The Complete Guide to Hong Kong Vintage Stores!

My friends have long known that I am a vintage queen! Upon looking at my wardrobe I realised that around 50% of my goods came from secondhand shops. One of the best things about travelling to a new city for me is the pre-loved shopping. I have picked up scarves in Japan, jewellery in Korea, and bags upon bags of pre-owned pleasures in the States! I once even found a gorgeous Burberry trench for US$10! For years I have heard that the HK vintage scene doesn’t measure up to other destinations, but with a little digging I found that this city actually boasts a hearty helping of nearly new outlets. Get out there and start digging, ladies!

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Amours Antique
I have stopped in here dozens of times hoping for a bargain find… but most things are quite pricey! It’s worth a look though as you can wander down memory lane with rotary phones, vintage pins and purses like your grandmother would own! If you are in the market for girly jewellery then stop in for a peek.

Amours Antique  45 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong
  2803 7877

Bang Bang 70’s
Take a step back in time at Bang Bang 70’s. Here you can find disco worthy duds, designer shoes and bags, and some very groovy accessories and memorabilia.

Bang Bang 70′s  1/F, 16 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
  9045 8006

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Beatniks
You can find some awesome 80’s poly blend dresses here in totally rad prints! My favourite though is the rack of leather and suede blazers which I have seen for as low as $400! It is tight quarters and smells vintagey for sure… but there are some good buys to be had!

Beatniks  31 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong
  2881 7153

Brand Off
I’m sure you have popped in here when you’ve had a moment to spare. The handbags are lust worthy and are in beautiful shape! No one would know they are secondhand! Brand off also sells accessories and jewellery from all your fave designers too!

Brand Off  28 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
  2868 1221  www.brandoff.com

See all store locations here

Chew Closet
If you are in the market for more recent high-end goods then Chew is the spot for you. Stanley Ho’s daughter Ho Chiu Wan is the owner and she knows what her clients love (i.e last season Stella and Dior)! Clothing and accessories are on offer with price tags deeply discounted from the stores in which they originally came!

Chew Closet, 6/F, 1 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong, 2810 0188, click here for further info

Cocoon
Boasting two Causeway shops, this boutique carries a vast selection of clothing and accessories from every decade (well, nearly)! The stock is mostly imported from Europe and changes as often as the weather, so check back often!

Several locations in HK

Cocoon  Shop 136, 1/F Island Beverly, ., 1 Great George Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
  2808 0406

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Dreamscape
This sweet spot houses a mix of vintage leather bags and new handmade dresses created by the shop owner. You can also find vintage inspired jewellery and accessories to compliment any outfit!

Dreamscape  Shop 338, 3/F, Rise Commercial Building, ., 5-11 Granville Circuit, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
  3523 1248

Dinner with Dorian
Get a preview of the pretty skirts and conservative floral dresses online, then set up an appointment to view and try on the collection at their showroom in Lai Chi Kok. Prices are affordable ($150-300) so be prepared to scoop up several pieces upon arrival!

Dinner with Dorian  Unit 5, 4/F, Sun Cheong Industrial Building, 2-4 Cheung Yee Street, Cheung Sha Wan, Hong Kong
  3568 4391  www.dinnerwithdorian.com/…

Green Ladies

Green Ladies
Consignment is the name of the game at Green Ladies, so you may want to clean our your closet before you go! The clothing on offer is current, trend goods that are in like-new condition. They also have a selection of shoes, accessories, and handbags. Consigners can also choose to put some of the profits towards the St. James’ Settlement, which supports several local charity projects! Shopping never felt so good!

Green Ladies  G/F, St. James’ Settlement Headquarters, 85 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  2831 3204  www.greenladies.sjs.org.hk/…

Hong Kong Salvation Army
Salvation Army is known for super low prices and for using the profits for those in need. You can find literally everything here from clothing and books, to home goods and kids toys.

Click here for a full list of stores, hours of operation, and contact numbers see here

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InBetween Shop
This small space is tucked (you guessed it!) in between two streets tucked deep in Sheung Wan. Even though it’s small, be prepared to spend some time. The counters are crammed with a variety of tiny goodies… from vintage brooches, to leather bags, to old toys and fun things for oddity collectors. We were keen on the pins made for piling on and sprucing up any jacket with a bit of nostalgic charm!

InBetween Shop  6 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
  9677 7815  www.inbetweenshop.com

Ladyplace

Ladyplace
Though the website could induce a seizure (or at least bring you back to your MySpace days), the stock is high end. Local celebs are said to have sold their goods here and you can find loads of designer clothing and accessories in this small space.

LadyPlace  Unit A, 1/F World Trust Tower, eet, ., 50 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong
  2854 2321  www.ladyplace.com

Luddite
Tucked away in what looks to be a cross of a wet market and a basement near Caroline Hill Road is Luddite. Watch your head as you wander around because clothing hangs from every surface. We loved the old varsity jackets, hippie inspired patchwork dresses and boho tops! There were also some very cool leather accessories perfect for gift giving to cool guys everywhere!

