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Fashion, Style, and Professional Impression in Hong Kong

Client Testimonial – Personal Shopping with Jennie Peterson

Most of my clients are international professionals with demanding schedules, but exacting tastes.  Their leisure-time is maximized with friends and family away from the rush of the city, therefore shopping is often a chore rather than a pleasure.  It was a joy to receive the below testimonial from a treasured client this morning:

“Jennie brings a fresh perspective to the world of personal shopping. Where else can you get a fashion advisor who can also play the role of best friend (giggling over impossible outfits), spouse (keeping an eagle eye on the budget), mother (your most honest critic) and agony aunt (who has the answer to all questions)? Jennie was all this and more. Her passion is evident in her involvement: she is very conscious about delivering on her brief even outside of her time commitments, and goes the extra mile to give clients tips on shopping. Her own sophisticated and chic dressing style inspires, and her willingness to help answer the most basic questions on style makes it a complete experience. I came away from my session with her much more willing to try out new styles and brands, and of course, a whole new wardrobe to enjoy!” ~ Sabita; Feb. 19 2011

Allow me to coordinate 3 1/2 hrs of shopping for which I will extensively prepare and pre-shop beforehand for a smooth, efficient, and enjoyable experience.  Kindly email me at jennie@imageandlifestyle.com or call directly 9663-7719 to arrange a half-day of focused shopping for your specific lifestyle needs.

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Impressed with Nu Bra

A few days ago I tried on a strapless dress with a very structured and secure bodice – complete with boning, a double-layer lining, and intricate fastening system.  I wondered aloud to the shop attendant whether I should wear a strapless bra inside as well.  Before I knew it, I had been given an egg-like case containing 2 perfectly moulded, soft, silicone fillets to try.  Hmmm… I had seen the infomercial on these bad boys and highly doubted they would help me defy gravity considering they had neither straps nor ties.  The attendant unclasped the two halves, and guided me on how to insert these cups under and to the side of my curves (There is a bit of an art to it).  Oh my goodness, what a difference a Nu-Bra makes!  As the strapless dress was structured and tight anyhow, the jury is still out on the actual support action of the nu-bra… but they did provide a more rounded, lifted, and very comfortable natural enhancement… though subtle and not wonderbra-ish.  Interesting.  A neat little find I wanted to share with women who wear dresses such as those pictured below requiring creativity in the bra zone such as backless, strapless, low cleavage, etc.  Also particularly helpful for more revealing Spring/Summer fashions and dresses in Hong Kong.

Cost for a pair in the box below, not including the egg-like case, is about $100 USD; $800 HKD.  Available at Lane Crawford department stores.

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M-Bar in Hong Kong

Hello Hong Kong,

I was just at M-Bar, nested on the 25th floor of the Mandarin HK Hotel – a truly elegant escape from the madness of the city.  This is the perfect retreat for a flute of bubbly, chill-vibes, and romantic conversation with a panoramic backdrop of Hong Kong’s Victoria harbor.  M-bar is also an ideal destination for pre-dinner drinks and rendezvous, as it is directly down the hall from fine-dining French restaurant Pierre… or, stop by M-bar after dinner for a smooth cognac and after-dinner drink.  Few lounges offer an atmosphere as sexy and sultry, so take a gorgeous man or a group of girl friends and enjoy the Hong Kong night life in style.  Cheers!

 

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Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty

Last night was a blast – Valentine’s Night, Janet Jackson concert in Wan Chai, a group of friends, dancing… a bit of drinking… a bit more dancing.  Great time!  Miss Jackson put on an energetic show and the crowd was actually dancing and engaged – or maybe that was just our group 🙂  One thing I noticed in all this fun was the way everyone took pleasure in dressing up and getting a bit kitted-out for the concert.  Fur coats, dresses, gems, a bit of rock and roll, knee-high boots and skin tight jeans, sexy heels, and huge smiles.  I loved it and it was great to see Hong Kong show up.

