Sunday, 19 October 2014

Outfit // Pin Up

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Top - Ally Fashion // Shorts - Wrangler Pin Up via Glue // Sandals - Ruby Shoes

A casual outfit today but one I will be getting lots of wear out of over the next couple of months. All the items above are newbies! I bought another $10 bargain of a top from Ally Fashion a few weeks ago, in fact I bought too - one in white with black stripes too. The sandals are the second part of my $50 deal at Ruby Shoes that I mentioned in last weekend's outfit. They're so comfy, and I love the style. I was gutted when my jelly sandals broke but I think I've found a good replacement :) 

Also in this post are my new Wrangler Pin Up babies! I love love love these shorts! They're very similar in style to the High Pins I received off Stew for my birthday. I wear them all the time so when looking for a new pair of denim shorts this season I thought I'd look for the same fit/style as those. And I found them :) but in a washed black colour. They were $100 (roughly £55), so they're not the cheapest pair of shorts. However with denim I have learnt to spend a little more and get a good pair that will last you a life time, or at least a few years! Unlike all of my previous Primark shorts. You can tell the difference immediately in quality when you put these on. The denim is really thick but so comfortable and the shape fit me perfectly. These are a size 8. I find they're always a little tight when you try them on in the shop but give them a couple of wear and a first wash and they fit like a glove. So happy with them! Would really love a blue denim pair too but I find they're a bit too 'perfect' and 50's for me. I like these because the denim is washed out.

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Lifestyle // Blue Mountains

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Last Monday was a public holiday here in Sydney so we met up with some friends and headed to the Blue Mountains a couple of hours out of the city. A 6.45am wake up call on a bank holiday isn't the best feeling but after a 2 hour train journey it was well worth it. 

The Blue Mountains run for miles and miles and miles, spreading across a large part of New South Wales. They get their name from the gum trees that line the mountains. It's said that as the gum vapour evaporates and glistens in the sunlight it creates a blue colour.

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The Three Sisters are probably the most famous part of the valley, the three rock formations above. We were expecting it to be ridiculously busy around here as it was not only a public holiday but also a fantastic day weather wise. But we got luckily and managed to see everything we went there too. Ideally you need to hire a camper and camp up there for a night or two as there are many treks to be done with incredible views and lookout points. These treks vary from 30mins to 3-4 hours. We had the chance to do a couple of the smaller ones but were soon pushed for time and found ourselves rushing the last couple of sights. 

Blue Mountains, Sydney, Echo Point Blue Mountains, Sydney, The Three Sisters
Blue Mountains, Sydney, The Three Sisters

We decided to buy tickets for an explorer bus when we got to Katoomba (the closest train station to explore the mountains). You pay $40 for a ticket and can hop on and off the bus as many times as you want. There's 2 buses that run every half an hour from Katoomba and stop at 22 different points around the Blue Mountains meaning it's easily accessible if you don't have a car like us. Otherwise having a car/camper van would be the best option to take things more leisurely. 

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It was a great day out :) I'm really happy that we're getting to make the most of our days off and exploring Sydney as much as possible. I have a long list of things I want to see before leave and we're working our way through it pretty well now. This has made me sad to think we'll be leaving in just under 3 months. Don't get me wrong I can't wait to go traveling and to be reunited with my friends and family next year. But we have a good life here in Sydney. The weather is amazing, I love my job, work with great people and we've made some really good friends. 

It's a weird feeling to think this is our home but soon we may never live here again, and certainly won't be visiting again for a few years at least. Odd! I don't regret only doing 12 months here in Australia though, I think 2 years would make me even more torn between countries and I couldn't go 24 months without seeing my besties! However good it is here my heart will always be pulling me back to the UK to my friends and family.

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Outfit // Gosh

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Crop top - Gosh Celebrity Fashion // Skirt - Miss Selfridge // Shoes - Rubi Shoes // Lipstick - Mac 'Morange'

How cute is this open back crop top from Gosh? It's like nothing else I own. I love the hand stitched patterned to the fabric and it's unique cut. The open back makes it lovely and cool too which will be perfect for summer days here in Sydney. I have been so good recently, only purchasing items I need rather than want. So I treated myself last week to this beauty :)
I'm also very lucky to work for the company that owns Gosh Celebrity Fashion so I get to see all the new bits in the office before they go online. And therefore get first dibs on anything I'd like to buy. Yay! If you haven't heard of them before definitely take a look at their online store, there's so many dresses I want. And they have thousands of fans on Instagram so make sure you stay in the loop with all things Australian fashion and celebrity related.

