Gracie Opulanza – Men Style Fashion http://www.menstylefashion.com We Show You How Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:17:57 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Fraser Suites Singapore – 3 Bedroom Executive Penthouse Review http://www.menstylefashion.com/fraser-suites-singapore-3-bedroom-executive-penthouse-review/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/fraser-suites-singapore-3-bedroom-executive-penthouse-review/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:55:41 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=71830 Singapore is a modern city that has embraced the latest technology and architecture trends from around the globe. In 2018, Sigapore is about finding out and exploring hidden luxury experiences around the city. It seems turning your apartment into a home sweet home is something that Frasers Suites has mastered in the last twenty years. Situated in an upmarket part of the city, these serviced apartments take a canny mix of colours and textures to help create a chic, cosy interior that has withstood the test of time. Celebrating twenty years Fraser Suites has hosted international clients and families around the globe on a long and short term rentals.

The area is surrounded by Singapore river which has many restaurants and coffee bars to explore. The paths are great for walking, riding and running around the city. Plenty of public transport and shopping areas around to take advantage of when ever it suits. In this part of the city, it felt spacious and it was very quiet considering I was almost in the CBD.

Services And Facilities

Fraser Suites has ample of facilities like a gym, dedicated children area, and retreat zone in where I could have endless massages thanks to electric massage chairs. I thought this was a lovely addition especially for those here on business. The retreat room has a relaxed atmosphere and there are three massage chairs with amples of magazines to just be able to zone out and rest. I spent a lot of time here whilst waiting for my Penthouse to get ready.

The outdoor swimming pool area, is located on the 6th floor is well maintained and has a lovely relaxed atmosphere to it. The lounges are very comfortable and I liked how they had a dedicated play facilities for children next to the pool. The city view is wonderful and again not so loud at all. Plenty of fluffy towels and drinks on hand to make my stay a cosy one. Most of the guests I spoke to, range from long to short term stay and were very welcoming and positive about Fraser Suits. Some guests have resided here for ten years.

Kids pool, large pool and dedicated gym

Penthouse Apartments Interior Design

Situated on the twentieth floor are the Penthouse Apartments. These three to four bedroom apartments offer all the dream amenities and features needed for a cosy and stylish stay. I stayed for one week in the three bedroom Penthouse Apartment which has a homely yet luxurious feel, with a mix of different design elements to make it a unique stay. Being well travelled, I adore neutral colours and areas that are functional and comfortable, and the overall Penthouse looked modern and chic. At Fraser Suites, they have been selective about the decorative pieces for each space, the unifying colour in this case was beige. The grouping of furniture, neutral coloured textiles both on the wall and throughout the bedrooms gave it a unified ambience. This overall gave balance to what is naturally outside in Singapore a tropical green environment.

Sense Of Place

I love the anticipation when I entered the Penthouse, for me first impression counts. The material choice matters, especially when you’re dealing with furnishing with dramatic finishes that instantly command your attention.

In entering the Penthouse the paring of materials such as marble tiles and natural inspired finishes such as wood veneer throughout the apartment gave an instant modern feel. Colours such as grey, beige, dark brown and white allowed for a furnishing scheme that created a balanced decor.

I loved the long corridor that opened into a large room. The ample storage space around the apartment is pleasing to the eye as well as functional.  The beige textiles used throughout the apartment gives a cool and warmth feel throughout the Penthouse.

Desk area in the corridor

The lounge area has a thick pile of carpet and comfortable furniture combing, textiles such as leather and cotton to give a very relaxing stay. The furniture throughout the Penthouse is of high quality and this is reflected on how pristine it stills looks after many extreme wear and tear.

The final result is a contemporary abode that’s worlds away from Singapore itself. The sense of continuity of natural colours and contemporary furniture throughout the apartment makes it very chic. This floor area 189 sqm (2,034 sq ft) feels much bigger and there were ample of areas around the apartment that I could hide away and enjoy my private oasis.

Bedrooms

The soft furnishing adds a cosy feel to the bedrooms, there are dark wood desks in the two larger bedrooms.  The bedroom is kitted out with oversized bed side lamps, a docking station and a wall art lighting feature. I had an uninterrupted night sleep, the best in months. The state of my bedroom, is the state of my mind. Each bedroom had beautiful white linen and fabrics for a divine sleep. In harsh concrete environments such as inner city living, it is important that the Penthouse is a balanced contrast to what I am seeing outside.  Therefore natural wooden objects along side, fresh green flowers that were presented in each room worked perfectly.

Master Bedroom with ensuite

Bathrooms

Bathrooms in 2018 are about crafting a soothing space where I love to linger, and create a personal place to captivate materials and finishes. I like how Fraser Suites used bigger pieces of marble stone and granite to reduce grout lines. The use of granite and black tiles throughout the bathroom combined with a designer double sink and bath added to a stylish ambience.

The main bedroom had a wonderful en suite with a large bath to soak up all the stress of a hard days work. It’s uncluttered decor paired with white and veneer finishes gave a huge sense of space. The walk in wardrobe had ample of clothing space and was nicely tucked away to create flowing energy. The second bathroom has a dedicated rain shower. This bathroom is perfectly situated in the corridor area great to be used by the guest staying in the other two bedrooms. The huge fluffy towels with gender neutral products from Malin and Goetz were the perfect detailed touches needed to reflect this luxury penthouse stay. The attention to detail here throughout the apartment reflects the passion the staff and overall company ethos prides itself serving its clients.

Personal Curation

Fraser Suites, restrained itself by selecting decorative pieces for each space to make sure that the attention is squarely focused. By using the contrast oxidised metal with soft fabric, throwing a rug and furnished linen chairs here and there is why I felt an instant cosier feel throughout the Penhouse. The choice of using massive floor to ceiling dark mirrors within the lounge area gave an illusion of an open air museum. This clever use of space and material was a subtle message of contemporary functional art. I had plenty of time for me to keep looking at my own reflection within the mirrors and being mindful of my personal fashion style. I loved playing dresses up here and so did my family.

Key Features And Services

The Key features and services of this penthouse apartment was of the highest quality, and important for me, easy to use. Fraser Suites teamed up with reliable and robust state of the art German brand, Bosch.


Expensive Modern and well-equipped kitchenette products by Bosch made my Kitchen dining experience a memorable one. Especially when entertaining my business guests it was important for me to leave a luxury impression. I liked the comprehensive home entertainment system with Bose speakers which allowed me to watch endless amounts of movies.

The kitchen comes with a Bosch coffee machine with freshly ground Illy beans from Italy. It was a coffee experience I loved and having it on demand and hearing and smelling the coffee beans was bliss.

The Bosch Microwave, Bosch Oven and Bosch Dishwasher were very quiet and easy to use.I loved the separate washing machine and dryer which was in a dedicated large room right next to the kitchen. This practical use of space meant the house keeping could work there without interrupting or let alone anyone seeing clothes drying.

There were three fridges and for those wine lovers. It was great have a refrigerated wine cooler. It is the best way to ensure your wine is stored properly. Tucked away in the room, was a personal safe which came in handy for my valuables.

Conclusion

I happened to build a nice rapport with the staff and met one in particular, who stood out. This person has been working here since the beginning, 20 years ago. I asked why she stayed so long.

Fraser Suites, is a family who value what we do as staff. They make us feel important and part of a happy family.

The Fraser Suites penthouse is a characterful sanctuary offering an environment that is home away from home. It is great place for those in need of a luxury staycation or looking for a longer term serviced apartment.

