I sat down with the Vogue Australia team to talk about what inspires my work, and what I look for when I travel.
Pictured clockwise from the top left / Maison Balzac x 2 by Lyn and Tony ‘Strangeness’ candle / OG Thai Matches / A Land Store Fish Masking Tape / Horse Brand Stamp Pad / Label Maker / Used Paint Dish / Coloured Ball-Point Pens / Mono Workwear Issue / 2 by Lyn and Tony Neck… Read More
The reason why I cook is to see other people happy. If I have to cook for myself, I don’t really enjoy the process… That’s why I always have a jar of fresh pesto in the fridge for many of those loner nights in front of my computer with a bowl of pasta by my… Read More
Rewind a few days back to when I was in Sydney, visiting the Chappelli Cycles studio to see what newness they had going down. Founder Pablo Chappelli showed me his vintage 70s Cinelli track seat and Campagnolo disc wheel, while this vintage loving gal (who doesn’t necessarily know too much about bikes) grew curious about the art… Read More
This week Ponytail pal Liza Corsillo did a wonderful write up and interview of me for GQ magazine, states-side. What a head floater THAT was. It’s always pinch-worthy to think about who I am, and what I’m doing with my life. To be honest I would never have dreamt that I’d be making a living out of… Read More
My last few weeks have been really focused on looking at garments in their bare bones. Like most good things, composition has a huge influence on the overall goodness. Like how corn-starched gravy can never fool for a well reduced jus, fabricating a basic tee out of poor materials has the same effect on me. Its colour won’t sing as… Read More
The famed Inspiration show in Los Angeles dawned upon us for another year earlier this month. For those not familiar, it is a trade show/gathering/culture jam organised by Rin Tanaka who has penned some of the most comprehensive books on vintage clothing under his books My Freedamn. For two days every February some of the worlds most… Read More
When I think of romance, I think of soulful music. Here’s the latest mixtape that has all the aphrodisiac flavours of love tossed into an audio salad. Valentine’s day is just around the corner so for all you lovebirds, happy smooching from Ponytail Journal. Meow. The Lovers’ Slowdance Mixtape by Lauren Yates on Mixcloud
Ponytail Journal presents, ‘The Explorer’s Mix-tape’, a delicious smorgasbord of treats for the ears. From rare Burmese finds, to Japanese bossa, and some dirty sounds of classic American rockabilly, this is sure to set you on your way for the funnest life possible. Listen to it on your travels, or while you’re daydreaming at the… Read More
We human beings are never too young or too old to make faces out of stuff. I’ve always found myself seeing faces in everyday objects and everyday scenes like the headlights of a car as eyes or in surprised looks in public toilets (I always find Jeeps to be super happy cars). Since I was… Read More
A few weeks back I took team Weekend Weekly magazine around my hangouts in Bangkok. This is how it went down, and out popped a PTJ guide to Bangkok! Hope it’s fun for your eyeballs, I sure had a blast eating my way through it. Thank you Gloria Chung for writing the story and putting… Read More
Shot on a Fuji X10 at Pala-U Waterfall, Kankrachan National Park, Thailand / Featuring Rachel + Lauren on the adventure /
Photo essay shot by Ponytail Journal & Face Hunter / Myanmar. HAND PAINTED / THAT JUMPER / THATCHING / OPEN AIR MARKET BARBER / VIBRANT HILL TRIBE HEADWEAR / THIS GUY. IN LONGYI / THESE CAN ALSO BE WORN AS BACKPACK OR ON THE HEAD / NEW / OLD / FISH ON / THAT HAT… Read More
This past week I was travelling around Myanmar, looking at the wonderful style that locals wear without care, and feasting on some of the tastiest curries in the world. Up in the mountain region of Inle, I went to many textile factories and silversmiths to see how things were done, and I can honestly say… Read More
Fuji x10 / Pescara Lungomare, Italy / Shot by Ponytail Journal. SHE WEARS / Oxford University tee / Fairends baseball cap / Karen Walker glasses / Chimala chinos / Saucony sneakers / Petit Bateau long sleeved tee / Sheepskin lined gilet in yellow / HE WEARS / Lacoste sweat / Vintage waxed cotton Polo Sport jacket / Ray-Ban Clubmasters… Read More
The Gore. / 190 Queen’s Gate, Kensington, London / Shot on location with a Fuji X10 /
One day in London? Here’s a walking tour of W’Menswear goodness, but don’t expect to see any Beefeaters! Here are some of my favourite stores and spots in the Covent Garden area of London. You can follow this quick guide (in order) to see what it’s all about around town, then you might like to… Read More
This house built in 1632, is in the heart of Amsterdam, 9 Streets / Shot with a Fuji x10 / Live in this space here via airbnb /
I’ve always had a fascination with natural dyeing processes, and it seems to be getting more and more popular which makes me really happy. This DIY session goes perfectly with the Cross Flea Market this Thursday & Friday in Bangkok, where I’ll be selling PTJ hand-dyed bandanas and pocket squares. Because I’m just that kinda… Read More
I lived in Singapore for a while, back when I was a little thinner and living the life of a model on the road. Little India seemed to be my happy place, maybe because it radiated warmth and friendliness. It’s also wonderfully colourful and full of interesting things that I don’t usually come by like… Read More
I always try my best to drop a line in the water if I can. I must have been a fish in a past life because overfishing is something I feel really strongly about, so I try to do my little bit by only eating sustainable seafood. This sucks when you live in Asia, where wild… Read More
