Lookbook: Ted Baker Bomber

Good morning everyone! Yesterday was only Monday but I’ve almost filled up my week already so while I continue being busy bee for the rest of the day, I decided to post this look a little early. If you’ve been following me on Snapchat (if you haven’t already, you know what to do —-> lovemarylu) I snapped my new purchase on my last day in Hong Kong from Ted Baker. I’m absolutely obsessed with this Ted Baker Bomber Jacket! It’s nothing like I’ve ever seen before and I love that it’s black with beautiful, colourful florals that just pop! I also love the way the fabric feels, it’s super luxurious and I expected nothing less from Ted Baker. I know it’s no where close to Spring and Summer for us but I’m totally ready for it! Can you tell? This is my second outfit of the day in collaboration with Ford South Africa, if you’ve missed my first OOTD, click here. If you would like to find out more, search for #FiestaOOTD on Instagram! 🙂 Hope you enjoy this look!


What I’m wearing: 

Ted Baker Bomber Jacket

Ripped jeans from Top Shop Petite

Steve Madden Heels

Vivienne Westwood sunnies

Yves Saint Laurent Crossbody bag

With love…xxx

Lovemarylu for Lanson Place Aroma Gardens

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a great week so far and it’s time to celebrate the weekend! As mentioned previously, I was accommodated by Lanson Place for the duration of the stay in Shanghai, China. For the first two nights, we stayed at the Lanson Place Jin Qiao which is on the East side of the Huang Pu River and for the remaining 3 nights, we stayed at Lanson Place Aroma Gardens which is situated on the West side of the Huang Pu River.

Lanson Place Aroma Gardens, another serviced apartment, opened up for business only in April 2015 which means the residence is brand spanking new inside and outside. The one thing you must understand about Lanson Place is that the standard of service has been impeccable and the same throughout the group. You can expect the same scent in the lobby and the same comfortability, landscape and design. The only thing that may vary the is the book collection. 🙂




The staff are friendly and efficient and I was welcomed with open arms into the new residence. The hotel manager, Joshua, was nothing less than professional and welcomed me with a wonderful message set right next to the Nespresso machine. The staff who works at the lobby are available around the clock to ensure that the guests are enjoying their stay 100%, may it be booking taxis or other concierge services you can expect at a normal hotel. Similar to Lanson Place Jin Qiao, Aroma Gardens offers continental breakfast during the weekdays between 7am and 10am and room cleaning services on the daily. Unfortunately, our stay coincided with the Dragon Boat Festival in China so breakfast was temporarily suspended due to the public holiday. Fortunately for us, that was no inconvenience at all because we went out for breakfast at local restaurants close to the residence.





Our room was on the 15th floor with spectacular views of Shanghai. The residence and our unit had a wonderful new smell to it, which I love (everyone loves new stuff). The apartment had a kitchen conjoined with the lounge area, a balcony, a study area, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and the master bedroom had a spacious dressing area with a view of the city. Again, it was clearly much too big for E and I but we definitely did not complain about that, plus we had a friend join us for a night at our apartment. There was plenty of cupboard space available and the design of the unit is cosy, sleek and modern. There’s a tv in very room and the number of channels available will keep you very entertained for hours. Luckily for us, it didn’t rain for the 3 days that we were there so we went out and about to explore the city of Shanghai.







The residence is very well located, The Yu Yuan metro station is only 2 blocks away from the residence and there are restaurants and fruit shops all within walking distance to the residence. There’s also a cafe downstairs, on the ground floor of the residence for the convenience of the guests as well as to the public at large. If it’s your first time traveling to Shanghai, I definitely recommend staying at Lanson Place Aroma Garden because all the great tourist attractions are conveniently within walking distance. The Bund, which is equivalent to the promenade along the Huang Pu River is approximately 1.5km away from the residence and the famous Nan Jing Road, great for shopping and eatery is located about 1km away from the residence. Everything is pretty much walking distance, unless you are traveling to the airport, a taxi is only a phone call away by the friendly concierge services at the residence. Surprisingly, the residence is very quiet despite that it is located in a prime area with people out and about around the clock, so the guests can get proper rest during their stay at the residence.



The lounge available in the residence is serene and a great place to unwind and relax with a bottle of wine. Together with the lounge, the residence also offers a business centre equipped with 2 computers, a printer and a large meeting/conference room for all your business needs. Of course we cannot forget about the gym, it is fully equipped with cardio machines, weight machines and a fairly large studio separate to the rest of the gym perfect for yoga and pilates.

I definitely recommend Lanson Place Aroma Gardens in Shanghai whether you’re looking for accommodation for short or long lease, their quality and standard of service never fails to impress! Hope you enjoyed this review and the pictures!

With love…xxx

Lookbook: Gym Days

Hi my loves! For the last week and for the next 2 weeks I’ll be test driving the Ford Fiesta Ecoboost and posting lookbook posts in collaboration with Ford South Africa. I previously tested the Ford EcoSport, if you haven’t read the post then click here. I asked for an automatic car this time since the last time I was sent a manual, not that I don’t enjoy driving manuals but I’m better adjusted to an automatic since my own car is an automatic and it would be great to compare and see the differences in driving mine and the Ford. I won’t be speaking much about the car in this post because I’ll be doing a detailed review on my driving experience after my 3 weeks are up and when I’ve properly experienced driving the Ford.

A friend once said to me that summer bodies are made in winter, which is 100% true. By the time summer comes around again, it’s much too late to be working on that summer body, which is why I’m still continuously working out and working on my body during these winter months. It goes without saying that it is awful having to get out there in the cold and to gym but it always, without fail, feels amazing after the workout, which is why we all need some motivation to get our asses to gym during these winter months. What better way is there to motivate yourself to go to gym other than a new gym outfit? It definitely works in my case because as soon as I get myself a new gym outfit, I cannot wait to go to gym in them! Try it out sometime, it might just work in your favour 🙂

What I’m wearing: 

Nike Run t-shirt

Lorna Jane sports bra

Lorna Jane tights

Nike running cap

Nike Freerun sneakers

Ford Fiesta Ecoboost

With love…xxx