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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!

14 Jun 2016

Donatella Balsamo Part II

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing Donatella Balsamo jewellery in the Maldives

Find the dress here

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing Donatella Balsamo jewellery in the Maldives
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | Vilu Restaurant, Conrad Maldives Rangali
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | wearing Donatella Balsamo jewellery in the Maldives



I hope you can't get enough of these Maldives posts, because they're not over with yet! Featuring a few more pieces from the exotic Amazonia and Sardinia collections from Donatella Balsamo's latest collection - this is truly jewellery made for romance and exotic locales, whether it's sauntering on the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka or having a cocktail in Siem Reap. That pale Amazonia pendant reminds me of the unbelievable shades of blue of the Maldivian ocean, and the deep greens and oranges have me dreaming of the jungle and tropics. Wearing them to evening drinks by the sea had me feeling 10x more dressed up than if I were only wearing a simple white dress on its own...and sometimes a woman just wants to get a little dressed up. Especially on holiday.

Thanks to Donatella Balsamo for sponsoring this post. All words and opinions are my own.

8 Jun 2016

More Maldives Mania

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | overwater villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Let me introduce you to the ultimate hotel suite. Imagine a perfect azure vista with not another person in sight. A private deck on the ocean where you relax during the day and dine every night under a magnificent milky way whilst watching for fish, sting rays, turtles and baby sharks.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | overwater villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Step into the warm ocean from the comfort of your villa without having to head out the front door, or even snorkel your way to the nearby house reef to explore a myriad of underwater life. Local birds will occasionally stop by to have a natter and a curious peek; sometimes even a heron might pause for a rest on your deck.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | overwater villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | overwater villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | overwater villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Picture brushing your teeth whilst watching the fish beneath your feet, or having a massage in the comfort of your own spa room (overindulgent, I know - we never even stepped foot in there except to take a photo!). 

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | overwater villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | overwater villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | overwater villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | overwater villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Not all the overwater villas have this view, our island host really hooked us up with this one! Most other villas have a partial view of other people's villas, however all the decks are for the most part quite private.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | overwater villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | overwater villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Jarv rocks out whilst I hang loose.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | overwater villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | overwater villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | overwater villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | overwater villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Wearing Asos dress

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | overwater villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | overwater villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

As ours was the last overwater villa at the very end of the walkway, this meant we usually required buggies to get around (it's a very long walk, especially in the sweltering sun). There was one occasion when we were locked out of our suite with neither room key working and not a staff member in sight. Luckily, it's a water villa! Jarv gallantly jumped in and swam around to the deck where he let me in from the other side. Not sure that's recommended, but it did the job.

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | overwater villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | overwater villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Breakfast can be taken in-villa or at one of the restaurants (remember Vilu?). We alternated where we ate our first meal of the day, but dinner was another matter. Once we moved in, there was no doubting where we wanted to dine each night - under the stars on our private deck. 

Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | overwater villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | overwater villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Euriental | fashion & luxury travel | overwater villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

I've never stayed anywhere like this before. If you're contemplating whether or not the Maldives is really worth the trek there, whether it's actually worth the price tag...in my honest opinion? It's the stuff of dreams.