HELLO TREND LOVER: THIS FALL LET’S GET LOUD IN LEOPARD PRINT

Where would I go dressed like this?

Enjoying a Sunday family brunch in a fancy restaurant or just an any-day-of-the-week-lunch with my fabulous girlfriends. By pairing the skirt with a tailored black blazer I can use this outfit even as a bold work wear. I would simply make sure that the rest of the outfit is kept simple, for instance by swapping the red patent leather shoes with a pair of classic black pumps or with black ankle boots (a great option for those ladies working in the creative industry) and the kimono recrafted pochette from My Moniko with a black tote.

Where would I not go dressed like this?

I would not visit a zoo or a safari park wearing animal print clothes. I happened to read an interesting article a while ago about the change of behavior of some animals in cases of humans wearing animal prints. Some will be frightened and escape. Not too bad of a thing being taken for a real leopard, but I would definitely avoid wearing zebra stripes and get too close to a lion or a tiger ☺

Who could wear this outfit?

If you aren’t afraid of boasting a full booty, a skin-tight shiny leopard print skirt is one of the best choices you can make. As for the tailored blazer, I am guessing you own one. If not, allow me to remind you that this is a stylish, must have piece you will wear time and again. Not sure which is your style? A wardrobe editing session with a stylist will not only give you knowledge about what to keep and what to toss from your current wardrobe, but also what are the pieces you should invest in, based on your figure, personality, lifestyle, age and budget.

The add-ons: Accessorizing a leopard print with a few bright spots of red and gold is a fabulous idea, but one needs to know when to stop. Match your red shoes with a red lipstick! A red nail polish is classy: keep it! A little red in the handbag is fab too, but let’s not take it too far by adding a belt, a scarf and a poodle with a red collar to the combo ☺ (of course exception is made for sausage dogs with red collars)

A little thought about the colours: We see the experts mixing prints and patterns and playing with texture all the time and we love the way they do it, don’t we? You know what? It is not that difficult after all. For this look I picked two different prints that share a couple of colours (leopard print skirt and kimono recrafted bag). This is one way of mixing prints and patterns. For more inspiration you can check Pinterest. You will find tons of suggestions.

How did I feel while wearing it? I felt bold and dynamic like a graceful big cat.

Any compliments? ‘Hey, I like your style!’ I promise you, ladies, somebody around me said the sacred words every woman loves hearing 😉

Little curiosity: The leopard print skirt was originally a skin-tight, shiny leopard print dress, which I was hardly wearing. I always believed in the versatility of skirts, but that’s me, because I love playing with outfits and a skirt gives me way more options than a dress. To prove you the eternality of the animal print I will put a date on it. I snapped the leopard print dress in a cute hidden boutique in Florence back in the early 2000s ☺ So let’s roar together this season ladies! Every self-respecting-brand is offering a variety of skirts, dresses, jackets and accessories in a leopard print this season. What is on your animal-print-wish-list this season?  I am going hunting for a pair of leopard heels! There is something bold out there for every body shape, lifestyle and budget! Go find yours and unlock that wild sexiness and femininity you own!

The most user friendly Colour-Correcting Make Up

I had the perfect, glowing flawless skin that did not require any whatsoever Make Up. It happened twice in my life during pregnancies. I had to use a magnifier to find the slightest imperfection on my face. Those times are gone and gave space to under eye dark circles and to the oh-so-hated pimples. Genetics? Pollution? Lack of sleep? Too much sugar in the coffee? Too much coffee? A balanced, healthy lifestyle is on my every day list. While sometimes I make it and sometimes I don’t, I learnt a few beauty hacks in between so that I could always achieve glowing, flawless skin without getting pregnant 🙂

When I was a grumpy teen, the solution to nasty pimples was getting in the bathroom without turning on the light so that I would not see them in the mirror, in my fourties I am no longer escaping from the imperfections, but taking care of them with the best tools I know.

