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What To Do In Sicily

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:

fashion-and-sounds fashion-and-sounds fashion-and-sounds fashion-and-sounds 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.

fashion-and-sounds 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!

fashion-and-sounds fashion-and-sounds 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.

jessie-khoo-sicily fashion-and-sounds fashionandsounds 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.

fashion-and-sounds fashion-and-sounds fashion-and-sounds fashion-and-sounds 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.

jessie-khoo-sicily jessie-khoo-sicily 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.

Hot Tips:

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.

Jessie x

 

Asos in Greece

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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.

Jessie x

 


Pink, Rose and Gold

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Denim, off the shoulder, puffy sleeves, pink shearling, acne boots and the perfect pink clutch makes for one hell of an outfit for a day out in the city. My favourite details are layering fine pieces like the skinny chokers and the long necklace with added sparkle from a star studded brooch I attached to the skirt from Colette by Colette Hayman. It’s understated and really changes up a plain outfit. You can add this brooch to your hair, a jacket, a bag, a top button on a collared shirt – get creative and have fun! And thanks for reading, I trust you all had the best long weekend!

Jessie x

Photography by Wes Tan

What to do in Caye Caulker

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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.

Jessie x

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Glue Store Kit Out

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I always get DMs and comments asking about the best places to shop in Sydney usually from people who are visiting or who have recently moved here – one of my personal favourite places to kit out a new wardrobe is Glue Store. Their range of awesome sports brands from Adidas Originals and Nike Sportswear next to international brands like Calvin Klein mixed with their Aussie labels like Mink Pink and A Brand are great to browse through and find a super affordable outfit which is great for uni, work or going out.

I’m usually a very casual dresser so I’m all about the denims and tees so this is my go-to shop for when I want a cool printed logo, stripe tee or jumper to go back with my denims. Also I love their sneakers and watch collection!!

Their biggest store is the one in Central and I recommend that one if you want the best range.

Jessie x

Photography by Wes Tan

Baywatch

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One of my favourite ones is this low back dark red one from Jade Swim. If you’re after a plunging neckline like the one I’m wearing check out this one from Morgan Lane. But if you’re a little more conservative, nothing too high cut on the thigh or showing too much side boob but want the option of being more sexy with a zip front you MUST pick up this bikini from Oye Swimwear. And of course the look wouldn’t be complete without aviator sunglasses! Also in the carousel below.

Jessie x

Photography by Wes Tan

Tony & Will

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It’s been too long since my last blog post but it’s only because I’ve been overseas and it’s been a week since I’ve been back so I’m only just getting back into it now that I have set up my new Macbook since mine was stolen overseas! So much drama but everything is good now :)

This week I went out to Bondi (as per usual) for a coffee and to catch up with my team on projects for the next few months. In this look for our meeting I’m wearing Tony & Will watch, my favourite new black and rose gold watch with a big, beautiful face. I love watches with bigger faces, it’s more of a statement and the black and rose gold combo is gorgeous, masculine and feminine at the same time.

I’ve paired it with some soft and hard pieces like these jet black skinny jeans from Jeanswest over Gooseberry lace bodysuit and silk shirt from Grana and this Rebecca Minkoff camera bag fits everything I ever need.

I can’t wait to get back into dropping more blog posts for you over the next few months.

Jessie x

Photography by Wes Tan

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The Prada Everyone Asks Me About

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I’m having a moment with these wide leg cropped pants from Kookai, they fit perfectly and make any outfit 10/10. I’ve paired it with a basic cami, also from Kookai as well as my Prada bag which I’ve gotten so many comments on. I’d been looking for this bag for half a year before I enlisted my amazing photographer to search for me while he was in Asia (land of the designer hang bag) and yep… he got the ONLY one they had in the store which wasn’t even on display. Lucky Me! Well, I’ve now found it online and hopefully you can still get this bad boy for yourself, in other colours too!

It’s the perfect size for me, fits my iphone 6s plus, keys, cards, cash and lipstick. So if you’re a bit of a Mary Poppins with bags this isn’t the one for you but if you like things minimal inside your purse – look no further.

Jessie x

Photography by Wes Tan

My Favourite Little Black Bikinis

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I admit most people don’t have as many bikinis as I do, but if you’re going to invest in one, it has to be a little black bikini. I love a good, supportive fit, made from good fabric like this one from All Sisters and below I’ve put together a slideshow of some others I also recommend.

A fun, new style I don’t yet have but is definitely on my list is this double strap cross back bikini or this ballerina inspired bikini top and lastly this mesh insert triangle bikini which looks divine (insert heart eyes emoji). Is black your favourite bikini colour or do you prefer prints and colour??

Jessie x

Photography by Wes Tan


Little Gold Heart

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The perfect little statement bag is here. Sending good vibes through quilted gold and chains! I’m obsessed with this little love heart cross over bag from Colette by Colette Hayman, it adds personality and glamour to any look whether it’s casual or cocktail. If the love heart shape isn’t for you I recommend this metal gold quilted clutch for a more classic look.

I’ve teamed it with a thigh high split lace skirt and oversized tee for a laid back, going out look with strappy khaki heels from Billini.

Jessie x

Photography by Wes Tan