Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Hello! I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope I can start blogging as normal soon. Sorry for the hiatus. 
Enjoy the holidays!


Sunday, November 10, 2013

audrey oh audrey.....

audrey Ikea
Print screen of IKEA website: http://www.ikea.com/hk/en/catalog/products/30216372/

I think I have briefly mentioned in my of early entries that I have moved to another place last summer. Two main reasons for the move; I needed a bigger space and to stay somewhere away from the city (or to be exact, away from shopping malls, which I see them as temptations, endless temptations...). In the past few months, I have been checking out, selecting and buying electrical appliances and furniture for my new place. Now, I left with few minor things to sort out and last but not least, decorating the place which can be fun and exciting. 

When I am free (oopss...when I should have used this time to blog but I was inspired to write though :( ...) I surfed interior design websites for inspirations but I have yet to make any decisions though. During one my trips to IKEA, I came across a picture of Audrey Hepburn and I fell in love it again. Well, I have got my eyes on IKEA's Audrey Hepburn picture for a long time even before I moved to Hong Kong. What stopped me to purchasing the picture is the price..... Lately, I thought perhaps I should try to make it myself (not that I am a very painter though) and this indeed sounds like a good idea as a project....

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

autumn outfits wish list

The temperature is slowly dropping and I can't wait for autumn to come! And I can't wait to clear summer clothes and bring out cardigans, sweaters out.... Here are some autumn outfits wish list:

autumn 13 outfit 3

autumn 13 outfit 2

autumn 13 outfit 1

Monday, October 14, 2013

in christmas mood already?!

midvest vintage shopping bag

It felt like ages since my last visit to Midvest Vintage, hence I went there in the past couple of weeks. In general, I think some of its vintage merchandise are affordable and well curated. This time, I did not leave the shop with empty handed.Out of sudden, I had the feeling to buy a vintage Christmas brooch. I know, I know, Christmas is still far away, that's what the salesperson said too. Don't know why I am into Christmas.....


vintage brooch

Here are the goodies... the necklaces were on sale; HK$10 for each. Now, how can anyone resist this? I needed a black belt and was lucky to find one in the store. What do you think of the brooch? I can't wait to wear it!

Hope you had a great weekend. Have a great week ahead!

Thursday, October 10, 2013


10 Oct 1

10 oct 2
the look: vintage top, elastic belt, vintage skirt, black sheer stockings, flats 

Hello! Hope everyone is well. I am kind of struggling to adjust after working hours, commuting time, dinner etc. This is not a complaint but I am learning to make necessary adjustment and not to neglect my blog, that's all. Anyway, I am glad that I can squeeze in one vintage outfit for work this week. I bought the vintage top here but the vintage skirt, I brought it all the way from KL. I have been thinking for the moment, I will try to post at least twice a week instead of daily.

Stay chic and stylish!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

ooppss... i did it again

vintage bally shoes

Oppss... I did it again. Well, there is double meaning here. Firstly, yes, I went MIA for a while. I sincerely apologize for this.... I was working on so-called a ssecret project which now it is not the right time to share anything about it yet. Believe me, I wanted to share with you but... I just can't. Once the timing is right, I will definitely share with you. Secondly, I bought a pair of vintage Bally shoes in one of the vintage stores in HK. My heart dashed into tiny pieces when I learnt that my vintage Ferragamo is wearing out and it is time to buy a new pair. Not sure whether it was pure luck, coincidence or fate, I came across a lovely pair of vintage Bally shoes in my size in a vintage store when I was so-called window shopping few weeks ago! Kind of perfect timing as well. Anyway, what do you think of my addition?

Monday, September 2, 2013

pictorial: a short trip to Taiwan

ocean world


jelly fish

yehliu geopark

yehliu 2

yehliu 4

Here, I am sharing some photos of my brief trip to Taiwan in July. Visited the Ocean World and Yehlie Geo Park and few other places. It was good trip away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Felt like a student again when I was in the ocean world. So excited seeing the exotic fishes or other ocean creatures. Yehliu Geo Park is an interesting place with breath taking view of the sea, good place to snap photos. Can you guess the last photo - what does it look? 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

I'm back!

Hi all! I am back! Hope you are well and having a great summer (or winter, if you are in the Southern Hemisphere). Sorry for being hiatus over the past two months. Besides occupied with work (as usual, the lame excuse...) I was away for a short break and also moved to another place away from the city - somewhere in my opinion it's better than the previous place. Just a quick and short note to show that I have forgotten Colourful Buttons readers (hhmm... if you are still following CB). 

Anyway, enjoy the rest of the weekend and stay chic!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

interesting book: lessons from madame chic


Happy weekend! Sorry for missing in action lately. Besides occupied with work, I have started reading again and I have finished reading this book a while ago. There are some great advices, tips and insight of French lifestyle or culture. Interesting book, I would say. It covers diet and exercise, style and beauty, and lastly how to live well, the French way. I indeed would try some of the advices or tips. I guess when I was in my 20's it was time to focus on studies and work. In 30's it is about to find the real purpose of life and to live it passionately and fully...And this is the reason why I bought and read this book.

If you need a good read and looking for a change, this maybe the book for you.... Have a great weekend.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

summer outfit wishlist

summer outfit 1

summer outfit 2

summer outfit 3

Here is another summer outfit wishlist. First set is casual wear suitable for thrifting adventure or exploring the city. If there is any cocktail party to attend, I would definitely wear the second set of outfit. I love the clutch, it is so adorable. As for the last set, it is very demure and ladylike, suitable for brunch or tea with girlfriends. An afternoon of chatting to catch up with each other.