Luddite  G/F, 15 Haven Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
  2870 0422  www.facebook.com/…

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Mademoiselle Chic Boutique
French born Heloise has made it her mission to bring beautiful French focused fashion to Hong Kong the eco and affordable way… by selling secondhand! Book an appointment at her showroom to find everything from Maje and Sandro to Isabel Marant, Chanel, Hermes, and Dior! She has everything from clothing (most under $2000) to shoes (again, most under $2000) and bags (around $4,000+), and even a few accessories… all with deeply discounted prices from retail! Pieces are in like-new condition and she only accepts consignments from those she knows and trusts, and those that can prove the goods are real! While here, check out the adorable kids selection she has on hand as well. Keep an ear out as Heloise is in the works of planning a pop up soon!

Mademoiselle Chic Boutique  House 8, Stanley Court, 9 Stanley Mound Road, Stanley, Hong Kong
  6254 2010  www.mademoisellechicboutique.com

Me and Gee (Me & George)
This is a great place for cheapity-cheap secondhand scores from Japan and Korea! You will have to dig to find the treasures, but it is worth it when you do. Be sure to go up the staircase in the back where you will find a massive rack of 80’s dresses. I scored a silk peplum blazer here that I am obsessed with… Oh, and it was only $60!

9 Li Yuen Street West, Central (No phone. No website – they are that old school!)

Find them at several locations around Hong Kong 

Microwave
Both new and vintage clothing is stocked at Microwave. This is the place to shop if you are looking to get snapped by street style photographers, as the pieces are bold and meant to cause a scene! We love how over the top the garments are, meaning that you will never show up at the same party matching any of the other guests!

Microwave  G/F, 7 School Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
  2566 8823  www.facebook.com/…

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Midwest
I miss my US Goodwill buying trips, but I’ve discovered that I can get the same rush here! Items are sourced from the US Salvation Army and Goodwill, and are brought back to be sold by American owner John Hollander. Loads of 90’s denims, flannels, leathers, and good ol’ fashioned cowboy boots can be found here!

Midwest  Shop 58, G/F, Victoria Centre, 15 Watson Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
  2802 6886  www.midwest-vintage.com

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Mrs. Vintage
If you are after a little ‘something old’ for your wedding day then check out this site or better yet make an appointment to see the goods for yourself! Mrs. Vintage stocks lacey wedding dresses from the 1960’s and 70’s ($3000-4000) along with a host of accessories in every price point to add to your ‘something new’ dress that you may already have! Even if you are not a bride you can find a hearty offering of printed vintage dresses priced to move at around $250 each!

Mrs. Vintage  903B, Kaiser Centre, 18 Centre Street, Sai Wan, Hong Kong
  9784 8124  www.mrs-vintage.com/…

Oldies Co.
If you are looking for vintage inspired tee’s or leather jackets then you have come to the right place! There is not just repro’s here! You can find the real deal vintage in the form of military jackets and flannels that have been imported from the US and Japan.

Oldies, 28 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2575 8775

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This is a treasure trove for all that are infatuated with 80’s designer vintage… me! Heart shaped Chanel bags sit alongside studded Versace ones, while matching shoes lie just beneath ($500-5000). Racks are stocked with Chanel and Gucci coats and mannequins boats chunky Escada jewels! Prices range from $1000-6000 for the jewels, $1000-12,000 for bags, and $500-40,000 for clothing. You can find a steal but the real gems are priced as such. Even those with shallow pockets should still stop in to see the beauty of these pieces!

OnceStyle  1/F, 8 On Wo Lane (above Ronin), Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
  2889 3660  www.oncestyle.com

Oxfam Hong Kong
You can find pretty much everything here from house wares to clothing in this green and white painted shop. Proceeds go towards supporting Oxfam’s charitable projects so you can feel good about your purchases!

Oxfam Hong Kong  B/F, Shop 8, Jardine House, Central, Hong Kong
  2522 1765  www.oxfam.org.hk/…

Paris Station, Milan Station, France Station, Italy Station, VIP Station
Gently used handbags from nearly every top designer are on offer at Paris Station and the other branches (Milan Station, Italy Station, etc). Outlets can be found all over town and most have the bags on accessible shelves so you can play dress up with the purses without having to have an associate remove it from a glass cabinet. Many also have designer wallets, scarves, and jewellery for sale too. In the past I have been offered a discount up to 10% if I was willing to pay cash.

Several Locations in Hong Kong, www.milanstation.comwww.parisstation.comwww.italystation.com,www.vipgroup.com.hk

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Retrostone
They stock loads of music equipment, but pay special attention to the vintage music t-shirts! There are reproductions too of all the classic bands so you are sure to find the perfect present here for a music lover in your life!

Retrostone  1/F, 504 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
  2838 6419  www.facebook.com/…

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Reverie-A Girl Can Dream
New to the HK vintage scene is this pretty little gem tucked inside a hair salon! On the racks you will find custom made Dior, embroidered Balmain, and bold Moschino pieces! What sets this shop apart from others is that they also stock their own line of clothing inspired by the authentic goods so you can have the same look for less and in a variety of sizes where the original vintage pieces are only available in the one off size! This shop is perfect for picking up striking gifts for your friends or for yourself so stop in and see what dreams are made of!

Reverie-A Girl Can Dream  23/F, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong
  2337 6998  www.reverieagirlcandream.com

Satisfactory Vintage Emporium
You can discover everything here from designer handbags to accessories and even wedding dresses! Because it is vintage, buy it when you see it. Most items are one-offs so if you snooze you lose!

