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Bangkok – a short while ago I visited the capital of Thailand, and let the city envelop me. It was my second tome in Bangkok, and the place once again captivated me. Bangkok is no usual city. Its culture is unique, the people friendly, and its history varied and highly interesting. It is unlike any other Asian city, and a haven of well-being for travellers. For the case that you have the city on your radar, which you should, I compiled a list of ten recommendations of things you definitely need to see/do/experience while there.
 
Come with me on my journey, and let me share the most exciting locations and most beautiful moments with you. You’ll see Bangkok through my eyes, or maybe I should say sunglasses. This post was made possible by cooperation with Mister Spex, so I show you a pair of matching shades for every location. Let’s face it, what’s a vacation without sunglasses? Exactly.
Hopefully this text will inspire you to check out Bangkok for yourself.
Have fun reading!

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sunnies: Jimmy Choo
dress: Mango
bag: Longchamp
sandals: Jacquemus

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Bangkok | Fashion | Street Style | Tipps | Recommendation | Travel | Holidays | Thailand | Trip | Blogger

Visit Temples

I recommend you visit at least one temple while in Thailand. Many of them are incredibly beautiful and well worth a trip. My personal highlight was Wat Arun, which is located right at the water. So impressive, and much fewer tourists there than in other places. Grand Palace is also amazingly pretty and huge, but it’s bursting at the seams with tourists, which made the experience less enjoyable for me.

Bangkok | Fashion | Street Style | Tipps | Recommendation | Travel | Holidays | Thailand | Trip | Blogger

Bangkok | Fashion | Street Style | Tipps | Recommendation | Travel | Holidays | Thailand | Trip | Blogger

sunnies: Ray-Ban
skirt: Longchamp
bag: Miu Miu

Street Food

Bangkok is famous for super tasty street food! And I’m a good customer, I guess: Thai cuisine is among my favs! I love how fresh it tastes. Fruit are particularly tasty here. While there is a certain risk to upset one’s stomach, I ate quite a lot of street food and had no problems whatsoever. You simply have to try the Pad Thai and coconut pancakes there!

Bangkok | Fashion | Street Style | Tipps | Recommendation | Travel | Holidays | Thailand | Trip | Blogger

sunnies: Carrera
hat: Missoni
bikini: Calvin Klein

Pool Party
The pool parties in Bangkok are legendary! So many hotels have pools, and the locals really know how to party, so… a perfect setup! As it happened, the most amazing pool party in town was hosted by our hotel (SO Sofitel) during the Songkran Festival while we were there, so we found ourselves right in the middle of the action. Lucky us! Pool parties are such great fun. Also, there’s the advantage that you can always take a dip when it gets too hot. A perfect concept, don’t you think?

Bangkok | Fashion | Street Style | Tipps | Recommendation | Travel | Holidays | Thailand | Trip | Blogger

Bangkok | Fashion | Street Style | Tipps | Recommendation | Travel | Holidays | Thailand | Trip | Blogger

Bangkok | Fashion | Street Style | Tipps | Recommendation | Travel | Holidays | Thailand | Trip | Blogger

Bangkok | Fashion | Street Style | Tipps | Recommendation | Travel | Holidays | Thailand | Trip | Blogger

Bangkok | Fashion | Street Style | Tipps | Recommendation | Travel | Holidays | Thailand | Trip | Blogger

Take a TukTuk
We were cruising around on tuk tuks all the time, and it was always an excellent choice. One of the drivers assumed the role of our tourist guide and showed us the prettiest corners. He even talked some locals into letting us sample food for free. Other drivers we had were racing like madmen, with us bouncing up and down in the back. Pure adrenaline in the busy city traffic. Tuk tuks are a good bit more expensive than taxis, but just so much more fun. It would really be a shame to miss out on the experience. It’s like riding a rollercoaster through the city. Highly recommended, especially at night!

