12th, March, 2017

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Finally, some sun! (Although, would you even know it, from my ridiculously pale skin?) Seriously, the only, only time I get eyed up in Thailand is when I walk past skin whitening clinics in the mall. No joke! And I am trying to tan. I’ve even been wearing tanning oil when I go outside – but I guess this is it! Oh well, pale and interesting, pale and interesting!

My husband’s birthday was a week or so ago, so we spent the evening¬†out, before crashing at our hotel for the night. My favourite part was absolutely when we hung out poolside drinking cocktails (they are really cheap in Thailand, it’s awesome!) I tried out my new bikini from Kopper & Zink. I’ve never heard of them before, but the cut on the bottoms is the best I’ve ever had! I definitely want to pick up another of their designs!

Apparently, April is when it gets really, really hot here. As in 45+ degrees celsius! There had better be some more swimming pool visits in store! (Otherwise, you’ll find me as a pile of melted person. Eep!)

Anyway, here I am in all my pale-ness! ūüėČ

Bikini – Kopper & Zink / Sunglasses – MiuMiu (via SmartBuySunglasses)

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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! ūüėČ

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

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14th, February, 2017

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Growing up in South-East Asia; specifically, Brunei, Chinese New Year was one of my favourite celebrations. The music, the colours, the lion dances.. I really do love it all! The moment I hear the distinctive drum beats come on while I’m walking around the supermarket (the music is everywhere!) I just can’t help myself and tap my toes as I walk down the aisles. So I was massively excited to be back in Asia again – after all, I moved to Thailand – so my new hubby could experience it for the first time too.

I sold most of my clothes before moving over and had nothing red in my closet! The closest I had to gold was this yellow suspender skirt from Black Milk which I paired with a sheer sleeved tee I’ve had for absolutely ages. And the hair? My co-worker is INCREDIBLE when it comes to braids, and luckily she offered to do mine up in the most intricate style I can even imagine (!) the day before the celebrations. Ugh, she is the best!

It was quite funny – despite my HUGE passion for CNY, we never actually made it to the celebrations! We headed down to look at the decorations – when we took these photos. But on the night I wasn’t feeling terribly well and ended up asleep on the couch at about 9:30. I vaguely remember waking up at midnight to hear the distant sound of fireworks, which put a definite smile on my face. Here’s to next year then, I suppose! ; )

Pinafore – Black Milk / T-shirt – Old / 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 РShopbop / Freda Jelly Sandals РKate Spade

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21st, December, 2016

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A little while ago now I was asked by Boohoo to tell you about some of my favourite spots in my current city; Christchurch, New Zealand. My computer hasn’t been behaving itself so this post has been hugely delayed – actually blogging in general has been! However, I couldn’t resist sharing – especially as this is genuinely the CUTEST street ever. But yeah, stay tuned on the blog, because I have some crazy, crazy, CRAZY news. Actually, you might have seen some of it on my Instagram… (I got married!)

Your favourite street and why you love it?

Without a doubt, my favourite street in Christchurch is New Regent’s Street. I am massively obsessed with old buildings, and although we lost 90% of the best ones in the big earthquake a few years back, New Regent’s remains! Between the pastel coloured facades, cute shopfronts, and adorable geranium displays on every balcony, what’s not to love?! Plus, the tram drives through constantly; making it all the more picturesque. This is definitely the must-see spot of Christchurch – especially if you’re a blogger or Instagrammer! ūüėČ

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How would you describe style in your city?

Boring! It feels a little harsh to say aloud, but being completely real; New Zealand in general (not just Christchurch!) is obsessed with black. Oh, and activewear. And for this colourful and not-always-active-or-wanting-to-be-in-activewear-all-the-time lady, you certainly learn what it feels like to stand out. And you find out pretty quickly what that feels like. So if anyone in Christchurch is reading Рplease get more colourful stuff out of your closet! It is way more fun, I promise!

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What’s the best new thing to do in 2016?

