• Style & Beauty
    I’m picky when it comes to jewellery and to make matters worse, my …
    View Post
  • Travel
    Jaipur is my favourite city in India. Welcome to the ‘pink city’. I&…
    View Post
  • Travel
    Welcome to my guide to Agra, the city after Delhi on the golden triangle tour. …
    View Post
  • Travel
    India is fascinating. At every turn: whether shocking, enlightening or confusing, there is a scene …
    View Post
  • Style & Beauty
    Is it me or does Black Friday start earlier & earlier, each year? I’…
    View Post
  • 5   1040
    5   1103
    12   1150
    28   1664
    34   1682
    20   1095
    51   1162
    65   1139

    The Wong Shop

    How I buy, layer & store my jewellery

    I’m picky when it comes to jewellery and to make matters worse, my skin hates fakes. My earlobes can’t last half an hour in non-sterling. A confirmation that the luxury life chose me. (Ha I’m kidding, I wish).

    I come armed (heh get it?) with Jewellery from Muru — a British brand that I would love for you to meet.

    Muru is a London-based, designer jewellery brand. Each piece is unparalleled and reflects an aspiration such as love, protection or positivity. Real carats of high-quality silver and gold ensure no allergic reactions (tried and tested — Wong approved).

    How to buy jewellery

    I love jewellery with meaning — pieces that carry stories. One of my fondest memories are feeding elephants, and I have a nelly pendent from the Cambodian night market to remember that moment. The aim is to build a collection that lives with you for a long time. Look for connection, sparkle, and flaws that won’t annoy you later. I feel naked without my signature jewellery!

    Focus on peculiar (this is different for everyone) shaped pendants, that has vibrant colour and tone. Don’t just buy into something because it’s a trend – if it doesn’t feel like you, then it’s not for you. I love symbolic charms; they’re a way of making pieces personal. Go with your first instinct and don’t second guess yourself.

    Everyone has different affiliations with jewellery. It’s personal taste, and it’s perfectly fine to grow out of a piece too!

    Layering

    More often than not, you’ll get compliments on your jewellery, rather than your outfit. I’ve grown to realise how much difference it makes to your overall anaesthetic in terms of style.

    I like to layer my dainty jewellery. When you stack and continue to add to your favourites over the years, you’ll see they all end up working together.

    I tend to buy a long chain piece like this (16-18″) silver moon necklace to curve the frame for the second piece. For this look, I’ve layered with the (16″) shorter Gold Aphrodite Coin necklace underneath. Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s a sin to wear gold and silver at the same time; this should be thrown out of the rulebook when it comes to light jewellery.

    I love a bit of matchy-matchy, and I picked this bracelet because I’m fascinated by the moon. Muru’s one represents ‘female influence’, and the coin represents love, so I feel like I’ve got a winning combination here.

    Storage

    I get my storage inspiration from the Japanese way of living. I read Marie Kondo’s book and wanted to embrace a system whereby I don’t have any excess items. I occasionally do an audit and sell off the things I haven’t worn in a year. As a lady on the go, I wanted the ease and accessibility. I did have a dangling jewellery stand at one point, but I found that it took up too much room on my desk.

    I keep my jewellery neatly stored in my Muji tray, which I swear by as the best way to keep them maintained. I have my everyday essentials stored in a cushioned tray and the bulkier ones stored separately underneath.

    .

    A quick note before you dash off, I wanted to let you know that I’ve been taking a break from my little space on the internet. It’s been a (finally) fortunate summer for East Asian models which I’ll write about soon. But, I hope I didn’t I miss much?

    If I did, feel free to comment below. I would love to hear from you. What have you been up to?

    Home

    Gifted: Silver Moon Necklace | Moon Bracelet | Gold Aphrodite Coin |

    Follow:

    The Ultimate Travel Guide to Jaipur, India

    Jaipur is my favourite city in India. Welcome to the ‘pink city’. I’m so thrilled that you are here to join me for a sun-soaked, salmon-pink adventure. 

    As the last stop on the golden triangle tour, Jaipur is one of the greatest cities in the world to shop. Alongside an abundance of luxurious hotels, it’s a real-life Aladdin’s cave. Go on a hunt for gemstones and tribal textiles; this is where insiders buy handmade, traditional crafts and design. 

    Right, let’s plan your itinerary!

    1. Amber Fort (Amer Fort)

    Out of all of the attractions in Jaipur, I urge you to see this fort. Okay, it is a drive away, but the devil is in the detail; it’s an architectural goldmine. Prepare for your best pics yet, with intricate detail on the walls and views across the city and countryside. The king lived here with 12 of his wives – and 350 mistresses. Bet he was busy!

