Autumn Palette

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As a bit of a change from my usual travel posts I've put together a little Autumn lookbook thanks to the amazing folk at Grana! I love the range of chinese silk they offer because not only is it heavenly soft, the colours are so rich and perfect for autumn. So I went for a matching two piece (silk top & shorts) and I dressed down the rust ensemble with a (japanese) denim shirt. Now usually an outfit that involves cashmere would be regarded as pretty damn luxe but in typical Emma style I've gone and grunged it up just a tad for my second look with my greek fisherman hat & DIY choker... thoughts though? At the end of the day it's still quality Mongolian cashmere so pretty luxe in my books! Paired with Emerald silk shorts.

Hope you guys liked the little lookbook post! I also have an exclusive Grana promo code which gives you guys a 10% discount and free shipping! Just enter EMMAxGRANA at check-out. 



My African Adventure in KENYA

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I had never been to Africa before. When you think of Africa, what comes to mind? For me, the first thing has to be the animals. And my goodness, there are animals! … but we’ll come to them later. Next would be the epic landscape, the open plains, the flat top trees and then the dense jungle like something reminiscent of Out of Africa or even the Lion King (you know when Simba runs away and everyone breaks out into Hakuna Matata). If this image comes to your mind too, what you’re probably thinking of is Kenya

Upon arriving in Nairobi, I hit the ground running and learnt there’s actually a lot the capital has to offer. Despite the frustration of my bags being lost on the way to Africa I forgot my worries for the day due to what I was able to experience as soon as I arrived. First stop was a visit to an Elephant Orphanage run by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where you can get up close with baby elephants that have been rescued by the organisation. If that isn’t enough, Nairobi is also home to the Giraffe Manor, which accommodates tourists in the stately hotel alongside a number of endangered Rothschild giraffes that will join you for breakfast, sticking their heads in your bedroom window or the dining room each morning. Other interesting activities in Nairobi include a tour of the Kazuri Factory where they produce handmade beads or if you’ve got a wild appetite a visit to Carnivore is in order, where you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat meat buffet! More posts from Kenya and my time on Safari to come next.  



48HRS IN BANGKOK with Holiday Inn Express

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Earlier this month I had the absolute pleasure of travelling to Thailand for the first time to experience a stay in Bangkok thanks to Holiday Inn Express! I had 48 hours and a jam packed itinerary so location of my hotel was of optimum importance! Luckily Holiday Inn Express Siam had me covered being situated right next to a sky-train station and only a short taxi ride away from both the old quarter and the major shopping districts!

Basically what Holiday Inn Express is about is providing a comfortable and convenient stay without all the extras you don’t necessarily need removed in order to reduce the cost for travellers. They have free breakfast, fast internet and, probably my favourite thing, your choice of (firm or soft) pillows!

So what did I get up to in 48hours in Bangkok? Of course, I started with the ‘Must Dos’ for Bangkok and took a taxi out to the Grand Palace & Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha). I would definitely recommend visiting both of these spots – the detail in the temples is beautiful! Although it can get VERY hot and crowded here so I would recommend heading out there first thing in the morning. After a quick lunch by the river I visited the Snake Farm at the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute. I arrived in time for the handling demonstration which was very interesting – it was a little worrying to see some of the more dangerous snakes had been defanged in order to be handled however that was my only issue and I was delighted to be able to cuddle a python after the demonstration – holding a massive snake was on my 2016 bucket list!

That night I took the sky-train from just outside the hotel to catch the sunset at Sky Bar (aka The Hangover 2 bar & the most expensive beer I’ve ever had) before catching a free ferry to the Asiatique night markets for a bite to eat and a little shopping! 

The next day I started Day 2 with a visit to the Jim Thompson House which is located right behind the hotel. Jim Thompson was an American businessman who helped revive the silk industry in Thailand before his mysterious disappearance in 1967. At the house you are offered information about Thompson’s work as well as a tour of his stunning house – I was so captivated there and left wanting to actually live in that beautiful house. I then took a short walk across the canal to have lunch at the Caturday Cat Café! I’m going to let the photos & video speak for themselves with this one – all I’m saying is that they are so so cute and well cared for at Caturday! I spent my afternoon exploring the extensive shopping district in Bangkok – some of the malls there are just like eBay in real life! Pretty much anything you can imagine, you can find in these massive shopping centers.

I had a massive 2 days in Bangkok thanks to Holiday Inn Express and IHG and I would have not changed a thing – what an amazing city! I thought I would also mention that Holiday Inn Express will be opening it’s doors to Sydney in Maquarie Park this April and will launch the brand in Australia!  Holiday Inn Express Sydney Macquarie Park provides guests with everything they need and nothing they don’t for a smart and convenient stay, including free and fast Wi-Fi and free Express Start™ Breakfast or Grab & Go. You’re able to book a stay now at  http://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/sydney/sydmp/hoteldetail



CRUISE // Lifou + Mare

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There were 4 stops on our cruise over 10 days (the stops were in the middle of the journey with a few days out at sea either side leaving/getting back to Sydney). I have to say that I think the water and beaches in Lifou were the best of all of them! Crazy blue and a lot of sea life around. While in Lifou we also went on a tour of the forest and a grotto where we were able to see a coconut crab (pictured above). For your information, the coconut crab is the largest land-living anthropod in the world and it's basically a massive hermit crab that stops wearing a shell once it reaches adulthood. 

Mare is another island in New Caledonia and it was our last island stop on the trip - we had an absolute blast with a solid beach crew - more of our antics can be see in the video I made (here) on my youtube channel