candies, fashion accessories and lifestyle products. The store combines the concept of a lifestyle shop and coffee bar where visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee under the “community roof” and find inspiring designs. 

 
G/F. 3, SUN STREET, WANCHAI, HONG KONG
+852. 2520. 0114

                                                           

LOVERAMICS – Tung Street, Sheung Wan

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The Concept store of LOVERAMICS is located on Tung Street. The finest collection of their own designs are on display in the store. LOVERAMICS comprises aesthetic craftsmanship and practical usage, and is known for being affordable. My favorites are definitely the “A Curious Toile” and the new “Flutter” Collection.

  
 
37 TUNG STREET, SHEUNG WAN, HONG KONG
+852. 2915. 8018

                                                           

Russell Street – St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai

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Previously at a blogger event organized by Giftwell, we were all given a personalized voucher and mine is for Russell Street, a fashion boutique on St. Francis Yard. It is very thoughtful of the founders of Giftwell to do so, and I think their selection represents my personal style very well. I had a styling session at their store and here are two of my favourite outfits.

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Wearing FUNKTIONAL jacket (HK$ 1,480), Clover Canyon dress (HK$2,280) and ATALANTA WELER heels (HK$ 3,980).

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Wearing FUNKTIONAL jacket (HK$ 1,480) and Zoe Jordan pants (HK$ 4,600)

NO. 6, SAINT FRANCIS YARD, WANCHAI, HONG KONG
 +852. 2866. 0800

                                                           

Outfit photos by Inga Beckmann. Rest by me.

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Already contemplating what to buy from these amazing businesses? The founders of Giftwell, Connie and Shirley Lee, had kindly offered the readers of The Style Voyager ONE HK$1,000 cash voucher for any ONE of Giftwell’s partners (see list). You only need to follow 2  simple steps:

1. Like Giftwell’s Facebook page here.

2. Comment below with
a) thoughts on your favourite local shops;
b) your Facebook profile name for us to cross-check your participation.

The giveaway is open from 3 to 10 May, 2013. (One day before Mother’s Day!!!)

Terms and conditions

This giveaway is open to Hong Kong readers only.|The winner is picked randomly.| Please leave your correct email address when commenting, I will inform the winner through this channel only.|The Giftwell voucher can be used in one shop of your choice only (See list of Giftwell partners.)| The Giftwell voucher is valid for 2 months from the day received.| Giftwell will be in touch with you about the delivery of the voucher.|We will not transfer your personal data to any third party without your permission.

Disclaimer: I was gifted a HK$500 voucher to shop at Giftwell partner Russell Street. The HK$1,000 gift voucher which will be given away in this post is also sponsored by Giftwell. I have no further commercial ties with Giftwell and I am not affiliated with any of the shops listed above.

Gleaming velvet.

Photographs by dear mom : )

(Zara green velvet top, Topshop skirt, H&M shirt and boots.)

Sorry guys, it’s been like a week without new posts. It was raining for a while but now we have officially entered the beautiful fall : D I can feel the cool air running through my palms, leaving behind a feeling that is so satisfying but somehow unsettling. But we all know that this is gonna be the one month in a year, when life is beautiful no matter what.

Layering a shirt underneath a short-sleeve top is what I’d like to call the “librarian” look. It’s something I tend to avoid because with the wrong combination of textures, it will look extremely geeky and old-fashioned. It would take something heavy and chic like velvet to bring this look together, and I found just the right item in Zara yesterday!

As I was strolling down the street, I noticed how people stare at my half-way tucked in shirt. Though I do think a little bit of messiness differentiates fashion bloggers from runway models, I couldn’t help but dwell on the line  from The Picture of Dorian GrayShe tried to look picturesque, but only succeeded in being untidy. Hmm.. whatever.

Oh, and thank you for those who voted for the Asos outfits! Love you all : 3

Vote for The Style Voyager’s Asos outfit!

Photographs by the one and only Carmen Chan

I can’t quite explain how a peaceful tea party turned out to be a best-outfit-competition. But I guess that’s the only way to engage all you lazy asses. So, without further adieu, I present you my tea party costume outfit. As expected, I went for statement pieces from head to toe, hopefully you don’t find them outshining each other.

A brief outfit breakdown – Chinese opera inspired extended sleeves top – I found the best way to wear it is to tie a loose knot with the sleeves at the back. It weighs down the drama and gives the look a very romantic finish; midi length pencil skirt with colour blocking – this should be a mid-calf length skirt but on me it’s almost ankle length. I seriously can’t care less because the colours are beautiful and the shape so very flattering. The brocade platform sandals are gorgeous and relatively comfortable to walk in; and how can one stop staring at that long polka dot clutch? Excuse my fox though, he just want to have some attention.

So are you convinced to vote for me, huh? Blink blink.

I’m just kidding : ) Go ahead and vote for the outfit you like the best, and win a £250 cash coupon to shop at asos.com! It takes only a few steps to vote so don’t get lazy on that. The competition lasts for 2 weeks. Don’t forget to check out everyone else’s blog and comment and rate!

Now click on the items to view individual piece!
I’ve spent 3 hours mapping the html, so at least click on it!Click and Shop!

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ASOS x HK Fashion Bloggers Tea Party

All photos by the one and only Carmen Chan except the last one.

Let me tell you something first. A few months ago Asos contacted us for a standard affliate programme, asking us to put a banner on and in return earn a percentage from others’ purchases. I told Sam and Denise, in a blogger meet up, that it is stupid. (Sorry for being honest…) But asos has kept the options open and the creative genius Sam replied to that ever-so-standard email saying “Really?! Can we propose something else?” And it kicked off our 4-month communication and preparation with Asos. I can tell you that ALOT efforts are involved, ideas, time, physical challenges – I’m referring to weight lifting in particular, HK bloggers had accomplished a very unlikely task. See how creativity and persistence has made everything look so much better? Thank you Asos for being so open-minded and supportive!

What is it all about?

The original idea is to have a few HK fashion bloggers gather together for a afternoon meet up and tea sharing – beautiful food, beautiful decorations, bird cages, traditional China, a crazy amount of flowers and many more. The idea is to combine a relaxed and beautifully decorated backdrop to show off the clothes. At the later stage of the preparation, local creatives Carmen Chan and Nathan Wong were brought in for the post production. And thanks to that our efforts have been translated into pictures and moving images. Now watch this amazing video shot and edited by Nate and his crew.


Credits of the amazing video goes to Nate and his crew – Spade, Dion, andd Brendon.

Beautiful home courtesy of Tania : )
Special thanks to Vero Chocolate and Cafe Loisl for the delicious cakes!

I was a little overwhelmed by the preparation and didn’t actually spent much time enjoying myself. But I’m sure others did and the action of clicking on their stories is highly recommanded!
A pair and a spare, Fashion Hedonism, Sam is Home, Superwowomg, T Like Bubble Tea

What is next?

What’s up next is that everyone of you is invited to participate and win a £250 asos cash coupon? Tempted? Read my next post to see how to get it!

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