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Gemma

Fashion Street Style

Stripped jumpsuit

Hi there! As I stated before, I’m trying to be less shy in front of the camera. So here you have another post with me as a model, I hope you like the photos! 🙂 Those who know me know that I prefer summer rather than winter, despite Taiwan’s summer can be very hot, humid and sweaty. Now it’s October and the weather is changing very fast, hot one day and rainy for a whole week. One of these summerish days, feeling this good weather might not last long, I decided to wear a jumpsuit. It’s easy to style and a very comfortable option!

This blue and white stripped jumpsuit is from Zara, it’s loose but tight at the waist so, along with the vertical stripes, favors the silhouette. The back is what I love the most of it! I combined it with brown high heeled sandals from H&M, very easy to wear thanks to the wide heel.

As for the complements, the white sunglasses are from Forever 21, big and perfect for summer looks. I got the pearl earrings on my first trip to Philippines, in a small island near Cebu. And the Casio watch is a gift.

I want to thank my hubby for taking these photos! We saw this graffiti wall near Boven and we both thought it would be a great contrast with the stripes of the jumpsuit. I really like walking around that area, there is always something new to discover!

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Eating & drinking Lifestyle

Swell Co. Cafe

SWELL CO. CAFE
Address: 台北市大安區四維路23號
Tel: 02 2700 3003
Hours: Sun – Thu 10:30am – 8pm, Fri – Sat 10:30am – 10:30pm
Website: Swell Co. Cafe’s FB page

Swell Co. Cafe is a nice coffee place located in the center of Taipei, near the Renai Rd. and Dunhua S. Rd. intersection, not too far from Savour Cafe. It’s easy to spot the “Have a swell day” graffiti on the outside wall. As you can see through its big windows, it’s a cafeteria built according to surfing lifestyle. This is reflected in all the decoration, with surfboards hanging on the walls, photos, paintings, and even neon lights. Wooden furniture and many plants, specially cactus, fill the space.

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They serve some food and desserts, which I haven’t tried (yet!) The drink menu is mostly specialised in coffees and teas, but you can also find some other drinks. We ordered a hot flat white coffee (150 NTD), and a hot kir royal fruit tea (220 NTD). I love the wood coasters!

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Fashion Street Style

Photo shooting with Yaya

Yaya is a Taiwanese girl who works as a stylist in United States. We met in Taipei, when she was visiting her family. We decided to do a photo shooting together and she is an excellent model! Her style is very urban and loud, so we thought it would be a great contrast with the Songshan Cultural Park.

For the first set of photos, she was wearing a black leather jacket, pink cropped top, furry white high waisted shorts, sheer socks with flowers and wooden platform studded black shoes. Her complements were a bracelet and mirror sunglasses.

If you want to know more about Yaya’s styling work, you can check her Instagram.

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Fashion

CECI A/W 17

A few days ago, CECI celebrated the launch party for the Autumn Winter 17 collection, which I had the pleasure to attend. Cecilia Chang is the apparel and jewelry designer behind the brand, founded in New York in 2014.

The event was celebrated at the showroom, in the center of Taipei, and it was a blast! They were very nice, explaining the idea behind each piece and helping people to try any garment they desired.

About the collection, called “Stateless Vagabonds”, it follows an urban nomad attitude and it’s inspired by the Tuareg spirit. The pieces have different layers, volumes and lengths, lazy silhouettes that change with each movement you do. The collection uses fabrics like wool, for protection, and denim, to have a rough feeling; materials like faux fur to create volume, Using a limited palette of colors, mainly black, blue and grey, it’s possible to combine different garments creating a new outfit each time.

What do you think of this collection? You can check CECI’S official website to know more about the brand. CECI will present its Spring Summer 18 collection at the Taipei In Style fashion fair, can’t wait to see it!

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Eating & drinking Lifestyle

Ole Tapas

OLE TAPAS
Address: 台北市大安區安和路一段109巷4號一樓 Taipei, Taiwan
Tel: +886 909 800 433
Hours: Weekday 6pm – 1am Weekend 6pm – 2am (Monday off)
Website: Ole Tapas FB page

Ole Tapas Bar is a Spanish restaurant and bar in Taipei. Previously located in the Shilin MRT area, a few months ago moved to the downtown, near Xinyi Anhe MRT, very easy to spot in a not-so-hidden alley thanks to its luminous sign and the outside fence painted with the Spanish flag. The interior is simply decorated with a few Spanish motifs, like posters or a Spanish map painted on the wall, creating a warm atmosphere.

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Its friendly chef and owner, Alain, comes from a French and Spanish family, making a singular mix from two very rich cultures, at least talking about gastronomy, and creating his own unique signature in each dish. He goes to the local market every night, after closing the restaurant, selecting the freshest ingredients by himself. Because of that, the menu changes everyday, rotating the selected dishes and making you want to try everything. The available dishes are posted on the wall, both in English and Chinese.

On this occasion, we tried the whisky shrimps (280 TWD), the clams with white wine sauce (280 TWD), the St. Pierre fish with French mustard (2 pieces for 200 TWD), the skewed piquillo with boletus (200 TWD), eggplant with black sugar cane and a few more. To drink, a good Spanish DO Rioja red wine from their wine collection.

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