With the festivities in full swing, and countless errands to run, finding time to put together cute Christmas outfits and looks can feel like a mission. But fear not, self-confessed fashion and beauty geek Jodee Fong has come to our rescue with her top festive fashion and beauty tips so you can free up time and shine this winter.
1. The Cutest (aka Ugliest) Christmas Sweaters
Wearing ugly Christmas sweaters is a holiday rite of passage. There is no better time to embrace those outrageously clashing prints and colours.
In case you hadn’t noticed, finding a funny and creative Christmas sweater in Hong Kong can be a real challenge. If you want something more special than the classic Forever 21 and H&M, be sure to head to uglychristmassweater.com.
Not only will you find all kinds of outrageous holiday jumpers, you can even brighten them up with LED light ornaments ($78 for a set of eight). For a next-level, unforgettable outfit, I recommend the 3D sweater that has a moose bursting out of your chest at the front and back ($530).
This is sure to be the talk of the night and bring a smile (or a frown) to your friends and family!
2. Be the Best Dressed Girl at Every Occassion – Without Breaking the Bank!
We’d all like to look like a million dollars and slay in brand new Chanel pieces at special events. But let’s be honest, who has a bottomless bank account?
What if I told you it’s possible to never repeat the same outfit again, always be the best dressed, AND save a bunch of money? Yes it does exist, thanks to Hong Kong’s first luxury apparel rental platform, YEECHOO.
Every fashionista’s best kept secret, the website gives you access to an unlimited designer wardrobe, with thousands of latest-season dresses from top designer labels on offer, for as low as $80. Think brands like Celine, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, self-portrait, and RED Valentino – and all at your fingertips with no fuss. All you have to do is select your favourite pieces online, order for delivery or collection from the Central showroom, and return after usage. They will even take care of the dry cleaning for free.
For only a fraction of the retail price, you and your girl squad get to dress as if you stepped out of Vogue every day – that’s your Christmas and NYE countdown outfits sorted in one go!
YEECHOO, 1/F, 128 Wellington Street, Central, (+852) 2336 9090
3. The Best Place to Get Organic Winter Masks
Rough elbows, scaly legs, chapped lips, sandpapery hands. To avoid these undesirable winter consequences, be sure to hydrate and prep your skin before bed and before putting on your makeup.
I’m sure we all have a beauty brand that we’re always attached to, but there is one simple and effective mask that every girl can appreciate – Hong Kong Naturals Powder Masks.
Yes, you read that right. These masks come in the form of powder sachets, which are made locally right here in Hong Kong. Simply mix the powder with water and you’re good to go. With beautifully organic ingredients like ginseng, green tea, rose, pearl, and seaweed, there’s a mask for every preference.
And to top it all off, you can even customise the mask powder to suit your skin type. Price ranges from $108 to $138 for seven sachets, and it’s free delivery across Hong Kong.
4. The Best Place for Bargain Leather Boots
Leather boots are a winter must-have, but who can afford a new pair of Stuart Weitzmans every season? For those who want a good price without compromising on quality, head to the outlet haven that is Ap Lei Chau.
Your first port of call is Horizon Plaza. With 28 floors of premium brands from Joyce (21/F) and Lane Crawford (25/F), this is the place to find covetable items from last season with discounts of 70% and more!
After worshipping this temple of designer bargains, continue your spree at the lesser-known Prada outlet which is just a 15-minute walk from Horizon Plaza. Expect endless, impeccably arranged rows of heels, clothing, and bags arranged with up to 80% off. Good luck!
Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing St, Ap Lei Chau, (+852) 2554 9089
Prada Outlet, 33 Yi Nam Road, South Horizons
5. The Most Delicious Wax to Keep Your Summer Glow
Sure it’s getting cold out there and you have a hundred things to check off your holiday to-do list – but that’s no excuse to neglect your body hair!
Famous for their chocolate wax and top-notch service, STRIP has introduced a festive mulled wine scented wax. On top of the heavenly smell, you can also enjoy a complimentary mulled wine before or after your treatment.
A trick to maintain a healthy tan from your vacation throughout winter? Make sure you wax your chosen body parts right before your trip. This ensures that your new skin cells are at the beginning of their cycle when you soak in the sun, allowing your summer glow to last lots longer.
STRIP, 7/F & 9/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, (+852) 3950 3950
6. The Best and Most Fun Way to Lose that Winter Belly
The anticipation is over! Known as “the future of fitness”, the interactive workout space which has taken New York and London by storm this year has finally come to Hong Kong!
Lose that holiday weight at the city’s first gamified gym, aka Pavigim. If you haven’t seen the viral videos on social media by now, you need to know about this. The Pavigym-style workout is hands down the most entertaining in town. You get to train in what feels more like an arcade than a gym.
Optimum Performance Studio is Hong Kong’s very first, fully interactive workout space, with fluorescent pads integrated into the walls and floors which respond to touch and are pressure sensitive. You’ll be chasing after lights like a cat, pushing buttons, and throwing balls at unpredictable beaming targets, easily burning up to 1,000 calories in a 45-minute session.
Instead of thinking “oh god, when is this over?” every single minute, you’ll find that time flies by – and that’s coming from a couch potato like me!
Optimum Performance Studio, 2/F, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley Street, Central, (+852) 2868 5170
16/F, Cheuk Nang Centre, 9 Hillwood Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2868 5170
Read more! Check out 10 Beauty Treatments To Get You Christmas Party Ready or 17 Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong.