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Brigitte in Phuket.

Yet another little break has happened in my corner of the internet.
I have been pretty off the grid recently for a much-needed life detox.
Unplugging and unsharing my life with the world is something that I feel that I have to do to feel sane.  
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swimsuitsolid & striped "the brigitte"(bottom - small .|. top - large) | 
hatsole society | sunglassesrayban

Unplugging and being completely relaxed brings me back to Thailand.  
This is the first swimsuit post I am sharing with you all.
I've been in love with high waisted styles of clothing(helloooo my obsession with Current/Elliot stiletto jeans) but had been struggling to find a swimsuit to fill that void. 
Enter this Solid & Striped "Brigitte" suit on sale via NastyGal. 
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It was over 50% off so obviously I took this as a sign that it needed to be mine.  
The bottoms fit better than I had anticipated, but the top not so much.
I am slightly bustier (34D) with a smaller rib cage, finding bathing suit tops is THE WORST.  
So the cups of the "Brigitte" fit perfectly, however, the band was beyond loose.  
With no option to return the top, the negatives of final sale items, I decided to fix the issue and take it to a tailor.
I am so glad I did and now have solved all of my ill fitting bathing suit issues.
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swimsuit: solid & striped "the brigitte"(bottom - small | top - large)
hat: sole society | sunglasses: rayban

These photos were taken in the main infinity pool on our first day in Phuket.  
We drank too much and forgot to reapply sunscreen so these are the only photos I was able to take without looking like a total lobster.

So more to come of Phuket!  
Our resort, another GoPro video, more swimsuits, and a few outfits I was able to take pictures of before my hair ballooned from the humidity.

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summer's little black dress.

Last week I found my way to one of my favorite cities in Virginia, Richmond.  
The drive can be under 2 hours depending on traffic and is a perfect little getaway from everything DC.  
One of my favorite aspects of the city is how you can walk almost anywhere. 
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dressurban outfitters (last worn here) | hatsole society (UNDER $30!) | sandalsjoie
sunglassesray ban | pursecoach

After going to a local farmer's market in the morning we headed to a newer brewery, The Veil.

It was a little warmer out so we decided to sit inside versus their outdoor seating to chat and reminisce about our college days.

From The Veil, we walked to another brewery a few blocks away.
Along the way, I bullied a friend into taking these photos for me.
On a hot summer day, there is nothing better than an easy summer dress.  
This dress, last worn here, was one I scored on sale last year from Urban Outfitters. 
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I love the faux wrap style so I never have to worry about it actually coming undone and it accentuating my waist.  
It is the perfect little black dress for hot summer days and I wish I had it in multiple colors.
After the second brewery and a little summer storm, we went to a Mexican restaurant, En Su Boca, for more drinks and dinner.  
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dress: urban outfitters (last worn here) | hat: sole society (UNDER $30!) | sandals: joie
sunglasses: ray ban | purse: coach

One thing I love about this place is that you can add fruit and champagne to any drink for $2.  SOLD!
I hadn't been to Richmond since December so I love reconnecting with my favorite little town.  
I'll be heading back to my favorite little city once a month for the next few months so I will be sure to share my adventures with you all.

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short story.

A short a sweet post today.
This outfit was from one of the days in Chiang Mai that didn't have any set plans.  
Another girl and myself girl decided to just explore the city on our own.
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shorts:  j.crew (last worn here) | topabercrombie(last worn here) | bagkate spade | sandalsjoie

We discovered a day market that a lot of locals shop at and I ended up with this orange ice drink.  
We only managed to wander the streets for a few hours due to the extreme heat and humidity.
We ended up back in our hotel infinity pool by early afternoon where we worked on our tans and planned for our stop in Phuket.
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shorts:  j.crew (last worn here) | top: abercrombie(last worn here) | bag: kate spade | sandals: joie

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Elephant Nature Park.

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Everyone keeps asking me "What was your favorite part of Thailand?"  That is such a tough question to answer because the entire experience was amazing.  However, I have consistently mentioned The Elephant Nature Park as the highlight.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love elephants. A. Lot.
Prior to leaving for Thailand, we had only made 1 concrete plan for our entire 2-week trip and that was to visit this park.
The original elephant conservatory in the country, Elephant Nature Park.  
ENP was the first of its kind in the country founded in the late 90's and it is completely funded by donations and people visiting the park.
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No, you do not ride elephants here.  They actually rescue elephants from work camps, trekking, the circus, wildlife injuries, etc.  Essentially a retirement home for elephants due to most of them being too old to work anymore and being too much of a financial burden on their original owners.

Once here, the elephants are able to roam the 250 acres at their will.  Every animal has their own mahout which is essentially their own personal caregiver they are constantly being fed and aren't being too mischievous with guests.

My video recap of Chiang Mai including this post and my Elephant Nature Park experience.

It was really such a special experience to spend time with these amazing creatures and was a dream come true.

I HIGHLY suggest this place - they not only rescue elephants but also cats and dogs.   If you decided to visit another elephant community while in Thailand make sure that they do not ride them because, despite their size, that is not what these animals are for.
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Tips:
Book early! We booked our day trip about 3 to 4 months before we arrived and there were only a few slots for our large group left within our time window in Chiang Mai.  

The have day trips (what we did), overnight and extended stays depending on what type of experience you want to have. 
Our day trip which included, transportation to and from our hotel (about an hour away), lunch, water, and the entire day feeding, bathing, and petting elephants.  
We paid 2,500 baht which is equivalent to around $75 (half paid at booking and half paid upon arrival so make sure to bring enough for the experience and the gift shop!)


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the maxi dress.

I may have mentioned this before, bit I am not the biggest fan of maxi dresses.  
I am on the borderline height of petite and "normal" and I often feel that the prints and cuts of most maxis are unflattering on me.  
Along with that, most maxis feature an elastic waistband sewn into the dress. 
Like I said, not a fan.
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dressNasty Gal | sunniesrayban | sandalsjoie

When I spotted this dress online but the online, it caught my attention and made me contemplate taking a risk on, obviously. 
I didn't purchase many items of clothing but when I saw this dress, which was a part of the Nasty Gal clearance sale, I knew that it would be perfect for Thailand, though it does have more of a Spanish flair.
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The off the shoulder fit well and the length was surprisingly perfect for me in just flat sandals.
On this particular night, it was extra windy so I was very happy that I chose something longer versus a shorter cotton dress.  
This got me thinking as to why I should expand upon my maxi dress collection, and why maxi dresses are perfect for traveling.
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Why maxi dresses are perfect for traveling:
1. Unpredictable weather.  You plan trips far in advance but you never know what weather will be like when you finally arrive at your destination.  A maxi dress offers enough coverage from the elements in case it rains or gets cold but is also able to be cool enough in hotter climates.
2. Cultural respect.  When traveling, you should always respect the culture of the country you're visiting.  Maxi dresses are great options for shorter summer dresses depending on dress etiquette of the country but you are still able to be cute and trendy.
3.  Ease to dress up or down.  This particular maxi is a perfect example of what I would be able to wear to a nicer dinner out on vacation or just to roam around the street markets.  It can give you more outfit options when you have limited suitcase space.
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dress: Nasty Gal | sunnies: rayban | sandals: joie

Side note: This is my natural hair

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