    2. Hawal Mahal

    Fun fact: this is a building with a law to stay pink, and I’m here for it. It’s a honeycomb-shaped ‘palace of the winds’ dotted in peekaboo windows. Architectured for the royal women who would watch the street parades from above, the king had many anonymous wives. It’s next door to City Palace so pop over to the following location once you’ve got your Hawal fix.

    3. City Palace

    The royal family once ruled their terra-cotta homeland by painting all of their sandstone buildings. Today, it’s an artistic masterpiece built in the form of courtyards, gardens, gateways and buildings. A striking blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture, this palace represents the richness of Indian history. It’s built right in the centre of the old city, so the journey should be easy-peasy. 

    4. Jantar Mantar

    This one is a bit random, myself and my travel buddy were wondering why they built this here. But, don’t rule it off just yet. It’s the world’s largest stone sundial — I highly recommend a visit for the science, space and astrology enthusiasts. A good one for the kids, I would describe it as an interactive outdoor museum. Nineteen instruments allow you to see planetary positions and how they were used to calculate date and time by the sun’s positioning. There is a craved monument for each star sign. I loved seeing the symbol for Scorpio: intense and romantic. Hmm, that’s almost accurate.

    5. The Iconic Stepwells

    I didn’t manage to fit this one, but I Instastalked other travel bloggers piccies, and they’re beautiful. I luckily managed to find similar steps in Rajasthan, but the Jaipur ones are incredibly popular and a photographer’s dream. It’s a chance to see authentic India, and the surrounding areas, filled with friendly curious locals.

    The places I didn’t get to go but would add to your list: Galta Monkey Temple and Nahargarh Fort. Oh and don’t miss the beautiful palace floating in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake: half of the building is still hovering, but the bottom half is submerged. They’re currently restoring it so you can’t go inside, but you won’t miss the viewing spots filled with tourists. 

    Transportation

    You’ll be pleased to hear that Uber is in Jaipur and it’s safe! There is also a similar service called Ola. All drivers are, of course, tracked. Jaipur has developed well over the years and is incredibly modern. If you want a full day of sightseeing, I would recommend hiring a private driver (the preferred mode of transport for many Westerners). For cheaper options, book a tour here

    Accommodation

    Three – five days is enough to see all of the beautiful Jaipur. 

    Backpackers – I haven’t stayed in a hostel in India, but I will always recommend hostelbookers.com and hostelworld.com. I used both of these when I went backpacking.

    Vacay-ers – Jaipur has many Western hotel chains like Marriot and Holiday Inn etc. I stayed in Hilton Jaipur, which as a global hotel, is a great all-rounder and is very accommodating to all cultures. Honestly, you have to check out their breakfast & dinner buffet — I’ve never seen so many world foods stations under one roof. There is also a rooftop pool which I didn’t get to use, but it looks incredible! The most ‘Instagrammable’ luxurious (pricey) hotel is Jai Mahal Palace, which I went for dinner. Otherwise, ITC Rajputana is a great budget option that all of the essential amenities at an affordable price. 

    Food

    I highly recommend booking a reservation at Jai Mahal Palace for an I’m-on-holiday-so-might-aswell dinner because the palace itself is truly magical. The restaurant at the Hilton Jaipur is decently priced and well-known for its famous Rajasthani speciality dishes. 

    *Subject to affordability, food may be a tad pricey.

    Closing

    I hope you found my guide to Jaipur useful. India has been on my bucket list since I was a little girl, and I’ve never been anywhere quite like it. Jaipur well exceeded my expectations. I’m always keen to answer any travel questions so don’t hesitate to fling me a comment!

    Jaipur, India

    Snake Print Dress |Green Maxi Skirt| Snake Print Top | White Trainers| Bag | Sunglasses

    Follow:

    The Ultimate Travel Guide to Agra, India

    Welcome to my guide to Agra, the city after Delhi on the golden triangle tour. Agra is home to arguably one of the most beautiful attractions in the world and architectural hotspot to lots of other charms bequeathed by the legacy of the Mughal empire. With lots of tombs and mausoleums, there isn’t a dull moment in this hustling, dusty, boisterous, intense and entertaining city.

    Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to see the Taj Mahal. I’ve always been fascinated by India’s history. I arrived, and overheard a tourist‚ “he built this palace for his wife, and I can’t even get a text back”. If you’re this funny traveller or have this sense of humour, I’d like to be your friend.

