Thursday, 29 November 2012

End of November

I'm a little baffled that it's already the end of November. December is literally around the corner... next thing you know it'll be the zombie apocalypse and the end of the world! Kidding. But seriously, I feel like time is flying by so soon, and I get this agitated gut feeling that there isn't enough time in the world to do the things I want to do. Atrocious. On a lighter note, I thought I'd share this comical little cartoon I found on tumblr, summarizing what the frosty weather does to me every morning. I'm hoping to snap some outfits this weekend at this funk-a-delic music festival, Clockenflap, which would without a doubt freshen up this lack-lustre blog (also excited to see some super-talented-underrated bands perform!!). So if you're going to Clockenflap too this weekend, tweeeet @ me!

xoxo Beatrice

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Gifts für men


[ Hey everyone! I thought I'd try something new and have my friend, Mikolaj, write a piece on gifts for men - an apt post for the upcoming holiday season. A mens guide written by a male himself! I hope this helps solve any last-minute gift dilemmas, and if it's any consolation, I'm still the worst at buying gifts for the men in my family. xoxo Beatrice ]

As most of the readers on here are predominantly female I figured I would start delving into men’s fashion through gifts. The Holiday season is upon us or about to be (I heard a carol at Park n Shop so it must be official), and so I think there is no better way to kick off this brief series than, by focusing on Jewelry.

Men’s Jewelry is somewhat easier to buy than women’s. Simply put there are less styles and men tend to gravitate towards certain things. Depending on your relationship I recommend you stay away from rings, not only are they hard to get fitted properly but most guys have a ring that means something; such as a high school graduation ring or be it a wedding ring, so its safer to stray away from this. I’m going to focus on men’s bracelets as these are most often worn by guys and tend to have the widest appeal.
So without further ado I bring you my top 5 bracelets for this holiday season in no particular order:

Without a doubt one of the most beautiful pieces of jewelry I have personally ever seen. The gold isn’t particularly shiny and has a sort of “worn-in” rustic aesthetic to it that’s rugged. It’s a practical piece of jewelry in that it can be easily taken off and put back on unlike some of those other lanyard bracelets that just make you want to grab a pair of scissors and cut into a million pieces. I feel it can be worn throughout winter and summer and own 3 or 4 pairs myself and although this may not be to everyone’s taste I find wearing one set on your wrist and the other around your ankle adds a fun dimension to the summer look as well as the winter look. Lastly the anchor has vibrant naval roots and for anyone who like myself wears pea coats or shawl-collared cardigans this piece is a natural extension of that naval style. 

Naimakka is a small company based in Sweden that specializes in making bracelets out of paracord. Through further research, I found that Paracord often used by soldiers and is famed for its durability. I would recommend this piece for the more “macho” of men don’t typically wear jewelry apart from maybe a watch and are outdoorsy. Again the shackle is easy to take off should it need to be removed and the fact the shackle is made of very strong stainless steel adds to the durability of this piece. Finally the fact that there is free worldwide shipping just adds to the lure of it.  


Being very honest you will be hard pressed to find someone who despises Abercrombie and what they have turned fashion into than me. My biggest gripe with them is that they insist on plastering their logo on every single thing imaginable in the most unimaginative of ways. However this is one piece that they make and probably the only thing I own from them, it’s a simple well made leather with synthetic detailing bracelet. The moose is imprinted into the leather not in a contrasting color thank god, and what your left with is a very understated piece. I recommend this for someone who is younger, maybe just finished with college or still in high school.





 Before someone starts heckling me, yes I know this is technically a cuff and doesn’t have an enclosure therefore not being able to be referred to as a Bracelet. It is however another aquatic inspired piece, and by probably my favorite men’s casual wear designer. The piece itself is very simply a long silver sliver that resembles a fishing hook although on the slightly more expensive side, I really cant see how this piece would get broken, unless you find your hand caught underneath a tank for some bizarre reason. It’s a highly durable piece and I recommend it for maybe a spouse or businessmen, it’s a slightly quirky take on a classic piece.


It’s Cartier, what else can I say. The quality of the renowned French jeweler is second to none and only Tiffany’s has a bigger reputation. It’s a very minimalist piece in white gold, and although very expensive I have no doubt this will last a lifetime. Having been a fan of Cartier for a long time I feel they can do no wrong, between their extravagantly original designs and minimalistic approach to men’s and women’s jewelry in general when you buy this piece for someone it really is timeless.


Mikolaj L.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Azealia



#BestNightEver. ASOS has made Azealia Banks one of their style heroes for the party season. Firstly let me just declare that I think she's gorgeous, adorable, and wicked cool. So I'm pretty psyched that I'll be seeing her performing at a music festival in Hong Kong next month (more on that later though). I heard her music and I didn't catch onto it at first, but she grows on you, and after watching her music videos I gotta admit I love her partly because she looks amazing. Now I love her sense of style, and these are what I'm loving from her picks - 


(images via ASOS)

Totally quirky and badass. Check her out.


xoxo Beatrice

Monday, 19 November 2012

Glimpse of a city


I was originally going to quickly post this on Saturday night, but alas, that didn't work out as intended. I merely wanted to share this beautiful montage of Hong Kong that's been circulating around. For my readers that are curious about what life's like over here, here's a great way to catch it in all its candid glory. I've met people that thought Hong Kong still had rickshaws, or that we lived some sort of agrarian lifestyle, so if you're out there I hope this video enlightens you. It's a unique place to live in, and I'm extremely blessed to grow up in a place where I can be in the beautiful country side by day and back in the luminous bustling city by night.

xoxo Beatrice

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Underworld Kingdom
























(images via Solestruck)


Saw this. Loved it. Then again, who doesn't love Solestruck? I don't usually flick through their lookbooks, but this caught my eye - I'm a sucker for quirky spreads. I love the whimsical vibe from this lookbook and the hippie-retro aesthetics with the vibrant flowers and of course the outfits (what doesn't scream hippie like a fringe kimono and floral (literally) bustier?). The avant-garde juxtaposition of the shoes were pretty sneaky as well, I didn't notice them at first but then you realize those shapes in the corner are in reality the "just in" loafers. Love this spread, but... I have to admit that man in the moose hat looks incredibly bored.

xoxo Beatrice

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

London Show Rooms

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(Several photos by Zoe S. [Fashiononymous])

Last week I had the unreal opportunity to visit the London showrooms thanks to Electric Sekki. The showrooms presented collections by Peter Pilotto, Jonathan Saunders, Roksanda Ilincic, and shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood, as well as an array of kickass mens designers. I attended with Zoe and Bryant, who are ridiculously sociable and seem to know everyone from left to right, but I was fortunate enough to be in their company. I was in love with Peter Pilotto's collection, his prints and embellishment are so unique, especially since I'm not usually one for patterns, Zoe and I decided to have some fun and try on some of his pieces! Polished off with some Kirkwood shoes, I was smitten with the Pilotto dress. I'll admit the high neck and print made me feel like an oriental princess... or just a socialite to tone things down a notch.

We ended the night by indulging in some pizza... that unfortunately led to some post-pizza guilt on my part.


Have a great day!
xoxo 
Beatrice

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

THE MOON WILL LIGHT THE WAY

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Dress - thrifted DIY slit // Vest - Topshop // Sandals - Nine West // Chain ring - Topshop // 
Bracelet - vintage // 




Feeling a little sultry and slinky with this black maxi, especially with the risque slit but that's what I love about it; the maxi-ness of the dress makes it a bit more conservative so I don't feel completely exposed. I'm going to keep this fair succinct, since there's not much to spew about, but I was traveling for the past few days and getting internet access felt like trying to scrape the last bit of cookie crumbs off a kids plate. Anyways, apart from concocting analogies, I'll be coming up with some new posts soon since I've felt like that's been overdue for some time.

Till next time!

xoxo Beatrice [ ++ H Y P E ]

Monday, 5 November 2012

CITIES FEELING QUEER & CRASS

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Top - Ballet leotard // Jacket - bazaar in the Philippines // Pleather skirt - South Korea (Dongdaemun) // Boots - Office




Notice the change of background? I was walking home when I got the idea to seize the glorious weather and take some pictures outside. I must confess: I don't own this leotard, nor do I know how to dance ballet. Once upon a time, I borrowed this slinky leotard for a dance show, and till this day I've failed to return it, but it's been a cool addition to my chaotic mass of clothes. I've been waiting to wear this jacket for a while, since it was a total steal from a bazaar in the Philippines last spring, so I've had to wait till now to give it some air-time.

xoxo
Beatrice (Don't forget to hype it if you like it++ follow!)