A July Instagram Fairy Story

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New month, new round-up of the previous 31 days in Instagram fairytale form.
Once upon a time, it was the season to swelter in Hong Kong. Michelle wasn’t sure what to do.
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She missed having her family around to bother and entertain her. Sister dates culminating in eating mochi ice cream, lounging in bed in matching pyjamas, while watching Jessica&Krystal? Yes please.
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It was Sherry’s birthday at work and the theme was resort. Pineapple print co-ords were needed.
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3/3rds' salad boxes were the meal of choice. Not too hot, not too cold, just right.
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She remembered that you should never underestimate the power of clear blue water. But, suddenly, the skies changed and a tropical storm loomed. It’d never been so pretty up in the atmosphere.


The August Wishlist

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More imaginary spending.
With my trip to England around 4 months or so away – eek! - we’re on spending lockdown now: no frivolous spending aside from day trips and “spending” time with loved ones. In my world though, that usually means no spending for about a day before deciding to treat myself because of some nonsensical reason, so here we are with a fairly formidable wishlist should I want to treat myself…

Commes des Garcons Play Tee – Seriously obsessed with CDG Play after picking up my cutie cardigan. These tees are so incredibly soft and I’m certain it’ll be a super-reached for piece. The beckoning question is simply: white or striped?! Shop it here.

Francfranc French Bulldog Cushion – I’ve been contemplating picking this up for about a week now! So. Cute. I really want to refresh the d├ęcor of my apartment and this would be an adorable touch for my living room or bedroom. Shop it here.

Chloe Faye – No one freak out. I will probably not buy this accidentally on purpose unless I have a super down day and decide I need to spend my feelings or I win the Lottery or something. But the Faye is too gorgeous not to feature. Le sigh… Shop it here.

Wind/Pinball by Haruki Murakami - I've been anticipating this duo of short stories for absolutely ages. Murakami is one of my favourite authors and these two mini novels are supposed to be from his earliest works, making me all the more curious to retrospectively see how his work has developed. Pre-order it here.

Francfranc Copper Wall Clock – This is possibly the most practical item on my list as I’ve been in Hong Kong for, like, 8 months now and I still don’t own a wall clock. I’ve legit been using my phone and a WATCH to tell the time around my apartment. Please feel free to pick one up for me as a belated housewarming gift, ladies and gents. Shop it here.

Zara Home Mother-of-Pearl Tray - Ah Zara. I’ve been dithering over a few tray options to store bits and bobs in as well as to use a little prop for blog photos. This one looks super cute and matches the other colours of my flat.

Zara Home Daisy Embroidery Bed Linen – Just look at how pretty this set is. I’ve been spending much more time than is recommended in bed lately and it’s where you spend 8 hours each night, hence my justification for this, plus it's so on brand for the blog, eh? ;) I’ll probably indulge sometime soon and fret about shipping it home whenever that time comes (or doesn’t). Shop it here.

Topshop Reclaim Silk Culotte Jumpsuit - Let’s round off an uncharacteristically grown-up wishlist with something more sartorially indulgent, shall we? I’m obsessed with this jumpsuit from Topshop’s Reclaim range. Each piece eco-friendly, this silk number is so perfectly pretty, I’m just trying to decide how much wear I’ll get out of it before the summer ends. (Although let’s not lie, it’s pretty much summer then Christmas and back again around these parts!) Shop it here.


Project Life: July 2015

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Project Life: July 2015 Tour and Layout Ideas
Well this is unexpected! I completely fell off the wagon with these Project Life updates but fret not, I’ve still been scrapbooking, I just haven’t found time to squeeze in posts. In fact I’ve hugely bulked up my 2015 album over the last few weeks, so I’ll just share a few of my favourite spreads and the kits/materials used.

Feel free to share your round-up posts with me in the comments (:

Wong Wong’s Leaving Day
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I opted for something a little more minimal on this page. One of my loveliest colleagues left the team and we had a fun office together. Our leaving gift for Michelle (yup, many of us on the team!) was a miniature LC garden: each girl bought and tended a little plant for a month leading up to Michelle’s last day and we presented it to her that morning. Also went for an indulgent yum cha lunch! I wrote a little piece on this page and then maximised white space by adding small square photos.

Kit: Foxgram photo printing (for the Instagrams), Notes & Things Value, kikki.K Sticker Set.

Went to see Beast
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A decorative card heavy spread, this was from when I went to see Beast in concert for the very first time. I actually went on my own, hence why it’s so decoration-centric – no selcas to be had here! Added the ticket as expected and it’s still so yellow. Why. Yellow.

Kit: September Skies Value, Notes & Things Value, Foxgram photo printing.

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I had the BEST holiday in Malaysia to visit my family in June. Seriously, the best 5 days of my year. I’m the luckiest. I managed to milk this one for all its worth and have 4/5 pages dedicated to the trip, but this spread is probably my favourite. I used a new kit to add some grounding to the layouts but the photos of my hometown just speak for themselves really.

