Back with some Bali Love…

I have been missing in action for about 4 months!! Sorry! And I have no excuses, other than being busy with my day job in the events world and working on ideas for a new little ‘venture’ with my best friend…more of that in another post. So I’m back and looking forward to sharing some beautiful stories and style I have encountered of late.

I’ve just returned from a little getaway in Bali….a beautiful island of creativity, spirituality and incredible luxury. Days are spent in heavenly resorts, waking to yoga practice followed by banana pancakes and ginger tea. Frangipani trees line our paths and the calming sound of flowing water trickling down sandstone walls fill our ears. The peace and tranquility is contrasted by the chaotic bustle of shopping and wandering the streets of Seminyak. Concept stores showcase fashion labels and on-trend homewares. The creative scene is very strong and local brands boast innovation paired with an eclectic style. There is a strong feeling of ying and yang here.
image wake me to see the sunrise

Under a dusky sky, people head to the beach for a sundowner cocktail. Perfectly mixed lychee martinis are served as the sky turns purple and the sun slips below the Indian ocean. There are many stunning spots to enjoy this nightly ritual but my favorites are The Rock Bar and Ku De Ta. Perch high up over the ocean, drink in the perfumed air and anticipate where you might head for dinner.

Image The Rock Bar

Sardine and Metis, in the middle of Seminyak with a backdrop of candlelit rice paddies are incredible. The atmosphere and menus are very special. Stay late and renew your energies the next day with a Bali favourite, coconut water. Sold on every corner, a coconut with a straw is the best way to detox from the evening’s cocktails. Organic healthy choices are plentiful in Bali so be clean by day and dirty at night!

The Balinese have perfected the art of luxury resorts and one of my favorites is The Purist at Ubud, an ultimate hideaway. Villas are layered in carved timber, soft sandstone and granite. This tactile mix is heavenly for the senses and makes for stunning surroundings. They perfected the Balinese tradition of an outside bathroom. Being able to bathe and shower under blue skies and starry nights is one of life’s pleasures. Incorporate one into your dream beach shack now!

Images Wake me to see the sunrise & Pinterest

Bali is not all luxury and style. To the locals, their home is a blessed island of ceremony and tradition, where daily rituals dictate the rhythm of life. Embrace these simple pleasures and fill your home with rose-scented incense, find a quiet corner and enjoy a little pot of herbal tea… bring back memories of Bali long after you return.

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Escape to Byron Bay

I feel like it’s been a while since my last post…. this time of year is just so busy, especially in the events industry! So it’s about time I shared some style and stories that have captured my interest of late. My favorite place on earth and where I met my boy Sim, is the beautiful beach town of Byron Bay. Living in Brisbane, we’re so lucky to be less than two hours from this little hippy haven. We spent last weekend there with friends and soaked up all our favorite spots to surf, wander, shop, eat, drink and play. I couldn’t possibly tell you everything about Byron in one post….it’s a subject I’m sure I’ll return to over and over again…but for now here are some highlights.

Images Spell Designs & Pinterest

For those who don’t know Byron, it’s the Eastern-most point of Australia…the first place to see the rising of the sun and dawning of a new day. It’s stunningly beautiful with long white beaches, dolphins sharing waves with surfers, and is surrounded by mountain tops as far as the eye can see. At dusk, drums greet the setting of the sun as the distant peaks turn burnt orange and purple. Apart from the natural beauty, there is an energy and soul about this little beach town that attracts surfers, travelers, hippies, dreamers and anyone looking for a little piece of the good life.

