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What to Look for in a Beach, by Someone Who Hates Beaches

So, I don’t like beaches.

I don’t like the sun, the sea and the stupid salty air. I don’t get the appeal of it. Do I sound like a snob? It’s just that I’m a born and bred city girl and I prefer to stick to the metropolitan area. In fact, my dislike of the beach extends to nature in general. I just don’t enjoy the outdoors at all. *gasp*

With that being said, you can guess my shock when I visited Sandy Bay… and actually liked it.

Sandy Bay in Hong Kong

Sandy Bay was actually my Instagram husband’s discovery. He stumbled across the area one day and sent a picture to me. It was beautiful – blue skies, clear waters, gorgeous sunset, you know the lot. It even made me, a nature-hater, decide to give it a visit.
 

Sandy Bay

Sandy Bay in Hong Kong

Sandy Bay in Hong Kong

Sandy Bay in Hong Kong

Located in Pok Fu Lam at the south of Mount Davis in Hong Kong Island, Sandy Bay is not somewhere I frequent regularly. The only times I’d passed by was when I visited Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital for its annual open days. Asides from the hospital, the area is also home to various facilities such as Kennedy School, West Island School and the Chinese Christian Cemetery.

While there is no direct MTR access there, Sandy Bay is still convenient to get to, being just a short minibus ride away from city centre.

Boy, when I got to Sandy Bay, it blew my expectations. It was my perfect beach. Which begs the question of this blog post: what exactly should a beach hater look for when being forced to go to a beach?
 

1. No sand

Sandy Bay in Hong Kong

Sandy Bay in Hong Kong

The name Sandy Bay itself is misleading because guess what, Sandy Bay has no sand! It’s not your traditional strip of sandcastles and water forts. It is, what do you call it? A shingle beach. A landform filled with gravel, pebbles and cobblestones instead of sand. This is the most important thing that a beach hater should look for when choosing a beach. Rejoice, because there’s no need to wash your feet (and the rest of your body) after trudging along the seashore anymore!
 

2. No salt

Sandy Bay in Hong Kong

Sandy Bay in Hong Kong

You know what else I hate about beaches? The salty air. It smells like fish and it tangles up my hair. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that Sandy Bay has no salt in the air – after all, it is located next to the sea – but I definitely did not feel any stickiness! Sandy Bay’s atmosphere is humid, but that’s a given, and the wetness actually isn’t much worse than it is in the rest of Hong Kong.
 

3. Close to civilisation

Sandy Bay in Hong Kong

Sandy Bay in Hong Kong

The most important thing that makes Sandy Bay such a stellar beach for city dwellers like me is that it’s close to civilisation. The photos make it look like I hiked all the way out to a rocky bay when in reality, Sandy Bay is just a short minibus ride away from MTR Kennedy Town Station. What’s more, it isn’t crowded with Instagrammers like it is at Instagram Pier (yes, that is an actual location in Hong Kong), so it feels secretive and secluded. I just really hope you pesky photographers don’t show the beach off all around social media after reading this post!

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This concludes my guide to Sandy Bay. Do you love or hate beaches? Let me know in the comments! And since I love the few regular readers I have, I courteously extend my invitations to you to visit. Just make sure to keep this rocky shore a secret from the hardcore Instagrammers! 😉

Sandy Bay in Hong Kong

Sandy Bay in Hong Kong

Find out more about my outfit: Fool-proof Lazy Winter Fashion Secrets from Me to You
 

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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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