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My Byron Bay Diary

Ask anyone who went to Byron Bay 15 to 20 years ago, and they’ll all tell you how much Byron has changed in the intervening years. Byron Bay is the original Australian bohemian, spiritual beachside siren town that draws hippies, creative types and free-thinkers to its palm-tree lined streets, lush hinterland and white sandy beaches.

With that has come the backpackers and the tourists. But the authentic free spirit of Byron remains, and can still be tapped into and enjoyed today.

On my recent trip back to Byron Bay, I set out to re-discover exactly what made me fall in love with this sun-soaked haven all those years ago when I first visited. What I found was a   down-to-earth and forward thinking community of people who are passionate about food, fashion and a lifestyle that is unique to this part of the world. Here’s my diary of places I ate, drank, slept, lazed, unwound, shopped and discovered… Continue reading “My Byron Bay Diary”

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Dublin Weekend Guide

I lived in Dublin in the early noughties at the height of the “Celtic Tiger”. Real estate prices were through the roof, Sex and the City was a TV revelation and I was wearing the most hideous gold and brown pleather trousers with abandon. And while there were plenty of great restaurants and bars around at the time, many of which I frequented on a regular basis, they don’t compare to what Dublin has to offer nowadays. Yes, thanks to the invention of hipsters, Dublin is awash with artisanal cafes, vegan restaurants, beard grooming parlours and design store pop ups. And I for one am a fan of all of the above.

On a recent trip back to Dublin, I did a bit of research and exploring to come up with my guide for a weekend in Dublin. Continue reading “Dublin Weekend Guide”

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Eight Ways to Get Out of a Style Rut

Do you find you’re wearing the same colour over and over again (usually black)? Do you have a “uniform” that you can’t stand the sight of any more? When you shop, are you trying on pieces that are exactly the same as ones you already have hanging forlornly in your wardrobe at home? Do you find yourself despairing that you have nothing to wear?

You, my friend are in a style rut. At the base of any style rut is the inability to connect with your clothes any more. I’ve been there many a time, and I’m not the most inspiring version of myself when I’m there. So here are eight ways to pull yourself out of that rut, and go back to being awesome every day. Continue reading “Eight Ways to Get Out of a Style Rut”

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Shopping In Soho

In the second of my Soho trilogy (check out my Eating in Soho post here and Soho Cocktails here), I present to you my favourite shopping in London’s Soho.

You don’t need to spend a lot of time in Soho to realise that there’s a lot of style in this very happening part of London. If you want to be able to predict the direction that fashion is going, just prop yourself up at a terrace cafe in Soho, watch and take notes. It’s a hive of creatives and cool kids. Continue reading “Shopping In Soho”

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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”

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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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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Rome Shopping Guide

A lot has been said about Rome here on Second Sister (all of it good), so in the third of my Roman travel instalments, I focus on Rome shopping – in particular, fashion (with a touch of interiors).

Now I’m not for a second ignoring the fact that Rome is chockas full of culcha (and anyone who’s seen the Australian classic film “The Castle” will recognize that reference). However a good way to get to know a city is through its local shops and designers (or is that just my way of justifying being basic as f*©k? Either way, I’m owning it).

Following extensive research I bring to you my top tips for Rome shopping – a little light relief following extensive cultural activities if that’s your bag. Continue reading “Rome Shopping Guide”

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Copenhagen Guide – Shopping for Every Budget

Copenhagen Girls are most apparent during the Danish capital’s fashion weeks (Aug and Jan/Feb), when they roam the streets like a wildly coloured wolf pack on bicycles, exuding a laid-back vibe and insouciant attitude.

Danish fashion design is attracting a global following with the rise and rise of its local designers. And this is good news for anyone who likes a healthy dose of shopping while visiting this ridiculously hip city.

In my latest collab with the finger-on-the-pulse Luxe City Guides, I give you my top tips for shopping in achingly-cool Copenhagen – for every budget. Read the full story on Luxe City Guides here (and book mark it for holiday-planning purposes). For pics of my favourite Danish designs keep reading…

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