Beach Basics

I just spent a long weekend on Koh Samed, a glorious island just three hours drive (and 20 minute speedboat ride) from Bangkok. My beach style is cute and comfy (no digging-in bikini straps allowed!)  Here are a few snaps and my holiday must-haves:

1) Face Base SPF 50++

2) A Cap! (mine is super-touristy!)

3) Toner mist spritz – to keep skin hydrated

4) Inexpensive BB cream for touch-ups in case of pink drinks at sunset

5) Denim shorts – Zara  (I kept mine on while para-sailing – no need for any harness-induced bulges!)

6) Awesome bikini – my Guy Laroche has great padding – but absorbs about 4 litres of sea water!

7) An over-the-top colourful beach bag! I got mine as a media gift, but found cute ones here

8) Bright summer nail varnish! Red, orange, pink, yellow!!

I never leave home without my Lancome Genifique and Kiels Abyssine SPF23 for over-cast days and to give my skin a break from heavy sunscreen.

BB Cream & Marc Jacobs Macaroons

I spend almost 5 hours in the make-up section over the weekend. I am a fan of the natural look, so I ended up at the Bobbi Brown counter and walked out with a small bag packed with new products and a steaming credit card.

Highlights:  Bobbi Browns BB cream with SPF35++ & SPF50 Face Base. Hydrating Face tonic. Thick eye cream (night application only) The shimmer brick – there are no words for how this single product transformed my life and two bottles of bright orange nail varnish from Revlon.

Had to add in my delightful free gift from Marc Jacobs on Mothers’ Day (in Thailand it falls on the Queens’ Birthday) Three beautiful macaroons!




Fashion Quote: “Unique and different is the next generation of beautiful.” — Taylor Swift

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A Classic Gap Jersey

I am totally into jersey knits with three-quarter sleeves. I was inspired by one of my favourite bloggers Native Fox who always manages to look chic. I think the combination of covered-up on top with lots of leg, is what really works. If the top is sexy, then I would wear jeans or knee-length skirt. A little bit of mystery goes a long way, don’t you think?

Grey soft jersey – Gap. Black mini skirt – Zara. Tangerine Heels – Zara (old). Zebra bracelet & Pink Bag – Kate Spade. Gold diamante cocktail ring – similar. Tangerine nail varnish – Revlon new collection. Make up – Bobbi Brown





And speaking of Gap – I just received a ‘Gap Top Fashionista’ badge from Chicisimo – I am number 1! How cool 🙂 Visit my Chicisimo blog:


Fashion Quote for Today: “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” — Yves Saint-Laurent

My Top 10 Beauty Essentials

Where would we be without our favourite tried and trusted beauty essentials?

For some women it is simply a swipe of mascara and a dab of hair serum, for others it is an-hour-long transformation involving several lotions and potions. For me, it is somewhere in the middle. I LOVE beauty products and enjoy the process of using  creams and make-up just as much as seeing the final result (final result – not looking exhausted!) Here are my top must-have items: (if I was stuck on a desert island and could bring one item, it would be mascara)

1) Dior Extase mascara – gives you uber volume and length. Trust me, I have tried them all. $95 and worth it

2) Lancome concealer – $29.50 (tip your face downwards in the mirror when applying to see the under-eye shadow)

3) Balenciaga perfume – a classic scent that works day and night $130

4) Bobbi Brown powder foundation – am not a fan of liquid so this works well and looks natural. lots of shades. $42

5) Laura Mercier Primer – as with a wall, everything needs a base coat. Works well in humid climates $30

6) Laura Mercier illuminating powder blush – mine is ‘pink rose’ Love the four sections for natural blend $35

7) Mac blush brushes – expensive but well worth it. They feel silky and last ages. One for base, one for blush. $49.50

8) Bobbi Brown tinted moisturiser SPF15 – when I am feeling a tad pale this is subtle and smoothing $40

9) Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream – what make-up drawer or handbag is complete without this gem? $19.50

10) Boots number 7 under eye treatment, non greasy – $19.99