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Sunday, 18 March 2012

Tune for a Lazy, Sunny Sunday

Sunday lunchtime in Hong Kong.  Too much fun was had yesterday at Zuma brunch followed by an impromptu rooftop party involving hot tubs and lots of people running around in not too many clothes.   After that everything gets a bit hazy but I know there was barhopping, a bit of drumming and singing on a stage in a random club and omelettes gobbled in the Flying Pan at 2am.

In my hungover haze, I have just enough energy to post a gorgeous cover a Black Keys song.  I was introduced to this yesterday somewhere between brunch and rooftop and I think its perfect for today.  Thank you Dave!

Right I'm off to enjoy the sun now he's finally got his hat on!

Matt Corby - Brother
Saturday, 17 March 2012

UPDATE: London's Best Kept Secret

I'm back again updating you on what I think is London's best kept secret! For those of you who LOVE their weekend and start planning them at 9:01am every Monday morning, this may be of some interest to you....the new date for the next Dinner Dance (and it sounds like a goody)! If you haven't read my previous blog (naughty!) then you won't know what i'm talking's a handy reminder of Part I!

For those loyal blog followers (gold stars all round!) we can get straight onto the details....

Date: 7th April

Where: Not yet disclosed, however they are returning to a previous party location which was deemed the best so far!!'s Hackney E8.

Why: It's the Easter weekend, everyone has 4 work free days to enjoy and what better way than to dance, eat, drink and flirt until the early hours of the morning?!

Details: £55 for a ticket which includes 5 courses (still a secret!), 2 cocktails and extra late night music and FUN! 

You can buy your tickets here and keep checking their website for further details and the all important menu!  

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Friday, 16 March 2012

This Week the Mice have mostly Been...

TGIF...There just aren't enough Fridays in the week!

So as another work week bites the dust, we bring you a round-up of the seven days just gone.  This week the Mice have mostly been...

Channeling Mr Motivator (minus the bumbag) trying to get our bodies into Easter beach holiday shape.  With just two weeks to go for HK Mouse and one little week for the London Mice, this week we've been up at the crack of dawn every morning working up a sweat on the treadmill and doing as many ab crunches as we can in the vain hope that a six pack can be achieved in the limited time left (look, we'll settle for a four pack, we're getting desperate now...).  Our workout essentials?  A Bobble Bottle - workout rehydration via the bottle that magically filters water as you drink it, essential in HK where the tap water is revolting.  A Shock Absorber sports bra - the best support bar none, absolutely no jiggling or bouncing!  Stocked by John LewisDebenhams and Sweaty Betty in the UK and Escapade in Hong Kong (the Central branch is the one that you see as you head up the escalators from Queens Road Central) they're not cheap but they're definitely worth the cash.  And of course an iPad loaded up with Gossip Girl and the 3BM Gym Playlist.

Introducing Ourselves to Starbucks.  On Wednesday the London Mice went popped into Starbucks to introduce themselves and claim their free tall Latte.  I tried this in HK but to no avail... Our current Starbucks obsession (and thankfully its low cal enough to fit in with the Mr Motivator routine) is a, deep breath, tall skinny, sugar-free, Vanilla Creme Frappuccino without the cream... basically low fat, low cal Mr Whippy - YUM! 

Making like Kate and looking to snap up everything Issa.  The s/s collection is absolutely amazing and we want it all, we just wish that we had a princess sized credit card limit.  Better start kissing some frogs...

Long Kimono Dress £480.43

Long Ruched Caftan Dress £513.56

 V-Neck Long Dress £559.55

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Happy Weekend Everyone!

Sizzling in Silk

Fashion seems to have gone all girly this season with pastel shades and feminine lines/materials trickling through. I wouldn't say i'm necessarily into this kind of look but I actually really like it - something quite fresh and fun about it.

Make your entrance with one of these Topshop silk slip sensations! I already have two of the below ... the black and the white and blue floral beauty - perfect holiday dresses teamed with cute flip flops or dressed up with chunky shoe boots and maybe some spangle ankle socks! HOT TO TROT!

The below range in price from £38 - £68.