Satisfactory Vintage Emporium  2/F, Po Foo Building, ., 1 Foo Ming Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
  9783 5141

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Select 18
Grab a coffee at Oolaa and then cross the street to find a treasure trove of vintage goods! This shop is known for their vast array of showstopping sunglasses at unbeatable prices (mostly under HK$200)! That Girl Payal found some incredible black cat eye’s here for a steal! I also love the treasure trove of new and used gold statement jewels. Then pick up one or three of their vintage suitcases to haul it all home in! They look great stashed in a corner or even stacked as an impromptu end table!

Select 18  Shop A, 18, Bridges Street, Central, Hong Kong
  9127 3657  www.facebook.com/…

Somewhere in Time
The place to go for stunning vintage jewellery! There are drawers and drawers filled with broaches, necklaces, giant clip on earrings, and racks of necklaces. The art deco bracelets are amazing, as are the tiny, bedazzled clutches – perfect for a formal event! Look out for discounted goods (I have scored pieces here for as little as $100)!

Somewhere in Time  Shop A, 63 Peel Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong
  6306 1738  www.facebook.com/…

Vintage Concept

Vintage Concept
If you are looking for a vintage LV or Goyard trunk then you must come here! The prices are high but you could walk away with a piece of history as some of these trunks date back over 100 years! The Vintage Concept also has loads of gorgeous antique watches, chunky gold Chanel jewellery from the 80’s and 90’s, and spectacular preowned Hermes bags! Totally worth a gander if you are in the area!

The Vintage Concept  Shop 7 – 8, Ground Floor, Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
  2522 2070  www.thevintageconcept.com

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Vintage HK
This shop has been on the scene for around five years and serves up everything from dishes to Dior! There are loads of shoes, bags, clothing and accessories to choose from. There is no theme here like some of the other shops that specialise in one decade. Instead, the vibe is more like a flea market. Be prepared to spend some time combing through every shelf for hidden treasures!

Vintage HK  57-59 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
  9045 8006

Woo Ping Optical Co.
Glasses are not just worn for sun protection or vision correction anymore! They have made a full-fledged fashion comeback! You can score some cool, secondhand frames here for rock bottom prices.

Woo Ping Optical Shop  ., 278 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong
  2571 7810

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There you have it – our ultimate list of the best vintage finds in Hong Kong! Just remember to keep these few things in mind when buying vintage…

1.  Wear something that it is easy to try clothing on over. Some stores do not have fitting rooms so be prepared!

2.  Know that vintage shopping takes time. Be prepared to dig through rack after rack. Best to go on a full stomach and some good music on your iPod!

3. Check every garment you intend to purchase thoroughly for stains and tears.

4. Run your fingers on the seams and make sure that they are in good condition. Easy mends are doable, but beware for defects that you can’t fix with a needle and thread!

5. Wash everything before you wear it! You literally don’t know where something has been or who owned it before you!

6. Don’t be afraid to repurpose something if you like the fabric but not the fit. You can always take it to a tailor and have them alter the piece to your liking. Time to get crafty and fuel your DIY fire!

Posted in Hong Kong, Sassy Hong Kong, Shopping, Style

Mayarya Pregnancy Boutique – Maternal but Not Matronly!

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It seems that when you’re pregnant, you’re to-do list suddenly seems a mile long and there is a very real deadline to get it all done. However, once that joyful little drooling bundle appears, all you want to do is curl up on the couch and toss those to-do’s out the window! Well, we have a discovered a shop that helps make one of those items on your list easier to accomplish. Meet Mayarya, the maternity store that is so much more than what you may think!

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I popped over to Mayarya at the point where I was nearly ready to pop myself (38 weeks!). Instead of schlepping my huge self over using a taxi or public transport, I was picked up outside my front door by Mayarya’s private car service and dropped off directly in front of the shop, where the gorgeous owner Reika Shetty greeted me. She explained to me that she had started the store because she had found maternity shopping in HK to be quite challenging and wanted to make it a more pleasant experience for other moms to be. Well, that she did!

While we chatted, I sipped on coconut water and dined on pastries from Amanda B’s. She walked me around the shop and showed me her favourite lines and the special touches that make her store unique. One perk is a room where you can feed and change your little one so you don’t have to panic when those tiny cries start to erupt. There is also a huge comfy couch for you or your better half to take a load off if needed!

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After being shown the range of clothing I was left wondering why I had not come in sooner! There was a fantastic offering of pieces that you can wear both during and after pregnancy, giving you more bang for your buck. These included caftans, wrap dresses, leather leggings and some very sexy rouched dresses. I loved the vast selection of high quality denim including J Brand, Paige, James Jeans and Isabella Oliver, with great shorts and skirts for the warmer months ahead. Also, I was taken with the lingerie available that was far more glam than I had seen at other shops! When everything is changing around you it is still nice to feel and dress like you along the journey!

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While pregnant, I had a hard time finding a few basic items that you may take for granted pre-baby. One of these was workout apparel that I could wear out in public. Mayarya has you sorted with several options of tops and leggings. Another tricky find was suitable pajamas as mine all seemed to get very short and very tight in a short amount of time! Not only are the pj’s soft and wonderfully feminine, but many feature nursing straps so those 4am feedings become a lot easier (except for the fact that it’s 4am!)

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I also found the task of buying a swimsuit quite daunting for a Bali babymoon we had planned. Now I know that I could have just gone here and stocked up on cute suits including one very hot red bikini! Plus, the gorgeous caftans and floaty dresses can help you stay covered in case you aren’t feeling like the fittest physique on the beach! These would also come in handy if you happen to be pregnant during the never-ending HK summer.

