Pandora Spring Launch
Thank you Pandora for inviting us to celebrate your wonderful new Spring Collection in perfect time for Mother’s Day.
We had the most beautiful afternoon in this pastel paradise on the cliffsides of Coogee.
Surrounded by diamonds & sparkling jewels we enjoyed the amazing ball haven and all things bubbles… the most amazing canapés (that looked sweet but were surprisingly were all deliciously savoury), inspirational stories by stellar people and this wildly delicious rainbow cheesecake by creative genius Katherine Sabbath. What more can a girl ask for…?
7 bucket list ideas to tick off with mum this Mother’s day
We think our amazing mum’s should be celebrated every day of the year, but Mother’s Day is a great excuse to plan something extra-special. This year, ditch the flowers and cliché gifts, and do something unique together that you’ll both remember forever. Here are our favourite bucket list ideas to get you started:
Create a signature family recipe together
There’s something soul-warming about recreating a meal just like grandma did, especially when it’s for family. This Mother’s Day, come up with your own special recipe with mum that can be handed down to future generations. Go a step further and create a handmade recipe book that celebrates your new recipe, as well as all the other family recipes your mum has created over the years.
Jump in the car and drive somewhere new
Tell mum to pack for a road trip and surprise her with a location you’ve both never explored before. It could be close to home or out of town: a gallery, a botanical garden, a historical spot or simply a beautiful landscape.
Get sentimental and bury a time capsule.
Collect items that are important to you both and bury them in a capsule in the family garden, to open 10+ years later on Mother’s Day. It can be photos of special times you’ve shared during the year, a local newspaper, your favourite book, record or magazine, a letter to each other and anything else that holds meaning.
Take on a physical challenge
If your mum is adventurous, take on a mountain, hike a trail, or enter a marathon with her. You’ll bond over your achievement together and you’ll remember it for a lifetime.
Indulge in a spa weekend
This idea doubles as a treat for you both! Spoil yourselves by booking a luxury retreat out of town, or set up your own mini spa at home and indulge in a girls day at home.
Give back to the community
The only thing that feels better than giving back to those less fortunate is sharing that feeling with someone else. Volunteer at your local homeless shelter, or offer up your time together at an animal rescue home.
Learn something new together
There are a lot of good reasons to learn something new, and even more good reasons to learn something new with your mum. Whether it be a language, an instrument or learning how to paint, you’ll not have a common hobby to keep you connected (and accountable to stick to it!), you can put your new-found talents to good use together in the future. Trip to Spain anyone?
Want more inspiration?
Pick up your copy of Bucketlist – it’s filled with inspiring stories of people who’ve ticked off their own bucket lists and are living their dream lives. The journal is also the perfect gift for mum – she can list, plan, record and tick off all of her dreams and must-dos all in one beautifully bound keepsake! Shop now >
Life in the slow lane
Ever dreamed of dropping everything and travelling for a year? That’s exactly what Courtney Adamo, her husband and four kids did. We came across Courtney’s beautiful family a little while ago on Instagram, and fell head-over-heels in love with her inspiring story. We loved following their gorgeous family on the road, and decided to interview them for our Life’s A Roadtrip journal. Here’s a taste of the amazing adventure:
It all began with Courtney’s childhood dream and longing to explore the world on the road with her family, one country at a time. Living in London with successful careers (Michael, a Managing Director of his production company and Courtney, a founder of family lifestyle website Babyccino Kids), they decided to leave the predictability of normal life and embark on a dream journey to find a place they like to call ‘somewhere slower’.
Fast forward six months into their journey, the family has ventured from London to the USA, South America, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Sri Lanka. With Portugal and Italy left to tick off on their incredible year-long adventure, the Adamos have enjoyed invaluable moments together, opened their children up to the world around them, and fulfilled their dream of finding a slower pace of life.
WHERE DID THE IDEA TO PACK IT ALL UP AND LIVE ON THE ROAD COME FROM?
Courtney: It’s been a dream of mine since I was very young. I grew up on a tulip farm in rural Washington State and my grandparent’s neighbours did exactly that. They took their children out of school, put their careers on hold and travelled the world. It was a daring move for a family in small-town America and everyone was intrigued, including my eight-year-old self.
NOW THAT YOU’VE EXPERIENCED LIFE ON THE ROAD AS A FAMILY, WHAT DO YOU THINK LIFE WILL BE LIKE WHEN YOU RETURN?
