a pair & a spare http://apairandasparediy.com DIY Fashion Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:26:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 DIY OFF THE SHOULDER BEACH DRESS http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/07/diy-ruffled-off-the-shoulder-dress.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/07/diy-ruffled-off-the-shoulder-dress.html#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:55:04 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12449 Being on holidays inspires in my all sorts of fun and summery DIYs. As you may have noticed, I’m currently loving all things off the shoulder, and what’s more relaxed and beach to bar-ish than a piece that works both as a cover up and a dress? Ok so to be honest, without any lining this piece best functions over bikinis, which works a treat here in Thailand where I’m currently travelling, but probably not so much at home during after work drinks. However, using a less sheer fabric or by adding a slip or lining, this style of dress could have a million different lives, and it’s surprisingly easy to make!

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Wearing DIY dress, J Crew bag and shoes, H&M hat (I love this), Daniel Wellington Watch

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You need:

  • 2 m (2.4 yards) of heavy (perhaps sheer) fabric, lace style would work well
  • Scissors
  • 2.5cm (1 in) elastic
  • A sewing machine

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How to:

So, this dress is really easy because it’s pretty much 2 big squares and 2 big rectangles, that’s all you need. I used fabric which didn’t require hemming which made the process even easier! Refer to the pattern below to understand how that works.

If you’re referring to this off the shoulder top I made recently, note there is a major difference in construction – the top was created  using three gathered tubes each with separate elastic, however this dress is a body and arms attached with one piece of elastic gathering it at the top – making it a little more simple.

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1. Cut your fabric pieces out.

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2. Now sew your body section by sewing seams up the sides of the large pieces of fabric, stopping 10cm (4 inches) from the top. This is where you will attach arms on each side. Essentially what you will have is a tube with open top seams.

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3. Fold and sew the seams of your arms, once again leaving around 10cm (4 in) open at the end, this is where you are going to jigsaw your arms and body together. Can you see how this is coming along?

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4. Sew the arms to the body, making sure you sew the seams on the same side (inside out) as the side seams, otherwise you’ll have to unpick and start again!

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5. It will look lil this once the arms have been sewn on.

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6. If your fabric has holes such as mine did all you have to do is thread the elastic through the whole way around the fabric (making sure to leave an inch at the top for ruffling) and then tie it off once the elastic meets. If your fabric doesn’t have holes, I suggest you sew a hem and seam for the elastic as you would for a gathered skirt and insert the elastic that way.

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Voila! Will definitely be adding some skin coloured lining to this when I get back to Hong Kong!

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Looking for fabrics or materials for your next project or collection? Wander & Hunt is now sourcing in bulk everything you need to get serious about your craft. Read about that here.

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DIY NET INSPIRATION BOARD http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/07/diy-net-inspiration-board.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/07/diy-net-inspiration-board.html#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:43:21 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12434 I’m such a huge fan of having inspiration boards around the office, usually in a constant state of flux dependent on what I’m thinking or planning at the time. One of the things I love about these is that in some ways they can act as artwork  as well as reminders around the office, something more than just a to do list. Not content to have a normal pin board, I recently set about creating this net inspiration board – was surprisingly simple to create and definitely ticks the box of functional art!

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You need:

  • A decorative fishing net
  • two dowels (or broom handles)
  • some extra string
  • a coil of coloured rope

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How to:

1. Start by unravelling your net and threading the top through one of the dowels.

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2. Thread it all the way on making sure not to miss any loops.

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3. Do that for the other end so you have the top and bottom attached to the dowel.

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4. Now, because naturally the net will slide inwards due to the slack within it, you want to use some string to make it taught between the dowels. To do this you want to cut two pieces of string that are roughly 1.5 x the length of the net. Start by tying the string to the top of the dowel.

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5. Thread it all the way through down the side of the net.

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6. And then tie it off tight at the bottom, pulling the knot away to tighten the net. When you’ve done this on both side the net should sit taught between the dowels. String it up to the wall by adding some bright coloured cord.

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Voila!

