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

Blue is the new black

Hello my lovelies. Happy mid-week! Keep hanging there, Friday is almost there. *Asian peace sign*

 

I would like to dedicate this post to a colour. Yes a colour that never fails to bring a sea of compliments to my way. We all know very well the acknowledgement colour Black gets. It is classy, it is chic it is a long list of things. I love black. 70% of my closet is Black. However, today I would like to bring your attention to another champion of a colour – Blue. Not any blue but NAVY BLUE.

 

In my honest opinion, anyone and everyone can rock this colour. I can assure you that navy blue works beautifully on brown skin tone. Me, me, me! My wardrobe consists of neutral palettes and among them my navy blue jacket stands out like a boss. It is somewhat less harsh than black. In other words, it is more playful and fun. In this look, I styled my navy blue jacket with plain grey v-neck t-shirt and dark wash denim jeans. I top it off with my go to accessories – dainty rings and a watch. To elevate the look a bit more, I wore a black pointy toe shoe.

 

Of course there are varying shades within the domain of navy blue, head out there and try it out yourself. It would be a great pop of colour in your collection. Keep everything else subtle and let your navy pop. And Boom! In no time, you will look so deep like the deep blue sea. ;p

 

Do let me know if you have any favourite navy blue piece in your wardrobe and share your styling tips too so we can all learn from each other! I wish you guys have a great rest of the week.

 

xx, Mielyn

 


OOTD details:

Jacket – Mango (bought years ago), other option Pattern suit blazer, Military style jacket (Both on sale at the moment!)

T-shirt – Uniqlo

Jeans – similar Zara

Watch – Daniel Wellington

Rings – Pandora infinity ring & Michael Hill

Pointy Shoes – Victoria Beckham

The delights of St Ives

A beautiful and quaint fishing harbour + the best pasties. That’s how I will describe this place. It does look like a painting. Bless.

Though it is still a bit chilly at this time of the year, St. Ives is definitely a place to visit for wanderlusters. Those who are visiting the England, if time permits do head to this gem of a place. This beautiful seaside town offers plenty of fresh air, outdoor activities and not to mention my favourite topic – delicious FOOD (seafood). The cliff-top views, picturesque beaches and charm of the ancient city will make you fall in love with this place. I definitely did.

My summary and recommendation for St. Ives for my readers in 100 words.

Stroll around the beautiful beach (surf if you may), relax at the beach cafes and think ‘This is Life’ many times over, go to Land’s End and feel like you have achieved something, watch a play at The Minack Theatre that is perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic ocean and you can literally brag to your friends till their ears bleed, hike from St. Ives to Zennor and be awed by what Mother nature could offer. Well, that’s 78 words.


It seems like not much but my motto of wanderlusting is to immerse yourself in what you do and experience each thing well. The list above made me leave the place with a full heart. Of course there are many other attractions in St. Ives that is fun, unique and interesting. Do put it in your list guys and perhaps send me pictures of your adventures! Because what is better than inspiring each other to go out and see the world.

“Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” – Roy M. Goodman

 

Take care guys. Till next time!

xx, Mielyn

Extra long sleeve

Hello lovelies. Hope your Monday went well!

I was just spending the whole day writing my dissertation and I took a break. During the breakI wrote this post. The irony of it 😉 In this OOTD post I am featuring my first ever button up shirt I got hold of since I moved to London. It is not just any button up shirt, the sleeve run long enough to almost cover another person’s palm. Why a petite girl like me need an extra long sleeve shirt? Well why not. I was feeling adventurous. I love my clothes to have some sort of eccentric element to it. Perhaps that part of my personal style.

 

IMG_4663.JPGIMG_4661.JPGI laid my eyes onthis shirt on exhibit.com and instantly fell in love with it. Exhibit is a Singapore based womenswear label founded by non other than the famous and beautiful Yoyo Cao. If you don’t follow her already on Instagram (yoyokulala), do go check her out. She has the most amazing feed. Among the many cleverly tailored pieces in the collection, this extra long sleeve shirt spoke the most to me. The clean-cut definitely adds to the luxe basics feel to the shirt. And the buttons that ran along the entire sleeve. That sold it to me. The quality of the material and stitching made me a happy buyer. Although the sleeve runs long, it can be folded up to avoid any mishaps during meal time. Imagine me digging in my food with my sleeve all over the place like a child. Hmmm not a good sight.

This shirt was well-worn during my Belgium trip and of course in Belgium as in many countries you go to the art gallery. As you can see I wore this top with jeans and did a little half tuck on half of the shirt… look at the photo, I don’t think I just made sense. I felt like an artist myself. 😉

Why the dessert photos all of a sudden?? It’s Belgium! Desserts are heaven there.

On a last note, it makes me happy seeing a label from Asia do so well. I am truly hoping to dig up more exquisite Asian label and support the emerging designers because good quality clothes shouldn’t go unnoticed.
Have a nice evening guys. Those who had Monday blues, hope this post made you smile. I hope at least the desserts did the trick. Cheers!

 

xx, Mielyn

My style uniform

Hello everyone! Hope you all are having a great week so far.

In this post I will be talking about my personal style uniform. Regardless of the trend we might follow, I believe everyone have their own gravitation towards a particular  type of clothing time and time again. I call it the style uniform. Ever came across the time where you stare at your wardrobe and felt utterly helpless with the thought 'Oh my goodness! I have NOTHING to wear!'. I certainly have. 🙂 At this point of time, I always go back to what make me feel the most confident and comfortable. Upon reflection, I came to understand that I always pick the same combination in times of crisis or even just to feel comfortable.

My style uniform is a simple top tucked in a pair of jeans. And to complete the look, I will add a watch, a belt, perhaps one or two rings and a pair of flats or heels depending on the occasion. That's about it actually.

Style evolves. I remember when I was younger I loved wearing jeans and the biggest sneaker available because it felt good. I was comfortable. My style has evolved from then on and I begin to gravitate towards classy yet simple chic outfits. I have come across many women especially young girls who shared with me that they are not stylish and they beat themselves out. All my lovely ladies out there, you have your own style. Trust me. Ask yourself what makes you feel good and comfortable. Coco Chanel said "Fashion fades, only style remains the same". Following trend is awesome but embracing your own style will define the unique you. When you know yourself and feel good about your own sense of style, you will shine. It might take time but it is worth it. 🙂

Mie-tips:

1.Do not give two hoots to others make who you feel bad about how you dress, it takes time to develop and refine your style. It is a learning journey. Always love yourself first.


OOTD Details:

Top – Gift from my bestie. Knit top from Melbourne

Jeans – Zara

Heeled sandal – Ted baker (grey version)

 

xx, Mielyn