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Bangkok | Fashion | Street Style | Tipps | Recommendation | Travel | Holidays | Thailand | Trip | Blogger

Bangkok | Fashion | Street Style | Tipps | Recommendation | Travel | Holidays | Thailand | Trip | Blogger

sunnies: Carrera
skirt: Levi’s
shirt: Won hundred
bag: Prada
boots: Dr. Martens

Airplane Graveyard
One of my personal highlights was the so-called airplane cemetery, which is located at the edge of town, still surrounded by skyscrapers though. A bunch of disused planes and plane parts are rusting away on that empty plot of land, and you can actually step into the fuselages. This would be unthinkable in Germany. The safety risk would be considered way too big here, and the authorities would forbid entering to prevent visitors hurting themselves. Not in Thailand though. I was happy to check out the planes from the inside and the outside. Some of them really look like they were shot down and just left there. There’s an entrance fee of 200 baht (about 5 euros) per person, and the entrance itself is rather inconspicuous. In fact, it’s so difficult to see that even many local taxi drivers don’t know the place. The whole setup is still a real insider’s tip.
 
Pro tip: the best way to get there is by taxi, and I recommend you pay the driver to wait for you for half an hour. Getting back is quite tricky otherwise, and the 400-500 baht it would cost you to have the taxi waiting for you are well invested.

Bangkok | Fashion | Street Style | Tipps | Recommendation | Travel | Holidays | Thailand | Trip | Blogger

Bangkok | Fashion | Street Style | Tipps | Recommendation | Travel | Holidays | Thailand | Trip | Blogger

sunnies: Carrera
bikini: Calvin Klein

Massage
What would a trip to Thailand be without visiting a massage studio? Exactly. Few things are more relaxing than getting a good massage, so make sure to get one while there. There are good studios everywhere in Bangkok, and a massage or reflexology session can do wonders.

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Bangkok | Fashion | Street Style | Tipps | Recommendation | Travel | Holidays | Thailand | Trip | Blogger

Lumphini Park
We were incredibly lucky to have our hotel super close to Lumphini Park, one of the most beautiful parks in all of Bangkok. A real oasis in the heart of town. It’s perfect for romantic breaks at the lake, wonderful boat trips in one of the kitschy swan boats or also to go for a run. It’s also great fun to take a stroll in the morning, when locals are seen everywhere doing Thai Chi there. There’s also a fitness path of sorts, where you can work out. But above of all, I found the place to be a haven of peace, my go-to place whenever I felt like taking a break from the noise of this big and bustling city.

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Bangkok | Fashion | Street Style | Tipps | Recommendation | Travel | Holidays | Thailand | Trip | Blogger

Chatuchak Markt
There’s a lot to discover on the markets of Bangkok, and Chatuchak is definitely among the most exciting ones! It’s located little bit outside on a large area, and you’ll find everything there, from garments to bric-a-brac to food. If it’s not sold here, it pretty much doesn’t exist. It’s great fun walking past the myriad stalls, just exploring casually. I was particularly fond of the ceramic items and tea I found there, and returned with filled bags.
 
Pro tip: locals usually bargain only for items where no prize is indicated. If you see a prize tag, haggling is not really appropriate.

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sunnies: Jimmy Choo
dress: Mango
bag: Miu Miu
shoes: Vagabond

Lokal Designer Shopping
Talking about shopping! Thailand is home to a number of awesome designers, with lines ranging from Japanese street style (kind of) to luxurious evening dresses. Apart from the many stalls all over town, I found the first floor of Siam Centre to be a particularly rich hunting ground. Plenty of pop-up spaces there, where a great number of designers show their work and offer their special pieces at European price points (with quality to show for). I loved labels like Vela De and Matter Makers!

Bangkok | Fashion | Street Style | Tipps | Recommendation | Travel | Holidays | Thailand | Trip | Blogger

Bangkok | Fashion | Street Style | Tipps | Recommendation | Travel | Holidays | Thailand | Trip | Blogger

Bangkok | Fashion | Street Style | Tipps | Recommendation | Travel | Holidays | Thailand | Trip | Blogger

Bangkok | Fashion | Street Style | Tipps | Recommendation | Travel | Holidays | Thailand | Trip | Blogger

Bangkok | Fashion | Street Style | Tipps | Recommendation | Travel | Holidays | Thailand | Trip | Blogger

Rooftop Bar!
Every cocktail tastes better with a view. That’s a rule I live by, making me a frequent visitor of rooftop bars. Luckily, there are quite a few in Bangkok. I can only recommend that you check one or two of them out. Hotels are a good starting point, many boast rooftop bars.
 