Weekend is around the corner... Any exciting or interesting plans for the weekend? 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

design your own vara or varina

ferragamo 1

In conjunction with 35th Anniversary of Ferragamo's Vara, now, anyone can custom made her own Vara or Varina. Click here to check out chic girls in various colours of Vara or Varina. I can't stop drooling over the shoes... How can anyone resist?

ferragamo wish list 1

ferragamo wish list 2

ferragamo wish list 3

If you want to design your own Vara or Varina just for fun, click here. It was fun to test each colour combo and I was so tempt to place my order! 

What do you think of my designs?

Monday, June 3, 2013

vintage blue top with white piping

2 june 1

2 june 2
the look: vintage top, thrifted belt, jeans, bangles, sneakers, tote bag

It was sunny and warm yesterday. Nice weather for outdoor photo shoot. At first, I was contemplating whether I should take photos outdoor or indoor but then I mustered all my strength and courage (yes, need a little of courage to pose outdoor, the possibility of being watched by strangers) I headed to a nearby so-called park. I was lucky, not many strangers passing the park. Phew... 

Hope you had a great weekend and have a good and productive week ahead!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

midwest vintage



One of the vintage stores in HK that I have yet to pay a visit is Midwest Vintage. Today, weather can be considered as nice - sunny but a bit warm, but this did not hinder me to explore this vintage store. To get here, I took  Island Line MTR and alight at Tin Hau, Exit A2. I walked along Electric Road and I crossed the road when I passed Causeway Bay Market. Walked straight ahead and crossed Whitfield Road and turned left into Watson Road. Victoria Centre is about 10 to 15 minutes walk. Another option is to alight at North Point MTR station. 

Shop details:

Address: Victoria Centre, G/F, #63, 15 Watson Road, North Point, Hong Kong
Business hours: 12 noon to 9 pm
Tel: 2802 6886
Website: www.midwest-vintage.com

display 1

vintage beg

vintage belt

The store is well curated with vintage goodies such as vintage bags, vintage accessories and of course vintage clothes. As for the price (as far as I can remember correctly), vintage pins are between HK$50 (promo price) to HK$80, vintage belts are in the range of HK$98 to HK298 and vintage dresses at HK398 per piece. Overall, it is worth to pay a visit, perhaps you will find something that you like and purchase it home, just like what I did today! 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

vintage marie-claire magazines

vintage french magazines

Finally, they have arrived! Early of the month, I have placed an order; two vintage French magazines - Marie Claire on Etsy. These really made my day.... here some photos of the magazines:

1937 a

1937 b

1937 c

1940 a

1940 b
photos taken from www.etsy.com

The dresses are so lovely and I have wondered if I could sew these kind of dresses some day. Vintage 1930s patterns are pricey and I am not ready to splurge on these. Hhhmm... perhaps one day...maybe a gift for myself?

Monday, May 27, 2013

new companions; new second hand books

flow books relocated

It has been few months since the last time I read a book, now I want to read again. Perhaps a different genre. Remember Flow Books which I shared last year? Well, I went to there to check out any interesting books that  I can purchase.When I reached there, I realised it has moved to another location, here is the addresss: 1A, Wing On Building, 38 Hollywood Road, Central. Just few minutes walk across the street from its old location. 


This time, I have decided to purchase chic lit. and lucky, the main character is someone in fashion industry. What do you think of my choice?

Monday, May 20, 2013

hk walk: shau kei wan

shau kei wan

How was your weekend? Good, I hope. I went for another walk; Shau Kei Wan area last Saturday. This was an easy walk and I followed the directions on the map below exactly, without any changes or getting lost


shing wong temple
Shing Wong Temple

Shau Kei Wan is located on HK island and to get here, hop onto Island line heading towards Chai Wan. Alight at Shau Kei Wan Exit C. Walk along Mong Lung Street and turn left into Kam Wa Street heading towards to tram terminus. Walk straight and pass the tram terminus. Shing Wong Temple is near the tram terminus. This temple was built in 1877 and expanded in 1974.

salvation army's thrift store

Walk along Shau Kei Wan main street East to Miu Tung Street. Along the way, I came across a SA family thrift store. This was indeed a pleasant surprise and a thrifting stop for any thriftaholics.

tin hau temple
Tin Hau Temple

Tin Hau Temple is dedicated to the Goddess of sea. Recently, it was Tin Hau festival thus the temple has been decorated with colourful flags and sign.

tsung shin church
Tsung Tsin Church

After Tin Hau Temple, walk along Shau Kei Wan main street East, then turn right to Basel Road. Walk up hill a little, the church is the left. The church was built in 1862 and rebuilt after the war.

yuk wong temple
Yuk Wong Temple

Continue walk along Shau Kei Wan main street East to A Kung Ngam Village Road. Look for directional signs for Yuk Wong Temple.

museum entrance
Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence

Follow directional signs for Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence, cross Tung Hei road. Turn right and the museum near by. For more photos of the museum, click here.

tam kung temple
Tam Kung Temple

After checking out the museum, walk back along the Tam Kung Temple Road and follow the signs to the temple. Tam Kung is one of the deities and patron of fishermen. The temple is over 100 years old and was renovated in 2002.

What do you think of this walk? Interesting and simple? Well, another walk has just completed and I can't wait for another walk.. Hhhmm... which and when is the next walk?

Have a great week ahead and stay stylish!