Thursday, 21 August 2014

What's In Mini Mouse's Suitcase...

Earlier this week we gave you a peep inside Middle Mouse's suitcase, today we're sneaking a look under the lid of Mini's...

By now I'd say that all three of us Mice could pass as pro packers! We've clocked up a fair few holidays between us and can pretty much pack with our eyes closed!

Packing to most is that dreaded chore which stands in the way of the true holiday excitement! So we thought why not share our wisdom to try ease the ordeal with 3BM's top 3 tips....

1. NEVER share a case with a boy!

Packing alone is bad enough but the prospect of sharing a case with a partner can cause no end of stupid comments and ultimately arguments...not ideal just before a supposedly peaceful break together! Do you really need another pair of shoes? Why have you packed hair straightens - I much prefer your natural beachy look?! I've only got one pair of swimming shorts surely you only need one bikini? All of these common statements prove that men know nothing, will lie to get their own way and should always take their own case!

2. If in doubt don't pack it!

There's nothing worse than getting to check-in and being told you're over the baggage limit and must pay a ridiculous excess or remove the offending heavy items immediately! Actually scrap that, it's even worse to pay the extortionate fee and then return from holiday with a case full of unworn outfits!

Be decisive, if you're unsure if you'll wear it, you probably won't and always outfit build as you go! It doesn't have to be physically trying on options (although if I'm doing hand luggage only I'll often go to these slightly divaish extremes!) but there's no point bringing that skirt without a top that goes with it and so forth!

3. Always pack with a glass of wine in hand!


Over the last few years when our travelling seems to have peaked, we always try our hardest to make the packing chore last as little time as possible but be as fun as possible! A big glass of icy Marlborough sauvignon blanc, fun music to get you in the holiday spirit and a super pre-holiday feast to look forward to at the end of it, always helps us complete the task a lot more quickly! In fact, if anything, it becomes part of the fun lead up rather than a boring job on the to do list!

It's as simple as that...with that in mind, check out my holiday essentials which I'm actually packing as I type (wine in hand of course!)...




Papaya Gold Paw Paw Balm

I can't go anywhere without this magical ointment, it's basically Mary Poppins in a tube! It treats burns and dry skin, acts as a lip balm, soothes eczema, cuts and chafed and chapped skin... you name it, paw paw does it! I somehow managed to mislay mine on my latest trip to Portugal which of course was a total disaster...one teeny, tiny tube multitasks so hard that it renders so many other products redundant!



The Perfect Pair of Wedges

For me the perfect pair of wedges are priceless...comfortable to wear, easy to balance in (no matter how many cocktails you drink) and somehow manage to be dressy but casual at the same time! I've already blogged about these before but my gold Zara beauties have come up trumps on every holiday so far this Summer!




An Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Bikini...

Seeing as 90% of most holidays are spent in a bikini I feel it's pretty crucial to invest in some good ones. Firstly those that you feel nice in and secondly ones that can withstand a few outings in the sea without stretching and bobbling immediately.


I fell head over heels for this Estuaries canary yellow number...I'm loving the flattering fit, multi textures and the vibrant summery hue is an added bonus! The brand uses thick, great quality fabrics that give amazing support and wash really well! I'm a total convert to spending a little extra to feel that much nicer! 



My NK1 LED Travel Lamp...

It's no secret that NK1 have converted me to be an at home shellac addict - if you missed it check out my post here. Gone are the days of chipped nails and constant re-painting...I'm fully dedicated to a 30 minute session every three weeks! I know it sounds ridiculous but it simply changes your evenings, I used to have to reserve a night every week to come home and sit on the sofa patiently painting, waiting, painting, waiting and then smudging as soon as I got into bed - ANNOYING!! I now have perfectly shiny nails after 30 mins every few weeks with no annoying drying time!!


There will always be those moments where you scrub the dishes a little too vigorously or lug your suitcase a tad aggressively and eventually a chip or lifting at the edges will appear. When you're at home it's quick and easy to repair with your LED lamp however it's defiantly too large to pack in your suitcase! So once again NK1 have come to the rescue with their travel size LED lamps - super light, speedy, small and perfect!



