Saturday, 28 February 2015


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Off to visit Melbourne for a long weekend, and packing the bare necessities.
Photo diary to come - stay with me on Instagram in the mean time!


Wednesday, 25 February 2015


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Under the sea, under the sea
Darlin’ it’s better
Down where it’s wetter,
Take it from me

Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away

Some photos from the GoPro in Thailand, snorkeling around Koh Tao, and my all time
favourite island Nangyuan Beach (see my post about it here). It's true that being in
the  ocean, submerged by water, you feel free from the stresses of daily life. As they
say; The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea. Amen.

Sunday, 22 February 2015


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Sundays are the kind of day that you can make your own. There's different Sunday 'types', the
one who gets up early for a workout, the one that is still awake from last night and the one 
who looks forward to a lie in and a big breakfast. It's the day you fill with activities that will 
re-charge you - in their own special away - for the week ahead. 

My Sunday ritual is going all out on my skincare.

This involves quite literally giving myself some new skin (well, at least getting rid of any old or 
dead skin cells) with a good peel. Recently, I've been trying the Alpha Beta Medi Spa Peel from 
Dr. Dennis Gross. I thought it would be a whole lot more difficult to use than just wiping a pad 
over my face for 5 minutes, then rubbing in a milky soothing serum. In fact, I was almost sad I 
didn't get to play scientist. That was until I looked up and saw my skin. Glowing and radiant -
I'd go as far as to say that the result matches up to the effect of in-spa chemical peels I've had
 in the past. My skin feels and looks like I've just had an expensive facial.

Bring it on, Monday.

Thursday, 19 February 2015


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You might have seen on Instagram, that I very much enjoyed the Ellery sample sale last week, 
and managed to find myself some great pieces - from a designer I can't quite normally afford. 
This skirt is my favourite buy, and reminds me of a Celine one I saw in Paris some years ago. 
It's a classic shape, beautifully cut and I know I'll have it - and actually wear it - forever.

Ideally I'd wear it with an oversized grey rollneck jumper, but as you can see... it's a little too 
warm for that! Even this shirt was getting a bit steamy in the midday heat during the five 
minutes it took to shoot this photo. One day, though. 

Wednesday, 18 February 2015


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HoiAn to Hue.

This winding coastal drive was one of my favourite experiences during our time away,
probably because it was something we hadn't planned in advance, and never did I think I'd
be on the back on a moped in South East Asia (I'd heard too many horror stories of friends
falling off).

There was something about being there, in the scenery, not watching from a train or bus, but
instead having to find our own way on a foreign road - we did get lost a couple times, which
just made for further exploration. Mainly it was driving north and following the coastal line and
the sea as much as we could, after all, Hue is just 60 odd miles North of HoiAn. It took us a day
in all, which we could have done faster - but of course we wanted to lap up the scenery, and
take breaks to stop us from melting into the seat of our bikes in the heat! The roads were quiet
leaving HoiAn, a bit busier driving through Danang, then totally empty (apart from a couple
other groups of riders) in the mountains and then crazy busy on the approach to Hue. If you're
in the area, or planning a trip to Vietnam - I would highly recommend it.

Monday, 16 February 2015


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Face is happy. Nourished, plumped and hydrated - and, ahem hiding any sign of fine lines - thanks 
to Black Rose Precious Face Oil from Sisley. I'm already a convert to the black rose mask so it 
comes as no surprise I'm enjoying the oil. I also love mixing it into a cream for a lighter feel
in the day, and going all out in the evening when my skin has time to soak it up overnight.

Pure luxury.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015


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Valentine's Day is coming up this weekend, and whilst I'm not a big celebrator the day I do see it
as a good excuse to buy yourself flowers (I do this whenever I can anyway), enjoy a good face
mask, have silky soft skin all over, spritz floral perfume and wear an expensive, bright lipstick.
Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask has become a part of my weekly routine of late, but when 
better than a day celebrated with roses to use it to perk up my skin? Also, Dr Hauschka Rose 
Body Oil smells insanely good, as does Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede - it's not all about 
roses - and I'll never forget the launch where there were 10,000 - yes - TEN THOUSAND 
Nothing is more decadent than a Tom Ford lip color, and the Summer Fling lipstick says it all in 
the name, or you can choose Love, in the form of this blush from NARS. (Or there's always 
Orgasm and Deep Throat - the choice is yours this Valentine's Day!)

What's missing? A candle of course! Glasshouse fragrances have created this limited edition 
Verona candle - scribbled with a love letter, and smelling of 'a dozen roses' it would make me 
sick if it didn't actually smell so good. Plus there's nothing like a bit of a cliche.


Tuesday, 10 February 2015


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Loosen up in the heat.
There's nothing worse than feeling sticky and clammy uncomfortable in your clothes just 5 
minutes after you've walked out the door each morning. The answer? Loose linen. Not the kind 
your grandma would pack for her summer holiday, but a perfectly sweet, pastel coloured set.

This duo from Glasson's Bluebell collection are the ideal candidates for keeping cool - and 
work really well together if you're in the market for more of a whole 'outfit' look. Otherwise, 
I love throwing this shirt on with denim shorts at the weekend. (And FYI baggy shorts =
ultimate lazing-around-the-house wear).

Monday, 9 February 2015


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Digging up backstage imagery from Sibling whilst updating my photo diary and I feel like these
shots really captured the mood of the show.
I can't relate much to knits and cardigans during Sydney's summer, but I do frequent the crochet
+ frizzy hair look at the beach most weekends. If only it looked this chic IRL.

Saturday, 7 February 2015


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The ultimate product for when I'm feeling lazy at the weekend. Moisturising my entire body 
seems like far too much effort after a long day at the beach (sarcastic tone, just in case you
hadn't caught it), whereas spraying it with this body oil from Sanctuary Spa requires no
commitment at all. La-z-gurl.

Thursday, 5 February 2015


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Okay, okay - I know I've mentioned this place to you just a few times. But come on - just look at it.
It was like walking around in a studio that had been created for a film, this couldn't be real.

I was in photographer's heaven - and taking thousands hundreds of photos was easier than
ever thanks to the photogenic set up. So these are my last lot (I'll probably delete that sentence
later) of Villa Sungai, a parting photo diary if you will. Foodporn, pool-porn and interior porn.

Get pinning.

See my previous posts on Villa Sungai:

White Washed - the interiors
The Last Supper - the evening set-up
Dive In - the pool


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