Travel Vlog: What To Pack For Thailand

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What to Wear in Thailand

I’ve got a vlog for you, babefaces. Though I am technically now in Thailand, I filmed this little holiday-themed ‘What’s In My Bag’ last week and have inserted the video (as well as the links to all featured products) below.

As I mentioned in the video, I didn’t want to overload you with past-season fashion purchases so have also compiled the inspiration board as follows:

Shoes that slip on and off easily
You will only need trousers and sleeved tops when visiting temples, you

For the more conservative beach babe: The black first point Maillot from Marysia Swim
For the sunbather’s uniform: The adjustable halter bikini in Xadrez from Saltresortwear
For your cameras, tablets, sunscreens, et al: The Canvas leather backpack from KateCo.
For everyday comfort: The cream textured top from Splendid
For your temple visits (where you have to wear trousers and sleeved tops): Floral silk trousers from Alice + Olivia
For silky style that doesn’t stop: The Cobolt leopard shorts from Help Me
For something a tad more ‘dressed up': The textured skater skirt from Oasap
For good-lookng hair and skin protection: The pink wide-brim hat from Light in the Box

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In Review: The Hotel Chocolat Blogger Dinner Party

hotel chocolat blogger dinner
As part of my digital PR agency, I have launched a new service so entertaining I almost feel like it shouldn’t be called a service: blogger dinner parties.

The first event (of many!) was in partnership with Hotel Chocolat’s celebrated Leeds restaurant, Roast + Conch. The evening brought a bevy of carefully selected blogger babes – from all niches – together for an evening of hilarity and chocolate.

Mostly chocolate.

We kicked #BlogChocolat off with introductions over Prosecco-swishing glass-clinking and settled in for a private chocolate tasting masterclass, courtesy of Hotel Chocolat’s very sweet and very passionate master chocolatier, Dan.

After learning not to scoff the sweet stuff (at least temporarily) and grilling poor Dan on the health benefits of chocolate (you’ll be pleased to find out a lot of Hotel Chocolat’s ‘lighter’ chocolates are as healthy as your supermarket ‘darks’ based on their natural cacao content!), we headed upstairs for dinner.

Like every visit prior, the ol’ R and C didn’t disappoint.

Though we all went for a variety of courses, not a single plate of food was left un-Instagrammed. My own beautiful starter – cacao gin cured salmon in a tart apple-radish-endive salad (served with white chocolate horseradish dressing) – packed the tangiest of punches.

Then, among a cacao-infused sea of curries, fish, meats, and veggies, my main stole the show. A few of us ordered the medium-rare chopped rump steak burger with aged cheddar, cacao beer-braised onions, potato chips, and creole chutney, and we were all swooning, tweet after tweet.

Though we were all too stuffed to attempt dessert, I made a note for my future orders (I’m coming for you, Prosecco-poached new season rhubarb, white chocolate cheesecake, spiced biscuit, and cacao pulp sorbet extravaganza) and took the ladies down to the bar for truffle nibbles and cocktails.

Our delightfully intimidated bartender (imagine: 10 big personalities armed with SLRs and camera phones) then talked us through their latest cocktail previews, Hotel Chocolat’s incredible homemade cacao syrups, and poured us all a few drinks to cap off the night.

All in all, an evening I’ll never forgot.

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An Updated Home Interiors Wishlist

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My brain is a cacophony of living wishlists. A cacophony with no rhyme or reason whatsoever. I ‘make note’ of something I want as soon as I see it, leaving it to float aimlessly around the abyss of quick thoughts (as so many of us do).

The practical fact is, when I return to London from Thailand I am moving into a new house. A big house. With a big garden. And not a whole hell of a lot to put into it (hashtag: #travelblogger).

Last weekend, I spent Sunday with The Manfriend and Mrs. Manfriend Senior, painting everything Jasmine White and fashioning box upon box into an oversized cardboard mountain.

I decided to turn the abyss into a real-life wishlist. A proud (though somewhat essential) moment.

Home Interiors Wishlist

The essentials:
White blinds (The bedroom currently boasts some floral monstrosities)
White wood paint (For the skirting boards and wooden glass doors need a refresh)
Over the door towel rack (WHY do I always give these away when I move? I’ve probably spent over £100 on them in my lifetime)
Superhero prints (I’m creating a phenomenal gallery wall – more on that in a later post!)
Black wood paint (Also for the gallery wall)
Plants (Having spent an obscene amount of time as a casual student of green living, I have a laundry list of plants and flowers I want to furnish the house with. Might as well throw a gold plant pot or two in there).
Laundry basket (It broke in the move – c’est la vie)

The not-so-essentials:
A Chesterfield sofa (We have a white leather sofa bed, but our almost two-room living area would look impeccable with a big black four-seater to compliment it)
Enormous faux animal hide rug (I’ve never understood the appeal of real animal hide, but a gargantuan faux would look immense)
All white bedding (I just love white, okay?)
Champagne bucket (I’ve bought a second bar cart, and I’m not sure it feel feel complete without one)
Gold martini glasses (I love gorgeous glassware)
Clear teacups and saucers (See above)
Throw pillows (For the sofa – black/white/gold – and bedroom – white/silver/red)

Free Spotify Playlist – March 2015

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I have been listening to a number of acoustic jinflejangles this month. For the first half of the month, my modus operandi was sexy male voices. Then I discovered Andreya Triana…

This month’s free Spotify playlist found its hardcore femininity in the latter half of the month (and I expect no-one will have a bad word to say about it). Bias or not, this is one groovy collection of rhythmic delights.

Click on to listen and enjoy!

(Need to catch up on last month’s? Click here for February’s free Spotify playlist.)

Track listing:
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