A Secret Stash of Beach Chick Lit...

It's the one occasion when you can devour stereotypical feel good chick lit with no judgements whatsoever! Who really wants to be reading heart wrenching stories or hardcore historical novels when the sun is beating down and the cocktails are flowing?! I know I'd much rather be reading about the New York adventures of beautiful socialites being chased by drop dead gorgeous millionaires! 



A Selection of my Favourite Beach Dresses...

Regardless of what I think I'll wear, I always end up in a bikini with an easy beach dress in the day followed by comfy flowing maxi dress in the evening. 

After non-stop cocktails, champagne and copious amounts of delicious food (calories don't count on holiday - FACT) it's not about tight fitting outfits is it?!

A few of my trusty favourites are...




And last but by no means least...

My Beauty Essentials...

I'm definitely not someone who wears a face full of make-up to the beach, instead I go for the au naturel look but with a few small additions for the evening to jazz things up! 

I find it especially necessary for the worst stage of the holiday, tan-transition...everyone must have experienced the horrible time when you're freshly exfoliated ready for the beach and waiting for the tan to come out! After day one in the sun you've turned an awkward beige (or even pink if you're not careful) and every outfit looks pretty disastrous making bronzer your only saviour! 

So...I always have my beauty essentials on hand to cater for those times and to make me feel that bit nicer in a beachy way! 



Firstly and most importantly everyone needs a trusted suncream, us Mice are loving Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection - it smells of a heavenly coconut dream, is water resistant and easy to rub in...perfect! 



A super fresh summer perfume is a must - if you didn't see my post a few weeks ago my current obsession is Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo...



Nothing will budge my new Benefit 'They're real! push up liner' (you actually need a special gel to remove it)...BUT believe me no amount of sweating or water splashing will make your eye line falter!!



After a hard day in the sun it is essential to rehydrate your skin, I'm using Elemis Hydra-Balance Day cream at the moment which is super light but keeps my skin moisturised all day long...



Finally for the evening to add a little pizzazz to a natural look I have two favourites which come everywhere with me. My MAC Mineralize Skin Finish to sweep across my cheekbones and Clinique's Chubby Stick in Heaping Hazelnut to keep my lip moisturised and also adds a hint of colour...




And that's it....I'm ready to go!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Summer Weekend Uniform: Vama Style Swimwear & By Charlotte Jewellery

With the London Mice sun-soaking in France, I'm mainly thinking good weather thoughts and doing a little sun-dance for lots of beachy rays in Hong Kong this weekend. It certainly seemed to do the trick last weekend, so fingers crossed for a re-run come Saturday...



Sunny days in the height of the Hong Kong summer definitely mean minimal clothing but if I'm not wearing much, then I want the couple of things I have got on to be too awesome for words.

Step up my current summer wear obsessions... 

I've blogged before about my love for Vama. If you're in the market for a new one piece or teeny kini, the Vama swimwear collection is an absolute must shop. Check out the eye-popping brights and super flattering cuts of these babies... 






I'm particularly obsessed with the Boathouse one piece in midnight blue (US$105)



and the Twisted By The Pool bikini in yellow chevron (US$90)



And while I was cruising the Vama Instagram Feed, I couldn't help getting a little bit distracted by those jaw-droppingly gorgeous necklaces. Pretty, delicate and particularly delicious when worn layered, after a little bit of digging, I discovered that these were By Charlotte Lotus necklaces. I also found out that it wasn't just me and Vama with a bit of a weakness for By Charlotte, a certain Devon-born, Victoria's Secret Angel is pretty keen on them too...



After much lotus lusting, I finally got my mitts on a silver one last week and have been wearing it pretty much non-stop ever since.



The By Charlotte Lotus Necklaces start from AU$129 and come in a variety of metals, designs and lengths. 



Head over heels in love, I'm already planning on which piece to add to my collection next...

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Celebrating Friends 20th Anniversary...

