Taormina Guide

Taormina is a dramatic place. It sits high on Monte Tauro, with its very own Ancient Greek theatre, and boasts Mount Etna as its backdrop. At night, the moon reflects off the sea in the most magical way. And the people of Taormina have that quintessential seaside glamour that only exists in Italy.

So it is only fitting that it should be the perfect setting for a destination wedding. And that is what took me to Taormina at the end of this summer: the perfect wedding of two particularly awesome friends.

While the wedding festivities took place in some rather spectacular locations, we also sampled some of the best that Taormina has to offer by way of cocktails, dining and culture. Continue reading “Taormina Guide”

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Clerkenwell & Farringdon Guide

Clerkenwell and Farringdon are areas of London which don’t have the worldwide fame of other neighbourhoods like Notting Hill or Soho, and I much prefer it that way. It keeps this creative and charming little enclave on London free from the tourist crowds.

Located side by side to the east of Covent Garden, Clerkenwell and Farringdon are home to creative agencies, renowned design houses, world class architecture firms, top restaurants, quirky cocktail bars and hip cafes.

Just to wander the streets of these two neighbourhoods is a treat. Eye-catching art-deco buildings are dotted amongst the beautiful Victorian houses, and independent boutiques are scattered around like little gems to be discovered. The creativity of the people who work in this area of London somehow permeates the air. There is a special vibe to Clerkenwell and Farringdon that has to be experienced to understand it.

And so it is a little reluctantly that I share (below) my little black book of the best of Farringdon and Clerkenwell. I really was tempted to keep this undiscovered area of London all to myself!  Continue reading “Clerkenwell & Farringdon Guide”

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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. And you’re not alone. So many of my personal styling clients come to me because they are in this exact situation. At the base of it is the inability to connect with your clothes any more. I’ve been there many a time too, and I’m not the most inspiring version of myself when I’m there. So here are eight ways you can 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”