LSLookbook Roundup: The Valentines Special

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Amanda and Carmen spent this Valentines weekend in the best possible company they can think of....each other. Things are still being finalised right now, but if you follow us on instagram (@lslookbook), you'll realise that the two of us girls got together in Hong Kong recently in collaboration with a legendary photographer (and ex-lawyer!) @hurtingbombz to work on a lookbook photoshoot for the brand @feinecashmere.

Here are just a few behind the scenes photos to tide you over until the final shots are ready....

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amanda foond teoh photoshoot feine cashmere hong kong justin lim photography behind the scenes


The lead-up to this weekend was fairly stressful as I had somehow managed to catch a cold (and was feeling rather sorry for myself), but once we landed in Hong Kong the excitement kicked in. My only regret from our mad rush photo shoot was not getting enough girl talk time with Carmen!

The hubby had made me promise to be at the Mandarin Oriental by 6.30pm - but he didn't say why. I don't want to give too much away now (full posts to come) but the evening involved a bunch of beautiful flowers from Armani Fiori, a private viewing of the Piaget Boutique VIP room and an incredible degustation dinner at Pierre. Thanks to my wonderful husband for planning an unexpected (but perfect) surprise to celebrate Valentine's Day!

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Chocolates and flowers

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Entrance to Pierre restaurant

It was my first ever Valentine's Day with a boyfriend, and I spent in in typical Carmen style rushing to the amazing clothing and accessories store Lifestyle Lookbook is collaborating with (more on that later), followed by a makeup and hair appointment with the ridiculously lovely Joanna Ho from Hoanna Jo Makeup Studio, with a quick lunch before we headed to our photoshoot. 

I have no idea how, but the legendary photographer Justin Lim from Just Lim Photography (jump on the bandwagon like tens of thousands of others and follow his incredible instagram feed @hurtingbombz) agreed to spend Valentines afternoon taking photos of us styling some great pieces from Feine Cashmere. We'll give you the full low down when the photos are ready, but all we can say for now is that we had an absolutely amazing day, thanks to the help and support of our brand affiliate, makeup and hair artist, and photographer!

Given that we wrapped up the photoshoot around 6 p.m., that didn't leave much time for my poor boyfriend to make any fancy plans - especially as I had demanded we go watch 50 Shades of Grey that evening. One incredible homemade meal and bottle of rose moscato prosecco later, we were off to the cinemas....where I was reminded about how much I absolutely hated about the book 50 Shades of Grey; and in particular, both the main characters. The film was no different.

For those of you who DON'T think that the book is a mortifying testament to what is wrong with the whole of man (and especially woman) kind (Amanda, I am looking at you!), please take a look at this amusing and remarkably accurate critique of the book at Goodreads.

For the TL; DR version, here is the end (and the serious part) of the critique:

"It's this kind of ignorant trash that sets feminism back decades. Women who defend this book are, however unwittingly, participating in some of the most blatant misogyny I've ever witnessed, giving the impression that some women enjoy being debased, abused, and controlled (outside of a consensual Dom/sub relationship). This is not a book about BDSM, this is a book about one sick, abusive man and his obsession with a young, naive invertebrate. It's a book about a girl who has absolutely no sense of self, who sacrifices any pretense of individuality in order to hold onto a man who doesn't even show her the faintest glimmer of respect. It's about two attention-starved individuals with the emotional maturity of toilet paper convincing themselves that their relationship is 'like, the best thing ever, OMG'. It's trite, insulting, and dangerous. I fear for any impressionable young women who read this and think that this is how an ideal relationship should operate. If nothing else, it should be issued as a guidebook to mothers around the world to show their daughters the kind of man to avoid at all costs. This book does good men (and indeed, all of humanity) a disservice."

I am actually glad I watched the movie on Valentine's Day for one reason: it was a very stark reminder that I am actually with (and like) a great, supportive guy who doesn't try to emotionally and financially manipulate and take advantage of me for his own psychotic desires, but instead is willing to spend Valentine's Day watching awful films with me without a single complaint.

xx Amanda & (a rather peeved) Carmen

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