Remember the days when Friday night excitement didn’t revolve around getting ridiculously intoxicated whilst spending a small fortune only to regret it all the next day? Remember when Fridays were all about the race home for 30 minutes of laugh out loud viewing of a new episode of Friends! I can barely think back to the days where they weren’t reruns we were watching but brand new episodes with never seen one liners from Chandler, ground breaking songs from Phoebe or priceless pick-up lines from Joey!

Well guess what? The reason it may seem a little foggy is because friends is celebrating its 20th birthday this year…I know I know depressing that two decades have zoomed by since we were first sitting on our sofa willing Rachel and Ross to finally realise they loved one another! Despite this, I adore it just as much as I did – no matter how many times I have seen an episode I still sit there giggling away even though I know the exact line that’s coming! Lots of shows have come and gone trying to fill the almighty Friends shaped boots and although I’ve enjoyed the likes of New Girl and Girls, they have never come close to filling them for me! 

To celebrate such a momentous occasion and to pay tribute to the funniest show to have ever graced our screens, I thought I would shortlist 3BM’s favourite Friends moments! This was no easy feat, but as you can imagine it was of the most enjoyable posts to research and pull together…!

P.s if you've been living under a rock for the last 20 years then Comedy Central are playing reruns from the very beginning from 24th August – so get your Sky planner ready and your diary empty ASAP!


Here goes…

1. When Chandler says I love you to Monica...



2. When Phoebe and Rachel go running...



3. "Could I be wearing anymore clothes?!"...



4. Ross' pivot moment...



5. She's your lobster...



6. 'The' prom video kiss...



7. Ross and Monica perform the routine...



8. Leather trouser paste...



9. Smelly Cat...



10. The one with the fake accents...





Monday, 18 August 2014

What's in Middle Mouse's Suitcase...

Hong Kong mouse bought you her suitcase secrets a few weeks back so it's now time to uncover mine and Mini's in a two-part instalment! Starting with me...

Most would hold their hands up and say they HATE packing for a trip away. You're either the kind that leaves it til the very last minute, putting it off and off until there's just no avoiding it. This often means two things... 1. those handwash items that have been lingering at the bottom of your washing basket since the last holiday (often your best summer buys) are yet again, left behind weeping into the darkness and 2. you arrive at your tropical destination with a suitcase full of mismatched tops and bottoms and you spend the remainder of your holiday resembling that of a dishevelled TOWIE cast member! OR you're the other type that spends the days and even weeks in the run up painstakingly planning and pulling your holiday-fabulous looks and making constant lists to ensure you've covered off every possible holiday scenario that may arise! 

I'm the painful planner type! I like to know I'm going to arrive and feel good about the outfits I have to choose from. You don't have the luxury of a wardrobe full of goodies so therefore as far s I'm concerned, careful forward thinking is a must.

So onto my can't-live-without-you travel companions...



Maxi dresses galore - from JosaMimiMangoTwenty8twelve to name a few!

After a scorcher of a day in the sun all I want to do is shower away the day's lotion layers and slip into a floaty, cool and most importantly, roomy maxi dress! As you know us Mice like our food and when we're on holiday we border on out of control piggyness (so not a word, but I like it!) So a spacious dress is a must! 


NARS duo palettes (£25) - Indian Summer and Marie-Galante 

Layer upon layer of make-up on holiday is not necessary. Your skin is bronzed and glowing, except maybe for the first few days when lobster red springs to mind and then a face full of foundation is most definitely imperative!! That aside, the only products I really use are a smidge of highlighter on my cheeks, a coating of mascara on my lashes and a touch of eyeshadow. There really is no need to bring anything more. In terms of holiday perfect products NARS hits the spot with their duo palettes. I always bring a light and a dark option to ensure all bases are covered...


NARS Body Glow (£44) - Body Glow

I'd always opt for oil over moisturiser, so much more nourishing and extravagant! And this NARS number is even more of a treat as it has that added extra sparkle - quite literally. A small amount goes a long way and you're left feeling silky smooth and shimmering!


Victoria's Secret bikinis (£40 each) - Colour popping, flattering and uber fun! 

