The New City of Lights

Right now I’m in Chicago and had a few moments of downtime before heading out to dinner and realized I never posted some photos from China! This look was shot in Chaoyangmen, Beijing before getting hot pot for dinner. The archway worked well since the shirt is two layers and almost looks holographic in person! Everyone says New York is the “City of Lights,” however Beijing is The New City of Lights. THERE. ARE. LIGHTS. EVERYWHERE.

Shirt: Peacebird | Pants: Trendiano | Shoes: Paul Drish | Gloves: Men In Cities | fur scarf

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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Simone Rocha Fall 2013

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Fast Five with Marina Makaron

Marina Makaron, owner and designer of Marina Makaron Moscow, is a world traveler, designer, mother, blonde, and all around fun woman! She splits her time between Moscow and Philadelphia, but on occasion stops by her flat in NYC. This creator loves working with different fabrics and has built an empire around her colorful silk pieces.

What’s happening now: Marina just wrapped up her Fall 2013 show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia and is focusing on pushing her current spring collection. Rumor has it that more info on Marina can be found HERE and on her brand page.

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Photo via Facebook

Fast Five:

Ian Michael Crumm: What did you have for breakfast?

Marina Makaron: Coffee with milk and omelet with kolbasi… and cucumbers.

IMC: Whose shoes are you wearing?

MM: Lately – Miu Miu

IMC: What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

MM: I try not to feel guilty; if my body desires excess of something, maybe it knows something I don’t and it’s good for me.

IMC: Where were you last night?

MM: Golf & Yacht Club Pirogovo

IMC: What do you wear to bed?

MM: Commando, Sir

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Photos via Designerz Central 

VIDEO FOR HER LATEST RUNWAY SHOW

Don’t forget to tweet at @MakaronM to tell her how much you love her!

-IMC

House of Holland Fall 2013

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Images via House of Holland