Luckily I didn’t get jetlag or anything after returning from Thailand, because I was home for only two days when uni started again. It’s funny coming back to uni after a month’s break, because people often look very different to when you saw them last. Maybe they’ve dyed or cut their hair; lost or gained weight; or in my case, turned several shades darker! It was quite a shock for my friends, who apparently honestly thought I was an Indian girl when I approached them…
Today I wanted to try something fun, and also, something I’ve never done before (except for maybe when I was 5 years old). I wanted to put together an outfit of multiple shades of pink. In normal circumstances, I like to keep the pink down to a minimum, but today, I thought, Hell! I’m going to try on pretty much everything pink in my wardrobe! I was surprised at how interesting the result was. Hot pink will automatically make your outfit bold, but I thought all of the different hues made for an exciting, fresh, and certainly vibrant look.
♫ ♪ Pretty In Pink – The Psychedelic Furs
Custom-made dress; vintage blazer; Lack Of Color hat; Miu Miu sunglasses; Kids necklace; RMK heels
Any day tour I went on with Andaman Green Travel in Thailand was the Phang Nha Bay tour. Khao Lak lies in the province of Phang Nga, and Phang Nga Bay was definitely a must-see during my stay there. The Bay is a beautiful, picturesque landscape of dramatic limestone cliffs and small islands, including the famous Tapu Island, more commonly known as James Bond Island. In 1974, it was featured in the James Bond movie, The Man With The Golden Gun. I rewatched the movie before I went on the tour, and I feel like I could definitely see all the violence and drama on the beach!
I wanted to go on the tour, mainly to canoe through the caves and islands, and of course to walk around James Bond Island. But I was also very impressed by the local Sea Gypsy village which was built on stilts, and the Golden Cave temple. The tour was amazing, for its combination of local culture and nature.
♫ ♪ The Man With The Golden Gun – Lulu
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
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
Vintage dress; ASOS sunglasses and shoes; Kenzo sweatshirt; Céline bag; ring bought in Buenos Aires
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
ASOS peg trousers; vintage top; Miu Miu heels
Lanvin ‘Susan’ crystal and chain bracelet
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
Kenzo sweatshirt; Lavish Alice skirt; Topshop sunglasses; Lack Of Color hat; Jimmy Choo heels
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
Lanvin x H&M faux fur jacket; Zara dress; Zu heeled boots; Givenchy bag; Topshop sunglasses
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
Kenzo sweatshirt; Carven skirt; Forever21 sandals; Prada sunglasses; vintage ring