The best bikinis I've purchased for a long while. These beauties are ALWAYS at the top of my 'can't wait to wear' list. I always wait impatiently a couple of days into my holiday before rocking them as you need a bronzed edge before they look their best. Bikini strategy 101! 

Raybans (£135) - the pink round mirrored reflective style 

You can't go far wrong with a strong pair of Raybans now can you! I'm the proud owner of a few pairs now but the newest addition to the RB family are my absolute favs. Round. Mirrored. Pink. Gold trim. Immense! 


& Other Stories sunhat (£16) - straw visor 

If, like me, you're a sun worshipper but have that sweaty face issue, then a stylish sun visor is your saviour! No need to suffer in a New York Yankee or Tiger Wood's golfing style cap, & Other Stories have these chic straw versions, made even more fabulous with silk trims in black and floral...


Robert Pruitt for Jimmy Choo luggage tag

Every suitcase needs flair, even if it's just a red sticker on it's handle so you can identify it when it comes whirling around the airport carousel! That seems too sad though and not nearly special enough for your number one holiday companion - without your suitcase on holiday, where would you be huh? It's worth it and that's whyyyyyy I dress mine up with a fancy Jimmy Choo luggage tag, nothing but the best for my Susan Suitcase - yes I've lost my mind...! 


Valentino clutch (£930) - the Rockstud wristlet clutch

Saving the best til last. My Valentino Rockstud clutch ... swoon! Ever girl needs a super cute clutch under her arm to accompany her every evening on holiday to carry casheroo, lipstick and a camera. Granted, most would opt for a cheap and cheerful Topshop version but not me, I can't leave this baby behind! Something this beautiful deserves to see the world with me...


And that's it! Eyes peeled for the contents of Mini Mouse's suitcase contents very, very soon...

Friday, 15 August 2014

This Week The Mice Have Mostly Been...

It's F...F...F...Frrrrriday!

Oh yes it is!


And as it's been at least two weeks since one of us was last sunning ourselves on a beach somewhere, you'll be relieved to know that the London Mice will soon be filling your Instagram feeds with lots of sun-soaked smoasting as this weekend they're jetting off on yet another holiday! Lucky little 'uns!

When I haven't been wistfully eyeing my empty suitcase and wishing I was zipping off on a jet plane too, this week this Mouse has mostly been...

Drooling over each and every pair of swoon some heels in the Olivia Palermo x Aquazurra capsule collection. Yeah, we know, she's a reality TV star, but this is hardly your average famous-for-five-minutes-person-lends-their-name-to-shoddy-product collaboration. Take a look at these babies and tell us you aren't at least considering blowing a hefty chunk of August's paycheck on a pair...




Prices start at £375. Fight you for them when they drop on Net-A-Porter on the 25th...

Sipping divine concoctions at my new favourite cocktail hotspot, the Woods. This slinky new addition to Hollywood Road's buzzing bar scene manages to be minimalist yet cosy, buzzy yet quiet enough to have a proper chat and shakes up some of the most deliciously different cocktails I've tried in a very long time.


The Watermelon Cilantro is fruity and aromatic with a spicy kick. 



While the Fizzy Cucumber Gimlet is super refreshing and summery - a garden in a glass. 



I've heard great things about the 4-course prix-fixe cocktail menu which includes a gin basil smash that you quite literally take a hammer to before you drink. Hammered on Hollywood just took on a whole new meaning...


The Woods
17 Hollywood Road
Central 
Hong Kong
+852 2522 0281

Cranking up the aircon and pretending that Autumn's come early, while shopping the awesome Needle knitwear sale. If you haven't discovered Needle yet, hop over to the gorgeously shoppable site immediately - when the cold weather sets in, these cosy chic separates are going to be your NBFs! The Needle fall/winter '14 collection drops in a couple of weeks' time, but until then go and shop up a storm in the sale. Luxe knitwear at a snip? How can you say no to that?! 

