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Paisley is a print i like a lot and that i started wearing a few years ago. Actually i wore almost every day this paisley dress last summer so when when Lands End asked me to pick up something on their website and i saw this red pants, i had to have it. It is very easy to combine with other classic pieces since the pants is quite extravagant already but perfect for summer, i mean, it’s finally that time of the year that you can wear colors!

I am wearing :
Pants : Lands’End
Shirt : Lands’End
Bag : Shinola
Shoes and Jacket : Zara from summer 2013

Bisou
Amandine

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This outfit has been a uniform lately. I simply adore this leopard jacket from Esprit that i wore already with the same kind of pants in a previous outfit (see here).

This grey chino is from Wunderwerk, an organic and fair label made in Germany. I have it in my wardrobe since a few months already but had to wait for the weather to be a bit warmer to wear it.

Finally my Espadrilles are from Soludos, a brand from New York city that i discovered on Shopbop and that does espadrilles and canvas shoes only. Check them out HERE.

I am wearing :

Leopard jacket : EDC Esprit
Chino pants : Wunderwerk
White leather espadrilles : Soludos
Bag : Shinola
Camera : Olympus PEN PL7
Sunglasses : Ray Ban

Bisou
Amandine


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Where ?: Thailand, more exactly on Koh Yao Noi Island in the Phang Nga Bay, a 400 km2 bay most famous for it’s sheer limestone karsts that jut vertically out of the sea. James Bond’s The man with the golden gun movie was also filmed in the Phang Nga Bay, close to Phuket in Thailand.

Story : Since I came back from Thailand I am sharing a new story about my time there. This week I am showing you the resort I stayed at after the days I spent on Koh Phi Phi.
I took a boat to Phuket an then a speedboat for 30 minutes to Koh Yao Noi.

I got excited about the Six Senses Koh Yao Noi resort by a picture that probably everyone of you have on their Pinterest boards : a floating cinema nestled somewhere between the limestone rocks of Phang Nga Bay for the Film on the Rocks festival in 2011. Such a magical picture. I was beyond excited when the opportunity came to me to experience the Six Senses Koy Yao Noi hotel, THE hotel were the festival took place back then.

Six Senses Koh Yao Noi is with no exaggeration paradise on earth. It is a small resort with 55 villas and suites, all made of local teak and with a palm leaf roof.
I stayed in one of the hideaway pool villa, with private infinity pool over viewing the resorts plantation (you can also choose to over view the Phang Nga Bay or to have a villa directly on the beach). No need to tell you that I did not want to leave much the villa but the resort has plenty to offer. There is are two restaurant, one of them is the Hilltop reserve with it’s famous infinity pool facing the cliffs of the Phang Nga bay. There is as well a bar : the Dean facing as well the cliffs of the Phang Nga Bay serving delicious cocktail.
It is also possible to go to the resort own private beach, take yoga or thai boxing classes or just go to the gym or to the spa. Some of you might already know the Six Senses Spas, they are not only in all the Six Senses hotels all over the world, the Six Senses Spa are so famous they are also in many other locations and hotels. Their speciality : they offer a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists who travel the world from spa to spa to give the clients the best treatment possible. Many clients even travel to some destination just because they know the spa is having a specific expert.

During my stay at the hotel, i also enjoyed collecting eggs i would eat for my breakfast in the nearby farm. Because did i mention that the food at Six Senses is all organic? The cook would even pick the vegetables and spices in a special garden in the resort before cooking the dishes.

What is also possible but what i didn’t do because i had no time to do so, is to book excursion to go diving or snorkeling or to visit the island and the nearby islands.

I really enjoyed my stay at the Six Senses KoH yao Noi. It was so relaxing and beautiful, probably the nicest hotel i have stayed in.

For who ?: Koh Senses Koh Yao Noi is quite pricy so i would say for everyone who can afford to and want to relax or to everyone celebrating something special (if i ever get married i would consider going back to Six Senses Koh yao Noi for my honeymoon!).

What to wear ?: You’re free to wear your typical t-shirt, shorts, flip flop outfit but I would suggest to wear something a bit more elegant just to fit with the resort (a light summer dress and espadrilles for girls are perfect) and to bring with you some designer swimwear.

How long to stay ?: you can’t stay enough days. I would suggest at least 3 days to enjoy what the resort has to offer.

Private hideaway pool villa
private pool villa hideaway at six senses koh yao noi luxury boutique hotel resort thailand

bedroom private pool villa hideaway at six senses koh yao noi luxury boutique hotel resort thailand

bathroom private pool villa hideaway at six senses koh yao noi luxury boutique hotel resort thailand

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private pool villa hideaway at six senses koh yao noi luxury boutique hotel resort thailand

The hilltop reserve and the view from it
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view from hilltop reserve at six senses koh yao noi thailand

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Private beach
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private beach sundeck over view phang nga bay at six senses koh yao noi luxury resort hotel

sundeck over view phang nga bay at six senses koh yao noi luxury resort hotel private beach

The bar : The dean
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the dean  bar view from six senses koh yao noi luxury boutique hotel resort thailand

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The Six Senses Spa
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Around the resort
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Collecting eggs for breakfast
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This ain’t a skirt!

I am wearing :
Leather jacket : Zara
Top : Vila
Printed midi culottes : Vila
Shoes : Forever 21

Bisou
Amandine

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if you follow me on Instagram and Facebook or if you read my article about Koh Phi Phi,I posted last week, you have probably seen that I was in Thailand a few weeks ago.

The purpose of this trip was to take part in the Thailand Academy 3 that reunited fashion designers, design students, journalists and bloggers from several countries in order to discover Thai textiles.

We not only discovered Thai textiles, we also discovered a culture and a region. We had several groups and each group went to a different part of Thailand. My group went to the province of Surin, that is close to the border of Cambodia in order to discover Thai Silk, which is the specialty of this area.

We first went to the Queen Sirikit Sericulture center in Surin to see how silk is produced. From the silk worms that comes from the eggs of a silk moth to it’s transformation into a coccoon to finally the extract of a silk thread. (See process in the pictures below).

Moth used to create Thai Silk
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Egg Stage
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Larva stage
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Containers to keep the larva cocoons
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Spooling Silk
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Spool of silk
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Traditional Thai silk pattern
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Silk woven on a traditional hand operated loom
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At the Queen Sirikit Sericulture center we also experienced silk dying and I created my own tie-dye scarf with natural colors, which means, the dying is made out of all natural products.

*You can see my creation below. I am not so talented but I think I could still use it as a headband this summer.
Dying silk
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My creation
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Later that afternoon we visited the Ban Tha Sawang village that creates golden brocade for the royal court and where we could learn more about dying. For example how natural is made of, blue, or indigo is made of indigo leafs, red is made from insect nests, and green from tree bark, and other vivid colours all from natural sources. But we also had a look at how the villagers work on silk.

At Ban Tha Sawang village I also had a look at how designs were made and this was very impressive. For one design there are 3 women working on a hand operated loom. The process is very long, they can produce only a few CM each days and the price of those designs is very expensive (around 1 500 Euros per meter).

We finally were introduced to traditional Thai clothes and how to wear them. See below I am wearing a traditional Thai pants.

Thai silk drying after dying
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Silk woven on a traditional hand operated loom
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Golden brocade for the royal court
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Trying on a traditional Thai pants
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On the second day, we visited a traditional village of Surin where most of the population is also creating silk. This was probably my favorite part of the experience, because besides seeing them creating silk they welcomed us into their village. The people from this village are Kui (it is an ethnic group) who have been living there for hundreds of year and still live in the traditional way. I could have a look at their houses, see them work and pray.

A warm welcome to the village
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Traditional thai house
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A woman in front of her house
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Larva cocoons in wooden containers on the terrace of the thai house
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Creation of a natural dye color
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Woman creating s spool of silk
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Woman spooling silk
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Woman creating a necklace
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Ceremony of praying for rain fall
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After all those impressions and after learning about the thai silk it was time for the students and fashion designers to create new designs to help modernize the clothes made in some of the remote areas of Thailand and help so that it would sell better.

Students and designers working on their design
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Headband made of silk created by Bryde Gordon
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Dress made of thai silk created by Romuald Bertrand
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During this trip, we not only learned more about Thai Silk, we also learned about Thailands heritage. Surin, in the north of Thailand is also very famous for it’s elephants and it’s elephant festival.

Indeed, a very long time ago, elephants roamed freely in the forests around Thailand and then were captured by the people of the region and then trained by a mahout (person who rides an elephant) to be a working animal. Hunting elephants is not allowed anymore but some elephants that were captured (or those born from captured elephants) are still living with their mahout. Elephants may not have the best life so this is why the Baan Tha Klang village was created, to help both the elephant and their mahout. The mahout get a salary to support their family in exchange for joining the project and respecting their elephant.

Really interesting at the Baan Tha Klang village is also the creation of paper made from elephant dung.

Find all information to visit the Baan Klang Village here or find out more about the Elephant Festival that is held each year in November here.

Me in front of an elephant
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Elephant bathing with it’s mahout
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Elephant and it’s mahout
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Elephant cemetery
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Production of elephant dung paper
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Drawing made on elephant dung’paper
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Finally, before going back to Bangkok, we went to the province of Buriram and visited Phanom Rung Historical Park that is and the Prasat Muang Tam. They both are strong examples of the Khmer architecture and they are on one of the direct lines from Angkor in Cambodia to the North.

This was a little dream to come true for me as this has been on my bucket list to visit Angkor Wat. These two temples gave me a very nice foretaste.

Impressions of the Phanom Rung Historical Park
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Impressions of the Prasat Muang Tam temple
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Thailand Academy 3 was my second trip to Thailand. I have been only to Bangkok only, on a way to another country but I liked the city a lot already. I thougth the people were friendly and the city was really energizing. I was planning to return soon to see more of Thailand but I would have never thought I would return so soon and I probably would have not choosen to visit Surin, simply because I was not well informed of what to see there. Surin and Buriram are very remote provinces in Thailand were tourists are rare. If visiting a foreign country interests you. to experiment it’s culture then I would say Surin and Buriram in the ISAN region are worth a visit and a detour on your way to Thailand’s more touristic attractions.

amandine fashion blogger berlin germany vila visapril scarf fitie top mom jeans and forever 21 Crisscross Wedge Slingback Sandals

Sunglasses : Ray-Ban
Top : Vitie Vila
Scarf : Vila Visapril Scarf
Jeans : Monki Kimono jeans
Shoes : Forever 21

Bisou
Amandine


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A more sporty look today. Perfect for a sunday while still in spring.

I am wearing :
Trench : Zara
Denim Short : Guess
Sneakers : Nike Air Max 1 City Pack Paris


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If you guys follow me on Instagram or Facebook you probably saw that I was in Thailand the couple of last weeks. I can’t wait to show you the purpose of this journey but I am waiting for some pictures of the trip so I will start with the second part of my journey, my stay at Phi Phi Island.

So first of all I always said that I will never go to Phi Phi Island because I saw pictures on the internet and it looked so crowded. But luckily I have friends who travel a lot through South East Asia and most of them told me Phi Phi is the nicest Island in Thailand so I decided to give it a try and see for myself. Those same friends told me as well how to choose my hotel and which beach to go to etc. I am really thankful for their advice because you can have an amazing time on Phi Phi but you can also have the worst time.

Thailand is very often associated with mass tourism and Phi Phi Island has this reputation as well. But at the end it’s up to you to make the best out of it.
Even though it is a very small Island, the island has two faces. A very crowded and loud one, and a very relaxing paradise one. As I said, even if it is a very small Island it is very easy to miss both parts. I had the chance to see and enjoy both sides, thanks to the recommendations that were given to me. If any of you are planning to go to Phi Phi Island or want to know more, I will share some tips with you (I will also do a ‘What to wear on Phi Phi Island’ in a next article).

My recommendations for Phi Phi Island to have a great time:

Hotel :
I would suggest to stay 3 nights. Book a hotel that is not on Ton Say Bay or Loh Dalum Bay, preferably a hotel in the hills. It’s a bit of walk to the island center but the way is really cool

Day time

- Beach visits : still avoid Loh Dalum Beach (too crowded), go to Long Beach instead

- Book a very early (we went at 7AM to avoid the mass of tourists coming for a day trip) trip to Maya Bay, Lo Sama Bay and Pi Ley Lagoon. Maya Bay is nice but I would not stay there too long since Lo Sama Bay and Pi Ley has much more to offer if you like snorkeling.
If you book a private tour (I would suggest to do so, it’s worth the time and money), you will be asked if you would like to go to Monkey Island or the Shark Point. Definitely go to the shark point and skip Monkey Island.

- Early morning or at the end of the afternoon when it is not too hot walk up the hills to the View Point.

Nigh time :
-Take a tour to go swim with the plankton (I didn’t do it but would definitely do it if I go back to Phi Phi one day) T

- Finally go to Loh Dalum Bay, buy a bucket and watch the fire show or dance a bit on the beach. (I know it’s cliché but come on, when in Rome…)

– Go watch a Thai Boxing match!

If you are still hesitating whether to go or not, I would say it like this. When you’re in France for the first time, you know France is a beautiful country and there is plenty to see but what do you want to see first? Probably Paris and the Eiffel Tower. Do you regret it after? I don’t think so. Well it’s the same with Phi Phi, you won’t regret it if you follow my suggestions! It’s perfect for a start.

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I am wearing :
Breton shirt : Gant Rugger Similar HERE
Shirtskirt : Gant Rugger
Shoes : Michael Michael Kors
Sunglasses : Jil Sander Similar HERE

Bisou
Amandine


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Hello everyone,

A little review of my time with my Olympus PEN E-PL7 camera. I’ve used it since the middle of December, and received it just before my trip to South East Asia. I did a little review if you remember, saying that this camera is the perfect travel camera (read my review HERE).
When I came back I started using the camera on a daily basis, either when I went to an event or to take my outfit pictures. After 4 months of use I am happy to say that I am still really pleased the camera and enjoy using it. I carry it with me 90% of the time it fits in a small bag so it is perfect for when I am going to events. You would not use a camera that weighs 3kg (i’m not exaggerating if you have a bi-lens it can be that heavy) as often as a small one.

In total I have 3 different lenses that I am using. My favorite is the 45mm that I use to do my outfit pictures or take details short. I generally ask friends of mine to take my pictures and some of them have no idea how to use a camera. They would always have problems shooting nice pictures when I gave them my Canon but since I have the Olympus camera with the 45mm lens we have no problems anymore. Every picture looks perfect So I would say this camera is for both people who know how to use a camera since you can do all settings like with a normal reflex camera- and for people who don’t. I also already said that I don’t know so much about technique, I can only do the simple set ups so if I don’t know how to do something I will just select a situation in the settings, for example landscape or sunset etc. and it would do it or me and until now I always have had a good result with my pictures by doing so.

During my holiday in December I took all my pictures with the normal lens: 14-42mm since then, I got a third lens that is a wide angle lens the 8-18mm 1:4-5.6 that is also perfect for traveling since it allows you to capture lots of the surrounding.

In my first review I said my favorite function is the wifi function. Well it still is. I love having my pictures on my phone right away so that I can post them on Instagram or send them to my friends. I think that our days with everything going so quickly and the internet being so present, it is, even if you are not a blogger, a must have function when you buy a camera.

Below you can see a selection of my favorite pictures I took in the last few months. Do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions about the camera

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