Here is one: A Colour Me Beautiful Corrective Concealer Wheel

 

 

Let me show you how it works through the awesome short video (just one minute) that I created especially for my followers.  As usual, video viewers will be rewarded with a special discount. Just click on the link, simply enter PAVLETA10 in the COUPON CODE section at checkout and you will receive a 10% DISCOUNT

 

I am using mostly the yellow and the mint green. What are the colours that you need the most?

  • Lavender – to counteract yellow tones, brighten dull and sallow skins
  • Mauve – to counteract brown tones, brighten dark/age spots and dullness
  • Mint green – to counteract high colouring (redness), broken capillaries, rosacea and sunburn
  • Yellow – to counteract ‘purple’. Use to cover mild redness and under-eye dark circles.

Achieve a flawless look in two easy steps: 

  • Step 1 – Dot a neutralizing concealer on carefully and blend with your fingertips slightly past the edges of the problem.
  • Step 2 – Follow with a foundation matched to your skin tone. Pat on foundation with a sponge or fingertips in a downward motion so you don’t make the hairs on your face stand up. Let set. And apply powder.

The Morning Light Foundation is another one of my favourite Colour Me Beautiful Cosmetics. I love the feel of this liquid foundation as well as the coverage. It absorbs and blends really well and it gives a flawless and natural finish. What is interesting about this product is the light-diffusing complex that deflects light from the surface of the skin thereby minimising the visibility of fine lines, wrinkles and discolouration. Just click on the link enter PAVLETA10 in the COUPON CODE section at checkout and you will receive a 10% DISCOUNT

And, if you are running out of blush and just in case you would love to look healthier, younger and radiant, take the chance to try Colour Sense Mineral Blush from Colour Me Beautiful. That’s the one I am applying at the end of the video. Get it here. Same discount details apply.

 

Dark circles, pimples and 10 years off my face 😉 Give it a try! You will love it!

Dreaming of  having effortlessly perfect eyebrows?

You should try microblading. The technique of implanting pigment after the creation of fine incisions in the skin may date back thousands of years, but the term microblading was forged only in recent years and the service became a real trend amongst beauty and style devotees around the world. This year, for the first time in my life, I decided to get rid of the eyebrow pencil and frame forever (or almost) my face with a pair of perfectly designed eyebrows by one of the Hong Kong microblading gurus, Patrick Henri.

Let me share my experience through the awesome short video (just one minute) that I created especially for my followers. Of course I want you to read the full blog, but I know that you guys love visual 😉 Besides, video viewers will be rewarded with a special discount.

Simply mention ‘Stylisheyebrows’ when booking your appointment and you will get: 

  • a free of charge consultation and an anti allergy test against pigments;
  • a special price of 4,300 HK $ (full price 4,800) valid until September 30, 2018 (1st session needs to be completed by September 30, 2018)

 

 

Here is what you wanna know about Patrick’s Microblading services:

  • The shape of the eyebrows is personalised, according to client style and needs;
  • Procedure is done in 2 sessions, 3-4 weeks apart;
  • Organic pigments from Germany and Holland are used (they do not contain Iron Oxide);
  • The experience is painless;
  • Healing time is approximately 7 days depending on client’s aftercare routine.  Heavy sweating and contact with water during this time should be avoided (no boxing, cross fit under the sun and no swimming pool, but hey, you can still have a glass of prosecco 😉
  • Anti bacterial, anti fungal aftercare is available at the studio and should be applied to speed up the healing process.

And since your beautiful face and the destiny of your favourite hairy spot on the face (just guessing you are not lovingly growing a moustache) will be in Patrick’s hands, I am sure you want to know a little bit more about him:

Patrick Henri is originally from Belgium (now you have one more reason to like the country, producing the best chocolate in the world, if it is ever possible that something food related is better than in Italy 🙂 Sorry, Patrick…Hm… is this the reason why Patrick lived in Milan for 18 years?  Although I am sure he enjoyed everything about Italy, Patrick spent his time learning Make Up techniques while working for some of the best fashion brands we have ever heard and representing them around the globe, Versace and YSL. He is in fact an incredible Makeup artist and a devoted trainer with 20 years of experience. Patrick studied Microblading, also known as feathering in London, Hong Kong and Korea.  His clientele is from all around the world. In two words: JUST TRUST THE GUY!

