Saturday, 11 January 2014

The End of Christmas Break!

Hey everybody, sorry for being away for so long, but I have been incredibly busy with launching my super new project - UCL Campus Style. A facebook page where I post pictures of people I see around campus who are dressed well or inspire me with their dress, and i'm glad to say that it has really kicked off! Feel free to check it out in the link above!

Next up I have just got back to London after a long 4 weeks hopping around the world, to Hong Kong, Bali, (back to Hong Kong) and then Italy before finally coming back to London for a few days to enjoy the city before going back to uni, so I have LOADS to report on (as well as half finished posts to publish from Madrid etc.!) 

I'm happy to say that in 2013 I managed to go to 7 different countries, which i'd say is good but not too amazing. Let's hope that this number will at least double in 2014!!! (Which shouldn't be too hard seeing as I last year I had knee surgery which stopped me from going anywhere for over a month!)

Hope everyone had a Happy New Year and stay tuned for many more posts and many more new countries this year!

xx Vagabond Girl

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Food in Madrid

Living in London, I rarely eat seafood anymore as it tends to be quite expensive and not very good, but being half Italian I am constantly craving all the seafood in the world, especially if it's cooked in a Mediterranian style. Well Madrid fulfilled all those cravings!

1€ tapas at the mercado de san Miguel
Eating out in Madrid is really really cheap. Ok not as cheap as Hong Kong's $13 congee or noodles, but for Western Europe, it's cheap, especially in comparison to Italy who is essentially Spain's long lost brother. In many of the cafes/restaurants they had lunch deals for 10 which included an appetizer, main course, dessert and a drink. The food wasn't that great in these places and tended to be quite basic (salads, paella, soup for appetizers. Chicken escalopes, fried fish or steaks for mains and then flan, ice cream or store bought mousses for dessert), but it was still a good meal, and a very good price.

At one of these restaurants.

One of the main courses at one of these cafes (someone stole a tomato). This was just the "pescado del dia" (fish of the day)

While wandering around town one day, we stumbled upon this market and obviously ran in with our mouths open and wallets in hand! Little did we know that the Mercado de San miguel is actually a very famous market and one of the to dos of Madrid.

We got there at around 6pm so everyone was drinking wine or cocktails and eating tapas.

I then saw a stall with a Mexican woman, happily drinking wine and selling these things. My friend then told me that they were called gulas and were basically just thin strands of marinated pollack and that they are AMAZING. It was 2€ for one of these and you could have it normally, with mushrooms or with shrimp (I chose the one with shrimp obviously) and then you could drizzle either garlic or chilli olive oil on it. It was so good. So worth it!

I really wanted to get a pulpo a la gallega tapas here for 1€ but unfortunately the lady was taking way too long with the customer before me and I got some sort of cod thing which was really good as well.

Chocolate sculpture - whats not to love!

There was an ice cream stall in the market with some really cool flavours such as violet, meringue and dulce de leche. I tried the violet one as I love anything violet flavoured but sadly i wasn't in the mood for ice-cream.

How could we be in Spain without a churros store?

Churros would have been an awesome snack after that tapas, but we had free churros every morning at the hostel so I could've done without!

There were so many different kinds of pastries, everything just looked SO delicious!!! 

And the wines and cocktails available also looked fantastic.

Caramalized onions and goat cheese tapas anyone??

Of course one night we went for proper tapas at a tapas bar with drinks and everything but that will be coming up very soon in my post about clubbing in Madrid. 

And of course our Madrid trip would not have been complete without the mandatory paella (or 4). This cost me 10€ which is not bad at all. I went for my favourite squid ink paella and it tasted like childhood. Good times!

                                                                        xx Vagabond Girl

PS : feel free to follow me on instagram, now that you know what it is! You'll be guaranteed live updates of my shenanigans around the world! 

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Spotted on street style during LFW! (and day 5 of LFW)

So while casually browsing some of the streetstyle snaps from LFW last month, I managed to stumble upon some snaps of me (and my friend Claire!)

Here are some of them

Courtesy of Vogue

Courtesy of Refinery 29
Courtesy of Adorn London

Courtesy of Harry Hubbard

Courtesy of Bonafide Supernova

There are supposed to be more as we were photographed by more people, and also such as ifeng fashion, stockholm street style but I haven't been able to find them yet. Will post them when I do!!

Also here are some pictures from the shows I saw on the last day 

Lulu Liu

I absolutely loved this weaving technique and the choice of the colours!

Tata Naka

xx Vagabond Girl

Sunday, 3 November 2013

¡Hola desde Madrid!

It´s reading week, so obviously I am reading and studying very Madrid! I haven't  been to Spain since I was maybe 4 and so it was very exciting to finally use my Spanish and see the capital!