A lot of you have been curiously asking about the songs that I use for my Tastiest Life Possible videos, as well as my travel videos on the PTJ Instagram. So, I’ve made a little mix tape for you to download and play as a summery soundtrack for your own [fun] lives. Inspired by my road… Read More
One of my favourite things to do on the weekend when in France is to go digging for goodness at flea markets. Even better, is when it’s summer time, and you’re in a small country town near the coast. This is where you’ll find really cheap goodies like hand painted ceramic oyster plates, home made… Read More
Moving on from a very interesting wedding date in Lille, we pack the car and head South West to Le Havre. Because it’s not too far away, we decide to take the smaller roads through the quaint country towns to avoid the monotonous landscape of the highway, and being a little treasure hunter at heart,… Read More
This weekend I threw together a little Ponytail Journal ‘Goodness Pop-Up’ stand at Made By Legacy flea market, my favourite bi-annual flea in Bangkok. The star of the show was my Goodness Sandwich, something that I thought was an appropriate candidate to represent Ponytail Journal in food form because it is an incarnation of ‘East-meets-West’, while referencing… Read More
I will start by painting you a picture of when I wrote this. I’m in Delhi, waiting for my flight to Bangkok. It’s 9 something in the morning and I’ve just spent the past 7 hours on a red-eye from Paris. I have a few options: A) Circle the stores in the departures area over and… Read More
This month I feature in Nylon Thailand‘s IT-GIRL issue, one that focuses on women who they see as a whole bunch of awesome. Of course I am super honoured to be one of these special people, and at times find it hard to believe that anyone could call this dorky gal any kind of cool. Thank you… Read More
Im a sucker for flea markets. I really think I was a hoarder in a past life, because my eyes light up when I see nice old things. Some people can’t stand the thought of buying something that has been used, worn, or just been sitting in a warehouse for decades on end, but the sound of… Read More
I was recently asked by a friend to recommend things to do in Sydney so I’ve taken the opportunity to do some flash-backs on some good moments down under. When I’m in town, no matter what season, you’ll probably find me fishing, surfing, bush walking, or eating some of the incredible food that Australia has to… Read More
In Bangkok we ate Hawaiian panu-k-ki, In Tokyo we were showered in Freshness burger, In Bangkok we dug for unwanted treasure, In Tokyo we stalked the streets like cats from Cheshire. Shot on a Canon Novacam / Expired Kodak Gold 35mm film / With Ponytail Journal / Onra / Jeedo X (Waajeed) / Shot in Shibuya, Tokyo / Chidlom… Read More
It wasn’t until I moved away from Sydney until I realised how much I took it for granted. What an incredible lifestyle the coastal one is. To be soaking up super clean, super fresh air day-in-day-out, to have a sky that is bluer than a brand new swimming pool, and to be surrounded by an… Read More
One thing that always stays pressed into my mind when I leave Seoul is that there are some really passionate people about. No matter what they are into, no matter how obscure or underground it may be, I see people embracing things to the n’th degree. I respect that. I respect people who explore things… Read More
Welcome to the mother ship. I will take you on a little tour of my favourite things in my favourite everything-in-one store that is Tokyu Hands. All function (well almost, depending if you consider plastic food eyes functional) and everything that you need for the funnest life possible. Tokyu Hands, Shibuya.
I present to you my personal packing tips on Conde Nast Traveller. You can also have a look at the Conde Nast Pinterest for some tropical-travel-spiration. Otherwise, keep up-to-date with all my latest adventuring on the PTJ Instagram or PTJ Twitter pages (@ponytailjournal). Sunny season, bring it!
Woolrich Beanie / Armada Cantika Skis / Tecnica Ski Boots / Columbia Titanium Japan-Only Jacket / Moss 3/4 Sweat Pants / Uniqlo Leggings / Happysocks / Timberland Boots / Kathmandu Backpack / Uniqlo Sweat Pants / Happysocks / Army Surplus Sweat Shirt / Fuji Apple Tecnica Ski Boots / Swany Gloves / Battery Operated Boot… Read More
Tokyu Hands: My happy place. Hands have been setting up pop-up stores across the country that sell nicknacks and location-appropriate wares of all sorts. All sorts seems to be a perfect word to describe them. In true Japanese form, the Hands buyers have taken into consideration every need and want that an unexacting passer-by could… Read More
Travelling A Winter Landscape / Fluffy White Stuff / Moss & Lichens / Local Honey / BBQ / Yotsuba Butter / And Potato Like You’ve Never Had It Before / Welcome To Hokkaido.
I think in a past life I must have been a Beagle. My love for sniffing out treasure has been with me since I can remember, and usually my nose leads me to goodness (or somewhere nearby, and that’s where the hunting begins!) To me, a trip somewhere is not right until I can experience… Read More
Istanbul seems like heaven for people who have a fetish for textures. I admire the detailed workmanship of all the textiles and ceramics I came across, as well as the dedication that store owners had to knowing all about the origins of their wares. I value this kind of tracing back. Cheers to being passionate.
