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#MYLKF with Karen Chiang of LiveWellBasics


Lifestyle influencer Karen Chiang talks about all of her favourite Lan Kwai Fong memories…

We first fell in love with Karen Chiang in 2012 when she was fashion and beauty blogger @helloabella. Her down to earth tone and approachable style made styling and makeup seem accessible, and perhaps more importantly – fun.

These days, she’s all grown up and running her own digital content agency Styli Collective, which helps clients build their online presence through catchy wording and beautiful images. She’s also rebranded her blog and Instagram to @LiveWellBasics, a personal account of her fitness and self-confidence journey (with some great curly hair tips thrown in).

mylkf karen chiang live well basics 2019photo by Phelipe Parense

“My old handle was my alter ego that helped me put myself out there when I was a lot more self-conscious,” she tells Lan Kwai Fong. “As I grew, my focus shifted towards living well through fitness and self-improvement, so I wanted my online presence to reflect that.” Follow her account for all of the good stuff, like great workouts (and even better work out gear) and her signature sense of humour.

Read on to find out this influencer’s favourite spots in Lan Kwai Fong.

MYLKF Karen Chiang live well basics lan kwai fong 2019
photo by Elton Fung 

Do you have a favourite memory in LKF?

So many! Doing the 15-shot challenge at Geronimo on a Tuesday night in 2014 comes to mind. Also, hosting the first Nightlife Awards at Bungalow was a proud one for me, though quite a sober one!

Read more: Lan Kwai Fong Wins Big at the hkclubbing Nightlife Awards 

What’s your earliest memory in Lan Kwai Fong?
When I was still new to Hong Kong, around 2011, I remember spending a LOT of money and time at Marlin (now Cafe Duvet) because they had $20 shots. They were SO bad, but they were perfect for pre-game. Also, shisha at the old Beirut!

What are some of your favourite workouts in the area?
Pherform for intense goodness, Barre 2 Barre and Flex Studios to get that toned body.

#MYLKF with Karen Chiang of LiveWellBasics
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What restaurants do you love for a special night out?
I love trying anything new, and luckily there are plenty around the Central and Soho area. A new cuisine in town is always exciting too!

What’s your favourite bar and what’s your order?
001 will always have a soft spot in my heart because it's the place that really brought me and my partner together three years ago. Their Earl Grey Martini is always fantastic, but I personally prefer the whisky sour.

#MYLKF with Karen Chiang of LiveWellBasics - 001 Bar Central HongKong
Are you more of a wild night out or a quiet night in girl?

Definitely quiet night in now, though I hate to admit it! Give me a good cocktail or glass of wine over an expensive night club any day.

Read more: #MyLKF with ThisGirlAbroad 

What’s your drink of choice and who does it best?
Whisky sour is my pick of poison. 001 does it wonderfully, and Room 309 has a very cool transparent rendition. I actually enjoy my own homemade version too!

What’s your dream night out in Lan Kwai Fong?
Start with cocktails and nibbles along the Wyndham street or Brickhouse, head down to Geronimo for shots, dance at Rula Bula and Tazmania Ballroom, and if it's late enough finish off at VOLAR. Of course, I never end a night without Mcwings. 
Pherform Hong Kong
15 Wyndham Street, Central; +852 2798 8824

Barre 2 Barre
4/F, Cheung Hing Commercial Building, 37 Cochrane Street, Central; +852 9688 3503

Flex Studios
3-4/F, Man Cheung Building, Wyndham Street, Central; +852 3468 3132

97 Wellington Street, Central; +852 2810 6969

Room 309
3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Central

20 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong

Geronimo Shot Bar
2/F, 27-39 D’Aguilar Street, Central; +852 2833 9951

Rula Bula
G/F, 58-62 D’Aguilar Street, Central; +852 6081 5092

Tazmania Ballroom
1/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central; +852 2801 5009

Basement, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Central; +852 2810 1510

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