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I know mini mouse shared the below yellow statement dress in a recent post but I just had to include again after we tried it on first hand last weekend. It's as spectacular in real life, believe me! Pricey at £125 but perfect on a bronzed sun-kissed bod. 

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Why not team your sugar soft look with some killer sky-high points which are huge this season. It's all about combining feminine fashion with metallic sci-fi heels. Check out Agyness and Caroline Sieber rocking this look below...

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Personally, I'm lusting after these metallic pointy Louboutin's in a BIG way...!

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Thursday, 15 March 2012

Mice Advice: Summer Sandals

More 3BM advice, we hope this one impresses as it is for our good friend Kitty and we would hate for Kitty Kat to be cross at us Mice....eeek!

"I am going to NY in just 2 weeks and want some pretty sandals that I can walk about in day and night that will go with lots of outfits and be good for a summer of fun. Happy to have a day pair and a pair for the evening but not looking to spend crazy money... Any ideas? x "

The Mice Advice

First up we have some pretty Kurt Geiger sandals, dainty thong style (always very flattering) and loving the on-trend pastel pink. The combination of the girlie colour and stencil ankle strap design is off set perfectly by the edgy chain ankle detail. Ideal for all day pavement pounding, yet still perfect for cocktails and dinner in a hot NY haunt! Even better just enter GRAZIA25 at the checkout and you will get 25% off! 

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Number 2 are just as versatile in terms of day and night time appeal, however this time I have opted for an easier colour. Black goes with EVERYTHING and again they have cute gold embellishment to jazz them up, give them a girlie twist and at £25 they leave extra for a Lychee Martini or two! 

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If you are after a more casual slant, look no further Topshop have come up trumps with these gorgeous grecian plaited pair! Pretty yet comfortable and an easy colour to dress - Gold goes with every nail varnish and wardrobe colour palette imaginable! On top of that they are a snip at £22!

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My final favourites are a little pricer at £68, but these Sam Edelman ponyskin sandals are well worth the extra! They are little bit different, chic yet fun and totally jump on the Safari trend...these will ensure you are hot to trot all over New York!

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Hope this gives you a bit of help and inspiration, either way we think that we need to put cocktails in the diary super soon to catch up on all your NY adventures - ENJOY!!

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Sunday on Star Street

On those weekend mornings when my hangover's not too prohibitive to slap on an inch thick layer of Beauty Flash Balm and throw on an outfit (I use outfit in the loosest sense...), the prospect of trying to choose somewhere for brunch other than the tried and tested and much loved Posto Publico is too traumatic to even contemplate.

But, one Sunday a few weeks ago, in a quest to do something a bit different and to try to break my pasta on a hangover habit, I decided to branch out and head to Star Street in Admiralty for brunch.  During the week this area, which sits just on the edge of Central, is packed with office workers from the nearby Pacific Place Three office block.  At the weekend it has a much more laid back vibe but the bars and restaurants are still full and buzzy.    The neighbourhood is home to a few trusty chain joints but also has plenty of one-off, quirky places.   This particular Sunday we decided to try somewhere that sits between chain and one-off, the Chez Patrick Deli.  

Chef, Patrick Goubier, started up Chez Patrick, a French fine dining restaurant in Central back in 2006.  I've had the pleasure of eating there once and was lucky enough to have Patrick himself come out to the table to talk us through the menu.  His intense passion and enthusiasm was matched only by the sublime food.  I can say without a doubt, that my meal that evening was some of the most delicious, perfectly executed French cooking that I've eaten anywhere outside of Paris.  In the last year Goubier has branched out in a more casual direction with two gourmet deli/bistros, one on Star Street and one to the South-East of Hong Kong island, in Stanley.  I'd heard and read lots of good things about the Delis and I thought it was about time I tried them out.  As I wasn't going to flog round to Stanley (in Hong Kong you quickly get used to moaning about anywhere that takes longer than a five minute taxi ride to get to), I settled on trying the Star Street branch.

The Deli is located slap bang on Star Street and has a sleek, airy feel with high ceilings, large floor to ceiling windows, and walls lined with well-stocked wine racks.  The impressive deli counter stocks a wide range of mouthwatering cheeses, pates and homemade quiches and terrines.  There's also a sweet little patio area tucked away at the back of the space making this even more of a gem given the lack of good al fresco options in Hong Kong.

