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With my sisters wedding full steam ahead and with the whole month of February booked out with weddings I feel that this is just the right time to put together a beauty post for the bride’s to be. Whether you are planning for your big day or whether you are putting together a Pinterest board with all things bridal, these are my go-to bridal dresser products to have for your big day. With a hint of diptyque from Mecca Cosmetica, a splash of flower inspiration from my friends at The Urban List and a touch of MOR hand and nail cream, choose from these delectable trinkets to have on or before the day that will make you and everything feel all the more prettier!
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If you are after a small vaycay and not sure where to look, then head no further than the glorious NSW. When putting together the list of NSW Getaways I thought there was no better person to fill you in on the trendy spots to dine and take your pooch than MySydneyLife Blog! Originally from QLD and now living in Darlinghurst and working in the trendy suburb of Surry Hills, MySydneyLife is a collection of inspiring places and beautiful spaces, mixed with style and decor and a hint of fashion. When it came to showing what NSW had to offer, I knew Danielle would be just the chick!
There’s no denying, I love a long weekend. Long weekends mean an extra day sleep in (even breakfast in bed if you’re lucky), a good excuse for a long lunch with friends, returning to a 4 day working week or best yet, a mini-break. Sydney has a bounty of gorgeous getaways from chic day trips to quaint country weekenders, there’s certainly something for everyone. Here’s my roundup of New South Wales getaways.
1. Palm Beach – the ultimate coastal Sydney day trip
Palm Beach is a cruisy hour’s drive from Sydney’s CBD. The drive itself is absolutely breath-taking – first you take in the stunning harbourside suburb of Mosman and Pittwater before you hit the Northern Beaches, where you are treated to sparkling azure water so clear you can see where the rocky outcrops meet the crashing waves. My favourite spots in Palm Beach most certainly have to be The Boathouse and Cranky Fins.
The Boathouse Palm Beach
The Boathouse is the epitome of Palm Beach cool. Perfectly perched overlooking the pristine water, expect delays, but the experience is more than worth the wait. Make sure you send a scout ahead to grab a table, while the rest of the crew wait in the line (for potentially up to an hour – the people watching makes time pass quickly).
The restaurant is beautifully styled with white washed walls, gorgeous fresh seasonal blooms, a large communal dining table and a large expansive deck which extends along the pier. Grab a seat, the paper, some delicious eggs and a large coffee and settle in for a treat.
If you don’t fancy the wait at The Boathouse, head on over to Cranky Fins – a funky retro Mexican eatery where the tacos are fresh and the cocktails are tangy.
A bucket of prawns and a cocktail or two, whilst taking in the people watching from the balcony, makes the perfect Saturday or Sunday afternoon treat.
2. Southern Highlands – spend a day or the weekend
Berry is a picturess town a mere 153km from Sydney, however an absolute world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Set amongst the rolling green hills of the Southern Highlands, Berry is a gorgeous quaint country town, perfect for a Sydney day trip or a relaxing weekend away.
Filled with beautiful homewares and antique stores, you can easily lose a few hours along Berry’s high street before either popping in to the pub for a pint or sampling one of the delightful restaurants. My favourite definitely has to be Berry Sourdough Café – the modern Australian menu is fresh and delicious and the pastries are definitely hard to resist. If you have a sweet tooth however, you can’t by-pass the famous Berry Donut Van, which has a permanent residence along the high street. Every donut is made fresh to order and is delivered piping hot with a light crispy coating and a dusting of cinnamon sugar – delish!
If you are looking for something a little more adventurous, or even more relaxing than Berry, then head down the road about 20 minutes and you will find the sleepy Kangaroo Valley. Even quainter than Berry (which is hardly even possible to imagine) is the sweetest little village which runs alongside a small river.
Kangaroo Valley is ripe for bush walking to visit the three gorgeous falls, take in the stunning views of the valley or even take a canoe trip down the river. Whether you choose to camp or enjoy your create comforts, for a relaxed and restful weekend, Kangaroo Valley has it all.
3. Shoalhaven Region – a restful weekender
The Shoalhaven Region boats some of NSW’s most spectacular coastal scenery. It’s a little further away, approximately 3 – 4 hours from Sydney, but boy does life move at a difference pace down here. If you are looking for total rest and relaxation, then the Shoalhaven Region is your ticket.
Technically the whitest sand in Australia, think crystal clear water as far as the eye can see, the purest sand you have ever felt, which practically melts in your hands and barely a soul around you (well, I did visit in the mid of winter). There isn’t too much else to Hyams Beach, there are a scatter of locals and holiday homes that have the best backyard in the world and view to go with it. Bring a towel, sunscreen and a good book and settle in for the day with a picnic – amazing.
