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September 15, 2015 |Comments

New York City with Gucci Bamboo
The Gucci brand has always been close to my heart. Surely when I think of the bold fashion house, I look back to mother’s intimate collection of handbags, scents and sandals, and reminisce the time spent at the sand dunes shooting this muse of a perfume.

It goes without saying that my time spent in the Big Apple with Gucci was nothing short of wonderful. I was flown in to celebrate the launch of Gucci Bamboo over an official luncheon, a fragrance that emanates the Gucci woman’s diverse sides: her femininity, confidence and strength.

What I love most about the scent is how rich notes like deep sandalwood, heady tahitian vanilla are employed to strike a complementary contrast with the exotic floral notes of soft casablanca lily, feminine orange blossom, and delicate ylang-ylang.

And during my girl time with Gal Gadot, she opens up and recounts on how she would sneak into her mother’s bathroom to mix different perfumes when she was much younger, and we both laugh when she admits she ended up smelling awful. We go on to discuss about a scent being her idea of a first impression, and about how her favourite smell is of her daughter – of baby and the ocean, a salty ocean. Best tip from the film industry to take away? Gal tells me it’s all about staying grounded and humble. And humble and generous with praise she is, for in the first few minutes of our meeting, she had already gushed over my get-up of emerald greens and browns.

In other news, Gal Gadot recently landed the role of Amazonian superhero Wonder Woman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and is also a veteran of the Fast & Furious series. It is no wonder the intriguingly beautiful Israeli actress is the face of Gucci Bamboo.

I know bamboo doesn’t immediately spring to mind when you think of fragrance, but when you take a step back and analyse the perfume as a whole, you’ll see why. Bamboo flourishes in extreme conditions, and its natural strength compares to steel. Slender and elegant, bamboo soars willowy over other vegetation. The idea is that the modern Gucci woman shares bamboo’s characteristics. She balances strength and confidence with her innate femininity.

Most of all, like bamboo, she is an alluring mix of many sides.


new york, i love you

December 25, 2014 |Comments

New York City, U.S.A.

Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Pur’ lipstick / Cat-ear wool blend hat – similar here and hereBlack leather gloves – similar here and here / Mink faux fur coat – similar here and here / Wool plaid wrap scarf – similar here and here / Black turtleneck top – similar here and here / Black riding pants – similar here and here / Over-the-knee leather boots – similar here and here

Never underestimate the intrigue of wandering around the busier parts of New York on foot. As evident in all my previous photos from the Big Apple, the first time is always about being a tourist.

Begin your first day with brunch at Bubby’s for the perfect fix of old-school Americana eats — their hush puppies are infinitely more tasty than most places. When you’re about to explode from the insidious consumption of mac and cheese, an enormous platter of organic smoked salmon and poppy seed bagels, cab it to Rockefeller Center — and give in to the enticing chocolate coated strawberries from Godiva.

Spend some time people-watching and take endless amounts of photos of the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, and proceed to the ice skating rink for a quintessential winter experience. If you’re lucky enough, you may even get to sight a wedding proposal on ice that sets off a roaring applause from the crowd — captivating, to say the least.

Pop into Saks Fifth Avenue for an enchanted shopping experience and be floored by their festive decorations. After all, Christmas sale is never a bad thing.

On top of that, come to realise that roaming the beast block by block is the best way to be acquainted with the cinematic lights and true bustle in action. Make sure you stop by Central Park for a gentle introduction of New York’s natural gem, and if you have ample time to spare, view its overwhelming, magnificent entirety on a rented bicycle.

Admit that it’s pretty impressive.

Wishing everyone a very merry christmas and happy holidays!