Fraser Suites is located in a fabulous area where I could walk, stroll, ride or run around the Singapore river, making it the perfect place for living in the city. There is a complementary shuttle bus throughout the day which allowed me to explore different parts of Singapore and shop till I dropped. My kids loved the pool area and the dedicated play room and play ground located on the third floor. This has been my ultimate staycation experience with my family to date.

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Funky Bunny Bangkok – Bespoke Zip T-Shirts & Long Sleeves http://www.menstylefashion.com/funky-bunny-bangkok-bespoke-zip-t-shirts-long-sleeves/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/funky-bunny-bangkok-bespoke-zip-t-shirts-long-sleeves/#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:03:44 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=71268 Bangkok is one of most the vibrant cities in the world when it comes to trend setting fashion. In my ten years of visiting Bangkok I am always intrigued and blown away regarding new and innovative fashion items. One of my favourite markets to explore here in Bangkok is the Chatuchak market. This is the world’s largest weekend market and between its 8,000 stalls there are so many options in regards to buying lifestyle and fashion items.

Funky Bunny

There is a section that caters for fashion and whilst exploring I came across a shop called Funky Bunny, what caught my eye was the zip inspired, t-shirt and long sleeve shirt design. I am a lover of chunky zips and zips in general. As I explored the shop more and more I fell in love with the concept. I have never come across such designs as with Funky Bunny. The shirts they sell are unisex which mean they can be worn by anyone. It is the perfect travel item as it is very versatile and looks great on any occasion.

Each zip design takes roughly two hours to sew on and over all the finish is very funky. I own several items now and every time my partner or I choose to wear it, we get many comments.

In speaking both to the designer and the owner they have now many bulk orders from Dubai and Europe. As I chatted, many people were buying the items as they thought the whole concept was very different.

Create Your Own Design

At the moment there is a bulk order only option and if there is a design that I would like to create as my very own I have to order in bulk. So you can discuss with the owner your options. I just noticed a bulk order of over one thousand T-shirts were been shipped to Dubai and the design was very culturally cool.

Today I decided to opt for four items that are hugely popular. The skeleton is their best seller and it’s a real edgy t-shirt that looks fabulous with denim, chinos, shorts and leather.

The 2018 new addition is the Eagle which I can relate too. For the simple reason, as growing this brand I have had to soar alone and create my own niche as a female in a man’s world.

The reindeer I chose to get as it’s Christmas and as far as a funky item to wear during the festive season, this is one of the coolest reindeer t shirt out there. I can team this with almost anything.

Finally the long sleeve white shirt with a wolf design is a reflection of how I feel in winter. Fast, powerful and beautiful. 2017 has been one of the most adventurous years for me.

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Photoshop Altered Models – Do We Need Warnings Signs? http://www.menstylefashion.com/photoshop-altered-models-do-we-need-warnings-signs/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/photoshop-altered-models-do-we-need-warnings-signs/#comments Sun, 18 Feb 2018 04:06:32 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=24268 Photoshop Altered Models – Do We Need Warnings Signs?

Magazine advertisements for alcohol and cigarettes come with warning labels. Now, some groups suggest that the celebrity and fashion photos should, too. A number of researchers and government regulators want photographs of movie stars and models to come with warnings that say the photos have been extensively altered with retouching software, such as Adobe Photoshop. The idea stems from scientific research that found that vulnerable consumers, particularly children and teens, might be fooled by the photos’ convincing illusions of perfection and suffer negative physical and mental health consequences as a result.

“Children and teens are particularly vulnerable to ‘perfect’ models of adults and children their age in the media,” Carolyn Landis.

So far, the most notable calls for Photoshop warning labels have come from Europe. Legislators in France, Britain and Norway have supported government efforts to slap warning labels on photos to alert consumers when they have been digitally altered.

How to Protect the Public

But in June, an American medical association denounced the doctoring of photographs, urging advertisers to work with child and teen health experts to set limits on Photo shopping. Two Dartmouth researchers have come up with a novel solution — a software tool that would detect how much fashion and beauty photographs have been altered, assigning them a rating from one (minimally altered) to five (starkly changed).

Photoshop enhanced Model

In general, contact with fashion and beauty magazines regarding their policies on retouching photographs or their thoughts on photo warning labels are not well received.

Research indicates that there is cause for worry about how celebrities and models, who appear forever trim and blemish-free, may affect how people view their own bodies. Several studies have linked manipulated photographs to eating disorders and other health problems. But psychologists say the most effective solution to helping children and vulnerable people develop healthy and realistic body images comes not from warning labels and photo-rating systems but from active communications and awareness.

Janis Rosenberg, a clinical psychologist said parents could start by not focusing too much attention on a child’s looks or appearance.

“Children are normally not aware of physical traits until their attention is brought to it,” Rosenberg said. “People who draw too much attention to beauty, comparing their children’s physical attributes and causing a child to be overly aware of physical traits can be a great source of anxiety for a child or even, in some cases, a vulnerable adult or teenage model.”

Photoshop enhanced model
Parents may be able to spot a few warning signs if their child is becoming overly fixated on looks. Kids may start making negative comments about their appearance, compare themselves unfavourably to others or begin restricting what they eat to avoid ´getting fat.´

While parents should certainly encourage children to eat a healthy diet, avoid oversize portions and exercise regularly, Landis said they can also restrict their comments about physical appearance in the light of what is healthy, not what looks attractive or desirable.

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Numerology – Numbers Equals Your Future & Destiny http://www.menstylefashion.com/numerology-numbers-equals-your-future-destiny/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/numerology-numbers-equals-your-future-destiny/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:45:55 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=72069 We travel for two reasons. The first is, of course, to discover new things and go off the beaten track in a way that, at its most extreme, is somehow transcendental. The second is more vulgar, but ultimately far more important. We travel in order to gorge ourselves to flood our sense with food and drink, music and sunshine. That’s why we demand to know which is the best place to buy food or the best place to find the finest stretch of sand.

Deep down we all desire to kick back, relax and overindulge ourselves. In this quiet time we also begin to reflect on work. What defines us and what consumes the endless amount of our personal time. We ask ourselves and begin to ponder. Where’s your spirit of adventure?

Vietnam

Where’s Your Spirit Of Adventure?

I find I am asking myself this more and more. It’s when I am getting a massage that my mind begins to wonder. I start to calculate in my mind the numerology formula of what I need to change in order to create a better life for both my family and me. I reflect on my date of birth and what it means? And if in some way the numbers are significant? I am trying to decode my future and destiny through a numerology report.

Discovering how my name is significant in being in tune with my inner self. Understanding the inner skills, that are required so I make the best possible choices for life. To learn the key tools of how to unlock my mind to reach my full potential both personally and within my work place. By developing insight, self-understanding and wisdom, I found that it’s much easier to discover solutions for the problems that challenge myself.

Singapore

It’s for this reason in 2018, me and my family chose a huge life change. I understood by taking a numerologist approach, I had to create a different set of numbers that would change the course of my future destiny.

Numbers can actually guide you to greater self-knowledge by revealing hidden patterns and empowering you to make sustainable, positive choices for your life.

I am travelling around the globe because I understand what my DNA is made of and what my mind and soul need right now. I am seeking an adventurous life, because my spirit is demanding it. As the female voice for menswear since 2012,  travelling is now the key to my success.

