Sept.

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Hi there.

I am fervent about blogging regularly (at least I try to be), I failed to be inspired last week. I blame (still) the thoughts that are buzzing in my head. I also blame the lovely taste of autumn that we had that inspired me instead to get out and daydream and wander and jog and walk and pace. So, apologies.

And so we come to a new week. When I’m not curled up perusing the endless gorgeousness that is many, many September issues, I’m mentally packing for my trip (nine days!). Otherwise my eyes have been glued to the #nyfw updates…hooray for Prabal Gurung’s palette, Kate Spade’s escapist designs, Victoria Beckham’s simple chic – and her little Harper who makes even Anna Wintour smile. Too good.

For those of you who are popping by via my JADE Magazine column, thank you. JADE was my first internship ever and I am so glad to still be contributing to the efforts of the lovely ladies on the team.

Hope your week is off to a good start. More soon.

Image: People

Week [0830].

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This week has passed at lightning speed – and that’s a good thing, because I have been waiting for a long time to say, Good riddance, August.

It’s always March and August. Are the stars misaligned? Is it something in the air that makes us slightly more berserk than the rest of the year? Is it about the ending of one season and transitioning into the next?

I’ve been slack in enjoying the “little things” as planned last week. But what I have recognised, is that when one door closes, another really does open. Or rather, you need to close one door before you can open another.

I’m ready for the weekend and even more ready to crack into the delicious umeshu that I grabbed for tonight’s dinner.  It’s been a productive week of this issue being signed off by the client, 5th colour selection for our fancy cover, and the completion of “the” pitch. Time to exhale…and mentally begin packing for the big trip! And tucking into those wonderfully thick September issues while contemplating more “what ifs”.

In the meantime…

Why our best ideas come to us while we’re in the shower, as per Woody Allen.

The essential bag/clutch for autumn.

Such elegance – live stream of a Bolshoi Ballet class.

Honesty doesn’t sell.

Love Mrs. Reed Krakoff’s choice Yoshitomo Nara’s work for her living room.

Addicted to cold press concoctions from these guys.

Have an exhilarating weekend!

Photo: Hong Kong, 2012.

Tix.

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I love to travel. But like many people, I hate the necessary planning that comes with it. Namely, the online air ticket purchase game. For international travels from China I rely on the handy Ctrip – it’s merely hours from booking to e-ticket being in hand. For more short-haul flights in North America, it’s back to Expedia, Kayak and the like. Hours of comparisons, multiple tabs full of options, everything leading to one destination.

Let’s put it this way. The online ticket hunt experience is not fun for an indecisive individual. That hold-your-breath moment before the wheel in the center of the screen stops spinning and the prices appear is just…ugh. Maybe it’s just me? Someone invent a teleporter already!

But that said, I stress that this is not a complaint. I know that I am privileged to have several big travel opportunities a year. Ultimately, I believe that all money spent on the experience of travel is always worth it. What do they say, Travel is the only thing you spend on that makes you richer? So true.

So now I hold in my hands a ticket to Vancouver, and another to my other other other home, New York City.  And believe you me, it was all worth it.

Three weeks to go!

Photo: Shanghai, 2013.

Mademoiselle C.

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Sometimes, I wish there was a better word for “inspired”. It’s a bit overused.

But that is how I feel when look at other world-class editors.

Being an editor is about infusing your view, your sense, your pulse of the ‘current’ into a publication. Carine Roitfeld’s is all attitude and personality, sass and authority. And her art direction is immaculate.

So excited for her upcoming documentary.

Image: Carine Polaroid

Week [0823.]

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This week’s recap comes a couple of days late (apologies) as I needed to unplug after this past week, which was eventful to say the least. My mind has been going a mile a minute in every direction – and at different paces too! – so needless to say, some R&R was much needed.

The end of August is near, and while my eye is still on the prize (North America in a few weeks!), my mind is already on the ‘beyond’. I’m planning, I’m plotting, I’m scrutinising what should/needs to be done, and when. While immensely talented in multi-tasking, I am anything but a planner. While trying to grapple with making sense of last week, I came across this blogger, who summarises it so eloquently: There is no strategising something that has no heart. Don’t plan/plot/scrutinise unless you mean it. Okay. 

