We all have that one friend who can’t seem to stay put in one place, always finding new places to explore and adventures to try out. Their biggest challenge? Packing light! Yes, it can be quite tempting to stuff all the things we just can’t live without in our travel trunks, even it it means more baggage weight. Luckily for us and our travel junkie friends, here are some genius travel goodies to make packing easier for us, and travel adventures more convenient and comfortable. Grab some for yourself or gift them to a friend, they are sure to take them wherever they go!
I never thought I’d say this but these Glassons jean shorts have been my favourite piece of my summer wardrobe so far… and they were only $30!! They’re the perfect fit, not too tight, not too loose, the perfect amount of rips and the off-white is so on point that it goes with every summer top – denim shirts, crop tops, t-shirts, white button ups and bikini tops!
I’m thinking of getting a second pair just in case I lose these, if they’re in the wash or slowly die over time… and at $30 that’s not too bad of an investment! Does anyone else do that?!
Photography by Wes Tan
I’m a huge fan of a staycation in your own city. There’s nothing like seeing this beautiful town from another point of view, especially when that view is at the top of the town! With only eight rooms in total, Hotel Palisade is truely one of the most unique hotels you’ll ever stay in. There’s no room service or breakfast but it does have one of the most delicious rooftop restaurants I’ve ever been to, Henry Deane. The best part is you don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to visit, I recommend the scallops and froze!
Hotel Palisade is also in prime position for all Uber Eats delivery services (which I may have dabbled in), otherwise you can just stroll down to Barangaroo 10 minutes down the road and dine at any of the restaurants or cafes there as well as tonnes of shopping!
Every single room has a stunning view and the staff are so helpful and passionate about what they do which is always a nice family to be a part of, even if for a night.
So if you’re looking at a unique Sydney hotel experience, you can’t beat Hotel Palisade. You’re right in the city but not in the CBD so it’s never noisy with sirens, cars, or foot traffic. A peaceful getaway in the heart of Sydney everyone should experience at least once.
Photography by Wes Tan
Sometimes when the opportunity to shoot in an all marble bathroom is available you take it. I always love my staycations at Primus Hotel especially now that their rooftop bar and pool is officially open and their restaurant, The Wilmot is now open. The pork crackling & layered potatoes are not to be missed!!
Photography by Wes Tan
I had to share with you some snaps I took while in Lake Como, Italy with my handsome boyfriend, Joe and his family (first time he’s ever been featured!). The highlight of the trip was going to Villa Del Balbianello in Lenno, it’s the heavily manicured gardens you see in my midi length floral dress… highly recommend! Also, the best way to see the lake is from the lake – take the ferry or if you’re lucky enough get a boat!
This place is a dream and everywhere is a photo opportunity not to be missed.
Colette by Colette Hayman Steph Border Mini | Colette by Colette Hayman Tassel Cord Choker Necklace | Colette by Colette Hayman Material Clasp Cuff | Glamorous Mesh Tee (black here, pink here) | Baker Boy Hat (and here) | Missguided White Dobby Spot Playsuit (worn under mesh tee and skirt) | Topshop Skirt (Similar here) | Wittner Henriette Ankle Boot
I came to visit my best friend in London right after I spent a week in the Greek islands and definitely got the London treatment of hot subway rides, unsolicited rain, double decker bus rides, flowers everywhere (even if they’re fake), lots of food and improvising with outfits after travelling with the same clothes for 5 weeks.
In this post I’m wearing the same playsuit in both outfits, one was layered under a mesh tee and a denim mini, the other under a chambray shirt around my waist ready to pop over when the temperature drops (which it did!) All the while wearing the same accessories from Colette by Colette Hayman just to show how to mix and match your wardrobe whether you’re travelling or not because you don’t need to have a lot to make cute outfits, just the perfect bag and killer accessories.
My boyfriend and I flew into Sicily a couple weeks ago, rented an Audi convertible and cruised the small island off Italy which turned out to be a whole lot bigger than I thought! Below are a couple tips on what to do and how to get around the island:
Places to visit:
1. Aegadian Islands, these are actually three little islands off the west coast of Sicily. I wanted to visit all of them but only got a chance to do a day trip to the main one, Favignana. We rented bikes for 5 euros (they’ll try rip you off so say you’ll only do 5) and cruised the island all day. Warning: it was HOT and it can be hard in the middle of the day at 30 degrees, if you ride a scooter I recommend you do that instead as the island is quite big and you’ll see more quicker and sweat less – unless you want to sweat! Personally my favourite beach was Cala Azzurra. My boyfriend’s was Blue Marino.
How to get there: catch a ferry from Trapani (where we stayed) this is a port city with great restaurants in the town. Book your ferry beforehand as they get full if you just rock up in the morning.
