22.5.15

On Dealing with Setbacks


"I could build a castle; Out of all the bricks they threw at me."
At face value on social media, I’m unfailingly positive and happy. Pretty laidback. Fairly driven yet self-deprecating in that expected British manner. I’m often told how well I’m doing and how much so and so envies how I do this and that. By default I tend not to chat about setbacks and drawbacks and negatives online. I save that for the Aisling's and Sarah's of the world. ;)

It’s a perfectly normal thing to come across setbacks. Who hasn’t experienced the heartbreak of brewing a cup of tea, opening the fridge and realising someone used all of the milk for their monster bowl of cereal, for example? But as I progress through my twenties, there are plenty more. You could work for months upon months on your brainchild project and have it crushed to the ground by people you helped on the way up. You could build up trust and have it shaken and crumbled again. You could present new ideas and have them glossed over. It happens.

For me, the first part is working out what happened. Was it two-sided? What could you have done differently, if anything? More often than not, no, you did the best you could. Pick yourself up little lady, dust yourself off and go again. Also, don’t be ashamed or scared to admit that you had that setback. Things don’t always go to plan but it doesn’t mean that it isn’t meant to be. I’m also a forever-advocate of not letting setbacks affect your future plans. So that boy was a dbag, not every single one will be. Don’t let setbacks knock your confidence either: it’s better to stand for what you want and can have than wonder ‘what if’.

What’s a setback you’ve had and how did you deal with it?

20.5.15

Hello kikki.K! Welcome to Hong Kong.

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kikki.K Zone: Harbour City Ocean Centre. Level : 4. Shop No. : OC 411.
Nothing grips the blogosphere more than a good stationery natter, right?

I must admit, when the kikki.K planner mania swept the British blogging land, I was ever so slightly envious. Beautifully curated sets of colour coordinated stationery with tiny motivational quotes? It's the stuff of Pinterest dreams. I'm always in the market for new paper love affairs and at long last the Swedish brand has hit Hong Kong shores. It was inevitable: we're the home of witty banter washi tape and kawaii stationery stocks.

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Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: kikki.K Hong Kong store
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: kikki.K Hong Kong store

After a short amble around one Harbour City, one of my favourite luxury shopping spots, I finally reached stationery mecca - kikki.K.

Their first ever Hong Kong store is every inch as perfect as you'd imagine. Sleek, bright and just so white, it was stocked to the brim with their picturesque collections. Of course I desperately wanted to buy all of the Inspiration Journal collection - y'know those Gratitude, Goals, 101 Dreams, diaries? - but I figured I'd save those for a later date. What I was really after was a hefty notebook in which to, er, note down things for a new venture of mine.

I settled for this Why Not? A5 Feature Journal because the colours are just perfect, there's lined, themed and plain pages, and I loved the quotes scattered throughout. I spent my weekend filling it up with grand ideas, important notes and confusing numbers (:

While I was tempted by absolutely everything - I'm certainly heading back for this print and this pretty little clock to decorate my bedroom - I was fairly restrained and only picked up two other things.

These stickers are going to be perfect for my Project Life scrapbook and they're all beautifully coloured and finished with copper foiling. And I also picked up a bonus extra as a gift for Sophia when her birthday rolls around! ^___~

Next stop? One of those delectable A5 planners and hoards of homeware.

18.5.15

Hello Kitty 中菜軒Chinese Cuisine. ❣

Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Hello Kitty Chinese cuisine restaurant, HK foodies, Yau Ma Tei food recommendations
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Hello Kitty Chinese cuisine restaurant, HK foodies, Yau Ma Tei food recommendations

Lee Loy Mansion, 332-338 Canton Rd, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong. Opening Hours: 11am-11pm.
As a lifelong Hello Kitty enthusiast and devotee plus an avid foodie, nothing was more exciting to me than hearing that a new Hello Kitty eatery was opening up in Hong Kong. While I've already been to the pop-up cafes and the bakery in Causeway Bay, this one is the world's first Hello Kitty-themed traditional Chinese restaurant - Hello Kitty 中菜軒. Let the queuing commence.

Following a sticky 40-minute queuing session on a Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks ago, my friend and I were quickly seated in the cutest place in town. Like, seriously. The decor is completely Hello Kitty themed, from the wooden furnishings to the traditional lanterns, and the Chinese paintings to the crockery on the table. (Hi Hello Kitty chopsticks and a ceramic bow-shaped chopstick rest.)

Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Hello Kitty Chinese cuisine restaurant, HK foodies, Yau Ma Tei food recommendations
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Hello Kitty Chinese cuisine restaurant, HK foodies, Yau Ma Tei food recommendations
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Hello Kitty Chinese cuisine restaurant, HK foodies, Yau Ma Tei food recommendations
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Hello Kitty Chinese cuisine restaurant, HK foodies, Yau Ma Tei food recommendations

The menu is pretty varied and is fairly extensive for a themed restaurant. With six Hello Kitty dim sum dishes and six other Hello Kitty signature dishes, there is plenty to choose from and it includes all the classics: har gow, siu mai, glutinous rice, steamed vegetables and more.

We chose a prawn and rice dish for the cute HK rice, har gow, ham siu gok and some steamed vegetables - and were pleasantly surprised! Honestly, we didn't come here for the taste, more for the sheer cuteness, but everything tasted really nice. Our rice dish was a little cold by the time we got round to eating it but I'm completely putting that down to the fact that we were Instagramming the hell out of it, and the har gow had a thicker skin than most. (Usually it should be light and thin.) But I'd easily rate the food a 7.5/10 (:

Additionally - as expected - it is quite pricey. Our meal for two came to around $430 at lunch! Highly recommend for fellow Sanrio enthusiasts. Take your boyfriends and embarrass them!

