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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Relax

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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Eat

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.


26th, April, 2017

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Hi from Koh Samui, Thailand!

We spent a week chilling out on this beautiful island; exactly what you picture if you think of the quintessential Thailand holiday. We had visions of sunshine, laying on the beach reading; you know, the usual.

Guess what?

It rained. No, it monsooned for the first four days we were there, thunderstorms and all. Then it was glorious sunshine to top it off. And yes, I have the sunburn to prove it.

Being with my husband 24/7 is definitely the best thing about vacations (I always say that “holiday Barnaby is the best edition” to him, ha!), second best was the food, and thirdly was without a doubt was this incredible swing that was right on the beach. Hopefully these photos capture just how HUGE it was. Seriously, the photos of me climbing aboard were absolutely hilarious. It was all like ‘one foot up, pull the rest of my body up’ and to swing I pretty much had to go through the whole thing again. Totally worth it though. It was FUN. And it makes for cute Instagram and blog content too. Always a plus.

Dress – I bought it from a market in Udon Thani 

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14th, April, 2017

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Gah, I love Bangkok! Actually, it’s a bit ridiculous – Barnaby and I worked out that we’ve been living in Thailand for four months and have already visited BKK five times all up! Obsessed? Maybe a little bit ; ) Especially when rooftop pools like this one are on offer (we stayed at Aloft on Sukhumvit Soi 11. Definitely recommend it!)

It seems really weird posting these. Well, namely because I’m currently in Bangkok on a completely different trip altogether! The international school holidays in Thailand tie in with the British dates too, so for April we went to Koh Samui – which was a bit of a tropical paradise (well, when it wasn’t raining!) But more on that later. With a video too. I promise.

This bikini – in my favourite colour, what a surprise (!) has been my latest go-to any time I’m near a pool – which unsurprisingly happens a lot when you live in 30+ degree weather. The colour is described as ‘mango’ which just seems so fitting. And it’s pretty much my favourite fruit, so even better. I would’ve described it as mustard, but hey, I’ve been converted and now it’s mango all the way. Mango for my mangos ; ) I snapped it up from Shopbop – which is now having a massive sale! Remember to enter the code EVENT17 and get 20% off your order. The bikini is here, just if you’re interested!

Bikini – Tavik Swimwear / Sunglasses – Miu Miu

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1st, April, 2017

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Chances are, if you think of Thailand you immediately think of Bangkok (well, that or pretty beaches!) Luckily for us, Udon Thani isn’t too far from Bangkok by flight – or very expensive to do so either. It’s especially lucky as it’s a city I’ve loved since I was a kid – and possibly even more as an adult (the cocktails are really cheap, after all!)

Our last trip was ‘strictly business’ – but it’s genuinely impossible not to have even a wee bit of fun visiting Bangkok. I’m talkin’ burger eating, rooftop pools, H&M shopping sprees (such a novelty for this wee New Zealander!) and just general walking around exploring; possibly my favourite thing of all.

My husband, Barnaby thought I was completely ridiculous as we took these photos. I said I wanted to take “photos that look like I’m in Bangkok” (“but we are in Bangkok!”) and hopefully we pulled it off. It’s busy; cars (and tuk tuks!) are everywhere, it’s a little bit grungy, and powerlines – I’m talking twenty at a time – are hanging overhead everywhere you walk. And yet there’s something just so ridiculously charming about it. I’m there again in the next few weeks, and am really stinkin’ happy about it.

DressH&M / ‘Happy’ Bracelet – Kate Spade New York (via Shopbop) / ShoesCocorose London

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19th, February, 2017

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Welcome to Vientiane, Laos!

After being in Thailand around a month or so, we decided to pop over the border and give Laos a visit. I had been before as a kid, but couldn’t remember anything at all about it – because at the time I picked up a horrendously nasty case of food poisoning and was hospitalised. Actually, my only memory of Laos was a dehydration hallucination I had of Joey Tribiani giving me a giant cheque. Um, yeah, so I was MIGHTY excited to give it another go – preferably not as a sicko!

We only had a couple of days to explore, so we hired an electric bike (SO much fun!) and whizzed around the central city. The French influence on the architecture and signage is beautiful, and although I was excited to put my high school knowledge to good use, it turns out none of the locals speak en Francais.

In all honesty, besides visiting an array of incredible temples, most of my time was spent eating pizza. Seven, yes, seven pizzas were consumed over the span of three days! You might think that I wouldn’t be able to make eye contact with a pizza ever again.. but if Pomodoro Pizza was presented any time soon, I would absolutely be there (please guys, move to Thailand!)

All in all; I enjoyed this a LOT more than I did being a kid.. even if there was no Joey Tribiani or giant cheque this time! 😉

Dress – A gift / Hat – ASOS / Shoes – Kate Spade

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6th, February, 2017

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Um, so the past couple of months have been slightly hectic (to say the least!) In short; I got married (will post photos from this so super soon!), quit my job, and migrated all the way over to Thailand. Northern Thailand, to be specific. Welllll, Udon Thani, Northern Thailand to be really specific. I haven’t been exactly sure how to even write all of this down – namely as so much really as happened. So I suppose I’ll start with why I decided to move to Thailand..

