21 Jul
6

Malaysia photo diary

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A trip back to Malaysia today for a final post from the land of heat, humidity, beauty and great memories.  There were the shopping malls and the sky scrapers and the Petronas Twin Towers and moments snuck by the pool and stumbling across Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week.  There was the market at Chinatown the most incredible street food…

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And there were beautiful mosques and carriage rides around Independence Square and the temples, oh the most beautiful Chinese temple, and there was the old town of Melaka, town of terracotta walls and the most intense heat and a visual library of perfect pastel doorways.  There were icecreams enjoyed with old friends and deep fried frogs tried by new friends.  And there was the KL Bird Park and my holiday romance with watermelon juice…

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And there were the views.  Pina coladas enjoyed a thousand feet up and the bright lights of a city that doesn’t turn off.  And there was the Royal Selangor Pewter Factory where I forged my own jewellery and the stairway to the Batu Caves with that monkey that stole my water bottle and the most enormous golden man you ever did see (Lord Murugan)…

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And then there was Langkawi; the island of white sands and turquoise waters and I didn’t want to leave.  There was the cable car ride high up over the forest and we could see Thailand and Indonesia from up there and there was The Danna, the most beautiful hotel I’ve ever seen.  And we discovered local designer Tom Abang Saufi (and here) and we topped it all off with a sunset cruise around the bays…

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And every moment was magical.  The hugest thank you to Tourism Malaysia for hosting such an unforgettable trip and to my fellow travellers for making it all that it was.x

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18 Jul
4

Clarissa tote – Maxwell Scott giveaway

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Happy Friday!  Whilst summer seems to be in full swing I’m all about the denim cut-offs and loose tops but there are two key pieces worth paying attention to to keep things chic for, in my case, work or simply to avoid looking like a beach bum – it’s all about the shoes and the bag.  Great news then that these shoes are on sale (I totally just bought the striped pair too!) and I’m giving away this beautiful Clarissa tote by Maxwell Scott, British by design, handcrafted in Italian leather and worth £315!

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That’s it – simples right?  The competition will close 1st August and is open internationally.  The winner will be announced on Instagram.  Good luck!x

knit – Reiss :: short – Gap (similar)
pointed slingbacks – Boden (ON SALE!)
necklace – Tatiana Katzoff :: friendship bracelet – Links of London
glasses – Armani :: clarissa leather tote – Maxwell Scott

leather leash – vintage Ancol :: coat – Infindigo

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16 Jul
7

Summer…

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The Birkenstock craze finally got me – I opted for this blue pair and boy are they comfy.  A bit like when sneakers came ‘on trend’, if it’s a trend and it makes my feet smile, then I’m on board (I got dog walking to do).

These shots just feel like everything I love about summer – a day spent in the park with my boys.  Big hat, delicate layered jewellery (how pretty are these new pieces from Tatiana Katzoff?), silk cami, denim shorts, sunshine and nothing in the world to do but sit back and relax.  Roll on summer…

cora hat – Reiss (ON SALE!)
silk cami – H&M :: short – H&M
arizona slipper – birkenstock @ Zalando
necklace – Tatiana Katzoff :: bracelet – Topshop
rings – Peggy Li :: midi ring – River Island

coat – Infindigo

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14 Jul
9

Mum shorts

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Well hello from the UK and this guy; Mr K is, as you can well imagine, thrilled to be back on blog modelling duty.  He missed me, and you.

Seems I brought some of the good weather back with me as we’ve been blessed with the most rarest of things this last week – a Scottish summer.  Perfect excuse to break out these red bad boys.  There’s something about shorts and I… show me a skirt and it might look the same but I’m just not gonna love it… make them shorts and I’m smiling… add in some pockets and I’m smiling with teeth.  These bermudas remind me of those kind of shorts, you know the ones, they’re even elasticated at the back, but sticking to a fitted tank and adding the waist belt gives everything a sleek, tailored feel.  (No flat bum thank you!).  Heels on and nobody’s gonna be confusing you with a girl that values comfort over style – the winner is though that they are really comfy.  Don’t worry, it can be our secret.x

tank – H&M :: short – Asos (ON SALE!)
heel – Daniel (similar)
glasses – Ray Ban :: necklace – Tatiana Katzoff
belt – Hobbs :: bag – Reiss

leash – Ancol :: coat – Infindigo

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11 Jul
7

Discovering Tom Abang Saufi – Part II

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It’s almost hard to believe Nancy and I took these shots only 2 weeks ago to the day… Malaysia already seems like so long ago!  But before we get back to reality I had to share these images, ‘Part II’ of discovering the wonderful Malaysian designer Tom Abang Saufi.

As soon as I laid eyes on this dress in the showroom I knew it was love – I am a sucker for a clean, simple shape, the hand painted colour blocks just sing out and were the perfect pairing for my Hayden sandals.  Just like the incredible yellow gown we shot for Part I, this silk dress hangs perfectly and was an absolute pleasure to wear, almost like wearing nothing at all (ooh, hello!).  The traditional Malaysian batik design around the cuffs gives the perfect nod to tradition whilst the dress stays modern and completely wearable in all cultures and countries… truth be told I’m kicking myself for not bringing her home with me.  The one that got away…

There was barely a corner of The Danna that wouldn’t have made a beautiful setting for photos and, you guys, this is where we ate breakfast (major thanks to Nancy for getting up super early with me).  The whole adventure almost seems like a dream…

Hope you like the shots and have a wonderful weekend too.x

dress – Tom Abang Saufi
hayden sandal – Reiss (ON SALE!)
glasses – Ray Ban :: rings – Peggy Li

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