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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

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Lifestyle: Fourways Farmers Market

Hi everyone! If you’re in the Johannesburg area over the weekend, you should definitely go to the Fourways Farmers Market that is situated in Fourways, opposite Monte Casino. Thanks to my gorgeous friend Kath for suggesting such a great summery place for us to chill this past Sunday!

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I’ve always loved outdoor vibes, such as the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, Cape Town, also the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The Fourways Farmers Market is by far the best one I’ve been to, the market is relatively big, there are areas under trees that you and your friends can sit and enjoy a cocktail or two. The food stalls are absolutely divine, very similar to the type of stalls you get the Neighbourgoods and Old Biscuit Mill. If you go, I would recommend going in the morning at 10, their opening times is every Sunday from 10am to 3pm. If you go any later, it would be almost impossible to find a good place to sit and enjoy your food and drinks. We arrived at about 10:30am and the parking was already full so we had to park in Monte and walk across, which isn’t too bad. Make sure you wear a good pair of sunnies and a sun hat, it can get quite hot there. Enjoy and have fun! 🙂

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Do you also enjoy these outdoor vibes? Tell me your favourite spots by emailing me or commenting! Hope you enjoyed this post!

With love…xxx