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Some of the clothing also featured hidden panels and zip up seams to make nursing a breeze. These pieces could be great for the office, allowing you to pump at work without having to worry about undressing. One crafty piece was a green water-resistant army jacket that featured a hood on the inside to cover your baby’s head when you’re wearing an Ergo or Bjorn. Later, you can unfasten the hood and just have the coat for you… until baby number two that is!

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The range of diaper bags was the best that I’ve seen in Hong Kong, actually resembling handbags. My favourite was a leather-look backpack that is perfect for the hipster parent on the go! It even includes a removable clutch for those times when you need to dash out the door sans kid and don’t want to take apart the whole bag to do so.

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If you’re laid out with morning sickness, in confinement or just don’t have time to leave your little ones, the fantastic staff at Mayarya will even come to you. Just let them know what you’re in need of and what size you are and they will bring the shop to your home. Talk about convenience! They can also open the store early or close late in case your working hours don’t coincide with their normal operating hours. This is a shop that truly cares about your comfort and experience, so let Mayarya come to your wardrobe rescue and turn your to-do’s into to-done’s!

Mayarya Pregnancy Boutique 

Sheung Wan location: G/F, 26 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2968 0929

Stanley location: Shop 104, 1/F, Stanley Plaza, Stanley, Hong Kong, 2968 0939 

Posted in Sassy Mama, Shopping

Alice + Olivia SS14

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As soon as I walked in the door at the Alice & Olivia SS14 preview I was hooked. They didn’t even “have me at hello”… they had me at the first breath of the letter H! Alice & Olivia is still pretty new to the HK scene (though founded in 2002), and with each season that passes I fall a little more in love with this brand! Could it be the materials and cuts that draw me in, or is it the whimsical prints and eye popping colours that set my heart aflame? There is just something about this brand that I can’t seem to pry my eyes away from! Take a look at what is in store for Spring Summer’14 and see if we can figure it out together…

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You simply cannot go wrong with basic black and white. Designer Stacey Bendet of Alice & Olivia brings us this tried and true combo, adding a little edge and glamour to the staples. Check out the embellishments, cutouts, and ombre… gorgeous! I was immediately taken with the sequin wide leg striped pants. How chic would these be with little more than a silky white button down and a sleek black pump? Then I turned my eyes toward this black and white long gown with sexy little cutouts on the waist – perfect for showing off how hard you have been working out! We are all still sticking with our New Years Resolutions, right? If not, try the shorter version, which boasts the idea of a cut out but is really just two sneaky dark panels that visually nip in your waist!

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Also, on the B&W scene is this gorgeous gradient gown, which would look equally fantastic with an up do for an evening out as it would with a denim jacket for a girly brunch. For an on-point look, slip into these coordinates which every designer seems to be showcasing for the season ahead! Or if you prefer just a little punch of graphic goodness then you can try your tootsies in these pointed pumps or flats! 

Lovely & Ladylike 

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Perhaps my love for A+O springs forth from the abundant girly-ness that the collection boasts. Somewhere deep down in every grown woman is the memory of twirling in your mother’s heels while wearing your favourite “spin-y dress”. You can have that same lighthearted feeling when you change into one of these charming creations. The lace detailing, peplums, and bows are ever so lady-like! This button down blue and white embroidered peplum top fuses girly charm with ladylike elegance. Pair it with light blue skinny denim jeans rolled up at the cuff and a pair of Tom’s to take on an afternoon of errand running in style and comfort!

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Ok… here is the real reason that I am head over heels for Alice & Olivia SS14! How can you not love a collection that is looking back at you with such love? Little faces and plump pouts adorn look after look! How easily a grey Monday could be cheered up just by peering down and seeing these little heart shaped faces staring up from your feet.

Seriously though, I can’t stop thinking about this lippy print cardi and have already put it on my Spring wish list (do you all make those too?). Layered under a blazer, or belted with a pencil skirt, those lush little lips make their own statement. I would love to couple it with this voluminous ball gown skirt and be the talk of the town! A simpler way to face the trend is to match this white sleeveless top with a pair of ankle skimming black cigarette pants and a little loafer – very Audrey approved, as it is quite the funny face!

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The look that really catches my eye is this artistic print white dress. If you look closely at the hem you will even see a little monkey hiding in the folds!

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Are you completely smitten now too? It’s hard not to crave something from this collection as it is so uplifting and lighthearted. Perhaps that is why celebs like Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Katy Perry are fans of this brand! When clothing makes you smile you can take on the week feeling like everyday is Friday! If ever you are feeling blue, pop into the IFC shop and let the wonderland of  Alice & Olivia overcome you, it might just change your tune!

Alice + Olivia  Shop 3078B, Level 3, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong
  2234 7253  www.aliceandolivia.com

Posted in Sassy Hong Kong, Shopping, Style

Sassy’s Super Styler- Sarah Rutson of Lane Crawford

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She’s one of the hottest faces to snap at fashion weeks worldwide- meet Sarah Rutson, Fashion Director of Lane Crawford! I had the pleasure of shooting with Ms. Rutson around the IFC LC shop a few weeks ago. We chatted clothing, kids, and pets as we roamed around the shop snapping away! Read all about her style and how she got to the top over at Sassy Hong Kong!