    Right, let’s fly to Agra, together!

    Top 5 Things to See and Do in Agra, India

    Taj Mahal – this world wonder is more breathtaking than I anticipated. It’s utterly magical. I’ve been to my fair share of overhyped tourist attractions — this isn’t one of them. Located on the picturesque Yamuna River, it’s a snap-happy wonderland! Wear bright colours; the backdrop is a lush white marble. Prepare to be hassled like a celebrity, it’s flattering at first, but if you feel uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to decline (politely!). Top tip, If you want: A) a decent photo without random body parts B) not to be elbowed, I would advise arriving super early! I appeared in the afternoon, and as a bizarre punishment, I got crushed. Don’t be me!

    Mehtab Bagh – this is where you can get the best views of the Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna River. If you like your viewpoints, I thoroughly recommend a sunset visit. Perfectly aligned with the Taj Mahal on the opposite bank; these gardens were where the black Taj was supposed to be. I’m fascinated by the story of Mehtab Bagh, but I won’t give too much away – as a tour guide will be bursting to tell you. Get your archaeology hat on as you can still see the remains. Want a memorable photo? Hire a boat in the day during the non-monsoon season.

    Musamman Burj – you have to see this place, it’s where Shah Jahan lived out his last years before he died. Our jaws dropped when we got there as it’s so beautiful. It’s an octagonal tower with poignant views to the Taj and Agra: an architectural goldmine, the lattices are carved in delicate, white and bright marble. There are heaps of snap-opportunities at this glorious monument.

    Sikandra Fort – a hidden gem which is located about 13km away from Agra Fort. The disadvantaged locals are newly benefitting from this tourist attraction. It isn’t as popular as the more prominent attractions, yet so worth it. It’s the last resting place of Mughal emperor Akbar. His beautifully carved, red-ochre sandstone tomb is set amidst a lush garden and pays tribute to his love of arts, literature, philosophy and science.

    Agra Fort – I wasn’t as impressed with this monument as the others, but it’s worth a visit. This strong Mughal red sandstone fortress manifests many fairytale-like palaces and mosques. High walls surround the area designed to keep invaders out. Beware of the cheeky monkeys running around!

    Transportation

    India can be a bumpy experience when it comes to hopping between attractions. There will be hordes of keen rickshaw-wallahs, souvenir peddlers and unofficial touts & guides outside most attractions, whose persistence can be bothersome. A tour will make your journey a smoother experience, and they will pick you up from your hotel or hostel and take you back. If you’re a backpacker, I recommend here. For day tours hop over to here and here. For all-inclusive golden triangle tours which are hassle-free click here.

    Accommodation

    Around two to three nights in Agra is all you need. There’s not much to see in the city.

    Backpackers – I haven’t stayed in a hostel in India so that I won’t recommend one, but I will always recommend my hostelbookers.com and hostelworld.com, I used both of these when I went backpacking.

    Vacay-ers – the best hotels will have a view of the Taj. Want five stars? This one is for you. Otherwise, this one is decently priced and has everything you need with a view. We stayed here, which has fun Indian craft activities and entertainment during peak season.

    Food

    My friend did some research on best places to eat in Agra, and we saw good reviews for Pinch of Spice. It’s not the best for decor, but it’s cheap and ideal if you like your Indian food accompanied with other cuisines. I had a paneer curry with fried rice and prawn toast, which felt like a blessing as I had been eating only Indian food that week. The Thali at our hotel (Taj view) is tasty too; we ate on the roof terrace with a picturesque view of the Taj.

    Closing

    I hope you found this post useful. India has been on my bucket list since I was a little girl, and I’ve never been anywhere quite like it. Remember to come back for my ultimate guides to the beautiful Rajasthan and Jaipur! I’m always keen to hear about your travels so fling me a comment if you have anything to share or any Q’s!

    Agra, India

    Snake Print Dress |Blue Dress | White Trainers| Bag | Sunglasses

    For delayed and cancelled flight compensation go here. *AFF

    Follow:

    The Ultimate Travel Guide to Delhi, India

    India is fascinating. At every turn: whether shocking, enlightening or confusing, there is a scene to captivate you — that’s the beauty of going to a country with an extraordinary, culture-rich and fascinating history.

    Delhi is a character: manic, unpredictable and not for the faint-hearted. With great tourist attractions and markets, Delhi’s economic development is seriously booming.

