Today’s location… the beautiful and most easterly point of Australia, Byron Bay!
We landed nice and early at Ballina airport and picked up a white little nissan beep beep to get us around for the day. On our way to Byron we stopped in beautiful Bangalow – a lovely village consisting of one adorable street full of independent boutiques, cute cafe’s and juice bars that could fit into any high-end metropolitan shopping strip. That’s where we found the gorgeous new stockist ‘Our Corner store’. An absolutely stunning and creative concept/homeware store, full of awesome international brands set in a hundred year old timber shop converted into this cool store!
S T U N N I N G.
After we finished strolling around Bangalow visiting all the cute boutiques, it was time to go say hello to Byron. We both had forgotten how beautiful the drive there is. The winding road leading through the rolling green hills and palm tree plantations with the ocean as the backdrop is just jaw-dropping.
Byron was as welcoming as alway, with everyone being in holiday mode, walking around barefoot in colourful beachwear. Love the relaxing vibe. We strolled all around town to see all the shops we had as prospects before having lunch at the gorgeous ‘Bay Leaf’ cafe to discuss which stores would suit WANDERLUST best. Amazing salads btw! They have a green brekkie dish that is to die for!
Then we went back into our favourite stores to introduce the book. We can’t really say where we will be stocked yet but we are very happy with the outcome.
Ended the day celebrating with a coconut and raw food treat next to the gorgeous AHOY trader shop. Mint choc slice was to die for! Byron never fails to deliver. Sad we didn’t have time for a dip-had brought the bikinis in the business bag 🙂 Only another reason to be back very soon!
When we think about the Bahamas our minds go to endless islands with aquamarine water, white beaches, colourful fish and umbrella drinks. Our hidden gem of today is an island located amongst the 365 other islands in Bahamas’ archipelago “Exuma Cays”, with another twist to it.
Let us introduce you to Pig Island! The place where wild pigs make a splash in the beautiful azure sea. On a tiny island, that is uninhabited when it comes to humans, lives a bunch of wild pigs have that swim every day in the crystal clear Bahamas waters. With Bahamas being where the celebs and riches of the world hangs out, this is the island where the creme de la creme of the pigs live a life in luxury.
We can’t wait to go here and see their cute piggy-paddle.
There are many legends and theories surrounding the swimming pigs: “They’re said to have been dropped off on Big Major Cay by a group of sailors who wanted to come back and cook them. The sailors, though, never returned; the pigs survived on excess food dumped from passing ships. Another legend has it that the pigs were survivors of a shipwreck and managed to swim to shore, while another claims that the pigs had escaped from a nearby islet. Others suggest that the pigs were part of a business scheme to attract tourists to the Bahamas.
We have a page in Swept away by Wanderlust that has the above quote by Eleanor Roosevelt. This Sunday some friends and I well and truly lived by it!
With beautiful weather it was time to kick off summer early in Australia. So a bunch of friends and I, drove South of Sydney down to the Royal National Park, ending up at Wattamolla Beach – where it beholds an extremely scary high cliff that you can jump off. Wow – time to live by what I tell others to do in our travel journal – “Do one thing every day that scares you!”. As I was about to jump off the 10 m high cliff, I was a little to scared to do it by myself so I jumped together with the much more composed and cool Maria. It was absolutely thrilling. After that first jump my adrenaline was pumping and with the gorgeous emerald water sparkling in the sun I wanted to do it over and over again. Feeling wild and full of life we found the perfect tree to climb to watch the sunset from. Funnily enough it also offered a view to watch a random guy dressed up in Winnie the Pooh who proposed to his girlfriend. Then before we knew it, all good things have to come to an end and it was time for sunset drives home in the uber cool green care share and Chrysler Cross fire! A beautiful day, friends, laughter, swimming and good vibes!
So what’s on your scary list, big or small? Write to us, we would love to hear them? We dare you! xx
Markets, garage sales and festivals! these are some of our favourite things! So it was only natural to be drawn to Paddington, Sydney today for the annual William Street Festival.
William St, is this cute alley way type street tucked off the main Oxford St which houses some of the most beautiful, funky, high-end unique & boutique stores of Sydney. From Jac & Jack, Bailey Nelson to rocking a pair of Nudie Jeans. Also, the street happens to host two of the area’s famous pubs The London & Paddington Inn.
With the leafy trees and old Victorian terrace homes that is the home to all the elegant stores, the street is always absolutely gorgeous to stroll down on any day of the week. However, today this street got even greater with the festival. It was such a perfect day, feeling absolutely relaxed after a nice walk from Bondi, the sun was shinning. We strolled down William street drinking juice, tasting samples and stopping at each of the adorable and quirky stores, all whilst some super cute dj in green pants was playing tunes from the balcony. To top off the fabulous day we tried some wine from Italy, which then turned into sharing a bottle on the street table – La dolce vita!
We are never too old to play with balloons! Find some festival fun or add one to your bucketlist… The 50 best festivals of the world, here.
Gertrude & Alice, the super cute cafe bookstore is a little treasure in Bondi. From the most amazing Chai you will taste, to a lovely glass of pinot noir at night. This cosy unique place is filled with books that go to the ceiling, the most delicious organic food, handmade flowers and a chilled out vibe that makes you want to sit and read or work for hours. Whilst writing my first book two summers back I got the opportunity to work part-time in this adorable place. I was surrounded by books, the locals and tourist popping in everyday – it was so delightful and I didn’t for once feel like I was ever working. Now, it’s very exciting to say that ‘Swept away by Wanderlust’ is now selling in the store! which is so surreal! So if your cruising down Hall St, Bondi, Australia – before going down to check the beautiful beach out, visit this gorgeous cafe bookstore and whatever you do make sure you try the vegan brownies – they are out of this world! Also, you might see the lovely super cool Bec who was one of our photgraphers in ‘Swept away by Wanderlust’ Bec comes in now and then to whip up a coffee and was how we met – talking travels and working in Gertrude & Alice!
Today, it was a beautiful sunny Sunday in Sydney where we crept pass the Blackmores Marathon into Centennial Park for a mag photoshoot with Jen Pfeifer from darling & jen who took photos of the super adorable couple, Adrian & Claire! It was such a great morning and fun photoshoot, always easy to photograph when you have a gorgeous and extremely sweet real life couple. Wholly crap, Jen took some amazing shots which we can’t wait to get! His a few behind the scenes…
Think suspended glaciers and spurs, seracs and shimmering ice fields! This mind blowing scenery is to be enjoyed from a unique mountain top bridge in Mt. Aiguille du Midi – part of the Mont Blanc massif in the Alps, France. The cable car that gets you there has the worlds highest vertical ascent. So get up early, get the shivers from walking the bottomless bridge, sit down and have a relaxing warming breakfast in the cosy top cafe before getting the gear on and hitting the breathtaking slopes!
Welcome to Lady Bonin’s magical tea caravan. This free spirit dreamt about opening a tea house as a healthy alternative to all the coffee shops out there. Without much capital she came up with a cheaper unique alternative. In true gypsy style she now travels all around Cape Town with her unique bohemian tea caravan. Being absolute in love with herbal teas we fell head over heels for both Lady Bonin & her retro caravan and can’t wait to visit this free-spirited girl and indulge in her fragrant tea sorts.
If you’re in South Africa you cant miss this! On Saturday’s you’ll find her at Neighbourgoods Market in Woodstock or here: