Image and Lifestyle

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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The Brazilian Blow-out

 

Hello Friends,

A quick post about the frizz-fighting Brazilian blow-out hair treatment.  Although it’s been around for a few years, many salons have only mastered the treatment within the past one year. Essentially, this is a semi-permanent chemical treatment requiring approximately 2-3 hrs in the salon for the full process.  The treatment eliminates frizz, curl, and puffiness – particularly in humid environments and lasts several months until the chemical gradually washes out.  This differs from the classic Japanese/Asian hair-straightening process which aggressively changes the physical structure of your hair.  My  understanding is there are 2 different types – go for the one which allows you to wash your hair immediately… the other one requires a 3 day wait.

About one week ago I tried the Brazilian treatment.  While my hair is smoother, straighter, and shinier than before, it now lacks body and falls flat after a few hours due to the fine nature of my fair hair.  On the plus side, it is easy to style, requires less time to dry, and looks more polished.  Overall, I do not recommend the Brazilian unless it is during the most humid months and/or you have thicker, more unmanageable hair… otherwise, leave well enough alone and learn to love those odd-ball face framing frizzles.

As a side note, it is necessary to use special shampoo and conditioner products after the BB treatment; examples below.

 

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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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She’s Got Legs

Even though it’s winter and your legs can hide behind opaque tights for a bit longer, it’s time to start thinking about your Spring wardrobe and fitness routine for the best pins around town.

  • Without a doubt, resistance workouts with weights will help tone and sculpt your legs.  The best exercises for great gams include squats, lunges, and dead-lifts.  However, without cardio to burn the fat on the surface, your tone will never show.  Running, jumping-rope, swimming, elliptical training, etc are all great fat-burners… just keep moving and get a good sweat going.
  • Aside from exercise, the right shoes will help create the illusion of longer and leaner legs with nude-toned high-heels (see pic above).  I recently added the two below Jimmy Choo darlings to my arsenal of shoes for Spring.  These will be perfect with shorts, dresses, and skirts for creating a clean line of color from hip to toe.

  • Know your hem-line.  Avoid letting your hem end at the widest part of your leg.  This means if you have heavier legs, don’t rock very short skirts and dresses… opt for knee-length or slightly above-the-knee and wear high-heels in a neutral shade such as nude, light silver, or light gold tone.  Below-the-knee hems are hard to pull-off without looking overly matronly.
  • Lotions and potions will help as well.  Before going out, put a lotion with a subtle shimmer on your legs to help reflect the light and add tone.
  • Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate.  Smooth thighs, knees, and bum are definitely always in style.  Aim toexfoliate in the shower 2x/week and follow with a body oil or lotion immediately after to moisturize and keep your skin youthful.
  • Pedicures.  I have a different opinion on pedicures from most women (I think).  I care much more about the softness and health of the skin on my feet than the color of the nails, although you cannot go wrong with a feminine pink.  Your feet need to be healthy and looked after.  I find that getting a quickie pedicure is pretty much all about the nail polish rather than the foot care, so go to a nicer salon or buy sanders and scrubbers to keep your tootsies looking great for those peep-toe shoes.
  • Shaving, waxing, etc all go without saying…. smooth and silky is the way to go.

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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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Anna Dello Russo – Editor At Large and Creative Consultant for Vogue Japan Visits Hong Kong

Anna Dello Russo and Jennie Hope Peterson

Jennie Hope Peterson with Anna Dello RussoEditor At Large and creative consultant for Vogue Japan.

Anna Dello Russo – the absolute definition of a true fashionista!  Her career in the editorial side of the fashion world (Fashion Editor at Vogue Italia, Editor of L’Uomo Vogue, Editor At Large and creative consultant for Vogue Japan) is inspiring, but it is her personal flair with clothing and accessories which is mesmerizing.  In person, she is captivating and charming… wearing a whimsical and alluring ensemble consisting of a white corset mini-dress and sky-high heels, with netted cherries on top.  Sensational!

