Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Days gone by

I've been feeling really nostalgic lately, but for what?  I'm not sure.

I've spent many an evening just wandering and clicking the "you might also like" links under my posts, looking back at old ones.

Especially those with my little kiddos in them.  I've been pouring over the pictures of them all when they were so little.  The videos, their little voices, the stories of what they used to do.

Maybe it's because, though I'm not really trying to think about it, our family is heading for some big changes in our near future.

My big boy, that baby of mine just 11 years ago...well, he's changing.  He'll be in middle school next year.  I have vivid (and painful) memories of middle school.  And, that's where he's headed.  

I know every parent feels this, but how does time go by so quickly?  I think the biggest adjustment that I'm struggling with is the letting go.  Letting him be more independent.  But trying to make sure that he's safe.  It scares the shit out of me.   

Couple that with the fact that my tiniest one is getting super excited about big school next year, and I'm overwhelmed.  I don't want to change anything, but I need things to slow down.  I want to be able remember it all.  Every detail.  Over and over.

Speaking of days gone by, these pictures were taken well before the Hong Kong Sevens weekend (before I got my wild streak).  On a rare sunny day, on the rooftop.  

Outfit details: vintage silk blouse and pants come from Stanley Market,  
scarf (from Roomi in Stanley Plaza)...I couldn't resist the colors or the print.

Monday, April 14, 2014


Easter holiday is in the air. Can you feel it? We can. Kids are restless at school, we are all exhausted and the weather is teasing us with warm sunshine on weekends.

All we have to do is make it through this short week. Easier said than done!

By the way, excuse the weird spacing on this.  I'm not sure why I can't get the spaces to be even.  I think it has to do with the fact that I published from my iPhone and then edited from Blogger here on my laptop. ARGH!

Bathtime at my mum's gets bubbly!

A sweet gift arrives in the post from Hill Side Story vintage shop.

And, it fits perfectly. Such a springy color, too.

Promposal season hits the high school and our senior rock.

Multicultural window guardians.

Playing chopsticks on the MTR.

The lush jungle of Hong Kong.

Sunday morning pancake art.

Vintage Missoni #ootd #liftdoors

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Dress smart

Have you ever thought about how silly that phrase actually is?  I mean, how does one dress smart? Can one's attire and intellect really be paired together?

I don't know.  Anyhow, that's kind of irrelevant.  The phrase just popped into my head while I was uploading the outfit pics and thinking of a title.  Something about the business look up top paired with a more casual vintage denim skirt and Moheda clogs made me think of the idea of dressing smart/casual.

So, the good news is that the hubby gets back from Chiang Mai tomorrow.  The even better news is that this week went more smoothly than I anticipated.  

The kids were so helpful.  Even with two fashion events this week (and two nights out), they were responsible about their homework and finished their little jobs (recycling and compost) without too many reminders.

They did wonder why I was going out yet again, but understood when I explained what I was doing.  They are such sweet little supporters of my fashion-y stuff.  Heck, most of these outfit pics are taken by them.  These were my big girl's work.  At eight, she's really getting the hang of it.  She's exactly the same age that Buddy was when he started taking my outfit pics.  

Thank goodness for the help I get from my mum and of course Yaya and Jojo because I wouldn't be able to get through the week without them.

Outfit details: Denim skirt from Esty, Moheda swedish clogs (on repeat lately), striped top from Vic and Lily, thrifted H&M black blazer and necklace from Select 18 Vintage shop in Sheung Wan

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tis the season of birthdays

This post is long overdue, but life gets busy so I guess it's better late than never.  December, January and February in most families is known as Winter.  In our family, it's called Birthday season.  This year I felt much less prepared than in previous years.  Lots more happening in our kiddos' lives with all their activities and homework, so I didn't have much of a jumpstart to plan.

Celebrating  a win.

Still, we pulled off three really ripping parties!

Competition and boys go hand in hand.  Here, it's dodgeball.

The big boy's was probably the most low key.  He's kind of entering that age where birthday parties are kind of not the thing to do anymore.  It kind of makes me sad, actually.  I can't believe he's already this old and soon, he'll be celebrating with all his buddies and not me.

Buddy goofs around with his friends.

For his, we just had about six or seven of his mates over in the gym to play ball games.  No fancy theme, no fancy cakes, but pizza and mookies (his invention of chocolate chip cookies baked like muffins). They're a hit!