Kit: Notes & Things Value.

Sister Dates
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Project Life 2015 scrapbook tour
Again, this is one of a few spreads in my album. I absolutely ADORE my little sister. She is the best human in my life and when she was visiting, I instantly realised that home is wherever my sister is. It isn’t a static place. Cheesy sister stuff over, I went for a relatively minimal spread again, focusing on some stickers I’d bought from kikki.K plus a little gold foil for good measure. I adore the simplicity and pale colours here.

Kit: Notes & Things Value, kikki.K Sticker Set, September Skies Value.

Beach Day
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This was a fairly simple spread with - currently - no journaling involved. Took lots of snaps at the beach on a pretty successful lazy weekend so of course I wanted to document it! I doubt the novelty of being able to swan around in bikinis and denim cut-offs all the time will ever wear off ;) I adore these clear cards from my September Skies Value Kit! They're proving useful for bringing some space to photo-heavy spreads. I'll probably add a white card in that slot and letter it fairly simply.

Kit: Notes & Things Value, September Skies Value.


A Secret Tapas Joint: Casa, Sai Kung

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Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: hummus and toast

Shop 1, G/F., Sui Yat Building, 1 Sai Kung Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung Town, Hong Kong.
One of my favourite eatery options is by far, tapas. Little plates of food that you share amongst the party, it reminds me of the whole yum cha (dim sum) affair that I grew up accustomed to, not to mention that Chinese families LOVE to cook a few dishes to be eaten between the family with a bowl of rice. It just makes for a familiar eating set-up.

A few months ago, Sophia and I stumbled upon Casa in Sai Kung. Deciding to veto the infamous seafood joints along the waterfront, we settled down for some fusion tapas to shield from the heat and recuperate. It’s fairly tucked away but spacious and beautifully decorated with both indoor and al fresco seating. (Though you’ll probably want to eat indoors to prevent sunstroke or something, idk.)

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Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Korean pancake
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We opted for a selection of dishes: a char siu salad, Korean pancake, halloumi toast ends, calamari and actual toast with hummus. A delectable little fusion of our favourite dishes.

I couldn’t fault the food aside from the calamari being a little on the oily side. The char siu salad was juicy and flavourful, the Korean pancakes beautifully fragrant with a delicious crunch and you really can never go wrong with hummus. My favourite dishes were probably the halloumi toast ends, topped with aubergine and basil, and the Korean pancake - it was a pleasant surprise for each dish from far-flung ends of the globe to taste equally good.

Prices leant on a more indulgent side but it’s the ideal Sunday sorta eat.

If you’re lurking in the Sai Kung area, I’d truly recommend popping in for a visit. And it’s pup-friendly too!


"It's Simple."

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Sometimes Jake and BMO aren’t right.
I’m my own worst enemy sometimes, I swear.

Good at giving advice, terrible at taking it. Let’s talk about the concept of “it’s simple”, because it always really is when you think about it. Just don’t overthink it like I usually do. Mish’s bro tips.

Regardless of what you’re fretting over - be it work related, your best friend has been distant, he hasn’t messaged you back in 5 hours, you’re worried about family or The Future - beneath the complexities of the situation, it’s always simple if you allow it to be.

The place that you’re supposed to be moves all the time. Nobody stays the same forever: people change, places change, minds change. It’s more a question of changing together and drifting towards a similar destination. Nobody knows who they’re supposed to be. Check out those teenage years, you think you’re an emo one day then you’re an indie gal the next. All it takes is a cheeky tweak of your MSN profile, a swap of clothes - thanks Tammy Girl - and you’re done. You’re always who you’re supposed to be, forever changing whether you realise or not.

When I dated this guy earlier in the year, everything was volatile. We were either sickeningly sweet and planning holidays and cute day trips for the summer or we were arguing constantly for entire days and weekends because “I’d done something wrong”. It’d flip like a switch, but in the back of my mind, I was already forgiving him - blindly - because of that odd image in my head that a romance should be all-encompassing, it should be reckless, a struggle and chaotically problematic, as long as you can get through it.

I realised that, for me, that’s kinda unhealthy. Let’s face it. I’m a fairly quiet, laid-back dreamer who likes a chilled out life with a cup of coffee and is pretty content documenting the everyday mundane. I’m not cut out for arguments for the sake of an oddly dramatic romance, eh? This isn’t Made in Chelsea (although some may argue my life is at times - more later).

It’s simple when you realise that work isn’t the be all and end all, you work to live not live to work; your best friend is your best friend because you can grab him or her by the shoulders and ask them what the deal is; if he hasn’t messaged you back, he might have a life, he could be asleep, or he’s just not that into you, be a sassy independent woman; the Future is equally simple, it’ll come and it’ll bring with it plenty of never-believed-it-could-happen moments. It’s all so simple when you relax a notch and enjoy.