— August 29, 2014 —

Best Bet - The Farm At San Benito

Summer is coming to an end but it's not too late to plan that final getaway before you dive back into your busy agenda.  If de-stress, detox, reboot and recharge are on your mind, read on as we reminisce about our recent experience at The Farm at San Benito, a healing sanctuary in beautiful Philippines that we would highly recommend anyone to check out!

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Specialized in the latest medical services alongside luxe spa treatments and gourmet raw cuisine, The Farm is one of Asia's most renowned holistic retreat. While most visit The Farm for its range of detox programmes that fill the days with customized juice fasts, cleanses, acupuncture and various customized treatments, there are also plenty to do for those who are simply looking for a relaxing stay in a beautiful tropical paradise.

Food served at The Farm is all organic and vegan gourmet cuisine. We lurve their breakfast set that includes a mix of vegan sausages, granola, home-made breads, and The Farm’s own fruit jam concoctions. Talk about starting the day right!

We tried to get the most out of our short weekend stay enjoying a variety of activities from vegetable picking in the fields, outdoor yoga with a view, a dip in their amazing infinity pools and the perfect daily nightcap - a relaxing 2-hour massage under the stars. The experience is honestly beyond words and we are going to let some beautiful images do the talking...

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While we certainly feel rejuvenated after our short stay The Farm, we are also experiencing major withdrawal symptoms from the amazing weekend.  Oh dear awesome organic breakfast, infinitely pool, and massages under the stars, until next time!

— August 26, 2014 —

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Cape is the outwear of choice for Fall and this one from sass & bide is what we love, want and need now!

If you're not new to cape shopping then you would know sass & bide is one of the brands that make at least a few capes each season.  This particular design, titled the Snowbird Caplet, from its Pre-fall 2014 range featuring a sleek and simple silhouette is a total must-have for it is as on trend as it is a classic wardrobe staple that you will find yourself reaching for way beyond this season.

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Check out how supermodel Miranda Kerr style hers (complete with the most adorable arm candy - her son Flynn)

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— August 21, 2014 —

newsflash - No. 31 & No. 57

It is one of those in-between-season moments when most of us are a bit sick and tired of our summer wardrobe yet it's still too hot to wear any of our new fall/winter purchases.  Not like we ever need a reason to shop but this is indeed the best time to turn to fragrance shopping because if one can't start wearing new clothes, one can certainly start wearing a new scent just to get into the spirit.  And J.Crew's launch of its first fragrance collaboration is exactly what we want to hear!

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Titled No. 31 and No. 57, the 2 new fragrances in collaboration with Carlos Huber, Founder of Arquiste Parfumeur, were created to capture the essence of the artistic scene of 1940s New York.   Let's hear if from  J. Crew's Creative Director, Jenna Lyons, (in her recent interview with Into The Gloss):

"He (Carlos Huber) referenced Peggy Guggenheim for inspiration, who years ago had done a women’s art opening on 57th Street.  She had her own gallery made completely out of wood, which was unusual because now if you think about a gallery you think about a white box. Instead, it was this warm, womb-like structure—absolutely stunning. So the fragrances' inspiration focused on that night at the gallery opening. That’s where the numbers for the fragrances come from—it was 31 artists on 57th street.

Inspiration aside, let's have a look at the key notes and composition of the 2 scents.  No. 31 evokes the bold perfumes worn by some of the artists and captures the essence and excitement of the crowd at the gallery—red vermouth, Bulgarian rose and patchouli—while No. 57 channels the aromatic cocktails and curved oak walls of the gallery - aged whiskey, cedarwood and oakwood combined with cinnamon bark, labdanum and vanilla beans. Sounds pretty good to us, what do you think?

No. 31 and No. 57 are now available at J.Crew's store at ifc mall, Hong Kong. Happy shopping!

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— August 19, 2014 —

Best Bet - Genie Juicery

One of our favourite shopping destinations in Hong Kong, ifc mall, has become even more exciting with the addition of Genie Juicery, a juice bar founded by celebrity model slash TV host, Cara G Mcilroy, and her best friend, Melanie White, with an aim to promote their shared passion for healthy living.  With 26 different juices, smoothies, nut milks and protein shakes as well as a range of healthy snacks on offer, the new Genie Juicery has become a hot spot for those looking for a convenient detox solution to give their busy lifestyle a much needed healthy boost.

We chatted with co-founder, Cara G, to get the scoop on the benefits of juicing and a few tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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Melanie and Cara are the perfect ambassadors for Genie Juicery.  Look at their glowing skin and naturally beautiful aura!

ES:  Many people turn to juicing as a slimming solution, what's your thoughts with regards?

Cara:  At Genie Juicery, we don’t like to promote juicing as a slimming solution. Cleansing is a great way to kick start a healthy lifestyle or get you back on track after an indulgent period. Of course all of our juices are packed full of fresh and wholesome fruits and vegetables, making them a better alternative to drinks found on most shelves in Hong Kong.

A healthy metabolism is key to slimming down.  Our electrolyte drink – Pink Panther -  is the perfect hydrating drink for summer.  Its low in calories and gets your metabolism pumping.

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From Left: PINK PANTHER- low calorie drink perfect for summer, BO-YO - super good smoothie, GEISHA - nut milk with matcha green tea powder and chia seeds, ORANG UTAN - orange and carrot juice with a kick

ES:  What are some of the most popular juices from the menu?

Cara:  BO-YO – a super food smoothie. It's full of antioxidants and the coconut water is great for electrolyte balance. A great breakfast alternative as its filling and easy to grab and go.  GEISHA– our nut milk with matcha green tea powder and chia seeds. It is our version of bubble tea! We use teapigs green tea – the best on the market; Matcha equals to 10 cups of green tea which helps boost metabolism and burns fat! ORANG UTAN – our orange and carrot juice with a little turmeric kick! Turmeric reduces the risk of cancer; it is also a strong anti-inflammatory and aids in liver detoxification. Orange lowers blood pressure and is a disease fighting antioxidant. And finally carrot is great for vision and helps those with unfavourable skins problems.

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ES: Fashion week is fast approaching which means a lot of us in the industry will be on the road for weeks and will need to stay focused and energized.  Can you offer us some tips on how to keep to a clean diet while travelling?  Is there specific food that will help keep us energized while on the road?

Cara:  It's not always easy to eat well whilst travelling which is why it is always important to be prepared before you leave! Stock up on healthy snacks that you can reach for as a healthy alternative. Trying to eat real, wholesome foods as much as possible is a must. Supplements are also a great addition to your travel bag. We have our own range in our ifc store now and they are great for adding to your morning green juice or water!

ES:  What are some of the most common bad eating/lifestyle habits you have noticed in Hong Kong?  How can a juice cleanse help rectify these bad habits?

Cara: The general Hong Kong population lead a fast and hectic lifestyle, which in turn, can lead to poor food and health choices. Sitting down for a home cooked meal is rare. We live in a culture of eating out which means overly processed foods sneak into our diets. Australians (both Cara and Melanie were born and raised down under and now call Hong Kong home) lead a more laid back lifestyle. They take the time to buy fresh produce and enjoy the act of cooking at home and sitting down to a family meal. Eating out is saved for special occasions.

Juices cleansing can help eliminate toxins that accumulate through processed foods, pollutants and other environmental factors. Our bodies rarely get the opportunity to fully detox so cleansing helps give your digestive system a rest and allows your body to detox as it is designed to do!

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