We’re stuck

Today is a “staying at home” day, however, Bella and I have a company. Dave the Plumber is beavering away in our boiler room, replacing a 15 years old diaphragm. Bella is very curious what is going on, and I have to keep on recalling her so she won’t be a nuisance to Dave.

The sun is shining outside and it looks so inviting. What a shame that we are stuck at home!

Let’s do something useful…

Mmmm… I’m not feeling it. It is not working! Oh well, I’m gonna undo it later.

Bella seems to be lost also…

She can’t decide which toy she wants to play with.

I hope Dave will finish the job soon so Bella and I can go for a stroll before the sun is gone…

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They’ve been framed

This is one of the images of Sonya and Glenn of Echobelly captured by Hubbie last last weekend

The image depicts the magic of Echobelly well. Their music is so deep and sensual. I can hardly wait to visit their gig again!

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Artist on Regent St

I saw a guy painting a streetsacpe of Regent Street while I was hurrying towards my dentist on Harley Street.

He was busy moving his brush on the canvas and completely oblivious of curious passers-by. In the distance, the spire of All Souls Church was blending into a typical wintry sky of London…

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Sonya & Glenn

Last Saturday, our flat was turned into a temporary photographic studio…

I drove to Hubbie’s office the previous evening so he could bring home all the equipments he would need for the shoot.

So who were his subjects?

Our friend, Glenn and Sonya from Echobelly!

They wanted Hubbie to take their promotional photos. We met through our mutual friends and became good friends. They both are lovely people, very warm, intelligent and caring. And we love their music too.

Hubbie took these images at one of their recent gigs…

Their new album will be released in spring and I can hardly wait!

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Fei Wang Eyewear

As Bella and I hit the pavement, we bumped into my friend, Fei, and her film crew offloading a heap of bags and cases from a car. ‘Bella needs to go and spend her penny. We’ll be right back!’ They were here at my apartment to shoot video clips for her new website.

Fei is an owner / designer of a luxury eyewear brand, Fei Wang. The brand specialises in handmade bespoke sunglasses and spectacles made from vintage acetate sheets. All her high-end models are made in a small independent factory in UK by a team of highly skilled technicians.

I learnt about her brand by chance during my hunt for sunglasses which would compliment my Asian facial feature. Her designs were chic yet individual. And the testimonial of her creative philosophy was overflowing with her passion about making beautiful eyewears. They impressed me so much and I decided to meet her in person and to order a pair for myself.

Her collection is amazing and highly covetable…

I honestly can’t remember how long ago we first met but my first impression of her is still vivid and alive. She was courteous and elegant yet her easy manner put me at ease instantaneously. Her warm personality soon won me over and we chatted like we had known each other for a long time. And we became good friends ever since.

While Bella and I kept ourselves tucked away so we wouldn’t photobomb accidentally, Fei, an art director, a D.O.P (director of photography) and a stylist were busy setting up the scenes…

The stylist, checking Fei’s make-up & hair…

The atmosphere of the shoot was very chilled and happy.

Another touching up before shooting another clip…

Fei is a very hands-on kind of designer…

She oversees a whole process of manufacturing by keeping in close touch with the workshop and exercising a rigorous quality control. The result is not only amazing looking sunglasses but also they are very comfortable to wear.

Late autumn afternoon was so short and the outside was already dark at 5 pm…

Fei gets her inspiration from the glamorous world of old and new…

Those individuals express themselves without giving themselves away. The paradox is created by them not baring their souls by hiding behind their shades.  As a result they transform themselves to a beautiful enigma. How intriguing and seductive is that?

You can see more of Fei’s inspirations in her Instagram here.

This is one of my Fei Wang shades…

From the distance, the frame appears black. However, the acetate has a fine geometric pattern.

Fei sources acetate sheets from vintage stocks in Italy, and therefore, the number she can produce from them is limited…

While most of the well-known big name fashion houses use injection-moulded plastic for their eyewear lines and charge several hundreds of pound for them, her products are truly hand-made and luxurious…

I love this pair of cat’s eye because it makes me feel like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s!

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