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The Sanctuary- The Perfect Pregnancy Package for Moms-to-Be!

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Being pregnant can often cause you to feel like an alien in your own body. You used to be able to properly establish a cause and effect relationship between what you did and how you felt. After reading that plus sign on the stick, it seems that things just happen and the only explanation is“Oh, you’re pregnant!”. Your body very much takes on a life of its own and things are changing at an astonishing speed! During this time, it’s important to try and reconnect with what you once knew to be yourself. This is why a place like The Sanctuary is essential to your pregnancy line up. The practitioners here can offer you guidance, support, and tips for working through the ups and downs of your new life adventure via their Perfect Pregnancy Package! I recently waddled on over to the Arbuthnot Road location to try out all the goodies on offer and have been riding high ever since!

I booked several sessions in one day as a way of relaxing and indulging on my baby and me! First up was a morning prenatal yoga session with Charlotte and two other mommas-to-be. The mats in the room all faced each other, which promoted a warm, connected feeling, while windows wrapped around the room to offer beautiful views of Central. There were a variety of pillows and bolsters to use as needed throughout the practice. The session very much focused onbringing mom and baby together and it was so nice to feel him kick as I breathed through the modified poses. Charlotte is a mother herself so she was able to talk us through our pregnancy woes from her own experience and if I can be half as fit as she is (pre or post baby), then sign me up! I’m thinking a few more yoga sessions may be required of me though (two are included in the package).

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Post yoga I sat down with Charlotte as she taught me what homeopathy is and how it can be used throughout the pregnancy. She sat as I listed off my pregnancy symptoms and concerns and then thoughtfully addressed each, suggesting remedies here and there are she saw fit. My main issues were nausea, vomiting and indigestion (glamorous, I know) so she suggested I try taking Ipecac and Chelidonium. It turns out that what makes you sick can also make you better when taken in miniscule amounts. The remedies are all-natural and pose no harm to baby (the worst that can happen is that they are ineffective). After tossing my cookies at least three times a week throughout the entire pregnancy I was willing to try anything! The remedies are given in a tiny pinhead-sized sugar ball that dissolve on your tongue, so even those that hate swallowing pills can take them with ease. Charlotte also offers a pre and postnatal homeopathy kit that contains anything you might need for healing and helping with breast-feeding for $650. It comes with a little book that explains how to use the remedies and, when in doubt, you can always email Charlotte for more guidance!

After my homeopathy session, I rounded out the day with a prenatal massage with Jenny. She talked to me first about my specific ailments (lower back please!) and then concentrated on them. The massage was done while I laid on my side, belly on a bolster, and legs slightly separated. Jenny moved through the areas that needed attention and I was left melting into the bed in a state of pure bliss! I wish baby was as soothed by the treatment as I was but he kicked the whole time (kids… what are you gonna do!)

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The following week I returned for a hypnotherapy session with Fiona. These are typically used to guide you in self-hypnotizing so as to relax you through the birthing process. I have had several friends that have used this technique and were able to go drug free through delivery while others used it as an additional form of pain management with an epidural adding further assistance. Even if you are on the books for a scheduled C you can use the techniques to relax you pre-surgery and during the pain management afterwards.

The calming presence of Fiona herself was remarkable! After chatting for a few minutes about my fears and pregnancy concerns, I lay down on a table and covered myself with a blanket. From there, she guided me as I focused on different points, slowly becoming more and more relaxeduntil I honestly couldn’t tell which arm was which and felt like I had actually become one with the bed beneath me. I had told her beforehand that I have a fear of needles and tend to pass out whenever blood is drawn. She pinched my arm in the spot the needle would hit to the point where I told her it hurt and told me she would do the same once I was “under”. The first pinch hurt while the second I noticed and knew it was happening, but never really bothered me. She later told me that she had pinched me much harder the second time and, judging by the nail marks on my arm that evening, she was right! The best part is that the entire session was recorded and emailed to me! I have been listening to it every night via headphones as I fall asleep. Not only have I beensleeping more deeply but also I have been able to take the prescribed shots since with significantly more ease at my doctor appointments!

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The only session I was not able to try was the Arvigo Maya Abdominal Therapy as I was too far along in the pregnancy. This treatment helps to align your uterus and pelvis, making sure baby is in the optimal position to be carried. This can help to alleviate the aches and pains associated with pregnancy and can even help bring a smoother and faster delivery!

Without a doubt I would recommend this package to all my preggo friends! The Sanctuaryprovides a space where you can speak freely about your concerns and the trials associated with pregnancy and provides many all-natural options to help remedy them. The environment issupportive and nurturing and I was left feeling connected and far more in awe of my body and what it was creating. In a crazy city like Hong Kong where we are always on the go and onto the next thing, it is important to schedule time to bring you back to your center and reconnect with what is truly important — especially when you’re busy creating a new little life!

The Sanctuary Prenatal Pregnancy Package: $3,988

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 9:30am-7pm, Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday by special arrangement only

The Sanctuary, 29/F, Unit 2905, Universal Trade Centre, 3-5A Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong,

http://thesanctuary.com.hk/

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H&M SS14 – Fab Festival Wear for All!

