25th, November, 2017

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If I could only wear one colour for the rest of my life it would absolutely be YELLOW! Over the years I feel like my collection of yellow clothing has slowly dwindled, which is a bit sad.. although it gives me an excuse to build it right back up again! It’s scientifically proven that yellow makes you feel genuinely happy – and that is one hundred percent what it does for me! Looking down and seeing a bit of sunshine in my outfit makes me feel insanely good – so it’s something I definitely need to be doing more!

Naturally, in Phuket, I HAD to take some photos alongside the bright yellow backdrop of our hotel. I had no idea there was such a buttercup theme going on and it really was the happiest surprise! Luckily I had already packed my beloved lemon bag and Sandgreen clogs, so I fit right in immediately.

Now for a bit of a personal thought: how on earth do bloggers take those classic walking photos where you look all cool and casual? That was totally my aim, but we ended up with 40+ photos of bung eyes, wonky legs or just generally uncoordinated weirdo poses! Oh well, at least there was one that was useable! I guess I’ll have to stick to my awkward standing around with one leg slightly bent! Someone needs to make a walking photo video tutorial ASAP and sent it my way. Thanks!

Dress – From a market in Thailand / ClogsSandgreen / Lemon Bag – Birthday present

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18th, November, 2017

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So, you remember those Angie Jolie leg doppleganger photos I posted a week ago?  (Haha!) We took them while we stayed at the incredible Santhiya Resort on Koh Yao Yai, an island just off Phuket. While I’m here, I should let you know that no, this post is not sponsored in anyway whatsoever. We simply found it on Expedia, fell in love, and made it happen. Hands down one of the best decisions we’ve made all year!

I packed my suitcase full of books and proceeded to do pretty much nothing expect read, drink gin and tonics, eat, swim and try my hand at paddle boarding (which I loved, by the way). Being a blogger, obviously I HAD to capture the trip as much as possible, and made the cute little guide you can see above! I’m really enjoying filming YouTube videos at the moment so would really appreciate you watching it and giving your feedback! Do you like it (I hope you do!) If not, why? I have heaps of travel stuff in the pipeline, but I want to do more hair and fashion stuff too.. is there anything you’d like to see? Please let me know!

In the meantime, I really, really hope you enjoy my travel guide on Santhiya in Koh Yao Yai!

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12th, November, 2017

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A fair few months ago now we skipped over a continent or two and went all the way to Amsterdam! It was hands down one of the BEST trips I’ve ever been on. I’ve never been to Europe before and I fell in love with absolutely everything – especially the architecture and the bike riding. It’s taken some time, namely since I haven’t had my own laptop, but I’ve put a little guide on my YouTube channel of fun things to do in Amsterdam. If you’re planning a visit (which you totally should!) hopefully this provides you with a wee bit of inspiration.

I hope you really enjoy it! And now I have my own computer (I honestly couldn’t be happier!) I’m going to be uploading to my YouTube channel a whole lot more often – so please make sure you subscribe! I’d really appreciate it! I’ll also be blogging a bunch more too – as I know it’s been pretty darn irregular over the past year. Again, no computer.


4th, November, 2017

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Palm tree kaftan – Cooper & Ella / Sandals – Madewell

Well, not so much a week in the sun – four days, more like! The sun part was more than true though. I still have the poor peeling shoulders to prove it. Boo!

It’s still rather unbelievable, but last week I left work a teeny bit early and hopped on a plane over to an incredible island just off the coast of Phuket. Has anyone else seen that episode of Cribs with Richard Branson? The Santhiya on Koh Yao Yai totally gave me the same private island vibes – and I felt like Jo Branson herself (ha!) struttin’ about in my robe as often as possible. (I’m sure the other guests absolutely loved it!)

After an easy 20 minute boat right past James Bond island, we pulled up to our hotel’s private pier – and yep, that’s where we took these photos! I totally pulled out my finest Angelina Jolie impression, sticking my leg out of the high cut dress as much as physically possible. Nailed it? I certainly think so!

We actually spent the week between Koh Yao and other beautiful resorts in Phuket. What I’m REALLY excited about is that I finally have my very own laptop (my last one broke years ago after I spilt milk over the keyboard. I didn’t cry, but I may has well have!) I took a whole bunch of footage, and now I can set up my very own editing station I’m hoping to bring my YouTube channel back to life. If you could please subscribe that would be absolutely wonderful!

It was honestly one of the most beautiful and relaxing holidays I’ve ever had. We watched the sunset every night, gorged ourselves over breakfast, soaked in our balcony bath (yes, really!), sipped G&T out of pineapple cups at the pool, capsized a kayak and tried paddle boarding for the very first time, at which time I declared myself ‘Queen of the Sea’ – since I stood up for a whopping 20 minutes!

