it’s been awhile

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a personal post covering just a hodge-podge of things. I know I should do more of these, but I get caught up and inspired to create pretty content, editorials and videos for all of you. Though I’m sure (and hope) it’s not a bad thing? I’m actually tickling the idea of blogging a bit more often as more opportunities are coming through, from 1 post every 7 days to 1 post every 4 days. Thoughts?

travel, travel, travel

Since we were last here it was summer and days were long and weekends longer with nights dancing away in nightclubs, but since autumn it was time to buckle down again. Things were hectic since 2 months leading up to India, to be frank. I was there for work and decided to include a few blog collaborations and re-introduce my blog as ‘travel lifestyle,’ which entailed building a portfolio of posts I can conceptualize for hospitality brands. Based on your reaction to my posts from the trip, it seemed you really enjoyed it! January started strong with a visit to The Lake District and then Venice and now I’m headed to Berlin with Morocco, Eastern Europe and more on the list just through May.
 

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asian food

If you know me personally, or even follow along on my insta-stories, you probably noticed my love for all things Asian food. I find noodles and dumplings comforting and some how even made friends who feel the same. London is no short of Asian places so I thought I would share a few places I’ve been frequenting and you might enjoy too:

duck duck goose
Wes Anderson vibes and in the heart of Brixton. I never head out there very much even though I only live a few stops away. Kristabel asked me to join her as she was putting together a Chinese New Year food post. Upon entering we fell in love. Simple, quirky, and delicious food! I highly recommend their prawn toast.

Mamalan
I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go here since I moved to London. I first lived in Clapham Common and they had just opened when I moved. The place looked cute, but packed at every hour of the day. The visit was a treat! I loved the dumplings and fried chicken wings.

Xi’an Impression
Off the beaten track, I would only venture to a place like this with Charlotte Hu first. I had been craving hand pulled noodles and we decided to bring along 3 more boys to the feast so we can order more and indulge. It’s truly authentic of the region in China where Muslims reside, so it’s a beautiful marriage of flavors. Trust me when I say, order the cold noodles.

Isarn Thai
I make green curry and variations of it all the time (green curry noodle soup recipe here and Thai papaya salad), but never really ventured in other Thai dishes. Isarn is in Angel, which has a flourishing gastro-community. It had been a little over a year since I made my way out there, so the Thai food at Isarn was truly a treat to go for. Definitely order the duck with star anise!
 

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beauty

I started really looking into skin preservation now that I’m in my late-20s. Since moving to London I saw city stress visibility and it definitely worried me as I already battle redness and sensitivity. With monthly hydration facials in the books during the winter season, I started testing out new products that would help with gently cleaning, toning and preserving my skin. Insert PerriconeMD here. The cold plasma range sounds extreme, but it is a wonderful gentle range geared to combat aging and improving radiance. It was the eye cream that got me hooked as I battle dry and itchy eyes and surrounding skin. It was cooling and perfect for someone who is exposed to drastically different environments due to travel. I’m hoping to try their makeup range soon!
 

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at home

It only took me about a year and a half to start decorating my room. Quite honestly, I had a hard time trying to invest in anything as I wasn’t sure if I would stay in London long-term or even in this flat. I’ve moved numerous cities and countries over the last decade that it just makes sense not to get too attached to things, but that changed. My brother and mom are visiting soon and I thought it would make them feel a bit better if my “home” in London had more than just a table (mostly for working), chair and bed.

I picked up a few things from H&M home, which has been amazing. The entire home section is complete #goals and the prices are reasonable. My room is now a white, blush pink and gold palette. Very on brand. I got this gold wire basket and this clear glass box.

Also, to help make things a bit more personal Desenio reached out to do an Instagram collaboration. I usually turn interior collaborations away, but decided to take advantage of this. Their prints are stunning and so are their frames.
 

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  • Sarah

    I’m glad you’re taking some time to travel around now! xxx

  • You life is so exciting 🙂 Lovely shots in this post!

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  • kate

    I use the perricone md cocoa masque!! love their products

  • Lovely post! I can relate to not wanting to settle into a space because you might move again. That is my life lol

    • YES, SOML hahaha. I had the hardest time moving when I lived in DC (as it was my first move of very many more after that). I think you can fill your room with little things that you don’t find too special to you, no? xx

  • Lindsay Katherine

    I would love to take a look at your apartment or hang in general so you could show me how to be cool, chic, and how to pout. I would never say no to more Supal posts.

    • WE NEED TO HANG OUT! You heard it here first, but I’m possibly going to be in your neck of the woods this summer. As long as no drastic life changes happen, I’ll most likely be staying for a few weeks! DIY pout post coming soon haha

  • Brianna Degaston

    mmm that asian food has my mouth watering!

    I am looking for someone to collaborate and guest post with if you’re interested 🙂
    degastonbrianna@gmail.com

    Thanks!
    Brianna
    http://www.globalfashiongal.com

  • Absolutely adore interior details! Especially those pictures, so dreamy xx

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    • Ah thank you so much! I mean, not much of interior design going on there haha… but it feels a touch homey to me 🙂 x

  • Tiffany {A Touch of Grace}

    Love the prints you picked out. I agree with you on not purchasing things if you’ll be moving. Since our future has been so up in the air, I haven’t even rehung our drapes or any art since the renovation.
    I love little glimpses like this and I am 100% with you on the Asian food.

    • OMG you provide the dessert and I’ll provide all the sushi… I’ll be over in a heartbeat haha. Yes, see you’re in the same situation. IT always gets so confusing as to what to purchase and invest in and what not to. My issue is that I moved from one major city to the next and then countries and there is definitely at least 1 more move in the near future (winky face) and it’s all a bit annoying that I can’t have a pink and fluffy room haha

  • Paige Allison

    I hope Prague is on the list for your Eastern Europe travels! One of my favorite cities for sure. Annnnd now I want some Pho and dumplings.

    • IT IS! Prague is actually on my top 3 of places to visit 🙂 I am definitely going to hit you up for tips on how to drink and not get arrested.

  • I loved reading your travel style posts =o) Would love to read how you pack or any tips you have for traveling =o)

    http://dreamofadventures.blogspot.com/

    • OH! I love that idea. My european getaways’ packing list is super methodical and easy going. Will definitely put something like that together!

  • I had no idea H&M had a home section and now I feel like it’s my duty to check it out.
    This was fun to read.

  • Michelle

    It was lovely to meet you and run into you in the tube! I really enjoy these posts and would love to get more personal posts from you 🙂 It’s inspiring to see you solve your problems and issues through a conversation with us. I’m always impressed by your motivation and will to continue to grow. YOU, Supal, are a very inspiring lady!

    • So nice to meet you too, Michelle! So happy you approached me 🙂 Noted, I will definitely do some more personal posts. I always get worried that people get bored hearing from me haha

  • HERRENDEZVOUS

    Lovely post! XX

    Love, http://herrendezvous.com/

  • I love these life updates from you! Also, your vast travels are giving me complete Wanderlust! I need to get back to Europe ASAP.

  • Loving this post and all of the updates!! Thanks for sharing xx

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  • Charlotte Hu

    Asian food, sigh… any time, any place. I’m in.