— September 1, 2014 —

Trend Alert: Knitwear

Knitwear is one of the biggest trend for Autumn/Winter 2014.  Available in numerous forms, shapes, and designs, there is an endless selection on offer this season.  Check out some of our top picks in this week's trend alert.

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A definite wardrobe staple, a knitted sweater can be worked into different looks from a casual daytime style with pants and boots to a chic party look with skirt and heels.  Skip the conventional solid color styles and opt for those with vibrant colors and graphics to add a refreshing twist to your everyday wardrobe.

The Every day sweater(From left): Nanushka, sass & bide, J.Crew

TEXTURED

One of the most wonderful element about knitwear is its ability to incorporate an endless array of different texture, shapes and forms to a garment as seen in the different looks featured above.  Basketweave, braid cable, crochet, crossed stitch, ruffles, the list goes on and on...

Textured(From left) Sacai, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Balenciaga
 TURTLENECK

Chic and functional, turtleneck sweaters are perfect for cold winter days.  We see an overall boxier fit when it come to the turtleneck sweater, which add an extra element of comfort to the all-time winter essential.  These are some standout ones we have our eyes on -  wintery color-block design from Alexander Wang; loose fit ribbed knit sweater from Chalayan (we love the uber chic and practical pocket detail!); and slouchy tone-on-tone style from Helmut Lang.

Turtlenecks(From Left) Alexander Wang, Chalayan, Helmut Lang

HEAD-TO-TOE

All over knitwear looks are sent down numerous runway this season.  While the sweater and pant ensemble (as seen in Marc Jacobs and Celine) may be tricky for some, the knit dress trend is a bit easier to carry, especially in textured designs like that of Stella McCartney's and Acne Studios.  A style note to highlight is how these looks are all styled with chunkier platform footwear for an updated contemporary style that is laid-back and stylish all at once.

The Knit all over(From Left) Stella McCartney, Acne Studio, Marc Jacobs

— 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!

jenna-lyons-jcrew-201-613x408jenna-lyons-jcrew-8-613x408(Photos from Into The Gloss)

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