If you don’t follow me on social media then it’s likely that you don’t know very much at all about me, the girl who runs this blog. I remember when I first started blogging, I always covered my face in photos, either with a book or with my camera! I’m slightly less shy now so I thought for my 22nd birthday (which was way back in April lol), I’d answer 22 questions asked by you on Instagram!VIEW STORY »
The Sky Garden has been open since the beginning of 2015 but I only managed find the time (and a free slot!) at the beginning of 2017. I’d heard some mixed reviews about this space with some praising it and others seeing it as a huge disappointment. In my view, it’s still a pretty unique feature in London now so well worth a visit if you’re in the city. It’s free so you won’t lose anything if it’s not to your taste!
Here are 10 things you should know before you book so you can make the most of your trip:VIEW STORY »
Do you want to read more diverse literature? Do you want to explore other cultures through literature? Then join me on the Travelling Bookworms Reading Challenge, created by me here at What’s Hot! This summer I’ve decided to challenge myself on my travels by only reading books that are written by authors from the country that I’m in. This includes translated works by authors born in those countries but also those who have grown up elsewhere but are of that country’s ethnicity (e.g. British-born Chinese).
Keep on reading to find out more… VIEW STORY »
A couple of weeks ago, I attended my final Oxford University ball, my own college, Christ Church’s, Commemoration Ball. Most colleges host balls every 1-3 years and it has been three years since the last Christ Church Ball. I was fortunate to be able to attend in both my first and final year, but my favourite and most beautiful ball gown is the one I wore both in first year and at New College Ball last year. Girl code seems to decree that you cannot be seen in the same outfit twice so off I went on the hunt for a suitable white tie dress for the last hurrah.
Keep scrolling to see what I wore… VIEW STORY »
Five years ago, I applied to study at Christ Church, Oxford. Because of Harry Potter. So many people laughed at my reasoning but with over 30 different colleges to choose from, this seemed like a pretty legit reason to me. Fast forward to the present and I have just completed my French degree at Christ Church. I have spent the past 4 years wandering around Oxford, pretending I’m a Hogwarts student, and dining in the Great Hall every night, which was literally a dream come true. Most people comment that the old colleges here remind them of Hogwarts but there are a few locations dotted around the city that really were used in the Harry Potter films. Without further ado, here are six unmissable pitstops you have to make on a visit to Oxford.
A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to a BBQ event hosted by John Lewis. It was my first BBQ of the year and there was lots of sun, prosecco and food! Pretty idyllic. I arrived at Brunswick Studio in West London and was met by the lovely Erica who immediately poured me a glass of bubbly and I met some of my fellow bloggers.
Keep reading to find out about all the yummy food we ate!
Being half Chinese, half English, I’ve found that both mentally and physically I don’t quite fit in with either crowd. I’m 100% British and have lived in England for my whole life but I am quite obviously Asian just from looking at me. In England, a lot of people assume that I’m fully Chinese (which only makes me more frustrated with the stereotype that all Oriental people look the same!) but this is just wrong, wrong, wrong. In China, nobody thinks I’m Chinese. They don’t even think I’m half Chinese. People usually guess that I’m Russian or Mongolian, thinking that I must come from the border between East and West. My eyes a lot bigger than those of most of my Asian friends and my body shape is far from that stereotypical petite Chinese frame. However, I do have very fine, thin Asian hair (except my hair colour is brown, not black). A real mix as you can see.
Here are three hair care struggles that only Oriental people will understand and a few tips on how to combat them:VIEW STORY »
We’ve just a loft conversion at home and my mum is already getting ahead of herself thinking about the next big project – the kitchen. Let’s be honest – there is something irresistibly charming about a rustic looking kitchen space. The countryside look is popular among homeowners, and the good news is, creating this vibe in your cooking area isn’t difficult to achieve at all. So, if you’re keen to give this part of your home a retro-inspired style overhaul, keep reading.VIEW STORY »
As I’m sitting my finals over the next two weeks, I’ve roped in a couple of other friendly, book-loving bloggers to help me out with some guest posts. First up, we’ve got Laura from Women In Progress:
Thanks so much to Laura for letting me guest blog this week. I’ve pulled together a list of books to read when you have no real time to immerse yourself in the Booker prize list.
In selecting these I focused on a few criteria: pace (no endless descriptions or meandering moments), the time it takes to get hooked (short), the need for short chapters (so you can consume in small doses), and nothing that requires high levels of concentration (I’m looking at you Cloud Atlas). They’re also books I’ve read myself during particularly manic periods, often when reading seems like the last thing I should actually be doing. These books work in those times, but they’re equally suited to the interrupted reading of a commute, or when you want to be distracted and Grazia just won’t cut it.
With summer just around the corner, there’s a good chance you’ve got some exciting travel plans coming up. As I’m graduating this year, I’m planning on doing lots of travel this year and will be off to Germany, China, Japan and Korea! However, before you jet off, it’s important to think about your wellbeing and how you can look after your health while you’re away. To make sure you feel great all holiday, keep reading.