Chef Joey shows the girls how to make a pizza.

Now, girl birthday parties are a big deal.  For a while the big girl was deciding between a cooking party or a dancing party.  Given that my dance studio was demolished for the renovations happening at our school, that sort of eliminated the dance option.

Mixing ingredients for mookies.

Instead, my fabulous, amazing hubby took over and lead a class in the cooking classroom.  Ella's girlfriends all got to make their own personal pizzas and a batch of mookies to take home.  On top of that, the hubby even make scrumptious vanilla cupcakes.  Seriously, people, I totally hit the jackpot with my guy.

Blowing out 8 birthday candles!

And, I haven't even gotten to the best part yet...

Cally's birthday party.  You see, Cally knew from day one what her party was going to be.  Side note: our kiddos brainstorm their party ideas together.  It's sweet to watch.  Anyhow, Cally knew she wanted a spy party.

Waiting to enter the Spy Training Academy.

Any ideas about what a spy party actually is?  We didn't know either.

'Landmine' training and please notice Cally's disguise (blue eyelashes).

Then, my Joey had a brainwave.  The party plan came to him in an instant.  QR codes, Buddy dressed up as Dastardly Dan who has stolen the birthday fun and a spy training academy!  Cally's little friends were in for a treat.  I dressed them up in disguises (a little face paint) and then we sent them off.

Scanning QR codes to get the next clue.

Oh boy. Best. Party. Ever.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Insta-weekly (lonely wives club)

I'm husband-less this week. It's the middle school's week to take their students away, so the hubby is off in Thailand till Friday.

Day one down. All still accounted for. So far, so good. Check in with me by Thursday.

Went to some fun events this past week and we even got a sneak peek at beach weather on Saturday. I can't wait to be a regular at St Stephens beach again. It's my favorite beach of all.

Here is a peek at the week via Instagram. Follow along @imanorbyah

Accessorizing with my orange umbrella on repeat last week.

Excessive rain also broke the lift, so no #liftdoors to take my #ootds!

Dark skies at mid morning.

Showcasing my ongoing love affair with my glue gun. So good for #repair which is this month's theme for the @getredressed challenge.

Cocktails at the Niin launch (and my fave necklace on the crystal rock).

Wait, sun??? Humanities teachers take classes outside.

Finally got to meet sweet Emily and her super fun sis Sam #mrpawlyn

Other kids make sandcastles, my little girl makes kava #fijitime.

A close game for Wisconsin (not good times when they lost).

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Feel Good Fashion: A growing trend

As much as I'm an Etsy addict and a lover of vintage, one of the things that really inspires me is the growing trend in the fashion industry toward sustainable fashion.  Several weeks ago, I was interviewed by a student for a school broadcast and I was asked about why I like wearing vintage.  For me the answer is simple; wearing vintage feels good.  

That's because I know I'm not contributing to textile waste or supporting unethical practices or contributing to effects of fast fashion on our environment.  Wearing vintage and secondhand (thrifted) clothing means that I'm helping to breathe new life into a garment that still has so much wear left in it.  

These beliefs really lie at the core of how I would define my approach to fashion and how I define my style.  In Hong Kong, I've found that there are many like-minded people who share my beliefs and I feel lucky to be able to count myself a part of their community.

So, for a while now I've wanted to introduce some of these creative people here on my blog.  I've had this idea for a series cooking in my brain and I can't wait to showcase some of the inspiring and creative talent here in Hong Kong.

My friends Tania and Sam, creators of the online boutique A Boy Named Sue, state their beliefs about sustainability very clearly on their website.  I think their idea of this Sustainability Triangle align very well with my own beliefs about Feel Good Fashion.  The growing trend is to support designers with eco-conscious principles driving how they design their clothing (like the Eco Fashion Show), fashion companies which are also social enterprises (think Toms shoes) and collaborations with local designers (Tangram x Goods of Desire).

Feel Good Fashion.  

I'm excited about this series.  I hope you are, too.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Seriously, we have a winner

I promise you, this is no joke.  I didn't think about that when I set the end of my giveaway as April Fool's Day.  

I really love how easy Rafflecopter makes giveaways.  I wish I could do them more.  Hint, hint....anyone want to collaborate so I can do a giveaway on this blog?

Anyhow, before I ramble on, let me announce the winner.

Congratulations to Aldea Febryan
I'll be sending you an email shortly.

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