Chinatown


The desire to travel outside one's comfort zone and explore the world is a lifestyle which appeals to me greatly. I believe that I'm beginning to follow this lifestyle now as a fully fledged Londoner, and it will continue to be a a life that I aspire towards. I'm not one to limit myself to a small environment where everything remains the same and there's a constant sense of stability. There's nothing wrong with this, but it's just not fitting to my personality. Moving from Sixth Form in Liverpool to University in London has made me realise how much I love the idea of challenging myself, and constantly experimenting with new things. If I don't challenge myself, how likely am I to change? If something doesn't work out, I'm not disheartened; I will use it as a learning curve. I'd rather go about life with the intention of aiming high and reaching towards any possible opportunity to achieve my dream goals. If not, I'd simply play life safe, and I don't wish to live this way.

I guess I can't completely escape from some sense of stability in my lifestyle, as I am a full time student. But the desire to visit new places, try out new hobbies and meet new people who share the same passions as me is increasingly becoming stronger. That being said, I did grow up for eighteen years in a city with a close-knit community, where you were just a shoulder away from either someone you knew or a mutual friend. The comforts of home are therefore something which I will always find waiting for me, should I wish for it. It's a rather soothing idea, and one that I recently utilised as I travelled home for Christmas a couple of weeks ago. I love being an urbanite of England's capital, but a lot of London's charm stems from the fact that everything's always alive and busy, making it difficult to completely isolate yourself if that's what you like occasionally. Whilst at home over Christmas, I made the most of frequently visiting one of my favourite, quieter parts of Liverpool: Chinatown, to reaffirm my sense of solitude.

I've long had a tendency to isolate myself, and spend time alone to immerse myself in my creativities. Whether it's through reading a book, playing piano, writing down my thoughts, taking photographs, or perhaps just having a coffee, I think that being so comfortable alone is somewhat empowering.  People have this idea of loneliness as being saddening, as though you're not cool, but in actuality, I think it's the exact opposite. It's extremely uplifting and self-rewarding; allocating some of your time to spend alone is the best way to assess your lifestyle, express yourself, and feel completely confident in yourself. As I'm talking about this, I'm not trying to say that I don't enjoy spending time with people (I love having real conversations with many different people who all similarly interest me). But if you're happy in yourself first, you can plan your explorations and then find happiness with others. 

When travelling back to Liverpool a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to make the most of the comforts of home and its areas of tranquility which I have strongly associated myself with as I've grown up. The photographs for this post were shot in Chinatown, one of my favourite, quiet parts of Liverpool. Unlike London's Chinatown in the heart of Soho, the most central and busy area, Liverpool's Chinatown is a small, desolate area of the city centre. Made up of a few restaurants, coffee shops and flats, its calmness in the midst of a city centre allows one to appreciate its artistic, Chinese-style structure and architecture, a reason for which I will always love spending time there. It's just one of the many parts of Liverpool which I will always revisit when I travel home. Despite the journeys that we embark on, our homes will always be waiting for us should we ever wish to return. For me, returning home means dipping back into the small circle of the comfort zone, and though its a circle that I'm continually trying to move further away from, I think it's soothing to reposition yourself there every once in awhile.

I'll shortly be returning back to London, and back to the busy lifestyle which I love. However, being able to reaffirm myself with the comforts of home and thus solitude has been a rewarding experience. I'm excited to re-embrace the craziness of the capital again, and venture outside the comforts of home which I've transpired back into slightly. I think that it was needed, but I'm now ready to continue challenging myself once again.

On a more light-hearted note, a belated Happy New Year to you all! I have a great feeling about 2017, and I look forward to discovering what this New Year and fresh start brings for myself and you all.

Until next time,

Faye .x


Photographs by Emily Hughes: Instagram / Portfolio - be sure to check out her work as she's an incredible up-and-coming photographer!
























Photographs by Emily Hughes: Instagram / Portfolio


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Bodysuit: Urban Outfitters

Joggers: Zara

Boots: Public Desire

Choker: Topshop

Jacket: Mum's (vintage)


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81 comments

  1. Great post ,love the top .I love to travel ,it just so liberating to me ,meeting new people and learning from different cultures. All the best with your future adventures

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment lovely, so glad you enjoyed it! I completely agree! Have a wonderful weekend .x

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  2. Nice post and the photos look great!

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    1. Thanks so much Katherine, so happy you like them! .x

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  3. I love these photos and this outfit!

