Saturday, 27 December 2014

Beijing Diary Part 1: Nanluoguxiang, Forbidden City, and Wangfujing

I'm back! I've been shamefully lazy with the blog these past few months but that's going to change now. I've given the place a little revamp so it's much easier on the eyes now. Also, I should warn you that this is turning into a travel blog for the next few weeks since it's the holidays and I'm travelling to a few different places in Asia!

I didn't really plan on going to Mainland China during my time in Hong Kong but my boyfriend suggested that we should go to Beijing when the semester ended. I'm so glad he did because seeing Beijing was incredible! I was trying to whittle down the three hundred photos I took into just one post but I've since realized that was a stupid idea, so I'm going to aim for three posts instead.


After arriving in Beijing, we headed to a preserved old district Nanluoguxiang. The area is filled with places to eat (street food, cafes, restaurants) and shops. It's a great place to hang out and buy some souvenirs.


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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Seoul Diary

As much as I love Hong Kong, I was very excited to escape to Seoul during reading week. My friend and I had been talking about going to South Korea even before we got onto the year abroad, so actually realizing our plans was pretty surreal. Seoul was everything I expected and more. The street style was on point and I've never seen so many well dressed students in one place before. You're also never far from a great coffee shop either. I didn't take that many photos since I was just having fun wandering around but here are the ones I did take.


One of the first places we went to was Samcheongdong, a more traditional and very pretty neighborhood. There are lots of old buildings, cute little shops and of course places to eat and drink coffee. It was a nice place to go in the morning since it was pretty peaceful even with all the tourists.



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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Hong Kong Park




Shirt - Forever21, Skirt - Mong Kok (Fa Yuen Street), Sandals - Aldo




I'm in Hong Kong! I arrived at the end of August for my year abroad. Sorry for not blogging sooner, it's been crazy just getting to know the place and then school work was piled on pretty quickly. I haven't even been much of a tourist yet since I've been told to wait for the cooler weather. What I have seen of Hong Kong though has been amazing. I instantly fell in love with the place. I'm a sucker for skyscrapers I guess. I am missing London but I don't feel like I need to go back just yet.

Last weekend my friend and I decided to chill in Hong Kong Park near Admiralty station. However, they were a couple hills and an observation deck that involved stairs so it was more of a workout than we planned (but really anything is a workout for out of shape me). It was a small but pretty park with an aviary, a gallery and some great views. We eventually abandoned the outdoor heat for some ramen.

Well I should get back to some work now. Or maybe just sleep. Actually sleep would be better.
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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Seaside Nail Art



It's been such a long time since I did some nail art so I thought I'd make an effort with these. I took inspiration from my recent trip to Devon where I stayed by the sea. I used dotting tools, thin brushes and even an eyeliner brush. I feel a lot of it looks like something I would've painted when I was younger (especially the sailboat with the sun) but just on a much smaller scale.
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Sunday, 20 July 2014

My Etsy Store!





I thought I'd do a little bit of a different post today and show you my Etsy store! A few weeks ago, I made myself a scrunchie with a bow using some leftover material I had and thought why not make some more and sell them. So that's what I'm doing! I also make scrunchies with bunny ears that work well with high ponytails. The store is called For The Crown since crown can mean the top of a person's head or whole head. I also thought it sounded like a dramatic show/book where people do anything it takes to become rulers (which reminds me I need to watch more of Game of Thrones but I've recently been sidetracked by Orange Is The New Black). I have bought some more fabrics so there will be more different colours and styles up on the shop soon!

Shop link: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ForTheCrown

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Grey Days in Paris

Shirt - Forever 21, Skirt - Vintage (from Mum's wardrobe)
Notre Dame
Conciergerie


Sacre-Coeur

View from the Sacre-Coeur
Eiffel Tower

Two pianos with a sign saying 'Play Me. I'm yours'
Pont Alexandre III
Arche de Triomphe
The Louvre

Apologies for the lack of posts this week but I was in Paris for the last few days! I didn't have any wifi there so I was away from social media and everything for a while. I didn't miss it that much though since I was in a gorgeous city (although I probably wouldn't have gotten lost as much if I did have wifi). I haven't been to Paris in about 10 years so I had to do all of the touristy stuff again because I could barely remember anything. It was a shame it was grey and rainy most of the time but hey, I'm British, we're used to it. I'd love to go back again when there's better weather, explore some more and experience the cafe culture properly.
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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Sugar For Spike Giveaway

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Hello everyone! For today's post I'm promoting Sugar For Spike's launch giveaway who have 5 $100 Urban Decay vouchers up for grabs.

To enter the giveaway, click here and follow the steps!

Sugar For Spike is a new brand based in Singapore. Their first collection has a lot of great pieces which look like they can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. There's a mix of bold colours and vibrant prints which are balanced out with a few neutrals. I also love the concept behind their lookbook and it looks like a really fun shoot.

But enough from me - this is what they have to say about their debut:

Sugar For Spike is pleased to announce the release of its debut collection editorial lookbook.

The inspiration behind the lookbook comes from two friends, looking for an escape from the perfectionism and commercialism of their city, where they stumble into a “secret” underground hangout to have a little carefree fun.

Dancing and twirling throughout the night, and forgetting whom they are and what the world deems as appropriate behaviour, they end up discovering that the liberation from the night out will be one of the memories they will treasure about their youth.

The collection is slated to release at select retailers and online at sugarforspike.com on 7th August 2014. The line is also available for pre-order now, with free international shipping. Closing date for pre-orders is 10th July 2014.






