Anthropologie Instagram Takeover

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The new Anthropologie & Co. store in Palo Alto is one of my favorite places so my dreams came true when I was asked to style a photoshoot for an Anthropologie Instagram takeover. The concept was a Spring dinner party, which included food prep, tablescape, appetizers, cocktails and dessert. My job was to pick out Anthropologie products and style them accordingly for each photo. I think the hardest part was deciding from all the beautiful options.

I worked along side the amazingly talented photographer, Eileen Roche of Buena Lane Photography; and floral designer, Rebecca Zver of Milsom & Bloom. The cocktail and food were provided by Terrain Garden Cafe - which of course, we got to taste afterwards. It was a hard day's work but so much fun to do, I hope more opportunities like this come my way!

Hiking in Hong Kong

J for Jamie Blog | Hiking in Hong Kong

After being in the urban jungle of Hong Kong for a few weeks, I was really excited to go on a day hike with my cousin Liz and her friends. It was uni (sea urchin) season, so they picked a little fishing village known for their uni, to hike to. Little did I know this hike was about 4 hours long, pretty much uphill the entire way and involved climbing giant boulders in order to get up the mountain. Also, it was humid AF but for some reason, Liz's friends didn't even break a sweat and practically ran up. Meanwhile, I pretended like I was stopping to take photos but was really just trying not to faint from exhaustion.

Anyways, I had never felt so relieved to see the cute little fishing village at the bottom of the mountain. Unfortunately, they weren't able to catch any uni that day (gah!) but we had a lovely and interesting seafood dinner and walked around town for a bit. I'm really happy I got to spend some time with Liz and her really nice friends, outdoors for a day. I miss them all!

J for Jamie Blog | Hiking in Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Hiking in Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Hiking in Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Hiking in Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Hiking in Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Hiking in Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Hiking in Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Hiking in Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Hiking in Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Hiking in Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Hiking in Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Hiking in Hong Kong

Sham Shui Po Fabric District

J for Jamie Blog | Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

My cousin Liz took me to Sham Shui Po, known as the fabric district, while I was visiting her in Hong Kong. It's a fabric and crafting lover's dream with shop after shop of everything you can imagine, from buttons, to beads, and of course, fabric. We walked up and down street after street of tiny shops selling each specific thing. The best part is, everything is so so cheap - I bought 25 yards of black satin ribbon for $2 US dollars. My wheels have been spinning ever since trying to dream up things I could make with everything I saw. I loved all the textures and colors of this neighborhood, I could have spent a whole week wandering around and buying everything!

J for Jamie Blog | Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

Chi Lin Nunnery

J for Jamie Blog | Hong Kong Chi Lin Nunnery

After about a week of traveling around the urban jungle of Hong Kong, I was excited to visit the Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lin Garden. Located in Kowloon, it's a really short walk from the Diamond Hill stop on the metro. I love the juxtaposition of the greenery and calmness against the busy city. Inside the gardens, there's a big buddhist temple that is less elaborate than the Po Lin Monastery but just as beautiful. There's also a giant koi pond and a vegetarian restaurant behind a waterfall. This is a great place to visit to get a break from the skyscrapers and best of all, it's free admission! 

J for Jamie Blog | Hong Kong Chi Lin Nunnery
J for Jamie Blog | Hong Kong Chi Lin Nunnery
J for Jamie Blog | Hong Kong Chi Lin Nunnery
J for Jamie Blog | Hong Kong Chi Lin Nunnery
J for Jamie Blog | Hong Kong Chi Lin Nunnery
J for Jamie Blog | Hong Kong Chi Lin Nunnery

Tai O Fishing Village

J for Jamie Blog | Tai O

After visiting the Po Lin Monastery, Liz and I hopped a bus over to Tai O, a quaint fishing village about 30 minutes south. It's recommended to see both places in the same trip and I agree, especially because it's a little bit of a trek to get there. 

Liz reminded me that we visited Tai O when our family came to Hong Kong over 15 years ago but it was a very distant memory. I absolutely loved how make-shift and old the town is. The busy center of town is packed with vendors selling seafood and then you can walk around the quieter, residential parts where the houses are built on stilts in the water. The people are really nice and don't mind all the tourists walking around their neighborhood - you can also see right into most of their homes. I really loved all the colors and textures and getting a glimpse into this side of Hong Kong life. 

J for Jamie Blog | Tai O
J for Jamie Blog | Tai O
J for Jamie Blog | Tai O
J for Jamie Blog | Tai O
J for Jamie Blog | Tai O
J for Jamie Blog | Tai O
J for Jamie Blog | Tai O
J for Jamie Blog | Tai O
J for Jamie Blog | Tai O
J for Jamie Blog | Tai O
J for Jamie Blog | Tai O

Victoria Peak

J for Jamie Blog | Hong Kong

My friend Sara is from Hong Kong and luckily, I was able to spend some time with her before she left for California for work. We actually used to work together so it was really fun catching up outside of the office and seeing her home town. One of things we did was take the tram up to Victoria Peak, the highest point in Hong Kong. It is a very big tourist attraction so it's a little chaotic getting up there but the views were worth it, especially if you stay until the sun goes down. 

J for Jamie Blog | Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Hong Kong
J for Jamie Blog | Hong Kong