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Lookbook: Celfie in Shanghai

9/15/2014

Last week I spent my days working and sightseeing in China--Shanghai and Beijing, specifically. Here are a few things I'd like to share with you about my time. Oh, and there's an outfit post in here too--stripes and a celfie. Note: the post title is Celfie in Shanghai because it has a good ring to it, but as you can see, these were taken at The Great Wall of China, which is in Beijing. No, I didn't climb The Great Wall in these shoes. I'm no idiot.

  • We took the metro from the Shanghai airport to our hotel. Metros are kinda crazy as everyone tries to get off at the same time everyone tries to get on.
  • Nanjing Road is always happening. Reminds me of Grafton Street in Dublin or even South Beach.
  • It can be difficult knowing what you're eating at restaurants when you don't speak any Chinese. Can only say Xie Xie (thank you) and Ni Hao (hello) for so long.
  • Not sure how people cross intersections so calmly with all the mopeds, motorized bikes and car honks.
  • Always get the duck.
  • It's hot in China (although it was hotter in Texas) so you'll see a lot of guys with their shirts up.
  • Yes to the tea house, even if you're not a big tea drinker. Cool experience--interesting teas.
  • Try to run into hotels to use the bathroom as various public places are only equipped with holes in the ground.
  • If possible, cable car up The Great Wall and go down via the toboggan.
  • If you happen to be a black woman, like I am, then you will get stared at constantly. When visiting Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City, pretty much 90% of the people there were gawking at me. One guy even stopped to talk to me in Mandarin. I don't know any Mandarin (as explained above). One family even saddled up next to me at one point and took a photo with me. I swear they either thought I was Rihanna or a martian.   

On the Muse: | H&M celfie top | ASOS midi skirt in broken stripe | 
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  1. These pics are so cute, it's great you had some play time during your trip.

    xo
    ​PinkSole​

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  2. Sounds amazing, love the look doll :) xx

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  3. You look so gorgeous with this long skirt - loving your outfit indeed :)

    Lu | www.balgarka.co.uk

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  4. A "celfie" on the Great Wall is just toooooo cool, Cheryl! :D

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  5. Looking chic at the Great Wall Cheryl! The crowds and the non stop traffic in China are more than a little intimidating. How did you find the air quality?

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  6. great wall of china is on my bucket list :)
    u look great in that outfit, i like the pairing of celfie shirt with that pretty skirt
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  7. What an amazing experience! Yes, I hear China is super hot and humid, glad you brought breezy pieces to wear!!

    xx Alyson
    The Beauty Vanity

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  8. Sounds like quite the adventure, and love this look!

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  9. Unbelievable photos!!! I can't even imagine how incredible the sights must be!

    xo Jackie
    Something About That

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  10. You're the cutest! Good to hear you didn't climb the Great Wall in those shoes haha. Jealous of your trip..sounds amazing! Your necklace is pretty too. :)

    xo, grace (patternedposies.blogspot.com)

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  11. LOVE the cute sandals! great post...thanks for sharing your experience!

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  12. Love your outfit! I have that skirt in the navy/white stripe and love it! Looks like a fun trip too!

    xoxo
    Cathy

    www.bayareafashionista.com

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  13. You are so adorable! I love this outfit and that top!

    Tiffany Ima
    Style Honestly

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  14. adore that outfit and adore that photo shoot! <3

    rhea @ rheaetcetera.com

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  15. LOL, it sounds like you had a pretty interesting time in China. I love your photos at the Great Wall. Hotel bathrooms are always the way to go for "western" style toilets. I also loved nanjing road for shopping and cool little snacks.

    You are totally right - they probably thought you were Rihanna or a martian. I was similarly gawked at in India and got asked to pose with families in photos. My friend told me to decline because my photo might be passed around for decades!

    xoxo,
    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  16. Great pics! And you look fabulous! Take me with you next time! lol
    xo,
    Lisa

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