2. Isola Bella (Taormina), A gorgeous little island you can walk to from the main island. Isola Bella actually has a little museum on it you can check out for 4 euros or so, from far away you can’t tell there’s anything on it! The museum (was a house) is built into the rock!
We did an excurisone and snorkelled a few spots around the island from Giardini Naxos. The best way to see it!
Taormina the town itself wasn’t as magical as everyone hyped it up to be. It was crazy full of tourists and super windy. If you go on the first Sunday of the month it’s free entry to the ancient theatre which is awesome, but I don’t think I would have wanted to pay 20 euro for entry so we got lucky.
3. Scala Dei Turchi, You only really need a half or one day at this amazing spot – either early in the morning or late in the arvo, or both which is what we did. Middle of the day to sunset the tourists are out hard and heavy. Try stay one night in the Scala Dei Turchi resort which is literally opposite the entry and walk to the amazing natural white rock ‘stairs’. I loved this spot of Sicily because the rocks were so nice compared to the usual spikey, painful rocks it usually has on it’s coastline.
You’ll have to drive up the mountain if you want any food though as there’s not much else around.
4. Ortigia, This is gorgeous little town with a rich heritage and possibly the best food I had while in Sicily. Just a stone throw away was Syracusa I liked this place for the cats and how instagrammable it all was. The beaches in the actual town weren’t amazing as it’s all on rocks (very, very aggressive rocks) so we strolled into Syracusa and rented day beds on the beach.
5. Laghetti Di Marinello, we only passed through this place but the beach should be considered as one of the natural wonders of the world… it’s a large sandy finger out of the island which looks small but is HUGE. I felt like we walked over a kilometre to get to the beach itself but it was worth it! If we had more time and energy I would have loved to try trek to the very tip, maybe catch a boat as it was massive and the water was so perfect.
1. Hire a car, it’s really the only way to get around but Sicily in summer is too hot to drive with the top down in a convertible, and in our case more often than not we had luggage in the boot (trunk) so we couldn’t even put the top down if we wanted to. So don’t waste your money on an a3!
2. Avoid staying right in the main cities as they’re often very crowded, the accomodation is unnecessarily expensive, it’s hard to park in and full of tourists.
3. The autostrata is crazy, the limit is 130kph and Sicilian drivers are ruthless. They’ll drive on the incoming traffic lane to overtake you and this is normal so don’t be alarmed. Just stick to the right side of the road and you’ll get used to it in a couple days.
As you know I haven’t been in Sydney for any winter festivals but I’ve been loving life over on this side of the world in Europe and making it a little festival of my own! I’m fully decked out in Asos because it’s one of my favourite online destinations for festival and travel looks because it’s affordable and has so much range!
In this look running the streets of Santorini I’ve put together a cute and fruity colourful tee, a baker boy hat, statement buckle sneakers and of course, denim. Most of my readers know I’m a huge sucker for denim and Asos has a great range from their jeans to skirts and shorts. I got the skirt because it’s perfect for the summer and sooo versatile. I especially love the raw hem to make it even more casual.
So I’m sitting in a breathtakingly gorgeous villa in Lake Como with my boyfriend and his generous and amazing family… this is just going to be a quick and fun little blog post on one of my favourite outfits so far and I’ll do a separate post on what I’ve discovered and found and things to do in Lake Como so check back and let me know what you want to know!
Earlier this year I got the amazing opportunity to travel to Caye Caulker with Contiki so I’m gonna share with you a couple things about the place if you’re looking to visit this little island. Which I highly recommend you do before it becomes too crowded by tourists!
How to get there:
It’s just a short 45 minute boat ride from the main city of Belize. Once you pull up to the wharf you’re met with an endless supply of palm trees in a row, a haven of colour and the bluest and warmest waters you can find.
How to get around:
To get to your hotel or villa from the wharf you’ll find a golf cart taxi to take you to where you need to go – won’t be long at all because you drive from one end of the island to the other in about 20 minutes, you just don’t want to drag your luggage through the sand. After this I recommend hiring push bikes for your stay or golf carts if you’re not into the peddling. Getting around is so easy because there’s really only one main road but if you’re not inclined to driving or cycling it’s easy enough to get around on foot.
What to do:
- Get a small boat to take you out snorkelling (or diving) to swim in the second biggest coral reef in the world! Second only to The Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. If you can go out to ‘shark alley’ you’ll find yourself in a sea on rays and toothless sharks!! it was the most surreal and amazing moment of my whole life. A bucket list moment!
- Go on foot at night restaurant and bar hopping between all of their delicious places to eat and drink. Everywhere is so friendly and accommodating.
- Jump on a sunset yacht ride
- Buy some souvenirs and support the locals
- Explore the colourful houses and swim at the beach
Thank you to Contiki for this amazing experience! I would have never known such a place exists! Make sure you check out the video at the bottom of the post.