Thursday, December 7, 2017

Island time with French Connection

French Connection has long been one of my favourite brands, and I’ve been wearing them for so many years. I have always loved their simple and practical, yet versatile and on trend styles, and have found their pieces on rotation in my wardrobe for the longest time. When they approached me to showcase their newest collection during my travels, I knew this would be perfect shot in Hawaii. 

Below are four looks I loved wearing during my time on the island of Oahu, as they are super simple and don't compromise on comfort, yet look great in real life and on camera! 

See the locations beneath the photos if you'd like to know where these were taken on Oahu! Also let me know your favourite spots around the island.

Waikiki Beach

Sunrise Shack, North Shore

Lā'ie Beach Park, North Shore

Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden

The Dole Plantation

The Royal Hawaiian Hotel

The Royal Hawaiian Hotel

Pillbox Trail above Lanikai Beach

This post has been sponsored by French Connection, however all thoughts and words are my own.

Feeling Festive with Cotton On Body

Christmas is fast approaching — as it does so every year, and I’m SO excited! Like many others, I adore Christmas, and I’ve come to appreciate it more and more in the past few years because of all the travel I’ve been doing. It’s such a personal time of year, one filled with love and laughter, with your nearest and dearest. And honestly, I feel like I become a child again on December 25th. In my family, my mum and dad go crazy with the cooking and they whip up a massive feast. My mum scurries around the kitchen while you’ll find my dad roasting on the barbie (barbecue for my international friends). My sister and I deck the house in every Christmas trinket you can think of. All the while, Mariah Carey plays on repeat in the background, of course.

Christmas is more than a day, it’s a feeling. So when Cotton On presented me with their new Christmas Summer collection, I was so keen to create a story that conveyed what Christmas means to me, personally. This collection really resonates with me. It’s so joyful, and when I wear these pieces, I feel so amazingly extra, just like on Christmas day. Also, there’s nothing like fresh new pyjamas, especially on Christmas! 

And because Christmas is so personal, you can customise your own Robe with Cotton On. I have a ’T’ on mine. So now, it’s mine only! (or anyone else whose name also starts with T, hehe!)

This was one of the most fun shoots to create. I hope you enjoy! Let me know what Christmas means to you in the comments!

This post was created in collaboration with Cotton On Body, however all thoughts and words are my own.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Alohilani Resort Hotel


I’ve always had the fondest memories of Hawaii since my first visit with my family back in 2010. 

This would be my third time to Hawaii & Oahu, and I’m thrilled to be sharing with you the newly refurbished Alohilani Resort Hotel in Waikiki beach.

Formerly called the Pacific Beach Hotel, the past year has been spent renovating the brand new Alohilani Resort Hotel. Before visiting, I had little expectations because it’s so new and I couldn’t find many photos of the hotel online. But what they’ve done with it is beautiful. The hotel is split up into several towers. When you walk into reception you are greeted by a large well-lit space with high ceilings & beautiful detailing in the decor. As you’ll see in the below photos, the coral inspired artwork behind the reception desk is quite incredible. 

I love how open the reception space is, it’s very welcoming after ten hours on a red eye. We stayed in the beachfront tower, and as you’ll see below, our room was incredibly spacious. We were hosted in the Honeymoon suite. My favourite part of our room was the bathroom, simply because of all the space we had in there. I love when bathrooms have two sinks, and plenty of space on the vanity. The finishings are all brand new and of a very high standard, which we definitely noticed. Because we were in the beachfront tower, our room also faced the ocean and we were lucky enough to experience Waikiki Beach’s incredible sunsets every evening.

Everything about this hotel I loved, while they are still finishing some of the public areas downstairs and yet to open room service, I have no doubt this will be one of Waikiki’s finest hotels once officially completed in a few months. 

Hope you enjoy this one, and keep an eye out from more posts from Hawaii!

This post has been sponsored by Alohilani Resort, however all thoughts and words are my own.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Bonjour from Sofitel Darling Harbour

Staycations - when you see your city through new eyes. I'm obsessed.

I really enjoy staying in my home city for a few nights to soak up my town through a different perspective. And that's exactly what we did at Sofitel Darling Harbour a few weeks ago!

Sofitel Darling Harbour is Sydney's newest five star hotel. As in, it's only two months old kind of new. And it is perfect! I've always said that Sydney lacks in range of five star accommodation on an international level, and now, we finally have a worthy contender. It truly is a beautiful hotel, and I'm so glad to be able to share it with you all today on my blog! 

The hotel boasts 590 rooms, all with a little Parisian charm in design and class, as it is French at heart, of course.

So, why do I love it? Well, first of all, I've never seen Sydney like this before. 
The building has 35 levels, and allows you to see Sydney Harbour without the traditional bridge or Opera House view, which makes our whole city feel brand new. Instead, you get an incredible view of the very underrated Anzac Bridge. Who would've thought it could be so beautiful from above? Especially at sunset.

During our stay we enjoyed a few other wonderfully French things, including a champagne degustation before dinner, and Louis Rogederer wine and strawberries before breakfast. Because, wine not? Additionally, if you are staying in a suite, you may enjoy breakfast and snacks from Club Millésime, a club lounge that you need to see!

The rooms and service are impeccable, just as you would expect from the French. Everywhere you go, you are always greeted with "Bonjour". I'll admit I was feeling very fancy in this part of Darling Harbour, and I was loving it.

The hotel also has an incredible infinity pool, which ticks all the boxes, as it looks over Sydney's familiar yet new Skyline. Many of the guests flock to this spot from the early morning because it feels like such a privilege, especially since we've not been able to experience Sydney like this before.

I hope you all might get to visit one day, as it's up there on my list of Sydney's best hotels. Even if you're in the area, you have to swing by the lobby to check it out. I know I'll definitely be back for more. Hope you enjoy this my lovers!

Au revoir!