— July 18, 2014 —

Love Want Need

We've got our eyes (sorry can't help it!) on these Pierre Hardy creations. Quirky, cool and downright awesome, these shoes are topping our list of must-haves.

Featuring a combination of suede, leather, and calf hair with a sultry eye motif to boot, these gorgeous head turner from the pre-fall collection are simply irresistible!  Available in a few different color combination that are equally chic, it is going to be difficult to decide which pair to bring home!

(Did we mention it also comes with a matching clutch?)

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They have yet to hit stores in Asia but we know that a few styles will be available at Lane Crawford ifc by mid August.

— July 16, 2014 —

Globetrotter - xoxoFei

Summer travel is on our minds on this beautiful Wednesday.  While planning for a holiday has never been easier thanks to the Internet, it is often difficult to decide on where to go and what to bring along to a holiday... #firstworldproblem

No advice is better than those coming from an expert traveler one can trust, so we spoke with Fei Chang (Taipei born fashionista who grew up all over the world and now calls Hong Kong home) of xoxoFei to find out what's topping her list of Asian travel destinations, tips on holiday packing, great finds from her recent travels, and why we should all go on a trip with a chef!

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ES:  What are your top 3 summer destinations in Asia?

Fei: MALDIVES -  because it's always a good time to be in paradise.  BAGAN, MYANMAR - for a unique, magical experience. And SEOUL, KOREA - everyone knows the food and shopping is great but I also love the overall vibe of the city.

maldivesWhite sandy beach, crystal clear water, exclusive island resorts... what's not to love about Maldives?
baganA picture is worth a thousand words and "magical" is probably an understatement when it comes to Bagan in Myanmar
seoul 2The amazing shopping (with shops that stay open nearly 24-hours a day!) and food scene makes Seoul a top Asian destination for a city weekend getaway

ES: It is always a challenge trying to fit everything you need for a holiday.  What’s your advice on packing?  What are some key essentials to include to cater for any spontaneous activities/occasion that may arise?

Fei: I am a little obsessive about holiday packing, in fact there's a whole section of my closet that is only resort wear to make the packing process easier! I recently wrote about my summer travel essentials on my blog and I think it's important to plan ahead and pack light, because no one wants to stress about a missing dress or be overwhelmed with last minute choices while on vacation. Plan one daytime outfit and one night outfit per day, remembering that separates can be mixed and matched, and items have multiple uses, such as one-piece swimsuits doubling as tops and kaftans doubling as dresses if you bring along a nude slip.

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ES: What are some of your favourite purchases from your recent travels?

Fei: I love these wide brimmed hats that I found in random shops in Capri and Positano, I bought a few of them at a go and they're the perfect summer accessory.

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Fei: I also love collecting delicate gold jewelry, especially when I'm in Greece and I tend to go slightly overboard.

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ES: Which famous person would you want to go on a trip with and why?  And where would you want to go?

Fei: Definitely a chef, maybe Mario Batali and we'll go on an indulgent food trip all around Italy and Spain.

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Plan a holiday with a fellow chef or foodie and eat like a pro in any city!

Check out xoxofei.com for more inspiration on living, shopping, eating and beyond or follow her on Instagram @xoxofei to take a glimpse into her fabulous lifestyle filled with stylish outfits, delicious food, amazing travels!

— July 11, 2014 —

Best bet - Deliciously Ella

Summer's rising temperature brings on the skin baring outfits and the skin baring outfits bring on a big reminder to get in shape!  And a good way to start is by eating healthy hence, for this week's best bet, we present you Deliciously Ella, a food blog dedicated to sharing healthy food inspiration along with easy-to-follow recipes that will give anyone a brand new perspective on healthy cooking and eating.

Check out our top picks from the blog for some delicious and easy recipes to try out this summer!

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The Ultimate Blueberry & Banana Smoothie looks divine and berrylicious!!

energizing beetroot cucumber and ginger

Beetroot, Cucumber & Ginger juice - a total glassful of goodness

almond quinoa pumpkin seed bread with avocado and tomatoes

This supergood bread is made up of various seeds and herbs and topped with creamy avocado and tomatoes
Zucchini Noodles with minted avocado sauce
Zucchini noodles with a minted avocado sauce and mushrooms is as delicious as it is guilt-free!
Vegan Quinoa pizza crust
Vegan quinoa pizza crust topped with artichokes, rockets, tomatoes and olives is probably the healthiest pizza there is!

As far as we are concerned, no healthy diet is complete without desserts and one of the main reasons why we love Deliciously Ella is that there are tons of mouth-watering yet still extremely healthy dessert options on offer!

gluten free rice crispy treats
Made with brown rice, banana, almond butter, coconut oil, and cinnamon, this healthy version of the good old rice crispy treats is simply too good to be true
Cramy Summer ice lollies
We will be snacking on these creamy summer lollies throughout the summer!

Sweet potato Brownies

Who would have thought one can make brownies out of sweet potatoes?

Follow Deliciously Ella's instagram for some enticing daily visual inspiration!

And for those who are feeling extra motivated, check out the Deliciously Ella app (available for iphone and android) which offers over 100 simple easy to follow recipes as well as a number of detox menus and plans.

— July 7, 2014 —

Trend alert: The Backpack

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If it has been a while since your last backpack purchase (let's be honest, some of us haven't revisited the backpack since our school days!), it is time to give yourself a necessary accessory update.

The truth is backpacking has never been more chic, from luxe designers brands to high street labels, there is something for everyone depending on the look, style, and budget one is going for.

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Sleek, classic and versatile are the key words if you are looking at investing in the high-end options.   Totally stylish and on-trend, these luxurious leather designs by some of our favourite brands are total keepsake that will become your go-to bag of choice for seasons to come!

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Pierre Hardy backpack slash shoulder bag makes for a great investment with its duo functions.  The subtle yet iconic front pocket design adds to its classic appeal
proenza schouler PS Courier backpack combined
This PS Courier backpack by Proenza Schouler is perfect for PS fans to add to their collection.
Vintage Chanel
A fabulous Chanel vintage find from Vintage Heirloom, the soft and slouchy leather of this duffel backpack adds a laid-back sensibility to the lux materials and we are simply in love with the subtle but iconic quilting detail and logo in the bottom of the bag

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What backpacks and Moschino shared in common was that they were both extremely popular in the 90s, so it only makes sense that they make a strong comeback together.  This iconic biker jacket backpack has such an awesome throwback feel to it!
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This metallic blue 3.1 Phillip Lim promises to add a cool edge to any outfit

For the more budget-conscious fashionista, check out these great finds from ASOS that will offer an instant update to your outfit without having to break the bank.

asos yellow suede mini combined
How can one resist this yellow suede mini with fringing?
grafea hari combinedBringing together vintage inspiration with British craftsmanship, Grafea Hari backpacks are as trendy as they are functional with the multi pocket designs.  Available in a range of different colors with a reasonable price tag to boot!
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This flashy gold number by LA streetwear label, Joyrich, is reserved for the fun and fearless who likes to stand out from the crowd!

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