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!
So here’s a little thing about me: I am obsessed with flowers. My week (or weekend, at least!) revolves around the Sunday market – and the fresh blooms that will be on offer. The obsession has gotten so intense that I usually have trouble sleeping on a Saturday, as I’m so eager to be one of the early market goers – and snag the best flowers too, of course! The market is a massive part of my life – I’ve literally been there every Sunday for the past six months! I didn’t want to keep it a secret from you, as it genuinely makes me so happy. So here you go: a little glimpse into where I buy my flowers! I usually post several (hundred) pictures of market flowers on my Instagram, so definitely have a look if fresh blooms are your thing!
I dressed in a daisy print dress – which seems highly appropriate when buying fresh flowers, don’t you think? My grey coat, which is slowly but surely becoming a Winter staple, is by Sheinside, and my red ballet flats are by Coco Rose London. …And my flowers are by the lovely lady (and her cute pup!) that are wonderfully charming no matter what the Sunday weather is like. Thanks, you two!
Today I decided to style three different looks. Can you spot the similarities? All feature a collar, a different coloured lipstick, and the most noticeable of all – glasses!
After battling a bit of an eye infection I’ve been ordered to wear glasses only for the next two weeks. Are there any other contact lens wearers out there? It is a weird, weird transition to wearing glasses when you generally wear contacts all of the time. I was feeling a bit doom-and-gloom over having to wear glasses.. so I decided to style a few outfits to get myself inspired! Here are three looks I’ve dreamed up; all of them featuring coloured lips, collars, and no contacts at all!
While walking down a narrow laneway in search of a cheap pizza place we’d heard about (isn’t that how all of the best stories start?!) we stumbled upon an empty little courtyard. Weirdly enough, the more we wandered in, the better it got! My favourite part was the plastic pigeons that were strung up above us. Even better; the pizza shop was tucked away in the corner.
I wore an acid wash dress by Motel which I have been beyond excited about. I love babydoll dresses, and paired with a semi-beehived ponytail, though you can hardly tell due to the wind, I felt extra ‘diner waitress-y’. You’ll know from the title too, that I opted for my favourite cat flats. I was beginning to think that wearing a belt was a bad idea for going on a pizza date, but it turned out to be closed anyway! Oh well, a pretty place was found – that makes for a happy Jo!
As a blogger it’s pretty much standard to have a camera waved in your face. Hey, I’m not complaining. Admittedly I’m a bit of a show-off (!) so I simply don’t mind one little bit. Over my blogging, err, career (is that what you call it?!) I’ve developed a bit of a fondness towards being behind the lens too. It certainly helps when you’re taught by a guy who’s a photographer by trade, oooh yeah! But for those times where I can’t be the one taking the photos, there’s always this cute camera top by Yumi! It was perfect for this casual little spot of downtime we had, where we explored the sweetest little craft store, and even a couple of Wellington bookshops too. I pulled my hair into my go-to style; an extra high ponytail – aka, the only way to cope with the notoriously windy weather. Oh, and did I mention that we stopped for an ice cream too? Mmm, now that’s my kind of day!
Hearts: I love you! No, really, I’m definitely a ‘print’ girl and hearts are one of my go-to patterns. I played a fun game of matchy-matchy today and paired these pretty tights with this dress that you might have spied in my last post. The best thing about wearing hearts on your knees is just how many stares you receive! Really! I was asked five times (!) whether they were really tattoos or tights. Honestly, I’m not quite sure how they didn’t notice, as I had about eight ladders running up each leg by the time it was mid-afternoon. Yep, I’m quite the pro at wearing tights – can’t you tell!
Not gonna lie – I’m pretty darn excited about sharing this outfit post! A couple of months ago now, I was contacted by one of my favourite shoe brands in the world; Swedish Hasbeens, asking if I’d like to style a pair from their latest collection. Err, yes please In fact, I think I was barely even able to wait a full five minutes before I emailed my response. And so here we are..! I chose the beautiful zip-up Emy boots and have been wearing them virtually non-stop. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so excited for cooler weather! I styled them with a backless blouse, a pinafore, and my favourite hairdo; Heidi braids!
Meow! Oh hi. Ready to meet my new favourite thing? My sweet guy, Barnaby, kindly gifted me this cat bag for my 24th birthday last week. (Clearly my 24 years have meant I’ve matured a bunch… or not!) Seriously though, I love this bag. I’ll be honest – I knew exactly what he had gotten me for my birthday, and have been waiting ever-so impatiently for the big day to roll around. To make things even harder, he stored it so obviously in his wardrobe – making the temptation even more difficult..! I can rest easy now though – it’s mine, all mine!
We took the bag out for a spin, and I was delighted with how many young children pointed and gazed at it longingly. (Good taste, kids!) I paired it with a oxblood coloured pinafore and spotted top – both by Ark Clothing. The flower crown is one of my most recent craft endeavours. I’ve constructed oodles of flower crowns in the past (like these ones, or even this flower crown) but this is my favourite by far. Somethin’ about wearing flowers on your head seems to brighten any day, don’t you think?