I had very fond memories of Above 11 from my last trip to Bangkok, and was looking forward to paying the place another visit. I’m happy to confirm that the Portobello Mushrooms still taste amazing!! Not to mention the 360° view of the city, which infuses the experience with just the right amount of edge. Another cool place is the Sala, which is not as high up, but right at the waterfront. Highly recommended!

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sunnies: Carrera
shirt: Matter Makers

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So, girls, is your figure ready for the summer and bikinis?

I can finally answer this question with YES this year!
 
If you’ve followed me for a while you probably noticed some changes over time. A lot has changed for me over the past year. Not only in terms of personal development, also physically. And I have regular exercise to thank for that. Last year I committed to HIIT training, and now I feel better than I ever have in my life. And it is visible and noticeable. It’s not even primarily about the fact that I lost quite a bit of weight, I just feel more at home in my body in general. I am more flexible, more mobile, and yes, I think I look better.
 
A new attitude towards life has taken hold of me completely.
And I love it.

This body is earned. Not given.

Whereas I used to be rather judgmental with myself, and highly critical towards my own body, which also meant that I complained a lot, my relationship to my body has changed entirely. I really like my body now. And the more I move it, the more I like it. I really like the fact that a well trained body shows the muscles. It’s a different look to being ‘merely’ skinny. The muscles are better defined and sculpt the body, signaling that this body is in use. But did you know that there are different kinds of muscles?

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And if you’re thinking about styling up your exercise experience, Peek & Cloppenburg recently opened a new POP area dedicated to real movement and athleisure. The Pop(-up) areas, which you find in all of the Weltstadt-houses in Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt am Main and Vienna are filled with new lines and collections by different labels every 6 weeks. On my pictures I’m wearing the KORAL active wear label from London, which I only just discovered. They make extremely cool and edgy sports-wear. No frills, the word is extra sleek.
 
The pop-up areas are like little self-contained universes with well curated selections of LNDR, S’Well, Happy Plugs, Puma, Landré, Taschen and Grace Flowerbox garments and accessories. That’s what I call motivating. The best thing about the athleisure trend is how wearable and comfortable the garments are in everyday life. In other words, whenever your lazy side wins you still won’t have to feel too bad.

There are ‘long’ muscles, which optically stretch the body, and ‘short’ muscles, which appear broader. I prefer the former over the latter, even though – or maybe because – I have the feeling that my body is somewhat predisposed towards building the second kind more quickly. Short muscle mass is prevalent in body building, and it really makes you look packed. Long, slender muscles, on the other hand, appear more defined and make you look trained and slim.
 
So, how to build those ‘long’ muscles?
 
First you need to be aware that everyone of us has a different amount of muscle fibres. Some of us a naturally predisposed towards strengths, others more towards stamina. But apart from genetics, it also makes a difference how you train.

Building those coveted slender muscles requires perseverance, above all. You have to play the long game here, short spikes in activity won’t help, as these particular muscles are built through consistent and regular training. That’s one of the reasons why I’m such a fan of the HIIT training method, enough so to have worked out consistently for 3 days a week for a prolonged period by now.
 
The HIIT training combines endurance workout with intense muscle building exercises. I have tried a wide range of exercises over the past year and half, and one stood out as particularly challenging throughout: Burpees – the basis of every HIIT training, and the exercise I love to hate.
 
Burpees involve the whole body, really challenging your organism in its entirety. They essentially consist of a combination of squats, jumps and push-ups. But burpees have another advantage: they are modifiable, allowing you to target specific areas even more intensively. I though I’d share some recommendations for your (and my) next workout here, so, let’s take a look.

Burpees

Stomach
Reverse Burpees
In this exercise you do kind of a backwards roll and then jump. It’s important to use the momentum of the roll from the stomach area to get up. If you do it right, you won’t have to use your hands and land on your feet.

Burpees with Snap Jumps
In this variation you jump to the back twice instead of once.

ARMS
Burpees with Push Ups
In this exercise, you add a full push up after every Burpee.