I’ve been regularly visiting for the last 9 years and it’s changed a lot in that time…boutique hotels, buzzing coffee shops, little retail spaces and cocktail bars have popped up – thankfully all without ruining the unique Byron charm. A newly opened store that you must visit is Ahoy Trader, a lifestyle, art and fashion hole-in-the-wall owned by incredibly talented artist Jai Vasicek. It’s a collection of eclectic, cool, global pieces including Jai’s incredible art works that he produces both on canvas and tiles. His unique tiles fill the walls, made up of iconic images and photographs. I have bought three tiles now and wish I could fill a space with one of his huge murals…Jai has just unveiled a gorgeous new creation in recently opened Miss Marguarita…you have to dream hey! The latest collections in store are called Neon Safari and Luscious Jungle with cushions, paintings and accessories all embracing the look… I’m in heaven.

Images Ahoy Trader

Around the corner is Hope & May….a soothing pale space home to great fashion labels, animal prints, leather hides, skulls, shells, beads and beautiful bits. I could browse the long wooden table all day long. Escape the sun and enjoy the raw bohemian vibe.

Image Hope & May

A little out of town is the completely gorgeous, spirited, gypsey-inspired venture by two local sisters named Spell Designs. This Byron brand started at the local markets and grew from boho jewellery into an iconic label bursting with adventure. I love love everything they do and just bought my first kimono last month…..ah I dream of road tripping in the sunshine down the coast wearing frayed denim, my kimono and a tasseled bag. Make the trip to see this little store ….a gorgeous mix of leather, feathers and turquoise with a white tipi nestled in the corner.


Images Spell Designs

Of course you have to stay overnight to appreciate the soul-soaring sunrise I mentioned earlier….If so, rest your head at the very stylish Atlantic Byron Bay, a tropical haven smack bang in the middle of town. Their beach house, a vintage inspired luxury surf shack is very special. More on beautiful coastal interiors in another post.

Images Atlantic Byron Bay

All this activity calls for caffeine…my favourite coffee spots are Targa, Bayleaf and Top Shop…sit back, admire the eclectic crowd, enjoy locally-grown organic coffee and watch the world go by in this heavenly corner of the world. X

Image Top Shop


Spell & the Gypsy Collective

Down in the southern hemisphere, summer is just around the corner and I’m already dreaming of long lazy days at the beach. We are planning our summer road trip where we’ll discover boho beach towns and idyllic surf spots…..our days spent barefoot in the sand dunes, salt spray through my hair and dusky evenings watching the sun set. We’ll eat fresh seafood for lunch and read and swim and snooze….heaven!

Summer days call for a new bikini and I’m loving the new resort and swimwear collections by Zimmermann, Isola and Seafolly. The focus is on print with tropical frongs, bold brights, animal skins, pastels, and florals being sources of inspiration.


Zimmermann & Isola 2012 collections

There is also a nod to the styles of summers gone by with vintage pieces, high waists and nautical stripes. Beautiful images of Brigitte Bardot and Grace Kelly at the Cote d’Azur spring to mind.


Australian interiors magazine, Belle has devoted its Holiday issue to all things summer and chic. It features an array of stunning beach homes and waterfront retreats from Mykonos to Rhode Island, that just ooze laid back glamour and coastal aesthetics. All the homes share an effortless ability to blend into their natural landscapes, to not detract from the views and surrounding beauty, but add to them. They comprise of nature’s elements… of timber, stone and water. It is hard to choose a favorite but mine has to be the spectacular home at Sydney’s Whale Beach. It is light filled with a neutral palette of concrete, wood, marble and glass, all used cleverly to create softness and tranquility.

Belle magazine Australia

I must admit to having a fascination with beach homes and especially beach shacks filled with weathered timber, rustic floorboards and outdoor bathrooms. I recently stumbled across the architects Crossan, Clarke & Carnachan. Their portfolio of beach homes is a stunning collection of timber dwellings large and small overlooking the ocean. Check out their award winning Huts on Sleds – an innovative yet simple design of beach hut that can be easily moved to different spots on the sand. What luxury!

Crossan, Clarke & Carnachan Architects

More summer style to come but in the mean time find a hammock, mix yourself a long glass of something chilled, and day dream of sunny days ahead.