Pictures by Bella Pilar

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Surprise surprise!!!


Hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year!!  Wishing everyone health, happiness, love, friendship and prosperity in 2013!!

Anyway, I have been missing in action again for sooo long.......but I have really really good reason!!!

See this?

Yes yes!  I am 6-month pregnant now with a baby boy!  My 5-year old son is going to have a baby brother!!  But this isn't an easy pregnancy because of my low lying placenta and I had been bleeding since I got pregnant.  I bed-rested for 3 months and thank God that now I am ok!!  That is why I have postponed my relocation to Singapore till I deliver my baby in Hong Kong this April, then my 2 sons and I will join my husband in Singapore (who moved there already this month) this coming July.

Now that I can go out again after bed resting for so long, here are some of my quick ODJs showing my baby bump.....

And one of my newest acquisitions.....

Hermes Picotin GM in Rouge Casaque clemence

I will try to update my blog whenever time permits.  It isn't easy juggling between my pregnancy, my son's school schedule and also logistics of relocation between Hong Kong and Singapore.  Then in 2 months I have to prepare all the baby stuff to buy and fix a room for baby and then I have to be offline for 2 months starting April for my Chinese confinement after baby birth!

Anyway, leaving you gals with my newest shoe acquisitions.....another addition to my Charlotte Olympia collection!

Charlotte Olympia Kitty flats in silver glitters

And my Christian Louboutin "Glitz" black spike loafers 
(which I got a few months ago...)

Till my next post!


Sunday, October 14, 2012

My Hermes loot from the Hermes "petit h" event in Hong Kong


Here I am feeling so guilty again not updating my blog!  :P  Please forgive me as our family has been undergoing lots of changes lately.

First of all, there has been a lot of sicknesses going on the past few months.  I, for one, have had a bad stomach flu named "Norovirus" and had been experiencing vomitting and diarrhea!!  But I am glad to say that this is all cleared!  Secondly, my hubby got a promotion and we are all relocating to Singapore this December!  Only 2 more months to go!!  So, we have been flying on and off to the Lion city to search for our house, my son's school, etc..... I feel so much pressure because of the tight schedule!

So, after 2 months, I will be blogging from Singapore!  I will miss Hong Kong dearly because no other Asian countries can match the excitement in this small international dynamic city which I am so used to (perhaps Japan yes).  You can say I am biased...LOL!  Anyway, wherever my husband goes, I go.  I've got no choice but to try to enjoy the new city as much as possible.  Wish me luck that I can survive LOL!  But I am sure to come back to HK every 3 months to visit my friends and families, and of course to do my quarterly shopping!  Heheheheehe! Nothing beats the shopping in HK. :P

Anyway, I want to share with you a special Hermes event that I have attended a few weeks ago which was truly memorable.  If you're a Hermes fan, you might be already familiar with Hermes "petit h" project.  It is a project started by Mme Pascale Mussard, who is the creative brain behind "petit h" and also a member of the 6th generation of Hermes family.   Since childhood, she has always asked people not to throw away things because she thinks those might be useful in the future.  As she grew up, she has this idea that discarded materials from the ateliers of Hermes deserve "a new life".  So, she started this laboratory and formed a team of designers and artisans from different Hermes workshops to invent extraordinary and unique objects out of the discarded materials.  This is where the various artisans (leather craftsmen and saddlers, seamstress, silversmiths, crystal and porcelain workers, cabinetmaker etc....) are united in a single workshop to discover and inspire each other to create masterpieces together using the discarded materials without boundaries in their imagination!

Hong Kong petit h VIP pre-launch event on Sept 25: 
Each station sells different cute things made from discarded materials from the ateliers of Hermes....

My husband and I were lucky enough to be invited to the VIP pre-launch of this petit h event before it was opened to the public.  We got to meet with Mme Pascale Mussard in person and we really had a great time talking to her! She is very down-to-earth and friendly, and of course, she speaks of her project with sparkles in her eyes! You can instantly feel her passion about petit h, and her aspiration to unite the creative force in Hermes for petit h is so inspiring!  You can see that as a family member of Hermes, she truly treasures all the artisans creativity and craftsmanship.

Me and my favourite Hermes Medor clutch!  
Beside me is this very cute petit h creation "Horse-shaped Secretaire" which is made of oakwood, leather, alligator and croc!  So cute!

The creations of petit h are presented together for limited periods at selected Hermès boutiques at different times throughout the world.  The first was of course at the mothership store at Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris which was in 2010, followed by Tokyo, New York and Rue de Sèvres store in Paris in 2011 and Berlin in 2012.  We are so lucky that Hong Kong was chosen to be the 2nd Asian location for this event after Japan!  For those of you who reside in Hong Kong, the event will end on October 18 at the Hermes Galleria boutique in Central.   Next stop will be in Brussels from Dec 7 to 24, 2012.  For those of you who want to know more about petit h, you can take a look at Hermes website below and explore the ideas and creation behind:

Following below are a series of pictures I took at the event, my ODJ and of course, I didn't come home empty handed! :)  You will see my petit h loot at the end. :P

My "petit h" loot....what's inside? :P

Hope you enjoy all the pictures and my petit h loot!   Till my next post!

Have a lovely Sunday!

Dog House made of leather!!  Wow, who's the lucky doggie?

A giant orange dog!!

A lovely lamp made of Hermes leather...

Look at those silk bracelets and necklaces made from the left-overs of different designs of Hermes silks!!!

Mirror mirror on the wall!  This has to be my personal favourite!!  A mirror with a border made up of different types of Hermes locks!  You can see bag locks, bracelet locks, belt locks etc!  I wish I could bring it home but it costs more than a crocodile Birkin!!!  LOL!

My ODJ Details:  
Triple Bow Black&White Satin Ruffles and Lace top, Mango red pants, American Retro Black Silk Trench, Valentino Patent Black Rock Stud loafers, Hermes "Medor" clutch in Fauve Tadelakt, Chanel pearl earrings and Hermes "Clic H" XL in Black/Gold with Black Enamel H

Close-ups of my Accessories:
Hermes Medor Clutch in Fauve Tadelakt with Gold Hardware

My new Hermes "Clic H" XL Black/Gold enamel bangle with Black enamel H lock
(this is part of my new loot...)

My new Valentino Rockstuds black patent loafers bought from Paris...

Lovely packaging made from petit h leathers!  We have rabbit, tortoise, sail boat in different colours of leathers as souvenirs from the event...:)

1st small Box: "Bride en Soie" PM silk bracelet in Bleu/Violet/Vert

2nd Box: "Elephant Astique" PM leather reversible bag charm in Etoupe clemence/Brique epsom

3rd Box: Leather bangle in Rose lizard with black leather of my favourites! :)

Wearing them together....
"Arm Party" with Bride en Soie silk bracelet and Rose lizard bangle 

4th Box: "Croco Rond" PM shiny crocodile reversible pendant necklace in Vert Anis and Orange

And now to the bigger boxes!  What are these petit h creations???  Collar?  Silk??

This is called "Textile Accessory" by Hermes ("Accessoire Modulable" in French).  
It is made of a leather collar and a piece of Hermes silk is attached to the collar. :)

This accessory can be worn in 3 different ways: 
(1) as a scarf/tie hanging freely on your chest
(2) as a hood over your head
(3) as a mini-stole to cover your arms

And here is one of the pieces I have chosen!  Each piece is unique and there won't be another piece exactly same as mine. :)  This one is with an olive green colour chèvre leather collar with a matte gold round button.  The silk scarf attached is the "Fleurs d'Indiennes" print.

