Saturday, August 27, 2016

Portugal Photo Diary

We spent our first few days in Lisbon, and stayed at the Four Seasons. Firstly, Portuguese people are some of the nicest people I've ever met. Is it odd that I consider Lisbon the San Francisco of Europe? As you'll see below, Portugal's 25 de Abril Bridge is just like the one in SF. Plus, trams are a common mode of transport to get up and down Lisbon's very hilly streets. Okay, that's pretty much as far as it goes, but I found the vibe to be quite similar! The Uber drivers are especially nice, I guess they have to be ... but I feel like they are nicer here than in other cities. To get around, we did a lot of walking, and Ubered when we couldn't be bothered walking anymore, haha! On our first morning, we took a sidecar tour around Lisbon for three hours. I would highly recommend this to anyone! It was so nice to ride through Lisbon in the breeze. During our sidecar tour, we were taken to eat the famous Portuguese tarts from Pasteis de Belem which, which pumps out over ten thousands tarts ... per day. We were also blessed with such amazing weather during our entire trip. The streets and architecture are so rich in life, colour and history. Our sidecar driver took us around to see some historically significant building in Lisbon, including the oldest bookshop in the world. Little things like this make me fall in love with a city even more. I can't wait to return to roam the streets some more! Oh, and the seafood. Yum! Also, I think we ate seafood for almost every meal... hehe - not complaining! On our last night in Lisbon, we went to Park Bar, which is located above a carpark, you can see the whole city from up there, so I'd definitely say go there for some sunset drinks!

Following Lisbon, we hired a car and drove down to Lagos. On the way down, we took the route without tolls. This took us five hours! It was fine, as we had nowhere to be, but it did make us arrive quite late. We stayed in this Airbnb, with the loveliest hosts, José and his wife, who work in the tourism industry. They went above and beyond to make sure our stay was enjoyable. To be honest, our time here was such a magnificent blur, I had to really back track to remember everything we did. I've just made a little list below of thing I recommend.

Things I recommend in Lagos: 
Sunrise at Ponta De Piedade, Acai Bowl for breakfast at Super Coffee & Crafts, order a seafood Cataplana for dinner, chill on the beach at Praia Do Camilo, have a swim at Praia Dona Ana, bar hop in the town strip - all the bars are next door to each other in the town centre so it's great to get around town!

Sadly, I didn't make it to Benagil Cave, as it was fully booked. If you want to do this in peak season, make sure you book well in advance!

We drove back up to Lisbon, taking the toll route, which took two and a half hours, and had a few hours to spend somewhere before flying out. We chose to visit Sintra, as I had heard good things about it. Sadly, our time was cut a bit short as we were involved in a minor car accident upon entering Lisbon. (Don't text and drive people!) 

While we only spent a few hours here, I love love loooved it. When I visit Portugal again, I'll be sure to stay in Sintra next time. Sintra is full of castles, and life, culture and history, and we managed to visit Quinta Da Regaleira, to see the famous well and walk around before returning our car back in Lisbon.

I'll be back for sure, Portugal!

I didn't know much about Portugal before travelling there, as my friend had planned most of the trip. I think having no expectations is always best when travelling to new places, which is probably why I loved Portugal much more than I expected. I'm so happy to finally share these snaps with you all. It was a 'true' holiday, as I wasn't concerned about taking photos, or working on any jobs while I was there. So here are some random snaps from my phone and camera that I took along the way

Flying over Lisbon

Ice pops from UAU in Lisbon

Breakfast with a view from the Four Seasons
Sunset at Park Bar in Lisbon

Fruit popsicles from Paletaria
Quinta De Regaleira
Praia De Camilo

Ponta De Piedade

Sunrise at Ponta De Piedade

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Establishment Boutique Hotel

Before I headed off on my month long adventure, I was fortunate enough to have a weekend of relaxation with my significant other in the gorgeous Establishment Boutique Hotel. We were fortunate enough to stay in the two-storey loft apartment, complete with a spacious entry, living room, and of course, let's not forget the perfect marbled bathroom - oh and that tub! The hotel is located in the heart of Sydney's CBD. Despite it being in the centre of the city, it is quite well hidden, meaning next to no noise makes it way to the room. The hotel is also situated above the wonderful restaurant that is Mr Wong's. We just had to take the lift down and pop into next door to enjoy a delicious meal here, where bookings are essential! While you can't usually book for a group smaller than six at Mr Wong's, we were able to do so, as hotel guests have this special privilege! 

