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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”

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”

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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”

Packing Guide

The Ultimate Packing Guide

As a self-confessed travel-addict, I’m away from home a lot. And while it is one of the most exhilarating things in life to plan, prepare for and finally leave for my next adventure, there’s one aspect of travel that always causes me mild stress. It’s packing.

In the past, my approach to packing could only be described as “scatter gun”. I’d open my wardrobe, and throw in a miscellaneous set of clothes and hope for the best. Continue reading “The Ultimate Packing Guide”

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Stockholm Neighbourhood Focus: 24 Hours in Sodermalm

Everyone has at least one of those friends who is so cool that just hanging out with them raises you at least 10 points the cool stakes. The Sodermalm district in Stockholm is the neighbourhood equivalent of those friends. Its hip residents, laid back atmos and creative vibe rub off on you and you find yourself planning your alternative life as a freelance interior designer, wearing minimalist Scandi designs and mooching around this laid back yet highly advanced neighbourhood with your ridiculously good looking Swedish boyfriend (or girlfriend).

I have created an itinerary for 24 hours in Sodermalm, because there is so much to see in Stockholm, and 24 hours in Sodermalm is advisable for you to get your Scandi-cool vibe on before you venture further afield. Continue reading “Stockholm Neighbourhood Focus: 24 Hours in Sodermalm”

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London Coffee

When I first moved to London ten years ago, London’s coffee scene did nothing to impress this self-confessed coffee snob from the coffee-mecca of Melbourne. There were a handful specialty coffee haunts scattered across London such as Flat White in Soho, but you had to be in the know to track down your quality caffeine fix.

Back then, if you happened to discover the rare and precious gem of a quality coffee purveyor, you’d find it jam packed wall to wall with antipodeans such as myself. We’d flock there to get the kind of caffeine buzz that only the best baristas, using the best roasted beans, can brew up.

Nowadays, thanks in part to the antipodean influence as well as the invention of the hipster, London’s coffee scene is thriving. I’m in a constant state of caffeine-induced jittery paranoia, which is the tell-tale sign that I’m getting decent coffee on a regular basis. It’s a small price to pay. Continue reading “London Coffee”