Bangkok

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Real Fur Versus Faux Fur – It’s Your Choice http://www.menstylefashion.com/real-fur-biodegrades-naturally-environmentally-friendly/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/real-fur-biodegrades-naturally-environmentally-friendly/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:30:01 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=55033 Lets be clear, in no way does this article condone the use of real animal fur in fashion items. This feature is simply to make you good folks aware of some of the current fashion trends and suggest ideas to enhance your wardrobe and make you feel good.

Now before you start writing letters of complaint to ‘The Times’ please note that for reference terms within this article the word ‘Fur’ applies to fake or faux fur thus leaving the professionals to gad about the countryside in the real thing.

Faux fur is back in a big way from simple embellishment to full length Harpo Marx replicas that are now completely gender neutral and should help you feel confident wearing it but sadly won’t help with your piano playing unless you are already suitably gifted or perhaps a trainee starlet in waiting.

Let’s remember ‘real’ fur as such originated and evolved from a huntsman method of keeping warm to a luxurious yet controversial symbol of luxury for those that could afford it post world war two. As the demand waxed and waned fashion houses sensibly discovered that faux fur could be fun for all concerned especially if you are bold enough a guy to want to give off the rap star vibe.

Being a Minx

As Milan catwalks showed this season and other fashion weeks joined in the trend the popularity of faux fur continues unabated with trends percolating down to high street fashion chains. Once Joe or Josephine public got a handle on the fact that no animals are harmed, the moral and ethical implications of wear ability have vanished and confidence in the style have come to the fore that making affordability not so much of an issue.

This seasons faux fur is best in full length, full fat glamour style, which although initially intimidating, can and has been investigated by the houses of Milan to a great deal of accord from the press and knowing public alike seeing more than a passing trend and encouraging gentlemen with confidence and not necessarily bulging designer wallets to take the plunge on the streets of the world’s leading cities.

Leading By Design

Houses such as Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana and Dior Homme all exhibited full faux furs that are credible. Homage in many areas of design has been paid to the more historical aspects of fur wearing amongst men, with more than a passing nod to the current media frenzy caused by the ever popular ‘Game Of Thrones’; Dolce & Gabbana going all other world kingdoms on our asses with crowns, faux fur sweaters and full length furs over gothic style prints.

For the more traditional ‘Ice Station Zebra’ look, faux fur paneled khaki and jacket hoods had been reworked by Dior Homme to give a fresh approach to this ever popular classic, giving a more luxurious rather than utilitarian feel to the garments that dressed down other tailored items with starlet Astrid Anderssen leading the pack with a visually stunning yellow parka with blue grey fake fur hood. Whatever the take, the exciting world of faux fur can raise its head as a respected new kid of the fashion world. Long may it continue.

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South Korean Food – 2018 Gangwondo Provincial Specialties http://www.menstylefashion.com/south-korean-food-2018-gangwondo-provincial-specialties/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/south-korean-food-2018-gangwondo-provincial-specialties/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 03:02:49 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=59314 MenStyleFashion was invited by Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO London) to fly to Pyeongchang, South Korea. The purpose of this journey was to promote the ‘Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games’ and to get an insight into South Korean culture. This pre-visit to the Gangwondo Province which includes PyeongChang, Gangneung and Jeongseon was a trip I was looking forward to and this was my first visit to South Korea.

During the six days of this fabulous cultural trip, I was given many different dishes to eat, taste and experience. I am very familiar with Asian cuisines but it is the first time to South Korea so I was incredibly intrigued to see what food they had to offer. Korea leads the way in terms of a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables, both pickled and fermented, a major part of a diverse cuisine. The food is always, fresh, looks great and is a very different eating experience. South Korea is a country that knows how to grill a piece of meat. Coming from an Australian background I have to say I was very impressed when it came to Korean barbecue.

Local beer often drank in South Korea

Pork

Yummy pancakes with mixed vegetables inside

Hwanggi Baeksuk

I was served a whole chicken soup boiled with astragalus thought to be among the best medicinal herbs for vitality. The dish is supposed to enhance the body’s control over sweating and therefore considered an excellent food for maintaining stamina in summer. I would certainly opt for this during the Winter Olympics 2018.

Steamed whole chicken with local potatoes from Herbnara Farm Pyeongchang

Core Ingredients

South Korea has a very unique food culture with incredible health giving properties and you will notice some influences from both China and Japan. Therefore throughout my visit I could identify how the fusions were intertwined. For me this is why in South Korea the food options are very unique. The portions served are very small, always fresh and don’t have a very strong aroma when first served. Many dishes are always served in a hot stone bowl adding to the overall look and dining experience. They can be either hot dishes or cold.

The core ingredients generally consist of beef, chicken, pig, soy bean, soft tofu, mint, eggs, chili powder, fermented cabbage, pork slices and plenty of garlic. Also ox cheek, pork belly, grilled aubergine, rice, bean-shoots, mushrooms, potatoes, carrots and dough which is used for dumplings. One important factor I noticed whilst eating in South Korea was I never came away bloated. I always felt content and full. The cuisines are one of the healthiest food dishes I have had in Asia. For me the dishes are not complicated and I would encourage anyone to just be open and explore.

Gondeure Beoseot Bulgogi

The dish below is called gondeure beoseot bulgogi, marinated Korean beef with mushrooms and thistle leaves.

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Intercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay – Waterfront Hotel http://www.menstylefashion.com/intercontinental-singapore-robertson-quay-waterfront-hotel/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/intercontinental-singapore-robertson-quay-waterfront-hotel/#respond Tue, 06 Feb 2018 03:36:08 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=71787 It’s great to be back in Singapore after so many years, and one of my favourite locations in Singapore is the Singapore river. The Intercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay hotel is situated right on the waterfront in central Singapore. This water front Quay has so many restaurants and attractions to explore along the way. The walking area is fantastic and its a lovely location to capture how much Singapore has advanced over the years.

Intercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay opened in October 2017, and this newly refurbished hotel offers the latest in interior design. It’s unusual in shape as this hotel is long and narrow. Throughout the hotel there is a strong use of copper colour which gives it an earthy, rustic edge to the the interior but still modern. Historically when the traders were working on the Singapore river, copper coins were used.

My room was located on the 10th floor and the views over the city were brilliant, and it felt more like urban living than a hotel as it’s situated amongst the local residential complexes which I like. The hotel captures this urban style of living by adopting the comforts of home away from home.  Each of the 225 studios and suites featured a host of thoughtful amenities that combine modernity with elegance, whilst maintaining functional practicality.

Club Intercontinental

I had access to the Club Intercontinental lounge where I could check in as well. The decor and soft furnishing here was lovely and the colour trending here was bottle green with velvet touches. I found this lounge warm and welcoming. Again showcasing an earthy feel throughout this lounge.The Club Intercontinental is open 24 hours, I think this is fabulous especially for those experiencing jet-lag or having to work in different time zones. I enjoyed working at 5 am overlooking this fabulous city.

The Club Intercontinental offers breakfast from 6:30am, afternoon tea from 2-4pm and canapes & cocktails from 6 – 8pm. In between these times there are plenty of drinks and nibbles to indulge in. The food and service here overall is excellent and of high quality. The tea selection is plentiful and offers a new way of blending two tea bags into one tea pot.

 

Publico

On the ground floor is the restaurant area called Publico, it consists of a Deli and a restaurant. The Deli which looks very much like an American inspired diner is where breakfast is served and where during the day you come for coffee, cakes and a la carte dishes. The breakfast is a mix of buffet with some lovely a la carte options. The presentation and quality of the food was excellent. This Deli has some clever sliding walls and late afternoon a section becomes a dedicated cocktail bar, which is popular with the locals.

Publico Deli

There is also a vibrant Italian restaurant which is very popular with the local residence, so make sure you book in advance. I had to wait till 9PM before being able to be seated without reservation, luckily I have been in Spain too often to get used to late eating. The food here was fresh and delicious. The pasta is handmade in the restaurant and the pizzas out of the wood fired ovens are wonderful. There is so much to choose by it is a great place to chill, eat and take in a new way of experiencing Singapore eating right on the waterfront.

Classic Rooms

I stayed at two classic rooms which had lots of natural light coming in from the floor to the ceiling windows which overlooked the city. It was wonderful to observe how the locals lived and explore how much Singapore has changed regarding its lifestyle. The classic rooms were chic and spacious the furnishing was dominated with many dark brown leather features throughout the rooms, which gave a cosy feel to it. The leather accessories gave it a very expensive, classy touch.

The massive TV combined with bose sound bar and the endless Nespresso coffee and tea made it feel like my home. I loved staying in these rooms and just soaking up the atmosphere. The metal sliding mirror doors were used throughout the rooms and I loved this as I could close off parts of the room and not have access to the bathroom, a very clever idea as day turned into night. I could snug up on my huge cosy bed, with gorgeous bed linen. Throughout the hotel they used beautiful linen on the tables, restaurants as well as in the bathroom. It gives a classy look as well as enhancing the luxury lifestyle way of living. The endless amount of large pillows is why I slept so well and loved staying in bed.

Conclusion

The Intercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay offers the latest in hotel experiences and this is reflected in how the staff seemed very happy to work here. They were always ready to serve and go the extra mile to make my stay was a pleasant one. The staff passionate approach in taking the time to interact with the guests was warm and refreshing. Taking the time to get to know their guests and their personal needs is a credit to the hotel.

The food standard here was excellent, compromising nothing when it comes to serving the finest in beverages and food. The hotel has a very relaxed feel and during my stay even though there was a high occupancy, I felt I could always ask for anything and not felt rushed at all.

The design of the room is extremely modern and classy, I thoroughly enjoyed staying in my room. For those that want to exercise the is a long lap pool on the reception area level and a modern gym is on the ground floor level. The furnishing throughout the hotel, is modern, contemporary and very comfortable

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Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong – Pattern Play Interior Design http://www.menstylefashion.com/hotel-indigo-singapore-katong-pattern-play-interior-design/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/hotel-indigo-singapore-katong-pattern-play-interior-design/#respond Sat, 03 Feb 2018 08:02:48 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=71723 I have not visited Singapore for almost 10 years, so when in the region I decided to make my return. Singapore for me is the cleanest most organised Asian destinations and probably also in the world. From the moment I landed I noticed that this city state country is so pristine and full of luxury lifestyle gems. My first stay in Singapore was at the Hotel Indigo in the Katong area of Singapore, which is not a common area for most tourists visiting Singapore. The Katong area is characterised by low buildings and traditional Peranakan shop houses.

Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong is less then two years old and is housed on the site of the former Joo Chiat Police Station. This boutique hotel is interesting because it is a fusion of modern architecture whilst holding onto the conservation of the historical building. From the moment I stepped into this quirky hotel I was drawn into the unique design inspired by the Peranakan culture, the culture of Singapore’s settlers. The Perankan theme runs throughout the hotel in everything that you see, from the art murals to the Singaporean style tiles.

The entrance of Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong

Boasting many colourful tiled features the reception area is a lovely way to be welcomed as a guest. I liked how iced coffee was their welcome drink, not common at all. The seating area known as the Pavilion, is a nice introduction to modern architecture mixed with cultural pieces. Near the elevator there the beautiful decorated water storage pots.

The Peranakan theme is also reflected in all the 131 guestrooms, which are paying homage to the neighbourhood, something that all Indigo hotels around the world do. To appreciate this Hotel Indigo, I decided to walk around the local Katong area and clearly began to understand where their inspiration came from.

These are replicas of the water bottles that were used in the past. Beautiful to look at whilst waiting for the elevator.

Joo Chiat

There are plenty of cool restaurants, bars and hairdressers around here, trending the latest in food, drinks and hair styles. Do take the time to explore the Katong area along side the little alley ways, it’s truly a very edgy area. Make you taste the local dishes Singapore is famous for, chicken rice, chili crab and Laksa. The Katong neighborhood of Joo Chiat, was the first designated Heritage Town of Singapore. The area retains its colorful charm and its strong Peranakan cultural roots. Amidst modern high-rises, the two-storey shophouses that have lined the streets of Joo Chiat since the 1920s teem with life.

Restaurant – Breakfast

What a fabulous way to start the day in the cafe called Baba Chews. This cafe restaurant is located in the former Joo Chiat Police Station, a conservation building along East Coast Road. Cafe Baba Chews serves up a range of modern and traditional cuisines from the Straits of Malacca alongside a quality selection of beverages.

The interior of the cafe is again designed to reflect Katong neighbourhood’s colonial history and Peranakan heritage. It is a very welcoming and relaxing environment to eat and dine. The breakfast buffet options are healthy and cater for international clients. The a la carte menu offers a nice variety of dishes to choose by which is great. I liked how I could choose more than one option. On this occasion the roti bread with chicken was too good to knock back, I ordered two plates. The staff were very attentive and they made great coffee too. All in all it was a wonderful breakfast experience.

Double/ Twin Rooms

I was staying in an interconnecting room one with a double bed and on with a twin beds. The modern Peranakan interior design of these rooms were just so quirky and stylish. These rooms are a perfect example of patterns being successfully combined, it raises the design level to a harmonious symphony. The hotel has made it look so easy by mixing patterns with plenty of colour. Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong has used large patterns on large areas such as walls, medium scale patterns on furniture and smaller ones on accessories such as throw pillows, and bowls.

There are so many hidden practical gems within the rooms. The first being the sliding doors overlooking the the spacious spa inspired bathroom. I was overlooking another hotel. Caution to anyone staying here as I could look into the other hotel, they can clearly look into my bathroom. So if you are OK presenting yourself naked to the world then that’s up to you. I chose to put the blinds down and only the guests could see my red shoes.

The bathroom features were a fabulous experience. The use of tin bowels, cups and sinks was really great. I liked the dedicated bowl with spa amenities to be able to soak my feet in after a long day of exploring Singapore. The rain shower is fabulous and there were plenty of towels and products to cater for my luxury stay. The large chair was wonderful to be able to throw anything on it. The bathroom was very spacious and can be closed off with metal glass sliding doors so as day turns into night.

The beds were soft, cosy and perfect for a good night sleep. Another favourite part of the room was the toilet which was separate at the entrance of the room and closed off to the rest of the room. The dedicated glass cabinet with access to local luxury brand TWG tea and complimentary bottomless lollies was a real treat. What was very practical here was when I opened the glass cabinent, an automated light came on. So I could make a tea at 1 am without turning the main lights on. All the little and very colouful intricacies around the room inspired by Asia, was the perfect millennial way to start 2018 for me.

To me this is a brilliant room for some Instagram shots combining fashion, lifestyle and food all in one room.

Rooftop Pool Area

In Singapore with the heat you need a good swimming pool, with the Indigo Hotel this was located on the roof. This rooftop pool has a good length to do some laps and there are plenty of lounge chairs around the pool to chill out. There is also a gym for the fitness buffs. The views of the rooftop pool over the local neighbourhood are amazing, especially at sunrise and sunset.

