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LAMMA ISLAND

We took a quick day trip from Hong Kong to nearby Pok Liu Chau a.k.a Lamma Island, a laidback little place filled with fishing villages, great sea views and a relaxed pace of life about 30 minutes on the ferry away.

Emma Louise Layla in Lamma Island | Hong Kong travel blog | lifestyle blogger

FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: CHECKS

Christy Turlington in black and white checks - 90s fashion - style inspiration

HALCYON DAYS BANGLES

The latest additions to my collection of arm candy are two beautiful hand-decorated enamel and gold-plated bangles from luxury British goods brand Halcyon Days.  The brand started as a small antiques shop in Mayfair in 1950 and has earnt three Royal Warrants over the years.  Known for special occasion gifts like enamel boxes and fine bone china, Halycon Days launched its first collection of bangles in 2010 and also added silk scarves, cashmere throws and scented candles to their range.

Halcyon Days stackable enamel bangles - luxury British jewellery - hand-decorated bracelets

I visited their Brook Street store and spent about an hour trying on all the different variations of their stackable hinged bracelets from delicate 1cm bangles to chunky 4cm statement cuffs.  I went for two chain print skinny bangles in silver and rose gold to mix and match with the rest of my bracelets and I'm smitten.

My readers can take 13% off full price bangles with code ELL13 until 15 July - browse the range of SS15 bracelets here and treat yourself!

Halcyon Days stackable enamel bangles - luxury British jewellery - hand-decorated bracelets

ARAMINTA

I recently discovered a new ethical British fashion brand called Araminta launched by a lovely lady called Gillian Mead in London earlier this year.  I was on the lookout for clothes in light, natural fabrics for our Asia trip last month and fell for this beautiful coral pink dress with flippy hem in 100% cotton jersey.  Not only are the fabrics good quality, but they're organic and recycled.

Araminta coral pink dress on London style blogger Emma Louise Layla - ethical fashion brand

After conducting research touring apparel factories which supply leading high street retailers, she was appalled to see workers without the proper protective clothing in dark, hot rooms using old machinery and inhaling harmful chemicals all day.  Upon her return, Gillian set out to create wearable clothes which don't wear out the world.

HONG KONG STREET MARKETS

One of my favourite experiences in Hong Kong was walking through all the street markets.  The city is so vibrant but these hustling, bustling streets are even more full on and brimming with life: dense crowds, colourful signs, haggling sellers, bright lights and strong smells, filled with cheap bargains, unusual delicacies, blatant fakes, wonderfully weird Asian products we rarely see in Europe, local specialties and tourist crap (I couldn't resist a gleaming gold plastic maneki-neko waving cat) alongside traditional souvenirs.  Your eyes get tired from scanning the thousands of products jostling for your attention.

Dried fruit and sweets at Hong Kong street market | travel blog