How to travel in style

In a few days I’m off to India. Shoppers paradise. And as usual I’ve gotten my knickers in a twist about what to take, so I thought that this time I’ll start with the basics and work my way up. I’m only packing the essentials (or stuff I’m happy to bin to fit more shopping).

Airport Attire:

Decide on a neutral palette (that you can easily wear during you trip too),then commit to it from head to toe. I’m wearing a white shirt, comfy, stretchy skinny jeans, a hoodie and ballet pumps which should make security checks a breeze.

In flight beauty:

1. Benetint – lip and cheek stain in one. Perfect pick-me-up after a long flight.

2. Breath of fresh air: a tin of refreshing mints. I have one as soon as the plane is on the runway.

3. Snoozefest: eye mask and ear plugs.

4. Water works: Buy a bottle of water before you board. Stay hydrated.

5. Headphones: Block out screaming babies and annoying passengers.

6. Scarf: Doubles as a luxe blacket.

As for what to pack:

1. Good quality PJ’s. Ones you won’t be embarassed to be seen in.

2. A easy,slouchy sweater. It’s winter in India right now but the temperature is roughtly 18 degrees so a lightweight sweater is perfect for chilly evenings and overzealous airplane AC.

3. Comfortable sneakers – great for all day walking.

4.A cashmere wrap – great for covering shoulders when entering temples.

5. Jeans: Skinny style looks good on most body types.

6. Notebooks: A new one for each city.

7. Double duty sunscreen: Beat rays and insects.

8. Chambray shirt: Made for roughing it.

9. Swimsuit: For  hotel pool dips.

10. Dark top: To disguise stains.

As for the rest, well I’m taking a few old tops with me that I can throw away along the way and a gorgeous green dress for more fancy occasions.

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Christmas at the Malls in Jakarta

People always talk about a white Christmas but here inJakarta we know that the only Winter Wonderland we are going to get is the ones we create.

Grand Indonesia Mall in Jakarta did just that …

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Mall Kela Gading

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Plaza Indonesia

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Enjoy your last minute Christmas shopping!

Inspiration boards

Gather up images you find inspiring and get pinning. Plus, it’s an excuse to have a crafternoon.

Getting started.

Start fresh: Invest in a nice new pin board – the black canvas will inspire you to start decorating.

Get personal: Flick through a few of your favourite magazines as you want the board to reflect you and what you aspire to.

Do your research: Make the most of pinterest and blogs.

Look outside the box:   Go beyond pics and collect anything that appeals to you – scribbles on a Post-it, coasters from bars or even garment swing tags.

Pretty it up: Add dimension with pretty ribbons, sequins and lace. Try hanging up some jewelry as well.

On display: Place your board next to your wardrobe or in your bedroom to inspire you when you’re getting dressed or set it as your phone’s wallpaper to keep you from making impulse purchases.

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So go ahead surrounding yourself with beautiful, captivating images to help tap into your creativity.

Weekend in Malaysia

Thanks to Air Asia, my new passport, a multi entry/exit visa (you need one of these to leave and re-enter Indonesia) and a very nice boss I got to spent last weekend in Malaysia , just a little spur of the moment shopping trip. I booked myself in at the Reggae Massions. I very nice flash-packer hostel within walking distance to China Town.

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Reggae Mansions

49-59 Jin Tun H.S Lee 03/2072 6877

www.reggaehostelsmalaysia.com/mansion

After eating breakfast China Town, it was off to my first shopping destination … H&M.

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The selection at H&M was catered more for the northern hemisphere and definitely not suited for Indonesia’s rainy/hot season. So I set off to the Petronas Twin Towers where Christmas was most definitely in full swing and most stores had mega sales.

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A full day of shopping, a movie (Life of Pi) and lunch at Nando’s. What more can a girl ask for?

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A quick pit stop along the way … and then off to the Hostel’s to drop off the shopping.

 

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Dinner in China Town.

Unfortunately it was raining when we headed back to the Hostel so we couldn’t enjoy the rooftop bar.

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The next day we headed off to Central Market – within walking distance of the hostel and then food and drinks in China Town. By 2pm we on a bus heading back to the airport (RM12) and back to Jakarta.

A little extra info:

I absolutely love cupcakes and I found three amazing bakery in Malaysia that I just had to share you. Biting into one of these babies is an immediate stress reliever.

Upstairs Cafe At 12A, Jalan SS12/18, 47300 Subang Jaya, Tel: 03-5611 9171

Slice of Heaven at Block E, B2, Jaya One, 72A Jalan Universiti, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Tel: 03-7955 5212

Whisk at LG03A, Empire Shopping Gallery, Jalan SS16/1, 47500 Subang Jaya. Tel: 03-5635 9818

Happy Traveling!

Christmas Nail Art

Here’s some ideas.

The Chambray Shirt

Buttoned all the way up underneath a loose cable-knit, left open over a summer dress or thrown on with a boyfriend blazer – the humble chambray shirt is cementing itself as the ultimate transseasonal layering piece. You love them on Alexa and the Olsens, they look as good on you as they do on your BF, and they also work in almost any weather conditions. Hold out for a curved hem, slightly oversized fit and mid-weight cotton – that way it’ll be both your beach cover-up and extra rainy-day layer in one. And cost per wear? you’re basically making money.

 THE PIECE THAT WORKS RAIN, HAIL OR SHINE.

Here comes the bride

Roland Mouret ventures into Bridal Couture.
Mouret, who created the-now iconic Galaxy and Moon dresses (loved and worn by Victoria Beckham, Miranda Kerr, Heidi Klum and Cameron Diaz), is bringing his touch of sex appeal to a line of bridal dresses.
Available on Net-A-Porter.com, it takes bridal wear to a whole other level of sexy. Revealed to vogue.co.uk, Mouret explained “I wanted to create something that is about you and your partner, a one-to-one private relationship with the dress – not just something to please friends and family. I want my bridal dresses to be a bit sexier.”

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The White Collection is tastefully sexy offering column cuts and silhouette-defining cocktail-inspired styles with lace and zip detailing. The collection comprises five styles, in a soft palette, perfectly matched for the occasion, and is priced from £1,600. From wool crepe to draped lace, the gowns are stunning but a little more daring than the traditional ethereal-type creations most designers present.

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When you think of the pencil silhouette, very few modern designers can truly say that they have mastered it, but French-born Mouret has done so thanks to his form-fitting designs.
The world first fell in love with Mouret’s divine silhouette when he unveiled the Galaxy dress in 2006. Dubbed by many publications as the dress of the decade, in 2007 Mouret became a sought-after designer following Beckham’s fuschia pink choice (accessorised with a matching Hermès Birkin bag) debut in Los Angeles. The silhouette caught the eye of every fashion-loving woman around the world from Scarlett Johansson to Sienna Miller and more recently the Duchess of Cambridge.

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Earlier this year, the London-based designer expanded his portfolio to include footwear, in his new role as creative director of Robert Clergerie. The collection draws inspiration from the 40s, yet looks modern and chic, and is the perfect accessory to his sure-to-sell-out-fast collection of bridal gowns.
To view the White Collection by Roland Mouret, visit net-a-porter.com.

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