Khao Sok Raft Expedition

Since I got back from South America at the end of February, I’ve been counting down the days until July 17, when I was to fly out to Thailand. JW Marriott Khao Lak was having a promotion, and seeing as any excuse to travel will do, I leapt at the opportunity for an eight night stay at a tropical village near Phuket. The promotion included, among many other things, daily Thai massages, so I had always planned to do nothing but relax at the beach, by the pool, and on a massage bed. But I also couldn’t miss out on the many amazing activities on offer, so after a day of relaxation, I decided to go on the Khao Sok Raft Expedition with Green Adaman Travel.

I’ve gone still water and white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and sailing. I’ve even gone rafting on a self-made raft (which wasn’t all that successful). But I’ve never gone bamboo rafting, and so I thought it was necessary that I try it out in the Khao Sok jungle. I booked the tour with my friend Sarah, without really knowing what it involved, although I did know I was going to explore the jungle in a bamboo raft. I was so pleasantly surprised to discover that I was also to ride an elephant, and walk to a hidden cave and waterfall (neither of which is named). It was paradise, and well worth the sunburn.

♫ ♪ Proud Mary – Creedence Clearwater Revival

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Midi skirts are absolutely divine, especially during the winter. First there’s the obvious femininity of the midi, with its longer length. Then of course, it is more practical against the Melbourne winter chill and wind. And midis are just fun! Since I was a little girl, I’ve always spun in circles, twirling and playing with my dress.

Even though midi skirts are perfect, I’m still leaving Melbourne winter for Thailand summer. Tomorrow I’m flying to Khao Lak, for its beautiful, tranquil beaches, and for the JW Marriott luxurious spa and massage treatments. Before I trade in my sweaters and scarves for bikinis and shorts, I’m spending as much time as I can with my babies, and at my favourite Melbourne eateries. I love Thai food, but nothing beats a good avocado and feta mash on sourdough toast with poached eggs!

♫ ♪ We Are Done – The Madden Brothers

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Vintage dress; ASOS sunglasses and shoes; Kenzo sweatshirt; Céline bag; ring bought in Buenos Aires

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It’s funny how normally, Monday is the most hated day of the week. But during the holidays, I actually quite like it! It’s such a happy day, with everything open for everyone. I feel like I can do whatever I want, particularly when you contrast it with Sunday, when a lot of stores are closed. And the shining sun makes it a million times better too!

I normally opt for dresses and skirts, instead of pants and shorts… what can I say? I’m a girl. Someone asked me yesterday if I ever wear pants. I said, ‘Of course I do!’ But because I love my dresses and skirts, if I am to wear pants, they have to be cool pants. Whether it be via leather, a flying tiger print, or a lime colour, it has to be fun. ASOS has a magnificent collection of cool trousers, and my favourites are of the loungey variety. And best of all, they’re affordable! So you can buy two, three, or ten.

♫ ♪ Coming Home Baby – Michael Buble

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ASOS peg trousers; vintage top; Miu Miu heels

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My great love with Kenzo is still as strong as ever. It never ceases to amaze me how covetable the tiger sweaters are. Even now, several seasons after the first tiger sweater came out, they sell out within minutes. I even hear of stories of girls physically fighting over the same jumper. Nothing says timeless art like that!

I’m in the midst of building the perfect wardrobe; a wardrobe full of pieces I’ll probably love forever, and where everything goes together seamlessly. A must-have is something that is fun and exciting. But also something less trendy, and more stylish. Trends by nature, come and go. Why waste your money on something you’ll fall out of love with in a few months time? Of course, by all means go for ripped jeans and white coats if you want, but invest more in something chic. Like pretty much anything from Kenzo.

♫ ♪ Hey You – No Doubt

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Kenzo sweatshirt; Lavish Alice skirt; Topshop sunglasses; Lack Of Color hat; Jimmy Choo heels

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When it’s cold and windy, I try not to fret because at least I get to take my favourite (faux) fur jacket out of its dust cover. I can’t wear it if it’s cold and windy and rainy, but I still don’t fret because I at least have an excuse to wrap myself in my doona like a nice hot cinnamon bun, and watch movies all day.

I remember the anticipation for the Lanvin x H&M collection, and how much I died when I saw all the beautiful pieces by Alber Elbaz, for the fraction of his usual costs. The faux fur jacket was definitely my favourite. Unfortunately, as these things often happen, the collection was not available for purchase in Australia (except via your usual online routes). I was young and not the online shopping pioneer I am now, so I had no clue. But I was going to Europe in a few months, so I was just wishing adn hoping that I’d find the jacket in my size in one of the many H&M stores scattered there. I arrived in Paris, and H&M was one of the very first places I went to. But the jacket had sold out. I went from store to store, until eventually, almost two months later, I found the jacket in a store in Paris, on my way to the airport! I actually cried as I pushed past everyone on the escalator, and ran to the jacket to call it mine.

It’s been my best winter friend ever since.

♫ ♪ Winter – The Rolling Stones

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Lanvin x H&M faux fur jacket; Zara dress; Zu heeled boots; Givenchy bag; Topshop sunglasses

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I love this time of year… more than I love Christmas. The end of financial year brings with it amazing sales on just about everything you could ever want. I’ve had very bad experiences with Farfetch, and I’ve vowed to never use the website ever again. But not even I could resist the sales it currently has. They’re definitely the best ones I’ve seen online, with so much stock to choose from at truly bargain prices.

