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

Cittร  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-Prรฉs. 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 Derriรจre... 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.


WHEN IN PARIS

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Photos by Nathan Moy.

I'm thrilled to be back in Paris after months of dreaming. One of my best pals, Nathan, who moved here last year has kindly put me up in his gorgeous apartment and the balcony enough is alone to set anyone's heart on fire.

Revolve has so generously dressed me for part of my European travels this summer and here's the first installation of some of the looks I got sent. The thing I definitely love the most about Paris is the architecture, I feel like I've travelled back in time in this whole new other world- the windows and balconies are a whole thing altogether but definitely part of the package. I cannot be more thrilled to be back, living and breathing Parisian air and being reunited with Nathan. Here I am wearing a For Love & Lemons dress and shoes by Raye.

There is a huge sale going on at Revolve right now exclusively for shoppers in Asia, use the 'REVOLVEME' promo code at check out to enjoy up to 25% off your favourite brands!

REDISCOVERING HOME WITH FREE PEOPLE

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Singapore is home for me, but it is also the one place I tend to take for granted the most. I find myself feeling frustrated and uninspired a lot of the time. So when I got the opportunity to shoot a couple of looks with Free People, I thought it would be interesting for me to rediscover my city and fall in love with my home country again. This project was especially meaningful to me as I shot it with my family, my aunt and dad in particular, who put in so much to bring me to some of their own favourite places they grew up by. To say the least, Singapore surprised me again, and what I've rediscovered is only a tiny fraction of what it has to offer. Despite the ups and downs I've experienced growing up here, there is no doubt that Singapore is my home and nothing beats being able to be sweat it out in a hawker center, eating my favourite cheap greasy food and being able to enjoy the company of the people who mean the most to me. I hope you guys enjoy this little guide to some of my favourite local spots. 

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 Chin Mee Chin confectionery in East Coast Road is an institution in it's own right- coming here felt like travelling back in time. The coffeeshop or 'kopitiam' as we Singaporeans call it, is one of the oldest in the area that has survived gentrification. Serving old-school Singapore style breakfasts like kaya (coconut jam) toast, soft-boiled eggs, coffee, tea and other sweet treats from the counter you can choose from.

 Chin Mee Chin is located at 204 East Coast Road,opens daily from 8am to 4pm except on Mondays. 


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 Wearing the Jessie Maxi Dress

I have always been obsessed with Peranakan architecture in Singapore, and whenever I discover a new neighbourhood with these beautiful shophouses, I am always left in awe at the meticulous detailing of the tiles that make them so special. These were taken in Petain Road, it was my first time seeing such a uniform stretch of Peranakan houses in Singapore as they usually differ from each other, always full of surprises. But I thought it was so beautiful anyhow. The Peranakan culture share great nostalgia and significance for local communities in Singapore. They are descendents of Chinese immigrants who came to the Malay archipelago known for embracing modern thinking way ahead of their time. Today, many Peranakan houses are protected by the government and remain a crucial part of the Singaporean heritage. Other places you can find Peranakan homes in Singapore are in Emerald Hill and Neil Road.

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Wearing the My Antonia Dress

Anyone who has followed me on this blog knows about my obsession with Little India in Singapore. Not far off from Little India, you will find the stunning Malabar Muslim Jama-ath. This is the country's only Malabar Muslim mosque and it's bright blue tiles brought me back to my time in Morocco. I had always driven past the place but being able to actually see it up close really showed me how beautiful this mosque is and how it is a sacred place for worship for the Malayee community.

Malabar Muslim Jama-ath is located at 471 Victoria Street, Singapore 198370.

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Wearing the Macrame Mini Dress in Plum

Chinatown isn't new for me, but simply exploring the neighbourhoods nearby really inspired me and I sometimes didn't feel like I was in Singapore but more like China in the 80s.. To see men on the corridor playing chess, watching TV, sipping their teh-o (tea). This was near Jalan Basar, and the area is filled with some of the most amazing hawker food and dim sum. You need to explore the area to find these hidden gems yourself!

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 I had so much fun shooting this project, big thank you Lisa for giving me this opportunity to rediscover my homeland and to my aunt Jolene and my dad for taking the time to bring me around and shoot these images. 

BANGING IN BANGKOK

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I've just returned from one glorious week in Bangkok. It's been awhile... and I relished every second I was in the land of smiles from being a sweaty mess in morning markets to 2am supper runs, cheap massages and haggling with tuk-tuk drivers. It was everything I have remembered, and missed. 

I have of course, updated my guide to the city- from a morning I spent at the Blue Elephant Cooking School, to my luxurious stay at Ma Du Zi Hotel and getting lost in Chinatown. View it here.