Michael: Life will be different for sure. We will really resist falling into the rat race again. Even though we had a nice life in London, it’s a constant treadmill. You’re always running to keep up – and when you’re on it, you don’t even realise it. The people around you are all working long hours, striving for bigger salaries and wanting bigger and better and faster. Your reality gets so skewed, and you start placing importance on things that really aren’t important. It’s funny how just stepping off of that treadmill allows you to see what really matters. Many things that used to matter to us, seem silly or trivial now.
LIVING ON THE ROAD FULL-TIME WITH FOUR KIDS MUST BE DIFFICULT AT TIMES?
Courtney: There are some trying moments. When we were in New Zealand, it rained for fifteen days straight and we were stuck inside a campervan. But I still loved it – we had wet clothes, everything smelled, we had four kids in a small space and I was still like ‘whatever, I’ve got all I need right now.’
Read the couple’s full story, along with more tales from amazing travellers in Life’s a Roadtrip – a travel journal designed to inspire and capture all of your road tripping adventures.
FREE Yoga & Bliss | Australian Roadtrip Tour
With an epic playlist and a tank full of wanderlust we are super excited to be cruising around the East coast of Australia to visit some of the coolest stores to launch our latest title ‘Life’s a Roadtrip’.
Come see us – join in on yoga, share stories, sip champagne, get discounts on your Xmas gifts and check out our newest book which makes the perfect present for an adventurous friend!
See below the list of upcoming events happening over the next two weeks – including 2 wholesome days of FREE Yoga & bliss for our Melbourne friends! and for all you Gold Coasters out there come see us at White Bohemian tonight!
Axel & Ash
Thursday 8th December (QLD)
5 – 8 pm
6/1160 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach, QLD, 4221
10% off store-wide & champagne on arrival.
Saturday 10th December (VIC)
Live Life Well Studio
12:30 – 2:30pm
Level 1, 409 Nepean Highway, Chelsea, VIC, 3196
Free yoga classes (don’t need to book, just turn up), juices, treats, inspirational talk and makers market!
Sunday 11th December (VIC)
Daily Dose Studio
9am – 1pm
2 William Street, Balaclava, 3183
Free yoga classes (don’t need to book, just turn up), juices, treats, inspirational talk and makers market!
Tuesday 13th December (VIC)
6 – 8pm
16 Napier St, Warragul, VIC, 3820
Travel pack giveaway, henna art, worldly tunes and donating 10% of the nights sales to Doctors Without Borders.
Friday 16th December (VIC)
4 – 6 pm
65A Mt Eliza Way, Mt Eliza, VIC 3930
Bubbly & nibbles, giveaway, raffles & more surprises!
Saturday 17th December (NSW)
Mind Over Manor
11am – 2pm
Camden Village Court Store, 24/180-186 Argyle Street, Camden, NSW 2570
Special discount & travel pack giveaway.
Home on Darling
3 – 6pm
624 Darling Street, Rozelle, NSW 2039
Refreshments and nibbles, free gift wrapping, 10% discount on all xmas stock including books.
Tuesday 20th December (NSW)
6 – 9 pm
Shop 3 (6-8) Lawrence St, Freshwater, NSW 2096
View new collection, 20% off store wide, champagne, canapés, gift wrapping and free goody bag with purchase.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
When thinking about visiting Iceland there is one thing that is on just about everyone’s travel bucket list – Visit the Blue Lagoon. With it’s milky blue water, steamy pools and white rock formations it certainly looks like something out of a dream – and when we decided to make a three day stop over in Iceland, this was definitely a bucket list item we couldn’t wait to tick off!
On arrival, we were very excited to get spoilt with a Platinum package , and the afternoon was surely packed with experiences. With the outside temperature sitting at 7 °C we got into our big fluffy white robes, headed out to the blue geothermal gem and then… we didn’t leave for six hours! That was six hours of floating around to every corner, the sparkling steam baths with in-pool massages, getting lava scrubs, playing silly with the silica clay & algae masks, and making friends in the pool bar – this place went above and beyond all our expectations.
When the moonlight hit and the pool closed, we headed over for dinner to the onsite restaurant – LAVA. With rock covered walls and a view over the blue lagoon this restaurant offered the most sensational experience, with beautiful local ingredients and nordic flavours from the Icelandic kitchen, we were in heaven. We tried the lobster soup, Cod and the fish of the day (Artic Char). The Char was seriously the most delicious fish I (Hanna) ever had! We then finished off with a traditional “Ástarpungar & caramel” and ‘Chocolate & raspberry liquorice desert… We definitely went into a food coma!
Overall, if you’re going to Iceland, the Blue Lagoon is one of those experiences that you can’t miss.
