Fashion Outfits

OOTD // Sunrise in Pu Luong Nature Reserve

In between my London Collections: Men reports and hectic travel schedule, I like to give you guys and myself a quick break by sharing this new outfit post!!sunrise001

For the first leg of my adventure, I flew from Manchester via Doha with a quick touch-down in Bangkok to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. The next day, I travelled further up north of the country to the Mai Chau Valley. After just one night stay, I then left the valley for the other-worldly beautiful nature reserve known as Pu Luong, where this heavenly water cascade was located just down the hill from the lodge I was staying in, with a lovely Thai-ethnic family.

 

I left Hanoi with only a fraction of my belongings as I’d be returning there after a week and I didn’t wish to drag all of my luggage with me through these wonderful villages and thus disturbing their peace… so I had only a limited variety of clothes to work with.

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Tee: River Island | Shorts: Topman | Belt: Topman | Espadrilles: Bertie

To begin, I was conscious of putting together an outfit that would complement the beautiful surrounding but at same time, I needed an extra pop so myself, as the subject could stand out from the luscious greeneries. I thought this oversized River Island t-shirt did the trick wonderfully as the sunrise orange and its patterned nature pulled the focus back to the outfit and gave the pictures an extra dimension.

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The Topman shorts were one of my many great Christmas sale finds. They were marked down to £8 when I found them on the discount rail and I wasn’t going to let that one slip… whereas the Bertie shoes were given to me for Christmas – talk about the perfect gift. I think they go really well together.

 

I began drafting this post in Ninh Binh, another beautiful place I visited and met some wonderful locals I can now call friends but I’m about to publish it now at my hotel room in Chiang Mai, Bangkok where I’ll spend the next couple of days before trekking deep into the mountains… I meant it when I said a hectic schedule but so far, I’ve enjoyed every moment of it!! Living in the West has had me forgotten how much simpler life could be in this part of the world. Only 10 days in, this trip has already reminded me so much of why I do what I do… it’s because it brings joy to my life and to me, that’s the most important thing all of us could always use more of. Happiness. Until my next post, I hope you guys are keeping well and I can’t wait to share more of my outfits wherever I may be!!

 

Love, Oliver

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7 Comments

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    Offbeat Emily
    January 28, 2015 at 9:29 am

    You’re so lucky to be escaping the awful weather here in Manchester! The outfit looks great, I can’t believe those shorts were so cheap! x

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      oliverinstead
      January 28, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      I know… I look at BBC news now and think “Thank God I’m not there” lol They were actually a tenner, I got some of the purchases confused but still very cheap!

      Oliver x

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    amy
    January 28, 2015 at 9:37 am

    this location is actually stunning! i love your shorts xx

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      oliverinstead
      January 28, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      The whole of Pu Luong is gorgeous!! I do too, they’re so nice to wear too!!

      Oliver x

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    misspond
    January 29, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Jealous of your travels! I can’t wait to finish uni and see some new places :) Love the tee shirt!

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    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    January 29, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I am jealous of where you are. Love the shorts too – such a bargain!

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    OOTD // Lint-detailed Tee in Langkawi | Suede & Symphony
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