Sunday, 14 December 2014

lusting after another sunsoaked day

Images shot outside Double Six Luxury Resort Bali
Wearing C. by Christing C. slip dress, Monki blouse, and Birkenstocks



December has crashed in unexpectedly and I'm still pondering how to manage a million tasks, I almost blanked my own birthday. Last year, with a pregnant belly and wanting no more than chocolate cake and sleep, I was in no mood to celebrate, so I'm contemplating something a bit more exciting this year. Thanks to my extreme need to be noncommittal about plans, we aren't even positive what country we'll be celebrating in, so that only leaves last minute options. As long as my two favourite human beings and champagne is involved, I'll be more than content. 


xx




Thursday, 4 December 2014

Phuket Travel Diary: Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa


Bikinis by Vamastyle
Also wearing C. by Christing C., Laguna Moon and H&M kimonos, Celine and Karen Walker sunnies, and Birkenstocks.

This November has been dominated by beach holidays.  I have to say, nothing beats Winter sun, so we are finding it impossible to not return back to Phuket as much as possible.  The Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa provided the perfect little getaway for the boy, baby Ever, and I.  We lounged in our incredibly luxe pool villa most of the day, unless we were out enjoying their sand adjacent infinity pool or the nearly deserted private beach.  The entire resort feels like a little slice of heaven with delicious fare, friendly staff, and seriously comfortable beds.  Highlights definitely included swimming in our private pool with Ever, feasting on Pad Thai and other indulgent treats while enjoying the sunshine, afternoon cocktails at their cool beach eatery Sand Box, an picturesque romantic private sunset dinner, and the decadent aromatherapy massage at Quan Spa.  For any mommies out there, they are probably one of the most baby friendly resorts we've ever visited.  From being accommodating with food and high chairs, to providing baby sitting service and a secluded kids pool, Ever had the time of her life.  We hope we can return again for another perfect family holiday.

xx






Beauty Post: AHAVA Hong Kong



I've been travelling non-stop the last month, hoping from one beach destination to the next, and subjecting my skin to copious amounts of sun, sea, and sand.  I always have my favourite products I bring along each trip and these Ahava skin products have gotten me through my travels without lugging around hefty bottles or messy containers.  Ahava are a natural brand, utilizing minerals from the dead sea.  The natural element of the brand means no nasty stuff.  My skin is extremely sensitive and I found that although effective, nothing was overly abrasive on my skin. The Mineral Body Exfoliator was the perfect pre beach treat to create silky smooth skin and I couldn't get enough of the Caressing Body Sorbet and Essential Day Moisturiser after a long day in the sun.  I'm definitely addicted to this pure skincare brand and can't wait to try more of their sensitive skin friendly products. 

Windsor House
Causeway Bay 





Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Phuket Travel Diary: Anantara Layan Phuket Resort with Chic Collection



It has definitely been a beach filled Autumn for the boy and I. Less than 24 hours after returning from Bali we jetted off to sunny Phuket for another dose of sand and sea.  I was blown away when we set foot at Anantara Layan Phuket, and was immediately engulfed into the sanctuary that is their refreshing resort.  Relaxation hit my bones instantaneously and their warm welcome to my family and I made the experience that much better.  Exaggeration is not in play when I state there was not a single grass or tree out of place.  Each corner, seat, and space in the resort is optimised to make you feel zen and free.  Instead of overly decadent, I felt the place was very natural yet luxurious which lets be honest is much more my style.  We spent our days enjoying the private plunge pool in our pool villa, sampling mouthwatering and fiery Thai cuisine at Dee Plee, indulgent breakfasts on the terrace, dips in the ocean view infinity pool, and walks during sunset along their deserted beach.   We had an abundance of privacy and left recharged and content.  I will definitely be returning next time I need a little break from reality.  

xx

Thanks to Chic Collection and Anantara Layan Phuket for the lovely stay.





Monday, 17 November 2014

Bali Travel Diary: Double Six Luxury Hotel


 All rested up and happy after four days away in Bali.  We meandered along the surf ready beach, lounged by our clear blue pool, dined at sunset adjacent eateries, dominated Double Six's two floor penthouse suite, drunkenly laughed while toppled over on colourful sandy bean bags, and didn't miss a second of wonderful sleep on the most comfortable beds.  There have been few stays which were as luxurious and it was pretty impossible not to fall in love with the ultra cool and insanely beautiful Double Six Resort.  Highlights were definitely cocktails as we watched the sky melt from Double Six Rooftop Bar, dining at ultra chic and tasty Chez Gado Gado and Barbacoa, late night musings from the starlit wraparound penthouse terrace, and a coma inducing massage I am currently still craving.  Can we go back for more? Pretty please?  A must hit spot if you are in Bali and looking to party, feast, relax, or any of the above.  

xx




Sunday, 2 November 2014

Beauty Post: Blonde Talk and More


Hair 101

I get lots of questions about my colourist and just general hair dilemmas so here I go.  I'm definitely no expert and pretty lazy at the best of times but I'll share with you guys some stuff that def works for me.

Salon: I get my colour done by Andy from QG Private i.  He just gets me, is super quick, and always gets that right shade of blonde without any brassiness.  I love the treatment they do there too, so you can leave the salon with silky smooth locks.  I have seriously tried a lot of salons and they never went blonde enough or it was really really patchy.  Andy isn't over priced, but the salon is comfortable, chic, and friendly.  Mention you read about it here and he might be able to give you a discount ;-)

Purple soap: or shampoo to be exact. If your hair is super dark and you want to go ashy blonde, you understand my fears.  To battle any orange tones and preserve the colour, I shampoo with purple shampoo at least once a week.  My favourites are John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Correct or Loreal Professional Expert Silver.  They can be drying so make sure to use a deep conditioner afterwards.

Deep conditioner:  I use treatments a lot, otherwise my hair would be straw.  I love Redken All Soft Heavy Cream and Morrocan Oil.  Aussie Three Minute Miracle also does the job on a budget and a good helping of organic coconut oil works too.  I often leave them on overnight or throughout the day if I'm staying home.

And that's it.  I also use a hair serum before I blow dry... nothing special and varies month to month.  To get waves I either use GHD straightners, curling tongs, or just leave semi wet hair in a bun to dry.  All of the above do the job.  

Hope that helps!

xx  





missed ya



from top to bottom: C. by Christing C. dress, Gabriela Mora necklace, Hairy Crab at Cuisine Cuisine, Bread&Beast at PMQ, Melissa Bui's SS15 Collection, and Carin Wester Blouse paired with Le Marais Skirt.


It's been awhile and I somehow didn't notice.  I'm going to learn to be better on here.  Pinky swear...take more pics, post more pics ;-) 

Lately it's all about planning two beach holidays happening in about a week and keeping up with daily date nights and an almost crawling baby.  I need to spin this week and get my holiday wardrobe in full gear.  

Missed u!

xx





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