My Beautiful Diary

February 29, 2012

So this is super late to be sharing but I only started my diary last week. I have wanted a Barbara Wiggins diary since forever but could never justify the price while Paperchase does such cute ones… but this year I was away and decided to order one so when I got home it would be there.

My justification being I need inspiration to sort my life out this year and what better way to do that then use a diary you LOVE to use.

Plus it’s not too late and they are on sale at just £9.

I absolutely adore mine, and have so far made all of my appointments, not double booked myself once and completed all my to-do lists. No small feat!

You can grab yours here and don’t worry if gold is too garish for you, there are lots of other colours, also ones without the crackle.

P.S my new notebook is gold glitter, from a little stationery store in Thailand, blinging up my life this year.

Oscar Dressing

February 28, 2012

It must be so fun being invited to the Oscars, getting to dress up to the extent most girls do to get married.

I thought I would share my favourites, there were so many good ones this year.

Gwyneth looks great as always, the ice queen with a smile look, in Tom Ford.

New (ish star Rooney looks amazing in her J Mendel backless number. I love her stark black hair and the delicate dress together.

Rose looking gorgeous in Vivienne Westwood black sequins, she is just so lovely.

Angelina doing the sex bomb look as only she can do in Atelier Versace, what’s with the sticky outty leg though Angie?

I have a big of a girl crush on Emma Stone I love her cute voice and red hair, and this Giambattista Valli dress is beautiful.

 

Michelle William’s Louis Vuitton dress was my favourite by a long way, I love the tomato colour, the nude backed bodice and the fluffy train. So lovely and so fun.

And this is just the ones that made it to the ceremony, many more best dressed for me came from the Vanity Fair party. A chance to take a few more risks, so less poofy gowns more siren bodycon and sexy minis.

 

 

 
I will always love January Jones, she always looks so cool.

  
I only wish my life had more occasions that called for a gown!

Koh Lanta

February 27, 2012

More island photographs, can you handle it?

I am not sure I can.

We have been back for over two weeks now, and I am not going to lie it has been tougher than we thought settling back in. The main thing that is making it all feel okay has been hanging out with our friends. Big love to everything who has been helping pull us from our holiday blues.

So anyway I want to tell you all about Koh Lanta.

It’s one of Thailand’s larger islands, set between Phi Phi and the mainland, it is very sleepy and chilled and felt to us very much like a family place. We saw lots of kids and the majority of accommodation and restaurants are based along the beaches.

It’s all about the beach life here.

We arrived early evening and hot footed it to the beach to watch the sunset, this island is perfectly placed to watch it go down over the sea.

It was pretty perfect.

We were staying on Long Beach for the first couple of nights, and watched right to the end and ate at the cutest Indian restaurant right on the beach.

One of those amazing nights where you are content and relaxed loving your holiday.

This was our little house for the first few nights. We stayed at a place called Pearl Beach, they have a great bar and restaurant but were not directly on the beach and there was no pool. The only reasons we moved on really.

 The resort is run as a family and all the staff were lovely. I do recommend it here.

Our next spot was on the next beach along and we had a room in the attic of a little house. It was so cute!

They had these little tables along the beach where we ate breakfast everyday and I often sheltered from the sun in the afternoon with an iced coffee.

I actually don’t remember what this resort was called but it wasn’t amazing and a little scruffy, as were a lot of the resorts here, if you come here as a family with only a week or two I suggest you spend a little more to get a nice place. The difference between some of the better resorts at the ends of most beaches and the older ones was huge.

The thing seems to be light your restaurant with 1000 lanterns to attract your customer.

Everywhere we went was so cute, with huge amounts of fairy lights or chinese lanterns. Why don’t we do that more? I love it.

I chose most of the places we ate purely by their light display.

It was all about the beach BBQ for us most evening, picking out your fish or squid or prawns which were then served with an array of Thai sides or even BBQ sweetcorn or baked potatoes.

And very strong banana daiquiri’s.

There are some activities on Koh Lanta as well, one of which we decided to do – ride elephants and canoe on the river.

I have to say at this point I wouldn’t recommend this. It really depends on how you feel about animals, and I am pretty sure these elephants are well looked after and treated well, however I do not think our elephant was up for having a couple of people riding around on him so I didn’t really enjoy it.

I just felt guilty the whole time, I wouldn’t do it again and I should have known I would feel this way given how I feel about zoos.

He definitely had other things he’d have rather been doing, he kept stopping and huffing.

As part of our day we also went on a canoeing trip down the river and feed some wild monkeys. These dudes were crazy as soon as they saw us jumping in the river and swimming out to us making sure they got the first banana!

We did eventually get to the shore with some left and they hopped into our boats.

I loved this, it always crazy being so close to animals living in the wild.

We enjoyed a few ice cream sundaes with green ice cream, I have no idea what flavour it was, sugar I think 😉

We also had several days of constant rain, heavy big fat drops rain, the best kind. Unless all you planned on doing on topping up your tan.

So we decided on the second day to go with it and get drunk in our room rather than spend the day running in and out of shelter.

We got supplies, Sansong and watched movies all day.

It was actually refreshing and when the sun came back we were itching to get out and do stuff.

I loved these cute little VW cocktail vans that we spotted throughout Thailand, I’d love to set one up here but I doubt it’d it would even be possible.

One of our favourite places was called Fat Monkey, where my Husband ate crispy chicken skin! Crazy good he said. One of the few times we left the beach and hung around on the main road.

 

So although we didn’t have the most exciting time on Koh Lanta I do think I’d go back, especially if we went with children it’s fairly undiscovered so the beaches are pretty untouched and it’s cheap. Perfect holiday island, as long as you are happy chilling on the beaches and not much more.

Bubble Baths

February 24, 2012

It is Friday. My first couple of weeks back at work have gone incredibly fast, partly due to illness and I am so excited about a full weekend back in our house without being stuck in bed.

One thing I am very excited about is having a bubble bath in my own bathroom with a facemask and a glass of wine.

I love a good bubble bath.

It’s a time I truly relax and am content. I definitely need a good one after this week.

It is something I have missed whilst I have been away, with most of the hotels we have been staying in having amazing showers but not so many baths.

I did have one for my birthday, with an upgrade that just made my weekend. The tub was amazing, a bit like a cocoon. Dream tub.


Where we arrived (at a very nice hotel for a birthday treat) the bath was the first thing I saw, filled with flowers.

So I had a bubble bath, with a glass of wine for my birthday. Such a treat.

I do not understand why some people don’t like a good hot bath. It Never fails to relax and revive me.

Phi Phi

February 16, 2012

Back to Thailand… Oh how I wish.

After Phuket we took a boat to Phi Phi, a tiny island between Phuket and the main stretch of Thailand.

It is the Thailand you see in holiday brochures, all craggy rocks and turquoise sea.

This was the view as we arrived.

It’s very much an original backpackers island that has since been hijacked by the ordinary resort tourist, simply because it is so amazing, like much of Thailand resorts have sprung up all over in the past 10 years.

We decided to get in the spirit of the island and went straight out for cocktails that night. In fact we had so much fun over the two days that we were there, and ate quite a lot of street food that I had no recommendations for you, other than to GO HERE.

It’s also a well-known diving spot, and the place is chock full of dive schools, my Husband is insane about diving and will go any chance he gets whilst I am terrified of the sea.

Most of the dive companies will take a snorkeler out with them for a small fee, and though I am also new to this, being terrified of the big blue thing and everything, I agreed to go out on the trip.

Oh yes, I also get very, very seasick.

This trip was a breakthrough for me, although the dive company had said I would have someone with me I did not, so when Adam had done his first dive he came snorkeling with me over a shallow dive site.

In the middle of the open sea.

It was a breakthrough in that I fully didn’t want to do it, and I also fully freaked out big time when I jumped in the water.

I did not want to jump in, I wanted to step in but they said I had to so I would be far enough away from the boat, and basically water got in my eyes and my mascara run and I was about 3 breaths away from a full on panic attack, something I have been through maybe 3 times in my life and believe me it’s horrendous enough without being in the ocean.

All the time everyone was asking me if I was okay and did I want to get out, and I just concentrated on getting my breathing normal and shook my head, and eventually I did it. I was still in the water.

It wasn’t the best snorkeling experience either but it was out in the middle of the sea and after that I felt like I could do it anywhere. This was massive.

Even if I am still a long way from joining my Husband on a scuba dive at least I can share a little of his love for the sea with him.

The pier, I am always so happy to see land after a few hours at sea! (I feel so sick whenever I step onto a boat)

A beautiful sunset at the beach.

This island really does come alive at night, we had so much fun. The beach bars and clubs are where the ‘kids’ hang out but there are plenty of other options away from here and where all the smaller hotels are.

This was the time to get involved in the Thai ‘buckets’ which if you have never been these are little seaside buckets filled with ice, a couple of cans of mixer, Thai red bull (lethal) and a small bottle of Sansong which is Thai whiskey or rum as it says on the bottle.

It’s truly horrible stuff, but it’s so so much fun.

We even went dancing, to Rhianna. One of my favourite memories.

This is the only photo of the bar we went to I have that wasn’t completely blurred.

We suffered a lot the next day, and unfortunately this was also the day we had chosen to move on… it was pretty bad.

So we found a nice place to eat and ordered lot of orange juice and toast and coffee and tried to feel okay enough to get back on yet another boat.

Why don’t we put flowers on all our drinks? I loved that.

That’s 3 boats in 3 days people. For a seasick, sea-phobic girl. There’s nothing like throwing yourself in at the deep end.

I was also a little gutted, I so wanted to stay. Drinking buckets with my Husband and dancing all night then lying on the beach with the sand between my toes all day.

It’s probably a good thing we had already booked our next hotel, we probably would have gotten stuck here for a while otherwise.

 

I am sure you can see why.

Definitely go to Phi Phi if you visit Thailand, it’s certainly not quiet but it has its more remote spots if you want that and I am told it’s nowhere near as busy as Koh Samui and the neighbours,a nd just as beautiful.

Home Sweet Home

February 15, 2012

Hello again!

I have returned from my travels, I have unpacked my backpack, I have almost washed everything, and I am back at work and the gym which is very much needed I can tell you.

It is good to be back. It has been amazing seeing my family and friends over the past week, and I am furiously making plans with many more to see people as soon as possible.

Not to mention how delighted I am to have my full wardrobe back and more than one choice of shoes. I have been revelling in wearing dresses and heels and all my jewellery at once, I’m (half) kidding.

There is a little bit of a flatness, for both my husband and I, after such an amazing 3 months reality hits hard.

However we are throwing ourselves into lots of newness, our married life, new challenges, ideas and careers.

One challenge I am very excited about is that this blog and Full as an Egg will be getting an update, we are a long way off yet but plans are being made and I cannot wait to get started on one particular idea I have had to make it all the more exciting to visit me here.

Anyway hello… In the meantime I will continue to post-blog about my travels, recommending my favourite bits for you, and everyone can sit back happy in the knowledge that I am back at my desk writing this.

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