The suggestions given for this question were more along the lines of bars and restaurants, but the BEST new thing I’ve experienced in Christchurch this year absolutely has to be The Crate Escape. Have you done an escape room before? We were lured in by the pun-tastic name, but I think we’ve found a new obsession for sure!

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The best spots to Instagram?

That’s easy! New Regent Street of course! Just look at those pastel buildings (cue love hearts in the eyes!)

What 3 words sum up the vibe of your city?

Gardens, relaxed, and wobbly (hi earthquakes!)

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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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18th, November, 2016

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If you’re ever, ever thinking of popping down to New Zealand – more specifically, Christchurch, please, please make sure that you visit in Spring! Often referred to as ‘the Garden City’ it certainly lives up to it’s name when the seasons change!

As it was such a beautifully warm day (yay!) I kept my outfit super simple. This ASOS dress (bought months ago in one of those treat yo’self moments) is a real statement piece – mostly just because of those amazing bell sleeves. It turned out to be a whole lot shorter than I expected – so I wore¬†shorts underneath (which turned out to be quite fortuitous¬†anyway – the winds were super gusty!)

Who knows whether it’s the pretty colour scheme or the fact that it’s just plain old getting warmer – but I am massively enjoying this transitional season. Buuuuut probably just mostly ‘cos it’s just getting warmer ; )

Dress – ASOS (Old – Similar here) / Hat – Glassons / Clog Boots – Old (Similar here)

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31st, October, 2016

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Ugh, if you don’t know by now I am completely obsessed with the colour yellow. As well as genuinely making you feel happier (true fact!) it just looks darn good paired with a red lipstick. I just love it. And paired with polkadots, a tie up peephole and a vintage style cut, it’s bound to be a winner.

In really, really sad news – this dress is now down to¬£20¬†over at Tara Starlet. I am beyond sad to hear she’s closing her doors (seriously, this lady is pure talent) so really do recommend snapping up a bargain – and supporting her at the time time. In the words of Ron Swanson; please and thank you.

In one of those bloggy fate moments (because obviously those are a thing) I spotted this yellow building as we were heading out for a brief lunch at Subway. I thought it was an empty old furniture shop (and it was… on one side) but it turns out that half of it was residential. So midway through snapping these shots an old man’s face appeared at the window! It might sound like something out of a horror story (especially it’s is Halloween time!) but it was, quite frankly, hilarious. And a good cue for us to know we “had the shot” ; )

Dress – Tara Starlet / Clogs – Lotta From Stockholm / Headscarf – Boohoo / Camera – Instax

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28th, October, 2016

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Looking for a cheap & cute last minute costume? (Duh, of course you are, it’s almost Halloween!) Well I managed to leave things right until the last minute, but with a little bit of thrifting and some simple makeup tweaks, I’ve made a Wizard of Oz¬†costume that I’m actually a wee bit proud of. So if you don’t have a costume yet, you know what to do (thrift shops and ASOS, I’m looking at you!)

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The main aspects of Dorothy’s outfit¬†are the pinafore and red shoes. I borrowed these heels, and the pinafore is one I picked up on a very, very lucky thrifting trip (but you can find a similar one here). Wear a plain white t-shirt or blouse underneath. In my case, I did a little ode to Toto by wearing my Pepa Loves tee which features little dogs on the sleeves.

For accessories, look for a picnic basket (this one was thrifted a few years back) and bring along your dog… if you have one… I wish I had one to take!

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For hair you obviously need to do the infamous two plaits. The trick to the perfect Dorothy locks is starting your braid up really high (almost like a boxer braid) and leaving a large section of hair loose at the bottom. In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy does have blue ribbons – I just couldn’t resist red to match my lipstick. That and I didn’t have any blue ribbon ; )

This look is all about the lips. Whip out your brightest rouge (I opted for Ladybug by MAC) and finish up your eyes with a simple coat of mascara. Oh, and lashings of liquid liner too – if you’re addicted to it, like me.

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And that’s it! Happy Halloween, everyone!


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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