The one interesting thing is that The Blue Lagoon is not a natural wonder that many people think it is. In fact, it’s man made! However, after this visit and learning all about how it was accidentally created it doesn’t make it any less special. The Blue Lagoon was formed in 1976 during operation at the nearby geothermal power plant. In the years that followed, people began to bathe in the unique water and apply the silica mud to their skin. Those with psoriasis noticed an incredible improvement in their condition and the idea to build a bath/spa around it came it… so we would call it an accidental man-made wonder. The water is very rich in minerals and has an amazing effect on your skin, and in fact – there is now a psoriasis centre here as well with clinically proof that bathing here actually helps the skin condition! Therefore, it didn’t surprise us when we came out soft like baby-bums!
We can’t wait to come back here for a whole spa weekend!
How to spend 3 nights in ICELAND…
This beautiful mystic volcanic country that makes us think about vikings, snow, hot springs and cool design has always been on our Bucketlist. The thought of exploring incredible waterfalls, geothermal pools, icy glaciers and a landscape smokey from all the hot springs ignites all our Wanderlust buttons!
And in a wonderful spontaneous moment when planning our US Roadtrip in line with the launch of our upcoming journal ‘Life’s a Roadtrip’ we realised that we had the option of a stop on out flights from Copenhagen to NYC. Basically, if you book flights via Iceland Air they offer you an enticing ‘7 night stopover’ with no additional charge to your airfare. A quick call to our travel agent and we were all booked in – excited to start our big US road trip a bit early by exploring the famous Ring Road 1 for a sneaky 3 day road trip in Iceland Baby! And it didn’t fail to impress.
Ring Road 1 We started out our trip on the long bare but still oh so beautiful Ring Road that is lined with rock formations that are covered by the most incredible dark green moss (it’s trademark) – you won’t believe your eyes! The road goes all the way around the country and it takes approximately 24 hours to drive around the island if you don’t stop – which is basically impossible! If you are anything like us and love to stop and explore little towns, interact with the locals and snap amazing photos, make sure to plan in a lot of extra time so you can see all it’s beauty!
Reykjadalur Hot Spring We drove South for about 40 mins from Reykjavík, to explore our first stop – the Reykjadalur Hot Springs. Directly translating to ‘steam valley’, Reykjadalur is an actual steaming river that holds true to its name with clouds of white mist floating in every direction. In order to get to this magical hot spring river you have to do a moderate hike for about 50 minutes. When we got to the start of the hike the temperature was around 7 degrees with such strong winds that we almost blew us of course! (When you hear that Iceland can have 4 seasons in one day, they’re definitely not lying!). When we freezing cold finally reached the misty hot springs we never thought we’d want to strip down to our bathers… But as soon as we melted into the steamy water, it was honestly like heaven on earth – we never wanted to leave We had a tight schedule and could only stay for an hour but could have easily stayed for 3-4!
Blue Lagoon After our hike, next was time to relax the entire afternoon in this utterly amazing place! See more on our next post on this absolute gem…
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall On day 2 we decided to go glacier & waterfall hopping! It was truly spectacular to get up close and personal to this majestic fall which is the one fall in Iceland where you can actually walk right behind and 360 degree all around the waterfall. Originating from the volcano glacier Eyjafjallajökull and surrounded by green lushes plants and epic views over the farmland and mountains, it was absolutley breathtaking. There is also a fun trail west to the falls where you can hike and see more waterfalls.
Skogafoss Waterfall Next stop was Iceland’s most famous waterfall and you really can understand why. The sheer power of this waterfall was just over whelming. You can get up close, but be prepared to get wet by all the mist from this 60 meter waterfall. There are a few trails that lead up to the top of the waterfall, our favourite was the ‘man made’ second stop before the top where you get a really good view of the waterfall surrounded by lush greenery – careful not to slip!
WE ATE: Lots of local goodness! Iceland is very self sustainable when it comes to meats , fish and their water is the freshest in the world. Three favourites were
Braud & Co
A favourite amongst the locals, This cute bakery is a must try for the pastry lover. Grab a morning coffee (Across the road at Rejykavik Coffee Roasters) and some snacks (Apple & custard pastry – delicious!) for the road, as every day Iceland is sure to be an adventure.
Lava, Blue lagoon
After floating around in the soft silica water for four hours, we were treated to a gastronomical feast at the onsite award winning Lava restaurant. Contemporary dishes with locally sources ingredients like Freshly caught fish cooked to perfection and the liquorice infused desert… Did someone say liquorice? Rock covered walls was complimenting the beauty of the lit up geothermal pools that surrounds you through big glass windows. This is the perfect end of a long day n the blue gem!
