RUN BKK!

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Today I leave the amazingly addictive city that I have been living in for the past 4 months and have pretty much fallen in love with. Sure, I am excited to go back home and see my family, friends, dogs and just good old Cape Town, but damn I’m going to miss my life here….


Bangkok scares some, overwhelms others…and for those who pop in for a night or two before setting off on their island trip it may be too chaotic, wild and insane… However, give it a week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks…and it will suck you right in. In the most famous words “Bangkok has taken them” (Hangover 2).

Some of the things that stole my heart: the delicious street food (it’s a way of life here and the Thais take the utmost pride in preparing it) especially The Purple People!, of course the weird and wonderful and WIDE variety of smells as you walk down the street, public transport- especially motorbike taxis and their weaving between the tiniest spaces with such precision, food: green curry, panang curry, stir fry and sweet basil, Tom Yum gai, lemon grass and ginger, the fact that you can buy anything and everything your heart desires on good old Pradiphat road, the best street banana and Nutella pancakes, markets, the insane malls, the Magnum cafe, Levels, the odd monk casually strolling down the road, Hong Thong (still not 100% sure what type of alcohol it is), Ladies Night, The Roof on Koh Sahn for the best live entertainment in Bangkok, the heat, our amazing condo block- Lumpini Place, the BTS!, our amazing city view from the 28th floor, Mystics Cafe down the road for the best coffee & cashew nut chicken, the fact that there’s a 7/11 every few meters is crazy- but I will miss it, Firehouse for the best burgers I have yet to experience, working at BED Supperclub and the amazing team there, Siam, even the fact that you have to use charades so often because of the language barrier, living with my amazing roomie and best friend, and most importantly the amazing friends we have made over the past 4 months…..

HIGHLIGHTS:

December– Arriving, Hua Hin beach party for New Years Eve. Setting off lanterns.

January– Visiting a temple in Hua Hin and being blessed by a monk. Getting a job as kindergarten teacher at a good school. Moving to Bangkok. Moving into our new Condo block Lumpini Place. Meeting amazing people, exploring and discovering the city, shopping, nightlife and Thai culture. Our first pay check! Levels, The Roof, The Club and co. on Koh Sahn.

February– Kirst’s 21st crazy celebrations, Above11 sky bar, Sven Vath at BED Supperclub, massages, Jeffrey Campbell purchase, going to the POLO, Bombay Blues, Firehouse, Rambutree, end of year school play

March– End of job as kindergarten teacher, ISLAND HOLIDAY: (Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Krabi, Phi Phi) and our crazy adventures- swimming with black tip reef sharks, riding elephants, getting my first tattoo, the newlyweds, doing the fire limbo, meeting wonderful people along the way, Getting 3 part time jobs (2 as English tutor and one as hostess at BED Supperclub, Soi 11)

April– Starting jobs, making crazy friends including a lady boy, SONGKRAN (Thai New Years and huge water festival)- trip to Chiang Mai, petting tigers, crazy nights out, Asiatique waterfront, seeing Pendulum live at BED!!

All I can say is that we couldn’t have had a better experience in Bangkok if we tried… Ready for the next adventure!

CleopatraX

What a novelty, Jeffrey Campbell

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A few years ago I discovered a Californian shoe designer (I’m a huge shoe feen) called Jeffrey Campbell. I instantly fell in love with his chunky and unique shoe designs, especially the Lita boots. Although many (usually males) think the Litas resemble, as I have heard before, ‘clown boots’ I love their chunkiness and large platform on the soles. When I researched I sadly discovered they don’t sell them in South Africa, so, when I knew I was going to be living in Bangkok I made a pact to myself to buy them. Two months and the same amount I pay for rent later- voilà, I own a pair of nude/stone JC Litas complete with studs (more like spikes) on the back of them. They are my pride and glory at the moment. I get home everyday, put them on and prance around in our flat. I have worn them once here, but it’s so hot so I’m waiting to wear them when I’m back in Cape Town.

And speaking of which, a friend just informed me that they now DO stock them in a shop called ‘The Lot’ in Cape Town. Just my luck! Haha.

The beauties:

Here are other pairs of JC’s I tried on in the store (‘Villains’ in Siam Centre, Bangkok):

Plan Litas, nice for everyday wear
Spiked, leather Litas
The Foxy Wood (you can also get them spiked, surprise surprise)
The Donna Platforms
Have a good day gorgeous people!
CleopatraX

What a novelty, Jeffrey Campbell

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A few years ago I discovered a Californian shoe designer (I’m a huge shoe feen) called Jeffrey Campbell. I instantly fell in love with his chunky and unique shoe designs, especially the Lita boots. Although many (usually males) think the Litas resemble, as I have heard before, ‘clown boots’ I love their chunkiness and large platform on the soles. When I researched I sadly discovered they don’t sell them in South Africa, so, when I knew I was going to be living in Bangkok I made a pact to myself to buy them. Two months and the same amount I pay for rent later- voilà, I own a pair of nude/stone JC Litas complete with studs (more like spikes) on the back of them. They are my pride and glory at the moment. I get home everyday, put them on and prance around in our flat. I have worn them once here, but it’s so hot so I’m waiting to wear them when I’m back in Cape Town.

