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Dirty Little Secrets to Looking Sporty—When You’re Not

I am not a sporty person. I don’t exercise at all. In fact, I am a sloth. But there’s no doubt that the in last few years, athleisure fashion has been in – and what d’ya say, I happen to love it. I know I ain’t foolin’ no one when I pull on a pair of yoga pants, but I still like to think I can somehow carry the trend. So, how exactly do I successfully (in my own opinion lol) pull the sporty look off? What are my deepest, darkest secrets to looking sporty?

Well, you’re in luck. Today, in exchange for nothing, I reveal all.

An outfit revealing my secrets to looking sporty

I ran regularly three years ago but the habit eventually faded out. In November, I tried to pick it back up and came really close to a breakthrough when I trained up for a 3k race that I ran in December. But guess what? After the race, I just stopped running completely. The end.

Maybe I’m not a runner, or maybe I’m just not cut out for moving. Either way, you gotta fake it ’till you make it when it comes to fashion. So without further ado, here are my secrets to looking sporty.
 

1. Throw on an oversized hoodie

An outfit revealing my secrets to looking sporty

While I suggest a jumper in my winter fashion formula, you’ll need a hoodie instead to achieve the sporty look. I highly recommend an oversized one too because if you’re not actually athletic, you’re either skinny-fat like me or you have a few rolls on your stomach (and there’s nothing wrong with that) that you want to hide.

An oversized hoodie solves every problem. A thin one works in summer and a thick one works in winter.

Me, I am not quite ready to part with rose quartz, 2016’s Pantone Colour of the Year, just yet. Hence the similar pink shade I chose for my hoodie from H&M. It’s perfect for covering up my unathletic build.
 

2. Throw on some sporty leggings

An outfit revealing my secrets to looking sporty

The second of my secrets to looking sporty is to pull on a pair of leggings – but make sure those leggings are patterned! Real running leggings or yoga pants are designed to shape up your butt. 😉 You can find a huge selection at high-end athleisure stores like Lululemon, but if that’s a little out of your budget as it is with me, go for everyday brands like Forever 21 or Cotton On.

Can you believe the grey leggings I’m wearing are from H&M? They scream “sporty”! Granted, they were on the expensive side for the brand, but not over HKD$200, which is still a steal in my opinion. They also make my legs look super skinny and I know most people would appreciate the slimming design.
 

3. Throw on a pair of trainers

An outfit revealing my secrets to looking sporty

We can’t forget the trainers to round off the last of my secrets to looking sporty. In essence, any pair will do, but I wouldn’t suggest going with a model specifically tailored for fashion. For example, if I really wanted to fool someone into thinking that I’m actually fit, I wouldn’t wear my Nike Air Force 1’s just for the reason that I can’t actually exercise in them.

In my outfit, I’m wearing my new pink Adidas Superstars. You will not believe the heights I climbed just to find them in my size! I searched through every store in Hong Kong before I found these babies from a shoe retailer. I nearly cried of happiness.

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Yep, it’s that simple, my fashion secrets to looking sporty. I suppose my outfit recipe is common sense, but there are people who don’t have common sense, trust me. Do you have a formulated look for fooling people into thinking you’re sporty too? Share your favourite put-together in the comments below, I’d love to see them!

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Why Rose Quartz Is Still My Favourite Pantone Colour of the Year

If you haven’t heard, Pantone recently announced its new Colour of the Year for 2017. It’s greenery. And it’s definitely nothing on rose quartz.

Let’s rewind a bit. Last year, Pantone surprised us with a blending of two shades, rose quartz and serenity. While I liked both colours, I didn’t like the fact that Pantone featured two at once… it’s not ColourS of the Year.

But I took a liking to rose quartz. In 2016, it became a popular colour in design and fashion alike.

Today, I’ll be showing you my favourite new jumper from H&M and surprise, surprise. It’s rose quartz. So what if greenery is in and rose quartz is out. It’s the 21st century and I can wear whatever I like!

Rose quartz knit jumper from H&M

Last time, I wrote a post on how to look put together in winter when you’re a lazy person. Bonus points if you, too, are like me and hate the cold weather. I can’t seem to find the motivation to doll myself up when it’s cold as heck outside.

But anyway, let’s cut to the chase.
 

Outfit of the Day

Rose quartz knit jumper from H&M

Rose quartz knit jumper from H&M

Rose quartz knit jumper from H&M

My outfit follows the lazy winter wear formula of a jumper, leggings and trainers.

I liked the outfit so much I wore it on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Yes, I did wear the same thing two important days in a row. I’m not even going to hide the fact that I am the world’s biggest outfit repeater.
 

Christmas Eve

My rose quartz outfit in Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong

Christmas Eve was on a Saturday this year, which meant I was free from my full-time job to attend my family’s annual tradition of having a Christmas lunch buffet at a swanky hotel. We went to the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel.

I spent such a long time picking out my outfit despite having a winter dressing formula because I tried to deviate from it that I ended up being one hour late. Oops. Obviously, my parents didn’t wait for me. They’d smartly decided to grub first.
 

Christmas Day

My rose quartz outfit in Macau

My rose quartz outfit in Macau

My rose quartz outfit in Macau

My rose quartz outfit in Macau

On Christmas Day, I donned the same rose quartz jumper for a journey to Macau with Jason. We picked a really bad day to play tourist in the Vegas of China. It was a public holiday so the city was swarming with both locals and out-of-towners. The weather also acted up, and though it didn’t rain, the grey skies cast a dreary mood on the both of us.

We visited the Ruins of St. Paul’s and Senado Square briefly and basically spent the rest of the day trying to flag down cabs to get to our next destinations. Surprisingly, dinner made up for it. We weren’t expecting much for its price tag, but the Christmas buffet at 888 Buffet in Sands Macao Hotel was surprisingly good. Maybe our expectations were too low, ha!

And if anything, the only four photos we took in St. Augustine’s Square turned out pretty nice. The shade of rose quartz I was wearing totally contrasted well with the green and yellow walls of Macau’s old buildings, don’t you think? 😉

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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!
 
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