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Do you remember last season when I wanted to put together a band and do a world tour decked out in the H&M FW13 line?! Well, instead of being in the band, this season I think we should become festival junkies and waft from one stage to the next in search of love, peace, and all that is free-spirit fab! Start making your floral crowns, ladies, because H&M’s Spring/Summer 2013 Collection is all about the boho!

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Every seasoned festival-goer needs a bit of embellishment on their attire! From fringe to tassels and ruffles to rhinestones, H&M makes sure that your outfit can sway to the beat with you! I loved this denim tunic, which would take you from bellowing along to your fave hits at a festival to HK brunching with ease. I’m also a fan of these OTT jeans, which will give you all the flair of a crafty DIYer but without all the hard work!

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However, the must-have on our list is this wild fringe top (…or more of a mini dress depending on your height!); take the risk of looking like an extra on Sesame Street for all the boho beauty that comes along with wearing this! I’m seeing a messy topknot and some little black ankle boots for a look that will surely get you backstage with the bands.

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For those that want to take their look to the max, slip into one of these beautiful floaty numbers. These long looks will make you feel instantly the lady and pair perfectly with an armful of wildflowers – toss them in the air and feel free as your dress dances around you!

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I have already declared my undying love for this pale pink lacy number and will be buying it as soon as it hits stores on March 6th! Coachella here I come!

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You never know when the skies may turn and you need something a bit heartier to keep you going through the gig! Toss on one of these cool coats to match the vibe and nix the chill; the embroidery, cut outs and prints will have you looking like a California dream, even if it feels like a winter’s day!

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Every haute hippie knows that accessories are the key to completing a look – which is why you should pile on these pieces that look like they may have been handed down to you from a cool aunt… She can recount her Woodstock days as you Whatsapp your besties to plan out your festival festivities!

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I am obsessed with these sandy-hued, knee-high, flat suede boots and could see myself jumping up on stage just to show them off to the crowd below!

Hong Kong’s festival scene is on the rise so I suggest stocking up on all these fresh looks from H&M, ready for them; all the goodies you see will hit stores here on 6 March 2014. Even if you aren’t one for hitting the festivals, then you can still feel free and fun wandering around town in these threads – even if the only tunes you hear are coming from your iPhone! Peace out!

See all H&M locations in Hong Kong here. Read more goodies like this over at Sassy Hong Kong

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A Shot I did of Angie Ng Appears in Prestige Lifestyle Magazine

Angie Ng by Sabrina Sikora Photography

The flawless Angie Ng was just listed as one on Hong Kong’s Top 10 Models alongside the stunning Cara Grogan in Prestige Lifestyle 2014 Magazine.  Read all about these two beauties and the other eight lovely ladies in the mag out now!

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Top 5 Spring Trends to Try

With each new season comes a fresh batch of trends to liven up our wardrobes… and our spirits! Every February and September I eagerly stalk my Bloglovin and Instagram feeds to see what new goodies are striding down the runways. Some years the takeaways are few, but this year we are in luck!  The designers have decided to inundate us with looks that are not only fun to look at, but also flattering to wear. We’ve rounded up a few key trends for you to try, from the big brands and the high street so you can sample the season whatever your budget!

Pastels

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Clockwise from Top: Ports 1961, Monki, Alexander McQueen available at Joyce, Sonia Rykiel, Smythson, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Pale pink was all the rage for FW13 (see here and here) and, thankfully, it is sticking around through SS14 as well. In addition to this girly shade we are also treated with a fantastic baby blue hue. You can drape yourself from collar to calf in this relaxed Ports 1961 dress or just go for a dash of color with one of these 3.1 Phillip Lim or Smythson bags. Alexander McQueen and Sonia Rykiel each take a simple shift and make it even more feminine through the use of these two shades. Monki makes it simple to put on the pink with this oversized moto jacket, as does Topshop with this lovely lace creation.

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Clockwise from Top: Ports 1961, Sonia Rykiel, Dsquared2 available at Joyce, Dries Van Noten available at Joyce

Pleats

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Clockwise from Left: Manish Arora available at Joyce, Proenza Schouler available at Joyce, Proenza Schouler available at Joyce, Ports 1961

Pleats have long been a classic but it’s nice to see them having such a resurgence on the fashion front. Whether they remind you of Gatsby-esque summer parties or 80s movies, they are back and more fun to wear than ever! With a range of fun prints, colors, and textures, you can work pleats into your spring look in a number of ways. Blend the pastel and pleat trends in one with the likes of Ports 1961 and Sonia Rykiel, or try something completely new with this barbed wire version from Dries Van Noten available at Joyce. Personally, I love the baboon printed midi by Dsquared2… Maybe you prefer to keep it classic and would rather slip on this black and white Proenza Schouler? If so, you may also want to check out a mighty similar skirt below from Asos!

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Asos Cami with Pleat DetailZara coated pleated skirtASOS Premium Pleated Midi Skirt in Colour Block

Metallics

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Clockwise from Top Left: Vika Gazinskaya available at Joyce, Monki, 3.1 Phillip Lim, 3.1 Phillip Lim, 3.1 Phillip Lim, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Okay, okay you got me… this is not a new one but it is just so good I have to keep coming back for more (see here,here and here!). Try several trends in one with a metallic pleated skirt like this flamingo printed version from Vika Gazinskaya or the iridescent one by Monki. If shiny skins are your thing, then 3.1 Phillip Lim has you covered with the purple sleeveless top or patchwork moto skirt (and here you only thought I raved about moto jackets)! Topshop also offers up a shiny skirt with a similar feel. Get your hands on this silver mini Pashli and up any outfit to instant icon status!