Anyway, I hope you like these photos! They’re my favourite ones I’ve taken in Thailand! So excited to share more with you soon and keep you more updated on everything that’s going on. The perks of having my very own computer! Eep!

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8th, October, 2017

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The weekend after visiting Wat Pa Phu Kon, we set out on our next temple-filled adventure. Unlike our previous trip, which was a two hour drive, this giant Buddha was only 45 or so minutes from home.

The biggest problem I actually had was finding out what this place was called. I’d seen photos of it around Udon, but nowhere seemed to say it’s name. It took a whole lot of Googling (I’m talking 20+ minutes here!) and visiting all kinds of weird Thailand forums. Just to find the name. The coordinates were really vague too, so I just kind of crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. And we totally made it (which you’ve no doubt figured out).

And just so you happen to be cruising around Northern Thailand and want to visit: it’s called Wat Phu Thong Thep Nimit. Oh, and to save you on Googling, there’s a map here.

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It was so exciting when we first approached the hill and spotted Buddha right on top. It truly is enormous; even bigger than it appears in the photos. We drove our car as high up as we could, and parked at the bottom an extremely grand staircase adorned with sparkly green detailing.

Oh, and if you’re wondering – yes, I totally did count the steps. I can’t quite remember how many there were, but it was upwards of 150. 158 possibly.

It felt truly humbling being a part of something so impressive. Locals were paying their respects and making offerings. We did the same and lit some candles before bowing in front of Buddha.

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I think what was most surprising, was this incredible structure has been so close to us this entire time. I genuinely had no idea it was so close! 45 minutes isn’t far at all, so if you’re heading to Udon Thani in Northern Thailand, you should absolutely make the drive. It really does have to be seen to be believed.

And of course, it’s already got me excited for our next temple adventure. I’ve heard rumours of a temple in a cave and you can only enter by a small beam of daylight peaking through a hole. It sounds intriguing.. Time to get Googling again, I suppose!

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12th, September, 2017

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Around eight or so months ago, I moved to Thailand. When I picture Thailand I basically imagine temples and brilliant weather, so it’s a bit ridiculous that I haven’t actually visited any temples since I’ve been here. Aside from when I went to Laos. But that’s not Thailand. So that’s a whole different story.

We rented a car a few weeks ago, with the mission being to explore some of the grand temples around Udon Thani, the province I live in. Grand doesn’t even begin to cover it.

First up, we visited Wa Pa Phu Kon – otherwise known as ‘Heaven on Earth’. And it’s pretty darn easy to see why!

This temple is relatively new, being built only a couple of years ago. The exterior is obviously beautiful – and it’s massively exciting when you get the first glimpse of it peeking out from the trees as you approach. The province I live in, Udon Thani is generally pretty flat, so it’s even more impressive that it’s located on one of the big hills around here. The views are seriously INSANE.

Even more grand than the views was what lies (literally!) inside the temple itself. An enormous reclining Buddha, made from Italian marble takes up the majority of the space. It’s so (so!) big we could barely even fit it in the photo – and we were using a wide angle lens.

I took a whole bunch of footage of this place too, so I’ll definitely be putting up a video sometime soon, when my laptop is sorted.

In the meantime, if you happen to be passing through Northern Thailand (Udon Thani specifically) the address of Wat Pa Phu Kon is here. So, so, SO ridiculously worth the visit!

Jumpsuit – Trashy Diva

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3rd, September, 2017

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Although I had visions of freezing during my stay in Amsterdam (I live in Thailand, let’s be realistic) it was bloomin’ HOT! My daily outfit pretty much consisted of shortly hemmed dresses, my beloved fedora, sunglasses and Chuck Taylors. It kind of made my initial packing of jumpers and leather jackets slightly redundant, but hey, I’d choose sunshine over wasted packing space any day!

For anyone visiting Amsterdam, my biggest tip would be to RENT A BIKE. It seems kind of obvious really, but we stuck to walking for the first few days after being intimidated by the fast pace of all of the locals on their bikes.

It turns out it’s way, way easier to bike than walk in Amsterdam (who knew!) and it’s a whole lot easier being in the swing of things on your bike, rather than struggling against it by walking.

Plus, we were clocking up over 30km on foot every day, and I was starting to limp.

So yeah, number one Amsterdam tip: ride a bicycle! And here’s some photos of me doing just that. And by ‘just that’ I mean posing next to one in one of the outfits I described earlier.

