Monday, October 5, 2015

How to know you're a blogger (also called blogger problems)

Over the years that I've been writing this blog, I've noticed little changes in myself, both subtle ones about how I think and obvious ones about how I approach situations.  I'm never afraid to take the piss out of myself, so I thought other fashion bloggers might get a giggle or two at what I've observed about this whole blogging shiz.

You know you're a blogger when...

1.  Getting dressed in the morning means making a decision about whether or not an outfit is blogworthy.  And furthermore, did you post it already?

2. When you wander by a spot you think "hmmm, that could be a great location for an outfit photo shoot." What this really means is it's a unique background with bright colors or graffiti and the lighting there is good.  I've used this spot under the plants and these green stairs several times. There's an orange wall in front of it, and once my girl Akiko even hung off these same stairs to snap good pictures for a lookbook shoot we were working on together.

And, you can never walk by a spot without remembering that you used it as a location for outfit pictures.  Nearly all of Stanley Market has been my backdrop at least once.

The Murray House is no longer a spot since it's become an H&M. Argh!

3.  Speaking of photo shoots, every picture op is a "shoot" whether it be planned with outfit changes and different locations or just a quick iPhone outfit picture taken by the hubby (or my kiddos, or some other willing soul) on our roof or some side alley in Stanley Market.

4.  When you plan a night out, even if it's only remotely fashion-related, it is an "event." Here I am with Geneva for her A Pair and a Spare book signing and a little DIY project a few years ago.  "Events" can be little DIY workshops, collection launches, art openings, Little Bao Karaoke nights, the HK Tattoo Convention.  The list goes on...

5.  The happenings of your day can quite often become blog post titles. In fact, sometimes whole posts turn into rants about what's giving you stress (okay, maybe this one is just me because most of my week revolves around managing my time and my three kiddos). But I know I've had whole rants about other things, too.  Like the whole leggings as pants rant I posted here.

But here's my favorite one...


6.  Going out for drinks with girlfriends (who are also fashiony peeps) is "networking" or vice versa. It kind of reminds me of when I was in a bookclub and we never really talked about the books we read for too long, but really enjoyed the wine and conversation we had. The hubby always used to refer to bookclub with air quotes. 

So there, have a laugh at my expense.  I don't take myself too seriously.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Guest blogging with The Fab 40s: Fringe

It doesn't feel like all that long ago that I turned 40, yet here I am embracing this new decade in the company of some lovely women who I've 'met' in the blogosphere. I was introduced to a stylish group of five women via work friend and blogger, Ann of Kremb de la Kremb. They call themselves The Fab 40s and together, they post their own style take on various themes and trends each month.  This month, I was invited to join them as Guest Blogger, which means I was offered a chance to choose their theme.  

Unknowingly, I inspired Ann with a little DIY Fringe project I completed this summer when I added fringe to a thrifted black clutch. It was a safe project given that the clutch only cost me a whopping 99 cents! I had been eyeballing all these fun bags with super long fringe and thought I'd give it a go myself rather than buy one. I don't fancy myself a DIY blogger, so I just did this for myself and was really pleased with the results (progress on this clutch was shared on my Instagram feed @imanorbyah).  Little did I know that it got Ann thinking of a theme for this month's Fab 40s post.  I was very flattered, to say the least.

So here they are, five fabulously stylish ladies in their 40s each with their own interpretation of the fringe trend:

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun

Details: Crochet cardigan - Roxy, Jeans - KUT, clogs - Zigi Soho, bag - Carlos Santana

Details: Shawl - American Eagle Outfitters, Pants - Diesel, Booties - Nine West, Fedora - NYC Boutique, Top - Anthropologie

Details: Feather earring - Market in Hua Hin, Thailand, Glasses -ASOS, Vest and Dress - Forever 21, Lippy - Wet n Wild Mauve Outta Here, Boots - Zara

Details: Scarf – Zara, Blazer – Zara, Top – Mango, Jeans – Zara, Boots – Zara, Hair – All my Own ;-)

Sheela of Sheela Writes

Details: Vest - Leathertongue by Emily Payne, Graphic Tee - Esprit de Corps, Capri Pants - Herban Devi, Fringed Suede Booties - Shoedazzle, Gold Flower Ring - Kate Spade, Gold Band Ring - Poshmark, Leather Hat - Australia, Nails - Elegantly Wasted by Trust Fund Beauty, Lipstick - Sad Girl from Anastasia Beverly Hills

Thank you ladies for the warm welcome and for this month's fun challenge. It was lovely 'meeting' you and reading your fringe posts, too.  You're all so sweet. 

You may recall a rant I posted over the summer in response to a ridiculous article about age appropriate dressing (whatever that is). After writing this post, I have continued to find myself really speaking for not only myself but all women who have to answer to others' perceptions of what is right for us. Through stumbling upon that dreadful article, I met another fabulous 40s blogger, Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb whose response is this hashtag #iwillwearwhatilike.

Details: Tory Burch blouse (bought second hand at the Get Redressed Pop Up), DIY distressed Guess jeans from Goodwill, vintage scarf, Shoemint boots, vintage jewellery

Between Catherine and these other ladies of The Fab 40s, any doubts I previously had about being 40 have most definitely disappeared. I think I'll be quite happy in the good company of these women and I know now that I'm ready to face any age with grace and confidence.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Links a la Mode, September 24

I was thrilled to wake up this morning and discover that the blog post I wrote last week (Bette and Minnie: A Tale of Two Coats) was selected by Independent Fashion Bloggers to be shared on this week's Links a la Mode.  IFB is a wonderful community which brings together bloggers to share their experiences and provides support for bloggers with helpful resources and tips. If you are a fashion blogger, you should seriously consider joining this collaborative community.

