Sunday, 28 September 2014

Late Summer Denim

ASOS jumpsuit, ZARA bag, SPANISH boutique slides, SWATCH watch
and MANGO and INDIA jewellery

I was pleasantly surprised to realise that, in Shanghai, summer is by no means over come September! Therefore this outfit is definitely still relevant here and definitely still wearable! Temperatures are averaging 25º C here at the moment, but the air is thick and humid so sometimes it feels like so much more. Especially when there are thunderstorms! We’ve also been hit with a Chinese typhoon here and there

There’s nothing like using some simple denim as a spring board to accessorise to the maximum. Silver being the ORDER OF THE DAY in this case.

Keep up to date with Shanghainese adventures on Instagram @piecebypiecestyle!

Photos by Natalie Hale

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Piece by Piece Expands

Piece by Piece Style so far has concentrated wholly on outfit inspiration and fashion related posts, but now that I am based in Shanghai for the next 10 months or so, the blog will be expanding into a travel blog too. There are too many inspiring street style outfits, good restaurants and beautiful spots in Shanghai not to share on here. 

The two week mark has come around already. Here are 10 things I’ve learnt about Shanghai:
  1. The green man at the zebra crossing means nothing. Walk as if you're walking through a red.
  2. There is such a thing as eating too many dumplings. 
  3. Just because you appear to struggle with understanding Mandarin, locals will not talk any slower. At all.
  4. China is much more inventive that England with soft drinks. Examples of this may be, green tea milk with red beans, blueberry cheese drink and peach fibre drink. (I have only tried the first, it was surprisingly yummy). 
  5. Back in the UK we are getting SCAMMED for food prices - here you can enjoy amazing food for anything from 40p to 2 pounds. 
  6. Fuel motorbikes are illegal in China; everyone drives electric motorbikes. Therefore, always watch your back as you won’t be able to hear them coming.
  7. In Shanghai it’s perfectly acceptable to jog around the university running track in jeans and a jumper - maybe even holding an umbrella on sunny days. 
  8. The fact that you are foreign means you are very exotic. Use it to your advantage.
  9. Adapt to China’s timetable: rise early, sleep early. When your classes start at 8.30 every weekday, there really is no choice!
  10. If you like Green Tea move to China; I’ve spotted Matcha waffles, Matcha lattés, Matcha cookies… Matcha heaven.
10 cosas que he aprendido en mis dos semanas de vivir en Shanghai: 
  1. Cuando está el semáforo en rojo no significa que los coches vayan a parar. Camina con cuidado. 
  2. Llegará a un punto donde no puedas comer más wontons. 
  3. Aunque sea obvio que no entiendes lo que dicen los Shanghaineses - no te preocupes porque seguirán hablando igual de rápido. 
  4. Los asiáticos han sido mucho más creativos con las bebidas que nosotros. Ejemplos: leche de té verde con alubias rojas y bebida de anacardos con queso. (Sólo he probado el primero y estaba rico).
  5. En Europa pagamos DEMASIADO por la comida - aquí puedes comer muy bien por 50 céntimos o 2 euros. 
  6. En China no se permiten las motos con gasolina; todos conducen motos eléctricas. Así que tienes que andar con mucho cuidado ya que no las oyes venir. 
  7. En Shanghai es muy común ver a gente ir de jogging con pantalones vaqueros e incluso si hace sol un parasol.
  8. Si eres extranjero en China eres una persona exótica. Usa esta ventaja al máximo.
  9. Adáptate al horario chino - despiértate temprano y acuéstate temprano. Cuando las clases empiezan a las 8.30 no te queda otra. 
  10. Si te gusta el té verde, múdate a China: he visto waffles de té verde, lattés de té verde, galletas de té verde. Estoy en la gloria. 
Cutest girl ever / Fresh Smoothies made on Campus
Yunnan Gardens / Veggie Dumplings
Niña adorable / Zumos Frescos en la Uni
Jardines de Yunna / Wontons de Verduras
Live toads for sale in Tesco / ECNU campus
Green Tea everything/ Koi
Sapos en el supermercado / Campus de ECNU
Todo con sabor a té verde/ Koi
Conveyor belt in the canteen/ Officially an ECNU student
ECNU campus/ Noodle soup
En la cantina de la universidad/ Oficialmente estudiante de ECNU
El campus/ Comida en la cantina

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Black Jumpsuit


It has taken a while to fulfil the exact backdrop I had always pictured for these photos but, finally, as one of the last things I did with my beloved sister before I left Spain for Shanghai, we went on a drive chasing the sun to capture this gorgeous jumpsuit.

My campus here in Shanghai is in the centre of town and all I can see out of my window are sky scrapers and buildings... my native Spanish countryside feels and is millions of miles away right now. But that's OK - Shanghai is treating me very very well and I ain't looking back (apart from quite a few blog posts I've stored up!). 

A full Shanghai post is coming soon - keep up to date on my Instagram until then on @piecebypiecestyle.

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Clean Palette

Wearing MANGO boyfriend jeans, ZARA earrings, clutch and top, SPANISH BOUTIQUE sandals

CLEAN, FRESH, SIMPLISTIC are three words that I think describe this photo shoot as well as the outfit. If in doubt, keep it simple with a clean palette and I promise it would be hard to go wrong. (Coincidentally - or not - I'm actually sitting here writing this in another pair of ripped jeans with another white top... I'm telling you it's addictive!)

Shanghai couldn't feel further away from this gorgeous door taken just around the corner from where I live in Spain - I won't be back there until July! Shanghai is scoring a 10/10 for me right now (sipping Matcha Tea with Bubbles why wouldn't it?

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Photos by Natalie Hale

Friday, 12 September 2014

Touchdown Shanghai

Ladies and gents, I am typing this from Shanghai! What I am to call home for the next 10 months! I am so ready for this adventure. 

Inevitably, the last fortnight has been taken up with preparing for the Big Move: packing (see above), goodbyes, paperwork etc. And shooting some outfits for Piece by Piece so I would have a bank of them while I find a photographer in Shanghai! So I am BACK.

CURRENT MOOD: overwhelmed in every sense. The good and the bad.
I am, however, really falling in love with this city and I can't wait to see what it has on offer so more than anything I feel excitement! 

For updates on my arrival, check out Instagram. More fashion-related posts coming ASAP. 

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