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The Cheongsam - Fit or Flare?

It is a well-known fact that the Cheongsam has played a meaningful role throughout Chinese history. In fact, during the 1950s, the Cheongsam was even considered a symbol of resistance in Hong Kong towards the changes taking place in the Mainland. Fast forward a few decades to the 1990s – mention the word Cheongsam, and most people would imagine a traditional one-piece dress with a tight bodice, very likely in a vivid, blinding shade of red, rigid and stiff. Indeed, the Cheongsam has always been and still is associated with formality, and as the oriental ensemble reserved only for special ceremonial occasions. Today, while the Cheongsam no longer plays such an active role in politics, or come in only loud...

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The Perfect Red Pout

The year of the Snake is slipping and sliding away as we type and the Lunar New Year is almost upon us. A pretty wardrobe makes us feel like a million bucks but what makes us feel like trillionaires here at Lark and Peony is the classic red lip. We've invited Janice from Haute Makeup to put together a step-by-step instructional post on how to achieve the perfect pout. Enjoy! Prep your lips! Make sure you’ve scrubbed off any dead skin on the surface and moisturize it generously with lip balm. Using a red lip pencil, start marking out the outline of your lips. I find a cross in the middle helps define the cupids bow equally. Join up all...

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Shop Safely Online

Tis' the season to do a lot of online shopping while avoiding the stores and the throngs of Christmas shoppers. While you're busy buying, there are also scammers out there who are busy phishing for your information. We almost fell for one recently when we were trying to sell a pre-loved item and receive funds via PayPal. The poorly written email asked for money to be sent to them before 'PayPal' released funds into our acccount. The email wasn't even from PayPal but a similar and official sounding account signed off by the CEO, we called the buyer's bluff and he threatened that we would be arrested if we didn't comply with his demands. Oh the nerve! So stay vigilant...

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Year End Wardrobe Detox

Brace yourselves people. The end of the year is less than 7 weeks away! As we prep for the new year, we have a whole bunch of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and Lunar New Year parties to survive so here's a little tip on how to enter the brand new year on a clean slate and a fully-utilized wardrobe. One word, two syllables and a whole lotta relief when you're done! DETOX! From now till 31 December, do this: Flip all your hangers around like the clothing on the left-hand side. Once you use it, place the hanger the right way and by 31 Dec 2013, anything that is hanging the wrong way has to go into the 'MAYBE IT...

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