Here is me, before the treatment:


And here you can see the beautiful, naturally looking eyebrows Patrick designed on my face. Cheers to him!
You can find Patrick Henri at his own beautiful studio:
ABSOLU PURE By Patrick Henri
88 Commercial Building
10/F, Unit C
28-34 Wing Lok Street
Sheung Wan
Tel +85261906765
MTR Exit A2 (easy reachable)

 

By now I am hoping you are completely convinced that microblading is not some sort of a complicated, scary, painful operation. I am telling you, it is scarier to get rid of unwanted hair…ask your husband…he’d rather get a tattoo 😉

 

Cool beach essentials: create your own chic flip-flops at Lavulous Workshop

Hello Style Lovers!

Do you like the idea of creating a pair of flip flops that are as unique as you are? This summer, uplift your mood and style with a pair from Lavulous Workshop, the only place in Hong Kong where you can become the designer of  your own flip flops and turn the most casual of shoes into a stylish one.

But hey, let’s focus on the awesome video below. Of course I want you to read the full blog, but I know that you guys love visual 😉

First things first, I called the Lavulous beautiful creations beach essentials because I believe that the beach is no place to compromise with style, but these gorgeous step-ins can easily transform into a key ingredient of one’s every day casual-wear mix. Wear them with casual shorts or capri pants, with jeans or casual short skirts or even with maxi skirts and dresses and step into your favourite summer activities with style.

Now, I really feel like sharing with you a couple of important rules I think it is good to follow when designing your own personalised flip-flops:

Rule number one: Less is more! Not an easy statement, I admit, and, I am telling you, I adore colour and all-things-blinky …but I am saying this because I am certain that the impressive variety of  fun pins, flowers, butterflies, Swarovski rivets and clasps will make you feel like decorating the whole strap…stick with a couple or three accessories on each side instead and you are good to go 🙂

Rule number two: More is more! If you are doing this with your children, and unless you want to ruin the whole fun, let them choose whatever sole and strap colour they fancy and pin whatever accessories they want, dolphins, soccer balls, flowers, letters…If, at a certain point you start feeling dizzy and unsure that the activity will ever end, here is what you can say “Honey, I love your design, but aren’t your flip-flops getting a little bit too heavy? Let’s stop now ’cause you will not be able to walk with them” . If this still doesn’t work, tell them you are gonna buy ice-cream 😉 . This statement works for kids the same way ‘Let’s go have a glass of bubbly’ works for me 🙂 Bubbly mama promise!

Let’s take a moment to go through the whole flip-flop designing process.

First, you get to choose the sole and the strap colour. You might think it takes a lot of imagination to decide what combo looks the best. You are wrong. Look at the picture below. I was quite impressed by the simple geniosity of this tool. It works like a Chinese rotating dining table, just what goes around here aren’t noodles,  but straps. Even if you completely lack of imagination, there is very little room for mistake as you will see exactly how your flip-flops will look. Quite handy, isn’t it?

Now it is time for ….hands on. With the help of the Lavulous assistant, your straps will get in place while you are selecting the accessories. Click this, pin that and in a few minutes your new funky flip-flops are ready to walk you out of the shop. Just stretch your toes and be joyful!

Here is what I created: two pairs for my beloved feet, one for my son and one for my niece. For those of you who are wondering where is the pair for my eldest son. Well, he wanted to design it himself and he followed the more is more rule! Good boy!

Here it is, my eldest son’s creation 🙂 You can tell what he really loves, blue, dogs, dolphins and his…name, which is actually good.

I am guessing that by now you got really excited about Lavulous and creating your own flip-flops. One last advice, do it with your girlfriends or with your kids and call it a party, a themed party 😉


Designer kaftans from Kaprice Hong Kong

Hello Style Lovers!

