Sweater / Pulover - HERE / AICI || Trousers / Pantaloni - H&M || Bag / Geanta - Michael Kors || Heels / Pantofi - Primark || Choker / Choker - Zara || Eyewear / Ochelari - Forever 21
I felt like writing today so I thought of sharing with you the top five things which I discovered since being here:
1. You need a smart phone, with a long-lasting battery (hopefully), a functioning camera and internet. All day, every day. You need it for maps, navigation, subway stations, for translating things, for scanning QR Codes - everything has a QR Code here which will give you all the information you need or with which you can pay a certain thing. And since I got at this point, yes you can even buy things using your phone and I don't mean online shopping but you can pay with your phone just like you would pay with your card. Maybe this is not new for all of you but for me it certainly was :D. Anyway, there are tons of apps which you can download on your phone and will keep you updated with the events which take place in the city every day or apps which will help you find a certain restaurant, club, theatre, etc. Basically you can find everything you need.
2. Getting to the restaurants part, I recently heard that there are over 60.000 restaurants in Shanghai (can we take a moment and process this, please?!) and this doesn't count the street food vendors. So you can imagine that you can find here everything you want in terms of international and national cuisines. However, the local Chinese food is different from the European Chinese food I used to know and it is not exactly my favourite :)) But I must admit I didn't try much, so I still have a lot to discover. Moreover, the typical Chinese cuisine in Shanghai is very sweet and that includes everything: sweet bread, sweet yoghurt, sweet peanuts, sweet everything. :D
3. If you didn't like crowds before (like myself) you will definitely get used to it here. Living in a city with 23 million people implies crowds almost everywhere: in the subways, especially between 17-19, in the city, especially during the weekends. Of course, if you really don't like it you can avoid the peak hours during the day or during the weekends and you always take a taxi, which by the way are very affordable (so COOL!). :)
4. There are many people who speak English here, especially in the city centre but the further away you get from the centre the harder it is to find someone who speaks English. Which brings me back to number 1, where I told you that you definitely need an app which will help you translate everything from Chinese to English and vice versa. I didn't have it during the first days here and boy it was hard..but now whenever I need to say something I translate it first and show my phone :D
5. Shanghai is a huuuuge city and you can never get bored here. There is always something to do, something to see and I would also say it is a city of contrasts, which makes it even more interesting and exciting. Also, I feel that the time is on fast forward here, the days are passing by a lot faster and everything has an accelerated rhythm.
On another matter, last Sunday was sunny and warmer, it almost felt like spring so we managed to shoot three outfits, yay. You already saw the first one on Vday and this second one must be my favourite. I created it around the lovely dusty pink oversized SWEATER which was on my wishlist for a long time and I am so glad that I finally ordered it. You know how much I love oversized clothes and this is just perfect: from the beautiful colour which is a first in my wardrobe, to the big sleeves and large V-neck cut, I love it all. The fabric is also very good, thick and quite heavy and I think it is a perfect piece from spring as well. I wanted to style it first with a pair of white pants and it looked very elegant and pretty, but then I decided to go for something new and different: a pair of khaki trousers and some nude shoes and accessories. I love how this turned out, but let me know what you think. :D
Wishing you a lovely weekend,
P.S: You can find the sweater HERE, on SALE.