Lookbook: Ted Baker Bomber

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

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LoveMaryLu for Lanson Place Hotel

Happy Monday everyone! If you’ve been following my travels on social media, you probably know that I am super depressed right now! I cannot believe how fast time has flown by for the 2 weeks that we were away in Hong Kong and Philippines. This time I decided to do something different with my travel posts, instead of the usual, dragging my big DSLR camera everywhere, we got the GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition the day we arrived in Hong Kong and we pretty much filmed our holiday. 🙂 I haven’t started editing the videos but I will and I’ll post it up as soon as I’m done so you can take a glimpse of our 2-week adventure in Asia.

On our last couple days in Hong Kong, we stayed at the Lanson Place Hotel in Causeway Bay, a hotel that’s part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. We stayed at the Metropark Hotel in Hong Kong before we headed to the Philippines for a week, so to make it easier for our travels, we didn’t plan to take all our luggage with us. A week before checking into Lanson Place, I went to the concierge to find out whether it was possible for us to drop off some luggage to be stored for the week we were away in the Philippines. I must admit that before I went to find out from the concierge about storing our luggage, I had my doubts because the chances of a hotel storing luggage for you for a week is rare in most hotels. Not only was I greeted with warmth from the staff but they were happy to store our luggage at the hotel for a week before our checkin absolutely free of charge!

Our stay at Lanson Place was more than fabulous, the rooms were stunning, the views were amazing, the colour scheme was homey, welcoming and very chic. The moment you step foot into the hotel on the ground floor, a fresh scent of apple surrounds you and a swarm of friendly staff greets you and offers to help with your luggage bags. I’ve never felt more at home! I would definitely stay at the Lanson Place Hotel again on my next visit to Hong Kong as the location is extremely convenient, it is a 5 minute walk to SOGO (major department store), Causeway Bay MTR Station and also Times Square.

I have a love-hate relationship with staying at hotels, I love staying at hotels but at the same time I also love my own space where I’m able to make the place I’m staying at a “home” for me, where I could prepare some snacks if I wished to do so or have breakfast in my own room. Lanson Place is the perfect balance between hotel and self-catering accommodation, every room has an oven and hob with an extractor, a mini fridge, basically your own small kitchen. I never made use of the kitchen this time round, I was rather taken aback that it had all those amenities but I’ll definitely keep that in mind for next time.

If all of the above didn’t quite impress you, ever hotel room comes with a handy smartphone which comes complimentary with your stay at the Lanson Place Hotel. So what does this smartphone do you may ask? The smartphone allows the guests to receive direct calls without having to go through the hotel operator and also there’s unlimited 3G internet during your stay. You may take your smartphone out if you wish, whether it’s to browse Facebook or help you find your way around Hong Kong. Say goodbye to buying a local sim card or incurring great expenses from roaming charges.

Since our room was so amazing, I couldn’t resist a lookbook post, especially in my new jumpsuit (it’s open back and I love it). Hope you enjoy the photos!

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Hope you enjoyed the post! If you’re going to be in Hong Kong, I definitely recommend the Lanson Place Hotel, see their website for more details!

What I’m wearing: 

Jumpsuit from Zara

Yves Saint Laurent Crossbody bag

With love…xxx

7 Ways to Stress-free Festive Shopping

7 Way to Stress-Free Festive Shopping

Hi everyone! I decided to put this article together because it’s something that I hold quite close to my heart (also because I hate shopping malls). As much as I love shopping and I’m sure so do many of you out there, it can be rather stressful during the festive season and it’s even more stressful when you have those early birds yapping and telling you how they have completed all their Christmas shopping 2 months in advance bla bla bla. After thinking through this carefully and remembering all my past experiences, I’ve come up with a fool proof list of tips to help you along with your festive shopping stress-free!

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1. Write up a list 

This seems like a rather obvious one but I believe that the human brains are made not to remember but rather to forget. Countless times I recall not writing a list because “I only need a few things so I’ll remember” but trust me, the minute you step into the shop, it can be a little overwhelming and you become distracted by other goodies so you always end up forgetting one item!

 

2. Separate your list into groups

If you have a long list of items, I recommend separating them into different groups. This is for your own convenience really, so basically everything that you can get in one store, or one mall, or one section of the mall, you group them together. This way, whenever you have the time to go shopping, you target your list in groups. This way, you won’t end up spending the entire day driving around or walking around in a mall and absolutely hating life and cursing every person you’re buying a present for.

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3. Do your shopping online

I think online shopping has evolved to an extent where it is easily accessible and also convenient. It is no longer the case where the prices are excessively higher than at the shops. In fact, during this time of the year, there are often promotions and specials running for online stores. You’ll not only avoid busy malls and stores but all your goodies will be wrapped up and delivered right to your door.

 

4. Wake up early 

I know many of us would much rather sleep in on our weekends off, or in my case I would rather go to gym in the morning over the weekends. If you’re employed full time and you can only do your festive shopping over the weekend then trust me when I say it makes your life a LOT easier waking up early and be inside the mall at 9am (generally when the doors open). Not only do you not stress over finding a parking bay but the shopping malls are generally quite empty so you don’t have to worry about people overstepping into your comfort zone.

 

5. Hit the streets 

I know it’s convenient to just go to a mall and buy all that you need there but if you feel like doing something different, try hitting the streets. We have tons of small boutique stores in the Parkhurst area and also in Maboneng, that also need some loving. By doing your shopping there, not only are you supporting small and local businesses but you’ll enjoy your day so much more because there are lots of small, arty cafes in the area where you can rest your feet and stop for a glass of wine or some coffee.

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6. DIY

I know we may not all have time for DIYs right now but if you do, there are tons of DIY gift and decor ideas. Small silly things such as Christmas cards, Christmas tree decor and even small gifts can all be made by yours truly. The best place to go scavenging for ideas, Pinterest of course!

 

7. Make use of the freezer 

Leaving all your food shopping is not a good idea, have you seen how empty Woolies can be during the festive season? Foods that you can freeze should be bought early, such as the turkey or gammon and other meats.

Viola! Hope you enjoyed some of my festive shopping tips! Any tips of your own? You can comment below or email me! 🙂

With love…xxx