LINK FAVES #7

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Cambodia for a few days – a quick stop in Phnom Penh and then a few days in the serene and beautiful seaside village of Kep. It was amazing to get some downtime and do a bit of island hopping.. Particualy given winter is beginning to arrive in Hong Kong and swimming is (almost) out of the question now. It was so laid back that I got to forget about work and deadlines for a few hours – just what I needed prior to the crazy holiday season. I’m looking forward to sharing a few of my favourite things to do there with you, and also getting back there next year to check out Siem Reap!

Taking a dip in Cambodia
Swimsuit by Her The Label – on that note this is my first foray into high waisted bikinis and surprisingly I like them! What are your thoughts on the high waisted?

A few links I enjoyed over the weekend and wanted to share with you:

‘Not wearing a bra is my favourite pastime’. True that! NY women drawn their boobs.

Globe makers (insert love heart face emojis here).

Garza Marfa – I want everything now.

I love staying in people’s houses when I travel, here’s a few perfect ones for when you visit London.

The new Ace Hotel in LA is on my hit list, could it beeeee more pretty?

On friendship breakups

Ps… I’ve joined the Conde Nast Traveller team, head over to read my first guide about Shopping in Hanoi.

BEFORE & AFTER: OUR STUDIO

You’ll probably remember that a while ago we moved into our new studio, and in that time so much has happened that I can’t believe it’s only been a bit more than 6 months! The days when I used to work (with my boyfriend) in our tiny spare room seem like a millennium ago, now that we’ve got space to stretch out and (for me) experiment with crafts and projects. Paying rent every month is the obvious downside to this scenario, but because we’ve been able to share the space it’s worked out well for us (for now anyway).

Being an interior designer ( I’m so proud of all the projects he’s done since we’ve been in HK!), it was pretty straight forward for Ben to put together the designs before we first moved in – working with a few surly contractors to turn it from a warehouse into something you would want to work in. Although we wanted to keep it as raw as possible with the original, imperfect walls and the bare cement floors, in true Hong Kong fashion the contractors took it upon themselves to perfect the walls with plaster and paint. You can’t always get what you want (but you get what you need :)).

The studio is divided into two rooms, which works perfectly for us, as Ben and his team sit on one side, and we sit on the other side  – free to be as messy and chatty as we like! I’ve really enjoyed the hands on nature of creating shelves, tables and all the bits and pieces that went into the space – plenty more to come believe me.

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Check out the studio in more depth in the video below! And see just how much of a disaster the construction site was…

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The nook is my favourite place in the studio!

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We made the desks out of bricks and plywood, we’re all about saving the $$$. :)

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Ben came up with the idea of a floating shelf above the main desks which we’ve stacked with plants and vines – in  chaotic and built up city like Hong Kong, this green feature really made all the difference to the space.

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Over on the other side of the office, we decided to make the space a little more girly, and naturally we needed a big table to do our projects on. We’ve got a series of background we use to get different effects, so it’s made the space quite versatile.

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Naturally we’ve got a few quotes from lovely Jasmine Dowling to remind us of what’s important.

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You can find all the DIYs shown in the office below:

DIY Hanging Rope Shelves

DIY Rolling Note Board

DIY Round Hanging Shelves

DIY Net Inspiration Board

DIY Easy Throw Cushions

DIY Hanging Basket Mirror

DIY Hanging Baskets

 Studio Design: Charlie & Rose

Furniture Design: Charlie & Rose

Colourful rug via Mister Zimi, Black and White Rug via Kahoko

Video credits: Luke Casey & Kai Von Carnap

WARDROBE ESSENTIALS: THE SILK TANK

Over the last few years, a focus on collecting the perfect wardrobe staples has helped me to create a closet that’s adaptable, flexible, and never (ok… rarely) leaves me wracking my brain about what to wear in the morning. It’s only natural that I’m drawn to companies that understand the concept of timeless basics, and how important they are as a foundation for any wardrobe. New start up Grana has totally nailed this for me, with their ethos of sourcing the best possible fabrics to create simple, long lasting pieces that you’ll wear and wear (and wear). Did I mention that they’re affordable? ‘Disruptive’ is, let’s be honest, an often used word these days but in relation to Grana’s prices, it’s not far off the mark.

Over a couple of days last week I had the fun job of showing Nicola around my favourite markets in Hong Kong, as part of a road test of their new Chinese silk tanks –  and also as a way to slack off and hang out in my favourite places. Road test scores, in the event that you’re interest? In the face of humidity, rain, angry taxi drivers and the 1000 different odours we experienced during the week (think of the olfactory variety at the flowers, bird and gold fish markets!), these tanks passed with flying colours. One thing to mention is that it’s perhaps a good idea to size down on this particular style.

I thought I would share with you a few sneak photos of our week, but you’ll have to wait a few days for the more details travel guide – utter chaos proved to be oh so photogenic!

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Wearing: Grana silk tanks in Light Blue, Black and Off White (in X-small in case you’re working out what to buy).

Photos by Nicola Lemmon

This post is in collaboration with Grana