Monday, 14 December 2009
Saturday, 12 December 2009
Friday, 11 December 2009
Thursday, 10 December 2009
My mother reminded me on a phone call yesterday that I have actually moved 18 times in the past 12 years. Wow! Through the years I've learned a few tricks about making a house a home. For a simple way to make your place cozy I recommend candles. Candles really warm up a room, and there is such a welcoming feeling when a candle is burning. I know when I go to Maura's apartment, she always has a candle lit in the kitchen and in her family room. The scents can be so pleasant and really lend in making a relaxed environment.
Lyndhurst Terrace is home to probably the best candle boutique in town; The Candle Company. Filled with every shape, size, colour, scent and accessorie imaginable... tea lights, tin candles, jar candles.....They also carry some of the most fragrant oils and oil burners like Ginger Lily and Sandalwood that are sure to make your apartment smell fresh!
I'm down to unpacking my last few boxes. I will definitely be heading over to The Candle Company to pick up some candles over the weekend. The best part is, if I can't make it out, The Candle Company offers delivery service so I can just place my order online!
By the way, candles make a great Holiday gift for just about any girl whethere it be your mom, mother-in-law, friend or even colleague!
The Candle Company
11 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: 2545 0099
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Monday, 7 December 2009
The cold weather season is upon us and if you are looking for ways to heat up the holidays then look no further than Passionately Yours. Passionately Yours was founded to help people in Hong Kong feel comfortable about bringing a little spice into their life. Their product line is filled with a variety of toys, books, music and DVDs that will inspire both the shy and outgoing of us all!
We often get asked about Hen Parties or Girls Night Out ideas and we think it would be so fun to have a Passion Party. Grab your girlfriends and plenty of wine (think this is a must have!) and invite Passionately Yours into your home for an eye opening evening filled with education and tons of laughs.
The whole idea of the parties is to have girly fun and learn about what is out there in a friendly and social environment. They also have Gift Collections so you can really treat the Bride on her big night out! The three of us are pretty shy when it comes to these sorts of things so we were happy to find out that the girls at Passionately Yours can create a party that is as vanilla or far out there as you want! Click here for more information on their parties.
We do blush a little talking about this so if you want to learn more visit the Passionately Yours website to see all the different toys and games that are out there for you to enjoy! They also do private appointments or can help you over the phone so don’t hesitate or be nervous about asking anything at all – chances are they have heard your question before!
P.S. - You can find some sizzling Holiday gift ideas on their site as well….’Tis the season to be naughty!
Friday, 4 December 2009
Piecco (who previously worked in the banking industry) creates beautiful handbags made from exotic animal skins in amazing colors and textures. He currently has two lines: Haute Couture and Merci Dani. The Haute Couture Collection is all about being unique so when you order a bag from this collection you will sit down with Piecco and determine the concept and design for the bag. The Merci Dani Collection takes inspiration from the bags that are created in the Haute Couture collection. We love his clutches that are inspired by your own mobile phone number – so creative!
Piecco is such a great personality that we couldn’t write about his bags without interviewing him. We suggest heading to his new studio on On Wo Lane (NoHo) to really get the full Piecco experience. We guarantee he will make it entertaining for you!
Sassy: Why did you decide to leave the financial world for a career in the fashion/handbag industry?
Piecco: The decision wasn't really made by myself... I believe when the right time comes, you will mostly know and grab on to it. It's very simple in Chinese, 春來草自生
Sassy: What is your favourite piece from your new collection?
Piecco: I like the "Diana clutch" as it's easy to carry, dress up/dress down and it is very multi-functional.
Sassy: What type of girl carries a Piecco handbag?
Piecco: I would say a girl with an open mind who likes to explore new things. My handbags are about concept, texture and color (including my black bags as they are different shades of black). I believe it takes time to see what they really are and that's why there is a description card in every bag.
Sassy: What is your must have fashion essential?
Piecco: Pink cotton shirt, white sailor pants, funk bright Addidas sneakers and of course a "piecco".
Since the quality is great the clutches are not cheap but we can think of a million ways to justify having one of his little black clutches - we are in love!
piecco - First Floor, Number Eight, On Wo Lane, NoHo
Thursday, 3 December 2009
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Monday, 30 November 2009
Friday, 27 November 2009
Hermes Playing Cards
With the Hermes Playing Cards he will be able to bring style to the game. He’ll be King of the table and impress his buddies with these attractive cards. This posh set comes with two decks and each is lined in silver. His game of Texas Hold-Em is sure to improve with these luxe cards. Hermes carries an array of styles.
Where to Buy: Hermes Hong Kong: Pacific Place and The Galleria Shops
The Metrosexual Guide to Style:
If you’re guy can’t walk past the mall without taking a peak inside, loves to be spoiled and pampered, thinks that he must always be sporting the latest fashions, then The Metrosexual Guide to Style by Michael Flocker is the ultimate lifestyle gift for him. This savvy handbook is loaded with tips from travel, fitness and grooming to décor and dining. He’ll get all kinds of advice , do’s and don’ts on topics such as etiquette and even romance. After reading this book he will certainly be well polished!
