GIRLS TRIP TO PHUKET – THAILAND

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Dylana, my mother, and I took a spur-of-the-moment trip to Phuket, Thailand from Kuala Lumpur for a fun 2 days with my auntie and my little cousins. This was one amazing girls trip. Phuket was an incredible place to shoot in. Compared to Kuala Lumpur, Phuket has a lot more nitty, gritty! The streets are colorful and insanely chaotic. Motorcycles zooming past this way and that. We held on super tight squealing as we zoomed down the winding roads in the open back seats of our little Tuk Tuk. Locals cooking outside, selling roadside snacks. But that’s what makes Thailand unique. It’s not as developed as most of Southeast Asia. There’s so much history. A lot of Phuket is luckily recovered from the tsunami, and tourists from all over the world are back, and I know why. There’s so much to offer in this crazy and unique paradise. Beautiful beaches. An insanely wild nightlife. But my personal favorite, the food of course. Authentic Thai food is spectacular if you’re like me and love curry and all sorts of spices, Thailand and Southeast Asia is the place for you. I couldn’t resist a classic plate of pad thai, or my other favorite, green curry. So super spicy and delicious that I brought a few instant packets to take home to NYC whenever I start to crave a little noodle soup. Thailand has so many amazing exotic fruits as well. I began each day with a fresh smoothie. I loved the mangosteen and yes, even the durian, famous for it’s super strong taste, texture, and smell! So strong, we weren’t allowed to bring our durian into our hotel…only for eating roadside with a tall glass of iced water to cool ourselves down.

We stayed at the IKON Hotel and it’s one of the newer, more modern hotels on the main road. I totally recommend it, and the prices are insanely affordable with the conversion rate. Like all of Phuket, it’s a place to indulge, get a really good tan, and still experience all the exotic beauty that Thailand has to offer from the food, to the temples, and of course, the classic thai massages that you’ve probably heard about. There’s literally a massage parlor every other door you pass! We’re so silly and got 2 massages a day and one super relaxing facial. We fully indulged on this little trip. I had no idea what a classic Thai massage was all about, but I knew my grandmother said “no, no” when she heard we were going to Thailand. And then I learned why! The real Thai massage is extremely tough! I was lying face down and before I knew it, my masseuse was standing on my back before getting on her hands and knees and twisting and turning me in all sorts of different directions. It was like a crazy workout, leaving more sore than before you walked in. If you can’t take that amount of strength, I recommend just doing oil massage. No bones broken, ha! But overall, we had an incredibly fun time. It was a trip to truly live in the moment, our bellies full, our eyes wide open. Next up on the bucket list? Bangkok. The world is really getting smaller and smaller. There’s so much I want to see. So much I want to experience. But it’s just the beginning of these wild adventures. These are by far some of the best parts of Dylana and I’s job. Traveling. Capturing photos. Getting to soak in a new culture. Taste the food. But most importantly, the memories that’ll never leave us.

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// IRO Paris top, Haute Hippie skirt, Teva sandals, Elizabeth & James sunglasses, The 2 Bandits earrings //

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// on Dylana: Haute Hippie kimono, J. Crew sandals, Proenza Schouler handbag //

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// Haute Hippie beaded tank, Vintage Levi’s, Teva sandals, Gucci handbag, Ax + Apple earrings //

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// Daniel Wellington watch, Miu Miu sunglasses, REVOLVE off-shoulder bodysuit, James Jeans shorts, Donni Charm scarf, Dannijo earrings //

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GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS COAT

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My mission this winter was to find the most perfect extra long coat…and I finally got my hands on it at Mackage. Oh, and it’s actually on sale right now babes. Incredible quality, stunning cut, and looks amazing over just about anything. Just thought I’d quickly fill you in before I’m off to Miami. This coat is going to have to wait to come out and play once I’m back in town with my new tan.

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// Mackage coat, Margaret O’ Leary cashmere turtleneck, Burning Torch jeans, Frances Valentine boots, Want les Essentials backpack, Jocelyn beanie //

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DEEPAVALI FESTIVAL | BATU CAVES MALAYSIA

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The last time I climbed up the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I was just a kid. I’d climb the steep steps and hold out a banana, so the monkeys get just close enough before I burst into a squeal, dropping all of my things, and running away! I was pretty daring and rebellious as a kid, always causing a little trouble! But all in good fun. The Batu Caves have a whopping 272 steps. You know, no big deal. But it’s worth the climb, trust me. Whenever I’m back in Malaysia visiting family, I’m always asking them to take me here. The temple and caves are stunning. It’s unreal. I was wrapped up in this beautiful green and red sarong before hiking up the steps. I fell in love with it’s soft fabric, stripes, and bold dragon print. It was the Deepavali Indian festival and the place was packed. People were barefoot, carrying up heavy buckets of rocks to bring to the temple, a part of the tradition, and wearing bold beautiful glittering sarongs and dresses. What I love about the Indian culture is how colorful it is. Everything from the traditional outfits, to the food and spices. The steps a faded red and yellow, highlighted with the green from the trees growing high on the side of the mountains. There were monkeys running this way and that! The locals tell you to told to hold onto you bags…they’ll really come that close! But once I made it to the top, I took a really deep breath and soaked in all of it’s beauty. The caves are stunning. Tall with only pockets of light keeping the place lit along with rows of tiny candles. It started to pour the moment we made it to the top. It was refreshing to stick your hand out in the caves to feel the fresh water pouring through. Kids dancing in the puddles in their bright outfits. You do sort of feel like your on top of the world. We didn’t really mind getting stuck up there as we waited for the rain to stop. It was comforting knowing a big plate of curry banana leaf was just a moment away.

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// REVOLVE Tularosa top and Lovers + Friends bra, Siwy denim skirt, Miu Miu handbag, Bally shoes //

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ROCK N’ ROLL THIS BLACK FRIDAY // ZADIG ET VOLTAIRE

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It’s only rock n’ roll, but I like it. A lot. Especially when it comes from Zadig et Voltaire…the epitome of French girl cool. I love visiting the team whenever I’m in Paris. Everyone’s got their perfect wool blazers. Stacked on rings. A messy head of hair. No makeup. But that’s what I love about Zadig et Voltaire. They’ve created clothing that accentuate you…whatever rock n’ roll goddess mood you’re in that day. And of course, in your most effortless, laid-back, beautiful way. And guess what? It’s almost time for their big Black Friday SALE. I say go for these staple leather pants this Black Friday. I snagged this black ensemble because head-to-toe black is pure rock n’ roll now isn’t it? Classic and totally essential this winter. I gave it a pop of red with my vintage coat. To me, leather pants with a buckled, studded-to-perfection western boot are a match made in heaven. It is what I’ll be wearing to the local dive bar here in Brooklyn, and back home on the West Coast, strolling down Abbot Kinney on New Year’s. Zadig et Voltaire nails this effortless look perfectly. It’s that je ne sais quoi. I quickly swiped on a little winged eyeliner, and gave a little shake in my hair. What would Stevie Nicks do?! When I’m gearing up for a show to perform at, or seriously having an OFF DUTY moment, I go for head-to-toe black. There’s a part of me that’s got a bit of Mick Jagger. But it’s truly the French girls that effortless rock n’ roll simplicity super well.

Shop the BLACK FRIDAY sale now on Zadig et Voltaire.

Shop with my discount code: NATALIELOVESZADIG. for 20% off SALE and full price items. Good from 11/25-11/28!

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// Zadig et Voltaire cashmere sweater, shiny scarf, rock matte clutch, leather pants, and boots //

* use code: NATALIELOVESZADIG for 20% off SALE and full price items from 11/25 – 11/28*

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