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Of all the temples in the Angkor Archaeological Complex, the ones that stole my heart were the root temples. Gigantic roots frame buildings while smaller roots flirt with cemented structures. Nature and man made structures melt into each other.
Ta Prohm, the temple where Tomb Raider was shot, is the most famous root temple. It is definitely the most spectacular but I loved the smaller ones, especially Ta Som. In all these temples, roots intertwine to form intricate patterns, hidden corridors have ochre sunlight peeking through them, shadows play games – the root temples have the trappings of a fantasy world, one you might never want to leave.
I will admit a sweeping maxi dress isn’t the ideal outfit for the temples (the floor is laden with red sand!). But some things just need to be done. This number is from H&M’s recent collection. It is incredibly simple – no embellishments, prints, or embroidery. So it can be metamorphosed with accessories. It’s perfect for a traveller’s suitcase. I wore it at our friend’s Chinese wedding with gold accessories and a box clutch but on this day I made it more casual by throwing on Boho Gypsy’s Happy Warrior Necklace. A maxi dress and a necklace – that’s all there is to this outfit. No fiddly bits or bobs in sight 🙂