16 Sep 2014

MAXMARA MARGOT

Ah, it's been a hell of a week! I spent the better part of it in Dubai: exploring, relaxing, swimming, eating. I even spent one afternoon learning to snowboard. It was brilliant. On the other hand, I also spent the better part of the last week feeling a little under the weather. You name it, I was suffering it at one point or another! Headache, sore throat, stomach pain, fever, nausea. Blegh.

Euriental - London fashion blogger, wearing a Helmut Lang asymmetrical grey jumper and a baby blue Maxmara Margot large tote.
Euriental - London fashion blogger, wearing a Helmut Lang asymmetrical grey jumper and a baby blue Maxmara Margot large tote.
Euriental - London fashion blogger, wearing a Helmut Lang asymmetrical grey jumper and a baby blue Maxmara Margot large tote.

This jumper isn't anything new, but it is an old favourite of mine, and during a chilly afternoon the other week I jumped on the chance to whip it out of hiding for a day and wear it with this beauty of a bag I picked up at Bicester Village a while back. Isn't she gorgeous?! Heart eyed emojis all around, I tell you.

For some reason, I can't find this colour available online, but the same bag is available in a brown here:

9 Sep 2014

EURIENTAL X PINGHE III

Euriental - London fashion blogger, collaboration with PINGHE, wearing their leather lace up trousers.
Euriental - London fashion blogger, collaboration with PINGHE, wearing their leather lace up trousers.
Euriental - London fashion blogger, collaboration with PINGHE, wearing their leather lace up trousers.

The third and final look from my afternoon with the PINGHE team a while back. I loved these leather tie-up trousers - skin tight (I mean, I had to reaaaaally wriggle into these) and certainly not understated, that's for sure. They reminded me of a pair of Moschino black three-quarter trousers my mama had when I was younger - very cool!

6 Sep 2014

FIVE DAYS IN ISTANBUL (PART II)

Wake up. Eat. Swim. Explore. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. 

As with every other morning, a two hour swim session was had before lunchtime rolled around. If your hotel has a pool and it's hot enough, I seriously recommend it. It's a great way to not only get in some exercise before eating every type of food imaginable, but to break up your holiday schedule or itinerary. After all, although planning activities is great, a holiday calls for some downtime and relaxation, too.

Euriental | Grand Hyatt pool, Istanbul, Turkey

Lunch at Colonie was ideal - the trendy, open plan restaurant/bar has a very casual atmosphere. It's newly opened (the same owners as Topaz - an excellent place for dinner with a lovely view, by the way) and I hear extremely busy in the evenings. So go for lunch instead. There were only 3 other tables and extremely fast service as a result. My recommendation: order the Turkish meatballs. 

Euriental | Colonie restaurant in Istanbul, Turkey
Euriental | Turkish meatballs at Colonie restaurant in Istanbul, Turkey

We then wandered over to the Grand Bazaar, picked up some gorgeous lokum adorned in rose petals (and munched it all by the time we'd left) and admired some of the local decorative plates, vases and jewellery.

Euriental | the Grand Bazaar and lokum in Istanbul, Turkey

Saw the bling-est Burget King I've ever come across:

Euriental | Bling Burger King in Istanbul, Turkey

And joined the (fast-moving) queue to see the Bascilica Cistern. I was very excited about this, having seen Anthony Bourdain (I swear, that man dictates half the things I end up doing when travelling) explore it prior to flying out.

Euriental | the Bascilica Cistern in Istanbul, Turkey
Euriental | the Bascilica Cistern in Istanbul, Turkey
Euriental | the Bascilica Cistern in Istanbul, Turkey

Drinks that evening were had at Leb-i Derya. What appears at first to look like an old, dilapidated apartment building then has you entering a rickety, small, old lift and wondering where on earth you are (and is this actually safe?!). Then, the doors open, and with a sigh of relief you step out into a modern, cool rooftop bar overlooking houses lit up in beautifully warm hues, and the Bosphorus, glittering boats passing calmly by on their night cruises. Occasionally you'll see a glowing lantern floating upward in the distance.

Istanbul is like this - if you don't know where the rooftop bars are, good luck finding them. When you do, you will be pleasantly rewarded.

Euriental | drinks at Leb-i Derya in Istanbul, Turkey
Euriental | the view at Leb-i Derya in Istanbul, Turkey
Euriental | the view at Leb-i Derya in Istanbul, Turkey
Euriental | the view at Leb-i Derya in Istanbul, Turkey

We had just over half a day on our final day in Istanbul. With a flight in the evening, we pondered what to do that wouldn't be too far or take too long. The answer was Rumelihisari.

Euriental | the view at Rumelihisari in Istanbul, Turkey
Euriental | Rumelihisari in Istanbul, Turkey
Euriental | secret staircase at Rumelihisari in Istanbul, Turkey
Euriental | the view at Rumelihisari in Istanbul, Turkey
Euriental | the view at Rumelihisari in Istanbul, Turkey

A quick coffee pick-me-up, and back to Taksim square we went to enjoy one more ridiculously divine Turkish dessert, buy some lokum to take home, and collect our things for the airport. Istanbul turned out to be even more fascinating than I'd expected; warm, inviting, steeped in history and mystery, an intriguing blend of Eastern and Western ways of life. I don't think anybody could go there and not enjoy themselves.

Euriental | the view from a Starbucks in Istanbul, Turkey
Euriental | all types of lokum in Hafiz Mustafa in Istanbul, Turkey

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