How To Be A Clicquologist

只差一個email的距離,我就會錯過一個讓我畢生難忘的旅程…

年初時被一家法國agency找上了,email中的內容非常吸引,但進一步溝通之前還得簽保密協議 ,其實也算不上什麼大問題,但因為之前也試過收到不少外國大小agency寄來的email,多數伏味甚濃,試過回覆幾次之後便開始提高戒心。今次有想過不回也罷,但好奇心驅使下想知道有什麼內容這麼保密,就決定與他們展開對話。

原來差點置諸不理的,是這個Veuve Clicquot舉辦的Clicquologist program。第三年舉辦,香港是今年新設的地點,他們在全球挑選20名influencers參加這個program,度身訂造一整年的香檳生活體驗。我和另一位香港Clicquologist Mayo Wo就有幸踏上香檳之都 – 蘭斯(Reims)之旅。

冷知識分享(其實可能大家都知道),Champagne是個法國地方名稱,而只有從這裡生產的氣泡酒才能稱作香檳。而Veuve Clicquot的發源地就是這個地區內的蘭斯市,今次的重點活動是入住他們旗下的Hotel Du Marc,這幢極華麗大宅並不對外開放,只作招待品牌VIP之用,所以今次絕對是有錢也買不到的體驗。古典的建築,內裡是充滿法國情懷的時尚摩登設計,以VC的招牌蛋黃色作點綴。早午晚三餐都得到妥善的照顧,當然香檳少不了,嚐到各款不同的香檳,了解更多後便發現固中微妙的不同。重點環節是以Clicquot Rich製作屬於自己的cocktail,我的獨門recipe是加入芫荽、薑及奇異果,辛辣中帶點亞洲風情,在過程中更加了解自己的口味喜好,是個非常有趣難忘的經歷。

作為喜歡喝香檳的人,一直享受那氣泡的細膩感,但說不上有太深入的了解,原來認真地了解過後,會對香檳有更深層的好感。只差一個email,就無緣體驗這旅程,教我一個回覆,一個決定,也得認真看待,機會有時候就像氣泡一樣霎眼間溜走。 
 

Go Big And Go Home

 

My friends have recently been obsessed with the "Design Home" app. Whenever they have time, they move around furniture to set up their dream apartments, or even purchase virtual decent home furnishings in app. This game no doubt fits all interior design lovers who want to get a taste.

However, in reality, with limited living space, we can't 'renovate' our apartments in a day or few. Whenever there is a chance to, you got to show off your good taste of your lifestyle. My place I have been staying in for long was under renovation lately. Going for monochrome after gathering tons of Pinterest interior design inspirations, I went back and forth Lane Crawford Home to hunt for nice furnishings. Thought having a decided color palette would narrow down my selection but I couldn't help bookmarking all eye catching pieces. However, simplicity rules. Most importantly, give yourself a price limit and invest in the right things. These are my final picks I would like to introduce all!

Johnathan Adler Cushion

Popping red lips on a monotone cushion at the sofa's corner adds playfulness. Have I mentioned it's puffy and comfortable too?

Reflections Copenhagen Candle Stand

The crystal stand stunned me with reflected light pink and baby blue shades under sunlight.

L'ojet Candle

28 is not my lucky number but a representation of a pleasant aroma - Pungent but not overpowering. Bottle design is simple yet elegant and stylish.

Tom Dixon Dishwasher Detergent

Be in style when you do your dishes too! All you need is just a chic bottle of detergent. Not to mention its functionality, placing one already lightsup your kitchen.

Hermes Scarf

An iconic Hermes scarf is no doubt an entry item for the brand lovers. Apart from wearing it and accessorizing your bag, framing enables you to appreciate the beauty of the entire sophisticating print. If you are not familiar with how you do it(like me), simply drop by any canvas stores on Queens Road for professional framing.

Orchids

If you are keen on monochrome, putting pure white orchids is definitely the right thing to do. No complicating plant care procedures(or even little care is needed), the orchids can still last for 2 weeks.

 

身邊朋友最近日迷上一款手機遊戲,一有空檔就把家俬擺設左砌右砌,還得花上真金白銀去添置一些虛擬家品,這個”Design Home”遊戲正好滿足一群對室內設計有興趣的玩家。

現實生活中卻不是“講玩”,生活空間有限,不是每三兩天就重新裝修一次,一有機會當然要把生活品味經營得極緻。住了好一段日子的居所最近來個大翻新,早早上Pinterest搜尋大量家居設計reference,選定自己最喜歡黑白monotone,來來回回Lane Crawford家品部數十轉,以為有了色tone規範就可以收窄範圍,但還是貪心的把大量合眼緣的都bookmark一下。佈置家居要謹記simplicity的重要性,當然還有最重要的成本效益議題,給自己定個限額應買則買,應慳則慳。最後精選了以下家品,逐一推介一下。