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  4. love this post- such cool pics

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  5. That area looks cool. Chinatown in NY is crazy,probably the same as London. It's nice getting back to what you we're use to something. Also, I find that getting out of my comfort zone can be rewarding. Nice post! Love the pictures :)
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    1. It's so cool - I love it! I can imagine, it's crazy in London! Thanks so much for your comment lovely, I'm so glad you enjoyed the post! .x

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  6. Wonderful and perfect! I follow you blog, please follow me too. http://alamodenatine.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Kristine! Of course, I shall .xx

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  7. The location really is fantastic and you're looking great!

    xo
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    1. Aww thank you Carina, I appreciate that! Have a lovely day .xx

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  8. Beautiful pics!!!
    xx

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  9. I love this sporty look. I agree with you that some time alone is really rewarding. I think you first need to concentrate on yourself before you can give something to others.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Izabela! That's so nice to know that you agree! Wishing you a wonderful weekend .x

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  10. Happy New Year to you too! Love the outfit.. specially the top and those cool boots! :)

    And I agree, one first has to be comfortable and happy with oneself. Then being with other is far more enjoyable.. instead of solely depending on them for entertainment and fulfilment!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment Natassia! I'm so glad you agree! Wishing you a wonderful weekend .x

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  11. Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful! Love this outfit!

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    1. Thanks so much Nellie - I'm so glad you like it! .x

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  12. I adore your extremely cool look with the amazing shirt!
    xx Rena
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    1. Ahh thank you Rena, I appreciate it! .xx

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  13. These photos are so beautiful, and I'm loving the outfit...very stylish!

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  14. These photos are stunning!!!! You look AMAZING! - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. Ahh thank you lovely, you should check out my photographers work! Links are above .xx

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  15. You are looking so beautiful dear, really amazing colour!
    xo
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  16. Love how edgy these pictures are, you look so cool!
    xo
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    1. Thanks Siffat - I'm so glad you like them! Have a wonderful weekend .x

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  17. Good pictures, have a good day

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  18. Gorgeous look and good photos

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  19. These pictures are so good! I love your style

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    1. I'm glad you like them Jessica! Thanks lovely! .x

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  20. You look so amazing, Faye! Love the location you shot in too! So rad!
    xoxo, Vanessa
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    1. Thank you so much Vanessa - I'm so glad you enjoyed the post! .xx

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  21. Love this outfit so much. I love those pants and that choker. So, so fabulous.

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  22. Awesome pictures, I love Chinatown!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
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  23. The photos are so beautiful!!!

    XO

    Daria

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  24. Such a cool street style look, lady!

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  25. Awesome post! Love love love your outfit! It goes so perfectly with the Chinatown backdrop!

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    1. Ah thank you so much Ravenna - I'm so glad you enjoyed the post! .x

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  26. Great sports inspired outfit. I love what you said about not wanting to play it safe. Life is short and taking some risks so that you have no regrets is what I try to do. That's one of the reasons why I travel so much - I'm an extrovert and love human connection. I hope you have a ton of wonderful new experiences this year!

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    1. Thanks for your comment Miki! I'm so glad you enjoyed the post and I'm glad you agree! Thanks so much - have a wonderful year too! .xx

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  27. I'm an introvert so a little solitude does my mind, body, and soul some good. I need that time in order to recharge, rejuvenate, and to come up with fresh creative ideas. It is always a good idea to challenge ourselves in order to grown and to build character.
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    1. That's great to know lovely, thanks for sharing! Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead .xx

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  28. I love to travel too, hopefully I can go more this year. I like your outfit, street smart, fun and cool.

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  29. I totally agree with you, it is really important to learn how to be alone. It has nothing to do with not being a sociable person, but sometimes you just need time to be by yourself.
    Great post! I love your photography!

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    1. I'm so glad you can relate Vanessa - thank you! So glad you like the photography! .x

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  30. I like Liverpool! Such a nice coastal city! And I guess China town just give that extra exotic feel to it?! hahah Love these photos!
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    1. Ahh that's so nice to here Margaret - it's a lovely city! Thank you so much! .x

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  31. I love the 1960 jumper! Such a nice shade of red too! x

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  32. So COOL! Love everything about this post my dearest :)))
    Much love, Hadasah
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  33. I think it's great that you're comfortable with spending time alone. Some people can't stand to be only with themselves and I think that's kind of sad. You should always appreciate your own company.

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    1. Thanks so much lovely, I definitely agree! Have a wonderful day .xx

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  34. Love your looks! I want to collaborate with you & Glamoutfit. Can you email me? hanh@glamoutfit.com

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    1. Thanks for your comment Hanh - I'll check it out! .x

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  35. I enjoy my alone time as well. :) Love this outfit!
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  36. Such gorgeous shots and so artistic!! x

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  37. I love this post :)

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  38. You look so freaking fab in these pics!!!

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