Fashion seems to come naturally to the people of Tokyo.  People dress up with an impressive level of sophistication – even simple outfits are carefully curated.  The big fashion brands from the likes of Issey Miyake, acne studios and Prada can be found in the hip shopping neighborhoods of Harajuku and Omotesando (though I wish… Read More »

Amba SongShan Hotel Taipei

Amba SongShan Hotel Taipei ©blaastyle

  After a night in Ximending, I spent the rest of my stay at Amba Hotel SongShan Taipei.  This latest addition to the Amba group is well-located with asimilar look and feel. SongShan District The Songshan district is less crowded with tourists but there are several attractions to keep you busy. A 2-min walk away… Read More »

Speakeasy bar Taipei ©Blaastyle

  Back in the Prohibition era in the US when alcoholic beverages were banned, a “speakeasy” was a hidden place to sneak a drink.  Its ambience would often be subdued with soft music while patrons kept a low profile.  Today’s speakeasies are more “accessible” yet try to retain their original spirit.  On my recent Taipei trip,… Read More »

Esquina Tapas Bar in Singapore ©blaastyle

Esquina Tapas Bar, Singapore

  It’s mid-week and time to give yourself a treat with a change of setting, like taking a micro-vacation. How about “travelling” to Spain with…

Amba Hotel Ximending Taipei

  Thanks to the Amba Hotel group which prides themselves on hip and well-located establishments, I discovered two areas during my trip in Taipei: Ximending and SongShang. Ximending is a hugely popular shopping area among tourists and local youths situated in west Taipei.  Often compared to Sibuya of Tokyo, there is indeed something for everyone. … Read More »

The All-Season Winter Shoe

  If there is a good reason to wear winter shoes, it’s Minelli. Why wouldn’t you? They are quality pieces in trendy yet versatile designs. Here’s a small selection that are available in Minelli shops in Switzerland. I’ve been looking for a basic pair of moccasins, but I ended up with this model with mini… Read More »

Why You Should Practice Yoga

  I have been practicing yoga for more than a year now and I can vouch for its benefits.  It boosts both body and mind, and fellow practitioners even say it positively impacts their whole lifestyle. I admit I got into yoga through the I-wear-lululemon trend.  But it was love at the first class.  It… Read More »

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There are several schools of thought on good hair care.  I trust in less is better.  Some girls are blessed with gorgeous easy-to-care ha…

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