DETAILS: Zara kimono, COS tanktop, Zara pants and Ann Demeulemeester totebag.
Here I am, looking bright as ever in a silky (read: polyester), colorful (•SHOCKHORROR•) kimono-type throw-over I recently picked up from Zara. I’ve been on the hunt for a easy summer outerwear piece that I could wear over thin wispy tops and tank tops due to the fact that my bare upper arms are sights that no one should see. This loose flowy kimono thang will do just that. One thing about Shanghai that I really don’t abuse at all is the fabric market where you could essentially have anything you want made or bring any item you have and have it copied in a myriad of fabrics and colors. I’m thinking this eazy breezy kimono in a pretty black floral silk print and maybe even in a chiffon type thing?
My dad was visting us in Shanghai last weekend. Before we headed to the Central Studios Spring fair, we had a major lecture-filled delicious lunch at Jing’An Restaurant at The PuLi hotel where my dad was staying. It was a seriously amazing appetizer buffet with an additional 2 main courses and a dessert. A super yummy meal before a super stressful week (;´ρ`)
Biking around Shanghai is the most practical way to get around. Not quite sure if it’s actually healthy for you though in the typical sense that you’re getting exercise; the street pollution and even just biking behind a dude who’s smoking as he rides pretty much counters any health benefits biking would have. Nonetheless, our bikes are our newest fun thing to do and it so so useful. I’m still pretty new to biking in Shanghai so I’m one of those who lock up their bike an unnecessary amount since my bike is still looking fairly new (easy prey for bike robbers, which are aplenty in Shangers). Weekends are now spent mostly riding around looking at cool shops along Julu Lu and being jealous as Jason gets his Our Legacy fix at Aegis, a super sweet retail spot for men. I’m not allowed to be jealous though, since I do have a giant Givenchy present waiting for me at home in HK, courtesy of BKRM. Yummmmmmy.
Funnily enough, since having to stick to glasses everyday, my designer sunglasses collection has grown like crazy in the last two years. These Ray-Ban 4171 Erika Sunglasses are my newest obsession. They are so damn light and the lens tint is absolutely perfect enough that people can just barely see your eyes. They also came in this super rad tie-dye looking case which is something new from Ray-Ban that I’ve never seen. The frame is also a really special rubber Ray-Ban matte black material and the shape is perfect for men and women, since Jason wore them half the time too! These are my 3rd pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses and I doubt they’ll be my last!
If anyone is wondering, I got my bike from Kai Kai bike shop at 615 Wuding Lu.
Started our day off at Cantina Agave for Taco brunch! It was actually quite disappointing but if the hoard of drunk and loud middle-aged white people at the table next to us was any indication, their drinks were actually very good.
Jason says I’m an extremely swirvy (pirate) rider..as shown in frame 3 of this gif…
We discovered this street that looked like it didn’t belong in Shanghai. Funnily enough, this street is just a couple of blocks from where we live! The rubbish collector really brings us back to Shanghai though.
A couple of weeks ago on May 1st, China got one of those rare and hardly heard of “public holiday” things, celebrating International Worker’s Day a.k.a. Labour Day. Lucky for us in Shanghai, it was also the last day of Strawberry Music Festival! I dunno about you, but I’m completely sick of seeing Coachella pics, not because I wish I was there, but mostly because all those crazy hipster/hippy wannabes dressed as trashy trash are really painful to my eyes to look at. The only thing I love about Coachella is the music and honestly, when it comes to the Californian desert sun, I’d rather listen to the music in the comfort of my air-conditioned home with Sumo on my lap.
Anyway, back to the 3-day Strawberry Music Festival, it was hosted by Modern Sky and held at the beautiful Shanghai Expo Park, a repurposed old airplane hangar in Pudong. This was my first time attending SMF and Shanghai Expo Park. The park is really cool and spacious (perfect for dogs!) and as for SMF, there were 5 main stages but we headed straight to the main Strawberry stage to support local China band Hedgehog and later on, Australia’s finest Lenka. Hedgehog was really really great and I love their super cute but damn cool little girl drummer called Atom. Seriously, check them out they’re really good, they’ve even played at Cake Shop in NYC! Next up was Lenka, and whilst her cutesy lullaby music seemed like no place for a festival, it didn’t help that the audios kept on fucking up and the audience was basically listening to them play live without any mics or sound system.
Anyway at the festival, we spotted the cutest strawberry baby. She dressed the whole part: a strawberry printed shirt and even a strawberry hat to top her curly Japanese-baby-look hair. Of course me and her became instant bestfriends and she just wanted to hold my hand and dance together the whole time. Check my vine video here! BABIES ARE THE BEST. Also, I FINALLY shot a new ddtv episode! Check it out below:
My new bestfriend: Strawberry baby girl who constantly wanted to hold my hand and dance!
We ended our super tiresome day off with hotdogs at BIKINI at 47 Yongfu Lu. The hotdogs were delicious and came with a mini bowl of tortilla chips as a starter but for that price..it was kind of not worth it tbh.