Camping OOTD

A few days ago, I wrote about how we upped sticks and drove away on a magical forest adventure.  Being in the middle of nowhere with dear friends, style really is (and should be!) at the bottom of the list.  Thought I’d entertain you with one of my wackier outfits worn throughout the weekend.  Enjoy!

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Rugby Shirt – Ralph Lauren

Fisherman Pants – India

Vans – Office

Wine – Obligatory

Laters!

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Thai Lookbook

Well hello there followers!  Gosh, hasn’t it been a while?!  Since we last met I’ve been gallivanting around Thailand for a month!  Here are some snaps of outfits I wore:  (Please bear in mind I backpacked, BACKPACKED, around Thailand with 5/6 outfits. plus various bits and bobs I purchased along the way.  Fashion wise, this holiday really was all about making the best out of what I had!)

This is me at the Grand Palace (one of the greatest Thai temples) in Bangkok.  Because of all the Buddhism, you have to be very respectful and cover your shoulders and knees whenever you are around temples, hence the getup!  Here, my sunglasses are from Urban Outfitters, my jumper is Levi’s and the fisherman pants are from India.  And you can never go wrong with Converse on a city break!

Quite the contrast!  This is much more of a beach holiday fashion moment than temple hopper, taken in our (very messy, apologies) hotel room in Koh Samui, a Southern Thai Island.  The necklace is from a Thai market, the boob tube is New Look whilst the shorts are Topshop.

Again, taken in Koh Samui.  Excuse the pose, quite unsure what’s going on there.  This is one of the many Thai Dye creations I purchased in Thailand.  I’m not actually sure if tye dye is specifically from Thailand, but it sounds better to say that it is, aha!  This beauty cost the equivalent of about £7, bargain!

Excuse the geeky, overexcited pose.  I was most excited on our first night on the Khao San road where we were staying in Bangkok.  The maxi dress is from TK Maxx and the bag is from Nica at Debenhams.  I would seriously recommend a good maxi dress to anybody travelling lightly.  It looks great dressed up of an evening, or relaxed with converse for day time sightseeing.

A cheeky shot snapped at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre (basically, lots of crazy sculptures).  Again, a trusty New Look boob tube piled with my favourite Urban Outfitters culottes.

Shut up about the face, boyfriend must have said something funny!  Here, I’m standing at the foot of the Doi Suthep Temple which is a temple in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.  Again, trust Urban Outfitters providing me with a top, Indian fisherman pants, and my gorgeous gold USC sandals that unfortunately broke in Phuket and had to be chucked, boo!

An evening out in Koh Samui, with another Thai dye lovely from Thailand (LOL), coming in at approximately £7 – bargain!

Thai Loving <3

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

So on Sunday evening I was dragged to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with my Mum and Grandma.  Okay, not dragged.  But it got to 5pm and to tell you the truth I really couldn’t be bothered to get myself out of my PJs and head to Woking town centre to the cinema.  But I’m so glad I did.

This is IMBD’s synopsis of the movie:

‘British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.’

Sounds boring?  It really wasn’t.  Cue gold actors and actresses Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Celia Imrie and Penelope Wilton along with Skins and Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel frolicking around India.  For quintessentially an old persons movie, it was very bold to have homosexual and racist story lines within it.

What I found most interest was the similarity of my Mother and Grandmother to two of the characters.  My Mother to Judi Dench, a cultural adviser in an Indian telecommunications office, which my Mum is, and my grandmother to Maggie Smith, an elderly lady with a hip replacement.  Maybe that’s why I found it so endearing, but it was absolutely hilarious too with cracking one liners and sex scenes.

It also portrayed a story line that is close to me.  It breaks my heart to see members of my family and family friends in unhappy relationships and marriages, thinking that they are too old to break away and start afresh or to have a life change.  The film involved one couple, mid to late 50s I would say divorcing after 30 odd years of marriage to start again and be happy in new lives which I thought was beautiful.  I’m sure everybody can think of at least one couple that could do with seeing this movie.

So basically, it was wonderful.  Funny, charming, endearing, saucy and fiesty would be some words to describe it.  And 7.5 stars from IMDB … not bad.