Hat – ASOS / Dress- H&M

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5th, August, 2017

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It still feels totally surreal – but this time last week I was on a bicycle making my way around Amsterdam! It’s been a dream for absolute years to visit Europe, but since it costs a whole lot of money to fly out of New Zealand – it being so far away and all – it just never happened. It’s actually one of the things I love about living in Thailand (aside from the constant heat and everything being ridiculously cheap) since I love to travel and cram in as many destinations as possible.

This was easily one of the best holidays I’ve ever been on. I’m a complete sucker for good architecture, and oh man, Amsterdam is jam-packed full of it. We spent the first three days on foot, our necks craning upwards at the gorgeous buildings, naturally, but after clocking up over 30km a day – on cobblestones too, ouch, we swiftly swapped to bicycles – which was my favourite thing about Amsterdam, full stop!

I’ve heard that Summer is one of the best times to visit, and it definitely lived up to it’s expectations. Going from my home in Northern Thailand, I was terrified of the temperature change, so the first things I packed were my leather jacket and the two woollen jerseys I own.. turns out I barely needed them! It was over 29 degrees daily and we spent so much time on the go that I was even warmer than expected. So mostly I just stuck to Summer dresses – like this gingham off-the-shoulder number I’m wearing here.

Aside from cycling, my other favourite thing was vintage shopping. I had plans to make a guide, but I ended up being so engrossed in it I didn’t take any photos of the shops whatsoever! I did pick up some really cute dresses though, so it was worth it.

I have a couple more Amsterdam posts up my sleeve, so stay tuned. There is a video in the works too, I just need to finish it off. I can’t wait to show you!

Gingham dress Glamorous / Shoes – Cocorose London

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22nd, May, 2017

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Let me whisk you all the way back to New Zealand for a second. And yep, I promise it will be worth it.

A wee while ago now (longer than I’d care to admit!) we spent a magical few days in the Kahutara PurePod. I’m pretty open about my obsession with tiny homes (I really, really want to live inside a customised shipping container one day) so for me, this really was living the dream.

Have you heard of Kaikoura? It’s known in New Zealand as the go-to place for visiting seal colonies. It’s also the main road when you’re driving up the South Island. It’s kind of obvious that it’s a beautiful place – just kind of quintessential NZ, you know, but I had no idea that views like this existed. I mean, come on.

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The building itself was a real stunner too. Everything, honestly everything was glass. I’m talking ceilings, floor, walls – even in the bathroom (though there were blinds too, mind you). It was a pretty insane feeling being woken up by the sunrise over the snowcapped mountains. And then it outdid itself by offering a rainbow in the mix too. Totally one of those “how is this even real life” moments.

If you’re headed to New Zealand, which I totally recommend by the way, you should definitely make time to stay in this luxury tiny home. If the drive is a little far (which it totally isn’t, I don’t want any excuses!) there are four locations in total – with two of them being a whole lot closer to Christchurch.

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I feel a little guilty over taking so, so long to post this video, but luckily it’s something I’m hugely proud of. Moving to Thailand meant that a lot of my projects got somewhat pushed to the back-burner (or locked away on one of many hard drives, in reality) and things have taken way longer than excepted. I have a whole bunch of travel videos in the pipeline; some are half done, others are just copious amounts of footage dumped on one of those hard drives I was talking about earlier, but I promise I’ll get around to sharing it all soon. In the meantime, please subscribe to my YouTube channel to be updated when stuff goes live.

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7th, May, 2017

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As promised; a video from our amazing trip to Koh Samui, Thailand! (And hopefully the start of MUCH more to come with my YouTube channel!) I don’t want to give away too much in this post – after all, you have to watch the video to see just how gloriously beautiful our hotel, the Outrigger Resort Koh Samui, truly was. We had our very own villa – complete with private pool (!) and the tastiest breakfasts I think I’ve ever consumed in my entire life.

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This trip, I remember so clearly turning to Barnaby and saying “I don’t think I’ve ever felt so relaxed!” And trust me, I am someone who really hates being patient and doing nothing. I like to be out there checking out everything. This time though, beach walks completely did it for me. It was the best feeling just lounging by the main pool (or our private pool at other times) just reading and sippin’ on drinks. I read three books while I was away. It was the BEST. The resort is so soothing and secluded; everything ‘real life’ feels so far away. Ah, take me back!

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Oh man, the food at the Outrigger really was something else! We ate so much pizza, drank our water weight in cocktails (if you’re heading that way I thoroughly recommend the Outrigger Collins) but my favourite was undoubtedly the breakfast buffet. Pretty much, every morning I struggled to walk away from the table. Not in willpower terms – more along the lines of I had consumed so much food it was genuinely hard to move! No regrets though, that stuff was GOOD! We had some breathtaking dates beside the ocean too. Cocktails, food and beaches just go so darn well together. Watch my video to see more mouthwatering meals.