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2 Feb 2017

Are flared sleeves still a thing?

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Mango flared sleeves, mermaid skirt, Sam Edelman heels
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Mango flared sleeves, mermaid skirt, Sam Edelman heels
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Mango flared sleeves, mermaid skirt, Sam Edelman heels
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Mango flared sleeves, mermaid skirt, Sam Edelman heels
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Mango flared sleeves, mermaid skirt, Sam Edelman heels
Euriental | luxury travel & style | St. Paul, London
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Mango flared sleeves, mermaid skirt, Sam Edelman heels
Euriental | luxury travel & style | St. Paul, London

...Because I might be into them. Impractical though they might be (especially for someone Jarv calls "the clumsiest person I know"), they're quite fun to shoot. Not sure I'll be joining the legions of people I've spotted sipping on coffees with giant flared sleeves that engulf half the arm, my arms aren't quite long or slender enough for that - I'm more in the 'muscular' category, if we're talking body type here - but I do quite like the idea of an extra long sleeve that flares slightly at the end (less so than these) as if to hang casually off the hand in a IDGAF sort of manner. Does that make sense? It does in my head.

Fishtail skirts on the other hand I have no reservations about whatsoever. I adore them. They make me nostalgic (for an era I never actually lived through) and if you're looking for something that gives you curves Beyonce would be envious of, then get your hands on one ASAP! I got this one from my mother's friend in Shanghai, but there are plenty of alternatives out there.

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Photos by Luis Calow


25 Jan 2017

Vienna: a 'to do' list

Euriental | luxury travel & style | weekend in Vienna, Austria

Michelin starred cuisine, quirky bars and cafes, musical performances, Christmas markets and cultural experiences galore: Vienna delivers all this and more. Having lived in Austria for a few years as a child and having returned during many teenage summers, I remembered Vienna in a very different light. It took me exploring it as an adult to truly appreciate just how much this magnificent city has to offer. I recommend any (and all) of the following for a fun and culture-packed few days in the capital.

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GERSTNER

A whimsical sweet shop cum cafe/restaurant. 
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Pop in to the shop downstairs for all manner of sweets, cakes and chocolate, or take some time and head upstairs to the grandiose dining room gilded in gold and adorned with vintage portrait paintings and draping curtains. Dine on classic Austrian dishes, and fantastic freshly baked desserts. Note: Google says it's permanently closed but this is a mistake. It is still open and going strong!

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Gerstner Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Gerstner Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Gerstner Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Gerstner Vienna, Austria

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CHRISTMAS MARKETS

If 'tis the season to be jolly, then Vienna is the place to be.
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If you're going to Vienna around Christmas time, take full advantage of the multitude of jovial, festive markets set up all around the city. Feast on all kinds of meat, kässpätzle (my favourite - it's like mac 'n' cheese but made with a delicious soft egg noodle and often topped with crispy onions), some very potent gluhwein, hot potatoes, sweet bakery treats and countless more decadent snacks.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | weekend in Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | weekend in Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | weekend in Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | weekend in Vienna, Austria

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VIENNA STATE OPERA

All dressed up with somewhere very special to go. 
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The Vienna State Opera is a magical experience from start to end. Attend a performance and enjoy watching not only the singers but also the attendees, many of whom dress to the nines. My next mission: to attend the Vienna Opera Ball one day.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | weekend in Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Vienna State Opera, Austria

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DAS LOFT, SOFITEL

Don't forget to look up...though it's not likely you'll miss it
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An otherwise simple and elegant bar on the 18th floor of the Sofitel has a pretty trippy twist - just look up at the brightly coloured nature-inspired ceiling, which features animated videos in technicolour. There are also extensive views of Vienna, though I have a feeling things would look even better during the day or at sunset.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Das Loft, Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Das Loft, Vienna, Austria

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BLUE MUSTARD

A melting pot of food, drink, music and interior design.
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Beautiful gothic interiors with atmospheric low light, decent cocktails at reasonable prices and a fun, buzzy vibe. We stayed for 3 or 4 drinks, enjoying the live music and friendly bartenders. Go early to avoid missing out on seats.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Blue Mustard Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Blue Mustard Vienna, Austria

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STEIRERECK

Number 9 on SP's Top 50 Restaurants in the World list.
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Modern design and refined cuisine in one of Vienna's most stunning locations, in the heart of Stadtpark, with white-gloved service that is both professional and good-naturedly playful. It's well worth carving out a good three hours to enjoy one of the top 10 restaurants in the world (San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants, 2016).

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Steirereck Vienna, Austria

We'd booked a little too close to the time we had to leave for the airport and so had to rush out at the end of our meal rather abruptly (we literally just made our flight). It certainly was a hell of a way to conclude our trip to Vienna on this occasion. So, having been reminded of just how culturally fascinating the city really is, I'm making it a mission not to let another 8 or so years pass by before I return again.

20 Jan 2017

Balancing masculine and feminine with River Island

Euriental | luxury travel & style | River Island jumper dress, boots, YSL bag
Euriental | luxury travel & style | River Island jumper dress, boots, YSL bag
Euriental | luxury travel & style | River Island boots, Versace coat
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Versace coat
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Versace coat
Euriental | luxury travel & style | River Island jumper dress, boots, YSL bag
Euriental | luxury travel & style | River Island jumper dress
Euriental | luxury travel & style | River Island boots, Versace coat

The jumper dress/ankle boots combo - you can't really go wrong. I love these boots - I've been wearing them non-stop, from Tokyo to Shanghai to London. They're so sturdy and comfortable (and warm), and kind of badass. Weirdly, all the compliments I've received on them has been from men...I tell them to just head over to RI anyway, they could definitely pass as unisex. 

They look great paired with skinny ripped jeans and a t-shirt too, but with chunkier shoes you do run the risk of looking very tom-boyish (which isn't negative in any way, it just depends on your style). I like to mix and match - tough boots with a feminine touch - some sparkling jewellery, a shapely jumper dress and a dainty handbag. Tada. Pretty simple, really...just how I like to keep my outfits.


Jumper dress (sold out, see other River Island options here) & boots c/o River Island
Coat by Versace
Bag by YSL



Photos by Kevin Harding

13 Jan 2017

How to wear a tartan slip dress in winter

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Zara gingham dress
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Zara gingham dress
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Zara gingham dress
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Zara gingham dress
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Zara gingham dress
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Zara gingham dress and sock boots
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Zara gingham dress and sock boots
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Zara gingham dress
Euriental | luxury travel & style | St Paul's cathedral
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Zara gingham dress

A flimsy, lightweight spaghetti strap dress - not the first item I'd reach for when it's bleak outside. Take that one dress, add a leather jacket, a cashmere coat on top, a faux fur scarf and some sock booties (my new favourite type of ankle boot! So comfy to slip on) and you're good to go. It's all about layering, especially in London. You freeze your ass off the entire walk to the tube then almost immediately start sweating as you board the sauna that is the central line. This is where you subtract every layer but the dress and cue furtive glances from pretty much everyone else...because no-one else seems to be sweating in the middle of winter. Just me, then. My body temperature adjusts virtually instantaneously to the temperature around me - I think I might be a reptile.

Dress and booties from Zara, coat is vintage. Similar options here: