Tuesday, 10 April 2012

iSpeak China

        I found this article on a photographer called Adrian Fisk's website, who travelled around China,  to find out what the younger generation in China today really think about their life. Especially because of the shift of power within economics, politics and culture from the west to the east, it is interesting to see what people between 16-30 actually think about what they are in life today.
        They were given a blank piece of paper to write down anything that they wanted and Adrian Fisk photographed them. Some of the photographs are of people holding blank pieces of paper, this is because they are illiterate. These are people like farmers, who work out in fields in the middle of nowhere and live for their animals and crops, they don't have means of learning how to read or write.
This made me realise how China really is still a developing country, which is why, despite the fact there are a million millionaires in China, the GDP is extremely low. There is such a contrast in China, but this country is one of the fastest to develop and triumph, economically.
I've selected just a few of the many people Adrian photographed all around China.

Avril Lui 22 years, Post Grad Student, Guangxi Province
'We are the lost generation, I am confused about the world'

Zhang Shuang, 18 years, traveling in Inner Mongolia
'I am enjoying exploring China on my own'

Chow Liang, 17 years, hair stylist student, Gansu Province
'In adults eyes I'm a bad person in society, but in fact I am a very obedient person'

Ma Xiao Lian, 19 years, Qinghai province
Illiterate,  'My husband and I want to become migrant workers so we can work hard to make ourselves and our parents happy'

Lim, 22 years, Student of party politics, Beijing
'Do not judge China from the media, because the real China is not on the papers'

Li Qi Sheng, 30 years, Computer Science Teacher, Guangxi province
'Huge cultural differences exist between the East and the West. Do not tell us what to do' 

Rainbow Su 22 years, Student software engineering, Guangdong province
'I'm worrying something, girls in China is becoming materialistic, without house, my girlfriend would not marry me. My parents can not help me either, So I need to get a good job with high payment thats what I totally want.'

Luo Zheng Chui, 30 years, Farmer, yunnan province
'After watching television I have many thoughts, but I know I cannot achieve them'

Ba Te Er, 18 years, was a Mongolian herder but due to a ban of keeping livestock, now a tourist guide
Inner Mongolia
Illiterate, 'without my horse I am nothing'

Adrian Fisk is a brilliant photographer and has captured some amazing things, he has also done another interesting project called ispeak India, you can check this out here. He is also in the middle of developing ispeak Global, which I am keeping up to date with via twitter, here is his twitter account 

Hope you enjoyed this post and thank you Adrian Fisk for the amazing photos.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Selling Topshop platform pumps on Ebay Size UK 3/36

Click here to view my shoes on ebay

£60 in shops but I lost the box so can't return them, perfect condition!
Size 3/36

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Jing's Residence

    Jing's Residence is a stunning boutique hotel in the ancient walled city of Pingyao, Shanxi province in China, which is roughly north eastern China. The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and still remains a very beautiful traditional city of China. Jing's Residence is located in a former mansion of a wealthy Qing dynasty silk merchant.

The market tower in Pingyao, built in the 14th century.

The city walls and streets of Pingyao

 Walkways connecting the courtyards and rooms

The hotel's entrance

One of the suites in the hotel

Courtyard suite

All the rooms look amazing, this hotel is actually my idea of heaven. There are courtyards within the hotel where you can drink teas, there's a spa and on the second floor there is a bar and library which has beautiful roof top views.

I came across this hotel when I was reading through the articles of an American freelance journalist  who reports in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. I am so jealous of his lifestyle in China and his opportunities to visit these amazing places, this is definitely where I'd like to see myself in about 10 years time.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Monthly favourites

I thought I'd share some of my favourite things this month

A brand I love at the moment is NW3 by Hobbs, it's quirky, chic and feminine.  NW3 is often seen on celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Mollie from the Saturdays and Pippa Middleton. I've selected a few items that are my favourite and I might buy.

 I'm not going to lie, my 80 something year old Grandma who is freakishly stylish (more so than me,) actually bought this skirt the other day. This maxi skirt for £139 has amazing burnt orange and navy colours, it's something I wouldn't usually wear because it's quite bright out there, but I adore it! 

I think this blazer is really cute and such a nice oxford blue colour, for £179 I don't think I can afford it any time soon but I'll definitely be waiting to see if it goes on sale! 

As you know, I'm subscribed to glossy box and for March's box it was a Harrods limited edition! We got some really nice high end brands such as Burberry lipstick, Fendi perfume and my favourite treat: a 5 piece Erno Laszlo limited edition Hollywood Collection cream set, all sachet size! But for $125 for the five set with small pots or $125 for one bigger pot of one, it will just have to be on my wish list.

The set contains Velvet Night Cream, Instand Eye Repair, Refresh Moisture Infusion, Intense Porcelain Veil and Morning Beauty Rescue. I liked the Refresh Moisture Infusion the best, it was such a light luxurious feeling moisturiser that really hydrated my skin and left it really so fresh!

An oldie but a new favourite for me this month is OPI Cajun Shrimp, I haven't used it before despite it being out for a while but I bought a fairly small version of it off ebay for about £3. I love it, it's such a nice colour that suits all colour tones, i've had it on for a few and considering how much I type on a keyboard or iphone it hasn't chipped!

There are two pairs of shoes that I've had my eyes on for a while now, from Hobbs, again. At £149, these shoes are fairly pricey, but considering the quality of Hobbs shoes and how gorgeous they are, I'm going to have to get at least one of them, probably the nude wedges, the tan sandals are slightly too high.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

sì yuè sān hào- 3rd April, Yuyuan gardens & Old Shanghai

      I was reading an article on the many faces of Shanghai, which had some really interesting pictures for example, the Bund (there's a picture of me at the Bund on the first post yesterday,) the western colonial buildings of shanghai and a lovely picture of the Yuyuan gardens and old Shanghai. The article mentioned that there is a tea house on the garden lake, this really excited me because I love tea and it would be ideal to have it over looking a pretty lake.

This is the picture taken from the article I read.

I knew on my trip to China in  2010 we went to some parts of old shanghai, but I wasn't sure which part. I remember it was bustling and lively and the buildings that we saw were beautiful, really traditional red and black chinese houses with the gorgeous elaborate roofs, they're my absolutely favourite! I decided to look up the Yu/Yuyuan gardens because I know it would be somewhere that I'd spend all my time, when I go to shanghai in three years to study. I really recognised it, but I assumed that was because we'd been to lots of pretty gardens during the trip and sometimes the buildings all look familiar. I double checked the itinerary that we were given and on 1st April 2010, we did actually visit it! 

These are some pictures that I took from that day.

I stole this picture from my boyfriend because he has some nice ones too, I'm sure he wont mind.

   I'll probably be doing posts almost everyday at the moment, just because I have so much today say on China in general. 
Hope you enjoy my posts

Monday, 2 April 2012


During my trip to China in 2010 I visited Xi'an, which is famously home to the amazing Terracotta Army and beautiful Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. If you're interested in Buddhism, like me, then you'll find it so enthralling. 

(All of the following pictures have been taken by me)

 The Terracotta army is a collection of terraccotta warriors and horses that were found by local farmers in 1974. They were buried with the first Emperor of China in order to protect him in his afterlife and so that he had people to rule over.

I definitely recommend that you visit it, if you're in Xi'an, as it's one of the most impressive things I've ever seen.

This is the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an, it's a buddhist pagoda, which was built in 652.

The television screens show the Dalai Lama talking.  

We also visited the Huaqing Hot Springs whilst we were there, an imperial bathing pool, including a natural pool full of fish that bite your feet for around 20 yuan (£2!) It has a beautiful collection of palaces and springs which are lovely to visit for an hour or so on a hot humid day.

This is the exact reason for why I love China, you can immerse yourself in the diverse industrial cities and to get away, just outside are these beautiful picturesque gardens. 

sì yuè er hào - 2nd April. My new Chinese adventure

For the past few weeks I have completely abandoned my blog, I couldn't think why at first but now I've realised I just don't have enough to say on fashion and don't have an interesting expensive lifestyle, considering I'm basically a student. I also don't want to take pictures of myself in different outfits all the time, I really can't be bothered, but I am still really interested in fashion. However, my main passion in life is China and learning Mandarin so that will be the main topics of my blog. 

My title, by the way, is in Pinyin, which for those who don't really know much about learning chinese, it's the official system to transcribe Chinese characters into the Latin script. It just translates to the date today!

I have always been interested in Chinese culture and have been to many many Chinese restaurants in my life time, not only in China itself when I went in 2010, but also around Chester and Manchester area. Of course, the famous Yang Sing in China town, Manchester, my family and I have known the owners for years and have been going since before I was born. There is a lot of history to go with this restaurant, it was founded in 1977 and have been in the media ever since. The restaurant was left devastated by a fire in 1997, leaving them with no choice but to temporarily move to a different location. In 1999, they returned back to the original home all newly furnished. The restaurant was also on t.v for a while, filming the refurbishment, after the fire.

 The decor is formal and fancy but the food and service doesn't quite live up to it's reputation anymore. We now have a new favourite Chinese in Manchester, it's a little casual restaurant called Happy Seasons.  The food is delicious and it's always busy with mainly Chinese people, which is always a good sign! It's authentic and the prices aren't bad either. We're so glad we found this restaurant because it's such a little gem that I'd be happy to recommend to anyone.

However, my ultimate favourite Chinese restaurant is called the Shanghai in Hoole, Chester. We've been going for a good few years now so we now know the lady who owns it well, the service is so attentive and friendly and the food is so so delicious. 

Monday, 20 February 2012

February Glossy Box Review

  I've been looking forward to my glossy box arriving all week, so when the post man came this morning I rushed down to open it up just in time (before I had to go for my driving lesson.) This months box was The Fashion Week Edition, my first impression during those few minutes wasn't great, I think the delight of opening the December box to all those huge bright and colourful tubes and pots has ruined it really. However, when I got home this evening to look at them all properly and take pictures etc, they all really grew on me. 

       By the way, glossy box is a monthly personal beauty box with five selected beauty products. You can create a beauty profile online including your skin type, colours and favourite types of product. It costs £10 a month (not including p+p) and is sent right to your front door so you can try everything out in the comfort of your own home.  Glossy box also do great seasonal boxes, for example Christmas and Valentine's, I definitely recommend it! Also, they now have glossy box for men,  which include great brands such as, Anthony (my favourite men's brand!!) Goldwell, Murad, Yves Saint Laurent etc. 

  - I'm still really bad at taking photographs of objects to make it look all artistic like other bloggers but I don't really care if they're all scewiff, blurry and have bad lighting. 

Dr Bronner Magic Liquid Soap - 18-in-1 Almond soap made with organic oils. This little bottle smells lovely, like marzipan, it's gorgeous. It has lots of information on the label, mostly gibberish about 'body-mind-soul-spirit and teach the 'essene' (typo?) Moral ABC uniting all free in the shepherd astronomer Israel's greatest ALL-ONE-GOD-FAITH' what the hell is all that about?! Other than that, it has some great advice. You can dab it on a towel, soaked in hot water to use on your face, scalp and body and within 9 minutes you feel fresh and clean, saving 90% of your hot water and soap. It has loads of eco friendly stuff and supports farmers. I don't normally go into such detail about the packaging but this label has so much to it, I'm a bit scared to try it now, it has a lot to live up to! 

BM Beauty Pure Mineral Eyeshadow - I got the shade called platinum Tiara, which is like a grey with gold metallic bits in it. I haven't tried it yet but it looks nice and i prefer grey eye shadows to any other colour. Nice to get a make up item too.

Duwop Venom Gloss - I got this in the colour called buttercup, really good colour. It is quite nude which is what I prefer with nails and lips right now! It does give that really great venom tingle sensation to plump your lips up! Definitely going to be using this all the time now.

Como Shambhala Invigorate Body Lotion - Another body lotion to add to my collection, not always a bad thing. It smells a bit strange but feels really nice on my skin, I also noticed that this was also in the May 2011 glossy box, so I'm glad I didn't start getting boxes until after that otherwise I'd be annoyed to see it again. I've kind of given this to my mum because I have absolutely masses of body butters to get through, that I got at christmas and my birthday, still nice to try it though!

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Relaxing Balm - The name doesn't give anything away, it's actually an intense hydrating treatment for your hair. It apparently soothes and controls, this is handy for me because sometimes I get static hair due to the air condition during the winter especially when I'm at work with all the clothes everywhere! I love the skinny bottle, as I can take it everywhere now.

Overall, I'm pleased with the box, obviously at first it's an anti climax because I'm kind of hoping to see some Xen Tan products or something but no, I'm really happy and can't wait to use all the products. Thanks Glossy Box.

Also, it had a little card saying to check from 24th February, because there's going to be a mystery box. I've no idea what it's about but yeah, check the glossy box website from 24th Feb!!

Thursday, 9 February 2012


         I'm not normally so attracted to spread sheets in fashion magazines but I absolutely love Louis Vuitton's Spring Summer '12 campaign using newish models Kati Nescher and Daria Strokous.  

       I really love their whole collection and I was so excited to see, in February's month of my Elle subscription, Dakota Fanning wearing it! She is definitely my favourite style icon at the moment (despite her being younger than me, she is still so stylish.) I think it's her bright blonde curls and pearly white skin that I envy the most. 

          This outfit is perfect, the Broderie anglaise collar, cotton shirt and leather skirt are definitely my favourite from all the collection.  Doesn't she just look amazing?

Monday, 6 February 2012


                          Stella Mccartney Sam Silk Satin Playsuit Lingerie, Michael Kors Espresso chronograph watch & Nars Kuroko Kabuki Collection.

