Fair Trade with Far and Wide Collective

The retail industry has seen many prominent brands promote “fair trade” goods. In recent years, popular clothing and accessory companies have begun marketing their own brands under a variation of the “fair trade” banner. These companies will claim that the… Continue Reading

Hervé Leger by Max Azria: Asian Gold!

Spring/Summer 2015 for Hervé Leger seems to mean East Asia and gold sequins, while at the same time, not moving away from the line’s signature bodycon looks.  The show started out with a few dresses that had short, but kimono-inspired… Continue Reading

Crazy Rich Asians: Extravagant, Over-The-Top, Yet Fresh Look

When I first heard about Kevin Kwan’s debut novel, I was excited to give it a read.  Growing up, the vast majority of fiction with Asian characters focused on an older generation of Asian immigrants – ones who lived in… Continue Reading

Asian and South American-Inspired Prints at Laura Siegel

Laura Siegel, who presented off-site at The Collections back in the fall, makes her return to David Pecaut Square for the fall/winter 2013 season.  Known for her boho chic looks, the upcoming collection does not disappoint in terms of comfort… Continue Reading

Thoughts on Kawaii-ness

People often ask me why I don’t shop at Pacific Mall (or other Asian shopping areas) for anything other than food and electronics.  My answer? There’s just way, way too much kawaii (“cute” or “loveable” in Japanese).  It’s a sensory… Continue Reading

Defunct Make-Up Brands: Do You Miss Them?

Are there any cosmetics brands you’ve used in the past that no longer exist that you miss?  Or did some just disappear without you even noticing?   Or, maybe they’re only available in certain markets.  I started using make-up around… Continue Reading

From Shorty Stories: Think You’re ‘Fat’? Check Out This ‘Ideal’ Size Chart from Korea

If you think “standards” in North America are too thin, you’d be in for a shock when if you compare yourself to this chart from Korea (note: everything is in metric, in increments of 2 cm and height is roughly… Continue Reading

Places to Visit in Hong Kong: Stanley (Chek Chue)

They say that Hong Kong is a mixture of East and West as well as old and new, and this is definitely evident in the Stanley area of the region.  Located in the southern part of the area and named… Continue Reading

Star Ferry from Hong Kong to Kowloon

The Special Administrative Region known as Hong Kong is made up of Hong Kong island, Kowloon and what’s known as the “New Territories” (which includes Lantau Island, where Hong Kong Disney is located). While today, one can take the MTR… Continue Reading