Tuesday, December 10, 2013
I'm sick. The bug caught me. Just in time for the holidays. Why is that?
My favorite color combo.
Taking my big girl to a Pop Up Shop at The Space and her first event!
My big boy turns 11, how can that be?
Wombat birthday card tradition.
Serenaded by middle schoolers playing live Christmas music in this #liftdoors #ootd pic.
Possibly the yummiest dessert in Hong Kong at Little Bao.
Unpacking decorations always makes me nostalgic.
Cally gets primped for her first dance recital!
Finishing it off with the star.
Christmas decoration pop up shop and workshop at Little Square.
Friday, December 6, 2013
At the start of this Etsy Confessions series I mentioned the number of ways you can find good sellers on Etsy. I stumbled onto Vera Wilde's shop, Wild Canyons & Whiskey, one day when I happened to be searching for something very specific (jumpsuits as I recall). Rather than browsing in my favorite shops, I search for items. In doing this, on more than one occasion, I've actually discovered new favorite shops, like Vera's.
What struck me, right away, was Vera's personal attention. Not only did she agree to reserve an item for me, but when there was a mix up about the jumpsuit I'd found, she sent me a very genuine personal message in which she apologized and even offered me a discount on another item. Now, that's good customer service. The kind that's hard to come by these days.
I am very introspective, and I spend a lot of time attempting to uncover truths about our existence. I soak my soul in mystery, in myth, in symbolism. I spend more time than I intend to deep within reflection, I also spend more time than I intend to planning the route to an ideal reality. Aka: I'm an introvert.
I'm a photographer, jewellery designer, and owner of an online vintage collection called Wild Canyons & Whiskey. If it wasn't for photography I'd probably be pursuing a career in writing fiction. Growing up I was convinced that I'd be a published novelist by the age of eighteen. I've started writing countless novels, none of which have seen completion, one day, perhaps in old age. I'm also very passionate about expanding consciousness, spirituality, the science of thought. I'm starting to practice Reiki, I recently received my level 1 attainment which was an incredible experience.
Why did you decide to open a shop on Etsy? How long have you been on Etsy?
When I was living in Los Angeles during high school I spent countless hours in vintage shops on Ventura blvd, a few blocks from my house: American Vintage, Iguana, Handmade's vintage section, it really spoke to that very large nostalgic part of me. I made the decision then that I'll have a shop of my own one day. When I was nineteen I discovered Etsy and that little dream became very tangible. A few days after my 20th birthday (May of 2012) I opened up Wild Canyons & Whiskey :)
Significance of your Etsy shop name?
I had spent a lot of time in southern California, I would say that I spent the most critical part of my development beneath the palms and canyons. I left 2 years ago to move to the Pacific North West, but California will always remain a soul-mate. Wild Canyons & Whiskey is a short compression of my youth in one of the most incredible places I know.
What do you look for when you buy items for your shop?
If a piece speaks to me then I'll buy it, floral, sheer, fringe, knit, crochet, beaded, tie dye, leather, fur, flow, earthy, rock n roll. It's such an exciting process for me.
What do you like about Etsy?
I honestly love everything about Etsy, the community, the resources it provides the sellers with, the layout and simplicity. I'm really grateful for Etsy!
Vera's shop just emanates her free-spirited bohemian nature and love for the natural world, I love it. It's not the era or selection of vintage that I have very much of, but nonetheless, I love it. Don't just take my word for it. Click on the shop link and go there yourself!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
I recall the last time I wore this dress on the blog, I struggled with a title, too.
That really stinks. It implies that I'm uninspired in some way, and that definitely isn't the case. I love this dress, I love blue, and I love the seller (Vic and Lily) who sold me this dress.
Nevertheless, I remain uninspired for post titles about this dress. What I want to discuss, however, is how does one go about styling something again? Recognizing that I've worn this dress on the blog before, how was I going to make it look different? I'm not entirely convinced I have the answer.
And therein lies the problem. I get asked a lot about how big my closet is. And, I have confessed to having an Etsy addiction. The cost factor of the clothes I like to buy means that I don't necessarily break the bank to wear these vintage gems. I've never subscribed to the idea that looking fashionable has to cost lots of money. I've always tried to be resourceful. Thrifty. But am I?
