Jan 3, 2014

SHANGHAI: GRAYSCALE ON YONGKANG RD.

Irene's Story cardigan, Callixto ring, American Apparel jeans, Brandy t-shirt, Zadig & Voltaire bag, Chloé boots

People have always claimed that it is difficult to get good coffee in Shanghai, despite its abundance of adorable hole-in-the-wall coffee shops full of vintage cameras and odd knick-knacks.  I found Café del Volcan during my search for the perfect Shanghai latte, and the little store did not disappoint with its self-roasted gourmet coffee beans and tightly-packed seating.  Coincidentally, the Café also happens to be on one of my favorite streets in Shanghai: YongKang Rd. The street boasts enormous character and charm in the form of sidewalk tables (that could rival little bars in Paris) underneath clotheslines, providing for a multicultural, colorful array. On top of that, the street is lined with some of the loveliest walls in the city (hello, pastel and brick goodness) that undeniably show glimpses of both modernity and history (in the form of old Chinese alleyways).  In this sense, YongKang Rd. really embodies the immense change that Shanghai has undergone these past few decades. 

The fact that I happened to be in grayscale (as per usual) also suited my needs, because the street more than compensated for my lack of color with its vibrance.

And of course, the fact that this is my first post of 2014 makes for an obligatory celebration of 2013 and what's to come in the new year. Happy New Years, sweethearts - I am very appreciative of the changes that have come in the past year (from an abundance of self-traveling to new opportunities and new friends), and as I mentioned on Instagram, Reflecting on the past year, I have to acknowledge the self-discovery that was an integral part of 2013. And while some of what we have found scares us, because it may be a flaw or a fear, at least we've discovered it, accepted it, nonetheless. Here's to making resolutions when we feel the need for them, and not just once a year xx. 

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