Catwalks To Cradles

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    India recently turned 3 and outgrew her infant/baby sleeping bag a long time ago however she is constantly trying to squeeze into her sisters that is miles too small. To be honest Freija can only just fit in it now. Every night as we zip Frey Frey up together India sobs that she wants one too. I mentioned this to my sister as I wanted to know if she had access to toddler ones through her store iDecorate.  The superstar did. The new sleeping sacks at iDecorate have solved my problem. India loves and use’s her sleeping sack every single night. I wanted to share this with you as it’s so hard to find high-quality bed linen that is super cute and at a fair price in HK.
    My sister Shana Buchanan who is the CEO and Founder of has made it her mission to bring the coolest brands from overseas to Asia but what she loves most is working with the people behind the brands, like #supermum Li Ann Scott who designed the ‘sleeping sack’ for her brand Sack Me. Li Ann is an absolute dynamo, an incredibly savvy business woman.  Raise your glasses to supporting other working Mums I say!


    Visit the new flagship store 9/F Shop 926 Times Square Causeway Bay and purchase a India and the Pirate Headband and receive a free iDecorate True Romance vase plus HK$100 store credit. **Offer ends 1 May** Check out to view over 2000 products

    Additional links – Check out LiAnn’s interview with Sassy Mama
    YouTube – watch the Sleeping Sack videos
    Additional links – Shana’s interview on Sassy Mama with decorating tips

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    PHOTOGRAPHY: Jesper McIlroy

    LOCATION: Burleigh Heads, Australia WEARING: Kookai dress, Country Road hat, Vintage locket



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    PHOTOGRAPHY: Jesper McIlroy

    LOCATION: Kennedy Town, Hong Kong WEARING: Louis Vuitton

    Do you remember a couple of weeks back I attended the re-opening of the Louis Vuitton store in Hong Kong? Well this is the outfit I didn’t wear to the event but simply had to share with you because it’s amazing. Oolala!

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    Photography by Shawn Kei 

    It was a pleasure to be invited to the Asia Society, Admiralty – to celebrate the launch of L’Arche de Noe High Jewelry Collection in Hong Kong.
    More than 40 pieces animal jewelries of this new collection are being showcased in an Installation Art staged by the highly-acclaimed American theater and visual artist Robert Wilson that re-imagines the legendary tale of Noah’s Ark. The Installation will be opened to the public at Asia Society during March 10th -26th.

    It was a one of a kind experience that took you into a magical world that should not be missed especially if your and animal lover. My favorite of the collection was a beautiful pair of bears. The piece was and incredible mix of stones, diamonds and precious wood.  I found this piece very unique and beautiful. You can book a tour or see more details at
    @VanCleefArpels #VCAarchedenoé

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    LOCATION: Pier 9, Central Hong Kong WEARING: Phillip Lim dress from Lane Crawford, Country Road hat, Stuart Weitzman boots

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    LOCATION: Hong Kong WEARING: Stella McCartney dress and cardigan from Lane Crawford

    I’m always drawn to denim and knits. They are timeless and effortlessly chic. Stella you rock my world not to mention every animals on the planet. If only there were more talented and kind designers like you our world would be a better place.

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    LOCATION: Hong Kong WEARING:  Jourden blouse and skirt from Lane Crawford, Christian Louboutin lipstick

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    PHOTOGRAPHER : Jesper McIlroy

    LOCATION: AIG carnival Hong Kong WEARING: n/nicholas top and pants from Lane Crawford. Bag and heels from Jimmy Choo

    Carnivals take me back to being a child.  I grew up in a small country town in Victoria, Australia, where there really wasn’t much but farm land and rolling hills.  Every year when the carnival came to a nearby town, I remember the rush it would give me.  It seemed like another world. One in which you could be transported into for brief moment in time.  Fairy floss, balloons and the infamous ferris wheel, which is at almost every fair, was magical to me.  I remember my sister and I hoping the boys we liked from school would be there. Dressing up in our best outfits to impress, or maybe even having a first kiss. It was all very innocent of course, but those butterflies, thrills and memories always come flooding back to me whenever I see a Carnival. It’s the epitome of nostalgia.