I highly recommend staying at this hotel if you're ever visiting Sydney, or simply looking to have a staycation. After a jam packed semester, I definitely needed it!

See more of The Loft here.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Winter's Magic: Glassons Edit

Hello, friends! I've created some looks for Glassons to welcome Winter my own way. Hope you liked this one!

Look One //
Sweater Glassons
Dress Glassons

Look Two //
Top Glassons (online next week)
Skirt Keepsake

Stay golden, my loves.

Friday, June 3, 2016

In the French Alps with Club Med

Is there anything better than Spring skiing? Probably not! 

I think that because learned to ski in the French Alps, I am officially ruined for skiing anywhere else, hahaha! In case you missed the posts on my insta, even though I did spam mountain peaks for a few weeks, I'll have you know that I finally learned to ski, and was lucky enough to spend some time at the highest ski resort in the French Alps, during April earlier this year thanks to Club Med.

So, what happened? I was invited to attend Club Med's instameet, which was hosted at their two resorts in France, Club Med Peisey-Vallandry and Club Med Val Thorens Sensations. Best. Instameet. Ever! Here, I hung out with around fifteen other like minded, talented, and unique creatives all plucked from the Asia Pacific region. We spent an entire week in the snow together where we bonded over the discomfort caused by falling on our asses everyday. Now, I can definitely teach a class on how to fall down a million times over! Hehe! We skied everyday as we had awesome instructors to guide us at both resorts, and that snow was simply irresistible! 

The resort at Peisey-Vallandry has a real homely vibe, this is probably due to the wooden interiors, the staff, and all the families that flock to this resort. And I think our group felt like one giant family by the end of it. If you saw my snapchats, I bet you'd agree that the buffet here was insane! The staff in both locations are super friendly and make you feel at home right away. They really go above and beyond to make you enjoy your stay. 

I'm really glad we visited this resort first, as the slopes were great to learn how to ski on. We also had an awesome instructor who guided us down the slopes over and over until we were confident enough to do it on our own. Also, before I forget, the outdoor pool here was a personal favourite. It's half indoor, half outdoor and it was so great to take a dip in there, especially in Spring. A few people asked on Insta if it was cold as it sometimes snowed, but on somedays the temperature got up to 20+ degrees Celsius, so the pool was quite busy one those days!

Those magical slopes in Val Thorens are simply incredible, and are definitely the reason why I'm ruined for skiing anywhere else! I was actually quite fearful of the slopes here because it became really steep in some parts, but was really proud of myself when I conquered those fears.

If you ever find yourself in Val Thorens, you HAVE to go to La Follie Douce. It's the best bar/club I've ever been to in my life. Imagine a deck bar completely surrounded by peaks covered in white snow. Just imagine. We came here twice, the first day was freezing cold, but on the second day, the sun was out, and it was hot! I even was down to wearing just my t-shirt! Haha! The vibe is just incredible, and it was also our last full day so we really partied it up. Even just thinking about it now makes me miss it so much. 

I'm so thankful to Club Med for this experience, as it will be one that I'll remember forever. I can't wait to hit the slopes again in Winter to keep practicing! Hope you enjoy the photos from me on this one.  

Monday, May 30, 2016

A few weeks ago I visited the lovely city of Perth for Etsy’s #City2Outback campaign, which highlights makers from unique locations around Australia. I had the pleasure of visiting Anna of One Happy Leaf’s studio, where she showed us her lovely making space and process.

Anna makes gorgeous laser cut wooden accessories, I mean just look at these pieces here and here!

Anna says that One Happy Leaf is meant to remind people to stop being so serious, and to relax and enjoy life. She uses motifs and materials from nature to do this, and doesn’t she do it so well!? See the story below. All the images are from Anna's beautiful home, including the veggie patch. I hope you like this post for a change! 

If you'd like to see more of Anna's work, you can check it out here: One Happy Leaf

Photography by Jade Whiteman & myself.