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!

Monday, 16 September 2013

LFW Day 3 : Eugene Lin, Paul Smith and Eugene Lin afterparty

Just another windy, cold and rainy day in Landan town today. (How I miss sweating my balls off in the Hong Kong heat!) Not too much of a hectic day today so I didn't pass out at 9pm like yesterday!

Today's Outfit

Coat : Vintage (1970s custom tailored in Hong Kong)
Dress : H&M
Bag : Vintage Chanel
Ring made from Vintage buttons from Milan
Necklace from Hong Kong

My lovely friend Claire lent me her beautiful vintage chanel bag which her grandmother left her.

Eugene Lin

Sunday, 15 September 2013

LFW Day 2 : Lug von Siga, Zeynep Tosun,Liz Black, Alessia Prekop and Sheme launch

Wow. Guess they were right about fashion week being tiring! My feet are destroyed from my shoes and my arms are destroyed by my hand bag but man, was it worth it!

Jacket : Vintage
Jumper : Boutique in Italy
Skirt : ASOS
Bag : Vintage Fratelli Rossetti
Shoes: Boutique in Hong Kong

So yesterday I got to see 4 shows at the Freemason's centre for the Fashion Scout showcase. The first show I saw was Lug Von Siga.

Lug Von Siga

Designed by the Turkish designer Gul Agis, this collection was inspired by the political issues in Turkey and the influence of tribal attitudes in expressing anger within. 

Friday, 13 September 2013

Back in London - LFW Day 1 : Corrie Nielsen "The Forbidden Liasons" show

At 5 my plane from Hong Kong arrived in London, at 8 I got home and by 12:30 I was already running my way through the tube in heels to get to the Connie Nielsen show at the Mayfair hotel.

Today was truly a bit of a disastrous day. I topped up and purchased my travel card on the wrong oyster card, I purchased the wrong travel card, for some reason my laptop's time was one hour behind and so I only had 50 minutes to get ready and get to the show, it was raining, there was traffic. My god i'm surprised I still have a full head of hair and haven't slit my wrists yet!

Luckily I got there on time. Here are some photos!

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Things to do in Kazan, Russia

Having a month in a city really does give you time to fully explore it and see everything you can. Here is a list of my favourite things to do in Kazan, if you ever get a chance to visit!

The Soviet Lifestyle Museum (Музей Социалистического Быта) 

A museum like no other. This is going to make me seem very bad, but the truth is, this was the only museum I went to see in Kazan. Yes, terrible of me. It's just the beach always seemed like a better idea... and I wanted to get a tan!

This charming little museum is the only one of it's kind in Russia. It is a fun and very interactive little museum where you can try clothes, hats and even toys from the Soviet Era. This little museum is absolutely cluttered with artifacts and it was very interesting to see mother's reminisce on the past and explain to their children about the era they grew up in. 

The owner/curator of the museum was a very nice guy, who seemed very passionate about his job and came around to show us how some of the toys were played. Truly a wonderful experience and I highly recommend it! It even has a very nice selection of authentic and replica soviet items (badges, lighters etc.) which make for amazing gifts! I got a beautiful golden lighter with lenin on it. Russian student represent!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Day trip to свияжск (Sviyazhsk)

One beautiful Sunday we were taken on a trip to the beautiful, historical island of свияжск (Sviyazhsk), which is easily accessible from Kazan via a 2 hour boat ride or car ride, though the boat ride is a much more picturesque option. 

Sviyazhsk is full of history as it was the island which Ivan the Terrible's army used to conquer Kazan and the Tatars. Afterwards it became home to many churches, monastaries and cathedrals.

The institute we were studying at offered us this trip at a really good price. The leaflet as well as many websites online promised an island "stuck in the medieval ages", not to mention our teacher told us we could go horseriding and shoot guns, obviously us kids were shitting our pants! In addition we were told that there were no restaurants or food shops anywhere on this island so everyone bulked up on snacks and water.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Cheapest Sushi In Town (with Froyo for dessert!)

This place is one of my favourite places to drop by whenever I'm needing a quick sushi pick me up (let's be honest, when don't I) and also me and my best friend's favourite place to hang out at.
This is me and my sis' FAVOURITE (We call it the jizz salmon roll)!
 When this bad boy starts making its way down the conveyer belt we just stand up and walk over to where it is and snatch it before anyone else gets it. Yup we're crazy!

Why? Its only $8 (hkd) a plate!!!! That's $1USD!! For everything and anything !!!

There's no menu here, just grab whatever you fancy off the conveyer belt! The service is rather mediocre but the sushi isn't bad (considering the price!!) And even sashimi is the same price.

It does get busy here during peak hours, especially on the weekends, but the wait is usually no more than 15 minutes but there is a 50 minute time limit until they evict you. 

Not fat at all (ok we shared that)

They also have dessert like cream puffs, cheese cake or puddings!!  But we usually skip dessert here so that we have just a little bit of space left for some delicious frozen yoghurt across the road at tuttimelon. yum yum!

Green tea, passionfruit, Angel something (Strawberry and coconut) and japanese yoghurt flavoured froyo with blueberries, mangoes (trying to be healthy here!), strawberrry flavoured crunchy dots, GREEN TEA MOCHI and mango flavoured popping bubbles. YUM YUM YUM. yes i realized that I went overboard after I threw everything in...)

Sushi Express

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PS: Some exciting news! I have been invited to London Fashion Week which will be coming up in less than two weeks! So watch this space guys! 

xx Vagabond Girl