Where to eat, stay and shop in Noosa, QLD

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To celebrate the end of my university degree, my mum and I travelled up to Noosa, Queensland for a mini vacation. For four days, we immersed ourselves into the coastal Queensland life with endless seafood, beautiful walks, beach relaxation and of course shopping! The style in Noosa is laid back, yet incredibly chic, with many of the beach goers and general locals wearing beautiful white linens or sheer light dresses with fun bathers. I was so attracted to this chic coastal style that I had to do some shopping while I was there. I also managed to keep this up through some online shopping when I got back to Melbourne. I came across Sunday Saint-Tropez, a beautiful coastal range ofdresses, playsuits and shorts. The range is made up of beautiful linen, loose silhouettes, with amazing details – tassels, eyelets and ruffles – the perfect beach outfits ready for my next trip to Noosa.

Noosa is a quintessential Aussie beach destination, much loved by families and really anyone who loves the beach. The beautiful Noosa area is filled with waterways, walking trails with incredible views of the coas. Noosa has white squeaky sand beaches and incredibly blue and green ocean water. It’s definitely one of those picturesque Aussie beach towns and it has so much to offer. There’s just so much to do in terms of activities from paddle boarding to island hopping, great restaurants and bars and so many beautiful boutiques (the buyers at these boutiques have serious game – there were so many gorgeous pieces from high end and local designers).

EAT/DRINK

Hastings St, across the road from the beach, has copious great restaurants. After every meal my brother would say, “that’s the best steak/pizza/burger/gelato I’ve ever had.” Here are some of the restaurants we visited:
  •  Season Restaurant is situated right next to the beach with beautiful views and great seafood. A great place to watch the sunset and have dinner.
  • Le Monde Café has a great breakfast and lunch menu. It’s a lovely causal café with great service and mist fans to cool you down in the Noosa heat.
  • Massimo’s has some seriously delicious gelato! The gelato is fluffy, creamy and the perfect way to cool down in the Queensland heat.
  • El Capitano is a shabby chic restaurant that serves great thin-based pizza and cocktails.
  • Betty’s burger = great burgers, shakes and hand cut chips!
  • Noosa Beach House is a beautiful comfy spot to relax with a cocktail.
  • Aroma’s Noosa is a French bistro style restaurant with great service, yummy anchovy pizza and according to my brother “the best steak ever.”


STAY

Hasting St is the centre of everything at Noosa with the beach on one end, national park on the other and restaurants and shops on another end.

  • I stayed at Peppers Resort and absolutely loved it!
  • I would highly recommend Peppers, it’s set among the national park with beautiful trees and scenery surrounding the resort. The resort is large and filled amenities - two pools, entertainment areas and a great restaurant. The rooms are spacious and the staffs are so helpful, they drive the guests up and down the large resort in buggies. My family and I are already planning our return to Peppers.


SHOP
There are so many great stores on Hastings St from homewares, bathers to Aussie brands such as Seed, Witchery, Peter Alexander and Seafolly.
My fave boutiques:

  • Bow and Arrow Trading filled with so many cool designers from Aus and aboard, including Karen Walker, Alice McCall, Asilio, Cameo Collective, Finders Keepers and Sass and Bide.
  •  Alterior Motif another great boutique with so many cool designers, including Bec & Bridge, C&M, Dion Lee, Keepsake, P.E Nation and Senso.
  • Noosa Longboards is a cool surf store filled with tote bags, hats, swimming shorts and bathers. It’s a great place to get a Noosa souvenir.
  • Toscani is filled with beautiful high-end brands. I found myself visiting the store each time we returned to our resort. It’s a great place if you’re looking to splurge in Noosa. 
Have you guys been to Noosa and loved it?
or
What's your favourite beach destination?

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Blue & white - Off the shoulder & bows

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Top: NeonRose via Asos, Pants: Veronika Maine, Shoes: Asos, Sunglasses: Karen Walker, Bag: Gucci

Pale blue and white seems to be my uniform this spring (see previous post and upcoming!).

Over winter I became so attracted to this pale blue colour that I stockpiled tops and dresses of this colour - ready and waiting to be worn in the warmer weather.

So don't be shocked if you see more of this colour on my blog. Pale blue has to be my favourite colour for the warmer seasons.

What's your favourite colour for spring/summer?

