Tea at Four Seasons Beijing

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Last month I had the pleasure of enjoying afternoon tea at the Four Seasons Beijing. In the center of the hotel there is a gorgeous Butterfly Wall and beneath it sits the Tea Garden. Guests can enjoy tea while waiting for spa treatments, dinner reservations or even browsing JUMA’s retail shop. JUMA is a brand that turns cultural drawings and photographs into playful and distorted prints. The brand has scarves, socks, painted leather bags, women’s clothing and, most recently, a menswear line. In honor of the new menswear line I’m wearing a blue suit paired with printed socks and a painted leather folio bag all by JUMA. The fabric is really soft! I’m excited to share another look from our collaboration in the coming weeks as well as a project with Lifestyle China. If you’re going to be in Beijing, stop in to see the JUMA store at the Four Seasons Beijing or browse/shop on the company’s eCommerce site.

Shirt: Marcella Custom | Sunglasses: Carrera | Belt: Muston & Co | Shoes: Paul Drish

Suit, socks and bag: JUMA

Photography: George Evan

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Tea Ceremony at Dr. Tea

Ahhh after a stimulating time at the Great Wall, George, Mollie and I went to Dr. Tea in Chinatown, Beijing for a tea ceremony. China likes to promote tea culture to foreigners and pays for the tea house to operate, which meant free tea for us! Our awesome tea expert took us through some of the teas they sell at Dr. Tea. We tasted jasmine tea, which is great for mornings or early afternoons. Olong tea is the most common tea in China – I bought some to bring home to my mom – and it was delicious! It leaves a slight earthy aftertaste. Yum. We also enjoyed a sweet tea made entirely of dried fruits and a few others.

To ensure purified and steeped to perfection, little “pee pee boys” pee when water is hot enough to make tea safely. The little figurines are cute… I’ll let you google that one.

Suit: Krammer & Stoudt | Sweater: DKNY | Scarf: American Trench | Sunglasses: Prada

Watch: Seiko Astron GPS Solar

Photography: George Evan

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The Great Wall

What can I say… going to the Great Wall of China has been on my bucket list for quite some time. The morning of our trip a driver picked us up from Jinsong and we headed North to the Great Wall. After an hour or so we arrived to tour the wall! Normally a very crowded  section, David (the driver/tour guide) said it wouldn’t be crowded since it’s winter. YAY! BURRR! Riding to the wall was really cool because we got to see the outskirts of Beijing. There were intimate villages and this HUGE fruit statue. We drove past that statue fast – wish we stopped to snap some pics. Once at the Great Wall we took a ski lift to the top. Mollie and I were a little freaked out (not the best with open heights), but we managed! It was so beautiful looking at the mountains from such a historic structure. My feet are dangling in one of the photos above . Can you see them? :) We walked about and hiked up stairs for an hour or so and then it was time to toboggan! Yes, toboggan. To get down the mountain there is a metal toboggan slide path. I decided to go first and am glad I did because Mollie’s sweater got stuck… and then George had to help her get unstuck while going down the mountain! They were fine and we all made it down safely. We finished by enjoying a supreme pizza at one of the local food spots.

To stay warm and comfortable I wore Krammer& Stoudt’s Belmondo travel suit. It’s so soft and luxurious, I unashamedly wore it multiple times later in the trip… I accessorized with a beanie, scarf and socks from American Trench and packed some extra goodies (another small jacket, chapstick, a camera etc) in the Cote & Ciel backpack.

Since we had a pretty tight schedule (after this we went to a tea ceremony and then the Summer Palace only to wake up the next morning and fly to Sanya!), my Seiko Astron GPS Solar watch came in handy! It’s powered by all kinds of light so I didn’t have to worry about it running out of power. With the gorgeous blue skys there was tons of natural light to keep it going. Thank you Beijing for not being smoggy during our travels!

Suit: Krammer & Stoudt | Sweater: DKNY | Shoes: Tsubo | Jacket: Andrew Marc

Backpack: Cote & Ciel | Beanie, Scarf and Socks: American Trench | Sunglasses: Prada (both)

Next up: Dr. Tea tea ceremony!

Photography: George Evan

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Travel, Travel

WOW. WOW. WOW. What a year 2015 has been so far! I just got back from China this week. The trip was amazing. I was hoping to update my site while there, but the trip was so packed full of projects, photo shoots and fun that I didn’t have time! Currently going through photos and will start posting images from the trip next week! These are a few snaps from an event I hosted in Philadelphia back in September. The concept for the shoot was about a traveler who stays at luxe hotels and packs comfortable, yet stylish looks for his travels. Fitting for the series of posts I’m about to share from my China travels! Looking forward to a fantastic 2015. As always I’d love to know more about you. Feel free to comment with your thoughts below. Have a great weekend!!

Photography: Haley Cairo

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