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7 Mar 2017

Shanghai, my old friend


Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge HK

Sometimes a hiatus feels really, really good. After xmas with my family in Shanghai, starting off the new year in Tokyo, returning to London and then jetting off about as far as we could possibly travel to spend two weeks in New Zealand, I just needed time away from constantly thinking about editing photos or putting words together for the next post to just focus on real life a little bit! Not to mention, I've been in the midst of creating an intensive Instagram course for travel industry professionals, which has taken up a lot of time (and is still not finished yet).

Anyway - I'm back. So, yes, these Shanghai photos are pretty late, but better late than never. My time in Shanghai was split between my parents' house (the one I lived in during my mid to latter teen years) and the Park Hyatt, one of the Hyatts Jarv had wanted to stay at ever since we had drinks at the bar a few years back. Being up in the clouds, above it all (figuratively and literally) is really quite surreal, and the suite we bagged was amaaaazing. Other than that, what else do I do when I go home but stuff my face with all manner of food and visit a gajillion supermalls. Ahhhh, Shanghai.

Well, jetlag is still hitting me hard so that's all I can manage for this evening. I hear the enticing call of an early bedtime...

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Shanghai high rises
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Shanghai malls
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Shanghai food
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Shanghai malls

Doing a Japanese "hair smile" ... Google it. It's a real thing.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt Shanghai
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt Shanghai
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt Shanghai
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Shanghai high rises
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Shanghai malls

Not tossing, guys.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Shanghai malls
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt Shanghai
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Shanghai food
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt Shanghai
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Shanghai food
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt Shanghai
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt Shanghai wearing BCBG dress

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.

Get the look:



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.