Bali loving.

19 Aug

A few months ago, Ben and I travelled to Bali for the first time and had a wonderful time. It’s no wonder Australians travel there so frequently, there is a lot to love about the place, especially the wonderful people.

It was boiling each day, my hair was loving the humidity (..not!)

We stayed at the L Hotel, it’s a gorgeous boutique hotel that is in the heart of Seminyak. The staff are AMAZING; seriously, they were the most genuinely kind and caring people I have ever met. Some staff that weren’t even working on our departure date, popped by to say goodbye – so sweet.

The hotel is decked out with the finest facilities, cable television (including channel E!), Kiehl’s products (not cheap, and yucky toiletries – everything is quality Kiehl’s!), copious bottles of water, a gorgeous rooftop bar and restaurant and their own spa – L’Spa, where you can get an luxuriously relaxing massage!

The accommodation at L Hotel is absolutely wonderful and really well-priced, I recommend anyone to stay here if visiting the beautiful Bali!

But I also have created my top 10 things to do whilst in Bali!

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At the Rice Paddies in Ubud.

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Swimming in the infinity pool at the Semara Resort in Uluwatu!

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The view of The W Hotel Seminyak – so stunning.

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The gorgeous lanterns at Ku De Ta.

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The Balinese sunset view from the L Hotel rooftop.

 

Lunch at La Lucciola – delicious Italian food, and impeccable service.

  1. Cocktails at the W – relax and enjoy the stunning view of Bali whilst lounging in one of their comfy daybeds.
  2. Dinner at Ku De Ta – delicious food, delicious cocktails, amazing views. Need I say more?
  3. Lunch (or Dinner) at Mamasan – eat here as much as you can, because it is BEYOND delicious, and their lunch specials are so well priced!
  4. A visit to Potato Head Beach Club – delicious food for any meal, and make sure you go during the day for a swim in their amazing pool with their DJs playing!
  5. Visit the Monkey Forest and Rice Paddies in Ubud – it’s a great cultural experience and the fields are absolutely stunning.
  6. Visit the Samara Resort in Uliwatu and enjoy a leisurely swim in their picturesque infinity pool or head down to Finn’s Beach Club for a stunning ocean experience.
  7. Get some shoes or clothes made – Bali has amazing leather, so it’s a great opportunity to have some new wardrobe items custom made, just for you!
  8. Massage at L’Spa – definitely one of the most relaxing massage experience I have ever had, I went back three times during our week long stay!
  9. Bali has some amazing organic food spots, so make sure you pay them a visit and nourish your body! My favourites were Cafe Zucchini and Earth Cafe, so delicious and good for you!

And that’s all! x

It’s 12am in LA

21 Oct
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Ready to board my flight – the seed espadrilles I’m wearing are like heaven for your feet!

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The BEST latte from the Qantas First Class Lounge.

We made it to LA!

Although we’ve spent most of our day resting and trying to beat the horrible feeling of jet-lag, I am so excited to be here! The city of West Hollywood is incredible, and looks exactly like what you would have seen in movies and pictures. I can’t wait to explore more of beautiful California in the coming days, especially Malibu, San Francisco and of course the Hollywood Hills.

We were extremely blessed to have had a really smooth and wonderful flight here with Qantas on one of their A380 aircrafts. Let me begin by saying their on board service is incredible, it was my first time flying international with Qantas and dare I say we’ll never fly with anyone else. We were even more blessed to experience the First Class Lounge in Melbourne.

For those of you who have been debating about which frequent flyer program to go with, allow me to make your mind up about it; go with Qantas! The lounge is available for selected customers (see here for more details) and really showcases Qantas as a leading service provider.

Tomorrow we will be exploring the rest of the city and on Tuesday and Wednesday (we’re a day behind Australia) we will be going to DISNEYLAND! So much excitement, I will no doubt have many pictures to share with you in a few days time.

Please feel free to share any travel tips you have, for now enjoy the images so far.

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Breakfast decisions with the amazing Spring Menu at the Qantas First Class Lounge.

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The delicious and fresh spread available at the Qantas First Class Lounge.

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And of course, the beverages.

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A view of the Qantas First Class Lounge.

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Who says no to a little champagne prior departure? Not me!

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A cheese platter on board was one of the nicest little addition to out flight!

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Somehow we managed to score this beauty (Ford Mustang) for 8 days, given that I had hired a Ford Focus and the lovely gentleman and Hertz got us this, Ben was VERY pleased!

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My first latte in LA, served in a soup mug (but this was the smallest sized mug they had..!

Thurley Resort Collection

2 Oct

The lovely ladies at Thurley have been creating some incredible pieces over the last few months, and their Resort collection (which has just landed in stores) is to die for!

From white on white to monochrome, to print and bathers (their first collection of bathers, I might add), Thurley have definitely created a collection with pieces (you’ll definitely fall for more than one item) to covet.

Here are my favourite picks from the divine collection:

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Some Monochromatic looks – perfect for Derby Day!

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I love a bit of colour and print – perfect for the sunny weather ahead!

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How gorgeous are the bathers? Love!

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White on white and print are definite staples for the season!

So what do you think? Which piece is your favourite?

x

20 Days Away

30 Sep

In ONLY 20 days, Benjamin and I will be jetting off to the land of the free, also known as; USA!

I know, it’s ridiculous how fast it came around right? I KNOW! I almost cannot believe it’s that close myself, and yet my handy little countdown app informs me that this is actually correct! With that in mind, I have to say; my saving skills are really going to have to get into gear in these last few weeks as there is much shopping for me to do.

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San Fran!

Anyway so a little update on my itinerary, Ben and I were very lucky to get seats to see Jay Leno in LA and I have been informed of some fabulous shopping spots in SoHo and LA. By the way, if you have some tips for me, please send them through!

So a few weeks ago I mentioned that Qantas had some exciting news to share, well they do! They announced the extension of Select on Q-Eat to Premium Economy customers travelling on select international flights – including Los Angeles to Australia!

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Yummy-ness!

Select on Q-Eat allows travellers to pre-order their meal prior to flying – how great is that! This offers people more choice, including an additional dish available as an online exclusive on select routes – again, amazing right! Travellers with Qantas flying Premium Economy can now pre-order their choice of meal between seven days and 12 hours prior to departure via ‘Manage Your Booking’ at the Qantas website.

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An example of a delicious dish!

Very exciting for Qantas travellers, I for one am super excited about their news! Just another reason why you should choose Qantas!

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It’s getting close!

10 Sep

Sorry for the overly excited posts, but the trip to USA is getting so close, and with all the buzz happening in New York with MBFW my excitement levels are ridiculously high! I am excited to be flying with Qantas who have some super exciting news to share with the public soon – I’ll be posting about that in a few days!

Although, I have a few dilemmas (surrounding the issue of some outfits as it’s both hot and cold in USA and I need an outfit for Halloween!) I have to say, I’m really looking forward to the festivities and the fashion that lies ahead in this trip! And of course the fact that I get to be a total tourist and eat my fair share of penut butter m&ms…

Anyway, back to some information and inspiration, here are some of my favourite street-style looks from New York Fashion Week.

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Gorgeous Rashida Jones at Opening Ceremony. Image Credit: Styleite

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LOVE her style! Yellow is a great colour on her! Image Credit: Huffington Post

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It’s all in the monochromatic details – perfect. Image Credit: Global Grind

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…And again! Image Credit: Global Grind

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So Parisian Chic, and those Valentino Rockstuds on her feet are to die for! Image Credit: Global Grind

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Leopard Print = WIN! Image Credit: Huffington Post

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Jessica Alba rocking the monochromatic look at DVF! Image Credit: Heat World

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Jenna Lyons looking incredible at Celine! Image Credit: Harper’s Bazaar

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Kate Bosworth perfecting the minimalist look in Altuzarra. Image Credit: Harper’s Bazaar

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And last but not least, the amazing Olivia Palermo looking effortlessly chic at Rebecca Minkoff – the Hermes bag is the icing on this stylish look! Image Credit: Heat World

PS – What should I wear for Halloween in NYC!?!

x

In 60 Days…

21 Aug NYC

So I am very excited to say that in 60 days (I know, it seems like ages away but I know time will fly.. well I hope it does), I (and by “I” I mean “Ben and I”) will be travelling to USA!

I cannot tell you how excited I am, well given that I am counting down and it’s 60 days away should give you  a clear indication of my excitement, and yes I am EXCITED! We will be travelling to LA, San Fran, Vegas and of course – NEW YORK! We will be travelling at an interesting time of year as there will be sunshine and excitement in LA and Vegas and the coolness of Fall (or Autumn as we call it here in Australia) in New York. Plus, we will be in NYC for Halloween – how cool right? I love any reason to celebrate (as you would know by now)!

So with all of this in mind, it seems that I need to pack for almost every type of climate and I need your assistance with what essentials I need and where I should go. I also have not booked any accommodation yet, so if you know somewhere amazing to stay you must let me know!

So as usual, here are my ideas displayed pictorially.

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Viva Las Vegas!

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I will be achieving my childhood dreams by going to DISNEYLAND!

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Hollywood, no other caption needed.

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No we wont be staying here, but we will be visiting the bar at the incredible Chateau Marmont!

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NYC – love.

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NYC – so much LOVE.

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A trip down Rodeo Drive, I hear is a must. With a bit of spending money at hand, I plan to buy one memorable piece from this iconic destination!

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San Fran is likened to Melbourne quite often, can you spot the similarities here?

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The Golden Gate Bridge – so excited to see this beauty!

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Is this an incredible view of Vegas or what!

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Take me to the Upper East Side.

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The Met NYC – breathtaking.

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Yes the little adventurer in me will come out to play at the Grand Canyon.

R x

Don’t forget to stop.

6 Aug

Life can get super busy, don’t you agree? You can go days, weeks and even months without speaking to people you really care about – not because you’re avoiding them but because you have simply forgotten, you are busy or you haven’t realised it yet.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes as I am entering into a wonderland of sleep, my mind gives me a sharp reminder of someone I haven’t spoken to in awhile. So naturally, I reach to my phone to send them a quick “love & miss you” text, only to realise it’s 1am and my text will probably wake them and ruin their sleep. So I don’t send the text, hoping that my mind will give me a reminder the following day at a more appropriate time, knowing that it probably wont.

It amazes me at how the busyness of life can just take a hold of everything you care for and completely become the priority – whether it’s work, extra commitments or even a hobby, it has the power to completely overtake everything else that is important in your life. Sometimes it can be difficult to prioritize with a good balance, and yet in hindsight most people (I know I count myself as one), wish they did things differently.

So instead of waiting for a day off, the weekend or for a project to be over, why not set a reminder on your phone or computer and take just 5 minutes out of your day and use that time to remind people you care, give your parents or grandparents a call or even just write an email to a loved one. It’s only 300 seconds and it will make a difference to your day and overall well-being, I know that it has definitely made a difference to my own, plus it’s just 5 minutes so why not give it a go and see how it affects your day.

At the end of the day, there should always be time for those you love, whether you think they need it or not a simple message of love can help alleviate stress, give comfort and restore hope.

thank you.

thank you.

You have the gift of life, which includes the gift time, use it right while you have it.

x

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