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20 Jan 2017

Balancing masculine and feminine with River Island

Euriental | luxury travel & style | River Island jumper dress, boots, YSL bag
Euriental | luxury travel & style | River Island jumper dress, boots, YSL bag
Euriental | luxury travel & style | River Island boots, Versace coat
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Versace coat
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Versace coat
Euriental | luxury travel & style | River Island jumper dress, boots, YSL bag
Euriental | luxury travel & style | River Island jumper dress
Euriental | luxury travel & style | River Island boots, Versace coat

The jumper dress/ankle boots combo - you can't really go wrong. I love these boots - I've been wearing them non-stop, from Tokyo to Shanghai to London. They're so sturdy and comfortable (and warm), and kind of badass. Weirdly, all the compliments I've received on them has been from men...I tell them to just head over to RI anyway, they could definitely pass as unisex. 

They look great paired with skinny ripped jeans and a t-shirt too, but with chunkier shoes you do run the risk of looking very tom-boyish (which isn't negative in any way, it just depends on your style). I like to mix and match - tough boots with a feminine touch - some sparkling jewellery, a shapely jumper dress and a dainty handbag. Tada. Pretty simple, really...just how I like to keep my outfits.


Jumper dress (sold out, similar below) & boots c/o River Island
Coat by Versace
Bag by YSL


Photos by Kevin Harding

13 Jan 2017

How to wear a tartan slip dress in winter

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Zara gingham dress
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Zara gingham dress
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Zara gingham dress
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Zara gingham dress
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Zara gingham dress
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Zara gingham dress and sock boots
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Zara gingham dress and sock boots
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Zara gingham dress
Euriental | luxury travel & style | St Paul's cathedral
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Zara gingham dress

A flimsy, lightweight spaghetti strap dress - not the first item I'd reach for when it's bleak outside. Take that one dress, add a leather jacket, a cashmere coat on top, a faux fur scarf and some sock booties (my new favourite type of ankle boot! So comfy to slip on) and you're good to go. It's all about layering, especially in London. You freeze your ass off the entire walk to the tube then almost immediately start sweating as you board the sauna that is the central line. This is where you subtract every layer but the dress and cue furtive glances from pretty much everyone else...because no-one else seems to be sweating in the middle of winter. Just me, then. My body temperature adjusts virtually instantaneously to the temperature around me - I think I might be a reptile.

Dress and booties from Zara, coat is vintage. Similar options here:





8 Jan 2017

Park Hyatt Vienna

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt, Vienna

So, how is 2017 going for you all thus far? My posts right now are a little bit all over the place, as tends to happen when holidays and family-time coincide with posts you are still editing from a trip taken a month ago and collaborative work that you have to have up by a certain date. So please bear with me as I jump back a little to our Vienna trip taken just before Christmas.

Jarv surprised me with this trip for our 5 year anniversary - I knew he'd booked something months ago but he wouldn't breathe a word to me about where it was, grinning devilishly (practically rubbing his hands in fiendish glee at my exasperation) whenever I'd ask. I used to live in Austria but haven't been back to visit in at least 13 years, though I'll take any opportunity to babble about my love for leberkäse, Almdudler and my childhood summers spent in Spittal.

We were staying at the Park Hyatt, located conveniently in Am Hof, right on the doorstep of one of Vienna's many festive Christmas markets.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt, Vienna
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt, Vienna

The hotel is housed in a hundred year old former bank building, remnants of its previous life clearly evident throughout the decor and architecture. Our suite, whilst traditional in much of the furniture, had some fantastic modern touches; responsive buttons for heating, lighting, curtains and even for running the bath, as well as mirrors in both the living room and bedroom that slid aside to reveal flat screen TVs. We were welcomed with a fruit bowl and bottle of red. A while later, an entire trolley was wheeled in, carrying various cheeses and dried fruit to snack on (the Diamond amenity we chose instead of points).

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt, Vienna
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt, Vienna
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt, Vienna
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt, Vienna
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt, Vienna
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt, Vienna
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt, Vienna
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt, Vienna

One of my favourite aspects of the suite: the bathroom. With two separate sink areas, the most divine, grapefruit scented lotions & washes and an incredible, marble-walled bathtub, I spent no small amount of time in there pampering myself.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt, Vienna
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt, Vienna
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt, Vienna

Breakfast took place daily in The Bank Brasserie, a sophisticated, high-ceilinged room clad with marble, brass and adorned at this time of year with elegant festive decorations. Truffle-laden scrambled eggs, fresh fruit aplenty, all manner of pastries and bread and even my beloved leberkäse were on offer, plus the smoothest Earl Grey, so good I didn't even bother to add milk. Here, service was a little disappointing at times, from rushed waitstaff who forgot to bring cutlery & coffees and failed to clear tables even when plates were piling up, to a brusque, unsmiling manager. Still, the atmosphere and food made up for what some of the staff were lacking.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt, Vienna
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt, Vienna
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt, Vienna bar

The pool is a spectacle - set in an old bank vault, it glows with a quiet, inviting warmth. That is, until you dip a toe into the very cold water. I didn't need any more encouragement than that to head to the steam room instead. 

