Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Fifty Shades of Fashion

Fifty Shades of Grey. It's the book that everybody's talking about - well, 20 million to be exact (according to the posters). It's every woman's delicious, little secret. A pretty big secret, on second thought, but a secret no less that solicits a coy smile from the lady sitting opposite you on the tube or at least an all knowing nod. It's chick-lit at it's finest if I do say so myself and where chick's come in, normally, so does fashion.
Women across the nation are being inspired to ramp up the heat in a certain department and who could blame them?! However, I've found a new fashion muse and it's none other than the mystifying Christian Grey. From his silver gray eyes and white linen shirts to his lascivious appetite for oxblood leather, Mr Grey - although, unfortunately, fictional - is a style force to be reckoned with.
So, what will you be taking away from Mr Grey? Are you quivering to get your hands on a new pair of silver studded shoes or will you be off to Home Depot for some brand new carabiners? Sssh. It's our little secret.

The Jet Setter
Christian Grey is the ultimate business man - suave, rich and alluringly competent - thus inspiring this straight-laced yet sexy ensemble. A sparkling, silver pencil skirt is reminiscent of his eyes, often ablaze with passion. 
The Jet Setter

Black Diamond
For his dashing good looks and irresistible magnetic pull, Mr Grey is certainly owed the title of a diamond. However, his questionable taste in... extracurricular activities taint his beauty. On the other hand, ask Anastasia Steele and she might present you with this argument: black diamonds, being the rarest, are certainly one of the most beautiful. Christian Grey is arguably much the same.
Black Diamond

Good Time Charlie
By his own admission, Grey is "fifty shades of..." well, you know the rest. Most of the time, he's only got his negative side on show - dominant, threatening and achingly cold. Needless to say, his relaxed, carefree side serves as inspiration for this slouchy, easy-going outfit. There's no doubt that he's far from a "hearts and flowers" kind of guy but his sudden bouts of happiness cast a warm glow over an otherwise very tense scenario.
Good Time Charlie

The 'Red Room of Pain' most probably doesn't appeal to the masses, however, it's rich, red interior - decked out in dark wood and leather - is the best kind of catalyst for the budding femme fatale. Think slinky silhouettes, spiked stilettos and just a hint of dominatrix. 

Sunday, 15 July 2012

7 Bottles (Bonus Track) - Ben Howard

18:00 PM
When you go to another country and see so many beautiful things, you really start to wonder why there aren't so many breathtaking scenes in the place you came from or even the city. In my case, that city is London and Chiang Mai almost makes me bitter about the run down buildings and vast amounts of grey that greet me on a day to day basis. 

"I wish we'd conserved more of what London used to be," a quiet utterance that seemed to float away with the wind. After all, in comparison to the glittering pathways of the temple I was walking through, the statement was completely insignificant.

I think it's safe to say that this is what dreams are made of. The exotic backdrops to glamourous movies and the Utopian escapes that plague our minds when we should be contemplating wholly more boring topics. I say plague because thinking of these places can only lead to a lack of productivity when it is needed the most.

Today I visited two of the great temples in Chiang Mai. I have never seen so much gold in my life. 

"Surely it's paint," one of us remarked but without a response. Who could be sure?

Well, there is one thing I am certain of - the song 7 Bottles didn't leave my head for a second today. Could it be a sign?


Monday, 9 July 2012


16:00 PM
If you'd asked me what I thought I'd be doing on my first day in Chiang Mai, I would not have responded with any of the above: attending dinner in a traditional dining room (equipped with floor cushions for seating, barefoot waitresses and all), petting/feeding/riding elephants, cuddling baby tigers and taking pictures with the women of the Long Neck Tribe. Well, to be honest, my answer would have probably consisted of some entirely boring market shopping and swimming in the villa's pool. My answer would have been completely off the mark. 

The past 1 1/2 days have been a whirlwind of beautiful experiences - priceless, delicate memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I thought that Hong Kong was amazing, that views had blown my mind and I wouldn't see anything quite as beautiful on my trip. Once again, I was wrong. The playful spark in the eyes of those tiger cubs and the docile nature of those giant, grey creatures are conclusively something far more special than many of the things I have seen before.

This place is so green and the land is so lush but I feel like I will forever remember it as golden - a tiny, silken thread wrapped tightly around my heart where I will never fail to recall it. This wonderful, congenial place called Chiang Mai.

Today I'm wearing my beaded beach cover-up and slouchies from Beaufox.

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Sunday, 8 July 2012

Katy Perry for Vogue Italia July

Gagaesque, 60's chic and altogether more sexy than what we're used to seeing KP in, this story for Vogue Italia evokes feelings of joy, envy and inspiration all at the same time. Well, at least for me it does. Who hasn't at some point in their life consider joining the bowl cut revival? After all, traditional monk style is very vintáge. Miss Perry looks so fabulous that, personally, I'd knight her for good services to mankind (if I was the Queen). 
Don't you love it?! I kind of want to play Diva by Beyonce at full blast and wave my skirt around Katy style. Not that the neighbours would appreciate that.


Saturday, 7 July 2012

Hong Kong Garden - Siouxsie and The Banshees

As some of you may have noticed, I've been AWOL since the 28th. A busy 9 days of gutting my room, cleaning my room and packing all of the contents of the past year (well, minus 10 black bags of charity donations) into 3 suitcases PLUS a 12 hour flight later and I'm sitting in my Hong Kong hotel room eagerly uploading the first of my holiday snaps.
7:00 AM
Jet lag. So much jet lag. The weather this morning is so gloomy in comparison to the warm, evening breeze that greeted us upon our arrival yesterday evening. The sky looks like a murky watercolour painting, the clouds dirty smears created by a roily brush. Everything is so tall in this city. "We build up". The roads are pretty narrow in some places and you can look straight into the window of the person in the building across. It's cramped but in a good way. I thought I was a city girl but London is nothing compared to here.

Today I'm wearing a floral bandeau top and neon jumper both from Primark, my black midi skirt and an aztec print bum bag (convenient and granny chic - need I ask for more?!) Peruvian style tassel sandals finish off the look giving my ensemble a touch of touristic mode.

16:00 PM
My jet lag feels like a thing of the past. All I can think of is the breathtaking views that we've seen today, the traditional Chinese lunch eaten in the locals' haunt and the tram experience. The culture here is so different but this place is amazing. For the first time ever, I drank Jasmine tea and rode down an extreme slope... in a tram... backwards. For somewhere so full of skyscraper buildings (which literally graze the sky, mind you) the view from the top is amazing. I wish I had time to visit the bay and take a whirl around Disneyland Hong Kong but we'll be Thailand bound by tomorrow afternoon. I've no time to miss this place, though. Chiang Mai is calling.

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