Happy New Year JetShoppers!!

Window display in the Lai Chi Kok neighborhood of HK where some vendors sells beyond wholesale.

Window display in the Lai Chi Kok neighborhood of Hong Kong where some vendors sell beyond wholesale.

 

Along with my usual resolutions (exercise more, read more, blog more), 2014 is about making shopping more meaningful.

Behind every great piece is a story. The Louboutins I got up at 5am for with my friend Marjorie so we could be first in line at the sample sale. The satin bow Chanel bag I was wearing when I ran into (almost literally) Karl Lagerfeld on my birthday at Colette.

This year, I’m shopping less and snapping more.  My biggest tech purchase of 2013 was Google Glass, and as I endeavor to use the headgear to snap pics of every piece of eye candy I see, I hope you’ll join me in an experiment in virtual consumption.

We skipped the line at the main entrance (yes, like Abercrombie on 5th Ave, there's always a line to get into Chanel in Hong Kong) and got in from the basement door at the Chanel in the Peninsula Hotel.

We skipped the line at the main entrance (yes, like Abercrombie on 5th Ave, there’s always a line to get into Chanel in Hong Kong) and walked in from the basement at the Chanel in the Peninsula Hotel.

 

In a time when more stores (both luxury behemoths and boutiques) are becoming less accepting of consumers taking pics for fear of counterfeiting (which is a VERY valid concern after what I just saw on my last trips to HK and Seoul — more on that in a later post), Google Glass has become a thrill beyond utility to take on shopping trips.  It’s as indulgent as a cotton candy topped affogato from Corso Como.

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And, it’s now my duty to consume. Virtually. Not in the form of plastic swiping, but winking (a newly integrated way to take photos) — coyly, as many times as possible to get the right (meaning centered) pics of anything and everything I’d want.

Strands of leather roped pearls hanging at the Jade Market in Hong Kong where vendors customize jewelry on the spot.

Strands of leather roped pearls priced at just $20 hanging at the Jade Market in Hong Kong where vendors customize jewelry on the spot.

 

The vintage Chanel pop-up inside Lane Crawford. It's like a mini Chanel museum.

The entrance to the vintage Chanel pop-up inside Lane Crawford. It’s like a mini Chanel museum.

 

That’s a just a preview. Stay tuned for tons of pics. (Seriously, I winked so much people thought I had fashion tics).

Tous à board!