A DAY AT THE CHALK CLIFFS

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Flounced Off-Shoulder Dress

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Pleated Full Dress with Off-Shoulder Detail

I had been wanting to visit this beautiful beach with the Seven Sisters Chalk Cliffs as a backdrop for a long time now but the idea had always just been something at the back of my head, something I'll do...'one day'. Well, it never happened during the time I lived in London so when I was back last month, I called up Faiyaz and off we went, with a rented zip-car. Just 2 and a half hours away from London, not far off Brighton is the beautiful chalk cliffs, it's one of the most serene places I've visited. We spent a good 5 hours there, taking too many pictures, taking it all in, having the entire beach to ourselves before we realised how much time had actually passed. The cliffs are located about a 30 minute trek from the visitor centre so it was no easy feat getting there with bags of dresses I decided to shoot. I can't thank Faiyaz enough for driving me here and back, another one off the bucket list! Coming this far is a great way to spend a day away from the city, and run in a field of sheep, scream at wild rabbits and just be a country bumpkin so I'd highly recommend this to anyone visiting London. I'd do this all over again, and maybe spend a night in Brighton the next time. It was such a fun day- thank you Fai!

Wearing everything Self-Portrait. If you've not heard of the brand, now you know. There are no words for the beautiful pieces Han creates and it was a privilege to have worn these for our little adventure! I always get so many compliments whenever I am anything Self-Portrait! Han has become someone very dear to me and as cliche as it sounds, I have huge admiration for the guy. Thanks for always making me laugh, and for challenging me to get out of my comfort zone. If it wasn't for you, I would never have travelled so far!

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All images photographed by Faiyaz Kolia

RELIVING LONDON

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It breaks my heart to type this but my time in London has come to an end for the time being. I will be moving back to Singapore, starting a new exciting project (I can't wait to share more details soon!) and travelling more extensively around Asia I hope! My pal Faiyaz and I recently went around London shooting this little collaboration with Charles & Keith. I thought that since this would be my last time shooting a project in London for awhile, it would be best to relive some of my favourite moments I've had in London. So I hope you guys will follow me, in my shoes, and relive these moments with me. Big thank you to Charles & Keith for sending so many pairs of shoes, I feel like I've a lifetime of shoes to wear now! And to my dear Faiyaz for going around London with me in a day to shoot these. I had so much fun even though it was bittersweet. London, you always will have my heart. Thanks for some of the best times of my life. 

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Brunch at my favourite spots in East London followed by shopping for some of the freshest groceries.  This is at The Albion. Definitely needs no introduction. The food is great, fresh and not forgetting how much I ADORE the croissants.

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I love exploring new neighbourhoods in London. There is always some little corner or stretch of houses I find that never fail to make me smile. It's so romantic to me how even though I've travelled to London and lived there for a good amount of time that it still surprises me. West London is great for that. You find cute families going about their daily lives, peeping through the windows of their homes and trying to pretend you live in there.

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The grass IS greener at this side of the world. I love going for picnics, feeding birds, seeing people taking their strolls with their dogs or simply by themselves, rolling on the grass. I've had so many good moments being surrounded by my friends in parks all over London where we just lie on the grass with a bag full of food to stuff our faces with and talk for hours.

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I am always on the go in London. There is always a place to run off to, This city is relentless and full of energy. So here's to screaming at Ubers for them to pick me, running from tube to tube, hopping onto a cab and hoping the meter mysteriously stops or just running to my next destination. 

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There's no denying that I've had some of the best nights out in this city- Soho of course. Drinking way too many cocktails before dinner time and ending up in some club dancing the night away with my best friends, singing all the way home on the Uber. London, you're the best.

There is so much more I've yet to share but these are some of those worth reliving for now. Hope you all enjoyed this! 

ARTIST RESIDENCE LONDON

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The Grand Suite @ Artist Residence London
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Breakfast in bed from The Cambridge Street Kitchen

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I had the pleasure of having a staycation at the quaint little Artist Residence in the heart of Pimlico, one of the neighbourhoods I recently got to explore and absolutely fell in love with. It is to date my favourite staycation in London, courtesy of Mr & Mrs Smith. The hotel is occupied in a Regency terrace on Cambridge Street in Pimlico. It is an eclectic space furnished with a diverse mix of urban and vintage furniture, together with a range of street art from various artists, hence the name. Instead of a lobby, we walked right into the Cambridge Street Kitchen, a cute little restaurant that was packed on that Sunday afternoon. We were greeted by the most friendly staff who were already expecting us and quickly brought us to our room. We were thrilled when we found out we were to be put up in the Grand Suite, the biggest room in the humble residence. The room was everything a staycation should be about. The dream bath-tub accompanied with a complete set of luxurious bath products to indulge in. The twin marble sink with that perfect gilt-edge mirror which reminded me of those I saw in the vintage markets in Paris. The big fluffy bed facing a view of the quiet neighbourhood. And the lush velvety green cushioned arm chairs that were great to sink into whilst sipping tea and engaging in conversation with friends. I already never want to leave this little haven and spent a good half- hour snapping away photos of the suite to show off to my friends about where I was spending the night. Every part of the space was thoughtfully put together. I had a welcome cocktail at the restaurant while watching life pass by in Pimlico on a lazy Sunday afternoon. We never did leave the property throughout our stay. We watched movies, drank tea,  caught up on reading....and also invited my pal, Nathan over for a glass of wine to celebrate his upcoming birthday.

