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7 Jul 2016

Hyatt Regency London: The Churchill

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill, staycation
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill, staycation
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill, staycation
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill, staycation
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill, staycation
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill, staycation
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill, staycation
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill, staycation
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill, staycation
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill, staycation
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill, staycation
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Hyatt Regency London, The Churchill, staycation

Banishing post-Maldives blues with a staycation seemed the smart thing to do. So we used one of our earned Hyatt suite upgrades to take advantage of a stay at the Hyatt Regency Churchill in London on a sunny weekend last month.

What's in the area?

Nearest tube stations are Marble Arch (central line) and Bond Street (central and jubilee lines). The Hyatt Regency sits pretty much in between the two. Selfridges is round the corner if you're looking to shop or grab lunch at their food court (London's best salt beef sandwiches are to be found at The Brass Rail). Those craving a strong, great-tasting coffee can head to nearby Workshop coffee for their fix.

How was the stay?

Having a Regency suite is fantastic - using our free suite upgrade here was well worth it. These certificates are just one of the benefits that come with being a Hyatt Diamond member, not to mention guaranteed late checkout, access to an executive lounge throughout the day, and breakfast included in your stay. Hotel executive lounges tend to be hit or miss, depending on the location and particular hotel in question. The Churchill's lounge is up there with some of the nicest. It's bright, spacious, welcoming; the canap├ęs are delicious and the alcohol on offer is decent. Even when breakfast, afternoon tea or cocktail hour aren't on, there are still a number of complimentary snacks to nibble on, including entire freshly baked cakes, cookies and a generous selection of teas and coffee.

Favourite feature? The food on offer at the executive lounge - it was impossible to resist a slice of freshly baked Victoria Sponge.

Anything that could be improved upon? The balconies could do with a couple of plants - maybe bamboo? - on either side for more privacy from other terrace suites. 

For those wondering how to reach Hyatt Diamond status, I'd be happy to do a post on that later! Let me know if that sounds like something you'd like to see.

3 Jul 2016

The Quiet Zone, Conrad Maldives

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Quiet Zone at the Conrad Maldives Rangali
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Quiet Zone at the Conrad Maldives Rangali
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Quiet Zone at the Conrad Maldives Rangali
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Quiet Zone at the Conrad Maldives Rangali
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Quiet Zone at the Conrad Maldives Rangali
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Quiet Zone at the Conrad Maldives Rangali
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Triangl bikini in the Quiet Zone at the Conrad Maldives Rangali
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Quiet Zone at the Conrad Maldives Rangali
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Quiet Zone at the Conrad Maldives Rangali

With this post, the Maldives chapters wind down to a close. Which is probably for the best, because I can only post so many nostalgic photos, gazing wistfully at the screen and sighing until Jarv asks what's up. 

The Quiet Zone. Does what it says on the tin. This adults only pool and lounge is where sun seekers come to luxuriate in peace and quiet; no splashing, no shouting, no excitement here, thank you. Just tranquil bliss. Photogenic herons welcome.

Wearing: c/o JYY sunglasses, c/o TRIANGL bikini

25 Jun 2016

The Quiet Island (Conrad Maldives)


Wearing: ASOS maxi dress


Life on the island is pretty easy. You wake up, you eat, you dive/snorkel, you eat some more, you wallow in the pool, you have sunset drinks, you eat some more...

There are two islands at the Conrad, the main island and the 'quiet' island. I'm sure you can guess which one this is. The quiet island seems to play host to all manner of feathered friends, from curious little water hens (how adorable are they? I went on numerous excursions around the quiet island, seeking to befriend each one I came across like some kind of crazed cat bird lady) to scores of squawking seagulls and lone, pensive herons.

It's the perfect side of the resort for long, aimless walks under a canopy of palms and for swinging gently on suspended daybeds and cushioned benches, dozing off to the sound of the ocean. In other words, the place I now conjure up in my mind when mentally escaping to my 'happy place'. 