Burpees with Lay down
This one is similar to the push-up variation, with the difference that you go down all the way to the ground, flat on your stomach, and then you stretch the arms all the way out before pushing yourself up again.

LEGS
Burpees mit High Jumps
The objective of this exercise is to jump as high as you can with your legs.

Burpees with Double Jumps
This is a variation of the exercise above, in which you jump twice instead of once.

 

 

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…and am bound for my summer holidays!

I can’t wait: beaches, the sea, and white architecture everywhere. You probably guessed it:
I’m heading to Greece!
 
At good last I will get my chance to get tanned. I started packing pretty early to make sure I won’t have
to find out later that I forgot something crucial. So I figured, why not share my private list of items that are essential for a summer holiday?

in collaboration with SAKS OFF 5TH

Fashion

Oufits probably present the biggest challenge when packing for holidays. What to wear once you arrived at your destination? In holiday settings I am a big fan of readily combinable garments. Rather than planning my outfits (this on Monday, that on Tuesday,…) I try to pack garments that all go well with each other. That usually means I avoid too many patterns and extravagant colors. Combination garments like shorts, skirts or jackets should be chosen carefully, whereas you can really go wild with dresses. Materials play a big role, too: linen is very permeable to air and dries quickly, with the flip-side that it creases up easily as well. Silk feels light and wonderful on the skin, but can be tricky to take care of (still my favorite choice, though). Cotton and rayon are ideal as they are low maintenance and natural.
Avoid polyester, nylon and acrylic, as those textiles are quite sticky in the sun and will lead to sweat patches.
 
I also tend to play it safe when it comes to shoes: better to take shoes that are already comfortably walked in than buying a pair specifically for the holidays. By the way, I usually pack a pair of fancier shoes as well – you never know if you’re going to need them, after all.
 
Tip: make sure to always pack a sweater. Better to be prepared than freezing at night!

Many of the garments I’ll take with me I bought just recently at SAKS OFF 5TH. The outlet originated as an offshoot of the Saks designer store on 5th Avenue in New York, which offers some of the most amazing designer pieces. Buyers from all over the world are flocking to the store, which is a real staple on the fashion landscape of the Big Apple.
 
SAKS OFF 5TH is the premium outlet concept by Saks, right in the heart of town, offering high-end brands (like Fendi, Versace, Valentino, Jil Sander, etc.) with discounts of up to 60%. And about a year ago, Saks opened its first branch in Germany!
From my own experience I can tell you that you get great bargains at SAKS OFF 5TH without any cutbacks in quality. And they really offer discounts of up to 60%. But the best thing about SAKS OFF 5TH is: there’s no digging into bargain bins, and the stores don’t appear like outlet centers at all. Everything is perfectly arranged and presented. You find loads of popular labels and brands, and it’s easy to find your way around. Apart from fashion and accessories, SAKS OFF 5TH also offers sports wear, shoes, interior products and all the assorted bric-a-brac and nifty presents your heart desires. The best way to stay informed about specials and promo offers is to sign up for their newsletter.

Shorts (2)
Tops (7)
Skirt (1)
Sweater (2)
Jacket (1)
Dresses or jumpsuits (2-3)
Bikini or bathing suit (2-3)
Shoes (sandals, sturdy shoes, high shoes)
Socks (6)
Underwear (8)
Stain remover
Sunglasses (3)
Bags (a big one, a classy one, and an allrounder)
Belt
Jewelry
Hat (straw hat, cap, sunshade)

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Beauty

I don’t really need my full set of cosmetics when I’m on holidays. I tend to use less foundation, and find myself reaching for concealers and bronzers more often. Products that smear easily are better left at home. Instead I take water-resistant products, which is especially important for the mascara. I take the choice of sun screen seriously. Sun screen is important for the body as well as the face, and there are countless moisturizing products with high protection factor out there. By now there are also special products that protect your hair from the sun. From my own experience I can tell you that it’s worth looking into those if you have dyed hair.
 
Tip: Since I prefer doing my make-up in daylight, and knowing that there never tend to be enough mirrors in hotel rooms, I usually take a pocket make-up mirror with me, which I can place in my hotel room wherever the light is best.
 