Conclusion

Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong is trending the latest designs when it comes to being original. There are so many experiences here that that can only be found at this luxury boutique hotel. As every passing hour went by I just adored every part of this hotel. Hotel Indigo has been daring in regards to its interior design. By using colour, light, shape, texture and adding depth to the interior by using plenty of pattern. The result is an ambiance of serenity and an oasis of latest trends in hotel stays.

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Pullman Danang Beach Resort and Spa Vietnam – Review http://www.menstylefashion.com/pullman-danang-beach-resort-and-spa-vietnam-review/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/pullman-danang-beach-resort-and-spa-vietnam-review/#respond Tue, 30 Jan 2018 06:27:34 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=71665 It’s my last few days here in Vietnam and what a brilliant way to complete my adventurous tour than to relax overlooking the sands of Bac My An Beach at the Pullman Da Nang Beach Resort & Spa. This resort offers uninterrupted views towards the beach views over a very long and grand water feature and the infinity swimming pool. The tropical gardens and ponds around the resort are beautiful to walk around and explore the flora and fauna of what Vietnam has to offer. The lush green lawns are also very therapeutic to walk on and take in this oasis environment.

Events And Facilities

The Pullman De Nang offers many activities for sports lovers that I could be part of during my stay. From cooking classes, kids clubs and water sports. The resort has tennis courts, badminton, petanque and basketball. I could hire a bike and explore the up and coming city of De Nang. There are three golf areas that I could play at too not far from the resort.

Weddings are a popular event here at the Pullman and can be hosted in the Grand Ballroom. With the gorgeous setting, wonderful photos can be taken as you can see here on our Instagram posts.

Reception

In entering the reception area the instant view of the very long water feature with views of the beach is a spectacular welcome to the Pullman De Nang.

Just soaking up the interior design, art work and sitting in the very funky wooden chairs is a great welcome here. The mixing of modern design with the touch of Vietnamese culture has been perfectly created for a relaxing stay. The coffee bar overlooking the water and sea is the perfect location to wait to check in.

Deluxe Room

I stayed at the deluxe room with views of the tropical garden and the swimming pool. I would highly recommend upgrading and choosing a room with a sea view. The Deluxe room had some lovely sliding doors towards the balcony so I could experience outdoor living right in my room. I loved this as it added extra space and the views of doors were hidden. The queen size bed was full of many different size pillows and was cosy, I slept well with the sound of the sea roaring in the background.

The inviting sofa was lovely to lounge on and breathe in the open fresh air or watch some TV. The two outdoor chairs were very comfortable too, great to enjoy some tea with chocolate pastries from the deli. This 42 m2 room was a lovely chilling out area to take in my last few days here in Da Nang. The working desk was a lovely long table and the internet here was fast, strong and therefore mixing work with pleasure was a stress free experience for me here.

The bathroom was very clean and large enough to enjoy the high pressured water from either the rain shower or to soak in the very large bath tub. I loved the sink are which was beautifully lit up.

Breakfast

Breakfast was a wealth of many options of food where East meets West in the world of fusion cuisines. The huge buffet allowed me to eat and select at my own leisure. From fresh local fruit to dishes from Japan, there was endless amounts of food to enjoy breakfast. The egg station offered plenty of options to choose by. There were soups, fresh salads, fish and a dedicated European selection of French and Italian cheeses.

The fresh fruit juices on offer were very refreshing and a healthy way to get my body into gear for the endless world of relaxing. Vietnam is a big exporter of cashew nuts so I highly recommend trying the nuts. The coffee is excellent and there were plenty of coffee options to start off my day. The pastries are plentiful and the french toast with pancakes were yummy too.

The setting overlooking the beach for breakfast was beautiful, so do take the time to have breakfast at your own slow pace.

Pool And Beach Area

The beach area does not disappoint and was voted by Forbes as one of the most attractive beaches in the world. The criteria they used are: the beach of traffic convenience, the beach open free for tourists, with long and flat sand-bank, sunlight and waves suitable for playing sports, safe for tourists, with luxury resorts and international standard villas. Whilst I was chilling on one of the sun loungers I was relaxed in the knowledge that my kids were safe, with security guards on the beach and also three life guards on patrol near the sea. The kids were entertained with the free to use body surfing boards, a kids play area and also the swimming pool.

The infinity pool is large and has a dedicated fenced of kids section. The main pool is gently sloping and at the deepest end is 1.8m deep. Also here there is a dedicated lifeguard on duty.

Conclusion

Vietnam is becoming a very popular country to visit. It has so much raw and rustic experiences to offer. Many tourists come to central Vietnam to visit the unique city of  Hoi An which is less than 30km away from Da Nang. The Pullman Da Nang Beach Resort & Spa offers a shuttle bus twice daily that drops off and pick ups staying guests, to go and explore the Ancient Town of Hoi An. Give yourself a whole day and evening to explore this unique world heritage town.

The Pullman Da Nang, is a stones throw away from Da Nang city, which is also worth exploring. The resort offers a lovely relaxed stay with excellent facilities in where I could just walk on the beach, swim and drink a cocktail in style.

Details

  • Room reviewed: Deluxe Room
  • Website: www.pullman-danang.com
  • Address: 101 Nguyen Giap street, Khue My Ward, Danang, Da Nang City 055000, Vietnam
  • Phone: +84 236 3958 888

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La Residence Hue Vietnam Boutique Hotel – Art Deco French Glory http://www.menstylefashion.com/la-residence-hue-vietnam-art-deco-french-glory/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/la-residence-hue-vietnam-art-deco-french-glory/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:14:44 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=71540 What a marvelous way to spend Christmas here at La Residence in Hue Vietnam. La Residence is an enchanting boutique hotel on the banks of the fabled Perfume River overlooking the former Imperial Citadel. This former residence of the French Colonial Governor was restored in 2005 and redeveloped as an exceptional design hotel. The hotel’s distinctive bowed façade, long horizontal lines and nautical flourishes are hallmarks of the 1920’s Streamline Modern school of Art Deco architecture.

Staying in this luxury Riverside Boutique Hotel in Hue, Vietnam, is an experience in where I stepped back in time to the glory days of Art Deco.

Hue And The Citadel

Hue is a city, once home to Emperors and now preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hue is a city in central Vietnam that was the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors from 1802 to 1945, and capital of the protectorate of Annam. A major attraction is its vast, 19th century citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls. It is certainly a must see whilst here in Vietnam. I was lucky that the weather allowed me a dry spell and some sunshine for a few hours to explore the citadel. Hue can be easily reached by plane via the local Phu Bai airport, by train or by bus which I did. I arrived from Da Nang by luxury bus.

Reception And Surroundings

La Residence, embraced the festive season and I was greeted at the reception area, by a recreation of the one of the gates of the 19th century citadel, all made out of ginger bread which took over 15 days to make. There was also a Christmas tree which was decorated with traditional Vietnamese hats.

La Residence has a very warm and mystic feel to it. The moment I walked into the boutique hotel I felt welcomed, relaxed and at home. I am a huge lover of Art Deco and this hotel boast all the perfect interior design elements including the furniture to recreate the Art Deco interior. Many famous guests including the Queen from Sweden, choose to stay at this hotel.  Its location right next to the Perfume river is a perfectly tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Hue.

