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Eating in Soho

It’s fair to say I spend a lot of my time in and around the the buzz of London’s Soho. Soho has everything to make my life complete: amazing restaurants, great coffee, mind blowing cocktails bars, intriguing boutiques and just a touch of the crazies to keep you on your toes.

In the first of my three part series, giving you the inside tips on where to eat, drink and shop in Soho, I focus on Soho restaurants. AKA, where to find your foodie happy place, Soho style. Continue reading “Eating in Soho”

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Brussels Weekend

Brussels is most famous these days as the home of the European Parliament, host to Brexit negotiations, moules et frites. So when I was recently scanning a map of nearby European cities for a last minute, I’ve-gotta-get-out-of-London weekend break, it didn’t really jump out at me as a very glamorous or sexy destination.

But anyone who has read previous posts here on Second Sister knows that I do enjoy a challenge. Could I go to Brussels and have a fabulous time? I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but yes, I discovered that Brussels has a vibrant restaurant scene, quirky markets, old-school European charm and a fabulous cocktail called the “Spicy Belgian”.

Here is my Brussels weekend diary, for you to consider when planning your next city break.. Continue reading “Brussels Weekend”

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Marylebone Focus

One of my favourite London nabes has to be the charming enclave of Marylebone. A short walk from the West End, Marylebone is the perfect place to spend the day. As per, my focus will be firmly on the shopping (of which there is quality and quantity in Marylebone), with a few additional things to see and do for good measure. Continue reading “Marylebone Focus”

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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 my guide to the city’s best shopping districts.

For the story on Luxe City Guides click here. Otherwise, read on… 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”