    I have to be honest with you; I don’t recommend spending a lot of time in the capital as there are more breathtaking places in India. Delhi is a stop shop which will facilitate you to your next ventures, like Agra, Rajasthan and Jaipur. I highly recommend going on a tour from Delhi. If you’re a backpacker, I recommend this and this. If you’re going on holiday, I booked this package. Otherwise, this, this and this are all reputable.

    This is the ultimate guide for Delhi though, so go to the places I recommend and you’ll have a wonderful time. I’ll be doing guides for Agra and Jaipur too so look out for those.

    travel-guide-to-delhi-india-Humayun’s-Tomb

    Top 5 Things to See and Do in Delhi, India

    Jama Masjid – Built by Shah Jahan (the emperor behind Taj Mahal), this holy mosque is truly remarkably beautiful. It is a place of worship so please dress conservatively (cover up your shoulders, chest and legs) and take off your shoes at the door, put them in your bag or leave them at the door for a cheerful 100 rupees (£1). Attire is available for hire at the entrance. I received mine as complimentary with my tour; below is a pic of me sporting the yellow trend.

    Humayun’s Tomb – this UNESCO heritage site is the perfect introduction into India’s architecture and an opportunity to learn about the history of the Mughals. The Tomb rests through a walkway of lush gardens, I highly recommend it as your first trip of the day, we went early, and it was empty! Insta-yay!

    Chandni Chowk Market – This market is an experience and a half, keep your wits about you. A maze of streets, with local sellers encouraging you to buy their goods, spilling out from every stall. It’s a long, narrow road. Walk on the left of the street, or you’ll risk a thump by a passing rickshaw. If you’re not planning to buy anything, hail a ride instead. Known as Aladdin’s cave, buy your spices, fashion to jewellery here. Remember never to accept the first price and come equipped with haggling skills. Don’t feel pressured to buy if you don’t want to. Just say “no, thank you” and walk away.

    Red Fort – I became way too invested in the history of this monument. I even Googled more information at dinner to get the full scoop. If you are heading to the Taj Mahal, you need to come here. I won’t give the story away, but it’s a red sandstone fort designed to keep invaders out and houses many museums.

    Qutub Minar – A sun-soaked, tall, red sandstone minaret; It’s one of the most popular attractions in Delhi. An archaeological minefield, roam around ancient ruins and tombs decorated in detailed Arabic inscriptions.

    travel-guide-to-delhi-india-Humayun’s-Tomb-Jama-masjid

    Transportation

    We flew via Virgin Airlines as we found a bargain on the Secret Escapes Golden Triangle package, otherwise I recommend shopping around on Skyscanner, Sta Travel and Holiday Pirates.

    Local city transportation is cheap, but be careful. To be on the safe side, get an Uber instead of a taxi. If you’re going a reasonably short distance, you can hail a rickshaw ride but remember to bargain! Most Westerners hire private drivers as the norm in India; your hotel will have a travel desk where you can seek advice. We booked a mix of both Ubers and private drivers.

    Accommodation

    Backpackers – If you’re backpacking (first of all, I’m very jealous because that was me four years ago and I hope you’re having a wonderful time), I recommend booking through HostelWorld and HostelBookers. As it’s India, please do your research thoroughly. Grab a cuppa and get yourself ready for a big review-checking sesh.

    Vacay – For safety reasons, I recommend five-star hotels in India. I was sceptical, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Our local tour guide warned us about makeshift hotels in the city. There have been horror stories including dodgy cameras in the rooms (I know, wtf?!). Hotel prices are decent. We stayed at The Suryaa New Delhi, it’s located a touch further away from central but was handy for our driver to get us to our next destination: Rajasthan. If you’re willing to splurge, the most ‘Instagrammable’ hotel is the luxury Taj Mahal Hotel or any of the Taj Group owned hotels. Top tip: book a hotel with a well-rated restaurant as you do not want to wander around Delhi in the evening.

    Food

    Food is very cheap in India. But be careful! You’ll be so lucky to miss out on Delhi belly. I would love to tell you that it’s easy to avoid, ahem, stomach issues due to poor food hygiene. But this is just one of those risks with eating foods that are unfamiliar in your usual diet. As a general rule, hotels are fine.

    The places I recommend are The Varq at the Taj Mahal hotel. I will never forget the mouthwatering Varqui crab dish. I’ve decided I won’t be eating curry in the UK anymore because it does not compare, ha! Dhaba at Claridge’s does a tasty Thali (seven different mini dishes of curries, dal and rice), the interior is set up as a very cool ‘dine on a truck’ theme. Otherwise, to save you a trip running around Trip Advisor restaurant reviews, Delhi’s version of OpenTable is called Eazy Diner, scroll through reviews written by Delhi locals!

