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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.

21 December 2017

How to wear sequins to work

It's inevitable that come the festive season the high street becomes awash with sequins. As we come hurtling towards Christmas Day, the shiny gems are certainly out in full force, and I for one am up for it.  2017 needed a little bit of sparkle and I've decided, that I'm not just saving them for parties. So, in my quest to don sequins for daytime, I dragged this pink beauty out from the back of my wardrobe and paired it with a casual Converse and jumper combo. What do you think? Have I nailed my daytime-with-an-edge look?

Sequin skirt

Jumper c/o - Shein / Skirt - H&M / Bag - La Redoute / Trainers - Converse / Sunglasses - Ebay

Sequin skirt

Sequin skirt

Sequin skirt

Sequin skirt

Sequin skirt


15 December 2017

Decluttering my life with Mercari

So, as you all know, I am upping sticks and leaving London in search of warmer climes and new adventures. My new life begins in Sydney on Christmas Day and I could not be MORE excited about the next chapter. Booking a one-way ticket is so liberating, however, the aftermath of such a big decision is not. My life is one big admin task at the moment; from hardcore saving, job hunting and many leavings dos with loved ones, it's been a crazy couple of months, to say the least. 

Next up on the mammoth to-do list is clearing out my room - as a bonafide hoarder, I have clothes piled as high as the eye can see, which makes fitting all my favourite pieces into two suitcases a very daunting prospect indeed. I have, however, had to put a positive spin on this and embrace it head on so: it's time to declutter!


Enter, Mercari, an intelligent and simple marketplace app where you can list and sell items from fashion to beauty, in less than a minute. It was originally launched in Japan in 2013 so is fairly new to the UK, but with over 70 million downloads worldwide, it's certainly been a hit. It's been the perfect way to help clear out my wardrobe and make some extra dollar at the same time - all with minimal effort, may I add. 

First up, download the app. When you have created your personal profile and you're ready to sell, take a picture of the item, give a great description and press upload. It really is as easy as that. Some of the pieces of clothing I have previously shot for Instagram, so I used a photo of me wearing it alongside a single product shot to jazz up my listing. I kept the pieces I was selling to brands or good quality vintage and within minutes of creating my profile, I had already sold a pair of boots! 

If you're like me, in the market to declutter, then I can't recommend Mercari enough. A couple of side notes to remember: you must include the delivery charge in the final cost, and, there are no hidden fees once you have sold. Just be warned, there is a massive temptation to buy too. With so many other users selling some bits it's hard to resist a little shop!


Download the app and start selling HERE.



This post was sponsored by Mercari, who I can't thank enough for helping me declutter my overflowing wardrobe.

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