Thailand Travels: 1 month (31 days) in Thailand... in 6 minutes

Over four months ago I set off on a solo travelling adventure around Thailand. It was the most exciting and scary thing I've ever done in my life but it was certainly the making of me!

Before I travelled I had been battling with depression for a year and I had a really low sense of self worth. However, travelling solo built me back up to the happy, confident can-do person I used to be before the depression, and for that I will forever be grateful.

 I spent 31 days travelling Thailand covering, Bangkok, Chiang Mia, Khao Sok National Park, Koh Samui, Ko Tao, Koh Phangan, Ko Phi Phi and Railay Beach!

Each day I tried to record a few seconds of video and now (FINALLY) I've collated all my recordings to make this mash-up video of my adventure. The video is just over 6 minutes long and mostly contains 3-5 second clips (unless the footage was too good to be cut and then it's more like 10-15 seconds!)

I meet some incredible people along the way and made memories I'll treasure forever. It really was the BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE (so far) and I want to thank all those that star in the video, for bringing a massive smile back to my face!

Every time I watch it I remember how lucky I am to have the chance to do this and how much you can do in 31 days if you put your mind to it!

Thailand I ♥ You!


Review: Long Tall Sally Green Jersey Maxi Dress

It may not be obvious from my posts to-date, but I'm strikingly tall! I'm just under 6ft, with a 36" inside leg and size 9 feet. Certainly not your average size lady... And there's not a week that goes by without someone making a comment about my height. It really makes me laugh when people say: "Gosh aren't you tall!" as if I hadn't noticed myself...

But that's not the frustrating thing - shopping for clothes and shoes is! Shopping on the high-street I find myself falling in love with dresses and trousers that are too short, or sit on the wrong part of my waist or bust! Thankfully more retailers are recognising that tall women have money burning a hole in their purse for clothing that fits and flatters our longer bods and are now starting to cater for us leggy birds. At last!

One of the places I know I can find clothing to fit my tall frame, that's not only those vital inches longer, but carefully proportioned to flatter my longer body, is Long Tall Sally. I normally buy my wardrobe basics or nightwear from Long Tall Sally and I've never really thought to look for anything fashionable from there. So, when the lovely PR for Long Tall Sally kindly offered me the chance to review any item from the brands collection, I decided I wanted to try something I wouldn't usually buy and compare it with items I have from likes of Topshop and ASOS.

I chose this gorgeous green jersey maxi dress because it's very rare to find a maxi on the high street that actually falls past my ankles. I'm also on a bit of a mission to inject more colour in my wardrobe and banish the black for summer, so this dress stood out as a wardrobe brightener!

When the dress came I was ecstatic with it. I'd requested a size 10 and it fitted me beautifully. The waist nipped in at the perfect spot and emphasised this with the lovely brown studded belt that came with the dress. It was also really, really, long - actually floor length, which means I can wear an actual heel with it! Exciting!! It was also super comfortable to slip on and I've since it's arrival last Friday I've worn it in the office, out for drinks and for dinner. To be honest I haven't wanted to take it off! It's really that versatile, worn as a smart casual outfit or dolled up with dressy jewellery, it works both ways.

At £45 it is more pricey than my Topshop maxi dress and before having the chance to review the item I would have probably been bothered by this. It's rather annoying that being tall means all my clothing costs more! However, looking closer at the garment I can completely appreciate why. Cheaper clothing looks cheap, seams are often twisted and hems come undone after a wash or two - but this dress is absolutely worth the investment and looks much much nicer than my shapeless black maxi from Topshop.

One of the things I've started to realise as I've grown older is there's very little value in a wardrobe full of cheap clothing, a wardrobe half-full of quality, well-portioned clothing is a far better investment. It also means it takes a lot less time trying to find something that looks good to wear! 

So, in summary the dress is a winner and I think I need to buy it in more colours!! Sadly it's only available in green and black right now. If I was to give Long Tall Sally any feedback it would be to do it in more vibrant colours! A yolk yellow, a coral pink and a cobalt blue - I'd buy them all!

To check out the full range of tall dresses Long Tall Sally has to offer click here. And just so you know, there's currently 20% off of the Long Tall Sally SS14 collection until the end of the week, so it's an opportune time to invest in a new 'better fitted' summer wardrobe!


Lust List: Retro TV Frame for iPad

Retro TV Frame for iPad, £50

Today's lust is made in Britain and from one of my favourite online stores - Not On The High Street.  Perfect for gadget lovers, the Retro TV Frame for the iPad 2, is made from beautifully crafted and locally sourced solid oak wood. The frame holds your iPad and allows you to view your favourite online entertainment, it can even double as an ipad photo frame. The chunky frame works as a free-standing frame but it also has two keyholes neatly cut from the back, allowing it to be completely wall 
mountable. The dimensions of the frame are as follows: H 21cm x W 335 cm x D 4.5 cm. 

Cool huh?

Motivational Mondays: If It Doesn't Challenge You...

This Father's Day I spent the afternoon in Hassocks with my mum & dad, grandad & grandma. We came onto the topic of buying my own place and saving. This is something I've been saying I wanted to do for several years now but I've always become disheartened by the huge mountain that there was to climb, or found something shiny or more exciting to spend my money on.

Today I've decided it's time to knuckle down and get on with it. It may take me five years or hopefully if I save hard, it will take me three years. The plan is to reach £15K, to enable me to look into shared ownership. It's going to be a massive challenge, but as today's motivation points out:

"If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you".

I've been taught that all goals should stretch you but also be SMART - specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound. Soo this is my SMART goal:

To save £15K to put down as a deposit on my own home within 3 years of writing this blog post.

The hope is by making this public pledge on my blog I will feel more bound and committed to achieve it - wish me luck! Oh... and if you have any money-saving tips please leave me a comment with them to help we with my challenge!

#WIWT: Thursday 12th June 2014

I went for dinner tonight at Latinos, a lovely Tapas place on Church Road in Hove. It was a beautiful summers eve, so much so that we actually sat outside and ate! This is a seriously rare occurrence is England... At first it was warm enough to take my jacket off, but after an hour or so I was glad to have it. I'm hyper sensitive to temperature, one moment I'm breaking a sweat and the next I'm shivering. Hence why I never leave home without an extra layer... just in case. This is what I wore:

Denim Jacket - Topshop
Cropped T-shirt - ASOS
Tropical pencil skirt - River Island