MY EXPERIENCE IN PHUKET

Phuket was a complete contrast to our short trip in Bangkok. We were able to completely relax, which was exactly what we needed after a long journey and extremely busy few days in Thailand’s capital. At first, the lack of public transport was daunting. It was even more worrying when we realised how far away our accommodation was from everything. But when we arrived at our magnificent hotel, all of my concerns quickly faded away. We were in complete paradise.

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The Crest Resort & Pool Villas is quite literally the fanciest place I have ever seen. I squealed with excitement when I was handed a posh welcome drink and saw the glorious infinity pool, which had a bar INSIDE it. I fell in love with our room, which had TWO double beds joined together, a glorious view and swan-shaped towels.

 

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We definitely made the most of the hotel with plenty of pool days, but we also did a bit of exploring. We visited the Paradise Beach, and the name pretty much says it all. I read books, drank yummy coconut cocktails and swam in the sea. It was glorious.

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We went on a boat trip to Phang Nga Bay and explored the limestone cliffs and rock formations. One of the islands we saw on the trip was Koh Tapu, known as the James Bond Island due to appearing in ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. Although the Bond feature is the biggest selling point of the trip, and the reason the price is increased, in my opinion it was a bit of a let down. But the beautiful scenery of the rest of the trip made it worthwhile.

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Now, the Phuket Simon Caberet show was like nothing I had EVER experienced before. The promise of the greatest show in the world was definitely not fulfilled, but it was a lot of fun. At one point, a performer dressed in drag danced on men in the audience, and shoved their heads in her fake tatas! It was hilarious but if this is a bit much for you, opt to sit in the upper tier when booking your tickets.

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We decided not to explore much of the town centre because it looked extremely touristy. But I would definitely recommend visiting the beaches and stunning scenery.

The hotel was by far the highlight of the trip. The luxurious spa, yoga and meditation classes, and without forgetting the most important part.. the breakfast buffet, created a little drop of heaven. It helped us feel completely revitalised for our visit to Koh Samui…

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO SHOP YOUR OWN WARDROBE

Having a fashion blog can sometimes create a bit of pressure to keep buying new clothes. But as we’re now all much more aware of the environmental impacts of fast fashion, I am trying my best to shop a lot less. I’m also trying to be a bit wiser with my spending habits as I definitely don’t have the budget for excessive shopping, or the need for it.

But, when I come to write a new blog post and I want to feature outfit photos, it’s hard to resist buying something new. However, last week I had a real rummage around in my wardrobe and to my surprise managed to put together this dreamy outfit.

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For years now I have loved the idea of a red colour block outfit, but I’ve never had the money to buy something like a red suit. So, for years, it has remained an idea. But then, a few weeks ago I was determined to put together a ‘new’ outfit from clothes I already own, by mixing and matching my regulars with my unloved items. Although some of the looks I created didn’t work, I managed to put together some outfits that I really loved.

I found a red pencil skirt just sitting there, collecting dust, that I hadn’t worn since my graduation FOUR years ago. I tried it on with a few different options. I paired it with a long sleeved cherry red top, with my red ankle boots but this felt a bit too extra for my liking. So, I decided to try it with this t-shirt that I would normally just throw on with a pair of jeans. I loved how it broke up the red, but maintained the boldness. I completed the look with my red western belt to add a little bit more structure to the skirt.

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It is definitely the sassiest look I have ever put together and one that got a lot of side-eye, which to me is always a good sign of a great outfit. It made me feel powerful, confident and strong. Putting this together reminded me of what I love about fashion. It isn’t the feeling of buying something new, it’s the excitement and inspiration I feel when I style an outfit that I love.

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If you are watching the pennies or just want to be a bit more eco-conscious, take another look at your wardrobe. Get creative. Is there something you haven’t worn for a while? Could you simply just mix and match some clothes from other regular outfits? Could you maybe layer some of your summer pieces over t-shirts or knitwear? I think you will be surprised at how many looks you can create from what is hiding in your wardrobe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY I’LL NEVER BE A TRAVEL BLOGGER

While I was away in Thailand, I had planned to get some blog photos. I couldn’t wait to show off my holiday outfits with the glorious scenery in the background. But, I quickly realised that I’m not that sexy in the sunshine. Every day consisted of a 36 degree heat with 75% humidity. It didn’t take long for me to decide that the weather just wasn’t suitable for Instagram content. But then, there I was, with a SULA (sweaty upper lip alert), hair scraped back and a cherry-red face, when I spotted a travel blogger. Her perfect hair, outrageously stylish outfit and flawless makeup didn’t budge while she posed for the ‘gram. That’s when I realised I could never be a travel blogger.

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SKIRT – NEW LOOK, TOP – TOPSHOP, DENIM JACKET – URBAN OUTFITTERS, SHOES – CLARKS, HEADBAND – OLIVER BONAS, BAG – PAUL’S BOUTIQUE

At the beginning of the trip, I wore one of my planned outfits but instantly regretted it when I was overbearingly hot and my feet were sore from breaking in new shoes. It became abundantly clear that I would have to wear for comfort, not style. Forget about makeup or any form of tamed hair. It just wasn’t doable. So instead of scarring you with unflattering photos of myself profusely sweating, I decided to recreate my holiday looks back in the UK.

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It goes without saying that my appearance wasn’t a top priority while on a trip of a lifetime. But seeing flawless women posing for swoon-worthy photos got me thinking. Are all the Instagram users on holiday spending their entire trip making sure they looked perfect, for the sake of improving their feed, or do they honestly just always look good?

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I’m sure for some, the latter is true. But it made me realise how much work it must be to be a travel blogger. Obviously there are more demanding jobs out there but finding beautiful backdrops, looking your best while in the heat/cold, getting a collection of photographs and then editing them, isn’t the easiest task in the world. To the aspiring travel bloggers that commit to this in their spare time, I salute you!

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Being a travel blogger seems like a pretty awesome job but if you’re an average Jo like me, who just wants to get some nice photos to spruce up your grid. It’s just not worth sacrificing your holiday for, especially if your hair triples in size and makeup immediately melts off your face when exposed to the sunshine. I would much rather look like an egg, wear basic clothes and feel comfortable. Adjusting to different climate zones is hard enough without making it worse for yourself.

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If you can’t be bothered to make your holiday seem ‘Instagrammable’, you aren’t alone. Enjoy your holiday, take pictures if you want and if any of them are worthy for the ‘gram, then show them off. But don’t beat yourself up for not getting that picture. If you aren’t in the superhuman group of people that never seem to look bad, that’s okay too.