The majority of the dining space in the Deli is on long, communal, wooden tables but thankfully given our delicate state, we were ushered onto a table for two in a calm corner by the window.  We immediately ordered two coffees (delicious) and gulped the caffeine down as we pondered over what to feed our tired hungover bodies.  We opted for Savoyarde Tartine Pain Poilane and Saucisson Lyonnais Brioche.  These two dishes were ostensibly for sharing but as soon as I had a forkful of cheese, cured ham and lightly toasted delicious fresh bread it was very clear that I would not be parting with more than a very small mouthful of my meal.  Having said that, with my plate almost scraped clean, I snuck a taste of the Saucisson Brioche which was just as amazing (just thinking about it is actually making my tummy rumble...).  This homey, French comfort food was just what we needed.   While this is very clearly bistro-fare and a complete contrast to the Chez Patrick Restaurant fine-dining cuisine, each dish was perfectly crafted and in its own way just as lip-smackingly delicious.  

Hangovers subsiding, we decided we needed something sweet to finish our brunch.  Our little eyes had spotted a slice of something delicious and chocolately behind the Deli counter.  I cannot recommend this chocolate tart enough, velvety, sweet and rich with a salty, crumbly base.  I'm just glad I don't work on Star Street as I'd be hypnotically drawn here everyday and be obese within weeks.

Another couple of coffees down, we called for the bill which for the two of us came in at a very reasonable HK$540.  Content and fat, we paid up and went for a wander to nose around the nearby boutiques for quirky treasures and to try to work off that chocolate tart.  

Chez Patrick Deli, Star Street
3 Star Street, Admiralty
Telephone: (+852) 2527 1408

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 11am - 11pm

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Care for a Collar?

The add-on collar is EVERYWHERE at the moment and in my opinion the perfect accessory to add an element of fun and fabulousness to any outfit. You can instantly dial up an outfit within a second flat and with zero effort involved. I'm forever struggling on a Friday morning to decide on an outfit which has the right amount of daytime work wear and night time pizazz about it! Throw on a plain dress and tights for the office and at 5.30pm, BAM, collar on (cue the wolf whistles) and you're set to sparkle all night long and start the weekend in style!

3BM have selected options to suit budgets big or small. Check them out...

On a shoestring...

Gold snazzy number - ASOS, £15

Pretty pearl and silver bib collar - Zara, £19.99

Doily laser cut add-on - Topshop, £16

Treat yourself on payday...

Tailored bow beauty by Sonia Rykiel available on Netaporter, £40

Quirky collar necklace from Tatty Devine, £45

Silk and lace peter pan collar, Nauticoco, £39.95

Blow the budget...

Bad boy leather collar, Gemma Lister, £125

Sparkle-tastic KARL collar from Netaporter, £125

We don't even have a price for this one but all we will say is it's made from diamonds and it's Chanel! Fabulous!

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OR alternatively go all Gok Wan and make you're own. Check out this step-by-step video guide on YouTube (below) of how to do it yourself!

3BM Gift Guide: What to Buy Peter Pan Fashionistas

Every Christmas there's an abundance of gift guides.  What to buy your Mum, your brother, your boyfriend, your best friend, your grandma, your dog.  Gifts for under £10, eco-friendly gifts and even how to DIY your gifts.

But have you noticed that at almost any other time of the year you have to come up with all the ideas all by yourself?  Presumably anyone that you have to buy for at Christmas you're also going to have to buy for at least for their Birthday and then there's the anniversary gift for your boyfriend, the congratulations on your new job present for your best friend and the just because gift for your sister when she's feeling a bit down... Well worry no longer, the Mice are here to help.

Today we bring you the first installment of the 3BM All Year Gift Guide.  Armed with this, all your present conundrums should melt away.  Don't have anyone you need to buy for right now?  Lucky you, in that case, you'll just have to treat yourself... 

What to Buy Peten Pan Fashionistas
She lives for fashion week, is currently wearing the Prada flame sandals with her Burberry Porsum rafia hat and Victoria by Victoria Beckham cat print dress (Ok not all at once, that would be ridiculous) but she also still sucks her thumb and consumes half her daily calorie intake in Haribo.