The evening I met and briefly spoke with Ms. Dello Russo about this season’s trends was at a cocktail reception hosted by Lane Crawford in an intimate walk-in wardrobe, complete with all of the new essential pieces which clearly represented the direction of fashion for the coming year.   Our brief conversation touched down on this season’s newest, most innovative trend: faux fur, an essential for the coming season which is likely to continue as designers seek innovative and sustainable textiles to translate luxury into affordability.  A win-win trend which I, personally, will consider embracing this year during the two cold weeks of Hong Kong winter.

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Training for an Ultra-Marathon: Fitness Plan

Hello Friends,

With just under one month to go, I need to get some serious conditioning under my belt if I hope to do well (err, I mean finish) The Sahara Race, part of the “4 Deserts”, named by TIME magazine, as one of the top 10 Endurance Competitions in the world.

In general, I stay in shape by working out no fewer than 4 days/week; keeping active 7 days/week.  However, my adventure last weekend into the mountains of Sai Kung with a loaded pack (previous post) indicated I need to train much harder in the next three weeks to be fit enough to enjoy the beautiful Sahara Desert rather than crawling on all fours to the finish line.  Therefore, I created the following fitness plan for the next three weeks:

  • Run 10 Kilometers six days/week.  So far, this takes me almost exactly 1 hour.
  • Intense circuit conditioning at PURE, IFC with my long-term personal trainer Fred Wong 2 days/week with a 10 Kilogram weight in my racing backpack: lunges, one-legged squats, stepping, running in place, etc.  Fred designs amazing workouts… I practice what I preach and workout with a personal trainer 2-3x/week.
  • Heavy weight-resistance training at least 1 day/week for bench press, squat, and dead lift for major muscle groups with Fred.
  • Pilates 1-2 x/week independently and at OPS in Central.

I’ve been following the weight training for several weeks, but this is only Day 2 of the 10K running.  I’m feeling very good, although my legs are a bit tender due to my tight iliotibial (IT) bands on my outer thighs. Hope to resolve this IT band issue in the coming few weeks with lots of foam rolling, gentle stretching, arch supports, etc.

Stay tuned for my next post about my dietary changes and “detox” leading up to the race.

I am running to help raise funds for HOPE for Charity.  If you care to donate, kindly refer to the below donation details.  Thank you!

The charity’s account details (Hong Kong):

HSBC Account no: 813-284411-001; Hope for Children

Reference mentioned “Jennie Running The Sahara”

Cheque payable to “Hope for Children (Hong Kong) limited”

GPO Box 947, Hong Kong

Please reference “Jennie Running The Sahara” on the back of the cheque

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Training for an Ultra-Marathon: Racing The Planet Training Camp

I have just one more month to prepare for my first ultra-marathon.  The SAHARA ULTRA MARATHON RACE is part of the “4 Deserts”, named by TIME magazine, as one of the top 10 Endurance Competitions in the world.  On October 3rd, I will be joining this year’s race along with 150 other competitors from 35 countries, who are running 250 kilometers through The Valley of the Whales in Egypt.  The 6-day Marathon finishes at the Pyramids of Giza.

So, how does one even begin to physically prepare for something like this?  The truth is, I had no idea until last weekend’s adventure with Racing the Planet’s Training Camp http://www.racingtheplanet.com/store/expert-advice.html, hosted and created by endurance champion Eric LaHaie.  Details as follows:

Day 1 – A morning discussion about the logistics of a 250K race: packing, training, gear, nutrition, etc.  Later in the afternoon, we arrived at Sai Kung Country Park and quickly split into 2 groups: runners and fast-walkers.  The scenic and moderately intense Luk Wu Country Trail led us to Sai Wan Beach where we set up camp as the sun set and stars revealed themselves.   The ambitious runners donned their headlamps and hit the trails again while the rest of us heated water and enjoyed freeze-dried Expedition Food for dinner.  Following dinner, we all chilled out under the moonlight – a perfect ending to the day, as the beach was stunning, quiet, and presented a remarkably special side of Hong Kong… complete with cuttlefishing boats in the distance.  Unfortunately, the once soft sandy beach soon felt hard and unforgiving, and sleeping was a restless challenge.  A priceless indication of what desert sleeping may be like!

