Jan 11, 2018

What will I miss?

 Coat / Palton - H&M || Dress / Rochie - H&M || Jeans / Blugi - Zara || Boots / Botine - Primark || Belt / Curea - H&M || Bag / Geanta - Mango

My dear darlings, this will go into history as my last post from Shanghai, because yes..the time has passed and on Saturday we will be going back to Europe, back home. :) And even though these photos were taken at the beginning of December, I thought they are still worth posting because of the lovely and unique location which stands in my background. And between us, I also like this outfit, shhhhh...

But as the outfit is pretty much self explanatory, I thought I'd rather share with you some of my impressions of this city and of living in China for a while now. More exactly I would like to tell you what I believe I will miss from here and what not. :)

So, what will I miss?

- First and foremost, the city itself. It is truly a lovely city to live in, it has a lot to offer, there are many places to be seen and things to do, it has tons of restaurants, bars, lounges, clubs, but it also has museums, art galleries, malls, markets, not to mention all the touristic objectives. Ok, that was a random listing, but my point is that you can't really get bored here, there is always something to do, something to see, day or night. I will definitely miss its complexity and I think I will even miss its contrasts. :)

- The skyscrapers from the Financial District and my favourite area, the Bund, which is truly breathtaking. I can't even explain to you the feeling it gave me when I first saw it and I loved it ever since. I find tall buildings quite fascinating and I think I will even miss our cozy apartment from the 22nd floor and the pretty view we had from the balcony. :)

- I will probably even miss the subway because it's very clean, fast, reliable, there are trains coming every 2-3 minutes and the whole network is very well organised. If you can avoid using it during the peak hours (when it is absolutely packed with people), it's perfect.

- I will definitely miss all the trips we took this past year, all the beautiful places we've seen and the discovery of this new world and culture. Moreover, due to a favourable location, this city also enabled us to visit other countries here in Asia, countries which from Europe are more complicated and expensive to be reached. If we had more time around here, I would have also liked to see Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. But they will still remain on my list :)

- Finally, on a more general matter, I will miss how easy it is to make payments here and how fast everything works. You can pay everything with your phone and as long as you have a long-lasting battery you don't need to carry any cash or cards with you. When you order things online the shipping is unbelievably fast (you may even get your package the same day if you order it before noon) and generally, I think that everything is quite well organised.

Having said that, I have to be completely honest with you and tell you also what I won't miss, right?

- Firstly, the air pollution. Especially during the winter time the air quality is pretty bad and wearing masks every time when you go out is pretty uncomfortable, in my opinion. On two occasions during this year we had "the pleasure" to even experience hazardous air quality (with an aqi over 300) and that was in May, when we were in Nanjing and on New Year's Eve. Everything was white and foggy and the air barely breathable.

- Then, the crowds. The multitude of people which are everywhere you go, anytime you go and especially at the tourist attractions and during the weekends. We planned the whole year in such a manner to avoid visiting places when there were public holidays and sometimes (for e.g. Beijing) we even tried to avoid the weekends because it's truly impossible.

- Last but not least, I won't miss the food. I had a completely different idea of what Chinese food meant before coming here and I'd rather return to the European-Chinese food :)) Don't get me wrong, I did eat Chinese food here and there are things that I like but there are also things which I couldn't even imagine trying, like frogs, scorpions, bugs and other weird stuff. I liked the dumplings, the vegetables, the lotus root, the Sichuan food, etc but it is not something I could eat every day. And I also didn't like the typical Shanghaise food because they put sugar in everything and it is all so very sweet. Ahh, I can't wait to have some eggplant salad, the good old sarmale and other goodies.. :))

I don't even know if you will read all this, but I really felt like writing and point out some things at the end of this maybe life-changing journey, and if you do read it I would love to hear your opinion and thoughts on it. :) Have you been here? What did you like and what not? Or are you planning to visit China?

Have a lovely weekend,
A.



