The classic Peter Pan Fashionista; the fashaholic who refuses to grow up.  What to buy her?  We have the answers...

The Beautiful Game
No, not football.  As far as we're concerned, the only really beautiful thing about football is David Beckham and we prefer him off of the pitch,  in the window of H&M, in just his boxers...anyway, we digress back to the gift guide, one of our top picks for any Peter Pan Fashionista is this Fashion Top Trumps card game, Fashion Face-Off.  Does a set of Louis Vuitton Luggage trump a pair of Louboutins? And does a DVF wrap dress trump a Christopher Kane dress?  With categories such as 'Red Carpet Wow Factor' and 'Top Ebay bid', the game provides the perfect opportunity for your fashionista pal to play a game AND show off her fashion savvy.  Just make sure you let her beat you, or there's bound to be tears before bedtime... 

Each card is beautifully illustrated by Erin Petson, we actually think that the cards are too gorgeous to play with and that they'd look great framed up and hanging on your wall.   And at just £8.95 they're a total bargain of a gift.  

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Fashion Fairytales
To make sure that her dreams are filled with Couture and catwalks, how about the perfect bedtime story?

Fashion journalist and industry stalwart, Camilla Morton has woven together fairytale and our favourite fashion icons in two beautiful books, Manolo Blahnik's the Elves and the Shoemaker: A Fashion Fairytale and Christian Lacroix and The Tale of Sleeping Beauty: A Fashion Fairytale Memoir.  Each story is based on the biography of its fabulous fashion subject and both Christian and Manolo have provided the illustrations to accompany their respective stories.  Next in the series, John Galliano and Diane von Furstenberg.  Both are available from Amazon for £8.44 each.

Viktor & Rolf the Dutch duo behind their eponymous avant garde fashion label, once famously said, "for us, fashion is an antidote to reality".  The pair have carried this maxim through to the pages of their volume of twelve fairytales, Viktor & Rolf Fairytales.  This magical book also features illustrations by its authors and includes a variety of whimsical characters including the Lonely Disco Hedgehog.  

Available from Amazon for £8.44.

Catwalk Crafts & Colouring-in
Fashion's all about daring to cross the lines, but this is one fashion gift that requires staying well within the lines.  Fashion colouring books.

First up the Colour Me Good Kate Moss Colouring Book.  Created by the super talented Mel Simone Elliott (see more MeSi Elliott fabness just below), this is our fav childhood pastime combined with the supermodel to top all supermodels, Mossy... A whole book of Kate illustrations just waiting to be coloured with your Never Never Land bud's Crayolas.  Available from Shopbop for £9.97.      
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Or for a more Couture colouring experience, how about the Yves Saint Laurent Colouring Book?  As well as lots of gorgeous, previously unpublished sketches for her to colour, this book also includes half completed designs for her to use her fashion flair to finish.  Available from Amazon for a pocket money price of just £4.43.

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If she's more of a crafty one than a colourer, how about an excuse to get snippy with the scissors?  Fash Pack Paper Dolls or Kate Moss Paper Dolls also by the genius Mel Simone Elliott are an excellent choice.  I clearly remember having a Diana version of these as a six year old complete with Elizabeth Emanuelle wedding gown.  Bring all that eighties fabulousness bang into 2012 with Kate, Agyness Deyn, Jourdan Dunn and Jessica Stam.  She's more Bootylicious bling?  There's Beyonce Paper Doll.  More into meat dresses than Marc Jacobs?  Well then there's Lady Gaga Paper Doll.  And at £7.50 a pop, why not buy the whole lot?

Plastic Fantastic
Paper dolls are well and good but if she's a real Peter Pan Fashionista then we're guessing she's very probably also a Barbie Girl...  Launched by Mattel in 1959, Barbie is just as beautiful 53 years on.  There were lots of great fash collaborations for Barbie's 50th anniversary a couple of years ago but you can still snap up our ultimate Fashion Barbies, Dolly Forever Barbie Doll by Christian Louboutin and Anemone Barbie by Christian Louboutin which were both designed by the shoe God himself and even come complete with three additional pairs of miniature Louboutins together with shoe boxes, dust bags and of course signature red soles all for US$150.   

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