           Very soon I might just have to purchase these items. The Nars nail polish collection is the more realistic option than the highly expensive underwear but, I still can't resist any of them. My boyfriend doesn't do Valentine's day either so I won't be getting any nice surprises any time soon. I also have a couple of much needed summer holidays to be saving up for so it will be even harder to put some extra cash aside for these. I will probably be wanting something else by the time that happens anyway.
          Asos are giving five people the chance to win up to £500 of their Save Items list, so I have taken full advantage of this opportunity and spent about an hour and a half last night carefully choosing and adding up mine. Some of mine include a gorgeous navy blue fisherman jumper by Ralph Lauren and some OPI nail varnishes. 

January 2012 - Valentines Day Special GlossyBox

        Hi, my name is Fi or Fiona, I'm 19 and I'm hopefully going to be studying Chinese and Business & Management at the University of Manchester in September. I took a year out to earn some money and re-sit a couple of exams and I now currently have a job at Hobbs.
 This is my first ever blog, I thought I'd write a few reviews on Glossy Boxes to get started. Like most girls I love cosmetics, particularly nail polish, skin care and make-up.  So I thought I'd write about them too because in the future I'd love to be a buyer for Sephora or something.

I absolutely adore GlossyBox and the whole concept of it, I know there are other beauty boxes such as Carmine but I haven't tried those. I am definitely always going to stick to GlossyBox and I don't see the point in trying any other beauty boxes (unless they were a present.) 

There has been a lot of disappointment regarding this month's glossy box, I have only had two before this one and I definitely wasn't disheartened because I love the fact I get a treat every month.
I did, however, absolutely adore the Christmas special one, they really went all out on that one. I'll do a quick review on that one just to compare the two boxes.

I apologise for the bad pictures by the way, this one was off my phone and the rest are off my dad's really good camera. I'm just not great at taking pictures of objects in a fancy artistic way.

Rituals Foaming Sensation Shower Gel Yogi Flow
This shower gel is gorgeous! The smell is so fruity and stays on my body all day long. As it foams up, personally, I find it works well as a shaving gel.

Deborah Lippmann Razzle Dazzle and Stripper to Go Sachet
The nail varnish is perfect, best christmas colour and good for a night time nail too. Really got it right with that one. The nail varnish removing mitten is really good, it doesn't seem like it's harming your nails at all and is really quick at taking the varnish off.

Nouveau Lashes Noir Msacara
I use the mascara daily but will have to get rid of it in a couple of weeks because I don't like to keep mascara for very long, especially because I have contact lenses. It's pretty good, I've had a Chanel one before and that was amazing so I'm always quite critical with mascaras now.

Fab Essential Face Cleanser 
The face wash actually works wonders, it reduces redness after I use it and in the morning I always wake up fresh faced by using this in my skin care routine.

Cargo Classic LipGloss
Finally, the little lip gloss. It's such a cute colour and it stays shiny for a long time which is really handy. It's easy to pop out and re-apply though throughout the day.

The January Valentine's special Glossy Box:

(Another apology for my photography)

I love the hot pink box this month because now I have a light pink one, red and hot pink boxes which look really good in a pile in my room. It looks nice and full and I like the little extra GlossyBox sweet we all got too.

Murad Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer £29 30ml
This primer is actually a little bit too dark for me, I'm not really pale but during the winter I like to stay my natural colour on my face so that my make-up doesn't look too heavy. I have only tried this primer once but I'll give it another chance because it is supposed to good. 

Davines Moisturising Balm £17.40 150ml
I haven't used this as a hair wash because I don't tend to use things that moisturises my hair because my hair doesn't get dry, if anything it will get greasy quicker. But it works well on your body and face and has quite a nice lavender smell to it! 

Davines Moisturising Nectar £18.25 250ml
Wow, another Body and hair wash in this GlossyBox! This also smells lovely and work really well on your body and is quite creamy on my skin.

FAB Gentle Body Wash £10 226.8g
I haven't tried this yet but I do love FAB cosmetics, it smells lovely though and I'm really excited to try it. I will have to keep some body washes aside because I have got sooo many in my shower and bathroom.

Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner £9.50 per pencil
I absolutely love the design of  this eyeliner, it's so elegant and sleek. I got this eyeliner in the powder pink colour. Admittedly,  I have actually swapped it with a girl who really wanted that shade because she had the plum colour eyeliner. I have naturally blonde hair but very dark brown eyes so plum looks lovely. It's so lovely and creamy and neat and so easy to apply!

Thank you GlossyBox, I can't wait for the next one!