Jumping out of a plane

A couple of years ago I told myself, if I ever set foot in Dubai I am going to skydive.

Last month, that’s what I did.

Continue reading to hear a little about my adventure with Skydive Dubai.

Tickets booked, hotels booked and one thought kept bugging me. It is the promise I made to myself that I will do the dive. So I opened the browser, looked into Skydive Dubai and took the plunge. Simply because I do not want to leave any room for later regrets. After making the booking, I set the thoughts aside so I won’t spook myself. I do not have any phobia of heights but the thought of free-falling isn’t something I’m used to (of many of us!).

On the D-day, I was feeling the butterfly, anxiety whatever you can call it. Yes I am excited but since it is a novel experience I was nervous in all honesty. I was quieter than I am as the time neared for me to board the plane. Here, I would like to give a huge shout out to Skydive Dubai team. From the get go, the service was great. Registration and payment was straightforward and my funny instructor Carlos made the whole experience memorable. The instructions were easy to follow and most important part is just to hold my head high and smile. It was my moment. Not to forget Mr. T who was at my side for the whole duration giving me all the love and support. He is my rock!

When the time came, I went up the sky with 4 other divers, videographers and instructors. The moment I jumped, the fear left instantaneously and I was filled with adrenaline. I had a blast free-falling and at end of the free fall I was in awe of the view I get to soak in for about 5 minutes. Hovering above Palm Jumeirah with a greater view of Dubai city is still etched in my mind till this date. The word that dominated my sentences was ‘WOW’. Yes I ticked this off my bucket list, but what I took away from this amazing experience was the reminder that anything that is first always seems scary but it will eventually pass – leaving us triumphant against challenges.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this post will inspire you to take the plunge to skydive!

And come join my on Instagram @mielyngrace. I look forward to seeing you there as well!

Xo, Mielyn

A trusted white handbag

White handbag: La Martina (old collection),  similar here 

La Martina is having sales on bags. Do check them out for exclusive discounts. I love their collections particularly The Guards. This post is not a promotion for the brand. It is written on my own accord with my honest opinion.

Location: London. 

Hi my loves, hope you guys are having a good week so far. In this short post I will be featuring one of my handbag. I only have 3 handbag in my collection so far. Of course it is my dream to have more (which woman doesn’t) but I am very contented with what I have at the moment. This is the bag I would reach for on the days I am feeling more dressy. In my opinion, a white bag completes any outfits. And I have been using it season in season out without any problem. The size is small but it could fit my essentials very well such as handphone, key holder, card holder, a few make up and a shade. I still remember getting my La Martina at Forte dei Marmi, Italy. It was my first designer handbag and every time I use this handbag it reminds me of the beautiful memories I had on my travels there and also a reminder that I bought it with my hard earn money. I am very proud of this bag and I just know I will keep it in my collection for the longest time. Do you guys have a bag that has a special memory attached to it? Share it in the comments below, it would be lovely to hear your bag memories.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!

xx, Mielyn

Layers and neutrals

button sleeved shirt: exhibitstore.co (sold out); similar here|military detailed sweater: Burberry; similar here|jeans: Zara (old); similar here | over the knee boots: Asos (old)similar here (on sale)|

Location: London. Photo credit: Mr T. 

Hello everyone! I know it has been quite awhile since my last post. Being a full-time teacher takes most of my time away. Trying to establish a new routine so the things that I like to do will not take a back seat! Weekends are pretty much the days I dress up because weekdays I have uniform (yes I do, that’s perfectly fine because I love my job. Besides, less headache because I don’t have to think what to wear on a daily basis). This outfit is something I put together on a whim. I wanted to check if the cream long-sleeved shirt I had in my closet will go well with my military detailed sweater. And I was quite pleased on how the whole outfit turn out in the end. The weather in London definitely does not allow me to wear any of my clothes on their own anymore. I am in love with these layers and I am sure I will wear them on repeat. The button detailed shirt from Exhibit.co adds so much character to the sweater. I finished the look with my over the knee flat boots. I can’t appreciate them enough during the colder months. They are truly a life saver in keeping my pins extra warm. I will write on how I make my over the knee boots work for me on my petite frame  on my next blog. Till then hope you guys enjoyed this outfit of the Saturday of mine!

Thank you for stopping by my blog!

xx, Mielyn

Learning the art of layering

white shirt: Burberry |  grey zipped detailed sweater: Vero Moda; similar here  |
tailored pants: Precis Petite  |  leather jacket: Zara (old); similar here | pointy heeled sandal: Zara (old)similar here | bag: Charles & Keith ; similar here

Location: Belgravia, London. Photo credit: Mr T. 

