Street Style in Istanbul – Part II

A gentleman always keeps his word.

And like we promised, we are back with the second edition of our holiday shoot. The street style series continues this week.

We take in the sights and the couture as our models walk the many streets in Istanbul, Turkey.

Red Bull for an early start. When it looks like this, you can't possibly stop at one!
Red Bull for an early start. When it looks like this, you can’t possibly stop at one!
Blocking the sun out in style. On Manoj Kr : Shades by Armani,
Blocking the sun out in style at the Kilari Cafe. On Manoj Kr : Shades by Armani, Plim Soles by Converse, Olive Green Tee by H&M, Navy Blue Shorts by H&M. On Sheral Pereira : Shades by Tom Ford, Green Cambridge Satchel by Access, Top by Forever 21, Denim Shorts by Fishbone, Tube by Forever 21, Necklace by Aldo, Purple Wreath from a flea market in Istanbul, Tough Solar Watch by G Shock, Red Lipstick by Rival De Loop, Suede Sneakers by Adidas Originals.
Walking down the many beautiful streets of Istanbul
Walking down the many beautiful streets of Istanbul.
Once a while, the blogger needs to be in front of the camera too right? Right guys? Aaaah, never mind! On Al Claudius : Clubmaster Shades by RayBan, Polo Tee by Lacoste, Hand-made Leather Holdall by Hidesign, Watch by G Shock, Denim Shorts by 21 Men, Camo Shoes from a Boutique in Australia
Once a while, the blogger needs to be in front of the camera too right? Right guys? Aaaah, never mind! On Al Claudius : Clubmaster Shades by RayBan, Polo Tee by Lacoste, Hand-made Leather Holdall by Hidesign, Hand-made Leather Bracelet from a Flea Market in Istanbul, Livestrong Foundation Band, Watch by G Shock, Denim Shorts by 21 Men, Camo Shoes from a Boutique in Australia

One of the highlights of our trip was bumping into an old friend. A friend who had enviably toured almost all of Europe (having done Tomorrowland in Belgium. Yes, we hate him) and decided to catch up for Turkish coffee on his way back to Dubai.

On Varuna Singh :
On Varuna Singh : Watch by Timex Weekender, Specs by Carrera, Fedora by Cherokee, Linen Shirt by Koton, Shorts by Max, Vespa Shoes by Adidas, All those wrist bands from Tomorrowland!
Turkish Tea, on the eve of Eid.
Turkish Tea, on the eve of Eid.

Along the way, we stumbled upon these rainbow hued stairs. These stairs, incidentally feature on the Turkish version of Pharrell Williams insanely famous track “Happy”. We had to stop. We had to get that shot.

Jumping for joy! On Sheral Pereira : Green Satchel by Accessorize, Teal Boat Shoes by Vans,
Jumping for joy! On Sheral Pereira : Green Satchel by Accessorize, Teal Boat Shoes by Vans, Nautical Dress by Forever 21, Necklace by Accessorize, Sunglasses by Tom Ford.
Making that Doner pit stop to boost energy levels. On Manoj Kr : Shades by Armani, Watch by G Shock, Shirt by Kotton
Making that Doner pit stop to boost energy levels. On Manoj Kr : Shades by Armani, Watch by G Shock, Shirt by Kotton, Khaki Shorts by H&M
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Nautical Dress by Forever 21, Shades by Tom Ford, Necklace by Forever 21
I recommend the Lentil Soup, it takes like thick chicken broth. And Didi, well you can give it a miss. It just looked like it tasted amazing. PS: Bread's for free everywhere you go, in Turkey
I recommend the Lentil Soup, it takes like thick chicken broth. And Didi, well you can give it a miss. It just looked like it tasted amazing. PS: Bread’s for free everywhere you go, in Turkey
Efes Pilsner is a local brew. Quite quenching in the peak of summer that we faced.
Efes Pilsen is a local brew. Quite quenching in the peak of summer that we faced.

The following day, the trio headed to an authentic Turkish Hammam. The place recommended by all was the Cemberlitas Hamami

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The Cemberlitas Hamami comes with 3 options. A self-service, an assisted bath and an assisted bath with oil massage.

You know, those Sauna places with skimpily clad clothes? Yeah, Manoj and I were hopeful of scenic showers only to be told, the men and women use separate sections. That is when we decided to save me some widespread embarrassment and not shoot when in a thong. Instead, here are a few shots from the Bosphorous Cruise.