We love finding the local health hubs and this place is certainly one of them. Offering a beautiful range of salads with additions like raw pizza or raw patties it certainly won’t disappoint the health conscious spirits out there. Do NOT miss their Coconut curry and make sure to grab their absolute heavenly raw deserts – we tried the snickers & raspberry/coffee…aahhh. Dreaming about coming back to Iceland just for those!
Get lost in this adorable concept store filled with quintessential Icelandic designer goods. From designer homeware to kitted Icelandic shirts, great gifts and adorable letter-press cards, there is something for everyone!
Took a little detour to Brazil to cheer on our canoeing friends paddling away in the Rio Olympics… and wow – this city has it all! The flavours, the views, the vibe, the moves, the feel! And with the Olympics as a cherry on top.. this was one epic once in a lifetime experience!
To make it even better I was so excited to tick off a big bucket list dream of mine – #80 – Play fuss ball on Copacabana Beach.
Tons of Cheering on diving/canoeing/soccer/volleyball, munching down Kibe’s & Pao de Queso’s, Rollerskating, Samba-dancing, Caprihinas, coconuts, topless tanning, spectacular views later and beach fussball games with the locals, later – it was hard to leave this pulsing city!
PANDORA Interview- Friendship Day
FRIENDSHIP INTERVIEW WITH PANDORA
If you are not blogging full time, what do each of you do when you are not blogging? Ash: Working on our next book! It’s been a little crazy over the last few months, but we’re super excited to be releasing our third title, ‘Life’s a Roadtrip’ for this coming summer! We’ve worked with a great team and loved every bit of putting it together! Hanna: Well we are not really full time bloggers, even if we want to we just don’t have time! I used to be a TV News director for ABC and Ash a financial planner, until we finally could take the step to do our business full-time. We now spend our days coming up with concepts, sourcing pictures, designing books, answering emails, road-tripping to find the coolest stores around the world, bouncing millions of project ideas, travelling and sourcing tons of material for our upcoming travel guide, having photo-shoots, collaborating with people who really inspire us, all whilst hanging out with our friends around Bondi planning what festivals to go to next year whilst drinking endless cups of liquorice Tea!
Describe each other in 3 words? Ash on Hanna: Beautiful (inside & out). Hilarious & Adventurous. Hanna on Ash: Excited, hardworking, adventurous spirit – oh and can I add with the most sparkling eyes!
What do each other mean to you? Ash: Hanna, flew into my life so unexpectedly, and quickly became such a big part of my life. She is not only my business partner, but also such a beautiful close friend. Even through those times when we drive each other completely nuts, I love her to absolute pieces. I am always so grateful for her big presence in my life, she is just so much fun, always making me laugh and I know she is always there no matter what. Having that trust through thick and thin is really rare, especially when you have to work with each other on a daily basis. She means the world to me and always will be my book wifey! Hanna: Ash is engrained in every part of my life – She is my business partner, one of my best friends and my book wifey in crime! She brings so much positive energy, love and fun into my life – and she is always up for an adventure! We talk to each other several times a day wherever we are in the world, and she always calls me back to say ‘one more thing’ just after we hung up – it never fails 😉 We are honestly like sisters, we love each other one moment and annoy each other the next, but we have this very strange bond that whatever happens we know that none of us would ever want to live a day without each other!
Describe each other’s style? Ash: She’s an absolute Swede when it comes to style.. She loves her white, black, clean, crisp, straight lines! Then occasionally her free-spirit comes out and she will be a boho, but still has the clean style… never failing looking like a gorgeous model! Hanna: Ash is boho vintage lover with a preppy heart! You’ll either see her in jeans, a crisp white shirt heels and a nice blazer with a branded vintage bag, or full boho – big skirt, earthy tones and bangles galore! But never without her signature Tom Ford pout!
What has each other taught you about style? Ash: The finishing touches! From that extra ring or necklace, to not forgetting my hat, guitar or wild sunglasses… She always reminds me of the little things that make any outfit or photography session be absolutely perfect. Hanna: I don’t really think we’ve influenced each other’s style at all, we have quite different styles and we are always each other a mirror telling each other if something looks good or bad – no holding back there!
How do each other inspire you? Ash: Pushing myself to always be better & improve on my weaknesses. Hanna is very honest and direct. She will tell you straight up what she thinks. It can be tough at times to take, but it always comes from a good place. With that honesty, it has always inspired me to get better, push myself outside the boundaries and learn from your mistakes. Hanna: Ash inspires me as she is the biggest go-getter I know! She has big wild dreams, no fears and always aims for the stars and doesn’t hold back. She constantly reminds me and all the people around her that nothing is impossible! It’s a nice spirit to be around!