Concerts and shows are opportunities for men and women both to cut loose and remember the teenager within them from when some of these artists originally released tracks.  When Janet sung “Again” from 1993  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96hmKX3Hd7c I was transported to 13 years old and care-free… and that is the beauty of going to a concert and having a great time with good people.  Sometimes we need to forget about the details, the designer labels, the face creams, and hair hi-lights and what people think about us… and just go for it.  At the end of the day, it’s about having fun and feeling 13 again in blue jeans with friends.

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Pretty in Pink

Happy St. Valentine’s Day Lovers and Lovettes!  Men and women across the globe are busting out their pink and red clothes… blushing and grinning with anticipation for tonight.  Men, in particular made me smile today as I walked through IFC and noticed all the gorgeous men strutting their stuff in pink ties and shirts… and really, they looked incredible.

Pink is one of the few colors that everyone can wear – you just need to find your shade.  Generally, a soft/pale pink compliments every skin-tone.  Clean-cut finance studs pull it off with a lighter, button down paired with khaki, grey, chocolate, or cream trousers.

Studly, street-savvy guys look playful and fun in brighter, fitted t-shirts and jeans.  

Men in the smart-casual setting look relaxed and dashing in an un-tucked chambray or casual fabric shirt.

Another option is going with a lovely pink tie, contrasted against a start white or pale blue shirt = classic, yet different.  

Wearing black and pink together looks a little out of date, but if you are confident, you can wear pretty much anything.

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Shoe Repair and Maintenance in Hong Kong

 

 

 

 

Hello Men and Women of Hong Kong,

As you well know, shoes are easily worn out in this city with high foot traffic, uneven surfaces, escalators, slopes, and stairs.  Keep your shoes in great shape by seasonally taking new and old shoes to the cobbler.  Why take new shoes to the cobbler?  You’ll want to have a sole protector glued onto leather bottoms right at the get-go with to prevent damage and keep them lasting longer.  Read on to find out more of my tips for keeping shoes looking great year after year = save $ and keep your favorite shoes looking great.

The absolute BEST place in Hong Kong for shoe, handbag, belt, and leather care & repair (recommended by LV) is “The TOP” located in Central: Rear Shop B, Ground Floor, Comm House, 35 Queens Road Central (right next to the ally entrance of McDonald’s on Queen’s Road).  Very nice guys, very excellent workmanship.

Another great place is “The Groom” – located in various MTR stations throughout HKG; http://www.thegroomshoesrepair.com.

Sole care: Flat shoes with leather bottoms/soles (men and women)

have a protective layer glued onto the bottoms which adds traction and years of life to your shoes.  Cost = approx. $200-250 HKD.  (Several cobblers have red protective covers for Christian Louboutin shoes – see picture)

High heel tip replacement: A cobbler is able to remove the worn-down tip and install a new one.  Once your tip is worn down, immediately get them repaired rather than walking on the metal tip – this will crack your shoe and cause aches and pains in your body.

Keep the shape: Use shoe trees, shoe-shape holders, tissue paper made into the shape of the shoe toe… something in the toe of your shoes for a nice, strong shape in storage.

Shine on: Cobblers and leather smiths will help buff, polish, and shine your shoes to keep them respectable and looking new.  Patent leather shoes should never touch one another in storage because the finish will scuff and scratch.

Storage: Consider to keep your shoes in their original boxes, put them away neatly each night, keep a photo on the outside of the box, and organize on a large shelving unit so they may stack vertically and take up less space and keep shoes dust-free.  If this is too extreme, simply purchase 2 stackable stainless steel wire shelving racks from IKEA – functional, sharp looking… and able to hold approximately 24 pairs of shoes.

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Look and feel your best in 2011

Resolve to look and feel your best in 2011 with positive changes in your lifestyle, habits, and appearance.  See the below for my take on building a healthier and more attractive body.


1.  Create S.M.A.R.T goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound).  It’s easy to say “I want to lose weight in 2011″ but you need to consider the details.  For example, “I want to lose 4 pounds each month for 5 months so I will be 20 pounds slimmer by June 1st.  I will reduce my caloric intake by 500/day by cutting refined foods (alcohol, candy, white bread) and begin walking at least 20 minutes per day.”  S.M.A.R.T goals will help you achieve.

