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 thenย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

What I’m wearing:ย 

Nike Run t-shirt

Lorna Jane sports bra

Lorna Jane tights

Nike running cap

Nike Freerun sneakers

Ford Fiesta Ecoboost

With love…xxx

Lookbook: Oversized Autumn

Happy Monday errbody! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you all had a great weekend! I know I’ve been so slack when it comes to lookbook posts recently, I go through these awkward phases like I don’t know how to pose and I don’t know where to look or how to do my hair. The list is endless and the worst part is having to warm up to the camera again. If you follow me on Snapchat (if you don’t, follow me now) you’ll know that E and I went to the Oyster, Wine and Food festival this weekend at Monte Casino. I was a little disappointed overall with the oysters because they weren’t quite as juicy and big as I thought it would be and plus I’m pretty sure it was shacked quite some time before they were served so it didn’t seem so fresh. Overall, it was a good experience, there was a live band called “Don’t Poke The Bear” who played covers, mash-ups and also their own songs. The funniest part was that E almost had heatstroke because it was literally 30 degrees out there and we were sitting in the sun the whole time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunday was a lot more chilled for us, we ran some errands and decided to do a quick lookbook shoot. I’m loving the oversized jerseys lately especially paired with a pair skinnies or leggings. In this case, I chose my leather leggings that I got from Zara some time ago. Even though I still feel that it is way too hot to be winter right now, I have desperate desires to layer up my winter gear (I may just regret it when it starts to get cold for reals).

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What I’m wearing:ย 

Oversized pullover by Country Road

Leather leggings by Zara

Pumps by Melissa’s

Sunnies by Vivienne Westwood

Bag by Michael Kors

With love…xxx

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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:ย 

Jumpsuit from Zara

Yves Saint Laurent Crossbody bag

With love…xxx