• eats,  escape

    Eat, Sleep, Repeat: Weekend In Shanghai

    Happy weekend dearest readers. Just arrived home from the airport moments ago with second-day hair, and I can’t wait to share my surprisingly pleasant weekend in Shanghai, only about a week before Chinese New Year.

    1. Pre-flight Munchies

    Prior to boarding my flight, I ate at the Hong Kong airport food court. I was quite pleased with my breakfast order at Duddell’s, and I feel that their modern take on traditional dim sum would also appeal to Western readers.

  • commentary

    Social Media Etiquette in 2020

    Can you believe it? The new year is just around the corner. As an older millennial blogger, I’ve observed a seismic shift in the public’s expectations towards social media personalities in recent years. There has been an increased demand for authenticity and transparency. And with good reason: social media following counts translate into how much creators can charge for posts, stories, and videos. Social ambition with kindness rather than arrogance is the new direction for 2020.

    Here are three ways on how to responsibly navigate the beautiful, colourful yet sometimes murky waters of social media in the year 2020.

  • culture,  style,  womens issues

    English Summer – Day In The Garden

    + How To Communicate Romantic Appeal

    Dear readers, in the past I have mostly written about the clothing and lifestyle habits that we as women instinctively love. We are grown women who dress for ourselves, thank you very much! However today’s topic is a little different. Aimed at my heterosexual female readers, I discuss some of the habits regarding dress and grooming that are conducive to attraction. Here are 8 areas in which women can improve their attractiveness to the opposite sex.

    Click below for fantastic inspiration from popular culture and literature.

  • eats,  escape,  restaurant review

    One Day In Stockholm & What I Ate

    For our Easter break getaway, my friend and I visited a couple of Scandinavian countries. It was part leisure, and part photographic and textile research. If you’re looking for a winter holiday, travelling to the Scandinavian countries in March and April is fantastic because you can still experience the signature cold climate and beautiful snow with the benefit of slightly longer daylight hours.

  • commentary,  style


    Happy weekend, lovely people of the internet! I’d like to touch on something I read about recently regarding the ever-divisive item of clothing: leggings. A mother of four sons expressed outrage at the fashion industry for popularising leggings, thereby allowing women to “expose their nether regions.”

    ↑ Image above: I was travelling several years ago in Seoul, South Korea. I absolutely adored those skinny fit legging jeans, but I no longer fit into this shape. I will discuss flattering looser-fitting alternatives below.

  • eats,  interiors,  style

    Jacket Potato with a Twist

    As mentioned in the previous post, it is the Year of the Pig in Chinese culture. I thought it would be fun to go along with the pig theme, and try out some other ingredients from pigs. Lard has been used throughout culinary history; however, in recent years it has fallen out of favour with the health-conscious consumer due do its high saturated fat content. Like its animal fat cousins: beef dripping and goose fat, lard is often used to roast potatoes with.

    A recipe that sprung to mind was first lady Jackie Kennedy’s baked potato. But instead of Beluga caviar, I will opt for the poorwoman’s substitute: lumpfish caviar. I tried this recipe several months ago, but this time I’m going to coat the potatoes with lard instead of oil.

  • commentary,  womens issues

    Happy International Women’s Day!

    I feel so blessed to have incredible and humble female friends. True story: some of my funniest friends don’t have a massive social media following. One of my prettiest friends doesn’t even have social media accounts, and doesn’t know who the Kardashians are (at this point in the conversation, we all lovingly laughed at her). What’s more, her Whatsapp profile photo is the default one. Another friend with the most amazing style rarely posts photos of her outfits and doesn’t advertise clothes for a living. A flower is a flower no matter how privately or publicly she lives her life.

    Blooming in a shade of orange creamsicle at Kew Gardens

  • celebration,  home cooking,  style

    Festive Burgundy

    It is Lunar New Year in the Asian calendar – Year of the Pig! I love this time of year – the season for gathering, cooking, and feasting with loved ones. My Nepalese friend and I made delicious deep fried soft-shell crabs, spare ribs and kale broth, and pork dumplings to celebrate with our English and Korean friends.

    ↑ Traditionally, red is an auspicious colour in Chinese culture. This holiday season, I’m donning burgundy, a cousin in the reds and purples family.

  • photography,  style

    Winter Pink

    As consumers, we are bombarded with visual information from hundreds of sources everyday. But I have the opposite problem that most people have – I am not easily influenced. If I wear something, it is quite likely to be an item that is tried-and-true or something from my own “fashion bucket list” that I have coveted for some time.

    Illustrating a surreal gasholder – they are fascinating structures.

    I went to visit some of my favourite architectural structures in December. This gasholder has been converted into a park.

  • design,  style

    Shoreditch Colours

    Earlier in the autumn, I visited Shoreditch on a weekend. My fascination with East London began after viewing an exhibition on the gentrification of Hackney by one of my favourite British illustrators, Lucinda Rogers.

    ↑ Photo above: When the walls decided to match my green midi skirt.