My name is Jo and I'm a fashion/personal style blogger & an early childhood teacher. I'm 27 years old and living in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. I'm crazy about bright colour and expressing yourself through clothing.
Ohmigosh, I’m 30! How absolutely tip-top crazy bonkers is that?! Everyone says that 30s are the best decade, but my 20s were pretty darn great, so here’s to it all getting EVEN BETTER. We took these photos a couple of days beforehand, just so I had something to share on my Instagram, and goodness me, I’m happy with how they came out. Well, a beehive, cats eye glasses, and bright yellow. What could possibly go wrong?!
Despite the short hemline, sleeveless top, and hair off my shoulders, you wouldn’t believe how sweaty I got taking these photos. Thailand is going through it’s hot (x a million) season, before it eventually starts raining. By hot, I mean 35 degrees Celcius and more. And trust me, it feels a whole lot hotter. It feels a world away from my life in New Zealand, which is heading into Winter. I don’t really miss the cold at all, but I do miss some of the clothes! I love a snug warm jacket, and I even caught myself browsing through jumper dresses the other night.
But back to the sunshine! My birthday was fabulous, thanks for asking and all that! We went and saw the new Avengers movie (who didn’t?!), headed to my favourite sushi place, and even popped into a thrift shop on our way home. I found a Kate Spade dice bag for an absolute bargain, and picked it up just in time for our Las Vegas holiday later in the year. If it’s all about starting how you mean to go on, than this year is going to be pretty darn swell.
It’s been almost a full year since we moved from North-East Thailand to this big (giant, massive, enormo-huge) city and we are never short of anything to do. Between the markets, tasty foods, and general vibe, I think it’s just brilliant.
These crossings are absolutely everywhere – just to help you cross the road safely, and all that. It turns out they’re a brilliant spot for photographs too! You get beautiful light during the golden hour, and barely anyone uses them anyway, because it’s so darn hot – walking down the street, let alone going up stairs for a crossing!
I never thought I’d be one to wear maxi dresses (normally 1960s inspired short hemlines all the way!) but the mustard totally won me over. Like always. To ensure that there was a little vintage incorporated into this look I added a really simple bouffant to my hair. It’s basically the same as doing a beehive (you can see my beehive tutorial here) but you just leave a huge chunk of your hair down, to add length. And I just tied a spotted scarf over the top for good luck. Because why not?!
Dress – From a Market / Shoes – A gift from a friend / Bag – Bangkok Tale
You know when you just get so sick of your hair you just want to chop it all off?! I’ve been going through that a lot lately – but don’t want to make the commitment! This tutorial is just for you! Learn how to turn long hair into a fake bob, for those days you’re just completely sick of it! Like all of my tutorials, this is super duper simple, just the way I like it.
This simple fake bob hair tutorial is seriously perfect whether you want to actually go for the chop and try out your future hairdo, or just change up your look for the day.
Like always, please leave a comment here or on my YouTube channel if you give this ‘do a go!
Today we just went for a simple little walk around the block. Nothing special, you know the sorts. It was massively sunny, typical Bangkok weather, and since we were sweating like mad (again, typical Bangkok) we deviated from our usual route to take a shadier path. And that lead us to come across this beautiful building.
It might not seem like much – much husband, Barnaby, certainly wasn’t all that impressed, but I loved the scalloped sign details. It totally reminded me of one of my favourite places, the La Concha building in Las Vegas, just because of the general waviness, which I think is why I loved it so darn much.
It seemed highly appropriate that I was clad neck to thigh in heart print, as that’s completely how I felt about this building. This dress was actually a cheap one that I liked and Barnaby treated me to, and it works perfectly in the heat and leaves a LOT of room for a massive lunch. Two plusses, in my opinion!
Every week I discover more reasons to love this wonderful city. You never know what’s going to be around the corner – and even better when it takes the form of such a cute little building!
Here’s to trying new things! I’m really keen on anything with a star and moon print (they hold a special meaning to me) so tried something a little different and edited these shots to include some little stars to match my outfit. After all, there’s nothing better than matching an outfit to a location – and if you have to take matters into your own hands then so be it!
But seriously though, I just can’t get enough of this dress! It’s from Joanie‘s latest collection, and if the print wasn’t enough, the cut out detail totally has me swooning. Naturally, I had to pull out my matching starry shoes (which resulted in me standing barefoot in an alley in Bangkok. Not ideal, but it also sounds like a good song title, don’t you think?)
Oh, and just quickly, I found these stars off Google image. I can’t find a proper credit, but I got them from here.
Photography, particularly exploring with different film cameras used to be a really huge interest of mine. With the ridiculous price of film nowadays, my passion has dwindled, practically to a halt over the last few years.
Until one of my friends introduced me to her Paper Shoot camera.
