Monday, 30 December 2013

Hello My Name is Paul Smith

Design Museum is currently holding "Hello My Name is Paul Smith". The exhibition offers a rare insight into the mind of the designer and his creative process.
Sir Paul Smith dropped by the exhibition during lunch break. My friend and I were lucky enough to see him in person at the venue last Saturday. Many people asked him to sign their books. 
Paul Smith is a photography enthusiast. He is interested in taking pictures and also collecting others' photography for inspiration of his collections.
His office at Covent Garden
Paul Smith's love for colours and patterns injects a truly unique quirky feel and personal touch of style into his own office.
Others' collaborations with Paul Smith
Achive of collections
He is also one of the pioneers who used photography as prints on fabrics
Each store of Paul Smith around the world is different from each other
Let alone the sale, entering the store itself IS a fantastic experience of shopping.

The exhibition lasts until 9 March 2014

Sunday, 29 December 2013


Vogue 1992
Tartan for winter
need no explanation

can't help falling in love with my tartan trousers from River Island


Saturday, 14 December 2013


I am lucky to be offered an internship at a really cool British designer label after completing my course. The studio is not big but it is a good chance to know every bit of everything like the design process and production.

On the other hand, I have never been so eagerly looking forward to weekend in a long, long time. Do not read me wrong. I enjoy spending time in the studio. The job sometimes does require lots of physical work and a great deal of energy consumption.  However, the most tiring activity is commuting from home to work every day, catching trains and being jostled by the crowd in the tube. Not to mention taking the bus and being stuck in the traffic congestion. I can go on talking about London transport all day but I decided not to. At least not today.

Lately I discover the online shop of Weekday - and its collection MTWTFSS. I fell in love with their clothes at once. (Too bad they do not have any stores in the UK or China) Plus they are offering some really big discount on Cheap Monday jeans for X'mas at the moment. I have placed my first order today!!


Some of the prints are fun and quirky. But most of the clothing are in line with the appealing traits of Scandinavian fashion - simplicity, minimalism and attention to detail.
Time to ask for Santa's little help for my pocket


Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Winter Outfits I

Warm, Cozy and Stylish

dark shades in layer // different texture // pattern

Cookery Lessons

having lived alone for more than two months since my former housemates went back to their home countries, finally I have no one to rely on for my dinner. Its not that I cannot cook, as I always tell my friends/boyfriend/ family so, I just don't want to cook for the others. I am not selfish. But I am a person who really cares about criticism and I dread having people disappointed about me/ my food. Of course they would not tell you how bad the dish was in a direct way. But speaking in an indirect way hurts as bad as telling the truth. I prefer not having the fear of being a disappointment as a cook and giving myself the pressure of false perfectionism. The difference between a real perfectionist and me is that I will not try to make it perfect. I will only go straight to moaning about my imperfection. So I have a good reason not to cook.

However, I do like cooking. It is interesting (when I am not starving). Plus cooking is an absolutely enjoyable way to kill your time. It resembles the process of crafting. As if salt and pepper is your colour paint... the final product is totally dependent on you, made by your own hands. The critics can be subjective but there are general rules about what is bad and what is good. The display is an art form. The colours always matter. The smell, the look... they stimulate your senses to create preferences.

as my cooking skill... well, I am getting on it. At least, right now I am good enough for myself.


Friday, 29 November 2013


My affinity for prints has reached the next level. It seems that a printed top is not enough for me anymore. I have to get a matchy-matchy bottom for completing the look. I am crazy for this floral  print from River Island!!! Anyway top and bottom of the same print or pattern is no longer a no-no in the fashion world. On the contrary, printed suit has been on the fashion radar since S/S 12. The trend is ongoing this fall. Never too late to invest a set in your winter wardrobe.

wearing floral top and shorts from River Island

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Sun down Lights on

It is getting dark early in these days. The sun goes down around 4pm. Sometimes it feels like 10pm on streets but in fact it is merely 7pm. I definitely not a fan of the early sunset and winter darkness.

Except ... there is still joy in the dark during winter

The lights on Regent Street and Oxford Street for xmas are on. There is a giant snow globe in the centre of piccadilly circus. It looks exceptionally romantic in the picture. I am ready for the xmas sale. Bring it on.


Monday, 21 October 2013

Edinburgh Part II

I will never get tired of the landscapes in the Highlands of Scotland
Loch Ness

Glen coe, one of the most beautiful places in the Scotland
View from Edinburgh Castle

exquisite craftsmanship from the castle interior
In fact
 I miss the trip so much!!!
We spent almost every morning in this lovely cafe, The Edinburgh Larder, having breakfasts and planning our trip ahead for the day. Their scones and homemade jam are sooooooo delicious! Every dish was made and brought to the table by the super-friendly staff there who welcomed us with heart-warming smiles and great service. Oh I wish they were in London so I could visit them every weekend!!!

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Edinburgh Part I

Going to Edinburgh is on my To-do list since mid-term. Being one of the most beautiful and historical cities in the UK, there is no reason not to go to Scotland in summer to experience the land of Military and Tartan with friends before the weather gets unbearably cold.

 National Museum of Scotland

St Giles Cathedral

View from Edinburgh Castle

The Monument

Calton Hill

View from Calton Hill was absolutely breath-taking. I also enjoyed the time spent on sunbathing in Prince Street Gardens near the Scott Monument. The Monument has a stunning Gothic design which sums up the gloominess of the mysterious city.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013


Lovely day out to Brighton

Seven Sister Country Park is pretty amazing
serene and unspoiled

would definitely pay a visit again!

Template developed by Confluent Forms LLC