Colin Mathura-Jeffree, New Zealand model, actor and Next Top Model judge
‘Delightfully quirky and witty… vivacious and full of pep… a must-read.’
Hong Kong Blogs Review
‘Peppered with style, yummy food, sass and all things fab… Rach brings us great posts on where to eat, shop and live a fun life in Hong Kong.’
All Women’s Talk
I’m Rachel Read, a Hong Kong-based freelance writer, editor, blogger, dessert addict and general layabout.
You may recognise me from Page 187 of Sean Smith’s Cheryl (as in Cole), calling the actress Tallulah Riley ‘delightful’ on her Wikipedia page or from my former roles as long-standing/suffering Music & Style Editor of Teentoday, Editor of Sassy Hong Kong or any of the other places found on my CV… or you may not recognise me at all, in which case “Hello!”
I created Through The Looking Glass in 2010, a “beauty, food, Hong Kong and whatever else I can think of” blog, as one of the few English-language beauty blogs in Hong Kong with in-depth product reviews and swatches. I also write about Hong Kong restaurants (including lots of desserts!), shows, exhibitions, places to visit and other quirky things, alongside an eclectic mix of theatre, music, film and television reviews, and random musings on ‘pretty things’.
A long time ago, I graduated with a First Class Degree in English Studies from Nottingham University. I wrote a 10,000 word dissertation about The Stylistics of Chick-Lit (versus generic romance novels), which I am still pretty proud of and all too happy to whore out to anyone that’s interested. You can also see more examples of my writing for various publications (and none of it is 10,000 words long, I promise) here.
Some stuff I love: middle eights, epic key changes, print dresses, garlic, my boyfriend, Bliss Spa, Girls Aloud, studying and attempting to learn dance routines, men in suits with posh accents, inappropriate crushes, salted caramel and cute dogs.
Some stuff I don’t: people who dislike the mainstream in misguided attempts to ‘be cool’, getting my hands dirty, insects, wanting stuff I can’t afford, ingratitude, tardiness and foie gras.
All in all, not too shabby, right?!
If you are interested in my writing, sending products for review or just want to tell me your favourite ever nail polish, please email me at email@example.com.
Or if you’re young and hip, find me on social media here:
Thanks for visiting!