A beautiful sleepy coastal township and the perfect city escape – a lovely spot to take in watching dolphins and whales and the spectacularly clear waters in the bay. If you are looking for a spot of Glamping, then definitely check out Paperbark Camp, with a fine dining restaurant and an ‘open air’ tub on your tents balcony overlooking the tranquil surrounding bushland, this is 5 star luxury camping and a fun alternative to either a local hotel or BnB.
For my take on the long weekend getaways in QLD, check out my post on My Sydney Life!
My Sydney Life | Danielle Williams-Smith
Danielle Williams-Smith is a Sydney sider and lifestyle blogger, residing in Darlinghurst and works for a brand experience agency in the up market suburb of Surry Hills. An avid lover of everything pink and a girly girl at heart, My Sydney Life is a collection of her personal musings of life in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and inspiring beautiful places and spaces.
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As one year ends another year begins and while some trends stay, others don’t. After reflecting what 2013 fashion trends had to offer, I was ready to ditch my year of the ripped jean, and opt for my immense love for camo (now coloured camo!), leopard print, perspex clutches (now embellished!), clashing prints (now with spots!) and the ever-so-wonderful floral.
After sketching through my love for Shop Til You Drop mag and endless nights of surfing the runway trends, I have coveted some hip-to-do 2014 fashion trends with what to buy to stay ahead and 2013 trends to ditch over your neighbors fence.
Coloured camo: It only takes two well known designers, Valentino and Michael Kors, to change the minds of others. Think cobalt with camo, fluro with camo, any colour entwined with camo. It’s a camo lovin’ frenzy this 2014. If you don’t seem to have any contemporary camo in your wardrobe and are not fond of the temporary trend, opt for a coloured camo clutch and clash with other prints, for that easy peasy go-to style. Find your camo lovin’ here…
Printed caps: Ditch the hot headed leather cap for something more light and now, trendy. Yes, either leopard, floral, fluro or metallic. Not only great for the summer fiends but will also translate to your winter attire. Find your printed cap here…
Embellished clutch: Remember your perspex clutch that you loved carrying by your side in 2013? Well now think heavily embellished clutch. Super colourful and a sinch trend that can totally revamp any outfit. Find your embellished clutch here…
The eye: You’ve got the eye of the tiger this 2014. Thanks to some runway legends, we are seeing eye prints everywhere – from jewellery, to attire, to accessories. If you feel this trend makes you feel like someone is watching you, maybe opt for a clutch – simple, effective and the less eyes on you the better right? Find your eye print style here…
Floral: I don’t think anyone can/will get sick of floral print. I mean, who doesn’t want to look like a pretty daisy or peony every once in a while. Floral is not only transcending to one piece but literally head-to-toe floral. If your not one for the garden print, why not try some extra large floral graphics, something a bit more pungent and less of it (a la Mary Katrantzou). Find your floral style here…
Clashing | Spots: First it was stripes, now it’s spots. Spots and stripes, spots and floral, spots and geometric. Whatever suits your fancy. Clash your prints with spots this 2014. Spot the look here…Read More
1. NARS Night Breed Eyeshadow, 2. ASOS Mid Heel, 3. The Magic Man Earrings (Emerald), 4. O-Check Apothecary Bottle (Small), 5. NARS Schiap Nail Polish, 6. OMG Clutch, 7. Cute & Quirky Lingerie, 8. Stila All Over Shimmer, 9. Frank Body Scrub, 10. DIY Succulent Jars, 11. Diptyque Scented Candle, 12. White Chux, 13. Thierry Lasry Specs
Just a few of my Christmas picks for the silly season – The Ultimate Christmas Wish List, for her. This is best to be left on your computer screen or in your “favourited” tabs, just a hint for that special someone to buy you what you love most.Read More
Just a few things to get me in the Christmas spirit. Keep your eyes peeled for my Christmas “for her & for him” picks… But for now, a wee bit of Christmas Pin-spiration x
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So, in awe of the pu skirt, I thought I would put together a style file of how I would sport the pu trend. I recently purchased a pu skirt from Market HQ. This skirt feels so good on – not plastic and fake like some PU can, and it fits like a glove. Bearing in mind it is summer, I thought the forever loved boyfriend tee and loafers would go perfectly. I am so totally in love with this versatile skirt, not only can it be transformed from season to season but also from day to night. Night, as featured, would work well with your fave pair of pointy pumps.Read More
Just because it is not winter, doesn’t mean you can’t sport a sexy pu skirt. Yes, leather… I mean… Pleather/PU. Can be worn in many ways: with a cute stripy tee, with a pair of neat ankle boots or a slouchy boyfriend knit or tee. My favourite choice would have to be that from ASOS. Images brought to you by Connie Wong.Read More