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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Today`s Outfit: A Red Dress in Sicily

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(Topshop crochet red dress, Zara flats, Asos bag)

This is the last outfit from Sicily before we came back home. We spent most of our trip in the beautiful town of Taormina which is pretty busy this time of the year and with good reason as it`s a small, cute town, up on the hill overlooking the sea. The streets are colourful and the food is delicious anywhere you go. I feel like Sicily definitely felt like our last days of summer before autumn settled in. This week it`s been rainy and cold in London and summer feels million miles away. The good thing about fall though is of course fall fashion which is definitely my favourite, just thinking of all the layering and all the amazing jackets & coats gets me all warm and fuzzy inside.

How are you spending your last days of summer?
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Monday, 18 August 2014

Top 10 London restaurants with cool interior design

1. Berners Tavern, contemporary British menu, Oxford Circus. Read my full restaurant review
Berners Tavern remains number 1 in my heart for design as the minute you step in your mind is completely blown away. The ceiling is spectacular with those big chandeliers that make you feel you`re transported somewhere in the glamour days of Vienna.

2. Grain Store, modern European with focus on vegetarian dishes, King`s Cross. Read my review here
I love industrial designs and this one from Grain Store is one of the coolest I`ve seen. Another plus is the open kitchen which means you get to see the chefs in action.
Image from blog.visitlondon.com 

3. Dabbous, Modern European, Fitzrovia
Although the place is pretty small , Dabbous is definitely the cool kid on the block in Fitzrovia.
Image source: designfront.co.uk

4. Duck & Waffle, European/ British, Liverpool Street. Read my restaurant review here.
Best thing about Duck & Waffle is its amazing view over East London. A great place to go for breakfast or early dinner to catch the sunset.
Image source: duckandwaffle.com



5. Hakkasan, Modern Chinese, Hanway Place. Read my Hakkasan review here.
Dark, mysterious, with oriental touches, Hakkasan interior is definitely a crowd pleaser. Another restaurant with a similar design is Yautcha which is part of the same group as Hakkasan.
Image source: hakkasan.com

6. The Dock Kitchen, Experimental, Ladbroke Grove
And yet another industrial designed interior. I can`t help it, this place looks amazing.
Image source: thedeliciouslondoneateasy.wordpress.com

7. The Folly, Modern European & British, Monument
There are interesting, colourful elements everywhere you look in this restaurant. Feels more sometimes like you`re dining inside an art exhibition.
Image source: thefollybar.co.uk

8. Plum & Spilt Milk, British cuisine, Kings Cross
Loving the lights, arm chairs, and sofas in this restaurant.
Image source: theguardian.com

9. Nopi, Middle Eastern, Soho. Read my full review of Nopi here.
A favourite for both the food, cocktails and interior. Everything looks very light and airy.
Image source: harpersbazaar.co.uk

10. Hoi Polloi, Modern Brasserie, Shoreditch. Read my experience at Hoi Polloi restaurant here.
As soon as you step in you feel more like in New York than London, huge space and minimalist decor. Love the idea of transforming the menu into a mini newspaper.
 Image source: theguardian.com
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Friday, 15 August 2014

A Wong Restaurant Review

A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I went for dinner at A Wong in Victoria, a restaurant focused on Chinese cuisine but with a modern twist. Chinese cuisine is one of those cuisines where it`s particularly hard to reinterpret it as most people prefer the homely feel the traditional dishes have. A Wong has definitely managed to keep the flavour of traditional recipes while still making you feel like you`re sampling something new and exciting.
 
Beef with oyster sauce (12/20) was one of my partner`s favourite.
a wong restaurant review
Monk fish cheeks (14/20) were definitely my favourite of all the dishes we`ve had. Also loved the sweetness of pomegranate.  
a wong restaurant review
Chicken with cashew nuts (10/20) was ok but not my favourite as I found the chicken a bit dry.
a wong restaurant review
Jellyfish (12/20) was very light with bits of crunchiness and spice. Another favourite!
a wong restaurant review
Overall rating: 12/20
Price: £££
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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Today`s Outfit: The Boho Dress

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(Boho dress from Tokyo, Zara shoes, Asos bag)

First outfit post from my trip to Sicily. We`ve only stayed there for 4 days which was way too short for exploring this beautiful island as there is so much to see and do, so hopefully we`ll go back at some point to explore some of the other areas as well. The weather was amazing, the host actually told us we were lucky as usually the temperatures in August in Sicily rise to 40 degrees but this year it was slightly milder to around 30 degrees. It was very much a lazy holiday that evolved around sleeping, eating, and swimming. The food in Italy is always so good that it`s pretty hard, if not impossible, to have a bad meal there. And the best way of covering up all those delicious pasta dishes is of course by wearing loose, comfortable dresses like this one :). I bought this dress from Tokyo in May from one of their many cute boutiques but the weather was never warm enough to wear it in UK so it had to wait till August and our trip to Sicily to get its first wear.
The embroidery kinda reminds me of the traditional blouses people wear in Romania for celebration moments which I`ve always loved so I was pretty excited to find this dress in a shop all across the world in Japan.

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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Today`s Outfit: Styling the Chanel Bag

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(H&M striped top, Mango skirt, Converse shoes, Chanel bag, Marc Jacobs watch)

I`ve taken a bit of a break from blogging in the last few weeks but it`s always great to get back to this little space that has been one of my passions for so long.
We took these photos just a few days back as we were enjoying some great summer weather in London and finally took out for a spin my new Chanel bag that I got in Tokyo. Hopefully this is just one of the many Chanels that will follow :). Tokyo is one of the best places to shop for designer items as you can get such great bargains. I strolled around the shop for 2 days in a row, constantly contemplating whether I should buy it or not, to the point that I even started dreaming of holding it in my hands or having nightmares about being bankrupt. At this stage I pretty much knew I just need to take the plunge and buy it and so I returned for the 3rd day, sweaty palms, holding tight my card before giving it to the sales woman that rapidly swiped it without the blink of an eye (I`m guessing she`s done this many times before). The good thing is I am now the proud owner of a beautiful Chanel bag, the bad thing is now I have to eat beans for the next 5 years. Would I do it again? hell yes!
Now in terms of styling it I always loved the mix of designer pieces with high street or vintage items, or adding a bit of luxury to an otherwise casual outfit which is why I paired it with this new Mango skirt I love (such a great hippie print!) and my old, faithful and slightly dirty Converse (raise your hand if you`re the same as me and believe that Converse should never be washed). Can`t wait to style it next time with a little black dress.
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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

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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.

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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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