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Travel – Birthday Vacation: London & Hermès Festival des Métiers

For my birthday vacation, I really only spend a few days (make that two full days) in London as G and I visited Bath and Exmouth (where his cousin and his family resides). While in London, I took the opportunity to appeased my Asian taste buds as I find most of the Asian food in DC to be subpar.

My first meal upon arrival however was at the Wildwood restaurant at Jubilee Place Mall near where G lives. While waiting for our food, the fire alarm went off and we had to evacuate the mall! We return shortly after when everyone was allowed into the building and I had spaghetti with oak roasted salmon while typical G had pizza of course. 😉 The food was decent albeit a smaller portion that I’d like.

Wildwood London Jubilee Place Mall Spaghetti with Oak Roasted Salmon and Margherita PizzaSpaghetti with Oak Roasted Salmon and Margherita Pizza

My next full day in London was the day G & I met up with fellow blogger Marlene of Chocolate Cookies & Candies and Kelly of Plum Project to check out the Hermès Festival des Métiers at Saatchi Gallery. I had a great time getting to know the both of them and it was an eye opening experience to be able to see some of the artisans at work at the Hermès Festival des Métiers. If watching this did not already ignite my desire for another piece of Hermes, being at the exhibit definitely did. Hermes Kelly, you’ll be mine soon! Business of Fashion wrote about the exhibit here and check out Marlene’s post on the exhibit here.

Hermes Festival des Métiers London Saatchi GalleryThe orange cables artfully decorated the space at the exhibit

Hermes Birkin to be sewn Festival des Métiers LondonPieces of leather to be made into a Birkin

Hermes artisan making Hermes BirkinArtisan stitching handle of a Birkin onto the main body

Hermes Kelly Festival des Métiers LondonHermes Kelly on display

Festival des Métiers Hermes Haut à Courroies HACHermes Haut à Courroies (HAC) on display

Hermes Festival des Métiers London

Hermes Festival des Métiers LondonArtisan working on the finishing of leather for Hermes bags

Hermes Festival des Métiers watchmaker London

Hermes Festival des Métiers London watch parts

Hermes Festival des Métiers London watchesArtisan working on watches

hermes Festival des Métiers London scarf

Hermes Festival des Métiers scarfArtisan making velvet out of silk scarves

Hermes Festival des Métiers London

Hermes Festival des Métiers LondonBeautiful Hermes silk scarves in bevy of colors

Hermes Festival des Métiers LondonScraps from scarves

Hermes Festival des Métiers London

Hermes Festival des Métiers LondonFrom drawing to silk

Hermes Festival des Métiers London

Hermes Festival des Métiers London

Hermes Festival des Métiers

Hermes Festival des Métiers LondonHermes Ready-to-Wear

Hermes Festival des Métiers London

Hermes Festival des Métiers LondonHermes Festival des Métiers London

Hermes Festival des Métiers London

Hermes Festival des Métiers London

Hermes Festival des Métiers LondonStep-by-step detailed painting of home ware

Hermes Festival des Métiers London

Hermes Festival des Métiers London

Once we were done gawking and ogling at the fine craftsmanship of Hermes, we headed to Soho to fill our tummies with some ramen. We Malaysians consider gastronomy as a past time, so it was a given that we’d have to bond over food. Kelly had suggested that we frequent Shoryu Ramen for their noodles and I have to thank her for that. The signature noodles I had were delicious and G who’s not a big fan of noodles ordered a side of Chicken Kara Age to go with his Char Siu Tonkutsu and absolutely loved it. I highly recommend Shoryu Ramen and look forward to returning in the near future!

Shoryu Ramen Shoryu Ganso Tonkutsu Shoryu Ganso Tonkutsu from Shoryu Ramen

Aside from the ramen at Shoryu Ramen, I also quite enjoyed my ramen from wagamama. That was my last meal eating out in London and we also ordered some dumplings as appetizers but those were nothing to shout about.

wagamama ramenGyoza and wagamama ramen from wagamama

View of Thames River LondonView of Thames River from G’s flat

I still have more pics to share from our visit to Exmouth as well as some birthday goodies that G gave to me for my birthday! 🙂

Hope you had a good weekend!

Street Style: Fashion Week

Since it has been raining not to mention misty and foggy today, I didn’t get a chance to snap my outfit pic for today. Thus, street style outfit pics to commence instead from fashion weeks!

Street Style New York Fashion Week S/S2013

Street Style New York Fashion Week S/S2013

New York Fashion Week

Street Style London Fashion Week S/S2013

Street Style London Fashion Week S/S 2013

London Fashion Week

Street Style Milan Fashion Week S/S 2013

Street Style Milan Fashion Week S/S 2013

Milan Fashion Week

Street Style Paris Fashion Week S/S 2013

Paris Fashion Week

Yes, each outfit that I selected resembles my style in one way or another! (No surprises there.)

Fauxionable Outfit – Orange Crush

Feeling orange for Fall with brown and black thrown into the mix (yet another Fall transition outfit – scarf, coat, and boots).

Fauxionable Outfit - Orange Crush Fall Michael Kors MK 5384 orange black brown

Fauxionable Outfit - Orange Crush Jasmine Sola wood earrings

  • Top: Naf Naf 2007
  • Skirt: Vintage (Bought this from China in 2001)
  • Scarf: Thrifted from Retro Clothing in London (posted here)
  • Coat: Local boutique in Malaysia (posted here)
  • Boots: Banana Republic 2007
  • Bag: Thrifted from Second Time Around in Boston 2006
  • Earrings: Jasmine Sola 2006
  • Watch: Michael Kors MK 5384

Happy Friday, everyone!