As the cold weather coming at me full force, I am forced to up my gear and find new ways to dress myself. With a curated but limited amount of clothing that I have I sort of need to experiment with new looks. For me that is what makes dressing up fun. It was my first time trying to layer a sweater on top of a white shirt and to be honest I am loving this look. The neutral colour palette gives this ensemble a clean, crisp, layered yet not bulky feel. The black leather jacket (especially when zipped up) did a good job defining the my waist. I tied the look together with a pointy block heeled sandal and a black handbag – all ready to take a stroll around Belgravia, London. So what do you guys think of this look? And do share your tips on how to dress chic yet warm enough for chilly weather on the comment section below! Have a great week ahead guys. 🙂

Thank you for stopping by my blog!

xx, Mielyn

Polo neck and Breton stripes

polo neck striped top: Petite bateau |  cape coat: Love Bonito; similar here  |  
tailored pants: Precis Petite  |  boots: Bershkasimilar here | bag: La Martina ; similar here 

Location: Hyde Park, London. Photo credit: Mr T. 

After a year in London aka constant chilly weather, I realised that covering my neck is the best solution for someone who is always freezing like me. Somehow I am still freezing mind you but a polo neck just makes me feel that much better. I found this beautiful polo neck long sleeve Breton top from Petite Bateau. It is my second purchase from them and I can’t commend the quality of their clothes highly enough. This brand does not only make beautiful children’s clothing, their adult version is on point as well. The materials and workmanship is top-notch. I bought this particular top during their end of season sale and only cost me £15! My advise for anyone who want to grab something from Petite Bateau, do wait for the sales. It’s worth it provided you can wait! 🙂 It was not massively chilly on this day, so I styled my polo neck striped top with tailored black pants, and a beige cape. I have said this before and I’ll say this again. There is something about Breton stripes that makes anyone feel put together. Let me know if you own one in your collection! And oh, if you guys have any suggestions for polo neck tops/sweaters, do share with me. 😉 Have a great evening!

Thank you for stopping by!

xx, Mielyn

Independence Day

Hi everyone!

It has been almost two weeks since I came back to London. I am still reminiscing about Malaysia. It was such a great trip. One occasion that had made the trip so sweet is that I get to experience our Independence Day celebration after a long hiatus. To be honest I can’t remember when was the last time I was back home during Independence Day. The whole vibe on that afternoon was amazing. People from young to old gathered with full of energy, blowing their vuvuzelas. The whole street was lit up by the community’s spirit and zest. Despite the blazing hot weather, I can’t help but feel proud of the country. It has come very far and still striving for the best. Every place has its fair share of positives and negatives, I believe Independence Day is a day that reminds us to focus on the positives and charge forward for a greater existence. It applies not only to a country but to each and every one of us.

Till next time lovelies,

xx, Mielyn

 

Outfit: Zara jeans, Zara slip on, Zara long sleeve ruffle top.

 

A mini photoshoot

Hi my lovelies, happy midweek!

I have just started full-time job on Monday and gosh it had been busy everyday. I am trying to create a nice routine for myself. Mid week is just as busy but it is nice to crave a bit of time to write blog post.

As you know I spent 3 weeks back home and during that time I sneaked in a quick trip to Singapore. There I visited some of my very good friends and one of them happen to be a talented photographer. I am very lucky to have friends with varying talents. My friend Danny did a mini photoshoot at the Victoria Concert Hall and near Singapore River. It was just a casual shoot but I was definitely stoked with the result. I would like to share some of the shots he took with his beloved Leica. Enjoy and I will see you again this Friday with #pickabookfriday series!

OOTD details:

Uniqlo v-neck grey top, Zara jeans, Ted Baker heeled sandals, Daniel Wellington watch

Photo credits: @dannyimson

Till next time,

xx, Mielyn

Blue Boat House

Hello my lovelies, how is everyone doing?

I usually post on Mondays but I missed yesterday. I finally submitted my MA dissertation and decided to take the time off. Literally to chill out and not doing anything. 🙂 I am currently packing my bags and I am very excited to have an extended holiday visiting family and friends back in Asia. Exciting things are planned and one of it involves a staycation with my girls. Just thinking of it makes me so happy. That’s what besties do huh, raise our happiness level to a height you feel like you are basically on cloud 9!

Looking forward to our get together made me reminisce our last holiday in Perth. Perth was great because of the girls. However, Perth was also great because of its lovely charm. The laid back vibe is just something else. One particular place I would like to share with you guys is the Blue Boat House.

Another name for it is the Perth Crawley Edge Boatshed but commonly known just as the Blue Boat House. It is a very instagrammable spot and I couldn’t agree more. The Blue Boat House is surprisingly easy to get to from Perth CBD. We took the Transperth bus no.950 and the ride was about 20 minutes. Since it is located just off the road (it is to your left while driving along Mounts Bay Road heading towards Fremantle), taking the bus is the easiest. Have your google map ready and while you are reaching the destination you will easily spot the boathouse. For those who are driving, it will be slightly difficult to get a parking slot because there is no parking bay for you to stop. However, you can drive ahead for about 500m and turn left into the Perth Dinghy Sailing Club. We were lucky to have the whole boathouse to ourselves and we stayed to take photos after photos till another group popped up. Trust me, if you want to take your pictures in peace do go early. The last thing you want to do is to take your shots awkwardly while have many pairs of eyes staring at you.

Take a look at the boathouse and you would want to make a trip yourself the next time you are in Perth.

Hope you are inspired as much as I am!

