Sydney

PLACES TO VISIT
Weekend Getaway: Sydney
After spending eight weeks in New Zealand, five of which were spent campervanning from one remote corner of the country to the next, we were all very excited to arrive in hip & happening Sydney to soak up some city time (and sleep in proper beds!).  Because we have visited Sydney a few times before, we didn't feel ...
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BOOKS
Lego Love
We have a bit of a joke in my house that my husband enjoys playing with the Lego more than our child. He makes all sorts of weird and wonderful creations – from spinning tops to cars and temples. So we both had a good laugh when I found this cool book on Lego – ...
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SYDNEY
Bellachara, a blowhole and a big beach
When we planned our trip to Australia we purposely scheduled our campervan trip in the middle to allow for some down-time after the camping. We thought we would return to Sydney to spend three more weeks in the city, but unfortunately we weren't very organized and by the time we set out to book accommodation ...
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SYDNEY
Cool things to do in Sydney... with kids!
It was lovely to meet Courtney recently as she began her big adventure along Australia's east coast. It's funny the feelings it stirred in me. I really wanted her to have a good time in Sydney. And I wanted her to love my neighbourhood of Bondi as much as I do. So I sent her off ...
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ESSENTIALS AND TIPS
House swapping
Over the summer break I spent a bit of time decorating my home. (No, the pic above is not of my place -- but somewhere I might now be able to stay.) One of the reasons was that I wanted to take some photos so I could list it on a house swap website. We ...
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PLACES TO VISIT
A busy week in Sydney
We've just spent the past week in sunny Sydney, and it just flew by! It was difficult to try to see and do all the things on our list whilst trying to live the beachy, laid-back lifestyle that Sydney is known for.  But we did our best. Sydney is amazing in this way -- it's ...
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KIDS
Babes in the shade
A big issue for parents in Australia is protecting your child from fierce UV rays, especially in summer when the sun burns skin all-too-quickly. Many children (and adults) wear "rashies" at the beach. These tops provide high UV protection and saves you having to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours. The only problem is that they don't ...
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KIDS ROOMS
An odd obsession
I'm obsessed with bunk beds. There. I've said it. I don't know why. It's a strange obsession to have, especially as I only have one child. I think it's because I live in an apartment and if I was to have more than one child then they'd probably have to have bunks. Perhaps it's also ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Stylish boys' rooms
I’m like hawk-eye now when it comes to boys’ rooms. Since I had a little boy, I’m always on the lookout for spaces that are sophisticated but with a masculine edge – and yet still playful. Perhaps it’s a big ask, but I’m slowly getting a good clippings file. While this room, showcasing a new ...
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PLACES TO VISIT
Shop til you drop
This morning I went to Magnolia Square's first shopping event in Sydney. The market has been running since 2005 in Melbourne with such great success that the founder, Nic MacIsaac, has branched out and taken the "pop-up-shop concept" north. While some of the brands were familiar to me from attending trade fairs, it's such a ...
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BABY
Sydney's little star
The synchronicity of life never ceases to amaze me. One day I’m at work chatting to our style director and he’s telling me about a cool little kid he’s just seen in the lift. Then a couple of days later I have a quick fix of The Sartorialist and low-and-behold there he is! It turns ...
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FOOD
Greekalicious
I know it’s bad to wish away the days and years, but I can’t wait for Little C to become old enough so we can cook together. I have such happy memories of baking as a child – and licking the wooden spoon (I still do!). And when I heard that Maria Benardis was extending ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Big on style
Okay, so this is perhaps a little extravagant, but chairs are my weakness (they’re like the shoes of the interior world – great accessories that complete a look). Little Nest is an Australian company that produces replica products of design classics. Think the Barcelona chair – but for kids! All pieces that you’d covet for ...
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BOOKS
Kid-friendly restaurants
Now that my little one is progressing quickly to finger food, it won't be long until he can start eating out with us. Already we take him down to the local cafés but I haven't really given much thought to whether the food on the menu is suitable for him. Until now... Well, luckily I've ...
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BABY
Products with heart
Last week I went to the Life In Style Home, Fashion Accessories and Gift Fair as part of my job. The decorating trade show has a whole section dedicated to kids' goods. I felt like Alice in Wonderland. One great company I came across is Lark. You may have heard of them before as the ...
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FOR MUMS
Just awful
As I'm sure many of you know by now, Australia has just experienced its worst natural disaster after ravaging bush fires killed hundreds of people and destroyed many more homes. I received an email yesterday from a woman in my mother's group who said that her brother had lost his home and all its contents, ...
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BABY
Gorgeous decorating finds
I was rushing about trying to find a first birthday present for my best friend's son this morning and in the process discovered Cocoon Couture. And not only did I love the product but I was thrilled when I turned over the packaging and saw that it was in fact an Australian company. Woohoo! I ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Beach chic at Christmas
Living only a five minute walk from world-famous Bondi Beach presents some interesting decorating dilemmas at Christmas time. I haven’t worried so much about what trinkets and festive fare to indulge in during previous years because I’ve always been too busy celebrating Sydney-style at friends’ places, parties and picnics – it is the summer social ...
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BABY
Top 10 Aussie baby finds
Australian kids have never looked so good. And there is a reason for that – well, I’ve managed to narrow it down to 10… of my favourite baby-related businesses. Sure, one of them is based in New Zealand (Merino Kids), but Australia often claims all the best of that country as our own (just ask ...
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PLACES TO VISIT
Sydney
If I could live anywhere -- apart from Paris of course -- it would be Sydney. Where else in the world do you get to live in a vibrant, cosmopolitan city whilst living by the beach? I love the balmy weather, the wonderful Pacific rim food and the idea that I could potentially go for ...
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FOR MUMS
Hello from Sydney!
Picture this: there are four stylish, intelligent, successful women sitting in a café having a conversation and you can’t help but listen in. Your admiration soars when you soon realise they’re all mothers. Really? How is this possible! They not only look amazing but they’re engaging in the world around them with a passion and ...
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