Cost: Approx $116
Where to Buy: www.amazon.com Dymocks and Book-a-zine
The Louis Vuitton Utah Messenger Bag is uber chic and multifunctional. Whether he needs to carry files from work or wants to use it as a carry-on when he jets sets to the trendiest Asian destinations; this bag will compliment his outfit as well as his daily needs. Finished with antique polished brass pieces and a discrete LV stamped monogram, this masculine bag is one he will get lots great use of.
Where to Buy: Louis Vuitton Stores
If he strives for only the best then get him a Polar Sports Watch this holiday so he can be sure to maximize his training to the fullest. The watch will give him the inside scoop on his fitness level by measuring heart rate, combined speed, distance and calories burned. With a gift like this he will be ready to test his endurance in the Standard Charter Marathon come February!
Price: Ranges from $700 - $4,000 HKD
Where to Buy: Visit the Polar Website for store locations in HK
Go Karting at the International Kart Circuit in Diamond Coast
If your man feels the need for speed then take him to the International Kart Circuit, which is Hong Kong’s only Go Kart racing track. A few laps around the circuit will be sure to get his adrenaline pumping. We suggest taking him and a couple of friends so they can race against each other while you take photos of the racers in action. Or if you are sporty girl – you should join in!
$260/person for the Normal Package (includes safety video, written test, 3 laps road test and a 10 minute session)
$600/person for the Special Package, which can be used for 2 months (includes safety video, written test, 3 laps road test and four 10 minute sessions)
For more information visit: www.dckart.com
Let's Get Physical by VIP Box
If his workout regime is getting a little bit “routine” then get him the Let’s Get Physical Gift from VIP Box. This gift allows him to choose 1 gift from 6 different activities such as Martial Arts, Surfing, Scuba Diving, Skiing, Personal Training Sessions and Sports Massage. All VIP Boxes come in a fun package with all the information your guy will need to select their activity. The VIP Box is one of our favourite gift ideas this year – we love them!
Where to buy: Visit VIP Box’s website for online ordering and retail locations.
Take him to the Sky with a Paragliding Course
If he has done every sport imaginable on the ground then he should now move on to the sky! By giving him Paragliding lessons this holiday he will see Hong Kong from a whole new perspective. Sky Adventure is specialized in paragliding instruction and The Student Pilot Course is the first step towards obtaining your own license. He will learn how to launch, basic flying techniques and spot landing. The course is conducted in Ma On Shan and Sai Kung Country Park over 4 flying days and 12 flights.
Contact: Mr. Man Kam Fai (Instructor) at 9620 0577 or email@example.com
His creative juices will flow as he spends a few hours unleashing his inner Picasso! Art Jamming provides all the necessaries to make his vision come to life: the paint, brushes, canvas , and even some music to set the mood. It doesn’t matter if he is talented or challenged when it comes to painting, this is a great gift for any guy who wants to chill out and unwind. Warning, he may come home with “artwork” that he thinks will be perfect for over the family room couch!
Price: $400 - $1200
Where to Buy: Art Jamming, 123 Wellington Street, Central, 2541-8816
The Hong Kong skyline screams out “take my picture!” HK is the perfect place to take a photography lesson. With some of the world’s most incredible buildings and gorgeous beaches like Shek-O it is definitely the ideal setting for the novice learner.
Price: Varies depending on private or group lesson
Where to Buy: www.hongkongphotographic.com
What is better than a guy who can cook?! The YWCA offers all kinds of cooking courses like Chinese, Thai, and even baking homemade bread. He will absolute love learning the latest culinary secrets to help him create the most delicious dishes.
Where to Buy: YWCA, 3/F 1 MacDonnell Road, Central, 3476-1340
If Daddy likes to exercise and spend time with baby, then he is going to love a great jogging stroller. Baby will enjoy a nice ride and probably nod off to sleep while Dad gets the chance to burn those extra calories. Jogging strollers are great for HK because they are durable enough to handle all the bumps, curbs and steps along the way.
Visit Bumps To Babes to find the make and model of your choice. For location information go to www.bumpstobabes.com
For Your Dad:
Sony Digital Photo Frame
Your father will be moved when you give him a digital photo frame pre-loaded with pics of you and him. We promise this frame will go straight to his desk at the office and he will be the proud poppa showing all his colleagues the photos of Daddy and Daughter!
For Any Dad:
Cooper Cooler Wine Chiller
Not only does this chiller get a bottle of wine cooled in less than 6 minutes, in only 1 minute it gets a beer can ice cold. For the wine enthusiast this may be the ultimate gift. This is a fantastic gift that any guy from your own father to your boss will love.
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Wired Magazine Subscription
This will surely be his go to guide for up and coming things to hit the tech, business, media and entertainment market in 2010.
If your guy is addicted to his iPhone then this gift should top your holiday list for him this year. The SONOS S5 speaker delivers music to one room of your home without ever having to dock your iPhone in a console. You can control the music from your iTunes library via your iPhone and you also have access to thousands of free Internet stations throughout the world.