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What to give when they have everything they need

Yes, I like things, shoes, bags and jewellery but I wouldn’t recommend anyone buy me that stuff because it’s so personal to me and I like what I like and usually not what anyone else picks for me. So don’t even bother. If you have to buy a gift for someone like that, or for a person who already has everything they want then I recommend you give a gift of experience… that’s what I would like the most.

1) GET THEM HIGH (no, not like that)

What’s more thrilling than the thought of being thousands of feet above ground? Get your loved one a flying experience. Let them feel the wind on their face and see the cityscape in its full glory from high above, and they are sure to always remember this unforgettable adventure.

HOT AIR BALLOON - HUNTER VALLEY

I did this over Mexico earlier this year and what an amazing experience!!! truely breathtaking and such a special sight to see.  Hot-Air-Ballooning-over-the-Hunter-Valley

HELICOPTER FLIGHT - SYDNEY

I did this earlier this year it was so much fun, it’s amazing seeing everything from the sky and it’s crazy to put in perspective how fast it is to go to Sydney to Manly and back in 20 minutes… no traffic life is the best life… 2-Sydney-Harbour-Helicopter-Flight

BEACH SKYDIVING - WOLLONGONG

Ok I haven’t done this one yet but it’s on the list! *hint hint*  3-Beach-Skydiving

 2) GO AWAY

The best part about giving your partner a trip away is that you get to go away too ;)

FRASER ISLAND TRIP - One of Australia’s most gorgeous islands… must not miss this place in your lifetime 7-Fraser-Island-Trip

BREAKFAST AND HOTSPRINGS - FLINDERS, VIC

Ok I haven’t been here but I am all for a hot spring 8-Breakfast-and-Hotsprings

BALLOON FLIGHT AND OVERNIGHT STAY - MELBOURNE

Stay at this gorgeous hotel and then see the sun rise over the city?!! wowwww get me here ASAP 9-Balloon-Flight-and-Overnight-Stay

3) GET THEM MOVING

If your friends and family aren’t the type to want to just sit around then take them on an adrenaline ride and some unique experiences and thanks to budget airlines it’s so easy to go away for a few nights!

REEF NIGHT CAMPING - CAIRNS

If you haven’t snorkelled or dove the Great Barrier Reef I beg you to get off your butt and do this immediately. Year by year the reef is dying and it will be less and less exciting to see as time goes on. So hop to it and book something!! 11-Cairns-Reef-Tour

SWIMMING WITH OCEAN GIANTS - NINGALOO REEF, WA

This is my dream. I LOVE sharks and whales. LOVE. I NEED TO DO THIS NOW. Who will go with me though?! 12-Swimming-with-Ocean-Giants

JUNGLE SURFING - PORT DOUGLASS, QLD

Doing anything in the jungle makes me happy  13-Jungle-Surfing-Tour

KAYAKING - MANLY

So easy, so fun and a good workout! The last time I did this I kayaked to a little penguin beach and saw penguins. True story.  14-Kayaking-in-Manly

TARONGA ZOO ROAR AND SNORE - SYDNEY

Such a surreal and unique experience, the team treat you so well with buffet dinner and a sweet glamped out tent. You get to feed the giraffes in the morning and go into the monkey enclosure, it’s so fun and such a beautiful view! 15-Taronga-Zoo-Roar-and-Snore

4) CRASH COURSE FOR NEW ENDEAVOUR

Give your loved ones the opportunity to end the year with a new beginning, something new to learn and carry on to the coming year. Who knows? You might be helping them discover new passions and interests!

SYDNEY SEAFOOD SCHOOL - SYDNEY FISH MARKET

Ok, I probably won’t do this… but they you know someone who likes to catch and food their own seafood, maybe? 16-Sydney-Seafood-School

STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING LESSONS - RAINBOW BEACH, QLD

If I’m being honest you don’t need ‘lessons’ on how to paddle board, it’s so easy. So so so easy. I love paddleboarding it’s such a good work out, you get a tan while you do it and you get to see parts of the ocean you never would have been able to before.  18-Stand-Up-Paddle-Boarding

HELICOPTER FLYING LESSONS - SYDNEY

I probably wouldn’t do this but I know MANY boys who would and who have… a great hit with the gentlemen.  19-Helicopter-Flying-Lessons

CORK AND CHROMA ART CLASSES – SYDNEY

I haven’t done this yet but I walk past all the time and it look sooooo cute I really want to try :) I just need an art buddy!!! 20-Cork-and-Chroma

5) ROMANTIC GETAWAYS 

Send your parents out on quality time in the best and most romantic locations there are! or you know, your partner… because you get to go too

RETRO DRIVE-IN MOVIE - SYDNEY

Ok, I did this with my 15 year old sweet heart… not the sleep over bit the movie bit, it’s super cute. I recommend you dress up like Sandy and Danny in Grease to really set the mood haha 22-Retro-Drive-in-Movie

MOONLIGHT CINEMA MOVIE TICKETS - SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, PERTH, ADELAIDE, BRISBANE

I’m so lucky because the Moonlight Cinemas are about a 10 minute walk from my house into the local park… I love this movie going experience on a hot summer’s night with friends on a bunch of bean bags, a drink and some snuck in snacks. Hot tip, if you know someone who uses Telstra they can get cheap tickets!

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DATE BY THE OCEAN - KANGAROO ISLAND

If this isn’t romantic I don’t know what is 24-Date-by-the-Ocean

6) PAMPER PACKAGES 

A whole year’s worth of hard work deserves some pamper time as year-end reward! Get these packages for your loved ones and send them on to the spa

FACIAL AT JURLIQUE - AUSTRALIA WIDE

I had the opportunity to get this spa experience you feel so amazing afterwards. I wrote all about it here body-care-range

MASSAGE AT EDEN SPA 25-Massage-Treat

HAIR MAKEOVER AT BARNEY MARTIN - SYDNEY

My go-to for making me feel goooooood. If you know someone who has wanted a fresh cut or colour but hasn’t wanted to fork out any real cash for it… do them a favour and send them to Penny at Barney Martin 25-Hair-Makeover

The Best Gifts for Travel Junkies

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!


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

 

Queenstown

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Cameo Lay Low Pullover | Lee Supa Skinny Jeans | Asos Beanie | Wittner boots (similar here)

I’ve been a little bit slack on social as I’ve been in New Zealand! These shots were taken when Klara and I went for a drive down the coast. So far so good, so follow more of my travels on instagram if you’re not already.

Jessie x

Photography by Klara Kleuckmann

Edits by Jessie Khoo