There's something about historical European cities that makes me want to dress up like a young Sofia Loren. I'm talking about vintage, romantic dresses; headscarves and wide-legged trousers; pleated midi skirts; you get the gist. This Dolce & Gabbana dress rarely gets taken off the hanger, but it's a piece I treasure and one that I only ever seem to wear in charming European cities like Florence or, in this case, Valencia.
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Qi Bao Zhen, an ancient town located in western Shanghai, is a fascinating blend of old and new where vendors sell all manner of enticing and sometimes outrageous food, whacky and unusual gifts, and unique clothing and homeware. Winding narrow streets, a golden temple and romantic curving bridges make up this little town with a history spanning over 1000 years. If you're heading to Shanghai at any point, it's worth a visit and nowhere near as touristy as other traditional areas such as Yu Yuan (Yu Gardens). You'll be unlikely to spot many other non-locals here.
I felt a little bit like a First Lady in this outfit so to modernise it I wore a fishtail braid (an instant bad hair day fix, by the way), a slick of red lipstick and some vampish lace up heels to add an element of youth to an otherwise modest and simple outfit.
Wearing: Lux Deer two piece Missguided heels Fendi bag
I don't like the rain in Europe. It's always cold, and usually accompanied by a drop in temperature and a wind that chills you to the bone. It's a nuisance and an inconvenience. Or maybe that's just England. I do like the rain in Asia. More specifically, South East Asia, where you find yourself caught in a sudden torrential downpour, the skies opening up and releasing all they hold for the better part of an hour before suddenly, a blue sky returns and it's as though nothing ever happened, the sun shining merrily for the rest of the day. Shanghai isn't quite like this, it leans a little more to the former, rain that waxes and wanes all through the day or evening, occasionally reducing to a drizzle for a while before mustering up some more strength and coming down full force again.
After two weeks in Bali, Jarv returned home to London and I took a quick detour to Shanghai to see my family. When the rain threatened to ruin plans for an evening shoot, my dad suggested I take out my new rain boots that I'd picked up in Tokyo instead. So we ventured out into the rain for an hour or so, and I didn't mind it at all. No bitter wind, no freezing temperatures. Just a good excuse to splash my new shoes around in some puddles.
Obviously, I had to shoot an outfit at our magnificent villa (The Edge) in Uluwatu. That place is so photogenic. I chose this delicate, playful dress, a piece I came across whilst browsing through the seemingly Japanese inspired clothing hanging in Gingersnap boutique in Ubud town center (right next to my favourite coconut shop, Tukies). They stock both menswear and womenswear, all casual, cool, artsy-type pieces that are lightweight and perfect in Bali's heat. Anyway, this dress was my favourite - raw, frayed edges, a flirty skirt and flattering shape, plus the accessory that really won me over...a layered black belt that can also be worn as a necklace. Talk about the perfect LBD.