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Exploring Shanghai 2014

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I had an amazing time in China! I stayed with family in Shanghai, China most of the time, but we also took little trips to nearby smaller towns: Suzhou and Ningbo. (More on that later!)

I really enjoyed sightseeing at the Bund (with the view of the waterfront and Oriental Pearl Tower), Nanjing Lu and other famous shopping streets, beautiful malls, lovely botanical gardens, and Wild Animal Park (Z00), where we got to see lions, tigers/white tigers, cheetahs and bears up close in their natural habitat! Here are some photos from my adventures:

The Bund

The Bund

Shopping Street with the Best Bargains

Shopping Street with the Best Bargains

Purchases: Michael Kors & Dior handbags; Tea; Paris notebooks; London scarf

Purchases: Michael Kors & Dior handbags; Tea; Paris notebooks; London scarf

Mall

Mall

Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

Close up of Tiger at Wild Animal Park

Close up of Tiger at Wild Animal Park

Feeding Baby White Tiger at Wild Animal Park

Feeding Baby White Tiger at Wild Animal Park

Family in China

Family in China

I will be adding more photos and stories of my experience in China soon!

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Brooklyn Night Bazaar

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It’s not often that I venture into Brooklyn, but when I heard about the Brooklyn Night Bazaar “A night market and concert space that brings together independent vendors, musicians, chefs and artists,” I knew I had to experience it for myself. The Bazaar is located in a warehouse in Greenpoint, open on Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm to midnight. Admission is free, but it’s a good idea to get there a little early because there will be a line and they stagger entry. There was still quite a decent sized line when I left around 9pm.

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Upon entering the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, you’re hit with an array of lights, color, hip and cool clothes, jewelry and other merchandise. We headed in toward the back where we were met with a barrage of food vendors, such as The Morris Truck (grilled cheese), The Lobster Joint, Oaxaca Taqueria, and Arancini Bros (rice balls). The first thing I had to try was the only $5 lobster slider from The Lobster Joint and it was delicious. I’m usually not a huge fan of lobster rolls because I dislike cold lobster, but this slider was not super chilled. The lobster was fresh and tasted full of flavor, with the perfect amount of mayo and accompanying coleslaw.

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I also had to get myself a bubble tea drink from Tea n’ Milk. I chose the iced Chai House Special with tapioca pearls. The tea was brewed fresh and tasted wonderful. I enjoyed it with the thick, sweet condensed milk and the sprinkling of cinnamon.

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Then I got to try some mac and cheese with truffle that was pan fried and then breaded & fried on top of that! This was a heaping dish of pure yummyness, along with the sauce they added to it. It was perfectly crispy, juicy, cheesy and completely fattening and indulgent.

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I couldn’t resist trying the lamb bun after seeing the lamb roasting slowly in front of my eyes. It came with sweet dark brown sauce, pomegranate seeds, parsley. It unfortunately did not taste as wonderfully as I had expected and ended up liking the pork bun quite a bit more.

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I was able to taste a few other items: Thin crust sausage pizza (tasty), risotto rice ball (decent), truffle grilled cheese sandwich (divine), and much later, some ice cream. I chose two flavors: Vanilla caramel and tres leches. Both turned out to be delightful, smooth, sweet, rich and complimented one another. The tres leches even had pieces of tres leches cake swirled in, which took it to the next level of deliciousness.

I spent some time checking out the vendors, which were all wonderful and unique in their own way. Some of my favorites were BlissfulCASE (pale pink glitter for your cell phone, anyone?), Milly & Earl (nautical-themed and other gorgeously designed jewelry), Strumpet (sassy retro-style apparel) and more.

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There was one vendor that had cool books that were transformed into clocks.

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Besides all the food and shopping, there was an area for live performances. Several different bands performed throughout the evening, adding an awesome element to the whole experience. Also, there’s a section for mini golf, complete with neon lights, disco balls, a huge cut out of Glinda the Good Witch, a zebra, and more!  There’s even table tennis!

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The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is something new, creative, full of life with trendy vendors, art, food, music and more! It’s great to go with a group of friends or just your bestie and can be an adventure that doesn’t break the bank, as it is easy to share the small bites, mini golf is only $5 and you’re able to choose how much you spend.  Well worth the trip!

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Brooklyn Night Bazaar
165 Banker St
Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Night Bazaar

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Shanghai Fashion & Shopping

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China’s fashion (and shopping) capital is without a doubt, Shanghai! I made sure to stock up on glitter, boots, clothes, purses, beautifully designed hair items, sweet little trinkets and treats, super cute fake tattoos/stickers and more.

What I loved most about it was that if you look beyond the fancy and glittering department stores & the famous street, Nanjing Lu, you will find treasures that cost a fraction of the amount you would’ve paid. Street markets, little shops, famous shopping streets, places that maybe tourists wouldn’t know about were all opened up to me, thanks to my relatives in Shanghai. In most of these places, we were able to bargain and get a great deal on an already affordable price.

At the place below, I picked out a gorgeous pink wallet with sparkly gold and an abstract design, with pale pink interior with plenty of pockets, heart cut outs and a pull out card holder. $5. (Wallet also pictured below.)

What did I buy the most of? Shoes, of course! These glittery boots with high heels look amazing and feel good. $25.

This pair of stylish boots I got are brown with fur trim with sparkle and buckle design that I love and have been wearing almost every day since I’ve gotten back, are just so warm and comfortable. $20.

Below the knee blue boots. Suede-ish material. Silver glitter down the side. Slight heel. Soft. $24.

I bought a lovely new purse that I now sport around everywhere. It’s hot pink, with a bit of pale brown, gold accents, a bit of pale pink sparkle, bow detail and gold heart (of course). $15. And, the much too adorable little pink teddy bear to the right of it is its perfect companion. $3. Except that I don’t actually take it with me everywhere.

I also got to check out cute purses and watches from my relatives who has a small business selling name brand items from her home. I picked the purple-ish pink purse in the back. Free.

And though exorbitantly expensive,  department stores in Shanghai are certainly a sight to be seen.

I enjoyed the store displays… One of my favorites (but far too pricey) was the romantic and poetic clothing brand, Roem:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And of course the gorgeous window displays from stores off the street.

Last, but not least… My favorite ad campaign of Shanghai was Jack Jones which utilizes the gorgeous Orlando Bloom and a beautiful wolf.

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Shanghai Calling

Guess where I’m flying to tomorrow? Hint: If the title  doesn’t give it away, the iconic buildings in the image above should.

Yes! Shanghai, China for a whole month! I will be staying with and visiting family that I haven’t seen for a couple of years. I can’t wait!

It will be so exciting to reconnect with everyone, and there will be so much to do and see! The Bund, Nanjing Lu, China Pavilion from the World Expo, the zoo, riding on the back of motorcycles, gardens, nightlife, trying all kinds of Chinese cuisine, night markets and of course, the shopping. Everything is so much cheaper and I am itching to stock up on glitter, jewelry, clothes, shoes, trinkets, movies, cds and much more.

As WordPress may be blocked in China, I may not be able to post for a month but do not fear! I will be back with stories and pictures galore detailing my adventures in Shanghai. Until then, be well my friends!

XOXO

You know you love me.

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