I love history.  I live in an old house. I buy old furniture. I sometimes dress in vintage. I just love old things.  However, I’m a Norbyah's blog takes it a step further and researches the history of two fur coats.  Additionally there were quite a few posts about dressing from various eras and just how much to incorporate from those days.

Read more from this week's line up of bloggers:

Links à la Mode, September 24
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

I'm writing this blog post in my activewear

Remember my PSA about leggings? The one where I basically ranted about how leggings are not pants?

Well, I stumbled onto this brilliant video on Facebook yesterday about people who wear activewear to do things that aren't active. It comes from three funny women in Sydney who have a website called Skit Box loaded with lots of entertaining videos for everyone.

You won't be able to get this song out of your head, I guarantee. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Redress it don't bin it: A Get Redressed Preview

 One person's trash is another person's treasure. Perhaps a little cliche, but certainly true.

It boggles my mind to think about the perfectly good clothing we send to landfills, sometimes with the tags still on. Redress HK does so much to address this issue, from awareness of our own consumer habits and the growing problem of textile waste to education of up and coming designers on sustainable design techniques.

For me, they're an easy NGO and charity to support and I've counted myself as one of their top supporters from the start. They're also one of the sponsors of the Eco Chic Design Award.  Tonight I met Kevin Germanier who won the top prize in January this year. I wrote about it here.

At the VIP event tonight, I got to catch up with Christina Dean, the Founder and CEO and get a preview of some of the pieces on offer.  You can get your hands on this first outfit for yourself, unless someone grabbed it after I left.

And this second Tory Burch outfit, too (minus the blouse). The shoes are Christian Loubotin, and oh so sexy. I loved all the statement heels for sale there tonight along with all the designer, high street and off the rack selections, too.  They're all there for a fraction of the price you'd normally pay.

The Get Redressed Pop Up Shop is going on this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30am to 9pm at Pizza Express in Wan Chai on Wing Fung Street.

Thank you Ann (Kremb de la Kremb) for taking the first outfit pictures, thank you fellow Sister in Vintage, Jackaline (M&Sandthensome) for selecting some fun pieces during the sorting days. You know me so well.

Here's a peek at a project that Redress HK worked on in collaboration with Miele this summer to raise awareness of this issue of textile waste.  The finalists for this year were just announced.  I cannot wait to see what they come up with for the Grand Final.  Follow along here to learn more about who they are.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Bette and Minnie: A Tale of Two Coats

Bette and Minnie. Vicki and Norbyah.

 Two were sisters living in the Illinois Valley. Two are friends who at one time were both living in Hong Kong (see how I had to write that, Vicki?)

I like to imagine that Bette and Minnie enjoyed an occasion to get dressed up and socialize in the supper clubs around the towns of the Illinois Valley. Some of those supper clubs remain like Garzanelli's in Oglesby or Bartley's in La Salle, but I've always wondered what they were like in their heyday. I'm sure these ladies were well recognized in the area since Minnie was a member of the family who owned a local grocery store and an Italian restaurant and Bette joined the US Coast Guard and was given an honorable discharge button for her service to her country.

Vicki and I are also fans of the nightlife.  Live music, a good glass of wine (or several), and late night shenanigans.  Any evening with her never ends before 2am. Time just seems to fly when I'm having fun with her.

Bette was also an eager collector of antiques and enjoyed traveling. She'd been to several countries in her lifetime. It's fitting that Vicki now owns her coat because roughly a week after we took these pictures, she moved back to Scotland.

I wonder if Bette's travels ever took her there.

My research revealed less of Minnie, but I imagine she was perhaps more happy to stick close to her family and their family owned businesses.  She was active in her community, involved in women's clubs and local food organizations, kind of like me.

I'd like to think that Bette and Minnie and Vicki and I would have gotten along fabulously. Vicki and I both love stories from the past, and I'm sure these two Illinois Valley sisters would have had many to share with us.

When I showed my mother-in-law these vintage gems I'd scored at their new Salvation Army Store, I was amazed that she recognized Minnie Ferretti's name.  I decided to keep her coat because it was bought in a now-closed shop right in La Salle called Salzer Furs. I liked the label.

I wonder what Bette and Minnie would think of our little shoot in this small residential alley near Stanley Market. Or our silly posing in front of Vicki's camera while both of us were literally dripping with sweat. 

Wearing fur coats in Hong Kong during the month of August is not recommended.  Hot weather aside, I'm so glad we squeezed this little picture op in before Vicki left Hong Kong for good and these two coats were separated by oceans once again.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

I used to be a blogger

I feel like I write this post every year, but such is the pattern of life.

I'm busy.  Life with three kids is busy. A new school year is busy. There are so many events in the evenings (between parent nights and fashion type pop ups), so evenings are busy. Only, it's the third week of school already and I feel like I should be into a groove. Routines should be established. But they aren't.

When I think about it, I'm actually surprised that I was able to manage all of this before summer.  I mean, how did I do that? But maybe it's no surprise.  Every year the kids get bigger and their activities change, the hubby and I have different demands from work and our day to day lives are also different. It's one of the amazing things about being a teacher.  Every year is new.

I look at my blog and see that I've managed one post a week.  One whopping post per week! How did I do this before? I don't even want to talk about getting to the gym, alright? Pfft!

So, as I do every year, I hope that things will settle and I will feel a little more like I actually have a handle on all the pieces of my life. Bear with me. I mean, I know these are first world problems. They're working parent problems, they're blogger problems, but they're my problems.

And they're real.

Postlude: Today is Sunday. I've spent the better portion of today grumpy. It's getting to me. And, sorry that I don't have real pictures.  They're all still on my camera and I haven't taken any new ones lately.

Additional postlude: I stumbled across these two posts that remind me that other people are busy, too.
Thank you A Portable Package and The Chriselle Factor.

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