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Morzine – Ski Trip

We’re not even halfway through the ski season, and if the Winter Olympics have inspired you at all, it’s time to book a ski trip! Having just returned from an all-levels-of-epic ski trip, I can highly recommend Morzine in the French Alps as your next ski-extravaganza destination.

Morzine’s short transfer time (just over one hour’s drive from Geneva airport), its raucous apres scene and seemingly endless ski runs are just three reasons to pack your skis and head to this fire cracker of a resort. And if that’s not enough, here are my top tips for eating, drinking and generally being as merry as one person can possibly be on a pair of skis (and that’s pretty damn merry in my book). Continue reading “Morzine – Ski Trip”

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Wedding Guest Outfit – Eight Tips for Planning Yours this Season

Planning the ideal wedding guest outfit is no easy feat. One has to tread the fine line between classy, chic, with the tiniest hint of sexy and stealing the thunder of the most important person of the day. Here’s my eight guidelines for planning the ultimate wedding guest outfit which will have you standing out for all the right reasons. But not too much… Continue reading “Wedding Guest Outfit – Eight Tips for Planning Yours this Season”

Melbourne Shopping Guide

Melbourne Shopping Guide

If you’re in Australia and wanting to pick up some investment fashion pieces do not get distracted by the flashy glam of Sydney. No, no, no!

For the best Oz fashion fix, beeline straight to Melbourne. Best known for its affinity with black, true Melburnian style is a distinctive mix of intelligent design with a laid-back, resort aesthetic. Flex that AmEx, here’s a guide to the city’s best shopping districts.

For the full story head to Luxe City Guides here. Continue reading “Melbourne Shopping Guide”

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Melbourne Brunch – Five of the Best

Melbournians are spoilt for choice when it comes to brunching. You can’t throw a stone in most inner-city suburbs without hitting a cafe serving up the most delectable brunching fare. And there is now so much more to brunch than just smashed avocado. International influences are now taking brunch to all levels of awesome across Melbourne.

So while everyone will have their own recommendations for the best brunch in Melbourne, here are 5 of the best, as sampled and savoured by yours truly… Continue reading “Melbourne Brunch – Five of the Best”

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The Royal Mail Hotel – Dunkeld

Visitors to Australia typically arrive into Sydney, go to Bondi, climb the harbour bridge and take some selfies in front of the Opera House. Then they typically travel north to see all the wonders that Queensland has to offer. Some will go inland to Uluru and Alice Springs, but not many head south to discover Melbourne. And even fewer head into country Victoria from Melbourne. Which is why The Royal Mail Hotel at Dunkeld is a rare and precious little gem, sitting relatively undiscovered by the tourist hoards at the foot of the Grampian mountain range, just three hours drive from Melbourne. Continue reading “The Royal Mail Hotel – Dunkeld”

Christmas in Australia

Ten Things I Love About Christmas in Australia

Growing up in Australia is awesome. The outdoor lifestyle, the sunny positivity that prevails amongst easy going Aussies, Tim Tams.  But every young child in Australia reaches a stage where it starts to slowly dawn on them that, when it comes to Christmas in Australia, something just isn’t right.

We sit under the stars at Carols by Candlelight wearing shorts and a t-shirt, singing about “dashing through the snow.” No one really knows exactly what eggnog is. The butcher shop has sprayed fake snow on the windows to make it look “festive.” Dreaming of a white Christmas, will always be just that. A dream (shattered).

Every Australian’s first Christmas in Europe or the USA is a revelation. This is what Christmas is all about! That first “proper” Christmas is just like Christmas in the movies. And you finally get it.

All the same, there are so many things I love about an Australian Christmas, ten of which I have listed below. Continue reading “Ten Things I Love About Christmas in Australia”

Petar Petrov

Currently Obsessed

Currently obsessed with the designer of these trousers, Petar Petrov. I’ve tried on many a piece of his design, and fall in love with each one. Never before have I obsessed this much over a collection. They are luxe personified. These are the most flattering trousers I own. So why the hell not team them with a bright yellow jumper. The whole outfit screams positivity.

Petar Petrov

Photo: @lucatravels

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Stockholm Shopping

Forget hygge, Scandinavia’s latest offering to the world zeitgeist is the Swedish phrase, lagom. Translating as ‘just the right amount’, is all about being frugal, fair and balanced in life.

Any fashion enthusiast who travels to Stockholm to gain a little lagom will be sorely disappointed. It takes a monumental display of self-restraint to resist the appeal of Swedish designers (not to mention everything else you meet along the way) on an average shopping day in Stockholm.

I have shared my top shopping tips with the fabulous Luxe City Guides, or keep reading for all the deets. Continue reading “Stockholm Shopping”

Designer Interview – Ella Sanders

Danielle Sanders is the creative and business mind behind the Australian fashion label, Ella Sanders. Since Danielle started it in 2011, Ella Sanders has developed a cult following for its timeless designs and beyond-beautiful knitwear.

Danielle is in the midst of her busiest time of year in the run up to Christmas. She is also starting producing on her summer line for 2018 (keeping in mind that the Australia summer is this time next year) and already designing her winter 2019 collection.

On a sunny December afternoon, she took the time out from her hectic schedule to meet with me for a coffee near her store in the bayside Melbourne suburb of Brighton to talk all things fashion, career and inspiration. What shone through from our conversation was Danielle’s passion for and knowledge of textiles, and letting the construction and flow of the textile itself inform the design of each garment. Continue reading “Designer Interview – Ella Sanders”