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HOW TO: NO HEAT HOLIDAY CURLS http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/07/how-to-no-heat-holiday-curls.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/07/how-to-no-heat-holiday-curls.html#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 06:44:23 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12427 When travelling who can honestly be bothered with the straightener and curler when you’ve got so many other fun things to do? In ode to us just landing in the beautiful area of Krabi in Thailand, I thought I would share with you my go-to holiday hair routine, seriously easy – and perfect for super humid destinations like Thailand where a messy curl goes a looooong way to disguising crazy frizzy lampshade hair. The best thing about this little morning routine is that you don’t need loads of creams or potions – just your conditioner and some bobby pins – I used the handy bottle from this travel set which worked perfectly!

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 You need - conditioner, hair pins, a comb, a towel

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How to:

1. Wash and towel dry your hair.

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2. Put a small pea sized amount of conditioner on your fingertips.

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3. Add it to the ends and mid lengths of your hair.

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4. Pin your hair in some small buns at the back of your head and let your hair dry naturally. I usually do this little routine before breakfast and take out the pins before my hair is completely dry so they curls aren’t too tight. You can add some spray to hold he curls but I don’t bother unless I remembered to throw it in my suitcase – and let’s face it I usually didn’t.

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Let your hair out and have fun!

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Psst, there’s 25% off over at  Grown Alchemist this weekend including the travel kit that’s been my trusty Thailand companion.

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DIY SIMPLE CHAIN SUNGLASSES STRAP http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/07/diy-sunglasses-strap.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/07/diy-sunglasses-strap.html#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:54:08 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12421 Greetings from sunny (and alternately rainy) Phuket! For me, one of the biggest casualties when it comes to holidays is sunglasses, I honestly can’t help but lose at least one pair every time I travel. This trip I decided to get serious about holding onto them – partly because it’s an annoying waste of time looking for them in every part of my bag only to realise they’re long gone, but mainly because I couldn’t bear the thought of parting with my new Le Specs beauties. This is a very easy simplification of another strap I made, using a more simple chain that will go with practically anything!

Make a simple chain sunglasses strap

Wearing: Le Specs sunnies, Marysia bikini top, Zara shorts

Make a simple chain sunglasses strap

You need:

Make a simple chain sunglasses strap

How to:

1. Cut your delicate chain so you have around 1m (1.2 yards).

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2. Add a jump ring to the end of the rubber fitting.

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3. Attach the chain to the jump ring and press it closed. Do this for the other end of the chain.

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Voila! Told you it was easy? No more losing sunglasses!

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GLASTONBURY PHOTO DIARY http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/07/glastonbury-photo-diary.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/07/glastonbury-photo-diary.html#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:23:07 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12370 As I mentioned a few days ago, the whole ‘fingers crossed it doesn’t rain’ business didn’t even slightly work this year at Glastonbury – it’s the first time in my five festivals that it’s rained so hard that your skin actually hurts through your raincoat. Needless to say wellies were a must – oh how I alternately loved, and then hated, my little red hunters. Oh and did I mention there was thunderstorm and they had to close the stages for a couple of hours on the Friday afternoon? Luckily my attitude was that it allowed more time for hitting the organic felafel stand! Another upside of the mayhem was that stage times were a bit out of wack and we ended up seeing Polica in a tent with about 20 other people. THE moment of the festival. Oh and I didn’t let the mud stop me wearing my new DIY kimono (in action here and here)! The lovely team over at Free People asked me to share my favourite bits of the festival, so feel free to head over to their blog here to hear more (including my favourite acts) and see the rest of my pics.

Glasto pics

Wearing: Free People romper, J Crew Jacket & Hat, Hunter wellies

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There were times when the weather, and weight of the mud on my boots, got so bad that it had me thinking I may have to end my annual pilgrimage to the somerset countryside (a big commitment when you live in Hong Kong), but on looking back, I can only remember the good bits and am already planning next year!

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BEFORE & AFTER: PLEATED DENIM MINI DRESS http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/07/diy-pleated-denim-dress.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/07/diy-pleated-denim-dress.html#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 01:32:02 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12402 Because of travelling quite a lot recently I haven’t had the chance to hit my favourite thrift store as much as I would like, but a little while ago I got a chance to do a full afternoon wandering the racks and was rewarded with loads of cool pieces – and some not so cool things I thought might make great fodder for before & after projects. Once such item was this denim shift dress – long, unshapely and generally not something you’d catch me wearing. However, given the summer season I thought it might be fun to make myself a summer pleated dress, a little bit 90′s, and little bit Balmain and a whole lot of satisfaction when it was done. This was my first experience with pleating and let’s just say it was an eye opener!

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Wearing: J Crew Bag, DIY dress, Daniel Wellington Watch, Zara heels, Thierry Lasry Sunglasses

This is said shift dress and what I did to it:

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You need:

  • A shift dress
  • Scissors
  • A sewing machine
  • Needle and thread

How to:

1. I started by chopping the dress off at the point at which I wanted the pleats to start.

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2. Because the shift dress was very long I was able to create two panels for the skirt part, allowing me to create much more volume with the pleats.

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3. I then trimmed those panels to the same length and sewed them together so I had one long panel, then sewed the hem of the part of the panel that had originally sat in the middle of the dress.

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4. I then took in the top so it was fitting on my body.

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5. Now it’s time to create the pleats. I decided I wanted to create box pleats so they had a one over one under look (rather than side pleats like a netball skirt where they all face the same direction. What I did to do this was to measure both the bodice and the skirt panel, and decide on a pleat size that would divide perfectly (or approximately in my case) – thus allowing the panel piece of the skirt to fit together with the bodice. I worked out a pleat of 4cm wide (approx 1.5 in) would work well.

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6. To create the box pleats I turned the fabric over to the wrong side and did two side pleats (that’s two folds) facing each other, turning over to make sure the resulting box pleat was around 4cm wide. At times it was approximate but I didn’t really mind!

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7. I pinned as I went, but found when I got to the end the last pleat was a little short so I had to go along and redistribute a bit so I could finish the last pleat – very much a case of working it out as I went along!

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8. I then pinned the pleats to the underside of the bodice.

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9. Using the sewing machine, I secured the pleats to the bodice.

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Voila!

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Outfit photos by Marion Tessier

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TRAVEL: SARDINIAN BLUES http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/07/travel-sardinian-blues.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/07/travel-sardinian-blues.html#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:07:47 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12393 Often memories of places I’ve been are dominated by colours – pinks when I think of my last trip to Sri Lanka (the half open water lily flowers and sari fabric shops) and oranges when Chiang Mai comes to mind (the temple marigolds and gorgeous sunsets). However, I have to say that my recent trip to Sardinia – wisely tacked onto the back of our Glastonbury adventures – was more diffused with colour than anywhere I’ve ever been. The colour blue to be precise.With photo editing apps being what they are these days it’s sometimes hard to know whether the place you’re going will look the same as the pictures you’ve seen, but for once the scenery didn’t underwhelm even for one second. The blues in Sardinia are like nowhere else, at least nowhere else I’ve ever been. The photos you see, and take, can’t even do justice to the vivid sea and crystal clearness.

Speaking of the colour blue, while I was away I was so sad to miss what looked like the most fun event of the year (see some pics here) with Club Monaco, a pop-up cinema at Sheko Beach to celebrate the new beach and Coqui Coqui collections – designs largely dominated by gorgeous blues and white patterns. Not wanting to miss out on the fun, I took a few pieces on my trip and enjoyed every minute of photographing them amongst the gorgeous surrounds of Sardinia.  I took a whopping 1200 pics in only a few days (how could I not?), and thought that while I ummm and ahhh over which ones make the travel guide cut, I would share with you some of those shades of blue – from azure all the way to ultramarine (ahem: cobalt, cyan, powder, royal, sapphire, sky, teal, turquoise… got any others?!).

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Wearing: clothing from the Club Monaco Beach & Coqui Coqui Collection

And yes, in case you’re wondering, I currently have a severe case of Sardinian blues, believe me – real life and work pales in comparison!

As one of Club Monaco’s Global Travellers, I’ve chosen some of my all time favourite travel photos which are currently being showcased in their flagship store as part of their Pop Up Travel Gallery, so if you’re in Hong Kong make sure to stop by and check them out before July 16th at Club Monaco G/f New World Tower, 16 – 18 Queens Road Central. Cheers to more inspiring travels!

Stay tuned for my Sardinia Travel Guide coming soon (including how to get to untouched beaches by boat!).

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DIY NO SEW FRINGED KIMONO http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/07/diy-no-sew-fringed-kimono.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/07/diy-no-sew-fringed-kimono.html#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 03:56:20 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12368 Ok so despite the torrential rain (that anti rain dance wasn’t worth the trouble), Glastonbury was a seriously fantastic weekend. But more on that later! One thing I noticed while I was there was the dominance of a few key ‘festival dressing’ trends. One which sort of surprised me was the proliferation of the mermaid/ sea punk theme – there was seriously miles of blue and pink hair on display and flat backed pearls applied to faces like it was nobody’s business. Another trend which I have to say I was getting amongst myself was the kimono one – not so practical in half a foot of mud but that sure didn’t stop me or any other girl!  Being a lover of kimonos ourselves, last week Wander & Hunt and I created this no sew one (you got a glimpse of the BTS here during my week with Ferragamo) – perfect for those of you a bit scared of the thought of a needle and thread. It’s available in two prints so there’s something for everyone, and is Glastonbury festival tested so what more could you want?

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You need:

  • 1 floral scarf
  • Black fringe
  • 50 x large gold prong studs
  • 50 x gold metal backing plates
  • plyers

You can buy the kit in floral and in geometric.

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Instead of sewing you’re going to be using round prone studs to attach the fringe and create the arms, we were excited while we were creating these because it really is such a simple method!

How to:

1.  Iron the piece of fabric and fold it in half lengthways.

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2. Measure approximately 60cm (24″) from either ends of the fabric and mark it clearly with a pin or chalk. You will be attaching the sides together to create sleeves while the middle section will be open and act as the body of the kimono. The fringe will go all the way along from end to end, but in the middle section it will only be attached to the bottom side of the fabric.

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3. Place the fringe along the edge of the double up edge of fabric.

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4. Using the round prong studs, start pressing them through at 3cm (a little more than 1 inch) intervals, sandwiching both sides of the fabric together.

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5. When you are closing the prongs, add one of the ‘blanks’ into the back so it locks the fabric in and then press the prongs down.

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6. When you get to the 60cm (24 in) point where you marked with pins, continue to attach the fringe all the way along but only to the underside of the fabric rather than both.

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Volia! Alanna from Wander & Hunt and I are loving it!

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Buy the kimono kit in floral and geometric (and read a slightly more detailed tutorial over at Wander & Hunt here).

Photos by lovely Marion Tessier

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OUTFIT: MY WEEK WITH FERRAGAMO http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/07/outfit-my-week-with-ferragamo.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/07/outfit-my-week-with-ferragamo.html#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:58:45 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12372 You may remember that the week before last started with a long lunch and cocktail making, and I’m happy to say that it progressed in much the same manner, with off the shoulder top making (a dress version is in the works!),  loads of new denim DIYs,  hangs at my favourite cafe (the internet stopped working in the studio) and a few lunches that were fancy enough to warrant wearing heels (possibly lured by the promise of free food!). Clearly a great week to spend styling the new Ferragamo Buckle collection!

That’s not to say the week didn’t have its challenges. There was the afternoon my taxi driver (whose aircon was broken) took me to Deep Water Bay instead of Clear Water Bay, hello hour long diversion –  that will teach me to play candy crush! Or when the elevator broke down and I was stuck in it for 45 minutes… But that’s life right? All in all it was its usual roller coaster-y self, but I guess that’s what makes the good bits great! Read on for a few pics of the week – crafting, tapping a keyboard and trying to stay out of the rain. And yes, for your viewing pleasure I’ve glossed over the 1 zillion emails ;)

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Wearing: Ferragamo Buckle Collection

Stay tuned tomorrow to see what I was crafting in the studio (there’s both fringe and floral involved!).

Photos by Marion Tessier

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TRAVEL: A QUICK GUIDE TO SHANGHAI http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/07/shanghai-travel-guide.html http://apairandasparediy.com/2014/07/shanghai-travel-guide.html#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 03:29:30 +0000 Geneva Vanderzeil http://apairandasparediy.com/?p=12261 Shanghai is definitely one of my favourite Asian cities – an always intriguing mix of old and new, east and west, crazy steel skylines and quiet Frenchy style streets. As a destination it not only meets but exceeds the needs of pretty much any traveller, particularly one obsessed with culture, wanderings and food. With so many layers of history and such interesting people, it’s no wonder I just keep going back for more! Once again, thank you so so much for your helpful tips (particularly Arlyna who gave a great two day itinerary which was very useful!), they really helped me make the most of my second visit!

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Looking out over the Pudong Skyline from The Bund.

To start, always make sure you have the street address of where you want to go written down in mandarin so you can show this to taxi drivers or people on the street when you ask for directions, things can get a bit hard otherwise!

