202 Nicole Farhi Cafe in Notting Hill


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I know there are thousand of hidden good cafes and restaurants in London. I found that 202 cafe in Notting Hill because I was read that Olivia Palermo’s favourite cafe in London. Eileen and I went to give it a … Continue reading

Nina Ricci 2011 Pre-fall

I used to buy fashion magazine very often, and I just liked to touch and feel the paper to see those gorgeous clothes. After using Ipad and download Style.com application, I totally love it. It’s incredible to see fashion show in high definition resolution and I am now so obsessed with style.com application. High recommended this application (free download)

Anyway, when I saw Nina Ricci’s pre-fall 2011, I really love the colour combination, the cutting and the good quality of materials, most importantly it suits my style.

I am always passionate for fashion, but I have my own style – which I like elegant, classical and colourful & fun! Fashion, music and perfume are all very personal. There is no right or wrong, and whether you like it or not. They are also inspiration in life, and I don’t think I can live without these 3 items.

Pictures from Style.com

Back to London / Sally visited us

Sally from Guangzhou came to visit us for a week, and stayed with us in Leeds. Unfornately I had to work most of the time. We drove together to visit York in a morning, and Sally seems like York quite a lot. I took a friday off and we returned to London for three days to show Sally London.

I do miss London so much, and it’s so excited to return back to London. Everything seemed the same, and I felt like I have never left it. I know people living in North or outside London, they don’t really like London’s busy, the tubes, the tourists, and the rush. For me personally, London makes me feel alive. I absolutely love the vibrate movement, the cool trendy people, the arts, the varieties choices, and multicultural environment, thousands of shops, cafés, restaurants. It has too many to offer, that’s why I love about London, except one thing I don’t want to admit about London that living costs are very expensive.

It’s good experience to live in a different city rather and meet new people. I enjoy our life in Leeds, and certainly, we love living in London very much as well. Someday we shall retune to the most exciting city again!

Miwa Visiting Me

Miwa was so kindly to come to Leeds to keep me accompanied because she knew that John will be away to Florida for a week, and she was afraid that I will be lonely. Miwa arrived Saturday afternoon, then we went to town to have a walk with Melanie, and done some shopping. I took her to the restaurant called Thai Edge. It was absolutely delicious, authentic with reasonable price. I got my favourite curry crab. I missed it so much. It was 4.5 out of 5 definitely.

We decided to go to Manchester on Sunday, and just chilled out and ate food. Miwa and I didn’t do much research, and just booked the ticket to Manchester. Two little girls were in the big strange city, but we managed well. We went to Tai Hu Dimsum restaurant we went before with John, and we ordered 10 dishes dimsum and finished them all. The time when we finished lunch, all the shops were almost closed.

It’s nice of Miwa spending time with me because she will be back to Japan permanently and I won’t see her easily like she is in London now. I am so glad that I got Eileen, Miwa and Vicky as good friends in London.

Friends forever, no matter where they are!

Autumn and Winter Fashion Trend 2010

I do like 2010 fall selections, especially Gucci, Chole, Michael Kors, and Stella Mccartney, they are my favourites and my style. This year, the main colour is no longer black and white. Camel, military-green, earthy colour and grey colour was appeared quite a lot in this fall fashion. Moreover, 1960-80’s style is back. You can see more fur, oversize sweaters, and biker coats, which are everywhere.

Simple, elegant cut, over-knee boots, socks in high heels, big fur coats, and oversize jumper are the most elements for this fall shopping. I can’t resist to buy the camel coat already for my autumn and winter collection – it was expensive, but it was certainly so pretty. Even though I love Summer, it is getting Autumn, and I can’t wait to have more Autumn’s outfits. Autumn is a romantic season with yellow leaves and cold wind.

Cover pictures from Style.com and Stockholmstreetstyle

New Court Shoes

I love this cherry colour leather court shoes. The first time I saw it, I felt in love with it and bought it immediately. It was quite pricy, but I just can’t resist. This year is really trendy for court shoes. It is smart casual style, and I haven’t tried any court shoes before. I think I will wear it everyday and it is so comfortable to wear as well. Do you like it?

Manchester Shopping + Dimsum

After John went to Manchester for his conference meeting, he said I would love to go shopping and experience Manchester. We decided to drive to Manchester at this weekend and see whether I like it or not.

It was very easy road to drive from Leeds to Manchester. After 40 minutes, we parked in central of Manchester and started to explore the area. It got Selfridges and a lot of big departments, high street, and a lot more choices than Leeds. I always think Leeds city centre is too small. I did enjoy to go shopping in London, but could be quite tired, because it is huge. I could easily spend one day only walking in Oxford Street. However, Manchester is the perfect size for going shopping. You don’t need to take tubes to go to different area, but it got so many designers shops and brands everywhere.

Manchester is famous for a huge number of Chinese population, and it means there is a lot of Chinese restaurants in town, so we went to Tai Wu restaurant, which we had been to the same one in Guangzhou and it is a big Chain dimsum restaurant in China. It was great dimsum – very cheap. Price was from £1.7-£3 per dish. However, like in China, Tai Wu didn’t have much of vegetarian choices because John likes vegetarian dimsum. I think we ordered 8-10 dishes and came out only £16 for the bill.

Interestingly there was Jazz Festival promoting in Manchester city centre, and pity that we didn’t stay long to attend the event. I can feel more music cultural happening in Manchester than Leeds.

Manchester always has the reputation that it is a rough and scary city and I felt it when I was there, not because I followed the stereotype, but it was true.  Even though living in London for 2 years, I didn’t feel London is particular a rough or dangerous city. It has some rough area for sure, but I never felt uncomfortable living there. I think I might feel quite dangerous living in Manchester, but it was my personal opinion and it is properly not fully true if you are living there rather than as a visitor.

I do like Manchester, and bigger than Leeds and  love about the shopping and many choices of food. I will definitely go shopping there again and return often. It makes me miss London a lot.

Brand New Hair Cut

John always said short hair suits me well, however, I never had a gut to try something new. I had my long hair for more than 20 years, and could not imagine how do I look when I have my hair cut short. Finally I decided to try one of the best salons in the UK Vidal Sassoon in Leeds City Centre, and had an appointment on Saturday last week, then after one hour, I had a brand new hair cut.

I love it and a lot of my friends love it too. I think even though my hair is thick and have a lot, shoulder hair or short hair indeed suits me. One thing I am sure is I will change my hair style often in the future and not scared of changing.

Do you like it?

Our New Car to explore the Yorkshire

After a long discussion, we finally decided to pick Italian car  – Alfa Romeo 147 model with 5 doors and 1.9 engines. It is a great car and we really enjoy driving and travelling around Leeds and Yorkshire. The weather is quite unpredictable at the moment. It comes rains and comes shine all the time. Hopefully hot summer will be arrived soon even though we are in June.

Having a car is having the freedom to discover all the places we wanted to visit. I am currently on my 11 driving lessons, and it needs 40 lessons to pass. It might take sometimes because I only can get 2 lessons per week because the coach is so busy. I am doing quite well on learning how to drive, and I really enjoy driving, although it might be a lot of practising ahead for me to do.

I really can wait to drive our own car and practice by myself.