Monday, 29 September 2014

Sydney's 360 Degree Sky Tower Bar & Dining Experience

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For the last ten days I've had my parents here in Sydney visiting us which has been incredible in itself. Every day we've been exploring the city and it's surrounding suburbs as a family, dining out every evening and generally having the best time ever! I think I must've put on a stone in weight with all the delicious food we've tried, although in actual fact I'm sure I've burnt all the extra calories off with the many many many miles we've walked. 

Last year when Stew and I holidayed in Sydney we treated ourselves to a 2 course lunch at the top of Sydney's Sky Tower in a revolving restaurant offering stunning views of the city, called 360 Bar and Dining. It was such a fun experience I knew my parents would love it so we headed up for lunch with them. 

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We each chose to eat the braised pork that came with a generous slab of crackling on top. Alongside it sat a poached pear on top of celeriac puree and jus. The food was and still is fantastic. The flavours are amazing, it's fine dining at it's best. And 2 courses at lunch time with a glass of wine will only set you back $55. Not too shabby considering the quality of view and the breathtaking setting. 

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My parents loved it so much that they very kindly decided to take us up again but this time at sunset and for dinner instead of lunch. It was their last night in Sydney and it was the perfect way to end a perfect holiday. Sunset is around 5.50pm here at the moment so we got up to the bar at around 5.30pm to enjoy a glass of wine before dinner. The sunset was beautiful and because the restaurant revolves you get to see every angle of the city. It's really spectacular! I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Sydney. 

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As you can imagine evening dinner and at a weekend is going to cost the most out of all the set dinner options. 2 courses goes up to $85 and 3 courses is $95. As it was their last night with us we went all out and opted for 3 courses. Also in the evening you don't get to enjoy a free glass of wine unfortunately. But we didn't mind, and instead managed to drink our way through 2 bottles of white and still have room for coffee after dessert. 

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What's really lovely is that there is no rush whilst you're dining. They never fill the restaurant all at once, tables are staggered and it's very rarely fully booked. This means we could take our time and soak up the views for as long as we liked... 3.5 hours in fact!! We had no idea we'd been there so long, time flew by!

Sydney Sky Tower, 360 Bar and Dining, Sydney's revolving restaurant Sydney Sky Tower, 360 Bar and Dining, Sydney's revolving restaurant

This time I opted for the pumpkin and ricotta ravioli with grilled prawn, chilli, ginger and coriander for starter. We all chose the roasted rack of lamb with potato and smoked mozzarella croquette and peas 3 ways. And then for dessert Stew and I shared the 360 snickers semifreddo with milk chocolate flake (pictured below) and a cheese board. I'm still full from it all now, 2 days later!!

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Outfit // New Look Oxford Shirts part 2

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Me: Shirt - New Look* // Jumper - Jfahri // Skirt - Glamorous // Boots - Hype // Lipstick - Mac 'Chilli'
Stew: Shirt - New Look* // Jumper - Asos // Jeans - Asos // Trainers - Asics

Today's outfit post is another his and hers style post following up from Sunday's post. Today we've both styled our New Look men's Oxford shirts in an Autumn/Winter style... ie styling them with a cosy knit over top, haha! This is the easiest way to stay warm, layer up, whilst keeping some kind of style to your outfit. I've definitely worn the shirt and jumper combo a lot over the last couple of months here in Australia. 
It\s weird to think we're moving into Summer whilst you're all moving into Winter in the UK. My posts are going to be so off season but hopefully it won't put you off reading my blog :) 

Keeping it short and sweet today as I have the day off and I'm off out with my Mum and Dad today exploring the city some more. 

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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Outfit // New Look Oxford Shirts part 1

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Me: Shirt - New Look* // Shorts - Vintage // Sandals - Asos // Lipstick - Mac 'Candy Yum Yum'
Stew: Shirt - New Look* // Jeans - Asos // Trainers - Asics // Sunglasses - Ray Ban

Stew and I were set a challenge by New Look recently to A show off that their range of men's Oxford shirts look just as good on women, and B that they are a versatile wardrobe staple and can be worn all year round.

I opted for a long sleeve black Oxford shirt whilst Stew opted for a short sleeve navy one. For today's post we opted for showing them off in their Spring/Summer potential. I'm wearing mine for a comfy day out to the beach, worn tied up over my Triangl bikini and a classic pair of vintage denim shorts. It's just about long enough to wear over a bikini without shorts as well but I like the loosely tied up effort. And hello Kim in a bikini! This is probably going to be a one off on the blog, ha!
Stew didn't quite make it into shorts, but you get the laid back casual vibe with his new snazzy Asics trainers. 

