Thursday, November 23, 2017

Bonjour from Sofitel Darling Harbour

Staycations - when you see your city through new eyes. I'm obsessed.

I really enjoy staying in my home city for a few nights to soak up my town through a different perspective. And that's exactly what we did at Sofitel Darling Harbour a few weeks ago!

Sofitel Darling Harbour is Sydney's newest five star hotel. As in, it's only two months old kind of new. And it is perfect! I've always said that Sydney lacks in range of five star accommodation on an international level, and now, we finally have a worthy contender. It truly is a beautiful hotel, and I'm so glad to be able to share it with you all today on my blog! 

The hotel boasts 590 rooms, all with a little Parisian charm in design and class, as it is French at heart, of course.

So, why do I love it? Well, first of all, I've never seen Sydney like this before. 
The building has 35 levels, and allows you to see Sydney Harbour without the traditional bridge or Opera House view, which makes our whole city feel brand new. Instead, you get an incredible view of the very underrated Anzac Bridge. Who would've thought it could be so beautiful from above? Especially at sunset.

During our stay we enjoyed a few other wonderfully French things, including a champagne degustation before dinner, and Louis Rogederer wine and strawberries before breakfast. Because, wine not? Additionally, if you are staying in a suite, you may enjoy breakfast and snacks from Club Mill├ęsime, a club lounge that you need to see!

The rooms and service are impeccable, just as you would expect from the French. Everywhere you go, you are always greeted with "Bonjour". I'll admit I was feeling very fancy in this part of Darling Harbour, and I was loving it.

The hotel also has an incredible infinity pool, which ticks all the boxes, as it looks over Sydney's familiar yet new Skyline. Many of the guests flock to this spot from the early morning because it feels like such a privilege, especially since we've not been able to experience Sydney like this before.

I hope you all might get to visit one day, as it's up there on my list of Sydney's best hotels. Even if you're in the area, you have to swing by the lobby to check it out. I know I'll definitely be back for more. Hope you enjoy this my lovers!

Au revoir!

















Monday, November 6, 2017

Hidden Gems

Home is such a wonderful place. Since being home, we have been exploring our own backyard to find some of the most amazing gems in New South Wales. We have always talked about visiting the sand dunes in Stockton. It's been on the list for a while, but we've never had the chance. And my only memory of the sand dunes was visiting when I was very young, because I was born in Newcastle and lived close by until the age of four.  

Wanderlust + Co approached me to create some imagery with their collection, Falling Star. The collection is all about dreamy, celestial vibes, which I love when it comes to jewellery. I'm all about layering up in moons and stars, and that's exactly what you get! I immediately thought Stockton would be the best place to finally visit for a sunset picnic & capture some photos in these pieces.

Enjoy. 







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This post has been sponsored by Wanderlust + Co. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Laurel Hill with Paypal

I’m constantly chasing adventure. 

Although I’m always visiting foreign places, I love exploring home as much as I can. Yes, that means road trips! 

Two months ago Damian and I headed for Laurel Hill, a place I’ve always wanted to visit, but never had the chance. If you’re not aware, Laurel Hill is roughly 5 hours South West of Sydney. The reason I wanted to visit is specifically for the Sugar Pine Walk. Here, you can take a walk amongst the enormous sugar pines planted in 1928. This species is the largest and tallest of all pines, and it’s something you simply have to see in person. 

We headed down South for two nights, one night in Canberra & one in Laurel Hill. One of my most asked questions when I travel is “How do you pack for your trips?”. While my outfits have become an important part of the storytelling and journey as well, I’m always about comfort. When I travel, I want to look good but always feel relaxed in what I’m wearing. 

For this particular trip, I pre-planned my outfits with the help of PayPal’s new Facebook Messenger bot Bae. Bae connects you with online retailers from all over the world, including stores from Australia and Poland, to Korea and beyond. She’s super fun, and asked you questions about yourself and personal style to help determine what places are best suits to you. 

For my road trip to Laurel Hill, Bae helped me to select pieces from One Teaspoon, a retailer I haven’t shopped with in a while, but definitely aligns with my personal style. 

I chose a versatile white knit to throw over the flowy dresses I’m constantly wearing, and shorts for a ‘chilly in Spring’ look. It actually snowed while we were down there so the knit was perfect, and the shorts were perfect for long drives in the car, as well as for Canberra weather. 