After the best sleep. We ordered pretty much everything off the menu for breakfast from the Cambridge Street Kitchen and had it brought up to the room. Nathan loved the space so much he came back to join us for birthday breakfast that morning and took a bath in the dream tub. Breakfast consisted of perfectly scrambled eggs and the fluffiest pancakes which we ate in bed while sipping on freshly shaken iced tea and sharing too many laughs, it was a such a great morning. After breakfast, we discovered the basement and was told there was a Ping-Pong table- and that became the rest of our activity that morning. 

Thank you, Mr & Mrs Smith! I cannot be more grateful for the perfect time I spent at the Artist Residence, the new friends I made with the staff and the lovely neighbourhood surrounded by some of the most beautiful terrace houses. I woke up to seeing kids on horses riding around the hood and squealed in delight at how cute everything about this place was. I miss every part of it so much! Find out more about Artist Residence here

ON THE DALMATION COAST

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Wearing Tibi slip-ons from Shopbop, similar ones here. Mango Dress. Bag from Morocco.

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I spent last weekend in Dubrovnik and it was beautiful. Lost my voice, fell really ill halfway and nearly didn't make it on the plane back to London but thankfully I did and still in recovery. Still, there are no words. It's a beautiful place everyone has to visit in their lifetime. We spent a luxurious night at Villa Dubrovnik courtesy of Smith Hotels (thank you Sneha!) and moved to our Airbnb in the heart of the Old Town which we thoroughly enjoyed as well. Loved being able to see life from our window.  The old town itself may be tiny but being surrounded by the City Walls has protected the citizens of Dubrovnik for over 5 centuries. Today, the walls and the city itself are a UNESCO World Heritage site and is considered one of the greatest fortification systems of the Middle Ages. It's unreal to me and no doubt if you're a Game of Thrones fan, it's walking in the actual set where the series is filmed.  We had delicious food and wine by the Adriatic Coast and walked through beautiful alleyways. I think my favourite part is the laundry hanging out of the windows you'll find in these alleys. They provide so much character to the city. I was dressed by Shopbop throughout my time there and couldn't be more grateful for a better coastal wardrobe. 

MILAN PHOTO DIARY

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I wouldn't exactly call this a guide. But it's some of the places I got to visit during my long weekend I spent in Milan. Milan may not be real Italy, as people would say. It wouldn't be the place to go to experience what Italian culture really is. But it's a city with it's own heartbeat and has stolen the hearts of Italians all over Italy who move here to experience the fast-paced city life. Milan, for me is a design capital for fashion and the arts, heritage and amazingly good food with an unbelievably generous aperitivo culture. I couldn't have asked for a better time there. Here's what I got up to during my short time in the city that you should definitely visit if you make it to Milan:

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Milan isn't know for being the city for lovers. But Parc Sempione on a lovely day is perfect for a picnic, like what we did. People come here to kiss. To snuggle when the sun is out. To get a tan in their bikini. It's such a fun but relaxed atmosphere where you really see people really enjoying the city park that is easily accessible from the city centre.


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Wearing a Maria Stanley dress and Adia Kibur earrings

Shop in the Brera district- known for once being home to bohemians, artists, only part of the area has survived modern reconstruction. The street is beautiful and now filled with small boutiques and galleries. 


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Corso Como is a restaurant, gallery, hotel, book store, and fashion and lifestyle store all in one and it is beautiful.

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Naively used to be the entire water network for Milan, connecting from the nearby rivers of Ticino and Adda. It is now a lively street filled with shops, art studios, restaurants, pubs, bars and is perfect for a romantic stroll down the canal with a loved one.


bv cadg2Spazio Rossana Orlandi is always a highlight during Milan Design Week- it's a design/furniture gallery and courtyard cafe and is located in an old tie factory in Via Matteo Bandello. I saw some of the most unique pieces of furnishing for the home. Rossana Orlandi is a known for discovering and championing new designers while providing support throughout their careers. 

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Owned by the design duo behind Dsquared2, Ceresio 7 Pools & Restaurant is located at the top of the Dsquared2 headquarters where the who's who of Milan flock to for dinner and drinks. Come for an  Aperitivo and people-watch while enjoying the sunset and some nibbles. 

