Travel in Style.

Shanghai, China

I started my trip to China on the 1st of November, and here I am, enjoying my last days here before I (earlier than planned) head back to London. Am I happy, am I sad to be leaving? My emotions are mixed and the dilemma I’m in can’t really be explained. Obviously I’m more than excited to go back to London since that’s where all my friends are, my business, my home; it’s the place I know so well… But China is the complete opposite, and the unknown has always tempted me. 

Unfortunately during my trip I didn’t get the chance to visit the old parts of China, hidden in the mountains, filled with culture and tradition, but that’s what I’ve left for my next trip. Experiencing some of the biggest and most developed cities in the world isn’t bad either, right? Shenzhen, Shanghai and Hong Kong have been a wonderful home for my ideas and I. Caught in the fashion world of China between modelling castings and business meetings, I had the chance to experience the country from a different, very Western side.

Reiss and The Golden Diamonds have partnered to share with you my experience in China. With lots of fresh photos and a short Q&A, I am opening up about my travel style and essentials. 

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·         What are your suitcase essentials when travelling?

Skincare bag, black jeans, white T-shirt, a book, flat ankle boots, Tom Ford private blend perfume, lace bras, tripod. 

·         Which AW14 trends are you currently sporting?

Regardless the trends, to me always is autumn about masculinity, pastels, leather and comfy jumpers. 

·         How does your style differ when visiting China?

Though I have never visited China myself before, from what everyone is telling me, I feel like it has changed a lot. Fashion is being hugely influenced by Japan. You see more and more girls sporting thigh high boots with short skirts and girlish sweaters. That’s kind of how I feel as well; having always loved the “Japanese school-girl” style you see in mangas or animes, I finally get the chance to experiment with that.  

·         What are your favourite hotspots when visiting and why?

Just like many other Asian destinations, China is all about streets. That’s where the culture is; the best food, the dances, the music, all of that you can find on the streets. Apart from that, I’m always keen on trying small local eateries, but they’re never pre-planned. 

·         How best would you describe your signature style?

My style changes all the time. Even though I am all about masculinity and minimalism, I love fashion too much to just stick to one thing; I love experimenting. The life of a blogger has offered me the chance to start my own style adventure. 

·         What are your ultimate beauty staples?

Cleanser, serum and eyeliner. I’m trying to avoid anything else, especially in such a warm climate. 

·         The best piece of sartorial advice you’ve been given?

Attitude is everything. It doesn’t really matter how trendy, cool or expensive your outfit is; the best way to impress is to make people see the personality behind the clothes.

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Photos: Daniel Dykes

  • You photos and the layout of this post are so beautiful! Really enjoyed this!

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed China, especially Shanghai, which has become my home for the past 5 years. Wish I ran into you in the streets of Shanghai! This post is beautiful by the way. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

    Alicia C.

  • nat

    great post!
    loved your outfits and photos in china

  • Ирина

    Очень красивые фотографии,особенно в платье!

  • One of the posts I enjoyed most. Amazing!!! <3

  • Amazing shots!! That lace number is gorgeous

  • perfect post dear!
    what pleasure was read it!

  • Thia Padilla

    Amazing pics! my favorites are ones with the lace dress!

  • Totally loving this whole editorial! My favorite one is the Shanghai Schoolgirl!


  • Beautiful pictures!

    Fashion blogger, freelance stylist and photographer, interior designer, photo model and music production student. Check out my fashion blog Great and big things are coming!

  • Victoria

    Wonderful Doina! You are so lucky to travel into so many beautiful places.

  • Stephanie

    Great post!!You are beautiful,great style.

  • great pics, love the fist look aloot!

  • Hey Doina! Your blog is the first that I visit every single day coz it is so much more interesting than most that I follow and I know for sure that it will be in the top 10 blogs very soon 😉

  • Superba postare! Chiar nu imi venea sa cred ca a trecut aproape o luna de cand ai ajuns in China. Te urmaresc si pe Instagram si a trebuit sa verific daca intradevar pe 1 Noiembria a inceput aventura ta acolo.
    Rezultatul este extraordinar, arata ca un Photobook de toata lauda!

    Te pup, Doina, si iti doresc mult succes in continuare.

    xoxo, Simona Moon

  • The white skirt outfit is fabulous! I also like how you paired the Nikes with the elegant skirt <3 Love

  • Andreea

    Foarte eleganta si frumoasa esti Doina!!Te admir si astept cu nerabdare tote postarile tale.

  • u look stunning wherever you are! that cobalt blue lace dress seems made for you! <3

  • How cool!



  • Janne Mou

    Chic girl!You give me inspiration.

  • Anneliese

    Draga Doina,

    Te rog din suflet, postează odată link-ul pentru acele cizme divine!
    Multumesc mult!

    Ești nemaipomenita! Keep up the amazing work, YOU eye candy you!!

  • beautiful picture! I love your outfit from Hong Kong, especially the skirt!

  • Amazing photos!

  • Brigita

    You did a great job! I would love t know how you achieved the stunning make-up you rock in the last set of pictures. Is it a white eyeliner?

  • Beautiful photos. I especially love your outfit with the white pleated skirt. The school girl outfit looks awesome as well!

  • amazing photos! happy holidays 🙂

  • cristina

    Doina, I have a pair of boots that are very similar. Would you maybe give me some advice on how to wear them? Thanks in advance.