25 Jul
5

Toes in the sand

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Here’s to the weekend!  Days where toes should be spent in the sand (although if you absolutely must wear sandals then these gilded sale beauties would be an excellent choice), don’t you think?x

silk cami – Gat Rimon via Zalando (ON SALE!)
leather short – Toshop (budget here, blow the budget here)
potatas leather mule – Daniel (ON SALE!)
necklace – Tatiana Katzoff :: bracelet – Topshop 

coat – Infindigo

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23 Jul
6

What’s in my rucksack?

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Remember when we were all in high school and the most exciting thing about starting back after summer was seeing which new backpacks were in the playground?  Well I’m pretty sure I’ve got the best one this time around.

You probably know L.K.Bennett for their shoes, oh the shoes, and I am a big fan.  They’re not cheap but they’re so beautifully made (leather, lining, soles, uppers – the full shebang) and the great news is that their handbag range is given the same luxury treatment.  Honestly, the quality rivals the really high end designer bags and I think the designs are just as special.  So I have welcomed the Sophia backpack into my life and boy is she a beauty.  The red, the leather, the gold hardware… we are firm friends already.  I’m a big believer that a good pair of shoes and a great bag can carry a whole look.  These are your investment pieces and they can last for decades if you look after them, always fit on fat days and can be worn with an endless combination of outfits.

As a dog owner and fashion lover I feel I have to sing the virtues of this backpack.  It’s a treat to be hands free and, yeah, I’ve been wearing my Sophia backpack like a nerd, both straps on my shoulders.  I can get my dog walk on with all my essentials in there (scroll down to see what’s inside) and still look pretty cool – what do you think?  Are you tempted by a backpack?

top – Zara (similar) :: leather short – Theory
angie sandal – L.K.Bennett (ON SALE!)
glasses – Ray Ban :: necklace – Tatiana Katzoff
sophia backpack – L.K.Bennett (scroll down to see what’s inside!)

leash – Ancol :: coat – Infindigo

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So what’s in there?  Women know something that men don’t – if we’ve got a big bag we can fill it… with completely necessary things and none of them are the kitchen sink (smart ass).  So what’s in my Sophia backpack?

- First up – the flats.  These Nike Frees are awesome; they’re light and squashable and perfect for dog walks.  I do love my heels but not for 5 miles.
- I know I’ve been banging on about my Sony RX100 camera since Malaysia and guess what?  I still love it.  When I’m heading out now the DSLR stays home and the compact keeps me company – if you’re used to carting around a monster camera it’s actually really liberating!
- Kheil’s Lip Balm #1 is in there right next to my Lucas’ Pawpaw ointment which was given to me by an Aussie friend.  Pawpaw is natural and literally the quickest fix for dry cuticles, scrapes, burns, scars,keeping eyebrows in place – just about everything.
- My Molami leather headphones and HTC One X are essential for music and, erm, Instagram (life’s necessities).
- Gotta have emergency food.  Trek bars are all natural and full of nut protein.
- You know I love my sunglasses and the Ray Bans aviators are a good all-rounder.
- Last but not least there the bits for when the dog walk’s done and we’re heading straight out.  Calvin Klein Pure Colour Lipstick is literally the best I have tried (I’m wearing ‘Must Do’ in this post).  No doubt in my mind.  It’s moisturising, dense in colour and it does not shift.  All day.  And you all know my hair can get a bit Monica-in-the-Bahamas crazy – Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray is the business – smells like a dream and is a can full of shiny!

So tell me – have I missed anything?  What would you keep in your Sophia backpack?x

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This post is created in collaboration with L.K.Bennett.  Thank you for supporting the posts which keep Thankfifi’s doors open.

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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!

TO ENTER

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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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