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18 February 2018

Rise and shine: Bondi Beach fun

Last week I was involved in a fitness-inspired shoot for one of our clients at work, and let me tell you, nothing starts the week better than frolicking around Bondi Beach on a Monday morning. The weeks are flying past and fun moments like these just enhance the fact that moving to Sydney was oh-so the right decision. Who doesn't want to start their day feeling sand between their toes? 

I had to wear workout gear so I headed straight for my favourite leggings from Next, yep, I said Next. Who'da thought it! Workout fashion isn't always the cheapest and Next offer great quality for reasonable prices. So, go get on it kids.

bondi beach

bondi beach

bondi beach

Leggings * - Next / Top * - Adidas


bondi beach

bondi beach

bondi beach

Photography by Andy Lewis

31 January 2018

The Sydney Diaries


My god, how time flies when you’re having fun. This weekend saw my one month Aussie-versary and what a month it’s been. I’ve found a house, a job, a tan (probs the most important tbh), have explored some truly beautiful places and met some awesome people. Summer in Sydney really is the one - it’s crazy how much of a difference the sun shining down on you can make. 

Today marks my first full week at work where I’m working for a fab PR and comms agency called Polkadot Communications, back to my familiar world of digital, social media and PR and boy does it feel GOOD! It also sees me leaving the gorgeous Maroubra beach flat where I have been living with some dreamy pals, as Gabs and I have secured a place in Darlinghurst - it’s all been go, I tell you.


So before I hung up my beach bum shoes (or should I say thongs!), re-engaged my brain and stepped back into the working world, I spent last weekend exploring new places and eating good food with my faves. So without further ado, here is the next snippet of my Sydney Diaries...

First up: Palm Beach

Palm Beach is situated in Sydney's Northern territory, and is the famous beach featured on TV series, Home and Away. Yes, we did annoyingly sing the theme tune (out of tune, may I add) whilst we battled the waves and ate our tapas-style dinner from our beloved camper van, Hank. (Hank actually belongs to my friend Yolanda, our Aussie babe friend/host/mum/agony aunt/life carer/designated driver).

We woke early to a beautiful sunrise, albeit a tad grey, and hiked up to the heritage-listed Barrenjoey Lighthouse to be met with beautiful views of the bay. Another one of those pinch-me-moments! Driving up the coast to visit this glorious spot is a must-do.

palm beach

palm beach

palm beach

palm beach

palm beach

palm beach

palm beach

palm beach

Next up: Glider Cafe, Potts Point

We stumbled over this tasty little spot purely by accident, Yols literally googled cafe in Potts Point and this bad boy came up. God love you, Google. We sat down in the tiny-but-seriously-comfy cafe and was met with a delightful menu; simple, easy, yet all dishes were seriously tempting. It was an Aussie brunch, but with a twist. I had an omelette, and no joke (I know I can be a tad dramatic) this was honestly the best omelette I've ever had - I did not want it to end. Glider guys, if you're reading, up the egg count and make that sexy dish a 6-egg omelette not 3. It. Was. Delicious.

glider cafe, potts point

glider cafe, potts point

glider cafe, potts point

glider cafe, potts point

19 January 2018

The Sydney Diaries

As you all know I am now blogging from across the ocean, my little old London-based blog has become a Sydney-based blog. Madness, right! Although this is where now I call home, I am still very much in tourist mode; from exploring new beaches, hunting down the best acai bowls or obsessing over Sydney sunsets, I am still getting my bearings. And let me tell you, it's been fun. 

So, whilst I'm living it up in explorer mode, I wanted to document some of my favourite snippets along the way - enter, The Sydney Diaries. Once every one or two weeks I'm going to be sharing a few of my top things from this amazing city...


