It’s literally IMPOSSIBLE for me to not get this song in my head when I’m dressed in daisies. Like this dress, for example. The second I picked it up (from Forever 21, when I was in the US over Christmas) I knew I had to get it. Big clothing chains – or basically, anything that isn’t an online store – makes me feel so overwhelmed that I literally walk out with nothing! Is anyone else like that? It happens to me every time, guaranteed. So, you can see just how much I loved this sweet lil’ daisy covered number – just by the fact that I decided to home with me.
I still can’t decide whether the socks go with the outfit or not, but they make me feel like I’ve walked off the set of Riverdale. So it’s cool. : )
Oh hi! I kind of genuinely can’t believe how much travelling I’ve done in the last year.. Seriously, since I left New Zealand I’ve been to (what I would consider) a whole bunch of places – Laos, The Netherlands, and all over Thailand. In NZ I went overseas roughly every two years (if that!) so I’m pretty darn proud of myself.
Which brings me to my latest.
Hi, from Las Vegas!
It’s been my third time visiting and since it’s one of my favourite places ever, I’m stoked! This time, for the first time ever, we finally made it out to the fabulous sign. And although it may look sunny, let me a assure you, it totally wasn’t! Or at least, coming from Thailand it wasn’t! 10 degree highs are totally not gonna cut the mustard – or anything else for that matter! This lady needs a solid 20… at least.
I didn’t take many pictures this trip at all. I had high hopes for a YouTube video too – but didn’t even get to that. But you know what? I just focused on being in the moment and having fun. And that worked well. We went vintage shopping, ate a whole lot of Mexican food, and did a bunch of shopping. It was good. We also went to my favourite place.. ever! I can’t wait to show you more in my next post!
I was really keen to start of 2018 with a pop of bright COLOUR, and think I’ve pulled it off pretty darn well. Plus, it features beanbags, so that totally makes the whole thing even more charming, don’t you think? (I sure hope so!)
Much like every other blogger everywhere, I get really excited about all things colourful. We don’t own a car, so generally colourful sightings are reduced to a blur as we dash past in our taxi. You can bet that things are extra thrilling when we have a camera in hand and can actually TAKE PHOTOS of said colourful spot.
Luckily, we stayed at a delightfully bright spot in Phuket, by the name of Nook Dee. The pool was an absolute babe, but the colourful rooftops paired with insane views are what really got me. And luckily we captured it all on camera. Score!
Barnaby and myself spent a few days relaxing here at the Nook Dee. The hotel itself was actually really charming in a totally quirky way. I took a video for my YouTube channel, which you can see above, as well as some photos of our room. Who knows, if you’re passing through Kata Beach, Phuket, you might really enjoy a visit too!
I’m always a sucker for a cute hotel, and the Nook Dee totally checks all of the boxes. My favourite thing, minus the pool – seriously, that thing was fantastic, were the rabbits and elephants that followed you everywhere you went. A little soppy, but there’s always a point when we go on holiday where I end up missing my beloved antique toy panda that I cuddle every night.. having this similar-sized elephant waiting for me in my room definitely helped make the heartbreak a little easier! ; )
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 / Clogs – Sandgreen / Lemon Bag – Birthday present
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!
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.
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!
It’s been over six months since we moved out to Thailand. It’s super hot pretty much all of the time (seriously, the only time I’ve felt cold was an ‘off’ day of 18 degrees. In New Zealand that’s t-shirt weather!) Lately I’ve been spending heaps of time at the pool – and thankfully there’s one really close to my house.
The last few years I’ve basically just stuck to high waist bikinis, and I’ve spent the last couple of months trying to branch out a little more. Sure, I still love one pieces and am giving thinner strapped bikinis a go too (totally makes me feel sixteen again, by the way). I spotted this one piece by Phax Swimwear and decided to try it out.. even though it’s completely like nothing I’ve owned before!
Now, about comfort zones: this swimsuit is TOTALLY OUT OF MINE. I was drawn in by the bright yellow (always!) so decided to tell my nerves to bog off and try something completely new. The result? Boobs, boobs, boobs. It was definitely a little intimating heading down to my local pool to snap some pictures – luckily no one was there, thank goodness! I ended up feeling a whole lot more comfortable than expected though, and looking back at these photos, I feel pretty damn good about myself too.
Since I moved to Thailand I’ve steadily packed on a bit of weight and am definitely heavier than I’d like to be. Most of it seems to have gone to my boobs though, so at least I fill my top out well! I was joking to my husband, Barnaby, and saying people will think I moved to Thailand to join the plastic surgery crew. Ha! Let me assure you these are definitely the result of burgers, plenty of green veggie stir fries and burritos galore. I think I’ve discovered the boob diet! That can totally be a thing, right?
You know when you fall completely out of love with your wardrobe? Yeah, well, the dreaded curse definitely got the better of me a month or so ago. Before moving to Thailand I had the biggest purge and sold or threw out pretty much all the clothing I owned. Ya know, except for my wedding dress and a few sentimental favourites. I took a few tropical kind of maxi dresses with me, thinking I’d get into them once I arrived here.. but turns out that I am WAY more twee than I am boho. And I’m totally one hundred percent absolutely fine about that!
I’ve been steadily adding more pieces I truly love to my clothing collection and it’s safe to say that ruffles and off-the-shoulder fits are right up my (garment) alley. Luckily Thailand completely feels the same so I’m able to buy a lot of the stuff I love straight from the market! ..Well, when they fit anyway! I’m an L here, compared to being an S back in New Zealand (although the mango and sticky rice consumption may be having a bit of an influence on that too!)
Online shopping doesn’t happen quite as much as it used to and I have to be completely head over heels over something to click on that glorious ‘add to cart.’ This dress totally checked all the boxes. I actually love a whole bunch of stuff by the brand (Line & Dot, dontcha know!) so think there will be a purchase (or three!) before I head off to Europe next month. Because if a holiday doesn’t deserve a cute new outfit, then I definitely don’t know what does!
Guys. There is a giant dinosaur themed playground right in the middle of Udon Thani, Thailand. How have I lived here for five months and not known of it’s existence?! Gah, I’m so disappointed in myself. Either way, I am so, so happy we found it and love how these colourful guys look stomping around in the background of the photos. After taking some snaps on my Instax camera and looking at the washed out colours, I realised how much they remind me of the dinosaurs from Palm Springs (even though I’ve only seen them in photos).
One of the first things I noticed when I moved to Northern Thailand is the abundance of dinosaur statues. They’re littered all over the place – particularly around the central city. I asked a co-worker about it and it turns out the answer is pretty simple: a lot of dinosaurs lived around these parts! They still find heaps of fossils all over the place, and there is even a dinosaur museum a couple of hours away. We don’t own a car, we just rent every month or so, and I think this definitely needs to get added to ‘the list.’ And don’t worry, I’ll totally have my camera in tow.
As for now, I’ll just be stompin’ around with all of these big guys. What can I say, just call me Jurassic Jo!