Stay

The Water House: This trip we stayed at the Waterhouse and thought (for Chinese standards) it was very cool and with a great design. Breakfast was meh but I guess as an Aussie I am be pretty tough on my most important meal of the day! The location is a bit away from the actual bund so if you want to be in the centre of it I wouldn’t stay here – there’s a few others that overlook the bund I think if that’s what you’re after.

Guesthouses in the French Concession: Last time we were in Shanghai we stayed at Magnolia guesthouse which was cute and would suit well if you wanted to be in the centre of the French Concession, and I know there are quite a few others around that area too.

See & Do

Former French Concession: My favourite part about being in Shanghai is wandering the French Concession area, taking a full day to walk all the tree lined streets and small alleyways starting at Xiantiandi and working my way over to Tian Zi Fang. For me this is the best way to get a feel of what Shanghai used to be like.

The Bund: Wandering the Bund (the walkway along the river) is pretty much a prerequisite of being in Shanghai, giving you both an aspect of the Puxi side of the city and a view onto the intergalactic skyline on the Pudong side of the river.

Yuyuan Gardens: One of the few patches of green in central Shangai, I really liked these gardens as they’re a great place to people watch. However they do have a tendency to get seriously overcrowded. Drop in early after breakfast to see everyone waking up.

Pudong: In my opinion there wasn’t a lot happening in Pudong, but it’s amazing to go to the top of the Grand Hyatt (aka World Financial Centre) and check out the view of the tops of the buildings and the other side of the river – but make sure you go on a clear day because from what I can see most of the time your head will be in the clouds (smog).

Xintiandi: A redeveloped area of the French Concession which houses lots of little shops and restaurants – great place for hanging out and grabbing a bite to eat.

Tian Zi Fang: A network of small lanes full of cafes, galleries and boutiques with a relaxed feel, great place to have lunch or wander. However, the area gets absolutely hectic on the weekends and when it rains so best to go any other time. Trust me.

Eat

Ye Shanghai: One of my favourite spots to eat in the Xiantiandi area, this is on your higher end price wise when it comes to dim sum but a great relaxed lunch spot – the perfect treat after a png morning or pavement stomping.

Din Tai Fung: An old favourite also in Xiantiandi (with plenty of other locations too) great for a quick bite to eat.

Hakasan: A new edition to The Bund, we dropped in for dinner and thought the food and moody atmosphere was great.

The Bund: There are lots of restaurants that overlook the Bund, giving you a view of the Pudong side – there’s M on the Bund, Mr and Mrs Bund, Bar Rouge, 3 on the Bund and plenty more. Although most are fun, I personally like to go and have a drink in the Peace Hotel (there’s a rooftop) because of the history and design.

Yongkang Road: Lots of small bars and restaurants around this area – mainly of the western persuasion but good if you feel dim summed out after a few days.

Shop

Nanchang Road: This is a lovely street to wander in the French Concession, with lots of different shops that combine a mix of East and West.

Lost & Found: Gorgeous cafe/furniture store on Nanchang Road – a great place to stop when you’re wandering the area.

Dongtai Market: If you’re looking for some trinkets or antiques, head to this street market for myriad of old things, from genuine art deco to not so genuine Mao statues.

Old Shanghai: Just around the corner from the Yu Gardens is the Yuyuan area – Old Shanghai. Although parts of it have given way to shopping centres (and there is also a slightly odd recreation of an old town which is really just another mall) if you wander the backstreets you’ll still get a feel for what the city used to be like.

Tea shops: You’ll find tea shops all over Shanghai, but there are quite a few in a small area within the Tian Zi Fang lanes, including Tea House (pictured below) and many others.

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Tea boxes at Tea House.

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Shopping in the Old Town

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View from Lost & Found cafe in the former French Concession.

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Ye Shanghai in Xiantiandi

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Wearing: J Crew Panama, Lace top, Jacket and bag, DIY Shorts

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Wandering the Old Town.

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Intergalactic Skylines

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The Waterhouse

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On the Bund

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A quiet corner of the Yu Gardens

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The Skyline from The Waterhouse

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More teas! Never enough.

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Outside the Waterhouse

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Wandering behind the old town.

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The former French Concession

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Travel essentials: Bag, watch, panama

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Yu Gardens

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Dumplings at Din Tai Fung

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Neighbourhood hangs in the Former French Concession

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Sad to go home!

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