If you use contact lenses: I would always recommend taking an extra pair of contact lenses. You never know how easy it is to buy lenses in your destination country (often you only get them with a prescription), so if a lense gets damaged somehow you’re prepared :)
 
Tip: instead of buying mini bottles of shampoo and all the other products I plan to take, I have little bottles that I simply fill with shower gel, shampoo, etc. myself!

Tinted moisturizer with SPF
Concealer
Rouge
Bronzer
Eye shadow (water-resistant)
Kajal (water-resistant)
Mascara (water-resistant)
Eyebrow-kit
Lipsticks (kiss-proof and water-resistant)
Tweezers
Mirror
Face wash
Face lotion
Deodorant
Tampons
Facial care for day and night
Cotton pads
Tooth brush & tooth paste
Shampoo & conditioner
Hair straightener
Hair bands
Dry wax
Sun screen
After-sun
Sun screen for the hair
Contact lenses and + liquid
Brush

 

Others

Now comes the part where we should all focus. These are the items that we often forget. At least that’s true for me!
I cannot count the times I have forgotten to pack specific charging cables, important accessories or charging plugs! Sometimes I even pack a multi-plug, as I usually run out of sockets in my hotel rooms. So, the following list is a like a checklist of things I tend to forget most easily. I can tell you from dire experience that it is a really good idea to have a second wallet with only the most essential cards and ID in it. If you’re unlucky enough to fall prey to a pick-pocket you will at least have a bank card and passport in the hotel room. That already saved me once!
 
Another tip: instead of lugging around heavy books on your holidays, I save space (and avoid weight!) by downloading books, either as audiobooks (which have the added benefit that you can close your eyes and relax while listening) or as a downloadable app. One way or another, lugging books around is really not necessary in this day and age, and you can save a lot of space.
 
You can then use that space for sports wear, inflatable pool animal sand stuff like that, which also means you won’t be able to make excuses if the hotel has a gym!

Special tip: I’ a huge fan of my instant camera, and can only warmly recommend you don’t only take digital photos but also capture some moments on film. It makes a difference whether you can hold your most beautiful memories in your hands or whether they get slowly forgotten on some memory card.

Laptop & charging cable
External cell phone charger (don’t forget the cable!)
Universal adaptor plug
Headphones
Collection of audiobooks
Second wallet
Little bag to keep bills and small parts safe
Sports wear (2 sets & shoes)
Travel pharmacy
Mosquito repellent
Camera + charger + memory cards
Instant camera + films
Bathing towel
Inflatable pool animals :)
 
Last, but not least:
smartphone
Keys
and wallet!

Happy packing!

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Masha Sedgwick ist ein persönlicher Fashion und Style Blog aus Berlin. Neben Mode schreibt die Fashionbloggerin auch häufig über Themegebiete rund um Beauty, Lifestyle und Reisen und gibt wertvolle Tipps, ob zum perfekten Make up, der täglichen Haarpflege, dem besten Hotel oder für den schönsten Städtetrip überall auf der Welt. Der Blog existiert bereits seit 2010 und dank der anspruchsvollen Bilder und persönlichen Texten gehört Masha Sedgwick mittlerweile zu den erfolgreichsten und reichweitestärksten Modeblogs in Deutschland, hat es auch zu internationaler Bekanntheit erreicht und wird regelmäßig im Print und Fernsehen gefeatured.

Masha Sedgwick is a personal fashion and style blog from Berlin. Besides fashion she also writes about beauty, lifestyle and travel and gives valuable tips, whether it's the perfect makeup, daily hair care or the best hotel. Masha Sedgwick runs her blog since 2010 and thanks to its high quality in text and image the blog Masha Sedgwick is now one of the most successful fashion blogs in Germany.

Маша Седжвик – автор личного блога, посвященного моде и стилю. В центре ее внимания не только модная одежда – она часто пишет на темы, связанные с красотой, образом жизни и путешествиями, освещает модные тенденции, а также дает ценные советы – например, как сделать идеальный макияж, как правильно ухаживать за волосами, как выбрать отель или куда поехать в отпуск. Блог Маши Седжвик существует с 2010 года. Благодаря интересным текстам и качественным фотографиям он стал одним из самых успешных блогов о моде в Германии и постепенно приобретает популярность за ее пределами.

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