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Travel – Birthday Vacation: Topsham

We explored Topsham, a nearby town with G’s cousin and wife while visiting Exmouth on our second day. We took the train and it was only a short 15 minute ride away. Our first stop was at Bridge Inn, a historical pub that dates back to 1897 for some drinks and snacks. They serve a variety of lager and ales but I’d have no clue which is which since I don’t drink! I had some hot chocolate instead and a pie. (WARNING: Picture heavy post!)

Topsham Train Station

Bridge Inn Topsham Devon England UK

Mobile Telephone sign inside Bridge Inn

Sign inside Bridge Inn

Empty kegs outside of Bridge Inn

Bridge Inn bench wood carving

Next, we were given a brief walking tour of Topsham along the river by our hosts. We then stopped by for a quick bite at Route 2 Cafe Bar. The cafe is a cosy hangout with its own adjacent bike shop that provides bike rentals and bike service and repair. I would’ve love to bike around town but the typical English weather did not permit that as it was cloudy and rainy the whole day!

Roses Topsham

Poplar House Topsham Devon England UK

Hope House Topsham Devon England UK

Shell House Topsham Devon England UK

Conservation sign

Alley in Topsham Devon England UK

Boats on the river Topsham Devon England UK

View of boat on the river

Topsham Museum

The Goat Walk Topsham Devon England UK

Benches by The Goat Walk Topsham Devon England UK

Union Jack by the river

Statue Decor

Wall hangings

The Lighter Inn Hall and Woodhouse

Route 2 Cafe Bar Topsham Devon England UK

We ended our tour of Topsham at the Quay Antique Centre. I highly recommend this place for any vintage/antique lover as it is a three-story warehouse building filled with a wide array of goods from home ware to toys!

Quay Antique Center

Antique brass kettles Quay Antique Centre

Beautiful China ceramic Quay Antique Centre

Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter Quay Antique Centre

Dial-up telephones Quay Antique Center

Ship Wheel  Decor Quay Antique Centre

For more pictures of Topsham, check them out here. I’ll have one last post from my birthday vacation up soon. Hope you have a great start to the week! 🙂

Fauxionable Outfit – Embroidered Flowers

It is still somewhat cold here for Spring and I am resisting from wearing sweaters, so I opted to layer this ZARA shirt with embroidered flowers (love this knock-off shirt of Louis Vuitton from S/S 2012) underneath a cardigan instead. My instinct is usually to pair blush/nude color with neutrals (usually black) but I decided to experiment with a bold color and kept the rest as neutrals. Well, part of the challenge of style blogging is experimenting with outfits anyway, so.. 😉

Fauxionable Outfit - Embroidered Flowers

Fauxionable Outfit - Embroidered Flower Shirt close up kelly double tour hermes, louis vuitton, sofia coppola PM, cherry

What do you think? Is the red too bold or should I have opted for a lighter shade? Btw, happy pre-Friday! 🙂


Fauxionable Outfit – Classic Black & White

Yes, I’m wearing white pants after Labor Day. That age-old rule does not exist in my style book! Heh. Here’s an outfit to a housewarming party today.

Fauxionable Outfit - Black & White black tuxedo shirt white pants

Fauxionable Outfit - Black & White

  • Top: H&M Men 2010
  • Pants: Vintage (Giordano bought in 1999!)
  • Bracelet: H&M S/S 2011
  • Shoes: ZARA S/S 2011
  • Bag: Marc Jacobs Palais Royal Pouch S/S 2008
  • Watch: Michael Kors MK 5384

Do you wear white after Labor Day?

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!

Refinery29 + GAP Modern/Vintage Mashup

Yesterday while walking home, I stumbled upon an event at the Gap store in Georgetown. I vaguely recall seeing an email from Gap with regards to the event but I had forgotten about it. As I was walking home past the shops in Georgetown, I noticed a white wool hat on display that caught my attention; thus I ventured into the store. (I had noticed a DJ from the other window display but didn’t think much about it!)

Upon entering the store, I was greeted by two staff (I wasn’t sure if they were Gap staff or folks from Refinery 29) and the male proceeded to ask if I was drinking with them tonight. I was puzzled and responded, “I don’t know, am I?” His female counterpart quickly responded that I just needed to show my ID, and proceeded to tag me on my wrist shortly after I did so.

The event that was happening in the store was a collaboration between Refinery 29 and Gap, the Modern/Vintage Mashup, an opportunity to meet with Refinery 29’s local editors and have them style outfits with clothing from Gap.

Refinery29 & Gap Modern/Vintage Mashup Washington DC

There were cocktails and hor d’oeuvre’s being served throughout the store and people in the store were encouraged to enter the raffle for a chance to win one of the three outfits displayed by the set-up for the event and vintage accessories.  The outfits featured the new Fall pieces from Gap and there were various vintage accessories on display that was up for grabs including luxury designer brands. The first prize for the raffle was a choice for one of the outfits while the next three prizes were for any of the vintage accessories on display.

Modern/Vintage Mashup set up table

The Modern/Vintage Mashup set-up

Close up of accessories for Modern/Vintage Mashup

Close up of some of the vintage accessories that were up for grabs

Outfits of the Modern/Vintage Mashup

The other outfits & the white hat that caught my attention!

I happily filled in my card for the raffle and dropped it into the ballot box. While waiting for the drawing (winner had to be present to claim their prize), I hung around the store checking out some of the sale items since I had already seen the newer items just the day before at another store. I also met a blogger (I was pretty sure there were a few of them around) and spoke to strangers which was quite uncharacteristic of me. (I am generally a shy person and much prefer to observe than interact at first glance.) Now, how do I know there were bloggers at the event? Well, there were folks swapping name cards and networking while all decked up with their A-game on! I immediately made a mental note to always have my A-game on and to start looking at printing out biz cards if I wanna get serious at blogging, that’s for sure.

DJ Neekola playing at the Modern/Vintage Mashup event

DJ Neekola in action

Wall of rainbow Gap ballet flats

Wall of rainbow Gap ballet flats that would fit right in to my shoe collection

VIntage black suede bag with gold chain at Modern/Vintage Mashup

The vintage bag that I’d pick if I was selected as winner!

At around 7.45pm, the DJ stopped playing music and we were ushered to gather near the set up for drawing of winners to commence. The first prize winner’s name was called out and she was in the fitting room! Good thing her friends were there to relay that information or else she wouldn’t have won anything. She picked the outfit that I would’ve picked myself, the pairing of a shirt, blazer, and jeans. Next, few names were called but since the individuals were not present in the store, they kept drawing more names. Alas, I left empty-handed but I enjoyed the experience and learned a thing or two about being a blogger.

The 3 outfits up for grabs at Modern/Vintage Mashup

The three outfits again

Drawing winners for the Modern/Vintage Mashup

Hope you enjoyed reading this post!