Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

lend me your ears

I’ve always loved bold earrings, the kind that sparkle and dangle and dance. One of the first big teenage battles that I fought with my mother was over getting my ears pierced. To her, pierced ears were one of the marks of a loose woman (don’t ask me where that came from, haven’t a clue ;-) ) so from the time I was 13 until 16 she was adamant that once I was old enough to wear earrings, they’d be demure clip-ons just like she occasionally wore. It was only when a family friend who was an office manager in a doctor’s office assured her that ALL of the girls were getting pierced ears and that it was perfectly safe that she relented and allowed me to get pierced for my 16th birthday. But she insisted it HAD to be done in a doctor’s office, and wouldn’t you know they used the same piercing gun as the places at the mall, where I had a second hole added in each ear three years later. (Though I usually only wear a single set of earrings, that second piercing still can be found and utilized.)

At first I made my own earrings with wires, filigree, beads and feathers from the craft store. Over the years I’ve worn everything from simple hoops to shoulder-grazing chandeliers. But these days, my lobes can no longer tolerate anything heavy, and prefer wires to posts. I still adore bold earrings, but have to balance visual impact with light weight. I find that materials like lucite, or large but open designs can all fit that criteria.

Do you wear earrings? What designs or styles appeal to you most? If you have pierced ears, how old were you when you first had them done?

Here are a few styles that have caught my eye recently:

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Monday, October 20th, 2014

Hong Kong flânerie

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We had a full day to spend in Hong Kong between our flight from Phuket and the return flight home, so decided to spend it mostly wandering and exploring the Kowloon side. Our hotel this time was also in Kowloon with a beautiful view across the harbor.

A short MTR ride away was the Flower Market.

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This handsome fellow was keeping an eye on the wares.

This handsome fellow was keeping an eye on the wares.

Then the Bird Market…

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And the Goldfish Market. Pets that can be kept in small spaces are popular in a city where space is at a premium.

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After lunch we hopped on the ferry back over to Hong Kong Island to search out a tea shop that has been recommended. The LockCha Tea Shop is a tiny place, but they offer tea tastings and instructed us on brewing techniques and serving traditions.

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We tasted a few varieties from a delicate Jasmine to a smoky Pu-ehr, and selected a few to bring home as gifts and for our own stash.

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While our smartphones don’t take such great photos in low light, I did want to try and share the night time view from the Kowloon side, which is spectacular.

We’re on our way home now, will have more on our trip and my travel wardrobe recap later this week. Thanks for reading along with our travels!

Friday, October 17th, 2014

postcards from Phuket

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Our first lunch stop. If the gorgeous scenery and fabulous food weren’t enough, we were serenaded by Gibbons at the nearby Gibbon rescue facility.

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Lemongrass salad. This was amazing.

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We checked into the hotel, and were delighted to be informed we’d been upgraded to a suite with our own pool!!!!

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A lovely welcome tray with pomegranate elderberry juice, a cool towel and a fragrant corsage. This place is also a spa and has a wonderful selection of fresh juices at breakfast.

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View from the breakfast area.

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Le Monsieur’s brother had rented a car for our visit, so we set off to see Wat Chalong, the largest Buddhist temple on Phuket. It was truly stunning.

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Everything inside the temple is very colorful and ornate.

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On our way back to the car, a quick opportunity to goof for the camera…it was very hot and humid, was glad to have the umbrella!

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After a quick lunch stop, we drove over to see the Big Buddha, recently built and still under construction.

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It was quite an impressive structure, and offered views of both East and West sides of the island.

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The King is revered here.

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View from the Big Buddha

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On the way home we stopped at a few street food vendors to pick up dinner to take back to the hotel: chicken and pork sate, fish cake and vegetable steamed in banana leaves, sticky rice, papaya salad and a few of these desserts wrapped in banana leaves. It was SO delicious!

We’re off early today on a boat excursion to see some of the islands and other nearby sights. More soon!

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

fall re-boot

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J.Crew Jacket, Naturalizer Janelle boots (also available in Wide shaft)

The lovely people at Naturalizer asked if I’d like to give these Janelle knee boots a try, and if I’d be interested in taking part in their styling contest, representing the 50+ demographic. It sounded like a fun challenge, so here’s my entry. I wanted to create an outfit that was simple yet modern, and could go from casual office to weekend. Head over to the Naturalizer Facebook page and, if you’re so inclined, vote for me. The winner of the contest will receive two additional pairs of Naturalizer shoes (the boots were provided by Naturalizer) which I’d be delighted to offer as a giveaway. If I win, you win. :-)

Stella and Dot, Aurelie Biderman bracelets, Chanel vintage flap bag

Nothing says “fall” like boots and jackets. I’m also wearing the NYDJ ‘Ami’ skinny jeans in ‘Dakota’ wash. I find myself reaching for these frequently as they are so darn versatile. The bag is my old faithful vintage Chanel, and the bracelets are from Stella and Dot (here and similar) and aurelie bidermann.

Naturalizer Janelle knee boots

The elastic goring on the back of the boots is subtle, but provides a nice snug fit with a little give. I like the shaping at the top of the shaft, and the buckles add a nice touch.

What’s your favorite way to style a pair of knee boots?

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Hong Kong at random

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I’m starting this post as we are waiting for our flight to Phuket, so will keep it brief and let pictures tell the story. Above, lovely Hong Kong Park.

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More HK Park. In the picture with the waterfall, there is a couple who appeared to have just gotten married sitting on the balustrade. Lots of turtles out sunning themselves.

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Riding the Peak Tram to the top of Victoria Peak.

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Views from the Peak.

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Casting off on the ferry ride to Kowloon.

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Views from the ferry.

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Back in Central we had a yummy lunch at a local favorite, Yat Lok. Superb!

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There’s a wonderful walk-through aviary in Hong Kong Park. The birds seem to be relatively unafraid of people walking nearby.

Off to Phuket, more soon!