TRAVEL: PROTECTING YOUR TECH

Travelling with so much tech can be a liability, but there’s really not much of a choice if you’re a photographer, blogger, or just someone who wants to be able to whatsapp your family if you happen to stumble upon some wifi. But there’s just so many things can go wrong! Take for example, the collective gasp of a whole cafe when you drop your iPhone on the floor and the screen shatters…. NOT the best way to start out your trip. That’s exactly what happened to me when we were in Hoi An a little while ago, and nothing is more of a universal language than the ‘oh sh****t’ that you hear from those around you post screen smash.

Yes, someone as clumsy as me should probably have a giant protector case on it the size of a pillow, but let’s just say they get in the way of adventure and travel, let alone the fact that they don’t fit in your cross body bag. Which is why, I’m pretty happy to get my hands on the new Native Union (those of the amazing real marble iPhone case fame) Clic 360° case. With internal (ahem, military grade) 3D rubber mesh and shock absorbing screen bumper, it acts like a giant rugged phone case, but in true Native Union style looks pretty good. After all, you want your tech to be as adventurous, and well presented, as you are.

Out on the harbour

In case you’re wondering, protecting your tech doesn’t stop when you get home (that’s if you ever left at all), if you’re like me and love to be a tourist in your own city or town. As you can see from the pics, a day out on the Star Ferry is like discovering Hong Kong all over again, with a zillion opportunities for a screen smash. And while the Native Union case can’t stop you from dropping your phone overboard, it will protect you from pretty much everything else!

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Wearing: H&M Playsuit, Coach Bag, Sportsgirl hat, Daniel Wellington watch.

Photos by Bryant Lee

This post is in collaboration with Native Union

ICE CREAM TOUR OF HONG KONG (AND OTHER MUSTN’T MISS FOOD EXPERIENCES)

My friend is an ice-cream addict.  She lives, breathes and dreams it, and can enlighten you on all the news trends in the world of ice creamery. Which is actually perfect for her, given the explosion of in cream and  Japanese inspired soft serve shops here in Hong Kong. As a mark of friendship and solidarity for all that is hot and sweaty and in need of a cool down, this summer I’ve been accompanying her one of the many food experiences in Hong Kong – the ice cream tour. Although ice cream isn’t my usual choice (IQS and all that) , who can resist in Summer? And it was more than just the eating – it was amazing to visit all these different corners of the city and get involed in what turned out to be a burgeoning sub set of the dessert field. Who knew?!

Expedia recently asked me to share with them my ultimate food experiences, which I have done over on their website – that includes the amazing ice cream tour, the best dumplings, which rooftops to hit and the best food market stalls. Head this way to read all about it.

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Milk Soft Serve from Via Tokyo

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Purple yam soft serve from Small Potatoes Ice Creamery

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Froyo in Fish Cone from Tai-Parfait

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Matcha Ice Cream from Via Tokyo

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Fruit Ice Blocks from I See I See

Read about all of my favourite Hong Kong food experiences over at Expedia here.

QUICK DIY: TEST TUBE BOLT VASES

We’re all about a test tube vases in the studio, hanging or otherwise. But sometimes it’s a bit of a challenge to enjoy them as much as you would like on your desk, what with their inability to stand up and all. I mean, who had time to hold your vase up all day long? In the absence of a high school science lab from which to sneak off with a wooden stand, we got a little crafty and created these simple bolt vases. All they’ll set you back is a trip to your local hardware store. Read on for a ten minutes DIY!

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You need:

  • Test tube vases
  • Bolts
  • E6000 Glue

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How to:

1. Apply some glue to the inside of your bolt

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2. Stick the test tube vase inside the bolt and allow the glue to dry completely

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3. Cut flowers to size to fit inside the vases

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WHAT TO WEAR ON THE PLANE

Ahhh the joys of a long haul flight. Who doesn’t love being crammed in a small space for 8+ hours? Let’s just say for many years I dreaded them. However, recently I’ve invested a bit of time and thought in pre-planning for long haul flights – a truckload in fact. And can I say I feel like I’ve (kinda) got it down to a fine art? When it comes to what to wear, there’s always that eternal struggle between wanting to look presentable when you get on and off the flight, and feeling super cosy and comfortable when you’re onboard so you can snooze.

To celebrate the release of Grana‘s gorgeous new line of Mongolian Cashmere Sweaters, I thought I would walk you through the serious business of dressing for the plane. Not only are Grana’s sweaters so soft they make you feel like you’re wrapped in a cocoon, they’re actually affordable (100% cashmere coming in at under a hundred bucks – what?!), making them the perfect centrepiece of your next flight outfit. With a little help from Grana, you can make 9 hours in the middle back row feel like you’re up the very front of the pointy end of the plane (sans champagne – but you can always byo?).

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Transition your outfit

Number. One. Tip. Changing from your travel outfit into your plane digs is absolutely key. And so obvious – don’t hate me for saying so.  I always get changed once I’m on the plane but you can also use a bathroom in the departure lounge once you’re through security – especially if you get claustrophobic in the tiny plane bathrooms.

Keep it Simple

Yep, we all agree changing is key. The issue is, however, how to minimise how much stuff you have to take on board with you – taking a whole other outfit can be bulky, and you want to reduce the weight of your hand bag. The trick is to wear an outfit to the airport that requires the least things to be changed in order to be sleep ready. I’ve found that by pairing jeans with a boyfriend cashmere sweater, you can simply swap to leggings or track pants when you’re ready to get cosy. I’m all about grey marl (in an attempt to channel a sleeping koala) but the navy, olive or charcoal styles would be just a perfectly minimalist (and snooze appropriate).

Consider Underwear

In the same way I exit from my bra as soon as I get home (see yaaaaa), when I’m on the plane I want to be comfortable in the underwear department.  I would totally go  ans bra if that was acceptable, but I’ve found a simple little lace one is comfortable without being can I say…. floppy?

Go for warm and breathable

When flying you’ll be sometimes hot, sometimes cold and just generally often a little uncomfortable. What you need, therefore, are fabrics that are both warm and breathable. Go for high quality natural ones like cashmere and cotton rather than polyester or lycra. Grana’s cashmere is straight from the hills of Mongolia so you know you’ll be comfortable – not to hot or too cold. I also usually pack in  my bag my green parka, which works as either a jacket, blanket or head cover.

Simple footwear

I’m all about shoes that are comfy for schelpping to and from the airport, but easily slipped on and off for the times when you need to pop to the toilet on the plane. My secret? Buy a cheap pair in a size too big so you don’t have to remove your chunky socks on mid snooze toilet expeditions.

Accessorise well

You won’t be needing that statement jewellery, but you will be needing a nice lightweight eye mask, a big pair of snuggly socks, some noise cancelling headphones (if budget allows) and a big blanket scarf to wrap around you like a mummy. Stit back, relax and channel first class.

Make the final swap

Towards the end of the flight I do a switcheroo back into my jeans, and also throw on a fresh silk tank or tee. A lightweight piece like that doesn’t take up too much room and you’ll be so incredibly happy with both feet on the ground and a nice clean top on your body.

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The DIY bralette certainly comes in handy on flights :)

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This is my usual plane attire after I’ve done a superman swap in the bathrooms- naturally I’ll add some big chunky socks and a blanket scarf. Ready for snooze town!

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Photos by Bryant Lee

This post is in collaboration with Grana