weekend in venice

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Venezia, Italia

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The Christmas and new year holiday seemed more stressful than more of an ease. Truth is that I found a little sanctuary in the heart of The Lake District, but I was itching for just a bit more especially since the first two weeks back to work were managing overflowing to do lists. And just like that I booked a flight to Venice, as I’ve heard it’s a magical place to be as grandeur is erected between waters.

Though the temperatures a bit uncomfortable for my liking, the bit of snow we were greeted with on our first night, was a warm welcome. The winter season brings a tamed amount of tourists, there’s a thick fog that sits just above the bluest hues of the lagoon and the sun forces its golden rays between every crevice of the dark pastel buildings. It was magical. A weekend, or 3 days/2 nights to be precise, is not enough for this beautiful city. There were museums and other islands I wanted to visit, but I don’t mind saving that for another visit.
 

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stay

Locanda Vivaldi
Riva degli Schiavoni
+39 041 277 0477
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we stayed at the gorgeous Locanda Vivaldi, a charming boutique hotel right in front of the Basin of St. Mark and a convenient walk to the square too. Each room so elaborately decorated, transcends you back to what you believe would be ancient Venetian days. With hanging murano glass chandeliers and damask wallpaper, there were little bits of sun peaking through the windows with a view and everything just glistened. With quite a spread for breakfast every morning, it was the perfect place to start each day’s adventures.
 

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eat & drink

Obviously one of my favorite ways of learning about a city is through it’s gastronomic culture. Venice is not short of good food and libations and we made sure fine wine and multiple courses of dinner and dessert were available.

Harry’s Bar
Calle Vallaresso
+39 041 528 5777
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A legendary place where you go to be seen, and honestly it’s a bit over the top, but a must visit if you’re looking for an almost “private members experience” where they most likely will ignore you… From the 1930s, it’s a bar that almost feels as if Hemingway would hang out there. They are known for their Bellini cocktails and carpaccio.

Bistrot de Venise
Calle dei Fabbri
+39 041 523 6651
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Ingredients used in a cuisine will tell you so much about a city’s history. Considering Venice was surrounded by water, there was an ebb and flow of what came and entered the city. We went to Bistrot de Venise because they’re known for their historical Venetian tasting menu, which should not be missed. Each course that was brought out came with a wine pairing that the sommelier helped to explain so thoroughly. Contrary to what you may think at first glance, it was a warm and comforting environment.

Ai Gondolieri
Calle S. Domenico
+39 041 528 6396
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You would almost miss the restaurant as it sits in a corner that you wouldn’t imagine something to be. Be it so, it was a sanctuary. A warm invite with its wooden framing where you are greeted by a very sweet, enthusiastic barman. What I adored was the locals sitting alone in a corner or in pairs enjoying a brunch. Ai Gondolieri boasts its Venetian meat dishes paired with local wines and it has the right to boast too. They bring international influence to traditional dishes. My favorite course was the steak tartare (my favorite dish in general), but accompanied with ground raw onion, capers, wasabi, mustard and anchovy spread. It was interactive and beautiful.
 

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Mauro el Former de Canton
Ruga Veccia S. Giovanni
+39 041 523 1608
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You definitely should know by now that sweets are my vice. This is the ideal place to pick up a little cheeky treat as you’re perusing the winding streets to and from Rialto Bridge, or pick up a few extra for the trip back home.

Pasticceria Rosa Salva
Via San Marco
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When we were a bit peckish for a savory snack and wanted to warm up with a bit of coffee, we sought refuge at Pasticceria Rosa Salva. Though it’s full of tourists coming in and out due to its location and credibility, it is also frequented by locals. If you’re not too keen on a coffee, then definitely go for the aperol spritz!
 

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shop

Trasparenze
Dorsoduro (S. Vio)
+39 041 523 2490
I’m not much of a clothing shopper when I tour cities, surprisingly. I do like to pick up bits of local goodies though! Masks are an obvious when you’re in Venice and so are some of the other crafts. Out of all the shops I visited, I loved Trasparenze for masks. They were different from what you see in the more tourist-saturated areas and there is always someone on site making them so you can see the artist at work!

Il Pavone Stamperia
Calle Venier dei Leoni
+39 041 523 4571
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A stamp and stationary shop that is too cute to be true. There are monogrammed journals and stationary. I went for a proper leather-bound journal and a bespoke stamp for future correspondences!
 