Christmas Dinner Buffet

It was really lovely to experience the Christmas Dinner Buffet in where the East embraces Western cultures. An intertwined of perfectly presented food managed is why this Christmas dinner was sold out. There were many food options on display as well as different food sections in where I could get freshly local Vietnamese made food on hand. The desserts were so yummy and well presented, it was a beautiful Christmas experience with live music and with the local choir singing both in English and in Vietnamese was the icing on the cake. I felt like I was home, away from home. Thank you for making me and my family part of the La Residence family. This is what I observed, that the hotel was full but it had a family warmth atmosphere to it, the ambiance here was just wonderful.

Gardens And Surroundings

There was plenty of time to explore the gardens and take in the views of the Perfume River. It was wet and cold so I could not use the beautiful outdoor swimming pool but I imagined how the atmosphere in the hot season would be. It is a great place to chill out after visiting the Citadel and the other monuments surrounding Hue. There are many private seating areas here to hide away and soak up this little luxury gem.

Superior Room

I had two Superior rooms with stunning Art Deco furnishings, dark hardwood and French colonial tile designs. The rooms were warm and cosy, and I loved looking from my large balcony at the Christmas decorations and the hotel itself. It was all very pleasing to the naked eye.

There was satellite connectivity and flat screen TV. The bed linen was crisp, clean and the towels were huge and fluffy which I love. In the room I felt an opulence that made my Christmas stay special. The tea cups and ginger bread treats, is why throughout the year this hotel embraces all the festive seasons to cater for the variety of international guests.

The beds were large and I loved how I could lie in my bed, over looking the balcony taking in what I have achieved for 2017.

The bathroom had a dedicated bath and to stay with the French theme, the tabs were labelled “froid” and “chaud”

Breakfast

The atmosphere and location overlooking the the banks of the fabled Perfume River and the former Imperial Citadel, is why I took my time having breakfast. This buffet is fresh and full of endless cuisines from all over the globe. The pancakes are made on demand and the soups and eggs are also freshly created to my liking.  The coffee and tea options are an added personal touch, the staff are very interactive and handle international guests well. The pastries here remind me of Paris here in Hue.

Conclusion

The hotel classic Art Deco theme and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Imperial City in Hue, made my stay a very memorable one. The Christmas celebrations in the hotel were perfect too. It is why I will return later on in the year, when the weather is better and I can also enjoy the beautiful outdoor setting of La Residence.

The warmth of the staff, the interior design and the endless choice of many eating and drinking options. I can only sum up my stay here as the modern emperor, living history with a modern touch.

Details

  • Room reviewed: Superior room
  • Website: www.la-residence-hue.com
  • Address: 5 Lê Lợi, Vĩnh Ninh, Tp. Huế, Huế, Vietnam
  • Phone: +84 (0)234 3837 475

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Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel – France Meets Asia http://www.menstylefashion.com/sofitel-bangkok-sukhumvit-hotel-france-meets-asia/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/sofitel-bangkok-sukhumvit-hotel-france-meets-asia/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:03:19 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=71256 The Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel is situated in the magnifique city of Bangkok right on the lively Sukhumvit road next to the Terminal 21 shoppping centre with its BTS station. It offers a French inspired cultural experience with a fusion mix in where France meets Asia.

The month of December is a fabulous time to visit Bangkok a city where you can combine festive shopping, spa treatments and eating experiences. When I entered the Sofitel I was greeted by a very unique massive Christmas tree. Through out Bangkok the Christmas Ambiance and decorations are one of the best I have seen in the Asia. The hotels also capture the festive season in their own unique way.

The reception is a large open space with plenty of seating options and locations to chill. Check in was swift and professional and came with the complimentary welcome drink.

Wine Bar

Also on the ground floor is the recently opened wine bar and shop. It reminded me of wine tasting setting back in France. The idea is that any guests can sample wines from varies locations around the globe, with every week a different location. Today I was conveniently tasting 5 different wines from France. There sommelier or wine steward had a fabulous knowledge of the wines being served and for those that need to learn the basic art from of drinking the wines, this is a perfect location to do so. I liked that I could also purchase the wine and either take it to the L ‘appart restaurant at no corkage cost or to my room. For those residing here in Bangkok, you could also take it to your flat. This service is not very common in Bangkok and is a new lifestyle trend for 2018. Wines vary in price and I thought considering where I am sitting, they prices were competitive (starting at €20-25) and the choices were good.

Luxury Room

My hotel room class was the Luxury Room which had designer carpets inspired by Thailand’s rich flora and fauna. The room overlooked the Sukhumvit road and I liked how there was a chaise longe near the window. This was a fabulous way to capture the city both day and night especially with a wine purchased from the in-house wine bar. The bed was massive and very cosy, there were lots of pillows and nice fresh linen for a comfortable sleep. The dedicated working desk was great to work on, I liked how you could roll it away and have more room space as well.

I love the welcome platter.

Bathroom

The bathroom had a dedicated shower, separate toilet and bath. It was a very big bathroom and I am a big fan where there is a clear glass and I am able to look out to the rest of the room while I am having a bath with the  L’Occitane products supplied by the hotel.

Breakfast

Breakfast was of a high standard here at Sofitel and the choices of both French and Asian cuisines were endless. The presentation was excellent, and what stood out for me was the fruit juice machine. The options in where I could create my own personal juice was a fun experience. The bagel section was colourful and the meat section with fabulous pork with wine juice was wonderful to start the day.

Hidden at the other side of the buffet bar was the Fromagerie, the dedicated cheese bar. This climate controlled room displayed various cheeses from around the world in a beautiful way. This was the first one I have seen in my life. Overall I can say that the breakfast buffet was one of the best breakfast experiences I have had in Asia in 2017.

La Fromagerie

Swimming Pool

I am a big fan of rooftop swimming pools and on this occasion the views from the 9th floor over the city of Bangkok were great. The hotel has done a great job in creating an area of tranquility which is hard in a noisy city like Bangkok. The lounges were very comfortable and the pool was great to do some laps. I loved the area where I could sit down and have a water massage overlooking the pool area and the city. The same floor also has a Spa treatment area where L’Occitane products are used. I must say I liked the smell of walking past the Spa on my way to and from the swimming pool, it was very inviting.

Conclusion

This is a lovely hotel, with a high standard of service and plenty of French cuisine options. I could also see many locals and outside guests entering, as the hotel caters for both inside and outside guests and the overall feel good factor here is delightful. The pool area is tranquil, the hotel rooms are plush, the breakfast is fantastic, the wine bar is great, and to top it off the hotel has also one of the best rooftop bars and restaurants in Bangkok in L’Appart. More of that in a separate review. Combine this with an unbeatable location next to Terminal 21 shopping centre and plenty of transport options, and this hotel should be on top of your list for staying in Bangkok.

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Avana Vietnam – Unique Clothing & Shopping Experience In Hoi An & Da Nang http://www.menstylefashion.com/avana-vietnam-unique-clothing-shopping-experience-in-hoi-an-da-nang/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/avana-vietnam-unique-clothing-shopping-experience-in-hoi-an-da-nang/#respond Sun, 14 Jan 2018 04:48:34 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=71553 I am staying in Hoi An which is a city on Vietnam’s central coast known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals. The former port city’s melting-pot history is reflected in its architecture, a mix of eras and styles from wooden Chinese shop houses and temples to colorful French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge with its pagoda.

Hoi An is also famous for endless amounts of tailors that can create what ever you like. Saturated with the same same outfits, being bought by tourists. In my observation, I can truly see the demand tourists crave here for very cheap bespoke tailoring. I can see that the international tourists love the experience which is still strong no matter what the quality let alone outcome is when the clothes are fitted.

However that has never ever been me when it comes to the love of clothing. Clothing for me is a lifestyle and an endless passion of communication in an art form. It is for this very reason that in 2018, I am going to continue to trend that less is more and quality, individual clothing can have an impact in business. – Gracie Opulanza

As the years go on and my journey of marketing and promoting fashion designers continues. There has been one consistent passion I have always trended and wanted to communicate to my readers. Is that, I have always loved the hunt and the adventure of connecting with unique and very exclusive one off pieces of clothing created by the hidden jewels of fashion designers.

Aldegonde Van Alsenoy

I love searching and learning from fashion designers why they work so hard to create what they do. For this reason let me introduce you to designer called Aldegonde Van Alsenoy who trained in the city of Antwerp and is now residing in Hoi An Vietnam for many years. Most successful Antwerp designers decide to remain in Antwerp however Aldegonde is an adventurous woman who wanted to be a designer in her own right.

Aldegonde’s passion for fashion is to create one off pieces. In her boutiques both in Hoi An and Da Nang all of her collections are unique and once bought no two are the same. This is rare to find in a saturated market as fashion. However it is the core essence and the key to her success.

To be able to create designs, from start to beginning, using local produces and sellers of fabrics. I love that I am in control as the designer and it’s the core essence in creating clothing that customers from around the globe continue to return. I am very committed in preserving the art of what is left here in Vietnam regarding skilled craftsmanship. Supporting the local community in regards to weaving techniques. A room full of empty looms, leaves me with an empty heart! – Aldegonde

Avana Concept Store Da Nang

So committed to local craftsmanship, Aldegonde decided to team with artist Nguyen Quoc Dan. Together they began a journey and spent pain staking months scouting, collecting empty looms and recycled wood from Vietnam to create a unique and well thought out concept store in an up and coming area of Da Nang. In fact it’s such a rare store that has not seen anything like this anywhere else in Vietnam. It is more like an art museum than a boutique. The attention to detail using recycled goods from around the country is why the Avana Concept Store is so unique.

Life and business always comes with risks. Showcasing my one off pieces in an inspiring room of art is all about the buying experience. Who am I to dictate what a man or a women should wear. My collections offer the freedom for the buyer to buy into what I call a gender neutral era world of fashion. In my store, time is no factor my customers can have a local beer or coffee and play dress ups. In that freedom of exploration, my clothing comes to life. – Aldegonde

Environmental Message

Here in Vietnam Aldegonde has the control to choose from end of change fabrics, found in the factories. Aldegonde also travels around the globe to source the finest fabrics. From South East Asia, Europe or Africa nothing limits her to her commitment to the world of fashion. Aldegonde lives the lifestyle by embracing the culture of weaving and textiles around the globe. This is fun and exciting as the fabrics are luxury and high quality, therefore nothing is wasted and the quality of fabrics are not compromised. She caters for a niche market and is loyal to her customers.

Tribe Collection

It is one of the most interesting creative stores I have seen here in South East Asia, right here in Da Nang, Vietnam. If I had to describe Aldegonde Van Alsenoy in an interior art form this is it. The shopping experience here is just fabulous, edgy and chic. A collision of fashion and art, the AVANA Da Nang store is the result of a rich collaboration between the Belgian designer and renowned Vietnamese artist Dan Quoc Nguyen. Drawing inspiration from the Co Tu tribes of the Central Highlands, Ava and Dan have created a masterpiece of fashion, wood, art and craft.

I loved the rhythmic tribal carvings that formed the perfect backdrop for Aldegonde’s singular pieces, crafted from the finest handmade fabrics and brocades to create unique and sustainable fashion. The clothes are also hang on beautifully wooden carved coat hangers which is how meticulous Aldegonde is when it comes to her Avana boutique.

The whole exploration as a customer is relaxed and the store allows me to search at my own leisure. The more I delve into the world of Avana, the more I realise that these one off pieces, stand alone in this world of saturated fashion.

Don’t limit yourself, my clothing are a universal shape for men and women. I don’t work in sizes, I create being lead by fabrics and textiles around the globe, it’s gender neutral. – Aldegonde

Details

Hoi An Store

  • Address: 57 Lê Lợi, Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam 560000, Vietnam
  • Phone: 0235 3911 611

Da Nang Store

  • 260 Đường Trần Phú, Phước Ninh, Hải Châu, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam
  • Phone: 0236 3525 260
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Winter Olympics 2018 Pyeongchang – Top Tips For The Games http://www.menstylefashion.com/winter-olympics-2018-pyeongchang-1yeartogo/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/winter-olympics-2018-pyeongchang-1yeartogo/#respond Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:50:23 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=59446 MenStyleFashion was invited by Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO London) to fly to Pyeongchang, South Korea. The purpose of this journey was to promote the ‘Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games’ and to get an insight into South Korean culture. This pre-visit to the Gangwondo Province which includes PyeongChang, Gangneung and Jeongseon was a trip I was looking forward to and this was my first visit to South Korea.

MenStyleFashion was asked as digital media to make aware to all those that have never heard of Pyeongchang. Where is it? Pyeongchang is pronounced PYUHNG’-chahng. It is approximately 112 miles east of Seoul. Pyeongchang is located in Gangwon province in the northern part of the country, nestled in the Taebaek Mountains.

Over the several days of experiencing the South Korean culture, I want to inspire you, that when it comes to the latest of technology, South Korea is right up there. Therefore these Winter Olypmics are going to be one of the most digital interactive games ever seen. I encourage those who are seeking an extremely thrilling adventure that the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in 2018, is the place to come. When it comes to name recognition, the isolated South Korean ski resort remains resolutely off-piste and growing in awareness as we march closer to this global event. However, on arrival I was pleasantly surprised how many tourists were already flocking in to see it’s progress.

Why Come To PyeongChang?

On this occasion I was driven from Incheon international airport which is a 250 kilometre journey to the other side of the peninsula. Roughly a three and a half hour trip by car. But don’t worry this is South Korea the historical pioneers when it comes to road construction. So it comes to as no surprise, that a high speed rail link connecting Seoul and Gangneung, a coastal city some 40km east of Pyeongchang  is expected to open later this year. I can’t wait to experience that and it’s latest technology when it comes to rail transport.

The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang 2018 are a major international multi sport event scheduled to take place from 9 to 25 February 2018. On this occasion, we experienced,  part of Pyeongchang’s five month programme of test events. I was taken to three test events, during the three day stay. The first being in Alpensia which is a multipurpose ski jumping stadium. I was watching the ski jumping for the female’s. On the second day I was taken to Phoenixpark Hotel and Resort to watch the FIS World Cup Snowboarding event. Finally on the third day I experienced the figure skating. Each of these events, were in separate locations. Over all the drive and access was more than reasonable leading up to these games.

Snowboard FIS, World Cup Competition

What a fabulous way to start the snowboard FIS, World Cup competition at Pheonix Park Resort. I am very familiar with snowboarders and what they are seeking when it comes to facilities. On this occasion I was watching the half pipe event. What better feedback to really appreciate what Pyeongchang has done, than to ask the athletes themselves.

Shaun White Snow Boarder

I ran into legendary snowboarder Shaun White from Canada. Who has had many years of experience around the globe and understands what is needed to produce the perfect half pipe.  In his own words

“The pipe is amazing right now, to be honest it one of the best for the year”.

Scotty James Snowboarder

I also asked Scotty James from Australia what he thought of the half pipe. After speaking to Scotty, it was brilliant to see him winning the overall competition here in Pyeongchang. In his own words.

