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The Racha resort; Raya Yai island

Kaarem Wind chime white cropped top, Hien Le embossed alcantara shorts.

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Wind chime taupe top by Kaarem, and silk petal grey skirt by Isabell de Hillerin.

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Boatneck open back dress by Kaarem

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Svilu tennis zipper skirt

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Oiseaux lace white top by Bonheur, and suede alcantara surf shorts by Hien Le.

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Garden top by Ace & Jig.

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Marigold tent dress by Svilu.

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All linked clothes available at A Boy Named Sue shop

Not the chic-est duo, Kit and I make. Definitely not the sort of fasshun bloggers seen skipping about the globe in un-creased maxi dresses and perfect hair + makeup, despite our overstuffed vanity cases weighing down the speedboat like cast-iron anchors. ‘OMG Kit, I think I’m blind’, are my first few words at Raya Yai Island – not proud of them, I know – thankfully Kit doesn’t hear over the sound of the spluttering motor and besides, her arms are flailing about trying to comb out the bird’s nest that is her hair. We’d chosen the seats at the very back on the motorboat out of the mainland, silently hoping to role-play an image of two long-legged blondes perched at the back of a Venetian speed boat (think Michael Kors resort)… then the sun-faded orange safety vests goes on + sea wind + water spitting back from the motor… you know the rest. Alas, I’m not blind. My eyes adjust to the new horizon and everything is white, the beach, the boardwalk, the Racha.

A hamlet of white-washed villas and neatly manicured tropics make up the Racha resort, set in a lagoon of the bluest, clearest water I’ve seen in my life. Gatorade Emerald-blue. There are only villas – no rooms – and the interiors reflect the same minimal aesthetics. The facilities encourage an eco-aware stay, a perfect backdrop for our suitcases that are full cute garbs from A Boy Named Sue – purveyors of eco-friendly, sustainable designers and of course, one of our generous hosts in the Far East.

We may be champions of un-chic but Kit and I have got some serious unpacking skills, one of the first signs of tiger mumhood, I fear – within an hour we freshen-up and make homes out of both villas. The energy spills into the rest of the day and by six thirty we wrap up shooting the remaining lookbook images. Kit charges out towards the ocean with her snorkelling gear, I give my private pool a dip and then join her at the beach, hair smelling faintly of Jasmine. The air is different and the sun set into the… cluster of palm trees behind the resort – not sure if it was East or West, it could’ve been Kanye West for all I cared.

Photography and editing by Park & Cube, photos of me by Kit Lee; Huge thanks to A Boy Named Sue and Mr & Mrs Smith for hosting us and the outworldly getaway! 

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  1. […] A boy named Sue – Part 2 […]

  2. love these minimal looks

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  3. haha even as i scrolled down i was thinking “damn these 2 are chic”.

    oh & yellow is so your colour.

    becky,

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  4. Your blog is better than any magazine. I enjoy every single post. Thank you! x

  5. claire

    I love your description of the fantasy vs reality of being in the back of the speedboat. Made me laugh out loud!

  6. wow, these pictures are really awesome! and i am in love with the nude dress <3

  7. Love the first casual outfit!!
    V.
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  8. In love with the pictures, that stairs is amazing!
    And i love the outfits too. You have a great taste.

    Xoxo

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  9. I’m not so sure about that unchicness you look pretty chic to me in these pic chick :)
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

  10. I want those hats! I cant see the link or who the hats are by. Anyone know?

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  11. I think the both of you look great!

    xx Nicole
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  12. dope and relaxed outfit !! must be heaven over there

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  13. As un-chic as you say you are, those are some tres chic photos!

  14. Stunning pictures, you’re such an artist Shini!
    Mafalda ❤
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  15. Never mind the beautiful resort or clothes, look at the food!! That plate of noodles has made me super hungry.

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  16. Looks like such a lovely escape and you two earned it! Loving that yellow color on you too, Shini! x

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  17. These minimalistic outfits look so chic against the dreamy background. Beautiful images!

  18. Nice photos :) i want to be there!!!

  19. Everything about this post is amazinggggg, you take the most beautiful photos!

  20. fabulous capture!

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  21. So gorgeous! Feeling the need to travel and escape the ever-colder weather to a crazy sunny place like Thailand.

  22. Wow, what a beautiful post!! Your blog is like a highgloss magazine! <3
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  23. definitely the chic-est in my books. you=beauty! I absolutely am loving these pictures (and had a flick through the other post and love those equally) i am craving summer more than ever, the white dress (from pre post) is definitely top of my wish list! XXX

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  25. lovely photos, love the outfits featured here
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    xx

  26. Dude you guys are like, the chicest!! You both have such an awesome eye for photography. I want to go on holiday now – you guys must have had the best time, and it really shows!

  27. the”fashun blogger”‘s got nothing on you two! These are lovely pictures :) They make me that much more excited for my own vacation. And for the record, as I was going through the pictures, I was in fact thinking ‘gee, if only I could look this chic when I trapse around on vaca’. ^^

  28. Beautiful collection of photographs- as always! x
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  29. Everything looks so wonderful, so pure. “Elegance is a state of mind” comes to, well, mind… Beautiful! x

  30. Absolutely loving the whole shoot. Yellow suits you well!

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  31. Love the outfit, the shorts are adorable. mywhiteT.com

  32. Flawless photography. Love the humour in your writing too.

  33. I agree with everyone else – I didn’t notice any ‘unchicness’ – quite the opposite in fact!

    I love the simply styling of your outfits – definitely understated elegance; and the setting looks like paradise!

  34. Such a lovely post, a good read, as if almost I am there already *_^

  35. I love you collection of pictures wearing different outfits. Vintage style looks good on you, specially the maxi dress. So pretty. :)

  36. LOVE these outfits. And the photos. Wow.

  37. I like your life and the outfit ,especially the yellow blue

  38. I like the black and white in the first post.

  39. im in love with these photos!!<3
    BEKARTI

  40. Love the black and white outfits, and the hat is so great.

  41. Amazing, images, I especially love the one by the stairs ( I have a mild obsession with stairs and its clean lines) the first black and white outfit is perfect for vacation xx
    M

  42. Love your outfit and photos. Looks amazing!
    FashionAddicted

  43. I am always amazed by your pictures! Great diary. x Romi
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  44. Such great photographs! All of the pieces look so beautiful

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