And speaking of which, a friend just informed me that they now DO stock them in a shop called ‘The Lot’ in Cape Town. Just my luck! Haha.

The beauties:

Here are other pairs of JC’s I tried on in the store (‘Villains’ in Siam Centre, Bangkok):

Plan Litas, nice for everyday wear
Spiked, leather Litas
The Foxy Wood (you can also get them spiked, surprise surprise)
The Donna Platforms
Have a good day gorgeous people!
CleopatraX

Inslee Obsessed

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Good morning!

The other day I discovered a website I have to share with you. I was looking at different fashion illustrations for my blog header and I came across a lot of beautiful, very a la mode fashion sketches by this girl called ‘Inslee’. Anyways, I tracked down her website and I have spent hours everyday on it checking out all her sketches. They are so addictively chic I keep on pressing the ‘older posts’ button. She has made quite a successful business out of these sketches and currently works and lives in New York City. I wanted a custom made one but 1,500 $ is not do-able right now however, the sketch I currently have is also by her, I tweaked it to double the brunette girl image, this was the original:

I will be happy spending many more hours of the year looking at more and more Inslee eye candy… Check out some of my favourites.

Check it out: www.inslee.net
Cleopatra X

Inslee Obsessed

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Good morning!

The other day I discovered a website I have to share with you. I was looking at different fashion illustrations for my blog header and I came across a lot of beautiful, very a la mode fashion sketches by this girl called ‘Inslee’. Anyways, I tracked down her website and I have spent hours everyday on it checking out all her sketches. They are so addictively chic I keep on pressing the ‘older posts’ button. She has made quite a successful business out of these sketches and currently works and lives in New York City. I wanted a custom made one but 1,500 $ is not do-able right now however, the sketch I currently have is also by her, I tweaked it to double the brunette girl image, this was the original:

I will be happy spending many more hours of the year looking at more and more Inslee eye candy… Check out some of my favourites.

Check it out: www.inslee.net
Cleopatra X

The beginning.

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Life is wonderfully strange. Things happen, people change, ideas form. If there is one thing I’ve realized is that you can see everything- your life, you’re world- so much more clearly from a distance. 


I first started writing a blog (mainly fashion but also life) in 2010, my first year of university where I felt I needed something more in my life. I was struggling with slight demotivation (maybe simply boredom- I’m still am not one hundred percent sure). Since then I feel like I’ve changed my ideas, style and even interests in one way or another which put me off writing as my blog was something like an outdated diary. Hence ‘Cleopatra’ the blog has formed (Cleopatra is my full name, although most know me as ‘cleo’). And where better to start this blog than from here in Bangkok- at a distance.

I have finally stopped being lazy and have (hopefully) got my act together. As a person I feel like I sometimes change my mind about things quickly, things that fascinate and occupy me sometimes don’t do so for long, I’m praying that this won’t be one of those cases. (But I’m not completely oblivious to self discipline too  :P)

The thing that I possibly struggle with most in life is how I change my mind so quickly. I sometimes wish I could stick to one feeling for more than 5 minutes. Content sounds like a boring word but it possibly leads to a healthy level of peace within which I have come to admire in a sense…

I read somewhere that being a Sagittarian I possibly struggle with a sense of ‘self restlessness’; maybe that is what it comes down too in the end. 

If you ever have any constructive criticism, don’t hesitate to let me know.

X Cleopatra

The beginning.

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Life is wonderfully strange. Things happen, people change, ideas form. If there is one thing I’ve realized is that you can see everything- your life, you’re world- so much more clearly from a distance. 


I first started writing a blog (mainly fashion but also life) in 2010, my first year of university where I felt I needed something more in my life. I was struggling with slight demotivation (maybe simply boredom- I’m still am not one hundred percent sure). Since then I feel like I’ve changed my ideas, style and even interests in one way or another which put me off writing as my blog was something like an outdated diary. Hence ‘Cleopatra’ the blog has formed (Cleopatra is my full name, although most know me as ‘cleo’). And where better to start this blog than from here in Bangkok- at a distance.

I have finally stopped being lazy and have (hopefully) got my act together. As a person I feel like I sometimes change my mind about things quickly, things that fascinate and occupy me sometimes don’t do so for long, I’m praying that this won’t be one of those cases. (But I’m not completely oblivious to self discipline too  :P)

The thing that I possibly struggle with most in life is how I change my mind so quickly. I sometimes wish I could stick to one feeling for more than 5 minutes. Content sounds like a boring word but it possibly leads to a healthy level of peace within which I have come to admire in a sense…

I read somewhere that being a Sagittarian I possibly struggle with a sense of ‘self restlessness’; maybe that is what it comes down too in the end. 

If you ever have any constructive criticism, don’t hesitate to let me know.

X Cleopatra