Happy Friday!

March 30, 2012

So today is looking pretty so far, although I have a busy weekend ahead of me (which I hate) I am doing lots of lovely things so no complaints really.

I just hope the sun stays with us.

Today we had bacon rolls delivered to the office from The Food Warren, a little recommendation here as they’re food is great if you’re anywhere near Victoria Street ever do check them (a proper blog recommendation coming soon on Full as an Egg) so Friday started with a little treat.

I am going to start the weekend right with a gym session then have a proper night out with lots of people as our lovely friends Aspects return to the stage here

Then a big girly day with my Mama tomorrow for her birthday, with breakfast at a cute village cafe, then a spa day and afternoon tea (we all know I love afternoon tea) before more birthday drinks with another friend, then Sunday a birthday lunch for my Dad.

Phew.

Then some major blog dedication time, as I am still on Thailand… much more to come though.

Rawai Palm Beach

March 29, 2012

This was my Birthday hotel… and it was not open yet. We didn’t realise when we booked this, but luckily found out before we arrived so it wasn’t a nasty surprise and ended up being really nice as we were their first customers and we were on our honeymoon we were treated like real VIP’s.

Everyone else staying at the hotel over this weekend were family or friends and guests of the owner, we were all guinea pigs.

The best thing? We got the best room in the place.

This was my tub… the first thing you see when you walk in.

Our lovely sink area. With tons of towels and slippers.

And robes, you know how much I like a good robe in a hotel room.

That led into the main room…

 

Our huge bed with the obligatory swan towels (love that).

The rooms here have a great big seating area by huge windows that led outside.

I spent my birthday taking a bath, swimming in the pool and generally being very lazy.

Yes. Outside is your little terrace which leads into a little plunge pool for when it gets too hot, which then leads into the main pool. So cool.

Room service all the way! Like I said we were some of the only guests and although sometimes it’s nice to be fussed over sometimes it’s annoying so we ordered in and hung out in our room.

My Mai Tai came in a pineapple, love that. It was also super strong!

The pool had these crazy big stone heads everywhere, and little platforms for climbing and sunbathing. It’s going to a great pool for kids to have adventures in.

They also have a very cute little play area and fake beach for smaller children. It’s definitely a resort for families.

On my birthday night the owners threw a big dinner for local importants and their guests. It was amazing, this big fish baked in salt was my favourite thing.

The one hundred different types of squid my husbands favourite thing.

Tons of pretty fruit plates.  

Cakes, and custard hearts.

 
I went and got a plate of all the cakes, they were just so pretty…

 
Not knowing that this was about to arrive for me, the whole party sang me happy birthday which was so lovely (and of course I went bright pink) celebrating your birthday so far away from home is sometimes tough but this made up for it.

And we ate a few pretty breakfasts here too, another huge hotel buffet with everything you could want.

 
And nearby was this amazing sunset spot… literally hundreds of people come every night to check it out. There were young couples, whole families and groups of teenagers.

 
And some bad news for Phuket… and my husband while we were here too.

So I can highly recommend Rawai Palm Beach for a couple of days R&R or for a family holiday, great if you love sitting in the sunshine drinking cocktails and dipping in and out of the pool. There is a small strip of restaurants nearby and if you have transport there are a few nice spots around to check out, but don’t go here for lively nightlife it’s not for that.

Mawi Jewels

March 28, 2012

Recently I have, once again, become obsessed by jewellery. I have always had phases of wearing lots and then wearing none.

Right now I am wearing lots, following years of wearing the same earing and necklace and nothing else.

These are dream jewels right now… so modern, colourful and most importantly sparkly. Love. Them

Available from My Wardrobe

Glossy Box

March 27, 2012

So I am sure many people have heard of Glossy Box or a similar scheme but if you haven’t then read on… it’s pretty amazing.

It is a subscription service, for £10 a month plus postage you get a little box of beauty treats every month.

I have only just started but was very pleased with my first box; The Harrods Edition.

It comes beautifully packaged, it’s like getting a present.

Some of the products are sample sizes, then some of more mini versions.

A mini Burberry lipstick, which is amazing I have to say.

And a little Fendi perfume.

But the best product was Ojon Damage reverse™ Instant Restorative Hair Serum, which is amazing. I haven’t had my hair cut for nearly six months now, due to my trip and now lack of funds and this has worked wonders. Highly recommended.

Glossy Box – There are others, they are cheaper ones, but this was the one I liked the look of.

I am going to love getting this little box of treats every month.

Claudine & Compagnie

March 22, 2012

I spotted these cute collars on Emmadine, another favourite blog of mine.

They are so lovely, I really would like this pink one to add to my growing wardrobe of brights.

Some more favourites from the shop…

A great way to freshen up my uniform of white tee and jeans, don’t you think?

Available at Claudine and Compagnie

So I mentioned in my Hua Hin post that I would share more of our hotel. This is because I loved it so.

I think much of this love came from the horrendous journey we had to get there, and our rubbish ‘hotel’ the night before.

This was pure luxury.

Our room was so calm, all natural colours and materials.

Our bed… I named this the cloud. It was like sleeping on a fluffy cloud, so soft.

One of the reception areas. That is where I collapsed when we arrived at 11pm after the typical Thailand bus break down journey.

Another airy reception area with fun chairs.

They had a huge DVD library. I found this. Amazing.

Our terrace, shaded by a big tree overlooking the pool. Heaven.

I loved this nook.

I actually loved the vanity area. So much room for all my stuff. I properly unpacked here. Also we had a room on the end of the row, and so it was huge! So much bigger so if you do take my recommendation and go here request a room on the end, upstairs.

Lovely green gardens.

The hotel pool area…

Whenever I was lazing by the pool, the hotel kept bring free drinks and fruit. It was sweltering so I was grateful every time.

And the second hotel pool overlooking the sea.

The breakfasts here were amazing. A huge buffet of all kinds of everything.

And an army of chefs to make your hearts desire, from the cutest little pastries to eggs every which way.

Every day I tried to have something new. Mostly bircher muesli, fruit and pastries…

And they had all kinds of jams, passionfruit was the best.

Green juice anyone? Mango jam was also a winner. So need to make some.

This was our last day, I filled up big time for a long journey, eggs and everything else. Pink juice is so pretty.

 
Love Putahracsa, highly recommend it. The staff were the best, so helpful. There is a strange thing that the hotel is split into two by a road so half (the main pool and normal rooms) is on one side and the private villa rooms and the beach and beach side pool are on the other. It really didn’t bother me as each side had a restaurant (although I think breakfast is only on the main side) and a pool.

Amazing few days in Hua Hin, a lot of this due to an amazing cloud!

Hua Hin – Thailand

March 16, 2012

Friday friday friday!! So happy you are here!

A little look back at our visit to Hua Hin in Thailand today, it was our ‘honeymoon spot’ in that we treated ourselves to a posh resort in a resort kinda town to just chill out for a few days after jetting about the islands before we went to Bangkok.

Getting there was our worst journey yet… we had the classic Thailand breakdown after deciding to take a bus.

It was supposed to be a 4-5 hour journey at most, I think we ended up taking the whole day, into the night.

When a bus breaks down in Thailand they don’t send a replacement, you just have to wait while they fix in. After a few false starts our driver gave up and called for help.

Luckily were by a little roadside place so I tried to not get grumpy by drinking fanta and reading my book while we waited… and waited, and waited.

Finally the next bus was about to drive past us and they arranged for it to stop and pick us up. Amazing. We even got a seat.

We arrived at our hotel at about eleven o clock after being dumped way outside of Hua Hin. Luckily my Husband is amazing and found us a taxi even in a deserted spot in the middle of no-where.

Hua Hin is very touristy, it is where Thai’s holiday as well as foreigners. The Royal Family even have homes here.

On our first  night here we visited an amazing night market… I drank beer (!) and we wandered around stalls eating bits of everything.

I didn’t eat any bugs though… I am never going to be able to eat bugs. I could barely look at them to take this photograph.

This was where I spent most of my time while we were here. It was ridiculously hot here, we had two pool areas and this one was away from the sea with little or no breeze.

Amazing though, my tan got real good after our time here. I have never been so tanned in all my life… fully spf’d up I must add, I am at least a 30 spf girl, higher on my face.

 

 
Beautiful pink skies happened most nights in Hua Hin.

One evening when shopping we found a wine bar, that turned out to be a bar from a vineyard just an hour from Hua Hin, so I got to enjoy some beautiful wine and cheese here, and more at the Vineyard as they have buses take you from their bar.

Thailand has this great sushi chain as well, it is something around £5 for all you can eat sushi and soup you make yourself at your table by chosing a base and dropping different things in from the conveyor belt. It’s great too, so busy that everything is fresh and it’s being replaced all the time.


I loved the crazy 7-11 drinks in Thailand. Neon!


We also got a chance to go the vineyard in Hua Hin, owned by a son of the Red Bull tycoon. It was amazing. More on that on Full as an Egg very soon.

Lots of ice cream parlours in Hua Hin, love that. This is coconut and chocolate.

 Lots of places for drinks too. Lots!

This was the road we left on to go to the station, decorated for the Kings Birthday which was happening while we were in Bangkok, beautiful lanterns all the way up the main entrance to the town.


The station here is amazing, lots of people come just to look.


 
We booked a first class seat which as far as we could tell just meant we got a cup of cola and a weird fruit pastry thing. but the train was so much better than the bus, beautiful countryside and no breakdowns.

Hua Hin is great, very touristy and lots of huge resorts, it can also get sleazy if you hit the wrong street after dark but we had a wonderful hotel which I’ll share more of soon that none of that mattered we just enjoyed that and the amazing markets and the vineyard. I can see why it the Bangkok weekend away spot, a two-hour train or 3 hour drive and you’re by the sea in the sun.

Probably not everyone’s cup of tea, you cannot swim in the sea here, and the beach disappeared when the tide is in but great for a few days of luxury bliss. Fond memories for me for sure.