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Oh My Gosh asymmetric skirt by JovannaModern Tailoring silver blazer and trousersV front chiffon insert dress 

Coordinates

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Clockwise from Top Left: John Galliano, Lanvin available at Joyce, Sonia Rykiel, Marni available at Joyce, Giambattista Valli available at Joyce

If you really want to make a statement, then compliment your look top to toe in a matchy matchy suit! Lanvin, John Galliano, and Giambattista Valli accomplish this with a blow of bold pink as 3.1 Phillip Lim leaves his print on the matter. Proenza Schouler gives us a nice knit version while Marni gives us a tropical punch!

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Top Row: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Bottom Row: Proenza Schouler available at Joyce

To accomplish this look on tighter purse strings, check out the options at Topshop, Zara, and Asos below. No matter what you spend, Cher and Dion would still approve!

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Tophop Jacquard boyfriend coat and skirtZara striped skirtTopshop petite chateau femme crop top and shorts,ASOS Mango Blue printed pants

Modern Prints

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Top Row L to R: Mary Katrantzou available at Joyce, Ports 1961, Peter Pilotto available at Joyce, Manish Arora available at Joyce, Bottom Row L to R: John Galliano, Sonia Rykiel, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Monki

Gone are the bland grays of winter. Spring/summer is a time to shine as bright as the sun and you can blind all those around with an array of dizzying prints! Mary Katrantzou turns a simple sundress into a smash with a print reminiscent of HK apartment buildings, while Ports 1961 takes a sundress literally and puts a sunset right on it! Peter Pilotto and John Galliano insist that you stand out in their creations.

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If going all out is too much for you to bear then snatch up one of these Manish Arora clutches for a palatable pop of print. To create this look on a dime pop on one of these featured below for similar print-spirations!

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Topshop satin jacket by GoldieTopshop jungle wrap dress by BoutiqueZara flower print shift dressTopshop orchid mirror bodycon dressTopshop mirror cat tube skirt

Incorporate a little or a lot – the choice is up to you! Now you are sorted with a top five round up on how to look on-trend and super fab for the coming warm weather months. Hopefully, you have found a look here you love. Remember that you don’t have to always follow trends… it’s better to wear what you love and feel good in, but isn’t it wonderful when these all blend into one? Hopefully with this guide you can spring into something that is totally you!

List of Hong Kong store locations:

3.1 Phillip Lim  3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
  2113 0311

Ports 1961  555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
  2831 8940

Ports 1961  3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
  2905 1961

Smythson  Harvey Nichols, Second Floor, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
  3695 3207

Smythson  Store 243, Level 2, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
  2918 9100  www.smythson.com

Sonia Rykiel  11 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
  2525 6048

Sonia Rykiel  345 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
  2374 1371

Sonia Rykiel  8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
  2808 1130

Monki  8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
  3585 8026

Topshop  Asia Standard Tower, 56-65 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
  2118 5353  www.facebook.com/…

Zara: see all store locations in Hong Kong here

Check out Asos and John Galliano online too. Read this and more at Sassy Hong Kong! 

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How to Wear Boyfriend Jeans

We all have them folded in a drawer nestled under the darks and the skinnies. We only really pull them out on “fat days” or when we are busy being crafty, but what if I told you that your old denim beaters could have new life breathed in to them? It seems that every item I’ve pinned lately has had a denim base layer – and not just any denim, it’s the tried and true variety, wrought with sags, holes and faded patches. It’s time to unearth those old jeans you’ve held onto since high school and/or steal your better half’s denim duds, because I’m about to show you how to make these patina’d beauties into something very chic.

Classic Casual

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This is the perfect look for those abundant Hong Kong holidays when the city empties out and the mid afternoon lattes are in full force. While the fab females above mostly sport heels, I’ve decided to pair some Topshop Hayden jeans with chic flats from 3.1 Phillip Lim. After all, our feet deserve a holiday too! Go basic on top with an easy, breezy silk button down. This one is by Rag & Bone but I suggest you shop local and snag a few from Vaughan, and you may as well have them monogrammed while you’re at it!

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CHANEL LE VERNIS Nail ColourFOREVER 21 Blue Print Nail PolishRag & Bone Boyd Silk ShirtASOS Wide Brim Felt Fedora HatTOPSHOP MOTO Hayden Rip And Repair JeansMarc by Marc Jacobs Hail To The Queen Elizabeth textured-leather tote3.1 Phillip Lim Monochrome Devon D’Orsay FlatsAurelie Bidermann Peace RingGorjana Shimmer Disk Ring SetElizabeth and James Summa 4 Finger Ring

Top the look with a big black fedora, and while I’m all about more is more for jewellery, I love the delicate rings that have popped up this past season. The best part is that you can pile on a few without looking overdone – The9thMusehas loads in stock so you can try the trend with ease! Try these dainty dazzlers with a short dark mani – a blue hue will compliment your denim. You can go high end with Chanel or affordable with Forever 21, and either way you are right on trend. Now you have a no fuss look to take you to the flower market or maybe just down the road for another iced mocha!

