Travel Blog: Goodbye, Bangkok

Our last few days in Bangkok were bittersweet. Over our two week stay, my heart was once again enamoured by Thailand’s culture and diversity. The ferry back from Koh Samui towards two final days in Bangkok was heart-wrenching enough.

As the video suggests, we spent a decent amount of time binging on food and fashion before saying our final goodbyes. We hit up Siam Square, MBK, Siam Paragon (with a special stop for some of the best superfood wraps on the planet at Tossed), Platinum (with a special stop at their spicy-ass food courts), Pratunam, the Thai Food Festival, a bevy of neighbourhood walks around Sala Daeng, and a final stop for kawaii-style nail art at a local street stall.

A booking with GrabTaxi later and it was off to Suvarnabhumi to await the inception of post-holiday stress syndrome.

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Presenting SS15 trends with House of Fraser at Westfield

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Last weekend, Westfield London hosted ‘Future Fashion’, a shopping centre-wide event that brought style and technology together in a way never done before. Using virtual reality inventions like the Oculus Rift to immerse the Great British Public right into Spring/Summer 2015, the season’s biggest trends – Florals, Denim, and Future Modern – were truly brought to life.

As part of the event (and another grateful step towards becoming a fully-fledged presenter), I hosted House of Fraser‘s trend talk and interview with their gorgeous womenswear buyer, Talia, in the atrium’s Style Lounge.

As part of the affair, I stopped off at House of Fraser’s Clinique counter beforehand to get my little face painted by their terribly pretty Welsh make-up artist. The results are in: their new Beyond Perfecting Foundation (and concealer!) is all kinds of stellar.

The trend talk and Q&A was a surprisingly inspirational affair – with a real mix of attendees – and rounded off a wonderful day altogether.

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presenter westfield
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Short Blonde Hair Makeover at Andrew Jose with Salon Science

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From one week to the next, I chopped off a good two feet of hair. I was well-planned (and well-tired of a cumbersome mane) but petrified.

Thanks to Andrew Jose and his gorgeous turquoise-haired colourist, petrified turned into maniacally elated. My hair has genuinely never looked so good.

Starting with my messy ginger ombre and no idea how much I was willing to cut off, I made my way to Andrew’s lovely little salon on Charlotte Street with delirious determination. The kind of determination post-breakup brains tend to lead to hair salons. A change! I’m making a change!

After a consultation (lifestyle, hair condition, et al), a full head of tailored, “expensive-looking” highlights were carefully foiled into my tresses and left to transform while I drank lattes and read magazines.

That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

After being processed and pampered with the best recovery treatments from Salon Science (Andrew is their ambassador), I threw my hands up to the celebrated Mr. Jose and let him and his scissors loose on my hair.

As you can see, the cut and colour is a dream. Both feel light, bright, and me. We went as light as we could in one process while keeping the hair healthy. Currently, the colour is a fresh blonde that looks very pale in the sun, which I adore. I have decided to do the same again for my next appointment (when my hair has had some breathing time) to get that pale, multitonal platinum hue full-time.

A week on, I am in love with both Andrew Jose and his Salon Science products. When faced with big changes, there is a lot of weight put on a stylist’s shoulders and he and his products accepted the challenge and created a head of dream hair (without damage to both hair or ego). Actual hair magic, that is

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blonde hair makeover
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In Review: (Home Cleaning for The Modern Woman) + Competition

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I am not, shall we say, ‘domesticated’. I have a weird love for vacuuming and laundry but would rather French kiss my Pomeranian than scrub a toilet.

Inconveniently, I am also a bit of a clean freak. A clean freak with very little spare time on my hands.

None of this really works in my favour. Until recently, that is. Busy clean freaks who hate cleaning, I have something for you:!

While researching home insurance and getting my first ‘new home’ shop ordered on Ocado (I’m a terribly digital individual), I discovered this home cleaning service and booked in for a solid three hours on move-in weekend.

Long story short, I am crazy impressed. There is a flat fee of £10 an hour, a selection process that allows your pre-vetted cleaner to choose you, customer reviews, and the option to have your cleaner bring their own supplies (at a small cost) or use your own (providing a very helpful list to make sure you’re prepared).

£30 and a three hours of productivity later, my home was spotless and my sanity saved.

Want the chance to experience the same? Enter for the chance to win your very own three hour clean! To enter, simply follow me on Twitter and tweet the message through the widget, below. (Of course, it you just want to sign up you can use the reference code ref327lela and get £5 off!)

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Competition ends on April 10th, 2015 and will be announced on Twitter. Good luck!

Free Spotify Playlist: April 2015

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I think I am regressing. No, I know I am regressing. This month’s free Spotify playlist is straight out of last century and I’m feeling all sorts of unapologetic.

And so should you. Play this one Loud and proud, my Fresh Princes and Princesses. Loud and proud.

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


Track listing:
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
American Woman by Lenny Kravitz
Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & The Waves
Jumpin’, Jumpin’ by Destiny’s Child
Untouched by The Veronicas
Tangled Up In Me by Skye Sweetnam
Give A Little Bit by The Goo Goo Dolls
What I Like About You by Lillix
Pretty Green by White Denim
Idle Delilah by Azealia Banks
Oh My God by Kaiser Chiefs
Stupid Little Love Song by Fefe Dobson
I’ll Be There For You by The Rembrandts