Sure, you've all heard of saunas, but have you ever heard of an infrared sauna? Nope, me neither. Until I won a competition on Instagram with Maroubra-based studio, Wildfire Wellness, that is. If you want to cleanse your mind and your body then this unique sauna concept and wellness centre is the place to do it. With massive health benefits, the detoxing factors of this new trend are mind blowing - from weight loss and anti-aging to immunity boosting, improved circulation and skin purification, you'll feel brand bloody new when you walk out.

Founded by two sisters, Caitlin and Larissa Stores, this toxin-releasing therapy is a great addition to a healthy lifestyle. I went along for my 45 minute session and loved it. You sweat like mad - you can burn up to 700 calories in one sitting FYI - and you leave feeling chilled and rejuvenated. Well worth a visit! Sweat out those toxins ladies, it's crazy how great you'll feel afterwards.





They also stock some gorgeous Australian-based brands in the studio too, from cool swim wear options from Salty Swimwear to natural off-duty style from Billie Mae and handmade cleansing oils from Bodhi Botanicals, these chic shopping options are a post sauna bonus!




Next up: Rose Bay Beach

Being hauled up on this secret harbour beach, hidden between Point Piper and Rose Bay Marinas, was the perfect way to spend a Friday afternoon. Eating sushi, gossiping with friends, sunbathing and swimming, all whilst taking in the breathtaking views of Darling Harbour was certainly a 'pinch me' moment.










8 January 2018

Beginning the adventure with Holiday Inn

So I've been Sydney living for two weeks now and its been a dream. As with any move to a new city it brings its stresses of flat hunting and most importantly job hunting, but it's OK, the hot weather has eased all the adulting. Sunbathing and beach exploring inbetween flat viewings and being hauled up in a cafe job hunting is quite the treat!

Before we set off on our Australia adventure we were lucky enough to stay at the Holiday Inn, a few minutes drive from Heathrow, this was just the start we needed and it meant we could arrive to the airport stress-free and feeling rejuvenated. We were flying out on Christmas Day and an overnight stay on Christmas Eve made it just that bit more special. After a healthy salmon dinner in their restaurant, (not very festive, I know, but hey we were on the bikini OOTD countdown!) we enjoyed a chilled movie night discussing all our upcoming plans - we were full of excitement and nerves but oh-so-happy.

holiday inn heathrow

holiday inn heathrow

holiday inn heathrow

Our gorgeous friend Husnara was due to fly out to Bali on Christmas Day too, so we had an emotional farewell with her in their bar - along with my parents and sister, we felt all farewelled out by the time we dragged our cases to the airport but also, full of love and well wishes. I can't recommend booking a hotel stay the night before your flight enough, it really added to the fun of it all and eased all those dreaded taxi stresses. Holiday Inn offered a shuttle service which was all organised by their lovely reception team - again, another stress taken off our to-do list!

holiday inn heathrow

holiday inn heathrow

holiday inn heathrow

holiday inn heathrow

holiday inn heathrow

holiday inn heathrow


A massive thank you to Holiday Inn for the complimentary stay - you made our big trip to Oz that bit more special. BTW we miss your pillows - jeez they were comfy!

4 January 2018

The perfect night out in London: never go to bed without a story!

Planning a night out in the big smoke? Well, let me make it easy for you... Late Night London. This is the city’s newest online site ready to guide you into planning what could be your most memorable night out yet. I may be Sydney dwelling now, but before I packed my bags me and the girls had a one last hurrah thanks to Late Night London. What better way to celebrate leaving London than with a perfectly organised gin masterclass at Balls Brothers


We were talked through the history of gin with fun quiz games, and of course, plenty of tasting along the way. The masterclass was finished off by creating our own delicious fruit-infused gin cocktail and nibbling on a tasty sharing platter. All in all, a great way to spend a night in out in the city centre with the girls. Birthday celebrations or an excuse to get together for a drink, this is one fun way to enjoy the city and all it has to offer. Book your experience through Late Night London to minimise the stress which means all you need to do is turn up, drink and have fun!











Whether it's East, West, North, South or somewhere totally central in London, Late night London have you covered. 

Click HERE to book your experience.

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