Ponytail Journal

NOWNESS SMELLS LIKE SWEET, SWEET GOODNESS.
For almost all of us, being present is one of life's great challenges. Today Lauren tries to compartmentalise our demons of the past and future, so to catch the sweet smell of nowness at its freshest moment.... Read More
GET DOWN AND HIDE! YOUR FORRAY INTO LEATHERWORK WITH JON
We have invited leathersmith Jonatan Staniec to be resident here at Ponytail Journal to share his rich knowledge and elegant craft with us. He opens scene with a spread of tools and poof ! A very personal card wallet springs from blood, sweat, and great energy... Read More
USEFULNESS FOR THE INTERNET / HOW TO COMPOST
We are kicking off the new year with our kick-start guide to composting, the most rewarding thing you can set up for your home.... Read More
HOW TO CREATE THE ZENNEST WORKSPACE POSSIBLE / VOGUE
Lauren sheds light on some very sensible life hacks for creating the zennest home studio. If you work from home, you will understand the difficulty in separating your work life from home life. Drawing a clear line between the two can make your work hours far more productive, and at the same time, the rest of your day much more peaceful. After all, the two need to be in perfect balance so that you can recharge your mind in your time off to be as productive as possible at work. Make sense?... Read More
THE PONYTAILER’S GUIDE TO BUILDING A BED, FAST. (FROM PALLETS).
When shopping around for the best possible night's sleep, there is one thing you CAN save on, and that's your bed base, because you can always build your own cool up-cycled one from used pallets. Presenting our tried and tested blueprint for people who want to get thrifty with timber and metal.... Read More
LIVING THE FUNNEST LIFE POSSIBLE… IN BUSINESS?
This month as part of a 'She means Business' series by Facebook, Lauren shared her experience in establishing this space with the internet world. ... Read More
LESS IS MORE / WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU SWAP FOR PILATES
Perhaps this is a cue to reconsider how we approach routines we attach ourselves to in life? Lauren played Pilates test dummy at the Body Arts and Science International clinic in Tokyo.... Read More
BUSINESS. [ CONNECTING FOUNDERS ON LADY POWER SOUP ]
Connecting Founders, a platform supporting women entrepreneurs in Asia, panned the spotlight onto Ponytail Journal this week. Lauren shared her story, inspiration, and aspiration with them as we move forward into better business practice for the future. This is her advice for anyone who is thinking about starting up [ much business ]... Read More
6 THINGS ABOUT A STRONG FIRST IMPRESSION / PTJ X GQ
For this weeks PTJ instalment for GQ Thailand, we go through some important bullet points for making that first impression count, whether that be for work, play, or romancing.... Read More
8 TIPS FOR THE DREADED FIRST DATE / PTJ X GQ
We've started a new segment at GQ Thailand that's all about manners. They're probably things you already know, but perhaps need a little reminder about from time to time. First base, we're covering the topic of "the first date".... Read More
WHAT GOES INTO A GARMENT LABEL / BUSINESS SLAM WITH THE CORSILLO BROS.
Fresh off the press and our pals Emil and Sandy Corsillo of The Hill-Side have grabbed place of 'GQ's Best New Menswear Line'. Thinking about the ingredients that make a energy bubble like the Corsillos' and I've put it down to a great balancing act of taking and giving. Here we asked co-founder Emil about smells, life, and zombies, as well as explore their tight thread tradery.... Read More
THE TRAVEL WORKOUT.
On the road, it can be easy to make excuses to sleep in just that little longer, but sometimes an early run or sunset power walk can be an incredible way to experience a new city. So, during Paris mens fashion week we asked our favourite designers, models, and power ladies to show us how they feel the burn on the road.... Read More
PTJ’S NOTES ON STYLE + TRAVEL AT MELTING BUTTER DOT COM
This week, Melting Butter dot com published our notes on great style, and our favourite spots in Bangkok to play the funnest life possible game.... Read More
A RECIPE FOR BEING THE BOSS OF YOUR LIFE.

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

HOW TO POLISH SILVER WITH SOAP NUT.

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

YELLOW STUFF / PTJ SHOWS YOU HOW

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

MUCH FISHING.

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

THE PTJ GUIDE TO RUNNING YOUR OWN SANDWICH STALL.

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

BEING PRODUCTIVE / PTJ NOTES ON TIME-MANAGEMENT

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

PTJ HOW TO / TARGET LUDERICK ON SEAWEED

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

PTJ HOW TO / RE-WAXING A SURF BOARD

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

FISHING WITH PTJ PART I / RIGGING UP

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