Also in this outfit are my new wooden block heel sandals from Rubi Shoes, which is a shop owned by Cotton On (the Australian equivalent of Primark). I bought these and a pair of flat ones to replace my broken jelly shoes. I ended up getting them both in a deal for just $50 (around £27). Such a bargain! I was intending to only buy the one pair but the sales assistant twisted my arm. Ha!
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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Lifestyle // Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk

Coogee to Bondi coastal walk, Sydney, Australia

I really wish my parents were still here, we got up to so many fun things the other week when they were visiting. Like walking the coastal path from Coogee to Bondi. We did it last year but I managed to delete all the photos off my camera so this time I got snap happy once more and here they are...

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Along the walk you see many beautiful bays, white sand beaches, brilliant blue waters and fantastic views both in land and out to see. From Coogee you walk past Gordon's Bay, Clovelly, Waverley, Bronte, Tamarama and finally Bondi. It only takes a couple of hours and the walk itself is really easy. 

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After a lovely afternoon soaking up the rays, getting some exercise and Dad getting way too excited to paddle his feet in the water at Bondi beach, we ended up in Darling Harbour for dinner. Every Saturday at 8.30pm they set off a brilliant firework display right in the middle of the harbour. It's a huge tourist attraction but really fun all the same. We had dinner at Olivio, a nice Italian restaurant where the food was a lot better than expected. They had a deal on and deals are never normally good for quality but we were pleasantly surprised. My parents were staying at the Ibis in Darling Harbour so we ended up eating there on a few occasions but normally I would suggest avoiding the restaurants there as the food is way more expensive than anywhere else. They cash in on the tourists and you can expect to pay an extra $10-$15 per meal. 

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Lifestyle // Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

On the last day that my parents were in Sydney we took a trip across the bay to Taronga Zoo. I went last year with Stew but unfortunately lost all of my photos so I was super excited to get to go again. It was a hot and sunny Sunday so it was packed! The queue to get in was hectic but it was well worth the extra wait. 

Taronga Zoo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Taronga Zoo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

I know many people aren't huge fans of zoos and rightly so but zoos are a fantastic educational adventure for both young and old. Taronga Zoo has got to be one of the biggest and most beautiful zoos I've ever been too. The park itself and the surrounding areas are steeped in pretty flowers, crystal clear waters and incredible views of the city. It really is a stunning location! 

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And the varied wildlife is exciting, you get to see animals you would never find in British zoos, like this cute furball of a wombat below. I had no idea they were so fluffy and teddy bear like. And of course what do you come to Australia expecting to see? A koala which they have but are super tricky to photograph! Anddd kangaroos of course. Like the dude above who was lying on his back, scratching his belly and catching the rays. 

It's the giraffes though that have the best view in the whole park. To the right of their enclosure you can see the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, in the middle lies the city skyline and to the left is the botanical gardens and harbour itself. 

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This visit had a few surprises along the way too including these duelling snakes above. It was rather quite scary but fascinating to watch. The pair were wrapped around each other, going for eachothers faces and were scurrying through their enclosure so quickly back and forth. I presume it was fighting as it looked viscous but then I suppose they could've been mating perhaps?! I don't know whether it's mating season but we also saw two very large birds, a lot like turkeys, with one sat down minding her own business and the other hopping from side to side trying to mount her! Haha. 

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My favourites were definitely the giraffes, the cuddly look tiger above who we caught rubbing his eyes and yawning (so adorable!) and the ridiculous cute baby Asian elephant below. This little guy was playing with this ball and chain for so long and I was mesmerised watching. He then came a little closer for a drink of water in the surrounding pond and I was sure he was going to spray us, we were that close. But luckily he simply drank and bathed himself :)

Taronga Zoo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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