The beautiful skies in Turkey. See that tiny little plane fly by?
The beautiful skies in Turkey. See that tiny little plane fly by?
The Turkish flag fluttering atop a hill, with clear skies forming a natural background.
The Turkish flag fluttering atop a hill, with clear skies forming a natural background.
Contemplating on how easily vacations end when compared to long, thankless hours at your desk job.
Contemplating on how easily vacations end when compared to long, thankless hours at your desk job. On Al Claudius, Shirt by United Colors of Benetton.

That evening, a very kind and extremely gorgeous lady, Charlotte brought me to speed about the beach parties at Suma. This is something we never came across during our time of research. And this pointer came in handy. We hopped on a shuttle from Taksim and the 2 hour drive brought us to the venue. That night was all we needed to end our vacation on a high note.

On Manoj : Shirt by Kotton, Shorts by H&M, Espadrilles by Bob.
On Manoj : Shirt by Kotton, Shorts by H&M, Espadrilles by Bob. On Sheral : Shoes by Vans, Shorts by Fishbone, Top by Forever 21, Necklace by Forever 21, Satchel by Accessorize
Those juicy burgers being grilled fresh.
Those juicy burgers being grilled fresh at Suma Beach.
This trio were truly something. The track they performed had just 3 words - Bisexual, Heterosexual, Homosexual. Sounded good to me from where I was standing.
This trio were truly something. The track they performed had just 3 words – Bisexual, Heterosexual, Homosexual. Sounded good to me from where I was standing.

The last day in Istanbul, we headed to Ortakoy for some breakfast by the Bosphorous sea. What better way to end the trip right before we headed to the airport.

On Sheral : Shoes by Vans, Bag by Accessorize, On Manoj : Shoes by Converse, Denim Shirt by G Star Raw, Denim Shorts by H&M
On Sheral : Shoes by Vans, Bag by Accessorize, Dress by Tall Weijl, Shades by Converse. 
On Manoj : Shoes by Converse, Denim Shirt by G Star Raw, Denim Shorts by H&M
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Taking a walk in Ortakoy
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Baked potatoes with sausages and ham. Yummmmm..
We had an accident behind the scenes. See, the beard trimmer was to be set at maximum. We didn't realize it was set on minimum. Oh well, Manoj looks good nonetheless.
We had an accident behind the scenes. See, the beard trimmer was to be set at maximum. We didn’t realize it was set on minimum. Oh well, Manoj looks good nonetheless.
A parting shot of the skies we fell in love with. Over the Bosphorous sea.
A parting shot of the skies we fell in love with. Over the Bosphorous sea.
Every time a vacation ends, there is this sense of depression that sets in. Yes, that is the look.
Every time a vacation ends, there is a sense of sadness that sets in. Yes, that is the look. On Al Claudius : RayBan Aviators

That is about it folks, the fabulous 7 days we spent in a country that is so diverse and lovely. I will be going back soon. The food, the streets, the beautiful ladies, the limonata.. I left a piece of my heart behind in Istanbul.

Here is the last picture I took as we had breakfast at the shores of the Bosphorous sea. Bowties and Bones recommend Turkey, if you are contemplating your next vacation.

Orange Juice to quench the thirst for another vacation. It did not really work.
Orange Juice to quench the thirst for another vacation. It did not really work.

Let us know in the comments section. What you liked, what you think could have been done better and anything else you can think of.

3 comments

  1. What a great vacation and a neatly written memoir! Everyone I know who’s been to Turkey simply couldn’t get enough of the place no matter how long they stayed.

    The three of you make stunning models. Al – you’ve beefed up quite a bit from when I last saw you in person, and am totally digging the beard. With your keen eye on grooming and your impeccable fashion sense, you’re quite an icon. Manoj looks cool, almost Turkish, blending in with his style. Hate me for this, but Sheral is the star for me. Her style is quite urban chic and girly at the same time. She looks amazing.

    The photos are brilliant. Lovely clean shots and neatly edited. What is ur camera gear like? I’m sure photo enthusiasts like myself would really like to know your mantra on travel photography as well.

    Lastly, some constructive feedback, maybe just an opinion from me; most of your writing for this trip has been from ur perspective, however, in a few places, you’ve mentioned your name in the narration as though it was a third person writing, and then you jump back to being first person – “… Yeah, Manoj and Al were hopeful of scenic showers only to be told, the men and women use separate sections. I decided to save me some widespread embarrassment and … “. Know what I mean? Maybe if it was part of the caption to the picture, I’d not have this thought.

    But overall, I really like the blog and the work you’re doing with it! Keep up the good work and I wish you and the team the very best!

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    • Thank you so much Suheil. For your kind words and constructive feedback. I love hearing back from readers, it always helps me improve. Keep them coming Suheil.

      As for the Camera, I used a universal lens (as I like to call it). On a Canon 650D.

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