Sunny beach days - gingham and embroidery

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Romper: Zaful (it's sold out, but you can find similar ones here), Swimsuit: Zaful

As a lover of stripes, it only makes sense that I also love gingham (stripes vertical and horizontal – yas!).

A while back in preparation for the warmer season, I bought a pair of gingham wrap sandals and knew I wanted to add more gingham to my wardrobe. As I was scrolling through Zaful I came across this adorable red and white gingham print romper and instantly clicked ‘add to basket’.

I love the design of this checked plunger romper - the v-neck is flattering without being too deep, the wrap waist tie gives your body shape and the frills on the legs are adorable. And of course, I love the gingham print.

What are your thoughts on gingham?

I wore this playsuit to the beach, alongside an embroidered strappy swimsuit I also got from Zaful. I loved the floral and bird design on this swimsuit, especially as I hadn’t seen embroidery on a swimsuit before.

I hope the beach weather doesn’t go away soon so I can keep wearing these pieces!

Photos by Ivor

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Where to shop and visit in Hong Kong!

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This time last year, I visited Hong Kong for the first time. During my time at university I became friends with quite a few people from Hong Kong, including my boyfriend. So it was my first travelling experience, where I met up with friends in their home city and followed around my boyfriend and his family, who knew the ins and outs of Hong Kong. My excessive googling of must-visit places and the anxiety of figuring out how to get places were redundant, which was a nice change.

Hong Kong is an interesting mix of the old world and the future. The influence of colonisation and the Western word is prominent in the buildings, business and language. However, there are still clear remnants of Hong Kong’s past life in the religion and culture. In the city, there is a distinct and interesting pattern of new buildings next to urban decay, homage to the city’s immense population density.

Hong Kong is an exciting city, with so much to do in terms of places to visit, eating and most importantly shopping. We stayed in Wan Chai, which was walkable to most central activities and if not, only a short ride on the MTR.

WHERE TO SHOP:

  • Firstly, the streets of the central areas of Hong Kong are covered with shops. From pharmacies, groceries to electronics. But if you’re looking for cute and cheap toys, knock-offs and souvenirs, Mong Kok is the place to be. Mong Kok is filled with market stalls. We found great souvenirs and a Hello Kitty toothbrush holder for me.
  • Hong Kong is definitely not in short supply of major shopping centres. The shopping centres are huge and have every brand imaginable. We visited City Plaza, which has an ice rink, The Landmark (Central), Pacific Place (Admiralty), Times Square (Causeway Bay) and Citygate Outlets (Lantau Island).


WHERE TO VISIT
  •  Ocean Park is a theme park with so many beautiful animals, rides and surprisingly amazing views of Hong Kong. I would go back to Ocean Park, just to go on the cable car and see the islands of Hong Kong from above.
  • The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery is a great day out in Hong Kong. It involves a bit of travelling, however it is an extraordinary place. The Tian Tan Buddha statue is 34 metres high set among beautiful green mountains. In the area, there is the Po Lin Monastery, a tourist centre with shops and food outlets, and a cable car, which was unfortunately closed when we were there. Hot tip: ox roam freely in the area and you should definitely avoid feeding them - we witnessed a woman’s food being ripped from her bag.
  • Taking the Peak Tram to see the views of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak is one of the best things I’ve ever done. We visited at night and saw the sky light up from the skyscrapers, some of them even had animated lighting.
  • Lan Kwai Fong is the place to be at night! It’s filled with bars and restaurants, but you’ll find most people drinking at 7/11 (no shame though, it’s cheap!).



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