And as a neutral option, I also chose this black piece which can easily match any colours.  The collar is made of black chèvre leather with a matte silver round button.  The silk scarf attached is the "Jardins des Metamorphoses" print.  So looking forward to wear them soon!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A whole new meaning to "Charlotte's Web": my new-found love for shoes and my collection!!!! :)

Hello dears,

How is everyone?  It has been soooooo long since I blogged.  I came back from Paris 2 months ago from my 3-month study of Intensive Intermediate French.  It has been a very great experience for me living as a "Parisienne".  It really is a dream come true for me and I learned a lot about the culture and their daily lives.  I lived with a very very cute boyfriend/girlfriend couple who are local Parisiens and I had the time of my life!!  Of course, I have achieved what I want to achieve, that is to master my French and be able to talk in French with ease.  I am still continuing my French studies here locally because I want to keep on practising. :)

Anyway, I know I owe you all my posts of my Hermes loot.  That will be coming soon as I am still taking some pictures of yet another new loot I just received recently.  I wanted to post everything in 1 more time that way. :P  So stay tuned for that.

Meanwhile, let me share with you my new-found love.  For shoes, I am a lover for YSL, Louboutin, Chanel, Miu Miu, Givenchy etc....I should say mostly French and Italian brands.  But I have found another designer from London whom I totally adore when I visited her only boutique in London back in May.  (Yes, it was my first trip to London back in May, and I am totally in love with London!  I am definitely going back to London next year for another trip, and thinking of putting my son to the boarding schools there in the future so I can have an "excuse" to live there! LOL!)

Anyway, back to my shoes.  I think you can guess which designer I am talking about.  It's Charlotte Olympia!!!  She has a little store in London Maddox street which is the only store in London currently. I am so happy to have the opportunity to visit her store there, so cozy and cute!

*Please note that I started using my new watermark "Mia's Armoire" for some of my new pictures because I am going to change my Blog Name from "Mia Après Chanel" to "Mia's Armoire".  The reason behind this change is that this blog is not only about Chanel as I have expanded my interests in other brands as well, especially now that my love has transferred to "Hermes". :P  So, I want my blog to become more "neutral to brands" in a sense, and that's why "Mia's Armoire" (meaning Mia's Closet/Wardrobe in English) will be a better fit.  But my old watermark "miacillan (for tPF & own blog use only)" is still valid during this transition period.

The Charlotte Olympia store in Maddox Street, the only boutique in London....

This small street is very cute....look at the reflection of the buildings opposite the store.  Not something we see everyday in my place!

No. 56 Maddox Street....a store I will frequently visit whenever I am in London...hehe!

The famous Spider Web which is Charlotte Olympia's official logo.  A whole new level of Charlotte's Web which is actually one of my favourite books! :P

Even the lamp inside the store is spider look-alike!  :)

My weaknessssss!  This shop is so a home full of shoes!

In love with the gold island platforms on all of her shoes!  They are actually very comfortable at 140mm height!!!!  

I wish all of these are mine!  Yummmyy!

A very nice statue of a leopard inside the store...this was also used in an advertising campaign of Charlotte Olympia....

This display board of shoes belongs to Charlotte Olympia's personal collection.  She has an exact same one at home.  A gift from her mom....

I want one too in my room!

Love the shopping bag!

So, of course, I did a lot of "damages"....LOL!!  How can I simply resist???!!!!  From basically a Charlotte Olympia newbie with ZERO pairs of her shoes, to now 10 pairs in my collection.....!!!!  I am hopelessly in love!  :P  

This was the first pair I bought which got me started!!!
"Ninivah" black/gold pumps with leopard face cute is that!!!

Now, my 2nd & 3rd pairs....
"Greta" teal green ostrich effect pumps and "Dolores" black satin quilted pumps

And then the 4th...
"Penelope" violet satin pumps

And how can I not have the most classic Charlotte Olympia pumps?
"Dolly" suede pumps in Red and Blush-Nude

Red + Leopard = Sexy!  LOL!
"Polly" leopard/red pumps

Red + Leopard + Lips....
"Bisoux" leopard/red loafers

How about some bling-blings? :)
"Priscilla" multicolour glitters pumps

And last but not least, also the HARDEST TO FIND....
The famous "Kitty" flats in black velvet with gold embroideries!  Love these to death!

How about some group pictures?

Finally, a family portrait of my Charlotte Olympia collection!!  I am in Cloud 9! :P

Hope you have enjoyed my 1st post after the long long silence!  Till my next post!  

Have a great summer everyone!


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