This upcoming week will be about reminding myself to glance past the small stuff and to refocus – hard – on the little pieces of happy. Hopefully I’ll have everything sorted enough to share some big news with you soon.

In the meantime…

So ready to put this NYC field guide to good use.

Grown up lunch bags.

Playing with colour palettes and theories with this new app by Yale.

Recently, I seem to be obsessed with the wishbone.

Love every single incarnation of the Penguin Classics.

The best of international breakfasts.

Hope you had a chilled-out weekend!

Photo: San Francisco, 2012.

Week [0816].

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And so it goes.

This was a week where I wished so much that my closest BFFs were near, and that we could grab a coffee and just talk. About everything, anything, many things. But alas, being somewhat of a nomad and having said besties living miles and miles away, it just wasn’t possible.

On the other hand, I have made a big, big decision that’s about to change the game. I will follow through, and then exhale and think, You know what? Anything IS possible.

I’ve received some lovely reader emails this week, and we’ll also be hosting a reader coffee session this weekend. Sometimes it’s things like this to show that hard work certainly pays off. Then again, it’s also things like this that maybe makes you think, alright – my job is done…We had a fantastic cover shoot this week, in a showroom that had gorgeous handpainted wallpaper. The interior decorator in me was swooning the entire shoot.

There’s a quick getaway scheduled for Sunday, and it will be so nice to get out of the hustle-bustle for a day. Looking forward to some clarity being away from it all.

In the meantime…

What a perfect, classic camera satchel.

Devoured these.

Let us all be as happy and imaginative as this little one.

Yup, still thinking about Paris.

Lucky mag’s new, cool editor-in-chief.

Wallpaper*, redesigned.

Have a miraculous weekend!

Photo: Hong Kong, 2012.

Shelflife: Now Reading.

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Things We Love / Kate Spade New YorkThe Attachments / Rainbow RowellLean In / Sheryl Sandberg; The Betrayal / Helen Dunmore

A bit of a pick ‘n mix lately, as life has also been a bit…picky. Something lighthearted (don’t underestimate YA lit), something to chew on (working girls, unite), something serious (so haunting), and something pretty (that makes me oh-so-happy).

Week [0809].

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I’m finally sick. Whether it’s from the weather (heat vs. AC) or from the insanity of deadlines this week, I have finally lost the battle with the flu bug.

The weekend couldn’t have come sooner. While there is homework to be done for the latest pitch, all I want to do is to curl up in bed, drink copious amounts of orange juice, and to finally give attention to the stack of new books that have been giving me the evil eye of being neglected. I need to escape the hectic rhythm of the past week. I think I shall do just that.

In the meantime…

Great tips for the next big move.

Imagining the possible accent walls with these removable wallpapers: faded stripes, music score, greyscale dots, and anchors!

For the kiddies (and the kiddies-at-heart): Moomin furniture!

Lovers of architecture and interiors, unite.

I hate being a tourist.

Have a recuperative weekend!

Photo: Shanghai, 2013.

Re.

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热。[ Rè ].  HOT.

It’s the hottest I’ve experienced and we’re looking at two more weeks (at least) of this scorching weather. All I can think about is…

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Popsicles! Just look at these beauties. We embraced the challenge of shooting some for our last issue and while I moan about shooting F/W fashion in this heat, I’m glad we didn’t have to brave the temperatures while shooting our recipes for homemade popsicles. Despite it having been an indoor shoot, buckets and buckets of ice melted under the studio lights…

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As a child, these mango/banana flavoured treats were my favourite – but they’re only available in Hong Kong. Growing up in Canada, it was all about the Fudgsicle. Popsicles seem awfully trendy now, and I love all the healthy homemade varieties. This breakfast popsicle, for instance, is a great idea.  But you know, grown-ups deserve cheeky desserts too. This weekend I may just have to add a splash of vodka or champagne into a fruity popsicle mix to make for a good cool-down. Mmmhmm.

Photo: Weather, Shanghai, 2013. 
Images: Popsicles, Chocolate Popsicles, Cappuccino Popsicles, Rocket Popsicles