In June 2016 my Nana passed away and I have been really, massively, enormously struggling with coming to terms with it. I didn’t have a lot of family support in New Zealand. My parents live in Brunei, in South-East Asia, and my brother and his wife live in the UK. My Aunt, who I am close with lives in the North Island of New Zealand. So basically, no immediate on-site family support – from my side, anyway. Barnaby’s Mum, Jane was massively kind; taking us into her house and buying me a gym membership to help ease the pain. But oh my gosh, there was (and still is) SO MUCH PAIN. I have never lost anyone before – let alone someone so close to me (Nana and I emailed multiple times a day and had set weekly coffee dates). Around the time of the funeral all of my family was there, but when they left… it was just me. And I could see my Nana everywhere. I drove past all our favourite coffee places, vintage shops we would visit together, and to get to work I had to drive alongside the church where her funeral service took place. It was the absolute pits. And I didn’t know how I was going to be able to stay there.

But I stayed. And the pain eased a little.

But then I hit the point where I knew it was going to keep hurting for a long time, and I just wasn’t happy in Christchurch anymore. After all, we moved there from Wellington so I could be closer to my Nana, who had just started to get sick.

Sorry if this has caused any tears (eep, it has for me!) so lets get onto some happier stuff!

First up – I got married in December – as I mentioned earlier ! To the love of my life – my man for well over ten years; Barnaby. I will share some photos soon! It was a little intense planning a wedding in just over a week – but so, so wonderful!

You might not know that I actually grew up in Asia! From the age of 4-16 I was raised in Brunei. Since arriving in New Zealand I had been desperate to get overseas again! And luckily my love, Barnaby, felt the same way. We had had so many ‘what if?’ conversations over the past few years, and this time it all seemed just right. Right down to the fact that my car in Christchurch literally exploded the day after I signed the contract! Talk about meant to be!

So here I am! Udon Thani! Visiting the giant ducks – my favourite landmark. I hope you enjoy following along my Northern Hemisphere adventures – it sure is lovely having you here!

Dress – Shopbop / Freda Jelly Sandals – Kate Spade

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17th, October, 2016

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Two weekends ago we decided to have our very first foray into glamping – and sorry to be a cliche, but oh my goodness, it certainly won’t be the last! I think the very first time I heard of glamping was when one of my favourite bloggers, Liv Purvis, visited a campsite – or glampsite, I suppose, over on her blog. Things can take a while to catch on New Zealand – but glamping is apparently not one of them, and the wonderful Canopy Camping host a range of seriously stunning sites all over the country.

Enter Hurunui Jacks.

This mind-bogglingly beautiful spot was all ours for the entire weekend. To say I was in disbelief puts it lightly. Between the in-tent fireplace, the outdoor bath (yes, really!) we truly were in heaven. Nothing tops the feeling of waking up next to a flowing river – expect,of course, for the piping hot bath that followed. It was made all the more satisfying by the fact we heated the water ourselves through the use of a wood ‘chippie.’

Although I can’t bring you all along with me (though that would be nice, wouldn’t it! Imagine the campfire ghost stories and pillow fights!) we did manage to capture the whole thing in this cute little video. Over the last few months I’ve been building a travel website; Extacity, that will have a whole bunch of video content. And you guessed it, this is one of them! Be sure to take a look – you know, unless you’re not a fan of paradise ; )

 

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22nd, August, 2016

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After the mouth-watering visit to Springfield’s giant donut, our next stop was the beautiful (almost beyond belief) Lake Pearson. Surrounded by winding trees that gently dip their limbs into the water, Pearson truly is a treat for the eyes. I couldn’t resist climbing up into the branches with my trusty Instax Mini Selfie in hand, but hopped down quick-smart after a whopping big breeze almost decided to do it for me!

If you can remember way back to January, one of my goals was to branch out and travel more. I grew up in South-East Asia and despite being a New Zealander, haven’t seen too much of my birth country. Not-so-slowly and certainly surely I am ticking more and more places off my list – and I am ridiculously happy about it! My wonderful boyfriend, Barnaby has seen most of New Zealand, so I’m eagerly awaiting the day I can surprise him with somewhere new. Perhaps that should be my next goal?

Until then, I’ll just be lounging in front of the most beautiful lake ever; complete with it’s very own snow-covered mountainous surroundings.

Gingham Co-ordChicwish / Shoes – Swedish Hasbeens / Hair ties – Mane Message

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8th, August, 2016

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Living in New Zealand can be pretty surreal sometimes. If you’re ever lacking in inspiration – or feeling ‘meh’ for any reason in particular, it only takes a short drive (or bus ride, if you time it right) to see some truly overwhelming sights. And believe me, there is an awful lot to see.

We drove for just over an hour to the beautiful (beyond belief!) town of Akaroa (more on that later!) and our first move was to go on a three hour – yes, three – uphill walk! Talk about intense. But seeing those views made it all worth it. I walked a lot of the track backwards so I could admire it as I went – not to mention that it was easier on the calf muscles!

It was a great chance to try out my latest gym set; a Kate Spade x Beyond Yoga polkadot crop top & bright pink tights that I bought from Shopbop. These tights were so warm it was brilliant! Especially when we got to the peak and almost blew over from the wild winds. Seriously, this was the most incredible trip ever – I am ridiculously excited to tell you all about it!

Kate Spade crop – Shopbop / Kate Spade tights – Shopbop / Shoes – Nike

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