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As someone who only takes a carry on luggage when traveling I have to be extremely selective with the liquids I pack. It used to be a tough decision since I have drawers full of travel sized beauty products (a lot of my time used to be spent at Sephora’s) to choose from until I realized what […]

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  • I love this! I can’t live without:

    1. Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay mask – once you use this, you’ll never look back, its magic in a tube
    2. Kerastase – Fluidissume anti frizz spray – totally can’t do without
    3. Khiels Creme de Corp – used for over 10 years, beauty staple
    4. Charlotte Tilbury mascara and bedroom eyes black eye pencil, won’t open the front door without it on
    5. I have now switched from Arganic beauty oil to pure organic Jojoba – totally amazing.
    So much more because I am a beaty junky ! xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      I just came acrosse Charlotte Tilbury at Selfridges but didn’t have time to check it out. Will need to try out its magic :)

Don’t tell my New York friends this but I never understood the allure of their city while I was living in Boston. Maybe it’s out of sheer blind loyalty to my sports teams or it’s just too close Boston for me to fuss over or because of this one bad trip I had 10+ years […]

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  • I think we must be the only persons in the world who have a blog and haven’t been to New York. However, we are working on it 😉 We’ll save your tips!

    • candidsbyjo

      I hope you get to visit soon! :)ReplyCancel

  • Great post! That’s so funny about the cabbie! I love the High Line, too!ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Haha, what a rude dude but I guess he served his purpose. I’ll definitely be carving out more time to spend on the High Line and at the Meatpacking district next time, such a cool area!ReplyCancel

This is the post I’ve been meaning to write over the last two years but kept putting it off. Theoretically writing about myself should be the easy part and yet it’s the part that feels the least natural.  How much of me should I put out there? What if it’s too much/too little/boring or comes off as […]

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  • Great post. I’ve been thinking of writing a similar one myself but ask the same questions! It’s always fun being a bit nosey about other people’s lives though :)

    My mum made me have a hearing test as a child because she was worried I had hearing problems, turns out I was just engrossed in whatever I was doing and wasn’t listening. Parents worry too much!


    • candidsbyjo

      Ha! They do indeed. There’s one funny thing she worried about a lot but would be mortified if I shared it on a public forum :) Also, would love to read your post.ReplyCancel

  • Mary-Denise Smith

    What a great list! Thanks for thinking it up, and even more thanks for posting your answers.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Glad you enjoyed it Mary-Denise!ReplyCancel

  • haha! Loved this Jo! Especially the fact the part about your mum! little cute Jo! 😀 haha! Also, loved learning about you! I didn’t know how to swim properly until I was 24 y.o. then when to swimming school in London with a bunch of “arrogant” little kids and very old people that were constantly teasing me.. Ah! The beauty of learning as an adult..
    really enjoying your blog jo! xxReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Yes! And the older I get the more resistant I am to learning but I really need to get it together. Will be hilarious when I find myself in the pool with 4 year olds :pReplyCancel

  • Jenny Yee

    number 3 gets me every time.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    Great post, Jojo! I remember #3 and numbers 4 & 8 made me laugh. I like the video, I too am impossible with videos and the sound my own voice. Kill me. The boys still talk about you being their favorite photog…I don’t know how they remember so much. Possibly moving to Den Haag soon…yikes. I’ll keep you posted.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Haha, the best is me leaving a message on Holly’s voicemail while hopped up on morphine trying to explain why I might not make it to work the next day. I miss the boys!! And get to it, I will be visiting you in Den Haag :)ReplyCancel

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I am clutching onto my orange life vest as we cruise through every choppy wave of the East Vietnam Sea on our hotel’s boat transfer.  As the small speedboat carries us out further away from Nha Trang and closer to the hotel I am once again making false promises to myself, this time I’ll really learn how to swim when […]

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  • I could imagine living “living my true authentic life” in this paradise. :) But seriously this place looks so serene. I need to look up Six Senses locations.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Literally every location I looked up I wanted to visit! ReplyCancel

  • I’ve always loved the look of this hotel, it’s on my travel wish list!
    Lots of love,

    • candidsbyjo

      Hope you get to make it there soon Angie!ReplyCancel

  • Cat

    I would never want to leave Bhutan. Such beautiful scenery all around & the food looked amazingly local and fresh! I totally dog the prawn over the vermicelli noodles and the Bo Pho accompanied by French bread!!! Lovely post Jo Yee.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      You’ll have to make it to Vietnam soon, I think you’d love it!ReplyCancel

  • Cat
  • love it!!! the place looks really amazing and perfect for relaxing away from everything. love the photos tooReplyCancel

  • Wow, this is heaven! Socality Barbie would be proud 😉ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Ha! I hope so, I’m her 1 millionth fan 😉ReplyCancel

A cloud of 100,000 white balloons, stretching 54 meters in length, is currently looming over the south hall of Covent Garden. For someone who typically loathes crowds (and there is always heavy foot traffic in Covent Garden) I couldn’t resist seeing Charles Pétillon’s Heartbeat installation in person rather than just live vicariously through my Instagram feed. My awe of the luminescent white orbs hanging […]

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  • I love your write up Jo!! And I am cracking up that you got a sag in there. I felt the same way… one of those nights where you can’t help but feel lucky to live in London. xxReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It was really such a magical experience especially in the evening. Thanks for sharing that with me!ReplyCancel