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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16th, July, 2017

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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?

Swimsuit – Phax (via UK Swimwear) / Cover up – Phax (via UK Swimwear)

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8th, June, 2017

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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!

DressLine & Dot / Hat – Vintage / Flamingo FlatsCocoRose London

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28th, May, 2017

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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!

Top & Dress – H&M / Glasses – Miu Miu / Shoes – CocoRose London

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15th, May, 2017

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When I left New Zealand to move to Thailand, I gave up most of my beloved bag collection. Sure, I felt all good about myself giving them to my nieces to play with (I would’ve gone nuts for them at that age. Or at my present age, for that matter), but man, some of those bags I really, really loved.

I suppose this lemon is my first foray into a comeback, of sorts, and BOY AM I GLAD. It’s hard only having two bags, guys, especially when they’re more along the lines of ‘serious’, instead of novelty It was my birthday last week (28 now, dontcha know!) and sweet Barnaby, who knows me super well, duh, gifted this little lemon number. Kind of the perfect present really! It reminds me of my beloved watermelon bag (it’s here, to jog your memory!) and in my favourite shade ever – YELLOW!

Another thing I’m mighty keen on – as is everyone in the world – is gingham. I have a pretty limited collection of clothing (so far) here with me in Thailand, and I’ve noticed that gingham is not-so-slowly becoming the majority shareholder. This romper is no exception. The off-the-shoulder fit is really cute, and I’m really into anything with ruffles and bows, so it really does check all the boxes. Yep, I’m a happy lady.

Right, now if I remember clearly, the bag shop also had a rocket ship and a watermelon a little bit like my last one… Time for a shopping trip, perhaps?

Playsuit – Shopbop / Lemon Bag – A gift / Shoes – Cocorose London / Glasses – Ray Ban RB5226

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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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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! 😉

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

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