21 Jun 2016

Twenty One Boutique

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Farfetch London boutique visit, Joseph, Twenty One boutique
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Farfetch London boutique visit, Samantha Sung
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Farfetch London boutique visit, Twenty One boutique
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Farfetch London boutique visit, No 21 sandals
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Farfetch London boutique visit, Joseph
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Farfetch London boutique visit, Alexander Wang shoes
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Farfetch London boutique visit, Twenty One Boutique
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Farfetch London boutique visit, No 21 sliders
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Farfetch London boutique visit, Alexander Wang dress
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Farfetch London boutique visit, Alexander Wang dress and shoes

Wearing: Alexander Wang dress and shoes

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Farfetch London boutique visit, Alexander Wang dress
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Farfetch London boutique visit, Alexander Wang shoes, Sonia Rykiel dress

Wearing: Sonia Rykiel dress, Alexander Wang shoes

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Farfetch London boutique visit, Alexander Wang shoes, Sonia Rykiel dress
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Farfetch London boutique visit, Alexander Wang shoes, Sonia Rykiel dress

Last week, Farfetch invited me down to one of their London boutiques to have a browse, a chat and a general afternoon of fashion-filled fun. The boutique is called Twenty One, owned and run by local lady Elaine Davis, in partnership with Joseph. 

One the one side, rails and rails of Joseph products, all in the current season's soothing shades of pastel and neutral colours. Around the corner, in the other half of the boutique, an explosion of colour and patterns from a myriad of designers, all stocked on Farfetch - from Chloe to Carven, Michael Kors to Equipment, Alexander Wang to Rochas. 

The boutique itself: bright, spacious, with generous seating (for sipping tea whilst your other half shops, perhaps) and mirrors aplenty (to admire your adorned garment from every angle). Twenty One's desirable location in St. John's Wood doesn't hurt, either. 

Upon arrival, the smiley account manager, Alice, began by showing me around and letting me browse the current collections. Then came the magic words - "Do you want to try some clothes on?" Cue 40 minutes of me parading around frivolously like a scene out of a bad teen comedy, one outfit after another. Aka a pretty blissful afternoon of swishing, posing and parading. Do any pieces stand out to you? My personal favourites (aside from the breathtaking dress above) were the Alexander Wang block heels. A dream to walk in and oh so cool.

Thanks Eleasha for the photos!

17 Jun 2016

Shirt Reinvented

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing cashmere cardigan from Korea, H&M shirt and jeans, Dolce Vita wedges

When I first saw this cardigan hanging in my mother's friend's boutique (the one in her basement...it's a lot classier than it sounds!), I took it off the hanger. I wasn't sure - I don't usually tend to go for overtly Chinese or oriental designs, but something about it just drew me in. It reminds me of the paintings that used to hang in my uncle's Chinese restaurant in Austria and I get such a sense of nostalgia when I wear it. Now, it's become a fast favourite. I wish you could feel the incredible softness of the cashmere - it's absolutely divine, enveloping me in a cocoon of gentle warmth.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing cashmere cardigan from Korea, H&M shirt and jeans, Dolce Vita wedges
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing cashmere cardigan from Korea, H&M shirt and jeans, Dolce Vita wedges
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing cashmere cardigan from Korea, H&M shirt and jeans, Dolce Vita wedges
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing cashmere cardigan from Korea, H&M shirt and jeans, Dolce Vita wedges
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing cashmere cardigan from Korea, H&M shirt and jeans, Dolce Vita wedges
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing cashmere cardigan from Korea, H&M shirt and jeans, Dolce Vita wedges

When I posted this look on Instagram, I was asked how to achieve it. It's really as simple as it seems! Simply button up the shirt around your body as usual, except with your arms out of the sleeves (sort of like a crop top). With the sleeves hanging by your sides, take them and tie them tightly under your bust in a bow/knot, so that they sit comfortably without shifting. Added bonus - as a woman with almost no bust, this technique made me look a tad...fuller.

More and more often lately I look at my wardrobe and feel uninspired, unexcited and even a little frustrated. So, it felt good to reuse an old piece that I barely wear and make it feel fresh and interesting again. I'm cutting down drastically and either donating, throwing out or selling items that I haven't worn in an age (or even at all). Have a look at my shop section if you're interested in doing a little light shopping!