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what I wore

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shop my entire closet THE BOUTIQUE
 

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tour

Walks of Italy
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We decided to spend an early morning at Rialto Bridge and Market to beat the tourists and on our last day we were keen to get over to an island of Venice that was more local and thus visited Ponte dei Pugni and got lost in the narrow streets.

For the historical monuments: St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the square, we were so grateful to have received a tour by Walks of Italy (the Legendary Venice tour to be exact). Grateful because the tour guide, equal parts handsome and comical, brought the history together like a dramatic novella. Each element explained and there was so much to see, but not the slightest overwhelming.
 

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Venice

the balancing act

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two careers; single-hand juggle

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As I mentioned a few weeks back, I was going to take a break from this internet space of mine. A break with more permanence. Since seeing this space as more like a business, I saw the benefits and soon found the capacity to profit. Marry this space with my day job of being a consultant in the luxury industry, things can become a bit overwhelming. Yes, there are times where I’m a bit over-scheduled. Yes, I have multiple outfit changes in a day because what I wear to a client meeting is not the same as a press event. Yes, mornings are incredibly early and nights are just as late. Yes, I love every single second of it. So I thought I would share with you, a bit of transparency, as to how I handle it all. I’m, by no means, a professional-but it’s a start, a learning experience, a continued struggle.
 

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time-management

I can’t stress the importance of having an efficient scheduling system. There was a lot of trial-and-error going on for a good few months before I found something that worked for me. I used to be the person that wrote everything down in a diary, but realized too quickly that I forget to put things in as I usually read emails as I’m commuting and sometimes just think, “I’ll put it in my diary when I get to the office.” Next thing, I forget about an event. Since then, I found iCal incredibly helpful and it syncs up with my consultancy’s workflow system embedding deadlines and reminders + any dates and times in my email and/or texts. It may be overwhelming to have every aspect of your life sync up, but I find it very helpful. You can find a list of my favorite productivity apps here!

the monday effect // what I wore

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monthly goals

I think this is a no-brainer when it comes to anything regarding productivity. When you’re juggling essentially 2-full time jobs it’s important to keep in mind that one job will always be your breadwinner and the other will always be your passion project. With that in mind, draft out your goals accordingly. I know that I can’t put the amount of attention towards Instagram as some of my full-time blogger friends can as I have clients to look out for who invest a good amount of their assets and time into my business. With that in mind, I draft goals that are attainable based on my time. Subsequently, I draft out a timeline for the month that helps me meet that goal too!

spice it up

What keeps me really excited to wake up the next day, even if I have a dull client meeting or a deadline creeping up, is mixing up my days so no two days are the same. If I have a day of client meetings and an evening trying to get through my deadlines, then I plan to wake up early and head out for a nice breakfast. If it’s a labor intensive morning and day then I treat myself to a massage or salon visit in the evenings after work. Sometimes in between admin and working on assignments, I’ll pop over to a blog event or shoot a blog post. Changing up my day makes me more productive, and I even wrote a bit about it here!
 

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afternoon cake dates // what I wore

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recharge

Since May, truly when I expanded my business to include more help, I started taking weekends off. That first weekend since hiring on help was a euphoric feeling. The feeling of waking up on a Sunday without an alarm was so gratifying! Summer was equal parts fun and busy. Expanding allowed me to take on more work and thus more disposable income to go out and travel. My schedule was still busy, but it was all worth it. Then come November, before a massive press and client trip to India, I took a weekend off to enjoy Paris without the intention of doing any blog work. It was truly exceptional. I found that balance was very important for my well-being and productivity.
 

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marry your worlds

When I tell anyone what I do, my story of how I got to London, and my future plans they usually tell me how impressed they are that I was able to combine my professional career and passion project. I found a way of creating a career out of my hobby and its networks and takeaways in turn feed my the consultancy. Having your worlds combine can do so much with alleviating stress or work build-up and everyday feels productive.

casual friday // what I wore

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not quite ready

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comfortable with where I am

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I stepped into 2017 with all these exciting goals and plans for my business and this blog and there’s nothing more exciting than seeing things coming together ever so quickly. speaking to my parents yesterday was very gratifying after my trip to Venice. I made the “mistake” of telling them that I felt very comfortable with where I am in life, where I live now, and with my new life. This is a very new feeling for me as I have always been working towards something, striving to fit in or striving to sort out my life in some way or another.

They saw the little twinkle in my eye that suggested that I was finally… content. My parents, incredibly proud, looked at one another in complete awe. I’m one that never settles, never stops to run on that hamster wheel. And at that very moment, my dad asked: “so what’s next?”
 

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the last 2 decades

Not gonna lie, the last 2 decades of my life has been about acquiring knowledge to apply to everyday life so it everything connects seamlessly. I’ve finally come to the point in my life, for the very first time, where the waters are smooth and I can set sail without a single concern. So, I’m not quite ready yet to throw in another curveball as I know life is just about to begin.

I’m going to take this opportunity to make more travel plans, enjoy a cheeky night out, stay up late to watch the sunrise, buy and drink an expensive bottle of wine, and do something I wouldn’t even dare to do. I’m not quite ready to make a list of goals that bring on new challenges just yet. So let’s revel in this for a moment…
 

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what I’m wearing

blouse c/o KALEIDOSCOPE trousers c/o KALEIDOSCOPE faux fur stole c/o KALEIDOSCOPE shoes c/o KALEIDOSCOPE
earrings c/o J.LAUREN lipstick c/o MAXWELL by ZOYA NAIL POLISH nail c/o DEBBIE by ZOYA NAIL POLISH

It was very natural for me to collaborate with Kaleidoscope again to promote their Cruise collection as it embodies exactly what I was thinking when I booked my trip to Venice (to be enjoyed even after a 2 week holiday). Effortless, chic and ready to celebrate the easiest moments of life… Let’s pause life at the moment and enjoy that feeling contentment for once, shall we?
 

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the lake district

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the departure

The week before leading up to my MA graduation, my family and I decided to brave our warm, Indian hearts and tour a bit of the Scottish Highlands. It was still lush and green and surprisingly enough sun to entertain us a bit when things got a bit too cold. It was a holiday that paralleled none of our others and for that the foreign lands of Scotland felt so majestic and each moment with one another was ever more precious.

The night before my trip out to The Lake District instilled a bit of anxiety. I felt incredibly anxious considering I had been traveling for a good 5 weeks straight before that. Trains were nothing new for me, but my heart beat deeper and more dramatically than it is used to. Upon reaching my carriage, well before time to depart, I felt a bit at ease and so I started to pen my thoughts about the trip. About 2016. About my future goals. And about my feelings about just about everything. I realized that The Lake District brought upon this anxiety because it reminded me so dearly of my family’s trip and I wasn’t sure how anything would top that.

As the train continued to trek more and more north and buildings were replaced with hills, greens and sheep, I found that though I conceptualized The Lake District as similar to the Scottish Highlands, the landscape was notably different. The way the wind flirted with leaves, patches of trees made me believe that this experience was going to be different.
 

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what I wore

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c&é traveled with Virgin Trains.
 

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on arrival

Reaching Oxenholme’s train station, I was greeted by Katie! Katie and I went to St. Andrews together and for ages she has been trying to get me to visit her. The landscape, though beautifully captured by Katie on the daily, was mindblowing. Fog peaking through in between the crevasses of the hills and the mountains were flakes with fresh snow.

The first day was rather wet and overly foggy, but through the eyes of what the headlights of Katie’s car was providing, it was a teaser for something utterly beautiful. I joked with Katie before catching the train, that I wanted to see a sheep for the purpose of Instagram of course. After a little chuckle and a bit of a tease, she assured me I would see them. Lo and behold, I saw more sheep than people during the entirety of the trip!

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Virgin Trains from London Euston station will connect your directly to Oxenholme station, which will locally connect to other parts of The Lake District.
 

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on each day

Everyday, we met the morning sun (which was very unusual) and would make our way to different parts of the incredibly vast Lake District. To Keswick to enjoy the very British high street and sun’s reflection on Derwent Lake. We meandered around and through the villages surrounding Penrith. And every few meters the view changed ever so slightly that is begged for a photo opportunity.

Since the sun set into darkness almost as quickly as it came out from the night sky, there were many hours sitting next to the fire with a cuppa in hand and discussing about our hopes and inspirations for 2017. In the background was usually something simmering in the kitchen perfuming the air with the rustic wood burning aroma and it felt just right to escape to a cabin into The Lake District.
 

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tortilla española

Every morning, Katie made sure that the coffee was brewing. During the time she opened the curtains of the windows that overlooked the hills in the distance (and some sheep too), I put together bits of pieces of our favorite ingredients and would whip up breakfast. Something that held us over a bit after lunch so we can put our daily caloric intake towards a cheeky slice of cake.

With the natural sweetness of the peppers, a bit of kick from the paprika, an earthy vibe from the mushrooms, and a proper mediterranean feel from the iberico…


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cumberland sausage pasta bake

On the night of my arrival, Katie gave me a little taste of the local gastronomy. Cumberland sausages, though nothing new to what I’ve seen in my local shop, is something that comes from the region. Katie assured me that what I was about to eat was far more impressive than my local Waitrose has to offer. We knew that the quality was great as she baked the sausages for a casserole as there not an ounce of fat on the pan. The meat was incredible and fresh. So I was on the hunt for having a bit more.

One day, after a long and cold trek, we decided to pick up a few ingredients and an extra bottle of wine. Spent the evening cooking and gazing out at the snow that started falling from the night sky.


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what I wore

cashmere jumper c/o BODEN {SIMILAR} leggings LULULEMON scarf ASOS
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2017 in words

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happy new year!

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I’m on the train at the moment off to the Lake District to celebrate the new year. It will be a tamed one this year: celebrating with ones closest to me, a glass of champagne, an early morning for a walk through the beautiful misty landscapes across mountains and hills. It’s going to be a reflective one.

As year goes by I realize how much I still have to learn and grow. Those of you who have followed c&é since it’s inception, or since I even moved to London, you may notice the emotional change I went through. Since moving to London, each month almost felt like a struggle. Even though my home country’s people speak the same language, mannerisms and behaviors and bureaucracy is distinct. Adaptation was key and through all the struggles, I wouldn’t change a thing.

I’m happy that 2016 is over, but this year compared to the recent past has been extremely wonderful and fulfilling. First, I found a way to combine my hobbies and my professional/educational background to establish a business that I am truly passionate about. I’ve grown that business and established a strong reputation within my industry. A reputation that is unparalleled where industry leaders have taken the backseat to learn something from a team of thriving, passionate individuals. That team was facilitated by me.

Second, I feel settled in London. My narratives leading up to my move to London about 2.5 years ago and thereafter were about the changes and struggles I had on a daily basis. Now I find that London is home and I feel the most secure here. People make places and I have made a good group of friends that I can call family too. And because of that I feel more comfortable in my own skin, able to share my world and my background with others and all of you-not striving to fit in.

Furthermore, I’ve learnt to prioritize. Focus on people and things that matter and be able to constantly edit my life. This has helped my happiness, controlling the looming anxiety inside me, the capacity to let people in and trust them, and so much more.

Finally, what you don’t know is that this blog was something I was going to end a few times: when I moved to London to jumpstart a career in something completely different and an industry bit more conservative and the second time earlier this year when I thought the blog was undermining my business’ growth. I was proven wrong. Since then my strategy for this space has changed, priorities were placed on things that matter and I was looking at c&é as a business and as a way to escape. I’m very proud to say that this corner of the internet grew and continues to grow because of all of you. The editorial calendar for 2017 is already half planned with the most exciting travel plans and content just for you! 
 

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Every year, instead of resolutions, I choose words that I want to be the theme of the coming year.
For 2017 I want to: create, experience and cultivate.

create

My adolescence focused on fortifying a personal CV that encompassed the arts. From years of piano lessons and dance classes to private painting and drawing classes. Soon after into my college days, I focused on analytical and critical subjects that made for a “better career”. This is where c&é was born. My job in Washington, DC felt mundane, though exciting. c&é was a creative outlet that I needed to exercise my artistic skills. Since deciding on taking this blog to the next level, I want to create content that is all encompassing. Content that is dynamic, unique and revolutionary. I want to go against the grain and focus on areas that no one else is looking at. This will set a challenge for myself and keep me excited and continue to tickle my motivation.

experience

I pride myself in being well-travelled. Unfortunately, my traveling greatly reduced over the last 2 years because of finances and trying to sort out my professional life. Any disposable income I would make would be re-invested in my business, but I knew that idleness was temporary. Now that I have a bit more cushion, a blog and a business that requires me to travel, I want to experience more. I want to experience more of London-there’s a laundry list of things I haven’t done still. I want to experience unique parts of Europe, since most of my previous travels were in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. I want to experience different places in unique ways that most tourists shy away from and hopefully that will supplement the “create” aspect of my year too.

cultivate

Being a leader was a natural position for me. I was heavily involved in school and university, taking charge of event planning, and today I facilitate a professional team. Since “cultivating” a community through my professional and educational scenes is not foreign to me, I want to do that within my personal life too. I’m lucky to know people of all different ages, different backgrounds, different hobbies and interests-and being exposed to new things is a great way to learn and feel inspired. I want to make the most of my relationships, where we experience and cultivate together. Entertaining our creativity and widening our knowledge and experiences, maturing our understanding to the world around can truly enrichen life.
 

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what I’m wearing

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