— August 1, 2014 —
It's the end of the week and we all deserve a good treat! We present Craft Cakes & Confections, a rising star in the Hong Kong cake scene.
It was love at first bite for us with Craft's Caramel Crunch Cake - a combination of light-as-air creaminess balanced off perfectly by the sweetness of the crunchy caramel bits in between multiple layers of soft and fluffy lemon chiffon sponge. (a.k.a. cake heaven...) We got Janice Ho, the mastermind behind Craft, to share the secret in her winning recipe:
"We use honey in the making of our crunch topping, to add a different depth of flavor to the confection, whilst other places tend to only use sugar. As for the cream, the recipe includes a particular elderflower and nut liquor, which provides that flowery earthy taste to the cake."
Craft's Caramel Crunch Cake is a total must try!
When asked what it is about baking that appeals to her most, Janice said "Being proud of the final product is what appeals to me the most in baking. Making customers' cake ideas become reality, or designing cakes with them to make their day truly special." It is always a balancing act trying to maintain appearance and flavor when it comes to customized designs. To ensure their cake taste just as good as they look, Craft's customized creations tend to focus on using chocolate over fondant for decoration. Pretty, delicious and with door-to-door delivery service to boot, it is difficult not to fall in love with Craft!
Check out Craft's website for its full product offering but to help you make up your mind, here are the must-try best sellers:
Layers of fluffy honey chiffon sponge, lemon curd, whipped cream and toasted meringue, all on top of a crunchy graham cracker crust makes the Lemon Meringe an ideal dessert of choice on a hot summer day
The crunchy tart-shell crust at the bottom of the Mango Mille Crepe Cake offers a surprising contrast in texture and flavor. We think we have a guaranteed crowd pleaser here!
— July 29, 2014 —
Photographers and stylists are often the unsung heros in fashion. Their hard work behind the scenes however, play an enormous role in terms of offering style inspiration and highlighting beautiful trends, stories and designs that grace the pages of magazines.
This week's spotlight is on Olivia Tsang, one of the hottest (as in well sought-after AND being drop-dead gorgeous all at once!) fashion photographer and stylist who is responsible for numerous cover stories and editorial for major titles including Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, and Manifesto Magazine, just to name a few; as well as countless winning outfits seen on some of the most high profile celebrities from Asian stars Andy Lau, Eason Chan, and Michelle Chen, to Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
Adoption campaign for Elle in collaboration with Hong Kong Dog Rescue featuring celebrity Shawn Yue shot by Olivia
Cover story featuring model Taylor Cowan for Manifesto Magazine shot by Olivia
Harper's Bazaar swimwear shoot photographed by Olivia
ES: How would you describe your style?
Olivia: Simple, sporty, and sometimes feminine. My day-to-day look needs to allow for long hours of moving around; shooting on set (imagine doing squads with weight/camera for a whole day!) or going to a dozen shops all over town to pick up items for my clients (imagine eating lunch in a cab or while walking!)
I'm usually in a T-shirt with shorts or jeans paired with sneakers or flip flops. I love jewelries by John Hardy and David Yurman, accessories help dress up my look to avoid people asking "are you going hiking?" which I get a lot from my neighbors.
Olivia looking equally chic in a casual tee+shorts+Superga for a work day in the studio; and rocking a figure-hugging neoprene scuba dress, her favorite summer piece, that makes her feel like she's on a vacation every time she puts it on.
ES: Can you share with us your fashion/style rule that you try to adhere to at work and in life?
Olivia: Be true to yourself, whether it is the things you do, the things you love or the clothes you wear. There is nothing more beautiful than that very organic confidence that only comes from being yourself!
ES: What is topping your must-have list for Autumn/Winter 2014?
Olivia: There is this gold python Giuseppe Zanotti heels and I love everything from the 3.1 Phillip Lim collection, from the campaign to the styling and the colorways.
The Fall/Winter 2014 campaign from 3.1 Phillip Lim is shot against a backdrop of New York City on a cloudy day. The gloomy background juxtaposes with the colorful yet moody palette of the collection.
These sexy Giuseppe Zanotti python heels are topping Olivia's Fall/Winter's list of must-haves
ES: If you can raid a famous person’s wardrobe, whose would it be?
Olivia: My picks would be Penny Lane played by Kate Hudson in <Almost Famous> because I always want to know what it feels like to live in the 70s; and Chiara Ferragni because she really makes everything looks cool! And it's something that you would actually wear.
Follow Olivia on instagram for a glimpse into the life of the stylish fashion insider!
— July 23, 2014 —
From luxury brand Versus Versace to sensational fashion bloggers The Man Repeller, Superga always strikes a chord when it comes to winning partnerships that lead to sell out collection and consequently great sales.
Business aside, it is heartwarming to learn that the footwear brand is also making time and effort to give back to the community with their latest Superga x M'Lop Tapang Collection, featuring 6 one-of-a-kind sneakers bearing creative designs hand drawn by underprivileged children in Cambodia supported by the charity.
The Superga x M’Lop Tapang Charity Collection will be unveiled in Hong Kong at this Saturday's (July 26, 11:00pm till late) BrickArt Jam Event at Brickhouse , during which 3 local artists - Stern, Jason Caldwell and Lazy Beaver – will engage in a live art-battle. The resulting artworks along with the special Superga x M’Lop Tapang Collection will be available for purchase through a silent auction with proceeds going back to M’Lop Tapang Charity to support its on-going efforts in helping underprivileged children in Cambodia.
Interested parties can send their bids and requests to [email protected].
Come and show your support this Saturday if you share the same passion for art, creativity, and charity!
Here are some behind-the-scene images from the making of the special collection. For a more comprehensive of the creative journey, check out the special video here: http://superga.hk/superga-x-mlop-tapang/
Just in case you can't make it to Brickhouse this Saturday, the Superga x M’Lop Tapang Charity Collection will be on display at the Superga Flagship store at Harbour City from August 4 – September 4 ,2014.
— July 18, 2014 —
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?)
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.