Where to shop and visit in Hong Kong!

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This time last year, I visited Hong Kong for the first time. During my time at university I became friends with quite a few people from Hong Kong, including my boyfriend. So it was my first travelling experience, where I met up with friends in their home city and followed around my boyfriend and his family, who knew the ins and outs of Hong Kong. My excessive googling of must-visit places and the anxiety of figuring out how to get places were redundant, which was a nice change.

Hong Kong is an interesting mix of the old world and the future. The influence of colonisation and the Western word is prominent in the buildings, business and language. However, there are still clear remnants of Hong Kong’s past life in the religion and culture. In the city, there is a distinct and interesting pattern of new buildings next to urban decay, homage to the city’s immense population density.

Hong Kong is an exciting city, with so much to do in terms of places to visit, eating and most importantly shopping. We stayed in Wan Chai, which was walkable to most central activities and if not, only a short ride on the MTR.

WHERE TO SHOP:

  • Firstly, the streets of the central areas of Hong Kong are covered with shops. From pharmacies, groceries to electronics. But if you’re looking for cute and cheap toys, knock-offs and souvenirs, Mong Kok is the place to be. Mong Kok is filled with market stalls. We found great souvenirs and a Hello Kitty toothbrush holder for me.
  • Hong Kong is definitely not in short supply of major shopping centres. The shopping centres are huge and have every brand imaginable. We visited City Plaza, which has an ice rink, The Landmark (Central), Pacific Place (Admiralty), Times Square (Causeway Bay) and Citygate Outlets (Lantau Island).


WHERE TO VISIT
  •  Ocean Park is a theme park with so many beautiful animals, rides and surprisingly amazing views of Hong Kong. I would go back to Ocean Park, just to go on the cable car and see the islands of Hong Kong from above.
  • The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery is a great day out in Hong Kong. It involves a bit of travelling, however it is an extraordinary place. The Tian Tan Buddha statue is 34 metres high set among beautiful green mountains. In the area, there is the Po Lin Monastery, a tourist centre with shops and food outlets, and a cable car, which was unfortunately closed when we were there. Hot tip: ox roam freely in the area and you should definitely avoid feeding them - we witnessed a woman’s food being ripped from her bag.
  • Taking the Peak Tram to see the views of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak is one of the best things I’ve ever done. We visited at night and saw the sky light up from the skyscrapers, some of them even had animated lighting.
  • Lan Kwai Fong is the place to be at night! It’s filled with bars and restaurants, but you’ll find most people drinking at 7/11 (no shame though, it’s cheap!).



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Black & White - Planning your Valentine's Day outfit

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Shirt: Dion Lee, Pants: Zara, Clutch: Mon Purse, Sunglasses: Karen Walker, Shoes: Dion Lee for Target, Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Bracelet: Tiffany & Co, Bangle: Franchesca

I am a big fan of white shirts, with half of my tops made up of them. I found this beautiful white collarless shirt with the most interesting sleeves at a Dion Lee warehouse sale. As you can see, only the bottom half of the sleeves exist and it exposes the shoulder and arms, such an interesting design!

I love the look of a white blouse; it’s classic and elegant and with a beautiful skirt or trousers, it would make a perfect romantic Valentine’s Day outfit.  One of my favourite online retailers, Zaful, has some great valentine’s day specials that can help you find your perfect valentine’s day look without breaking the bank. You can also use this discount code: ZAKIRA.

As part of Zaful’s Valentine’s Day sales, there are so many cute causal romantic pieces on sale, including floral playsuits, deep burgundy dresses and all black looks.


But if you’re like me and looking to stick to a more classic outfit, they also have a huge range of beautiful white blouses and complementary skirts. Below are some of my favourites:

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Summer Swimwear - Brighton Beach Boxes

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Here in Australia we are definitely in the height of summer with temperatures across our cities soaring to over 40C (104F) on certain days. So as you can imagine most of the population is spending their free days on the beach cooling off and I'm making the most out of my women's swim wear.

The lovely team at Rosegal recently sent me some bathers for the summertime. I am loving a good one piece these days. Firstly, they are so comfy. Secondly, they’re quite flattering (you don’t have to worry too much about the after lunch bloat). And lastly, they’re more sun smart than a bikini, which is always a huge plus.

Do you prefer a one piece or bikini on the beach?

I decided to go with the shaping striped one pieceswimsuit, tropical print piping one piece and a stripped padded bikini and I love them all! They are comfy, colourful and fun – perfect for summer or to put on your Valentine’s gift wishlist. If you’re looking to leave a few gift hints to your significant other, check out the Best Valentines Gift 2018 gift ideas here.


Rosegal has a great range of clothing and accessories, you can check out Rosegal’s Valentine’s Gift ideas here.

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Blues and Browns - What to wear on Christmas

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Dress: Monki (viaAsos), Hat: Ace of Something, Sunnies: LeSpecs, Shoes: Lipstik, Bag: Cult Gaia, Watch: Coach, Bracelet: Tiffany&Co, Ring: Pandora
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Lace Cuff Shirt - Film Camera

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Shirt: Asilio (onsale!), Pants: Zara , Shoes: Gucci, Sunnies: LeSpecs

I went to the Asilio warehouse sale with the expectation of being able to freely walk in, find a few things then leave. Oh how wrong I was....

There were people and clothes everywhere. Clothes were filled on hangers, across racks, piled like a mountain on a table and across the floor, accompanied by a copious amount of large plastic bags forcefully shoved full of discounted clothes. 

Among the warehouse wildness, my hands somehow managed to pick up this Asilio History of You shirt. So many thoughts were running through my head - who is touching me, can you tell I am sweating, why did I decide to wear a hat, but I knew I was walking away with this shirt. It's clean and simple like any white shirt, but with exaggerated and such interesting sleeves. The cuffs of the shirts are like bell sleeves, but attached to the shirt with a string almost like a shoelace. Who would have thought?!

I am in deep admiration of the designer who came up with this idea and in the name of the a good bargain, I knew I had to dedicate a whole blog post to this shirt. With the help of my beautiful and skilled friend, we took some images on a film camera to capture its interesting design. Sorry for being super posey in these photos, but seriously how cool is this shirt?!

Okay I'll stop now, although I'd love to know if you've found a great find a warehouse sale?


Photos by Kirsty McKellar.

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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?

Photos by Ivor

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