I'm not sure.
Is it enough to just wear my hair differently? Change the shoes and accessories? Interestingly, I came across a post from Steffy's Pros and Cons in which she admitted to staying away from dresses for the simple reason that they are hard to change up. Styling dresses requires less creativity because you only have to think about the bag and shoes. But, I'm finding quite the opposite to be true. Especially with a dress like this simple blue one. The possibilities are endless.
I just have to figure out what they are. Any styling suggestions?
Monday, December 2, 2013
Trying to do this in the right order this week. Featured on the feed is the annual holiday tournament, some fun events, a glimpse of school and good family time. And of course, lift door outfits pics.
Checking out the Christmas at Times Square.
The Trial of Malcolm X begins in class.
Hong Kong Dancers (I mean cheerleaders, haha!) at the Great American Texan BBQ.
Lift doors and Vic and Lily vintage.
Tangram for GOD launch in Hollywood Road, Soho.
Snuggles and books.
Local market in Shau Kei Wan.
The Dragons boys wins the Holiday Tournament (a long time coming)!
A real 90s look for the lift doors.
Men with beards. It's a brotherhood, you know?
Family day in Stanley.
My friend Paola, the lovely lady behind Tangram.
Meat supervision should be left to the men. Thanksgiving turkey, yum.
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Thursday, November 28, 2013
Living outside of the US now going on eight years, Thanksgiving doesn't have the same impact for us as it used to.
Even working for an American style school, we don't get Thanksgiving holiday and therefore, our turkey feast (or some variation of it) has always had to wait until Saturday.
This year isn't any different, except tonight we had roast chicken with stuffing and gravy. ON Thanksgiving day.
It felt good.
And, before we dug into our meal, we all went around to say what we were thankful for. A nice tradition that we've managed most years.
Buddy said his teachers.
The hubby is thankful for Eva and Jojo.
Cally first said octopus (she was learning how to say it in her Cantonese lesson today) and then changed her mind (and for the life of me I can't remember. Octopus was such a Cally response).
And for me, I'm thankful that I have my mum around everyday.
***Pictures for this post all come from our October trip to Fiji, another blessing for which I am thankful. The opportunity for my family to finally see this beautiful place and to meet the wonderful people who have welcomed me as part of their Rukurukulevu village community and who I have been fortunate enough to know all these years.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I have to admit, brown was never my favorite color, which seems an unfair judgement on my part.
As with my love/not love (I can't say I ever hated it) relationship with navy, I'm finding that I've also come around to love brown.
Firstly, I feel like much more these days, that cardinal sin I used to stick so closely to in college of not wearing brown and black together doesn't hold true anymore. I have often paired a brown belt or shoes with something black. Or worn brown and black directly together in a print or on a sweater (outfit post on that coming soon).
Where I previously used to think that brown didn't look good on me because of my skin tone or hair color, I now tend to think that, if it's the right shade, it works quite well.
I've also realized that brown compliments many other colors that I really love. Blue, red, green...the list goes on.
I initially passed on this dress from Vic and Lily because of my previous hesitation towards brown (even though the green jade-like buttons were just perfect). I was glad that it was still there a couple of months later when I stopped at her stall at Island East Market one Sunday.
What a silly girl I was to realize this affinity for the color brown so late!
p.s. Have a look at the newest addition to our graffiti wall on the rooftop. It's the hubby's first attempt and that is Joe Strummer's face, by the way.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Last week, I took some of my dancers to Beijing for a dance festival. It's a fun weekend of creative collaboration for all, dancers and directors alike. Having opportunities like these is truly a perk if the job.
HKD lands in Beijing.
Warm up right up front.
A Beijing sunrise.
Collaboration in fusion groups.
A night out to see Giselle.
Ready to perform at the showcase.
Drinks with the directors.
HKD lands back home in the 852.
One last #ootd before my pants split at the airport (hugely embarrassing and funny as hell).
Here's a peek. I'm totally out of sync with this post, but such is life.