DIY Embroidery in Hong Kong

In case you've been blind for most of 2016, embroidery is everywhere and in so many forms. From designers, to street style to Zara, it doesn't look like it's going away. I was on a mission to re-create this look. The first place I headed was Sham Shui Po (check out Sassy HK's guide to this area) and came across Nan Fong Embroidery. This place is embroidery heaven! 

Some of my inspiration pins.

Some of my inspiration pins.

This tiny little store has thousands and thousands of embroidery patches, taking up floor to ceiling. Anything you can think of, this place has it: Army patches, letters, flowers, animals, dragons, music patches, words, names... if you can think of it, they have it!

This tiny little store has thousands and thousands of embroidery patches, taking up floor to ceiling. Anything you can think of, this place has it: Army patches, letters, flowers, animals, dragons, music patches, words, names... if you can think of it, they have it!

Playing around with options. Give yourself a good hour or two to even look around. Prices start from HKD $5 to $200+ on some of the larger more intricate patterns.

Playing around with options. Give yourself a good hour or two to even look around. Prices start from HKD $5 to $200+ on some of the larger more intricate patterns.

More patches and the instruction manual - taped onto the cash wrap. 

More patches and the instruction manual - taped onto the cash wrap. 

Store front.

Store front.

The 90's girl in me settled on a daisy, 2 stars, and cherries. Got all 4 for HKD $40.

The 90's girl in me settled on a daisy, 2 stars, and cherries. Got all 4 for HKD $40.

I added my little finds to my maternity jeans - figured the trend should last through the next trimester!

I added my little finds to my maternity jeans - figured the trend should last through the next trimester!

If you're looking to make your own DIY embroidery and live in Hong Kong, go check out this store. You will not be disappointed!

Nam Fong Embroidery

245 Ki Lung Street G/F 

Sham Shui Po MTR exit A2

Kowloon, Hong Kong

Throwback Thursday: Wedding Flowers!

#TBT time to November of 2012, New York City. Venue: Public. Event: My wedding, the day that inspired it all. I DIY'ed these flowers and still, almost 4 years later, and I'm so happy I decided to take the plunge. Oh, and I'm happy about the marriage too! All photos by the incredibly talented JennyJ.

Me and my bouquet in front of my Soho brownstone. Just kidding. Bouquet's still mine though.

Me and my bouquet in front of my Soho brownstone. Just kidding. Bouquet's still mine though.

Close up. The only downside to a bouquet filled with peonies is that it was heavy! But worth it!

Close up. The only downside to a bouquet filled with peonies is that it was heavy! But worth it!

Small vases scattered throughout long tables. I wanted the guests to talk and see each other, not have to look through giant centerpieces. But looking through multiple glasses of wine is totally ok.

Small vases scattered throughout long tables. I wanted the guests to talk and see each other, not have to look through giant centerpieces. But looking through multiple glasses of wine is totally ok.

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One more of my bouquet & my bridesmaids bouquets. And their sexy legs. 

One more of my bouquet & my bridesmaids bouquets. And their sexy legs. 

Bouquet Inspired by Murakami

Brides, take note: theme your wedding around your love of books! This bouquet would work for any bride with navy, grey, teal or yellow color schemes.

I have a slight obsession with Haruki Murakami, particularly the editions with John Gall's lovely covers. Coupled with my love of flowers, it only seemed right to create a bouquet inspired by one of my favorite books: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Check it out:

Bouquet by Sera Murphy

Bouquet by Sera Murphy

What I love about this arrangement is the unexpected. For one, dusty millers are generally used with pink or white bouquets, but here I've added them in-between bright yellows to reflect more grey tones and soften the look. While eryngiums (the blue spiky flowers) are commonly used with yellows, I love that just a few stems is all it takes to register the blue of the bird. And of course, the real statement here is the golden chrysanthemum and its bird like feather petals. Add a little keepsake to make it personal. Shown above is my Lulu Frost Plaza Necklace.

Hello Hong Kong!

Well, after a short 2 year stint back home in New York City, I'm now back in Asia, in Hong Kong to be more precise! Exactly one month ago today was my last day at work, and while I miss working terribly, it has been a busy transition into this new phase of my life. This phase I'm calling "the experiment." Motherhood is still a few months out so I'm choosing to spend my time exploring this city, my passions and creativity. While the last 10+ years in retail were amazing, I want to get back to the roots of what made me so interested in fashion to begin with. The drive to create. Signing off for now, stay tuned for more.

Nail Game: 2016

It's been a relatively mild winter here in NYC but it's been LONG. Mid-way into April and it's been mostly in the low 40's. We may be headed straight for summer, but at least I've found the perfect Spring nail color: Essie's Saltwater Happy.

This was a DIY job but still happy with the results!

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