WARDROBE REHAB: THREE WAYS TO WEAR A GREY MARL TEE

Stumped on what grey marl actually is? I was too. The first dictionary definition I found said ‘rock consisting of lime and clay’, so yeah not that, but the second definition was more on the money – ‘fabric that has pale threads running through another colour’ – in this case white threads through grey fabric. In fact, it turns out the former is actually the inspiration for the name of the latter (see proof here). Who knew? Although you may be thinking who cares, to me it’s important because it’s that small variation between plain grey fabric and grey marl fabric that makes all the difference – the lightly speckled or heathered nature of marl that gives it a visual softness, kind of makes me think of cosy days in bed and VSCOcam approved coffees on marble tables. Come to think about it – everything I love about marl I actually love about marble.

Anyway, as we cruise on into the weekend I thought I would share with you a few very ‘schools out’ appropriate outfits, incorporating none other than the grey marl tee.  The team over at Grana have created their own version of this iconic style, and I have to say I’m a big fan based softness and sheer versatility. And did I mention they’re affordable? Read on for a few weekend outfit ideas. Happy Friday!

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Outfit 1Taking a lazy outfit up a notch with some leather and a pair of pumps.

Wearing: Grana grey tee, J Crew Jacket, DIYed leather mini skirt, Celine bag (I caved!), J crew pumps, Nick Campbell sunglasses.

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Outfit 2Add a touch of ‘I’ve totally read that how to be Parisian book’ with a pair of ballet flats. Then drink black coffee and smoke cigarettes all weekend (jks!).

Wearing: Grana grey tee, Zulu & Zephyr shorts, Repetto flats, Crappy aviators from Thailand (probably more harm than good on my poor eyeballs).

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Outfit 3 – Keep it simple with raw hems and blue denim, and a touch of tan for good measure. Although LBH, heels are a wishful thinking come the weekend.

Wearing: Grana grey tee, Witchery jeans (with a few DIY updates), Zara heels, J Crew bag, AG jeans denim jacket, Nick Campbell sunglasses.

Photos by Nicola Lemmon

This post is in collaboration with Grana.

HOW TO: ROSE WATER COINTREAU FIZZ

For those of you who know me (even just in that internet way that seems to mean so much these days), you’ll know that I’m all about a yummy cocktail. I mean, what Friday afternoon isn’t complete without a raised glass – or for that matter a raised mason jar/tin cup/enamel jug? You can imagine, therefore, that when Cointreau asked me to host a little mid fashion week afternoon tea at the Grounds of Alexandria and create my own take on their simple Cointreau Fizz cocktail (Cointreau, lime, soda), I couldn’t say no. After much taste testing and lots of umming and ahhing over flavours (I gave this WAY too much thought) I decided on this fragrant and delightful rose water version,  it was perfectly matched to the ridiculously gorgeous green house setting (seriously).

The best part of the day? I invited along a few of my friends, one of which had been putting up with me on their couch all week and was definitely due some cocktails and cake! Read on for the tutorial and a few pics of what turned out to be a most memorable afternoon.

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Ingredients:

  • 30 ml of Cointreau
  • A teaspoon of rose water
  • Soda water
  • Two teaspoons of raspberry juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Flowers and pegs for garnish

For the raspberry juice, we simply squashed some raspberries and used the liquid.

How to:

1. Fill your glass with ice.

3. Add the Cointreau, rose water, raspberry juice and lime juice.

4. Muddle/mix with a spoon.

5 . Top with soda water.

For all you flower addicts out there, I think this cocktail would be just as delicious with orange blossom water or lavender essence instead of the rosewater.

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We added a sprig of flowers and used a peg to secure, because, why not?

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This post is in collaboration with Cointreau, thanks guys for such a lovely time!

Love late afternoon drinks? Check out this one and this one.

HONG KONG GUIDE: CULTURE & LIFE

A first impression of Hong Kong is often centred around the dominating architecture and hectic, people filled streets, and what with so much looking up at the skyline it often takes a few days to focus on the multilayered and intricate cultural elements in the city. But rather than see it in a museum or some sort of exhibition, I’m all about immersing myself in the day to day lives of the locals, to understand their culture as they see it. In partnership with Hong Kong Tourism Board, today I’m sharing my favorite things to do to experience Hong Kong culture as the locals do.

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Tai Chi

This ancient form of exercise is actually a martial art, and take it from me it’s WAY harder than it looks. Every morning all over the city, the elderly of the city congregate in parks and on lawns to practice and balance their chi – no wonder they all look so spritely! To take it all in and even have a go yourself, wake up early and hit a local park, Victoria Park, Kowloon Park and the small park on Po Hing Fong in Sheung Wan are my picks.

The Tung Po Bird Gardens

Adjacent to the Flower markets you’ll find the Bird Gardens, and while they’re a somewhat well known landmark in the city, I like to go there not for the bird (although they’re pretty!) but for the men who come there to chat and socialise, often with their own small cage of precious birds.

Man Mo Temple

A serene oasis amongst the hectic streets of Central, Man Mo temple is one of my favourite spots to take a breather. The patterns of hanging incense and lanterns make it one of the most picturesque places to visit.

The Wednesday Night Races

A true Hong Kong institution, the track itself is a surreal experience set amongst the 80 storey buildings of Causeway Bay, and the atmosphere is always electric. And don’t expect to find a Ladies Day style atmosphere – Hong Kong locals take their racing very seriously as it’s the only form of gambling allowed.

Shanghai Street

Although Shanghai Street is ostensiably a shopping destination, for me it’s so much more than just that. A street with shop after shop of traditional cooking utensils, including steaming baskets and steel spoons, these small domestic items say so much about the love of food and cooking that is ingrained in Chinese culture. You’ll be tempted to buy everything, but even if your suitcase won’t allow that it’s worth a stroll.

Hong Kong Shopfronts

What struck me when I first moved to Hong Kong was the fine grained nature of the local streets – I was particularly drawn to the tiny shop fronts that house printers, stationary stores and tea shops. Although like most cities Hong KOng is experiencing gentrification, and many of what once was has now moved on, there are still areas where you can explore the tiny, immaculately arranged stores that sell only a handful of goods. Areas like Sham Shui Po and Yau Ma Tei are perfect for this type of exploring.

Sai Kung Pier

Sai Kung Pier is uniquely Hong Kong – with the boats that pull up to the pier with the catch of the day and the many dog owners who go there to show off their pet’s new outfits, it’s world’s away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s a great place to explore before sitting down to a Cantonese meal.

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Love these old mail boxes

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Wandering the busy streets of Sheung Wan (my studio is right upstairs!)

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Take a tram

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Immerse yourself in red

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Visit Tung Po Bird Garden

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Buy some traditional medicines

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Take a red limousine (you won’t actually be able to avoid it!)

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Visit Man Mo Temple

To celebrate Hong Kong Summer and our new partnership, Hong Kong Tourism and Flight Centre are giving away an amazing travel prize to Hong Kong, including flights and 5 nights accommodation. To top it all off, I’ll be personally showing the winners around this gorgeous city, so they can get the hidden insights. Head to the Hidden Hong Kong site here to enter!

Photos by Nicola Lemmon

DIY OFF THE SHOULDER TOP

In episode two of ‘Geneva celebrates warmer weather by crafting something off the shoulder’ (perhaps a cumbersome title – probably not good for SEO), I bring you the off the shoulder top version two – this time in a lycra/jersey fabric for a fitted style (check out version 1 here) Perfect as either a bikini top, or some sort of beach to bar situation. For those of you who are living somewhere that’s either getting colder, or (sadly) failing to get warmer, perhaps we can look at this top as an ode to warmer weather, sort of like a rain dance equivalent for a hot summer day!

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You need:

  • Stretchy fabric such as lycra or  thick jersey
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Measuring Tap
  • Sewing Machine

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How to:

1. Measure around your bust to determine how much fabric you will need. Then measure from the top to the bottom of your bust, essentially how long you want the top to go down your waist. When cutting the fabric double the length measurement as the fabric will be two layers.

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2. Fold your piece of fabric in half and pin it along the open edge

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3. Sew along the open edge and cut any excess from the seam.

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4. Turn your fabric inside out so the seam is on the inside.

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6. Fold your fabric in half again and sew along the edge. Once you turn it the right way round, it should look like this – congrats, you made a boob tube!

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7. To make the off the shoulder sleeves,  use the same process as above but use your arms as the measure.

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8. Turn the seam inwards to face the edge of your top and sew them in place.

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Voila!

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Photos by Nicola Lemmon

Love summer projects? Make sure you check out a DIY top here and a DIY dress here.