Xintiandi Style – The Designers

With AW2017 Shanghai Fashion Week on last week, I felt inspired to take a walk around Xintiandi Style shopping centre to have a look at the current Spring/Summer offerings. The upper floor of Xintiandi Style houses Asian based designers. Generally speaking the clothes are not really my style. they range from shapeless long line, while…

Holiday Snaps, Sanya

*** Holiday Pictures Below *** We spent last week in Sanya, a city on the island of Hainan off the Southern coast of China. We were well away from the city in a Club Med resort on a beautiful bay. It was wonderful to be away from the chilly temperatures and appalling air quality in Shanghai….

Happy Buddha

Happy Buddha claim to be ‘bringing Shanghai vegan and vegetarian comfort food’. My husband and I have had take out from them before via Sherpas, but I had been dying to try this place out and find out if the claim was true. Its located on the corner of Fuxing Middle Road and South Shaanxi…

Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Museum

I have been stopped a couple of times by tourists just outside my apartment building looking for a place called the Propaganda Poster Art Center. It seems that Tripadvisor’s map is slightly off and its directing tourists and culture enthusiasts to the wrong place. So being something of a culture enthusiast myself (and also a…

Shanghai Parks

At home in England we’re used to being outside with the children a lot. In all weather conditions. We go to parks, woods, beaches, meadows and stomp around in wellies and waterproofs or run full pelt in sandals and shorts, depending on the season. Here in Shanghai there are lots of indoor places, mainly for…

Grains & WIYF on Wukang Road

Grains cafe on Wukang Lu in the French Concession. This place from Franck Pecol is uber cool, the interior design is hipster chic at its best. Oh and the coffee is good too. Its joined to WIYF craft ice cream bar. What is your Flavor (WIYF) craft ice cream bar on Wukang Lu. This place…

Hui by Eran Hui

I’m obsessed with spikes this season. I have been hunting obsessively for a pair of black leather, spiked converse (no luck so far). So when I saw this amazing jacket in the window of Hui by Eran Hui in Xintiandi, I immediately fell in love. My picture does not do it justice, but it is…

Gentle Monster

Korean based sunglasses brand has opened a flagship store in Shanghai on Huaihai Middle Road. This is a major high concept store with incredible light fixtures and a heavy industrial style. A really fascinating take on high end retail. Definitely worth a visit.