Bae was really great for pointing out places that I wouldn’t normally think to shop at, but definitely love their products. You can try out PayPal’s Bae via this link: https://www.facebook.com/BaeByPayPal/ 

Let me know if she helps you on your next adventure!














This post has been sponsored by Paypal. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.





Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Urban Weekender in Perth with American Express

Perth. It’s such a charming city, where the people are so relaxed and down to earth, and the place just buzzes at night with amazing food, drinks and laughter on every corner. It’s a perfect part of Australia to escape to for a few days if you feel like vibing with another crowd and experiencing something a little different. Or if you live there, you’ve got it pretty good! 

We were out and about in Perth this past weekend in collaboration with American Express, where we ate, drank, and shopped at some unique local finds. Why? For a sneak peek of the Urban Weekender presented by Shop Small which is coming up this weekend in Perth and across Australia where Amex Card Members can nab some pretty sweet deals – I’ll be sharing some of the deals we experienced below.


Bathers Beach House 

Located thirty minutes from Perth City, in Fremantle, Bather’s Beach House is the perfect place for your little nautical escape. Here, you can sip cocktails beachside under gorgeous brightly coloured umbrellas, or dine inside where the decor is super chic but also family friendly. We ordered the $15 Ruby Rose Cocktails, an exclusive offer as part of the Urban Weekender. We also enjoyed some of their great menu items to complement our drinks including the salt and pepper squid & sardines. If you like cocktails on the sweeter side, this one is for you. 

Deal: Ruby Rose Cocktail for $15 as part of the Urban Weekender







Ivy & Jess 

After lunch we needed some retail therapy. So we headed over to Ivy & Jess, a super cute boutique, ten minutes drive or thirty minutes walk from the heart of Perth City. Ivy & Jess stocks some awesome Australian local brands including Arnhem, Lilya, Rue Stiic, Kivari the Label, and a bunch more. They also stock some amazing homewares, including pots from Pop & Scott (see how cute they are below!). When you shop Ivy & Jess with the Urban Weekender & Amex, you’ll get a free indoor plant included with your pot. 

Deal: Free indoor plant with every Pop & Scott purchase as part of the Urban Weekender







Satchmo 

Five minutes down the road from Ivy & Jess is Satchmo, because shopping is tiring, and you’ll definitely need to have a snack after, right? I would say yes to that - Hehe! 

Satchmo is a funky cafe located in North Perth. Fun fact: Satchmo was Louis Armstrong’s nickname. The cafe takes you back in time to a mix of the 60s through to the 90s, and really 
oozes the coolest vibes. The staff are also incredibly friendly! and the Shrimp Cocktail Po You Bagel has been brought back onto the menu for this sweet deal. Thanks to American Express & the Urban weekender you can get a super generous lunch for only $16. We had to share because it was a very decent serving size. I don’t usually order bagels, but this was a goody! The shrimp & crispy potatoes complement each other perfectly, and the peri peri mayo served on the side completes this dish in my opinion. So glad they decided to bring this back for this deal! 

Deal: Shrimp Cocktail Po You Bagel with Iceberg Lettuce served with a side of Crispy Rosemary Spuds for $16 as part of the Urban Weekender




Rochelle Adonis 

If you’re feeling fancy, but don’t want to burn through your wallet, Rochelle Adonis is perfect for a weekend brunch. Located in Highgate, the cafe’s interiors are intricately detailed, giving you that Parisian feel, and is a great place to meet your girlfriends for a catch up coffee. 

For $35, you can receive the brunch set menu, which includes a mix of sweet and savoury appetisers, brioche scones with lemon curd, and a small pot of muesli, yoghurt and fruits. The corn fritter & salmon appetisers were my personal favourites. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone. For this deal, thanks to the Urban Weekender, you can get unlimited tea & coffee with your brunch booking over this weekend. 

Deal: Unlimited tea & coffee with your brunch booking. Available on Saturday or Sunday from 9am. Bookings essential. Mention this offer to receive this deal as part of the Urban Weekender.*

*Tarts pictured cost extra, not included in brunch menu





American Express is accepted at all these vendors, and so many more all around Perth. Click here if you'd like to find out more about how you can Shop Small with American Express and help support small businesses.

This blog post has been sponsored by American Express. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.