Tuesday, 2 September 2014

On the 3BM iPod: Grace Mitchell

Another week, another music post, another shiny new artist inspired by Lana Del Rey. We'd apologise but today's shiny new is so fab that we're not even a tiny bit sorry. Let us introduce Grace Mitchell 16 year old Oregon-based singer songwriter with all of Lana's dreamy smokiness but with a fresh, ballsy twist.



We can't take the credit for stumbling upon Grace's genius all by ourselves, this hot tip came courtesy of the Bad Rat who brought us his spring playlist back in March and who we've been hoping will hijack the 3BM iPod again ever since. So Bad Rat, how about it...?

Grace Mitchell - Your Design



Grace Mitchell - Broken Over You


Grace Mitchell - Maneater

Monday, 1 September 2014

3BM : Luscious Lips...

Everyone knows a girl can never have too many shoes, clothes, cocktails...but in our opinion the same has to be said about lipsticks! 

If you're anything like us Mice, you're constantly switching handbags from day to night, work to beach or just to match your outfit, but there's nothing more annoying than reaching for your favourite lipstick for a quick touch-up only to be met with nothing but empty chewing gum wrappers and receipts! At least that's how we justify snapping up a wide range of favourite lip colours and making sure they're littered in every tote, clutch and shopper we own! 



Gone are the days when Juicy Tubes were the only must have product on the market, we are now met with reams and reams of beautifully packaged product in all different consistencies and hues! I could spend hours in the Selfridges beauty hall wandering from counter to counter, admiring and testing until my hand looks like an artists paint palette!

After years of trying and testing all sorts of options, I have finally settled on my three favourites which are currently sat in a little pouch all together (I'm scared I'll lose one) and get transported from bag to bag everywhere I go! 

Our 3BM top three must-haves to create luscious lips all round are...

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Moon Beach, £30


This is a 2 in 1 miracle product...a week on the beach in a stick! I am totally obsessed Tilbury has worked her magic once again. Use it on your lips for a slick of shimmery gilding or dash it across your cheeks to add a instant glow and give great cheekbone. I've got the Moon Beach shade which is a beautiful rose gold tone and looks fab mixed up with my Clinique Chubby Stick below! 

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Gotta Dash, £16.50 


If like me you've avoided lipsticks in the past haunted by childhood flashbacks of your teenage self slathered in chalky, dry lipsticks in an unattractive coffee shimmer shade...fear not, today's formulas are much advanced and avoiding the corpse look is just a case of a little time hanging out with the uber helpful make-up artist team in Mac! This is the perfect product to reassure you, a mix between a lipstick and a lipglaze - super moisturising, glides on and leaves a beautiful sheen. I love the pink coral shade to add a discreet pop to an outfit! 

Clinique Chubby Stick in Heaping Hazelnut, £17


Officially a lip balm but a tinted one that comes in a wide range of colours - this is the perfect addition to your everyday beauty routine and a desk essential for all day top ups! It's actually a treatment which relieves dry and cracked lips but a little more chic than a tube of blistex! 

Now get pouting and fluttering those lashes....





Friday, 29 August 2014

This Week The Mice Have Mostly Been...

Guess what...


We know it was only a four day week for us UK lot, but with all this God awful rain and miserable'ness surrounding us, it could easily have been a 10 day week! Us London Mice have also had to deal with immense holiday blues ... after a week glued to a lounger, a glass of wine permanently in hand, at a glorious French farmhouse, we couldn't have felt any closer to bursting into tears each and every morning as our alarm's jolted us awake. HOWEVER, despite the pain, we all made it through, Friday is here once again, and I can almost smell the Hendricks!

When we haven't been on the brink of a temper tantrum every time someone rests their dripping umbrella against our leg on the tube, desperately trying to tame our frizzy locks or jumping out the way of cars puddles splashing us on the street - this week the Mice have mostly been....

Reminiscing back to afternoons spent basking in the sun, flicking through Grazia without a care in the world whilst slurping on our new obsession ... jugs of gin and basil lemon cooler! 

Yes I said jugs. Believe me, a glass will not suffice however I warn you, clear the entire afternoon as they are an absolute killer! Both days we mixed up one of these bad boys we both mysteriously fell into a deep afternoon sleep for a few hours completely zonked out ... I'm sure it must have been due to our morning runs though...!

Very easy, very drinkable and oh so delicious! 

You Need...

Ice
5 lemons - juiced
1 cup of sugar
A good bunch of basil
1-2 cups of gin
Ice cold water

How To...

1. Fill a jug with lots of ice and add the juice of all five lemons

2. Add 1 to 2 cups of gin, depending on how brave you feel, and your cup of sugar

3. Top up with ice cold water and add your torn basil leaves

4. Give your lemony, basily concoction a good stir to dissolve the sugar and serve with a slice of fresh lemon and a basil leaf! 

5. Enjoy! And maybe, to be on the safe side, make sure you apply a layer of suncream before you start just in case our bouts of heavy afternoon sleep weren't actually down to our morning runs!

Watching the self-soaking bucket challenge snowball out of control! Every third Facebook post now features a new wet-look video from a friend or colleague and practically every celeb has been splashing their way through the week! 

It is for a hugely worthy cause to raise awareness and research funds for Motor Neurone Disease so we’re backing it from that perspective however we can’t help but be annoyed by the many celebs and general public who are taking the opportunity to wear their smallest bikini’s or get glammed up to the max to fulfill the challenge. NOT THE POINT PEOPLE! 

HK Mouse has actually taken part in the challenge and donated. Check out her video on her Instagram.

On a silly note, it has been an fascinating insight into celebrities' gardens and exotic trips away! Our favourites include:

The Beckham clan…




Trouser Snake's…



And, Benedict Cumberbatch’s ice montage… 



Lastly, here's to a...



Love, love, love, 
The Mice xxx


Thursday, 28 August 2014

Getting Crafty: A Pair & A Spare Workshops

As I glow through my sixth Hong Kong summer (horses sweat, ladies glow, don't you know...), I have come to the realisation that unless I am submerged in the sea, or shut away in my icy-cool, air-conned flat, August in the city is pretty darn miserable. 

Or so I thought.

A couple of weeks ago, I discovered the most amazing (and blissfully cool) way to while away a scorchio Saturday afternoon when Team Sassy were invited to a workshop at the A Pair And A Spare studio. Actually, it would also be an amazing way to while away a rainy afternoon, a stormy afternoon or even an afternoon when the weather is perfectly blue-skied and non-humid. In fact, it would genuinely be one of my all time dream places to hang out, full stop.

If you haven't heard of DIY Fashion Blog, A Pair & A Spare (where have you been?!), we're actually quite jealous, as that means that you have hours and hours of blog-surfing fun ahead of you, poring over Geneva's genius ideas for replicating catwalk trends at a snip. But the really, really great news for Hong Kongers is that Geneva has just finished DIYing her brand new studio and is kicking off a series of weekend workshops to celebrate. This means that anyone and everyone in the 852 now gets to hang out with the DIY maven and hope that a little of her crafty magic will rub off on them (and at the very least head home with something fabulous they've made from scratch).



I headed down with the Sassy girls two weeks ago and we all tried our hand at the knotting school workshop - AKA turning a fish bowl, a handful of brass rings and a few metres of rope into a super cool hanging planter vase.


With the boys from Fish & Meat there to whip up a few mason jars' of the dangerously delicious farmhouse jam cocktails, Nice Pops keeping us cool with their boozy lollies and a studio decked out with the most Pinterest-worthy floral pineapples ever, there was nothing left for us to do but get down to the serious business of knotting...








I could go write pages and pages of gushing and swooning over the jaw-droppingly incredible studio, but lucky for you, I'm going to let the photos do the talking...  










DIYing done and we all headed a debrief over cocktail top-ups and scrumptious Invisible Kitchen canap├ęs.



Oh and did I mention the boozy lollies...? Hic!


A couple of hours later, after one too many country jams, I happily bumbled home swinging a goody bag stuffed with booty from Anything But Salads, Ditto Ditto and Pyar while proudly showing off my knotting handiwork to anyone and everyone who glanced my way.

Geneva's taking bookings now for September & October workshops which start at HK$1,200 for the afternoon (including all the materials for your DIY, drinks, nibbles and a fab goody bag). Bag your spot fast before she sells out!


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

On the 3BM iPod: Zella Day

We know we're always comparing our latest music crushes to Lana Del Rey but this time we're not the only ones. In fact, Zella Day herself has said she's the 'happier' version of LDR. 




But, it's not just Lana that springs to mind when you listen to Zella, we also get a dusting of Ms Mr, a bit of Banks, more than a touch of Wild Belle and even a little Marina and the Diamonds. If you want to know what a mash up of that bundle of music loveliness sounds like, hit play and take a listen...

Zella Day - Sweet Ophelia


Zella Day - East of Eden


Soundtrack to the rest of the summer or what?

Last but not least, check out this awesome cover of the White Stripes' Seven Nation Army. 

Zella Day - Seven Nation Army



We predict huge things for this girl, you heard it here first...

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

3BM Kitchen : Paella...

Most of my very favourite childhood memories are set during the three week long holidays we used spend as little girls in Macaret, a small Spanish fishing village in Menorca. We'd go back every year to the same villa, in the same little square and pick up exactly where we left off.

