Sunday, July 20, 2014

PERSONAL | kara press day

Last week I had the pleasure of helping to shoot Kara's FW 2014/Resort 2015 press preview event. The press preview was an all day affair with a big party in held in the evening to wrap up the entire event. I actually discovered the brand KARA a few months ago - through fashion blogs I follow - and instantly became a fan of Sarah Law's minimalist/multifunctional bags so I was ecstatic when I was asked to be apart of the press day. When I was in living Los Angeles/OC, I was never much apart of the whole fashion scene and most of what I do know about fashion comes from occasionally skimming through (again) fashion blogs - so getting to watch this event unfold from beginning to end was a pretty interesting experience.

Here are just some of the photos I took for my own blogging purposes.

FW 14 Collection


The KARA Press Day was held at a beautiful 3 storey house in Sheung Wan. It reminded me a lot of the little compact Dutch homes like the ones I saw when I was in Amsterdam. I wish I could live in a space as amazing as this one one day.

Prepping for the party.

Catering by Jouer Patisserie. Those blueberry & strawberry blini stacks were the

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

FOOD | mido café

Hong Kong is literally packed with hidden gems. One of such is Mido Cafe, a traditional [ cha chaan teng ], literally translating to 'tea restaurant'. Some of the classic cha chaan teng dishes include: pineapple bun with a slice of cold butter in the middle, peanut butter french toast, ham and egg sandwich, and a piping hot cup of Hong Kong style milk tea to wash it all down.

While I've read/heard that Mido has taken a turn for the worse due to its growing popularity with tourists I was actually pleasantly surprised to find packed with locals with an occasional sprinkle of foreigners. Another thing I cannot complain about is the fact that they offer an english menu for their non-Chinese speaking/reading patrons. Which, in my case, came in mighty handy*.

Anyways, what I loved about my visit to Mido Cafe is that it was cultural experience as well as a dining one. The owners opened the restaurant in the 1950's and not much has changed since then. They've kept everything from the tiles to the wall hangings. And I'm pretty sure I saw an antique cash register on the first floor (or was it the second?). Talk about a blast from the past!

As you can tell from the photos Kelly and I stuffed ourselves silly that afternoon, but we couldn't help but order everything that sounded good on the menu. Given that I'm practically illiterate when it comes to the Chinese language, cha chaan tengs are not one of my usual haunts, and I needed to take advantage of every opportunity.

*In my defence, I stopped learning how to read and write in Chinese when I was 10, and also it's a friggin' difficult language! :P