Copenhagen

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

It has been 2 months since we got back from our honeymoon and I am finally rolling out the first post. I hope to complete sharing about all the cities we visited before the end of 2015 hahaha!

So anyway, our main idea for the honeymoon was to visit Iceland and also to have a little taste of Scandinavia because these places are new to the both H and I and it would be an adventure exploring new cities together! Copenhagen was our first stop as this is the only Scandinavian city Singapore Airlines flies direct to. Admittedly, I only wanted to stay a night here because it is a small city and I thought there wouldn't be much to do but boy, was I wrong! After 2 full days here, my opinion changed drastically and I LOVE CPH! The locals are so friendly and willing to share or have a chat, it was very welcoming.


H and I stayed in an apartment at Grøndal station (direct line from the airport). Although it is only a couple of train stops from the city, I don't recommend staying here because transportation is expensive and it is just not worth paying 24 Danish Krone (~S$5) for 2 stops to get home from the city (it will kill our legs if we walked back to the apartment).

After learning from experience, I would say, pay a little more and live in the central! That's where all the actions are anyway ;)






After washing up and a bit of rest and googling, we went in search of brunch. Kalaset uses (mostly) organic ingredients and their condiments are all homemade. Food was good but not the best I had.

Kalaset
Vendersgade 16, 1363 København, Denmark
+45 33 33 00 35














Christmas pop-up booths lined the path and the area was bustling with tourists sipping beer or seeking warmth with a blanket and a cuppa hot coffee in their hands at the many bars and restaurants along the Nyhavn canal. We also found out that Hans Christian Andersen (Danish author) used to live in three of these colourful townhouses which cost an arm and leg now. H and I did not stay for long and decided to venture to other areas to check out all the home furnishing stores that Scandinavia are known for!






Dinner was sooooo good and I apologise for the bad photos. The lighting was too dim and all my pictures turned out blurry but trust me, the food was ahhhmazing! We found Restaurant Kjøbenhavn through this article and decided to try it out since the reviews were pretty good. The bread was crispy and the butter (I couldn't believe it was butter till I checked with the server) was OUT OF THIS WORLD!! They made the butter themselves and it tasted like it was roasted butter without the typical butter taste. I don't know how to describe it lah but you've to make a visit to this restaurant! Everything was polished off the plates (even the pork starter which didn't look appetising!).

Restaurant Kjøbenhavn
Dronningens Tværgade 10, 1302 København K

+45 22 44 66 66



We headed to Wulff & Konstali the next day for breakfast! Just look at that spread *heart-eye emoticon* All my favourite!! You cross 5 or 7 items off a slip of paper and your order will come individually plated on a wooden serving board. Everything on the menu sounds so yummy I almost wanted to order the bigger portion. And there you have it, your personalised brunch plates! A special shout-out to the most delicious cinnamon waffle ever.

Wulff & Konstali
http://wogk.dk
Lergravsvej 57, 2300 København S
+45 32 54 81 81



Christiania, also known as Freetown Christiania (Danish: Fristaden Christiania) is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood of about 850 residents, covering 34 hectares (84 acres) in the borough of Christianshavn in the Danish capital Copenhagen. Civic authorities in Copenhagen regard Christiania as a large commune, but the area has a unique status in that it is regulated by a special law, the Christiania Law of 1989, which transfers parts of the supervision of the area from the municipality of Copenhagen to the state. It was closed by residents in April 2011, whilst discussions continued with the Danish government as to its future, but is now open again. (excerpt from Wikipedia)

I was on high alert the entire time we were in Christianshavn because of all the "horror" stories I read online prior to our arrival. To make matters worse, the vibes in this area was different from the other parts of the city so I was feeling skeptical and unease. You are basically free to do anything inside Christania...and there's no judging. No photos allowed or bear the consequences. There were stands selling soft drugs and you wouldn't be able to see the dealers' faces. It was quite an experience but the timid me just wanted to leave the place since H and I didn't dare to eat/drink anything in Christania.


Walked over to The Paper Island after that to check out Copenhagen Street Food which consisted of food trucks selling delicacies from all corners of the world. Affordable prices but we weren't enticed by the selection since we didn't fly all the way to Europe to try Asian food. Glorious Danish food for us anytime!

Copenhagen Street Food
PapirØen, Trangravsvej 14, 7/8, 1436 København K, Denmark




And Danish food we had! :D How could we leave without having the traditional smørrebrød and herring!! H found an amazing place to try our first ever open sandwich at Aamanns. Fresh, quality ingredients with so much thought in each creation, every mouthful was a taste of heaven. We ordered the curry herring with apple, braised pork with bacon, and avocado! Raw herring actually doesn't taste that bad but panfried herring fish is the best (more on that in my post on Stockholm)!

Aamanns
Øster Farimagsgade 10, 2100 Kbh Ø
+45 35553344 (dial 1)





Another restaurant you should check out is Fiskebar. It's not easily accessible (that's why Google Maps the app is so important!) but the food here is so good, you'll forget about the cold once you sink your teeth into the first dish. We ordered 3 plates to share - scallop, squid and (cod) fish & chips. I love how every course came beautifully plated and even though I have no idea what I am eating, I enjoyed every ingredient used. Take for example, our dessert was just named "Chocolate".

Chocolate – Bolivia
jerusalem artichoke, financiers and sorrel

The ingredients sounded foreign to us BUT it was the BEST chocolate dessert I've ever had and I wish I can have it again! Every meal is an art and an adventure in CPH. I would go back to the Danish capital again in a heartbeat to eat to my heart and stomach's content. <3

Kødbyens Fiskebar
http://fiskebaren.dk/en
Flæsketorvet 100, 1711 København V
+45 32155656


And here's my take on the definition of "hygge" - a couple of books, a cuppa hot tea/chocolate, a piece of danish pastry, candles around the house and all snuggled up in the cosy apartment.

Fashion Update: Pomelo

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Happy Lunar New Year, my friends! I think I might be having one too many pineapple tarts and bak kwa this year already. Okay, what am I talking about. These two are my favourites every year. Come 2016 when H and I celebrate this festival over at our new place, I think we'll only need to stock up on these two snacks lol.

Anyway, I'm just popping in to share a few looks from Pomelo Fashion! Not sure if you notice but I've been wearing this brand pretty often ever since I heard about them last November when I was in Bangkok for fashion week.

Their pieces are designed in Seoul and you can expect twice weekly updates. There are a huge selection of edgy and chic pieces I am sure you will LOVE and also, free shipping to Singapore! Do check them out if you like what you're going to see ;)



I am crazy about white shirts and who can blame me? They are so versatile and they go with everything. And yes, I need white shirts in every design and cut possible.





Shirt-dresses are my go-to for a casual day and I love the curve-in hem on this pinstripe piece.


The first thing that attracted me to this dress was the trumpet sleeves. I do like wearing boho-chic sometimes!


This pair of jeans has the perfect fit and I loveeee the ruggedness and wash and fit! I can see myself re-wearing this again and again styled with different tops!

That is all I have today but I'll be back soon! I'm finally sifting through honeymoon pictures so expect the first post on Copenhagen to be up hopefully before the end of Feb! Before I sign off, here's wishing you all a blessed week ahead and enjoy the rest of this long break! :)

p/s: Shoptippytapp updated!

Repetto

Friday, 13 February 2015

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If there are two things I could never resist, they would have to be a pretty leather handbag and a pair of comfy leather shoes. Materialism and vanity aside, the reason why I am more willing to pay more for leather goods is because they last. Hence, buying leather goods is consider an investment to me. Till date, I've yet to see my bags' leather peeling off (to be fair, I don't abuse them) and I can walk miles in my seasoned leather flats.


Recently, I had the honour of choosing a few pairs of Repetto's shoes for keeps and I was elated beyond words! I used to stand at the Repetto's counter in Galeries Lafayette and admire the rainbow coloured shoes on display but I couldn't come to a decision on which colour to bring home so I always left empty-handed. If I could, I would want a pair in every colour so I can have my own rainbow at home! *.*



After much debating with myself (in my head and out loud) and recommendations from the sales associates, I decided to go with their latest arrival for Spring/Summer 15 - the Brigitte pointed toe ballerina flat and in lipstick red no less! The Brigitte is a spin off from Repetto’s signature rounded-toe ballerina flat and its pointed toe lends the flat a sharper sexier edge without losing any of its comfort.




The moment I slipped into my first pair of Repetto ballet flats, there was no turning back and I texted H immediately and told him I'm never wearing any other shoes other than Repetto's.



I am not exaggerating when I tell you I am walking on clouds in those ballet flats. The leather is so soft, it feels like second skin. My feet could barely feel the leather and it just doesn't feel like I am wearing anything on my feet! I kept repeating the above out loud for every pair of shoes I tried on, everyone present in the boutique seemed to have ran out of "yes, yes, I agree!" hahaha.



I love how the sharp toe gives the flat a dressier edge that’s similar to a pair of high heels but without the discomfort of standing in heels all day.



Entirely handmade in France, the Brigitte boasts luxurious fabrication, adjustable laces (you can tighten it!) and pink cotton canvas lining and leather soles that are synonymous with the house. It is the perfect party shoe, great for the upcoming Valentine's Day and Lunar New Year visiting. Not only is the design extremely versatile, it is also a timeless classic that can be dressed up or dressed down effortlessly with your outfits ;)

The other item I bagged home (*ahem* hahaha) was the key bag of SS15 - the Telemaque in black!


I don't like carrying big bags normally (unless I'm travelling or I have lotssss to bring out that day) 'cause it'll weigh a ton at the end of the day! A shoulder bag with a long adjustable strap like the Telemaque is my favourite as you can see from the bags I own.



The Telemaque comes in a good size and though it might look a little small, it's pretty spacious! It fits a small wallet, hair brush, tissue paper, keys, mobile phone, lipsticks and even a compact digital camera! Fully lined with pink satin which feels so soft and luscious, at the same time retaining the delicateness of Repetto.


Most importantly, the bag feels so light and is made of non-scratch Soprano leather!

With versatility in mind, the shoulder strap can be completely removed for an entirely different look! Carry it sling in the day then remove the strap and use it as a clutch for evening events.



I absolutely love my highly covetable Telemaque as it is well-made (hand stitched!), stylish and basically a must-have for the sensible fashionista who loves her stuff stylish yet functional. The classic shape and timeless design will last you seasons and truthfully, I cannot think of any outfit/style that the handbag wouldn't match.


If comfort and style are up your alley, you should check out Repetto for the comfiest shoes (I swear I've never worn heels THIS comfortable (for a lack of better word) before) and allow yourself to be awed by the history and production of their leather goods. 

REPETTO

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Ave 
L1-13/14 
Singapore 018956 
Tel: 6688 7607
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 10:00 - 23:00, Fri-Sun 10:00 - 00:00

ION Orchard
2 Orchard Turn
#03-15B
Singapore 238801
Tel: 6238 1345
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 10:30 - 21:30, Fri-Sun 10:00 - 21:30