17.5.15

Life Lately

I’ve been suffering with the worst bout of Writer’s Block since I was writing my dissertation and had to fend off kitten cuddles in favour of penning 15,000 words about the discourse in the fashion journalism landscape. And how I have attempted to combat that?

Well, to put it simply, I haven’t. I’ve opened up new documents to try and forge some words on topics that I genuinely want to write about but discarded them without a moment’s hesitation. Gosh I hate Writer’s Block.

Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Iron Buddha soft serve ice cream, Hong Kong desserts
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Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: Sky Lounge at Upper House, Admiralty Hong Kong

Things I've been doing + things I haven't. The mid-May edition.
Katy wrote a post recently on the joy of missing out and I realised I almost wholeheartedly agree with her sentiments. I’ve had to miss out on plans with friends a lot lately but I realised that I’ve loved – no, needed – this time to be at home and get back to the basics. Hong Kong, I love you, but you’re too loud and noisy darn it! ;) I can’t hear myself think mate. (I did also venture out to Admiralty for drinks avec beautiful views though.)

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Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time at home in my apartment with my Granny. She’s been here for about 2 weeks now and still hasn’t adjusted to the time zone! Actually my Granny is fairly unwell at the moment as well so I’m trying to spend as much time with her as I can. Currently that means me having to wear two jumpers and a dressing gown while she puts the air-con on all day everyday!

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I love this snap of my Dad and I. (I guess it’s creepy to call your father Daddy online, but I genuinely do, haha.) 爹地. Missing him quite a lot lately so I’m super excited to see him in Malaysia next month.

What other random nonsensical things can I tell you?

Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: lob, Liese Bubble Hair Colour Raspberry Brown, from where i stand

Snipped all my hair off earlier in the week because why not, YOLO and all that. But really. Too hot for hair and I kinda prefer short right now. I also snapped these other selfies on Monday which slightly make me want long again but then I remember that I don’t have to brush my hair anymore. WIN.

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Look at this pad Thai btw. Insanely good.

And these cute Taiwanese desserts. (Shame they look cuter than they taste.)

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Work has been pretty fun again lately. There’s a lull in the season (semi-perks to the fashion industry!) so we’ve been able to spend some time together to celebrate birthdays and new colleagues. On this day we decided to coordinate outfits in monochrome for Kylie’s birthday and ended up having a rooftop photoshoot. Just look at that view, y’know.

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… I feel like my Writer’s Block has been lifted with this simple diary-esque post! Miracles do happen! What have you been up to lately? Come and have a natter in the comments; I’m going to go and pen a post about the Hello Kitty dim sum restaurant. Yup, see you here tomorrow ♥

15.5.15

Dear 18-year-old Michelle

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An open letter to my younger self.
Dear Michelle,

You’re eighteen and you’re, thus far, the only person at college not to celebrate turning so by going out on a Thursday night to Chicago Rock Café. It’s okay though. You’re super nervous about the huge dinner party your parents have thrown you (you’re secretly excited for the heart-shaped cake and to watch dramas as soon as you get home). You’re worried that you’ve somehow slipped into six separate friendship groups and that at the dinner, people won’t know each other and it’ll get awkward. (It does and it’ll continue like that for the next 6 years, btw.) Moreover, you’re secretly sad that he never showed.

You’re eighteen and you’ve just finished up University applications. Selling yourself in X characters or less is not your forte. No-one believes you when you tell them you’ll be studying fashion journalism in September. In fact, you know you caught that girl whispering, “fashion journalists are usually cool, right? She wears glasses,” it’s okay, one day you’ll love wearing glasses and that girl will spend 5 out of 7 days lurking your LinkedIn profile.

Once you get to University, you’ll feel even more wildly out of your comfort zone. But that’s your chance to be the person you want to be. Take baby steps towards being someone with a smidge more confidence – mate, at this point, anything is an improvement, confidence wise. You’re going to meet flatmates that you’ll make crazy, hilarious, sad, ridiculous and treasured memories with. That girl who you suspect is from the same area as you? Be brave and chat: she’s going to be your sister-from-another-mister friend who leaves Uni but remains in your life over six years later.

When you're secretly worried because your flatmates tell you you'll never get a job with your 'Mickey Mouse degree' (c'mon, they study even more ridiculous subjects and industries), just know that somehow things will fall perfectly in place. More perfect than you could imagine. Keep doing what you're doing, don't hesitate to create that blog because it'll do wonders in the future.

Yes, there's more to life than watching anime on a Saturday night and squirrelling hours away to reading about cultural theory, but you'll realise that a) your interests will prevail, and b) once the degree is in the bag you won't have, like, anything to do. So what if it's been a year and you're still nowhere near over him? Lemme warn you that he'll pop up out of nowhere on the day you print and bind your 15,000 words about the fashion journalism landscape, and also on the day you move home. Somehow you'll end up bound together again, just the two of you, always wondering and never knowing.

Did you know? When you're 23 and deciding to have the best of your life, you'll spontaneously book holidays and weekends away with new and old friends. You'll realise that playground arguments are just that. You'll reconnect with your two best friends and one of them is going to get engaged!! Aside from that, you're going to strike your luckiest match yet - you'll apply to ONE overseas job. And get it.

So Michelle, don't sweat it. Don't worry about the pressures of being '18'. Go to work even if it's forcibly so. Cherish those family evenings in even if everyone thinks they're uncool. There's no place like home. Work hard and play harder. No matter how hard you want things to work out right now, they won't. But they will eventually fall into place 7 years later.

Love, Michelle x