Weekend Chic

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As we all know, denim can take you just about everywhere. You can dress it up and down, but I prefer somewhere in between! This is a look that leaves you looking quite cool while still wandering around in total comfort… that is if you consider this shoe comfortable! These H&M jeans work as a blank slate to pile on the fun with!

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ASOS iPhone 5 Case with Blah Blah Slogan, Clover Canyon Blue Geometric Print BlazerBrian Lichtenberg Féline cotton T-shirtMAC DangerousTOPSHOP 60s Oval SunglassesH&M Boyfriend Slim Jeanskate spade new york “Sparkler Glow” Statement Necklace, 18″Mila 3 Lattice Heels Sophia Webster3.1 Phillip Lim The Pashli medium leather trapeze bag

Start with a fashion forward shirt, which you can pick up at Lab Concept. Then top that with a statement jacket – I am head over heels for this Clover Canyon one! Stack on a few striking accessories and grab a tote that’s hearty enough to haul it all and you are set for a shop sesh’ with the girls. The glasses can be scored at Topshop or you can find a range of very cool, similar pairs at vintage hotspot Select 18 on Bridges Street. Pair this look with a great flat for day tripping and then lace up these killer Sophia Webster lattice heels for when happy hour comes a calling!

Date Night Denims

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It is possible to make these babies into a date-worthy look! I picked the slimmer fit version to show off a little more of your lovely lady shape. Glam up the jeans with a relaxed but ritzy Donna Karen sequin blazer for a touch of pizazz. You can even just toss it over your shoulders if you want to show a little more skin! Now that the slip trend is back, after about a 10-year hiatus (welcome!), we can add this flirty little lingerie inspired cami to the mix. Plus, it’s in this year’s hottest shade – blush! Speaking of blush, Mac can perfect your rosy glow with just a sweep of pink powder…

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Spring 2014 Shu Uemura Calligraph ink Collectionbastia hair clips | Oroton Luxury AccessoriesDonna Karan Sequined jersey jacketBy Malene Birger Niharika stretch-silk and georgette camisoleASOS Moon Long Medallion NecklacePANDORA Charm – Sterling Silver Big Ben LondonLinks of London Sterling Silver Alphabet Charm, KPull & Bear Ripped Skinny JeansBCBG Romi Tiger Head Minaudiere ClutchM·A·C ‘Mineralize’ BlushRupert Sanderson High Heel Pumps

For the eyes, allure him with a winged look that wows! Shu Uemura Caligriph:ink will perfect your point with ease (I am truly addicted!). While on the point… try these sexy snake pointed pumps from Rupert Sanderson on for size. Add a sweet and simple necklace made from charms that are special to you. This moon necklace from Asos is a great base! Then add charms that tell your story like this Big Ben one from Pandora or your initials from Links of London.

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You can find boyfriend jeans in just about every shop in town and for every price point, so there’s no reason not to scoop up a pair for yourself! There are numerous styling options for these comfy keepers so let your imagination run wild. The best part is that these jeans just get better and better looking as they age – how I wish that was true for so many other things! Just remember to always roll up the cuff once or twice to perfect the look. Looking forward to seeing you around town wrapped in your new bf – boyfriend jeans that is!

 

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Club Monaco SS14- Calm, Cool, and Collected

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Here in Hong Kong we are always looking for clothes that keep us looking calm, cool, and collected – even if we’re feeling anything but in the Hong Kong heat! Club Monaco pleases us yet again with its Spring/Summer 2014 Collection, which is stuffed full of instant classics that do just that. Let’s take a peek at what is hitting CM stores in the coming months…

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First up to keep you looking pretty while propelling around town are a fresh cut of floral picks! Let this bevvy of bouquet-inspired beauties bring a smile to everyone you pass on the streets… After all, nothing says spring like this girly print.

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You can even incorporate the pleat trend with this ice-cream coloured sheer midi skirt. If you’d rather show off how hard you’ve been working out all winter long, then grace your gams with these blooming shorts instead!

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Another classic that has revived itself in the trend stakes is the classic crispness of black and white – so you can get dressed in a blink knowing everything you have coordinates perfectly. We love this black and white dress, which subtly contours the body shrinking your silhouette in an instant! How clever, Club Monaco!

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An easy way to update any look is to toss on a pair of bright white shoes. We raved about how wonderful white was for winter already here but its true BFF is the summer sun!

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Club Monaco revamps a few other iconic pieces this season. The classic trench, perfect for those drippy spring days, has had a bit of a makeover; this new version is a casual cool vest perfect for throwing on over a myriad of outfits! Your go-to denim shirt has been reworked into a sleeveless version, which would look great belted over a white dress or even tossed over a bikini for a day of beach fun.

However, my favourite has to be the return of the overalls! Flattering on no-one but with comfort to spare, CM actually makes these look cool! Pair them with a buttoned-up, crisp, white Oxford shirt and a pair of sky-high heels for instant style stalker status.

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Want something even more cutting edge than these tried-and-true classics? How about trying these techno-inspired pieces?! Let the craftsmanship of today turn your basics into modern marvels thanks to cool laser-cutting techniques. Now you can wear a familiar shape with a distinctly new feel – may the future of fashion be now!

So thanks again Club Monaco for providing us with the key elements of a wardrobe that fits our busy lives whilst still keeping us looking chic! Feel free to try a trend and know that you won’t end up looking like a fashion victim, as CM gives you just the right amount flash to shine without burning too bright. Here’s to a summer of calm cool comfort!

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