Now £67.50 (down from £135)


Now £65 (down from £145)


Now £44 (down from £125)


So that just leaves us with one last thing to say before we head off for a couple of rounds of celebratory Friday cocktails...


x

The Mice

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Hong Kong's Best Eyelash Extensions: Novalash

Things we blog about excessively:
  1. Shoes
  2. Food
  3. Eyelash Extensions
If you have zero interest in any of these topics, we suggest that you go and find another corner of the internet to peruse pronto, because we'll warn you now, it's unlikely to ever get any deeper than that over here...

Today we bring news of the best lash extensions in Hong Kong. And if you're anything like us, you'll know we're not going to award that title lightly. We've trialled a good few lash lengthening services in town and when we say our current set blow all the others out of the water, we really, really mean it.

Long, fluttery and still looking luscious and Bambi-esque three whole weeks after application, these lashes get our triple gold star beauty rating (just so you know, that's pretty epic). 

And who's responsible for these stellar extensions? Novalash Hong Kong. Here's why we've fallen hook, lash and flutter for these eyelash magicians...


We love a great set of lash extensions. Longer lashes make us feel prettier, give us a boost of added flutter power and mean we need less make-up (which means less time getting ready in the mornings and therefore more time in snoozing). However, done badly, lash extensions can look too obviously fake leaving us more Priscilla Queen of the Desert than Disney Princess. Previous horror extensions have seen our new fakies weighing our eyelids down so we look permanently exhausted or even ripping out our natural lashes leaving us with bald eyelids a couple of weeks later. No such downsides with Novalash.

As you arrive in the Novalash reception you're shown through to a little waiting room where you're settled into a sofa with a glass of water and given a medical form to fill out. Boring but important part over, you're lead through to a treatment room where a lash expert carefully talks you through anything and everything lash-related from the glue options, to post-extension upkeep all illustrated by a whizzy Novalash presentation on an iPad. Quite aside from the care and attention to detail that Novalash shows, one of the key differentiators between Novalash and it's competitors is the glue that they use. The Novalash Platinum Bond Adhesive has been specially formulated to give much stronger, more durable hold than normal lash glue which has been proven to make lashes last for up to four weeks as opposed to the usual two. 




During your pre-treatment consultation, the therapist talks you through a few reasons why the Platinum Bond glue may not be right for you (hay fever, allergies or very sensitive eyes) so that you can be sure that you're using the right adhesive for you. Once you've decided on the glue, your therapist takes you through each and every detail of your lashes - colour, length, curl, volume and general look. After which, you're ready to get lashed... 

The treatment lasts up to two hours but this is something you'll be glad of once you're settled into the super-comfy reclining chair, covered with a blanket and lowered back until you're lying horizontally - the perfect perch for a couple of hours of snuggily snoozing! The therapist starts by gently removing your eye make-up before placing gel pads over your lower lashes so that your upper and lower lashes don't get stuck together. Next the lashes are painstakingly applied at least 1.mm from your lash root and with no more than one false lash glued to each of your natural lashes so that the end result won't be too heavy and won't pull your natural lash out.

Much of my treatment was a dream-filled blur, but a couple of z-filled hours later, I was woken by the lash glue dryer - the final stage of the lash application. Once the glue was completely dry, the therapist carefully combed the lashes through and then removed the gel pads. Voila - bounteous lashes were mine!


I had to zip off to the airport to catch a flight but on my way out grabbed a pot of Cleanlash 3-in-1 eye cleanser, conditioner and eye make-up remover - super thin pads soaked with pomegranate seed extract that whip off the day's make-up while also keeping your extensions clean and flexible. 


Whether it's the glue, the Cleanlash (which I've used every evening followed by a quick splash of water), the skilled application or the killer combo of all three, these are without a doubt the very best lash extensions that I've ever had. Despite ten days' worth of swimming and sweating in Cambodia and a further week and a half of tropical Hong Kong rain storms, barely any lashes have shed and I've virtually binned my mascara collection - I'm an out and out Novalash convert.

Novalash
10/F, 1 Lyndhurst Tower,
Lyndhurst Terrace,
Central
+852 2536 0998

HK$1,860 for first set and HK$970 for touch-ups

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