Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Sale Wishlist: How to Fight the Cold

Winter Warmers

Word on the street (/ my Instagram feed) is that it is SNOWING in some parts of the world, namely the UK! The savvy minds among you will have realised that this is perfect timing so as to invest in warm clothes with an affordable price tag. Although snow is hard to imagine from the tropical Philippines, Shanghai is well-practised in icy winds and humid cold temperatures, so this year I've learnt a few important things about keeping out the cold... 

1) Let's get the obvious one out of the way... Layer. Layer like your life depends on it. I have recently discovered Uniqlo HeatTech's collection and I promise it will change your life - I've so far only got the leggings which I layer under jeans or tights... thin enough not to make a dent but so effective. 

2) It's time to get savvy with coats. The sensible way would be embracing the Canada Goose jacket above with some super tight skinnies, an oversized roll neck and some Stan Smiths... But maybe for some this is a little too straight forward for everyday. The Uniqlo ultra-light down jacket above is perfect for layering under your favourite coat for an extra layer that won't bulge. 

3) Don't let yourself get cold... waterproof shoes, thick socks or a hot drink on-the-go can really make the difference.

As I mentioned above, I'm in the Philippines for the week, so make sure to keep up to date with my trip on my Instagram. See you there!

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Friday, 26 December 2014

Insta Outfit: Festive

MANGO roll neck, H&M skirt, MANGO pointed flats, FLEE MARKET scarf, 
VINTAGE bag and PRIMARK sunglasses

A little Insta Outfit for you in the Christmas period (Boxing Day still counts). No ugly Christmas sweater for me this year, just a chic cream sweater and the most gorgeous vintage bag I received from Father Christmas... (more on that gem later)

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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Cosying Up

MONKI jacket (new but not appearing online), THRIFTED jumper from Tokyo, ZARA skort, 
ASOS boots (similar), MARKET hat(similar, better), CHANEL boy bag

Back with an update after too-long-a-wait, but it seems that coordinating everything to shoot an outfit post has been very tricky lately. This weekend Jenna (my photographer/ wife) and I went to explore a very interesting area of Shanghai called 新天地 Xintiandi. It was a cold but clear day and it felt just like NYC for some reason - we ate delicious soup and sandwiches at Urban Soup Kitchen, sipped on coffee and strolled around to find the perfect location to take photos. 

It's so much more fun dressing for winter, sometimes summer outfits are a little too simple for my liking. I love the layering, colour palette and general cosiness that comes with dressing for winter, not to mention cashmere scarfs and bobble hats... 

To everyone apart from yours truly who is starting to return home for the holidays (I have class on Christmas day, no I'm not going), eat mince pies and mulled wine by the fire on my behalf...

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Dear Santa (Shanghai Branch) ...

Christmas List

IT'S DECEMBER! It's come around so quickly this year, not least because Shanghai only decided it was autumn about a week ago. Then like clockwork, on the first of December, the temperatures plummeted and it even tried to snow tonight! My language course in Shanghai runs all the way through Christmas and New Year (Christmas is a Christian/ Western holiday, after all!) making it the first Christmas I ever spend away from my family - crying emoji-.

Onto the Christmas list... some gorgeous basics in the form of luxe cashmere, long-overdue Stan Smiths, and a classic watch and bag. Some festive pieces because I can't be totally denied Christmas, and a little party sparkle in the shape of an awesome Mango ear cuff. Here's to hoping Santa remembers to deliver to China...

P.S. That said, I've got an amazing festive period so keep up to date on all my social media (linked below).

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Monday, 1 December 2014

Specsavers Feature

I've mentioned this before on my Instagram, but thought I'd remind you to pick up a Specsavers magazine so you can have a flick through my feature. I'm a glasses wearer (all those Chinese characters get to your vision it would seem) and Specsavers have an amaaazing range. The pair I own is number 2, I love them!

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