What’s the best memory you have with each other? Ash: Jeezz we have so many! It’s so hard to choose…But I think the moment when we picked up an RV (Recreation Vehicle) last year when we were travelling across the U.S. I was outside the RV giving directions to get out of the car park as Hanna said she would drive first (neither of us had ever driven an RV!). I looked at Hanna as she was trying to drive, she was so tiny in the drivers seat turning the steering wheel of this great big RV! At that moment I couldn’t help but smile, I realised how far we had came together – we were in the middle of LA, we’ve published 2 books together, now on a big road trip across the United States promoting our books in an RV, all whilst ticking off our bucketlist! It was surreal and a memory I won’t forget. Hanna: Oh how could I choose? From smelling our first book together, laughing until we cry over 9 hour phone convos, to when she held a protest party for me or all those summer days scooting around Bondi … But I might have to say our 3 month road trip across the US, from Hawaii to New York-that was such an amazing trip full of crazy memories daily! From picking up a hitchhiker who changes his plans to take us on one of the most beautiful hikes in the world (NaPali Coast, Kauai), to dancing around the streets of NYC, swimming in secret caves with the locals in Hawaii, camping at McDonalds in our big RV or getting caught by LAPD (who ash loves!) when innocently climbing to touch the hollywood sign… There really wasn’t a dull day during those months!
What are the qualities that each other has, that you wish you had? Ash: Story telling! Hanna is the best story teller I know. She will captivate a stranger from the street with her stories! She has this beautiful, passionate happy persona which just grasps you in for any time she begins to tell a story. Wherever she goes, there is always a story when she gets back – even if she just went to the grocery store! Also, her stories are never short and you will always be laughing at the end of them! Hanna: I really admire that Ash has no fear of failure. Like none at all, which is very rare. She just goes for it-whatever it is! And she aims for the stars. I find it a really wonderful quality that I truly admire!
How do you show each other what she means to you? Ash: When the other brings some surprise back for the other person. Usually it’s food orientated – a Banjo bear been a favourite – we love the other one to bits (we’re very easy to please) when that happens! When you work and see each other a lot it’s really easy to take each other for granted. We realised that we were doing that to each other. So what we now do is set aside time each week to just be with each other and do whatever fun thing we want to do. Whether it’s going on an adventure, doing a photo-shoot, going to breakfast or swimming in the ocean. Recently we’ve been spending times at cafes and interviewing each other… We’ve been asking a bunch of questions to each other and getting to know each other even more. Just learning about each others past, growing up, their dreams & goals – as there is so much that you think you know about a person, but you then realise there is so much you don’t know! The biggest gift is giving each other the time to listen and truly just hang out and be with each other. Smiling, not worrying or stressing about anything – as that is when we see how much we mean to each other. Hanna: I know she loves me when she calls me one of her many nicknames for me – they’re all a way to tell me off but in a sweet way 😉 She knows i love her when i share my food! I hate to share my food so when i do she really feels the love 😉
If you could gift any piece of PANDORA jewellery to each other to show her your appreciation, what would it be? Ash: I would get her the: EVERLASTING GRACE PEARL & CUBIC ZIRCONIA SILVER RING. Because it’s got black & white – her favourite colours and has a big gorgeous pearl in the middle. I love pearls and so does she. It also stands out for a statement piece – which she loves! I feel she would love it and I would want something she would absolutely love as then I know she would wear it everyday, and it would be a small reminder of how much I appreciate her wild, crazy free spirit in my life! Hanna: I’d get her the double leather woven bracelet, a few of them (Brown & the Pearl) as she always has a bunch of them! Ash loves leather, and I love how they have the little friendship charm on them. I know she would wear them all the time (on the boho none preppy days) and they’d be the reminder that I do love and appreciate her, even when I don’t share my food 😉
✨Always spoil your best friends – they deserve it because they’re keepers! ✨
PANDORA FRIENDSHIP COLLECTION
What a better day than playing with jewelry and ticking off our bucket list item to learn how to play the guitar whilst sharing memories and stories about our business and friendship for PANDORA. For International Friendship Day they’re launching their new collection and we absolutely adore their new bling bling – especially the stackable rings!!
Chatted to the folks at Trailblazer magazine about our US adventures… can’t wait to take off again soon. Last time we went S.F – NYC through the southern parts looking out for cool, funky, fun, beautiful lifestyle stores along the way. This time we’re hitting the Northern parts from Florida to L.A. It’ll look something like
Florida – NYC – Boston – Chicago – Indianapolis -Nashville – Oregon – Cali.
Would love to see you along the way!