“The pipe is awesome here, they have put on an amazing show for us here. The pipe in comparison to other events is absolutely amazing”.

 

Gangneung Figure Skating Events

Because of limited space in Pyeongchang, many athletes and spectators will stay in Gangneung, which is hosting the ice skating events. The stadium looks amazing and was very easy to get access to. There was a huge crowd here when I turned up but the staff and organizers handled everything very well. The seats were comfortable and overall Pyeongchang, will not have an issue hosting the Ice Skating events.

Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium

When I saw the Ski Jumping Stadium I was terrified. How one earth can these athletes do such a brave sport. The Ski Jumping podium looked amazing and I know once everything has been completed this is certainly one to watch. The Korean people encouraging the athletes before and during their jumps was electrifying regarding atmosphere. The drum playing is certainly a nice cultural way to support the up and comping Winter Olympics. This facility is a familiar place among Koreans. You can head to the 90m tall ski jump lounge for gorgeous views.

Alpine skiing and figure skating are also among 26 competitions to be held at Olympic venues before the end of April, a hectic and challenging schedule for the hosts. However once again I want to reaffirm that the South Koreans have an amazing history when it comes to pioneering new things. This challenge for them is what I can see is an effortless walk in the park. The organizers are keen, positive and hard working. I am confident everything will be completed well and truly before schedule.

 

New Events To Be Featured

Just as exciting are the new events that will be featured in Pyeongchang. These new competitions are making a debut in 2018 include: snowboarding big air, curling mixed doubles, speed skating mass start and Alpine skiing team.

Phoenix Park Hotel And Condo

I stayed at the Phoenix Park Hotel and Condo for two days in the condo section. It was clean, spacious and had easy access to both the hotel and the ski resort. Depending on budgets there were plenty of budget and luxury choices. There was an option to cook yourself and if you want to you can eat breakfast at the hotel part. The bed was comfortable and the internet was super fast, this is South Korea. It had everything you needed for washing your clothes to ironing. It was a perfect place to stay with a group. It is close to all the shops, restaurants in fact you’re right in the thick of things.

Make sure you bring your own toiletry goods to ensure your condo stay is special.

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L’Appart Bangkok – French Rooftop Dining With Amazing Skyline Views http://www.menstylefashion.com/lappart-bangkok-dine-on-the-34th-floor-with-amazing-skyline-views/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/lappart-bangkok-dine-on-the-34th-floor-with-amazing-skyline-views/#respond Sun, 07 Jan 2018 12:48:12 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=71258 I spend a month in Bangkok exploring where to stay and where to eat and where to shop. On quiet a few occasions people told me I had to go L’Appart restaurant at the Sofitel Sukhumvit for its views of Bangkok, if not for a meal then at least go for a cocktail. I decided to combine the experience of L’Appart with a stay at the Sofitel Sukhumvit.

L’Appart is located on the 34th floor right of the Sofitel Sukhumvit with chef Nicolas Basset at the helm. This Parisian Haussmann style design restaurant features a luxurious and charming lounge the exact setting and layout as pied-a-terre back in Paris. It all looked very authentic and if I was not looking outside a would have though a was in Paris. The seating area combined with a library and many eating places is unusual indeed and very unique in Bangkok.

Outside Roof Terrace

Outside there is great roof terrace where I could enjoy the amazing skyline views. It was a warm and balmy night and I decided to have a cocktail with a starter here. But first I had to take these awesome skyline pictures.

Artisan French Platter – Saucisson, Dry Aged Ham, Rillettes, Cheese, Campagne Bread

Kitchen Dining Experience

As I continued my journey, I went to the state of the art open red kitchen in where I was hosted by Australian chef Mark and his team to take a table in the kitchen, to sample some more food from the a la carte menu.

L’Appart had a introduced a new menu not so long ago and what I liked that the menu had icons in front of some of the menu items indicating that it would do well for food photography. Yes in the current day and age it is not only what you eat but also how it looks like on photo when you want to impress your friends via social media.

My Italian blood could not resist the idea of eating the home-made truffle ravioli so I had to squeeze that in before going for some snap happy dishes. It was lovely.

Home-made Truffle Raviolis, Mushroom Velouté, Pancetta

The chef recommended I tried the smoked Octopus, he gave me ample of time to get the one camera filming and another camera ready for photos. What came out was a wooden plate with a glass cover filled with smoke. As he lifted the cover the smoke would slowly disappear revealing the smoked octopus.

Smoked Atlantic Octopus, Ratte Potatoes, Black Garlic Aioli

This is such a Mediterranean dish it was perfect with a nice smoked flavour.

Next in line I tasted another “Camera First Dish” the Ribbons of Wagyu Beef with Poached Foie-gras and Dashi-style Consommé.

To finish of I had to have a coffee but also the Tiramisu which on was live made in front of me. This was another dish that loves to filmed.

 

Conclusion

Dining at l’Appart was a fabulous experience, being entertained by the kitchen team to observe how the dishes where prepared that I tasted. This relaxed experience is a fabulous way to entertain family and friends. Also I loved to learn how East meets West here in Bangkok. Being served exquisite dishes in this setting was a very memorable way to enjoy the finer things in life.

If I thought this was a unique, the access to the outdoor terrace which captures 360 panoramic views of Bangkok’s vibrant skyline, makes it even better. It is truly one of the best rooftop eating gems in Bangkok. Bangkok has an endless amount of eating options however not many hotels offer such a rooftop eating experience. One I would highly recommend doing.

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Catwalks – How Disconnected Are They For Menswear? http://www.menstylefashion.com/catwalks-disconnected-menswear/ http://www.menstylefashion.com/catwalks-disconnected-menswear/#respond Fri, 05 Jan 2018 02:03:47 +0000 http://www.menstylefashion.com/?p=69441 Why in the last two years has MenStyleFashion not attended a menswear fashion week around the globe? Should we with over 900,000 followers across all our social media dedicated for menswear, and recently ranked as the third best Mens Fashion blogs from thousands of top Mens Fashion blogs in the world. 

Why did this image go viral? Why did it get over 7 million views, 750,000 comments and 18,000 shares?

Why Are We Not At Catwalks?

Over the last few months I have tried to find out what the most engaging post are for MenStyleFashion’s social media. And, it all comes down to the following. With over 155,000 people reached in less than 24 hours of Facebook, MenStyleFashion’s  followers are truly commanding how disconnected fashion weeks have become as seen by the comments. I am known as the female voice for menswear since 2011, therefore it is important I continue to understand what my followers are seeking regarding men’s fashion.

For me catwalks are not only the true back bone of where menswear fashion trends are heading and what my followers want to buy into.

On this occasion and on many occasions, my followers are hating what they are seeing on the runway shows for men in 2017. Why is it that the designers are looking after the shock effect more apposed to what men are wanting to buy into?

Your Fashion Opinion Please?

Yesterday late afternoon, I placed the following image on our Facebook. It’s important to understand that MenStyleFashion is a platform in where anyone, any fashion brand can promote, highlight and share their fashion opinion. All we simply do is ask the same question day in and day out. Your #fashion opinion please? #WeShowYouHow

So why has this image below attracted over 2000 negative comments and 257 shares, towards the designers way of showcasing his collection on the catwalk for 2017?  I encourage anyone to take the time to read the people’s reaction.

 

My passion since 2011, is to encourage any man, of any age to dress well and creatively. It is clear on this occasion, that this catwalk clearly demonstrates, the disconnection towards fashion weeks and what men and women are wanting to buy into regarding their personal style.

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