The sand dunes of Vietnam

August 18, 2016

On my travels around South East Asia I’ve been fortunate enough to visit some great places and visit amazing landscapes. Along the coast of Vietnam, you’ll find the sand dunes of Mui Ne, just a few hours north of Ho Chi Minh.

It’s not often you get the chance to see sand dunes outside of a desert, but Vietnam is one of the few places you can. An early 3:30am alarm meant I was going to see the dunes at sunrise. Arriving in true adventure style (aka old school jeep and wearing a hat that has been likened to Indiana Jones), I was excited to see the sand dunes, albeit a little tired and weary eyed.

Being on the sand before the sun had risen, I was not able to capture the scale of the sand dunes, and at this point I was too focused at reaching a good spot to catch the sunrise. With it being the early morning, the wind from the night before meant the sand grooves were untouched – there was something extra visually pleasing about this! Peaceful and mind blowing, the sunrise was crazy and the sand dunes made for an anything but normal backdrop for photos.

Lifestyle, Travel

South Thailand Photo Diary

July 22, 2016

Well hello there! For those of you who follow me on Instagram and Twitter, if you don’t I’ll leave a very obvious hint here and here, I’m travelling around South East Asia, with my first stop being Thailand. Just last week I found myself in South Thailand where they have more beaches than people (maybe a slight exaggeration), palm trees for days and more views than your Instagram feed can keep up with.

It isn’t sun all day everyday as some of you might expect, it’s actually rainy season, but because of my graduation being in November, myself along with two of my close friends Jack and Hollie are travelling now until September. Rain aside, it’s a beautiful place and I’ve been loving discovering new places. We were island hopping around the south for a little over two weeks and in the second week, I don’t think I’ve had so many mixed emotions in a short space of time.

From receiving my degree results from Bournemouth – and passing hurrah – to receiving the sad news that my granddad sadly passed away. The two events came in the space of twenty-four hours of each other and it kind of brought me back to reality. Being away from home may of helped a little, always being on the move, but with plans to go and see my granddad in September in Hong Kong, it sucked. A lot. It kind of made my degree rather insignificant and put into perspective what’s important in life.

On the islands there’s not much going on and people that seem to have that day-by-day mentality. They are quite content to simply enjoy their surroundings and get by. Being surrounded by this approach has made me switch off from the pressures I put on myself when I’m at home. So for now and the rest of this trip I’m taking it one day at a time and make the most of everything I can.


Form & Thread

June 28, 2016

Since the turn of the year I’ve slowly started to change how I’m building up the pieces in my wardrobe. Call it selective or terribly picky, but as I’ve gotten older it takes a lot for me to part with my money. However, when I do it’s often a piece that I know is going to add to what I already have in the t-shirt, trousers or shoes department.

Form & Thread, a brand formerly known just for its ace socks, has now created an essentials collection that truly is everything you need to start building up your wardrobe. They are the base and staple of any outfit before starting to layer and build up colours. They have created a range of t-shirts, including a beautiful breton, as well as a couple of sweatshirts to throw on during the evening.

My style now lends itself to a nice fitting tee, a thin pair of slacks or turned up jeans for the summer and then a nice pair of trainers, shoes or converse depending on the occasion. With Form & Thread they’ve really taken their time to perfect the cut and how their jersey products sit. I once had the mentality of if I like the way a garment looked, but not necessarily sitting perfectly, I’d still buy it. Now I’m much more considered and if the length of a top drowns me or the sleeves bury my arms it goes back on the hanger.

I guess what I’m trying to say is next time you make a purchase, make it count. Take as much time to buy an item as Form & Thread do to make their products a quality one. In the long run you’ll realise that the knee jerk purchases we’ve all been guilty of making were all in vain. Head over to their blog to read more about the Form & Thread story.