2.  People in great shape look and feel better.  Would you pay USD$5,000 right now for the body of your dreams?  Of course you would!  Ok, so use that money and purchase a gym membership, personal training, new workout gear/clothes, a kayak, hiking boots, etc.  Commit to your decision to look and feel better.

3. Book an appointment with a dermatologist to discuss products for your age and skin-type.  Maybe you want a few injections or fillers, scars/pigmentation/veins removed, or just need to drink more water and sleep better.  A dermatologist will tell you the truth and hook you up with the products and creams to suit you best.

4.  Find a wonderful salon/spa.  I rave about the Mandarin Oriental Salon (HK) because they are specialists with hair, face, feet, nails, etc.  Invest in a relationship with a wonderful stylist and technician and trust them on beauty and grooming advice.  Look after yourself.

5.  If possible, only buy fresh food.  It’s that simple.  Fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, dairy, nuts, eggs, tofu, whole grain breads… and even chocolates.  Consider buying chocolates from See’s Candies which expire relatively quickly vs. packaged chocolate that lasts 6-12+ months on the shelf.   Always go fresh and try to avoid needing to open a wrapper to consume your food.

6.  Take care of your wardrobe.  If it has a stain, a hole, reminds you of a bad experience, hasn’t been worn for 2 years, or you just don’t like it – it’s out.  Don’t rationalize or feel guilty for getting rid of it.  Use a dry-cleaning service to ensure your clothes look their best, purchase lint-rollers for home/work/car, take your shoes to the cobbler seasonally for care and upkeep, use jewelry cleaner regularly, and buy quality hangers so your garments hang properly.  www.imageandlifestyle.com for my personal shopping and style services.

7.  Smile and de-stress.  Take a holiday, get more sleep, book spa appointments, watch a movie with a glass of wine… do whatever it takes to chill out.  Make your happiness, goals, and health a top priority for the new year.

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Psstt! Let’s Talk…

Hello there ladies,

This week signals the flow of champagne rivers as holiday parties get into full swing, and that means lots of dresses, heels, manicures, blow-outs, and… SPANX.  If you’ve just raised an eye-brow of confusion, don’t worry.  Many women still are not familiar with the contouring under garments which help smooth and slim your bits and bumps into mounds of perfection.  Forget about looking super skinny or trying to squeeze into a tight dress, the purpose of control under garments is to create a smooth line beneath your clothes and improve your confidence on a big night out.  Several brands make control undergarments:

Wolford is sexy + function+ premium.  Sold in Lane Crawford, Harvey Nichols, and Prince’s Building boutique shop

Spanx is all function + not so attractive.  Sold in Lane Crawford, Harvey Nichols, and internet delivery

Marks and Spencer undergarments are functional + well-priced + less comfortable

Victoria’s Secret, H&M, La Perla, and many other brands offer body suits in sexy patterns which also help keep everything in check.  My advice: try to exercise 5x/week, eat well, drink lots of water, get your beauty rest, buy a fabulous wardrobe, and then wear Spanx from time to time on those evenings you need to wear a slinky white silk dress to the holiday party.  The point is, unless you’re hitting the gym to perfectly tone your tush… a bit of under garment magic will work wonders on your special occasions and Christmas parties.  Have fun this weekend!  x

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My Blue Jean Rebellion

The right pair of jeans with the right t-shirt is classically hot and I’ll always love denim.  Sometimes though, a girl just wants to slip into a pair of comfy trousers for everyday life – jetting out to buy milk for example – which are not yoga pants.  Skinny jeans make “slipping into” an impossibility, they flatter so few bodies, and they aren’t comfortable.  Bootcut denim these days is all about looking great  with a 4″ heel due to pant length and the aspect of hip-leg length proportions.  I could just give in and wear jeans and running shoes like Jennifer Garner for the Soccer Mom look… but this doesn’t feel too removed from the aforementioned yoga pant.  I’m a bit tired of blue jeans being all about the backside and less about the freedom to move and relax on the weekends like they were when I was 16.