Do you like the idea of silky, light clothes that help you hide the unwanted weight around waist and hips while making you actually look and feel like a diva? You need a kaftan! But not just any kaftan. You need a kaftan from Kaprice.

Why Kaprice? Beside being worn by celebrities like Anita Chui and Anzhelika Tahir on the Red Carpet of Cannes Film Festival (check Kaprice’s Facebook page for more inspiration and Diva looks from Cannes), the kaftans, dresses and tunics of the world-famous brand are perfectly tailor made in the most luxurious materials like Satin, Crepe, Silk and Georgette and come in a variety of shapes, colours and enchanting digital prints. Looking for a more dramatic appeal? Choose a kaftan with embellishments like Swarovski crystals and beautiful shells and you will need nothing else to enter the scene like a modern-day Goddess. But hey, let’s focus on the awesome video below. Of course I want you to read the full blog, but I know that you guys love visual and love watching real people … In today’s video I am styling Kate, a Pilot, and Denise, a Manager. So next time you see someone wearing a colourful kaftan at your plane’s flight deck, say Hi to Kate 😉

Now, I really feel like sharing with you a couple of important rules when choosing a kaftan in case you are not accompanied by a personal shopper…Since we are talking about some really vibrant, colourful clothes, here is my rule number one:

Choose a kaftan in nuances that harmonise with your natural colouring. Are you a Light Spring? A Warm Autumn? A Cool Winter? Once you discovered what is your colouring, you will clearly see the difference between blue based and yellow based colours, bright or muted colours, deep or light colours and as a result you will easily see which ones make you look healthier and younger. To know more about how to find out what is your colouring, click here

Determining the colours that will best look on someone is a creative job, rather than requiring prescriptive rules, so while styling Kate and Denise, I decided that they were two really cool ladies 🙂 as cool as a Cool Summer and they both looked great in kaftans with blue based nuances. As you saw in the video, we experimented with a few different lengths and patterns. Here is one of the kaftans I selected for Kate and we all agreed that she looked fabulous in it. What do you guys think?

 

The original price of this silk chiffon kaftan is 2,100 HK$, but video viewers can have it for 1,680 HK$ by using code ‘stylish20. Visit Kaprice’s showroom, try it on and claim your 20% discount.

However, what you are seeing in the picture below became so far Kate’s absolute favourite tunic. We all agreed that a shorter tunic in cool tones was one of the best choices for her height, scale and colouring and she added that she could wear something like this quite easily hence we covered her lifestyle and style personality too…Kate had to buy the tunic 🙂 Kate’s new kaftan is made in georgette and its original price is HK$ 1200. You think you are going to look good in it? Visit Kaprice’s showroom, try it on and claim your video viewer discount by mentioning code ‘stylish20’. You will receive : 20 % off and will be able to grab Kate’s favourite for HK$ 960 only.

 

A little bit more about the choice of colours. Can you think of anything warmer than orange and gold? I felt like a sunshine in this stunning kaftan. Here is the thing, orange is one of the best colours in my palette but is completely absent in Kate and Denise’s palettes…While they are two Cool Summers, with my red hair tones I fully classify as a Warm Autumn. See, I can hardly swap clothes with Kate and Denise but they are besties, they can. You think you are going to look good in the chiffon kaftan you are seeing me wearing in the picture below?  Tick it off with 50% discount immediately by clicking here: https://www.kaprice.hk/product-cate…/new-collection/kaftans/

 

 

My rule number two when choosing a kaftan for myself or for a client is to carefully consider the scale of the person when selecting pattern and length of the kaftan. A petite woman will generally look better in a kaftan with smaller print patterns, while a taller, grand woman will look more attractive in larger, bolder prints. If you love the kaftans but hate shopping, if you love shopping, but do not have enough time, if you want to have a knowledgable person with great eye and flair helping you select the color and cut of clothing that creates the image you want to portray consider hiring a personal shopper, alias me 🙂 Click here to know more about the service.