Till next time lovelies,

xx, Mielyn

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday dinner for loved one

Happy midweek my lovelies!
I don’t know why but I get very excited when its midweek. ^^ Hope everyone had productive days so far. Keep on fighting guys. Weekend is just round the corner.

Last week was Mr T’s birthday and I organised a surprise dinner for him. Well he knew we were going for a dinner but the location was kept a secret (does that count as a surprise?!) Anyways, I started brainstorming on what to do for his birthday a good half a year ago or even earlier. This is what we do don’t we, for those we love dearly. We put a lot of effort because they matter. 🙂

During my research, I really wanted to bring Mr T for a nice dinner in London, specifically private dining. It is a special occasion and I wanted slightly more privacy than normal where we can just enjoy the food and each other’s company. But I must tell you, the research was not so straightforward. Private dining in London is costly unfortunately. However, perhaps it was my luck or my perseverance I found the perfect place.

Gauthier Soho
Why this restaurant topped the list?

  1. The was no extra charge for hiring the private room. Now that is quite rare. For an acclaimed French restaurant, this was a great bargain. I was pleasantly surprised when I received an email saying there was no room hire charge. However, you do need make an advance booking of 35/pax. The good thing this charge will be deducted from your total spending on the day you dine. Basically I am just paying for the food. Perfect!
  2. The booking process was so smooth. No hassle and the booking was done once I provide my payment details.
  3. This restaurant has multiple private dining choice based on the number of people attending. It is great for any occasion.
  4. The staffs were so courteous. From the time we stepped in to the moment we left, they made sure they looked after us very well. In addition, the male staff were quite an eye candy if you fancy those stuff but of course I was there for my man. ;p
  5. The food was marvellous.

I booked the Chef’s room. It is the smallest seating up to four guests and therefore most private dining room. On top of that, it was the wine cellar! Mr T loves wine and that sold it for me. How better to surprise him than having a great quality dinner in a room full of wines. The room had such great ambiance. It was romantic and was just perfect for the two of us. Of course at times the staff will pop in to grab a bottle of wine for other guest but they made sure we were not disturbed at any cost. Kudos to them. Both of us went for the 8 course tasting menu. It was mental but somehow I managed the whole course and came out triumphant. Overall, we had a great time. If you guys are in London and want a private dining, I would highly recommend Gauthier Soho. They have a way to make your day feel more special than it is.

I hope you guys have a great time with your loved ones.

“To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything.” – T. Tolis

I would like to make a special shoutout to @suji_hairstylist who made my hair for this special occasion. Suji is actually my MA programme classmate and hairstyling is her hobby. I say the girl has some serious talent. Appreciate her love and effort to come all the way to my place. Do check her out guys, she is great.

Till next time guys,

xx, Mielyn


OOTD details:

Jumpsuit – similar Love Bonito

Heeled sandal – Ted Baker in grey

Handbag – similar La Martina

Earring –  Swarovski 

Forte dei Marmi

Hi my lovelies! Hope everyone is doing great and started with a bang this week.

I am in the process of completing my dissertation this week and I can’t wait to start packing my bags to go visit my friends and family in Malaysia and Singapore. Thinking about it makes my heart warm and acts as an incentive to finish my task well. For me, travelling is the one of the top inspiration to work hard.

You work hard now, you get to play harder later.  🙂

As I was thinking about my next trip, I was reminded of the trips I have made so far. Wherever you go, you gain such good memories. That is one of the beauty of travelling. So in this post, I wanted to share with you guys a place I visited two summers back in a #throwback fashion.

Forte dei Marmi

italy_3You probably never heard about this place. To be honest I didn’t associate this place when I think about a holiday in Italy. But trust me, going to this place is worth it. We drove from Germany, passed through Switzerland to get to Forte dei Marmi. It was a 10 hour drive but it was definitely the most mesmerizing drive I have experienced.

Forte dei Marmi is an enchanting village of Versilia along the Mediterranean Sea. It is actually one of the most known and trendy seaside resort in Tuscany. However, here you won’t see the sight of tourist as you would in let’s say Rome. When I stayed there, I was pretty sure I was one of the handful from Asia. I mean I was a rare specimen. In this small seaside town, you are set against a backdrop of the Apuan Alps, where Michelangelo sourced his marble. It is more expensive than other towns and with overall chic vibe Forte dei Marmi is considered as the East Hampton of Italy. Apparently, Andrea Bocelli lives here while Armani has a villa. Yes you might have to fork out slightly more, but the amount of personal space you get is great. Mr. T and I had the most relaxing beach vacation ever. The noise level throughout the town was low, we either stroll or cycle to go to explore this beautiful town and laze at the beach which had a sun-bleached boardwalk down to the sea. On top of that, the location was great. Forte dei Marmi was our base to explore Cinque Terre, Pietrasanta, Florence and Volterra. At the end of the day, we had this inviting town to calm our sense.

If you have the chance, check out this place. For now, I hope you enjoy my #throwback pictures of Forte dei Marmi 😉

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Where we stayed: Hotel Bijou

Till next time loves,

xx, Mielyn