Kenzo’s Spring 2014 “No Fish No Nothing” collection was one of my favourites from Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, and since I laid eyes on it, I’ve been aching for one of the fish sweatshirts. I think Kenzo is the go-to brand today for the iconic print sweatshirt. From tigers to eyes, fish to lightning bolt, you can depend on Kenzo for not only something warm and soft, but also bright, fresh, eclectic, modern, and above all, covetable. Despite my distaste for Farfetch, I decided I couldn’t go another day without a fish sweatshirt to put next to my tiger sweatshirt. Best decision I ever made, because the jumper is all I could have dreamed for, and more.

♫ ♪ Weird Fishes / Arpeggi – Radiohead

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Kenzo sweatshirt; Carven skirt; Forever21 sandals; Prada sunglasses; vintage ring

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January To June

Since July has now arrived, I’ve taken the time to do yet another flashback, of all the best looks (that I haven’t already posted about) over the last six months. From January to June of 2014, stylish women, and the stylists to famous women, have really stepped it up, showcasing some of the most magnificent looks to have come from today’s greatest designers. Of course, your standard vintage number has come out as well. Here’s some awards I’ve compiled (they’re more elusive that the CFDA’s)…

 

Best Dressed For The Last Six Months: Lupita Nyong’o (special mention to Emma Watson and Rihanna)

Designer of the Last Six Months: Valentino, and Proenza Schouler

Most Stylish Newcomer: Margot Robbie and Imogen Poots

Most Stylish Family: The Olsen’s (Mary-Kate, Ashley, and Elizabeth)

Most Stylish Nation: The UK (thanks to the Poppy  Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse, Alexa Chung, Emma Watson, Felicity Jones, and more)

Best Outfit Of The Last Six Months: Lily Aldridge in Marc Jacobs (worn at the Save Venice Enchanted Garden Ball, in April) and Poppy Delevingne in Louis Vuitton (worn at the amfAR New York Gala, in February)

 

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Adèle Exarchopoulos, in Louis Vuitton; Alexa Chung, in Carven; Amber Heard, in The Row; Angelina Jolie, in Ralph Lauren; Brooklyn Decker, in Tory Burch

 

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Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, both in The Row; Camila Alves, in custom Gabriela Cadena; Candice Swanepoel, in Narciso Rodriguez; Cara Delevingne, in Ralph Lauren

 

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Cate Blanchett, in Ralph Lauren; Cate Blanchett, in Valentino Couture; Charlize Theron, in Dior Couture, China Chow, in Stella McCartney; China Chow, in Viktor & Rolf

 

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Dita von Teese, in Carolina Herrera; Dita von Teese, in Zac Posen; Dree Hemingway, in Christopher Kane; Elizabeth Olsen, in Proenza Schouler; Elle Fanning, in Wes Gordon

 

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Emma Watson, in Narciso Rodriguez; Emma Watson, in Ralph Lauren; Emma Watson, in Calvin Klein Collection, Emma Watson, in Vera Wang; Emma Watson, in Wes Gordon

 

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Emma Watson, in Erdem; Felicity Jones, in Burberry Prorsum; Felicity Jones, in Miu Miu; Florence Welch, in Vilshenko; Gia Coppola, in Saint Laurent

 

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Imogen Poots, in Miu Miu; Imogen Poots, in Proenza Schouler; Imogen Poots, in Stella McCartney; Jennifer Lawrence, in Dior Couture; Jennifer Lawrence, in Tom Ford

 

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Kate Bosworth, in Christian Dior; Kate Hudson, in Atelier Versace; Kim Kardashian, in Faith Connexion; Kristen Bell, in J. Mendel; Kristen Bell, in Pamella Roland

 

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Kristen Bell, in Roberto Cavalli; Lauren Santo Domingo, in Valentino; Lauren Santo Domingo, in John Galliano; Lena Dunham, in Isa Arfen; Lily Aldridge, in Marc Jacobs

 

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Lily Aldridge, in Rosie Assoulin, Lily James, in Ralph Lauren; Lily Kwong, in Salvatore Ferragamo, Lupita Nyong’o, in Suno; Lupita Nyong’o, in Calvin Klein Collection

 

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Lupita Nyong’o, in Givenchy; Lupita Nyong’o, in Proenza Schouler; Lupita Nyong’o, in Chanel; Lupita Nyong’o, in Prada; Margot Robbie, in Ralph Lauren

 

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Margot Robbie, in Vionnet; Marion Cotillard, in Mary Katrantzou; Mia Moretti, in Christopher Bu; Poppy Delevingne, in Louis Vuitton; Rebecca Dayan, in Vionnet

 

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Rihanna, in Lanvin; Rihanna, in Ulyana Sergeenko; Rihanna, in vintage Moschino; Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea, in Jason Wu; Suki Waterhouse, in Burberry Prorsum

 

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Suki Waterhouse, in Burberry Prorsum; Vanessa Traina Snow, in Céline; Victoria Beckham, in Victoria Beckham; Ziyi Zhang, in Ralph Lauren; Zoe Kravitz, in Lanvin

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Congratulations everybody, we’ve survived half of 2014! This being my (hopefully) last year of uni, I thought the year would go by a lot slower, and a lot more painfully. But generally, it’s been smooth sailing, and nothing but happiness and fun.

There are a few things I’m especially thankful for, for helping me get through the first six months of the year. My Prada sunglasses, for not only being the most chic sunglasses ever designed, but also for hiding the bags under my eyes on especially bad days. My Kenzo jeans, for being the perfect combination of comfort, practicality, and cool. I’ve worn them a lot more than I thought I’d ever wear jeans, and I still love them as much as I did when I first got them. And of course, my family, friends, Melbourne cafes, and the Internet.

♫ ♪ I Need You Around – The Smoking Popes

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Topshop top; H&M kimono; Kenzo jeans; Siren heels; Prada sunglasses; Chloé ring; Christopher Kane clutch; vintage necklace

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