Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Lifestyle // Fashion Train comes to stay!

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Last week Becca came to stay with me in Sydney :) She'd been in New Zealand for 7 weeks and was flying back home via Sydney so she changed her flight so that she could spend a couple of days with me in the city before returning to London. 

It was so nice to see a friendly face from home! It feels like I've been away for ages now. I wish more friends could come and visit. Annoyingly on her first day sightseeing the heavens decided to open and the streets of Sydney almost flooded. We haven't seen rain since we arrived 6 weeks ago, typical! But we still managed to have fun. 

We stopped off at Parlour Burger near Circular Quay for these rather tasty burgers. They were in 'charcoal' buns which I believe are just regular buns dyed with squid ink. And of course we had to take advantage of the $10 mojitos! Who doesn't want a cocktail with lunch?! After we'd finished food we set about taking a zillion selfies in the toilet mirrors in true blogger style. 

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Becca managed to get a few rainy photos in front of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House and then we decided to shelter from the downpour in a shopping mall where we picked up some amazing Mink Pink bargains. Mink Pink is so cheap over here. I got a leopard print midi skirt from £20 and Becca got a gorgeous floral maxi skirt. I'm sure we'll both be blogging about them soon. 

Our couple of days together were very food based. We had Pad Thai takeaway for dinner and then headed for brunch/lunch on the her second day at Orto Trading Co in Surry Hills. Here we both went for their eggs benedict style muffins, except the eggs come on top of fried chicken... pure filth, but so good! 

Sweet Monday, Orto Trading Co, Surry Hills, Sydney Sweet Monday, Orto Trading Co, Surry Hills, Sydney

One thing I will definitely miss about Australia is their quirky cafes, amazing cocktails and alfresco dining! That's technically three things but you get the idea. Australians are proud of their own ingredients and produce, keeping everything independent and local. None of these huge chain restaurants like we get back at home. Starbucks here are few and far between, and normally empty! There's such a vast selection of incredible places to eat that there's no place for giant corporations. Hence all my foodie photos on Instagram.

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Iconemesis

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After having worked with Iconemesis before I jumped at the chance to review another of their wonderful iPhone cases. This time I chose this rather fun pug patterned one. 

Iconemesis have recently launched on Indiegogo - a website where brands can promote their ideas in the hope to receive investment for further expansion from people who love their ideas and want them to move forward. A great site for up and coming brands especially. You can read about Iconemesis' campaign on Indiegogo here

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Iconemesis set themselves apart from the world of Apple accessories by producing phone cases in collaboration with designers and creative illustrators. For example Fifi Lapin has created a fantastic collection of pretty cases. All of which I want!

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Outfit // Bondi Black

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Leather jacket - Sheinside // Top - Bronze Snake // Jeans - Asos // Sandals - Asos // Watch - Daniel Wellington // Sunglasses - Ray Ban via Pretavoir

Last Sunday I had the day off so we decided to make the most of the good weather and head to Bondi beach. There was a race being run in Sydney from the city to Bondi called City2Surf so there were hundreds of people around which gave the day a great buzz. After getting some Messina ice-cream (only the best ice-cream I've ever tasted!) we headed to the beach with some friends to soak up the rays and watch the sun set over the sea. It was such a beautiful sky that I just had to take a couple of photos. And it was also the day of the 'Super Moon' which looked a lot bigger in real life. It's so annoying that cameras make things look further away.

I hope you've all had a nice week/weekend :) I had Becca (Fashion Train) come to stay for a couple of days this week which I'll be blogging about asap. But in the meantime if you wanna see some of the stuff we got up to (mainly taking selfies and eating lots of food) check out my photos on Instagram.

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Lifestyle // Brewtown Newtown

Sweet Monday, Brewtown Newtown, Newtown, Sydney

This week Stew and I managed to make the most of our one morning off together by walking to Newtown and enjoying brunch at Brewtown Newtown. This cute coffee shop/cafe, located just off the main street running through Newtown, is a little gem. A couple of people had recommended them to us for brunch/lunch and after reading the rave reviews on Urbanspoon we couldn't say no. 

Sweet Monday, Brewtown Newtown, Newtown, Sydney
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I opted for their belgian waffle with orange ricotta, stewed fruits and caramelised figs. It was so good! The orange ricotta gave it the perfect sweet/sour balance so that it wasn't too sweet and sickly. And Stew chose the grilled black sausage, home made hashbrowns, Canadian bacon and house relish with boiled eggs. I tried a bit of his can vouch that that was just as good. If you're more of a savoury kinda brunch person I would definitely recommend it. We'll have to go again because there's so many other amazing dishes on their menu that I want to try. 

They're also famous for their wonderful coffee and there was even a little Santa enjoying a cuppa hiding under Stew's cup. Cute!

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On the walk back to our apartment in Ultimo we decided to walk through the grounds of The University of Sydney. This building and it's surrounding grounds are beautiful. It reminded me a lot of Oxford University. The building is so grand with a courtyard, museum, stained glass windows and neatly kept flower beds. As you walk through the building you come to Victoria Gardens which is a lovely escape from the urban city life. We're so lucky to have somewhere like this on our doorstep. I can't wait to picnic and sunbathe in the park when the weather's better.

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Lifestyle // Coogee

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Another photo heavy post! A couple of weeks ago I explored the seaside suburb of Manly, on the north coast of Sydney, and last week I spent my day off exploring Coogee with my lovely friend Morgan. If you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen a couple of these photos before but here's the full post :)

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We started our day off right with lunch at Coogee Pavilion where we had a Corona each and shared a delicious margherita pizza, beer battered onion rings and fried Sebago potatoes with thyme and chilli aioli. Yum! Aioli is everywhere in Australia. It's a garlic mayonnaise and tastes so good. Way better than the garlic mayo we have in your local kebab shop in the UK. 

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After lunch we went for a relaxing stroll along Coogee's white sands and crystal clear waters. Although the day was sunny it was rather chilly. Definitely should've opted for boots instead of sandals! I can't help but get carried away as soon as I see a spot of sun. Braving the winds for a few photos we then popped further in land for a quick coffee before catching the bus back into the city to watch the sun go down at Circular Quay. Here you can grab a drink at the Opera bar and sit in between Sydney's two most famous landmarks the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. This is hands down the best spot in Sydney and if you ever come here you must, must get a drink, maybe even some food, relax and soak up the atmosphere. It's magical! 

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