Never overpack again! There are situations that call for you to pack light, but if you’re an “everything-but-the-kitchen-sink” sort of packer, here are some of my personal tips to hopefully help you along!
(Since I try to minimise the number of shoes I bring on trips, my personal favourites to pack are sneakers because they can be paired with so many things! Here are more ideas on how to wear sneakers with everything.)
This is pretty belated, but am slowly trying to get through uploading pictures from the many trips I was fortunate to have taken last year. Some were for work and some were for play, but I each one was special and I enjoyed them all in different ways. This was for London Fashion Week where Topshop flew Linda (Linda Hao’s blog) and myself up to experience London and to attend the Topshop UNIQUE fashion show.
Bea (Beatrice Tan’s blog) and Vel (Velda Tan’s Instagram) were coincidentally staying in London that period and they joined us for the fun! On top of attending the show together, they also took us to their favourite pancake place and Linda prepared ma la (directly translated as ‘spicy numbing’) hotpot for us back at our place one night as well. Super yums! Photos on those to come soon!
The pictures above were shot by a street style photographer, Anna, who randomly stopped and asked us if she could take a few snaps.
I’ve never been to Paris. Well technically, when I did a road trip along the French Riviera a few years ago, we flew in and started our journey in Paris. I didn’t see a whole lot more than the Paris airport though because we left for Bordeaux upon landing. So I consider it my first time in the city of love. I’ve heard the good (“it’s so beautiful, so romantic”) and the bad (“it’s overrated, overrun with tourists and smells of pee everywhere”) so I thought it was time to see it for myself. While I wanted to save Paris perhaps for my honeymoon, the practical side of me took over – it’s a hop, skip and jump away from London, so it made sense to pop over.
Verdict? A mix of both the good and the bad. It is a beautiful city, blessed with a rich history and culture and with the most gorgeous architecture. The River Seine running through it just adds to its beauty and charm.
It does however smell of pee in quite a few places, and while I found the locals along the French Riviera to be friendly and lovely, sadly, not all my encounters with the French in Paris on this trip were as pleasant. That kind of killed it a little.
The friends who were in London with us hated Paris. I didn’t hate it, but I can’t say it’s my favourite city either, especially after the charms of London.
I did have a magical moment, although it wasn’t on the streets of Paris. We were in our room, it was just before midnight, I had just stepped out of the shower to hear my man excitedly asking me to go to the window. He had surprised me with a room that had an Eiffel Tower view. My love and I shared a moment with the Eiffel Tower in all its glittering, sparkling glory.