Hong Kong Roundup-Travel Post

My week in Hong Kong turned out to be a good balance of work and play. I was there for a licensing show as part of my job as a fashion lawyer involves drafting and working on license agreements. At the show, I spent the better part of my time chatting with potential licensees, a task that's surprisingly quite draining. Socializing, conversing and being "on" for eight hours a day is a challenge, especially when I had to use my first grade level Mandarin at times. It was a productive show and definitely a treat to hear so many positive feedback and interest in our brand from Asian territories. After all, money has shifted to the east. You get China, you're golden.

Flying business class on Cathay Pacific was a treat as their amenities are equivalent to that of first class on other airlines I've flown on. I had my own individual pod that folded into a bed. It was designed with complete privacy in mind. As I couldn't see my fellow passengers, it felt like I was traveling solo on the open sky.

Travel essentials-roomy purse, reading materials, iPad.

I'd never been impressed with much less taken pictures of on-flight meals before, but this was different. The multiple course lunch was delicious from start to finish, with the pork belly placed at the peak of the palate crescendo. It was the juiciest and tastiest pork belly I'd EVER had! Pairing it with Isareli cous cous was genius.

The red bean cheesecake was amazing, but then again eating anything with red beans injects my veins with excitement.

The hustle and bustle presence of the city is quite contagious. Even though I was functioning on less than five hours of sleep every day, I felt invigorating and completely eyes wide open. A sense of intensified energy permeates the city. In Hong Kong, everyone is on the go.

I spent my free time going to business dinners at amazing restaurants, albeit most of them were not Chinese restaurants. I had a free afternoon to wander the streets of Causeway Bay, one of my favorite HK shopping destinations. I didn't buy any clothes but did manage to hit it hard at Sasa, HK's resident beauty shop. They carry the best assortment of makeup, skincare products and beauty accessories from Japan and Korea. And they happen to be on every street corner in Causeway Bay. As the selection varies from store to store, I quelled my beauty anxiety by hitting up eight Sasa in about two hours.

                                   A sampling of my SK-II purchases. Prices in Asia are 40% cheaper! 

I love Japanese eyelash glue. It's easy to use, non-messy and holds as strong as concrete.

I'm currently in my falsies phase and cannot stop obsessing over them! Even though I only bought five different kinds of lashes in Hong Kong, I must have looked at and analyzed over 100 pairs! I will post a review once I start using them.

You haven't liquid eyelined until you've used the long lasting ones offered by various Japanese brands. Once applied, they are tattooed on your lids but easily come off with a few drops of water. If you live in LA, you can find these eyeliners at various makeup boutiques in the San Gabriel Valley. Contact me if want to know where to find them

I just can't resist the appeal of sparkly pink eyeshadow palettes, pink glittery polish, and plumping nude lip gloss.

Young by Yoyo Yeung Spring 2012 Collection Preview

Last week I attended the Spring 2012 collection preview of Young by Yoyo Yeung at her downtown LA showroom. The inspiration behind the collection was mother nature, focusing on its strong elements of water, sun and earth. I admired each of the boldly colored designs infused in slippery silk materials while sipping on champagne, nibbling on cupcakes and chatting about fashion with some of my favorite LA fashion bloggers. Living the fab life has never been so sweet!

DailyBuzz Style January 9x9: Day to Night Makeup Tips

When DailyBuzz Style selected me for its January "Day to Night Makeup" 9x9 style challenge, I was beyond excited. After all, as a working professional who flutters through a busy social calendar, I'm all about finding makeup shortcuts that can quickly take me from looking professional and well-coiffed during the day to out the front office door and party ready when the clock strikes six.

Inspired by two period movies I'd recently seen, my two looks for this makeup feature is a throwback to retro glam, to a time when style and femininity effortlessly permeated the beauty landscape. My Week With Marilyn" showcases Michelle Williams transformed into the ultimate pinup girl while "Flowers of War" features the elegant glamour of 1930s China.

To fabulously take your retro glam makeup from day to night, it's absolutely imperative to start with a good base using long-lasting and hydrating products.

