Menswear and Coffee in Ho Chi Minh

September 23, 2016

When travelling, it’s very easy to miss places that could have been of particular interest to yourself. Mine as you may well know are menswear and coffee. Asia sweeps you up with temples and night markets and before you know it, your time is up in one place and you have to move on.

However, making time to do a little bit of research goes a long way. Halfway across the world and I was still finding what keeps me ticking over nicely. There’s nothing better than being able to wake up early and eat breakfast at a cool hangout with a good coffee. While in Ho Chi Minh, I found my necessary fix at L’usine. From the menu’s typeface to the marble tables, I knew this was my kind of place. What drew me into the L’usine space even more was that they have a store at the back of the café. With an eclectic mix of menswear, womenswear and homeware pieces, a small purchase was in order for Emily.

Tip: Never be afraid to ask the locals for advice, they know best.

Stepping out of L’usine I asked the guys where I should head to get more of the same experience. Sending me on my way with a scribbled down address, this was my next destination. Arriving at what looked like a block of flats and found within the inner stairwell, was a collection of independent stores. It was my first taste of shopping in Vietnam and I liked it. An integrated area of shops and living spaces was something I hadn’t experienced or seen before.

Each shop was different and although their spaces were small, it invited conversation between the brand and myself. I managed to visit some great stores: SSSTutter, All About Him and Usthebasic, to name a few. From a very brief peek inside what Vietnam offers in terms of menswear, it seems to be pushing streetwear quite strongly, a couple steps behind what’s happening here.

It was great to experience something that probably would have passed me. If I didn’t have locals helping me out, I probably wouldn’t have been able ignore the Lonely Planet guide.


The sand dunes of Vietnam

August 18, 2016

On my travels around South East Asia I’ve been fortunate enough to visit some great places and visit amazing landscapes. Along the coast of Vietnam, you’ll find the sand dunes of Mui Ne, just a few hours north of Ho Chi Minh.

It’s not often you get the chance to see sand dunes outside of a desert, but Vietnam is one of the few places you can. An early 3:30am alarm meant I was going to see the dunes at sunrise. Arriving in true adventure style (aka old school jeep and wearing a hat that has been likened to Indiana Jones), I was excited to see the sand dunes, albeit a little tired and weary eyed.

Being on the sand before the sun had risen, I was not able to capture the scale of the sand dunes, and at this point I was too focused at reaching a good spot to catch the sunrise. With it being the early morning, the wind from the night before meant the sand grooves were untouched – there was something extra visually pleasing about this! Peaceful and mind blowing, the sunrise was crazy and the sand dunes made for an anything but normal backdrop for photos.

Lifestyle, Travel

South Thailand Photo Diary

July 22, 2016

Well hello there! For those of you who follow me on Instagram and Twitter, if you don’t I’ll leave a very obvious hint here and here, I’m travelling around South East Asia, with my first stop being Thailand. Just last week I found myself in South Thailand where they have more beaches than people (maybe a slight exaggeration), palm trees for days and more views than your Instagram feed can keep up with.

It isn’t sun all day everyday as some of you might expect, it’s actually rainy season, but because of my graduation being in November, myself along with two of my close friends Jack and Hollie are travelling now until September. Rain aside, it’s a beautiful place and I’ve been loving discovering new places. We were island hopping around the south for a little over two weeks and in the second week, I don’t think I’ve had so many mixed emotions in a short space of time.

From receiving my degree results from Bournemouth – and passing hurrah – to receiving the sad news that my granddad sadly passed away. The two events came in the space of twenty-four hours of each other and it kind of brought me back to reality. Being away from home may of helped a little, always being on the move, but with plans to go and see my granddad in September in Hong Kong, it sucked. A lot. It kind of made my degree rather insignificant and put into perspective what’s important in life.

On the islands there’s not much going on and people that seem to have that day-by-day mentality. They are quite content to simply enjoy their surroundings and get by. Being surrounded by this approach has made me switch off from the pressures I put on myself when I’m at home. So for now and the rest of this trip I’m taking it one day at a time and make the most of everything I can.