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31 Aug 2016

Smart Turnout

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Smart Turnout watch, Banana Republic striped tee, ASOS linen skirt
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Smart Turnout watch, Banana Republic striped tee, ASOS linen skirt
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Smart Turnout watch, Banana Republic striped tee, ASOS linen skirt
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Smart Turnout watch, Banana Republic striped tee, ASOS linen skirt
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Smart Turnout watch, Banana Republic striped tee, ASOS linen skirt
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Smart Turnout watch, Banana Republic striped tee, ASOS linen skirt

Ah, hard to beat a sunny afternoon in my neighbourhood. I love being by the water, even if it is just a little marina where boats come to dock. In the summer, it's such a pleasure watching the ducks paddle furiously towards you hoping for a morsel of food, seeing the cormorants sunning their wings and the people out on their boats having lunch.

The matching nautical outfit was sort of a happy accident - I've been wearing this striped linen & cotton blend tee a lot since purchasing it and the watch by Smart Turnout has been adorning my wrist for the past few weeks too. Brown and gold are such warm, flattering colours for any skin tone and while the leather strap gives it a slightly masculine feel, the gold details really balance it out and add a touch of femininity.

P.S. Use code SMARTKAMARA for 15% off any watch of your choice ;)


Wearing:

T-shirt from Banana Republic (sold out), similar here and here
linen skirt from ASOS
watch c/o Smart Turnout
sunglasses from Dior

22 Aug 2016

Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland

For my birthday this year (back in late June...I've got some catching up to do!), we flew to Geneva for a short but sweet weekend away. Having visited once a few years ago, I was looking forward to returning to a country I only remembered positively.

Our hotel of choice: the Intercontinental Geneva.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland

With a beautiful, grand entrance, high ceilings and sweeping staircases, it makes a great first impression. Our room had quite the view, too:

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland

The hotel is located a five minute walk from the nearest tram, which will take you into town in another five to ten minutes. If the weather allows, it's not too long a walk either at about half an hour. Plus you'll have a chance to stop and admire the UN square on your way.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland

The bar at the Intercontinental serves expertly-made drinks with giant olives and almonds to accompany your tipple, and has a very relaxed, masculine, Mad Men kind of vibe.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland

The pool is easy on the eye and the staff are extremely polite and attentive - each one greeted us as we passed by or bid us a pleasant day as we left.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland

But the best part of all has to be Sunday brunch. An all-you-can-eat buffet brunch at 85CHF per person (including soft drinks) from midday to 3pm, they serve everything from fresh lobster to mini hamburgers to duck breast, and the desserts - oh my the desserts - will leave you wishing you had room in your stomach for more. The ideal brunch spot for beautiful summer afternoons, the restaurant is set in a gorgeous garden oasis, complete with sweet little sparrows flitting around like a scene out of Snow White.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland


Favourite feature?

The brunch, definitely! Also, being gifted a box of chocolates for my birthday upon checkout was a nice touch.


Anything that could be improved upon?

The concierge recommended a restaurant that turned out to be quite the tourist trap with below average reviews online. Good thing we checked before we took his advice! Perhaps do your own research instead of relying on them for tips.

14 Aug 2016

Andaz 5th Avenue: Terrace Suite in New York

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York

After a faultless one night stay at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City, I was looking forward to returning to a hotel we'd had an amazing stay at last year: the Andaz 5th Avenue. Last time, we stayed in the beautiful Splash Suite with a view overlooking the Public Library. This time, we were eager to check out a terrace suite (especially as the weekend promised lots of sunshine).

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York


The room itself was lovely, but getting there was a whole other story. We'd been guaranteed a terrace suite with our Hyatt Diamond suite upgrades. Upon arrival, we were informed that the room wouldn't be ready for another few hours, so we'd be put up in a temporary room for now until it was ready for us. The temporary room was a soulless, undecorated disabled access room round the back of the hotel with a rather depressing view of an empty, littered, unused courtyard area. Basically, we didn't have access to the terrace suite we'd been guaranteed until about 6pm, when the best time to actually use the terrace had long gone (and we only had a one night stay).

Although the lobby staff were always friendly, helpful and polite, whoever was working the housekeeping phones during our stay needs to be fired. I'm not exaggerating. 5 times over the course of two hours Jarv called up asking for more coffee capsules, and 5 times he was told someone would be right up, only for coffee never to arrive. Not just this, but the lies started pouring in after the third request: it had now been escalated to a manager, the 'director of housekeeping' would be in shortly, etc. None of this was true. None of this ever happened.

It was shocking behaviour; I've never witnessed such poor service in a supposedly 'luxury hotel' in a major city. Why sit on the end of the phone, tell a loyal guest that their request is being fulfilled over and over, yet do nothing at all about it? Coffee is a complimentary, standard service offered in the room and to bring up a few more capsules is no difficult or unusual task. I was truly baffled.

When someone came to deliver our room service breakfast, we found he hadn't been told at all about our multitude of requests for coffee capsules (thankfully he was great, proactively asking if there was anything else we wanted and running down to immediately bring us the capsules). 

Honestly, the first time I stayed here, I loved everything about the hotel. Now? I wouldn't stay here again. Such a shame.

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On a more positive note, if you're in New York and in the mood for dim sum with a twist, I would highly recommend Red Farm. Delicious, playful and inventive farm-to-table dishes. Pictured below are Katz's Pastrami egg rolls, pork & crab soup dumplings (xiao long bao), seared pork & shrimp dumplings and Pacman shrimp dumplings.

Mmm. Good food makes everything better!


Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Red Farm, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Red Farm, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Red Farm, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Andaz 5th Avenue Terrace Suite, New York

9 Aug 2016

Lotty B Mustique

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing Pink House Mustique in Valencia
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing Pink House Mustique in Valencia
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing Pink House Mustique in Valencia
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing Pink House Mustique in Valencia
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing Pink House Mustique in Valencia
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing Pink House Mustique in Valencia
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing Pink House Mustique in Valencia
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing Pink House Mustique in Valencia

Wake up, throw on a bikini, grab a cortado and a pan con jamón y tomate next door, head down to the beach. Every morning begins the same way in this little Spanish town in Valencia. Hang out at the beach until lunch time, stuff ourselves with paella or fideua or arroz al horno (oh God, I'm hungry), fall asleep on the sofa, head back to the beach. When your days revolve around basically lolloping around the beach and getting dressed only for meals, something easy to slip in and out of is preferable. No struggling to squeeze into shorts when you're still wet from the ocean.

This Lotty B sarong from Pink House Mustique in gorgeous silk charmeuse is officially my new beach must-have. From the rolled hems to the incredible, almost watery softness of the sueded finish, it not only looks great but feels luxurious to the touch. Worn here as a halterneck dress, but just as easily works as a wrap, a strapless dress or a silky skirt.

Wearing: sarong c/o Pink House Mustique