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Fool-proof Lazy Winter Fashion Secrets from Me to You

Winter is approaching Hong Kong. While the cold has yet to settle, I’ve been gearing up for the chill that is to come. I get cold very easily and began using my heater weeks ago when it was still 20ºC! It goes to show over the last few years, I’ve developed a fool-proof outfit formula to counter the cold while looking halfway fashionable in the process. Today, I’m going to share my lazy winter fashion secrets with you.

Lazy winter fashion secrets

The outfit I wore to Opendoor Café + Courtyard is a typical example of my lazy winter fashion formula. The best thing about this simple set of rules I adopt is that it’s so versatile. Whether you’re glamming up for a sophisticated night out or tackling a morning hike up Dragon’s Back, my lazy winter fashion recipe is sure to fit.
 

1. Throw on an oversized jumper

Lazy winter fashion secrets

Pick a snuggly jumper or sweater. Throw it over a long-sleeved undershirt. Done. It’s that simple. Your jumper can be any colour you want, any material you want (preferably one that keeps you warm, though!) and any length you want.

I’m wearing a H&M baby blue jumper that is casual with a touch of girliness. When choosing a colour, I go for anything from subdued greys to bright yellows, though I tend to lean towards the duller shades. Anything works and best of all, you can adapt it to your clothing style!
 

2. Throw on a pair of leggings

Lazy winter fashion secrets

Step two: comfortable bottoms. You can always pull on your favourite pair of denims, but we all know that jeans hardly ever feel comfy. Plus, you want to even out your oversized jumper with form-fitting leggings.

If you’ve got on a patterned jumper, slip on some plain leggings. If you’ve got on a plain jumper, go for a crazy pair of statement leggings! And don’t feel the need to stick to black, you can experiment with all sorts of colours.

Also, feel free to go casual or go sporty. For my look, I wore a pair of black sport crops from Topshop’s IVY PARK collection. I got them at a huge discount during Cyber Monday and they are absolutely the best.
 

3. Throw on a pair of trainers

Lazy winter fashion secrets

The last step to our lazy winter fashion guide is to put on a pair of your favourite sneaks. If you’re dressing up for a glitzy girl date, you can swap them out for a pair of heels or flats. Similarly, you can exchange them for booties.

I always prefer comfort over style and I count my blessings every day that the trainer trend is still in. I’m wearing my trusty pair of Adidas Superstars. It’s a classic model that goes with any outfit.

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And that’s it, there’s my formula for lazy winter fashion. Stick to these three simple steps and you’ll never be panicking about what to wear. My favourite thing about this recipe is that there’s no need to even accessorise, which is perfect for lazy people like me – though you can certainly do so if you want!

Do you have your own dressing guide or your own set of rules for the cold season? Let me know in the comments!
 
See the outfit in action: This Is the Café to Go to for Fast and Reliable Wifi

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House of Moments, the Flower Market Rest Stop

Tucked away in an unsuspecting building on Sai Yee Street in Prince Edward, the specialised tea room House of Moments is the perfect rest stop for flower market goers. It’s situated perfectly in the middle of Mong Kok area’s renowned Flower Market, one of the biggest tourist attractions in Hong Kong.

House of Moments, tea house in Prince Edward, Hong Kong

If you’re visiting, I would highly recommend paying a visit to House of Moments after browsing through the flowers. This way, you can get your cultural experience of the local plant business in the city and an authentic taste of Chinese teas all at once. And the architecture? Look at the photos and you’ll understand why I’m drooling.
 

The Architecture

House of Moments, tea house in Prince Edward, Hong Kong

House of Moments, tea house in Prince Edward, Hong Kong

House of Moments, tea house in Prince Edward, Hong Kong

House of Moments, tea house in Prince Edward, Hong Kong

House of Moments, tea house in Prince Edward, Hong Kong

House of Moments, tea house in Prince Edward, Hong Kong

House of Moments, tea house in Prince Edward, Hong Kong

House of Moments is a locally run café opened in the early 2000’s as one of Hong Kong’s pioneering upstairs cafés. The interior of the tea room is inspired by Zen Buddhism and you’ll many small decorations that feature the Buddha, many of which I spent lots of time investigating the knick-knacks of. Furnished with dark wooden shades all over, House of Moments looks authentically Asian. It’s a look that usually doesn’t appeal to me – I prefer lighter shades to give a softer look – but I loved the decor because it echoed the theme of the tea house perfectly. Coupled with a relaxing flow of Asian music and cool air conditioning, it’s enough to fight the effects of the caffeine from the teas and put anyone to sleep.
 

The Food

House of Moments, tea house in Prince Edward, Hong Kong

House of Moments, tea house in Prince Edward, Hong Kong

I visited House of Moments on a Saturday afternoon with the plan to get lunch then spend a day working there as they had wifi. Being the late-riser I am, I got to the little hideaway at around 2:30PM, only to be told that they were no longer serving hot food. I knew a cake for lunch wouldn’t be enough (nor healthy!), so I did a detour to another eatery first, before returning to the tea room at around 4PM.

It was late by the time I finally sat down, but I was one of the lucky ones who came at the right time and got a seat. I watched all afternoon as visitors were turned down because the café was already full. I honestly didn’t expect House of Moments to be so popular! Because it was already late, the freshly made light bites offered by the café were all out, except for three types of cookies and a Homemade Cheesecake with Raspberry Jam, which looked more appetising and more importantly, photogenic. 😉

I knew it would be unwise to try one of House of Moment’s special Chinese tea blends (rats!) because the caffeine would keep me up all night at 4PM, so I went for one of the western-inspired infusions, the Lemongrass Tea. It was a nice wake-me-up in the lazy afternoon and had a hint of bitter aftertaste akin to traditional Chinese medicine.
 

The Verdict

House of Moments, tea house in Prince Edward, Hong Kong

House of Moments is unexpectedly popular, a surprise considering its hidden location. I’d recommend coming early if you want a seat because visitors will spend the whole day chattering away with their friends there once they’ve settled down. On the day I visited, a table of five women had had lunch there and stayed gossiping until 6PM, and they weren’t the only visitors to do so. If you want to have your lunch elsewhere, make sure to come in the early afternoon so you can bag yourself a comfy sofa.

Although House of Moments offers wifi, I do not recommend working on your laptop there. I got a sofa seat – things might’ve been better if I had an actual chair instead – but the calming music made me feel more like sleeping. The sofa was really comfortable and I had a nice rest in the end, but I was anything but productive that day!
 

Outfit of the Day

OOTD Outfit of the day - H&M bomber jacket, Nike Roshe Runs

The outfit I wore to House of Moments (or actually, the outfit I’ve repeated numerous times because I’m gross) is one that proves how incapable I am of moving to anywhere cold. Hong Kong’s sweltering summers, which sometimes go up to 40°C, are sometimes not even warm enough for me – though in my defence that usually only happens when I exit an air conditioned mall with a temperature below freezing and have yet to thaw.

While there’s nothing eccentric about my H&M thin army green bomber jacket and the basic white t-shirt from the same store underneath, I think it actually makes me look y’know, slightly swag. And sporty, since I have my trusty Nike Roshe Runs on. But I guess that’s me trying to be hip when I’m not much of a fashion guru. Ahem. Logging off before I embarrass myself further.

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This Clever Cafe Will Bring You Back to Your Childhood

So, where’s this so-called optical illusion of a café? Let me bring you to Hit the Road Café, located on the 15th floor of Capital Commercial Building in Causeway Bay. They have been open since before 2010 (that’s six years, which is super uncommon in Hong Kong!) and goodness knows how long this little eatery has been on my to-do list. I’d tried visiting many times, but they were closed each time I got to the door.

With the introduction of social media, I began following Hit the Road Café’s Instagram account and in April 2016, they churned out new opening hours. Now they are open every day for lunch, tea and dinner, and are closed on Mondays and public holidays. Watch out for the weekend, though, because the immensely cute interior architecture makes it a highly popular place for Hong Kongers of any age to chill!
 

The Architecture

Hit the Road Café in Causeway Bay

Hit the Road Café in Causeway Bay

Jason and I went on a Tuesday afternoon to get some computer work done. We settled for tea and didn’t try the food (they boast lunch and dinner sets of pasta and rice, as well as delicious light bites both savoury and sweet – think salads, cakes and pastries), but we did enjoy the ambience a lot. Unlike the busy weekends, Hit the Road Café was quiet and comfortable with only two other customers apart from us. Their wifi is slightly unstable though and goes through bouts of slowness, but that can be excused.

The most impressive thing about Hit the Road Café’s interior architecture – and the optical illusion I’m talking about – is how the owners have designed and decorated it into a 2D world. First, white walls paired with black furniture ensures that the design remains minimal. Then, all the edges of the walls are carefully painted black to transform you into a cartoon. The result is a photo that totally confuses your friends!
 

Outfit of the Day

Outfit OOTD - H&M, Adidas Roshe Runs, Bunkaya Zakkaten

“This is me exchanging tender loving looks with my favourite outfit wall 😘” – My Instagram

Actually, I was trying to show my bag from Bunkaya Zakkaten 文化屋雑貨店, which is difficult to show when I’m y’know, facing the camera full on. I have a long striped top from H&M that say “oui merci” sarcastically, black leggings again from H&M and my trusty Nike black Roshe Runs.

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