Friday, July 30, 2010

Bird's Nest






Banana Republic blouse, H&M shorts, Nine West Wedges, LV tote, Fossil Bangle

Birds often never return to nest once they've learned to fly. I, for one, love visiting Beijing - my birthplace and my "original" nest. I spent 5 years of my childhood in the capital of China. But now, I find it hard to keep up with Beijing's constant progress when the humble landmarks I used to recognize seem to be overshadowed by the waves of trendy shopping areas and skyscrapers being built every 2 years. From the famed Forbidden City to futuristic highrises, Beijing is a true blend of traditional and modern, and is home to nearly 20 million people! J and I fully embraced both the old and the new by playing nerdy tourists for most of the trip. This was my first time at the National Stadium, aka "Bird's Nest" since it was built for the 2008 Olympics. Despite the hazy weather condition, the structure more than impressed me. I can only imagine what it must have been like to be there during the summer games.

I love packing shorts during my travels for the endless options. Pairing them with different tops can create multiple looks, whereas one dress is often just one look and it takes up a little more room in the suitcase. I paired these neutral H&M shorts with a much needed pop of color in a breathable silk to avoid disappearing into the infamous Beijing haze. Although I'm not a huge fan of monogram, this Louise Vuitton Palermo GM tote was a gift. I've grown to love it for its practicality. The size and shape is perfect for everyday use, and it's also an iconic print and a "forever" bag. I could definitely see my future granny self wobbling down the street sporting this!

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37 comments:

tessatham said...

That's exactly how I feel about Singapore. It's become too "modern" for my liking. Love the pop of colour from your top girl! And looking great as always ;) xx

Marinka said...

I love your look,and Beijing seems like a really nice city..I wish I could visit it some day!

It Girl (Anya) said...

You look lovely here. Last time I was in Beijing, Bird's Nest was still under construction. I really loved the city, especially seeing the traditional hutong (excuse my spelling) homes in contrast with modern condos. It's an interesting mix.

I like the LV tote. Not a fan of a monogram either by that is a lovely classic to own.

lisa said...

You look gorgeous! These H&M shorts do seem quite versatile, and the red shade of your top reminds me of the Tom Ford 'Cherry Lush' lipstick you bought yesterday. I wonder how they'd look together...? J did a great job with the photos too. The smog and heat must've been unbearable, but the smog did make for some gorgeous lighting--there's a soft pearly glow to these photos.

Beautygirl24 said...

I love how you paired everything in this look. You are amazing!

HC! said...

absolutely amazing photos! beijing sounds like a wonderful place to travel, i hope i can go there one day :)

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nicole said...

The blouse is a gorgeous pop of colour and I love how it matches your manicure! Welcome back dear, sounds like you had fun on your trip. Great photos too, I have never been overseas to Asia but I hope to one day! I like the size and shape of the tote, but like you, not a fan of the monogram. Hope to see you around soon! xo

stilettolover91 said...

Great look!!!

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Delmy said...

lovely!

libys11 said...

the red just pops!! :D love this whole outfit!! the pictures are amazing!! :D

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Sher said...

Oh I really love your high waisted paperbag shorts! So adorable:)

xx

Dina's Days said...

Beautiful photos. I saw a pair of shorts similar to those today and I'm mad I put them back. They look great!

cherie said...

your beijing photos are lovely and i love the pop of red on your blouse.

Lainey said...

How do you like your canon? I want a new camera and was curious. Anyway, I love the shorts. I need shorts like that.

Moodswings said...

love the look especially the top. its bright but not too bright, it just adds a hint of colour and it looks great!!!

mimi said...

your outfit is amazing!! i love everything :)

itsgoodtobepham said...

I love the pairing of the two together; your shorts & blouse. I love how the red stands out completely. I hope you had an amazing time in Shanghai. I've never been to Asia, myself!

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mellisa said...

love your shorts!! i always bring shorts for travelling :)

VersaStyle said...

yay you're back!! i want to see all your pics and hear all about it!
xx

The F Word Online said...

cute outfit girl ! love your nails.

xx lue

Helena from BrooklynBlonde said...

You look gorgeous!! And khaki paired with red is one of my favorite combos!


xx,
Helena
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MizzJ said...

I like how your top matches your nails! Very cute and practical tourist outfit.

blivbook said...

WOW! Love the outfit and your blog!

Cheers, B & Liv
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Jennifer said...

Love the pop of color against the neutral palette.

xo jennfer

The Owl's Closet said...

wow, i'm so envious of ur trip and u got to see the bird's nest!:) i love this outfit! thank u for sharing ur trip with us:)

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Lust Sin Deceit ~ Karen-Yen said...

I've been a silent follower of your blog for a while and have finally decided to post comments!! :) I have to say that I love your style it always seems so effortless and chic. I really love the color combination of this outfit.

aliciafashionista said...

You look gorgeous Coco xoxo

Terri said...

Keep the blogs coming your looks are so inspirational.

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Glamour Bbey. said...

Love your bag! I bought myself a bag today :D

a bit coquettish said...

Amazing, amazing shots. I love your outfit and style - simplistic sophistication is the way to go!

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Susan said...

I love this look! have fun :)
xoxo

Miri said...

Great photos! I want to visit Beijing so much, it looks like am amazing place xx

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Erin said...

i love neutrals with a bright pop of colour! those shorts are super cute!

Electro Geisha said...

this is one bad ass and impressive building in the back. wow. and yes, in summer time, shorts are a must have. i just recently came back from vacation, and shorts were an essential piece...

Dexter said...

You look superb, thanks for the pictures of this impressive building!

glamirrorous.com said...

I would love to visit Beijing! The pictures are great and your outfit adorable. Especially like the red silk top.

xoxo Sandra
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qbubblegum9966 said...

I love your bag! I feel like I like looking at other people with Louis Vuitton bags then buying one for myself because I feel I would not be careful with the patina of the bag.

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