    The Varq

    Wifi

    Wifi is like gold and is expensive in India. Even the five-star hotels charge for Wifi! I recommend buying a sim card (which is cheap) and using the data from that; it’s also useful for emergency calls. As always, check out what your network provider charges for calls in India, O2 provides free local to local calls in India as part of my monthly contract.

    Departure

    I know what you’re thinking, you’re debating whether to add India to your bucket list?

    I would tell you to go in a heartbeat. Keep your wits about you, be smart & open-minded and you’ll be fine.

    I hope you found this post useful. Remember to come back for my ultimate guides to the beautiful Rajasthan and Jaipur!

    Dhaba

    Location: Delhi, India
    Secret Escapes Golden Triangle

    White Top | Brown Trousers | White Trainers

    Follow:

    Black Friday 2019

    Is it me or does Black Friday start earlier & earlier, each year? I’ve shared my best Cyber Week picks with you for the last five years, and this one is going to be a bit different.

    2019 has been the year of sustainability, and we’re aware of consumerism more than ever. Remember to buy the items that were already on your list. I could see my affiliate commissions go tits up from this kind of advice, but I have never been dishonest on my website.

    Let’s get to the fun part! As always, I’m going to include everything all in one place so come back and visit, and I’ll be updating this page with new codes throughout the weekend.

    The all-rounders

    Selfridges 20% off code: SELFCCE

    Amazon Black Friday Deals

    eBay red hot deals all weekend

    Very up to 50% off

    House of Fraser £20 off with every £100 spent

    Debenhams VAT free fragrances

    John Lewis Price Match

    Argos Technology deals

    Currys Black Tag event

    Fashion

    High Street

    Topshop up to 25% off

    Mango Use code BLACK19 for 30% off everything!

    H&M Up to 20% off everything!

    ASOS up to 60% off everything sale

    Missguided 70% off & extra 10% code: NOWORNEVER

    Boohoo 75% off and extra 10% off code: extra

    Shein UK up to 30% off everything with BLKNOW

    Urban Outfitters Up to 50% off

    French Connection up to 30% off code Blackout

    Karen Millen up to 60% off everything

    Whistles up to 30% off

    Luxury

    Net A Porter Up to 30% off

    Luisa Via Roma UK & EU up to 40% off using code BF40

    MyTheresa Extra 20% off Sale category

    L.K.Bennett 25% off everything with code BLACK25

    Reiss up to 50% off outlet

    Whistles up to 30% off

    Fitness

    Lulelemon Up to 40% off

    Gymshark Blackout up to 50% off

    Sweaty Betty UK Offering 25% off everything

    Nike 15% off full-priced items

    Adidas up to 65% off

    Get an extra 10% off 50% off Black Friday at Ideal of Sweden. Use code: WONG10

    Shoes, Accessories & Stationary

    Office 20% off with code take20 (Includes UGG boots, Nike, Timberlands, etc!)

    Aldo 50% or 20% off

    Dune – 20% off everything

    Clarks – 20% off with code: BF2019

    Pandora 20% off everything

    Missoma use code BF25 for 25% off

    Monica Vinader up to 30% off

    Accessorize – 20% off everything

    Etsy (I got a great chunky yarn from here last year, various independent sellers have their sales on)

    Oliver Bonas Enjoy 25% off selected fashion, accessories, homeware and gifts

    Paperchase (25% off!)

    WHSmith (£5 off when you spend £20 use code black19)

    Beauty

    Beauty Bay up to 50% off

    Cult Beauty up to 30% off use code: NEWBLACK15

    Feel Unique up to 40% off

    Look Fantastic use code BLACKOUT25 for 25% off

    Space NK Receive a free full size beauty gift of your choice when you spend £50+

    Charlotte Tilbury Up to 30% off selected lines with new promotions every day

    NARS up to 30% off code: morenars

    MAC 20% off and a free lipstick when you spend £45 with code BLACKFRIDAY20

    Bobbi Brown 20% off and full size smokey eye mascara when you spend £65 or more with code BBGIFT

    If you much prefer experiences, check out the current deals on Groupon & Virgin Experience Days.

    If you’re desperate to run away from all this Cyber Weekend, head here RyanAir, British Airways and TUI Holidays (use code BLK100).

    If you’ve got any deals to share or have any requests, please comment below!

    Location: The Land of Black Friday

    Follow: