Bangkok, Thailand, Part II

February 20, 2018


More from Bangkok! I can almost feel the heat back on my skin just like how it was the days we took these photos. Some may call me crazy for wearing this Rejina Pyo dress in the heat since it’s material is quite heavy (which I only realized after it arrived in the mail). Even though it was more suited for a mild fall or spring day, I still felt the desire to wear it in Bangkok. The color fit right in! And the shape! Aggghhh. So good! I felt like a princess! And one Thai man actually did tell me that I reminded him of Cinderella. I’ll take it! The energy of Bangkok makes you want to wear color. Not that the city needs more. It’s already full of that. But I’ll wear more anyway. 

And finally I am sharing images from one of the sweetest days; our to visit the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. I’ve seen so many images online and from other’s travels. You guys may remember what I said in my Instagram during my trip: 

The floating market. Some say it’s a tourist trap. Yes, maybe so. But I say it’s still a beautiful and unique way for the Thai culture to be showcased. The food, the colors, the traditional conical hats, the houses on wooden stilts, the coconut trees and lush foliage along the river. Thailand has so much beauty to offer, and an hour and a half in the boat was a lovely way to see that. Exchanging nods with other tourists from all around the world, everyone bobbing on boats and just taking it all in. And this lovely Thai woman who smiled at me after I took this picture. I bought some mangos from her, and she was very appreciative. 

It was slow to start, with vendors very spread out far and few. And it felt like just another place where everyone is trying to sell you something. Everywhere else in Thailand feels this way, too. The city is one large market basically! But after about 15 minutes of riding in our boat, we finally started to come into contact with other visitors. I could hear accents from all over the world. Curious faces, every kind of skin shade, every kind of face. Many shaded with traditional Thai hats purchased at the market. Elderly people, just married couples, some bored looking teenagers, tiny children threatening to fall over the sides of the boats by curiosity. Most (like me) had cameras out to photograph the stunning scene that was surely to be around the corner. And there it was. An intersection that felt like a tiny city on water. Boats full of every sort of fruit and snack imaginable. The sides of the rivers lined with stalls selling every trinket, ever piece of art. You name it. They got it. Everything locally made. You could bargain. You could touch. You coukd try on. You could say yes or no and move on to the next. Me? I only purchased a mango sticky rice and coconut water. I had no room in my luggage for more souvenirs to take home. Instead, my souvenir was what I saw with my eyes. And captured on my camera. That is all I needed.

In this one area of the floating market’s maze, one could find hundreds of different backgrounds, languages, cultures, perspectives, stories. A microscopic version of the world as a whole. All the different parts, passing by and exchanging expressions, nods, words, waves. Some people we saw on our boats ride we happened to run into in other parts of Bangkok, as well! What a small world it is. A small world indeed. The idea of it comforts me. 

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Bangkok, Thailand Part I

February 19, 2018

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Cinq a Sept crop top
Marques Almeida skirt
Staud purse
Quay sunglasses
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There was so much about Bangkok, Thailand that I still can’t get out of my head. And it’s been almost a month since our trip. I spoke before about how special it was for me to be able to take time from my work schedule to travel with my parents across the world to see family and take a few days to discover this city that is new to us. It was very important for me to make this time. And it was a time that was unforgettable. To this day, my parents and I still laugh about all the thing we saw and did in Bangkok. None of us have been before, so we weren’t sure exactly what to expect. We did know that it was going to be loud and bustling. But man, was it a thousand times more than what we just imagined. The city truly is alive. Larger than life. Almost turned upside down on its head with hecticness. Walking down the street was always a process. Everyone going this way and that way. Even under the humidity, the city never succumbed to a lazy sort of slowing down that sometimes overcomes NYC in the summer. The people friendly and always wanting to spark conversation. We started to know some of the tuk tuk drivers on the street of our hotel by name. They all wanted to know where we are from. If we want them to take us here and there. The fed us bits and pieces of Thai history and culture. Maybe they just wanted that extra tip, but that didn’t matter. We wear learning and taking it all in.

It was astonishing how plentiful food was. The most plentiful out of any city I have been, too. This made me happy to see, in a country where the locals make very little income, a family could always eat. And really good food at that. Pad See Ew was my dish of choice, with a bottle of Singha beer on the side to cool me down. One of our favorite restaurants was a tiny family own one on a side street close to Khao San Road. It literally like eating in a family’s kitchen. Fresh and traditional and super cheap. Exactly how it should be. Our stomachs drove this trip, that’s for sure. In a place where spices lead, one must always allow the tastebuds to try it all. We never started our days with an exact plan, just a general idea, and that was a nice change. Bangkok is large, and it’s stressful thinking about all the millions of ways to fit it all in. Instead we took our time exploring. Our strides were slow. In the end, what we fit into our three days in Bangkok felt like it was exactly what we were meant to see. No worries or regrets about not being able to see it all. And like that, the days felt long. And every night contained a heavy sleep. And that meant we had a good day. 

Despite the noise, the terrible traffic and the sometimes dirty nooks and crannies of this hectic city, I felt myself right at home. It’s hard for me to describe really. But the feeling that I love the most out of traveling is the one that makes me feel small within this world. It brings me down to earth the closest I can be to it. To know a place like Bangkok exists, yet far, far way there is also New York City, and Los Angeles, and everywhere else that we may never get to explore in our lifetime . . . all existing at the same time. Just thinking about it, bursts my bubble of the life that I live in. It stops the action of the world revolving around my routines. It makes me just stop and think . . . WOW. My story is just one of many, many stories. And it just keeps going and going. That is what fascinates me. And the conversations about culture. Political realities. The lack of freedom of speech. Environmental changes. The media. How our world effects theirs, and vice versa if we really stop to realize it. So much of what we learned about Thailand came from our conversations we had with our drivers (we used the app Grab to get around). We heard so many honest opinions about life in Thailand. The king. The day to day life and struggle. The poor air pollution. Perspectives about what it means to be an American. How much many Thai people would love to come to America, but cannot because of the cost. The exchanges made everything about this trip worth it. To see the world through the eyes of others. The world keeps turning, people keep on living in their own unique ways, and no one is more important than the other. Different yes. But no less important. The world’s differences, from Thailand to NYC and everywhere else, is beautiful. And there is still so much more to see. 

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An Outfit I Could Wear Everyday

February 17, 2018

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Jacquemus top from Luisaviaroma
Claudia Li pants
Mulberry England purse
Bauble Bar earrings
Sandro heels
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Happy Saturday! This past week has been quite busy, and my thoughts have not been gathered fully yet, so I will keep this post short and sweet and all about styling today. In particularly, about an outfit I could wear everyday. A white blouse that thinks outside the box. Blue denim pants that are next level. And a classic flap purse. I actually wore this look for high tea in London, but I could also be just having a meeting somewhere in Brooklyn. Today, I truly believe that the wide leg pant can take you anywhere. And my obsession with collecting them is never ending. This Claudia Li pair has got me hooked. The shape and placement of the two tone denim is just perfect. It’s the small details like this that make a pair of pants, like I said earlier, next level. Now, tell me, if you had one outfit you had to wear everyday for the rest of your life, what would it be? Now I am off to shoot, finish some work on my computer, and hopefully have a Chinese New Year dinner to end the day on a good, healthy and lucky note! 

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Grey London Skies

February 16, 2018

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Rebecca Taylor faux fur coat
Yune Ho pants from Anthom
By Far Boots
Salvatore Ferragamo purse
Bauble Bar earrings
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Not sure what to wear out on a cold day in London. Throw a vintage inspired coat over anything you are wearing, a pair of earrings and GO. I forgot to pack my original outfit I was going to change into this day, and all I had was a vintage cardigan to throw over my plain white t-shirt. Thankfully I had this beret in my purse to jazz up my coat. Really, the earrings make this look! Happy Friday loves. Hope you all find inspiration all around you this weekend. Going to have some “me” time this weekend, catch up on work, channel my creativity, maybe do some vintage shopping (haven’t done so in ages!) and make outfits for the week ahead. Going to a lot of places . . . Colorado for a retreat, Milan for fashion week and then Colombus, Ohio for a panel at The Ohio State University. This month is whirlwind after whirlwind! Follow along 🙂

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