A) Jonathan Adler Cushion
全黑白灰的梳化角落以這個紅唇cushion作點睛,帶來一點玩味,而且cushion挺身非常好攬。

B) Reflections Copenhagen Candle Stand
這個水晶燭台讓我驚艷,陽光照射時會讓隔鄰擺設都添置一抹粉紅和淺藍光影。

C) L’ojet Candle
28號並不是我的幸運號碼,而是這個特別香氣的代號。這蠟燭芳香撲鼻而不庸俗,簡單瓶身設計時尚優雅。

D) Tom Dixon Dishwasher Detergent
如何洗碗洗得更有品味,你需要一支別具型格的洗潔精,先別論功能性,但在廚房放一支立即顯得不同格調。

E) Hermes Scarf
絲巾是Hermes的拿手好戲,也是品牌愛好者的入門單品,除了披搭或當手袋配飾之餘,表起當作壁畫更能完全欣賞其精美印花。沒有太熟悉表畫的朋友如我,其實隨走進皇后大道東的畫架店舖都有提供專業表畫服務。

F) Orchids
如跟我同樣喜歡黑白monotone的朋友,擺放全白蘭花絕對是一個好選擇,因為極易打理(甚至是甚少需要打理),最少能放上兩個月。

A,B,C,D all from Lane Crawford Home
E from Hermes
F from Flower Market

 

Before and Beyond - Coco Avant Chanel

全新Coco Avant Chanel頂級珠寶系列是一個時光之旅,從Coco Chanel的成長到成名,窺探一個傳奇的誕生。11套珠寶都以曾於1920年以前在Chanel生命中陪伴和影響著她的名字命名,包括Emilienne (交際花Émilienne d’Alençon),Jeanne (母親Eugénie Jeanne Devolle)及Lucienne (曾於1909年在雜誌上戴上Coco Chanel帽子的演員 Lucienne Roger)。系列當中最名貴為Gabrielle Chanel (Coco Chanel原名) 項鍊,18K白金鑲嵌多達1584顆大大小小的鑽石,價值約二千二百萬。

整個系列以Coco Chanel的兩項基本風格元素:Lace和蝴蝶結為靈感來源,呈現品牌獨有的嫵媚。系列由項鍊、手鐲、戒指、耳環、腕錶、胸針到頭飾無一不缺。從組裝、定位到鑲嵌,作品也由Chanel位於法國Place Vendôme 18號頂級珠寶工坊打造。甚至是今次會場內示範珠寶的紙模,也是由法國直送的藝術品,一絲不苟地體現了Coco Chanel由從前傳承的到現在的時尚精神。

Celebrating Altiplano60 with Ryan Reynolds

自看過《Deadpool死侍》這部非典型超級英雄電影,對Ryan Reynolds的破格演繹非常深刻,還覺得他除了擁有超級英雄必備的俊俏外型和健碩身形,他的聲線演繹也非常到位吸引,不知道大家有沒有同感?

我今次 SIHH(日內瓦高級鐘表展)旅程的重頭戲就是出席品牌伯爵慶祝Altiplano系列誕生60周年的晚宴,並有幸獲安排與品牌代言人Ryan Reynolds同桌! 和他近距離交談過後可以確定:他的聲線的確相當迷人!魁梧的他戴起超薄的Altiplano限量版腕錶毫無違和感,並散發優雅紳士氣息。席間品牌CEO Philippe Léopold-Metzger提到Altiplano與Ryan的共通點:破格 、簡約和優雅。

優先預覽2017全新Altiplano腕錶過後,也被它的簡約魅力所吸引。超薄錶身流露優雅的氣質,穿戴感輕盈卻更緊貼手腕,即使手腕較幼的男士如我都適合穿戴。多款全新色調,包括破格的墨綠配金色設計,我卻對黑色及品牌經典伯爵藍情有獨鍾。經歷60個年頭,Altiplano腕錶的細節上不停精益求精,優雅的氣質卻是60年如一日,歷久不衰。

Modern Art Dessert

I always want to try out this place but getting a reservation is rather a difficult thing when they first open. After a few reservation attempts not being successful, I almost forgot it existed after a while. But well, I did it. I finally went last Saturday to celebrating my friend, Rachel's birthday. 

Let me share my thoughts on their signature dessert "Improvisation" here.

In fact, I have learned Improvisation (aka Improv) from acting classes before where I have to act as if I am in live theatre in which the plot, characters and dialogue, scene or story are made up in the moment. Never thought this could apply to dessert.

So I ordered one "Improvisation" for 2 (Reminder: there is a minimum order per person).  Let's not talk about if it worth the money, creativity is certainly maximised compare to traditional dessert. The ingredients of this dessert are, nitrogen sorbet in pear fav/chocolate ice cream, green tea mochi, chocolate mousse, dry pineapple, jello, etc. You can join together with the chef ("artist") to lay out the arrangement which concept is quite similar to an art jamming class.  It took about 20 to 30 mins to create and it's a very colorful and photogenic dish. 

It's worth a try at least once. It's not the food. It's the experience.

ATUM Dessert

Address: 16/F, The L Square, 459-461 Lockhart Road. Causeway Bay, Hong Kong