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My Melbourne Dining Diary

I love nothing more than heading back to my hometown of Melbourne in the Australian summer time. Not only do I get to escape the northern hemisphere winter, but I get to experience the best of Melbourne when its beautiful locals are chilled, suntanned and glowing.

Better than that, I get to experience Melbourne’s food and drink scene, preferably al fresco. Melbourne is famous for its world-class dining scene, award-winning chefs and leading edge cuisine. On my last trip my time was limited to only a week, during which I tried to fit in meeting with family and friends, shopping at my favourite Aussie designer boutiques, stocking up on Bonds undies, getting up to Sydney for a flying visit mid-week and getting in my morning walk around Melbourne’s Tan track each day. So my Melbourne dining was limited but outstanding.

Here’s a shortlist from my Melbourne dining extravaganza, where I went and what I highly recommend: Continue reading “My Melbourne Dining Diary”

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Western Style – Don’t Go Full Cowboy

I’m not one to go for trends generally (there have been exceptions though, I’m only human). But overall, I try to avoid them. There’s no point investing in a piece that will look dated a year later.

On the other hand there are styles that come and go over the years. And the frequency at which they come and go makes me wonder whether they should be categorised as trends, or rather as a “look” that you can bring back into your repertoire at any time you like.

Western style, of the likes that you see popping up on cat walks, the internet and in real life at the moment, is one such style that I’m toying with. Is it a perennial look?

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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”

Freedom Hunters Episode 4: Bola Marquis

Bola Marquis Freedom Hunters PodcastIn episode 4 of Freedom Hunters, I welcome Bola Marquis founder of Okun, an African inspired beachwear brand that is stocked in the likes of Browns, Matches and Mr. Porter.

Bola was born in Senegal, and grew up between Nigeria and the UK, before settling in London. He started out his career in IT programme management in industries such as oil and gas, travel and advertising. However, it was his creative flair and entrepreneurial spirit that led him to leave it behind (although not entirely), to start up his hugely successful beachwear brand, Okun. Continue reading “Freedom Hunters Episode 4: Bola Marquis”

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The Capsule Wardrobe

I recently wrote about about the small steps we can all take to make our fashion habits more ethical and sustainable. One of them was to develop a capsule wardrobe. I promised a more detailed post on that my very topic – and here it is.

There are a lot of different interpretations of what a capsule wardrobe is, so I’ve developed my own take on it: it’s purpose, the benefits, what it consists of and how to develop your own capsule wardrobe. Continue reading “The Capsule Wardrobe”

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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”

Freedom Hunters Episode 3: Celeste Wong


Freedom Hunters Celeste Wong

In episode 3 of Freedom Hunters, I talk to the multi-talented multi-hyphen boss-babe, Celeste Wong. You might also know her by her brand, The Girl in the Cafe.

Celeste started out her career as an actress and barista. Since moving to London, she has been listed as one of London’s top five baristas in The Financial Times and has held top positions in artisan cafes.

In recent years, in pursuit of more fulfillment from her work, Celeste produced and presented her own web series based around Continue reading “Freedom Hunters Episode 3: Celeste Wong”

Freedom Hunters Episode 2: Chloe Roberts

Chloe Roberts Freedom Hunters

Episode 2 of Freedom Hunters is out! In this episode, I speak with one of the coolest people I know, Chloe Roberts.

Chloe is a music industry executive at First Access Entertainment, a company at the leading edge of music management and publishing, TV, film and tech development amongst other things. Her company has been behind the careers of huge names such as Jessie J, Zayn, Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora.

Not only is Chloe leading the way for women in music, she is also an inventor. A few years ago, whilst on maternity leave, Chloe developed and ultimately launched the hugely successful baby product, Lapbaby.

I talk to Chloe about how she got into the music industry, Continue reading “Freedom Hunters Episode 2: Chloe Roberts”

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Christmas Party

The weather has turned frosty. The Christmas decorations were up in the shops weeks ago. And there’s sequins everywhere. I can feel it already: the tidal wave of Christmas parties, get togethers and drinks, headed straight for us. I do love a good drinks reception followed by karaoke. But this year, my first as a freelancer, what happens to the work Christmas party? And more importantly, what am I going to wear? Continue reading “Christmas Party”