The locals would always be there to greet us, we'd get fresh pastries from the same bakery each morning, play with the same local children all day and evening and eat at the same restaurant every night which boasted the most delicious Spanish food served up in the most beautiful Menorcan crockery. Everyone would be gobsmacked to see the three little blonde English sisters shaking their heads to eggs and chips and instead digging into bowls of fresh chiperoni (baby squid) and steaming plates of paella! Our love for real food started from a very young age!!

As us London Mice have just returned from another lovely trip and are in need of a little of the holiday spirit to get us through the first few dark days back in the office, we thought we'd pay homage to one of our favourite dishes of all time - paella!

This is a super easy one to make, and in my opinion you simply can't beat a big bowl of this deliciousness all washed down by a chilled glass of wine! If only we could also magic ourselves back to Macaret we'd be in pure heaven!! However for now this will do...



You Need (for 4 people)...

300g paella rice
2 packets pancetta cubes
1 chorizo (sliced)
100g frozen peas
½ teaspoon saffron strands
500ml chicken stock
1 onion (finely chopped)
3 cloves garlic (crushed)
2 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper

4 chicken breasts (cut into cubes)
100g king prawns
½ lemon juiced




How To...

1. Heat the oil in a wide paella dish ideally (otherwise use a normal pan as we had to!) on a medium heat and add the onion. 

2. Cook the onion for a few mins then add the chopped garlic. 

3. Add the chorizo and pancetta and cook for 5 mins. 




4. Add the chicken and cook for approx 10 mins until the chicken is cooked.



5. Prepare your stock, add the saffron and stir

6. Season with salt and pepper and add the saffron-scented chicken stock, rice, peas and prawns. 



7. Cook for 15-25 minutes on a medium heat stirring occasionally until the rice has absorbed the stock and the peas and prawns are cooked.



8. Stir in the lemon juice and serve.







Friday, 22 August 2014

This Week The Mice Have Mostly Been...

Oh hello there last working day of the week, we're not going to lie, we're pretty pleased to see you...


The last seven days have seen the London Mice ooh la la it across the Channel to a farmhouse in the French countryside for a week of rest, reading and sipping on pitcher after pitcher of Basil & Lemon Gin Coolers.


Meanwhile, over in Hong Kong, their poor big sister has been laid-up with a horrid summer cold while relentless torrential rain pours down outside. But luckily it hasn't been all sneezing fits and showers, when I haven't been puddle-hopping with a fistful of tissues, this week this Mouse has mostly been... 

Rhapsodising about having discovered burger nirvana. Yup, I know that's a pretty huge claim, but this week I finally found the one. Burger lovers, the only three words you need to know from here on in are: Butcher's Club Burgers. Well, I mean, just so that you can find your way there, it would probably be handy to know the words: 2 Landale Street, Wan Chai too. And once you're there you're probably going to want to know the words: duck fat fries and ice-cream float too, but you get the idea.

There's only actually one burger on the official menu here but, when the burgers are this good, one burger is all you need. We're talking - a juicy, smoky hand-ground burger, draped in rashers of bacon and a cloak of oozy melted cheese, spiked with a kiss of pickle and nestled between two halves a perfectly grilled bun. Each and every mouthful is patty poetry.

If you've brought your smartphone (and your super sleuthing A-game), use the phone's camera to scan one of the mysterious QR codes on the wall to unlock the secret burger menu featuring a handful of other beefy delights (and even a vegetarian option). 

If you're really in the mood for a burger blow-out, then order up the Double Happiness - double everything in the regular burger all sandwiched between two rounds of grilled cheese. Words really can't do this bad boy justice, so I'll just let the photo do the talking...


Go hungry, go NOW!

The Butcher's Club Burgers
G/F Rialto Building
2 Landale Street
Wan Chai
2528  2083
(No Reservations, Open Noon-11pm, 7 days a week)

Sending my credit card scuttling off to cower in the corner after discovering the Little Shop of Jasmine. Anyone who spends any time at all on Pinterest, will definitely have already discovered at least a little piece of the typography genius of Jasmine Dowling, you just might not know about it yet... I've pinned her beautiful brushstroke typography pieces so many times over the last few months without ever taking the time to find out who was behind them. This week though, I clicked through on one of those pins, and hey presto, the girl behind the brush was revealed! Better yet, I realised there's a whole host of drool-worthy products in her e-shop, the Little Shop of Jasmine, just waiting to be snapped up. Now all I have to do is decide which gorgeous piece I'm going to make mine...

$55


$49 each


$55


$49


Raising a glass, draping ourselves in strings of pearls and honouring Coco Chanel because last Tuesday would have been her 131st Birthday. We personally think that the anniversary of the doyenne of fashion's birth should be a worldwide public holiday, but until then, here's a little Coco wisdom to finish off the week on the right note...




Have the most wonderful weekend!

x

The Mice


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