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This Beautiful Life: Julie D’Uva



I first met the amazing Julie D’Uva at a blogger brunch that I had organized with a few of the fun people I would tweet with in Toronto. Julie and I have kept in touch over the years as her PR career took her from Harry Rosen to Holt Renfrew and now overseas to Shanghai, China! I’ve always admired Julie’s work – online and in PR. Her incredible sense of style even landed her on Toronto’s Most Stylish list by Toronto Life Magazine. I was ecstatic to catch up with her and learn more about life abroad. Meet Julie!


What inspired you to launch your blog Seven Dollar Pants?

Back in the day, my friend Christine and I talked so much about our great shopping deals that we impressed each other and ourselves so we were inspired to start Seven Dollar Pants to share our shopping finds with our friends. Through the years it shifted, as Christine moved away from the city and I continued to blog on SDP more about travel and places to go.

Christine has her own blog fromchristine.com where you can see adorable pictures of her son. He’s too cute. (more…)

Hotel Indigo: Hong Kong, China


Hotel Indigo is not your typical cookie-cutter hotel chain.

Though it is owned by IHG (who owns the Holiday Inn), the Indigo brand is based out of Atlanta and has branches in major cities around the world. Each hotel however is different and reflects the city and neighbourhood in which it is located.

I fell in love instantly with its hip & fun vibe of the newly opened Hotel Indigo Hong Kong. It is the first upscale property to open in Hong Kong’s gentrifying Wan Chai district. Just up the street we spotted the Monocle store, a Club Monaco outpost, mixed in with some of the best egg tarts in Hong Kong at an old bakery called Happy Cake.


The hotel is a brand new construction from the ground-up and opened in April of this year with 138 guestrooms. The owners have worked hard to bring the neighbourhood of Wan Chai into the hotel itself. You’ll find artwork referencing the local area, cushions with Suzie Wong (an actress from Wan Chai) and a very comprehensive guide on the history of the area in the hotel’s info binder, complete with restaurant recommendations (such a nice touch).


Make Yourself Some Tea – I found this pretty blue Chinese tea set on this sleek lacquer tray in my room and was inspired to make myself a pot of tea. I found a kettle and a selection of premium pyramid tea bags in our mini-bar and it was lovely to sip on some hot Chinese tea while taking in the city views from our room. These little touches were what made my stay at Hotel Indigo Hong Kong so unique. I found the tea set and other items from my room for sale in the hotel library and I was tempted to buy everything. (more…)

My Air Hello Kitty Adventure!


Contrary to popular belief, Hello Kitty herself does not pilot her own plane.

And yes this is a FOR REAL airplane with stars, music notes and happy little cartoons on the outside of it. First things first – Air Hello Kitty exists. It’s a thing and it’s awesome. Air Hello Kitty is a sub-brand of Taiwanese airline, Eva Air and flys regionally from Taipei to places likeTokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul and Shanghai. During my recent trip to Tokyo & Hong Kong I scored my lucky self into a seat for one of the legs of my journey. Here’s all the amazingness:

Hello Kitty Plane


I snapped a pic of me and a Hello Kitty cut-out near the check-in counter because inside my head I’m still 12. The lovely ladies at check-in saw my insane enthusiasm (they probably get it everyday) and slipped me this ‘fragile’ sticker with kitty’s head inside a wine glass. Also – Hello Kitty on the boarding pass… yes, this is going to be awesome.


To quote my friend Eve from Tellement Swell, this bag is strictly for barfing up confetti and sprinkles. Anything else – you’ll just have to keep it together until you land in Taipei. The bag is so kawaii that my friend Stella from Food Junkie Chronicles has also stated that she would barf for this bag. I totally stashed one in my carry-on bag. (more…)