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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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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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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26th, November, 2016

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Myself and Barnaby started a travel website a couple of months back, & the really, really cool thing is that it means we are seeing a whole lot more of our very own New Zealand. Last week (or thereabouts) we visited one of truly the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my entire life. Living in NZ, we are pretty blessed with insane views – and they can become the ‘norm – just because you see them.. well, everywhere! So you know it must’ve been a good place to stop this kiwi gal right in her tracks.

The stunning mountains would make the perfect backdrop for well, pretty much anything, but I do feel that they look pretty fabulous with my lacy green dress. The shades of green really complimented each other – and naturally I had to bring in a burst of my favourite colour – bright yellow! It was absolutely roasting during our entire stay, so I’m so glad I decided to pack only dresses (although in honesty I probably would’ve done the same; rain or shine!)

By the way, these photos were taken out the front of our Purepod, which really was the dreamiest spot. I’ll be sharing more about it all on my next post – prepare to be blown away!

P.s. One of my FAVOURITE online stores – Shopbop is holding the most amazing Black Friday sale. I’ve already swooped in and bought a pair of Charlotte Olympias (which are now sold out, so that was lucky!) Enter the code GOBIG16 for 25% off.

DressChicwish / Clogs – Lotta From Stockholm / Hat – Glassons / Necklace – Black Matter Jewellery

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19th, October, 2016

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While we were away glamping we were treated (no, treated is definitely not the right word!) to a big ol’ serving of the type of weather that New Zealand’s West Coast is famous for: rain! And when it rains – oh boy, does it bucket down. And you guessed it – it rains a lot.

Almost as if it was meant-to-be, I picked up this gorgeous coat by Lighthouse Clothing literally two days before my trip! The tag assured me it could hold up to rain galore – so obviously there was no better place to put it to the test. After all, I wanted to keep enjoying my mini vacay despite the rain!

This rock filled river ran directly next to our campsite. Waking up to the gentle sound of it’s flow was incredibly relaxing (and also majorly mystical!) but it also proved to be a massive source of entertainment. When the sun was out we built a little dam so we could paddle in the warmer waters. And when the weather was like – well, this, Barnaby retaught me how to skim stones. I haven’t done it since I was a kid, and although it did take a really, really long time, I definitely got a couple of shots in that I was happy with.

Oh, and you’ll be happy to know that the jacket lived up to it’s reputation. This lady stayed bone dry.

CoatLighthouse Clothing / Dress & Hat – Glassons

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(my excited face when I finally skimmed one properly!)

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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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