Last time I came to Spain, I looked like this. Yeah, so it´s been a while.

Getting here was an absolutely nightmare, I was supposed to leave Friday night to get here to party, instead I missed my flight and had to take the first flight out the next morning...which I also missed and ended up getting here at 1pm on Saturday. FAIL.

I´m only here until Tuesday, and then I´m off to Genova in Italy to visit my family for the rest of the week where I will have more time to blog, so stay tuned!

xx Vagabond Girl

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

LFW Day 4 : Burberry and Ji Cheng


The day I was waiting for and dreaming about for a month finally came! 

We took a taxi to Kensington Gardens, and were dropped off right in front of the Royal Albert Hall. What happened afterwards was an absolutely SURREAL experience. The second we stepped out of the cab and waited to cross the road to get into the cordoned off path into the massive glass house set up in the middle of Kensington Gardens, everyone, and I mean EVERYONE was taking photos of us. Random passerbys on iphones, people with digital cameras, DSLRs, and once we entered the cordoned off path, all we could hear was the incessant clicking of the cameras which lined up on the sides of the path, and all I could think about is DO NOT FALL (as my friend Claire was walking SO quickly and falling in my 6.5 inch heels in front of all the press would've been SO bad.). I can safely say now that I made it to the show without falling, I did almost trip a few times, but managed to steady myself!

The collection made me long for Spring to come already, especially with the horrible cold weather that I've been experiencing all week. The whole show was not just about the clothes, no, it was a performance, the music, the petals, the clothes, everything was just a burst of spring in the midst of the freezing autumn. 

The beautiful, vibrant, pastel colours just made me wish winter would past already and that it would be Spring already! Of course there was the classic burberry trench coat, but spiced up in beautiful pastel colours, pencil skirts with front splits, and I absolutely adored the bedazzled pieces. It was all so glamourous and sophisticated, with the crochet-like lace dresses and the dainty sheer shirts.

I was just looking out the roof of the glass house, watching the first leaves of autumn get swept off their branches by the strong wind, when I started seeing something fall from the ceiling and started wondering how the hell the leaves from the trees managed to fly into the glass house. Yeah, that's when I realised that rose petals were actually falling from the sky. What an amazing show, I was absolutely in awe and had to pinch myself a few times to check that I wasn't dreaming.

Leaving the show was almost like entering the show, but this time we even got stopped by several people asking who/what we were wearing and taking photos. Such an amazing experience!

The outfit(s)

I absolutely adore this top that I found in a boutique on Fa Yuen Street in Hong Kong, known for it's cheap, often poorly made but extremely trendy clothes. There is this store (Review to come soon!) which has the weirdest things, and really distinguishes itself from all the other stores on that street, who tend to sell the same things which can be found all over Mong Kok. This store claimed that this shirt was from Korea (but thats what they always say). I saw it on the mannequin and absolutely fell in love. The floral detailing on the front are actually 3-dimensional and stick out (and this is done with little strings of beads in order to make it stand up above the shirt). Cheap but chic! 

Vintage Coat, Top from Hong Kong, Mum's stripey trousers (vintage), Shoes from ASOS, Vintage Chanel bag

And here is my impeccably dressed friend, Claire's outfit! Although you can't see it in this photo she actually has frilly, lacey socks folded over the thin orange straps of her pumps which looked amazing and received a lot of praise. And that necklace?! My god, it's such an amazing necklace. 

Vintage velvet Jacket, tibi dress, Louis Vuitton bag, Vintage necklace stolen from her mum, Frilly socks from Topshop and Orange pumps from Zara.

Ji Cheng

Back at Fashion scout that afternoon, the Ji Cheng show started off with a beautiful film inspired by 'Peony Pavillion' - a tale of love and passion which was later reflected in the show. The designer paired up with the luxury shoe brand Sheme this season (which was the launch party I had attended two days ago).

Being half Chinese, I absolutely adore asian inspired designs as I just find them so exotic yet elegant and just so beautiful, and this collection made me feel no different. 

The beautiful jewelled colours, paired off with the neutral colours. The interesting shapes created using sheer and opaque fabrics (I LOVE the top above), everything was just so elegant yet so modern.

The wrapped almost kimono like tops tied with those beautiful knotted ropes makes for such a casual outfit while looking so graceful and stylish.

Again another spectacular finale, with a live singer at the end, really gave this show an extra oomf at the end making it a beautiful performance of film, music and fashion. 

The pleating techniques and the peony motif just gave the collection such a romantic feel, it was just beautiful.  

Pandemonia was there again, in another fabulous outfit! 

xx Vagabond Girl