Thailand

I never thought I’d really have the chance to go to Thailand. It just seemed like one of those far-away, mystical places. Luckily, my best friend Emily travelled the world this year and I managed to join her for two weeks, travelling to Bangkok and the Gulf islands of Thailand! We started with 3 days in Bangkok, including a visit to the Grand Palace. I’d highly recommend a visit to the Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand, a two hour drive from the city – we got to walk with, feed and shower the elephants, as well as learn about where they’d all come from. It wasn’t just a home for elephants, either – bears, gibbons, birds and dogs were all looked after. I wish I could’ve stayed with the elephants forever, especially baby Prin!

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A long overnight bus and ferry took us to Koh Samui, our first island adventure. The Sirin Samui Hostel was the perfect stop, with clean, spacious rooms and a great pool to relax by. We spent most of our time on the beach! Our second island was Koh Phangan, for the infamous Half Moon Party. Once we’d recovered from our hangovers, we visited Paradise Waterfalls and even found the beautiful Milky Bay resort tucked away on the beach. The breakfast was delicious and they let us use their pool!

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Our final stop was Koh Tao, which fast became my favourite island (perhaps purely because of the sunsets). Koh Tao is the smallest of the islands, and I found it the most beautiful! Our days were mostly spent relaxing on the beach and walking around the shops and restaurants. A snorkelling or scuba-diving trip is a must – we visited all of the bays of the island, as well as Koh Nang Yuan which is just breathtaking. I can’t wait to go back!

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AKCO

As I’m getting into the routine of 9-5 with my new job, I’m really missing being in the bustling atmosphere of the studio. I wanted to share one of my favourite fashion shoots ever, for Nottingham Trent University student Alice Kerry’s final fashion product collection, AKCO. The fashion was incredible, each piece had zips and interchangeable textile panels, including beautiful laser cut pleather layered over a metallic stripe. Hair and make up by Cristina Lazarotto.

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Waiting for summer: Barcelona on film

I fell in love with Barcelona two summers ago so I jumped at the chance to visit again in July. This time, we stayed in an airbnb apartment in a lovely residential area which was a twenty minute walk from Sagrada Familia. Our time was spent wandering the side streets of La Rambla and sipping sangria. I will never tire of Barcelona – it’s the perfect blend of city break and beach holiday.

We hired a boat in Parc de la Ciutadella, explored Park Güell and drank cocktails in the sun. I can’t wait for this summer already!

All photos were taken with Kodak Portra 400.

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New York Take 3

This time last year, snow was still on the ground and I was lucky enough to visit New York with university for my third visit. As I had been before, this trip was spent wandering and exploring new areas, including Soho and Chelsea. Here are some of my favourite holiday snaps, including the classic tourist spots. New York will always be one of those places I could visit over and over again. Now if only I could have the exact apartment Dakota Johnson has in How to be Single…!

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My favourite places/tips:

  • Iris Cafe – Store #9 in Brooklyn – the best breakfast, and we discovered a drawer under the table with cute little inspirational notes!
  • Go to the top of the Rockefeller at sunset – it’s the best view. Also, we went ice skating at about 8/9pm and had the rink to ourselves!
  • The 9/11 Memorial museum was free to enter after 5.30pm.
  • Save lots of time for Chelsea Market – we were in there for hours but I still need to go back for more!
  • We stayed in the Row NYC Hotel on 8th Ave; it was great value for money, round the corner from Times Square and we had the amazing view from our balcony (above)!

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Dreamy Cornwall

It was over a year ago that I paid my first visit to the pretty coastal village of Coverack in Cornwall. We chose the perfect weekend to go in July – I couldn’t get enough of the deep blue sea and sky, and the little shops, cafés and pubs. Every corner of the village was picture-perfect; here are some of my favourites.

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Summer Daze

I can’t believe it’s been quite so long since I last posted. My third year at university was just a whirlwind of library sessions and savouring my last few months in Nottingham. I had an amazing summer, graduating from university and spending time with my friends. I’ve been finishing projects that I started so long ago, including scrapbooks of the past few years. Starting my digital marketing internship in early September meant that the last few weeks have gone by so quickly, but I’ve finally managed to sit down and update my blog and I’m determined to catch up on posts – I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since my last one?!

I wanted to share some of my favourite 35mm snaps, documenting my life with my amazing friends over spring/summer. These were all taken with Kodak Portra 400. Look out for more summer catch up posts over the next few weeks.

Great Yarmouth with Sheng back in April: the caterpillar rollercoaster, fish and chips and ice cream on the beach.

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Hitchin Lavender Fields with Meg: the sweetest day in the sun spent picking lavender and eating cake:

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Boat daze: thank goodness for the sun, the radio and friends with boats.

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A weekend in drizzly but lovely Wales visiting my great aunt and uncle.

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