What do you think to the Oxford shirt? Do you own one? Would you buy a men's shirt? I like the baggy fit of men's clothing I must say. The shirt I'm wearing is a size small, I have no idea what sized man is meant to fit into it as it's not that much bigger than what I would normally wear in a women's shirt. But that suits me just fine :) Both of these shirts are just £14.99 too, absolutely bargain!

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Outfit // Mink Pink

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Crop top - Missguided // Skirt - Mink Pink // Nails - Barry M 'Satsuma' gelly polish // Lips - Mac 'Lady Danger' 

Excuse the funny face in the first photo, the bad nail polish job and the mushroom shaped hairstyle. My hair is going through a transitional period. Growing out a fringe is so hard. Having a haircut here in Australia is the best part of $200 which I cannot afford to do every few weeks. My full fringe grew out pretty quickly and as it's getting warmer here now I decided I didn't want to maintain it so I'm growing it out. I normally have a side parting but I'm going for a middle parting this time. I know it doesn't suit everyone, and I'm not sure it suits me. It seems to look a lot better when I've just styled it and I'm looking in the mirror. Ha! I'm hoping when my fringe gets a little longer it might start to blend into my hair better and not look like the classic Nick Carter 90's curtains. 

I wore this outfit yesterday on my day off. Stew and I met up with a friend for a coffee and we sat in the park soaking up the rays. The temperature here has suddenly jumped from around 16 degrees to 23 and has been beautifully sunny for the last couple of days. Long may it continue! :) 

I bought this cute Mink Pink skirt when Becca was in town a couple of weeks ago. A store was closing down so I got it for just $30 in the sale, which is around £17. Not bad for Mink Pink. 

Hope you're all having a nice week :) I've been a little mia recently on the blog, sorry! I might be even more sparse with my blog entries over the next fortnight too as my parents fly out to visit on Friday :D I'm sooo excited to see them. It's been around 8 and a half months since we left the UK and I'm an only child used to seeing them on a weekly basis, so it's been really hard to be away from them for so long. Can't wait to show them the sights of Sydney. We're going to do the Harbour Bridge climb next Tuesday. Stew and I did it last year so I'm looking forward to doing it again. Not something most people can say they've done twice :) and we're taking them up the Westfield tower for lunch in the 360 degree revolving restaurant that we did last year too. Hopefully I'll get some photos again to blog about. 

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Outfit // Something For Jess

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Blazer - Glamorous* // Tee - Boohoo // Jeans - Asos // Boots - Cloggs // Lipstick - Mac 'Please Me'

Something a little different for today's outfit post, I'm actually showing you wear I wore the outfit! So many times (I'm sure we've all been guilty for it) I've posted outfits where I've thrown them on, quickly ran outside, took photos and then took the outfit back off to normally put another one on to photograph. 
Recently I've taken a step back from the outfit side of my blog, mainly because I've been busy with work and exploring Sydney. And it's made me reconsider the way I post on my blog a little bit. I want to show you all more of what I'm up to, places I've visited, restaurants I've ate at etc. So hopefully posts like this will become more frequent as I'm going to take the time to photograph outfits I actually wear out and about on my days off :)

Last Tuesday on my day off, Stew didn't have work until 2.30pm so we had brunch at a new cafe that's popped up near where we live called Something for Jess. It's a super cute, very small cafe with a menu of around half a dozen dishes and a couple of specials. It's quaint, intimate and they sell great food using local produce. 

Stew chose the fig and raisin toast, whilst I opted for their almond toasted muesli with natural yogurt, seeds, berries and fresh fruit. It was served in this cute glass jar, an idea I've seen at a few cafes in Sydney. I love it! Really want to start making these for breakfast myself. 

The temperature was really warm last Tuesday too, so I was able to go out in just a tshirt and blazer, yay! Spring is finally here and I can't wait for Summer. This blazer is a newbie to the wardrobe from Glamorous. I love the colour of it. Will be wearing this lots to work I'm sure. 

Hoping you like this post today :) and although many of you haven't visited Sydney I hope you still like to look at the things I've eaten. I'm turning into a bit of a foodie!

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