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    Photography by Jesper McIlroy

    A magical white Christmas is what dreams are made of. It is what we grow up watching on television and in movies, and I’m sure it is everyone’s dream to at least have one white christmas in their lifetime. For me it came late in my life but for my two little girls their white christmas wishes were answered early. Knee deep snow dreams are made a reality in Kiroro. Not just any old snow either. Fluffy, powdery snow that feels as soft as you imagine all snow to feel. In reality, most of the time snow is just wet, cold, icy sludge.

    Kiroro is an area or resort about an hour drive from Sapporo international airport. The drive is extremely beautiful and petrifying in a snow blizzard. When you are from the beaches in Australia and your husband is practically a living, walking breathing snowman your ideas about what is scary or awesome can be quite a different reality. If you ask Jesper, the drive was the most exciting of his life because it meant the mountains were going to practically be his heaven on earth. Filled with meters of snow. I on the other hand was very happy to see the resort alive.
    Once we made it safely I was able to embrace all of Kiroro’s beauty without holding my breath.
    The view from our room was spectacular. I had never seen anything quite like it in my life. I could happily sit by that window and watch the snow pour down onto the mountains for hours, and I did. The room was massive, and felt very homey -more then comfortable to have a family of 4 in there. To be honest we could have squeezed another 3 and still been totally fine.
    The food that we experienced in the resort was primarily Japanese which is to be expected, I suppose, but if your are travelling with picky little eaters like mine, I suggest you bring lots of snacks and food with you. We were not prepared for this at all, so Freija and India had to learn how to eat raw sushi pretty quick. India managed to develop quite a love for raw shrimp, which is kind of disturbing and awesome, while Freija pretty much went on a solid diet of that sweet Japanese egg stuff and hokihdo milk ice cream. Protein protein.
    Due to our tight schedule, I only managed to fit in a quick skiing lesson, and my only regret is that I did not have my mother or helper with me to babysit so that I could actually learn properly, without my babies freezing their little butts off watching mummy hahah.
    My ski instructor was really amazing, and despite how short my lesson may have been, I still feel like I learned the basics and managed to have a great time. I believe the conditions of the snow in kiroro are perfect for beginners because the snow is forgiving, and the mountain terrain is quite mellow. There are also many other family friendly snow activities such as snow Segway, snow buggy and banana boat ride.
    One particularily great thing about this resort is that within an hour there are some great little towns. Perfect for those that want to see something more cultural or for those that are not only about skiing or snowboarding, like me. I really enjoyed these day trips, exploring the surrounding towns, and because of the cold weather all you do is eat -pretty perfect in my opinion.
    Overall my experience in Kiroro was truly awesome. It is a must see for anyone that loves japan, its food and culture, and especially those of you that love those winter sports and powdery snow as far as your eyes can see.


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    This is a perfect back to school recipe that the whole family can enjoy. Mornings can be quite daunting for any family. Getting everyone feed and dressed and trying to make it to where you have to be in time. Not to mention the mess you have to clean post breakfast. This recipe is easy, filling, relatively tidy and most off all nutritious .
    I love to use freeze dried superfood powders in my morning smoothies as it reassures me that I have started my day with a powerful blend of fruits, vegetables and superfoods that will insure I have energy throughout the day. In addition to feeling less guilty about eating a huge lunch of Korean fried chicken ha ha. Also, for the kids you canfeel at ease that they have received vital nutrients to fuel their little bodies and brains. No junk just pure raw goodness to propel them into their day.


    1 frozen banana
    1 tablespoon of organic chia seeds
    A small bunch of organic spinach
    1 teaspoon of honey
    1 tablespoon of almond butter
    1 serving a chocolate superfood powder
    1 tablespoon of gluten free oats
    1 – 1 1/2 cups of chocolate hazelnut milk

    Place all ingredients into a powerful blender and blend until well combined.