31.3.15

20 Things About Being In Your 20s

Daisybutter - UK Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: Michelle Chai

A list: 20 Things About Being In Your 20s.
  1. Ice cream is an acceptable meal when you’re too tired to adult.
  2. ‘Being a cynic’ is a free gift they give you when you join the Twenties club.
  3. You will never feel like a grown-up adult. (Because there are multiple types of the A word.)
  4. The petrol game is still a) fun, b) a challenge, and c) a nightmare. Lovely penny-bearing strangers, where do you all come from? I love you.
  5. You will regularly switch between the thoughts: ‘Sleep is for the weak’ and ‘Sleeping for a week’.
  6. You’ll wish you could have studied Marathon TV as a degree. Who knew one day you’d sit for 8 hours on end and stare at a screen instead of beg your Mum to let you ‘play out ‘til 9pm’? (Moreover, HOW did I stay out in British parks ‘til 9pm?!)
  7. Coffee is not a luxury, it is an AM necessity. Cappuccinos are now one of your five a day.
  8. That age-old mantra of ‘old enough to know better, young enough not to care’ is so true. And you’re sorry daily for being a clich√©.
  9. Daily victories now include remembering to buy milk before arriving home, squeezing one more MTR/tube journey out of your Octopus/Oyster card and finding the perfect kinda-casual-but-okay-for-work top that also allows easy bra-removal through the sleeves. Oh yeah I went there.
  10. Yes, your friendship circle will diminish but the ones that remain are the ones who held your hair back, saw you faceplant in the snow and who know your ‘new dramatic story’ before you even picked up the phone to tell them.
  11. You’ll still spend Sunday mornings in bed dropping your phone on your face and therefore nose-Tweeting odd characters multiple times. Sunday morning markets with a bagel, fresh coffee and fresh flowers? I think those are a urban myth.
  12. Brunch really is the greatest thing on Earth once you’re done nose-Tweeting.
  13. It is fairly likely that you’ll spend the majority of your time with your friends dissecting semi-average dates and discussing the ideal text-back time window, just like when you were 15.
  14. In a similar vein, there are now no boundaries at all with your friends. None.
  15. The words ‘investment pieces’ have never been uttered so much in your life yet your wardrobe is still filled to the brim with nothing to wear. You decide the capsule wardrobe is another urban myth.
  16. When times get tough, instead of sorting out your problems, you will probably end up playing Sims 4 until 4am.
  17. Hosting dinner parties is the best thing since time began. Friends, food AND it takes you 0 minutes to get home.
  18. You often wonder/worry if your got-it-together-already friends live in a parallel universe and contemplate daily about getting a kitten/puppy/parrot/Sea Monkey to accompany you through your attempts at life.
  19. You’ll realise you’re suddenly part of the generation that supposedly over-achieves and over-exerts but somehow you still can’t decipher what that WhatsApp message means – or worse, what the two blue ticks sans reply means.
  20. Literally no-one else knows what they’re doing either, it’s all good.

30.3.15

Drive straight ahead

Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: what i wore, outfit of the day, hong kong fashion blogger, tai po
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: what i wore, outfit of the day, hong kong fashion blogger, tai po
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: what i wore, outfit of the day, hong kong fashion blogger, tai po
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: what i wore, outfit of the day, hong kong fashion blogger, tai po
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: what i wore, outfit of the day, hong kong fashion blogger, tai po

Striped cropped top, H&M; Leather skirt, Forever 21; Slip-ons, A boutique in Mong Kok; Mulberry Bayswater Shoulder; Jewellery c/o Daisy Mae Jewellery.
A casual little outfit for a Sunday spent chilling out in Tai Po. Literally obsessed with A-line skirts and cropped tops at the moment. One of these days I'll have a pause at the weekend and take stock of things but currently I just need to do more, see more, and keep myself occupied. Do you ever worry about wasting time? I'm currently stuck in a rut of never spending time at home for fear of wasting my time here in Hong Kong. It's been an odd week to say the least and I couldn't be more pleased about the four-day week and impending Easter break. ♥
Get excited about the little things. About wearing a new outfit for the first time. About Sunday brunches with your best friends. About the new cute guy in your class. About finding an extra dollar in your pocket. About anything that even remotely makes you happy because as you grow up, passions fade and enthusiasm gets mistaken for foolishness. So don’t let the grey world stop you from shining.
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: what i wore, outfit of the day, hong kong fashion blogger, tai po
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: what i wore, outfit of the day, hong kong fashion blogger, tai po
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: what i wore, outfit of the day, hong kong fashion blogger, tai po
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: what i wore, outfit of the day, hong kong fashion blogger, tai po
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: what i wore, outfit of the day, hong kong fashion blogger, tai po
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: what i wore, outfit of the day, hong kong fashion blogger, tai po
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: what i wore, outfit of the day, hong kong fashion blogger, tai po
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: what i wore, outfit of the day, hong kong fashion blogger, tai po

29.3.15

A Collective March Vlog

Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog

I dipped my toe into the vlogging world! (Hong Kong, March 2015)
Happy Sunday!

As promised, I filmed some snippets from my weekends this March in a bid to do more, document more and remember more. Sophia and I did lots of laughing, walking and attempting to do well at life. We went to Tai O, the Science Museum, ate fish and chips and hung out at the beach. And actually, it wasn't all as awkward as I imagined it to be! Kudos to anybody that vlogs because the editing for this bad boy was somethin' else...! So here's to more vlogging and adventuring next month (: I promise I'll remember to film more but Instagram comes more naturally to me.

Love you all lots ♥

27.3.15

My Current Beauty Essentials

Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Ellovi, Etude House, The Saem, Essie, Ciate

5 beauty essentials for spring in Hong Kong.
Spring has sprung in Hong Kong and it is nothing like back in England. In place of light breezes and soft sunshine, I deal with extreme air conditioning and humidity, and in place of easing out the tights and shorter skirts, I'm pretty much already in bare legs. To cope with this intense overnight change, here is the beauty bounty that accompanies my (nearly) everyday routine.

Ellovi Body Butter: When the team at Ellovi introduced me to their body butter, I was instantly interested. It's difficult to find aa really-good body butter that'll sink in to post-shower skin without you having to avoid leather sofas, and especially so when the heat starts to set in here. I've utterly fallen in love with this body butter - a little on the firmer and greasier side, it sinks in to the skin within a matter of minutes to leave your skin feeling moisturised, with a slight sheen. It smells amazing, like warm vanilla, and is made of 6 natural ingredients. A winner all around!! I also like to concentrate it in my elbows.

Etude House Face Conditioning Cream: In a similar vein, it's been so warm recently that I've already semi-retired the wearing of make-up. I recently picked up this Face Conditioning Cream (see my haul video here!) and it is the dream. A light and soft cream, this bad boy from Etude House 'smoothly conditions' the skin to boost your skin and prime it for make-up. Of course I'm currently not wearing much make-up on top of this, but it gives a brightening effect, smooths pores and has SPF 25. I then follow with a touch of concealer under my eyes, brow pencil, a slick of liner and mascara.

Etude House Drawing Brow Pencil: I'm mildly concerned that I can't find this online, but this is easily my favourite brow pencil of all time. Slightly waxy with a slanted nib, this pencil is the perfect match to my brows as I like a touch of a shade lighter and it makes it so easy to achieve perfect brows that last all day. Obsessed - if you're near an Etude House, make this a must.

The Saem Micro-Peel Soft Gel: Currently my skincare essential is this gel-based exfoliator. City-living often means that my skin doesn't feel as squeaky clean as I like so I've upped the exfoliating step in my routine. Three or four times a week, I'll follow my cleansing routine with this light formula. It has little exfoliating flakes that peel away dead skin cells ever so gently. My favourite.

Essie's Maxmillian Strasse Her & Ciate Speed Coat: My March mani has pretty much just consisted of this. I bought this Essie shade a few years ago and adore the muted green colour that can lean a little blue-greige at times. Perfect for the office but also to match up with weekend outfits!

26.3.15

My Hogwarts Hanging Heart

Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: DIY Harry Potter decoration

A pretty damn awesome present from my friend Erin. Tutorial here.
Nothing astounds me more than the kindness and thoughtfulness of fellow bloggers. Every day I feel grateful and bewildered for the friends I've made since starting up this little site. When I moved here to my dinky little apartment in Hong Kong, the ever-lovely Erin sent me the sweetest housewarming gift - this wooden Hogwarts hanging heart.

Like jeez, I seriously regret not bringing my DVDs and book collection with me. I have the most insane Harry Potter memorabilia collection and I'm so sad I had to leave it all behind, but with this hanging heart I get to build up another collection! Hi, I'm an obsessed Hufflepuff. Did I just lose coolness points for admitting to being a Hufflepuff? I don't care, I'm loyal to my clan.

Erin posted a DIY tutorial of how she made this hanging heart and it looks relatively simple if any of you want a go! Head over to her blog here (: she also posts regular fandom DIYs and runs a pretty awesome shop that I've bought from many a time.