Mystery Island, Vanuatu

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Hat: Sportsgirl (similar), Bikini top: NLP (similar), Shirt dress

Mystery Island, the beautiful island of mystery, where there are no inhabitants other than tall palm trees and fine white sand. Stories of cannibalism and other taboos scared locals away from the island. Nowadays the locals reside at a nearby island but travel out to Mystery Island during the day to sell products to the tens of thousands of tourists visiting every year.

The fact that no one lives on the island and that there is no electricity makes it even more beautiful. While there is a market in the middle of the island for tourists and boats in the ocean for various activities, everything else looks untouched. Your feet sink into the white fine sand and the water is a clear crystal blue that invites you to swim among very visible fish and coral. When you're in the ocean and look back onto the island all your see is white sand and luscious green trees - not an electricity pole or building in sight. In the wise words of Chris Martin this is my "para para para paradise".

DOs in Mystery Island:
  • Go for a walk around the island, it only takes 30mins
  • Take a dip in the beautiful water
  • Go snorkelling - the water is so clear and swallow, it's so easy to swim among the fishes
  • Put sunscreen on! 
  • Explore the markets and their handmade goods (Australian dollars are accepted but make sure you have small bills on you, don't use coins).


DONTs in Mystery Island:

  • Eat the coconuts - they're so tangy (unless you like that)
  • Waste your money on a clear glass boat ride - get some snorkels, go in the water and do it yourself (unless you can't swim)



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Nouméa, New Caledonia

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Hat: Sportsgirl (similar), top: Third Form (similar), Necklace: market, Sunglasses: Karen Walker

After three days at sea on a cruise ship, we arrived in Nouméa, New Caledonia, on the first day of 2017. For the past three days, all that surrounded us was sea, so the sight of land was greatly welcomed. The city is made up of concrete buildings, some of beautiful bright colours, others keeping to the original grey. The French influence in Nouméa is omnipresent, from the language, people to the supermarkets (Carréfour).

Unfortunately we couldn't do a great amount of exploring, eating or shopping as everything was closed, due to the fact that it was new years day. Everybody in New Caledonia was probably nursing their hangover, as were all the people on the cruise.

We relied on the sightseeing bus and hop on hop off bus to get a taste of Nouméa. We went to some spectacular viewpoints, drove past prominent government buildings and spent the afternoon sitting on Citron beach absorbing the beautiful air.

DOs in Nouméa:
  • Hop on hop off bus - drive along on the beautiful coastline
  • Citron beach - calm water with a diving station in the middle of the water, great place to just sit, read a book and relax
  • Sun protection!

DON'Ts in Nouméa:

  • Go on New Years Day



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Maxi Slits

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Sunnies: Karen WalkerTop: Veronika Maine (Similar), Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Bracelet: Tiffany and Co, Ring: Oroton (similar) and Pandora (similar), Shoes: Lipstick (similar), Skirt: Club Monaco (Similar)

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Classic Blazer and Trousers

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Sunnies: Karen Walker, Blazer: Sportsmax Code (similar), Trousers, Marcs (similar), Top: Veronika Maine (Similar), Bag: Sophie Hulme, Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Bracelet: Tiffany and Co, Ring: Oroton (similar) and Pandora (similar), Shoes: Asos (similar)
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East Side, New York

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New York City, United States of America, Feb 16'

As a former hard-core fan of Gossip Girl, I couldn't wait to explore the Upper East Side and surrounding areas when I was in NYC.

There was so much to do on that side of town. We spent the whole day at the MET walking through all the different sections and got to see so many amazing artefacts from King Henry VIII's armour to ancient Egyptian tombs. Ivor and I were heart broken as the fashion and musical sections were both closed during that time. Adding to my heart break was the fact that it was pouring rain the whole day and I couldn't sit on the steps outside eating yoghurt like the iconic Blair Waldorf and asking my minions/Ivor to sit a few steps below.

I loved watching Eloise at the Plaza when I was younger, I thought it was so cool that this young girl had such a lavish lifestyle. So of course I had to visit the Plaza and have lunch there. The building was so grand and elegant and also celebrated it's Eloise narrative with little displays and even a Eloise themed tea menu. I'd love to stay there one day.

We also walked around the beautiful Central park, visited the zoo, checked out the Grand Central Station (which really lives up to its name) and also the Natural Museum of History. I do have to say that the Museum was such a let down, I was expecting the Night at the Museum but quickly realised that it wasn't filmed on location. While the exhibits near the entry were phenomenal, as you continued exploring the museum, the exhibits got less and less impressive - they were old looking (not in the historic sense, but in terms of being outdated).

While this isn't really on the East Side, it's much too exciting not to much - WE GOT COURTSIDE SEATS AT AN NBA GAME! We found discounted court-side seats to watch a match between Brookyn Nets and Charlotte Hornets. There was an amazing food buffet area, I got to see one of my favourite players (Jeremy Lin) and the seats had the best view ever! This was probably one of my favourite experiences while we were in NYC.

What's your favourite thing in NYC?

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All black with Sophie Hulme

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Bag: Sophie Hulme, Shoes: Asos (similar), Skirt: Bardot (similar), Top: Topshop, Vest: atmos&here (similar), Sunnies: Karen Walker, Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Bracelet: Tiffany and Co, Ring: Oroton (similar), Necklace: Primark (similar)

This bright pink car wash art installation by the National Gallery of Victoria was the perfect setting for my ever so regular all black outfits.

Although I do like to mix it up every now and then and wear a bright orange piece, I always find myself reaching for a navy or black bottom and black top. Dark colours are my safe haven - they're easy to pull off, flattering and go well with almost anything. This means I'm always on the search for good quality black pieces of clothing, whether that's a t-shirt, cardigan or jeans. But usually the great pieces I come across are quite pricey.

 Luckily, I recently came across a store called simons.ca that sells great, simple and elegant pieces (ticking all the boxes for me) at really good prices! I'm always a suckers for dresses or a skirt and top combos (as you can see in this outfit) and I found a huge range of solid coloured pieces in all different lengths and styles on simons.ca #yas!


What's your favourite store to get good quality staples?

Photos by Ivor

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Another day at the NGV

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 Viktor & Rolf exhibition, NGV

Back in November uni wrapped up for the year and I finally had a whole day to spare, which meant checking out some of the new exhibitions and enjoying some tea at the National Gallery of Victoria. 

In the last few years, there have been quite a few exhibitions celebrating fashion, from a dress collection dating back to 100 years ago, the Jean Paul Gautier exhibition and now the Viktor and Rolf exhibition. Each time I get so excited to be immersed into the beautiful craftsmanship and art of fashion. 

The new Viktor and Rolf exhibitions celebrates their work as avant grade artists and fashion designers. One day I'd love to wear one of their haute couture dresses - they're crazy and gorgeous, everything I like.

We also check out the new modern art section, which had a chanel hula hoop bag displayed on a wall (#interiordecorgoals) and the bvlgari jewellery collection, which was extravagantly beautiful.

Check out some of these beautiful Viktor & Rolf dresses I found online:
textured jacquard dress | black short dress

Visiting the NGV is always a favourite of mine in Melbourne. What is one of your favourite things to do in your home city?

Also, I hope you have a great New Year!!

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