Post exam fun.

28 May 2010

After exams, I had planned to blog lots more but as always, celebrations take over and time certainly flies when you're having fun! So here is a haphazard post filled with various photos taken in the week!

I went to a friend's end of exams party and the weather was a little chilly so the leggings came out to accompany this milkshake print dress.
Milkshake print
Cardi (H&M) Dress (Reko for Topshop) Belt (Accessorize) Leggings (Topshop) Shoes (Nine West)
It's such a happy dress, I love it.
Milkshake print2
We snacked on lots of party food. My friend bought her amazing card game called 'Bang!' with her. It's essentially a card game with a Western theme, lots of sheriffs, renegades and missions to complete. My friend is from the US and unfortunately, the game can't be bought over here...unless you want crazy import fees.
Card games
I also had a catch up with one of my best friends and we had yummy Mexican food and sipped on cherry cocktails. So perfect for a hot, summery day.
My grandma loves cooking and made lots of Zong(Zongzi) and dropped them round my house. These are rice parcels with various fillings. You could say they were like Chinese pasties. They're really yummy!
I bought some bobbi brown gel eyeliner after needing some more eyeliner. However, I think MAC Fluidline is much better, lasts longer and smudges less.
Bobbi Brown
Lastly, it was another friend's birthday party on Wednesday and it was sunglasses themed. I've wanted some heart shaped sunnies for ages but didn't want the thick plastic rimmed ones. What luck to find these ones in H&M.
A final shot of me and some friends at the party. Every single person in this shot is from a different country, China, Korea, Thailand and Taiwan (and that's just the Asian countries as I have classmates from the US, Europe and India too). I have to say, that I've made some really great friends on this course and I literally have friends from around the world.
Lots more planned next week!


A hidden gem in the city.

25 May 2010

It's such a beautiful day and one of the things that I have been wanting to do for a while is visit my favourite spot on campus but first, an outfit post!
Pink and purple outfit
Cardi (Miss Selfridge) Dress (Island Beverly centre, HK) Necklace (Vintage) Shoes (Topshop)
It's featured before on this blog but my favourite spot on campus is the idyllic, Winterbourne House which is an Edwardian villa and garden, set on seven acres that was bequeathed to the University of Birmingham after it's last owner, John MacDonald Nicolson died in 1944. The Botanic Gardens are beautiful and are now primarily used by Botany students and more recently, the house was restored to it's Edwardian state and open to the public. It's a stunning, stunning place where I've spent a lot of time during my undergraduate degree with my housemates and today, it was the perfect place to kill some time before meeting friends.
Winterbourne: English Gardens
Winterbourne: Alpine house
Winterbourne: Alpine house2
Winterbourne: Alpine house1
Winterbourne: Pretty and peaceful
In the summer months, a gate is unlocked which reveals beautiful bluebell woods and a lake beyond. Unfortunately, the bluebells were wilting but it was still a gorgeous place to wander around.
Winterbourne: Bluebell woods
There was so much vivid pink in bloom in the gardens that my dress fitted in perfectly. This rather blurry photo was taken when I seized the opportunity to balance my camera on an old tree stump!
pink and purple
Winterbourne: Treetops
I adore sitting by the lake and next time, I need to bring a book and just listen to the soft splashing of the water's edge.
Winterbourne: The lake
Winterbourne: Shades
Sunnies (UO)
Winterbourne: Round the corner
Winterbourne: The view
Every corner you turn is picture perfect.
Winterbourne: Japanese bridge
Winterbourne: Pink FlowersWinterbourne: Memory
Winterbourne: covered passage
It's a hidden gem for sure and many students have no idea that such a place exists on campus, which is such a shame! I'm really very lucky that I have a place like this and be able to get in free (it's £3 for non university students/staff). My university is essentially classed as a city uni, as it's a short bus ride from the city centre but you would never have guessed it from these photographs. I love this place and I wish I had the money to attend a candle lit jazz picnic that is coming up soon!


Shanghai Tang Cafe

22 May 2010

One of my aunts who lives in Hong Kong, recently went on a business trip to Shanghai and told me all about this fabulous restaurant that she visited. She loved it so much that she sent me a whole bunch of photos of the restaurant and well, it would be rude not to share them on this blog!
Shanghai Tang 2
I was interested to learn that Shanghai Tang is a luxury brand from China who offer a whole range of products from bespoke tableware to ready to wear garments with the theme of contemporary Chinese design. Similar to Ikea, they took this lifestyle concept and introduced a (separate) resturant, albeit a much more upmarket and luxurious one at that. I'm afraid that at Shanghai Tang Cafe there aren't any meatballs here (but my, I do love Ikea meatballs!) and is er...much pricier.
Shanghai Tang 1
Love the contrasting colours of the armchairs, though I wouldn't be too happy if I ended up on a stool instead!
Shanghai Tang 3
Just the plates alone, make me want to visit!
Shanghai Tang 4
Shanghai Tang 6
Clearly for a luxury design brand, presentation is key and as my aunt recalls the food was quite delicious too!
Foie Gras
Foie gras
Salty Egg yolk on tofu
Salted egg yolk on tofu
This one below is probably what made her email me these photos, kitschy cute food is definitely my kind of thing! These swan shaped delights are fantastic, I so want to try!
White turnip with curry
White turnip with curry
Yeah so, who would like to buy me a ticket to Shanghai so I can eat kitschy swan shaped food?


Done and dusted.

19 May 2010

Even though I've only been away for a few days, it's nice to be able to blog and not feel guilty that I am neglecting my revision. My scary exams are finally done and I am but a few months away from completing my masters. I still have a dissertation to write and one more small exam but the majority is done and it's such an awesome feeling! Anyway here is an outfit post from a little while ago!
Cardi (Oasis) Skirt (River Island dyed blue) Necklaces (Hong Kong and Tiffany)
Shoes (Nine West)
Not too long ago, I was able to swap a whole bunch of empty MAC products for a free lipstick. I chose Russian Red which is a classic matte red.
Russian Red
What's more is that I was sent the most awesome invite to the Aussie Angels party in Birmingham in a few weeks. After arriving home from the exam, I found a little package waiting for me and I excitedly tore it open, revealling this invite in the form of a message in a bottle! The theme of the party is nautical which is going to be super fun! I'm still not sure whether I can make the event but I have my fingers crossed.
Message in a bottle
Aussie Invite
I also thought it was high time I shared some TopShop press images that came my way during the week. I was sent Kate Moss's new collection but Kate Moss's collection has never been to my personal taste but would definitely appeal to Kate Moss fans. However, these two dresses are really quite pretty.

However....the Meadham Kirchhoff collab is really really awesome. Let me share some of my favourites! They are such great, sheer layering pieces, I really love the drape on them. Bit pricey but I can't wait to see these in person. I adore the first dress with the panel of lace, a lot!

£65 and £80
£60 and £95
(Click on them for bigger images)


Back to the Books.

14 May 2010

So, I've been studying for exams and that leaves little time for blogging! So here is a bit of a bumper post for you before I return to my lovely pile of notes and coloured pens.
Faux leather green dress
cheesy tourist.
Dress (Oasis) Faux leather vest, cardi (H&M) Leggings, belt, shoes (Topshop)
For the rest of the post, what better than to share some Vivi May scans that didn't make it into the last magazine post? As ever, they're scanned to a huge size on flickr, so click for more detail!
The SS10 Marc by Marc Jacobs campaign might be a bit old now but I can't help but include the scan too, bows and bright colours are always a winner with me.
SS10 Marc by Marc J.
I have the June copy of Vivi which is one of my favourite issues so far, so I will definitely be scanning those in soon. I can't wait for my exams to finish on Wednesday so that normal blogging can resume!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

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