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Blue, White & Blue - Embracing Spring

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Sunglasses: KarenWalker, Top: Keepsake, Pants: Veronika Maine, Shoes: Acne, Bag: Gucci, Watch: Coach

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Transitioning From Winter to Spring

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Jacket: Maje (similar Maje jacket here), T-shirt: COS, Skirt: Zara, Boots: Miss Shop, Sunglasses: Asos, Bag: Gucci, Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar same brand), Bracelet: Mimco, Ring: COS

Transitioning your wardrobe from one season to the next can be difficult, particularly if you live in cities like Melbourne that suffer from seasonal identity crisis. In Melbourne, it's never a good idea to pack away your raincoat in summer or your skirts in winter, because the weather can be so bizzare for good and bad!

While I won't be packing away my coat, I am reaching out for more colourful pieces in my wardrobe and have swapped jeans and a jumper for skirts, dresses and culottes.

How are you transitioning for Spring (or Autumn for people living in the Northern Hemisphere)?


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Closing Night, Melbourne Fashion Week

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My outfit
Jacket: Primark (similar here), Dress: Nicholas, Boots: Miss Shop, Bag: Moschino (sold out) but other Moschino bags here

The elegant Melbourne Town Hall was transformed into a fashion Mecca for Melbourne Fashion Week. The classic stone and marble interiors of the Town Hall were adorned with enormous wild flower installations and transformed pink under reflective lights. Racks of clothes by Australian designers were wheeled across the lobby and hall ways of this historic building. Outside of the grand entrance was a bar, DJ and even a make-up claw machine.

It was the last night of Melbourne Fashion Week and Melbourne's fashion enthusiasts, including my colleagues and I, lined up on Swanston St to see the Spring/Summer collections of Australia's best designers. Lined in the centre of the runway were flowers enclosed in an ice block, with the models walking alongside of these grand centre pieces.

My favourite designers that night were Romance was Born and my love Dion Lee. As always Romance was Born bought out an eccentric mix of colours and textures that all just seemed to work together. One of my favourite designers, Dion Lee, showed some gorgeous structured dresses and an amazing orange fur coat (which I need!!).

What was your favourite designer from Melbourne Fashion Week? Or for my non-Melbourne friends, what is your favourite home-grown designer?


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Recapping Vogue's Fashions Night Out Melbourne

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Jacket: Maje, Top: Zara, Necklace: Asos, Skirt: Asos, Boots: Miss Shop (similar in black velvet), Bag: Cult Gaia

This month kicked off with Vogue Fashion Night Out in Melbourne - a glorified shopping experience with endless sparkling wine.

My friend and I met on Bourke St in our best Spring outfits and scouted all the festivities across Emporium, David Jones and Myer Bourke St, including the gorgeous open air runway featuring iconic Australian designers.

After recently purchasing a new Moschino bag, I put myself on a spending ban, which sounds like an oxymoron as I was at a shopping event with all my favourite brands having a one night only sale. However in order to ensure I was not tempted to spend and later cry about my finances, I devoted my attention to finding complimentary alcohol and sweets, which I was highly successfully at. Talk about a win-win!

While I didn't purchase anything, all the wonderful Australian designers including Alice McCall, Zimmerman, Manning Cartell and more, had put out their best Spring/Summer lines. I loved seeing all the beautiful colours and the textures in all the pieces - frill, lace, layers!

For the night, I paired this asymmetrical Asos skirt (which I wore on my 18th birthday party) with one of my more recent and coveted purchases, this embodied Maje Jacket. To amplify the Spring-iness of this look, I added a heavy blue and gold statement necklace, my wooden Cult Gaia bag and these burgundy boots (a bit more of an Autumn piece, but I wanted comfy shoes).


What's your favourite outfit for Spring?

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Getting Spring ready with Zaful!

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Dress: Zaful, Sunglasses: Zaful, Bag: Cult Gaia, Boots: Tony Bianco, Necklace: H&M, Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Bracelet: Franchesca

Finally winter is almost over here in Australia. While I love winter fashion and layering, the cold often makes me feel unmotivated to venture out with my clothes. I catch myself wearing the same thing everyday - jeans, a shirt and a big coat.

Fortunately, the sun is starting to shine and I'm shivering a whole lot less. I can't wait to wear dresses without stockings and shoes that aren't boots.

Zaful is helping get my closet ready for the spring/summer period with their huge array of cute and inexpensive dresses, playsuits and skirts.

To get myself ready for spring I chose this cold shoulder ruffle paid dress with these ultra cool pair of pink frameless mirrored sunglasses.

The lovely team have Zaful have a coupon code for anyone interested: Zafulxie10

How are updating your closet for the upcoming season?

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