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The Olympics is upon us…can London pull it off?! I really hope so. A few of my UK friends are getting homesick at the prospect of not being back in the UK to see the Games. But not me, what with all this rain we’ve been having, it has reminded me of how I spent the majority of my first 30 something years in grey, rainy Britain. I’m happy to be watching from afar and hopefully the HK sunshine will come out to play. But London, I’m rooting for you…show the world what you can do! Pass the Bolly, Sweetie, Darling!

Dotty about Polkadot

By the time you read this I do hope the eternal rain we’ve been experiencing has finally stopped and you have a hop, skip and a jump in your step ready to bust some summer colours again! The lovely ladies at Polkadot have a treat in store for us this week. They are offering 20% off all jewellery purchases from August 1 to 5, and all you have to do Goddesses, is mention Sassy at the time of purchase to get your discount. Polkadot has become a must on the affordable fashion scene in Hong Kong since its opening in 2011. It really is one of the few boutiques in Hong Kong that actually gets the notion of affordable, but not stopping here they also do their best to support local home grown talent offering up and coming local designers an opportunity to showcase their designs. If you’re not already on their mailing list..get on it, Goddesses, pronto as they have Sip n Shops regularly where you can have a glass of vino while you browse the latest in-store designs. Jamie Wenker one of the founders has not only a very keen eye for fashion but being a jewellery designer herself her choice in jewellery is second to none…you won’t be disappointed!

Left to right: Zero Noir Cream Silk Cami $680, with Tangram Orange Silk Diana Pant $1570, Gold Plated Foxy Geo Necklace $560 and Zero Noir Floral Cotton Ruffle Top $560, with Line and Dot Tomato Linen Shorts $640, Gold Leather Belt $200, Gold Foxy Sentiment Necklace $480.

Left to right: Lillia Splatter Paint Cotton Stretch Dress $780, Yochi Silver Tribal Necklace $680, Lillia Amethyst Strapless Ruffle Dress $560, Collective Concepts Geo Print Dress $780, Black Braided Leather Belt $240.

Left to right: Zero Noir Tropical Print Silk Playsuit $1150, Yochi Turquoise Chain Necklace $780, Tangram Cobalt Silk Mary Top $1400, with Tangram Cobalt Silk Aurora Skirt $1350, Foxy Gold Fleur Necklace $480, Zero Noir Paisley Silk/Cotton Playsuit $1150.

Polkadot, 2F, 29 Hollywood Road, Central District, Hong Kong, Tel 2521 0636

Club Monaco

According to Club Monaco this is what we should be wearing at the moment…greens and blues.
Left to right: Diane Dress $2390, Remi Belt $790, Marley Cross-body Purse $1690, Harper Dress $2290, Audrey Tote $2590 and Nora Dress $1790, Remi Belt $790, Marley Cross-body Purse $1690.

Last Monday I braved the beginnings of the T8 to see Club Monaco’s A/W 2012 preview and I wasn’t disappointed..it was worth all that lashing rain, wind and gridlock traffic. The collection was neatly broken down month by month, but it was Nov/Dec with all its glitz and glam that really got me going. Overriding themes throughout the collection are plenty of embellishment with faux gem stones, beading on shoulders, embellished collars, razzle dazzle opulent beaded mini skirts, exposed zips, leather trims on trousers, skirts, jackets, vintage inspired prints (think paisley and floral), lace a big favourite of mine this season is still showing its face and navy is CM’s choice of colour this season, but my bet is still with purple as the colour of A/W 2012. We shall see. But here’s a peek at my highlights, not in store yet but giving you an idea of what the new season holds for us:

Left to right: Tarrah dress (arriving Dec), Ryan top (arriving Nov), Cassidy top (arriving Nov).

Left to right: Katarina Dress (arriving Nov), Lanna Dress (black /gold sheen arriving Nov), Ashton dress (exposed zip at back arriving December).

Left to right: Marianna Skirt (arriving Nov), Keira Skirt (arriving Dec), Bridget Skirt (arriving Dec).

Hair Olympics

This week Andrea Clark, Creative Director, of The Mandarin Salon at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is going to have our hair ship shape in no time at all with her Olympic regime:

On your marks, get set, go!

We are all going to be glued to the TV watching the 2012 London Olympics where athletes in peak condition will be competing. So, taking a little inspiration from them, how do we achieve peak performance with our hair?

During my various training sessions throughout the years I’ve been told the same thing over and over about “The importance of diet”, not only for the body but for the hair.

Getting hair into peak condition involves a diet rich in protein and one with plenty of plant nutrients. The trace mineral zinc aids cell renewal and increases the absorption of other nutrients in your diet and silica rich foods like cucumbers, red peppers, tomatoes and radishes help maintain collagen production that will make the hair shiny and lustrous. As we all know, when exercising it’s important to stay hydrated and water intake also helps to keep the scalp supple and hair soft and resilient too.

Ok, so your sport is running. What can you do for your hair on your run along Bowen Road? My advice is to start putting hair treatments in your hair before you set off on your run. Not only will it protect the hair from the sun and pollution, but you will be repairing any damage caused by chemical or mechanical damage as you exercise. Two birds, one stone; you’ve got to love that.

If you’re more of a swimmer, then the same goes for you. Put a hair treatment in before your swim. There are specially designed treatments for swimmers that don’t wash off. I have tried and tested many and just love the Philip Kingsley Swim Cap. After all, if it’s good enough for the US Olympic Synchronized Swimming team, then it’s good enough for me.

Midweek meal inspiration

This week’s dish is Chicken Tarragon by Nigella Lawson. This is easy, peasey lemon squeezy and tastes super duper lemon scooper. Read her intro to the recipe and it will have you salivating certainly more than my recital of favourite childhood sayings…thanks for indulging me though. Full recipe here:

Yogi tea saying of the week: “Everything is ok in the end, if it’s not ok, then it’s not the end”.

Instant Goddess saying of the week: “The End”.

Until next week Goddesses and remember you are always, always worth it XX

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