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I’ve written about HK before (here and here), but each time I go I manage to discover something new. Sorry, but I won’t stay anywhere other than the Upper House, so you will have to be satisfied knowing that it still is simply the best hotel experience ever. This time I arrived after a 16 hour flight feeling a bit queasy and maybe a bit blue (feeling far away from my daughter). When I arrived at the hotel they told me they heard I was not feeling well (my driver had called ahead) and even though my upgraded room wasn’t ready yet, they wanted to get me into a room immediately so I could rest. Rather than the extra large room I usually take overlooking the Harbour, they temporarily housed me in a large room overlooking the velvet green mountains of the peak. I felt so cozy and happy that I recovered rapidly and decided not to change rooms. Arriving at the Upper House is like arriving home to a family that has missed you. Hand written notes and gifts wrapped in ribbon from the staff are a special touch. Bliss!


It’s hard not to return to favorite restaurants but Hong Kong always has something new and delicious to try so I make sure to include the best recommendations. On my first night I didn’t want to travel far from the hotel as I was easing my way back into life at ground level, so I tried The Continental in Admiralty. Loved the atmosphere and my perfect sirloin. My favorite meal was a toss up between Chom Chom and Chachawan. I loved the relaxed local street vibe of both and had seriously delicious and inventive food at both. The owner at Chom Chom recommended several dishes that were all perfect, including Vietnamese fried chicken and  grilled corn. At Chachawan, I watched the 26 year old chef prepare their specialty Som Dtum Goong right in front of me. It is a papaya salad dish with tomatoes, chili, prawns or pork and it was five alarm spicy and crazy good.

Hard to believe I have never walked the ‘women’s market’ or the ‘goldfish market’ before. Expect copies of handbags from Chanel, Mulberry and Issey Miyake, as well as hundreds of iPhone cases (including a copy of the Moschino Golden Arches red and gold case), miniature wind up toys, silk dresses, backpacks, hair barrettes, and games like Mahjong. I loved walking the goldfish market and was maybe a little freaked out to see a giant box of very loud crickets as food for some of the fish. I would tell you which fish but my Chinese is limited (AKA nonexistent) and I would show you photos of some of the most unusual fish and sea creatures I’ve ever seen but alas no pics allowed. You will have to go and see for yourself.


No trip to Hong Kong is complete for me without a trip on the Star Ferry. I love the wood benches and old school vibe as much as the breeze on my face. It’s a relaxed way to visit the other side or see the Harbour lights at night. The Hong Kong Observation Wheel, a giant ferris wheel with individual enclosed gondolas, seems to have just opened offering sweeping views of Central and Kowloon, but I missed it. And I’m afraid of heights, so someone will have to report back on their experience in the comments.



By guest blogger Jessica Graves of The Love List

1. The unbelievable amount of comments I get on this makeup bag alone has made it worth the purchase price.  Every time it ends up in a tweet or Instagram, I have tons of people ask me about it.  The print is killer, but what I love most is the size.  It’s just big enough that I don’t have to cram in all my necessities when traveling – there’s room enough for everything, so I don’t have to sacrifice any important items.  Here’s what I normally tote around in there. . .

2. Sephora Brand Waterproof Jumbo Eyeliner Crayon I live in Atlanta, Georgia, and that sticky Southern heat can melt the makeup right off your face in the summer.  I love this little magic stick – it smudges when I want it to, and then stays in place all day.

3. Essie “E-nuf is E-nuf” Nail Polish I have manicure ADD, but this punchy shade of coral red is a year-round favorite. It’s my default when a trendier shade just isn’t doing it for me.

4. Mason Pearson Comb I’ve had this comb for years, and it looks as good as the day I bought it.  I use it to comb conditioner through my hair in the shower or freshen up a dry blowout.  The investment in a Mason Pearson item is well worth it.

5. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Body Lotion If I could buy this in a gallon jug, I probably would.  It’s my “desert island” beauty item – no lotion works better or lasts longer, and I love that it doesn’t have any sort of fruity smell.

6. NARS Lip Glosses (pictured L-R in Place Vendome, Wonder, and Coeur Sucre) They’re easy to apply and look great on my olive skin – I have a darker complexion in the summer because I tan easily, and the vivid shades keep my lips from fading into my face!

7. Chanel Cristalle Eau Verte Normally, Chanel’s scents are a little mature for my taste, and I feel like everybody in college wore Chance, so I didn’t even shop the Chanel counter until I went to a little fete the company threw in Palm Beach.  This perfume was in the gift bag, and I haven’t stopped wearing it since.  It’s so fresh and bright!

8. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude I don’t do foundation or any kind of heavy makeup.  Somehow, this miraculous moisturizer has just enough tint to it to hide any little sins in your complexion while letting your real skin shine through.  I’ve since gifted it to my sister and my Mom, and they’re hooked too.  Even better?  SPF 20!

9. Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 No fuss, no scent, no color, no gunk, just moisture.  My house is littered with tubes of this stuff; I keep it in every desk drawer and purse pocket I have.

10. Bosica Luminizing Black Mask This stuff is total voodoo.  I have no idea what’s in it or why it works so well, but it’s like conducting a really fun science experiment on your face.  It peels off in one big piece once it dries and takes all the icky stuff on your skin with it – just keep it away from your eyebrows!

11. NARS blush in Mata Hari It looks super bright in the compact, but I promise, it gives you the perfect note of pinky flush to your cheeks.  It’s the only blush I ever wear anymore!

12. YSL Volume Effect Mascara in Noir I think full-size tubes of mascara dry out way too fast for their price, so I always scoop up samples when I can.  This is what I currently have cracked open, and I’m digging it.

13. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage For those mornings when I was hooting with the night owls, a little touch of this under the eyes, and nobody ever has to know how many gin cocktails I downed the night before 😉


Jess Graves, a Ft. Worth, Texas, native spent the brunt of her childhood under the Spanish moss eating oysters on the state line of South Georgia and North Florida.  After visiting family there her whole life, she relocated to the island of Palm Beach, Florida as a young adult and traded shady oaks and camellias for palm leaves and hibiscus.  After a good long stretch of beach time, she now spends most of her time nestled back home in the South in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia.  She has been in freelance creative services specializing in branding and social media since 2007, working with retailers, designers, and creative brands large and small.  She has been blogging for over six years and in self-publishing even longer  – she even takes on the occasional freelance writing gig.  Jess likes live music, cooking with friends, and painting her nails insane colors.  She does not like mosquitoes or phony baloneys.


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