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Monday, 30 June 2014

Everything I do I do in slow motion


Shirt - Thailand, Skirt - Topshop, Bag - Dune


This is a bit of a late post seeing as these photos were taken last weekend. I would've posted them yesterday but my current on/off cold was fully on last night. I really need to start scheduling posts. Anyway, last Sunday I went to Yumchaa with a friend and tried their Caramel Sweetheart tea. It was quite nice but I think I should've added milk. After that my friend offered to take a million photos for my blog but we called it quits at about ten. The photos were taken on a cute, quiet Soho street that annoyingly wasn't quiet enough to avoid getting weird looks from people. I'm getting more used to that now though.

Since it was a warm Summer's day I wore this floral shirt with my trusty black skater skirt. I put on a black necklace to go with the skirt and brought my new-ish bag from Dune. I love the boxy, structured shape of it but sadly it's not a convenient everyday bag for me. It's quite heavy and it's pretty tricky to open it quickly and discreetly which isn't great when you just need to get something out of it for a short moment. Despite that it's gorgeous so I'm going to keep it until it's falling apart, then get it fixed to make it usable again.

Lyrics in title from Slow Motion by PHOX.
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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

The Legend of Korra Nails



I am definitely one for wearing my obsessions on my nails and when my friend suggested the element symbols from Avatar (the cartoon, not the film with the big blue people) I was like "that's a great idea!". It was perfect timing too, seeing as the new season of the Legend of Korra starts this Friday. I painted the elements according to the order in Korra's intro and tried to draw Raava's markings on my thumb. I'm just realizing that it's likely only a few of you reading this are going to have any idea what I'm talking about. If that's you, feel free to ignore me. If you are a fan of The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra and thinking "what Book 3 this Friday? That came out of nowhere!", then check out the trailer below:



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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Night Time Skincare Routine and Spot Killers


I'm trying something different again for this post! My skin has been pretty good since I've been sticking to this skincare routine for around 2 months now. It even held up during exam time which unfortunately hasn't been the case in previous years. I thought I could share the products I'm using and maybe this will be helpful for someone else. Maybe not. I should also mention that I have combination skin and I get spots from time to time.

Also I feel like I should put a disclaimer just in case to say that none of this was sponsored or anything like that. Everything was bought with my own money.

Cleanser: Jejubija Anti-trouble Facial Foam by Innisfree
I used to have an Innisfree BB cream until they discontinued it. It was made for people with skin problems like acne and it really did help my skin. So when I read about this product I was confident it would work. And it has! I get spots less regularly and when I do they're usually small (more on spot killing later). It's also pretty good at taking off most make up but you might need to use something else for eye make up. It leaves your skin feeling fresh after you use it too.
I bought mine from w2beauty since you can't get it in UK stores.

Toner: Wonder Pore Freshner by Etude House
This toner claims to minimize the appearance of pores which is why I got it. I'm not very attentive when it comes to my pores and sometimes I think there's a difference but other times I don't. Maybe that means it has helped with the elasticity of my pores? I'm not sure about that but I will still say it's a good toner. It does clean out my pores and helps with oil control.
I also got this from w2beauty due to Etude House not being in the UK. I wish they did open up a store here, they're so cute and pink.

Moisturiser: STEAMCREAM
I got this product since around February when I had pretty dry skin and was looking for something that would help. I kept coming across reviews of this product but I was put off by the £12.95 price tag which is more than I usually spend on moisturiser. I eventually decided to try it and I'm so glad I did. It really helped my dry skin and made my face nice and smooth again. You can also use it on your body and as hand cream.
I bought this from steamcream.co.uk.


When I do get breakouts I tend to use these right when I spot them (PUN!).

Tea Tree Oil: Everyone's probably heard of the savior that is tea tree oil by now. Sometimes I'll apply this directly to a spot using a cotton bud or I'll mix one or two drops with my moisturiser in my palm. I got this from Superdrug but it's also in Boots and other stores.

Savlon: I saw my friend commenting on Facebook about using Savlon on spots so I thought I'd give it a try. I apply the cream directly onto a spot and let it work its magic. It helps to prevent pimples or at least reduce the size of them. I bought my tube at Boots.

Honourable Mentions (a.k.a. I don't have either of these products right now to take pictures of): Sudocrem! I'm not sure if it works for nappy rashes but it's great for acne and I've been told it's good for dry skin. I've also used TCP liquid antiseptic on a spot and it had noticeably shrunk within two hours. However, this stuff smells very strongly and it's probably quite harsh on skin, so if you use it make sure to just dab a little bit directly onto the spot.

Thanks for reading this post! If you found it helpful please let me know. I like doing beauty posts from time to time but I'll keep this place as a mainly personal style and nail art blog. I guess nail art does count as beauty though.

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Mini Shoes and Socks Haul



I don't normally do hauls but I thought why not start trying out different things on my blog. It's a pretty measly haul I admit, however I wanted to take the opportunity to show some of my new things and say 'look how friggin' cute they are!' Also, shoes and socks are a pretty rare sight on my blog. I really need to make the effort to take more full outfit photos.

Back to the haul. The socks on the makeshift clothes line are from Topshop. If I was only allowed to buy one type of clothing from Topshop for the rest of my life, it would be their socks. The cotton socks with the frills were covered by their 3 for £8 offer. I remember disliking socks like these in primary school but around 10 years later I've come to like them. The middle pair are sheer with daisies so I had to buy them. They were £4 which is more than I usually spend on socks but still reasonable.

I came across the shoes at Debenhams on Oxford Street. They're from Call It Spring and were a decent £35. I've been looking out for a pair of shoes like these with transparent parts or cut outs so I was excited to get these. The middle is made of mesh and they're very lightweight. Perfect for Summer!
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