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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Paris | Day 2

Bonjour!

Welcome to part 2 of my Paris adventure post. If you've not read part one, click here.

Day 2 in Paris was the last day I had to spend travelling around and what not before having to take the Eurostar the next morning. As I've said before, it's a super short trip. Another regret in my life.

Anyway, places to go on Day 2: Musée d'OrsayNotre Dame Cathedral and a special trip to the famed CityPharma (plus a pop over to Pierre Hermé for their amazing macarons). It's a packed day-- read on!

First stop is Musée d'Orsay, which is accessible via the RER (another form of rail transport in Paris) or you can take the metro to Solférino or Assemblée Nationale and walk a short distance. I took the metro because my lodging was just a stone's throw from a metro station. It was raining when I reached and I walked around armed with my map in hand to the place. The museum is a revamped train station and you can see signs of its history in the way there is a beautiful big clock at the top. It's a beautiful place to house the great works of artists like Van Gogh, Cézanne and Monet, just to name a few. I had to choose between visiting this and the Louvre, and I chose this because I wanted to see the works here more. I shall save the Louvre for the next time I visit~


Outside the entrance-- I was there early!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Travel | Seoul, Korea 2014 - LOTTE WORLD (TRICK EYE MUSEUM, FOLK MUSEUM)

Annyeong yeorobun!* 
*'hello everyone' in Korean

Here's a question: what's one place that pops in mind when I say Korea?

I know, I totally primed you guys into thinking this.
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Did I hear someone say 'Lotte World'?
That's right!

Located in the heart of Seoul, Lotte World Adventure is the one-stop entertainment place for travellers. It boasts of the world's largest indoor theme park; Indoor Adventure (Guinness World Record Holder!), an outdoor theme park; Magic Island, a Korean Folk Museum, a mini Trick Eye Museum, shopping malls, departmental stores, an ice-skating rink, a movie theatre and even a luxury hotel. Getting there is also super convenient as Lotte World is directly connected to Jamsil train station (Seoul Subway Line 2 & 8, exit 4)

And for my k-drama/shows fans, you guys know this is the place where the romantic magic happens. *winks*

When my friends and I were planning the trip, it was basically a toss up between Everland or Lotte World. As you all know, time is never enough when you're on vacation. We could only spare a day for theme park fun so, we had to choose. Lotte World won by virtue of having an indoor theme park (in case of rain) and being in Seoul itself (minimized travelling time) Our choice proved to be wise because it started to pour heavily in the afternoon.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Paris| Day 1

Hello everyone

I've been meaning to write this for a while now. So last year, I was on exchange in London. Towards the end of it, I finally found time to actually visit Paris and let's just say I'm in love~
It was such a short trip (2 days) that I'm left with many regrets that I couldn't have stayed longer. (Warning: Picture heavy post, so it might take a while for page to load)

So on day one, it was quite a crazy journey for me. My flight was super early in the morning that when I left to take the tube to the airport, the tube station was closed. Haha. Hence when I finally got to my lodgings, I was so tired that I dozed off... Thankfully, I managed to wake up with some daylight left over and walked to the Eiffel Tower, the #1 must see attraction of all time. It may be a tourist spot nowadays but seeing it still took my breath away. It was such surreal experience just walking there and seeing it with my own eyes that I teared up.

The Eiffel Tower. It was quite cloudy but I managed to get the sun at the golden hour and capture beautiful photos.



Beside the eiffel tower, the park surrounding it is a lovely place to stroll about too :)

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Travel | Seoul, Korea 2014 - NAMI ISLAND

Annyeonghaseyo!* 
                                                  *(Hello in Korean)


That was, and still is, 1 of the few Korean phrases I know before I went to Korea last year in August.  Me heading to Korea would never have materialized then if not for a friend asking if we, my friends and I, would like to go as she can offer us free accommodation in Seoul. So, definitely a huge thank you to her! :)

Funfact: This is the first time in my 22 years of life that I travelled overseas with only friends. Seoul, it was a pretty huge milestone for me.

I spent a total of 13 days in Korea which means a lot of places were visited. 
(Check out #13daysinKorea on Instagram!)

Let's start with one of the most beautiful places I've had the privilege of visiting - Namiseom Island 
(or affectionately known as just Nami Island)

Did you know? Namiseom declared its cultural independence as a self-governing country, Naminara Republic, in 2006  and has its own national flag, anthem, passport, currency etc. 

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Sunday Style Showdown | Lunar New Year Edition!

HEY!

Our unofficial (and unannounced *sorry peeps*) hiatus is finally over! We will be back to our regular schedule soon and what better way to kick-start it than a #SSS! :D

This week, we talk Lunar New Year - a.k.a EAT ALL THE PINEAPPLE TARTS. Okay... maybe not all since we still have to fit in our clothes after this festive period.

It's tradition to wear new clothes in auspicious colours (red mostly) for the new year on the first day. Usually, We go around visiting our relatives, eating all the goodies and most importantly, receive angbaos (money gifts). But first, let's see what we wore!

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The Lunar New Year Showdown
El Christine
cotton on sheep top; white midi skirt styling; boho chic dressing, chinese new year, ootd
This year I initially didn't plan on wearing red because I wasn't supposed to due to some events in my family...I was gunning for a really cool monochrome look but my grandma disapproved so I wore red :p Red is actually one of my favourite colours and that's why I love it when chinese new year comes around. This year is the year of the sheep/goat--aka MY YEAR YAY! To show my love, I'm channeling my free spirit and love for all things sheep in my outfit. I've always wanted to try a midi skirt look and finally I found one in the perfect cream colour and perfect length. Upside of wearing the skirt high-waisted is that it hides my bulging belly after finishing all those yummy goodies. "I look like an angbao" - I told my mum as I got dressed that morning.
It was pretty much OD-ed in red for me but it's CNY so what the heck. So with red the couleur du jour, I kept the other colours simple and neutral; black for the bag and brown for the shoes.
Shoutout to the shoes: SUCH SOFT LEATHER, SO COMFORTABLE TO WEAR. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
sheep design nails,red, sally hansen red snapper,simple nail design, cute nails
I actually painted my nails to match my top because I am in love with the cute sheep print! This year I'm pretty basic and simple with what I'm wearing, to the extent that my bags and shoes are the same for the first and second day of new year. Barely any accessories beside my pandora bracelet and a pretty white beaded hairband for decoration. For shoes, I'm wearing an old pair which I also wore here. Honestly, my Saint Laurent bag was the main attraction that day *laughs*
I was saving it since I got back from Italy (posts coming up soon!) to use for CNY so it would be a 'new' bag. That aside, I did not wear any accessories, save for a ring, as the high-neck red blouse was elaborate enough. Love the V-cutouts in the front and back, and the pleather trimmings. I think I have a secret love for all things leather - faux or not.
Eleanor's Outfit Details
Top: Cotton On
Skirt: Lowrys Farm
Shoes: Tracce
Bag: Coach
Christine's Outfit Details
Top: Warehouse
Skirt: Mango
Ring: Korea
Shoes: Nine West
Bag: Saint Laurent

That's it for our first showdown of the year!To everyone celebrating: Gong Xi Fa Cai! Huat ah!
What did you all think of the outfit? Did you have a great chinese new year too?
Tell us your thoughts via these channels and don't forget to use #SSS!
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Till next time
Love,
El and Christine xoxo

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