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Friday, 2 November 2012

This Week the Mice have Mostly Been...

Friday at last!

This is where I'd usually start my count down to Friday night cocktails or at the very least a gin & tonic or two, not this week though, this week I'm on the Perrier. As I was last week and as I will be for the foreseeable future... No, I haven't joined AA and I'm definitely not pregnant... I'm two weeks into Bikini Fit, a brand HK new girls only health & fitness program. 

Eleven bootcamp sessions down, a lot of chicken and leafy greens consumed and not a single drop of alcohol drunk (plenty of protein shakes though...). I'm definitely already a little flatter of tummy and generally feeling more sparky and energentic - very odd given that I start each morning by doing squats with kettle bells (heavier than my handbag on a really bad day) or hill sprints or burpees or all three and a few dozen press-ups for good measure. We're almost a quarter of the way in now, so still a few weeks to go, but I'll keep you posted on my progress...



When I haven't been dodging carbs or doing circuits, it's been a pretty busy week, so fitness aside, this week the Mice have mostly been...

Willing the HK cold snap to come sooner after eyeing up a delicious array of cashmere and winter boots at the opening party of Australian brand, Sambag's, first Hong Kong boutique. A favourite of Elle McPherson and Nicole Kidman, Sambag is known and loved for its luxe basics. At the launch yesterday evening I was majorly lusting after a butter soft pair of leather leggings and the perfect pair of black knee boots - the sort of boots you put on at the first chill of autumn and don't take off again until spring is tipping into summer... The launch party itself was pretty rocking with free-flowing champagne served by an army of very pretty boys, delicious canapes (tuna sashimi and mini fritatas - totally bikini fit appropriate), cupcakes (less bikini fit appropriate), an awesome DJ and goody boxes of macaroons in the brand's signature duck egg blue. Seeing as I resisted the champagne, the cupcakes and the macaroons (ok I may have had a nibble of a corner of a macaroon but it was the teeniest of nibbles), I definitely deserve to head back next week and snap up those leather leggings, the boots and while I'm there I may as well bag myself one of the heavenly cashmere tracksuits...




Channelling my inner witch and scaring the girls with a spooky Halloween supper. Halloween's a pretty big deal in Hong Kong. Lan Kwai Fong (HK's equivalent of Soho) is descended upon by the majority of the city in various states of fancy dress and drunkenness. I'd almost go as far to say it's as big as the HK Sevens and anyone who's ever been to the Sevens will know, that's one hell of a party... However, due to my current alcohol abstinence, I've been giving LKF a pretty wide berth recently so decided to have the girls round for a little Halloween dinner instead. Sticking to the high protein, low sugar, low carb Bikini Fit eating plan, I rustled up a creepy menu including delicacies like slime soup (aka pea soup), roasted skewered bat and mashed brain (chicken kebabs and quinoa with pomegranate seeds) and witches teeth (flaked almonds). Water all round and tucked up in bed by 10:30 - rock and roll...    




Snapping up tickets for me and a crew of pals for an evening of drinking in a good cause at the Hong Kong Room to Read Fundraiser. If you head down to Play on Wednesday 14 November, you can sip cocktails while polishing your halo knowing that you're helping to raise cash to educate children across Asia and Africa. Tickets are HK$350, which includes three drinks, canapes, a goodie envelope and a donation to Room to Read's Girl's Education Programme. On the night there'll be a raffle and an auction including stellar prizes like a weekend break at the Grand Soluxes Angkor Palace in Cambodia, Marc Jacobs handbags and Tory Burch amazingness. Make sure you RSVP by next Friday 9th November to nab yourself a spot. 

Stocking up on scraps of lace and pretty knicks at my favourite lingerie shop in Hong Kong, Sheer. Girls of HK, if you're sick of lingerie shops with an uninspiring array of miniature sized bras and boring knickers, get yourself down to Sheer immediately. Staffed by girls who understand underwear, know every line that the boutique carries inside out and want to make sure that you walk away with a bagful of super flattering, beautiful underwear, shopping at Sheer is a genuinely pleasurable experience. I always leave the shop with twice as much as I intended to buy... Shopping-phobic boyfriend in tow? Comfy sofas, bowls of chocolates and an array of lingerie coffee table books will be sure to keep him amused while you shop leaving you free to spend up a storm. Prices are reasonable but choice is vast, be warned you will leave considerably poorer than when you arrived...




And that's it for another week! Happy Friday, have a wonderful weekend!

The Mice

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