There are girls who just are the bees knees. You meet them and in seconds you are captivated by their soul, personality and if your lucky, their style. Both Elizabeth and I are blessed to know such a girl. Hermione Underwood and her incredible family are the kind of people you dream of having in your life. Elizabeth went to school with Hermione and the two geek like girls in glasses always knew they would grow up to do big things. And big things these girls have done. Their past headmistress Mrs Danziger would be proud.
I have been a big sister to Hermione and have always kept a watchful eye on her through the years. She never took the easy road, always up for the challenge of building her own brand and business, learning from her own mistakes and not following the cookie cutter norm all the while dressed head to toe in a fabulous mix of high street and vintage classic pieces.
Last year while in Sydney we caught up for a LONG lunch and she told me she wanted to move to London. I egged her on and told her to pack everything up and do it. Weeks later she packed her bags and went on an exploration trip to see if London could be her new home. The short trip turned into weeks away from home. We all knew her time in Sydney was coming to an end when she never returned.
I am happy to report that Hermione is now based in London setting up her once Sydney based company The H Collective. As if moving countries and setting up her business isn’t enough, this clever cookie created a fabulous website www.hermioneolivia.com. Filled with the most amazing images of her personal style and travel tips from other girls in the know, the site is the perfect place to find inspiration and hidden gems.
Enjoy! Xox Shentel
We grew up with David and he always wanted to be a Magician. It is amazing to watch someone chase their dreams. With the odds stacked against him David climbed the enormous mountain of being an unknown magician to now consulting to the likes of David Copperfield. We love getting the odd emails from him telling us about a small movie he is working on (Now you see me), to random photos of him working with Sandra Bullock (David passed all his crossword knowledge onto her for her role in All about Steve). The greatest accomplishment though would have to be the success of his latest TED talk where he shares with us his two nerdy obsessions, magic and crossword puzzles. David we are so incredibly proud of you. xox Shentel and Elizabeth.
We are excited to share with you our first permanent Bowerhaus location in Kuala Lumpur. On the 1st of July we opened our first store with sister brand Sereni & Shentel at The Gardens Mall in Mid Valley. Operational hours are Monday – Sunday, 10am-10pm. If you are in Kuala Lumpur you will be able to get your daily fix 24/7. Special thanks must be given to our Interior designer Noor Othman and Contractors One Interior & Fit-Out works sdn bhd for working to such incredibly tight deadlines.
It is no secret that we are huge fans of Plasterdoll, the brainchild of Jessica Wong. Shentel commissioned Jessica years ago to do an image of her and her sister as a gift to Elizabeth on her Birthday. If you are looking for something truly unique for the person who has everything you should think about contacting Jessica.
Read more about Plasterdoll here.
When The Grand Budapest Hotel came out we were so obsessed with the film we watched it three times in a row at the Cinema. We were thrilled when we discovered the video on how to make a Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolate. Together with our mother Betty Lee we had an afternoon of fun baking up this treat. If your up for a bakers challenge we highly recommend you give it a go!