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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Travel in Style: The Gate Hotel Asakusa Review

We decided to stay in two different locations in Tokyo to get to see even more of this amazing city. One of the locations was at Tokyo Station where we stayed at The Shangri La and the other location was in Asakusa where we stayed at the Gate Hotel, a 4 stars boutique hotel.
gate hotel asakusa review
1. The room (12/20)

The room was quite small but that`s quite common in Tokyo. It was very clean and tidy, with all the necessary amenities. The price is also quite affordable so it`s quite good value for money.
gate hotel asakusa review
gate hotel asakusa review

2. The breakfast & other dining options (9/20)

The breakfast was of very good quality although there wasn`t much diversity so after 2 days we were already craving something else. Also a thing to keep in mind is that in Tokyo none of the hotels seem to be including breakfast in their room price which means you`ll have to pay separately each morning if you wish to dine at the hotel for breakfast. 
The hotel only has a restaurant so there weren`t many dining options available. However it is located near the foodie area of Asakusa so you just need to go downstairs if you want to go to a restaurant. 

3. Location (12/20)

As mentioned earlier the hotel is in walking distance from plenty of restaurants. Another plus is that there is a 24 hour open sushi place right in front of the hotel, perfect for late night, jet lagged meals. There is also a supermarket downstairs and a 7 Eleven near by that accepts international cards. The tube & bus stations are within walking distance although you`re quite far away from the city centre.

Room (12/20)
Breakfast & other dining options (9/20)
Facilities (9/20)
Service & atmosphere (12/20)
Location (12/20)
Price $$

Overall rating: 11/20

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Monday, 14 July 2014

Holiday Wardrobe: What to wear in Turkey

what to wear in turkey
Istanbul

Chic & modern, Istanbul fashion is one to be watched. Everyone is extremely stylish so it`s worthwhile bringing a few smart clothing items especially if you`re planning to go out at night to restaurants or clubs. In the summer it can get quite cold so light linen or cotton clothing is the best. And to keep your outfit from being too plain you can accessorize with some amazing, colorful necklaces and bracelets. During winter the temperatures can drop to around 15 degrees so a light coat or jacket is necessary. For women it`s good to bring a scarf to cover your head if you`re planning on visiting any of the city`s beautiful mosques.

what to wear in turkey
BCBG Max Azria Spring 2014
Bodrum

Bodrum is where the fashionable set come for their beach holidays. It can get extremely hot during the day in summer so pack light cotton clothing, kimonos, and a hat, alongside your swimwear. Colourful maxi dresses that you can take from day to night are a great option. For men it`s good to bring a few light weight trousers and shirts for going out at night. Some smart footwear for both men & women are a good idea for dinner or going out in clubs. 

Antalya

Antalya is a favourite among families with plenty of affordable resorts, restaurants, cafes and shopping. The temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees in summer although there is a light sea breeze, which makes the heat a bit more bearable. Similar to Bodrum, hats, sandals, and lightweight dresses for summer with maybe a scarf for nights are a good option. 

Cappadocia

The best way to see Cappadocia is from high above which is why air balloons are so popular here. This is definitely one of my top experiences to try. In terms of clothing, comfortable shorts or trousers, sneakers or light boots, and potentially a jacket can help protect you from the wind. The most important thing to remember when packing for Cappadocia is having good quality, comfortable footwear for walking.

For more information about Turkey holidays and destinations you can check out First Choice that have quite a few offers in Bodrum and Antalya for this summer.
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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Today`s Outfit: The White Shift Dress

white shift dress
white shift dress
shift dress
shift dress
shift dress

(Rare London white shift dress, Warehouse nude clutch, Asos nude sandals)

 The white thing you see around my finger is actually a bandage I`ve been keeping on this whole last week after a cooking accident which reminded me why I shouldn`t even try to cook. It also makes it quite difficult to shoot outfit photos without showing it which is why I`ve been trying to awkwardly hide it behind the clutch. 
Coming back to the outfit, the shift dresses are great for taking from day to night by just a quick change of shoes and purse which is especially useful in summer when everyone has a friend having a BBQ somewhere or going out for drinks. I especially love the top feminine details of this dress from Rare London that gives it that extra something.
What`s your go to summer dress?
 
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Friday, 11 July 2014

Travel in Style: Japan Photo Diary

I can`t believe that just a few weeks ago I was in this amazingly beautiful country, visiting all these amazing places, eating delicious Japanese food, and spending all my money in Shinjuku. We`ve got the chance to visit both Tokyo and Kyoto while we were there and even though the two are quite different, both still highly impressed me. Tokyo is the modern, cosmopolitan city full of skyscrapers and blinding lights at night, and Kyoto is the romantic and historic city where you get to step inside the old Japanese lifestyle. The best time to experience these wonderful cities is in low season when the tourist crowds are lower as well as the hotel prices. Japan is an expensive country although except for the flights we didn`t find it incredibly expensive at least compared with London. The prices are quite similar to London and actually slightly better for food as they have more lower cost food options like udon noodles, conveyor belt sushi, and yakitori. 
I`m definitely planning to go back to Japan and visit a bit more of the country but until then I have my Tokyo and Kyoto travel photo diary to keep me company and remind me of the beautiful time spent there.

Tokyo

shibuya night
shibuya
asakusa temple
asakusa temple
harajuku tokyo
harajuku tokyo
harajuku crepe
harajuku crepe
meji shrine
meji shrine
meji shrine
japanese breakfast
tokyo station
tokyo metro
shibuya crossing
shinjuku
shinjuku
shimokita
shimokita
tokyo arcades
shibuya tokyo
shibuya tokyo
shimokita tokyo
Kyoto

kyoto
kyoto geisha
kyoto temple
kyoto restaurant
kyoto streets
kyoto mountain
kyoto restaurant
kyoto river
japan vending machine
kyoto river
japanese kimono
fushimi inari

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Today`s Outfit: The Perfect Midi Dress for Summer

summer midi dress
summer midi dress
perfect midi dress
perfect midi dress for summer
perfect summer midi dress
(Midi dress from Tokyo, Zara ivory flats, Michael Kors watch, bag from Thailand, jeans jacket from Hong Kong)

A very multicultural outfit which reflects both my love for travel and shopping and what`s better than doing them both at the same time?! I found this pretty midi dress somewhere on the backstreets of Tokyo and I love how flowy and light it feels, making it perfect for hot summer days. And to add to that it has the cutest little Eiffel towers as a print oh la la! We`ve had some pretty good weather in London recently so I`m trying to take advantage of it by spending as much time as possible in the sunshine. I`ve also recently rediscovered my love for badminton! I haven`t played it since I was like 14 but now I`m back in the game and I`m actually pretty good at it, if I can say so myself. Managed to kick my boyfriend`s ass so that`s a win I`ll be sure to constantly remember him, especially in front of other people. Hey what`s love if not trying to always publicly embarrass each other? 

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