This camera is quite literally made out of card – or the outside is at least. You receive it in a kit and assemble it yourself. You just need five minutes, AA batteries and an SD card. I love the message behind the camera, with the creator, George Lin, simply wanting to make a camera that was accessible to everyone. It’s lightweight and easy to use, so you can take it absolutely everywhere. When we travelled through Krabi during December, I brought it in the ocean with me (holding it above the waves, mind you) and with me on a kayaking trip. There isn’t the horrifying fear that you’ll drop it and destroy it – which although you might, it isn’t frightfully expensive, so it wouldn’t be that awful to replace it.
But of course, the VERY best thing about the Paper shoot is that the photographs genuinely do look like film – despite being digital. And of course, due to it not having a screen, everything that comes out of the camera is a complete surprise. It’s something that I find really special, after all, I grew up in the 90s, where getting my disposable camera film developed was the height of my excitement.
I’m including some of my favourite shots below, with absolutely no editing whatsoever, just to give you some idea of what to expect.
Lastly, I’m not at all being sponsored in regards to this post. I’m just a gal who really, really likes using her Paper Shoot and thought it’s worth sharing, especially for those of you that love the look of film photographs too.
Let me know if you’d like to know more about Paper Shoot cameras and I can put together a little video guide on my YouTube channel!
It’s easy to become settled and fall into routines during the weekends, which I do really enjoy, although it definitely feels that I’m neglecting this big beautiful city I live in.. Probably because I am! Barnaby and I have made a pact of sorts to try and explore at least one new place every weekend. Even if it’s just getting a food delivery from a new pizza place – who cares! I’m game to give it a try, so enter our first spot..
You’ve probably heard of Bangkok’s famous Unicorn Cafe that did the rounds on the interest a year or so ago. Honestly, that is just the tip of the iceberg. Bangkok has SO MANY different themed cafes – with a mermaid cafe, husky cafe, and fennec fox cafe to name a few! I’ll get to those places eventually, but first we decided to start off with A Clay Cafe.
Between the neon signs and cacti collection on the front step, this cafe was totally my aesthetic. It’s actually a three story building, which has it’s very own art gallery, DIY clay creations area, and of course – the cafe. We stopped in, where I picked up an absolutely delicious butterfly tea drink with lemon and honey. I blatantly bought it based on the bright purple colour (hi Instagram!) but it was absolutely delicious, and perfect for my throat, which was feeling a little sore.
I’m really feeling the 1960s at the moment, so decided to go all out with a beehive, head scarf, and the most beautiful scalloped-hem skirt by Joanie Clothing (seriously, you are going to see this a lot!) Mustard and ketchup has been one of my favourite colour combos for years and years now, and I always get really excited when I can work it into an outfit. Oh, and one last thing. You see the yellow Zara top I’m wearing? Fun fact: it’s really low cut, but I wasn’t in the mood to have my boobs out. So I wore it backwards.
There’s nothing I love more than styling my hair into a set of beautiful, bouncy curls (well, aside from beehives, that is!) so today I’m sharing two ways that you can curl your hair without heat! As we all know, regularly using heat on your hair isn’t exactly a good thing (hello breakage!) Since I moved to Thailand I don’t ever blow dry my hair – being so hot and all, but if I have a special event coming up I will always, always reach for my curling iron, which probably isn’t the best.
Both of these techniques are insanely simple – and only take about ten minutes the evening before. To achieve the first look you just need bobby pins, and for the second you use strips of cotton roughly 1 x 3 inches in size. I literally chopped up an old t-shirt before filming, so it’s really easy and there are no excuses! All you need to do is sleep on the style, then wake up, take out all the extras and be left with lovely curly hair.
All in all, I think the rag curls are my favourite. I have a soft spot for vintage styles and I really love how these turned out! I’m planning to try them again soon and brush them out so I can aim for more of a 1940s look. Which look is your favourite? And please let me know if you try out either strategy!
Just call me the yellow magpie! I’ve been more than obsessed with all shades of mustard for absolutely years now, so of course I had to stop and grab some snaps at this more-perfect-than-perfect yellow door. Funnily enough, it’s actually a seafood restaurant in Bangkok! I’ve been a vegetarian since I was eleven, so the restaurant contents don’t really appeal to me whatsoever, but that door had me the second I first laid eyes on it, and I had to plan my outfit accordingly.
If you’re a longtime reader, you’d know that aside from beehives, Heidi braids are totally my go-to hairstyle! So, naturally I had to sit down with my fantastic Instagram husband (thanks, Barnaby!) and put together this little video guide on three ways to do Heidi braids. You know I love easy ‘dos, so all three looks are super simple. Literally, all you need is just a hairbrush, bobby pins and elastic hair ties. If I can do it, then you absolutely can too!
Anyway, I hope you really enjoy learning some alternative styles for your Milkmaid braids. I’d love to know which is your favourite (I think 3 is mine!) and if you give one of them a try yourself, please do let me know! I would absolutely love to see your take on it!