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Wearing Free People's Bohemian Winds Maxi dress

Cliche but still stunning. Especially in the morning before the city wakes up.

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II- of course everyone in Milan has to see this stunning shopping arcade for themselves after the Duomo. The arcade is open 24/7 so if you'd like to enjoy frolicking around the premises before the stores open, it is jolly well a good idea. 

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You've probably heard of EATALY in New York, so you can only imagine an Italian version of it would be a gazillion times better. I was grinning from ear to ear at all the food available. It is a one-stop store for anything related to Italian food that is my kind of heaven. 


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Fondazione Prada is dedicated to contemporary art and culture and is home to Bar Luce- a cafe and bar designed by Wes Anderson that feels like a movie set from one of his films.

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Wearing a Ganni lace mini dress

Città Studi is such a cute and quaint neighbourhood not far off the city centre, with some really traditional-looking Italian homes. It is lovely to stroll through and peep into the houses to wonder the life that goes on in there.


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Carlo & Camilla in Segheria is one of Italian chef and personality, Carlo Cracco's restaurants... It is genuinely one of the most beautiful spaces I've stepped into and the cocktails were out of the world. Food was great too. I loved the Italian way of dining. Every night we started our aperitivo in the evening and start getting seated for dinner at only about 9. We usually finish dinner close to midnight and it makes really enjoying the company, conversations, food and drinks such an experience.

I cannot thank my Italian counterparts, Gabriele, Alessio and Giulia enough for giving me such an authentic experience in Milan and for hosting me throughout my time there. I had such a great time and saw so much in such a short period but was blown away by what the city had to offer. And when you make it to Milan.... also don't forget the patisseries!

Shot in collaboration with Shopbop.

AT THE DUOMO

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Wearing Free People's Bohemian Winds Maxi Dress

While I may be all for going after a local experience, see the Duomo from the distance and visiting the terrace of the cathedral was a dream in itself. Skip the long lines for the tickets into the Duomo and go straight for the terrace where you get stunning views of Milan and see the intricate details of the roof of the cathedral. 

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The details took my breath away, it is no wonder this took 6 centuries to complete. I wasn't even that keen on going up to the Duomo but when my friends who are local to Milan took me up, it was with no regrets despite the countless of steps before getting to the terrace. I couldn't have asked for a better way to spend my Saturday morning with my favourite people.

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The weather was perfect. I am wearing a Free People dress, you can find a similar one here


MILANO


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Wearing Maria Stanley Frades Dress and Adia Kibur Caitlin Earrings- all from Shopbop.

Ciao! From Milano! I can't say it enough how delighted I am to be here with some of my best friends, and most importantly, being able to get a local experience from start to finish. Like hopping onto a cute little fiat rental thats available all over the city, having a picnic lunch in Parco Sempione and falling asleep on the grass whilst being surrounded by unbelievably good-looking Italian boys sunbathing.

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I've been walking like crazy in my Soludos and they've been so helpful in getting me around the city. I can't tell you how genuinely comfortable these are despite the wedge. Get something similar here.

I'm excited to share more images from the city alongside a little guide to some of the spots I will be going to together with Shopbop. So stay tuned! These were shot in Brera, one of the most beautiful, and evocative streets in Milan. Known for being home to artists and bohemians in the city. It is now full of small boutiques selling apparel, art and other knick-knacks. I loved it and it is a must visit in Milano. 

TO PARIS OR NOT TO PARIS

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I'm back from my whirlwind of a week in Paris and thought I'd share some of my favourite moments- and a thing or two that might come in handy if you're heading to the city (one that does not involve the Tour Eiffel).

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Stroll through Jardin du Luxumbourg early in the morning, with croissant and latte in hand and enjoy the gardens before the rest of the city wakes up.

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Eat...at Ellsworth Paris. One of my favourite meals. Fried chicken is amazing. Had the most beautiful plate of sardines. I never want to stop coming here. Ellsworth currently offers the best brunch in Paris and opens for lunch and dinner on the weekdays. Make reservations. Please. (I just don't want you to miss out..!)


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Paris is all about the windows and balconies. So take a gazillion photos of them, and on them when you get the chance. Eat breakfast on the balcony. Smoke on the balcony. Drink wine on the balcony. Dance on the balcony. Kiss on the balcony.

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In Paris, Airbnb > Hotel. It's all about the Parisian experience after all. *Ps, don't forget the balconies!

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Explore the hood. Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Le Marais. Montmartre.... You never know what you find. ......

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Especially when you find courtyards like these....

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......which lead to cocktail bars like these....

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Drink wine, eat frites (or fries as we call it) and people watch for hours. Al-fresco style.


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Make sure you eat in Derrière... then finish the night in the bar next door, Andy Wahloo.


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God... I can't say it enough! I love Paris.... I love it, I love it, I love it.