Have you ever wondered exactly how to do 1960s makeup? I’ll admit – I have! Something about that sweep of dark eye makeup set against a seemingly bare backdrop does it for me. I’ve already mentioned my love of Brigette Bardot, not to mention my massive girl crush on the equally stylish Edie Sedgwick and Anna Karina. Sure, I adore their style, their hair, and their all-round 60s general wonderful-ness, but that makeup. Oh yes!
The best thing about 1960s makeup is that it isn’t tricky at all. No, really. I am definitely no makeup expert, let alone makeup mediocre-ist (it’s a word, right?!) It is a super simple process, made daunting by just how fantastic and awe-inspiring the end result is. So I was beyond excited when Maybelline New York asked to team up to create a step-by-step guide on how to do 1960s makeup Enjoy…!
1. The Base.
The first step for creating a 1960s look is to create the base. You’re aiming for a very matte look, which I achieved by using Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation in Nude (NZ$29.99). I have quite troublesome skin – super sensitive, partially dry in some places (no matter how much moisturiser I use!), oily in others, so I often struggle with finding a good ol’ foundation. Luckily, I found that this foundation gave an incredibly smooth and even texture – something you learn to appreciate when your skin is having one of those days. I’ve already mentioned that I am no makeup pro, but I loved the finish this left on my skin. I applied it all over my face and partially onto my neck through gently dabbing with my fingertips.
2. The Eyes: Part One.
Oh, the eyes! This is the most important part of recreating a 60s look. Start by applying a small amount of white eyeshadow to the inner corner of your eyelids. I used Eye Studio Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in ‘Too Cool’ (NZ$13.99). It might seem quite a bizarre spot to apply makeup to (in Barnaby’s own words – “Jo, I think you forgot to do the rest of your eye!”) but trust me on this one. Adding a pale colour to your inner eye will make your eyes look SO much bigger! I hate to use the ol’ cliche – but it really will make your eyes pop.
3. The Eyes: Part Two.
Next, you’ll need your liquid eyeliner. Now, let me start on this. I love liquid liner. I used to struggle immensely with it. It would take about half an hour to do only one eye – and even then I’d be struggling between using three different liner pencils. It was getting to the point where I was convinced that my eyes were funny shaped and just not meant for the world of liquid eyeliner..! Boy, was I wrong. It turned out I simply hadn’t discovered the applicator that was for me. Cue Eye Studio Hyper Glossy Liquid Liner (NZ$19.99). I have never had such prevision in my LIFE! I’ve whittled down my application time to two minutes – oh, and that includes both eyes too! Now I have a free twenty-eight minutes to do whatever I please, how about that?!
Use your liquid liner and apply it all over your top lid. At the edges be sure to add that infamous cat-eye flick. I find it’s easiest to do it in one quick motion, then thicken it up by going over it a couple of times. Oh, and always double check that your eyes are looking even!
4. The Eyes: Part Three.
Now, I’ll add my mascara. I’m using my go-to mascara; the Volum’ Express ‘The Colossal’ Cat Eyes Mascara (NZ$23.99). The extra special thing about this magic wand, is the bend. If you’re not a fan of curling your lashes (I’m not!) then this will be your best friend. Wiggle it quickly from side to side as you apply as this will stop it from clumping.
5. The Eyes: Part Four.
The very last step of creating 1960s eyes is with eyeshadow. I used a tiny dab of black eyeshadow from my Amethyst Smokes set (NZ$15.99). Apply a small amount under the outside corners of each eye to make them look even more smokey and seductive.
6. The brows.
This is probably my favourite part of doing my makeup. Sure, this may be largely due to my troublesome brows (I highly recommend not falling off bikes onto your face when you’re a kid – those scars can be nasty!) so I adore tidying up my eyebrows. I used the Master Shape Brow Pencil (NZ$18.99) in blonde. Start by combing your eyebrows upwards using the grooming brush. Use your pencil to apply small, quick strokes all over your brows, paying special attention to filling in the gaps. Use your brush again to blend the colour in slightly.
7. The Blush.
Are you ready to learn all you need to know about blush? Okay, ready, here goes… Smile! No, seriously, this is your biggest tip! Smiling will allow the apply of your cheeks to really shine through. I used blush in Fit Me Blush in Medium Nude (NZ$19.99) and applied it directly to my cheeks – smiling all the while, of course! Apply the blush slightly over your cheekbones and use your fingers to blend it in slightly.
8. The Lipstick.
This is the final part of creating a 1960s makeup look..! Remember, it’s all about the eyes, so you want to keep the rest of your face as non-distracting as possible. I used a pale colour called Color Sensational Lipstick in Pink Sand (NZ$20.99). I usually find it slightly daunting to branch away from my favourite scarlet lippy – but I think I’ve found a new go-to! Pink Sand has an extra sparkly effect – which meant that Barnaby nicknamed me ‘disco lips’ for the afternoon. Fine by me! Oh, and the other fantastic thing about it? It smells (and slightly tastes) of vanilla. I won’t lie, I spent mot of the day licking my lips to get a hint of the taste. Yummy!
So there you have it! Take a peek below to see my full 1060s makeup look. I finished it off by teasing my hair into a slight beehive – well, just because..! I hope you have fun following along, and be sure to email me any photos of you recreating the look. I’d simply love to see them!