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Bag Furla / Dress eShakti / Sunglasses Fendi

(Outfit photo credits to Ed Tran Photography)

Hey lovely readers! Welcome to Xintiandi, one of my favorite window shop and lounge districts in Shanghai! This district incorporates the old shikumen style alleys and buildings of Shanghai with the newly refurnished shiny interiors, allowing shoppers to get a taste of both the old and the new. Xintiandi, (“New Heaven and Earth”) is the meeting point of past and future Shanghai.

I am wearing a dress from eshakti, which I adore! It’s definitely going to be a wardrobe staple for nights out in the future.  Eshakti had a really innovative design and sizing process, which I got the chance to try out-and completely loved! I had a hard time picking between all their different dress styles. I am modeling their Virginia Dress.

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Bag Kate Spade / Dress Titty&Co / Belt F21 

(Cover photo credits to Ed Tran Photography)

I’ve always loved wearing really girly dresses (and accessories to match :) when visiting Shanghai. There are so many different settings in the city, and you can dress according to the scene and your plans for the day!

Shanghais Pudong district has always struck me as very cool in color tone (glass and sleek cement all around.) I paired my fond memories of this region with a cute but simple pastel dress that my friend bought me from Japan. I absolutely love the lavender and periwinkle color combo, as well as the adorable details. I paired it with a mint satchel bag and a small pink belt.

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Wish everyone a great move into Autumn and Winter! This festival marks the changing of seasons, and celebrates the night when the moon is the roundest, largest, and brightest!

I ate mooncakes with my family as we do every year, and the sweetness was delicious! I love sweets. I think lotus mooncakes are my favorite ^^

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With the coming of the new school year is a flurry of schoolwork, friends, and the readiness to enjoy my last year of high school in Palo Alto. Even with all the California sunshine and excitement that comes with the senior year of high school, I find myself sometimes daydreaming of my summer adventures in a city on the other side of the world- Shanghai.

With this lingering attachment in mind, I decided to dedicate this month of blogging to the wonderful city of Shanghai, which I’ve always considered my true “home.” I only spent a short two weeks there this summer, which was barely enough time to catch up with friends and family, go on a weekend trip with my cousins, and get all my shopping and modeling in. This left me with no time to blog about my adventures!

With this, I introduce “Shanghai September”, my theme for this month.

I will be posting some photos from my shoots there, recreations of Shanghainese street fashions, and various food photos and selfies during my adventures. I will also be sharing some of the traditions I engage in every time I visit- including visits to special cafes,  great places to shop, cultural books to read, and unique things to do and foods to try in the city dubbed “Pearl of the Orient.”

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