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt, Vienna pool
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Park Hyatt, Vienna pool

Would I go back? Absolutely.

30 Dec 2016

NYE with Wolford

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Wolford Diamond Shine Skirt & Body, Park Hyatt Shanghai
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Wolford Diamond Shine Skirt & Body, Park Hyatt Shanghai
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Wolford Diamond Shine Skirt & Body, Park Hyatt Shanghai
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Wolford Diamond Shine Skirt & Body, Park Hyatt Shanghai
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Wolford Diamond Shine Skirt & Body, Park Hyatt Shanghai
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Wolford Diamond Shine Skirt & Body, Park Hyatt Shanghai
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Wolford Diamond Shine Tights
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Wolford Diamond Shine Tights
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Wolford Diamond Shine Tights
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Wolford Diamond Shine Tights

Wolford - a name synonymous with grown up glamour, elegance and femininity. Renowned for the longevity of their hosiery, it's a brand I've grown up appreciating. My mother has worn their tights for over 20 years (in fact, upon finding out that I was shooting these looks, she whipped out a pair from her wardrobe that were 10 years old and still going strong). I too have turned to them for chic and classic stockings and tights.

When they asked me to style a few of their limited edition Diamond Shine pieces for New Year's Eve, I knew instantly where I'd shoot the first look. Nowadays, I tend to spend my NYEs either at home with Jarv, occasionally with a few friends over, drinking champagne and eating grapes (a Spanish tradition), or at a luxury hotel. Last year we were in Singapore with some friends from New York - we had drinks in our suite and at the hotel lounge before heading out to see the fireworks. That's more my style - understated but luxurious, nothing too crazy, just good friends in a cosy & elegant setting. No intense hangover the next day.

So, the Park Hyatt Shanghai, where we were spending a few nights with my parents over the Christmas period, was the perfect location to shoot the fits-like-a-glove Diamond Shine skirt and body. The two pieces can easily be mistaken for a sparkly dress when worn together; very NYE appropriate. As for outfit number two, I feel that one should still look the part when entertaining at home, whether you end up staying in all night or going out afterwards. Pearls, an LBD and Wolford's Diamond Shine tights: an outfit for the woman who still likes to make an effort, even if it's just two of you in the privacy of your own home.

In collaboration with Wolford, all comments and opinions are my own. 

Photos by Kevin Harding.

19 Dec 2016

Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge, Heathrow

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3


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CATHAY PACIFIC LOUNGE


FIRST CLASS
HEATHROW, TERMINAL 3

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We arrived at Heathrow Terminal 3 a couple of hours before our flight, not even a week after the new Cathay Pacific lounge had opened. Being One World Emerald members means that we can both access the lounge whenever we visit the airport and fly any partner airline, so although we were only hopping on a short BA flight, we were entitled to lounge access nonetheless. Jarv had been chomping at the bit to see what it was like and how it measured up to HK's The Pier.

It did not disappoint. The colours caught my eye first - just like the HK Cathay lounge, the warm gold tones, rich green furniture accents, wood panelled walls and rustic wooden tables exude an air of warm, understated luxury.

We made a beeline for the restaurant.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3

After dining on wonton noodles, spicy Sichuan chicken, tuna tataki salad and Cantonese style beef fillet (all delicious), we veered towards the giant, plump sofa chairs beckoning from the corner, situated perfectly next to the magazine rack with an excellent view of the tarmac where we could plane spot, and within mere steps of the help-yourself bar.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3

Pearl embellished jumper from Shanghai, shop others here:

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3

Both First and Business class passengers have access to showers, should you find yourself on a layover and wanting to freshen up.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3


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CATHAY PACIFIC LOUNGE


BUSINESS CLASS
HEATHROW, TERMINAL 3

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We took the chance to have a quick peek at the adjoining Business class lounge - it is unlikely we will ever see it as empty as this again but it was the perfect opportunity to capture the space. It comes equipped with a noodle bar, dishing out HK favourites such as Dan Dan noodles in a spicy peanut broth. There's no restaurant service here, but there is a good sized bar and plenty of fantastic self-serve buffet options, as well as a business area and plenty of plush seating in which to unwind.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge Heathrow T3

All in all, this has got to be my new favourite LHR lounge. I'm very much looking forward to the next time we fly...the fun really does begin at the airport!