Step 1:  Ever girl in Asia is obsessed with BB cream, a moisturizing, SPF-enriched full coverage cream that serves as an ideal long lasting makeup base. It's lighter than foundation so it doesn't sit on the skin or cake. <3 Shisedo Integrate BB Cream
Step 2:  Spot concealer is applied to problem areas.  I like to use a separate under eye concealer as I find regular concealers to be too drying for the sensitive, wrinkle-prone under eye area. <3 Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage <3 Miracle Skin Transformer Treat and Conceal 
Step 3:  A light coat of powder seals in my base makeup, leaving skin looking flawless and airbrushed. <3 Za True White Vitamin Powder
*owning a wide range of high quality makeup brushes is a must for every makeup maven. After all, your face IS the ultimate canvas!

A daytime retro glam look does not require a ton of makeup. Instead, focus should be on specific eye-catching areas. Molly, my makeup artist pal from Blushington Makeup Salon suggests creating curved and dramatic eyebrows, winged eyes, and soft and pouty lips for a natural but distinct daytime retro look.

Step 1: A light pink shadow is applied all over the eyelids.
Step 2: A light taupe shadow is layered over the eye crease.
<3 NYX Cosmetics Naked Palette as it contains all the essential eye-enhancing colors for a perfect daytime look.
Step 3: Adding on a pair of false lashes instantly widens and makes my eyes pop. Make sure the lashes are not too long and Elvira-like. After all, you're wearing this look to work, not to trick or treating! It's also imperative that the lashes wing out and are longer at the outer corners, creating an effortless cat-eye effect. <3 Red Cherry False Lashes, made with 100% human hair.
Step 4: Long lasting black liquid eyeliner is a must for shaping flirty eyes with precision and ease. Draw from the upper lash liner, starting with the inner corners of your eyes. Angle it upwards when you reach the outer corners for a dramatic winged look. <3 Japanese branded liquid eyeliners
Step 5:  A light layer of nude eyeliner applied to the bottom lash line will illuminate the eyes. <3 Pixi nude eyeliner

A gentle sweep of pink blush along the apples of your cheeks and a soft dab of pink lip gloss finalizes this easy retro daytime look. <3 Nars Orgasm blush <3 Dalton lip gloss tubes

<3 Conair Infiniti Pro 1 1/2 inch barrel curling iron. It create soft and long lasting loose curls that's frizz free and worry free!


Sweater: Tulle
Skirt: Vintage
Shoes: Very.com 

To easily and quickly transform my daytime look to something that's more evening appropriate, focus on the eyes and lips! Simply add a layer of dark taupe eyeshadow to the inner eye creases, followed by gel eyeliner to both the top and bottom lash lines. Next, a light layer of ivory cream shadow added to the inside corners will make your eyes brightly pop. Reapply your blush as it's probably a bit faded by now. Lastly, boldly change your lip color to an eye-catching vixen red. My go-to color is a combination of MAC Russian Red layered with a coat of Artistry burgundy lip gloss, which adds shine and moisture. And just like that, you've gone from Norma Jean to Marilyn in under ten minutes!


Dress: Stop Staring 

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LA Art Show and Los Angeles Fine Art Show Opening Night Premiere Party

This past week, I attended the opening night party of the annual LA Art Show. Held at the LA Convention Center, the week long art event features more than 100 galleries from around the world with over 10,000 works of art and expanded show programming. The show attracted 40,000 visitors in 2011!

The party was hosted by David Arquette and featured live art performance pieces by Suzanne Lacy from Three Weeks in January, and Piece By Piece. A flowing open bar, multiple food stations, and a slew of celebrity attendees made for one delightful night. The combination of art watching and people watching once again serves as a visual reminder why I heart LA!

Green top: American Apparel
Cognac leather shorts: Sway Chic 
Fur Trimmed Vest: La Rok
Suede Ankle Booties: BCBG
Purse: Givenchy

I love this Moods of Norway x Paul Stolper show stopping tractor! I'm glad my girl Ansley over at ThinkPR told me about it. Definitely a highlight for me.

Pixi is seriously one of my favorite makeup brands. I love the packaging, the colors and the quality of their products. On my weekly Target trips, my first stop is always the Pixi station.

While passing by the Fred Segal style lounge, stylist Sean grabbed me, sat me down, and gave me a speedy five minute hair touch up, volumizing my end of day flat tresses.

Pap shot of David Grohl

LA Art Show General Show Dates:
Thursday, January 19, 2012, 11am - 7pm 
Friday, January 20, 2012, 11am - 7pm 
Saturday, January 21, 2012, 11am - 7pm 
Sunday, January 22, 2012, 11am - 5pm 
Tickets: $20