 

 

But hey, as I said, at Kaprice there is a kaftan for everyone. Take the chance to soak in the endless ocean of colours, lengths, shapes and prints. Swimming in silk and chiffon is after all the ultimate pleasure of every self respecting modern day Goddess 🙂

Boracay Shopping Hopping: the 8 best places to buy stylish clothes, accessories and gifts

As I woman, I always look for something stylish, unique, of great quality, that I will wear and the people around me will go ‘wow’. I use the same concept while shopping for clients or visiting new places. Finding a hidden gem in a city like Hong Kong, packed with hundreds of thousands of shops and showrooms or a tiny new store in an island that I know like my pockets…the feeling of instant gratification is the same. In this blog post I want to share with you my favourite selection of shops in Boracay, but before that… I want you to relax on a sunbed in the best hotel of the island, Discovery Shores Boracay (click here to become one of the thousands readers of my tripadvisor review). Now feel the ocean breeze, the tireless sun caressing your skin, sip from a glass of chilled white wine and enjoy the stunning sunset while joyful Filipinos take long walks on the beach and amazed tourists seal the romantic moment with their cameras.

Feel the moment! Now you are tuned. Happy Shopping!

Credits for this wonderful video go to Jesse from Jees Studios. Reliable, quick, professional and creative. Thanks Jesse!

I will begin with THE GENERAL STORE at the Coast Hotel, located at Station 2 Beachfront. One of the relatively newly opened stores in the island, The General Store deserves a big shout out as it offers a tasteful collection of products, all crafted by skillful Filipino artisans. It is guaranteed that a chic globetrotter will be able to find a stylish accessory for herself or for a loved one here. Whether you are looking for a new piece of swimwear, a cute and practical resort beach tote, a beautifully printed beach towel, a funky piece of crochet jewelry, or some natural skincare products, make sure you pay the General store a visit. You will thank me later.

My favourite pics? A Basi towel, pretty and practical at the same time, this tropical product is a sarong on the outside and a towel on the inside. Stay dry and cozy will showing some style 😉 Price 1580 PHP

And, a…beach bag! I have been looking for a chic beach bag for very long time…I finally found it just the way it was pictured in my head. Roomy enough to contain all your beach essentials, with a zipper so you do not spill them, long handles so you can even carry it as a crossbody if you need your hands free for a selfie 😉 in a neutral colour that will not clash with any of your colourful beach looks… What more do you want from a beach bag? Reasonable price? Gotcha! Can be yours for 1530 PHP

 

Store location: Station 2 Beachfornt

THE BAMBOO SHADES STORE

Here is my number 2: THE BAMBOO SHADES STORE. As the name suggests, this retailer offers bamboo polarized eyewear in a variety of shapes and colours. You can choose between a pure bamboo frame or a style with bamboo handles only. The polarised lenses of most of the shades have uv 400 protection. Filipinos just proved to the world that bamboo is not only for pandas, scaffoldings and outdoor lounges….My favourite? A pair of mirror shades in yellow with polarised lenses and bamboo handles. Mine for 999 pesos. I just added more buzz in the sunglasses drawer. Prices start from 799 PHP. Check them out while strolling at D’mall Boracay.

Store location: Station 2 D’Mall, Boracay

LAWISWIS

At number 3 in my list comes LAWISWIS with their selection of natural and organic skin care products. This tiny store at D’mall Boracay has been around for 15 years…long enough to proof the quality of their products. I have been buying from them for 10 years…natural sun blocks, after sun lotions, mosquito repellents, facial masks and scrubs, vegetable soaps, essential oils and even toothpastes. And if you are cocconutty like me, i am sure you will love their virgin coconut oil. Stock up before you leave the island as you can use this multitasker for all your beauty needs.

My favourite? You know the answer 😉 Did I not just mention that I am cocconutty? I stocked up with 2 liters of the precious liquid as I use it to prepare my own shower gel, body lotion as well as sun block…all natural. Click on the link if you want to spy on the recipes I use for my favourite sun block and many more coconut oil based products.

Store location: Station 2 D’Mall, Boracay

 

ISLAND SOUVENIRS

At Number 4 comes THE ISLAND SOUVENIRS. T-shirt lovers, look no further. Are you going after excellent quality? Funky, vibrant design? Affordable price? A personalised tee? All of the above? Whether you are browsing for yourself or for your bestie’s toddler, a tee from this retailer is one of the best ways to remember the beautiful tropical island of Boracay or to bring just a tiny bit of its spirit to someone special. Prices start from 199 PHP.

My favourite? Hm, hard one…anything with tropical fishes, sunsets and divers 😉

Store location: Station 2 D’Mall, Boracay

ISLAND GIRL

At number five of my list comes ISLAND GIRL. Almost every piece in this colourful, jazzy store is either a best seller or…sold out. Get your gift list ready before you hit it. Get your wish list ready too. Fancy an embroidered clutch? How about a tote with a fun quote? Their products are mainly made of natural materials such as pandan, rattan, beads and shell and are handcrafted by local artisans. Trade your flip flops with a pair of their sockies sandals, hand-crocheted and handmade, your feet will definitely get the spotlight!

My favourite: All the Raffia embroidered envelope clutches. Price: 995 PHP
And a cute beaded wallet as a gift for my niece. Price: 395 PHP

 

 

Store location:

Island Girl Store, D’Mall Phase 4, Boracay
A Piece of Green Store, D’Mall Phase 2
Island Girl Store @ Azalea Resort Boracay, Station 2
The General Store @ The Coast Boracay, Station 2
Regalo Boutique, Shangri-la

HAVAJANAS

Needless to say that HAVAJANAS MONOBRAND STORE is also in my list. Their flip-flops are the most popular in the world, with 200 million pairs being sold every year. Now this is what I call a global brand and a never dying trend and all the members of my family are stubborn ambassadors of their footwear. Even our sausage dog, Vittorio loves Havajanas for…snack 😉

My favourites: Slim havajanas in a solid colour. The beautiful prints do not work well for me as my beach looks are generally vibrant and colourful and in this case more will be just …too much. Gear your baby with a new pair by spending 949 PHP or find your soul havajana. Prices fro adults start from 899 PHP.

Store locations:

Station 2 D’Mall, Boracay
Havaianas – All Flip-Flops by the Beach Station 1, Boracay Island
Regalo Boutique Shangri-la’s Boracay Resort and Spa

D’AMOUR

Another veteran of D’Mall Avenue, D’AMOUR has been around for over 10 years, offering sophisticated seashell handbags. This family run business is yet another one of my favourite shopping spots on the island. Prepare to be asked the ‘where did you get that’ question when you carry their beautifully crafted bags. And, be generous, buy one for your best friend too 🙂

My favourite: A shell bag with ring. It could be mine for 2300 PHP, but I had to let go. Reason? I bought a similar from D’amour last year. Now loving shopping definitely does not mean keep buying the same thing all over again. Don’t you agree?

Store location: Station 2 D’Mall, Boracay

NOTHING BUT H2O

Last but not least in my selection of favourite shopping spots in Boracay comes NOTHING BUT H2O. If you do not compromise with your style at the beach, make sure you upgrade your bikini drawer with a new piece from this retailer. Not only they offer the most in vogue selection of bikinis and one-piece swimsuits for the ladies, but they also have a wide selection of funky swimwear for men and kids, luxury resort wear, beach blankets, shoes, sunscreen and even stunning temporary tattoos for the most adventurous beach chicas out there.

My favourite: A turquoise bikini for 10280 PHP. Ouch! I know. But great quality and design come with a great price tag too ☺ You can always buy just a beach blanket for 2495 PHP or add a little sparkle and shine to your beach looks by buying a set of temporary tattoos from Flash Tattoos for 1495 PHP. I promise you will feel like a diva.

Store location: Station 2 D’Mall, Boracay

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