Mar 21, 2017

The military jacket & a pop of color

Jacket / Jacheta - H&M || Shirt / Camasa - Zara || Jeans / Blugi - Stradivarius || Bag / Geanta - Local Store || Boots / Cizmulite - Zara

The second day we spent in Xi'an was mostly about the Terracotta Army Museum, which is in fact one of the most famous tourist attractions in the area and which was also our no. 1 point of interest :)
The museum is located about 40 km away from Xi'an and there is a bus taking you there from Xi'an Railway Station. However, you have to be careful to take the right bus because there are many "fake" buses which will take you to a Silk Factory to do some shopping on the way to the museum. We did lots of research before stepping into one of the buses and luckily, we got the right one soooo no silky garments for us :)). FYI, take the white buses not the green or blue ones ;).

Getting at the museum takes about one hour and the place is huge: there are 3 pits where you can see the Terracotta Warriors together with Horses and Carriages which have been there discovered since 1976. They took out about 20.000 such pieces since then and I think it's not even 10% of how much there still is. The Mausoleum of the Qin Emperor is located about 2 km away from the museum and probably on a 2 km radius from his grave everything is surrounded by its army and who knows what else. You do the math. :) Nevertheless, they stopped the excavations because they don't have the necessary equipment to properly preserve everything they find under the earth.

Anyway, I decided to add some photos taken at this museum at the end of this post since this place is so important in China's history and the feeling it gives you when you see what the Emperor has done for his afterlife is amazing. Luckily, on our way out we found some beautiful blooming trees which have enlightened the grey sky a little bit and have enabled us to take some photos of my outfit as well. The photos are not many and not of the best quality but those trees were too pretty not to take advantage of them haha. These gave me such a spring feeling <3. The military jacket is another trendy piece for this season and I'm glad I got my hands on this one while it was on sale. I think it looks classy and chic and I love the golden details on the sleeves. I kept the rest of the outfit quite simple but I added a little bit of colour by wearing a red Chloe-alike bag.

Do you like military jackets?

Hugs, A.

The Museum..

P.S.: During the evening we took a walk around the City Wall (well a part of it) and went to see the Bell Tower and Drum Tower again because we heard they are all lit up so beautifully at night. Well, I let you be the judge after taking a look at the pictures below :).

Mar 17, 2017

The Oversized Denim Jacket // Xi'an

Denim Jacket / Geaca de blugi - HERE / AICI || Blouse / Bluza - Zara || Jeans / Blugi - Stradivarius || Boots / Botine - Zara || Bag / Geanta - Zara

The time has come and the struggle is real: I have too many photos and no more free space :)). Which is why I can only show you a few photos from our 1st day spent last week in Xi'an (more exactly, these ones were taken last Friday). Xi'an is famous for many historical events which took place here along the time and it is the oldest of the Four Ancient Capitals of China, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including Western Zhou, Qin, Western Han, Sui and Tang. Xi'an is also the starting point of the Silk Road and home of the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin, therefore you can imagine why this city was on our "must-see places" list. :)

As we were pretty tired during the first day there because we only slept about 4 hours the night before in order to catch our early flight, we decided to just walk around and see what was close to us: the Xi'an City Walls, the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower and the Muslim Quarter. Our hotel was in the centre of the city so reaching these first attractions was very convenient as we were able to just walk to them. The first one was the city wall, which might be my favourite place in this city, both during the day and during the night. The City Wall is one of the oldest, largest and best preserved Chinese city wall. It was built in the 14th century but has been refurbished many times since and the wall encloses about 14 square km. In order to get on the wall you have to pay a fee, after which you can walk until you can't feel your feet anymore :)) Or you can rent a bike and ride around. The wall is lit up so beautifully at night that I totally recommend you to have a walk and admire it.

In the photos below you will be able to see the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower as well, which are other symbols of the city. Each of these towers had their purpose, namely the bells from the Bell Tower were stricken at dawn, while the drums from the Drum Tower were beaten at sunset to indicate the end of the day. Pretty cool, huh? :) Finally, the Muslim Quarter was one of the most colourful streets I've seen, full of people but moreover, full of FOOD. It is in fact like a market where the Chinese Muslims are inviting you to taste their local goodies. Unfortunately, I couldn't add here photos of this part, but I might show you some more on Instagram. :)

I usually like and try to match my outfits to the places we visit and I compose my looks by thinking that they would fit a certain place. This is exactly what happened with today's outfit: I imagined I would wear it during our walk on the City Wall and I think it fitted the background perfectly. In case you didn't notice by now, I have a new obsession which is putting my hands on all sorts of interesting pairs of jeans: embroidered, with patches, with pearls, with bows, etc. And apparently this obsession is slowly developing to denim jackets as well. The latest addition to my wardrobe is this lovely  oversized JACKET with patches which I find to be so cool and fun to wear! I love its vintage vibe and the fact that it is long and oversized. The quality is very good, as always, and the patches make it truly something! I wore it with a pair of black skinny jeans and a yellow blouse with ruffles and I think this jacket made my outfit look more interesting, a bit more casual but so much more fun, right? :)

Let me know what you think!

Have a lovely weekend!
Love, A.

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