Rooftops and Evil Pandas

I’ve been to two rooftop parties recently, both of which had amazing views of the city. Clare and I had fun playing with the light and the strong winds. She is channelling Marilyn Monroe. I don’t know what I’m doing. We also met some evil pandas. And Mario, whom I didn’t notice at the time … Continue reading

Fabric Market

Okay, I know a while ago I promised I would post pictures of the stuff I got made to measure at the fabric market. I already had this picture of the denim skirt (as seen in the wedding post, with the lovely Natalie). It was my most expensive fabric market purchase at 150RMB (about £15). … Continue reading

Cow baby etc.

Yesterday I walked round Jing’An for a long time. It was hot. I didn’t speak to anyone I knew until the evening. On the way home I saw a bouquet of teddies, a baby doll in a cow outfit and a miniature city. I failed to take photos of any of the above, so I … Continue reading


We went to the opening of the new terrace at Barbarossa on Friday night, where there was free flow wine, beer and spirits for 90 mins… I could probably never afford to go there normally as drinks are insanely expensive. It’s a Moroccan-style lounge bar inside People’s Park, with pretty amazing views of the city. … Continue reading


I didn’t actually watch the Royal Wedding, but I did go to a British ‘boaters and blazers’ themed picnic the next day to celebrate it (at Shanghai Sculpture Park). We ate strawberries and cucumber sandwiches and drank Pimms. There were in fact two weddings taking place in the park at the time, which meant we … Continue reading


Okay, so this post has absolutely nothing to do with Easter, but that’s the time frame in which these things occurred. On Saturday I went to a short film night at the Dutch Design Center on Shaanxi North Road with Natalie and Will. There were some great films and free Bombay Sapphire gin – bonus. … Continue reading

Shanghai Thriving Hotel

Yeah, looks really thriving.

Queen Sea Big Shark

Last night I went to see Beijing’s Queen Sea Big Shark, a Chinese band famous enough that I’d read about them in Time Magazine before moving to Shanghai. Freshly returned from SXSW in Austin, they wowed the new Mao Livehouse with their catchy indie rock. At one point I even forgot that I was ill … Continue reading


I woke up this morning exhausted, sunburnt and having lost my cardigan. But it was okay. Because yesterday was one of the best birthday celebrations I’ve had in a long time. It was a beautiful day for a picnic, and I went to Century Park for the first time. It’s one of my favourite places … Continue reading


I was tagged in this meme by Shelly Three names I go by: Alexis, Lex, Alexicle. Three places I’ve lived in: York, Brighton, Jhunan (Taiwan). Three places I’ve worked: Priestley’s Vintage (York)… Bellerby’s College (Brighton)… freelance writing for art/music/literature magazines and websites (wherever). Three things I love to watch: weird and wonderful animation, Woody Allen … Continue reading