Golden Divine Blog | A Los Angeles Based Style and Beauty Blog by Ashley Murphy

Sunday, June 21, 2015

What To Do In Bangkok And Why I Went To Thailand Solo


A few weeks prior to leaving to Thailand I felt the light inside me burning out. I lost my job, I broke up with my boyfriend and my family was in the hospital. It was one of the most challenging two weeks. Instead of dwelling on it, I made a conscious decision to embrace it all as positive changes. 
The universe telling me its time to spring clean my life. To better myself. To live fearlessly. To feed myself new experiences. To embrace the law of attraction and allow it to continuously be the driver of my life. 

And with that, I booked a solo roundtrip ticket to Thailand with no itinerary and this backpack in tow. When I touched down in Bangkok I finally felt a sense of balance. You know that feeling where you feel like you're exactly where you're suppose to be. That's how I felt. Times ten. It was magic.

Day 1: I took the boat up the river and visited the most beautiful temples: The Grand Palace, Wat Arun and Wat Pho. While at the Grand Palace I met a new German friend who I spent the rest of the day exploring the city, sharing stories over the best plate of pad thai and roaming the flower market.

Day 2: Floated down the floating market in a wooden boat with my new friend from Dubai who I met during my ride to the market. At the market I got to know the locals, work on my Thai and ate the most delicious coconut ice cream. After the floating market I took another van to a small artisan wood shop and watched local artists create some of the most beautiful handmade pieces of art i've ever seen. I ended the day playing with tigers at the Tiger Temple and sipping on fresh coconuts with my newly adopted Australian family. 

Day 3: By now I was ready for island life. I grabbed breakfast at the hotel, Ibis Bangkok Riverside (The hotel points can be transferred to Delta flight miles. Score!), and showed up at the airport to catch the next flight to Ko Samaui. Stay tuned... 

A few tips I learned during my travels: TripAdvisor.com is your best friend, packing cubes are a total necessity, take advantage of the tour packages at the hotel (usually they're less expensive than doing them on your own & it's a great way to meet people!) and the less baggage the better off you are. 

WHAT TO PACK:




Monday, April 27, 2015

Embellished Jacket

Embellished Jacket c/o Marshalls | Shorts c/o Marshalls | Rag & Bone Tank c/o Marshalls | Schutz Heels | Phillip Lim Bag | Illesteva Sunnies | Dainty Ring c/o Marshalls |  Gold Ring c/o Nashelle

This jacket was an impulse buy that I knew I had to have and it is turning out to be so much more versatile that I thought. I've paired it with everything from shorts to boyfriend jeans and even over a simple maxi dress. The detail in person is stunning and totes my new spring staple! I'm usually all about investing in solid neutrals but totally making an excepting with this guy. 

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Photographer:Aimee Guzman

Monday, April 20, 2015

Juxtaposition

Sanctuary Clothing Jules Jacket- LA Fashion Blogger- Ashley Murphy-Nike FlyKnits-IIllesteva Sunglasses-Phillip Lim Pashli Bag

There's something about the juxtaposition of a pencil skirt and sneakers that just makes sense. I literally have not taken off these Nike FlyKnits since I got them for Christmas last year and even though i've always been one to wear heels (beauty is pain, people!) i'm finally coming around to the idea that sneaks are chic. 

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Sanctuary Clothing Jules Jacket- LA Fashion Blogger- Ashley Murphy-Nike FlyKnits-IIllesteva Sunglasses-Phillip Lim Pashli Bag
Sanctuary Clothing Jules Jacket- LA Fashion Blogger- Ashley Murphy-Nike FlyKnits-IIllesteva Sunglasses-Phillip Lim Pashli Bag
Sanctuary Clothing Jules Jacket- LA Fashion Blogger- Ashley Murphy-Nike FlyKnits-IIllesteva Sunglasses-Phillip Lim Pashli Bag
Sanctuary Clothing Jules Jacket- LA Fashion Blogger- Ashley Murphy-Nike FlyKnits-IIllesteva Sunglasses-Phillip Lim Pashli Bag
Sanctuary Clothing Jules Jacket- LA Fashion Blogger- Ashley Murphy-Nike FlyKnits-IIllesteva Sunglasses-Phillip Lim Pashli Bag
Sanctuary Clothing Jules Jacket- LA Fashion Blogger- Ashley Murphy-Nike FlyKnits-IIllesteva Sunglasses-Phillip Lim Pashli Bag
Sanctuary Clothing Jules Jacket- LA Fashion Blogger- Ashley Murphy-Nike FlyKnits-IIllesteva Sunglasses-Phillip Lim Pashli Bag
Sanctuary Clothing Jules Jacket- LA Fashion Blogger- Ashley Murphy-Nike FlyKnits-IIllesteva Sunglasses-Phillip Lim Pashli Bag
Sanctuary Clothing Jules Jacket- LA Fashion Blogger- Ashley Murphy-Nike FlyKnits-IIllesteva Sunglasses-Phillip Lim Pashli Bag

 Photographer: Aimee Guzman
 
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