Oriental Birdcages

During my time in Hong Kong we visited the charming Yuen Po Street Bird Garden (better known as Bird Street) in Mongkok, Kowloon. This street is famous and is where Hong Kong’s songbird owners gather to show off and socialise their feathered friends. I found the small wooden birdcages that the birds are kept in so pretty and old-fashioned. I didn’t realise people still kept songbirds, as emperors did long ago in ancient China. The intricate patterns carved into the bases of the cages were beautiful. There were also street stalls overflowing with birdcages and other birdy necessities.

With the sunlight shining through between the birdcage bars, and the beauty of the many songbirds flitting about in their cages, I couldn’t resist taking a ton of photos. Here is just a snippet of the vast amount of photos I took.

Hope you’re all having a lovely day. Me – not so much. The weather is terrible here even though it’s summer…I was meant to go to the beach with friends today but the weather intervened with our plans ): So I have just mucking around at home all day, blogging, reading, and learning a dance off youtube!

More posts will be coming your way soon! Don’t forget to like, comment and follow mintylilac (:

Love, C. x



10 Things to Remember When Shopping – especially sale shopping!

Note: This post is from http://what-do-i-wear.tumblr.com. Find the link here

I found this handy, helpful guide of 10 useful tips on sales shopping on what-do-i-wear’s tumblr. I will definitely be keeping these pointers in mind next time I go shopping! Hopefully you will find them useful too. Enjoy x 

1. Do your research.

‘Research tip’ browse online before you go. This way you can compare prices and since most of the stores nowadays have online stores or at least lookbooks of their collection, you’ll learn which stores are going to be worth your visit and which ones aren’t.

2. Make a wishlist.

Nothing can be more distracting than mountains of clothing and those crazy colored sale signs. Therefor it’s a must to create a list of all things you need and things you really want. If you see something in the store that you didn’t put on the list, it’s not an option to take it home with you. Remember to keep next season in mind when making this list, try to get pieces that will either match the trends next season or pieces that are timeless.

3. Set a budget.

It’s best to set a budget for three different types of pieces. Set a price limit for items that are actual essentials (basics that you ‘really’ need), one for items that you have to have and an ultimate price limit, for that one single designer piece that forces you to eat bread and drink water for a whole month. Once you’ve reached your ultimate price limit, it’s time to go home.

4. Prepare.

Wear the right clothing during sale shopping. Something comfy, something that is easy to take off and put back on again. You don’t want to be in those changing rooms, getting frustrated about the super tight jeans you’re wearing, just because you can’t get them off. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect shirt to match with a particular pair of pants, wear those pants.

5. Be an early bird.

When sale starts, get up and be the first in front of your favorite stores. This way you’ll snatch the best items, before someone else does.

6. When in doubt, don’t buy.

If you wouldn’t consider an item at full price, don’t even bother to get it in sale.

7. If it doesn’t fit, don’t buy.

Always try it on. I have all kinds of sizes in my closet. From a European 40 to an American size 2. When an item is labeled as L, it doesn’t mean it fits that way. If an item doesn’t fit you right, don’t bother to take it home with you. The fact that it isn’t right for you, doesn’t change once you get home.

8. Check for holes and such.

Especially during the sale period, there’s a lot of items to be found in stores with wholes, missing buttons, etc. Do an extra check – it’s best to check when trying on – before you run off to the cash register.

9. Go for basics and lovers.

It’s best to buy your basics during sale. This way, you can afford a basic that is a little more expensive. Basics stay the same every single season and it’s better to invest in a basic that is made of better quality than to have to buy them again every half a year.

10. Break one of the above rules.

Rules are made to be broken, right? (via: afterdrk)

Hong Kong Flower Markets

Hello lovelies, sorry I haven’t posted in a loooooong while as I have been pretty tied up here in Hong Kong – spending time with extended family, meeting up with my parent’s old friends, shopping, sightseeing, going to themeparks and having a fab time! Sadly I am leaving tomorrow 😥 I love it here and I don’t want to leave! I will miss everyone so much.

On Monday we went to the flower markets in Mongkok, Kowloon – and oh, what a sight it was. Streets and streets lined with flower stores galore. Beautiful bouquets wherever I looked…fresh flowers and smells…rows and rows of colour all around me. It was so pretty and vibrant there! I was so eager to take as many photos as possible! I could have stayed there all afternoon browsing through the gorgeous flower stalls, but we were a bit short on time.

Here are a select few snaps.