Day 2 – I watched the sun rise pink over the sea and we were all up at 6am.  Expedition Food breakfast and we hit the trails by 7am for a glorious morning of training before the heat of the day.  The air was cool and fresh as we climbed.  I split from the group before they made it to Sharp’s Peak and looped around the NorthEast trails which brought them back to our Sai Wan Beach starting point.  Meanwhile, I jogged on with my backpack for another 2 hours, then ultimately walked …until I caught a ride home.  Arriving home, I felt extremely positive about the entire 2-day event, but also exhausted, incredibly sandy, and realizing I needed to make serious modifications to my racing wardrobe before hitting the desert.  And… I noticed a place on my foot where a blister is likely to form during the race, despite wearing Injinji socks, SmartWool, and trail running shoes which are 1.5 size too large.  Good to know these things now rather than later.

The verdict: this training camp was a fun, well-organized dress rehearsal for the Sahara, and I know what I need to do for the next one month.  The next post will highlight my training plan for the coming three weeks.

I am running to help raise funds for HOPE for Charity.  If you care to donate, kindly refer to the below donation details.  Thank you!

The charity’s account details (Hong Kong):

HSBC Account no: 813-284411-001; Hope for Children

Reference mentioned “Jennie Running The Sahara”

OR

Cheque payable to “Hope for Children (Hong Kong) limited”

GPO Box 947, Hong Kong

Please reference “Jennie Running The Sahara” on the back of the cheque

Cheers Friends,

Jennie

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Interview with Dr. Raymond Chan, Medical Director of Fit Health Physiotherapy Centre

Interview with Dr. Raymond Chan, Medical Director of Fit Health Physiotherapy Centre

Doctor Raymond Chan is the Medical Director of Fit Health Physiotherapy Centre in Causeway Bay.  The Centre specializes in physiotherapy for injury management and rehabilitation, personal training services, and a variety of classes for prenatal women and couples.

Do you offer workshops and/or classes for women and couples expecting a baby?

Dr. Chan: We offer workshop on breathing exercises and massage therapy.  This is a one-and-a-half hour workshop for couples to take during which the mother would learn the breathing techniques, her partner would also learn how to give clues to the breathing.  The partner will also learn the massage techniques for relieving common problems in pregnancy, such as neck and back pain, legs cramp etc.

What health services does your clinic provide for prenatal women?

  • Dr. Chan: We offer Pre-Natal physiotherapy for pregnant women with neck and back ache, legs pain, etc.  Our treatment will emphasize manual therapy, so that expectant mothers can be treated without the risk of side effects from medication.

Do you have classes for postnatal women as well?

  • Dr. Chan: Yes, we offer treatment for post-natal urinary incontinence.  This is done by female physiotherapist, using pelvic floor muscle exercises, biofeedback, and electrotherapy to stimulate the pelvic floor muscles.  We also have classes for baby massage techniques for any member of the family to join.

Do you offer OB/GYN services at your clinic?

  • Dr. Chan: We offer Musculo-Skeletal, Sports medicine, and Physiotherapy service at our clinic.  We are not specialists in Obs & Gynae.  We would like to keep our roles separate, and co-operate with Hong Kong Obs & Gynae doctors, rather than be their competitor.

How does your clinic differ from the Hong Kong hospitals who offer antenatal classes?

  • Dr. Chan: We are conveniently located in Causeway Bay, right above MTR exit.  Our pre- and post-natal exercise classes are available every day.  There is no joining fee or membership fee – you simply pay for the classes you take, and there is no restriction on which day you take it. (unlike some places, which only offer classes e.g. every Wednesday evenings, and you pay for each month, if you miss a class then you miss it)  Also our exercise classes are all led by registered physiotherapists with additional qualifications in fitness training.  The class size is kept small to maximum 10 so that the teacher can give individual attention.

Our pre- and post-natal classes are function orientated: pre-natal exercise class will focus on relieving the discomforts and preventing health problems, and breathing control to prepare for giving birth.  Our post-natal exercise will focus on “tuning” the muscles weakened during child-bearing and giving birth, and functional strength for taking care of babies; unlike many other places where they emphasize post-natal exercise as post-natal “slimming”

As a medical doctor, what recommendations do you have for pregnant women who want to begin an exercise routine or continue exercising?

  • Dr. Chan: I would recommend pregnant women to stay active throughout pregnancy.  If you are not used to exercise, the best time to start is after the first trimester – when then fetus is more stable and not yet too big.  The aim of exercise should be to maintain reasonable cardio and muscular fitness, rather than for peak sports performance.  It is always a good idea consult your medical doctor regarding any concerns and make sure you are medically fit to exercise before you begin.

Dr. Raymond Chan

FitHealth

SPORTS MEDICINE · PHYSIOTHERAPY ·  FITNESS

Rm 1401, Causeway Bay Plaza 1, 489 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay

Tel: 3904 3388

Fax: 3904 3389

www.fithealth.com.hk

http://hk.myblog.yahoo.com/fit-health

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Dressing Your Bump: Maternity Style Solutions

Perfecting the art of dressing your bump in style is the first step to becoming a Yummy-Mummy.  Read below for the essential maternity clothing style tips:

  • Keep your sense of personal style.  A nine month pregnancy is not a small amount of time, so choose outfits that reflect your style rather than simply buying something because it fits.  Many of your favorite designers offer maternity collections and most large brands ship internationally.
  • Create a capsule wardrobe of 10 pieces which all work together.  Purchase basics in 2-3 neutral colors (black, brown, cream, tan, grey, olive, khaki, white, beige, navy) with accessories and layering pieces in 2 accent colors (bright red, soft pink, royal blue, lavender, etc)  with 1 or 2 patterned pieces (pattern should have at least one of the neutral colors and one accent).  Accessories should be neutral or in one of your accent colors.  This ensures everything easily mixes and matches for comfort layering and a put-together look.
  • Pay attention to the pattern.   Printed dresses worn alone and printed long tops paired with plain leggings/jeans are easy and stylish choices for Moms-to-be because they require fewer accessories and are easy to mix and match.  The right print will de-emphasize large hips and thighs.  Look for dresses with relatively smaller prints on the hips and thighs, and large pattern on the bust or upper torso.  The idea is to keep the eyes moving over your less favorite areas and more focused on your face or body parts you like.  As always, vertical stripes are generally slimming, and wide horizontal stripes should be avoided.
  • Try the celebrity maternity style by opting for non-maternity empire-waist dresses, stretchy skirts and jersey tops.  It is über stylish to dress in non-maternity tops and dresses if the fit is accommodating for your bump.
  • Style essentials: long maxi dresses, wrap dresses, maternity jeans, and a few figure-hugging maternity tops are key elements for your new wardrobe.
  • Ballet flats, wedge heels, and pretty flat sandals are beautiful alternatives to running shoes and flip flops –> but bring along your super comfortable shoes in the car or handbag in-case feet swell to uncomfortable proportions.
  • Pedicures, manicures, facials, blow-outs, spray tans, and lots of beauty sleep will have you looking polished and glowing.  When the hair and skin is perfect, you can just throw on a man’s white button down and look hot – so when all else fails, book a wash and blow-dry at your salon and you’ll be golden.

Share your own advice at the bottom if there are tricks and lessons you’ve learned along the way.

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