When in London – Do’s and Don’ts

When in London – Do’s and Don’ts

Hey Everyone!

Today’s post is a bit different and the reason for that is because I have encountered so many aggravating practices and I just have to talk about them. So this is a post for all my fellow Londoners and people who are planning to visit the city and hopefully it will make everyone’s life easier.

First of all, these are not just “in my opinion cases” but they are also not strict rules.

Walking around

London is a beautiful city to just walk around in. The architecture is great, you can take lots of pictures and it is best to explore it while the sun is shining. But London is a huge city, and with that comes the enormous population which is constantly growing. Also, we as Londoners are always in a hurry, but who isn’t nowadays? And I can tell definitely there is nothing worse than encountering a group of people (tourists or not tourists) who just wander around in zig-zags and you basically have to plan everything strategically in order to somehow get ahead of them. So my advice is, please pay attention to your surroundings.

Public Transport

Let us start with the escalators. I think the rule on how to take the escalators is pretty much the same as in any other city. Stand on the right side or walk on the left side oh and do not block the left side of the escalator especially during the rush hour.

When taking the tube or a bus, please take off your backpack and hold it in your hand. Most of the people do it but sometimes there’s always that one person who thinks they will be rebellious or something and you know what, when there’s space to do it, be my guest. But if the space is getting more crowded, just take it off.

Bumping into someone

Just say sorry, that’s all it takes.

Queuing

When you see a queue forming, do not jump ahead. It is very rude and annoying. Get in line.

Covent Garden and  Leicester Square

This is a classic but still, taking the tube between Covent Garden and Leicester square is like ordering a taxi and telling the driver to take you down the street for 300 metres, literally.

Carrying your personal items

I’d suggest avoiding having anything in your back pocket cause there are pickpockets throughout the city, especially at popular places.

 

I know this might sound like a post against tourists but it is not. I love seeing how everyone tries to get the best shot of themselves while standing on the pavement on Regent Street, I like it when people are amused by the architecture, and it is very good to know that London is a destination where people want to come, so everyone is welcome here, just a bit more attention is required and everything will be easier.

See you next week,

Abel.

Dealing with New Year’s resolutions

Dealing with New Year’s resolutions

Hey Guys and Happy New year!!!

Hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones. Today I am sharing with you my views on New Year’s resolutions. I think December is a very intense month. You have all the holidays happening and just when you can take a deep breath and relax, the New Year is just around the corner. So we start to reflect on everything we have done in the past year and we surely find something that we want to change in the upcoming year. This is also amplified probably by the people around you asking the question – “What is your resolution for the new year?”- it is like we are bound to have resolutions and we mostly do. Whatever that might be, let us be honest, you kickstart the year with motivation and you hit the gym, start something new, care more about your love life but after three months everything is gone because you don’t have the time or you just wanted faster results.

I think this problem is because of our mindset. I can’t even tell you how many resolutions I had and after a while, I was just like – I don’t care. But last year my resolution was different. I said – “I am not going to stress about my resolutions. I won’t put a time limit on my goals and I will not care about the pressure.” Then I have written down my goals and one of my main objectives was to lose weight. However, I did not hit the gym cause I get bored in minutes but I started to walk every day. As the time was passing, I just increased the distance I was walking and without even noticing it, I have lost a bunch of kilos in a year. And this happened while I was not stressing on this at all. So my advice for your resolutions is :

  • Do not stress about it
  • Do not put pressure on yourself
  • The beginning of the year is a good motivator but you have to remember that your resolutions are long-term plans
  • Enjoy yourself, it should not be painful and it should not feel as a burden
  • Starting a diary where you write every day can help to keep track of the progress

I wish that all of you start the new year with joy and happiness and good luck with your resolutions.

See you soon,

Abel.

Should you follow trends?

Should you follow trends?

Hey Guys!

How are you doing? A couple of weeks ago I was doing some shopping on ASOS. I mostly bought some basic navy and black sweaters and jeans but I also added a burgundy corduroy overshirt into my basket (I will link it below). I didn’t even think about it that much until I actually received my order. Corduroy, velour, and cable knit are on trend right now along with colours like burgundy, moss green, and camel and no matter which retailer you shop at, whether online or offline, you will find these types of fabrics and colours. But back to the story. I tried the overshirt and it was actually really nice but I couldn’t help myself because I realised that I used to hate corduroy. The last time I had something made out of that fabric was 15 years ago when my Mom got me a pair of trousers and I hated it. So I asked myself the question. – Do I like it because it is on trend?

Following this chain of thoughts, I just sat down and started to think about trends. Are we obliged to follow the trends of the seasons? I didn’t really get to a conclusion so I decided to wear the overshirt the next day. The next day when I was on my way to uni I saw about 10-13 men wearing similar burgundy jackets and overshirts and all of those pieces were corduroys. I actually felt a bit weird, to be honest. When I finally saw my friends, I received a lot of compliments that I looked good, the shirt is amazing and all that stuff. So yeah, I guess if we seek the approval of others, following the trends is a way of getting that but I was not seeking anyone’s approval. I am pretty confident about my style and what I put on each day even if someone doesn’t like it. I just simply don’t care. When I got home, I looked at the shirt and I was like, yeah, this actually looks good but you won’t see me walking on the streets wearing corduroy trousers.

You might be thinking, okay so what do I make out of this post? I think the answer is pretty clear. Ask yourself who are you dressing for. Are you dressing for yourself, your friends, or your partner? When you have the answer, you can make the decisions when you are shopping. Please note, there’s nothing wrong with following or not following the trends, I was just simply curious. If the trend matches your individual preferences, go for it and if not, you know what they say –c’est la vie. 

The below links are for some corduroy shirts that I think are good. I do own products from those brands, and I will always recommend items from brands that I know.

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Mr.Porter (Folk) – 135£

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Uniqlo – 24.90£

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See you soon,

Abel.

 

Dealing with writer’s block and finding inspiration

Dealing with writer’s block and finding inspiration

Hey Guys!

It has been a while. I hope all of you are doing well. When I looked at the blog today, I was shocked that my previous post was 22 days ago and this got me thinking. First of all, let me clear some air. I don’t just write posts here. I write short stories, longer ones that are still in the making and occasionally, I write music lyrics as well. So I began to think about the past three weeks and all the stuff I did, and the answer was there. I am probably encountering writer’s block. Writer’s block is something that you will experience if you write a lot. It is basically a state when you don’t have many ideas, you are out of inspiration and you just can’t write or if you do, it will be something very general. Also if you are a blogger, you would find it pretty hard to get inspiration. So this is what has been happening with me, but no worries, because I immediately thought that I should write a post about how to deal with it and also how to get inspiration when you are stuck. (this is not the first time I have writer’s block)

Tips to overcome writer’s block

  • stop for a bit and reflect, there’s nothing wrong if you need to take some time
  • don’t think about it too much, you’ll get lost
  • don’t panic, keep calm
  • read something you like – I like to read a lot of fiction. I think it just reopens the gates of creativity when they are locked
  • do something you normally wouldn’t do – I did some sketching
  • this might sound cheesy, but just don’t walk away from writing, everything will get back on track

Tips to get inspiration

Now whether you live in a busy city or a small town, there are ways to get inspiration out of anything

  • go for a long walk – No music, no texting, no friends, just go out and think
  • observe everything – the cars, the people, nature, the buildings
  • sit down for a nice meal even if you are alone
  • listen to some music – something you like and enjoy
  • cook something new – this is one of my favourite ones. sometimes I just go to the store and pick up a bunch of random stuff and then I try to combine them together and yes, occasionally I fail but that is just life
  • do a weekend getaway – it doesn’t have to be Paris or any major city. something you can afford
  • write down all the ideas that come to your mind

I know I have separated these tips but honestly, all the tips I mentioned work for both of these problems and I do not guarantee everything will work for you but I hope it helps a bit. At the end of the day, we are all different.

See you soon,

Abel.

New Gear from Japan

New Gear from Japan

Hey everyone! How are you doing?

Sorry for the missed Mondays post but I was at Sziget festival and I actually tried to take pictures there, but they are way too blurry. Today I decided to show you guys the stuff that I got from Japan. It has been a while since I talked about fashion. Now, here I only show two out of the 4 pieces because I am planning an outfit with the rest. They’ll look better that way. But you can already see that the clothes I got are black. I know, where is the colour? I am all about colour and I try to not to wear black. I think people especially in the fashion industry, tend to wear black a lot more. I mean it always looks good, it makes you look thinner etc.

But the reason behind my shopping is that I was actually missing some basic stylish pieces. If you look at my wardrobe, you are going to see colours and patterns but besides black jeans and chinos, I don’t even have a black shirt. I just realised that.

 

Givenchy leather sneakers

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Leather sneakers have become an essential wardrobe piece throughout the years. All the brands from high street to luxury have them in their collections. Black or white it doesn’t really matter. They are stylish and very versatile. You can dress these down and up as well. I went for Givenchy because they do have many options in terms of sneakers. They do have these with a white sole too and if you choose white leather, you can play with the heel tab colours. I think the options were, blue, white and red.

 

Bottega Veneta leather bracelet

 

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I am not really a mens jewellery guy. Especially not silver and gold, but I always liked leather bracelets, so I finally decided to get one. And where to go for leather? Why not Bottega Veneta? They are still a luxury brand with their signature knotted leather accessories. Of course, this brand is also a pricey one.

If you don’t have the resources or you are just not willing to spend too much on leather jewellery, I would go with Fossil. A lot of my friends (guys and girls as well) do have leather accessories from Fossil, and it is a very good brand.

The other two products that you can actually see in the first picture are a Comme des Garcons bag and a kimono robe. These will be featured in my future outfit post probably next week.

Hope all is good and everyone is enjoying the week.

See you on Saturday,

The Fashion Eclectic.

Farewell Japan! What’s next?

Farewell Japan! What’s next?

Hey Guys!

The time has come to say goodbye. I’m sad and happy at the same time. This month has been crazy, to be honest. I met some new people from different countries, and I also did an internship at a fashion PR company.

This post is sort of a summary of my experience in Japan. Also, I’ll link all the posts related to Japan down below.

Japan is an interesting and weird country if you are examining it through a European eye. I think it is very important to be open minded if you experience a totally different culture. If you come here for a longer period of time (at least a month), the first week is the hardest. This is the time when you get the culture shock. Don’t worry, it will go away. Try to understand the things that you experience. Research the culture if needed, there are a plenty of blogs and articles out there. I’m not getting into specifics for a reason. After I talked to a couple of the people I met here, I realised that all of us have had different thoughts about something being weird or unusual, so it really depends on you. Some of you might find it weird that there is no talking on the phone while taking the train, or you might find the whole hierarchical system a bit odd. It really comes down to the individual and its beliefs.

If you come here to do an internship, you’ll experience the hierarchical system. This was a tough one. You are expected to do a lot, I myself sometimes stayed at work for more than it was agreed. But there are good aspects as well. You learn how to be precise, how to use your time efficiently, and your work will be appreciated, but not in the beginning. That’s just how it works here.

If you missed the posts about Japan

  1. First day
  2. Edo-Tokyo Museum
  3. The East Gardens of The Imperial Palace
  4. Ichiran Ramen
  5. The Meiji Shrine
  6. Dominique Ansel Bakery
  7. Coco Curry
  8. Shopping in Tokyo
  9. Okonomiyaki
  10. 3D Latte Art Caffe
  11. Franzé & Evans London
  12. Shaved Ice and Fluffy Pancakes
  13. Traveling Tips for Japan

 

And now it’s time to relax and have fun a bit. My first stop is Budapest and the Sziget Festival, or you may know it as The Island of Freedom. I’m going to visit some friends and we are just going to party and have fun.

Hope you are all doing good.

See you on Monday,

The Fashion Eclectic.

Traveling Tips For Japan

Traveling Tips For Japan

Hello everyone!

Today’s post will be very low on pictures because I really want to focus on the tips that I’m giving. Also, I’m going to try to make everything as simple as possible and I will use Tokyo as the starting point. Let’s start.

Airports

When you are flying to Tokyo, you have two options. You either fly to Narita airport which is a bit further from Tokyo, or you fly to Haneda airport, only 30 minutes away from the centre. Getting to Tokyo from the airports it’s super easy with trains and obviously, there are cabs as well, which usually operate at a fixed rate when you travel between the airport and a particular district.

 

Public transport

Now you will find the public transport confusing. Why is that? It is because there are several different companies that have trains. First, there is the Tokyo Metro, then you have the Toei Subway, then the JR trains (these usually travel outside Tokyo as well), and then you have other railway companies which connect Tokyo with other prefectures. I hope you can see what I meant by confusing. Don’t worry, take a deep breath and make sure you have an app downloaded about the public transport here and get the most important thing that’s going to be your friend while you are here, the Pasmo or Suica card. It doesn’t matter which one you’ll get, but you need one. This card is amazing! You just top it up and you are good to go. By the way, you can also pay with it at vending machines and stores too.IMG_7268

The language barrier

This might shock you but the official language of Japan is……Japanese. I would suggest that you start learning some basic terminologies and sentences because most of the people still don’t speak English. Even if they do understand what you are saying, they will probably reply in Japanese.

 

Eating out

Tokyo is filled with restaurants. There are tiny restaurants, international restaurants, restaurants that specialise in a particular type of dish like okonomiyaki etc. One thing to remember, if you see a queue forming at a tiny restaurant, that’s the indicator of good food but usually, those restaurants won’t have an English menu, so get ready.

 

Nightlife

Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Roppongi, these are the areas where most of the nightlife is. I actually live in Shibuya and I have 5 different bars just around the corner. What I see is that beer and craft beer places are a thing, which is good news if you like beer. For those of you who don’t, there is a plenty of cocktail bars and clubs as well. A word of caution, be careful in Roppongi and Kabukicho. There are some bars that are directly aimed at tourists and they don’t want anything more than you r money. These places will have someone outside trying to be really friendly with you. They will invite you in and if you don’t see any prices on the menu or anywhere, it is better to walk away before you get yourself into trouble. Yes, Japan is a super safe country but that doesn’t mean that there are no bad people here.

 

Currency

Although at most places you can pay by card, I think Japan is still a cash country, so make sure you have some Japanese Yen with you all the time.

Do’s and Don’ts

Do not talk on your phone while traveling on the train

Do not talk very loudly when using public transport

Do not eat and walk at the same time unless it’s ice cream

Do carry a small plastic bag with you, because there will be times when there won’t be any trash can

Do line up while waiting for the train

Do not tip, tipping is not common

Do try to speak Japanese, it’s fun

Do not smoke while you are walking, smoking is only allowed at designated areas

Do remember that you are in a completely different country and try to be open about it

 

When is the best time to visit Japan

I think Spring would be the greatest just because of the cherry blossoms, but Autumn is nice as well. The big no no is summer. I know, I made that mistake now but never again.

I hope this post clarifies some things about Japan. If you have more questions, do comment and I will answer them.

See you on Saturday,

The Fashion Eclectic.