So… I’ve decided that I will hugely embrace the new upcoming trend of silk trousers.  I feel liberated!  They look pulled together and elegant, while extremely comfortable and lovely for Hong Kong’s tropical climate.  Sure, they verge on pajama territory, but DVF at left shows how it’s done and Marc by Marc Jacobs (see below trousers) has at  least 3 pairs  in IFC Lane Crawford which I spotted last night at their 160th birthday bash ( in for a quick look-see, a flute  of bubbly, and glancing the new Spring collection arrivals).

Rue Madame in IFC and Lee Gardens has a HUGE assortment of silk trousers (I bought a pair in burnt orange/red last week).  Expect to see a huge number of designers carrying these trousers for Spring 2011.  However, lighter colors will make your bum and hips look bigger and will reveal cellulite if you have any.  Wear darker colors and pair with cute flats and a slimmer fitting top so the whole look isn’t baggy.  Buy a pair, wear them, love them… and feel a bit relieved from the skinny jean and leggings trend.

Aside from silk trousers, dresses are a feminine and liberating option.  Have fun with your fashion and try new  things.  Why not?  🙂

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Best Shopping in Hong Kong – Department Stores

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People often ask me “where is the best place to shop in Hong Kong?”  My personal preference is Central – blissfully surrounded by convenient suspended walkways connecting the power hubs of Landmark and IFC shopping malls which boast Lane Crawford and Harvey Nichols… with Princes Building, Alexandra House, and Chater House dotted along the way with their luxury Chanel, Prada, LV, Armani, etc.  In terms of the best area to shop, my answer is Central.

In terms of where to shop?  Oh my… thought you’d never ask!

  • Lane Crawford, is my first-born and favorite because it feels easy.  I love shopping in either the Pacific Place location in Admiralty or the IFC location in Central because the layouts are welcoming… and their accessories are presented well with extremely helpful staff.  I would say the layout seems more American… which feels comfortable to me and it is busy, hip, and less intimidating than other HK department stores.
  • Harvey Nichols in Central is for a unique taste level and a confident shopper will do well in this mecca of a department store.  The costume jewelry section and ladies’ dresses are particularly different with slightly off-beat, yet very hot labels.  It is more European … and the store is never busy which means that while the staff will hound you, the service is excellent.  Worth a walk-through at the very least… particularly the beauty floor with refinement not found at other department stores in Hong Kong.
  • Joyce is a totally different kind of shopping experience for someone who has a little bit of time to appreciate the unique quality and selection chosen by their buyers.  I really enjoy shopping here… and I always find myself inspired to try something new and  different because when I shop here, I feel more fashionable.  I think that is important – to feel fashionable when one shops.  Joyce offers a wide selection of carefully chosen clothing labels.  Beyond that, Joyce Beauty is the place to find premium cosmetics, perfumes, candles, and all things lovely for gifts and spoiling oneself by labels such as Eve Lom, Diptyque, Annick Goutal… and my favorite parfumeur  – L’artisan.  Yes, Joyce is a fun place to shop and explore.
  • The “IT” and “it” stores in Hong Kong offer totally unusual and special designers.  “IT” carries more European brands, while “it” carries causal Japanese jeanswear and young street clothing.  My experience is that the staff, sizes, and brands are tailored for the fashion savvy and artsy local Hong Kong population.  Go in, look around, and don’t feel bad if you don’t find anything because some of it is hard to wear and difficult to integrate into your wardrobe.  It takes time… but try because you’ll find many gems in these stores.  My favorite designer – Isabel Marant is part of the IT group and her shop is located on Fashion Walk in Causeway Bay and sold within the IT stores.
  • Seibu – I’ve very rarely found success shopping in Seibu, a Japanese department store.  It is definitely tailored for the local market, though the brands are international and interesting… I must be on a different wave-length with the buyers for this company because it genuinely feels like I’m looking in someone else’s closet and I don’t like anything they own, though it might be full of well-designed pieces.  The fitting rooms, music, staff, and lighting all feel dated and somewhat stale – not my pick unless I need a particular brand sold here.

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