Jan 8, 2018

Grey Coat

Coat / Palton - HERE / AICI || Sweater / Pulover - H&M || Jeans / Blugi - H&M || Boots / Cizme - Primark || Bag / Geanta - Love Moschino || Beret / Bereta - Zara

Hello lovelies,

As you already know, new weeks begin with new posts (generally speaking) and here I am showing you a new outfit. I wore this one on Christmas day while strolling around the city and visiting some last objectives which we left particularly for that day with the hope and idea that there will be less tourists on a Monday and that we will have to bare smaller crowds and queues. And we were right, yay. We already know how everything goes around here, don't we?! :))

We even took some photos that day but they did not turned out very satisfying and therefore I decided to shoot this look again...TA-DA! I'm all about wearing all types of jeans lately and these ones drew my attention due to the cute gemstones they have on front and also due to their straight / kick flare shape which I immediately thought would go perfectly with these boots (d'oh, everything goes with these boots :))). Well, they turned out to look better with a pair of court shoes, but in winter and when you have to walk a lot these sock boots are more appropriate. Of course, I paired them with a chunky knit because that's how most of my sweaters are :)) and you might have already saw this one in another look on my blog but I still like it very much and I particularly love how it looked with these jeans (if you haven't seen the other look you can check it out HERE).

Finally I added this lovely grey COAT which made its way into my wardrobe recently and which is very soft and warm and pretty. :) I love the light grey color and the oversized shape, although I could have ordered it a size smaller, and I think it is just perfect for winter. I wanted a grey coat for a long time and I finally found the right one. You should definitely check what coats these guys have because they are very nice! I already got 4 from them and I like them all, especially this one and the camel one. :)

So, as usual, let me know what you think of this look :D
Have a great new week,
A.

P.S: Please excuse my fluffy hair, it's always windy around here :)




















Jan 4, 2018

Red in the big city

Blazer / Sacou - HERE / AICI || Sweater / Pulover - Zara || Jeans / Blugi - Zara || Bag / Geanta - Love Moschino || Beret / Bereta - H&M || Boots / Botine - Primark

Here I am, writing to you one year after our arrival in Shanghai. And as cliche as it may sound, I really don't know how the time flew by so fast. But if I am to draw the line we really traveled a lot this year, more than ever probably and more than I would have imagined at the beginning of this journey. We saw many cities and places in China and had the pleasure to discover a new culture, a culture veery different from ours, fact which can only highlight how big this world is, how different are the people living in it and how important it is to travel and see as much as you can. Because this is what truly widens our horizons.

If I were to choose two favourite places in China these would definitely be: 1. the Great Wall, of which I didn't have many expectations but which impressed me to the core of my heart, and 2. Shanghai, the city that never sleeps, a metropolis which has everything to offer, a great place to live for both the Western and the Chinese people. And compared to other cities we saw in China, it is the city which is the closest to our Western culture, where many many expats live. This city will always have a special place in our hearts and I consider myself very lucky for having the chance to live here.  

Besides mother China we also had the chance to see Hong Kong, a concrete jungle which touched our hearts as well and our only regret is that we didn't have time to spend more days there.
Then there was also Japan, a country about which I had learned during the Geography classes in school, a country with intense seismic activity which is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and which seemed to me so very very far away. But living here, allowed us to see Tokyo and Okinawa, as they are quite close to Shanghai, and we've been so impressed to discover such lovely, nice and helpful people and a very disciplined place and culture. And if we'll ever have the chance to visit this country again, we would definitely love to see Kyoto and Osaka.

Finally, there were the Philippines, another country which we hadn't plan to see this year but it just happend and we are more than happy we did. Well it's a bit much to say that we saw the country since it consists of about 7,641 islands :)) We only saw one, Boracay and we really liked it and would definitely love to see more of them. Maybe some day..who knows?!

So yes my dears, this was a brief retrospective of 2017 because I didn't make any at the end of the year and because nostalgia has hit me now, during our last days here in Shanghai. :)
And to tell you a something about my outfit, I have two words for you: blazers & red color. :)) These were my favorites lately and I'm glad I found this BLAZER which combined them both in one piece. I totally love it and even though it is not very thick, the quality of the blazer is amazing! It can be worn in many combinations and I think in it such a statement pieces. This time however, I decided to wear it with a pair of mom jeans, which are the comfiest ever and a striped sweater, because stripes and red are made for each other :)

Let me know what you think of this post & look :)

Have a great weekend,
A.






















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