Karon Temple

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Wearing: Phuket street stall harem pants (similar here), CC Double O sandals (similar here), Juicy Couture necklace (similar here), Perlini’s Silver Necklace (similar here), Tocco Toscano bag (similar here), The Moon Label rose quartz ring (similar here)

Photos by Hee Teck Lye

As mentioned in my earlier Phuket posts, I was hooked and completely in love with the local street clothing finds at Phuket since day one, these harem pants being the best and the cheapest of my finds. Every female tourist in Phuket was wearing these harem pants, and its no wonder as they are loose, comfy and the print designs on them are so exotic and elegant! To be more accurate, most tourists (a large portion were westerners) were wearing them as a pant, but I being the five foot three (160cm) small dwarf that I am, they fitted perfectly as a jumpsuit. I am not sure whether to laugh or cry at this, but the fact remains that this piece was immensely comfortable and made me feel like an Arabian princess floating about the streets. Paired with my new leather sandals from CC Double O, I felt decidedly middle eastern and foreign in this get-up. It was easily one of my favorite outfits of the trip, and I knew I had to find a perfect location to shoot this in. When I saw Karon Temple with its gold, red and blue-green hues, I was immediately convinced this peacock feather-like print would complement the temple grounds perfectly and I was not wrong.

Red Dot

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Wearing: Bella Kini red bikini (similar here), Havaianas sandals

Photos by Hee Teck Lye

The sun… sand… and sea! I can’t get enough of these three things. Paradise must be a beach island with filled with these three elements and all the contentment in the world. Once again through these photos, I am back at Karon Beach, re-living the moments I spent there and missing this place so much more than I thought I would! I had oodles of fun on this shoot, naturally, as waves and I are best friends and I love playing in the sea. Every single moment spent on this beach was pure magic. I have never felt so alive! There must have been something about the pure bliss radiating from the other wonderful humans sharing the beach, as well as inexplicably delightful teasing waves that made this one of the best experiences of my trip.

White

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Wearing: Siam Handicraft dress (similar here), Bella Kini bikini (similar here), Havaianas sandals, Baggu backpack (similar here)

Photos by Hee Teck Lye

After one day in Phuket, I had filled up my wardrobe choices for the rest of the week with local buys. There was absolutely no need for me to pack clothing at all. Everything was so exotic, affordable, beautiful… and also light and airy to suit the hot Phuket sun. One of my favorite pieces was this stunning white beach dress, which I got from a higher end shop in Karon, five minutes from the beach. I recommend checking out Siam Handicraft for beautiful cotton clothing and accessories, I fell in love with almost all the dresses in the shop! I love the texture of the dress and the fact that it’s loose and flowing made me feel so pretty wearing it! White dresses are my absolute favorite, I can’t have too many of them.

The location for this shoot was also my favorite in Phuket, a really lovely shimmery lake surrounded by trees. I felt like I was in a Chinese fairytale.

Leopard

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Wearing: The Editor’s Market top (similar here), The Editor’s Market shorts (similar cut here), H&M sandals (similar here)

Photos by Hee Teck Lye

My stay at the Mandarava Resort in Phuket, Thailand a few weeks ago was one of the best resort experiences I’ve ever had, as I mentioned in a blog post earlier. Weeks later, I am still missing this stunning retreat. With its incredible views, overflowing, abundant nature and beautiful architecture, I could not resist doing a shoot that first morning when I woke up, before I even stepped out to explore. On travel trips in sunny countries like Thailand, I always bring in my luggage an abundance of light clothing such as tanks, shorts and floaty dresses that I can feel pretty and yet exceedingly comfortable in. I am a strong advocate of dressing well even on beach vacations where all you’d rather live in is a ratty tank and worn denim shorts (although that in itself is a fashion statement), because I think having fun dressing up every single day at any given moment is one of the countless wonderful thrills of life.

The Editor’s Market is a favorite local clothing store of mine, and on this day I felt like a single leopard print article of clothing was not going to cut it, so I thought, why not step it up by decking myself from head to toe in leopard print? Makes for a comfortable and super fun outfit!

Karon Beach

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Photos by Hee Teck Lye

Karon beach was one of the main reasons I looked forward to my stay in Phuket, and it was definitely one of the places I visited more than once, for I harbor a deep unending love for the sun, sand and sea. The last night I was in Phuket, I just had to visit it one last time. It was sunset, and I had never seen a more gorgeous sky. I spent hours just standing in the shallow waters, watching in awe as the sky darkened over time, savoring the slightly chilly evening breeze as the waves lapped about my calves. The beach was more secluded at this hour as the sun’s warm rays had disappeared, and I could not help but bask in what seemed like the solitary beauty of the sunset. It brought with it a rare tranquility which was almost nonexistent in the bustling city scape I was used to in my homeland Singapore.

There is nothing greater and more beautiful than Mother Nature, and in that moment I knew I was witnessing one of the most magical things in the universe.

Mandarava

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Photos by myself and Hee Teck Lye

I recently had the pleasure of taking a 5-day-4-night vacation with my family, where we visited Phuket, Thailand and stayed at the Mandarava Resort, a beautiful place that houses a mere 130 rooms scattered on a 7.2 acre plot. Due to the small number of guests and the wide spaces between each villa, our room was very quiet and peaceful for the entire duration of our stay. The resort is a nature wonderland, with a large variety of plants interspersed throughout man made buildings which can make a walk around the compound seem like a jungle trek. The resort also provides a free breakfast buffet each morning with Western and Thai delicacies available, and the food was so amazing in its variety and quality that I really did not mind eating it for four days straight. What I loved most about the Mandarava however, other than its idyllic views at every turn, was the SPA, which was nestled right in the middle of a pond with a bridge leading to the compound, and gardens full of flowers surrounding. The environs around the SPA were so lovely they almost stole the show from the amazing massages we got at the SPA itself. The famous Thai hospitality was not lost here either, and thanks to the friendly and soft-spoken staff we felt entirely welcome and at home in this beautiful resort. What cemented the loveliness of the trip was our driver who drove us to and from the resort from the airport at the beginning and end of our stay, an enterprising, friendly, wonderful, interesting young man who could keep up a conversation for hours throughout slow traffic without any awkward pauses or tediousness.

If you are looking for a beach resort with an emphasis on seclusion, solitude and nature, the Mandarava is the place for you. It is only a 5 minute walk from Karon Beach, with dozens of street shops and restaurants minutes away. Having had such a breathtaking experience here, I am looking forward to a return trip in the future.

Stay tuned for my fashion shoots in beautiful Phuket.