There is an uncomfortable sense of unrest in Thailand at the moment. I won’t go through the current political situation with you because I’m sure you’ve all been bombarded with the story, however you get your news. What I want to talk about is how my eyes have been opened to the amazing power that… Read More
Here’s another wonderful part of the world that is it’s own bubble of goodness, contained by its luxurious remoteness. Wonka Old Bangkok. A boutique inn, brunch joint, bar, and hangout filled with the trinkets and wares of a passionate antiques collector. This space has a refreshing sense of calm that doesn’t really come to mind… Read More
1. Respect life by giving it your everything. Recently I’ve experienced the fragility of life. It comes and goes so suddenly, sometimes without warning. So why not experience as much of this Universe as you can. It’s pretty great. 2. Tell people what you think, don’t hold it in. Communication is an amazing thing. We… Read More
My favourite time of the year. My favourite place. And everything is covered in snow… This is how we do in the mountains: PTJ SKI STYLE! Editorial shot in Hakuba Ski Resort, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Outfit Notes: Helmet / Giro Goggles / Scott Jacket / Columbia Japan Only Titanium Outer Shell Polar… Read More
My blood-curdling Halloween mix to help you get into the SCARY spirit… Trick, or treat?
We surf everyday, we fish for dinner, we make stew on the campfire. Pure and simple. So much fun. I hope things never change. Shot on a vintage Konika POP with Fuji Neopan 400 black and white film.
What a wonderful thing when the big guys give the little guys a pat on the back. Today on Mr Porter Journal, Ponytail Journal is listed in their top ten favourite instagram accounts worldwide. I e-rub shoulders with some of my favie-faves like Theron Humphrey (Maddie On Things), Michael Williams (A Continuous Lean), and Baixiang… Read More
These are a handful of my favourite women in music. They are allllllll woman… and you would never want to mess with them.
People always come up to me and tell me they ‘saw my mum in Chefs’ Warehouse the other day’. It happens often. I suppose she is the reason I also frequent the culinary-supplies-wonderland whenever I am in town, not necessarily because I need anything, but plainly because I enjoy the art of browsing – especially… Read More
I love textured things, I think homes that have lots of touchy feel-y things seem so much more homely. Koskela have lots of touchy feelies! They should make a touchy feel-y picture book… Koskela 85 Dunning Ave, Roseberry, NSW, Australia
I was recently asked to do a little interview for the Organic Food Markets because of my post on obsessive bacon & egg rolls at Orange Grove markets, so I decided to talk about food, life and goodness. I found it a challenge to define my philosophies on these three ideas and put them to… Read More
Here’s my entry to the Good Food Month’s annual competition, ‘Shoot the Chef’. Inspired by one of my favourite cookbooks, the original ‘Betty Crocker’s Picture Cookbook’, I decided to take a self-portrait in honour of Betty Crocker herself. Not to get too technical, I delved head first into the realm of film and analogue photography… Read More
Fishing, lamb roasts, hearty breakfasts, toes going numb in the surf, laksa at Toh’s, Sunday roasts, sea urchin, gelato, and adventures in the bush.
I love eating Luderick, they are fun to catch on foraged bait and I really enjoy their mineral-y taste (they’re vegetarians). Sometimes called black fish (fishermen are reaaaal creative with naming things), these guys live amongst rocks and wharfs and their favourite food is seaweed. The other afternoon I set out to catch one for… Read More
This past weekend I went on a fishing and surfing trip to sunny Crescent Head on the east coast of Australia. My friends and I have always made a once-a-year pilgrimage to get our fix of pealing waves, seafood, and the famous pies at Barnett’s Bakery in town. For the longest time I have wanted… Read More
So I’m back in Sydney at the moment and so excited about the fish! I hadn’t eaten fish since the last time I went fishing (6 months ago) because in Bangkok it’s really difficult to get sustainably caught seafood. Because fish is one of my favourite things to eat, angling was on the top of… Read More
Did I ever mention that I love timber? In Thailand, there seems to be an abundance of recycled timber. So it makes me very happy when I see these very beautiful, big ol’ pieces being put to good use like at If I were a carpenter. What a lovely ring the name has too! Im not… Read More
When I find something good, I tell people about it because I want everybody to enjoy life’s wonderful things. I definitely don’t claim to have discovered this hidden gemstone all on my own… In fact, I read about Wooden Submarine in Monocle Magazine and, of course, saddled up for exploration before I had finished the… Read More
Last week I was in Hong Kong for a night. Having not much time at all, I decided to visit a few of my favourite stores (i even managed to squeeze a bite to eat in between!) Hong Kong has everything and anything you could possibly want. In fact, this is what makes life difficult… Read More
I was in Seoul a little while back. It’s a pretty happening place that has so much on offer, especially in food and fashion. During my short (and sweet) stay, I came across some things that I would love to share… One of my favourite local brands ‘Timosi‘. I was drawn to this store in… Read More